Kaala Chana with Aloo and Dill Leaves


Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Kaala Chana / Black chana – 1 cup
  • Potato – 1 medium sized
  • Dill leaves – 1 cup
  • Onions finely chopped – 1 medium sized
  • Tomato finely chopped  – 1 medium sized
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric. Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Soak kaala chana over night and pressure cook for about 15 – 20 minutes
  • Heat some oil in kadai
  • Add onions and fry till golden brown
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes. Add tomatoes, fry for sometime. Add all the masalas
  • Cook till tomatoes become soft and oil separates
  • Now add the dill leaves and fry for sometime
  • Add in the potatoes. Cook till the potatoes  are done
  • Add the  chana , fry for a minute then add the  water with which the  chana was cooked
  • Cook for sometime. Serve hot with rotis

Interesting FactDill leaves also known as sabbaki soppu or sew bhaji. This green leaf  vegetable is very delicious and healthy too.

Specially good for pregnant women and nursing mothers.

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Diamond Cuts


Snacks to munch at home!

Mum would make Diamond cuts and this would make for a crunchy evening snack when watching TV with the family 🙂

Diamond CutsImage Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Diamond Cuts
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Ingredients

  • Maida – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

Method

  • Mix maida, salt, oil and make into stiff dough with water
  • Roll dough very thin, cut into strips and then into diamonds
  • Deep fry the diamond cuts till slightly  brown and crisp
  • Serve with powdered sugar

Simple and tasty Capsicum Rice


Simple and easy to make for school or office, pack some capsicum rice and enjoy 🙂

Capsicum RiceImage Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Capsicum Rice
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Ingredients

  • Cooked rice – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1small. Finely chopped
  • Capsicum – 1 small. Finely chopped.
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Butter/ ghee – 2 tbsp
  • Curry leaves –  a few
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • In a Kadai, add oil
  • When heated, add mustard seeds
  • Wait till they spurtle
  • Add the curry leaves, green chilies, onion,  Capsicum and salt . Fry for sometime
  • Let the capsicum be a little crunchy
  • Add in the rice. Mix well
  • Serve hot

Raw Banana with Curd


Raw Banana with CurdImage Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Raw Banana with Curd
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Ingredients

  • Raw banana  – 1 large
  • Onion – 3 tbsp
  • Coconut grated- 3 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/ Jeera -1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Tumeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder –  1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder  – a pinch
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1 tsp

For Tadka

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few

Method

  • Peel, cut and wash the raw banana
  • In a Kadai, add some water, raw banana , chilli , turmeric, coriander and garam Masala powder and cook till soft
  • In the meanwhile, grind cumin seeds , coconut and onion. In another Kadai, add oil
  • Add the ground mixer and fry for a 2-3 mins. Pour in the cooked raw banana. Add curd and mix well
  • Cook for about 2 mins
  • Add the tadka
  • Serve hot with rice

Jeera Aloo


Potato is simply irresistible! And Mum would make easy potato snacks to go with rice or roti.

And this would make the food all the more delicious 🙂

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Boiled and peeled potato -1large
  • Jeera – 1 heeped tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 -3 tbsp

Method

  • Add oil in a kadai. Once heated, add jeera.
  • When they begin to crackle add potato and all the powders.
  • Mix well and fry for sometime.
  • Serve hot with roti or rice.

Bhindi Masala


Everyone’s favorite Lady’s finger 🙂

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Lady’s finger – 300 gms
  • Onion – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 2 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 4-5 tbsp

Method

  • Wash the lady’s finger thoroughly. Wipe them with a cloth. This makes the lady’s finger dry and will not be sticky while cooking.
  • Cut them.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add the lady’s finger.
  • In the meanwhile cut onion and tomato . Add it to the lady’s finger. Fry for sometime.
  • When the tomatoes are a little soft, add all the powders.
  • Fry again. Cover and cook on low heat for about 15 – 20 mins.
  • Make sure to keep stir frying in between.
  • Please do not add water as it makes the lady’s finger sticky and soft.
  • Serve hot with roti.