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Aarti Chandel Jain was born in North India into a vegetarian family. Her mother was an excellent cook who paid attention to every detail. One of the most important details for her was cooking with fresh ingredients. As a child and young adult, she helped her mother in the kitchen. Aarti Chandel learned to cook with just a few spices and herbs in order not to compromise the taste of the vegetables, grains and lentils. After Aarti Chandel Jain got married and moved to India from The United States in the late 1960s, her family remained vegetarian because of their adherence to the Jain religion. One of the main principles of the Jain religion is the belief in non-violence to all living beings and the belief to “live and let live”. Aarti Chandel Jain is passionate about this way of life today. Aarti Chandel is here to teach you simple and practical recipes that carry out the authenticity of Indian vegetarian cooking.



Makhana Matar Curry

Heat 3 tablespoon of oil in frying pan over low medium heat, add the makhana and roast them stirring continuously until they are crisp, this should take about 3-4 minutes. Keep aside. Blend tomatoes, cashews and ginger to make a pure. Heat the oil in a sauce pan, test the heat by adding one cumin seed. If the seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. Add asafetida and cumin seeds, as the cumin seeds crack add tomato paste, coriander, chili powder, salt and sugar. Stir-fry for two to three minutes, until the oil begins to separate from the mixture. Add roasted makhana and green peas mix it well add about 1-1/2 cups of water. Cover the pan and let it cook for 6-7 minutes over low medium heat, until peas are tender. Note: add more water if you like more gravy. Turn off the heat add garam masala and cilantro mix it well.


Pithla (Besan Curry)

In a bowl add the 1-1/2 cups of water slowly to besan to make a smooth batter (batter should be consistency of pancake batter or dosa batter). Open the heat on medium high, oil should be moderately hot, when you add the cumin seeds to oil seeds should crack right of way. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, asafetida, turmeric, and chili powder to oil, stir and turn off the heat. Add the besan batter and open the heat to medium heat. Keep whipping the batter and batter will start thickening. Add salt and keep adding the water slowly and keep mixing about 2-1/2 cups of water. After Pithla comes to boil besan will start splattering. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and let it simmer for about 5 to 8 minutes. Pithla will become thick, add chopped cilantro and mango powder mix and let it cook for 2 more minutes. Pithla should be quite thick in consistency that’s why sometimes I will call Pithla Besa ki Sabji. Pithla is served hot before serving, traditionally Pithla is served garnished with hot ghee (clarified butter). And sprinkle of red chili powder. If you are vegan skip ghee, clarified butter.


Sweet and Sour Guava Curry

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Oil should be moderately hot. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. Add the cumin seeds, asafetida, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds powder, coriander powder, turmeric, and red chili powder stir for few seconds. Add ginger and guava mix it well add 1 cup of water and cover the pan. Lower the heat and cover the pan cook for about 5-8 minutes until guavas are tender. Add mango powder, lemon juice and sugar stir and add cilantro. Turn off the heat and cover the pan for few minutes. Amrood Ki khati Methi Sabji is ready to serve.


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  • Aarti Chandel, I tried this recipe because I thought I had eaten it before, but I was confusing it with something else. What a delightful surprise! It was absolutely, unbelievably delicious! I loved the almost floral notes. Simple, and perfect! Can’t wait to make it again.

    SAKSHI MATHUR - Visitor
  • I am so happy to have found this recipe! This looks so delicious and I cannot wait to try it! Thank you for sharing this Paneer recipe. Love the fact that the prep time and cook time is under 30 minutes. Going to try it out this weekend.

    DIPALI PUNDIR- Visitor

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