Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat


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Ingredients:

Aloo Tikki:

  • Potatoes – 4 large
  • Onions finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger green chili paste – 2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 3 tbsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp + for shallow fry
  • Salt as required

For serving:

  • Chole  prepared out of 2 cups of chickpeas
  • Green chutney
  • Date and tamarind chutney
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 large
  • Chaat masala
  • Cumin powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Sev

Method:

  • Boil the potatoes. Peel them and mash.You can also grate them.
  • Heat oil in a vessel. Add 2 tbsp of finely onions. Fry till translucent and add ginger chili paste. Fry well. Add turmeric and cumin powder, coriander leaves and some salt as required. Mix well. Remove from fire and allow to cool
  • Once the potato mixture cools down, make balls, flatten them and shape them into tikkis
  • In a pan, shallow fry the tikkis on both sides till golden brown.

To serve:

  • Place 2 tikkis on a plate. Pour generous amount of  hot Chole on top. Add green chutney, date and tamarind chutney, some fine chopped onions, sprinkle some chaat masala, a pinch of cumin powder and red chili powder and lastly some sev.
  • This recipe can serve 8-10 people.

 

 

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Simple and Easy Banana Bread Recipe


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Ingredients

  • All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable/ corn / canola/ olive  oil – 1/2 cup
  • Over riped bananas – 2 large
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Walnuts/ pecans chopped – 1/2 cup

Method

  • Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mom would always sieve 3 times.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree centigrade or 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Liquidize eggs and sugar along with vanilla essence with the help of a whisk in a large bowl. Eggs should be at room temperature.
  • Add bananas and oil and  mix in the same bowl.
  • Now add half of the dry ingredients and milk and fold in. Now add the other half and fold in again.
  • Add  walnut or pecans and mix slowly.
  • Grease a bread tin with butter and dust with all purpose flour so that the bread comes off easily once baked.
  • Pour the batter into the bread tin.
  • Place in the oven (middle rack) and bake for about 60 to 75 minutes depending on the oven until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • After about 30 minutes of baking, cover the top of the tin with aluminum foil so that the bread doesn’t brown too much on top.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool before cutting.

Mouth-watering Palak Paneer


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One of our all time favourites! Palak Paneer is a dish that will leave you asking for more.

Mum would make Palak Paneer on Sundays for lunch and that would make our weekends so much more happy 🙂 Do try it out!

Ingredients

  • Paneer cut into cubes  – 300 gms
  • Palak / Spinach – 2 bunches
  • Methi / fenugreek leaves – few springs
  • Savaa / Dill leaves – few springs
  • Tomato – 1 small
  • Ginger – 1 small piece
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies – 5-6
  • Garlic -3-4 large cloves
  • Onion finely chopped – 2tbsp
  • Cumin seeds / Zeera – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 3-4 tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Thoroughly wash the green leaves. Coarsely chop spinach leaves from two bunches.
  • Blanch (boil the water along with a little salt, then cook the leaves for 2 minutes) along with methi and dill leaves, tomato, 1/2 inch ginger, 1 large garlic clove and green chilies.
  • Strain and immediately add cold water. Once all the cold water is drained out, transfer to a mixer jar.
  • Blend the blanched ingredients along with lemon juice to a coarse paste.
  • Shallow fry paneer cubes till slightly brown and keep aside.
  • Heat  2 tbsp oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Now add 2 tbsp of finely chopped onion and fry till light brown. Then add 2 large cloves of finely chopped garlic and fry.
  • Mix in palak paste, add some salt and cook till well mixed for about ten minutes.
  • Mix in fried paneer cubes and cook for 2-3 mins.
  • Serve immediately. Add paneer just before serving.
  • Serve with roti, naan or kulcha.

Spicy Ghosht


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Ingredients

  • Mutton – 500 gms
  • Onion – 1 medium
  • Tomato – 1 medium
  • Green chili – 4
  • Coriander leaves – handful
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Pepper corns – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Wash the mutton thoroughly and keep it aside. Heat oil in the pressure cooker and add in the mutton pieces.
  • Fry well till the water of the mutton is dried up and the raw smell goes. Meanwhile, roughly chop the onions and tomatoes, add them to the mixer jar along with all the ingredients from green chilies to garam masala powder and grind to a smooth paste.
  • Add this masala to the mutton with turmeric powder and salt.
  • Fry well till the masala is well incorporated to the mutton and oil starts to separate.
  • Finally add a cup of water and close the pressure cooker.
  • Cook for about 3 whistles on high flame and then for about 15 minutes on very low flame.
  • You can also cook this in an open vessel till the mutton is soft.
  • Serve hot with roti.

Authentic Rajma Chawal


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Ingredients

  • Rajma – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 large
  • Tomato – 1 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Green chilies – 3-4
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Finely chopped Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Soak Rajma overnight, wash and pressure cook (add 4-5 cups of water) for about 3-4 whistles on high flame and then on low flame for an hour. Strain the rajma and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan . Fry chopped onions till golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and chilies and fry well.
  • Roughly chop the tomato and grind. Cook until the masala separates from oil.
  • Add salt , turmeric powder and mix well.
  • Add the Rajma , red chili powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder and mix well.
  • Now add the stock and cook until a thick gravy is formed.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Best served with basmati rice. You can also serve it with zeera rice or rotis.

Classic Homemade Walnut Brownie


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Sharing with all you foodies Mum’s love for baking! Here’s the classic walnut  brownie recipe 🙂 Loaded with nuts and chocolate, we’re sure you’ll love it.

Ingredients 

  • Sugar – 2 cups
  • Butter – 1 cup
  • All purpose flour / Maida – 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder – 3/4 cup
  • Vanilla essence – 1/2 tsp
  • Eggs – 4
  • Chopped Walnuts –  1/2 cup
Method 
  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the brownie.
  • Melt butter and allow to cool.
  • Sift all purpose flour and cocoa powder separately to avoid any lumps.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Grease the baking tray with butter and dust with flour so the brownie comes out easily.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree Celsius or 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Once the butter is cooled slightly , pour it in a mixing bowl and add the sugar. Break the eggs one by one into the mixing bowl and add vanilla essence.
  • Now slowly start mixing the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla essence. Do not beat.
  • Add cocoa powder and mix.
  • Now add the flour and fold in slowly into the mixture.
  • Lastly add a little flour to the walnut so they don’t settle to the bottom  and slowly mix in.
  • Pour the mixture into the greased  tray and bake for about 35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Baking time may vary depending on the oven.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a cooling rack.
  • Serve the Walnut Brownie with vanilla ice-cream, chocolate sauce and garnish with some chopped walnuts and vanilla wafers.

Arbi Fries


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Here’s a lip smacking and simply delicious snack that is a great alternative for potato.

Mum would make the easy yet tasty arbi fries that we would relish. Do try it out 🙂

Ingredients

  • Arbi /colocasia – 10-12
  • Red chili powder as required
  • Oil for deep fry
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Wash the arbi thoroughly and boil them in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles
  • Peel them and cut them into thick strips. If the arbis are small and round, just cut them into half
  • Deep fry. Sprinkle some salt and red chili powder and toss the arbi
  • Enjoy when hot

Paneer Burji Samosa


Did someone say ‘samosa’?! Mum would make the most delicious samosas during Ramzan and whenever we craved for the yummiest snack ever 🙂

Here’s Paneer Burji Samosa that you can make when you have friends or family visiting you or when you just want to enjoy your Sunday evening tea 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Paneer crumbled  – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 medium
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped green pepper/ capsicum – 1 small
  • Green peas – 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped Methi/ fenugreek leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves / cilantro – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat oil. Add onions and fry till slightly brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till soft. Add all the powders, salt and fry well until the masala is done and oil starts to separate.
  • Now add methi leaves and fry. This is totally optional. Add green pepper and peas. You can also add red and yellow peppers if you wish to.
  • Don’t forget the green chilies to spice it up a little more. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • In the end add the crumbled paneer and toss it well in the masala. Sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves.

 

Dough:

  • Add the flour and salt in a bowl
  • Mix water needed to make a stiff dough
  • Grease your hands with a little oil and knead the dough
  • The dough should not be too soft

 

How to make the samosas:

  • Make small even sized balls from the dough
  • Roll it with a rolling pin into a circle
  • Cut the circle into 2 halves
  • Make a paste with 1 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp water. Apply it on all the sides
  • Bring both the ends of the semi circle to form a cone
  • Hold the cone upside down and fill it with paneer Burji. Then seal it completely
  • Continue the same with the remaining dough
  • Refrigerate for half an hour. This makes the samosas crispy
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the samosas until they turn slightly golden brown on low heat
  • Serve the hot crispy samosas with pudina chutney

Mushroom Masala


Simple and lip smacking mushroom masala gravy that you can enjoy with roti or zeera rice 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Button Mushrooms – 300 gms
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 large
  • Tomato  – 1 large
  • Ginger garlic paste – 3/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – t tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp
  • Kaoori Methi – 1 tsp
  • Fresh cream- 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat oil. Add the onions and fry till golden brown. Transfer the fried onions to the mixer jar and allow to cool. Now add chopped tomatoes,  ginger garlic paste and cashew and grind them into a smooth paste. (you can  add almonds instead of cashews. Soak, peel and then grind).
  • Meanwhile, wash the mushrooms and cut them into quarters. Add them to the masala and fry well. Cook until the mushrooms are done.
  • Add kasoori methi and fresh cream and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve hot with butter kulchas or Zeera rice.

 

 

Mutton curry with Potatoes, Fenugreek leaves and Lilva beans in coconut gravy


Here’s mum’s mutton curry that she would cook every Friday 🙂

It’s absolutely delicious and goes with rice, roti, bread or event ragi balls! Do try it out 🙂

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Ingredients

  • Mutton – 500 gms
  • Thinly sliced onion – 2 medium
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Potatoes – 2 medium
  • Fenugreek /Methi leaves – 1 small bunch
  • Lilva beans – 1/2 cup
  • Slit green chilies – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Grated Coconut – 4 tbsp
  • Yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 1/2tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Cardamom – 2
  • Oil – 6tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Wash the mutton thoroughly. Marinate with yogurt, 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste, green chili, about 2 tbsp each of thinly sliced onion and tomatoes, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp of coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt.
  • Heat oil in the cooker. Add cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf. Now add the thinly sliced onions and cook until they are golden brown. Meanwhile, grind tomatoes and grated coconut together. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes. Now add the ground tomatoes and coconut and fry well till the masala forms a lump and oil separates.
  • Add the marinated mutton pieces and fry well till the water is dried up and all the raw smell goes.
  • Now add the remaining red chili powder and coriander powder . Finely chop the methi leaves and add. Fry Add some water and close the cooker. Cook for about 15 minutes on low flame after 3 whistles depending on how tender the mutton is. Switch off stove.
  • Peel and cut the potatoes into big pieces. Open the cooker, add the potatoes and lilva beans. Mix well . Now add in coriander leaves. Adjust salt if required. Close the cooker and cook for 2 whistles.
  • Serve hot with plain rice, ghee rice or roti.
  • If you want to cook in an open vessel, add the potatoes and lilva beans once the mutton is cooked about 60 – 70%.