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Showing posts with label Cauliflower. Show all posts

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 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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Baked Bread Rolls

I am blank! Just like a paper. 

There are times when you want to write but you don’t know what to write. It is called a writer’s block. Most of the times I am blank, but not about writing, but about cooking. What is that called? Cooking block? Chef’s block? Cooking lunch and dinner is pretty easy for me. 

I am a chapatti/roti lover so most days it is chapatti with some vegetables that are there at home. But I hate thinking about what to make for breakfast. And then start the calls. I call up my mom and my sister and ask the same question “What should I make for Breakfast?” and I get the same answer “Please don’t ask me, I’m confused too” :(




May be the women in office face the same issue everyday too. The women’s association in office started an online competition for quick and healthy breakfast recipes. I was extremely excited, I thought with at least the 200+ women in office, I’ll get many recipes. I, myself, submitted the recipe for my oats idlis. I must say though, that competition did not do much more than flooding my inbox with emails. I barely got any new recipes. Some were not healthy, some were not quick, some I would not even call breakfast. I did win the third prize though :).




I got the idea for this breakfast recipe when on a hungry weekday evening we went to a tiny shop to eat Vada Pao and Break pakoda and my sister remarked that she prefers break roll. The idea stayed in my head and from that seed grew a tree, that tempted me to make bread rolls. As I have mentioned before, I try to avoid deep frying, so I baked it. I stuffed with a combination of potato, carrot, cauliflower, spices and cheese. Stuff it with anything that takes your fancy, the bread is your stage… :) You can have it as a snack with nice hot cup of tea on a rainy evening….*slurp* or as a breakfast.



Definitely, a kid friendly recipe. I can vouch for that. What’s not to like? Bread, potatoes and cheese :) The only suggestion I have is: have it hot, it loses its crispness once it is cold. Dunk it in some cool mint chutney or some tangy ketchup. Or like us, just have it on its own. But have it, for sure :)







Baked Bread Rolls



Bread stuffed with a vegetable mixture, rolled and baked to make a roll.

Recipe Type:  Snacks/ Appetizer
Cuisine:          International
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     60 minutes
Yield:              12 rolls

Ingredients:



12 Bread slices
2 small or 1 large Potatoes
1 Carrot
1/4 – 1/2 cup chopped Cauliflower
1 small Onion
1 Green chilli
1-2 cloves of Garlic
1 Tbsp Coriander leaves (chopped)
2 cubes or 3-4 Tbsp Cheese (Grated)
2 Tbsp Butter
½ tsp Cumin seeds
3 tsp Oil
½ tsp Turmeric powder / Haldi
A pinch of Garam Masala
A pinch of Dry Mango Powder / Amchur
Salt
Water

Method:



1. Boil and peel the potatoes. Mash them roughly.
2. Finely chop the onion, garlic, carrot, green chilli and the cauliflower.
3. Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds.
4. Once the seeds brown, add the onion, chilli and the garlic.
5. Once the onion is slightly browned, add the carrot and cauliflower.
6. Cover and cook until the vegetables are done. They should still have a bite in them, don’t overcook them.
7. Add the spices and the mashed potatoes and mix well.
8. Add the coriander leaves.
9. Remove from heat and keep aside.
10. Cut the edges of the bread slices.
11. Using a rolling pin flatten out the bread.
12. In the center of the flattened bread, add a spoonful of the mixture and the cheese.
13. Wet the sides of the bread and join them.
14. Apply butter on the roll from outside
15. Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius.
16. Place the rolls on a cookie sheet in one layer and cook for 10 mins.
17. After 5 mins, flip the rolls.
18. Depending on the power of your oven you may need to keep it in for more or less time.
19. It should be crisp and golden brown.


    P.S: Don't throw out the edges. You can use it to thicken gravies and soup. You can also use it as a binding agent in tikkis and patties. For a soup which uses bread edges, watch out for my next post :)
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    Spicy Cauliflower with Tzatziki (Yogurt Sauce)





    We Indians love our gobi / cauliflower, especially in North India. But our Gobi Manchurian is a favorite all across the country. While cauliflower tastes great when deep fried, it actually tastes equally awesome when baked. I’d never eaten baked cauliflower, but this recipe called out to me. So easy to make and also, so quickly it disappears.

    The original recipe I looked up is from here.

    I modified it with the spices I had available. The fragrant Indian spices go very well with the versatile cauliflower.


    Tzatziki is a Greek yogurt dipping sauce. The coolness of the sauce complements the spiciness of the cauliflower. 







    Spicy Cauliflower with Tzatziki (Yogurt Sauce)


    Cauliflower marinated with spices and roasted in the oven. Served with a cucumber and yogurt sauce.

    Recipe Type:  Snacks
    Cuisine:          Indian / Greek
    Prep Time:     15 minutes
    Cook time:     40 minutes
    Yield:              4-5 Servings

    Ingredients:

    Spicy Cauliflower:

    1/2 head Cauliflower
    1 tsp Garam Masala
    1/2 tsp Red chilli powder
    1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
    1/2 tsp Cumin powder
    1/2 tsp Coriander powder
    1 Tbsp Kasuri Methi
    6-8 Curry leaves
    3 Tbsp Olive oil
    3-4 cloves Garlic
    Salt to taste

    Tzatziki:

    2 Tbsp Yogurt / Thick curd
    1/2 Cucumber
    3-4 cloves Garlic
    1 tsp Olive oil
    1/4 tsp Black Pepper
    Salt to taste


    Method:

    Spicy Cauliflower:


    • Wash and dry the cauliflower head and cut it into bite sized pieces
    • Mix all the spices, crushed garlic, salt and olive oil in a large bowl
    • Add the cauliflower and mix well, let the spice mixture coat the cauliflower
    • Preheat the oven to 220 degree celsius
    • Bake for around 20-25 mins until the cauliflower is crispy
    • Serve hot with tzatziki


    Tzatziki

    • Peel and chop the cucumber into rough pieces
    • Blend all the ingredients until it is fine
    • Serve this dip with the cauliflower or bread or chips




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    Gobi Manchurian

    The first time I had this, I loved it. It was in a cafe, we friends went to after our tuition in the 10th standard. It cost us Rs.20 back then in a moderately priced cafe. Back then, we did not have it as an accompaniment, we ate it as the main meal. Spicier than home food and newer flavors, it tingled our senses. And it has been tingling ever since...



    Gobi after frying

    Gobi Manchurian



    An Indian Chinese appetizer of deep fried cauliflower in a spicy sauce

    Recipe Type:  Appetizer
    Cuisine:          Indian Chinese
    Prep Time:     20 minutes
    Cook time:     40 minutes
    Yield:              3-4 Servings

    Ingredients:


    200 gms Cauliflower
    2 Spring onions or 1 Onion
    2 Tbsp chopped Spring onion greens
    1.5" piece Ginger
    4 cloves Garlic
    2 Green Chilli (Slit length wise)
    2 Tbsp Capsicum (finely chopped)
    2 Tbsp Carrot (finely chopped)
    2 Tbsp Cornflour
    1 Tbsp Flour / Maida
    3-4 Tbsp Soy sauce
    1 tsp Chilli sauce
    1/2 tsp Vinegar
    2 tsp + 2 cups Oil
    1/2 tsp Ajinomoto / Maggi magic cube
    Salt
    Water

    Method:

    • Crush and grind the ginger and garlic into a fine paste. Alternatively, use ginger-garlic paste. I prefer using fresh as I feel it gives it a better fragrance.
    • Mix the cornflour and flour with 1/2 cup water. Add 1 tsp of the ginger garlic paste, 1 tbsp soya sauce and salt. Add more water if needed, the consistency should not be very thin, it should be sufficient to coat the cauliflower
    • Break the cauliflower into smaller florets
    • Heat 2 cups Oil for deep frying in a kadhai
    • Dip the cauliflower in the batter and deep fry until golden brown and keep aside
    • Heat 2 tsp oil in a kadhai, add the onions and once they are translucent, add the ginger garlic paste and fry until fragrant
    • Add the other vegetables and continue frying until they are done,
    • Now add the remaining batter prepared for the cauliflower. Add more water to get a gravy. If you want it dry, you may not need to add any water.
    • Add all the sauces, vinegar, ajinomoto / maggi magic cube and salt and cook for 2-3 mins.
    • Add the cauliflower and cook for 1 more min.
    • Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot


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    Bombay Pav Bhaji

    The reason I call this the Bombay Pav Bhaji is because I eat and make 2 kinds of Pav bhajis and it gets confusing about which one I'm talking about. The other one being the Goan Pav bhaji ( recipe will be posted soon). The Bombay pav bhaji is the red coloured pav bhaji most commonly eaten across India in restaurants or small chaat carts / gaadis . As a kid, eating out meant small snacks in the evenings, as restaurant culture had not yet caught on as it has today. We would go on my dad's Bajaj scooter to our favorite chaat cart/ gaadi in the market to eat Pav bhaji. With very low tolerance for spices, I was generally stuck eating just butter pav. But as I grew up, the spice tolerance also grew and I was able to enjoy this spicy red bhaji with the greasy yet amazingly tasty butter pav. I'm sure a lot of us have similar memories of the 1990s. Till date, whenever I go home, I make it a point to go to the same gaadi and eat the same pav bhaji. I don't know his secret recipe that makes it so yummy, but I do make it my way at home... The recipe that follows is the way I make it at home...









    Bombay Pav Bhaji


    A popular Bombay street food consisting of spicy mix vegetable mash and bread rolls/pav.

    Recipe Type:  Snacks
    Cuisine:          Indian
    Prep Time:     30 minutes
    Cook time:     30 minutes
    Yield:              2-3 Servings

    Ingredients:

    3 medium Potato
    1 cup chopped Tomato
    3/4 cup chopped Onion
    1/2 cup chopped Capsicum
    1/4 cup chopped Carrot
    1/2 cup Cauliflower (broken into small florets or chopped)
    1/4 cup Green peas
    3-4 cloves or 1 Tbsp paste of Garlic
    1" piece or 1 Tbsp paste of Ginger
    2 Tbsp Pav bhaji masala (In case you don't have this available, use Garam masala - 1/2 tsp, Coriander powder - 1 tsp, Amchur/ Dry mango powder - 1/4 tsp, Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp)
    A pinch of Garam masala
    2 Tbsp Butter
    Red chilli powder - To taste
    Salt - To taste
    A handful of Coriander leaves
    Lemon wedges

    Method:

    • Boil and peel the potatoes
    • Boil the carrot, cauliflower, peas and capsicum.
    • Grind the ginger-garlic into a fine paste.
    • Heat 1 tbsp of butter in a kadhai or pan
    • Add the onions and fry until golden brown.
    • Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry until fragrant.
    • Add the tomatoes and fry until soft and cooked.
    • Add all the remaining vegetables and mash them.
    • Add all the spices and salt.
    • Add a little water to achieve the desired consistency
    • Boil for 5-6 mins
    • Add 1 tbsp of butter on top
    • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves
    • Serve hot with some lemon wedges, chopped onion and buttered Pav





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    Vegetable Biryani (2 ways)

    After a short trip to Sri Lanka where we struggled to find veg food, our taste buds were craving for some spice and lots of vegetables. I wanted to make and eat something that celebrated our wonderful Indian cuisine. It had also been a long time since I had made biryani, I'd almost forgotten the recipe taught to me by my friend's mom. So I tried to recollect all I could and gave it a go. It definitely was the tastiest biryani I've ever eaten (may be cause I made it :P) Below is the recipe how I made it (1st one). There are a few things missing here that are present in an authentic biryani as I made it with things readily available. I have not added potato, black cardamom and saffron/kesar. You can add the potato along with the other vegetables. Black cardamom needs to be added to the rice as well as the masala (1 each). Few saffron strands are mixed with milk and added to the rice. I skipped all this and as I know it, it made no difference to the biryani tastewise. Also, I used regular rice and not Basmati. I highly recommend using Basmati as it adds to the fragrance. I am listing down 2 recipes below, 1st one is how I made it and the 2nd one is an easier method.


    Vegetable Biryani
    






    The masala before layering







    Recipe 1 : How I made it:

    Vegetable Biryani


    Rice cooked with vegetables and a spicy masala

    Recipe Type:  Main Course
    Cuisine:          Indian
    Prep Time:     30 minutes
    Cook time:     60 minutes
    Yield:              2-3 Servings

    Ingredients:

    1 cup / 10-12 florets Cauliflower
    1 Carrot
    1/2 cup Peas
    12-15 Beans
    2 medium Onions
    2 medium Tomatoes
    4-5 cloves Garlic
    1 " piece Ginger
    1/2 cup Curd/ Yoghurt
    1/2 cup Mint
    1 cup uncooked Rice
    3.5 cups Water
    4 Cloves
    2 1" pieces Cinnamon
    4 Green cardamom
    2 Bayleaf
    A few strands Mace
    8-10 Peppercorns
    1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
    1/4 tsp Ajwain
    6 tsp Oil
    1 tsp Red Chilli powder
    1 tsp Turmeric powder
    1/2 tsp Garam masala
    2 tsp Coriander powder
    1/2 tsp Cumin powder
    2 Tbsp Milk
    Salt


    Method:

    • Take 3 cups of water in a kadhai/pan. Add 2 cloves, 1 bayleaf, 1 piece of cinnamon, 2 Green cardamoms, few strands of mace and 1/2 tsp of salt.
    • Wash the rice and add to the water and boil until the rice is almost done.
    • Remove the spices from the rice and drain excess water if any.
    • Heat 4 tsp oil in another kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
    • Once they brown, add the 1 chopped onions, remaining cloves, cardamom, bayleaf, peppercorns, ajwain and cinnamon.
    • Cook until the onions are translucent.
    • Grind together the tomatoes, ginger and garlic.
    • Add it to the kadhai with the onions.
    • Add chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and the garam masala and cook for 1 min.
    • Add all the roughly chopped vegetables and 1/4 cup water and cover and cook on low flame until the vegetables are almost done.
    • Add more water if needed.
    • Grind the mint leaves with a little water and add it to the curd and whisk to remove any lumps.
    • Add this to the masala and cook for 1 min.
    • Add salt and remove from heat.
    • In another pan, add the remaining oil.
    • Once the oil is hot, add the remaining onion sliced lengthwise and fry until brown.
    • Add one layer of the masala over the onions
    • Add one layer of rice
    • Again add a layer of masala and then one layer of rice.
    • Sprinkle 2 tbsp of milk and cover the kadhai and cook on low flame for 10-15 mins.
    • Mix well and serve hot with raita.

    Recipe 2: Easy way out


    Ingredients:

    Cauliflower - 1 cup / 10-12 florets
    Carrot - 1
    Peas - 1/2 cup
    Beans - 12-15
    Onion - 2 medium
    Tomato - 2 medium
    Garlic - 4-5 cloves
    Ginger - 1 " piece
    Curd - 1/2 cup
    Mint - 1/2 cup
    Rice - 1 cup
    Water - 2 cups + 1/2 cup
    Cloves - 2
    Cinnamon - 1" piece
    Green cardamom - 2
    Bayleaf - 1
    Mace - few strands
    Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
    Oil - 6 tsp
    Chilli powder - 1 tsp
    Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
    Biryani masala - 1-2 tbsp
    Salt

    Method:

    • Cook rice along with cloves, cinnamon, green cardamom, bayleaf, mace and 1/2 tsp of salt. You can pressure cook the rice until it is done. Add a little less water than you regularly do so that the rice is not too mushy. We need the rice grains to be separate.
    • Remove the spices from the rice and keep aside.
    • Parboil the vegetables outside until they are half done. Especially carrot and beans that take a little longer to cook. You can microwave them on high for 3-4 mins.
    • Heat 4 tsp oil in another kadhai and add the cumin seeds.
    • Once they brown, add 1 chopped onion. Cook until the onions are translucent.
    • Grind together the tomatoes, ginger and garlic.
    • Add it to the kadhai with the onions.
    • Add chilli powder, turmeric powder and biryani masala and cook for 3-5 mins.
    • Add the vegetables cook on low flame until the vegetables are done.
    • Add more water if needed.
    • Grind the mint leaves with a little water and add it to the curd and whisk to remove any lumps.
    • Add this to the masala and cook for 1 min.
    • Add salt and remove from heat.
    • In another pan, add the remaining oil.
    • Once the oil  is hot, add the remaining onion sliced lengthwise and fry until brown.
    • Mix the fried onion, masala and rice. Heat once again if needed.
    • Serve hot with raita
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    Vegetable Pulao

    In the early 1990s, cable TVs had just entered homes, infact, TVs had just entered a few homes. International brands were unknown to most except probably those who had travelled abroad. Internet was virtually unheard of and computers unseen by most. Weekends were 1.5 days long and travels by Bajaj scooters. The only McDonald we had heard of was the old farmer who had pigs and ducks on his farm. Eating out was restricted to local foods like pao bhaji, sev puri, samosas and dosas. Eating out was an extravagance, a luxury. Families ate out once in 1-2 months. Sundays became special affairs. Sunday was a day to cook out specialities by the woman of the house. The menu for sunday until lunch was pretty much fixed. Idlis with hot sambhar and spicy chutney for breakfast. And my mom's special Pulao and Chana masala for lunch. How we lusted for the lunch. All the while, playing in the street, the mind was still in the kitchen smelling in the aroma of pulao. My mom's simple yet delicious vegetable pulao was always a favourite among friends and relatives. I use the same recipe, the same ingredients, but I can never match up to the pulao of those early sunday afternoons of my life. But each time I make this pulao, the feeling of nostalgia envelopes me.




    Vegetable Pulao


    Indian rice pilaf made with vegetables and whole spices

    Recipe Type:  Main Course
    Cuisine:          Indian
    Prep Time:     30 minutes
    Cook time:     20 minutes
    Yield:              2-3 Servings

    Ingredients:

    1 cup Rice
    2 cups Water (Or how much is needed to cook 1 cup of rice in a pressure cooker)
    1 cup Assorted vegetables  (Roughly chopped Cauliflower, Potato, French beans. Carrots and Green Peas)
    1 Onion
    1 Tomato
    2-3 Green Chillies
    5-6 Black peppercorns
    1-2 Cloves
    1" stick Cinnamon
    1 Bayleaf / Tej patta (dry)
    1 cube Maggi magic cube (veg)
    2 Tbsp Oil
    Salt

    Method:
    • Wash the rice and spread on a muslin cloth to dry until ready to use.
    • Heat oil in a pressure cooker
    • Add the finely chopped onions and slit green chillies
    • Add all the whole spices and fry until the onions are light brown
    • Add the tomato and fry for 1 min
    • Add the rice and fry for 30secs - 1 min
    • Add the water. Crush the magic cube and add it to the cooker.
    • Add salt. The magic cube itself has salt, keep that in consideration while adding salt.
    • Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or until the rice is done.
    • Serve hot with raita or pickle



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    Aloo gobi

    Sunday nights bring out mixed emotions… Weekend isn’t yet over but the week is visible at the horizon. Sunday nights confuse my brain, should I be happy that it is still the weekend? Or should I be sad that Monday is approaching? Whenever I am in confusion or in sadness, I find solace in food (hence, the weight issues).  So food has to be simple, so as not to add to the confusion, and tasty, so it improves my mood. Aloo gobi is a perfect meal for Sunday nights. Easy to make and yummy too. It is a recipe that can seldom go wrong. So go ahead and add a teaspoon of life to aloo gobi…



    Ingredients:

    Cauliflower – ½ large or 1 small
    Potatoes – 2 medium
    Onion  - 1 medium
    Garlic – 2-3 cloves
    Ginger – 1” piece
    Green chillies – 1-2
    Oil – 4 tsp
    Cumin seeds / Jeera – 1 tsp
    Kasuri methi – 1 tbsp
    Turmeric powder / haldi – 1 tsp
    Red chili powder – ½-1 tsp
    Garam masala – ½ tsp
    Coriander powder / Dhania powder – 2 tsp
    Cumin powder / Jeera powder – 1 tsp
    Hing – a pinch
    Coriander leaves – a handful

    Method:

    Wash the cauliflower in warm water and salt and split into small florets
    Peel and cube the potatoes
    Cook the potatoes with water and salt until almost done (around 6-7 mins)
    Heat oil in a kadhai and add the cumin seeds and chopped green chillies
    Add crushed ginger and garlic and chopped onions. You may use ginger garlic paste instead.
    Fry until the onion turns translucent.
    Add kasuri methi, hing, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder and cumin powder
    Fry for 1 min
    Add the cauliflower florets and mix well
    Cover and cooke for 7-8 mins until the cauliflower is almost done
    Add the potatoes and salt and cover and cook until both potato and cauliflower are done
    Serve hot with roti.
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    Gobi Mussallam

    Gobi mussallam is actually an entire head of cauliflower or gobi cooked in a tomato and cream based gravy. I searched the internet for this recipe but nothing looked similar to the one I eat at a restaurant near my house. So I decided to use the ingredients mentioned and just make it with instinct. Well, that worked, and I got a yummy gobi mussallam. I did not use an entire head of cauliflower as I was looking at making a smaller quantity, so I just cut it into florets and used.

    Gobi mussallam
    Steam and fry the gobi

    Fry onion, ginger, garlic paste along with the whole spices



    Add tomato and all the powder spices and cook for 15 mins

    Add milk and cook until desired consistency is reached



    Cauliflower cooked in a creamy tomato gravy
    Serve hot with roti or rice




    Gobi Mussallam


    Cauliflower cooked in a tomato and cream based gravyHead of cauliflower cooked in a tomato and cream based gravy. Vegetarian cauliflower curry.
    Recipe Type:  Main
    Cuisine:            North Indian
    Prep Time:     15 minutes
    Cook time:     45 minutes
    Yield:                Serves 2-3


    Ingredients:

    1/2 large or 1 small Cauliflower
    3 Tomatoes
    3 Onion
    4 cloves Garlic
    1" piece of Ginger
    1/4 cup Cashew nuts (Optional)
    4 tsp Coriander powder / Dhania powder
    1-2 tsp Cumin powder / Jeera powder
    1 tsp Garam masala
    1/2 tsp Turmeric powder / Haldi
    1 tsp Red chilli powder
    1 Bay leaf /Tej patta
    1-2 Clove / Lawang
    1 Star anise
    4-5 Peppercorns
    1 small piece Cinnamon / Dalchini(about 1.5")
    1 Cardamom / Elaichi
    1 cup Milk
    5-6 tsp Oil
    Salt
    4-5 Almonds (Optional)
    A handful of Coriander leaves

    Method:

    Soak cashew nuts in warm water. If you don't have cashew nuts you can skip this.
    Break cauliflower into large florets.
    Soak cauliflower in hot water with 1 tsp of salt added to it for around 2 mins.
    Steam or boil the cauliflower until almost done. It should not be completely cooked and it should still be crunchy. I steamed it for around 3-4 mins.
    Remove the cauliflower and pat them dry using a kitchen towel
    Heat 3 tsp of oil in a kadhai and fry the cauliflower until they slightly brown
    Remove the cauliflower form heat and keep aside
    Puree the onion, ginger and garlic in the mixer
    Puree the soaked cashew nuts using a little water
    Puree the tomatoes
    Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai and add the onion paste
    Add the bay leaf, clove, star anise, peppercorns, cinnamon and cardamom and fry until the onion turns slightly brown. Add more oil or a little water if the paste starts sticking to the bottom of the kadhai
    Add tomato and cashew nut puree
    Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, red chilli powder and garam masala and cook on low flame for 10-15 mins. Keep stirring to avoid the paste from burning or sticking to the bottom of the kadhai. I cooked for almost 15 mins.
    Add the milk and salt and continue cooking on low flame until the gravy obtains the consistency needed. I cooked it for around 5-10 mins more.
    Add the cauliflower and cook for 2 mins
    Garnish with chopped almonds and finely chopped coriander leaves
    Serve hot with roti or rice
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