Aloo Gobi

This is a really simple recipe which I had been ignoring for ages. Recently, I decided to prepare it.I loved its taste and simplicity so much that I keep preparing it regularly now.

For any new recipe, I generally check it out with Sanjeev Kapoor’s site or at tarla dalal’s site. Then the other food bloggers. And, this one is picked for Sanjeev kapoor’s site. Tweaked only a wee bit to get this yummy dish!


1 medium cauliflower, cut into florets
2 medium sized potatoes, cut into fingers
2 inch ginger, cut into strips
1 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder or to taste
2 tbsp curds
1 tomato, chopped
1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste

Let’s get started…

Heat oil in a pan or kadai. Add jeera and wait for it to splutter. Add the ginger and fry them for a few seconds.

Now, add potatoes and cauliflower. Sprinkle salt. Cook them closed till potatoes and cauliflower are soft ( not soggy)

Once cooked, add turmeric powder and chilli powder. Mix them well. Then add curds, give it a good toss and cook it closed for another min. There is no watery residue of curds left.

Now, the final showdown. Add the tomatoes and close the lid for about 30 sec. Add the coriander leaves and take it off the heat.

Enjoy your Aloo gobi with hot chapatis.

P.S. If you have any leftovers, they make a great filling for sandwiches as well.


Palak paneer

The classic Punjabi side dish. This is one of the easiest dish that I learnt, to impress my husband. He loves it.
Mom used to frequently prepare this dish and serve it with chappatis.
Here it is…. Palak paneer.


4 small bunches of tender palak leaves, washed.
1/2 tsp jeera
1/2 tsp peppercorn
1 green chilli, slit
1 onion, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
100 gm paneer, cut into cubes
1 tsp + 2 tsp oil

And then…
Chop the washed palak leaves.


Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Once heated, add jeera.Wait till jeera splutters, then add pepper.Once the pepper is fried, add the green chilli. Fry for a minute.


Then, add the palak and cook it with closed lid.


While cooking, palak leaves water. Cook until the water is completely evaporated. Once evaporated, remove off the heat and wait for it to cool.

In the meanwhile, heat oil in a pan. Once oil is ready in goes chopped onion. Fry it till its pinkish. Then, add the tomatoes. Fry till the tomatoes are soft.


While the tomatoes are getting done, grind the palak into a smooth paste without water.
Once the tomatoes are done, add the palak puree.


Mix it. Add about 1/2 cup water. Close the pan, let the mixture boil for 2-3 min.
Then, add the cubed paneer and continue boiling for a min.
Note: Paneer can be added fresh or after lightly frying it in ghee.


Add some butter if you wish. I skipped this. And lo! Palak paneer is ready!!


Enjoy it with chappati, roti or rice.