Onion Chilli Paranthas

These turned out super-spicy, so I would advise to adjust the green chillies to your taste and also be recognisant of how hot the green chillies are. The fresh fragrant and tiny ones are the super-spicy ones as opposed to the ones that just look dangerously hot.

Onion chilli parantha

Filling for the parantha – everything needs to be chopped finely so they don’t make holes but just delicately seep through the dough, which gives beautifully caramalised onion bits ands.

1 small red onion

2 green chillies (adjust to taste)

5 spring onions (whites only) I had some leftover from another meal

3 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves I used frozen

2 tbsp kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) optional

Salt, black pepper to taste

1 tbsp coriander powder

1/2 tbsp roasted cumin powder

1 tsp ajwain (carrom seeds)

1/2 tsp red chilli powder (adjust to taste)

1 tsp garam masala

Combine all the ingredients and stuff the paranthas the normal way. I made one large round roti and rolled up the ends once the stuffing was in or you can make with two rotis.


Easy garlicky Aubergine curry

This recipe does not follow normal ‘traditional’ cooking methods. I make it this way often, as its easy, convenient and its the way I like it. I don’t add many spices/masalas, and the ones I do add are already roasted so I just sprinkle them on instead of cooking them or roasting them in oil. The heat is from the green chillies, which works well for me.

1 medium size aubergine/eggplant;

2 medium sized onions (preferably red ones);

1 inch piece of ginger, grated;

5-6 cloves of garlic, minced;

2 green chillies, chopped;

2 tbsp cooking oil (I like grapeseed)

1 cup passata sauce or 4/5 medium size tomatoes, finely chopped;

1/4 cup base gravy (optional)

Heat the oil in a wok, add roughly chopped pieces of aubergine and start to stir fry on medium heat. Same time, start slicing the red onions and drop them in with the aubergine. Add the ginger, garlic, green chillies to this. Sprinkle a little salt and cover the wok. Let this cook on medium heat for 10 minutes or so. I have an induction stove, so you may need to adjust the heat levels but idea is that the steam buildup inside cooks it through slowly. I like some of the edges caramelising a little, as it gives it a nice flavour.

Stir and add the tomatoes. Salt, black pepper to taste and I also sprinkle some garam masala, roasted cumin powder, roasted coriander powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder to taste. Once it is combined well, cover and let it cook on low/medium heat for about an hour. Stir from time to time.

Sprinkle some fresh coriander leaves and serve. I always have frozen coriander leaves, so I stir them in before serving. They don’t look so good all wilted on top, as a garnish 😉

To garnish – Heat some ghee and fry some thinly sliced garlic. Add on top before serving.

SLOWCOOKER METHOD: Just put everything all together in the slow cooker and let it cook for 4 hours on high heat. May need to stir it once/twice. Depending on the quantity/size of cooker, I have left it on for 8 hours overnight when making a large batch on low heat, and it was beautiful the next morning. The constant cooking was a bit too aromatic for me and I found it hard to sleep though!