Aloo Chutney Pulao Or Spicy Green Rice With Potatoes

Aloo chutney pulao. Or Spicy tangy delicious green rice with potatoes. One pot meal to serve in a jiffy.
After Gujarati cuisine now a dish from Hariyana.

Haryana is a state in Northern India.
Haryana became one of the most economically developed regions in India with its agricultural bloom. The state enjoys a blend of urban and rural population and boasts a rich culture and tradition. If we talk about Haryana’s cuisine, it evokes simplicity. Haryanvi cuisine is just like the people in Haryana – simple, grounded and inevitably linked to the land. You will not find people opting excessively for restaurant food, especially in the smaller towns, as home-made meals are most cherished, using ingredients grown mostly in their own land.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Hariyanvi cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is a very talented blogger Priya Satheesh. Who blog at Priya’s menu.
Priya gave me two delicious ingredients potato and coriander leaves. And I gave her moong dal and bajra. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I have made this rice according to my taste , if you want to make authentic recipe you can omit cumin powder, green cardamom and lemon juice. But these ingredients enhance the taste. I like tangy taste but if you don’t like your rice tangy use less lemon juice or skip it.

Recipe

Rice – 1 cup

Potato – 8, small sized

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2 – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Anardana or pomegranate seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or saunf – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Lemon juice 1 – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 3 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes.

2. Peel the potatoes. Wash, drain and prick allover the potatoes with a fork. Keep aside.

3. Grind coriander or cilantro leaves, mint leaves, green chilli, fennel seeds and anardana or pomegranate seeds. Make a smooth paste. Add ginger garlic paste and blend again.

4. Crush the green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have used my mortar pestle to crush.

5. Marinate the potatoes with half of the ground mixture.

6. Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. I have used half oil half ghee or clarified butter.

7. Add black cardamom and crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.

8. Then add the marinated potatoes, remaining ground mixture, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Saute for 4 – 5 minutes.

9. Add the drained rice. Mix well. Saute for few seconds.

10. Add water and lemon juice. Close the lid.

11. Switch off the heat after 3 whistle.
Don’t try to open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

12. Open the pressure cooker. Fluff the rice gently.

I have microwave the cooked rice for 3 minutes on full power before serving. But this step is optional. You can serve immediately.
Serve hot with any raita.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. You can make it in your rice cooker with same process.

2. Add chilli according to your taste. If you like more spicy then you can add more green chilli and pepper powder.

3. If you don’t like your rice tangy use only 1 teaspoon lemon juice or skip it.

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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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Focaccia With Whole Wheat And Soyabean Flour

Focaccia with whole wheat and soya bean flour.
Yes didn’t use refined flour in it. Tried to make a healthy bread for kids. And very happy with the taste. Its really delicious.

Focaccia is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza doughs. It may be topped with herbs or other ingredients.

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I have used soya bean flour in it which makes the bread protein rich.
Soy flour is derived from roasted soybeans finely grounded into a powder. It is a rich source of proteins, as well as iron, B vitamins and calcium, and it adds a pleasant texture and flavor to a variety of products, according to SoyFoods.com.
Soy flour may reduce the risk of heart disease. In 1999, the FDA authorized the link between soy protein and reduced risk of coronary heart disease to be used on food labels. The FDA concluded that including soy protein in a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels.
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This focaccia is very easy to make. You can serve it with any sauce. I have served with marinara sauce.

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I have sprinkle chopped cilantro or coriander leaves over it but you can use parsley, basil or any herb you have. You can spread generous amount of cheese over it while baking. Or spread some chopped onion, tomato, olive, bell peppers anything you like.
Use olive oil to get perfect taste.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour or atta – 2 cup

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Yeast – 2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon + for greasing

Garlic powder – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Red chilli flakes – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 1/4 cup or as require to make a soft dough

Method

1. Take 1 cup lukewarm water in a large bowl. Water should be just warm not hot.

2. Add 1 teaspoon sugar and 2 teaspoon yeast. Stir well to dissolve both.

Now keep it covered for 15 minutes or until the mixture bubbled up.

3. Add salt, oil, Oregano, garlic powder, black pepper powder and half of the flour. Mix well with a spoon. If you like strong garlic flavour use 2 teaspoon full. If not add 1 tablespoon.

4. Now add remaining flour and knead with hand. Knead well and add more water if require. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes. You can use your food processor or stand mixer.

5. Smear the dough with some oil and cover. Allow the dough to leaven for 2 hours. If the weather is cold increase the time.

6. Take out the dough. It will be doubled.
Punch down the dough to remove the air.

7. Knead the dough again. Knead it on flour dusted surface. Knead till the dough becomes soft and elastic. You can add little more flour if require.

8. Take a square or rectangle baking pan. Grease it generously with olive oil.

9. Transfer the dough in greased pan. Press down the dough in baking pan. Make even layer of the size of baking pan with oil greased hand.

10. Keep the pan in the oven or on your kitchen counter for second rise for 30 minutes.

11. Preheat the oven at 200 degrees for 15 minutes.

12. Now make holes or dents on it using your all the finger tips. Drizzle olive oil over it.

13. Sprinkle red chilli flakes and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves all over it.

You can use parsley, basil, thyme whatever you have.
If you want you can sprinkle chopped onions, bell peppers, olives anything.

14. Bake in preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until the top becomes light brown.

15. Let the focaccia cool down. Cut and serve warm or in room temperature.
Happy baking!!

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Water Chestnut Or Singhara Chutney Or Dip 

Water chestnut or singhara chutney or dip.

A delicious tangy chutney. First time tried with singhara or water chestnut and very happy with the taste. Its a hit in my family.

Water chestnut is full of vitamins and minerals. Not only that, nutrients rich water chestnut is cholesterol free.

 

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When looking for cholesterol-free and fat-free foods to add to your meal plans, water chestnuts fill the bill. You can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke by maintaining your blood cholesterol level, and adding water chestnuts to your meals can help you do this. Water chestnuts’ zero fat content may help you prevent weight gain when adding them to your diet.

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I have already shared few more chutney or dip recipe

Onion tomato chutney

 

Mango raisin chutney

 

Peanut chutney or dip

 

 

A big thank to Rohit Srivastava for the idea. We were talking about water chestnut. Maximum people love boiled water chestnut with spicy dhania or cilantro chutney.

So here is a mix match. Water chestnut with cilantro, mint, tomato, lemon juice and and some spices.

You can enjoy this spicy tangy chutney with your food or make it a sandwich spread.

Recipe


Singhara – 10 – 12

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 1, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Salt to taste

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon or to taste

Method


Peel and chop the water chestnut or singhara.

Clean and rinse mint leaves and cilantro.

Grind water chestnut, cilantro, mint leaves, tomato, garlic, ginger and green chilli.

Add salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and lemon juice. Blend the mixture again.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt and lemon juice if require.

Enjoy with your snacks or use it as a sandwich spread.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later use. You can keep in refrigerator for 7-8 days.
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Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Mint Rice Or Pulao 


Mint rice or pulao.

A very flavourful and spicy one pot meal. Goes well with any veg or non veg curry. Or serve it with simple onion cucumber raita or fruit raita. You can make this delicious rice for tiffin too.

Whenever we have to cook lip-smacking dish in a short notice one pot meal is the best option.

This post is going to be a part of 95th #Foodiemonday bloghop one pot meal theme.

You don’t have to spend lots of time in the kitchen. Just grind the spices and and make it in a pressure cooker for one whistle. You can add whole spices as tempering. But I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful.

Recipe 


Rice – 1 cup

Onion – 2 sliced

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves

Ginger – 1 Inch piece chopped

Mint leaves – 1 cup

Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Mace or javitri – 1 string

Star anise – 1/2

Tomato – 1 chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1& 1/2 cup

Fried cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Method 



Wash the rice well. Drain and keep aside.

Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves or cilantro, ginger, garlic, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon, mace or javitri, star anise and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

You can can use cardamom, cinnamon, cloves  mace and star anise as tempering. I have ground them to make the rice more flavourful. If you want to add as tempering crush the whole spices and add with cumin seeds in hot oil or ghee. Grind only mint leaves, cilantro, green chilli  ginger, garlic and tomato.

When cumin seeds starts to crackle add sliced onion. Fry until onions becomes translucent.

Add the ground mixture, salt, black pepper powder, sugar, coriander powder and cumin powder. Adjust chillies according to your taste.

Saute until oil leaves the side.

Add the rice. Mix gently. Saute for few seconds.

Add 1 and 1/2 cup water and lemon juice.

Mix well.

Close the lid. Remove from heat after one whistle.

Don’t open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on its own.
Fluff the rice gently.

Garnish with fried cashew nuts.

Serve hot with any veg or non veg curry. Or onion cucumber or fruit raita.

Gazpacho Or Cold Soup 

Gazpacho 

In this hot weather we want some no cook dishes, right? 😀

Yes we enjoy smoothies, cooler, mojito and different types of fruit juice and mocktails in this season. 

Now what about some refreshing  chilled, yummy and healthy soup made of raw vegetables and fruits. Nothing is better than a bowl of gazpacho in summer. Some crisp toast and a bowl of chilled no cook soup, perfect dinner for summer. 

Gazpacho is a Spanish cold soup made of raw vegetables.

You can get one more cold soup recipe here.

Our this week’s 91st #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #20minutes recipes. My contribution is this chilled, refreshing, healthy and yummy gazpacho. 

If you have all the ingredients in your pantry  you can make it in a jiffy. Just chop and blend. Keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled or add some ice cubes. 

Instead of sugar I have used grapes and watermelon. Fruits made the soup delicious and healthy. And both are easily available in this season. I have used almonds to give a creamy texture. 



Recipe 



Chopped tomatoes – 3 cup 

Cucumber – 1 small peeled and chopped 

Onion – 1 small chopped 

Garlic – 1 clove chopped 

Capsicum – 1 small chopped 

Seedless watermelon cubes – 1/4 cup 

Grapes – 1/4 cup

Chopped cilantro – 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice  – 2 tablespoon 

Almonds – 1/4 cup soaked and peeled 

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Chopped tomato, cucumber, onion and cilantro for garnishing



Method 


Taste the chopped cucumber. It shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine all the ingredients. Blend in a mixer grinder. 

I have made it smooth but you can keep it little coarse if you like. 

I have used vinegar, you can use lemon juice too if you don’t like vinegar. 

Taste and adjust salt, pepper and vinegar or lemon juice if require. Drizzle olive oil. I didn’t. 

Garnish with chopped cilantro, tomato, cucumber and lemon wedges. 

Keep in refrigerator and serve chilled. Or you can add some ice cubes if you want to serve it immediately. 

Serve with crisp toast. 

Enjoy the delicious, refreshing and chilled gazpacho or cold soup.

Semolina And Lentils Appe


Semolina and lentil appe.

Appe or kuzhi paniyaram is a popular breakfast dish from South India, made of steaming batter.

Traditionally made from pulses ando rice using a mould. It can be made sweet and spicy both.

You can make it with very few ingredients and enjoy as a healthy snack.

I have already posted some appe recipe. And I love these cuties. One more instant appe recipe with lentil, a powerhouse of nutrition.

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is South Indian breakfast.  My contribution is this healthy, yummy and easy south Indian breakfast appe.

You don’t need to ferment the batter overnight. A very quick and easy way to make a healthy and delicious breakfast.

I have made it without onion garlic but you can use onion garlic too if you like.

Recipe 


Semolina/suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Moong dal or split green gram – 1/4 cup

Masoor dal or split red lentil – 1/4 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Cilantro – handful chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 or as per your spice tolerance, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated

salt to taste

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoons

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

oil – little for frying the appe + 2 teaspoons

Rai or mustard seed – 1/2 teaspoons

Curry leaves – few chopped

Method 
Soak the lentils for 2 hours or overnight and grind into a smooth paste.

Mix semolina and curd in a large bowl.

Add ground lentils with semolina/suji batter. Add rice flour,  salt, cumin powder, chopped cilantro, green chilli, grated ginger, chat masala and lemon juice. Mix well.

Make a semi thick batter. Add little water if require. Mix well. Keep aside for 1/2 an hour.

Heat the oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds, let it splutter. Add chopped curry leaves saute for 1 minute. I have dried curry leaves so I have crushed them with hand. Add the tempering to the batter and mix well. If you want to use onion garlic add 1 finely chopped onion and 1 teaspoon garlic paste in the batter.

Add soda and give a good stir.

Heat the appe pan and  grease it with little oil. Pour a spoonful of batter into each mould. Cover the pan with lid and cook on low flame till it becomes golden brown.

Now turn the appe upside down. Cook uncovered till becomes light brown.

Its ready. Serve hot with any sauce, coconut or peanut chutney. For peanut chutney recipe click the link below.

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