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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Paneer Kala Chana Kofta Curry

Paneer kala chana kofta curry or cottage cheese black chickpea dumpling in gravy.
A delicious and flavourful curry. You can serve it as a party side dish. Pairs well with any bread, pulao or steamed rice.

I always avoid to deep fry the kofta. So used my appe or paniyaram pan to make kofta. But you can deep fry or shallow fry if you want.
Along with paneer or cottage cheese used kala chana or black chickpeas to make kofta.

Black chickpeas, also known as Bengal grams, Garbanzo beans or ‘kala chana’ belong to the ‘desi’ variety and have a much higher fiber content and lower glycemic index. Being an extremely versatile legume, it is widely used in a variety of Middle Eastern and Indian dishes like falafels, hummus and curries as well as salads, soups and stews or even as a quick snack. In addition to their delicious nut like taste and buttery texture, black chickpeas are extremely beneficial for health.

Being low in fat, high in dietary fiber and rich in vitamins and minerals, black chickpeas can indeed be a healthy addition to your diet. Two to three tablespoons of these legumes are equivalent to one portion of the daily recommended five portions of fruits and vegetables. The health benefits of black chickpeas are as follows.

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Gravy is rich creamy and superbly delicious. Used almonds to make the creamy texture. You can use cashew nuts if you like.

Recipe

For kofta

Kala chana – 1/2 cup

Paneer – 3/4 cup, crumbled

Potato – 1 large, boiled

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

For gravy

Onions – 2 chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Tomato – 3 medium

Almond – 2 tablespoon or 13 – 14

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Wash and soak the kala chana or black chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Next day drain the water and grind the kala chana with ginger and green chilli.

3. Peel and mash or grate boiled potato.

4. In a large bowl mix ground mixture, crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, mashed boiled potato, cornflour, cumin powder, garam masala powder, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Mix well and make small balls.

5. Heat an appe pan and grease all the moulds.

6. Place the balls in the moulds. Cover with lid and cook on low flame till the balls becomes golden brown.

7. Now turn the balls upside down and cook until golden brown.

8. Remove the pan from heat and keep aside.

9. Soak the almonds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with water.

10. Grind onions, garlic, ginger and green chilli.

11. Wash the tomatoes. Cut slightly on the top. Make 2 cuts like a cross.

12. Heat water in a pan. When it starts to rolling boil slide the tomatoes in it.
Boil for 2 – 3 minutes. You can microwave for 4 minutes on high power.

13. Remove from heat. Dip the tomatoes in cold water and when the tomatoes cool down, peel and grind into a smooth paste.

14. Peel the soaked almonds. And grind it into a smooth paste. You can also grind the almonds with tomatoes.

15. Crush cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

16. Heat oil in a pan. Add bay leaf and crushed cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

17. Stir and add ground onion, garlic ginger and green chilli. Fry till oil leaves the sides.

18. Add ground tomatoes and almond paste.

19. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder.

20. Saute till the mixture dried up and oil leaves the sides.

21. Add salt and water as require for the gravy.

22. When the gravy starts to boil add all the kofta.

23. Simmer for 8 – 10 minutes.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more water if require.

24. At last add a dollop to ghee or clarified butter if using.

25. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and onion rings.
Serve with roti, paratha, naan, pulao or steamed rice.

Notes

1. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you like.

2. You can add finely chopped onion and garlic paste in the kofta or dumpling mixture.

3. You can use cashew nuts instead of almonds.

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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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