Recipe: No Onion No Garlic Ajwaini Aloo Shimla Mirch aka Potatoes and Bell Peppers


Another no onion no garlic recipe made during Navratri. This one has some ajwain or carom seeds in it. Carom seeds help in digestion as they facilitate the release of the e gut juices and thymol which is an essential oil from these seeds has local anesthetic, antibacterial and antifungal properties. These seeds are also very rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants.

Ajwani Aloo Shimla Mirch

Ingredients:

  • 3 large potatoes, cut into long fingers (like french fries)
  • 2 green bell peppers, cut lengthwise
  • 1 tbsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 tomatoes, puréed
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, whisked until smooth
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala or sabzi masala powder
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  • Heat oil in a pan and when the oil is heated, add the cumin seeds and let it splutter.
  • Add the carom seeds and let splutter and then add the grated ginger and cook for a couple of seconds.
  • Add the potatoes and a bit of salt and cook till it is half done. Add the bell peppers and cook for a few minutes.
  • Now add the puréed tomatoes and the dry spices – red chilli powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and cook till the moisture evaporates from the tomatoes and the oil separates.
  • Now add the yoghurt and salt (if needed) and the garam masala/sabzi masala and cook for a few more minutes until the gravy comes to a rolling boil.
  • Garnish with coriander and serve hot with a flatbread or rice of your choice.

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