Mangal Ooti Or Manipuri Dry Peas Curry

Mangal ooti or Manipuri dry peas curry from Manipur cuisine.
A very simple and easy yet delicious curry. You don’t need any powder spices to make it except turmeric.
My first blog post was also from this beautiful state Manipur Chakhao Kheer.
And our pride Mary Kom an Indian Olympic boxer is also from Manipur.

Surrounded by nine hills with an oval shaped valley at the center, a natural made Jewel and hence the name “A Jeweled land” or ‘Manipur’, it’s literal translation. Even the first prime minister of India famously said Manipur was the Jewel of India. Apart from being a nature’s gift to India, Manipur is also a melting pot of culture. It is the birthplace of Polo, the sport and the birthplace of Ras Lila, a classical dance form.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Manipur cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients.
This month my partner is Sharanya Palanisshami. Who blog at Sara’s Tasty Buds.

Sharanya gave me two easy to use ingredients cumin and green chilli. ingredients. Thanks Sharanya.
And I gave her bay leaf and cardamom. Check out her blog for the wonderful recipe she shared with these ingredients.

You may like one more dry peas recipe here.

Recipe is very simple and easy. This delicious and flavourful curry is perfect accompany with any bread or steamed rice.

Recipe

Dry peas – 1 cup

Cooking soda – a pinch

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Onion – 2, chopped

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Tomato – 2, chopped

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 2

Dry red chilli – 2

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish

Method

1. Soak the dry peas overnight.

2. Next day drain the water and pressure cook with soda and 2 cup of water. After 1 whistle pressure cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Let the pressure cooker cool down.

4. Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan.

5. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and dry red chilli.

6. When the cumin seeds start to splutter add chopped onions.

7. Fry the onions till light brown. I have taken out 1 teaspoon fried onion to garnish.

8. Add grated ginger, green chilli and chopped tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

9. Add turmeric powder and mix well.
Now add the boiled peas with it’s water and salt.

10. Add 1/2 cup water, mix and when its starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 6 – 8 minutes.

11. Cook on high heat for 1 minute. Give a good stir and remove from heat.

12. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with jeera rice, pulao, steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri, pulao, naan or any bread.

Recipe note

One of my reader Munu said turmeric powder is not used in authentic Mangal ooti recipe. But I have added it to give some colour to the curry. You can skip it if you want. Thanks a lot Munu for the info.

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Fish caldine

Fish caldine.
A lip-smacking Goan fish curry. Coconut based aromatic thick gravy. You can make it with any fleshy fish. I have made it with rohu fish, which is commonly available here.
According to Wikipedia “The rohu, rui, or roho labeo is a species of fish of the carp family, found in rivers in South Asia. It is a large omnivore and extensively used in aquaculture.”

You may like two more fish recipes here.

Fish Kalia

Masor tenga

One of my reader Francis Dsouza gave me his mom’s recipe to try. I have made it for a small get together in my home. All the guests loved the taste of this fish caldine. Thanks a lot Francis Dsouza for this wonderful recipe.

I have made little changes as per my convenience. I have fried the fish pieces before adding in the curry. I didn’t add curry leaves. And instead of juice of spices I have used ground spices. Original recipe needs cumin coriander seeds but I have used powder. And loved the taste and aroma. But you can try the exact recipe if you want. I am sharing screen shots of recipe which Francis Dsouza shared with me.

To make this fish caldine you have to make a paste of coconut and spices. If you can prepare it earlier then you can make it in a jiffy.

Recipe

Fish pieces – 12

Coconut – 1 cup, grated

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Onion – 1 large, finely sliced

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Garlic – 5 – 6 cloves

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

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

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 4

Mustard oil – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Marinate the fish pieces with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

2. Grind coconut, cilantro, ginger, garlic, poppy seeds, nutmeg powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and tomatoes altogether. If you want to make authentic caldine grind with water and drain the juice. I didn’t.

3. Heat oil in a wok or pan at smoking point.

4. Fry the fish pieces. Don’t overcrowded. Fry 3-4 pieces at time.

5. When fish pieces becomes light brown turn over and fry the other side. Fry all the pieces in this way and remove from oil.

6. In the same oil add sliced onion. You can add more oil if require.

7. When onion becomes brown add ground spices, turmeric powder, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder and black pepper powder.

8. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add water as require to make thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add slit green chilli and fish pieces.
Mix and let it boil again.

10. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 10 – 12 minutes.

11. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Remove from heat and garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.

12. Serve with steamed rice, fried rice, jeera rice, pulao, roti, naan, puri or any bread.
Happy cooking.

 

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Tomato Saar

Tomato saar.
Delicious spicy curry with ripe tomatoes from Maharashtra cuisine.

According to Wikipedia Maharashtra is the name of a state of India and its language is Marathi. In area it is the third-biggest state of India. Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra. Pune is the cultural and educational capital.
The food of Maharashtra is different in each place. The people in the Konkan region eat more rice and the ones near the ocean eat a lot of fish. In eastern Maharashtra, most people eat a lot of wheat, jowar, and bajra. Other important things people eat in Maharashtra are lentils, onions, tomatoes, potatoes, chilies, garlic, ginger, and aamras. Many people also eat chicken and mutton.

Tomato is known scientifically as Solanum lycopersicum, the tomato is the berry of a plant from the nightshade family, native to South America. Despite technically being a fruit, the tomato is generally categorized as a vegetable.

Tomatoes are the major dietary source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.

They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate and vitamin K.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Maharashtra cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is Priya Mahesh. Who blog at Www.at200deg.com
Priya gave me two easy to use ingredients hing or asafoetida and jeera or cumin. And I gave her turmeric and ginger. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

You may like some more tomato recipes here

Marinara sauce

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Tomato cilantro egg drop soup

Bitter gourd with tomato

This tomato saar goes well with hot steamed rice. I have added kokum in it. I love the mild tangy taste of kokum. But if you don’t have kokum, use tamarind paste or you can skip it if you don’t like tangy taste.

Recipe

Tomato – 4 medium

Water – 2 cup

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coconut – 1/2 cup, finely chopped or grated

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 12

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Jaggery powder or sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kokum – 2 – 3 pieces, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped + to garnish

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut.

2. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 6 – 8 minutes or until the skin starts to separate. Don’t discard the water we will use it.

3. Let the tomatoes cool down. Discard the stem. Peel and grind into a smooth paste.

4. Grind the coconut, green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you want. I didn’t.

5. Add cumin powder and keep aside. If you are using whole cumin add it with coconut, chilli and ginger and grind.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

7. When the seeds start to splutter add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add dry red chilli. Now add hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

9. Add coconut, chilli, ginger, cumin paste and turmeric powder. Mix well.

10. Saute till the mixture dried up.

11. Add ground tomatoes, salt, kokum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well.

12. Add the water we have used to boil tomatoes. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

13. Remove from heat. Garnish with coriander leaves.

14. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.
2. If you don’t have kokum then you can use 1 teaspoon tamarind paste or if you don’t like tangy taste skip it.
3. Use fully ripe red tomatoes to make tomato saar.

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Goan Dal Curry With Coconut And Kokum

Dal curry with coconut and kokum.
A delicious and flavourful dal from Goan cuisine.

Beautiful state Goa known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”. The state famous for it’s beaches.
Goan cuisine consists of regional foods popular in Goa, an Indian state located along India’s west coast on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork and local spices are some of the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavors are intense. Use of kokum is another distinct feature. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. It is similar to Malvani or Konkani cuisine.
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Among all the food this dal curry is my all time favourite.
You can get some more dal recipes here

1. Dal kanda or dry chana dal fry

2. Beetroot dal

3. Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

4. Dal palak

5. Assamese massor dal boror tenga

6. Sprouts sundal

7. Egg dal tadka

We don’t get kokum in local market. Earlier used tamarind paste instead of kokum. But this time my daughter gave me a packet of kokum from Pune.
If you don’t have kokum then you can use 2 teaspoon tamarind paste instead.
I didn’t use onion in the dal. If you want you can fry 1 sliced onion before adding coconut and tomato paste. Or you can grind 1 onion with coconut, chilli, ginger, garlic and tomato.

You can make it with any dal or lentil like moong or green gram, Masoor dal

or chana dal or Bengal gram.
Recipe is very simple and easy yet lip-smacking. Best accompany with your steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Toor dal or pigeon peas – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup + 1 cup

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Fresh coconut – 1/2 cup, chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Curry leaves – 12 – 15

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2, torn into 2 pieces

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Method

1. Clean and wash the toor dal or pigeon peas. Soak in water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grind coconut pieces, green chilli, tomatoes, ginger and garlic. Make a smooth paste. You can add 1 onion if you want.

3. Boil the soaked dal with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 3 – 4 whistle or till the dal becomes soft.

4. When the pressure cooker cool down, open the lid.
Add kokum pieces and 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix and keep aside.

5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan.
Add the ground paste and cumin powder.

6. Saute till the mixture dried up and smell of raw garlic goes away, add it to the dal.

7. Mix well. Add 1 cup water.
When it starts to rolling boil simmer the heat.

8. Cook on low heat for 5 – 6 minutes.
Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.

9. Taste and adjust salt if require. You can add little more water if require. But don’t make the dal runny. It should be thick.

10.Switch off the heat.

11. Now heat 1 tablespoon oil or ghee in a small pan.

12. Add mustard seeds. Let them splutter now add cumin seeds.

13. When the seeds starts to splutter add dry red chilli and curry leaves.
Add hing or asafoetida and mix.

14. Add this tempering in the dal.
Mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

15. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, puri, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use moong, masoor, chana or any dal instead of toor dal.

2. If you don’t have kokum use 1 – 2 teaspoon tamarind paste instead.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Cottage Cheese Or Paneer Capsicum Stir Fry

Cottage cheese or paneer capsicum stir fry.
A delicious yet very easy to make side dish. Something like chilli paneer but you don’t have to fry the paneer or make a batter. Just fry the onions till translucent and all the ingredients.

And your lip smacking dish is ready.
You can get some more paneer or cottage cheese recipes here.

Aloo paneer

Corn cottage cheese stir fry

Shahi paneer

Mint paneer kofta

Paneer kala chana kofta curry

Hariyali paneer makhani masala

Cottage cheese croquettes

Soya cottage cheese lollipop

Recipe is very simple but superbly delicious. You can make it in a jiffy if your ingredients are ready. I didn’t use garlic but you can add minced garlic if you like. You can add one more capsicum if you like the taste.

Recipe

Cottage cheese or paneer – 1 cup heaped, cubed

Onion – 4 – 5 medium, sliced

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Capsicum – 1, sliced

Soya sauce – 1 tablespoon

Tomato sauce – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Chilli sauce – 1 teaspoon

Schezwan sauce – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onions and green chilli. You can add minced garlic if you want. I didn’t.

2. Fry till onions becomes translucent. Add tomatoes and capsicum.

3. Saute till tomatoes become mushy.
Now add cubed cottage cheese or paneer and salt. Saute for a minute.

4. Add soya sauce, tomato sauce, vinegar, chilli sauce and Schezwan sauce. Mix well.

5. Saute till everything mixed well.
Garnish with slit green chilli or chopped scallion or spring onion. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can add 3-4 minced garlic with onion if you like.
2. Adjust the chilli according to your taste.

3. You can add one more capsicum if you like the taste.

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Spicy Pineapple Virgin Margarita

Spicy pineapple virgin margarita.
A chilled delicious refreshing alcohol free drink.
Sweetness of pineapple, flavour of cumin and mint, hint of chilli and pink salt and tanginess of lemon makes the drink super yummy 😋

Pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.
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So you can call it a healthy drink. Diet conscious people can enjoy this guilt free delicious drink.

I made it with or without sparkling water. Both are superbly delicious. You can serve it as a party drink. I didn’t add sugar in it. But if you like you can add sugar or sugar syrup according to your taste. I love this drink with the natural sweetness of pineapple.

Recipe

Pineapple – 1 heaped cup, chopped

Mint leaves – 7 – 8

Water – 1/2 cup

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Chilli flakes or red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Blend pineapple and mint leaves with water in a blender.

2. Strain the juice with a strainer.
Add pink or black salt, chilli flakes or powder, cumin powder and lemon juice. Blend again. You can add some ice cube with it.

3. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Rub lemon on the rim of the glass. Now dip the rim in pink salt.

5. Place some ice cube in the glass. Pour pineapple mixture over it.

6. Garnish with lemon wedges and serve chilled.
Enjoy…….

Notes

1. You can add sugar or sugar syrup if you like.

2. I didn’t use sparkling water but if you want add it just before serving.

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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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