SPICY EGG MASALA 1

PAHARI ALOO PALDA

Hello

Today I am sharing a wonderful recipe from the beautiful state of Himachal Pradesh .Himachal Pradesh apart from being blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, is also a wonderful blend of exquisite  pahari cuisine that gives any  one  a perfect reason to fall in love with this beautiful mountains dotted state. Himachali or pahari cuisine has a unique aroma and flavour to it due to the use yoghurt and cardamom and cooking on slow flame. Himachali dishes have a lot of influence of Punjabi and Tibetan style of food.I love recipes using humble potatoes.

Pahari Aloo Paldah is a flavorful yogurt based gravy made with basic spices. Goes with piping hot rice or rotis. One of the best Pahari dish I have had till date.This is my contribution for 129th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #HimachalRecipes.

Recipe for Pahari Aloo P alda:

Ingredients:

2 Medium size Potatoes

1 Small Onion finely chopped

200 Gms thick Yogurt

1/4 Tsp Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

1 Tsp Coriander Powder

1/4 Tsp Garam Masala

1 Tbsp Raw Rice

1Tbsp Mustard Oil

Salt to taste

1/2 Inch Cinnamon Stick

2 Cloves

1 Green Cardamom

1 Black Cardamom

Pinch of Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

Coriander Finely Chopped (I did not have  stock so have not used)

Method:

Mix yogurt and turmeric in a bowl and keep it aside.

Peel the potatoes and  slice them into thick pieces and boil them and keep it aside. Make a fine paste of raw rice and green cardamom. Add this paste to the yogurt mixture and mix well.

Take a heavy bottom pan. Add mustard oil. As it reaches nearly smoking point add black cardamom , Cinnamon  stick , cumin seeds ,cloves and asafoetida. Once you get the aroma add the finely chopped onions and saute on medium flame untill translucent. Now add the boiled potato pieces, coriander powder,salt, chilli powder and garam masala. Toss the mixture untill all the potato slices are nicely coated with the masala for about 3-4 mins. Reduce the flame and add the yogurt mixture. Let it simmer for about 2-3 mins. Once done switch off the flame .

Serve hot with Rice or Rotis.

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

SPICY EGG MASALA 1

SPINACH AND MACARONI SOUP(DAIRY FREE)

Warm soups are soul comfort food during the cold winters. Soups are of two types Clear Soup and Thick Soup.There are different varieties of soups.On some lazy weekends I love to have warm soups that is a complete yummy and nourishing meal in itself.Today i will be sharing a healthy and yummy recipe which be prepared in just 20 to 25 minutes.This is one of the healthy soups.

My contribution to our 65th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Theme  #Soups is this yummy Spinach and Macaroni Soup.This is dairy free, yet so creamy and yummy.

Ingredients:

300 Gms Fresh Spinach (washed and roughly chopped -i have used the stems too)

1 Medium Size Potato peeled and finely chopped

1 Onion medium sized chopped

1 Garlic clove crushed

1 Tsp Black Pepper Corns

1 Tsp Olive Oil

Some Red Chilli flakes for garnish

Salt to taste

1/2 Cup Macaroni cooked as per the instructions on the packet

Croutons:

I have used Store bought Sprouted extra fine Grain bread. Remove the sides of the bread slice. Cut it into pcs and roast it on a pan with just one tsp oil. I have not used oil to deep fry .It is completely your choice if you want to fry.

Method:

Take a heavy bottom pan , warm the olive oil on medium flame.Add pepper corns and slightly roast . Crush the garlic . Add the crushed garlic ,chopped onion and cook until the onions turn golden brown.

Once done add the roughly chopped Spinach and finely chopped potatoes.Keep stirring until the veggies are lightly roasted.Add about 180 ml water.Do not add more water as the soup will not be creamy then.Let it cook for about 20 mins. You can add more water if you feel the potatoes are uncooked.The Potatoes were cooked and i have not added extra water.

Allow it to cool. Blend it to a thick creamy paste in a blender. You can water if you feel the soup is thick.You may adjust the consistency as per your taste.

Add the boiled Macaroni to this nice creamy Soup. Sprinkle some salt as per taste. Garnish with Chilli flakes and croutons and serve warm.

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

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