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Aloo Rasedar

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This is a dish that my husband has always praised. It used to be served at his college, and so has always been associated with good memories. However, I wasn’t very familiar with UP cuisine, and wasn’t able to search this recipe out. Recently though, my husband came by the name, and I was finally able to re-create this dish!

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Aloo Rasedar

This is a typically UP dish, and does not use onion or garlic. It makes a great side to parathas or puris, and is easily prepared.

Ingredients
  • 4 medium potatoes/aloo
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera
  • 1 tsp coriander powder/dhania powder
  • 1 tsp dry mango powder/amchur powder (optional)
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp salt
Method:
  • Peel and boil the potatoes till they are very well cooked and can be easily crumbled.
  • In a wok, heat some oil and add the jeera and dhania powder.
  • add finely chopped ginger and saute for a half a minute on low flame.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes, chilli powder, turmeric and braise till the tomatoes are completely cooked and mashed.
  • Mash some of the potatoes and add along with salt and mix well.
  • add water and braise till it reaches the consistency you want. The gravy will come from the mashed potatoes and tomato mix.
  • Here you can add dry mango powder/amchur powder and garam masala. Keep braising till the gravy comes together.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves for garnishing.

This gravy is best served hot. Since it doesn’t really take very long, its a perfect breakfast/dinner dish.

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Senegala Vada (Brown Bengalgram Fritters)

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This is favourite snack, and is available, in various versions, across South Indian households and even restaurants.

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Senegala vada with chutney

This is different from “masala vada” as the masala vada is made with split bengal gram, not the whole one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown senegalu (chana, whole bengal gram) – soaked and drained.
  • 6-8 green chillies
  • 1″ piece of ginger
  • optional – finely chopped onion
  • optional – croasely ground pepper
  • Chopped curry leaves
  • pinch of asafetida/hing
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil for frying
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The washed senegalu with chillies and ginger

Method:

  • Rough-grind the soaked senegalu. You may add a bit of water to help in the grinding.
  • Add the chillies and ginger and grind again so they are mixed well.
    • Ensure that the senegalu remain rough, and are not finely ground. That would take away from the texture and taste of the final vada.
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coarsely ground with the chillies and ginger mixed in.

  • remove from jar and add salt and mix well.
  • You may add the other ingredients at this time, and set aside till the oil heats.
  • Wet your fingers and take a bit of the batter and flatten.
    • Ensure that the edges are not broken as this may cause the vada to break while frying.
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Flatten on your fingers

  • Once the oil is heated enough, gently drop this into the oil for frying.
    • You may also use a plastic sheet for shaping the vadas. They can then be dropped from the sheet into the oil.
  • Turn the vada until it is uniformly brown and then take out.
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Frying into a lovely brown

  • Put it on a plate lined with kitchen tissue to soak the excess oil.
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Senegala vada ready!!

Serve hot with coconut chutney! 🙂

 

 

Seema Vankaya (chow-chow) Pappu

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Seema Vankaya (chow-chow) Pappu

This dal was a learning experience for me. I’d never eaten or cooked this vegetable. So I’d like to share my experience here.

I received a few of the chow-chow / seema vankaya / seemae kathrikaya from my friend on a recent visit to her house. I was a bit curious about it, since it seemed to grow so well at her place. She and her MIL assured me that should it grow well, it was bound to give me a good and constant harvest, which would help my organic garden efforts. Her MIL took the help a little further by giving me a freshly sprouted plant to help me on my way! 🙂 And a couple of the vegetables to cook this weekend.

Double-checking with my own MIL helped me understand a little more about how to cook it. Since i wasn’t too sure about the taste, I opted to make teeya pappu or moong-dal pappu. It turned out pretty well (if I may say so myself)! 😉 The flavor was pretty bland, but paired with a slightly spicy curry/sabzi, it tastes good with hot rice.

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Seema Vankaya / Chow-chow

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized chow-chow/seema vankaya
  • 1/2 cup moong-dal/ pesara pappu
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • Tadka: 1/2 tsp of aavalu (mustard seeds) and urad dal and 1 broken red chilly

Method:

  • wash, peel and chop the seema vankaya into small pieces. If the vegetable is a bit mature, you may find a core. Cut the core out and use the rest of the vegetable.

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    Chopped into small pieces

  • Was the pesarapappu and add enough water for cooking.
  • Add the seema vankaya pieces, salt and turmeric and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • After the cooker cools, mash the dal without crushing the vegetable pieces.
  • In a small wok, heat a tsp of oil and add the tadka.
  • When the aavalu start to crackle, add it to the dal.
  • Mix well and let it sit on heat for a few mins.
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Ready to serve!

Serve hot with rice and ghee. 🙂