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POTALA RASA / POINTED GOURD CURRY

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Today I am sharing a very delicious recipe from the odia cuisine.I am always intrigued by the simplicity of Odia Cuisine. I love pointed gourd and i am so glad I can find them here easily . I make stir fries, stuff and curry with these lovely vegetable. They are called Parval or Patal or Potal.

Parval is loaded with nutrients and has lot of health benefits. This vegetable is widely eaten in Bangladesh and India.

When Sasmita from https://www.firsttimercook.com/ posted this Potala Rasa in odia style , i was tempted to try this recipe immediately. For Recipe Swap Challenge this month I was paired with Sasmita. So here i present this absolutely lip smacking pointed gourd curry for this challenge.Check out her recipe here.

Recipe for Potala Rasa :

Ingredients:

  • 7 Pointed Gourd
  • 2 Potato
  • 4 Garlic Pods
  • 2 Onions Finely Chopped
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • 1 Inch Ginger
  • 2 Tomatoes Finely Chopped
  • Bay Leaf
  • 1 Green Cardamom
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 Tsp Cumin / Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Garam Masala
  • Salt to Taste
  • 3/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 Tsp Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp Mustard Oil

Method:

Wash and clean the pointed gourds and potatoes. Trim the ends.You may scrape the pointed gourd if you wish . I like them with the skin . Cut each pointed gourd diagonally into 2 halves . Keep them in a mixing bowl. Add salt and turmeric and mix and keep them aside.

Peel and cut the potatoes proportionally to the size of the pointed gourd.Keep them in another mixing bowl.Add salt and turmeric and mix well.Keep them aside.

Blend onions,red chilli, ginger and garic to a fine paste without adding water.Tranfer the fine paste to a bowl. Blend the tomatoes as well to a fine paste.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add mustard oil.Once it is hot fry the potato and pointed gourd pieces untill they turn brown on all sides. You can fry them separately if you wish .Transfer the fried chunks to a plate. In the same pan add sugar and allow it to melt.Add green cardamom, bay leaf and cumin seeds.Once they splutter add the onion -chilli-ginger-garlic paste and cook on medium flame untill the raw smell is gone. Once the oil starts to leave the sides add tomato puree and stir. Add balance turmeric powder,coriander powder, cumin powder,red chilli powder,salt and mix.

Once the masala is cooked and oil starts to leave the sides add the fried pointed gourd and potato chunks.Mix well and cook for about 2 minutes.Later add 1.5 Cup water and close the lid. Once it starts to simmer and the veggies are cooked ,sprinkle garam masala. Let it cook for 1 minute.

Switch off the stove and serve this delicious hot curry with Rice, rotis or phulkas.

Enjoy!!!!!!!

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RAGI MUDDE /FINGER MILLET BALL

This week I am sharing one of the staple and healthy recipe from Karnataka. Most popular Ragi Mudde recipe.Ragi flour is cooked with ghee and water .Ragi has a lot of nutritional benefits. It is diabetic friendly and also increases resistance power .It is cooked with and without rice. It is usually served with saru , sambhar or gojju. I love to have it with Gojju.

Ragi mudde is known a poor man’s food as it is mostly eaten by the rural population.Seeing the health benefits of Ragi it is mostly eaten by majority of people.We usually have it for lunch on weekends. It keeps us full for a longer period. Small balls are to be dipped in any gravy and swallowed.It is not to be chewed. I love ragi mudde with Gojju.Simple pleasures of life.

This week’s theme for 199th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop #RagiTales was suggested by Poonam who blogs at https://poonambachhav.blogspot.com . Check out her wonderful blog for traditional recipes.

Recipe for Ragi Mudde:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Ragi Flour
  • 2.5 Cups Water
  • 2 Tsp Rice
  • 2 Tbsp Ghee
  • Salt to Taste

Method:

Take a wide bottom pan. Add water and ghee (Keep some ghee for later use).Bring it to boil.Add the cooked rice and ragi flour slowly and keep mixing it to make sure there are no lumps.Keep mixing with a wooden Spatula in one direction and cover it untill the flour is cooked on low flame for about 5 minutes.

Switch off the flame once it is done. Smear the plate with remaining ghee .Tranfer the contents on to the plate. Make small balls but take care not to burn your palms.

Serve Ragi Mudfe with extra ghee and gravy of your choice. I served with my favourite gojju.

Eat healthy and enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NUTTY CAULIFLOWER RICE

This week I am sharing a recipe which fits in the PEGAN Diet. Have you heard about this diet? Well this is absolutely new for me too.

Like the name suggests, the pegan diet borrows principles from both the paleo diet and veganism. In short, paleo eaters try to consume only foods available in the Paleolithic era 2.6 million years ago: vegetables, fruits, nuts, fish, and meat. It usually excludes dairy, grains, sugar, legumes, oils, salt, alcohol, and coffee. Veganism prescribes refraining from any animal products and byproducts — including meat, fish, eggs, cheese, yogurt, and honey — and eating plant-based foods instead.
A trendy eating plan dubbed the pegan diet (not pagan, mind you — that’s something else). Dr. Mark Hyman first coined the term on his blog in 2014, but the philosophy has only since picked up steam.  Source https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/diet-nutrition/a25906196/what-is-pegan-diet/

I would like thank my fellow blogger Veena who suggested this wonderful theme for this week.Head over to her blog https://veenasvegnation.com/ for some healthy and awesome recipes.

Pegan diet mostly has 75% veggies and 25% meat .You can check out alternatives for vegan protein. Basically any processed food is to be avoided.There are some do’s and don’t’s in this diet. Check the link above for more information.

Recipe for Nutty Cauliflower Rice

  • Ingredients:
  • 3 Cups grated Cauliflower
  • 1 Medium Onion finely chopped
  • 3 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Pistachios
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Boiled Chickpeas
  • Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley
  • 1 Cup Chopped Baby Bok Choy
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes

Method:

Wash the Cauliflower nicely and remove the leaves and cut into florets. Pulse them coarsely in a food processor or grate them using a box grater.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add olive oil. Saute the onion until they turn translucent for about 4 mins.Add minced garlic and cook for another minute. Next add boiled chick peas and chopped bok choy and mix well.

After 2-3 mins add the grated cauliflower and mix on high heat so that the moisture evaporates. Add pistachios , sunflower seeds and chilli flakes.High heat will remove the excess moisture and will not turn mushy.

Lastly add sea salt and stir in parsley .

Serve warm wholesome dish!!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Notes:
  • You can add Sundried tomatoes
  • You can add pine nuts and almonds as well
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MURUNGAI KEERAI PORIYAL / MORINGA LEAVES SUBZI

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This week I am back with a simple and delicious recipe made with an ingredient that is considered to be a superfood . Yes it is Moringa leaves subzi .Moringa leaves are known as powerhouse of nutrients.There are a lot of recipes that use Moringa Leaves.

Moringa leaves are widely used in south Indian Cuisine to make various types of recipes ranging from Chutney powder to curries. This week’s theme was suggested by Vidya who is a wonderful blogger and blogs at https://masalachilli.com. Check out her blog for some healthy and delicious recipes. My contribution for 183rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Indiansuperfood is this delicious and healthy Murungai keerai Poriyal aka Moringa leaves subzi.

Recipe for Murungai Keerai Poriyal:

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 Cups of Fresh Moringa Leaves without the stem roughly chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Moong dal / Split Mung beans
  • 3/4 Cup Karamani / Black eyed peas
  • 1 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/4 Cup Freshly grated Coconut
  • 3 Red Dry Chillies
  • Salt to taste
  • Generous pinch of Hing
  • 1/4 Tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1 Tbsp Vangibath Masala
  • Few Curry Leaves
  • 1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1/4 Tsp Amchur Powder / Dry Mango powder

Method:

  • Soak moong dal and Black eyed peas in hot water for one hour.Pressure cook Moong dal and Black eyed peas in a pressure cooker upto 2 whistles.Dal should not be too watery.
  • Heat a wide bottom pan. Add ghee. Once the ghee melts and is hot add mustard seeds,haldi ,red chillies , jeera and hing. Once it splutters add the roughly chopped moringa leaves .Allow it to cook on medium flame for about 10 mins.Once the raw smell is gone add curry leaves,freshly grated coconut and the cooked dal and black eyed peas.Mix well. Allow it to cook on medium flame for about 5-6 mins. Add amchur powder, vangibath powder and salt to taste. Mix well and let it cook for another 7-8 mins.
  • Do not add water. It will be a semi dry subzi. Serve hot with Rotis or Rice and papad.
  • Enjoy this poriyal / Subzi at the comfort of your home.
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BATATA HARRA / SPICY ROASTED POTATOES

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I am here with a very simple and delicious recipe from the Lebanese Cuisine. In my quest to search Levantine Cuisine I have come across such wonderful recipes ranging from salads to dips to spicy vegetables. Levantine Cuisine includes recipes from Syria , Lebanon, Palestine.Israel, Jordon , Cyprus(East Mediterranean shore). I wanted to make so many recipes but stuck to a simple one as I am travelling and have limited access to many Ingredients.

181St #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #LevantineCuisine was suggested by Sujata Shukla who blogs at https://www.pepperonpizza.com/. Thanks for suggesting such a wonderful theme that introduced us to many wonderful cuisines.

Recipe for Batata Harra / Spicy Roasted Potatoes:

Ingredients:

6 Medium Size Potatoes Peeled and boiled

2 Garlic Cloves minced

1.5 Tsp Chilli Flakes

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Tsp Crushed Coriander Seeds(Must be Coarse)

1 Tsp Turmeric

1/2 Cup Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Dill Leaves finely chopped

1/2 Cup Fresh Parsley Leaves

3/4 Tsp Coarsely ground Pepper

Salt to taste

Juice of 1 Lemon

Method:

Boil the potatoes and allow it to cool. The potatoes should be cooked but ensure it is still firm. Once cooled cut them into bite size cubes.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add minced garlic and
turmeric and coarsely crushed Coriander seeds. Roast for a few minutes. Now add the cubed Potatoes and mix well.Add half of parsley , cilantro and dill leaves and chilli flakes. Mix well untill the potatoes are well coated for about 5 mins.
Add salt and Coarsely ground pepper ..Once done switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and mix well.

Garnish with remaining Parsley , Cilantro ,dill leaves and chilli flakes.

Serve with any Rice dish or you can just have it like this .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SPICY EGG MASALA

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This week I am back with a lip smacking recipe that is loved by my family and guests. This is one of the most appreciated recipes at the potluck parties / get together.
Long school holidays have started and we just find reasons to meet our near and dear friends. We always look forward to long weekends so that we can host potluck / parties.Planning a menu for the parties / potluck can be daunting at times. Especially if you have sudden plans to host one. If you fall under this category book mark this recipe . It is an absolute crowd pleaser and will leave your guests craving for more.
My contribution for 174th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #PotluckRecipes is this yummy Spicy Egg Masala. The theme was suggested by me. I am sure you will find lot of ideas from my bloggers friends who will share their amazing recipes for the theme.
Recipe for Spicy Egg Masala:
Ingredients:
4 Hard Boiled eggs
3 Onions (Medium size)
3 Tomatoes (Medium Size)
2 Bread Slices
1 Tsp Black Pepper corns
2 Tsp Jeera
4 Garlic cloves
2 Green Chillies
1/2 Cup finely chopped Coriander
1/4 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
Salt to taste
2 Tbsp Oil
1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric
1 Tsp Shev Bhaji Masala (Given to me by my maharastrain friend.This is from Khandeshi Cusine).You can use garam masala instead.
Method:
Boil the eggs and remove the shell.
Take a wide bottom pan. Add  Tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot add 1 tsp jeera, pepper corns and haldi.Then add the chopped garlic pods and onions.Roast on mediumflame untill the onions turn slightly brown .Once done add green chillies ,chopped coriander (keep aside for garnish as well) and chopped tomatoes.
Once the tomatoes turn mushy add the bread slices.Mix well and roast on medium flame for about 5 mins. Switch off the flame and allow it to cool.
Grind the masala and keep it aside.
Heat the pan. Add 1/4 tsp oil.Once hot add chilli powder and slightly shallow fry the eggs. Remove the eggs and keep them aside.
In the same pan add balance oil. Add jeera.Now add the ground masala and let it simmer untill oil starts to leave the sides.
Add Shev Bhaji Masala / Garam Masala and salt to taste.Let it simmer for 5-7 mins untill the raw masala smell is gone.Switch off the flame.
Add the fried eggs to this masala and garnish with fresh coriander. Serve hot with Rotis /Naan or steaming hot rice.
Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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PULIODHARAI /TAMRIND RICE

 

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We are all so happy  to welcome Goddess Durg this Navratri. During these 9 days we offer rice varieties as offering to the Goddess.It is celebrated with great pomp and show . It is slightly different compared to the celebrations in the North.

Many keep Golu (Doll collection) at home.Everyday a new prasadam is offered to the Goddess.I love the Tamrind rice offered at temples as Prasadam. This is one of my most favourite dosh at home. The tamrind mix can be prepared well in advance. This recipe always makes me nostalgic as it was a menu on our cards whenever we used to travel long distance by train. I miss those days now.

For #165th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop  #NavaratriSpecial is this simple and yummy Puliodharai / Tamrind Rice.

Recipe for Puliodharai / Tamrind Rice:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rice

Salt to Taste

For Masala:

2 Tbsp Channa dal

1 Tbsp Urad dal

8 Dry red Chillies

1/4 Tsp Fenugreek seeds

2 Tsp Dhania / Coriander seeds

2 Tsp White Sesame seeds /Til

1/2 Tsp Turmeric

1 Tsp Oil (I have used Gingelly oil.You can use any cooking oil)

1 Tsp Black Pepper Corns

1 Big Lemon Size Tamrind soaked in hot water

2 Tsp Jaggery

For Tempering:

2 Tbsp Gingelly Oil

1/4 Cup Peanuts

2 Sprigs Curry leaves

1 Tbsp Channa dal

1 Tbsp Urad dal

1 Tsp Mustard Seeds

Generous pinch of Asafoetida

4 Dry red Chillies

Method:

Cook rice and allow it to cool.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil.Once the oil is hot add Channa dal , urad dal.Once they turn slightly brown ,add fenugreek seeds ,dry red chillies,pepper corns and coriander seeds. Saute for a few seconds. Now add sesame seeds and sute untill they pop up and you can smell the aroma. Switch off the flame and allow this mix to cool. Now grind the mix with turmeric and salt to taste.

Extract the puree from the soaked tamrind and remove the pulp.Heat the Kadhai . Heat oil. Add all the channa dal,urad dal and peanuts.Once they turn brown,add mustard ,red chilli ,curry leaves and  asafoetida. Now add the tamrind extract. Once it starts to boil add jaggery and mix untill it fully dissolves.Now add the masala powder and mix well. Once the oil starts to leave the sides switch off the flame.

Add this mixture to the cooled rice and mix well. Offer this as Prasadam to Goddess and seek her blessings.

May Goddess Durga bless us all!!!!!!!!!

Happy Navratri!!!!!!

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BLACK EYED BEAN CURRY / ARACHUVITTA KARAMANI SAMBHAR

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I am back with another exciting recipe with black eyed beans.It is a simple and delicious recipe that can be made with few available ingredients available in your kitchen.Any curry with fresh masala is always lip smacking and flavorful.It is a powerhouse of energy.

This week’s theme was suggested by my fellow blogger Seema who blogs at https://mildlyindian.com. Check out her blog for some amazing recipes.

My humble contribution for #164th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Beanpower is this black eyed bean curry / Arachuvitta Karamani sambhar.

Recipe for Black eyed bean curry / Arachuvitta Karamani sambhar:

Ingredients :

1 Cup Black eyed bean

3/4th Cup Toor dal

Salt to taste

1/2 Tsp Mustard / Rai

1 Sprig Curry leaves

1 Tsp Ghee

Pulp of Tamrind (1/2 lemon size)

5-7 Mor molaga / Dry curd chillies

For Masala:

2 Tsp Channa dal

1 Tsp Moon dal (Split)

1/2 Tsp Black pepper corns

8 Dry Red Chillies

1.5 Tsp Dhania

1/2 Cup Grated Coconut (you can fresh or desiccated)

1/2 Tsp Tamrind

Method:

Dry roast all the ingredients mentioned for the masala. Dry roast grated coconut for a few seconds only. All the ingredients to cool.Grind all the ingredients until powdered fine.Add /2 water and grind to make a fine paste.

Soak black eyed beans for one hour. Boil black eyed beans and toor dal upto 2 whistles in a pressure cooker. Allow it to cool.

Take a wide bottom pan.Add  ghee. Once the ghee melts roast the  dried curd  chillies untill they turn brown. Remove and place it on a paper towel. Now add the boiled beans and dal.Add tamrind pulp and masala paste and mix well. Add salt to taste. Mix well and allow it to boil for about 20-25 mins on low flame.Once done garnish with mustard tadka ,curry leaves and fried curd chillies.

Serve hot with rice or rotis!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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LEMON RASAM / NIMBEHANNU SAARU

 

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Weather in this part of the world has been affected by Typhoons. To keep up with this bad weather this simple yummy and tangy Lemon rasam comes as a rescue.This recipe has been passed on from our greatgrandmothers who had such simple home remedies. We can have it as a soup or it goes well with Kootu or Spicy Kozambhu ,piping hot rice ,ghee and papad.

This week’s theme was suggested by Sasmita who blogs at https://www.firsttimercook.com. Do check her blog for the simple and yummy recipes. My humble contribution for 162nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Lemonaffair is this simple and delicious Lemon Rasam.

Recipe for Lemon Rasam / Nimbehannu Saaru:

Ingredients:

3/4 Cup Boiled and Mashed Toor dal

2 Medium Tomatoes

2 Green Chillies finely chopped

2″ Ginger grated

3 Cups of water

Salt to Taste

1/2 Cup finely Chopped Coriander

Few Sprigs of Curry leaves

1/2 Tsp Mustard / Rai

1/2 Tsp Jeera

2 Dry Red Chillies

1 Tbsp Ghee

Juice of one Big Lemon

Generous pinch of Asafoetida /Hing

Method:

Boil the dal in a pressure cooker and mash it nicely.Keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add water, chopped tomatoes, grated ginger,finely chopped green chillies , half of chopped corianer. Keep it on medium flame and let it boil untill the tomatoes turn mushy. Mix well. Now add the dal and mix well. Let it boil for 5 mins. Pour the tadka and mix well. Let it boil for 2-3 mins. Switch off the flame and add the lemon juice.

Garnish with the remaining coriander and serve as a soup or pair it with kootu or spicy kozambhu and Rice and Papad.

For Tadka:

Heat the ghee. Add mustard seeds and red chillies torn into pieces.Once it splutters add jeera and curry leaves and a generous pinch of Hing.Switch off the flame.

This is good for sore throat as well.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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KACHHE PAPITE KI MASALEDAR ROTI /SPICED RAW PAPAYA FLAT BREAD

This week  I am back  with another interesting and healthy recipe  with Raw Papaya and it is Kachhe Papite ki Masaledar Roti.  Papayas are known for their long list of health benefits. They have a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They are especially known for how they help with digestion.They aid digestion and increase resistance power as well.Even the papaya leaf extract is given to increase platelets.This is from my personal experience.There are many more benefits of papaya as they are rich in nutrients.

For our 158th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Indianflatbreads is this simple healthy and yummy recipe Kachhe Papite ki Masaledar Roti / Spiced Raw Papaya Flat Bread.

Recipe for KACHHE PAPITE KI MASALEDAR ROTI /SPICED RAW PAPAYA FLAT BREAD:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Wheat Flour

3 Tbsp Boiled and mashed Raw Papaya

1 Tbsp Boiled and mashed Potato

1 Tsp Vegetable masala powder

1 Tsp Jeera

Salt to taste

1Tsp slightly roasted poppy seeds

1/4 Tsp Kasmiri Chilli Powder

Ghee

Vegetable Stock as required to knead the dough (I used the water that was left from boiled raw papaya)

Method:

Take wheat flour in a wide bottom pan. Add mashed raw papaya ,raw potato ,jeera,poppy seeds ,chilli powder,salt to taste, vegetable masala and mix well. Add vegetable stock as required to knead the soft dough.Cover it and let it rest for 15 mins. Make small balls of the dough .Take a ball and roll it into  flat round shape or any other shape as you wish. Heat the griddle. Place the roti on the hot griddle.Once you the bubbles rise  on the surface flip the sides and add ghee.Remove from the griddle once both sides are done.Repeat the process for balance dough.

Serve these yummy Roti with Mango pickle, onion green chilli with lemon juice and spiced or plain yogurt.