Cooking and creativity go hand in hand. Only someone who enjoys it can identify the joy of playing with known flavours and exploring new ones. A recipe is the same for everyone but it’s the love you put into it that gives it your personal touch. It also includes replicating something you had somewhere with your own fun tweaks.
I had tried Dana Bharta at a restaurant long back. Apart from the innovative name it tasted much like the fasting alu sabzi we all love so dearly. The idea to create something new around it hit me though and I came up with this fun and easy recipe that everyone in my family loved instantly. Most of the ingredients are easily available at home and it doesn’t need much preparation either. Let’s go for it.
Dana Bharta Recipe
Medium-sized potatoes (boiled and mashed) – 2
Carrot (grated) – 1
Bell pepper (finely chopped) – 1
Medium-sized onions (paste) – 2
Groundnuts (roasted in spoonful oil and coarsely ground) – 1 cup
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Hing – 1/2 tsp
Amchoor powder – 1 tsp
Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Masala powder (til, jeera, dhaniya seeds, cardamom, cloves, black pepper roasted and ground) preferably freshly prepared – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – 1 tsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves
1. Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds to it. After they splutter add hing and onion paste to it. Fry on low flame till it turns golden brown.
2. Add grated carrot and chopped bell peppers and sauté. Cover them with a lid and cook for 3-4 minutes.
3. Add the mashed potato and mix well. Again cover with a lid for 2-3 minutes.
4. Add the groundnuts and all the other ingredients and mix well. Cover again for some time to let the flavours blend together.
5. Turn off the flame and let it cool. Add lemon juice at the end.
6. Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves.
Cooking time: 15-20 minutes.
Add other vegetables of your choice and replace potatoes with raw bananas if you like. You can have it with hot parathas and dahi on the side. It is perfect for packing for lunch too since it isn’t runny and has an indulgent aroma. Citrus fruits on the side bring out its taste beautifully. This recipe is my go-to for lazy days and is an instant mood lifter. Hope you like it too!
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