Stuffed Bitter Gourd (Bharwa Karela)

Stuffed bitter gourd is a popular indian dish served with roti (indian bread) or rice. While picking the gourds small or medium size are preferred for better taste.

Ingredients:

  • Bitter Gourd (medium size, 400 gm)
  • Onion (chopped, 1/2 size)
  • Coriander Powder ( 3 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (kashmiri, 2 tsp)
  • Sesame Seeds ( 1 1/2 tsp)
  • Tamarind Juice (12 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Oil (10 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 45 minutes

Total time: 1 hr

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Yield: 8

Method:

  • In a bowl add onions (sauteed optional for a better taste), coriander, turmeric, red chili powder, sesame seeds and salt.
  • Mix all the above ingredients well.
  • Make a vertical cut of bitter gourd to remove the seeds. Then stuff the dry spice ingredients.
  • Add 1 or 2 teaspoons of tamarind juice.
  • Tie a thread to tighten both the ends of bitter gourd. The spices remain intact by tying it.
  • Do this with the remaining bitter gourd.
  • In a broad skillet add oil and place gently all the bitter gourd.
  • Cover with a lid to cook till it’s soft.
  • Turn to the uncooked side and repeat the process till they are crisp and cooked nicely.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Notes:

  • The size of the bitter gourd is preferred either small or medium.
  • Onion can be raw but for the better taste and flavor sautee the onion and then stuff alon with other dry ingredients.
  • I used cast iron skillet but non stick can be substituted.
  • Remove the thread once both the ends are sealed completely. But, flip as many times required.
  • Add 1-2 tbs water if required while cooking the stuffed bitter gourd.

Kadai Paneer Gravy

Kadai paneer is one of the most popular recipe in India specially in northern part of India. It is usually served with all the indian breads and it is very exotic in its taste.

Ingredients:

  • Paneer (200 gm, cubes)
  • Onion(200gm, cubes)
  • Ginger (small piece, julienne cut )
  • Capsicum (1, cubes)
  • Oil (7 tsp)
  • Butter (1 tsp)
  • Fresh Cream (1 tbs)
  • Coriander Seeds (1 1/2 tsp)
  • Kasuri Methi (1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Ginger-Garlic Paste (1 tsp)
  • Bay Leaf (1)
  • Red Chili Powder (Kashmiri, 1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chili (Kashmiri) (4)
  • Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder ( 1/4 tsp)
  • Jeera [Cumin Seeds] (1 tsp)
Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 3

Method:

To Grind:
  • In a grinder bowl add red chili and coriander seeds to grind coarse and set aside.
  • Grind sauteed onion, tomato and ginger-garlic paste and set aside.

Main Recipe:

  • Heat a shallow skillet to low and place the paneer cubes carefully in the skillet.
  • Flip it over after 2 minutes and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add onions, tomatoes and ginger-garlic paste.
  • Sautee till it’s cooked.
  • Grind to a fine paste.
  • In a deep skillet add butter and oil.
  • Add a bay leaf and jeera.
  • Add the onion, capsicum, tomato cubes and julienne cut ginger.
  • Add the slit green chili and sautee for few minutes.
  • When it’s half cooked add salt, turmeric, red chili and coriander powder.
  • Add the coarse masala powder and the ground paste.
  • Add half a cup of water and stir well
  • Let it cook for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Add paneer and mix well.
  • Add fresh cream and kasuri methi.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Notes:

  • Paneer should be fresh and soft.
  • Butter can be substituted for oil to have a very rich recipe.
  • While frying paneer just sautee for few minutes to retain the softness.







Puri Bhaji [ Potato Masala]

Puri Bhaji is a very popular dish in India. Puri is a fried indian bread and bhaji is made with potato. It’s prepared in almost all the states of India.

Ingredients For Bhaji:

  • Potato (275 gm)
  • Onion (chopped, 1/2 cup)
  • Green Chili (slit, 1)
  • Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
  • Curry Leaves (chopped, few)
  • Oil (3 tsp)
  • Mustard Seeds (1 tsp)
  • Chana Dal [Chick Peas] (Split, 1 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Urad Dal [Black Gram] (split, 1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Red Chili Powder (1 tsp)

Ingredients For Dough

  • Aata [ Whole Wheat Flour] (1 cup)
  • Maida (2 tsp)
  • Suji [Semolina] (1 1/2 tsp)
  • Oil (1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Total time: 1 hour

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Breakfast \ Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Method For Bhaji:

  • Pressure cook potatoes for 3-4 whistles.
  • Peel the skin and using a spoon mash partially.
  • In a skillet add oil and mustard seeds.
  • Let the seeds splutter and then add urad dal, chana dal .
  • Add the chopped onions, green chili and ginger.
  • Add salt to your taste, curry leaves, turmeric powder and red chili powder.
  • Sautee until onions are translucent.
  • Add a cup of water and allow it to boil.
  • Add the cooked potatoes and cook for 10 minutes.

Method For Dough:

  • In a wide bowl add aata, maida, suji, salt and oil.
  • Mix all the ingredients.
  • Add water slowly to make a dough.
  • Cover the dough using a wet cloth or a lid.
  • Rest the dough for 10 minutes.

Method For puri:

  • After ten minutes knead the dough again.
  • Divide the dough into small lemon-sized balls.
  • Dust the ball with the wheat flour and flatten it slightly.
  • Roll out to 3-4″ diameter.
  • Repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
  • Start frying when it is not totally dry.
  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Deep fry the puris one after another.

Step by step pictures of bhaji recipe:

Pressure cook the potatoes.
Pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.
Peel the potatoes.
Cut using a spoon or a knife.
In a skillet add oil and mustard seeds.
After seeds splutter add urad dal and chana dal.
Add chopped onions, green chili and grated ginger, salt, turmeric and red chili powder.
Cook till onions turn translucent.
Add water and boil for 5-10 minutes.
Add cooked potatoes.
Cook for 10 minutes.

Step by step pictures of the dough:

In a wide bowl add aata, suji, maida, salt and oil.
Add water little by little to make a soft dough.
Rest for 10 minutes.

Step by step pictures of puri recipe:

Divide the dough into small lemon sized balls.
Dust the ball in wheat flour.
Roll out the ball to 3-4 inches.
Keep the puris ready before deep frying them.
Deep fry one after another in hot oil.
Press gently on the sides while frying to puff up.

Long Beans Sabzi [Curry]

Long beans is also called yardlong beans can be made dry even that tastes well with rice or chapati or bread. I learnt this sabzi when we stayed in Bihar (India) and this can be eaten with bread and chapatis.

Ingredients:

  • Long Beans (long cut, 2 cups)
  • Onion (chopped, 1/2 cup)
  • Tomato (chopped, 1 cup)
  • Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (7 tsp)
  • Jeera [Cumin] (powder, 1 tsp)
  • Dhania [Coriander] (powder, 1 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (medium hot, 1 1/2 tsp)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Total time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 3

Method:

  • Heat water in a saucepan and add long beans.
  • Cook for 12 minutes or until the beans are soft.
  • Strain the water and set aside the cooked beans.
  • Save the water.
  • In a deep skillet and add oil.
  • Add grated ginger, chopped onions and tomatoes and sautee for 10 minutes.
  • Cool the sauteed ingredients and grind to a fine paste.
  • Add oil in a pan and add the ground paste.
  • Add salt, red chili, cumin and coriander powder.
  • Stir constantly and cook for 10- 12 minutes.
  • Add cooked beans and mix thoroughly.
  • Add the saved water to adjust consistency.
  • Cook for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Step by Step Pictures of the recipe:

Cook the long beans for 12 -15 minutes.
Cook the chopped onions, tomatoes and ginger.
Grind the tomatoes and onions to a fine paste.
Cook the gravy for 12 minutes.
Add the cooked beans and add water. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Notes:

  • Beans can be pressure cooked but the color will not be retained. So I prefer cooking it this way.

Low-Carb Stuffed Okra [Bharwa Bhindi]

Okra is a very popular vegetable in India. All the children in our family love okra stir fry, stuffed okra and okra sambar. Stuffed okra goes well with chapati, bread, naan, paratha and rice.

Ingredients:

  • Baby Okra (250 gm)
  • Cumin powder (1/8 cup)
  • Coriander Powder (1/8 cup)
  • Onions (chopped, 1/2 cup)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (kashmiri, 2 1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Oil (8 tsp)
Ingredients

Cook time: 40 minutes

Cuisine: North \ South Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Method:

Recipe for Stuffing:

  • In a bowl add coriander, cumin, red chili powder and salt.
  • Mix all the powders and add 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • After adding oil mix again.

Stuffed Okra recipe:

  • Cut off the crown of okras.
  • Make a vertical slit and fill the okras with the spice mixture.
  • Refrigerate for 10 hours.
  • In a deep skillet add oil, chopped onions and turmeric powder.
  • Add salt only for the onions.[Remember already added salt for the okras]
  • Place the okras gently and flip every 4-5 minutes until they are cooked.
  • It should be cooked uncovered and on a low heat.
  • Avoid flipping the okras too often to keep the stuffing intact.
  • Add leftover spice mixture if needed.
  • Cook until okras absorb all the flavors of spices, and crispy.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Add coriander, red chili, cumin powder and salt in a bowl.
Add oil and mix all the ingredients.
Cut the crown off and make a vertical slit.
Fill the okra with the spice mixture.
Refrigerate the okras for 10 hours.
Add oil, onions, turmeric and salt.
Place the okras on the onion mixture.
Flip the okras gently and cook the spices are absorbed and crispy.

NOTES:

  • Short and stout okras are preferred for this recipe.
  • Wash the okras and dry using a kitchen towel.
  • While placing the okras lay in a single layer in the skillet.
  • Garam masala can be added to the spice mixture.
  • Be careful while making a slit. Do not cut the way through. If the okras are long make a long slit and cut it into half.
  • I used heavy bottom cast iron skillet but non-stick pan can be substituted for the iron one.

Baingan [Eggplant] Bharta

Baingan bharta is a dish made of fire roasted eggplant and cooked with onions, tomatoes and other spices. It goes well with rice and all types of breads. In southern part of India smoked eggplants are used to make chutney and in northern part bharta is made out of it. We live in the middle east and here baba ghanoush is very popular and can be compared to our bharta.

Ingredients:

Eggplant (200 gms)
salt (to taste)
Oil (4 tsp)
Ginger (grated, 1 tsp)
Carrots (grated, 2 tbs)
Onions (chopped, 1/2 cup)
Tomatoes (chopped, 1/2 cup)
Coriander Leaves (2 tbs)
Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)
Cumin Seeds Powder (1 tsp)
Garam Masala Powder (1/2 tsp)
Red Chili Powder (medium hot, 1 1/2 tsp)

Ingredients

Cook time: 45 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Baingan Bharta recipe video

Method:

  • Smear eggplant with oil before roasting.
  • Pierce the eggplant with a skewer and place it on the flame.
  • Turn the eggplant till the skin is completely charred and the pulp should be soft.
  • Remove the skin when it’s warm and cut off both the ends.
  • Mash the eggplant using a fork or a spoon until smooth.
  • Heat a deep skillet to medium and add oil.
  • Add chopped onions, tomatoes, grated ginger and salt.
  • Sautee till the oil separates from the mixture.
  • Add turmeric, red chili, coriander, and cumin powder.
  • Mix and stir well.
  • Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder.
  • Add required water to adjust the cosistency.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and grated carrots.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Apply oil all over and skew the eggplant.
Roast the eggplant directly on the flame. and turn it over every couple of minutes.
Roast till the skin is completely charred.
Peel off the skin when it’s warm and cut off both the ends.
Mash the eggplant with a spoon to a smooth consistency.
Add chopped onions, tomatoes and grated ginger,salt and sautee till the vegetables are soft.
Add turmeric, red chili, coriander and cumin powder.
Add the mashed eggplant and garam masala powder.
Add required water to adjust the consistency.
Garnish with coriander leaves and grated carrots.

Notes:

  • While selecting eggplants select the lightweight ones.
  • Immerse the roasted eggplant in water as soon as it’s removed from fire and Peel off the skin or the skin can be peeled off as mentioned in the video.
  • Eggplant roasted on fire is more tastier than eggplant roasted in oven.
  • Garlic paste can be added if preferred.

Paneer Butter Masala (no onion-garlic)

a rich, delicious and creamy dish made with indian cottage cheese and spices. It can be eaten with all kinds of bread.

Ingredients

  • Paneer (cubes, 1 1/4 cups or 200 gms)
  • Butter (3 tsp)
  • Cloves (2)
  • Cardamom (pods, 3)
  • Cashews (soaked, 12)
  • Red chilies (kashmiri, 12)
  • Cooking Cream (3tbs) or Full Fat Milk (6 tbs)
  • Oil (4 tsp)
  • Jeera [Cumin] (seeds, 1 tsp)
  • Ginger (chopped, fine, 2 tsp)
  • Fresh Cream (2-3 tsp)
  • Tomato (chopped, fine, 2 cups)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Kasuri Methi [Dried Fenugreek Leaves] (2 tsp)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 50 minutes

Cuisine: North Indian

Category: Curry

Serves: 4

Paneer butter masala recipe video

Method:

  • Soak chilies, cashews, cloves and cardamom in three separate bowls in hot water.
  • Let it rest for 30 minutes at least.
  • Heat a deep skillet to medium and add 2 teaspoons of oil.
  • Add chopped ginger and sautee for 2-3 minutes and set aside.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till they turn mushy.
  • Grind red chilies, cashews, ginger, tomatoes to a fine paste.
  • Heat a deep skillet to low and add butter and oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and then add the ground paste.
  • Add the required salt.
  • Cook for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Add the clove-cardamom water extract.
  • Add the cooking cream and then add paneer cubes.
  • Mix gently.
  • Add kasuri methi leaves while adding the leaves crush it with your palms to enhance the flavor.
  • Add the fresh cream.

Step by step pictures

  1. Soak chilies in hot water.

2. Soak cashews in hot water.

3. Soak cloves and cardamom in hot water.

4. Add chopped ginger.

5. Add tomatoes and cook for 10- 15 minutes.

6. Cooked tomatoes.

7. Add soaked chilies, ginger and cashews in a grinder bowl.

8. Add cooked tomatoes to the ginger, cashew and chilies.

9. Add jeera in the butter-oil mix.

10. Add the ground paste.

11.Add the filtered cardamom-clove water.

12. Add fresh cream to make the gravy rich and creamy.

13. Add the paneer cubes.

14.Add kasuri methi.

15. Add fresh cream.