Hey There. You know family recipes are the best. You grow up with them. You may have loved them from your growing up days and you may love them even more now. Or you may just have hated them then and started loving them now. These are the recipes that your mom or dad have tried and tested and worked on your family. Hence, you know the flavor will be right up there. Especially because during those days there was no Google to search for recipes. It was either trial and error kinda recipe or word of mouth recipe. Kerala Style Bhindi Arbi Masala is my family regular recipe.
Lady finger or okra or bhindi is my favorite veggie. However, it is very important to get good quality lady fingers as hard and stiff lady fingers can ruin the dish. Do try this Kerala Style Bhindi Arbi Masala with good quality lady finger and you are sorted for a good dinner.
HOW TO PICK A GOOD LADY FINGER:
My basic test of picking a good lady finger is to press them. If it feels soft without any resistance then these are good to be ought. Another test is to break it. If it snaps perfectly then it is good.
Kerala Style Bhindi Arbi Masala
Do you like lady finger? Have you tried lady finger with a coconut based paste ? Check out this simple yet delicious recipe that is perfect for your dinner with rotis. Usually it is is made with potato but to add a healthy twist I replaced it with taro roots/ arbi.
Add cubed taro. Saute for 2 minutes.
Add lady finger. Saute on high heat for 2 minutes.
Reduce the flame to medium and keep sauteing the lady finger.
Meanwhile, take coconut, green chilly, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin and blend it coarsely. I also added some curry leaves for that extra flavor.
Once the lady fingers have softened add tomatoes. Season with salt.
Add the blended mix in and close and cook on low flame. Keep checking and stirring every 1 to 2 minutes.
Once the taro is cooked and the tomatoes are soft mash them all slightly.
Stir for another two minutes before switching off.
Optionally, add chopped coriander leaves.
Make sure that you add ripe tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes give a nice tang to the dish.
Increase the green chilly if you like spicy.
Psst: I am not too proud of the pics. Maybe some other time I will update with new pics. Do try this recipe and lemme know how it turned out for you.
Hey There. Can’t believe its May already. Where has time gone? Soon it will be June and kids will start school. Parents would be gearing up for school schedule and its routine. Especially mothers would have those small tips and tricks and plans ready for school days. While it is important to keep in mind kids taste it is equally important to feed them healthy food. Paneer is an excellent source of protein. Indians are very well known for their parathas. There are so many varieties of stuffings for parathas. One such stuffing is paneer. Makes a great breakfast and tiffin recipe. Right away make this Protein packed Paneer Paratha.
Also, do check out the other paratha recipes you can find in this blog. Zucchini Paratha, Mooli/ Radish Paratha, Beetroot Paratha, Matar Paratha, Gobhi/ Cauliflower Paratha and Sweet Potato Paratha.
Protein packed Paneer Paratha
School days means double stress for working mothers as they decide and plan for every day meals. Breakfast being the most important dish of the day it becomes necessary to keep it healthy and yet wholesome. There are many variations in which you could try this paratha. I have kept it simple yet with blast of flavors.
In a plate take grated paneer or cottage cheese.
Add in chopped mint, coriander, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, roasted cumin and salt. Mix well. This is your stuffing.
Make wheat dough as you usually make. Make small balls of the wheat dough.
Flatten the dough in your hand and add 1 spoonful of stuffing. Bring the ends together and seal the dough ball. Flatten again on your palm and roll it out.
In a heated griddle or tawa, place the rolled paratha.
Cook on both sides and roast with ghee.
Once both sides of paratha is nicely browned (see image) take it off the tawa. Repeat the same for other parathas.
- I served with dates pickle and raita flavored with red chilly powder and salt.
- Be careful with salt. Since the stuffing and wheat dough will have salt.
- I like to make thin parathas. In case of thick parathas use bigger dough balls and stuffing.