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Recipes | Yogurt and three Indian Curries – Time Management in my kitchen – II

Posted Apr 08 2014 3:53am
healthy indian curries in yogurt gravy

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Here are a few easy yogurt based recipes from my treasure of ‘time-management in kitchen’. These recipes make sure that my cooking time is saved without compromising on the nutrient quotient of the food I prepare for my family.

1. Sweet potato in yogurt gravy

Healthy vegetarian yogurt based indian curries

Ingredients;

(serve 2 )

  • 1 cup chopped Sweet potato
  • 1 small onion
  • 1’ ginger piece
  • 2 tbsp. yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required

Spices;

  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1 tsp. Fennel powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp. mustard seeds  
  • 1/4 tsp. Nigella seeds
Healthy vegetarian yogurt based indian curries

Method; Add about one cup of water yogurt and whisk well. 

Peel and chop about two sweet potatoes (Shakar Kand) and place them into yogurt water to avoid discoloration.

Peel and slice ginger and onion finely. Chop dry red chilies roughly.

Heat oil in a wok and splutter mustard seeds in it. Add chopped red chilies, Nigella seeds (Kalonji dana), onion, ginger in it and sauté for a minute on low heat.

Whisk yogurt with garam masala and salt in a small bowl.

Add chopped sweet potato pieces, fennel powder, coriander powder and mix well. Cover the wok with a lid and cook for about 6-7 minutes. Sweet potato takes very little time to cook.

Pour yogurt mixture in the wok and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

Take off the wok from heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

2. Baby-corn in Peppercorn Sauce

Healthy vegetarian yogurt based indian curries

Ingredients;

(serve 3)

  • 10-12 baby corn
  • 1 medium capsicum
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chopped Ginger
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 2 clove garlic
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as required 

Spices;

  • 1 tbsp crushed peppercorn
  • 1 small Bay leaf
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
Healthy vegetarian yogurt based indian curries

Method; Remove husk and clean all the baby corns. Chop capsicum and baby corn into bite size pieces.

Peel and chop garlic finely.

Take a large bowl, add yogurt and whisk cornflour, salt, crushed peppercorn (kali Mirch) in it.

Heat a wok and add garlic in it, sauté for a minute and add chopped baby corn and capsicum in it. Sauté the vegetables for 4-5 minutes on medium heat or till they become soft.

Pour pepper and yogurt mixture in the wok and simmer the vegetables in sauce for 4-5 minutes on medium heat. Add water if you want more gravy in your recipe.

Garnish with coriander leaves or spring onions and serve with I.

3. Spicy Raw banana Curry

Healthy vegetarian yogurt based indian curries

Ingredients;

(serve 2)

  • 1 large raw banana
  • 3 tsp yogurt
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 garlic pearls
  • Water as required 

Spices;

  • 1 tsp. Nigella seeds
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida powder 

Method; Take a large bowl with one cup of water and add 1 tbsp. of yogurt in it.

Scrape the green skin of raw banana with a peeler. Do not scrape the entire skin off the banana till you reach the white part of it.

A little hard skin left on raw banana gives a good texture and firmness avoiding a mushy banana dish.

Chop banana into small cubes and place them into the bowl of water mixed with yogurt to avoid discoloration of the vegetable.

Chop onion, garlic pearls, tomato and dry red chillies separately in a large plate.

Heat oil in a wok and add nigella seeds (kalongi dana), fennel seeds (methi dana), dry red chilies, a pinch of asafoetida (hing) powder in it and sauté for a minute.

Add chopped onion, garlic, turmeric powder  and sauté for a minute. Add chopped tomato, banana pieces, a few drops of water and cover the wok. Cook for 7-8 minutes on medium heat stirring continually to avoid the banana pieces getting struck at the bottom of the wok.

Pour rest of the yogurt and give a good stir to combine all the ingredients well. Take the wok off heat and garnish with chopped coriander leaves if you wish.

Healthy vegetarian yogurt based indian curries

Search for the English & Hindi names of various foods and ingredients used in cooking at  Glossary .

Notes;

  1. Do not peel the raw banana skin completely, just scrape the outer thin green layer leaving most of the skin intact. This will avoid the vegetable getting mushy and overcooked.
  2. Do not remove sweet potato skin, cook it with the skin for more nutrition.
  3. These yogurt based recipes with make a perfect lunch box.

Check some more yogurt based easy & quick recipes here .

 

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