Monday, April 16, 2018



We are fond of baby potatoes and use them quite frequently. Elsewhere in this blog, you will find recipes that use baby potatoes, such as Semolina Roast Potato,  Urulai Idicha Masala, and Minty Baby Potatoes.

I was very keen on trying out this dish called Tilwale Palak Aloo , which I have adapted from this video in Master Chef Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana Khazana. The sprinkling of the roasted Sesame Seeds (Til in Hindi) to the dish of baby potatoes and spinach gives it a very distinctive taste.

I chose to boil the baby potatoes and peel the skin though the original recipe calls for them to be cooked with their skins. Also instead of quartering the potatoes, I used full baby potatoes.

We loved this dish and would suggest you try it out too!


  • Til (Sesame Seeds), 1 tbsp
  • Palak (Spinach), roughly chopped, 2 cups
  • Baby Potatoes, 16
  • Cumin Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida, 1/4 tsp
  • Green Chillies, slit, 4
  • Turmeric Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Powder, 2 tsp
  • Cumin Powder, 1 tsp
  • Yogurt, 2 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil, 2 tbsp 

Dry roast the sesame seeds till they change colour and keep aside. 
Wash and cook the baby potatoes in adequate water in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles.
Once the cooker cools, remove the baby potatoes, let them cool, peel them and keep aside.
Wash the spinach in several changes of water and roughly chop them. Keep aside.

Heat oil in a kadhai and when it is hot, add the cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour add asafoetida, saute for a few seconds then add the slit green chillies, boiled and peeled baby potatoes and salt.
Mix well and cook on medium flame for 2 minutes
To this add the roughly chopped spinach, followed by turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, and yogurt
Toss and cook on medium flame for a couple of minutes till the spinach gets done
Take off the heat
Finally, sprinkle the roasted sesame seeds, mix and serve hot

Thursday, April 12, 2018



I have used this blog to share, amongst others, recipes from our Konkani speaking GSB community. Elsewhere in this blog , you will find recipes therefore for our popular dishes such as Soyi Bajjile Ghashi, Peas and Potatoes Ambat, and Ghosale Alle Piyava Ghashi.  

Today's dish is a "Ghashi'" which is a mildly-spiced coconut-based curry of lentils. Generally, in making a ghashi, the lentils are paired with yam, potato, raw jackfruit or tender bamboo shoots. 

In today's recipe, we use Sprouted Green Gram which we call "Kirlayil Moog" in Konkani and Tender Bamboo Shoots ( called Kirlu) which we consider a delicacy.

To start with we need to sprout the green gram (moong).  You will know that sprouting the moong adds to it's nutritive value and also makes it more easily digestible.

Wash and soak the green gram for 8-10 hours or overnight. Drain the water fully the next day and tie the moong beans in a wet muslin cloth and allow them to sprout. The sprouted moong is shown in the picture along with the list of Ingredients. In my experience, about 1 cup of soaked moong will yield about 3 to 3 and 1/2 cups of Sprouted Moong.


  • Kirlayil Moog ( Sprouted Moong) (Green Gram),  1 to 1 and 1/4 cup
  • Kirlu ( Tender Bamboo Shoots) brined, 1/2 cup
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 1 cup
  • Roasted Byadgi Red Chillies, 4 to 5 
  • Tamarind, size of a small gooseberry
  • Raw Rice, 1 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
For the Seasoning: 
  • Mustard Seeds, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, a sprig 
  • Oil, 2 tsp * traditionally, coconut oil is used


Wash the sprouted moong thoroughly till it is de-skinned yet retains the sprouts. Cook the sprouted moong in a pan with adequate water until it gets done. Take care that it does not get overcooked or mushy. Keep aside.

Wash the brined bamboo shoots in several changes of water to get rid of the excess salt.
Dice the bamboo shoots and cook it in adequate water in the pressure cooker for 1-2 whistles or till they became tender. When the cooker cools, remove the cooked bamboo shoots and keep aside.
In a mixer, grind together the coconut gratings, roasted red chillies, tamarind, and raw rice to a smooth paste adding the required amount of water. Keep aside.

To the pan in which the moong has been cooked, add the cooked bamboo shoots
To this, add the ground paste and a little salt (in adding salt, remember that the cooked bamboo shoots have been brined)
Mix well and add water, if required, to get a ghashi-like consistency. The ghashi should not be too thick or too watery.
Now bring it to a boil, then lower the flame and allow it to simmer for a few minutes stirring from time to time
Heat oil in a kadhai and when it gets hot add the mustard seeds
When they splutter, add the curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
Add this seasoning to the kirlayil mooga ghashi
Serve hot

Monday, April 9, 2018



We are fond of capsicum (better known as bell pepper in North America) and I make this fairly often. Not surprisingly, therefore,  you will find numerous dishes made with capsicum in this blog such as Mushroom & Bellpepper Stir FryBesan Wali Simla Mirch, and Capsicum & Potato Kairas.

Saffola cooking oil has been a household name in India for many years. Today's recipe gets it's name from the spice mix (freshly ground mix) or podi used with the capsicums. This has been adapted from Podi Capsicum Curry from Saffola Fit Foodie website. We use just 1 tsp of oil and this recipe is part of their series of Healthy Recipes.

You can use either Amchur or Tamarind Paste for this dish. I used the latter.


  • Take care not to dry roast the ingredients for spice mix on high heat. Use medium heat instead. 
  • Use pulse mode for grinding the spice mix so that they get coarsely grounded and don't leave excess oil

  • Capsicums, large-sized, 3
  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera) , 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida (Hing), 1/8 tsp
  • Dry Mango Powder (Amchur), 1 tsp OR Tamarind Paste, 1/2 tsp
  • Salt, to taste
  • Saffola Oil, 1 tsp
For the Spice Mix:
  • Dried Red Chillies, 4
  • Coriander Seeds, 2 tsp
  • Ural Dal, (Split Black Gram Dal), 2 tbsp
  • Chana Dal,  (Bengal Gram Dal) 2 tbsp
  • Til (Sesame Seeds) , 1 tbsp
  • Peanuts, 2 tbsp

Wash and de-seed the capsicum and chop them into 1" squares. Keep aside.
Dry roast all the ingredients listed under " For The Spice Mix" in a kadhai on medium heat stirring continuously until the dals change colour, the chillies become crisp and the peanuts are well roasted
Allow them to cool, transfer to a mixer and grind them, using pulse mode to a coarse powder without adding any water.  Keep aside.
Heat 1 tsp of oil in the same kadhai, and on medium heat add jeera and once they sizzle and change colour,  add asafoetida, saute for a few seconds
Next add the chopped capsicum, mix well and cook on medium heat for 6-7 minutes till they get cooked yet remain firm and crunchy
To this, add salt to taste and the freshly prepared spice mix, and amchur or tamarind paste
Mix well so that the capsicums get well blended with the spice mix
Transfer to serving bowl and serve hot with rotis

Thursday, April 5, 2018



At home, we like okra/lady's fingers and make dishes using them quite often. They have numerous health benefits too. In India, you will find okra or lady's fingers as they are more commonly called, used in different cuisines.  Elsewhere. in this blog, you will find recipes for a popular Punjabi dish called Bharwan Bhindi;  for Bhenda Sagle from Konkani cuisine; and for Bhindi Shengdana from Maharashtra.

Today's recipe gets it's name from two important ingredients "Bhindi" the Hindi word for lady's fingers/okra and "Dahi" the Hindi word for curds. This has been adapted from Dahi Bhindi in Manjula's Kitchen.

Tips :

* Take care to use tender lady's fingers for best results
* Make sure the curds used are fresh
* When adding the curds, lower the flame as they will curdle if added on high flame

We thoroughly enjoyed having this with hot rotis.

  • Fresh Curds (Dahi), 1 cup
  • Lady's Fingers/Okra (Bhindi) , 250-300 grams  
  • Mustard Seeds, (Rai), 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, (Jeera), 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida, (Hing) a large pinch 
  • Bengal Gram (Besan), 1 tbsp
  • Coriander (Dhania) Powder, 2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1 tsp
  • Turmeric (Haldi) Powder, 1/4 tsp
  • Water, 1/2 to 3/4 cup
  • Salt,  to taste
  • Oil, 3 tbsp

Wash and pat dry the lady's fingers. Snip off both the ends, cut the lady's fingers into 1" pieces.
Add 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and when it gets hot add the lady's fingers pieces and stir fry them  for 7-8 minutes or till they are tender and change colour
Transfer the lady's fingers to a bowl and keep aside.
Add 1 tbsp of oil to the same pan and when it gets moderately hot add the mustard seeds. When they splutter, add the cumin seeds and saute till they sizzle and change colour and add the asafoetida
Saute for a few seconds.
Lower the flame and add the besan. Stir fry for about 1 minute until it gives off a good aroma and becomes slightly golden brown in colour
Now add the curds, turmeric powder, chilli powder,  and coriander powder and mix well
Cook for 2-3 minutes till the oil leaves the sides of the pan.
Add 1/2 cup of water and salt and bring to a boil
Add the lady's fingers, mix well and cook for about 2 minutes
The gravy will thicken when the dish cools so add a little more water and bring to a boil again
Allow the gravy to simmer for another 2 minutes
Transfer to serving bowl and serve with jeera rice or rotis, parathas.

Sunday, April 1, 2018



The beetroot is both colourful and has several health benefits. It is used in a variety of dishes as you will see in this blog where I have recipes for Beetroot Bharth, Beetroot Soup, and even Beetroot Halwa.

Today's recipe is from Tamilnadu and is called Beetroot Poriyal. It is an easy to make stir fry served with the main meal as a side dish.


  • Beetroot,  500 grams
  • Mustard Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds, 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal, 1 tsp
  • Green Chillies, chopped, 2
  • Ginger, finely chopped, 1 tsp
  • Curry Leaves, 8-10
  • Large-sized Onion, chopped, 1
  • Fresh Coconut Gratings, 2 tbsp
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste


Wash, peel and cube the beetroot.
Steam cook the beetroot in a pressure cooker for 2 whistles. The beetroot should get cooked yet remain firm. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan and when it gets hot, on medium heat add mustard seeds, when they splutter add cumin seeds and urad dal.
Saute till the dal changes colour. 
Add chopped green chillies, finely chopped ginger and curry leaves and saute for a few seconds
Add the chopped onion and salt and mix well
Saute until the onion becomes translucent
Now add the steam cooked beetroot, mix well and sprinkle a little water if the dish is too dry
Cook for a couple of minutes 
Lastly, add the fresh coconut gratings and mix well again 
Transfer to serving bowl and serve hot with rice

Wednesday, March 28, 2018



We just returned from a short vacation in Udaipur in Rajasthan. We had the famous Rajasthani kadhi there and I wanted to try it out for myself. The kadhi is a versatile curd/yogurt based dish made with besan (Bengal Gram Flour) and spices.

I am of course used to the Gujarati Kadhi whose recipe you will find elsewhere in this blog.

Today's recipe has been adapted from Rajasthani Pakoda Kadhi by the famous cookery expert, Tarlaji Dalal. I didn't make pakodas since they need to be deep fried. Instead I made just the kadhi which we enjoyed with peas pulao.

The curds/yogurt used for this dish should preferably be slightly sour rather than sweet.


  • Curds/Yogurt (Dahi), 2 cups
  • Bengal Gram Flour, (Besan), 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric Powder, (Haldi), 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon, (Dalchini) 1 stick
  • Cloves ( Lavang) 2
  • Whole Dry Kashmiri Red Chillies, 2
  • Fennel Seeds (Saunf), 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander Seeds (Dhania), 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin Seeds (Jeera), 1/2 tsp
  • Fenugreek Seeds (Methi), 1/4 tsp
  • Grated Ginger (Adrak), 1/2 tsp
  • Chilli Powder, 1/2 tsp
  • Water, 2 and 1/2 cups
  • Oil, 1 tbsp
  • Salt, to taste


In a large bowl, using a whisk combine together the curds, besan, turmeric powder, and salt with 2 and 1/2 cups of water to form a mixture. Make sure they are well combined and the besan does not form lumps. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep non-stick pan, on medium heat add the cinnamon, followed by cloves, red chillies, fennel seeds, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, grated ginger, curry leaves and lastly the chilli powder. Saute for a few seconds making sure the spices don't get burnt.
To this add the mixture of curds and besan prepared earlier.
Mix well and cook on medium flame for about 5- 8 minutes stirring from time to time. It is essential that you stir from time to time to avoid the kadhi getting burnt at the bottom.
Serve hot with rice, pulao, or rotis

Wednesday, March 21, 2018



Many thanks to my family, friends and followers of this blog, for your continued encouragement and support for "Cooking With Shobana" over the last 5 years. Today happens to be the 5th anniversary of this blog, which has been my passion since it's inception.

I am delighted to inform you that  "Cooking With Shobana" continues to feature in Feedspot's
100 Top Indian Foodblogs and Websites, a list that is updated from time to time.

Since I had some strawberries handy, I decided to make halwa (an Indian sweet) which is quite easy to make. Today's dish is adapted from "Strawberry Halwa" from my friend Aparna Bhat's popular blog called, "Flavors n Colors."

The amount of sugar needed depends on the sweetness of the strawberries you use, as also your individual taste.

  • Strawberries ( fresh or frozen) : 10-12 or about 250 gms
  • Corn flour: 1/2 cup
  • Sugar: 1 and 1/2 cups, or to taste
  • Cardamom Powder: 1 tsp or from 3-4 Cardamom (Elaichi ) pods
  • Ghee: 2-3 tbsp + a little for greasing the plate
  • Cashewnuts: 10-15 broken into pieces
  • Water: 1/2 cup ( for cornflour paste) + 1 cup (for dissolving sugar)


Wash the strawberries and discard their tops. Chop the strawberries, place them in a mixer and make a puree (without adding any water) and keep aside.

Break the cashewnuts into pieces.
Grease a plate or thali with ghee and keep aside

Combine the cornflour with half a cup of water to form a mixture making sure that no lumps are formed. Add the strawberry puree to the cornflour mixture and mix thoroughly.

Heat a thick bottomed pan add the sugar and 1 cup of water, mix well and keep stirring on medium heat till the sugar is dissolved.
To this, add the add the strawberry-cornflour mixture and continue to stir till the contents become thick
Add the ghee, cashewnut pieces* and cardamom powder and mix well so that they are evenly distributed * Retain a few cashewnut pieces for the garnish
Keep stirring on medium heat till the halwa gets a jelly like consistency with a glossy finish
Transfer the halwa to plate that has been greased and kept ready
Allow the halwa to cool
Cut the strawberry halwa into the desired shapes and garnish with a few nuts.