Saag Chana (Spinach Black Chickpeas Curry)

Ingredients– 400 gm chopped spinach 2 cups black gram (desi chana) soaked overnight and boiled 1 tsp grated ginger 1 tsp finely chopped garlic 1 finely chopped onion 1 finely chopped tomato 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds 1/2 tsp mustard seeds 2-3 dry red chillies, roughly torn 1 tsp turmeric powder 1 tsp red chilli powder…

Matar Alu Torkari (Peas and Potato Curry)

Ingredients– 1 cup fresh shelled peas 1 medium potato, cut into small cubes 1 medium tomato, chopped 2 green chillies, chopped 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp grated ginger 1/2 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste 1 tbsp refined oil Method – Heat oil in a wok Add the cumin seeds Once it sizzles, add…

Chirer Pulao (Flattened Rice Pulao)

Ingredients– 1.5 cups chire (flattened rice) 1 medium sized boiled potato 1 tbsp oil 1/4 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp fennel seeds 1 tbsp peanuts 1 tbsp cashew nuts 1 tsp raisins 1 medium sized onion, chopped finely Salt to taste 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 tbsp sugar 1 tbsp ghee Method – Wash the…

Bok Choy, Eggplant, Broccoli and Mushroom Stir Fry

Ingredients– 3 eggplants, chopped into 1” cubes 200 gm button mushrooms, cut in half (I used tinned mushrooms) 1 big bunch, bok choy, trimmed 1 small head of broccoli, cut into thin florets 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 shallots, thinly sliced 6 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp grated ginger Salt to taste Freshly ground black…

Green Pea Rice

Ingredients– 1 cup rice A marble sized tamarind ball 1 cup shelled green peas 1 small potato, peeled and chopped fine 2 small aubergines , chopped fine 1 capsicum, chopped fine 1 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste Spice Paste – 2 tsp oil 3 tbsp coriander seeds 2 tbsp urad dal 3 tbsp Bengal…

Palak Kadhi

Ingredients– 250 gm spinach, cleaned and chopped 1.5 cup curd 1/2 cup besan (Gramflour) 2 tbsp oil 1/2 pinch asafoetida powder 1/2 tsp ginger paste 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/4 tsp red chilli powder 2 finely chopped green chillies Salt to taste Method – Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan…

Aloo Baingan ki Sabji (Potato Eggplant Stirfry)

Ingredients– 2 medium eggplants, diced 2 medium potatoes, diced 1 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp red chilli powder Salt to taste 2 tbsp oil Method – Add oil to a kadhai When the oil gets hot, add cumin seeds As soon as the seeds sizzle, add potatoes and cover with lid…

Moong Dal Tadka

Ingredients– 1 cup moong dal (yellow lentils) 3 cups water 1 medium tomato, chopped 1/2 tsp turmeric powder Salt to taste For the Tempering– 1 tbsp ghee 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/2 tsp mustard seeds A pinch of asafoetida powder 5-6 large garlic cloves, sliced 1-2 dry red chillies 6-7 curry leaves 1 tsp lemon…

Aloo Matar Bhaji (Dry Peas and Potatoes)

Ingredients– 2 tbsp mustard oil 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tbsp finely grated ginger 2 green chillies, finely chopped 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 2 1/3 cup peas, parboiled and drained if fresh/defrosted if frozen 150 gm potato boiled and diced Salt to taste Freshly ground black pepper Directions– Put the oil…

Dalia Khichdi (Broken Wheat Khichdi)

Ingredients– 1/4 cup Dalia (broken wheat) 1/4 cup moong dal (skinned yellow lentils) 1 medium onion, chopped 1 tsp grated ginger 1 green chilli slit 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes 1/2 – 1 cup mixed vegetables chopped (carrots, peas, beans, cauliflowers) 1/2 tsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 1/2 tsp salt…