Split Black Gram with fish.


  1. Split Black Gram or Chana Dal – 300 gms.
  2. Basa Fish Fillet – 250 gms.(4 pieces, approximately).
  3. Salt – According to taste.
  4. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  5. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Ginger -Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  7. Tomato Puree – 2 tbsp.
  8. Cumin or Jeera Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Coriander Powder or Dhania Powder – 1 tsp.
  10. Cumin – 1tsp.
  11. Bay Leaf -2.
  12. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  13. Vegetable Oil – for shallow frying.


Step 1 – Wash and cut the fish into large pieces.Rub salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder and some garlic onto them.

Step 2 – Shallow fry the fish in a non-stick pan and keep aside.Pressure cook the split black gram or chana dal till soft and done.

Step 3 – Take a pan and some vegetable oil, then splutter a pinch of cumin and two bay leaves in it.Now add the finely chopped onions along with ginger-garlic paste in it.Fry it for five minutes.Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and fry.Now add tomato puree,garam masala and fry again.When the masalas seem to be cooked add the boiled chana dal and some water to make a thick gravy.Let it come to a boil.Now mix the fish and let it simmer for two minutes.Garnish with coriander.IMG_2744.JPG

Our chana dal with shallow fried fish is ready.Serve it with tandoori rotis, tortillas, fried rice and the like.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!




Mystery Blogger Award.

Hi there,my beautiful and talented friends,I am so happy to tell you that I have been nominated by SaumyaAnandaKrishnan of Pamper ur taste buds blog for Mystery Blogger Award.

I give my wholehearted thanks to Saumya for nominating me.The award is sure a spirit booster for me.Such awards propel the emergent or even established bloggers to do better and keep learning about people,cultures,food,customs and much more.And they sure keep our interest hooked for better blogging.Saumya is an upcoming and talented blogger,her recipes are great in quality and I wish her all the very best for her activity.Do take a look at her blog to find something interesting for sure.

This award was actually created by Okoto Enigma of https://okotoenigmasblog.com/my-greatest-creation-yet/.

RULES:—1.Put the award logo/image on your blog post.

2.List the rules.

3.Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.

4.Mention the creator of the award and provide a link.

5.Tell readers 3 things about yourself.

6.Answer the questions the blogger gave to you .

7.Nominate 10-20 people.

8.Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.

9.Ask nominees 5 questions of your choice (one weird/funny question).

10.Share link to your best post(s).

Three things about me are

1.I am a very positive person and I love my family.I am totally dedicated for their welfare and well being.I am homely and a fun loving person by heart.

2.I am fond of cooking and experimenting with different stuff and processes and coming up with a new dish.I love all kinds of cuisines and am inquisitive to know more.

3.I like nature,and listen to melodious numbers from around the world.I also like to make new friends and that too for lifetime.Also I like to keep people around me comfy and happy.

My answers.

1.Tell me one thing that you love about yourself.

The one thing in me that I love is my humility and dedication towards my family.I love   to make all around me happy.

2.What’s your favourite dessert?

It’s rice phirni. I love its smooth texture and I love it in evenings.

3.What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you?

A funny incident that I remember till today happened when I had just got married to my hubby and he had been appointed the secretary of the club of Guwahati where he had just joined.Now he was directing a skit on the occasion of Wive’s Nite of which he was the team head and on the day of the program he told me that he would come after work and then he would go to club for the program.But on that day at 5 o’clock in the evening a sardarji by the name of Gurpal Singh came to my house and started to ask me about my husband’s whereabouts.I said he was not home till then but he insisted on waiting.So he sat down and talked but he talked so much that I now wished he would leave.But one hour passed and he would not budge.Then I politely told him to leave but still he would not.Then I threatened him that I would call my neighbour at which he replied,well,Abha,don’t you recognise me.And then he took off his pagri and the false moustache and both of us bursted into peals of laughter.This incident has been in my memory ever since and I found it quite funny.

4.Name the person who inspires you the most.And why?

I am inspired by Maneka Gandhi,minister of woman and child development very much  who I think is a lady of power and substance with simplicity and her actions speak for her.

5.What’s the most important lesson that life has taught you so far?

The most important lesson that I have learnt is keeping self,fit,fine and healthy.According to me all is lost if you have lost your health.Keeping healthy is the smartest act and nothing compares to a healthy life.One must balance everything in life but must not put health in sidetracks.Health is no doubt the greatest wealth that everybody is entitled to on earth.

My nominees are:-1.Swetha of Swetha’s Culinary Trials.

2.Megala of Megala’s Kitchen.

3.Smart veg recipes.

4.Priya Pandian of Indian Kitchen blog.

5.Cindy of Cookiesnchemistry blog.

6.An Indian Homemaker.

7. Jyothi of The Friendly Epicurean blog.

8.Shamimshobhani of Shamimshobhani blog.

9.Crunch Crunch Away.

10.Mom’s recipe diary.

11.Panandnell of P&N blog.

12.Jasmine S. of The Richmond Avenue blog.

All of their blogs are wonderful and beautiful.Do check them out.

Questions from my side.

1.What has been your most inspiring moment of this new year?

2.What cookery book have you most recently read and liked?Why?

3.How do you define a quality blog and by what attributes?

4.What really scares you a lot?

5.What did you want to do from childhood,i.e,what was your aim which you couldn’t fulfill and what did you end up with?

The two of my popular posts are:–1.Wheat Pancakes.

2.Dahi Bhalle.

I thank my nominators,all the readers and fellow bloggers for their interest and enthusiasm they have showed me by way of likes and comments.Thanks for your support.You people are the best.

Thanks again,have a great day.



Horse Gram Dal.

Servings – 2.

Preparation Time – 15 minutes.

Hi and welcome my awesome lovely friends to my cosy food corner once again, love you all.As we all know that lentils and pulses are the great source of protein and energy today I want to share a recipe of a dal made from horse gram which is rich in many vitamins and minerals and removes stones from the stomach along with reducing cholesterol levels drastically.Today I will be making this horse gram dal with some selected veggies and hing ka tadka. You too can try it someday and if you do let me know how you liked it. I want to share this great recipe today with you folks.And thanks a lot to all my friends for liking my posts and commenting on them. I think your blogs too are very special.So the recipe is as follows:—


  1. Horse Gram Dal – 250 gms.
  2. Brinjal(big) – 1.
  3. Radish – 1/2 of 1.
  4. Tomato – 1.
  5. Salt – According to need.
  6. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp.
  7. Asafoetida – A pinch.

For the tadka

  1. Cumin- 1/2 tsp.
  2. Black mustard – 1/2 tsp.
  3. Dry red chilly – 2.
  4. Bay Leaf – 1.
  5. Vegetable oil – 1 tbsp.

For garnishing – Freshly chopped coriander.


Step 1 – Take the split horse gram in a vessel and dry roast it.Now take a pressure cooker and add the ingredients for the tadka into it.Now when it splutters add the chopped veggies, brinjal, radish and tomato and fry it for two minutes.You can add other veggies too of your choice, though here I have used the above-mentioned ones because they give a special taste to the dal. Now wash the roasted dal and add it along with salt and turmeric powder and enough water.Also, add the chopped coriander and pressure cook the dal for ten minutes or till done.I have added hing by mixing it with the water, ie, in raw form and not in tadka because this will give a special sort of taste to the dal. I generally use hing in most of my recipes except the non-vegetarian items because it gives a complete and unique taste to my dishes and is very good for digestion too.jjj

IMG_2713Our horse gram dal is ready.Serve it with steamed rice, Indian mashed potatoes, fried poppadums and rice fritters.I will share the recipe of rice fritters in my upcoming posts.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!


Dahi Bhalle.


Welcome friends to my food corner again.And happy Holi to you all. Holi is celebrated in the month of March every year in our country.It is a festival all about fun, frolic, enjoyments, lots of colour splashes and good food.On the eve of this festival two recipes which I make every year and which are liked by my loved ones are malpuas served with instant potato and broad beans pickle and split black gram dahi bhalle. Now in one of my earlier blogs I have shared with you my malpua and broad bean pickle recipe and my potato pickle recipe also.Here I’m sharing with you the recipe of dahi bhalle. So here it goes:-DSC00849.JPG

Ingredients:-For the vadas.

  1. Split Black Gram – 300 gms.
  2. Yoghurt – 1 kg.
  3. Ginger -1 small piece.
  4. Dry Coconut Flakes-1 tsp.
  5. Cumin-1/2 tsp.
  6. Raisins – 1 tsp.
  7. Green Chillies – 1.
  8. Salt – According to taste.
  9. Vegetable Oil – for frying.




Step 1 – Wash the urad dal. Soak it in water overnight.Grind it finely along with a little ginger and one green chilly the next day.Mix in a pinch of salt in the batter, dry coconut flakes, raisin and a pinch of cumin.Make a thick batter of it.

Step 2 – Heat a kadhai with enough oil.Now to fry the vadas apply little oil on your palm and take a dollop of the batter on the palm and make a hole in the middle of it.Now lift the vada from the palm and when oil is adequately hot drop it slowly in the oil.Do the same process to make all other vadas. Fry them and when the vadas become golden take them out on a tissue paper.

Step 3 – Soak the vadas in cold water and leave it for five minutes.If the bhallas are harder soak them in lukewarm water.When you want to serve them squeeze the excess water out of them.

Step 4 – Take the yoghurt in a bowl.Add a little bit of salt and if it is sour then add a pinch of sugar-free or sugar to it.Mix again.

.Now we will make our sweet and green chutneys.The recipe is as such —




  1. Dry mango powder or amchoor- 1 pkt.
  2. Ginger powder- 1/2 tsp.
  3. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  4. Salt – According to taste.
  5. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp.
  6. Sugar-1 1/2 cups.
  7. Water- as required.


Step 1– Take a heavy bottomed vessel. Add the whole packet of dry mango powder to it.Add water, sugar, red chilly powder,garam masala, ginger powder, salt and put it on a slow flame.The chutney will cook slowly and turn thick after some time.When its thicker switch off the gas and let it cool.

Our Sweet or Meethi chutney is ready.



  1. Coriander – 250 gms.
  2. Mint or Pudina – 100 gms.
  3. Green Chilly – 1.
  4. Tomato(fresh,ripe,deseeded)-1/2.
  5. Dry Mango Powder or Amchoor – 1/2 tsp.
  6. Salt – According to taste.


Step 1 -Wash and cut the coriander and mint.Take a chutney grinder and add to it the coriander, mint, tomato, green chilly, salt and water.

Step 2 – Grind it and take it out in a bowl.Now lastly add the amchoor powder to it and mix it well.

Our Green or Hari chutney is ready.

Now its time to serve the super tasty dahi bhallas. Take the bhallas in a bowl.Pour the yoghurt over it.Next, add the mithi chutney, then hari chutney, red chilly powder, bhuna jeera and serve it.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Its super tasty and you will relish every of its bite.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!



Spinach and Potato Curry.


  1. Spinach – 500 gms.
  2. Potato – 250 gms.
  3. Bay Leaf – 2.
  4. Onions – 2.
  5. Cumin -1 tsp.
  6. Asafoetida -A pinch.
  7. Red Chilly Powder -1 tsp.
  8. Cumin Powder -1 tsp.
  9. Turmeric Powder -1 tsp.
  10. Tomato – 2.
  11. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  12. Sugar – 1/2 tsp.
  13. Vegetable Oil – 1 tbsp.


Step 1 -Wash and cut the spinach.Boil the spinach and the potatoes.

Step 2 – In a kadhai,add oil,cumin,bay leaf and asafoetida. Add chopped onions.Fry it.Next add the salt,turmeric powder,red chilly powder,cumin powder,garam masala and fry.Now add chopped tomatoes and fry all again.When the masala mixtue is ready add the boiled spinach and mash it with the ladle you have in your hand.Add boiled and cut potatoes.Lastly add some sugar and fry everything finally.

Our spinach and potato curry is ready.You can add some milk also lastly but it is optional.Garnish it with fresh cream and fresh cilantro.Serve it with chapatis,tortillas and the like.

Note point:-1.The recipe should be a bit sweet and tangy so I have added slightly more  of the tomatoes than will generally be used to make curries.And to balance the taste I have also used some sugar or sugar free.

Friends do try the recipe.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!


Rice Flour Chapati.


  1. Rice Flour – 300 gms.
  2. Nigella Seeds – a pinch.
  3. Water – for making dough(2 cups).
  4. Salt – a pinch.


Step 1 – Take a heavy bottomed vessel.Add 2 cups of water to it.Boil it.

Step 2 – When the water gets lukewarm,add the rice flour,salt and nigella seeds to it and keep stirring it continuously so that no lumps are formed and the dough does not stick to the vessel.

Step 3 – Switch the gas off after five minutes.Let it cool.You will get a dough-like batter in your vessel from the rice flour.

Step 4 – Now make small balls from the dough and using a rolling pin make chapatis from it.

Step 5 -On a griddle or tawa bake the chapatis but do not put it on open flame like you do to make wheat flour chapatis.You need to bake it on the tawa itself.

Our rice flour chapatis are ready.Serve them with any veggie of you choice,or a sweet mango pickle and enjoy.

Friends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!

Fish Bharta.

On a rainy day,people want to eat varieties of food. People want to experiment with different kinds of food and try something new every time which has to be handy and tasty.Having the same idea I have decided to make  fish bharta and wanted to share it with you.I served it with steamed rice,split red lentil dal and potato fries.So let’s start with it—


  1. Boneless fish – 250 gms.(You can take any fish of your choice.
  2. Onions(finely chopped) – 1/2 of 1.
  3. Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 1.
  4. Fresh chopped coriander – A handful.
  5. Salt – According to taste.
  6. Lemon Juice – 1 tsp.
  7. Mustard Oil – for greasing and mixing/for coating and shallow frying.


Step 1 – Wash and take the fish in a bowl.Rub it with salt and some mustard oil and keep aside.

Step 2 – Bake the fish in your oven.Alternately you can heat a non-stick pan and smear it with mustard oil. Shallow-fry the fish in the pan and let it get browned.

Step 3 -Now take a bowl and add the baked fish pieces to it and mash it.Now add onions,green chillies,coriander,salt,lemon juice and mix.

Our fish bharta is ready.Serve it with steamed boiled rice,red lentil dal ,chapatis etc.

Friends do try the recipe at home.It’s very easy and can come very handy at times when you have no ideas ringing in your mind.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week.Till then healthy cooking,happy living!!!