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Stuffed Pomfret with green masala in Banana leaf


Delicious, succulent and moist Stuffed Pomfrest in mouth watering green masala and cooked iun banana leaf which prevents the fish from absorbing too much oil! Use stuffing of your choice, red, green or recheado masala. Recipe is from my mother’s book “Mais Recipes”. Get hold of your copy soon. Here is the link for details: https://cooklikececilia.com/mais-recipes-contact-details

Raw Banana Erussery


Banana Erussery   (Chena Vazhakkai Erissery)

Raw bananas have several health benefits so we always find new ways to add them to our diet.  This is a Kerala style preparation and one of the items on an Onam Sadya.  Referred to as Chena Vazhakkai Erissery or Ellisery, this is a simple dish with the use of fresh coconut, curry leaves and cumin seeds as the only ingredients for the gravy apart from onion, red chillies and garlic with some coconut for garnish. Yam, pumpkin and beans are also included as per personal preference.  I have added some pre-cooked jackfruit seeds. Enjoy with steamed rice or appams!

Ingredients

  • 3 large raw bananas
  • ½ cup boiled jackfruit seeds
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • ½ tsp. black pepper (optional)
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • 4 flakes garlic, cushed
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 to 6 small round red chillies (or 2 long chillies, broken into pieces)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Peel the bananas and chop into small cubes.  Immerse in water till required.

Boil the banana pieces with turmeric and salt and 1 cup water.  Grind ½ the coconut, cumin and curry leaves to a paste adding water.  Add to the cooked bananas, mix and cook 5 minutes.  Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seed and when they pop add the crushed garlic and onion.  When light brown, add the remaining coconut and fry till nice and brown.  Add to the erussery (reserve some for garnish) and mix well. Remove to a serving dish and serve hot garnished with some fried onion coconut mixture.

Bombay Vegetable Sandwich


Famous Mumbai Street Food – One that is savoured by all and satiates the appetite instantly and provides comfort to the belly especially if you have been on the road for a few hours. Savour each bite of this crunchy, soft and tart sumptuous sandwich as a snack, which also doubles up as a quick lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1 Loaf sliced Bread (Brown or white)
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 medium potatoes
  • 2 tomatoes
  • Salt as required
  • Pepper powder as required
  • Chaat masala (optional)
  • Roasted cumin powder (optional)
  • Butter
  • Green Chutney
  • Ketchup
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional)

For Green Chutney

  • 1 large bunch coriander leaves
  • 1 large bunch mint leaves
  • 4 to 6 green chillies
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • Grind to a paste, using as little water as possible.

Boil the potatoes, peel and slice thinly.  Wash the cucumbers and tomatoes.  Peel the cucumbers and slice thinly.  Peel the tomatoes, slice thinly.  Line half the sliced loaf on a board and apply butter, then green chutney.  Top with cucumber slices, then potato slices, ketchup (using the excess pouches that usually come with home delivery), then tomato slices.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and chaat masala/cumin powder if using.  Add the fresh basil, if you wish.  The butter the remaining half of the bread slices and cover the sandwich.  Also used the heel of the loaf, you can avoid if necessary.  Grill the sandwich briefly to barely toast the bread if you like.

Chicken Pickled Chops


An East Indian speciality.  The chicken is cooked in just 4 spices ground in vinegar alongwith almonds and raisins and the masala is sauteed in a substantial amount of onions which not only adds body to the gravy but also makes it immensely flavorful, spicy complemented with sweetnes of the raisins and tartness of vinegar!

Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken
  • 2” pc ginger
  • 1 whole head garlic
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 8 red chillies
  • 1 tbsp. Almonds (or cashewnuts)
  • 1 tbsp. raisins
  • ¼ cup Vinegar
  • 6 to 8 large onions
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. ghee

Cut the chicken in to suitable pieces, discard the skin, wash and drain.  Clean the garlic and ginger and grind alongwith cumin and red chillies to a paste with vinegar.  You can add a little water to get the contents moving in the grinder as excess vinegar could ruin the dish.  Clean the onions and cut into thick roundels. Heat a vessel and add the ghee, when hot add the onions and fry till light brown. Add the masala paste and saute till fat separates.  Then add the chicken, mix, cover and cook on medium 30 minutes till tender.  Stir at intervals.  After 30 minutes add the salt, mix and check seasoning.  Simmer for further 5 to 10 minutes till fat appears on the surface.  Serve hot with rice or fugias.

Fugias


The recipe was given to me by my sister, which happens to be her in-laws family recipe, passed on to her by her Mother-in-law.  An East Indian traditional dish, mandatory at weddings and festive occasions.  Served with Sorpatel, Vindaloo or any spicy curry.  I have paired it with Chicken Pickled Chops, another East Indian preparation!

Ingredients

  • 500 gms.flour (maida)
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 100 gms sugar
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¾  water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Add the sugar, coconut milk, water, butter and salt to a saucepan and heat until the sugar melts.  Set aside to cool a bit. Take the flour in a large bowl or vessel, add the eggs, the yeast and the coconut milk mixture. make sure it’s not too hot but if it’s warm it may help in the dough rising faster. Use a hand mixer (if desired) and mix the batter till it’s like thick cake batter.
Add more water as required to get the right consistency. Should be of dropping consistency but not runny. Leave to ferment for 4 to 5 hrs.

To fry:

A little bit of practice goes a long way in making Fugias.  Mix the fermented batter.  Heat a Kadai or a wok and pour sufficient oil.  When hot, start making the fugias by grabbing the batter with your left hand and squeezing it between the opening in your palm between your thumb and forefinger, like when you form a fist.  Moisten your right hand fingers in water and scoop small balls, one at a time, with your right hand and put in the oil and deep fry on medium flame turning often to cook evenly till golden brown. Instead of your right hand, you can also use a spoon to scoop the batter.  Serve with your favorite curry or enjoy as a snack or with tea or coffee at breakfast.

Goan Vatanayanchi Bhaji Chonya Ros


Apart from being famous for sea-food, one of Goa’s typical breakfast menu is Chonya Ros made with dehydrated white or green peas which are soaked in water and boiled!  Chonya Ros or Vatanayachi Bhaji is made with a coconut based gravy and served with puris for breakfast or poi and for lunch or dinner with rice.  A regular item served on religious festivals which involve fasts abstaining from meat.  Garnishing with freshly cut onion, tomato and coriander leaves is an option but lends an additional boost to the dish.  Although mildly spiced, it is truly lip smacking and delicious.  Enjoy as is without any carbs – for an excellent high protein meal!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dehydrated yellow or green peas
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut or dried coconut
  • 4 flakes tamarind
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Pick and wash the peas and soak in water overnight.  Drain the water, replenish with fresh water and cook till tender and soft, may take an hour or more.  At the end of cooking add 1 tsp. salt and mix and simmer for 5 minutes.  You can pressure cook if you prefer.  Meanwhile, heat a pan add a little oil and fry one onion, roughly chopped into pieces, till light brown.  Add the coconut and fry until coconut turns brown.  Grind it with tamarind to a paste.  Take a vessel and add 2 tbsp. oil, when hot add one chopped onion and fry till translucent and soft.  Add chilli powder, garam masala and fry for a minute.  Add the coconut tamarind paste and saute for 2 minutes.  Add the boiled peas with the stock and mix well.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes till oil surfaces.  The gravy should be runny.  Remove to a serving bowl and garnish with chopped onion, tomato, lemon and coriander leaves (optional).  Serve with hot crisp puris for breakfast and with rice or bread for lunch or dinner.

Sheviyo Idiyappam String Hoppers


Sheviyo or Shevigo also known as Idiyappam or string hopper is made with ground rice steamed and then pressed into a hand held sev mould or a typical stand alone shevigo equipment.  In Kerala, Tamil Nadu etc Idiyappam is made of rice flour mixed with hot water 2:1 proportion with salt and little oil and kneaded to a soft dough.  The dough balls are then put in the sev mould and pressed onto idli trays and steamed.

I have illustrated the Mangalorean and Goan style of making the Sheviyo i.e. soaking rice, grind to a paste then steaming the batter as a rice cake which is then cut into pieces and pressed as string hoppers with a sev mould.

It can be eaten as a sweet dish for breakfast or a teatime snack garnish with chunn i.e. a jaggery coconut filling or with sweet ros i.e. coconut milk and jaggery mixture.

As a savoury dish serve them with any coconut milk (Roce) curry like chicken or mutton or vegetable stew.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups boiled rice or 1 cup basmati and one cup boiled mixed
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Coconut Jaggery (Chunn) filling

  • 1 cup fresh grated coconut
  • ½ cup jaggery grated
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom powder

Coconut Jaggery Milk

  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup jaggery or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. cardamom powder

Wash and soak the rice for atleast 6 hours.  Gridn to a smooth paste, add salt, mix and transfer to a cake tin to steam.  Set the steamer and when the water boils place the dish with the rice batter on the steamer and steam for 20 to 25 minutes on medium high.  To check if done, pierce a knife and should come out clean.  Cut the rice cake into large pieces and press the pieces through a sevio or sev (ghatia/chakli) mould using the plate with large holes (if you prefer thinner strands, use the plate with smaller holes) and press like noodles into small circular heaps. 

To make the chunn – heat a pan and add the grated jaggery, add a little water to speed up melting and cook till fully dissolved.  Add the coconut and cook for a minute, then add the cardamom powder and keep aside till required.

To make the sweet milk – Heat the coconut milk till it reaches boiling point and then add the jaggery and simmer till dissolved.  Add cardamom powder, mix and take off heat.

Serve with coconut jaggery filling or sweet coconut milk for breakfast or as teatime snack and with chicken or mutton curry or vegetable stew for lunch or dinner.

Kashmiri Rogan Josh


Rogan josh or roghan josh or roghan ghosht, is an aromatic curried meat dish of Kashmiri origin. It is made with red meat, traditionally lamb or goat. It is coloured and flavoured primarily by alkanet flower or root and Kashmiri chilies. It is one of the signature recipes of Kashmiri cuisine.

Rogan josh is a staple of Kashmiri cuisine and is one of the main dishes of the Kashmiri multicourse meal (the wazwan). The dish was originally brought to Kashmir by the Mughals, whose cuisine was, in turn, influenced by Persian cuisine. The unrelenting summer heat of the Indian plains took the Mughals frequently to Kashmir, which has a cooler climate because of its elevation and latitude.

While the traditional preparation uses whole dried chilies that are de-seeded, soaked in water, and ground to a paste, non-traditional shortcuts use either Kashmiri chili powder – source: Wikipedia

I was inspired to try this dish after watching Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film Shikara (a 2020 film) where the protagonist is shown cooking and then announcing to her husband the Rogan Josh is ready! The film is based on the love story of a Kashmiri Pandit couple at the peak of insurgency in Jammu and Kashmir during the 1990s and the subsequent exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the Kashmir Valley

A fairly simple recipe, without onions, garlic and a minimum of spices!

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. Mutton
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • ½ bunch coriander leaves
  • 2” pc ginger, chopped
  • 2 tsp. chilli powder or to taste
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1” pc. Cinnamon
  • 2 cardamoms
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • Pinch of nutmeg powder
  • ½ tsp. mace
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. saffron
  • 2 tsp. hot milk
  • 4 tsp. ghee

Clean and cut mutton into large to medium pieces.  Beat yogurt and mix with coriander leaves, ginger, chilli powder and asafoetida.  Marinate the mutton with the yogurt mixture for 15 minutes.  Meanwhile, grind all the ingredients from cumin to mace to a smooth paste by adding a little water.  Heat crush and soak saffron in milk.  Heat ghee and add the mutton with the marinade.  Cook on moderate heat till all the water dries up. Will take 15 to 20 minutes. Cook further stirring constantly till ghee separates.  Add the paste, saffron and salt just enough water to cook the meat.  Cook for 30 minutes or till done.

Bhaja Maslar Tarkari


Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 medium brinjals
  • 3 to 4 medium green chillies (slit)
  • 2 to 3 dry red chilies
  • ½ tsp. fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 cup sour curd
  • 1 tsp. corn flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ tsp. salt to taste
  • ½ tsp. sugar
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds

Cut the brinjals into four lengthwise, removing the head and soak in salted water till required.  Heat a vessel and add the ghee, when hot add the red chillies and fenugreek seeds and fry for ½ minute.  Add the brinjals and fry till they change colour and turn brown.  Add salt, sugar and green chillies.  Mix the curd with the corn flour (this helps stabilise the curd and prevents it splitting while cooking).  Add the curd to the brinjals and stir then add the water.  Cover and cook till the brinjals are tender and the gravy is thick.  Roast & powder the mustard and cumin seeds.  I usually roast, powder and store the spices separately so have not shown it in the video.  Add the roasted powder to the cooked brinjals.  Stir well and serve hot with pooris or any Indian bread.

Amla Rice


Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked rice, cooled or leftover rice
  • 8 to 10 amlas
  • 1 small raw mango (optional)
  • 6 green chillies, slit
  • 1 tbsp. chana dal (split chick peas)
  • 1 tbsp. urad dal (split black gram)
  • 10 to 12 cashewnuts or groundnuts
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 2 sprig curry leaves
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste

Slit the green chillies and grate the amlas.  Discard the seed.  Heat a pan and add ghee, when hot, add the mustard seeds.  When they crackle, add the channa dal, urad dal, cashewnuts and fry till light golden.  Add the green chillies and curry leaves and saute for a minute.  Add the grated amla and (raw mango if using) and fry for a minute.  Add turmeric powder and salt and stir and mix well.  Cook the mixture on low heat for 5 minutes, mix and check seasoning.  Add the cooked rice, mix well and heat through.    

Baked Potato with Sour Cream and Corn Salad


Ingredients

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. Olive oil (or any oil)
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper powder
  • ½ tsp. Salt

Toppings

  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Corn salad

Heat the oven to 220 deg C. Clean and scrub the potatoes well keeping them whole.  Prick lightly with a fork to avoid the potatoes bursting.  Mix the olive oil, pepper and salt and brush the potatoes with the oil.  For softer skins, wrap the potato in silver foil, for crunchier potatoes leave open.  Bake for 50 minutes to 1 ½ hours depending on the size and oven temperature.  To speed up baking  pierce a metal skewer  through the potatoes so that heat is conducted to the centres.  To test if potato is done pierce with a skewer which should go through easily.

Prepare the filling while the potatoes are baking so it is ready to be stuffed into the potatoes when baked.  Cut a slit or a cross on the top of the potatoes and squeeze the sides so the top is pushed open.  Use oven mitts as the potato will be hot. Fluff the flesh of the potato with a fork.  Top with your desired filling.  Spoon sour cream mixed with a little olive oil and garnish with green onions and serve with a generous helping of corn salad or fill with sour cream and/or corn salad.  Makes a delicious meal or starter or a side.

Naan without yeast


Ingredients

  • 4 cups Maida (all purpose flour)
  • ¼ tsp. soda bicarb
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ½ tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • 5 tsp. oil
  • Garlic butter to garnish
  • 1 tsp. kalonji, optional
  • 2 tsp. melon seeds, optional

Method

  1. Sieve the flour with salt, soda bi-carb and baking powder and mix.
  2. Take a bowl and break the egg into it, add eh sugar, yogurt and milk and whisk. Keep aside.
  3. Make a bay in the flour, pour water about ¾ cup and mix gradually.  hen it comes together as a dough, knead to 5 to 8 minutes. 
  4. Add the egg mixture gradually little at a time and knead till well incorporated. (Do not add all the egg mixture at one time, will make the dough too wet to handle. 
  5. When fully mixed, knead to make a soft but smooth dough. It should not stick to the fingers. 
  6. Cover with a moist cloth and set aside 10 minutes. 
  7. Then add the oil, knead and punch the dough and again cover the moist cloth and keep aside 2 hours to allow the dough to rise.
  8. Divide into 6 to 8 equal portions, make balls and place on a lightly floured surface.
  9. Sprinkle kalonji and melon seeds or any other garnish you will be using,
  10. flatten the balls slightly and keep aside 5 minutes.  Flatten each portion between the palms to make a round disc and then stretch in one side in an elongated oval. 
  11. Preheat oven to 375 deg. F.  Place the naans on a greased baking tray and bake for 10 minutes.
  12. In a tandoor, place the naan on a gaddi (cushioned pad) and stick inside a moderately hot tandoor and bake for 3 minutes.
  13. I have baked them on the stove top on a tawa, till light brown on both sides and then finished cooking the naan directly on the flame. 
  14. Apply garlic butter on the naan as soon as it is removed from heat and serve immediately with Raan, Butter chicken or any Indian veg or non veg gravy.

Raan (Lamb Leg) in peppery gravy


Recipe : Ahd-E-Changezi from ‘Prashad’

Ingredients

  • 1 Leg of Spring Lamb (approx. 1 Kg.)
  • 3 Spring Onions

Marination

  • 3 tbsp. Ginger paste
  • 3 tbsp. Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. red chillie powder
  • Salt
  • ½ cup vinegar

Gravy

  • 100 ml Tomato puree
  • 2 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • A pinch nutmeg powder
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • 4 tbsp. Cream
  • 3 tbsp. Rum (certainly, if available otherwise optional)
  1. Clean Leg of Lamb and prick with a fork.
  2. Mix red chili powder and salt with the ginger garlic paste and rub this mixture evenly on the raan, arrange in a baking tray and douse with vinegar.
  3. Keep aside for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Broil the peppercorns on a tawa and pound with a pestle.
  5. Clean wash and cut the spring onions into thin roundels. Finely chop the greens.
  6. Preheat the oven to 300 deg F.  Add enough water to immerse three-fourths of the lamb leg, cover the baking tray with silver foil and put the raan on dum in the pre-heated oven for an hour and 15 minutes. (Check at regular intervals to ensure the meat is not over-cooked.  The right time to remove is when the meat leaves the bone at both ends).
  7. Tear off the foil, cool, remove raan, strain and reserve the jus.
  8. To make the gravy, transfer the jus to a  vessel, bring to a boil, reduce to low heat, add tomato puree and reduce the gravy to a sauce consistency.
  9. Add pepper, nutmeg and salt, simmer for 2 minutes, add butter and stir constantly until the butter is incorporated.
  10. Remove, add cream and 2 tbsp. of rum, stir. Adjust seasoning.
  11. Make deep incision on the raan right down to the bone and carefully remove (if desired) the bone.  If removing the bone, make ¼ inch thick slices, arrange in a shallow casserole, sprinkle the remaining rum and return the raan to the pre-heated oven for 3-4 minutes.
  12. To serve, remove the casserole from the oven, pour on the gravy, sprinkle a little pepper, garnish with sping onions and serve with Naan.

Mushrooms and Peas Curry


A rich South Indian preparation of Peas and mushrooms.  It’s a breeze if you are going to use frozen peas and canned mushrooms, like I have done. Those who don’t like mushrooms can substitute with eggplant, zucchini, tofu, sweet potatoes. And those who don’t prefer peas, you may substitute with corn.

Mushrooms and Peas Curry

Bataani Kaal Kari

Ingredients

  • 250 gms. mushrooms
  • 250 gms. Green peas
  • ½ tsp. mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp. fenugreek seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp. urad dal (black gram dal)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  • 1 tbsp. coconut cream powder
  • 1 tbsp. cashewnuts
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • ¼ cup coriander leaves, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. oil

Method

  1. If using fresh peas, peel, wash and boil.  Set aside. 
  2. If using fresh mushrooms, rinse under running water and cut into fours or slices or halves if they are small. 
  3. Saute in a tsp of oil on medium for 3 to 4 minutes and set aside.    
  4. I have used canned mushrooms (drained) and frozen peas, so will be cooking both directly.
  5. Heat oil and add the mustard seeds, when they cackle, add the cumin seeds, curry leaves and fenugreek seeds and the urad dal and saute till the dal changes color. 
  6. Add the chopped onion and cook till translucent and light brown. 
  7. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till liquid evaporates. 
  8. Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric and salt. 
  9. Add a little water so the spices do not burn and saute for a minute.
  10. Add the chopped tomatoes and saute till fat separates. 
  11. If using canned mushrooms and frozen peas add and mix and add 1 cup hot water for gravy and cook, stirring in between till fat at surfaces. 
  12. Meanwhile dilute the coconut cream in 2 tbsp. water and add to the mushroom peas curry, stir. 
  13. Blend the cashewnuts with a little water to a paste or powder fine and dilute with some water to a paste. 
  14. Add the paste to the curry and simmer 5 minutes. 
  15. If using fresh peas (boiled) and mushrooms (sauteed), add them at this step.  
  16. Add fresh coriander reserving some for garnish. 
  17. Adjust seasoning. 
  18. Remove to a serving bowl and garnish with fresh coriander.
  19. Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Sindhi Dal Pakwan


Sindhi Dal Pakwan

A typical and most famous sindhi breakfast consisting of dal and served with pakwan i.e. crisp puris.  Quite delicious and satisfying.  Enjoy as breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!

Ingredients

For Dal

  • 2 cups chana (split chick peas) dal
  • 2 medium onions (one for garnish)
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 6 green chillies, chopped
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. amchur (dry mango powder)
  • ½ tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. Salt or to taste
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or oil

For Pakwan

  • 2 cups Maida (all purpose flour)
  • ½ tsp. Ajwain (Carom seeds)
  • ½ tsp. Cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp. chilli powder
  • 3 tbsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. salt, or to taste
  • Water to knead to dough
  • Oil for deep frying

Method

Wash the dal and soak for 1 hour.  Take a vessel and place on heat, add the ghee or oil and when hot, add the cumin seeds, curry leaves and chopped onion and fry till onions are soft and light brown.  Add the chopped tomato (I have used 1 tbsp. tomato paste instead), and saute for a minute.  Add the dal, turmeric powder and salt.  Add sufficient hot water to cover the dal and cook till dal is tender but not mushy.  There should be no white spot in the center of the dal. Add the chillie powder, amchur and garam masala powder and cook till fat surfaces.  If water has dried up add a cup of water.  The Dal should have some gravy. Add the green chillies and cook further 5 minutes.  Remove.  Serve hot garnished with chopped onion, coriander leaves and tamarind chutney or Green chutney. Add both chutneys if you prefer.  Serve with Pakwan.

To make Pakwan

Mix the flour with cumin, ajwain, salt, chilli powder and ghee, mix well.  Add water little buy little and knead to a semi hard dough.  Cover and leave to rest 15 minutes.  Divide into 15 portions and roll each out into a thin disc.  Prick the surface with a fork (to prevent it puffing) as you want it crisp.  Heat oil in a kadai to hot and fry the pakwan on medium low heat till crisp and golden.  Serve hot with dal for a delicious and satisfying breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner or a snack!

To make Sweet Chutney (Saunth)

Made from Mango powder and usually served with snacks

5 tsp mango powder (Amchur)

3/4 cups sugar or jaggery (I used jaggery)

2 ½ tsp. cumin seeds

½ tsp. Black salt

1 tsp. black peppercorns

1 tsp. black cardamom seeds (use white if not available)

1 tsp. red chilli powder

Salt to taste

1 drop red food color

1 small raw mango

Roast the cumin on a pan, cool.  Pound black salt with a pestle if it is in chunks. Powder the cumin, black salt, peppercorns, cardamom seeds to a fine powder. Transfer to a dry bowl and add the red chill powder and salt and mix well.  Sieve the mango powder to break up the lumps.  Peel, and cut the mango into small pieces.  To make a larger quantity, double the ingredients.

Put 1 cup water in a saucepan, add mango powder and whisk to prevent lumps.  Cook on medium heat, stirring continuously until it thickens and becomes glossy. Add the remaining ingredients (except mango pieces) and stir till jaggery dissolves.  Simmer 5 minutes.  Remove and sieve through a soup strainer and cool.  Add the mango pieces and refrigerate.

To make green chutney:

Grind to a paste:

1” pc ginger

2 green chillies

2 flakes garlic

1 to 2 cups fresh coriander leaves

½ cup mint leaves

2 tbsp.  lemon juice

1 tsp. salt or to taste

Grind all together to a paste without adding water as far as possible. 

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