Ingredients :

Grated Fresh Coconut : 2 Cups

Grain Sugar : 1 1/2 Cups

Milk (Full Fat) : 1/2 Cup

Cardamom Powder : 1/8 Tsp.

Roasted Cashew / Almond Slivers : As Required

Clarified Butter (Ghee) : As Required

Method :

Use the clarified butter (Ghee) to coat a flat metal plate(thali) so the barfi will not stick to it. Grind the grated coconut in the mixer grinder but make sure it doesn’t become a paste.

In a heavy bottomed pan, add the sugar, coconut and milk. Keep it on low heat and stir continuously. Keep cooking till the mixture starts leaving the sides of the pan. Add the cardamom powder and mix well. At this point, the mixture should be thick but it should have a pouring consistency.

Pour this mixture on the ghee-coated plate and spread it to a 1/4 inch thick layer. Decorate with the cashew / almond slivers and cut it into desired shapes. Keep it aside till it cools down to room temperature.

Store in an airtight container. Will keep for about 3-4 days.

Ingredients :

Prawns : 250 Gms.
Potato : 1 Cut into cubes
Onion : 1 Large, Chopped
Ginger Garlic Paste : 1 Tbsp.
Tomato : 1 Deskinned and chopped
Turmeric Powder (Haldi) : ½ Tsp.
Red Chilli Powder : 1 to 2 Tsp.
Malvani Masala : 1 or 2 Tbsp. (Depends on how much spice you can handle)
Coriander Leaves : 1 Tbsp. Chopped
Salt : To Taste
Sugar : 1 Tsp.
Vegetable Oil : As Required

For the Curry Paste :

Grated Fresh Coconut : 1 Cup
Dried Coconut/Kopra/Desiccated Coconut : 2 Tbsp.
Onion : 1 Large, Sliced
Ginger : 1 Inch, Chopped
Garlic : 10-12 Cloves
Green Chilies : 2-3 cut into pieces
Coriander Seeds (Dhane) : 1 Tbsp.
Cumin Seeds (Jeere) : 1 Tsp.
Fennel Seeds (Saunf/Badishep) : ½ Tsp.
Tamarind Pulp (Chinch) : 1 Tsp.

Method :
For the paste, heat oil in a wok. Add the spice seeds and the onion, ginger, garlic and chilies. Sauté till light brown. Now add the dried coconut and sauté till brown. Then add the fresh coconut and sauté till the coconut is light brown. Take care not to burn any of the ingredients. Then remove and cool. Add tamarind to this mix and make a smooth paste.
To the prawns, add salt, turmeric. Mix well and keep aside.
In a heavy bottomed pan, heat oil. Add the chopped onion and sauté. Now add the ginger garlic paste and sauté. Add the Deskinned tomato and fry till the tomato has completely disintegrated. Now add the malvani masala, red chili powder and turmeric. Sauté and add the potatoes. Sauté for a few minutes and then add the paste, salt and sugar to taste. Cover the pan and cook till the potatoes are almost done. Now add the prawns and cover and cook for 3-5 minutes till the prawns are cooked. Check the seasoning. Add chopped coriander and serve hot.

P.S. : For people who don’t like tamarind, they can also substitute kokum in the recipe. Make sure to add only 1 or 2 pieces as it’s very sour. Add it towards the end of the cooking, just prier to adding the prawns.

Ingredients :

Large Potatoes : 2 no.

Mangoes : 2   – 3 Enough to give about 300 ml. Juice

Hot Green Chillies like Lavangi or Jalapeno or Habanero : 4 – 5 no.

Ginger : 1 inch cut into Julienne

Black Mustard Seeds : 1 Tsp.

Methi Dana or Fenugreek Seeds : 1/4 Tsp.

Curry Leaves :  4-5 no.

Whole Dried Red Chillies : 3-4 no.

Asafoetida or Hing : 1/4 Tsp.

Whole Wheat Flour : 1 Tbsp.

Salt and Sugar : To Taste

Ghee or Clarified Butter : 1 Tbsp.

Chopped Coriander Leaves : 1 Tbsp.

Method :

Peel and cut the potatoes into cubes or triangle shapes. Peel the mango and remove the pulp and puree it.

Cut the chillies in two pieces lengthwise. Make a paste of whole wheat flour and water.

In a shallow pan add ghee and heat over low heat. Add the potatoes to the ghee and saute till lightly browned. Remove and set aside.

Now add the mustard and fenugreek seeds and let them pop.

Now add the green chillies, ginger, hing, curry leaves and red chillies and saute and then add the potatoes.

Add the mango pulp and enough water to cook the potatoes. Add salt and sugar and cover and cook till the potatoes are cooked but firm.

Now add the flour paste and cook till the gravy thickens.  Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

 

 

 

Ingredients :

Yam (Suran) : 200 Gms.

Potatoes : 3 medium sized

Green Peas : 200 Gms

Green Chillies : 4 or as required, Finely Chopped

Ginger : 1″ grated

lemon Juice : 1/2 Tsp.

Cumin Powder : 1/2 Tsp.

Garam Masala Powder : 1/2 Tsp.

Salt : As required (About 1 1/2 Tsp.)

Sugar : 1/2 Tsp.

Oven Dried Breadcrumbs : 3-4 Tbsp.

Oil : As Required to pan fry the cutlet

Method :

Steam or pressure cook the yam, potatoes and green peas till completely cooked.Remove and cool.  Peel and mash the potatoes with the yam and peas. To these vegetables add the rest of the ingredients.

Keep adding the breadcrumbs till the mashed mixture no longer feels wet or squishy. Adjust seasoning if needed.

Now round the mixture into small balls, flatten and shallow fry on a hot griddle.

Yield : 16 small or 10 medium sized cutlets.

 

 

Ingredients :

Arbi (Colocasia roots) : 250 Gms.

Red Onions : 2 Nos.

Raw Cashews : 50 Gms.

White Poppy Seeds (Khaskhas) : 1 Tbsp.

Cinnamon : 1″ stick

Cloves :  3 Nos.

Green Cardamom : 1 Nos.

Bay Leaf : 1/2 Nos.

Black Cardamom : 1/4 Nos.

Star Anise : 1/4 Nos.

Ginger Garlic Paste : 1 Tbsp.

Ghee : 1 Tbsp.

Haldi Powder : 1/4 Tsp.

Red chilli Powder : 2 Tsp.

Garam Masala Powder : 1 Tsp.

Curd : 1 Cup

Oil for deep frying

Salt : to taste

Method :

Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 1 hour. Then boil them along with onions and cashews. Make a smooth paste.

Boil the arbi in salted water till 9/10th done and then peel it. Cut it into 1/2″ roundels and deep fry to a golden brown color.

In a pan, add ghee. Add the whole Garam masala to it and saute till it releases their smoky aroma. Now add the onion paste and saute till it is light brown in color and oil starts leaving the sides. Add the ginger garlic paste and saute. Now whisk the curd well and start adding it to the fried onion paste 1 Tbsp. at a time and keep sauteing it till all the curd is used and fat starts leaving the sides. Now add the powdered masalas and saute. Use a little water here to make sure the masalas don’t burn. Add the fried arbi and salt to taste. Add about 1 cup of water and cover and cook the arbi for 5 minutes.

Serve hot with roti or white rice.

Ingredients :

Fresh Grated Coconut : 1/2 nos.

Fresh Green Chillies (Lavangi or other spicy variety) : 4-6 nos.

Fresh Chopped Ginger : 1″ piece

Roasted Cumin Seeds (Jeera) : 1 Tsp.

Tamarind Pulp : 1/2 Tsp.

Salt : To Taste

Sugar : a Pinch

Oil : 1 Tsp.

Black Mustard Seeds (Rai) : 1/2 Tsp.

Curry Leaves : 4 nos.

Asafoetida (Hing) : a pinch

Method :

Make a smooth paste of coconut, chillies, cumin, ginger, tamarind, sugar and salt. Don’t use too much water as we don’t need a runny paste. Then in a pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida and curry leaves and pour this tempering (tadka) over the chutney.

You can also use Chopped coriander leaves to give it a different taste. Also you can try using mint leaves instead of tamarind when adding coriander leaves. Use 1 bunch of coriander leaves and half a bunch of mint leaves.

Ingredients:

Split  Bengal Gram (Chana Dal) : ½ Cup

Skinned and Split Black Gram (Urad Dal) : ½ Cup

Desiccated Coconut (Grated Kopra) :  ½ Cup

White Sesame Seeds :  ¼ Cup

Dried Pandi Red Chillies (Spicy) : 16 nos.

Dried Bedagi Red Chillies (Mild) : 8 nos.

Curry Leaves : 20 nos.

Tamarind Pulp : 4 Tsp.

Jaggery : 4 Tsp.

Asafoetida (Hing) : ½ Tsp.

Chopped Coriander Leaves : 2-3 Tbsp.

Oil : 2 Tsp.

Salt : 1-2 Tbsp.

 

Method :

Dry roast the gram dals , sesame seeds and coconut separately till they release a nutty aroma and are little browned. In a pan, sauté the red chillies and curry leaves in oil till the chillies change colour to bright red and the leaves are crispy. Mix all the ingredients together and run through a food mill to get a grainy powder. Store in an airtight container. Can be kept for a couple of months.

Ideally this is mixed with oil or melted ghee and used. This goes well with any dosas, idlis or even as an accompaniment with roti or bread. I spread some cheese spread on bread slices and sprinkle the chutney  on top to make a sandwich.

Ingredients :

Okra (Bhindi) : 500 Gms.

Garlic : 7 – 8 Cloves

Green Chillies : 4 – 5 (As required)

Lime Juice : 1 -2 Tsp.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) : 1 Tsp.

Salt : To taste

Toasted Sesame Seeds : 1 – 2 Tsp.

Oil : 2 Tbsp.

 

Method :

Wash the okra with cold water and then pat it dry with kitchen towels. Cut it into roundels about 0.1 inch thick.

Chop the green chillies and garlic into brunoise.

In a saute pan, heat oil. Add the cumin seeds and when the seeds crackle, add the garlic and green chillies.

Saute the garlic for 30 seconds but don’t let it burn. Now add the okra and saute for 2 minutes. Then add the salt and lime juice and saute for a minute more.

Now you can cover the pan and cook the okra, but I like it a little crispy so normally I keep sauteing the okra over low heat till it’s cooked and crispy.

Add the toasted sesame seeds and mix well.

Serve hot.

Variation : You can also cut the okra lengthwise and add potatoes cut into same sized batons. When using potatoes you need to add the potatoes first and then when they are golden brown add the garlic and green chilli and continue as above. The proportion of potatoes to okra will be 50:50.

This is a curd based accompaniment that matches very well with a biryani or a pulao. Also this is a grate palate cleanser when eating something oily like mughlai dishes or spicy dishes like chicken kolhapuri.

Boondis are very small deep fried balls made with gram flour and are used in raita as well as in various farsan snacks.

Farsan is a collective term for various deep fried snacks and is an integral part of any Gujrathi meal.

Ingredients :

Boondi : 100 Gms.

Curd : 200 Gms.

Black Peppercorns : 2 nos.

Cumin Seeds :  2 Tsp.

Chaat Masala : 1 Tsp.

Salt : to taste

Sugar : 1 Tsp.

Chopped Coriander Leaves : 2 Tbsp.

Method :

Dry roast the peppercorns and cumin seeds and then crush then using a mortar and pestle.
Mix all the ingredients together except the boondi and then add cold water to the curd mixture to get a creame-like consistency. Keep this mixture i the refirgerator to cool.
Then soak the boondi in warm water for 10 seconds and then add to the curd mixture. Serve immidiately.

Ingredients :

Potato : 1 Large

Suran (Elephant foot yam – Amorphophallus paeoniifolius) : 300 Gms.

Red Pumpkin or  Bottle Gourd (Dudhi Bhopla) : 300 Gms.

Raw Banana : 1 no.

Carrot : 1 Large

French Beans : 200 Gms.

Green Peas : 100 Gms.

Drumsticks – Moringa oleifera (Soavagyaacyaa SoMagaa fruit) : 2 Nos.

Freshly Grated Coconut : 1 ½ Cups

Green Chillies : 5-6 Nos.

Cumin Seeds : 1 Tsp.

Curd : 1 Cup

Coconut Oil : 2 Tbsp.

Curry Leaves : 12 Nos.

Method :

Cut the vegetables into 1” inch cubes. Peel and cut the banana into cubes as well.

Cook the Elephant foot yam separately in salted water and when almost done,  discard the water. Cook the rest of the vegetables together in salted water with half the curry leaves. The water should just be enough to cook the vegetables. When the vegetables are 9/10th cooked add the cooked yam to them.

Make a paste of coconut, green chillies and cumin seeds. Then mix with the curd to make a smooth paste.

Add the paste to the vegetables and adjust the salt and the consistency of the gravy. Remove after one boil.

N.B. : There are some who prefer a tadka and some who don’t. I like to heat the oil and add the curry leaves to it and give this tadka to the avial. Some people prefer to add all the curry leaves while cooking the vegetables . When you have added the paste and removed it after one boil, they add the raw coconut oil into the avail and mix well.

Best served with boiled rice.