Biryani Flavoured Tahri

Biryani flavoured tahri. Tahri is a famous one pot rice dish made with rice, seasonal vegetables and spices from North Indian cuisine. And here is a similar recipe with different flavour. All the aromatic spices, saffron, rose, Kewra and meetha attar made this tahri fragrant and mouthwatering.

This spicy aromatic rice can be served with Palak raita, Beetroot raita or any raita. Or you can also serve it with any curry. I have served this with Doi potol or parwal in yogurt gravy. And garnished with some different coloured chillies from my terrace garden.

According to Wikipedia Tahri is a yellow rice dish in Awadhi cuisine. Spices are added to plain cooked rice for flavor and colour. In one version of Tehri, potatoes are added to the rice. In other variants soyabean chunks, vegetables, onions, tomatoes and many different spices are also added. Tehri and tehari are variants on the name for the vegetarian dish prepared in the same way as biryani. Alternatively, it can also be prepared with various types of meats and green peas. It was developed by the Muslim Nawabs of Awadh in South Asia. Tehri became more popular during the Second World War when meat prices increased substantially and potato became the popular substitute in biryani.

You may like to try some more rice dishes from this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Spinach pulao

2. Mushroom egg fried rice

3. Mix Vegetable Fried Rice

4. Saffron rice with pickled Jalapeno and ginger julienne

5. Easy pulao or one pot rice

6. Corn peas barista fried rice or pulao

7. Korean egg fried rice

8. Chutney pulao

9. Spanish moulded rice

10. Mint rice or pulao

11. Beetroot rice and raita

12. Mexican rice

13. Carrot rice

14. Tricolour rice

15. Mexican green rice

16. Kolkata style chicken biryani

17. Basanti pulao

18. Lotus stem biryani or pulao

19. Bengali pulao

20. Egg biryani or pulao

Tahri is a simple and easy to make rice dish made with spices, vegetables, soya nuggets or meat etc. And usually flavoured with aromatic whole spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. But in this Tahri I have used all the flavour of biryani. So you will get a lovely aroma of biryani in this Tahri. And saffron will give a beautiful yellow colour and flavour to your tahri. You don’t need to use turmeric powder. But if you don’t have saffron then you can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder with other spices. But I recommend to use saffron.

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Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Cauliflower florets – 1 cup

Potato – 1 large, peeled and cubed

Carrot – 1, cubed

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Garlic – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Thick curd or yogurt – 1/4 cup

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, optional

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Rose essence or water – 1 teaspoon

Meetha attar – 3 drop

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice 3-4 times or till water runs out clear and soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain the water and keep aside.

2. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrot in cubes. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

3. Grind tomato, green chilli, garlic and ginger into a smooth paste.

4. Soak saffron in hot milk. Let the milk cool down. Crush the saffron with your finger tips. Add Kewra water, rose water or essence and meetha attar. Stir and cover.

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

6. Heat a wok or heavy bottom vessel. Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and 1 bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add finely chopped onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

7. Add cauliflower florets, carrot and potatoes. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

8. Add ground ginger, garlic and green chilli. Also add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, biryani masala and salt. Saute till dried up and oil leaves the sides.

9. Reduce the heat and add well whisked curd or yogurt. Keep stirring. When everything about to dried up increase the flame, add rice and mix. Saute for a minute.

10. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Tear up mint leaves with your hand and add if using.

11. Now add green peas and Kewra, rose water and meetha attar mixed saffron milk and 2 cup water. If you are making in pressure cooker use 1&1/2 cup water. Mix well. Taste the water if its perfectly salty, if not add little more salt to taste. Cover the vessel or wok. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook covered on simmer for 10 minutes.

12. Stir gently and cover again and cook for 5 minutes or till all the water evaporate.

13. Remove from heat and keep aside covered for 5-6 minutes.

14. Fluff the rice gently and serve hot with any raita or curry.

Notes

1. To make the tahri more spicy add some more green chilli. You can also use little red chilli powder if you want.

2. You can use any vegetables, soya nuggets, fried paneer cubes etc in this tahri.

3. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder can be used instead of saffron. Add turmeric powder with other spices. But try to use saffron for best result.

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Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani

Kolkata style chicken biryani with potato and eggs. This scrumptious biryani is mildly spiced and highly aromatic. Saffron, rose water, Kewra water, meetha attar and aromatic whole spices made this biryani extremely flavorful.

Fragrant rice, soft potatoes, eggs, juicy chicken pieces made this biryani superbly delicious. We are not going to the history of Kolkata chicken biryani. Let’s discuss only about taste and flavour. Your house will fill with lovely aroma while making this biryani. A pure bliss.

But now Editing the post with a brief history of this Kolkata style biryani. Thanks to my nephew Saumyajit Ray for this info. Now copy pasting from the write up of Saumyajit.

The Calcutta-style biryani has potatoes in it. History says that biryani came to Calcutta with Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh, when he shifted to the then capital of British India after being dethroned in Lucknow.

Wajid Ali Shah settled down in Metiabruz in eastern Calcutta on the banks of the Hooghly. If Maulana Abdul Haleem Sharar’s GUZESHTA LUCKNOW is to be believed, the former Nawab’s retainers started adding potatoes to his biryani since he could not afford so much mutton. This, despite his 100,000 rupees per month pension which he received from the British and blew up on dancing girls and the upkeep of animals in his fabled private too.

Now the big question. Calcuttans of that era had no idea of biryani before Wajid Ali Shah came and took up residence in Metiabruz and set up a “Chhota Lucknow” there. So why shouldn’t the Calcutta biryani be called Metiabruz biryani?

What do you think. Please share your thoughts in comment. I would love to hear from you.

If you don’t like chicken like me then enjoy the biryani with potato and eggs, let other family members enjoy soft juicy chicken with fragrant rice. I have used chicken leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken. Use big pieces of chicken. If you don’t like eggs then you can skip it.

If you don’t want to boil the potatoes then fry the potatoes till golden brown and cook with chicken. Process of making this biryani is lengthy but worth trying. You can prepare everything in advance and assemble and cook on simmer just before serving.

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Recipe

For chicken

Chicken – 1/2 kg

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

Rose essence or rosewater – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Lemon – half

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

For rice

Long grain basmati rice – 2 cup

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Bay leaves – 2

Oil or ghee -2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Lemon – half

Water as require

Saffron milk

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence or Water – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Meetha attar – 3 drop

For biryani

Oil – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

For potato

Potato – 3 large

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 3, hard boiled

For barista

Onion – 3 large, thinly sliced

Oil for frying

Method

1. Wash the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix curd or thick yogurt, salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, biryani masala, ginger garlic paste and 2 teaspoon oil. I used mustard oil but you can use any oil. Mix everything well.

3. Add cleaned and washed chicken pieces, rose essence or rose water, Kewra water and juice of half lemon. Mix everything well. Cover the bowl and keep aside for an hour. You can marinate the chicken overnight. Keep the marinated chicken in a covered bowl and keep in refrigerator overnight. Take out the chicken just before cooking.

4. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup warm milk and saffron. Let it soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes crush the saffron threads with your finger tips to mix well. Now add rose water or essence, Kewra water and 3 drops of meetha attar. Add only 3 drops not more than that. Cover and keep the bowl aside.

5. Now make a spice bag. In a piece of cheesecloth or muslin cloth or any thin cotton cloth place lightly crushed or broken 4 green cardamom, 4 cloves, a piece of cinnamon, 1 star anise, 2 strands of javitri or mace and 2 bay leaves. You can also add 1 black cardamom if you like, I didn’t. Tie the cloth tightly.

6. Boil sufficient water with 1 tablespoon Salt, 2 teaspoon ghee or oil and juice of half lemon. Taste the water. Water should be perfectly salty. 1 tablespoon is perfect but you can add little more if required.

7. Add drained rice and spice bag. Cook till rice becomes long. Rice should be 80 percent cooked so be careful and stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice. When rice becomes long immediately strain the water from the rice. Drain the water completely and spread the rice on a plate to cool down.

8. Wash the potatoes well. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon salt and water. Boil for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into half and keep aside.

9. Or if you don’t want to boil the potatoes then peel and fry with little salt and turmeric powder till golden brown. And cook with chicken.

10. Peel the hard boiled eggs. You can fry the eggs, I didn’t. If you are frying the eggs, don’t forget to make some slits on the eggs with a knife.

11. Heat oil in a pan. Fry thinly sliced onion till brown to make barista. When onion becomes brown remove from oil and place on a paper towel. Onion shouldn’t be burnt so be careful and keep stirring while frying.

12. Heat oil in a pan. You can use same pan and oil which we used to make barista. Fry the potatoes till golden brown and transfer on a plate.

13. Now add one finely chopped onion and fry till light golden brown. Add marinated chicken. And fry for 5 minutes. Chicken will release water. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir and check in regular interval.

14. You can also cook potatoes and eggs with the chicken. I sometimes do so. Potatoes and eggs will absorb the flavour and taste of the gravy and taste better. Do as per your convenience.

15. After 10 minutes check the chicken. It will becomes tender, if not covered and cook for a few minutes more. When chicken becomes tender remove the cover and cook on high heat till gravy is about to dried up.

16. Let’s assemble the biryani. Place 3 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces potatoes with little oil gravy of chicken.

17. Above chicken and potatoes make a layer of rice. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and half saffron soaked milk. Spread barista or crisp fried onion all over the rice.

18. Now spread remaining chicken, potato and gravy over the rice. Spread rice over it. Again sprinkle one tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and remaining saffron soaked milk. Spread fried onions. And press the eggs over it.

19. We have to cover it properly to cook. You can use atta dough to seal the sides of the cover. But I have covered the pan with a piece of aluminum foil properly and place the lid over it. And placed a clove in the hole to secure the air inside.

20. You can also cover the pan with a plate and place a heavy vessel with hot water on the plate. Heat a tawa or skillet. Keep the heat on lowest. Place the assembled biryani pan on the tawa.

21. Cook on simmer for 25 minutes. Or until your biryani pan becomes too hot and you will unable to touch it.

22. Your Kolkata style chicken biryani is ready to serve. Fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with any raita.

Notes

1. I have made two layers but you can make three layers if you want.

2. Always use old basmati rice to make biryani.

3. I have used leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken pieces. Use big pieces of chicken.

4. You can skip eggs if you want.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month Exotic biryani and pulao theme is suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. I recently bookmarked her healthy and delicious Badam gur phirni to try sometime. A perfect dish for festive season.

And this month my partner is Preeti Tandon Shridhar who blog at Cakes & Curries. Preeti is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for many delicious recipes. I have to try her delicious Cowboy cookies soon. For this theme preeti gave me Kewra water and curd or yogurt. I used these ingredients to make this mouthwatering biryani. And I gave cranberries and quinoa to Preeti as secret ingredients. Preeti shared delicious Quinoa masala pulao using these ingredients.

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Sabudana Or Tapioca Paratha With Sweet Corn, Green Peas And Paneer Or Cottage Cheese / Fasting Food

Sabudana or tapioca paratha or flatbread with sweet corn, green peas and paneer or cottage cheese. A delicious and easy to make fasting food. But you can also enjoy it without fasting. Serve it in breakfast or as a snack with tea or coffee. Make small sized paratha and fry on low heat till brown and crisp. Enjoy hot with any chutney or sauce, fasting or feasting. Sweet corn, green peas and paneer or cottage cheese and spices made this paratha lipsmackingly delicious. Normally sabudana or tapioca used on fasting days but I have made it without fasting and enjoyed in breakfast.

Monday again and this week’s 241 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Flatbread Fiesta suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam is a very talented blogger. I always love her different types of thali recipes and beautiful pictures. Visit her space for different types of mouthwatering recipes. Poonam already shared some different paratha or flatbread recipes like Mint and paneer stuffed paratha, Leftover dal paratha, Achari aloo paratha and many more.

Recipe is very simple and easy. Just mash the soaked sabudana well with all the ingredients. Make balls and flatten with your palm. Shallow fry with little ghee or oil till golden brown and crisp. To get crispy paratha shallow fry on low heat. And be careful while flipping the paratha upside down to avoid breaking. Use green chilli and crushed black pepper according to your taste. If you want your paratha more spicy, add some more finely chopped green chilli or freshly crushed black pepper powder. You can also use black pepper powder. Vegan people can skip paneer or use tofu.

Recipe

Sabudana or tapioca – 1/4 cup

Potato – 1, boiled

Green peas – 1/3 cup, boiled or frozen

Sweet corn – 1/3 cup, boiled or frozen

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, grated

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup, grated or mashed

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Salt or rock salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter to shallow fry

Method

1. Soak the sabudana or tapioca in water for 3 hours. After 3 hours sabudana will be soft. Check by pressing with your finger tips. If its not soft then let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes more. I have soaked for 3 hours.

2. Peel and grate or mash the boiled potato.

3. Drain the water of sabudana completely.

4. In a bowl mix soaked and drained sabudana, mashed or grated boiled potato, green peas, sweet corn, mashed or grated paneer or cottage cheese, grated coconut, ginger, green chilli, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, cumin powder, freshly crushed black pepper, salt, chaat masala powder or lemon juice.

5. Mix and mash well. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if using.

6. Make balls to make paratha. Small or large as you want to make your paratha. I have made 4 paratha out of this dough.

7. Take a ball and press with your palm. If your dough is sticky grease your palm with little oil. Or keep the dough in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes. I kept the dough in refrigerator for an hour.

8. Make a round disc by pressing gently with your palm. Heat a pan and brush little oil or ghee in the pan. Place the circle on the pan and reduce the heat. Drizzle little oil or ghee over the paratha.

9. Shallow fry on simmer till edges becomes brown. Flip carefully to avoid breaking. Fry the other side too till brown.

10. Serve hot with any chutney or yogurt.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your taste. Add more chilli if you want your paratha spicy.

2. You can use 1 – 2 tablespoon more coconut if you want.

3. Vegan people can omit paneer or use tofu.

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Beetroot Greens With Beetroot And Potato

Beetroot greens with beetroot, potato and green peas.
Packed with healthy nutrients and delicious no onion garlic stir fry with popular superfood beetroot and beetroot greens.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You don’t need spices to make this delicious stir fry. Nigella seed or kalonji, green chilli and ginger with tomato, green peas, potato, cilantro and a dash of lemon juice will make this stir fry flavorful and delicious.

Finely chopped tender beetroot stems were used with leaves. Every part of beetroot is nutritious so don’t discard anything. You can simply throw beetroot peels under your plants or make compost to grow plants. Vegetable and fruit peels are great to fertilize the plants.
And don’t peel the potato. Rinse well and use. Potato peels are also nutritious.
They contain good amounts of fiber and nutrients, plus they are very satiating and versatile. … Many nutrients are contained in the peel of the potato, so consuming both the skin and flesh maximizes the amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals in each serving. Selecting a healthy cooking method is also important. Source

Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiber, folate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance. Source

You may like some more beetroot recipes on this blog.

1. Gluten free beetroot buns

2. Beetroot dip

3. Vegan beetroot smoothie

4. Beetroot dal or lentil curry

5. Beetroot shot

6. Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie

7. Beetroot rice and raita

8. Black rice oats and beetroot pancakes

9. Beetroot appe

10. Beetroot cutlets

No Fat or Cholesterol: Beet greens are nutritious as they are rich in Vitamin K, copper, manganese, iron and calcium, but they are great for maintaining a healthy weight, as they contain zero saturated fat and cholesterol.
Moreover, beetroot boosts heart health by regulating blood pressure and improving blood flow. Source

Already shared one more beetroot greens recipe Beetroot green with peas and corn.

This week our 235 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Best From Waste suggested by Archana who blog at The Mad Scientist Kitchen.
Archana is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for different types of delicious and innovative recipes. Like chocolate pie, Caramel apple plum mini pizza etc.
I have recently bookmarked her honey cake to try.

Archana suggested to make something without wasting anything. So I am sharing this beetroot green stir fry with green peas and potato. I have used leaves and tender stems of beetroot. Every part of the beetroot is nutritious so why to discard anything. Use beetroot peels to make compost. Vegetable and fruit peels can be used to fertilize your plants. And you don’t need to peel the potato. Just wash well, chop and use.

Recipe

Beetroot green – 5 bunch or leaves of 5 beetroot

Beetroot – 1

Nigella seed or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon

Potato – 1

Tomato – 1, chopped

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Sugar to taste

Green chilli – 2

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 3 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the beetroot greens well and chop into small pieces. Finely chop the tender stems too.

2. Peel and grate 1 beetroot. Use the peel to make compost. Vegetable peels are great organic alternative to chemical fertilizer.

3. Rinse the potato well. Don’t peel. Thinly slice the potato.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan. You can use olive oil or any oil instead of mustard oil. Add nigella seeds or kalonji.

5. Add sliced potato and fry for 2 minutes.

6. Add grated ginger, grated beetroot, chopped 1 green chilli and chopped tomato. Saute till tomato becomes soft and dried up.

7. Add chopped beetroot greens, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, turmeric powder and 1 – 2 slit green chilli. Mix well. Beetroot greens will release lots of water. Cover and cook on low heat 10 – 15 minutes or until dried up. Stir in between.

8. Remove the cover. Increase the heat and cook on high heat until dried up completely.

9. Add lemon juice. You can also add some more chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

10. Mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt and lemon juice if require.

11. Remove from heat. You can garnish with lemon wedges, ginger julienne and chopped cilantro.
Serve with steamed rice, roti, paratha or any bread.

Notes

1. Add more chopped green chilli if you want spicy. Or skip if you are making for kids.
2. Boiled sweet corn can be used with green peas.
3. You can also add few chopped garlic cloves with nigella seed.

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Aloo Ke Gutke

Aloo ke gutke or pahari aloo. A spicy, delicious and easy to make dry potato recipe from Uttarakhand or Devabhumi.
If you have boiled potatoes ready then you can make it in a jiffy. Serve it as a side dish with dal chawal, roti, paratha, puri or any Indian bread or serve this spicy mouthwatering aloo ke gutke as a starter.

I have so many memories with Uttarakhand. Not only beautiful Nainital but Bhimtal, Ranikhet, Ghorakhal, Jageshwar dham and so many other places. Few years before I had to visit Naukuchiatal regularly with my brother. My nephew and niece were studying there in a boarding school. Loved that place.
And how could I forget Sattal. An interconnected group of seven freshwater lakes near Bhimtal. Sharing some pictures of this beautiful state.

Naukuchiatal

Jageshwar Dham

According to Wikipedia Uttarakhand formerly known as Uttaranchal is a state in the northern part of India. It is often referred to as the “Devabhumi” (literally “Land of the Gods”) due to numerous Hindu temples and pilgrimage centres found throughout the state. Uttarakhand is known for the natural environment of the Himalayas, the Bhabar and the Terai.

Bhimtal

Ghorakhal

Cuisines of Uttarakhand are simple and made of locally grown ingredients. The cuisines don’t have complex spices. The two regions in Uttarakhand have different cuisines, so there are Garhwali Cuisines and Kumaoni Cuisines. Some popular cuisines in Uttarakhand are:

Gahat (Kulath) Soup

Stuffed Gahat Chapatis

Gahat (Kulath)

Rasmi Badi (Kofta)

Bhangjeera ki Chatni

Aloo Ke Gutke

Chainsoo

Kafuli

Urad Ke Pakore (Wada)

Source

We are talking about Uttarakhand because this month in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Uttarakhand cuisine.
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 lovely Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen.
Do visit her space for different types of mouthwatering recipes. I love her podi or masala powder recipes along with other vegetarian recipes. She has a vast collection of spice powder recipes. I have bookmarked her milaga podi recipe to try.
Aruna gave me turmeric powder and cumin seeds and I made this delicious aloo ke gutke with these ingredients. I gave her asafoetida and ginger. She made tasty Phaanu with these ingredients.

I have tasted this aloo ke gutke first time in road side stalls of Uttarakhand. Loved the taste and now I make it so often. Usually jakhya is used in tempering with cumin seeds. But I made it without jakhya.
Jakhya is the seed of the Cleome viscosa plant used for tempering on culinary dishes. It is mostly grown and consumed in Uttarakhand and in the Terai regions of India and Nepal. The seeds are dark brown in color, and crackles on being heated in oil. It is used in the Garhwali and Kumaoni styles of cuisines.
Source

If you have jakhya add 1/2 teaspoon with cumin seeds in tempering. I don’t have it so skipped. You can also make it without jakhya. I usually don’t use jakhya and the potatoes are equally delicious without it. But if you have it, use it in tempering.

Recipe

Potato – 4 medium, boiled

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric or haldi powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish

Method

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes.

2. In a bowl mix cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and 2 tablespoon water. Stir and keep aside.

3. Heat mustard oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, dry red chilli and hing or asafoetida.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add the water mixed spices. Stir for a few seconds.

5. Add cubed potatoes and salt. Mix well.

6. Reduce the heat. Cook on low heat till potatoes coated well with spices and becomes light brown. Keep stirring.

7. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve as a side dish with dal chawal, roti, paratha, puri or serve hot as a starter.

Note

Use red chilli powder according to your taste.

Here are some more recipes from Uttarakhand cuisine from my fellow bloggers.

1. Mandua ki roti from Archana

2. Phaanu from Aruna

3. Gahat kulath ki dal from Mayuri

4. Kafuli from Jayashree

5. Udad dal ke pakode from Shobha

6. Palak ka kaapa from Renu

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Matar Nimona

Wishing a very happy new year to all my readers.

Matar nimona. A spicy curry with ground green peas, fried potatoes and spices. Delicious curry from UP cuisine.
Its my most favourite curry from Uttar Pradesh cuisine. My mom in law used to make it so often. In a joint family lots of green peas require to make nimona. Our duty was to peel the green peas. Mom in law was a great cook. Still remember the taste of her food. So here is the matar nimona recipe of maa.
Onion is absolutely optional. I love the without onion garlic version more.
Sharing the recipe with or without onion both. Main ingredients are green peas, ginger, green chilli, tomato, cilantro or coriander leaves and lemon juice with salt and spices.

You may like two more green peas recipe on this blog.

Matar kofta

Potatoes with green peas

And a green chickpea curry

Hara chana curry

This month in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Uttar Pradesh cuisine.
Shhh 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 talented blogger Renu who blog at Cook With Renu. I always love her healthy and delicious recipes.
Visit her space for different types of wonderful recipes. I have recently bookmarked her chocolate coconut flour cake to try out. Renu gave me cumin seeds and turmeric and I made this matar nimona with these ingredients. I gave her jaggery and til or sesame seeds. And she made delicious bajre ki tikki.

Recipe is very easy yet mouthwatering. I am sharing two methods to make this dish. One is with onion garlic and second is without onion garlic. You can make your dish following any of these methods.

Recipe

Green peas – 500 gram

Potato – 1 large

Tomato -2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Garlic – 4 – 5, optional

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Onion – 1 chopped, optional

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 – 3 tablespoon, chopped

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method of with onion garlic

1. Peel and chop the potato lengthwise or you can chop into cubes.

2. Peel the peas. Remove the shell and take out the peas.

3. Rinse and reserve 1/4 cup peas. Grind the remaining peas in your food processor or grinder.

4. Grind onion, garlic and green chilli. Make a smooth paste.

5. Grind the tomatoes.

6. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Better to use nonstick pan. Add ground green peas and 1/4 cup whole peas which you have reserved. Fry the peas well. When dried up reduce the heat and fry on low heat. Stir constantly to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Fry till ground peas starts to change it’s colour and raw smell goes away. You will get a nice aroma. It will take 5 – 6 minutes. Remove from heat and keep aside. You can follow second method as I have mentioned for no onion garlic recipe below. Add the green peas paste after tomato and fry.

8. Heat remaining oil in a pan or wok. Add chopped potato. Fry till potato pieces becomes golden brown. Remove from oil.

9. In the same oil add cumin seeds and hing or asafoetida.
Let the seeds splutter. Add onion, garlic and green chilli paste. Fry till oil leaves the sides.

10. Add tomato paste and saute till the mixture dried up and leaves the sides.

11. Add fried potato, green peas, cilantro or coriander leaves, salt and all the dry spices.
Mix everything well. Saute for a minute.

12. Add water and mix. When it starts to rolling boil, reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes or till the potato becomes soft.

13. Remove the cover. You can add more water if require. When you get your desired consistency, taste and adjust salt if require.

14. Add lemon juice, mix and remove from heat.

15. You can garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with rice, pulao, roti paratha or puri with lemon wedge and onion slices.

No onion garlic method

1. Grind the green peas and keep aside.

2. Grind the Tomatoes and green chilli.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add the potatoes. Fry till potatoes becomes golden brown. Remove from oil.

4. In the same oil add cumin seeds and hing or asafoetida. When the seeds starts to splutter add tomato and green chilli paste.

5. Saute till the mixture dried up and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add green peas paste and reserved green peas.

7. Fry on low heat till raw smell of green peas goes away and you will get a nice aroma. It will take about 6 minutes.

8. Add fried potato, cilantro or coriander leaves, salt and all the dry spices.
Mix well and saute for a minute.

9. Add water and mix.
When it starts to boil reduce the heat.
Cover and cook on low heat for 5 – 6 minutes or till the potatoes becomes soft.

10. Remove the cover. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Add little more water if require. Or cook till you get your desired consistency.

11. Add lemon juice, mix and remove from heat.
Serve hot with steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao or any bread.
Note
Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Karela Nu Shaak Or Gujarati Bitter Gourd Stir Fry

Karela nu shaak or bitter gourd stir fry from Gujarati cuisine.
A no onion garlic delicious stir fry without any bitterness.
If you don’t like the bitterness at all then you can peel the skin of karela before using. This way you will get a finger licking taste without any bitterness. I don’t like to reduce the nutrients so I didn’t.

Considered the most despicable vegetable of all, the karela is high in nutrients and provides numerous health benefits.
Bitter gourd, or karela in Hindi, is relished for its benefits and despised for its bitter taste.
It is an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, and B3, C, magnesium, folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, and has high dietary fibre. It is rich in iron, and contains twice the beta-carotene of broccoli, twice the calcium of spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana, according to Health.com
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Monday again and this week’s 201 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #JamvaChaloJi. This week Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni suggested the theme. Do visit her space for some awesome bakes and delicious authentic and innovative recipes. We have to share any Gujarati recipe this week.

Earlier posted an easy Tamatari karela or bitter gourd with tomato.

Recipe is very easy to make. I have used peanut but its totally optional. If you don’t like peanut omit it. In Gujarati cuisine jaggery or sugar added to this stir fry. I have used jaggery powder instead of sugar and used only 1 teaspoon. If you like the sweetness, you can add more sugar or jaggery. If you are using jaggery, use grated or powderd jaggery. And if you don’t like the sweet taste skip jaggery or sugar.
Recipe source – Tarla Dalal

Recipe

Karela or bitter gourd – 2 large

Potato – 2 medium

Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon

Peanut – 3 tablespoon, dry roasted and crushed, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt to taste

Powdered or grated jaggery – 1 – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Cut off the tips from both ends of bitter gourd or karela. Cut lengthwise, make half. Now cut into thin slices. You can scrap or peel the karela if you don’t like the bitterness at all. Discard the hard seeds.

2. Rinse karela pieces and drain the water. Marinate with 1 teaspoon salt and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes.

3. Press the karela with your palm and squeeze all the water well. Wash the karela 2 – 3 times again in running water. Squeeze well.

4. Peel and chop the potatoes in small cubes. Rinse and keep aside.

5. Cut the cashew nuts nuts into 4 pieces.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, hing or asafoetida and turmeric powder.

7. When cumin starts to splutter add squeezed karela or bitter gourd in it.
Mix and cover the pan. Cook on low flame for 10 – 12 minutes. Stir in between.

8. Add cubed potatoes and salt. Mix well and cover again. Cook for 10 – 12 minutes again. Keep stirring.

9. When potatoes become tender and karela becomes crisp add broken cashew nuts, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and dry roasted and crushed peanuts if using. Mix well and cook for 2 – 3 minutes.

10. Now add cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and amchur or dry mango powder.
Mix well and sate for 2 – 3 minutes.

11. Your karela nu shaak or Gujarati style bitter gourd with cashew nuts is ready. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and serve with roti, paratha or steamed rice.

Notes
1. You can use sugar instead of jaggery.
2. If you don’t like peanut skip it.
3. In Gujarati cuisines jaggery or sugar must be added but if you don’t like the sweetness omit jaggery or sugar.

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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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Tender Drumstick Potato Dry Curry With Bengali Five Spices / Sojne Data Chochchori

Tender drumstick potato dry curry with Bengali five spices or sojne data chochchori.
A very simple yet delicious Bengali recipe using panch phoran or Bengali five spices which is consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

You don’t need much spices to make it. You need only turmeric powder, mustard powder and red chilli powder to make this delicious dry curry with tender drumstick and potatoes.

The drumstick or moringa plant is one of those rare species, where every part is beneficial for health and wellness. While the world celebrates moringa leaves and moringa powder as superfoods, the stalks are equally powerful, and have been used since time immemorial in Indian kitchens to add a dash of health to your diet.
Drumsticks are rich in two vital nutrients that are essential to bone health, keeping osteoporosis and osteoarthritis at bay. Calcium and iron are both minerals that are known to enhance the quality of your bones, so consuming an adequate amount of drumsticks can really help with that.
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I have used mustard powder in it. You can use mustard paste if you want. You can skip potatoes if you don’t like potatoes. Make it with only drumsticks and enjoy the delicious flavourful drumstick dry curry. Or you can add eggplant and pumpkin with potatoes in this drumstick curry.

Recipe

Tender drumstick – 200 gram

Potatoes – 3 – 4

Tomato – 1 large, chopped

Panch phoran or Bengali five spices – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel and cut the potatoes into lengthwise.

2. Wash the tender drumsticks well. Cut and discard the both ends. Chop the drumsticks into 1 inch pieces.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon mustard powder with 4 tablespoon water. Stir and keep aside.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Add panch phoran.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

5. Let the seeds splutter. Now add potatoes.

6. Fry the potatoes for 2 minutes or till the potatoes starts to charge it’s colour.

7. Add chopped drumsticks. Saute for 2 minutes more.

8. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder mix well.

9. Add soaked mustard powder and water and cover the pan. Cook till the potatoes and drumsticks becomes soft and dried up.

10. Remove from heat.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.

Note

You can also add eggplant and pumpkin with potatoes.

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Panch Phoran Tarkari

Panch phoran tarkari from Meghalaya cuisine.
A very simple, easy to make yet delicious potato dish. Generally potatoes eggplant and other vegetables are use to make this panch phoran taratari. But I have made it with only potatoes and green peas.

Meghalaya is a state in northeastern India. The name means “the abode of clouds”in Sanskrit.
Meghalaya is also the home to a large variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and medicinal plants. Meghalaya is also famous for its large variety of orchids — nearly 325 of them. Of these the largest variety is found in the Mawsmai, Mawmluh and Sohrarim forests in the Khasi hills.
Meghalayan cuisine is the local cuisine of the Indian state of Meghalaya. Meghalaya is home to three Mongoloid tribes; it has a unique cuisine, different from the other Seven Sister States of northeast India. The staple food of the people is rice with spicy meat and fish preparations. They rear goats, pigs, fowl, ducks and cows and relish their meat.
Source – Wikipedia

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Meghalaya cuisine.
This month my partner is lovely Kalyani Sri. Who blog at Sizzling taste buds.
We gave each other two secret ingredients. Kalyani gave me potato and fennel seeds. And I gave her ginger and garlic. Check out her space for the wonderful recipe she shared with these ingredients.

This panch phoran taratari is very similar to Bengali aloo chhechki with panch phoran or Bengali five spices.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

Recipe

Potatoes – 4 large

Green peas – 1 cup

Panch phoran – 2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Dry red chilli – 1

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Chop the potatoes in small cubes.
Wash, drain and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan.
Add panch phoran, dry red chilli and bay leaf.

3. For panch phoran mix 1/2 teaspoon each of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

4. When panch phoran starts to splutter add the potatoes, green peas and green chilli.

5. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cilantro or chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

6. Cover and cook on simmer. Stir occasionally.

7. If the potatoes are sticking at the bottom add 3 – 4 tablespoon water.

8. Cook till the potatoes become tender. If you have used water then water should be evaporated completely.

9. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with paratha, puri, roti or any bread. It also taste great with dal chawal.

Note

Eggplant or any vegetables can be added with potatoes.

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