Oct 19, 2014

Tadkewali Moongdal

My final recipe for this week under north Indian side dish is a dal. A perfect side dish for rice, I can enjoy this type of simple dal with rice pickle and pappad.. Perfect simple meal right?. Actually  this tadkewali  dal is made with toor dal . But this recipe I learn from my friend when I was in Khajuraho. She is from Indore and she is the one who teach me most of the MP and UP dishes. Those days I even don't know how to make fhulkas(pulka),she used to hold my hands and teach me how to roll and fry pulkas on direct fire. I think I am very blessed to have friends like this. This is a simple recipe but very comfort food.
Let's check the recipe  
Ginger --- 1 inch piece chopped
Garlic --- 4 cloves chopped
Oil ---- 2 tab sp
Moong dal ---  1 cup
Red chili powder --- 1/2 tea sp
Turmeric powder --- 1/4 tea sp
Salt to taste
Mustard seeds ---  1/2 tea sp
Dry red chillies ---- 1 broken
Onion --- 1 small chopped
Tomato ---- 1 small chopped
green chilies -- 2 slit
Garam masala --- 1 /2 tea sp
Cumin powder   ---  1/4 tea sp
1. Dry roast moong dal till golden and add water to cover the dal and cook till soft. switch off the heat and mash the dal well.
2.  Heat 1 tab sp oil in a pan add chopped ginger,chopped garlic, onion and fry till golden then add chopped tomato, slit green chillis fry for a while.
3. Now add red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder mix well and add cooked and mashed moong dal add a half cup of water it the dal is too thick, add salt to taste mix well and bring to full boil and switch off the heat.
4. Now heat the other 1 tab sp oil in a pan add mustard seeds let them popup then add broken red chillies and add this tadka to the dal, garnish with cumin powder and serve hot with steamed basmati rice , jeera aloo, pappad and pickle.

Oct 18, 2014

Channa Masala

My all time favorite for puri or with pav is channa masala. Normally for pav bread we make bhaji with vegetables. I don't know if any body serve pav with channa masala or not but I like this combination very much. I usually i soak channa in a large quantity and use them in few ways. With 1/4 of them I make sprouts for salad, 1/4 I use in salads rest of them will go in to channa masala. Again Channa masala I use for two meals for break fast with pav and for lunch with fulka. 
                                                                             In original Punjabi channa masala recipe they don't add potato, that is my addition. If you add potato to channa masala that makes a wonderful combination and by mistake your curry turns in to more watery, you can mash this potato cubes to make it thick. If you don't like to add potato can remove from the ingredients. To day I made this channa masala with puri but the puri's are vanished by the time I took the picture.... That is my part of channa masala I had it with bread toast...
Let's check the recipe...   
Channa (chick peas) --- 1 cup
Potato  ----  1 big  cut in to cubesOnion  ---- 1 chopped
Tomato --- 1 chopped
Ginger  --- 1/2 tea sp chopped
Garlic  --- 1/2 tea sp chopped
Red chilli powder -- 1 tea sp
Turmeric powder -- 1/4 tea sp
Coriander powder --- 1/2 tea sp
Cumin powder ---  1/2 tea spGaram masala powder --- 1/2 tea sp
Chat masala powder -- 1/4 tea sp
Salt  --- 1 tea sp or according to your taste.
Oil  ---  1 tab sp (you can use olive oil for this)
Coriander leaves ---  1 tab sp chopped
Cumin seeds -- 1teasp
1.Soak chick peas in enough water for over night.
2. Heat 1 tab sp oil add cumin seeds fry for a while then add chopped onions fry till onion becomes soft.
3. Now add chopped tomato, chopped ginger, chopped garlic give a good stir.
4. Then add salt to taste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder give a good stir and cook till tomato turns in to soft.
5. Then add soaked channa,potato cubes,half chopped coriander leaves, 1/2 cup water mix well cover and cook till chick peas become soft.
If you would like to do this process in a pressure cooker then do the all process in a pressure pan after you add channa cover and cook till two whistles.
6. Check if the chick peas are cooked then add chat masala, remaining coriander leaves mix well
Switch off the heat  and serve hot with puri or naan or with pav bread...
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