28 December 2020

Indian Curry Powder

             

a fine blend of some whole spices which make a simple curry from good to finger-licking delicious one and has a yellow hue.







Nothing beats the fragrance of freshly prepared homemade spice powders. India is known to use a no. of spice powders to the maximum level in many curries, gravies, and meat dishes too. Every Indian household has an authentic way of making spice powders and storing it in an airtight container for use. Due to the wide cultural spread in India, every cuisine uses a particular freshly ground spice powder in the respective cooking. These spice powders add the extra touch to any dish which surely elevates the overall flavor. I often make most of our spice powders from scratch using whole spices.

Well, today I am going to share a homemade spice powder - Indian Curry Powder. A few spoons of this spice powder make a simple curry from good to finger-licking delicious one.


Do check some spice powder recipes from this blog -


So what is curry powder?


It is a fine blend of some whole spices which is added by Britishers into various dishes to create amazing Indian flavors. So this spice powder is not commonly used in traditional Indian cooking, but rather an invention of the British to evoke the flavors of Indian cuisine. (source
 
The right heat is obtained in this spice powder from the red chili powder, whole black peppercorns, and the color, bright yellow is obtained from the turmeric powder. The whole cumin seeds add a smokiness whereas the coriander seeds add subtle flavor.





Curry Powder Uses -



Although curry powder is not meant for traditional Indian dishes, still it has a unique place in the Indian pantry as it can add a unique taste to a variety of recipes. Curry powder can be used to season roasted vegetables, hummus, stir-fries, etc. It surely gives a touch of warmth and depth to an ordinary dish.

One can make this curry powder mild or strong depending upon personal choice. For strong flavor, simply add less turmeric and more chili along with black peppercorns. And for mild, add more turmeric as compared to the amount of chili.


Dietary note :


    ✔ Vegan
    ✔ homemade spice mix
    ✔ Vegetarian
    ✔ gluten-free




      The event-related to this post :






      Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided on the 278th theme as 'Spice Mix Secretswhich is suggested by Aruna blogs at 'Vasu's Veg Kitchen'. I love her south Indian recipe collections, do check her Peanut Podi. Well for the theme, she wanted to prepare some homemade masala powder by us, so here I have come up with this Indian Curry Powder.





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      Indian Curry Powder
      Author
      Sasmita
      Prep time
      5 Min
      Cook time
      5 Min
      Total time
      10 Min

      Indian Curry Powder

      a fine blend of some whole spices which make a simple curry from good to finger-licking delicious one and has a yellow hue.

      Ingredients

      • Coriander seed 1/2 cup
      • Cumin seed 1/4 cup
      • Turmeric powder 3 tbsp
      • Red chili powder 2 tbsp
      • Black peppercorns 1 tbsp

      Instructions

      1. In a pan first dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and black peppercorns over low-medium heat.
      2. When the whole spices well toasted and released a nice aroma, turn off the heat.
      3. Transfer to a plate and allow to cool a bit.
      4. In a grinder jar take all the whole spices along with turmeric powder and red chili powder.
      5. Grind to a very smooth powder.
      6. Store the masala powder in an air-tight jar for later uses.

      Notes:

      This recipe can be halved or doubled as per the need.

      Always store in an airtight jar to seal the flavor well.

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      spice mix, homemade, vegan, gluten-free
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      21 December 2020

      One Pot Pasta in Indian Masala (VEGAN)

                  

      unlike the traditional method, preparing pasta in one pot along with vegetables in Indian flavor





      If you are a pasta lover like me, you understand that enjoying pasta never gets old 😏. Seriously after having pasta for lunch, I can also opt for it in the dinner spread. Although it is a traditional Italian dish, still people are making it in many different ways, and loved around the world. There is an array of pasta dishes depending upon the shape and preparation method.

      Here I have come up with a One-Pot Pasta recipe that too in Indian Masala.

      What does One-pot cooking mean?


      This is a simple cooking method that easily combines all the ingredients in one pot to make the final dish. In this method, the clean-up is kept to a minimum. When there is no mood to prepare three different dishes - a starch, protein, and vegetable; then the one-pot meal comes to the rescue. While each dish may not be perfectly balanced, still it allows for diversity, while keeping things simple. One-pot meals are ideal dishes for bachelors, campers, college students, and even for those times when there is no mood of any elaborate meal preparation.





      Pasta in One Pot Meal here !!


      yes, the One Pot Pasta in Indian Masala is falling in the above category. Usually, pasta is cooked separately and then added to the rest of other ingredients. But here Pasta is cooked along with all the ingredients.

      And by this method, it takes less time as compared to cooking pasta with the traditional method. Also making pasta in one pan seems to an easy method too.

      Ingredients here to make this -


      • Pasta - I have used Macaroni pasta here. Spaghetti can opt too. Usually, pick those varieties of pasta that take less time to cook.
      • Vegetables - These are actually variable, used as per choice. I have picked bell pepper, sweet corn, carrot, green pea. 
      • Masala base - I have used garlic clove, onion, and tomato.
      • Masala powder - For Indian flavor, I have used turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder.
      • Tomato sauce - This is optional, it adds a saucy look to the pasta.
      • Mixed herbs (optional) 
      • Oil - Any vegetable oil can be used.
      • Salt - Add as per taste.
      • Water - 1.5-2 cups is perfect for 1 cup macaroni pasta to cook along with veggies. For a soupy texture, 2.5 cup water can be added.

      What are the steps to make this one-pot pasta?



      First in a pan/wok oil is heated and chopped garlic is sauteed for few seconds. Next, finely chopped onions are added and sauteed till turn translucent. After that, finely chopped tomatoes are added and sauteed till mushy. Then turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala are added and mixed well. The masala is sauteed for 1 minute or till the spices get cooked. Next, all the chopped veggies are added along with the pasta and salt. Everything is mixed and 1.5-2 cup water is poured. 

      The whole mixture is allowed to give a boil. After that, the heat is lowered and the pan is covered with a lid. Over low-medium heat, it is allowed to cook till pasta is well done, stirring in between to avoid the sticking of pasta to the bottom of the pan. If there is some water still left, then the water is allowed to evaporate without covering the pan. Next tomato sauce and chopped coriander leaves are added and mixed well. The One Pot Pasta in Indian Masala is ready to serve now!


      Dietary note :


        ✔ Vegan
        ✔ Wholesome
        ✔ Snack/breakfast
        ✔ Vegetarian
        ✔ One-pot meal






          The event-related to this post :






          Monday is here again and thFoodie Monday Blog Hop team has decided on the 277th theme as 'One Pot Wonderwhich is suggested by Archana di blogs at 'the mad scientists kitchen'. Do check her latest addition Vegan Jambalaya. So for the theme here I have come up with a pasta recipe which is prepared in one pot unlike the traditional version, with loads of vegetables and in Indian flavor.





          And, yes !!!

          If you like the recipe shared here and give a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories 😊😊

          Now let’s go through how to make this "One Pot Pasta in Indian Masala (VEGAN)" at home 👇


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          One Pot Pasta in Indian Masala (VEGAN)
          Author
          Sasmita
          Prep time
          15 Min
          Cook time
          40 Min
          Total time
          55 Min

          One Pot Pasta in Indian Masala (VEGAN)

          unlike the traditional method, preparing pasta in one pot along with vegetables in Indian flavor

          Ingredients

          • Macaroni pasta 1 cup
          • Bell pepper (chopped) 1/4 cup
          • Sweet corn 1/4 cup
          • Carrot (chopped) 1/4 cup
          • Green Pea 1/4 cup
          • Tomato (finely chopped) 1 no.
          • Onion (medium) (finely chopped) 1 no.
          • Garlic clove (finely chopped) 2 no.
          • Turmeric powder 1/8 tsp
          • Red chili powder 1/4 tsp
          • Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
          • Tomato sauce 2 tbsp
          • Mixed herbs (optional) 1/2 tsp
          • Oil 1 tbsp
          • Salt as needed
          • Water as needed

          Instructions

          1. Heat oil in a wok.
          2. Add chopped garlic and saute for few seconds.
          3. Add finely chopped onions and again saute till turns translucent.
          4. Add finely chopped tomatoes and saute till mushy.
          5. Then add turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala and mix everything well.
          6. Saute for 1 minute or till the spices get cooked.
          7. Now add the veggies and mix.
          8. After that add the pasta (macaroni) and mix again.
          9. Pour 1.5-2 cup water, salt and give a boil.
          10. Simmer and cover the pan over low-medium heat.
          11. Cook till pasta is well done, stirring in between to avoid the sticking of pasta to the bottom of the pan.
          12. If there is some water still left, then allow the water to evaporates without covering the pan.
          13. Next, add tomato sauce and chopped coriander leaves.
          14. Mix well and turn off the heat.
          15. Serve the one-pot pasta in Indian masala as it is or by sprinkling some mixed dry herbs!

          Notes:

          1.5-2 cups is perfect for macaroni pasta to cook along with veggies. For a soupy texture, 2.5 cup water can be added.

          While cooking the pasta, always stir in between to avoid the sticking of pasta to the bottom of the pan.

          Green chili can be added, if a bit of spiciness is desired.

          Grated cheese can be added on top while serving.

          Pasta, Macaroni, vegetables, low oil, Pasta Masala, Snack, Breakfast, One pot pasta
          One pot dish, vegan, Pasta recipe, Indian meal
          Indian
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          20 December 2020

          Biri Manda Pitha / Biri Gaja

                      

          the rice flour open dumplings with urad dal paste as the stuffing from odia pitha series 





          Odisha, one of the eastern states of the Indian subcontinent is a land of rich culture and tradition. In this state, there is a popular saying 'Bara Mase Tera Parba'. That means 'the Odia people celebrate 13 festivals in 12 months'. And each festival always calls for Pitha besides any other dishes. Pitha is basically a traditional sweet delicacy in the Odia language and the state of Odisha offers an amazing variety of pithas. Pitha is an integral part of Odia cuisine and is always in all Odia's hearts irrespective of many modern adaptions. Starting from Kakera Pitha, Arisha Pitha, Chunchipatra Pitha to Manda Pitha, Enduri Pitha, Poda Pitha, etc there is always an array of this. 

          Among these Manda Pitha is one of our most favorite. While I like the savory stuffing in the manda pitha in the steamed version, the rest of my family members love to have the sweet version which has a stuffing of coconut-jaggery mixture. In the savory version, the choice of stuffing completely depends upon the individual choice. One can go for vegetarian stuffing or even nonvegetarian (not for festival time) ones. I have grown up with having the cauliflower-potato stir fry stuffing in the savory manda pitha prepared by my mother still, sometimes I love to have the urad dal stuffing. With that dal stuffing, pitha is called Biri Gaja or Biri Manda.







          Dietary note :


            ✔ Vegan
            ✔ Side dish
            ✔ Gluten-free
            ✔ Vegetarian
            ✔ Without onion & garlic
            ✔ Festive friendly






            And, yes !!!

            If you like the recipe shared here and give it a try at your place then do share in INSTAGRAM by tagging #firsttimercook. I would be so happy to see and surely share in my INSTA stories 😊😊

            Now let’s go through how to make this "Biri Manda" at home 👇


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            Biri Manda Pitha / Biri Gaja
            Author
            Sasmita
            Prep time
            10 Min
            Cook time
            30 Min
            inactive time
            1 Hour
            Total time
            1 H & 40 M

            Biri Manda Pitha / Biri Gaja

            a rice flour open dumpling with urad dal paste as the stuffing from Odia pitha series

            Ingredients

            • Rice flour (chaula chuna) 1 cup
            • Black gram (urad dal) (soaked) 2/3 cup
            • Green chili 2-3 no.
            • Ginger (grated) 1/2 tsp
            • Curry leaf 1 sprig
            • Coriander leaf (finely chopped) 1-2 tbsp
            • Cumin seed 1/2 tsp
            • Salt as needed
            • Water as needed

            Instructions

            1. First, in a kadhai/wok, boil 2 cups of water along with 1/2 tsp salt.
            2. When water starts to boil, lower the heat and add the rice flour slowly while stirring continuously.
            3. A dough will form soon, turn off the heat.
            4. Cover the pan and allow the dough to cool down a bit.
            5. Meanwhile, make a fine paste of the soaked urad dal using very little water.
            6. Transfer the paste to a mixing bowl.
            7. Into that add grated ginger, chopped green chilies, roughly tore curry leaves, and chopped coriander leaves.
            8. Mix everything and keep aside.
            9. When the dough is still warm, start kneading it with a wet hand to get a smooth and soft texture.
            10. Divide the dough into equal size balls (around lemon size).
            11. Take one ball at a time and start pressing using fingertips to make a small bowl shape.
            12. Stuff 1-1.5 tbsp urad dal paste in it and close from either 2 sides / 4 sides with the center portion opened.
            13. Keep this pitha on a plate and similarly make some more pithas with rest dough balls and dal paste.
            14. Steam these pithas in a steamer for 10-15 minutes or till a knife/toothpick inserted in the stuffing comes out clean.
            15. Take out from the steamer and allow to cool.
            16. Serve as it is or with any curry or even with some chutney!

            Notes:

            Onions can be added in the chopped form if preparing on some other day instead of the festive time.

            Adjust the spiciness as desired by adding more or less green chilies.

            no onion no garlic, odia pitha, Biri gaja, Rice flour, urad dal, dumpling
            pitha, Biri manda pitha, Festival friendly, vegetarian,
            Odia
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