Tomato Coconut Chickpea Curry 

Tomato coconut chickpea curry.

A delicious dry curry without onion. Fresh coconut, tomato, garlic and some spices makes the curry flavourful and lip-smacking.

My mom used to make this curry with only tomato and garlic. She rarely used onions and the taste was awesome. Today I have followed her recipe but added fresh coconut too.

If you don’t have coconut you can omit it. Sometimes I also make it without coconut. With or without both are delicious. Or you can make it without garlic too. Use only tomato, ginger, coconut, green chilli and spices. You can use lemon juice instead of dry mango powder or use both if you like tangy curry.

 

Recipe


Chickpea – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon +1 tablespoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves 2 tablespoon + to garnish

Method


Soak the chickpea overnight.

Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortal pastel.

Boil the overnight soaked chickpeas with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt and water.

Discard bay leaf and keep aside.

Grind tomatoes, green chilli, garlic, ginger and 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

Now add the ground mixture, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

Saute till oil leaves the side.

Add boiled chickpeas, 2 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Add salt carefully. We have added salt while boiling the chickpeas. Mix well.

Add remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Stir and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until the water absorbed.

If you want thick gravy add little more water. I have made dry curry.
Add dry mango powder and mix well. If you don’t have dry mango powder you can use lemon juice. Or use both if you like tangy taste.

Taste and adjust salt. If you like you can add little more dry mango powder or lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Serve with paratha, puri, naan, roti or Indian flat bread or any bread.

Notes


1. Add chilli according to your taste. If you  like hot add more chilli.
2. You can add 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice if you like your curry tangy.
3. If you don’t like garlic you can omit it.

4. If you like the taste of coconut and want to make it without garlic, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut.

 

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Assamese Massor Dal Boror Tenga Or Red Lentil Fritters In Sour Gravy 

Assamese massor dal boror tenga or red lentil fritters in sour gravy.

Assam, a state in northeastern India known for its archeological sites, wildlife, tea gardens, and Assam silk.

A traditional meal in Assam begins with a khar, a class of dishes named after the main ingredient, and ends with a tenga or sour dish.

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For this month’s monthly challenge my partner is Shobana Vijay who blog at

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Shobana gave me two of my favourite ingredients, potatoes and green chilli. And I choose this superbly delicious tangy masoor dal fritter curry or massor dal boror tenga.

I have already shared one more Assamese recipe

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

 

 

 

Recipe


Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 2

Garlic – 2 cloves, optional

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

For gravy


Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2, slit

Panch phoran ( a mixture of cumin seeds, fennel seeds, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, and nigella or kalonji) – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 2

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Potato – 2 medium, boiled

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Salt to taste
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli for garnishing

 

 

 

 

Method


Wash the masoor dal or red lentil. Soak in water for 30 – 40 minutes.

 
Now grind the lentil with 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, 2 chopped green chilli, 2 garlic cloves and a pinch of hing or asafetida.

 
Make a smooth paste. Add little water if require to grind.
Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add salt and mix well.

 
Heat sufficient oil in a pan. Drop a spoon of lentil mixture in it. Fry from both sides till golden brown.

 
Place the fried lentil fritters on a paper towel.
You can taste one. Yummy isn’t it 😊

You can also serve it hot as a snack with any chutney or sauce.

 
Mash the boiled potatoes roughly and keep aside.

 
Now heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. You can use same oil in which lentil fritters are fried.

 
Add panch phoran. And let it splutter.
Add bay leaf, chopped onion and slit green chilli. Fry till the onions become translucent.

 
Now add chopped tomatoes and 1 teaspoon grated ginger. Saute till the tomatoes become mushy.

 
Add coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Add sugar if you are using. You can add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves too if you like.

 
Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add boiled and mashed potato and mix well.

 
Add 1 & 1/2 cup water and let it boil.
Cook on simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
Add lentil fritters, stir well and switch off the flame.

 
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.
Serve hot with steamed rice.

 
Notes

 

1. Fritters will soak the gravy so add water as you like the gravy thick or runny. I love thick gravy.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.
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Coconut Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery Or Narkol Sondesh 

Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal. But in UP we get it from Kashipur only.  Its made from the sap of the date palm. This date palm jaggery produce only in winter. So its much awaited by all of us. This jaggery is used in many traditional bengali sweets.  I love the flavour of this jaggery.

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery is a healthy and natural sweetener. Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrient-rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.

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This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Winter recipes.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  

Edith Sitwell
Winter is the best season to enjoy food. Not only sweets you can get many seasonal vegetables and fruits in winter. My vegetable vendor brings lots of fresh and colourful vegetables these days.

 

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Different vegetables and some spices makes our food delicious and flavourful.

Now coming to the recipe. This coconut sandesh is very easy to make. I have used date palm jaggery or khajur gur instead of sugar in it.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or mawa – 3/4 cup

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


Grate the jaggery.

Blend or grind the grated fresh coconut.

Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya. Blend it again. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add paneer, khoya mixture and date palm jaggery.

Cook on low flame, stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Taste and add more jaggery if require.

Don’t make it too dry.

Add cardamom powder.

Let the mixture cool down.

Mash it with your hand or grind it again to make it smooth.

Make small balls. Shape these with a mould.

If you don’t have mould shape with your palm or make round balls or laddu.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of this delicious coconut and date palm jaggery flavoured sandesh.

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Biscuit Roti / Kachori 



Biscuit Roti is a very popular udupi snack.

Enjoy hot or cold its delicious in both ways. Crisp, fluffy, spicy and slightly sweet biskuit roti can be serve in breakfast or pack it for tiffin. It will be fluffy and crispy when cool as well.

These are deep fried snacks just like North Indian kachodi. Outer layer is made of wheat flour and stuffed with spicy semolina or suji mixture. 



This post is going to be a part of #119 Udupi cuisine.






Udupi cuisine is a cuisine of South India.

I love these crispy fluffy spicy stuffed puri. 

I have made it half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. You can use only refined flour too.

You can make it as a party snack. You don’t need to make it after guest’s arrival like puri or kachori because it will perfect fluffy and crisp when cool. You can store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days.






Recipe


For the dough


Maida or refined flour – 1/2 cup



Atta or whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup



Salt – 1/2 teaspoon



Hot oil – 2 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Water – 1/3 cup



For stuffing


Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup



Oil – 2 tablespoon



Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon



Curry leaves – 8 – 10 , chopped



Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon



Green chilli – 1 chopped



Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 heaped tablespoon, chopped 



Salt to taste



Sugar – 1 – 2  teaspoon or to taste



Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Sambhar masala – 1 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon



Oil for frying






Method


In a bowl mix whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida, salt, turmeric powder and hot oil. Mix well with hand. 


Add water and make a firm pliable dough. Hot oil will make your biscuit roti crispy.

Cover and keep aside.



Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.



Now add chopped curry leaves. I have used dried curry leaves so I have crushed the leaves.



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



Add semolina or suji, cumin powder, coriander powder, sambhar masala, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder. If you like hot you can use normal red chilli powder.



 Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or until semolina and spices mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool down.



Take lemon size ball from the dough. Roll out the ball with rolling pin. Make circle of about 3 inches diameter. 



Place 1 tablespoon semolina stuffing in the middle.

Now bring the edges together with your fingers. Close the edges and make a ball again. Make sure that the stuffing completely sealed.

There should be no hole because holes will absorb oil. 



Roll it again. Make a flat circle of 3 inch diameter. Roll out gently. 



Heat enough oil for frying. Let the oil properly heat up.

Fry the biscuit roti on medium heat.



Slid the puri in hot oil. Gently press with a slotted spatula.

When the puri puffed up flip and fry other side. 

Fry till golden brown from both the sides. 



Serve fluffy, spicy and crispy puri with tea or coffee.

Or store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days to use as a snack.



Notes

1. If you want your biscuit roti sweeter, add 2 tablespoon sugar.

2. You can use grated coconut in the stuffing with semolina. If you are using coconut don’t store. 

Its too yummy so you don’t have to store 😀

3. You can also use only refined flour or maida instead of half refined flour half whole wheat flour. 
Enjoy……


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Capsicum Salsa 

​Capsicum salsa.

A finger licking dip for your snacks.
Salsa is the Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Turkish term for sauce. In English-speaking countries, salsa usually refers to the sauces typical of Mexican cuisine known as salsas picantes, particularly those used as dips. Wikipedia

I have got the recipe from a television food show about 10 years ago.

I have followed the method but make some changes as per my taste.

So here is a very easy to make lip-smacking dip for you.

Recipe


Capsicum – 2 medium

Tomato – 2 medium

Green chilli – 5 – 6 or to taste, chopped 

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Tomato sauce – 3 tablespoon

Method


Soak the chopped green chillies in vinegar and keep aside. 

Wash and pat dry the capsicum and tomato. 

Roast the capsicum and tomato one by one.

Hold them with the help of a fork or knife on flame. Roast till the skin becomes black.

Dip roasted capsicum and tomato in cold water.

Now peel the skin. Remove and discard the stem and seeds.

Chop them roughly.

Grind vinegar soaked green chillies, roasted capsicum and tomatoes with salt.

Make a smooth paste.

Take out the mixture in a bowl. Add tomato sauce.

Mix well. Taste and adjust the salt.

You can add few teaspoon more vinegar and tomato sauce if require. I love my dip tangy so I have added 1 teaspoon vinegar more.

Serve with any snacks.

You can keep it in refrigerator for 8 – 10 days.
Notes

1. You can increase or decrease green chilli according to your spice tolerance. If you like your dip more hot add some more green chilli.

2. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you like garlicky taste. I didn’t.

3. You can add more tomato sauce or vinegar according to your taste.

4. If you like you can add handful chopped cilantro or coriander leaves while grinding. 

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Chana Dal Or Bengal Gram And Steamed Egg Khichdi 

Chana dal or Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi.

Delicious one pot meal. Its khichdi but taste like egg pulao. You will love the taste.

Now Khichdi has been selected the Brand India Food.

Over 800 kg khichdi, a traditional Indian dish relished by both rich and poor, will be prepared live on November 4 at the World Food India event here in a bid to create world record and popularise it as brand India food globally.
Khichdi — prepared using rice, pulses, coarse cereals and spices — has been selected as Brand India Food because it symbolises the country’s unity in diversity.

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So our this week’s 118th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is khichdi.

And my contribution is this superbly delicious chana dal or Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi. Its not a simple khichdi. Taste is just like pulao or egg biryani. You can also serve it to your guests.

This khichdi is best served with tomato chutney and dum aloo. Today I have serve with fried potatoes, fried pointed gourd or parwal, fried aubergine or eggplant, papad and beetroot raita. Get the beetroot raita recipe here.


Recipe


Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Rice – 1/2 cup

Oil or ghee – 1 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 1&1/2 cup

For eggs




Egg – 3

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon, chopped

Chilli flakes or black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Oil for greasing

For gravy


Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic –  5 cloves

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green cardamom – 2 – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 teaspoon, chopped

Water – 1/2 cup

For tomato chutney




Tomato – 2 large

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt and sugar to taste

Method

Wash and soak the Bengal gram or chana dal in water for 4 – 5 hours.

Rinse the rice and soak in water for 30 minutes.

Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds. Let the seeds splutter.

Add hing or Asafetida, bay leaf and dry red chilli.

Now add the dal and 1&1/2 cup water.

Add salt, sugar and turmeric powder. Stir and close the lid.

After one whistle cook on simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.

Dal should be soft not mussy.

 

Now add the rice. Stir well. You can add 1/2 cup green peas. Cook for 2 whistle. Remove from heat and keep aside.

 

Whisk the eggs with little salt, 2 tablespoon milk, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and chilli flakes or black pepper powder. I have used chilli flakes, you can use red chilli powder too.

Grease a covered container. Pour the whisked egg in it. Cover the lid tightly.

Heat a pan with 2 cup water. When water comes to rolling boil place the container in it. Cover and steam for 8-10 minutes.

Or grease a microwave proof container. Pour the egg mixture in it. Microwave on high power for 5 – 6 minutes or until set.

Check with a knife. If the knife comes out clean its done.

Run a knife around it and take out in a plate.

Make small pieces with a knife.

Fry the pieces till light golden brown.

You can make it without frying too.

Grind tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Make a smooth paste.

You can also use chopped tomatoes. See notes for other method.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and green chilli. Fry till the onions become brown.

Add ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Add salt carefully. We have already added salt in rice and eggs.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add steamed and fried egg pieces. Mix well.

Add 1/2 cup water.

Cook on simmer till the water dried up. You can serve it as a side dish. I have kept aside a little of it to serve with khichdi.

You can make rich gravy with adding 1 tablespoon poppy seeds and 1 tablespoon cashew nut paste. Add little cream. And your rich delicious steamed egg curry is ready. Serve with rice or any bread.

When the egg pieces about to dried up add cooked rice and dal mixture in it.

Mix well.

Cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes. Add little water if require. You can add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter.

Serve hot with dum aloo and tomato chutney. Get the dum aloo recipe here.

And

Dum aloo or spicy potato


Method of tomato chutney


Boil water in a pan. Add the tomatoes.

Boil for 1 minutes.

Let it cool down.

Peel and chop the tomatoes.

Heat oil in a pan.
Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.

Add dry red chilli, tomatoes and grated ginger.

Saute and cook on low flame. Add salt and sugar.
Add raisins. Keep stirring. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon poppy seeds paste too.
Cook on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes.

Tomato chutney is ready to serve.
Notes –

1. If you don’t want to grind the tomatoes, chop the tomatoes, grate the ginger and crush or grate the garlic.

Crush green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and add them with sliced onions. Add grated ginger and garlic.

When the onion becomes brown add tomatoes and all the spices.

Saute till the tomatoes become mushy. Now add the egg pieces. Mix well and add water.

 

2. You can use boiled mutton or chicken instead of steamed eggs. Use the stock to boil rice and lentils instead of water.

 

3. Vegetarian people can make this with paneer or cottage cheese, tofu or mushroom.

 

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Gluten Free Multigrain Cheese Stuffed Savoury Pancake 

Gluten free multigrain pancake with cheese.

A very nutritious, gluten free and yummy breakfast. Great for kids tiffin to. These pancakes are made of oats, ragi or finger millet, joear or sorghum millet, soya and bajra or pearl millet.

Multigrain foods will be high in complex carbohydrates and protein. Complex carbs are great for energy production, and this can help with exercise and losing weight. They break down slower so they can provide energy over a longer period of time. The levels of protein will aid the body in tissue repair and production of antibodies that will help fight sickness or infection.
In addition, they will contain nutrients, fiber and essential minerals like magnesium, copper and iron. Multigrains that contain whole grains will be filled with essential fatty acids, B-vitamins, starch and fiber. Magnesium will help build strong bones and teeth. It will also help with metabolism. Fiber is great in helping the body stay regular and maintaining a healthy colon.

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If you are making it for kids decrease the amount of chilli. Or you can make it more spicy by adding little more spices and chilli. You can use spices or herbs according to your taste.

Recipe
Oats – 1/2 cup

Ragi flour –  1/4 cup

Joar flour – 1/4 cup

Soya flour – 1/4 cup

Bajra flour  – 1/4 cup

Egg – 2

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint – leaves of 2-3 strings, roughly torn

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Tomato – 1

Milk – 1 cup

Cheese slice as require

Oil or butter for shallow frying

Method


Grind the oats.
Chop the tomato into small pieces, remove the seeds. You can use the seeds in Curries.
Beat the eggs. Add milk and whisk well.
In a bowl mix ground oats, ragi or finger millet flour, jowar or sorghum flour, soya flour, bajra or pearl millet flour, salt, cumin powder, garlic powder, black pepper powder and baking powder. You can add more garlic powder if you like.

Add egg and milk mixture  in it. Mix well and make a smooth batter.

Add chopped tomato, chopped onion, green chilli, grated ginger, chopped cilantro and torn mint leaves. Mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Brush oil or butter in a pan or griddle.

Pour a ladle full of batter. Spread little with a spoon. You can make big size pancakes by adding more batter.

I have made small sized pancakes.

When the bubble appears on the surface turn the pancake upside down. Make it brown from both sides.

Make all the pancakes.

Cut the cheese slices with a round cookie cutter or a bowl.

Place the cheese on a pancake and cover it with another pancake. Arrange all the pancakes like this.

Serve hot with any sauce in breakfast.

Notes –

1. Use spices according to your taste. You can use Italian herbs instead of cumin etc.
2. Adjust the chilli and pepper according to your taste.
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