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Alsane Tonak | Goan Pao Bhaji

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You know that feeling when you soooo want to eat something, you can already taste it before you have laid your hands on it, but it is so far away that you cannot reach it? Disappointed?

I miss Pao!!

Pao, sometimes called the lifeline of Goa, is a bread that was introduced to Goa by the Portuguese settlers and is by far the best bread I've ever had. Pao, sometimes called Pav, is available almost all through the country, but no one makes it the way it is made in Goa. It has a crusty outside and a chewy crumb; a texture that is just incomparable. Pao is such an integral part of Goan cuisine, that the Government actually subsidizes the cost of Pao.


I've pretty much eaten Pao every single day I lived in Goa. I've bought it for my grandparents when it cost as little as 25 Paise and today, when it costs 20 times more. I still wait for the Poder (local Pao seller) to come on his bicycle fixed with a cane basket in the back, honking his way through the meandering little streets bringing bread to every local man.

Look at this variety of wonderful Pao that I picked up on my recent vacation to Goa.

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Just this week, I was in Goa. It was a short 5 day vacation where I met up with family and haunted all our favorite food joints across the state. While Bangalore is cosmopolitan and you pretty much get everything here, except probably the purple yam. I miss those certain somethings, that I took so much for granted when I stayed in Goa - a simple cheesy Mushroom Capsicum sandwich; Gobi Manchurian made exactly how it is supposed to be, fresh and with no food coloring; Chocolate cakes with chocolate cream that are to DIE for; that too sweet, yet perfectly enjoyable Badam Milk that you have to drink standing outside on the road; Samosa which has little pieces of beetroot in it along with the potato; that garlicky Batata Vada and lastly, loads and loads of Pao Bhaji. 

As much as I miss that wonderful Pao, I miss the coconut filled Bhaji too. It is pretty much my standard breakfast when I go to Goa. The Goan Pao Bhaji is very different from the Mumbai Pav Bhaji that is made with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. The Goan Pao Bhaji is usually made with some beans and coconut. Sometimes with Mushrooms too.

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Goan bhaji is also called Tonak with Alsane Tonak being the popular one around. Alsane or Alsande are red cowpeas. To make Alsane Tonak, these red cowpeas are simmered in a spicy roasted coconut masala. 

To make Alsane Tonak, you need to coax the coconut gently to turn golden brown, before you grind it along with spices to make the Tonak gravy. This Alsane Tonak is not a recipe to be rushed, it encompasses the spirit of Goa - Relaxed, Sosegado... This is where you add all your love and patience into the otherwise simple gravy. The darker the color, the better the dish. However, don't burn it, trying to get it dark. 

When you go to a restaurant and ask for a "Mixed Bhaji", you will get the Tonak served with a helping of a simple Potato Bhaji on the side. So if the spice gets a bit much, let your next spoonful be the salty turmeric potatoes.

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Alsane Tonak | Goan Pao Bhaji


How to make goan bhaji pao, pav bhaji, alsanyache tondak at One Teaspoon Of Life www.oneteaspoonoflife.comAlsane Tonak is a Goan Pao Bhaji curry made by simmering red cowpeas in a spicy roasted coconut gravy.

Recipe Type:  Side
Cuisine:            Goan
Prep Time:     8 hours
Cook time:     1 hour
Yield:                Serves 4-5


Ingredients:


1 cup Red Cowpeas, dried
2 cups fresh Coconut, grated
2 Onions, chopped
1 Tbsp Coriander seeds
2-3 Cloves
5-6 Peppercorns
0.25" Cinnamon
1 Bay leaf, dried
2-3 dry Red Chillies
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala
4-5 Kokum Peels or Marble sized Tamarind
2-3 cloves Garlic
0.5" Ginger
4-5 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


Soak the cowpeas overnight or for 7-8 hours.
Drain the water and cook the cowpeas with 2 cups of water and 1/2 tsp Salt until done. The cowpeas should not be mushy, they should still have a bite. If using a pressure cooker to cook the peas, keep it for only 1-2 whistle and then release the pressure immediately, else they will overcook.
Drain the water and keep aside. Do not throw out the water, we use it later in the recipe.
Soak the kokum peels or tamarind in 1/2 cup of warm water and keep aside.
Heat 3 tsp Oil in a kadhai or pan and add half the onions.
Fry until the onions are translucent.
Now add the grated coconut and on low flame roast until the coconut turns golden brown. Stir occasionally to prevent the coconut from burning. This slow roasting takes time, almost half an hour.
When the coconut turns golden brown, add the cloves, cinnamon, bayleaf, peppercorns and dry red chillies and continue to roast for another 3-4 minutes.
Allow to cool, then add the turmeric powder and the water in which the Kokum or Tamarind was soaked and grind to a fine paste.
Crush the ginger and garlic into a coarse paste.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the onions.
Fry until translucent. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 1 minute until fragrant.
Add the ground coconut masala and mix well.
Add the cooked cowpeas along with 0.75 cup water in which it was cooked.
Add salt if required.
Allow it to come to a boil, then cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Serve hot along with Goan Pao or bread.


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Cauliflower Rendang Curry

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Cauliflower Rendang is a vegan version of the spicy flavorful Malaysian curry made with lemongrass, red chillies and coconut milk.

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Have you ever wondered how a fire breathing dragon feels? Fire in it's belly, fire in it's throat and fire on it's lips. I felt exactly the same way when I made this curry the first time. I was so excited with the bright red chilli paste that I ended up adding all of it and made this curry so hot that I felt like a fire breathing dragon for almost half the day. My tummy burned, by throat burned and my lips were literally on fire. Water didn't cool it off, neither did cold milk. 

Ever felt this way? What did you do to calm the fire?

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Like lightening, in this case, the fire definitely did not strike a second time. I wised up. I used less red chillies. It was still hot, a Rendang is meant to be hot, but it was heat that I was comfortable with. Let me warn you though, I do eat spicy food at least 2-3 times a week, so I am spice tolerant. If you are not used to spicy food, I'd say go light on the chilli paste. You don't have to use all the chilli paste. You can store it in a glass jar in the fridge and use it to make some Honey Chilli Sauce or to add heat to other meals you cook.

I'll let you in on a little secret - I absolutely LOVE Asian curries!!! Yeah, well, no secret...

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I was a big fan of Thai curries for a looong time, until I tried the Vegan Amok in Cambodia. And I kinda changed favorites. I've made that a couple of times with the Amok Powder I picked up in Siem Reap, it is sooo tasty, I feel like I'm cheating on Thai curry when I have it.

The only Asian curry that I had heard for a long time, but never had a vegan version was the Malaysian Rendang. Usually Rendang is made from Beef or Chicken, but since I consume neither, I wanted to make my own vegan version of it. I added Cauliflower, Cauliflower greens, and Sweet Potato to replace the beef or chicken in the curry. And girl... it was goooooood...

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Have you ever tried sweet potato in a curry? If not, you really really should. I'm not such a big fan of boiled or roasted sweet potato, but when boiled in a curry, it is super tasty. I put it first in the Amok and now the Rendang, I've loved it both the times. Raj assumed he would be getting all the sweet potato in the curry, he was taken aback when he realised he had to compete with me in fishing them out in the curry.

To complement the curry, I made a simple cumin rice where I cooked short grained rice with salt and cumin. It went really well with the Cauliflower Rendang. Next time you feel like having curry, try this rendang out and take pictures and tag me @oneteaspoonoflife on Instagram, or @OneTeaspoonLife on Twitter or share with me on Facebook.

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Cauliflower Rendang Curry


How to make vegan Malaysian Rendang curry at One Teaspoon Of LifeCauliflower Rendang is the vegan version of the Malaysian Rendang curry where Cauliflower and sweet potato are cooked in a spicy lemongrass, red chilli and coconut milk based sauce.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Asian
Prep Time:     20 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3


Ingredients:


1/2 Cauliflower
1 small Sweet Potato
200ml Coconut Milk
4-5 Lemongrass Stalks
5-6 dry Red chillies
1 tsp Cumin powder
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
4-5 Garlic cloves
1/2" Ginger
1 tsp Tamarind Pulp
1 tsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Oil
2-4 Tbsp Water
Salt to taste

Method:


Soak the dry red chillies in a cup of hot water and keep aside for 10 minutes
Remove the outer layers of the lemongrass stalk until you reach the soft white center.
Break the cauliflower into florets and cut the sweet potato into chunks.
Drain out the chillies and remove the seeds.
Grind 3 of the lemongrass stalks, chillies, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, ginger, garlic, tamarind and sugar along with a little water to a fine paste.
Heat oil in a pan and fry the paste for 3-4 minutes.
Bruise the remaining lemongrass and add it to the pan along with the cauliflower and the sweet potato.
Add salt and mix well.
Cover and cook on low heat until the cauliflower and sweet potato are almost done. They should be slightly undercooked.
Add the coconut milk and simmer on low heat uncovered for 8-9 minutes until you get the desired consistency and the vegetables are cooked. Adjust the sugar and salt as required.
Serve hot with rice.

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Mushroom Cafreal

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Mushroom Cafreal is a Goan semi dry curry made my stir frying mushrooms marinated in a coriander based green sauce.

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This Mushroom Cafreal was the perfect finish to my weekend. I spent some quality time with my favorite girl in the whole wide universe and I had to end the day with some real quality food. 

What quality time you ask? With whom you ask?

I spent my weekend strolling through crowded lanes of local markets with my favorite girl, my sis Gee - some real awesome quality Sister Time. We went to the old Bangalore areas of Chickpet, Raja Market, Baba Market and walked through lanes and little markets that we had never seen before. While we did not have any real shopping to do, we literally bought nothing - NA DA, we did something we hadn't done in such a long time. We did this a lot when we were both single and had all the time in the world to do what we do best - Window Shopping! We'd pick a street or a market and walk through it gazing at all the goods, barely stopping for a meal. That's exactly what we did, we walked, talked and laughed and ate just one Vada-Pav each and came back.

And as a plus point, in a totally unexpected little corner, I found a dry fruit store that pretty much has every nut and seed that I've only read of in recipes but never set my eyes upon. They had pecans and cranberries and pine nuts and hazelnuts etc etc. That tiny shop packed a punch. I'm so excited about my find!! Now all I need to do is find awesome recipes, so I can go back there and buy whatever nut I need.

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Back to my dish of the day - Mushroom Cafreal. Although Cafreal is usually made with chicken, but this vegetarian option also rocks!

This Mushroom Cafreal is absolute MAGIC. The mushrooms are full of texture, and the green sauce is a full on flavor bomb. Mushrooms are always great, I simply LOVE Mushrooms. But if you don't replace the mushroom in this recipe with potatoes or cauliflower and it will taste just as awesome. I did make a Potato version for Raj and he loved it.

This Mushroom Cafreal is a game changer. Most people's idea of a curry is something that starts with roasting spices and involves cooking slowly on the stove top until everything comes together to get a balance of flavors. But this curry is nothing like it. It has only three steps - blending, marinating and frying. Of course, there are spices involved, but no roasting or frying them. And no slow cooking at all. Apart from the marination time, this curry is complete from start to finish in almost 30 minutes. Yes, that's it - Half an Hour!!

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The Cafreal is all about the sauce, that is also the marinade. It is such a simple simple sauce yet so delicious and versatile. It can be used not just for making Cafreal, but also in Biryani or to add zing to so many other curries. The green sauce is made of humble ingredients - fresh Coriander leaves, Onions, Garlic, Green Chillies, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Pepper, Sugar, Oil and Limes. While the traditional recipe may call for vinegar, I can't stand it's smell, and I also prefer the freshness of the limes over the vinegar, so I used lime juice. To make the marinade, just grind everything with a little water. You can store this in a glass jar in the fridge for 1-2 weeks. Add salt whenever you are using it.

Rub in the marinade to halved mushrooms and let them soak in all that goodness for at least an hour. Then heat oil in a pan and stir fry chopped capsicum and onions. Once they have softened slightly, add the mushroom and fry on medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Then add the remaining sauce and a little water and cook until the mushrooms are done to your liking. Garnish with coriander and lime and serve it with Pao or bread.

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If you liked this, you may also like:

  • Saasav - Goan curry made with ripe mangoes and coconut.
  • Vegetable Jalfrezi - Quick tomato based gravy made with mix vegetables and paneer.
  • Mushroom Biryani - Mushroom Biryani is Basmati rice cooked along with whole spices and mushrooms.

Mushroom Cafreal


How to make vegan Goan Portuguese Mushroom Cafreal curry at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comMushroom Cafreal is a semi dry vegan Goan curry made by stir frying mushrooms marinated in a quick spicy coriander sauce.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Goan
Prep Time:     1 Hour 30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2

Ingredients:


10-12 Mushrooms
2 cups Coriander leaves, tightly packed
4-5 Garlic Cloves
1" Cinnamon stick
0.5 tsp Cumin seeds
4 Cloves
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
2-3 Green Chilli
8-10 Peppercorns
2 Onions
0.5 Capsicum
1 Lime
4-5 tsp Oil
1 tsp Sugar
Water as required

Method:


Blend together the coriander leaves, 1 onion, garlic, green chillies, cinnamon, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves, lime juice and sugar with 1-2 Tbsp of water into a smooth paste to make the marinade.
Halve the mushrooms and rub in 3/4th the marinade, 2 tsp Oil and salt as required into them. Cover and keep aside for at least 1 hour.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the marinated mushrooms.
Fry the mushrooms on low to medium heat until slightly browned while stirring occasionally. It takes around 4-5 minutes.
Add in the remaining marinade and 1/2 cup of water. Adjust the salt and sugar as required.
Cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.
Serve hot with bread.


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Pancharangi Dal | Panchmel Dal

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Cozy Comfort Food. Three words to describe the dish of the day - Dal. When you want to feel that cozy under a blanket feeling not outside but inside you, I say make dal. It is warm, hearty and healthy. No guilt trips to the gym either.

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Dal is such an essential part of Indian cooking. From north to south, east to west, every region has their version of dal. I have so many dal recipes with me that I rotate frequently, some have made it to the blog and some may never make it here. Try out this Spinach Dal or this Restaurant Style Dal Fry sometime.

For those who have never attempted to make dal, I encourage you to do so. It is such a forgiving dish. You can add anything or absolutely nothing to dal, and it will still taste good. The simplest dal we make is something called "Tove" where all you add is a simple tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chilli to already cooked pigeon pea lentils or toor dal. Salt is added after it is served. Dal can be that basic. Or it can be cooked with ginger-garlic, tomatoes and spices. Or with vegetables like this Heerekai Tove / Ridgegourd Dal.

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Panchrangi Dal or Panchmel Dal is a mixed lentil dal that uses 5 different types of lentils - Toor Dal or Split Pigeon Peas, Chana Dal or Split Bengal Gram, Sabut Urad Dal or Black lentils, Moong Dal or split Mung Beans and the last is not really a dal - Moong or Mung beans. I learnt this recipe from my Aunt who lives in Gujarat. Pancharangi Dal or Panchmel Dal is a famous recipe across Gujarat and Rajasthan in Western India. These places are arid and hence, home to a lot of delicious spicy lentil recipes.

The dals are soaked for 30 minutes to 1 hour and then cooked until done. Dal is meant to be mushy in general. So cook until all the dals are well cooked. Then mush them up with a spoon. Fry finely chopped onions until translucent, then add the ginger-garlic paste and fry till fragrant. Toss in the chopped tomatoes and spices and cook well. Add the lentils and little water along with salt and simmer until you have the consistency you desire. 

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Pancharangi Dal | Panchmel Dal


How to make vegan Panchmel Dal or mixed lentil soup at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comPancharangi Dal | Panchmel Dal is a Gujarati Dal made from 5 different types of dals and beans. It is a spicy mixed lentil soup.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


0.5 cup Toor Dal (Pigeon Pea Lentils)
0.5 cup Moong Dal
0.5 cup Moong Beans
0.5 cup Chana Dal (Split Bengal Gram)
4 Tbsp Sabut Urad Dal (Whole black lentils)
1 Onion
2 Tomatoes
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
3 tsp Coriander Powder
2 tsp Cumin Powder
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds
3-4 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


Soak all the dals in water for at least 30 mins.
Cook in a pressure cooked until cooked.
Heat oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the cumin seeds and allow them to brown slightly.
Add the chopped onions and fry until translucent.
Add the ginger-garlic paste and stir fry until for 2-3 minutes until fragrant.
Add the chopped tomato and cook for 1-2 minutes.
Add all the spices to the tomato and cook until the tomato is a paste
Add the cooked dal, salt and water. Simmer for 5-6 minutes or until you get the consistency you desire.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
Serve hot with rice or roti.


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Baby Corn Masala (Vegan)

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Baby Corn Masala is a semi dry curry made by tossing stir fried Baby Corn in a North Indian style tomato masala gravy.

baby corn masala tomato gravy north indian curry

I’m all into Baby Vegetables this week. First came the baby potatoes simmers in a delicate creamy gravy a.k.a Punjabi Dum Aloo. In case you missed it, check it out here.

Now it is the time for Baby Corn to shine in this super simple Vegan Baby Corn Masala.

I go through phases in my cooking. One week it is the all down to earth pure South Indian meals with simple vegetables cooked in their own juices with just a simple tempering of mustard, green chilli and curry leaves and finished off with a generous helping of grated coconut. Ah! I just LOVE love love fresh Coconut. I even made Raj get me some fresh Coconut oil from Karkala and it tastes amazing.

baby corn masala tomato gravy north indian curry

Anyway, my next week is all full blown Masala curries or other cuisines I love – Italian, Chinese or Thai. This last week was full on North Indian week. I’ve been busy making grilled Paneer, Punjabi Dum Aloo and now Baby Corn Masala.

Now this recipe is very similar to most North Indian curries you have made and very similar to the Vegatable Jalfrezi that I made earlier (which was super AWESOME, btw). 

It is made by sautéing onions, ginger-garlic paste and tomato puree until the oil separates. But don’t be upset if this never happens for you. It rarely happens when I cook too. For oil to separate, there needs to be sufficient quantity of oil in the pan before you add the ingredients, and I usually skimp on the oil. As far as you fry it sufficient enough, the oil-no oil should not be any problem. 

Then add the tomatoes and cook them until oil “separates”, but seriously, don’t worry about it separating, just as long as the tomatoes are cooked and the flavor has intensified, you should be good to go.

baby corn masala tomato gravy north indian curry

I stir fried the baby corn separately and added it. I’ve found that baby corn never softens, no matter how much I cook it. I like that in a way, since I don’t need to worry about over cooking it, but sometimes I wonder if I’m doing it wrong. But I’m still okay with it since it tastes great with that crunch.

This Baby Corn Masala tastes really good with Naan bread or Roti. 

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Baby Corn Masala


baby corn masala tomato gravy north indian currySemi-dry North Indian style curry made with Baby Corn tossed in a tomato based masala gravy.

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

Ingredients:


18-20 Baby corn cobs
1 large Onion
1 large Tomato
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 tsp Garlic Paste
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Coriander Powder
1/2 tsp Kitchen King Masala or Garam Masala
1/2 tsp Cumin Seeds or Jeera
4-5 tsp Oil
1/4 cup Water
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:


Cut the baby corn cobs into chunks.
Heat 1-2 tsp of oil in a pan. Once it is hot, add the baby corn and stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat and keep aside.
Chop the onion finely and puree the tomato.
Heat the remaining oil and add the cumin seeds.
Once the cumin seeds brown slightly, add the onions and fry until translucent.
Add the ginger and garlic paste and fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
Add the tomato puree and cook on low heat for 5-6 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add all the spices and salt. Mix well. Cook on low heat for another 3-4 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Add the fried baby corn and the water. Cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Rotis.


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Punjabi Dum Aloo (Vegan)

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Punjabi Dum Aloo is rich, creamy yet vegan curry in which baby potatoes are simmered in a delicately spiced tomato based gravy.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

Once in a while I indulge… in cooking and eating. Everyone deserves a reward for working hard all week. And a long weekend is the perfect time to indulge. Don’t you agree?

I never buy potatoes with any specific plan of using them. I just add them to any mix vegetable thing I’m cooking or when there are fussy eaters around. Coz which fussy eater does not like potatoes, right?

But when I saw these cute little baby potatoes in the supermarket, I wanted to buy them and make them shine. What better dish to cook with baby potatoes than Punjabi Dum Aloo.


Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

There are different types of Dum Aloo all over India, there is a Kashmiri Dum Aloo, a UP Dum Aloo and a Bengali Dum Aloo as well apart from the Punjabi Dum Aloo. Each one has a different kind of gravy the baby potatoes are simmered in. 

I'm trying to find traditional recipes for the remaining Dum Aloo since I've never tried them. If you have one, contact ME! I would love to try out the other varieties and compare them.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

I've tried to keep this indulgent Punjabi Dum Aloo as healthy as possible without losing out on the taste. Some of it's highlights:

  • It is VEGAN - Yesss! Vegan yet creamy is obtained by the addition of a silky smooth Cashew nut paste. Being a Goan, I love my Cashews in anything and everything, so why not in a Punjabi Dum Aloo. Bring it ON! A more traditional Punjabi Dum Aloo has added yogurt or thick cream. I skipped both and only increased the quantity of cashew nuts used. This gave me all the creamy texture without any dairy in it. Hurray!!

  • Potatoes are boiled, not fried - A lot of Punjabi Dum Aloo recipes call for deep frying of the potatoes. While everyone loves deep fried potatoes, they are not so much in line with the whole eating healthy food movement. So I boiled them and then tossed them in a hot pan to get a slight char. Feel free to bake them as well. Give it your own twist. 

  • Quick cooking - Dum Pukht is a form of cooking in which meat or vegetables are cooked over a very low heat in sealed containers. This helps develop flavor. While this makes a major difference to meat (at least that's what I've heard), it barely does much for the potatoes in this case. Hence. I pressure cooked the potatoes and later simmered them for a while in the gravy. I can assure you, no flavor was lost in this process.

Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravy

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  • Gobi Mussallam - Cauliflower cooked in a mild creamy sauce. You can make it vegan by using soy or almond milk.
  • Double Beans Masala - Double Beans Masala is a semi dry curry made using fresh double beans, basic Indian spices and fresh tomatoes
  • Lauki Kofta - Bottlegourd dumplings simmered in a creamy tomato sauce. You can replace the milk with any vegan milk to make a vegan version.



Punjabi Dum Aloo | How to make Vegan Punjabi Dum Aloo Recipe


Vegan glutenfree creamy north indian punjabi dum aloo baby potatoes masala gravyPunjabi Dum Aloo is a curry made by simmering baby potatoes a delicately spiced vegan creamy tomato based gravy. 

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


250 gms Baby Potatoes (about 20-25 baby potatoes or 3 large Potatoes)
1.5 Onion
2 Tomatoes
18-20 Cashew nuts
1 black Cardamom
1" Cinnamon
1 Bay leaf
1 tsp Ginger paste
1.5 tsp Garlic paste
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Garam Masala
3 Tbsp Oil
1 Tbsp Kasuri Methi
Salt to taste
Water as required
Coriander leaves for garnish

Method:


Heat up 1 cup of water and soak the cashew nuts in it for half an hour.
Wash and scrub the baby potatoes and place them in a pressure cooker or a deep pan. If using large potatoes, then peel them and dice them into 1" sized pieces.
Add 1 tsp of salt and enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil until the potatoes are cooked through but not mushy. In a pressure cooker, it takes around 1 whistle.
Peel the baby potatoes.
Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a pan and once it heats up, add the potatoes in it. Toss the potatoes until they are browned slightly and keep aside.
Puree the cashew nuts and keep aside.
Puree the onion and the tomatoes separately.
Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the black cardamom, cinnamon and the bay leaf. Fry for approximately 1 minute.
Add the onion puree, garlic paste and ginger paste and fry on low heat until for 8-10 minutes till the paste becomes golden brown or the oil separates.
Add the tomato puree and fry on low heat for another 8-10 minutes until the oil separates.
Now add the turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and coriander powder and mix well.
Cook on low heat for another 3-4 minutes.
Add the cashew puree and fry for another 4-5 minutes.
Now add the potatoes, salt and 3/4 to 1 cup of water and cook until the gravy thickens. At this point you can add more chilli powder if required.
Add the kasuri methi and simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with Roti or Rice.





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Double Beans Masala

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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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Tinda Masala

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I missed blogging last week. I am ready with my excuse - I was in Hyderabad on office work. I was put up in a hotel for an entire week and had to eat all my meals there. Hyderabad is definitely the chilli and I also think spice capital of India. I had my eyes watering and complaining that the food is too hot, while the Hyderabadis were surprised at my low spice tolerance. And I thought I ate spicy food!!!

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By the time I returned home, all I wanted were the boring simple home food. Some cabbage or beans, may be? I was like that for a week. Finally as the weekend neared, I dared to go near some of the SPICES when I found these lovely TINDA in the market. 

Tinda is known as apple gourd. It is native to the Indian sub continent. It resembles a guava or a green apple but is neither sweet nor does it have the texture of either of the 2 fruits. The closest in taste and texture is the bottlegourd or the lauki. It is basically a vegetable with a very mild taste and it tends to take on the flavour of what it is cooked with. I've added spices to the Tinda Masala , but in very little quantity. 

Tinda Masala is a very simple recipe and can be even prepared by a novice in the kitchen. It is VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE...

Step-by-Step Instructions:

sabzi apple gourd tomato vegan side

1) Chop the Tinda into chunks and chop the tomatoes roughtly.
2) Heat oil in a kadhai / pan and add the cumin seeds.

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3) Once the cumin seeds brown, add finely chopped tomato and fry for 1-2 minutes until the tomatoes soften.
4) Now add the Tinda and cover and cook on low heat. Add a little water if you feel the tinda will stick to the bottom of the pan.
5) When the tinda is almost done, add all the spices and salt. Cover and cook until the tinda is cooked through.

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6) Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve with rotis.

Tinda Masala


Tinda Masala is a dry curry made using tinda or apple gourd, tomatoes and spices. Vegan and Gluten Free.

sabzi apple gourd tomato vegan side
Recipe Type:  Side
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:              Serves 2

Ingredients:


250 gms of Tinda
1 large Tomato
3-4 tsp of Oil
1 tsp of Cumin seeds / Jeera
1/2 tsp of Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp of Red chilli Powder
1 tsp of Coriander Powder
1/4 tsp of Garam Masala or Kitchen King Masala
A handful of fresh Coriander leaves
Salt to taste

Method:


You can peel them or leave it as is. Remove the seedy pulp if the seeds are too large, else, you can let it be. Then, dice the Tinda into big chunks.
Heat oil in a kadhai / pan and add the cumin seeds.
Once the cumin seeds brown, add finely chopped tomato and fry for 1-2 minutes until the tomatoes soften.
Now add the Tinda and cover and cook on low heat. Add a little water if you feel the tinda will stick to the bottom of the pan.
When the tinda is almost done, add all the spices and salt. Cover and cook until the tinda is cooked through.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve with rotis.
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Creamy Vegan Pumpkin Sauce

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This pumpkin sauce is AMAZING with not just pasta, but with lots of other  things too. Toss in some stir fried veggies and make it a delicious and vibrant orange CURRY to pair with rice. Or DRIZZLE it over some grilled vegetables to liven them up.

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This creamy- silky smooth-delicious-orange sauce filled with the goodness of those freshly picked farm pumpkin is completely VEGAN. Yesss!!! I mean you can make your own non-vegan version by replacing the coconut milk with some cream, but according to me, the coconut milk adds a lovely taste to the regular pumpkin sauce.

Did I tell you how easy to make this was? Or how you could finish making this before your TV serial/sitcom reached its credits? Yup, it’s THAT simple!!!

What do you need, you ask? Just some olive oil, pumpkin, garlic, coconut milk, oregano and anything to add some heat to this baby. I used some dried red chillies, you can add hot sauce or green chillies or paprika or totally skip  it.  And of course, salt. 6 ingredients, including salt and oil. Nothing gets simpler than that.

After you assemble all your ingredients, it is just chop, saute and blend. 3 steps. So now 6 ingredients and 3 steps – no reason at all to not try this at all.

I added it over some cooked farfalle pasta and tossed in some stir fried vegetables like broccoli. I love broccoli. Feel free to add or not add anything at all. It doesn’t really demand anything, it is just as good being plain.

If you plan on drizzling this on veggies or using it as a dip, I suggest adding less of the coconut milk to keep it nice and thick. If it is curry you plan to make, you can add other spices – cumin and coriander go well with it.

Oh oh oh – This would make an interesting SALAD DRESSING too. Some zucchini ribbons, some julienne carrots and some fresh salad leaves with this slightly sweet pumpkin sauce – DELICIOUS and healthy!!!

Step by Step Instructions:

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1) Heat oil in a pan and add the minced garlic. Saute for 1 min. 
2) Add the diced pumpkin and cover and cover and cook on low heat until the pumpkin is done. Cut into smaller pieces to get it cooked sooner. 

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3) Add the oregano, chopped red chillies, coconut milk and salt.
4) Cook for around 2-3 mins on low heat.
5) Allow it to cool and then blend into a smooth sauce.

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Pumpkin Sauce [Vegan]


Versatile vegan pumpkin sauce that can be used for pasta, as a dip or as a base for curry.

pasta creamy coconut gravy italian pumpkin salad dressing dip chipsRecipe Type:  Sauce
Cuisine:          International
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:              Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


For Pumpkin Sauce:


2.5 cups or 125gms of diced Pumpkin
1 Tbsp of finely minced Garlic
3/4 tsp of dried Oregano
3/4 cup of Coconut Milk
1.5 Tbsp of Olive Oil
1 tsp of dried Red Chillies
Salt to taste

Pasta:


250gms of Pasta
1 cup of assorted stir fried Vegetables (Broccoli, Peppers/Capsicums etc.)

Method:


Heat oil in a pan and add the minced garlic. Saute for 1 min.
Add the diced pumpkin and cover and cover and cook on low heat until the pumpkin is done. Cut into smaller pieces to get it cooked sooner.
Add the oregano, chopped red chillies, coconut milk and salt.
Cook for around 2-3 mins on low heat.
Allow it to cool and then blend into a smooth sauce.
Boil the pasta according to the packet instructions.
Toss with the sauce and the vegetables and enjoy it hot.
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