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Ghugni Peas


Dry white peas - 1cup
Ginger paste - 11/2 tbsp
garlic pods(crushed)- 4
green chillies - 4
cinnamon - 1 small stick
cardamom - 2 pods
bay leaf - 1
cumin seeds - 1tsp
onions - 2
tomatoes- 2
tamarind paste - 1tsp
chili powder-1tsp
garam masala powder -2 tsp
coriander leaves - a few to sprinkle on top
coconut scrapings - 2 tbsp
oil - 2tbsp
salt to taste

Soak dry peas overnight. In the morning pressure cook it on sim for
half an hour. Take a heavy bottomed vessel, add oil, splutter cumin
seeds,then add cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf fry for a few
seconds. Then add garlic, ginger, green chillies, fry for a minute and
then add onions and fry. After the onions turn pink add the tomatoes
and tamarind paste and saute for a minute.when the tomatoes turn soft
and pulpy add chili powder and garam masala powder and salt. Also add
the cooked dry peas and coconut shreds and simmer for five
minutes. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with rice or

Chicken Do Pyaza

Cut the boneless chicken in small pieces and boil them in a pressure
cooker for 3-4 whistles add little ginger while boiling the chicken in
the pressure cooker for the smell. Cut onions (number depends on the
amount of chicken, onion is needed more in this preparation) in thin
lengthwise pieces and ginger and garlic in absolute small pieces. Fry
the cut onions till golden brown then add ginger and garlic fry it for
sometime. After frying them properly add soya sauce (needed more
comparatively), chili sauce tomato sauce (needed less
comparatively) and a little vinegar. Fry this mixture for another 3-4
min and then add the boiled chicken and fry the whole for around 15-20
mins until the chicken has taken in the taste, and it is ready. You can
garnish it with boiled egg.

Sweets Prepared in a Microwave Oven Mithai

Take a can of milkmaid (small) 8 ounce of milk powder and 1 stick of
butter. Pour these in a microwavable container and microwave it for 2
mins. Take it out of the microwave and stir this mixture with a spoon
to mix everything properly and again microwave it for 5 mins. Take out
the container and let it stand for 4-5 mins. If you want to mix grind
pesta (pistachios) or almonds you can mix it with the mixture. You can
just cut slices or make laddus (balls) out of it.

Poor Mans Pilau


2 medium potatoes peeled, diced, washed, deep fried and kept aside
1 small onion sliced finely
2 medium tomatoes sliced finely
2 cups basmati rice washed and kept aside
250gms diced chicken
half cup frozen peas
half tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp minced ginger
chili (minced or powder) to taste
3 cloves
3 green cardamons
half inch cinnamon stick
4 whole black pepper.
1 bay leaf
salt to taste
Sprig of fresh coriander chopped finely.
3 tbsp clarified butter(ghee).
4 cups water


Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan. Add sliced onion, bay leaf, cloves,
cardamom, cinnamon stick and pepper. Fry till onion is soft and
brown. Add turmeric, salt, garlic, ginger and chilly and and two
tablespoons of water. Stir well and fry till spice is golden and
separates from oil. Add sliced tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are
mashed and water has dried up. Add diced chicken and fry well. Cover
and let cook in own juices for ten minutes. Add peas, mix well and
cook for further five minutes. Now add rice and mix well with
chicken, peas and spices. Add water. Let simmer on a low flame
stirring occasionally so that rice does not stick to bottom of pan.
Cook rice till water dries up but do not add any additional water.
When water in rice has evaporated and rice is cooked garnish with
fried potatoes and coriander. Remove pan from fire and keep covered
for 15 minutes so that rice cooks in its own steam. Serve with a

Chingrir Malaikari

Chingrir MalaiKari tastes pretty good using canned coconut milk and
simmered almost to dryness. Here is a quick way to make it, I think,
for eating during the weeknights, after coming from work. It is good
during Summertime, served on hot rice and a small Indian style salad
on the side.

2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup thinly sliced onion
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed ginger
2 sliced green serrano Chili
1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
1 lb Shrimp (approx 30 ct), shelled and deveined
1.5 Cup of coconut milk (canned)
Salt to taste
Fresh Cilantro to garnish

Fry sliced onions in hot oil till they are golden and transparent. Add
ginger and garlic and Chili and fry for 3 more minutes. Add sliced
tomato and continue frying till mixture becomes like a paste. Add salt
to taste and Coconut milk and simmer for a few minutes till mixture
becomes thick. In a separate pan, using a little oil, fry the shrimp
till they are pink on the outside. Add the shrimp to the coconut gravy
and simmer covered for 10 minutes or till shrimps are cooked. Garnish
with fresh Cilantro and green Chili. Serve immediately.

*Note- "A taste of Thai" coconut milk works out well with this recipe.
However you can change to other brands of coconut milk, and the taste
may vary slightly.

Enchorer Dalna


1 medium jackfriut (raw)
2 medium potatoes
2 bay leaves
whole cumin seeds
cumin powder, coriander powder, chili powder
garam masala
cooking oil
salt and sugar to taste

Method: Cut the jackfriut and potatoes into small pieces. Boil
the jackfriut pieces in salt water till they become soft (they
should not be too soft). Put oil in a skillet over medium
heat. When the oil becomes hot, put a teaspoonful of whole cumin
seeds and bay leaves as phoron. When the cumin seeds begin to pop,
put the potatoes and add salt. Fry them till they turn golden
brown. Put 2 teaspoonfuls of cumin and coriander powder and a
spoonful of chili powder and sugar. Add the boiled jackfriut
pieces now and fry till the spices and the vegetables are cooked
properly. Add water and bring it to boil. When the gravy attains
the desired consistency, add garam masala and ghee for the right

Enchorer Chop


1 medium raw jackfriut peeled and cut into pieces
2 or 3 large potatoes
Ginger 4 inch piece
2 medium Onions
Spices (Cumin, coriander, chili powder, garam masala)
Cooking Oil
Salt and sugar to taste

Method: Cut the potatoes into halves. Boil the jackfriut and
potatoes till they are cooked. Mash the jackfriut and keep it
aside. Make a paste with the onions and ginger. Put oil in the
skillet over medium heat and fry the onion-ginger paste till the
oil separates. Add cumin-coriander-chili powder, garam masala,
salt and little bit of sugar and fry the mixture for
sometime. Add the mashed jackfriut and fry the mixture till the
water dries up. Keep this mixture aside. Now mash the potatoes
and divide them equally and roll them into balls like how you
would do while making chops. Put the jackfriut mixture into each
of these balls and shape them like chops. Now dip them in beaten
egg, roll in breadcrumbs and deep fry till golden brown. Serve
hot with ketchup.

Aloo Chat

For 4 Persons


Potato(3 big ones or 5 small ones)
Cucumber 1
Onion 1/2
Tomato 1
Peanuts (a handful)
'Jhuribhaja' (optional)
Tamarind pulp (1 teaspoon)
Black Salt (according to taste)
Chat Masala or 'Bhaja moshla r guNro'
Green chillies 4

Boil the potatoes, let it cool and then cut it into small pieces. Put
it aside. Chop the cucumber, onion, green chillies, tomato into very
small pieces. Take a tsp of tamarind pulp in a cup and add some water
with it, add the black salt and stir till it is complete
dissolved. Add this to the mixture of cucumber, onions tomatoes and
chillies. Add the potatoes now and sprinkle the Masala. Mix it lightly
with the peanuts. Garnish with cilantro and 'Jhuribhaja'.

Nirjhonjhat Chicken

To make Nirjhonjhat Chicken:
Cut chicken into small pieces (around two inches). Marinate with tomato
ketchup, chili sauce, mustard, mayonnaise, vegetable oil, salt. Set
aside for 3 -- 3.5 hours. Bake at 300 -- 350 degrees F for around 1 and
half hours or till chicken is done.

1. The mustard is the one commonly used to make sandwiches.
2. The chicken is to be baked in a baking dish, uncovered. It is to be
baked in the oven that is commonly used in every household. The one that
comes with the gas burners on top of it.
3. This chicken can be served with rice.

Kawliflower Shrimp

There are days when you don't feel like cooking, yet feel like eating
a home made dinner. On those days, consider cooking KAL FLOWER
SHRIMP. If you have the raw materials ready, you can cook within 1/2

With Rice or "Chapati/Puri", this is a delicious but complete meal !
You may have this dish on a holiday morning at breakfast.

Raw Materials:

1 medium/large Cauliflower - chop to 1-1/2" pieces.
1 lb package of frozen cocktail Shrimp - (any raw shrimp will do).
2-3 Potatoes - chop to 1" sized pieces.
1 medium Onion - chop to small pieces.
1 large Tomato - chop to small pieces.
1/3 cup of Vegetable Oil.
1/2 cup water (optional - only if you prefer a little gravy)
1/2 tea spoon of red chilli powder (optional - for hot taste)
2 tea spoon of Salt.
1 tea spoon of Sugar.
1 tea spoon of powdered Cumin (Jira).
3/4 tea spoon of Turmeric powder (Halud).
1 tea spoon of powdered black pepper (Gol morich).


1. Take the Cauliflower & Potato pieces in a plastic/glass container
with a cover and put in microwave for 5-6 mins at high heat.

2. Take a large non-stick pan and use medium heat to fry the onion
till it is soft, then add shrimp, and fry till the shrimp changes
color and shape. Add the chopped tomato and stir. Tomato should
provide moisture. If you prefer to see a little gravy, now is the time
to add 1/2 water. Add chili if you want hot taste.

3. Add all the spices, and micro-waved cauliflower + potato and stir
to mix up everything.

4. Put a cover to this pan and cook at a low heat for 5-6 mins or
till the cauliflower & potatoes appear to be soft.

5. Turn off the heat. Done. From start to end, it takes less than
30 mins - the secret is to fry the onion, shrimp & tomato while using
microwave for cowliflower & potato.

Recipe for Masala Dosa and Sambhar



Rice (lakshmi long grain,jasmine rice) 1 cup
Urad dhaal 3/4 cup
salt 1.5tsp.
cooking oil


Soak rice and urad dhaal in seperate vessels - (overnight) -
6-8hrs. (outside fridge). Grind uraad dhaal in mixie until you get a
fine paste. Take the paste into a vessel.

Next grind the rice into a fine paste (you can add water). Add a lump
of cooked rice. Grind that also.

Now, pour the paste into the vessel which has urad daal paste. Add
salt. Mix the batter as much as possible with your hand.

Make sure that the paste is upto half the vessel. Then in a preheated
oven (set to warm) warm it up for 3 minutes and switch it off. Leave
it in the oven overnight.

Now you have fermented batter. take a little batter into a smaller
vessel and mix a little water until you get a good consistency. make
sure that the batter does not become very thin.

Take a pan, wait until it is heated, oil it (with very little oil
spread evenly). Take 2 big spoons of the batter and pour it in the
center and spread it slowly outwards (like making an omlette) until it
is thin and even......then pour a half teaspoon of oil around the
dosa. Wait for a few minutes until it is golden brown. Now carefully
turn the dosa upside down. Wait for a few your dosa is

Note: Sometimes it may help to cover the frypan with a lid while
cooking the dosa.

Potato Masala


Boiled Potatoes
Onions - chopped (1 big)
green chillies - 4 (finely chopped)
corriander leaves
Mustards and jeera seeds
Oil - 2tsp.


Pour oil, once the oil is heated add jeera and mustard seeds. Then add
onions and chillies and fry them until they are brown. Now add the
boiled potatoes (mash them and then add). Add salt to taste and a
little turmeric powder. Add very little water so that it is a little
soft/gravy. Now add the corriander leaves too and fry for a few
minutes an then it's done.

Sambhar Dhaal Tomatoes


Toor dhaal
Jeera and mustard seeds
any vegetables (usually okra, eggplant, carrot or drumstick)
Tamarind paste
Sambhar masala powder
Turmeric powder

Cook the dhaal in a pressure cooker and keep it aside.

Now in a vessel, add 3 tsps of oil. Add a few mustard or jeera
seeds. Now add the onions and fry until they are brown. Now add the
tomatoes. Add salt, turmeric powder and 2.5 tsps of sambhar powder.

Now add the tamarind paste and add water also. Add the vegetables and
allow to cook until the vegetables are cooked well. Allow it to boil
for 10-15 minutes. Now add the dhaal and mix well so that you get a
homogenous mixture. Allow it to boil for a few minutes. Check for salt
and chilli (whether hot enough).

Now you are done!!
Padma's mother sends her new recipes every day!
Here are some for you to try out.

Vegetable Charchari Recipe


Cauliflower Leaves (Stalks)
Cabbage Leaves (The ones which are on the outer side)
Mustard paste
Turmeric powder
Salt and sugar to taste.


Cut all the vegetables into longish strips. Put oil in a skillet over
medium heat. When the oil becomes hot, put a teaspoonful of
panch-phoron and dried red-chilli. When the seeds pops up, put all the
vegetables. Add some salt and simmer covered. Stir occasionally. When
the vegetables are half done, add mustard paste and half teaspoonful
of turmeric powder and a bit of sugar. Mix the spices thoroughly with
the vegetables and cook till the vegetables are fully cooked. You may
have to add very little water if needed but usually this should not
have any gravy. So keep stirring till all the water dries up. Serve
with rice and daal.

Lau Moong


Lauki(gourd) - 1Kg
Ghee - 1 tbs
Moong dal - 2tbs
Cummin seeds - 1teaspoon
Green chillies - 5
BayLeaf - 1 (make a paste along with cummin seeds)
Coconut grated (Optional) - 3teaspoon
Bayleaves - 2
Sugar to taste
Flour - 1tbs
Salt to taste
Red chilli - 1
Cummin seeds - quarter teaspoon
Fenugreek(Methi) - quarter teaspoon
Aniseeds(Mouri) - quarter teaspoon

Method :

Peel lauki and shred it finely. Roast the dal in a karhai and wash
it. Put 2 cups of hot water in a pan and boil the dal in it with a
little salt till it is half cooked. Then add the shreded lauki,
cummin-bayleaf paste, green chillies, bayleaves cut into 3/4 pieces,
sugar and salt and mix well. Stir from time to time.When the Lauki is
cooked and water dries, remove it from fire. Heat ghee in a karhai add
the seeds mixture, 1 red chilli. When it crackles, pour the cooked
lauki on it. Add the grated coconut. Mix the flour and stir well. Add
chopped coriander leaves and cook for a minute.

Kumror paat bhaaja Pumpkin Fried


Flour (Maida)
Baking Powder
Salt and sugar to taste


Cut a pumpkin into thin rectangular pieces and keep aside. Mix flour,
baking powder (about one spoon), kalajeera, salt, sugar and one
spoonful of oil and make a batter by adding some water to this
mixture. Dip the pumpkin pieces into this batter and fry them in low
heat till both sides become golden brown. Serve hot. This with arhaar
daal or chholaar daal is a terrific combination.

Tuna Machher Chop


Tuna fish cans,
Red chili powder,
Garam masala,
Coriander powder,
Oil for deep frying .


Boil potatoes, mash them and keep aside. Take small amount of oil in a
karahi, add onion, when it will become brown, add ginger and
garlic. Fry them for few minutes, add fish, again fry for few
minutes. Add seasonings in it, at last add the mashed potato. Stir it
nicely, check the taste, if you like hot then you can add couple of
cut green chillies. Make it into balls or flat balls or oval shape,
dip it into beaten egg and roll them in breadcrumbs. Deep fry them and
serve hot with tomato sauce.

Sorshe Diye Chingri Kumro

Shrimp & Butternut Squash with mustard seed paste.

Bharati Mitra

1. 1 lb medium shrimp shelled, deveined, washed in hot water and
marinated with a tsp each of turmeric powder, corn starch and salt.
2. 1 butternut squash (about 8" long and 6" diameter)
3. 2 medium potatoes (do not peel; scrub clean with a brush)
4. A handful of green chilies washed & stemmed
5. 1/2 cup mustard seeds (first dry grind, then add 1/2 cup water, 2
cloves garlic and four green chilies and blend thoroughly in a blender)
6. turmeric powder and 1 heaping tblsp of hot curry powder.
7. panch-phoron (a mixture of 1/4 tsp each of mustard seeds,
fenugreek, cumin, methi and kalonji)
8. Salt and sugar to taste and vegetable oil for cooking.


Peel the butternut squash and cut into 1" cubes. Cut potatoes into
3/4" cubes.

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a heavy bottomed, preferably non-stick
fryingpan over high heat. Throw in the panch-phoron and four split
green chilies. When the seeds stop spattering, carefully add the
potatoes. Fry for about 3 minutes over high heat. Now add the squash
and fry for another 5 to 7 minutes, taking care that the vegetables
are stirred often to prevent burning. Put in the curry powder and one
heaping tsp turmeric. Lower the heat to medium, stir and fry until the
powdered spices lose their raw smell (about 2 minutes).

Add salt to taste (normally I add 1 tablespoon to this amount).
Sprinkle 1/2 cup hot tap water over vegetables and simmer, covered,
over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

In the mean time, in a separate frypan, heat 1 tablespoon oil, add
the shirmp and fry very briefly over high heat. Add to vegetables, and
cook, covered, for another 5 minutes.

Now carefully stir to check if the vegetables are done. Add sugar to
taste and pour in the blended mustard paste from the blender. Turn off
heat immediately. Stir it in and keep covered until flavors mix. If
you prefer hot food and the green chilies have failed to make the dish
hot enough for you, you can add either a tsp of ground red chili
powder or a handful of chopped green chilies.

Serve with hot steamed rice or parathas.

Zucchini with Coconut


1. 4 medium zucchini grated in a food processor
2. Handful of hot green chilies
3. 1/2 a coconut grated.
4. Handful of coriander leaves, chopped.
5. turmeric and salt to taste.
6. 1 tsp kalonji to sizzle


On a large, deep, non-stick saucepan heat oil (3 tblsps) and sizzle
kalonji and 4/5 split green chilies.

Pour in all of the grated zucchini at once and start stirring. After
about 5 minutes on high fire, sprinkle salt and turmeric and stir and
fry for a while longer taking care not to burn vegetable.

Now cover tightly, lower heat, and steam for at least 8 minutes. No
need to add water as zucchini releases enough water.

Lift cover, stir, taste for doneness and add 1 tblsp sugar (or more if
desired; this dish is supposed to be sweetish). Now turn heat to
medium high, throw in the grated coconut and stir and fry until oil
floats up to the top and almost all of the water evaporates. This may
take 5 minutes or more.

Sprinkle with chopped coriander leaves. Serve with hot rice.