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One cup Bengali Chana soaked and cooked
Onion – 1chopped
Garlic 2-3 pods chopped
Pepper -1/2 tsp
Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves
2 tsp all purpose flour
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and grind to a coarse paste.
Make small balls and deep fry in appe pan .
Cover with a lid while cooking
Turn side when one side turns golden brown.

Bread Upma

Bread Upma

Recipe Source- Tarla Dalal


Bread 8-10 pieces – broken into small pieces

Onion – 1 chopped

Green chilli – 2 slit

Ginger- 1/4 tsp chopped

Garlic – 1 -2 pods chopped


Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Curry leaves

Lime juice – half a lime

Heat a wok and add oil.

Add mustard seeds and let crackle.

Add onion, green chilli, Ginger, garlic , curry leaves. Saute for a minute.

Add chopped tomato. Let it cook for a minute . Mash it with spatula . Add Red chilli powder, turmeric powder .

Add tomato ketchup and lemon juice.

Add salt to taste .

Add the bread pieces . Mix well and cook on medium flame for a minute while stirring.

Garnish with corriander leaves .

Potato Masala

potato masala

Potato – 3
Carrot -1
Onion – 1
Green chilli – 2
Ginger – 1 small piece
Besan ( gram flour) – 1tsp
Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Dry red chilli
Chana dal
Urad dal
Curry leaves
Heat the pressure cooker pan . Add oil . Add ingredients under tempering . Add onion , green chilli, ginger saute till onion becomes translucent.
Add vegetables. Add 1/4 tsp turmeric powder . Add water to cook. Add salt as required . Pressure cook for 3 whistles.
After opening the pressure pan , bring the curry to boil . Add besan and turmeric powder mixed in 1/4 cup of water. Let it simmer for a while . Add a few drops of coconut oil . Serve with puri or roti .

PS: In the authentic method you have to boil and mash potatoes. As I am very lazy when it comes to peeling boiled potatoes I went with this method. Nobody at home fancies Puri. So Chapathi masala it is .

Vegetable Kuruma

veg kuruma

Recipe Source : aRtsyuRmi
Again one of the recipes from the blogging days . Urmi gave me the recipe a few years back when I was looking for a fool proof kuruma recipe . I have tweaked it a bit to the liking of the family .
Onion -2 , Potato-1, Carrot-1, Beans-3, Cauliflower-1/2 cup,  Beetroot -1 ( optional) ,  green peas-1/4 cup , green chilli – 2 , ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
For grinding
Coconut – 1/2 cup
Cashew soaked for 10 minutes – 1/4 cup
chilli powder – 1 tbsp
corriander powder – 2 tbsp
garam masala – 1tbsp
For tempering
Oil , bay leaves , cardomom , cinnamon , cloves
Curry leaves or coriander leaves according to your taste
In a pressure pan add oil and raw spices. Saute Onion and ginger garlic paste till the raw smell goes . Add cut veggies and cook with adequate water.
Meanwhile grind coconut , cashew , chilli powder , corriander powder and garam masala to a smooth paste. Saute this mix in a small kadai with some oil till the raw smell goes.
Then add it to the cooked veggies . Add chopped corriander leaves. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Drizzle a few drops of oil for the final effect.
Serve with Roti

Vegetable fried rice with sauteed chicken

fried rice n sauteed chicken

To a wok add two tsp butter , crushed garlic cloves(4-5nos) , crushed pepper corns (8-10nos) .

Saute for some time.

Add diced onion (2nos big ) , two green chilli.

Add some cooking oil if needed.

Add chicken as small pieces.

Saute for some time (10-15 minutes) .  Till the onion gets golden brown . (I use this time to make fried rice.)

Add capsicum , spring onion, baby corn , carrots (all or any) .

Add one tsp soy sauce , 2 tsp sweet and sour sauce.

Again saute for some time. Serve hot .