For the past few days ,I was thinking to post these as they remained dormant in my drafts for about two months now.There are couple of more ,will post them also soon.
So far Jhinge posto (ridge gourd cooked in poppy seed paste) and korai'er dal /biurir Dal/Urad dal ,remained my fav food for a vegetarian meal and I would never feel bored eating it anytime.Anyways,I guess sometimes a simple meal satisfy you more than any rich and masaledar food,isn't?
Lunch Box recipes
Jhinge Posto/Ridge gourd in poppy paste
Ridge gourd 4-5
Poppy seed paste 4-5 tbs
1 tsp of panch phoron
Turmeric powder1 tsp
Red pepper powder 2-3 tsp+ 2 green chillies(you can avoid adding green chillies if you want a less spicy version)
3-4 tbs of cooking oil
Heat up a saucepan ,add oil, add in panch phoron
Add in cut ridge gourd/jhinge pieces , fry them well at med flame.
Add in salt,turmeric/holod,red pepper powder.
Again go on frying
Add in poppy seed paste(grind 3-4 tbs of poppy seeds with few peanuts in coffee grinder,adding little bit of water whenever necessary)
Cover and cook at low for 5-7 mints.
Usually it’s not necessary to add water while making jhinge posto ,as ridge gourd is high in water content so the juices come out nicely when it’s simmered slowly .But if it becomes necessary like if you feel the gravy is drying up after you added poppy seed paste ,just sprinkle little warm water over it.You may cook at the end at high flame to dry the extra juices if you feel so , but don’t forget to stir it continously.This will turn out like a mushy –mashy jhinge posto.
You may add in potato pieces also.
Recipe link Here
And a simple Korai'er dal to accompany the lunch box
Korai’er dal(Urad dal)Wash in ½ cup of urad dal very well.
Transfer it in pressure cooker ,add 1-1/2 cup of water .
Discard the white froth foam that is formed
Now add in turmeric powder and salt.
Cover the lid and one whistle at high, then quickly lower the flame.
Cook at low for 7-8 mints.
Open when the pressure subside.
Now heat up a kadhai,add oil,temper it with fennel seeds,2-3 bay leaf and 2-3 tsp of ginger paste or you may use fresh chopped ginger pieces also (a must for urad dal making)
Now grind in 3-4 tsp of fennel seeds in coffee grinder ,add it in the above cooked dal.Top it with 1-2 tsp of home-made ghee.
Happy Cooking Friends