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Kalonji Masala

Kalonji is name for stuffed vegetables in the state of Uttar Pradesh specially west part of it. Kalonji masala is a roasted spice powder that can be mixed with some other spices or can be used as it is to fill in various vegetables like okra[bhindi], bitter gourd[karela] , pointed gourd[parwal],egg-plants[baingan], potato[aloo] etc. This masala can also be sprinkled over while cooking chopped okra. pumpkin or potato. So lets make it…

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fennel Seeds[Sauf]: 50gm
  • Fenugreek Seeds[Methi]: 25gm
  • Black Mustard Seeds[Sarson]:25gm
  • Nigella Seeds[Kalongi]:25gm
  • Cumin Seeds[jeera]:25gm
  • Dry Mango Powder[Amchoor]: As per Taste

METHOD:

  1. Dry roast everything one by one leaving amchoor powder. Now grind everything together . Mix amchoor when it cools down & store it in an airtight container.
  2. HOW TO USE: Make ginger garlic & onion paste with very less water. Add this spice powder , red chili powder ,salt & mustard oil to it. Mix well. Keep it aside for 1-2 hrs so that all water gets absorbed in the spices.
  3. Now stuff it into your favorite vegetable.

NOTES:

  • This can be kept at room temperature for 3-4 months in an airtight container
  • Keep it in a dry place

Sattu Ka Namkeen Sharbat[ Salted Spicy Barley Drink]

Sattu is a flour made of either roasted gram , pulses or barley.It is used in regional cuisines mainly in the state of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar & Punjab. It is commonly served during breakfast as porridge or as sweet or sour drink. It can also be used as stuffing for parathas or batti{litti}. This time I have made Barley Sattu using Oo Mugi Healthy & Tasty Barley Grains sent to me by GO India Organic in association with Plattershare.Here I am sharing a savory , sour & tangy drink which is excellent to beat the scorching sun….do definitely give it a try..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Barley[omugi] Sattu : 2tbsp
  • Fresh Green Mint Leaves: 8-10
  • Fresh Coriander Finally Chopped: 1tsp
  • Dried Mint Powder: 1tsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder : 1 tsp
  • Black Salt : 1 tsp
  • White Salt : As per Taste
  • Green Chili Finally Chopped : As per Taste
  • Black Pepper Powder : 1/2 tsp

METHOD:

  1. Dry roast barley [omugi] on medium flame till 4-5 min stirring continuously.Grind it to a fine powder when it is stil warm.
  2. Now mix this powder in two glass of water keeping in mind there should not be any lumps formed. Now mix rest of the ingredients mentioned above. Stir well. Keep it in refrigerator till it cools.
  3. Sattu ka sharbat is ready. Serve with ice if you need it chill.

NOTES:

  • You will have to run your mixer two three times to get fine barley powder
  • In the same drink you can add little sugar too to get a sweet & sour flavor.

Chia Seeds Beetroot & Yogurt Dip

Chia seed is now a known super-food to all & mostly we use it in our daily breakfast cereals, smoothies, puddings or as sprinkles over salads . This time chia seeds are send to me by Go India Organic in association with Plattershare. I thought organic is some what desi concept & we Indians at some point of time used to produce organic food mainly. So I wanted to make something very Indian with this organic chia seed & i twisted my regular yogurt chutney by adding chia ,beetroot & lemon. Here is the recipe..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chia Seeds : 2 tbsp
  • Beetroot : 1 medium size
  • Mint Leaves : A handfull
  • Yogurt : 4 tbsp
  • Roasted Cumin Powder : 1 tsp
  • Black Salt : 1 tsp
  • Lemon A half : Deseeded & Chopped
  • White Salt : As per Taste
  • Green Chili : As per Taste
  • Ginger : A half inch

METHOD:

  1. Boil beetroot in a pressure cooker with a cup of water. Let it cool , peel & roughly chop into small pieces. Now blend this with chia seeds & all other ingredients mentioned above . Your Chia Beetroot & Yogurt dip is ready.
  2. It tastes great with home made sun-dried potato chips.

NOTES:

  • Chia seeds do not have its own taste . It acquires the taste of the food it is blend with.
  • Drink lots of water when you consume chia seeds

Green Chutney

This is a chutney for everyday use & can be relished with anything from dal chawal to dosas to chips… nachos… & will add nutritional value to your food too as it is made of greens & dal[lentil].Let’s make it…

INGREDIEBTS:

  • Split Bengal Gram / Chana Dal 2 tbsp
  • Fresh Coriander leaves a bunch
  • Fresh mint Leaves 2tbsp
  • Green Chillies to taste
  • Ginger 1/2 inch
  • salt to taste
  • Lemon juice 1/2-1 tbsp [as per taste]
  • Mustard Oil 2tbsp

METHOD:

  1. Wash & soak Chana dal for 1 hr.
  2. Now grind it with all the ingredients mentioned above along with mustard oil. Add little water if required & its done..

NOTES:

  1. This can be kept in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
  2. If you don’t like the pungent flavor of mustard oil just grind it with water & consume on the same day.

Chow Chow Curry[North Indian Style]

I have been introduced to this vegetable when I moved to Hyderabad as it is not very commonly seen in North.When I have heard  is name first “Chow-Chow ” I thought it is some Chinese  vegetable & has to be cooked that style. But when I googled about it I came to know it belongs to gourd family. So I tried to cook it like i sometimes cook bottelgourd using tomatoes & little amount of spices & it turned out yum..try this

INGREDIENTS:

  • Chow Chow : 4 medium size
  • Tomatoes Finally Chopped : 2 large
  • Ginger Grated: 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic Grated: 1/4 tsp
  • Green chili Finally Chopped : As per taste
  • Cumin Seeds: 1/4 tsp
  • Asafoetida: A pinch
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala Powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Vegetable oil : 1 tbsp
  • Salt : As per Taste

METHOD:

Peel , wash & chop chow chow in cubes. Heat a wok. Put  oil  into it . Add asafoetida & cumin seeds. Once cumin stops spluttering  add green chili.Cook for 1 min on medium flame.

 

Add tomatoes & salt to it. Cook covered for 2-3 min. Now add all spices , ginger & garlic.Mix chopped chow chow in this sauce . Cook covered for 2-3 min.

Add a half cup of water as it takes time to cook. Cook covered for 7-8 min.Check with the help of a fork if it is soft. Cook on high flame if there is excess water in it till it dries.

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Serve garnish with gree coriander . Good to eat with roti & paratha.

NOTES:

  1. If you want you can add little more water to have some curry.
  2. Instead of garam masala you can use sabzi masala or kitchen king masala. It tastes good.

Ragi[Finger Millet] Buttermilk Chila

Ragi or finger millet is one of the most nutritious and healthy cereals loaded with calcium, proteins, iron and other minerals .When consumed as a chila that too with buttermilk it makes a great weight reduction recipe.Little bit of onions, ginger & chili adds flavor to this wonderful chila. Try this...

INGREDIENTS:

  • Ragi flour: 1 cup
  • Rice Flour/Samolina : 2 tbsp
  • Butter Milk : 2 cups [ to make a batter of ragi flour]
  • Onions Finally Chopped : 3-4 tbsp
  • Green Chili Finally Chopped : As per taste
  • Ginger Finally Chopped : 1/4 tsp
  • Salt  : As Per Taste
  • Vegetable Oil: For Cooking

METHOD:

  • Mix buttermilk in ragi flour slowly & whisk thoroughly using a whisker. Now add rice flour/ semolina & again mix it thoroughly. There should not be any lumps formed.The batter should not be too thin or thick. It should be of pouring consistency.
  • Add chopped onions,ginger , chili & salt to the batter. Keep it aside for 30 min. The batter will acquire all the flavor.
  • Heat a non stick pan or griddle. Once again mix everything well .Sprinkle 1 tsp of vegetable oil . Spread batter in round shape like chila on pan.Cook for 3 min  & also sprinkle few drops of oil on chila.
  • Now turn it upside down. Cook on the other side for 2-3 min & its done.
  • Serve hot with you favorite chutney or sauce.

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NOTES:

  • Pan or Griddle shpuld be properly heated or else chila will stick on it & break while turning sides.
  • If you are using a regular tawa then apply oil generously for first chila.
  • The given quantity is sufficient for making 5-6 chilas.

 

 

Mix Vegetable[Potato,Bringal & spinach Mix]

This is a very famous mix of vegetables usaually prepared as sides with dal chawal or roti/paratha in the state of Uttar Pradesh specially western part of it. This mix is very nutritous & taste really good..here is the recipe..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Potato : 2 medium
  • Bringal/Egg Plants: 4-5
  • Spinach : 200gm
  • Tomato : 2 medium
  • Garlic Finally Chopped: 8-10pods
  • Green Chili Finally Chopped: As per taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Mustard Oil : 1tbsp
  • Asafoetida: A pinch

METHOD:

Peel potatoes & cut in cubes. Chop bringals in cube as well. wash & roughly chop spinach & tomato.

Heat a wok. Put mustard oil in it. once the oil starts fuming add asafoetida.garlic & chili. Cook  on medium flame till garlic starts looking golden brown in colour.

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Now add all the vegetables including tomato . Stir well. Cook covered for 15 min on slow flame.If there is any water left then cook on high flame  without lid till all the water gets dried.

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Serve as sides with roti/paratha or Dal Chawal.

Notes:

  • I always prefer mustard oil in my vegetables & curries as its pungent taste & smell gives different aroma & flavor to food. You can use vegetable oil instead.
  • It will taste even better if you add dill & fenugreek leaves in it.100gm each.

Green Moong Dal & Oats Chila

This is one of the healthiest option for breakfast , lunch & even for dinner.It is also very good if you are on a weight loss regime as both moong chilka dal & oats are great source of protein & fibre.So these chilas are worth giving a try.Here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

  • Moong Chilka Dal:1 cup
  • Oats: 1/2 cup
  • Ginger: 1 inch
  • Green Chili: as per taste
  • Cimin Seeds: 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida : 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Vegetable Oil : 1bsp

METHOD:

Soak moong dal for 2-3 hrs. now grind soaked dal in a grinder along with ginger , chili, cumin, asafoetida & salt.Keep the consistency little thin.

Now add oats to it. If u want you can powder oats first then add to it. If you are adding oats directly to it then mix well & keep the batter aside for 15 min. Add some water if the batter is too thick. Stir well. The batter should be of pouring consistency.

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Heat a non stick pan or tawa.Sprinkle few drops of vegetable oil. Spread the batter on it in circular motion.Cook from both sides on medium flame for 2-3 min . Serve with your favorite Chutney or sauce.

NOTES:

  • The given quantity will make 5-6 chilas.
  • The batter should not be very thin else chillas will break while cooking.

Fish Egg Cutlet

This time when my husband went to buy the fish it was already late afternoon.The vendor was short of fish so he gave some fish eggs. Though mu husband was skeptical about buying this but the vendor insisted. This is how fish eggs made way to my kitchen . I remember one of my Aunt use to make pakodas[fritters] out of it.But I chose to make it more healthy way  & it turned out really tasty.Here is my recipe….

INGREDIENTS:

  • Fish Eggs : 250gm
  • Rice Flour : 1 tbsp
  • Gram Flour: 1tbsp
  • Garlic Paste: 1tsp
  • Ginger Finally Chopped: 1/4th tsp
  • Green Chili Finally Chopped : As per taste
  • Fresh Green Coriander: A handfull
  • Chat Masala: 1tsp
  • Lemon Juice:1tsp
  • Vegetable Oil: 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt to taste

METHOD:

Wash fish eggs . Remove them from the skin shell &  wash them with water. You must use a very fine sieve to wash as they run away with water.

Now add all the above ingredients except vegetable oil into the eggs . Mix well.

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Heat a nonstick pan or skillet . Sprinkle little vegetable oil on it. With the help of a spoon put little mix on skillet & spread it like a cutlet. You can make 4-5 together depending upon the size of your skillet.Cook from both sides for at least  3-4 min.

Serve hot with your favorite Chutney.

 

 

 

 

Rajma Masala[Indian Style Kidney Beans Curry]

Although we see a lot of use of Rajma in Mexican & Italian recipes but Rajma is an Indian bean. It is originated here in India.In northern part of India it is considered as a royal bean as its recipes are widely made in wedding functions & also at home when we want to feed our best to some special guests.Even this rajma curry is made when sometimes we don’t want to eat our regular dal chawal roti sabzi meal. Try this easy everyday rajma curry recipe..

INGREDIENTS:

  • Rajma[Soaked Overnight] : 100gm
  • Onion Paste : 1tbsp
  • Garlic Paste : 1tsp
  • Tomato Finally Chopped : 2-3 tbsp
  • Ginger Finally Chopped : 1/4tsp
  • Turmeric Powder : 1/4tsp
  • Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
  • Red Chili Powder : As per taste
  • Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 tsp
  • Bay Leaf : 1
  • Black Cardomom : 1
  • Green Cardomom : 2
  • Dal Chini [Cinnamon]: 1/2 inch
  • Javitri [Mace]: 1/2 inch
  • Black Pepper Corn : 8-10
  • Nutmeg Powder [jaifal]: a pinch
  • Asafoetida : a pinch
  • Mustard oil: 1tbsp
  • Salt to taste

METHOD:

In a pressure cooker heat oil & add asafoetida,bay leaf, both cardomoms,cinnamon ,mace & pepper corn.Stir & cook for 30 sec.

Add onion & garlic paste.Cook for 1 min.Add tomatoes , red chili powder & ginger.Cook for 1 min . Now add all the dry spices along with 2 tbsp water.Add salt too.Cook until masala starts leaving the sides.

Mix soaked rajma to it & cook for 3-4 min.Add 2cups of water to it . Close the lid of pressure cooker . Let 1 whistle come on high flame & then 3 whistles on slow flame.Your rajma is ready  to serve with white rice.

Notes:

If you are not using pressure cooker & cooking it in a pan double the quantity of water. Bring it to boil on high flame & cook on medium flame for 15-20 min.