Tuvar lilva masala curry| Green pigeon peas curry| Togare kalu curry

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Winter brings its own blessings, fresh vegetables are available. There is no dearth for greens. Green pigeon peas are the fresh form of tuvar dal and is available in winter. Tuvar lilva masala curry is a tasty and easy to make accompaniment that can be paired with chapati or phulka. (more…)

Spring onion stir fry tasty accompaniment

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Two years back, it was after some thought I decided to make a spring onion stir fry. It’s a sort of compulsive buying for me, I simply end up buying some things. The firm, unblemished and bright green leaves are a lovely sight and make good dishes. Well, that’s one of the reasons I buy these beauties.  The spring onion stir fry was a hit and since then, it’s become a routine every now and then.

Spring onions are used along with other veggies in fried rice and other Indo-Chinese dishes. It enhances the taste of the dish.

Stir fry is made using spring onion and gram flour as the main ingredient. It tastes good with chapathi and jowar roti.

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spring onion stirfry

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cluster spring onion
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon chilly powder
  • 1 tablespoon gram flour
  • salt to taste

Method:

  1. Take the spring onion, remove the onion bulbs and cut the greens into small pieces.
  2. Discard the skin of the bulb and cut into small pieces.
  3. Immerse in water and wash it well.
  4. Put it in a colander.
  5. Take oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, as it crackles put asafoetida and turmeric powder. Put the washed vegetable into it.
  6. Add salt and let cook for sometime. Add chilly powder and mix well.
  7. Finally put the gram flour over it and mix it well.
  8. Allow to cook for a few minutes.
  9. Remove and serve.
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spring onion stirfry

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Spring onion stirfry

Spring onion stirfry

Course accompaniment, Side Dish, stirfry, vegetable
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 2 clusters spring onion
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon gramflour
  • salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoon chilly powder

Instructions

  1. Take the cluster of spring onion, remove the onion bulbs and cut the greens into small pieces.

  2. Remove the skin of the onions and cut it into small pieces. 

  3. Put the chopped veggie into water and wash it well. Then, put it in a colander.

  4. Take oil in a pan, add the mustard seeds, as it crackles, put turmeric powder and asafoetida to it. Put the chopped greens to it. Add salt and allow to cook.

  5. Add chilly powder and mix it well. 

  6. Now, add gram flour to it,  mix and allow to cook for sometime. 

  7. Spring onion stir fry is ready to serve.

A few recipes using spring onion from my co-bloggers Spring onion kadhi Peyaazkoli Aloo Bhaja

Gongura chutney/ Pundi chutney / Sorrel leaves cooking

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Gongura leaves are widely used in cooking, the tangy flavour does makes the dishes delicious. Gongura chutney or pundi chutney is commonly prepared in South India.It makes a good accompaniment with jowar roti.

Varied names of Sorrel

Different regions call it by different names.The English name is Sorrel or Kenaf. It is popular as  Gongura in Andhra Pradesh, Pundi palya in Karnataka, Pulich keerai in Tamil, Ambaadi In Marathi, Pitwa in Hindi, Kotrum in Jharkhand, Amaari in Chattisgarh, Kotrum in Jharkhand and Mestapat in Bengali.

Health Benefits of Sorrel leaves

The sorrel leaves are rich source of iron, vitaminB6, folic acid and anti-oxidants essential for human nutrition. The iron and vitamins present in it help in preventing conditions such as osteoporosis.

Different culinary uses of Sorrel leaves in India

Sorrel leaves are used along with lentils to give a flavoursome accompaniment with rice. The chutney is a popular dish churned out of it. It is one of the daily essentials in Andhra cuisine. A variety of pickle is also made using these leaves.

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gongura chutney

Ingredients:

For the  gongura/ sorrel leaves chutney

  • 2 clusters of sorrel leaves
  • 6 green chilly
  • 1 teaspoon methi seeds
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • a liitle asafoetida
  • salt to taste

For the seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder

Method:

  1. Separate the leaves from the stalk, wash and put them to dry on a cloth.
  2. Cut the leaves.
  3. Take oil in a pan, roast the methi seeds and the green chilli, put them aside.
  4. In the same oil, add asafoetida and the sorrel leaves along with salt.
  5. Let cook for sometime.
  6. Remove from flame.
  7. When it cools, grind it.
  8. Take a pan and make the seasoning. Add mustard seeds, as it crackles, put asafoetida and turmeric powder. Turn of the gas. Put the chutney in it and mix well.
  9. Gongura chutney is ready to serve.

Take a tip:

  • Garlic may be added along with green chilly while sautéing.
  • Raw onions are added to the chutney by some people.
  • Chutney stays good for a couple of days if kept in refrigerator.
  • Tastes good with jowar roti along with stuffed brinjal as an accompaniment.
  • It can be mixed with hot steamed rice along with ghee.
  • The leaves are slimy, thus do not chop and wash them.
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gongura chutney

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Gongura/ Pundi/ Sorrel leaves chutney

Gongura chutney is a popular accompaniment from South India. It makes a good accompaniment with jowar roti. 

Course accompaniment, chutney,, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, karnataka, southindian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 1 bowl
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 2 cluster sorrel leaves
  • 6 green chilly
  • 1 teaspoon methi
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • salt to taste

For the seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida

Instructions

  1. Remove the stalk of the sorrel leaves, wash and put it to dry on a cloth. Cut the leaves. 

  2. Take oil in a pan, add fenugreek seeds and green chilly. Roast them, put them aside.

  3. In the same pan, add asafoetida and the sorrel leaves along with salt. 

  4. Let cook until tender. Remove and keep it aside.

  5. When cool, grind the fenugreek and green chilly together. Then add the sorrel leaves to it and blend altogether. 

  6. Make seasoning in another pan. Add mustard seeds to the oil, as it splutters, put asafoetida and turmeric powder. Put chutney to it and mix it well. Gongura chutney is ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • You may add garlic along with green chillies while roasting. 
  • Finely cut onion pieces can be put in the seasoning and sauted for sometime. 
  • This chutney tastes good with jowar roti.
  • It can also be served with hot steamed rice along with a dollop of ghee. 
  • This chutney can be stored in refrigerator. Put seasoning and use it.
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Gongura chutney

Other chutney recipes on the blog

And here are a few from my co-bloggers Raw mango with garlic Tomato Onion Chutney Lal mirch ki chutney Coconut and flax seed chutney Gur imli ki chutney Mango Kottu 

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15 lunch box ideas

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Preparing the lunch for the office or school is one of the prominent work that we have on daily basis. Oh! It is a dilemma to decide the dish  daily. This “X” dish does not taste good in the box, “Y”  dish is liked by one child, while the other detests, are some of the cribbings we often hear. Somehow, we have learnt to balance things.  Here are 15 lunch box ideas that you can use on a daily basis.  I usually packed chapati and sabzi. Rice had to be some kind of prepared dish, not the usual dal or rasam. Do take a peep below.

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15 lunch box ideas

Here are a few recipes that you can pack for the lunch box.

Sesame rice : Grind the paste and keep it in the refrigerator. Saute it and then mix along with prepared rice. It can be done in thirty minutes.

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sesame rice

Kadai Pulav

This is one of the tastiest dishes you can make. Chop the veggies and store in the refrigerator, next day, just prepare it.

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kadai pulav

Lemon rice

This popular south indian dish can be packed for lunch box.Make it with or without onion.

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lemon rice

Jeera rice

Jeera rice is versatile in its use. Pair it with some salad for a good lunch option.

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jeera rice

Chennai Idli 

These idli are soft and supple, ideal to pack in the box.

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ideal breakfast

Palak paneer 

I find chapatis to be the best option, filling and healthy. This palak sabzi is liked by all.

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palak paneer

Vegetable Pulav

Pulav can be prepared quickly, chop the veggies and store them in the refrigerator. It eases cooking in the morning.

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vegetable pulav

Spinach rice 

If your kids love, then you can make this one.

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Spinach Rice

Methi Parathas

Methi parathas do not need any accompaniments, only a pickle will do. They are tasty also.

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methi paratha

Spanish Rice

Here is one kind of rice dish with chipotle adobado.

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spanish rice

Tomato rice

The Indian version of Mexican rice, tomato rice too can be prepared.

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Tomato rice

Alu Methi

Potatoes are cherished at home in any form.

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alu methi

Beans stirfry

The simple south indian stir fry, pair it with chapati.

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green beans stirfry

Bandhakopir Torkari (Cabbage bengali style)

This is bengali style cabbage stir fry, tastes good with chapati.

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Bandhakopir tarkari

Mint Paratha

Mint paratha is another option that can be packed for the lunch box. It is mess free.

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mint paratha

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Panipuri/ golgappa/ puchka/ chaats time

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Panipuri is a popular street food that needs no introduction. The fun of eating panipuri is not limited to youngsters alone. The street vendor has a roaring business by selling this daily.

Panipuri, the small puffed puris are filled with a filling and eaten with a spicy, sweet and tangy water in it. Simple pleasures of life, isn’t it? It is called as Panipuri in north india, Golgappa in Uttarpradesh, Puchka in  Bengal and Gujarat, and as Gupchup in Jharkhad and Chattisgarh. (more…)

Kurkuri bhindi | crispy bhindi fry

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Kurkuri Bhindi Fry or crispy bhindi fry  is a tasty accompaniment with any meal. Serve it with any meal as an accompaniment, it is loved and relished by all.

It is assured that I need okra at least once in a week, usually sabzi but sometimes I do fry.  Here is another kind of fry that is tasty and crispy. (more…)

Mixed Vegetable Salad | healthy eating

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Today, salads form an important part of our diet more so than ever. We are more mindful of what we eat, though cannot cut down at all times. The alarming rise of death rates, obesity and risk to life style diseases are some of the factors that have made us to change for good.

Salads are highly nutritious and less in calories. They are filling and tasty. Here is one such salad that I love to binge on.

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mixed vegetable salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels

For the seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Wash all the vegetables (except the onions).
  • Cut the cucumber into small pieces.
  • Dice the tomato and capsicum into small cubes.
  • Cut the onion finely.
  • Put the corn kernels in hot water for sometime, drain the water and put in a colander after sometime.
  • Mix all the veggies in a bowl.
  • Mix the pepper powder and salt in lemon juice. Add olive oil to it. Mix and pour it over the salad.
  • Chill and serve.

Take a tip:

  • You can add carrots, I have not added here.
  • Add walnuts and raisins if you are giving it to children.

A few of my other salad recipes Watermelon and cucumber salad Kidney bean salad Two way crunchy salad  Exotic Spinach Salad

 

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mixed vegetable salad

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Mixed Vegetable Salad

Mixed vegetable salad is a refreshing and healthy salad. 

Course Salad
Cuisine international
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumber
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red tomato
  • 1 capsicum
  • 1 bowl sweet corn kernels

For seasoning

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash the veggies (except onion) and pat dry.

  2. Cut onions finely.

  3. Cut cucumber into small pieces.

  4. Dice the tomato and capsicum.

  5. Put the sweet corn kernels in hot water for sometime. Drain and put in a colander.

  6. Mix all the veggies together.

  7. Mix the lemon juice, pepper powder, salt and olive oil.

  8. Put the seasoning over the salad. Chill and serve.

Recipe Notes

If you are using fresh corn, you need to boil them. I have used frozen corn kernels.

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Salad recipes from co-bloggers :

Grilled Corn Nectarine salad  Chickpea with fruit and nutsalad  Grilled paneer salad with honey viniagerette  Fruit and Veggie Pasta Salad Cold Noodle salad

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Mocha Banana Cake | healthy mocha cake

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Mocha Banana Cake sounds good isn’t it? This is such a good one, I am just loving it, it’s made of wheat flour, sugarless, butterless and eggless ! This recipe is part of brand partnership with PlaceofOrigin.in and Plattershare for the Belly Nirvana Campaign.

Children should always be given  healthy snacks. It provides nutrition and good taste. Mocha Powder is one such kind. It is good to serve as a frothy milkshake. You can even serve it in warm milk. Do check out the product in the online store.

Let’s get baking the cake. I just love these guilt free indulgences.

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mocha banana cake

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mocha banana cake

Ingredients:   (measurement used: 1 cup = 200grams)

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon mocha powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon wheat flour
  • 8 almond broken into pieces

Method:

  1. Sieve the flour, baking soda and mocha powder together.
  2. Mash the bananas, beat it well.
  3. Add milk, honey and oil to it. Mix it.
  4. Now, add the wheat flour and gently mix it.
  5. Add the dry fruits to it.
  6. Pre-heat the microwave.
  7. Grease the tray with a little ghee and flour over it.
  8. Pour the batter over the greased plate.
  9. Microwave it for seven to eight minutes. The inserted toothpick should come out clean.
  10. Allow to cool on the rack.
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Mocha Banana Cake

Mocha Banana Cake is a tasty and healthy cake. It has no refined flour, sugar and butter. Addition of mocha chocolate powder gives a nice flavour to it.

Course Snack
Cuisine international
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 10 pieces
Author jayashree

Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoon mocha chocolate powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon clarified butter (ghee) for greasing
  • 1/2 teaspoon wheat flour for dusting
  • 8 almonds chopped

Instructions

  1. Sieve wheat flour, baking soda and mocha powder together.

  2. Mash the bananas. Add honey, oil and milk to it. Beat it well.

  3. Add the flour to it. Slowly mix the batter. Add chopped almonds to it.

  4. Pre-heat the microwave. Grease the baking tray with clarified butter, dust with flour. Pour the batter over it and bake it for eight minutes in two intervals.

  5. The inserted toothpick should come out clean. Once it is done, cool it on the rack.

Recipe Notes

  • The timings may change for different microwave oven.
  • You can use an OTG.

 

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mocha banana cake

This is the second post  in brand association with Place of Origin Indian Taste Delivered for the Belly Nirvana Campaign by Plattershare. The earlier post was Mocha Coffee Cookies.

Cocosutra mocha powder is a mix of coffee and chocolate together. It is a rich blend of dark cacao and fine coffee powder, a taste so unique and sinful. It comes in a pack of two, each weighing 100 grams. This product is one of the many products that they have for global Indians. Do take a look at their online store

Plattershare is a popular social media platform for food lovers, food professionals and food businesses. It is a wonderful platform to showcase our culinary skills and participate in contests. It is run by Kirti Yadav and Ankush Dhiman.

Disclaimer: This post is part of brand collaboration. I have received the product to create and write recipe and review. All views expressed are my own and not influenced by anybody. 

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