Mirchi Ka Salan Or Chilli Curry 

Mirchi ka salan or chilli curry.

A lip-smacking side dish from Andhra cuisine.

The Andhra cuisine comprises of both mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

This mirchi ka salan or chilli curry is made of big size less hot variety chillies in a spicy gravy. You can get one more chilli recipe here

Posting this recipe for a Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge.

In this group all the participating bloggers were challenged to make a dish with the use of two secret ingredients their partner assigns them with.

This month I have been paired with Shobha Keshwani for Andhra cuisine theme. And the two ingredients are mirchi/chilli and til/sesame.

Shobha is a very talented blogger who blog at http://www.shobhasfoodmazaa.com/?m=1

Check out delicious recipes on her blog. Thanks a lot Shobha for the advice and these wonderful ingredients.

I am very happy to share this because its first recipe from Andhra cuisine in my blog.
Mirchi ka salan generally served with Haydrabadi biryani. I have made veg pulao with this delicious curry. I will share this veg pulao recipe later.

I have made this mirchi ka salan according to my taste. Added little sugar and a small tomato in it. But you can omit sugar and tomato if you like. Tomato and red chilli powder gives a nice colour to the gravy.



Recipe 


Big size green chilli – 6-8

Onion – 1

Garlic – 3 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Peanut – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Seasam seed – 1 heaped tablespoon

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Nigella seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tamarind – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon



Method 
Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup hot water.

Wash the chillies. Pat dry and remove the stem. Slit vertically and remove the seeds. Chillies should be intact. Don’t cut fully. Keep aside.

Dry roast the peanut and let it cool. Peel and grind in a grinder.

Dry roast sesame seeds and dessicated coconut separately till becomes light brown.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Fry sliced onion. When the onion becomes translucent add chopped garlic. Fry till the onion becomes brown.

Add tomato and ginger. Saute till the tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

Add ground peanut, sesame seeds and dessicated coconut. Saute for 1 minute.

Let the mixture cool down. Grind the mixture with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder, its not hot but if you are using red chilli powder add as per your spice tolerance.

Make a smooth paste.

Heat remaining oil in a pan. Fry the chillies till light brown. Cover the pan while frying to avoid spluttering.

When the chillies changes it’s colour, remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

In the same oil add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and nigella seeds. Let them splutter. Add curry leaves. Now add the ground spices and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Add water, salt, sugar and tamarind pulp. Add water as require to make a thick curry.

When it starts to rolling boil add fried chillies. Stir and cover. Cook on low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Check in between.

Remove the cover. Taste and adjust the salt. The gravy should be thick. If its runny boil for some more time or add more water if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and tomato.

Serve hot with biryani, pulao, jeera rice or any bread, paratha or naan.
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Cauliflower With Coconut And Poppy Seeds 


Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds. 

Sharing an easy to make but delicious cauliflower recipe today. You don’t need much spices to make this no onion garlic cauliflower. You can serve it as a side dish with any bread of your choice or steamed rice. 

You can get one more cauliflower recipe here

Because of its beneficial effects on numerous aspects of health, cauliflower can easily be described as a superfood. 

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, often overshadowed by its green cousin broccoli. This is one vegetable that deserves a regular rotation in your diet, however, as it contains an impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals.

Cauliflower is a member of the cancer-fighting cruciferous family of vegetables

Cauliflower is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich, and may boost both your heart and brain health

Eating cauliflower will provide your body with impressive amounts of vitamin C, vitamin k, beta-carotene, and much more while supporting healthy digestion and detoxification

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Coming to the recipe. We generally use this coconut and poppy seeds paste to make fish or pointed gourd or parwal etc. Click the name for Pointed gourd with coconut and poppy seeds recipe. 

And Pointed gourd with poppy seeds recipe. 

Poppy seeds and coconut makes the dish superbly delicious. 

Recipe 



Cauliflower – 1 medium 

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste 

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece 

Tomato – 1 chopped 

Coconut – 1/4 cup finely chopped or grated 

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste 

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Coconut milk – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Chopped coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon 

Slit green chilli and coriander leaves to garnish 

Method 


Soak the poppy seeds in hot water. 

Cut the cauliflower in small florets. Wash well, drain and keep aside. 

Grind green chilli, poppy seeds, ginger, tomato and coconut altogether. Make a smooth paste. 

Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped cauliflower. Fry until the cauliflower changes it’s colour. 

Add salt, ground spices, chopped coriander leaves and turmeric powder. You can also add little sugar if you like. 

Saute till it dried up completely. Stir continuously. 

Now add coconut milk. Cover and cook on low heat till the cauliflower becomes tender and dried up. 

You can add more coconut milk if require. 

Now remove from heat and add lemon juice. Mix well.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. 

Garnish with slit green chilli and coriander leaves. 

Serve with hot steamed rice or any bread. 

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Paneer Or Cottage Cheese Croquettes / Finger Food / Fritters 


Paneer or cottage cheese croquettes. 

Perfect for party finger food or evening snacks. 

These crisp outside and soft inside croquettes are delicious and easy to make. 

Paneer or cottage cheese is used in it with potatoes. 

For long years, milk and milk products has been most important part of the diet of human. Paneer is also one of the most important milk products, which is used by the human fraternity as a complete proteinecious and healthy food. It is very famous in India by the name Cottage cheese or Chenna which is prepared by the milk at home or factories. It is used for years to make variety of nutritious foods for eating purposes. It has very attractive look of white color and nice taste and very famous amongst all the milk products. It is much liked by various men to eat it raw instead of fried. Paneer is the rich source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, minerals and protein which are required by the body in high proportions for healthy growth and development.

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Our this week’s 107th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is party dish. I am presenting this paneer croquettes as a party finger food for this event. 

Recipe is very easy. You can prepare everything one day before and keep in refrigerator. Take out and deep fry just before serving. You can shallow fry these if you like. 

Recipe 


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, grated 

Potato – 2 large, boiled 

Onion – 2, sliced 

Green chilli – 3, finely chopped 

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated 

Tomato – 2 chopped 

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 

Coriander leaves – handful, chopped 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Tomato sauce – 2 tablespoon 

Oil – 2 tablespoon 

Salt to taste

Breadcrumbs – as require 

For batter 


Refined flour – 4 tablespoon 

Rice flour – 2 tablespoon 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Water as require 

Oil for deep fry 

Method 


Peel and mash or grate the boiled potatoes. Keep aside. 

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Let it splutter. 

Add onion and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes light brown. 

Add tomatoes and ginger. Saute for 1-2 minutes. If you like you can also add 1 teaspoon garlic paste or 3-4 crushed garlic with it. I didn’t. 

Add coriander leaves, cumin powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, chilli flakes and salt. 

Saute till the tomato becomes mushy.

Add mashed or grated paneer or cottage cheese. Mix well and add tomato sauce.  Saute till the mixture dried up completely.
 

Now add mashed or grated potatoes. Mix well. Cook for 2-3 minutes more. 

Switch off the flame. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Delicious isn’t it? You can serve it as a side dish with any bread or make sandwiches with it. You can omit potatoes and make with paneer only. 

You can also add little lemon juice or chaat masala if you like. If you like it more hot increase the amount of chilli. And you can make it less spicy by omitting chilli flakes and black pepper powder. If you are making it for kids use less chilli. 

Let the mixture cool down. Mash with your hand again or use a potato masher. Add 1-2 tablespoon breadcrumbs if require for binding. Instead of breadcrumbs you can use oats powder or roasted chickpea powder too.

But don’t add more than 2-3 tablespoon. 

Make small balls. I have made medium sized 19 balls. You can make small bite size for party finger food. 

Spread breadcrumbs on a plate. 

Mix refined flour and rice flour in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add water gradually to make a semi thick lump free batter. Don’t make it runny. You can use one egg with salt and pepper instead of flour batter. 

Dip the balls in the flour batter then roll on breadcrumbs. Cover with breadcrumbs from all the sides. 

Prepare all the balls like this. You can keep these prepared balls in refrigerator and fry just before serving. 

Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Fry the balls in it. Flip and fry evenly from all the sides. 

When the balls becomes brown remove from oil and place on a paper towel. You can shallow fry these if you like. 

Serve hot with mustard sauce and tomato sauce or any chutney. 

Enjoy the crisp outside and soft inside delicious and spicy paneer croquettes. 

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Raw Banana Curry 


Raw banana curry.

A very delicious and flavourful curry made with green banana or raw banana.

We all know that green or raw banana is very nutritious vegetables.

Nutritionally, the green banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contains a starch that may help control blood sugar, manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.

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You don’t need to cook it always in a simple way. Why not transform this healthy vegetable into a rich or shahi curry? Try this recipe. Even you don’t recognise banana in this curry. Its superbly delicious, flavourful, spicy and rich.

I have shared two more banana recipes here.

Raw banana kofta and Banana butter masala. To get the recipe click the name.

You can serve it as a party side dish. You can make it without onion garlic too. Just omit onion and garlic, increase the amount of poppy seeds. Add 2 tablespoon each poppy seed and cashew nuts paste and 1-2 tablespoon cream. You can add fresh coconut paste too. Your no onion garlic rich and delicious curry is ready.

Recipe 



Raw banana – 5

Onion – 2 large

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Poppy seeds – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 2-3

Clove – 3

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3-4 tablespoon or as required

Coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional +to garnish

Water as required

Method 


Peel and chop the bananas lengthwise. You can chop in any shape. Wash and drain the water.

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minutes.
Slice 1 onion and separate the layers. Keep aside.

Grind 1 chopped onion, garlic and ginger.

Separately grind the tomatoes, soaked poppy seeds, green chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in woke or pan. You can use mustard oil or any refined oil.

Add sliced onion and fry. Stir continuously while frying, onion shouldn’t be burnt.

Fry till onion becomes brown. Remove from the oil and keep aside. We will use it for garnishing.

In the same oil fry the banana pieces till golden brown and place them on a paper towel.

Now add onion, garlic and ginger paste into the oil. Fry till oil leaves the sides. For no onion garlic recipe read the notes.

Add tomatoes, poppy seeds, green chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon paste. You can also add fresh coconut paste  if you want.

Add cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder.

Fry again till oil leaves the sides.

Add fried banana pieces and salt. Mix well and fry for 1-2 minutes more.

Add water as require. I have made it dry but you can make thick gravy. Don’t make it runny.

Cover and cook till the banana pieces becomes tender.

Add chopped coriander leaves if you want, I didn’t. Remove from flame. Add some fried onion and mix well.

You can add 1-2 tablespoon cream too if you like.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and fried onion slices.

Serve hot with roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, naan, puri or dal chawal.

Note –

With tomato, chilli and whole spices you can grind fresh coconut too.

If you want to make without onion garlic curry, omit the onion and garlic and increase the amount of poppy seeds. Add 2 tablespoon each of poppy seeds paste, cashew nuts paste and fresh coconut paste with tomatoes. At the end add 2 tablespoon cream.

Enjoy the rich, spicy and delicious banana curry with your lunch or dinner.

 

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Kewra Flavoured Eggless Sugarless Almond Saffron Pistachio Whole Wheat Flour Muffins 


Kewra flavoured eggless sugarless almond Saffron pistachio muffins.

Yes, presenting a healthy and delicious muffins recipe today. Muffins with whole wheat flour and no sugar no butter at all. A perfect dessert for diet conscious people.

I have used organic jaggery powder in it.

You can get some more muffins recipes here

Watermelon muffins

Fruity muffins

Cheesy savoury muffins 

Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

Its a basic recipe. You can make it with refined flour and sugar too. Measurements will be the same. Add tutti fruity, candied cherries or any dry fruits of your choice.
You can omit milk powder if you want. Use mashed cottage cheese or paneer or khoya/mawa or dried milk instead. In that case increase the amount of jaggery powder 1 to 2 spoon. If you don’t have jaggery powder you can use brown sugar or powdered sugar too.

If you don’t like kewra flavour you can use any other flavours like rose, vanilla or add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon powder. Choice is yours.

I have served it with chocolate sauce.

I am sending this post to our 99th #Foodiemonday bloghop #flowerrecipes theme. I have chosen kewra.

Kewra water is an extract distilled from the aromatic flower of the pandanus plants. Its mainly used in South Asian cuisine. This essence is a transparent liquid, similar to rose water. Kewra jal or water can be substitute with kewra essence which is more concentrated.

Recipe 
Wholewheat flour – 1 cup

Almond – 1/4 heaped cup

Organic jaggery powder – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Vinegar – 1/2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/4 cup

Pistachio – 1 – 2 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Saffron thread – 1/4 teaspoon

Kewra water  – 1/4 teaspoon

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line the muffins tray or cup cake moulds.

Grind the almonds with skin.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, almonds powder, fax seed powder, milk powder, baking powder and soda. Mix well and keep aside.

You can use refined flour or 1/2 flour 1/2 oats powder instead of whole wheat flour. If you don’t want to add milk powder substitute with khoya/mawa or dried milk or mashed cottage cheese or paneer. In that case you have to increase the amount of jaggery powder.

In a large bowl mix jaggery powder, saffron, 1/2 cup milk, vinegar, oil and kewra water. Beat until jaggery powder dissolved completely.

If you want you can use brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery powder.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Make a lump free batter. Add more milk if require. Batter should be thick but flowing.

Fold in chopped pistachios. You can use chocolate chips, tutti fruity or any dry fruits of your choice.

Fill the moulds 3/4 full.

Bake at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so check after 20 minutes.

Serve with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Drizzle chocolate sauce and enjoy……

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Chickpea Potato Dry Sabji Or Curry / Guest Post For Avin S Kohli


Chickpea potato dry sabji or curry.

Bored with regular chana masala or spicy chhole or chickpea Curries?

Try this no onion garlic delicious chickpeas with potatoes.

If you want to make something spicy and delicious in a hurry this chickpea with potatoes is a best option if you have soaked and boiled chickpeas.

My blogger friend and amazing cook Avin of theyellowdaal asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I think its a best recipe for her blog. Because Avin is from Punjab and I am from Bengal. Why not mix matche Punjabi chhole and Bengali bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spices. Avin has a lovely blog. Do visit her blog for many awesome recipes from different cuisine.

This chickpeas goes well with puri, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or simple daal chawal. Or use it as sandwich stuffing.

Its very easy to make. You don’t need onion garlic for it. But you can make it with onion garlic too if you like. I will share the mathod of both.


Recipe 
Chick peas – 1 cup

Potatoes – 3 medium

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Dry roasted mixed spices – 1 teaspoon

Ginger Julienne and cilantro for garnishing

Method 


Boil overnight soaked chickpeas or chana with 2 green cardamom 3 cloves and 1/2 inch piece cinnamon in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Grind in a mixer grinder and keep aside. Don’t discard the remaining water, we will use it later.

Peel the potatoes. Cut into small cubes. First cut into 4 parts in length wise. Then make small pieces. Wash well. Drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes. And keep aside.

In the same oil add cumin seeds. When seeds starts to crackle add hing or asafetida.

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

If you want to add onion garlic add finely chopped 1 onion and 1 teaspoon garlic paste or minced garlic with ginger and chilli. Fry until onion becomes translucent.

Add ground chickpeas. Saute until chickpeas changes it’s colour. Stir continuously.

Add the fried potatoes.

Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

Add the remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Mix and cover. Cook until the potatoes becomes soft.

Fried potatoes don’t take much time to cook so don’t add too much water.

When the potatoes becomes tender stir and cook until dried up. If you like you can make thick gravy. I have made it dry.

Add lemon juice, amchur or dry mango powder and dry roasted mixed spices.
For mixed spices dry roast 2 tablespoon each of cumin and coriander seeds, 3-4 cardamom, 1 inch piece cinnamon stick and 4 cloves. If you like it hot add 1-2 dry red chilli with it. After roasting let the mixture cool and grind them to make powder. Keep in airtight container for later use. 

Mix everything well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice and dry mango powder if require.

Remove from heat.

Garnish with ginger julienne and cilantro. If you are using onion garlic you can use onion rings for garnishing.

Serve with puri, kachaudi, paratha, roti or Indian flat bread or daal chawal.

Even you can make delicious sandwiches with it. Keep it in refrigerator make sandwiches in a jiffy. Or enjoy with crisp toast.

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Potato Pie 


Potato pie. 

A very delicious and easy to make baked dish with boiled potatoes mixed with seasoning.

Usually we make it with eggs. But I have made it eggless for my vegetarian friends. Used yogurt instead of eggs.

Our this week’s 92nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is yogurt. My contribution is this delicious easy to make potato pie. 

Potatoes are not so bad. Specially boiled potatoes.

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are low in calories and fat, and their high fiber content helps you feel full. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not inherently fattening. 

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Coming to the recipe. If you are making it for kids add generous amount of cheese with potato mixture. I have used oregano but you can use Indian spices like cumin powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala etc. Follow the method and add spices of your choice. 

Recipe 
Potato – 2 & 1/2 cup, boiled, peeled and mashed 

Yogurt – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon 

Onion – 1 large, sliced 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped 

Capsicum – 1/2 chopped 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Butter or oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon 

Oregano – 1 teaspoon 

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon 

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon, finely chopped 

Oregano to sprinkle

Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup

Mozzarella cheese – 1/4 to 1/2 cup or as much you want

Method 


Grease a pie dish with butter or oil. 

Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat butter or oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and chopped green chilli. Fry until the onion becomes translucent. 

Add chopped capsicum. Fry until the onion becomes light brown. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

In a large bowl mix boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, yogurt, oregano, lemon juice, grated ginger, cilantro, garlic powder, and fried onion, green chilli and capsicum. You can use Indian spices too if you like. 

Add green chillies and chilli flakes as per your spice tolerance. 

Mix well. Mixture should be soft not runny. 

Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Delicious isn’t it? But wait we have to bake it 😊

You can add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese too. I didn’t. Add more garlic powder and oregano if require. 

You can add frozen peas, bell peppers etc if you like. 

Pour the mixture into the greased pie dish. 

Level the top with a spoon or your palm. 

Spread breadcrumbs over it. 

Sprinkle generous amount of mozzarella cheese. 

At last sprinkle little oregano all over the pie.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 20 – 30 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown.

Serve it as a side dish or enjoy in breakfast.