Cucumber Shukto in microwave

Every bengali houses prepare shukto on their own way. Today I am preparing some unusual combination using “Radhuni” – a bengali spice – the cucumber (shosar) shukto. Once cooked it will blow your mind. This is the simplest way of making a great dish in just 10-12 minutes…..

Cucumbar Shukto

Ingredients: 

  1. Cucumber – 3 medium
  2. Bitter Gourd – 1 medium
  3. Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp
  5. Radhuni – 1/2 tsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  7. Milk – 1/2 cup
  8. Oil – 2 tbsp
  9. Salt as per taste
  10. Sugar as per taste

Method:

  • Cut the cucumber and the bitter gourd in very small pieces. 
  • In a micro safe bowl add oil, radhuni, mustard and micro high for 2 mins.
  • Add bitter gourd and micro high for 2 mins.
  • Now add the cucumber pieces, add turmeric powder and mix well. Micro high for 2 mins.
  • Add milk, salt and sugar. Mix well. Micro at 80% power for 5 mins.
  • Check if the cucumber and bitter gourd pieces are tender. If not add some water and micro for another 1-2 mins.
  • The Shukto is ready to serve. This can go well with rice.
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Tomato & Dates Chutney (Bengali Style) in Microwave

No Bengali spread is ever complete without chutney. For any meal this will be served along with fried papad just before serving the dessert. There are many variations of this chutney and each house hold makes it in their own way. Here I have used “panch phoran” (bengali five spice mix) to give it more flavour. Also I have used the Aam Papad (the sun dried mango leather) to make it more delicious.

Tomato & Dates Chutney

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • Chopped Big Tomato – 2 Nos.
  • Mustard Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Dry Red Chilli – 2 nos.
  • Panch Phoron – 1 tsp
  • Ginger finely chopped – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 4 tbsp or as per taste
  • Raisin – 2 tbsp
  • Dates (Chopped) – 2 tbsp
  • Aam Papad (cut into small pieces) – 2 tbsp
  • Salt as per taste

Method:

  1. In a micro safe bowl add oil, Panch Phoran abd dry red chilli mix and micro for 3 mins.
  2. Now add the finely chopped ginger and micro high for 1 min.
  3. Add the finely chopped tomatoes and salt mix well and micro at 80% for 5 mins stirring in between
  4. By now the tomatoes will be softened. If not micro for another 1-2 mins.
  5. Add raisin and the chopped dates. Mix well and micro for another 2 mins.
  6. If the mixture is too dry add 2-3 tbsp of water.
  7. Now add sugar, mix well and micro for 2 mins. Add the aam papad pieces and micro for 30 sec. and allow for the standing time.
  8. The chutney is ready to serve. You can also store it in fridge for 4-5 days in a container.

Bhindi (Lady’s Finger) Masala

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Ingredients:

  1. Bhindi (Lady’s Finger) – 250 gms
  2. Oil – 2 tbsp
  3. Turmeric Powder (Haldi) – 1/2 tsp
  4. Cumin Powder ( Jeera) – 1 tsp
  5. Coriander Powder (Dhania) – 1 tsp
  6. Dry Mango Powder (Amchur) – 1 tsp
  7. Chili Powder (Mirchi) – 1 tsp or as per taste
  8. Green Chili – 1 cut into pieces
  9. Asefotida – 1 pinch
  10. Salt – as per taste

Method:

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1.Cut the Lady’s finger into slice

2. Put 2 tbsp oil in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute at 100% power.

3. Add asefotida and microwave for 30 sec.

4. Add Lady’s finger and all other spices and mix together.

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5. Now microwave for 3 minutes covered at 100% power.

6. Stir again and microwave uncovered at 100% for another 2 minutes.

7. If required microwave for another 1 minute.

8. Allow to stand for 5 minutes and serve hot with chapatis or roti.

Shukto-Bengali Mixed Veg curry in Microwave

Shukto is a traditional Bengali dish. It is served at the beginning of a meal. It is bitter-sweet in taste. Different types of vegetables are used in this dish. You can add or remove vegetables as per your choice but the bitter gourd is a must. Traditionally this is cooked by frying all vegetables separately. However for health conscious people I have tried this in microwave with very less oil.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  1. Bitter Gourd (Karela) – 1 medium
  2. Brinjal – 1 medium
  3. Potato – 1 medium
  4. Raw Banana – 1 
  5. White Raddish – 1
  6. Drumstick – 1
  7. Flat beans (Sheem) – 8-10 nos.
  8. Sun dried lentil dumpling (Bori/Vadi) – 8 nos.
  9. Poppy seeds (Khaskhas/Posto) – 2 tbsp
  10. Mustard Seeds (Sarse) – 1 tbsp
  11. Ginger Paste – 1 tsp
  12. Sugar – 1 tsp
  13. Panchphoran (Five spice) – 1 tsp + 2 tsp powder
  14. Bay leaf – 1 
  15. Ghee – 1 tsp
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Mustard oil – 3 tbsp
  18. Milk – 1 cup

Methods:

  1. In a micro safe bowl add the five spices ( 1 tsp of each Jeera, Kalonji, Mouri, Mustard and Methi) and micro high for 2-3 mins. stirring in between till it is roasted. Remove, keep aside 1 tsp and grind the rest to a powder.
  2. Soak poppy seeds and mustard seeds in water for 15 mins. Now in a grinder add poppy seeds and mustard seeds. Add little water and grind to a smooth paste.
  3. In a micro safe bowl add oil and put the Bori and micro high for 2 mins stirring in between. When the boris are golden remove and keep aside.
  4. Now in a micro safe bowl add 3 tbsp oil, 1 tsp of Panchphoran and one bay leaf. Micro high for 3 mins.
  5. Now add all the vegetables except the brinjal. Mix well and micro high for 5 mins stirring in between,
  6. Add brinjal, mix well and micro high for another 2 mins.
  7. Add 2 tsps of Panchphoron powder, Ginger paste mix well and micro high for 1 min
  8. Now add poppy seed and mustard paste, add water & milk, salt, sugar and the fried bori. Mix well and micro high for 2-3 mins stirring in between.
  9. Now add 1 tsp of ghee and micro for 30 secs. and give standing time of 5 mins.
  10. Serve with plain rice.

Bitter Gourd (Karela) Chips

Most of the people avoid this healthy vegetable due to its bitterness. But this crunchy and crispy chip version makes it more tasty. Even the children will like it. So try this out…..

Bitter Gourd Chips

Ingredients:

  1. Big bitter Gourd – 1 no.
  2. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
  3. Cornflour – 2 tsp
  4. Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  5. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tsp
  6. Oil – 3 tbsp
  7. Salt – 1/2 tsp or as per taste

Method:

  1. Clean the bitter gourd and cut into circular thin slices. The thinner the better to get it more crisp.
  2. In a bowl put all the bitter gourd slices and mix with salt and turmeric powder. Keep aside for 15 minutes.
  3. Now put add all other ingredients to this and mix it well in such a way that each bitter gourd slice get a proper coating.
  4. In a greased microwave safe glass plate place the bitter gourd pieces. Do not stack or overlap the pieces.
  5. Now microwave in high power for 3 mins. After 3 mins pull out the dish and turn around the pieces and ensure that they do not stick to the plate.
  6. Microwave high for another 2-3 mins. Check for the crispiness. If not crisp microwave for a few more minutes checking in between.
  7. When it is crisp take it out and serve. This can be eaten as snack or as an accompaniment with rice and dal.

Upma

Upma is generally taken as breakfast. This easy dish can also be served as snack. It is a very versatile dish. You can make it very easy and plain or you can add colourful vegetables and dry fruits to make it more elaborate.

Here I have made it as quicker version in a Microwave.

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Ingredients:

Rawa (Semolina) - 1 cup
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 tsp
Urad dal - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 6-8 nos.
Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
Onion finely chopped - 1
Green chillies finely chopped - 2
Green peas - 1/2 cup
Salt as per taste
Oil - 3 tbsp
Ghee (Optional) - 1 tsp

Method:
1. Put Rawa in micro safe bowl and microwave high for 2 mins. Stir and 
microwave high for 1 min and keep aside.
2. In another micro safe bowl add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal, curry 
leaves and microwave high for 2 mins.
3. Add onion, green chillies and microwave high for 3 mins.
4. Add rawa, mix well and microwave high for 2 mins.
5. Add green peas, mix well and microwave high for 1 min.
6. Add 2 cups of water, salt. Mix well and microwave high for 2 mins
7. Remove and stir and microwave high for 1 min.
8. Add ghee, mix well and microwave for 1 min.
9. After giving standing time serve with pickle.

 

 


 

 

Poha (Beaten Rice)

Poha (Beaten Rice) is eaten as snack but it is essentially a good breakfast option. Nutritionist recommends poha as one of the healthiest breakfast. It is also a wholesome meal , good source of carbohydrates and iron, rich in fibre , a good source of antioxidant and essential vitamin and is gluten free. 20180815_093617

Ingredients:
Poha (Beaten Rice) – 2 cups

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Green chille –  2 finely cut

Green Peas – 1/2 cup

Roasted Peanut – 1/4 cup

Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp

Turmeric – 1/4 tsp

Mustard seed –  1/2 tsp

Oil – 3 tbsp

Method:

In a colander put the poha and wash it under running water and keep aside.

In a microwave safe bowl put oil, mustard seeds and microwave for 1 min. Add onions, turmeric powder and microwave for 3 mins

Add peas and microwave for 2 mins.  Add the soaked poha and mix it throughly. Microwave for 2 mins covered. Add roasted peanuts and the coriander leaves and mix. Microwave for another 1 min. Poha is ready to serve.