Thursday, 22 March 2018

Matar daler dalna recipe (Split Pea Fritters in gravy)

Matar daler dalna (Split Pea Fritters in Gravy)

Summers mean a scarcity of vegetables ,and then I start thinking of all such things that can be cooked with stocked material from the pantry.This is a recipe which does not require onion or garlic.
It does sound like a boring menu at the beginning but surprisingly it turns out to be the most soul satisfying meal.This time of the year actually calls for all traditional vegetarian menu,with a dominating flavour of aromatic spices.I am sharing one such very traditional recipe today ,which is quite common in the Bengali kitchen.This recipe is basically a fritter based curry cooked in loads of spices and tomatoes.With a tanginess of the tomatoes and a hint of sweetness from sugar (which is inevitable in Bengali Cuisine),this is a taste that you shall remember for long.

In this recipe the split pea lentil is used,the same which is called matar dal in Bengali.The same recipe can also be cooked in chana dal or Bengal gram ,but it tastes best when cooked in matar dal.
This recipe tastes best with the subtle flavour of hing or asafoetida,and a very dominant taste of ginger.
The Dal is soaked in water for about 6 to 8 hours before it is coarsely ground with ginger,green chilli and salt.

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Matar dal-1 cup 100 grams (makes about 20 fritters enough for lunch for four people)

Potatoes -3 medium sized( cut in cubes )

green chilly -about six

Cumin seeds  one teaspoon

Bay leaves 2

ginger ,-a two inch piece

asafoetida-(hing)-one pinch

jeera (cumin powder)-2 teaspoon

Dhania powder-(coriander powder)-4 teaspoons

tumeric powder-1 teaspoon

chilli powder-1 teaspoon or as per taste

salt-as per taste

sugar -1 teaspoon

ghee-1 teaspoon

garam masala _1 teaspoon    Read recipe here Bengali Garam Masala Powder

Oil-(preferably mustard )You can use the oil of your choice

Tomato puree- about 2 cups


The fried fritters

The dal should be soaked for about 6 to 7 hours and then ground to a coarse paste with half of the ginger mentioned in the ingredients,salt ,2 to 3 green chillies and water.
The batter should be thick enough to be able to drop in the oil with the fingers.Once the batter is made beat the batter well with the help of your hand and then start deep frying the fritters in round shape.Remember to make them not more than an inch in diameter as they become bigger in size in the gravy.Fry in medium heat till they turn golden in colour.
In the same oil fry the boiled and cubed potatoes  coated with little salt and turmeric


1- Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and the bay leaves

2- Add the asafoetida

3-Next add the tomato puree 

4-Add in the cumin,coriander ,chilli powder and tumeric powder

5-Add in salt

6- Saute in low heat,till the mixture oozes oil

7-Add in water and let it come to a boil(the quantity of the water should be more than the amount of gravy you want because the fritters absorb a lot of gravy.

8-Now add the garam masala powder ,sugar ,ghee and 2 slit green chillies.

9-Add the fried potatoes and the fritters to the gravy and switch off the flame.

10 -Leave covered for ten minutes before serving

11-Serve with steamed rice

If you are preparing this much ahead of serving ,do not put the fritters in the gravy.You can put the potatoes.Ten minutes before serving you should bring the gravy to a boil ,add the fritters and switch off the flame.
If you cannot get the matar dal,you can follow the same procedure for Bengal gram(chana dal)

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Cabbage kofta // No onion, garlic , Vegan ,Indian gravy recipe

  Cabbages have a whole range of uses in my kitchen .i always reserve some for some quick recipes too .But then I also get tired of them at the end of the season.Then comes the idea of making cabbage koftas and I fall in love with this veggie all over again.The recipe that I am sharing today is a no onion ,garlic recipe and I prefer this taste of the gravy ,without onion or garlic to the regular onion garlic gravy.It has a very different home cooked taste that can please any taste bud.

The cabbage has been grated  and mixed with salt ,and left for sometime.It is then squeezed well to remove all the water..The lack of onions and garlic in the gravy has been compensated by the use of magaz(cucumber seeds). Tomato puree further lends it the very smooth texture.


The koftas can be fried and kept in a closed container in the refrigerator.It should be put in a simmering gravy and the flame should be switched off .This has to be kept covered for about 15 minutes before serving for the best taste.I generally fry them in small sizes as the become little bigger in size in the gravy..

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For Koftas 

1-Cabbage about 2 cups grated
2-All purpose flour or maida-3 tablespoon
3-cornflour-1 tablespoon
4-oil for frying the koftas
6-Crushed peanuts and cashew nuts-handful
7-raisins cut into pieces-2 teaspoon
8-Green chilies-finely cut
9-Coriander seeds -whole-1 teaspoon

For Gravy
1-cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
2-Mustard oil (or any oil of your choice)-2 tablespoon
3-bay leaves-2
4-cumin powder-2 teaspoon
5-coriander powder-4 teaspoon
6-red chili powder-as per taste
7-Cucumber seeds(magaz)-2 tablespoon or less(soak the magaz in water for fifteen minutes before grinding)
8-tomato puree-1 cup
9-turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
9-Grated ginger(one inch piece)
10-garam masala powder-1 teaspoon
11-coriander leaves -finely cut
12- Sugar


1-Mix salt to the grated cabbage in a bowl and keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes

2-Then squeeze out the water from the cabbage and mix all the ingredients for the kofta ,and make a dry dough

3-make small one inch or little more diameter ball out of the mixture (shape them with your palm) and deep fry them in medium heat by frequently turning them over

4-For the gravy-add the oil in a pan and add the cumin and the bay leaves

5- Once the cumin splutters add the tomato puree and the cumin coriander  turmeric and the chilli powder

6-saute in low flame till it oozes out oil

7-Add in the ground magaz, and the grated ginger and saute till it starts leaving oil 

8-Now add water to get the desired consistency

9- When the water comes to a boil ,add the coriander leaves,garam masala and the sugar.Adjust the seasoning.

10- Just before switching off the flame ,add the fried koftas.

11-Keep covered for about 15 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Prawn Country Style Recipe

Prawn country style

 I am sharing today one of my favourite ,spicy recipes.Prawns being something which I have always found very versatile when I wanted to whip up a meal in a jiffy.if the prawns are kept cleaned and deveined in the refrigerator,then this recipe takes only about 15 minutes to cook.
For this recipe the size of the prawns shown in the pic is ideal I find this variety ,which is about 4 inches long before cleaning the best for any dish ,since lobsters are little rubbery and the small shrimps are less fleshy.
This recipe calls for very few ingredients,the main ingredient being onions.I have cooked it in mustard oil but you can choose any other oil.Even refined oil will go well with it.If you love the flavour of curry leaves ,you can also add few curry leaves at the end.This recipe tastes best when it is made dry like shown in the pic,and goes very well with steamed rice or some flavored rice as well.

 So lets get going ,for an awesome meal with the juicy prawns cooked in  hot spices,yet retaining their flavour ,this time not in smooth velvety gravies but with  a very rustic country appeal.Try this out!!!

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About 250 gms of shelled and deveined prawns(that makes approximately 16 prawns)
Oil-2 tablespoon
Salt (according to taste)
Turmeric-2 teaspoon
Onions(red variety) -4 large
Sugar-half teaspoon
Green chillies 4(slit lengthwise)-(you can reduce the number to two if you find it too spicy)
Jeera powder(cumin powder)-2 teaspoon
Coriander powder-3 teaspoon
Chilli powder-2 to 3 teaspoon-You can reduce it according to your taste
Garam masala powder-1 teaspoon( i generally use a mix of cinnamon,green cardamom,and cloves)
 Wheat flour(atta)-1 teaspoon

1. Marinate the prawns in some salt and turmeric powder and leave for ten minutes .

2.Heat oil in a pan ,then add the prawns

3.Saute on medium flame till they look little bigger and change colour

4.Take out of the pan and keep aside

5.Add in the onions,add the salt and turmeric and saute well till the raw smell is gone and the onions
 turn translucent

6.Add in the cumin ,coriander and the chilli powder,with a tablespoon of water

7.Reduce the flame and cook till the spices are cooked well and the mixture starts oozing oil at the sides.(the water should dry out well)

8.Add in the fried prawn with the slit green chillies , the garam masala

9-Sprinkle the wheat flour and sugar

10. Now mix all and cook for just one to two minutes.

11. Keep covered for ten minutes after switching off the flame

12.Prawn country style is ready to serve

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Gajar ka halwa/ Carrot Pudding Recipe for the unexpected guests

   This all time favouite recipe is prepared in many ways .Sometimes we even tend to look for other alternatives ,this being a very tedious method.Some people even grind the carrots in the mixer,but there is no alternative to the taste that you get from the grated ones.So ,if you are making in large quantities ,you can even take help of the many food processors or chopper available in the market.


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For carrot halwa,I prefer to use the pinkish variety more than the orange variety.The pinkish one is sweeter so the halwa can be made with little sugar.
in this recipe I have used the regular elaichi powder or cardamom powder,but I have tried this with rose essence and it tastes absolutely fantastic.I prefer my desserts cold,so this halwa is generally made in good quantity and stuffed in the refrigerator,to be enjoyed week long.

I generally do not cook the carrots in the pressure cooker ,since just sprinkling little salt to the carrots does the job.
In this recipe ,you will see that I have not used condensed milk or khoya,but instead I have used milk powder which gives an equally good taste I have tried to make this recipe with all easily available ingredients ,so that it can be prepared in a jiffy ,when we have unexpected guests.

Grated carrot-about 6 to 7 medium carrots
sugar--3 tablespoon(or more ,as per taste)
Dry fruits(cashew nuts,almonds ,raisins)-Handful
Milk powder-3 to 4 tablespoon
 Milk-half litre
salt -1 pinch
cardamom powder(elaichi Powder)- half teaspoon
Ghee -2 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

1-Heat a pan and add the  grated carrots(keep in medium flame)
2-Add in a pinch of salt to the carrots and mix well
3-Cover and cook for about 10 minutes
4-Add the sugar now and let the sugar release water
5-Keep in medium to high flame and keep stirring till the water released by the sugar evaporates
6- Separately reduce half litre of milk till it becomes less than one fourth,and saute the raisins and the cashew nuts in 1 teaspoon of ghee  till they change colour and keep aside
7-Add this reduced milk to the carrots and cook by stirring in high flame till all the milk has dried up
8-Now add the milk powder to the carrots and mix well
9-Add in the fried raisins and cashew nuts  and,2 teaspoons of ghee and the elaichi powder(cardamom powder) and mix well
10-Lastly Spread out the halwa in the pan ,and put in high flame without stirring ,for 2 minutes ,till it gets slightly caramelised from the bottom
11-Switch off the flame
12-Ready to be served hot or refrigerated(garnish with sliced almonds)

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Methi (fenugreek leaves) with brinjal recipe

 Methi or fenugreek finds an amazing range if uses in every kitchen.Owing to its diabetic friendly quality and the distinctive aroma it leaves when sauteed ,methi leaves are an all time favourite among many people.

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In order to get the best taste it is better to get the smaller variety of methi leaves,which are more flavouful and less bitter.

2 cups of washed and finely chopped methi leaves
Three forth cup of brinjal cut in small pieces(thinly Sliced)
1 dry red chilli
Salt turmeric-half teaspoon
Oil-2 teaspoon(you can take any cooking oil of your choice

1 -Heat oil in a pan
2 Add the dry red chilli (break in two )
3-Let the chilli turn black and start leaving the aroma
4-Add the brinjals,with the salt and the turmeric
5-Saute for 1 minute
6-Add the methi leaves next
7-Mix well with the brinjals
8-Cover and cook on low for about 5 minutes
9-Open the lid and spread out the leaves,and saute in high heat for another 5 minutes by stirring in between
10-By now the water in it should have dried ,and the leaves should start leaving a good aroma of methi
11-Switch off the flame
12-Enjoy with steamed rice

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Kopi Posto Recipe (Cauliflower in a poppy seeds paste)

  The Bengali kitchen never gets tired of its mustard and poppy seeds combinations with different veggies .Here is another one.The cauliflower florets have been cooked in a distinctive flavoured poppy seeds paste.The cooling effects of poppy seeds forms a very light meal in winter afternoons.


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Cauliflower florets 250 grams-approx.
Poppy seeds 3 tablespoon(poppy seeds are known as khus khus in Hindi)
Green chilli-4 to 5(as spicy as you want)
Mustard oil(preferably for the authentic Bengali  taste)-2 tablespoon(might require more)
Kalonji(nigella seeds)-1 teaspoon
Salt-as per taste
Turmeric-Half teaspoon(poppy seed preparations are low on turmeric)
Sugar-1 teaspoon (as per taste)

1.Dip the cauliflower florets in boiling water for 1 minute and strain them out
2.Coarsely grind the poppy seeds with little water and about 3 green chillies
3.Heat oil in a pan
4.Add the kalonji seeds and 2 slit green chillies,and let them splutter
5.Add the cauliflower florets
6.Add salt and turmeric to the cauliflower,mix well and cover and cook in low flame till the cauliflowers are cooked.
7.Open the lid and stir well in high flame,the cauliflower should get a reddish tinge
8.Now add the poppy paste,with 1 to 2 tablespoon of water ,add in the sugar at this stage
9.Mix the poppy seed paste well with the cauliflower and spread out the cauliflower in the pan
10.Cook in low flame ,do not stir too often ,the pieces will break if you do so
11.Stir after 2 or three minutes and spread it out again
12.The poppy seeds should get a reddish colour and leave a very pleasing aroma by now
13.Switch off the flame.
14.Cover and keep for 15 minutes before you serve.
15.You can serve this with hot steamed rice or chapati.

This recipe requires a good amount of oil for best taste
The poppy seeds should be coarsely ground,and not finely,for the best taste.
You can use the oil of your choice ,but the authentic Bengali taste comes from  mustard oil.

Pineapple Raita recipe

  I had this raita for the first time at a restaurant and since then I fell in love with it.The sweet and tangy taste of the pineapple blends perfectly with the creamy curd ,making it a very delectable accompaniment with a spicy menu.


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1cup of pineapple cut in pieces
A handful of pomegranate seeds
1 cup of curd
Half teaspoon of chilli powder
Salt(As per taste)
Coriander leaves(very finely cut)-1 teaspoon(optional)
1 teaspoon of  roasted cumin powder(bhuna jeera)

1-Whip the curd well,alternatively you can pass the curd through a strainer

2-Add the roasted cumin,salt ,coriander leaves and chilli powder and mix well

3-Add the pineapple pieces in the curd

4-Garnish with the pomegranate seeds

5-Let it chill in the refrigerator for half an hour before serving

6-You might have to add 1 tablespoon of water to the curd,if the curd is too dense

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This raita is made of a dense consistency unlike the other raitas like boondi ka raita.