Mushrooms are rich in nutrients, mainly Vitamin D. Vegetables with Vitamin D are very rare and if you are a vegetarian then this is your perfect source for Vitamin D. Consuming it at least once in a week is good for health. Mushrooms go well with green peas and I prepared this classic dish of North India- Mushroom Matar Masala.
- Mushrooms- 1 pack ( around 250 grams)
- Fresh or frozen peas- 3/4 cup
- Onion- 1
- Tomato- 2
- Garlic- 2 cloves
- Green Chilly- 2-3
- Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
- Garam masala for flavoring and aroma ( a generous pinch)
- Coriander leaves for decoration
- Clean and chop mushrooms into halves and keep aside
- In a deep pan fry green chillies, garlic, onion and tomato. Grind it into smooth paste.
- In the same pan add little oil and cumin seeds let it splutter
- Now add the ground paste and add salt and garam masala and mix for few seconds
- Add chopped mushrooms and green peas add 2 tbs of water if required
- Let it boil for few minutes until mushrooms are done (it takes around 4 to 5 minutes at max)
- Decorate it with chopped coriander leaves and serve it hot with roti or fresh bread
Chana palak or chole palak is another healthy recipe, which is liked by many. It is a north Indian gravy usually served with roti or naan. Boiled chickpeas simmered in creamy spinach gravy makes it more flavorful. Palak paneer, Aloo palak, Matar Palak, Palak gobi are other combinations where pretty much same method is used.
- Chickpeas/Chana- 1 cup (serves 2)
- Palak- 2 cups
- Garlic- 3 cloves
- Ginger- 1 tbs, grated
- Green chilly- 2-3
- Garam masala- 1/2 tbs
- Cumin seeds- 1/2 tbs
- Butter- 1 cube
- Soak chick peas overnight and boil them, you can also use canned chickpeas instead where it takes less time for cooking and soaking is not required
- Blanch palak leaves with the help of hot water or boil them for 4 minutes, drain and keep aside
- In a pan add a tbs of olive oil, fry chopped onion, garlic, green chilly and ginger. Let it cool.
- In a blender blend this fried items along with palak leaves and 1/2 cup of water into smooth paste
- Take a pan add a tbs of olive oil and cumin seeds, let it splutter. Now add the palak paste to it and let it boil in low flame for 3 minutes before you add garam masala and salt.
- Mix well and add boiled chickpeas, simmer it for 5 minutes. Allow the chick peas to extract the flavor slowly.
- Place a butter cube on it and serve it hot with chapathi or naan
NOTE: You can avoid adding butter if you are into healthy diet and you can add tomatoes along with onion if you want to have the tomato flavor in the gravy.
This is Indian recipe of yogurt based cool drink. I remember how we kids used to drink spiced buttermilk after returning home from playground. It is healthy and keeps you cool in summer season.
Butter milk- 2 glass (serves 2)
Green chillies- 1 or 2 according to your taste
Coriander leaves- cleaned and chopped, half cup
Ginger- a small piece
Tampering: Mustard, ghee, curry leaves and asafoetida
- Put buttermilk, coriander leaves and ginger, green chilly along with salt into a blender and blend well.
- Tamper it with the ingredients mentioned above and serve it refrigerated.
Note: You can also add mint leaves or lemon juice for some extra flavor.