June 30, 2010

Back with the recipe of Gujarati Handvo / Handwa ( Lentil cake recipe )

                          I hope all my friends are doing well and posting lotsa great recipes :).
It has been a while since I posted any new recipe. Well I got some kinda work which is keeping me busy these days. I have tried many new recipes during this time but could not post them :(. Well today I got some time to post this wonderful recipe of Handvo. Handvo a.k.a Handwa is a Gujarati item and very much liked by everyone. Even my Maharashtrian friends like to eat this. Handvo can be ate as a main course item or even as a side dish. In most of the Gujarati functions and wedding parties people serve handvo as a side dish. I have referred to various sites and tried out this recipe.


Serves 4-6

1 Cup Rice
1/4 Cup Channa Daal (Split Bengal Gram)
1/4 Cup Toor Daal (Yellow Lentil)
1 tbsp Urad Daal (Split Black Lentil)
1/2 cup Yogurt (sour is preferred)
2–3 finely chopped Green Chilies
2 tsp Ginger Paste
2 tsp Garlic Paste
1.5 cup of Shredded Bottlegourd/Doodhi/Lauki
1/2 tsp Carom seedsAjwain
2 tsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Eno Fruit Salt (soda)
2 tbsp Sesame Seeds
3 tbsp Oil (divided use)
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
1/4 tsp Asafetida (Hing)
2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Red Chili Powder
6-7 dried Curry Leaves
Salt as per taste


1. Wash rice and all daals and soak them for 3-4 hours.

2. Drain water from the soaked rice and daal.Add yogurt and coarsely grind them (add little water; only if required).

3. In a mixing bowl, add batter from above and mix chopped ginger, chopped garlic, chopped green chilies, salt, sugar, ajwain, turmeric powder and shredded Lauki. Mix well.

4. In a small skillet, just medium heat 1 tbsp of oil. Add dried curry leaves and red chili powder. (the red chili powder may get burnt if the oil is normal hot; we have to just heat it a little) Add this to the above batter and mix well.

5. Cover and let this batter rest for 6-7 hours or overnight.

6. Add fruit salt and mix well; stir in one direction for a minute so that the batter becomes fluffy.

7. Divide batter into a greased cake pan. Sprinkle sesame Seeds over the top of the batter.

8. In a small skillet, heat remaining Oil. Add mustard seeds and let them pop. Switch off stove. Add asafetida to the oil and cumin seeds. Spread this oil seasoning over the top of the sesame seeds.

9. Bake at 350F (180C) for 30-40 minutes.Once done broil this on High for for 6-7 minutes. You can see a golden crust forming at the top. Let the handvo cool a bit before you serve it


Handvo is usually eaten with tea. It can be tried with tomato ketchup or different chutneys.
Keep watch while broiling it. This is a fast process and may over broil the handvo.

June 15, 2010

A fabulous gataway to Olympic National Park and everyone's favorite Aloo Mutter

Hi Everyone. Hope everybody had a fantastic weekend. I had an amazing weekend, a trip to Olympic National Park. A place so much abound with the natural resources and beauties. A place with snow clad mountains, glaciers, rain forests, lakes, rives, beaches and tremendous trees. It was just wonderful. So scenic and a true heaven on earth. I felt there is absolutely no need to visit Switzerland. :) It is here in our state, WA. People do visit this Olympic peninsula if you get a chance.
I am uploading few pics of it...

Aloo mutter is made at every body's home :). I now all must be having different recipes of it. Posting mine as well.


Serves 4-6

2-3 Medium size Potatoes
1 1/2 cup Fresh or Frozen Peas
2 Cloves
1/2" Cinnamon Stick
2 Green Chilies sliced
2-3 tsp Garam Masala
2 tsp Dhaniyajeera powder
1-2 tsp Red chili powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder
Oil, Cumin Seeds for seasoning
Coriander for garnishing
Salt, Sugar as per taste

For Puree:

1 1/2 Medium size Tomato
1 Medium size Onion
3-4 Garlic cloves
1" Ginger piece


1. Make puree of all the ingredients listed and keep aside. Half boil potatoes in a separate utensil. Let them cool.

2. Heat oil in a skillet. Add cloves and cinnamon stick. Saute for a while and then add cumin seeds. As they crackle, immediately add chopped green chili. Saute again.

3. Then add puree from step 1 and stir for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the boiled potatoes and cut them into small cubes.

4. Then add garam masala, red chili powder, turmeric powder, dhaniyajeera powder (coriander-cumin) and saute well till the oil separates from the puree.

5. Add salt to taste and pinch of sugar. Now add potato cubes and green peas in the gravy and let it cook for 5-8 minutes as the gravy thickens.

Garnish with coriander and serve with garma garam parathas.


You can also add milk to adjust taste if it turns out to be very hot, or increase the thickness or even to increase the quantity of it. Just cook again for a while so that milk blends well into the gravy.

June 8, 2010

Couple Of Awards & Gram Flour Dumplings in Spicy yogurt sauce (Punjabi Kadi Pakora)

I  stayed in hostel for about 6 years from my 11th grade till I graduated. Hostel life is really cool. Variety of people, so many experiences and so much to learn. During my engineering we were 4 girls sharing an apartment. Those were the days when I was damn lazy about cooking. I just remember making tea and maggie most of the time :) . We had some restaurants nearby were we used to go and eat. That was pretty quick. But as we had all the things needed for cooking we sometimes tried our hands on it. There was one senior staying with us. She once made a North Indian kadhi (kari) and rice. Thanks to her for introducing us to such a nice and tasty kadi from North India. I know everyone of you must be aware of it. But during that time when I had less interest in cooking this was totally new to me. I simply love her kadi and we all enjoyed having it with rice, I remember.

Today, when I made Kari Pakora it reminded me of that day when my senior di made that kadi at hostel.
North Indian kadi is slightly thicker than the usual gujrati kadi.  It is yellow in color and has different spices in it. Simply delicious and could be eaten with rice and parathas as well.



Serves 4-6

For the dumplings:
1 cup Gram flour (Besan)
2 tsp Ginger (Adrak), chopped
1 tsp or to taste Green chili chopped
Salt to taste
Oil for shallow frying

For the yogurt curry:
2 cups Yogurt (dahi) sour
½ Cup Gram flour
4 cups Water

               For seasoning:
              1 tbsp Clarified butter (Ghee)
              ½ tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
              1/3 tsp Fenugreek seeds
              Few Curry leaves
              1 tbsp julienned Onion
              1 tsp Chopped Green Chili
              1 tsp Ginger paste
              1 tsp Garlic paste
              1 tbsp diced Tomato
              2-3 dry Red chilies
              1 tsp Turmeric powder
              ½ tsp Red Chili powder
              Salt to taste
              Chopped Cilantro for garnishing


For dumplings (pakoras):
Add water, chopped ginger, chopped green chili, salt to the gram flour and prepare a semi-thick batter.
Beat until fluffy.Heat the oil in a shallow pan. Drop small dumplings of batter with your fingers into the oil and fry till brown. Remove and immerse in cold water. Let them dip and then remove.

For yogurt curry:
Mix gram flour in 1 cup water and keep aside. Mix remaining water and yogurt and with the help of a whisk make buttermilk of it. Now heat this butter milk and slowly add the gram flour paste into it, stirring continually. Bring to boil. Keep stirring. Set aside.

For seasoning:
Heat the clarified butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds, asafetida, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilies and curry leaves. Then add onions and sauté till soft. Add ginger and garlic pastes, chopped green chili sauté again and then add diced tomatoes. Sauté again for 2-3 minutes.
Now add red chili powder and turmeric powder.
      Mix and immediately add seasoning to the yogurt mixture. Add the gram flour dumplings as well , add salt to taste and bring to boil again.


Make sure that the dumplings get ample time to get soaked into the kadi. Otherwise they remain dry inside.I had plain yogurt, so adding tomatoes helped me to get the sour taste. You can also add a pinch of amchoor powder (dry mango powder).

Now it's the award time again:

I have received Sunshine and Thank You Cake awards from my new friends Gayatri and Beena and again a Circle Of Friends and a Thank You note from Gayatri :)
Thanks to both these lovely bloggers.


I would like to pass on this award to some other bloggers :

Rachana, PanchPakwan, Jagruti, Swati, Lizy, Hamaree Rasoi, Aparna


Passing on to:

My cooking experiments, Savi Ruchi, AvantiRao, Suja, Rupali, SS 

ThankYou Note

Passing this to:

Priya Mitharwal, Priya, Sushma Malya, Yummy team, Simply.food

Circle Of Friends

Want to pass on this to everyone but I am naming few here :)       

Beena, Priya Mitharwal, Priya, yummy team, Sushma, My cooking experiments, Savi Ruchi, AvantiRao, Suja, Rupali, SS ,Rachana, PanchPakwan, Jagruti, Swati, Lizy, Hamaree Rasoi, Aparna, Simply.Food

Have Fun And enjoy every bite in life !!!

June 3, 2010

My Birthday, A Japanese Treat and Simple Paneer Bhurji (Cottage Cheese Scrambled)

Hi Everyone. Yesterday I had a really great day. It was my first birthday after marriage and also in US..:). Kinda different but enjoyed a lot. I thought I should share the eating related part of it with you all foodies out here.
For the dinner party we decided to try out "Boom Noodle" which is a Japanese restaurant. We all knew Japanese cuisine had very few vegetarian options but my husband had already visited it once and so we all trusted him and took the chance of trying something new. After occupying a table we were handed over with the menu cards. Being a vegetarian finding a veg dish really takes lot of time. All the names where new and we started to look for the ingredients.Most of the dishes where having chicken of fish broth. Japanese also make a lot of use of ginger in their food. We could find 2 vegetarian dishes. ThankGod ..."Yakisoba" which had noodles and veggies and other one "Pho Ga". After a while the food arrived. We all were really hungry and the presentations of both the items made it very tempting. Nobody really knew how to use chopsticks and so we had to ask for forks... (I have got one of the pair and gonna practice sometime lol..may be till next birthday I manage to eat with them ).
"Yasai Yakisoba" was spicy and gingerly. The word Yakisoba means fried noodles. It must be an easy dish to make I guess. It had wheat noodles which looked dark brown, must be fried in some ginger flavored sauce. And also had lot of veggies, sprouts and fried tofu. Very satiating it was and what a different taste it had.

Now comes the other one "Pho Ga". I will never order this one again :). It was actually a soup (we were not given proper description while placing the order) containing some kinda broth, long rice noodles in it and raw tofu. I actually don't like tofu and having it in its raw form...no way :). We somehow managed to eat it.
  We were full after finishing both the items. It was great experience once again, trying different cuisines, getting to know few basics of them and then reviewing :). It was fun. I would like to have Yakisoba again or make one at home. Do try out japanese sometime and its sure a great cuisine for Non-vegetarians with diverse set of offerings.

We also made a choclate cake at home which is my favorite. You can find its recipe here. So far i havn't found an eggless option which we can get on such occasions :).

Now here comes my todays recipe : The very basic Paneer Bhurji (Scrambled Cottage Cheese)

Paneer Burji is very easy to cook. Very healthy and fulfilling. Have this with parathas or rotis. Use the leftover and make sandwiches or puffs.


Serves 4

200gms Cottage gheese (Paneer) - grated
1 medium Onion - chopped
1 medium Tomato - cut into small pieces
2 Green Chili - cut into thin rounds
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Garlic paste
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1-2 tsp Garam Masala powder
Oil, Cumin seeds, Asafoetida, Curry leaves (optional)
Salt as per taste


1. Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan, add the cumin seeds. When they splutter add chopped onions and the ginger garlic paste, fry till brown.

2. Add the green chillies and tomatoes and fry till they are soft.

3. Now add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and little water or milk. Adding water makes sure that all the masala is well combined.

4. Add grated paneer and cook for 5-8 minutes till the paneer blends into the masala.

5. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.


You can add green peas or sliced green pepper to burji.