Thursday, May 21, 2015

Beans Ki Subji: Indian Style Beans Stir Fry: Healthy Side

This is a simple curry. 

Beans stir fry.

Any kinds of beans- broad, flat or green mixed with basic spices and you are good to go.

Long weekend is coming closer, which reminds me what are you guys doing? Summer parties, BBQ or spring cleaning? Whatever it is, if a time comes when you are in no mood to cook or just want to have simple meal or wish to have a healthy side with your main dishes then you MUST try this stir fry. When I made this subji, I literally had 15 minutes. Quickly I whipped the complete dinner- yellow dal in pressure cooker, steamed rice in microwave and this beans curry on the hob.

Looking for more Indian stir fry recipes? Check these out.

This Beans ki subji is my everyday kind of subji/ curry, I either pair it with mixed vegetable massala parthas or just have as a side with dal (lentil) and rice. No grating garlic, no ginger paste, no tomato puree –a complete fuss free subzi. Feel free to add potatoes to make aloo beans curry, I wanted to have it all healthy ;)

No more chit-chatting, got to go. See the recipe :)

1 cup chopped beans (I used flat beans)
2 green chilli chopped finely
2 teaspoons oil
1/4 teaspoon cumin/jeera
Salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder/haldi
1/4 teaspoon coriander powder/dhaniya
1 teaspoon lemon juice (see notes)
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves

Heat oil in a pan. When hot, add cumin seeds, let it crackle.
Reduce the heat to medium. Add chopped beans and green chilli.
Add salt and turmeric powder. Mix. Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
When beans turn soft, add all the spices. Mix. Cover. Turn the heat off.
Let it sit covered for 1 minute. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve

You can use amchur powder (dry mango powder) instead of lemon juice.
Again, use any beans. No change in method.

Serving suggestion:
Serve with any Indian bread.
Serve as a side with rice and lentils (daal and chawal).
Great tiffin snack for kids. Just roll the subji in the parthas.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Anda Bhurji: Egg Bhurji: Bhurji Pav: Bhurji Paratha: Mumbai Street Food

This movie called Selfie, has changed a bit of me. Sometimes you just need to be yourself; the people around can make you feel inferior or superior but you must be YOU. Do what you want, do what you think is right-you cannot please everyone every time. People will judge you, advice you but you don’t have to care. You decide to be or not to be, to wear makeup or not; to be a stay at home mom or a working mom; to wear skirts or cover your body; to be with boys or girls; to have a tattoo or pierce your body.  Simple, right? Who are they to tell you when to have kids, why not to be a house wife, why to go to office? It’s your life and only you know and understand you :-) Just check the video out and I am sure you will love it too :).

After moving to London; I wanted to stay at home, give time to my newly married life, explore the lovely city and just relax. Cooking became my addiction and passion and that is when this blog was born. When people asked me what I did whole day sitting at home? I explained them, I keep myself busy – I read, I cook, I blog, I do food photography, I take care of my house etc etc. Oh so you don’t work, you don’t get a job in London, they would ask me. One day I wrote a post on confessions of food blogger, and now when people ask me, I just give them the link.

I am vegetarian by choice and in fact no one in my family eats meat or fish. My dad eats eggs and so do I. My in laws eat simple food without onion and garlic. That’s their choice, when I was getting married, I was asked to shun eggs. I bluntly refused. Mr. Husband understood and I was allowed to cook eggs at home. He travels a lot for his office purposes, being a vegetarian he sometimes can’t get anything to eat and there are times when he has to survive on canned juices for the whole day. I knew something had to be done.

One day, I decided to make Anda Bhurji. I presented anda burji as paneer burji because it is very much like paneer bhurji in texture and colour. That is how he began eating eggs and now when he is in some foreign land he atleast can eat an omelette ;-)

Anda bhurji is scrambled eggs but Indian style. In it goes Indian spices, veggies. In Mumbai you get anda burji with pav (pull part roll buns) on streets and some restaurants also sells bhurji parathas- both the combinations are tasty. The roadside vendors in Bombay make it on pav bhaji tava and that is what gives it a unique taste. Garlic, onion and tomato are the must-to-go veggies in Anda Burji and you can also use peas, capsicum as well.

Looking for more Bombay recipes? Check these out:

Anda bhurji is a wholesome filling meal. You can make it for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. It takes care of your nutrients and gets ready in no time-what else can you ask for.

2 large eggs
5 tablespoons milk
1 medium size onion chopped
1 medium size tomato chopped
1/4 cup capsicum chopped
2 cloves garlic minced/grated
1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves
1 green chilli chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon pav bhaji massala (notes)
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon butter

Heat oil in pan. When hot, add garlic and sauté for 10 seconds.
Add onions and capsicum. Cook till onions turn pink.
Add chopped tomato, lemon juice and green chilli. Mix in salt, red chilli powder, pav bhaji massala, black pepper powder. Mix and cook covered for 1 minute or till tomatoes become soft.
In the mean time, crack eggs and beat them in a bowl. Mix milk and beat again till forthy.
Mix eggs in the pan. Keep stirring and scrambling the eggs.
Add butter and coriander leaves. Mix and serve.

You can pav bhaji massala in any Indian grocery store. I used Everest Pav Bhaji Masala.
I have used three peppers- green chilli, red chilli powder and black pepper. This is a spicy dish, please adjust the heat level as per your taste.

Serving suggestion:
Serve with pav or bread.
Goes well with plain parthas. You can serve with palak partha, methi thepla or daal partha as well.
The burji can be stuffed into parathas as well. (Recipe coming soon).
Fill in between two slices of bread and make a sandwich out of it.