Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Weekly lunch plan- 6,7,8

Menu plan 6-

1. Zeera rice
3. Deep fried lasun vadis
5.Malai wale tinda
(will be posting the recipe soon)

Menu plan 7-

1. Tendli talasani - You can chop or crush tendli
For instant talasani-https://cookingwithoutkitchen.blogspot.in/2013/11/crispy-ivy-gourd-sookhi-tendli.html
4. Apple

Menu plan 8-

1. Saadhe or goad varan
For video-(https://youtu.be/b8lj2N-zKPE)
For Instant varan-http://cookingwithoutkitchen.blogspot.com/2013/07/plain-dal.html
2. Phulka
3. Dragon fruit
4. Bitter gourd rava-tava fry
(http://ushaupchar.com/bitter-gourd-fry-i-hagalakayi-fry/) shallow fried on tava covered it with a lid while frying.
5. Red amaranth(Lal chauli saag) bhaaji

Monday, 21 August 2017

Tendli and kala chana bhaji - Maharastrian

You can prepare this in a small 1 or 2 litre pressure cooker, in a very short time.
 It's possible to make this in a kadai or a non-stick pan too.Use pressure cooked kala chana.

250 g tendli (cut lengthwise)

¼ cup brown chickpea (kala chana, soak it overnight)
1 tbsp oil

½ tsp Mustard
½ tsp Jeera

¼ tsp Hing (asafoetida)
5-6 Curry leaves (chop them finely)
2 Green chillies (fresh or frozen)(slit or chop into half)
½ tsp Turmeric pd (haldi)
1 tsp Chilli pd
1 tsp Coriander-cumin pd (dhania-jeera pd)
2 tbsp Grated coconut (fresh or frozen)
1 tbsp Coriander leaves (hara dhania ) finely cut –( fresh or frozen)


1. Pressure cook kala chana with 1 glass of fresh water (150 ml). Discard the water in which you had soaked chana.

2. Place a sieve on a bowl and pour out the cooked chana into it. Collect all the liquid. Next keep the kala chana in another bowl.
3.Clean the pressure cooker with water and keep it on the stove.
4. When hot pour 1 tbsp oil into it and put in mustard seeds. As it starts popping put in cumin, hing and haldi. Cumin will also pop in this hot oil. Next put in green chillies and curry leaves and fry these slightly till green chillies are fried and turns dark green and glossy.
5. You can put in tendli, chilli powder, dhania jeera pd, grated coconut and coriander leaves. Also add salt and the water in which the chana had been cooked.
6. Pressure cook for 1 whistle. 
7. Mix in the kala chana and stir on medium flame for few minutes.

8. This subzi goes well with chapati or rice and dal.

If you are using frozen ingredients do not defrost it. Just remove these from freezer as and when it goes into the pan. If you keep it out for long these will become limp and taste of the sabzi gets affected.

Do not pressure cook chana and tendli. Tendli needs less time to cook and chana needs 3-4 whistles in a cooker. Overcooked tendli will loose its green color.

Lunch meal idea 4

Friday, 4 August 2017

Freezing ginger, garlic and green pepper in bulk

Cut the hard tip of each garlic clove and chop them in the food processor. You don't have to peel each clove. Mix in salt and freeze it in an airtight container.

Scrub ginger to remove all sand particles, wash well and spread on a cloth to dry. Cut them into medium sized pieces and chop in food processor. Mix in salt and freeze them in ice trays. When frozen remove these ginger cubes and store in closed box in the freezer.

Wash and pat dry the green chillies with a towel.  Remove stalks and freeze them in a plastic box.Take them out as many you require and cut them as per recipe. 

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Weekly lunch plan 1-5

Here are few menu plans for lunch. They are quick to make if you have cut the vegetables and refrigerated them the previous day. I have tried out recipes from various cookbooks, youtube videos and blogs. I have given their links too.

Lunch meal idea 1.

1- Ponnanganni keerai kootu

2- Mix veg (gajbaje- konkani style)

3- Musoppu (mashed greens in Bengaluru style)

4- Makai +wheat flour roti (Same as phulka, replace 1/2 wheat flour with corn meal- makkai atta)

Lunch meal idea 2.

1. Gavar batata in lasun chutney

2. Mooli sambharia

3. Roti, curd, cucumber slices

Lunch meal idea 3.

1. Long beans udupi style

2. Chayote squash(chowchow) hyderabadi style

3. Roti and curd

Lunch meal idea 4.

1. Tere alwathi -  Arbi leaves with garlic tempering (Konkani)
(Followed the recipe with slight changes ,skipped green gram,replaced hog plum with tamarind and      used ginger paste.Tempered it with fried crushed garlic.)

2. Tendli and kala chana bhaji (Maharashtrian)

Lunch meal idea 5.

1. Alu paratha (mashed potato, green chutney, saunf filling)

2. Rajma (First pressure cooked the rajma and then added this into bay leaf- jeera tadka, put in onion-tomato-ginger-garlic masala, chilli and haldi pd, kasuri methi fried well and  lastly added a bit of fresh cream)

3. Beetroot koshambir