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Pindi Channa/Chick peas saute in Indian spices

Pindi Channa/Chick peas saute in Indian spices

We ate this delicious dish of chhole at my sister-in-law’s place , when we were visiting home early this year. Obviously, I asked her for the recipe. It was a simple recipe, using our usual ingredients – garlic, ginger and some indian spices all cooked together with chhole. She served this pindi channa with hot pooris, all puffed up and straight out from the kadai along with fresh homemade dahi(yogurt) and punjabi mango pickle -a typical punjabi breakfast.

I always admire her cooking skills. She loves cooking and make flavorful and delicious dishes in matter of minutes. Whenever she is around, I don’t worry about food or making dishes. She takes care of everything so smoothly and deliciously.

Pindi Channa

Pindi Channa

Ingredients:

For boiling chickpeas:

  • 1 1/2 cups of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 tea bag
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • salt to taste

For tadka:

  • 2 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chill, defined and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp  chhole masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Soak dried chick peas overnight in enough water to cover the legumes.
  • Drain the soaked chickpeas and rinse it once or twice. Add enough water to cover it by an inch and add all the spices along with the tea bag. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or cook in a salted water until the chick peas is soft and tender.
  • Once done, drain all the water from chana and discard the whole spices and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and let it get brown, add the ginger garlic paste and fry along for a minute. Add rest of the spices and cook for 3-4 minutes without burning the masala.
  • Add the boiled chickpeas and stir well so that everything is evenly coated with masala. Let it cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and chopped onions. Serve along with poori, paratha or just as a snack, in either way it’s delicious!
Pindi Channa

Pindi Channa

It’s Friday. Time to eat some pizza slices.I love making and eating homemade pizza, it is always the best. But then, I didn’t wanted the same old round pizza, so decided to do some experiment and ended up with this rectangular pizza.I like trying out different crust recipes, different toppings and different shapes of pizza.

This pizza is so good.  It’s flavorful, colorful, and delicious to the core.What I like the most is the thin, light and crunchy crust which is so incredibly good.

For the dough:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup warm water plus 1 tbsp
  • 2  1/4 tsp instant or rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp oregano

For the topping:

  • 1  (12 ounce ) can chopped tomatoes, drained and washed
  • 1 jalapeno, deveined and thinly chopped
  • 1 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Method:

  • In a small bowl, combine the yeast, sugar and water and stir gently to dissolve. Let the mixture stand until the yeast comes alive and starts to foam, 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the 2 tablespoon of olive oil, dried oregano, garlic powder and salt to the yeast-sugar-water mixture.
  • Dump the flour in a large mixing bowl, slowly adding the yeast mixture , knead the dough until smooth and no longer sticky.
  • Shape the dough into a large ball and coat lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Place in a bowl and cover with a damp towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size about 1 hour.
  • Brush a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil and set aside.
  • Punch down the dough and roll in rectangular shape such that it can fit in the sheet pan. Brush the top with olive oil.
  • Cover and let it rise again until slightly puffed about 1 hour or so.
  • Pre heat oven to 500 degree F.
  • Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine all the ingredients under topping  except mozzarella cheese and keep aside.
  • Sprinkle the pizzas evenly with grated mozzarella cheese leaving 1/2-inch border on all the sides. Layer tomatoes and jalapeno evenly on the pizza and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, sprinkle little salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried oregano and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the crust is crisp and the cheeses begin to brown.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
Tomato-Jalapeño Thin Crust Pizza

Bitter Gourd or bitter melon also called Karela in Hindi, is a popular vegetable in India. Not many people like this veggie but I happen to love this veggie. In order to cook this veggie you need some cooking technique to minimize the bitterness and enjoy the vegetable. Usually I made simple stir fry with lots of onion. But this time I got some beautiful small bitter gourds. So, I thought of making this stuffed karela’s( my MIL’s recipe). I love all the dishes made by her.

Ingredients:

  • 8-9 small bitter gourd
  • 1 big onion, grated
  • 3 tbsp mustard oil
  • pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 2-inch of ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 green chill, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon pickle masala(I have used carrot & chilli pickle, mother’s recipe brand)
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash and Scrap the rough edges of bitter gourd and keep aside.
  • Make a slit in the center on each gourd for stuffing and scoop out the hard seeds from inside, make sure not to slit all the way.
  • Sprinkle salt on the bitter gourd’s and to the peelings and let it sit for 1-2 hours. Then, wash and pat dry the bitter gourd’s. This process helps to remove bitterness from the bitter gourd. Squeeze out the excess moisture from the peeling.
  • And pound those scoop out hard seeds in pestle coarsely, mix it with gourd peeling, grated ginger and keep it aside.
  • Heat a tablespoon of mustard oil in skillet on medium heat. Wait for oil to heat before adding onion and asafoetida, sauté onions until translucent.Now add gourd peelings-seed mixture, turmeric powder, coriander powder, gram masala powder, red chilli  powder, green chill and salt to taste . Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water to the mixture, cover and cook for about 15-20 minutes.Once the masala is properly cooked, add pickle masala and amchur powder and taste for seasoning. 
  • Add stuffing mixture to the bitter gourds and do not over-stuff.
  • Heat mustard oil in a wide skillet on medium heat.Once heated, shallow fry each gourds until golden on all the sides. Keep turning them gently so that they get cooked  evenly on all the sides. This whole process will take 25-30 minutes on low heat.
  • Serve hot with Dal and Rice. Enjoy!
Note:
  • If you are not using any pickle masala increase the amount of amchur powder or you can also add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  • Try to use small bitter gourds.
  • You can also tie the gourd’s with thread after stuffing or else take care while flipping to the sides. I didn’t tie my gourd’s.

Yesterday, when we were just sitting and thinking what to make for dinner or should we go out to eat. Then hubby dear suggested to make some aloo paratha. Hubby loves any kind of stuffed paratha especially aloo paratha. Paratha with some yogurt and pickle…ahh, sounds bliss to me too!

But then I didn’t wanted to make same plain stuffed paratha. Hence this idea came into my mind to use some mint leaves and cucumber. Cucumber, why?? I saw my dear friend adding grated cucumber to thalipeeth (will have that recipe for you soon) which I liked. So I kneaded the dough with this two ingredients. As this was my first attempt, adding mint leaves to the paratha, I wasn’t sure about the end result. But as soon as I made one paratha and give it my son and saw him eating I Knew it must be really good and then followed his comment, ‘yummy mama’. Incidently that is the only word he knows to say after having some food, well I will take it.. 🙂  . But really the parathas were so good that you can eat just as is without any pickle or yogurt on side.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mint leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated seedless cucumber
  • 2  1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 2 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1 inch ginger grated
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds plus 1 more tablespoon for sprinkling
  • 2 green chillies( you can adjust according to your taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

For potato filling:

  • 1 medium Idaho potato
  • 2 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 1 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried mango powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • In a large mixing bowl combine flour with yogurt, grated cucumber, garlic, green chilli, ginger, sesame seeds, turmeric powder, coriander powder and olive oil. Knead it into a soft dough by adding little water. Once done keep the dough aside covered for 30 minutes or so.
  • Meanwhile pressure cook potato, peel and mash the same.
  • Heat oil over medium high heat, add onions, garlic, green chillies. Cook for 2 minutes. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste and cook for another 1 minutes or until the raw smell of the spices disappears.
  • Add the mashed potatoes and mango powder to the masala and mix well and keep it aside.
  • Divide the dough into ball-sized portions and roll between your hands till they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Take this ball sized dough and make a small pouch to fill the stuffing and gently close the pouch by joining all the sides together.
  • Press this stuffed pouch in between your palms to flatten it,  and sprinkle some sesame seeds on top and roll it into circle about 5-6 inch in diameter.
  • Heat the griddle and fry the paratha by glazing the oil on the surface of the paratha. Repeat this for the other side of paratha too.
  • The paratha is done when both the side is golden brown.
  • Serve  with yogurt and pickles of your choice.

Paneer Jalfrezi

Posted: May 4, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Jalfrezi dish has its origins in Bengal region of India at the time of the British Raj. The name comes indirectly from Bengali jhāl, spicy food, and Urdu parhezī, suitable for a diet.  Jalfrezi is not a dish it is a popular cooking method. It even has made into Oxford English dictionary.

Jalfrezi is a medium spiced, stir fried dish cooked with veggies, tomato-based sauce and some spices. This is also very popular dish served in every Indian restaurants back home.You can enjoy this with any kind of Indian bread or with rice.

I never cooked with paneer much, but recently I have tried Paneer Makhanwala which hubby and my son enjoyed a lot. So, again I made some fresh paneer the other day and was thinking what else can I make with this. And then hubby said do we have peppers, we can make paneer jalfrezi with this. And I always have colored peppers in my fridge, hence made this for our dinner and needless to say we loved this with some ajwain parathas. My son loved both peppers and paneer, so this is perfect for his portion of  healthy veggies and paneer is excellent source of protein. WIN…WIN… 🙂

Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups paneer, cubed
  • 1/4 cup orange bell pepper, cut in big chunks
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, cut in big chunks
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut in big chunks
  • 1/2  red onion, cut in big chunks
  • 1 large white onion, grated or puree
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon chilli garlic sauce
  • 1 teaspoon tandoori masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt to taste
Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, carefully add onions and cook until it slightly turns brown in color.
  • Add chilli garlic sauce, crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori masala and salt to taste. Cook on medium heat for about 5-6 minutes.
  • Once you see the oil separates out from the sauce, add all the peppers and onion and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
  • Then add paneer and lightly mix everything together.
  • Serve hot with paratha or roti. Enjoy!!
Paneer Jalfrezi

Paneer Jalfrezi

Naan

Posted: April 29, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Bread, Dinner, Indian Food
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Naan is a thick flat indian bread, which is cooked in a tandoor. Tandoor is a clay oven used in cooking and baking, this commonly used in South and middle eastern Asian countries. The heat for tandoor is traditionally generated by a charcoal fire or wood fire, inside the tandoor itself and the food is cooked exposing to live-fire. It really gives a wonderful and rustic smell to the food.

Naan is typically made by mixing all-purpose flour with salt, yeast culture and yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough. Every Indian restaurants serves this flat bread with different exotic side dishes.

Naan

Naan

I wanted to make naan at home since long, but some or the other way it didn’t happen. So, when I saw this posting at Soma’s blog, I couldn’t resist any further.. Hence decided to make some naan for ourselves.

Naan

Naan

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 warm water
  • 1 teaspoon dry active yeast
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 1/2 tablespoon thick yogurt

Method:

  •  Mix active dry yeast and honey in lukewarm water and let it sit for 5-7 minutes or until the mixture becomes frothy.
  •  Add salt and baking soda to the flour and mix well. Add the oil and yogurt  to the flour and combine everything together.After incorporating the ingredients you will have a crumbly dough.
  •  Now slowly add the water/yeast mixture and knead the dough until it is smooth and soft. Coat a big bowl with olive oil, drop in the dough, and turn it to oil it all over. Seal the bowl with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour.
  •  Punch down the risen dough and knead briefly. Gently press and stretch it into an evenly flat round and divide the dough into 5 equal triangles.
  •  Brush the top slightly with oil and keep aside to rise once again.
  •  When you ready to serve, heat a heavy bottom flat pan over high heat.Roll each slice in triangle-shaped bread and brush one side with water and place the water side down on to the skillet.
  • Cover with a lid immediately. You will see the top of the naan bubbling because of the steam getting gathering inside. After a minute or so, flip naan to other side and let it cook for few seconds and then with help of tongs expose the side to direct flame and cook for half a second or so or until you get some desired burned flames marks.
  • Brush butter on the naan and sprinkle some nigella seeds and finely chopped cilantro leaves on top.  Keep it in a foil lined with kitchen towel. Cover the foil and follow the same method to complete the rest of the slices.
  • Serve hot with  dish of your choice. Enjoy!!
Naan

Naan

Paneer Makhanwala

Posted: April 20, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dinner, Indian Food
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Paneer Makhanwala is a dish from Mughlai cuisine. Mughlai cuisine consists of the dishes which were prepared in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors. These dishes are very exotic, rich in flavor and spices. Also, in the preparation of most of mughlai dishes, milk and cream is used to enhance the richness of the dish. This cuisine is very popular in northern part of India though you can eat most of mughlai dishes these days in every restaurant. But the best place to enjoy mughlai food is Delhi which specializes in the preparation of this cuisine.

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in south asian cuisine  and makhan is referred to cream used in the dish. Hence the name Paneer Makhanwala. It is also called Shahi Paneer, reference to the royalty which use to enjoy this dish. It is best served with indian bread called Naan.

Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups paneer, cut in cubes
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies, devined and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoon tandoori paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoon heavy cream
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 dry bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala

Method:

  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon of oil in a pan , add onions, chillies, garlic, ginger with a pinch of salt. Cook until onions are softened. Cool down the mixture and transfer this to the blender jar and blend it into a fine paste.
  • In the same pan, add rest of the oil and butter, then add bay leaves followed by onion paste. Cook until it turns light brown in color.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tandoori paste, salt and cook until the oil separates from the masala about 7-10 minutes.
  • Add little bit of water for desired consistency, cover the pan and cook for another 3-4 minutes on low heat.
  • Add cream to the sauce and mix everything well. In the end add paneer cubes to the sauce and gently stir to mix everything well. If you are using store-bought paneer, put in hot boiling water for 10-15 minutes, so that it gets little soft.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves and serve!
Paneer Makhanwala

Paneer Makhanwala