Batata Bhaji Or Maharashtrian Dry Potato

Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potato.
Whenever we think about Maharashtrian cuisine first thing comes in our mind is modak. Favourite sweet of Ganapati Bappa.
Then pav bhaji, bhelpuri, vada pav, misal pav, thalipeeth, puranpoli, sol kadhi, amrakhand, shrikhand and the list is endless.

I often make pav bhaji and vada pav at home. But when this week our Foodiemonday group decided the theme Maharashtrian cuisine I was little confused what to make for this week’s bloghop.
Mahesh comes to rescue. Thanks Mahesh.
Remember Mahesh? You all liked his ‘Bombay duck fry‘ guest post.
I have requested him for a quick recipe. And he gave me this easy to make but lip-smacking dry potato recipe. According to Mahesh usually people make this dry potato during fasting or to offer Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi. So this recipe is without onion garlic.
You can get some more potato recipes here.

Sending this post to 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Maharashtrian cuisine.
Maharashtrian batata bhaji or potato bhaji is a very easy to make no onion garlic and delicious dry curry. You don’t need to use much spices. Only turmeric powder, ginger and green chilli and some tempering or tadka used to make it.

I have added little kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. But its optional. You can skip it.
If you want to use onions add 1 finely chopped onion along with curry leaves after tempering. But I loved it’s taste without onion. Ginger and green chilli will make the potatoes spicy and lip-smacking.

You can sprinkle one teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like.
This batata bhaji goes well with puri, roti, naan, paratha or any bread. And you can also enjoy it a bowlful as a snack.

Recipe

Potatoes – 7 – 8 medium

Curry leaves – 15 – 16

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Chana dal or Bengal gram – a pinch

Udad dal or split and husked black lentil – a pinch

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil and peel the potatoes. Make small pieces.

2. Grate the ginger.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds or rai, cumin seeds, bengal gram or chana dal and split black lentil.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and finely chopped green chilli. Fry for a minute.

5. Now add curry leaves and asafetida or hing. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Also add Kashmiri red chilli powder if using.
Mix everything well.

7. Cook on low flame for 4 – 5 minutes or until the potatoes slightly change it’s colour. Stir in between.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.

Serve hot with puri, paratha, roti or naan.

Or you can serve it with toasted bread or mash and make filling for sandwiches. I love it bowlful as evening snack. Just sprinkle lemon juice and enjoy. Or add chopped onion, cilantro, cucumber or tomato etc just before serving. Choice is your.
Happy cooking 😊

Notes

1. If you want to use onion, add one finely chopped onion before adding ginger and chilli. And fry till the onion becomes translucent.

2. You can can add 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like tangy taste.

2. If you are making it for fasting people use rock salt. You can also add roasted or fried peanut.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Mint Paneer Kofta Or Cottage Cheese Balls In Mint Gravy

Mint paneer kofta or cottage cheese balls in mint gravy. Or you can name it hariyali/green kofta in hariyali/green gravy. Whatever you name it taste is lip-smacking.

Mint is not only nutritious its also a great appetizer. A refreshing herb of summer. Mint, coriander, lemon and spices makes this curry delicious.
A perfect party side dish.
You can serve it with any bread, pulao or steamed rice.

You will love the taste of this delicious aromatic curry.
If you have green chutney then you can make it in a jiffy. I have made kofta in appe pan with very little oil. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry. Enjoy the refreshing taste of mint kofta in mint gravy.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup, crumbled

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves or pudina – 1 cup

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5 cloves

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Soak cashew nuts in hot water.

2. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic, green chilli, tomato and soaked cashew nuts. Make a smooth paste.

3. In a bowl mix crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala powder, 2 tablespoon ground mixture and 2 tablespoon cornflour.

4. Mix well and make small balls. If require you can add little more cornflour. But don’t add much.

5. Heat an appe pan. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry.
Drop few drops oil in the holes. Place the balls over it. Cook on low flame till the balls become golden brown. Flip and cook other side. Kofta is ready. Keep them aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Now add the ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

8. Add water as much require for the gravy. Don’t make it runny. I like thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add paneer balls in it. Cook on low flame for 5 minutes.

10. Switch off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, Steamed rice, pulao or any type of bread.

Notes –

1. You can increase or decrease the green chilli as per your spice tolerance.

2. If you like your gravy tangy, add little more lemon juice at the end.

3. Add water as per your desired consistency. If you like light gravy you can add little more water.

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Dal Palak Or Pigeon Peas With Spinach

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach.
A delicious, healthy and easy to make lentil. Make it thick or thin as per your choice. You can serve this delicious dal with steamed rice or roti.

Pigeon peas or tuar dal or arhar dal can be delicious with cumin, hing or garlic tadka or tempering. But today we will make it more healthy and delicious with spinach or palak.

And we all know about low calorie and low fat spinach.
Popeye was definitely on to something. Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.
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Pigeon peas or tuar dal are low in fat, very high in protein and dietary fiber.
As well as being a good source of fiber and protein, pigeon peas contain various other healthy nutrients. They contain vitamin C and several member of the B vitamin family including folate and thiamin. They also come with a number of essential minerals including iron, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.
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This dal is very easy to make. If you want you can omit ghee or clarified butter. You can use refined oil instead of ghee. In that case add at least 1 teaspoon ghee add the end for flavour.

Recipe

Pigeon peas or Tuar dal/arhar dal – 1/2 cup

Spinach – 3 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 chopped

Garlic – 4-5 cloves, crushed or grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Hing or asafetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

For tadka or tempering

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafetida – a pinch

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2

Kasmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

Soak tuar dal or pigeon peas for 30 minutes. Boil the dal with salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker until dal becomes soft.

Heat 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add Asafetida or hing.

Now add chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger and green chilli. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.

Add chopped spinach and cumin powder.
Saute for 2-3 minutes or until the spinach becomes soft.

Add boiled dal. Add water as require. If you want thick dal don’t add much water.

Let it boil on low flame for 8-10 minutes or till you get your desired consistency.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well and remove from heat.

Heat 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. When the seeds starts to splutter add hing or asafetida and switch off the flame.

Now add kashmiri red chilli powder and pour the tempering into the dal.

Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread.

 

Note

1. If you want you can omit ghee or clarified butter. You can make it with refined oil.

2. If you are using refined oil add at least 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter at the end for flavour.

 

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Sprouts Sundal 

Sprouts sundal.

Very easy to make yet delicious dish made with mung sprouts.

You can serve this side dish as breakfast or evening snack too. A very nutritious filling and yummy dish.

Sundal is a traditional south Indian dish from Tamil Nadu. A very delicious and nutritious dish.  It can be prepared using different legumes.

 Sweetness of pomegranate seeds and the flavour of lemon makes this sandal super yummy. 

I have shared two more sprouts recipes.

Sprouts and oats cutlets

Sprouts appe 

Sprouts are wonder food due to its high nutritional value. Natural sprouts are good for a healthy body and mind development. It ensures blood purification and strengthens the immune system. In Naturopathy, sprouts are termed as medicine because of its preserving and promoting health aspects. Sprouts are associated with amazing health benefits of sprouting.

Sprouts are known as health Rejuvenator and mood fresher. Sprouts are rich in fibre, protein, minerals, vitamins and enzymes, that’s why, they are known as miracle food.

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I have made it without onion garlic but you can add onion garlic if you like. Read notes for onion garlic method. 

Recipe 


Mung sprouts – 1 heaped cup 

Curry leaves – 10 – 12

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds or rai – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Asafoetida or hing – a small pinch 

Green chilli – 1 chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Fresh coconut – 1/3 cup, grated 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Pomegranate seeds and grated coconut to garnish 

Method 


Wash and soak the green mung beans overnight.

Next day drain the water completely. Beans should be moist.

Cover the bowl and keep aside for one day. Next day you will get sprouted beans. If you want longer sprouts keep it for one more day.

Wash the sprouts well. You can boil or steam the sprouts. I like the crunch so I didn’t.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add mustard seeds or rai. Then add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.

Add grated ginger and green chilli. Saute for one minute.

Add curry leaves, dry red chilli and asafoetida or hing. And then add the sprouts.

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

Saute for 5 – 6 minutes on low medium heat.

Remove from heat. Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Mix well.

Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve hot as a side dish or enjoy bowlful as a snack. I like it bowlful with little more lemon juice.

Notes –

1. If you want to use onion add sliced one onion with curry leaves.

2. You can also add minced or grated garlic with onion. Fry till onion becomes translucent and then add the sprouts.

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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.