Lady’s Finger Or Okra With One Teaspoon Oil

Lady’s finger or okra or bhindi cooked in one teaspoon oil.
Very easy to make yet delicious. Just mix all the ingredients and cook with a tempering of methi or fenugreek seeds in one teaspoon oil. You can use cumin, mustard or any seeds for tempering.
You can also make it in microwave in a microwavable glass bowl.

Our this week’s 150 #Foodiemonday blogging theme is veggies with one teaspoon oil.
Now why to use only one teaspoon oil. If you like you can also make it without oil. Skip the tempering step and mix all the ingredients and cook on low flame till done.

If we look at the benefits of cooking without oil from a nutritional point of view, we will discover that we can do without it in our recipes. Most oils are high in sodium, fat and concentrated calories – three major things we do not need in our bodies. We can get all the wholesome nutrients we need, without the empty calories, from a natural, plant-based diet. A major advantage of cooking without oil is the amount of unnecessary added fats you will be eliminating from your meals. If you’re working on losing weight or maintaining a healthier heart, you do not need the fat from oils clogging up your arteries and slowing down your weight loss process. Cooking oils are packed with saturated fats which raise cholesterol levels in your blood.
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And my humble contribution is this easy to make spicy delicious okra. A healthy and easily available vegetable. Which has numerous health benefits range from treating diabetes to preventing kidney disease.
The beginning of September signals that fall is on its way, along with leaves, and… okra? The exotic medicinal and culinary vegetable (available year-round), is best to get in early fall when crops in Southern states reach their peak. Typically, okra is used as a thickening agent in soups like gumbo because of its ooey-gooey texture, but it 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.
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You can get one more okra/bhindi or lady’s finger recipe with mustard here
Okra or lady’s finger in Mustard sauce

Make it with or without oil it will be delicious in both ways.
You need only okra, onions, tomatoes, green chilli, cilantro and some spices to make it.
With these ingredients mix cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and turmeric powder and cook for 15 – 20 minutes and your okra is ready. You can use red chilli powder or any other spices of your choice.

Recipe

Lady’s finger – 500 gram

Onion – 2 large, cubed

Tomato – 2 large, cubed

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Wash the lady’s finger or okra or bhindi well. And chop lengthwise.

2. Cut the onions and tomato in cube and chop the green chillies.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add fenugreek seeds and let the seeds splutter.

4. Add okra, onion, tomato, green chilli, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt and and all the spices. You can also add red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you want more spicy.

5. Mix well. Cook on low flame for 15 – 20 minutes or until okra becomes tender.

6. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with dal rice, roti, paratha or any bread of your choice.

Notes

1. You can use red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you want to make it spicy.

2. You can add any spices of your choice.

3. Add little tomato sauce if you like sweetness in your okra.

4. If you don’t like fenugreek or methi you can use cumin, mustard seeds or any other seeds of your choice.

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Chana Madra

Chana madra.
A very popular dish of Himachal Pradesh. No onion garlic rich chickpea curry cooked in yoghurt sauce. Easy to cook yet very flavourful and lip-smacking curry.

Yes after Hariyana we landed at Himachal Pradesh.
This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Himachal pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is lovely Priya Ayer. Who blog at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com
Priya gave me two interesting ingredients salt and curd And I made this lip smackingly delicious chana madra. Thanks Priya.

And I gave her cumin and tamarind.
Check out her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

Himachal Pradesh ( literally “snow-laden province”) is a state of India located in North India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. At its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’—by acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the state’s eminent Sanskrit scholars.
Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee, Madeera, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
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You can get some more chickpea recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Chickpea potato dry curry

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

This recipe is completely different. Yoghurt based curry flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf. I am sure you will love the taste. You can serve it with steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Chickpea – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 /4 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup +1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight with 4 cup water.

2. Boil the chickpeas with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water in a pressure cooker.

3. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and curd. Whisk the curd well.

4. Remove the seeds of black cardamom.
Crush Black cardamon seeds, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon rice flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir and keep aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add asafoetida or hing.

8. Now add boiled chickpeas with water.
Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Reduce the flame to simmer and add spices mixed curd and salt. Add salt carefully. One teaspoon salt already added while boiling chickpeas.

10. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.
Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Cook on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

12. Add rice flour mixed water and mix well.

13. Cook for another 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
It will become thick when cool.
Switch off the heat.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter before removing from heat if you like.

2. If you like your curry hot you can add few slit green chilli.

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Batata Bhaji Or Maharashtrian Dry Potato

Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potato.
Whenever we think about Maharashtrian cuisine first thing comes in our mind is modak. Favourite sweet of Ganapati Bappa.
Then pav bhaji, bhelpuri, vada pav, misal pav, thalipeeth, puranpoli, sol kadhi, amrakhand, shrikhand and the list is endless.

I often make pav bhaji and vada pav at home. But when this week our Foodiemonday group decided the theme Maharashtrian cuisine I was little confused what to make for this week’s bloghop.
Mahesh comes to rescue. Thanks Mahesh.
Remember Mahesh? You all liked his ‘Bombay duck fry‘ guest post.
I have requested him for a quick recipe. And he gave me this easy to make but lip-smacking dry potato recipe. According to Mahesh usually people make this dry potato during fasting or to offer Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi. So this recipe is without onion garlic.
You can get some more potato recipes here.

Sending this post to 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Maharashtrian cuisine.
Maharashtrian batata bhaji or potato bhaji is a very easy to make no onion garlic and delicious dry curry. You don’t need to use much spices. Only turmeric powder, ginger and green chilli and some tempering or tadka used to make it.

I have added little kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. But its optional. You can skip it.
If you want to use onions add 1 finely chopped onion along with curry leaves after tempering. But I loved it’s taste without onion. Ginger and green chilli will make the potatoes spicy and lip-smacking.

You can sprinkle one teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like.
This batata bhaji goes well with puri, roti, naan, paratha or any bread. And you can also enjoy it a bowlful as a snack.

Recipe

Potatoes – 7 – 8 medium

Curry leaves – 15 – 16

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Chana dal or Bengal gram – a pinch

Udad dal or split and husked black lentil – a pinch

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil and peel the potatoes. Make small pieces.

2. Grate the ginger.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds or rai, cumin seeds, bengal gram or chana dal and split black lentil.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and finely chopped green chilli. Fry for a minute.

5. Now add curry leaves and asafetida or hing. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Also add Kashmiri red chilli powder if using.
Mix everything well.

7. Cook on low flame for 4 – 5 minutes or until the potatoes slightly change it’s colour. Stir in between.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.

Serve hot with puri, paratha, roti or naan.

Or you can serve it with toasted bread or mash and make filling for sandwiches. I love it bowlful as evening snack. Just sprinkle lemon juice and enjoy. Or add chopped onion, cilantro, cucumber or tomato etc just before serving. Choice is your.
Happy cooking 😊

Notes

1. If you want to use onion, add one finely chopped onion before adding ginger and chilli. And fry till the onion becomes translucent.

2. You can can add 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like tangy taste.

2. If you are making it for fasting people use rock salt. You can also add roasted or fried peanut.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Eggless Gluten Free Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Eggless gluten free chocolate chiffon cake.
A cake made with sorghum flour or jowar atta. Soft, moist, light, airy and chocolaty cake. You don’t need to separate egg yolks and whisk. Its very easy to make.

I have used sorghum or jowar flour in it. And very happy with the taste.
Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain that’s a staple crop in India and throughout Africa, has long been considered a safe grain alternative for people with celiac disease and gluten insensitivity. New molecular evidence confirms that sorghum is completely gluten-free, and reports that the grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet.
Sorghum has high nutritional value, with high levels of unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, and minerals like phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron. It also has more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates.
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Our this week’s 143 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is millet. And my contribution is this eggless gluten free sorghum flour chocolate chiffon cake.

Recipe

Sorghum or jowar flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 3/4 cup at room temperature

Warm milk – 1/4 cup

Instant coffee – 2 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar to sprinkle, optional

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan and dust with sorghum flour. Or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 3/4 cup milk. Milk should be at room temperature.

4. Whisk 2 teaspoon coffee in 1/4 cup warm milk and keep aside.

5. In a bowl sieve sorghum flour, oats powder, cornflour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

6. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, oil and vinegar mixed milk.

7. Add coffee mixed milk and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

8. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

9. Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted baking pan. Tap the pan gently.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven take different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean its done. If not bake for few minutes more.

11. Let the cake cool down.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over it. This step is optional. Cake will be delicious without it too.

12.Slice and serve. Or enjoy the soft delicious chocolate chiffon cake with ice cream.

Notes

1. You can frost the cake if you like.

2. You can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour instead of sorghum flour.

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Aloo Chutney Pulao Or Spicy Green Rice With Potatoes

Aloo chutney pulao. Or Spicy tangy delicious green rice with potatoes. One pot meal to serve in a jiffy.
After Gujarati cuisine now a dish from Hariyana.

Haryana is a state in Northern India.
Haryana became one of the most economically developed regions in India with its agricultural bloom. The state enjoys a blend of urban and rural population and boasts a rich culture and tradition. If we talk about Haryana’s cuisine, it evokes simplicity. Haryanvi cuisine is just like the people in Haryana – simple, grounded and inevitably linked to the land. You will not find people opting excessively for restaurant food, especially in the smaller towns, as home-made meals are most cherished, using ingredients grown mostly in their own land.
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This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Hariyanvi cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is a very talented blogger Priya Satheesh. Who blog at Priya’s menu.
Priya gave me two delicious ingredients potato and coriander leaves. And I gave her moong dal and bajra. Check out her blog for the amazing recipe she shared with these ingredients.

I have made this rice according to my taste , if you want to make authentic recipe you can omit cumin powder, green cardamom and lemon juice. But these ingredients enhance the taste. I like tangy taste but if you don’t like your rice tangy use less lemon juice or skip it.

Recipe

Rice – 1 cup

Potato – 8, small sized

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2 – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Garlic paste – 1 teaspoon

Anardana or pomegranate seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Fennel seeds or saunf – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Lemon juice 1 – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 3 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice and soak for 15 minutes.

2. Peel the potatoes. Wash, drain and prick allover the potatoes with a fork. Keep aside.

3. Grind coriander or cilantro leaves, mint leaves, green chilli, fennel seeds and anardana or pomegranate seeds. Make a smooth paste. Add ginger garlic paste and blend again.

4. Crush the green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have used my mortar pestle to crush.

5. Marinate the potatoes with half of the ground mixture.

6. Heat oil or ghee in a pressure cooker. I have used half oil half ghee or clarified butter.

7. Add black cardamom and crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.

8. Then add the marinated potatoes, remaining ground mixture, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Saute for 4 – 5 minutes.

9. Add the drained rice. Mix well. Saute for few seconds.

10. Add water and lemon juice. Close the lid.

11. Switch off the heat after 3 whistle.
Don’t try to open the pressure cooker immediately. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

12. Open the pressure cooker. Fluff the rice gently.

I have microwave the cooked rice for 3 minutes on full power before serving. But this step is optional. You can serve immediately.
Serve hot with any raita.
Happy cooking!!

Notes

1. You can make it in your rice cooker with same process.

2. Add chilli according to your taste. If you like more spicy then you can add more green chilli and pepper powder.

3. If you don’t like your rice tangy use only 1 teaspoon lemon juice or skip it.

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Dhania Or Cilantro/Coriander Mushroom

Dhania or cilantro/coriander mushroom.
Easy to make and delicious dry mushroom curry. You can serve it as a party side dish too.

Protein rich mushrooms are a great source of vitamins and powerful antioxidants.
And a great source of protein for vegetarian people.

You can get two more mushroom recipes here

Mushroom dopeaja

And

Microwave mushroom

Here is the recipe of delicious coriander mushroom. Just make a paste of cilantro, green chilli, garlic, ginger, green peas and tomato. And cook with mushrooms, onion and some spices. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe

Mashroom – 250 gram

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Garlic – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2

Green peas – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1 large

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

Wash and clean the mushrooms and chop them.
If you have small mushrooms make them half and if you have larger size mushrooms cut into 4 pieces.

Grind garlic, ginger, cilantro leaves, green chilli, green peas and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds start to splutter add finely chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes light brown.

Now add the ground cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilli, peas and tomato paste.
Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and garam masala powder.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add chopped mushrooms and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium low heat. Mushrooms leaves water.
Stir occasionally. You can add little water if require.

Cook till the mushrooms dried up and cooked.
Switch off the heat.

Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if require.
Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

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Tomato Coconut Chickpea Curry 

Tomato coconut chickpea curry.

A delicious dry curry without onion. Fresh coconut, tomato, garlic and some spices makes the curry flavourful and lip-smacking.

My mom used to make this curry with only tomato and garlic. She rarely used onions and the taste was awesome. Today I have followed her recipe but added fresh coconut too.

If you don’t have coconut you can omit it. Sometimes I also make it without coconut. With or without both are delicious. Or you can make it without garlic too. Use only tomato, ginger, coconut, green chilli and spices. You can use lemon juice instead of dry mango powder or use both if you like tangy curry.

 

Recipe


Chickpea – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Turmeric – 1/2 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Tomato – 4 medium, chopped

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon +1 tablespoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves 2 tablespoon + to garnish

Method


Soak the chickpea overnight.

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

Boil the overnight soaked chickpeas with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaf, salt and water.

Discard bay leaf and keep aside.

Grind tomatoes, green chilli, garlic, ginger and 2 tablespoon grated fresh coconut. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

Now add the ground mixture, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

Saute till oil leaves the side.

Add boiled chickpeas, 2 tablespoon cilantro or coriander leaves and salt. Add salt carefully. We have added salt while boiling the chickpeas. Mix well.

Add remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Stir and cook on low flame for 10 minutes or until the water absorbed.

If you want thick gravy add little more water. I have made dry curry.
Add dry mango powder and mix well. If you don’t have dry mango powder you can use lemon juice. Or use both if you like tangy taste.

Taste and adjust salt. If you like you can add little more dry mango powder or lemon juice.

Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut.

Serve with paratha, puri, naan, roti or Indian flat bread or any bread.

Notes


1. Add chilli according to your taste. If you  like hot add more chilli.
2. You can add 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice if you like your curry tangy.
3. If you don’t like garlic you can omit it.

4. If you like the taste of coconut and want to make it without garlic, you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut.

 

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