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Green Beans with Chana Daal Palya/Sabji

I have learnt this palya from my Mother-in-Law who cooks amazing food as her main ingredient is love. She usually adds different peas or beans like black-eye or shelled beans of broad, round or curved green beans. Here I will use chana daal instead of the above.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups diced green beans
  • ~ 3 to 4 tbsp chana daal – wash and soak in hot water for 15 min
  • 4 to 5 Thai green chilies – slit in halves
  • 3 to 4 curry leaves – julienne cut
  • fresh blend of 1/2″ ginger and 1/4″ turmeric – use small food processor
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated coconut or frozen
  • 1/2 lemon – juice
  • 3 tbsp cilantro – mince
  • ~ 4 tbsp water

Seasoning:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp urad daal
  • 1/3 tsp asafoetida powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • ~ 1 1/4 tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 tsp palya powder (optional – should be added after the beans are cooked)

PREPARATION:

  • Temper mustard and urad, then add asafoetida, green chilies, curry leaves and fresh blend for ~ a min.
  • Reduce heat and add soaked chana daal.
  • Saute for ~ 3 min before adding the green beans.
  • Add water and turmeric – stir and cook for ~ 12 min on medium.
  • Add salt after 6 min of cooking.
  • Cross cover the lid and stir in between to retain the green color of the beans.
  • When the beans are soft and tender add coconut and lemon juice – stir.
  • Turn of heat and garnish with cilantro.
  • Enjoy with flat bread or rice.

*Note:

  • Sprinkle coconut to individual serving for those who like it rather than adding it in the whole dish!

Palak Paneer (Spinach + Cheese)

My neice Prerna Dubey always talks about Paneer as her all time favorite food. When Prerna was a kid, her mom would try to get her to smile for the camera.  The only attempt that would work is if her mom asks her “tell me your favorite food?” Then Prerna would give a big smile and say PANEER! The pictures turned out beautiful.

Palak paneer is a favorite of children and adults alike – a good source of protein and iron! My mom also prepared palak paneer often for all her active kids. This recipe is for all you paneer lovers.

Party quantity (for ~ 30 with other items)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2.5 lb ( 1.1 kg) spinach – microwave uncovered (to retain it’s green color) for 4 min in 3 batches and blend finely or coarsely as desired
  • 30 oz (800 g) paneer – rectangular or cube cut (1″) – lightly brush skillet with oil and sear on both sides on medium low heat
  • 1/4 to 1 cup cream or 2 tbsp sour cream – if richness is desired (I used 2 tbsp of low fat Greek yogurt/strained yogurt)
  • 1 1/2 large tomato or 4 Roma tomatoes or use 1 can cut tomatoes (14 oz) – chop
  • 1 3/4 large white onion – chop
  • ~ 1/2 cup water to help blend mixture (eye ball it)

Fresh Blend:

  • 1 jalapeno, 2 Thai green chile, 2″ ginger piece, 4 garlic cloves and 1/2″ fresh turmeric piece, 1/4 bunch cilantro – chop and food process

Seasoning/Masala:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chile powder or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp allspice powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp broken cashews
  • ~ 3 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) or 1/4 bunch of fresh fenugreek leaves or a little of both  – make powder by rubbing between the palms of your hands

PREPARATION:

  • Temper cumin in oil and butter – reduce heat add onions, ~1/3 tbsp of salt and fresh blend until translucent.
  • Add the rest of the seasoning list and saute for few min.
  • Then add tomatoes and cook until soft. Mix in the yogurt and add half of the blended spinach for few min.
  • Turn off heat and cool it to blend.
  • Mix the rest of the blended spinach with the seasoned spinach – bring it to simmer on medium low. Add  paneer and cook for few minutes more.
  • Lastly taste and adjust salt, etc.
  • Serve hot with rice, naan, pita or your favorite flat bread.

***Palak /Spinach can be used as a dip by adding sour cream or any soft cheese shown on the right for paneer, pita, bread, veggies, etc.

Potato Yogurt Soupy Curry (Matah Ke Aaloo)

Enjoy this comfort food.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 Russet potatoes – pierce, microwave for 8 – 10 min, peel and  cut small cubes
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro – mince
  • 1 stem curry leaves – ribbon cut or use as whole
  • 4 cups water

Fresh blend:

  • Blend in a small food processor 1 large piece ginger, 1/4″ piece of fresh turmeric, 1 green chile and 1 garlic clove – peel skin and chop so that it blends nicely

Seasoning:

  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp whole black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp asafoetida/hing
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chile powder or to taste
  • 1 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp rasam powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

PREPARATION:

  • Temper cumin, black pepper, curry leaves and asafoetida in hot oil, reduce heat and add fresh blend.
  • (One way to temper without burning the seasoning is to heat oil and then turn off and immediately put all that is require to bloom. Turn back on the heat to low and increase accordingly.)
  • Then add and saute the rest of the seasoning (except garam masala) and the potatoes for 3 min. Cook on low to sear the potatoes, then increase heat and add 2 cups of water. When it starts to form a thick mushy consistency reduce heat and add yogurt. Stir for few min and add the rest of the water and garam masala. Simmer to a boil.
  • It tends to thicken, so add water, Bulgarian buttermilk and salt accordingly.
  • Garnish with lots of cilantro.
  • Enjoy with puris, toasted sour dough bread, naan, flat, pita bread, etc.

*NOTE:

  • Fingerling potatoes lightly scraped, boiled and broken with hand are also made using this recipe. Only the liquid is more clearer and not so heavy.

Toor Daal, White Bean and Spinach Soup

This soup goes by it self without bread or rice. I usually top it  with a scoop of cottage cheese.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup Toor Daal
  • 1 can washed white bean or 1/2 cup soaked white beans overnight
  • 1 can cut tomatoes coarsely blended
  • 1/3 to 1/2  Costco spinach chopped
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

BLENDED SPICES:

  • 1/3 tsp cumin, 2 or 3 whole dried red chile, 1/4  tsp whole black pepper, 1 small stick of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp chana daal, 1/2 tsp urad daal, 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds, 1 tsp coriander seeds  and 1 stem curry leaves.
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3/4 tbsp tamarind pulp or 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds and 1/4 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 clove minced garlic optional

PREPARATION:

Cook  toor daal and soaked beans in 4 cups of water in pressure cooker until soft. Add  tomatoes, spinach, tomato paste, turmeric, salt and the blended mix. Simmer for 10 to 15 min on medium heat.

Blended mix-

Heat 1 1/2 tbsp of oil on medium heat add cumin, chana, urad, black pepper, red chile,coriander, cinnamon,  fenugreek and curry leaves until golden. Do not burn! Cool and blend with coconut milk, tamarind pulp and 1/8 tsp raw mustard seeds.

Add water if required to make a medium consistency. Lastly, temper  mustard and asafoetida (hing)  in 1 tsp of clarified butter and mix it in the thick soup.

Chatpata Aloo Paratha (Potato)

Aloo Paratha is one of the most popular dishes made in North and central India. It is a paratha stuffed with potatoes which is cooked on a hot skillet and smothered with ghee (butter) if you feel like you could use the extra calories (an excellent choice for all the ravenous pregnant women). Ready for a quick hot meal that goes excellent with yogurt and Indian pickles?

Ingredients:

4 large Idaho, Russet or Yukon yellow potatoes – pierce and microwave for ~ 20 min or boil in water. Don’t overcook. Grate the potatoes so no lumps are there.

Fresh blend–1 big piece ginger ~ 2″ to 3″, 1 small piece turmeric ~ 1/2″  to 1″, 4 to 5 red and green Thai chile, 1 medium size red onion, 1 bunch cilantro –  coarse chop and place in the food processor except onion until last and use pulse button.

Masala:

  • 1/2  tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/3 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp MTR garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp pomegranate powder or mango powder (aamchur) or both
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp sambar powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt–salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder optional

Preparation for filling:

Add all the masala and fresh blend in the grated potatoes. Mix and make large size balls.

Preparation for dough:

4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/4 tsp salt,  pinch of asafoetida and 1/8 tsp red pepper powder–make soft dough by adding water little at a time so it is easy to spread. It’s okay to over work the dough. Cover with a towel for 10 minutes before making the parathas.

Oil hands and make a small ball – flatten and roll. Oil it, put potato ball on top, cover and close dough. Use all purpose flour to spread the paratha thin or thick and remove extra flour before shallow frying on both sides. Your choice to make it soft or crispy. My family gives their request a day before.  Enjoy with pickles, mint yogurt, and chutneys or even melted grated Mexican cheese blend.

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