Dal Makhni


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Ingredients
  • Black Gram / Urad whole – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onions – 1 large
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium
  • Ginger-garlic paste  – 1 tsp
  • Slit green chillies – 3
  • Cumin seeds / zeera – 1tsp
  • Red chilly powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Kasoori methi – 3/4 tsp
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh cream – 1/2 cup + 1 tsp for garnish
  • Butter – 4 tbsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
Method
  • Wash and soak black gram over night. Pressure cook with 2-3 glasses of water for about 2 whistles. Do not over cook unless you like it that way
  • Add 3 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp oil (adding oil helps the butter from burning) in a kadai
  • Add cumin seeds, once it crackles add the onions and fry till slightly brown. Meanwhile dice the tomatoes and make a puree
  •  Ginger-garlic paste to be added now and fried till the raw smell goes and onion is golden brown
  • Add the tomato puree and fry well. Add red chili powder, garam masala powder, green chillies and mix well. Cook until the masala is done
  • Now add the black gram along with the water in which it was cooked. This dal is best when the consistency is thick. Make sure you add water only to that extent.  Allow it to cook for a few minutes in the masala
  •  Add fresh cream and cook for about 2-3 mins
  •  To temper, heat 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp oil in a small pan. Add kasoori methi, fry it for a few seconds and pour it on the Dal. This gives an amazing aroma and flavor
  • Garnish with 1 tbsp of fresh cream  and coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with rotis 🙂
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Cabbage Kofta Curry


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Ingredients for the Kofta

  • Grated cabbage – 2 cups
  • Gram flour – 3 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chilli  – 2
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1-2 tbsp
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • Add a little salt to the grated cabbage. Keep it aside for 15 minutes
  • Squeeze out the water from the cabbage and add all the ingredients of the kofta to it
  • Make small equal sized ball and deep fry until golden brown. Remove and keep it aside

Ingredients for the gravy

  • Onion finely chopped – 1 medium sized
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Slit green chillies – 2-3
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf – 1
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Fennel powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Gram masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Cashew paste – 2 tbsp
  • Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 3 tbsp
  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds
  • Once it crackles add the bay leaf and saute for a few seconds
  • Add the onions and fry till slightly brown. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes
  • Add the tomato puree and slit green chillies and cook for about 5 minutes
  • Add all the powders and fry for some more time
  • The oil starts to separate and the masala forms a lump once it’s done
  • Whisk the yogurt and add it along with cashew paste and cream and cook for sometime
  • Mix in the fried koftas and allow it to cook for about 5 minutes
  • Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis

Masala Vada Kadhi


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First prepare the Masala Vada. 

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. Make small balls out of the mixture and flatten them. Deep fry on medium heat on both sides till golden and crispy.
  • Drain and Keep aside.

 

Then prepare the Kadhi.
Ingredients
  • Sour yogurt – 2 cups
  • Gram flour / besan – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 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
  • Curry Leaves – 6-8
  • Oil- 1-2 tbsp
Method 
  • Mix yogurt, besan and all the powders and whisk well.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds , methi seeds, curry leaves  and ginger garlic paste
  • Sauté for a minute. Add  the yogurt mixture.
  • Cook for sometime until it thickens, stirring continuously on low flame. You can add a little water if you don’t want it too thick.
  • Once the kadhi is done , add the Masala vada and serve immediately  with hot rice.

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.

Kadai Paneer Gravy!


Mum would make mouth-watering home made paneer and prepare the most delicious Paneer dishes.

Kadai Paneer is one of them. Here is the recipe.

Kadai Paneer Gravy  Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Kadai Paneer Gravy
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 sliced or cut into cubes – 1 small
  • Capsicum sliced or cut into cubes – 1 small
  • Julienned Ginger – 1 tsp
  • coriander leaves – 2tbsp
  • Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
  • Oil
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Heat oil in a Kadai. 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 enough water and make a thick gravy. Keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in another Kadai. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add coriander seeds and broken dry red chillies.
  • Add the sliced or cubed onions and capsicum and fry. Do not over cook.
  • Add the thick gravy and mix well.
  • Add the paneer pieces, ginger Juliennes and chopped coriander leaves. Cook for a few minutes. Add fresh cream and mix well.
  • Serve hot with rotis.

Delicious 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

Palak (Spinach) Pakoda


Tempting Palak Paokdas to go with your evening tea!

Try it out 🙂

Palak Pakoda

Palak Pakoda
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Ingredients

  • Palak/ Spinach – 2 cups
  • Gram flour / Besan – 1 cup
  • Onion thinly sliced  –  1 small
  • Rice flour  – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/ jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Wash the spinach thoroughly and finely chop it. Thinly slice the onion
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry
  •  Mix the gram flour, rice flour, cumin seeds, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl
  • Add hot oil to this mixture. ( the hot oil and rice flour helps in making crispy pakodas)
  • Add the spinach, onion and coriander leaves ( finely chopped) to the bowl and mix
  • The spinach will leave some water so add water if required
  • Make sure the batter is not watery. It should be of dropping consistency
  • If the batter becomes a little water add a little gram flour. Make the pakodas immediately after mixing the batter
  • Prepare  the pakodas by dropping the mixture little by little into the Kadai and deep fry till golden brown.
  • Serve these crispy pakodas with tomato ketchup or pudina chutney.

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

Mini Rava Idlis!


Mum’s Rava Idlis were always a treat. With yummy chutney and hot rava idlis, weekend breakfasts were just delightful 🙂

Do try them out! Kids will enjoy every bite!

Rava Idli Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Rava Idli
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Rava  – 11/2 cups
  • Curd – 3 cups
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 large
  • Green chilies finely chopped – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Carrot grated – 1/2
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 7-8
  • Soda – 1 pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp + 1 big ladle
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Roast the rava with 1 tbsp oil  for less than 5 minutes and make sure there are no lumps. Do not burn.
  • Heat 1 big ladle oil in a Kadai. Add mustard seeds. Once they stop spluttering add chana dal, urad dal. After a few seconds add onion, green chilies, curry leaves and salt. Fry till this onions are translucent.
  • Now add the rava and fry for sometime. Do not burn.
  • Removed from heat and allow to cool.
  • Now add curd. If the curd is too thick, add a little water. Curd and water together should be 3 cups. The batter should be same as Idli batter ( neither thick nor thin) consistency. First add 21/2 cups, then slowly add the 1/2 cup. If you still feel the batter is thick, add a little water and adjust.
  • Add the grated carrot.
  • Add soda. Add coriander leaves after a minute or 2. If added immediately, the  coriander leaves turn black.
  • Pour in Idli container and steam  for 10 – 15 minutes.
Rava Idli Image Credit: Mujahid khaleel

Rava Idli
Image Credit: Mujahid khaleel

Garnish with thinly sliced cherry tomatoes and grated carrots if you like.
Looks attractive and kids would love to eat these mini rava idlis. Serve with any chutney, chutney podi or vegetable Saagu.

Perfect combo – Puri & Vegetable Saagu!


Favourite among the kannadigas, the Vegetable Saagu is  best served with Puris, Set Dosas or Rava Idli. Mom would make this on Sundays and we would just love it. She learnt most of the  South Indian dishes from her childhood friend Sandhya who is also a great cook. Do make this on weekend and relish every bite!

Here’s how you can make hot puris!

Puri  Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Puri
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Water – enough for making the dough
  • Oil – 2 tsp for kneading + for deep frying
  • Salt as required

Method:
Mix the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add water little by little to form a medium soft dough. Mentioning it as medium soft, as the dough should not be too stiff or soft. The secret of soft puris lies in the way you knead the dough. Add 2 tsp of oil and continue kneading till the dough is smooth and has the right softness. Keep aside covered for 30 minutes.

Divide the dough into lemon sized balls. Roll these balls till they are smooth and make sure there are no cracks. Roll them into circles using a rolling pin. Let the circles be of medium thickness which helps in making puffy puris.

Heat oil in a wok enough for deep frying on medium flame. Deep fry the puris one at a time, pressing it under oil with a slotted spoon until the puri puffs up. Turn and cook on the other side. Serve hot with any side dish of your choice.

Delicious Vegetable Saagu 🙂

Vegetable Saagu Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel
Ingredients:

  • Chopped onion – 1 medium sized
  • Chopped tomato – 1 medium sized
  • Beans, carrot, peas, cauliflower, cabbage, chowchow/ chayote, potato – 1/4 cup each
  • Fried gram – 2 tbsp
  • Grated coconut –  2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 2 tbsp
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Ginger – 1/2 inch piece
  • Cloves – 2
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick
  • Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Grind together all ingredients from Fried gram to cinnamon with very little water.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add mustard seeds, after they splutter add urad dal, chana dal and curry leaves.
  • Add onions and sauté on medium flame till translucent.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until soft.
  • Add the ground masala, coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt as required and fry well for sometime until raw smell goes.
  • Add all the vegetables and fry. You can add vegetables according to your choice. Mom used to say not to omit chowchow/ chayote as it gives a very good taste to the Saagu.
  • Add water and cook until the vegetables are done. For faster cooking, use cooker and cook for 2 quick whistles. Make sure not to over cook the vegetables.
  • Serve hot with Puri , Set Dosa or Rava Idli.