Ivy Gourd With Poppy Seeds

Ivy gourds or kundru with potato and poppy seeds.
A very delicious dry curry with ivy gourd, potatoes and poppy seeds or khaskhas. You don’t need any spices except turmeric and poppy seeds.

Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as scarlet gourd, tindora, and kowai fruit, is a tropical vine. It grows primarily in tropical climates and is commonly found in the southern Indian states, where it forms a part of the local cuisine. Coccinia grandis is cooked as a vegetable
Wikipedia

Available as a dietary supplement, ivy gourd is said to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that may aid in the prevention or treatment of a diverse range of health conditions, from diabetes and high cholesterol to high blood pressure and obesity.
Source

Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter I. And I made this recipe using ivy gourd.

I have missed letter A. Here are some recipes I have shared for this challenge.

Beetroot shot

Corn cottage cheese stir fry

Date walnut fudge

Eggs in poppy seeds and tomato gravy

Fennel oats millet cookies

Ginger noodles

Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie

Its a very easy to make yet superbly delicious curry. If you have ground paste ready then you can make it in a ziffy. You can also make it without potatoes or use less potato if you want. Use green chilli according to your taste.

Recipe

Ivy gourd – 250 gram

Potatoes – 2

Onion – 3, thinely sliced

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 3 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Nigella seeds or kalonji – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds in 1/3 cup hot water for 30 minutes.

2. After 30 minutes strain the water and grind with 1 – 2 green chilli and 2 – 3 tablespoon water. You can add little more water if required. Make a smooth paste.

3. Rinse the ivy gourd well. Cut both ends and make half lengthwise. Make thin slices.

4. Peel the potatoes. Wash well and make thin slices.

5. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add nigella seeds or kalonji if using.

6. Add thinly sliced onion. Fry for a minute.

7. Add thinly sliced ivy gourds and potatoes. Stir well.

8. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix and cover the pan. Cook on low heat. Keep stirring in-between.

9. When the ivy gourd and potatoes becomes brown add poppy seeds and green chilli paste. Rinse the grinder jar with 1/4 cup water and add with it. Mix and add 1 – 2 slit green chilli if you want spicy.

10. Cook on high heat. Keep stirring.
When the curry dried up and changed it’s colour to brown. Add 1 teaspoon mustard oil and mix. This step is optional. I have added it for an extra zing. You can skip this step if you want.

11. Remove from heat. Your ivy gourd with poppy seeds is ready.
Garnish with green chilli or cilantro/coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes
1. Use green chilli according to your taste.
2. You can also use red chilli powder if you want.
3. You can make this dry curry without potatoes or less potato.
4. Nigella seeds or kalonji is optional. If you don’t have nigella seeds or you don’t like the flavour skip it.

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Fruity Salad With Dried Basil

Fruity salad with dried basil.
Sharing one of my favourite and simple yet tasty and flavourful salad.
A healthy, easy to make and delicious salad.
Serve this salad with lunch or dinner or enjoy a bowl full only salad. You can add any of your favourite fruit in it. I have used apple, pear, pomegranate, sweet corn and tomato. I have also added dry roasted almond and fresh coconut to add some crunch.
You may like some more salad recipes on this blog.

1. Corn salad

2. Fruity salad with parsley

3. Peas chickpeas low calorie salad

4. Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Watermelon salsa

Sending this salad to this week’s Foodiemonday bloghop. I am late today. My kitchen is under renovation. So I have decided to skip this week. But my lovely friend Preethi Prasad suggested me to try something. In evening when the carpenters stopped their work for today I have made this simple yet healthy and delicious salad with whatever I had in my pantry. And very happy with the taste and flavour. Thanks Preethi.

This week 212 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is salad stories suggested by our bloghop member and very talented blogger Narmadha. Narmadha blog at Nams Corner. Check out her space for different kinds of recipes. I especially love her dessert recipes. You can also get non-veg recipes on her blog.

I have used apple, pomegranate, pear, cucumber, coconut and tomato. You can use any fruit of your choice. Finely chopped onion can be used in the salad. Sometimes I also add little garlic powder but today I have made it without onion garlic. You can also use mint leaves or cilantro/coriander leaves in the salad if you want.

Recipe

Apple – 1 small, cubed

Pomegranate arils – 1/2 cup

Pear – 1 small, cubed

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Almonds – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Sweet corn kernels – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cucumber – 1 small, peeled and cubed

Tomato – 1, cubed

Pink or black salt or rock salt – to taste

Freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Dried basil – 1 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Slice the dry roasted almonds.

2. In a glass bowl combine all the fruits, tomato, cucumber and sweet corn.

3. Add black, pink or rock salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried basil, vinegar and lemon juice.

4. Add dry ginger powder if using. You can also use ginger julienne or grated ginger if you like the flavour of ginger.

5. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if required.

6. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes
1. You can use any herbs of your choice instead of basil.
2. Finely chopped or sliced onion can be used in the salad.

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Lal Saag Or Red Spinach Stir Fry

Lal saag or red spinach stir fry with garlic.
A very easy to make and tasty stir fry. You need only four ingredients with red spinach to make this stir fry.
After a simple and light Chicken curry, here is an easy to cook yet delicious red spinach or laal saag.
If you like the taste of garlic then its perfect for you. You can serve it as a side dish with rice or any bread. I have served it with steamed rice and easy microwave chicken. I will share the chicken recipe soon.

Amaranthus dubius, the red spinach, Chinese spinach, spleen amaranth, hon-toi-moi, yin choy, or hsien tsai is a plant species. It belongs to the economically important family Amaranthaceae. This plant is native to Asia, Europe and Africa, with origin most likely in the Indian subcontinent.
Source – Wikipedia

All of us are aware of green spinach and its benefits, but red spinach also contains numerous health benefits.
Let us look at the top 14 red spinach benefits of this wonderful gift of nature

Benefits of Red Spinach

1. Digestion
2. Kidney function
3. Anemia
4. Dysentery
5. Strengthen Hair Roots
6. Improves eyesight
7. Less blood
8. Food
9. Venomous bite
10. Grey Hair
11. Immune Support
12. Lose weight
13. Cancer
14. Fever

To read more about health benefits of red spinach in detail click here.

This week 211 #Foodiemonday blog hop theme is #NaturallyColorful suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. I always amazed by her baked recipes, specially different kinds of bread. She has a vast collection of baked recipes.

I have made this red spinach for my fussy eater daughter. She loved the taste. And happily clicked the picture.
I made it without any spices except very little cumin. You can use one more chopped green chilli if you want it spicy. Or skip chilli if you are making it for kids. Recipe is very simple and don’take much time to cook.
Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy. Have a look on her blog for some beautiful pictures. Hope you will also like her write up.

Recipe

Red spinach – 250 gram

Garlic cloves – 8 – 10

Salt to taste

Green chilli – 1, finely chopped, optional

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the red spinach. Drain the water. Chop and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add the garlic cloves.
Fry the garlic cloves till brown.

3. Add chopped spinach, chopped green chilli, salt and cumin powder. Mix well.

4. Spinach will leave water. Cover and cook on low flame till spinach becomes soft and dried up. You can add little water if required.

5. Serve hot with steamed rice or Roti/Indian flatbread.

Note
You can add one more chopped green chilli with spinach if you want it spicy. Or skip chilli if you are making it for kids.

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Sikkimese Chicken Curry

Chicken curry from Sikkim cuisine.
A very simple yet delicious chicken curry. You don’t need to saute or fry the onion and spices. Just marinat the chicken with all the ingredients and cook. Curry is not spicy at all. You will love this light and delicious curry. Except little cumin and turmeric you don’t need to use any spice. So easy and simple isn’t it 😊

Sikkim is a state in northeastern India. It borders Tibet in the north and northeast, Bhutan in the east, Nepal in the west, and West Bengal in the south. Sikkim is also located close to India’s Siliguri Corridor near Bangladesh. Sikkim is the least populous and second smallest among the Indian states.

Sikkimese cuisine is the traditional cuisine of Sikkim, a state of India. Sikkimese are traditionally rice eaters. Nepalese cuisine is very popular in Sikkim because Sikkim is the only state of India with an ethnic Nepali majority.

Source – Wikipedia

Now why I am talking about Sikkim? Yes, if you are a regular reader of this blog then you may know that I am a member of a Facebook group and we members of the group share a recipe every month from different cuisine from different Indian state.

Shhhh cooking secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

This month my partner is very talented blogger Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. Do visit her space for different types of veg and non veg recipes. I specially love her baked recipes. I am sure you will love her wonderful blog.
Naramadha gave me onion and green chilli and I gave her lime juice and salt. Narmadha made delicious thukpa with these ingredients. Check out the recipe here.

You may like some more chicken recipes on this blog.

1. Chicken kosha

2. Zafrani Chicken

3. Chicken dak-bungalow

4. Chicken clear soup

5. Chicken chaap

I was searching for the recipes from Sikkim and loved this simple and easy recipe. In this recipe, you don’t need to saute or fry the onion, spices and chicken. Just marinate the chicken for an hour and then cook. Even you don’t need much spices to make it. Photo courtesy – Suchismita Roy

Adopted the recipe from here.

Recipe

Chicken – 500 gram

Onion – 2 finely chopped

Tomato – 1 large, chopped

Slit green chilli – 2 – 4 or to taste

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoons

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 1 – 2 tablespoons

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1teaspoon

Method

1. In a wok or pan mix everything with chicken.

2. Cover and keep the marinated chicken in the refrigerator for an hour.

3. After an hour cook the chicken covered till chicken becomes soft. Stir in between.

4. Garnish with green chilli and onion rings. You can also use cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish.

Serve hot with rice or any bread.

Note

Use green chilli according to your taste. If you like your curry hot add more slit green chilli.

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Chilli Rasgulla Or Green Chilli Infused Rasgulla

Green chilli infused or green chilli flavoured rasgulla or chilli rasgulla.
Yes, sweet spongy delicious rasgulla in a new flavour. Slightly hotness of green chilli made these rasgulla more yummy.

Rasgulla is an Indian syrupy dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent and regions with South Asian diaspora. It is made from ball-shaped dumplings of chhena and semolina dough, cooked in light syrup made of sugar.

Source – Wikipedia

 

Earlier I have made some more different fruity flavoured rasgulla. But this green chilli infused rasgulla is totally different. These slightly hot and sweet rasgulla or jhal misti rosogolla are really heavenly.
You can also make these rasgulla with more green chilli flavoured and with little hotness. See notes for option.

Sending this post to 210 #Foodiemonday blog hop #UltaPulta theme suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzling Taste Buds.
Do visit her space for many delicious and authentic recipes. I have already bookmarked some of her recipes to try. I am sure you will love her wonderful blog.

Kalayani suggested to make something sweet with savoury ingredients or something savoury with sweet ingredients.
At first I have planned to make a cake with some savoury ingredients. But I have already made few cakes recently. And one of my friend Vinita is in town this time. I have planned to surprise her with a completely new dessert. She just loved it. She also want to learn about the method. So I have to make it again to show her the method to make this chilli rasgulla. And this time used only chilli and didn’t open the cover in-between. And result is better so updating the recipe. These are more spongy and bigger in size. Here is a picture for you.

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You may like some more different flavoured rasgulla recipes on this blog.
1. Komola bhog or orange rasgulla

2. Mango or aam rasgulla

3. Watermelon rasgulla

4. Sugar and jaggery rasgulla with tips and tricks

Heavenly desserts made with rasgulla

1. Baked rasgulla

2. Rasgulla kheer or pudding

3. Egg less rasgulla cupcake

And a savoury dish with rasgulla

Savoury rasgulla korma

Before making this rasgulla please read all the tips and tricks of making rasgulla here.
Follow all the tips to make perfect spongy rasgulla. Just mash the cottage cheese well till smooth and your palm becomes greasy. And always make rasgulla in a large and broad pan.

Recipe

Cow milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Sugar – 1 heaped cup

Water – 5 cup

Green chilli – 1

Green food colour – 2-4 drop

Method

1. Rinse the green chilli. Cut and discard the tips.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. Break green chilli into half and add one piece in the milk.

3. When milk starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

5. Discard the green chilli from the cottage cheese or paneer.

6. Place a cheesecloth on a strained and pour the cottage cheese over it.

7. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

8. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

9. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavyweight on it for 1 – 2 hours.

10. . Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate.

11. Mash with your fingertips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy.

12. Make small balls. These will become double. I have made 8 small rasgulla out of this cottage cheese.

13. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

14. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls. To read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla click here.

15. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar and 5 cup water. Add remaining half piece of chilli in the sugar syrup. In the picture below I have added two pieces but removed one later. If you like the syrup with more chilli taste and hotness then you can use two pieces.

16. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

17. Cover and cook on medium-high heat for 20 minutes.

18. Don’t remove the cover in-between.

19. Now switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 1 – 2 hours or until completely cool down.

 

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20. You can keep these in the refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

1. If you want your rasgulla little more hot add one full broken green chilli in the sugar syrup.

2. If you want your rasgulla sweeter. Take out some syrup from rasgulla. Add some more sugar and boil for few minutes or till sugar dissolved completely. Add all the rasgulla with syrup in it and cover. When it starts to boil remove from heat. Cool again to serve.

3. Always use full cream cow milk to make rasgulla.

4. For spongy rasgulla mash the cottage cheese well with your fingertips and heel of your palm.

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4 Years Blog Anniversary

Wishing a very happy Janamashtami to everyone. May the blessings of Lord Krishna always be with you. May God make your life full of joy, happiness and prosperity.

Its my 4th blog Anniversary.
Completed 4 years with 423 post. Its possible only because of you. Thanks to all the readers and friends for your support, love and encouragement.

I have posted my first recipe Chakhao Kheer or black rice pudding on 25th August 2015 .

You may like this Janmashtami special recipe apple coconut fudge on this blog.
You can get many more dessert recipes here.

Now planning to share some more authentic and innovative recipes with healthy ingredients.
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I love to share healthy recipes on this blog. Stay tuned for more healthy, gluten free, vegan and delicious recipes. Coming soon with a new interesting recipe. Hope you will like it.

Time flies. My blog turns 4 years now.
In this wonderful blogging journey I have learnt many new things. New ingredients from different cuisine.
And also made many new friends. Got some blogger friends. Always appreciate their help, support and suggestions. I would like to thank all my foodie followers. I am enjoying this blogging journey only because of them. They always encourage me with their comments, feedback and appreciation.
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Rice Appe Or Paddu With Cooked Rice

Appe/paddu with cooked rice.
A spicy, delicious and easy to make appe/paddu or kuzhi paniyaram. This appe is made of cooked rice, you can also use leftover rice. Serve hot in breakfast or as a snack. It also taste great in room temperature.
Its known by various names in South India including paddu, appe, guliappa, gulittu, yeriyappa, gundponglu, ponganalu.
Kuzhi paniyaram or Paddu/GuLiyappa/Yeriyappa or Gunta Ponganalu or Tulu : “appadadde” is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and is similar in composition to the batter used to make idli and dosa. The dish can also be made sweet or spicy depending on the ingredients jaggery and chillies respectively. Paniyaram is made on a special pan that comes with multiple small fissures.
Source – Wikipedia

 

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You may like some more appe recipes made with different ingredients on this blog.
1. Red lentil appe

2. Beetroot appe

3. Semolina and lentil appe

4. Roasted gram or sattu appe

5. Semolina and flatten rice appe

6. Sprouts and oats appe

This week #209th #FoodieMonday bloghop theme is #ThindiYenu suggested by Aruna SarasChandra. Who blog at Vasus Veg Kitchen.
Do visit her space for many authentic, delicious and healthy vegetarian recipes. Recently loved her oats and nuts laddu. I will to try it soon.

ThindiYenu in Kannada means What is for Tiffin. According to Aruna here tiffin is refers to breakfast. And my contribution is this spicy and delicious rice paddu or appe using leftover rice.
I always love to make different types of appe. When Aruna suggested the theme Karnataka special breakfast or ThindiYenu.
I was searching for Karnataka breakfast recipes and loved this paddu recipe.
My son is at home this time for few days and he loves spicy food so I have made this paddu or appe spicy. Fresh cooked rice or leftover rice both can be used for this appe. At first I didn’t plan to use coconut but my vegetable vendor bought fresh coconut in the morning. So I have used it. Coconut definitely enhance the taste. But if you don’t have coconut then you can skip it.
Recipe adopted from Veg recipes of Karnataka

Recipe

Cooked rice – 1 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/4 cup

Curd – 1/4 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Water – 1/4 cup

Fresh grated coconut – 2 – 3 tablespoons, optional

Curry leaves – 8 – 10, chopped

Mustard seeds or rai – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon + to fry

Salt to taste

Eno fruit salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Grind the cooked rice with curd, lemon juice and 1/4 cup water.

2. In a bowl mix ground rice, semolina or suji, grated ginger, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, black pepper powder and grated coconut. Mix well and keep the batter aside.

3. Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds and let the seeds splutter. Now add finely chopped green chilli and curry leaves. Switch off the flame and add this tempering in the batter. Mix well.

4. Just before cooking add eno fruit salt and give a good stir.

5. Heat an appe pan. Pour few drops of oil in every hole.
Pour a spoonful of batter in every hole. Cover and cook on low heat until appe becomes light brown.

 

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6. Flip and turn the appe upside down. Cook uncovered till appe becomes golden brown from both the sides.

7. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes
1. You can add 1 finely chopped onion in the batter.

2. If you are making it for kids omit chilli. Or to make it more spicy add one more finely chopped green chilli.

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