Thursday, September 22, 2011

Baingan Bhartha



"Baingan Bharatha" is a popular Punjabi curry made of roasted egg plant and served with Indian breads.
I tried this curry as a spread on toasted bread and it tasted very good.


Ingredients:
Egg Plant-1
Onion-1medium
Tomatoes- 2
Ginger grated-1/2 tsp
Green Chillies-2
Chopped cilantro- 2 tsp
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Vegetable oil- 2 tbsp
Sugar- 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice-2 tbsp

Masala powders:
Red chillipowder-2 tsp
Coriander powder-1 tsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Garam masala- 1 tsp
Turmeric- 1tsp

Method:
Wash the eggplant and smear vegetable oil.Now roast the eggplant on a gas stove.Turn over and make sure the wholeeggplant is roasted nicely and the skin is charred and the inside of the eggplant looks soft and cooked.
Allow it to cool.Remove the skin and mash the eggplant.
Take a pan.Add oil.Add cumin seeds and let it splutter.Add slit green chillies,ginger paste/grate,onion and saute.Add tomatoes.Let it cook for 5 minutes.Now add all the masala powder.Stir well.Now add the mashed eggplant,salt,sugar.Mix well.Allow to cook for 5-10 mins.Add lemon juice and garnish with cilantro.
Serve hot with Indian breads.





Thursday, September 8, 2011

Panchmel Dal


"Panchmel Dal" is a Rajasthani delicacy of five dals cooked together with spices. I first tasted this authentic dal at a restaurant in Bangalore and developed the urge to try this recipe at home.

I have adapted this recipe from Sanjeev Kapoor's website

Ingredients:
Chana dal-1/4 cup
Moong dal- 1/4 cup
Urad dal-1/4 cup
Toor dal-1/4 cup
Masoor dal-1/4 cup
Tomatoes-2
Cilantro chopped- 3tsp
Salt to taste

For seasoning:
Oil- 3 tbsp
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Cloves-2-3
Red chillies-2-3
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Hing-a pinch
Ginger-gren chilli paste- 1tsp
Cumin powder-1 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Red chilli powder-1 tsp
Garam masala powder-1tsp

Method:
Soak dals in water for 2-3 hours.Pressure cook(2 whistles) with turmeric.
Take a pan.Heat oil.Add cumin seeds,cloves,red chillies and hing.Now add ginger-green chilli paste and saute for a minute.Add cumin,coriander and red chilli powder.Add tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes become soft and oil surfaces.Add cooked dal,water and salt.Bring it to boil.Add garam masala and garnish with cilantro.
Serve with Chapati/Rice.You can add lemon juice if you want the dal a little sour.


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