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.
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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

Raw Banana with Curd


Raw Banana with CurdImage Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Raw Banana with Curd
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Raw banana  – 1 large
  • Onion – 3 tbsp
  • Coconut grated- 3 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/ Jeera -1 tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Tumeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder –  1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder  – a pinch
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Oil – 1 tsp

For Tadka

  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – a few

Method

  • Peel, cut and wash the raw banana
  • In a Kadai, add some water, raw banana , chilli , turmeric, coriander and garam Masala powder and cook till soft
  • In the meanwhile, grind cumin seeds , coconut and onion. In another Kadai, add oil
  • Add the ground mixer and fry for a 2-3 mins. Pour in the cooked raw banana. Add curd and mix well
  • Cook for about 2 mins
  • Add the tadka
  • Serve hot with rice

Jeera Aloo


Potato is simply irresistible! And Mum would make easy potato snacks to go with rice or roti.

And this would make the food all the more delicious 🙂

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Boiled and peeled potato -1large
  • Jeera – 1 heeped tsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 2 -3 tbsp

Method

  • Add oil in a kadai. Once heated, add jeera.
  • When they begin to crackle add potato and all the powders.
  • Mix well and fry for sometime.
  • Serve hot with roti or rice.

Bhindi Masala


Everyone’s favorite Lady’s finger 🙂

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Pic Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Lady’s finger – 300 gms
  • Onion – 2 tbsp
  • Tomato – 2 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 4-5 tbsp

Method

  • Wash the lady’s finger thoroughly. Wipe them with a cloth. This makes the lady’s finger dry and will not be sticky while cooking.
  • Cut them.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add the lady’s finger.
  • In the meanwhile cut onion and tomato . Add it to the lady’s finger. Fry for sometime.
  • When the tomatoes are a little soft, add all the powders.
  • Fry again. Cover and cook on low heat for about 15 – 20 mins.
  • Make sure to keep stir frying in between.
  • Please do not add water as it makes the lady’s finger sticky and soft.
  • Serve hot with roti.

Corn Rice for Kids :)


Quick and easy to make, corn rice is a favorite among the kids.

Didi makes another awesome dish from Mummy’s recipe book.

corn rice

Ingredients

  • Cooked Rice -1 cup
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Sweet corn – 1/4 cup
  • Pepper powder – 1 tsp
  • Butter / Ghee- 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • In a kadai, add 1 tbsp ghee.
  • Add in the onions. Fry till the onions are translucent.
  • Add the sweet corn, pepper powder salt. Fry for 2-3 mins.
  • Add in the cooked rice. Fry again for about 2 mins.
  • Serve hot with roasted papad.