Shahi Dum Aloo

Shahi dum aloo. A no onion garlic rich creamy and delicious curry. Easy to make spicy and flavorful curry to paired with puri, paratha, roti, fried rice, jeera rice or pulao. A perfect side dish for this festive season.

On upcoming Navaratri which starts from 7th October this year, many people avoid onion garlic on these days. So here is a mouthwatering and easy recipe for you. You can also make it to serve as Bhog prasad with Luchi, Basanti pulao, Bhuni khichuri or Bengali pulao. I have served it with basanti pulao.

Potatoes are always comes to our resque when no other vegetables available for some reason. I always store potatoes when my vegetable vendor is on leave. Versatile potatoes are

• Packed With Nutrients.

• Contain Antioxidants. Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids

• May Improve Blood Sugar Control

• May Improve Digestive Health

• Naturally Gluten-Free

• Incredibly Filling

• Extremely Versatile

To read more about health benefits of potato click here.

Some fragrant spices are used to make this potato curry flavorful. I have used ground paste of these spices. You can also use these cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in tempering or tadka. If you are using in tempering don’t forget to crush the whole spices in a mortar pestle. But I like my gravy smooth and many people don’t like if these whole spices comes in mouth while eating. So to make the gravy smooth and creamy grind the spices into a smooth paste. And you can also add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream at the end of cooking if you want.

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Recipe

Small potatoes – 500 gram

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cashew nuts – 10

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 Inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Curd or yogurt – 4 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – to garnish

Method

1. Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 2 whistle. Don’t make too soft because we will fry the potatoes. If you don’t have small potatoes then you can also use large size potatoes. Cut the boiled potatoes in large pieces before frying.

2. Let the cooker cool down. Take out the potatoes and peel them. Prick the potatoes with a fork and keep aside.

3. Dry grind poppy seeds, melon seeds and cashew nuts. Add 3-4 tablespoon water and grind again. Make a smooth paste. Pour the paste into a bowl. Mix well beaten curd or yogurt with the mixture and keep aside.

4. In the same grinder grind tomato, ginger, 1-2 green chilli, cinnamon, green cardamom and cloves. You can use green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves for tempering or tadka but I recommend to grind everything into a smooth paste to get creamy smooth gravy. And the whole spices will not come in mouth while eating.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add potatoes and salt. Fry till potatoes becomes golden brown.

6. Add tomato, ginger, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste. Mix well. Add cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

7. Reduce the heat and add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste mixed with curd or yogurt. Saute till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides. Don’t increase the heat. Cook on simmer to avoid curdling the yogurt.

8. Add 1 & 1/2 cup water, sugar, 2-3 green chilli and little salt. Remember we have added salt in potatoes.

9. Increase the flame. When the gravy starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes. Or till you get your desired consistency.

10. Crush Kasuri methi with your palm and add in potatoes. Taste and adjust the salt if required. Add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter and remove from heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream if you like. I didn’t.

11. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with any pulao, steamed rice, puri, luchi, naan, paratha or any Indian flatbread.

Notes

1. You can use almond instead of cashew nuts.

2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Basanti Pulao

Basanti pulao or Bengali sweet yellow pulao. Bright yellow coloured aromatic rice made with fragrant gobindobhog rice saffron and aromatic whole spices taste heavenly with any spicy curry. A festive dish from Bengali cuisine. Basanti stands for yellow. This sweet yellow pulao called basanti pulao, holud pulao or misti pulao. Basanti pulao also taste great with Basmati rice, so you can use whatever you have.

Durga puja is around the corner. Try this aromatic rice to celebrate your festival. You can also make it for bhog prasad for Goddess. To know about Durga Puja or Sharad Utsab click here. For bhog or naivedya different types of dishes are prepared to offer Goddess Durga. Reading a book Bhog Naivedya by Sujata Shukla. Copy pasting a line from the book, “This is not just faith, but also a nation’s food culture, brought to you on a puja thali!.” I completely agree with it. You can get many more authentic recipes on above Durga Puja post link. As I said you can serve this pulao with any veg or non veg spicy curry. I served it with shahi dum aloo. I will share the recipe soon.

Here are some no onion garlic veg curry recipes which you can serve with this pulao.

Chhanar dalna

Spicy potato curry

Makhana curry

Kaju Curry

Dahi aloo

Aloo kofta curry

Pointed gourd in yogurt gravy

Rasgulla korma

Matar kofta

Shahi paneer

Aloo Paneer

You can also serve this pulao with any non veg curry like

Chicken kosha

Chicken rezala

Dim kosha

Zafrani chicken

Chicken dak bungalow

Rara mutton

Railway mutton curry

Fish kalia

Chhanamukhe ilish

Chicken chaap

Fragrant gobindobhog rice with whole spices made this pulao aromatic. But if you don’t have gobindobhog rice then you can use Basmati rice. I usually make basanti pulao with Basmati rice because gobindobhog rice is not available outside Bengal. Have a look at how it looks with basmati rice. In this pulao I have used basmati rice and instead of saffron used little turmeric powder.

But this time got gobindobhog rice online. I used saffron or keshar to make this pulao basanti or yellow. If you don’t have saffron then you can use little food colour or turmeric. But I recommend to use saffron for the lovely aroma and colour.

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Recipe

Gobindobhog rice – 1&1/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Saffron or keshar – 1/4 teaspoon

Milk – 3 tablespoon

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Cashew nuts – 15

Raisins – 15

Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated or paste

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 2-3 tablespoon

Bengali garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice well. Drain the water completely. Marinate the rice with 1 teaspoon ghee, salt, sugar, grated ginger or paste, nutmeg or jaiphal powder, mace or javitri powder, cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder. Get the recipe of Bengali garam masala here. I have used 1 teaspoon salt and 2&1/2 teaspoon Sugar and its perfect for me. Mix everything well and keep aside.

2. Soak saffron for 15 minutes in 3 tablespoon warm milk. After 15 minutes crush the saffron with your finger tips and let it soak for some more time.

3. Crush the green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

4. Heat remaining ghee in a pan or wok. You can use half oil and half ghee if you want but ghee taste better. Fry the cashew nuts on low medium heat. Keep stirring to fry the nuts evenly. When cashew nuts becomes light golden brown transfer the nuts on a plate.

5. Now fry the raisins. When raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee and transfer on a plate.

6. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add marinated rice and fry for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add saffron soaked milk, water and fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well.

8. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on high heat. After 5 minutes reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 5 minutes again.

9. Now stir the rice gently and check. Add little more water if required. I had to add 1/4 cup more water. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 minutes more or till water absorbed.

10. Add 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder, mix and switch off the heat.

11. Cover and leave it to rest for 5-10 minutes. Now fluff the rice gently and serve with any spicy curry.

Recipe notes

1. Basmati rice can be used instead of gobindobhog rice.

2. You can use turmeric powder or yellow food colour instead of saffron or keshar.

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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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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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Double Layered Aloo Paneer Cheese Paratha

Double layered aloo, paneer cheese paratha. A delicious layered paratha with potato, cottage cheese and cheese stuffing. Enjoy the different taste in one paratha.

Paratha or this Indian flatbread can be served in breakfast, lunch or dinner. But usually we make it for breakfast. A delicious and filling dish to start the day. Also sharing the method of only aloo paratha with this double layered paratha. If you feel your potato mixture for stuffing little soggy and difficult to roll, add 1-2 tablespoon roasted chickpea flour or sattu in the potato mixture. Keep aside for 10 minutes and you will get perfectly dry potato mixture.

You need atta or whole wheat flour, boiled potatoes, paneer or cottage cheese, cilantro or coriander leaves, green chilli with cheese and spices to make this paratha

You may like some more paratha recipes on this blog.

Sabudana or tapioca paratha or flatbread with sweet corn, green peas and paneer or cottage cheese. A delicious and easy to make fasting food.

Mixed veg stuffed paratha or pan fried flat bread with oats and whole wheat flour.

Peanut stuffed paratha. If you like the flavour of south Indian dishes then you will love South Indian flavour in this north Indian paratha. 

Usually we make aloo paratha, paneer paratha or cheese paratha separately. Or with aloo cheese mixture. But in this recipe you will get all the taste in one paratha. I made it with whole wheat flour or atta but you can use all purpose flour or maida for the dough. Or use half atta and half maida. Choice is your. Maida paratha is definitely more tasty but not healthy at all so better to use atta. To make the stuffing more spicy add more chopped green chilli and red chilli powder or if you are making for kids reduce or skip green chilli. Cheese is also optional. If you don’t like cheese, you can omit it. Always add little salt while boiling the potatoes. Similarly you can use green peas, cauliflower or any stuffings. If you don’t like paneer then you can use any stuffing of your choice instead of paneer.

Recipe

For dough

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1/2 cup

For potato stuffing

Potato – 3, boiled

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 3 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2-3, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Cheese as require

For paneer stuffing

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup tightly packed

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1-2, finely chopped

Oil or ghee for frying paratha

Method

1. In a large bowl mix atta, salt and 1 teaspoon oil. Mix everything well. Now add water gradually and knead the dough. Don’t add entire water in one go. Knead the dough to make soft dough like roti or paratha. Dough shouldn’t be too soft, make a pliable dough. Smear the dough with 1/2 teaspoon oil. Cover and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.

2. Peel and grate the boiled potatoes. You can use potato masher to mash the potatoes. There shouldn’t be any lump. Add salt, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, green chilli, cumin powder and chaat masala powder. Mix well. If you don’t have chaat masala use anardana powder or dry mango powder/amchur. You can also add little garam masala powder and red chilli powder if you like.

3. In another bowl grate or mash the paneer. I have used homemade paneer. To get the method of making paneer click here. Add salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, chopped green chilli and coriander leaves. Mix well.

4. Now knead the dough again. Make small puri like balls. We need three small balls for each paratha.

5. Take one ball and roll with rolling pin into a thin roti. Roll the ball evenly. Sides should be also thin. Roll thin roti as much as you can. Make two roti and place on a plate.

6. Take third ball and make a thin roti again. Spread a thick layer of patato mixture over it leaving the sides. Spread grated cheese over the potatoes. I have Amul diced cheese. A blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese. So I used it with little cheese slice pieces. You can use any grated cheese.

7. Place a thin roti over it. Press gently with your fingers. Seal the edges by pressing with your finger tips. Spread paneer mixture over it leaving the sides. Cover it with another thin roti. Seal the edges again.

8. Press gently and sprinkle some flour on top and turn upside down. Sprinkle some flour again. Roll it very gently. Don’t press much.

9. Heat a tawa/skillet or pan. Place the paratha on it. Keep the flame low medium to cook the paratha evenly. Flip the paratha upside down and cook the other side till light brown. Press the paratha gently with a spatula.

10. Spread oil or ghee on both sides. And fry the paratha on low medium heat till golden brown. Flip the paratha carefully to avoid breaking like this.

11. You can cut the paratha in four pieces before serving with pizza cutter or knife. I have made three large size paratha with this stuffing. For remaining dough boiled two more potatoes and made simple aloo paratha.

12. For perfectly delicious aloo paratha always take the dough ball smaller than potato mixture. Dip the ball in flour and roll into 5 inch diameter. Make the potato stuffing as above. Place potato mixture in the middle. You can add some grated cheese with potato mixture. Kids will love the cheesy taste.

13. Gather the edges and pinch to seal it properly. After sealing well gently press with your palm. Dip the stuffed ball in flour and roll the paratha evenly. Roll into thin or thick paratha as you like. I like my aloo paratha thin. Don’t press much roll gently.

14. Now fry the paratha on medium high heat. Press the paratha with a spatula. Fry from both sides with oil or ghee.

15. Or you can roll two thin roti. Spread the stuffing on one roti and cover it with another roti. Seal the edges by pressing with your fingers tips. Sprinkle some dry flour and roll the paratha evenly. Fry the paratha as above method.

16. Serve hot paratha with curd or raita, pickle and butter.

Notes

1. You can add finely chopped onion in the stuffing.

2. You can make the paratha dough with maida or refined flour or use half refined flour/maida and half whole wheat flour/atta if you want.

3. You can use amchur, garam masala, anardana, red chilli powder or any spices of your choice.

4. Use green chilli according to your taste.

5. Green peas, cauliflower or any stuffing can be used instead of paneer.

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Tisane Or Caffeine Free Herbal Tea

Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea with blue pea and chamomile tea, HolyBasil and mint. A refreshing and flavorful drink with numerous health benefits. Enjoy the delicious aromatic tea warm or chilled.

According to Wikipedia Herbal teas—less commonly called tisanes are beverages made from the infusion or decoction of herbs, spices, or other plant material in hot water. The term “herbal tea” is often used in contrast to true teas, which are prepared from the cured leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. 

Tisanes or caffeine free herbal tea can be served hot and cold both. I have used Organic Blue pea and chamomile tea bags or herbal infusion to make this tea. But if you don’t have blue pea tea then you can use any green tea bag. And I have Ceylon cinnamon dip bags or pouch so I used it. These herbal infusion bags are full of strong cinnamon flavour. But you can also use cinnamon powder if you want.

To get one more herbal tea click here. This blue pea tea looks beautiful blue in colour but when you add lemon juice it becomes purple.

Ingredients used in this herbal tea.

1. Blue pea and chamomile tea. Blue Tea is made by seeping dried butterfly-pea flowers in water and can be enjoyed both hot and cold. It is also said to have weight loss benefits. Blue tea is said to have detox and weight loss benefits Blue tea is caffeine-free and a good alternative to tea or coffee.  While chamomile is very well-known for its mild and soothing flavour that acts as a stress buster. To read more about blue pea tea click here.

Cinnamon. The spice comes from the inner bark of a small evergreen tree. The bark is peeled and laid in the sun to dry, where it curls up into rolls known as cinnamon sticks. Cinnamon is also available in powdered form. It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Contains antioxidants with anti-inflammatory effects. Its prebiotic properties may improve gut health. Reduces blood pressure. Lowers blood sugar and risk of type 2 diabetes. Relieves digestive discomfort. Source

Tulsi or Holy Basil From the leaves to the seed, holy basil is considered a tonic for the body, mind, and spirit. Different parts of the plant are recommended for treating different conditions. The nutritional valueTrusted Source is also high, as it contains: vitamin A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, chlorophyll. Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach. Source – Healthline

Lemons are high in vitamin C, fiber, and various beneficial plant compounds. These nutrients are responsible for several health benefits. Lemons contain a high amount of vitamin C, soluble fiber, and plant compounds that give them a number of health benefits. Lemons may aid weight loss and reduce your risk of heart disease, anemia, kidney stones, digestive issues, and cancer. Not only are lemons a very healthy fruit, but they also have a distinct, pleasant taste and smell that make them a great addition to foods and drinks. Source

Mint makes a delicious and healthy addition to many foods and beverages. Mint’s health benefits range from improving brain function and digestive symptoms to relieving breastfeeding pain, cold symptoms and even bad breath. To know more click here.

Rock salt or Sendha namak, a type of salt, is formed when salt water from a sea or lake evaporates and leaves behind colorful crystals of sodium chloride. Sendha namak, or rock salt, has long been used in Ayurvedic medicine to boost skin health and treat coughs, colds, and stomach conditions. Sendha namak is highly valued in Ayurveda, a system of alternative medicine originating in India. According to this tradition, rock salts offer numerous health benefits, such as treating colds and coughs, as well as aiding digestion and eyesight. Source

So here is a healthy and aromatic warm drink to enjoy in the Monsoon. You may also like this hot delicious Lemon coriander amla soup by Swaty Malik As I mentioned above that you can serve this caffeine free herbal tea hot or cold. If you don’t have blue pea tea then you can use green tea instead. I used ginger powder as I always use it in my regular Herbal tea But you can use fresh ginger. Just grate the ginger before adding in the water. And instead of Cylon cinnamon dip bag you can use 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder.

Recipe

Blue pea and chamomile tea bags or green tea bag – 2

Tulsi or HolyBasil – 15 leaves

Cinnamon dip bag – 1, or 1 teaspoon Cinnamon powder

Lemon – 4 slices

Dried ginger powder or fresh grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Mint – 15 leaves

Rock salt – a pinch

Honey to taste, optional

Water – 4 cup

Lemon juice – 2 – 3 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Boil the water with tulsi or Holy basil leaves, dried ginger powder, rock salt and mint leaves for 5 minutes.

2. In a teapot place teabag and cinnamon pouch. Pour the boiled water with tulsi, mint leaves and dried ginger. Also add a few fresh tulsi, mint leaves and lemon slices.

3. Cover the teapot and let it steep for 5 minutes.

4. Now strain the tea in cup. Add honey and lemon juice to taste. Enjoy caffeine free refreshing and flavorful warm blue tea anytime. Or let it cool down and serve chilled with some ice cubes. Or refrigerate the tea and serve chilled.

Notes

1. If you don’t like your tea sweet skip honey.

2. You can use any sweetener instead of honey.

3. Green tea bag can be used instead of blue pea teabag.

4. You can also use cinnamon powder instead of cinnamon dip bag.

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Masala Paniyaram Or Appe

Masala paniyaram or appe. A delicious and cute looking snack or breakfast dish with only a few drops of oil. Earlier shared some easy and quick instant appe recipe. Now sharing authentic recipe of appe or masala paniyaram. You need only thick grain rice and black lentils or udad dal with some spices to make this delicious appe/kuzhi paniyaram or paddu.

You can also use leftover fermented idli or dosa batter to make appe.

Paddu is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. It is named variously kuzhi paniyaram, paniyaram, paddu, guliyappa, yeriyappa, gundponglu, gunta ponganalu, or Tulu: appadadde, appe. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and is similar in composition to the batter used to make idli and dosa.  Wikipedia

My Family members and friends love these appe as breakfast or snacks. I got this recipe 7-8 years ago from my friend Keerti Gupta. Now she is just like my younger sister. We met in a food group. That time I was a novice in food photography and writing recipes. I started to share my diabetic friendly innovative recipes whatever I tried for my husband. I love the way Keerti shared her recipes and interact with other group members. She always supports me and gave all the tips and tricks to click and write down the recipes. Now she is not active on social media but we are still connected with each other. I am very happy today to sharing her recipe on my blog. Thanks Keerti for the recipe.

Copy pasting Keerti’s words here. “The authentic recipe looks little cumbersome but trust me this gonna taste heaven.” So friends try and enjoy these delicious cuties as snacks or breakfast.

You may like some instant appe recipes on this blog.

1. Carrot peas instant appe

2. Rice appe with cooked rice

3. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

4. Beetroot appe

5. Semolina and lentil appe

6. Roasted gram or sattu appe

7. Semolina and flatten rice appe

8. Sprouts and oats appe

Monday again and this week’s 305 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Monsoon Snacks suggested by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. You can get numerous delicious recipes on her space like Jamun coconut panna cotta and many more.

My contribution for this theme is this healthy and yummy masala paniyaram. You need thick rice or mota chawal or idli rice to make these appe. But sometimes I also used regular Basmati rice if thick rice or idli rice was not available. But now its always available in local grocery store. You have to soak rice and split black lentils or udad dal overnight and grind in the morning. Let it ferment till evening and make the paniyaram for evening snacks. Or you can soak rice and lentil in the morning and grind in evening. Ferment overnight and your batter will ready for breakfast. You can half the ingredients if you want. Rice:dal ratio should be 1:1/3. You need only a drop of oil for each appe and after flipping no oil required for cooking other side.

Recipe

Thick rice/mota chawal or idli rice – 3 cup

Black lentils or udad dal – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated or paste

Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, optional

Mustard seeds or rai as require

Vegetable oil as require

Curry leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

1. Wash & soak dal and rice separately for atleast for 5 hours or overnight. I have used split black lentils or udad dal.

2. First grind dal with little water to a smooth paste and in the same jar grind the rice with just enough water.

3. In a large bowl mix ground rice, udad dal or black lentils and salt. Mix well and cover with a lid (not an airtight lid). Leave it overnight to ferment. You can keep it in your switched off microwave oven. Batter will rise after ferment so don’t fill the bowl. Fill half of the bowl only or batter will be spilled out of the bowl after ferment.

4. In the morning the batter should be raised but in case it doesn’t add a teaspoon of Eno fruit salt just before pouring them in Paniyaram Pan. If the batter has raised, dont use eno.

5. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger, chopped curry leaves and coconut if using. Mix well.

6. Heat a appe or paniyaram pan on high flame. Now simmer the flame and pour one drop of oil in each slot.

7. Sprinkle a pinch of rai. When the seeds starts to splutter start pouring Paniyaram batter in every holes. Flame should be sim.

8. After filling all the holes close the pan with a lid & Increase the flame to low medium. Dont ever put it on high.Let it cook for 3-4 minutes, checking occasionally. Remember the slots in middle cook faster than others.

7. When appe becomes nicely browned, flip them with fork or spoon or wooden stick. After flipping dont cover.

8. Cook on low medium heat. This side will take more time than the previous one so please be patient. If u increase the flame they will burn and remain raw from inside.

9. Now your masala paniyaram is ready. Serve with any chutney or sauce of your choice.

Notes

1. If batter doesnt rise overnight add a teaspoon of Eno right before you pour the batter in pan.

2. You can add grated carrot, onion or any vegetable of your choice.

3. You need only a drop of oil. After flipping the appe or paniyaram you don’t need need to add oil again.

4. Patience is the key, dont leave the sight else it will be a mess. Better to cook on low heat for crisp outside paniyaram.

5. Paniyarams taste best when hot.

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Eggplant Or Brinjal Chutney


Eggplant/brinjal or baigan chutney. A lipsmackingly delicious chutney with very simple ingredients. Eggplant/aubergine or baigan haters will also enjoy this chutney without recognizing eggplant or brinjal in it.

You need very simple ingredients to make this chutney. For best result always use seedless brinjal or eggplant. And you can customize the recipe according to your taste. I have used dry coconut in the chutney. You can use fresh coconut pieces if you want. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder for more spicy chutney. Usually same amount of eggplant and tomato used to make this chutney but I like more tomatoes and less eggplant in my chutney. So I used a small eggplant and three tomatoes. Tomatoes and tamarind both will make your chutney tangy and tasty. I have used eggplant, tomatoes, dry coconut pieces, green chilli, curry leaves, mustard seeds, ginger, roasted peanuts, dry red chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, tamarind paste with some spices.


You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

. Olive chutney

. Tomato oambal or chutney

. Ginger chutney

. Mango sesame chutney

. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

. Water chestnut or singhara chutney

. Onion tomato chutney

. Mango raisins chutney

. Peanut chutney

. Gur aam


293 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Tiffin Side Dish suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. You can get many chutney recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her delicious Vegetarian pad thai noodles to try soon. And her Gujarati kanda Kairi recipe is also in my list to try.

I like my chutney tangy and spicy. Hotness depends on the green chilli you are using. You can taste and adjust the seasoning according to your taste. You have to roughly chop the ginger and green chilli. You can also serve it without blending as a side dish with roti, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I used roasted peanut but if you don’t have roasted peanut then you can dry roast the peanut separately or fry the peanut with ginger, green chilli and coconut. If you are using seedless eggplant, then its impossible to recognize the taste of eggplant or brinjal/baigan in the chutney.


Recipe

Eggplant/aubergine or brinjal (baigan) – 1 small

Tomato – 3, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Dry coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped into small pieces

Salt to taste

Cumin/jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric/haldi powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard seeds/rai – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8-10 leaves

Dry red chilli – 1

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Tamarind or imli paste – 1/2 tablespoon or to taste

Roasted peanut – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon


Method

1..Chop the eggplant or brinjal in cubes. Immerse the eggplant pieces in sufficient water to avoid discoloring.

2. Chop ginger and green chilli roughly.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add half of the mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts to splutter add 4-5 chopped curry leaves, chopped ginger, green chilli and coconut pieces. You can also add a few chopped garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

4. Fry till coconut pieces becomes light brown. Now add eggplant or brinjal, salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well and cover.

5. Cook till eggplant becomes soft. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add chopped tomato, cilantro or coriander leaves and roasted peanut.

6. Mix and cook covered till tomato becomes mushy. Add tamarind paste, mix and remove from heat. Taste and add more salt or tamarind paste if required. I added 2 teaspoon more tamarind paste because I like my chutney tangy. It will be delicious. You can enjoy it with roti, paratha or Indian flatbread.

7. Let it cool down. Blend the mixture in your mixer grinder.

Tempering

Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan or wok. Add remaining mustard seeds and 4-5 curry leaves. When seeds starts to splutter pour the tempering on the chutney. Your chutney is ready to serve. Serve with idli, dosa or any meal.

Notes

1. You can use roasted eggplant to make this chutney if you like smoky flavour.

2. If you want your chutney more spicy, then add some more green chilli or you can also use some red chilli powder with other spices.

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Grape Cape Gooseberry Salad With Amada And Kasundi


Grapes rasbhari or cape gooseberry salad with mango ginger or amada and Kasundi or mustard sauce. Delicious healthy fruity salad with a zing of Kasundi or mustard sauce and flavored with raw mango and mint. Easy to make and filling salad for your busy days.

You may like some more salad recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Fruity salad with dried basil

2. Corn salad

3. Fruity salad

4. Peas chickpea low calorie salad

5. Mango pomegranate and tender coconut salsa

6. Watermelon salsa

Ingredients used to make this salad.

Black grapes These sweet juicy fruits are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients.

Cape gooseberry or rasbhari These cute small orange fruits are rich sources of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber.

Lettuce are commonly eaten fresh. And also a rich source of vitamins.

Tomato Low calorie tomato will not only enhance the taste of your salad but also enriched with vitamins, minerals etc.

Green chilli It will make your salad slightly spicy and its a rich source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

Carrot Highly nutritious carrot will give a sweetness and make your salad colorful and delicious.

Cucumber are low calorie and highly nutritious.

Amada or mango ginger has a rich flavour and also packed with many health benefits. To get one more recipe and other info about mango ginger click here.

Kasundi is a Bengali mustard sauce with pungent paste of fermented mustard seeds. Get the recipe here.

Raw mango will give a tanginess to the salad.

Sweet corn is my most favourite ingredient. And its rich in dietary fibre.

Mint leaves, cilantro, lemon juice, black salt and pepper for flavour and taste. And I also use a fresh red Jalapeno or large red chilli in the salad.


Sending this post to 289 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Salad Stories suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam has a wonderful blog with numerous mouthwatering recipes. Check out her delicious Vermicelli salad for this theme.

Recipe is very easy to make. Just combine everything and enjoy. Use green chilli, lemon juice and Kasundi according to your taste. I love the zing of Kasundi so added a teaspoon more before serving. If you don’t have amada or mango ginger then omit it. You can also use 1 teaspoon grated ginger in the salad if you like.


Recipe

Black grapes- 1 cup, halved

Cape Gooseberries or rasbhari- 1 cup, halved

Lettuce- 1 cup, chopped

Tomato- 1, chopped

Green chilli- 1-2 finely chopped

Red Jalapeno or large fresh red chilli- 1, finely chopped, optional

Carrot- 2 small

English cucumber- 1

Amada or mango ginger- 2 tablespoon, peeled and grated

Kasundi or mustard sauce- 1 tablespoon

Grated raw mango- 2 tablespoon

Sweet corn- 1/2 cup

Mint leaves- 1/4 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves- 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice- 1 tablespoon or to taste

Black salt- 1&1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon


Method

1. Rinse the grapes and rasbhari or cape Gooseberries well. Cut the both fruits into halved.

2. Tear up mint leaves roughly with your hand.

3. Cut the cucumber into small pieces.

4. Peel and grate the carrot.

5. In a large bowl mix all the ingredients. Mix well to combine everything.

6. Taste and add more lemon juice, kasundi or salt if required.

Notes

1. You can use 1 sliced onion if you like.

2. Any fruit, olive or cherry tomatoes can be used in this salad.

3. You can use 1 teaspoon grated ginger if you like.

4. If you don’t have amada or mango ginger then you can omit it.

5. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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