Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Vegetable Makhani

Vegetable Makhani

Vegetable Makhani or Sabji Makhanwala is a creamy and rich vegetable curry that goes well with naan or pulao. This is a home made version of popular restaurant style makhanwala. The gravy is creamy and smooth like Kurma. It is a tomato and nut based gravy enriched by cream. Try this recipe,you will surely love it.

Paneer cubed- 100 gram
Potato cubed- 1 cup
Carrots small-2
Green peas- 3/4 cup
Capsicum- 1/2 
(add any vegetable of your choice)
Onion- 1
Green chilly-2
Ginger- 1 inch thick piece
Garlic- 3-4 pods
Cashew nuts- 7-8
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder- 1 1/3 tsp
Coriander powder- 1 tsp
Garam masala- 1/2 tsp
Kasoori methi powder- a pinch
Cream- 1/2 cup
Cinnamon stick- 1
Cloves- 3
Green cardamom- 3
Coriander leaves- garnish
Oil and salt to taste

Boil vegetables (except capsicum) with little salt, green chilly and 1/2 cup water.

Heat oil in a pan and add chopped onion, cashew nuts, chopped ginger and garlic and saute for a minute. Add 3 chopped tomatoes and saute till the tomato turns soft and mushy. Allow this to cool down and make a puree.

In a pan add some oil and fry paneer till it turns golden brown. In the same way saute the capsicum till soft and keep aside.

In the same oil add the whole spice ( cardamom, clove and cinnamon). After a minute add the tomato onion paste and saute for a few minutes or till the raw flavor disappears. Mix  chilly powder, turmeric powder and coriander  powder and one cup of water.
Cover and simmer for about 4-5 minutes or till oil separates .When the gravy thickens add the boiled vegetables, fried paneer,capsicum and  garam masala. Cook in low flame for another two minutes. Add the cream , kasoori methi powder and chopped coriander, mix and switch off the flame.

Serve with naan, chapati or pulao.

Try this,
Hope you will all enjoy!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Unni Madhuram/ Sweet Banana Balls

Unni Madhuram/ Sweet Banana Balls

Unni madhuram is a sweet snack made with left over bread and ripe plantains. There are several recipes for deep fried banana balls and my personal favorite is undan pori, a popular tea stall snack.I am  loving unni mathuram because of its simplicity and taste .Both these snack are crispy and sweet and made with bananas. Unni mathuram is a Malabar snack. It is extra crunchy in the outside with a sweet spongy center.It is a quick fix snack and kids will love this tea time snack.

Ripe plantains-2
Banana/cheru pazham-2 (optional)
Bread sliced- 6
Cardamom powder-  1/2 tsp
Sugar- 3-4 tbs
Salt- a pinch
Cashew nuts -5-6
Ghee- 1 tsp
Oil for frying

Use dry left over bread for this recipe. You can sun dry it or lightly toast it in the oven.
Cut bread into bits and add to a food processor. Pulse a few times. You will get course crumbs. Reserve two to three tbs of bread crumbs and use the rest for the recipe.

Chop cashew nuts finely and roast in ghee till golden brown.

Finely chop the plantains into small pieces. To this add mashed small plantain/cheru pazham , cardamom powder, salt, sugar , roasted cashew nuts and ghee. Blend and lightly mash this with your hand and add the bread crumbs and mix. Knead like a dough so that the crumbs become moist and it becomes a homogeneous mixture.
Heat oil in a pan. Take small portions of the dough and make small lemon sized balls. Roll each in the reserved bread crumbs and carefully slide into the oil. Fry in medium for two to three minutes or till the dumplings turn golden brown. Drain into paper towels.Serve with tea.

Try it,
 Hope you will all enjoy!

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