Potatoes With Five Spices “Paanch Phoron”

Potatoes With Five Spices- “Paanch- Phoran”- serves 6 These potatoes are cooked using five whole spices like fennel, yellow mustard seeds, black mustard seeds, cumin seeds and onion seeds with a dash of red chilly powder. “Paanch- Phoran ” literally means five spices and is very famous in Eastern India. I typically use this mixture to prepare pickles or a simple potato preparation like this one. These potatoes are make a great side dish.While cooking your kitchen is bound to smell great because of all the fragrant spices. I typically like to add extra fennel since I love the flavor! I hope you enjoy this. Ingredients: 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed ( I used Yukon Gold) 3/4 teaspoon fennel . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Cluster Beans With Potatoes”Guwar And Aloo Bhaji”

Cluster Beans With Potatoes- Serves 3 Cluster bean is a type of green bean that is grown abundantly in India. It is widely consumed amongst people living in Western India. It is flatter than the regular french beans and has a slightly bitter taste. So when I cook this, I like to add onions and potatoes both of which lend a natural sweetness to the dish. I often add these beans to my lentils and curries too. It is one of the healthiest vegetables to eat as it is very low in calories. Another interesting fact is guar gum is derived from cluster beans. Guar gum is a food additive used as a thickening agent. Ingredients: 7 ounces cluster beans, . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Indian Potatoes-“Batata Bhaji”

Indian Potatoes- Serves 6 This is the recipe I turn to when I have to fix a meal quickly. It works as a yummy side dish or vegetable. This weekend too, we had my cousin visiting from Mumbai. I was under the impression that all meals would be out considering he would love to try out different cuisines. To my surprise or rather delight, he really wanted a home cooked meal especially something made by me. That’s just what any compulsive foodie wants to hear who loves to cook! I did not have much time as it was already 11:00 am and with no groceries in the house I knew I had to run and get some chicken, yogurt and . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Pav Bhaji

I hope you enjoy this recently uploaded video on how to prepare Pav-Bhaji! “Pav” ( small loaf of bread) Bhaji (veggies)” is a popular form of Indian fast food sold on street corners and restaurants alike. Delicious, cheap and easy-to-put together pav-bhaji is served with buttered bread hot off the stove. I am yet to meet a person who is not fond of this famous street food from India. Pav-bhaji is basically a thick potato-based mixture (tomatoes, green peas, carrots, cauliflower and capsicum) prepared on a flat griddle. A special masala called pav-bhaji masala is added to this with a dollop of butter on top. The mixture is garnished with chopped cilantro and onions flavored with lemon juice. INGREDIENTS: . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Aaloo Tikkis – Creamy Potatoes Deep Fried

Aaloo Tikkis – Makes 12 Tikkis“Aaloo Tikkis” are a versatile and delicious appetizer that you can serve at any time – as an afternoon snack with tea, as an after school snack for kids or, as with a bowl of piping hot lentils and rice. First, potatoes are boiled, peeled and mashed to make a smooth, creamy mixture. Then it’s seasoned with cumin seeds, fresh cilantro, green chillies, and bread is added as a binder so that, when they are deep fried they hold their shape and are crispy on the outside and taste creamy on the inside. I like to serve these tikkis with home made green chutney or tomato ketchup. Hope you enjoy it! Ingredients: 2 medium sized . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Eggplant With Potatoes “Baigan-Aloo”

“Baigan-aloo” (serves 2) I was on a mission to clean out my refrigerator the other day when I remembered the half-eggplant just sitting there. I had used the the other half to prepare a chicken-lentil dish known as known as “Daal-Ghosht” (more on this yummy recipe in an upcoming post I promise!). Cooking half an eggplant was not nearly going to be enough for all of us. Going through my recipes, I came across a recipe for “Baigan-Aloo” (“eggplant-and-potatoes”). The recipe looked easy enough – cube eggplant, potatoes and deep fry. At the end, add basic dry spice powders like coriander, cumin,turmeric, red chilly powder, and dry mango powder. Who doesn’t love deep fried potatoes? I am so glad . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Potato Soup With Sausage “Zuppa Toscano”

Zuppa Toscano Soup – Serves 6 After 3 straight dessert posts, it’s time for something a little more hearty and healthy. This recipe is for “Zuppa Toscano” soup made with Italian sausage, potatoes, onions, chicken broth, kale and a little cream. If the name “Zuppa Tuscano” sounds familiar it’s because you’ve probably seen it on the Olive Garden restaurant menu! Now that I’ve discovered the right recipe, I can finally enjoy this tasty soup anytime I like in the comfort of my home. I came across the recipe at my local “Publix” supermarket as part of their “Publix Apron Simple Meal” program. The goal of the program is to highlight simple yet delicious recipes designed to make meal-time stress free . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

“Poori-Bhaji”

“Poori-bhaji” or puffed Indian bread with potatoes is a very popular Indian hot-breakfast meal. It is as staple as rice and lentils in many Indian households. “Poori” is yet another version of Indian bread made from dough consisting of whole wheat flour, semolina, a pinch of sugar and salt for taste. The dough is rolled into small circles and deep fried in oil. While frying, the “poori” puffs up and this is its defining characteristic. “Bhaji” or vegetables, in this case, is generally boiled potatoes and spices. Note: This dish does use a lot of oil. The potatoes tend to absorb oil while cooking them. Ingredients for potatoes “bhaji” : Serves 4 5 potatoes – boiled ( I used “Yukon . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Sai-Bhaji Tikkis

I love making these tikkis as a healthy afternoon snack or appetizer with drinks. These tikkis or vegetable patties are made with left over Sai Bhaji. Sai bhaji is a delicious vegetable made with spinach, dill, tomatoes, carrots, potatoes and lentil. I dry the sai bhaji mixture by cooking it on medium flame in a saucepan or flat griddle. Then, add a pinch a garam masala powder and bread for binding. Make round patties and shallow fry. Serve hot and enjoy! Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups sai bhaji 6 slices bread, soaked in water and squeezed tightly to remove the water 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder 2- 3 tablespoons oil salt to taste Method: Heat the sai bhaji in a saucepan . . . CLICK TO READ MORE

Minced Chicken Patties “Kheema Patties”

Stuff these appetizing patties with ground chicken (or any other minced meat of your choice) into a potato ball. In Mumbai, we typically used either ground chicken or goat meat. I made a round of seventeen patties all of which were polished off by my husband and 6-year old over the course of the weekend. Preparation is simple if a little time-consuming. Cook the potatoes and ground meat separately along with some mild spices. Stuff the cooked meat into a mashed potato ball and deep fry. Make sure the the potato coating is well-sealed to ensure the patty stays whole while you fry them. Serve hot with green chutney or ketchup of your choice and enjoy! Ingredients: For the ground . . . CLICK TO READ MORE