Thursday, February 18, 2016

कोबीची पचडी / Kobichi Pachadi / Shredded Cabbage Salad

This is a typical Maharashtrian koshimbir or salad recipe. It is a simple side dish which can be eaten with roti or just as a salad. This is not a yogurt based salad though that's why I guess it is called pachadi. It is quick and easy to make, with few ingredients you can have a healthy and tasty side dish.

Ingredients(serves 2-3)

2 cup shredded cabbage
2 tbs roasted coarse peanut powder
2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp lime juice
Salt as per taste
1 tbs chopped cilantro

For Tempering

2 tsp oil
1/4 tsp mustard seeds
1/8 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
1/8 tsp turmeric powder
1 small green chili cut into 3-4 pieces


In a serving bowl, assemble together, shredded cabbage, coarse peanut powder, sugar, lime juice, chopped cilantro and salt.

Heat a small pan and add oil. Once heated, add mustard and cumin seeds, after they crackle add asafoetida, turmeric and green chilis. Shut off the gas. Add this tempering to the above assembled salad. Mix everything together, give it a taste and adjust the seasoning and serve. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Corn Biryani

I love one pot meals and most cultures have their own versions of one pot meal. It is the best solution to quick and easy cooking when you don't have time to make an elaborate meal. Rice is so versatile, which is why it is my favorite component in one pot meals. Biryani is an Indian dish which is made with rice, spices, meat and vegetables. Today's recipe is pure vegetarian though. So let's get started. 

Ingredients(Serves 4-5)

For Rice(cooked separately)
1 1/2 cup uncooked rice
2 cloves
3-4 peppercorns
2 inch cinnamon 
2 green cardamom
Salt as per taste
Approximately 3 1/2 cup water

For Vegetables(cooked separately) 
1 cup frozen corn
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tomato chopped
1 onion chopped
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2-3 tbsp chopped cilantro
5-6 cashews
3 green chilies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp pav bhaji masala
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbs chopped fresh cilantro
Salt as per taste

Cook the rice with all the ingredients separately. Fluff the cooked rice with fork and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. Fry cashews and take them out. Add cumin seeds and wait until they splutter. Add chopped onion, ginger-garlic paste and green chilies. Saute until onions are translucent and there's nice aroma of ginger and garlic. Next goes chopped tomatoes and cook until they are become nice and juicy. Add corn and peas, saute for few minutes. Now goes spices, add garam masala, pav bhaji masala, chili powder and salt. Add chopped cilantro and stir again. Now goes in the main ingredient, cooked rice. Also add the fried cashews and mix everything together. Adjust the seasoning, if it needs more salt or any other spices then this is the time to do it. Once done serve it hot with cucumber raita or plain yogurt.