Side dish

Lauki kofta curry (bottle gourd dumpling curry)

Lauki kofta

Bottle gourd is a very unique vegetable and is liked for its simple and mild flavor. Lauki kofta called in Hindi or bottle gourd dumpling curry is the lightest of all kofta recipes when it comes to calories and I prefer it for the same reason!


For making the koftas

2 cups grated Lauki/ bottle gourd

4 tbsp besan/ Gram flour

1/2 tsp – garam masala

1/4 tsp red chilli powder

1 green chilli finely chopped

salt as required

For making the curry 

2 large tomatoes chopped

1 onion chopped

2 green chillies chopped

1 inch giner chopped

2 tbsp  broken cashews

1 tsp  coriander powder

1/4 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp red chilli powder

For tempering :

1 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

oil for frying

salt and sugar for taste


For making the dumpling:

Heat oil in a pan for frying. Peel and grate the bottle gourd. Squeeze all the liquid from the grated bottle gourd and keep aside, store the liquid as it can used for the curry.  Add rest of the ingredients listed under making the kofta and mix well. If the mixture is too thick sprinkle little water and make them into round balls.  Add this dough mixture gently into oil and fry until they are golden brown. Remove them from oil and put them on a tissue paper to drain out excess oil.

Lauki kofta

For making the Gravy- 

Blend tomatoes, onions, green chilies, ginger, garlic and cashews to a smooth paste, add 1/2 cup of water while grinding.  In another pan heat 3 tbsp of oil and add cumin seeds and allow it splutter. Add turmeric and the ground mixture into the pan, keep stirring for a minute. Add 1/4 tsp garam masala, red chilli powder and 1 tsp coriander powder, give it a stir. Cover the pan with the lid and allow it to boil for few minutes. Add the liquid that was reserved from straining and little water if required.

The consistency of the gravy should be thick and not runny. Before serving, put the bottle gourd fried dumplings in a serving plate, top it up with gravy and garnish with cilantro and serve with rice or roti.

Lauki kofta


Side dish




1 (14 oz can)-Red kidney beans, drained and washed.

If using raw beans, take around 1 1/2 cup of beans and soak for 6-8 hours and pressure cook the beans until done (2 whistles).

1 finely chopped onion

3 small tomatoes chopped

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

2 green chillies

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Salt to taste

1 tbsp butter optional

3 tbsp oil


Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, allow it to splutter. Add onion, ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Sauteè until onions turns translucent. Mix in chopped tomatoes, red chili powder.


Turn off the heat. Blend the mixture once cooled. Then bring back to heat and add garam masala.


Now add the drained kidney beans and mix well.  Cover the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes under medium heat. Garnish with chopped cilantro and add a tbsp of butter  and cover the lid. Serve with hot rice or rotis.


Side dish

Aloo Palak sabji (spinach potato side dish)

Aloo palak

Serving -3


Potato- 2 cups (peeled and cubed)

Spinach- 4 cups or 16oz pack (chopped)

Garlic- 1 tsp chopped

Ginger-1 tsp chopped

Green chillies-1

Whole red chillies- 2

Coriander powder- 2 1/4 tsp

Cumin seeds-1 tsp

Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp

asafoetida- 1/4 tsp

oil- 4 tbsp for seasoning

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan on medium heat. Add cumin seeds, allow it to splutter. Then add chopped garlic, ginger, green chilli and red chillies. After about 6-8 seconds add cubed potatoes, turmeric and little salt, mix everything well.

Aloo palak

Close a lid and allow it to cook until the potatoes are tender (about 6-8 minutes). Now add the chopped spinach and coriander powder and stir it well. Add salt if necessary. Allow it to further cook for 3-4 minutes.

Aloo Palak

Turn off the heat.  Serve hot with rot is or parathas!

Aloo Palak

Side dish

Mutter Paneer


Onions- medium size 2, chopped

Tomato- medium size 2, chopped

Peas- 1 cup, cooked

Paneer-18 to 20 cubes

Heavy cream/milk – ¼ cup

Roasted and coarsely ground cashew- 3 tbsp

Cumin seeds- ½ tsp

Cumin powder- 1 ½ tsp

Coriander powder-1 ½ tsp

Garam masala powder-1 ¼ tsp

Red chilli powder-2 tsp

Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp

Coriander/cilantro- ¼ cup finely chopped

Oil- 2+2+1 tbsp

Salt- to taste


In a heavy bottom pan, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add chopped onions and fry for 2-3 minutes, then add ginger garlic paste and fry until the raw smell disappears (approx- 4 minutes). Add tomatoes and ¼ tsp of salt, cover and cook for 5-6 minutes more.


Add garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and mix well. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool for some time. Blend the mixture to a fine paste, meanwhile heat 2 tbsp of oil and add cumin seeds. Allow it to splutter and add the blended mixture. Let the mixture come to a boil. Add cooked peas, heavy cream or milk and cashew nut powder and adjust salt to your taste.

In another pan, heat 1 tbsp of oil and add the paneer cubes. Shallow fry the cubes until it turns golden brown on all sides. Remove from heat and add the fried cubes to the gravy and cook for 2-3 minutes. Garnish with cilantro/ coriander and serve hot with Jeera rice/ Roti/Naan or chapathi.


Side dish

Instant Garlic Pickle


Garlic- 30 cloves peeled and sliced lengthwise

Mustard and fenugreek powder-3 tsp

Red chilli powder-2tsp

Olive oil– 3 tbsp

Jaggery– 3 tbsp

Tamarind paste-3 tbsp

Salt- to taste


Heat olive oil in a vessel(can use peanut or sunflower oil too). Add garlic and fry until golden brown, add all the above ingredients mentioned. Cook for 10 minutes or until you see little oil floating on top. Add salt to taste and mix well. Can store the pickle in the refrigerator for  a long time.

PS: To make mustard and fenugreek powder, dry roast 3 tbsp of mustard seeds and fenugreek seeds, grind them into fine powder and then use it.

Side dish

Vegetable Junka


Potato-1meduim size
Green chilies/Jalapenos-5
Turmeric-1/4 tsp
Mustard-1/4 tsp
Oil-2 tbsp
Gram flour-3 tbsp
Coriander/Cilantro-2to3 strands
Salt-to taste


Cut all the vegetables in equal proportion. Chop coriander leaves, green chilies finely. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and allow it to splutter. Add turmeric, green chilies and fry for few seconds, now add all the cut vegetables. Cover the pan with a lid and allow the vegetables to become tender, also add salt so it mixes evenly with vegetables. Meanwhile mix the gram flour with water and make a semi liquid batter. Add the batter to the vegetables once it’s cooked. Boil the mixture for few minutes until the raw smell of gram flour disappears (approx 7-8 minutes). Garnish with cilantro/coriander and enjoy it with chapathi or poori.

Side dish

Mixed Vegetable Saagu


Beans- 3 handful, chopped

Carrot-2 medium size chopped

Potato-2 medium size chopped

Onion-1 medium size coarsely chopped

Green chillies/ jalapenos- 6 to 8 depending on taste required

Groundnut- ¼cup

Coconut-½ cup

Ginger-½ inch piece


Cinnamon- 1 inch piece

Cardamom- 2

Cilantro/ coriander-5 to 6 strands

Oil- 5 Tsp

Mustard seeds-½ Tsp


Excluding vegetables, groundnut and oil, grind the remaining ingredients and onion with water into a fine paste.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustards seeds, allow it to splutter. Now add the chopped vegetables, groundnut and little water and steam cook until they are half tender. Add salt while the vegetables are cooking.

Mix the ground paste to the vegetables. Cook until vegetables are just tender. Turn off the heat and serve with pooris or chapatis.

Side dish

Sweet and Tangy BaLekai Palya (Raw plantain side dish)


BaLekai (raw plantain) – 1, cut into cubes

Onion- 1 medium, chopped

Curry leaves- 3 to 4

Termeric- ¼ Tsp

Coriander or cilantro- 3 to 4 strands, chopped

Red chilli powder- ½ to ¾ Tsp

Tamarind paste- 2 Tsp

Jaggery- 1 to 1½ Tsp

Mustard- ½ Tsp

Asafetida- A pinch

Oil- 3 Tbsp

Coconut- 2 Tbsp (optional)

Salt- To taste


Heat oil in a pan.  Add onions and turmeric and sauté till it turns translucent, add the cut plantains, curry leaves and cook till it becomes tender but is still crispy. Add red chili powder, tamarind paste, jaggery, salt, coconut (optional). Cook for few more minutes until they are nicely mixed and crispy.

Heat 1 tsp oil in seasoning pan. Add mustard seeds, allow it to splutter and add asafetida. Add this seasoning to cooked palya and garnish with cilantro.

Side dish

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes And Asparagus


Fingerling potatoes- 10 to 12 halved length wise

String beans- 8 to 10 cut into half

Asparagus- 8 to 10, woody ends trimmed

Olive oil- 2 Tbsp

Kosher salt and fresh ground Pepper- To taste


Preheat the oven to 400°c. Cook the potatoes for 4 to 5 minutes in salt water, drain the water and allow it to cool.

Line a thin sheet of foil onto a baking tray; arrange the potatoes and sprinkle 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until potatoes turns golden brown and crispy.

Meanwhile toss string beans and asparagus with remaining olive oil and keep aside.

Remove the potatoes and toss string beans, asparagus along with potatoes and bake for few more minutes until they are tender but still crisp. This makes a great snack or can be eaten as a side dish with something like a sandwich.