Monday, January 29, 2018

Flower Matar Rassa Bhaji (Cauliflower and Green Peas Gravy)

This is one of my favorite vegetables. It is a classic traditional Maharashtrian recipe and loved by most of the people I know. It is also served on festivals, special occasions and weddings. It is spicy and totally delicious. So here is how I make it:

Ingredients: Cauliflower - 1 large, Green peas - 1 cup, tomatoes - 1, mustard seeds - 1 tsp, asafoetida - a pinch, bay leaf - 1, chopped, green cardamom - 2, red chilly powder - 1 tsp, green chillies - 1 or 2 chopped, ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp, sugar - 2 tsp, Garam masala powder - 1 tsp, coriander powder - 1 tsp, turmeric powder - 1 tsp, oil - 2 tbsp, salt as per taste, chopped cilantro for garnish. For Masala: Oil - 2 tbsp, Onion - 1 large chopped, Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp, Poppy seeds - 2 tsp, Dry coconut - 3/4th cup.

Method: For Masala: In a large pan, dry roast coconut and poppy seeds, then take 2 tbsp oil in same pan and fry onions till golden brown, add coconut and poppy seeds and ginger garlic paste and grind to fine paste and set aside. For Rassa: Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, when they pop, add asafoetida, chopped green chillies, ginger garlic paste, bay leaf, green cardamoms, turmeric powder, coriander powder and ground masala. Saute everything till the oil separates. Add sugar and garam masala powder. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and green peas. (For special occasions shallow fry the cauliflower and peas in oil separately and add - gives special taste). Add tomatoes and saute everything. Add 1/2 - 3/4th cup water and cover and cook everything for 5-7 minutes. Take care not to cook cauliflower too much or it will get mushy. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with hot roti or rice or even masale bhat.

Till my next post, take care everyone.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Vegetable Cutlets

This recipe is loved equally by adults and kids. It is a good way to get vegetables into your kids diet. Recently I made these vegetable cutlets for an office potluck party. They turned out to be really yummy and everyone loved them. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients: Potatoes - boiled and mashed- 2 large, Mixed Vegetables (boiled and mashed) - 2 cups (carrot, beans, green peas, corn),  Onion - 1 medium chopped, Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp, Red chilly powder - 1 tsp, Turmeric powder - 1 tsp, garam masala - 1 tsp, Bread crumbs - 3-4 tbsp, corn flour - 1 tsp, cilantro - chopped - 2 tbsp, salt to taste, Oil for deep frying.

Method: Heat some oil in a pan and saute onions till they are golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and saute for 1 min. Add boiled and mashed mixed vegetables and potatoes. Add garam masala and salt to taste. Add corn flour dissolved in 1/2 tsp water and bread crumbs and chopped cilantro. Let it cool. The mixture consistency should be such that you are able to shape them into patties. Add some bread crumbs if needed to adjust consistency. Dip  and coat the cutlets with bread crumbs and deep fry in hot oil. Drain on tissue paper to absorb excess oil. Serve with Ketchup. Enjoy the yummilicious cutlets!! 

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Banana Walnut Bread

It was almost the end of the week and 2 ripe bananas were staring at me. If I didn't do something, they would definitely end up in trash by Monday. Thanks to this recipe, after a couple of hours, they wound up in a delicious Banana Walnut bread :))

Actually, I got this recipe from a recipe book borrowed from our local library. Unfortunately, I forgot to copy down the title/author :(       

Anyhow here is the recipe:

Ingredients needed: 2 cups All purpose/Wheat flour ( I used wheat flour), 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 2 small bananas - mashed, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tsp - baking powder, 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1/4th tsp - salt, handful of chopped Walnuts.

Method: Preheat oven to 350 deg F. Butter/spray with non stick spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan.

Mix together butter and sugar with hand mixer, add eggs and mashed banana.and vanilla extract. Add in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix. Fold in the chopped Walnuts at the end.

Pour the batter in the greased pan and bake for 50-55 mins (time will vary depending on your oven and type of baking dish). Bake for additional 15-20 mins at 325 deg F if not done.

Cool for 15-20 mins, cut into slices and enjoy this nutty and delicious bread for breakfast, snack, teatime or just anytime :)))

Holiday season is here........ Wishing everyone Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2018!!! 🎅🎄🎆

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Achari Bhindi (Okra cooked with pickling spices)

Bhindi or Bhendi (Marathi) or Okra is a favorite with our family. I try cook this vegetable in many different ways to experiment with new flavors. This time I made it Achari style - with pickling spices. Needless to say it was a hit at our dinner table. So here is the recipe.......

Ingredients: Okra - 3 cups (I used frozen packet), Oil -1 tablespoon (mustard oil - optional), whole achari (pickling) spice mix - 2 tsp (take mixture of fenugreek/methi seeds  (least qty in mix) , kalonji/onion seeds, fennel seeds) , Onions - cut 1 medium, ginger/garlic paste - 1 tsp, coriander powder - 1 tsp, red chili powder - 1/2 tsp, turmeric powder - 1 tsp, Whole Red chilly - 1 optional, Cilantro - finely chopped, Sugar - 1 tsp, Apple cider vinegar - 2 tsp, Salt - as per taste.

Method: Heat oil in a non-stick pan, add all the whole achari spices, add onions and cook until they turn golden brown, add ginger and garlic paste and fry for another 2 min. Add coriander, chili, and turmeric powder, whole red chilly (optional) and stir, add sugar and apple cider vinegar and then add bhindi and cover and until everything is cooked. Add salt according as per taste
Garnish with cilantro and serve with hot rotis or as a side dish with rice. Enjoy the burst of sweet, spicy and sour flavors bursting in your mouth.

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Dhapate (Maharashtrian Wholegrain Multi-flour Flatbread or paratha - Healthy and spicy)

'Dhapate' is a typical Marathi word. It literally means 'beating'. Dhapate are typically made not by the traditional rolling method but by gently patting (beating) the dough into a flat roti shape - hence the name :) They are made by mixing various whole grain flours and that's what makes them super healthy - full of fiber and tasty. Dhapate are somewhat like Thalipeeth except thinner like paratha. They taste awesome and are easy to make.

Ingredients: Whole wheat flour - 1 cup, Jowar flour - 1/2 cup, Bajra flour - 1/2 cup, Besan (Chickpea flour) - 1/4 cup, Onion - 1 medium finely chopped, Green chillies - 1-2, Cumin seeds/ powder - 1 tsp, Ajwain/(Owa)/ Caraway seeds - 1/2 tsp, Garlic - 6-8 pods crushed, Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp (optional), Cilantro - 3-4 tbsp finely chopped, Sesame seeds/flax seeds - 2-3 tsp, oil - 2-3 tsp tsp knead,  Salt - as per taste.

Method: Coarsely grind green chilies and garlic in a mixer. Chop the onion finely or coarsely grind in mixer too. Combine flours, onion, coarsely ground green chili/ garlic, cumin seeds or powder, red chili powder (optional), cilantro and salt in a mixing bowl. Add 2-3 tsp oil and just enough water to mix and knead the flour into a soft dough. Cover and set aside for at least 30 minutes. Divide the dough into equal size pieces. Take a plastic sheet and gently pat the dough pieces into discs. Put some sesame seeds or flax seeds on top and gently pat them down into the Dhapata.  Gently remove the dhapata from plastic sheet and transfer and cook them on hot griddle/ tawa. Make sure to thoroughly cook by adding a few drops of oil on both sides till light golden in color.

Serve with Spicy Garlic/Peanut chutney. Enjoy this unique Maharashtrian delicacy!! 

Till my next post everyone, take care!!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Chutney Chana Pilaf or Pulao - Healthy and delicious!

Busy weekdays call for some quick cooking - to put food on the table just in time to satisfy impatient and hungry tummies. This is my go to recipe just for those days and it has a lot of surprises to please everyone's taste buds. It is super easy, healthy and delicious, that is 3 birds in one stone... haha. Here is my version of this fantastic one pot meal.

Brown Rice - 2 cups (you can use white rice and adjust cooking time accordingly), Water - 4 cups (adjust as per recommended on rice packet), Onion chopped - 1 large, Tempering - Oil - 3-4 tsp, Mustard seeds - 1 tsp, Asofoetida - 1/2 tsp, ginger/garlic crushed - 1 tsp, turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp, red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp, chana masala - 1 tsp, biryani masala - 1/2 tsp, cumin powder - 1/2 tsp, coriander powder - 1 tsp, Aamchur - 1/4 tsp or few drops of lemon juice, For chutney: grind together 1 cup cilantro, 1/2 cup mint, 1 tsp roasted chana dal, 1 tsp cumin seeds, pinch of sugar and salt to taste. 

Heat a pan/ pressure pan and add oil. When hot splutter mustard seeds, add asofoetida, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chana masala, biryani masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, aamchur powder and half of the green chutney. Saute for a minute and add onions. Cook for a minute and add the brown rice. Add water and cook for 25-30 minutes or as per directions on brown/white rice packet. When ready, garnish with some fresh boondi and cilantro and serve with the remaining chutney and raita. 

Enjoy this yummilicious Chutney Chana Pilaf or Pulao/Pulav - plant based, protein rich and full of flavor for clean eating! Vegan friendly too!!

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Ragda Patties - Mumbai special!

Ragda Pattice is a dish that needs no introduction! It is a classic Maharashtrian/Mumbai street food loved by everyone. My younger one lovingly calls it - potato patties in pea soup :) So without further delay, here is the recipe:

Ingredients and Method:

For Ragda: 
2 cups Green/Yellow Vatana (Dried peas) - Soak it (preferably overnight) and cook in pressure cooker with 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp salt. Mash lightly after cooling. Add water to adjust consistency and adjust salt to taste.

For Chutneys:
You can use Readymade chutneys from Indian store or see procedure below to make Homemade Chutneys:

Green chutney: Grind together 1 cup cilantro, 1/4th cup mint, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp garlic, 4-5 green chillies, cumin powder, 1 tsp lemon juice, pinch of sugar and salt to taste

Sweet chutney: Soak and grind - 15-20 dates, 2 tsp Tamarind paste, 1/4th cup jaggery, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1/2 tsp - cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, salt to taste

Red Chutney: Soak and grind together 5-6 red chillies, 5-6 garlic pods, 1/4th tsp red chilli powder, 1/4 tsp cumin powder, pinch of sugar, salt to taste.

For Patties:
5-6 medium sized potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed), 2 tbsp cornflour, chopped cilantro (optional), salt as per taste, 2-3 tbsp oil for shallow frying. Boil, peel and mash potatoes along with cornflour, cilantro and salt. Make small balls from the dough and gently flatten it with your palm.Take frying pan add oil once oil is hot. Shallow fry the the patties until golden brown and crisp form both sides. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil.

For Topping:
1 onion finely chopped, 1 tomato - finely chopped, any sev variety of your choice, chopped cilantro, chaat masala, red chilli powder.

Assembling the Ragda Patties:
Put some Ragda in a serving dish, put 1 or 2 patties over it and top it with more Ragda, put some green chutney, sweet chutney and red chutney. After that add some sev of your choice, chopped onion, chopped tomato, chopped cilantro, chat masala and red chilli powder as per your taste.

Enjoy this amazingly spicy, tangy, sweet, yummy, healthy and filling dish!!

Till my next post, take care everyone :)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Oats and Vegetable Sanja (Savory Oats with mixed Vegetables)

Hello everyone, I am back after a long time. Busy with summer activities, kids and work!!

'Sanja' - is traditionally made from semolina (cream of wheat) in Maharashtra. It is loved by everyone in our family. This recipe is a twist on traditional since I made it out of Oats today to make it healthier. This was our quick fix lunch today. It turned out to be really yummy and got a thumbs up from the kids too :)

Ingredients: 1 cup - Quick cooking oats, 1 medium onion chopped, mixed veg (any ones that you like - 1/2 cup),  tempering: 3-4 tsp Oil,  1 tsp mustard seeds, 1/4th tsp asofoetida, few curry leaves, 1-2 green chillies, 1 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chilli powder, 1 tsp Sambar masala (optional), Salt to taste.

Method: Roast the quick cooking oats in a pan till they turn very light golden in color. Heat oil in the pan and add  mustard seeds and let them crackle, then add asafoetida, curry leaves and green chillies, turmeric powder, chilli powder. Add chopped onion and cook for 2-3 mins till the onion is soft. Then add the mixed vegetables, and cover and cook for additional 2-3 mins till the vegetables are soft. Add sambar masala (this adds an interesting flavor) and stir and add the roasted oats and salt and 1 &1/2 cups water. Cover and cook it on medium low heat for 8-10 minutes stirring occasionally. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy Oats and Vegetable Sanja (Savory Oats and Vegetables) with yogurt or pickle!! 

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Bharleli Mirchi or (Aloo Bharwan Mirch) - Potato stuffed Anaheim Peppers

If you love spicy food like me, you will love this dish as much as I do. Actually, the Anaheim peppers you get here are not all that spicy, they just lend a mildly spicy and peppery flavor that goes really well with the potato stuffing. This is also a great party dish if you want to make something exotic.

Ingredients: Anaheim Peppers - 5-6 (any other large variety will do as well), Potato - 4-5 - boiled, turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp, ginger-garlic paste, Coriander powder - 1 tsp, Cumin Powder - 1 tsp, Mango powder - 1/2 tsp, Red chilly powder - 1/2 tsp, Mustard seeds - 1 tsp, Asofoetida - 1/4 tsp, Ginger/garlic coarse paste - 1 tsp, garam masala - 1 tsp, Salt - as per taste, Cilantro - 2 tbsp finely chopped, Oil - 2 tbsp

Procedure: For Stuffing: Boil and peel potatoes and mash them finely. Take oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and when they splutter, add asofoetida, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, mango powder and mashed potatoes, Add garam masala, mix well and add salt.Stuffing is ready.

Stuffing the chillies: Slit the Anaheim peppers only on the top half of the pepper, so that it forms a pocket for stuffing. Stuff the filling into it with so that it fills the pepper entirely. Press down it gently to make sure that it is not loose.

Cooking the stuffed peppers: Take oil in a shallow pan and add the stuffed peppers one by one. Cover the pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the mirch/chilli peppers over and cook till they are a little brown and done on all sides. Garnish with cilantro.

Delicious Bharleli Mirchi/Bharwan mirch or Potato stuffed Anaheim peppers are ready. Enjoy your spicy creation!!

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Tindora Cashew Masala (Ivy gourd cooked in spicy masala and Cashews)

Tindora or Tondla or Ivy Gourd is a rather plain vegetable with no special flavor of it's own. No one in our family is particularly fond of this vegetable. My little one was really sad the other day when I told him that I was about to make that vegetable for dinner. His sadness inspired me to add some exotic flavor and ingredients to make it really appealing to everyone's taste buds. The result was amazing and this vegetable is now "second favorite on his list" :) Nothing can topple Kale with Tofu, at least for now. Here is the recipe:

Ingredients: Tindora or Tondla or Ivy gourd - 1 packet about 300 gms (I used the frozen packet from local Indian grocery store), grated coconut - 5-6 tbsp, onion - 1 medium chopped, cumin seeds - 1 tsp, fennel seeds - 1 tsp, coriander seeds - 1 tsp, Ginger/garlic crushed - 2 tsp, mustard seeds - 1 tsp,Asafoetida - 1/4th tsp, Oil - 4-5 tbsp, cashews - broken - 1 tbsp, turmeric powder - 1 tsp, red chilli powder - 1 tsp, garam masala - 1 tsp, salt - as per taste, sugar - 1 tsp, lemon juice - few drops, chilli and cilantro for garnish, 

Method: Take a pan and add cumin seeds, fennel seeds and coriander seeds and dry roast them. Set them aside. In the same pan, add 1-2 tbsp oil and fry chopped onion till it turns golden brown. Add crushed ginger/garlic (crushed - 1 tsp) and fry for a minute. Then add grated coconut and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add the dry roasted seeds to this at the end and grind to a smooth pasted upon cooling. Take another pan and add 2 tbsp oil. Add mustard seeds and when they crackle, add asofoetida, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, sugar, salt, garam masala and ground masala to it. Fry for 3-4 minutes till oil leaves the masala. Then add the frozen Tindora or Ivy gourd to this.Cover and cook for 4-5 mins on medium heat. When tindora is soft, add broken cashews and cilantro. Mix well and cook for another minute or two. Tindora Cashew Masala is ready to serve! 

Well, our whole house was filled with the aroma of spices and everyone was really eager to try out the new exotic dish. I am really glad that this experiment was a huge success. The best reward was the smile on my little one's face  - priceless :)

Till my next post, take care everyone.