Daily Archives: January 12, 2013

Bhindi Masala & Dal Fry

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Day three of Blogging Marathon 24 and I have put together a meal from the take away menu of India House Veg Restaurant. There is a dish each from their Hari Bhari Subjiyam (Dal Fry), Hamari Pasand (Bhindi Masala) and Koyle Ki Khan Se (Stuffed Garlic Naan). I skipped the Breakfast section, since it wouldn’t suit with these dishes.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page  to see whats cooking up!

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Bhindi Masala : This curry was a bit of a let down after all the work that went in it. It tasted OK, but nothing like what you get in the restaurants. It may be because I didn’t deep fry the bhindi. Anyway, this is what I did!

  • Wash, clean and pat dry 500 gms of ladies finger. Coat them in a tablespoon of oil and microwave for 5-6 minutes, without lid.
  • Saute one chopped onion, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, 2-3 green chillies in a tablespoon of oil. Add one chopped tomato once the onion turns pink. Add 1 tbsp coriander powder, salt and 1/4 tsp turmeric powder. Mix and cook for two minutes. Check the seasonings. Take off the heat, cool and grind into a paste. This is a standard paste for all curries and can be made in advance and frozen for making life easy!
  • For the curry, saute an onion in a spoon of ghee or oil. Add the cooked bhindi and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Donot mix too much since the okra might break, but do stirring it now and then carefully. Add half a tomato, chopped to this mix, followed by the prepared paste. Let everything come together and check and adjust seasonings if required.
  • Add 2 tbsp coriander leaves, 1 tsp of garam masala and mix. Take off the heat and serve hot with chapatis/roti/naan.

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Dal Fry Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Moong dal                 :              1 cup, cooked
  • Onion                         :              1 medium, chopped
  • Tomato                      :              1/2 of a medium one, chopeed
  • Ginger                        :              1 tsp, shredded
  • Red chilies                :              1-2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder    :              1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala         :              1/2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves     ;              2 tbsp
  • Jeera seeds              :              1 tsp
  • Ghee/Oil                   :             2-3 tsps
  • Water
  • Salt

Method:

  1. Wash and clean half a cup of moong dal and pressure cook for 4 whistles or till done. Mash and keep aside.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan, add the jeera and red chilies. Once jeera splutters, add the onions and cook till pink.
  3. Add tomatoes and after a minute, add the dal, turmeric powder and salt. Mix and add half a cup water if its too thick. Once you add water, ensure that you mix everything together and the water doesn’t form a separate layer on top. You might have to add more water, if the dal is too thick.
  4. Add the coriander leaves. Let it boil. Keep mixing at regular intervals, though I do this out of habil than of need :D. Do a taste test and adjust seasonings. I sometimes add red chili flakes if I want a bit of spice. You can add chilli powder or green chillies or more red chillies at the beginning itself.
  5. Take off the heat, serve hot with rice or chapatis.

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I will be sharing the recipe of the naan later! The naan and the daal fry compensated for the OK tasting bhindi. The naan esp. took the meal truly to a restaurant level.

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