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AMBA KHATTA / SWEET & SOUR MANGO RELISH

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Kemiti Achanti? (How are you ?in Odiya).Today I am sharing a very simple and flavorful recipe from the kitchens of Odisha. I am intrigued by their simple ,healthy yet flavourful recipes that uses less oil. The recipes are simple and uses locally grown and available vegetable and fruits.Panch phutana is a blend of five spices that is widely used in Odia cuisine. It contains mustardcuminfenugreekaniseed and kalonjiGarliconion and ginger are used in most of the food. Temple food preparation doesn’t allow the use of garlic or onion. Turmeric and red chillies are used regularly.The food in the region around PuriCuttack is greatly influenced by the Jagannath Temple. On the other hand, kalonji and mustard paste are used mostly in the region bordering Bengal and curries tend to be sweeter. In the region closer to Andhra Pradesh, curry tree leaves and tamarind are used more.The Brahmapur region has influences of South Indian cuisine and the Telugu people living there have invented new Odia dishes. One of my best friend and guide Alka Jena who blogs at CulinaryXpress has given me a great insight into Odiya Cuisine. She shares a wonderful collection of  simple and healthy recipes. I have tried a very simple ,yummy and lip smacking recipe from her blog. Do check it out for many more wonderful recipes.

My Contribution for 122 nd # Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #OdiaCuisine is this flavourful lip smacking recipe Amba Khatta / Sweet & Sour Mango relish.

Recipe for Amba Khatta / Sweet & Sour Mango Relish:

2 Large Green Mangoes cut into cubes

1/2 Tsp Roasted Cumin powder and Chilli powder

1 Tbsp Oil

1/4 Tsp Nigella Seeds

3 Dry Red Chillies

1/4 Tsp Turmeric Powder

A generous pinch of salt

1/2 Cup  Sugar

Sprig of Curry leaves

Method:

Wash and clean the mangoes. Cut them into cubes with the peel .Keep them aside.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil.Once the oil is hot add Nigella seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves. Now add mango cubes ,salt and turmeric. Mix well and continuously stir upto 2 mins on medium flame. Now add 1/4 cup water, sugar and mix well.Let it cook on medium flame for about 3 mins. Mix well and switch off the flame. Sprinkle roasted and coarsely ground Cumin with chilli powder.

Serve with piping hot rice and Enjoy!!!!!!!!

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SOYA KANGHOU / FRIED SOYA CHUNKS

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Today we from our foodiemonday bloghop have decided to cook and share recipes from pushpitaschakhum.wordpress.com.  She has got a wonderful blog and shares many traditional and unknown recipes from her beautiful hometown in the north east. I am really intrigued by the simple ,healthy and yummy recipes that she has learnt from her mom and aunties. Do check her blog and get introduced to many awesome recipes.

I decided to cook a very yummy and simple recipe Soya Kanghou from her blog.This is my contribution for 121st #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Pushpita’srecipes.

Recipe for Soya Kanghou / Fried Soya Chunks:

Ingredients:

100 gms Soya Chunks (pre-soaked in hot water)

4 Medium size potatoes peeled and cubed

2 Medium Onions finely chopped

1.5 Tsp Jeera roasted and coarsely ground

3/4 Tsp Turmeric /Haldi

Salt to Taste

3 Tbsp Mustard Oil

4 Green Chillies  roughly chopped

Method:

Squeeze the water from the  puffed (pre soaked) soya chunks and keep them aside. Heat oil in a wide bottom pan. Add mustard oil Once it is hot add chopped onions and fry till they turn translucent. Add green chillies and cubed potatoes and roast till the potatoes turn golden brown .Once done add soya chunks ,turmeric and salt , coarsely ground jeera and mix well. Fry till the soya chunks are well coated with spices . Switch off the flame.

Serve hot with phulkas / roti /rice & dal.

Comfort food anytime for me. Thank you Pushpita for sharing this wonderful recipe you learnt from your aunt. Keep sharing the secrets from your kitty.

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MIXED DAL PEPPER KHICHDI

 

Hello from my part of the world!!!!!

Winters have started in many parts of the world. It is raining and gloomy at my place as well. Perfect weather to stay cozy and warm. I am enjoying this weather with perfect cup of Masala chai and some fritters for snacks. I would love a warm bowl of Khichdi that is so comforting in this weather and can be whipped up quickly with easily available ingredients at home. Our humble khichdi had made headlines recently with different varieties of Khichdi from all regions in India.

Today i will share a very easy recipe that is cooked regularly at my place.My boys would love to have it with thick yogurt and some fritters.I paired it with eggplant wedges this time and it was an instant hit.

My humble contribution for 118th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Khichdi is this Mixed Dal Pepper Khichdi.

Recipe for Mixed dal pepper Khichdi:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup White rice

1/2 Cup Brown rice

1/2 Cup Toor dal

1/2 Cup Whole Moong / Green gram

2  Tsp Freshly ground pepper

Salt to taste

A generous pinch of  jeera and Methi powder

1 Potato peeled and cubed

1 Carrot cut into medium chunks

1 Capsicum cut into medium size pcs

1/2 Cup  chopped Spring Onion

2 Sprigs of Curry leaves

1 Tsp Mustard seeds / Rai

1/4 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida

2 dry red Chillies for Tadka /Tempering

1.5 Tbsp  plus 2 tsp Ghee

Method:

Soak rice and dals for about 30 minutes.  Place the pressure cooker on the stove and switch on the heat. Add 1.5 tbsp of ghee. Once the ghee melts add mustard seeds , hing and dry red chillies. Once the mustard seeds crackle keep some tadka aside for garnishing later. Once done add all the veggies and chopped spring onion and saute for about 2-3 minutes. Now add freshly ground pepper powder ,salt and jeera methi powder and mix well. Now add the soaked rice and dal and 3.5 cups of water and pressure cook upto 2 whistles. Once done switch off the flame.

Heat a small pan. Add the balance ghee. Add curry leaves and some hing. Once the curry leaves become crisp  switch off the flame. Mix it with the set aside tadka and add this tempering to the cooked khichdi.

Serve hot with thick yougurt and eggplant wedges.

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

 

 

 

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MASALA SPAGHETTI OMELETTE (FUSION RECIPE)

 

Hello!!!!!

Hope you are all doing good. I have been unable to post lately as i have been on rest and recovering from a toe injury. I miss posting and interacting with all of you lately.I will bounce back to normal soon with your blessings and best wishes.

Our Challenge for this this week was a fusion recipe. I am unable to cook an elaborate menu.I did not want to miss this challenge. So my contribution for #116th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Fusionfiesta is Masala Spaghetti Omelette.This was a healthy and wholesome breakfast for my boys.An Indo-Italian Fusion that was a perfect hit.

A very simple recipe that can be made when you are short of time.

Recipe for Masala Speghetti Omelette:

Ingredients:

2 Eggs

1/4 cup finely chopped Green Bell Pepper

1 Small Onion finely chopped

1 Small tomato finely chopped or sliced

1/2 Red chilli finely chopped(optional)

Salt to Taste

A generous pinch of Red Chilli Powder

A generous pinch of Coarse Black pepper powder

A generous Pinch of Chana Masala / Garam Masala

1/2 Cup Cooked Spaghetti

1/4 Tsp Jeera / Cumin

1/4 Tsp Olive Oil

Method:

Beat the eggs in a bowl. Add all the finely chopped onions,bell pepper,tomatoes,fresh chilli,salt,pepper powder,chana masala,chilli powder,jeera and mix well.

Heat a Pan. Pour oil and spread it on the pan. Now pour the egg mixture ,add spaghetti and cook on low flame. Once the bottom is done flip the side. Once both the sides are done switch off the flame.

Serve hot . I washed it down with a hot cup of Masala Chai.

Bliss!!!!!!!!! Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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TOFU ROAST

 

Hello!!!!!!!

I have been a little irregular in blogging lately due to hectic work schedules.I am trying to share atleast one recipe for my readers.Looking forward to bounce back as soon as possible.Today I am sharing a simple recipe that can be whipped in 20 mins.Tofu also known as bean curd is a life saver for me when i am late from office.My boys love to have Tofu roast with curd rice or Phulkas. Tofu can be soft, firm, or extra firm. Tofu has a subtle flavor and can be used in savory and sweet dishes. It is often seasoned or marinated to suit the dish.I have used firm organic Tofu here .

This week’s theme is challenging and interesting too.My Contribution for 112nd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Theme #1TspOil is this yummy Tofu roast that is so easy and quick to make.

Recipe for Tofu Roast:

Ingredients:

250 Gms firm Tofu (cubed)

1Tsp  Oil

1Tsp Rasam Powder

1Tsp Sabji Masala

1/4 Tsp Coarse pepper powder

2 Tbsp thick Curd

Salt to taste

1 Tsp Jeera /Cumin seeds

Curry Leaves or finely chopped Coriander for Garnish(as per your choice)

Method:

Take a wide bottom pan. Add tofu cubes, salt,rasam powder, sabji masala,coarse pepper powder and curd. Mix well and leave it for 10 mins.Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add oil. Once the oil is hot add jeera.Once it splutters add the marinated tofu cubes and roast it for 10 mins on medium flame.Once the masala is well coated switch off the flame. Garnish with curry leaves or chopped coriander and serve with curd rice or phulkas.

I just loved to pop them as a snack.

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

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NIRAMISH ALOOR DUM (NO ONION NO GARLIC RECIPE)

 

Durga Puja, also called Durgotsava and Navaratri, is an annual Hindu festival celebrated in many parts of India.It is a ten day festival . The festival begins with Mahalaya, a day where Shakta Hindus remember the loved ones who have died, as well the advent of Durga.The next most significant day of Durga Puja celebrations is the sixth day, called Shashti where the local community welcome the goddess and festive celebrations are inaugurated. On the seventh day (Saptami), eighth (Ashtami) and ninth (Navami), the goddess along with Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganesha and Kartikeya are revered and these days mark the main Puja (worship) with recitation of the scriptures.Every day one form of Devi Durga is worshipped. The tenth and last day, marked by a great procession where the clay statues are ceremoniously walked to a river or ocean coast for a solemn goodbye to Durga. Many mark their faces with vermilion (sindoor) or dress in something red. It is an emotional day for some devotees, and the congregation sings emotional goodbye songs.There is enormous variation in worship practices and rituals associated with Durga Puja.Well decorated Pandals with huge statues of Devi Durga are put up.The Pandals are well decorated. I remember pandal hopping during my childhood and college days with friends and family enjoying variety of dishes.I miss pandal hopping now.

As a part of our 111th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #DurgaPuja my contribution is this simple Niramish Aloor Dum (No Onion No Garlic Recipe) perfect for this Navratri too.

Recipe for  Niramish Aloor Dum (No Onion No Garlic Recipe):

Ingredients:

4 Medium Sized Potatoes peeled and cubed (Baby potatoes can be used too)

2 Tbsp Ghee

2.5 Tbsp Tomato Puree

6 Dry Red Chillies

1.5 Tbsp Jeera /Cumin

Salt to taste

1 Tsp Ginger paste

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

1 Bay Leaf

1 Inch Cinnamon Stick

1/2 Tsp Sugar

Method:

Boil the cubed potatoes and keep it aside. Dry roast 1 Tbsp jeera and dry red chillies.Allow it to cool and then grind until it is smooth powder. Take a wide bottom bowl. Add boiled potatoes, haldi,tomato puree ,ginger paste,chilli and jeera powder mix and mix well. Let it marinate for 30 mins. Heat a thick bottom pan. Add ghee. Once the ghee is hot add bay leaf,cinnamon stick, and balance jeera. Now add the marinated potatoes and mix well. Add salt,sugar and 1 cup of water to get the desired consistancy. Let it simmer on low flame untill the ghee starts to leave the sides. Once done switch off the flame .

Serve with hot fluffy Luchhi, peas Kachori, parantas or rotis.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!

Wishing all my Readers a very Happy Navratri!!!!!!!!!

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

 

 

 

 

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DAL TADKA / LENTIL STEW

 

Dal or Lentils are a powerhouse of Nutrition. Lentil is a dietary staple throughout regions of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.Lentil colors range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black.Lentils also vary in size, and are sold in many forms like with or without the skins, whole or split. Lentils are also widely used in many parts of the world.You can make a number of dishes using a wide variety of lentils.They can be sprouted too and used in salads and soups.

As a part of our 110th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Lentils I would like to share a very simple and healthy recipe Dal Tadka.My boys like to have dal with Steaming hot rice and potato fry .

Recipe for Dal Tadka:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Toor dal /Split Pigeon peas

1/2 Cup Urad Dal Split / Split Black gram

1/2 Cup Moong dal split / Split Mung Beans

3 Green Chillies slit

1 Tsp Kasuri Methi (dried Fenugreek)

1.5 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds

1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric

A generous pinch of hing /Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Mustard

1/2 Tsp Ginger finely chopped

5 Garlic Pods thinly Slit lengthwise

Salt to Taste

1/2 Tsp Red chilli Powder

4 Dry red Chiilies (Whole)

2 Tsp Ghee

1/2 Tsp Oil

Juice of 1 Lemon

Water to boil dal

Method:

Clean and wash all the three dals. Pressure cook the dals with haldi, green chilles and water upto 2 whistle or till it is cooked.Add water to get the right consistency if the dal is too thick.

Roast chopped garlic in 1/2 tsp oil until they turn nice golden brown in colour.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add ghee.Now add the Cumin and mustard seeds.Once they crackle add hing and ginger and saute for a few seconds.Add the dry red chilli and saute.Now add kasuri methi  and switch off the stove.Lastly add chilli powder and mix well and add this tadka to the boiled dal. Let the dal simmer for about 3-4 mins on low flame. Lastly Garnish with chopped coriander and roasted garlic .

Serve hot with Rice ,Phulkas or Roti.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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SAVOURY EGG MUFFINS

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Hello !!!!

I am back in action after 2 weeks of travelling. It was a memorable trip as i met one of my best friend and guide Alka Jena. She is a gem of a person. We never felt we were meeting for the first time. Memories to be cherished for ever.

Well i am back to my routine after a good break. Are you looking for breakfast ideas that is healthy and can be made in no time? Here is an idea. Today i am sharing a simple savoury egg muffins loaded with veggies and flavourful coriander chutney. A perfect breakfast for kids and adults too.

My contribution for 105th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Savourybakeddish is this healthy and yummy savoury egg muffins.

Recipe for Savoury Egg Muffins:

Ingredients:

3 Eggs

1 Onion finely chopped

1/2 Tomato finely chopped

2 Tsp Coriander chutney (coriander ,tamrind,ginger and salt ground together)

1/4 Bell Pepper finely chopped

1/4 Tsp Pepper powder

Salt to taste

Method:

Beat the eggs lightly in a white bowl.Add all the other ingredients and mix well.

Preheat the oven at 190C for about 10 mins. Pour the egg mixture into greased mini bunt pans and place these pans in the preheated oven. Bake them for about 20 mins.

Remove them from the Oven . Place it upside down on a plate  and the muffins slide easily .

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Serve it hot and enjoy this scrumptious breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MANGO AND CILANTRO DRESSING

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Hello !!!!

Summers are in full swing and the heat is unbearable. I am always thinking of quick and healthy recipes that can help me to be out from my kitchen as soon as possible. Apart from the heat, work at office is also hectic and drains me end of the day as i have been reaching home very late everyday. For dinner my family prefers to have a healthy salad that is filling too. My boys have rice or Chapati with any veggies as well. You can make the salad more appetizing by adding home made dips or dressing. Home made dips and dressing are always the best.

Our 93rd #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme is  #Summerfruit. My Contribution for this wonderful theme is this versatile Mango and Cilantro dressing that is so finger licking good. I enjoyed this dressing with some papadums.

Recipe for Mango and Cilantro Dressing :

Ingredients:

1 Ripe Mango peeled and cubed

1/4 Unripe Mango peeled and cubed

1/2 Cup fresh Cilantro leaves

1 Garlic Clove

2 Sprigs of spring Onion finely chopped

2 Green Chilies (Medium Spicy)

1/4 Tsp Cumin / Jeera

Salt to taste

1/4 Cup fresh Lime juice

1/3 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Tsp Freshly ground Black Pepper

Method:

Put all the ingredients except oil in a blender and blitz until smooth. Gradually add oil in batches. Puree thoroughly after each addition. Dressing will be thick ,creamy and light lime color.

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Store it in an airtight container and refrigerate. I make it in small batches regularly.

 

Enjoy this creamy dressing !!!!!!!!!

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OMURICE / OMELETTE RICE

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Omurice is a popular Japanese food that was originally influenced by Western cuisine. Prepare fried rice and a thin omelette separately, then cover the fried rice in the omelette before serving.I liked this recipe as you can incorporate lot of vegetables into your kid’s diet. It is yummy and they will surely love it.

I made Omurice on my younger son’s demand. He had watched a video of this recipe and wanted me to make it for him. I have made this dish to suit the taste of my family.

You can make a lot of variations to this recipe. Kids will love it and it is so easy to cook. Serve for lunch or dinner.

Recipe  for Omurice / Omelette Rice:

Ingredients:

1 Cup =180 ML

½ Cup of  green bell pepper cut into small pcs

½ Cup yellow bell pepper cut into small pcs

½ Cup red bell pepper cut into small pcs

1/2 Cup French Beans chopped

¼ cup chopped carrot

5 white mushrooms cut into medium chunks

3/4 cup chopped onion

1 garlic clove crushed

2 Cubes of Cheese

1 green chilli  chopped

1 Tbsp butter

Salt to Taste

½ Tsp ground black pepper

1 cup cooked rice

2 Tbsp Tomato ketchup

2 eggs

¼ Tsp sugar

1 Tsp Oil

Finely Chopped Coriander or Mint to garnish

 

Method:

 

Heat a heavy Bottom Pan. Add butter and garlic and saute for few seconds. Once the garlic turns crisp, add the green chilli,green bell pepper,yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, carrot, mushroom, and onion. Stir a few minutes until the onion turns a little translucent. Once done add salt and ground black pepper and mix well. Now add the cooked rice, tomato ketchup, and mix well. Let it cook without stirring for a minute, so that the bottom of the rice gets a little crunchy. Remove from the heat.

Transfer the fried rice to a bowl. Fill about half the cup with the fried rice, then if place the cheese cubes and then fill the rest of the bowl with the balance fried rice.

Keep it aside.

Now let us make the omelette.

Beat 2 eggs in a bowl with salt,pepper powder and sugar.Heat up a non-stick pan. Add  oil and spread the oil .Ensure the pan is properly greased .Turn the heat to medium low, so that the egg is not burnt.Pour the egg mixture into the pan and swirl the pan around to make a nice circle. Keep moving  the pan around and let the low heat cook the egg.Once done switch off the flame.

 To Assemble:

Put a large plate over the bowl of stir-fried rice. Flip everything over and remove the bowl in order to have a perfect dome of fried rice.Place the omelette over top of the dome. Garnish with a cheese cube , sprinkle some pepper or garnish with a bit of ketchup or as you like, and serve hot.

I served Omurice with pan fried Baby corns.

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