Posts Tagged ‘legumes’

Misal Pav

I remember having Misal-Pav in our office canteen. In Mumbai most people travel at least 1 to 2 hours to office everyday, so it is obvious that not everybody is going to have breakfast at home first thing in the morning. Breakfast menu’s in office canteens like misal-pav, vada pav, idli-sambhar to name a few are very popular. Since, I lived very close to office, I would skip breakfast at home to have Misal-Pav in office.

Misal Pav is another popular breakfast dish in Mumbai. Misal literally means mixture and this dish is a mix of sprouts(dried peas, moth beans and moong beans) which is cooked in onion-tomato-coconut gravy and topped with chopped onion and Farsan or mixture( which is again a  mixture of dried spicy gram flour noodles, roasted peanuts, roasted channa dal). And it is served with none other than our famous pav(bread).There are different versions of Misal like Bombay Misal, Puneri Misal and Kolhapuri. This is my version to the dish. We had this for dinner yesterday night with fresh baked pav bread.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups mixed sprout legumes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp crushed tomatoes
  • 4 green chillies, seeds removed
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asfetodia powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 3 tbsp shredded fresh/frozen coconut flakes
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • chopped onions for garnishing
  • lime/lemon quarters for garnishing
  • farsan/Sev/mixture
  • 2 tbsp plus 1 tsp light olive oil/vegetable oil

Method:

  • To start with boil the mixed sprouts in pressure cooker for 1 whistles Or until tender. Strain the sprouts and reserve the liquid. Keep it aside.
  • Heat a tsp of oil, add chopped onions and sauté until light brown in color, add fennel seeds, green chillies, ginger-garlic paste and shredded coconut and fry for 2-3 minutes. Once done add chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes and grind the mixture into a fine paste.
  • In another pan, heat 2 tbsp oil, add asafoetida powder and add the masala paste followed by turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the reserved liquid(for me it was 1 cup), water( I have added 1 cup) and add boiled sprout to the masala.Check for seasoning.
  • Cover the lid and boil for 5-6 more minutes on low-medium heat.
  • The gravy is ready to savored with pav bread.

Assembing the Misal Pav:

  • Take a large serving bowl , add two big ladle full of gravy in the bowl, topped with chopped onions, mixrure/farsan and coriander leaves. Not to forget the lime/lemon wedge. Serve it with pav. And serve your misal-pav piping hot. Enjoy!!

Note:

For sprouting the legumes, soak them overnight. Next day, wash and drain them with water and tie in muslin cloth or cotton kitchen towel. Keep it under a heavy bottom dish in a kitchen closet. The next day you will have beautiful and perfect sprouted legumes ready.

Misal Pav

Misal Pav

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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

Dal Pithi

Posted: March 9, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Dal pithi is a dish from Bihari cuisine and it is a fresh pasta cooked in legumes. Dal means legumes and pithi means dumplings made out of whole wheat flour. Typically dal pithi is served with chokha which is mashed potatoes fried with some onions, green chillies and pickle masala. This combo is the best comfort food to put together.

I remember when mom used to fall sick, dad would enter the kitchen and for dinner we used to have this almost everyday till mom feels better. This is only dish dad knows how to cook and feed us. And we used to enjoy making the dumplings with him in different shapes and sizes. His dumplings were always used to be big and we used to say dad make it little bit smaller and he will say oh this will taste better when it cooks..:)

We made this over the weekend when I was down with flu. Also, my 2 year old son helped us to make the dumplings. He was so engrossed in making the dumplings and making sure mom and dad gets each one of them made by him. With his cute voice he says momma here’s ATTA (hindi for flour) …

Dal Pithi

Dal Pithi

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup orange lentils/masoor dal
  • 1/4 cup yellow lentils/arhar dal
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 red dried whole chilli 
Wheat flour dumplings/Pithi

Wheat flour dumplings/Pithi

Method:

  • Wash and pressure cook dal with turmeric powder, salt to taste and 2 cups of water.
  • Meanwhile, add water slowly to the wheat flour until the dough starts to come together. Knead the dough until soft but not sticky.Divide the dough into 15 equal parts.
  • Take one of the ball, roll it into small circle about 2-3 inch in diameter. keep flouring the dough. Now join two ends together and other ends together as shown above (you can make it in any shape you like).
  • Repeat to complete the rest of the dough.
  • Open the pressure cooker, add 1 cup of water, must be sufficient to cook the dumplings. Give a boil.
  • Once the dal starts boiling, add the dumplings and cover the lid and cook by stirring once in a while.
  • Cook until the dumplings are soft and tender about 15-20 minutes.
  • For tampering: On medium heat add oil in a pan, then add cumin seeds followed by red chilli and wait until it gets brown. Pour this to the dal pithi, be careful while doing this coz it gets splutter when hot oil touches the dal. Give a boil and serve hot .

Serve hot with chokha, pickle and ghee on top. Enjoy!

Dal Pithi

Dal Pithi