Anda Tarkari (Dry Egg Curry)

I pull out my hairs in frustration deciding what to cook so when I can’t plan then I do the “easy way out” as my maleficent half would put it. ๐Ÿ˜Here’s a quick and easy recipe for curried eggs.

Ingredients

6 Eggs (boiled and peeled)
 
1 400g Can Tomato (roughly finger mashed) 

2 Medium Sized Onions (sliced legthwise)

1/4 Tspn Turmeric

1/4 Tspn Garam Masala

6-10 Curry Leaves

1-2 Green Chillies

1Tspn Cumin/Jeera Seeds

3 Small Garlic Cloves (crushed)

1 Inch Piece Ginger (peeled and crushed) 

Salt To Taste

Oil For Cooking And Frying

Method

โ€ข Heat oil in a pan and add Cumin seeds to it. Allow it to sizzle and brown lightly.

โ€ข Next add onions, curry leaves, ginger and garlic.

โ€ข Allow onions to brown lightly then add the dry spices turmeric and garam masala and give it a quick stir. To ensure spices dont burn please turn heat to it’s lowest settings.

โ€ข Next add the finger crushed tomatoes into the pan and simmer until you see the oil float up.

โ€ข While the sauce is being cooked heat a frying pan and shallow fry the dried and peeled eggs until its light brown. Cut in halves and set it aside.

โ€ข Once the sauce is ready add a little water and eggs into the pan so you get some gravy in it and cook for further 5 minutes.

โ€ข Finally garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

This dish is best served with Roti/Chapati and/or rice.

Kathar Tarkari (Jackfruit Curry)

Happy Mother’s day to all the mum’s out there! 

A special one for my mum Oline Singh who has always been there for me. From taking full care of me during my painful and complicated pregnancy to taking care of her grand daughter as a baby. From making a cup of chai/tea to cooking delicious foods for me. 

Instead of giving yourself some much deserved rest at this age you’re helping me, your ill daughter, in every way possible just so I can get some rest from my chronic pains. 

Thank you Amma/mum for everything you have done and continue to do for me. I may not show it as much and as easily as I would like to but just so you know that I love you!!๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


Ingredients

1 Can or Packet of Frozen Jackfruit 

1 Onion (sliced lengthwise)

1 Green Chilli

1/4 Tspn Turmeric/Haldi

1/4 Tspn Garam Masala

1/4 Tspn Cumin/Jeera Seeds

6-10 Curry Leaves

Oil For Cooking

Salt To Taste

Method

โ€ข Drain the water from the can and cut the jackfruit cubes finely.

โ€ข Heat oil in a pan and add jeera/cumin seeds and allow it to sizzle till brown.

โ€ข Next add onions and let it saute until translucent then add the chillies, garlic, ginger and curry leaves. 

โ€ข Once browned add the turmeric and garam masala and give it a quick stir.

โ€ข Finally add the jackfruit pieces and cook until softened.

This dish is best served with Roti/Chapati.

Murgh Makhani (Butter Chicken)

Reposting an old updated recipe favourite. 

Ladies and gentlemen please welcome the mother of all fowls…(drumroll!) the ever so popular Butter Chicken!! This is “the” recipe everyone who I know personally have been plotting and scheming to kidnap me for. Bribes have been attempted as well at numerous times๐Ÿ˜„. Well finally the big secrets out. 
My butter chicken does take a wee bit extra time to cook but let me tell you its well worth the effort. Definitely not for the figure conscious though. I usually cook this when I’m expecting guests at home so I can fatten them up so good that they forget when their next invite is due hehe just kidding! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I, on the other hand have been watching my figure for a very long time now….watching…and watching..as it grows!!

Ingredients

1kg Chicken Thigh Fillets

1 Large Onion (chopped)

3 Tbspn Ghee (clarified butter or unsalted butter)

300ml Thickened Cream

4 Cloves Of Garlic (crushed)

1 Inch Piece Of Ginger (crushed)

2 x 500ml Canned Roma Tomatoes (coarsely crushed with fingers)

4 Tbspn Tandoori Paste (I have used Sharwoods brand available at Woolies)

2 Tbspn Dried Methi Leaves (Fenugreek leaves available at Indian grocers)

2 Tbspn Honey

2 Tbspn Yoghurt

1/4 Tspn Lemon Juice

Salt To Taste

Ghee/Butter or Oil for cooking.

Method

  • Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and marinate it overnight with the tandoori paste, yoghurt, garlic, ginger and lemon juices.
  • In a food processor add the chopped onions and canned tomatoes to make a puree.
  • Heat ghee or butter in a pan and add the tomato onion puree. Simmer the paste on low heat settings until you see the oil separate and float up to the top which usually takes up a good 20-30mins. If you find the raw smell of onion hasn’t gone then add a little bit of water and cook further.
  • Once the tomato onion paste is ready add the chicken and the rest of the gravy into the pot and allow it to cook for 20 mins or so. Add Salt to taste.
  • When the chicken is done add cream and finger crushed fenugreek leaves with the honey (adjust the sweetness to your preference) and give it a good stir.
  • Cook further 5mins and serve with fragrant basmati rice or naan.

This dish is best served with rice/naan.

butter chicken

 

Paalak Baingan Sabzi (Spinach Eggplant Stir Fry)

My dear readers and followers have been asking me why I don’t post regularly on my blog. My apologies for that I’m less on my blog and more active on my Instagram and Facebook page. I will try to post a little more regularly on my blog. If you don’t want to miss all the yummy goodness and some crazy mini stories/captions then don’t forget to follow me on Instagram. 

Today’s recipe is my favourite and can be a substitute for Choraiya/Amaranth bhaji. 

Ingredients

3 Pre-packaged salad variety Packets Of Baby Spinach

1 Large Bell/Italian Eggplant (cut finger lengthwise) 

1 Tspn Cumin Seeds

1 Large Onion (sliced lengthwise)

3 Cloves Garlic (crushed) 

Salt To Taste

Oil For Cooking 

Method

โ€ข Prepare all ingredients and in a large pot add oil to heat. We are using a large pot to give room to the spinach to fit and as it wilts the quantity will reduce in size. 

โ€ข Once the oil is heated through add the cumin seeds and allow it to sizzle and brown a little. 

โ€ข Now add onions and saute till translucent then add garlic and brown. 

โ€ข Next add the eggplants and allow it to cook and soften (spoon break test required).

โ€ข When the eggplant is ready add the spinach bit by bit. Increase the heat and stir so the spinach wilts quicker to allow to add more. 

โ€ข Once it’s all wilted reduce the heat and allow it to cook without the lid so most of the water dries up. Remember spinach releases a lot of water once washed. 

โ€ข Finally add the salt and you may like to cook longer for liquid absorption or for shorter time depending on your preference.

This dish is best served with rotis/chapatis. 

 

Punjabi Aloo Sabzi (Punjabi Potato Curry)

Most of you would have heard the tragic news of Fiji Islands (my birth country) which was recently affected by category 5 Cyclone Winston. Sadly a lot of people lost their homes and loved ones. Everyone is now trying to rebuild their homes and move along with a “we are tough and still smiling” attitude. We thank the Australian government for providing the much needed aid to the people of Fiji. Fiji will always remain the warmest island with the friendliest people in the World. My story’s intention today is to put a smile on your faces during these times of hardship whether you’re a believer or non-believer. Hope you all enjoy. 

Well how time flies. It’s been a while since my last recipe post. I’ve been thinking for a bit too long about my next post. My brains been all fuzzy wuzzy in the past few months. Writing isn’t easy. I personally find that it takes just that perfect mood to write humour. You can make a person emotional slightly easier than making someone laugh which takes some hard work and I salute all actors and stand-up comedians for the ease with which they express humour. 

Speaking of actors and comedians I would like to mention a very special and humble person today who I adore and follow with a passion. Humble because he personally interacts with his fans and not the least bit akdu/obnoxious as one would assume he would be due to his fame and status. I was over the moon and passed out from a mini cardiac arrest when he acknowledged my messages.๐Ÿ˜–๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ต This very special persons name is Gaurav Gera 

and he is well known as the character he plays of Shopkeeper and/or Chutki. Some of you might remember him as the character of Nandu from the Indian TV serial Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin. Gaurav plays multiple characters in the short video clips he produces for social media groups such as You Tube, Facebook, twitter and Instagram. My personal favourite is the character he plays of Chutki who is depicted as a bit of a sleaze or as we would call in hindi a Tharkan (dignified one though) lol. 

And equally charming is actor Rohit Chaudhury

from the Rohit and Chutki series who is forever vying for Chutkis attention. I’m totally besotted with this guy…ok ok I lie..I love them both equally and if I was an Arab prince I would have them both in my Harem hehehe ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ. If you’re looking for a great laugh which will literally leave you in splits especially for the amazing rubbery facial expressions then it’s a must to follow Gaurav Gera. You can click on highlighted link and follow him here ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ for Facebook and on Instagram  as well as You Tube and Twitter  He’s definately worth the stalk and troll!๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

Here’s something to tickle your ribs….

Wait! I can hear someone..hello who’s there? Are you trying to reach someone? Hmm he says he’s your plumber…yep…ahh…ohhh…I think I’m losing you..can you tell me more? Well he says he visited you regularly…umm especially when your hubby wasn’t home! oh dear! What? Hmm ok! I can see this spirit has dettachment issues….may I ask who you are?…oh really..ok wait I’ll let her know…well my dear he says he’s Peter the plumber….Oh wait..there’s someone else with him..do you happen to know Bob the builder? Well these boys say they are watching you and here to stay!!” 

Interesting I say! I have consulted a few Psychics, numerologists, witch doctors (not by choice) astrologers and palm readers. They all send me back home feeling paranoid, satisfied, confused, delusional, depressed and hopeful. All with a different ending. Let me take you all through my experiences.

Scenario No.1 The Palm Reader– There I was in Agra India, killing time in the hotel lobby and happened to spot a Palm reader sitting in a corner. He had a table set up with signs sure to woo the gullible foreigners like me. I like to label myself a neutral skeptic and most times I approach them for fun and entertainment purposes only. Anyways through the reading the palmist tells me half a dozen things about the number of kids I’m destined to have and what not. Then he started circling the area between my thumb, first finger and wrist or as he calls that “special mound“. He says “I see you have a large and full mound…do you know what that means?” I say “no..no” (nodding my head desi style) He says “well there are very few people with thick and prominent mounds. Your perfect match is another “mounded” man just like me..see!!” He literally plastered his palm at my face. He then says “you know I knowwwww…I seeeee maa’m you are one amorousssss lady” with a twinkling look of sleaze in his red and swollen panda shaded eyes. He was stroking my palm like he was driving his fingers over a speed hump. Then he says with excitement “I can see that you will marry twice too“(maybe he wished it was to him). I rushed into the reading and got away as fast as I could avoiding his sleazy salivating gaze everytime I walked passed the lobby.

The result – till today I’m waiting for that 2nd marriage to happen and I see no clear signs of it…bummer!! Now you guys tell me how difficult that task is going to be for me. I will have to forcefully try and grab a total strangers palm, twist it around and match it to mine and hope that the jigsaw puzzle fits. 

Then there’s three easier and better options – 

1) I lure them by becoming a palm reader myself๐Ÿ–๐Ÿผ

2)
 I just hi-five every potential candidate I see!!!๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿผ

3) I open an agency for aranged palm matchmaking like haath-i.com (haath-meaning hand, haathi- meaning elephant) or haath-i mere saathi.com (or in other words hand/elephant my companion) ๐Ÿ‘ซ

Scenario No.2 The Astrologer – “Hmmm I see from your charts that your venus is ruled by uranus“…I think out aloud “WTF !!” Ahhh ok i see what they meant. “At about 12pm on 12/12/12 you will experience the clash of your planet mercury with saturn therefore a donation of $1000 is required to avoid this catastrophe from happening. Act now think later!” 

The Result – I return home feeling confused about the whole planetry issues and out of pocket for a ritual that made no difference to the catastrophic clash of titans happening back at home bahhh!! ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐ŸŒš๐ŸŒ

Scenario No. 3 The Numerologist
– “hmm 1+1 = 6. Your lucky number is 66, 69 and 99 go home and practice it” (I’ll be needing a Kamasutra for dummies for this one). “Change your name asap and add a few extra a’s in it and use only this new name to sign official docs it will prove to be lucky as your wealth triples and you eventually end up making TV serials starting with the letter K“.

The Result – well I didn’t change my name Sanjana since it’s already a difficult name for everyone to pronounce here in Aus. Can you imagine the name Sonjaaanaaa? Now this takes me right back to my college days (flashback time) of how lovingly I used to get teased by my friends “Sanjaaaana has a banana in her ____” (fill in the blanks)๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜‚

Scenario No. 4 The Psychic – “Hmmm I have just contacted someone“. “Oh my dahling aren’t you a blessed one” she whispered. “You have a spiritual guide and that is your great great great uncle. He will always be with you“. There’s me thinking thats actually quite freaky..i dont want a spirit hanging off of me 24/7).๐Ÿ”ฎ

The Result – I return home super paranoid feeling I’m constantly being watched. I got so paranoid that until this very day I refuse to close my eyes in the shower when shampooing my hair. What if this “uncle” is a pervert. He knows everything. Follows me to the toilet to the bedroom. Excuse me uncleji but come on yaar (mate) I need some privacy no!๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘ป

Scenario No. 5 – The Ojha (the witch doctor) yep been to em all. Says to me that the devil resides in me (all because I had just learnt at a delicate age to express my opinions). He says “I command you to take her to the river and cut a lemon on her head and dip her in the river” (at the same time beating his chest and screaming eeeeehhh eeehhhh) Mind you I wasn’t allowed much clothing apart from a sarong. Then the witch doctor (who appeared to me as the one as the devil not me) starts rubbing some dried leaves and powder from my head down to my toes skimming over my curvaceous sumo wrestler bumps. I thought (this dr is nothing but a frikkin pervert) but I had to remain calm. There I was anxiously waiting for the devil to possess me and for me to be screaming and yelling eeeeeeh oooohhhh eeeeeh oooohhhh ooooohhh….ohhh yessss ohhhh yessss yessss yesss (oops incoming error – this sound effect doesn’t belong here – delete) I thought I will pass out next and not remember who all I had thrashed that day.๐Ÿ‘บ

The Result – Went home smelling like ocean breeze and lemon fragranced toilet air freshner and disappointed because I really wanted to see myself beating my chest and pulling mine and everyone else’s hairs out!!! ๐Ÿ‘น

This concludes my experiences of the occult kind. Moving on to the recipe today of Punjabi Aloo-Puri which is contributed by my sister-in-law Arti Soni.

* Disclaimer – This story is based on actual events. In certain cases incidents, characters and locations have been changed for dramatic purposes. Certain characters may be composites, or entirely fictitious.

Ingredients

4-5 Medium Potatoes (boiled & peeled)

2 Medium Tomatoes

1 large Purple Onion

Pinch Of Asaeofedita 

2 Tbspn Ginger (crushed)

1/4 Tspn Garam Masala

1/4 Tspn Tumeric

1/2 to 1 Tspn Kashmiri Chilli Powder

1 Tbspn Dried Kasturi Methi Leaves

Salt To Taste 

Method

โ€ข Chop the onions finely.

โ€ข Chop the tomatoes and add into a food processor with the onions. Process until its a fine paste.

โ€ข Crush the ginger.

โ€ข Peel the pre-boiled potatoes and cube into bite sized pieces and set aside half a potato. Now roughly mash the halved potato piece with your fingers.

โ€ข Heat oil in a non-stick cooking pot and turn the heat down. Then add a pinch of asaeofedita stirring for a second or two then add crushed ginger. Allow ginger to brown lightly until raw smell is gone.

โ€ข Next add the tomato onion paste with all the dry spices haldi, masala, salt and chillies. Allow it to cook in the lowest heat setting until the oil drifts up to the top. Stir it occassionally so the paste doesn’t burn. 

โ€ข Once the paste is ready add the potatoes and stir to coat the paste then add boiled water to cover the potatoes. 

โ€ข Allow it to cook for 5 minutes then add the dried Kasturi methi leaves and cook further 5 minutes. 

โ€ข Once done enjoy with garma garam (hot) Puris. 

This dish is best served with puri or roti/chapati. 
 

Leaving you with two of my favourite clips by Gaurav Gera.