Laal Maans

Laal maans.
A spicy and lipsmackingly delicious mutton curry from Rajasthani cuisine. A fiery hot and laal or bright red coloured curry. This spicy, rich, aromatic and red mutton curry is made of yoghurt, onion, garlic, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and mathania chillies. But it you don’t have mathania chillies, you can use Kashmiri red chilli. Use chilli according to your taste. If you want it hot add red chilli powder or chopped green chillies. My family members can’t eat too hot so I have used less chilli.

Laal maans is a meat curry from Rajasthan, India. It is a mutton curry prepared in a sauce of yoghurt and hot spices such as red Mathania chillies. This dish typically is very hot and rich in garlic, the gravy may be thick or liquid and is eaten with chapatis made out of wheat (usually eaten in summers) or bajra (a millet grown in Rajasthan and eaten in the winter months.
Rajasthani cuisine was influenced by both the war-like lifestyles of its inhabitants and the availability of ingredients in this arid region. Food that could last for several days and could be eaten without heating was preferred. Scarcity of water and fresh green vegetables have all had their effect on the cooking. It is also known for its snacks like Bikaneri Bhujia, Mirchi Bada and Pyaaj Kachori.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge facebook group we members are sharing different dishes from the cuisine of Rajasthan.
This month my partner is very talented blogger Pavani Gunikuntla who blog at Pavanis kitchen. I always love her healthy and easy to make recipes.
Visit her space for different types of healthy and mouthwatering recipes. Before giving secret ingredient we always ask our partner about her choice. And I have wanted to make this laal maans. Everyone in my family loves it and I wanted to share the recipe for my readers. So as secret ingredient Pavani gave me curd and green cardamom and I gave her red chilli powder and cumin seeds. Do visit her blog to check the delicious Dahi kadhi recipe she made with these ingredients.
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. If you’re interested in joining this exciting group then please leave a message in the comment section. Thank you.

Normally mathania chillies are used to make this mutton curry. But We don’t get this chilli in our state. So I have used Kashmiri red chilli powder. This spicy mutton curry is goes well with steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao, roti, naan, bajra roti or any bread. Picture courtesy my daughter Suchismita .

Recipe

Mutton – 500 gram

Onion – 4, thinly sliced

Black cardamom – 2

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 2

Mustard oil – 1/2 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Warm water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves and onion slices to garnish

Method

1. Heat mustard oil in a pan or pressure cooker.

2. When the oil becomes smoking hot remove from heat.
Let it cool down for a minute. Add bay leaf black cardamom, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and slices onion. Heat again and fry till the onion becomes brown.

3. Add mutton pieces, salt, ginger garlic paste and all the dry spices. See notes for other options for chillies. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

4. Add well beaten curd and mix well. Saute again till dried up and oil separates.

5. Add warm water and pressure cook till mutton pieces becomes tender.

6. Let the pressure settle on its own.
Open the pressure cooker and heat again. Check the seasoning and adjust as require. If require add little more water or if you want more thick gravy boil for a few minutes more till you get your desired consistency.

7. Add ghee and mix.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and onion slices.
Serve with hot steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao, puri, roti, naan, bajra roti or any bread.

Notes
1. You can add some finely chopped green chilli with sliced onion if you want more spicy and hot curry. Or you can use hot variety red chilli powder. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.
2. If you have red Mathania chillies or kashmiri dry red chilli either dry roast and powder or soak in water for 20 – 25 minutes and grind and use instead of kashmiri red chilli powder.

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Dal Makhani


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

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

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

Recipe

Whole black lentil or sabut udad dal – 1 cup

Kidney beans or rajma – 1/3 cup

Bay leaf – 2

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 3 large

Fresh cream – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/3 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves, cream and butter to garnish

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Add tomato, ginger and garlic paste.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kathal Paneer Kofta Curry Or Raw Jackfruit And Cottage Cheese Balls In Gravy

Kathal paneer kofta curry or raw jackfruit and cottage cheese balls in gravy.
Gravy is rich creamy and delicious without cashew nuts or almond. Only nutritious melon seeds are used to thickened the gravy.
Low calorie and protein, vitamins and mineral rich melon seeds are not only excellent for thickened the gravy but also enhance the taste.

Melons derive their rich colour from beta carotin, which is good for eye.Dried melon seeds contain unsaturated fats and fibers. Watermelon seeds are rich in lysine, which can work wonders for diabetics.

Summers are here! And if there is one thing we can be thankful for in this scorching weather, it would have to be all the delicious fruits the season brings with it. A variety of Melons are seen at this time of the year, being sold by fruit vendors across the country at local vegetable markets.
Summer melons, be it musk melon, watermelon or honey dew melon, are packed with a dozen health benefits. But while relishing on the juicy flesh, have you been discarding the seeds laden with nutrition and health benefits? According to Healing Foods, it strongly recommends loading up on these miniature nutritional bombs you have ignored all your life. It notes, “Eat the seeds: The dried seeds contain unsaturated fats and fibers, makes nutritious addition to savoury dishes”.

Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner, Shilpa Arora says, “Everything begins with the seeds. These are living foods that give each cell in our body a renewed energy. All seeds are loaded with enzymes that aid digestion and absorption. In fact they have more enzymes than the actual fruit in the concentrated form.”

She goes on to say, “Summer melon seeds are great source of energy like magnesium, which is vital for a healthy heart. It is great for diabetics as it is loaded with essential amino acids like lysine and tryptophan. Melon seeds also provide a wonderful cure for insomnia because tryptophan induces relaxation and sleep.”

To read more about health benefits of melon seeds click here.

You may like some more kofta recipe on this blog.

1. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy or fenugreek and cottage cheese balls in spinach gravy

2. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

3. Mint paneer kofta

4. Matar kofta

5. Aloo kofta curry

6. Soya kofta

7. Malai kofta

Monday again and this week’s 198 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid With Foodies.

My contribution is this delicious and easy to make kathal paneer kofta curry or raw jackfruit and cottage cheese balls in gravy. You can use your appe pan to fry the kofta in less oil. Fresh cream can be added in the gravy, I didn’t. If you don’t have melon seeds then you can use cashew nuts or almond or poppy seeds paste instead of melon seeds.

Recipe

For kofta

Kathal or jackfruit – 250 gram, boiled

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Besan or chickpea flour – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder – 1 teaspoon, get a recipe here
https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/roasted-mixed-spice-powder-or-bhaja-moshla/

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For gravy

Onion – 2, medium

Garlic – 4 – 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2, large

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Melon seeds – 3 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 2, optional

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Soak the melon seeds in warm water for 15 minutes.

2. Grind onions, garlic and ginger into smooth paste.

3. Grind tomatoes, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and melon seeds separately.

4. Mash the crumbled paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth.

5. Squeeze the water of boiled kathal or jackfruit.

6. Mix with mashed paneer, besan or chickpea flour, salt, grated ginger, chopped green chilli, bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder.

7. Mix everything well and make small balls.

8. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the balls till golden brown from all the sides. Place the fried balls on a paper towel. If you want, you can use appe pan to fry the kofta in less oil. Or use your air frier to make kofta balls brown.

9. In the same oil fry onion, garlic and ginger paste till onion mixture starts to change it’s colour.

10. Now add ground tomatoes, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and melon seeds paste.

11. Saute and add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

12. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add water and 2 slit green chilli. Let it boil.

13. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.

14. Add fried kofta and cook for 2 minutes more.

15. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you want. Remove from heat.

16. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri pulao, jeera rice, fried rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, almond or poppy seeds paste can be used instead of melon seeds.

2. You can use your appe pan or air frier to fry the kofta in less oil.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Rasaballi

Rasaballi
A delicious dessert from Odisha. Made with fried paneer or cottage patties dipped in rich creamy thickened milk. And flavoured with cardamom.

Odisha is famous for Jagannath temple of Puri and it’s kitchen.
According to Wikipedia Odisha has a culinary tradition spanning centuries. The kitchen of the Shri Jagannath Temple, Puri is reputed to be the largest in the world, with 1,000 chefs, working around 752 wood-burning clay hearths called chulas, to feed over 10,000 people each day.

The syrupy dessert Pahala rasagola made in Odisha is known throughout the world.Chhenapoda is another major Odisha sweet cuisine, which originated in Nayagarh.

Except these Pakhala is considered as traditional food of every Odia family . Chhena Jhilipi of Nimapada, Mudhi Mansa of Baripada, Aloodum Dahibara of Cuttack, various pancakes prepared during festivals are some important cuisine of the state. With this Santula and Dalmaa are some of the cuisine of the state .

You may like one more recipe from Odisha cuisine on this blog.
Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese

Rasabali is a sweet dish from Odisha, India. Rasabali is offered to Baladevjew, and originated in the Baladevjew Temple of Kendrapara. It is one of the Chapana bhoga of Jagannath temple.
It consists of deep fried flattened reddish brown patties of chhena (farmer cheese) that are soaked in thickened, sweetened milk (rabri). Flattening the chhena into palm-sized patties is done in order to allow them to absorb the milk more readily. The thickened milk is also usually lightly seasoned with crushed cardamoms.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Orissa cuisine.
This month my partner is Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuri’s Jikoni.
We gave each other two secret ingredients. Mayuri gave me semolina and milk. And I gave her mustard seed and ginger. Check out her space for the recipe she shared with these ingredients. She has a vast collection of different types of traditional and baked recipes.

Now coming to the recipe. To make cottage cheese or paneer/chhena patties best to use fresh soft paneer or cottage cheese. I have used homemade fresh paneer. Make thin patties. Thin patties will soak the thickened milk easily and becomes melt in mouth texture.

Recipe

Chhena/paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Refined flour or maida – 1 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil for frying

Milk – 6 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Pistachios to garnish

Method

1. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. You can add a pinch of saffron or kesar.

2. Cook on low heat till the milk becomes semi thick and change it’s colour. Stir occasionally.

3. Add 1/3 cup sugar and cook till sugar dissolved and milk thickened.

4. Add 1 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat.

5. Mash the crumbled paneer Well with your fingers and heel of your palm. Better to use fresh paneer. Get the paneer recipe here.

6. Add powered sugar, refined flour or maida, semolina or suji, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and soda. Knead well to make smooth.

7. Make small balls with it. I have made 10 balls. Flatten the balls with your palm. Make thin patties.

8. Heat sufficient oil to fry the patties. Fry the patties from both sides till golden brown. Place the fried patties on paper towel.

9. Add the paneer patties in the thickened milk. Cook on simmer for 2 minutes. Turn over the patties and cook again for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

10. Garnish with pistachio. Serve room temperature or chilled. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

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Okra / Lady’s Finger Or Bhindi Korma

Okra/lady’s finger or bhindi korma.
Bored of regular bhindi or okra fry or masala stir fry? Try this restaurant style rich, spicy, aromatic and delicious gravy of okra. Never heard of bhindi korma right? Try it, I am sure you will love the taste.
You can also make it as a party side dish. Everyone will enjoy the finger licking taste of this bhindi korma. Cashew, almond and melon seeds gives the gravy rich taste and texture. And whole spices makes it flavourful.

You may like some more korma recipes on this blog.

1. Soya chunks or soya nugget korma

2. Savoury rasgulla korma

3. Egg korma

And get two more okra recipes here.

1. Sarso bhindi or okra in mustard sauce

2. Okra with one teaspoon oil

Okra can double as a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that provide an array of health benefits from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.

A single cup of raw okra has a little over 30 calories, about 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.1 grams of fat, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, around 88 micrograms of folate, and 57 milligrams of magnesium. This makes okra a nutrition hero and a very available food when it comes to our health.
Whether you consume okra stewed, boiled, fried, or even in pickled form, you can reap the health benefits of this little green vegetable any time of the year. Here’s how:
1. Alleviates Asthma
2. Lowers Cholesterol
3. Manages Diabetes
4. Boosts Immune System
5. Prevents Kidney Disease
6. Promotes Healthy Pregnancy
Read more about health benefits of okra here.

To make this lip-smacking korma you can fry the okra and make masala previously. For masala fry chopped onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, soaked cashews, almond and melon seeds. Let it cool down and grind to make smooth paste.
I have used cashews and almond both 1 tablespoon each. But if you want you can use 2 tablespoon only cashews or almond.

You can use any fried vegetable, eggs, chicken in this gravy instead of okra.

Recipe

Bhindi/okra or lady’s finger – 250 gram

Tomato – 2, chopped

Onion – 2, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2, slit

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Oil – 4 tablespoon + to fry okra

Method

1. Soak almond, cashews and melon seeds in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool and drain the water. You can use 2 tablespoon only almond or cashew nuts.

2. Rinse bhindi or okra well. Drain the water and spread on a plate.

3. Cut off the tips from both ends. If you are using small or medium sized okra keep it whole. Or if using large size make them half.

4. Heat sufficient oil and fry all the bhindi or okra till light brown and keep aside.

5. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, onion, garlic and ginger.

6. When onions starts to change it’s colour add the tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Now add soaked almond, cashews and melon seeds. Mix well and switch off the heat.

7. When it cool down grind to make a smooth paste.

8. Heat 2 tablespoon oil again. Add the ground paste, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

9. Add coconut milk, water and 2 slit green chilli. Mix well. When it starts to boil reduce the heat.

10. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

11. Add fried bhindi or okra. Mix and cook on simmer for 10 minutes more.

12. Your delicious okra or bhindi korma is ready. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon fresh cream at the end if you like.

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

Notes
1. You can air fry the okra instead of deep frying.
2. Add slit green chilli more or less according to your taste.
3. You can use any fried vegetable, eggs or chicken in this gravy instead of okra or bhindi.

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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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