Showing posts with label Main course veg. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Main course veg. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 August 2021

Shola Kochur Korma / Colocasia Esculenta - Taro Corms Korma


Shola Kochu can be cooked in many ways, it can be fried, bata/ mashed, cooked into gravy with fish etc. 

Today we are making korma with shola kochu. It’s a simple, yet delicious recipe. This can be eaten with pulav rice or paratha. 


Ingredients 

 8 round pieces of Shola Kochu after peeling 

1 medium Onion made into paste

1 tbsp Ginger - Garlic - Chilli paste

1 Green chilli slit

2 Cloves 

1 Green Cardamom 

1 small piece of Cinnamon 

1 Bay leaf 

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds 

Salt to taste 

1/2 tsp Sugar 

1/2 tsp Cumin powder 

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 

1/2 tsp Chilli powder 

1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 

1/2 cup Coconut Milk 

2 tbsp Curd 

1 tbsp Mustard Oil 

1 tsp Ghee 

 

Method 

Take the pieces of shola Kochu, poke the pieces with a fork. Pressure cook  the pieces of the shola kochu for one whistle. Remove the pieces from the pressure cooker.  Heat the mustard oil in a pan, fry the shola Kochu pieces until light brown in colour. Remove the pieces from the pan, in the same pan add the cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Let it crackle, add the onion paste, ginger - garlic - chilli paste, salt and sugar. Sauté the masala for a minute, add the curd, cumin powder, turmeric powder, chilli powder and green chilli. Continue to sauté and cook until the oil releases from the masala. Add little water and cook the masala for 2 minutes. Add the shola Kochu pieces, let it cook in the gravy for another minute. Add the coconut milk and let the gravy simmer for another few seconds. Switch off the flame, add ghee and garam masala powder. Garnish with fried onions (optional) and a little coconut milk. 

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Soya Chunks Biriyani


Soya Chunks if made properly can easily  replace meat .. There are many recipes that we can make with Soya Chunks. Here I have made Biriyani using Soya Chunks.  It’s ideally made on a veg day in my house.. its served with raita. 

To Marinate the Soya Chunks 
Ingredients 
200 grams Soya Chunks boiled, washed and water drained out 
1 tsp Ginger paste 
1 tsp Garlic paste 
1/2 tsp Fresh Chilli paste 
1 tbsp sliced fried Onion 
1/2 cup Curd 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds powder 
1/2 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 

Method 
Take a bowl, add in all the above ingredients, mix all the ingredients together and keep it aside for 1 hour. 

To Make the Rice
Ingredients 
250 grams / 1 cup Basmati Rice washed and soaked for 30 minutes and water drained out
1/2 tsp Caraway seeds / Shahi Jeera
Few Pepper Corns
1 Star Anise
1 Green Cardamom 
2 Cloves
1 small piece Cinnamon 
2 Bay Leaves 
Salt to taste 

Method 
Take a pot, add 2 cups water, let the water boil, add the spices, bay leaves and the salt. Now add the rice. Let the rice cook until it’s 80 percent done. Once done switch off the flames. Add a cup of water and drain the water out from the rice. 

To make the Soya Chunks Biriyani 
Ingredients 
Marinated Soya Chunks 
6 to 8 small size Potatoes peeled
Few Coriander leaves chopped 
1 tbsp sliced fried Onion
Salt to salt 
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder 
Pinch of Saffron 
1/4 tsp Rose Water
1/4 tsp Kewra Water
1 drop of Biriyani flavoured Essence - optional 
1 cup Milk 
6 tbsp Ghee

Method 
Take a heavy cast iron pot, add 4 tbsp Ghee, let it heat, on a low flame, add the potatoes, little  salt and turmeric powder. Sauté and fry the potatoes. 
Meanwhile take a hot cup of milk, add saffron, rose water, Kewra water and Biriyani essence. Once the potatoes are fried, add the marinated soya chunks. Stir and cook for a minute. Add 1/3 cup of milk, now add the cooked rice and spread the rice well, pour the milk, remaining ghee, sprinkle the fried onion and coriander leaves. Cover and let it cook on low flame for 15 to 20 minutes. The liquid in the Biriyani should dry up. Switch off the flame, don’t open the pot, wait for 15 to 20 minutes and then serve with raita of your choice. 


Friday, 13 March 2020

Kumro Pata Diya Chana Bhapa / Steamed Paneer with Pumpkin Leaves



Steamed Paneer is a Bengali vegetarian side dish. I have added pumpkin leaves, as pumpkin leaves are good for our health and when it grows in my balcony, then definitely it is good to use it in the dish. I have used homemade Aam Kasundi, but you can use mustard and any pickle masala oil incase Kasundi is not available.This dish is normally eaten during lunch. Serve this dish with hot steamed rice. 

For the Wet Paste 
Ingredients 
3/4 cup Fresh Grated Coconut 
2 tbsp Aam Kasundi or use 1 tbsp Mustard seeds and 1 tbsp any pickle masala oil 
2 Green Chillies  
2 to 3 Garlic cloves 
3 tbsp Hung Curd 
Salt to taste 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 

Method 
Grind all the above ingredients into a fine paste. 

To make the Steamed Paneer 
Ingredients 
250 grams Paneer cut into small pieces 
10 Pumpkin leaves chopped 
4 to 5 Green Chillies slit into half and then cut into pieces 
Wet Paste 
2 tbsp Mustard Oil 
A big piece of Banana Leaf - optional 

Method 
Take a bowl, add all the ingredients in the bowl, mix all the ingredients together and keep it aside for an hour. Take a container with a lid. Lay the banana leaves at the base of the container, it’s optional. Add the marinated paneer into the container. Close the lid. Take a steamer, add water into the steamer. Keep the container into the steamer. Steam the paneer for 20 minutes. Once done, enjoy this dish with hot steamed rice. 




Thursday, 12 September 2019

Papoder Jhal Kasundi Diye 


Papoder Jhal was one of the popular dish in our house, made by my mother on a vegetarian day. It was one of my father’s favourite dish. Another dish loved was Papoder Dalna. It’s a simple and a quick ghoroa ranna (simple home cooked dish). Urid dal Papad is used to make this dish. My Ma used mustard seed paste ground with green chillies instead of Kasundi. I have used home made Aam Kasundi, it can be made with store bought Kasundi. This dish is eaten with hot steaming rice during lunch.

Ingredients
6 Pieces of Urid dal Papad cut into halves
1 medium size Tomato cut into wedges
2 to 3 Green Chillies slit
1 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds / Kallonji
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Aam Kasundi or 2 tbsp Mustard paste
1/2 cup Mustard Oil for frying the Papad






Method
Take oil in a wok. Let it heat up. Reduce the flame and fry the papads and keep it aside. Leave 2 tbsp of oil in the wok and remove rest of the oil. Add the nigella seeds. Let it crackle. Add the tomato and the green chillies. Sauté for few seconds. Add the turmeric powder and salt. Continue to sauté for a minute more. Add the Aam Kasundi, stir and sauté for 1 minute or the tomato becomes little soft. Add 3/4 cup of water. Let the curry simmer for a minute. Add the fried papads, continue to simmer for another minute. Switch off the flame. Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves. Serve the dish with hot steaming rice.

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Lauer Khosar Bora / Bottle Gourd Peel Fritters


 Bottle Gourd Vegetable peel was left after making Lau Chingri  (Bottle Gourd with Prawns). We normally make Lauer Khosa Bhaja or Lauer Khosa Bata. Since it is raining, I was craving for Lauer Khosar Bora with ghee and garam bhaat (hot steaming rice). This can also be had with garam cha ( hot cup of tea ). 


Ingredients 
1 bowl of Bottle Gourd peels cut into small thin strips. 
2 Green Chillies chopped 
1/2 tsp Nigella seeds
1/2 tsp Poppy seeds
2 tbsp Rice powder 
2 tbsp Gram flour 
Salt to taste 
Oil to fry



Method 
Take the bottle gourd peels in a mixing bowl. Add the green chillies, poppy seeds, nigella seeds, salt, rice flour and gram flour. Mix all the ingredients well. There is no need of adding water.  Keep it aside for 5 minutes, meanwhile heat up the oil. Add little fritters in the oil. Fry until golden brown in colour. Enjoy the hot fritters. 

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Shitkalin Niramish Tarkari


I absolutely love winters. The variety of fresh vegetables that you get to eat during winter is fabulous. I always love simple home cooked vegetables. One of the winter vegetable dish is  Niramish Tarkari - Vegetarian Sabji. The ground roasted masala that is added in this recipe is different. It enhances the flavour of of this dish. The vegetables cook in its own water. My Ma use to make this dish, this can be eaten with roti, chapatis or parathas. 

For the Roasted Powder 
Ingredients 
6 to 8 Black Pepper Corn
2 Green Cardamom 
2 Cloves 
1 small piece of Cinnamon 
2 Dried Red Chillies 
1 tsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Seeds 
1/2 tsp Fennel Seeds
1/4 tsp Fenugreek Seeds
Method 

Take a pan, add the pepper corn, cardomom, cloves, cinnamon, red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds. Roast all the ingredients until you get some good aroma. Switch off the flame, let it cool. Add the ingredients in the grinder and grind the ingredients into a powder. Keep it aside. 


For the Vegetable
Ingredients 
1 big bowl of mix vegetables cut into cubes. 
1 Capsicum 
1 Carrot 
1 Sweet Potato
3 Cauliflower florets 
5 tbsp Green Peas
8 to 10 French Beans cut into medium size pieces 
1 Tomato chopped and keep it separate 
1 small piece of Ginger chopped 
2 Green Chillies cut into pieces 
2 Bay leaves 
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
Roasted Masala Powder 
Salt to taste 
1 tsp Sugar 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder 
2 tbsp Ghee


Method 
Take a wok, add ghee, let the ghee melt. Add the ginger, green chillies and bay leaves. Let it sauté for few seconds. Add the cumin seeds, let the seeds crackle. Add the mix vegetables. stir, cover and let it cook on low flame for 2 minutes. Open the lid, add the tomato and stir for a minute. Add the sugar, salt, turmeric powder and the roasted powder. Stir and cover the wok and continue to cook on a low flame until the vegetables are done. Serve the vegetables with hot rotis, chapatis or parthas. 




Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Ram Rochak Tarkari


It’s a delicious Oriya vegetarian dish popular in the Baripada region of Odisha. This dish is made during Ratha Yatra. This a very simple dish. Mung dal dumplings are cooked with vegetables like brinjal and potatoes.  This dish can be served with rice.
This recipe is adapted from Sweta Biswal's blog Oriya Rasoi....


For the Dal Dumplings / Bara
Ingredients
1/2 cup Yellow Split Lentils(Mung Dal) soaked for 1 to 2 hours
1/4 cup Whole Green Gram (Whole Green Mung Dal) soaked for 4 to 5 hours
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
2 Red Dry Chillies
A pinch of Asafetida
Salt to taste
Oil for fry the dumplings


Method
Add the cumin seeds, dry red chillies, asafetida, salt, yellow mung dal and green whole mung dal in a grinder. Add very little water as the batter should be thick. Grind the dal into a batter. Take oil in a wok and let it heat up. Add a tsp of the batter in the oil. Repeat the process for 3 to 4 times. Fry it till golden brown in colour. Remove it from the oil and keep it aside.

For the Masala Paste
Ingredients
2 to 3 small pieces of Ginger
2 Dry Red Chillies
1 small Green Chilli
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
3/4 tsp Coriander seeds
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder


Method
Add the ginger, red chillies, green chilli, cumin seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric powder in the grinder and grind the ingredients. Add 2 to 3 tbsp water and grind it again into a paste.

For the Curry
Ingredients
Mung Dal Dumplings
1 cup Brinjal cut into medium cubes
2 medium size Potatoes cut into medium size cubes
1 Green Chilli slit
1 Green Cardamom
1 small piece Cinnamon
2 Cloves
Salt to taste
Masala paste
2 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Ghee


Method
Reduce the oil in which the dumplings had been fried to 2 tbsp. Add the cumin seeds, clove, cardamom, cinnamon and green chilli. Let it crackle. Add the masala paste. Sauté it till the oil leaves the masala. Add the potatoes. Stir and cook for a minute. Add the brinjal. Stir and cook for another minute. Add 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Open the lid, add salt to taste. Stir, cover and continue to cook until the potatoes are 80 percent done. Open the lid, check if the potatoes are almost done. Add the dumplings and continue to cook for another 4 to 5 minutes. Drizzle ghee and switch of the flame. Serve it with hot steaming rice. 



Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Dumur er Dalna


Dumur means ‘Fig’ in English. It is commonly found all over the world. Ripe and dried fig (Anjeer)is eaten and known to all of us, but the raw / tender fig which is cooked into delicious curry or sabji is not known to many. 

This is not only delicious but is healthy too.
As kid when ever I travelled to Kolkata, I have eaten this many a times in my Aunty’s house, but staying in Mumbai, though there are many fig trees, the raw tender fig or kochi Dumur is not available at all. Since I have not been to Kolkata for many years, I couldn’t source it out. A big thanks to my neighbor who got this for me from Kolkata. I was craving for it.
These ones are very small in size so, I had to cut into 2 halves and scoop the seeds out. The little bigger ones can be cut from the sides and the center seeds can be directly discarded. As the cutting and cleaning process is a bit tedious, this recipe is now not made very often in the urban kitchen. 
There are many recipes made with dumur. I still remember as a kid Dumurer Jhol was given when I was sick. This is an vegetarian recipe without onion and garlic. You can serve this dish with roti or rice. 

Ingredients
250 grams Dumur or Fig
2 medium size Potato cut into small cubes
1 Tomato puréed
1 tbsp Ginger and Cumin paste ( 1 small Ginger piece and 1 tsp Cumin seeds)
2 Green Chillies slit
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
2 Bay Leaves
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 tsp Garam Masala powder
2 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Ghee




Method
Cut the fig into 2 halves and with the edge of the knife scoop out the seeds. Put the cut pieces into the water. Now take some water in the vessel. Add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder and salt. Add the fig pieces into the water and boil it till tender. Don’t over cook. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Heat up the oil in the same vessel. Add the cumin seeds and bay leaves. Let it crackle. Add the ginger and cumin paste. Sauté it on low flame for a minute. Add the tomato purée. Stir and cook for a minute. Add the sugar, turmeric powder and salt. Stir and let it simmer for a minute till the oil separates from the paste. Add the potatoes, stir and cook for a minute. Now cover and cook for another 2 minutes on low flame. Open the lid and stir, add the green chillies and stir again. Now add the boiled dumur. Stir and cook for a minute. Now cover and cook for another 2 minutes on low flame. Opened the lid, stir and add a cup of water and stir again. Cover and let it simmer on medium low flame till the the water has reduced and the potatoes are cooked. Open the lid and check if the potatoes are cooked. Sprinkle garam masala powder and drizzle some ghee on top. Switch off the flame. Serve Dumur er Dalna with roti or rice.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Phulkopir Roast


As winter approaches there are varieties of winter vegetables that comes in the market. Phulkopi / Cauliflower is one of  the winter vegetable that is one of my favorite. This vegetable is used to make various dishes. Phulkopir Roast is one of the vegetarian dish made with Cauliflower, as the name says it all.  This is an old Bengali dish made during occasions. Many of the restaurants in Kolkata serves this dish during Durga Puja. This is a very simple dish made without any garlic and onions. It can be served with rice or paratha or rotis. 

For the Masala Paste
Ingredients
1 tbsp Raisin soaked in 3 tbsp water
1 inch Ginger chopped
2 Green Chillies
1 tsp Coriander seeds
3/4 tsp Cumin seeds
3/4 tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder
Method 
Add all the above ingredients in a grinder and add little more water. Grind all the ingredients into a fine paste. 

For the Cauliflower Roast
Ingredients
500 grams Cauliflower cut into medium size florets
Masala paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Sugar 
2 Bay Leaves 
1/2 tsp Bengali Garam Masala (2 Cardomoms, 3 Cloves and 1 small stick Cinnamon ground into powder)
1/4 cup Curd
1/4 cup Mustard Oil
1 tbsp Ghee 

Method 
Take 1 liter water in a wok. When the water becomes hot, add 1 tsp salt and let it bubble. Switch of the flame. Add the Cauliflower and let it stand for 15 minutes. Drain the water out. Add mustard oil in the wok. Let it heat. Add the cauliflower and fry it till it’s colour changes. Remove the cauliflower from the oil. In the same oil add the bay leaves. Add the masala  paste and on a medium low flame, sauté the paste till the oil begins to separate from the paste. Add the curd and continue to cook. Add the sugar. Cook for 2 minutes. Add the cauliflower. Stir and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1/4 cup water, cover and cook the cauliflower till done. Keep stirring it occasionally. Add little water and salt in between as the cauliflower takes time to cook. Once done add garam masala and ghee. Serve hot with rice or roti. 



Thursday, 3 August 2017

Karela Yakhin




This recipe is adapted from a Kashmiri cook book I own from many years called Kashmiri Kitchen. The bitter gourds are cooked in curd gravy with out onion, garlic, turmeric powder and chillies. I absolutely love this recipe. Believe me the dish is absolutely scrumptious to have it with hot steaming rice.

Ingredients
6 to 8 medium size Bitter gourds
1/2 cup Curd beaten
2 Cloves
2 Green Cardamom
Pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Ginger powder
1 tsp Fennel seed powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
Salt to taste
1 cup Oil to fry


Method
Scrape the outer skin of the bitter gourds and give a slit on them. Remove the seeds of the bitter gourds. Apply salt on the bitter gourds and keep it aside for 5 minutes. Wash and drain out the excess water from the bitter gourds. Heat oil in a wok. Lightly fry the bitter gourds in the oil. Remove the bitter gourds and the excess oil from the wok, leaving 2 tbsp of oil in the wok. Add the cardamom and cloves in the oil. Let it crackle, add the asafoetida. Stir and add the curd. Stir it for a minute. Add the salt, ginger powder, fennel seed powder and garam masala powder. Stir and let it simmer for a minute. Add 1/2 cup water. On low flame, let it simmer for 2 minutes. Add the bitter gourds. Let it simmer till the bitter gourds have cooked and the gravy has thickened. Serve it hot with rice.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Kashmiri Dum Aloo...


There are many variations of making Dum Aloo. Some of the different states in India has their unique way of making it. In Kashmir, the dum aloo looks rich and vibrant due to the Kashmiri chilli powder used in it, which gives colour to the dish. Apart from the colour, the dish is flavorful too, as the fennel seed powder and ginger powder is also used in it with the other spices. 
The medium size of potatoes are boiled and pricked with a tooth pick. It is deep fried in oil and then the gravy is made. 
I was inspired by Chef Sanjay Raina's Dum Aloo Video and I had to make this dish which was in my bucket list. 

Ingredients 
12 medium size Potatoes boiled 
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Saha Jeera
1 Cinnamon stick
2 Green Cardamom
2 Black Cardamom 
3 Cloves
2 Bay Leaves
1 1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder 
2 tsp Fennel powder
1 pinch of Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Ginger powder 
1 tsp Garam Masala powder 
Salt to taste 
3 tbsp Curd beaten 
Mustard oil to fry the Potatoes 



Method 
Prick the potatoes all over with a toothpick. Take the mustard oil in a wok. Heat the oil well till the smoking point. Reduce the heat and fry the potatoes well till golden brown in colour. Remove the potatoes from the oil and keep it on a paper towel. Remove the excess oil from the wok, leaving 2 to 3 tbsp oil in the wok. Add the whole spices and sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the red chilli powder into the wok and stir well on a low flame. Add  2 tbsp of water, so that the chilli will not burn. Add the curd and stir. Add all the spice powder and salt. Stir and cook all the ingredients together well till the oil separates from the masala. Add 1 1/2 cup of water. Let the gravy simmer for 2 minutes. Add the fried potatoes.  Cover the wok and cook for 20 minutes till the gravy thickens a bit. Serve it hot with rice. 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Aloo Rassa


Aloo Rassa
It’s had with dhuska, puri or Paratha. It’s one of the vegetarian dishes from Jharkhand 

Ingredients 
4 medium size Potatoes boiled and crumbled
1 large tomato chopped
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
¼ tsp Fenugreek seeds 
Salt to taste
¼ tsp Turmeric powder 
½ tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp  Cumin powder 
1 tsp Coriander powder 
1 tsp Fennel powder 
1/2 tsp Dried Mango powder 
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder 
Pinch of Asafoetida
2 tbsp Mustard Oil



Method 
Take a wok, add oil. Add the fenugreek seeds, sauté for few seconds. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, fennel powder, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and asafoetida. On a low flame stir for few seconds. Add little water and keep stirring, or else the masala will burn. Add the ginger paste and tomatoes. Sauté it till the tomatoes become mushy. In between keep adding little water. Once the tomato are mushy, add the potatoes, stir add salt and add a cup of water and let it simmer for some time, add garam masala powder and dried mango powder. Stir and let the curry simmer for sometime until it thickens. Once the curry thickens add Coriander leaves. Serve it hot with pooris or paratha.

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Spicy Lasuni Papad Ka Paratha...


 Papad ka Paratha is an unique dish sold in Gali Paranthe Wali or Paranthe Wali Gali, a narrow street in Chandi Chowk of Purani Delhi; where different types of Parathas are sold. This paratha is made with Urid dal papad. The papad is fried and crushed and stuffed into a dough and then it rolled out into a disc and deep fried. 
I have made this paratha with a twist... 
I had some green garlic leaves growing in a pot. I ground the garlic leaves and used it in the stuffing along with the roasted crushed chilli papad and some more fresh garlic.  This gives a garlicy flavour to the dish. 

For the Suffing 
Ingredients 
4 roasted Chilli Papad 
4 Garlic cloves coarsely ground 
3 tbsp Green Garlic leaves paste 
1/2 tsp Chaat Masala 
1/2 tsp Dried Mango powder 
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder 
1/2 tsp Chilli powder 
1/8 tsp Asafoetida powder 
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder 

Method 
Take a mixing bowl , crush the roasted papad. Add rest of the above ingredients and mix it well. 

To make the Paratha 
Ingredients 
Semi hard Dough made with 3 cups of Whole Wheat Flour 
Stuffing 
Ghee to shallow fry the Paratha

Method 
Take a big lemon size portion of the dough. Roll it into a ball. With the help of your fingers and thumb; make a deep hole in the centre. Add 2 tsp of the stuffing in the centre. Close the edges of the dough. Press the dough. Apply little ghee on the dough and roll it out in to a round disc. Heat a skillet. Place the disc on the skillet. Cook the paratha by pressing it. Pour 1 tbsp of ghee and cook it for a minute. Turn the paratha. Add another tbsp of ghee and cook it till golden bubbles appear on both the sides. Remove and serve it hot. 



Sunday, 30 October 2016

Baked Sautéed Achari Vegetables.....


This dish can be served as a side dish or a meal by itself. This dish is an Indo -Wester fusion dish. 
I have used Indian spices in the baked vegetable dish and given it a twist. This is an experiment in my kitchen. The cheese has well combined with the Indian spices. It gives a sharp taste of the achari spices as well as the creamy texture the cheese. Instead of using all purpose flour, I have used sattu. Do try it and experience it yourself. 

For the Spice powder 
Ingredients
1 tbsp Coriander seeds 
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds 
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds 
1/4 tsp Fenugreek seeds 
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds 
1/2 tsp Carom seeds 
1/4 tsp Asafoetida powder
8 Red Dry Chillies

Method 
Grind all the above ingredients in to a powder. This powder can be stored in a clean glass bottle and can be used to make pickles or any achari vegetables or meat. 

For the Sautéed Achari Vegetables
Ingredients 
8 Mushrooms cut into 4 pieces 
1 big size Onions cut into cubes 
1 Green Capsicum cut into cubes 
1 medium size Brinjal cut into medium size cubes 
1 small size Broccoli cut into small florets 
1 small size Carrot cut into thick strips 
1 mediumsize Sweet Potato cut into wedges 
8 Garlic cloves crushed 
1 tbsp AcharI Masala powder 
1/2 tsp Mustard powder 
1/2 tsp Chilli powder 
Salt to taste 
2 tbsp Mustard Oil 

Method 
Take a pan. Add oil. Let it heat. Add the garlic. Sauté it for few seconds. Add the sweet potato, carrot and onion. Sauté it. Cover and cook for 2 minutes, stirring it occasionally.  then add the brinjal, capsicum, broccoli and mushrooms. Stir fry the vegetables. Cover and continue to cook  till the vegetables are done. Add the salt, mustard powder and achari masala. Stir it. Switch off the flame. Keep it aside. 

For the Cheesy Sattu Sauce 
Ingredients 
1 cup Processed Cheese grated 
3 tbsp Sattu / Roasted Chickpea flour 
3 tbsp Butter 
1 cup Milk 
Salt to taste 
1/4 tsp coarsely ground Fennel seed powder 
1/2 tsp Mustard powder 

Method 
Take a pan and add butter. Let the butter melt. Add the Sattu and roast it for few seconds on low flame. Gradually add the milk... stirring it continuously. As the sauce thickens, add the cheese. Stir it for few seconds. Switch off the flame. Add salt, mustard powder and fennel seed powder. 

P. S. If the sauce has thickened up add 1/2 of milk and heat it up once more. 

To Assemble
Take a baking tray. Add the vegetables and pour the sauce from top. Sprinkle some more cheese from top and sprinkle with coarsely ground fennel powder. Bake it in a preheated oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees celcius. Remove it and serve it hot. 

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Dal Khichadi

Dal Khichadi.... 


It's raining from morning... finally.....
It's a bliss to have hot Khichadi during monsoon....It is made with different types of dal, rice and vegetables. Khichadi is made all over India, with some variations.
As a side dish some Chicken pokora which is very quick and easy...
 http://suskitchenbysumitra.blogspot.com/2016/06/kur-kure-chicken-pakora.html
 Some fried some papads.... adding on to it my home made non veg pickle made the dish complete... Absolutely soul food...

Ingredients
2 cups Rice washed and soaked
1/2  cup Tur Dal washed and soaked
1/2 cup Moong Dal washed and soaked
1 Onion chopped
1 Tomato chopped
3 Garlic cloves chopped
2 Green chillies chopped
Few Green Peas
1/4 cup of each Vegetables chopped  (Carrot, Capsicum, French beans, Cauliflower and Potato)
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1 tbsp Coriander Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Few Curry leaves
1 tbsp Oil
2 tbsp Ghee
Few Coriander Leaves chopped

Method
Take a heavy bottom pot. Add oil, let it heat. Add mustard seeds, curry leaves, chillies, garlic and onion. Sauté it for 2 minutes. Add the vegetables. Stir it and cook for 2 minutes. Add the rice and the dals. Stir it. Add the spices and salt. Stir and cook for 2 minutes. Add 6 cups of water. Stir and let it cook. If required add more water and spices. Cook till all the ingredients have well blended. Add ghee and garnish with coriander leaves.



Palak Paneer Stuffed Paratha

Palak Paneer Stuffed Paratha...

This paratha is good for children who refuses to eat green leafy vegetables. This can be eaten with curd and pickles.
Ingredients
4 cups of Whole Wheat Flour
1 bowl Spinach Purée
1 tsp Ginger Chilli paste
1 tbsp Mint chopped
2 Green chillies chopped
1 bowl of grated Cottage cheese
1/2 cup Curd beaten
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1/2 tsp Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp Curry powder
1/2 tsp Chilli powder
1/4 tsp Cumin powder for stuffing
Salt to taste
Ghee to fry the Parathas

Method
Take a mixing bowl. Add the flour, spices, salt and oil. Mix it well. Add curd and spinach purée. Mix it, add water as required and start kneading into a dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes, cover and keep it aside for 15 minutes. Take the grated cottage cheese, add salt, cumin powder, chopped chillies and mint leaves. Mix it. Divide the dough into lemon size balls. Take a ball. Flatten it. Fill a tbsp of the stuffing. Seal the dough from the edges. Coat the dough with dry flour. Roll it. Heat a skillet up. Place the rolled dough on the skillet. Cook the paratha on both the sides for 2 minutes until bubbles appear.  Apply ghee and fry the paratha... Serve it hot..

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Maqluba

Maqluba 

It is a traditional dish of Jordan and Palestine. The dish includes meat, rice, and fried vegetables placed in a pot, which is then flipped upside down when served, hence the name maqluba, which translates literally as "upside-down".When the casserole is inverted, the top is bright red colour from the tomatoes  and rest covered with other vegetables. It is usually served with either Yogurt or simple Arabic salad...
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Today I have made Veg Maqluba..and have adapted the recipe as per the availability of the ingredients in my kitchen...
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice washed and soaked for 30 minutes
2 big size Potatoes peeled and cut into thick rounds
2 Eggplants cut into thick round
1 Cauliflower cut into medium florets
3 Tomatoes cut into thick rounds
1 Onion chopped
2 Garlic Clove chopped
1 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 1/2 tbsp Baharat powder
1/2 tsp Pepper powder
1/2 tsp Allspice powder
Or
***1/2 tsp Cloves powder
     1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
     1/4 tsp Nutmeg powder***
2 Bay Leaves
Salt to taste
4 1/2 cups of Vegetable stock or water
2 tbsp Oil
Oil to fry the Vegetables
1 tbsp Butter, melted
1 tbsp Almond and Pistachio flakes
Few Raisins and dry Berries  for garnishing


Method
Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pot, add bay leaves, onions and garlic, stir for 2 minutes.  Add salt, pepper, turmeric powder, cumin powder, allspices powder and baharat powder. Add 4 1/2 cups vegetable stock and let simmer for 10 minutes. Keep it aside.
Take another pan, heat the oil for frying. Add the  eggplant slices and fry it from both sides until golden brown. Take it out and on an absorbent paper, keep it aside. Fry the cauliflower florets and keep it aside. Fry the potatoes and keep it aside.
Take a heavy bottom pot. Grease it with butter. Arrange the tomato, eggplant, potatoes and cauliflower in layers. Pour 1/2 the stock, add the rice and then pour the remaining stock. Cover it and cook it on a low flame. Till the rice is cooked. Let it cool a bit, then carefully flip it up-side down on a serving platter. Garnish it with raisins, berries, almond and pistachio flakes. Serve hot with fresh yogurt or Arabic salad.

Baharat Spice powder
Ingredients
1 tbsp Coriander seeds
2 tbsp Cumin seeds
2 tbsp Pepper Corns
1 tbsp Cloves
2 to 3 sticks of Cinnamon
4 Cardomom
2 tbsp paprika / chill powder
1 small Nutmeg

Method
Blend all the above spices in a blender. Store it in a dry glass container.





   

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Palak Ka Kapa

Palak Ka Kapa

It is a Kumauni style spinach preparation. It is easy to cook and in through sense a soul food.  It is eaten with hot steamed Rice.
Ingredients
1 Bunch Palak (Spinach) chopped
2 tbsp  Rice flour
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Red chili powder
2  Whole Dry Red chillies broken into pieces
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
Pinch of Asafoetida
Salt to taste
2 tbsp Mustard oil

Method
Take oil in a wok and heat it on high flame till smoking hot. Lower the flame. Add cumin seeds and whole red chillies. As the cumin seeds crackles, add the rice flour and asafoetida. Sauté  it  until the color of rice flour becomes light brown in colour. Add the spinach, salt, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix the spinach well. Add 1 cup of water and cook approximately for 10 minutes on high flame or until done, stirring and mashing it occasionally with a ladle. Switch of the flame.  Cover and let it stand for 10 minutes. Serve with hot steamed rice.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Lau re Much Muche Khosha Bhaja served with Taak Massor Dal with Radhuni Phoran.....

Lau re Much Muche Khosha Bhaja served with 
Taak Massor Dal with Radhuni Phoran.....
Crispy Bottle Gourd Peel Fry served with 
Sour Split Red lentils with Wild Celery seeds seasoning.. 

As summer is in, I prefer to have simple and light food. Some thing sour and tangy... Taak Massor Dal with Radhuni Phoran is a simple dal made with raw mango to have a tangy.... Sour taste with wild celery seeds which has a distinct flavour and one of the key ingredient in Panch Phorn. It is rare to find it in local markets, but is available in Bengali stores.
Lau re Much Muche Khosha Bhaja is a very interesting side dish made from the peels of a Bottle Gourd. We Bengalis make a dish out of the vegetable peels too. If you see there are more nutritious values in the peels of a vegetables which we thrown away. This is a crispy fry dish which goes well with hot dal and steam rice. It is absolutely a soul food.... 

Lau re Much Muche Khosha Bhaja

Ingredients 
1 bowl of Bottle Gourd Peel cut into thin slices
1/4 cup Rice Flour
2 tbsp Gram Flour
1 tbsp Poppy seeds
1 tsp Nigella seeds
1 tsp Green Chillies chopped 
Salt to taste 
Oil to deep fry

Method 
Mix all the above ingredients except oil together. Mix it well. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a wok, spread the bottle gourd peels little at a time on the hot oil, fry on medium heat till crispy and golden in colour. Serve it with hot Taak Massor Dal and Steam Rice. 

Taak Massor Dal with Radhuni Seasoning 

Ingredients 
1/2 cup Massor Dal / Split Red Lentil washed and soaked
1 Onion chopped 
4 to 5 pieces of Raw Mango 
1 Green chillies slit 
1/2 tsp Radhuni / Celery seeds
2 Bay Leaves
1 Dry Red Chilli 
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1 tbsp Oil  
Few Coriander leaves chopped 

Method
Take a pressure cooker. Add oil, let it heat. Add Radhuni seeds, bay leaves and dry chilli. Let the seed crackle. Add the onion and green chilli, fry till translucent. Add the mango pieces, stir it. Add the soaked dal, salt and turmeric powder. Stir it, add 3 cups of water. Pressure cook and give 3 whistles. Let the pressure release on it's own. Add a cup of water more, depending on the consistency wanted. Simmer for 5 minutes more. Add coriander leaves for garnish. Serve hot.