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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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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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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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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Bati Chochchori


Bati chochchori. A simple, easy, quick and delicious curry without any spice. Sharing a simple and easiest potato recipe from Bengali cuisine. You can add any vegetable of your choice with potatoes.

You need only panch phoran or Bengali five spices, salt and mustard oil to make this curry. Even you don’t need turmeric or any other spice powder. Sounds healthy isn’t it? Normally it’s cooked in a bowl. And in Bengali bati means bowl. And vegetables with panch phoran called chochchori or chorchori. Mixed vegetable chochchori is always a dry curry. But this bati chochchori can be made with gravy. You can keep the consistency of gravy as you like.

To make bati chochchori you can use cauliflower, eggplant or any vegetable of your choice. Bati chochchori can be made with fish too. Just mix everything and cook. A super easy method. I like bati chochchori with only potatoes.

Do you love potatoes? Here are some potato recipes from this blog.

1. Spicy potato with tamarind

2. Coriander red potatoes

3. Potatoes with green peas

4. Rosti or Swiss potato pancake

5. Potatoes in yogurt gravy

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Potato curry to serve with hing kachodi

8. Batata bhaji

9. Peanut potato

10. Potato pie

11. Potato with nigella seeds, poppy seeds and tomato

12. Savoury potato cake

13. Stuffed potato

14. Aloo chop or potato fritters

15. Dum aloo

16. Spicy potatoes

17. No onion garlic potato curry

18. Aloo chaat

19. Aloo ke gutke

20. Matar nimona

21. Panch phoran tarkari

22. Kashmiri dum aloo

23. Aloo kabli/chaat

24. Aloo kofta curry

25. Dum aloo with luchi

This stew like curry is best accompany with luchi, puri, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I have served it with luchi. Get the recipe here.

Now why I am talking about this easy and simple recipe. Actually this week its my turn to suggest the theme for 286 #Foodiemonday bloghop. And I suggested my fellow bloggers to cook an easiest dish which you make so often and it should be your family member’s favorite. And better to use minimum spices. So the theme is Cook In A Jiffy. And I also suggested savoury bake as second option but easiest recipe won unanimously.

We are always looking for some easy quick and simple recipes to make in a jiffy for our busy days. Right? Believe me easy and quick recipes can also be delicious 😊 In winter a bowl of hot bati chochchori with fulko or fluffy luchi or puri is a bliss. If you like light less spicy curry then its perfect for you.

If you don’t have panch phoran, then you can make the mixture of five whole spices. To make panch phoran or five spice mix 1 tablespoon 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. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing. Bati chochchori is a light curry. Mix mustard oil, salt panch phoran and water as require with chopped potatoes, green chilli and tomatoes. If you want your chochchori without much gravy, then add less water. I like the taste of light gravy so used 1 cup water. I have used pressure cooker but you can also make it in microwave. Mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl, cover and cook on full power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft. Or make in a covered bowl or pot on stove.

Recipe

Potato – 3

Tomato – 2

Slit green chilli – 4 or to taste

Panch phoran or five spices (mixture of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin, mustard seeds and fennel seeds) – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup


Method

1. Peel and chop the potatoes lengthwise. Rinse well.

2. Rinse and chop the tomatoes in small pieces.

3. In a pressure cooker mix chopped potatoes, tomatoes, panch phoran, slit green chilli, mustard oil, salt and water. Add green chilli according to your taste. If you like your curry hot add some more chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

4. If you don’t want much gravy add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water. Use water as you like your curry, thick or thin. Pressure cook for 2 – 3 whistle.

5. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Taste and adjust salt. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing.

6. For microwave mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl. Cover and microwave on high power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft.

7. Or you can make this bati chochchori in a pot or wok. Mix everything, cover and cook till potatoes becomes tender and tomato becomes mushy. Check and stir in between. If your curry is too runny, then cook for some more time to reduce the gravy. Your bati chochchori is ready. Serve hot with Luchi , paratha or any Indian flatbread.

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Mix Vegetable Fried Rice

Mix Vegetable Fried rice. Fried rice with all the seasonal vegetables. An aromatic, no onion garlic and easy to make rice dish from Bengali cuisine. You will love the delectable taste and flavour.

Fried carrots, French beans, cauliflower, green peas ,cashew nuts and raisins made this rice absolutely delicious. You can use whatever vegetables you like and available. And the rice is flavored with whole spices and Bengali garam masala.

You can serve this fried rice with any curry or

Fish kalia

Chicken kosha

Potol dolma

Railway mutton curry

Doi potol

Dim kosha

Chhanar dalna

Khejur aamsotto chutney

Mango chutney

Chicken dak bungalow

Savoury rasgulla korma

To get some more recipes from Bengali cuisine click here.

And for some more rice recipes click on the name below.

1. Mexican green rice

2. Tricolour rice

3. Carrot rice

4. Mexican rice

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mint rice

7. Spanish moulded rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Korean rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao

12. Saffron rice

Monday again and our 281 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Variety Rice Special suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. Narmadha is a very talented blogger. I always love her authentic South Indian recipes. I have bookmarked her Veg lunch menu and Curry leaves rice to try. I am sure you will love to visit her space for more authentic, innovative and healthy recipes.

This fried rice recipe is very simple and easy to make. Its a no onion garlic recipe but you can use sliced onion if you want. After adding whole spices add sliced onion with chopped green chilli and fry. When onion becomes golden brown add green peas. You can also make it with leftover rice but rice shouldn’t be over cooked. I have used carrots, French beans, cauliflower and green peas. If you don’t like any of these vegetables you can omit it.

Recipe

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Carrot – 2

French beans – 100 gram

Cauliflower florets – 1/2 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 3, finely chopped

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Bay leaf – 2

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Refined oil – 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 2 teaspoon or taste

Bengali garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the rice well. Soak in water for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Heat sufficient water in a pan. When water starts to rolling boil add the rice. Stir and cook until rice becomes soft. Rice shouldn’t be mushy. Keep checking, remove from heat when 90 percent cooked. Check the rice by pressing between your fingers. Strain the rice immediately on a colander to drain the water well.

3. Spread the rice on a plate to cool down. Add salt and sugar and mix well. Add sugar according to your taste. I have used 2 and 1/2 teaspoon sugar, but you can use less sugar. But don’t skip it, add at least 1 teaspoon for taste. Be careful, rice shouldn’t be broken.

4. Wash all the vegetables well. Chop French beans into 1/2 inch pieces. Peel the carrots. Chop into small cubes. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

5. Marinate the carrots, beans and cauliflower florets with little salt.

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

7. Heat ghee and oil in a pan or wok. Fry the carrot cubes. Transfer fried carrots to a plate.

8. Now fry the French beans for 1 – 2 minutes. Beans should be remain green. Remove the fried beans from oil.

9. Fry the cauliflower florets till golden brown and remove from oil.

10. Fry the cashew nuts till golden brown and remove from oil. Fry the raisins. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from oil. You can use the raisins without frying if you want.

11. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, crushed cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in the same oil ghee mixture. When cumin seeds starts to splutter and green peas and finely chopped green chilli. Sprinkle little salt. Saute till green peas becomes tender. To add onion see notes.

12. Now add rice, fried cashew nuts, raisins and all the fried vegetables. Mix well.

13. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes. Stir gently. Rice should be intact. Add 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder, mix well and switch off the heat. Your Bengali style fried rice is ready. Serve hot with kosha chicken, fish kalia, dum aloo, dim kosha, chhanar dalna, mutton curry, chutney or any curry.

Notes

1. You can use sliced onion if you want. Add sliced onion after adding cumin, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and fry. Add green peas when onion becomes light brown.

2. Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Saffron Rice With Pickled Jalapeno And Ginger Julienne

Saffron rice with pickled jalapeno and ginger julienne. A no onion garlic aromatic rice with fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes, saffron or kesar and all the aromatic whole spices. Easy to make and absolutely delicious one pot rice dish. You can enjoy it without any side dish. Add lots of dry fruits of your choice and enjoy.

I used pickled jalapeno because I love the taste but if you want you can use chopped green chilli instead. Or you can use little more pickled jalapeno pieces if you like. It will be a great party dish with spicy curries. You may like some more one pot rice recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Mexican green rice

2. Tricolor rice

3. Carrot rice

4. Mexican rice

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mint rice

7. Spanish moulded rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Korean rice or Korean egg fried rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao or one pot rice

Sending this post to 266 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Exotic Saffron suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. She always amazed us with her different continental, traditional and baked dishes. You will definitely love her different types of bread recipes. I have to try her Onion olive bread, Semolina sesame seed bread and many more. Also check out her different mouthwatering cake recipes.

Long grain basmati rice is best for this recipe. But you can also use any aromatic rice like Gobindobhog rice, Indrayani rice etc. Long grain rice looks good. As I mentioned above if you don’t have pickled jalapeno, use chopped green chilli instead. You can use cauliflower, beans, carrot or any vegetable in this rice. Chop and fry the vegetables before adding to the rice. If you don’t like to use ginger julienne then you can use minced or grated ginger. Serve this delicious and flavorful rice with any spicy curry. I have served it with dim kosha or spicy egg curry. I will share the recipe soon.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Pickled Jalapeno – 8 – 10 pieces

Ginger – 1 inch piece, julienned

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, cubed

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Star anise – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 + 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Rinse the rice well. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Mix saffron with 1/4 cup hot water.

3. Cut the paneer or cottage cheese into small cubes. Marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

4. Peel and chop the ginger into thin slices to make julienne.

5. Chop the pickled jalapeno into small pieces.

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

7. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the cashew nuts. When cashews becomes light brown remove from oil.

8. Now fry the marinated paneer or cottage cheese cubes till brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

9. Add ghee or clarified butter. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, mace or javitri, crushed green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

10. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add ginger julienne and fry for a minute. If you are using green chilli add it with ginger julienne.

11. Add turmeric powder, pickled jalapenos and green peas. Stir well.

12. Add drained rice, salt, sugar, fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes Stir and saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till the rice coated well with ghee.

13. Add saffron mixed water, fried cashew nuts, raisins and remaining water. Mix well. When water starts to rolling boil, cover and cook on high flame for 15 minutes.

14. Reduce the heat. Stir the rice. Cover and cook again on low heat for 10 minutes or till the rice becomes soft and water absorbed completely. Keep checking in between. If you want more soft rice then you can add 1/4 cup water more and cook for a few minutes more. Fluff the rice gently.

15. Garnish with fried paneer cubes, ginger julienne, saffron, jalapeno and fried cashew nuts. Serve hot with raita or any spicy curry. You can get some curry recipes here.

Notes

1. You can use more dry fruits if you want.

2. If you don’t have pickled jalapeno use 2-3 chopped green chilli.

3. Small pieces of cauliflower, beans or any vegetable can be used with rice. Fry the vegetable pieces before adding in the rice.

4. If you don’t have star anise omit it.

5. You can use minced or grated ginger instead of ginger julienne.

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Crispy Bitter Gourd And Potato Or Aloo Karela / Less Oil Recipe

Crispy bitter gourd and potato or aloo karela. Crispy but cooked with only one teaspoon oil in halogen oven. You can also use your microwave or OTG to bake or grill the karela and potato in the same way. Or use your air fryer to fry with less oil. An easy to make yet delicious no onion garlic bitter gourd recipe.

Bitter gourd has numerous health benefits.

Bitter gourd is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins like A and C. It contains twice the calcium of spinach and beta-carotene of broccoli. Various anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are present in bitter gourd.
It also helps in lowering the bad cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. That’s not all. It strengthens the immune system, improves respiratory health, boosts skin health and contains anti-ageing properties. Source

You may like some more bitter gourd recipes on this blog.

1. Bitter gourd dopyaza

2. Gujarati bitter gourd stir fry

3. Bitter gourd with tomato

4. Sukto

And some more recipes using halogen oven.

1. Cauliflower corn butter masala

2. Olive Jalapeno savoury cornbread

3. Greek pizza

4. Beetroot dip

5. Moong dal bhaja pithe

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Piperade with Indian spices

8. Baked egg burger

9. Cooking in halogen oven

This week our 262 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Bitter But Good suggested by Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. You will definitely love her mouthwatering recipes. I would love to try her Dalgona muffins and also visit her YouTube channel for beautiful and heavenly Layered coffee panna cotta and many more.

Recipe is very easy to make. Slice the potato and bitter gourd and boil with salted water till fork tender. Drain the water completely and marinate with salt and spices. I have used coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder and little garam masala with salt. You can use any spices of your choice. I don’t like bitter gourd dishes hot so used Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour. You can use hot variety red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you like. You can also add amchur or dry mango powder if you want. And use very little oil to spray over marinated potato and bitter gourd before baking. You can use olive oil or any other oil of your choice.

Recipe

Karela or bitter gourd – 1 large

Potato – 1

Salt to taste

Coriander or dhania powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Peel and chop the potato into round slices.

2. Discard the both tips and chop the bitter gourd or karela into round slices.

3. Wash well and drain the water.

4. Boil the karela and potato slices with 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt for 4 minutes or till fork tender. Don’t make mushy. Check with a knife or fork.

5. Drain the water and let it cool down. Marinate karela and potato slices with little salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder.

6. Spread the slices on a baking sheet. Spray little oil all over it.

7. Press the speed up button. Set temperature at 200° and set the timer for 5 minutes. Keep an eye if the slices becomes golden brown switch off the oven.

8. Turn the slices upside down and cook again at 200° temperature for 4 minutes or till golden brown. If require cook for a few minutes more.

9. If you are using microwave convection mode or OTG follow the same method. Sprinkle little chaat masala powder before serving if you like. Serve with rice or roti as a side dish.

Notes

1. You can use any spices of your choice.

2. Red chilli powder or black pepper powder can be used instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder.

3. You can use any oven to make this crispy bitter gourd.

4. You can use chaat masala or amchur/ dry mango powder if you like your karela little tangy.

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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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Oats Dosa / Instant Dosa

Oats dosa. A healthy and delicious breakfast made with superfood oats. These gluten free crispy and tasty dosa can be also serve as a snack with tea or coffee. Even if you don’t like oats I am sure you will love the taste of this dosa. And you can’t recognize oats in it. To get more oats recipes click here .

To make this dosa lacy and crisp make a thin and flowing batter like rawa dosa. And for crisp texture remember to cook on low heat. You can use any spices of your choice in the batter. I have made it without onion but you can add 1 finely chopped onion in the batter.

Posting after a long time. And feeling happy to participate again in our weekly bloghop group after a short break. This Monday 257 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dosa den suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya is a very good friend and a talented blogger. I love her healthy and authentic recipes. I have bookmarked her Mysore masala dosa and Broccoli masala dosa to try. Do visit her space for different types of delicious recipes.

To make this dosa you don’t need to fermentat the batter just mix everything and your batter is ready to cook. This nutritious dosa is a perfect breakfast option for diet conscious people, kids and everyone. If you like add 1 finely chopped onion and any spices of your choice. Use green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance. Skip chilli if you are making for small kids. Serve oats dosa immediately after cooking. It may be soft when cool. But still it will be tasty.

Recipe

Oats – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Oil for shallow fry

Method

1. Grind the oats into fine powder.

2. In a large bowl mix oats powder, rice flour, salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder and chaat masala powder. See notes for more options.

3. Add beaten curd and 1 cup water. Whisk well to make a smooth lump free batter.

4. Add remaining water and whisk well. Batter should be flowing like rawa dosa.

5. Now add grated ginger, chopped green chilli and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well. If your batter is thick add little more water or if the batter is too runny add 1-2 tablespoon more rice flour.

6. Heat a pan or skillet. Brush with little oil and reduce the heat. Pour batter on the pan. Fill the gaps. Drizzle little oil on the sides and over the dosa. Don’t spread the dosa with ladle or spatula, just pour the batter on the pan.

7. Cook on low heat till edges starts to leave the pan. For crisp dosa remember to cook on low heat. It will take 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the dosa and cook other side too on low heat.

8. Flip again and when dosa becomes brown and crisp fold into half.

9. Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Notes

1. You can use 1 finely chopped onion in the batter. Few chopped curry leaves can be used in the batter.

2. Always serve hot for crisp dosa. Dosa may become soft when cool.

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

4. Batter should be flowing like rawa dosa and don’t try to spread with back of the ladle like normal dosa, just pour the batter on the pan.

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