~ Paav Bhaaji!!

Hey there y’all!! How have you all been?! I am so ready for the weekend and I am sure you are too 😉 Today I am sharing one of Shukla household’s weekend favorite – Paav Bhaaji, so for the recipe, read on…

Ingredients:

– Buns according to the number of people, this recipe feeds 3-4.

– 2 Onions

– 3 tsp Dhania Powder

– 5 Tomatoes 

– 2 tsp Jeera Powder

– 4 medium Potatoes

– 2 tsp Chilli powder

-1 cup Peas (frozen, thawed)

– 4 tsp Pav Bhajji masala 

– 1/2 cup Mixed Vegetables (frozen, thawed)

– Salt to taste

– 1/2 cup Coriander for garnish 

– 2 tsp Lemon Juice

– 1/2 cup Bell Pepper 

– 1 cup Cauliflower

– 2 Green chillies finely chopped

Method:

– Heat a pan with oil & add the onions. Fry till translucent. Add tomatoes, salt, add all the powders and fry till the oil floats on top.

– Steam all the other vegetables seperately & add them to the onion mixture.

– Add a cup of water & let it cook to boiling consistency. Then With the help of a potato masher keep mashing the mixture till it cooks nicely.

– When all the vegetables are cooked thoroughly garnish with coriander & lemon juice and serve with Pav.

For the Paavs:

– Slit open the pavs from the middle. Apply butter in the inside & place them on a pre-heated frying pan. When they get golden brown from the inside take them off.

Serve hot!! Enjoy!!!

~ Rajma!!

Some dishes are soul food! Along with being extremely delicious, these items that qualify as soul food, have a very comforting feeling and never fail to remind you on home and your Ma ke haath ka khana aka Mom’s cooking. And Rajma is one such dish for the hubby and I.

Rajma or Red Kidney Beans have a lot of nutritional value as well, being high in protein amongst other nutrients.

So without further ado, here’s how to make this absolutely yummy dish –

Ingredients:

– 2 cups of Rajma, soaked overnight, or a minimum of 8 hours.

– 2 cloves

– 1 cinnamon stick

– 1 bay leaf

– 1 big cardamom

– A couple of whole black pepper

– 1 tablespoon oil 

– 1 tablespoon cumin seeds 

– 11/2 teaspoon turmeric powder

– 1 teaspoon garam masala 

– 2 tablespoons Rajma masala 

– 1/2 cup finely chopped onions 

– 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste 

– 1 cup chopped tomatoes 

– Salt to taste 

How To Make:

– Wash and soak rajma overnight or for at least for 8 hours. (Kidney beans will get double in size after soaking).

– Pressure cook the soaked rajma in about 3 cups of water in pressure cooker until rajma is soft and tender. Reserve the stock it can be used later to the gravy.

– Heat oil in a pan, fry cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf for a minute. Then add chopped onions. Saute it till the onions turn golden brown.

– Add ginger garlic paste. Fry till golden and cooked. Add chopped tomatoes, turmeric powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and saute it till tomatoes become soft.

– Add boiled rajma to it with salt and the rajma stock. In case you feel the gravy is less, you can add some water. Cover it and let it simmer it for atleast 20-30 minutes. 1 hour for best results. When the rajma gets nicely blended with the curry sprinkle some chopped coriander and move to a serving dish.

– Garnish it with few coriander leaves and serve with hot rice. Enjoy!!!