28
Jan 20

Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)

At least once in a week I use to cook either mix vegetable or mix vegetable stuffed capsicum; both are very healthy version and easy to cook. Make stuffing according to your taste or vegetable available in your refrigerator. Here I used carrot, potato, zucchini and peas. You can prepare this with or without onion and garlic. I still have taste lingering on my palate because capsicum is one of my favorite.

Ingredients:

  • Capsicum: 4-6 no.
  • Potato: 1 no.
  • Carrot: 1 no.
  • Zucchini: ¼ pieces
  • Ginger: 1” pieces
  • Peas: 100 gm.
  • Mustard oil /cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Cumin: half teaspoon
  • Chili powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt: half teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Slit capsicum and scoop out seeds from capsicum, keep aside.
  2. Chop onion, potato, carrot, zucchini and ginger into very small pieces. Keep aside.

Method:

To prepare stuffing:

  1. Take fry pan, put oil and heat, when it smokes add cumin; add ginger stir fry  on low flame for few seconds add  chopped potato continue to fry on medium flame for couple of minutes add carrot and zucchini .
  2. Stir fry for couple of minutes add peas, salt and dry masala; lower the flame and cover it. Wait till vegetables are done about 3 to 5 minutes (stir in between to avoid sticking into the bottom), Keep aside.

To prepare stuffed capsicum:

  1. Take capsicum and stuff fully with stuffing, arrange these into microwave bowl; add butter over the capsicum, microwave them for about 4-5 minutes. (You may use OTG tray/fry pan until it is done).
  2. Yummy ‘Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)’ is ready, Serve hot.
Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)
Ingredients
add cumin
add chopped potato
add carrot
add peas
add peas, salt and dry masala
Slit capsicum and stuffing
capsicum stuffed fully with stuffing
add butter over the capsicum
Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)
Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)

27
Jan 20

Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)

The taste of garlic with eggplant goes very well; our family likes the taste most. This is the recipe which I cook often in my day to day routine. Fresh herbs like coriander leaves/Methy leaves and garlic paste  I prefer to use in the recipe preferable. Enjoy the recipe made with seasonal vegetables…

Ingredients:

  • Baigan/ Brinjal (egg plant): 300 gm
  • Potato (Aaloo): 2 no. (75-100 gm.)
  • Tomato: 2 no. (Medium size)
  • Garlic paste: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 2-3 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Fresh coriander leaves/Methy leave: 20 gm.

Preparation:

  1. Chop eggplant longitudinally (~ 2-3”pieces), keep this in a bowl filled with water otherwise it will turn dark brown due to high iron content.  Keep aside.
  2. Chop tomato and potato, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, heat oil, let oil start to smoke, add mustard seed, and sputter it for few seconds.
  2. Add chopped potatoes; stir fry for couple of minutes on low flame, add garlic paste, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Stir fry for couple of minutes.
  3. Add tomato continue to fry for couple of minutes; add chopped egg plant stir fry on medium flame  for couple of minutes, reduce to low flame, cover the lid and continue to cook until done(if needed add ¼  cup of water, stir occasionally, so that it does not burn).
  4. Add fresh coriander leaves, Put off the flame (in this recipe I used dried green coriander powder because that time I did not have fresh coriander leaves)
  5. ‘Garlicky Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant) Aaloo’ is ready to be served.
  6. Transfer the sabji into serving bowl. Serve with Paratha, Poori or Rice.
Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)
Ingredients
Add chopped potatoes
stir fry for couple of minutes
add garlic paste, chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt
Add tomato
add chopped egg plant
stir fry on medium flame
cover the lid and continue to cook
continue to cook until done
dried green coriander powder
Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)
Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)
Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)
Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)
Garlicky Aaloo Baigan/ Brinjal (Egg plant)

20
Jan 20

Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)

I visited an event held at Hibiya Park, Tokyo named ‘Farmers and Kids Festa’ with the aim of educating the kids that their food doesn’t really come from the supermarket.

Farmers shared their knowledge and experiences of farming like Spinach harvesting, rice threshing and peanut molting. There was a chance for kids to feed and play with various cute animals.

I did enjoyed and purchased so many types of field fresh vegetables with leaf intact; one of them was carrot, and decided to cook this recipe.

The sweet flavor of carrot has marvelous connection with black pepper, when it is mingled and come out with amazing taste.

Ingredients:

  • Carrot: 300 gm
  • Mustard oil/Ghee: 2 tablespoon
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Green cardamom: 2 no. (Crushed)
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)

Preparation:

  1. Slice carrot, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan; add fennel seeds, cumin and green cardamom, allow to sputtering, adding a pinch of turmeric powder.
  2. Drop sliced carrot; saute and cook on medium low flame with lid on, fry until half done, (About 5-7 minutes), add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Continue to fry till vegetables are 90% done; (further 5-7 minutes) add black pepper powder.
  4. Fry on high flame till done; now ‘Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)’ is ready to serve.
Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)
Ingredients
Sliced carrot
add fennel seeds, cumin and green cardamom
Drop sliced carrot
saute and cook on medium low flame
add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
add black pepper powder
add black pepper powder
Fry on high flame till done
Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)
Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)

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)

14
Jan 20

Sora Mame (Fava Beans)sabji

I had big surprise to see ‘Sora Mame (Fava Beans)’ in the super market like Hanamasa and peacock. This is a kind of beans but its seeds are far bigger than Sem phalli seed (broad beans). I had never seen this before coming to Japan. After coming to Japan; I saw so many times in the market, but for long didn’t buy as I felt it was too expensive that only 6-7 pods in a packet and priced 330 yen.

 It is something like peas pods but bigger in size and the inside seed is as similar to Indian’s ‘Sem phalli’.  When opened the pod it looks like the beans are packed in soft sponge and a bit surprising that each pod had only 2-3 seeds inside.

To prepare the recipe, I opened the pods and collected the seeds; boiled and cooled it to remove the seed outer layer so that, spices will get absorbed by the seeds. It come out very delicious (Oishi nioi and Oishi soena).

Ingredients:

  • Sora Mame (Fava Beans): 6-7 no.
  • Aaloo (Potato): 2no. (Small size)
  • Garlic: 3-4 clove
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Chili powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard: ¼ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil/olive oil: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Takeout seeds and boil them keep aside to cool, after cooling remove the seed’s outer layer.
  2. Wash and peel off the potato; chop potato similar size as beans, keep aside.
  3. Chop garlic, keep aside.

 Method:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoon of oil in a heavy bottom pan; add mustard seeds, sputter for few seconds add chopped garlic and immediately add chopped potatoes stir fry it on low flame for couple of minutes.
  2. Add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt; sprinkle little water to avoid burning of masala, stir fry for a minute.
  3. Add boiled and peeled Fava seeds; continue to stir fry for one more minutes, add half cup of water, and cook on medium low flame with lid on until done.
  4. Now, delicious ‘Sora Mame (Fava Beans)’ is ready to serve. Serve with paratha or rice as a side dish.
Sora Mame (Fava Beans) sabji
Ingredients
Sora Mame (Fava Beans)
Sora Mame (Fava Beans)
Takeout seeds and boil
after cooling remove the seed’s outer layer
boiled and peeled Fava seeds
add mustard seeds
add chopped garlic
add mustard seeds
add chopped potatoes
Add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
Add boiled and peeled Fava seeds
add half cup of water
cook on medium low flame
cook on medium low flame with lid on until done.
Sora Mame (Fava Beans) sabji
Sora Mame (Fava Beans) sabji
Sora Mame (Fava Beans) sabji
Sora Mame (Fava Beans) sabji