After many trials and many hesitations I have decided to let you in on my secret to prepare many gravy dishes with one base recipe . So what s new you may ask, as such recipes are quite common…Yes , but I have fine tuned it to my Southie taste buds without depriving the North Indian touch to some of the dishes to which I have used it as a base gravy .
So I will be delighted if you try and let me know if what I think is a success and a surefire way to cut cooking time and put up a feast on the table at short notice.
Some of the dishes you can put up are.
1. Hotel style sambar
For the Idlis , dosas, pongal which is also called as Tiffin sambar which s nothing but a delicious blend of simple Southern spices with some lentils to drench your idlis and tickle your taste buds.
2. A typical hotel style mildly spiced Tomato onions chutney
Which goes about with anything .
3. Tomato /Tamaatar Paneer bhurji .
A spicy gravy with tomatoes and spices using scrambled paneer or Indian cottage cheese .
4. Banarasi Dum Aaloo
Prepared within minutes adding a few ingredients cutting cooking time by half…
5. Aaloo Tariwale
Where this gravy is the base in which the potatoes are cooked.
6. Aaloo Raswale.
Potatoes cooked in a mildly spiced gravy .
7.Tomatoes onions Masala
The base gravy as such a dish by itself!! A delicious Tomatoes onions gravy. simple and quick to prepare in a jiffy.
The above dishes have been cooked with one base preparation, which can be prepared in bul to freeze and store in small portions in separate containers . So use the quantity you need without thawing the entire batch.
So when you next go to visit your kids away from home , prepare such useful gravy base dishes , freeze , and help them to churn out familiar tasty home style dishes just like mom made. Just leave with them the recipes they can use it for. These are only a few I tried very regularly. The possibilities are immense!
Recipe for the base gravy:
Ginger garlic has been avoided as this base gravy is being used for South Indian Sambar too, so to prepare North Indian style gravy dishes , Ginger garlic may be added separately based on the dish recipe requirement.
Now at this stage you can decide to store it as it is with chunks of tomatoes as a thick paste or blend in a mixe and then store..as a chutney paste like, I prefer to store without blending .
Store in airtight bottles and freeze some for later use , flat seal it so it is easy to break off pieces as required
How to use this ?
1. Hotel style sambar.
Take the required quantity of the gravy that you have frozen by thawing it for few minutes, then blend it in a mixie adding little water to dilute. Dont blend it to a juice like consistency, just two or three turns ,with little shredded veggies showing.
2. Hotel style Tomato Onion chutney .
Measure out the quantity of the base gravy prepared and frozen , thaw it well, blend to a thick smooth paste without adding water.
3. Tamaatar /Tomato Paneer bhurji.
Measure out required quantity of base gravy, thaw it out.
4. Banarasi Dum Aloo
Now that s quite a cheek , to imagine making a delicious near authentic dish such as the Banarasi Dum Aaloo with a base gravy that has so many ingredients not usually known to be used. Let me assure you while the gravy does include spices not known to be added in the gravy for such a rich dish, it no way interferes with the taste or is over powering. Reason being we are going to add other ingredients which will accentuate the taste to original.
The other ingredients you need are..
A paste of 2 tbs of cashewnuts, cumin seeds, 4-5 cardamom seeds, 1 tsp fennel .
5. Aaloo Tariwale ( spiced gravy dish with potatoes )
Other ingredients to be added in addition .
Some chopped potatoes, peeled and cubed. Cook till almost done .
6. Aaloo Shaak ( Bateta nu shaak / Potatoes cooked in a mildly spiced gravy ).
This is the easiest twist I have made.
7. Tomato Onions Masala ( side dish for Rotis )
Measure the required quantity of gravy, thaw it out. No need to blend this dish.
Heat oil in a pan, add the thawed gravy masala , add a tbsp of ginger garlic paste if you wish, stir well, sprinkle water only if necessary. Add 2 tsp of pav bhaaji masala or chole masala for a scrumptious dish.
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Dish is ready in 3 minutes or less.
8. . Adding another dish ..Tomato rice.
Use the paste to make a quick yummy tomato rice, add some toasted cashew nuts or roasted peanuts and garnish with coriander leaves . Mix with basmati rice and enjoy a yummy spicy tomato rice.
These are some of the easy dishes which can be prepared in a jiffy. There are many possibilities to try many such gravy dishes.