Bhindi Kurkuri/Crispy Okra

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Hi friends! Here is and easy to prepare crispy Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi recipe.Available year round, lady finger (Aka Okra) better known  as bhindi- can be consumed for its many health benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 500 grams Okra/Ladyfingers/bhindi
  • 1/2 cup Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbs spoons rice flour
  • 1 tsp Dry mango powder/ Amchur
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin roasted and powdered
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt /or to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi very well .  Trim the ends and halve each Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi vertically first and then slice each half into thin strips.

Step 2.

In a deep bowl take the thin stripes of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi add Chick pea flour /Gram flour /besan, rice flour , salt, cumin powder, red chili powder and Dry mango powder/ Amchur and dry mix well.

Step 3.

Drop handful of quoted slices into the hot oil and deep fry on medium heat till golden brown and crisp. Drain on absorbent kitchen towel.

Step 4.

Serve hot with Vegetable biryani and pulaos.

Health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi :

This green, longitudinal gooey-gooey vegetable is used in multiple ways such as, to thicken soups, it can also be eaten sautéed, cooked in typical southern gravy, or even in pickled form. Lady finger is known as a nutritional power and has myriad health benefits because of the plethora of nutrients it contains including minerals, vitamins, fiber and carbohydrates. Check out some of the amazing health benefits of Okra/Ladyfingers/Bhindi

1.Helps you Lose WeightBhindi is low in calorie and is suitable for weight loss purpose. 2. Alleviates Symptoms of Asthma Okra is also rich in Vitamin C, known to alleviate symptoms of asthma.

3.Improves Digestion and Lowers Cholesterol Rich in fiber, bhindi helps with two very common problems faced by people worldwide. One of them is Indigestion. Fiber helps increase bulk of stool by dissolving in water present in the gut. This helps with constipation and straining and makes excretion easy. Second problem that fiber can help with is High Cholesterol. Soluble fiber in gut absorbs cholesterol from food, prevents its absorption and eliminates it from the body.

4.Improves Immunity Bhindi also contains antioxidants along with vitamin C. These constituents of bhindi act as immune boosters against harmful free radicals and also support the immune system.

Ref.http://htv.com.pk/nutrition/surprising-health-benefits-lady-finger-bhindi

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Onion Patty/Onion Kachori

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Hi friends! Happy holi to all of you. Here is an easy recipe of lip smacking, onion filled Spicy Snack for HOLI! These crisp, deep-fried Kachoris stuffed with an onion filling are so irresistible.

Preperation time:10 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: Indian, Snacks

Serves: 12

Ingredients:

For the Filling:

  • 3 tea cups finely chopped onions
  • 1 potatoes, boiled, peeled and coarsely mashed
  • 3 tbsp fresh coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt/ or to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida/heeng
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds, coarsely ground
  • 2 tbsp chick pea flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp amchoor /dried mango powder
  • 6 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger finely grated
  • 3green chilies, remove the seeds, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Cooking oil to deep fry

For the dough:

  • 2 tea cups All purpose flour /maida
  • 1/4 tea cup cooking oil
  • 1 tsp salt /or to taste

 Method:

To make the dough:

Step 1.

In a deep bowl take all purpose flour/ maida, add 4 tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt and knead into a firm dough using water gradually.

Step 2.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen cloth and keep aside for 15 minutes.

For the filling:

Step1.

In a heavy bottom pan/ wok heat 2 tbsp oil in a broad pan. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, , and coarsely ground coriander seeds.

Step 2.

Sauté for half a minute when cumin starts crackling, add finely chopped onions, salt and continue to sauté.

Step 3.

When onions are lightly golden browned, add ginger, garlic, green chilies, red chili powder, and dried mango powder. Mix well and sauté for a few second more,.

Step 4.

Add boiled and coarsely mashed potatoes, and gram flour and finely chopped coriander/cilantro/ dhaiya leaves . Mix well, cook for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 5.

Remove the onion feeling in a bowl and let it cool to room temperature

Step 6.

Divide the dough in twelve equal portions. Roll out each portion of the dough into a 2½ diameter circle. Place 2-3 tbsp of the onion filling in the centre.

Step 7.

Bring the edges and press gently to close. Pat with hands to flatten the kachori, keeping the sides thin. Prick with a fork.

Step 8.

Repeat the same process with remaining portions of the dough.

Step 9.

Heat oil in a deep heavy bottom pan/ wok deep-fry the kachoris on high heat till golden. Drain on an absorbent kitchen napkin and serve hot with coriander/ sweet & sour tamarind chutney .

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Green Chili Fritters

 

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Hi friends! Green Chili fritters / Pakora are delicious and in  winter can be served with a hot cup of Indian masala tea. It’s a simple and easy recipe .

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15minutes

Cuisine : Snacks,

Cuisine: North Indian

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

  • 2 long  green chilies / pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Onion
  • 1/4 cup boiled mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tsp Fennel powdered
  • 2 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt or as per taste
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Oil for deep frying

For the fritter/pakora batter:

  • 1 cup gram flour /besan
  • 2 tbsp rice flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt or/ as per taste

Method:

Step 1.

Wash the chilies, wipe them with kitchen towel, slit each chili lengthwise towards the center vertically without  slitting completely as chili has to be stuffed.

Step 2.

Heat two table spoon oil in a pan/wok , add grated onion. Sauté the onion lightly, add mashed potatoes siring and mixing well. Add salt, turmeric, chili powder, coriander powder, Fennel/saunf powder, and dry mango/amchoor powder, mix well. Cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes more, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Cool the filling mixture to room temperature. Fill the slit chilies with a table spoon of  stuffing gently . Keep aside.

Step 4.

In a mixing bowl take the gram flour, rice flour, chili powder ,baking soda and salt.

Step 5.

Gradually add water to make thick batter and whisk the batter until smooth.

Step 6.

Heat  oil in a wok/kadai or heavy bottom deep pan.

Step 7.

Dip the stuffed chilies one by one in the batter coating the chili from all sides. Gently slide in the hot oil. Fry big chili one at a time. Fry at medium heat until golden brown in color. Remove with a slotted spoon on a kitchen towel to remove excessive oil .

Serve the Green Chili fritters/ hari mirch pakora with tangy coriander chutney and hot cup of tea.

Notes

1.Remove the seeds after slitting the chili.

Health benefits of green chilies:

  • Taking spicy dishes with a lot of chilies and fiery capsaicin or green bell pepper in the summer months will result in cooling down your body by sweating process.
  • Biting a raw green chillies will result in the pain you feel and help to dissolve blood clots and aids in digestion.
  • Intake of it will help a lot in your heart related problems. Eating green chili protects from health problems.
  • It increases your metabolism by burning your calories.
  • It helps you to keep you in better mood.
  • It is a good medicine for arthritis.
  • High amounts of the antioxidant beta-carotene, in it supports the cardiovascular system a lot.
  • The benefits of eating green chilies for health care of eyes and immune system.
  • Helps a lot in blocking the cholesterol content in the body.
  • Vitamin A in it will helpful in the health and maintenance of bones, teeth, mucous membranes.
  • Vitamin C in it plays a key role in the maintenance of bones, teeth and cartilage.
  • It promotes a good health in Intestines.
  • It is a good treatment for nerve-related disorders like persistent pain, psoriasis and neuropathy.
  • It acts as a natural pain reliever that is potent enough to help treat conditions like osteoarthritis.
  • It helps a lot in facial twitching.
  • It helps you to keep away from wrinkles.
  • It acts as an anti inflammatory medicine for skin related issues.
  • It helps maintain the health of the skin.
  • Vitamin C in it helps in the cure of wounds.
  • As an antioxidant, it strengthens overall health and helps the body fight infections.
  • Vitamin C in it will help in providing a glowing skin.

Ref. https://beautyhealthtips.in/incredible-benefits-of-indian-green-chillies/

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Cholia/green chikpeas kebabs

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Cholia/ dried green chikpeas kebabs

What are Green Chickpeas?

Green Chickpeas are young garbanzo beans harvested at their peak of freshness and are nutrition packed! These delicious and nutritious beans are now available dried in grocery stores.

Hi friends! here is a simple ,easy to make recipe of Kebabs. Not all kebabs have to be made with meat! Try out these scrumptious, easy, vegetarian Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas kebab recipe. It is high fiber, tasty and, perfect to serve at lunch or as evening / party snack with any spicy chutney/ dip. This recipe is a superb and yummy substitute for meat kebabs that all will enjoy. Make these Indian-style crisp Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas Kebabs for perfect party snacks or a starter.

Preparation time:  overnight soaking and 20 minutes

Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

Course: Healthy snacks, appetizers

Servings: 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas
  • 1 medium size onion, or / 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 medium size potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • 12 cloves of garlic, minced well
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger finely grated
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro/ Coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt / or salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

For garnishing:

1 medium size onion, cut into rings.

Method:

Step 1.

Wash dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / sukha hara Chanas well and soak it overnight in 500 ml of water.

Step 2.

In a pressure cooker take the soaked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas along with the water soaked in. Place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce to low flame for twenty minutes. Switch off the stove.

Step 3.

Let the cooker come to room temperature, open the lid and take out the cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas in a mixing bowl , strain out the liquid. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Peel wash and cut the onions fine, keep aside.

Step 5.

Peel , mince the garlic cloves, and finely grate the ginger, keep aside.

Step 6.

For the kebabs, tip the drained cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas into a food processor and blend until coarsely mashed, but not puréed. or with a masher you can manually mash the boiled chanas.

Step 7.

Transfer  mashed cooked dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas / Hara Chanas to a mixing bowl and add chopped onions, chopped/ minced garlic and chopped Cilantro/ Coriander leaves. Add corn flour ,salt, green chilies and freshly ground black pepper and mix well in to a dough.

Step 8.

Take about 2 Tbsp of the mixture /dough, in your hands (You can oil your palms if it’s sticking) and make small patties of the dough and shallow fry them in a non stick pan with little oil. Cook till it turns golden brown on both the sides. The mixture is thick enough to hold its shape.

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Step 9.

Take sufficient cooking oil into a deep heavy bottom frying pan and place over medium flame . To test if the oil is hot enough for frying, put a small piece of onion in it, if the onion sizzles in the oil and comes on the surface fast, the oil in the pan is at the correct temperature for frying Kebabs.

Step 10.

Gently slide in Kebabs one by one in hot oil , until the pan is fairly full but not overcrowded. We need to fry them in batches. Fry for 5-6 minutes, turning occasionally, until crisp and golden-brown and cooked through.

Step 11.

Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on Paper kitchen towel to drain out the excessive oil before serving.

Step 12.

Serve the hot and crisp kebabs with the spicy coriander/ cilantro/mint chutney .

Note:

Kebabs can be shallow fried in a non stick pan or deep fried.

Health benefits of Dried Green chickpeas / dried green chanas/ Hara Chanas:

Rich in both types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, chickpeas escort the trapped bile acids out of the body and lower cholesterol levels, thereby contributing to cardiovascular health.

The insoluble fiber content in chickpeas helps in preventing digestive disorders, like irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulosis; hence, promoting positive digestive health.

With folate and magnesium in high amounts, chickpeas protect the body from cardiovascular diseases. Folate reduces the levels of the amino acid, homocysteine which causes damage to the lining of arteries and increases the risk of blood vessel blockages.

With a rich supply of soluble fiber, chickpeas help in balancing blood sugar levels; thus, providing support to diabetic patients suffering from highs and lows of blood sugar levels.

The high fiber content in chickpeas induces feelings of satiety, thereby cutting down the intake of unwanted calories and keeping your appetite under control.

An excellent source of the trace mineral manganese, chickpea boosts production of energy and defends against several diseases.

Molybdenum is a mineral and an antioxidant important for stimulating the body’s mechanism for reducing symptoms of energy, helping with impotency in men, fighting against tooth decay and irritability, and preventing anemia. Molybdenum is found in chickpeas in abundance.

Chickpeas contain phytochemicals called saponins which are highly beneficial for the health of women. They act as antioxidants, providing protection against osteoporosis, lowering the risk of breast cancer, and minimizing hot flushes in post menopausal women.

Chickpeas help in meeting your daily iron requirements.  The deficiency of which reduces the delivery of oxygen throughout the body, resulting in feelings of weakness and tiredness, difficulties in concentration, and increasing the risk of infections.

A good source of iron, chickpeas also help with the proper functioning of the human system and preventing conditions, like anemia, weakness, hair loss, headaches, and other critical health concerns.

Regular consumption of folate is important for the production and maintenance of new cells, particularly during periods of rapid growth, like during pregnancy and infancy. Women, who consume adequate amounts of folate during their childbearing years, can reduce their risk of delivering babies with a neutral tube defect.

Enriched with the amino acid tryptophan, chickpeas are a good source of serotonin which regulates fluctuating moods and sleeping disorders. Eating chickpeas before bedtime leads to calmness and induces a good night’s sleep.

Ref. http://recipeclout.india-server.com/chickpeas.html

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Bondas

BondasHi friends ! Bonda is a typical South Indian snack that has various sweet and spicy versions of it in different regions. Here is a simple, easy to make Aloo bonda recipe, deep fried savory appetizer made with spicy potato mix. When they are serve hot they are crispy outside and soft inside.

Ingredients:

For Bonda

  • 4 medium potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
  • 1 medium size onions, Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/4 tsp asafetida /hing
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 2/3 tsp salt or / salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup of water Approx.
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

For Batter

Step 1.

In a mixing bowl take gram flour /besan, salt ,rice flour, red chili powder and baking powder. Add water carefully to make a thick and smooth batter. Keep aside.

For Bonda

Step 1.

Heat a table spoon oil in a frying pan on medium heat, add mustard seeds as the seeds crack add curry leaves, turmeric and onions. Fry till onions become translucent or very slightly change colour .

Step 2.

Add potatoes, red chili powder, and salt. Mix well and stir fry for about 2-3 minutes over medium heat. Add cilantro mix it well. Turn of the heat.

Step 3.

Cool the cooked spiced potato, onion mix. Divide the mix into about 15 equal portions and make each portion into a smooth round ball shape with your palms. Keep ready all the bondas in a tray, for frying.

Step 4.

Heat oil in a frying pan for deep frying on medium high heat. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter comes up right away.

Step 5.

Dip the potato balls into the batter one at a time, making sure the potato balls are fully coated with the batter. Then, gently slid each batter coated potato ball in the frying pan.

Step 6.

Turn them gently until fried on all sides. Fry till the bondas are golden-brown from all sides.Serve bondas hot with Coconut chutney.

 Good points:

Low in cholesterol

High in selenium

High in thiamin

High in vitamin A

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Red beans Galouti Kebabs

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Red Bean /Kidney bean /Rajma Kebabs

The kidney bean is a variety of the common bean Phaseous vulgaris. It is named for its visual resemblance in shape and color to a kidney. Red kidney beans can be confused with other beans that are red, such as adzuki beans.There are different groups of kidney beans, such as:

  • Red kidney bean (also known as: common kidney bean, Rajma in India, Surkh(Red) Lobia in Pakistan).
  • Light speckled kidney bean (and long shape light speckled kidney bean).
  • Red speckled kidney bean (and long shape light speckled kidney bean).

What are kebabs ?

Kebab (also kebap, kabob, kebob, or kabab) is a Middle Eastern, Eastern Mediterranean, and South Asian dish of pieces of meat, fish, or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit[.

Hi friends !The Galouti kebabs were made famous by “Lucknow”, India ‘s royal chefs. ‘Galouti’ or ‘Galawati’ means melt in the mouth. A mix of kidney beans and Indian spices, with corn flour, all purpose flour are shallow fried to gorgeous brown.These are definitely  delicious, easy to make vegetarian kebabs, will melt in your mouth once you have tasted them.

Prep time : Overnight soaking

Cook time : 25 + 20 minutes

Cuisine : Indian, Utter Pradesh

Course: Appetizers

Serves : 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kidney beans/  Red Bean / Rajma
  • 1 small sized onion, chopped fine /1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1small sized tomato, finely chopped
  • 2 green chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger, finely grated
  • 1 tbsp garlic , crushed
  • 2 tbsp Cilantro /coriander leaves/ finely chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp Corn flour
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour / maida
  • 1 tsp Salt / or salt to taste
  • Oil for fryingDry Roast:
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds / khus khus
  • 2 green cardamoms
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1 tsp cumin seed /jeera
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1tsp chironji /Charoli
  • 9 cashew nuts

Method:

Step 1.

Wash and soak Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans overnight in 500 ml water.

Step 2.

In a pressure take the soaked Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans along with the water soaked in. Close the lid and place the cooker on high flame. The moment full pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low lame. Let it cook for 25 minutes, switch off the stove.

Step 3.

When the cooker cools down to room temperature, open the lid and drain and transfer the boiled Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans to a mixing bowl. Keep aside.

Step 4.

Dry roast cumin/ jeera, cinnamon, green and black cardamoms, cloves and cashew nuts, chironji and poppy seeds / khus khus. Cool to room temperature and grind to a fine powder.

Step 5.

Add red chili powder, salt, and dry roasted ground masala, to the / Rajma /kidney beans in the mixer jar. Grind Red beans / Rajma /kidney beans into a coarse paste. Remove it in a mixing bowl.
Step 5.

Add chopped onion, tomatoes ,green chilies , chili powder, grated ginger, garlic paste, lemon juice, corn flour , all purpose flour / maida and mix well. Make elongated kebabs from the mixture.

Step 6.

Heat oil in a non- stick wok / pan fry and shallow fry the kebabs till equally done on all sides. Serve the delicious kebabs hot with green garlic chutney / coriander chutney.

The health benefits of red kidney beans:

Prevents diabetes

Red kidney beans fall in the category of low glycemic index foods and they do not spike the blood glucose levels post meal in diabetics. In other words, they raise the blood glucose levels very slowly. Also, they contain good quality carbohydrates and lean protein which makes them a healthy option. And the cherry on the cake is that they are low in fat too. Also, the two amino acids which regulate insulin levels — arginine and leucine are present abundantly in red kidney beans.

Lowers cholesterol levels

Rajma is a tremendous source of soluble fibre which helps lower cholesterol levels. Soluble fibre forms a gel when it comes in contact with the stomach contents and this binds the cholesterol and prevents its re-absorption back into the system, thus lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Prevents hypertension 

Nutritious red kidney beans are also a very good source of potassium and magnesium along with soluble fibre and protein which helps maintain blood pressure within normal range and protects the over-all heart health. Potassium and magnesium dilate the blood vessels and arteries thus assuring smooth blood flow.

Helps lose weight

These fibre-rich beans when consumed, occupy a lot of space in the stomach thus providing a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time and they are low in fat too. This makes it an appropriate pre-workout option as it will provide sustained energy throughout.

Strengthens the immune system

The health benefits of rajma are not just limited to its fibre and protein content as it is full of antioxidants too. These antioxidants boost our immune system and protect it from the harmful effects of free radicals by scavenging them and limiting the damage. Antioxidants are also believed to have anti-ageing properties.

Combine rajma with vegetables in the form of salads or soups to make it more nutritious. Eating red kidney beans every day can become boring or monotonous, here is another interesting way to incorporate it in your daily diet: Red kidney bean flour/powered beans can be added to wheat flour to make more nutritious chapattis or Indian flat bread, khakra, wraps, chilas, dosas, pancakes, etc.

Ref. http://www.thehealthsite.com/fitness/5-health-benefits-rajma-or-red-kidney-beans/

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Baby Potatoes

 

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Baby potatoes are the potatoes which are removed from the soil before they are fully grown. Because of this , baby potatoes have a sweeter flavor. Baby potatoes usually have a pale brown thin outer skin. They are used all over the world in a variety of dishes like salads, vegetable accompaniments to even main courses. Baby potatoes can be cooked using various recipes, can be baked, grilled, steamed, broiled, roasted, stir fried, etc.

Hi friends !If you are looking for a simple and spicy dish to go well with rice pilaf, this is a very easy recipe with baby potatoes.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total Cook time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4
Cuisine: Indian

Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Kg small /baby Potatoes
  • 1 tsp Red chilie powder
  • 12 Sambar Onions (shallots)
  • 12 Garlic pods
  • 2 tbsp White vinegar
  • 1/2 level tsp Salt /to taste
  • 1/2 cup Oil

Method:

Step 1.

In a pressure cooker wash and put baby potatoes add three cups of water and close the lid. Place the cooker on high flame, the moment full pressure is formed, reduce the heat to low flame. After five minutes switch off the stove. When pressure cooker cools down to room temperature open the lid and take out the potatoes, peel the skin and keep aside.

Step 2.

Grind together without water, sambar onions /shallots / pearl onions, garlic pods, and white vinegar to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

Step 3.

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Add and sauté the peeled baby potatoes over low flame for a few minutes. Keep on tossing well, so that the potatoes become golden brown and crisp all around. Remove the fried potatoes in a bowl and keep aside.

Step 4.

In the same pan add left over oil and heat , add the onion, garlic, vinegar ground paste and sauté for a minute ill garlic ginger paste slightly changes colour. Add fried potatoes to the fried paste and gently mix. Cover and cook over low flame, stirring and mixing the potatoes frequently.

Step 5.

After 5– 8 minutes of cooking on low flame, when the paste is well coated and blended with the potatoes ,( it would have coated the potatoes well). Switch off the stove.

Step 6.

Serve hot Garnishing it with finely chopped cilantro /Coriander leaves. It goes very well with rice pilaf.

Note:

If baby potatoes are not available big potatoes can be cut in big cubes.

Frying the potatoes in the beginning, before adding the onion paste will ensure a lovely golden colour and enhanced taste.

Ref.http://www.caloriecount.com/calories-fresh-easy-baby-potatoes-i296013

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