Vegetables in Buttery Cheesy Sauce

You need:

  • Sturdy vegetables like beans and carrots. Cut into 1 cm pieces.
  • Butter
  • Maida
  • Milk
  • Pepper
  • Chilly Flakes
  • Mustard Sauce

First cook the vegetables in butter. Use high heat and an open pan. Season while it’s still cooking. Remove and keep aside when the beans are cooked but still firm. Test by eating a piece or two.

The sauce must be cooked on low heat. Do not ever move to anything more than that.

In the same pan melt about two tablespoons of butter. When it starts frothing add the maida. Keep stirring and stirring and stirring. It should NOT burn. When no lumps remain add the milk. It’s very difficult to say how much milk will be needed. Keep adding about 50 ml at a time. Stir it in. There should be no lumps. When the consistency is smooth and feels like a face cream, add the mustard sauce, pepper and chilly flakes. Add these as per taste. Season with salt. This flavor setting will not change. So just add what you like. Drop in two cheese triangles. Let them melt into the sauce.

Add the vegetables into the sauce and mix well. Pour into a baking dish. Let it cook for 30 mins at 180C.

If you are lucky you may get to wait till it fully cools and then take a nice picture. We did not wait that long.

It’s a kid’s favorite.

Dill, Carrots and Mutton

You need:

  • An onion
  • 250 gms of mutton
  • 1 teaspoon of Ginger and garlic paste
  • Turmeric and red chilli powder
  • Carrots
  • Dill leaves

First step is to cook the mutton in a pressure cooker. So saute onions till translucent, add the ginger and garlic paste. When the raw smell is gone add the meat. After the meat turns into a white walker season with salt, turmeric and red chilli order. A cup of water. Pressure cook till it’s done.

Open the cooker add the finely chopped dill leaves and carrots peices. Pressure cook once again for only five mins. Open and reduce the consistency till very less water remains.

The sweetness of carrots with the distinct taste of dill leaves makes this an amazing accompaniment for Rotis.

A Simple Pad Thai

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Heat coconut oil and saute in it a teaspoon of turmeric and a tablespoon of red chilly powder. Add in a lot of whole garlic cloves. Place chicken pieces and cook covered on high heat for 5 mins. Turn the chicken pieces and cook covered on low heat for 10 mins.

Add a whole eggs and stir it fast. The egg must crumble into tiny pieces.

Add chopped carrots and broccoli and cook covered for approximately 10 mins.

Season with salt and add 2 tablespoons of ground up roasted peanuts. Mix well.

Add rice noodles after following the steps given in the box they came in to soften them up. If you don’t have rice noodles, you can add anything else as well. Egg noodles, left over rice or even cooked pasta.

Mix well and squeeze in the juice of a lemon. Cook covered for about 10 mins so they all come together.

For more authentic taste you may want to add a little fish sauce.

 

Cabbage Poriyal

Heat coconut oil. Temper the oil with a teaspoon of cumin and mustard seeds. Add a fistful of curry leaves. As the fragrance is released add a couple of chopped up carrots.

A minute or two later add thinly sliced cabbage. Cook till they get soft and tender on high and medium heat. To know when its ready, simply eat a piece and check.

Garnish with grated coconut.

Eat as an accompaniment to rice and lentils or as a standalone salad.

Ponnangani Keerai with Paneer

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I love Ponnangani Keerai because its so easy to clean and pluck the leaves out of the stems.

Read more about this beneficial vegetable from Wiki

As its flowers look like the eyes of a fish, Alternanthera sessilis is called Matsyakshi, fisheyed. Other Indian names of this plant are Koypa in Marathi, Honganne ಹೊನಗೊನ್ನೆ ಸೊಪ್ಪು in Kannada, Ponnaganti koora పొన్నగంటి కూర in Telugu, Ponnanganni Keeraiபொன்னாங்கண்ணி கீரை in Tamil peānnaṅṅāṇi പൊന്നങ്ങാണി in Malayalam.

For preparing this dish use a slightly larger kadai. Fry paneer in ghee and them move it to a corner. Wait for a minute or two for the oil to again settle in the middle of the kadai. Now add carrots and onions. Slightly fry them and then add all the greens. Cook covered for about 10 mins on low heat. Mix everything and season with salt and pepper.

Serve hot or cold. This is a very healthy dish especially for digestion and your eyes.

Buttery Carrots & Mushrooms

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You need chopped up carrots and mushrooms.

To the carrots and mushrooms add any dried herb seasoning, chilly flakes and olive oil. Stir it in till evenly mixed.

Heat a pan and once its nice and hot add the carrots and mushrooms. Cook on high heat, keep stirring. Once the mushrooms are almost cooked, put a big dollop of butter on top. Once it melts in the vegetables add the spring onions. Mix and cook for just about 2-3 minutes.

Season with salt and serve with anything fried or roasted.

Roasted Chicken with Amaranth and Carrots

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Cut carrots length wise into quarters and wash the amaranth leaves. Melt butter and roast some chicken pieces in it. Sprinkle some red chilly powder and turmeric as the chicken cooks on high heat. Once the chicken gets a nice crust remove it and keep separately.

In the butter filled with the flavors from the chicken roast the carrots and some large green peppers. Do not remove the seeds from the chilies as that is the heat for this dish.

Once a slight charring starts add the amaranth leaves and cook till they are wilted. Add coconut milk and bring back the chicken into the pan. Season with salt and cook on low heat for about 15-20 mins.

A power packed lunch for the start of the week. Enjoy…