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 – ÂĽ cup
  • Grated carrot – ÂĽ cup
  • Finely chopped cilantro – 2 tbsp
  • Pomegranate seeds – ÂĽ 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 – ÂĽ 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.

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.

 

 

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.

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

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.

 

 

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 🙂

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.