Gobhi Palak Paneer Or Cauliflower With Spinach And Cottage Cheese

Gobhi palak paneer or cauliflower with spinach and cottage cheese.
A spicy, rich and delicious curry to serve with any type of bread or rice.
Paneer, cashew nuts, melon seeds and spices made this cauliflower curry rich spicy and mouthwatering.

You may like some more cauliflower recipes on this blog.

1. Cauliflower with ginger julienne

2. Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds

3. Fulkopir paturi

4. Spicy cauliflower stir fry

Monday again and our this week’s 228 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is winter delight suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya is a very talented blogger and a very dear friend. Do visit her space for lots of healthy and yummy recipes. I love her healthy and delicious recipes. Recently loved her Thai pineapple salad. I am going to try it soon.

I have used two winter special vegetables cauliflower and spinach in this curry. We can get all the vegetables round the year these days. But seasonal vegetables taste best. This curry is also perfect for a party side dish. Its goes well with any type of Indian bread or rice dishes. Sauteed and ground onion, tomatoes, garlic, ginger, chili, cashews, melon seeds, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves made this curry thick, creamy and delicious.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1, medium

Spinach – 100 grams

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Cashew nuts – 7 – 8

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Garlic cloves – 5 – 6

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste, chopped

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Cut the cauliflower in small florets. Rinse well and keep aside.

2. Clean wash and chop the spinach.

3. Peel and chop the ginger and garlic roughly.

4. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.
Add sliced onion, chopped green chilli, ginger and garlic. Fry until onion becomes brown.

5. Add chopped tomatoes and saute till tomatoes becomes mushy.

6. Add cashew nuts, melon seeds and chopped spinach. You can use almond instead of cashew nuts if you want. Use soaked and peeled almonds if using.
Saute till spinach cooked well.

7. Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese. Mix well and saute for 2 minutes. Let the mixture cool down.

8. Now grind into a smooth paste with the help of little water.

9. Heat remaining 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add cauliflower florets and salt. Fry till the florets becomes golden brown.

10. Add ground mixture, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.
Saute for 2 minutes or till dried up.

11. Add 2 cup water and mix. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower becomes tender. Stir in between.

12. Taste and adjust salt if require. You can add little more water if you want more gravy. Or if you want thick gravy or dry curry cook for some more time.
When you get your desired consistency remove from heat.

13. Garnish with onion rings and cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, fried rice, jeera rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or any bread.

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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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Spicy Potatoes With Tamarind

Spicy potatoes with tamarind. Lip-smacking dry baby potatoes coated with spices. A no onion garlic and easy to make dry curry. You can serve it as a side dish or also as a teatime snack.
A completely gluten free and vegan dish.
I always make it with fluffy puri or fulko luchi.

Everyone loves potatoes in my home and this spicy tangy potato is a all time favorite. You can also enjoy it as a starter.
Not only delicious but potatoes are also a comfort food. Baby potatoes are very common in this season but if you don’t have baby potatoes, you can also use boiled and cubed large potatoes.

Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which make them very healthy.
Studies have linked potatoes and their nutrients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, reduced heart disease risk and higher immunity. They may also improve digestive health and combat signs of aging.

Potatoes are also quite filling, which means they may help you lose weight by curbing hunger pains and cravings.

All in all, potatoes are a great addition to your diet in moderation. They are also naturally gluten-free, which means they can be enjoyed by almost everyone.
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You may like some more potato recipes on this blog.

1. Red potatoes with cilantro or coriander leaves

2. Potatoes with green peas

3. Rosti or Swiss potato pancakes

4. Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry

5. Grilled potatoes

6. Potato curry

7. Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potatoes

8. Peanut potatoes

9. Potato pie

10. Potato with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

11. Savoury potato cake

12. Stuffed potatoes

13. Aloo chop or potato fritters

14. Dum aloo

15. Masala aloo

16. No onion garlic potato curry

17. Panch phoran tarkari

18. Kashmiri dum aloo

19. Aloo kofta curry

20. Dum aloo

This spicy potato or chatpata masala aloo is very easy to make. You need only some boiled baby potatoes, dry spices and tamarind. You will love the spicy tangy and delicious taste. I have used slit green chilli to garnish. If you want your potatoes more spicy and slit or chopped green chilli with spices. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder.

Recipe

Baby potatoes – 500 gram, boiled

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Tamarind paste – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel the boiled potatoes. Prick all the potatoes with a fork.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, hing and dry red chilli.

3. When the seeds starts to splutter add the potatoes and salt. Fry till the potatoes becomes brown.

4. Reduce the heat. Add all the powder spices and saute for 2 minutes on low heat to avoid burning. You can sprinkle little water if require. I didn’t.

5. Saute till the potatoes coated well with spices.
Now add tamarind paste and and mix well. Taste and add little more salt or tamarind if require.

6. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.

7. Serve as a side dish with roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, dal chawal or any bread. Or serve it with toothpicks as a teatime snack.

Notes
1. You can add slit or chopped green chilli with spices if you want your potatoes more spicy. Or use hot variety red chilli powder.
2. You can also use boiled and cubed large potatoes if you don’t have baby potatoes.

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Karela Or Bitter Gourd Dopyaza

Karela or bitter gourd dopyaza.
Bitter gourd or karela with lots of onion and tomato. Onion and tomato reduced the bitterness of karela. A dry curry not thick gravy like mutton or chicken dopyaza.

Normally we make dopyaza with chicken or mutton. Or you can make dopyaza with paneer or cottage cheese, bhindi or any vegetable. And dopyaza usually made with thick spicy gravy. But this time I made dopyaza with karela and made it dry. After marinating with salt, rinsed and squeezed karela automatically reduces it’s bitterness. And lots of onion also reduced the bitterness so if you don’t like the bitterness of karela, you will definitely enjoy the taste of this karela dopyaza.
You may like three more karela recipes on this blog.

1. Sukto

2. Bitter gourd with tomato

3. Gujarati bitter gourd stir fry

This week 220 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Gourds Are Beautiful suggested by me. Yes this week its my turn to suggest the theme and I have suggested two themes. #1 make anything using any gourd, #2 one pot rice dish. Everyone voted for gourds. And we all bloghop members presenting recipes of different types of gourds.

I have used sliced onion and cubed onions. You can also use whole shallot instead of cubed onions. For sourness I have used 2 teaspoon amchur or dry mango powder. You can use more or less according to your taste. You can also use tamarind paste instead of mango powder.

Recipe

Karela or bitter gourd – 3 medium

Small onions – 5, cubed

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger paste – 1/2 teaspoon

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Discard the both ends of bitter gourd. Lengthwise make half. Chop into thin slices.

2. Rinse and drain the water. Marinate with 1 teaspoon salt and keep aside 15 – 20 minutes.

3. Wash the bitter gourd again. Wash 3 – 4 times and squeeze well.

4. Grind the tomatoes.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion.
When the onion becomes translucent add garlic and ginger paste. Fry till onion becomes light brown.

6. Now add bitter gourd and fry for 4 – 5 minutes.

7. Add cubed onions, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute for 3 – 4 minutes.

8. Add ground tomatoes and mix well. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in between.

9. Now remove the cover and cook on high heat till dried up. Keep starting.
When bitter gourd or karela dried up remove from heat.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and onion rings. Serve with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.

Notes
1. Shallot can be used instead of cubed onions.
2. You can use tamarind paste instead of amchur. Use amchur or tamarind paste according to your taste.

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Chatpata Gobhi Or Spicy Cauliflower Stir Fry

Chatpata gobhi or spicy cauliflower stir fry.
Quick and easy to make no onion garlic cauliflower dry curry.
Try and enjoy a completely different taste. I love South Indian tadka and as well as our Bengali spices. So here is a humble winter vegetable cauliflower in a new taste.
Tempering with mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves and Bengali bhaja moshla
made this cauliflower aromatic and lipsmacking. You don’t need to add water in this dry cauliflower sabji. A perfect side dish goes well with any bread or rice dishes.

You may like three more cauliflower recipes on this blog.

1. Cauliflower with ginger

2. Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds

3. Fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard

This week our 219 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is winter veggie affair suggested by lovely Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. Sasmita is a very talented blogger. I love her all the recipes, specially authentic dishes. Recently bookmarked her rose flavored kaju katli to try.

Recipe is very simple. If you have bhaja moshla or ground roasted spices ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Green peas – 1/4 cup, frozen or boiled

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1/4 cup

Sweet corn – 1/4 cup, boiled

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Grated coconut – 2 heaped tablespoon + to garnish

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2 small, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger julienne to garnish

Method

1. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
Pour sufficient hot water over the cauliflower florets and mix 1/2 teaspoon salt and let it cool down. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Pressure cook rinsed chana dal or Bengal gram with water for 1 whistle. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. Drain the water and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan. I have used mustard oil but you can use any oil of your choice.

4. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilli, hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

5. When the seeds starts to crackle add grated ginger and chopped green chilli.
Stir and add cauliflower florets. Fry for a minute.

6. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, chopped tomatoes, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and grated coconut. Mix well.

7. Cover and cook on low heat until the cauliflower becomes soft. Stir in between.

8. Add sweet corn, green peas and boiled chana dal. Mix well.

9. Cook for 7 – 8 minutes more on low heat. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Increase the heat add bhaja moshla or roasted and ground mixed spices mix and remove from heat. Get the bhaja moshla recipe here.

11. Garnish with grated coconut,curry leaves and ginger julienne. You can also use chopped cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish.
Serve with paratha, roti or Indian flat bread, naan, fried rice, pulao, jeera rice, dal chawal or any bread.

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Chhanar Dalna Or Paneer/Cottage Cheese Balls In Gravy

Chhanar dalna.
Bengali style no onion garlic curry with homemade chhena or cottage cheese balls.
This delicious and aromatic curry can be served as a side dish with pulao, jeera rice, luchi or puri, paratha, roti or any type of bread.
You can use grated store bought paneer but homemade soft chhena or paneer taste best. Get the method of making homemade paneer or cottage cheese here.

You may like some more paneer or cottage cheese recipe on this blog.
1. Dal corn paneer pakoda

2. Kathal paneer kofta curry

3. Schezwan paneer

4. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

5. Paneer gajar halwa

6. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

7. Cottage cheese or paneer capsicum stir fry

8. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

9. Paneer stuffed parwal mithai

10. Mint paneer kofta

11. Aloo paneer

12. Chhena kheer or chhanar paesh

13. Shahi paneer

14. Hariyali paneer butter masala

15. Paneer or cottage cheese croquette

16. Soya paneer lollipop

17. Chhanar jilipi

18. Sandesh

And many more sweet dishes.

This week’s 217 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is khali fridge or empty fridge suggested by very talented blogger Renu Agrawal dongre who blog at Cook with Renu. Visit her space for mouthwatering recipes from different cuisine. I have recently bookmarked her Whole Wheat Spinach Pizza Pinwheel to try.

Renu suggested that use your pantry ingredients like grains, rice , dals etc or what you cook when you run out of vegetables and fruits or you do not have tomato, onion etc. Okay when I don’t have tomato usually I use curd and whenever I don’t have any vegetables in my pantry I use the milk from my refrigerator and make fresh paneer or cottage cheese to make different types of curry or stir fry.
Today sharing Bengali style chhanar dalna or paneer balls in no onion garlic gravy. My mom usually made it on veg days. It can be made for offering or bhog prasad. You can also make it for party side dish.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup heaped, crumbled

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 finely chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 3

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 2

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Tomato – 2 medium, peeled and cubed

Or

Curd – 3 tablespooon

Refined flour or maida – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 slit

Water – 2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak red chilli in 4 tablespoon water for 30 minutes.

2. Mash paneer or cottage cheese well in a plate. I have used homemade fresh paneer. Get the recipe here.

3. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 finely chopped green chilli, 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger and 1 tablespoon refined flour or maida. Knead well to make smooth.

4. Make equal sized small balls. Press gently with your palm. Make all the balls and keep aside.

5. Grind remaining grated ginger, tomato, green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Skip tomato if you are using curd.Make a smooth paste. You can use crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in tempering but I like my gravy smooth so ground.

6. Blend dry red chilli with it’s water and keep aside. It will give a beautiful colour to the gravy. You can use kashmiri red chilli powder instead but I recommend to use it.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the paneer or cottage cheese balls from both sides. And place on a paper towel.

8. Fry cubed potatoes till golden brown in the same oil and keep aside.
Add cumin seeds, hing or asafoetida and bay leaf in the oil.

9. When the cumin seeds starts to crackle add the ground paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and sugar. Also add well beaten curd if using.When it starts to dried up add blended dry red chilli. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

10. Now add fried potatoes and salt. Saute again for a minutes.
Add 2 cup water and slit green chilli. Cover the pan and cook till potatoes becomes soft.

11. Add fried paneer or cottage cheese balls. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes.

12. Add ghee or clarified butter and garam masala. Mix and remove from heat.

13. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice or paratha, puri or any Indian bread.

Notes
1. You can add cashews, almond or melon seeds paste to make the gravy rich I didn’t.
2. Use red and green chilli according to your taste.

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Dal Rasam Or Paruppu Rasam

Dal rasam or paruppu rasam.
Rasam with pigeon pea or arhar/toor dal. An easy simple yet lip smacking and no onion garlic recipe.
Slightly tangy hot and delicious Indian soup.
You can reduce the amount of chilli if you don’t like it spicy. Serve it with steamed rice or enjoy as soup. I love it as a hot comforting soup in winter days. But today I have served it with steamed rice, eggplant or brinjal and parwal or pointed gourd fry and mix vegetable. Simple and pure vegetarian lunch.

According to Wikipedia rasam, chaaru, saaru or kabir is a South Indian dish, traditionally prepared using kokum or tamarind juice as a base, with the addition of tomato, chili pepper, pepper, cumin and other spices as seasonings. Steamed lentils can be added along with any preferred vegetables.

Sending this post to 214 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Rasam Raga theme suggested by a dear friend and very talented bloggger Priya Iyer who blogs at The world through my eyes.
Do visit her blog for some wonderful recipes and travel storie. She has a vast collection of authentic and innovative recipes. I specially loved her chutney recipes. Priya recently shared an unique chutney recipe Ivy gourd chutney.
I have bookmarked it to try. This week Priya suggested that everyone try to make rasam with some variation. We don’t have to follow authentic recipe.

So here is a rasam recipe in a very easy way. You don’t need rasam powder to make it. And taste is lip smacking. I didn’t use rasam powder and instead of rasam powder I have used black pepper powder, cumin, coriander powder and methi or fenugreek seeds. But if you want to use rasam powder omit these powder spices and methi or fenugreek seeds. You can also use lemon juice instead of tamarind paste.

Recipe

Tuar dal – 1/4cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tomato – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1, chopped, optional

Dry red chilli – 1-2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin Powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 1 tablespoon

Tamarind or imli paste – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon

Water – 3 &1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the lentil and pressure cook with 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric and salt. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

2. Whisk the dal or lentil well. Add tamarind paste jaggery powder and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and keep aside.

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

4/ Now add the chopped tomatoes. Add green chilli if using. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.

5. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder and coriander leaves. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.

6. Add boiled dal and mix well. Add 2 cup water and mix. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes.

7. You can add more water if required.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add more tamarind paste if you like the tangy taste.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice or enjoy as soup.

Notes
1. If you like your rasam hot add more green chilli or skip green chilli to make it mildly spicy.
2. Minced or finely chopped garlic can be used in tempering.
3. You can use lemon juice instead of tamarind paste. If you don’t like the sourness use only one teaspoon tamarind paste.

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