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Urad Daal – Slow Cooker Recipe

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A beautiful Daal with a soothing, homey feel to it that is sure to satisfy the palate and the soul. Simple, easy and delicious Urad Daal can also be made as easyly on the stove-top in a sauce pan or in a pressure cooker. Enjoy this Gujarati roadside dhabba dish.

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 4 Hours
Serves: 4-5
Ingredients:

Urad Daal – 1 cup
Water – 6 cups
Salt – to taste
Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp or to taste

Seasoning:
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Ghee – 1/2 Tbsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Dry Red Chilies – 2 or to taste
Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
Curry Leaves – few leaves
Green Chillies – slit, to taste
Ginger – 1/2 tbsp, minced
Garlic – 1/2 tbsp, minced

Cilantro – for garnish

Method:

1. Wash the Urad Daal under the tap till the water runs clear.
2. In the Slow Cooker combine the Daal and the Water.
3. Give the daal a mix, cover and cook on high for 4 hours .
4. After the 4 hours, open, mix and add Salt and Lemon/Lime Juice and mix.
5. To work on the seasoning, heat Oil & Ghee in a skillet.
6. Add in the Cumin Seeds and allow them to sizzle.
7. Add in the Dry Red Chillies, Asafoetida, Curry Leaves, Green Chillies, Ginger & Garlic. Cook for a minute.
8. Add the seasoning to the Daal, add in fresh chopped Cilantro and it’s ready to serve.
9. Enjoy with Chapatis, Rice or by itself, as a soup.

Tips:
Pressure Cooker Method:
1. Cook Daal with the Water and allow the Pressure Cooker to whistle 1 time.
2. Turn the flame off and allow the pressure to go down by itself.
3. Open the Cooker follow the same steps mentioned above.

Stove-Top Method:
1. Cook Water and Daal in a Saucepan, covered, till the Daal is cooked.
2. Follow the same steps as the Slow-Cooker Method.

 

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Sindhi Kadhi Indian Recipe

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Sindhi Kadhi is a dish that is fully rounded and has so many levels of flavor. The hints of sweet and tangy combined with the spiciness and the beautifully colored vegetables is a feast to the eyes and to the hungry stomach. Change out the vegetables, eliminate some you don’t like or add on the ones you love – it’s a very forgiving dish. Enjoy this Sindhi Kadhi with some plain white Basmati Rice and you’ll need little else to satisfy the soul.

 

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Serves: 4 – 6

Ingredients:

Water – 5.5 Cups + .5 Cups
Besan/Chick Pea Flour – 1/3 Cup
Drumsticks – 1 Cup, cut to 1″ length
Carrots – 2 med. peeled, washed and cut
Cauliflower – 2 big florets, cut to bite-size
Green Beans – 10, cut to 1/2″ pieces
Potato – 1 medium, cubed
Green Chillies – 4 or to taste, slit
Small Eggplants – 3, cubed
Oil – 1 tbsp
Methi / Fenugreek Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp or to taste
Salt – to taste
Jaggery – 2 tbsp or to taste
Tamarind – 2 tbsp or to taste
Cilantro – for garnish

Method:

1. In pressure cooker, combine the Chickpea Flour and the 5.5 cups of Water and remove all lumps.
2. Pressure cook for 1 whistle and allow the pressure to release by itself.
3. In a small saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup Water and the Drumsticks and allow them to come to a boil.
4. Once the Water and the Drumsticks have come to a boil, low heat to a simmer and cook till ready to use.
5. In a big open pan, heat Oil on medium heat and add in the Fenugreek Seeds and allow them to sizzle.
6. Add in Turmeric and Red Chilli Powder and immediately after that all the Vegetables (Potatoes, Green Chilies, Carrots, Cauliflower, Beans & Eggplant)
7. Turn the flame up to a high, mix and coat all the Vegetable with the Oil.
8. Cook for about 3 minutes or till the Vegetables get a slight golden brown and lower the heat to a medium.
9. Add in the Chickpea Flour and Water, add the Drumsticks and the water, cover and cook for 15 minutes.
10. Add in the Salt, Jaggery and Tamarind Paste and mix.
11. Increase heat and allow the Kadhi to reduce and thicken up to a thin custard consistency.
12. Garnish with Cilantro and serve with Rice.

 

 
 

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Bengali Mustard Fish Curry

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On a trip to Bangalore, India a few years back, we met a wonderful Bengali chef named Manik Malik. He shared his very popular Bengali Fish Curry recipe with us. Fish lovers will rejoice at this delicious curry recipe made with simple ingredients and a simple process.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients:

Fish (firm variety) – 1/2 lb (approx 500 g) – cleaned
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/4 tsp

Mustard Oil – 3 Tbsp
Onion – 1/2 large
Tomato – 1/2 large
Garlic – 7 to 8 large cloves
Green Chilies – to taste
Mustard Seeds – 1 Tbsp
Cumin Powder – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/4 tsp or to taste
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Hot Water – 1 1/2 cups
Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) – for garnishing

Method:

1. Marinate Fish for 10 minutes with 1/4 tsp of Turmeric Powder and 1/4 tsp Salt.
2. In a grinder or blender, form a paste of Onion, Tomato, Garlic, Green Chilies and Mustard Seeds.
3. Heat Mustard Oil in a pan and fry the fish for 1 minute on each side. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate and keep aside.
4. In the same oil, add ground paste, Cumin Powder, Red Chili Powder, Turmeric Powder and Salt. Mix well, cover and cook for 2-3 minutes.
5. Once mixture stops splattering, uncover and continue to cook until the oil separates from the mixture.
6. Add Fish back in and coat it with the mixture.
7. Add hot Water and gently stir.
8. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes.
9. Garnish with Cilantro and serve hot with Rice or Chapati.

 

 
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Gongura Daal – Andhra Cuisine

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Gongura (also known as pitwaa or sorrel leaves) is a green, leafy plant that has many different uses in Indian cuisine. The popular Gongura Pickle is found in most Indian grocery store shelves. Gongura is a great source of Iron, folic acid and other anti-oxidants. Try this Andhra inspired Gongura Daal recipe (Gongura Pappu) and experience the fresh, tangy flavors of fresh gongura leaves.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4 to 5

Ingredients:

Gongura Leaves – 1/2 lb (Discard stems, wash and chop leaves)
Masoor Daal – 1 cup
Water – 2 1/2 cups plus more for desired consistency
Salt – to taste
Oil – 1 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida – 1/8 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves – 1 sprig
Onion – 1/2 medium, finely chopped
Ginger – 1/2 Tbsp, minced
Garlic – 1/2 Tbsp, minced
Chilies – to taste, minced
Tomatoes – 1 medium, chopped

Method:

1. Pressure cook Masoor Daal with 2 1/2 cups Water and Salt for 1 whistle. Do not open pressure cooker until all internal pressure is released.
2. Meanwhile, heat Oil in a large pan on medium heat.
3. Add Mustard Seeds and allow them to pop.
4. Add Cumin Sees and allow them to sizzle.
5. Add Asafoetida, Turmeric Powder and Curry Leaves. Mix.
6. Immediately add Onions, Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilies and a little Salt. Mix and cook for 2-3 minutes until Onions are translucent.
7. Add Gongura Leaves, mix and cook for 7-10 minutes (until sliminess is gone from leaves).
8. Add Tomatoes and mix.
9. Add cook Masoor Daal, additional water as needed to get desired consistency, and adjust salt.
10. Bring daal to a boil and remove from heat.
11. Serve hot with Rice or Chapati.

 

 
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