Simple recipes

Chana Dal and Tendli Curry


Chana Dal & Tendli Curry

(Split lentils/split Bengal Gram/Baby Chick Peas/Tendli/Ivy Gourd)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Chana dal
  • ¼ kg. Tendlis
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Grind to a paste

  • 2 Kashmiri chillies
  • 1 tbsp. Coriander seeds
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 to 4 flakes tamarind
  • 4 tbsp. coconut powder

Tempering

  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • Few curry leaves
  • 3 to 4 crush garlic
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 tbs. oil

Wash the dal well and soak in water for 15 minutes.  Place in a vessel and boil till almost soft.  Clean and cut the tendlis into 4 and add to the dal, add salt and cook till vegetable is tender.  Grind the masala to a paste and add to the dal vegetable mixture.  Rinse the grinder jar and add to the curry adjusting to desired consistency.  Bring to a boil and simmer 10 to15 minutes.  Meanwhile prepare the tempering.  Heat oil in a pan, add the mustard and when it splutters add the garlic, curry leaves and onion and fry on medium low till light brown. Just before switching off the heat, garnish the curry with the tempering.  Serve hot with rice or any bread of your choice.

Potato and Red Pumpkin Gravy


Aloo Pethe ka Saag

A quick, deliciuous, nutritious dish without onion and garlic. Rajasthani vegetarian cuisine.

Potato & Red Pumpkin Gravy

Rajasthani cuisine

Ingredients

  • ½ kg. Red pumpkin
  • ½ kg. Potatoes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1” pc cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 1 tsp. Kalonji (nigella/onion seeds) Optional
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tomato, chopped (or 1 tbsp. tomato paste) (missed it in the video recording)
  • 1 tsp. amchur (dry mango powder)
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • 1 tsbp. Ghee
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste

Method

Clean, Peel and wash the red pumpkin and potatoes.  Cut into cubes.  Heat the ghee and fry the bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, nigella seeds, mustard seed and fenugreek seeds until the seeds begin to crackle.  Add the yogurt, chili, coriander, cumin and turmeric powders and fry for 2 to 3 minutes.  Adjust spices to taste.  Add the tomato paste or the tomato and fry for a minute.  Add the potato and pumpkin cubes, ½ cup water, cover and cook on medium heat for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.  Add the amchur, sugar and salt.  Mix and simmer for a minute.  Serve hot.

Tendli Miryapito


Tendli Miryapito

A traditional mangalorean style of cooking tendlis. Makes a nice addition to a festive or celebratory meal!

Tendli Miryapito – Tendli Jeere Meerem (Ivy Gourd/Tindoras)

Ingredients

  • ¼ Kg. Tendlis
  • 2 onions
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1/2 “ ginger (optional)
  • ½ cup cashewnuts (Moi) (soaked in water)
  • 1 tsp. Jeere Meerem powder
  • OR (jnstead of jeere Meerem powder)
  • ½ tsp. cumin powder
  • ½ tsp. pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil
  • ½ tsp. vinegar (optional)
  • ¼ tsp. sugar (optional)

Method

  1. Soak the tendlis in water and wash well. 
  2. Cut off the head and tail and smash the tendlis with a pestle with a light hand lest they get completely smashed. 
  3. Add the salt, masala powders, oil and mix well. 
  4. At this stage you can pre-prepare and keep aside till ready to cook or even keep in the refrigerator overnight. 
  5. Then add the chopped garlic, ginger (if using), sliced onion, add ½ cup water and cook till tender. 
  6. When cooked half way, add the cashewnuts and  mix. 
  7. Before taking off the fire add the vinegar and sugar and cook 5 minutes till water is almost absorbed. 
  8. If water dries up too quickly, add some more hot water and continue cooking. 
  9. Serve hot.

Vegetable Korma


Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma turns out delicious and even if you are not a great fan of veggies, you will enjoy this korma. Although these are the basic vegetables for this dish, you may skip one or the other if not available. So don’t limit yourselves and feel free to cook this amazing vegetable korma with any vegetable you may have on hand and enjoy with some warm Indian bread of your choice!!

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 1 cup green peas
  • ½ of medium cauliflower
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ghee
  • Grind to a paste
  • 1” pc ginger
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. poppy seeds (substitute with sesame seeds or cashewnuts)

Method

  1. Clean wash and chop the carrots and potatoes into small cubes. 
  2. Cut the cauliflower into small florets and soak in warm salted water for 10 minutes.
  3. Shell the peas if using fresh
  4. Grind the ginger, garlic, with the chilli powder, turmeric and poppy seeds to a paste with ¼ to ½ cup water.  I have used sesame seeds as poppy seeds are not available here.  Can be substituted with cashewnuts. 
  5. Chop the onion fine. 
  6. Wash and chop coriander leaves. 
  7. Heat the ghee in a vessel or cooker. 
  8. Fry the chopped onion till light brown. 
  9. Add the masala and salt and saute for a minute. 
  10. Add the masala water and cook till most of the water evaporates, stirring occasionally. 
  11. Add the vegetables and fry 2 to 3 minutes. 
  12. Add 2 cups water, mix well, cover and cook 10 minutes.  In cooker for 3 minutes.
  13. Open the lid, stir and add half the coriander leaves and cook for 2 minutes. 
  14. Check seasoning and if potatoes are cooked. 
  15. Remove to a dish, garnish with coriander leaves and serve with phulkas, rotis, parathas, pooris or any bread of your choice.

Fried Fish Curry


I always loved this curry when my mother made it. Searing the fish or lightly frying it with just a little salt and turmeric powder and then including it in a curry that is not too spicy, just made the fish and the curry absolutely delicious. The same curry can be made with Rawas (Indian Salmon) or Surmai (King Fish) and is sometimes made into a Roce curry with coconut milk added to the curry at the end of cooking and then garnished with some golden fried onions. Absolutely lip smacking!

Fried Fish Curry

Ingredients

  • 2 medium pomfrets (750 gms. Total approx.)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric

For tempering

  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1” pc. Ginger
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Masala to grind to a paste

  • 4 Kashmiri chillies
  • 4 heaped tbsp. coconut powder
  • ½ tbsp. coriander seeds
  • ¼ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 6 to 8 peppercorns
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 flakes garlic
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • Small marble sized ball tamarind
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Clean the fish and cut into desired pieces. 
  2. Wash well and drain.  
  3. Apply salt & turmeric powder and toss the fish lightly.  Set aside for 10 to 15 minutes.  Meanwhile prepare the spices for the masala and grind to a smooth paste adding a cup or two of water.
  4. Heat a frying pan and add 2 tbsp. of oil to the pan and fry the fish pieces lightly on both sides.  Remove and set aside.
  5. For tempering, slice the onion, shred the ginger and slit the green chillies. 
  6. Heat the oil in a pan and add the chillies, ginger and onion and fry till light brown. 
  7. Add the masala paste with the masala water, 1 tsp. salt, bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. 
  8. Add the fried fish, bring to a boil and cook 10 minutes till oil surfaces.
  9. Serve hot with boiled rice, vegetable and some pickle for a light but delicious meal.

Mixed Vegetable Pulao


Mixed Vegetable Pulao

Using frozen mixed vegetables

Ingredients

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 stock cubes (chicken or vegetable)
  • 2to 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 5 cardamoms
  • 8 cloves
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. salt or to taste

Method

  1. Wash rice and soak in water for atleast 15 mns. 
  2. Heat a pot, add ghee and fry the onion, on medium flame. 
  3. Add the whole cinnamom, cardamom & cloves and saute till onion turns light brown. 
  4. Add the stock cubes and stir until it dissolves, add the frozen vegetable and saute for 2 minutes. 
  5. Add the drained rice and gently mix till the rice grains are coated with ghee and fluff up a bit. 
  6. Add the hot water, turmeric powder, optional if you want to leave the pulao white.
  7. Add salt to taste, it will already have some salt due to the stock cubes. Stir, bring to a boil. 
  8. Cover and reduce flame and cook. 
  9. Stir once in between to mix.
  10. Cook till water is completely absorbed. 
  11. Serve hot with raita, yogurt, pickle, dahi curry or at any festive meal.

Mooli Rotis


Mooli Ki roti

These are not the usual Mooli Parathas but more like theplas, usually served at mealtimes but can be enjoyed for breakfast or as a teatime snack with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups grated raddish
  • 4 cups wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. ajwain
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Ghee for smearing the rotis

Method

  1. Peel, clean and wash the mooli (raddish).
  2. Mix all the above and and knead to a soft dough. 
  3. Divide into equal portions (about 15 to 18) and roll into a circle as thin as possible dusting some flour to prevent it sticking.
  4. Cook the roti to a golden brown on a hot griddle (tava) on both sides applying some ghee on both sides. 
  5. Serve hot with lunch or dinner or for breakfast with yogurt, pickle.

Cooking with drumstick leaves


Enjoy healthy and nutritious drumstick leaves, popularly known as ‘Moringa leaves’ which are a powerhouse of nutrition. There are several ways to cook drumstick leaves some of which are herebelow. We used to have plenty of the drumstick trees around our houses and don’t think our mothers ever had to purchase drumsticks or the leaves for cooking.

As they are currently available in the market decided to make a few dishes and post recipes.

  1. Drumstick Leaves Adai
Drumstick Leaves Adai

2. Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

Drumstick Leaves & Potato Bhaji

3. Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Drumstick Leaves Tel Piyav

Mhullabiya


Mhallabiyyeh – Creamy Rice Pudding

Mhallabiya is a famous and very common dessert in Middle Eastern Cooking. It is very simple and easy to make and result is almost like the Indian ‘Phirni’. Several ways to make it, and is usually made with rice flour, rice paste, corn flour which makes the pudding smooth and thick. I have used rice rava for the grainy texture.

An Arabian dessert

Ingredients

  • 1 litre milk
  • 125 gms. sugar
  • 10 gm. Rice flour (or paste)
  • 1 tbs. orange blossom water or rose water
  • Nuts or fruit to serve

Method

  1. Take a pan and add the milk along with the sugar and rice and dilute it well. 
  2. Place on fire and cook till thick and creamy and the mixture coats the spoon. 
  3. Will thicken further upon cooling. 
  4. Add the orange blossom water and stir. 
  5. Transfer immediately to individual or a large serving bowl. 
  6. Garnish with nuts and cherries or top with fruit cocktail.

Sheera


Sheera – Sooji Halwa

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Rawa
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • 4 cups hot water
  • Few drops yellow color
  • 1/4 cup Almonds and pistas (for garnish)
  • 2 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 2 tbsp. Raisins
  • 1/4 tsp.Cardamom powder (optional)
  1. Slice the almonds and pistas. Clean the raisins, removing stems if any.
  2. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry the raisins till they swell.  Remove and set aside. Fry the cashewnuts lightly and remove.
  3. Add the rawa to the kadai and fry on medium low flame till it turns light brown and you get a nice aroma. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes. You can fry it longer if you prefer it nice and brown. Do not fry on high flame or the rawa will get burnt ruining the sheera.
  4. Add the hot water and stir quickly to avoid lumps being formed.
  5. Add the saffron and stir and mix well. When the rawa thickens add the sugar and mix till dissolved.
  6. Then add the nuts and raisins. Keep stirring till it begins to leave the sides of the kadai and forms a ball.
  7. Put into bowls and press lightly and turn out onto a serving plate. Garnish with nuts and serve hot.
  8. Avoided saffron (kesar), but intend to make kesari baath soon, going all out with the ghee and sugar in equal quantities to the rava!!

And the Kesari Baath is now published do check it out!

Baingan Bhartha


Baingan Bhartha

This Aubergine delicacy is a famous punjabi recipe. Brinjals are available throughout the year and a very common vegetable. A simple vegetable turns into a delectable dish. Even though brinjals are considered as a night shade it is widely consumed. Enjoy this delicious bhartha sa a meal by itself with rotis or phulkas and serve as an accompaniment.

Ingredients

  • 500 gms. Brinjals (Aubergine, Eggplant)
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger. chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika (or Kashmiri chilli powder) or to taste
  • Salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 cup coriander leaves, chopped

Method

  1. Wash brinjals and wipe dry.
  2. Apply a little oil to the brinjals and roast on direct flame till charred and skin starts peeling off.  This can be done in a charcoal grill to get the charcoal flavor or oven. 
  3. Remove and immerse in water to cool.  Remove he skin and stem and chop.
  4. Heat ghee, add cumin and when it crackles, add onions and cook till translucent, add ginger and saute few seconds. 
  5. Add the chilli powder, salt, mix, add tomatoes and saute till fat appears at the sides. 
  6. Add the chopped brinjals and saute for 5 minutes, add green chillies and mix.  Check seasoning. 
  7. Remove and garnish with coriander leaves. 
  8. Serve with rotis or phulkas.

Cluster Beans in yogurt gravy


Cluster Beans in Yogurt gravy

Gavar or Cluster beans have only limited ways of preparation and are usually cooked by us with prawns and potatoes as the vegetable by itself is quite bland and sometimes has a bitter after taste. Hence it is usually cooked with a lot of spices to make the vegetable more tasty and palatable. This recipe with yogurt and spice powders makes it quiet tangy and savoury and goes well with rotis. If you wish to use over steamed rice, add a little more water to make the gravy lighter.

An excellent vegetable, the more tender the better as the mature beans render thick stems on either side of the bean which must be removed before cooking.

Gavar dahi sabji

Ingredients

  • ½ kg. Cluster Beans (Gavar)
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds (saunf)
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder
  • 2 tsp. gram flour (Bengal gram flour)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste

Method

  1. Remove head and tail and string the cluster beans. 
  2. Instead of cutting the beans, break into pieces with your hands while stringing the pieces. 
  3. Boil the beans for 10 to 15 minutes, with ½ tsp. salt till cooked. 
  4. Drain the water and keep aside. 
  5. Mix the yogurt with the coriander powder, chillie powder, gram flour and ½ tsp salt and beat well. 
  6. Heat a vessel, add 2 tbsp. oil, add mustard, cumin and fennel seeds, asafoetida. 
  7. When the seeds crackle, add the yogurt masala mixture and cook till oil separates. 
  8. Add the curry leaves and mix, cook for a minute, add ¼ cup water, mix and bring to a boil. 
  9. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring at intervals. 
  10. Add the cooked beans, mix and simmer 5 minutes. 
  11. Check seasoning. 
  12. Serve hot with any Indian bread.

Chilli Chicken from leftover Grilled Chicken


Chilli Chicken

Any leftover grilled or roasted chicken can be put to good use. Shred the chicken meat, chop some lettuce, mix with mayonnaise and make some sandwiches or chicken mayo rolls the next day. Another excellent way to use up the chicken is to make chilli chicken (not the chinese chilli chicken) like chillie fry. Besides, you don’t need only leftover chicken for this recipe. Boil some boneless breasts or if you prefer with bone, boil a whole chicken and proceed to make this delicious dish!

Chilli Chicken (from leftover Grilled Chicken)

  • Left over grilled chicken, with or without bones
  • 2 large onions cut into thick slices
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 large tomatoes cut into thick slices
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder, or to taste
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Method

  1. Shred the grilled chicken and discard the bones. Or cut the grilled chicken into small pieces with the bone. 
  2. Heat a vessel with a tbsp. of oil, add the sliced onion and chillies and fry till light brown. 
  3. Add the turmeric, chilli powder, salt and mix, add the chicken and toss. 
  4. Add a ¼ cup of water so the mixture does not burn. 
  5. Heat through and let cook on low 5 minutes. 
  6. Add the sliced tomatoes and cook for two minutes, you don’t want the tomatoes to dissolve completely. 
  7. Add the coriander leaves, lemon juice and garam masala powder and mix well. 
  8. Switch off after a minute.

Radish Vegetable


Raddish Vegetable

Radish is in season in winters and an excellent way to add fibre and nutrients to your diet. Radish also helps in fighting cough and cold. Have your tried eating fresh radish marinated in vinegar? If you have a blocked nose, it provides instant relief. East Indians make a lamb curry with radish called Lonvas using east indian bottle masala. Turns out delicious. Mooli parathas a North Indian speciality are famous all over. So enjoy the goodness of radish this winter.

Radish Vegetable (Moolo Bhaji)

Ingredients

  • 1 large bunch radishes with leaves
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 red chillies
  • 4 flakes garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. salt

Method

  1. Clean the radish by discarding the yellow and stained leaves and reserve the tender and unblemished leaves.
  2. Peel the radish
  3. Place everything in salted water for 10 minutes. 
  4. Drain an rinse well. 
  5. Chop the leaves and slice the radish into thin slices.
  6. Heat the oil in a pan, add the crushed garlic, and red chillies broken into half. Saute a few seconds. 
  7. Add the sliced onion and toss, then add the vegetable, salt, cover and cook 5 to 7 minutes. 
  8. Not necessary to add water as the vegetable releases water. 
  9. However, half way through cooking if the water has dried up, add a quarter cup of water, cover and cook till the radish is tender. 
  10. Add the coconut, mix and cook further 2 minutes. 
  11. Remove and serve hot as accompaniment with Rice curry or serve with rotis. 
  12. Makes a light and healthy dinner with just chapatis (rotis) and moolo bhaji.

Valchi Bhaji Tel Piyav


Valchi Bhaji Tel Piyav

Valchi Bhaji (Malabar Spinach or Buffalo Spinach)

Always a delight to lay hands on fresh and tender valchi bhaji in this part of the world. In India it is grown in home gardens and easily available. A very simple and easy way to cook is just steaming it with oil, garlic, chillies and onion and garnished with fresh coconut and hence referred to as “Tel Piyav”. Other variations of cooking this spinach is a curry with shrimp or with tur dal or black-eyed beans for a vegetarian version.

Thoroughly enjoyed the vegetable with a meal of steamed rice, raw mango curry and lady fish fry!!

Ingredients

  • 1 Large Bunch Valchi Bhaji about 1 kg.
  • 1 Onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 green chillies
  • ¼ cup fresh coconut
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil

Method

  1. Clean the valchi bhaji.  Separate the leaves from the thick stems, the tender stems keep with the leaves.
  2. Cut stems into large pieces, keep the leaves whole  and soak in salted water for 10 minutes to loosen dirt & kill insects if any. 
  3. Drain, rinse in clean water and drain again. 
  4. Chop the thick stems, tender stems and leaves into 1” pieces. 
  5. Transfer the vegetable to a cooking pot.
  6. Slice the onion, slit the green chillies and crush the garlic and add to the vegetable alongwith the salt and oil. 
  7. Keep on medium flame and cook 10 minutes until stems are tender.
  8. Not necessary to add water as the vegetable will leave water while cooking. 
  9. Add the fresh coconut and cook 3 to 5 minutes. 
  10. Serve hot. 
  11. Makes a very healthy and satisfying addition to any main meal.
Valchi Bhaji Tel Piyav
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