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.
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Mattar Paneer

My favorite dish………

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Ingredients:

  • 400 gms paneer (cut into cubes of your desired size)
  • 2 cups boiled green peas
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • 2 cup water
  • 1 cup cream
  • 2 green chillies sliced
  • 4 tbspns chopped green coriander
  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 tbspn broken cashew nuts
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn crushed red chilli
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric powder
  • 1 tbspn dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 tspn garam masala powder

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a pan and fry cashew nuts until they look a bit roasted. Add onion and fry until they are translucent and part golden. Now add ginger garlic paste and cook until the rawness of ginger garlic paste goes away.

-Now add salt, red chillies, turmeric, cumin powder and coriander powder and stir. Add tomatoes and mix well. Add a little water in needed. Cook covered on medium heat so the tomatoes can get tender. After 6 – 8 minutes, mix and mash tomatoes. Remove from flame and let it cool for 5 mins.

-Blend it into a fine puree.

-Heat oil in the same pan and add the puree along with rest of the water. Bring it to a boil and add peas and cumin seeds. Let it cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Now add paneer, cream, garam masala, green chillies and kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves).

-Stir and let it simmer for 5 minutes.

-Garnish with some fresh coriander and serve hot with garlic rotis or boiled rice.

-Enjoy!

Keema Mattar

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Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 750 gms mincemeat (beef/ chicken/ mutton)
  • 2 onion sliced
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 4 green chillies
  • 2 cups fresh peas
  • 2 tbspns yogurt
  • 1 tbspns crushed ginger
  • Some coriander leaves for garnishing

SPICES:

  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns
  • Some salt
  • 1 tspn coriander powder
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • Some red chilli
  • 1 tspn nigella seeds (kalaunji)
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn methi leaves
  • 1 big cardamom

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry onion, bay leaf, cardamom, cloves and ginger until everything is golden brown. Now add tomatoes and mix until they tend to lose the stiffness.

-Now add mincemeat and cook until it starts changing its colour. Break into in to small pieces with the wooden stirring spoon.

-Now add all the spices except methi leaves and yogurt and cook covered for 5 minutes on medium heat. Add peas and stir. Cook covered for further 20 minutes on low medium heat or until the oil comes up.

-Now add methi leaves, coriander and green chillies and serve.

Aalu Keema Mattar Biryani

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

Ayesha's Kitchen

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.

Gobhi Mattar

Sounds boring ……. tastes good!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower cut into buds
  • 1 cup peas
  • 3 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tbspn ginger garlic paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Few cloves
  • Few peppercorns
  • ½ tspn cumin seeds
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn coriander powder
  • 1 big cardamom
  • 2 tbspns chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tspn fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn chilli flakes
  • ½ cup oil

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a pan and add whole garam masala. When it begins to sizzle add ginger garlic paste and fry until its golden brown. Now add tomatoes, salt, red chilli and turmeric and cook on medium heat.

-When tomatoes are a bit soggy, add cauliflower and cook for some time. Then add peas and mix. Cover the top of the pan with the lid and let it cook on medium low heat for about 15 minutes. Take off the lid, add rest of the spices, give it a stir and cook uncovered on high heat with constant stirring.

-When the water is evaporated, dish out, garnish with green chillies and coriander.

-Serve.

Mattar Pulao/ Mattar Chawal/ Peas Pulao

Mattar Pulao is one of the famous dishes of Pakistani Cuisine. We make this rice dish when serving roasts, shaami kabab, fried chicken, chops or other steamed meats ……..

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups basmati rice (soak for 20 minutes in lukewarm water)
  • ½ kg peas (fresh, not frozen)
  • ¼ cup oil/ ghee
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 tspn crushed ginger
  • 1 tspn sliced ginger
  • 2 – 4 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • A piece of cinnamon
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 ¾ cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Chicken powder (OPTIONAL)

Procedure:

-Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry onion, garam masala (peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaf) and ginger paste until they are brown.

-Add peas and stir for a minute and add water in it. Cook covered for 10 minutes and then add salt and soaked rice.

-Let it cook on high medium heat for 5 minutes or until the rice begins to boil.

-Cover it with the lid and cook on very low heat until there is no water left in the pot.

-Serve hot with roasts, shaami kabab and fried chicken.

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