Saturday, 31 March 2018

Panchmel Daal

Health and wealth both are built only slowly with small focused efforts at time. Isn't it? Eating healthy food has to be a routine, conscious effort and not a one day thing. Thorough out this blog you will find me resonating with this thought of consuming healthy with our everyday ingredients and today I bring one such humble, simple protein rich recipe. The idea is to include this panchmel daal which combines various varieties of daal, at least once in a week in your meals.

1. 1/2 cup tuwar daal
2. 1/4 cup yellow moong daal
3  3 tbsp chana daal
4. 3 tbsp masoor daal
5. 2 tbsp urad daal
6. One onion, finely chopped
7. 3-4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
8. 2 whole red chillies
9. 1 tbsp garam Masala
10. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
11. 2 tbsp red chilli powder
12. 1/2 tsp rai
13. 1/2 tsp jeera
14. 1/2 tsp hing
15. 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
16. 3 tbsp oil
17. Salt to taste

1. Wash all 5 daal together and keep aside for 10 mins
2. Pressure cook washed daals for 3 whistles
3. In a pan, heat oil, add rai, jeera, hing and whole red chillies and try it well. Add chopped onion and garlic and fry till it turns slightly brown
4. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and fry well 
5. Add cooked daal and salt. Mix well, add water to adjust consistency. Keep thick daal and not runny. 
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with parartha, phulka or rice. You can also add tadaka before serving.

Friday, 16 March 2018

Brinjal- green peas side dish (Vange vatanyachi bhaji)

Brinjal and green peas curry with sweetish taste of green peas makes this curry very satisfying. As always this is easy and quick recipe. Though I discovered it accidentally when running short of veggies, it turned out to be a a great combination and now one of our favorite side dish.


1. Round 6-7 medium sized brinjal
2. 1/2 cup Fresh green peas
3. 1 tbsp red chilli powder
4. 1 and half tbsp Garam Masala
5. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
6. Salt to taste
7. 1/2 tablespoon sugar
8. 3-4 tbsp oil
9. 1/4 tsp rai
10. pinch of hing
11. 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped

1. Wash the brinjal and remove the stem part and give 2 cut such as to  make 4 petals in brinjal. Do not separate the pieces
2. Mix turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and sugar and keep aside
3. Heat oil and add Rai. As it crackles add hing.
4. Add brinjal to hot oil and let them fry. As the brinjal turn slightly brown on all sides, add green peas. Try for another two three minutes and add the mix masala.
5. Add water such that brinjals are covered, cover and cook still brinjal are soft and water reduces to almost half
6. Garnish with coriander.
Serve with paratha, phulka or daal-rice. 

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Instant Tomato Pickle

Simple and tasty this Tomato pickle is quick to make and adds a tang to the meal. I loved making this as it need a very few ingredients and yet helps satisfy my pickle love!


1. 7-8 medium tomatoes (around 1/2 kg)
2. 1/2 cup oil
3. 1/2 tbsp rai
4. 1/2 tbsp methi seeds
5. 6-7 cloves of garlic
6. 3-4 dry red chillies
7. 1 inch ball size tamarind
8. 4 tbsp Achar Masala of any brand( one used for mango pickle)
9. Salt to taste


1. Wash, dry and cut tomatoes in pieces. Clean and cut garlic cloves in small pieces
2. Heat 2 tbsp oil, add tomatoes and tamarind to it and keep cooking till tomatoes are cooked and soft. Add salt to tomatoes while cooking. Keep stirring occasionally while cooking. Do not cover
3. Cool the cooked tomatoes to room temperature and run though blender to smooth paste
4. Heat another 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan and add rai as it crackles, add methi seeds and chopped garlic. Cook it for 1-2 mins still it starts giving aroma
5. Add the cooked tomatoes, tamarind paste to it and mix well. Add the Achar Masala and mix well. Cook till oil starts separating. Turn off the heat and let it cool
6. Heat remaining oil and add dry red chillies and it tampers turn off heat. Cool this oil to room temperature. Mix the oil and red chillies with the cooled tomato pickle
Store the ready pickle in clean dry glass jar. As this is not fermented pickle, prefer to store it in the fridge and small portion outside for daily use.

Enjoy tangy tomato pickle with hot parathas of daal-rice.

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