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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Recipe for vrat ke chawal


2 cloves
3 cup water
2 cardamoms
30 gm ghee
2 tsp kala namak
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp chilli powder
125 gms samwat ke chaawal
coriander leaves for garnishing
1 big size potato, diced
cinnamon stick, tiny piece

Method :

Heat up ghee, mix in cumin seeds, cloves, cardamoms and cinnamon.
When slightly coloured, mix in potato and rice.
Stir-fry till they look a bit fried.
Mix in salt, chilli powder and water, and bring to a boil.
Lower the flame and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or till cooked through and the water is absorbed.
Decorate with corinder leaves and serve hot.

Recipe for Aachari Aloo (pickled potatoes)

Achari Aloo (Pickling Potato) Recipe
In the olden days Masala from Mango pickles was added to boiled potatoes and simmer for a few minutes to make Achari (Pickling) Aloo (Potatoes). You can do that, or make it from scratch using pickling spices. This way you can control the spices. You can make it with any type of potato.

1. Mustard oil: 1 Tablespoon
Mustard oil gives the unique pungency characteristic of a mango pickle.
2. Ghee: 1 Tablespoon
3. Chopped Onions: 1 Cup
4. Salt: ¼ teaspoon
5. Minced Garlic: ½ Tablespoon
6. Ginger chopped: ½ Inch
7. Hari Mirch (Fresh Serrano peppers) sliced in half vertically: 3
Remove seeds and white membrane to reduce heat.
8. New Red Potatoes quartered: 1 Pound
9. Amchoor (Mango powder): ¼ teaspoon
10. Kasoori Patta (Dried Fenugreek leafs): 1 teaspoon
11. Water: ¼ cup
Pickling spices
1. Whole Fennel (Saunf): ½ teaspoon
2. Whole Fenugreek seeds: ½ teaspoon
3. Whole onion seeds (Kalonji): ½ teaspoon
4. Crushed Red pepper: ½ teaspoon
Crushed peppers have whole seeds. This is not same as chili powder.
5. Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon

1. Heat mustard oil in a heavy bottom pan till it starts to smoke. Shut off heat
2. Add Ghee. Turn the heat back on. Add chopped onions and salt. Sauté till edges start to turn brown. About 4 minutes
3. Add Garlic, Ginger, and Hari Mirch. Sauté for about 1 minutes
4. Add potatoes. Sauté for about 4 minutes till potatoes start to turn brown.
5. Add remaining ingredients except water. Sauté another 3 to 4 minutes.
6. Add water. Bring to a boil. Cover. Turn down heat. Cook covered about 10 minutes or till potatoes or tender.

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