Sitaphal/Kaddu/Petha/Pumpkin Ki Sabzi

Thursday 26 April 2012 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Food,Indian Cooking

A couple of weeks back @shubhragupta had invited me over for dinner. Even though I was on a strict diet advised by my doc I decided to taste everything she had cooked. Bedmi Poori, latpata aaloo, kheera ka raita, bharva baingan and  “Sitaphal”- aka: Kaddu/Petha/Pumpkin. She had mixed both the variety that’s available easily with the local Sabzi-valas.


Pumpkin type 1: green skin and yellow from inside

Pumpkin Type 2: light beige- orange skin and buttercup yellow inside.

Mother was a bit surprised and complained that she stopped cooking the same as us kids never liked the taste.Anyhow, If  you follow me on my foodaholics FanPage or Twitter you will know that my lunches are very -very important to me. Good food makes or breaks my day.

So I decided to cook the same. Took me 20 mins in all. Quick and delicious. It tastes great with roti that has some ghee on it.

Here is the recipe:

  • 500 gms of Pumpkin -Medium Diced- with skin ( I used the green one)
  • 1 tbsp Paanch Phoran
  • 1 tsp mango powder/amchur
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric/haldi
  • 1 tbsp mustard oil
  • Pinch of asafetida/ hing
  • 1 green chilli, sliced in half



  1. In a small pan add the mustard oil. One the oil is slightly hot add the hing
  2. Now add the paanch phoran and wait till you heard the mustard splatter. Stir regularly.
  3. Add the green chilly. Saute
  4. Add the pumpkin, and then all the masalas leaving mango powder. Stir on a high flame
  5. Cover with a lid for 10 mins and then add the Mango powder.
  6. Mix well and enjoy with a chapati.

Paanch Phoran:


This is a great spice mix you can use for different chutney’s or sabzi. Try adding the same in a moong daal tadka. Tastes great.

Equal quantities of :

  •     Cumin seeds/ Zeera
  •     Fennel seeds/ Mota Sauf dana
  •     Kalunji/ Onion Seeds/Nigella seeds
  •     Fenugreek seeds/ Meethi Seeds
  •     Mustard seeds / Moti Rai : black or brown.


PS: Thanks to Shubhra I will be cooking this regularly now!

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Home Made Matthi for Holi

Thursday 1 March 2012 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Indian Cooking

This holi try making some simple snack items. Matthi or Savory Crackers are beautiful, light, golden wafer-thin crackers, studded with tiny bubbles and are an absolute delight with tea. This recipe is one of those versatile ones where you can add or subtract different flavors. Replace ajwain with fennel seeds, orange zest, zeera or pickle masala.

200 gm flour (I used half Atta/ half Maida)
½  tsp salt
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp ajwain

1.    Mix all ingredients, to make firm dough.
2.    Make sure you knead the dough a lot.
3.    Rest the dough for about 1 hour.
4.    Roll the dough to 1/8 inch of thickness and then dock the dough with a fork.
5.    Cut them to desired shapes. Add black pepper (optional)
6.    Fry them in vegetable oil or ghee over a gentle flame.
7.    Once both the sides are nice and golden, crisp take them out.
8.    Cool store in air tight container and enjoy with some pickle and tea.

Quick pickle Masala

2 tsp red hot chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 tsp methi seeds
1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds
1/4 teaspoon hing

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Spicy Tangy Potatoes

Sunday 26 June 2011 | Posted by Kishi | Easy Cooking,Indian Cooking



2 tsp. aata (flour)

1 tsp. dhaniya powder (coriander)

1tsp red chilies

1 tsp. bhuna zeera (cumin seeds roasted)

1 tsp. salt

1tsp black pepper

1/2 tsp. garam masala

1/2 tsp. amchoor (mango powder)

1/2 tsp. kala chaat masala

1/2 tsp. normal chaat masala

1/8 tsp. heeng (asafetida)

4 potatoes boiled diced (medium size)

2 onions chopped

1 lemon


· Mix all the dry spices.

· In a wok add 1 tsp. oil and add all the dry spices and cook over the low heat till flour turns light brown.

· Add 4 chopped potatoes to this mixture.

· Mix well

· Add chopped onions, chopped coriander and juice of one lemon, switch of the burner.

· The pink onions look quite gorgeous with the brown potatoes

· Enjoy with regular food, or use leftover to make old school style equity sandwiches or snack on the same with a cup of tea!

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Healthy conversation, gift parcel with some yum food…

Wednesday 17 November 2010 | Posted by Kishi | Chutney,Food,Indian Cooking

When your profession is all about cooking, you are expected to cook for everyone – family, friends, peers.  So when someone cooks for you it’s a blessing in disguise. Puja and Sarath were gracious to invite. Nothing can beat a healthy conversation, gift parcel with some yum food, right?!

Puja is a health freak, (she will kill me for this) health enthusiast highly well-informed about diets, workouts and organic produce. A friend I learn a lot from esp. coz she spends half her time in Delhi and the other half in the hills exploring them. She works with Chirag and Kilmora and the whole conversation from organic fruits to berries to the herbs makes me want to travel with her. Oh did I also tell you the couple loves travelling and Sarath always gets me a little “food” parcel from places he visits! It’s a blessing to have friends who care for you and love.

So coming back to the topic where we started, she made some tomato chutney, green coconut chutney, sambhar and soft melt in mouth idli’s. We were joined by another dear friend Reshma (another food enthusiast and runs a company called earthy goods)They make some of the most amazing jams and if you are into organic natural stuff, you will even love me more for letting you know about them. Do check out there Earth Store for some lovely gifts you can gift your friends this season.Untitled_061


Here are the quick recipes as told by Puja


SUPER Easy . Fry some green chilies and pudina (mint) in a small bit of oil. Add some roasted channa dal. Grind this with some coconut and tamarind paste and salt. Garnish with tadka of hing, mustard seeds, urad dal, kadipatta and chilli.



Fry some sambar onions (you can use normal onions if you don’t have), tomato, chilli with some hing till well cooked.. Let cool. Add tamarind paste and 2 cloves of garlic when grinding the tomato chutney. Tadka of Mustard seeds and hing and kadipatta


Boil a bunch of veggies (ghiya, mooli, carrots,)with tur dal – don’t forget to add a few methi seeds and turmeric. After it is boiled, add a couple of tablespoons of sambar powder (MTR, 777, etc), some tamarind paste and give it a boil. Sauté some sambar onions in ghee and add. Tadka of mustard seeds, hing, kadipatta, chillies, etc.


1 cup Urad Dal;
2.25 cup Idli Rice
a teaspoon of methi
a cup of cooked rice optional.

Soak the urad and rice separately overnight. Grind the urad first superfine. Add the cup of cooked rice at this point if you want. Add salt, add the soaked rice, and grind fine. Let it ferment for about 6 hrs (you may need to put a shawl or something over it to keep it warm and happy in cold weather). Add the mixture on greased idli molds and Steam for about 10 mins.


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burp! Eat more!!


For desserts I took some red currant lemon poppy muffins which were enjoyed with ginger tea made by Sarath as he claims he makes it better than Puja:)



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Weekend party and Dal Makhani!

Sunday 7 June 2009 | Posted by Kishi | Indian Cooking

For the weekend I was in Chandigarh for one my good friend’s engagement.
Took the Shatabadi early morning with a friend … I was excited, I don’t generally get days off so for me it felt like a short vacation!
Chandigarh is one of my favourite cities, it’s neat and clean, urban planning is astounding, close to the hills and one can just get some fresh breath of air. Mr. Pollutant still hasn’t taken shelter there completely. Chandigarh literally mean “fort of Chandi” and Chandi is a goddess in Hindu mythology. Stats say that Ludhiana and Chandigarh have the highest per capita income. I should take Foodaholics there…hehe!

So getting back to my trip…where was I?? Yeah shatabadi-I highly recommend taking the train. It’s comfy and fast.

I had a lot of fun and the one and a half day trip was a blast-party, danced, drank and ate good food!
I mean how can one go to a Punjabi Sikh family function and not have Dal makhani!!
I am sharing with you a recipe my friend has given me.
Here’s how the legendary Raj Kapoor’s Dal Makhani was cooked:

250 gm urad dal (full grain)
2 tbsp each of channa dal (gram dal) and of rajma (red kidney beans)
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tbsp crushed ginger
1 tbsp ghee or oil or mustard oil
2 tsp salt
3 dry red chillies
7 to 8 cups of water
Wash the dals. Put all the above ingredients in a cooker and cook under pressure for 30 minutes.

Ingredients for tempering
500 gm butter
1 tbsp sliced ginger
1 tsp chilli powder
Chopped green chillies
4 medium tomatoes blanched and chopped
1 tsp garam masala

In a non-stick pan melt butter. Lightly fry ginger. Add in chillies, chilli powder. Mix in tomatoes. Fry for six to seven minutes. Add in garam masala. Add the tomato mixture to the dal and cook over low heat for eight to 10 minutes. Garnish dal with two to three tbsp of thick cream or fresh malai and chopped coriander leaves or just with a plain cube of buttteerrrr!

Sluuurrrrrrrrrrrpppp!Dal Makhani

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