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Beetroot vegetable (sabzi)

Hiiiii everyone. Amazing feeling to post something after a long time. WOW, it’s been so long I have posted anything. Such a long time. I have lost the count of it. But’s it’s good to be back. For sure. How are you all, hope you fine and enjoying cooking and blogging. Love to all and miss blogging so much.

Beetroot, I haven’t really thought about it a a veggie until recently. I always loved it as a salad or raita or even just as it is, ofcourse boiled ;). Some days I was so bored cooking the same style vegetables and wanted to cook something different. Being a holiday I had time to try out something different. This red yummy dish was one of the recipes I tried that day. I always knew such was prepared regularly in the south of India and decided to give a try. Tadaaa so here it is.

Enjoy.

Ingredients

Beetroot – 4 medium sized
Urad daal – 1/2 tea spoon
Jeera or cumin seeds – 1 tea spoon
Oil – 1/2 tea spoonn
Curry leaves – 5/6
Green chillies – 3 finely chopped
Garam masala – 1/2 tea spoon
Freshly grated coconut – 2.3 table spoon
Salt to taste
Coriander for garnishing

Procedure

  • Cook the beetroot in pressure cooker until soft. Keep it to cool.
  • Peel away the skin and cut the beetroot into small cubes.
  • Heat oi in a pan, add cumin seeds, urad daal, curry leaves and chilies.
  • Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
  • Add beetroot, salt, garam masala and mix well.
  • Cover and cook for around 5 minutes on low flame.
  • Garnish with freshly grated coconut and coriander.
  • Serve hot with chappatis

Tips

This requires very less oil, so excellent in health terms.
Increase or decrease the amount of chilies per your taste.
It’s okay if you do not find urad daal.

Chatpata chana

I was traveling from Mumbai to Pune. While the driver took a break for filling the fuel my tummy started demanding it’s own fuel. Going around various stalls I laid my eyes on this wonderful snack item which I do not know how I forgot for years together. I love this ! It’s a fantastic, tasty and chatapata snack which can be prepared in couple of minutes (ofcourse you got to have the chana boiled ;) hehe) which can bring your taste buds back to action.

This is a little spicy, tangy and a yummy salad snack. I came back and the first thing next day I did was get this dish ready. I don’t remember how much I had missed this, but now I will be preparing it quite often. I dedicate this recipe entirely to the chana walla who flooded me with memories and got them back to life.

So enjoy….till next time keep stirring keep cooking !

Ingredients –

Black gram / kale harbhare / kala chana – 1 ½ cups
Tomato (finely chopped) – ½ cup
Potato (medium sized and boiled) – 1
Onion (small size and finely chopped) – ¼ cup
Salt – to taste
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon
Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons
Coriander (finely chopped) – 1 teaspoon

Procedure –

  • Soak the black gram in water over night. In a pressure cooker boil it with adequate water for 4-5 whistles. Let it cool.
  • Peel the potato and cut it into small cubes.
  • Once the chana is cooled drain the water and add the chopped tomato, onion, red chili powder, chat masala, salt and lemon juice to it.
  • Mix well. Sprinkle coriander and serve.

Tips –

Do not discard the boiled water from the chana. It could be used while cooking.
You can add finely chopped cucumber as well.

Masala Tondali

Hello everyone !!
It’s been a truly long time that I have posted and even visited your blogs. Thanks for being so understanding :) for all this time. It’s been a grilling 7 months. I have been completely tied up with my German levels. Not that am not happy about it, the only sad part was that I couldn’t dedicate much time to the blog. But now that I am BACK I will be regularly updating the blog and replying to you as well. I have decided that even when I will be tied up with my job I will give a certian time to posting the replying blogs for sure. It’s a family I can’t afford to miss anymore ;)
So, now that we have a post it cannot be without a recipe. I had prepared and kept the post nearly ready for somedays and here it is. Masala Tondali. Tondali is known as Ivy Gourd,Tendli. It has a pecicular taste and a wonderful ingredient in preparations like Masale bhaat. This Veggie can be either simply fried or made with a gravy. This one is with the gravy. It’s a little on the spcier side for sure. The preparation is very much maharashtrain style.
So do have a go at it. Have with hot chappatis or rice ;)
Enjoy.

Ingredients –

Ivy gourd/Tondali/ Tendli (thin and small sized) – 10-15
Freshly desiccated coconut – ½ cup
Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoons
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Goda Masala – 2 teaspoons
Jaggery (crushed) – 2 tablespoons
Mustard seeds- ½ teaspoon
Asafoetida – ½ teapsoon
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Red chili powder – 1 ½ teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Coriander springs – few springs finely chopped

Procedure –

  • Thoroughly wash and slice the sides of the tondali. Cook them for 3 whistles in a pressure cooker. Let it cool
  • Dry roast coconut and sesame seeds and after cooling ground them together.
  • In a kadhai heat oil. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add asafoetida, turmeric powder.
  • Now add the grounded coconut and sesame mixture and add water according to the gravy consistency.
  • Add the boiled tondali, goda masala, jaggery, salt, red chili powder.
  • Let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Sprinkle the coriander springs or some desiccated coconut and serve hot with chapattis.

Tips –

Instead of jaggery you could use 2 tablepsoons of sugar.
People who do not like sweet, could avoid adding sugar or jaggery.

Foodlyrics turns 1, celebrating with Sev Puri

Foodlyrics is 1 year and 19 days to be precise. Yeah I know I just forgot about it and even didn’t mention it in my earlier post as it didn’t strike me at all. Can you believe it!!! :-0

Last year Pune was panic striken with the Swine Flu epidemic and we had a compulsory stay home week. I was so.. so.. bored. Nothing to do and no where to go. So I started making different dishes reserved for those weekends every day. :P. That’s when my husband suggested about starting a foodblog. This is how Foodlyrics was born. I started my blog with the free version of Foodlyrics on wordpress. Kudos to Wp for such a amazing venture. In December ’09, Foodlyrics was officially on the web. And here I am today with my 1 year and 19 days baby. Phew time flies by so quickly isn’t it? Thanks so much to all my friends who have helped in nurturing and bringing up Foodlyrics with lot of love and support.

Recently, I had less time for the blog and hence there have been less posts and replies as well from my side. I am so awed by the scraps, comments on Facebook and the emails I have received regarding my absence from all of you. It really means a lot to me and gives me a sense of responsibility to keep posting regularly.

So better late than never. I thought of celebrating the birthday of my blog with all my favorite dishes. May be bake a cake later this weekend. But for now here is one of my favorite chaat dishes, to which I can never say no to. Sev Puri!!!

Ingredients –

Left over chapattis – 2 -3
Onion (finely chopped) – ½ cup
Tomato (finely chopped) – ½  cup
Boiled potato (peeled & mashed) – 1 cup
Tamarind / Imli – ¼ cup
Dates / Khajur – ¼ cup
Mint leaves/ Pudina – 3 tablespoons
Coriander springs – 3 tablespoons
Green chili – 2
Salt – to taste
Thin Sev – ½ cup
Coriander leaves (chopped) – to garnish

Procedure –

  • Using a cookie cutter or a small bowl with sharp edges cut the left over chapatti into 3 centimeter (maximum) diameter circle (puris).
  • Roast these circles on a tava (skillet) or in an oven until they are crispy.
  • Date and tamarind chutney - Deseed the dates and tamarind. Cook both together in a pressure cooker and once cooled grind it to make a fine paste.
  • Mint coriander chutney - Grind the mint leaves, coriander leaves, salt and green chilies with some water to make a fine paste.
  • In a big plate place all the roasted puris. On each puri place some mashed potato, chopped tomato and finely chopped onion.
  • Now over this add little bit of each chutney.
  • Finally sprinkle thin sev and garnish with chopped coriander.

Tips –

You could get the ready made puris from the market.
Increase or decrease the quantity of mint chutney and date and tamarind chutney according to the desired hotness and sweet and tangy taste respectively.
You may also deep fry the puris instead of roasting.

Dum Aloo

I haven’t been active on the blog circuit recently. Been un-well a bit and traveling around out of Pune. Even heat has started taking a bit of toll on me. It really upsets me so much that I loose interest entering the kitchen and preparing something. It’s a little irritating getting up and facing a question “aaj jhevayala kay banavaycha ahe” (what is to be prepared for lunch or dinner today). A little hectic and running around took me down with cold as well. Even could not keep up replying to various blogs (sorry guys).

Finally, I came out of blues, gave my self a kick ;) and started cooking. Eventually I was back to shape. I had some nice small potatoes in my kitchen and what better dish to prepare than Dum Aloo. This is my take on this wonderful recipe.

Hope you all like it a lot.

Ingredients –

Baby Potatoes – 7 – 8
Plain Curd (whisked) – ½ cup
Garam masala – 1 ½ teaspoon
Coriander powder – ½ teaspoon
Cumin powder – ½ teaspoon
Red chili powder – 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder – ½ teaspoon
Oil – 2 teaspoons
Onion (minced) – ½ cup
Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon
Cashew nuts (grounded) – ¼ cup
Tomato (minced)– ½ cup
Salt – to taste
Oil – to deep fry the potatoes

Procedure –

  • Boil the baby potatoes for 3 whistles. Once cooled peel and prick the potatoes with a fork or a pin.
  • Deep fry the potatoes until golden brown in color. Drain out the excess oil with the help of a tissue paper.
  • In a pan heat 2 teaspoons oil and add minced onion and ginger garlic paste. Sauté until the onion becomes pink in color.
  • Add the minced tomatoes, garam masala, red chili powder, grounded cashew nuts and turmeric powder and sauté until oil separates.
  • Now add the whisked curds, salt and along with it add the fried baby potatoes. Add the cumin powder and coriander powder too.
  • Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve hot with rotis or parathas.

Tips -

You may add 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi for extra taste.
When you fry the baby potatoes they should become very light in weight. If not then it means the potatoes aren’t pricked enough.