Friday, October 12, 2007

A Punjabi Meal - Valpapdi Sabji and Chaas

A Punjabi Meal - Valpapdi Sabji and Chaas

Change is beautiful, specially change in weather after a hot summer fall is a much welcomed season, where evenings are still mild with crisp air, with colors of leaves changing and the noise of rattling leaves but change in weather also brings colds and fevers, this whole week was a preview of the winter to come with both kids being effected by cold and fever hardly had a chance to write and read. Weekend is much waited after a hectic week not to mention I have just changed jobs.
This weekend made a typical Punjabi lunch with dried Val papdi seeds, roti and my absolute favorite Chaas or salted lassi as I knew growing up.

Had Chaas first time here in Bay area in a small restaurant called Deedee’s, this is a family run restaurant where food truly tastes home made and it’s absolutely fresh. We colleagues used to frequent it while working in Mountain View area. Afternoon lunch was always served with a cold glass of Chaas. So today’s chaas is inspired from Deedee’s.


¼ cup think yogurt
¾ cup water
A pinch of salt
Pinch of cumin powder
Pinch of chaat masala

Beat the yogurt with a whisk add salt and water, mix well.
Top it with a pinch of jeera/cumin powder and chaat masala.

Dry Val Papdi Sabji
1 cup dry val papdi (soak overnight)
1 potato peeled and cubed
1 onion cubed into small pieces
1 tomato chopped
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp kasoori methi
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tbsp ginger
2 tbsp haldi

pressure cook val papdi add ginger ,potatoe and salt to the water
in a pan add a tbsp of oil add ginger garlic paste and kasoori methi,fry for few seconds
add onions and tomatoes and fry
to the above add boiled and drained val papdi, garam masala
mix well and cook cover for 5 minutes
once removed from heat add ½ tbsp of lemon juice

Serve hot with roti’s ,cold glass of chaas and some farmer market's strawberries.


Srivalli said...

so whats the address?...will drop in for lunch..:)..that looks very inviting

Happy cook said...

Both Sabji and lassi looks delicious.

Rina said...

Cool meal Sri...Will add it to my menu.

Rajitha said... ur presentation style..ur table is always beautifuly decorated :)

TBC said...

The lasssi is very nice. I don't think I've used val papdi before. Must try it out when I can.

Mishmash ! said...

Is there an english name for val papdi ?

Saju said...

great menu, wonderfully presented - love it.

sunita said...

That's such a lovely meal indeed. I too would love to know the English name of val papdi.

Namratha said...

Chaas looks lip smacking! Yummy!

Mocha said...

MishMash asked the exact question I wanted to. Does this come in frozen packets in Indian grocers? I love chaas or Lassi. We have our own version in kerala called Morumvellom. It looks tempting

Sreelu said...

Srivalli, Sunny CA you are welcome any time :)

HC, Thanks !!

Esther, Try it !

Rajitha, Food tastes much better when it looks better :)

TBC, very delicious, try it out !!

Mishmash, it's called Field bean I belive. you can find this in the lentils section in Indian Groceries

Sreelu said...

Saju, Thanks for your compliments !!!

Sunitha, Field beans

Namratha, I love chaas to so fulling.

Mocha, those are called Field bean you get both frozen and dry in Indian groceries,mostly found in the lentils/dals section

sra said...

Sreelu, thanks to you, I finally confirm what Val is - often see this in Gujarati recipes. These are chikkudu ginjalu, aren't they?

Shivapriya said...

Everything looks great, maa amma kuda chikkudu ginjalau kura chesthundi. Nenu eppudu cheyyaledu ikkada. Chaas is my all time favourite.

Bharathy said...

What a lovely menu!!Love the presentation!!!
May I know the software you use to blur the background so beautifully,Sreelu?

Sreelu said...

Sra, yes evi chikkudu kaya ginjalu, dry chesinavi

ShivaPriya, try cheyandi its pretty good.

Bharathy, Thanks I use Picassa

Padma said...

Sreelu, Chaas anytime for me, specially with those roasted sruched cumin and hara dhaniya on top....

Loved valpapdi fry to....toh phir kitne punjabi mundo ko girayaa?

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Sreelu....the lassi looks very tempting.....i want a glass...waaaaaaah......
the subzi wud be a hit with roti :-)

Laavanya said...

I;ve not cooked with valpapdi before.. must try it. Your curry looks very tempting. Such a nice meal that is.

DEEPA said...

yeah lady ...this is awesome ...can i come over now ..i have yet to have lunch .....i wish i could eat

Rohini's kitchen said...

subzi and lassi looks yumm..

Sia said...

forget abt restaurant address and gimme ur home address sree... ia m on my way...

Siri said...

Love the entire meal Sree.. Its soo tempting... The pics are amazing.. :D

P.S: You asked whether we can use phyllo dough instead of puff pastry sheets for Vegetable PotPie.. : I just want to update u that only one sheet of phyllo dough is not enuf, so a bunch of them must be used, with a layer of butter in between.

Take care dear n Happy Dussehra..:D

Mansi Desai said...

Sreelu, I love that pic of chhaas with strawberries on the side!! I mixed them in mind and savored the "virtual" strawberry lassi too!!:)

very nice meal:)

Asha said...

Chaas is savoury Lassi? Looks great. I love salt and cumin pd Lassi. Val dal looks delicious too.!:))

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