Creamy & Yummilicios Daal Makhni

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Daal Makhni

Daal Makhni

 

This one brings lots of memories back- my Bro’s favorite and I loved it too! Can never make it the way Mom does it but try to follow her recipe every time. She always added lot of butter to this and served us with hot chapattis with ghee – “YUM” I say, Mom you are the best!  As far as I remember my brother loved it with Rice- and if he loved it with rice I had to love it with Chapattis!

This goes well with chapattis and rice- I made hot Naans with it and it rocked, makes my weekend complete!

Ingredients-

150g whole urad dal (black lentils)

50g rajma (red kidney beans)

10g ginger, peeled and grated

3 – 4 garlic cloves paste, 2-3 bay leaves

2 green chilies- cut vertically

salt to taste1tbsp ghee or oil as perferred

1 tsp cumin seeds

Puree of 3 medium size tomatoes

Puree of 2 Onions

100g butter

30 ml cream

Chili powder to taste

1 tsp garam masala

2-3 tsp coriander powder

Method-

 

Soak the lentils (urad, rajma) in water for 6 hours, or preferably overnight. Wash it.

Add salt and water to the lentils and pressure cook the lentils. Drain off if there is excess water excess water and mash the lentils lightly with the back of a ladle. Keep aside.

To make the tadka, heat the ghee or oil in a heavy pan until hot, and add the bay leaves cumin seeds- once they crackle add the garlic and ginger paste and fry until beginning to color. Add the chopped onions and sauté them until they are brown and fried properly- this will take about 10-15 minutes. You can add a tbsp water if they start sticking to the pan.  Add the chopped tomatoes and stir for about ten minutes until the tomato is soft and cooked. Add to the cooked dal, mixing well. Bring the dal to the boil again, adding the chili powder, coriander powder, butter & cream. Simmer gently for 30 minutes.

Add the gram masala and chopped coriander. Serve hot with Chapattis or Rice or Nan- Delicious!

Tangy Stuffed Hari Mirchis!

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Besan ki Bharwa Mirchi

I and my husband just love these stuffed mirchis, I won’t talk too much and will just start with the preparation!

Besan ki Bharwa Mirchi-  Stuffed Green Chillies

Besan ki Bharwa Mirchi- Stuffed Green Chillies

Ingredients:

8-10 Big Green Chllies

1 Cup Gram Flour (Besan)

1 – 2 tsp Coriander Powder (Dhaniya Powder)

2 tsp Dry Mango Powder (Amchoor)

1/4 tsp Garam Masala

Pinch of Asafoetida

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds (Zeera)

1 tsp Turmeric Powder

Red Chilli powder as per taste

Salt as per taste

Chopped Cilantro

1 tsp Lemon Juice

Oil- 2 Tablespoon

Method

Stuffing

For the Stuffing, roast the besan to brown, once it cools down add salt, red chilli powder, amchoor powder, garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric powder, cumin seeds, chopped cilantro and a pinch of asafetida. Now Mix it all.

I have come across some recipes, where people add friend onions/ginger garlic paste etc. to this as well and that tastes great too!

Preparation

Slit the Green Chillies vertically. Now stuff the above mixture into the vertical cut made on the Chilies..

Heat oil in a pan; add 1/4 tsp cumin seeds and a pinch of turmeric powder and asafetida. Put the stuffed mirchis in the pan, cover the lid, and let them cook for sometime If there is any extra stuffing left, sprinkle it on the stuffed mirchis. Keep the flame low and change the sides of the vegetable gently after every 5-7 minutes until its skin becomes soft. You can add additional salt for the mirchis as per taste. Sprinkle lemon juice over the Mirchis to add to the tanginess and there you are! Take it off heat and serve the tasty Karelas with hot chappatis- Just like I am doing it today!

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