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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Carrot Peas Potato Side Dish

Carrot Peas Potato Side Dish


This is a really famous winter side dish for vegetarians, vegans and is completely gluten free. Popularly known as gajar matar aloo, there are several ways of making this recipe, this is the classic north indian method. This is a simple recipe, you can always add more spices to suit your taste.

Carrot Peas Potato Recipe
Carrot Peas Potato
Preparation Time -10 mins
Cooking Time - 15 mins

Serves - 3 to 4 people as a side

Ingredients:


Carrot - 2
Peas - 1 cup
Potato - 1 large or 2 medium sized
Cumin Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilly Powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1tbsp
Water 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Dried Mango Powder (Amchoor) - Optional - 1/2tsp
Garam Masala (Optional) - 1/2 tsp

Method:


Wash, peel and chop the potatoes and carrots. In the picture above I have different shapes and size as my daughter loves to find different shapes in her food, keeps her entertained.

Put the pan on high flame add oil, add cumin seeds and let it crackle. Now add the chopped carrot and potatoes and give it a quick stir so that all the vegetables are properly coated with the oil. Cook for 5 mins, now put the gas on a medium flame and add the peas stir for another 2 mins. Add coriander powder, chilly powder, salt, turmeric powder and mix well. Now add half a cup of water and cover the pan with a lid until the vegetables are properly cooked.

Serve hot with Roti, Paratha or Rice.

Tip - You can add dried mango powder and garam masala if making it for adults only.


Sunday, 3 May 2015

SPICY CORIANDER CHUTNEY


This is a very popular dip served in India with snacks such as Samosa, Onion Bhaji, Spinach Pakode, Cheela, Dahi Bada etc. You can make this in advance and use it within a week or max 10 days, store in the refrigerator or fridge. 
Serves 2 – 4 people
Duration - 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

Fresh coriander 1 bunch or 100gms
Green Chilly 3 – 4 Depending on how spicy you want to make it.
Black Salt ½ tsp
Lemon 1 tbsp
Salt to Taste
Water ¼ cup

METHOD

In a liquidiser, add all the ingredients except lemon. Now turn it on for a few minutes till all the ingredients are nicely mixed. Take it out in a bowl and add lemon juice. Mix well. 
You can store it in the fridge for 7 - 10 days.

TIP : To get the nice bright green colour of the chutney add a cube of ice while using the liquidiser.

Sometimes the green chillies are extremely hot, if so you can reduce the heat by adding 3 -4 tbsp of yoghurt and blending it once for 30 seconds. This will give your chutney a nice taste and reduce the heat.

MOONG DAL CHEELA (YELLOW LENTILS PANCAKE)


This is a famous starter in India also and falls under the category of Chaat. It is a simple pancake and a good source of protein. Especially good for vegans as you can choose any filling, here in this recipe we have used the most popular filling of cottage cheese (Paneer).
Serves 4
Preparation Time - 15 mins 
Cooking Time - 3 - 4 mins each pancake


INGREDIENTS:

Yellow Split Lentils 1 cup
Salt to Taste
Caraway Seeds (Optional)
Oil for pan frying
Water 1 cup

For The Filing

Grated Cottage Cheese 50 gms
Fresh Coriander finely chopped 2 tsp
Ginger 1 tsp
Red Chilly Powder ½ tsp
Green Chilly finely chopped 1

METHOD:

Wash the lentils several times and soak the lentils in water for an hour. Add the lentils in a liquidiser and grind it to a paste adding little water at a time to make this in a smooth paste.

Take out the mixture in a bowl add salt and caraway seeds.

Mix all the ingredients of the filling and keep aside.

Take a non stick pan and let it heat for 5 minutes on full flame or maximum heat mark. 

Reduce the flame to half, Now Add 2 tbsp of the mixture and using a spoon try to spread it evenly in a circular motion. (Just like a pancake) 

Add oil on the edges of the lentils pancake (moong dal cheela) and little bit on the centre of it, using a small teaspoon. 


Now add the filling and distribute it evenly on top of the cheela, carefully using a wooden spatula pick the cheela from edges and fold.  Serve Hot With Coriander Chutney & Tamarind Chutney

Thursday, 5 February 2015

SWEET TAMARIND CHUTNEY


This is a very popular dip served in India with snacks such as Samosa, Onion Bhaji, Spinach Pakode, Cheela, Dahi Bada etc. You can make this chutney in advance and use it within a month’s time, store in the refrigerator or fridge.

Serves: 2 – 4 people

Cooking Time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS:

Sugar 6tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1tsp
Red Chilly powder ½ tsp
Black Salt ½ tsp
Asafoetida (Heeng) a pinch
Dry Mango Powder 2 tsp
Tamarind Pulp 1 tsp
Water 6 tbsp
Salt to taste.
Oil ½ tsp

METHOD:

In a small saucepan, add oil let it heat for 30 sec and then add asafoetida, cumin seeds and let it crackle. 

After a min add all the remaining ingredients except tamarind pulp.

Reduce the flame and cook for 5 mins. Check if the sugar has dissolved, if not cook till the sugar dissolves.

Add the tamarind pulp and cook for about a minute and let it cool. Your sweet tamarind chutney is ready to be relished.

Note: The sauce will thicken when allowed to cool, if you like dripping consistency then add double the quantity of water.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

DAHI RAITA


Cucumber & Tomato Raita

This is a yoghurt based accompaniment extremely popular with Rice dishes in India.

Preparation Time 10 mins
Serves 2

INGREDIENTS

Yoghurt 1 cup
Cucumber Chopped ½ Cup
Tomato Chopped ½ Cup
Roasted Cumin Seeds Powder ½ tsp
Salt To taste

METHOD

In a Bowl Mix All the ingredients together.

Serve as an accompaniment to Rice or along with Dry Vegetable & Roti.

TIP- You can prepare this in advance & Refrigerate for a while. Tastes Best When Served Cold. You can add Onions as well. 

VEGETARIAN PULAO (PILAU)


This is a simple veg rice dish usually served with raita or occasionally as an accompaniment to a mild curry.

Cooking Time 15 mins
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
Rice 1 cup
Onion 1 Medium (Sliced)
Mixed Vegetables (½ cup include Peas, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cottage Cheese or Potato)
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Garlic Clove 2
Bay Leaf 1
Clove 2
Green Cardamom 2
Black Cardamom 1
Cinnamon Stick 1 small
Salt
Red Chilly powder
Garam Masala
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Desi Ghee (Clarified Butter)

METHOD 


Wash Rice Several times to get rid of the starch and then soak it for about 10 minutes.

Heat Ghee in a pan. Add Cumin Seeds, Bay Leaf, Green Cardamom, Black Cardamom, Clove and Cinnamon, sauté for a minute. Then add the ginger, garlic and onions sauté for 2 mins or till the onion changes its color and becomes transparent.

Add the vegetables and the remaining ingredients. Add the water and let it boil for a minute.


Cook On Low Flame for 10 Minutes or till the rice absorbs all the water.

Serve Hot With A Curry Or Raita.

KADAHI PANEER


This is a quick recipe of Indian cottage cheese, full of flavours and is a healthy alternative to the traditional paneer recipes.

 

Preparation Time 20 mins

Serves 2 to 3


INGREDIENTS

Paneer (cottage cheese) 200gms
Onion 1 medium
Green Chilly 1slit
Dry Red Chilly 1
Tomatoes 2 medium sized
Tomato Puree 2 tbsp
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Garlic Clove 2
Salt to taste
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Seeds 1/2 teaspoon
Karahi Paneer Masala 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1/4 teaspoon.
Cream or Milk 3 tablespoons
Kastoori Methi (Optional)
Chopped fresh coriander for garnish.


METHOD

Cut The Onion in 4 parts and take out each layer. In a pan Heat Oil, Add Coriander Seeds, Cumin Seeds, 1 Dry Red Chilly & Saute. Now Add Chopped Ginger, Garlic, Green Chill, Onion & Sauté for a minute.

Add Bell Pepper & Chopped Tomato Cook for 2 mins. Now Add the Cottage Cheese, Salt, Red Chilly Powder, Corriander Powder, Karahi Paneer Masala & Tomato Puree & Mix Well.

After 5 minutes add 2 tablespoons of Cream or Milk and simmer and cook for another 5 minutes. Your curry is ready now.

Add Kastoori Methi & Garam Masala. Mix Well. Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Lachha Paratha.

TIP - If using frozen Paneer, after defrosting, put paneer in boiling water for about 10 mins.This will make it soft.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

SAGO KHICHDI (SABUT DANA)

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Serves 2


INGREDIENTS        
SAGO 

Sago 1 cup
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Potato chopped 1 small
Peanuts 2 tbsp
Curry leaves 7 or 8
Green chilly 1 slit 
Sea salt as per taste
Red chilly powder 1/2 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp

METHOD

Soak the sago with 4 cups of water overnight. Drain the excess water and take the sago out in a strainer to get rid of all the water. Let it dry a little.

In a pan add oil and let it heat, then add the mustard seeds let crackle. Add the chopped potato and cover with a lid for 3 - 4 minutes. Check if the potato is cooked.

Then add the curry leaves, green chilly and peanuts. Add the sago, salt and red chilly powder, cook for a minute. Mix well and serve hot. 

BULGUR WHEAT SALAD

Serves 2
Preparation Time: 10 mins

INGREDIENTS

SALAD 
Bulgur wheat (daliya) 1/2 cup
Split yellow lentil (Moong) 1/2 cup
Cucumber chopped 1/2 cup
Onion chopped 2 tbsp
Capsicum chopped 2 tbsp
Roasted peanuts 2 tbsp

FOR THE DRESSING

Olive oil 2 tbsp
Lemon juice 2 tbsp
Garlic chopped 2
Salt and Pepper as per taste

METHOD

Dry roast the bulgur wheat. Wash the yellow lentil thoroughly. In a cooker add water just to cover the bulgur wheat and yellow lentil, pressure cook  for about 3 to 4 mins. Just one whistle and close the flame. Release the steam and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl mix rest of the ingredients and add the bulgur wheat and lentils. Mix all the ingredients of the dressing in a bowl and mix well with the salad just before serving.

Friday, 21 March 2014

RAVA IDLI CHATPAT


Preparation Time : 5 Minutes
Serves 1

IDLI CHATPAT

INGREDIENTS

Idli 1 (Idli recipe http://thedalroti.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/idli.html)
Green Chutney 1 tsp
Tomato Sauce 1 tsp
Namkeen Bhujia 1 tbsp
Cucumber for garnish

METHOD

Put the Idli on a plate and spread the green chutney and tomato sauce.

Put some bhujia or any namkeen of your choice.

Garnish with cucumber.

Monday, 17 March 2014

RAVA IDLI

IDLI

Preparation time 15 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes

Serves 2 -3 people.

INGREDIENTS



1 Cup Semolina (Sooji )
1 Cup Yoghurt  (Dahi )
1 teaspoon Soda Bicarbonate (You can alternatively use ENO)
1 teaspoon Salt
Oil for greasing the moulds.

IDLI BATTER

METHOD

In a bowl, mix the Semolina and yoghurt to form a smooth paste. You may add a little water if the mixture isn't getting properly mixed.(this depends on the quality of yoghurt being used). Now add salt and Eno and let the batter sit for 5 minutes. It should look like the picture given alongside.

DEMOULDING
In the Idli pot add water and grease the idli tray. Cover it for 3 minutes so that steam starts to build up. Add 1 tbsp of this mixture in the mould and put it in the idli pot. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes. 

Serve hot with sambhar and chutney or use it as a quick snack.

TIP : Let it rest for 5 minutes and use only the tip of the knife to demould.
As you may break the idli elsewise.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

GOBHI KORMA WITH SOYA NUGGETS

INGREDIENTS


Cauliflower finely chopped  1 cup
Soya nuggets boiled  10-12
Ginger garlic paste  1 tbsp
Tomato puree         1/4 cup
Red chilly powder   1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder         1/2 tsp
Garam masala         1/2 tsp
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
Cumin seeds           1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

For Garnishing

Chopped coriander

METHOD

Heat oil in a pan.Add asafoetida (hing) & cumin seeds let it crackle.
Then add  tomato puree, turmeric powder and chilly powder. Fry for 4-5 mins untill the oil separate.
Add soya nuggets, cauliflower and salt. Cover the lid & keep it on slow flame for another 5-6 mins. Now add garam masala and mix well.
Garnish it with chopped coriander & serve hot with parathas.

Monday, 9 December 2013

FISH PANEER

INGREDIENTS

Paneer 250gms cut in cubes
ginger garlic paste 1 tsp
red chilly powder  1/2 tsp
cornflour  1 tbsp
lemon juice  2 tsp
curd   1 tbsp
garam masala 1/2tsp
salt 3/4 tsp
oil for frying

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients, (except the oil for frying) & let it marinade for 1-2  hours  in the fridge.

Deep fry the marinated mixture . Drain the excess oil on an absorbent paper.Sprinkle some chaat masala (optional).

Serve hot with green chutney and sliced onion.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

MALAI KOFTA

INGREDIENTS

MALAI KOFTA

Preparation Time 30 mins

Serves 2 to 3


FOR THE KOFTA

Cottage Cheese (Paneer) 1 cup grated
Boiled Potatoes 2
Green Chilly 1 chopped
Cornflour 1 teaspoon
Green Cardamom Powder a pinch
Almonds 4 
Salt to taste

FOR THE CURRY


Onion 1 Medium sized
Tomatoes 3 medium sized
Green Chilly 1slit
Ginger 2 inch Piece
Garlic Clove 2
Water half cup
Green Cardamom 2
Butter 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Sugar a pinch
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Coriander Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Fennel (Saunf) Powder 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala 1/4 teaspoon.
Cream or Milk 3 tablespoons
Kastoori Methi (Optional)
Chopped fresh coriander for garnish.


METHOD


In a bowl Mash the potatoes and mix it with cottage cheese, green chilly, almonds, salt and cornflour. Make it into small oval shape as seen in the picture.

Heat the oil in a pan, once the oil is hot deep fry these koftas on medium heat till golden brown and take them out on an absorbent paper.

Roughly chop the onions and tomatoes. In a cooker add the chopped onion, tomatoes, green Chilly, ginger, garlic and cardamom and half cup of water.

Pressure cook for 10 minutes, then open the cooker and blend all the ingredients to a puree. Then strain this gravy through a sieve.

In another pan add butter and this gravy bring to a boil, simmer and add red chilly powder, coriander powder, saunf powder, garam masala, sugar and salt. After 5 minutes add 2 tablespoons of Cream or Milk and simmer and cook for another 5 minutes. Your curry is ready now.

Add the koftas just before serving and heat for 2 -3 minutes. Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Lachha Paratha.

TIP : You can make the same gravy and just add cottage cheese for a quick recipe of Shahi Paneer.








Monday, 18 November 2013

MATAR ALOO CURRY

INGREDIENTS

Preparation Time 25 mins 

Serves 2

Indian Curry with potatoes and peas
MATAR ALOO CURRY
Potatoes 2(medium size)
Peas 100 gms
Tomato 1 (Grind it to a paste)
Onion 1 (Grind it to a paste)
Green Chilly 1 Chopped
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Ginger Grated 1 tsp
Garlic Chopped 1 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala 1/2 tsp
Oil / Ghee 1 tsp
Water 1 Cup
Salt to taste
Fresh Corriander For Garnish

METHOD

Peel the skin of the potatoes and dice them. In a pan add the oil, when it is heated add Cumin, let it crackle. Then add the paste of 1 onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly, saute it for 3 mins.

Now add the tomato paste and saute for another 3 to 4 mins.Turn the heat to the minimum and add red chilly turmeric and coriander powder saute it and add the potatoes and peas.
After a minute add the water, salt and garam masala, increase the heat to full flame and  close the pressure cooker.

Allow 1 whistle and then simmer for 5 minutes. Close the heat and allow the steam to release.  Garnish and Serve it hot with Chapati, Poori or  Boiled Rice.

Friday, 15 November 2013

MATAR KULCHA

The following recipe is very popular in India and a good substitute for choley. The white chickpeas called Matar can be sourced from any Indian / Asian store.

Preparation Time 35 to 40 mins

Serves 2 

INGREDIENTS


MATAR 
Matar (white chickpeas) 1 cup 
Water 4 cups
Bay leaf 1
Salt 1 tsp
Black Salt 1/2 tsp
Roasted Cumin (Jeera)  Powder 1/2 tsp
Red Chilly Powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder 1/2 tsp
Chaat Masala (I used Shan) 1 tsp
Lemon Juice 1 tbsp
Imli Powder 1 tsp (Optional ) 

FOR THE GARNISH:

Chopped Onion 1 (medium size)
Chopped Tomato 1 (medium size)
Green Chilly 1 (Finely Chopped)
Chopped Coriander 1 tbsp
Grated or Julienne Ginger 1tbsp
Roasted Cumin Seeds a pinch
Green Chutney 2 tbsp (Optional ) 

METHOD

  1. Soak the white chickpeas overnight or at least for 6 hours. Wash thoroughly and drain the water. In a pressure cooker, Add the chickpeas, Salt and Bay leaf. Close the lid and Leave it on full flame for 5 minutes, then simmer for another 15 - 20 minutes.
  2. Let it stand for 15 minutes for the steam to escape, check if the matar is soft , remove the bay leaf and slow cook till the water is evaporated. Now close the gas and add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. 
  3. Add all the ingredients for garnishing and eat hot with Kulche or Naan.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

CHICKPEAS CURRY - CHOLEY

INGREDIENTS:

200gms Chickpeas
2 Bay leaves (Tej Patta)
1 Black Cardamom (Moti Elaichi)
1 small stick of Cinnamon (dalchini)
1 medium sized onion
2 medium sized tomatoes
2 green chillies slit
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch of ginger
1 tbsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
1 tsp Red Chilly powder
1 tsp Choley Masala
1 tsp Corriander powder
1 tsp Roasted Cumin (Jeera)Powder
½tsp Garam Masala
1tsp Dry Mango powder (Amchoor)
2 tsp Dried Fenugreek leaves (Kastoori Methi)
2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
Salt to taste

METHOD:


1.    Soak White Chickpeas overnight. Wash thoroughly and drain the water.
2.      Take a pressure cooker add the chickpeas, salt, bay leaves, black cardamom and 6 to 8 cups of water.
3.      Leave it on full flame for 10 mins and then slower the flame and cook for another 20 mins.
4.      Do not open the cooker right away leave it for sometime to let off the steam.
5.      After 15 mins open the cooker and check if the chickpeas are properly boiled. You should be able to crush it placing between your fingers.
6.      Prepare the tadka as given in the recipe below and mix it with the boiled chickpeas, add dried mango powder and garam masala and simmer for 20 minutes for the flavours to get mixed properly.
7.      Take out the cinnamon stick, bay leaves and Black cardamom and garnish with freshly chopped coriander.
8.      Serve hot with Indian Flat bread (Kulche), Bhatoore or boiled rice.


For the TADKA


1.      Make a paste of onion, ginger and garlic.
2.      Take a small pan add 2 tbsp of cooking oil, add cinnamon stick and cumin seeds let it crackle then add the onion paste.
3.      Let the onion change its color to golden brown then add the slit green chillies.
4.      Make a paste of the tomatoes and add it to this mixture.
5.      Let it cook for 2 mins, then add red chilly powder, coriander powder, choley masala, cumin powder and dried fenugreek leaves  and mix till the oil separates from this mixture. Make sure the mixture doesnt stick to the pan add a little water if needed.

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