Mashed Yam


Hi friends. This is a simple, very tasty side dish to make on a regular basis, is too healthy to feel guilty and is really a very wholesome side dish. Made with slight seasonings and oil, it is good for increasing appetite and really carries a special taste with it. So do try it at home and I guarantee you won’t be disappointed. So let’s start with it—


  1. Yam – 250 gms
  2. Salt – According to taste
  3. Green Chillies – 2-3
  4. Black mustard powder – 2 tsp
  5. Mustard Oil – 1 tsp
  6. Lemon juice – 2 tsp


Step 1

Scrape, wash and roughly chop the yam.

Step 2 

Then pressure cook it till it is well cooked and softened.

Step 3

Now take a bowl and add to it the cooked yam, salt, green chillies, black mustard powder, lemon juice, mustard oil in the given amounts. Mash it with a masher and mix it all up well.

Step 4

The Mashed Yam or Suran bharta is ready thus. It can be a delicious side dish to your regular lunch and dinner platter.

I hope you will all like this recipe. Do try making it at home and share your comments and feedback and clear doubts if you have any. Till then happy cooking, healthy living friends!!!


Plain Pakora Kadhi


Hi dear friends. Welcome once again. Today I’ll share with you guys a common, very likeable dish of Bihar called Pakoda Kadhi or Bari Kadhi. Its one of my favourites and is really a healthy treat for everyone. I have learnt this recipe from my maternal grandmother and really make it very frequently. It’s super tasty, creamy, slightly spiced and will make moods perfect and fine. Friends do try this dish. I know you will like it well enough to make it again and again. It’s my favourite idea of having a great afternoon, full of taste and fun. So let’s start—

Ingredients:-For making the pakoras:

  1. Gram Flour or Besan-250 gms
  2. Cumin or Jeera – A pinch or 1 tsp
  3. Asafoetida or Hing – A pinch
  4. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  5. Baking Powder – 1 tsp

For making the gravy or sauce:

  1. Besan – 1 1/2 tbsp
  2. Curd or dahi (whipped) – 2 cups
  3. Cumin or Jeera – 1 tbsp
  4. Asafoetida or Hing – A pinch
  5. Bay Leaf – 2
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tbsp
  7. Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  8. Garam Masala – 2 tsp
  9. Salt – According to taste
  10. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Water – 2 cups
  12. Kasuri Methi – 1 tsp


Step 1

Take the given amount of besan in a bowl.

Step 2

To this bowl, add a pinch of cumin or jeera and a pinch of asafoetida or hing.

Step 3

Then to this bowl add 2 tbsps of oil and 1 tsp of baking powder.

Step 4

Now add water to the bowl and make out a thick batter of pouring consistency. To get fluffy pakoras it is necessary to beat the batter with hand or non-electric beater for 20 minutes. But do not whip it up or beat it in a mixer grinder or the pakoras will not be fluffy.

Step 5

Now heat vegetable oil in a skillet and when it is quite hot, start to take small portions of the batter in your hands and drop them in oil one by one till the skillet gets full. Deep fry the pakoras, slightly brown them and take them out on a tissue paper to absorb extra oil. Let it rest. The pakoras are ready thus.

Step 6

For making the gravy or sauce

Take the given amount of curd and whip it in a whipper.

Step 7

Take a skillet and put some oil in it. For tempering add 1 tbsp of cumin, a pinch of asafoetida or hing, bay leaf, red chilly powder, cumin powder and kasuri methi and then add 2 cups of water to it. Now add the fried pakoras to the water and close the lid of the skillet.

Step 8

When the pakoras become soft add the whipped curd and then add some garam masala, turmeric powder and close the lid and let it boil for some time.

Step 9

Then lastly add salt to the dish and the plain pakora kadhi is thus ready to be served.

Note Points-1. Use only fresh besan for best results.

2. Use slightly sour curd.

3. Do not use an electric beater for beating the besan batter.

Do try this recipe at home friends. It’s super tasty, super tempting. Do share your comments and feedback and get queries resolved. I am sure you will all like this recipe as it will truly justify your efforts. Have a great weekend, till then happy cooking!!!