Brinjal, Potato And Tomato Mash

BRINJAL, POTATO AND TOMATO MASH

Hello dear buddies.Welcome back. Today I’ll be sharing with you a very simple and tastier version of the brinjal and tomato mash which is a common dish made everywhere in India and it has one extra ingredient, potato. The mash is simple to make, tasty and has very little calories. It’s a wonderful dish when you are super busy. So let’s start with the making—

Ingredients:-

  1. Brinjal -2
  2. Potatoes -1
  3. Tomato -1
  4. Onion -1
  5. Green Chillies -2
  6. Salt -According to taste
  7. Dry Mango Powder -1/2 tsp
  8. Red Chilly Powder -1/2 tsp
  9. Garam Masala Powder -1/2 tsp
  10. Cilantro -For Garnish
  11. Mustard Oil -1 tsp

STEPS

Step 1

IMG-5241.JPGWash and wipe all the veggies mentioned above. Make slits in brinjal and tomato. Roast the brinjal, tomato in an oven or on a gas flame and boil the potatoes. Finely chop the onions, green chillies and cilantro.

Step 2

Take a pan, add the vegetable oil and splutter some cumin in it. Now add in the chopped onions and green chillies and half fry them. Next add the salt, red chilly powder,garam masala, dry mango powder and then add in the mashed brinjal, tomato and potatoes. Give everything a good mix and switch the gas off. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

IMG-5239.JPGOur Brinjal, Potato and Tomato Mash is done. Serve it with anything that you want.

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

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Sponge Gourd And Flax Seed Curry

SPONGE GOURD AND FLAX SEED CURRY

Hi everyone and welcome to my cosy cooking corner again. How are you all? I have been late to post my new creation because was having guests at home and lots of fun and enjoyment though I am now back to my blogosphere and ready to roll. It’s the month of June and it’s pretty hot in here in Delhi and the whole of India. People generally enjoy seasonal fruits and vegetables more, now and we have a perfect variety of them too like sponge gourds, ladyfingers, pointed gourds etc. We generally want our preparations to be milder and tastier this time of the year. So I am sharing a recipe of sponge gourd with roasted flax seed powder. I have made similar recipes using flax seed powder and different other vegetables and this one is in line with the others in being tastier, healthier and all green. So let’s start with the dish—-

Ingredients:-

  1. Sponge Gourd – 1 kg
  2. Roasted Flaxseed Powder -200 gms
  3. Radish -1
  4. Turmeric Powder -1 tsp
  5. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  7. Dry Mango Powder or Tamarind Paste- 1 tsp
  8. Salt – According to taste

For the tempering:-

  1. Five Spice mix -1 tsp
  2. Dry Red Chillies – 2
  3. Bay Leaf – 1
  4. Fortune Mustard Oil -1 tbsp

STEPS

Step 1

Wash and scrape the sponge gourd and cut into round pieces. Wash and cut the radish likewise.

Step 2

Take a pan and add all the tempering ingredients into it. Let it splutter.

Step 3

Next add the chopped sponge gourd, radish and salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder,garam masala, and fry for three minutes. Now add enough water, cover and simmer on a medium flame.

Step 4

IMG_5212.jpgNow when the veggies are half cooked add the roasted flax seed powder and dry mango powder and saute the curry till water evaporates.

Our Sponge Gourd And Flax Seed Curry is done. Serve it with steamed rice, rasam, garlic chutney and poppadums or friums.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a rocking June weekend. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

Roasted Green Gram Dal

ROASTED GREEN GRAM DAL

Hello and welcome dear friends once again. Today I’ll share with you all a very simple recipe of making legumes or dal and I hope you will like this endeavour of mine. Though this dish is simple it is special in taste and is healthier packed with so much of proteins and vitamins. It requires little or no oil and is better tasting than the polished dals. You can make it quick enough and as it is a tadka-style dal you can just team it up with phulkas or rice alone and have all the fun, needing no accessory-dish to go with it. I sometimes eat it with poppadums, some pickle and whoa, it tastes better than anything. So let’s start with it—-

Ingredients:-

  1. Whole Green Gram – 250 gms
  2. Onion -1 (big)
  3. Ginger and Garlic(cut into fine pieces)- 1 tsp
  4. Asafoetida – A pinch
  5. Roasted Cumin Powder- 1 tsp
  6. Green Chilly – 2
  7. Homemade Garam Masala -1 tsp
  8.  Green Cardamom and Cinnamon- 1 each
  9. Tomato Puree – 1 tsp
  10. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Dal Tadka Masala – 1 tsp
  13. Salt – According to taste
  14. Lemon Juice – 1/2 tsp
  15. Chopped Cilantro – For Garnishing

STEPS

Step 1

Roast the green gram. Chop the onion, ginger-garlic, green chillies and cilantro. Pressure cook the dal with salt and turmeric powder till done.

Step 2

Take a wok. Add cumin, asafoetida, green cardamom, and cinnamon, ginger, garlic, green chillies cut into pieces and then add chopped onions. Fry for two minutes. Now add tomato puree and fry again.

Step 3

IMG-5011.JPGNext add red chilly powder, roasted cumin powder, dal tadka masala, homemade garam masala and fry for two minutes. Now add the boiled dal and mix everything well. Simmer on medium flame for two minutes. Squeeze or mix some lemon juice too in the dal. Garnish with chopped cilantro or fresh cream.

Our Roasted Green Gram Dal is done. Serve it with tandoori rotis, naan, chapati, steamed rice and some stir-fried veggies.

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

 

Mashed Brinjals With Flaxseed

Mashed Brinjals With Flaxseed

Hello dear friends. Welcome to my cosy corner again. As we all know flaxseed is considered one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. It helps to reduce diabetes, cholesterol, stroke, breast cancer, heart disease and contains rich amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fibres. Today I am sharing with you all a very uncommon, unique and traditional recipe of my hometown, Mashed Brinjals With Flaxseed. It is simple, healthy, totally oil free and I hope you will like it and make it sometimes in your kitchens. So the recipe is as follows:—-

Ingredients:-

  1. Brinjal – 2
  2. Homemade Flaxseed Powder – 150 gms(refer to my blog on pumpkin and flaxseed curry)
  3. Green Chillies – 2
  4. Lemon Juice – 3 Tsp
  5. Salt – According to taste
  6. Mustard Oil – 2 Tsp
  7. Coriander Leaves – Optional

STEPS

Step 1

IMG_4903Wash and slit the brinjals in half without cutting them. Pressure cook the brinjals for five minutes and two whistles.

Step 2

Now drain the brinjals very properly ensuring there is no water left in them and mash them with a masher. Chop the green chillies and coriander leaves.

Step 3

IMG_4901.jpgTake a bowl. Add the mashed brinjals. Next add in the salt, green chillies, lemon juice,  mustard oil and coriander leaves and give all a good mix.

Our Brinjal With Flax Seed Bharta is done. Serve it with steamed boiled rice and some fried or shallow-fried veggies.

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

Pumpkin Skin And Corn Stir-Fry

PUMPKIN SKIN AND CORN STIR – FRY

Hello and welcome again. Wishing you all a very happy Monday. Today I was wondering what to make for lunch and having too many veggies in my refrigerator was getting me confused. So I  have made this tasty and easy stir-fry along with some sweet corn kernels. It is a handy recipe and can be a great side dish for your lunch or dinner platter. It is mildly spiced so is easy on your tummy too. So let’s make it—-

Ingredients:-

  1. Red Pumpkin skin(with a little flesh too)-250 gms.
  2. Sweet Corn Kernels – 1 tbsp
  3. Onion-1
  4. Green Chillies – 2
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Red Chilly Powder- 1 tsp
  7. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  8. Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Dry Mango Powder- 1 tsp
  10. Paprika – 1 tsp
  11. Chat Masala – 1/2 tsp
  12. For Garnishing – Fresh Chopped Coriander or Desiccated coconut

For Tempering:-

  1. Cumin – 1 tsp
  2. Fenugreek Seeds – 1tsp
  3. Asafoetida – A pinch
  4. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp
  5. Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp

STEPS

Step 1

IMG_4780.jpgWash and scrape the pumpkin skin keeping some of its flesh intact and cut it into long strips. Chop the onions, green chillies. Blanch the sweet corn kernels and you may blanch the cut skin strips too.

Step 2 

Take a pan. Add vegetable oil in. Now add the tempering ingredients, cumin, fenugreek, asafoetida, kasuri methi and then add the chopped onions and green chillies. Stir for two minutes and then add in the blanched pumpkin skin and sweet corn kernels. Stir again for five minutes to remove the rawness of the vegetables.

Step 3

Now add salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, garam masala, pepper powder, paprika, dry mango powder and fry it all for two minutes.

IMG_4781.jpgStep 4

Cook the veggie on high flame for ten minutes or till the veggies are done. Garnish it with chopped coriander or fried green chillies. You may also add some grated fresh coconut.

Our Pumpkin Skin And Corn Stir-Fry is done. Serve it with chapatis, stuffed paranthas, rice, dal, curries. It is a perfect side-dish to your lunch and dinner platters.

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

 

 

 

 

Spicy Green Raita

SPICY GREEN RAITA

Hello dear buddies. Today is thankfully a sunny day, after the heavy-duty winters. In winters, especially in New Delhi, there is a tradition of heavy eating and people generally eat keeping their platters full of food with variety. Delhites love to eat mostly paranthas with raita or curds in breakfast. We make raitas in many ways. Whenever I prepare oily and spicy food I include a dish of raita in it as it cools you out. It is a great appetizer too. Now spinach is getting out of season and luckily I got hold of the tri-combo of spinach, dill, and mint in my refrigerator. Wondering what to do with them, this idea struck me in time to prepare its raita which I teamed up with crispy, crunchy radish or mooli paranthas and bingo! the combo worked well. So I decided to share it with you all too. Now let’s start with its making—-

Ingredients:

  1. Spinach – 100 gms
  2. Dill leaf – 20 gms
  3. Mint – 20 gms
  4. Yoghurt – 250 gms
  5. Onion – 1/2 of 1 (big)
  6. Green Chillies – 1
  7. Raita Masala – 1 tsp
  8. Asafoetida – A pinch
  9. Ginger Powder – 1 tsp
  10. Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  12. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  13. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  14. Fenugreek Seeds – 1 tsp
  15. Black Salt – According to taste
  16. Pepper Powder – A pinch
  17. Vegetable Oil – 2 tsp

STEPS

Step 1 

Wash and cut the spinach, dill, and mint finely.

Step 2

Take a pan. Add 1 tsp of oil. Add fenugreek seeds and asafoetida. Now add chopped onions, saute for a minute and add green chillies. Add green chillies. Next, add coriander and red chilly powder and some garam masala. Lastly, add some black salt and dry mango powder. Saute everything well and take off from heat. Let it cool.

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Step 3

To now finally, assemble the raita, beat the yoghurt in an egg beater for two minutes and mix the above-made greens in. Adjust salt content to your liking. Add some pepper powder. You can drop in one sugar-free pellet too if the raita appears a bit tangier.

Our Spinach, Dill and Mint Raita is ready.

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

 

Strawberry Chutney

STRAWBERRY CHUTNEY

I was wondering about the strawberries I had in my kitchen and what could be done with them when creativity struck me well and I decided to come up with a unique combination chutney, that of strawberries, apple, and mint, giving it a very refreshing touch, which on experimenting came out just very fine. So I decided to share it with you all. It’s a simple not too sweet and a bit tangy chutney which you can use in a multipurpose way as a spread, a dip a chutney which in any manner will taste great. It has the freshness and taste that will surely impress you well. So friends do try making this quick chutney in your kitchens. Now let’s start with its making—-

Ingredients:

  1. Ripe Strawberry-250 gms
  2. Apple-1/2 of 1
  3. Green Chilly-1
  4. Mint-5 leaves
  5. Black Salt and White Salt- According to taste
  6. Sugar or Sugar free-1/2 tsp,3 pellets
  7. Lemon Juice-1 tsp

STEPS

Step 1 

IMG-4660.JPGWash and cut the strawberries, apple, green chilly roughly.

Step 2

Put the above ingredients along with mint in a chutney jar and grind to a smooth paste.

Step 3

Take out the chutney in a bowl. Add the black and white salt, sugar or sugar-free and lemon juice and mix it up well.

IMG-4658.JPGOur Strawberry Chutney is ready. Serve it with sandwiches as a spread,upma,dosai or stuffed paranthas.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedbacks. Have a great week everyone. Till then, happy living, healthy cooking!!! And let me know how the chutney came out for you. I am sure it won’t be disappointing.