Achari Aloo (Spicy Potatoes)

Ingredients:

  • 10-12 baby potatoes
  • 2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 1 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 3-4 whole dry red chillies
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Paste of 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Paste of small ginger piece
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • Juice of 1 lemon (or as required)
  • Oil as required
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Prick the baby potatoes with fork, cook them in boiling water and then peel them properly.
  2. In a mixer jar, add fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, 1 tsp cumin seeds and whole dry red chillies and grind it coarsely. (grind it to crispy masala)
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, ginger-garlic paste and prepared masala and sauté for sometime. Then add turmeric powder, boiled baby potatoes and salt and cook it with lid for sometime. Finally add lemon juice and mix them well.
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Green Veg. Pizza

Ingredients:

Pizza Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • 1 bowl spinach (finely chopped & washed)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tsp sugar (optional)

Toppings:

  • 2 pizza base
  • 2 button mushrooms (thin slices)
  • 2-3 Black olives chopped
  • ½ green capsicum (diced)
  • ½ cup paneer (diced)
  • ½ cup chopped & washed spinach
  • 1 cube processed cheese (grated)
  • ½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • Oregano
  • Chili flakes
  • 1 tsp Olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat butter in a pan, add plain flour stir & cook for sometime till it gets light pink. Add chopped spinach & cook for 1 min. Now add milk and stir continuously till it gets cooked and of thick consistency. Finally add salt, sugar, pepper powder and oregano. Mix well and keep it in a bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and add chopped paneer, capsicum, salt, chili flakes and oregano. Stir for sometime and keep it in a separate bowl.
  3. On pizza base spread prepared sauce evenly and sprinkle processed & mozzarella cheese on that.
  4. Then arrange toppings of mushrooms, paneer, capsicum, spinach and olives. Sprinkle some more cheese on that and finally oregano and chili flakes on top.
  5. Put it on a baking tray and bake it in preheated oven for 8-10 mins on 220°C.
  6. Serve hot with soft drinks.

Thalipith

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp wheat flour
  • 4 tbsp gram flour
  • 4 tbsp jowari flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 bowl chopped fenugreek leaves
  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 1 green chili – finely chopped
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl and knead dough with a little water.

  • Make thick chapattis from this dough and shallow fry on a tawa, using a little oil.
  • Serve hot with butter and yogurt/ketchup.

Mayo Rajma salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup boiled small rajma (kidney beans)
  • 1 carrot shredded or grated
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 5-6 chopped black olives
  • ½ green capsicum shredded
  • Slices of 1 orange (peeled & deseeded)

Dressing:

  • 1½ tsp olive oil
  • 1½ tbsp mayonnaise
  • ¾ tsp mustard sauce
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp freshly grounded black pepper
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Mix all the dressing ingredients in small bowl. Stir properly.
  2. Mix all the other salad ingredients in big bowl and add prepared dressing in it.
  3. Mix properly. Serve cold.

Corn Methi Pulav

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Basmati rice (Washed and soaked for half an hour)
  • 2 bowls fenugreek leaves (chopped & washed)
  • 1 cup corn kernels
  • 1 small onion sliced
  • 1½ tsp ginger-chilli paste
  • 1½ tbsp ghee
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 2-3 cardamom
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 6-7 cashew nuts
  • 2 cups of water
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a pan, add cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves & cashews. Stir it & add onion and ginger-chilli paste. Sauté for sometime till the onion gets light pink.
  2. Now mix corn, fenugreek leaves, salt & little water. Stir it well. Cover and cook it for sometime.
  3. Then add soaked rice and water. Stir lightly and let it cook with lid till the rice gets cooked.
  4. Serve hot.

Grilled Subzi

Ingredients:

  • 1 carrot – cut into thin round slices
  • 2 capsicums – green, yellow or red – sliced into thin fingers
  • 1 tomato – deseeded and cut into thin fingers
  • 50-75 gms paneer – cut into thin fingers
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 3 tbsp gram flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp coriander cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • ½ tsp aamchur powder (dry-mango powder)
  • 2-3 tbsp milk
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. In a microwave proof dish, cook sliced carrots with little water for 2 minutes.
  2. In another microwave proof dish, mix oil, ajwain, gram flour, lemon juice, red chili powder, coriander-cumin powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and mango powder and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk and salt and mix properly. Then add carrots, capsicum and paneer and grill in the oven for 14 minutes. After 7 minutes, add deseeded tomatoes and mix gently and grill for the remaining 7 minutes.
  4. Serve hot.

Lemon Rice

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 tbsp gram dal (Chana dal)
  • 1½ tsp urad dal
  • ½ tsp mustard seed
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp asafetida
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • ¼-½ tsp red chilli powder
  • ¼ cup roasted or fried peanuts
  • ½ cup coriander leaves
  • 8-10 curry leaves
  • 4 tsp oil
  • Juice of 1 large sized lemon
  • Lemon zest
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Soak rice and chana dal for 1 hour and cook it with salt, turmeric powder and 2 tsp oil with adequate water (enough to cook the rice grain, but not to make it very soggy)
  2. Heat remaining oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves, urad dal and hing. When urad dal gets light pink, add rice and dal mixture, salt, red chilli powder, chaat masala and mix properly.
  3. Add peanuts and lemon zest and mix well. Allow it to cool to room temperature.
  4. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves and mix softly.
  5. Serve warm.