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SHAHI TENDLI MASALA / ROYAL IVY GOURD CURRY

The festivities have come to an end and we are back to having simple lunch and dinner.This week I am sharing a delicious and rich Ivy gourd recipe.My son was back home after two weeks and I had to treat him with a rich and royal curry with Ajwain rotis. Shahi Tendli Masala is a lip smacking curry which will leave you craving for more.

Ivy Gourd is said to have potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that may aid in the prevention or treatment of a diverse range of health conditions, from diabetes and high cholesterol to high blood pressure and obesity. This is mostly used in Indian Cuisine , Indonesian Cuisine and Thai Cuisine.

A few years back when we had move to Vizag, I remember someone telling my mom that Ivy Gourds should not be eaten as the child will become dull as it affects the brain. I wonder why people spread such false rumors without any scientific proof. Well that did not stop me from eating Ivy Gourd. It is one of my favorite vegetable.

This week’s 220th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is #GourdsAre Beautiful was suggested by our co -blogger Sujata who blogs at
https://batterupwithsujata.com/ . She is an amazing baker and has shared many healthy bakes on her blog. Do check her blog for amazing recipes.I have bookmarked her Sondesh and Rasagulla recipes.

Recipe for Shahi Tendli Masala:

  • 3 Red Onions
  • 4 Tomatoes
  • 10 Dry Red Chilli
  • 300 Gms Chopped Tendli / Ivy Gourd
  • 2 Tsp Poppy Seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Cashews
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/2 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Sabzi Masala
  • 1 Tsp Kasmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Cream
  • 2 Tsp Oil
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Tsp Kasoori Methi

Method:

Roughly chop the onions. Boil 3 Cups of water and add the chopped onions and dry red chillies. Allow it to simmer for 7-8 Minutes. Remove the Onions and transfer them on to a plate. Allow it to cool. In the same water add whole tomatoes and allow it to boil for 7-8 minutes along with the red chillies. Tranfer the tomatoes (after you peel the skin) and red chillies to a plate and let it cool.

Grind blanched Onions , tomatoes, red chillies , cashews and Poppy seeds to a fine paste. Keep it aside.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add Chopped Ivy Gourd and roast on medium flame until they are slightly brown and crisp. Once it is roasted transfer it to a plate. Add remaining oil in the same pan. Add cloves,cinnamon, jeera ,bay leaves and mustard seeds. Once the mustard seeds splutter add the roasted ivy gourd and mix well. Add the ground onion tomato paste. Add the water used for blanching tomatoes and onions. After it starts to boil, add turmeric, chilli powder, salt ,sabzi masala and coriander powder. Let it simmer for 7-8 Minutes. Lastly add coconut cream .Garnish with Kasuri methi and serve

Serve hot with Rotis ,Phulkas or steaming hot Rice.

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

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PAAL HALWA / DOODH HALWA

HAPPY NAVRATRI EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We are celebrating the most auspicious time of the year now.This is celebrated in honour of Goddess Durga.Today is the last day of Navratri. It is believed that Goddess Durga killed the mighty demon Mahishasura during Navratri.  Hence, the victory of Goddess Durga over evil is celebrated during Navratri.The festival of Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day or Vijay Dashmi. Celebrating this day with Paal Halwa.

Everyday we offer different offering to the goddess.This week we at Foodie monday Bloghop collectively decided to share varieties of dishes for the theme #VijayadashamiTreats. Our Readers will get a lot of ideas to cook last minute.

My humble contribution for today is a simple and delicious recipe called Paal Halwa or doodh halwa or Milk Halwa.It is absolutely lip smacking.

Recipe for Paal Halwa / Doodh Halwa:Ingredients:

Ingredients:

  • 500 Ml Full fat Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Tbsp Sooji / Semolina
  • 170 Gms Nestle Cream
  • 6 Tsp Sugar
  • Dry Fruit Mix —Raisins , Almonds and Cashews
  • 1/8 Tsp Cardamom Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Plain Yogurt

Method:

Boil milk in a wide bottom Pan. Once the milk is reduced to 1/3rd add cream, sugar and Sooji. Keep Stirring untill sugar is dissolved. Add 1 tbsp ghee.Keep Stirring for another 5-7 Minutes.The mix starts to thicken now.

Add Yogurt and stir again. Milk will split.Keep it on low flame and mix well.It will start to thicken add ghee in intervals so that it does not stick to the pan.

It will thicken as a mass without sticking to the pan.It will start to leave the sides of the Pan.Add cardamom powder ,mix and switch off the flame.

Take a small pan. Add ghee and roast the dry fruits. Garnish the halwa with ghee roasted dry fruits.

Serve!!!

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

https://preethicuisine.com/kadala-parippu-payasam/

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RAW MANGO & JEERA RASAM

Hello !!

I was down with viral flu this week. Haze has added to my vows. I am back to normal routine now. Varieties of rasam kept me going throughout the week. One of the rasam varieties I am sharing today id Raw Mango & Jeera Rasam. You will fall in love with this recipe once you taste it. I bet you will be tempted to make it more often.

There are many varieties of Rasam from the south. Some varieties help you to combat flu and increase resistance. It is more of a traditional soup.You need to try it to love it.

My humble contribution for 214th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #RasamRaga is this supremely delicious Raw Mango and Jeera Rasam. This week’s theme was suggested by our co blogger Priya who is an amazing blogger.Head over to her blog for wonderful traditional and gujarati recipe https://thephotowali.wordpress.com/.

Recipe for Raw Mango and Jeera Rasam:

Ingredients:

1 Raw Mango (Medium size)

2 Tbsp Toor Dal

2 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds

3/4 Tsp Black Pepper Corns

1/2 Lemon Size Tamrind

Salt to Taste

3 Cups of Water

For Tempering:

2 Tsp Ghee / Clarified butter

1 Tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 Tsp Cumin / Jeera

1 Sprig Curry leaves

2 Tsp Finely Chopped Coriander

2 Dried red chillies

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

1/4 Tsp Asafoetida

Method:

Soak toor dal for 10 minutes. Peel the raw mango and chop into small cubes. In a blender make a fine paste of raw mango , soaked toor dal, jeera ,soaked tamrind (keep the tamrind water for alter use)and black pepper corns.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Once the ghee is hot add cumin, curry leaves, dried red chillies ,haldi ,asafoetida and jeera. Once they mustard starts to splutter add the mango ,jeera and pepper paste.Cook the paste for 2 minutes on medium flame. Add salt ,tamrind water and plain water. Bring it to boil. Garnish with fresh coriander and switch off the flame.

It can served with piping hot rice and papad. You can just serve it as soup as well.

https://preethicuisine.com/kathirikai-vathal-rasam-sundried-eggpla

https://preethicuisine.com/pepper-rasam-vada-2/

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POTALA RASA / POINTED GOURD CURRY

Hello !!!

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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POTATO & BABY PEA SHOOTS PATTY

Ramadaan Kareem to all my readers who are fasting during this holy month and eagerly waiting to celebrate Hari Raya this week. Sharing a easy and delicious starter recipe to please your family and friends.I have made a vegetarian Potato & baby pea shoots patty that can be used in burges or eaten just like that with any dip,sauce or chutney.

Meat lovers can add meat to this recipe and enjoy the dish. This week our fellow bloggers decided to share some wonderful recipes for Ramzan which will help our readers to plan what to cook in case they are still not sure what to cook.

My humble contribution for 98th #Foodiemonday # Bloghop theme #EidWithFoodies is this delicious Potato and baby pea shoots Patty.

Recipe for Potato and Baby Pea Shoots Patty:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Potatoes boiled and Peeled
  • 150 Gms Baby Pea Shoots Finely Chopped
  • 1.5 Tbsp Flaxseed Meal
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Amchur Powder
  • 1.5 Tsp Tava Fry Masala
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 inch Ginger Finely Chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies Finely Chopped
  • 1 Tsp Jeera
  • 4 Tbsp Besan / Gram Flour
  • Some water for Thick Paste
  • 1 Cup Vermicelli for Coating
  • Oil for Frying

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl.Mash the potatoes and ensure it is lump free. Add flax seed meal,chopped baby pea shoots, chopped green chilli, chopped ginger,jeera, chilli powder, tava fry masala, amchur powder and salt. Mix well. Mix well and allow it to rest for 15 to 20 mins. Shape them into round patties .

Take another bowl add besan and little water to make a thick paste. Add water slowly and add some salt to the thick batter.

Heat oil in a wok. Dip the round patties in the besan batter and roll it on the vermicelli and deep fry.

Transfer them on to a plate and serve with any dip / chutney / sauce.

I served them with yogurt and dill leaves dip. It tasted fabulous!!!

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RAGI KANJI /FINGER MILLET PORRIDGE

Hello!!

I am just back from my India Trip. Had a wonderful time in Delhi with Colleagues and friends.Weather is getting hotter day by day.Summers are in full swing in many parts of the world.I am always looking for some healthy home made summer coolers to keep you hydrated all the time.

Today I am sharing a very simple ,easy and healthy recipe that can be had for breakfast or anytime of the day to beat the heat.It is filling and delicious.

This is my contribution for #flavorsofregionalcooking.This month we have decided to share recipes from Tamil Nadu.

Recipe for Ragi Kanji / Finger Millet Porridge:

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp Ragi Flour
  • 1.5 Cup Water
  • 1.5 Cup Butter Milk
  • Salt to Taste

For seasoning:

  • 1/2 Tsp Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad Dal
  • 1/2 Tsp Channa Dal
  • 1 Red Chilli Broken into Pcs
  • A generous pinch of Hing / Asafoetida
  • 1 Sprig Fresh Curry Leaves

Method:

Mix 3/4 cup of water and Ragi flour in a pan and ensure it is lump free.Cook on medium flame until it is cooked and thickens. Mix well and ensure it does not burn.Switch off the flame and allow it to cool completely.

Take a big bowl. Add water,buttermilk,salt and whisk well.Pour it onto the Cooled ragi and whisk again to mix well.It should be lump free.

Heat a small pan with oil. Add channa dal, urad dal ,red chilli and once it turns slightly brown add mustard seeds , curry leaves and asafoetida.Pour it on to the Ragi Mixture. Serve in small earthern pots.

Enjoy this delicious and healthy Summer Cooler!!!!!

Do try this healthy and yummy recipe and share your feedback. https://preethicuisine.com/ragi-ambali-summer-cooler/

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RATALYACHA GOD HALWA /SWEET POTATO HALWA

Hello!!!

I recently joined a group Recipe Swap Challenge where the members are wonderful bloggers. We are paired one blogger and we have have to cook any recipe from their blog. I was paired with Archana who blogs at
https://themadscientistskitchen.com/ . I had short listed many recipes but settled to make Sweet Potato Halwa / Ratalyacha God Halwa.Glad I tried this recipe. I did tweak in a little as i did not have condensed Milk.You can read original recipe here.

Recipe for Sweet Potato Halwa / Ratalyacha God Halwa :

Ingredients:

1 Big Sweet Potatao

2 Tsp Brown Sugar

2 Tbsp Ghee

A generous pinch of Cardamom Powder / Elaichi Powder

1 Tbsp Milk

8 Raisins

4 Almonds Chopped

Few Strands of Saffron

Method:

Pressure cook the sweet potato upto 2 whistles. Allow it to cool .Peel the skin once it reaches room temperature.Mash the sweet potato and ensure it is lump free.

Soak Saffron in milk and set aside.

Heat a wide bottom pan. Add ghee and fry the almonds and raisins and keep it aside.In the same wok add the mashed sweet potato to the remaining ghee and allow it to cook for about 5 mins on low flame. Now add sugar and saffron soaked milk and cook it on low flame.The gooey halwa will start to thicken as the ghee leaves the sides of the pan. Garnish with raisins and almonds roasted earlier. Switch off the flame .

Serve hot and Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

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CARROT VADA / CARROT FRITTERS

Hello!!

I am back with my Monday Post .This week I have a very interesting recipe for our theme.The main ingredient is Carrot .

Did you know that the International Carrot Day or the Carrot Day is
celebrated every year on April 4th and is the pinnacle for carrot lovers all around the world. It is the day when the carrot is celebrated through carrot parties and other carrot related festivities.
The Carrot Day was founded 2003 to spread knowledge about the carrot and its good attributes around the world.The day is increasingly popular and April 4th 2012 carrot celebration was reported from France, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Australia, UK and Japan. Source:Internet


 
      

This week’s wonderful theme was suggested by my fellow blogger Poonam who is an amazing blogger and blogs at https://poonambachhav.blogspot.com/ .    Do check her blog for some recipes. My humble contribution for 189th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #CarrotkaJalwa is Carrot vada.

Now coming back to the recipe.I wanted to try something different and delicious at the same time. As I saw the flaxseed meal in my pantry , this carrot vada idea stuck me. It was so delicious and was wiped off in a jiffy.

Recipe for Carrot Vada / Carrot Fritters:

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Grated Carrot
  • 1.5 Cup Rice Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Flaxseed meal
  • 1Tsp grated Ginger
  • 2 Green Chillies finely chopped
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1/4 Red Chilli Powder
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Coriander
  • 1/2 Tsp Jeera
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • Oil for Shallow frying

Method:

Take a wide bottom bowl. Add grated carrots, rice flour, flaxseed meal ,grated ginger,red chilli powder, asafoetida ,freshly chopped coriander,salt and green chillies. Mix all the ingredients well. Add water slowly to get a nice soft dough. Allow the dough to rest for 10 mins.

Take small portions and shape it in round flat vada. Heat oil in a wok. Once the oil is hot shallow fry the vadas. Remove from the wok once both sides are cooked. Serve hot with any Red Chutney / Green Chutney /Ketchup or Chiili Sauce.

This is good for your kids lunch or snack box. Fussy eaters will fall in love with this vada.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!

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NAVALKOL PALYA / KOHLRABI STIRY FRY

Hello!!

As a part of my our final series of exploring Recipes from Karnataka this month, I would like to share a simple and healthy Navalkol Palya. This is a simple stir fry that goes well with Phulkas , rotis and Rice. This is a simple recipe that can be easily made by an newbie who wants to learn cooking or even for bachelors.I am sure your family will be impressed. Simple recipes are always the best.

The taste and texture of kohlrabi are similar to those of a  broccoli stem or cabbage heart, but milder and sweeter, with a higher ratio of flesh to skin. The young stem in particular can be as crisp and juicy as an apple, although much less sweet .

The bulbous kohlrabi stem is frequently used raw in salad or slaws. It has a texture similar to that of a broccoli stem, but with a flavor that is sweeter and less vegetal.It is also known as Navila Kosu in Karnataka.

Kohlrabi leaves are edible and can be used interchangeably with collard greens and kale. Source:Internet

Recipe for Navalkol Palya:

Ingredients:

  • 4 Medium Sized Navalkol / Kohlrabi
  • 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 3 Red Dry Chillies roughly torn
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 Tsp Coconut cream
  • 1/2 Cup grated fresh coconut
  • 1/2 Tsp Urad dal / uddina bele
  • 1/2 Tsp Channa dal / kadale bele
  • 10 Curry leaves
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil

Method:

Wash Navalkol and peel the skin. Finely chop them and keep it aside. Take a wide bottom pan. Add oil. Now add channa dal and urad dal .Ensure you do not burn .Once they turn slightly brown add mustard seeds and asafoetida.

Once the mustard seeds splutter add red chillies and mix well. Later add the chopped navalkol and mix well. Add salt , 1/2 cup water and keep it on medium flame. Cover the lid and allow it to cook for about 15-20 mins.Once the vegetable is cooked add coconut cream and grated coconut and mix well. Mix well and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes.

Once done garnish with curry leaves and serve with Rotis /Phulkas /Hot Rice.

Enjoy!