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Mooli aur Mooli Ke Patton Ki Sabzi is a winter delicacy. Winters are here in full swing and the most inviting winter produce we get in India are white long radishes. In mexico I have seen red colour variation of these. But nonetheless both are delicious in their own ways 🙂 The radish which are sold now often come with the leaves on. If you are lucky to visit the market in the morning you might find the fresh radish with their greens on. That what you must pick for this recipe. The tender the leaves the more delicious they will be. This is an interesting way to cook radish than to have it just as a salad or stuffed in a parantha.

It is my maternal aunt Neena’s recipe which she often makes with ground poppy seeds and mustard seeds. I tried this first time fearing my fussy husband wouldn’t like it. He simply detests radish and its close kin turnip. But I was hellbent to impress him. The dish came out delicious and it was proved without doubt when my husband took a second helping 🙂

Its not only delicious but very nutritious. The fresh greens and radish are a rich source of roughage and helps to regulate blood pressure. It fights constipation and is extremely good for asthmatic patients. Who doesn’t wanna like this humble vegetable with such health benefits.

Directions:
1. Take some firm radish with fresh tender leaves. Wash the radishes. Cut the neck of the radish and separate the leaves. Do not throw them away. Peel the radish. 


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2. Cut the radish into small cubes and separate the tender leaves.


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3. Wash these leaves well so that no grit remains. Chop them finely, set aside.


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4. In a dry grinder or coffee grinder add poppy and mustard seeds and grind them to a powder. Set aside.


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5. In a wok or kadhai add mustard oil and smoke it. Add the mustard, poppy seeds powder and saute for a minute.


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6. Add turmeric powder, salt and red chili powder.


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7. Add chopped raddish and mix well with the spices. Cover with a lid and cook on medium low heat for 7-8 minutes or until your see its partially cooked.


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8. Add the chopped radish greens to the wok and mix well. Cover it and further cook for another 5 minutes.


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9. Serve hot with Roti and with some Bathua raita on the side.

For more everyday recipes you can try: Gobhi Danthal ki Sabji, Aloo Methi Punjabi Style, Swanjhane ki Sabji, Methi Matar Malai.

 

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Eggplant or Brinjal or Aubergine is the most versatile vegetable available all across the globe. It is found in different colours ranging from white to green to purple and the sizes and shape also varies from small. big and long. The big sized eggplant is used for this dish because it has maximum pulp. This is a North Indian version of this dish. The variants are found all over the world, in the form of Baba Ghanoush, Muttabal from Mediterranean Region,  Patlıcan salatası from Turkey, Aubergine caviar from Southern France, Salată de vinete from both Romania and Hungary and the list is endless.

In India it is served with Roti or Parantha and a Yogurt dish or raita is often accompanied. My mother makes the best Baingan ka Bharta. Its simple recipe without much effort but many things have to kept into mind to bring out the best of its flavour. Its Spicy and absolutely a comfort food. I am including this recipe specially for those who are new to cooking. I also learnt this from my mother one of the first few dishes 🙂

Directions:
1. Roast the Brinjal and peel its skin off. Learn how to Roast an Eggplant on your stovetop? Make sure the brinjal is properly roasted otherwise it effects the taste and texture of bhartha.

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2. Mash it roughly using your knuckles. It will resemble a slimy semi solid paste. Keep aside.

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3. Chop Onions, Green Chilies and Ripe Tomatoes*.

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4. Add ghee or clarified butter in the wok or pan.

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5. Add Onions and green chilies and let them saute till the onions become transparent and soft.

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6. Once onions are sauteed add chopped tomatoes.

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7. Add salt to the tomatoes so that they cook faster.

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8. Cook the tomatoes till they are soft and gooey. This till take good 5-8 minutes.

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9. Once tomatoes are in mashable consistency add the roasted brinjal and mix.

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10. Add red chili powder and check if more salt is needed. Combine thoroughly until the eggplant has mixed well with onion tomato. Cook for another 5 minutes.

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11. Garnish with freshly chopped Coriander Leaves and Garam Masala.


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12. Serve hot with Rotis and Raita of your choice.

You can even try simple everyday dishes from Indian platter like Tori Wadi, Curd Rice.
Some of the Raita recipes you can try, Aloo Anaar ka Raita, Bathua Ka Raita , Chukandar ka Raita

Other dishes made with brinjal are Hyderabadi style Baingan Ka Salan. Bharwan Baingan, Baingan ka Raita , Begun Bhaja


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