Sweet and tangy Pumpkin.

Ingredients:

  1. Green Pumpkin-500 gms.
  2. Onions(finely chopped) -2.
  3. Green Chillies – 2.
  4. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  5. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Sugar or Sugar free – 1 tsp.
  7. Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Garam masala – 1 tsp.
  9. Salt – According to taste.
  10. Vegetable Oil – 2 tsp.

For the tempering:-

  1. Five Spices or Paanch phoran – 1 tsp.
  2. Bay Leaf – 1.
  3. Asafoetida or Hing – A pinch.

For Garnish – Chopped Cilantro and lemon juice.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash,scrape and finely chop the green pumpkin.Now blanch it.

IMG-3769.JPGStep 2 – Take a kadhai. Add the given amount of vegetable oil  to it.Now add five spices,bay leaf,asafoetida and let it splutter.Now add the chopped onions and green chillies and fry till half done.Now add the masalas,turmeric powder,red chilly powder,garam masala,dry mango powder and salt.Next add in the blanched pumpkin.Fry it for two minutes.Now add the sugar or you can use sugar-free and fry again for two minutes.Finally garnish the dish with a dash of lemon juice and chopped cilantro.

IMG-3772.JPGOur sweet and tangy pumpkin fry is ready.Team it up with hot chapatis,steamed rice and dal or any other combinations that you like.It’s totally healthy and you can even make it oil-free by not adding the two tablespoons of oil.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Yam Curry.

Ingredients:-For the gram flour batter

  1. Gram Flour or  Besan -1 cup.
  2. Salt – According to taste.
  3. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  4. Asafoetida – A pinch.
  5. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp.

For the curry

  1. Yam – 250 gms.
  2. Onions(made into a fine paste) – 2.
  3. Cumin – 1 tsp.
  4. Kasuri Methi – A pinch.
  5. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  8. Cumin Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Tomato Puree – 1 tbsp.
  10. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  11. Vegetable or Subzi Masala – 1 tsp.(optional).
  12. Dry Mango or Amchoor Powder – 1 tsp.
  13. Salt – (According to taste).

STEPS.

Step 1 – Scrape,wash and cut the yam pieces in medium-sized squares.Now blanch them for five minutes or till half done.

Step 2 – Now make the gram flour batter.For that,take a bowl.Add the given amounts of Gram flour,salt,red chilly powder,turmeric powder,asafoetida,garam masala and using water make a thick batter out of it.Coat the yam pieces in it and shallow fry them till golden browned.

IMG_3746.jpgStep 3 – Take a kadhai. Add vegetable oil and splutter a pinch of cumin and kasuri methi in it.When it crackles add firstly turmeric powder,cumin powder,red chilly powder,ginger-garlic paste,garam masala and fry them for a minute.Now add the tomato puree and then add the onion paste.You can add chopped green chillies as well.Fry the masalas for two to four minutes and then add some dry mango or amchoor powder and some salt.Next add the required amount of water for the gravy and after boiling it for two minutes drop in the fried yams.Simmer it for ten minutes.

Our Yam curry is done.Serve it with steamed rice,plain dal,chapatis or pooris.

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

 

Instant Apple pickle.

Ingredients:

  1. Apple – 2.
  2. Black Salt – According to taste.
  3. Yellow Mustard Powder- 1/2 tsp.
  4. Roasted Five Spices  Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  5. Oregano -1/2 tsp.
  6. Asafoetida – A pinch.
  7. Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  8. White Vinegar – 1 tbsp.
  9. Olive Oil(optional) – 1 tsp.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and wipe the apples. Deskin them and cut in medium-sized square pieces.

IMG_3723.jpgStep 2 -Take a bowl.Add the chopped apples to it.Then add our spices,black salt,Roasted Five Spice powder,oregano,roasted asafoetida,red chilly powder,powdered yellow mustard ,white vinegar and olive oil though adding oil can be optional on your part.Mix well..So you can start using it immediately after it is made.

Our pickled apples are ready.

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

Ripe Papaya Raita.

Ingredients:-

  1. Ripe Papaya – 1/2 of 1.
  2. Thick Curd – 1 bowl.
  3. Vegetable oil – 1 tsp.(optional)
  4. Salt,both black and white – According to taste.
  5. Red Chilly powder – 1 tsp.
  6. Roasted cumin powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Yellow Mustard Paste – 1/2 tsp.

For Garnish – Chopped Green Chillies and grated coconut.(optional).

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and finely chop the ripe papaya.Take a bowl and add the cut papaya to it and the curd.Now add the seasonings-salt(black and white),red chilly powder,roasted cumin powder,yellow mustard paste in the given amounts.You can also add 1 tsp of sugar or sugar free and some mustard or vegetable oil too but it is only optional.Mix everything well.Garnish with chopped green chillies and grated coconut.

IMG_3696.jpgOur ripe papaya raita is ready.Serve it with chapatis,rice,dal,paranthas or you can have it as such itself like a fruit chaat. It’s a very healthy side dish.

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

 

The Fabulous Chef and Cuisines Award.

Hello and welcome my dear friends to my blog-o-zone again.This blog is about a new award category that I am starting.It is named as—The Fabulous Chef and Cuisines award.It’s the first time this award has been created and I hope that it will be passed on to all the deserving bloggers in the near future in the spirit of celebrating blogging and a passion for food.I hope you all will love it.

NAME OF THE AWARD—- The Fabulous chef and cuisines award.

CREATOR OF THE AWARD—- Abha Jha.

ABOUT THE AWARD—-The Fabulous Chef and Cuisines award is about honouring  the bloggers who have put in lots of patience,effort and dedication to showcase their culinary talents and expertise,being awesome so much that they deserve their due recognition.It is an award for beautiful blogger friends and their equally marvellous blogs which really make you mesmerised with their content,quality,presentation and the unfailing dedication to share the treasure trove of knowledge about cooking and food with the whole world.It’s for the deserving bloggers who put their heart, soul and a touch of magic to their dishes,yumm and so fabulous indeed.

WHY I MADE THIS AWARD—-I am a blogger wandering in the world of food and fun and really love to know about various cuisines in India and the world alike and to experiment with my ideas on making different and new dishes.So when I started blogging I got three awards and it made me start an independent award category to facilitate the fellow bloggers all of whose blogs I found to be none other than ‘AWESOME‘ and whose creativity is awe-inspiring.I hope this award honours my fellow bloggers truly for their talents alike in the blog-o-sphere which has gems and beauties to look forward to.THANKS…

RULES FOR THE AWARD—-

  • 1.Put the above award,logo/image on your blog.
  • 2.List the rules.
  • 3.Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • 4.Mention the creator(Abha Jha)of this award and please provide a link or ping back as (Abha of Abha’s Recipes).
  • 5.Write a post to show your award.
  • 6.Share a link to your best post(s).
  • 7.Share five interesting and different facts about yourself.
  • 8.Ask questions to the nominees.
  • 9.Nominate 5-12 bloggers or more if you wish.
  • 10.Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

SOME FACTS ABOUT ME ARE—-1.I am a health food enthusiast though would add that I am not a foodie.

2.I believe in keeping fit-n-healthy before doing any work and I feel today’s times of heavy pressure on all needs to proritize the health factor at all costs.You can’t afford to keep health on the sidelines anymore.

3.I am a born pickle maker and can make pickles from all the fruits and vegetables found in the world.So,try me!!!

4.I am a person with positive outlook towards life come any situation and am keen to know about varied and wonderful cultures and cuisines of the world.

5.I believe in making good friends and maintaining the wonderful bond of friendship with truth and loyalty.

  • QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES—-1.What is your idea of spending a perfect Sunday morning?
  • 2.What is your favourite color with which you associate your good luck.
  • 3.What is your perfect idea of getting and giving happiness in any  form possible?
  • 4.If given a chance with whom would you want to exchange your personality with and why?
  • 5.If you got a chance what three things would you change around you or in your country?
  • 6.What quality you primarily associate with a true lady?How according to you is she  beautiful,is it because of her skin or sense?
  • 7.What dish you recently had which was great and what ingredient in it caught your charm?
  • 8.If you were given to eat one dish repeatedly even if it could make you ill what would it be?
  • 9.What is the favourite dish of you made by your mom?
  • 10.If you could create a country where everything rotated around making and eating food,what would you name it?

I would really appreciate if all the nominees will respond to this award by writing a post and will pass on this award to others in the spirit of good blogging endeavours.

Have a great day.I love you all!!!!!

  1. MY NOMINEES ARE—-Chomp Chomp’s food blog.
  2. Megala of Megala’s Kitchen.
  3.  Anusha of Anusha’s cuisines.
  4.  Chitra Sundaram of Chitra’s Recipes.
  5.  Vidya Narayan of Masala Chilly blog.
  6. Ambika Jha of A little me,a little life blog.
  7.  Sumith of Kerala’s live blog.
  8.  Lathiya of Cook with Smile blog.
  9. Smart veg recipes blog.
  10.  Malini of Malini’s Space blog.
  11.  KR’s blog.
  12.  Nena of Nenabakingrecipes blog.
  13.  Rateka of Spicy and Sugary Bites.
  14.  Tingle-ur-taste buds blog.
  15.  Priya Pandian of Indian Kitchen blog.

Some of my best post(s)are—-1.Lajawab Fish Curryhttps://abhajhablog.wordpress.com/2017/07/08/lajawab-fish-curry/.

2.Instant Bottle Gourd Picklehttps://abhajhablog.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/instant-bottle-gourd-pickle.

Congratulations to all of you. Hope you like it. And don’t forget to nominate other blogger friends who too deserve this gesture. Have a great day.Take care.

 

 

 

 

 

Lady’s Finger Fritters.

Ingredients:-

  1. Lady’s Fingers – 250 gms.
  2. Rice Flour – 1/2 cup.
  3. Gram Flour or Besan – 1/2 cup.
  4. Onions(chopped) – 1.
  5. Asafoetida or Hing – A pinch.
  6. Salt – According to taste.
  7. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Dry Mango Powder or Amchoor – 1 tsp.
  9. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.

STEPS.

IMG-3640.JPGStep 1 – Wash and finely chop the lady’s fingers.Take a bowl and add the rice flour,chopped onions,gram flour,salt,red chilly powder,asafoetida,dry mango powder and Garam Masala. Add to it the chopped lady’s fingers.Using some water make a thick batter out of it of dropping consistency and heat oil in a kadhai. When the oil becomes adequately hot drop in handfuls of the batter in the oil and fry them till crisp and browned.Drain out on tissue paper.

IMG-3638.JPGOur crispy,crunchy lady’s finger or bhindi fritters are ready.Serve them with sauces and dips of your choice as a snack or along with main course meals.

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

 

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Chicken with baby potatoes and french beans.

Ingredients:-

  1. Chicken – 100 gms.
  2. French Beans – 1/2 cup.
  3. Baby Potatoes – 1/2 cup.
  4. Poppy Seeds and Yellow Mustard Paste – 1 tbsp.
  5. Ginger-Garlic Paste – 1 tbsp.
  6. Onions(chopped) – 1(big).
  7. Tomato Puree – 2 tbsp.
  8. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  9. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  10. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp.
  11. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.
  12. Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp.
  13. Salt – According to taste.
  14. Vegetable Oil – 2 tbsp.

FOR GARNISH —Kasuri Methi, Freshly chopped coriander and fresh cream.

STEPS.

Step 1 – Wash and chop the french beans.Boil and peel the baby potatoes.Take a kadhai. Add the given amount of oil to it.Now add the chopped onions.Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry.Now add the masalas i.e,salt,turmeric powder,red chilly power,coriander powder,dry mango powder,garam masala,and the tomato puree.Fry it for three minutes.Now add the chicken which you have washed and kept aside,the cut french beans and baby potatoes and fry them together with the masalas for ten minutes.Now add the poppy seed and yellow mustard paste and fry again.Care has to be taken not to fry the above paste for long as it may turn bitter in taste.Fry everything well and add water to make the gravy.Now pressure cook the whole dish till done.You can alternately make this dish adding any other veggies other than the one used here and you can add dried mutton too replacing the fresh chicken as used here.  Add kasuri methi and freshly chopped coriander to garnish.Add fresh cream too for the extra goodness.Enjoy.

IMG-3610 (1).JPGFriends do try the recipe at home.Share your comments and feedback.Have a great week everyone.Till then happy living,healthy eating!!!And happy raksha bandhan to all of you.

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