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Posted by on Mar 21, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 3 comments

Spiced up Veggie hash

Spiced up Veggie hash

Hash browns..this name does not convey me anything.It is shredded potato dish,commonly served with breakfast.If it is cut in cubes,it is sold as ‘country’ hash browns.So for my breakfast for dinner meal,I thought to dress up the ‘country hash brown’ in Indian way.I did just that.I used Yellow bell pepper,peas and tomato to spice up the key ingredient potatoes. Now with ‘peas’ I was taking a huge risk.I am the only person in our house who love ‘peas’ and I get the impression that ‘peas’ are not very well liked here,I mean really not liked..Only logical reason I can think of is because they never tasted my mom’s ‘Ghughani’,best made with fresh peas and eaten along with puffy rice as evening snack.Best snack ever..I always remember ‘peas’ like that and it is one of my beloved vegetable,I use it in many different  ways, in many different dish. PrintSpiced up Veggie hash Ingredients2 big size potatoes small cubes 1 medium Onion chopped 1 Yellow bell pepper small cubes 1 medium Tomato...

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Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Indian mashed potatoes aka ‘Aloo-Chokha’

Indian mashed potatoes aka ‘Aloo-Chokha’

‘Aloo Chokha’ as they are called ‘regionally’ or  ‘Aloo Bharta‘  as they are known  ‘nationally’ is staple North-East Indian side dish for everyday lunch.’Aloo’ is Potatoes and ‘Chokha’ is smashed fine potatoes.The place I grew up,vegetables grow in abundance,we almost always had assortment of yummy vegetable served along with the meal and  ‘aloo chokha’  is the part of it.It is different from the way American make their mashed potatoes,with milk/cream and butter and has flowy consistency to it.I make this Indian version of mashed potatoes time to time and my family likes the change.It is really simple. PrintIndian mashed potatoes aka ‘Aloo-Chokha’ Ingredients4-5 medium size potatoes (boiled/microwaved) 1-1.5 Tbl vegetable oil 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds Chili flakes(Optional,per your taste) very fine chopped onions(Optional) Salt to tasteInstructionsIn a bowl,mash the cooked potatoes till fine. Make sure you don't over mash them or it becomes glue-ee. In a deep ladle or shallow pan,add oil. When its hot,add seasoning to it at medium high. Let the seasoning bloom and onion brown but don't burn it.This isa very quick...

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Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Spicy Potatos

Spicy Potatos

Potatoes..one of my favourite vegetable…hmmm…..did I say vegetable?There are opinions out there which do not consider potatoes as vegetable.I do and I love it in every form. Indians use potatoes or ‘Aloo’ as it is called in Hindi in numerous ways.It is also one of that root vegetable,which makes other veggies look and taste good in its company. Many veggie dishes my mom cooked,I only ate because they were cooked along with potatoes and eventually I developed the liking for the accompanying vegetable.I usually make potatoes very simply spiced but that particular day,i decided to jazz it up a bit and went town doing just that…lucky for me,everyone liked it.This is what went into it. Onion and spices Adding water to spices Mixing it in spices Spiced up potatoes PrintSpicy Potatos Ingredients4-5 small to medium size ,thin skinned potatoes 1 small-medium chopped onion 1/2 Teaspoon mustard seeds 1.5 Tablespoons coriander seeds 1 Tablespoon cumin seeds 1-2 cloves of garlic 1/2 grated ginger chili flakes to taste salt to taste oilInstructionsBoil the potatoes until...

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Posted by on Mar 2, 2012 in Indian, Veggies | 0 comments

Indian green beans

Indian green beans

I love green beans.This is one vegetable,which I do not have to make  indistinguishable in order to be eaten.I think,green beans are very well liked American vegetable,next to  popular and healthy yet not well liked(among younger demographics esp.)Broccoli. What is called green beans here is what I have known as ‘French beans’ in India.I liked them a lot,the way my mom makes it and I guess the only way we made it.It is cooked in different ways here and I certainly do not like the most common way it is served ,that is boiled/steamed and sprinkled with salt and pepper,as if just out of can,microwaved and put on your plate.I know this tasteless version is healthy for you though. One striking difference I have noticed the way it is being prepared in restaurant here are ,they are not cut/broken into smaller pieces.They are cooked in one long piece,often.So now let me tell you how I made them.I really don’t know how much green beans I used.You will get the idea by...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in missions, Veggies | 2 comments

Colcannon

Colcannon

You know Irish are famous for their whisky ,pubs and St. Patrick’s day.But do you know they are popular for their Potatoes too?My limited knowledge of history tells me that,Potatoes are originated in Ireland.I totally thought,growing up that it got to be so Indian  and who could blame me for that,for the amount of potatoes Indians consume in every shape and forms so regularly? ‘Colcannon‘ is quintessential traditional Irish dish,prepared with cabbage,generous amount of butter/heavy cream,mixed with ham at time.It resembled the ‘unspiced’ version of what Indians would do with their potatoes.It was totally genius,since now I can add cabbage to the beloved mashed potatoes without dressing it up as Indian. Ever since,I hardly ever make regular mashed potatoes,I always sneak in those ‘cabbage’ which my family loves so dearly(Sarcasm alert.).When i first made this,there were apprehensions about ‘poky’ green things as my kids put it.I have made it so frequently that it doesn’t bother anyone.So yesterday,i took a step further.I added mix of purple and green shredded cabbage along with some...

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Posted by on Feb 15, 2012 in Veggies | 1 comment

Bell pepper country Hash

Bell pepper country Hash

Hash Browns is very popular breakfast staple  that i became acquainted with after coming here.Since i am a potato lover,it became my fridge staple very quickly.It is usually served along with Pancakes and eggs or Biscuit.There are two versions of it. Thin and 2″ inches long julienne version and then there are small cubes.I like them both but i find the cubed version much more versatile.Supermarket label them as ‘Country Hash browns’.Don’t know why?May be easy rustic charm as suppose to precisely julienne long thin strips,which is hard to do using just simple chef knife ! I have used them in my vegetable side dishes,like making peas with potatos and such. So when  i made the pancakes other day,i decided to serve it along with it.I hardly buy frozen anymore.I cut them as i need them.Cubes that is.This is what went to it.   PrintBell Pepper Country Hash Ingredients2-3 Russet potatoes (peeled and cubed) 1 yellow bell pepper(cubed,roughly same size as potatos) 1 Onion chopped Chopped scallion (green onion) leaves 1-2 chopped garlic...

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