I first came across these recipes on Anita's blog A Mad Tea Party. What attracted me to it in the first place were the mouthwatering pictures of the Baingan Boorani. Bookmarking it in my mind (yes i am too lazy about doing it any other way, be it recipes or any other things that need to be remembered), i forgot all about it (of course i would) until leafing through Madhur Jaffrey's book "A Taste of India" yesterday at the library. Whenever i go through recipes on other blogs or cookbooks, i kind of try to imagine in my mind as to how they would taste or turn out and most of the times my hunches turn out right on the mark. And thats what happened in the case of the Boorani too. Nothing marries as beautifully with the Qabuli as the Boorani- in fact, it is better than any raita. The flavor of the fried onions is what makes this dish so unique in its taste.
I made the Boorani with a couple of changes. I also added some cumin powder to the dish with only a little garlic (3 cloves) added to the mix.
I referred to Bee and Jai's recipe (Jugalbandi) for the Qabuli but made it with a couple of changes too. I added only a few mint leaves (5-6) because i thought that a lot would overpower the taste of the other ingredients and i skipped on the veggies for the same reason. The Qabuli is so full of flavors that it can be had plain without any accompaniments. And the best thing of all- its very healthy and tasty.
I also tried out Anita's Bihari mashed alu sabzi- yes it has calories but it is very tasty and can be made in a jiffy in under 10 minutes if you already have the potatoes boiled).
Check out Anita's blog for some more tasty recipes like
Doon Pudin Chatin
Punjabi kadhi pakore-wali
Quinoa Soup with Spinach and pumpkin
Yes these are a few of them on my to-cook list.