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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Desi Recipes for cooking food at home

In this post i will collect recipes from internet for preparing some delicious eatables which we all can cook at our home..keep watching this post for new additions.

Crunchy Poha Recipe :


  • Chopped onions
  • Mustard seeds (rai)
  • Beaten rice (poha)
  • Peanuts(मूँगफली)
  • Red pepper powder(लाल मिर्च पाउडर)
  • Turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil
  • Coriander to garnish(धनिया से सजाना)

Method of preparation:

  • Heat one big tablespoon of oil in a cooking pan.
  • Shallow-fry the peanuts in the pan, removing them once they turn golden-brown.
  • In the same pan, place the rai and chopped onions, stirring them till the onions go soft -- don't wait for them to fry till they are golden-brown.
  • Add the turmeric powder (हल्दी पाउडर), red pepper(लाल मिर्च पाउडर) and salt to the pan.
  • Take a large bowl and soak the poha in water. Gently wash the poha and drain all the water immediately. Drain the poha completely to remove all water. Then put it in the pan, stirring it around to mix with the other ingredients and allowing it to cook for one or two minutes till yellow in colour.
  • Before serving the crunchy poha, mix in the peanuts and garnish(सजाना) with coriander leaves(धनिया पत्तियां)
Bread Upma Recipe :


  • 4-5 slices of bread
  • 3 tbsps curd(दही)
  • 1 tsp mustard(राई)
  • 4-5 curry leaves(करी पत्ते)
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp chillie powder
  • 2 tsp coriander (dhaniya) powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2-3 tbsp water
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves to garnish(धनिया से सजाना)

Method of preparation:

  • Cut the bread into small pieces .(each cut into approx nine squares or more)
  • Sprinkle(छिड़कना) water on the pieces, so that the bread becomes soft.
  • Heat the oil in a kadai and add the mustard and turmeric powder.
  • Next, add the green chillies, curry leaves(करी पत्ते) and bread.
  • Add the remaining masalas -- chillie powder, dhaniya powder and salt.
  • Add the curd and mix well.
  • Bread Upma is now ready to eat -- garnish with coriander leaves.

Veg Pulao Recipe :


  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera जीरा)
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 1 chopped potato
  • 1 small chopped tomato
  • Green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp red chillie powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder(धनिया पाउडर)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt to taste
  • you can also add more veggies like carrots(गाजर), peas(मटर) and beans(फलियां) to suit your taste.

Method of preparation:

  • Soak the rice in water for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Next, heat the cooking oil in a pressure cooker and add the jeera; once it starts crackling(तीखी आवाज), add all the chopped vegetables.
  • Also add all the spices -- red chillie powder, coriander powder(धनिया पाउडर), garam masala and salt.
  • Next add the water (2 cups -- always remember, the quantity of water should be twice as much as the rice to be cooked).
  • Finally, add the rice and close the pressure cooker, allowing it to cook till the first whistle goes off. Once that happens, turn off the gas and leave the rice inside for the next five minutes.
  • Open up the cooker -- your Vegetable Pulao is now ready to eat. I prefer to eat with dahi best combination.
  • Here's a tip -- you can substitute the rice with cracked wheat (dalia)

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