Hariyali Chicken/Dhania Chicken/ No Oil Chicken/Microwave Chicken

Hariyali chicken or dhania/coriander chicken cooked in microwave. Also sharing the method to cook on stove top. A zero oil recipe. You don’t need to add any oil yet taste is absolutely delicious.

You don’t have to saute or fry the spices and chicken. Grind and make a paste of cilantro or coriander, tomato etc, marinate the chicken with ground paste along with salt, lemon juice and some spices and cook. A super easy as well as healthy recipe. No oil or butter required. Absolutely oil free chicken curry. To get some more chicken recipes click on the name below.

1. Sikkimese chicken curry

2. Chicken kosha with whole garlic and potato

3. Zafrani chicken

4. Chicken dak bungalow

5. Chicken clear soup

6. Chicken chaap

Monday again and this week’s 238 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GoGreen suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna has a wonderful blog with different types of delicious recipes like Paneer pinwheel, Bengal style vegetable chop etc. Do visit her space for many other mouthwatering recipes.

You can cook this chicken in microwave and stove top both. I made it in microwave. You don’t need to fry or saute the spices or chicken at all. Just marinate the chicken and cook. Even no oil or butter required to make it. Easy isn’t it? If you want your chicken spicy add more green chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

Recipe

Chicken – 800 gram

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 cup tightly packed, chopped

Ginger – 1 & 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Green chilli – 4 – 5 or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Yogurt – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and rinse the chicken pieces well. Mix salt and lemon juice.

2. Grind tomato, onion, green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves and garlic altogether. Make a smooth paste.

3. Marinate the lemon juice and salt mixed chicken pieces with ground mixture, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and yogurt. Mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. You can keep it overnight in refrigerator.

4. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes. Don’t add water. After 10 minutes stir well and check with a fork. If chicken becomes soft, cover again and serve after 3 – 4 minutes. And if require cook on high power for 4 – 5 minute more. Its depends on chicken. 500 gram chicken takes 10 minutes to cook. It may take 5 to 10 minutes more over 500 gram chicken.

5. For stove top cook marinated chicken on low medium heat in covered pan. Stir in between. Cook till chicken becomes soft. No need to add water.

6. Serve hot with steamed rice, fried rice, pulao, roti, naan, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. You can use more garlic if you want.

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Mango Jackfruit Or Aam Kathal

Mango jackfruit or aam kathal. A lipsmackingly delicious no onion garlic dry curry to serve as a side dish. Tanginess of raw mango and flavour of mustard made this curry absolutely delicious.

A completely gluten free and vegan side dish. You have to boil the jackfruit pieces with salt and turmeric. You can do it in advance and keep in refrigerator to make it quickly. Earlier shared Kathal paneer kofta with raw jackfruit.

Raw jackfruit is not only delicious but also very nutritious.

While the health benefits of the ripe jackfruit have been detailed time and again, we often underestimate the goodness that is packed in the raw jackfruit! Popularly known as kathal, it is not just sumptuous but offers a staggering nutritional profile. Let’s take a look at why you should be digging in. 1. High in protein

2. Low-Calorie

3. Boost immunity

4. Aids heart health

5.  A Great Meat Substitute

To read more about health benefits of raw jackfruit click here.

And vitamin C enriched raw mango made this jackfruit curry lipsmacking. 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 month. This month’s Alphabet is letter M. Sharing this mango jackfruit dry curry for letter M.

I love this easy to make dry curry. Don’t try to make it in less oil. Mango and raw jackfruit should be fried well. So use 3 to 4 tablespoon. Better to use mustard oil. You can use any oil but mustard oil will give better taste. I have used mustard powder, you can also use mustard seeds. Soak the seeds in little water and grind into a fine paste. Boil the jackfruit with salt and turmeric till fork tender. Don’t make jackfruit mushy.

Recipe

Kathal or raw jackfruit – 250 gram,cubed

Raw mango – 1

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Mustard powder – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil the jackfruit with water, salt and turmeric powder. Boil till fork tender. Jackfruit pieces shouldn’t be mushy. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Soak mustard powder in 3 tablespoon water.

3. Cut the mango in big pieces. Make half lengthwise. Discard the seed and cut each half into 4 pieces.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and dry red chilli.

5. Add raw mango pieces. Fry till mango change it’s colour.

6. Add soaked mustard powder, ginger paste, Kashmiri red chilli powder and sugar. Mix well.

7. Add boiled jackfruit pieces. Fry till jackfruit pieces becomes light brown. Stir constantly.

8. Taste and adjust salt. Your delicious aam kathal is ready. Serve with roti, paratha, naan puri or dal chawal.

Notes

1. Soaked and ground mustard seeds can be used instead of mustard powder.

2. Break the dry red chilli while adding in oil to make the curry spicy.

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Paneer In Mustard gravy/Chhanar Sorshe Jhal

Paneer in mustard gravy or chhanar sorshe jhal. A delicious no onion garlic curry from Bengali cuisine. Mustard, poppy seeds, green chilli and tomato made this curry spicy, flavourful and mouthwatering. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese. Get the recipe here.

You need only mustard powder, poppy seed, green chilli and tomato paste, nigella seeds and lightly fried paneer pieces with salt, cilantro or coriander leaves, turmeric, red chilli powder and little curd to make this absolutely delicious curry. You can also add garlic if you like. Grind the garlic with tomato, poppy seeds and green chilli or use garlic paste.

You may like some more savoury paneer or cottage cheese recipes on this blog.

1. Aloo paneer

2. Shahi paneer

3. Hariyali paneer makhani

4. Cottage cheese croquettes

5. Soya paneer lollipop

6. Mint paneer kofta

7. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

8. Paneer capsicum stir fry

9. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

10. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

11. Schezwan paneer

12. Kathal paneer kofta curry

13. Dal corn paneer pakoda

14. Chhanar dalna

15. Gobhi palak paneer

And some recipes from Bengali cuisine.

1. Bengali pulao

2. Sukto

4. Drumsticks potato dry curry

5. Misti doi

6. Rasgulla

7. Sandesh

8. Gur aam

9. Kheer kadam

10. Kheer komola

11. Dim posto

12. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

13. Potol dolma or stuffed pointed gourd

14. Potol posto with coconut

15. Chapor or lentil patties in mustard gravy

16. Stuffed steamed broad beans

17. Chhanar payesh

18. Date palm jaggery kheer

And some more.

This month in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Bengali cuisine. According to Wikipedia Bengali cuisine is known for its varied use of flavours, as well as the spread of its confectioneries and desserts. It has the only traditionally developed multi-course tradition from the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent that is analogous in structure to the modern service à la russe style of French cuisine, with food served in courses rather than all at once. I born and raised in Bihar but Bengal is my hometown. And love authentic Bengali food. These dishes remind me of my mother and mother in law. Shhhhh 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. This month my partner is very talented Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreen Dishes. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. Jayashree gave me mustard and nigella seeds or kalonji and I gave her tamarind and Bengal gram and Jayashree made this delicious aloo chaat with these ingredients. And I made this chhanar jhal using kalonji and mustard.

To make this delicious curry we have to make a fine paste of green chilli, poppy seeds and tomato. Its a no onion garlic curry. But you can add few garlic cloves while grinding tomato, poppy seeds and green chilli. Always soak the poppy seeds in hot water for easy grinding. I have used mustard powder, you can use mustard seeds if you don’t have mustard powder. If you are using mustard seeds, grind and make a fine paste.

Recipe

Paneer – 1 & 3/4 cup, cubed

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 1, chopped

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Nigella seed or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon

Curd – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 – 3 tablespoon, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Marinate the paneer or cottage cheese cubes with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. I have used homemade paneer. You can also use store bought. To make paneer or cottage cheese at home get the method here.

2. Soak poppy seeds with 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 minutes. You can also boil the poppy seeds for easy grinding. I have microwave for 1 minute.

3. Mix mustard powder with 2 tablespoon water and keep aside.

4. Grind poppy seeds, tomato and 1 – 2 green chilli. You can also add 2 – 3 garlic cloves. Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Fry the marinated paneer cubes lightly. Don’t make brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

6. In the same oil add nigella seeds or kalonji. Add tomato, poppy seeds green chilli paste, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add lightly fried paneer and salt. Mix well. Add soaked mustard powder,chopped coriander leaves, 2 – 3 slit green chilli and 1 cup water.

8. Stir and when it starts to boil reduce the heat. Add well beaten curd and mix well. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

9. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and green chilli. Serve with hot steamed rice, roti or paratha.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Nigella seeds or kalonji is optional, you can omit it if you want.

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Spicy Potatoes With Tamarind

Spicy potatoes with tamarind. Lip-smacking dry baby potatoes coated with spices. A no onion garlic and easy to make dry curry. You can serve it as a side dish or also as a teatime snack.
A completely gluten free and vegan dish.
I always make it with fluffy puri or fulko luchi.

Everyone loves potatoes in my home and this spicy tangy potato is a all time favorite. You can also enjoy it as a starter.
Not only delicious but potatoes are also a comfort food. Baby potatoes are very common in this season but if you don’t have baby potatoes, you can also use boiled and cubed large potatoes.

Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which make them very healthy.
Studies have linked potatoes and their nutrients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, reduced heart disease risk and higher immunity. They may also improve digestive health and combat signs of aging.

Potatoes are also quite filling, which means they may help you lose weight by curbing hunger pains and cravings.

All in all, potatoes are a great addition to your diet in moderation. They are also naturally gluten-free, which means they can be enjoyed by almost everyone.
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You may like some more potato recipes on this blog.

1. Red potatoes with cilantro or coriander leaves

2. Potatoes with green peas

3. Rosti or Swiss potato pancakes

4. Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry

5. Grilled potatoes

6. Potato curry

7. Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potatoes

8. Peanut potatoes

9. Potato pie

10. Potato with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

11. Savoury potato cake

12. Stuffed potatoes

13. Aloo chop or potato fritters

14. Dum aloo

15. Masala aloo

16. No onion garlic potato curry

17. Panch phoran tarkari

18. Kashmiri dum aloo

19. Aloo kofta curry

20. Dum aloo

This spicy potato or chatpata masala aloo is very easy to make. You need only some boiled baby potatoes, dry spices and tamarind. You will love the spicy tangy and delicious taste. I have used slit green chilli to garnish. If you want your potatoes more spicy and slit or chopped green chilli with spices. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder.

Recipe

Baby potatoes – 500 gram, boiled

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Tamarind paste – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel the boiled potatoes. Prick all the potatoes with a fork.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, hing and dry red chilli.

3. When the seeds starts to splutter add the potatoes and salt. Fry till the potatoes becomes brown.

4. Reduce the heat. Add all the powder spices and saute for 2 minutes on low heat to avoid burning. You can sprinkle little water if require. I didn’t.

5. Saute till the potatoes coated well with spices.
Now add tamarind paste and and mix well. Taste and add little more salt or tamarind if require.

6. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.

7. Serve as a side dish with roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, dal chawal or any bread. Or serve it with toothpicks as a teatime snack.

Notes
1. You can add slit or chopped green chilli with spices if you want your potatoes more spicy. Or use hot variety red chilli powder.
2. You can also use boiled and cubed large potatoes if you don’t have baby potatoes.

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Chatpata Gobhi Or Spicy Cauliflower Stir Fry

Chatpata gobhi or spicy cauliflower stir fry.
Quick and easy to make no onion garlic cauliflower dry curry.
Try and enjoy a completely different taste. I love South Indian tadka and as well as our Bengali spices. So here is a humble winter vegetable cauliflower in a new taste.
Tempering with mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves and Bengali bhaja moshla
made this cauliflower aromatic and lipsmacking. You don’t need to add water in this dry cauliflower sabji. A perfect side dish goes well with any bread or rice dishes.

You may like three more cauliflower recipes on this blog.

1. Cauliflower with ginger

2. Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds

3. Fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard

This week our 219 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is winter veggie affair suggested by lovely Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. Sasmita is a very talented blogger. I love her all the recipes, specially authentic dishes. Recently bookmarked her rose flavored kaju katli to try.

Recipe is very simple. If you have bhaja moshla or ground roasted spices ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Green peas – 1/4 cup, frozen or boiled

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1/4 cup

Sweet corn – 1/4 cup, boiled

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Grated coconut – 2 heaped tablespoon + to garnish

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2 small, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger julienne to garnish

Method

1. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
Pour sufficient hot water over the cauliflower florets and mix 1/2 teaspoon salt and let it cool down. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Pressure cook rinsed chana dal or Bengal gram with water for 1 whistle. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. Drain the water and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan. I have used mustard oil but you can use any oil of your choice.

4. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilli, hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

5. When the seeds starts to crackle add grated ginger and chopped green chilli.
Stir and add cauliflower florets. Fry for a minute.

6. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, chopped tomatoes, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and grated coconut. Mix well.

7. Cover and cook on low heat until the cauliflower becomes soft. Stir in between.

8. Add sweet corn, green peas and boiled chana dal. Mix well.

9. Cook for 7 – 8 minutes more on low heat. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Increase the heat add bhaja moshla or roasted and ground mixed spices mix and remove from heat. Get the bhaja moshla recipe here.

11. Garnish with grated coconut,curry leaves and ginger julienne. You can also use chopped cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish.
Serve with paratha, roti or Indian flat bread, naan, fried rice, pulao, jeera rice, dal chawal or any bread.

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Chhanar Dalna Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese Balls In Gravy

Chhanar dalna.
Bengali style no onion garlic curry with homemade chhena or cottage cheese balls.
This delicious and aromatic curry can be served as a side dish with pulao, jeera rice, luchi or puri, paratha, roti or any type of bread.
You can use grated store bought paneer but homemade soft chhena or paneer taste best. Get the method of making homemade paneer or cottage cheese here.

You may like some more paneer or cottage cheese recipe on this blog.
1. Dal corn paneer pakoda

2. Kathal paneer kofta curry

3. Schezwan paneer

4. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

5. Paneer gajar halwa

6. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

7. Cottage cheese or paneer capsicum stir fry

8. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

9. Paneer stuffed parwal mithai

10. Mint paneer kofta

11. Aloo paneer

12. Chhena kheer or chhanar paesh

13. Shahi paneer

14. Hariyali paneer butter masala

15. Paneer or cottage cheese croquette

16. Soya paneer lollipop

17. Chhanar jilipi

18. Sandesh

And many more sweet dishes.

This week’s 217 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is khali fridge or empty fridge suggested by very talented blogger Renu Agrawal dongre who blog at Cook with Renu. Visit her space for mouthwatering recipes from different cuisine. I have recently bookmarked her Whole Wheat Spinach Pizza Pinwheel to try.

Renu suggested that use your pantry ingredients like grains, rice , dals etc or what you cook when you run out of vegetables and fruits or you do not have tomato, onion etc. Okay when I don’t have tomato usually I use curd and whenever I don’t have any vegetables in my pantry I use the milk from my refrigerator and make fresh paneer or cottage cheese to make different types of curry or stir fry.
Today sharing Bengali style chhanar dalna or paneer balls in no onion garlic gravy. My mom usually made it on veg days. It can be made for offering or bhog prasad. You can also make it for party side dish.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup heaped, crumbled

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 finely chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 3

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 2

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Tomato – 2 medium, peeled and cubed

Or

Curd – 3 tablespooon

Refined flour or maida – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 slit

Water – 2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak red chilli in 4 tablespoon water for 30 minutes.

2. Mash paneer or cottage cheese well in a plate. I have used homemade fresh paneer. Get the recipe here.

3. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 finely chopped green chilli, 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger and 1 tablespoon refined flour or maida. Knead well to make smooth.

4. Make equal sized small balls. Press gently with your palm. Make all the balls and keep aside.

5. Grind remaining grated ginger, tomato, green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Skip tomato if you are using curd.Make a smooth paste. You can use crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in tempering but I like my gravy smooth so ground.

6. Blend dry red chilli with it’s water and keep aside. It will give a beautiful colour to the gravy. You can use kashmiri red chilli powder instead but I recommend to use it.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the paneer or cottage cheese balls from both sides. And place on a paper towel.

8. Fry cubed potatoes till golden brown in the same oil and keep aside.
Add cumin seeds, hing or asafoetida and bay leaf in the oil.

9. When the cumin seeds starts to crackle add the ground paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and sugar. Also add well beaten curd if using.When it starts to dried up add blended dry red chilli. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

10. Now add fried potatoes and salt. Saute again for a minutes.
Add 2 cup water and slit green chilli. Cover the pan and cook till potatoes becomes soft.

11. Add fried paneer or cottage cheese balls. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes.

12. Add ghee or clarified butter and garam masala. Mix and remove from heat.

13. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice or paratha, puri or any Indian bread.

Notes
1. You can add cashews, almond or melon seeds paste to make the gravy rich I didn’t.
2. Use red and green chilli according to your taste.

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Dal Makhani


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Dal makhani
A rich buttery finger licking dal or lentil curry from Punjabi cuisine. Best accompany with butter naan, roti, steamed rice, fried rice etc.

Dal makhani or dal makhni is a dish originating from the Indian subcontinent, notably in the Punjab region. The primary ingredients are whole black lentil, red kidney beans, butter and cream. The dish gets its richness from the use of cream, but it can also be prepared with yogurt, milk or no dairy.
Punjabi cuisine is a culinary style originating in the Punjab, a region in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, which is now divided between Punjab, India and Punjab, Pakistan. This cuisine has a rich tradition of many distinct and local ways of cooking. One is a special form of tandoori cooking that is now famous in other parts of India, UK, Canada, and in many parts of the world
The local cuisine of Punjab is heavily influenced by the agriculture and farminglifestyle prevalent from the times of the ancient Harappan Civilization. Locally grown staple foods form the major part of the local cuisine. Distinctively Punjabi cuisine is known for its rich, buttery flavours along with the extensive vegetarian and meat dishes. Main dishes include sarhon dā sâg (a stew whose main ingredient is mustard greens) and makki di roti (flatbreads made with cornmeal).
Punjab is a major producer of wheat, rice and dairy products. These products also form the staple diet of the Punjabi people. The state of Punjab has one of the highest capita usage of dairy products in India. Therefore, dairy products form an important component of Punjabi diet.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from the cuisine of Punjab.
This month my partner is talented blogger Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Do visit her blog for some delicious recipes and different types of thali.
In this group we give each other two secret ingredients to cook with. Poonam gave me bay leaf and nutmeg. And I gave her kasuri methi and coriander. Visit her place to check out the rajma masala recipe
she made with these ingredients.

This Buttery dal is flavoured with green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and nutmeg. Serve it as a side dish for party or for your family members. Everyone will enjoy the taste and flavour.

Recipe

Whole black lentil or sabut udad dal – 1 cup

Kidney beans or rajma – 1/3 cup

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 3 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 2

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 3 large

Fresh cream – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/3 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves, cream and butter to garnish

Method

1. Soak black lentil or sabut udad, chana dal and kidney beans or rajma overnight in sufficient water.

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

3. Drain the water of soaked lentil and rinse well.

4. Pressure cook with 3 cup water, crushed cardamom, clove, cinnamon and bay leaf.

5. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and pressure cook on simmer for 30 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

6. Grind ginger, garlic and tomatoes into a smooth paste.

7. Heat oil and butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add finely chopped onions and green chilli. . Fry till onions becomes brown.

9. Add tomato, ginger and garlic paste.

10. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

11. Add 2 teaspoon beaten cream and saute for a minute again.

12. Add boiled dal and rajma. Mix well. Add 1 cup water. When it starts to boil reduce the heat.

13. Cook on simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Keep stirring on regular intervals to avoid sticking at the bottom.

14. Now add nutmeg powder and remaining well beaten cream. Mix well and remove from heat.
Garish with cream, cilantro or coriander leaves and butter.

Serve hot with naan, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread. Even you can serve it with butter naan, steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao or fried rice.

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