Aloo suva sabzi

IMG_20190716_183059

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 tbsp Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 1 inch long ginger, cleaned and freshly grated
  • 1 Green chili chopped finely
  • 3 medium potatoes, cubed
  • 1/4 teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 cup Dill leaves (suva bhaji) chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Lemon juice

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on medium heat.
  2. Once hot add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for 5-10 seconds.
  3. Then add grated ginger and green chilies. Saute for 30-40 seconds.
  4. Add potatoes and mix well.
  5. Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and salt and mix well.
  6. Cover the pan. And cook till potatoes on medium – low heat till they are 80% cooked.
  7. Add chopped dill leaves.
  8. Mix well and cook till potatoes are cooked completely.
  9. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and mix.
  10. Serve with chapati / roti.

Servers: 4

Inspiration source:

https://www.spiceupthecurry.com/aloo-suva-subzi-recipe/

Remarks:

Advertisements

Thai Green Curry

IMG_20190707_121320

Ingredients:

Green curry paste

  • 1 lemongrass stalks, tough outer layers removed
  • 3 Serrano chili, seeds removed
  • 1/2 green capsicum, seeds removed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 1-inch piece galangal (if not available, use ginger), peeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 1-inch piece turmeric, peeled, chopped, or 1 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf, very finely chopped (if not available use 1 tbsp lime zest, from about 2 limes)
  • 1 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp kosher salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar (if not available, use cane sugar)

Green curry

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (each can of 400 ml)
  • 8 oz baby corn (from can), cut into inch long pieces
  • 8 oz sliced water chestnuts
  • 8 oz bamboo shoots (thick slices)
    8 oz sliced carrots
  • 8 oz red / green capsicum, cut into 1 cm pieces
  • 8 oz extra firm tofu, cut into 1 cm pieces
  • 1 tbsp palm sugar (if not available, use cane sugar)
  • 1 bunch Thai basil leaves, picked and washed

Method:

Green curry paste

  1. Saute chopped shallots for a couple of minutes and let them cool. In our experience,  if you grind shallots / onions without sauting, they give bitterness to the end product!
  2. Finely grate bottom third of lemongrass into a blender or food processor.
  3. Then add the coriander and cumin seeds to blender and blend to smooth powder.
  4. Add the rest of the paste ingredients including sauted shallots and blend into smooth paste.

     

Green curry

  1. Heat medium / large pan and add a can of coconut milk.
  2. Stir the milk regularly for 3-4 minutes to thicken it.
  3. Add the paste to the milk and continue to stir so that the paste it well blended into the milk.
  4. Let the milk with the paste simmer on low / medium heat for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add 400 ml water and bring to boil.
  6. One by one, add all the vegetables… tofu at the last.
  7. Add sugar and bring the curry to boil. Then bring down the heat and let the curry simmer till all the vegetables soften to desired softness level (4-5 minutes).
  8. Turn off the heat, add Thai basil leaves and serve with Jasmine rice.

Servers: 4

Inspiration source:

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/green-curry-paste

(tweaked for vegetarians)

Remarks:

Guvar Dhokali Shak (Guar with dumplings)

Ingredients:

Dhokali (dumplings)

  • 3 tbsp besan (Gram flour)
  • 1 tbsp wheat flour (to make muthia softer)
  • 2 tbsp peanut (or any other) oil
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp dhana-jiru (coriander seed + cumin seed powder)
  • some water

Guvar

  • 1 lb guvar, ends removed and tough fibers from the edges removed
  • 1 tsp soda bicarb
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp dhana-jiru (coriander seed + cumin seed powder)
  • some water

Method:

  1. Mix all the dhokali ingredients in a mixing bowl, add as little water as possible to make dough from it
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil
  3. Add guvar, salt, soda bicarb, water and gently mix… make sure there is enough water to fully cover the guvar as it’s tough to cook vegetable
  4. Press small (penny-size) dhokali from the dough and put on top of guvar. Make sure that the dhokalis touch water / slightly submerge in it) and cover the pan
  5. Cook on medium-low flame water evaporates and dhokalis are cooked
  6. Once guvar and dhokalis are cooked, sprinkle dhana-jiru and chili powder on it and gently fold so that guvar is coated with the spices
  7. Cook covered at low heat for 2-3 minutes
  8. Serve hot with phulka roti.

Servers: 4

Inspiration source: My mother!

Remarks:

Valor Methi Muthia Shak (Flat green beans with fenugreek dumplings)

20190630_130146

Ingredients:

Muthia

  • 3 tbsp besan (Gram flour)
  • 1 tbsp wheat flour (to make muthia softer)
  • 3 tbsp kasuri methi (dry fenugreek), pre-soaked for 2 hours and then drained
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp dhana-jiru powder (coriander seed + cumin seed powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Soda bicarb
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut (or any other) oil
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • Some water

Valor

  • 750 grams valor (frozen or fresh) rinsed
    (if fresh, remove the tips and tough fiber from both the edges)
  • 3 tbsp peanut (or any other) oil
  • 1/2 tsp soda bicarb
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp dhana-jiru (coriander seed + cumin seed powder)
  • some water

Method:

  1. Mix all the muthia ingredients in a mixing bowl, add water a few drops at a time to thick consistency
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil
  3. Add valor, salt, soda bicarb, water and gently mix… make sure there is enough water so that the valor is just about dipped in it
  4. Make small muthia (dumplings) and put on top of valor and cover the pan
  5. Cook on medium-low flame till muthia are cooked (will grow in size)
  6. Once valor and muthia are cooked, sprinkle dhana-jiru and chili powder on it and gently fold so that valor is coated with the spices
  7. Cook covered at low heat for 2-3 minutes
  8. Serve hot with phulka roti.

Servers: 4

Inspiration source: My mother!

Remarks:

Eggplant Quesadilla

Eggplant Quesadilla

A pretty good attempt at reproducing quesadilla we had at a restaurant in Montecito, CA

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium size eggplant
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dry oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 2 spring onions
  • 4 tortillas

Method:

  1. Finely chop spring onions
  2. Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch thick round slices
  3. Heat 1 tsp oil in a flat pan on medium heat
  4. Spread eggplant slices in the pan
  5. Sprinkle some salt and oregano on eggplant
  6. Turn the eggplant slices a few times and roast on both sides till medium brown in color
  7. Keep the cooked eggplant slices aside
  8. Pour 1/2 tsp oil on the flat pan and put it on medium heat
  9. Place a tortilla on the pan
  10. Place 4 eggplant slices on the tortilla and sprinkle spring onions and cheese on it
  11. Cover it with another tortilla, gently press it and roast it on both sides till lightly brown on each side
  12. Follow the same steps for the second quesadilla
  13. Cut the quesadilla in 4 pieces and serve hot with a generous dollop of guacamole (see recipe under dips / spreads) – https://veggiefoodie.com/2012/08/30/guacamole/

Servers: 4

Remarks: As you can see, I’ve improvised by using Indian bread chapati instead of tortillas!

Spicy Ethiopian Lentil Stew (Instant Pot recipe)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • 1-2 tbsp. berbere spice blend, to taste (https://www.amazon.com/Frontier-Berbere-Seasoning-ORGANIC-Bottle/dp/B005WDVQHG)
  • 1/2-1 tsp. cayenne pepper, or to taste, optional
  • Poblano pepper chopped into medium size pieces, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups dried split red lentils
  • 4-5 medium size tomatoes diced or 1-14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 3 medium red potatoes, about 3/4 lb. total, diced
  • 3-4 celery ribs, chopped into medium size pieces
  • 2 carrots, chopped into medium size pieces
  • 3 cups fresh baby spinach leaves, sliced and lightly packed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste

Method:

  1. To the pot, add the oil and put it on saute mode
  2. Add onion, carrots, celery, poblano chili and saute for 2 minutes
  3. Add potatoes and salt and saute for 2 minutes
  4. Add garlic, ginger, berbere spice and cayenne and sauté 1 minute more
  5. Add lentils, tomatoes and stir a few times
  6. Add 4 cups water, cover the pot and switch it to a mode with cooking time of 15 minutes
  7. When cooking is done and cooled, open pot and put it to saute mode
  8. Stir in spinach, add lemon juice and continue to cook just until spinach is wilted, about 2 minutes
  9. Turn off the pot and serve the stew with rice or any bread

Servers: 5-6

Inspiration source:

https://www.connoisseurusveg.com/spicy-ethiopian-lentil-stew/

Remarks:

You can add a bit more berbere and cayenne, if desired.

Tropical Fruit Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe mangoes, diced
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 Serrano chili, finely chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced (about 1/4 cup lime juice)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste

Method:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the mango, bell pepper, onion and chili
  2. Drizzle with lime juice, add salt and mix well
  3. Serve chilled with your choice of chips

Servers: 6

Inspiration source:

https://cookieandkate.com/2015/fresh-mango-salsa-recipe/

Remarks:

For best flavor, let the salsa rest for 30 minutes to an hour before serving.

Mediterranean Lentil Soup with Spinach

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown lentil (whole), washed, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 onions, sliced
  • 3-4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon cumin seed powder (preferably, freshly roasted and then ground)
  • 1 cup baby spinach, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)

Method:

  1. Put InstantPot on saute mode
  2. Add oil to the pan
  3. Once oil is hot, add onion and saute for a couple of minutes
  4. Add carrots and celery and saute for a couple of minutes
  5. Add garlic, salt and ground cumin and saute for a couple of minutes
  6. Add lentil and tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes
  7. Add 3 cups of water, cover the cooker and switch InstantPot to rice mode (10 minutes cooking time)
  8. Once the soup is ready, add chopped spinach and serve hot with pita bread or any hearty bread

Servers: 4

Inspiration source:

This is an attempt to reproduce awesome lentil soup we had at Zaytouna Mediterranean Grill in Freehold Township, New Jersey

Remarks:

Aloo Palak Methi

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiled and peeled potato cubes
  • 4 cups chopped spinach (palak)
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 5-7 cloves
  • 10-12 peppercorns
  • 3-4 large cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic (lehsun)
  • 3 tsp chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 1 tsp finely chopped green chillies
  • 2 whole dry kashmiri red chillies, broken into pieces
  • 2 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 3 tsp kasoori methi
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 cup water

Method:

  1. Heat the oil in a broad non-stick pan. Add cloves, peppercorns, large cardamom and cumin seeds and saute on medium flame for a minute or two. When the seeds turn light brown, add asafoetida and saute for 5-10 seconds.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, green chilies, red chilies and saute on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  3. Add the potatoes, toss gently and cook on a medium flame for 3-4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the spinach, coriander powder, turmeric powder, kasoori methi and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame covered, while stirring occasionally. Add water in stages as necessary to prevent spinach from sticking to the pan. Cook for about 8-10 minutes. Serve hot with any Indian bread.

Servers: 6

Inspiration source:

https://www.tarladalal.com/Aloo-Palak-30887r

Remarks:

Sabzi Dal (Pulses simmered with vegetables)

Ingredients:

Pulses

  • 1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram) , washed and drained
  • 1/2 cup toovar (arhar) dal , washed and drained
  • 1/2 cup masoor dal (split red lentil) , washed and drained

Vegetables

  • 2 cups chopped mixed vegetables (carrots, cauliflower and french beans)

Other

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp salt (or to taste)

Garnishing

  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Method:

  1. Combine the pulses and pressure cook them (3-4 whistles). Once the cooker has cooled down, keep the cooked pulses on a side
  2. Heat oil in a large pan
  3. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds
  4. When the seeds pop, add asafoetida, curry leaves and onions. Saute on medium heat till onions become light brown
  5. Add ginger-green chilli paste and garlic paste and saute for 2 minutes
  6. Add turmeric powder, chilli powder, tomatoes and saute for 2 minutes
  7. Add all the vegetables, salt, a cup water and cook the vegetables till soft
  8. Add the cooked pulses, gently mix well and simmer for 5 minutes, making sure it does not stick to the bottom of the pan
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaved and serve hot with any Indian bread

Servers: 4

Inspiration source:

Roz Ka Khana by Tarla Dalal, page 13

Remarks: