Tuesday 27 August 2019

Palak Choley Saag

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Palak Choley Saag

Today I am sharing with you a very simple and easy recipe. Yes it will be having a twist with a 2.0 version.Our grand parents and ancestors used to cook food in iron cookware using mustard oil rather than refined oils.

Today I am trying to follow same tradition and prepare Choley ka Saag with Spinach. We frequently eat Palak Paneer, here I am preparing choley palak variant.

In market you get lots of cast Iron kadhai. I purchased this one from road side as I felt we need to promote road side vendors who are putting lots of hard-work  to earn their bread. Though I know it does't look good and we face seasoning issues also. But if we are using it regularly slowly and slowly that issue is resolved. Also we know that while cooking in iron utensil the food react with metal surface. As a result, iron gets released in the food. Which helps in our iron intake.

However there are many foods which shall not be cooked in iron utensils, So we should be careful with that. Recently I bought Yellow mustard cold press oil from Adri Naturals. So far I have been using black mustard oil, which has a very strong pungent smell.It is normally not liked by everyone in my family. But when I used yellow mustard oil, I found it has a very soft smell, which my family members are ok with. While reading the benefits of mustard oil I came to know that it is a good source of MUFA. This is extremely good for our heart. It lowers the bad cholesterol in our body and keeps blood fat under check which improves blood circulation.

Secondly it is also a good source of Omega level three fatty acid. Good in curing cough and cold. Hence I prepared this Saag and enjoyed with Rice and Parantha

Preparation Time : 30 Min

Cooking Time : 30 Min.

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • Chick Pea boiled 1 Cup
  • Palak 500 gm (spinach washed and clean)
  • Yellow Mustard oil 2 Tablespoon 
  • Ginger chopped 2 Teaspoon 
  • Garlic chopped 2 Teaspoon
  • Green chillies 2 chopped
  • Onion chopped 1 medium size
  • Tomato chopped 2 medium size
  • Salt according to taste
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds 1 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pinch of Asafoetida 
  • Red chilly powder according to taste
  • Coriander seed 1 Teaspoon 
  • Zeera 1 Teaspoon
Procedure :  

  • In a kadhai, take a tablespoon of oil, heat it, add jeera, pinch of hing, chopped ginger one tea spoon and garlic. Saut├ęs it for a minute 

  • Add chopped onions and green chillies cooked it for 2 to 3 minutes or till it is translucent in colour

  • Now add chopped tomatoes sauce it for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and red chilly powder

  • As the tomatoes are cooked properly add chopped spinach to this. Cook it nicely once the spinach is done, close the gas and allow it to cool down for some time.

  • Now transfer this mixture in mixer and form a puree and keep aside

  • Take the same kadhai, add a tablespoon of yellow mustard oil heat it, add coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and chopped green chillies

  • Now add boiled channa and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or till it is roasted nicely

  • Add pinch of salt if required and red chilly powder if you like spicy food .

  • Now add Palak puree to this, cook for 3 to 4 minute and enjoy with paratha or rice ...

Tips :  

  • Take care in using salt as we are using it twice
  • You can add Methi leaves with palak if it is available in season

Saturday 3 August 2019

Moong Dal Veggie Pancakes

Moong Dal Veggie Pancakes 

Recently, awareness for fitness have skyrocketed. People now not only acknowledge the need to pay attention to their body but even put a lot of efforts towards it. This trend caught up to me as well and I decided to have a healthier diet. This decision made me realise there is a reason I had to make this decision in the very first place and THAT is my undying love for my taste buds. So I formed a simple equation:
           Health + Taste = Satisfaction.

That is why I came up with this recipe: "THE PERFECT BLEND OF HEALTH AND TASTE" I hope this recipe helps you guys the way it helped me by making you believe taste doesn't come at the expense of health and whenever you want to have something delicious you won't have to give up on your resolution.

If I talk about the benefits of Ingredients this Pancake is healthy combination :
  • Moong Dal are one of the best Plant based Protein. It contains essential vitamins, minerals and is rich in fibre.
  • In fact, they are high in nutrients and antioxidants.So they protect us against heat stroke, helps in good digestion and weight loss. So it is basically healthy, delicious and very versatile in cooking so we can easily add them to our site.
  • Carrots are also rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. It is good for vision. It helps in boasting our immune system
  • Capsicum is again a very versatile vegetable. We can use it in Salads, curries and Stir fry. It is a  a good source of vitamin A, B1, B2 B3, B6, B9, C and E. 

Preparation Time : 20 Min

Cooking Time : 20 Min

Serves  :  4.

Ingredients :  

  • Split Green moong dal 1 cup soaked for 6 to 7 hours
  • Onion Chopped 1 medium size
  • Ginger grated 1 inch piece 
  • Green chillies chopped 2
  • Carrot 1 medium size grated
  • Capsicum 1 small size finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves chopped 2 Tablespoon
  • Salt according to taste 
  • Red chilly Powder according to taste
  • Oil for cooking around 2 tablespoon
Procedure :  
  • Soak green moong dal for 6 to 7 hours or overnight and keep aside
  • Now remove the excess water from moong dal and grind it in smooth paste 

  • Finish cutting and chopping of vegetables

  • In a bowl take Moong dal paste add chopped onions, green chillies, ginger, carrots, capsicum, coriander leaves, salt and red chilly powder

  • Mix all ingredients well and form a smooth mixture as shown in picture

  • Take a non stick pan. Pour a spoon of pancake mixture on a pan, drizzle some oil on it.

  • Once it is cooked, turn it and cook from other side till it is golden brown from both the sides

  • Try to cook pan cakes on medium or slow flame so that it is cooked properly from inside and crispy from outside.

  • Enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee. 

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