Side dish

Aloo Palak sabji (spinach potato side dish)

Aloo palak

A great combination made of simple vegetables! My son loves anything green on his plate, whether its spinach soup, green gram dosa, cooked peas… etc. This is one among his favorites and loves to finish up his plate very quickly which doesn’t happen that often. 🙂

The combination of potato, spinach and fresh ginger and garlic with the spices brings a wonderful aroma and makes you feel ravenous!

Serving -3

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

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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!

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Soup

Bok choy mushroom soup

Bok choy mushroom soup

By default, I know my husband will shop for bok choy if he goes to the Asian market. Recently he went shopping to the chinese market and I for sure knew I would find bok choy in the shopping bag, and I was right. Thankfully he had not missed on tofu or mushrooms which made my life easier :). Quickly I took out all the ingredients and made the soup in no time. It’s such a simple and healthy soup that anyone would fall in love with the flavor, aroma and its taste.

Ingredients:

Bok choy- 3 cups, coarsely chopped

Canned white mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms (8 oz)-1 can

Tofu-1 cup cubed

Vegetable broth- 3 cups

Water- 1 cup

Soy sauce– 1 tbsp

Ginger- 2 tsp finely minced

Lime juice -2 tsp

Cilantro– 1/4 cup

Salt- to taste

Pepper- 1 tsp

Preparation:

Heat vegetable broth mixed with water in a pot, add in tofu, bok choy and mushrooms, salt, pepper, ginger and soy sauce.

Bok choy

Mushrooms

Tofu

Cover the pot and boil for 10 minutes. Add cilantro and lime juice just before serving! Enjoy

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Main Course

Tehri

Tehri

I met my MIL’s cousin a few months ago, she is so friendly and an enthusiastic cook. She cooks a variety of dishes from different parts of the world, She had an opportunity to travel around the world with her husband during his career and thats how she learnt  so many cuisines amazing well. Tehri is a dish which I learnt from her and is a favorite rice dish in our family gatherings.

Ingredients:

Ghee/clarified butter- 2 tsp

Cardamom – 1

Cloves– 2

Tej patta (Malabathrum) – 1

Garlic– 6 ( crushed)

Ginger– 1″ piece (crushed)

Coriander powder- 1 tsp

Red chilli powder– 1tsp

Basmati rice- 1 cup

Beans- 1/4 cup (chopped lengthwise)

Carrot- 1/4 cup(chopped lengthwise)

Cauliflower – 1/4 cup (chopped lengthwise)

Peas- 100 gms

Potatoes- 1/4 cup(chopped lengthwise)

Onion -1 (sliced lengthwise)

Green chillies- 1 (slit lengthwise)

Mint leaves– 4 to 5 optional

Salt- to taste

Preparation:

Soak washed rice in water for half an hour. In a pan add ghee, when hot add cloves, cinnamon, tej patta. Add onions and roast until golden brown. Now add green chillies, crushed ginger and garlic, fry for a minute. Add all the vegetables, coriander powder and chilli powder(adjust the level of chilli powder according to your spice level). Add salt and mix well.

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Drain the water in rice, add the vegetable mixture, mix well with rice. Add 1 and half cup of water and cook until done. ( I cooked the rice in rice cooker). Serve hot with any type of  raita.

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Side dish

Mixed vegetable Saagu

Ahh  saagu!!! Saagu is a side dish either made of potato and onions or with mixed vegetables. It can be served with pooris, chapatis, dose or anything else that needs a side dish. I just love the way my mom makes it, so this recipe is her’s.

Ingredients:

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

Cloves-3

Cinnamon- 1 inch piece

Cardamom- 2

Cilantro/ coriander-5 to 6 strands

Oil- 5 Tsp

Mustard seeds-½ Tsp

Preparation:

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.

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