Makara Sankranthi Special: Avarekai Bath / Lilva Beans Rice


It’s the season of Avarekai/ Lilva Bean in Bangalore, and Sankranti is round the corner. Make this simple and flavorful recipe and enjoy it with friends and family.

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Ingredients:

  • Avarekai/ Lilva Bean –  1 ½ cup
  • Methi/ Fenugreek leaves –  2 cups
  • Onion –  1 medium sized
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Green chilies – 2-3
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 9-10 tbsp
  • Cooked rice – made out of 1 glass of rice
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat 9-10 tbsp of oil in a large Kadai.
  • Finely chop the onion and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry until onions turn golden brown and the raw smell goes. (Make sure not to burn the onions)
  • Now add tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add the avarekai/ lilva bean and fry well for 1 min.
  • Wash the methi/ fenugreek leaves thoroughly and chop them roughly. Add them to the kadai and fry well.
  • Add in all the powders, salt to taste and slit green chilies. Mix everything well and keep frying them from time to time until the lilva beans are cooked for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Mix the cooked rice  (make sure the rice isn’t hot) into the avarekai/ lilva bean mixture and fry well for about a minute.

Serve with papad and some raita or curd rice 🙂

Easy falafel recipe


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Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas dried – 250 gms (1 ¼ cup)
  • Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 3 (crushed)
  • Coriander – 3 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Green chillies – 3 to 4 (finely chopped)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Ground cardamom – ¼ tsp
  • Baking powder – ½ tsp
  • Water – 3 tbsp
  • All purpose flour – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Oil – 3 cups or 750 ml for deep frying

Method:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight
  • Drain the chickpeas well
  • Combine chickpeas with finely chopped onion, coriander and crushed garlic
  • Blitz the mix little by little by pulsing each batch for a few seconds
  • Make sure the mix is coarse and not too pasty
  • Add all the spices, baking powder, salt, all purpose flour and water to the mix
  • Mix well by hand until smooth
  • Cover the mixture and keep it in the refrigerator for an hour
  •  For frying: Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame
  • Wet your hands with a little water
  • Place one tbsp of the falafel mixture in the palm of your hand and make a ball or patty
  • Deep fry them in batches for over 4 minutes until golden brown
  • Drain the excess oil with paper towels
  • Serve with mayonnaise, hummus or mint chutney 🙂

Raw banana bajji


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Ingredients:

  • Raw banana – 2
  • Besan/ chickpea flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Soda – a pinch
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for deep fry

Method:

  • Peel raw banana and cut them into rounds ( not too thin or thick)
  • Add them to a bowl of water otherwise bananas will turn black
  • Mix all ingredients from besan with salt as required
  • Add enough water while mixing to make a batter of medium consistency ( not too thin or thick)
  • Once the oil is hot, dip each raw banana into the batter and deep fry until slightly golden brown
  • Enjoy with spicy green chutney. Kids love them with tomato ketchup.

Homemade Pav Bhaji


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Ingredients:

  • Potatoes medium sized – 4
  • Carrots finely chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Peas shelled – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
  • Onions finely chopped – 2 medium sized
  • Tomatoes – 2 large
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Slit green chilies – 3-4
  • Turmeric  powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala – 1 tsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Pav – 6
  • Butter for frying
  • Salt as required

For garnishing:

  • Chaat masala – As required
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 1/4
  • Green chilies finely chopped – 2-3

For Serving:

  • Onions finely chopped – 1 large
  • Lemon cut into pieces – 1 large

Method:

  • Boil , peel and mash the potatoes. Add 1 cup water and pressure cool all the vegetables until tender.
  • Open the pressure cooker and mash all the vegetables gently
  • Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a kadai. Fry onions, ginger garlic paste until they are brown.
  • Grind tomatoes and grind then . Add all the powders, pav bhaji masala and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Then add the boiled and mashed potatoes and vegetables to this masala.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes on a low flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves, green chilies and chaat masala.

For Pav:

  • Melt butter on a griddle, divide the Pav into 2 and fry them by pressing them a little.
  • Serve hot with bhaji, finely chopped onions and some lemon

Banana Bread | Simple and Easy 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.

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.

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

Kadai Paneer


If Paneer dry is what you are looking for, try the below recipe 🙂

Kadai Paneer Dry Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Kadai Paneer
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Paneer cut into cubes – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onions – 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 large
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry red chillies – 2
  • Onions cut into cubes – 1 small
  • Capsicum cut into cubes – 1 small
  • Julienned Ginger – 1 tsp
  • coriander leaves – 2tbsp
  • Oil
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add coriander seeds and broken dry red chillies.
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till soft. Add all the powders and salt and fry well.
  • Add the cubed onions and capsicum and fry. Do not over cook.
  • Add the paneer pieces, ginger Juliennes and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Cook for a few minutes.
  • Serve hot with rotis.

Aloo Gobi Dry


Aloo Gobi – a lethal combination!
Aloo-gobi by Mum is one of our favorites. We are sure you will love this one.

Aloo Gobi Dry  Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Aloo Gobi Dry
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Potato – 1 large
  • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 2-3
  • Garlic finely chopped – 4-5 small cloves
  • Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp
  • Red chilli  powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – a pinch
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry mango powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Boil and peel the potato. Cut into cubes
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets and wash them thoroughly  with hot water adding a little salt and  turmeric powder. Then boil  them with some water. Do not over cook. It should be crisp. ( you can microwave them too)
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add cumin seeds and wait until it splutters
  • Add finely chopped garlic and fry for a few seconds
  • Add the cauliflower florets and roast for sometime. Then add the potatoes
  • Add the green chillies and all the powders including salt
  • Toss it well and make  sure the potatoes and cauliflower are coated well with all the masalas
  • Roast for few more minutes. The cauliflower should still be nice and crisp
  • Serve hot with roti / rice and dal

Chatpata Aloo Chaat!


Craving for something chatpata?

Here’s Mum’s Aloo Chaat! Mum would try a variety of mouth-watering chaats for us on weekends. From Bhel, to sev, Dahi Puri and Aloo Chaat!

Do try it out!

Chatpata Aloo Chat Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Chatpata Aloo Chat
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients
  • Baby Potatoes – 12 -15
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Yogurt  – 1 cup
  • Sev – 1/2 cup
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 medium
  • Green Chutney
  • Date and Tamarind (sweet) chutney
  • Salt – as required
Method
Frying the Baby Potatoes:
  • Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker, peel and cut each of the baby potatoes into half
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai and add the potatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Then add salt as required and all the powders and fry  till the potatoes are well coated with the masala and  are slightly roasted
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool
Green Chutney
Ingredients
  • Mint leaves – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5-6
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Black salt – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt as required
Method:
  • Grind all the ingredients with minimum water
  • Adding lemon juice gives the green colour to the chutney
  • You can add a small onion too if you like, it increases the quantity of the chutney
  • You can refrigerate this for a week without adding onions
  • Best to prepare fresh and serve it with chaat or any snack
Date and Tamarind (sweet) chutney
Ingredients 
  • Dates – 20
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Jaggery –  1/2 cup
  • Red Chili powder – 2 tsp
  • Black salt – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as required
Method
  • Wash the dates , remove the seeds  and chop them
  •  Dry roast cumin seeds , cool slightly and crush with a rolling pin to make a coarse powder.
  •  Mix together dates, jaggery, tamarind pulp, cumin powder, red chilli powder, black salt, salt  and 3-4 cups of water
  • Cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil, reduce heat and continue to cook for sometime till it becomes thick
  • Remove from heat , cool and serve
  • Refrigerate it in an air tight container and use it whenever you like
  • Make sure to use a clean and dry spoon whenever you want to serve
Chatpata Aloo Chat Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Chatpata Aloo Chat
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

To Serve:
  • Place some baby potatoes on a plate
  • Add some yogurt to it
  • Then add the green chutney and Date and Tamarind chutney
  • Add some finely chopped onions and some coriander leaves if you like
  • Then sprinkle some chat masala
  • Top it with Sev and Enjoy