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Moonglet Recipe | Moong Dal Pizza Recipe [Video]


Moonglet recipe with step by step photos and video instructions. Moonglet is a popular North Indian street food. Moonglet is a fluffy pancake made from split mung beans and topped like a pizza with vegetables, seasoning and cheese. Moonglet is gluten free. This recipe can be adapted to suit a vegan diet and a Jain diet.

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Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings

You guys, you have got to try this fluffy pancake meets Pizza aka Moonglet. It is light, flavorful and so customizable. It is also gluten-free and can be adapted to suit a plant-based / vegan diet and the Jain diet. So easy too.

I saw this on YouTube and I knew instantly that I had to try it. The idea of a gluten-free pizza made with all natural ingredients was too tempting to resist.

Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings


I loved the crispy outside. I love the soft and fluffy inside. And I love the toppings. I've topped the Moonglets with so many different toppings - capsicum, tomato, baby corn, onion, paneer, tofu, etc. It is really your choice. I also found topping the Moonglet with pizza seasoning made it even more yum. You can either go the Italian way like I did and top with oregano, garlic powder, etc. or try a fajita seasoning. It's all in your hands.

Making the batter needs a little bit of patience, this is not an instant recipe. The moong dal or deskinned split mung beans need soaking. If you are short of time, soak for just 2 hours and if you have the time, you can soak it overnight. I just would not exceed 10 hours. Then just grind the moong dal along with ginger and green chilies to make a smooth batter. The dal itself will be moist and you may not require any extra water. Grind it as thick as possible, we can add water later while making the Moonglet. The Moonglet gets its fluffiness from Eno fruit salt, if you don't have Eno, use baking soda and a teaspoon of lime juice to help it get the rise. It may not be as fluffy as with Eno, but it will still be light. I have found adding a little water along with the Eno, helps it fluff up better.

Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings


Now how many Moonglets you make is all up to the size of your pan. I prefer making several small ones instead of one large one. It makes it much easier to flip them. I suggest using the smallest frying pan you have to make them and dividing the batter accordingly. Grease the pan and add the batter. Top with whatever you choose and use the back of the spatula to press the toppings in.  Once the first side cooks, flip and cook the other side and top with cheese before serving.

This was my easy version of the Moonglet. YouTube is awash with several versions, some even go the cheese burst way where the Moonglet is cut open carefully and cheese is put inside along with the topping and allowed to melt. I would love to try that out someday.

Always, always serve the Moonglet hot. You can serve it with sauce or chutney or even salsa, something to just dip the Moonglet it.


Suggestions to suit other diets:


  • To adapt the recipe to a vegan / plant-based diet, use only vegetables or use tofu for the topping. You can either skip the cheese or use vegan cheese.
  • To adapt the recipe to a Jain diet, skip the ginger in the batter. You can replace it with asafoetida or hing.


Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings


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Moonglet Recipe | Moong Dal Pizza Recipe


Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppingsMoonglet is a popular North Indian street food. Moonglet is a fluffy pancake made from split mung beans and topped like a pizza with vegetables, seasoning and cheese. Moonglet is gluten free. This recipe can be adapted to suit a vegan diet and a Jain diet.

Recipe Type:  Breakfast / Snacks
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     5 hours
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     5 Hours 30 Minutes (includes soaking time)
Yield:                3 to 4


Ingredients:


1 cup Moong Dal
2 Green Chillies
1 tsp Ginger, grated
1 tsp Eno fruit salt
1 tsp Pizza seasoning
Sliced vegetables for topping
Sliced paneer for topping
2 tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
3-4 Tbsp Cheese, grated
3-4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. Wash the moong dal and soak it for 5 hours.
2. Drain the moong dal and grind it along with ginger and green chillies and 1 Tbsp of water until smooth. The batter has to be thick, so don't add too much water.
3. Add salt as per taste and the eno to the batter.
4. Add water if required and mix well until the eno is combined and the batter is fluffy.
5. Heat oil in a small non stick pan and add spoonfuls of the batter. Divide the batter depending on the size of your pan. I made 2 moonglets with a 6" frying pan.
6. Keep the pan on low heat and arrange the toppings. I used sliced capsicum, tomato and paneer.
7. Top with chopped coriander leaves and pizza seasoning.
8. Gently press the toppings into the moonglet with the back of a spatula.
9. Cover and cook on low heat for 6-8 minutes or until one side is cooked.
10. Gently flip the moonglet and spoon oil on the sides.
11. Remove from heat once the second side is cooked too.
12. Top with grated cheese.
13. Cut into slices and serve.


Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings


Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings

Gluten free fluffy pancake made from moong dal  with pizza toppings



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Punjabi Dum Aloo [Video]

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


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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



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 number 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 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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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 
0.75 cup Onion Paste
1 cup Tomato Puree
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
2 Black Cardamom
1 inch Cinnamon
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Garam Masala
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
20 Cashew Nuts
4 Tbsp Oil
2 Tbsp Kasuri Methi
2 Tbsp Coriander Leaves
Salt to taste

Water as required

Method:


1. Heat up 1 cup of water and soak the cashew nuts in it for half an hour. Drain and blend into a smooth paste.
2. 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.
3. Add 1 tsp of salt and enough water to cover the potatoes. Boil until the potatoes are cooked through but not mushy.
4. Peel the baby potatoes if you want, else leave them on. Slice the potatoes into half if required.
5. Heat 2 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.
6. Heat the remaining oil in a pan and add the black cardamom, cinnamon and the bay leaf. Fry for approximately 1 minute.
7. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry on low heat until it is fragrant.
8. Add in the onion paste and cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes.
9. Add in the tomato paste and cook on low heat for 8-10 minutes or until oil separates.
10. Add in the turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala. Mix well.
11. Add the cashew puree and fry for another 4-5 minutes.
12. Add in water and cashew paste. Add water as per the desired consistency.
13. Add in the potatoes and salt to taste. Mix well.
14. Simmer for 2-3 minutes.
15. Add in kasuri methi and mix well.
16. Remove from heat and add coriander leaves.
17. Serve hot with roti or rice.




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Beetroot Paratha Recipe [Video]


Beetroot Paratha is a Indian pan fried whole wheat flatbread that is stuffed with beetroot and spices. Earthy sweet beats are mixed with hot and sour spices before stuffing in dough and pan frying. 

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beet root paratha

Isn't that beetiful?

I just had to say that. I promise, no more bad jokes. Seriously.

Don't you just love that earthy sweetness of the beets? And pair it with the extremely vibrant pink color and then you wonder, who wouldn't love something like beets. Right? Wrong, my fussier half in the house won't eat beets. At least not in cooked form. And as he ages, he tends to become even more stubborn about not eating them. So, I have to come up with recipes that will convince him that beets aren't that bad. And with this recipe, I have him convinced, at least for now.

WHAT IS A PARATHA?

Paratha is a North Indian flatbread made mostly from whole wheat flour. It can be plain or stuffed with vegetables, eggs, meat or cheese. The dough can be made entirely of whole wheat flour or partly of whole wheat flour and partly of all purpose flour (maida). The dough is plain and simple, just made from flour, water and salt. It has no rising agents, no yeast and really requires very little rest time. It also stays well in the fridge for 4-5 days easily. The dough is rolled and then stuffed, sealed, and rolled out again. The paratha is then fried in a pan. On the streets, in North India, a paratha is fried in so much oil, it is almost deep fried, but at home, a lot less oil is used.

beet root paratha

beet root paratha

BEETROOT PARATHA

The most common paratha is definitely the Aloo Paratha stuffed with boiled potatoes. You are unlikely to find a beetroot paratha on the menu of any restaurant. But that doesn't mean the Beetroot Paratha is any inferior. 

To make the beetroot paratha, I peeled and grated the beets, and then mixed in hot spices like garam masala and red chilli powder and the sour dried mango powder, aka, amchur along with salt to make the stuffing. I lightly cooked the stuffing so that it doesn't ooze out of the paratha. I also added in a little bit of besan or chickpea flour to absorb any juice that does ooze out of the beets. This makes it easier to roll out the paratha when stuffed.


beet root paratha



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Beetroot Paratha Recipe


beet root parathaBeetroot Paratha is a Indian pan fried whole wheat flatbread that is stuffed with beetroot and spices.

Recipe Type:  Snacks, Breakfast
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     45 minutes
Yield:                Makes 3 Parathas

Ingredients:


For the Beetroot Stuffing:


1 cup Beetroot, grated
1 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tsp Amchur
0.5 tsp Garam Masala
1 Tbsp Chickpea Flour
1 Tbsp Coriander leaves, chopped
0.25 cups Cheese, grated
Salt to taste

For the Dough:


1.5 cups Wholewheat Flour
0.25 tsp Salt
1 cup Water

Oil to fry the Paratha

Method:


1. Keep aside 0.25 cups of the flour and take the remaining flour in a large bowl/plate.
2. Add in the salt and 0.5 cups of water. Start kneading the dough. Add more water as required while kneading. Knead until you have a smooth dough. Cover and keep aside.
3. Heat 1 Tbsp Oil in a pan and add the grated beetroot.
4. Cook the beetroot on low heat for 3-4 minutes.
5. Add in salt, red chilli powder, amchur (dried raw mango powder) and garam masala. Mix well.
6. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
7. Add in the chickpea flour (besan) and mix until combined. Cook until the raw smell of the flour goes off.
8. Remove from heat and keep aside to cool.
9. Add in the coriander leaves and grated cheese (if using) when the beetroot stuffing has cooled. Mix until combined.
10. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts and roll into balls.
11. Dust the counter with a part of the remaining flour and roll out the dough into small circles.
12. Divide the stuffing into 3 equal parts and spoon onto the dough. Seal the parathas.
13. Dust flour on the counter as required and roll out the parathas as thin as possible.
14. Heat the tava or a flat pan and grease it. Place the rolled paratha on the tava and spoon oil and spread well.
15. Flip the paratha and cook until the it is cooked on one side.
16. Flip the paratha again and cook until the second side is cooked. Press with a spatula so that the paratha is cooked evenly.
17. Serve the parathas hot along with either butter, pickle or curd (yogurt).



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Dahi Sandwich Recipe | Yogurt Sandwich Recipe [Video]


Dahi Sandwich or Yogurt Sandwich. An easy and healthy vegetarian sandwich that is made by stuffing bread with a delicious mix of hung curd (yogurt), finely chopped vegetables, and spices and toasting it off in a frying pan until golden and crispy. Perfect for breakfast or snacks.

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dahi sandwich yogurt sandwich hung curd sandwich

Hola! to all you fun people out there. Weekend's near and I'm already in my lazy mood. And this sandwich is perfect for the mood. Today, I bring to you a fun and Summery sandwich - The Dahi Sandwich or the Yogurt Sandwich.

Say what you may, Summer is here, at least in Bangalore. And might I say I'm not loving it. It's gotten a tad too hot for my liking. I've been sending messages up in the sky for some rain and I hope I get a reply. Until then, all I can do is enjoy some Summery food in the shade with the fan on full speed.

So, Dahi Sandwich, when I first heard of it, I was so excited. I love Dahi (yogurt). It is the only thing that prevents me from becoming a vegan. Vegan yogurt is just not for me. If you love creamy sandwiches wrapped in crispy golden bread, then this one is the ONE for you.

dahi sandwich yogurt sandwich hung curd sandwich

Dahi Sandwich is super easy to make once you have the "hung curd". I will interchangeably use the words dahi, curd and yogurt, because they all are the same. And when I say yogurt, it is always the plain one and not flavored ones. Back to the "hung curd", hung curd is just curd from which the liquid has been drained out. There are several ways you can make hung curd. The traditional method is wrapping the curd in a muslin or thin cotton cloth and tying the cloth and then hanging it somewhere (preferably over the sink) and letting the liquid drain out. I choose the easy method, which is using a huge tea strainer. I add the curd to the strainer and keep it over a deep bowl in the fridge overnight. Come morning and all you curd is strained and you have the thick creamy solids. More about this in notes.

Once you have mastered making the hung curd, you can also try to make these delicious "Dahi Kebabs" that are perfect for dinner parties where you want to show your culinary skills. I only use homemade Dahi or Yogurt, you can learn how to make your own yogurt, here. It is super easy and the results are so much better than packaged yogurt.

After you have the hung curd, add in finely chopped vegetables, very little spice and then spread it on the bread and then toast the sandwich on a pan until crisp and golden. I kept the spices light, because I wanted the sandwich to be cooling. I added Chaat Masala, you can just add Garam Masala or any spice mix you like, or just stick to plain pepper. 

These Dahi Sandwiches are kid friendly and adult friendly (very). Also, between us, these are somewhat healthy, if you overlook the white bread and the butter. But I think on weekends, we can always cheat a little. So b-bye for now.

Happy Weekend folks, see you next week.

dahi sandwich yogurt sandwich hung curd sandwich



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Dahi Sandwich Recipe


dahi sandwich yogurt sandwich hung curd sandwichInstant Mix Vegetable Uttappa is a quick savory South Indian pancake that is made from semolina and topped with finely chopped vegetables. It is popularly served as breakfast along with some fresh coconut chutney.

Recipe Type:  Snacks, Breakfast
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Total time:     25 minutes
Yield:                5

Ingredients:


10 Bread Slices
0.75 cup hung Curd
2 Tbsp Tomato, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Capsicum, finely chopped
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tsp Chaat Masala
Salt to taste
Butter as required

Method:


1. Mix together the hung curd (see Notes), tomato, capsicum, coriander leaves, green chilli, chaat masala and salt until combined.
2. Spread the curd mixture on a slice of bread and place another bread on top to make a sandwich.
3. Slice off the edges of the sandwich.
4. Grease a pan with butter and place the sandwich on the pan.
5. Cook on low to medium heat until the sandwich turns golden brown on one side.
6. Flip the sandwich and cook until the second side browns.
7. Cut diagonally and serve.

Notes:

1. Hung curd is made by straining thick dahi or curd or yogurt in a muslin cloth for a 4-5 hours. The same quantity of yogurt may give different people different quantities of hung curd as it depends on how much liquid the yogurt contains. Different brands may give different results too. Hence, for the sake of uniformity, this recipe uses the quantity of hung curd instead of quantity of curd or yogurt.

2. To make hung curd, take a muslin cloth and tie yogurt in it. Then suspend the cloth from a tap or rod for a few hours. Alternately, you can also use a fine strainer and leave the yogurt in it in the fridge overnight.


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Jeera Rice Recipe | How to make Jeera Rice [Video]


Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice is a simple flavorful rice main made by cooking Basmati rice with whole and ground cumin seeds. Jeera Rice is earthy, fragrant, healthy and delicious. It also fits into various diets - vegan, gluten-free and plant based with no or minimal alterations.



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Jeera rice, cumin rice

I always considered December as the slowest month of the year at work. With everyone in the world looking forward to the holidays and doing their last minute holiday shopping, baking boozy cakes, and making travel plans. This year hasn't turned out to be that - Slow. Come December, and I've been busier than usual at work, and it may have something to do with the holidays. May be everyone wants to complete what they started before going off to enjoy some quality time with family. And that means we are all working twice as hard and scrambling to get stuff done at office. All in all, extremely exhausting and stressful. Add in all those pending treats from friends and dinners with family. It's led to me barely cooking on weekdays.

And when I am stressed out or busy, all I look forward to is comfort food. And my idea of comfort food is simple Indian food, especially, Rice. I hate to say this, but I think I secretly like rice. I spent a better part of my life, telling people how much I hate rice and how much I love wheat. If it was a battle of the cereals, my teenage self would have fought front and center of the wheat army. But now a days, I realize that although I eat wheat more regularly than rice, I tend to lean towards rice when I need comfort. And with such chaos at work, I've never needed more comfort. And this Jeera Rice is that and more. It is flavorful comfort food that is easy on your body and time.

Jeera rice, cumin rice

This Jeera Rice is not hot nor heavy on the spices, but it is definitely not flavor less. It has loads of that earthy cumin flavor. Plus it has the fragrance of Basmati Rice. You can get all chefy on this recipe and add all sorts of whole spices, but I kept it simple. Of all the spices out there, Cumin has to be my favorite. I add cumin to my tadka all the time.

You can make Jeera Rice two ways, one by tempering leftover rice with cumin seeds and the other by cooking raw rice along with cumin seeds. This recipe is the latter. I made this Jeera Rice in a pressure cooker, you can also make it in a pan or in a rice cooker. Jeera rice is Vegan, gluten free and healthy. It can also fit into a plant based diet, by totally eliminating the oil in the recipe.

Jeera Rice is almost always accompanied by a flavorful Dal. There are several recipes of Dal on One Teaspoon Of Life that will go wonderfully with this Jeera Rice.

Jeera rice, cumin rice

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Jeera Rice Recipe


Jeera rice, cumin riceJeera Rice is a vegan and gluten free rice main dish made by cooking basmati rice along with cumin seeds.

Recipe Type:  Main
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Total time:     50 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


1 cup uncooked Basmati Rice
1.5 cups Water
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 Green Chilli, chopped
3 tsp Oil
Salt to taste

Method:


1. Wash the basmati rice 5-6 times until the water runs clean. Drain and keep aside for 30 minutes.
2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds.
3. Once they brown slightly, add in the chopped green chilli.
4. Add the basmati rice and mix until the oil coats the rice grains.
5. Add in the water and cumin powder.
6. Add salt to taste.
7. Cover and pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or 5-8 minutes after the pressure builds up.
8. Serve hot with dal.





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Aloo Methi Recipe | How to make Punjabi Aloo Methi [Video]


Aloo Methi is a popular mildly spiced North Indian dry curry made by tossing boiled potatoes with cooked fenugreek or methi leaves. Aloo Methi is a quick and simple vegan curry.

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vegan Indian curry made of potatoes and fenugreek leaves

Hiya friends!! I'm back.

I hope you guys had a wonderful Diwali with your friends and family. I had my best Diwali in several years. Last year, we were in Bali for Diwali. The year before that, we were in Cambodia. So it's been a few years that I actually got involved in the festivities. This year, we decided to go home to Goa for Diwali and it was the best decision ever.

We met all our neighbors and we reminisced about the good old days. We cooked snacks and sweets and distributed it among friends and family. I met my school besties and had some good laughs. And I went for the one event that you will never get outside of Goa - the Narakasuras!!

vegan Indian curry made of potatoes and fenugreek leaves

While Diwali is celebrated by the whole country, each region has a different religious significance attached to the festival. In Goa and most of Karnataka, Diwali is celebrated as the day when Lord Krishna slayed the demon Narakasura. In Goa, people build effigies of Narakasura prior to Diwali, and on the Diwali eve's night, these Narakasuras are paraded throughout the city and burnt in the wee hours of morning of Diwali. Although I've lived in Goa most of my life, I never ventured out at night to see these creations. This time was our first and it was amazing. I applaud the creativity and hard work of all the people who created these beauties. If you are ever in Goa around Diwali, make sure you don't miss this competition, it is worth watching. 

While I never wanted to come off the Diwali high, I had to. So now I'm back to work, although I must say unwillingly. And I'm back to everyday cooking too. Eating the rich festival food, definitely made us all crave for some simple home cooking. 

I will be sharing my Diwali cooking soon, but until then I have this simple yet delicious Aloo Methi for you guys. This Punjabi style Aloo Methi is one of the quickest curries to make, and yet it is a family favorite. Aloo Methi is a simple mildly spiced curry made by tossing boiled potatoes along with cooked methi leaves. Aloo Methi tastes best with Roti, Naan or with Rice and Dal.

vegan Indian curry made of potatoes and fenugreek leaves


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Aloo Methi Recipe


vegan Indian curry made of potatoes and fenugreek leavesAloo Methi is a popular North Indian dry curry made with boiled potatoes and fenugreek or methi leaves. Aloo Methi is a mildly spiced vegan curry.

Recipe Type:  Side
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     60 minutes
Yield:                2

Ingredients:


1 bunch Methi Leaves or 3 cups Fenugreek Leaves
2 medium Potatoes, boiled and cubed
0.5 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
3-5 dry Red Chillies
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
Pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tsp Coriander Powder
3 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. Chop the methi leaves and add 0.5 tsp of salt. Mix well and keep aside for 20-30 minutes.
2. Squeeze out as much water from the methi leaves as you can and keep aside.
3. Heat oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds.
4. Once the cumin seeds brown, add the dry red chillies.
5. Saute for 30-40 seconds and add the ginger garlic paste.
6. Saute until fragrant.
7. Add the methi leaves and fry until wilted.
8. Add the asafoetida, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt. Mix well.
9. Add a little water and cover and cook until the methi leaves are completely cooked.
10. Add in cubed boiled potatoes and mix well.
11. Stir fry for 3-4 minutes.
12. Serve hot with chapati or roti.


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