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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Gobhi/Cauliflower Corn Butter Masala Without Onion

Gobhi or cauliflower and corn butter masala without onion. A rich creamy flavorful and delicious curry with cauliflower and sweet corn.
We all love chicken butter masala but its only for non vegetarian people. So here is a mouthwatering butter masala gravy recipe for vegetarian people. You don’t need onions to make this rich creamy gravy. I have used ginger garlic paste to marinate the cauliflower. If you don’t want to use garlic, then you can omit ginger garlic paste. Use 1 teaspoon ginger paste in marination. But ginger garlic paste definitely enhance the taste.

I have roasted the cauliflower florets in halogen oven. You can roast in your microwave oven. Use convection mode to roast the cauliflower. Or you can also roast in regular oven or OTG. Follow the same method to roast. Or you can also shallow fry the florets if you don’t have oven. Fry the florets till light brown.

Its cauliflower season in India. Market is flooded with cauliflower this time. Try this versatile vegetable with different spices and in some different method. In Bengal fulkopi bhate or makha is also very popular. Simple easy and delicious. Mix boiled cauliflower with salt and kashundi or Indian mustard sauce and drizzle little mustard oil. Relish with hot steamed rice.

You may like some more cauliflower recipes on this blog.

1. Cauliflower with ginger julienne

2. Zan

3. Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds

4. Fulkopir paturi

5. Spicy cauliflower stir fry

6. Cauliflower with spinach and cottage cheese

And some more delicious vegetarian rich creamy gravy recipes.

1. Banana butter masala

2. Hariyali paneer makhani masala

3. Broccoli malai curry

This week’s 232 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Go For Gobhi suggested by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. I specially love her authentic recipes and all the baked recipes. I will try her gingerbread cookies soon.

I didn’t use onion in this recipe. Cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds made this curry rich and creamy. This aromatic thick gravy goes well with any Indian bread or rice dishes like jeera rice, pulao, fried rice or steamed rice etc. Roast or fry the marinated cauliflower florets and cook with tomato gravy. Cardamom,cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf made this curry aromatic.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Refined oil – 1 teaspoon

Tomato – 4 medium

Cashew nuts – 8 – 10

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves -3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Slit green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

For marination

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Separate the florets from cauliflower. Don’t cut into small florets. Cut into medium sized florets. Discard the stems.

2. Rinse and boil the cauliflower florets with sufficient water and 1/2 teaspoon salt. When the water starts to rolling boil switch off the heat.

3. After 5 minutes take out the cauliflower florets with a slotted spoon. Let it cool down.

4. In a bowl mix thick yogurt, salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder, red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder and mustard oil. Add the cauliflower florets and mix well. Keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. If you don’t want to use garlic then use 1 teaspoon ginger paste only instead of ginger garlic paste.

5. Roast the marinated cauliflower florets in oven at 180° for 6 – 8 minutes or till the cauliflower florets becomes light brown. Use microwave convection mode or normal oven or OTG. Or you can shallow fry the florets in a pan with little oil.
I have roasted in halogen oven. If you are using halogen oven,arrange the marinated cauliflower florets on a baking tray.

6. Press speed up button and bake at 200° for 8 minutes. Turn the florets upside down and bake again at 200° for 4 minutes or till the florets becomes brown.

7. Soak cashew nuts, poppy seeds and melon seeds in 5 tablespoon hot water. I have microwave for 1 minutes for easy grinding.

8. Wash the tomatoes. Make a “X” with a knife below of the every tomato. Don’t cut deep. Just make a mark for easy peeling.

9. Boil enough water and dip the tomatoes into the boiling water. When the tomatoes begins to peel switch off the heat.

10. Let the tomatoes cool down. Peel the tomatoes and chop roughly.
Grind the boiled and chopped tomatoes with ginger, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. You can also grind green chilli with tomatoes if you want your curry more spicy and hot.

11. Grind soaked cashew nuts poppy seeds and melon seeds with little water. Make a smooth paste.

12. Heat 2 tablespoon butter with 1 teaspoon oil in pan. Add bay leaf and ground tomatoes, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

13. Add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well. Fry the spices till oil leaves the sides.

14. Add cashew, poppy seeds and melon seeds paste. Saute again until oil leaves the sides.

15. Add roasted cauliflower florets. Saute for 1 minute. Add sweet corn and mix.

16. Add water and slit green chilli. I have used one red and one green chilli.
Let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 – 10 minutes or till the cauliflower florets becomes tender.

17. When you get your desired consistency add fresh cream and mix. Remove from heat. For with onion version see notes. You can add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi at the end if you like. I don’t like the methi flavour so I didn’t.

18. Garnish with fresh cream. You can also garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with naan, puri, paratha, roti, jeera rice, steamed rice, pulao fried rice or any bread.

For fulkopi bhate or makha cut the cauliflower into small florets. Take 1 heaped cup cauliflower florets. Rinse and boil until soft. Mash the florets with a fork or spoon. Add salt to taste, 1/2 teaspoon kashundi and 1/2 teaspoon mustard oil. Mix and relish with hot steamed rice. If you haven’t tasted mustard earlier then first time use only 1/4 teaspoon kashundi and 1/4 teaspoon mustard oil. Mix well, taste and add more kashundi and mustard oil if require. Mustard oil will add an extra zing. And I love the flavour so I have used 1 teaspoon kashundi and 1 teaspoon mustard oil. Use according to your taste. You can also add chopped green chilli if you want.

Notes

1. Soaked and peeled almonds can be used instead of cashew nuts.
2. Use green chilli according to your taste.
3. If you want to use onion garlic, fry chopped onion and 3 – 4 garlic cloves with cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in 1 tablespoon oil till light brown. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. No need to boil the tomatoes. Grind the mixture when cool. And cook as mentioned in above recipe.

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Ivy Gourd With Poppy Seeds

Ivy gourds or kundru with potato and poppy seeds.
A very delicious dry curry with ivy gourd, potatoes and poppy seeds or khaskhas. You don’t need any spices except turmeric and poppy seeds.

Coccinia grandis, the ivy gourd, also known as scarlet gourd, tindora, and kowai fruit, is a tropical vine. It grows primarily in tropical climates and is commonly found in the southern Indian states, where it forms a part of the local cuisine. Coccinia grandis is cooked as a vegetable
Wikipedia

Available as a dietary supplement, ivy gourd is said to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that may aid in the prevention or treatment of a diverse range of health conditions, from diabetes and high cholesterol to high blood pressure and obesity.
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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 alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter I. And I made this recipe using ivy gourd.

I have missed letter A. Here are some recipes I have shared for this challenge.

Beetroot shot

Corn cottage cheese stir fry

Date walnut fudge

Eggs in poppy seeds and tomato gravy

Fennel oats millet cookies

Ginger noodles

Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie

Its a very easy to make yet superbly delicious curry. If you have ground paste ready then you can make it in a ziffy. You can also make it without potatoes or use less potato if you want. Use green chilli according to your taste.

Recipe

Ivy gourd – 250 gram

Potatoes – 2

Onion – 3, thinely sliced

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 3 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Nigella seeds or kalonji – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds in 1/3 cup hot water for 30 minutes.

2. After 30 minutes strain the water and grind with 1 – 2 green chilli and 2 – 3 tablespoon water. You can add little more water if required. Make a smooth paste.

3. Rinse the ivy gourd well. Cut both ends and make half lengthwise. Make thin slices.

4. Peel the potatoes. Wash well and make thin slices.

5. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add nigella seeds or kalonji if using.

6. Add thinly sliced onion. Fry for a minute.

7. Add thinly sliced ivy gourds and potatoes. Stir well.

8. Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix and cover the pan. Cook on low heat. Keep stirring in-between.

9. When the ivy gourd and potatoes becomes brown add poppy seeds and green chilli paste. Rinse the grinder jar with 1/4 cup water and add with it. Mix and add 1 – 2 slit green chilli if you want spicy.

10. Cook on high heat. Keep stirring.
When the curry dried up and changed it’s colour to brown. Add 1 teaspoon mustard oil and mix. This step is optional. I have added it for an extra zing. You can skip this step if you want.

11. Remove from heat. Your ivy gourd with poppy seeds is ready.
Garnish with green chilli or cilantro/coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes
1. Use green chilli according to your taste.
2. You can also use red chilli powder if you want.
3. You can make this dry curry without potatoes or less potato.
4. Nigella seeds or kalonji is optional. If you don’t have nigella seeds or you don’t like the flavour skip it.

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Data Posto Or Drumsticks With Poppy Seeds

Data posto or drumsticks with poppy seeds.
Data posto is a very common dish of Bengali household. You can make it with tender and thick both type of drumsticks. If you are using thick drumstick scrap the skin before using. Sometimes we make it with only poppy seeds and green chilli paste and sometime adding mustard powder with or without poppy seeds. All the three dishes taste totally different and delicious.
I have already shared a drumstick or sojne data recipe with mustard and panch phoran or Bengali five spices. Get the recipe here

Poppy seed is an oilseed obtained from the opium poppy (Papaver somniferum). The tiny poppy seed is mentioned in ancient medical texts from many civilizations. It takes 3,300 poppy seeds to make up a gram, and a pound contains between 1 and 2 million seeds. Poppy seeds are widely used in Austrian, Indian, Croatian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Turkish and Ukrainian cuisines.
7 Health Benefits Of Poppy Seeds

1. Poppy seeds can improve your digestion.
2. Poppy seeds can assist in antioxidant defense.
3. Poppy seeds can assist in red blood cell formation.
4. Poppy seeds can help improve cognitive functioning.
5. Poppy seeds may boost your bone health.
6. Poppy seeds are perfect for helping manage your blood pressure.
7. Poppy seeds can help your slumber at night.
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Today I am sharing two different taste of drumstick with poppy seeds or khas khas. One with only poppy seeds or khas khas and green chilli and other is with mustard powder and poppy seeds. Recipe is similar but adding mustard, you will get totally different taste. You can skip potato if you want, make it with only drumstick. My mother in law used to make it with only thick variety drumsticks.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You need only poppy seeds and green chilli paste with salt and turmeric powder. If you want to make sorshe posto die data or drumsticks with poppy seeds and mustard then add only 1 tablespoon mustard powder with poppy seeds paste.

Recipe

Drumstick – 250 gram

Potatoes – 2 large

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 3 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup + 1/4 cup

For poppy seeds and mustard drumstick –
Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak poppy seeds or khas khas in 1/4 cup hot water for 30 minutes or microwave for 1 minute.

2. Grind soaked poppy seeds with green chilli with the help of little water.

3. Peel and cut the potatoes lengthwise.

4. Rinse and cut the drumsticks into 2 inch piece. If you are using thick drumstick then scrap the skin lightly.

5. Heat 1& 1/2 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan or wok.

6. Add chopped potatoes and drumsticks. You can add 1/2 teaspoon Nigella seeds or kalonji for tempering. I didn’t. Add Nigella seeds in hot oil before adding potatoes and drumstick if using.

7. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes.
Add salt, turmeric powder and green chilli, poppy seeds paste. Mix well.

8. If you want to make it with poppy seeds and mustard, then soak 1 tablespoon mustard powder in 3 tablespoon water for 10 – 15 minutes. Add with poppy seeds and green chilli paste. But first time try it with only poppy seeds and then try with mustard to enjoy both taste.

9. When dried up add water. Cover and cook till potatoes and drumsticks becomes soft and dried up completely.

10. Add 1 teaspoon mustard oil and mix well. This step is optional but adding mustard oil at the end gives extra zing.
Serve with steamed rice.

Note

Potatoes are optional. You can make it with only drumsticks.

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Fulkopir Paturi Or Cauliflower With Poppy Seeds And Mustard

Fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard.
If you want quick easy and fingerlicking taste of cauliflower then its perfect for you.
This dry curry goes well with steamed rice.

Sending this post to 193 #Foodiemonday bloghop Bengali food fest theme. This week I have suggested the theme. I would love to see what my blogger friends cook and share from Bengali cuisine.

In my knowledge paturi refers to the method of cooking fish and veggies by marinating with mustard and wrapped up in a banana leaf and steamed or sometimes fried. Pata is Bengali word for leaf. Hence the name paturi.
But in a food group when Mili Roy shared the recipe of Adhora Madhuri, its a completely new dish for me. Quite easy recipe because we don’t need banana leaf to make this paturi. I asked Adhora then how it named paturi? She said that, we also call it paturi. So here is a delicious fulkopir paturi without using any leaf.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

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

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Slit green chilli – 2 – 3

Dry red chilli – 1, optional

Nigella seeds or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds or khas khas in 4 tablespoon hot water for 30 minutes. Grind with green chilli. Make a smooth paste.

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

3. Rinse and cut the cauliflower in small florets.

4. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry cauliflower florets with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. Fry till the cauliflower becomes light brown. Remove from oil.

5. In the same oil add Nigella seeds or kalaunji and dry red chilli if using. You can add little more oil if require.

6. Let the seeds splutter. Now add fried cauliflower, poppy seeds green chilli paste, soaked mustard powder, salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Mix well.

7. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer till cauliflower becomes soft and dried up.

8. Your fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves if you like.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes
1. You can add 1 teaspoon mustard oil at the end for extra zing if you like.
2. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also use red chilli powder if you want but green chilli tastes better.

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Broccoli Malai Curry

Broccoli malai curry.
Yes broccoli again. But this time with a rich finger licking gravy. Generally we make this malai curry with prawns or chingri. Called chingri malai curry. If you want you can make prawns or any fish instead of broccoli with this gravy.

This week our 186 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is plant based milk recipes suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at Mad Scientist’s Kitchen. Visit her blog for some awesome recipes.

Today I am sharing my brother Sanjay’s recipe. I already shared his one more recipe.
Radhaballvi with dum aloo.

He always used strained water of soaked dry red chilies in his non-vegetarian dishes. In his view ‘its enhance the taste and colour’. So I have followed his method today. Try this gravy with any vegetables or fish chicken etc. And please let me know how it turns out.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Onion – 2

Garlic – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 medium

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 10 – 12

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Dry red chilli – 3

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli to garnish

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds and cashew nuts in hot water.

2. Soak the dry red chilli in 1/4 cup water for 20 – 25 minutes.

3. Blend the soaked red chillies with it’s water. Strain the water with a sieve and keep aside. Discard the skin and seeds of dry red chilli.

4. Grind onion, ginger and garlic into smooth paste.

5. Grind tomatoes, soaked cashews and poppy seeds altogether. Make a smooth paste.

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

7. Rinse the broccoli well. Cut the broccoli onto small florets.

8. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add the chopped broccoli.

9. Fry till the broccoli starts to change it’s colour. Remove from heat and keep aside.

10. Heat 3 – 4 tablespoon oil in the same pan. Add bay leaf, crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

11. Add onion, garlic and ginger paste. Sauce till the ground paste becomes light brown.

12. Add tomato, cashew and poppy seeds paste. Add cumin powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and turmeric powder.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.

13. Add fried broccoli florets and salt. Mix well.

14. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add strained water of dry red chilli, coconut milk and water. You can also add some slit green chilli. Stir and mix well.

15. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until the broccoli becomes tender.

16. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Remove from heat. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter if you like. I didn’t.

17. Garnish with slit green chilli.
Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or any bread.

Notes
1. You can make prawns or any fish or chicken in this gravy.
2. Any vegetables can be used instead of broccoli.

4. You can also make this curry with less oil if you want.

5. Any vegetable oil can be used instead of mustard oil.

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No Onion Garlic Vegan Makhana Or Fox Nut / Lotus Seeds Curry

No onion garlic vegan makhana or fox nut/lotus seeds curry.
A lip-smacking gravy with makhana or lotus seeds/fox nuts, cashews, melon seeds and poppy seeds or khas khas. Gravy is perfectly rich, creamy and delicious without onion garlic.

Sending this post to 183 #Foodiemonday bloghop Indian super food theme. This week Vidya Narayan who blog at Masalachilli suggested the theme.
Do visit her space for traditional recipes with some wonderful bake.

My humble contribution is this no onion garlic vegan makhana curry.

In India, these Lotus seeds are commonly referred to as Makhana. Usually people consume it during their fasts or even use it as an ingredient in Indian cuisines or sweet dishes. However, not many people are aware of its health benefits and nutritional value.
The first and foremost advantage of consuming lotus seeds is that it acts as an anti-aging agent.
Lotus seeds are known as a great source of protein which is extremely beneficial to the body. Doctors even recommend the intake of lotus seeds to combat protein deficiency in the body.

Lotus seeds are low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. They are an extremely good source of manganese, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, protein and phosphorus.
It helps to eliminate all the spleen from the body and keeps it clean from the unnecessary cholesterol, therefore, maintaining the body’s cholesterol level. The potassium content is a great advantage for heart as it reduces the risk of heat stroke and hypertension. It is helpful in flushing out excess water and sodium from the body. It is of a great help in case there are muscle contractions, which can lead to cramps.
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Recipe is very easy to make. You need only ground ginger, chilli, tomatoes, cashew, melon seeds, poppy seeds, coconut, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have made it with oil. But if you want you can also use butter.

Recipe

Makhana or fox nut – 2 & 1/2 cup

Green peas – 1 cup

Tomato – 3 medium

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 3/4 cup

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds or khas khas in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with little water.

2. Soak the cashew nuts and melon seeds in warm water for 15 minutes.

3. Grind tomatoes, green chilli, ginger, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, soaked poppy seeds, melon seeds, cashew nuts and coconut altogether. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add fox nuts or makhana. Fry till makhana becomes crisp and light golden brown.

5. Stir constantly and be careful. Makhana shouldn’t be black.
Remove from heat and place on a plate.

6. Now heat 2 tablespoon oil and add the ground paste. Add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well.

7. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add green peas. Mix and saute for few seconds.

8. Add water and when it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes or until green peas becomes soft.

9. Add makhana or fox nut. Mix and cook on simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

10. Your curry is ready. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream and 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi at the end. I didn’t.

11. Garnish with slit green chilli and cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with jeera rice, pulao, steamed rice, puri roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use butter instead of oil.
2. Almond can be used instead of cashew nuts. Or use cashew nuts and soaked and peeled almond both.

3. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

4. You can add fried cashew nuts in the gravy.

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