Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Vegetable makhanwala recipe | how to make veg makhani restaurant style at home

Coming to today's recipe, Vegetable Makhani is one of the famous gravies of North Indian cuisine. 

This delicious creamy gravy pairs well with any Indian flat breads such as Naan, Kulcha, tandoori Roti ,wheat flour naan or even simple Pulavs.

Vegetable Makhanwala is a rich and creamy dish in which mixed vegetables are cooked in onion tomato gravy and cashew nut paste.

This is an ideal recipe for parties, so dont miss preparing this restaurant style veg makahnawala at home.
This recipe has a bit of fat  but one can reduce the fat content by replacing cream with low fat milk and also the butter quantity.

I had served this veg makhani with wheat flour naan



1/4 cup each potato,green peas ,chopped french beans, carrots, caulifower
1/4 cup Homemade Paneer (or store bought),cut into 1" cubes

other ingredients
2 medium Onions,sliced
3 medium ripen Tomatoes
1 green chilli
2 tbsp Tomato ketchup
1" Ginger,chopped
4-5 Garlic pods,chopped
8-12 cashew nuts or 1/4 cup Water melon seeds
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1/2 -3/4 cup Milk
1/2 tbsp tandoori red colour (optioanl)
1/4 cup fresh Cream OR dahi (optional)
1/2 tsp home made Garam masala 
1 tsp Kashmiri Red chilli powder
1 tsp Coriander powder
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds powder
1/4 Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp Kasuri methi
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp Sugar
2 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Butter


1. Soak the cashewnuts, watermelon seeds, and poppy seeds for 2 hours.

2. Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and fry ginger and garlic pieces,chilli until slight brown,add sliced onions and fry until it is brown in color.Add the chopped tomatoes and fry for a couple of minutes.Add tomato ketchup Make a paste of cashewnuts, khus khus, magaz with onion, ginger, garlic,tomato and green chillies.

3. fry paneer pieces till golden same oil saute veggies till they are just cooked or you can parboil them .veggies should be crunchy not over cooked

4. Heat oil and 1-2 tsp butter in a kadai/pan and add bayleaf ,crackle jeera, and then add the red chilli powder ,Veggies saute for a minute ,next add pureed onion-tomato cashew mixture into it and fry well until the masala leaves the oil in the edges.


5.Add red chili powder,garam masala ,tandoori red color, coriander cumin powder and kasuri methi(slightly roast it on pan and crush it with your hands before adding) to it and mix well.

6.Now add fried paneer pieces to the gravy and mix well .Turn off the flame ,add milk to it and mix well and switch on the flame and stir in fresh cream /dahi and give a stir on low heat and simmer  for 2 mins 

7.Add 1 tsp butter to it and garnish with coriander.Adding butter at the end will enhance the taste. 


adding fresh cream is optional you can even add more milk if you do not have butter at that moment

can replace cashewnuts with water melon seeds

Sunday, 13 April 2014

How to grow marigolds at home |Best Tips For Growing yellow orange Marigold (Genda Phool ) in Container / Pot in balcony

Marigold is known as jhendu in marathi and genda phool in hindi.As advised by mom my first attempt of growing jhendu flowers started in hyderabad when i had planted yellow marigolds in my balcony

Second attempt was in bangalore where i planted seeds and this time mixed yellow maroon red marigold and orange marigold bloomed in my garden

the mixed yellow maroon red marigold is also known as pandharpuri jhendu in marathi.

For more information on marigold flower read this post 

Marigolds are easy to grow and they are available in a variety of colors, including white, yellow, orange, red and mixed colors.

They are also lasting plants that appear quite beautiful, no mater where they are planted.  Marigold Flowers will bloom from mid-summer all the way until frost. 

They can be used for indoor arrangements, You can collect the seed heads after the flowers are spent so you have fresh seeds for the following growing season. The process of removing dead flowers from the plant is called deadheading

 Marigolds also come in a wide range of sizes from miniatures smaller than a foot to giant varieties that can grow up to four feet tall! 

You can select the color and size that is perfect for your flower garden. 

And don't overlook Marigolds in container gardens as the smaller varieties do well in containers.

Apart from being beautiful, marigolds are even beneficial in many ways. They emit a specific kind of smell, which keep the insects away as they find it offensive. Thus, they can be grown in the vicinity of plants that are prone to be harmed by insects, such as tomatoes. 


Marigold flowers

pot/container with good soil

Method will need marigold flowers or you can even use marigold garlands.If you alraedy have a marigold plant in your garden than once flowers are bloomed remove the f from the plant

2. Break open the flower and dry the petals in sun .the black portion are the marigold seeds. Marigold seeds can be directly sowed into ground, or seeded indoors in small containers for transplanting later.

3. Fill a container/pot/kundi with a good quality potting soil. Moisten the soil completely and allow the container/pot/kundi to drain. Make evenly spaced holes about 1 inch apart and 1 inch deep in the planting medium (either ground or pot/container/kundi)

4 Throw few marigold seeds  in each hole. Cover the seeds with a fine layer about 1/4 inch of soil.While planting marigold seedlings, remember to sow them at the spot that receives full sun and has a rich, well-drained soil.

5 they germinate in about 1-2 weeks and you can see small marigold plants growing .

6 you can grow flowers in your conatiner like the way i did 

7 If you are lucky to have a garden than transplant Marigold plants into your garden. Spacing depends upon size with miniature varieties spaced four to six inches apart, and Giant varieties one to two feet apart.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Mixed dal bhajia | mixed lentil pakora bhajji

Being a bhajia fan you will find various variety of bhajia /pakoda /fritters on my site













coming to todays recipe is maharashtrian style moong dal pakora /bhajia .

when you don’t want to have some  heavy snack, switch to these petite moong dal bhajjis. 
i have posted rajasthani moong dal bhajia ,gujarati vati dal bhajia & moong spinach dal pakora recipe earlier.

Todays mixed dal bhajia /vada is marathi style which doesnt uses crushed peppercorns and coriander seeds but instead has onion,green chilli ,cumin seeds & coriander & ginger garlic paste
Mixed dal Vadas are also known as pakoras, bhajias or fritters. This is a spicy delicious snack crispy outside and soft inside. Mixed dal vada is a popular tasty treat.


Moong dal (yellow) – 1/2  cups
chana dal - 1/2 cup
urad dal -  1/2 cup
Onion – 1 medium [ chopped]
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida powder- 2 pinches
Green chilies – 2-3 finely chopped
Cilantro/Corianderleaves – ½ cup finely chopped
garlic Ginger paste – 1 tbsp 
turmeric haldi powder
1 tsp sugar
Cooking oil to fry
Salt as per taste

For serving

 Tamarind Chutney –1 cup
 Green Chutney – 1 cup


 1.Wash moong dal,chana dal,urad dal, thoroughly and soak it in water for minimum 2-3 hours.

 2.Drain water from dal & Grind soaked dal with using very little water. Add asafoetida powder, cumin seedS, salt, chopped onions, ginger garlic paste,spice powders,sugar cilantro and green chilies to the batter. Mix the batter for few minutes.

 3.Heat cooking oil for frying the vadas.add 2 tsp of hot oil in batter .

 4.Take small marble size batter in a spoon and drop it in hot oil .fry it in the oil till it turns golden brown from both sides .Repeat till all the vadas are done. It should be golden and crispy.

 5.Serve warm and crispy with a cup of tea, and with green chutney and tamarind chutney.


you can add crushed peppercorns and coriander seeds to above batter if you like.
you can even soak 1 cup urad dal & 1 cup moong dal & make these bhajias.