Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Dhaba Tadka


Biri Dali ( Urad Dal ,Black Gram Lentils)with skin - 2 Cups (Split or whole both can be used)
Rajma(Kidney Beans) -1 cup
Chana Dali ( Chana Dal,Split Bengal Gram Lentils )- 1/2 cup

Soak the Urad Dal and Rajma over night( 12-14hrs) in warm water.If you are using the whole Urad Dal ,it will take longer time to soak.Chana dal will take less time to be soaked so you can soak it for 2-3 hrs.Pressure cook the lentils with enough water and salt  to 7-8 whistles in the cooker or until the dal is completely cooked.

 For the Masala:
Onions- 2 Big cut into thin slices
Garlic- 8-10 cloves finely chopped
Ginger - 2 inches, finely chopped
Tomatoes- 2  diced
1tsp cumin seeds (Jeera) Powder
1tsp Chilli powder
1 tbsp kasoori methi (Dry Fenugreek Leaves)
1 1/2 tsp Garam Masala powder
1/4 th of a cube of Butter stick
Cilantro chopped for garnishing
Asafoetida / Hing - 1 pinch
Oil for Frying


Heat the oil in a pan, add hing to the oil. Fry the onion till its translucent add garlic and ginger to it. Saute it for another 4-5 mins.Add tomatoes,cumin powder,chiili powder,Garam masala powder and cook over a high flame to get a creamy texture of tomatoes.Add the butter cube,mix it.Pour the cooked dal mixture to it.Add the kasoori methi to the dal.Cook it for another 10 mins on a slow flame (You can add water to get the consistency you like).Garnish with chopped cilantro ,Serve hot with Roti .

Adding Egg : (Optional)
Make scramble egg with two eggs,  Mix it with the dal . 

Adding Mutton : 

If you have cooked mutton in home, you can add the gravy and some pieces to it while heating it up before serving.

Adding the malai:

For vegetarian , top this yummy dal with malai from boiled milk,and you will love the taste.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Chingudi Tarkari

For a home sick soul, and here is my soul curry :) :)

Chingudi Tarkari:


Chingudi / Prawn - 8-10 (i took the black tiger prawns)
Aloo / Potato - 2  cut into cubes ( you can take boiled potatoes also)
Tomato - I big one, cut into slices
Onion - 1 big cut 
Garlic-5-6 cloves
Ginger- 1/2 inch
Chilli powder- As per taste
Garam Masala- 1tsp
Cilantro Leaves- Finally chopped
Green Chilies- Optional
Turmeric Powder for marinating and cooking
Oil for shallow frying and cooking


Wash the prawns, Marinate it with salt and turmeric powder.Make a paste of the onion, ginger  garlic. In a pan heat the oil, and fry the prawns,till the outer shell changes the colour , keep it aside. If you are using the raw potatoes , fry them till its golden in colour for an enhanced taste. If you don't like the extra oil, you can use boiled potatoes in the curry.In the pan heat 2tbsp oil .  Fry the masala paste in the oil, with salt, chili powder and turmeric powder. When the raw smell of masala disappears ,add on the tomato slices. Cook it for another few mins till the tomato slices are soft and oil comes out of the masala. Stir in the potatoes and green chillies cook it for a while and add water to it. Bring it to boil ,and after the potatoes are well cooked add the fried prawns to it. Sprinkle  garam masala powder, and cilantro leaves. Serve hot with Rice . Enjoy :)