Vegetarian Recipes


Masoor Dal Curry

Soak 1 cup of masoor dhal for an hour. While this is being done, peel and dice 2 big potatoes and 4 green chilies. You can also use this time to clean up the potato/onion/garlic storage area of peels! Time is precious. Place 1/3 tsp of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of ginger garlic paste, ½ tsp of salt, 1 tsp of tomato paste, a pinch of coriander leaves and 3 cups of water in the pressure cooker. Add the dal, chillies and potatoes in the pressure cooker and let it cook for a single whistle. Wait for the pressure cooker to steam out and then season with curry leaves and mustard, using 2 tbsp of oil.


Papaya curry

I know that most of you must be amazed, wondering if it is actually possible to cook a raw papaya. Let me tell you that it is. My mother experimented various methods and finalized the best of them. This recipe, like many more are her secret recipes!
First, blend the following - ½ a coconut (either grated or cut into bite size chunks) and 1 tsp of mustard seeds, 2 red chillis, ½ tsp cumin, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 2 tbsp of coriander seeds, 2tbsp of tomato paste OR 1 marble sized tamarind ball and 1 tsp salt. Fry 2 large onions. Put 1 raw papaya (peeled, deseeded and diced) [Optional: add 1 cup of unsoaked masoor dal to enhance nutritional value] with 1 cup of water for boiling in the pressure cooker. Just before it reaches a rolling boil, add all the masala and cook for a single whistle. Enjoy!


Potato Palya

Heat oil in a saucepan and add 2 diced onions, 2 tomatoes, 8 curry leaves, 2 tsp salt, ½ tsp haldi powder, ½ tsp chili powder, ½ tsp jeera, 4 tbsp oil and 1 tsp mustard seeds. Fry well till the onions are translucent and a good aroma arises. Then add 10 mashed potatoes and knead the contents with a ladle to mix the masala into the potatoes. Serve hot!