Potato With Nigella, Poppy Seeds And Tomato


Potatoes with nigella, poppy seeds and tomatoes.

A very delicious and easy to cook side dish. In West Bengal aloo posto or potatoes with poppy seeds or posto or khaskhas is an all time favourite dish.

Poppy seeds are rich in minerals such as zinc, magnesium and calcium.

And one teaspoon of poppy seeds has 4 percent of the recommended daily intake of both calcium and phosphorus, which combine to form the mineral used to build bones.

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We usually don’t use tomato in aloo posto or potato with poppy seeds but I have heard about this recipe from my sister in-law Arunima Gupta. It sounds little different and we loved the taste.

Thanks Arunima for this easy and delicious recipe. Everyone loved it.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop. And our this week’s theme is #nigella seeds.

The kalonji, or Nigella seeds or black cumin is an interesting spice – when used for tempering, it adds a beautiful aroma to the dishes, and a hint of flavour that you can’t quite nail.
Flavour and aroma aside, the tiny black seed comes with a whole lot of health benefits. It’s loaded with trace elements, vitamins, crystalline nigellone, amino acids, saponin, crude fiber, proteins and fatty acids like linolenic and oleic acids, volatile oils, alkaloids, iron, sodium, potassium and calcium. It keeps your heart healthy.

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You don’t need much spices to make it. I have used only salt, green chillies, turmeric powder, poppy seeds,tomatoes and nigella seeds or kalonji or black cumin. Kashmiri red chilli powder is optional I have used it to add some colour. You can omit it if you want.

This Curry goes well with steamed rice.

Recipe


Potatoes:- 3 medium

Tomatoes – 2 large chopped

Green chilli – 4-5 or to taste

Nigella seeds – 1/4:teaspoon

Poppy seeds – 1/4 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Mustered oil – 2 tablespoon+ 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water as require

Method


Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 15 minutes or microwave for 2 minutes with little water. Soaked seeds will grind easily.

Drain and grind the poppy seeds with 2 green chillies. You can add more chillies if you want your curry hot. You can add little water. Make a smooth paste and keep it aside.

Peel and slice the potatoes. Wash well.

Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan. Add nigella seeds or black cumin or kalonji and chopped tomatoes. Saute until the tomatoes becomes mushy.

Now add the potatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Fry until it dried up completely.

Add enough water to boil the potatoes. Cover and cook until the potatoes becomes tender. Let the water dried up.

Add the poppy seeds and green chilli paste and kasmiri red chilli powder. Red chilli powder is optional. I have added it to bring some colour. You can omit it if you want. Saute for a minute.

Add water to make a thick gravy. You can make it dry too. It will be delicious in both ways. But don’t make it runny.

Cook until you get your desired consistency. Add some more slit green chillies and 1 teaspoon mustard oil. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Serve with hot streamed rice or any kind of bread or paratha or puri or luchi.

Enjoy……..

Matar Kofta Or Green Peas Dumplings In Gravy 


Matar kofta.

Green peas dumplings in rich tomato based gravy. One more no onion garlic recipe.

Matar or green peas are easily available in this season. And nutritious low calorie green peas are rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and folic acid.

We use this to make different dishes like nimona etc. And it mix well with all the other vegetables.

You can make delicious stuffing with it for kachodi, paratha etc. Mix it with potato, cauliflower or any other vegetables it makes the taste better.

This post is going to be a part of 74th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme #Peas.

My contribution is this peas or matar kofta. Delicious spicy peas dumplings in rich tangy tomato based gravy. I have made it without onion garlic but you can use onion garlic if you like. I have already shared some no onion garlic recipe earlier.

These peas dumplings with gravy goes well with pulao, paratha, roti or Indian flat bread. Tomato based gravy is flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and mace. And almonds gives the gravy a creamy texture. I didn’t use cream in it but you can use If you like.

Recipe 


For kofta or dumplings 


Grean peas – 1 & 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cumin – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Hing or asafetida – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon optional

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil for shallow fry or deep fry

Rice flour – 2 tablespoon for binding

For gravy 


Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2
Almonds – 12

Cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – a Small stick

Cloves – 3

Mace or javitri – 1 string

salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

 

Method 



Grind the green peas with green chilli and ginger.

Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and let it crackle, add the hing or asafetida. Now add the ground mixture with salt, sugar and dry spices. Mix and saute till the mixture dried up completely and raw smell goes away.

You can add 1 chopped dry red chilli if you like it hot. I usually add red chilli when I make it for kachodi stuffing. Yes you can use this mixture as a stuffing for kachodi or paratha too.

 

 

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Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Let the mixture cool down. Add 2 tablespoon rice flour and mix well. You can use besan/chickpea flour or corn flour or refined flour/maida too  instead of rice flour. Make small balls out of it.

Fry the balls. I have shallow fried but you can deep fry too. Or use your appe pan to fry it in very little oil.

We don’t have to make them brown just fry them lightly.

Keep the fried balls aside.

For gravy soak the almonds in hot water or microwave with little water for 2 minutes. You can use cashew nuts if you like. Peel and grind with tomatoes, green chilli, ginger, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and mace or javitri. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the ground paste. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add salt and all the dry spices. Mix well. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
If you are using onion and garlic boil 1 chopped onion and 3 – 4 garlic. Grind to make a smooth paste. And fry in oil before adding tomato paste.

Add water to make a thick gravy. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Cook on low flame for 7 – 8 minutes. Stir occasionally.

You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream at this stage. I didn’t.

Arrange the balls on a serving bowl. Pour the hot gravy over it.

Serve hot with pulao, puri, paratha or roti or Indian flat bread.

Spicy Corn 

Spicy corn 

A very delicious and easy to make side dish with corn. Which is a rich source of many vitamins and minerals.

 You can serve it with bread, paratha, puri. Or use it as a sandwich stuffing. Or add some boiled mashed potatoes and make cutlets. Serve as snack or pair with burger buns. Or make round paratha, spread tomato sauce, place corn mixture and some sliced onions. Roll it, cover with paper towel and serve. This roll is a healthy and yummy tiffin option too.

Corn gives us a good amount of dietary fiber and some complex carbohydrates that are a good energy source. It provides many B complex vitamins, folic acid and protein.

Its a good source of antioxidant carotenoid. Yellow corn may promote eye health too. Corn also helps in controlling diabetes,  prevent heart ailments and lowering hypertension. 

Make and enjoy this healthy and delicious spicy corn.


Recipe 


Corn  – 2-3
Onion  – 2 cubed 
Capsicum  2 cubed 
Tomato  – 1 large chopped 
Green chilli  – 2 chopped 
ginger paste  – 1 teaspoon 
Garlic paste  – 1 teaspoon 
Frozen peas  – handful 
Salt to taste 
Tomato sauce  – 1 tablespoon 
Chilli sauce  – 1 teaspoon 
Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon 
Coriander powder  1 teaspoon 
turmeric powder  1/2 teaspoon 
Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon optional 
Coriander leaves  – handful chopped
Oil – 2 tablespoon 
Salt to taste


Method 


Microwave the whole corns for 7 minutes at full power. Let the corns cool completely. Don’t touch while hot. 

When the corns becomes cool peel them.Remove the corn from the cob with the help of a knife. Grind the corns with the help of little water.Make a coarse paste. 

Heat oil in a pan. Add the onion. Saute till the onion becomes translucent. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till the raw smell goes away. Now add capsicum, green chilli and tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy. 

Add the corn, frozen peas, salt, all the spices, tomato sauce and chilli sauce. Saute till the mixture dried up completely. Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. 

And its ready. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and onion rings.
 Serve hot with roti, paratha, puri or make sandwiches with it. Add some boiled mashed potatoes and make cutlets, or simply make roll with it. You can pack these sandwiches or rolls in  lunch box. 

Enjoy the easy to make and yummy spicy corn.

Chapor Or Lentil Patties In Mustard Sauce

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Chapor or lentil patties in mustard sauce. Chapor ghonto is an authentic recipe of Bengal. Made of Matar dal or split dried pea lentil patties with mishmash of vegetables. Heard about chapor ghonto from a friend. Never tried before. Google it. So many recipes with veggies like potatoes pumpkin eggplants parwal or pointed gourd etc.

 

But first time made exactly as my friend told. It was with mustard paste. I used mustard powder. Needn’t much spices yet delicious. Used only ginger, green chilli, mustard powder and panch phoran. It was yummy. Didn’t get Matar dal or split dried pea lentil in local grocery. So used Chana dal or Bengal gram.

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Dal or lentils are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folate and iron. And still low in calories and contain virtually no fat.

 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #DalDelights. Any recipe with dal or lentil.

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So made this chapor again. But made with little changes. And very happy with the result.This time I have added tomato, garlic and kashmiri red chili powder. And the taste was amazing.

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Recipe

 Chana dal/Bengal gram or Matar dal/split dried pea lentil – 1 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Little oil for shallow frying

For the gravy

 Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Garlic – 3 cloves

Tomato – 1 chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 and 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Panch phoran – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon chopped

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

 Wash and soak the lentils or dal overnight. Grind them with ginger and green chilli. Add very little water if require. Don’t make it runny. Batter should be thick. Add salt and cumin powder. Beat well.Make patties with this batter and shallow fry in a nonstick pan with very little oil. Keep aside.

 

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Soak the mustard powder in cold water. I have used Weikfield mustard powder. Blend the powder in cold water thoroughly till it becomes a thick cream. Allow to stand for 10 minutes to develop full flavour.

 

Grind the garlic, tomato and green chilli. Heat mustard oil in a pan. 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.

 

Let the panch phoran splatter.Now add garlic tomato and green chilli paste. Saute till the oil leaves side. Add soaked mustard powder, salt, turmeric powder,chopped coriander leaves and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute and add water. Add water as requir for gravy. Let it boil and add the lentil patties. Cook on simmer for 10 – 12 minutes or until the patties becomes soft.

 

Stir and mix well. Check and adjust the seasoning and switch off the flame. Chapor in mustard sauce is ready. Garnish with slit green chilli or chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice.

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Baked Vegetables

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Baked vegetables.
Mixed vegetables with wonderful flavour without much calories. Just cook the  vegetables on high flame, then bake with generous amount of bread crumbs, grated cheese and seasoning of your choice. Enjoy the yummy crunchy baked vegetables.

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This post is a part of #Foodiemonday #Bloghop. This week’s theme is any type of microwave cooking. Grilling, baking or cooking.

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I have decided to share a very easy to cook and yummy baked vegetables. Serve it as a side dish or enjoy a bowlful of this healthy and delicious vegetables in  breakfast.

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Recipe

Green peas  – 1 cup

Chopped carrot  – 1 cup

Potato  – 1

Chopped beans – 1 cup

Onions  – 3-4 finely chopped

Tomatoes  – 2 chopped

Capsicum  – 1 large chopped

Garlic  – 3 pods

Green chilli  – 1-2 finely chopped

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece

Oil or butter – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Black pepper powder  – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Bread crumbs  – 1 and 1/2 cup

Grated cheese  – 1 cup

Tomato sauce  – 1 teaspoon optional

Method

Peel the potatoes and carrots. Clean, wash and chop all the vegetables in small pieces and keep aside.

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Grind tomatoes garlic and ginger.
Heat oil in a pan. You can use butter or olive oil too. Add chopped onion and green chilli. Saute till the onions becomes translucent.

Add tomato ginger garlic paste. Saute and add all the vegetables, spices and salt. Mix well and cover the pan. Cook until done. Keep stirring.

Add tomato sauce, mix and let the vegetables dried up.
Pour the vegetables in a baking tray. Label with a spoon.

Sprinkle bread crumbs generously all over the vegetables. I have used home made bread crumbs. Toasted brown bread in a toaster. Then ground the toasted bread. You can use white bread too.

Sprinkle grated cheese all over the vegetables. Cover the vegetables completely with bread crumbs then cheese.

Garnish with tomato and onion slices.
Sprinkle one teaspoon oil on them.
I have sprinkled oregano over it. You can sprinkle mix herb or chaat masala  too. Sprinkle any herb or spices of your choice.

Bake in a preheated oven at 180°  for 15 to 20 minutes or until the cheese turns light brown.

Serve hot with roti/Indian bread, paratha, naan or toasted bread. Or serve bowlful of this healthy and yummy baked vegetables in breakfast. A perfect snack for kiddos.

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