Mixed Sabzi

When you are sick of eating meat everyday, have a green day…. Its super easy, super fast and high of flavour ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower (heads)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 carrots (peeled, sliced or diced)
  • 2 capsicums (cut into cubes)
  • 3 potatoes (cut into cubes)
  • 1 tbspn heapful of crushed ginger
  • 2 green chillies chopped + 2 green chillies whole
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 3 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tbspn ghee or butter
  • 1 tspn kasuri methi/ dried feugreek leaves
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds

Procedure:

  • Wash, peel and cut all the vegetables according to the instructions given.
  • Put peas in 1 cup of boiling water and keep aside until needed.
  • Mix all the spices except garam masala, black pepper and feugreek leaves in a bowl
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry onion. Add ginger when the onion is translucent. Fry until everything is golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes lose the stiffness. Add a splash of boiling water and stir.
  • Add potatoes and mix. Simmer on medium flame for 5 minutes, adding splash of boiling water whenever needed. Add rest of the water and cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Now add carrots, cauliflower and peas along with the spice mix and stir. Cook for 5 minutes and then cover and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add capsicum and let it cook on low heat. Meanwhile melt some butter or ghee in a frying pan and fry fenugreek leaves, garam masala and black pepper for 30 seconds. Add this mixture to the vegetables, add some coriander leaves and green chillies, give it a final stir and take it out in the serving dish.
  • Garnish with the left over coriander and green chillies and serve hot with home made rotis.

Aalu Kabab/ Potato Cutlets/ Aloo Tikki

Aalu tikki or aalu kabab one of the famous side dish or tea snack in sub continent cooking. Mashed potatoes seasoned with spices and fried in portions in a delight to have.

You can adjust the spices and chilies according to your taste, my recipe is a bit spicy. Its a tea party crowd pleaser and actually tingles your tongue with aroma and spice. Give it a try and let me know how you go…..

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Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes (boiling potatoes) (peeled and boiled to perfection)
  • 3 green chillies (large size, chopped fine)
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves (chopped fine)

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn chicken salt (available in Vegetarian option as well)
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbspn chaat masala
  • 2 tbspns cracked dry coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn coarsely ground pan roasted cumin seeds
  • ½ tspn ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tspn dry fenugreek leaves

FOR FRYING

  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • 2 cups oil for shallow pan frying

Procedure:

-In a large mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes until the mixture is lump free. Now add all the spices, green chillies and coriander. Add the fenugreek leaves by crushing between your palms; it will really bring out the flavour and fragrance.

-Mix well until it looks like a dough. Now make a small ball from this dough and flat it with your fingers and give it a round shape. Do the same with the rest of the mixture. It will make 12 tikkis.

-Place the tikkis in a wide plate without over lapping and refrigerate for 1 hour.

-Heat some frying oil on griddle or frying pan.

-Whisk two eggs in a bowl for coating the tikkis. If you are vegetarian, you can skip this step and fry tikkis directly. Or dip each tikki separately in this egg wash and fry until its golden brown and crisp from both the sides. Approximately 1 minute per side in hot oil.

-Serve hot with mint chutney or as a side dish with Pulao or Biryani.

Chicken Potato Cutlets

A wonderful snack for hi tea parties or for kids lunch box. I love it ……..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3 large potatoes (peeled and boiled to perfection)
  • 1 large chicken breast or ½ kilo boneless chicken breast pieces (boiled in 1 cup water, 2 tbspns soy sauce, 2 tspns chilli sauce, salt and pepper) (shred with your hands or fork after boiling DO NOT USE FOOD PROCESSOR)
  • Some salt and cracked black pepper according to the taste
  • 4 tbspns chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 large green chilli chopped (OPTIONAL)
  • 2 tbspns chopped spring onions (green part)
  • Some chicken salt (adjust it with the amount of salt you add)

FOR COATING AND SHALLOW FRYING

  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • Oil

Method:

-In a large mixing bowl, mash potatoes and add shredded chicken and all other ingredients.

-Mix well.

-Now make flat patties out of this dough like potato mixture and first dip in egg, then roll in breadcrumbs and put them on a plate.

-When you are done with all of them, heat some oil in frying pan and fry until they get golden brown crust.

-Take them out onto your serving dish and serve hot with mint chutney or ketchup or any sauce of your choice.

Aalu Anday

Something my family likes but i don’t!!!!!!!

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 2 potatoes washed, peeled and cut into thin slices
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 tspn ginger paste
  • ½ cup oil
  • 4 green chillies sliced
  • 4 tbspns fresh chopped coriander
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli
  • ¼ tspn turmeric

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a pan and fry onion and ginger until golden brown.

-Add potato slices, spices and chopped tomato and cook covered for about 10 minutes on low heat until the potato is tender. Don’t add any water, let the potatoes cook in the moisture of tomatoes.

-When it starts looking like a simmered curry, crack in 8 eggs and mix. Break the yolks and cook on low medium heat until the eggs get scrambled. Add green chillies and coriander and serve hot with parathas or white bread slices.

Aalu Keema Mattar Biryani

When you are not in the mood of picking bones and want some veggies in your meal …….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rice (soaked for 15 mins)
  • Some water to boil rice
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 2 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup oil
  • 750 gms beef/ chicken/ lamb/ goat mincemeat
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • 2 large potatoes, cubed
  • 1 tbspn fresh crushed ginger
  • 4 tbspns yogurt
  • Few drops of kewra essence
  • Few lemon slices
  • Some fresh coriander
  • Some yellow food color
  • Some fresh mint leaves (optional)
  • 4 green chillies

MASALA

  • Salt to taste
  •  1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn garam masala
  • Few dry plums
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 2 big black cardamoms
  • 4 – 6 green cardamoms
  • 7 – 8 cloves
  • 1 tbspn peppercorns
  • 4 bay leaves
  • Salt
  • Red chilli flakes/ red chilli to taste
  • 1 tspn turmeric

FOR TARKA

  • 1 onion sliced
  • Few curry leaves
  • 2 dried red chillies
  • ½ cup oil

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry whole garam masala. When it begins to sizzle add ginger paste and onion and fry until its golden brown. Add mincemeat and cook until it starts changing its colour. Add tomatoes and 2 tbspns of yogurt and all the spices along with dried plums. Cook for 5 mins and then add potatoes and peas and cook covered for 20 minutes.

-Boil rice to 3/4th strength.

-Now in a non-stick deep pan lay a layer of yogurt, then rice, then mincemeat, again rice and then coriander, mint, lemon slices, yellow food color and kewra essence.

-Now in a frying pan heat oil and fry tarka onion and curry leaves. When onion gets golden brown add red chillies and spread this tarka all over the top of biryani.

-Cook covered for 5 minutes on low heat and serve hot with raita and salad.

Keema Aalu Methi

If you are not in mood of just vegetables, add some mincemeat ……….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 500 gms mincemeat
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tbspn garlic and ginger, crushed
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • ½ cup oil
  • 500 gms methi (fresh fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 large potatoes , peeled and diced
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • 1 tspn garam masala powder

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry onion and ginger garlic until its golden red. Add mincemeat and stir, break and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the mincemeat changes its colour.

-Add methi, potatoes and all the spices. Stir and cook until the water dries. Add tomatoes and yogurt and cook covered on medium heat for 20 minutes or until the oil hoose out.

-Serve hot with raita, salad and rotis.

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