ABC Curry/ Almond Beetroot Cottage Cheese Curry

Almond beetroot cottage cheese or paneer curry. Or you can call it ABC curry. A spicy flavorful rich creamy gravy with marinated and lightly fried paneer and almonds with all the goodness of beetroot. Full of aroma and mouthwatering taste.

Lightly fried marinated paneer and rich creamy and aromatic gravy made this curry absolutely delicious. You can serve it as a party side dish. Already shared some more curries with paneer on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Tomato corn peas paneer kadhi

2. Paneer in mustard gravy

3. Gobhi palak paneer

4. Chhanar dalna

5. Kathal paneer kofta curry

6. Schezwan paneer

7. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

8. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

9. Paneer capsicum stir fry

10. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

11. Mint paneer kofta

12. Hariyali paneer makhani masala

13. Shahi paneer

14. Aloo paneer

Monday again and this week’s #246 Foodiemonday bloghop theme is P For Paneer suggested by me. So we all bloghop members are sharing different paneer or cottage cheese recipes this week. Check out what my fellow bloggers are sharing for this theme.

I have used soaked and peeled almonds in the curry, you can use cashews instead. Or you can also make it without nuts. Don’t skip the marination step. Marinated paneer will give a wonderful taste to the curry.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 & 1/2 cup, cubed

Yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste – 2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon + 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 + 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Beetroot – 1, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Onion – 1 medium, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste, chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Marinate the paneer or cottage cheese cubes with 1 tablespoon yogurt, salt, 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder, 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice and 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder. Mix well, cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. I have used homemade paneer, get the recipe here.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water for 15 minutes. Peel when cool.

3. Grind the grated or finely chopped beetroot. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon water for easy grinding.

4. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, sliced onion, chopped ginger and garlic. Saute till onion becomes brown. Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Let it cool down. Grind the onion tomato mixture when cool. Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Spread the marinated paneer. Shallow fry for a minute.

6. Turn the paneer pieces upside down and saute for 1 minute more. Paneer should be lightly fried. Don’t make brown. Transfer the paneer pieces into a plate.

7. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add ground beetroot. Saute till moisture evaporates and beetroot paste dried up. You can add little more oil if require.

8. Add onion tomato paste and green peas. Mix well. Add salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

9. Now add paneer or cottage cheese cubes,peeled almond and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minute.

10. Add water and let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes or till green peas becomes soft.

11. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao, fried rice or any bread.

Notes

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

2. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almonds. Or you can skip both.

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Broccoli Stir Fry With Carrot Beans And Olive

Broccoli stir fry with carrot beans and olive topped with roasted sesame seeds. A delicious and easy to make mixed vegetable dry curry. This stir fry also includes Bengal gram or chana dal with capsicum, tomato, chilli and spices. So its a very filling dish. Serve it as a side dish with any bread or dal chawal or enjoy it bowlful when you are not in a mood to make elaborate meal. You can also use baby corn, sweet corn, bell peppers or any other vegetable of your choice.

You may like some more broccoli recipes on this blog.

1. No onion garlic broccoli potato stir fry

2. Broccoli malai curry

3. Broccoli with cottage cheese and vegetables

4. Broccoli almond cheese soup

5. Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

6. Broccoli with egg and tomato

7. Broccoli mushroom noodles

This Monday our 243 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Little Chefs suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya has a wonderful blog. I am sure you will love her delicious and healthy recipes. I have recently bookmarked her Oats dosa and Rainbow rice salad to try. Do visit her space for more mouthwatering recipes.

We have to keep our kids busy in these days. And its very difficult to manage super active kids engage in home for a long time. So Priya suggested why not take our kids in kitchen to help us and make some interesting and healthy dishes with them. Great idea isn’t it? Give them responsibility to dry roast the sesame seeds or wash the vegetables for you. After that chop the vegetables and let them arrange those colorful vegetables on a plate. Use vegetables according to your kid’s choice like red, yellow bell peppers, baby corn, sweet corn etc.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Beans – 100 grams

Carrot – 1

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Capsicum – 1

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Garlic paste – 2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Olive slices – 2 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

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

Salt to taste

Sesame seeds – 2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1 cup + 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Pressure cook the chana dal or Bengal gram with salt, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 cup water for 15 minutes. Dal should be soft but not mushy.

2. Dry roast the sesame seeds and keep aside. This step is optional.

3. Rinse the broccoli. Cut into small florets. Dip the florets in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

4. Peel and cut the carrot into thin slices.

5. Cut off the both tips of the beans. Chop into 1 inch pieces.

6. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder and turmeric powder with 2 tablespoon water in a bowl .

7. Heat oil in a pan. Add onion slices and chopped green chilli. Fry till onion becomes brown.

8. Add chopped tomatoes and garlic paste. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy.

9. Add sliced carrot and chopped beans. Saute for 2 minutes.

10. Add chopped broccoli, green peas, sliced capsicum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Saute for 2 minutes again.

11. Now add soaked dry spices and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on simmer until vegetables become tender. It will take about 15 minutes.

12. Remove the cover. Add the olive slices and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and mix. You can add more lemon juice if you want.

13. Sprinkle dry roasted sesame seeds. This step is optional. You can skip it if you like.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon wedges, olive slices and red or green chilli. Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, or any bread or dal chawal.

Notes

1. Use green chilli less or more according to your taste.

2. You can also use baby corn, red, yellow bell peppers or sweet corn etc.

3. Any lentil or dal can be used instead of chana dal or Bengal gram.

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Tomato Corn Peas Paneer Kadhi

Tomato corn peas paneer kadhi. Kadhi with a different taste and flavour. A lipsmackingly delicious kadhi with homemade paneer, sweet corn, green peas and tomato.

Kadhi is a yogurt based gravy with chickpea flour or besan. Usually pakoda or chickpea fritters added to this gravy but you can also make with sliced potatoes or bundi or make only gravy to enjoy with hot steamed rice. You may like some more yogurt based recipes on this blog.

1. Dahi aloo

2. Egg in yogurt sauce

3. Pointed gourd or parwal with poppy seeds

Sending this post to fortnight foodie group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine.
This time theme is Curd Fiesta suggested by me. I am sharing this delicious corn peas paneer kadhi. Check out my fellow bloggers recipes using curd for this theme.
Chow chow raita by Preethi
Curd rice by Vanitha
Tutti frutti cake by Swaty
Strawberry shrikhand by Shalu
Spiced raita by Jayashree
Tomato raita by Narmadha
Kesar badam lassi muffins by Sasmita

To make this delicious kadhi you have to whisk yogurt and chickpea flour or besan well to make lump free. Instead of pakoda or fritters I have used green peas and sweet corn. Do try and enjoy the spicy and mouthwatering kadhi.

Recipe

Curd – 3/4 cup

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup tightly packed, crumbled

Besan or chickpea flour – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Salt to taste

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut. Boil 1 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 4 – 5 minutes or until the skin starts to separate. Don’t discard the water we will use it in kadhi.

2. Let the tomatoes cool down. Peel and grind with ginger, green chilli and crumbled paneer or cottage cheese. I have used fresh homemade paneer. Get the paneer recipe here .

3. Blend the curd with besan or chickpea flour and 1 cup water in a blender. You can also use hand blender to make the mixture smooth.

4. Heat oil in a pan or wok. I have used mustard oil. You can use any oil of your choice. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the seeds starts to splutter add dry red chilli, hing and curry leaves.

5. Now add the ground tomato paneer mixture. Stir well. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

6. When the mixture about to dried up add the green peas. Saute till completely dried up and oil leaves the sides.

7. Add blended besan mixed curd, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and sweet corn. Mix well.

8. Add remaining water and let it boil for 5 minutes. Stir constantly. After 5 minutes reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 20 – 25 minutes or until it becomes thick. Stir in regular interval to avoid sticking to the pan.

9. Now taste and adjust salt if require. You can add little more water if require to get your desired consistency. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and sweet corn. You can also garnish with frozen or boiled green peas. Serve hot with steamed rice, jeera rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your taste.

2. You can use more green peas and sweet corn if you want.

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Matar Chaat Or Green Peas Curry

Spicy delicious no onion garlic matar chaat or green peas curry. Serve it as a side dish or chaat with green chutney, chopped onion, green chilli, tamarind chutney and a dash of lemon juice. Bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spices powder made it aromatic. Get the recipe here. A completely gluten free and vegan recipe. Fasting people can use rock salt.

You can also make it with onion garlic if you want. Just add 1 tablespoon more oil and fry 1 chopped onion and grind few garlic cloves with tomato, ginger and green chilli. But I love without onion garlic version more. You can make according to your choice.

Already shared one dried peas or matar chaat Ghugni.

And some green peas recipe

Matar nimona

Beetroot green with peas and corn

Potato with green peas

Beetroot hummus with green peas

Matar kofta

I have made this curry with green peas but you can also use overnight soaked and boiled dried peas to make it following same method. Make it and enjoy lipsmacking taste as chaat or side dish with puri, paratha, roti or dal chawal.

Recipe

Matar or green peas – 2 cup

Tomato – 1 medium

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon grated, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Or

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Grind tomato, ginger and 1 or 2 green chilli. Use green chilli according to your taste. Make a smooth paste.

2. Heat oil in a pan. I have used mustard oil but you can use any oil. For onion garlic version see notes.

3. Add ground paste, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute till the mixture dried up.

4. Add boiled or frozen green peas, salt and grated coconut if using. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till dried up completely.

5. Add water and let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Add 2 slit green chilli and cover. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. You can add more water if require but don’t make it runny, curry should be thick.

6. After 10 minutes add bhaja moshla or dry roasted and powdered spices and lemon juice. Mix well and remove from heat.

7. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut. You can also garnish with ginger julienne and chopped onion.

8. Serve hot with lemon wedges and onion slices.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Few garlic cloves can be added while grinding ginger, green chilli and tomato.

3. To add onion heat 1 tablespoon more oil. And fry 1 finely chopped onion till brown then add ground tomato, chilli, ginger and garlic.

4. 2 teaspoon tamarind paste can be used instead of chaat masala or amchur powder.

Adapted this recipe from the blog of Jolly Makkar. And this recipe is a part of recipe challenge month for this April month. I have used green peas instead of dried peas.

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Hariyali Chicken/Dhania Chicken/ No Oil Chicken/Microwave Chicken

Hariyali chicken or dhania/coriander chicken cooked in microwave. Also sharing the method to cook on stove top. A zero oil recipe. You don’t need to add any oil yet taste is absolutely delicious.

You don’t have to saute or fry the spices and chicken. Grind and make a paste of cilantro or coriander, tomato etc, marinate the chicken with ground paste along with salt, lemon juice and some spices and cook. A super easy as well as healthy recipe. No oil or butter required. Absolutely oil free chicken curry. To get some more chicken recipes click on the name below.

1. Sikkimese chicken curry

2. Chicken kosha with whole garlic and potato

3. Zafrani chicken

4. Chicken dak bungalow

5. Chicken clear soup

6. Chicken chaap

Monday again and this week’s 238 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GoGreen suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna has a wonderful blog with different types of delicious recipes like Paneer pinwheel, Bengal style vegetable chop etc. Do visit her space for many other mouthwatering recipes.

You can cook this chicken in microwave and stove top both. I made it in microwave. You don’t need to fry or saute the spices or chicken at all. Just marinate the chicken and cook. Even no oil or butter required to make it. Easy isn’t it? If you want your chicken spicy add more green chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

Recipe

Chicken – 800 gram

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 cup tightly packed, chopped

Ginger – 1 & 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Green chilli – 4 – 5 or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 3 tablespoon

Yogurt – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Clean and rinse the chicken pieces well. Mix salt and lemon juice.

2. Grind tomato, onion, green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves and garlic altogether. Make a smooth paste.

3. Marinate the lemon juice and salt mixed chicken pieces with ground mixture, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and yogurt. Mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15 – 30 minutes. You can keep it overnight in refrigerator.

4. Microwave on high power for 10 minutes. Don’t add water. After 10 minutes stir well and check with a fork. If chicken becomes soft, cover again and serve after 3 – 4 minutes. And if require cook on high power for 4 – 5 minute more. Its depends on chicken. 500 gram chicken takes 10 minutes to cook. It may take 5 to 10 minutes more over 500 gram chicken.

5. For stove top cook marinated chicken on low medium heat in covered pan. Stir in between. Cook till chicken becomes soft. No need to add water.

6. Serve hot with steamed rice, fried rice, pulao, roti, naan, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. You can use more garlic if you want.

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Mango Jackfruit Or Aam Kathal

Mango jackfruit or aam kathal. A lipsmackingly delicious no onion garlic dry curry to serve as a side dish. Tanginess of raw mango and flavour of mustard made this curry absolutely delicious.

A completely gluten free and vegan side dish. You have to boil the jackfruit pieces with salt and turmeric. You can do it in advance and keep in refrigerator to make it quickly. Earlier shared Kathal paneer kofta with raw jackfruit.

Raw jackfruit is not only delicious but also very nutritious.

While the health benefits of the ripe jackfruit have been detailed time and again, we often underestimate the goodness that is packed in the raw jackfruit! Popularly known as kathal, it is not just sumptuous but offers a staggering nutritional profile. Let’s take a look at why you should be digging in. 1. High in protein

2. Low-Calorie

3. Boost immunity

4. Aids heart health

5.  A Great Meat Substitute

To read more about health benefits of raw jackfruit click here.

And vitamin C enriched raw mango made this jackfruit curry lipsmacking. Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s Alphabet is letter M. Sharing this mango jackfruit dry curry for letter M.

I love this easy to make dry curry. Don’t try to make it in less oil. Mango and raw jackfruit should be fried well. So use 3 to 4 tablespoon. Better to use mustard oil. You can use any oil but mustard oil will give better taste. I have used mustard powder, you can also use mustard seeds. Soak the seeds in little water and grind into a fine paste. Boil the jackfruit with salt and turmeric till fork tender. Don’t make jackfruit mushy.

Recipe

Kathal or raw jackfruit – 250 gram,cubed

Raw mango – 1

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Mustard powder – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil the jackfruit with water, salt and turmeric powder. Boil till fork tender. Jackfruit pieces shouldn’t be mushy. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Soak mustard powder in 3 tablespoon water.

3. Cut the mango in big pieces. Make half lengthwise. Discard the seed and cut each half into 4 pieces.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and dry red chilli.

5. Add raw mango pieces. Fry till mango change it’s colour.

6. Add soaked mustard powder, ginger paste, Kashmiri red chilli powder and sugar. Mix well.

7. Add boiled jackfruit pieces. Fry till jackfruit pieces becomes light brown. Stir constantly.

8. Taste and adjust salt. Your delicious aam kathal is ready. Serve with roti, paratha, naan puri or dal chawal.

Notes

1. Soaked and ground mustard seeds can be used instead of mustard powder.

2. Break the dry red chilli while adding in oil to make the curry spicy.

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Paneer In Mustard gravy/Chhanar Sorshe Jhal

Paneer in mustard gravy or chhanar sorshe jhal. A delicious no onion garlic curry from Bengali cuisine. Mustard, poppy seeds, green chilli and tomato made this curry spicy, flavourful and mouthwatering. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese. Get the recipe here.

You need only mustard powder, poppy seed, green chilli and tomato paste, nigella seeds and lightly fried paneer pieces with salt, cilantro or coriander leaves, turmeric, red chilli powder and little curd to make this absolutely delicious curry. You can also add garlic if you like. Grind the garlic with tomato, poppy seeds and green chilli or use garlic paste.

You may like some more savoury paneer or cottage cheese recipes on this blog.

1. Aloo paneer

2. Shahi paneer

3. Hariyali paneer makhani

4. Cottage cheese croquettes

5. Soya paneer lollipop

6. Mint paneer kofta

7. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

8. Paneer capsicum stir fry

9. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

10. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

11. Schezwan paneer

12. Kathal paneer kofta curry

13. Dal corn paneer pakoda

14. Chhanar dalna

15. Gobhi palak paneer

And some recipes from Bengali cuisine.

1. Bengali pulao

2. Sukto

4. Drumsticks potato dry curry

5. Misti doi

6. Rasgulla

7. Sandesh

8. Gur aam

9. Kheer kadam

10. Kheer komola

11. Dim posto

12. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

13. Potol dolma or stuffed pointed gourd

14. Potol posto with coconut

15. Chapor or lentil patties in mustard gravy

16. Stuffed steamed broad beans

17. Chhanar payesh

18. Date palm jaggery kheer

And some more.

This month in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Bengali cuisine. According to Wikipedia Bengali cuisine is known for its varied use of flavours, as well as the spread of its confectioneries and desserts. It has the only traditionally developed multi-course tradition from the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent that is analogous in structure to the modern service à la russe style of French cuisine, with food served in courses rather than all at once. I born and raised in Bihar but Bengal is my hometown. And love authentic Bengali food. These dishes remind me of my mother and mother in law. Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. This month my partner is very talented Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreen Dishes. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. Jayashree gave me mustard and nigella seeds or kalonji and I gave her tamarind and Bengal gram and Jayashree made this delicious aloo chaat with these ingredients. And I made this chhanar jhal using kalonji and mustard.

To make this delicious curry we have to make a fine paste of green chilli, poppy seeds and tomato. Its a no onion garlic curry. But you can add few garlic cloves while grinding tomato, poppy seeds and green chilli. Always soak the poppy seeds in hot water for easy grinding. I have used mustard powder, you can use mustard seeds if you don’t have mustard powder. If you are using mustard seeds, grind and make a fine paste.

Recipe

Paneer – 1 & 3/4 cup, cubed

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 1, chopped

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Nigella seed or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon

Curd – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 – 3 tablespoon, chopped

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

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Marinate the paneer or cottage cheese cubes with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. I have used homemade paneer. You can also use store bought. To make paneer or cottage cheese at home get the method here.

2. Soak poppy seeds with 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 minutes. You can also boil the poppy seeds for easy grinding. I have microwave for 1 minute.

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

4. Grind poppy seeds, tomato and 1 – 2 green chilli. You can also add 2 – 3 garlic cloves. Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Fry the marinated paneer cubes lightly. Don’t make brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

6. In the same oil add nigella seeds or kalonji. Add tomato, poppy seeds green chilli paste, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add lightly fried paneer and salt. Mix well. Add soaked mustard powder,chopped coriander leaves, 2 – 3 slit green chilli and 1 cup water.

8. Stir and when it starts to boil reduce the heat. Add well beaten curd and mix well. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

9. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and green chilli. Serve with hot steamed rice, roti or paratha.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Nigella seeds or kalonji is optional, you can omit it if you want.

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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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Gobhi/Cauliflower Corn Butter Masala Without Onion

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

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

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

You may like some more cauliflower recipes on this blog.

1. Cauliflower with ginger julienne

2. Zan

3. Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds

4. Fulkopir paturi

5. Spicy cauliflower stir fry

6. Cauliflower with spinach and cottage cheese

And some more delicious vegetarian rich creamy gravy recipes.

1. Banana butter masala

2. Hariyali paneer makhani masala

3. Broccoli malai curry

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

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

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Refined oil – 1 teaspoon

Tomato – 4 medium

Cashew nuts – 8 – 10

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves -3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Slit green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

For marination

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

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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)

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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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