Potato-Fenugreek Pakoda Kadhi

POTATO FENUGREEK PAKODA KADHI

Hello dear buddies.Welcome back to my site. We all want to sometimes eat something unique and special. As we all know home cooked meals are the most sought-after ones, being equally tasty and healthier so I decided to make a good dish with curd and fenugreek being in a large amount in my refrigerator. Curds are used in almost all homes in India and also in the world either as a standalone dish or in combination with other ingredients to make something quite perfect. In one of my earlier blogs, I have made a similar recipe titled Plain Pakora Kadhi. This recipe is the second version of it with crunchy fritters of potato and fenugreek dipped in a tangy creamy yoghurt sauce. It’s a very sumptuous, likeable dish being one of my personal favourites. If you really want to enjoy the short-spanned winters as they are appearing to be, with complete fun, then you must all try the seasonal fruits and veggies and churn out beautiful eatables from them. If you promote healthy eating habits and lifestyle then this dish is a must try for all. Wishing everyone a very zesty, fun and healthy new year 2018. I hope you will try this recipe out and let me know how it went. Love you all. So let’s start with the fun part, it’s making—-

Ingredients:-For the pakodas-

  1. Potatoes(boiled)-2.
  2. Fenugreek Leaves-200 gms.
  3. Green Chillies(finely chopped)-3.
  4. Onion(finely chopped)-1.
  5. Gram Flour-250gms.
  6. Red Chilly Powder-1/2 tsp.
  7. Garam Masala-1 tsp
  8. Ginger-Garlic paste-1 tsp.
  9. Salt-According to taste.

For the kadhi—-

  1. Gram Flour(Besan)-4 tbsp.
  2. Yoghurt-2 cup.
  3. Onion(finely chopped)-1.
  4. Green Chillies(finely chopped)-2.
  5. Turmeric Powder-1 tsp.
  6. Red Chilly Powder -1 tsp.
  7. Asafoetida-A pinch.
  8. Garam Masala-1tsp.
  9. Coriander Powder-1 tsp.
  10. Kadhi Masala-1tsp.
  11. Water-As required.
  12. Vegetable Oil-1 tsp.
  13. Fresh chopped coriander-For garnishing.

STEPS

Step 1

IMG_4461.jpgTo make the pakodas firstly boil the potatoes and cut them into very small pieces. Chop the fenugreek, onion, green chilies finely. Now take a bowl and add to it the boiled potatoes, fenugreek leaves, onions, green chilies, gram flour, salt, red chilly powder,garam masala and ginger-garlic paste and mix everything well. Now heat some vegetable oil in a kadhai and making medium-sized balls from the batter drop these in the oil and fry them out in batches. Alternatively, you can shallow-fry them in a pan or you can just roast them in the pan without using any oil.

Step 2

Take a kadhai and add vegetable oil to it. Next add some cumin, bay leaf and asafoetida to it. When it splutters add in some chopped onions and green chilies. Fry them for a minute. Take a bowl and add in the given amounts of gram flour or besan, yogurt and 1 cup of water to make a thin batter from it. Next add the masalas, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder,garam masala,kadhi masala and fry them for a minute. Now pour the curd gram flour batter in the kadhai with more water if need be to make a uniform sauce in the kadhai. Let it simmer for five to eight minutes on medium flame. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander.

IMG_4458.jpgOur Potato-Fenugreek Pakoda Kadhi is ready. Serve it with steamed rice, stir-fries of any vegetable and some tomato chutney.

Note:--You may drop in the pakodas in the kadhi and let it sit on gas for one minute and then serve or preferably you can dip the pakodas in the kadhi just at the time of serving as the pakodas may break being softer. The pakodas can be made from other greens too like spinach, spring onions, dill, and amaranth. You can also go for mixed vegetable and panir pakodas. They will taste equally nice.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

Mashed Pointed Gourd

MASHED POINTED GOURD

Hi, friends welcome to my cozy food corner again. Today I’ll be making a super healthy and super quick, a two-minute dish which you can make when you are out of time or spirits. It is a healthier version of mashed potatoes and is absolutely into all greens. Yes, it is a dish of Mashed Pointed Gourd. It is the easiest oil-free dish you can make and is so nutritious. Pointed Gourd or Parwal is also called Trichosanthes dioica and is a vine plant similar to cucumber and squash, has heart-shaped leaves and is grown on a trellis. It is also called Green Potato and is widely cultivated in the north-eastern region of our country where it is mostly curried or stewed and a special sweet is also made from it. In Bangladesh, it is called Potol and is a vital summer veggie there and is found at cheap prices. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, carbs, vitamin A and C. It aids in digestion as it has lots of fibers. It is good for liver problems, helps with constipation, weight loss, purifies the blood, reduces flu and high fever. And as earlier I have shared some stuffed gourd recipes I decided to give it a healthier twist and came out with this delicious one. It was liked by all in my family especially my daughter, Ambika as it is one of her favorite veggies. So let’s start with its making…

Ingredients:-

  1. Pointed Gourds – 4.
  2. Onion(chopped) – 1.
  3. Green Chillies(finely chopped) – 2.
  4. Salt – According to taste.
  5. Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.
  6. Fortune Mustard Oil or any other -1 tsp.

STEPS

Step 1

Wash and slightly scrape the pointed gourds. Now make a hole in through the whole veggie. Roast it. Now run it under running water and take the burnt skin off the gourds.

IMG_4401Step 2 

Mash them with a manual masher or in a chutney grinder keeping the texture slightly coarse. Now take them out in a bowl and add the chopped onions, green chilies, salt, lemon juice and the mustard oil and give everything a good mix. You can use any other oil also. But for making the Indian versions of mashed veggies I prefer using mustard oil because it gives an added strong punch, a better taste according to me.

Our Mashed Pointed Gourds are done. Serve them with your regular lunch and dinner platters.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback and have a great week ahead. Till then healthy cooking, happy living. See ya!!!