18
Jan 20

Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)

Are you going to cook Eggplant mashed; do try this variation in your day-to-day cooking, it is wonderful in taste. Your family and friends happiness will multiply to see the stunning yellow color of sweet corn with egg plant.

Ingredients:

  • Brinjal/Baigan: 250- 300 gm 1 no.
  • Sweet corn (fresh or frozen): 100 gm.
  • Tomato/ Tinned chopped tomato: 1 cup
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Green chili: 2-3 no. (As per your taste)
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Garlic: 2-3 flakes
  • Kasuri methy: 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili flakes: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaf: 2 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Salt: half teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Apply few drops of oil all over the Brinjal; cut the Brinjal into two halves and see the healthiness by judging color, Roast Brinjal direct on the gas burner on medium flame; keep turning after 1- 2 minutes on the flame, so that it is evenly cooked, roast till it become completely cooked and soft. Keep aside, and let it cool. (Here I used Japanese griller to roast)
  2. Remove skin (outer layer) and stem from roasted Brinjal; mash properly with the help of masher, Keep aside.
  3. Chop onion, tomato, green chili, garlic and ginger into small pieces.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, put oil and heat, when it smokes add chopped garlic and ginger; Stir it for few seconds add chopped onion, stir fry till onion get translucent, add green chili and corn cook for couple of minutes (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).
  2. Add tomato; fry till liquid dries up add salt, chili flakes, kasuri methy and turmeric powder, stir fry for couple of minutes, add mashed Brinjal and fry. (About 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add Garam masala powder; stir well and put off the flame, add green coriander leaf and mix well.
  4. Now, ‘Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)’ is ready.
  5. Serve as a side dish in combination with steamed rice and dal or hot chapatti and dal.
  6. Note:
  7. Brinjal must be smooth and having shiny surface, so that it has less seeds or tender seeds.
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)
Ingredients
Roast Brinjal
Roasted and chopped ingredients
add chopped garlic
add chopped onion,
add green chili
add green chili and corn
Add tomato
add salt, chili flakes, kasuri methy and turmeric powder
stir fry for couple of minutes
add mashed Brinjal
Add Garam masala powder
stir well
put off the flame
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)

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)

11
Nov 19

Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)

I was reading somewhere an article related to biography of Mahatma Gandhi, according to that Gandhi ji preferred simple and boiled food including many types of gourd. At that moment I was thinking about  simple dish which can be made from one of the gourd, and it came to my thought, what about ‘Bitter Gourd Mashed’ for ‘Indian Cooking Manual’, as we know if anyone falls in love with a hobby he plan every moment, an idea to do something related to that.

It is difficult to eat and enjoy food type that Mahatma Gandhi enjoyed but if a variation can be created which people really – really enjoy although it comes in the category of boiled food.

Earlier I thought that boiled bitter gourd is more bitter than fried but it is not true, bitterness is almost similar or less than fried that I knew a year before; when I ate ‘Bentou box(Japanese lunch box)’.

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd (karela): 150-200 gm.
  • Tomato: 50 gm.
  • Onion: 100 gm.
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Mustard seed: half teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Fennel seed powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Mango powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaf: 1 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop bitter gourd coarsely; remove the seeds, boil/microwave, roughly mash this with masher or spoon, keep aside.
  2. Chop onion, tomato and ginger into small pieces.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan; put oil when it smokes add mustard seeds, wait till it sputters. Add fennel seed powder, onion and ginger; stir it and fry (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn). Fry till it become translucent, add tomato stir fry for couple of minutes add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder.
  2. Add mashed bitter gourd and fry (About 3-5 minutes); add mango powder, sugar and green coriander leaf and mix well, fry for couple of minute, put off the flame.
  3. Now, ‘Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)’ is ready to be served with any type of meal as hot ghee doused chapatti and dal or in combination with steamed rice and dal.
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Ingredients
Ingredients
Boiled Bitter gourd
Boiled Bitter gourd
Add fennel seed powder
add onion and ginger
add onion and ginger
add tomato
add salt, turmeric powder, coriander powder
Add mashed bitter gourd
add mango powder, sugar and green coriander
put off the flame
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)
Bitter gourd Mashed (Karela Bharta)

27
Feb 19

Sweet potato mash with honey and butter

Toddlers/Baby recipe:

You may serve as sweet dish/dessert or regular recipe for all age group…

It was balmy winter evening when I was passing the street back home from station in Tokyo; highly pleasing delectable flavor of baking aroma was coming from a stall. When reached near the stall, I found that sweet potatoes were being baked. Japanese love to eat the sweet potatoes in both ways; savory and sweet. In Japan sweet potato is available almost whole year. Most of the Japanese sweet potatoes variety is sweeter than Indian counterpart.

I love to eat sweet potato and my husband like to eat the recipe that I am uploading today. The recipe “Sweet potato mash with honey and butter” is healthy and highly nutritious for toddlers/baby. They will certainly like the taste and smooth finish of this sweet potato recipe.

Very easy to prepare; just boil/microwave the sweet potato, peel out the skin, mash it and add some honey and dash of butter. In this recipe I grilled the sweet potatoes.

The benefits of honey, butter and sweet potatoes is good for vision and tonic for brain. Add little butter in the sweet potatoes to increase the absorption of beta carotene in the body.

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potato (shakarkandi/satsumaimo): 2-3 no. (Small size)
  • Honey: 2 tablespoon (as per taste)
  • Butter: 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee/oil: to moisturize outer layer

Preparation:

Wash and dry the sweet potato with kitchen towel, apply little quantity of ghee on the skin of it; Boil/microwave potato, keep aside. Here I used Japanese griller, which is very convenient, remove skin (outer layer) Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a mixing bowl put all ingredients into this bowl, mash all with the help of masher or hand.
  2. Mash properly more you mash better will be the taste as well easy to gulp for toddlers/baby.
  3. Sweet potato mash with honey and butter is ready.
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter
Ingredients
apply little quantity of ghee
apply little quantity of ghee
Japanese griller
grilled sweet potatoes
remove skin
adding butter & honey
Mash properly
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter
Sweet potato mash with honey and butter

09
Jun 17

Tender drumstick ka chokha

A wonderful tree, of which every part is useful to us in some form of other; let it be the stem, seed, leaves, flowers or the fruit itself.

It is particularly useful for those, who are suffering from knee pain. It makes your skin glow; it strengthens the bones and enriches our body with vitamin ‘A’ and ‘C’. It is full of calcium, potassium and minerals.

As it is said ‘An apple a day keeps a doctor away’.

A drumstick can keep the doctor away; a drumstick can keep all sickness at bay.

‘Drumstick bhurta’-a variation of Bihari dish chokha/ bhurta

Ingredients:

  • Tender drum stick): 200gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Green chili: 2-3 no.
  • Coriander leaves: 20gm
  • Mustard oil: 1-2 teaspoon (as per your taste)
  • Salt: 1teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop and boil tender drumstick either in pressure cooker or in microwave, keep aside.
  2. Chop onion, green chili, and coriander leaves into small pieces.

Method:

  1. Take a mixing bowl put all ingredients into this bowl.
  2. Mash all with the help of masher or hand.
  3. Mash properly (more you mash better will be test), Tender drumstick ka chokha is ready.
  4. It can be served with any type of meal.

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    chopped Ingredients

    chopped Ingredients

    boil tender drumstick

    boil tender drumstick

    boiled tender drumstick

    boiled tender drumstick

    Mash all with the help of masher

    Mash all with the help of masher

    Mash all with the help of masher

    Mash all with the help of masher

    add salt

    add salt

    put all ingredients

    put all ingredients

    add oil

    add oil

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Tender drumstick ka chokha

    Tender drumstick ka chokha