Shahi Kamal Kakdi Or Lotus Stem Korma

Shahi Kamal Kakdi or lotus stem korma. Fried lotus stem slices in spicy aromatic silky smooth thick gravy with fresh or raw turmeric/kachchi haldi made this korma lipsmackingly delicious. If you like lotus stem and bored of usual kofta, curry like usual recipe then its perfect for you. You can also serve this flavorful and delectable shahi korma as a party side dish.

What is korma

Korma or qorma (Hindi: क़ोरमा; Urdu: قورمہ; Bengali: কোরমা) is a dish originating in the Indian subcontinent, consisting of meat or vegetables braised with yogurt (dahi), water or stock, and spices to produce a thick sauce or gravy. Korma has its roots in the Mughlai cuisine[1] of the Indian subcontinent. A characteristic Mughal dish, it can be traced back to the 16th century and to the Mughal incursions into the region. Kormas were often prepared in the Mughal court kitchens. Wikipedia

And Shahi refers to royal. Cashew nuts, almond, fresh cream, and coconut made this korma perfectly shahi or royal. If you love the taste of lotus stem then you can also try Lotus stem biryani.

And here are some korma recipes from this blog.

1. Okra or bhindi korma

2. Soya nugget korma

3. Savoury rasgulla korma

4. Egg korma

You may also like to try Shahi paneer matar from the blog of my friend Priya Iyer.

You can serve this shahi korma with any bread or rice dishes. This korma is one of my daughter’s favourite curry and her suggestion is its best to serve with Malabar paratha or puri. Now choice is yours 😊 Today I served it with a thali of steamed rice, roti, dhania aloo, pumpkin fry and chicken curry.

Ingredients used to make this shahi korma

1. Lotus stem or kamal kakdi – Main ingredient is this Lotus stem. You have to rinse the stem well. Rinse before and after peeling and also after cutting. Then follow the steps as given below in recipe. Here are the pictures of before and after peeling lotus stem.

The lotus plant has been eaten as a food for 7,000 years in Asia. Its stem and roots are often added to soups and stir-fries, but its leaves, flowers, and seeds are also used in cooking. Additionally, its stems, seeds, leaves, and flowers have long been used in traditional medicine preparations. Lotus was used to treat diarrhea, infection, cough, high blood pressure, and fever, among other ailments The lotus plant has a long history of use in Asian cuisine and traditional medicine. It contains many compounds that exhibit health benefits, including antioxidant and antibacterial effects. Healthline

Fresh turmeric or kachchi haldi – Used grated fresh turmeric instead of turmeric powder. Raw or fresh turmeric helps to improve immunity. You may also like to try Turmeric shot with Tulsi or Holy Basil and Vegan fruity golden smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera

Turmeric — and especially its most active compound, curcumin — have many scientifically proven health benefits, such as the potential to improve heart health and prevent against Alzheimer’s and cancer. It’s a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis. Source

Cashew nuts – Ground cashew nuts or Kaju used to make the gravy smooth creamy and tasty.

Almond – Almond or badam paste used to give a nutty taste and make the gravy creamy.

Melon seeds – Melon seeds or charmagaz are also use to make the gravy thick and smooth like other nuts.

Poppy seeds or khas khas – Soaked and ground poppy seeds will give a nutty flavour and make the gravy thick and smooth. To get some recipes with poppy seeds click here.

Fresh coconut – Fresh ground coconut will give a wonderful flavour and mildly sweet taste.

Ginger – Slightly hot ginger will give a lovely flavour to the curry. Ginger and all the other spices have numerous health benefits. You may love to try some recipes with ginger from this blog like Cauliflower with ginger julienne, Gingercake, Kiwi ginger lime cooler, Vegan broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne, Ginger noodles, Ginger chutney and Saffron rice with ginger julienne.

Garlic – Used Garlic to enhance the taste and flavour. Garlic has numerous health benefits including boosting immunity.

Tomato – Tomato with onion garlic and other spices not only give a wonderful taste and flavour but also give a lovely colour to the gravy.

Sugar – Sugar used to enhance the taste. Little sugar usually used to balance out the flavour and taste. And when adding while frying spices sugar caramelized and gives a lovely colour.

Salt – Salt used to enhance the taste.

Green chilli – Green chilli used to give a spicy kick and for flavour.

Dry red chilli – Soaked in hot water and ground dry red chilli also gives a nice aroma and colour to the gravy. Use less or more according to your spice tolerance.

Onion – Onion used to thickened the gravy and enhance the taste and flavour. Fried and ground onion will give a nice taste and flavour.

Cumin powder – Cumin or jeera powder used for a wonderful aroma and taste.

Coriander powder – Coriander or dhania powder widely used in Indian curries to give a nutty aroma.

Curd or yogurt – I used homemade curd. Thick curd used to give a buttery flavour and slightly tangy taste.

Cilantro or coriander leaves – Cilantro or coriander leaves used to enhance the taste and flavour.

Cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, mace, nutmeg Kasuri methi and ghee or clarified butter used for a lovely aroma and enhance the taste of the gravy.

Fresh cream – Well beaten fresh cream or malai used to give a creaminess to the gravy and mildly sweet taste.

Oil – I used sunflower oil here but you can use any oil of your choice.

Try to prepare all the soaked and ground nuts and spices ready before cooking. You can chop and boil the lotus stem in advance and store in refrigerator for easy and quick cooking. If you don’t have fresh or raw turmeric, use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder instead. You can also grind 1 teaspoon soaked raisins with cashew nuts almond, poppy seeds and melon seeds if you like.

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Recipe

Lotus stem or kamal kakdi- 2

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 1 tablespoon

Almond or badam – 1 tablespoon

Melon seeds or charmagaz – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Grated Coconut – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Garlic – 2 cloves

Tomato – 2

Salt to taste

Fresh turmeric or kachchi haldi- 1 teaspoon, grated

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1-2 or to taste

Dry red chilli – 3

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1, sliced

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 teaspoon

Thick curd or yogurt – 3 tablespoon

Green cardamom or ilaichi – 2

Cloves or laung – 3

Cinnamon or darchini – 1/2 inch piece

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Jaiphal or nutmeg powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the lotus stem or kamal kakdi well. Peel and cut the both tips. Wash again under running tap water. Check if it properly clean from inside. Slice the lotus stem.

2. Rinse well and soak in sufficient water for 15-20 minutes. Drain the water and pressure cook with water for 3 whistle. Or after 1 whistle reduce the flame. Cook on simmer for 2 whistle. Immediately remove from heat after 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own .drain the water and keep aside.

3. Soak almond in hot water. Peel the almond when cool. Soak cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds in hot water. Or you can microwave for 1 minutes. Also Soak the dry red chilli in 3-4 tablespoon hot water.

4. Grind soaked and peeled almond, cashew nuts, poppy seeds, melon seeds,green cardamom, cloves and dry red chilli altogether with 3-4 tablespoon water. Grind into a smooth paste.

5. Whisk the curd with cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, nutmeg powder and mace powder.

6.. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the lotus stem slices till golden brown from all the sides. Don’t over crowd, frý in 2-3 batches and remove from oil and transfer to a plate.

7. In the same oil fry slied onion till brown. Let it cool down.

8. Grind the fried onion with green chilli, garlic, ginger, grated fresh turmeric and tomato. Make a smooth paste. Don’t add water.

9. Heat remaining oil of fried onion and add ghee. You can add little more oil if required. Add onion, green chilli, tomato paste and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

10. Add poppy seeds,coconut and nuts paste. Saute again till everything dried up and oil separates.

11. Reduce the heat and add spices mixed well beaten curd. Also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Saute till dried up and oil leaves the sides. Add fried lotus stem and salt. Reserve 4-5 fried lotus stem slices for garnishing. Mix well.

12. Add 1&1/4 cup water and mix. When it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Don’t leave unattended. Check and stir in-between. You can add little more water if required to get your desired consistency. But don’t make it runny. Gravy should be thick.

13. Add remaining fresh cream and stir. Add cardamom powder and Kasuri methi. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm before adding.

14. Mix and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add little more hot water if gravy becomes too thick. Garnish with fresh cream fried lotus stem slices and cilantro or coriander leaves.

15. Serve with roti, paratha, puri, naan, pulao, fried rice or steamed rice. This shahi korma is also great to serve with Malabar paratha.

Notes

1. If you want your korma less spicy use 1-2 red chilli. Use chilli according to your taste.

2. If you don’t have fresh or raw turmeric/kachchi haldi then you can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder instead.

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Mor Kulambu Or Buttermilk Kuzhambu

Mor Kulambu or buttermilk Kuzhambu from Tamil cuisine. A no onion garlic spicy tangy and lipsmackingly delicious curry made with curd or buttermilk. Similar to kadhi but without besan or chickpea flour. A perfect side dish to serve with steamed rice.

This yogurt based curry is usually made with okra/ladyfingers/bhindi, ash gourd or other vegetables but I am sharing the recipe of curry only because I love it without vegetables but you can use okra, winter melon, ash gourd, colocasia or any vegetable of your choice. Vegetables should be cooked till tender before adding in the ground paste of coconut and spices.

Here are some more South Indian style recipes on this blog.

1. Cornmeal oats soya vegetable idli

2. Chutney idli

3. Green moong idli

4. Barnyard millet fried idli

5. Masala paniyaram or appe

6. Carrot peas instant appe or paniyaram

7. Rice appe

8. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

9. Beetroot appe

10. Semolina and lentil appe

11. Roasted gram or sattu appe

12. Semolina and flatten rice appe

13. Sprouts and oats appe

14. Green moong uttapam or dosa

15. Hayagriva-or-hayagreeva maddi or chana dal halwa

16. Sprouts sundal

17. Paruppu payasam

18. Dal rasam

19. Kadala curry or black chickpea curry

You may also like to try Mor kootu recipe from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

According to Wikipedia Buttermilk Kuzhambu or Moru Curry(Malayalam) Mor Kuzhambu(Tamil) is a commonly prepared dish in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This is a liquid curry recipe which is served with white or boiled rice, pancake made of lentils / mixed gram dosa. Traditionally, it includes vegetables like okra, winter melon or ash gourd, colocasia, etc. The taste is a bit sour, and it is a dish of Tamil Nadu. It is widely prepared on festivals as a special dish. It is often served with hot steamed rice and potato fries.

This buttermilk Kuzhambu or Mor Kulambu is very easy to make. Just don’t forget to blend the curd or yogurt well. Without blending curd will curdle and texture will differ. And ground spices should be a smooth paste. Colour of the curry should be pale yellow so don’t use turmeric powder more than 1/4 teaspoon. I have made this curry without vegetables but if you want to use ladyfingers/okra or bhindi or ash gourd or any other vegetable, chop and cook them with one teaspoon oil before adding in the curry. Try this delicious yogurt curry and let me know how you like it.

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Recipe

Curd or thick yogurt – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Curry leaves – 4-5

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Arhar dal or toor dal/ split pigeon peas – 1 tablespoon

Rice – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

For tempering

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1..Wash dal and rice well. Soak in 3-4 tablespoon hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Grind cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ginger, green chilli and coconut. Drain the water of soaked rice and dal or split pigeon peas lentil. Add in the grinder with cumin, coriander, ginger chilli and coconut paste. Add 3 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

3. Take out the ground mixture in a pan or wok. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, salt and 1 cup water. Also add the cooked vegetables if using. See notes for more options.

4. Mix well and let it boil on medium heat for 6-7 minutes. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. In the meantime blend the curd or yogurt. You can use your mixer grinder or hand blender to blend. Curd should be blend really well.

6. After 6-7 minutes reduce the heat to lowest. Add blended curd and mix. Cook on simmer for two minutes or until it starts to boil and becomes frothy. Keep stirring to avoid curdling the yogurt or curd. Remove from heat. Don’t boil for a long time.

7. Now heat oil in a small pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilli, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida. When seeds starts to splutter remove the pan from heat and mix in cooked curd or yogurt mixture. Mix well and cover for a few minutes.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice and potato fries.

Notes

1. Never use yogurt or curd without blending well.

2. You can use ash gourd, okra/ladyfingers/ bhindi or any other vegetables. Even you can use udad dal or black lentil pakoda or vada in this yogurt coconut curry if you want. If you are using vegetables, cook them with one teaspoon oil till tender before adding in the curry.

3. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

4. Use thick yogurt or curd for perfect taste.

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Sri Lankan Egg Curry

Sri Lankan egg curry. A spicy aromatic and lipsmackingly delicious curry from Sri Lankan cuisine. If you’re bored of your regular egg curry then try this egg curry with a completely different taste and flavour.

Coconut milk and spices made this curry superbly delicious. I always love to use aromatic spices. And this curry is absolutely flavorful and mouthwatering. Usually Srilankan curry powder, fish flakes and pandarus leaves are used in this curry. But I don’t have these ingredients. So I used all the spices of Sri lankan curry powder separately. And skipped pandarus leaves and fish flakes. Believe me taste is too good.

Earlier shared some more egg curry recipes on this blog.

. Dim kosha or spicy egg curry

. Eggs in green curry

. Dim posto or eggs in poppy seeds gravy

. Kerala egg roast with potato

. Egg korma

. Eggs in mustard gravy

. Egg with yogurt sauce

. Spicy egg or masala egg

. Piperade with Indian spices

And you may also like to try South Indian turnip curry from Priya Iyer. I am going to try it soon.

I don’t like my curry too hot. But if you like the curry more spicy and hot then you can use 1-2 chopped green chilli. I have used whole dry red chilli for tempering. To make the curry more spicy break or chop the red chilli into 2-3 pieces. Don’t skip the powdered spices. These spices will make your curry flavorful and delicious.

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Recipe

Egg – 3-4, hard boiled

Onion – 1 large, thinly sliced

Garlic – 3 cloves, minced or grated

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Tomato – 2 medium, finely chopped

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Dry red chilli – 2

Fennel or sounf powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cloves powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Thick coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1/4

cup Oil – 3 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves for garnishing

Method

1. Peel the hard boiled eggs. Make some slit on the eggs with a knife.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the eggs till light golden brown and remove from oil.

3. In the same oil add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds starts to splutter add dry red chilli and curry leaves. You can chop or break the dry red chilli in 2-3 pieces, if you want to make your curry hot.

4. Now add garlic and sliced onion. You can also add 1-2 chopped green chilli with sliced onion if you want.

5. When onion becomes light brown add tomatoes, salt and all the spice powder. Saute till tomato becomes mushy.

6. Add coconut water and water. Add a few finely chopped curry leaves. Let it boil. You can also add 1-2 slit green chili if you want.

7. When it starts to rolling boil add the eggs and reduce the heat. Cover the pan and cook on simmer for 5-6 minutes.

8. Switch off the heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice, Pulao, Barista fried rice, Bengali pulao, Fried rice, or any bread.

Recipe note – Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Kadala Curry Or Black Chickpea Curry

Kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine.
A very flavourful and spicy curry. Freshly ground Kerala garam masala and coconut made the curry lip-smacking.
Beautiful state Kerala known as ‘God’s own Country’ or land of spices.
According to Wikipedia The cuisine of Kerala, a state in the south of India, is linked to its history, geography, demography and culture. Kerala cuisine offers a multitude of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes prepared using fish, poultry and red meat with rice a typical accompaniment. Chillies, curry leaves, coconut, mustard seeds, turmeric, tamarind, and asafoetida are all frequently used.

Kerala is known as the “Land of Spices” because it traded spices with Europe as well as with many ancient civilizations with the oldest historical records of the Sumerians from 3000 BCE.

I have shared two more black chickpea recipes here.

Black chickpea kabab

Paneer kala chana kofta curry

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Kerala cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Sujitha Ruban who blog at

http://sujithaeasycooking.com.
Sujitha Ruban gave me two flavourful ingredients Mace and fennel seeds and I gave her banana and ginger powder. Check out her blog for the recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I made this kadala curry or black chickpea curry from Kerala cuisine with those aromatic ingredients.
Black chickpeas, also known as Bengal grams, Garbanzo beans or ‘kala chana’ belong to the ‘desi’ variety and have a much higher fiber content and lower glycemic index. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nut like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, black chickpeas can indeed be a healthy addition to your diet. Two to three tablespoons of these legumes are equivalent to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of black chickpeas are as follows.

Aids in Weight Loss: …
Cardiovascular Benefits: …
Lowers Cholesterol: …
Stabilizes Blood Sugar and Low Glycemic Index (GI): …
Prevention of Diabetes: …
Great Source of Iron: …
Good Source of Protein for Vegetarians: …
Beneficial for Women:
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Now coming to the recipe. You will love this flavourful curry. And all the flavour comes from aromatic Kerala garam masala. If you have Kerala garam masala ready in your pantry then you can use 1 teaspoon of it. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder to bring some colour in the curry.

Recipe

Kala chana or black chickpeas – 1 cup

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Onion – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 finely chopped

Curry leaves – 12 – 13

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 small

Coconut – 1/2 cup heaped, grated or finely chopped

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coconut oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1/2 teaspoon

Mace – 2 blades

Cloves – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Star anise – a small piece

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Nutmeg – a pinch

Method

1. Wash and soak the kala chana or black chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 7 – 8 whistle or till chickpeas becomes soft.

3. Lightly dry roast fennel seeds or sounf, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and grated nutmeg. Roast lightly till fragrant. Don’t overdo.

4. Let the spices cool down. And grind into fine powder.

5. Grind the coconut. Add water as require to make a smooth paste.

6. Grind tomato and ginger. You can use chopped tomato and grated ginger. But I like smooth paste so ground altogether.

7. Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds or rai and let them splutter.

8. Now add curry leaves, chopped onion and green chilli.

9. Fry till onions becomes light brown.
Add tomato and ginger paste or grated ginger and chopped tomato.
Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

10. Add coconut paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, black pepper powder and dry roasted and ground fennel seeds, mace, cloves, green cardamom, star anise, cinnamon and nutmeg.

11. Saute till everything dried up.
Add boiled black chickpea or kala chana and salt. Mix well. Saute for a minute.

12. Add 1 cup water. Or you can add 1/2 cup more water if you want more gravy.

13. Let it boil. Now cook on simmer for 12 – 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.

14. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

15. Take out 3 – 4 tablespoon chickpeas and mash well with a spoon and add in the gravy if you want your gravy thick.

16. Garnish with grated coconut and serve hot.

Note

If you want you can also add garlic to the curry. Grind garlic cloves with tomato and ginger.

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Kerala Egg Roast With Potato 


Kerala egg roast is a delicious dry egg curry.

A lip-smacking side dish and my favourite too.

I have already shared few egg recipes here. 

Egg korma

Egg with mustard and poppy seeds
Egg in yogurt sauce 
Spicy egg
Egg biryani

Egg enchilada 

Egg drop soup 

Dimer chop or devilled eggs 

I have mentioned earlier that I love potatoes in my non veg dishes. In authentic recipe Kerala egg roast made with only eggs. But I have added some potato and little sugar. As a bong I like to add little sugar in the curries.

If you want you can omit potatoes and sugar. I have added one boiled and mashed egg in the gravy for more eggy taste. You can add coconut milk or coconut paste if you like. 

So here is a Bong style Kerala egg roast 😊

Recipe 


Egg – 3 hard boiled 

Potato – 2, chopped 

Onion – 2 large, sliced 

Garlic – 3-4 cloves, minced or crushed 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated 

Tomato – 2 chopped 

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped 

Curry leaves – few 
Cilantro – 2 tablespoon, chopped 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 

Salt to taste 

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon 

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Coriander leaves to garnish 

Water as require

Method 


Make some slits on two boiled eggs with a knife and marinate with little salt and turmeric powder.

Mash one egg and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the marinated eggs in it. Fry evenly and place on a paper towel.

Now fry the potatoes. Stir well and fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

Take out the potatoes and place on a paper towel. 

In the same oil add mustard seeds. Let them splutter. Add sliced onion, green chilli and curry leaves.

When the onion becomes translucent add ginger and garlic. Fry till the raw smell goes away.

Add tomatoes, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, chopped cilantro, chilli powder and sugar. 

Saute till the tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

Add mashed egg and stir well. 

Add fried potatoes and mix well. Saute for 1-2 minutes more.

Add water. It will be a dry curry so add water as require. You can add coconut milk or coconut paste if you like. 

Cover and cook till the potatoes becomes tender and water dried up. Taste and adjust the seasoning. 

Remove from heat.

Garnish with coriander leaves or cilantro.

Serve with hot steamed rice, roti, paratha, toasted bread or naan.

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Raw Banana Curry 


Raw banana curry.

A very delicious and flavourful curry made with green banana or raw banana.

We all know that green or raw banana is very nutritious vegetables.

Nutritionally, the green banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contains a starch that may help control blood sugar, manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.

Source

You don’t need to cook it always in a simple way. Why not transform this healthy vegetable into a rich or shahi curry? Try this recipe. Even you don’t recognise banana in this curry. Its superbly delicious, flavourful, spicy and rich.

I have shared two more banana recipes here.

Raw banana kofta and Banana butter masala. To get the recipe click the name.

You can serve it as a party side dish. You can make it without onion garlic too. Just omit onion and garlic, increase the amount of poppy seeds. Add 2 tablespoon each poppy seed and cashew nuts paste and 1-2 tablespoon cream. You can add fresh coconut paste too. Your no onion garlic rich and delicious curry is ready.

Recipe 



Raw banana – 5

Onion – 2 large

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Poppy seeds – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 2-3

Clove – 3

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional +to garnish

Water as required

Method 


Peel and chop the bananas lengthwise. You can chop in any shape. Wash and drain the water.

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minutes.
Slice 1 onion and separate the layers. Keep aside.

Grind 1 chopped onion, garlic and ginger.

Separately grind the tomatoes, soaked poppy seeds, green chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in woke or pan. You can use mustard oil or any refined oil.

Add sliced onion and fry. Stir continuously while frying, onion shouldn’t be burnt.

Fry till onion becomes brown. Remove from the oil and keep aside. We will use it for garnishing.

In the same oil fry the banana pieces till golden brown and place them on a paper towel.

Now add onion, garlic and ginger paste into the oil. Fry till oil leaves the sides. For no onion garlic recipe read the notes.

Add tomatoes, poppy seeds, green chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon paste. You can also add fresh coconut paste  if you want.

Add cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

Fry again till oil leaves the sides.

Add fried banana pieces and salt. Mix well and fry for 1-2 minutes more.

Add water as require. I have made it dry but you can make thick gravy. Don’t make it runny.

Cover and cook till the banana pieces becomes tender.

Add chopped coriander leaves if you want, I didn’t. Remove from flame. Add some fried onion and mix well.

You can add 1-2 tablespoon cream too if you like.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried onion slices.

Serve hot with roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, naan, puri or dal chawal.

Note –

With tomato, chilli and whole spices you can grind fresh coconut too.

If you want to make without onion garlic curry, omit the onion and garlic and increase the amount of poppy seeds. Add 2 tablespoon each of poppy seeds paste, cashew nuts paste and fresh coconut paste with tomatoes. At the end add 2 tablespoon cream.

Enjoy the rich, spicy and delicious banana curry with your lunch or dinner.

 

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Aloo Kofta Curry

Aloo kofta or potato dumplings  in gravy.

A delicious dish of Bihar.

As every place Bihar has it’s own culture, tradition and food. This state has it’s own authentic lip-smacking cuisine.

 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is traditional curry. My contribution is this mouthwatering aloo kofta of Bihar.

 

I was born and raised in Bihar. And I really love Bihari cuisine. Which is enriched by the influence of ancient culture.

 

It was the place that gave birth to Buddhism and Jainism. Bihar is famous for Mahabodhi temple of Bodhgaya, Madhubani painting of Mithila, silk production center of Bhagalpur and Patna Sahib.

 

Litti chokha, Sattu paratha, sattu kachori, fish curry, mutton and chicken curry, posta dana or poppy seed halwa, pua, peraki, khaja etc are the most famous dishes of Bihar. I remember my childhood days and some mouthwatering sweets like tilkut, lai ( a sweet made of ramdana), anarsa and many more.

 

Aloo kofta is a rich and delicious curry of Bihar. Made of potato dumplings with tomato or yogurt based gravy. Usually serve as a side dish. But I like these dumplings as a snack too. Just fry the dumplings and serve as evening snack. I have made it without onion garlic but you can make it with onion garlic too.


Recipe 

For kofta or dumplings 

Potatoes – 5 – 6 medium size
Salt to taste
Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon
Green chilli – 1 finely chopped
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon finely chopped
Corn flour – 3 tablespoon
oil for deep fry
Raisins and small pieces of cashews for stuffing

For the gravy 

Tomato – 3 medium chopped
Green chilli – 2
Ginger – 1 inch piece
Cardamom – 3 – 4
Cinnamon – 1 small stick
Cloves – 3
Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon
coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 tablespoon
Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon 

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon
Cream – 2 tablespoon
Oil – 2 tablespoons
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

Boil, peel and grate the potatoes.

Mix all the spices,salt and cornflour. You can add finely chopped onion and grated garlic too if you want. Mix well.
Make small balls out of it. Take a ball and flatten it with you palm. Put some raisins and small pieces of cashew nuts. Bring the sides together and make it a ball again. Fill all the balls with cashew nuts and raisins like this.
Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Fry the balls in it. Fry 2 or 3 at a time.

 

You can shallow fry it too. Make the shape as a pattie and shallow fry on a nonstick pan with little oil. Or use your appe pan to fry it.
Fry these until becomes brown. Remove from oil. Place on a paper towel.
Grind the tomatoes, green chilli, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and cashew nuts. If you want to use garlic add 3 – 4 garlic cloves too. Make a smooth paste.
I didn’t use onion but if you want boil or microwave 2 onions and grind it.
Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add the ground spices. Saute and add all the dry spices. Fry till the mixture dried up.
Add lightly beaten cream. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add salt, sugar and water. Let it boil. Stir occasionally.  Cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes.Or until you get the desired consistency.

 

Switch off the flame.
Place the kofta or potato balls in a serving bowl and pour the hot gravy over it.

Garnish with coriander leaves and serve as a side dish.
This rich and delicious curry goes well with steamed rice, roti, paratha or naan.