Friday, January 2, 2015

Vegetarian Kashmiri Rogan Josh with Simple pulav

Had too much sweet, let's spice up life with spicy food.

First its vegetarian blog so it has to be vegetarian , second still like the flavor of this thick full of flavor sauce then it doesn't matter for me , I just want to enjoy my curry. So was looking for this since so long and had a chance made it and I was in Vadiya(greenery) of Kashmir. Full of awesome whole spices  and heat from those species which is very essential to the Kashmiri people, Its really out of this world. For those who don't know, Kashmir is the north most part of the India and crown of the India too. Because of Himalaya, it is cold  and the weather there is always awesome, never been there , wish to go there soon. So in this recipe I used my vegetables and soya chunks and eggplant but you can totally make it with Lamb, which is traditional for this gravy. But you can try with chicken too, only thing is you have to cook it in pressure cooker instead of pan, Just add all those spices in cooker and cook it normally you cook non veg. I paired it with my mom's special rice and chana dal pulav, she always made this with mutton chop , chicken dishes. So this was perfect with that but it goes very well with rice and naan too.

Ingredients :

1 cup soaked and squeezed soya granules

1 cup mixed vegetables - I had carrot, peas, corn and spring beans
1/2 purple eggplant cut it in squares
2 tbsp oil
2 tbsp. mustard powder (make powder from whole)
2 tbsp. asafoetida (hing)
1 white onion chopped
Whole spices - 2 green cardamom pods, 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick  , 2 dry bay leaves, 2 cloves
2 tbsp cumin coriander powder
2 tbsp Fennel powder (again make powder from whole)
3 tbsp. Kashmiri red chili powder (must)
2 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
1/2 cup whisked yogurt
2 chopped tomatoes or puree
Lemon juice as per taste
Salt as per taste


In a big pot, add oil. Then add mustard powder, mix it oil and then add hing.
Add the whole spices one by one and let the aroma come for few seconds.
Add the Fennel powder and cook for a minutes.
Add onions and cook till its brown.
Add the ginger , garlic paste and cook for few seconds, add whisked yogurt.
Add tomatoes till oil separates.
Add water and Kashmiri chili powder and mix well.
Now add all the vegetables, soya , salt in it.
Add water just to cook vegetables and needed gravy only.
You don't want runny gravy, need thick gravy.
Cover and cook till vegetables are done and gravy thickens. Mix in between.
At the time of serving sprinkle lime juice and enjoy with rice, naan or roti.

Simple Rice and Chana Dal pulao

Ingredients :
1 cup rice
1 tsp. Jeera / cumin seeds
1/4 cup chana dal
whole spices
1/2 chopped onion
2 tbsp. oil


Soak rice and chana dal in lot of water for at least 30 minutes.
Heat a nonstick, add oil in it and add whole spices, I added Cinnamon stick , cloves, black peppercorns, bay leaf.
when you had nice aroma of those whole spices, add cumin seeds in it.
When it crackles, add onion.
Cook till its pink, then add soaked rice and dal with water in it.
Add salt and enough water to cook rice.
When it's start boiling cover and lower the flame and cook till rice is done and water is done.
Enjoy with any gravy dish or my rogan josh.

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  1. Love it .Looks very delish. Wish you a happy new year to u .

  2. lovely meal with lot of protein and carb

  3. Lots of nice flavors that I adore. My other half does not like the soy granules no matter what I cook with it. Will leave it out and try this curry. Planned a trip to Kashmir in the coming months and so, will made sure I taste the curry there.

    1. Oh you are so lucky, never been to the heaven on earth, enjoy to its fullest.

  4. this is totally new to me.. looks yum! and combo looks very tempting

  5. Thick yummy soya gravy with yummy rice..

  6. I was planning to make rogan josh for long time, looks delicious, may be I will try with egg. very nice. happy new year to you and your family.

    1. Your dish and clicks will be far better than me i am sure about that, enjoy it Swathi. thanks

  7. OMG this is a combination made in heaven. Looks divine.

  8. Perfect gravy looks delicious dear!!

  9. Good one for the vegetarians..

  10. Wow, what a healthy twist to mutton dish with soya.. Looks yummy with pulao :)

  11. That's a lovely spread dear.. Looks mouthwatering..


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