Bhutte Ki Kees

Bhutte ki kees.
Yes one more corn recipe here.
A famous street food from Madhya Pradesh cuisine. Very easy and delicious no onion garlic recipe. You can serve it as a teatime snack.
Bhutte ki kees generally made with grated fresh corn cobs but if you have sweet corn or corn kernels you can also use them. Just grind the corn kernels and make delicious bhutte ki kees. Bhutte means corn and kees means grated.

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Madhya Pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. A very interesting event. Every month we can interact with a blogger and sometimes we get a very good friend.
This month my partner is a very talented blogger Rafeeda AR. Who blog at
The big sweet tooth. Rafeeda gave me two delicious ingredients, corn and chilli. And Corn is my favourite ingredient. Thanks Rafeeda for the interesting ingredients. And I gave her cardamom and saffron. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.
My last post was also a corn recipe.
Again sharing an easy and mouthwatering recipe but with different ingredients.

Madhya Pradesh (MP; meaning Central Province) is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal, and the largest city is Indore, with Jabalpur, Gwalior, and Ujjain being the other major cities. Nicknamed the “Heart of India” due to its geographical location in India.
A dose of nature, a tinge of culture mix it with the warm hospitality and a plate full of mouth-water delicacies. That’s Madhya Pradesh for you! Being the heart of India Madhya Pradesh assures a delightful package to its visitors. Then be it the historic importance, rich culture or the food. Madhya Pradesh offers everything to satisfy your traveller’s as well as your foodie soul. Here are some delicious delicacies that you must dig your spoons in when you are exploring Madhya Pradesh.
Read more about Madhya Pradesh delicacies here.
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Recipe

Corn cobs – 2

Salt to taste

Green chilli – 1-2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Curry leaves – 3-4 chopped, optional

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grate the corn cobs. Or if you have corn kernels grind them.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Keep the flame low.
Add mustard seeds and then cumin seeds.

3. When the seeds start to splutter add grated ginger and chopped green chilli.
Fry for few seconds.

4. Now add hing or asafoetida, coriander powder, black pepper powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

5. Mix well. Keep the flame low to avoid burning.

6. Add grated corn, salt and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well.
Saute on low flame for 2 minutes or until dried up.

7. Add milk and mix well.
Cover the pan and cook on simmer for 10 minutes or until corn mixture becomes almost dry.

8. Check in between and stir.
Check after every 2 minutes.

9. When the corn mixture becomes thick switch of the flame.

10. Add lemon juice and stir well to mix.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

11. Serve hot. You can garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, grated fresh coconut and lemon wedges.

Notes

1. If you don’t like curry leaves you can skip it.

2. Use chilli according to your taste.

3. You can use water instead of milk but milk tastes better.

4. If you have sweet corn kernels grind them in mixer grinder and use it instead of grated corn.

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Dahi Aloo Or Potatoes In Yogurt Curry

Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry.
A very simple and easy yet delicious no onion garlic recipe.
You can also make it for fasting days. Just replace the salt with rock salt.

This week our 165 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Navratri special recipe. Sharing this easy, simple and lip-smacking potato curry with yogurt.

For Navratri fasting you may like different kinds of smoothies. Get the recipes here.
I am not in home this time. So sharing an easy and delicious potato curry with yogurt. I have made it in a very simple way. If you like you can add 1 small tomato 1/2 inch piece grated ginger and 1 chopped green chilli
After adding mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. Fry the tomato, ginger and green chilli till the tomatoes becomes mushy then add boiled potatoes and follow the recipe. But I didn’t need to add these. Curry tastes too good. Everyone love this simple yet delicious curry in my home. If you are making this for fasting you can omit asafoetida or hing if it not allowed in fasting food.

Recipe

Potatoes – 4, boiled

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Ginger julienne and slit green chilli to garnish

Method

1. Peel and cut the boiled potatoes in small cubes.

2. Whisk the yogurt well and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

4. Add cumin seeds and when the seeds splutter add hing or asafoetida.

5. Now add the potatoes and salt. Fry till the potato slightly changed it’s colour.

6. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder.
Fry for a minute.

7. Reduce the flame to low. Add whisked yogurt and water. Mix well.

8. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Cook on low heat for 6 – 7 minutes. Stir to avoid curdling.

9. Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry is ready. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Garnish with cilantro, ginger julienne and slit green chilli. Serve hot with bread, puri, paratha, barnyard millet pulao, jeera rice, pulao or steamed rice.

Notes
1. If you are making this for fasting days, you can omit hing and garam masala powder if not allowed. And replace salt with rock salt.

2. If don’t want to use red chilli add chopped green chilli after adding cumin seeds and hing.
You can add 1 chopped tomato with green chilli if you want. Fry till the tomato becomes mushy then add the potatoes.

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Kumro Chokka Or Pumpkin Stir Fry

Kumro chokka or pumpkin stir fry with panch phoran or Bengali five spices.
Goes well with luchi or puri, paratha or any bread. Taste is spicy, tangy and with little sweetness. In short its super yummy. Kumro is pumpkin in Bengali. Its a traditional no onion garlic Bengali recipe. But every home has its own recipe with some variation. I am sharing my mother’s recipe. Maa usually made it with fulko luchi or tikona porota or paratha in breakfast. Get fulko luchi recipe here

Monday again and this week’s 163 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #pumpkin treat.
Saswati Hota suggested the theme pumpkin. We can make anything with pumpkin but I remember my Maa’s kumro chokha. Didn’t make it a long time. So here is my Maa’s tangy spicy super yummy kumro chokka.

Normally black chickpea is used to make kumro chokka but I have used white chickpea or garbanzo beans. You can use black chickpea if you like.
Sugar is optional but for taste don’t omit it. Use at least 1/2 to 1 teaspoon.

Recipe

Pumpkin – 1 & 1/2 cup, chopped

Potatoes – 1 cup, chopped

Chickpeas – 1/4 cup

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Panch phoran – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Asafoetida or hing – a pinch

Green chilli – 2

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry roasted cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Dry roasted mixed spices or bhaja moshla – 3/4 teaspoon, Get bhaja moshla recipe here

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak the chickpeas overnight and boil in pressure cooker. I have used garbanzo beans or white chickpeas but you can use black chickpea if you like.

2. Chop the pumpkin and potatoes in small cubes.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add panch phoran and let the five spices splutter.
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.

4. Add dry red chilli and asafoetida or hing.

5. Now add the chopped potatoes.
Fry till the potatoes becomes light brown.

6. Add chopped pumpkin and boiled chickpeas. Mix well.

8. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and sugar. Mix well.

9. Cover and cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.
You can add little water to avoid burning.

10. Check in between. Pumpkin should not get mushy.

12. When potatoes and pumpkin become soft and dried up add amchur and roasted cumin powder or bhaja moshla or roasted mix spice powder.
Mix well and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Serve with luchi or puri, paratha or any bread.

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Hinger Kochuri Or Hing / Asafoetida Kachori With Potato Curry

Hinger kochuri or hing/Asafoetida kachori with potato curry.
A famous breakfast dish of Bengal. Hing or asafoetida flavoured split black gram or udad dal stuffed deep fried flat bread.
Usually served with chholar dal or chana dal aloor dom or potato curry. Everyone love the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida in the stuffing. For me its a perfect Sunday breakfast.

You can get some more fried breakfast recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Biscuit roti

Instant kachori

Radhaballvi and dum aloo

Luchi dum aloo

Sending this post to 158 #Foodiemonday bloghop #IndianFlatBread theme.
Sharing an easy way to make this delicious aromatic savoury snack. I am sharing my mother’s recipe today. To retain the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida I have also added little hing in the dough as I heard from my maa. She always followed such small tricks in her cooking.

In Bengal you can get this delicious kachori in every roadside food stall.
I have served it with a potato curry. No not dum aloo its a delicious spicy no onion garlic potato gravy made with crumbled boiled potato. You can serve it with any bread, luchi or puri or paratha.

You can make the dough with half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. But for taste better to make it with maida or refined flour.

Recipe

For Stuffing

Split black gram or udad dal – 1/2 cup

Hing or asafoetida – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or saunf – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1-2

For the dough

Maida or refined flour – 1 cup

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup or as require

Oil for deep frying

For potato curry

Potato – 4 large, boiled

Tomato – 3, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour or maida, salt and oil. Mix well.

2. Now add 1/4 teaspoon hing and add water slowly. Don’t mix all the water in one go.

3. Knead well. Make a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

4. Soak fennel seeds or saunf in little water for easy grinding.

5. Drain the water from soaked split black gram. Wash again and drain the water.

6. Mix grated ginger, green chilli and soaked fennel seeds.

7. Add very little water if require. Grind altogether.

8. Don’t make too smooth. Mixture should be lightly coarse. But if it becomes smooth don’t worry. It will also fine.

9. Heat mustard oil in a nonstick pan.
Add hing or asafoetida.

10. Now add the ground mixture.
Add salt, sugar and cumin powder. Mix well.

11. Fry the mixture till it comes together and becomes like a dough. And raw smell goes away. You can smell the nice aroma.

12. Taste and adjust salt. If the strong aroma of hing or asafoetida is missing add little more hing. And mix well. Remove from heat.

13. If you want your stuffing more spicy, then you can add 1 teaspoon bhaja moshla and mix well. Get the bhaja moshla recipe here.

14. Let the mixture cool down.
Make small balls from the refined flour or maida dough. You can make 9 – 10 balls.

15. Roll the dough into a small disc with the help of little oil.

16. Place one teaspoon full split black gram or udad dal stuffing in the middle.

17. Bring the edges together and close the ball.

18. Seal the edges well.
Stuff all the balls like this.

19. Press gently and place the stuffed ball sealed side down.

20. Roll the balls gently with rolling pin. Don’t roll these too thin.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Slid the rolled kachori in the oil.

22. Press gently with a slatted spatula. When the kachori puffed up turn over and fry the other side too.

23. Remove from oil. Fry all the kachori in this process.

Potato curry

1. Peel and crumble the potatoes with your hand. Don’t make smooth paste, just crumble them.

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

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

4. Add hing stir and the ground tomato paste.

5. Add Cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.

6. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add crumbled potatoes and salt. Mix well.
Fry for a minute.

7. Add 2 cup water and mix well.

8. Let it boil. Now reduce the flame. Simmer for 7 – 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.

9. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more water if require to make gravy.

10. Take out the curry in a serving bowl. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with hot hinger kochuri or hing kachori.

Notes

1. Increases or decrease the chill according to your taste.

2. You can add 1/4 cup whole wheat flour or atta with refined flour for the dough.

3. If you are adding whole wheat flour or atta with refined flour add 1/2 teaspoon salt in the dough.

4. You can serve the kachori with dum aloo, chana dal or any spicy curry.

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Mochar Chop Or Banana Blossom Croquettes

Mochar chop or banana blossom croquettes. A deep fried delicious snack.
Vitamin and mineral rich banana blossom or flower called mocha in Bengal. Its not only nutritious but also delicious.
I have already shared a traditional Bengali recipe mochar ghono or banana blossom dry curry. Get the recipe here.

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Both the South Asians and Southeast Asians use banana flowers as a vegetable. They use it either raw or steamed with dips. They also use those in soups, curries and fried foods. The flavor resembles that of artichoke. Like artichokes, both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.
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Now here is a delicious deep fried snack banana blossom croquettes or mochar chop.
You have to oil your hands before cleaning and chopping to avoid stain on your hands due to high iron content.

Recipe

Mocha or banana blossom – 1 small

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Boiled potatoes – 3 large

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon, get the recipe of bhaja moshla here

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Peanut – handful, roasted

Breadcrumb – 2 tablespoon

For batter

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup

Breadcrumb and refined flour or maida for coating

Oil for deep fry

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Get the method of cleansing and chopping banana blossom here

2. Soak the chopped florets in the water with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder overnight.

3. Next day boil the chopped florets in pressure cooker with 1 & 1/2 cup water for 3 – 4 whistle or cook on high flame for 1 whistle then cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Let it cool down. Drain the water and wash again in running tap water.
Squeeze all the water.

5. Peel and mash or grate the potatoes.

6. Dry roast and peel the peanuts. Break the peanut into half.

7. Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add grated ginger and chopped green chili. Fry till the raw smell goes out.

9. Add squeezed banana blossom or mocha. Saute until dried up completely.

10. Add boiled and mashed potatoes salt, sugar, bhaja moshla or dry roasted and ground spices, chaat masala and cumin powder.

11. Mix well and saute till everything mixed nicely.

12. Add dry roasted peanut, mix and remove from heat and let it cool down.

13. In a bowl mix refined flour or maida and water. Mix water gradually and make a lump free batter.

14. In a plate spread breadcrumb and in another plate spread maida or refined flour.

15. Add 2 tablespoon breadcrumb in the banana blossom and potato mixture. Mix well with hand.

16. Make 7 – 8 balls. Make them round patties or give cylindrical shape.

17. Roll them on refined flour or maida then dip into the cornflour batter.

18. Roll on the breadcrumbs.

19. Make all the chop or croquettes like this.

20. Fry immediately or you can keep these in refrigerator and fry later.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Fry all the chop or croquettes. Stir gently with a slotted spatula. Fry evenly from all the sides.

22. Remove from oil and place on pepper towel.

Serve hot with kasundi or Bengali mustard sauce, tomato sauce or any sauce.
Enjoy…..

Notes

1. If you want you can add fried sliced onion in the croquettes. Or fry the onion slices with ginger and green chilli.

2. You can add raisins or chopped cashew nuts with peanut.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of chillies.

4. You can add chopped and fried coconut pieces in the banana blossom potato mixture.

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Kashmiri Dum Aloo

Kashmiri dum aloo.
A very flavourful and lip-smacking no onion garlic potato curry from Kashmiri cuisine.
After Himachal Pradesh cuisine this month’s theme of the wonderful group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge is Kashmiri cuisine. So this month all the members of this group are sharing different dishes from beautiful state Kashmir.
This month my partner is very talented blogger Mayuri Patel who blog at
https://mayuris-jikoni.com

Mayuri gave me cinnamon and cashew as secret ingredients. I made this delicious Kashmiri dum aloo. And I gave her cinnamon and cardamom. Do check her blog for delicious Kashmiri beverage she made of these two ingredients.

This aromatic dum aloo is one of my favourite potato dish. I made it often now sharing the recipe here. Thanks to the group Shhhh Cooking Secretly challenge.

You can get some more potato recipes here

Luchi dum aloo

Radhaballavi with spicy potato

Aloo kofta curry

Batata bhaji

Peanut potatoes

Potato pie

Potatoes with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

Savoury potato cake

Stuffed potatoes

Masala aloo or spicy potato

No onion garlic spicy potatoes

In this recipe deep fried potatoes are cooked in aromatic gravy. You can make it dry or with thick gravy. Best accompany for steamed rice or any bread. You can serve it as a party side dish.

Recipe

Small potato – 12 – 14

Hung curd – 1/2 cup

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Fennel seed powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Tomato – 1 medium

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 1

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Fennel seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Cloves – 3 – 4

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Mustard oil – 1/4 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Hot water – 1 cup +1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cashews and cilantro to garnish

Method

1. Peel and wash the potatoes. Pat dry and prick with a fork.

2. Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

3. Soak almond and cashew nuts in 1/4 cup hot water or microwave on high power for 1 minute.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the almonds.
Grind peeled almond and cashew nuts with tomato. Make a smooth paste.

5. Whisk hung curd with salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger powder, fennel seed powder and sugar.

6. For hung curd strain 1 cup curd with a muslin cloth. Tie and hang it for 1 hour. Place a bowl under it to collect the water. Don’t discard the water. You can use it to knead bread dough or make chhach or salted lassi with it.

7. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes till light brown. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

8. In the same oil add bay leaf, fennel seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and tomato, cashew and almond paste.

9. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Remove the pan from heat and add whisked spices mixed hung curd and potatoes. Mix well.

10. Again cook till it dried up completely and potatoes coated with spices. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.

11. Add 1 cup hot water and chopped cilantro. Mix well and let it boil.
Cover and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until the potatoes become tender.

12. Check after 15 minutes, if the curry dried up add 1/4 cup water more.

13. Sprinkle garam masala powder, mix and remove from heat. You can add 1 spoon ghee or clarified butter if you like.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or luchi.

Notes

1. If you don’t have ginger powder then you can add 1 teaspoon grated ginger with tomato while grinding.

2. For fennel powder you can dry roast the fennel seeds and grind in a coffee grinder or mortar pestle. Or grind with tomato, cashew and almond.

3. I made it dry but you can make thick gravy. But don’t make it runny. Too much water will ruin the taste.

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Chana Madra

Chana madra.
A very popular dish of Himachal Pradesh. No onion garlic rich chickpea curry cooked in yoghurt sauce. Easy to cook yet very flavourful and lip-smacking curry.

Yes after Hariyana we landed at Himachal Pradesh.
This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Himachal pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is lovely Priya Ayer. Who blog at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com
Priya gave me two interesting ingredients salt and curd And I made this lip smackingly delicious chana madra. Thanks Priya.

And I gave her cumin and tamarind.
Check out her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

Himachal Pradesh ( literally “snow-laden province”) is a state of India located in North India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. At its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’—by acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the state’s eminent Sanskrit scholars.
Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee, Madeera, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
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You can get some more chickpea recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Chickpea potato dry curry

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

This recipe is completely different. Yoghurt based curry flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf. I am sure you will love the taste. You can serve it with steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Chickpea – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 /4 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup +1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight with 4 cup water.

2. Boil the chickpeas with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water in a pressure cooker.

3. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and curd. Whisk the curd well.

4. Remove the seeds of black cardamom.
Crush Black cardamon seeds, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon rice flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir and keep aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add asafoetida or hing.

8. Now add boiled chickpeas with water.
Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Reduce the flame to simmer and add spices mixed curd and salt. Add salt carefully. One teaspoon salt already added while boiling chickpeas.

10. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.
Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Cook on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

12. Add rice flour mixed water and mix well.

13. Cook for another 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
It will become thick when cool.
Switch off the heat.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter before removing from heat if you like.

2. If you like your curry hot you can add few slit green chilli.

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