Kurkuri Bhendi

Kurkuri Bhendi
Kurkuri Bhendi
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 5
  • 500 gms bhendi
  • 3-4 tbsp besan ((gram flour) )
  • 1 tsp red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder
  • salt (To taste)
  • oil (For frying)
  • Heat the oil thoroughly before adding seasonings or vegetables.
  • Fry the seasonings until they change color, to get full flavor of seasonings.
  • Besan removes the stickiness of Bhendi and it stands as a binding agent.
  • Always keep besan in the refrigerator to avoid getting small insects in it.
 

Chicken Kofta Walnuts

Chicken Kofta with Walnuts
Chicken Kofta with Walnuts
  • PREP TIME 30 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 30 MINS
  • SERVES 6
  • 4 cup chicken stock
  • 500 gms boneless chicken mince
  • ½ cup walnut paste
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger paste
  • 3 elaichi
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp red chilly paste
  • 1 tsp Jeera
  • 2 tsp fresh cream
  • salt (To taste)
  • pinch Garam masala
  • coriander leaves

Take 500gm boneless minced chicken into a medium bowl. Add some jeera powder, garam masala, red chilli powder and salt. Blend everything thoroughly and make small balls of chicken Koftas (any shape and size)"

In a pan add 4 cups of chicken stock, 3 green cardamoms to give a flavor to the stock, get it to boil. And put chicken koftas directly in the chicken stock. Simmer the heat and let the koftas cook for some time."

Heat the oil for gravy in a pan; add boiled onion paste along with ginger garlic paste, some green chillies and a spoon of Elaichi powder. Keep on stirring. Then add 2 teaspoon of tomato puree, ½ cup of walnut paste, stir it well, then add 2tablespoon fresh cream. "

Now add some chicken stock for smooth paste and add all the koftas in to this. Give a gentle Mix. And boil it for a minute until everything is heated through. Turn it off. Your silky beautiful chicken koftas are ready. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, mint and walnut. "

  • Always make stock in large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a nice soup or boil veggies, you can simply pull the bag out of the freezer.
 
  • Koftas can be deep fried, instead of cooking in the chicken stock; it will be tastier than this.
 
  • We can use cashew nut or badam paste also for this dish.
 
  • Give a gentle fry to onion, garlic and ginger, before making the paste. Its gives a special aroma to the dish.
 

Ringan nu Shaak

Ringan nu Shaak
Ringan nu Shaak
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 2 medium Ringan ( white ones preferred)
  • 1 medium size Onion ((fine chopped))
  • 1.5 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 cup Groundnut ((crushed))
  • 1.5 cup curd
  • 1.5 tbsp oil
  • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • salt (to taste)

Wash the baby eggplant and cut each into 4 pieces. Soak the cut eggplant into a cup of water and salt. This is called purging and it takes all the bitter taste of the eggplant away. Keep it for about 10 minutes and squeeze the water away and keep it dry in a separate bowl."

Heat up a pan with 1 tbsp of vegetable oil. Once the oil becomes hot, add 1 cup of chopped onions, 2 tbsp of garlic paste, add the eggplant pieces into it and give it a nice toss and let the eggplant get nicely coated with the sorted onions and garlic. Add ½ tbsp of turmeric powder, ½ tbsp of red chilly powder, ½ tbsp garam masala, ½ tbsp of roasted jeera powder, ½ tbsp coriander powder and salt to taste and mix it well. Add a dash of water into it and cover it keep it for cooking. The cooking should take 7-10 minutes. "

Add 1 cup of curd into the mix, few ground nuts, little bit of coriander leaves and stir it well and let it be on a simmer for about 7-8 minutes. Once its cooked you could garnish it with some edible flowers, coriander leaves and plate it and serve it hot. Enjoy!"

 
  • Soak the cut pieces of eggplant in a cup of water and salt to get rid of the bitter taste of eggplants.

Kadhi Gujrati

Kadhi Gujrati
Kadhi Gujrati
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 10 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 500 ml Butter milk
  • ½ tbsp chickpea flour
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp ginger chili paste
  • Pinch hing
  • Pinch Garam masala
  • ½ tbsp coriander leaves ((fine chopped))

Take 2-3 cups of buttermilk and beat it very well. Add 1 tbsp of chickpea flour (basen) into it and blend it."

Take a pan and add 1-2 tbsp of ghee to the pan. Give the pan a little swirl until the ghee start melting. While the ghee is melting in the pan add some curry leaves, a pinch jeera seeds, 1 tbsp of ginger, 1 tbsp green chilly paste, a pinch of Asafoteda (hing), 1 tbsp garam masala."

Once the basic tempering is ready add the premixed buttermilk into the pan and whisk it very well. Give it a nice gentle stir until it becomes smooth. Add salt to taste and some chopped coriander. Keep the kadhi in low simmer for 2-3 mins. Please do not boil it. The Gujarati Kadhi is ready to be served."

 
  • Do not boil the kadhi.  If you boil the kadhi it will start splitting.  So please heat up the kadhi for a maximum of 2-3 minutes.
 
  • Stir the kadhi very well after adding to the masala to avoid getting stuck at the bottom of the pan.
 

Vaghareli Khichdi

Vaghareli Khichdi
Vaghareli Khichdi
  • PREP TIME 10 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 15 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 cup Rice
  • ½ cup moong dal
  • ¼ cup Toor Dal
  • 1 medium size potato
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • ¼ tbsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tbsp Chili paste
  • ½ tbsp Ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp turmeric paste
  • 1 tbsp Red chili powder
  • ¼ tbsp Garam masala
  • salt (to taste)
  • 5 cups water
  • Soaking the rice and dal for 5-6 hours would help the mix to cook and blend well.
  • Cook the khichdi the till the water level reduces and absorbed by the rice and dal mix.

Methi Muthia

Methi Muthia
Methi Muthia
  • PREP TIME 15 MINS
  • COOKING TIME 20 MINS
  • SERVES 4
  • 1 c cup hopped fenugreek ( (methi))
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour ( (gehun ka atta))
  • 1/3 cup besan ((Bengal gram flour))
  • 1/2 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder ( (haldi))
  • 1/4 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp oil
  • oil (for greasing)

Start cooking by mixing the finely chopped fenugreek leaves (methi) with 1/3 cup of Bengal gram flour (besan) and 1/3 cup of whole-wheat flour. Add a pinch of salt, some garam masala, some chilly paste, some ginger paste, a little turmeric powder, a little bit of sugar and mix it up and add a ¼ cup of water and make a nice dough. While mixing the dough add a little lemon juice and rest the dough for 15-20 minutes."

Once the dough is ready, make small balls. Take a pan and heat ½ cup of vegetable oil. When the oil is hot, start sliding the balls to the oil and fry it. Turn the pieces once they’re cooked. It will have a little brownish colour after they’re fried."

After frying, take the balls out and place it on a tissue paper so that it absorbs all the oil. You could serve it along with some nice green chutney."

  • Washing leafy vegetable in warm water would help reduce the level of contamination of soil, water, bacteria etc.
  • Heat the oil proper before you start sliding the balls for frying.
  • Always fry the food in low simmer.
  • Do not slide anything to fry in cold oil as the food may end up absorbing more oil.