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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Shev Bhaji



2 cups Shev (thick) / Sev /Gathiya

Ingredients for the Masala:

½ cup grated coconut
½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp cumin seed powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 ½ tbsp roasted chana dal
2 tsp fennel seeds
½ tsp black pepper
1-2 cloves
1 tsp sesame
4-5 red chilies or 2 tsp red chili powder
Salt to taste

Ingredients for the Gravy:

2 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
Pinch of asafetida
½ tsp turmeric powder
2 sliced onions
1 chopped tomato

For Garnishing:

Lemon wedges
Finely chopped coriander


  1. Grind together coconut, coriander powder, cumin seed powder, ginger-garlic paste, roasted chana dal, fennel seeds, black pepper, cloves, sesame, red chilies and salt. Make a fine masala powder.                                   
  2. Heat oil in Kadhai, add onions and sauté them till they turn translucent.
  3. Add chopped tomatoes and cook till they are soft. Allow the mixture to cool.
  4. Then grind together cooked onion and tomato mixture with the ground masala. Add little water and make a thick paste.
  5. Now heat oil in Kadhai. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter. Then add asafetida and turmeric powder.                                            
  6. Now add grind masala paste to it and cook till the oil separates.
  7. Now add 5 cups of water and mix well. Bring to boil.
  8. While serving mix Shev/ Sev/ Gathiya in the gravy.
  9. Garnish with finely chopped coriander and lemon wedges.
  10. Serve it HOT with lemon wedges, onion slice and chapatti. J

Friday, June 15, 2012

Basil and Tomato Pasta

Basil and Tomato Pasta

Basil and Tomato sauce is one of the famous pasta sauce in Italy .
  • 3 cups Fusilli Pasta
For The Basil and Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cups Tomato Puree
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ tsp Chili powder
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh cream
  • 12 to 15 chopped Basil
  • 2 cups  grated Parmesan cheese


Pasta and Sauce Preparation:

Pasta Preparation:

  • Take 1 liter water in a wok, add Fusilli pasta to it and cook it for 15 mins.


  • After cooking drain the water completely and keep it aside.

 Basil and Tomato sauce Preparation:
  • Heat the olive oil in a pan, add garlic and onions to it. Saute till the onions turn translucent.


  • Add the tomato puree and cook till the sauce thickens.


  • Add the chili powder, sugar, salt and ½ cup of water and bring to a boil.
  • At last add the cream and basil leaves.

  • Mix well and keep aside.

 Serving Pasta with Sauce:
  • While serving toss the Fusilli Pasta in the Basil and Tomato sauce.
  • Garnish with cheese.
  • In case you are serving it after sometime reheat the Basil and Tomato Sauce and then toss the Fusilli Pasta in it. Serve hot garnished with Parmesan Cheese!



  • You can also add capsicum, carrot, cabbage or any other vegetable of your choice in this pasta sauce.
  • You can prepare larger quantity of this sauce and freeze it for future use.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Vegetable Uttappa

Vegetable Uttappa
Nutritious Vegetable Uttappa yummy and healthy !!

  • 1/2 cup - urad dal
  • 1 cup- rice
  • 1/2 cup poha
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds (methi seeds) 
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup- chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup grate carrot
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped coriander
  • 5-6 finely chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp- green chili paste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • butter
1. Soak urad dal, rice, poha and fenugreek seeds for overnight. In morning drain the water. 
2. Put the mixture in the grinder add water to it and grind to smooth paste.
3. Now keep the mixture for fermentation for 8 hrs in warm place. It will rise double to its size after 8 hrs.
4. Take the mixture in big bowl and add onion, carrot, coriander, green chilies, chili paste and salt. Mix well.

 5. Take non-stick pan/ tawa, grease it with little oil  and pour 2 tbsp of batter and spread in round shape.
6. cook it for 2-3 mins, smear oil and flip it to other side and smear again with little oil. Cook for 1-2 mins.
7. Then remove it from the tawa and serve it hot with butter on it .
You can also serve it with chutney and sauce.
Tips: You can add capsicum, cabbage, spinach, beetroot, sprouts etc.. or any other vegetable of your choice.