Friday, January 28, 2011

Tindora Wet Curry

Ingredients :

Tindora (Dondakaya/Ivy Gourd) - 500gms

Big Tomatoes - 1 1/2 (cut into pieces)
Large Onion - 1 (Chopped into medium sized pieces)
Green Chillies - 3 Medium sized
Garlic cloves - 3
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Cashew nuts - 10
Pea nuts - 10
Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp (soaked in water for 20 min)
Cloves - 2
Shahjeera - 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tbsp
Dhaniya powder - 1 tbsp
Garam Masala - 1/2 tbsp

Directions :

Cut Tindora into long pieces and keep aside.

Gravy Preparation:

Heat a wide bottomed pan with a 1/2 tbsp oil. Once the pan starts smoking, add in the cloves, Garlic cloves, Green chillies, Cashew nuts and Peanuts. Finely fry them. Add chopped onion and fry them until they turn transparent. Now add ginger paste, mix well and after a while, add chopped tomatoes. When tomatoes become tender,  remove the pan from flame. Let it cool and grind the complete mixture along with soaked poppy seeds. Keep the masala paste aside.

Curry Preparation :

Heat the oil in pan again. Add shahjeera and once they start popping out, add Tindora slices and sprinkle sufficient salt for the slices. Let them fry and become tender. Now, add the masala paste and pour some water. Mix the content well enough and close the lid. Let it cook for 3 min and add Red chilli powder, Dhaniya powder, Garam masala, Salt that is enough for the gravy and a pinch of turmeric. Mix well and close the lid again. Cook for 5 min and remove from the flame.

Garnish the curry with some cilantro(If desired, garnish with some fried garlic pieces) and Tindora wet curry is ready to serve.

Note: Spices quantity can be altered according to taste.

*We welcome your valuable suggestions on this Recipe*

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Desi Pasta

Ingredients :

1 cup Pasta twists
1 large chopped Carrot
1 big chopped Bell pepper
1 large chopped Onion
1 tb ginger+garlic paste
1 tb Red chilli powder
1 tb garam masala
Salt to taste


Take a medium sized bowl of water and bring it to boil. Add a pinch of salt and then pasta to it. Keep stirring it once in a while until the pasta is softly boiled. 

Meanwhile, heat 2 tb of oil in a heavy bottomed pan. Add onions, saute them until it turns golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste, a pinch of turmeric and mix well. Now, add the vegetables, salt to taste, red chilli powder, garam masala, mix them well and sprinkle some water on the top and cook them for 5 min closing the lid. Open the lid and check the tenderness of the vegetables. You should find them cooked softly. Drain the water from pasta and add pasta to the pan and mix well. Top it with fresh cilantro leaves and remove from the flame. You can also add 1 tbsp of any pasta sauce before removing from the flame. but it is just optional. The below shown Italian sauce is the one I have used.

Delightful spicy Desi Pasta is now ready to serve. 

*We welcome your valuable suggestions on this Recipe*