Fulkopir Paturi Or Cauliflower With Poppy Seeds And Mustard

Fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard.
If you want quick easy and fingerlicking taste of cauliflower then its perfect for you.
This dry curry goes well with steamed rice.

Sending this post to 193 #Foodiemonday bloghop Bengali food fest theme. This week I have suggested the theme. I would love to see what my blogger friends cook and share from Bengali cuisine.

In my knowledge paturi refers to the method of cooking fish and veggies by marinating with mustard and wrapped up in a banana leaf and steamed or sometimes fried. Pata is Bengali word for leaf. Hence the name paturi.
But in a food group when Mili Roy shared the recipe of Adhora Madhuri, its a completely new dish for me. Quite easy recipe because we don’t need banana leaf to make this paturi. I asked Adhora then how it named paturi? She said that, we also call it paturi. So here is a delicious fulkopir paturi without using any leaf.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Slit green chilli – 2 – 3

Dry red chilli – 1, optional

Nigella seeds or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds or khas khas in 4 tablespoon hot water for 30 minutes. Grind with green chilli. Make a smooth paste.

2. Mix mustard powder with 3 tablespoon water and keep aside.

3. Rinse and cut the cauliflower in small florets.

4. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry cauliflower florets with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. Fry till the cauliflower becomes light brown. Remove from oil.

5. In the same oil add Nigella seeds or kalaunji and dry red chilli if using. You can add little more oil if require.

6. Let the seeds splutter. Now add fried cauliflower, poppy seeds green chilli paste, soaked mustard powder, salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Mix well.

7. Reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer till cauliflower becomes soft and dried up.

8. Your fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard is ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves if you like.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes
1. You can add 1 teaspoon mustard oil at the end for extra zing if you like.
2. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also use red chilli powder if you want but green chilli tastes better.

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No Onion Garlic Broccoli Potato Stir Fry

No onion garlic broccoli potato stir fry with Bengali bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder. Very easy and quick recipe.

Do you love broccoli? And Bored with same taste? Now here is a simple yet delicious recipe for broccoli and potato. But if you want you can skip potato and and make it with only broccoli.

And do you know that broccoli is not only one of the most nutritious vegetable.
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I have already shared some different broccoli recipes on this blog.

1. Broccoli with egg and tomato

2. Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

3. Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup

4. Broccoli with cottage cheese and mixed vegetables

5. Broccoli malai curry

My vegetable vendor brings lots of broccoli every day and always request to buy at least one. Look how he brings fresh vegetables for us.

And every time I can’t repeat same recipe. So here is another broccoli recipe for you. You need only ginger and green chilli with some dry spices to make this delicious stir fry.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Potatoes – 3 medium

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Roasted spices – 1 teaspoon, get the recipe here

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel and sliced the potatoes. Rinse, drain and keep aside.

2. Wash the broccoli. Chop into small florets.

3. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. You can add little hing or asafoetida if you want.

4. Add grated ginger and green chilli. Fry till the ginger starts to change it’s colour.

5. Add broccoli and potatoes. Saute for a minute.

6. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

7. Cover and cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

8. Cook till the potatoes and broccoli becomes tender.

9. Add roasted spices or bhaja moshla and mix.

10. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with roti, paratha, puri or any bread. Or use as a sandwich stuffing with onion and tomato slices.

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Oats Almond Cranberry Cornmeal Cookies / Gluten Free Cookies

Oats almond cranberry cornmeal cookies. Eggless and gluten free cookies.
Taste of butter and cranberry and flavour of nutmeg and vanilla made these cookies utterly butterly delicious.

If you are my regular reader then you know that I love to try different flour in my bakes. Already made some cakes and cookies with oats. And recently shared Cornmeal carrot cake
and Blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free eggless cherry cupcake.
This time I have used cornmeal in these cookies with oats and almond. Definitely a healthy and yummy treat for kids. But if you want you can use any flour instead of oats and cornmeal.

You may like some more gluten free cookies on this blog.

1. Fennel oats pearl millet cookies

2. Rose flavoured nankhatai or shortbread cookies

3. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

4. Finger millet oats chocolate cookies

This week our 192 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is one spice ingredient suggested by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook.
Do visit her space for some fabulous recipes.

Sasmita told us to use only one spice in a dish. But how could you make a dish with only one spice. And this theme reminds me of our humble aloo morich. Only dish which we make with one spice black pepper. But its a very common dish of Bengali household. And I wanted to bake something. So here is a delicious cookies with nutmeg. My home filled with pleasant smell while baking these cookies. Try out this and feel the aroma.

Recipe

Oats – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 3/4 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/3 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 3/4 teaspoon

Unsalted butter – 3/4 cup, room temperature

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Dried cranberry – 1/3 cup

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper.

3. Grind the oats and almond separately into fine power.

4. Chop the dried cranberries into small pieces.

5. Sieve the cornmeal, baking powder, soda and nutmeg powder. Mix ground almond and oats in it.

6. In a bowl cream butter and powered sugar. Whisk well. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

7. I have used 1 cup butter but then I had to keep the dough in refrigerator for a whole day. Because it was difficult to give shape. So use 3/4 cup butter or if you want to use 1 cup butter for more buttery taste then keep the dough in refrigerator for some extra time. Or don’t give shape, drop two tablespoon of dough in the baking tray 2 inch apart.

8. Add add cornmeal, baking powder, soda, nutmeg powder, cranberry, ground almond and oats.

9. Mix everything to combine. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 30 – 40 minutes.

10. Now make small balls and flatten gently with your palm.

11. Press with a fork and arrange on a greased or lined baking tray. Place the cookies 2 inch apart. Cookies will expand so don’t forget to keep space.

12. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or till the edges become golden brown. If you want more crispy cookies bake for few minutes more.

13. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Store in a airtight container for later use.

Note
1. You can use whole wheat, refined or any flour instead of cornmeal and oats.

2. Any dry fruits can be used instead of cranberry.

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Coriander Or Cilantro Red Potatoes

Coriander or cilantro red potatoes.
A no onion garlic dry curry with small red potatoes. Its spicy and lip-smacking side dish. You can also serve it as a teatime snack. Cilantro or coriander leaves, tomato, green chilli and ginger makes it spicy and mouthwatering.

Red potatoes are not only tasty but these are also nutritious.
Red potatoes can have an enormous impact on health. There are so many methods and reasons to incorporate wholesome red potatoes into a daily diet and lifestyle.
Much of the nutritional value of a potato is found in its skin. Red potatoes are particularly healthy because of the thin, nutrient filled skins, which are loaded with fiber, B vitamins, iron and potassium.
To read more about red potatoes click here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. Boil the potatoes and cook with ground cilantro, tomato, green chilli and some spices. You have to only grind and cook with boiled red potatoes for a few minutes. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe

Small red potatoes – 500 gram

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 3 cup, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder -1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Rinse the potatoes well and boil till the potatoes becomes tender. You can peel the potatoes, I didn’t.

2. Grind cilantro, green chilli, ginger and tomatoes. Make a smooth paste.

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

4. Add a pinch of hing or asafoetida, boiled potatoes and salt. Fry for 2 minutes or till the potatoes start to change it’s colour.

5. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

6. Add the ground paste and mix well. Saute till the potatoes dried up completely.

7. Taste and adjust the salt if require.
Add ghee or clarified butter if using. Mix and remove from heat.

8. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.
Serve hot with puri, paratha or dal chawal. You can also make sandwich stuffing with leftover potatoes. Or serve as a teatime snack.

Notes

1. You can make it with any potatoes.
2. Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Cucumber Curry / Fasting Recipe

Cucumber curry.
An easy and delicious recipe for fasting days. You can serve it with sabudana khichdi or any fasting foods. Or enjoy it bowl full without anything as I did. Coconut, almond, green chilli and kokum made it super yummy.
Got this recipe from Mahesh Khole. Remember Mahesh who shared his Bombay duck fry on this blog as a guest post.
He gave me the recipe one year ago. Made it many times. Today sharing it with my readers.

Low calorie cucumber is best for fasting days.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.
They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content.
Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.
To read more about cucumber benefits click here.

Our this week’s 191 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #dahidelight suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The world through my eyes. Check out her blog for traditional and authentic recipes.

Recipe is very simple. I have added almond and melon seeds for thickness of the gravy and little ginger for taste. Mahesh suggested to add butter milk. But I have used curd, you can use buttermilk or can skip both. If you don’t have kokum then no problem you can also make it without kokum. First time I made it without kokum. If you are making it without kokum don’t skip curd. For fasting foods we use ghee or clarified butter but you can also use oil if you want.

Recipe

Cucumber – 2

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 8-10

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peanut – 2 – 3 tablespoon, dry roasted and crushed

Curd – 1/3 cup

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Slit green chilli – 2

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt and sugar to taste

Method

1. Rinse and peel the cucumber. Cut in cubes.
Taste before cutting. It should not be bitter.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel when cool.

3. Grind coconut, ginger, green chilli, peeled almond and melon seeds all together. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan.

5. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli.
When the seeds crackle add cubed cucumber and rock salt.

6. Saute till moisture of cucumber evaporate and dried up.

7. Add the ground paste. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add well beaten curd, water, 2 slit green chilli, kokum and sugar.

9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

10. Remove the cover. There should be thick gravy. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes more.

11. Add roasted and crushed peanuts and mix.

12. Taste and adjust the seasoning and remove from heat.
Your cucumber curry is ready.

13. Garnish with almond and chilli. You can garnish with coriander leaves if you like.

14. Serve hot bowl full or serve with sabudana khichdi.

Notes
1. Add chilli according to your taste.
2. If you want you can skip curd.

3. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

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Shakkarai Pongal

Sakkarai pongal.
A delicious dessert from Tamil cuisine.
Pongal is a popular rice dish, originating from Tamil Nadu. In Tamil “pongal” ” means to ” boil over ” or “spill over”.
Sakkarai pongal (literally sweet pongal) is generally prepared in temples as a prasadam, (an offering made to a deity). This type of pongal is also made during Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu.
Ingredients can include rice, coconut and mung bean. Sakarai pongal is traditionally sweetened with jaggery, which gives the pongal a brown colour, though it can be sweetened with white sugar instead.
Source – Wikipedia

This post is going to be a part of a Facebook group Recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly and Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog. This month my partner is very talented blogger Priya Iyer who blog at My word through my eyes.
Check out her space for delicious and authentic recipes. I have selected this recipe Classic shakkari pongal from her space.

 

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I love the aroma of ghee fried moong dal. So I have fried the dal. This dessert is not only delicious but aromatic. I am sure you will love the taste and flavour. Jaggery, ghee fried moong dal, cardamom and nutmeg made this dessert super yummy and aromatic. Nutmeg is optional if you don’t like, then you can skip it. If you want to make it vegan then skip milk and use water instead.

Recipe

Rice – 1/4 cup

Moong dal or yellow lentil – 1/4 cup

Jaggery powder – 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Water – 2 cup

Cashew – 2 tablespoon, broken

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Rinse and drain the rice and dal separately.

2. Heat ghee in a pan add the cashew nuts. Fry till the cashews becomes light brown. Remove from ghee.

3. Now fry the raisins. When the raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee.

4. In the same pan add drained moong dal. Fry till the dal starts to change it’s colour.

5. Add the rice and fry with dal for a few seconds.

6. Transfer the fried rice and dal in a pressure cooker. You can also fry the dry fruits, rice and dal in pressure cooker.

7. Add 2 cup water in pressure cooker. Close the lid and cook for 4 whistle or till rice and dal becomes soft.
Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

8. Open the pressure cooker. Mash the rice and dal with a spatula or ladle.

9. Add milk and let it boil. When it starts to boil, add grated fresh coconut and reduce the heat.

10. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes or till you get your desired consistency. Keep stirring.

11. Don’t make it dry. It will dry up when cool. Keep the consistency like kheer or rice pudding.

12. Add jaggery powder and mix. I like less sweat but if you like your shakkari pongal more sweet then taste and add 1 tablespoon more jaggery powder if require.

13. Add fried cashews, raisins, cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well and remove from heat. Nutmeg is optional if you don’t like the flavour, then you can skip it.

14. If it’s become too dry add little more milk or water.
Your shakkari pongal is ready. Serve warm or cold. It will be delicious in both ways.

Notes

1. If you want to make it dairy free, then omit milk and use only water.

2. Colour of this dessert depends on the colour of the jaggery you are using.

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Tender Drumstick Potato Dry Curry With Bengali Five Spices / Sojne Data Chochchori

Tender drumstick potato dry curry with Bengali five spices or sojne data chochchori.
A very simple yet delicious Bengali recipe using panch phoran or Bengali five spices which is consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

You don’t need much spices to make it. You need only turmeric powder, mustard powder and red chilli powder to make this delicious dry curry with tender drumstick and potatoes.

The drumstick or moringa plant is one of those rare species, where every part is beneficial for health and wellness. While the world celebrates moringa leaves and moringa powder as superfoods, the stalks are equally powerful, and have been used since time immemorial in Indian kitchens to add a dash of health to your diet.
Drumsticks are rich in two vital nutrients that are essential to bone health, keeping osteoporosis and osteoarthritis at bay. Calcium and iron are both minerals that are known to enhance the quality of your bones, so consuming an adequate amount of drumsticks can really help with that.
Source

I have used mustard powder in it. You can use mustard paste if you want. You can skip potatoes if you don’t like potatoes. Make it with only drumsticks and enjoy the delicious flavourful drumstick dry curry. Or you can add eggplant and pumpkin with potatoes in this drumstick curry.

Recipe

Tender drumstick – 200 gram

Potatoes – 3 – 4

Tomato – 1 large, chopped

Panch phoran or Bengali five spices – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel and cut the potatoes into lengthwise.

2. Wash the tender drumsticks well. Cut and discard the both ends. Chop the drumsticks into 1 inch pieces.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon mustard powder with 4 tablespoon water. Stir and keep aside.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Add panch phoran.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

5. Let the seeds splutter. Now add potatoes.

6. Fry the potatoes for 2 minutes or till the potatoes starts to charge it’s colour.

7. Add chopped drumsticks. Saute for 2 minutes more.

8. Add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder mix well.

9. Add soaked mustard powder and water and cover the pan. Cook till the potatoes and drumsticks becomes soft and dried up.

10. Remove from heat.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
Serve with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.

Note

You can also add eggplant and pumpkin with potatoes.

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