Zan 

After Awadhi cuisine now sharing a dish from Arunachal Pradesh.

Zan 

 A thick porridge from Arunachal Pradesh.

Arunachal Pradesh, also called “the land of rising sun”,or orchid state of india,down-lit of mountain, lies in northeast India. The state is the largest of the North-Eastern states.

This is kind of a porridge or thick broth made with vegetables and it is both healthy and delicious. This is what usually Monpa farmers eat before going to fields. You will need flour, chopped vegetables, water, salt and butter. You may take diverse vegetables like cabbage, peas, chopped carrots or even broccoli.

At first, you need to roast the wheat flour in butter till it becomes light brown. Add some water to it and stir and simmer. After some time, add the blanched veggies and stir cook them in broth for a while. This can be served hot with fermented soybeans.

Source 

Sending this post to Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge

This month my partner is Aruna Panangipally who blog at http://aahaaramonline.com/

Aruna gave me two ingredients millet flour and greens. I have used finger millet or ragi. A low fat and calcium, iron, protein, fiber and mineral rich gluten free flour which is easy to digest.  Thanks Aruna for these delicious and healthy ingredients. Everyone loved the dish. A perfect dish for winter. A very easy and simple yet delicious and healthy dish. 

Recipe


Ragi or finger millet flour – 2 tablespoon

Spinach – 1 cup, cleaned, washed and finely chopped

Cauliflower – 1/2 cup, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup, boiled or frozen

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ghee/clarified butter or butter or oil – 1 tablespoon

Little oil to saute the vegetables

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Herbs of your choice

Method


Heat little oil in a nonstick pan. Add all the vegetables. Cook on low flame. Stir occasionally. Cook till the vegetables becomes tender.

Remove from heat and keep aside.

Heat ghee/clarified butter or butter in a pan. Add finger millet flour or ragi atta.

Fry till you get nice roasted fragrance.

Dissolve the roasted flour in little water. Stir well and make it lump free.

Add 1 cup water and mix well. Let it boil.

Add all the sauted vegetables.

Add salt and pepper. You can add any herbs of your choice.

Mix well and cook till it becomes thick. You can add more water if you like it little runny. I love it thick.

Cook till you get your desired consistency.

Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more black pepper powder if required.

Serve hot in breakfast with toasted bread or enjoy a bowlful of this healthy and delicious zan.
Notes – 

1. You can add origano or soya sauce if you like. 

2. You can use broccoli or any vegetables of your choice. 

3. Before serving you can add grated cheese over it. 

4. You can use any flour instead of ragi or finger millet. 

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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

Adopted the recipe from

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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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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.

Source 

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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Egg Dal Tadka 

Egg dal tadka.

Green mung beans or mung dal cooked with eggs and spices. A  delicious thick dal goes well with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao, jeera rice or any bread.

You can serve it to guests in lunch or dinner.

First time tasted this dal in Kolkata. Loved the taste. I don’t know how they make it. But homemade is equally delicious. I am sharing two methods of this delicious dish. 

You can also make it without eggs. Sharing both the recipes here.

I am sending this post to 110th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #lentils. 

The mung dal is not only delicious but nutritious too.

Mung beans are a high source of nutrients including: manganese, potassium, magnesium, folate, copper, zinc and various B vitamins.

They are also a very filling food, high in protein, resistant starch and dietary fiber.

Because of their high nutrient density, mung beans are considered useful in defending against several chronic, age-related diseases, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.

Source 

Make it with eggs or without eggs. Superbly delicious in both ways.

First recipe is with eggs and second is a quick recipe. You can make it in a jiffy. 



Recipe 


Green gram or whole mung lentil – 1/2 cup
 

Split Bengal gram or chana dal – 2 tablespoon 

Salt to taste 

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Bay leaf – 1 

Green cardamom – 2 – 3 

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick 

Clove – 3 

Onion – 2 sliced 

Garlic – 3-4 cloves 

Ginger – 1 inch piece 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 

Tomato – 3 medium 

Oil or ghee – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Egg – 2 – 3 

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon, optional 

Kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves – 1/2 teaspoon, crushed 

Chopped coriander leaves and hard boiled egg to garnish

Method 



Soak green mung and chana dal in water for 1 – 2 hours.

Now boil the lentils in a pressure cooker. After 1 whistle cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes or until done.

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

Grind ginger, garlic and green chilli into a smooth paste.

Beat the eggs in a bowl with salt.  Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add the eggs. Stir quickly and make scramble. Keep aside.

Heat remaining oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and crushed cardamom, cloves, bay leaf and cinnamon. Let it splutter.

Add sliced onion. Fry till onion becomes brown.

Add tomato, ginger, garlic and green chilli paste.

Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder. Mix well. Saute till oil levels the sides.

Add scramble eggs and mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes more.

Now add the boiled lentils. Mix well. Add water as require to make a thick dal. You can add chicken or mutton stock or gravy instead of water to make it more tasty. 

Let it boil. Cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in-between.

Taste and adjust salt if require. Add ghee or clarified butter. 

Crush the dried fenugreek leaves with your hand and add in the dal.

Remove from heat.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and hard boiled eggs. 

Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, pulao or any bread.

Second recipe 




Green gram or whole moong lentil – 1/2 cup 

Onion – 2 cubed 

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated 

Garlic – 4-5 grated or crushed 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 chopped 

Salt to taste 

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom – 2 – 3 

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece 

Ghee or clarified butter 1 tablespoon 

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon 

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2 

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon, crushed

Method 

Boil the green mung lentil in pressure cooker with salt, turmeric powder, cubed onion, garlic, ginger, chopped green chilli and crushed cardamom, Cinnamon and cloves. 

Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add cumin seeds. Let it splutter and add dry red chilli.

Add boiled lentils. Let the lentils boil. Add water as require. Cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in-between. Taste and adjust the salt.

Add crushed dried fenugreek leaves. Mix well and remove from heat.

Add a dollop of ghee or butter.

Serve hot.

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Mirchi Ka Salan Or Chilli Curry 

Mirchi ka salan or chilli curry.

A lip-smacking side dish from Andhra cuisine.

The Andhra cuisine comprises of both mouth-watering vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

This mirchi ka salan or chilli curry is made of big size less hot variety chillies in a spicy gravy. You can get one more chilli recipe here

Posting this recipe for a Facebook group Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge.

In this group all the participating bloggers were challenged to make a dish with the use of two secret ingredients their partner assigns them with.

This month I have been paired with Shobha Keshwani for Andhra cuisine theme. And the two ingredients are mirchi/chilli and til/sesame.

Shobha is a very talented blogger who blog at http://www.shobhasfoodmazaa.com/?m=1

Check out delicious recipes on her blog. Thanks a lot Shobha for the advice and these wonderful ingredients.

I am very happy to share this because its first recipe from Andhra cuisine in my blog.
Mirchi ka salan generally served with Haydrabadi biryani. I have made veg pulao with this delicious curry. I will share this veg pulao recipe later.

I have made this mirchi ka salan according to my taste. Added little sugar and a small tomato in it. But you can omit sugar and tomato if you like. Tomato and red chilli powder gives a nice colour to the gravy.



Recipe 


Big size green chilli – 6-8

Onion – 1

Garlic – 3 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Peanut – 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/4 cup

Seasam seed – 1 heaped tablespoon

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Nigella seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Tamarind – 1 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon



Method 
Soak the tamarind in 1/4 cup hot water.

Wash the chillies. Pat dry and remove the stem. Slit vertically and remove the seeds. Chillies should be intact. Don’t cut fully. Keep aside.

Dry roast the peanut and let it cool. Peel and grind in a grinder.

Dry roast sesame seeds and dessicated coconut separately till becomes light brown.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Fry sliced onion. When the onion becomes translucent add chopped garlic. Fry till the onion becomes brown.

Add tomato and ginger. Saute till the tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

Add ground peanut, sesame seeds and dessicated coconut. Saute for 1 minute.

Let the mixture cool down. Grind the mixture with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder, its not hot but if you are using red chilli powder add as per your spice tolerance.

Make a smooth paste.

Heat remaining oil in a pan. Fry the chillies till light brown. Cover the pan while frying to avoid spluttering.

When the chillies changes it’s colour, remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

In the same oil add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and nigella seeds. Let them splutter. Add curry leaves. Now add the ground spices and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Add water, salt, sugar and tamarind pulp. Add water as require to make a thick curry.

When it starts to rolling boil add fried chillies. Stir and cover. Cook on low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Check in between.

Remove the cover. Taste and adjust the salt. The gravy should be thick. If its runny boil for some more time or add more water if require.

Garnish with chopped cilantro and tomato.

Serve hot with biryani, pulao, jeera rice or any bread, paratha or naan.
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