Panch Phoran Taratari

Panch phoran taratari from Meghalaya cuisine.
A very simple, easy to make yet delicious potato dish. Generally potatoes eggplant and other vegetables are use to make this panch phoran taratari. But I have made it with only potatoes and green peas.

Meghalaya is a state in northeastern India. The name means “the abode of clouds”in Sanskrit.
Meghalaya is also the home to a large variety of fruits, vegetables, spices and medicinal plants. Meghalaya is also famous for its large variety of orchids — nearly 325 of them. Of these the largest variety is found in the Mawsmai, Mawmluh and Sohrarim forests in the Khasi hills.
Meghalayan cuisine is the local cuisine of the Indian state of Meghalaya. Meghalaya is home to three Mongoloid tribes; it has a unique cuisine, different from the other Seven Sister States of northeast India. The staple food of the people is rice with spicy meat and fish preparations. They rear goats, pigs, fowl, ducks and cows and relish their meat.
Source – Wikipedia

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Meghalaya cuisine.
This month my partner is lovely Kalyani Sri. Who blog at Sizzling taste buds.
We gave each other two secret ingredients. Kalyani gave me potato and fennel seeds. And I gave her ginger and garlic. Check out her space for the wonderful recipe she shared with these ingredients.

This panch phoran taratari is very similar to Bengali aloo chhechki with panch phoran or Bengali five spices.
Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

Recipe

Potatoes – 4 large

Green peas – 1 cup

Panch phoran – 2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Dry red chilli – 1

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Chop the potatoes in small cubes.
Wash, drain and keep aside.

2. Heat oil in a pan.
Add panch phoran, dry red chilli and bay leaf.

3. For panch phoran mix 1/2 teaspoon each of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.

4. When panch phoran starts to splutter add the potatoes, green peas and green chilli.

5. Add salt, red chilli powder, turmeric powder and cilantro or chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

6. Cover and cook on simmer. Stir occasionally.

7. If the potatoes are sticking at the bottom add 3 – 4 tablespoon water.

8. Cook till the potatoes become tender. If you have used water then water should be evaporated completely.

9. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with paratha, puri, roti or any bread. It also taste great with dal chawal.

Note

Eggplant or any vegetables can be added with potatoes.

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Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup / Guest Post By Vishal Amin

Broccoli almond cheese soup.
A healthy and delicious soup by Vishal Amin. Always amazed by his food photography and recipes. Super talented Vishal is not only avid cook but a businessman, excellent photographer, musician and traveller.
I saw this soup on Instagram and requested Vishal to share the recipe with my readers.
So here is his first guest post for this blog. Thanks Vishal for this wonderful recipe.
Now over to Vishal Amin.

‘Railway Mutton Curry’
The dish that introduced me to Sujata Roy.
This dish was suggested by my sister as it was her most favourite mutton back in days when she was a non-Vegetarian.
I searched for it in a food group and I saw ‘Batter Up With Sujata’
And I fell in love with the story that she had narrated about ‘Railway Mutton Curry’. As my sister had told me the same history about this dish.
I was even more amazed after making the dish following Sujata Roy’s recipe of the same.
She is not just a Home Cook. She is a Mother who is a Home Chef. And you see a lot of that love on her face! I feel, there’s no better chef in the world than a Mother.
Thank you Sujataji for making me part of your wonderful blog.

I, Vishal Amin, am a businessman involved in the manufacturing sector. Different food ingredients interested me from my childhood. It was my Mom’s wish to make me extremely Independent from young age. One fine Sunday morning, she handed me a pan and few eggs. And said ‘Mr Amin’, make your own breakfast. And I was only 10.
I can’t believe that I managed to make an Omelette but turned it into Bhurji without salt 🙂

But yes, from that day began my love story with cooking! For the last few years it has become my passion.

Yes, I experiment a lot in the kitchen. So I am a Home Cook who loves to chop onions a lot.
My biggest winner is that, ‘I never make same mistakes twice’

Today I am presenting a simple bowl of hearty ‘Broccoli Almond and Cheese Soup’
A simple recipe which is easy to follow for anyone.

I hope you like it!

Cheers

One of the most taste bud satisfying soup

~ Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup

Would definitely ask for another bowl

Easy to make and healthy meal

Specially I love it in Winter Days .
.
My Mom’s Favourite 💕 .

Broccoli Almond Cheese Soup
By Vishal Amin

Recipe

Broccoli – 400 gram

Onion – 1 (Finely Chopped)

Garlic cloves – 2 (Finely Chopped)

Soaked Almonds – 10

Vegetable Stock (Maggie Stock Cube) – 500 ml

Milk – 1/2 cup

Cheese (Cheddar) – 2 slices (Optional)

Butter – 1 teaspoon

Pepper – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Boil Broccoli with Stock Cube in about 600 ml water.

2. Strain the water and keep it for later use.

3. Heat butter in an pan and sauté the onions and garlic.

4. Add boiled broccoli and stir well.

5. Whisk the soaked almonds and crush it with 1/2 cup of milk in a blender to form almond paste. Add it to the sauté mix.

6. Blend Broccoli mix in a blender to make a puree.

7. Boil this puree and add cheese slices. Mix well to get a good soupy consistency and turn the flame to minimum.

8. Flavour it with salt and pepper.

9. Serve the Warm soup with a Bread of your choice.
Enjoy the hot comforting and delicious soup.

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Vegan Broccoli Stir Fry With Lemon And Ginger Julienne

Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne.
An easy to make and delicious broccoli made with onion, garlic, chilli, cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and ginger julienne.
Corn kernels are optional. I have added them to bring some colour in the dish. Cherry tomatoes, corn kernels and broccoli makes the dish colourful and delicious.

This week we bloghop members discussed a lot about pegan diet. Now what is pegan diet?
The pegan diet is a style of eating inspired by two of the most popular diet trends — paleo and vegan.
According to its creator, Dr. Mark Hyman, the pegan diet promotes optimal health by reducing inflammation and balancing blood sugar. However, some components of this diet remain controversial.
The pegan diet combines key principles from paleo and vegan diets based on the notion that nutrient-dense, whole foods can reduce inflammation, balance blood sugar, and support optimal health.
Major emphasis is placed on vegetables and fruit, but intake of small to moderate amounts of meat, certain fish, nuts, seeds, and some legumes is also allowed.
Heavily processed sugars, oils, and grains are discouraged — but still acceptable in very small amounts.
Because the pegan diet emphasizes nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats, it may help prevent disease, promote heart health, and reduce inflammation.
To read more about Pegan diet click here.

Why we are talking about pegan diet? Well this week for 184 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #pegandiet suggested by Veena Krishna Kumar who blog at Veenasvegnation.  Visit her blog for many delicious recipes.

Thanks to Veena for introducing me to this pegan diet. Quite interesting and healthy.
Made this easy and delicious broccoli stir fry but I have a little doubt about corn kernels. I have used and don’t know whether it is allowed or not. But our group member Sujata Shukla
said that I can use it but not more than 1/2 cup. And I also Google searched and found yes its allowed.

The good news is, you don’t need any special recipes to eat a Paleo-vegan Diet. Each day, just aim for:
5 or more servings of nonstarchy vegetables and fruit4 servings of whole grains or healthy starch (such as 1/2 cup of potatoes, brown rice, corn, oatmeal or whole-grain pasta)3 servings of healthy fat (such as 1 Tbs. of olive oil, 1 oz. of nuts/seeds or 1/4 avocado)2 servings of plant-based protein (such as 1/2 cup of beans or tofu)1 small serving of animal protein (such as 3 oz. of fish, chicken or beef)1 optional serving of dairy substitute.
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You may like one more broccoli recipe on this blog.
Broccoli with egg and tomato

Recipe is very simple and you need very less ingredients to make it. I have used small onions but if you have shallots use them whole or half.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Small onions – 5, cubed

Garlic – 2 – 3 cloves, minced

Ginger julienne – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Corn kernels – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cherry tomatoes – 1/2 cup

Black pepper powder to taste

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Olive or avocado oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the broccoli well under running water.
Cut the broccoli into small florets.

2. Chop the stems into thin slices. If stems are too thick peel and remove the outer layer before slicing.

3. Heat 4 cup water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When the water starts to rolling boil add chopped broccoli and sliced stems.

4. Keep a bowl of water with some ice cubes handy.

5. Boil for 4 minutes or till the broccoli becomes fork tender. Don’t make it mushy.

6. Remove the broccoli florets with a slotted spatula and dip into the ice cold water immediately to stop further cooking and retain the colour.

7. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add minced garlic, green chilli and ginger julienne. Fry till the garlic and ginger julienne starts to change it’s colour.

8. Add the onions. You can use whole or half shallots if you have. Saute for 2 minutes.

9. Add broccoli, boiled corn kernels and cherry tomatoes.

10. Add salt, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Mix well.

12. Saute till the tomatoes becomes little soft but not mushy.

13. Add lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well and remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

14. Garnish with ginger julienne.
Serve with any bread.

Notes

1. You can use more chopped or slit green chilli if you want it spicy.

2. Corn kernels are optional, you can skip it if you want.

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Khoa Or Dried Milk And Paneer Or Cottage Cheese / Easy Method

In many of my recipes I have mentioned about khoya or dried milk and paneer/cottage cheese or chhena. Today I am sharing easy method to make both khoya and chhena. I will try to add step by step picture later.

Khoya or dried milk

2 litter milk

Method

1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan.

2. Let the milk cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

3. Scrape the sides to avoid burning.

4. Milk will be changed into a thick mass. Like this 👇

5. It can take 2 to 2:30 hours.

6. After reducing I have got 1 and 1/2 cup tightly packed khoya/mawa or dried milk from 2 litter milk.

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4

tablespoon or as require

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.

3. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer.

5. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

7. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

8. Now paneer or cottage cheese will be look like this 👇

9. This cottage cheese can be use to make curry, stuffing for paratha, cutlets or make different kinds of sweets.

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Beetroot Dal Or Lentil Curry

Beetroot dal or lentil curry.
A delicious protein rich dal with all the goodness of beetroot.
Its a superbly delicious dal. Perfect accompany with steamed rice or Indian flat bread.
I did not use onion garlic in it but you can use if you want.

Arhar/toor dal or split pigeon peas is a most favourite dal of my son. So I always try to make it in some different ways.
I have shared three more dal recipes here.
Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

Dal palak or pigeon peas with spinach

Egg dal tadka

To get beetroot recipes click on the name below.

Beetroot shot

Dairy free sugar free beetroot smoothie

Beetroot rice

Black rice oats and beetroot pancakes

Beetroot appe

Beetroot cutlets

Pigeon peas or arhar dal or toor dal is very delicious and easy to make lentil. And not only it taste great but it is also good for our health.
There is a wide range of impressive health benefits associated with pigeon peas, including their ability to stimulate growth, manage blood pressure, prevent anemia, and boost heart health. It also aids in weight loss, improves digestion, strengthens the immune system, increases energy, and eliminates inflammation.
Source

Added beetroot in it. Which is low in fat. Full of vitamins, potassium, iron, nitrate and packed with powerful antioxidants. Its known as super food.
And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

Inspired by the recipe from a blog post of my fellow blogger and friend Amrita Iyer. She made this dal with beetroot greens. Loved her recipe
Beetroot greens dal fry. Thanks Amrita for the idea of adding beetroot in toor dal.

We love the taste of beetroot so made this dal with beetroot but you can also use beetroot green as Amrita’s recipe.

Recipe

Toor/arhar dal or split pigeon peas – 1/2 cup

Beetroot – 1 medium

Tomato – 2 large

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Ginger – 1 inch piece,
grated

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Asafetida or hing – 1/4 teaspoon +1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee or clarified butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the dal or lentil and soak for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grate or finely chop the beetroot. Chop green chilli, cilantro and tomatoes.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee or oil in a pressure cooker.

4. Add 1 teaspoon cumin seeds and let the seeds splutter.

5. Now add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing, bay leaf and dry red chilli.
See notes if you are using onion garlic.

6. Add beetroot, tomatoes, ginger and green chilli.

7. Add salt, cumin powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Saute till dried up and tomato becomes mushy.

9. Add the lentil or dal. Mix well.

10. Add water and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Close the lid. Cook for 3 – 4 whistle or until the dal becomes soft.

12. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

13. Take out the dal in a serving bowl.

14. Heat 1 – 2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter in a small pan. Add 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds. When cumin seeds starts to splutter, remove the pan from heat.

15. Add 1/4 teaspoon Asafetida or hing and dry red chilli. Stir well.

16. Pour this tempering over the dal.
Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

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

Notes

1. You can use any dal or lentil if you don’t have split pigeon peas or toor dal.

2. You can use onion garlic if you want. Add finely chopped 1 onion and minced garlic with bay leaf and fry till onion becomes light brown. Then add tomatoes and beetroot.

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Multigrain Bread And Peanut Butter

Multigrain bread and homemade peanut butter.
I love the aroma of freshly baked bread. A bread made with Whole wheat or atta, soyabean, sorghum or jowar, pearl millet or bajra flour and flax seed powder.
If you can make your bread at home with healthy ingredients then why to use store bought bread with harmful chemicals.

Your daily bread could contain cancer-causing chemicals, including Potassium Bromate and Potassium Iodate, substances that are banned in many countries, but not in India due to slack food regulations, warns a new report released by the Centre for Science and Environment.
In 1999, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified Potassium Bromate as possibly carcinogenic (cancer causing) to humans.
Source

So try to avoid store bought bread and make your own bread at home with healthy ingredients.
You can get some more bread recipes here. Click on the names to get recipe

Whole wheat bread

Cheesy bread

Oats, flaxseed whole wheat bread

Focaccia with whole wheat and soya bean flour

Bread making is not so difficult. Just don’t be impatient. Have some patience to knead the dough well till soft and elastic and give time to rise the dough. And feel the excitement and joy of making your own bread from scratch.

I have used soyabean flour, sorghum or jowar flour and pearl millet or bajra flour. You can use any flour of your choice, like ragi or finger millet, corn, oats powder etc.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Sorghum or jowar flour – 1 cup

Pearl millet or bajra flour – 1/4 cup

Flax seed powder – 3 tablespoon

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Dry yeast – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Warm water – 1 & 1/4 cup

Sesame seed to sprinkle

Method

Mix sugar and yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. Water should be warm not hot. Stir well and cover. Keep in a warm place for 15 minutes.

In a large bowl mix all the flour, flax seed powder, milk powder, salt, oil and vinegar. Mix and add the yeast mixture.

Add warm water and knead a soft dough. You have to knead it really well. Knead for at least 7-8 minutes. It will be a sticky smooth dough. If you feel your dough is too sticky you can add little more flour. Place it in a greased bowl. Smear with oil. Cover loosely with a kitchen napkin. Keep it in a warm place for 2 hours. I have kept it in the oven.

After 2 hours take out the dough. It will be double. Punch down the dough.

Spread some flour on a flat surface. Knead the dough again. You can add little more flour if require. Knead well and smear with oil. Now it will be not sticky but a stretchable soft dough.

Make it flat with the help of your oil greased palm. Roll it from one side to make a loaf. Press the sides and place in a greased loaf pan. Press the sides gently.

Brush little water over it. Or level with your wet fingers.
Sprinkle little sesame seeds all over it.
Again place in a warm place for 1 hours more or until doubled.

Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.
When preheated place the loaf pan in middle rack and bake for 30 minutes or until the colour becomes golden brown.

Your homemade healthy multigrain healthy bread is ready. Don’t try to slice it when hot. It may be crumbled.
Let it cool down completely. Slice them and toast. These breads are taste best when toasted. Spread butter or jam. I like these bread with thick layer of homemade peanut butter.
Or make sandwiches with the stuffings of your choice.

For peanut butter

Dry roast 1 cup peanut. Let it cool down. Remove and discard the skin. Grind it with 1/4 teaspoon salt. I have used sea salt. Use your dry grinder to grind. When it becomes coarse powder. Stir with a spoon. Grind again for few seconds. Stir and repeat the process till the peanuts release oil and become a paste like consistency.
Delicious peanut butter is ready. Store it in a airtight jar and keep in refrigerator for later use.

Notes

1. You can use any flour of your choice, like ragi or finger millet, oats powder, corn etc.

2. You can use warm milk instead of water.

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