Saturday, 29 October 2011


                                                                  Bhindi Bhaji

1 pound okra
2 medium onions, chopped
1/4 tsp garlic paste or powder
1/4 tsp coriander paste or powder
1/8 tsp cumin
3 large tomatoes
2 tsp oil
1/2 cup chopped cilantro

How to make bhindi dopiaza :

  • Cut the tip and the very bottom from the okra just to clean it, but do not slice.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add all ingredients except okra, tomato and cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes. Add okra, then cook for 6 to 8 minutes. Garnish with tomato and cilantro.
  • Serve the bhindi bhaji with rice, naan or pita bread.

                                                                     Ghiye Ke Kofte

For the kofte:

4 cups (500 gms) Ghiya or Lauki (bottlegourd), peeled and grated
1/2 tsp Ginger paste
1/2 tsp Sendha namak (rock salt)
1/2 tsp Kali mirch, pissi (black pepper powder)
2 tbsp Singhare ka atta (waterchestnut flour)
Oil for deep-frying
For the gravy:
2 tbsp Ghee (clarified butter)
1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)
1 tsp Ginger, finely chopped
1/4cup (50 gms) Dahi (yogurt), beaten smooth
1/4 cup Khus-khus (poppy seeds) soaked in milk for 1/2 hour
1 1/2 tsp Dhania (coriander) powder
1 1/2 tsp Sendha namak (rock salt)
1/4 tsp Chilli powder
Hara dhania (green coriander), chopped for garnishing

How to make lauki ke kofte:

  • Squeeze water out of the ghiya; mix in salt, ginger and black pepper. Sauté over high flame, to dry up excess liquid and leave to cool.
  • Add singhare ka atta, mix well and shape into walnut sized balls.
  • Deep-fry koftas to a golden brown over high flame and keep aside.
  • Heat ghee; add jeera followed by ginger and sauté to a light brown.
  • Grind the khus-khus into a paste. Add dhania powder, salt and chilli powder and sauté till oil separates.
  • Add 2-3 cups water and bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 minutes. Add koftas and dahi, simmer for another 2 minutes, and serve hot. Garnish the lauki ke kofte with hara dhania.

                                                             Hara Chana Masala

1.4 kg Hara Chana
50ml oil
4gm ginger and green chilly, chopped
1gm asafoetida
10gm cloves
10gm bay leaf
10gm salt
3gm sugar
Lemon juice
5gm garam masala powder
5 gm chopped coriander


  • Heat oil, add cumin, cloves, bay leaf, chopped ginger, green chilli, and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add hara channa and cook until done.
  • Add lemon juice, chopped coriander and garam masala powder.
  • Garnish the hara chana masala with chopped corriander and serve hot.

Malai Kofta
For the Kofta:
1 1/2 lb. potatoes
2 heaped tbsp each of crumbled paneer,
khoya and thick malai(You can substitute this with baked ricotta cheese and heavy cream)
4-5 cashewnuts chopped
1 tbsp raisins
2-3 finely chopped green chillies
1/4 tsp sugar
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp red-chilli powder
1/2 tsp cardammom powder
Salt To Taste
3 tbsp cooking oil/ghee(clarified butter)
Oil for frying the koftas
For the gravy:
2 medium onions,chopped
3 flakes garlic,crushed
1 inch ginger,crushed
3 large tomatoes,pureed
1 tsp red-chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp dhania(corainder) powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp powdered poppy seeds
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp ground peanuts/cashewnuts

How to make malai koftha :

  • Boil the potatoes till tender.
  • Peel, mash and add salt to taste.
  • Keep aside.
  • Mix all the other ingredients for the kofta into a paste.
  • Make rounds of the potato dough and place a little of the prepared mixture in the center of each round.
  • Seal the edges and shape into stuffed rounds. Deep fry each kofta till golden brown. Drain and keep aside.
  • Blend together the onions, ginger, garlic and the poppy seeds and fry in 3 tbsp of oil till brown and the oil begins to seperate.
  • Add the pureed tomatoes and the masala powders.
  • Add the sugar and the ground peanuts.
  • The gravy will begin to thicken.
  • You can also add some malai to thicken it some more.
  • Mix in some water if necessary.
  • When the gravy comes to a boil, add the koftas.
  • Heat through and serve the malai kofta.
  • Note: In this malai kofta receipe , the koftas should be put in just before eating the dish or else they will turn soggy.

                                                              Sindhi Kadhi

oil- 5 tblsp
asafoetida (hing) a pinch
green chillies - to taste
cumin seeds - 1 tsp
fenugreek seeds (methi) - 1 tsp
gram flour (besan / chane ka atta) - 6 tblsp
coriander/cumin powder- 1 tsp
turmeric powder (hadli)- a pinch
mixed vegetables (carrots, ladyfinger, brinjal, drumsticks, bottle gourd)- 2 cups/200 gms
tamarind (imli) pulp - 2 tblsp
salt (namak) - to taste
coriander leaves (dhania patta) - 2-3 sprigs

How to make sindhi kadhi :

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Add asafoetida and after a few seconds, add the chopped chillies, cumin and fenugreek seeds.
  • Allow them to stop spluttering, then add the gram flour, stirring continuously.
  • Fry it, till the flour becomes brown in colour and aromatic.
  • Add around 5-6 cups (1 lt.) of water, stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps.
  • Cook on a simmering flame for at least 15- 20 minutes and then, bring it to a boil.
  • Stir in the vegetables and the spices.
  • Add the tamarind pulp and cook further, till the vegetables become tender.
  • Add the salt and garnish with chopped coriander.

                                                 Navratan Korma

Ingredients for navrattan korma :
3 cups - Boiled vegetables (9 varieties-potatoes, carrots, green peas, french beans, cauliflower, capsicum, cabbage, bottle gourd, cluster beans)
150gms - Grated paneer
3 - Tomatoes
2 - Grated onions
1 1/2 tsp -Ginger paste
1 1/2 tsp - Garlic paste
Salt To Taste
1 tsp - Turmeric Powder
1 1/2 tsp - Red chilli powder
1 tsp - Coriander powder
2 tsp - Garam Masala Powder
2 tbsp - Cream
6 tbsp - Vegetable oil
1 tbsp - Ghee
1 cup - Milk / water
1/4 cup - Dry fruits (cashew nuts, raisins)
Coriander leaves for decoration

How to make navrattan korma :

  • Boil tomatoes till tender. Allow them to cool. Then peel off the tomato skin to make puree. Readymade tomato puree can also be used.
  • Take 1 tbsp ghee and slightly fry the dry fruits for about 1 min on medium heat.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Fry onions and ginger-garlic paste till golden brown.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  • Next add tomato puree and dry fruits. Stir well and cook the mixture for 4 minutes. Ensure that the mixture doesn't stick to bottom of pan.
  • Add milk (use water alternatively). Bring it to boil. Reduce the heat and cook until the gravy becomes thick.
  • Add paneer to the gravy and stir well.
  • Finally add all the vegetables to the above gravy and cook for 5-7 minutes.
  • Serve the navratan korma hot. Put cream and chopped coriander leaves on the navaratna korma decorate

                                                    Stuffed Tomato

5-6 medium size Tomatoes / Tamatar
100-150gms Paneer grated or mashed
1 Onion finely chopped
Finely chopped Coriander leaves
2 Green chili (finely chopped)
Salt, Red chili powder to taste.
Gram Masala to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp grated cheese
1 tbsp oil

How to make bharwan tamatar:

  • Wash the tomatoes and set dry.
  • Cut the top of tomato (tamatar ) like a cap. Gently scoop out the centers . Keep aside the scooped portion and chop the cut tops .
  • Heat oil in a kadhai add chopped onions and green chilies till tender.
  • Now add the pulp and chopped tomato and fry for a minute and all dry masalas and fry for a minute more.
  • Add paneer ,mix well and cock for a minute.
  • Fill tomatoes with the mixture.
  • Top with grated cheese and chopped coriander.
  • Place tomatoes in a cooker container . put little butter and pressure cook for one whistle. (or you can also bake it in a hot oven at 200 degree c for 20 minutes.
  • Serve the stuffed paneer tomato hot.

                                                                 Vegetable Curry

1/2 medium-sized (100g/4oz) aubergine (eggplant) cut into 2cm x 1cm/¾in x 1/2 in sticks
2 small carrots (100g/4oz), peeled and cut into 2cm x 1cm/¾in x 1/2 in sticks
100g/4oz/1 cup peas
100g/4oz/1 cup French beans, cut into 2.5cm/1in pieces
1 medium-sized potato (100g/4oz), peeled and cut into 2cm x 1cm/¾in x 1/2 in sticks
50g/2oz/ 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
4 fresh hot green chillies
2 tbsp white poppy seeds
1 1/4 tsp salt
3 medium-sized tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tbsp natural plain yogurt
1 tsp garam masala
2 tbsp chopped, fresh green coriander

How to make vegetarian curry:

  • Place the aubergine (eggplant), carrots, peas, French beans and potato in a medium-sized saucepan. Add 250ml/8fl oz/1 cup water. Bring to the boil. Cover, turn the heat to medium and cook for 4 minutes or until the vegeatbles are just tender.
  • Meanwhile put the coconut, chillies, poppy seeds and salt in the container of an electric blender. Add 150ml/5fl oz water and grind to a fine paste. Set aside.
  • When the vegetables are cooked, add the spice paste and another 150ml/5fl oz water. Stir and simmer gently for 5 minutes. Now add the tomatoes, the yogurt and the garam masala. Stir gently to mix well. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 2-3 minutes. Turn into

                                                       Makhani Arbi Masala

Arbi (medium size) - 250 gms
Besan (gram flour) - 2 tblsp
Oil (tel) (tel) - 3 tblsp
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp
Onion (pyaj) (chopped)- one
Green chilli (slit) (deseeded and chopped)- one
Red chilli (lal mirch) powder - 1/2 tblsp
Chopped coriander - 1 tblsp
Salt (namak) - 1/2 tsp or to taste
Lemon juice - 1/2 tblsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp

Makhani Gray :

Tomatoes (tamatar) (chopped roughly) - 250 gms
Ginger (adrak) paste - 1/2 tsp
Garlic (lasan) paste - 1/2 tsp
Green chilli - one
Red chilli (lal mirch) powder - 1/2 tsp
Laung (cloves)- 2
Choti elaichi (green cardamom)- one
Salt to taste
Butter - 2 tblsp
Honey- 1 tsp
Kasoori methi - 1 tblsp

How to make makhani arvi masala :

  • Pressure cook the whole arbi with three cups of water to give one whistle.
  • Keep on low flame for 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from fire. Cool and drain.
  • To prepare makhani gray, put tomatoes in a bandi, add one cup of water, ginger and garlic paste, green chilli, red chilli powder, laung and chot elaichi.
  • Boil. Cover and cook on low heat till it is reduced to a saucy consistency.
  • Remove from fire.
  • Blend in a mixer.
  • Strain into a clean pan.
  • Add butter. Stir in honey.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Keep on fire.
  • Boil. Simmer on low flame for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add kasoori methi and remove from fire.
  • Keep the makhani gray aside.
  • Peel and flatten each piece or arbi.
  • Sprinkle some salt and red chilli powder on it.
  • Sprinkle dry besan.
  • Overturn the pieces and sprinkle salt, red chilli and besan on the other side too.
  • mix, so as to coat lightly.
  • Heat oil on a large tawa, add half the arbi and sauté over medium heat till golden.
  • Shift the fried arbi from the center to the sides (periphery) of the tawa.
  • Add the rest of the arbi, fry and shift to the sides.
  • In the same oil, add ajwain, when it turns golden, add chopped onions, grated ginger and green chilli and sauté for three minutes.
  • Add 1/2 tsp salt.
  • Return the arbi to the center, add red chillies and half of the coriander.
  • Fry for a minute.
  • Add the prepared makhani gray and fry until the arbi is coated with the gravy.
  • Adjust seasoning.
  • Sprinkle lemon juice, garam masala and the remaining coriander.
  • Stir and serve immediately.

                                                              Pindi Chana

1 cup chickpeas ( kabuli chana)
1 tea bag or 1 tbsp black tea leaves tied in a cheesecloth
21/2-inch ginger, 3/4th of it shredded finely for garnish
2-3 tbsp oil
2 onions chopped
2 tsp garlic, finely crushed
2 green chilies, sliced
3 medium sized tomatoes, chopped
2 tsp ground coriander
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 - 1tsp red chili powder or as per taste
Salt To Taste
1/2 tsp garam masala
finely chopped coriander leaves

How to make pindi chole:

  • Soak Chole in water overnight or for about 6 hr.
  • Cook the chole with salt and enough water in the cooker for about 20 minutes or till fully done.
  • Drain, reserving 1 cup of cooking liquid.
  • Finely chop the remaining ginger. Heat oil and sauté onions till golden, then add garlic and chopped ginger and green chilies. Sauté for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, coriander, cumin, turmeric and chili powder and sauté over low heat until the oil separates.
  • Add chole, the reserved cooking liquid, salt and half of the coriander leaves. Simmer, uncovered until the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add a pinch of garam masala and serve pindi chana sprinkled with the remaining garam masala, coriander leaves and shredded ginger.

                                                       Stuffed Bhindi

Ingredients for stuffed bhindi:
1 pound Okra (Bhindi), washed and dried
3 tbsp - oil
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 medium sized onion, chopped
2 green chilies, seeded and chopped
3/4-inch ginger, finely chopped
A pinch of Asafetida powder
1 tomato chopped
Stuffing :
3 tsp coriander powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp ground fennel (saunf)
2 tsp dried mango powder (amchur)
1/2tsp chili powder or to taste
Salt To Taste

Preparation of stuffed okra:

  • Cut the stalk of each okra and make lengthwise slit.
  • Combine stuffing ingredients and mix well. Stuff each okra with the mixture.
  • Sauté cumin with the little oil until it starts to crackle.
  • Add onions, green chilies and ginger. Sauté till onion turns transparent, then put in asafetida and cook for a few seconds.
  • Add tomato and cook until it turns pulpy.
  • Add the okra and cook for 5 minutes until tender and well coated with the sauce (masala).
  • Serve stuffed bhindi hot with chapati, paratha or rice.

                                                            Stuffed Capsicum

5-6 Capsicum (simlamirch)
2 boiled potatoes
2 tbsp boiled green peas
1 Onion finely chopped
1/4th tsp turmeric powder
Red chili powder to taste
1/4th tsp Garam masala
1/4th tsp Dry mango powder (amchur)
Salt To Taste
Oil/ghee for frying


  • Wash the capsicum and boil them whole till they are tender (not too much), drain water and keep aside to cool.
  • Mash the boiled potatoes.
  • Now in a pan heat 2-tbsp oil/ghee and add chopped onion and fry till it turns golden brown.
  • Now add all spices, mashed potatoes and peas and fry for few moments.
  • With a sharp knife cut the stem of the capsicum and take out seeds from the top gently and add the stuffing in it.
  • Now take oil/ghee in a kadhai and fry the stuffed capsicums on all sides.
  • Garnish the bharawan capsicum with grated paneer, chopped coriander leaves and thinly sliced rings of tomato. Serve hot.

                                                           Rajma Rasmisa

rajma (kidney beans)- 200 gms
cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
onions ( pyaj) (medium-sized and chopped ) - 3 nos.
fresh tomato (tamatar) puree - 1 cup
ginger (adrak) paste - 1 tblsp
green chillies (chopped)- 3-4 nos.
cumin seeds powder (jeera powder) - 1 tsp
coriander powder (dhania powder) - 1/2 tsp
red chilli (lal mirch) powder -1 tsp
salt (namak) - to taste
oil (tel) - 2 tblsp
curd (dahi) - 1/4 cup
green coriander leaves (dhania patta) (chopped)- 2 tblsp

How to make rajma rasmisa :

  • Pick, wash and soak the rajma overnight.
  • Boil the soaked rajma till well cooked.
  • Heat oil, add cumin seeds.
  • When it crackles, add chopped onions.
  • Saute it till light golden brown in colour.
  • Add ginger paste and garlic paste and sauté it.
  • Add the tomato puree and sauté it.
  • Now add the green chillies, cumin seeds powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, curd and salt.
  • Cook the masala for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add the rajma, mix it well and add half a cup of water.
  • Cook it for another 15- 20 minutes.
  • Garnish with green coriander leaves.

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