Egg curry

Egg curry is ideal for a typical Sunday lunch. It’s extremely tasty and healthy gravy which can be eaten with roti or naan. There are various recipes for the same online. I have decided to make it the following way after reading few recipes online and trying to remember how my mother use to make it. We ate it with wheat tortillas and tasted just fine. We usually use these tortillas as Roti. We just heat tortillas in a pan till they get brown and fluff up like rotis or chappati back home.

Ingredients

4 hard boiled eggs

1 cup finely chopped onion or puree

1 finely chopped tomato

1/2 cup tomato puree

Finely grated 4 garlic cloves, 1/2 inch ginger and  green chili

Dry spices : 1/2 inch cinnamon stick, 1 bay leaf,  3 black pepper seeds, 4 coriander seeds

1 cup milk

1 cup water

1 tbsp Red chili powder

1 tbsp Kitchen King masala

1/2 tbsp Shahi Paneer masala  <– This is my favorite commercial masala powder. I end up using it quite regularly 🙂

1 tbsp coriander and cumin powder

1 tbsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut

Salt

Oil

Coriander leaves for garnish

Methods

Boil eggs till they are hard boiled. In a pan take 1 tbsp oil, add cumin seeds and all the dry spices. Roast them for  few minutes. Add onions, garlic, ginger, green chili. Fry them for few minutes till onions become golden brown, if it is a puree wait till mixture leaves oil. Now add tomato puree, cut tomato, red chili powder, coriander and cumin powder in the fried mixture. Now add milk and water to form the basis of gravy. Heat the mixture for few more minutes.  Add Kitchen King and Shahi Paneer masala to the gravy. I have used commercially available masala powders along with dry spices. It just elevates the taste.

Peel the boiled eggs. Cut the eggs in half. Add these eggs, grated coconut and salt to the gravy. Cover the pan and let the gravy boil for five minutes. Garnish the gravy with coriander leaves.

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Batata Vada

After living in Sweden for 2 months now, I have started craving typical Indian fried snacks! Batata Vada is one of them, which forms an integral part of the most famous street food of Mumbai called as Vada paav.

People have written so much about this food item, so much so, it’s called the “Indian burger“. The vada is considered to be similar to the meat patty found in any standard burger. Difference is – this one is vegetarian and made up of only potatoes (batata)! Yes, potatoes and garlic are key ingredients. Clearly, if you have phobia for either of it, this one’s not for you.

I wouldn’t eat Batata vada as often as I would have eaten Samosa back in Mumbai. Nevertheless, its one of the easiest recipe and a tasty snack!

Ingredients

For covering

5 tbsps Besan or Gram flour

2 tbsps rice flour

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

Salt to taste

Water to make batter

1 tbsp coarsely cut coriander leaves

For stuffing

3 medium sized boiled potatoes

4 finely cut green chilies

4 cloves of garlic into finely cut pieces

1/2 inch piece of garlic cut into fine pieces

2 tbsp coarsely cut coriander leaves

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp asafoetida

1 tsp mustard seeds

Oil for frying

Salt to taste

Method

First mash boiled potatoes. Mix garlic, ginger, chilies and salt in it. Add 2 tbsps of oil in frying pan. When oil is hot, add mustard seeds. Wait for the seeds to crackle. Add asafoetida, turmeric powder in it. Add mashed potatoes and fry for few minutes. Add coriander, cumin powder and coriander leaves.Keep the mixture aside to cool down for five -ten minutes. Prepare batter in the mean time. Mix gram flour, rice flour,salt, red chili powder, coriander leaves, turmeric powder and water.

Make small balls of potato mixture. Drop these balls in the batter, check that the potato balls are thoroughly covered with batter. Now drop them in oil for deep frying. Remove the vada when they turn golden brown color.

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Verdict

They taste yummy! I have prepared this for the first time and I was delighted with the taste. Yay! They taste good even with a simple tomato sauce. 🙂