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Jeera Aloo

Posted: March 5, 2013 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Indian Food
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Jeera Aloo

Sometimes the best things are also the simplest. Whenever I run out of dishes to make for dinner or lunch this is one dish that comes to my rescue. Jeera Aloo, the first dish I learnt to cook, and it continues to be my all time favorite.

Jeera Aloo is one of the simplest Indian vegetarian dish, where jeera stands for cumin seeds and aloo stands for potatoes. Potato are so versatile, it can be cooked in numerous ways and no matter how you cook them, a potato dish will always taste great.

This is a dry dish and thus is ideal for taking with you when you are travelling. I remember mom making this for our train journey, it’s not that you don’t get food in trains or at station but to be honest there’s always concern about the hygiene of the food. And nothing is compared to a good homemade meal. We used to have this with pooris or parathas and pickle on side.

There are many different variations to this dish, and you will find various recipes online. This recipe is how my mom makes jeera aloo at home always, simple yet delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 big potatoes, par-boiled
  • 1 small-sized white onion, finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon degi mirch
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoon light olive oil
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Peel the potatoes and cut into medium sized cubes.
  • Heat oil in a skillet. Add cumin seeds, once they crackle add chopped onions and green chillies and cook until onions turns light brown in color. Add  turmeric powder, coriander powder, gram masala powder, degi mirch and salt to taste. Cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add cubed potatoes and mix gently so that the potatoes are coated with masala.
  • Check for salt and add chopped coriander leaves and sprinkle the cumin powder and add lime juice. Mix well. Switch of the heat.
  • Serve hot !

Jeera Aloo

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Last weekend we went to Edison, New Jersey with our friends to get Ganesha Idol for forthcoming puja at their place, we also visited one Indian grocery store. I was total lost in that store. After so many years I was seeing a big Indian grocery store, with indian music all around and the best thing was I was able to find so many things for which even I had forgotten the names. At first I was like what to take and from where to start. I didn’t expect a indian grocery store that big and full of every possible ingredient you can imagine. Really…even I saw some pan leaves in that store… 🙂 I also got one of my favorite vegetable which brings me to today’s post.

I’m going to share with you my favorite sabzi recipe for parora/parwal, also known as pointed gourd. Parwal is a popular vegetable in India, especially in Eastern and Northern India. Parval is very popular among the Bihari Cuisine and a healthy vegetable, as my mom will say.  This vegetable looks like tiny cucumbers or squash, with tapering ends. Parwal, belongs to the family of Cucurbits (cucumber, squash, etc.).  It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Back home, my mom used to prepare this vegetable a lot. During the season, mom will make simple stir fried to go with dal(lentils) and rice. She will also make spicy curry to go along with indian breads(roti or paratha). The crispy nature of this vegetable even after it has been cooked along with potatoes, gives the unique taste and crunch, which I love.

Pointed Gourd (Parwal) Sabzi

Pointed Gourd (Parwal) Sabzi

Ingredients:

  • 10-15 parwal, cut in big cubes
  • 1 medium-sized potato, peeled and cut in cubes
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1-inch of ginger
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sweet paprika powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon tawa masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur powder
  • salt to taste
Pointed Gourd (Parwal) Sabzi

Method:

  • Wash the parwal and cut the ends, slightly scrape the outer skin and slice lengthwise into four quarters or big cubes.
  • Take half of the chopped onion, garlic, green chillies, ginger and grind them into a fine paste in a blender.Keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a pan over medium high heat, add the parwal and fry on medium flame till it obtains a nice color on the skin. once done, transfer the fried veggies in a plate. In the same pan sauté the cubed potatoes till they get a slight golden color. Again transfer to a plate and keep it aside.
  • In the same pan heat the remaining oil. Add cumin and let it splutter, later add bay leaves. Sauté. Add the remaining chopped onions, give it a stir and fry till they get a light color and turn translucent. Add the ginger, garlic and the onion puree you made earlier and cook for 3-4 minutes more .
  •  Add chopped tomatoes, salt, turmeric, coriander powder, garam masala powder, tawa masala, sweet paprika powder and stir. Cover and cook for 4 min. You will notice the tomatoes have softened and the oil has separated.
  • Add the fried parwal and potatoes and mix well, stir and cook for 2 min. Add  water and let it simmer for 5 min or till gravy is of desired consistency. Sprinkle the amchur powder and mix well.
  • Serve hot with roti and enjoy!!
Pointed Gourd (Parwal) Sabzi

Pointed Gourd (Parwal) Sabzi

Nutrela Patties

Posted: March 23, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Breakfast, Indian Food, Snack
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I always keep a packet of nutrela chunks in my pantry because you can make so much out of it. When I am not in mood of elaborate cooking this always comes to my rescue. Throw in some veggies, potatoes and rice and add some soya chunks to have a wholesome meal.

Recently I have asked my hubby to get some soya chunks from Indian grocery store on the way to home. And  instead of getting soya chunks, he got a packet of soya granules. Those of you who uses this product will know that there is no difference in packet and both looks the same. And this granules are sitting in my pantry since then. So, in order to use this I decided to make some patties and it really turned out wonderful.

I am glad that he mistakenly got something good for me to try my hands on. Or else I would never have thought of getting these granules and making patties out of them. Even my son enjoyed eating couple of bites of the patties though it was bit spicy for him.

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soya granules
  • 1 large potatoes
  • 1/3 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 small carrot, cut in small cubes
  • 1 green chilli, devined and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh methi leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon worchesterire sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  • Wash and pressure cook potato. Once cooled, peel and mash the cooked potatoes.
  • Keep soya granules in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the granules and keep it aside.
  • In a hot boiling water, add carrots, peas and corn and boil for 5-7 minutes. You want veggies to be tender not overcooked, once done, drain the same and keep it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed potatoes, veggies and rest of all the above mentioned ingredients.
  • Take a handful of mixture, form it into a smooth ball by lightly pressing in between your palms. Repeat the same to complete the rest of the mixture.
  • Make an assembly of three plates, one with bread crumb mixture, beaten eggs and soya patties.
  • Dip soya patties in beaten eggs and then in bread crumb mixture and slightly press to flatten it. Repeat the same to complete the rest of the patties.
  • Heat oil in a flat pan over medium high heat, fry the patties in hot oil on both the sides until golden brown and crispy. Do not turn to other side until one side is completely done. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat the same for the rest of soya patties.
  • Serve hot with ketchup and enjoy.
Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Posted: September 13, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Baking, Indian Food
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Recipe Yields: 8-9 Vegetable Chop 

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet 

Vegetable chop is a popular snack in eastern part of India.  We would have this almost every evening during our summer stay in Kolkatta at my grandparents house. We would wait for our uncle to come home with this hot cutlets/chop in thongas (which is a bag made out of newspaper).  We would dig into his bag as soon as he came home and find things to indulge ourselves. 

Everyday something different to eat and enjoy. Good old days and memories which we still cherish and get nostalgic about. 

Vegetable Chop is a deep-fried snack with lots of veggies mashed and then coated with bread crumbs.  To make it bit more healthier I have decided to bake this instead of frying. It turned out exactly the same as in my memory and i was transported back in time. 

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Ingredients: 

  • 1 small beet root, boiled, mashed
  • 1 small potato, boiled and mashed
  • 1 medium-sized carrots, boiled and mashed
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, boiled and mashed
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1 small white onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 3 green chillies, devined and chopped
  • 1/4 cup slightly roasted peanuts in oil
  • 2 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste

For the coating 

  • 1/2 besan/chick pea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup bread crumbs

Preparation: 

  • In a large bowl, mash all the boiled vegetable together, add salt to taste and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add onions followed by ginger, garlic and green chillies and cook until the onions are translucent.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder and peas to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add the mashed vegetables to the pan and cook for 2-3 more minutes. Turn off the gas and add peanuts and raisins to the mixture and mix altogether. Keep it aside to cool.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the coating batter by combining all of the ingredients mentioned above except the bread crumbs.
  • Now with the vegetable mixture, make elongated balls and keep it aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 375 deg farenheit.
  • Take the vegetable balls and dip it in the prepared batter properly and then coat each ball with bread crumbs and place on the baking sheet.
  • Repeat the above steps to complete the rest of the balls.
  • Once done, bake the vegetable chops in oven for 30-35 minutes turning once in a while. Cook until the chops are golden brown from outside.
  • Cool off and enjoy with ketchup and salads.
Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Vegetable Chop/Cutlet

Samosa

Posted: August 24, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack
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Recipe Yields: 16 Samosa’s  

Samosa  

Samosa(Pronounce as Sa Mousa) is the popular snack in india which is a stuffed pastry in a triangular shape.  Usually the stuffing is made of potatoes, green peas, peanuts and some spices and then the pastry is deep-fried in oil. Samosa are often served with tamarind chutney and green mint chutney.  

This is the first time I have tried making this at home but needless to say the outcome was great and satisfying.  

Samosa

Samosa

Ingredients:  

For the crust:  

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain/carom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water to knead the dough

Take everything mentioned above for the crust in a large bowl except water. Slowly add water and knead the dough. Dough should not be sticky or it will be difficult to handle. Once done keep it aside covered.  

Meanwhile prepare the stuffing for samosa:  

Ingredients:  

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/3 cup slightly roasted peanuts in oil
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 green chillies, deveined and chopped
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation:  

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add green peas followed by turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chopped curry leaves, green chillies and salt.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add peanuts and boiled potatoes to the pan and mix everything gently. Switch off the gas and transfer the filling in a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Meanwhile divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each of them such that they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Now take one portion and roll it into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Cut into two equal parts in semi-circle using a knife or pizza cutter.
  • Now take one of the semi-circle and fold it like a cone and hold in between your index finger and thumb for the filling.
  • Spoon the filling in the cone and seal the third side by using a drop of water as glue.
  • Repeat the steps 5-8 for the rest of the portion balls.
  • Once done heat oil in a deep skillet and fry the samosa’s until golden brown and crispy from both the sides.
  • Serve warm with tomato ketchup and enjoy.
Samosa

Samosa

Aloo/Potato Paratha

Posted: July 14, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Aloo/Potato Paratha

Aloo paratha is the staple food in every house in india. This stuffed paratha used to be there in my lunch box once in a week. I love to eat this just by rolling it in my hand with some pickle and curd. Sometimes I just eat it like that. I do not know about any body else but I never get bored with this food. So keep making this once in a while.  So, here’s goes the recipe for my version or to be precise my mom’s version of aloo paratha. I hope you make this and treat yourself.

Aloo/Potato Paratha

Aloo/Potato Paratha

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour, kneaded
  • 2 large potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 2 green chillies, de-vined and chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped and minced
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 cup chopped green coriander leaves
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for greasing paratha

Preparation:

  • Knead dough as you do it to make roti’s and keep it in a fridge for sometime, so that it gets little easier to handle the dough while stuffing.
  • Boil the potatoes in pressure cooker for 2 whistle and let the cooker cool down and then open the lid.
  • Take out the potatoes from the cooker and let it cool down enough for you to handle with hand.
  • Peel it and then mash the same.
  • To the mashed potatoes, add onions, green chillies, red chilli powder, garlic, turmeric powder, ajwain, garam masala powder, salt to taste and coriander leaves.
  • Mix everything well using your hand. Stuffing for aloo paratha is ready.
  • 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, so that you can roll it into circle.
  • 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 or crispy.
  • Serve it with curd and pickles of your choice.
Aloo/Potato Paratha

Aloo/Potato Paratha

Aloo Matar/Potatoes and Peas Curry

Posted: July 7, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food
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Serving yields: 2-3 servings 

Aloo Matar/Potatoes n peas curry 

Every indian know how to make aloo matar curry. This is one of the most easiest yet satisfying curry of all time. I have seen or eaten this recipe of different versions but the spices used to make this curry is almost same.  Every household has different taste of this, depending upon their use of spices and taste. I was going to make aloo curry for the dinner than while preparing the dish thought of adding some peas to it which will go perfect with jeera rice hence made this curry. 

Aloo Matar/Potatoes n peas curry

Aloo Matar/Potatoes n peas curry

 

Ingredients: 

  • 2-3 small potatoes, cut in large cubes
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • salt oto taste
  • 2 tablespoon oil

Preparation: 

  • Wash and scrub potatoes, cut in large cubes.
  • Heat oil in pressure cooker over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds and let it get brown and splutter.
  • Add chopped onions followed by garlic and ginger,cook until onions are lightly brown.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt to taste and cook until oil separates.
  • Now add cubed potatoes and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add frozen peas  and water and close the lid, cook until 2 whistle.
  • Let the cooker cool and then open the lid.
  • Serve hot with rice and rotis/indian bread.
Aloo Matar/Potatoes n peas curry

Aloo Matar/Potatoes n peas curry

 

Note – You can also use a deep pan with lid to cook this. I use pressure cooker as it is easier and quick.