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Showing posts with label Beans. Show all posts

Double Beans Masala


double beans tomato masala gravy sabzi


Have you ever left a thing for so long that you totally forget about it and then one sudden day it suddenly pop's back into your mind and then just won't let go? Long long question there. I'm usually like that around washed clothes. I absolutely dislike folding laundry and will procrastinate it until I can.

This Double Beans Masala recipe is exactly like that "IT" for me. I made it looong back in March. I made it, I clicked photos and I noted down the recipe diligently and I left it in drafts for 2 whole months. I cooked something else, and blogged about them and somehow this Double Beans Masala just sat there sadly in the "Drafts" folder of Blogger.

double beans tomato masala gravy sabzi

Today, I finally decided it's high time I empty out my drafts. I need to get those 15 recipes out to the world.

I'm not sure if these beans are really double beans. I googled "Pink double beans" and what ended up in the image results looked exactly like what I had. So I guess it is just a variety of double beans.

This Double Beans Masala recipe is very versatile. It is basically beans cooked in a masala gravy. You can adapt it to any beans you have available - use chickpeas, pinto beans, black eyed peas, it will end up being just as delicious.

The beans are just one part of the curry, the masala gravy is the other. This is a very standard Indian masala gravy made with the basic - onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and some spices. Just puree the onions and tomatoes, fry them up and allow it to cook on low flame. Add the spices and VOILA, your masala gravy is ready. Add anything you like to it - beans, peas, paneer, tofu

double beans tomato masala gravy sabzi

The Kitchen King masala is a magic spice blend available in the market. It is my absolute FAVORITE spice blend or masala powder for the time being. I use it in anything and everything. I was never a big fan of Garam Masala and am soooo happy to have found this Kitchen King masala. I highly recommend it, but if you cannot find it, add Garam Masala, it goes just as well.

This curry taste best with any kind of bread - chapati, roti, naan or just plain old white bread. But you can have it with rice as well. Just add more water to loosen it.

double beans tomato masala gravy sabzi



Double Beans Masala


double beans tomato masala gravy sabziDouble Beans Masala is a semi dry curry made using fresh double beans, basic Indian spices and fresh tomatoes. Vegan and Gluten free.

Recipe Type:  Side
Cuisine:         Indian
Prep Time:    15 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:             Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup of fresh Double Beans
1 Onion
1 Tomato
1-2 Garlic cloves
1/2" piece of Ginger
1/2 tsp of Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp of Kitchen King Masala or Garam Masala
3 tsp of Oil
Water
Salt to taste
A handful of fresh Coriander leaves

Method:

Pressure cook the double beans with 1 cup of water and 1/2 tsp of salt until it is done. It takes only 1-2 whistles or around 5 minutes. Overcooking will make the double beans mushy.
Grind together the onion, tomato, ginger and garlic into a fine puree. Add a little water if needed.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they brown, add the onion-tomato puree and fry on low heat for 8-10 minutes.
Add all the spices and double beans and mix well.
Add salt.
Add water to achieve the desired consistency.
Allow the beans to cook with the masala for 3-5 minutes on low heat.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and serve with rotis.
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Rajma Chawal or Red Kidney Beans Masala with Rice

Rajma Chawal is red kidney beans cooked in a masala made from onion, tomato and some spices served over a bed of white rice.

red kidney beans masala gravy punjabi vegan rice sabzi

Haaapy Wednesday....

I'm not entirely sure about my feelings for Wednesday, the optimist in me says the week is half done and the cynic in me says there are still TWO days left to go... Either way, it calls for a treat, don't you think so?

I've had a hectic time going on. It was pretty much work work work until Sunday where I worked for a full day on the blog.Yes, an ENTIRE day. Raj just did his stuff and I did mine. Sis cooked up lunch and we just ate Masala Puri - a local street food for dinner. I redesigned a lot of stuff around on the blog on Sunday. Tried different templates, but finally decided HTML isn't my cup of tea. Too much effort, so reverted back to my old template and just updated the layout. The awesomely beautiful weather totally helped the non-working-yet-working Sunday I had. Such heavy lashing rains and melodious songs on YouTube. Have I mentioned, I absolutely LOVE rains.

red kidney beans masala gravy punjabi vegan rice sabzi

And then back to the work work work grind from Monday. So it is finally mid week and I deserved my treat I believe. Something delicious, yet quick to make. When I'm stressed out, I always make rice. On other days, I'm not usually a big fan of rice. I stick to rotis (wholewheat flatbread). But I think it is that starchy comfort I seek in rice when I'm all drained out. And what goes well with Rice - RAJMA...   Rajma Chawal in simple English words is Beans and Rice. Beans and Rice, now that's a world famous combo.

I highly recommend using Basmati rice here. The long grains and the fragrance of Basmati makes any simple dish also seem special. But I was out of Basmati. So I had to make do with regular short grain rice. But I highly highly recommend Basmati. Did I mention that already?

Have you ever fried onions and garlic in oil? Or at least been around when someone else was frying it? Doesn't it just smell AMAZING? That aroma always makes me hungry, even after I've just had a big meal. Well, this Rajma Chawal is a treat for the nose too with the frying-of-onion-and-garlic. It is the perfect appetite builder. So I am not responsible for munching on those banana chips while cooking, it was the onions.


red kidney beans masala gravy punjabi vegan rice sabzi


I've pretty much used the same recipe in the past to make black bean soup. Just replace the red kidney beans with the black ones and you are done. So if you want to skip the rice, although I suggest you try this famous marriage of flavors, you can have the Rajma just as a regular spiced soup with some crusty bread to mop it up.


Rajma Chawal or Red Kidney Beans Masala with Rice


red kidney beans masala gravy punjabi vegan rice sabziRed kidney beans cooked in a masala made from onion, tomato and some spices served over a bed of white rice.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:         North Indian
Prep Time:    20 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:             Serves 2


Ingredients:


Rajma:


2 cups cooked Red Kidney Beans or Rajma (see note if using dried beans)
2 Tomatoes
1 large Onion
1-2 cloves Garlic
1/2" piece of Ginger
2 tsp Cumin Powder or Jeera powder
1 tsp of Coriander Powder or Dhania Powder
1/2 tsp of Garam Masala
1 tsp of Cumin seeds or Jeera
1 tsp Sugar or Jaggery powder
1 tbsp of Kasuri Methi (Optional)
4 tsp of Oil
Salt to taste
Water
A handful of coriander leaves for garnish

Chawal:


1 cup of Rice (preferably Basmati)
2 cups of Water

Method:


Chawal:


Wash the rice twice with sufficient water.
In a deep pan, bring 2 cups of water to boil.
Once it comes to a rolling boil, add the washed rice and cover and cook until the rice is done.
Drain out any excess water.
Alternatively, pressure cook the rice for around 2-3 whistles or 8-10 minutes after the pressure builds up to cut the rice cooking time into half.

Rajma:


Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
Grind together the onion, ginger and garlic and add to the pan.
Fry the onion paste until it turns slightly brown or for about 3-4 minutes.
Grind the tomato into a puree.
Add the tomato puree to the pan and mix well. Fry for 2-3 minutes.
Now add all the spice powders and 1 cup water and allow it to simmer on low heat for 4-5 minutes. If you used dried beans and cooked it yourself, then instead of plain water, you can use the water in which the beans were cooked in.
Add the cooked beans, salt and sugar or jaggery and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
Add the kasuri methi and mix well. 
Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve with rice.

Note


If using dried red kidney beans or rajma like me, then soak 1 cup of dried beans for 8-10 hours.
Drain out the water.
In a pressure cooker or a deep pan, add the soaked beans and add enough water to cover the beans and a little more. 
Add salt and cover and cook until the beans are done but not mushy.
I cooked in the pressure cooker, so after the first whistle, I lowered the heat and allowed it to cook for 15 minutes.


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Beetroot and Cauliflower Burgers with Eggless Mayo

kidney beans rajma vegetarian sandwich

BURGER or PIZZA? Definitely, burgers for me. When I've had a hard day and my stomach craves some comforting fast food, it is always the burger I turn to. Every single time (I've had hundreds), I decide to go on a diet, I always grab that one last burger. I always assume it's my last for a loonnng time. You can't punish a  girl for being positive. But my weakness for food usually overtakes my willpower to lose weight and I'm quicker at a burger joint than I'd prefer to be.

kidney beans rajma vegetarian sandwich

This time tough, I'm not on a diet and neither at a burger joint. I'm in my house, standing in my kitchen, making my own HEALTHY burger. Usually, a veggie burger has to have Potato, correct? WRONG!!! Not this one. This is 100% potato free. It is full of beets, cauliflower and beans. It's a nice way to trick someone into having their veggie fix for the day. 

I've always loved beets. As a kid I was obsessed with the color Pink. I had to have that pink dress, that pink ribbon, that pink compass box, that pink pencil. Show me something in pink and orange, and I would always pick the pink one. May be it was my obsession with the color pink that made me love beets or may be it was the sweetness of the beets. I've always had a massive sweet tooth. But beets remained my friend for life. Look how pretty pink these burgers look....

kidney beans rajma vegetarian sandwich

I added the cauliflower, just to add some bite to the burgers. The beans are a must though. You can replace the kidney beans with chickpeas, black eyed peas or any beans capable of becoming mushy. The beans act as a binding agent in the burger in the absence of potato or eggs. 

Most of the beet burger recipes I've browsed in the past, ask for roasted beets and that is a lot of effort. So I made the LAZY version of the beet burger. Just some grated beets, grated cauliflower, some cooked beans - mash mash mash. Add spices. Mix mix mix. Then shape and fry in a pan. EASY, right? It definitely is!! To get firm burgers, us


kidney beans rajma vegetarian sandwich

I paired the burgers with homemade eggless Mayo. Very simple to make and tastes just like the store bought one. Some tips for the Eggless Mayo:
  • The mustard makes all the difference. If you don't have mustard powder, just crush a few mustard seeds and add that.
  • If the Mayo ends up having lumps, do not worry, just strain it using a strainer once it cools to remove the lumps.
  • If the Mayo ends up becoming one hard lump, blend it in the mixer or blender with a little milk to loosen it up.
  • Allow the Mayo to cook, before adding the vinegar to prevent the milk in it from curdling.
  • To make it Vegan, use any vegan milk like soy or almond.
kidney beans rajma vegetarian sandwich


Beetroot and Cauliflower Burgers with Eggless Mayo


kidney beans rajma vegetarian sandwichSpiced beetroot, cauliflower and beans patty combined with some eggless mayo to make a Veggie Burger

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          International
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:              4


Ingredients:


Beetroot and Cauliflower Patties:


1 cup Red Kidney Beans (cooked)
1 cup grated Cauliflower
2 cups grated Beetroot
2 Tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
1 tsp of Garlic Powder
1 tsp of Garam Masala
1 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
1/2 sp of Turmeric Powder
Salt to taste
3-4 Tbsp Oil to fry

Eggless Mayo:


1 cup Milk
2 Tbsp Plain flour or Maida
1 tsp white Vinegar
1/2 tsp Mustard Powder or Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp of powdered Sugar
Salt to taste

To assemble:


4 burger buns
Beetroot and Cauliflower Patties
Eggless Mayo

Method:


Beetroot and Cauliflower Patties:


Mash the beans well.
Add all the other ingredients to it except the oil and mix well.
Shape into patties.
Heat oil in a pan and place the patties.
Cook the first side on medium flame for 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Eggless Mayo:


Mix the flour in 1/2 cup of milk.
Heat the remaining milk in a pan and when it starts to boil, add the milk and flour mixture and whisk well so that there are no lumps.
Keep stirring or whisking until the mayo thickens and reaches the consistency you want.
Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

To assemble:


Toast the burger buns,
Spread the mayo on the buns.
Place the hot patties and serve.
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Tawa Pulao | How to make Tava Pulao Recipe with Step by Step Instructions

Tava pilaf pav bhaji mumbai street food masala rice tomato

Street food ROCKS!!!

Don't you just agree to that? Many markets across the world are centered around the street food. Streets of Bangkok... Streets of Mexico City... Streets of Mumbai...

I think the true essence of a city lies in its Street Food. You get local food, fusion food and some even carry international favorites. But one thing is a constant in every food street, there is so much variety. After all, variety is the spice of life, isn't it?
I've found these are one of the busiest places in a city, especially after sundown. We have our own little food street in Bangalore which is packed even on weeknights.

Every city has its favorite, and so does Mumbai.

Mumbai is famous for its Vada Pav and its Pav Bhaji. Lurking in their shadows is the Tawa Pulao. Tawa Pulao literally is rice and vegetables cooked on a flat griddle along with some spices and oodles of butter.

Everything tastes better with BUTTER!!! Spoon in as much butter as you desire, it only improves the taste.

Tawa Pulao can be easily made VEGAN by skipping on the butter, or adding some yummy Almond Butter.

Tava pilaf pav bhaji mumbai street food masala rice tomato

Tawa Pulao has now started to become a popular dish outside of Mumbai too. I've eaten it in so many places in Bangalore. It seems to be entering restaurants too. But the street version beats the restaurant version any day. On my list of favorite street food, Tawa Pulao ranks 3rd, right behind the Pani Puri and the Pav Bhaji.

I must credit this recipe to my friend at work. She got this for lunch one day and I simply had to have the recipe. I was pleasantly surprised when she told me the recipe. I couldn't believe it was so easy to make. My friend makes it with only green peas and she adds a chilli paste as well. I add any vegetables I find in my fridge. In the past I've added babycorn, sweet corn, zucchini, mushrooms, broccoli etc. I guess you get the picture.

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Tava pilaf pav bhaji mumbai street food masala rice tomato

1) If using uncooked rice, wash the rice and cook it in 2 cups of water until it is done but not mushy. Allow the rice to cool and then gently fork it.
2) Dice the vegetables and keep aside. 
3) Puree the tomato in a blender.


Tava pilaf pav bhaji mumbai street food masala rice tomato

4) Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
5) Once they brown, add the onions and cabbage and fry until the onions are translucent.
6) Add all the remaining vegetables and 1/2 tsp of salt and cook until the vegetables are done but still have a bite to them. You can cover the pan to quicken the cooking.



Tava pilaf pav bhaji mumbai street food masala rice tomato

7) Remove the vegetables into a bowl, and place the pan back on heat. Add the ginger-garlic paste and the tomato puree and cook on low heat for 5-7 mins until the water from the puree evaporates and you get a thick tomato masala.
8) Add the pav bhaji masala and salt and mix well.




9) Add the fried vegetables and mix well.
10) Add the butter and mix well.
11) Add the rice and mix well.
12) Garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve.



Tawa Pulao | How to make Tava Pulao Recipe


Tava pilaf pav bhaji mumbai street food masala rice tomato Tawa Pulao is rice cooked with tomatoes, vegetables and Pav bhaji masala. 

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


1 cup uncooked Rice or 5 cups of cooked Rice
1 cup Tomato Puree or 2 Juicy Tomatoes
1.5 cups of assorted Vegetables (like Cabbage, Cauliflower, Carrots, Green Peas, Green Beans, Capsicum) (Optional)
1 Onion
1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala (If you don't have this available, use Garam masala - 1/4 tsp, Coriander powder - 1 tsp, Amchur/ Dry mango powder - 1/4 tsp, Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp, Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp)
1 Tbsp Butter
2-3 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera
Salt
Water
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:


If using uncooked rice, wash the rice and cook it in 2 cups of water until it is done but not mushy. Allow the rice to cool and then gently fork it.
Dice the vegetables and keep aside.
Puree the tomato in a blender.
Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they brown, add the onions and cabbage and fry until the onions are translucent.
Add all the remaining vegetables and 1/2 tsp of salt and cook until the vegetables are done but still have a bite to them. You can cover the pan to quicken the cooking.
Remove the vegetables into a bowl, and place the pan back on heat. Add the ginger-garlic paste and the tomato puree and cook on low heat for 5-7 mins until the water from the puree evaporates and you get a thick tomato masala.
Add the pav bhaji masala and salt and mix well.
Add the fried vegetables and mix well.
Add the butter and mix well.
Add the rice and mix well.
Garnish with finely chopped coriander and serve.
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Vegetable Jalfrezi

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


Guests coming over and you wanna impress them? Or are you just bored of your usual dinner fare? Jalfrezi can be your answer. Try it !

I saw this lovely photo of Jalfrezi in a magazine, it had me salivating. That one photo was my inspiration to try my hand at Jalfrezi. Jalfrezi has made its presence felt worldwide. It was voted to be UK’s most popular Indian curry a few years ago. And who would believe making it was so easy. 

The only effort needed is actually in cutting the vegetables, but you can totally skip it by buying already cut veggies from the supermarket or using your food processor. And you can relax doing your crossword or watching your favorite show on TV, while it simmers slowly. All it needs is like a check around 5-10 mins. Open the pan, peek, stir, close and back to what ever you were doing. Lovely, isn't it?

The best part is, you can add any vegetables you fancy or use up all your leftover vegetables at the end of the week to make it. I would however recommend adding baby corn as I felt it gives it an added crunch. To make it vegan, replace the paneer with Tofu or totally skip it, you won't be missing out on anything.


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

Step by Step Recipe with Photos:


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

1) Cut all vegetables except the onion and tomato into baton sized pieces. Cut the paneer /tofu similarly Chop the onion finely. Puree the tomato. 

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

2) Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

3) Once they brown slightly, add the onions and saute until they are translucent. Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

4) Add the tomato puree. 


mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

5) Add ketchup.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

6)  Cook on low heat until the oil separates. Approximately 8-10 minutes.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

7) Now the vegetables like cauliflower, carrot and beans which take a little longer to cook. 

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

8) Add water. Cook on medium high heat until the vegetables are almost done.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

9) Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
Add the turmeric powder, kitchen king masala, red chilli powder and salt.
Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it a little longer.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

10) In the meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the paneer / tofu.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

11) Fry until the paneer is slightly brown.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian


12) Add the paneer to the gravy. Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.


13) Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

mix vegetable gravy paneer jalfrezi indian

Vegetable Jalfrezi


Tomato gravy based curry made with mix vegetables and spices.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:          North Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              5-6


Ingredients:


1 medium sized Onion
3 medium sized Tomatoes
1 cup Cauliflower florets
0.5 cup Broccoli florets
2 small Carrots
10-12 Green Beans
8-10 Baby corn
1 Capsicum (or a mix of colored Capsicums/Peppers)
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
100gms Paneer or Tofu
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Tbsp Tomato Ketchup
1.5 cups Water
3 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
1 tsp Kitchen King Masala or Garam Masala
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Sugar or Jaggery (Optional but recommended)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
Salt to taste

Method:


Cut all vegetables except the onion and tomato into baton sized pieces. Cut the paneer / tofu similarly.
Chop the onion finely.
Puree the tomato.
Heat oil in a large pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once they brown slightly, add the onions and saute until they are translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and mix well.
Add the tomato puree and ketchup allow it to cook on low heat until the oil separates (approximately 8-10 mins)
Now the vegetables like cauliflower, carrot and beans which take a little longer to cook. 
Add water.
Cook on medium high heat until the vegetables are almost done.
Now add the remaining vegetables like baby corn, broccoli, capsicum.
Add the turmeric powder, kitchen king masala, red chilli powder and salt.
Cook until the vegetables are done and the curry has the desired consistency. If it is too thin, you can cook it a little longer.
In the meanwhile, heat 1 tsp of oil in a non stick pan. When the oil is hot, add the paneer / tofu and lightly fry it until it turns brown.
Add the paneer to the gravy.
Add sugar/jaggery to suit your taste.
Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis or rice.




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Vegetable Cutlets with Coriander Mint Chutney

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I’m free I’m free… from those hectic schedules to those late night calls. I’m finally free, for a short while, but I know to appreciate the smaller things in life.

So what did I do? Well, I actually went to the mall on a weekday evening. Really!! With no laptop to burden me, I happily went to the happiness sale at Bangalore Central. And then I went to my sister’s house and had her cook me dinner. I know, could I get any lazier? I like laziness :D. And then I actually started reading my library book. Oh my dear books have been neglected this entire time. I issued booked, renewed them and then returned them. But finally, I’ve started on “Gone Girl” and am liking it till now. I even went out and watched Minions. Acche din (Good days).

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I’ve been trying to cram all the good things in these 2-3 weeks I’ll have before the next project and the next grind starts. So Saturday night, I made my childhood favorite – Vegetable Cutlets, to celebrate. It is still my favorite, but I don’t like what I get in Bangalore. I miss my Goan cutlets with little pieces of red beetroot in them. That’s something special to Goa I think, beetroot is added to cutlets and samosa’s there, and believe me, it just makes them extra special. Tasty, yummmm. 

Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney


Cutlets are so easy to make. All you need are mashed vegetables and desire to make something of them. For most non vegetarian cutlets, egg is used as a binding agent to bind the breadcrumbs, but this is a Vegetarian blog, so not eggs here mister. Just use a mixture of milk and flour and dip the cutlets in that before dipping it into semolina or bread crumbs. You can use bread crumbs, but cutlets always have semolina or rava coating on them. If you skip this, the rava coating just disintegrates once it is in the pan and you are left with a shapeless cutlet and oil full of rava. I am speaking from experience here.

Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney

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I decided to go an extra step and I made this nice green chutney to go along with the cutlet. It tastes just as delicious with ketchup or just like that. But then, I am a chutney girl. Always been one. So I made this chutney, bought some Pao, stuffed some sliced onions and tomatoes and made my local burger. Skip all this and enjoy it just as it is, or go full gourmet and add sliced avocado, cheese or anything else you fancy. It  is all upto you and your family’s taste buds.

Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney


Vegetable Cutlets with Coriander Mint Chutney


Shallow fried cutlets made with potato and mix vegetables, served with a coriander and mint chutney.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              7-8 Cutlets

Ingredients:


For the cutlet:


Veg potato vegan snacks Cutlet patty fritter Coriander cilantro kothmir Mint pudina hari green Chutney
3 - 4 medium sized Potatoes
1 small Carrot
2 Tbsp Green Peas
7-8 Green Beans
1/2 Beetroot
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
A pinch Garam masala 
1 Tbsp Flour / Maida 
3 Tbsp Milk 
3-4 Tbsp Fine semolina / Chiroti rava
4-5 Tbsp Oil
Salt

For the chutney:


0.5 cup Fresh coriander leaves 
0.5 cup Fresh mint leaves 
1 Green chilli 
1 clove Garlic
Salt
Water

Method:


To make the Cutlet:


Boil the potato until done. Peel and mash them.
Chop carrot, beans and beetroot finely. Boil them along with the peas until done.
Drain and add the vegetables to the potato.
Add all the spices and salt to the potato and mix well.
Shape into cutlets. You can be creative and make fancy shapes.
Mix the flour and milk until there are no lumps.
Heat oil in a pan.
Dip the cutlet in the flour-milk mixture and dip in semolina and place in the pan.
Cook on each side for around 2 mins each.
Serve hot with Ketchup or Chutney

To make the Coriander Mint Chutney:


Grind everything in the mixer/blender with 1 tbsp of water
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Vegetable Stew

The weather is confusing, on some days it feels like summer and on others it looks like the monsoons are already here. Today was one such a day. It started out sunny and ended up wet.
When it rains, I feel like having some warm comfort food. Don't you?





And a vegetable stew is just that. It is comfort food personified. I made it with rainbow veggies. You can make it with what you have available, but I find that colorful food cheers me up. I watched this food truck on Eat Street that seemed to have the same thinking. It was a healthy food truck where the chef served everything with a colorful salad. Oooh! today's newspaper is saying food trucks are in town. Yeah, baby! I hope I find myself in the neighborhood of one interesting truck. Let me know if you try one out. Until then our little bhel puri carts will have to do.



Anyway back to the stew. I will not call this a Kerala veg stew, but it is inspired from Kerala. I made this stew with coconut milk like a lot of Kerala curries. This is my sister's recipe. So its been tried and tested on other people before me :)




I made it with cauliflower, tri-colored peppers, carrot, and french beans. You can add green peas, potatoes, frankly, any vegetable you fancy in a curry. Anything tastes good with coconut milk, I swear. This curry is mildly spiced, so it does not take you away from the delicate taste of coconut milk and the vegetables.




It can be eaten with rice or bread. The choice is yours. We enjoyed the stew with rice and spicy jigujje podi. Ummm... my mouth is watering just remembering my lunch.



Vegetable Stew



Mildly spiced vegetable stew made by cooking colourful peppers, cauliflower, carrots and beans in coconut milk 

Recipe Type:  Main Course
Cuisine:          South Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              3 Servings

Ingredients:

2 cups mixed Vegetables ( I used cauliflower, carrot, french beans, red, yellow and green capsicum)
1 small Onion
1 Green chilli
2 cloves Garlic
1/2 inch piece Ginger
1-2 Cloves
1 inch piece Cinnamon
4-5 Black peppercorns
8-10 Curry leaves
1.5-2 cups Coconut milk
1/2 cup Water
2-3 tsp Oil
Salt

Method:


Chop all the vegetables roughly. I like chunky pieces in my stew.
Slit the green chilli.
Crush the ginger and garlic to make a coarse paste. You can use store bought ginger-garlic paste, but I always prefer using a fresh one.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add the chopped onion, curry leaves and whole spices and fry until the onion is translucent.
Add the ginger garlic paste and stir fry for about 1 minute.
Add all the vegetable and the water.
Cover and cook until the vegetables are done.
Add salt and the coconut milk. Allow it to come to a boil and remove it off heat.
Enjoy it hot/warm with rice/bread.


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