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Try these yummy, quick-fix recipes

Last updated on: November 16, 2009 17:00 IST

We invited readers to share some of their favourite recipes with us. As part of a continuing series, we publish three recipes we've received so far:

Here, Sucharita Sen shares her recipe for Mutton Malaikari:

Cuisine: Bengali

Type: Non-vegetarian

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 500 gm mutton
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 cup onion paste
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp green chilli paste
  • 7-8 dry red chillies
  • Ground cinamon, jayitri (mace), cardamom, nutmeg
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  • Marinate mutton with salt, ginger paste, chilli paste
  • Heat ghee in heavy bottom pan and add onion paste. Fry till oil separates.
  • Add marinated mutton and ground masala.
  • Cook till mutton pieces are half cooked.
  • Transfer to a pressure cooker and add hot water.
  • Cook till mutton gets soft and gravy is of fine consistency.
  • Heat some ghee in a pan and add dry red chillies. When they are already fried, pour the entire gravy with mutton into it.
  • Cover immediately and serve with steamed rice.

Health quotient: Mutton (non-veg protein) is a good source of protein with respect to essential trace elements like zinc, and assimilable high amino acid qualities.

Next, Vinay shares this recipe for Poha:

Cuisine: Madhya Pradesh

Type: Vegetarian

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup poha (beaten rice)
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp haldi (turmeric) powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • Groundnuts
  • 2 green chillies
  • 1 onion
  • Oil for cooking

Preparation:

  • Wash the poha in water, add slat and sugar and keep for five minutes.
  • Heat a pan and roast the groundnuts for two minutes.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and add mustard seeds, jeera.
  • After a miute add green chillies,chopped onion.
  • Once onion is translucent add haldi powder and red chilli powder.
  • Add the poha to this and mix well.
  • Reduce heat and allow to cook for two minutes.
  • Poha is ready, serve with sev and lemon.

Health quotient: Poha contains lots of starch which gives a lot of energy. It is a healthy breakfast option.

Preeti shares her recipe for Stir-fried Pasta:

Cuisine: Italian

Type: Vegetarian

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked macaroni/pasta
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced veggies of your choice (carrots, bell peppers, beans)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp paprika/chilli flakes
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
  • Oil
  • Salt

Preparation:

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the onion and fry till cooked.
  • Add the veggies and stir fry for three-four minutes. They should retain their crunchiness.
  • Add the herbs and chilli flakes and fry for another minute.
  • Toss in the pasta and mix well.
  • The pasta is ready to serve.

Health quotient: Uses very little oil, lots of vegetables, whole wheat pasta can be used to make it very healthy.

Next is Geeta's recipe for Palak Rice:

Cuisine: Indian

Type: Vegetarian

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch palak leaves (spinach)
  • Small bunch of mint leaves
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 3 green chillies
  • 1/2 cup coconut slices
  • 1/2 coconut, grated
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
  • Salt
  • 2 tsp masala powder

Preparation:

  • Prepare the rice and wash the palak and mint leaves.
  • Fry the palak in a pan with a little oil.
  • Blend the fried palak in the mixer with coconut slices, ginger, garlic, green chillies and mint.
  • Take another pan, pour in a little oil, add mustard, jeera, curry leaves.
  • Add the onion and fry.
  • Later add palak paste to the masala and add salt.
  • Keep this on a low flame for sometime till the paste is cooked well.
  • Now add the cooked plain rice to the mixture with a squeeze of lemon and mix well.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut and server with potato wafers.

Health quotient: Green leafy vegetables are for good for health, hair and eyes.