05
Dec 19

Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters)

Perfect starter for any party or get-together, goes very well with tea/ coffee; I love anything fried and it is my one of the favorite as it is crisp crust and soft inside. I often use to pair this with murmure (puffed rice) for my afternoon breakfast.

The recipe reminds me a Street food vendor (Chatwala) at my hometown and tingle my taste buds.

Delicious! You will love it…

Ingredients:

  • Masoor Dal (Red Lentil): 100 gm
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (as per your taste)
  • Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Ajwain (caraway): ¼ teaspoon
  • Kuti Mirch( crushed chili): ½ teaspoon
  • Onion: 1 no. (Small)
  • Garlic: 3-4 cloves
  • Green chili: 1 no.
  • Mustard oil: for frying

Preparation:

  1. Soak dal for 1 -2 hours, grind them roughly, with help of small quantity of water if required.
  2. Chop green chili, garlic and onion, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a mixing bowl, put dal paste chopped green chili, garlic, onion, turmeric powder and salt, mix properly. Now batter is ready.
  2. Take heavy bottom wok/fry pan, put oil in the fry pan, and let oil to smoke; drop small size batter in it. (Either directly using your fingers or spoon), If batter comes up, it means right temperature of oil otherwise wait for a while and test again.
  3. After getting right temperature of oil; deep fry all fritters (size of your choice), till golden brown. Remove from oil, repeat this till all batter is finished.
  4. Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters) is ready. Serve hot.
Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters)
Ingredients
grind them roughly
deep fry all fritters
Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters)
Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters)
Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters)
Kachari Masoor Dal (Red Lentil Fritters)

04
Dec 19

Mung (Green gram) Masoor (Red lentil) Dal

This is the Pakistani style of cooking, they prefer to cook food without using pressure cooker till the date; Dal and Rice an integral part of Indian people’s food, some people prefer chapatti (Indian bread/ Roti) with Dal in their meals. ‘Mung and Masoor Dal’ is prepared at least 3-4 times in every week in north Indian houses. The recipe I prepared is traditional as our grandmother or her mother prepared without pressure cooker; I too prepared dal without using pressure cooker, in the Bhagona by slow cooking method.  It took little more time than pressure cooker but believe me not too much, the taste was totally different. The Baghar (seasoning/chhonk) made the dal flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • Mung dal (split green gram): 50 gm
  • Masoor dal (red lentil): 50 gm.
  • Tomato/ canned tomato: 2 no. (Medium size)
  • Water: 2-3 cups

For Baghar/ seasoning:

  • Ghee: 3 tablespoon
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chili: 1-2 no.
  • Dry red chili: 1-2 no.
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Garlic: 3-4 clove(optional)
  • Onion: ¼ no. (Medium size)
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Crushed chili (kuti Mirch): ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mango pickle: ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt: one teaspoon (as per taste)

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and chop the onion and ginger, slit green chili, keep aside.

 Method:

  1. Take a Bhagona (pateela), put 400 ml water, when water starts boiling add washed dal; cook dal on medium flame.
  2.  When dal gets frothy; remove forth and continue to cook on medium low flame with lid ‘on’ till it is done 90%, add tomato; continue to cook for couple of minutes, put off the flame.
  3. ‘Mung (Green gram) Masoor (Red lentil) Dal’ is ready for seasoning; you may add water to reach your desire consistency.

Seasoning:

  1. Take wok, put ghee in it, add dry red chili, cumin seed, and sputter it for few seconds; add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, salt, chili powder and turmeric powder, transfer prepared dal into it. Take a boil; cover it for couple of minutes.
  2.  It is ready to be served at the time of lunch or dinner, along with chapatti and rice. Don’t forget to decorate with coriander leaves and green chili.
Mung (Green gram) Masoor (Red lentil) Dal
Ingredients
add washed dal
dal gets frothy
remove forth
till it is done 90%
add tomato
add dry red chili, cumin seed
add , salt, chili powder and turmeric powder
add , salt, chili powder and turmeric powder
transfer prepared dal into it
Take a boil
Mung (Green gram) Masoor (Red lentil) Dal
Mung (Green gram) Masoor (Red lentil) Dal

26
Nov 19

Spinach Corn Sandwich

A smile appeared on my face when my husband agreed to go to Hanamasa (shop) to fetch spinach for the sandwich, because I prefer to eat sandwich in breakfast on weekend.

Mostly I prepared the fillings in advance so that if we wake up late or have plane to go to visit some place, it is easy for me to prepare the breakfast and move out early…

The ‘Spinach Corn Sandwich’ is ideal for serving, when you host a tea party or get together with your friends. The party gets even more attractive with this stunning green and yellow colored sandwich which is pack of nutrients.  It is excellent to counter afternoon hunger too…

Ingredients:

  • Spinach: 200 gm.
  • Onion: ½ no. (Medium size)
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Garlic: 2 clove
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Sugar: 1 pinch(sugar keeps the bright green color of spinach intact)
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Red chili powder: ½ teaspoon (optional)
  • Sandwich bread: 4-6 slice
  • Butter: 50 gm

Preparation:

  1. Boil / microwave the palak (spinach) with pinch of sugar for 3 minutes and make fine paste, keep aside.
  2. Boil /microwave corn, keep aside.
  3. Chop the onion, ginger and garlic into fine pieces, Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan. Put 1 teaspoon butter in a pan, add chopped garlic; stir fry for few seconds, add onion and ginger. Fry for couple of minutes; add dry masala, salt and boiled corn along with spinach paste. Cook till consistency come, add a teaspoon butter and put off the flame.
  2. Corn Palak is ready to prepare the sandwich.
  3. Take 2 slices of bread, spread butter on both sides of breads; put stuffing and spread evenly. Cover the stuffing with another bread slice; now toast it in a toaster/griller. Toast till it become brown in color. Transfer and serve with chutney and soup for breakfast.
  4. Colorful and healthy…
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Ingredients
Boil / microwave the palak (spinach)
add chopped garlic
add onion
add dry masala, salt
add dry masala, salt and boiled corn
add dry masala, salt and boiled corn along with spinach paste
Cook till consistency come
add a teaspoon butter
put stuffing and spread evenly
Cover the stuffing with another bread slice
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Spinach Corn Sandwich
Spinach Corn Sandwich

24
Nov 19

Achari Kamal kakdi/kakari (lotus stem)

A boiled lotus stem (kamala kakdi) which is also known as ‘Nadru/Bhey’ with garlic paste is bold and hot yet pungent and chatpata flavor, very easy to prepare with minimum steps and with very common ingredients that is mustard oil and mustard powder ‘Achari’ in Hindi.

I frequently prepare this dish here (Tokyo) as frozen Kamal kakdi is easily available in store, very good quality and fresh too. It also saves time of peeling and cleaning; I just microwave it for 3-4 minutes, takes only 10-15 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:

  • Kamal kakdi (Lotus stem)/frozen: 250 gm
  • Potato: 4 no (Medium size)
  • Garlic: 1 teaspoon (paste)
  • Salt: 2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chilly powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard powder: 2 teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil/olive oil: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Wash and peel off the lotus stem and potato.
  2. Slice the lotus stem slanting into one forth inch thick slices.
  3. Put it into salted water bowl.
  4. Cut the each potato into pieces; similar to size of lotus stem.

Method:

  1. Boil potato, keep aside.
  2. Put the lotus stem into cooker with half teaspoon of salt and 2 cup of water; put it on high flame, and bring to full cooking pressure. Reduce to low flame and cook it for about 15-20 minutes, allow cooker to cool.
  3. Drain the water and wash the slices under tap water, clean properly (because its holes may contain some soil), keep aside.
  4. Take a mixing bowl. Put garlic paste, 1 teaspoon of salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder, mustard powder, dry mango powder and oil. Mix well.
  5. Add boiled potato and boiled lotus stem. Mix properly.
  6. Achari lotus stem is ready to serve.
Achari Kamal kakdi/kakari (lotus stem)
Ingredients
Boiled potatoes and lotus stem
Put garlic paste, 1 teaspoon of salt, turmeric powder, chilly powder, mustard powder, dry mango powder
Mix well
Achari lotus stem is ready to serve
Achari Kamal kakdi/kakari (lotus stem)
Achari Kamal kakdi/kakari (lotus stem)

23
Nov 19

Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen

Today I would like to share an easy vegetarian Korean recipe named ‘Kimbap/Gimbap’ which is made with pickled radish. The ingredients are gifted to me from one of my beautiful Korean friend; thank you so much once again my dear friend through this medium(Indian Cooking Manual). Basically Kimbap is a seaweed rice roll served as light lunch with kimchi.

It is very popular picnic food and takeout food in Korea; it is sold everywhere in from airport to market. It is liked by everyone from kids to elder. I also fall in love with this delicious Korean rice roll and wish to bring in my kitchen…

Ingredients:

  • Japanese cooked rice (Uruchi Mai/ Bap): 2 cups
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Sesame oil: 2-3 tablespoon
  • Dressing vinegar: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Dried seaweed sheet (Gim/Sushi Nori): 4 no.
  • Radish Pickle sticks: 1 pack
  • Bamboo roller mat/Sushi rolling mat: you may use aluminum foil

Preparation:

  1. Dry roast seaweed sheet on non-stick pan at lower flame till it gets crispy, keep aside.
  2. Take a mixing bowl; put rice, salt and sesame oil, mix well with help of spatula, now the mixture is ready to prepare the Kimbap.
  3. Take a chopping board and keep a bowl filled with water near to wet the hand to prevent the rice from sticking at the time of rolling.

Method to assemble:

  1. Place the bamboo mat on the chopping board, keeping non-shiny side up, spread seaweed sheet over the mat; It is important to wet your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking to hand, take a handful of rice, place the rice on the seaweed sheet then spread evenly to cover the ¾ of the sea weed as in photo …
  2. Now arrange pickled radish over it as in photo.
  3. Then roll it with slightly pressing manner so that fillings stay inside; continue to roll at the end of the bamboo mat as in photo.
  4. Press with both hands so that it sets as a roll, keep aside. Repeat the same till all rolls are done as in photo.
  5. Apply sesame oil all over the roll and cut into 2” pieces or 7-8 pieces from one roll with sharp knife.
  6. ‘Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen’ is ready to be served, if you want to store this for next day picnic; store in an airtight container in refrigerator and reheat or microwave before use.
  7. Note: Here I used Japanese sticky rice(Koshihikari rice), you may use parboiled rice instead of Japanese sticky rice.
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Ingredients
Ingredients
Dry roast seaweed sheet
put rice, salt and sesame oil
put rice, salt and sesame oil
spread seaweed sheet over the mat
place the rice on the seaweed sheet then spread evenly
arrange pickled radish
roll it with slightly pressing manner
fillings stay inside
continue to roll at the end
continue to roll at the end of the bamboo mat
Press with both hands
sets as a roll
Repeat the same
Apply sesame oil
cut into 2” pieces
cut into 2” pieces or 7-8 pieces
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen