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.

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

Everybody’s favorite Aloo Matar!


Potatoes are to die for! And when the combination is Potato and Peas, it’s simply heavenly!
Try the simple and enjoyable Aloo Matar ricpe 🙂

Aloo Matar Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Aloo Matar
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Potato – 2 medium sized
  • Peas – 1 cup
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 medium sized
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium sized
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Finely chop the onion and grind tomatoes to a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a cooker and fry the onions for sometime. Add ginger garlic paste and fry both till golden brown. (For one to make a good masala the onions should be rightly fried. If not fried properly, you will feel the onions as it is while eating and if burnt, obviously the taste would completely differ. Just add very little water immediately if the masala is getting  burnt. )
  • Add the tomatoes and fry for sometime. Slit the. green chillies and add it too.
  • Add all the powders as well as salt and fry the masala till raw smell goes and oil separates. (once the oil separates it means the masala is done.)
  • Add sugar as this will reduce the sourness of the tomatoes.
  • Add the potatoes and peas and fry for sometime.
  • Add a little water and  pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with hot rotis .

Yummy Vegetable Cutlet


Mum would make yummy cutlets with spicy mint chutney and we would enjoy every bite!

Perfect for an evening snack, do  try out this heavenly vegetable cutlet. You will love it 🙂

Vegetable Cutlet  © Mujahid Khalee

Vegetable Cutlet
© Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 4 medium sized
  • Beans – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot – 1/4 cup
  • Peas- 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower -1/4 cup
  • Green chilli and ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 small
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Bread slices – 2
  • Corn flour – 1 tbsp
  • Semolina/ rava – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1tbsp + for shallow fry
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Boil, peel and mash the potatoes and keep it aside. Steam the vegetables.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai.
  • Add the green chilli and ginger paste. Sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped onions. Sauté till pink and translucent.
  • Add the steamed vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed potatoes.
  • Add all the powders and fry for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove it from heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take some water in a bowl. Dip  1 bread slice into it.
  • Remove immediately , squeeze the water and add to the vegetable mixture. Repeat the same for the second slice too.
  • Add corn flour. (Corn flour and bread slices helps in binding the mixture). Mix well. Shape them into cutlets.
  • Add the rava to a plate.
  • Coat the cutlets with rava. This again help in binding and gives a crispy texture.
  • Shallow fry on a Tava or grill them by adding some oil.
  • Serve with pudina chutney, slices of cucumber and tomato.

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.

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