Bhendi Bhaji.(Malwani style)

Bhendi or okra can be made in many different ways,today I am sharing a very simple recipe made with minimum spices in malvani style.For us malvani’s coconut is a must in every dish also as bhendi has a slimy texture amchur or lime juice is used while cooking it,here we will use Kokum for the same.

Ingredients :

250 gms Bhendi/Okra cleaned,dried and chopped finely.

2 Green chilies chopped into 4 peices.

1 big Onion chopped.

2 tbsp Grated Coconut.

1 tbsp Oil.

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds.

1tsp Sesame seeds.

1/8 tsp Asafoetida.

1/8 Turmeric Powder.

4 Kokum.

Salt to taste.

Method : 

Wash and pat dry bhendi,cut stem and slice thinly.Keep aside.

In a pan heat oil,add mustard seeds,sesame seeds,asafoetida,chopped onions and green chillies.saute for a minute,add sliced bhendi, salt and turmeric powder,mix well.Add Kokum and saute well.Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.Don’t at all add water as bhendi will become sticky.

Add grated coconut and mix well.

Remove in serving bowl and serve with chapati or bhakri.

Happy Cooking! ! ! 

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Paneer Bhurji


250 gms Paneer.

1tsp Jeera.

1 Onion chopped

1 Tomato chopped.

1tsp Ginger Garlic paste.

2-3 Green chillies chopped finely.

1/4 Cup chopped corriander leaves.

1/2 tsp turmeric powder.

1 tsp chilli powder.

1/2 tsp Dhana jeera powder.

1 tbsp oil.

Salt to taste.


Crumble pander finely and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan,add jeera,chopped onion and ginger garlic paste.saute till onions turn pinkish now add tomatoes again saute for 2 minutes.

Add turmeric powder,dhana jeera powder and chilli powder,mix well and saute for a minute.

Add crumbled paneer and salt.

Stir well to mix.

Add chopped corriander leaves.

Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Serve hot with roti or phulka.

Happy Cooking !!!


Cauliflower and Batata Bhaji

There are various recipes of making cauliflower bhaji,north indian style,simple Maharashtrian style etc…

This one is made using malvani masala,is bit spicy ans very flavour full.Malvani masala is easily available in market.Each malvani family has its own specific recipe for the same.

Here i have added potato,even green peas can be added to this recipe.Goes very well with Bhakri or chappati.


1 cup Cauliflower  cut into small peices.

1/4 cup Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced.

1/2 cup Onion finely chopped.

6 flakes Garlic chopped.

1 tsp Malvani masala.

1/2 tsp Haldi powder.

1 tbsp Oil.

1 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/4 tsp Asafoetida.

2 tbsp grated Coconut.

2 tbsp chopped Corriander leaves.

Salt to taste.


In a pan heat oil,add mustard seeds and Asafoetida. Add chopped garlic and cook till it turns golden brown.

Add chopped onion and cook till translucent.

Add chopped cauliflower and potatoes,makvani masala,haldi powder and salt.Mix well.sprinkle little water,cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or till the vegetables are cooked.

Add grated coconut and choppef Corriander leaves.Mix well.

Serve hot with bhakri or phulkas.

Happy Cooking !!!


Bharwa Bhendi (Stuffed Okra)

Bharwa bhindi is a side dish in which Bhindi (Okra / Lady Fingers) are stuffed with a tangy and spicy masala filling.Bhindis are mild in taste so their taste gets enhanced when filled with this flavour full stuffing.This dish goes well with phulkas or even plain dal rice.

Same stuffing can be used to stuff karela,tendli,bhavnagri mirchi or baby potatoes.

Ingredients :

500 gm Bhendi (Okra),cleaned and slit lengthwise.

4 tbsp Besan,roasted.

1tsp Chilli powder .

1 tsp Dhana Jeera powder.

1/2 tsp Haldi powder.

1 tsp Fennal seeds.

1/2 tsp Ajwain.

1/2 tsp Amchur powder.

1 tsp Sugar.

Salt to taste .

2 tbsp  Oil.


In a plate take roasted besan and all the dry masalas,salt and sugar.

Mix it well.

Keep aside.

Clean and pat dry bhendis.give a slit lengthwise.

Fill the prepared stuffing in bhendis.

In a pan heat oil,arrange stuffed bhendis,sprimkle remaining masala on top,cover and cook for 2 minutes.

with light hand turn the bhendis and again cover and cpok for another 5 mins.

Once done remove in servimg bowl ans and serve hot with chapatis.

Happy Cooking!!!


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Rishi Chi Bhaji.

In Maharashtra this simple vegetable,is made on Rishi Panchami.

Rishi Panchami is the fifth day, the next day after Ganesh Chaturthi in Bhadrapad month of the Lunar calendar. It is a traditional worship day for Sapta Rishi.

This vegetable is made using seasonal vegetables and tubbers .The vegetables that are used are the ones where ox is not used for the farming. It is also cooked in simple way without adding any spices as cooked by rishis….hence the name “Rishi Chi Bhaji”.

Time consuming recipe as lots of vegetables needs to be cleaned and chopped….But the taste is worth every effort.

Here goes the recipe…


2 cups Lal Math (Amarnath ) leaves with tender stems, washed and chopped finely.

1 cup Aloochi paan/ Colocasia  leaves with tender stems, washed and chopped finely.

1 cup Stems of Lal Math washed,peeled and cut into peices.

1/2 cup, Padwal (snake gourd)chopped.

1/2 cup,Lal Bhopla (Red pumpkin ), peeled and chopped.

1/2 cup Bhindi ( Lady’s finger )Chopped.

1/2 cup Kakdi (Cucumber) peeled and chopped.

1/2  cup Ratalu (Sweet Potato)peeled and chopped.

1/2 cup Green Peas.

1/2 cup Raw peanuts soaked for 2 hours.

6 peices of tender Corn on cab.

3  green chillies

1/2 cup coconut, freshly grated.

2 tbsp Ghee.

1 tbsp tamarind pulp.

1 tsp Jagery..

Salt, as per taste.

Method :

Heat ghee in a thick bottomed pan.

Add chopped green chillies,followed by chopped leafy vegetables .Mix well and add all the remaining vegetables.

Add salt and grated coconut .

Add 2 cups of water.Mix well with light hand.

Cover and cook for 25 to 30 minutes ,stirring lightly in between.

Check if all the vegetables are cooked.

Add tamarind pulp and jagery.

Cook for another minute or so.

Remove in serving bowl and serve hot with puri or bhakri.


Neer Phanas Kachrya (Bread fruit Vegetable)

In continuation to my posts from my mom’s house in Goa,today’s specialty was Neer Phanas Kachrya.

Neer Phanas is also known as bread fruit.Usually we make kaaps as side dish from it.

My mom has a huge tree of Neer Phanas in her back yard and we get a good yeild of Neer Phanas every year.

I am very fond of this vegetable,at times my mom courriers them to me to Mumbai.

Today for the first time I tried this dish, usually kachrya are made from potatoes,which are die for tasty,but this dish was also equally yummy.Neer Phanas has mild sweetness,which gives this dish a distinct flavour.

This dish goes very well with meetha dal and rice,though I can have it on its own also.This dish requires little extra oil.

Here goes the recipe….


1Neer Phanas (Bread fruit)washed,peeled and diced thinly.

2 tbsp Oil.

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/2 tsp Jeera.

1/8 tsp Asfoetida.

1 tsp Red Chilli powder.

1 tsp Dhana Jeera powder.

1/2 tsp Haldi powder.

Salt to taste.

1/2 tsp Chat Masala.


In a thick bottom pan heat oil.

Add mustard seeds,let it splatter add jeera and asafoetida.

Add diced neer phanas ,red chilli powder,dhana jeera powder,sakt  and haldi powder,mix well.

Dont add water,mix well ,cover the pan and cook on medim heat let the neer phanas cook,stir once or twice in takes not more than 5 minutes to cook.

Add chat masala and mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl and serve with dal rice or roti.

Happy Cooking !!!


Vali chi Bhaji (Long Beans Vegetable)

Presently I am in Goa,at my mom’s house,she has a well cultivated terrace garden which has variety of fruits and vegetables.Vali or long beans is one of  the vegetable grown abundantly in her garden.

Usually these beans are not cut but broken into 1 inch peices with hand and the tender seeds are also used for making vegetable.

This is a simple vegetable made using green chillies and coconut,which goes very well with chapati,bhakri or simple plain Dal rice.

Potatoes or sweet potatoes are also added to these beans .


2 cup Vali (long beans) washed,and broken into 1 inch pieces.

1  Onion finely chopped.

2  Green Chillies  (cut into peices)

1 tsp Mustard seeds.

1/4 tsp Asafoetida.

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder.

2 tbsp grated Coconut.

1/4 tsp Sugar.

1 tbsp Oil.

Salt to taste.


Heat oil in a pan,add mustard seed and asafoetida.Add onion and green chillies and saute well.


Add vali, salt and turmeric powder.

Add 2 tbsp water.

Mix well,cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes.

Add grated coconut and sugar.Mix well.

Cover and cook for another minute.

Remove in a serving bowl and serve hot with Chappati or roti of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!