Tomato Coconut Chickpea Curry 

Tomato coconut chickpea curry.

A delicious dry curry without onion. Fresh coconut, tomato, garlic and some spices makes the curry flavourful and lip-smacking.

My mom used to make this curry with only tomato and garlic. She rarely used onions and the taste was awesome. Today I have followed her recipe but added fresh coconut too.

If you don’t have coconut you can omit it. Sometimes I also make it without coconut. With or without both are delicious. Or you can make it without garlic too. Use only tomato, ginger, coconut, green chilli and spices. You can use lemon juice instead of dry mango powder or use both if you like tangy curry.

 

Recipe


Chickpea – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon +1 tablespoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves 2 tablespoon + to garnish

Method


Soak the chickpea overnight.

Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortal pastel.

Boil the overnight soaked chickpeas with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt and water.

Discard bay leaf and keep aside.

Grind tomatoes, green chilli, garlic, ginger and 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

Now add the ground mixture, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

Saute till oil leaves the side.

Add boiled chickpeas, 2 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Add salt carefully. We have added salt while boiling the chickpeas. Mix well.

Add remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Stir and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until the water absorbed.

If you want thick gravy add little more water. I have made dry curry.
Add dry mango powder and mix well. If you don’t have dry mango powder you can use lemon juice. Or use both if you like tangy taste.

Taste and adjust salt. If you like you can add little more dry mango powder or lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Serve with paratha, puri, naan, roti or Indian flat bread or any bread.

Notes


1. Add chilli according to your taste. If you  like hot add more chilli.
2. You can add 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice if you like your curry tangy.
3. If you don’t like garlic you can omit it.

4. If you like the taste of coconut and want to make it without garlic, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut.

 

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Chhena Poda Or Baked Cottage Cheese 

Chhena poda or baked cottage cheese cake.

Yes a cake but you don’t need flour or baking powder to make it.

Chhena poda is a dessert made of cottage cheese from Odisha. Its literally means roasted cheese in Odia language.

Its a very delicious baked dessert, made of fresh cottage cheese or chhena/paneer sugar, cardamom, cashew nuts and raisins. Flavour of cardamom and caramelised sugar made this dessert heavenly.

This week’s 122nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Odiacuisine.

My contribution is this delicious chhena poda. Adopted the recipe from my fellow blogger and a dear friend Alka Jena who blog at

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Visit her blog for many amazing recipes. Thanks Alka for the suggestions.

To make this chhena poda or baked cottage cheese better use homemade fresh cottage cheese or paneer. Its very easy to make. Just blend cottage cheese, sugar, cardamom powder, little milk or whey, cashew nuts and raisins till smooth and bake with caramelised sugar syrup.

Recipe
Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Sugar – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk or whey – 4 tablespoon

Ghee or butter for greasing

Sugar for caramelization

Pistachio to garnish

 

Method


1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Fry cashew nuts and raisins lightly.

3. Blend paneer or cottage cheese, sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well.

4. Add milk or remaining whey of paneer. Blend till the mixture becomes smooth. Taste and adjust sugar if required. I like less sweet.

5. Add fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well.

6. Grease a baking pan with ghee or butter. Spread 1 tablespoon sugar and heat the pan till sugar caramelise.

When sugar caramelised switch off the flame.

7. Tilt the pan to spread the caramelised syrup all over the base.

8. Pour the paneer mixture over it.

Spread evenly with a spoon or spatula.

9. Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 45 minutes.

10. To check insert a toothpick in the middle. If the toothpick comes out clean chhena poda is ready.

11. Take out the pan when hot and invert it on a plate to take out.

If it becomes cold sugar syrup at base will be hard and it will be difficult to come out intact.

12. Garnish with pistachio. Serve delicious chhena poda or baked cottage cheese hot or cold.

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Flavoured American Biscuit 

Flavoured American biscuit.

First time tried these biscuits and love the texture and taste.  So tried again with lightly flavoured with Italian herbs. You can enjoy these savoury biscuits with jam or gravy.

A biscuit in the United States and parts of Canada, is a variety of small baked goods with a firm browned crust and a soft interior. They are made with baking powder or baking soda as a chemical leavening agent rather than yeast. They are similar to British scones or the bannock from the Shetland Isles.

Biscuits, soda breads, and cornbread, among others, are often referred to collectively as “quick breads,” to indicate that they do not need time to rise before baking.

Wikipedia



First time I saw these biscuits in a food group. And tempted to try it. Thanks to Pat Clark Royalty, Nathalie Dupree and Rosie Dore for the great help. You introduced me to these delicious biscuits. Everyone in my family loved these.

Adopted the recipe from Geniuskitchen.com

Recipe is very easy and simple. Refined flour is used in it. But next time I will try with whole wheat flour. I have made these with lightly flavoured. If you like you can increase the amount of herbs for strong flavour. See notes for it.

Recipe


All purpose flour or maida – 2 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Unsalted butter – 6 tablespoon, chilled

Butter milk – 1 cup

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Origano – 2 teaspoon

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


1. Preheat your oven at 180°.
2. Combine all purpose flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, garlic powder, origano and red chilli flakes in a bowl.
3. Cut the butter into chunks and mix it into the flour with your fingers until it resembles course meal.

If using a food processor, just pulse a few times until this consistency is achieved.
4. Add the buttermilk and mix just to combined.

If you feel the mixture dry add a bit more buttermilk. It should be very wet.
5. Turn the dough out onto a floured board.
6. Pat very gently. (according to original recipe it should not be  rolled  with a rolling pin) but I have used rolling pin. Next time I will follow as directed in the original recipe. Pat or roll the dough out until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Better don’t use rolling pin.
7. Fold the dough about 5 times, gently press the dough down to a 1 inch thick.
8. Use a round cutter to cut into rounds.

Don’t twist, cut the biscuits directly down.
9. You can gently knead the scraps together and make a few more, but they will not be anywhere near as good as the first ones.
10. Place the biscuits on a cookie sheet, if you like soft sides, put them touching each other.

If you like crusty sides, put them about 1 inch apart- these will not rise as high as the biscuits put close together.
11. Bake for about 10-12 minutes- the biscuits will be a beautiful light golden brown on top and bottom.

Do not overbake.

Notes –

1. Handle the dough gently. Don’t knead much.

If you have food processor you can use it.
2. If you want fresh biscuits you can cut the dough and place on a cookie sheet and freeze. Bake for 20 minutes when required.
3. Now I am copy pasting the words as Pat Clark Royalty directed to make these –

Remember: cut to pea like consistency. Pat to oblong. Fold into thirds. Pat again. Fold again. Cut biscuits directly down. Don’t twist the cutter. Done. Don’t make too thin.

Leftover: split, butter, cut side down in hot pan to brown.

Thanks again for these useful tips.
4. If you don’t have buttermilk mix 3/4 cup curd and 1/4 cup water or mix 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in 1 cup milk, keep aside for 5 – 10 minutes to get the perfect buttermilk.
5. If you want strong flavour use 2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1 tablespoon origano. Add chilli flakes according to your taste.

6. My Indian readers if you make the dough soft and smooth not wet and roll out thin then it will be just like khasta mathri like snack. You can try if you like.

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Manipuri Tan Or Flat Bread With Finger Millet Or Ragi Flour 

Manipuri tan or flat bread with finger millet or ragi.

A very healthy  breakfast. Perfect dish to start your day.
Ragi or finger millet is a powerhouse of nutrition and act as a treatment for anaemia, diabetes, osteoporosis and brittle bones.
Ragi  is packed with iron, protein, calcium etc. Fiber rich finger millet helps to lower cholesterol level and its an ideal food for weight loss.
Ragi is gluten free and suitable for gluten or lactose intolerant people. Not only that it also helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

Monday again and time for our 121st #Foodiemonday bloghop. My fellow blogger and a dear friend Pushpita who blog at https://pushpitaschakhum.wordpress.com is not participating due to health reason. God bless her with good health and happiness. Wishing her a very speedy recovery.

So this week we are sharing recipes from her wonderful blog. Do visit her blog for many amazing recipes. We introduced each other on a discussion over black rice. Remember Pushpita? After that you are always very helpful and becomes a dear sister to me 😍 

Now look what Pushpita has written about ragi or finger millet. 

“In the Northeast, farmers or traditional millet growers weren’t aware of the commercial value of millets that were cuitivated or that grow in wild. The reason being most of the communities growing millets for cattle fodder, or for brewing local wines considering it as a minor crop. Few communities do eat millets either mixed with rice so that an entire family has enough to eat, or perhaps knowing about its nutrition value.”

Coming to the recipe. Garlic chives are used in this flat bread. But I don’t have garlic chives so I made it without it. If you have you can add. I have used green chilli and cilantro or coriander leaves in it and served with homemade ginger pickle. 

Recipe


Finger millet or ragi flour – 1 & 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Hot water – 1 & 1/2 cup or as require

Oil for shallow frying

Method


1.In a large mixing bowl add the ragi flour, rice flour and salt.

2.Pour in the hot water and mix propely with a spoon.

If you want a pliable dough to roll out with rolling pin add 1 cup water first. Add little more if require. 

 Add the chopped green chilli and cilantro and fold in gently. Set aside to let cool.

3. Grease both palms with some oil and mix the flour to a smooth dough.

4.Divide the dough into equal size portions. Roll them between both palms to round shapes and keep aside.

5.Sprinkle some ragi flour on a flat platform or rolling board and shape each dough portion to a round shape evenly with your hand or rolling pin. 

6.Heat a pan or tawa (preferably cast iron) and place the flattened dough with the floured side on top.

7.Flip the tan or flat bread after a minute. Drizzle few drops of oil by slightly lifting the tand cook the other side.

8.Drizzle little oil on the top side and flip and cook for a minute.

Serve hot with ginger pickle or any pickle or sauce. 

For ginger pickle mix ginger julienne, chopped green chilli and black salt. Soak all these in sufficient lemon juice. Store in a clean and dry jar. Keep under sun light for 6 – 7 days. Your pickle is ready.

Start your day with this healthy breakfast.
Notes 

1. You can use garlic powder or grated garlic or paste if you like garlicky taste. 

2. Add chilli according to your taste. 

3. You can add 1 teaspoon lemon juice in the dough if you like. 

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Assamese Massor Dal Boror Tenga Or Red Lentil Fritters In Sour Gravy 

Assamese massor dal boror tenga or red lentil fritters in sour gravy.

Assam, a state in northeastern India known for its archeological sites, wildlife, tea gardens, and Assam silk.

A traditional meal in Assam begins with a khar, a class of dishes named after the main ingredient, and ends with a tenga or sour dish.

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For this month’s monthly challenge my partner is Shobana Vijay who blog at

http://shobasdelight.blogspot.in/?m=1

 

Shobana gave me two of my favourite ingredients, potatoes and green chilli. And I choose this superbly delicious tangy masoor dal fritter curry or massor dal boror tenga.

I have already shared one more Assamese recipe

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

 

 

 

Recipe


Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 2

Garlic – 2 cloves, optional

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For gravy


Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2, slit

Panch phoran ( a mixture of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and nigella or kalonji) – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 2

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Potato – 2 medium, boiled

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli for garnishing

 

 

 

 

Method


Wash the masoor dal or red lentil. Soak in water for 30 – 40 minutes.

 
Now grind the lentil with 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 chopped green chilli, 2 garlic cloves and a pinch of hing or asafetida.

 
Make a smooth paste. Add little water if require to grind.
Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add salt and mix well.

 
Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Drop a spoon of lentil mixture in it. Fry from both sides till golden brown.

 
Place the fried lentil fritters on a paper towel.
You can taste one. Yummy isn’t it 😊

You can also serve it hot as a snack with any chutney or sauce.

 
Mash the boiled potatoes roughly and keep aside.

 
Now heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use same oil in which lentil fritters are fried.

 
Add panch phoran. And let it splutter.
Add bay leaf, chopped onion and slit green chilli. Fry till the onions become translucent.

 
Now add chopped tomatoes and 1 teaspoon grated ginger. Saute till the tomatoes become mushy.

 
Add coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Add sugar if you are using. You can add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves too if you like.

 
Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add boiled and mashed potato and mix well.

 
Add 1 & 1/2 cup water and let it boil.
Cook on simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
Add lentil fritters, stir well and switch off the flame.

 
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

 
Notes

 

1. Fritters will soak the gravy so add water as you like the gravy thick or runny. I love thick gravy.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.
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Coconut Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery Or Narkol Sondesh 

Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal. But in UP we get it from Kashipur only.  Its made from the sap of the date palm. This date palm jaggery produce only in winter. So its much awaited by all of us. This jaggery is used in many traditional bengali sweets.  I love the flavour of this jaggery.

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery is a healthy and natural sweetener. Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrient-rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.

Source

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Winter recipes.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  

Edith Sitwell
Winter is the best season to enjoy food. Not only sweets you can get many seasonal vegetables and fruits in winter. My vegetable vendor brings lots of fresh and colourful vegetables these days.

 

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Different vegetables and some spices makes our food delicious and flavourful.

Now coming to the recipe. This coconut sandesh is very easy to make. I have used date palm jaggery or khajur gur instead of sugar in it.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or mawa – 3/4 cup

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


Grate the jaggery.

Blend or grind the grated fresh coconut.

Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya. Blend it again. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add paneer, khoya mixture and date palm jaggery.

Cook on low flame, stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Taste and add more jaggery if require.

Don’t make it too dry.

Add cardamom powder.

Let the mixture cool down.

Mash it with your hand or grind it again to make it smooth.

Make small balls. Shape these with a mould.

If you don’t have mould shape with your palm or make round balls or laddu.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of this delicious coconut and date palm jaggery flavoured sandesh.

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Biscuit Roti / Kachori 



Biscuit Roti is a very popular udupi snack.

Enjoy hot or cold its delicious in both ways. Crisp, fluffy, spicy and slightly sweet biskuit roti can be serve in breakfast or pack it for tiffin. It will be fluffy and crispy when cool as well.

These are deep fried snacks just like North Indian kachodi. Outer layer is made of wheat flour and stuffed with spicy semolina or suji mixture. 



This post is going to be a part of #119 Udupi cuisine.






Udupi cuisine is a cuisine of South India.

I love these crispy fluffy spicy stuffed puri. 

I have made it half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. You can use only refined flour too.

You can make it as a party snack. You don’t need to make it after guest’s arrival like puri or kachori because it will perfect fluffy and crisp when cool. You can store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days.






Recipe


For the dough


Maida or refined flour – 1/2 cup



Atta or whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup



Salt – 1/2 teaspoon



Hot oil – 2 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Water – 1/3 cup



For stuffing


Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup



Oil – 2 tablespoon



Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon



Curry leaves – 8 – 10 , chopped



Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon



Green chilli – 1 chopped



Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 heaped tablespoon, chopped 



Salt to taste



Sugar – 1 – 2  teaspoon or to taste



Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Sambhar masala – 1 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon



Oil for frying






Method


In a bowl mix whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida, salt, turmeric powder and hot oil. Mix well with hand. 


Add water and make a firm pliable dough. Hot oil will make your biscuit roti crispy.

Cover and keep aside.



Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.



Now add chopped curry leaves. I have used dried curry leaves so I have crushed the leaves.



Add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for few seconds.



Add semolina or suji, cumin powder, coriander powder, sambhar masala, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder. If you like hot you can use normal red chilli powder.



 Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or until semolina and spices mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool down.



Take lemon size ball from the dough. Roll out the ball with rolling pin. Make circle of about 3 inches diameter. 



Place 1 tablespoon semolina stuffing in the middle.

Now bring the edges together with your fingers. Close the edges and make a ball again. Make sure that the stuffing completely sealed.

There should be no hole because holes will absorb oil. 



Roll it again. Make a flat circle of 3 inch diameter. Roll out gently. 



Heat enough oil for frying. Let the oil properly heat up.

Fry the biscuit roti on medium heat.



Slid the puri in hot oil. Gently press with a slotted spatula.

When the puri puffed up flip and fry other side. 

Fry till golden brown from both the sides. 



Serve fluffy, spicy and crispy puri with tea or coffee.

Or store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days to use as a snack.



Notes

1. If you want your biscuit roti sweeter, add 2 tablespoon sugar.

2. You can use grated coconut in the stuffing with semolina. If you are using coconut don’t store. 

Its too yummy so you don’t have to store 😀

3. You can also use only refined flour or maida instead of half refined flour half whole wheat flour. 
Enjoy……


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