Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Parwal Two Ways (Pointed Gourd Plant) Parwal Aloo Ki Sabzi and Chatpate Parwal


Parwal is also known as Trichosanthes dioica is also known as the pointed gourd, parwal/parval (from Hindi), or potol (from Assamese, Oriya or Bengali (পটল) pôţol) "Paror" in Maithili, "Parol" in Magahi and "Parwal" in Bhojpuri, Urdu and Awadhi. Colloquially, in India, it is often called green potato. It is widely cultivated in the eastern and some northern part of India, particularly in Odisha, Bengal, Assam, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh. It is a good source of carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It also contains major nutrients and trace elements (magnesium, potassium, copper, sulfur, and chlorine) which are needed in small quantities, for playing essential roles in human physiology.

Parwal Aloo Ki Sabzi

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1. 250 gms of Parwal

2. 2 small Potatoes

3. 1 tsp of coriander seeds

4. 1 tsp of zeera / cuminsseds

5. Salt and red chili powder to taste

6. 1 tsp of red chili powder

7. Pinch of Hing

8. 1 tsp of turmeric powder

9. 1 tsp of coriander powder

10. Oil and ½ cup of water

11. 1 tbsp of Ginger

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1. Wash, and peel the Parwal, as some of them will have really hard skin. If they are really fresh, you don’t have to peel them.

2. Heat Oil in nonstick pan.

3. Add ginger, coriander and cumin seeds.

4. When it turns little pink add all dry spices except Hing.

5. Now add Potatoes and Parwal.

6. Keep on sautéing as they are little brown

7. Add hing and water and stir.

8. Cook at low heat till they are soft will take around 15 minutes.

9. Serve hot with fresh hot roti or rice.

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Chatpate Parwal


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1. 250 gms of Parwal

2. 1 big onion sliced thinly

3. Salt to taste

4. Oil

5. 1 tbsp of amchoor powder

6. 1 ½ tsp of turmeric powder

7. 1 tbsp of red chili powder

8. 1 tsp of coriander powder

9. 1 ½ tsp of cumin powder

10. 1 tsp of anardana powder

11. 1 tsp of fennel (sauf) powder

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1. Was and peel the parwal, and cut them in half.

2. Mix all dry spices together in a bowl.

3. Put all the parwal in a mixing bowl with mixture of spices. Shake it well, and let it sit for 30 minutes altleast.

4. Heat a nonstick pan with 2 tbsp of oil. When the oil is really hot drop in the parwal one by one. When they turn little bit brown and crispy turn eth other side with spatula.

5. Remove the parwal and then add onions sauté them for 5 minutes with salt and red chili powder, and add Parwal again.

6. Cook it for 8-10 minutes with low heat and close lid.

7. Serve hot with ice or roti, or parantha.

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So here are two easy ways to prepare Parwal, you can do many other ways. If I will try something I will definitely share the recipe with you.

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-Enjoy Chitra

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day Special Chocolate and Hazelnut Cookies


Chitra Pal Nutella Cookies

I recently saw lots of recipes for Nutella cookies, which I absolutely love, but this time I picked up new Hershey’s Spread (chocolate and hazelnut flavor), so I thought why not try this recipe with a new ingredient.


1. 1 cup of Flour

2. 1 cup of Hershey’s spreads chocolate hazelnut (can use Nutella)

3. 1 Egg

4. Pinch of Salt

5. ¼ cup of M&M of your choice (I used Peanut)

6. 1 tbsp. of Thick yoghurt

7. 2 tbsp. of sugar


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1. Preheat the oven for 350 degrees F.

2. Crush the M&M with help of any heavy spoon or kitchen tool. I used Peanut M&M as my valentine loves this one. You can use any M&M you want.

3. Mix all the dry ingredients first, Flour, crushed M&M , pinch of salt and sugar.

4. Mix wet ingredients in a separate bowl, egg, yoghurt and Hershey’s spread (main ingredient), you can use Nutella also.

5. Whisk together well and then mix the dry and wet ingredients well.

6. Make your cookie sheet ready with parchment paper or foil paper.

7. Bake them for 8-10 minutes, depending on your oven.

Viola ! your delicious , sumptuous cookies are ready for your date night with your special someone.

Psst.. If you don’t have anyone for your valentines, make it for yourself and share with your friends and family and celebrate your day. You will soon get oneSmilesweet like this.

Please let me know if you try this and share this recipe with your friends and family.

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-xoxo Chitra