Chawali Aamti.

This is a traditional Malvani dish served mostly with rice or bhakri.

To be honest, I am not a huge fan of chawali but it was my dad’s favourite so in my childhood my mom used to make this dish at least twice a week…and I somehow used to avoid eating it….but now after so many years I enjoy having it once a while, this dish is very simple to make and I like having it with rice…

Ingredients:

1 cup Chawali(Black eyed Pea)soaked in water overnight.

1 tbsp Oil.

1 small onion chopped.

1 tbsp Malvani masala.

1/2 tsp turmeric powder.

2 tbsp vatan.(Refer Glossary).

4 Kokum.

Salt to taste.

Method:

Add Malwani masala to washed and soaked chawali.

Pressure cook in cooker upto 5-6 whistles.Let it simmer on slow flame for another 5 mins.

Heat oil in a pan.Add chopped onion and saute it till it turns dark brown.This burnt taste of onion gives a distinct flavour to this dish.Add turmeric powder.

Add cooked chawali and salt.

Let it come to boil.Add vatan.(Refer glossary).

Simmer for another minute or two,Add Kokum,let simmer for another minute.

Serve hot with accompaniment of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

 

Bhindi Do Pyaza

Do Pyaza means 2 types of Onion and also double the number of onions.Therefore, in bhindi do pyaza we use Bhindi and onions in the ratio of 1:2 and in two different ways.

There are various other popular do pyaza recipes like chicken do pyaza, paneer do pyaza, mushroom do pyaza,mutton do pyaza, etc.

Here big pieces of bhindi and Onions are cooked in a spicy onion tomato gravy.

Ingredients:

3 tbsp Oil.

15 Bhindi,cleaned,dried,stems removed and chopped into 2 pieces.

2 Onions,cubed and separated.

2 Tomatoes cut into big pieces,lengthwise.

1 tsp Jeera.

1 tsp Ajwain.

1 Green Chill slit.

1 cup Onion & Tomatoes chopped finely.

1 tsp Ginger Garlic paste.

¼ tsp Haldi Powder.

½ tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder.

1/2 tsp Dhania Jeera Powder.

1/4 tsp Garam Masala.

1/2 tsp Kasuri Methi.

1 tbsp Coriander Leaves, finely chopped.

Method:

In a kadai heat 2 tbsp oil and roast chopped bhindi and onion pieces.

Saute on medium flame,once they change colour remove and keep aside.

In the same kadai heat remaining oil and add jeera and ajwain,saute till spices turn aromatic.

Add green chilli and ginger garlic paste. saute well.Add onion and tomatoes,
saute for 2-3 minutes or till onions turn brown.


Now add haldi powder,chilli powder and dhana jeera powder.

Saute on low flame till spices turn aromatic,add 1/4 cup water,mix well and cook till masala starts to release oil.

Add in roasted bhindi and onion,salt and kasuri methi give a good mix.

Cover and simmer for 5 minutes or till bhindi absorbs masala.

Now add tomatoes,mix well and saute for 2 minutes.

Add garam masala and choped coriander leaves,mix well.

Remove in a serving dish and serve hot with Roti or paratha of your choice.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

Tandoori Aloo

With this easy recipe you can make restaurant style Tandoori Aloo without tandoor or oven.

Boiled baby potatoes,onion,and  capsicum are marinated with spices and curd and are roasted on pan.

Traditionally aloo are grilled in a tandoor but you get the same amazing taste by roasting it  in the pan.

Ingredients:

250 gms medium size Baby Potatoes,boiled and peeled.

2 cups thick Curd.

1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste.

2 tbsp Mustard Oil.

1 tsp roasted Cummin powder.

1 tbsp kashmiri red chili powder

1/2 tspn Garam Masala powder.

Pinch of Tandoori Red Color.(Optional)

Juice of 1 Lemon

Salt to taste

large onion, cut into 1 inch cubes

1 large Capsicum and cut into 1 inch cubes.

Oil for Grilling.

Chat Masala.

Method:

Boil and peel baby potatoes,keep aside.

Whisk the curd in a large bowl until smooth. 

Add all the ingredients for marinade to the curd- ginger garlic paste, mustard oil, cumin powder, kashmiri red chili powder, garam masala,lemon juice,salt and tandoori color.

Whisk to combine everything together.

Add potatoes,onion, and capsicum.

Mix until potatoes and veggies are well coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for minimum for an hour.

After 1 hour take the marinated potatoes and veggies out of the refrigerator. Take a skewer and arrange potatoes,onion and peppers on a skewer, alternating with each other.

Make all skewers similarly. Keep aside.

Heat a grill pan,smear little oil,arrange the prepared skewers on the grill and cook till done.

Turn on other side,cook till done.

Remove from the pan,sprinkle some chaat masala and serve with mint chutney and onion rings.

Can also be baked in pre-heated oven at 200°C for 15 minutes.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Naan

Naan is a leavened flat bread made in some countries in asia. Usually naan is baked in a tandoor ( a cylindrical oven made of clay).

Today we are going to make it on tava using stove top.
For this dish to come out well,use iron tava as naan will not stick to non stick tava and you won’t be able to get tandoor effect.

Naan goes very well with Indian curries and even Dal.Preferably naan should be eaten hot as once it cools down then it becomes hard and chewy.

Ingredients:

For Dough:

2 and 1/2 cups Maida.

1 cup Milk.

1 tbsp Sugar.

1 tsp Baking Powder.

3 tbsp Oil.

Salt to taste.

Other Ingredients:

2 tbsp Butter.

2 tsp Black Sesame Seeds.

1 tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped(Optional)

Method:

In a bowl mix milk,sugar,baking powder,oil and salt,mix well till sugar is completely dissolved.Add maida and knead a soft dough,knead the dough for 10 minutes.


Cover with a moist cloth and rest for 1 hour in warm place.

After 1 hours, knead the dough slightly,to remove any air present in the dough.

Pinch a ball sized dough,gently roll to oval shape using rolling pin,make sure you do not roll too thin or thick.Sprinkle some sesame seeds and coriander leaves on one side of the Naan.(Optional).

Brush other side lightly with water.

Slowly place the naan on hot tava with water side down and and press gently.

After a minute, flip the tawa upside down and cook naan directly on flame till it turns golden brown in color.

Naan will get lovely spots like tandoor.

Spread some butter,gently scrape the naan from bottom and remove.

Serve hot with vegetable gravy or Dal.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

 

 

Mugache Kadhan

Kadhan is a traditional kokani sweet dish made out of moong dal,jaggery & coconut milk.

Traditionally it is made by roasting whole moong and then deskinning them by grinding in Jata( manual grinder,made out if stone)or food processor,it is a very lengthy process,so to make it quick now a days skinless moongdal is used.

In our home this sweet dish is usually made on janmashtami as an offering to Lord Krishna.Served along with Amboli & Moringa Leaves vegetable.

Ingredients:

1 cup Yellow Moong Dal.

1 cup Jaggery.

1 cup Thick Coconut Milk.

1 tbsp broken Cashewnuts.

1 tbsp Charoli.

1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder.

Pinch of Salt.

Method:

Roast the moong dal in a pan till it turns a light pink in colour.

Add 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt.Let it come to boil.

Cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes,till dal is completely cooked alternately can be cooked in  pressure cooker for about 3 whistles.The moong dal should remain granular even after it is cooked,should not be completely mashed.

Once the dal is cooked add the jaggery,cashewnuts and charoli,boil it on medium heat till the jaggery is completely dissolved and blended with the dal,stirring occasionally.

Once the jaggery is dissolved, add the coconut milk and bring to a light boil.Add cardamom powder,mix well.

Remove in a serving bowl,can be served hot or chilled.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

 

Mixed Vegetables Kachumber.

Kachumber is a salad dish consisting of fresh chopped  vegetables,can be tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots,etc.usually flavoured with lemon juice and chili powder.

It goes well with any indian meal.It has a slight tinge of spices which makes it very tasteful.

We usually have it with tikkas either paneer or chicken.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Onions cut into thin slices.

1/4 cup Cucumber thinly sliced.

1/4 cup Cabbage thinly sliced.

1/4 cup Tonatoes thinly sliced.

1/8 cup Carrots thinly sliced.

1/8 cup Capsicum thinly sliced.

1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder.

1/2 tsp Chaat Masala.

Juice of half Lemon.

1 tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves.

Salt to taste.

Method:

In a big bowl mix all the vegetables,add lemon juice, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder,chopped coriander leaves and salt to taste. Mix well to combine.

Remove in a serving bowl and serve immediately.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

Hot Instant Coffee.

Once upon a time my mom was a coffee addict,now with age consumption of coffee is limited,but as much as she loves having coffee,she equally loves making it for others….and people visit her just to enjoy her Cup of coffee and of course her hospitality….

So here is my Mom’s simple recipe to make best tasting coffee with minimal ingredients and no special device.

My mom brews her coffee fresh daily,here I have used instant coffee.

Ingredients:

1 cup Milk.

2 tsp Sugar/Jaggery Powder.

1/8 tsp Cardamon Powder.

1 tsp Nescafe.

Method:

In a microwave safe mug,add milk,sugar/jaggery and cardamom powder,heat on high for 1 minutes 30 seconds.

Remove and stir well,add coffee powder and again mix well,sprinkle a pinch of coffee powder on top and serve hot.

Tip:Same can be made on gas top also,add sugar and cardamom powder to milk and let it come to boil,pour it in a cup and add coffee powder,mix well and serve hot.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

 

Onion and Cucumber Kachumber.

This is a salad dish consisting of fresh chopped  vegetables,can be tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots,etc.usually flavoured wirh lemon juice and chili powder.

It goes well with any indian meal.It has a slight tinge of spices which makes it very tasteful.

Ingredients:

Onions cut into thin rings.

1 Cucumber thinly sliced.

1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder.

1/2 tsp Chaat Masala.

Juice of half Lemon.

1 tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves.

Salt to taste.

Method:

Slice the onions thinly and separate into rings.Wash,peel and thinly slice cucumber.

Add lemon juice, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder,chopped coriander leaves and salt to taste. Mix well to combine.

Remove in a serving bowl,sprinkle some chilli powder on top and serve.Can also be served chilled.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

Masala Laccha Pyaz.

This is a must try  dish.These delicious and tangy pickled onions are popularly known as Lacha Pyaz. Goes very well with most of the delicious North Indian meals.

Ingredients:

Onions cut into thin rings

1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder.

1/2 tsp Chaat Masala.

Juice of half Lemon.

1 tbsp Chopped Coriander Leaves.

Salt to taste.

Method:

Slice the onions thinly and separate into rings.

I Add lemon juice, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder,chopped coriander leaves and salt to taste. Mix well to combine.

Cover the bowl and allow the onions to rest in the lemon juice for about an hour. The Masala Lacha Pyaz is ready to be served.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

This is an easy to make no yeast pizza base made in pan.

Using some basic ingredients, it makes a tasty pizza crust with perfect thickness and consistency,better than market bought base.

These can be made in advance and stored up to 3 days…

Ingredients:

1 cup Maida.

¼ cup Wheat Flour.

3 tbsp Curd.

1 tsp Baking Powder.

1 tsp Baking Soda.

1 tbsp Sugar.

1 tbsp Oil.

Salt to taste .

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda,Mix well.

Add oil, salt,sugar and curd mix everything well.
Add water as required and make soft runny dough. Knead for about 5-6 minutes until the dough turns very soft but not sticky.


Cover and set this aside for about 20 minutes.

Divided the dough into 2 to 3 parts. Dust the rolling board lightly and pat it to form a round slightly thicker than a chapati.

And prick it with a fork all around the dough.

Now heat a flat pan,place a butter paper on it and place the rolled dough on the butter paper,cook one side properly on a low flame for around 2 mins,turn over and cook on other side.

Remove and use to make pizzas.

Tip:Same can also be baked in Oven for 15 mins at 180°C

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.