Ranu's Cooking

Tetor Daal


First, cut the bitter gourds into very thin slices. Fry them in mustard oil until they are crisp and set them aside. Secondly, peel the bottle gourd, cut it into two centimetre cubes and blanche them in salted hot water until they are half done. Drain the water and set the bottle gourd cubes aside. Then wash the lentils and...

Mix rice flour, semolina, salt, sugar, milk and water to form a uniform batter. Leave it to rest for a day. Roast the whole cumin seeds and course grind it. Once the batter is well-rested, add chopped onions, tomatoes and chili, along side coarsely ground cumin seeds. Mix well and then heat up the pan, brush it with oil and...

Zucchinir Jhol


Peel the zucchinis and cut it into fine slices (like the picture). Heat up the mustard oil in a pan and fry the boris for a minute before it gets colour. Then keep it aside. In the remaining oil, temper the black nigella seeds. If you are using the split yellow peas, add them at this point. Add the whole...

Cut the potatoes into 1x1 cm cubes and cut the cauliflower into smaller florets. Blanche the cauliflower in salted hot water for three to four minutes. Make a watery mix of two tablespoons of ginger paste, a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a teaspoon of cumin powder, a teaspoon of coriander powder and two tablespoons of dried fenugreek leaves.

Peas Polao


Play around with how much vegetables, cashews and raisins you want in the rice. Slice carrots into julienne. Add rice, carrots, peas, cashew nuts, raisins, whole cumin seeds, salt, sugar*, ghee and water (for every cup of rice, two cups of water is needed). Put it in microwave for first 10 minutes, then stir a bit. Then for 7-8 minutes...

Shahi Paneer


Make a cashew paste with the cashews, shelled pumpkin seeds and chili. Cut paneer and potatoes in 1x1 cm cubes. Finely chop onion and ginger. Fry the paneer with a little bit of salt in sunflower oil. Fry it until it is golden, then transfer it to a plate.

Kumror Chokka


Peel the pumpkin and potatoes and cut it into cubes (approximately 3 cm*3 cm). Heat mustard oil and fry the pumpkin cubes with a pinch of salt until they are 50 percent done. Put them aside. In the remaining oil, temper bay leaves and panchphoron. Put the potatoes in and fry them for a few minutes. After 3-4 minutes, add...

Chop vegetables. Roast the lentils until they are pink/brown. Rinse the lentils after they have been roasted and then proceed to boil them. Heat mustard oil and temper the panchphoron. Add the chopped vegetables and the chili and then the turmeric, salt and sugar. Cook until everything is done and then add ghee and fresh coriander.