11
Oct 19

Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)

This recipe is very popular in most Indian houses till date from ages; in urban area people buy it from grocery store, but I am fortunate that it is given by my mom when I was moving to Japan. She prepares it at home and gives to their relatives too as a souvenir. She made many variety of vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets) from lentil like Chana (Bengal gram), Mung (Green gram), Urad (Black gram), Masoor (Red lentil) and Peas etc… In this recipe I used split peas vadi…

The Vadi is generally made during summer season; so that in that season there is abundance of heat from the Sun. Dried lentil paste dumpling (nuggets), which is sun-dried, can be stored for a year in air-tight container.

It was used in olden days during the scarcity of quality green vegetables in the market during off season. Now throughout the year green vegetables are available, still we can enjoy with aged traditional Indian recipe …

Ingredients:

  • Baigan (egg plant): 400 gm
  • Vadi: 100 gm.
  • Garlic paste: 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Kasuri Methi: 1 tablespoon (You can use fresh fenugreek leaf).
  • Mustard oil:  5-6 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala: ½ teaspoon(optional)

Preparation:

  1. Cut egg plant into small pieces (~ 1”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 into small pieces, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, heat 2 tablespoon of oil, let oil start to smoke; Add vadi, Stir fry for couple of minutes (don’t over fry it otherwise it will not get cooked properly). Take out, keep aside.
  2. Put remaining oil into the fry pan; add mustard seed sputter it for few seconds add egg plant stir fry on medium flame for about couple of minutes, add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garlic paste and salt stir it, reduce to low flame, cover the lid (for 2-3 minutes). Stir occasionally, so that it should not burn.
  3. Add tomato and Kasuri Methi stir it; cover the lid and cook till vegetables are half done, add 2 cups of hot water. Let it boil; add fried Vadi, stir it reduce to low flame, cover the lid till it just done (for 3-4 minutes). Put off the flame. The Vadi gets double in size, add Garam masala and stir carefully otherwise Vadi gets messy in appearance.
  4. Transfer the Sabji into serving bowl, ‘Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)’ is ready to be served with Chapatti (Indian bread), Poori or Rice.
Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)
Ingredients
Add vadi, Stir fry for couple of minutes
Add vadi, Stir fry for couple of minutes
add mustard seed
add egg plant
add egg plant
add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garlic paste and salt
reduce to low flame, cover the lid
Add tomato and Kasuri Methi
add 2 cups of hot water
add fried Vadi
add fried Vadi
cover the lid
The Vadi gets double in size
Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)
Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)
Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)
Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)
Baigan (Egg plant/ Brinjal) Vadi (Dried dumplings, dried nuggets)

02
Oct 19

Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwan karela) with mango powder

Bitter gourd is extremely popular in Asian country; as we know, it is an excellent source of vitamin B1, B2, B, C, phosphorus, zinc, manganese, and iron and also contains high dietary fiber. It is Doctor’s recommendation for diabetics.  This is the reason I prefer to eat bitter gourd daily.

So prepare ‘Stuffed Bitter Gourd with mango powder’..

Above all here I used special Bitter Gourd that is 100% organic grown by my husband in our Tokyo home balcony pot. He sprayed water 2-3 times a day to protect from harsh sun in the rowdy summer of Japan and got very healthy vegetables.

This is very common recipe prepared in every house of north India. It is also very useful as a travelling food, also can be packed into lunch boxes or can be served as side dish of get- together.

After cooking the recipe, put it into refrigerator and use it as side dish every day for weeks.

Ingredients:

  • Karela (bitter gourd): 200 gm
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Jeggery/sugar: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • For stuffing:
  • Coriander powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Fennel powder: 1 table spoon
  • Mango powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Oil: 4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Trim the both ends of bitter gourd. And cut into center; scoop out all pulp and seeds form it with help of knife or scooper. Keep aside, to be used for stuffing.
  2. Apply salt all over on scooped pieces, keep aside for 10-20 minutes.

For stuffing:

  1. Grind coriander powder, fennel powder, mango powder and bitter gourd pulp in a grinding jar with small amount of water to make fine masala paste, keep aside.
  2. Wash the bitter gourd and boil them for 5-6 minutes (80% done) ,you may microwave. Keep aside

Method:

  1. Take a fry pan. Put 2 tablespoon of oil, when smoke starts coming, add fennel seed and mustard seed, sputter it for few seconds; lower the flame, add pinch of turmeric powder and add masala paste.
  2. Increase the flame. Fry this masala till it become thick, add salt, jeggery and turmeric powder, stir continuously, it should not stick into the bottom. (In this recipe, I used 4-5 bitter gourd leaf also) Fry about 4-5 minutes. Now stuffing is ready keep aside.

For making stuffed Bitter gourd:

  1. Take boiled bitter gourd and stuff with stuffing, keep aside. Take fry pan, put remain oil into the pan heat oil till smoke starts arrange stuffed bitter gourd one by one, lower the flame, cook (8-10 minutes) and flip the sides carefully to avoid spill of stuffing, cook for 5-6 minutes (till it is done).
  2. Now “Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwan karela) with mango powder” is ready.
  3. Note: you may use fresh raw mango instead of mango powder, the taste will be better.
Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwan karela) with mango powder
Ingredients
scoop out all pulp
Grind coriander powder, fennel powder, mango powder
masala paste
add fennel seed and mustard seed
add masala paste
add masala paste
Fry this masala till it become thick
add salt, jeggery and turmeric powder
stuffing is ready
stuffing is ready
arrange stuffed bitter gourd one by one
flip the sides carefully
is done
Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwan karela) with mango powder
Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwan karela) with mango powder

23
Sep 19

Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry

‘Aaloo mutter’ is a favorite dish from Indian cuisine, especially from north India and Punjab region. It is prepared using potatoes and fresh peas in a spicy creamy curry; which is made from tomato/curd. Here I used curd and regular ingredients. You may add dash of butter and fresh coriander leaves to enhance the flavor.

I used here pressure cooking method, it can used as kadahi (wok) cooking too.

The recipe goes well with Roti, Chapati and Poori …

Ingredients:

  • Potato: 200 gm.
  • Fresh peas/frozen peas: 100 gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium)
  • Curd/Tomato: 100 gm.
  • Ginger: 1 teaspoon (paste)
  • Mustard oil /cooking oil: 50 ml.
  • Chili powder: ½ teaspoon (as per your taste)
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and cut potato into cubes, keep aside.
  2. Grate onion, Keep aside.
  3. Chop ginger into fine pieces, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take pressure cooker: put oil and heat, when it smokes add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Sputter for few seconds add ginger and onion, fry on medium flame till it gets golden brown in color.
  2. Add curd/tomato and fry on low flame till oil separates from the masala. Add peas and potatoes; stir fry for couple of minutes, now put the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cover it and fry, about 3 to 5 minutes, stir occasionally.
  3. Add one cup of water close the lid, place the cooker on high flame, bring to full cooking pressure and put off the flame.
  4. Allow cooker to cool and open, add butter and Garam masala powder. Potato and pea curry (Aaloo matar curry) is ready. Take out into serving bowl and decorate with green coriander and serve.
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry
Ingredients
Ingredients
add cumin seeds and bay leaf
add ginger and onion
add ginger and onion
add ginger and onion
fry on medium flame
Add curd/tomato
fry on low flame
Add peas and potatoes
Add peas and potatoes
put the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
stir fry
Add one cup of water
bring to full cooking pressure
add butter and Garam masala powder
decorate with green coriander
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry

19
Sep 19

Baati (Rajasthani recipe)

Rajasthan is among the best state of India for their exotic culture and royal food, there is a wide range of delectable food. ‘Dal Baati’ is one of them, an unforgettable memory for me. I ate ‘Dal Baati’ first time at Rawat Bhata near Kota in the state of Rajasthan in a crew Picnic, awesome taste which I will never forget. Actually to set my hunger, half Baati is enough, but I asked another half, so you can imagine how tasty it was?

If you are food enthusiastic then my advice to must cook the recipe, it will definitely find it very yummy… It is made from wheat flour (slightly course wheat flour is better), swamped in ghee (clarified butter). Go ahead and try the genuine Baati from the Rajasthan.

Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour (Aata): 2 cup
  • Curd: ½ cup
  • Milk: ¼ cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Ajwain (carom seed): ¼ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Soda-bicarb: 2 pinch (optional)
  • Ghee (clarified butter):4 tablespoon (for moin)
  • Ghee: 200 gm. (for dipping Baati)

Preparation:

  1. To prepare powder masala, roughly crush the coriander seeds, ajwain, fennel seed, keep aside.
  2. A mixing bowl filled with ghee for putting the baked Baati, keep aside.
  3. Take a wide vessel; pour Aata, ghee, powder masala, baking soda, Turmeric powder and salt. Mix well by rubbing between palms.
  4. Add curd and knead, if required, put milk in small quantity and make a semi-hard dough (The dough can be made in food processor also)
  5. Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.
  6. Divide the dough into 8-10 equal part and make ball, slightly press by your thumb in the center or make a cross with your knife, so that it will get cooked evenly as shown into photo, keep aside. Now raw Baati is ready.

Method:

  1. Traditionally it is baked on charcoal, but here I used OTG; arrange these into OTG tray and put it in preheated OTG at temperature of 230 deg C.
  2. Cook until it is ready, change the sides in intervals (its color will change to golden brown and small cracks will develop on the surface), take it out.
  3. Use kitchen towel and press slightly by your palm (so that its crack gets enlarged and absorbs good amount of ghee inside); put it into the bowl filled with ghee.
  4. Baati is ready; serve with mix dal/panchmail dal and churma.

Note:

  1. If you do not want to eat much amount of ghee; just take out the Baati from the ghee after few seconds, put it on the kitchen towel to absorb extra ghee from the Baati.
  2. Traditionally Baati is served with lots of ghee.
Baati (Rajasthani recipe)
Ingredients
The dough
Divide the dough into 8-10 equal part and make ball
slightly press by your thumb
OTG tray
press slightly by your
Baati bowl filled with ghee
Baati (Rajasthani recipe)

08
Sep 19

Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)

On the eve of Navratri fasting days People prepare this ‘Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe) recipe, it is very popular in northern India. It is really delightful with a glass of orange juice and some seasonal fruits.

I prepare this recipe sometimes as a breakfast and add grated cheese and chili powder, the cheese goes very well with potatoes. You will be overwhelmed as all of us love cheese and potato.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes: 300 gm.
  • Cheese: 50 gm. (optional)
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Red chili powder: (optional)
  • Cooking oil/butter: for roasting

Preparation:

  1. Wash and clean potatoes and boil them, about 90 % cooked: peel off and grate, add salt keep aside.
  2. Grate cheese and keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan; apply one spoon of butter, grease all on it. Spread the grated potatoes mixture, press them with spatula and set the edges properly, so that it gets smooth texture at the edge, as shown in photo.  
  2. Let it cook about 5-6 minutes on low flame with lid on: when it gets slightly golden in color, flip it upside down with the help of plate (put plate on the cheela and reverse the fry pan, so that chila come out on the plate again put the cheela upside down on fry pan, shown in the photo, if size of the cheela is small, flipping upside down can be done by spatula also).
  3. Sprinkle grated cheese and chili powder on the top, cover and cook another side until cheese melt and get golden color (about 5-6 minutes).
  4. Transfer into serving plate, serve hot ‘Aaloo ka cheela’ may be served along with pumpkin sabji, chopped fruits and fresh juices for fasting days and serve with  chutney or tomato ketchup on normal days.
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Ingredients
grate, add salt
Spread the grated potatoes mixture
press them with spatula
flip it upside down with the help of plate
reverse the fry pan
cheela upside down on fry pan
cheela upside down on fry pan
Sprinkle grated cheese and chili powder
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)
Aaloo ka chila/cheela (potato crepe)