Aloo-Mutter-Paneer (6 servings)

Ingredients

Potato ½ kg tsp

Paneer  200 g

Shelled peas 1 cup

Onion  3 (medium-sized)

Tomato 3 (Indian size big)

Ginger-Garlic paste 1 tbsp

Amchur 1 tsp or 2 scales of tamarind (soaked)

Chilli powder 1½ tsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Turmeric powder ½ tsp

Garam masala powder 1 tsp

Salt  1 ¼ tsp or to taste

Oil  2 tbsp

Finely diced coriander leaves  2 or 3 tbsp

Method

  • Peel the potatoes and after washing cube them into 1″ pieces.
  • Cube paneer also into 1″ pieces.
  • Make make a paste of onion in the blender along with tamarind. (In case of preference for amchur skip tamarind and add amchur along with the other spices).
  • Puree the tomatoes and set aside.
  • Heat oil in a wok and let the cumin seeds splutter. Add the onion paste, ginger-garlic paste and saute till the raw smell is gone. Keeping a low flame add all the spices (except garam masala powder)and salt. Saute for a minute or two and add tomato puree.
  • When the mix thickens and starts giving out oil, add potatoes and pressure cook for one whistle.
  • When the cooker is ready to be opened, add paneer pieces and shelled peas and cook for minute or two till the peas are done.
  • Add garam masala powder and cook for another minute.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
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Makahna Kheer /Lotus Seeds (4 Servings)

Ingredients

Makhana (puffed lotus seeds)  50 g (app 2 cups)

Ghee 1 tsp

Milk 1¼ litre

Sugar ¼ cup

Condensed milk  ¼ tin (100 ml)

Almonds 15 to 20 (slivered thin)

Pistachios 10 to 15 (slivered thin)

Saffron  1 pinch

Method

  • Cut makhana into halves and roast them in ghee on a low flame. take less than a handful of roasted makhana and crush and crush them well.
  • Heat milk in wide-bottomed pan and let it reduce in quantity to three-fourths its volume.
  • Add makhana (whole as also crushed) and let it cook for 10 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add sugar and condensed milk and let it cook on a low flame till sugar is completely dissolved and makhana is very soft.
  • Add saffron dissolve in milk and garnish with slivered pistachios and almonds.
  • Serve hot or chilled as desired.

Cherry Tomato-Corn Salad

Ingredients Cherry tomato 20 or 25 Green chilli  3 Corn kernels (frozen or fresh) ½ cup Cilantro (finely chopped) 3 tbsp Lemon juice  1 tbsp Pepper powder ½ tsp Salt  ½ tsp or to taste Method

  • Stone the chillies and dice then finely.
  • Add a pinch of salt to corn take in a bowl and add chillies to it. Blanch them for a minute or two in microwave oven and cool it.
  • In a bowl add the halved tomatoes, blanched corn/chilli, salt, cilantro, pepper and add lemon juice. Mix very well and chill for 30 minutes at least.

Potato podimas (6 servings)

 

 

 

potato podimasIngredients

Ginger (grated)  1 tbsp

Green chillies (finely diced) 6

Turmeric powder  ½ tsp

Salt  1½ tsp or to taste

Curry leaves 5 sprigs

Cilantro leaves  1 tbsp (finely cut)

Lemon juice  2 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Chana dal t tbsp

Cashew nuts  6 or 8 (optional)

oil  2 tbsp

Method

  1. Boil the potatoes till well cooked, cool in water and peel them.  Mash the potatoes coarsely to get crumbled texture.
  2. Heat oil in a wok and temper the mustard seeds. As they start spluttering,  add chana dal and as color starts changing add the finely diced chillies, turmeric powder, and curry leaves, and saute for a few seconds. Add ginger, cashew pieces and saute for a minute on a low flame.
  3.   Add the mashed potatoes and saute for a minute or so and add salt and cook on low fire keeping the wok covered.
  4. When the mix has blended well remove from fire and garnish with coriander leaves and add lemon juice and mix well.
  5. Serve when hot. Makes an excellent side dish foe Vengaya sambhar.