Bread Usli Recipe

I had some bread leftover after making sandwiches the other day, some sprouted moong and boiled potatoes. Decided to toss them in together, as I dislike cluttering my fridge with leftovers. The usli turned out simply delicious and I was delighted when my 88 year old Mom asked for a second helping.

Ingredients :

  • 12 slices of bread
  • 3 medium sized onions
  • 2 medium sized potatoes
  • A small bowl of sprouted Moong/ green gram
  • 7 green chillies
  • A pinch of Haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 3 sprigs curry leaves
  • Coriander leaves
  • Grated coconut
  • 100ml water
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps ghee/clarified butter
  • 5 tbsps oil
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal /black gram dal

Method :

Tear the bread slices into tiny bits. Slice the onions fine. Mince the green chillies. Chop the coriander leaves. Cube the potatoes into tiny bits. Add the salt and hing to the water. Sprinkle it on the bread. Drop in the coriander leaves and the grated coconut. Mix gently. Heat the ghee and oil mixture. Drop in the mustard. After it splutters add the urad dal. When it turns a golden brown add the chilly bits, onions and curry leaves. Toss for a couple of minutes. Add the potatoes and sprouted Moong. Add a pinch of salt and Haldi. Toss for a couple of minutes. Add the bread, mix gently and heat the bread usli well. Serve hot.

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Chana Masala Recipe

A large amount of onions, a few cloves of garlic and some ginger are a must while making a traditional Chana Masala. Here, I have skipped both the onions and garlic. The family just loved it!!!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Chickpeas
  • A small bunch of coriander leaves
  • 5 tbsps of grated coconut
  • 7 green chillies
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 heaped tsp Everest Kitchen King Masala
  • Salt
  • A large pinch of Haldi/turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1tsp jeera /cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  • 2 tbsps cashewnuts
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream
  • 2 tbsps ghee/clarified butter
  • 5 tbsps oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Coriander leaves for garnish

Method :

Wash and soak the Chickpeas for about 8 hours. Pressure cook with salt. Grind together the grated coconut, green chillies, coriander leaves, ginger and the tomatoes to a smooth paste. Keep aside. Make a paste of the cashews with a little water. Keep it aside too. Heat the ghee and oil mixture in a pan. Add the jeera. After it splutters add the ground masala and keep roasting on a gentle flame till it starts leaving the sides of the pan. Add the haldi, chilly, coriander and jeera powders. Roast for a minute. Add the Everest Kitchen King Masala. Toss for a minute. Drop in the cashew paste and the cream. Roast for a couple of minutes. Drop in the cooked Chickpeas and boil well. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

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Okra Sambhar Recipe

Okra Sambhar is a no onion Sambhar. It tastes just as good as the traditional Sambhar which is made with onions. The fragrance of Okra sautéed gently in ghee/clarified butter makes it truly delicious!! You can enjoy it, with Rice, idli, dosa or even with Roti.

Ingredients :

  • 16 medium sized okra
  • 200 gms toor dal/Pigeon peas
  • 3 tsps Sambhar powder
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp ghee to sautée the Okra
  • 2 tbsps ghee
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1/4 tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 4 sprigs curry leaves

Method :

Wash, pat dry and snip both ends of the Okra. Chop them into 1.5 inch size pieces. Sautée them in a tbsp of ghee till they change colour. Keep aside. Pressure cook the Pigeon peas to three whistles. Churn well and pour it into the roasted Okra. Add sambhar powder, salt and tamarind paste. Adjust consistency of the Sambhar by adding enough water. Boil well. Heat 2 tbsps of ghee. Drop in the mustard. After it crackles add the hing, toss and add the curry leaves. Toss for a couple of seconds. Pour the seasoning into the boiling Sambhar. Switch off, cover and keep aside gor about 15 minutes for the flavours to infuse. Serve with a dollop of ghee.

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Kadge Chakko/Tender jackfruit Subzi Recipe

This tender jackfruit Subzi is a delicacy and a must in all Konkani households when in season. Non-vegetarians call it the vegetarian version of Mutton sukka. Extremely aromatic because of the seasoning of fenugreek seeds, it is a must try for all those who like tender jackfruit.

Ingredients :

  • Half kg raw jackruit
  • Half a coconut
  • 6 bedgi and 6 guntur chillies roasted
  • 2 tbsps coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp urad dal/black gram dal
  • 1 tbsp tamarind
  • Salt
  • 4 sprigs curry leaves
  • 4 tbsps coconut oil
  • 2 tsps mustard
  • 1 tsp urad dal/black gram dal
  • 1/2 tsp methi/ Fenugreek seeds.

Method :

Pressure cook the chopped tender jackfruit pieces and break them into very tiny pieces using fingers only. Please do not use a masher to mash them.
Roast the coriander and urad dal in a little coconut oil to a rich golden brown.
Grind the coconut, roasted red chillies, coriander seeds and urad dal along with the tamarind to a coarse paste.
Heat 4 tbsps coconut oil. Add mustard and after it crackles add the urad dal and methi. After they turn golden brown add the curry leaves. Pour the Masala, salt, the tender jackfruit pieces and roast on a low flame till all the water evaporates.

Note: I normally season the tender jackfruit pieces add the ground masala and then transfer it to the microwave for 10 minutes . It gets cooked evenly and all the water gets absorbed. Saves the task of keeping an eye on the preparation.
Best eaten drizzled with fresh coconut oil.

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Colocassia Root/ Arbi stir fry

Colocassia roots or Arbi as they are called all over North India and Chembu in South India can be turned into a simple but delicious stir fry or steamed and used in coconut based or onion based gravies as per individual taste. The leaves of the Colocassia tubers are used to make a tasty dish called Patra, Pathrado or Alu Vadi. Posting a stir fry today which is simply amazing! You can even serve it as an appetizer.

Ingredients :

  • 1 kg Arbi
  • 3tbsps chilly powder or as per taste
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 5tbsps Coconut oil
  • 2tsps mustard

Method :

Wash the Arbi thoroughly. Boil it in a large pot of water till three fourth done. Allow to cool. Deskin. Chop into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle the chilly powder, salt and hing and mix well. Marinate for half an hour. Heat the oil. Add the mustard and, after it splutters, switch off the stove. Drop in the marinated Arbi. Mix thoroughly so that the oil coats the Arbi evenly. Tip it into a microwave safe dish and microwave for five minutes. Remove. Toss and microwave for another five minutes. It can also be made the traditional way by roasting on a gentle flame.

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Brahmi leaves Chutney Recipe

Ekpani or Brahmi is well known for its therapeutic uses. I have used the tender home grown leaves to make a chutney which goes well with Dosa, Appo or even as a spread on bread.

Ingredients :

  • One big cupful Brahmi leaves
  • 4 green chillies
  • One bowl grated coconut
  • A small piece of ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Salt

Method :
Grind all the above to a smooth paste. This chutney is generally never seasoned but you may as per requirement.

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Methi Muthiya /Fenugreek leaves fritter, Recipe

Methi Muthiya can be had as a snack or added to Undiyu or any subzi as fenugreek imparts fragrance to the dish. It can also be served as an appetizer at get togethers.

Ingredients :

  • 1 bunch methi/Fenugreek leaves chopped.
  • A small bunch coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsps dhaniya/coriander powder
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • A pinch of haldi/turmeric
  • Sugar and salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1tbsp of sesame seeds/til
  • A pinch of ajwain
  • A small bowl of besan/Chickpea flour
  • Wheat flour as required to bind a dough as for chapati.

Method :
Add all the above together and knead a dough as for chapati. Make oblong balls. Heat oil and deep fry till crisp.

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Pav Bhaji Recipe

The very name of Pav Bhaji sets the taste buds tingling. This popular Gujarati street food is a wholesome meal as it has the goodness of a variety of vegetables, freshly chopped onion and coriander leaves and a sprinkling of lemon juice. Served with a dollop of butter and freshly roasted Pav it is simply lip smacking.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms caulifower
  • 6 potatoes peeled
  • One big bowl of peas
  • 6 tomatoes chop fine
  • 5 onions mince
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • 3tsps of Everest Tikhalal chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Everest Kashmiri Lal chilly powder.
  • 2 tsps Everest pav bhaji masala.
  • Salt.
  • 100 gms Amul butter
  • Coriander leaves chopped fine.
  • 1tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 4tbsps oil
  • 4 tbsps ghee/clarified butter.

Method:

Pressure cook the Cauliflower, peas and potato, and mash them well with the masher. Grind the garlic to a fine paste with both the above mentioned chilly powders with a little water. Heat 4 tbsps of oil n 4 tbsps of ghee. Add 1 tsp jeera, and after it splutters add the chopped onions, the garlic chilly paste and salt. Roast till it gives its aroma. Add the pav bhaji masala and roast for a couple of minutes. Add the tomatoes and mash them well. Add the pureed vegetables and allow it to come to a boil, stirring frequently.
Add 100 gms of Amul butter, mix well and switch off the gas. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Slice the Pav/ burger like bread. Butter them and roast them on a skillet/tava. Serve with chopped onions and lemon wedges.

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Dal Dhokli Recipe

Dal Dhokli is a Gujarati delicacy which is a meal by itself. Pieces of Chapati dunked in Dal which is boiled with groundnuts and seasoned with cloves, cinnamon and asafoetida which give it it’s unique taste.

Ingredients :

  • 150 gms toor dal/ pigeon peas pressure cooked with a fistful of peanuts
  • Salt
  • Jaggery
  • A few petals of kokum/Garcinia Indica
  • Juice of lemon
  • 4 green chillies
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • Haldi
  • A pinch of chilly powder
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dhania jeera/coriander and cumin seed powder
  • 1/2 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 6 cloves
  • 1″ piece of cinnamon
  • 1/4tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • Ghee/clarified butter
  • Coriander leaves

Method:
Churn the mashed dal. Crush the green chillies and ginger coarsely. Add the salt, jaggery, green chillies and ginger, chilly, haldi, dhaniya jeera powder, Kokum and a tsp of ghee and boil well.
Heat a tbsp of ghee. Add half a tsp of mustard and after it splutters add a tsp of jeera, 6 cloves, 2small sticks of cinnamon and a pinch of hing and a sprig of curry leaves. Drop the seasoning into the Dal and boil for a couple of minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Dhokli

  • 125gms wheat flour
  • A pinch of ajwain/ caraway seeds
  • 1tsp dhaniya jeera/coriander and cumin seed powder
  • A pinch of haldi/turmeric
  • Salt
  • 1tsp oil

Method :
Take a pinch of ajwain, haldi, chilly, dhaniya jeera powder and salt in a bowl. Add 125 gms of wheat flour, a tsp of oil and bind it to a soft dough with enough water as for chapathi. Roll out the chapathi and slightly roast it on both sides. Cut into diamond shaped pieces.
Before serving bring the Dal to a boil and add the chapati pieces to it. Garnish with coriander leaves, lemon juice and a tbsp of fresh ghee. Serve hot.

Note: dhokli is usually never roasted. The chapati dough that is cut into a diamond shape is immersed directly into the boiling dal and allowed to cook. I roast it slightly as the family prefers it this way.

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Ridge gourd Bhaartha Recipe

BHAARTHA could be of ghosale / ridge gourd, brinjal or even potato. Not to be confused with the Bhartha made of roasted brinjals. The basic Masala of coconut roasted red chillies and tamarind paste remains the same only the vegetable differs. Addition of ginger while grinding adds zing to the BHAARTHA. Garnished with raw onions, a green chilly n drizzled with coconut oil. It goes well with both roti and rice!!!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms ridge gourd
  • 1/2 of a small coconut
  • 6 roasted Byadgi chillies
  • 3 roasted Guntur chillies
  • 1 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 1 small onion chopped fine
  • 1 green chilly
  • Coconut oil
  • Salt

Method :
Deskin the ridge gourd. Chop into pieces and cook till done. Cool thoroughly. Grind together coconut, roasted red chillies tamarind and ginger to a smooth paste. Crush the green chilly with salt and add the ridge gourd, chopped onion and drizzle with coconut oil!.

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