Kathal Paneer Kofta Curry Or Raw Jackfruit And Cottage Cheese Balls In Gravy

Kathal paneer kofta curry or raw jackfruit and cottage cheese balls in gravy.
Gravy is rich creamy and delicious without cashew nuts or almond. Only nutritious melon seeds are used to thickened the gravy.
Low calorie and protein, vitamins and mineral rich melon seeds are not only excellent for thickened the gravy but also enhance the taste.

Melons derive their rich colour from beta carotin, which is good for eye.Dried melon seeds contain unsaturated fats and fibers. Watermelon seeds are rich in lysine, which can work wonders for diabetics.

Summers are here! And if there is one thing we can be thankful for in this scorching weather, it would have to be all the delicious fruits the season brings with it. A variety of Melons are seen at this time of the year, being sold by fruit vendors across the country at local vegetable markets.
Summer melons, be it musk melon, watermelon or honey dew melon, are packed with a dozen health benefits. But while relishing on the juicy flesh, have you been discarding the seeds laden with nutrition and health benefits? According to Healing Foods, it strongly recommends loading up on these miniature nutritional bombs you have ignored all your life. It notes, “Eat the seeds: The dried seeds contain unsaturated fats and fibers, makes nutritious addition to savoury dishes”.

Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner, Shilpa Arora says, “Everything begins with the seeds. These are living foods that give each cell in our body a renewed energy. All seeds are loaded with enzymes that aid digestion and absorption. In fact they have more enzymes than the actual fruit in the concentrated form.”

She goes on to say, “Summer melon seeds are great source of energy like magnesium, which is vital for a healthy heart. It is great for diabetics as it is loaded with essential amino acids like lysine and tryptophan. Melon seeds also provide a wonderful cure for insomnia because tryptophan induces relaxation and sleep.”

To read more about health benefits of melon seeds click here.

You may like some more kofta recipe on this blog.

1. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy or fenugreek and cottage cheese balls in spinach gravy

2. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

3. Mint paneer kofta

4. Matar kofta

5. Aloo kofta curry

6. Soya kofta

7. Malai kofta

Monday again and this week’s 198 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid With Foodies.

My contribution is this delicious and easy to make kathal paneer kofta curry or raw jackfruit and cottage cheese balls in gravy. You can use your appe pan to fry the kofta in less oil. Fresh cream can be added in the gravy, I didn’t. If you don’t have melon seeds then you can use cashew nuts or almond or poppy seeds paste instead of melon seeds.

Recipe

For kofta

Kathal or jackfruit – 250 gram, boiled

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Besan or chickpea flour – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder – 1 teaspoon, get a recipe here
https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/roasted-mixed-spice-powder-or-bhaja-moshla/

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For gravy

Onion – 2, medium

Garlic – 4 – 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2, large

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Melon seeds – 3 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 2, optional

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Soak the melon seeds in warm water for 15 minutes.

2. Grind onions, garlic and ginger into smooth paste.

3. Grind tomatoes, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and melon seeds separately.

4. Mash the crumbled paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth.

5. Squeeze the water of boiled kathal or jackfruit.

6. Mix with mashed paneer, besan or chickpea flour, salt, grated ginger, chopped green chilli, bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder.

7. Mix everything well and make small balls.

8. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the balls till golden brown from all the sides. Place the fried balls on a paper towel. If you want, you can use appe pan to fry the kofta in less oil. Or use your air frier to make kofta balls brown.

9. In the same oil fry onion, garlic and ginger paste till onion mixture starts to change it’s colour.

10. Now add ground tomatoes, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and melon seeds paste.

11. Saute and add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

12. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add water and 2 slit green chilli. Let it boil.

13. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.

14. Add fried kofta and cook for 2 minutes more.

15. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you want. Remove from heat.

16. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri pulao, jeera rice, fried rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, almond or poppy seeds paste can be used instead of melon seeds.

2. You can use your appe pan or air frier to fry the kofta in less oil.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Okra / Lady’s Finger Or Bhindi Korma

Okra/lady’s finger or bhindi korma.
Bored of regular bhindi or okra fry or masala stir fry? Try this restaurant style rich, spicy, aromatic and delicious gravy of okra. Never heard of bhindi korma right? Try it, I am sure you will love the taste.
You can also make it as a party side dish. Everyone will enjoy the finger licking taste of this bhindi korma. Cashew, almond and melon seeds gives the gravy rich taste and texture. And whole spices makes it flavourful.

You may like some more korma recipes on this blog.

1. Soya chunks or soya nugget korma

2. Savoury rasgulla korma

3. Egg korma

And get two more okra recipes here.

1. Sarso bhindi or okra in mustard sauce

2. Okra with one teaspoon oil

Okra can double as a nutritional powerhouse filled with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that provide an array of health benefits from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.

A single cup of raw okra has a little over 30 calories, about 3 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of protein, 7.6 grams carbohydrates, 0.1 grams of fat, 21 milligrams of vitamin C, around 88 micrograms of folate, and 57 milligrams of magnesium. This makes okra a nutrition hero and a very available food when it comes to our health.
Whether you consume okra stewed, boiled, fried, or even in pickled form, you can reap the health benefits of this little green vegetable any time of the year. Here’s how:
1. Alleviates Asthma
2. Lowers Cholesterol
3. Manages Diabetes
4. Boosts Immune System
5. Prevents Kidney Disease
6. Promotes Healthy Pregnancy
Read more about health benefits of okra here.

To make this lip-smacking korma you can fry the okra and make masala previously. For masala fry chopped onion, garlic, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, soaked cashews, almond and melon seeds. Let it cool down and grind to make smooth paste.
I have used cashews and almond both 1 tablespoon each. But if you want you can use 2 tablespoon only cashews or almond.

You can use any fried vegetable, eggs, chicken in this gravy instead of okra.

Recipe

Bhindi/okra or lady’s finger – 250 gram

Tomato – 2, chopped

Onion – 2, sliced

Garlic – 3 – 4, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon

Almond – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2, slit

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Oil – 4 tablespoon + to fry okra

Method

1. Soak almond, cashews and melon seeds in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool and drain the water. You can use 2 tablespoon only almond or cashew nuts.

2. Rinse bhindi or okra well. Drain the water and spread on a plate.

3. Cut off the tips from both ends. If you are using small or medium sized okra keep it whole. Or if using large size make them half.

4. Heat sufficient oil and fry all the bhindi or okra till light brown and keep aside.

5. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, onion, garlic and ginger.

6. When onions starts to change it’s colour add the tomatoes. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy. Now add soaked almond, cashews and melon seeds. Mix well and switch off the heat.

7. When it cool down grind to make a smooth paste.

8. Heat 2 tablespoon oil again. Add the ground paste, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

9. Add coconut milk, water and 2 slit green chilli. Mix well. When it starts to boil reduce the heat.

10. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

11. Add fried bhindi or okra. Mix and cook on simmer for 10 minutes more.

12. Your delicious okra or bhindi korma is ready. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon fresh cream at the end if you like.

13. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, fried rice, roti, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes
1. You can air fry the okra instead of deep frying.
2. Add slit green chilli more or less according to your taste.
3. You can use any fried vegetable, eggs or chicken in this gravy instead of okra or bhindi.

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Green Chickpea Or Hara Chana Curry / Ghugni

Green chickpea or hara chana curry or ghugni.
A very simple and easy yet delicious curry. We usually make ghugni with white peas. But its with green chickpeas. You don’t need to soak or boil. These fresh green chickpeas are tender and tasty. You can enjoy these as a chaat with black or pink salt, chaat masala, lemon juice and chopped onion. Or make ghugni like this.

Green Chickpeas are young garbanzo beans harvested at their peak of freshness and are nutrition packed!
They are high in fibre, and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, promoting a healthy heart.
Being an excellent source of fibre, green chickpeas beans contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight. They are an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9) and contain antioxidant vitamins A & C along with good-for-you phytonutrients. They are an all-natural non-allergenic fresh source of protein. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones.
Green Chickpeas are NON-GMO, gluten free and allergen free.
To read more about green chickpeas click here.

I have shared some of my brother’s recipe on my blog. But this time I got the recipe from my sister in law Arunima Gupta. I always get the aroma of my mother’s foods in her cooking.
Its a no onion recipe but used garlic. If you want you can omit garlic. It will be equally delicious without garlic.

Recipe

Green chickpea – 250 gram

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Grind ginger, green chilli and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

2. Rinse and drain the green chickpeas and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds if using.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add the ground paste.

5. Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

6. If you don’t have kashmiri red chilli powder then soak 3 dry red chilli in little water for 20 – 25 minutes. Blend in your blender or mixer grinder. Strain the water with a sieve and add in the curry. Its my brother’s method I have mentioned in my broccoli malai curry recipe.
My sister in law also used it. But I have used kashmiri red chilli powder this time.

7. Saute the spices until oil leaves the sides.

8. Add green chickpeas and salt. Saute for 2 minutes or till dried up.

9. Add water and when it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in between.

9. Remove the cover. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes or till you get your desired consistency. It should be thick curry.

10. Or if you want more gravy then you can add little more water.

11. Add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter, mix and remove from heat.

12. Serve hot with lemon wedges and finely chopped onion or onion slices.

Notes
1. If you want you can skip garlic. And make no onion garlic curry.
2. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Broccoli Malai Curry

Broccoli malai curry.
Yes broccoli again. But this time with a rich finger licking gravy. Generally we make this malai curry with prawns or chingri. Called chingri malai curry. If you want you can make prawns or any fish instead of broccoli with this gravy.

This week our 186 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is plant based milk recipes suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at Mad Scientist’s Kitchen. Visit her blog for some awesome recipes.

Today I am sharing my brother Sanjay’s recipe. I already shared his one more recipe.
Radhaballvi with dum aloo.

He always used strained water of soaked dry red chilies in his non-vegetarian dishes. In his view ‘its enhance the taste and colour’. So I have followed his method today. Try this gravy with any vegetables or fish chicken etc. And please let me know how it turns out.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Onion – 2

Garlic – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2 medium

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Coconut milk – 1 cup

Cashew nuts – 10 – 12

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Dry red chilli – 3

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli to garnish

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds and cashew nuts in hot water.

2. Soak the dry red chilli in 1/4 cup water for 20 – 25 minutes.

3. Blend the soaked red chillies with it’s water. Strain the water with a sieve and keep aside. Discard the skin and seeds of dry red chilli.

4. Grind onion, ginger and garlic into smooth paste.

5. Grind tomatoes, soaked cashews and poppy seeds altogether. Make a smooth paste.

6. Crush green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves with a mortar pestle.

7. Rinse the broccoli well. Cut the broccoli onto small florets.

8. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add the chopped broccoli.

9. Fry till the broccoli starts to change it’s colour. Remove from heat and keep aside.

10. Heat 3 – 4 tablespoon oil in the same pan. Add bay leaf, crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

11. Add onion, garlic and ginger paste. Sauce till the ground paste becomes light brown.

12. Add tomato, cashew and poppy seeds paste. Add cumin powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and turmeric powder.
Saute till oil leaves the sides.

13. Add fried broccoli florets and salt. Mix well.

14. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add strained water of dry red chilli, coconut milk and water. You can also add some slit green chilli. Stir and mix well.

15. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes or until the broccoli becomes tender.

16. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Remove from heat. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter if you like. I didn’t.

17. Garnish with slit green chilli.
Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri or any bread.

Notes
1. You can make prawns or any fish or chicken in this gravy.
2. Any vegetables can be used instead of broccoli.

4. You can also make this curry with less oil if you want.

5. Any vegetable oil can be used instead of mustard oil.

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Broccoli With Egg And Tomato

Broccoli with egg and tomato.
A superbly delicious and healthy side dish. You can serve it with toasted bread in breakfast or serve as a side dish in lunch or dinner.
If you like eggs then its perfect for you.

Not only delicious but protein, vitamins and minerals rich eggs makes it nutritious.

When it comes to great-tasting nutrition, broccoli is an all-star food with many health benefits. While low in calories, broccoli is rich in essential vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber.
Researchers are studying the anti-cancer properties of Sulforaphane and have come to some interesting conclusions, although more research is needed.
And is a good source of beta-carotene. Broccoli contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc too. It also provides fiber and is low in calories.
Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K and C, a good source of folate (folic acid) and also provides potassium, fiber. Vitamin C – builds collagen, which forms body tissue and bone, and helps cuts and wounds heal. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and protects the body from damaging free radicals.
To read more about Broccoli nutrients click here.

And broccoli and eggs are great combo.

Why : Research shows that when you add a food containing a reasonable amount of vitamin D to a calcium-rich food, you absorb about 60% more of the calcium.

“Broccoli along with other green leafy veg are one of the richest plant-based sources of calcium, while eggs are one of nature’s best sources of vitamin D – a nutrient that is hard to get from food alone,” says Rob.
Source – Mirror

Recipe is very simple and easy. I don’t have cherry tomatoes so I quartered the tomatoes. If you have cherry tomatoes use them to make your dish more beautiful and attractive. I have used Indian spices but you can use any herbs or spices of your choice. You can also use capsicum or Bell peppers if you want.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Tomato – 5 small

Egg – 2 – 3

Onion – 2, finely chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Cut the broccoli into small florets.

2. Chop the tomatoes into 4 pieces. If you have cherry tomatoes make them half or use full.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add broccoli florets and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mix well.

4. Cover and cook on simmer. Stir in between. Fry till broccoli florets slightly changes it’s colour and becomes a bit tender. Remove from heat and keep aside. Don’t make the broccoli too soft.

5. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add minced garlic and chopped onions. Fry till onions becomes translucent.

6. Add chopped green chilli and grated ginger.

7. When the onions becomes light brown add the tomatoes and saute for 1 minutes or till skin of the tomatoes begins to wrinkle. Tomatoes should not be mushy, just make slightly soft.

8. Add fried broccoli florets, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

8. Now make space in the middle of the pan with a spatula.

8. Break the eggs and drop in the middle of the pan.

9. Stir with a spatula and break the egg yolks.

10. Stir and mix the eggs with broccoli and tomatoes.

11. Stir continuously and cook for 2 minutes or till the eggs cooked completely.

12. Remove from heat. Serve hot with roti, paratha, puri naan or toasted bread.

Notes
1. You can use olive oil or any vegetable oil.
2. Use cherry tomatoes to make your dish more attractive.
3. You can use any herbs or spices of your choice.

4. Capsicum or Bell peppers can be used with broccoli.

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Potato With Green Peas

Potatoes with green peas.
A spicy, no onion garlic and delicious potato dish. Best accompany with puri, paratha, roti, dal chawal or make sandwich stuffing.
Little different from nimona or green peas curry.
I have used cilantro or coriander leaves with green peas for flavour but if you don’t like cilantro then you can omit it. Potatoes will be lip-smacking without it too.
In winter my vegetable vendor brings lots of colourful vegetables. And we buy green peas mostly every day. You can add these in any dish. Even green peas stuffed kachori or paratha are most favourite delicacies in this season.

You may also like Matar kofta or green peas dumplings.

 

 

And green peas are also healthy and nutritious. And high in many nutrients and antioxidants.

Green peas are a popular vegetable. They are also quite nutritious and contain a fair amount of fiber and antioxidants.

Additionally, research shows they may help protect against some chronic illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer.

They have been part of the human diet for hundreds of years and are consumed all over the world.

Green peas have an impressive nutrition profile.
Their calorie content is fairly low, with only 62 calories per 1/2-cup (170-gram) serving.
About 70% of those calories come from carbs and the rest are provided by protein and a small amount of fat.
Furthermore, peas contain just about every vitamin and mineral you need, in addition to a significant amount of fiber.
Source

Recipe is very easy to make. Just grind the peas ginger, green chilli, tomatoes and cilantro and mix with boiled and fried potatoes and cook. I have used small potatoes but if you don’t have small potatoes then you can also make it with large or medium potatoes. If you are using large potatoes, make small pieces and follow the method.

Recipe

Small potatoes – 500 gram, boiled

Green peas – 1 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Mustard oil – 2-3 tablespoon

Water – 3/4 cup

Method

1. Peel the potatoes. You can prick the potatoes with a fork.

2. Grind green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, ginger and tomatoes.

3. Add green peas in the grinder and grind altogether.

4. Heat oil in a pan. Add the potatoes and little salt. Fry till the potatoes becomes light golden brown. Remove from oil.

5. Add the ground paste in the oil. Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder garam masala and salt.

6. Saute till the mixture dried up and raw smell goes away.

7. Add fried potatoes and mix well. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.

8. Add water and mix. Cook on low medium heat till water evaporate and dried up. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking at the bottom. You can add little more water if require.

9. Potatoes are ready. You can add 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter at the end.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with roti, paratha, puri naan or any bread. These potatoes also taste great with dal chawal. If you have some leftover potatoes mash and use as a sandwich stuffing.

Notes

1. You can garnish with ginger julienne.

2. You can grind garlic cloves with green chilli, cilantro, ginger and tomato if you like garlicky flavour.

3. If you don’t like cilantro or coriander leaves, then you can omit it.

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Goan Dal Curry With Coconut And Kokum

Dal curry with coconut and kokum.
A delicious and flavourful dal from Goan cuisine.

Beautiful state Goa known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”. The state famous for it’s beaches.
Goan cuisine consists of regional foods popular in Goa, an Indian state located along India’s west coast on the shore of the Arabian Sea. Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork and local spices are some of the main ingredients in Goan cuisine. The area is located in a tropical climate, which means that spices and flavors are intense. Use of kokum is another distinct feature. Goan food is considered incomplete without fish. It is similar to Malvani or Konkani cuisine.
To read more about Goa click here.

Among all the food this dal curry is my all time favourite.
You can get some more dal recipes here

1. Dal kanda or dry chana dal fry

2. Beetroot dal

3. Whole Masoor dal or red lentils

4. Dal palak

5. Assamese massor dal boror tenga

6. Sprouts sundal

7. Egg dal tadka

We don’t get kokum in local market. Earlier used tamarind paste instead of kokum. But this time my daughter gave me a packet of kokum from Pune.
If you don’t have kokum then you can use 2 teaspoon tamarind paste instead.
I didn’t use onion in the dal. If you want you can fry 1 sliced onion before adding coconut and tomato paste. Or you can grind 1 onion with coconut, chilli, ginger, garlic and tomato.

You can make it with any dal or lentil like moong or green gram, Masoor dal

or chana dal or Bengal gram.
Recipe is very simple and easy yet lip-smacking. Best accompany with your steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Toor dal or pigeon peas – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup + 1 cup

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Fresh coconut – 1/2 cup, chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Curry leaves – 12 – 15

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2, torn into 2 pieces

Hing or asafoetida – a pinch

Method

1. Clean and wash the toor dal or pigeon peas. Soak in water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Grind coconut pieces, green chilli, tomatoes, ginger and garlic. Make a smooth paste. You can add 1 onion if you want.

3. Boil the soaked dal with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker for 3 – 4 whistle or till the dal becomes soft.

4. When the pressure cooker cool down, open the lid.
Add kokum pieces and 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix and keep aside.

5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan.
Add the ground paste and cumin powder.

6. Saute till the mixture dried up and smell of raw garlic goes away, add it to the dal.

7. Mix well. Add 1 cup water.
When it starts to rolling boil simmer the heat.

8. Cook on low heat for 5 – 6 minutes.
Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom of the pan.

9. Taste and adjust salt if require. You can add little more water if require. But don’t make the dal runny. It should be thick.

10.Switch off the heat.

11. Now heat 1 tablespoon oil or ghee in a small pan.

12. Add mustard seeds. Let them splutter now add cumin seeds.

13. When the seeds starts to splutter add dry red chilli and curry leaves.
Add hing or asafoetida and mix.

14. Add this tempering in the dal.
Mix well. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

15. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, puri, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use moong, masoor, chana or any dal instead of toor dal.

2. If you don’t have kokum use 1 – 2 teaspoon tamarind paste instead.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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