Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Aloo Gobi (Caulifower and Potatoes) without Onion/Garlic

Aloo Gobi/ Alu Gobhi is a dish that is mostly popular in Northern parts of India. There are many variations to this dish. This is a simple and perfect to cook on a day of fasting. It can be paired with any kind of roti/ naan/ bread.
I saute (or you can deep fry) the cauliflower and potatoes before adding spices. It leaves the vegetables crisp.


3 cups cauliflower florets
3 small red potatoes, rinsed and washed
1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
1/2 tsp hing (asafoetida)
1/4 tsp haldi powder (turmeric)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp garam masala powder
a splash of lemon juice
salt to taste
coriander leaves for garnishing

How it's made:

Cut red potatoes into 1"cubes with peel.
In a "Kadai" or deep frying pan, heat a tsp of oil. Fry potatoes on medium high heat until the potatoes get light brown. Remove from heat and transfer to a dish. Fry cauliflower the same way in a tsp of oil. Transfer to the same dish as potatoes.
In the same pan, add oil. Heat cumin seeds until color changes. Add hing, haldi, red chilli powder and fry for 30 seconds. Add potato, cauliflower and salt to taste. Cover and let cook for 5 mins. Do not add water. Add the remaining spices- coriander, cumin powder and garam masala. Stir for a few minutes with lemon juice and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve with roti.

Serves: 3-4

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Chinese Chilli Chicken (Indian Style)


2 cups boneless chicken pieces
6-8 green chillies (cut finely)
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tsp garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup soy sauce
a splash of dry sherry
2 tsp chilli sauce (I used Sriracha)
1 tsp corn starch
black pepper powder
1 large onion, chopped into 1"cubes
1 medium green pepper (capsicum), cut into 1"cubes
Spring onions (green only) for garnishing

How it's made:

In a wok or deep frying pan, heat oil. Add green chillies, ginger and garlic and saute until color changes. Add chicken and cook on high flame until color changes and chicken looks cooked.
In a small container with tight fitting lid, combine soy sauce, dry sherry, chilli sauce, black pepper powder and corn starch. Cover jar with lid and shake until all ingredients are mixed well together  Add sauce to chicken and mix well. Add onions and green pepper. Fry for a minute. Transfer to serving dish and garnish with spring onions.

Serves : 3

Note:  I hardly use salt while cooking with soy sauce since soy sauce is high in sodium. Add salt as per personal preference.