Thursday, July 29, 2010

Kobi Dal (Cabbage with chana Dal)

This is a very common recipe in Maharashtrian meal. My husband doesn't like cabbage very much but if I made this version of it, he will happily eat the sabji. It is very easy to make and very crunchy. You can make recipe with cauliflower instead of cabbage.


Cabbage - 250 gms.

Chana dal - 1/4 cup

Green chilli - 2-3

Oil- 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin Seeds - 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Asafetida - a pinch

Curry leaves - 3-4

Salt to taste


Soak Chana dal for half an hour. Finely chop cabbage. Chop green chilli in small pieces. Heat oil in kadai. Make tempering of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafetida and turmeric powder. Put green chilies and curry leaves into it. Drain water in chana dal. Add dal into kadai and saute it for 1 minute. Now add chopped cabbage. Mix wel. Cover it with lid and pour little water on lid. My Aai says by this method cabbage will get cooked nicely on steam without sticking at bottom. Cook on low flame. Then add salt and mix wel. When Cabbage cooked properly remove from the flame. Serve with chapati / Poli.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Patvadyachi Aamti

Once again with a very different spicy curry. This vacation when I visited my Parent's place, many guests were there for a religious function. We got bored by sweets and satvik food. So Puranik Mavshi (She is a very nice cook and she comes for cooking at my mum's place for all functions) prepared this yum curry, 'Patvadyachi Aamti, that means curry with besan dumplings. This is very nice option when we don't have any vegetable in fridge. So the recipe is from Puranik Mavshi…. Lots of thanks to her.


For Gravy

Grated dry coconut - 1/4 cup

Onion - 2

Garlic cloves - 9-10

Ginger - 1/4 teaspoon

Sesame seeds - 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds (Khuskhus) - 1/2 tablespoon

Cloves - 2-3

Cinnamon - 2-3 inch

Black Pepper - 2-3

Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon

Black cardamom - 1

Red chili Powder - 1 tablespoon

Turmeric Powder - 1 teaspoon

Oil - 1/4 cup

Salt as per taste

For Patvadya (dumplings)

Bengal gram flour (Besan) - 1 cup

Red chili Powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Carom Seeds (Ajwain ) - 1/4 teaspoon

Salt as per taste

Oil - 1 tablespoon


For Gravy

Heat 1 teaspoon Oil in kadai and fry vertically sliced onions till it turns to golden brown. Then fry ginger and garlic in little oil. Roast grated coconut. Take 1 teaspoon oil in hot kadai and fry poppy seeds, sesame seeds, cloves, cardamom, black pepper, cumin seeds . Make a paste of above all fried and roasted ingredients. Now heat remaining oil in kadai. Put sugar in oil, with this oil layer (tavang) will come on curry. Now add the paste, turmeric powder and red chili powder in it. Fry till the mixture leaves oil on side of the kadai. Add little hot water and mix well. When it starts boiling then add little by little. Add salt and mix well. Cook it for 5 minutes. Gravy is ready.

For Patvadya (dumplings)
Mix all ingredients and knead a stiff dough with warm water. Put some oil on hands before kneading so that the dough will not become sticky. Now Make small 6-7 balls of the dough. Roll the ball like roti. Dust besan on base and on rolling pin too. The roti should not be very thick or thin. Cut it in diamond shape like we do in Varan phal. Repeat for remaining balls.

Now heat the gravy and add these diamonds in the boiling gravy one by one. Cover it and let it cook for 8-10 minutes. It should not get over cooked. Serve hot with Roti or bhakri and with Onion slices and lemon wedges.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Ratalyacha kees (Grated sweet Potato Stir fry)

Once again it's a Ashadhi Ekdashi, that is Maha Ekadashi. It is celebrated all over Maharashtra. Details of this Ekadashi was written in my last year's post, Sabudana Khichadi for MahaEkadashi.
Ratale, is the marathi name for Sweet potato. It is Mostly used for fast. On Ekadashi you have to fast for complete day. So we Maharashtrian makes variety of fasting food this day. This dish is one of them. It is very easy and quick to make.


Ratale (Sweet Potato) - 250 gms.

Danyacha Kut (Roasted Peanut powder) - 2 tablespoon

Chopped Green Chilies - 2-3

Ghee - 1 tablespoon

Jeera (Cumin seeds) - 1 teaspoon

Lemon - 1/2

Salt as per taste.


Wash neatly sweet potatoes because it is having lots of mud on it. Wipe and peel the skin. Now take water in a big bowl. Grate the sweet potatoes and immediately put into water otherwise it will become black. Take a kadai and heat ghee into it. (You can use Oil instead of ghee). Add jeera then chopped green chilies. Then squeeze out water from sweet potato add potatoes in kadai. Mix wel and cover it with lid. Let it cook for 4-5 minutes. When it is cooked add salt and peanut powder. Mix wel. Remove from the flame and add lemon juice. Mix it . Serve this Kees with curd.

Cooking with Seeds- Sago

This post is specially for the Cooking with Seeds- Sago  event. initiated by Priya.
I am reposting recipes from Sago,  regularly cooked in Maharashtrian Kitchen.

Sabudana Khichadi

Today I am going to give you recipe of everyone's favorite Sabudana Khichadi (Sakhi).

Sabudana Thalipith
 I am posting one more recipe for fast. After sabudana khichadi, sabudana vada is very famous among everybody. But it's very oily, I prefer to make sabudana thalipith instead of vadas. This thalipith tastes good with coconut chutney or sweet mango or lime pickle.

Today I am posting another special dish by my Aai, Sabudana Pachadi. Usually in Maharashtra sabudana (sago) is eaten on Fasting day only. But this is not a Fasting dish. It is made up of Sabudana (Sago) & Chana daal. I am very much sure u will also love it……..

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Ajab Sev ki Gazab Vadi

Last two three months I had lots of guests at my place. So I prepared lots of variety foods. But while preparing this lots of different types of sev got stored in my shelf. I was thinking what can I do with this ….I wanted something different and not any typical one. So I mixed all sev and grinded to powder. And made vadi from it. Because it contains Bikaneri bhujia and other varieties, it was tasting awesome. Nobody identified that it is of remaining sev:)

Powdered sev - 1 cup

Chopped Coriander leaves - 1/4 cup

Red chili powder - 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Garlic paste - 1 teaspoon

Sesame seeds - 1-2 teaspoon

Oil - 2-3 tablespoon

Sugar - 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water for kneading.


Mix all ingredients except oil and sesame. Make a dough by adding little water at a time. Finally add 1/2 teaspoon of oil and make the dough smooth. Make 2-3 portions of this dough and spread it on greased steamer plate. Now sprinkle sesame seeds on it and pat with your palm to get stick in dough. Steam it for 15 minutes. When it slightly gets cool, open it. Cut into cubes or diamonds. Shallow fry the cubes in oil till it turns slightly brown. Serve with hot tea in this rainy season.
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