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French beans coconut dry sabji

Beans and coconut are the flavors of South, with little improvisation this recipe comes up with complete package of sweet plus spicy and tangy flavor.
Serves 4
Ingredients:
1 kg French beans
1 cup desiccated or fresh coconut
3 curry leaves
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 teaspoons red chilli powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon black pepper powder
3 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
½ tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup finely chopped cilantro
3 tablespoons oil

Process: Chop the top and end edges of the beans and then cut then in 1inch equal sizes.  Heat oil in a sauce pan, add the mustard seeds, once they splutter then add the cumin seeds and curry leaves. Add the beans, turmeric, red chilli powder and on medium heat continuously stir them. Add ¾ cup water and cover with a lid, it will turn tender in few minutes. Remove the lid, stir continuously till the water evaporates. Once water evaporates, add the coconut and increase the heat to high, again continuously stirring the coconut and the beans. As soon as the color of coconut changes reduce the heat between low to medium. Add the black pepper, salt, sugar and mix all well. Let them cook on low heat for a minute. Splash lemon juice and again stir it. After a minute turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro.

Chole Bhatture

A famous North Indian cuisine, a combo dish of round puffy round bread cooked like puri which goes well with very flavorful chickpea sabji !

serves 4
Ingredients for Bhatture
2 cups of All purpose flour
1/4-1/2 cup semolina flour
2 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 -1/2 cup yogurt
1/4 cup oil
3/4 to 1 cup of lukewarm water
Oil for frying
Please check for (Measurements)

Process for Bhatture: Add all the ingredients together and knead into a soft dough. Cover the dough with a wet cloth in a bowl, put a lid on the top and place it in a warm area for nearly 2 hours. Divide the dough into equal sections and make it into round chapatti shapes but little thicker. Heat the oil very hot and then put one bhattura in the oil. The Bhattura will rise quickly in 2 seconds while you press with the frying spoon the top surface. As soon as it rises flip it the other side and then remove it out.

Tip: If you don’t have a double active baking powder then increase the quantity of the baking powder you are using. Always go on the increasing side for semolina and yogurt quantity.
For the above measurement use little more than 1/2 cup of water, mix it well with all powder ingredients and condiments except the two flours and blend well. After that mix it with the flours and knead into a dough stiffer than regular chapati dough.

Note: when the oil is hot it just takes few seconds for bhattura to rise, don’t let it get too much brown at the base. Once the oil is hot you can reduce the heat to medium because we want the Bhattures to have nice Golden white color.

Ingredients for Chole Sabji :
2 cups boiled (cooked) chickpeas
1/2 cup melted butter
2 cups of chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 teaspoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder (saunth)
1/2 tablespoon chana masala powder (refer to homemade spices section)
1/2 tbsp garam masala  (refer to homemade spices section)
1/2 tbsp cumin coriander powder
2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon hing
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped cabbage/celery

Process for Chole: Heat the pot and add the butter.  Add the mustard seeds and hing. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter.  Add the celery and saute for 1 to 2 minutes on medium heat. Now add the tomatoes and all the powdered spices and condiments, mix well, cover with a lid and let it cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the lid, add the boiled chickpeas, mix well, add a cup of water, cover again with a lid and cook it for 10-15 minutes on medium heat. After 15 minutes you will observe everything cooked well, now you can turn off the stove and garnish with cilantro. Keep aside.

Suggestion: For making this combo first prepare the dough and while it’s resting, prepare the chole sabji. Once sabji is done then roll the bhatture and fry them.
Cholle bhatture can be served well with cold yogurt or mango pickles.

Veg Biryani

Here I am presenting to you an aromatic full of different flavors and traditional spices restaurant style Biryani which you can prepare at home.
This Biryani will boost your appetite and awaken your senses, try it yourself to believe it!

Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 sticks of celery and carrots (cut in long and thick slices)
20 cauliflower florets
1-1/2 cups of basmati rice (thoroughly washed and soaked for 15 minutes)
2 cups of fresh mint leaves
200 gms of cubed size paneer
1 cup chopped cilantro
3 tbsp oil for cooking vegetables
1 tbsp of oil for cooking rice
salt as per taste
2-3 cups of yogurt stirred vigorously
1 cup raw cashews
1 big green chili sliced
2 big potatoes french fries cut
cinnamon, few bay leaves,  2 cardamoms, 2-3 cloves for cooking rice
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tbsp biryani masala
2 tbsp curry powder
1 cup roasted cabbage
2 tsp saffron/Kesar
Please check (Measurements)


Process: Heat the oil in the pot or the skillet and first put potatoes one by one in it. Once they turn golden then add the paneer cubes and repeat the same with them.

Keeping the heat on medium add the remaining vegetables and the powdered spices with some little salt as per taste.
Mix everything well, cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes. By the time the vegetables are cooking add the soaked rice in 3-4 cups of boiling water with the whole spices and oil. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once the water boils you drain the water and empty the rice with the whole spices in a bowl. (Make sure the rice is only 70% cooked).
Allow the rice to cool down.
Remove the lid from the vegetables, add the fresh mint leaves + green chili and mix it well. Add some yogurt and mix it well again.
Once the initial yogurt is mixed well then add some more yogurt and cook it with the vegetables till the water of the yogurt evaporates. (This should be done without the lid covered).

Now take two pots one smaller than the other such that the smaller pot can easily be placed inside the bigger one.
In the bigger pot boil some water only covering 1/4 portion of the pot.
Heat the smaller pot on medium and add the partially cooked vegetables in it, add some yogurt, the cashews, and some more salt. Mix all well reducing the heat to low so that it only simmers.
Now add some roasted cabbage or roasted coconut and mix it.
Put the rice as a layer on the vegetables, sprinkle some roasted cabbage on the rice.
Putting little bit of more or remaining vegetables on the top again sprinkle some more salt and then layer it again with rice.
Sprinkle some saffron, cilantro and roasted cabbage on top of the rice.
Turn off the stove for the small pot of biryani and place it inside the bigger pot which is boiling. Cover it with the bigger lid, keeping the heat on medium let the biryani steam in it for 5-7 minutes.
Turn off the stove and with a broad spatula dig in the rice making sure all the layers are placed on the plate to serve.

This Biryani goes well with Dal Tadka or Dal Fry 🙂

Barbecue Sauce

I am happy to share with you my own homemade barbecue sauce recipe, which is pretty easy and simple. This condiment can be used not just for pizza but also for soya protein meals or marination of Indian cheese of raw jackfruit.

Ingredients:
3 cups of crushed tomatoes or Thick Tomato puree
1/4 cup of dark tamarind Pulp
1/4 cup of Tomato ketchup (Two brands will give you pure veg ketchups- Kissan and No name from Superstore, or use my homemade ketchup-recipe)
2 tablespoon of Indian mango pickles without mango)
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoon of hungarian smoked Paprika powder (this is what gives  smoky flavour to the sauce)
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Please check for (Measurements)
Process: Mix all ingredients properly together and add a cup of water to it. Cover with a lid and cook on low to medium heat the entire mixture till the sauce turns thicker and reduced to half.
Let it cool down and use it or preserve it in an glass  bottle.
Refrigerate it for storage.