Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Kalonji Roti, Khatta Aalu Chana Masala, Cauliflower Special

Its roti time again. I never made roti this frequently before, but since my little darling likes it and eats it without any fuss, I am making it more frequently these days
               And sometimes plain ol' roti becomes just that-PLAIN and OLD. So I try to make variations of it and today I made Kalonji Roti (Kalonji are nothing but seeds of Onion) . Looks like I was mistaken. Kalonji are seeds of the plant Nigella sativa and they are a little spicy. But I really like thier flavor in the roti. And here is one more dish I made with kalonji- Aalu Posto

Kalonji Roti (Indian bread with seeds of Nigella Saliva plant)

Kalonji Roti
  1. 3 cups whole wheat flour
  2. 1 heaped teaspoon Kalonji
  3. 1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon mustard oil (or use any other oil)
  5. Oil for frying roti
  6. Extra flour for making roti
Mix the salt and Kalonji with the flour and add enough water to the flour so as to make dough. Apply the mustard oil to the palm of your hand and roll the dough to apply oil to it. Set it aside covered for 20 minutes.
Divide the dough into 6-8 equal parts and put some flour on a clean counter and take one piece of dough and roll it into tortillas or roti by adding extra dough if it is sticking to the surface or the rolling pin.
Heat the griddle and fry the roti by flipping it every couple of minutes till dark spot appear. Drizzle 1/2-1/3 teaspoon oil on both side and fry for a couple of more minutes on each side. Serve

Khatta Aalu Chana Masala (Sour potato and garbanzo curry)

Khatta Aalu chana Masala
  1. 1 can chickpeas (garbanzo) drained (14 oz can)
  2. 2 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  3. 1 medium onion sliced
  4. 2 tablespoons oil
  5. 1/2 cup juice from small lime sized tamarind
  6. 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, chilly powder, turmeric
  7. 2 green chillies slit
In a pressure cooked heat oil and fry the onions till they become translucent. Add green chillies and fry for a couple of minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for two whistles. After the steam escapes open the cooker and simmer till the gravy becomes thick. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with Kalonji roti or Roghni Roti

Cauliflower Special (Stir fried Cauliflower with Cashew)

Cauliflower special
  1. 1 medium small head of cauliflower or about 4 cups cauliflower florets in small sizes
  2. 2 tablespoons oil
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped cashew
  4. 1 small or 3/4 cup sliced red onion
  5. 1/2 teaspoon each of cumin, mustard seeds, turmeric, salt
  6. 1 green chilly chopped
  7. few red chillies broken
In a pan heat the oil and fry the cumin and mustard seeds for a couple of minutes. Add cashew and fry for a couple of minutes more. Add red and green chillies and fry for 2 more minutes. Add onions and fry covered till they become translucent. Add cauliflower and a tablespoon of oil and cover and cook till they become tender. About 15 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients stir to combine and cook for 5 more minutes. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with Roti or rice

1 comment:

  1. The Cauliflower Special (Stir fried Cauliflower with Cashew) dish is heavenly. People go crazy for it and ask me for the recipe. I use more cashews and omit the red chilies which tend to overwhelm what become delicious caramelized onions.