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When people looking to escape the busy city for a few hours to enjoy simple, unpretentious and wholesome food the favourite place that first come to mind is “DHABA”. Today in “Jai Ki Rasoi Se” made a simple and delicious vegetarian dish called “Aloo Chana Malai in Dhaba Style”. This goes well when served along with Roti, Naan, Phulka or Paratha

Ingredient
1. 250 gm Roughly Chopped Potatoes (Kate Aloo)
2. 100 gm Black Chickpeas (Kala Chana)
3. 1 Cup Onion Paste (Pyaz Ka Paste)
4. 1 Cup Tomato Puree (Tamator Ka Paste)
5. 1 Bunch Finely Chopped Green Coriander (Barik Kata Hara Dhaniya)
6. 1/2 Bunch Finley Chopped Mint Leaves (Barik Kata Pudina)
7. 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste (Adrak Lasoon Ka Paste)
8. 5-6 Slit Green Chilies (Kati Hari Mirch)
9. 1 Tablespoon Red Chili Powder (Laal Mirch Powder)
10. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi Powder)
11. 2-3 Tablespoon Fresh Cream (Malai)
12. 1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds (Shahi Jeera)
13. Oil – As Per Requirement
14. Salt According to Taste

Preparation

  • Note: Soak black chickpeas overnight or minimum of 6 hours before cooking
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan or kadai. Once the oil is hot add caraway seeds and allow them to splutter
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook till the moisture from the paste gets evaporated
  • Now add onion paste and cook till it gets light brown
  • At this add roughly chopped potatoes & soaked black chickpeas and mix them. Season it will salt according to taste.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes or till potatoes & black chickpeas become soft
  • Now add dry ingridents like turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix and cook till oil get seperated from them
  • Add tomato puree & ½ glass water and mix them. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes or till oil get separated from it
  • Add finely chopped green coriander & mint leave and slit green chill. Mix and cook it for another one minute
  • Finely add cream and mix it. Cook for another one minute
  • The dish is ready to be served with any Indian bread

Bach Baras is a hindu festival celebrated by mothers for their sons. On this occasion mothers start their day by worshiping A cow and it’s Calf. Bach means “calf” and baras means “twelve”. Bach Baras or Gau Vats Dwadeshi follows janmashtmi (lord Krishna’s birth day). Women who have male kids fast on this day, depriving themselves from eating wheat or any grains and foodstuff prepared by cow’s milk. They also avoid using knife. Nothing should be chopped, not even vegetables. They eat sprouts and Jowar or Bajra Rotis. It is believed that worshipping cow gives prosperity and longevity of kids.

Thali consists of –

Starters

  1. Sprouts of Green Moong – Sauted in little oil with Salt, Pepper and fresh Coriander and little Chaat Masala and Turmeric.

Main Course

  1. Kadhi – Cooked by mixing curd and besan(gram flour) and finished with some dried fenugreek leaves.
  2. Gatte ki Kadi – This Curry is made with onion and tomatoes and the “Gatte” is made by gram flour dough boiled and broken into small pieces and cooked together.
  3. Aloo ki sukhi sabzi – Made with boiled potatoes with salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, jeera powder and finished with fresh coriander leaves. Potatoes are not cut with knife but just roughly mashed up by hand.
  4. Jowar Roti – Jowar Roti or bhakri are one of the Indian Flat Breads made with Sorghum Flour
  5. Bajra Roti – Bajra Roti or bhakri are one of the Indian Flat Breads made with Millet Flour

Sides

  1. Green Mirchi ka Thesa/Thecha – Its a Maharashtrian side which brings quite a lot of excitement in the thali as its spicy and chatpata. Its a coarse mix of Green chillies, Fresh coriander, coconut, sesame seeds and garlic etc made by pounding the mix in a mortal and pestle.

Desserts/Sweets

  1. Bajre ki Churi – Its a healthy North Indian recipe made from crumbling leftover bajra rotis and mixed nicely with loads of ghee, nuts, Jaggery or sugar and fennel powder.
  2. Sattu ka Laddoo – Its a Recipe made during special occasions and festivals. Its kid friendly and healthy too. Sattu is basically roasted chana Dal Flour. Its made by dry roasting wheat flour till its golden and releases aroma and then mixing in sattu, sugar, nuts and cardamom powder. Finally ghee is added and mixed, rolled into laddoos.