Doi Potol Or Pointed Gourd / Parwal In Yogurt Gravy

Doi potol or pointed guard/parwal in yogurt gravy. A no onion garlic delicious and flavorful parwal curry from Bengali cuisine made with a blend of aromatic spices and yogurt.

Soft whole parwal or pointed gourd in spices infused rich aromatic gravy is best accompany with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri or any bread. All the spices, yogurt or curd, poppy seeds, melon seeds and cashew nuts will make your parwal curry rich and mouthwatering. You may like some more parwal or pointed gourd recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Stuffed pointed gourd or potol dolma

2. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds and coconut

3. Paneer stuffed parwal mithai

4. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine for Satwik Treat theme suggested by Ruchi Shah who blog at Ruchis Veg kitchen. I love her vast collection of recipes. I recently bookmarked her Pinwheel samosa and Pressure cooker khandvi recipe to try. Do visit her space for many more wonderful recipes.

Check out the recipes of my fellow bloggers on this theme.

Bhindi kadhi by Preethi

Creamy pine nuts pasta by Shalu

Coconut rice by Jayashree

Satvik paneer butter masala by Poonam

Moong dal dosa by Ruchi

I have used cashew nuts in the recipe. But you can use almonds if you want. Any unsweetened thick yogurt can be used to make this parwal or pointed gourd curry. I have used homemade curd. To grind poppy seeds easily first dry grind the poppy seeds and then add other ingredients to grind. Or soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 15 minutes or microwave for 1 minutes to make smooth paste.

Recipe

Parwal or pointed gourd – 10 – 12

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Curd or yogurt – 4 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

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

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Wash the pointed gourd or parwal well. Cut off both the ends. Peel in strips. Make slits on both sides. Parwal should be intact.

2. Rinse again and drain the water. Marinate the parwal with 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and little salt. Keep aside.

3. Soak the melon seeds and cashew nuts in hot water. Grind the poppy seeds to make powder or you can also soak the poppy seeds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute.

4. Now grind ginger, green chilli, soaked cashew nuts and melon seeds with poppy seeds. Add little water to make smooth paste. You can also grind ginger and 1 – 2 green chilli separately.

5. In a bowl mix cumin powder, coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder with 3 tablespoon water.

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

7. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Fry the marinated parwal from all the sides till light brown. Remove from oil.

8. In the same oil add bay leaf and crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

9. Stir and add mixture of cumin, coriander, turmeric and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Fry the spices on low heat for 2 – 3 minutes or till oil leaves the sides.

10. Now add all the ground mixture and saute for 2 -3 minutes again. Add fried parwal, salt and sugar. Mix well. Saute till parwal coated with spices. Add 1 cup water and cover the pan. I have made thick gravy but you can add more water to make thin gravy. I sometime do so. You can add 2 – 3 slit green chilli if you want.

11. Cover and cook on low medium heat for 5 – 6 minutes or till the parwal becomes soft. But be careful parwal should be intact.

12. Whisk the curd well. Add well beaten curd in the curry. Remember to keep the flame low while adding curd. Mix well. Cook on low heat for 3 – 4 minutes. You can add little more water if required to make thick gravy. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

13. Add ghee or clarified butter and switch off the heat.

14. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Almond can be used instead of cashews.

3. Ghee or clarified butter is optional. If you don’t like skip it.

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Chhanar Paturi Or Steamed Cottage Cheese/Paneer

Chhanar paturi or steamed cottage cheese. An easy to make paneer or cottage cheese dish from Bengali cuisine. You can make paturi with fish, eggs or any vegetable following this recipe. Just marinate the mashed paneer wrap with banana leaf and steam and your delicious paneer is ready. Serve this no onion garlic side dish steamed paneer or chhanar paturi with hot steamed rice and lemon wedges.

Now you can ask what is paturi. Literally meaning of paturi is wrapped in leaves. And leaves should be edible. You can use banana leaf or pumpkin leaf etc. Paturi can be made with fishes like hilsa or ilish, bhetki etc, eggs or make niramish paturi with chhana or paneer/cottage cheese, cauliflower, broad beans or any other vegetable following this recipe. You can also shallow fry these paturi instead of steaming. After wrapping with banana leaves shallow fry with mustard oil till leaves becomes brown. Earlier shared broad beans paturi in a different way. I have stuffed the broad beans before steaming. Click on the name for recipe. Stuffed steamed broad beans

And if you want the similar taste without steaming or wrapping with leaves check out my Cauliflower paturi

Sending this post to Facebook group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly challenge. 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. Theme of this month is steamed food suggested by Anu Kollon. Do check out her recipe of Kerala style steamed rice for this theme. This month my partner is Priya Vijaykrishnan. Priya gave me poppy seeds and curd and I gave her hing or asafoetida and ginger. And she made delicious Amiri khaman with these ingredients.

This chhanar paturi or steamed cottage cheese/paneer is very easy to make. Just marinate the mashed paneer, wrap with banana leaves and steam in steamer or pressure cooker. I have used my rice cooker to steam. If you don’t have steamer then you can use pressure cooker or pour sufficient water in a pot place a stand on the middle. Arrange paturi on a plate and place on the stand. Cover and steam till done. Or shallow fry the paturi on a pan with mustard oil. You can double the ingredients if require.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Thick curd or yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts to garnish, optional

Banana leaf – 1

Cotton thread as required

Method

1. Wash the banana leaf from both sides. Wipe with a kitchen towel. Heat a pan and place the banana leaf over it. Heat the leaf from both sides. Leaf shouldn’t be burned. Just heat to make the leaf little soft.

2. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth.

3. Grind the poppy seeds. Add coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Use very little water if require to make smooth paste.

4. Mix the paste in mashed paneer. Add salt, mustard oil, curd or yogurt, turmeric powder and mustard powder. Mix well. Mash again to make smooth.

5. Cut the banana leaf into two pieces. I have made two paturi. You can make small sized 4 paturi. Cut the banana leaf accordingly.

6. Grease the banana leaf pieces with mustard oil if you want. I didn’t. Gently shape the paneer mixture into square or rectangular. Place on banana leaf pieces. Place 1 slit green chilli and cashew nuts over it.

7. Wrap the leaf and make like an envelop.Tie with a cotton thread.

8. Boil the water in steamer. Place the envelopes on steamer. Cover and steam for 15 to 20 minutes.

9. Open the envelopes and serve delicious paturi with steamed rice and lemon wedges.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

2. Instead of steaming you can also shallow fry these paturi in a pan. Fry till the banana leaf becomes brown.

3. Lemon juice can be used instead of curd or yogurt.

4. You can also use 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice in the marination with curd.

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Sprouts Semolina Chila Or Pancakes

Sprouts and semolina or suji/rawa chila or pancakes. A healthy, delicious and low calorie breakfast dish. We all know that sprouts are extremely nutritious and super healthy food. You can use these vitamins, protein and mineral enriched sprouts raw or cooked for numerous health benefits. So you can call it a power packed breakfast.

Spices, green chilli coriander leaves or cilantro and some other ingredients made this chila spicy flavorful and mouthwatering. I have made it both with onion and tomato and without onion tomato. Both are delicious but without tomato its easy to flip. And looks better. I love the taste of both. You can make according to your taste.

You can get some more recipes of semolina and sprouts below.

1. Suji malai cake

2. Semolina and lentil appe

3. Rawa cake

4. Oats semolina chila

5. Semolina and flatten rice appe

6. Sprouts chaat

7. Sprouts sundal

8. Sprouts and oats cutlets

9. Sprouts and oats appe

10. Cooked rice appe

11. Red lentil appe

12. Beetroot appe

This Monday our 251 #FoodieMonday bloghop theme is #RawaRaaga suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Lovely Aruna has a wonderful blog with lots of mouthwatering recipes like Homemade coffee jelly , Mango mastani , Multigrain banana bread etc. I am sure you will love her space.

Its a very simple yet delicious recipe. Tomato is absolutely optional. If you like the taste and want to use be careful while flipping to turn upside down. Tomato will make your chila soft. Without tomato you will get crisp chila.

Recipe

Sprouts – 1&1/2 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 1-2 chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Onion – 1, finely chopped, optional

Tomato – 1 chopped, optional

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Curd – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil for shallow fry

Method

1. Rinse the sprouts well. Drain the water and grind with the help of very little water.

2. In a large bowl mix ground sprouts, semolina, curd and water. Whisk well to make a lump free batter.

3. Add all the spices, salt, chopped green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon juice and grated ginger. Also add chopped onion and tomato if using. You can use onion and skip tomato to flip the chila easily. Mix well, cover and keep aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Heat a pan or skillet. Brush with little oil. Pour a ladle full of batter in the middle. Spread with the back of the ladle by rotating. Reduce the heat and cook on low heat.

5. Drizzle little oil on the sides. When the edges becomes brown flip the chila upside down and fry the other side too.

6. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes

1. You can add spices according to your taste.

2. Tomato is absolutely optional.

3. Add green chilli according to your spice tolerance

4. For shallow frying ghee/clarified butter can be used.

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Suji Malai Cake/ Semolina Vanilla Cake With Milk Cream

Eggless senolina or suji/rawa, malai or milk cream vanilla cake. A delicious, soft and moist cake without butter, egg or oil. Yes you don’t need any exotic ingredient to make this delicious cake.

I have used little soybean flour because soybean flour gives extra softness to the cake. But if you don’t have soybean flour then you can use any flour instead of soybean flour. And if you don’t want to use refined or all purpose flour/maida in the cake, you can use whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice with semolina or suji. Already shared one Semolina or suji/rawa cake recipe.

Sending this post to 85 HWCG’s #TimeForSemolinaAtHW theme suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Lovely Swaty has a wonderful blog with many lipsmacking recipes. Have you checked her 3 minutes 4 mug cake recipe? I have also bookmarked her Bhaji stuffed pav recipe to try. And Swaty recently started an excellent YouTube channel. I am sure you will love her space.

Here are some recipes with semolina from my fellow bloggers.

Upma by Shalu

Kesaribath by Preethi

Ragi rawa dosa by Vanitha

Upma mix by Sasmita

Semolina bites by Swaty

Recipe is very easy. Whisk wet ingredients well then mix all the dry ingredients and bake. Simple isn’t it? Simple yet absolutely delicious. You can also use tutti frutti or dry fruits in the batter. You can make this cake in loaf pan, bundt pan, round cake pan or any pan of your choice. Or make cupcakes with this batter.

Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Refined flour or maida – 1/4 cup

Soybean flour – 1/4 cup

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Warm milk – 1/2 cup

Malai or milk cream or milk topping – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Think curd – 1/2 cup

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan and dust with little flour.

3. In a bowl mix semolina or suji, milk powder, refined flour and soybean flour. If you don’t have soybean flour, use refined flour instead.

4. In a large bowl whisk sugar, curd and warm milk. Whisk well.

5. Add milk topping or malai and mix well. Add vanilla essence and mix.

6. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well.

7. Pour the mixture in the greased and flour dusted cake pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter gently to remove air bubbles.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check.

9. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing.

Enjoy……. Happy baking!

Notes

1. All purpose flour/maida, whole wheat or any flour can be used instead of soybean flour.

2. You can use loaf pan or any cake pan to make this cake.

3. You can also add tutti frutti or any dry fruits in the cake batter.

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Tomato Corn Peas Paneer Kadhi

Tomato corn peas paneer kadhi. Kadhi with a different taste and flavour. A lipsmackingly delicious kadhi with homemade paneer, sweet corn, green peas and tomato.

Kadhi is a yogurt based gravy with chickpea flour or besan. Usually pakoda or chickpea fritters added to this gravy but you can also make with sliced potatoes or bundi or make only gravy to enjoy with hot steamed rice. You may like some more yogurt based recipes on this blog.

1. Dahi aloo

2. Egg in yogurt sauce

3. Pointed gourd or parwal with poppy seeds

Sending this post to fortnight foodie group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine.
This time theme is Curd Fiesta suggested by me. I am sharing this delicious corn peas paneer kadhi. Check out my fellow bloggers recipes using curd for this theme.
Chow chow raita by Preethi
Curd rice by Vanitha
Tutti frutti cake by Swaty
Strawberry shrikhand by Shalu
Spiced raita by Jayashree
Tomato raita by Narmadha
Kesar badam lassi muffins by Sasmita

To make this delicious kadhi you have to whisk yogurt and chickpea flour or besan well to make lump free. Instead of pakoda or fritters I have used green peas and sweet corn. Do try and enjoy the spicy and mouthwatering kadhi.

Recipe

Curd – 3/4 cup

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Besan or chickpea flour – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Salt to taste

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut. Boil 1 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 4 – 5 minutes or until the skin starts to separate. Don’t discard the water we will use it in kadhi.

2. Let the tomatoes cool down. Peel and grind with ginger, green chilli and crumbled paneer or cottage cheese. I have used fresh homemade paneer. Get the paneer recipe here .

3. Blend the curd with besan or chickpea flour and 1 cup water in a blender. You can also use hand blender to make the mixture smooth.

4. Heat oil in a pan or wok. I have used mustard oil. You can use any oil of your choice. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the seeds starts to splutter add dry red chilli, hing and curry leaves.

5. Now add the ground tomato paneer mixture. Stir well. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

6. When the mixture about to dried up add the green peas. Saute till completely dried up and oil leaves the sides.

7. Add blended besan mixed curd, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and sweet corn. Mix well.

8. Add remaining water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Stir constantly. After 5 minutes reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until it becomes thick. Stir in regular interval to avoid sticking to the pan.

9. Now taste and adjust salt if require. You can add little more water if require to get your desired consistency. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and sweet corn. You can also garnish with frozen or boiled green peas. Serve hot with steamed rice, jeera rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your taste.

2. You can use more green peas and sweet corn if you want.

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Mint Orange Lassi

Everyone stay home stay safe. This time we have to make something delicious and nutritious with easily available ingredients. Sharing a delicious fruity lassi to satisfy your sudden hunger pangs or sweet cravings.

Mint orange lassi with honey. Different but a very delicious and filling drink with yogurt, orange juice, banana and mint leaves. You will also love the flavour. This lassi is also great for fasting days. Banana and yogurt made this lassi filling. Lassi is also very flavorful because of mint and orange.

You may like some more yogurt based drinks on this blog.

1. Banana almond mint smoothie

2. Cucumber smoothie or chhach/lassi

3. Misti doi parfait

4. Guava banana smoothie

5. Cold soup

239 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Cool Lassi suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. I always love her baked recipes like Fig amaranth cookies, Carrot oatmeal cookies and Thandai muffins etc. And also visit her space for many authentic Gujarati recipes. I am sure you will love her wonderful recipes.

Mayuri wisely suggested lassi this week. From yesterday maximum state of our country under lockdown. Praying for everyone’s well being. Stay safe stay healthy. This lassi is very filling and delicious. And also easy to make. Just combine everything and blend. You can enjoy it room temperature or chilled. You can add some ice cubes in the glass or use everything chilled. I have used chilled yogurt so didn’t use ice cube. Or keep the lassi in refrigerator to be chilled. Always use thick yogurt. I have used homemade yogurt but you can also use store bought. Banana is optional, you can skip it. But I recommend to add banana. Banana will make your lassi filling and more delicious.

Recipe

Yogurt – 1 cup

Orange juice – 1/2 cup

Orange zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Banana – 1

Honey – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon or to taste

Method

1. Peel and chop the banana. Rinse the mint leaves well.

2. In a blender add yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, mint leaves, chopped banana and honey. Blend till smooth and frothy.

3. Taste and add more honey if require. Blend again. For more sweetener option see notes.

4. Pour the lassi in your favourite glass. You can add some ice cubes if you want. Garnish with mint leaves and pistachios. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Notes

1. You can use 1 tablespoon more mint leaves if you want.

2. You can use any sweetener like sugar, stevia etc.

3. Add honey according to your taste.

4. For chilled lassi add some ice cubes in the glass before pouring lassi. Or use chilled yogurt. Or keep the lassi in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes before serving.

Praying healthy and peaceful life for you and your family. Stay home stay safe. Please follow all the protective instructions adviced by WHO .

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Jam Cake / Whole Wheat Flour Cake

Egg less whole wheat flour jam cake. Soft, delicious and easy to make cake.
No need to add sugar. Mixed fruit jam gives a lovely colour and perfectly sweet taste. I didn’t used refined flour or maida. Cake is made of only whole wheat flour or atta. But you can use any flour of your choice. Even you can use any flavoured jam instead of mixed fruit jam.

Sharing this recipe from my archive. Made this cake first time 4 years ago. Got the recipe in food group Chef At Large from Nisha Ambar. Nisha is an excellent baker. Loved her all the bakes but this cake attract me a lot. Tried and loved the taste. Now sharing this simple yet delicious recipe here. Thanks Nisha for this wonderful recipe.

This week our 195 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Third Letter Magic suggested by Amrita Iyer who blog at The Food Samaritan. Do visit her space for mouthwatering recipes.

In this theme we have to share a recipe with the third letter of our name. I was thinking about the letter J and remember this delicious jam cake. Earlier I have made it with choco chips but this time used walnuts. You can use tutti fruity, choco chips or any dry fruits of your choice. This time I didn’t use any other flour for this cake like my other cakes, followed exact Nisha’s recipe. If you want you can also make it with any gluten free flour or refined flour or maida or mixed flour.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Mixed fruit jam – 1/3 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Olive oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Walnut – 1/4 cup + to sprinkle, chopped

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a baking pan with oil and dust with flour or line with parchment pepper.

3. Sieve whole wheat flour or atta, baking powder and soda.

4.In a large bowl mix oil, jam and curd. Whisk to blend everything well. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

5. Add all the dry ingredients and mix well.

6. Fold in the walnuts.

7. Pour the batter in the greased and flour dusted cake pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter 3 – 4 times to remove air bubbles.

8. Level the top with a spoon and sprinkle walnuts over it.

9. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check.

10. Let the cake cool down completely. Slice and serve.
Happy baking 😊

Notes
1. Refined flour or maida or any four can be used instead of whole wheat flour or atta.
2. You can use choco chips, tutti fruity or any dry fruits of your choice instead of walnut.
3. Any flavourless vegetable oil can be used instead of olive oil.

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Cucumber Curry / Fasting Recipe

Cucumber curry.
An easy and delicious recipe for fasting days. You can serve it with sabudana khichdi or any fasting foods. Or enjoy it bowl full without anything as I did. Coconut, almond, green chilli and kokum made it super yummy.
Got this recipe from Mahesh Khole. Remember Mahesh who shared his Bombay duck fry on this blog as a guest post.
He gave me the recipe one year ago. Made it many times. Today sharing it with my readers.

Low calorie cucumber is best for fasting days.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.
They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content.
Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.
To read more about cucumber benefits click here.

Our this week’s 191 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #dahidelight suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The world through my eyes. Check out her blog for traditional and authentic recipes.

Recipe is very simple. I have added almond and melon seeds for thickness of the gravy and little ginger for taste. Mahesh suggested to add butter milk. But I have used curd, you can use buttermilk or can skip both. If you don’t have kokum then no problem you can also make it without kokum. First time I made it without kokum. If you are making it without kokum don’t skip curd. For fasting foods we use ghee or clarified butter but you can also use oil if you want.

Recipe

Cucumber – 2

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 8-10

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peanut – 2 – 3 tablespoon, dry roasted and crushed

Curd – 1/3 cup

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Slit green chilli – 2

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt and sugar to taste

Method

1. Rinse and peel the cucumber. Cut in cubes.
Taste before cutting. It should not be bitter.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel when cool.

3. Grind coconut, ginger, green chilli, peeled almond and melon seeds all together. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan.

5. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli.
When the seeds crackle add cubed cucumber and rock salt.

6. Saute till moisture of cucumber evaporate and dried up.

7. Add the ground paste. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add well beaten curd, water, 2 slit green chilli, kokum and sugar.

9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

10. Remove the cover. There should be thick gravy. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes more.

11. Add roasted and crushed peanuts and mix.

12. Taste and adjust the seasoning and remove from heat.
Your cucumber curry is ready.

13. Garnish with almond and chilli. You can garnish with coriander leaves if you like.

14. Serve hot bowl full or serve with sabudana khichdi.

Notes
1. Add chilli according to your taste.
2. If you want you can skip curd.

3. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

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Dahi Aloo Or Potatoes In Yogurt Curry

Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry.
A very simple and easy yet delicious no onion garlic recipe.
You can also make it for fasting days. Just replace the salt with rock salt.

This week our 165 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Navratri special recipe. Sharing this easy, simple and lip-smacking potato curry with yogurt.

For Navratri fasting you may like different kinds of smoothies. Get the recipes here.
I am not in home this time. So sharing an easy and delicious potato curry with yogurt. I have made it in a very simple way. If you like you can add 1 small tomato 1/2 inch piece grated ginger and 1 chopped green chilli
After adding mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. Fry the tomato, ginger and green chilli till the tomatoes becomes mushy then add boiled potatoes and follow the recipe. But I didn’t need to add these. Curry tastes too good. Everyone love this simple yet delicious curry in my home. If you are making this for fasting you can omit asafoetida or hing if it not allowed in fasting food.

Recipe

Potatoes – 4, boiled

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Ginger julienne and slit green chilli to garnish

Method

1. Peel and cut the boiled potatoes in small cubes.

2. Whisk the yogurt well and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

4. Add cumin seeds and when the seeds splutter add hing or asafoetida.

5. Now add the potatoes and salt. Fry till the potato slightly changed it’s colour.

6. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder.
Fry for a minute.

7. Reduce the flame to low. Add whisked yogurt and water. Mix well.

8. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Cook on low heat for 6 – 7 minutes. Stir to avoid curdling.

9. Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry is ready. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Garnish with cilantro, ginger julienne and slit green chilli. Serve hot with bread, puri, paratha, barnyard millet pulao, jeera rice, pulao or steamed rice.

Notes
1. If you are making this for fasting days, you can omit hing and garam masala powder if not allowed. And replace salt with rock salt.

2. If don’t want to use red chilli add chopped green chilli after adding cumin seeds and hing.
You can add 1 chopped tomato with green chilli if you want. Fry till the tomato becomes mushy then add the potatoes.

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Watermelon Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie

Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie.
Watermelon is easily available in this season. This refreshing fruit has mostly water and full of nutrients.
I love chilled watermelon juice in summer. And tried this juice with many other ingredients to make different delicious dishes.

Today sharing a smoothie with it. Pairing it with another summer fruit cantaloupe or muskmelon or Kharbuj. Lightly flavoured with mint.
If you don’t like mint you can use cinnamon or any other flavour of your choice.

I didn’t use any sweetener in it. Watermelon and cantaloupe made the smoothie perfectly sweet.
You can get some more watermelon recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Watermelon sandesh

Watermelon muffins

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Litchi watermelon dates peach smoothie

Virgin mojito / mocktail with watermelon and Fanta

Virgin watermelon mojito

Sending this post to the 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop yoghurt based theme.
I was thinking about a yoghurt based curry to share today. But this time I want to share my breakfast with you. Yes in summer smoothie is a best breakfast option. Chilled, refreshing, filling and yummy.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know that I have shared different smoothie recipes in every summer.
Today I have used cantaloupe in it. But you can use one banana instead if you want.
Keep it in refrigerator or add some crushed ice cubes and enjoy the chilled glass of healthy fruity smoothie.

Recipe

Thick yoghurt – 1/2 cup

Watermelon juice – 1 cup

Kharbuj /cantaloupe /muskmelon – 1/2 cup, chopped

Or

Banana – 1, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, torned with hand

Black salt – a pinch

Method

1. In a blender blend cantaloupe, torn mint leaves and thick yoghurt.

2. Now add watermelon juice, black salt and lemon juice.
Blend again.

3. Taste and add little more lemon juice and black salt if require.

I didn’t use any sweetener in it because my watermelon and cantaloupe both are sweet. But if you want you can add a teaspoon of honey or sugar if require

4. Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.

5. Keep in refrigerator or add crushed ice cubes.
Serve chilled.

Enjoy the delicious refreshing chilled smoothie.

Notes

1. You can use cinnamon powder instead of mint leaves or any other flavour of your choice.

2. If you don’t like cantaloupe use one banana instead.

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