Masoor Dailor Bota (Red Lentil Chutney)

Ingredients– 1/2 cup red lentils 1/4 cup mint leaves 3-4 cloves of garlic 2 green chillies 1/2 tsp mustard oil Salt to taste Method – Soak the dal in water for 30 minutes Drain the water from the dal Grind the dal along with salt, garlic, mint leaves and chillies in a stone grinder or…

Chandrapuli Pitha

Ingredients– For the Outer Cover – 2.5 cups all purpose flour 4-5 tbsp refined oil A pinch of salt Water to knead the dough Oil to deep fry For the Filling – 1 small grated coconut 1/2 cup or more sugar 1/2 tsp cardamom powder Method – In a pan, put the coconut, sugar and…

Khar Dal (Raw Papaya and Masoor Dal)

Ingredients– 300 gm raw papaya, cut into cubes 100 gm masoor dal (red lentils), washed and soaked for 30 minutes 1 tbsp crushed garlic 2 green chillies, slit 3 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves 1 tbsp mustard oil 1/2 cup Khar (water filtered through smoked banana peels) Method – Pressure cook the dal and papaya…

French Beans Potato Stir Fry

Ingredients– 2 cups French beans, cut into 1” pieces 1 cup potatoes, cut into 1” pieces 1 small onion, sliced 1 dry red chilli, broken 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp red chilli powder Salt to taste 2 tbsp mustard oil Method – Heat the oil in a pan till smoking Add the onion and…

Suka Xaak Masor Aanja (Fish Curry with Sorrel Leaves)

Ingredients– 6 pieces of fish 2 bunches of sorrel leaves (suka xaak) A small handful of chopped coriander leaves 1 onion, sliced 2 green chillies 4 garlic cloves 1” piece of ginger 2 bay leaves 2 dried red chillies 1/4 tsp panch phoran 1/4 tsp black pepper powder 1/4 tsp cumin powder 3 tbsp mustard…

Cabbage Bhaji

Ingredients– 1 medium cabbage chopped finely 1 potato, diced into cubes 1 medium tomato, chopped 1/3 cup green peas 1 tsp ginger paste 1 bay leaf 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tbsp finely chopped green chillies 1 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp garam masala powder 1 tsp cumin powder Salt to taste 1 tbsp oil…

Aloo Tita Kerala Bhaji (Bitter Gourd Potato Stir Fry)

Ingredients– 5 medium kerala, washed, dried and cut into thin rounds 1 medium potato, diced finely 1/2 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste 4 tbsp mustard oil Method– Heat oil in a pan Add the potatoes and fry for 5 minutes Add the bitter gourd and saute along with the potatoes Cook without covering Add…

Koldil Bhaji (Banana Flower Stir Fry)

Ingredients– 1 banana flower 1 tbsp masur dal (red lentils), soaked in water 1 medium potato, diced 1 bay leaf 1 dry red chilli, broken to bits 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste 1 tsp garam masala powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tsp black pepper powder 1/2 tsp turmeric powder…

Paleng Maas (Fish in Spinach Gravy)

Ingredients– 5 pieces of fish 1 large tomato 1.5 cups chopped spinach 2 slit green chillies 1” piece of ginger 1/2 tbsp nigella seeds Turmeric powder Salt to taste 3 tbsp mustard oil Method – Rub salt and turmeric powder on the fish. Marinate for 15 minutes Chop the tomato and spinach Chop the ginger…