Saturday, 5 March 2016


Pretty busy with other priorities, I was not getting time to sit and write about what I am cooking.... However busy cooking never stops for me..... my men are not kitchen friendly people. Besides.... end of the day I love to cook for my family however busy I am.... Many of you will agree that it gives immense pleasure doing so.... I believe if you love doing something and there is no pressure on you in doing so.... it does not rob you of your women's lib. A couple of my male friends are excellent cooks, they do it for their family just for the love of doing it.... that does not make them less of a man. Do and practice freely what you love doing... that makes you happy.... My man whips up wonderful coffee but hardly makes it these days. I remember, when we set up a separate home for ourselves, son not yet born, I was learning to cook. Bored of getting naan from the local restaurants, I was trying my hands on triangular shaped parathas.... he showed me .... see Soma you should do it this way.... without giving much pressure with your rolling pin. We definitely learn a thing well when we enjoy the learning session.

This was a vegetarian platter I cooked up a while ago. As I always say my men are so fond of non-vegetarian meals, once a week I force them to eat an all veggie meal. I was in their league a few years back.... now my taste buds have changed, though I cannot become a vegetarian given my love for some non-vegetarian dishes. So I prefer a balanced meal of a non veg dish, a veg dish and a lentil for the family meals. This is a complete vegetarian meal of garlic tempered lady finger, potatoes in yogurt and dried fenugreek parathas. We have to travel to the Indian market for fresh fenugreek leaves, so I keep a kasuri methi packet at home always. So this platter of lehsuni bhindi, dahi aloo and kasuri methi paratha did went well with us all. Let us do them one by one.

                                                              LEHSUNI BHINDI

This was a recipe daddy used to have in his office canteen, the office canteen boy made this well. So one day he told my mom to prepare it and serve with rotis. Then it became a regular dish at home. To simple to do and good to eat. We learn from everywhere, thats the way it should be.

Lady Finger : 250gm
Onion : 1medium[sliced]
Garlic : 1tbsp[minced]
Dry Red Chilli : 2[halved]
Nigella Seeds : 1/4tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1tsp
Salt : As required
Green Chilli : 2[slitted]
Oil : 2tbsp

Wash the lady fingers. Dry with a soft cotton cloth. Discard the two ends. Cut half. Rub with salt and turmeric powder. Keep aside for 10 minutes.

Heat oil in a wok. Temper with nigella seeds, dry red chillies and the minced garlic. As they turn golden brown and give a nice aroma, add the sliced onions. Fry till golden brown.

Add the lady fingers. Toss well. Cover and stir every 1 minute. Lower heat to minimum. After 2-3 minutes, add 1/4 small cup water . Stir carefully. Once the water dries up, its done.

Enjoy with any kind of Indian breads.

                                                                   DAHI ALOO

The other day I got some baby potatoes and wished to prepare it in yogurt. There must be a number of recipes on it, but I did it in my own way.

Baby Potatoes : 250gm
Yogurt : 100-150gm
Onion : 1medium[sliced]
Ginger Paste : 1tsp
Garlic Paste : 1/2tsp
Fenugreek Seeds : 2pinches
Fennel Seeds : 2pinches
Mustard Seeds : A pinch
Dry Red Chilli : 3-4[halved]
Dry Red Chilli Powder : 1tsp
Cumin Powder : 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1/2tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/2tsp
Salt : As required
Coriander Leaves : 1tbsp[chopped]
Oil : 4tbsp

Method :
Peel, wash and boil the potatoes till half done in enough water. Let cool and apply salt and turmeric.

Heat oil in a wok and lightly fry the potatoes. Keep aside.

Temper same oil with fenugreek, fennel, mustard seeds and the halved red chillies. Add the sliced onions and fry till brown.

Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for 2 minutes. Beat the yogurt and add to it. Stir well for a minute.

Add the cumin, coriander , red chilli powders, turmeric and salt. Fry for 1/2 a minute. Add the potatoes and fold in well.

Add 1/2 medium cup water. Cover cook thickens as seen in the picture. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot.

                                                      KASURI METHI PARATHA

 It is not a paratha with stuffing. I mixed all ingredients with the flour and prepared the dough of the paratha. I have given a stepwise picture for it.

Refined flour : 1cup
Whole Wheat Flour : 2cup
Kasuri Methi : 1medium cup[dried fenugreek leaves]
Coriander Leaves : 2tbsp[chopped]
Onion : 1medium [chopped]
Green Chilli : 2-3[chopped]
Cumin Powder ; 1tsp
Coriander Powder : 1tsp
Salt : 1/4tsp
Oil : 4-5tbsp
Ghee : 2-3tbsp + 1tbsp

Take both the oil and 2-3tbsp ghee in a bowl as below.

Take all the other ingredients in a large bowl except this bowl of oil and ghee. Rub the whole thing for 2-3 minutes.

Add warm water little by little and keep kneading to form a soft dough. It looks as below.

Cover with a moist cloth for 30 minutes as below.

Remove cover, knead again for 2-3 minutes. Prepare medium sized balls, dust with flour and shape into round  parathas with a rolling pin as below.

Heat a frying pan on the oven. Place each parathata on it. Cook both sides for 1/2 minute each. Add 1-2 tsp of that ghee and oil mix. Cook for a little while each side till the paratha soaks up all well.

 Serve hot with the veggies, accompanied by pickle.