Category: Main Course

Veg Chilli Milli

Being a fan of restaurant style gravies/ sides….I am often looking forward to make them at home too! Veg Chilli Milli is one such side which tastes excellent and has many veggies which makes it healthy 🤓 

And it also goes very well with some Wholewheat Tawa Naan or Methi Makka Roti👌🏼🤗..however is served with some plain Parathas this time around as my hubby wanted to have them.

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This definitely is something that you will want to have again and again…🍽🍛 and really easy to make too!

Let’s get started…

Yield: serves 2-3

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

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded cabbage

1/2 cup sliced carrots

1/2 cup great peas

1/2 cup sliced capsicum

3/4 cup finely chopped onions

3 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 cup chopped tomatoes

12-14 nos. cashews soaked in warm water for 15 mins

2-3 sliced green chillies

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp coriander pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1-2 each of black cardamom, green cardamom, bay leaf & cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp jeera seeds

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tsp garam masala pwd

2-3 tbsp Amul cream

1 tsp kasuri methi

1 tsp lemon juice

coriander leaves to garnish

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Method:

Make a smooth purée of the tomatoes & soaked cashews without adding any water. Set it aside.

Heat oil in the pan, add all the whole spices, jeera & hing. Let them splatter for a min. Then add the chopped onions & chillies. Cook until they onions turn golden. Then add the purée, turmeric, degi mirch, coriander pwd & ginger-garlic paste, stir well and cook until the raw smell goes away. The paste will start leaving the oil around the edges once it’s cooked.

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Next, add the cabbage, capsicum, carrot & peas. Season with salt and mix well. Cover & cook until the veggies are soft. That takes about 7-10 mins on medium flame. Then add the cream and garam masala. Mix well. If needed, you can add some water to correct the consistency.

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Let it cook for about 5-8 mins. Finally add kasuri methi & lemon juice. Stir well & garnish. Serve with Rotis/ Parathas.

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Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!! 😊

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from VROI

Vada Pav

A typical Mumbaiiya staple….if you’ve ever been in Mumbai or lived here for as long as I have…Vada Pav will be your go-to meal on the move! It’s famous as an Indian Burger…but I don’t like calling it that…for me, it’s Aamchi Mumbai’s Vada Pav with Spicy Dry Chutney! 😊👌😋😋

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It brings a smile on my face each time I have had one! Ever since schooling days…till date, it’s happens to be one of my absolute favourites! And the best part is…my hubby loves it too! 😀 So, that way I can even make some at home whenever I like…and he enjoys it just as much😎..almost every Mumbaikar knows how to make these at home! It’s too easy😜

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This spicy..dry garlic chutney is a must with Vada Pav along with fried green chillies! And making this chutney at home barely takes 5 mins! The Pav that you see here is store bought…..what do you expect from me?!! 😬😬

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Doesn’t that look deliciously inviting! Spicy potato mash coated with a light batter…deep fried until crispy, served between soft Pav with some chutney….I could live on this stuff👌👌

Let’s get cooking…

Yield: 7-8 vadas

Equipment: a wok, a coulpe of mixing bowl, a slotted spoon, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender.

Ingredients:

For the Vada:

5 nos. large, boiled & mashed potatoes

2 tbsp oil

3 tbsp on ginger-garlic-green chilli paste

7-8 nos curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

salt to taste

For the batter:

1 cup Besan (gram flour)

water as needed

1/4 tsp baking soda

salt to taste

oil to deep fry

Method:

To start with the vada, heat oil in a wok, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves. Once they crackle, add ginger-garlic-green chilli paste. Sauté for 2 mins, then add the lemon juice, turmeric pwd & salt to taste. Stir and add the mashed potatoes. Mix everything well. That’s it. Set it aside to cool. Once it’s cool enough, make equal sized balls and set them aside.

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Now, to get the batter ready, mix salt & besan with some water and make smooth, thick batter. Add the soda too and mix again. The consistency should be thick so that it coats the potato balls.

To fry them, heat enough oil in a wok, once it’s hot enough, reduce the flame to medium. Now, dip each potato ball in the batter and coat it well all over and drop it in the oil. You can drop 2-3 balls at one go, fry them until golden and crispy on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper. The vadas are done.

For the chutney:

2 tbsp red chilli pwd

9-10 cloves of garlic

4 tbsp dedicated coconut pwd

2 tbsp raita boondi

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

Method:

Grind all the ingredients except the oil in a blender to a coarse texture. Now, heat oil and sauté the ground mixture for 3-4 mins. That’s it. The chutney is ready too.

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To assemble:

Take a Pav, slit it in half and sprinkle some dry chutney and place a Vada in between & press it down…enjoy with some fried green chillies! 😊👌

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Grab one…you’ll be hooked😉

Love,

Shreya💓

Recipe of the chutney is Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor. 

Rawa Dosa

This happens to be my hubby’s favourite variety of Dosa…specially when he’s at any Udupi restaurants around here. It’s crispy, crunchy and really flavourful! 👌 

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We usually make it at home on weekends…as a healthy and filling brunch…paired with my Mom’s spicy & simple coconut chutney. The crispy Dosa goes so well with the earthiness of the this grassy green chutney. Although you can have some potato masala or a spicy sambhar to go with it too. Or even my fiery Schezwan Chutney! 😉

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This a really common preparation in most homes…being instant & super easy to make..although, a few ingredients here and there & the proportions may vary…but the results are always mouthwatering! Here’s my take..

For the Dosa

Yield: 4-5 Dosas

Equipment: a non stick pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl, a ladle.

Ingredients:

1 cup Rawa/ sooji (semolina)

3 tbsp rice flour

1/2 tbsp maida (APF)

salt to taste

1 tsp whole peppercorns

1-2 tbsp chopped cashews

1 tsp chopped curry leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tbsp chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp grated ginger

1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)

water as needed

oil to cook the Dosa

Method:

Take all the dry ingredients in the bowl, stir them well. Then add water and make a runny batter. Let it sit for 5-7 mins.

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Heat the pan, and spread a ladleful of the batter on the pan…and drizzle some oil around the pan. Cook on low heat for about 5-6 mins…you need to cook it that long as it will crisp up..and there is no need to flip over to cook the other side. Once done, it starts leaving the pan from the edges. That’s it, your Rawa Dosa is ready! Serve it piping hot😀

(P.S. Stir the batter well before pouring out the next ladleful!)

For the chutney:

It’s really simple… Gives you about a big bowlful.

1 freshly grated coconut, about 1 bunch of coriander leaves, 2-3 green chillies & some salt. Grind these with some water.

Adjust the seasoning. You can temper it if you like..although I usually don’t do it! Done! This chutney stays fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Doesn’t that look absolutely tempting😬😉 they taste so good..

Love,

Shreya💓

Dhaba Style Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is everyone’s favourite dal when we are at restaurants or dhabas! ☺️ Rustic flavours with the robustness of Garam Masalas and the rich creaminess make it very irresistible. 

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It’s our favourite too…specially when we visit our favourite Dhaba on the outskirts of the city. It tastes just heavenly with some rotis and sliced onions! That’s all…no need to complicate things!

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I have tried many recipe for dal makhani earlier too…but was never really satisfied with the outcome. Recently, when we were at this Dhaba again…I had the luck to find out a secret from the chef himself to make this dal taste absolutely divine! I couldn’t wait to come home and try it again! It tasted just like the one we ate at the Dhaba…so easy that I couldn’t believe I had finally made it just the way we loved it ☺️👌 although he didn’t specify the exact quantity of the ingredients but I had to adjust it according to the quantity I was making for us.

Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Rajma (kidney beans)

1/2 cup black whole urad dal

2 cups water

salt to taste

4 tbsp butter

1/4 tsp hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tbsp ghee

1 cup chopped onions

5-6 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1-2 nos. black cardamom

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1/4 tsp sugar

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp fennel pwd (saunf pwd)

1/2 tsp Garam masala

1/4 cup fresh cream

chopped coriander & fresh cream to garnish

Method:

Soak the lentils for 6-7 hours. Then pressure cook them with 2 cups of water and some salt until they are soft and mushy. Approximately 6-7 whistles are enough. Let the pressure release on its own before you open the lid.

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Heat ghee & butter together in the wok. Then add the hing, cardamom, chopped onions, chillies & ginger-garlic paste. Cook until they are slightly golden and the raw smell goes away.

(The chef’s tip of adding fennel pwd is what makes a lot of difference due to its earthy aroma & tasted like the one we eat at the dhabas). Then add all the masalas except Garam masala. Sauté well for about 5-7 mins. Then add the tomato. Season with salt & sugar.

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Also add the Garam masala now. Cook for another 2-3 mins…or until the tomatoes are mushy and the oil floats around the masalas, then add the boiled lentils with it’s water too. Mix well and let it cook for 7-8 mins. Then add the cream and let the dal boil for 15 mins on low flame. Keep stirring it around a few times. You can add some water to adjust the consistency too. That’s it…the dal is ready! You can garnish with some coriander and cream before serving. Enjoy it warm with any roti or some rice and salad 😁

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Comfort food at it’s best….😉

Love,

Shreya💖

P.S. If you don’t have fennel pwd, you can make some by roasting it for a couple of mins just to heat it up…the colour mustn’t change and then grinding/ pounding it well.

Nimona/ Green Peas Curry

Winters for us are incomplete if we don’t make Nimona… Rustic flavours and hints of spice make this a family favourite! 👌😊 

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The onset of winters brings really soft and sweet green peas….and this one of the best ways to enjoy the fresh produce. Nimona is best enjoyed with some short grained rice…lots of salad..a dash of lime and a healthy drizzle of melted ‘ghee‘ over it all! A soul warming meal…☺️

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My Mom makes the best Nimona…hands down! It’s a family recipe which I am sharing today…it’s so delicious & healthy.

Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup coarsely ground fresh raw green peas

1/2 cup shelled fresh raw green peas

1/2 cup cauliflower florets

1/2 cup cubed potato

1/2 cup sliced onions

1-2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 cup cubed tomato

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (use any oil of your choice)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

1-2 nos Bay leaf

1 nos. slit green chilly

1/2 tbsp cumin pwd

1/2 tbsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp degi mirch

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala 

salt to taste

lemon juice as needed

Method:

Heat oil in the wok, shallow fry the cubes of potatoes & cauliflower florets until golden brown, drain them from the oil and set aside.

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Now, add bay leaf, Jeera & hing in the same oil. Once these crackle a bit, add the onions & ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until golden brown. Then add all the spices except salt & Garam masala. Cook until the oil is seperated from the spices. Now, add tomatoes and cook again until the oil seperates once again.

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Then, add the ground green peas and sauté for 5-8 mins on low heat. Season with salt at this stage & add the garam masala. Give it a good mix…add the fried veggies now. Sauté for 4-5 mins to incorporate the flavours. Now add some water to correct he consistency of the gravy and cover to let it boil for about 5-8 mins on low heat. That’s it….turn off the heat…taste and adjust the seasonings. Add a dash of lemon juice! Enjoy 😬

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Make the most of the Winters….😀

Love,

Shreya💖

Poha/ Matar Poha

I have memories of countless weekends….my breakfast/ brunch would be Sunshine on a Platter…yes! That’s what Poha has always been for me…and my Mom makes the world’s best Poha! Hands down! 😘😘😘we’d fill our tummies with it..and then skip lunch. Some well deserved rest for Mom…what are weekends for then!? 

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She would even pack this for our lunch boxes sometimes..but I must confess – it tastes best when you have it piping hot! Straight out of the wok..onto your plates..no frills…just some home style cooking👌👌

She had learnt to make this almost 43 years ago..when she had come to Mumbai post her wedding….and ever since then it’s her Signature Dish! That’s because she changed the ingredients a bit to make something similar to one of her favourites from U.P./ Bihar..’chuda matar’ (‘chuda’ means beaten rice flakes and ‘matar’ is green peas)..often eaten as snacks😁 we don’t usuall add any Sev or peanuts while serving it….but you can😛

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, a colander, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2  cup Poha (thick variety/ Jada Poha)

3 tbsp oil

1 nos. sliced onion

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

2 nos. chopped green chilli

5-6 nos. Kari Patta (curry leaves)

1/2 cup green peas

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp grated ginger

salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar

juice of 1 lemon

chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Firstly, we need to moisten the poha. For that, take sieved poha in n colander, pour 1 cup water over it. Let the water drain well. Keep it aside. Make sure you don’t drown it in any more water else, you will end up with a big lump of mushy poha.

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Now, heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot, add mustard seeds & hing. Let them crackle a bit. Then add onions, curry leaves, ginger & chillies. Cook on medium flame until the onions turn golden colour. The season with salt, sugar & turmeric pwd. Add 1 tsp of water if needed to avoid the ingredients to stick at the bottom. Also add in the peas. Cook for about 5-6 mins. Stir in the moistened poha next. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add lemon juice. Mix & garnish with chopped coriander leaves😊 enjoy it piping hot!

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Try this…it’s just so yummy! You will be  hooked 😬

Love,

Shreya 💗

Schezwan Paneer

Schezwan Paneer or Chilly Paneer happens to be one of my favourite starters when I am at a restaurant….😁 perfectly spiced sauce with juicy paneer makes it irresistible for many of us! 

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Veggies give it a lovely crunch in between bites of velvety sauce..👌..this is something so easy to make at home.. I am sure everyone has their own version. So do I! I keep making it often and never really follow a recipe! But one thing that I try to always use is my Homemade Schezwan Sauce for making this! The flavours are so awesome…just like the restaurant style Schezwan Paneer! 😉

Here’s the easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms cubed paneer (cottage cheese, or you can use tofu too)

1/2 cup cubes of capsicum

1/2 cup cubes of onion

8-9 cloves of garlic sliced roughly

5 tbsp Schezwan Sauce

salt to taste

sugar to taste

4 tbsp oil

1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it’s hot, add the sliced garlic. Let it turn golden brown, then add the cubes veggies and season with salt & sugar. Cook until these they a slightly soft but not completely cooked. They must retain their colour as well.

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Then add the cubed paneer and Schezwan sauce. Give them all a mix but be careful not to break the cubes of paneer. Cook for about 5 mins. Turn off the flame and serve it hot. This goes well with some Hakka Noodles or Fried Rice too👌☺️

Garnish with some sesame seeds if you want to.

(*Please note that I haven’t added any extra soy or chilly sauce as my Homemade Schezwan Sauce is spicy enough. You can add extra sauce if you’d like it to be more spicy)

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There you go…your Restaurant Style Schezwan Paneer is ready…within minutes! 😀

Love,

Shreya💕

Homemade Schezwan Sauce

We Indians love our Indo-Chinese cuisines to the hilt! 😜 I am no different….I am crazy for the all of them…😊

And Schezwan Sauce happens to be my favourite…ever since I first tasted it as a dip along with some Spring Rolls long back! I just fell in love with the fiery, tangy and the mild sweetness all at once!

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I even started buying this sauce by a popular brand…however it was obviously full of synthetic preservatives & added colours. So not exactly the healthiest option. So I looked up a few recipes & found one which was perfect. It tastes fiery and absolutely lip-smacking! 😬😬😉

*Please note that I have used fresh red chillies as they are in season now. However, you can use dried chillies, just soak them in warm water for 1 hour & de-seed if you wish to reduce the heat. Then, continue with this recipe.

*We don’t like a very chunky texture hence, I grind the ginger & garlic with the chillies. You can cook them with the onions.

Let’s start the recipe..

Yield: approx 400 gms

Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms chopped fresh red chillies (de-seed if needed)

1/4 cup chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped ginger

5 tbsp oil

6 tbsp vinegar (I used Apple Cider vinegar, you can use any variety but avoid balsamic or a darker vinegar)

4 tbsp soy sauce (I used light soy)

2 tbsp ketchup (add more if you like it sweeter)

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

1 tsp cornstarch/ cornflour

salt to taste

Method:

Grind together chopped chillies, ginger & garlic using 2 tbsp of vinegar to a smooth paste. Set it aside.

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Then, heat oil in the wok and sauté the onions until translucent. Next add the paste you have kept aside. Cook for 5-8 mins on low flame. Season with salt, add the remaining vinegar & the sauces too. Mix well. Then dilute cornstarch/ cornflour with 2 tbsp water & add it to the simmering sauce, keep stirring continuously for a few mins. Let the sauce again simmer for about 5 mins. That’s it…turn off the heat and cool completely before storing in glass/ porcelain bottles.

It stays well in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks although I have stored it for almost 45 days with no change in flavour & colour.

Serve it with any & every snacks 😜

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Try this today…I promise, you won’t be buying this anymore! 😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from Sharmis Passions & Khana Khazana

Tehri/ Tahri

If you are a North Indian, you will be very familiar with Tehri/ Tahri☺️..it’s a famous winter staple. We specially wait for all kinds of fresh winter produce to go ahead and make this! It’s my absolute favourite variety among all rice preparations👌👌😁

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It’s such a rustic combination of freshest veggies…some fragrant spices and rice! I believe it can be anyone’s favourite one-pot meal….soul food for me though! I usually have it with some Raita & Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney.…a really fabulous combo…

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I always follow my Mom’s delicious recipe….I make no changes! Doesn’t need any…it’s just too good😘

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 2-3

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, a lid for the wok.

Ingredients:

1 cup basmati rice (washed & soaked for approx 20 mins)

2 cups cleaned, dried & roughly cubed mixed veggies (I use carrots, peas, potato, paneer, French beans, cauliflower, etc….anything you like)

1 cup sliced onions

1 nos. slit green chilli

1 tsp ginger paste

a handful of mixed whole spices – an inch piece of cinnamon stick, 2-3 black cardamom, 2-3 green cardamom, 1 bay leaf, 2-4 cloves, 4-5 black peppercorns.

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp each of coriander & cumin pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

water as needed to cook the rice

salt to taste

3 tbsp refined oil + 1 tbsp pure ghee

chopped coriander leaves to garnish.

Method:

Heat oil & ghee in the wok. Then add all the whole spices, Jeera & hing. Let these splutter for a few mins. Then add the slit green chilli & sliced onions. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Then add the cubed veggies, salt & other spices mentioned above along with Garam masala & ginger paste. Mix well and cook for 7-8 mins on medium flame.

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Then add the soaked rice. Keep sautéing for a couple of mins. Then add enough water so that it just covers the top of the rice and veggies but not too much. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 8-10 mins. Open the cover and give it a stir. The water will have been absorbed by now, turn off the flame, cover and let it rest for 5 mins before it serving piping hot! Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and a dash of lime juice!

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Give it a try…and you will love it!

Love,

Shreya💞

P.S. Non- Vegetarians can add chicken/meat in place of veggies and follow the same recipe…you will end up with a great one-pot meal!

Methi Aloo (Fenugreek Green with Potato)

Winters are here….though it’s not too chilly yet, but I can feel it in the air. Specially early mornings are so pleasant! The Sun looks kinda bleak these days…& it’s my favourite time of the year😊

It’s also when I love eating everything wintery! From a yummy platter of Litti Choka to spicy mouthfuls of Samose ki Chaat 😀👌…and along with these…I also like enjoying something as yummy and humble as the Methi Aloo…in my Mom’s style😋 which is so delicious and not at all bitter! Infact, it’s anything but bitter!!

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It’s too simple to make this..very few ingredients and it is ready in a matter of minutes😉…a typical North Indian style preparation. I packed this for my hubby’s lunch box today and saved some for my lunch! Enjoyed it with some salad & hot rotis👌

Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, mess cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

500 gms washed & finely chopped methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

3 nos. potatoes peeled & cubed

1 nos. chopped tomato

2 nos. whole dry red chilli

4-5 cloves of garlic

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp Garam masala 

3 tbsp mustard oil ( you can use refined oil too)

Method:

Heat oil in a wok, once the oil smokes (if using mustard oil, don’t smoke it if you are using refined oil), reduce the flame and add the potatoes and stir fry on low flame for 5 mins. They will turn golden brown. Then add the whole red chillies & crushed garlic. Sauté for 2 mins. The add the chopped methi leaves & season with salt and turmeric pwd. Mix well and let the cook for a few mins. You can cover with a lid if you wish. I don’t because methi cooks very fast and a cover isn’t required.

How to make Aloo Methi Recipe for Methi aloo Polkapuffs Indian recipes

Once the methi leaves are cooked well, add the tomatoes and again cook for 5-8 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Once that’s done, add garam masala and mix everything well. Just cook for another 2 mins. That’s it! It’s ready. (What actually works in reducing the bitterness is the tomato & the garlic)

Serve it piping hot! 😄

How to make Aloo Methi Recipe for Methi aloo Polkapuffs Indian recipes

Hope you like this…it’s just perfect for this season. You can have it with some rice & dal too!! 😬

Love,

Shreya💞

 

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