Indian Recipes - Main Dishes and Side Dishes
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Aloo Palak


3 cups chopped spinach
2 large onoins chopped fine
2 large potatoes boiled and peeled
1 tomato grated
2 green chillies
1" piece ginger
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. wheat or other flour
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tsp. cinnamon-clove powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 pinches asafoetida
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1/2 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. ghee
salt to taste


Put the washed spinach in a pan, add very little water (just a sprinkle) and a pinch of salt.
Cover and boil over a high flame for 2 minutes. Cool quickly, or hold under running water in a colander.
Put in a mixie, add green chilli and run for a minute. Keep slightly coarse, do not make very smooth.
Keep aside.

Cut the potatoes into big pieces. Heat ghee and fry potatoes till light brown.
Drain the potatoes, keep aside.
In the same hot ghee add the cumin seeds.
Add the ginger, onions and fry till very tender.
Add the tomato and further fry for two minutes.
Add all the dry masalas and fry till ghee separates.
Add spinach and potatoes.
When it resumes a boil sprinkle the flour and stir well. Boil for 2-3 minutes. Add lemon juice
Just before serving heat butter in a tiny saucepan and add the asafoetida.
Pour over the vegetable and mix gently.
Serve hot with naan or parathas or even rice.

Note: You may use boiled peas, boiled corn kernels or paneer chunks in the above dish, instead of atoes.

Making time: 45 minutes
Makes for: 6
Shelf life: Best fresh

Gobi Manchurian


1 medium. cauliflower clean and broken into big florettes.
1 small bunch spring onoin finely chopped
2 tsp. ginger finely chopped
1 tsp. garlic finely chopped
1/4 cup plain flour
3 tbsp. cornflour
1/4 tsp. red chilli powder
2 red chillies, dry
3 tbsp. oil
1 1/2 cups water
1 tbsp. milk


Boil the florettes for 3-4 minutes in plenty of water, to which a tbsp. of milk has been added.
Drain and pat dry on a clean cloth.
Make thin batter out of flour and 2 tbsp.cornflour, adding 1/4 tsp. each of ginger and garlic and red chilli powder and salt to taste.
Dip the florettes in the batter one by one and deep fry in hot oil. Keep aside.

In the remaining oil, add remaining ginger, garlic and crushed red chilli and fry for a minute.
Add the salt and spring onions.
Stir fry for a minute. Add 1 1/2 cups water and bring to a boil.
Add 1 tbsp. cornflour to 1/4 cup water and dissolve well.
Gradually add to the gravy and stir continuously till it resumes boiling.
Boil till the gravy becomes transparent. Add florettes and soya sauce.
Boil for two more minutes and remove.
Serve hot with noodles or rice.


Dry manchurian can be made by omitting the gravy.
Make florettes as above and instead of adding water as above, add fried florettes, spring onions and soya ce at this stage.
Sprinkle 1 tsp. cornflour on the florettes and stirfry for 2 minutes.
Serve piping hot with toothpicks or miniforks and chilligarlic sauce or tomato sauce.
Same procedure for veg. manchurian (with gravy or dry), but instead of using only cauliflower, use finely chopped minced vegetables and
bind with some cornflour or bread crumbs and make small lumps the size of a pingpong ball.
Fry as above and proceed as above.

Making time: 45 minutes
Makes for: 6
Shelf life: Best fresh

Sindhi Saibhaji


1 each - carrot, capsicum, onion, small cabbage,potato, brinjal, tomato, ladyfinger (okra)
100 gms. french beans
1/2 bunch each spinach, coriander, khatta (3 leaved) greens.
1/2 bunch any other leafy greens.
1 cup green gram dal
1/2 cup horsegram dal (channa dal)
4-5 green chillies
2-3 clovettes garlic
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tsp. dhania (coriander seed) powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. turmeric
3 tbsp. oil
1/2 tbsp. ghee
2 pinches asafoetida


Clean and wash dals.
Clean, wash and chop spinach and vegetables except tomato.
Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add all the vegetables, spinach and dals.
Mix well, add enough water to cover the contents.

Add all masalas and mix.
Place whole tomato on top, cover and pressurecook for 3 whistles.
Cool the cooker, open and handblend the contents.
Heat 1/2 tbsp. ghee add a pinch of asafoetida add to the mashed vegetable.
Serve hot with paratha or steamed rice

Making time: 30 minutes (excluding cooling time)
Makes for: 6
Shelf life: Best fresh

Shahi Paneer


250 gms. paneer (cottge cheese)
3 tbsp. ghee or butter
1 onion chopped into strips
1/2" piece ginger chopped fine
2 green chillies chopped fine
4 tomatoes chopped fine
2 cardamoms crushed
1/4 cup beaten curd
1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala
salt to taste
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp. tomato sauce

To garnish:
2 tbsp. grated paneer
1 tbsp. chopped coriander


Chop the paneer into 2" fingers.
Heat half the ghee. Add onion,ginger, green chilli and cardamom. Fry for 3-4 minutes.
Add tomatoes and cook for 7-8 minutes, covered.
Add curd and cook for 5 minutes.
Add 1/2 cup water and cool.
Blend in a mixie till smooth.

Heat remaining ghee, add gravy and other ingredients except milk and paneer.
Boil to get a very thick gravy.
Just before serving, heat gravy, add milk and paneer fingers and boil for 3-4 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander and grated paneer.

Making time: 45 minutes.
Makes for: 6
Shelf life: best fresh.

Potato in Curd Gravy


3 medium. potatoes boiled and peeled
1 cup curd or yogurt beaten
1 tsp. red chilli powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dhania powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. garam masala
2 pinches asafoetida
1 stalk curry leaves
1 tbsp. coriander leaves chopped
1 1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp. each ginger, garlic grated
2 green chillies slit
1 tsp. each cumin, mustard seeds
1/4 tsp. wheat flour
1 tbsp. oil


Cut potatoes into big pieces. Mash 3-4 pieces fine with hand. Keep both aside.
Mix all the dry masala in 1/4 cup water.
Heat oil. Add the seeds (cumin and mustard). When they splutter, add ginger-garlic, chilli and curry leaves.
Add the masala mixture and fry for 2 minutes.
Add beaten curd and fry for 5 minutes or till the curd loses its whiteness. Stir continuously after adding curd.

Add the remaining water and all the potato and flour. Stir well.
Boil and simmer for 10 minutes or till gravy thickens
Garnish with chopped coriander.
Serve hot with thin wheat chappaties and rice.

Making time: 30 minutes.
Makes for: 5
Shelf life: Best fresh

Navratan Korma


2 cups peas boiled
1 large carrot chopped and boiled
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/4 cup curd
1/4 cup malai(cream)
3 tbsp. butter
1 small sweet lime
1 small apple
1 banana
2 slices pineapple
10-15 cashewnuts
20 raisins
2 glaced cherries for decoration
1 tbsp. coriander chopped
1 tbsp. ghee
salt to taste
Dry Masala:
1 tsp. cuminseeds
2 tsp. khuskhus (poppyseeds)
1 tsp. cardamoms

Wet Masala:
1 large onion
1/4 cup coconut shredded
3 green chillies


Grind the dry and wet masalas separately.
Chop all the fruit fine. Heat ghee and fry cashews, drain and keep aside.
Add butter to ghee and heat, add the wet masala and fry for 2 minutes.
Add the dry masala and salt and fry 2 more minutes.
Add the carrots and peas, mix together curd and cream and add to gravy.

Allow to thicken a bit, add fruit, cashews and raisins and boil till the gravy is thick and the fat separates.

Garnish with grated cheese ,coriander and chopped cherries.
Serve hot with naan, roti or paratha.

Making time: 45 minutes
Makes for: 6
Shelf life: Best fresh

Malai Kofta


125 gms. cream
75 gms. khoya or paneer
150 ml. milk
50 gms. cashewnuts
3 tsp. white pepper powder.
2 1/2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. grated ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg powder
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1 tsp. garlic crushed
1" cinnamon
6 cloves
6 cardamoms
salt to taste
3 tbsp. ghee

50 gms. khoya
50 gms. paneer
5 medium potatoes
20 gms. cashewnuts
20 gms. raisins
4-5 green chillies chopped fine
1/2 tsp. ginger grated
1 tsp. coriander chopped
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
salt to taste


1 tbsp. grated cheese or paneer
1 tbsp. chopped coriander


Boil the potatoes, peel and smash them.
Mix together all the ingredients except raisins and cashews.
Take a ping-pong ball sized dough in hand.
Flatten. Place 2-3 cashews and raisins in the centre and shape into a ball.
Repeat for remaining dough. Keep aside.

Roast the cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves together.
Dry grind and keep aside. Wet grind all the other ingredients, except ghee, to a paste.
Heat ghee in a skillet, add powdered spices and fry for 2-3 seconds.
Add paste and fry further for 5-7 minutes stirring well.
Add 2 cups water and simmer on low for 15 minutes.
Warm the koftas either in the oven or on the tava.
Optional: You can deep fry the koftas also.
To serve place warm koftas in a casserole.
Either pour boiling hot gravy on the koftas or pour and bake in hot oven of 5 minutes.
Garnish with grated cheese and chopped coriander.
Serve hot with naan or parathas.

Making time: 45 minutes.
Makes: 10 koftas with gravy.
Shelf life: Best fresh.

Sarson ka saag


1 bunch sarson greens
1 bunch spinach
1 onion grated
1/2 tsp. each ginger & garlic grated
3 green chillies
1 tbsp. grated cheese or paneer (optional)
1/2 lemon juice
salt to taste
2 tbsp. ghee
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. garam masala
1 tbsp. maize flour


1.Chop both greens, wash, drain.
2.Heat oil in the pressure cooker direct.
3.Add both greens, green chillies, stir.
4.Add ginger, garlic, stir.
5.Add few pinches salt, 1 cup water.
6.Pressure cook till done. (2 whistles).
7.Mash well.
8.Heat ghee in a pan, add onion, saute till brown,
9.Add all other ingredients, except cheese.
10.Stir well and cook till oil separates.
11.Garnish with cheese.
12.Serve hot with makki ki roti, or paratha.

Making time: 25 minutes (excluding pressure cooking time)
Makes: 3-4 servings
Shelflife: Best fresh

Mix Veg Curry


1 cup mixed vegetables sliced, boiled
(use carrot, cauliflower, beans, peas, potato, etc.)
1 tomato sliced
1/2 coconut grated
1/2 tsp. ginger grated
1/2 tsp. garlic crushed
3 green chillies
1 tbsp. sesame seeds
1/2 tsp. each cumin, mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
salt to taste
1 tsp.lemon juice
2 cloves
1" piece cinnamon
2 tbsp. butter


1.Drain the boiled vegetables, keep stock aside.
2.Blend together, coconut, chillies, sesame seeds, cinnamon, cloves in mixie.
3.Heat butter, add seeds, allow to splutter.
4.Add ginger, garlic and paste.
5.Stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
6.Add vegetables except tomatoes.
7.Add 1/2 cup stock. Cover, simmer for 5 minutes.
8.Add salt, chilli powder,tomatoes and cook till gravy is thick.
9.Serve hot with parathas or chappatis.

Making time: 20 minutes.
Makes: 2 servings

Palak Paneer


Spinach - 500 gms
Onions - 5 medium sized
Garlic - 2-3 flakes
Cooking oil - 6-7 tbsps
Cummin seeds - 1 tbsp
Paneer - 150-200 gms
Salt to taste
Garam Masala, Geera Powder, Chilli Powder


1.Cook the spinach in water.
2.Drain the water and then make puree of the spinach leaves.
3.Cut 4 of the onions finely and saute them till transparent.
4.Grind the other onion and the garlic flakes to a fine paste.
5.Add this paste to the sauted onions. Also add the puree and the spice
powders. Add some water if necessary.
6.Let boil for a minute or two.
7.Cut the paneer to cubes of desired size (preferably not too small). Fry
this in oil till golden brown,
8.Add this paneer to the prepared palak.
9.Serve hot with rice or rotis.

Cabbage Kofta Curry


For Koftas

1/2 medium size Cabbage Shredded
2 tbsp Besan or all Purpose flour
Oil for frying
For Gravy

1 medium sized onion
a Piece of ginger
1 Cardamon
1 cinanamon stick small
1 clove
1 spoon jeera
1 spoon dania
2 medium sizes Tomatoes


1.Take the shredded Cabbage in a bowl, add flour & make small round
balls with the same.
2.Deep fry the balls in the hot oil & keep aside
3.In a seperate pan heat 1 tsp of oil & add bay leaves & the paste, salt
according to taste & little bit of sugar.
4.Let the paste cook till the oil seperates.
5.Can add little water if the paste is too thick.
6.Switch off the flame add the Kofta's & Cover till Serving.
7.Before serving garnish with fresh coriader leaves.

Pineapple Gojju


1 canned (small) crushed pineapple
1 table sp sesame seeds
1 table sp urad dhal
1 table sp channa dhal
3 red chillies
2 green chillies
1 tsp chick peas
1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp tamarind paste
a small piece of jagerry OR 1 table sp brown sugar
1/2 cup grated coconut
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
4-5 table sp's Oil for frying
1 tsp mustard seeds


1.Dry fry sesame seeds, urad dhal, channa dhal, red chillies and
asafoetida till they all turn roast(frying time 5-6 mins)
2.Grind the fried ingredients with green chillies, chick peas, tamarind
paste, jaggery (or brown sugar) and grated coconut to a smooth paste
(add little water while grinding).
3.In the meantime, keep oil in a kadai and let it heat for a minute. Then
put mustard seeds and turmeric powder and allow mustard seeds to
4.Then put the canned crushed pineapple to it and fry the pineapple for
about 15 mins approximately.
5.Later on, add the ground paste to the fried pineapple and fry further 10
6.Add salt according to taste
7.Remove kadai from the heat.
8.This goes well as a side dish with chapatis or rice & rasam and can be
eaten hot or cold.

Tur Dal Kofta


2 cups tur dal
6-7 green chilles, chopped
3tb.spoon cumin seeds
1 pinch asafotida
Salt to taste
3tb.spoon finely chopped corriander leaves
3-4tb spoon grated coconut


1.Soak tur dal over night. Then wash it thoroughly.
2.Grind it coarsly.
3.Then add chopped chillies, corrinder leaves, grated coconut, cumin
seeds, asafotida & salt mix it thoroughly.
4.Then make small koftas (balls) with the mixture pressure cook for 15
5.Serve hot with rice dishes.

Tikha Baigan Masala


1/2 kg brinjal (small size)
3-4 onions (cut in big pieces)
2 tbsp of grated coconut (dried)
1 whole garlic
2 tbsp chilli powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
small lump of tamrind
1 tbsp garam masala powder
1 tsp jeera


1.Take all the ingredients grind it at once in mixer, do not add water.
2.Add 2 tbsp of oil in pan and heat it, put the mixture in the pan.
3.Fry the mixture properly. Take of the pan from stove and let it cool.
4.Take the brinjal slit it in 4, fill the mixture in the brinjal.
5.Pour 2 - 3 tbsp of oil in kadai, heat it and then put the stuffed brinjal,
cook it.
6.Add little water to the brinjal. Put small piece of jaggery to taste if
7.Let it cook for 15-20 minutes.

Your tikha brinjal masala is ready

Vaangi Baath (Brinjal Rice)


Brinjal - 300 gms
Onions - 2-3 medium sized
Coriander powder, Chilli powder, Salt to taste
Rice - 1 cup
Water - 2 1/2 cups
Cooking oil - 2 tbsps
Finely chopped coriander leaves


1.Cut the brinjal & onions to not very fine pieces. If u cut the brinjals
too fine, they will get mashed up and will lose their taste.
2.Saute the onions till they get transparent. Then, add the brinjals also.
3.Add the spice powders and saute the curry for 4-5 minutes.
4.Cook the rice in the quantity of water mentioned above. Do not
5.Allow it to cool and then mix it with the curry just prepared above
taking care to see that u do not mash them up.
6.Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
7.Serve hot.

Avial (Mixed Vegetables With Sauce)

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Serves 4

Required ingredients:

Cubed White Squash (pumpkin) — 1 cup

Chopped French Beans, Cauliflower,
Drumstick*, Bell Pepper, Potato — 3 cups
(mixed together)

Green Chilies — 4 (medium sized)

Plain Yoghurt — 2 cups

Grated Fresh Coconut — 1 cup

Curry Leaves — 10

Coriander Leaves — 4 tsp.

Mustard — 1/8 tsp.

Turmeric — 1/8 tsp.

Cooking oil — 1/2 cup

Dried Red Chilies — 2

Sugar — 1 tsp.

Cumin — 1 tsp.

Split Black Gram — 1/8 tsp.

Asafoetida — a pinch or two

Salt to taste

In a deep pot boil the mixed vegetables in a cup
of water until tender. Keep aside. (If there is any
water left in the pot, do not discard it).

In a blender, blend yogurt, sugar, cumin, grated
coconut, turmeric, salt, coriander leaves, a cup of
water until well mixed. Pour this mixture into the
pot containing the vegetables and keep it on
medium heat. Add the green chilies sliced
lengthwise and simmer the contents for ten
minutes. (Remember to stir frequently, as yogurt
tends to stick to the bottom of the pot). Remove
from heat and keep aside.

In a wide skillet heat oil on medium. When oil is
hot add dry red peppers and fry for one minute.
Then add mustard seeds, black gram and curry
leaves. When the mustard seeds pop, add
asafoetida. Immediately add the vegetables and
sauce from the pot. Cook for a minute or two.
Remove from heat.

Goes well with plain white rice, pita, paratha, puri.

*If drumstick is not available, you can add some
other vegetable. Eggplant, however, is

not advised because it becomes bitter when
boiled in water.

Milagu Kuzhambu

coriander seeds - 2 spoons(fry first)
toor dal - 2 spoons
whole black peppers - 2 spoons
whole red peppers - 3-4
asafoetida and curry leaves-little
Fry the above ingredients in a little amount of oil and grind
it.Mix this paste with tamarind juice, add water and heat
until the raw smell is gone.
Side dish - This can be mixed with rice and served along with
paruppu thogaiyal, or as a side dish to curd rice.

Erissery (Maya Nair)

Green bananas or plantains (nenthrakkay) - cubed
turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
chili powder - 1 teaspoon
cumin seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon
urad dal - 1/4 teaspoon
coconut, grated - 1/2 cup (may substitute des. coconut)
coconut for garnish - 1 tablespoon
black pepper - 1/4 teaspoon
curry leaves - a few
salt to taste
oil - 1 teaspoon

Soak the cut plantains in warm water mixed with half teaspoon turmeric for ten minutes. Drain and cook the
plantains with the remaining turmeric and salt. Grind the coconut well with cumin and add to the cooked plantains.
Let it simmer. Meanwhile, heat the oil and pop the mustard seeds. Add the urad dal and the coconut reserved for
garnish and stir till browned. Add this mixture to the erisherry and mix in the curry leaves.

Poricha Koottu

toor dal, coriander seeds, urud dal, whole black peppers, cumin seeds - each 1
1 whole red pepper, grated coconut (fry last)
Fry the above ingredients in little ghee, grind and keep it aside.
Vegetables - Snake gourd, cabbage, beetroot
Cut any of the vegetables into small pieces, add moong dal and steam it in pressure
cooker.Add the ground mixture to this and heat for a little while to mix
uniformly.Add splattered mustard seeds.Add curry leaves.


Vegetables - Plantain, potatoes, brinjal, carrots, beans, drumstick, green peas
Cut the vegetables into long pieces and steam in pressure cooker.
Grind grated coconut and green hot chillies and salt.Add this to thick curd.Add
cooked vegetables, mix well and heat for sometime. When cooked, add curry
leaves and 1/2 spoon coconut oil.

Rasam Powder

Whole black peppers - 1
Toor Dal - 1/2
Cumin seeds - 1/2
coriander seeds - 1/2
Slightly heat without adding oil in a fry pan and grind the above ingredients into a
nice powder.

Sambar powder

Whole red peppers - 1/4 kg
Coriander seeds - 1/4 kg
Toor Dal - 200 g
Gram dal - 200 g
whole black peppers - 25 g
asafoetida - a pinch Dry the above ingredients and grind into a nice powder.



2 cups Vegetables
2 Onions cut length-wise
2 Green chilies cut length-wise
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 1/4 tsp Salt
one pinch Turmeric powder
1/2" Cinnamon stick
2 Cloves
2 Cardamom
2 tblsp Coconut powder
1 tsp Khus-Khus (poppy seeds)
1/4 tsp (3 cloves) Garlic
1/4 tsp powder (or 1/2" fresh) Ginger


Put a reasonable sized vessel on the range and heat oil. Add cinnamon,
cloves and cardamom and fry for 2-3 minutes. Add onions and green
chilies and fry till onions turn brown. Add garlic ++ ginger paste and
fry for a minute or so. Add vegetables and fry for about 3 minutes.
Add Water (about a cup or two). Let the vegetables ++ turmeric powder

If you are using canned or frozen vegetables skip the above step.

Add coconut paste, khus-khus, salt and wait until cooked.
(Note: Cook on low heat.)

More Kozhambhu


Yogurt 32 oz.
Coriander seeds 2 tsp.
Cumin seeds 2 tsp.
Red Chili powder 1 tsp.
Chana Daal 1 tsp.
Rice or rice powder 1 tsp.
Coconut (grated) 2 tsp.
Salt 2 tsp.
Mustard 1 tsp.
Turmeric pinch
Red Chili 1


Fry Coriander seeds, Cumin seeds, Chana Daal, Red Chili in a little oil.
Grind the mixture with the coconut and add to the beaten yogurt. Add turmeric and bring to a boil.
Stir in rice powder, and heat on low until consistent texture is achieved.
Heat oil and mustard seeds and add to the mixture.

Lemon Pickle


Lemons 6
Salt 5 tsp.
Chili powder 5 tsp.
Turmeric pinch
Hing 1 tsp.
Methi 1 tsp.
Oil 5 tbsp.


Cut lemons into small pieces and remove the seeds. Add salt and keep for about 12 hours.
Add chili powder, turmeric, and methi.
Heat oil, mustard seeds, and asafoetida. Spread this mixture over the lemons.
Mix thoroughly.



Soaked tamarind about the size of a large lemon
1 1/2 tbspn jaggery
2 tbspns sesame seeds roasted dry
6-8 green chillies, slit into two (add more for spice)
2 inch ginger cut into thin strips
1 tspn mustard seeds
1 tspn chana dal
3-4 tbspns oil, preferably sesame
good pinch asafoetida
pinch turmeric
curry leaves


Squeeze out the pulp from the tamarind. You can add a little fresh water each time to extract the pulp. When
you have a about a small bowl full, set aside.
Warm oil, season with mustard seeds first. When they start to pop throw in red chillies, chana dal, asafoetida
and curry leaves. When dal turns red, add the green chillies and fry. Throw in the ginger, add tamarind extract
carefully, a pinch turmeric, salt to taste and jaggery. Simmer on low heat till raw smell disappears and the sauce
has reduced to one-third or thickened yet spoonable.
Crush the roasted sesame seeds with a rolling pin on paper or in a spice mill rather coarsely. Add this at the end
to the pulikacchal Mix well so there are no lumps.



One small to medium eggplant
1/2 tbsp tamarind paste or extract from a tamarind size marble, soaked
one large onion, chopped (if using little ones in a bag, about five)
2 ripe tomatoes, diced
6 hot green chilles, slit and cut into pieces
curry leaves
1 tspn mustard
1/2 tspn turmeric
garlic (optional)
salt to taste
3-4 tbspn oil


Chop the eggplant into very tiny pieces. Heat oil, add mustard seeds, when popping add curry leaves, chillies,
onions and fry till onions become transcluscent. Add tomatoes and eggplant and fry for another five minutes. If
using tamarind paste add a cup and half of water, or pour equal quantity of extract from fresh pulp. Throw in the
turmeric, salt and garlic. Let it simmer for a while until eggplant becomes really soft and is barely able to retain
its shape. Remove from heat.
Tomato-Onion Gotsu More tomatoes can be substituted instead of the eggplant for a tomato- onion gotsu. Add
more chillies if necessary.

Katirikka Rasavangi


One Bhima eggplant(Brinjal)
1/2 tbsp tamarind paste
1 1/2 tspn coriander seeds
1 tspn chana dal
3-4 dried red chillies
4 tbsp coconut (dry will do but fresh is better)
1/2 cup cooked toovar dal (with turmeric)
1/2 tspn mustard seeds
a pinch asafoetida
curry leaves
A little oil for roasting and seasoning
salt to taste


Cube eggplant. In about a cup of water dissolve the tamcon paste. Set on stove, add eggplant to tamarind
water, a little turmeric, salt and let cook until eggplant is done but has not lost its shape.
In a pan with very little oil roast red chillies, coriander seeds, chana dal and asafoetida. When you can get the
aroma of roasted coriander or the red chillies have turned a dark, dark red remove from heat and let cool.
Throw into blender with coconut, add 3 tbsp water and grind slowly into paste. Add a little water if blade gets
stuck. Remove from jar and wash it out with water and save this.
Mash cooked dal with a spoon until blended and add to cooked eggplant. Now add the coconut paste and its
water. Keep on low heat till it starts to simmer a little. Take off heat.
Season with spluttering mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Variations: You can throw in a handful of chick peas from a can into this, thin it out somewhat and have it as
katirikka sambar. Alternately, you can make the cooked dal with half toor and half chana dal, in which case you
should not cook until mashed. Remove a trifle before it gets fully done.



2 med bitter gourds ("karela")
3/4 can chickpeas
1/2 cup cooked toovar dal
3 green chillies slit
1 1/2 tspn tamarind paste
3-4 red dry chillies
2 tspns urad dal
1 1/2 tspn coriander seeds
1/2 cup grated coconut
few peppercorns
a little jaggery or sugar
turmeric, salt to taste
mustard seeds, curry leaves, oil for seasoning


Slit bitter gourd into four quarters and cut 1/2 inch thick pieces across.
In a little oil, saute cut bitter gourd and green chillies. Add 2 cups water, tamarind, turmeric and salt. Let simmer
until bitter gourd are tender. Add chickpeas and jaggery/sugar.
While bitter gourd are cooking, in another pan sprinkle a little oil and fry coriander seeds, urad dal, red chillies
and peppercorns until well roasted. Add coconut, stir a min or two and then grind in a blender. Add a little
tomato paste if handy for color.
Blend in cocunut paste into the bitter gourd-tamarind mixture. Add the dal. Mix well and reheat a till it begins to
simmer. Take off stove.
Pour seasoning on top.



2 plaintanos
1 1/2 cups fresh coconut
crushed black pepper
turmeric, salt to taste.
mustard, 1 red chilli, urad dal, curry leaves, oil for seasoning


Peel plaintanos and cut into small pieces after slitting lengthwise into quarters.
Cook with water well above level of veggies, salt turmeric and pepper added on low heat until plantanos get
really done. Takes about 25 mins or so. Grind half the fresh coconut and add to cooked plaintanos.
In a separate pan season with mustard, urad dal, curry leaves and fry remaining grated coconut until a reddish
brown. Pour this onto the plaintainos and ericheri is ready.

Venn pongal


2 cups rice 3/4 cup mung dal,
dry roasted to a golden brown cracked black peppercorns
1 1/2 tspns lightly crushed cumin, turmeric,
salt to taste. A good bunch curry leaves
a little chopped ginger
5-6 tbspns ghee/melted butter turned brown
bunch cashews


Wash rice and roasted dal. Add water to one inch above level of rice. Add turmeric and let it simmer. Add a
little more water if not semi- solid. When done remove from heat.
Warm ghee and roast cashews until a golden, remove carefully and set aside. Throw in cumin seeds, cracked
pepper, curry leaves into the ghee and in a minute or two pour int onto the pongal with the cashews. Add the
ginger. Mix well.

Dum Alu

coriander seeds
cumin seeds
cardamom pods
clili powder
kelonji (onion seeds)
coriander leaves
green chili
pinch of nutmeg powder
pinch of mace powder

Boil and fry potatoes till golden brown. Grind coriander seeds and cumin seeds and set aside. Then grind cloves, peppercorns and cardamom seeds and set aside. Fry everything in oil and then add water and potatoes till tender, then add the other things.


crushed fennel seeds (sounf)
dried red chilies
green chilies

dry roast the ginger and fennel seeds and remove. In oil sprinkle heeng and add red chilies and then green chilies. Add fennel seeds and ginger and fry. Add spinach and cook covered.

Simla mirch sabzi

green peppers
coriander powder
chili powder
garam masala

cut big pieces of peppers. In oil fry onions, add ginger and garlic. Add coriander powder, turmeric, garam masala, chili powder and then add tomatoes. Then add peppers ,cover and cook.

Pinapple Gojju

For masala:
2 tablespoons coconut
5-6 green chillies
4-5 red chillies
1/2 tsp methi seeds
1 tsp jeera
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 small bunch coriander leaves
1/2 tsp saunf
1 clove
2-3 peppercorns

1/2 can of chopped pineapple
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 sprig curry leaves
A pinch of hing (asoefetida)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder(optional)

Fry all the masala ingredients in a little oil, drain and
blend into a smooth paste.Set aside.
Open a small can of cubed pineapple and drain the juice from the fruit.
Heat 4 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds.
When they crackle add crushed curry leaves and hing.
Immediately add turmeric and fry for half a minute.
Now add the fruit pieces and fry for 5 minutes.
Add the red chilli powder and fry.
Now add the ground paste and a little water.
Add salt to taste and take it from the fire when the mixture comes to a boil

Bittergourd Gojju

2 medium sized bittergourds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
1 onion, minced
3-4 garlic cloves minced
2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp dhania powder
2 tsp sambhar powder
2 tsp shredded coconut
1 tsp methi(fenugreek) seeds, roasted and powdered
2 tsps white sesame seeds, roasted and powdered
2 tablespoon jagggery melted or 2 tsp sugar
Juice of a small ball of tamarind
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste

Scrape the skin of the gourds till smooth and wash them.
Cut lengthwise and remove the seeds.
Cut them into large half-rounds.
Smear salt on them and place a heavy weight on them.
This method is used to reduce the bitterness of the vegetable.
Set aside for 1/2 hr.
Fry in 3 tsp oil till well browned.
Drain and set aside.
Heat about 3 tsp oil and add the mustard and curry leaves.
When the mustard crackles, add the minced onion and garlic.
Fry till done.
Now add all the raw dry powders and fry for 2 minutes.
Now add the shrdded coconut and keep frying for 2 more minutes.
Add the fenugreek and sesame powders and mix well.
Add the fried gourd, jaggery and tamarind.
Add salt to taste and enough water to cover the vegetable.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat.
Cook till the gavy thickens and you get a gojju consistency.
Remove from heat and add the hing.
Mix well and serve like a chutney with plain rice/dosa/chapati.

Bhindi Gojju

1 lb bhendi (okra), cut into thin rounds.
3 cups of buttermilk(or diluted yoghurt)
1 tsp mustard seeds
A small piece of ginger, crushed finely(optional)
3-4 green chillies chopped finely
1 sprig curry leaves
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste

Apply salt to the bhendi and deep fry in hot oil till dark brown and set aside.
Heat 2 tsp oil and add the mustard seeds, ginger, green chilles, curry leaves and the hing.
Fry till the mustard starts crackling.
Add the fried bhendi and stir for 2 minutes.
Take it from the fire.
Add the buttermilk and salt to taste(remember that the okra is already salted).Mix well.
Add some water if the gojju is too thick.
Eat with plain rice and dal.

Gobi Manchurian

1 small Cauliflower, cut into flowerets
2 tbsp garlic paste
2 tbsp ginger paste
2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tbsp green chilli paste
1/2 bunch coriander leaves, chopped finely
A pinch of saffron (or red coloring), dissolved in milk
2-3 green onions (scallions), chopped finely (If you cannot
find green onions, you can substitute with white,
ordinary onions)
1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic, chopped
2 tsp soya sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon of cornflour , dissolved in water
1 tablespoon chapati atta(wheat flour)
1/2 cup rice flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup of cornflour
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying the cauliflower
2 tablespoon oil for sauce

In a large bowl,combine the chapati atta , rice flour,
1/2 cup cornflour,baking powder, salt, soy sauce,
1 tablespoon garlic/ginger paste, 1 tsp chilli powder,
turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon green chilli paste.
Mix well with water, till you get the consistency of
thin batter.
Dip the cauliflower flowerets in this batter and
deep fry in oil, drain and set aside.
In a open pan, add some oil and when it smokes
add the remaining garlic and ginger paste.
The minute it starts turning brown, add the chopped
onions and fry only till they start becoming
Now add the chopped garlic and green chilli paste
and fry for a minute.
Add the soy souce and stir for a minute.
Bring down the heat and then add the cornflour-water
paste and the red coloring.
The mixture will start to thicken……keep on stirring
on low heat and when the mixture turns thick enough,
add the chopped corainder leaves and stir for 20 seconds.
The leaves should not lose thier color.
Take this mixture from the heat and pour it onto the
fried caulilower.
If you desire, you can add the cauliflower when the
mixture is in the pan itself in the last stage.
But this will turn the cauliflower soggy..
It all depends on how you like to eat the
Cauliflower manchurian…soft or crispy…

Vegetable Pulao

3 cups of rice, boiled
A bunch of coriander leaves.
3-4 green chillies.
2 tsp of coconut, shredded
3 medium onions,sliced fine.
1/2 an onion, chopped.
A few sticks of cinammon, a few
cardommom seeds, a few cloves.
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder.
salt to taste.
2 flakes garlic.
1 inch piece ginger.
Ghee or melted butter for frying.
1 cup of cauliflower flowerets.
Some mixed frozen vegetables like beans,
carrots and green peas.
3 tsbp ghee(clarified butter)

Grind together the 1/2 onion, coconut, garlic, ginger
and coriander in the blender, to make a smooth paste.
Keep aside.
Fry the onions in a the ghee or melted butter.
Also add the cloves, cinnamon and cardommom.
When onions are browned properly, add the red chilli powder
and fry for 30-45 seconds.
Now add all the vegetables,including the cauliflower and
sprinkle some water on it.
Keep covered and cook on a low flame till the vegetables are cooked.
This might take approximately 15-20 minutes.
Keep sprinkling water periodically to speeden up the process,
but do not add excess water as it will ruin the pulao.
When the vegetables are done, transfer the vegeables to a
big mixing dish, add all the boiled rice, salt to taste
and the blended masala.
Mix thoroughly and then heat it either in a microwave or on
low heat on the cooking range.It is heated again to let
the salt spread across the dish.
Serve with Raita.

Peas Pulao

6 cups of cooked white basmati rice
1 1/2 cups of frozen green peas, thawed
1 small onion sliced
1 tsp jeera(cumin) seeds
3 garlic flakes, crushed finely
1 small piece of ginger, crushed finely
1-2 cloves
1 small piece cinnamon, broken into pieces
2-3 cardamoms
2 tablespoon ghee(clarified butter)
Salt to taste
2 tsps coriander leaves , chopped finely
1 tablespoon cashewnuts, chopped

Heat the ghee in a non stick pan and add the
ginger-garlic paste.
When it browns, add the cardamoms, cinammon,
jeera, cloves and onions.
Fry till the onions turn transparent.
Now add the peas, cashewnuts and the coriander
leaves and mix well.
Cook on low heat till the peas are cooked.
Mix in the cooked rice and heat through.
Eat when hot with a vegetable or meat side dish.

Vaangi Baath

1 long purple brinjal(eggplant), cut into large pieces
1 1/2 cup raw rice, washed and cooked such that the
grains of rice remain seperate
5 red chillies
6 peppercorns
1/2 tsp turmeric
4 tbsp ghee(clarified butter)
4 cloves
Salt to taste
1 tsp urad dal
1" cinammon
1 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 green chillies
1 tsp channa dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp oil for frying the masala
1/2 cup sour buttermilk or 2 tsp lemon juice

Fry in the 1 tsp oil 4 out of 5 red chillies, turmeric,cloves,
cinammon, cumin, coriander and peppercorns.
Powder them using a coffee grinder and set aside.
Heat the ghee in a pan and add the mustard seeds, red chilli,
green chillies, urad dal and channa dal.
When the seasoning is almost done, add the brinjal pieces
and fry till the brinjal is done.
Now add the buttermilk and mix well.
Add the powdered masala and mix.
Add salt to taste.
Bring to a boil and remove.
Mix this with the cooked rice and heat through.
Serve hot.

Bisi Bela Huli Anna Powder

6 red chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp methi(fenugreek) seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
3 tsp coriander seeds
4 cloves
2 pieces cinammon
2 tsp urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/2 cup coconut gratings
Oil/ghee(clarified butter) for roasting

Roast all the above ingredients one by one in a little
oil or ghee and powder to a coarse powder
in a coffee grinder.
Store in a airtight container.
Use as required for Bisi Bele Huli Anna(See "Rice
Preparations" section)

Bisi Bela Huli Anna

1/2 cup toor dal
1 cups rice
1/2 cup thick tamarind juice
5 tsp Bisi Bhele Huli Anna powder(See "Pickles and Spice
Mixes" section)
2 cups chopped vegetables(carrots, green beans, potatoes,etc)
4 green chillies, chopped
3 tbsp ghee(clarified butter)
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
2 tsp cashewnuts, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp channa dal
1 tsp urad dal
Salt to taste

Wash the rice and toor dal together and cook under
pressure with the chopped vegetables till completely done.
Add the tamarind juice to the above rice/dal/vegetables
and mix well.
Mix in the bisi bhele huli anna powder.
Set aside.
Heat the ghee and add the mustard, green chillies,
curry leaves, cashewnuts, urad dal and channa dal.
When the seasoning is ready,add it to the
rice mixture and add salt to taste.

Puliyogare Mix

1 cup fresh shredded coconut
4 tsp coriander seeds
2 tsp peppercorns
A pinch of hing(asoefetida)
4 tsps peanuts, shelled and skinned
2 tsp mustard seeds
12 red chillies
4 tsps white sesame seeds
2 sprigs curry leaves
2 tsp urad dal(black gram dal)
1 tsp channa dal( bengal gram dal)
8 tsp oil or ghee
1 1/2 cups thick tamarind juice
1 small piece jaggery or 1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cumin seeds

Roast the coconut and set aside.
Roast the coriander, cumin, 6 red chillies,
1 sprig curry leaves, pepper, asoefetida,
1 tsp mustard, 2 tsp sesame seeds, 1/2 tsp
channa dal,1 tsp urad dal and 2 tsp peanuts
one by one till they turn aromatic.
Powder to a fine powder using a coffee grinder
and set aside.
Mix in the coconut gratings and powder once again.
Set aside.
Heat some oil and add the remaining musatard seeds,
red chillies, urad dal, channa dal, peanuts,
sesame seeds and curry leaves.
When the seeds start crackling, add the tamarind
juice and salt/jaggery. Mix well.
Add salt to taste.
The liquid will start boiling.
Now add the powdered masala and simmer till
you get a sticky masala.
Heat through and cool.
This will keep well for a month in a airtight
container if refrigerated.
Mix this with plain cooked rice to get puliyogare
or tamarind rice.


2 cups cooked white rice
2 tbsp Puliyogare Mix (See "Pickles and Spice Mixes" section)
Salt to taste
Tamarind juice for taste

Mix the cooked rice with the Puliyogare mix.
Add salt to taste.
You can add extra tamarind juice and mix if you
need the dish to be more sour.
Heat through and serve.

Cabbage Upkari

1 small cabbage, chopped finely
2 medium sized onions, chopped finely
1 tsp urad dal
1 tsp channa dal
5-6 dry red chillies
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tablespoon coconut, shredded
A pinch of hing
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon cooking oil

Heat the oil and add the mustard, red chillies dals and curry leaves.
Fry till the mustard crackles.
Now add the onions and fry till the onions turn translucent
and start turning brown.
Add the cabbage, salt to taste and some water and cover
cooked on a small flame till the cabbage is done.
Add the shredded coconut and the hing and mix well.
Heat through and serve hot with rice and dal.

Aloo Dum

10 small potatoes
3 medium sized onions
2-3 tbsp shredded coconut
A small piece of ginger
4-5 green chilles
2-3 cardammom pods
1/2 cup yoghurt
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tbsp poppy seeds
2 1/2 tsp dhania(coriander) powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying the potatoes
2 tbsp cooking oil/ghee(clarified butter)

Boil the potatoes. Peel them and prick the potatoes with a fork.
Fry the potatoes in hot oil till they turn slightly brown.
Drain and set aside.
Heat oil in a shallow pan and fry the onions to light brown.
Grind the coconut, poppy seeds, cardamon, ginger and green chillies to a paste.
Add the paste to the onions. Fry till the oil seperates.
Add chilli powder,cumin powder and dhania powder and
stir for 5 mins.
Add the yoghurt , salt and the fried potatoes.
Add enough water to cover the potatoes and simmer till
the gravy is thick for about 10 minutes.
Now add the garam masala powder and mix well.
Garnish with the chopped coriander leaves.
Eat with chapathi/nan.


2 cups of cubed and boiled vegetables like:
raw bananas

Roast in a little oil one by one and blend to
a smooth paste:
2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tablespoons of coconut, shredded
4-5 green chillies

3/4 packet buttermilk
A pinch of turmeric
Salt to taste
3 tsp cooking oil for seasoning
1 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves, chopped finely

Add the salt, turmeric and the coconut paste to the
buttermilk.Add the boiled vegetables.
Heat on a low flame till the buttermilk mixture
reaches a thick texture.Keep stirring continously.
Now add the chopped coriander leaves.
Season with mustard, curry leaves, hing , cumin and
red chillies in hot oil.
Heat hot with plain rice.

Bharva Bhindi

1 lb Bhendi, washed
1 large onion , sliced finely
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp cooking oil
1 tsp lemon juice

For stuffing:
1 1/2 tsp red chili pwd
1 tsp amchoor
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp saunf(fennel)
2 tsp dhania pwd
1 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp turmeric
Salt to taste

Make one slit on each bhendi and set side.
Heat 1 tbsp of the oil and fry the stuffing masala till well
browned. Not more than a minute.
Stuff each bhendi with this masala and keep the remaining
Heat the remaining oil, add the cumin seeds and when they splutter add the sliced onions.
When the onions start browning, add the remaining masala
and the bhendi pieces.
Sprinkle some water and salt and cook covered on a low
flame for 30 minutes.
Keep turning occassionally.
When the bhendi is done, take off the stovetop and sprinkle
the lemon juice.Mix well.
Serve hot with chapati/rice and dal.

Bharwa Bhaingan

8-10 small rounded firm brinjals(Eggplant)
3 medium onions , chopped and roasted
3 tbsp. roasted groundnuts powdered coarsely
3 tbsp. grated fresh coconut, roasted
1 tsp cloves, roasted
2 tsp red chilli powder, roasted
2 tsp dhania-jeera(coriander-cumin seed mixture), roasted and powdered
1 small bunch coriander leaves, chopped and roasted
salt to taste
2-3 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp each mustard and cumin seeds
1/2 cup curds(plain unflavored yoghurt)

Wash and the clean brinjals. Make 2 slits to form a cross.
Rub them with some curd and salt and set aside.
Mix all the roasted masala in the blender with some curd to
make a smooth filling. Stuff some of this mixture into each
slit of the brinjals.
Heat oil in a heavy or non-stick pan, add the mustard, cumin
seeds wait to splutter, slide in the brinjals slowly.
Any mixture which is remaining can be now added to cover the
Add some water.
Simmer till the vegetable is tender and done.

Bhaingan Bhartha

1 large eggplant
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped coriander leaves
2 tomatoes, chopped finely
4 green chillies, chopped finely
1 cup cooked green peas
1 1/2 tsp dhania-jeera ( cumin-corainder) powder
1 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp amchoor(mango powder)
Salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
3 tbsp cooking oil

Rub 1/2 tsp oil on the eggplant and bake in an oven till
the skin shrinks and liquid starts oozing out of the
This will take around 30-45 minutes at 400 deg F.
Take it out of the oven and peel it.
Mash the baigan and add the salt to it.

Heat the remaining oil and add the chopped onion.
Fry till the onions turns translucent.
Add the green chillies and the tomatoes and fry till the
mixture becomes homogeneous.
Now add all the spices and the sugar and fry for a minute.
Add the baigan and mix well.
Now add the peas and fry for a couple of minutes.
Add the chopped coriander leaves and some water to get
a thick consistency.Mix well.
Heat through.
Serve when hot with plain rice/paratha.

Malai Kofta

For the Kofta:
1 1/2 lb. potatoes
2 heaped tablespoons each of crumbled paneer,
khoya and thick malai(You can substitute this with
baked ricotta cheese and heavy cream)
4-5 cashewnuts chopped
1 tablespoon raisins
2-3 finely chopped green chillies
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red-chilli powder
1/2 tsp cardammom powder
Salt to Taste
3 tbsp cooking oil/ghee(clarified butter)
Oil for frying the koftas

For the gravy:
2 medium onions,chopped
3 flakes garlic,crushed
1 inch ginger,crushed
3 large tomatoes,pureed
1 tsp red-chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp dhania(corainder) powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp powdered poppy seeds
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp ground peanuts/cashewnuts

Boil the potatoes till tender.
Peel, mash and add salt to taste.
Keep aside.
Mix all the other ingredients for the
kofta into a paste.
Make rounds of the potato dough and place a
little of the prepared mixture in the center
of each round.
Seal the edges and shape into stuffed rounds.
Deep fry each kofta till golden brown.
Drain and keep aside.
Blend together the onions, ginger, garlic and the
poppy seeds and fry in 3 tbsp of oil till brown
and the oil begins to seperate.
Add the pureed tomatoes and the masala powders.
Add the sugar and the ground peanuts.
The gravy will begin to thicken.
You can also add some malai to thicken it some more.
Mix in some water if necessary.
When the gravy comes to a boil, add the koftas.
Heat through and serve.
The koftas should be put in just before eating
the dish or else they will turn soggy.

Home-made Paneer

5 cups of whole milk
2 tsps vinegar

Boil the milk in a open pan.
When it's boiling, add the vinegar and wait
for the milk to curdle completely.
Take it off the fire and let it sit for 10 minutes.
Pour it onto a cotton/muslin cloth and tie it with a
tight knot.
When all the water is drained from the paneer,shape it into a
large rectangular block,transfer it into another piece
of paper/cloth, wrap it properly and refrigerate it overnight.
Cut into cubes and deep fry in hot oil.
Drain and store in the frezer.

Hot and Sour Tomato Pickle

1 lb. green tomatoes(Red ones can be used too)
15-20 red chillies
1 cup chopped ginger
1 cup chopped garlic
2 cups vinegar
1 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 tsp fenugreek
1 1/2 cups oil
Salt to taste

Slice the tomaotes, smear turmeric and salt on them
and soak them in 1 cup vinegar.Leave for about 2 hours.
Blend together the garlic, ginger, red chillies and
3/4 of the mustard, with a little vinegar.
Heat the oil and add the remaining mustard.
When the mustard crackles, add the fenugreek.
Fry for 2 minutes and then add the blended mixture
and fry well for over 20 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and the remaining vinegar.
Stir continuously as the mixture comes to a boil.
When the pickle is almost done, the oil begins to float
at the top.
Take it off the heat and let it cool.
Store in a clean bottle.
Will keep for a year.

Rasam Powder

1 tbsp toor dal
5-6 dry red chillies
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp dry curry leaves
Ghee(clarified butter) for roasting

Roast each of the above till they turn aromatic.
Powder to a fine powder using a coffee grinder and
use as required.
This will keep well for months in a airtight
You can make a larger quantity of this by
using the above ingredients in the same ratio.

Garam Masala Powder

4 cloves
4-5 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
7 peppercorns
1 bayleaf
Ghee(clarified butter)

Roast each of the above till they turn aromatic.
Powder to a fine powder using a coffee grinder and
use as required.
This will keep well for months in a airtight
You can make a larger quantity of this by
using the above ingredients in the same ratio.

Tandoori Masala Powder

4 tsp ground coriander
3 tsp ground cummin
4 tsp garlic powder
4 tsp paprika
3 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp mango powder
1 tsp dried mint
3 tsp deep red coloring
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp yellow colouring)

Mix all together and store.
The coriander and cumin powders must be freshly ground.
Use as required.
This will keep for months if stored in an airtight

Pepper Rasam

1 small tomato, chopped into small cubes
1 1/2 tsp peppercorns
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tsp thick tamarind juice
1/2 tsp sugar or jaggery water
1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
A pinch of hing(asoefetida)
Salt to taste
2 tsp ghee(clarified butter)
6 cups of water

Powder the peppercorns in a peppermill or coffee
grinder to get a very coarse powder.
Mix together the water, tomato, pepper,salt
sugar(jaggery) and tamarind juice.
Bring it to a boil on a low flame.
Season with mustard, hing, curry leaves and cumin
in ghee.
Garnish with chopped coriander.
Eat when hot with plain rice.


5 cups of buttermilk
4-5 green chillies, slit
1 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp turmeric powder
2-3 tablespoons coconut, shredded
Salt to taste
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
Oil for seasoning
Water for diluting the buttermilk if needed

Add 1/2 tsp of turmeric to the buttermilk and mix well.
Add water if the buttermilk is too thick.
Add salt and heat on a low flame till the buttermilk
reaches room temperature.
Take it from the fire and set aside.
Roast in a little oil, one by one, the coconut,
the remaining turmeric,jeera, coriander and green chillies.
Blend to a smooth paste.
Add this coconut paste to the warm buttermilk,
put it back on the stove and heat for approximately
4-5 minutes.
Season it with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Delicious when eaten with hot plain rice.
Cannot be re-heated on direct fire.


3 tablespoons besan (bengal gram flour)
1/2 tsp hing(asoefetida)
1 medium tomato chopped finely
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
1 sprig curry leaves
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 small onion, chopped finely
1 tsp roasted cumin-coriander powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice/tamarind juice
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste

Fry the besan in a little oil till it turns light brown.
Set aside.
Heat some oil and add the mustard and curry leaves.
When they crackle, add the onions and fry till they turn brown.
Add the cumin-dhania, red chili and turmeric and fry for a minute.
Now add the besan and keep frying for 2 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and the coriander and some water to get
a liquid consistency.
Add salt to taste.
Now add the lime/tamarind juice and heat through
till it boils.
Add hing and serve hot with chapatis or white rice.

Majjige Huli

5 cups buttermilk
1/2 lb. green beans
7-8 green chillies
1 cup fresh coconut, shredded
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 sprig curry leaves
2 tsp oil for seasoning

Cut the beans into longish pieces.
Boil in a little water till done.
Drain and set aside.
Blend together the coconut and green chillies.
Add this paste to the buttermilk and mix well.
Add the beans and salt to taste.
Dilute with some water if needed.
Bring to a boil on a low flame.
Season with mustard, cumin and curry leaves.

Other vegetables like eggplant,cucumber,cayote
etc can also be used for this preparation.

Dhal Makhani

1 1/2 cups toor dal, washed and drained
2 tomatoes, medium sized, cut into large pieces
A pinch of turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander leaves, chopped

For seasoning:
1 small onion, chopped
A pinch of hing
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp dhania powder
4-5 green chillies, chopped
1 sprig curry leaves
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 stick butter
Salt to taste

Boil the dal and tomatoes with a pinch of turmeric powder
and 1 cup water till the dal is soft.
Add salt to taste.
Set aside.
In a saucepan, prepare the seasoning by heating the butter.
Add the cumin and mustard.
When the cumin is slightly fried, add all the other seasoning
ingredients except the red chilli, turmeric and dhania.
Fry till the onion starts turning color.
Now add the powders and fry for a minute.
Remove from heat and add the boiled dal/tomato to this.
Add the chopped coriander leaves.
Mix well.
Adjust the salt if necessary.
Add 1 cup of water.
Bring it to a boil and remove.
Serve hot with rotis or plain rice.

Pudina Paratha

Whole meal flour 250 gms.
Mint leaves 1 cup
Oil 3 tbsp.
Salt As per taste

1. Sieve flour.

2. Dry mint leaves on a hot griddle and then powder.

3. Mix flour, salt and mint powder, add water to make a semi hard dough.

4. Knead well, cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.

5. Divide into 8 equal portions,

6. Roll out each portion with a rolling pin to approximately six inch diameter.

7. Cook rolled portion (paratha) on a Tawa (griddle plate), on moderate heat for 3 minutes. Turn it and smear half a table spoon of oil on paratha. Repeat the same on the other side.

8. Cook on low heat till golden brown. Serve hot with Dal Pakhtooni or curry
of your choice.

Lemon and Chilli pickle

Green chili 400 gms.
Mustard seeds 4 tbsp.
Turmeric powder 2 tsp.
Lime 12 no.
Oil 400 mls.
Salt As per taste

1. Grind mustard seeds to a coarse powder.

2. Cut limes into eight pieces.

3. Slit green chilies and cut them into half inch long pieces.

4. Mix powdered mustard seeds, turmeric powder and salt with green chili
and lime pieces.

5. Transfer this to a sterilized glass bottle or an earthenware jar. Pour oil on
top and shake the bottle well.

Note: This pickle can be enjoyed within 5-6 days of preparation also.

Mango pickle

Raw mangoes 500 gms.
Fenugreek seeds 3 tbsp.
Fennel seeds 4 tbsp.
Red chili powder 2 tbsp.
Turmeric powder 2 tsp.
Mustard seeds 3 tbsp.
Mustard oil 350 mls.
Salt As per taste

1. Cut raw mangoes into half, remove seed and then cut ¾th inch sized

2. Apply turmeric powder and salt, rub nicely and then keep it for half an
hour. Drain out excess moisture.

3. Grind fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds to a coarse

4. Heat mustard oil until smoking point, remove and let it cool.

5. Mix fenugreek seeds, fennel and mustard powder with red chili powder.
Add half of the mustard oil to this mixture and rub this spice and oil mixture
to the mango pieces. Mix thoroughly.

6. Put this into an earthenware jar and pour the remaining mustard oil.
Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and keep it in the sun for 5-6 days.

7. Make sure you stir the contents of the jar for the first two weeks at least
once a day. This is to ensure that the mango pieces are always in contact
with the oil.

Note: In most of the Indian pickles, salt and oil are used as preservatives.

Brinjal Curry


Medium size brinjals-8(not round ones)
Ginger -2inches
coriander-equal to ginger
tamarind juice( thick) -1 t.sp.
turmuric powder-1/2 t.sp.
chana dal—1 t.sp
Urud dal-1 t.sp
mustard seeds-1/2 t.sp
cumin seeds-1/2 t.sp
oil-4 t.sp.s
green chiilies 5
red chillies -3(cut into pieces)
salt to taste


1.First make a paste of green chillies, ginger, coriander leaves nicely.
2.Cut the brinjals into 2 inch pieces.
3.Heat oil in a thick bottom pan. Put chana dal, urud dal, cumin seeds,
mustard seeds. Allow to splutter. Add red chillies and fry nicely.
4.Put the brinjal pieces, salt and turmuric.
5.Fry them for a while and cover the pan, with a plate. Put some water
in the plate.
6.After the brinjals are half cooked, put the tamarind juice,
ginger-coriander paste in the brinjal pieces and mix well.
7.Close the pan again, but stir it frequently.
8.After 5 or 6 minutes, the curry is ready.
9.Sprinkle the coriander leaves and serve.
10.Tastes good with white rice and ghee.

Green Pulao


One bunch of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
A handful of fresh mint leaves
green chillies 8 nos
ginger and garlic paste 1 tspn.
garam masala 1 tsp
salt to taste
onion 2 chopped finely
oil 4 tspns
rice 2 cups (boiled beforehand)
green peas a handful
boiled potatoes - fried in oil


1.Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilies, together with a little
water. Keep aside.
2.Fry onions till golden brown, add garam masala and ginger and garlic
3.Fry till oil seperates then add the ground ingredients with a little water.
4.Let it cook till you get a nice aroma and it should thicken.
5.Add salt to taste. Then you can add peas and the fried potatoes.
6.Take rice which should be boiled well before and let it cool.
7.Then you add the masala and stir well till the masala has spread out on
the rice.
8.Serve hot with any veg or non-veg dish.

Baigan fry Recipe


1 Large Baigan (Eggplant)
2 tbsp Besan (Gram flour)
3 tbsp red chilli powder
pinch of turmeric powder
salt to taste
1/4 cup Peanut oil


1.Cut the baigan into thin round slices.
2.Mix chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt thoroughly.
3.Heat the frying pan with the peanut oil.
4.Take one slice of baigan at a time apply the mixture to both the sides
and fry it.
5.Serve it hot with chapatis.

Onion Rice


1 cup rice.
1 medium sized onion.
1/2 cup green peas.
3 minced green chillies.
little garlic.
Mustard and cumin seeds for seasoning.
cut coriander leaves.
salt to taste.


1.Cut onions into thin long slices.
2.Boil the rice separately.
3.Heat oil in a pan and season with mustard and cumin seeds.
4.Add cut onions and green chillies , fry until onion is light brown in
color and add green peas. Pour little water and allow the mixture to
boil till the mixture is dry.
5.Add the boiled rice and coriander leaves into the mixture and mix

Aratikaaya Masala Pulusu (Spiced Raw Banana Curry)

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Required ingredients:

Oil — 3 tbsp

Black Mustard Seeds — 1/4 tsp

Curry Leaves — 8

Red Chili Powder — 1/2 tsp

Turmeric — 1/4 tsp

Salt to Taste

Set 1

Raw Bananas (different than unripe bananas we eat) — 4

Tamarind Paste — 1.5 tbsp

Set 2

Cumin Seeds — 1 tsp

Garlic — 4 cloves

Ginger — 1/2 inch piece

Cloves — 2

Uncooked Rice — 1 tsp

Make Set 2 into a paste (adding a few drops of water) and keep aside.

Raw bananas should be cut into four pieces each. Remove the skin and keep aside.

In a deep skillet heat oil, add mustard seeds and when seeds start popping add curry leaves and the above paste
(of Set 2). Fry on moderate heat for one minute. Add 1.5 cups water, tamarind paste, and the banana pieces. Also
add red chili powder, tumeric and salt. Let cook on low heat for 15 minutes or until the gravy thickens.

Note: Some tamarind paste can be very sour, so you may need to adjust according to your taste. You can add a
spoon of sugar just before removing from heat.

Pulihora (Tamarind Rice)

Preparation time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Required ingredients:

Rice — 3 cups

Tamarind Extract — 5 tbsp.

Split Bengal Gram — 2 tbsp.

Peanuts — 0.5 cup

Mustard Seeds — 0.5 tsp.

Dried Red Chile — 5

Green Chile — 4

Black Pepper Corns — 8

Turmeric Powder — 0.5 tsp.

Oil — 0.5 cup

Water — 5 cups

Coriander Leaves — 1 bunch

Curry Leaves — 20

Sesame Seeds — 1 tbsp. (powdered)

Asafoetida — 0.5 tsp.

Salt to taste

In a large bowl, add water and rice and cook until well done. Remove from heat and in a wide, large bowl spread
out the rice. Add turmeric, half of the curry leaves and three tablespoons of oil to the rice and mix thoroughly. Keep
it aside.

Meanwhile in a skillet, heat remaining oil on low heat. To this add black mustard seeds, split bengal gram, red chile,
pepper corns and peanuts. When the bengal gram turns light brown, add coriander leaves,remaining curry leaves,
asafoetida, sliced green chiles and tamarind extract. Stir well. Remove from heat. Now add salt and sesame seed
powder to the skillet and add it all to the bowl containing rice. Mix thoroughly. Serve with Verusanagapappu
Pacchadi or plain yoghurt.

Note: You can adjust the amount of tamarind extract according to your taste.

Aloo Gobhi Methi Ka Tuk

Serves: Four
Time required: 35 minutes
4 (500 g) large potatoes with skin
200 g fenugreek
Salt to taste
5 tbs (75 ml) oil
2 g mustard seeds
24 curry leaves
20 g ginger paste, strained
10 g garlic paste, strained
800 g cauliflower, cut into medium sized flowerettes
1 tsp (9 g) yellow chilli powder
1 tsp (9 g) amchur powder
1/2 tsp (2 g) cummin powder
1/2 tsp (1.5 g) fresh black pepper powder, coarsely ground
A generous pinch of kasuri methi
For the garnishing: 30 g fresh pomegranate seeds

QUARTER the potatoes and then halve each quarter lengthwise. Blanch in salted
boiling water until al dente (almost cooked, but not soft and squishy). Drain and keep
aside. Sprinkle salt over the fenugreek and rub between the palms to reduce some of
the bitterness. Wash in running water, drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadai or wok and season with mustard seeds. When they crackle, add
curry leaves. Stir for some time. Add the ginger paste and garlic paste. Stir-fry until the
moisture evaporates. Then add fenugreek and stir for a few seconds. Add cauliflower,
yellow chilli powder and salt. Stir well. Lower the heat. Cover and cook (for about six
minutes) until al dente. Uncover and increase to medium heat. Add potatoes and stir-fry
for five minutes. Sprinkle amchur powder, cummin powder, pepper powder and kasuri
methi. Stir well. Check the seasoning and remove from heat.

To serve:Remove to a serving dish, garnish with pomegranate and serve with tandoori
paratha, bidari paratha or puri.

Khatti Arvi Ka Saalan

Serves: Four
Time required: 50 minutes
16 medium sized arvi
2 tsp (10 ml) lemon juice
5 tbs (75 ml) oil
8 flakes (16 g) garlic
1/2-tsp (2 g) mustard seeds
1/2-tsp (2 g) cummin seeds
1 tsp (5 g) urad dal
4 whole dried red chillies
16 curry leaves
200 g onions, chopped fine
3/4 cup (180 ml) fresh tomato puree
4 tbs (60 ml) Tamarind pulp
3 tsp (15 g) coriander powder
1 1/2 tsp (7 g) chilli powder
1 tsp (5 g) turmeric powder
1 tbs (15 g) jaggery
Salt to taste
WASH the arvi thoroughly and cook with enough water till done. Add lemon juice and
bring to a boil again. Drain. When cool, peel and quarter lengthwise and reserve in a
panful of water.

Grate the jaggery and reserve in three tbs water.
Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and saut over medium heat until light brown. Add mustard
seeds, cummin seeds, urad dal and whole red chillies. Stir until the seeds begin to
crackle. Add curry leaves. Stir for a minute. Add onions and saut until golden. Add
tomato puree, tamarind pulp, chilli powder and turmeric powder. Stir-fry until the oil
floats on top. Add salt and three cups water. Bring it to a boil. Lower the heat, add arvi
and jaggery. Bring it to a boil again. Lower the heat, simmer, stirring occasionally, until
the gravy reaches thin sauce consistency. Remove and adjust the seasoning.

To serve: Remove to a serving bowl and serve with steamed rice.

Dum Ka Karela

Serves: Four
Time required: One hour 15 minutes plus baking time
12 bitter grounds (karelas)
Salt to taste
15 g ginger paste
15 g garlic paste
1 tsp (5 g) turmeric powder
Butter for basting and greasing.

For the filling:
150 g paneer, grated
60 g groundnuts
1 tbs (15 g) sesame seeds
15 g coconut
1 tsp (5 g) cummin seeds
2 (120 g) large onions
5 cm ginger, julienned
1 1/2 tsp (7 g) coriander powder
1 tsp (5 g) chilli powder
Salt to taste
2 tbs (30 ml) tamarind pulp
15 g jaggery, crushed

For the tempering:
3 tbs (45 ml) sesame oil
1/2 tsp (2 g) cummin seeds
1/2 tsp (2 g) mustard seeds
1/4 tsp (1 g) fenugreek seeds
24 curry leaves

WASH and slit the bitter gourds on one side. Remove the seeds and rub with salt.
Arrange on a tilting tray and keep aside for at least an hour. (Keep the bitter gourds
overnight if you prefer them to be even less bitter).

Put enough water in a pan. Add salt, ginger paste, garlic paste, and turmeric powder.
Stir and bring to a boil. Add the bitter gourds and blanch them until soft. Drain and
keep aside.

To prepare the filling:
Remove the brown skin and roughly chop the coconut. Dry roast the coconut,
groundnuts, sesame seeds and cummin seeds in a frying pan until each emits its unique
aroma. Hold the onions with tongs and roast them directly over the flame until the skin
is charred. Cool, peel and roughly chop the onions. Grind all these ingredients, except
paneer, with 1/4th cup water to fine paste.Add paneer, ginger, jaggery, corriander
powder and chilli powder to the paste and mix well.

To prepare the tempering:
Heat oil in a frying pan and season with cummin seeds, mustard seeds and fenugreek
seeds. Stir over medium heat until they begin to crackle. Add curry leaves and stir.
Pour over the paste, mix well and divide into 12 equal portions. Put a portion of the
filling into each of the blanched bitter gourds. Arrange them in a greased roasting tray
with the slit side on top. Cover with foil. Punch a few holes in the foil and cook on dum
in the pre-heated oven at 275oF for 30 minutes, basting at regular intervals. Remove
and uncover.

To serve: Remove to a serving dish and serve with cummin-tempered whole potatoes
and buttered seasonal vegetables on the side.

Dum Gobhi

(Cauliflower steamed with herbs and spices)

1 lb. cauliflower
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp tumeric
2 tsp grated ginger root
1/3 cup chopped tomatoes
1 green chili, chopped
1 tbspn nonfat plain yogurt
2-3 tbsp chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 tsp garam masala
(see below)
Wash, drain, and cut cauliflower into 1 inch flowerets, including stem.
Combine chili powder, ginger, tomato, green chili, tumeric with the yogurt in
A small bowl. Spray with pam, use nonstick pan, use a little water, whatever
you do to nonstick yourself. Put Cauliflower into pan then pour spices over
the top. Cover pan tightly and cook over LOW heat for 10-15 minutes
(Cauliflower will steam in the spicy mixture). Stir in half the cilantro
leaves, increase heat to medium, and cook with lid off, for another 5-6
minutes, to drive off excess moisture. turn off heat and sprinkle with
garam masala and reamaining cilantro. Make sure all liquid is driven off,
serve with basmati rice. 4 servings, less than 98 calories

2 oz. black cardamom pods, 1 oz piece of cinnamon stick, 1 oz. cloves,
2 oz. peppercorns
Heat a heavy skillet, reduce heat, add pods and cinnamon. Move them around
for two minutes. Add clves and peppercorn, and shuffle for another minute.
Turn off heat, but continue shuffling until the heat is out of the pan.
Pour roasted spices into grinder and grind til you have a fine powder.
If not fine, strain it, and discard what won't pass through strainer.

Garam Masala

5 tsp coriander seeds 1 Tbsp. cumin seeds 1 Tbsp black peppercorns
1 tsp whole cloves 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp green cardomon pods

toast coriander and cumin seeds for 3-5 min. combine w/other ingredients and
grind in mortar/pestle (or blender which works great for me). Store in a
bottle for up to 6 months. This is a great spice mixture! But normly I don't
have those spices on hand so I cook without it. But you might consider it
worth investing in as its a neat combination of spices for cooking.

Kalagoora Pulusu (Mixed Vegetables with Fenugreek Seeds)

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Required ingredients:
Three cups of the following vegetables, all cut into two-inch pieces:
Sweet potatoes
Bell pepper
French Beans

Tamarind Extract — 2 tbsp.
Fenugreek Seeds —1 tsp.
Mustard Seeds — 0.25 tsp.
Oil — 0.5 cup
Turmeric Powder — 0.5 tsp.
Red Chile Powder — 1 tsp.
Sugar — 1 tsp.
Curry Leaves — 10
Water — 3 cups
Coriander Leaves to garnish
Salt to taste

In a deep skillet, heat oil on medium and add mustard seeds and Fenugreek seeds.
When Fenugreek seeds are light brown, add chopped onion and fry until light brown.

Now add vegetable pieces, salt, turmeric powder, red chile powder and fry for 5
minutes on high heat while stirring occasionally.

Next add tamarind extract, coriander leaves, curry leaves, sugar, water and stir well.
Cook on medium heat for 20 minutes such that the sauce is not too watery or too


Malai Kofta

An extra special party favourite. The koftas will melt in your mouth.

· For Koftas
· 350 grams (12 oz.) paneer
· 3 tablespoons plain flour
· 1 level teaspoon baking powder
· 4 chopped green chillies
· 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
· ghee for deep frying
· salt to taste
· For gravy
· 4 large tomatoes
· 100 grams (4 oz.) fresh cream
· 4 tablespoons ghee
· 1 teaspoon chilli powder
· salt to taste
· To be ground into a paste (for the gravy)
· 1 large onion
· 2 tablespoons grated fresh coconut
· 7 cloves garlic
· 2 green chillies
· 2 red chillies
· 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
· 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
· 2 tablespoons cherongia sapick (charoli)
· 2 teaspoons khus-khus
· 25 mm (1") piece ginger
· 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

Procedure (Koftas):
Crumble the paneer and knead very well.
Mix the paneer, plain flour, baking powder, chillies, coriander and salt.
Shape into small balls and deep fry in ghee. Keep aside these koftas.
Procedure (Gravy)
Cut the tomatoes into big pieces, add 4 teacups of water and cook. When soft, prepare a soup by passing through a sieve.
Heat the ghee in a vessel and fry the paste very well.
Add the chilli powder and fry again for 1 minute.
Add the tomato soup, cream and salt and boil the gravy for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
How to serve
Just before serving, add the koftas. Serve hot with parathas, puris or rice.
You can add 1 teacup of boiled green peas to the gravy if you like.

Vegetable Jhalfrazie

· 3 teacups mixed boiled vegetables (french beans, green peas, ptatoes and carrots)
· 2 onions
· 3 spring onions
· 2 tomatoes
· 4 green chillies
· 12 mm (½") piece ginger
· 1 tablespoon coriander
· ½ teacup tomato ketchup
· 1 teaspoon chilli powder
· 1 teaspoon sugar (approx.)
· 3 tablespoons ghee
· Salt to taste

· Chop the onions, spring onions (with leaves), tomatoes, green chillies, ginger and coriander separately.
· Heat the ghee in a vessel and fry the onions till golden.
· Now add the tomatoes, chillies, ginger and coriander and fry for at least 2 minutes.
· Add the tomato ketchup, boiled vegetables, spring onions, chilli powder, sugar, salt and a little water and cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

Navaratna Curry

· 100 grams (4 oz.) french beans.
· 100 grams (4 oz.) carrots
· 100 grams (4 oz.) potatoes
· 100 grams (4 oz.) cauliflower
· 100 grams (4 oz) capsicums
· 100 grams (4 oz) paneer
· 100 grams (4 oz.) cashewnuts
· 100 grams (4 oz.) raisins
· 100 grams (4 oz.) green peas
· 2 tomatoes
· 1 teacup curds
· 4 tablespoons ghee
· Ghee for deep frying
· Salt and sugar to taste
· Silver papter, pineapple pieces and few cherries for decoration.
To be Ground into a paste
· 6 cloves garlic
· 2 green chillies
· 4 kashmiri chillies
· 25 mm (1") piece ginger
· 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
· 1 teaspoons cumin seeds
· 1 teaspoon shah-jira
· 3 cardamoms

· Cut the french beans, carrots and potatoes into small cubes.
· Cut the cauliflower into big pieces
· Boil the french beans, carrots, cauliflower and green peas
· Deep fry the potatoes in ghee
· Cut the paneer into small cubes and deep fry in ghee
· Cut the capsicums into long strips
· Grind the tomatoes with very little water
· Whip the curds
· Heat the ghee in a vessel and fry the paste for a little time
· Add the tomatoes and curds and fry again for a few minutes
· Add the vegetables, cashewnuts, raisins, paneer pieces, salt and sugar and cook for a few minutes
· Decorate with pieapple pieces, silver foil and cherries

Vegetable Kofta

Potatoes - 6 big nos.
Carrots - 3 cups (sliced)
Onions - 3 nos. (sliced finely)
Garlic - 1 cloves (crushed)
Ginger - 1 inch piece (chopped)
Cinnamon pwd, Cloves pwd, turmeric pwd. - 1 tsp. each
Tomatoes - 2 nos. (pureed)
Chilli pwd. - 1/4 tsp.
Salt and Black pepper
Flour for coating, Oil for deep frying
For Garnishing - 4 tbsp. thick cream and chopped fresh corriander leaves.
1. Cook the potatoes and carrots and mash them up. Mix salt and pepper to taste. Reserve the vegetable stock.
2. Form the mixture into small balls, coat with flour and deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.
3. Keep it aside. Fry onions in oil till golden brown. Add ginger, garlic, cloves, cinnamon, turmeric and a little water.
4. Cook for 2 mins. Add the tomato puree and simmer till it forms a thick sauce.
5. Then add the stock, pepper, salt and chilli pwd and bring to boil.
6. Place the cooked koftas in the sauce and simmer for some time. Add the cream just before serving and garnish with corriander leaves.

Matar Palak

1 bunch of spinach
1 cup of green peas
1 medium sizwd tomato
1 medium sized onion
1 medium sized boiled potato
3-4 green chillies
1 tsp. cumin seeds
A pinch of asofetida
1 tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Cut spinach leaves and wash them properly.
Boil the cut spinach for 10 minutes in a very little amount of water.
Allow to cool for sometime.Grind thecooled spinach alongwith the greenchillies to a fine paste.
This paste must be semiliauid.
Chop onion and tomatoes into small pieces.
Cut the boiled potato into evenly shaped cubes.
Heat oil in a pan.Add the cumin seeds and asofetida.
Add the onions,peas and tomatoes.
Fry for 2-3 mins.Add the potato cubes and allow to cook on medium flame for 5 mins.
Once the onions and tomatoes are cooked, add the spinach-chilli paste to the above.
Add turmeric powder and salt to taste.
Simmer it for 10 mins. Tastes good with rotis/parathas.

Aloo Mutter

1 cup green peas
2 medium size potatoes
2 medium size tomatoes
1 Pod Garlic (about 15-20 Pieces)
1/2 cup Green Coriander leaves
2 Green chilies
1 small onion
Salt to taste
Pinch of Turmeric
Grind Garlic, Coriander, tomatoes, green Chillies, onion, salt, turmeric.
Heat oil in cooker. Add ground Masala and roast till oil separates
Add potatoes pieces, and green peas and mix properly
Add water and pressure cook. Serve with chappaties

Venn Pongal

Rice 2 cups
Toor Dal 3/4 cup
Coarsely crushed peppercorns 2 tsps
Cumin seeds 1 1/2 tsp
Ginger 1 1/2 inches long cut into tiny bits
Cashew nuts 5
Ghee 3 tsps
Cook the rice and dal together either in a pressure cooker or in a vessel directly on the stove.
The two should be cooked till soft.
In a seperate kadai add the ghee and when it is hot fry the cashew pieces in it.
When the pieces turn brown add the crushed peppercorn and the cumin.
When they splutter add ginger and fry.
Add the cooked mixture of the rice and dal to it with salt according to your taste.Mix well.
Add a teaspoon of ghee over it in the end before serving.
This can be eaten with coconut or onion chutney.
The rice and the dal can be cooked earlier and the rest of it just takes 5minutes.

Tamilian Kurma

1 cup shredded coconut
4 geen chillies
1 bunch coriander leaves
1 tsp poppy seeds (khusa khusa)
garlic paste
Grind all of the above ingredients to a fine paste with water.
french cut beans
carrots(sliced) lenghtwise
peas(frozen will do)
potatoes (cubed)
Take oil in a kadai. Add jeera.And then add all the vegetables and let it boil.
Add turmeric powder (a pinch), salt (2tsp), chillipowder (1tsp).
Add the ground ingredients and cook for about 15 mins. Add water if desired.
Serve hot with rice.

Vegetable Korma

1 Cup Beans
half cup Carrot
1 Potato

half cup Peas
half cup Ground coconut
small piece Ginger
3 flakes Garlic
1 Onion
half tbs Cumin seeds
1 tbs Corriander powder
few Corriander leaves
half tbs Chillie powder
half Lime
half tbs Turmeric powder
Take oil in a pan. Add the sliced onions.
After that add ginger, garlic, corriander powder, chillie powder, salt & fresh corriander leaves .
Fry it nicely.
Then add the vegetables & pressure cook till done.
When the vegetables are cooked add the ground coconut and little water to it & let it simmer for 5 minutes.
Squeeze lime to it & the veg korma is ready.
Serve hot with chapatis.

Mixed Vegetable Kofta in Tomato Curry

For the Koftas you need
1/2 cup Frozen Corn
1/2 cup Frozen Peas
1/2 cup Green Beans cut in small pieces
1/2 cup Carrots cut in small pieces.
11/2 cup Gram Flour (Besan)
Salt to taste
1/2 Tsp.. of Red chili Powder
Pinch of Turmeric Powder
1 Tsp. of Mango Powder
1 Tsp. of Dhaniya Powder
For the Tomato Curry:
1 Pound Fresh Tomatoes
2 Tsp. Tomato Paste
3/4 Cup of water
Salt to Taste
1/2 Tsp. Red Chilly Powder
1/4 Tsp. Sugar
1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon Powder
2 pieces whole cloves
1 Tsp. Ground Ginger
For Frying:
Vegetable Oil
For Garnish :
Fresh Cilantro or Homemade Pannier
Parboil all the vegetables for 10 minutes. Let them cool for 20 minutes.
Mix all the spices (except salt) and vegetables in a bowl.
Add salt to Gram Flour and add it slowly to the mixture.
Keep on mixing it with your hand . Do not add water.
Add Gram Flour till you can shape them into small round soft balls.
Use some oil in your palm of the hand to form the balls.
Meanwhile heat some oil in the pan . See that the oil is not very hot.
Keep Medium Flame.
Deep fry the Kofta balls.
Set them aside.
For the Tomato curry , I would highly recommend to cook the curry about 3 hrs before you serve.
Chop the tomatoes in small pieces.
Cook them with salt for about 15 minutes on medium flame.
Add the Tomato paste. Keep on Stirring .
Add water and ginger and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Add the rest of the ingredients for the Tomato curry.
15 minutes before serving Put the Koftas in the serving dish and pour the Tomato Curry. Keep it in the oven at warm till you serve. Garnish with Fresh Cilantro or Paneer.

Moong Soup With Paneer

Light and nutritious.
Preparation time : 5 minutes. Cooking time : 25 minutes. Serves 6.
¾ teacup moong
2 tablespoons finely chopped paneer
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
¼ teaspoon asafoetida
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 pinches sugar
¼ teaspoon pepper powder
2 tablespoons ghee salt to taste
How to proceed
1. Soak the moong for a few hours. Add 6 cups of water and cook in a pressure cooker.
2. Blend the cooked moong in a blender. Strain.
3. Heat the ghee and fry the cumin seeds and mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida and moong liquid.
4. Add the lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper and boil for 2 minutes.
5. Add the paneer and cook for 2 minutes

Healthy Tomato soup

The ever popular tomato soup made in a healthier way.
Preparation time : 5 minutes. Cooking time : 25 minutes. Serves 6.
400 grams chopped tomatoes
½ teacup yellow moong dal
2 teaspoons butter
1 finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon cornflour or plain flour
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
½ teacup warm milk salt and prepper to taste
For serving
fresh cream
bread croutons
How to proceed
1. Boil the tomatoes with the moong dal in 3 to 4 cups of water till cooked.
2. Blend in a blender and strain.
3. Melt the butter, add the onion and fry for 3 to 4 minutes.
4. Add the strained mixture.
5. Mix the cornflour with a little water and pour into the soup. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring ocassionaly.
6. Add the sugar, milk, salt and pepper.
Serve hot with cream and bread croutons.

Corn Soup with Vegetables

A soup with a Chinese touch.
Preparation time: 15 minutes . Cooking time: 30 minutes . Serves 6.
1 can (450 grams) cream-style corn
2 level tablespoones cornflour
1 teacup finely chopped mixed vegetables
(cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, onions, french beans)
½ teaspoon Ajinomoto powder
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cheese
To be ground into a paste
25 mm. (1") piece ginger
4 cloves garlic
4 green chillies
For serving
chillies in vinegar and chilli sauce grated cheese
1. Mix the cornflour with 6 teacups of water. Add the paste, corn and Ajinomoto powder and
cook in a pressure cooker until done.
2. Add the vegetables, butter and cheese and boil for a few minutes.
Serve hot with chillies in vinegar and chilli sauce or with grated cheese.

Green Peas Skin Soup

Preparation time: 10 minutes . Cooking time: 10 minutes . Serves 6.
6 teacups skin of green peas
1 tablespoon green peas
1 chopped onion
3 teacups skim milk
2 teaspoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat the butter and fry the onion for 1 minute.
2. Add the green peas skin and green peas and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
3. Add the milk and ½ teacup of water and cook in a pressure cooker till the first whistle.
4. Blend in a mixer.
5. Strain to separate the stock from the skin. Discard the skin.
6. Boil the stock for 1 minute.
7. Add salt and pepper.
Serve hot.
Health Information: This unusual soap gives the flavour of peas without the calories. Fresh green pea pods add fibre and Vitamins A and C to the soap. Fibre is called nature’s broom because it helps sweep the products of digestion through the body and eliminates them.

Lentil and Vegetable Broth

Try out this unusual soup with moong dal stock.
Preparation time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Serves 6to 8.
For the stock
2 tablespoones moong dal
2 onions
2 large tomatoes
For the topping
1 chopped onion
½ teacup shredded cabbage
½ teacup chopped spinach
2 tablespoons baked beans or tomato ketchup
1 chopped tomato
1 tablespoon oil salt and pepper to taste grated cheese to serve
For the stock
1. Cut the onions and tomatoes into big pieces.
2. Add the moong dal and 6 teacups of water and cook in a pressure cooker.
3. When cooked, blend in a liquidiser and strain.
How to proceed
1. Heat the oil and fry the onion for 1 minute.
2. Add the vegetables and fry again for 1 minute.
3. Add the stock and boil for 10 minutes.
4. Add the beans, tomato, salt and pepper and give one boil.

Letil Soup

Preparation time: 10 minutes . Cooking time: 15 minutes . Serves 6.

¾ teacup masoor dal (washed)
3 sliced onions
4 cloves crushed garlic
½ teaspoon chilli powder
3 tomatoes
2 teaspoons oil
salt to taste
For serving
lemon juice
For garnish
1 tablespoon boiled rice
1. Heat the oil and fry the onions for 1 minute. Add the garlic and chilli powder and fry again for ½ minute.
2. Add 6 teacups of water, the tomatoes, masoor dal and salt and cook in a pressure cooker till the first whistle.
3. When cooked, blend in a mixer.
4. Boil for 5 minutes.
Serve hot with lemon juice and garnished with boiled rice.
Health Information: Pulses are an important source of protein containing twice as much protein as the same weight of cereals. The combination of cereals and pulses provides protein of high biological value.

Tum Yum Soup

The Thai soup with the intriguing flavour of lemon grass.
Preparation time: 15 minutes.Cooking time: 10 minutes.Serves 6.
6 teacups clear vegetable stock
1 green chilli, cut lengthwise
10 to 15 canned mushrooms, sliced
10 to 12 cauliflour florets (parboiled)
1 tablespoon roughly chopped lemon grass
2 pinches Ajinomoto powder (optional)
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 to 3 drops oil
salt to taste
1. put the stock to boil.
2. Add the green chilli, mushrooms, cauliflower, lemon grass, Ajinomoto and salt and boil for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the lemon juice and top with oil.

Serve hot with chillies in vinegar, soya sause and chilli sause.

Sweet Corn Soup

An old-time favourite.
Preparation time: 10 minutes.Cooking time: 30 minutes.Serves 6.
1 can (450 grams) cream style corn
½ teaspoon Ajinomoto powder
½ teaspoon soya sauce
2 tablespoons cornflour
salt to taste
To serve
green chillies in vinegar
chilli sause
1. Mix all the ingredients with 4 to 5 teacups of water.
2. Cook for 25 minutes.
Serve hot with chillies in vinegar and chilli sauce.


A favourable from the Punjab.
Preparation time : 20 minutes Cooking time : 20 minutes. Serves : 6. Ingredients.
1 teacup red kidney beans (rajma)
2 onions, grated
1 teaspoon chilli powder
500 grams tomatoes
2 teaspoons sugar
3 tablespoons ghee
Salt to taste
To be ground into a paste.
7 cloves garlic
7 green chillies
25mm. piece ginger
How to proceed.
1. Soak the red kidney beans over night.
2. Next day, cook in a pressure cooker. Drain.
3. Heat the ghee and fry the onions for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the paste and chilli powder and fry
again for 1 minute.
4. Add the cooked red kidney beans.
5. Cut the tomatoes intobig pieces, add 2 teacups of water and cook. When cooked, take out a
thick soup through a sieve.
6. Add the tomato soup to the rajma mixture.Add the sugar and salt.
7. Cook for a few minutes.
Gujarati oondhiya cooked in the original style and served in an earthen pot with delicioius chutneys and sauces.
Preparation time : 40 minutes Cooking time : 60 minutes. Serves : 6 to 8.

750 grams (1 5/8 lb.) papadi
500 grams (1 1/8 lb.) kand (rataloo)
250 grams (9 oz.) potatoes
2 to 3 brinjals
1 teaspoon ajwain
1 teaspoon chilli-ginger paste
1/4 teaspoon soda bi-carb
1 to 2 tablespoons oil
A few lettuce leaves
Salt to taste
Green chutney, garlic chutney, sweet and sour sauce, sev and oil (optional) to serve
For the green chutney.
1 teacup chopped coriandder
4 green chillies
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teacup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
For the garlic chutney.
10 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons chilli powder
1/2 teacup water
1/2 teaspoon salt.
For the sweet and sour sauce.
1 teacup jaggery (gur)
1/2 teacup tamarind
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teacup water
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander for garnish
How to proceed.
1. String the papadi. Do not separate into two.
2. Peel the kand and cut into big pieces.
3. Cut the potatoes and sweet potatoes without peeling.
4. Make slits on the brinjals.
5. Mix all the vegetables. Apply the ajwain, chilli-ginger paste, soda bi-carb and salt. Mix thoroughly
and apply the oil all over.
6. In a small earthen pot (matka), put a few leaves of lettuce at the bottom. Fill with all thevegetables
and cover with the balance lettuce leaves.
7. Cover the matka, with an earthen lid and bake in a hot oven at 200 *C (400 *F) for 1 hour.
8. Alternatively, instead of cooking in a matka, wrap the vegetable mixture (without lettuce leaves)
in aluminium foil and bake in a hot oven at 200 *C (400 *F) for 1 hour.
9. Serve with green and garlic chutneys and sweet and sour sauce, oil and seve.
For the green chuntey.
Blend all the ingredients in a liquidiser.
For the garlic chutney.
Blend all the ingredients in a liquidiser.
For the sweet and sour sauce.
Blend all the ingredients except coriander except coriander in a liquidiser. If too thick, add enough water
to get the right consistency. Garnish with coriander.


A tasty kofta curry.
Preparation time : 30 minutes Cooking time : 40 minutes. Serves :6. For the koftas.

100 grams green peas
100 grams cauliflower, finely chopped
100 grams french beans, finely chopped
100 grams carrots, finely chopped
250 grams potatoes, boiled andmashed
2 tablespoons bread crumbs
1 bread slice, soaked in water
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
To be ground into a paste.(for the koftas)
9 cloves garlic
25 mm. (1") piece ginger
7 green chillies
For the gravy.
750 grams tomatoes
3 onions
4 cloves
2 small sticks cinnamon
1 tablespoon cornflour
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon chilli powder
4 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper to taste
To be ground into a paste.
15 cloves
25 mm. (1") piece ginger
5 green chillies
For baking
1 tablespoon fresh cream
1/2 tablespoon grated cheese
For the koftas.
1. Boil the peas.
2. Steam the cauliflower, french beans and carrots in a pressure cooker without adding water.
3. Add the vegetables and peas to the potatoes and make a dough.
4. Add 1 tablespoon of bread crumbs and the bread slice.
5. Add the paste, garam masala, chilli powder, lemon juice and salt and form into kofta balls.
6. Roll the koftas into the remaining bread crumbs and deep fry in oil to a golden brown colour. Keep aside.
For the gravy.
1. Put the tomatoes in hot water for 10 minutes. Remove and blend into a puree.
2. Blend the onions in a liquidiser with very little water.
3. Heat the butter,add the onions and stir fry for 5 minutes till light brown.
4. Then add the cloves, cinnamon and paste and fry again for 2 minutes.
5. Add the tomato puree and cook for 2 minutes.
6. Add 1 teacup of water and boil for 3 to 4 minutes.
7. Pour the mixture into a blender, add the cornflour and sugar and blend.
8. Put to cook again and add the garam masala, chilli powder, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes.
How to proceed.
1. Arrange the koftas in an ovenproof dish. Pour the gravy and fresh cream over the koftas.
2. Sprinkle the grated cheese on top and bake or grill for 10 to 15 minutes in a hot oven at 200 *C (400*F)
until the cheese melts.

Kofta Lajawab

125 gm Amul Cheese - mashed
50 gm cornflour
1/2 tsp pepper powder
Oil for frying
250 gm onion - grated
200 gm tomatoes - pured
3 cm piece ginger - ground
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
200 gm oil
3/4 tsp salt
Mix mashed cheese with cornflour and pepper.
Knead well.
Form into walnut sized koftas and deep fry till light brown.
Drain and keep aside.
To make gravy, heat oil in a pan and brown onions.
Add ginger and fry well.
Add tomatoes turmeric, red chilli and garam masala and fry on low fire till oil separates.
Add water according to consistency of gravy required.
Correct seasoning. Boil for 5 minutes.
Add koftas and boil for a further two minutes.
Serve hot with parathas or tandoori rotis.
Makes about 8

Beetroot Parathas

2 cups wheat flour
Water for kneading the dough
Salt to taste
2 tbsp. ghee
Add two tbsp. ghee to wheat flour. Mix well, add enough water to knead to a soft dough.
For the stuffing:
2 cups beetroot, grated fine
4 medium sized onions
4 green chillies
2.5 cm. ginger
4 flakes garlic
1 tsp. garam masala powder
Salt to taste
3 tbsp. ghee
Grind all the ingredients, except garam masala powder, to a paste. Heat ghee in a vessel and fry the beetroot paste on a low flame. Cook covered, till the mixture is almost dry. Remove from heat.
Divide the paratha dough into small balls. Roll out each ball into a small puri, put a little beetroot filling in the centre and seal the edges. Roll out into parathas. Heat tawa, add some ghee and fry the parathas till light brown.

Badshahi Baigan

300 g. brinjals
1 cup curd
2 large onions, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 tsp. chilli powder
2 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
1 tsp. coriander powder
1 tsp. garam masala powder
1 tsp.coriander leaves, chopped
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/4 tsp. cummin powder
Salt to taste
1/4 cup ghee
For the garnish:
1 onion - sliced
1 tbsp. cashewnuts
1 tbsp. raisins
1. Cut brinjals into 2.5 cm. thick slices.
2. Smear with salt and keep aside for 10 minutes.
3. Wash and squeeze dry.
4. Heat ghee, fry cashewnuts, raisins and sliced onion till golden brown. 5. Remove from ghee and keep aside. 6. Fry the brinjals in the same ghee till tender. Remove.
7.In the remaining ghee fry the chopped onions till transparent. 8. Add all the dry spices, ginger-garlic paste and chopped tomatoes and saute till the ghee floats on top.
9. Add curd, coriander leaves and salt. 10. Stir well. 11. Cook till the gravy thickens. 12. Add fried brinjals to the gravy and simmer for two minutes. 13. Sprinkle the garnish on top. 14. Serve hot with rice or parathas.

Red Tomato Gravy

2 large juicy ripe tomatoes
1 large onion
1 small capsicum
1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
1 tbsp. cashews or peanuts
1 tsp. each ginger & garlic grated or crushed
1/4 tsp. cinnamon-clove powder
1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
3/4 tsp. red chilli powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. sugar
salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil or ghee
Dry roast peanuts or cashews lightly. Dry grind coarsely.
Semi puree tomatoes and capsicum together.
This should be done in a food chopper or grated.
Chop onions very fine or run in a chopper.
Heat oil or ghee in a heavy pan.
Add ginger garlic and stir for a moment.
Add onions and stir fry till light pink.
Add tomato capsicum puree, stir bring to boil.
Add all other masalas, salt, sugar and crushed nuts. Stir.
Add veggies at this stage. Mix.
Cover and simmer till gravy is thick and fat starts separating.
Garnish with coriander before serving.
Goes with: Vegetables like brinjals, baby corn, potato, stuffed baked capsicum, or cauliflower.
Makes: 2 cups

Green Gravy

4 cups spinach chopped, washed and drained
1 cup bottle gourd grated
1 small onion finely chopped
1/2 tsp. ginger grated
2 tsp. wheat or millet flour
3 green chillies
1 tbsp. cheese grated (optional)
salt to taste
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 pinch soda bicarb
1/2 tsp. cinnamon-clove powder
3 tbsp. oil
Take spinach in a large vessel, add gourd and soda.
Toss to mix. Sprinkle 2 tbsp. water all over it.
Cover and put to boil on high, for 3 minutes.
Cool in a plate or run under tap water to cool.
Put in a mixie, add chillies, flour and a few pinches salt.
Run till semi-smooth.
Heat oil in a pan, add ginger, stir.
Add cinnamon clove powder, and stir.
Add onions, stir fry till light pink.
Add blended spinach mixture, all other ingredients except cheese
Stir and allow to cook till thick or 3-4 minutes.
Add prepared vegetable at this stage. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes more.
Garnish with grated cheese before serving.
Goes well with: Veggies like peas, baby corn, french beans, potato chunks, etc.
Makes: 2 cups gravy (approx.)

White Gravy

1 cup fresh curds
1/2 cup fresh cream
1 tsp. grated cheese or paneer
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp. cashewnuts broken
1 tbsp. peanuts husked & lightly roasted
1 tsp. khuskhus seeds soaked in 2 tbsp. milk for 1 hour
3 green chillies
1 piece ginger
1 tsp. coriander finely chopped
1 slice dayold bread white
1 tsp. sugar
3-4 glazed or canned cherries (optional)
salt to taste
1/5 tsp. cinnamon-clove powder
3 tbsp. ghee or oil
Grind together in a dry mixie, cashew, peanuts and bread.
Grind together in a wet mixie, onion, ginger, chillies, khuskhus with milk.
Heat fat in a heavy pan, add onion mixture, saute for 3-4 minutes.
Add curds and cook, stirring continuously till whiteness of curds disappears.
Add milk, bring to a boil, add sugar, salt, dry mixture, spice powder, cream.
Stir gently till boil resumes. Add vegetables, etc. at this stage.
Cook covered for few minutes till thickened.
Garnish with grated cheese, coriander and cherries.
Goes well with: Paneer chunks, mixed vegetables with a few pineapples bits, potato and peas, etc.

Brown Gravy

1 tomato grated or finely chopped
1 large onion cut in slivers
1 capsicum cut in thin lengths
1 tsp. garlic grated
1 tsp. ginger grated
1 tbsp. coriander leaves finely chopped
2 tbsp. tamarind water
1 tsp. wheat flour
1/2 tsp. red chilli powder
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. dhania (coriander seed) powder
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
3 pinches asafoetida
salt to taste
3 tbsp. oil
Roast together and dry grind:
2 cardamoms
2 cloves
2 peppercorns
1/2 cinnamon stick broken
1 bayleaf
2 whole red chillies dry
Dry roast wheat flour to a light pink, stirring continuously. Keep aside.
Heat oil, add onions, fry till well browned.
Drain well by pressing, putting back oil in pan.
Cool onions a bit. Grind in mixie. Keep aside.
In remaining hot oil, add cumin seeds allow to splutter.
Add asafoetida, capsicum, ginger, garlic stir fry for a minute.
Add all dry and ground masalas, flour, stir well.
Add tomatoes, tamarind water, salt, stir.
Simmer till gravy is thick and oil starts to separate.
Add prepared veggies and stir, keep cooking for 2 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander, serve with parathas, rotis, etc.
Goes well with: Chunky veggies like boiled baby potatoes with skin, boiled peas, chopped stirfried brinjal pieces. (For this, fry brinjals pieces in oil, drain, keep aside, adjust quantity of oil required, and continue by frying the onions.)

Dum Arvi

Arvi = 500gm Curd = 1 cup Salt to taste Oil for frying Sliced almonds for garnishing

Boil the arvi and peel the skin. Prick with fork, fry in oil, and drain. Heat2 tablespoon of oil in another container and add spices to taste (asafetida, chili powder, corriander powder, salt, onion and ginger paste, and a table spoon water. Fry for sometime and then add curd and keep frying till it turns golden brown. Add fried arvi and 1/2 cup water and keep cooking on mild heat till it has almost got dried. Garnish with fresh corriander and sliced almonds and serve hot. Cooking time about 25 minutes and should be sufficient for 2-3 people.

Dum Aloo


Oil 3 tbsp.
Bay leaf 1
Onion 1
Ginger 1/2 tsp.
Garlic 1/2 tsp.
Cumin Seeds 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric 1/4 tsp.
Chili Powder 1 1/2 tsp.
Yogurt 2/3 tsp.
Salt 1/4 tsp.
Coriander powder 2 tsp.
Potatoes 1 lb.
Tomato 1
Capsicum 1
· Heat oil, add bay leaf and onion. Fry for 3-4 minutes. Add ginger and garlic and fry for another minute. Add mustard and cumin seeds.
· The potatoes should be sliced, and the tomatoes and cap- sicum cut up. Add these, mix well, and cook for 4-5 min- utes, continuously stirring.
· Sprinkle with turmeric, coriander and chili powder.
· Beat the yogurt and blend into a smooth mixture. Add yo- gurt and salt.
· Mix gently, cover and cook for about 10 minutes on low heat.

Matar Paneer


6 paneer chunks about 1-1/2 x 1 x 1/2 inch each 1/4 cup oil 1 medium onion, chopped fine 1 tablespoon garlic/ginger paste, or 3 garlic cloves, mashed 1 piece fresh ginger, size of walnut, minced 1 large tomato, chopped

Dry Masala:

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1/4 cup water 3 cups fresh shelled green peas (or substitute 2 packages frozen) 1 tablespoon cashew nuts, ground to a paste with a bit of water Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste


Prepare the cheese chunks, and in a wok or heavy skillet fry them in hot oil until golden. Remove with slotted spoon and set aside to drain on a paper towel.
In the remaining oil sauté the chopped onion until it begins to turn brown. Do not scorch. Add the garlic/ginger paste and bhoona 2 minutes. Add the chopped tomato and bhoona 5 minutes to achieve a thick gravy. Add the dry masala and bhoona 3 minutes more. (NOTE: If the sauce is lumpy at this stage, puree it in a blender and continue.) Add 1/4 cup water, then stir in the peas. Add the paneer cubes and bhoona 2 minutes. Stir in the cashew paste, add salt, pepper. Serve at once. Serves 4 to 6 people.

Bhindi Masala


1 pound (1/2 kg) okra (small)
2 onions, thinly sliced
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup oil
3/4 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon amchoor powder (or substitute fresh lemon juice)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garam masala
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves for garnish


1. Wash okra under running water and slice off the ends. Cut each in half. Set aside. Prepare onions and tomatoes. Set aside.

2. In a wok or heavy skillet heat the oil and sauté onions until translucent.

3. Add all spices except the garam masala and stir-fry 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bhoona * 1 minute. Add the okra and stir-fry 2 minutes. Cover and steam over medium heat until tender, about 12-15 minutes.

4. Spoon the okra onto a warm serving plate and sprinkle with the garam masala. Garnish with the coriander and serve while hot.

  • Bhoona is a technique that is essential to Indian cooking. The bhoona technique means that the mixture is cooked over medium-high heat, with constant stirring to avoid scorching, until all liquids are reduced and the spices coat the meat like a paste. About 1/2 cup of water can then be added, the dish covered, and a gravy created as the dish becomes liquified again. Serves 4-6 people.

Vegetable Jalfrasie


Onion 1 large
Green peppers 2
Tomatoes 2 large
Broccoli 1/2 lb.
Cauliflower 1/2 lb.
Butter 4 tbsp.
Red Chili Powder 1 tsp.
Turmeric 1/2 tsp.
Ginger 1 in. stick
Garlic 3 cloves
White vinegar 2 tbsp.
Tomato puree 2 tbsp.
· Chop onion; cut green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower into 1 in. cubes.
· Melt butter and saute onion. Add all the remaining vegetables and stir-fry for about 5 minutes over medium heat.
· Add the spices and vinegar. Stir in the tomato puree, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and fresh-ground pepper.

Dal radish Ingredients 1 cup toovar dal (soaked in water for one hour) 2 radishes 1 large tomato 1 large onion 1 tbsps. sambhar powder 1 tsp. jaggery 2 tbsps. finely grated coconut A little mustard 2 sprigs of curry leaves 6 whole cashewnuts 2 tbsps. oil Salt to taste. MethodScrape and cut radish into round pieces. Heat oil in a kadai. Put in the mustard. When it splutters add chopped onion. Fry till golden brown. Mix chopped tomato, curry leaves, sambhar powder and the grated coconut. Keen frying for a few minutes. Add drained toovar dal and the radish slices. Add salt to taste and about two cups of water. Simmer on a slow fire till cooked. Serve hot with rice.

Rasam Masala

Masala Ingredients

Black Pepper 1 tbsp.
Chana Daal seeds 2 tbsp.
Coriander Seeds 2 tbsp.
Red Chillies 4-5
Asafoetida(optional) 1 tsp.
Coconut (grated) 3 tbsp.
Ghee 2 tbsp.
Masala Preparation
· Roast black pepper, chana daal, coriander, and asafoetida.
· Add chillies when daal starts getting red.
· If using dry coconut, soak it in a little water. Blend the daal mixture and coconut until the paste is fine. Keep aside.

Mangalore Rasam Powder


Red chillies - 1 cup (broken into small pieces and tightly

Dry coriander seeds - 1 cup
Gram dhal - 2 tablespoons
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Fenugreek - 1/2 teaspoon (methi seeds)
Hing - a pea size lump or 1 teaspoon hing powder.
Curry leaves - 3 sprays.

Break up the chillies along with the stalks into smaller pieces
(to enable easier powdering). Heat oil in a kadai and fry on a
slow fire, the hing and the fenugreek seeds till light brown in
colour. Add coriander seeds, red chillies, cumin seeds, gram dhal
and curry leaves and fry for about five minutes on a slow flame
till it is well roasted and you get a lovely aroma. Remove from
flame and allow to cool. Powder fine and bottle it. This powder
can be used for 2-3 months.

Use the chillies along with the stalks - as the stalks also have
the potency of the chillies, and also provide fibre for the
* * *

Mangalore Rasam

(serves 6).

Tuvar dhal (thuvaram paruppu) - 1/2 cup.
Tamarind - lime size.
Tomatoes - 2
Green chillies - 1
Rasam Powder - 3 teaspoons p73
Sugar - 2 teaspoon (optional) - 2-1/2 tsp.
Salt - 1-3/4 teaspoon
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Red Chilli - 1
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Black gram dhal - 1/2 teaspoon


Pressure cook tuvar dhal with one cup of water and a pinch of
turmeric powder for ten minutes - when cold, mash well. Soak
tamarind in two cups of water for ten minutes, squeeze and strain
out the liquid. Boil tamarind water with turmeric powder, slit
green chilli, tomatoes (chopped) salt and sugar till the raw
smell of tamarind disappears and the tomatoes are cooked. Add the
mashed dhal, two and a half cups of water, and the rasam powder
and boil for five minutes till slightly thick. Add curry leaves
and coriander leaves. Remove from fire.

Heat ghee in a pan, add the mustard seeds, red chilli and black
gram dhal. When mustard seeds splutter add hing powder-pour the
seasoning over the rasam. Serve rasam hot with steaming rice and
* * *


(serves 6)
Tuvar dhal - 3/4 cup
Vegetables - 3 cups (like sambar onions, white pumpkin, chow-chow)
Tamarind - lemon size
Coriander leaves - 2 tablespoons
Curry leaves - 1 tablespoon
Rasam powder - 2 teaspoon
Salt - 1-3/4 teaspoon - 2 teaspoons
Sugar - 1-1/2 teaspoon (optional)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Green chillies - 2-4.
Oil - 1 tablespoon
Red chilli - 1
Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
Black gram dhal - 1/2 teaspoon
Hing powder - 1/4 teaspoon


Pressure cook dhal with one and a half cups of water for ten
minutes. When cold mash well. Soak tamarind in one cup of water,
for five minutes, squeeze well and strain out juice.

Cook vegetables in one and a half cups of water. When three-
quarter cooked add slit green chillies, salt and sugar. Add
tamarind water and simmer till raw smell disappears. Add mashed p73
dhal, rasam powder and curry leaves. Simmer tillthick, add
coriander leaves.

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds, black gram dhal and red
chilli. When mustard seeds splutter, add hing powder and pour the
seasoning over the sambar. Serve sambar hot with rice and chips.
* * *

Cauliflower Curry

(serves 6)
Ingredients Cauliflower - 3 cups (in flowerets) Peeled and cubed potatoes - 2 cups Oil - 4 tablespoons Coriander leaves - 1 tablespoon Rasam powder - 2 teaspoon Cummin seeds - 1 teaspoon Salt - 1 teaspoon Sugar - 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder - 1/4 teaspoon Hing powder - 1/4 teaspoon Onion - 2 Green chillies - 2 Capsicum - 1 Ginger - 1 cm p73 Method:Chop all vegetables. Heat three tablespoons oil in a kadai, add the cummin seeds and hing powder. When the cummin seeds splutter add the onions, capsicum, green chillies and ginger into the hot oil and fry till the onion turns golden. Add tomatoes and fry till it becomes mushy. Add cauliflower, potatoes and turmeric powder, fry a bit, add salt, sugar and quarter cup of water. Cover and cook till the vegetables are cooked and the curry is dry. Add the rasam powder, coriander leaves and the remaining one tablespoon of oil-fry till you get a lovely aroma. Remove and serve piping hot with rotis or rice. (Plain potato curry can also be made the same way).

Sambar Masala

Masala Ingredients

Methi (Fenugreek) 1 tsp.
Chana Daal seeds 2 tbsp.
Coriander Seeds 4 tbsp.
Red Chillies 4-5
Asafoetida(optional) 1 tsp.
Coconut (grated) 3 tbsp.
Oil 3 tbsp.
Masala Preparation
· Roast methi, chana daal, and asafoetida.
· Add chillies when daal starts getting red.
· If using dry coconut, soak it in a little water and blend the daal mixture and coconut until the paste is fine. Keep aside.

Basic Curry Sauce


· 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or ghee (clarified butter)
· 1 medium onion - finely chopped
· 4 cloves garlic - peeled and sliced
· 1.5 inch piece root ginger - peeled and thinly sliced (it should look about the same volume as the garlic)
· (optional) 2 mild fleshy green chillies - de-seeded and veined then chopped
· half teaspoon turmeric powder
· half teaspoon ground cumin seed
· half teaspoon ground coriander seed
· 5 tablespoons plain passata (smooth, thick, sieved tomatoes, US = purée) or 1 tablespoon concentrated tomato purée (US = paste) mixed with 4 tablespoons water
Heat the oil in a heavy pan then add the chopped onion and stir for a few minutes with the heat on high.
Add the ginger, garlic and green chilli (if using). Stir for 30 seconds then put the heat down to very low.
Cook for 15 minutes stirring from time to time making sure nothing browns or burns.
Add the turmeric, cumin and coriander and cook, still very gently, for a further 5 minutes. Don't burn the spices or the sauce will taste horrid - sprinkle on a few drops of water if you're worried.
Take off the heat and cool a little. Put 4 fl oz cold water in a blender, add the contents of the pan and whizz until very smooth. Add the passata and stir.
Put the puréed mixture back into the pan and cook for 20 - 30 minutes (the longer the better) over very low heat stirring occasionally. You can add a little hot water if it starts to catch on the pan but the idea is to gently "fry" the sauce which will darken in colour to an orangy brown. The final texture should be something like good tomato ketchup. Warning - it WILL gloop occasionally and splatter over your cooker, it's the price you have to pay!


Indgredients: (serves 6)
2lbs Spring Lamb (cleaned and cut into medium size pieces)
4ozs Yougurt
4ozs Ghee
1lb Rice (washed)
4ozs Onions (sliced finely)
1oz Ginger & Garlic (equal amounts crushed)
1 Lemon
1oz Armonds (ground)
2 Cinamon sticks
4-6 Cardimons
1oz Milk
Qtr tspn Safron
2-3 Green Chilies
Half tspn Black Zeera
2-3 Cloves
Half tsp Garam Masala
(equal amounts of Black Zeera, Cardimons & Cinamon sticks, with half amount of cloves)
Salt to taste
Corriander and Fried Onions to Garnish
In a large bowl mix the meat, yoghurt, almonds, chopped green chillies, ginger and garlic, salt, and ground garam masala. To the mixture add half a teaspoon each of chilli powder and termeric. Marinate for at least 4-6 hours in the fridge.
Fry the onions in ghee until golden brown and crisp. Drain away any excess ghee and then remove the onions and spread over a large plate. This should keep the onions crispy. Once they have cooled crush the onions with your fingers and add this to the marinated meat mixture.
In a large pan half fill with water and add salt, whole garam masala and one green chilli. Bring this to the boil and add the washed rice and cook until the water boils. Once the water has boiled drain the rice in a colander and rinse with a little cold water.
Grease the saucepan generously with ghee and transfer the meat mixture. Level the surface and now spread the rice evenly over the meat. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice over the rice.Warm the milk and crush the safron into it. Pour the milf/safron mixture over the rice. Dot generously with ghee. To garnish spread the fried onions and corriander over the rice.
Cover the saucepan tightly. Allow to steam on high heat for about 10 minutes and then lower the heat and cook for another 1 and a half to 2 hours. Before removing the pan from the cookeer ensure that there is no moisture left in the meat. This can be checked by simply listening for a sizling sound. If there is no sizzling then the Biryani is ready.
Biryani is traditonally served with Mirch Salan and Yoghurt Chutney.

Double Ka Meetha (Bread Pudding)

1 loaf bread (small)
1 lt milk
500 gms sugar
250 gms double cream
250 gms clarified butter
100 gms chopped and roasted cashewnuts
100 gms almonds (soaked and chopped fine)
10 gm saffron
5 cardamom powdered
Cut each bread slice into four pieces. Fry them in clarified butter till golden brown. Make a sugar syrup by adding half a litre of water to the sugar and boil it for 15 minutes. Add the powdered cardamom and the saffron dissolved in milk to the sugar syrup. Boil milk until it is thickened.
Arrange the fried bread pieces on a flat tray and sprinkle the chopped nuts on them. Pour the sugar syrup, double cream and milk alternately over the bread pieces while they are still hot.
Refrigerate and serve as dessert.
Eggs in a Spicy Cream Sauce
3 tbsps vegetable oil 2 oz onion, finely chopped 1" cube ginger, grated 1 fresh green chilli, finely chopped ½ pt single cream 1 tbsps lemon juice 1 tsp ground roasted cumin 1/8 tsp cayenne ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp garam masala 2 tsps tomato paste ¼ pt chicken stock 6-8 hard boiled eggs,halved 1 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Heat the oil over a medium heat in a large frying pan. When hot put in the onions. Stir and fry for about three minutes or until the peices are browned at the edges.
Put in the ginger and chilli. Stir and fry for a minute.Put in the cream, lemon juice, ground roast cumin, cayenne, salt, garam masal, tomato paste and chicken stock.Stir to mix thoroughly and bring to a simmer.
Put all the egg halves into the sauce in a single layer, cut side up. Spoon the sauce over them. Cook over a medium heat for about five minutes, spooning the sauce over the eggs. Serve sprinkled with fresh coriander.

Indian Cream of Tomato Soup

1½ lb ripe tomatoes,chopped
1 tbsp chopped lemon grass
2 curry leaves
2" fresh ginger,peeled & chopped
1 tsp salt
4 fl oz water
4 fl oz single cream
1 pt milk
1 tsp ground roasted cumin seeds
pinch ground black pepper
pinch cayenne pepper
2 tsps lime or lemon juice
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Put the tomatoes,lemon grass, curry leaves,ginger, salt and water into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Lower the heat, cover and simmer gently for 15 minutes.
Uncover, increase the heat and simmer more rapidly for another 15 minutes.Puree in a liquidiser then sieve. You should have about ¾ pt thick tomato juice.
Add the cream, milk, cumin seed, black and cayenne pepper and the lime or lemon juice. Stir together well and reheat gently without boiling.
Serve garnished with freshly chopped coriander.


1 cup buttermilk1/4 cup besan1 cup watersalt and chilli pd. to tastea pinch of Heeng ( a MUST)a few kadhi patta 1/2 tsp. turmeric1 tsp. oil or ghee1/2 tsp. mustard seeds1/4 tsp. garlic pd.a little bit of minced gingerTo make pakode for the kadhi you'll need:1/2 cup besansalt and chilli pd. to tastea little garam masala1/4 tsp. baking sodaoil to deep fryMake the pakode and keep them aside. Now mix the besan for the kadhi with the buttermilk. Add salt, ginger, garlic and chilli the same so that they mix thoroughly as well. now heat up the oil. Add the mustard seeds, kadhi patta, turmeric and heeng and then pour in the liquid. Add the water and let the whole thing simmertill the "kachcha" taste of besan is gone i.e. till the whole thing tastes as if" kadhi pak gayi hai". If the water has evaporatedby now do add more as now we'll add the pakode to the kadhiand boil the whole thing till the pakode get completely soaked.Making kadhi is not as difficult as it seems from the recipe butit might take you a little bit of practice to perfect the ART asit takes some instinct.

Bengan ka bhurta

1 fair sized egg plant3 medium onions , chopped3 medium tomatoes, chopped1/2 tsp. garlic pd.a little ginger, minced3 tbsp. oil1 jalapeno pepper, chopped1/2 tsp. amchur or anardanasalt and chilli pd to taste1 tsp. corriander pd.1/2 tsp. garam masalaPut the eggplant as is into the oven at 350 till its done. You'll know that its ready when the skin is all wrinkled and water seepsout of it. Peel and mash the eggplant and then "Bhagarofy" itwith all the ingredients. Make sure you "bhunofy" the whole thing really well. If you want you can even add some dry fruits to the stuffas well. Some QUICK sweet for a busy guy :


ingredients:Brinjal-big size 2nos, Toor dal -1cup,Tamarind(imli)pulp -1 table spoon, turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon, salt -to taste
For the paste:coriander 2teaspoon, channa dal 1/2 teaspoon, fenugreek 1 teaspoon, red chilli 10 numbers, haldi powder 1/2 teaspoon, coconut gratings 3 tablespoon,all these ingradients are to be fried dry and ground to a paste.
method:Cut the brinjal into 1 inch blocks. Boil in water and add all the above except toor dal. the dal has to be cooked separately and finally added to the main portion.
Seasoning:fry in oil mustard, toor dal and coconut gratings and add to the main dish. Also add coriander leaves and Kari veppu leaves. This dish will have to be made thick and brinjals should not be fully mashed. This dish can be eaten along with rice and chapathis.

Stuffed Brinjal Curry

Split peas dal - 1 1/2 tsp, urud dal - 1 1/2 tsp, coriander seeds - 1 1/2 tsp, whole red peppers - 10, salt to taste
Fry the above in one spoon of oil and grind it into a thick paste.Cut 10 small brinjals diagonally so that the stem portion of the brinjal opens up. Stuff the brinjal with the ground paste. Heat oil in a fry pan and add the brinjals, keeping the stove at low heat.Close the pan with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.See that it is not deep fried. Serve hot.

Palak Paneer

Boil palak with 3 green chillies , 1/2 onion , salt , 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste , 1/2 tsp turmeric . cool and grind it . Now take a pan add oil then addsome cumin seeds , mustard seeds , 2 dry red chillies . allow to splutter add in palak paste , 1 glass of milk and mix well. IN a seperate pan add 2 tsp of oil and fry paneer pieces till golden brown in colour . Drain on a paper towel and add to the palak mixture . boil for a few min and serve with hot parathas or puris
Recipe from SATYA

Coconut Milk Pulav

Masala : Ginger - 1" piece, Garlic gloves - 6 to 8, green chillies - 14 to 15.
Cut th above into small pieces and grind finely.
Ingredients: Coconut Milk (15 oz. Can) - 1, Basmati Rice - 2 cups, Carrots medium sized - 2, Beans - 10 to 15, Grean Peas - 1/4 cup, Cinnamon sticks - 1 or 2, Cloves - 2, Coriander leaves - 7 to 8 stems, salt to taste, veg. Oil or butter - 10 tea spoons.
Clean and Soak the rice in hot water for 10 to 15 mints.First put the cooking oil. when oil heats add the cinnamon sticks and cloves. Add the Vegetables (except peas) and fry for some time. Then add the masala paste, salt and fry for some more time. Also add green peas and Coriander leaves and fry. Now pour the Coconut milk and add water for the rest. ( Rice and Water should be in 1 : 11/2 proportion ). Let this mixture boil nicely. Finally add the rice and cover it. Make the flame low and keep for 20 mints. Open it and mix the cooked pulav gently. Garnish with few fresh coriander leaves

Tomato pickle

Cut the tomatoes into large pieces.Add red chilli powder,a small piece of tamarind and salt.Grind it in a blender to make it into a thick juice.Pout 5 teaspoons of oil in a frypan.Add mustard seeds,fenugreek seeds, and asafoetida(perungayam).When the mustard splatters,add the tomato mixture and fry at low heat with constant frying until it becomes a thick paste.This will taste great with curd rice.

Lime pickle

Fresh lime(large size, thin skin, ripe) - 6
Cut into medium pieces.(Preseve the juice while cutting).Add salt- 4 spoons,red chilli powder - 4 spoons, asafoetida - 1/2 spoon and mix well.
Next day add 1/4 cup of sesame oil and leave it aside.
Next day, add mustard seeds to 4 spoons of oil and when it splatters add fenugreek seeds and asafoetida.Add this to the poickle and mix.Store in refrigerator.

Ginger Pickle

Grate ginger finely.Take oil and add mustard seeds.When it splatters, add fenugreek seed powder an asafoetida.Add grated ginger and fry well till the moisture is gone and it becomes a non-sticky paste.

Tamarind pickle (Pulikkachal)

coriander seeds (Dhaniya), fenugreek seeds, sesame seeds - each 1 spoon
asafoetida - 1/4 spoon
Slightly roast the above without oil and grind into fine powder. Pour 3 spoons of oil in a fry pan and add some gram dal and whole red peppers and fry slightly.
Add tamarind juice to this and bring it to boil.Add salt and heat with constant stirring until the mixture becomes thick. Now add the ground powder and stir constantly with heating until it becomes a non-sticky paste.Store in refrigerator.

Maavadu (Tender mango pickle)

Grind mustard seeds, crystalline salt, whole red peppers and turmeric poweder- a pinch into a thick paste.Wash the tender mangoes and spread the ground paste on it.

Aavakkai (Mango pickle)

sour mango pieces(medium sized)- 5 cups
mustard seed powder - 1 cup
red chilli powder - 1 cup
salt - 1 cup
turmeric powder- a pinch, fenugreek seed powder - little
mix the above ingredients and add 3 cups of sesame oil.

Gonkura Thokku

Wash the gonkura leaves and dry them on a sheet of paper. Cut into fine pieces.To 5 spoons of oil, add mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, and add 1 cup of chopped leaves. Fry with constant stirring.Add 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp red chillie powder and cook until it becomes a non-sticky paste.


· 1 teacup kabuli channas
· 2 chopped onions
· 2 potatoes
· 2 tomatoes
· 2 tablespoons dhana-jira powder
· 2 tablespoons chilli powder
· 1 tablespoon amchur power
· 1 tablespoon garam masala
· ½ teaspoon soda bi-carb
· ½ teaspoon black pepper powder
· 3 tablespoons ghee
· salt to taste
· Slices of tomatoes and ginger, chopped coriander and a few whole green chillies for decoration.

· Soak the channas for at least 6 hours
· Add ½ teaspoon of soda bi-carb and cook in a pressure cooker
· Cut the potatoes and tomatoes into big pieces
· Heat the ghee in a vessel and fry the potatoes until soft
· Remove the potatoes. In the same ghee add the onions and cook for a little time.
· Add the dhana-jira and chilli powder and fry again.
· Add the boiled channas and salt.
· After 5 minutes, add the garam masala, amchur and black pepper powder and cook for 2 minutes.
· Add the potatoes and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
· Decorate with coriander, chillies and slices of tomatoes and ginger.

Palak Paneer

· 3 bunches spinach
· 1 onion
· 25 mm (1") piece ginger
· 3 green chillies
· ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
· 225 grams (8 oz.) paneer
· 2 tablespoons ghee
· Ghee for deep frying
· A pinch soda bi-carb
· Salt to taste

· Chop the onion, ginger and chillies finely.
· Chop the spinach finely, add ¼ teacup of water and a pinch of soda bi-carb and cook.
· When cooked, blend in a liquidiser
· Cut the paneer into small pieces and deep fry in hot ghee
· Heat the ghee in a vessel and fry the onions for a little time.
· Add the ginger, green chillies and turmeric powder and fry again for a little time
· Add the spinach, paneer and salt.

Eggplant Gotsu

IngredientsEggplant 1 largeTamarind 1/2 t.spoonRed chillies 3Green chillies 2Hing a small pinchMustard 1/2 t.spoonUrad dhall 1 t.spoonCurry leaves a fewCilantro a small bunch washed and finely choppedCooking Oil 2 t.spoonSalt
MethodCoat eggplant with little oil, and either bake it in an oven, orgrill it on the stove. Peel the skin, mash the eggplant and keep it aside.Fry mustard, hing, urad dhall, red chillies, green chillies, andcurry leaves in oil.Bring 1 cup of water to a boil, and add tamarind paste and salt to this. Mix mashed eggplant, fried ingredients to the tamarindwater. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro.

Eggplant Podi Curry

IngredientsEggplant 250 grams, washed & cut 1" lenght wiseUrad dhall 1 t.spoonChanna dhall 1 t.spoonCorriander seeds 1.5 t.spoonRed chilli 4-5Mustard 1/4 t.spoonCooking oil 4 t.spoonsHing a small pinchTurmeric 1/4 t.spoonTamarind paste 1/4 t.spoonSalt 3/4 t.spoon
MethodDry roast urad dhall, channa dhall, corriander seeds, red chillies and hing. Dry grind the above with 1/4 t.spoon salt.Fry mustard, turmeric, and hing in oil, and add the choppedeggplant to this. Sprinkle little water, and cover it slightlyuntil the eggplant gets cooked. Now add the remaining salt, tamamrind paste, and the ground masala powder. Mix it well andadd a few t.spoons of cooking oil.

Plantain Puli Curry

IngredientsPlantain 2-3 washed, peeled, and dicedUrad dhall 1/2 t.spoonMustard 1/4 t.spoonHing a small pinchTurmeric 1/4 t.spoonTamarind paste/extract 1/4 t.spoonRed chilli 2Curry powder 1 t.spoonCurry leaves a fewOil 3-4 t.spoonsSalt 1 t.spoon
MethodFry mustard, hing, urad dhall, curry leaves, turmeric, red chilliand diced plantain in oil in a wok. Sprinkle water and let it cook for 10 minutes. Now add salt, curry powder and mix it well. Add little water to tamarind paste, and sprinkle this on the plantain curry, and let it cook for a few more minutes.

Plantain Podimas
IngredientsPlantain 2-3 Turmeric 1/4 t.spoonHing a small pinchGreen Chillies 6Ginger a small piece minced/grattedUrad dhall 1/2 t.spoonChanna dhall 1 t.spoonMustard 1/4 t.spoonCurry leavesCilantro a small bunch washed and finely choppedLemon 1Cooking Oil 2 t.spoonSalt 1 t.spoon (or to taste)
MethodBoil plantains with turmeric and salt.Peel skin and grate them and keep it aside.Fry mustard, urad dhall, channa dhall, hing, turmeric, curry leaves, red chillies, finely chopped ginger, lemon juice andsalt in 2 t.spoons of oil and then add the grated plantains.

Plantain Curry

IngredientsPlantain 2-3 washed, peeled and dicedCumin seeds 1/2 t.spoonGrated Coconut 1/4 cupRed chillies 2-3Urad dhall 1/2 t.spoon Mustard 1/4 t.spoonHing a small pinchTurmeric 1/4 t.spoonCurry leaves a few Cooking oil 3 t.spoonSalt 1/2 t.spoon
MethodBoil plantains with turmeric and salt.Wet grind cumin seeds, coconut and red chilles and keep it aside.Fry mustard, hing, urad dhall, curry leaves, turmeric, and diced plantain in oil in a wok. Sprinkle water and let it cook for 5minutes, and now add the ground masala, and let it cook for another 5-10 minutes.

Vazai Thandu Curry

IngredientsVazai Thndu Washed and finely chopped Moong dhall 2 t.spoonUrad dhall 1/4 t.spoonRed chilli 2Mustard 1/4 t.spoonHing a small pinchGinger a small pinchGreen chilli 1Grated coconut 2 t.spoonsButter milk 1/4 cupCooking oil 2 t.spoonSalt 1/2 t.spoon
MethodSoak vazai thandu, moong dhall, butter milk and salt togetherfor 15 minutes.Fry mustard, urad dhall, red chilli, hing, green chilli, and ginger in oil.Squeeze the butter milk out the soaked vazai thandu, and addthe vazai thundu to the above pan. Let it cook for 10 minutes,and then add the grated coconut to the above.

Potato Podimas

IngredientsPotatoes 1 poundTurmeric 1/4 t.spoonHing a small pinchGreen Chillies 6Ginger a small piece minced/grattedUrad dhall 1/2 t.spoonChanna dhall 1 t.spoonMustard 1/4 t.spoonCurry leavesCilantro a small bunch washed and finely choppedLemon 1Cooking Oil 2 t.spoonSalt 1 t.spoon (or to taste)
MethodBoil potatoes with turmeric and salt.Peel skin and mash them and keep it aside.Fry mustard, urad dhall, channa dhall, hing, turmeric, curry leaves, red chillies, finely chopped ginger, lemon juice andsalt in 2 t.spoons of oil and then add the mashed potatoes. Letthis cook for a few minutes and then garnish with cilantro.

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