Sanoli's Kitchen

Monday, February 4, 2013


Here is an easy way to include broccoli into Indian cuisine. Broccoli has a high nutritional value, with full of potassium, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, beta-carotene, a rich source of fiber and also a good antioxidant. Broccoli is normally used in salads, soups, sandwiches and baked. This time I cooked broccoli in traditional yogurt sauce, with simple onion garlic and ginger paste. But truely, it comes out as a very delectable and tasty side.

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1 Large Broccoli
3 Medium Onions
3-4 Pods Garlic
1" Long Ginger
1 Cup Plain Yogurt (thick sour curd)
1/2 tsp Freshly Grounded Garam Masala
1 tsp Butter
1 tsp Sugar
3 tbsps Oil
Salt to taste
1/2 Cup Warm Water


Wash broccoli, drain water completely. Cut into bite sized florets. Keep aside.

Cut 1&1/2 onions in slices. Grind remaining onions, garlic and ginger together to make a smooth paste. Set aside.

Combine yogurt, grinded paste salt and sugar in a bowl. Beat nicely. Add broccoli florets in it. Keep marinated broccoli aside for 3-4 hours (atleast 2 hours) preferably in refrigerator.

Heat oil and butter in a wok or pan. Add onion slices in it. Fry till onion turns into golden.

Add marinated broccoli in it. Fold nicely and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Pour 1/2 cup warm water in it. Mix well.

Cover and cook for 8-10 minues on medium heat, untill broccoli is tender. Sprinkle garam masala powder on the top, fold nicely. Remove from heat now.

Serve hot with any Indian flat bread or any rice dish. Enjoy!!!

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Friday, February 1, 2013




'South vs North Challenge' is the brain-child of Divya Pramil of You too can cook Indian Food. This event started and organised by our lovely friend Divya Pramil. A great going event where recipe exchanges and two teams challenge each other with their authentic regional recipes. Each team gets the time of full month to prepare the recipe and post on their spaces. Hats off to Divya for this great idea!

Thanks a ton Divya for giving me this opportunity, feeling proud to be a challenger.
Welcoming South Team dearies and here is my lovely challenge to them!!!
Green Peas Kachori with North Indian style spicy Dam Aloo (Baby Potato) is a traditional and seasonal, one of my favourite Bengali delicacy. Crispy savoury bursting with fresh flavour of seasonal peas. Deep fried bread stuffed with green peas and dam aloo melt your mouth, really scrumptious and truely complementing each other. Bengalis as well as non-Bengalis relish this delightful dish throughout the Winter season.


For Filling:
4 Cups Green Peas
4 Green Chillies
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1 tsp Ginger paste
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp roasted Cumin seeds (powdered)
1 tbsp Clarified Butter (ghee)
Salt to taste

For Kachoris:
3 Cup All Purpose Flour (maida)
1/2 tsp Salt
4 tbsps Oil + Oil for Deep Frying


How to make filling with Green Peas:

Grind green peas along with 4 green chillies. Add few drops of water while grinding.

Grind peas to make a coarse paste, not very smooth. Set aside.

Heat 1 tbsp clarified butter in a pan or wok. Add asafoetida in it.

Now add pounded green peas in it. Fold for a minute.

Put ginger paste in it. Mix nicely.

Now add roasted cumin powder, sugar and salt in it.

Keep stirring continuously and let all the excess water evaporates from the pounded green peas mixture.

When the mixture is almost getting dry, remove it from heat. Filling is ready now, keep it aside.

How to make Kachoris:

Combine all purpose flour (maida), salt and 4 tbsps oil in a large bowl.

Knead it nicely by adding little water in it to make a smooth dough.

Now make 25 equal small balls from the dough and divide the green filling in 25 equal parts.

Grease a rolling board with 2-3 drops of oil. Place a flour ball on it.

Flat it with a rolling pin to make a circle of approximately 3" diameter.

Place a portion of green peas filling on the middle of the flour circle.

Cover it with flour dough.

Carefully seal it from all edges. Close it well.

Make a round ball again.

Stuff other flour balls with fillings same way like this.

With a rolling pin flatten a stuffed ball 4" wide pressing very gently and give a shape into a kachori. Be careful, filling should not come out.

Flatten all stuffed balls and give a shape into kachoris.

Heat enough oil in a wok for deep frying, till smoky. Add kachori in it. Flip when one side is golden, fry both sides till it done. Drain oil and keep aside.

Continue the process for remaining kachoris.

750 gm Baby Potatoes
1/4 tsp Asafoetida
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Fennel seeds
1 Bay leaf
Handful of Green Peas
3-4 Green Chillies (chopped)
1 large Tomato (chopped)
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Cumin powder
2 tsps Ginger paste
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli powder
1/2 tsp Sugar (for flavour)
1/2 tsp freshly grounded Garam Masala
2 tbsps finely chopped Coriander Leaves (cilantro)
3/4 cup Sour Curd / Plain Yogurt (thick)
4 tbsps Oil
Salt to taste

Wash baby potatoes nicely. Drain water from it.

Pressure cook potatoes, till it tendered (I cooked upto 3 whistles).

Peel potatoes and set aside.

Heat oil in a wok. Add potato, fry till it turn into golden. Drain oil, keep fried potatoes aside.

Temper with bay leaf, asafoetida, cumin seeds and fennel seeds in the same oil. Saute for 30-40 seconds.

Now add green peas in it. Fry for 2 minutes.

Add chopped tomato and green chillies in it. Mix well.

Put all dry spices, ginger paste and salt in it. Fold nicely for another 4-5 minutes till oil seperates from spices.

Add sugar and fried potatoes in it. Mix well for another 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

Add sour curd now. Fold for another 2 minutes, followed by adding 1/2 cup water in it.

Cook for another 4 minutes.

Add coriander leaves and switch off the heat now.

Serve hot Green Peas Kachori with spicy luscious Dam Aloo.

Enjoy this toothsome Bengali delicacy!!!

TIPS: If fresh green peas are not available, may use frozen peas instead of that.

I am so happy to set this authentic Bengali delicacy to all my South team dearies. Looking forward for your yummy and delightful green peas kachori with dam aloo...I will be always in your support South team's friends. If you have any more queries, please feel free to mail me:

If you like this recipe, please don't forget to send me your feedbacks...

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