Two joys and a Recipe

Today is a great day for me. Thanks to Ganesh Chaturthi I got a break from my daily routine of waking up, getting ready and taking a bus to work. This morning I woke up and the first thing that I did was visit my blog. Oh, and there was a great news for me. Priti had sent me an award. Thank you Priti. See my Awards page to check out the awards. This was not all, visiting the Great Cooks Community site I found another great surprise. My name was there as the Featured Blogger of the month. It’s really a great way to start a day with two great surprises.

Back home I was always a junk food lover. Coming to Bangalore I really miss those roadside food junctions. At times I get so much desperate to have those that I prepare those at home. Though can’t find that dust mixed taste in the home cooked junkies, but still it’s something closer. The other night I thought of cooking Tarka. Tarka with roti was a delicacy in those roadside food shops. For those who are thinking what this Tarka is, I tell you it’s a special way of preparing the green Mugh dal. Here’s the recipe for you all.

Serves 2


Green Mugh dal: 150gms

Tomato: 2 medium sizes

Onion (Peyaj): 2 large ones

Garlic (Rasun): 7 or 8 cloves

Kasturi Methi (Fenugreek leaves): 1 tablespoon

Green chili (Sukhno Lanka): 3

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): 1 teaspoon

Sunflower Oil (Saada tel): 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste

The Ingredients

The Ingredients


  • Soak the mugh dal for about an hour.
  • Pressure cook for at 2 to 3 whistles.
  • Drain the excess water out of the dal and keep aside.
  • Cut the onions in square pieces, and the chilies into small ringlets.
  • Heat the oil in a shallow wok.
  • As the oil gets heated throw in the onions to sauté along with the garlic.
  • As the onions become tender, add tomatoes and chili, sauté for 2 more minutes.
  • Add the mugh dal, turmeric powder, salt and toss well.
  • Add little water if necessary and in between mash the dal properly.
  • Now add the Kasturi Methi to the preparation and mix well.
  • Scramble to eggs in a separate frying pan with little salt and throw in to the Tarka preparation.
  • Take it out of flame as it gets dried up.
Tarka with roti, curd and onion

Tarka with roti, curd and onion

It tastes best with roti or paratha and a little bit of curd and onions. You can add chicken or mutton keema, or anything of your choice. Tarka also tastes good without adding any other non-vegetarian items to it. So, you can have it without any other supplementary to it. Catch you soon, till then happy cooking and happy eating.

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Dim Lalbahari

After coming back home tonight, I found there was actually no vegetables left. The only thing that I found in my kitchen was two tomatoes, some onions, garlic and of course there was my all time ready stock of eggs. Putting on my apron, I was ready to prepare something really rich and spicy, because the last few days I was only eating blunt non-spicy food and my taste buds were all expecting something to get aroused.

The cooking time was short. Cooked some rice, and served the dinner at the dining table. My little experiment with the left out morsels turned out to be delicacy. Tasty, spicy and easy to cook, the best one can ask after a whole day’s work. The current gone once again for the second time after I reached home, Enrique singing in my laptop, the candle light at the dinner table and the hot food: all added to excellent milieu of tonight’s dinner. I would just love to have it once more.

The recipe here’s for all of you.

Serves: 2

Cooking Time: 10 mins


Egg (Dim): 4

Tomato: 2

Onion (Peyaj): 2

Garlic (Rasun): 4 / 6 cloves

Ginger- garlic paste (Aada-Rasun bata): 1½ teaspoons

Turmeric powder (Halud guro): 1 teaspoon

Chili powder (Shukhno Lankar guro): ½ teaspoon

Garam Masala: ½ teaspoon

Sunflower oil (Tel): 2 tablespoons

Salt to taste

The ingredients

The ingredients


  • Chop the onions and tomato into small pieces.
  • Beat the eggs in a bowl; just add ½ teaspoon salt with it.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok.
  • As the oil gets fully heated add the beaten eggs and fry to make a big omelet.
  • Set the omelet on a dish and cut it into four halves or you may cut it in your own way.
  • Add the left out oil on the wok and heat.
  • Add the onion and garlic cloves as the oil gets heated. Sauté until the onions soften.
  • Add the ginger-garlic paste.
  • Throw in the tomatoes; add all spices along with salt.
  • Pour little water if it becomes too dry.
  • As the gravy starts becoming thicker add the fried pieces of eggs and toggle them in the gravy.
  • Serve hot with rice, chapathi or roti.

Am sure you’ll enjoy cooking it and of course having it. Catch on for the other recipes. Till then happy cooking and happy eating.

Ready to serve Dim Lalbahari

Ready to serve Dim Lalbahari

Peyaji – Bengali Onion Pakora

Serves: 4

Onion pakora, or peyaji, or onion pakoda, onion bhaji or whatever you may call it the taste remains the same. Those evenings, everybody coming back from office, sitting in the drawing room , and Ma gets a big bowl full of peyaji. O, I just miss those days. But nothing doing, days pass by. It had been mom before and now it’s me to get into the kitchen. So lots of talk, lets now get back to cooking .To start with:

Ingredients for Peyaji (Onion Pakora)

  • Onions (peyaj): 4 big, chopped properly
  • Mustard oil (sarser tel): 50ml
  • Green chilli(kacha lanka) : 4 , chopped
  • Cornflour: 2tsp
  • Salt to taste.

The Preparation

Just add the chopped onions, green chilli , salt , corn flour and 1 tsp of mustard oil. Mix them all and keep aside for 5/10mins so the onions soften.


Add mustard oil in a shallow pan. When oil get heated up , make small pakora size flattened balls of the marinated onions and fry till they become golden brown.

Serve with sauce or chutney, and enjoy your evening meal.

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