All time favorite: Curd rice


One of our favorites is curd rice 🙂 Some days, Mum would make Bisi Bele Bath and Curd rice with potato chips for lunch. That would leave us drooling!

Here’s how you can add some flavor to the humble curd rice.

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Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice – 2 bowls
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 ½ cups
  • Whole Milk – 1/3 cup
  • Cucumber – ¼ cup
  • Grated carrot – ¼ cup
  • Finely chopped cilantro – 2 tbsp
  • Pomegranate seeds – ¼ cup
  • Ginger – ½ inch
  • Rai / Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal/Black Gram dal – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chili – 2
  • Curry leave – 9-10
  • Oil –  1 tbsp
  • Salt a required

Method:

  • Take 1 ½ cups of yogurt in a bowl, add salt to taste and whisk to make it smooth. I like my yogurt to be smooth J
  • Take a large bowl, add the cooked rice, yogurt, milk, cucumber, grated carrot, cilantro, pomegranate seeds (serve some for garnish) and mix everything well.
  • Finely chop the ½ piece ginger and keep it aside.

To Temper:

  • Heat oil in a small pan. Add Mustard seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the black gram dal, broken red chilies, finely chopped ginger, curry leaves and fry well (make sure not to burn them).
  • Add it to the rice and mix well. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve with papad and any pickle of your choice.

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 🙂

Moong Dal with Dill leaves


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Ingredients:

  • Moong Dal / split green gram – 1 cup
  • Dill leaves – I bunch
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Tomato – 1 small
  • Garlic – 4+2 flakes
  • Green chilies- 4-5
  • Cumin seeds  – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 9-10
  • Red chilies – 3
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Roast moong dal, wash and keep aside.
  • Wash the dill leaves thoroughly and finely chop them.
  • Bring water to boil, add dal , turmeric powder and a few drops of oil.
  • Cook in medium heat till it begins to split.
  • Now add cumin seeds, thinly chopped onions, slit green chilies, garlic, finely chopped tomato and dill leaves.
  • Cover and cook on low flame till tomatoes melt and dill leaves are cooked. Add salt and mix well.
  • For tempering heat 2 tsp of oil in a small pan.
  • Add mustard seeds, once it splutters add finely chopped garlic , curry leaves and broken red chilies.
  • Add them to the dal.
  • Serve hot with rotis or rice.

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.

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.