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Cuisine Style/ Recipes

Aaloo Bhujiya – Best Fried Potatoes

May 8, 2019

Nepali food is light, flavorful, and wholesome. Aaloo bhujiya (fried potatoes) is one of my favorite dishes. It is easy to make, flavorful, and delicious.

Aaloo means potato in Nepali. Potatoes are cheap and affordable. You can find varieties of potatoes in Nepal and has some of the best potatoes I have ever had. They are somewhat similar to the Golden Yukon potatoes. I enjoy making different recipes of potatoes like baked potatoes, curry, fries, salad, etc. I can eat this recipe like literally every day. There are many ways to make fried potatoes but after cooking thousands of fried potatoes in my life, I am sharing my favorite kind. Give it a try. I have a feeling that you are going to love it.

Aaloo Bhujiya | BEST FRIED POTATOES | Vegan Nepal Recipe

By Babita Serves: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Potato: 4 medium sizes (2 lb)
  • Red Chillies: 2
  • Sunflower Oil: 1 Tablespoon
  • Coconut Oil: 1 Tablespoon
  • Salt: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • SPICES:
  • Cumin Seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies: 2
  • Turmeric: ¼ teaspoon

Instructions

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1. Wash the potatoes properly and make sure there is not any dirt. Dry them with a kitchen cloth.

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2. Cut the potatoes in thin slices and make sure they aren’t very thick.

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3. Now, heat the pan on medium high.

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4. Add both oils and fry the cumin seed with the dried red chilies.

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5. Once the cumin starts looking brownish, add your chopped potatoes.

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6. Mix them well and cover the lid for 2 minutes. If your heat is too high, you can turn them to medium heat.

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7. Now, take the lid off and cook them for 20 minutes in medium heat so that it will cook slowly.

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8. Crispy fried potatoes are ready to serve. If you would like, you can garnish them with cilantro on top.

Notes

1. Dry your potato before you chop them. Wet potatoes usually stick in the pan easily. 2. Make sure you spread the potatoes in the skillet so it will cook slowly on both sides. 3. Keep mixing the potatoes every few minutes.

Cuisine Style/ Recipes/ Soups

Homemade Soup Noodle | Thendup

January 12, 2018

It’s cold outside and all I want is some spicy noodle soup, don’t you? I love pasta but instant noodles aren’t healthy for your overall well-being. I also wanted to try fresh homemade ramen but finding a restaurant with a good plant-based version is almost impossible. So one day I decided to give it my best shot and the results were miraculous. Seriously, I even impressed myself with this one. I went through a large series of soup concoctions throughout the winter with assorted sizes of noodles as well as a plethora of ingredients & spices. They were all extremely delicious, while also providing some much-needed warmth and safeguarding nutrients.

For this one, I used Gardein Meatballs for the soup but if you can’t find it in your local market, that is ok, the soup will still taste fantastic. I have made a couple of versions without them and they were all mouthwateringly good. I highly suggest you cook on medium heat to get the real flavors of the vegetables and spices to shine through.  I have made several mistakes cooking my food in high heat in the past and realized that there is a huge difference in flavor and health benefits.

 

Spicy Soup Noodle

By Babita Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • Coconut Oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Potato - 1
  • Red Onion - 1/2
  • Radish - 1 cup
  • Cumin Seed - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Cardamom - 3 cloves
  • Cinnamon - a pinch
  • Cloves - 3 cloves
  • Garlic - 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger - 1 teaspoon
  • Tomato - 2 medium size
  • Lemon - 1/2 size
  • Cilantro - To Garnish
  • Gardein Meatballs - 1 packet or (8 pieces)
  • All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
  • Water For Soup- 5 cups
  • Water For Noodles- 1/2 cup

Instructions

1

Heat the pan and add coconut oil.

2

When the oil is heated, fry some cumin seed and add onion.

3

Fry the onion until it starts turning brown then add cut potatoes, radish, and meatballs.

4

Mix them well and close the lid for 2 minutes on medium heat. Turn down the heat if it is sticking to the pan.

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Take the lid off and add all the spices.

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Mix them all together.

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Put the lid back and cook the mixture on medium heat for another 2 minutes.

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Add tomatoes and lemon juice.

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Cook the mixture on medium-high heat and add 5 cups of water.

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Put the lid back and let it cook slowly on medium heat for no more than 10 minutes.

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Get ready to make your own homemade noodles.

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Mix the flour and 1/2 cup of water to make a dough.

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Knead to make sure your mixture is tight so that you can cut the noodles in thin long slice.

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Make small balls of the dough. I usually make 2 balls out of this mixture.

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Roll them long.

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Slice as thinly as you want. (Thinner the better for me)

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Cut them long. This might take some time. (You are in luck if you have pasta maker. It is so much easier.)

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Add them in the soup and cook for about 15 minutes on medium heat.

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Check the soup and add water if you want it watery. I usually like my soup thick.

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Garnish it with cilantro on top.

21

It's ready.

Notes

Never cook on high heat. I cut the potatoes in slices and not too big so that it will slowly cook and make a nice thick gravy. Once you cook your homemade noodles, you will realize that the soup will get thicker. You might need some practice to get everything ready on time so I'd say make the noodles first and then start making the soup.

Recipes/ Salads

Spring Salad

January 4, 2018

This might be the best salad you’ve ever had. Recently I have been experimenting tirelessly trying different salad recipes with various arrays of ingredients and dressings. Often making my own distinctive dressings with avocado, cilantro, cashew, and other invigorating ingredients depending on my current mood. I started adding salads in my diet more because they are so light, healthy, nutrient-rich, and easy to make. Occasionally I get tired of eating curry with loads of spices and crave something fresh, raw, and juicy. I find different ways to incorporate a larger blend of raw vegetables and fruits into my diet. Like most people, I used to find it hard to eat just raw vegetables because they are so bland. Then, I decided to spice the menu up with some delectable dressing and add a little tanginess with fruits like pomegranate.  You can make infinite varieties of salads if you just focus on seasonal produce.

Here is my version of delicious spring salad. You can also make a lettuce wrap out of it. It is absolutely mouth watering.

Spring Salad

By Babita Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • Apple - 1
  • Grapes -1 cup
  • Cucumber - 1
  • Carrot- 3-4 small
  • Mandarin Orange - 2
  • Celery - 1 (thinly sliced)
  • Salt/Pepper- A pinch
  • Hummus - 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Walnut - 1/2 cup (up to you)
  • Roasted Sesame Seed - 1 teaspoon

Instructions

1

Wash all the fruits and vegetables.

2

Slice the apples.

3

Once you cut all the fruits and vegetable, put them in a bowl.

4

Add salt, pepper, hummus, lemon juice, and walnuts.

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Mix them well.

6

Garnish with sesame seeds.

7

It's ready! Enjoy!!

Notes

If you are moody, try this recipe. It will change your mood right away. Plus it's so refreshing and healthy, you can eat them with your whole family for lunch, brunch, or dinner.

Recipes/ Snacks

Avocado Toast

January 2, 2018

Avocados are life!! They are healthy, delicious, and seriously easy to prepare. I personally love how creamy they are and absolutely crave it on toast, even though I’ve never really been much of a breakfast person. There are endless recipes one could make with avocados and never, ever get enough. A few of my favorites include avocado sauce, sliced in a salad, topping on pizza or tacos, & the list goes on. Avocados have a high fatty acid content but are low in cholesterol, promoting a healthy heart. Its anti-aging properties include improving vision, treating arthritis, & maintaining healthy skin. Avocados are also said to be an anti-cancer food.

If you are bored of your regular avocado toast, here is a way to spice it up.

Avocado Slices

Serves: 1
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Avocado - 1 or 2
  • Red Onion - 1/4 of a small onion
  • Chilli Flakes - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Himalayan Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Black Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Coconut Oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Pomegranate - 1/2 cup (to garnish)

Instructions

1

Cut the avocado through the middle in a circle.

2

Then choose how thick or thin you want the slices.

3

Once you finish cutting the avocados, heat a pan.

4

Add coconut oil and fry the onion.

5

Once the onion turns brown throw some water to get that caramelized taste.

6

Slowly put them on top of the avocado slices.

7

Add salt, pepper, and chili flakes on top.

8

Throw some pomegranate seed for some more flavor.

9

It's ready! Enjoy!

Notes

I love them with toast on the side.

Cuisine Style/ Recipes

Musuro ko Dal – Lentil Dal

December 29, 2017

Musuro ko Dal aka Lentil Dal (Lentil Soup) is the staple dish in Nepal. Every Nepali loves dal, bhat and aaloo (fried potatoes). I seriously don’t know anyone who doesn’t like this Nepali Set. It is very simple and easy to make in under 20 minutes and delicious. You can make them simple with just salt and turmeric or spice it up with some garlic and onion and spices. I prefer my dal with basmati rice, aaloo bhujiya (spicy fried potatoes) and golveda ko achar (tomato sauce).

Lentils are packed with protein as well as carbohydrates. They are full of fiber that helps you to keep your gut happy. They are rich in iron and magnesium that will help to keep your bones strong. It is a great remedy for people who don’t feel good and want something light, people, who want to control their weight or people who constantly suffer from constipation.

Dal (Lentil Soup)

By Babita Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • Lentil - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1/2 tea spoon
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tea spoon
  • Red onion - 1 table spoon (chopped)
  • Garlic - 1/2 tea spoon (chopped)
  • Curry Leaves - 2-4 (optional)
  • Tomato -1/2 (chopped)
  • Cilantro - few branches
  • Coconut oil - 1 tea spoon

Instructions

1

Wash the lentil and place it in a pan to boil.

2

Add 3 cups of water.

3

Add salt and turmeric and let it boil in medium heat for 20 mins.

4

Take another pan to fry garlic and onion.

5

Add coconut oil.

6

Once oil is heated, fry garlic,curry leaves and onion until they turn brown.

7

Add boiled lentils in the pan and add some chopped tomatoes and cilantro.

8

Dal is ready to serve.

Notes

Sometimes I boil my dal with salt and turmeric. I like the taste of plain dal but sometimes I spice it up. Try different ways to make dal so you don't get bored with this dish.

Recipes/ Snacks

Pakauda – Pakora

December 29, 2017

Pakauda aka Pakora…. yum yum! Where should I start with this amazing dish? It is always the main attraction of any party and an outstanding appetizer for every meal. This is one of my favorite fried foods and very simple and easy to cook. I love, love, love this dish especially when it is raining. I don’t know why but it brings back a lot of memories from the past. It is extremely popular throughout Nepal and India, where you can find small food carts with different kinds of pakauda like potatoes, eggplant, onion, mix, etc.

There are many ways to make pakauda with many different types of flour but I will be teaching you one of my favorite ways today. The best way to eat pakauda is with homemade spicy tomato sauce and not ketchup.

Pakora

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • White Golden Potato - 3 medium size (350 gm)
  • Red Onion - 1 medium size (220 gm)
  • Green Chillies- 2 (spicy one)
  • Cilantro - 1/2 cup
  • Black Pepper - a pinch
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tea spoon
  • Salt -1/2 tea spoon
  • Chick Pea Flour - 100 gm
  • Water - 1/2 cup or 10 oz.
  • Coconut oil - 400 ml or 1 cup

Instructions

1

Wash your vegetable properly.

2

Thinly slice potatoes and onion.

3

Chop cilantro and green chillies.

4

Mix all of the above in a bowl, then add salt, black pepper, turmeric, chick pea flour and water.

5

Once the batter is mix well together, keep it aside for 5 minutes for fresh flavor.

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Now, heat a pan and add coconut oil. Make sure you keep the heat in med. heat.

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Once the oil is hot, make small balls of the mixed batter and slowly put them in the oil.

8

When the pakoras are brown on one side, flip them on the other side with the help of a strainer or tongs.

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Once both sides look crispy and brown, take them out and place it on top of paper towel.

10

They are ready to serve.

Notes

Please feel free to use your choice of potatoes and make sure you put the salt as per you like as you know people have different taste. Oil can be hot so be careful while putting the veggies in the oil. Don't throw them in the oil, instead slowly slide them so that the oil won't spill. You can mix the chick pea flour, all the spices and water separately in a bowl and mix all the ingredients. Now, make sure you put the water slowly because you want to make the batter thick so they can stick together when you are ready to fry them. If you put extra water, your mixture can be watery. In that case you can add more chick pea flour. Also, sometimes i use less oil just because I don't want to waste the extra oil. Paper towel helps soak extra oil. 1cup = 12oz.

Recipes/ Salads/ Snacks

Mung Bean Salad

November 2, 2017

Mung bean is one of the best beans for our physical well-being, nourishing you from the inside out. It contains Protein, Carbohydrates, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Magnesium, as well as Copper. In Nepal, we eat mung bean dal but we do not have a culture to eat mung bean sprout salad. This salad is not the traditional Nepali style but something I learned during my stay in the United States. They are common in Thai, Vietnamese, Korean and other Asian dishes. Personally, I like the fresh and juicy taste of the sprout itself so I add them in noodles or salads.

Make sure you soak them in warm water around a minute because the sprouts grow in warm, moist conditions and have a high risk of bacterial contamination otherwise.

Mung Bean Salad

Serves: 2
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Mung Bean Sprout: 1 lb
  • Sea Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Lime Juice: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sesame Oil: 1/2 teaspoon
  • Green Chillies: 1 (finely chopped)

Instructions

1

Wash Mung Bean thoroughly.

2

Boil them for a minute then drain the water.

3

In a bowl, add the sprouts, salt, lime juice (depending on your taste), sesame oil, and green chillies.

4

Mix them all together.

5

Salad is ready.