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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Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

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According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

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

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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Zafrani Chicken 

Zafrani chicken or Saffron chicken.

A very delicious and aromatic dish from Awadhi cuisine.
Awadhi cuisine is a cuisine native to the city of Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. It is very closely related to Bhojpuri cuisine of it neighboring region, Bhojpur. The cooking patterns of Lucknow are similar to those of Central Asia, the Middle East, and Northern India with the cuisine comprising both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods.

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I have already shared two more chicken recipes here.

Chicken dak bungalow

Chicken chaap

Our this week’s 115th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Awadhi cuisine.

A dish of Lucknow, my in law’s city. Love every aromatic dish of this city.

Lucknow, known as the City of Nawabs or the City of Tehzeeb or etiquette. A city filled with varied cultures.

I am sharing an easy way to make this Awadhi dish. You don’t need to grind the spices separately. A quick yet rich, aromatic and delicious chicken curry. If you are a vegetarian make this curry with paneer or any vegetables.


Recipe


Chicken – 500 gram

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 14 – 15 cloves, peeled and chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 chopped

Cashew nuts – 8-9, soaked in water

Almond – 8-9 + 5

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – 8-9 strands

Milk – 1/4 cup

Water as require
For marination


Curd – 4 tablespoon

Salt 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or oil – 5-6 tablespoon

 

Method


Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and beaten curd for 30 minutes.

Soak saffron in 1/4 cup warm milk and keep aside.

Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel and slice 5 almonds for garnishing.

Heat 2 teaspoon ghee or oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and little salt.

When the onion becomes translucent add chopped green chilli, garlic, ginger, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Fry till the onions become brown.

Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

Remove from heat. Add peeled almonds and cashew nuts. Let it cool down.

Grind the fried onion tomato mixture into smooth paste.

Heat remaining ghee or oil in a pan. Add the ground paste.

Add salt, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Add salt carefully. We have added little salt in the marination and onion.  Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add marinated chicken pieces.

Fry till the chicken pieces coated well with spices.

Add water as require to make thick gravy. Add saffron soaked milk.

Mix well and cover.

Cook until the chicken pieces becomes tender.

Check in between.

Add more water if require.

You can make it in pressure cooker if you want to make it quick.

Check the chicken pieces with a spoon. If it becomes tender, taste and adjust the seasoning.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with chopped almond and cilantro.

Serve with any Indian bread or rice.

Enjoy the rich aromatic zafrani chicken or Saffron chicken.

Note –

If you don’t want to make it with ghee, you can use oil but add at least 1 tablespoon ghee. I have used half oil half ghee.

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Oats With Poppy Seeds And Mustard 

Oats with poppy seeds and mustard.

Do you like oats for your breakfast? And bored with regular overnight oats or oats porridge?

This time try this healthy oats in a delicious and different way. Make it with poppy seeds and mustard. A delicious way to enjoy healthy oats. You can get many more oats recipes here.

Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth.

They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits.

These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides. …

Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan. …

They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage.

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Recipe is very easy. I have tried oats with some special spices of Bengal. And everyone loved the taste.

Recipe

Oats  – 1 cup
Poppy seeds  – 2 tablespoon
Green chillies – 2
Mustard powder  – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Dry red chilli – 1
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoons
Water – 1 and 1/4 cup

Method

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minute on high power.

Let it cool and grind with green chillies. Make a smooth paste.

Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoons water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. When the oil reached smoking point fry the dry red chilli. Remove from oil and keep it aside.

Now in same oil add poppy seeds and green chilli paste.

Saute and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Stir continuously. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves the sides.

Add soaked mustard powder, oats and water. Mix well and cook until the mixture dried up completely. You can also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves if you like.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with fried red chilli, coriander leaves and green chilli.

Serve hot.

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Spinach Raita Or Palak Raita 


Spinach raita or palak raita.

A very easy yet delicious side dish. Goes well with stuffed paratha, biryani or pulao.
This raita is made of curd, spinach and some spices. 

You can get one more raita recipe here

Curd is an excellent source of protein and has very high levels of calcium so it prevent osteoporosis and also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth.

Curd is very good for digestive system too. 

I remember that I encouraged my son to eat spinach by giving the example of Popeye 😂

No mere vegetable ever gained the fame that spinach did in the 1960s through the cartoon character Popeye. Often in vain, parents encouraged their children to eat their spinach so they would grow up to be big and strong.

There’s actually some truth to that…

Health Benefits of Spinach

Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

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Got the recipe idea from my daughter Suchismita who blog at https://theretrospectiveprocrastinator.wordpress.com.

Its her favourite raita.

Our this week’s #Foodiemondaybloghop theme is #leafygreen.

My contribution is this easy yet delicious spinach raita.

Yes no fuss simple and super easy but yummy dish. 


Recipe 


Spinach or palak – 1&1/2 cup, roughly chopped

Curd – 1 cup

Rock salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1


Method 


Wash the spinach well. Chop roughly. Boil or microwave on high power for 4 minutes with 2 tablespoon water.
Immediately rinse the spinach with cold water to retain the colour.

Crush the spinach with your hand or a spoon.
Whisk the curd with rock salt, black pepper powder, sugar and roasted cumin powder. If you don’t have rock salt you can use any salt. 

Add boiled and crushed spinach in it. Mix well.
Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds. When it splutter add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. Let the cumin seeds splutter. Remove from heat.

Pour it over the raita.
Garnish with cilantro.

Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. 

Serve with stuffed paratha, puri, biryani or pulao.

Enjoy chilled, delicious and healthy spinach raita.
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Mocha Ghonto Or Banana Flower Dry Curry 


Mocha ghonto or banana flower dry curry.

A very delicious and healthy dish. Banana flower called mocha in Bengali. This mocha ghonto is a traditional dish of Bengal. Generally served with hot steamed rice. This dry curry or ghonto made of banana flower, coconut, potatoes and some aromatic spices. 

Its very common dish in Bengal. But we get good quality banana flowers rarely in our city. Thanks to my neighbour Nidhi for this delicious banana flower or mocha.


Traditional recipe is bit lengthy. I remember my mother and mother in law used to add cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste at the end. And ground these with the help of grindstone or sil batta. Mother never used powder spices. All the spices ground separately with the help of grindstone. But these days we don’t have those grindstones. And no helping hands to grind all the spices separately. So here is a easy recipe to make this delicious mocha ghonto. But no cheating with aroma or taste. Taste is equally delicious. 

Almost every part of the banana tree can be used in some way or the other. The flowers, fruit and stems can be eaten, the leaves can be used as plates and the bark can be used to make paper. 

Known as banana hearts, banana flowers are loaded with fibre, protein, potassium, calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium and Vitamin E. These pretty flowers can be eaten raw or cooked and added to salads, soups, stir-fries and herbal teas. 

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Here is my cheat or easy recipe of mocha ghonto or banana flower dry curry. 



Recipe 


Banana flower – 1 small 

Potato – 1 large

Grated coconut – 1/2 cup + to garnish

Oil – 2-3 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2 slit

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon



Method 


First we have to prepare the banana flower. Its little time consuming.

Remove outer leaves of the banana blossom or flower.

Take out the florets from inside.

Open each floret and remove the long string with small head and a plastic like part from it. Both are not edible.

Clean all the florets like this. At the end when all the florets are removed, chop finely all the florets and remaining small inside part of the flower. Discard the stem of the inside part first then chop finely. 

Soak the chopped florets in the water with salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder overnight. 

Next day boil the chopped florets in pressure cooker. Cook on high flame for 1 whistle then cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

Let it cool down. Drain the water and wash again in running tap water.

Squeeze all the water and keep aside.

Peel the potato and cut into small cube. Wash and drain the water.

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

Heat oil in a pan. Add the chopped potato. Fry till the potato becomes light brown.

Remove from oil.

In the same oil add bay leaf and cumin seeds and let the cumin seeds splutter.

Add dry red chilli and slit green chilli.

Add the chopped and boiled banana florets. Fry for 1 – 2 minutes.

Add fried potato and salt. Mix well. Add ground coconut, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and sugar.

Saute till dried up completely.

Add water as require. It will be a dry curry.

When it starts to rolling boil cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Check and stir in between.

Cook till the potato becomes tender and curry dried up.

Add ghee or clarified butter and remove from heat.

Garnish with grated coconut and green chilli.

Serve with hot steamed rice.


Note 

Add chilli according to your taste. If you don’t like hot omit or decrease the amount of chilli. 

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Sprouts Sundal 

Sprouts sundal.

Very easy to make yet delicious dish made with mung sprouts.

You can serve this side dish as breakfast or evening snack too. A very nutritious filling and yummy dish.

Sundal is a traditional south Indian dish from Tamil Nadu. A very delicious and nutritious dish.  It can be prepared using different legumes.

 Sweetness of pomegranate seeds and the flavour of lemon makes this sandal super yummy. 

I have shared two more sprouts recipes.

Sprouts and oats cutlets

Sprouts appe 

Sprouts are wonder food due to its high nutritional value. Natural sprouts are good for a healthy body and mind development. It ensures blood purification and strengthens the immune system. In Naturopathy, sprouts are termed as medicine because of its preserving and promoting health aspects. Sprouts are associated with amazing health benefits of sprouting.

Sprouts are known as health Rejuvenator and mood fresher. Sprouts are rich in fibre, protein, minerals, vitamins and enzymes, that’s why, they are known as miracle food.

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I have made it without onion garlic but you can add onion garlic if you like. Read notes for onion garlic method. 

Recipe 


Mung sprouts – 1 heaped cup 

Curry leaves – 10 – 12

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds or rai – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Asafoetida or hing – a small pinch 

Green chilli – 1 chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Fresh coconut – 1/3 cup, grated 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Pomegranate seeds and grated coconut to garnish 

Method 


Wash and soak the green mung beans overnight.

Next day drain the water completely. Beans should be moist.

Cover the bowl and keep aside for one day. Next day you will get sprouted beans. If you want longer sprouts keep it for one more day.

Wash the sprouts well. You can boil or steam the sprouts. I like the crunch so I didn’t.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. Add mustard seeds or rai. Then add cumin seeds. Let them splutter.

Add grated ginger and green chilli. Saute for one minute.

Add curry leaves, dry red chilli and asafoetida or hing. And then add the sprouts.

Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Mix well.

Saute for 5 – 6 minutes on low medium heat.

Remove from heat. Add grated coconut and lemon juice. Mix well.

Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve hot as a side dish or enjoy bowlful as a snack. I like it bowlful with little more lemon juice.

Notes –

1. If you want to use onion add sliced one onion with curry leaves.

2. You can also add minced or grated garlic with onion. Fry till onion becomes translucent and then add the sprouts.

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