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Thursday, 19 January 2023

Maan Kochu Bata (Taro Root Chutney - Bong style)

 

         This is a very old Bengali recipe and almost a forgotten one. It is very popular both in the interiors of West Bengal and Bangladesh. In this recipe, the taro root is ground along with fresh coconut, green chilies and garlic into a smooth paste. This is then stir fried in mustard oil with a tempering of nigella seeds. It is best enjoyed with hot steamed rice. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare this traditional recipe.






  • 300-400 gms. taro root
  • 2 tbsp. fresh grated coconut
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp. lime juice
  • 2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. mustard oil
  • 1/2 tsp. nigella seeds
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 1 tsp. kasundi (opt)






          Peel the taro root and wash well. Then grate and marinate with a tsp. of salt for 15 minutes.

          Drain off the white liquid. Grind along with green chilies, garlic cloves, coconut and lime juice to a smooth paste. 

          Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a pan and temper with dry red chili and nigella seeds. Sauté for a few seconds. Then add the ground paste and turmeric powder. Adjust the seasoning.

          Stir fry till all the moisture has evaporated. Switch off the flame. Drizzle a tsp. of oil or kasundi and serve with hot steamed rice. 



                                  Peel the taro root and wash well. 



                                  Then grate and marinate with a tsp. of salt for 15 minutes.



                                 Drain off the white liquid. 



                   Grind with green chilies, garlic cloves, coconut & lime juice into a paste.
 


                                 Heat 2 tbsp. oil & temper with dry red chili & nigella seeds. 



                      Add the ground paste and turmeric powder. Adjust the seasoning. Saure
                      till all the moisture has evaporated. Switch off the flame. 



                            Drizzle a tsp. of oil or kasundi and serve with hot steamed rice. 












Olkopi Koraishutir Ghonto (Kohlrabi / Knol Kohl & Green Peas Curry - Bong style)

 

            This humble veggie has a lot of nutritional benefits and is considered low in calories and should be included in our daily diet. It may not be too popular,, but if cooked properly with a combination of spices, it tastes absolutely fine. I prepared it with an addition of some green peas and dried lentil dumplings, the Bong way. It goes well as a side dish with chapattis or with steamed rice. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare it.






  • 2 Olkopi (Kohlrabi), cubed & steamed
  • 1/3 cup green peas (fresh / frozen)
  • 2-3 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 8-10 bori (dried lentil dumplings)
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1" cinnamon
  • 3-4 cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 3-4 green chilies, slit
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. roasted coriander-cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. ghee 
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves 





          In a bowl, mix together the ginger-garlic paste and all the dry spices along with some water to make a smooth paste. Keep aside. 

          Heat oil in a pan and fry thbori till light golden brown. Remove and keep aside.

          Temper the same oil with bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and cumin seeds. Sauté for a few seconds. 

          Now add the chopped onion and sauté till light brown. Then add the spice paste and sauté till the oil leaves the sides of the pan.
          

          Add the steamed olkopi and sauté for 4-5 minutes on a low flame. Now add the green peas, green chilies and 1 cup water. Cover and simmer on low flame till almost done.


          Now add the fried bori and continue to cook till the gravy thickens. Add ghee and coriander leaves. Give it a toss and serve either with rice or chapattis.




                                  Cut the Olkopi into small cubes and steam them. 



                                   Heat oil & fry thbori till light golden brown. Keep aside.



                    Temper the oil with bay leaf, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon & cumin seeds. 



                                  Add the onion and sauté till light brown. 



                             Add the spice paste & sauté till the oil leaves the sides of the pan.



                              Add the steamed olkopi & sauté for 4-5 minutes on a low flame. 



      Add green peas, green chilies & 1 cup water. Cover & simmer on low flame 
till almost done.



                                 Add the fried bori & continue to cook till the gravy thickens. 



Add ghee & coriander leaves.



                                 Serve either with rice or chapattis.












Saturday, 14 January 2023

Beans Foxtail Millet Stir Fry

 

          Foxtail Millet is a wonder grain which is diabetic and heart friendly. It helps in reducing blood sugar levels. So if you happen to have some leftover cooked foxtail millet, add the same to some chopped French beans for a quick stir fry. 

          It is a very simple and an easy recipe that goes best as a side dish with both rice or chapattis. It can also be used as a filling for sandwiches or wraps, which can be served as a brunch or as a lunch box meal. So check out a quick step by step pictorial recipe to prepare it. 







  • 300 gms. french beans, chopped, steamed
  • 1/4 cup cooked foxtail millet 
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2" ginger, chopped
  • 2-3 green chilies, chopped
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. sambar powder
  • 2 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice





          Heat oil in a pan and temper with mustard seeds and dry red chilies. After it stop spluttering, add the chopped onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies and curry leaves. Sauté till light brown.

          Now add the steamed beans, cooked millet and mix well. Then add all the dry spices and stir fry for 4-5 minutes on a low to medium flame. 

          When done, switch off the flame. Add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Give it a toss and serve as a side dish with rice or chapattis. 




                                  Steam the chopped beans till tender.



                         Heat oil in a pan & temper with mustard seeds and dry red chilies. 



Add chopped onion, ginger, garlic, green chilies & curry leaves. Sauté till
                      light brown.



                                  Add the steamed beans, cooked millet and mix well.



                     Then add all the dry spices & stir fry for 4-5 minutes on low to med. flame. 



                        When done, switch off the flame. Add lemon juice & coriander leaves. 



                                  Serve as a side dish with rice or chapattis. 









Thursday, 5 January 2023

Kaas kolor Pitika (Mashed Raw Banana - Assamese style)

 

           Kaas Kolor Pitika or mashed raw banana is a typical Assamese side dish. It is part of an Assamese thali. Pitika can be made with any boiled / grilled veggies, eggs or grilled fish. So check out this traditional and a lost recipe of green banana. When time is a constraint, this quick and simple dish is the best comfort food. It has minimum of ingredients, easily available in the kitchen. So check out the step by step pictorial recipe to prepare this amazing Assamese traditional dish. 




            This recipe is a far cry from any restaurant style dish. However, the flavour is a top notch one. There is absolutely no doubt about it. 

            In this recipe boiled and mashed green banana is mixed with some chopped onion, green chilies, coriander leaves, salt and a drizzle of mustard oil. 




         This simple dish is almost similar to Bong style aloo bhate and Bihari style aloo chokha. You can serve it with panta bhaat / poite bhaat / pakhala bhaat (fermented rice) or steamed rice along with other dishes. It is perfect on a hot summer day as it is light on the stomach and has cooling effect. You may also enjoy it as a side dish with rice or chapatti. 




  • 3 raw / green banana
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 green chilies, chopped
  • 3 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • salt to taste 
  • 1 tbsp. mustard oil
  • pinch of red chili flakes to garnish (opt)










           Boil the raw banana along with the peel till it is fork tender. You can pressure cook for one whistle. Set aside to cool. Then peel the skin off and mash well.

           Transfer to a bowl and add all the above mentioned ingredients. Mix well. You may drizzle some more mustard oil while serving. 

           Serve with panta bhaat (fermented rice), steamed rice or as a side dish with rice or chapatti.




                                 Boil the raw banana along with the peel till it is fork tender. 



                                  Peel the skin off and mash well.



                               Transfer to a bowl & add all the above mentioned ingredients. 



                                  Mix well. 



                     Serve with panta bhaat, steamed rice or as a side dish with rice or chapatti.





















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