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Nutrella/Soyabean Sabzi


As we all know soyabean is good source of protein. To make variations of Soyabean & to incorporate in your daily meals is the best way to have adequate intake of proteins. A blessing for vegetarians when you don’t eat meat and still has the choice to have protein in best form.

There is no denying the fact that in a vegetarian world, it holds the pride of place. Considered to be the perfect substitute to meat, soyabean is power packed with proteins and other essential nutrients. You can buy the beans from the markets or get your hands on soya nuggets to make a range of delectable dishes. It is easy to cook and has the unique characteristic of soaking in myriad flavours while cooking. As such, it is a good ingredient that can be used across cuisines.

This one is nutrirional curry recipe with a good source of proteins for vegetarian lovers. Soya bean curries can be easily served with roti, chapati, paratha and even with hot steamed rice. Here I have served it with Besan wali Shimla mirch & Aloo Sabji. You can pair it up with some other dry Sabzi as well.

Soyabean is easy and quick to cook and turns to be juicy by absorbing the spiced curry.  I wanted to prepare the soya bean curry recipe with additional vegetables like peas and potatoes. But later somehow i decided to keep it simple and prepared with basic tomato onion gravy with spices.

Besides, soya has several nutritional benefits and is highly recommended for vegetarians or non-meat eaters. As per the studies, soya contains a higher percentage of proteins compared to meat or egg. Hence soyabean curry can be an easy alternative to meat or non-vegetarian curry.

This recipe is very special as I learnt this from my Mom and after marriage when I made it for the 1st time at my Sasuraal (In-Iaws), everyone loved it as they never used to have this before. And moreover it tasted like meat to them and everyone was happy with the outcome of something new and different.

I have been eating Soyabean in many forms and variations and suddenly I realized that I haven’t put any post on my website regarding Soyabean. This Sabzi/curry is a weekly affair at my place and here I am today sharing my post on Soyabean. So come join me 🙂


Prep Time : 20 mins

Cook Time: 20 mins

Servings:  4

Ingredients :

Soyabean – 1 cup granules/ chura & 1/2 cup chunks soaked with salt and some milk

2 tsp oil

2 onions thinly sliced

6 cloves garlic

1 inch ginger

2 tomato grated

1 tsp cumin seeds / jeera

1 bay leaf / tej patta

½ tsp turmeric powder / haldi

1 inch cinnamon stick / dalchini

salt to taste

1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder / lal mirch powder

1 tsp coriander powder / dhaniya powder

1 glass water

¼ tsp garam masala

Fresh coriander leaves chopped, handful

Cooking Instructions :

firstly, soak soya granules & chunks in few spoons of milk  mixed with salt & water and allow to soak it for 15 minutes and  squeeze the water completely. Wash again well & keep aside.


Soyabean Curry recipe:

firstly, in a large kadai heat oil. Further, add cumin, bay leaf, cinnamon stick and saute. Then add finely chopped onions and saute.

At this stage don’t forget to put salt as it will speed up cooking of onions and would help to brown it quickly.

Keep sauteing onions till colour changes to golden brown on low flame. If required add few spoons of water gradually to cook it evenly.

Add ginger and garlic paste. Saute nicely.

Also add chilli powder and turmeric. Now add coriander powder and saute.

Furthemore, add squeezed soyabean and keep sautéing on medium flame. Keep on adding little water and bhuno it. You need to scrape the sides of pan occasionally and keep sauteing. After few minutes you will see the colour of the soyabean has turned into golden brown.

Now add grated tomatoes to it. Saute it nicely to incorporate it well.

Transfer this mixture to pressure cooker. Add a glass of water to it. Pressure cook for three whistles and then simmer it for 5 more minutes.

Let it cool down and release the pressure.

Later on while serving  add  garam masala and chopped coriander leaves.

finally, mix well and serve.

Serve with steamed rice, some dry sabzi, chapati and sliced / rings of onions and some pickle.


1) Make sure to squeeze off the water from soaked soyabean and cook it well else they might be causing indigestion and smell bad as they are rich in protein.

2) Add few tbsp of milk to water while soaking soya to remove the smell from soya chunks.

3) Squeeze off the water from soaked soya before adding to soya curry.

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you liked the recipe. Please do share your valuable feedbacks, I love to hear from you all.

Happy cooking!

Cottage cheese/Paneer Eggs in gravy (Paneer ke Ande)


Vegetarian Egg Curry sounds cool na😃 when I heard about this for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised. Many people don’t eat eggs so this is a cool option for them as the texture and look wise it is kind of similar to eggs. Why should only non vegetarians have fun.

Paneer ke ande is a vegetarian curry where grated paneer is shaped like an egg.

Soft paneer eggs are served in flavourful curry with mild spices. This can be served with Roti/chapati/flat bread, naan or even rice too. Surprise your family and friends with this unique dish and I am sure they all will love it.

This recipe of Paneer Eggs in Gravy is so simple and easy that even beginners can try it out. So, the next time you have a party at home do not forget to make this and impress your near and dear ones.


For making Paneer eggs—
Grated paneer: 1 pack cup + 6 tbsp,
Turmeric powder or haldi: ⅛th tsp,
Corn flour: 2tbsp,
Oil: 1tsp,

For making gravy:

Oil: ¼ cup,
Bay leaf / tej patta: 2,
Cinnamon stick/ dalchini: 1 stick,
Small cardamom/ choti elaychi: 1,
Cloves: 3-4,
Cumin seeds/ Jeera: 1 tsp,
Kashmiri lalmirch powder: 1 tsp,
Fine chopped onions: 1 cup or I medium size,
Ginger Garlic paste: 1½ tbsp,
Tomato puree of 2 tomatoes
Turmeric powder/haldi: ½ tsp,
Red chilly powder / lal mirch
powder: 1 tsp,
Coriander/ dhania powder: 1½ tsp,
Cumin/ jeera powder: 1tsp,
Dry mango / amchur powder: 1 tsp,
Garam masala powder: ½ tsp,


For making paneer eggs—

Take 6 tbsp of grated paneer, mix turmeric powder and salt.

Mix nicely and make 6 small rounds like egg yolk.

Now in a big bowl take 1 cup of grated paneer, corn flour, some salt.

Mix and knead it like dough.

We have to knead it for almost 5-6 minutes till paneer becomes very smooth.

Divide it in six portions. Roll each ball to disc shape.

Put small yellow ball (yolk) in the center.

Cover with the part from all the sides.
Roll it between palms and give it an egg shape as shown in the video.

Heat very little oil in pan and put the eggs in the pan to shallow fry them.

Drop little oil on the eggs too.

Turn them couple of times and cook till they are golden brown from all the sides.

When eggs are done take them out in a plate and let them cool down.

Once paneer eggs cool down cut them in two pieces.

For making Gravy—
In a medium hot pan heat oil.

Add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, small cardamom and cumin seeds. Stir it well.

Now add degi mirch/ paprika powder. Stir and add fine chopped onions.

Reduce the heat to medium low and cook onions for almost 10 minutes.

In between add salt and saute after every few minutes so onions don’t burn. Add fine chopped onions. Reduce the heat to medium low and cook onions for almost 10 minutes.

In between add salt and saute after every few minutes so onions don’t burn.

When you can see oil separating out from the onion, add tomatoes puree.

add haldi, coriander, red chilly and cumin powder. Mix all the spices well.

Add little water so that masala do not burn and mix it nicely.

Cook onion and masala till it looses oil again.

Add water according to the consistency of the gravy you like.

Increase the heat to medium and boil the gravy for 5-8 minutes.

After almost 8 minutes switch off the heat and add garam masala and dry mango powder.

For Serving—
In a serving dish place paneer eggs and pour hot gravy over them slowly. Paneer egg curry is ready to serve.

Serve it hot with hot steaming rice, soft rumali rotis, parathas or naan..

1. If you do not wish to make curry like this just make eggs, shallow fry them and garnish with coriander, green chilly and chaat masala.

Hindi Video Recipe :


English Video Recipe :


Recipe courtesy Shilpi Agarwal.

Sindhi Kadhi -Steamed Rice with Sweet Boondi & Sev



Sindhi Kadhi is very delicious and nutritious. This tangy Kadhi is made with roasted besan, (gram flour) and mix of vegetables. Traditionally it is served with rice and sweet boondi and namkeen Sev. In many sindhi homes aloo tuk is must when sindhi kadi is made on special occasions or generally on Sunday’s.

There is something so comforting about a meal like this; given how simple it is to cook. A soupy kadhi that’s tangy, hot and spicy mixed in with rice. For me any curry rice dish must have something fried on the side and Sindhis know that only too well! Aloo Tuk adds the required crisp spicy texture to every mouthful of kadhi chawal.

I sometimes make Aloo bhajia/pakoda along with sindhi kadi. I’m sharing a recipe for kadhi which is one I have cooked for years now.


Prep time: 10
Cook time:
Serves 4


Ingredients :
Besan/gram flour 1 katori/bowl
Methi dana few
Oil 6tbsp
Jeera/cumin 1 tsp                                        Kadi patta few
Hing/  asafoetida 1/2 tsp
Haldi/turmeric 1 tsp
Salt 1 spoon
Adrak mirchi/ginger chilli paste 1 tsp
Lalmirch/red chilli powder 1 tsp Hot water around 3 glasses or more
Imli pulp 3 tsp or more
Vegetables like Bottle gourd cut into thick rounds
Gwar( cut both ends of gwar and sprinkle salt keep aside)
Bhindi/ladies finger 6 pieces whole

Wash and pat dry vegetables you are using for making sindhi kadhi.
Cut dhoodhi/bottle gourd into thick roundels. Soak it in water in which salt is added.
Cut both ends of gwar and smear some salt to it.
Slit the ladies finger from the center and deep fry it. Smear some salt. Keep aside.

In a big pan put 6 tsp oil. Add 4- 5 methi dana. After it splutters add zeera & hing kadi patta adrak mirchi paste.

Now add 1 katori/small bowl besan. Saute on slow flame till colour changes to golden brown.
Meantime in a pan boil enough water to add to besan.

As soon as besan is bhunoed nicely add haldi powder. Now add hot water which you have boiled separately. Give it a nice mix. Add salt & lalmirch powder.

Now add bottle gourd/ dhoodhi pieces and gwar. Cover and simmer for abt 10 -15 minutes. Check with knife if its done.

Now add imli ka pulp. Adjust Consistancy of kadi. Add deep fried bhindi. Serve hot with rice. It tastes awesome along with sweet boondi and namkeen Sev mixed together.

Notes :.                                                                  Sindhi kadhi can be made in various ways. Many  sindhi households use tomatoes for tartness instead of tamarind pulp.

You can use vegetables of your choice. It can be cauliflower, Potatoes, carrots, drumsticks or even gram flour dumplings/besan ke pakode too.

Video Recipe here :


Thank you for stopping by my blog, I hope you liked the recipe. Please do share your valuable feedbacks, I love to hear from you all.

Happy cooking!






Watermelon Rasam


                  Watermelon Rasam

While going through many recipes which include fruit as main ingredient, watermelon Rasam caught my attention. I found it very interesting as I love experimenting with different cuisines. This is a recipe developed by Shri Mountbatten Iyer, a well known Chef from Chennai. So decided not to give it a miss and went ahead.
I have come across so many types of rasams and this one made with watermelon totally blew me off. A combination of tangy, sweet and sour, this rasam is very different but tasty.

Prep Time 20mins  

Cook Time 10mins      

Serves 4People


Cooked toor dal – 1 cup (this should be extremely watery and should have no trace of dal)
Watermelon juice 3 cups (strained and without seeds)
Tamarind 1 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
Hing/ asafoetida- 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste (preferably rock salt)
Jaggery 1/2 tsp

To make Rasam Powder :

Rasam powder 1 – coarse powder of whole pepper & Jeera/ Cumin seeds (2:1 ratio)
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Cooked toor dal – 1 cup (this should be extremely watery and should have no trace of dhal)

Note on rasam powders 1 & 2: There are 2 powders that need to be used to make this rasam. Rasam powder 1 should be added while making the rasam and Rasam garnish powder to be added after the rasam is made.

Ingredients to make rasam powder 2 for garnish: (this powder to be made preferably before making the rasam for freshness and added flavour)


Ghee – 1tsp
Hing / asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Toor Dal – 1.5 tbsp
Channa Dal – 1.5 tbsp
Pepper – 1.5 tbsp
Coriander seeds – 3 tbsp
Whole red chilly – 10 nos (can increase if you want more spice)
Jeera – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves – finely chopped
Rasam powder 2 (recipe)

Heat ghee in a wok, add toor dhal, channa dhal and fry till golden brown and add pepper corns.
Once they pepper corn splutters, add coriander seeds and fry till golden brown (or till the raw smell dissappears)
Add red chillies and fry till the red chillies inflate and are fried.
Add curry leaves and once you hear them crackle add some jeera and immediately turn off the flame
Cool this mixture down and grind to a coarse powder (roasted rava like texture).

Method to make Watermelon Rasam:


Pour tamarind juice into a wok and add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, hing, salt, curry leaves and jaggery and bring to a boil
Add a little water to the boiling mixture if you think it is a little too thick.
Let it boil till the raw smell of the tamarind fades and add chopped coriander leaves
Now add the rasam powder. Allow to boil and add the watermelon juice
Add some pepper powder nd let it boil. The colour is a lovely deep red colour. Add the cooked dal water and let it boil just a little bit.


Add the powder that is used to garnish and immediately turn off the flame
Add ghee in a separate wok, temper mustard seeds, jeera and pour over rasam
Add a squeeze of half a lemon.


NOTE: The tempering and squeezing of lemon is done after turning off the stove always.


Try and use your hand as much as possible while cooking, especially while making Rasam. Your hand imparts flavour that no ladle can. This is a secret tip shared by   Shri Mountbatten Mani Iyer.

Sindhi style Fish curry

Hello viewers

Authentic dish from Sindhi cuisine,which is almost oil free, very quick and easy to make and loved by my family is Fish curry in green gravy with lots of green coloured leaves.This is our favourite lunch on Sunday’s with hot chapatis or yellow methi Pulao/rice.

I would recommend to use Surmai/King Fish for this particular preparation as this tastes best with Surmai fish. You may use your choice of fish.

seafood is really delicious and light on the tummy it offers a great deal of health benefits too. Great skin, a healthy heart and sharper brain are amongst a few. Tge fish being so versatile,You can make many variations.

This is a very simple fish preparation. Garlic is the key ingredient in this recipe which gives the distinct flavour to the curry. This fish tastes very good with fresh green garlic that we get during winter season in abundance. In other seasons you can use dry garlic also.


Prep time 15 min
Cook time 10 min

Serves 2 People
Surmai fish 8 pieces cut into thick pcs, cleaned. Apply some salt for an hour and wash again
Hara dhania/ coriander leaves 1 bunch
Spring Onion Green Part
1 small onion or spring onion (white part)
Garlic flakes 8 to10
Green chilli +a piece of ginger
Salt 1 tsp
coriander powder 1 tsp
Tomatoes- 2 , pureed
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Methi leaves few
Lalmirchi powder 1 tsp
2 tsp oil

Clean the fish pieces. Marinate with a little salt and set aside.
Meanwhile in a mixer jar add hara dhania(coriander), green part of spring onions and fresh/dry garlic.Grind coarsely.


In a pan put 1 tsp oil, which is completely optional. You may avoid it too. Add above mentioned hara dhania(green)paste. Saute nicely on slow flame till water content in it dries up and paste becomes thick.


Add salt,haldi,dhania powder,red chilli powder. Saute till oil starts to come out.

Now add pureed tomatoes. Mix well.Add cleaned and washed fish pieces. Cover fish with green masala paste. cover & cook for about five minutes. Then add little water to make gravy.

You can adjust quantity of water according to your need. If you wish to eat with chapatis then keep gravy thick.

Fish tastes yum with yellow methi pulao. Then keep gravy little watery.

Cover and cook for about 10 minutes. In between gently turn fish upside down to cook on both sides properly. Fish does not take more time to cook.

Now add methi leaves just before putting off the flame.

Enjoy with chapati or Pulao and onion rings and dash of lime over it.

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