Palak Paratha

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

You will need:
  1. Spinach/Palak: 2 cups - roughly chopped
  2. Green chillies: 2-3 nos.
  3. Garlic pods: 2 nos.
  4. Wheat Flour: 3 cups
  5. Salt: According to taste
  6. Cooking Oil: 1 tsp
  7. Water
Palak Paratha
To cook:
  • Boil water in a pan and add the chopped spinach. Let it simmer for at least 5 minutes. Then set it aside and let it cool
  • Once cooled, puree the boiled spinach along with the green chillies and garlics in a blender
  • Now mix the wheat flour, spinach puree, salt and oil in a bowl. Add water and knead into a dough
  • Roll the dough into 6" chapatis and cook on a skillet spreading oil on both sides
  • Serve hot with your favorite curry!

Spring Onion and Garlic Rice

Sunday, November 27, 2011

This is a quick and easy rice dish to make, especially when you have no veggies left in your pantry!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 2 people

You will need:
  1. Rice: 2 cups
  2. Spring Onions: 2 bunches - chopped
  3. Garlic pods: 3-4 nos- diced
  4. Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
  5. Cumin seeds: 1 tsp  
  6. Red chilli powder: 1 tsp (optional)
  7. Cooking Oil: 1 tbsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Water: 3-4 cups
Spring Onions & Garlic Rice
To cook:

  • Pressure cook the rice. Once done, spread the rice on a dish and let it cool. Set this aside. Else use leftover chilled rice for a better taste!
  • Heat oil in a wok and add the mustard, cumin seeds and the diced garlic. 
  • Once the garlic turns brown, add the chopped spring onions. Stir for approx. 3 minutes and then take the wok off the heat. Spring onions get cooked pretty quickly!
  • Now add the rice, salt and red chilli powder and mix well. Serve hot! 

Dal Dhokli

Dal dhokli is a very traditional and popular Gujarati dish. Easy to make, wholesome food!

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4 people


You will need:
  1. Wheat Flour: 1 cup
  2. Chickpea flour (besan): 2 tbsp
  3. Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  4. Red chilii powder: 1/2 tsp
  5. Water: 1 cup
  6. Oil: 1 tsp
  7. Asafoetida/Hing: 1 pinch
  8. Salt: according to taste
To cook:
  • Mix all the ingredients along with the water to knead into a dough
  • Roll the dough to make 3-4 chapatis 
  • On a heated skilled, gently roast the chapatis until a few brown spots start to appear. The chapatis do not need to be completely done. Half baked is good enough!
  • Now cut the chapatis into diamond/square shapes and keep them aside
Dal Dhokli

You will need:
  1. Toor dal: 1 cup
  2. Peanuts: 1/4 cup
  3. Mustard seeds: 1 tsp
  4. Cumin seeds: 1 tsp
  5. Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp
  6. Red chili powder: 1/2 tsp
  7. Jaggery: 1 tbsp
  8. Tamarind paste: 1 tsp
  9. Curry leaves: 4-5 nos.
  10. Green chillies: 2-3 nos.
  11. Cilantro: for garnishing
  12. Cooking Oil: 1 tbsp
  13. Ghee: 1 tbsp (optional)
  14. Hing/Asafoetida: a pinch
  15. Salt to taste
  16. Water
To cook: 
  • Pressure cook the dal along with the peanuts and set them aside. 
  • Once done, heat the oil/ghee in the cooker and add the mustard and cumin seeds along with the hing, turmeric powder and red chili powder.  Once the seeds start to splutter, add the green chillies.
  • Now add the cooked peanut and dal along with the water. Then add salt, jaggery and the tamarind paste.
  • Once the dal starts boiling, add the cut chapatis and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Make sure each chapati piece is added separately so as to avoid sticking or forming lumps. 
  • Garnish with cilantro and some ghee on top! 
For a quick meal, simply use frozen or leftover chapatis and add it any leftover dal, rasam or sambhar. 

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