Quick and Tasty Desi Dishes to make at home

Indian dishes are a bit complicated and time-consuming. Have you ever felt so? Well, yes, maybe. A wide variety of spices, masalas, and a lot of efforts involved in making desi dishes make us lazy to cook Indian dishes at home despite craving for it badly, especially if you are residing in another country. I recently discovered that there are some simple dishes that you can rustle up real quick at home with minimum efforts and yet savour the Indian flavours. Take a look at a few of such dishes that need a pantry stacked with spices and vegetables.

Aloomatargobi

I enjoy this dish as an alternative to chicken curry as a child with rotis or naan. Well, who doesn’t like gobi and aloo in this form. 

You need:

· Chopped onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and green chillies.

· Potatoes, peas and cauliflower

· Cumin seeds, bay leaf and cinnamon stick.

· Turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt.

· Garam masala, amchur powder and kasoorimethi.

· Oil 

· Water

Make a smooth paste of chopped onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and green chillies using a grinder.

Heat the oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and wait till they sizzle. Add bay leaf and cinnamon stick. Sauté for 30 seconds, and you will get a pleasant aroma from the spices.

Add the paste to this and cook till all the water evaporates and it becomes a thick paste.

Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt. Add 1 ½ cups of water and mix.

While the onion-tomato gravy is cooking, boil the potatoes, peas and cauliflower in a pressure cooker in boiling water separately. Add cooked veggies to the gravy. Also, add garam masala, amchur powder and kasoorimethi. 

Simmer for 3-4 minutes, and it is ready!

Bhajjias

It is a collective term for deep-fried crispy snacks. Although this a popular street dish, there is no harm in enjoying a homemade hot bhaji while sipping your evening tea! So let us make easy onion bhajia this weekend

You need:

· 4 large onions.

· 200g of chickpea flour

· 2 tbsp of rice flour

· 1 1/2 tsp salt

· 3 green chillies.

· 4 tsp coriander seeds, crushed finely in a pestle and mortar

· 2 tsp cumin seeds, crushed finely in a pestle and mortar

· 1 lemon, juice only

· 4 tbsp of fresh coriander, chopped. 

· 250ml of warm water

· Vegetable oil

Mix all the dry ingredients, add the lemon juice and water slowly until you get the required paste-like consistency.

Slice the onions in a medium thickness.

Heat the oil in a large wide pan.

Pop the onions into the batter and make sure they are evenly coated

Drop a few tablespoonfuls into the hot oil, flip them occasionally to cook evenly and cook until browned. 

Delicious crispy bhajis are ready in less than 15 minutes!

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