Stuffed Peas Paratha

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I love stuffed parantha’s, they are a complete meal and filling too, growing up in a typical south Indian (Karnataka a bit mix of Andhra too )home I never tasted stuffed paratha’s until I was in high school or so I guess, but when it entered my amma’s south Indian kitchen , there was no looking back. There are different stuffed paratha like mixed veg, cauliflower/Gobi, and many more but my all time fav is peas and aloo paratha, with just some pickle or curd it’s a complete and filling breakfast or maybe dinner too.

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I remember when amma first started making the paratha the  stuffing used to come out while rolling it and she would manage and finish off , she  would swear not to make again , but then me or bro would ask and she had to make, mostly I would ask, and she would make and finally perfected in making paratha ,sigh. There are many versions, but this is amma’s  version, ok let me stop taking, and start making the paratha’s.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

FOR THE DOUGH

Wheat flour – 2 cups + extra dusting

Water – 3/4th cup

Salt – ½ tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

FOR THE FILLING

Frozen peas – 1cup

Green chilli – 10

Potato – 1 (medium sized) boiled peeled and mashed

Ginger & garlic paste – 2 tsp

Turmeric – 1tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Dhania powder – 1 tsp

Grammasala- 1tsp

Jeera – 1 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp + some more during making the paratha

HOW TO MAKE

In a bowl add wheat flour, salt, oil and mix well, now add water little by little mix and make a soft dough, the dough should be soft and keep aside let it sit at least for half an hour.

In a blender add peas, salt, chillies and blend it coarsely. In a pan add oil, once the oil is hot add the jeera, ginger garlic paste, turmeric and mix well, now add the mashed potato mix well and finally the coarsely ground peas ,mix well, now add Dhania ,Grammasala powder and mix well, let it cook for 5 minutes and the take off the stove and let it cool down.

Divide the dough into 8 small balls; divide the filling also into 8 balls.

Take the divided dough , roll it into 6 inches roti, in the centre keep the filling and cover it from all the sides, and flatten it down,and roll it into 8 to 10 inches paratha, add some flour for dusting if needed, then cook the paratha on a tava (griddle); by adding oil on both the sides, cook until golden brown spots appear on both sides or until done.

Repeat with the remaining; now the paratha’s are ready to serve hot, with pickle or curd.

NOTES

Add chilli according your spice level.

Instead of wheat, maida can also be used.

Cook on low flame , so that its cooks evenly on both the sides.

Sarson ka Saag

 

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Happy New Year to all. I wanted to start the first post of the year with something sweet but, the that has to wait, and I want to be consistent here, by posting at least one recipe a week so thought of posting something I made for the first time and it was super tasty and everyone like it at home. This recipe was made in November and I can still feel the taste. It was one of the best recipes that I have made and came out well in the first try itself. It’s easy, healthy and yummy. This recipe is actually made with loads of ghee and butter, since I try to make all my recipes vegan, I have not added any butter or ghee, this recipe is a bit twisted according to my needs also its almost like plain palak recipe, and the saag was super tasty. Ok let’s start making.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 6 people

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2 bunches of sarson/mustard leaves

1 bunch of palak /spinach

1 bunch of chakothe soppu/papu kuraku/mountain spinach

1 small onion chopped + 1 tbsp chopped onion

1 tomato chopped

10 green chillies

2 tsp ginger garlic

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil + 2 tsp oil

½ tsp jeera

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HOW TO MAKE

Clean the greens , wash it throughly and keep aside.

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In a hot pan, add 2 tsp oil, small chopped onion, chillies, ginger garlic paste and roast it for 3to 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Once the onion is translucent add the greens and let them wilt, it may take 10 to 15 minutes. Once the greens are soft let it cool down.

In another pan add the 1 tbsp oil, once hot add jeera and when it splutters, add the onion and tomato and fry it for 5 minutes

While the onion and tomato are cooking grind the above mixture into smooth paste.

Now add the above paste into the pan, mix well, now add the gram masala, salt and mix well, simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes and its ready to serve.

Notes

Instead oil you can use butter and ghee or either one of them.

Though mine was vegan version it tasted very good, I felt there was no compromise in taste.

Even radish greens are added, I have heard but I have not tried that version

Sorrel Leaves/Gongura Mushroom

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Yeah you read right, apart from gongura dal, I wanted to make something different, so i was searching the net, I usually check VahChef, and I like his vegetarian recipes. When I was browsing through the site, I saw this one recipe “ gongura paneer saag”, I wanted to try it, but i wanted to something different so decide to add mushrooms to it instead of pinner even though paneer was there at home. This is a simple recipe, those who like sour taste , they will love it, I am one of them I love sour taste its yum I must say, if you don’t sour taste you might not like this dish as much you might have liked Gongura dal sigh, anyways let’s make it.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 5 minutes.
Idle Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 2 to 3

What you will need

Mushrooms – 200gms

Gongura – 1 cup (Loosely packed)

Green Chillies – 6

Onion – 2 tbsp + 1 tbsp (chopped finely)

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 5 to 6 pods

Oil – 1 tsp + 2 tsp

Jeera – 1 tsp

Gram masala – 1 tsp

Dhaniya powder – 1tsp

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Salt – 1 tsp

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How to make

Wash and boil the Mushrooms in turmeric water and keep it aside (see notes)

In a pan add oil, 1 tsp oil then add ginger and garlic and sauté it for 2 minutes.

Then add 2 tbsp onion, chillies and sauté it for 5 minutes or until only is slightly translucent.

Now add the gongura leaves and sauté it until its mushiness goes. Let it rest and cool down before you grind it.

In the same odd oil, then add jeera, onion and sauté it for a minute then add the garam masala, turmeric, dhaniya powder, salt  and mix well, sauté it for 2 to 3 minutes.

Now add the ground gongura paste mix well, let it cook for a minute or two.

Then add the mushrooms and let it cook for 5 minutes and then it’s ready to serve with hot chapattis

Notes

I have used button mushroom, you can use any type of mushrooms

I usually boil the mush is turmeric water then drain the water and chop the mushroom and the use it.

I microwave the mushroom for 5 minutes in turmeric water; you can add salt too along with turmeric for boiling.

In this recipe salt depends on how much you can tolerate the sourness, so add accordingly.

Radish/Muli Parantha

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Muli parantha is a very simple and healthy dish. In this recipe I have used red radish/muli. You can use whichever is available. When we were kids, I was a non fussy kid no not as much as my little bro, so my mom would do these paranthas, by sneaking in as much as grated mule and my bro would relish without know what’s in there sigh those days. The muli paranthas are soft and yum. So let’s start making them.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 1 hour
Idle Time:20 minutes
Cooking Time: 2  minutes (each parantha)
makes: 10 paranthas

What you will need

2 cups grated radish/muli

2 cups wheat flour + for dusting

1 cup (finely chopped onions, green chillies and fenugreek leaves tightly packed)

1 tsp jeera

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vegetable oil + extra for cooking

¾ Th cup water (accordingly)

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How to make

In bowl add the grated radish, onion, chillies, fenugreek leaves, salt and jeera, mix it well, then  add the wheat flour mix it dryly and leave it for 20 minutes by covering it. After 20 minutes the dough will be a bit soft from water which is left by the radish, then accordingly you can add waster and make the dough like chapatti consistency. Then take lemon sized balls and roll into 6 inch diameter chapatti and cook it on the tawa by putting oil on both the sides, then it’s ready to serve with just raita /salad/ chutney pudi / gravy or anything.

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Notes

You can add chilli powder if you want.

You can add carrots and coriander also.

Add water accordingly or the dough will become too sticky.

Kadai Paneer

 

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Paneer is DH’s favourite, anything I make with paneer he is one happy person. The Kadai paneer is one regular recipe at home, it’s my version, it’s yummy and easy too, since I don’t eat paneer I add capsicum or mix vegetables, in this particular recipe I have just added capsicum which is my favourite. So here’s my version of kadai paneer.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   serves 2 to 3 people

What you will need

2 tomatoes finely chopped

1 small onion finely chopped

2 to 3 green chilly or green chilly paste (optional)

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 tsp cashew and poppy seeds paste

1/4th tsp Turmeric

1 tsp Dhanya powder (coriander powder)

1tsp Jeera powder

1 tsp chilly powder

½ tsp garam macula

2 tsp Kasuri Methi (fenugreek dry leaves)

1tsp salt

½ cup chopped Capsicum

½ cup cubed paneer

1 tbsp oil

1 tsp Jeera

2 tbsp water

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How to make

In a pan or kadai add oil, one the oil heats up, add the jeera, then add the Ginger garlic paste and sauté it for a minute, then add the chopped onion, tomatoes, green chillies and turmeric then mix well cook for 5 minutes until the tomatoes become mushy, then add the dhanya, jeera, chilly powder and salt and mix well and let it cook for 5 minutes again, add water at this stage and let it simmer for 2 minutes more.

Then add the cashew and poppy seeds paste and kasuri methi, mix well cook for few 2 minutes, then add the chopped capsicum and paneer cook for 2 minutes more, then it’s ready to serve.

Notes

I like spicy food so I have added green chilly so it purely optional, but I also feel green chilly adds more taste than red chilly.

For cashew and poppy seeds paste, soak the cashew and poppy seeds for an hour in warm water and then grind it into smooth paste, this paste can be added to most of the gravy’s and i add it instead of cream.

Also you can grind the tomatoes and onion paste ones the tomatoes becomes mushy, but it’s purely optional, I don’t grind it.

Channa / Chole Masala

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This is one of my favourite dish, when I get bored of Allu/potato curry for poori, I make this dish, over the years I make my own version without using the store bought spices, I use homemade spices and of course most do the home made spices made by amma. When I was a kid my mom’s used to make this recipe using Everest chole masala, but then later she started her own version and as usual every time we make the recipe we make changes and now we have perfected the recipe according to our taste buds, so here goes the recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15  to 20 minutes.
Idle Time: overnight 
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
makes: 2 to 3 serving

What you will need

1 Cup channa soaked and pressured cooked with little salt (garbanzo beans)
1 big onion finely chopped
2 big tomatos finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp Cashew paste
1 tbsp any veg oil
1 tsp daniya powder (coriander)
1 tsp Chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp whole jeera
1/4th cup meethi leaves (fenugreek) (optional)
1/4th cup coriander finely chopped                                                                                                           1 small lime juice                                                                                                                                     Salt to taste

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How to make

In a heated pan add oil, once the oil is hot add whole jeera, ginger garlic paste, onion, tomato and turmeric and sauté it for five minutes. Then add the dry powders daniya, chilly and garam masala and sauté again for 5 minutes or when the oil leaves the sides. Then add the boiled channa/garbanzo beans, mix well, and then add the methi leaves let it simmer for some time. Then finally add the cashew paste, salt and lime juice and finish it off with coriander garnish. The gravy can be eaten with poori, batura or any kind of rotis.

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Notes
The cashew paste has two more ingredient which I do not want to disclose, coz I feel it’s the secret ingredient and I don’t want to reveal it here, but just the cashew paste also gives a very good taste by itself.
Methi or fenugreek leaves are optional, or you can add the store bought kasuri methi.
You can add cream too, but I prefer vegan version.
Daniya powder I use is homemade but you can get it in shops.
Garam masala also I use homemade and that also is available in shops easily,hopefully I will put up the homemade recipes of garam masala
This dish is mainly eaten with Batura; they are big poori’s made by using curd. The dough is made by using the curd instead of water. then it is left for some hours and the dough would have risen and the pooris are made by the risen dough.