Sooji Halwa

Halwa is an Indian dessert prepared on occasion or festive.Most types of halwa are relatively dense sweetened with sugar.Textures of halwa also vary for example Flour based wheat, rice or lentil based halwa moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.

Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts kesar badam halwa milk based halwa  milk rava kesari  and vegetables Gajar Halwa fruit based Apple halwa

I am sharing Sooji halwa semolina based halwa is gelatinous and translucent, it is Roasted in clarified butter cooked with water adding sugar & flavour with green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Sooji/Semolina 1/2 cup

Ghee/Clarified butter 1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder a pinch

Water 1 cup

Method
Heat a pan adding ghee.roast sooji on med flame till it changes it colour .add water sugar & cook till start leaving a pan.add cardamom powder.Garnish with Nuts.

Falooda 

Falooda is a cold dessert beverage popular in the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally it is made by mixing rose syrup, vermicelli, sweet basil seeds, and pieces of jelly with milk and often topped off with a scoop of ice cream.

I am sharing my version of falooda which I prepared during the weekend for my family.falooda ingredients need to be ready before assembling to serve in a glass.chilled sweetened milk soaked basil seeds and prepared Falooda Noodles or sev

ingredients
Whole Milk 4 cup
Sugar 2 tbsp or to taste
Rose Syrup 4 tbsp or to taste
Sweet Basil seeds 4 tbsp
Ice Cream 2 -4 scoop
Falooda Noodles 1/2 cup
Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp (optional)

Method

Soak Sweet basil seeds in water to once they swell drain water and keep aside.Boil milk adding sugar and once cool down keep in a refrigerator so it becomes chilled. Prepare Falooda Noodles reading instructions behind packet, it is an easily available at any Indian grocery store.

Pour rose syrup in a glass then add Soaked sweet basil seeds on top add Falooda noodles slowly pour chilled sweetened milk add a scoop of ice cream and garnish with assorted nuts.Serve immediately & enjoy

Prawn Malai Curry

Prawn Malai Curry is an Indian flavor Seafood, Malai means cream in this recipe creaminess in curry which we get using a coconut milk.prawns are deveined clean and cook in aromatic Indian spices with coconut milk and Serve with Steamed Rice.

ingredients

Prawns 1 kg /2 lb
(for marination)

Turmeric powder 1 tsp

Salt 1/2  tsp

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp

lime juice 1 tsp

For curry

Cooking oil: 2 tbsp +2 tsp

Onion Sliced 2

Green Chilli Slit 1-2

Garlic cloves 8

Ginger pieces 1 ”

Red chilli powder 2 tsp

Cumin powder: 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1/2 tbsp

Turmeric powder  ½ tsp

Garam Masala Powder 1tsp

Salt  to taste

Coconut milk 1 cup

Water 1/2 cup

method

Clean the prawns and marinate with above-mentioned ingredients & keep aside for 10-15 minutes. .Prepare a paste adding onion, ginger, garlic and green chilies in a grinder jar.

Heat 2tsp  Oil in a kadai or pan and cook prawns turning both sides and drain on a paper towel and keep aside add more oil add the paste of onion, garlic, ginger& greenchilli then cook it on medium flame for 4-5 minutes or till raw smell goes off  Add remaining spices and salt mentioned for curry & cook till start leaving oil then add coconut milk and 1/2 cup of water and bring it to boil.add cooked prawns and Allow it to cook for 5-6 minutes.on a medium heat, Turn off the flame and serve with Steamed rice or chappati

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheer Khurma 

Sheer Khurma literally means”milk with dates” in Persian, in this festival vermicelli pudding prepared by Muslims on Eid ul-Fitr. It is a traditional Muslim festive dessert, for celebrations. This dish is made from dried dates.This special dish is served on the morning of Eid day in the family after the Eid prayer throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

The main ingredients used in Sheer Khurma are vermicelli, whole milk, sugar, and dates.In my version of Sheer khurma to enhance flavor, I have added cardamom powder, cashew nuts pistachios, almonds,  saffron & raisins.

ingredients

5 cups full cream milk

1/2 cup or 60 gm vermicelli

1 tbsp Ghee

1/2 cup sugar or to taste

1tsp green cardamom powder

2 Tbsp chopped dates

10-12 raisins

1/4 cup almonds-Pistachios blanched and cut into pieces

10-12 Cashew nuts

Saffron strands soaked in milk (optional)

Method

Heat ghee in a deep pan, add chopped nuts & Raisins fry till starts giving nutty aroma remove from pan & drain on paper towel and keep aside, using the same pan add the vermicelli and cook till it turns golden brown.Add the sugar and milk and cook until cook until the sugar dissolves.Add the fried dry fruits and keep few for garnishing, mix well and allow it to simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.Add the fresh dates,  cardamom powder and saffron soaked in milk and simmer for another 1 to 2 minutes.Remove from the flame and serve hot or cold.

 

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Saffron Mango Smoothie

A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit or vegetables with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products or sweeteners.Smoothies are made of different ingredients such as blended fruit/vegetables, water, crushed ice, fruit juice, and nuts.

I am sharing delicious Smoothie recipe which is prepared using one of my favorites Spice Saffron for added flavor & most favorite fruit Mango

Mangoes are widely used in cuisine.Sweet for lassi(yogurt blend drink), smoothies, Sour & Unripe for pickles, beverage & chutneys check my other mango recipes Mango Mastanimango cheesecake Mango Icecream, Mango Chutney

ingredients

Ripe Mangoes 2

Milk 4 cups

Few saffron strands (Soaked in 1 tbsp warmmilk)

Few Ice Cubes

Sugar to taste

Assorted nuts( optional )1tbsp

method

Blend all ingredients in a blender jar, Serve in a glass.Garnish with Assorted nuts

Paneer Sandwich

A sandwich is a food typically consisting of vegetables, sliced cheese or meat, placed on or between slices of bread, or more generally any dish wherein two or more pieces of bread serve as a container or wrapper for another food type.The bread can be either plain or coated with condiments such as mayonnaise, tomato ketchup or green chutney to enhance its flavor and texture.There are both savory sandwiches, such as sandwiches, and sweet sandwiches, such as a peanut butter or  jelly or jam sandwich.

I am sharing simple Toasted sandwiches with cottage cheese (paneer) using a sandwich maker

Cottage cheese(Paneer) 1 cup

Onion finely chopped 1 small

Grated Cabbage 1/2 cup

Cilantro/coriander leaves chopped 1tbsp

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Grated Mozzarella Cheese 1/4 cup

Red chilli flakes to taste

Mixed Herb 1 tsp (optional)

Whole Wheat Bread slices 4-6

Method Mix all ingredients in a bowl & check seasoning.Turn on sandwich maker keep bread slices & Spread mixture on bread cover with another slice of bread & toast.Serve hot with ketchup.

Tips: One can use any type of bread whole wheat or white Bread.Either grill Or toast bread with butter on Pan & then use in a sandwich maker.

Rose Lassi

Lassi is a popular traditional yogurt-based drink from the India.it is a blend of yogurt, water, spices and sometimes fruit. Different type of lassi salted, sweet lassi.when it is served as a savory drink, then flavored with ground and roasted cumin, chopped green chilli coriander leaves & mint leaves or simply adding salt. Sweet lassi is a form of lassi flavored with sugar, rosewater, other fruit juices or Flavored syrup.check my salty lassi Mint Lassi

I am sharing a simple sweet lassi Rose flavored lassi few ingredients & easy to make Cool & Healthy Beverage

ingredients

1 cup yogurt

1/2 cup chilled water or Milk

1/4 cup Rose syrup

Sugar to  taste

Few Ice Cubes

Method

Blend all ingredients in a blender Jar.Served Chilled in a Glass.

Tips

Used rose syrup store bought & it contained sugar so while adding extra sugar be careful

 

Chilli Fish & shrimp

Indian Chinese cuisine is the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering of Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian dishes.Ingredients used to prepare Indo-Chinese cuisines are  Hot chilli, ginger, garlic, sesame seeds, dry red chilis, black peppercorns, soy sauce, red chilli sauce etc.Most dishes are served with gravy, dry, deep Fried & stir fried without gravy.Check my more  Indo-Chinese recipe.

I am sharing my version of  Chilli Fish & Shrimp, In its two-stage preparation, the first stage Boneless Fish & shrimp is marinated & deep fried  & second stage, the deep fried fish & shrimp are sautéed with chopped onion, garlic, bell pepper &sauce.

Ingredients

Boneless Fish & Shrimp(deveined)   500 gm/1 lb

For marination Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 tsp

Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 tsp

Vinegar 1 tsp

Egg 1

Soy sauce 2 tsp

Salt to taste(marination & gravy)

Black Pepper to taste

Cornflour 2 tbsp

for gravy Onion small (diced)1

Onion small (diced)1

Green Bell Pepper (diced) 1

Vinegar 1/2 tsp

Red chilli sauce 1 tsp

Garlic chopped 2-3

Soy sauce 1 tsp

Red chilli flakes 1 tsp (optional)

Tomato sauce 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Cornstarch 1tsp (Dissolve with water)

Oil for  Deep frying

Oil 1 tsp for sauteeing

Method

Wash & clean fish & shrimp.Pat dry using paper towel cut fish into the desired shape.Take a big bowl put fish,shrimp& marinated ingredients mentioned above.keep aside for 30 min.Heat a pan adding oil deep fry marinated fish & Shrimp.drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.Heat oil in another pan add garlic, chilli & saute.add onion & bell peppers saute.now add sauce mixture & corn starch mix gives a boil.add fried fish & shrimp.mix properly so that sauce coat Fish & shrimp properly.turn off heat & sprinkle red chilli flakes.Serve hot !!

My Tip: Adjust spices & sauce as per own tastebuds

Kesar Pista Kulfi 

IMG_1462.JPGKulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the Indian Subcontinent.The more traditional ones are cream , rose, mango, cardamom, saffron , and pistachio.

Kulfi is traditionally prepared by evaporating sweetened and flavoured milk via slow cooking, with almost continuous stirring to keep milk from sticking to the bottom of the vessel where it might not burn, until its volume was reduced by a half, thus thickening it.The semi-condensed mix is then frozen in tight sealed moulds.

I am sharing an easier version of Kesar means Saffron Pista is Pistachio dryfruits Kulfi without cooking which is prepared with Condensed milk, saffron, dry fruits mixed together, chilled and served.check my other kulfi recipe Kesar Badam Kulfi Strawberry Pistachios Malai Kulfi

ingredients

1 tin Condensed Milk

200 ml Heavy whipping cream

1/2 cup Grated Khoya

Cardamom powder a pinch or to taste

1/4 cup Milk

Pistachios soaked ,Peeled & slivered 15-20

Saffron strands 20-30

Kulfi molds or dish

method

Soaked Saffron strands in warm milk .in a big bowl add condensed milk ,heavy whipping cream & Khoya mix properly .add saffron infused milk & pistachio silvered .Pour in Mould Keep in freezer to set .atleast 6-8 hrs or Overnight.Demould kulfi & Serve.

Mysore Dosa

Dosa is a kind of crepe made from a fermented batter. Its main ingredients are rice and black gram(urad dal). It is a typical  South Indian diet and popular all over the Indian subcontinent. Traditionally, Dosa is served hot along with sambarchutney

This traditional South Indian dish usually ate for breakfast or dinner  They can either be made plain or stuffed.A Lot of variation of dosa can be prepared using a batter like a masala dosa,Onion dosa, Butter dosa, Masala dosa, Mysore masala dosa.one can check other south Indian delicacies on my blog  Plain Dosa Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

Today i am sharing recipe of Mysore Dosa is very different from all the other dosas. It has a soft inside that is coated with Spicy chutney, and is crisp on the outside.

Ingredients for Dosa batter

Black gram (urad dal) 1 cup

Bengal Gram (chana dal) ½ cup

Rice 4 ½ cups

Flattened rice (poha) 1 cup

Salt to taste

Ingredients for Spicy Chutney

Garlic 5-6 cloves

A dash of ginger

Dry Red chillies 4-5

Small onion 1 chopped

Bengal Gram (chana dal)2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1/2 tsp

Method for preparing chutney

Roast channa dal and red chillies in medium flame with few drops of oil. Add onion, garlic along with and fry for few minutes. Cool down and transfer to the mixer & then Grind it to a thick paste once done add salt & adding a little water for a spreadable consistency.

Method for preparing dosa

Wash & Soak Rice,Bengal gram and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak flattened rice .Allow to soak for 7-8   hours or overnight.Rewash the rice by draining the water 2-3 times.Grind to a paste adding flattened rice ,like grains should be felt in the batter or smooth consistency.now take the batter in a large bowl or pan.add salt. mix very well. cover and allow to ferment for 8 to 9 hours or more. time of fermentation will vary depending on the temperature conditions. lightly stir the batter before you begin to make dosa.

Heat the iron griddle or non-stick Tawa well.Pour a spoonful of batter in the center, spread with the back of the spoon to a thin round.Pour a tsp of ghee or oil over and once the dosa is half cooked, then spread a tblsp of red spicy chutney.Pour oil around the dosa and Cooked well.The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney or sambar.