Category: Main Course

Aloo ki Kachori

Winters are the perfect season to devour everything that’s deep fried and spicy😋😋 I can never say no to anything that’s fried even though I keep promising myself to avoid it as far as possible.

These Aloo ki Kachoris are so so delicious…even if I am saying this myself but you truly need to eat these to believe me! 👌🏼😀 They are crispy, flaky and the filling is absolutely lip smacking!

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Dont they look tempting….!? I served these for our Saturday brunch and my hubby couldn’t stop raving about them. I was moving a couple of inches aboveboard the ground for the next few hours 😂😂 The thing is has always enjoyed Aloo ki kachori made in one of the shops in some obscure lane in Kanpur….I’ve tasted that too on one of our trips there, I must confess that it was such a treat 😋 I couldn’t stop at one!

So when my hubby wanted me to make some at home a few weeks ago, I asked my Mom for the recipe and kept my fingers crossed that he’d approve of them. I usually make Pyaaz ki Kachori at home for brunches so I knew I’d nail the outer crisp cover…it was the filling that I wished to perfect.

I served them with every kachori’s favourite accompaniment Dubkimaar Aloo Tamatar ka Rassa and some kacchi kairi Wali chutney…will share the recipe today.

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Yield: 8-9 large Kachoris

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, rolling pin, rolling board, large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons.

For the outer cover:

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cup Maida (APF)

salt to taste

3 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

water as needed

Method:

In a large bowl, take maida, season with salt. Add the ghee and rub it with the mAida until it resembles bread crumbs. This makes the kachori crispy. Then add little water at a time and make a semi stiff dough. Cover the dough with a kitchen napkin and set aside for 20-30 mins.

For the filling:

Ingredients:

4 nos. large boiled potatoes

salt to taste

chopped green chillies to taste

1 tsp roasted cumin powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

2 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tsp amchur powder

oil to fry the Kachori

Method:

Mash potatoes, add salt, roasted cumin powder, amchur powder, hing, red chilli powder, chillies and coriander leaves. Mix well. Set it aside.

Assembling and Frying the kachori:

Divide the dough in equal sized balls (I made 9). Roll these balls to a flat Roti like shape having a diameter of 3″ or so, stuff with the potato filling. Secure the ball well and flatter the kachori a bit using the rolling pin. Do the same for all the 9 dough balls.

Now heat the oil in a wok til it’s hot enough to fry. Add 1-2 Kachoris at a time and fry them on low flame until golden and crisp on both sides. Don’t fry on high flame as the Kachoris won’t turn crisp.

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Serve them piping hot.

Ingredients for Kairi Wali Chutney:

2 bunches fresh coriander

3/4 cup chopped kairi (raw mango)

5-6 cloves garlic

3-4 nos. green chillies

salt to taste

water as needed

Method:

Wash and chop the coriander leaves. Add al, the ingredients in a blender jar and make the Chutney using water as needed. Store the Chutney in a porcelain or glass jar, it will stay fresh for 6-7 days.

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Hope you enjoy these🤗

Love,

Shreya💖

 

Mexican Vegetable Soup | Vegan and Glutenfree

So…here we are in 2017 and this bright, colourful soup was destined to be the first post of the year😁….why ‘was’?? Because this was made sometime during the last couple of days of the year gone by…..it was our healthy and light meal before binged in the name of making merry!!

Anyhooooo….so how have the first few days of the new year been treating you!? Honestly, I feel no different. The dates have changed no doubt, but that is where I think it ends. I am not one who makes resolutions and stuff….it’s been that way all my life. Do you? Have any of you actually seen your resolution through the year and then made notes about it later? I’d love to know! I mean, many break their resolutions the very next morning of making them….seems like such a waste..moot point, no?!

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So coming to this soup….it’s as healthy as healthy gets..no cornflour or APF or any ingredient to thicken the broth. It has a ton of veggies…like literally! Plenty of spices and the tang….that’s just perfect!!

Obviously you could add a bit of meat like sliced sausages or some boiled eggs. I was thinking maybe some seafood, like prawns or even squids! The possibilities are endless…. but I keep this one as veg…always. It’s one of our favourite go-to soups to do at home. It’s the quickest too, you’ll see!

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Everyone has a favourite soup….this is my current favourite, has been for sometime now. I usually even like Manchow soup…a personal favourite or some Thai Noodle soup, I’d probably share that recipe here too sometime….could make for a ideal summer lunch! ☺️

Anyways….let’s first learn to make us some healthy Mexican Vegetable Soup….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

5-6 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped carrots

1/4 cup sweet corn

1/4 cup finely chopped French beans

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3 nos. large ripe tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp peri peri spice mix (store bought)

2 cups water

3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

juice of half a lemon

nacho chips to serve on the side (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, add crushed garlic and chopped onions. Sweat the onions for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped bell peppers, carrots, beans, sweet corn. Stir well and season with salt & pepper. Cook the veggies for about 5-6 mins.

Then add the oregano, cumin powder, red chilli powder and the peri peri spice mix. Stir well, add tomatoes. Cook these together for another 5-6 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Add water (I add about 2 cups, you can add more or less).

Let the soup come to a boil, takes about 12-13 mins. Once the consistency is right, add chopped coriander and lemon juice. Serve the soup piping hot with some nacho chips.

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Such a filling meal….I’d say do try it once.

Love,

Shreya 💝

Adapted from cooking classy

 

Suran Ka Bharta | Oal Ka Chokha | Jimikand Ka Chokha | Spicy Mashed Yams

Winter afternoons call for comfort food, a warm, cozy spot on the couch, a good book or maybe a movie marathon … your favourite throw and a long snooze! Did I ever tell you’ll that winters are my favourite time around the year. Not because I can eat to my hearts fill or because I get to bundle up and sit in the same spot for hours…lol…no! I like it because I have the fondest memories from this season…☺️ My Dad’s birthday…followed by Mom’s birthday….and to round it all up…I got married on one super cold night! Yes, weddings in my culture happen in the dead of the night and more often than not, in winters 😂 

Anyways…..I saw elephant foot yams (suran/ oal/ jimikand) flooding the market as it happens every winter and the first thing that occurred to me that I have to make Suran Ka Chokha! 

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It’s a typical winter favourite at my Mom’s place and gladly for me, my hubby too enjoys it! Making it is not all that difficult either…just a very recipe including the most common ingredients from your pantry but the flavours pack such a punch!

I can have this by the bowlful but it is quiet fiery so I limit myself to a couple of spoonfuls during meals…and it’s almost like a pickle, so pungent and yet very flavoursome.

As always I have followed my Mom’s recipe as always… if you’re wondering what will you be pairing this one with…I’d suggest some Dal Sultani, steamed rice, bharwa hari mirch (this you must not miss, I insist!) along with this chokha…and that will be such a splendid spread 👌

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a large saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

300 gms boiled yam (suran)

salt to taste

6-7 tbsp mustard oil

2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

15-16 cloves of garlic (grated)

1″ piece of ginger (grated)

lemon juice as per taste (I add a little more as the yams tend to absorb the flavours well)

Method:

Wash the yam well, cut it into 2″ chunks.

Boil 7-8 cups of water with a pinch of salt. Add the chunks of yam in the water. Boil these until fork tender. Drain the water and let the yam cool completely.

Peel the yam. Use a fork to mash the yam. Make sure there are no lumps.

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Season the mashed yam with salt, add the ginger and garlic, mustard oil, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander and lemon juice. Mix well. Keep it aside for 15-20 mins before serving to let the flavours get absorbed.

This tastes best at room temperature and the flavours are enhanced if served the next day.

This keeps well in a glass or porcelain bowl for about a week under refrigeration.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe which is very close to my heart!

Love,

Shreya❤️

Veg Kung Pao Noodles

It’s very rare that I share an Asian inspired recipe here on the blog. It is not that I don’t make them at home..it is usually made for dinner (I don’t shoot in the evenings)and on days when it’s made for lunch, I love it too much to even wait for a minure to set up a shoot and click! No, not happening!! 😜 Hahha!! Common, everyone would agree with me when I say that Asian food tastes best when piping food. Straight from the wok to my plate…👌🏼

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But yesterday was a different story, night before the last we had enjoyed Veg Hakka Noodles with Schezwan Paneer. And as always we enjoyed it so so much! We prefer a lot of veggies in our Hakka Noodles and some spicy sides for a complete meal.

Sooo… I ended up with a bowl of boiled noodles. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with them😉 I loozed around in my refrigerator and found that I had all the necessary ingredients to make a quick Veg Kung Pao Noodle bowl for my lunch the following day!!

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If anyone is wondering what is Kung Pao or Kung Po exactly, it is nothing but a quick stir fry of chicken (I didn’t use chicken here), some sauces and chillie pepper/ bell peppers. They have peanuts too….but I have replaced them here…this is my version, I like to play a lot with Asian recipes. There is always room for subbing. Almost every Asian restaurant or any other restaurant that selves Asian fold these days, includes their version of Kung Pao on their menu. It’s a hit among adults as is with the kids. Keep it spicy or mild, it’s really upto you. I usually order a veggie version with some fried rice if I am in the mood for a light meal. Since I had the left-over noodles, I simply tossed everything together to make a Veg Kung Pao Noodle Bowl 😉 You can also replace noodles with some boiled rice too.

You can use any veggies of your choice, any protein of your choice (tofu, chicken or some other meat) and the sauces too can be of your choice! I tend to keep it more Indo-Chinese, so you can imagine how delicious this is going to be! Let’s start…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a large wok, a non-stick pan, measuring spoons/ cups.

Ingredients:

2 cup boiled noodles (follow the instructions on the cover to cook them, make sure they are al-dentè)

100 gms cubed paneer (Indian cottage cheese. Substitute these for chicken, prawns, beef, pork, boiled eggs or tofu)

2 tbsp cornflour

1 tsp rice flour

salt to taste

black pepper powder to taste

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tsp red chilli sauce

1 tsp green chilli sauce

2 tsp vinegar

1 tsp Schezwan sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper

1/2 cup sliced yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup sliced green bell pepper

2-3 tbsp sliced green onions

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

9-10 nos. cashewnuts

5 tbsp oil

Some slived green onion to garnish

Method:

In a bowl, mix paneer cubes, rice flour, corn flour, salt and black pepper powder together. Keep it aside for a minute or two.

Keep all the veggies ready as well.

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Heat 2 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan. Place all the floured paneer pieces in oil and shallow them on all sides until brown and crispy. Remove them from the oil and drain them on some kitchen paper. Set that aside for now. Fry the cashewnuts in the same oil. Remove from the oil and drain on some kitchen paper. Set that aside too.

Heat the remaining oil in a wok, add spliced green onions and ginger garlic paste to the oil once it’s hot. Sauté these on high flame for a minute or two. Then add the sliced red, green and yellow bell peppers. Season with some salt and black pepper powder. Toss these for a couple of minutes. Then add the ketchup, soy, schezwan, red and green chilli sauces along with the vinegar. Mix well. Now add the paneer cubes and the fried cashewnuts. Toss once again. Next, go in the boiled noodles and a tsp of oil if necessary.

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Make sure everything is coated well with all the sauces. Garnish with sliced green onions and serve hot.

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Irresistibly yummmmm!!! What more could I ask for on a winter afternoon…some comfort food and then a long snoozzzzeeee😂

Love,

Shreya💗

 

Baigan ka Bharta aur Makke ki Roti |Brinjal Mash with Maize Flour Flatbreads | Glutenfree and Vegan

Winter comes with it’s bounty…such fresh veggies and fruits everywhere, I can’t seem to get enough of them! One of my favourite things to make in winters is Makke ki Roti (maize flour flatbreads – they are vegan and gluten free). And to go with these flatbread, I am having my fill of Baigan ka Bharta these days….fresh, spicy and so full of flavours..you’d be wanting more!

I simply follow my Mom’s no-fail recipe for both these delicious things…and it’s finger licking awesome:)

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I made this combination again just this last weekend and we were in a much happy food-coma! The Makke ki Roti (ahem, please excuse my badly shaped rotis/ flatbread, I find it very difficult to give them any fixed shape or even size as the dough is gluten free and not the easiest to handle…..but I believe it’s the taste that matters in this case🤗😀). However, I try to roll them between two sheetss of cling wraps mostly…but this is the best I can manage!

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The Bharta or the mash, well it’s a whole different story….I spend all the time to make as perfect as it can get and I nail it every time 😉 Brinjal is roasted to a charred beauty and then everything starts from there.. tip – buy a lighter brinjal as they are perfect and do not have many seeds.

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Let’s get cracking…it’s not much effort…:)

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: wired roasting stand, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl, a small bowl, a pair of kitchen tongs, a large mixing  bowl – for the maize dough, rolling pin, cling wraps, a pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

For the Bharta:

1 nos. medium large, round brinjal (bharte Wala Baigan)

2 nos. medium tomato (choose ripe, juicy tomatoes)

7-8 garlic cloves

1 nos. finely chopped onion

1/4 cup mustard oil (this is what we use traditionally up North)

1 tsp finely chopped green chilli

1 tsp grated ginger

salt to taste

fresh coriander, as needed

For the Makke ke Roti:

2 cup maize flour (Makke ka atta)

salt to taste

1 tsp crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

water as needed to knead

4-5 tsp oil, for cooking the Roti/ flatbread

Method for the Bharta: 

So, right at the start I will urge you to follow the step wise pictures, they are pretty much self explanatory. I will explain in writing as and when necessary.

Wash and wipe the tomatoes and the brinjal. Set the tomatoes aside.

Keep the brinjal’s stem intact. Make an inch long slit in the brinjal. This slit must be a bit deep. Stuff the garlic cloves in this slit. Massage the entire brinjal with some mustard oil.

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Next, turn on the flame and place the wired roasting stand over the flame. Place the oiled brinjal over it and roast it well on all sides until well charred.

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While the brinjal cools down, massage the tomatoes with some oil, make a couple of small slits on each tomato and roast them too just the way we did for the brinjal.

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Now, take some water in a small bowl. Dip your fingers in the water and slowly peel the charred skin off the brinjal and tomatoes. Set them aside in a mixing bowl. Mash these together along with the garlic that was roasted within the brinjal as well. Season with salt.

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Next, add the chopped onions, chopped chillies, grated ginger, remaining mustard oil, chopped coriander leaves to the the mashed tomatoes and brinjal. Give everything a good mix! This is done!

Method for the Makke ki Roti:

In a large mixing bow, take the flour, season it with salt and kasuri methi. Mix them well. Add water as you go and knead to make a dough until everything comes together. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel for a few minutes before making the Roti/ flatbread.

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Next, take a lemon sized ball of dough,place it between two cling wrap sheets and using a rolling pin make a roti. (No pictures of these steps, I’d probably need 4 more sets of hands to do that! 😂)

Heat the pan, drizzle some oil on the pan and place the rolled Roti and cook it on both sides until well cooked and charred around the edges. Serve piping hot with Baigan ka Bharta, some pieces of jaggery and a salad.

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Isn’t that easy and absolutely yum! If you’ve liked this, do try my take on popular Bihari favourite Litti Chokha here. This Baigan Bharta goes so well with some Litti too!

Love,

Shreya 💖

Satpaita | Dal Palak | Mixed Lentils cooked with Spinach | Glutenfree Recipe

Winters call for something warm, delicious and so comforting that it makes you feel all cozy! Yes, winter is my favourite season…😍😍 I would rather have winters all 12 months of the year than any other season The bounties it brings along are something that I wait for all year round 🙂

I can see the freshest produce everywhere I go, the veggies and the fruits tempt me and how!? I end up buying green leafy veggies the most… be it methi (fenugreek greens) or green garlic for making some quick instant pickles…radish (mooli) for making parathas for breakfast….and so much more! But the one thing that I can’t resist is grabbing a few bunches of palak (spinach) almost every alternate day. They are so fresh, organic and extremely healthy. You can make a whole lot of stuff with palak, lIke parathas or palak paneer, add them to pilafs or pulav rice…make soups or some sandwiches. The options are endless when it comes to this super food!

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Yes, spinach is super food. Although it’s the kale and the chard that take major focus of being a super food, spinach has been providing a host of health benefits even before the concept of ‘super foods’ was invented! ☺️

Spinach is a rich in iron, magnesium, fibre and calcium. It also privides many other vitamins and minerals and is very low in calorie. It’s best consumed either steamed or boiled as these cooking methods help spinach retain most of it’s nutrients.

Since it’s such a healthy veggie, I thought I should share with you guys how I like my spinach the best!! Satpaita or Palak Wali dal is one of my favourite versions of spinach.

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What is Satpaita? Basically it’s a typical preparation from Uttar Pradesh where two or three kinds of dals (lentils) are mixed together and cooked with chopped spinach over slow flame (these days, we choose to just pressure cook it), seasoned with very little spices and then tempered generously with ghee (clarified butter). Satpaita is very common in almost every other house in Uttar Pradesh, paired with some steamed rice and lots of mooli (radish) salad, some homemade made mango or chilli pickle, a quick stir fry of any veggie is a typical winter lunch.

My Mom, who keeps every tradition alive in our family, introduced us to this dish as kids and we love it to this day…I can have this by the bowl and never tire of it! You can even serve this as a very filling soup too, it’s extremely good for you if you’ve been suffering from cold, cough or have been feeling weak after a bout of viral.

I am sharing my Mom’s version of Satpaita, you can make changes to this as per your liking….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a large ladle, a small pan, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

For the dal:

1/2 cup toor/ arhar dal (split pigeon peas)

1/4 cup tukda kali urad dal (split black lentils)

2 bunch spinach (palak), wash and chopped

1/2 cup chopped tomato

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

2+1/2 cup water

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp coriander powder

2 tsp chopped green chillies

For the tempering:

2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

2-3 nos. slit green chillies

5-6 cloves crushed garlic

Method:

For the dal:

Wash the dals (lentils) together and soak them in 2+1/2 cups of water in the pressure cooker for 15 mins.

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Then add the chopped palak, chopped tomatoes, coriander powder, salt to taste, turmeric, ginger and garlic paste and chopped green chillies to the soaking dals (lentils).

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Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and place th weight on the lid. Cook on low flame for the first 5 minutes and then turn up the heat until the first two whistles. Then again, lower the heat and let the dal (lentils) cook for a further 10 minutes. Then turn off the heat. Allow the pressure to be released on it’s from the pressure cooker.

Open the pressure cooker, mash the dals (lentils) along with the spinach. Set it aside.

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For the tempering:

Heat a pan, add ghee. Once it’s hot, add the crushed garlic, hing, jeera (cumin seeds) and the slit chillies. Let these splatter for about a minute, once the garlic turns golden brown, turn off the flame and add the ready tempering to the dal.

Mix well and serve hot with a dash of lemon juice. 

Turn this dal into a vegan option by replacing ghee (clarified butter) with refined oil or olive oil. 

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Serve with steamed rice, achaari gobhi, bharwaa mirchi and some salad😀

Love,

Shreya💖

 

Dal ki Dulhan | Wholewheat Dumplings in a Spiced Lentil Broth

I can feel the nip in the air….can you?! The mornings are so awesome, I love the fog…things look different when there’s fog. I can stand by the window and go on looking at the sky..but…I obviously cannot do that everyday…..hubby has to go to work and I have a pile of my own work to sort through! I feel a day falls short to finish everything 😊….but the cool nights are a welcome change these days…curl up on my couch with a good movie on the television and my hubby to keep me company 😘😘😘…I love winters!!

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And I obviously love the food that winters bring…everything is fresh and bright! I can eat things which I crave all year during winters 😁 heheh…yeah..I do put on some weight around this season..and I ensure my hubby does too!!! In hindsight, he increases his workout duration to compensate for all the Gajar ka Halwa 😹

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Sooo…i decided I must share another of my family recipes here with you guys…specially made in the winters! Again..it is my Mom’s recipe…she makes the best Dal ki Dulhan in the world! At least for me, she does! My sisters, dad and I just never seem to have enough of it whenever she’d make it😘 I am sure, every family makes it differently in terms of the flavour but the method remains the same. So when Mom was visiting us a few weeks back, she taught me this recipe too…:) but this is less complicated, she let me do all of the handiwork as well!! I must say, I did a pretty neat job for a first timer with ‘dulhan’!!

Essentially, this dish is typical to U.P ano Bihar. A one-pot meal….I’d call it as another version of Dal-Roti if you must! Dal ki Dulhan is nothing but mildly seasoned whole-wheat flour dumplings in a garlic flavoured, achaari dal with an aromatic Tadka (tempering) of ghee and hing (asafoetida). Yes, you got that right…achaari dal 😊 It’s served on it’s own or with sliced onions and more ghee on the top…or you can have it just like a soup…a very rustic, desi soup!

It’s one the most healthy things you can make for your family….:)

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pressure cooker, rolling pin, rolling board, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:
For the Dal:
1/2 cup tuar dal (split pigeon peas)
2+1/2 cup water
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Stuffed Red chilly pickle as needed (if you don’t have stuffed red chilly pickle, add the oil and the spices from any other North Indian style spicy pickle)

Method:
Wash the Dal and soak it in 2+1/2 cups of water for 15 mins. Pressure cook the Dal with salt and turmeric for 2-3 whistles. Let the steam release on it’s own. Set the cooked dal aside.

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For the dulhan:
1 cup wholewheat flour
salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp ajwain (carrom seeds)
2 tsp ghee
water as needed

Method:
In a large bowl, take wholewheat flour, season with salt and ajwain. Add ghee and rub it with the flour for a couple of minutes. Then add water, very little at a time and knead a stiff dough. Cover the dough with a kitchen napkin and set it aside for 15 minutes.

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Later, make small lemon sized balls of the dough. The to make the designs, follow the pictures below. Or you can keep them simple by rolling out small thick roti like shapes too.
Keep all the rolled dough balls aside on a plate.

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Heat the Dal once again until it boils, add the pickle spices (the stuffing from the red chilly pickle, I add about 1 tbsp) and mix well. Then add the shaped dough dumplings into the boiling dal and reduce the flames to the lowest setting. These shaped dough dumplings need to cook in the boiling dal for the next 15 minutes. Once they are cooked, turn off the flame and cover with a lid.

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For the tempering:
2 tbsp ghee
8-9 garlic cloves
2 nos whole red chillies
1/2 tsp jeera seeds
a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:
Heat ghee in a small pan, add the hing followed by the red chillies, jeera and crushed garlic. Stir everything around for a minute or two. Once these ingredients start crackling, add the tadka (tempering) to the cooked Dal ki Dulhan. Mix well.

Garnish with chopped coriander and serve piping hot!

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Comfort food at it’s best…specially in winters ☺️

Love,

Shreya 💝

Achaari Aloo Gobhi | Vegan and Glutenfree Cauliflower and Potato Stir Fry

“Can we have cauliflower for dinner”….I hear this at least three times a week! And no I don’t cook cauliflower that often….lol! I mean if my hubby had his way, I’d probably be cooking it almost every other day but it’s more of ‘my kitchen, my rules’ kind of a thing with me. Besides, I usually plan the entire weeks menu over the weekend…so, I exactly know when he’ll be having his beloved cauliflower next 🤗

It’s not that I am not fond of this vegetable, it’s just that I can only have it sometimes and it has to be spicy, full of flavour and not in a curry….I feel it looses all it’s flavour when added to a curry…that’s how I feel!

That’s why I am sharing today’s recipe…this has to a be a hands down winner for me when I am eating cauliflower cooked in the Indian way….North Indian to be more specific. This again comes from my Mom’s kitchen…and it’s finger licking good. This is made at least once in a week at my place as my hubby likes this semi-dry version better than a gravy too!

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Achaari Aloo Gobhi…. this is a no onion no garlic recipe which needs very little preparation, except that we make a fresh spice mix (masala) to add to this recipe made from whole spices like cloves (laung), cardamom (elaichi), etc. These spices along with other powdered spices adds flavour to the cauliflower and potatoes.

If you like, you can add some green peas and other seasonal veggies to the cauliflower and potatoes as well. Else, add some water and make a gravy of it…enjoy with Tahri (veg rice). We usually enjoy the semi dry version with Laccha Paratha (see step wise pictorial recipe here)….and some Bharwa Hari Mirch (click here for recipe)

Let’s make you some spicy, rustic style Achaari Aloo Gobhi👌🏼..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a slotted spoon, a mortar-pestle or a small blender, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

300 gms fresh cauliflower florets

2 nos. small potatoes

2 tbsp mustard oil (we use mustard oil, feel free to use regular refined oil. However, the real zing of the achaari flavour comes from mustard oil)

1/2 tsp paanch phoran (click here to see the picture) contains a mix of cumin seeds, Nigella seeds, whole black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp degi mirch powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp fresh ginger paste

1/4 tsp amchur powder (dry mango powder)

salt to taste

For the spice mix:

4-5 nos. cloves (laung)

1 nos. black cardamom

1 inch cinnamon stick

7-8 nos. black peppercorns

To garnish:

fresh coriander leaves

Method:

Cut, peel and wash the cauliflower florets. Drain all the water completely. Keep the size of each of the florets on the medium side as they must cook well but not turn mushy and disintegrate completely.

Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into medium sized cubes. Again, don’t keep them too small else they’ll just become a mash!

For the spice mix:

Dry roast cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and cinnamon for 4-5 mins. Once they release their aroma, turn off the flame and let them cool down completely. Grind them to a fine powder in the blender or keep them slightly coarse if using a mortar-pestle. The entire quantity of this spice mix won’t be used in this recipe, store the excess in a dry, airtight jar. It stays fresh for upto 20 days. You can use that in any vegetarian or non-vegetarian preparation or even for Biryanis and Pilafs.

Next, heat oil in the wok, once it hot, add the paanch phoran and hing. Let them splatter.

Next, add the cubed potatoes and the cauliflower florets. Add salt to taste and turmeric. Mix these well. Cook for about 5-6 mins on low flame.

Next goes in the ginger paste along with cumin powder, coriander powder, degi mirch, red chilli powder. Mix well so that the spices coat everything. Cook for 5 mins without a lid, then cover the wok with a lid and cook for another 10 mins.

After 10 mins, the potatoes are done and the cauliflower needs about another 5 mins of cooking. At this point add 3/4 tsp of the fresh spice mix and give everything a good toss.

Once again, cover the wok with a lid and let the cauliflower cook out for the next 4-5 mins. If the cauliflower is still undercooked, you can let them cook for another 5 mins but ensure that they do not turn too mushy.

Lastly, add the amchur powder and mix well. Turn off the flame.

Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve with piping hot Phulkas and some Dhaba Style Dal Makhani (click  here for the recipe). I usually serve all this with an onion salad that has a lot lemon juice, some salt and a bit of freshly cracked black pepper! And we are in bliss….😀

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This is something which has to be a part of our ‘soul food’ spreads …. if you are in the mood for rice…then this goes so well with some Dal and Chawal too!

Love,

Shreya💖

Bharwa Hari Mirch | Spicy Stuffed Green Chillies | GF vegan recipe

So, now that Diwali is done and dusted with…and having gorged on like a ton of sweets and chocolates..I don’t think I will be having anything sweet for a while!! Lol! My otherwise sweet and ‘meetha’ loving hubby too agrees with me on this😂 Now that’s a serious relief for at least a few days…no more worrying about dessert every night! He will be wanting light, non greasy but spicy food…as will I!!!!!! 

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So coming to today’s recipe…Bharwa Hari Mirch. This can be made in so many different ways, some are stuffed with spicy potato filling, coated with gram flour mixture and then deep fried or baked (baking them is the latest fad to keep things healthy, but for me it tastes no where close to the authentic version). Some recipes call for a sweet and spicy filling of lentils as a filling and then they are later shallow fried in the pan until the green chillies char a bit on the outside! Wow…all of them are absolutely yum and bring a balance of flavours to any platter.

There is another version of these stuffed Hari Mirch which I will be sharing soon…😍

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These, as you can see aren’t filled with anything even remotely complicated. I think Diwali prepping took care of that for a while😂….these are filled…and generously at that, with the most basic spice mix that one can find in any pantry and they are my Mom’s signature instant Bharwa Mirchi. I can assure you that these will get you hooked! They have the correct balance of tang and heat…nothing sweet! I mean, you can add some sugar to the filling but that won’t be as delicious as having them in their original avatar! Besides, these are a must make during winters…when instant pickles are enjoyed with parathasdal Chawal or practically any meal. …yummm!

Anyways, for these I have used organic green chillies, the thick variety, easily available with the onset of winters. They were pretty hot but I let the seeds stay intact. You can discard them if you feel they will be too much handle. Let’s make them, shall we?!

Yield: serves 3-4

Equipment: a kitchen towel, a pointed knife, measuring spoons, a skillet, a clean and dry glass/porcelain jar to store them.

Ingredients:

10-12 organic green chillies (the thicker variety which is usually available during winters)

2 tsp amchur powder  (dry mango)

salt to taste

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

3-4 tbsp refined oil

Method:

Wash the whole chillies under running water but carefully as we don’t want to loose the stems.

Wipe them dry. Let them air dry as well for 15-20 mins. They must be absolutely free of any moisture.

Tip: These chillies are usually medium hot. Therefore, I always let the seeds stay intact. However, if they are very hot or you cannot handle the heat, feel free to de-seed them after they ha e dried completely.

To make the incision, keep the chillies straight on a board or hold them and using a pointed knife, cut them down the centre from the top to the bottom edge, carefully not to split them as you do so. See the picture below.

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For the filling: Mix together amchur powder, salt and asafoetida in a bowl.

To stuff: Using a spoon fill each chilly with generous quantities of the filling mix but ensure that the stem and the entire chilly stays intact as you stuff them.

Heat oil in a skillet, once it’s hot, add the stuffed chillies and toss them in the oil for about 8-10 mins. They will shrink as they cook and the filling will ooze out in places. That’s it, remove them from the skillet and serve them hot or cold with your meal. These keep well in the refrigerator for upto a week in a glass or porcelain jar.

Pair them up with my Benarasi Samosas for that lip smacking evening snack!

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Do try these soon…

Love,

Shreya💖

Awadhi Dal | Lucknowi Dal

Awadhi cuisine belongs to the royal city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The cuisine boasts of rich flavours, use of milk, cream, yogurt and the delicious aroma which comes from the use of saffron, cardamom and other whole spices in most preparations. 

Awadhi cuisine (Mughlai cuisine) is hugely influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, namely dum style (cooking food on low flame for long hours) to infuse the flavours! Similar cooking patterns of cooking are found Hyderabad and parts of Punjab too. 

Lucknow is very famous for non- vegetarian fare ..namely biryanis, kebabs and other meat preparations. However, most households in Uttar Pradesh are pure vegetarians and do not eat meat and that is where you will find flavoursome vegetarian  mughlai or awadhi food. Paneer (cottage cheese), fried potatoes, pulses, etc form the base of such vegetarian meals that are essentially flavoured with whole spice and slow cooked. One such mouthwatering, rich preparation is Awadhi Dal a.k.a. Dal Sultani or Lucknowi Dal. 

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This dal is an extremely flavourful, aromatic and a rich preparation. Simple cooking techniques that are fast and ensure authentic taste.

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If you are looking to give your everyday dal Chawal a regal makeover, then this is the recipe for you! Everyday ingredients and a bit of magic is all that goes into making this bowl which makes you feel no less than a royalty yourself 😀

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pressure cooker, small pan, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup tur dal (split pigeon peas)

2 cup water

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1″ cinnamon stick (dalchini)

2 nos. bay leaves (tej pata)

2-3 nos. cloves (laung)

2 nos. green cardamom (choti Elaichi)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/4 cup fresh yogurt (dahi)

1/4 cup milk

5-6 strands of Kesar (saffron)

chopped coriander to garnish

For the tempering:

2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

1/2 tsp jeera dana (cumin seeds)

1 tsp chopped green chillies

a generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Method:

Wash the dal and soak it in 2 cups of water for 15 mins.

In a pressure cooker, add the water and the soaked dal. Season with salt, red chillie powder, turmeric, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and ginger garlic paste.

Mix them all well. Turn on the flame and let the dal and the spices come to a slow boil (take about 10 mins). Put the lid of the pressure cooker and cook it for 2-3 whistles.

Let the steam release slowly on it’s own from the cooker.

In the mean while, soak Kesar in 1 tsp of milk and let it rest.

Also, whisk curd until smooth and add the remaining milk to it. Whisk again to make a smooth paste. Set it aside.

Open the pressure cooker, remove all the whole spices. Now, add the saffron (Kesar) infused milk to the dal. Mix them well and mash the dal with the back of your spoon as you mix.

Now, let the dal cool down a bit for 5 mins. Then, add the whisked milk and curd paste. Mix it well with the dal. Boil the dal for another 4-5 mins on low flame. Turn off the flame.

Prepare the tempering: 

Heat ghee in a pan, add jeera, hing and chopped chillies and let all splutter for 1 min.

Add this tempering to the dal, garnish with chopped coriander and serve piping hot with plain rice, Tehri (North Indian mixed veg rice) or with Laccha Parathas. Add a squirt of lime juice for that extra tang with the spiciness of the green chillies 😊

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Also try my Dhaba Style Dal Makhani and Rajasthani Dal Panchmel. 

Love,

Shreya💖

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