Kaju Curry/No Onion Garlic Curry

Wishing a very happy Janmashtami to you all and your family. May Lord Krishna fill your life with bliss and joy. May God bless you all with good health, happiness and prosperity 🙏

Kaju or cashew nut curry. A no onion garlic rich creamy, mildly spicy and delicious tomato based gravy with fried cashew nuts. A scrumptious side dish to serve with paratha, puri or any bread and rice dishes.

You can also make it with onion garlic. Also sharing the recipe below with onion and garlic. You may like some Janmashtami special recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

2. Chhena kheer

3. Malpua

4. Mohanbhog

5. Makhana curry

And many other dessert, sweet and no onion garlic satwik recipes. Or you might like to try Janmashtami prasad thali to celebrate the festival from the blog of Poonam Bachhav.

This Kaju curry is completely Satwik recipe. But you can also make it with onion garlic if you want as I mentioned above. To make with onion garlic fry the roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, ginger and green chilli. When onion becomes translucent add tomatoes. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Let the sauteed mixture cool down and grind into a smooth paste. Then follow the steps as given below. Add the ground mixture in oil instead of tomato green chilli and ginger paste.

I served this delicious Kaju curry with paratha. To make paratha in a bowl mix 1 cup maida or refined flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only maida or only atta if you want. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon oil or ghee. Mix well. Now add water gradually to make a smooth dough. Smear the dough with half teaspoon of oil. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. Make medium sized balls and roll into a thin roti with the help of little flour. Fold the round roti into half then fold again into a triangle. You can spread ghee on both layers. Fry the triangle paratha from both sides on a griddle or tawa.

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Recipe

Kaju or cashew nuts – 3/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

For gravy

Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon

Water 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional

Method

1. Dry grind cashew nuts, poppy seeds and melon seeds into a fine powder. Add 4 tablespoon water and grind again to make smooth paste.

2. Grind chopped tomatoes, 1-2 green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste.

3. Heat one teaspoon ghee or butter in a pan. I used ghee. Add the cashew nuts or Kaju and fry on low medium heat till light golden brown. Take out the cashews and ghee and place on a plate.

4. In the same pan heat 3 tablespoon oil. You can use ghee or butter if you want. Add tomato, chilli and ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

5. Add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste and fresh cream. Saute again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes on low heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Now add the fried cashew nuts, 1-2 slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves . Reserve some fried cashew nuts for garnishing. Cook again for 3-4 minutes.

8. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the gravy. Mix well.

9. Add garam masala and remove from heat. I have used homemade Bengali garam masala. Get the recipe here.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts. You can also use fresh cream to garnish your Kaju curry. Serve with paratha, puri, or any bread and rice dishes.

Notes

1. You can use ghee or butter instead of oil to make the gravy.

2. You can also use 1-2 tablespoon more cream at the end if you want.

3. Dry roasted cashew nuts can be used instead of fried cashew nuts.

4. Use green chilli according to your taste.

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Panch Phoran Bhaja Or Roasted Five Spice Powder

Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder. A very aromatic spice mixture to use in chutney, sukto and many other dishes to enhance the flavour. Panch phoran or mixture of whole five spices generally used for tempering or tadka. And this roasted panch phoran powder will make your dishes aromatic. Just add a teaspoon of this powder at the end of cooking to enhance the taste and aroma of your dish.

Panch phoran originating from the region of Eastern South Asia and used especially in the cuisine of Bangladesh and Eastern India, Northeastern India region especially in the cuisine of Odisha, West Bengal, Mithila region of India and Nepal.  Wikipedia

To make panch phoran or five spice mix 1 tablespoon of each nigella seed or kalonji, cumin seeds or jeera, mustard seeds or sarso, fennel seeds or sounf and 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds or methi.

Generally radhuni or wild celery seeds are used in panch phoran. Radhuni looks like ajwain or carom seeds but flavour is different. But radhuni is not available outside Bengal so we use mustard seeds instead of radhuni.

Here are some recipes with panch phoran bhaja powder. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Panch phoran dal

2. Olive chutney

3. Gur aam or instant sweet mango pickle

4. Sukto

And some recipes which panch phoran tadka or tempering.

1. Panch phoran tarkari

2. Bati chochchori

3. Drumstick and potato curry

4. Pumpkin stir fry

5. Assamese massor dal borar tenga

6. Lentil patties in mustard sauce

7. Spicy potato curry

To make this aromatic dry ground spices mix all the seeds and dry roast till fragrant. Let it cool down before grinding. After grinding store panch phoran bhaja or five spice powder in airtight container and use as require. Radhuni is not available here. I bought a packet from Kolkata and stored in refrigerator to use in Sukto or some other dishes. I make panch phoran with the mixture of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds. You can get ready to use mixture in your local grocery store.

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Recipe

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1 tablespoon

Nigella seeds or Kalonji – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds or sarso – 1 tablespoon

Or

Wild celery or radhuni – 1 tablespoon

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi – 1/2 tablespoon

Method

1..Combine all the seeds. I have used cumin or jeera, mustard or sarso, fennel or sounf, nigella or kalonji and fenugreek or methi seeds. I didn’t use radhuni. You can use if you have or you like the flavour. I like mustard seeds in my panch phoran. Methi seeds taste bitter so I always use less methi in panch phoran. You can use equal quantity if you like.

2. Dry roast on a pan till the seeds become fragrant. Seeds shouldn’t be burnt.

3. Let the dry roasted seeds cool down completely.

4. Grind the mixture into powder. Store in airtight container for later use. You can store the powder in refrigerator.

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Mohanbhog Or Suji Halwa With Milk

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Mohanbhog or suji halwa with milk. Humble halwa with a twist. Used salted butter instead of ghee or clarified butter. Fried dry fruits, milk, saffron and salted butter made this halwa or mohanbhog heavenly.

Mohanbhog with ghee is made for offering as Bhog or Prasad to Lord Krishna who is also known as Mohan. So this halwa called mohanbhog. Try this delicious mohanbhog from Bengali cuisine on upcoming Janmashtami to offer and enjoy the divine taste as prasad. Mohanbhog is similar to kesari bhat, suji halwa or sheera. This mohanbhog is usually made with ghee. I am also sharing suji halwa with ghee which we usually made in home. And a cheat recipe for this mohanbhog.

Here are some different halwa recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Cherry pineapple kesari or pineapple flavored halwa

2. Chana dal halwa

3. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

4. Paneer gajar halwa

5. Buckwheat Waterchestnut Banana halwa

6. Moong dal halwa

7. Sweet potato halwa

You may also like to try Beetroot halwa recipe from Narmadha’s blog.

Now coming to the recipe. I have used salted butter instead ghee or clarified butter in this halwa. Salted butter taste great in some dessert. Already shared Rice kheer with salted butter. Many of my friends asked me about the recipe of my rice kheer. So shared the recipe with my secret ingredient salted butter. Now here is the recipe of suji halwa or mohanbhog with salted butter.

We need suji or semolina with salted butter, sugar, milk, saffron, cashew nuts, raisins and green cardamom. I have used cardamom powder.

You can use ghee instead of butter if you want. But salted butter with milk will give a different and wonderful taste. I have used less butter than normal halwa, you can increase the amount of butter if you like. Normally we use same amount of ghee, suji and sugar in our halwa. But I used less sugar according to my family member’s taste. We like our dessert less sweetened. You can use sugar according to your taste. If you are making for kids use half cup sugar and half cup butter or ghee with half cup suji or semolina. Remember patience is the key to get the divine taste so keep the flame low to perfectly cook the halwa.

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Recipe

Suji or semolina – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Salted butter or ghee – 1/4 cup

Milk – 2 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat milk with sugar and saffron in a pan. When milk starts to boil reduce the heat. Let it boil on simmer. I like my halwa less sweetened. If you want your halwa more sweet then you can use half cup sugar.

2. Heat butter or ghee on low heat in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. I used Amul salted butter. Add cashew nuts and fry till cashew nuts becomes light brown. Remove the cashews from the butter and add raisins. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from butter.

3. You can use 2 tablespoon more butter if you want. In the same butter add semolina or suji. Fry the suji on low heat. Don’t increase the flame. As I mentioned above  be patient to fry the suji evenly. If you increase the flame suji may burn from bottom.

4. When suji or semolina become light golden brown add saffron and sugar mixed milk. Don’t add entire milk in one go. Add milk slowly. It may splutter so stir continuously. Keep the flame low.

5. When milk dissolved and its about to dried up add fried cashew nuts and raisins. Reserve some for garnishing. Mix well. Keep the consistency according to your choice. When halwa starts to leave the sides of the pan, remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

6. Garnish with fried cashew nuts, raisins, saffron and almond. Serve warm with Luchi dum aloo or Radhaballabhi with spicy potatoes. You can also make laddu of this halwa. To make laddu, let the halwa cool down and make round balls. Garnish each laddu with a cashew nut.

Cheat Recipe

Fry the suji as above method on low heat. When suji starts to becomes light golden brown add cashew nuts and raisins. Fry for a minute more. Add milk slowly Also add sugar and saffron. Saffron is optional you can skip if you want. Stir continuously. When milk dissolved add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the heat. Your quick and easy mohanbhog is ready to serve.

Halwa Recipe

1. Heat 1/2 cup Ghee in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins as above method. Remove from ghee.

2. Add 1/2 cup suji or semolina. Fry on low heat till suji becomes nicely browned. Suji shouldn’t be burnt.

3. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1&1/2 cup water. Keep stirring. Cook till water dissolved and halwa leaves the sides.

4. Add fried cashew and and raisins. Mix well and remove from heat. You can add cardamom powder if you want. Serve hot.

Notes

1. With cashew nuts and raisins you can add almond or any dry fruits of your choice.

2. Saffron is optional, you can skip if you want. But saffron will give a nice colour.

3. You can use ghee or clarified butter instead of salted butter.

4. You can use same amount of suji, sugar and butter.

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Baked Potato Wedges With Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Crisp baked potato wedges with rosemary infused olive oil. Potato wedges are crisp from outside and soft inside. You need only very few ingredients to make these wedges but taste is absolutely delectable.

You can also use this rosemary infused oil for salad dressing or marinate the chicken or many other dishes. I have used my microwave to make these delicious crispy potato wedges. But you can also make it in your OTG. Bake at 200° and heat the olive oil with rosemary on your stove top. Just warm up the oil on low heat for 5 minutes and let it cool down before using.

As I mentioned above that you don’t need much ingredients to make these potato wedges. I have used rosemary infused olive oil with oregano, garlic powder, black pepper powder and rock salt or sea salt. But you can use any herbs of your choice. I don’t like garlic much so used only 1/2 teaspoon. If you like garlicky flavour, you can use 1 teaspoon full or more. You can use any salt instead of rock salt. If you are making it for kids reduce or skip black pepper powder. You can also skip garlic powder if you don’t like.

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Recipe

Potato – 4, medium

Olive oil – 1-2 tablespoon

Dried rosemary – 2 teaspoon

Sea salt or rock salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste,optional

Method

1. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potato lengthwise. Again cut the pieces lengthwise into half. Now cut all the pieces into half. You can get 8 pieces from each potato.

2. Wash the potato pieces well. Wipe the potato pieces with a kitchen napkin.

3. In a microwavable glass bowl heat olive oil and dried rosemary for 35 seconds on full power. Your rosemary infused oil is ready to use. If you want to make it in less oil then use only 2 teaspoon oil.

4. In a large bowl mix rosemary infused oil, salt, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper powder and potato wedges. Mix and coat the wedges well with oil and herbs.

5. Arrange the potato wedges on a baking tray. Sprinkle all the remaining herb mixed oil on the wedges.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 190°. Or until the potato wedges becomes golden brown. If you are using OTG bake at 200°. Serve crisp potato wedges immediately with any sauce.

Notes

1. Any salt can be used instead of sea salt or rock salt.

2. If you are making for kids reduce or skip black pepper powder. Or to make more spicy add little more pepper powder.

3. You can use any herb according to your taste.

4. Add 1 teaspoon full or more garlic powder if you like garlicky flavour. Or you can also skip garlic powder if you don’t like.

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Noodles With Red Cabbage And Roasted Drumstick

Noodles with red cabbage and Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick. Noodles with stir fried red cabbage taste awesome. Enjoy the noodles with delicious crisp Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick made with only one spoon of olive oil.

I have served this noodles with this roasted chicken drumstick but you can enjoy these drumsticks as a side dish or starter. You can also serve this noodles with chilli chicken, chilli paneer, manchurian or any other side dish. Or enjoy it on it’s own. You may also like Gobi manchurian from my fellow blogger Kalyani’s blog to serve with this noodles.

I have some fresh large red chilli/red Jalapeno or red chilli pepper. These chillies are not hot at all. We love the taste of these red chillies and earlier used in Spicy chicken curry and some other recipes. And also used red cabbage and capsicum with tomato, onion, garlic and green chilli to make this delicious noodles.

If you are making it for kids reduce the amount of green chilli, chilli sauce and schezwan sauce. And if you want your noodles hot use 1 tablespoon each. You can also use bell peppers, cabbage, beans, carrots, baby corn, broccoli, mushrooms or any vegetable with red cabbage . I don’t have yellow bell pepper but if you have, use it to make your noodles more colorful. Vinegar soaked green chilli taste great with noodles. Serve a small bowl of vinegar soaked green chilli with tomato and chilli sauce with this noodles. Your family members or guests can add it to their plate according to their taste.


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Recipe

Noodles – 150 gram

Red cabbage – 2 cup, shredded

Fresh large red chilli or Jalapeno – 4

Capsicum – 1, sliced

Tomato – 1 sliced

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Garlic – 5-6 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 3-4, finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Soya sauce – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Chilli sauce – 1/2 tablespoon

Schezwan sauce or chutney – 1/2 tablespoon

Tomato ketchup – 1/2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 3 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

For roasted chicken drumstick

chicken leg piece – 4

Soya sauce – 1/4 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Boil the noodles as directed on the package. Rinse the noodles with tap water and spread on a plate and toss with 1 teaspoon oil to prevent sticking.

2. In a bowl mix soy sauce, tomato sauce or ketchup, chili sauce, schezwan sauce, black pepper powder and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

3. In a small bowl soak 2 finely chopped green chilli in 2 tablespoon vinegar and keep aside.

4. Chop the red chilli pepper or large red chilli lengthwise.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add minced garlic, onion and 1-2 chopped green chilli. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

6. Add grated ginger and tomato. Saute for a minute. Add shredded red cabbage, fresh large red chilli and capsicum. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add all the sauce mixture. Mix well. Now add noodles, salt and 1 tablespoon vinegar soaked green chilli. Toss everything well. Add salt carefully because all the sauce includes salt.

8. Remove from heat when noodles are coated well with sauce. Taste and adjust salt and sauce if required. Sprinkle some vinegar soaked green chilli on the noodles. Serve hot with Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick or chilli chicken chilli paneer or manchurian.

Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick

1. Preheat the oven at 200°. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

2. Make a few cuts on the chicken legs with a sharp knife Marinate the chicken with soy sauce, salt garlic paste, chilli flakes, black pepper powder, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix everything well, cover and refrigerate for one hour.

3. Arrange the chicken legs on lined baking tray.

4. Roast the chicken in preheated oven at 200° for 25-30 minutes or until chicken pieces becomes brown and cooked.

5. Turn the drumsticks upside down and bake 10 minutes again. Serve hot with noodles or as a starter.

Notes

1. Add green chilli more or less according to your taste.

2. Bell peppers, baby corn, cabbage, beans, broccoli, mushrooms or any vegetable can be used in the noodles.

3. You can use 1/2 tablespoon more chilli sauce and schezwan sauce to make your noodles hot.

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Mint Yogurt Dip

Mint yogurt dip. A delicious dip similar to Greek sauce tzatziki which is a yogurt based sauce made of cucumber, lemon juice or vinegar, garlic, mint or dil. But its without cucumber and garlic. Mint, little cilantro, a small green chilli and a dash of lemon juice mixed this yogurt based sauce taste delectable.

Here are some more dip or chutney recipes on this blog.

1. Beetroot dip

2. Waterchestnut chutney or dip

3. Onion tomato chutney or dip

4. Peanut chutney or dip

5. Eggplant chutney

6. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger

7. Mint almond hummus

8. Mint carrot beetroot hummus with green peas

9. Ginger chutney

10. Mango sesame chutney

11. Capsicum salsa

To make this delicious dip we need thick curd. You can serve this dip with veggies, snacks or pita bread. I think it would be great with Aruna’s Cucumber discs and pipes.

Strain the curd or yogurt with a cheesecloth or use Greek yogurt. Don’t use watery curd or yogurt. Very finely chopped or coarsely ground mint leaves and green chilli will give a wonderful taste. This dip is very lightly spicy because of a small green chilli and pepper powder. You can increase or decrease the chilli and pepper according to your taste. I have used 1 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves for taste. You can use 1 tablespoon more if you like. Or skip if you don’t like cilantro. Leaves should be coarsely ground don’t grind to a smooth paste. You can also use half grated and squeezed cucumber into the dip. Taste the cucumber before using. Don’t use bitter cucumber.

Recipe

Thick curd or hung curd – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 1 small

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black or pink salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Finely chop or coarsely ground mint leaves ,green chilli and cilantro or coriander.

2. Add hung curd or thick yogurt, black or pink salt, black pepper powder and lemon juice. If you don’t like your dip tangy use one teaspoon lemon juice.

3. Blend everything well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more lemon juice if require.

4. Pour the dip into a bowl. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve with any snacks, pita bread, vegetable sticks or serve with any meal instead of raita. You can also use the dip as a sandwich spread.

Notes

1. Use chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

2. If you like less salted dip add 1/4 teaspoon first and adjust after tasting. 1/2 teaspoon is perfect for me. You can also use rock salt instead of black salt. But black or pink salt taste best.

3. You can add half grated and squeezed cucumber into the dip while blending. Squeeze the water of cucumber completely before adding.

4. You can store this dip in refrigerator to serve chilled.

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