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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Handvo

Handvo.
A delicious Gujarati dish made of rice and lentils.
You can call it a savoury cake loaded with the goodness of vegetables and lentils.
A baked dish with soaked and ground rice, different types of lentils or dal, spices, carrot and bottle gourd. Any other vegetables can be added in it.

This month in facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
we are sharing different dishes from Gujarati 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 Amrita Ayer. Who blog at
http://thefoodsamaritan.com
Please visit her blog for many amazing recipes. Amrita gives me carrot and sesame seeds as secret ingredients. Thanks dear for these delicious ingredients.

In this recipe I have used 4 type of lentils or dal, rice, carrot, bottle gourd and some spices. You can serve it as a snack.

Recipe

Ingredients

Rice – 1 cup

Pigeon peas or tuar dal – 1/4 cup

Whole green gram or moong dal – 1/4 cup

Split chickpeas or chana dal – 1/4 cup

Split black gram or urad dal – 1/4 cup

Grated bottle gourd – 1 cup

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Curd – 1/2 cup

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Eno fruit salt – 1 teaspoon

For tempering

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Curry leaves – 8 – 10, chopped

Method

Soak rice and lentils for 4 – 5 hours.
Grind into a coarse paste. Add very little water if require.

Take out the ground mixture in a big bowl. Add curd and mix well. Cover and keep aside for fermentation. I have kept overnight.

Mix salt, turmeric powder, asafetida, grated carrot, bottle gourd, ginger, chopped green chillies, cilantro or coriander leaves, sugar, lemon juice and 1 tablespoon oil. Mix everything well.

Grease a baking pan generously.
Preheat the oven at 200°for 15 minutes.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the seeds starts to splutter add curry leaves and asafetida, stir and switch off the flame.

Add sesame seeds. Mix and add half of the tempering in the batter and mix well.

Add Eno fruit salt just before baking. Give a good stir and pour the batter in the oil greased baking pan.

Tap gently.
Pour the remaining tempering over it. Spread evenly.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the top becomes brown.

Let it cool down. Cut into square pieces. Serve warm or cold with any chutney or sauce.

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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.

Wikipedia

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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Spanish Moulded Rice

Spanish moulded rice.
One pot and comfort meal. You don’t need much time to cook this delicious rice dish. No fuss, easy and quick to make. You need only some vegetables and spices with rice to make it.

Lightly flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and pepper corns.
Not only delicious this moulded rice looks beautiful.
I have shared some more one pot meal recipe here. Click the name to get recipes.

Beetroot rice

Mexican green rice

Carrot rice or pulao

Mexican rice

Mint rice

Egg pulao or egg biryani

This post is going to be a part of the 135th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #CookfromaCookBook.

So here is a recipe from Nita Mehta’s cookbook. Carrot, beans and tomato made this rice dish healthy and yummy. Peas are not in the recipe but I have added little frozen peas because I love peas in rice dishes. You can omit it if you want.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Fresh beans – 7 – 8, cut into small diagonal pieces

Carrot – 1, cut into tiny cubes

Capsicum – 1, cut into tiny pieces

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped

Green peas – 1/4 cup, optional

Curd – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Garlic – 6 – 7 flakes

Whole red chilli – 2 – 3

Powder together

Cinnamon or dalchini – 2 stick

Cloves or laung – 3 – 4

Pepper corns or kali mirch – 3 – 4

Garnishing

Firm tomato – 1, cut into slices

A few lettuce leaves dipped in ice cold water for 30 minutes or more

Method

Boil rice in plenty of water till just tender. Don’t over cook. Strain and keep aside.

Wash beans and carrot. Put in a pressure cooker with 3-4 tablespoon water. I have used frozen peas but if you are using fresh peas add with beans and carrot in pressure cooker. Peas are not in the book.

Keep the pressure cooker on fire. As soon as the hissing sound starts, remove from fire. Do not let the whistle come. Keep aside.

Powder cinnamon, cloves and pepper together on the chakla belan or rolling pin. I have used my mortal pastel.

Crush garlic and whole red chilli together on the chakla belan or rolling pin.

Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Cook till light brown.

Add garlic chilli paste. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add curd, tomato and capsicum.
Cook on low heat for 1 minute.

Add the powdered whole spices,steamed carrot, beans and boiled rice.
Add salt and garam masala. Stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes.

Wash ( rinse) a jelly or a cake mould. Do not wipe it. Grease it with oil. I have used a oven proof glass bowl.

Arrange tomato slices on the sides of the greased mould. Pack with the ready rice. Cover with a foil.

At serving time bake in a preheated oven at 190° for 10 minutes.
Unmould on a plate lined with lettuce leaves or decorate the plate with fresh coriander or cilantro with stalks and lemon twist. I have used coriander leaves.
Enjoy…..

Happy cooking

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Dhania Or Cilantro/Coriander Mushroom

Dhania or cilantro/coriander mushroom.
Easy to make and delicious dry mushroom curry. You can serve it as a party side dish too.

Protein rich mushrooms are a great source of vitamins and powerful antioxidants.
And a great source of protein for vegetarian people.

You can get two more mushroom recipes here

Mushroom dopeaja

And

Microwave mushroom

Here is the recipe of delicious coriander mushroom. Just make a paste of cilantro, green chilli, garlic, ginger, green peas and tomato. And cook with mushrooms, onion and some spices. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe

Mashroom – 250 gram

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Garlic – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2

Green peas – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1 large

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

Wash and clean the mushrooms and chop them.
If you have small mushrooms make them half and if you have larger size mushrooms cut into 4 pieces.

Grind garlic, ginger, cilantro leaves, green chilli, green peas and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds start to splutter add finely chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes light brown.

Now add the ground cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilli, peas and tomato paste.
Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and garam masala powder.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add chopped mushrooms and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium low heat. Mushrooms leaves water.
Stir occasionally. You can add little water if require.

Cook till the mushrooms dried up and cooked.
Switch off the heat.

Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if require.
Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

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Bombay Duck Fry Or Loita Machher Jhuri ( Guest Post By Mahesh Khole )

 

Bombay duck fry or loita machher jhuri. Shallow fried boneless fish.

A guest post by Mahesh Khole.
I have requested him to give some non veg dishes for my readers. Thanks Mahesh for this easy to make yet delicious recipe.

I have met Mahesh in a food group  ‘Chef at large’.  He is not only a foodie but a passionate cook.
Mahesh’s love for Bengali food is unbeatable. And he surprised us by making the different kinds of non veg dishes from Bengal.
Now have a look what Mahesh said about this recipe.

“Loita maachher jhuri.
Loita is popularly known as Bombay Duck or Bombil.
This is found in abundance in coastal areas .
This is not only one of the most popular fish that is dried and stored but also one of the cheapest sea fish. Delicately flavoured with soft bones that will never get stuck. In spite of being a very fleshy fish, frying it whole is an art.
For people like me who don’t have the patience to fry them whole and nor do I want any bones to interfere, this is a boneless and flavourful preparation. Which can be made and stored in the fridge like a chutney or pickle.”

 

 

Recipe

Bombay duck – 500 gram

Onion – 2 medium

Tomato – 1 large

Garlic – 10 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oil – 2-3 tablespoon

Method

Clean the Bombay ducks well.
Preferably buy the big ones as they are meatier.

Add salt and boil the fish with sufficient water till they become soft.
It take around 15 minutes to perfectly boil.

Grind onions, garlic, ginger and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Now take out the fish from water.
Separate and discard the bones and remaining water.

Heat oil in a pan. Add onion, garlic, ginger and tomato paste.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Now add the fish and saute till the mixture dried up completely and the mixture starts shining. And its ready to serve.

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

You can store this in refrigerator and serve as a chutney or pickle with rice, roti or bread.

Note

You can use any oil but mustard oil is best for the perfect flavour.

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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.
Source

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.
Source

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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