Bhaji Gosht/ Lamb with Spinach


Mom learnt this dish from one of dad’s  friend’s who runs a small hotel. Mom had this unique quality of trying new dishes and learning from anyone, be it cookery shows, friends or relatives. Non-veg lovers who don’t enjoy eating greens will definitely relish Palak in this way. She would make it spicy and serve with rotis 🙂

Bhaji Gosht

Bhaji Gosht
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Lamb (Mutton) – 500 gms
  • Spinach (palak) finely chopped – 1 big bunch
  • Onion – 1 large
  • Tomato finely chopped – 1 medium sized
  • Green chilles – 5-6
  • Curd – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Wash the mutton thoroughly.
  • Marinate with curd, ginger garlic paste and all the powders , salt for about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile thinly slice the onions. Heat oil in a Kadai. Add the onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add the green chillies and marinated mutton and fry till the raw smell goes and oil separates .
  • Add the palak and fry for some more time.
  • Lastly, add water and  Pressure cook on medium heat for about 15 – 20 mins.

Serve hot with rotis or rice 🙂

Paya / Lamb Soup


Paya soup is the tastiest and healthiest of all soups. Mom used to prepare this often when we were kids. This is very good for growing children and new mothers. My Granny  says paya soup was prepared traditionally on charcoal overnight and tastes the best.

Photo Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Photo Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients
  • Lamb trotters (paya) – half a dozen
  • Onion                              – 1 small
  • Tomotato                         – 1 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste          – 1 tbsp
  • Green Chillies                  – 5-6
  • Red Chilli powder             – 1 tsp
  • Pepper powder                 – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder     – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder             – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder             – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander leaves            – 2 tbsp
  • Water                              – 5 glasses
  • Salt                                 – as required
  •  Oil                                 –  1 tsp
  • Coconut paste                – 2 tbsp ( optional)
Method:
  • Wash the paya thoroughly by soaking them in luke warm water with a little salt for sometime.
  • Heat 1 tsp oil in a pressure cooker and fry the onions, ginger garlic paste, tomato and chilies for 2 minutes.
  • Then add the paya and fry for some more time till the raw smell goes.
  • Add all the powders and coriander leaves.
  • Fry for 2 minutes. Add the water.
  • Allow it to boil and pressure for about 1 hour on low heat.
  • Remove from fire. Serve in a bowl with some more pepper powder if desired.
  • Add coconut paste if you want the soup to be a little thicker to be served with rotis.
Mom used to serve us paya soup with rice rotis. Serve with any rotis you like 🙂

Methi Paratha


Parathas would make a great start for the day. Mum would make parathas of all types – aloo, methi, cabbage, radish, and paneer.

Miss the yummy taste. But, here’s Didi’s hand at Methi paratha 🙂

Methi Paratha

Methi Paratha
Pic Courtesy: Mujhahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Wheat flour – 3 parts
  • Gram flour – 1 part
  • Methi leaves – 1 cup
  • Garlic – 6-7 cloves
  • Cumin seeds/ Jeera – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies – 4-5
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Wash and finely chop the methi leaves. Mix the same with wheat and gram flour
  • Finely chop the green chilies and crush them along with jeera. Add the same to the flour. Add salt.
  • Make the dough by adding water little by little.
  • Knead it well by applying some oil.
  • Leave is covered for about 30 minutes.
  • Roll it into thick parathas.
  • Shallow fry on both sides with oil or butter.
  • Serve hot with any curry or pickle.

Delectable Pakoda Kadhi


Mum’s Pakoda Kadhi was just mouth-watering!

Try it out if you cannot resist!

Pakoda KadhiPhoto Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Pakoda Kadhi
Photo Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

For pakoda
  • Gram flour/ besan – 1 cup
  • Green chillies chopped – 3
  • Jeers / cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Onion thinly sliced – 1 medium
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt as required
For kadhi
  • Sour yogurt – 2 cups
  • Gram flour / besan – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 3/4 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 5-6
  • Oil- 1-2 tbsp
Method 
  • For the pakoda, mix all the ingredients with enough water
  • It should of dropping consistency
  • Heat oil in a kadai, make pakodas by dropping the mixture little by little and fry till golden brown
  • Drain and keep aside. For the kadhi, mix yogurt, besan and all the powders and whisk well
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in another kadai, add mustard seeds , methi seeds,  and ginger garlic paste
  • Sauté for a minute. Add curry leaves and then the yogurt mixture
  • Cook for sometime until it thickens Stirring continuously
  • Add the pakodas and serve hot with rice.

Masala Vada


Mom would make this mouth watering vadas with tea in the evenings or she would serve this with dal and green leaves curry ( Kathli dal) for lunch.
Masala VadaPhoto Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Masala Vada
Photo Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients 

  • Chana dal – 1 cup
  • Dill leaves – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Onion- 1 medium sized
  • Curry leaves – 7-8
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt as required
Method
Soak Chana for about 3 hours
Grind 1 tbsp Chana dal, green chilli ,ginger and salt into smooth paste
Coarsely grind rest of the Chana dal. Finely chop the onion, dill leaves, coriander leaves and curry leaves and add it to the ground Chana dal
Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry
Serve hot.

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.

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
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

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
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

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
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

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.