Tuesday, August 19, 2008


After nearly four years, my brother and I were together for rakhi. he came here to the US, in march for his studies. We could meet, cause he is in Los Angeles, and I am in San Diego. both of these are just two hours apart.
So, it was really special. Had a good lunch of dal makhani and mutter paneer. went out to the beach later in the evening and caught up a movie. it was nice.
I thought it would be a good idea to send in these recipes to the Festive Food Event, Rakhi – Thread of Love, hosted by preeti and purva


You need
  • black dal- 1/2 cup
  • rajhma (kidney beans)- 1/2 cup
  • garlic pods- 3
  • ginger and chilly paste- 1 tsp
  • onions finely chopped- 1 big
  • tomato chopped- 1 big
  • tomato puree- 1/4th cup
  • garam masala- 1 tsp
  • red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
  • rajhma masala (optional)- 1 tsp
  • salt- to taste
  • jeera dhania powder- 1/2 tsp
  • ghee or butter- 2 tbsp.
  • cream-1/2 cup

You will have to

  1. Soak the black dal and the rajhma together for at least 5-6 hours or overnight.
  2. rinse the dals, and pressure cook it with the garlic pods for 2 whistles.
  3. in a kadai, heat ghee or butter.
  4. add the ginger chilly paste, along with the onions. saute till onions turn brown.
  5. add the shopped tomato and the puree. saute again.
  6. now add all the spices and cook everything till the oil begins to separate out.
  7. add the pressure cooked dal to this along with some water.
  8. cover and cook till the dal begins to thicken.
  9. add the cream and let it simmer for a few minutes. check for salt.
  10. serve garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

You will need
  • frozen or fresh peas- 2 cups
  • paneer- 1 lb cut into squares
  • tomato chopped- 1
  • onion chopped- 1
  • tomato sauce- 1 tbsp
  • ginger chilly paste- 1 tsp
  • salt- to taste
  • oil-1 tbsp
  • turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • red chilly powder- 1/2 tsp
  • garam masala- 1 tsp

You will have to

  1. in a pan heat oil.
  2. saute the ginger chilly paste and then the chopped onions. brown the onions.
  3. add the chopped tomatoes. saute
  4. add the peas along with all the spices and the tomato sauce. let all this cook till the oil begins to separate.
  5. add all the paneer pieces with little water. cover and cook till peas soften.
  6. serve hot with with tandoori roti.
I am also sending this to srivalli's curry mela.

will be continuing my series on indian cooking tomorrow
till then
enjoy and happy eating


Uma said...

yummy recipes Karuna! I love both of them.

Priti said...

Thali looks real yum...specially mattar paneer ...gud that your enjoyed the Rakhi...and thanks for the lovely entry...

LG said...

yummy yumm thali! Loved the paneer dish and dal too..

karuna said...

thnx uma, priti and lg

notyet100 said...

wow,..everythin looks so nice nd tasty...i am ure ur brother must have liked the feast...:-)

Sia said...

lucky u to have ur bro on rakhi day. its been ages since i tied rakhi to my brother. missed him a lot on rakhi day.
thali looks wonderful girl.

Sireesha said...

both the recipies are yumm yumm and awesome

FoodyGuru (Srimathi) said...

What yummy food that I love you have prepared Karuna. Where do you live in San Diego?I dont mind gate crashing when you serve that kind of food. Nice to hear you had a good time with you brother. Thats what its all about.

Mansi Desai said...

oh, that looks wonderful karuna! I'm sure everyone must have enjoyed this spread at Rakhi!:)

Purva Desai said...

Karuna first time on your blog....
Dal makhani and Mutter paneer all time authentic dish....and what a lovely way of celebrating Rakhi with these two yummy dishes...
Thanks for the wonderful entry

Neha said...

i simply love both these recipes .., nice thali...