Raw Jackfruit – Vegetarian’s Chicken Masala

On recent chardham trip, @ Badarinath hotel ,kathal/Jackfruit masala was on buffet and we all just ate that and ignored rest of the buffet items. Since then I wanted to make it. I had tried it years before using canned jackfruit but I didn’t like taste of canned. This time I found in frozen section at Indian store . Some places it’s available fresh too if you are willing to do all the work to cut it.

It looks like chicken , isn’t it ? Since it’s a fruit , it will have little protein.

Followed nishmadhurika ‘s recipe from YouTube. It’s very simple and easy to make it.

  • Cool raw jackfruit for 1 whistle .
  • Heat oil, crack cumin seeds . Add ginger , garlic , green chili paste. Sauté and add turmeric powder , red chili powder, coriander powder , salt.
  • Add chopped tomatoes. Use generous amt of tomatoes to make it taste good.
  • Cook tomatoes few minutes only leaving little crunch.
  • Add boiled jackfruit, adjust salt. Mix, mash some . Add garam masala, Amchoor powder.
  • Garnish with cilantro.
  • Yum ! Next I will make biryani.
  • Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Masala

Now in this age of Insta pot and so many cooking gadgets , meals are easy to prepare, isn’t it ? Sweet potatoes with spices taste good and you can eat it as a side dish just like that too. Recipe is from vahrevah. Here’s the link:

When you don’t know what to make for dinner , I like to boil , steam something even if it doesn’t feel appealing. Because when you get hungry and there’s nothing else you can make , it will be handy. So steam the sweet potatoes in your insta pot just enough so you can chop it on 1 of those days.

  • Heat coconut oil, crack some mustard seeds. Add urad dal , torn red chili, curry leaves, turmeric and red chili powder.
  • Now using mortal pastel crush cumin seeds and then garlic. Make this before heating oil and add this mixture in oil.
  • Mix well, add chopped sweet potatoes, salt and mix.
  • Garnish with cilantro if you like.


Poppy Seed Curry

Don’t judge the book by cover . Here don’t judge a dish by picture. I take bad photos of dish. Poppy seed also know as Khus khus is made into curry and I used to love this dish growing up. First time I made it and having it after probably more than 2 decades . I still loved it and I was able to get same taste . Here’s how I made it.

  • Soak 1/4th cup poppy seeds in water for an hr. Drain it and grind/blend with little water .
  • Heat mustard oil and add 1 big finely chopped onion. You need good amount of onion in this curry. Sauté until brown.
  • Add red chili powder, little bit coriander- cumin powder, ginger garlic paste. Add salt but be careful. Add only little.
  • Add poppy paste and cook few minutes.
  • That’s it. Easy breezy and very tasty.
  • Goes very well with roti. I am limiting wheat in diet but this curry I had to eat with a roti.
  • Warning : If you have a drug taste coming up, don’t eat this curry day before. It will show false results.
  • Enjoy!

Cauliflower With Black Chana

Generally we make cauliflower with green peas or potatoes. If you want to add some protein, add boiled kala Chana. Combination tasted good and will keep me full for a while. I like to add generous amt of cilantro.

Yesterday I attended communication workshop and learned few interesting things. 1 of the exercises we did was tell / describe yourself in 3 words to the person sitting next to you. And other person should be able to retain those 3 words . Think of the 3 words you will use.

When we use all generic things like knowledgeable, truthful, handy, kind etc etc.. they are just too generic and not much of use to other ppl. So it has to be unique abt yourself . We all are unique and we should know our uniqueness and how to use it.

1 of the thing I said abt myself was Ayurvedic cook and that person wanted to know more abt Ayurvedic cooking. Isn’t that interesting? Yes , Ayurvedic cook is 2 words but it did the job of introducing myself to a stranger in unique way.

Your turn, think abt it and do it with your friends and families.


Spinach With Sprouted Chana

      This is another simple sattvik curry you can make in few mins. You don’t need to spend hrs in kitchen to cook nourishing food. Little planning ahead is all needed.

  • Boil sprouted Chana with a piece of ginger and add some salt half way. Cool until done. You can do this step while working or doing some other work.
  • When time to eat, heat little olive oil. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, 1 torn red or green chili.
  • Now add washed spinach leaves. Add boiled Chana without water and adjust salt. Cook only for a minute or 2 until spinach is wilted.
  • Use left over Chana with water in soup or rasam.
  • And yes, don’t forget to serve with fresh lemon. Will help with digestion. 
  • Simple sattvik curry ready !
  • Enjoy !

*sattvik meaning nourishing food which will not agitate body or mind after eating.