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Apple Pancakes – Guest Post from Chitra

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Its time for a breakfast recipe, today we have Chitra from Chitra Healthy Kitchen.  Since we both started blogging in almost the same time, Chitra and her space is very familiar to me ever since the beginning. Chitra is a good friend of mine, she always stops by and leave her encouraging words. Chitra’s recipes perfectly fits her blog title. I admire the way she tells the healthy aspects of ingredients in her intro for each post.  Knowing Chitra is a mom I appoached her for toddler friendly recipe and she instantly agreed to give me one. I was happy when I saw pancake recipe from C,  my son loves pancake and I have a new way to give him apple.

Over to Chitra,

When V (Vidya) approached me for ‘toddler recipe’ was over whelmed. I tried to give my best as per possible for guest post. I delayed to share my recipe however V waited patiently and allowed me to take my own time.

V is my blogger friend and been interacting with her since I started my blogging journey. She encouraged me with her feedback for each of my recipe and can’t thank enough for that. Look forward to her support in future too.

Traditionally modern food, name of the blog itself is so attractive. So one can expect all such traditional recipes with all possible twists. I got to know lot many traditional recipes from her home town.

I wish Vidya a great success in every step of her journey personally and professionally.

Thanks V for the oppourtunity. Since kids love apple and chocolate thought of combining them to make this recipe.

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Apple ring pancakes drizzled with chocolate

About:

For an adorable twist on the usual pancake recipe, whip up these delicious apple ring pancakes. Slice fresh apples — any variety will work.  The taste? Well it’s a bit donut-ty (yes really, try it!), it’s soft and pillowy. They cook just like regular pancakes, and the apples soften slightly, so when you take your first bite, the apple is slightly crisp but oh so warm and juicy. There’s the perfect amount of sweetness.

These were drizzled with chocolate syrup as kids love chocolates and sliced almonds, pistachio. These are also great for a dessert if you wanted to serve them with ice cream.

Preparation time-10 minutes

Cooking time- 5 minutes per batch

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Ingredients:

  • Apples-4
  • Oil- for toasting

For the batter:

  • Gram flour/besan-3/4cup
  • Corn starch-3-4tbsp
  • Any milk of choice-1/2 to 3/4cup (or more as required for the batter)
  • yogurt-1/2cup
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Baking powder-1/4tsp
  • Vanilla essence-2tsp
  • Honey/maple syrup-2-3tbsp

Topping:

  • Cooking chocolate-100gms
  • Chopped nuts/sprinkler

Procedure:

For the batter:

  • In a large bowl combine besan flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder and set aside.
  • In other bowl whisk yogurt, milk, vanilla essence until frothy.
  • Now stir in yogurt mixture to the flour mixture until a smooth batter obtained(add extra milk/yogurt if required)

Preparing apples:

  • Wash the apples thoroughly- pat dry and Slice the into slices which are 1/2 inch thick.
  • Using a circle cookie cutters remove centre of the apple –the core and seeds.
  • Brush some lemon juice and set aside on a paper towels to dry.

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For cooking apple rings:

  • Heat a non-stick pan/skillet on a medium heat, spray the griddle and then Dip each apple rings in the batter and rub to fully cover it.
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  • Transfer to the pre-heated griddle and cook as you would do a regular pancakes.
  • Flip and cook on the other side and continue to cook for 1-2minutes.

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  • Repeat with all the apple slices and serve with some honey/nuts

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For topping:

  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler/microwave and drizzle over panckes.
  • Top with some chopped nuts/sprinkler and serve.

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Note:

  • Batter has to be thick enough to coat the apples.

Vendakkai Thengai Puli Kuzhambu

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When I was in college my Amma was out of station and my neighbour aunt offered to give lunch for me. First I told her I will cook, but Aunty convinced me and gave this kuzhambu and potato fry for lunch. While eating I realized its different from Amma’s kuzhambu. Amma doesn’t add onions in vendakkai kuzhambu, also there is no grinding step. I got so addicted to Aunty’s preparation, till my marriage whenever she prepares this kuzhambu in home, she sends me some. My Amma learnt this recipe and started cooking at home for me, also she wrote this recipe in a notebook for my reference.

Ingredients:

Ladies Finger – 10 – 12 (depending on the size of ladies finger)

Onion – 1, chopped

Tomato – 1, chopped

Tamarind – 1 lemon sized ball

Sambar powder/ chilli powder – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp ( I used Sambar powder)

Jaggery – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Salt – to taste

To temper:

Sesame Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/8 tsp

Curry leaves – 1sprigg

To grind:

Coconut grated –  1/4 cup

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Onion – 2 tbsp, chopped

Tomato – 2 tbsp, chopped

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Method:

  • Soak tamarind in 1 cup of luke warm water and keep aside for 5 – 10 minutes, and extract the juice
  • Add oil to the pan. When oil is hot add ‘to temper’ ingredients and let them splutter. Add onion and sauté till the onion is translucent. Add tomato and cook till they become mushy
  • Add ladies finger and sauté till they are cooked
  • Add sambar powder and cook for a minute
  • ladiesfingervethakuzhambuAdd the tamrind juice, 1 cup  + 1/2 cup of water, salt  and cook till the raw smell goes off

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  • Grind the items listed under “to grind” with little water. Add the grind paste and jaggery; cook for 4 – 6 minutes and switch off

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  • Serve with rice and poriyal / chips

Checkout my other rice Accompaniments,

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My Notes:

  • Brinjal can be used instead of ladies finger
  • Adjust the Kuzhambu consistency according to your desire
  • Jaggery was not in the original recipe, but I added as I got use to the jaggery flavor in puli kuzhambu
  • Though onions and tomatoes are added raw, they won’t have raw taste in Kuzhambu as they are boiled

Pineapple Rasam

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Like Kasi Halwa, Pineapple rasam is most common in our customary marriages.  Tangy and mildly sweet pineapple rasam is such a table winner recipe in any special menu. Recently when we went for grocery shopping, while crossing fruits aisle in shop, Jagadish was so tempted to eat pineapple but was having second thoughts whether we can finish if we buy a full pineapple. As soon I saw Pineapple I was so tempted to cook Pineapple rasam, since we both love it. He once told me a story “In his hometown there is particular restaurant,  they cut the pineapple, peel the lower half, remove the pulp and serve the rasam with the lower half of the pineapple”. How cool 🙂 I tried to do that but I couldn’t find a proper cutter/knife so it was a big flop show 😦 but the rasam was a biggg hit!

Checkout my other rice accompaniments,

Pineapple Rasam

Ingredients:

Toor dal  – 1/3 Cup

Pineapple Rings –  7 rings, peeled and cut into rings about 1/2 inch and chopped

Tomato – 3, chopped

Water – 3 cup

Rasam Powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – pinch

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Pepper –  1/2  tsp

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp

Ghee – 1/2 tbsp

Mustard Seed – 1 tsp

Asafoetida – generous pinch

Curry Leaves- few

Corainder Leaves – few (I didn’t have fresh coriander leaves so I used Dried, fresh is always preferred)

Salt – as neededPPi

Method:

  • Pressure cook the Toor Dal and smash it with ladle and keep it aside
  • Blend the pepper and cumin seeds into a coarse powder and keep aside
  • Blend the chopped pineapple and 1 tomato into a smooth puree. To the tomato – pineapple puree, add 1 cup + 1/2 cup of water, turmeric powder, coriander powder, pepper – cumin powder, rasam powder and salt; mix well

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  • Transfer the content into a pan and boil it in a medium low flame
  • In a separate pan, add ghee and when the ghee is hot,  add mustard seeds and curry leaves, let it splutter sputter. Add the chopped tomato, pineapple and asofetida; sauté for 2 – 3 minutes
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  • Add remaining water and keep the flame in medium and cook till the rasam starts frothing. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with rice and vathakal curry/chips

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My Notes

  • Instead of fresh pineapple, 2 cans of frozen pineapple can also used. Use the pineapple juice for rasam
  • Adjust the pepper according to your spice level
  • No tamrind in this rasam, as tomato and pineapple give the tanginess

Baked Masala Vadai

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When it comes to Vadai, Masala vadai is my all time favorite. Usually I deep fry them in oil, but my baking addiction these days told me to try a baked version. These days its snowing here and on one such days I was craving for Masala Vadai. Soaked the dal and grinded. Decided to try baked version but was little worried about the texture, so instead of making the full batch took half of the batter and started baking it. Preheated the oven and took baking tray and I realized I was out of parchment paper. I thought is this sign telling me not to bake, but I greased the tray with extra oil (compare to my usual quantity) and baked. Oh man I didn’t believe the taste. My husband didn’t believe that its baked, but after seeing the second batch from the oven he accepted:-)
Its snowing today as well and my mind has started thinking about snacks. I am sure I will end up cooking some snack today but for time being this crispy baked Masala Vadai is for my lovely readers.
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Ingredients:

Onion –  1, big finely chopped

Coriander Leaves – few, chopped

Curry leaves – few

To grind:
Channa Dal – 1 cup
Rice flour  – 1 tbsp
Fennel Seeds(Sombu) – 1 tsp

Red Chillies – 2

Garlic – 3 pods, peeled and choped

Ginger – 1 tsp, peeled and chopped

Baking soda – a pinch

Sugar – a pinch

Salt – as needed

Pam Spray/ Oil – to grease (I used Oil)

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Method:

  • Wash and soak channa dal for 2 to 3 hrs. Drain the water completely and keep aside. Grind together with other ingredients listed under “To grind” with 1 – 2 tsp of water into a coarse mixture (less water helps in crispy vadai texture. Avoid using too much water)

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  • Transfer the mixture to the mixing bowl and add onions, curry leaves, coriander leaves and mix well

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  •  Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenhait. Take the baking tray and brush the oil
  • Take small portions of the mixture, and flatten them using your palm (thinner vadai yields crispy vadai)
  • Place them in the greased tray and brush  the top portion of each vadai with little oil to avoid drying out and of course for the crispy finish

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  • Bake the vadai for 11 – 15 min, till they have browned the underside (adjust time according to your oven) . Carefully flip them and bake again for another 11 – 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately. Serve with chutney/ ketchup.  I generally love to finish them without any sides
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My Notes:

  • The key for the perfect baked vadai is batter with less moisture (water) and greasing generously with oil/ spray
  • If the vadai is thick outer portion will cook fast and inner will remain uncooked, and baking for more time may lead to to rubbery vadai
  • Just like the fried ones – these are best served the minute they are made. If can’t eat the vadai immediately, switch off the oven and keep the vadai tray back in the over till you eat. Make sure you keep the vadai back in oven after 10 minutes as the oven will still be hot. Though the crispness won’t retain for hours together but for 30 – 45 minutes it works perfect.  After that I haven’t tried
  • Instead of rice flour rava can also be used

Cornmeal Pancake

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Pancake is hubby’s favorite weekend breakfast.  I had already Posted Eggless Pancake and Eggless Whole Wheat Strawberry pancake. Had yellow cornmeal in pantry so tried pancake with yellow corn meal and whole wheat. It is healthy and yummy breakfast for adults and kids. My toddler loved this pancake.

On a different note, TraditionallyModernFood is in Sulekha:-) I was excited when sulekha approached me to post recipes in indiapulse.Sulekha.com.

Cornmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients:

Yellow Cornmeal – 3/4 cup

Whole Wheat – 3/4 cup

Baking Powder – 1 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp

Sugar – 3 tbsp (I used brown sugar) Adjust sugar according to your sweetness

Salt – 1/8 tsp

Wet Ingredients:

Milk – 1 cup + 3 tbsp

Egg – 1

Vanilla – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp

Butter –  2 tbsp + 1tsp, melted

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Method:

  • In a bowl add all the dry Ingredients; mix well and Set aside
  • In a separate bowl beat the eggs well; add milk and vanilla extract, and whisk well

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  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently. Pour melted butter (microwaved for 15 secs) and stir once. Set batter aside for 10 minutes

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  • Heat an iron skillet or a non-stick pan on low to medium heat. Reduce heat to low and pour a ladle full of batter in the center of the pan. Do not spread the batter. Allow it to spread on its own. Add little butter around the edges. Cook the pancake on low medium heat for half a minute or until bubbles appear over the pancake

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  • When the pancake turns to a nice golden shade, flip it over and cook for half a minute and transfer to the serving plate
  • Serve warm, topped with butter/honey/Maple Syrup/Powdered Sugar/Caramel syrup/butterscotch syrup/Fruit syrup

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Notes:

  • All purpose flour can be used instead of wheat
  • Any extracts like almond, butterscotch etc. Can be used for flavour
  • Cinnamon powder can be added
  • Oil can be used instead of butter
  • Use 1 tbsp of flax seed powder/ 1 chia seed with 3 tbsp of water to replace egg. 1/2 cup of mashed banana/ 3 tbsp of Peanut Butter /1/4 cup of unsweetned Apple sauce can also be used to replace egg

Pulikaichal (Puliyodharai)

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Pulikaichal is a classic traditional recipe.  When mixed with rice, tangy variety rice is ready (Puliyodarai). It also goes well with dosa/ Idli tiffin variety, and acts as a yummy pickle to curd rice.  It is a great travel recipe too, also a festive recipe prepared during kannum pongal and aadi perukku. It stays good even for a month (when refrigerated) or upto a week (outside),  if stored in an air tight container and accessed with a clean dry spoon. This is one of the most favorite prasadam in temples. It’s good to have Thakkali Thokku/Pulikaichal in fridge, and during busy days these two pastes help a lot.

Pulikaichal (Puliyodharai)

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins

Recipe Category: Pickle/Side Dish and Entrée

Ingredients:

Cooked Rice – 2 cup

For the pulikaichal:

Tamarind – big lemon size

Powdered Jaggery – 1 tbsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/8 tsp

Asafoetida – a generous pinch

Salt – as needed

Sesame oil – 3 tbsp

Roasted Peanuts – 1/4 cup (approximately) I generally add handful

To temper:

Mustard Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Channa Dal – 1 tbsp

Dried Red chillies – 2

Curry Leaves – few

Spice Powder:

Channa Dal – 1  tbsp

Coriander Seeds – 1 tbsp

Dried Red Chillies – 4 (Adjust according to your spice)

Fenugreek Seeds(Venthyam) – 1/4 tsp

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Method:

  • Dry roast the ingredients under ‘Spice powder’. Allow them to cool and grind it to a fine powder without adding water, and keep aside

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  • Soak tamrind in luke warm water for 10 – 15 mins. Extract the juice and keep aside
  • Add sesame oil in a pan, and when the oil is hot add the ingredients under ‘to temper’ and let them splutter. Add the tamarind extract and allow it to boil

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  • When the raw smell starts to go away, add the powder, peanuts, salt and jaggery. Mix well and continue cooking

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  • Keep stirring occasionally. When oil begins to seperate and the mixture becomes a thick paste (and raw smell goes off completely), switch off.

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  • Take the cooked rice spread it in a wide bowl, drizzle a tsp of sesame oil, add 1/2 cup of pulikaichal, and mix well without mushing up the rice.  Adjust the quantity of pulikaichal and add salt, if required. Allow it to rest atleast for 30 – 45 mins before you serve. Serve with Aviyal/Potato Chips/Appalam/Fry

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My Notes:

  • Always use a wide pan while cooking pulikaichal as they tends to spit spills outside
  • Sesame oil make it stay good for longer days
  • Generally for puliyodarai I use normal rice but basmati rice can also be used
  • Rice tastes better sometime after it has been mixed
  • Can add 1/2 tsp of sesame seed, 1 tbsp of urad Dal and 1/2 tsp of pepper powder while preparing spice powder. My friend’s mom coos with these ingredients, and it tastes good too. As both my mom and mother in law won’t add these spices, I haven’t added
  • First day it tastes spicy but over a period of time it tastes less spicy
  • Adding jaggery is optional but it gives a sweet tangy taste which we like
  • I have used roasted peanuts so I added them at the end. If you are using unroasted add it after tempering

Paal Kozhukattai

Hope you all had a great Ganesh Chaturthi today. We had a great Pooja at home with Sweet Kozhukkatai, Ammini Kozhukattai, Wheat Appam and kondakadalai Sundal. I had prepared Paal Kozhukkatai couple of weeks back, and thought of posting it before Ganesh Chaturthi, but I couldn’t. Today evening, while tasting Kozhukattai I decided this is my today’s post. Many version to prepare this yummy dish, and this is one

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Paal Kozhukattai

Preparation Time : 10 min |  Cooking Time : 15 mins  | Serves : 3

Recipe Category : Dessert/Sweet and Snack

Ingredients:

Kozhukattai:

Rice flour – 1 cup, sieved

Water – 1 cup + 1/4 cup

Salt – as needed

Coconut oil – 1 tsp

Ghee/Butter – 1 tsp

Paal:

Thin coconut milk – 1 cup

Thick coconut milk –  3/4 cup

Grated Coconut – 2 tbsp ( Optional)

Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp

Sugar/Jaggery – 1/2 cup (I have used Brown sugar) Adjust sugar according to your taste

Saffron – few strands ( optional)

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Method:

For coconut Milk:

I used 2 cup of shredded frozen coconut. Add 1 cup  + 1/3 cup of water to the coconut and grind it. Filter the grinded coconut, and the resultant milk is the thick coconut milk. Add 1 cup of water once again to the coconut residue and grind once more. Filter it again, and the resultant milk is the thin coconut milk.

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  • Add saffron to the thick coconut milk and keep it aside
  • In a sauce pan, add coconut oil and 1 cup of water and bring to boil. When it is boiling and you see bubbles, add the sieved flour (Have 1/4 cup of water boiled in separate pan/kettle)
  • For the flour that I used, the extra 1/4 cup water was not needed. If you feel dough is dry, add 1 tbsp of water, else no need to add. Water added should be boiling hot water, so its better to keep 1/4 cup hot water separately

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  • Cook till it comes to non sticky dough consistency

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  • Add ghee and combine well. Cover the dough with damp cloth as they tend to dry

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  • When the dough is cool enough to handle, make small spheres (Marble Size). Since rice flour is gluten free they tend to be sticky, so greasing hand with coconut oil helps. Keep Aside

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  • Add thin coconut milk to the pan and bring it boil (Add water if required). When it starts boiling add kozhukattai

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  • After adding Kozhukattai first they all will sink to the bottom. Stir occasionally while cooking. They gradually raise. Once the kozhukattais are cooked, they float. Add sugar, coconut and cardamom powder and cook for 2- 3 minutes

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  • Add the thick coconut milk and switch off the flame

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My Notes:

  • Instead of using thin coconut milk, milk and water can also be used
  • Milk and coconut powder can also used instead of thin coconut milk
  • Can also steam Kozhukkatai and add them in thin coconut milk
  • The measurement for water and thin coconut milk can be adjusted to our choice, it should be just enough for the balls to immerse
  • Make sure thin coconut milk is bit watery to avoid curdling
  • Milk can be added while preparing Kozhukattai dough
  • For the Paal (milk) to blend well with the balls, you can roll small Kozhukattais. After switching off give 15-20 minutes standing time for milk to blend well
  • Do not cook thick coconut milk for long time as there are chances for curdling
  • Instead of sugar, jaggery syrup can also be used
  • Instead of making balls, you can also dump the dough in a murukku achu and press it directly in thin coconut milk
  • Traditionally raw rice is washed well and drained, spread in a towel till the moisture drains completely, and ground into a fine powder. Since it will take time, I have used store-bought Rice Flour
  • Idiyappam flour can also be used to prepare Kozhukattai
  • Can combine Rice flour and water to dosa batter consistency and add coconut oil and cook till you get a dough to the consistency similar to the one shown in above picture
  • Can use store bought coconut milk. Add  water  for thin coconut milk

Black Bean Gravy

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Now a days Mexican cuisine has became one of our favorites. After having many Mexican dishes, I liked black bean and  knowing its health benefits, I wanted to try an Indian gravy with black bean. This  black bean gravy tastes amazing and goes well with roti, rice, bread, burrito, quesadilla.

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Black Bean Gravy:

Preparation Time : 10 min | Soaking Time : 4 hours | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Side dish

Ingredients:

Black bean – 1 cup + 1/2 cup

Onion – 1  finely chopped

Tomato – 1 finely chopped

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander powder – 1 tsp

Channa Masala – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Amchur powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Garam masala powder – 1 tsp

Coriander leaves – 1/8 cup roughly chopped

Cardamom pods – 2

Cinnamon – 1/8 stick

Cloves – 1

Bay leaves – 1

Fennel seeds – 1/8 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – as needed

Method:

  •  Put a pressure cooker on the stove and add oil, whole spices and ginger garlic paste, saute for 30 seconds. Add onion and saute till onion is cooked, and then add tomato
  • Once onion and tomato are cooked, add garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, channa masala, turmeric powder and amchur powder. Allow it to cook for 3  to 5 mins

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  • Add the soaked black bean and mix well. Add required salt and 1 cup + 1/2 cup of water and cover the cooker. SwitcH off after 3 whistles. Once steam releases, open the cooker lid and garnish with coriander leaves. Black bean gravy is ready to be served.

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My Notes:

  • I soaked black bean in hot water for 4 hours. You can either follow this procedure or soak it in normal water for 7-8 hours
  • I directly cooked this gravy in cooker, instead you can also cook black bean and  masala separately, and finally add black bean to the cooked masala (same procedure can be followed for cooking rajma / channa / moong bean or any dal)
  • Since bean is directly cooked in gravy, add same quantity of water as bean to maintain gravy consistency