Alu ko achar

  • Potato — 2 lbs
    Cooking oil –half a cup
    Sesame seeds– half a cup
    Cumin powder –1 spoon
    Fenugreek seeds (Methi) – Some
    Turmeric powder — 1/5 spoon
    Coriander powder — 1 spoon
    Asafoetida powder (heeng) (optional)– pinch
  • Green chilies – 5 – 10Lemon juice — half cup
    Coriander leaves– few
  • Salt- your taste
  • Instructions
  • Boil potatoes, peel it and chop into quarters
  • Roast sesame seeds (Teel) (half cup) on a pan till it turns light brown and starts crackling, after which grind it in a food processor
  • Heat half cup of oil in frying pan and add about 30 – 40 methi seeds till it turns dark brown
  • Add cut green chilies (about 6 – 9 depending on your taste) light fry chilies for 20 seconds
  • Add spoonful of coriander, cumin and 1/5 of turmeric powder
  • Add the ground sesame seeds and salt to taste (You may add pinch of Asafoetida)
  • Cook for a minute in low flame. Stir it continuously
  • Add the potatoes cook for about 3-4 minutes (stirring continuously)
  • Add half cup of fresh lime/lemon juice. Mix it very well
  • Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves
  • Now it is ready to serve.



  1. Dough: In a large bowl combine flour, oil, salt and water.
  2. Mix well, knead until the dough becomes homogeneous in texture, about 8-10 minute.
  3. Cover and let stand for at least 30 minute.
  4. Knead well again before making wrappers.
  5. Filling: In a large bowl combine all filling ingredients.
  6. Mix well, adjust for seasoning with salt and pepper.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow all ingredients to impart their unique flavors.
  8. This also improves the consistency of the filling.
  9. Assembly:.
  10. Give the dough a final knead.
  11. Prepare 1-in. dough balls.
  12. Take a ball, roll between your palms to spherical shape.
  13. Dust working board with dry flour.
  14. On the board gently flatten the ball with your palm to about 2-in circle.
  15. Make a few semi-flattened circles, cover with a bowl.
  16. Use a rolling pin to roll out each flattened circle into a wrapper.
  17. For well executed MOMO’s, it is essential that the middle portion of the wrapper be slightly thicker than the edges to ensure the structural integrity of dumplings during packing and steaming.
  18. Hold the edges of the semi-flattened dough with one hand and with the other hand begin rolling the edges of the dough out, swirling a bit at a time.
  19. Continue until the wrapper attains 3-in diameter circular shape.
  20. Repeat with the remaining semi-flattened dough circles.
  21. Cover with bowl to prevent from drying.
  22. For packing hold wrapper on one palm, put one tablespoon of filling mixture and with the other hand bring all edges together to the center, making the pleats.
  23. Pinch and twist the pleats to ensure the absolute closure of the stuffed dumpling.
  24. This holds the key to good tasting, juicy dumplings.
  25. Heat up a steamer, oil the steamer rack well.
  26. This is critical because it will prevent dumplings from sticking.
  27. Arrange uncooked dumplings in the steamer.
  28. Close the lid, and allow steaming until the dumplings are cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  29. Take dumplings off the steamer and serve immediately.
  30. Alternatively, you can place uncooked dumplings directly in slightly salted boiling water and cook until done, approximately 10 minutes. Be careful not to over boil the dumplings.
  31. You may also slightly sauté cooked dumplings in butter before serving.
  32. To serve, arrange the cooked dumplings (MOMO’s) on serving plate with hot tomato achar or any other chutneys as condiment.

Butter chicken curry

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  • 1 ½ cups full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 pounds chicken thighs, on the bone
  • ¼ pound unsalted butter
  • 4 teaspoons neutral oil, like vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 medium-size yellow onions, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated or finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 medium-size tomatoes, diced
  • 2 red chiles, like Anaheim, or 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • cup chicken stock, low-sodium or homemade
  • 1 ½ cups cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons ground almonds, or finely chopped almonds
  • ½ bunch cilantro leaves, stems removed


  1. Whisk together the yogurt, lemon juice, turmeric, garam masala and cumin in a large bowl. Put the chicken in, and coat with the marinade. Cover, and refrigerate (for up to a day).
  2. In a large pan over medium heat, melt the butter in the oil until it starts to foam. Add the onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger and cumin seeds, and cook until the onions start to brown.
  3. Add the cinnamon stick, tomatoes, chiles and salt, and cook until the chiles are soft, about 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and marinade to the pan, and cook for 5 minutes, then add the chicken stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for approximately 30 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cream and tomato paste, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
  6. Add the almonds, cook for an additional 5 minutes and remove from the heat. Garnish with the cilantro leaves.