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Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Preparation Time Required: 10-12 mins
Cost of preparation: 20-30 rupees

Ingredients:  Medium sized cucumber ( 1 tsp ), medium sized tomato ( 1 no.), large onion ( 1 no. ), juice of 1 lemon, green chilli ( 3-4 nos), finely chopped mint leaves ( 1 tbs), roasted cumin chilli powder ( 1/3 tsp ), salt ( to taste).

Preparation: Finely chop all the vegetables. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice, cumin chilli powder, salt and mint leaves.

Allow to stand for 30 mins. Garnish and serve with lunch/dinner.

One can use finely chopped ginger/garlic/coriander/parsley instead of mint leaves for a variation in the flavour. Also, the quantity of lime juice can be varied as per ones' taste.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Muga dali dai kakharu saaga ( pumpkin leaves preparation )

Cooking Time Required : 20-25 mins
Cost of preparation: 30-35 rupees

Ingredients: Pumpkin leaves and tender stems (250 gms), drumstick leaves ( optional, a fistful ), moong dal ( 1 cup), red chillis ( 2-3 nos ), pancha phutana ( 1/3 tsp), garlic pods ( 3-4 nos), oil ( 2-3 tsp), salt.

Cooking: Dry roast the moong dal till it gives off its distinctive smell . Transfer to a pressure cooker and add 1.5 cups water along with a bit of salt. Allow to cook for 5 mins or till the dal is 3/4th cooked. It should not become mashy. Drain excess water and keep aside.

Heat a wok. Add the oil. When it starts smoking, add the pancha phutana and red chillis. Crush and add the garlic pods. Fry till the garlic pods turn golden.

Add the finely chopped pumpkin leaves and stem and stir for 10 minutes. Add the drumstick leaves along with the cooked moong dal and salt, and allow to cook till any excess water evaporates.

Note- Keep stirring and separating the leaves so that they do not get bunched up during the cooking.

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