Sunday, 28 July 2019

Simple Daily side Dishes - 2 Vangi-Batata Rassa Bhaji - Brinjal-Potato curry

Next is  series of simple daily side dishes is this  Vangi-Batata Rassa Bhaji which tastes great with bhakari, chapati or rice. If you prefer spicy food, you surely will like this. 

1. 6-8 small sized brinjals, cut into cubes. 
Keep the cut cubes in water to avoid blackening 
2. 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes. This also keep in water
3. 1 big onion finely chopped 
4. 2 medium tomatoes, finely chopped 
5. 1 tbsp garlic paste, or 5-6 garlic cloves chopped 
6. 1/2 tbsp mustard seeds
7. 2 tbsp red chili powder (add more if you prefer more spicy)
8.  1 tbsp goda masala or garam masala
9. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder 
10. 1/2 tbsp jaggery (optional)
11. Salt to taste 
12. 2 tbsp chopped coriander 
13. 4 tbsp oil

1. Heat oil and add mustard seeds 
2. Add chopped onion and fry till translucent 
3. Next drain and add brinjal cubes. Discard all water. Fry brinjal on medium heat, till it changes color 
4. Drain and add potato cubes 
5. Add garlic paste and continue to fry for 1-2 mins
5. Add all masala, except jaggery. Add  salt and mix well. Keep frying for few minutes till all vegetables are coated  well with masala
6. Add chopped tomatoes and mix well
7. Cover and cook well. Avoid adding any water. If too dry add 2-3 tbsp, cover and cook till brinjal and potatoes are soft
8. Add around 1/2 cup water, jaggery to the curry and bring it to boil. Add more water as needed. Curry should not be too watery 
9. Off the flame and add chopped coriander. Mix well

Serve Vangi-Batata rassa bhaji with chapati, bhakari or rice

Sunday, 21 July 2019

Simple daily side dishes-1 - Cabbage-potato-tomato subji

On a usual day, one does not look to cook exotic dishes with too many ingredients or restaurant like food. What most of our busy schedules ask for is a quick, yet balanced meal and dish that does not demand for too much of ingredients. On most working days, I prefer a quick meal of daal-rice, roti, subji served with some pickle or chutney. The major challenge with this humble meal is, the subji! What to make today? What's there in fridge? What's quick? Can all of family like it?
So many questions. Well challenges are unique to each household but at kitchenkatta,starting this week  I am going to give you some quick subji recipes that are perfect for daily meals and can be prepared with few usual ingredients.

First in the list is this simple cabbage-potato-tomato subji .
This subji is not spicy and is suitable for children's tiffin too.

1. 1 medium sized cabbage 
2. 2 medium sized potatoes 
3. 1 large tomato 
4. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder 
5. 1 tbsp red chili powder 
6. Salt to taste 
7. 1/2 tbsp sugar 
8. 3-4 tbsp oil 
9. 1/4 tbsp mustard seeds

1. Shredding cabbage is the key to this recipe. The thin cabbage strips will fry well on oil to give the crisp to the subji
Shred the cabbage and keep aside. 
2. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes
3. Cut tomato into small cubes 
4. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it
5. As the mustard cracks, add the shredded cabbage and potato cubes.
Mix well. Cover and cook till cabbage starts changing color. This will take 3-4 minutes on medium flame
6. Add tomato cubes, salt and cover and cook again till cabbage, potatoes and tomato are fully cooked
7. Lower the flame, add turmeric powder, chili powder, sugar and mix well
8. Keep stirring and cook for 2-3 minutes on high flame till the subji is fully dry
Tasty cabbage-potato-tomato subji is ready!

Do not use any water in cooking. Moisture in cabbage will help the cooking. Cook on low flame if it is turning dry to quick and keep stirring occasionally.
Serve the subji with Daal-rice or phulka.
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