Tuesday, May 13, 2014

 
Phool makhana or lotus seeds we you can buy them at any Indian grocery store in the United States.They look very much like plain popcorn but are actually popped lotus seeds.phool makhana(popped Lotus seeds) is healthy and nutritious very tasty to eat.It tastes really delicious and i loved it.

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Ingredients:-

  1. phool makhana or lotus seeds-2 cups
  2. Onion chopped-1 big
  3. Frozen green peas-1cup
  4. oil-2 tbsp
  5. ginger garlic paste paste-1 tea spoon
  6. coriander powder-1 tbsp
  7. garam masala-(1/2″ dalchini, 1 elaichi and 3 cloves finely grind into powder)
  8. red chilli powder-1 teaspoon
  9. Turmeric-1/2 teaspoon
  10. Tomato-1 large(finely chopped)
  11. Butter-1 teaspoon(optional)
  12. Salt- to taste
  13. Chopped Coriander leaves-1/4 cup
  14. Sesame seeds(nuvvulu)-1/2 tbsp(soaked in water for 1/2 hr)
  15. Cashew nuts-1 tbsp(soaked in water for 1/2 hr)
  16. Lemon juice-1 teaspoon
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------How to prepare:-
  • Soak cashews and sesame seed in water for 1/2 hr.After 1/2 hour grind into thin paste by adding water and keep it aside.
  • Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a nonstick and then add phool makhana or lotus seeds. Stir them until they turn golden-brown and crisp.Don't let them to blacken. keep it aside.
  • Heat the remaining oil add chopped onion,turmeric powder,salt to taste and saute on a  medium flame until they turns light golden brown colour and transparent, about 5 minutes.
  • Now add ginger garlic paste and saute for few more mins until raw smells of ginger garlic paste leaves.
  • Add the finely chopped tomato and  mix thoroughly. Stirring frequently, until tomato mashes completely and oil separates from it.
  • Now add roasted phool makhana and the frozen green peas.Stir well by adding 1 cup of water and cook with closed lid on top.
  • Once the curry comes to a boil, add cashew nuts paste,red chilli powder,butter and garam masala powder. If the curry is too thick, add some water and cook with closed lid on top for about 15 to 20 mins on a low flame. 
  • Now open the lid add lemon juice for some added complexity and chopped coriander.Put off the flame.
  • Serve hot with roti,naan,chapathi or rice
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