Triple Berry Chia Pudding

Chia seed pudding is a simple and delicious way to easily get the benefits of chia seeds. It takes minutes to make and has enough protein and nutrients to be a quick, on-the-go breakfast option.

I love this with some chopped fresh fruit, for breakfast or a delicious low-sugar dessert.

Ingredients

Chia seed 1 &1/2 tbsp

Almond milk /Any regular Milk 1 cup

Sugar /Stevia /honey /maple syrup as per taste

Blueberries

Strawberries

Raspberries

Method

Soak chia seeds at least for 20 minutes.add sugar in milk .wash your fruits before you use.One can chop or use whole.Take a glass/Mason jar, add soaked chia seeds.then on top pour milk.add your fruits.serve chilled or eat instant.

Tips:- I have used Almond milk.

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Mixed Berry & Oatmeal smoothie with Chia seed

It’s A creamy, thick smoothie filled with ground oats, fresh mixed berries and chia seeds. Healthy and satisfying!

As well as my current obsession with chia seeds.  until the last few months when I started noticing recipes on other blogs and read on the internet.check one more recipe Triple Berry Chia Pudding

Ingredients

1/2 Cup quick oats

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Cup of mixed berries fresh (Strawberries, Raspberries &bluberries)

1 Cup of Unsweetened almond milk or Regular milk

1 tbsp honey or any sweetener optional

Instructions

Blend everything in a blender till smooth.except for chia seeds .pour blended mixture in glass .add chia seeds & keep aside for 15 minutes and drink.

Tips:-One can pre-soaked chia seeds with 2-3 tbsp of water for 15-20 minutes or add chia seeds directly with other ingredients too.

Adjust for sweetness with honey, I didn’t add at all. the chia seeds will make the smoothie get very thick if you let it sit for a while before drinking, so be sure to enjoy the smoothie right after you blend it up!

Please consult your dietician before using chia seeds.

Apple Rabdi

Yesterday it’s my hubby Birthday, he loved the homemade sweet dish and during weekdays we all avoid sweet items and only eat homecooked healthy food, salad, and fruits but he didn’t want to eat especially an Apple.so I thought what special I can prepare which will be healthy and yummy too.So I got an idea to prepare Apple Rabdi which he simply loved it.

It is simply awesome dessert which is healthy yet delicious. Traditionally rabdi is made up by drying up milk in a heavy bottomed pan by heating for several hours. It is very time taking procedure.To lessen the effort it can be made very easily with condensed milk and several other ingredients.

Ingredients

Milk 1 liter

Condensed  Milk 1/2 tin or to taste

Apple 3-4 (grated)

Cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Assorted Dry Fruits 1 tbsp

Few Saffron strands(soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified Butter 1 Tbsp

Sugar 2 Tsp 

Method
In a heavy bottomed pan boil milk & saffron to reduce till 1/4th.meanwhile, take a pan add clarified butter & saute grated apple & adding 2 tsp sugar until apples get cooked. It will take around 5-7 min and juice dried up cooked apples, they become mushy and little bit transparent. Turn off flame and keep aside the pan.

Once milk reduces add grated apple & milkmaid and cook till you get desired consistency.add cardamom powder and assorted nuts turn off flame.keep in a refrigerator to chill.Serving cold or hot is an individual choice but I prefer chilled one.

Tips:- It’s very important to Cook grated apples(peeling is optional) before adding in milk else milk will curdle and you may end up in mess.

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Moong Dal 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 and when coarse flour obtained by granulating wheat called semolina by which Sooji Halwa, Rava Kesari.  it is 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 Moong dal halwa, it is lentil based halwa( Split yellow) moong dal halwa is drier and more crumbly.Roasted in clarified butter cooked with milk adding condensed milk for rich flavor & sweetness to enhance flavor more adding Saffron and green cardamom powder and garnish with nuts.

Ingredients

Moong Dal 1cup

Condensed Milk 1 tin

Milk 3 cup

Saffron strands 10-20 (soaked in 1 tbsp milk)

Clarified butter(ghee) 1 cup

Assorted nuts 1/4 cup

Green cardamom powder 1/4 tsp

Method

Wash & soak moong dal at least for 2-3 hrs then Grind coarsely.Heat a pan add ghee add moong dal paste.Cook on slow flame till mixture golden color & raw aroma goes off.Add milk & saffron cook till it dries.Add condensed milk cook continuously till u get desired consistency.Add cardamom powder.Turn off heat.
Garnish with nuts.
Serve & enjoy !!

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and Kesari means saffron, It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar, Clarified butter.It is made during the festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

On eve of Vasant Panchmi, prepared this sweet dish at my native place we do Puja of Goddess Saraswati There is a tradition of eating different varieties of sweets are offered to Goddess which includes yellow colored sweet as well.

Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and Rava Kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked.

Ingredients

Semolina 1 cup

Saffron 20-30 strands

Water 1.5 cup

Clarified Butter(Ghee) 1/4 cup +1 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon(optional)

Method

Heat a pan add 1 tbsp clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add Rava and sautéed it continuously stirring often and roast on low flame for 5 minutes or till it turns aromatic and Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar, water, and saffron bring to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly.Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the Sauteed Rava to sugar syrup mixture, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1/4 cup ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of the pan. Add green cardamom powder & Switch off the flame
Serve Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

Til Mawa Ladoo

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy includes Flattened rice (Chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (Gur) or Sugar &accompaniment with sweets made of til papdi (sesame seeds brittle) and peanut chikki Veg curry like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.  

This year for Makar Sankranti I am making Til mawa ladoos for my family, It’s a yummy combination of sesame seeds, mawa(milk solids) and Powdered Sugar. Celebrate the warmth of festivals with these sesame seeds ladoos.

Ingredients

White Sesame seeds – 1 cup

Powdered sugar– 1 cup

Mawa – 1 cup

Green cardamom powder – 1 tsp

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds until they become light brown. Later, transfer them to a plate and grind them coarsely in mixer grinder when they cool down slightly. Now roast the mawa until the color changes a bit.

Following, turn off the flame and let the mawa cool down a little. Then add the powdered sugar in the mawa followed by sesame seeds coarse powder and mix everything really well. Bind the firm ladoos from the warm mixture and place them on a plate. Til mawa ladoo are ready.

Chilli Prawns

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 Prawns In its two-stage preparation, the first stage Prawn is marinated & deep fried  & second stage, the deep fried prawn sautéed with chopped green onion, bell pepper &sauce.

Ingredients

Prawns(deveined)   500 gm/1 lb

Marination

Ginger Garlic Paste 2-3 Tsp

Vinegar 1 Tsp

Soy sauce 2 Tsp

Cornflour/cornstarch 4 tbsp

Salt to taste(marination & gravy)

white Pepper Powder 1/2 or to taste

for gravy

Spring onions with greens chopped 2

Green Bell Pepper or any color (diced) 1

Vinegar 1Tsp

Red chilli sauce 1 Tbsp

Garlic chopped 2-3

Green Chilli 2-3

Soy sauce 1 Tbsp

Tomato sauce 1/2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Cornstarch 1tsp (Dissolve with water)

Oil for  Deep Frying

Oil 1 tbsp for sauteeing

Method

Properly Wash Prawns &Pat dry using a paper towel.Take a big bowl put prawns and add marinated ingredients mentioned above.keep aside for 30 min.Heat a pan adding oil deep fry marinated prawns and drain on a paper towel to remove excess oil.

Heat oil in another pan add garlic, chilli & saute.add white part of spring onion & bell peppers saute.now add sauce mixture & cornstarch dissolve with water and mix properly once it starts boils.add fried prawns.mix properly so that sauce it coats properly.turn off heat & garnish with reserve green spring onion and Serve hot !!

My Tip: Adjust Prawn quantity and sauce as per own taste buds.

BANANA BREAD

Banana bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas. It is a sweet, cake-like quick bread.there are a lot of variation Banana raisin bread, Banana nut bread – chopped nuts, often walnuts or pecans, are added to the recipe.Chocolate chip banana bread – chocolate chips are added to the recipe.Banana bread muffins.check my Eggless Banana Nut Bread Banana Cake

Today I am sharing my version of Banana Bread using Self-raising flour eggs & olive oil.It is moist and delicious with loads of banana flavour!! Never discard overripe bananas instead a good use to make a yummy loaf.

 Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

3 Overripe bananas, mashed

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups self-rising flour

Method

Preheat oven @350 f /180 c. Beat 1 cup sugar and olive oil at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Add mashed bananas, 1 eggs at a time and vanilla extract beating well.Sift flour and add to banana mixture, and mix. properly, don’t over mix.pour batter in a 9″ loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or till it baked.check cake with a toothpick.it should come clean.now leave banana bread to cool down..once it cooled down..cut in pieces & enjoy !!

Tips After 45 min please keep checking cake as everyone oven is different.

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Veg Uttapam

Uttapam is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter or just a sprinkle red chilli powder.batter is made of a urad dal and rice.The dal and rice are ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp like Plain Dosa and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney .check one more plain mini uttapam recipe

Ingredients

2 cups Rice

1/2 cup Urad Dal (Split black lentils)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 tsp salt

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp (optional)

Vegetable Toppings

Onion finely chopped 2 tbsp

Tomatoes chopped 1-2

Green chilli finely chopped 1-2

Method:

Wash & rinse rice and dal soak rice & dal along with fenugreek seeds.Grind to a smooth batter adding water gradually add salt and mix well using your hands.Allow the batter to ferment Overnight.

To prepare Uttapams:
Mix the batter well. If it is thick, add a little water.Heat a griddle.When it is hot, grease it with oil.take a ladle full of batter.Pour it in the centre.Do not spread it.Drizzle oil around the corners.After a minute, sprinkle red chilli powder & vegetable toppings flipped it and cook the other side.Serve hot with chutney.

Tips:-If using non-stick pan no need to grease the pan. Tawa/griddle has to be hot. while making uttapams adjust the flame from low to high.before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.Cook on medium flame.

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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 1cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

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.

 

 

 

MAWA MALPUA

Malpua is a traditional sweet of north India. It is prepared in during the festival of Holi at my hometown Bihar.the recipe of making one is pretty simple. It is the unique ingredients that make the taste of Malpuas just irresistible. it’s one type of deep fried Pancake Dipped in a Sugar syrup.Variation of Malpua using ingredients like is prepared by mashed ripe bananas, Desiccated coconut, adding flour, and water, milk or yogurt. The mixture is sometimes delicately seasoned with cardamoms powder or fennel seeds.

On Eve of this Holi festival prepared Mawa Malpua recipe for my family. A rich variation is the mawa malpua where mawa or unsweetened khoya is added to the batter. These rich pancakes are also immersed in sugar syrup and served with Instant Rabdi (optional).

For malpua batter:

1 cup All Purpose flour

1 cup Mawa/khoya grated

1 and 1/2 cup warm water

1 tsp Fennel seeds

For Sugar Syrup (one thread Consistency)

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Water

Clarified butter or cooking oil for frying

Method

Take a big bowl smooth khoya using palm or back of spoon add all purpose flour & fennel seeds, mix properly.adding warm water it will slowly form a lump free smooth batter of flowing consistency.Keep mixing the mixture aside till you make the sugar syrup.

To prepare sugar syrup, add sugar and water in a vessel and allow the sugar to melt. Simmer the sugar syrup for 10-12 minutes on a low-medium flame and  turn off heat. Set aside.

Heat ghee or Oil in a  pan on a medium-low flame for 3-4 mts. Pour a small ladle full of batter in the center of the pan without spreading it. The batter will spread on its own.As it fries, the batter will flatten out into disk shape and the edges will start to crisp up.Flip it over and cook on medium flame for another 2-3 mts or till it turns golden brown.

Drain the Malpua and place it in the sugar syrup immediately. Fully immerse the Malpua in the sugar syrup and let it sit for half a minute. Remove with a spoon so that the sugar syrup drains off the Malpua and then place it on a serving plate.

Milk Rava Kesari

Milk Rava Kesari is a south Indian sweet dish.Rava means Semolina and kesari means saffron,It is a pudding made with semolina, sugar ,Clarified butter ,Saffron & Milk.It is made during festival and Special puja.Mostly yellow food color is used but I have used Saffron to get color & nice aroma.

Milk Rava Kesari is like a Sooji Halwa which is prepared using roasted Rava(sooji) till it brown in color and cooked in water and milk rava kesari is lightly roasted to prevent browning & cooked in milk.

Ingredients

Semolina 1/2 cup

Sugar 1/3 cup or to taste

Milk 1.5 cup

Saffron 15-20 thread (soaked in 1 tbsp. warm milk)

Clarified Butter(Ghee)  3 tbsp

Assorted Nuts for garnishing

Method

Heat a pan add 2tbsp. clarified butter( ghee )and fry the nuts. Set them aside.In the same pan, add rava and sautéed  it continuously stirring often to prevent it should be light golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma.Remove on a plate and keep aside.

To the same pan, add sugar ,milk and soaked saffron bring  to boil on a medium heat keep stirring so that sugar dissolves properly .Reduce the flame to low. Slowly add the rava to the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps, Cook until the moisture is absorbed.Add 1 tbsp ghee and mix well.it will start leaving the sides of pan. Switch off the flame
Serve Milk Rava  Kesari hot or warm. Garnish with nuts.

 

 

 

 

 

Peanut Chikki

Chikki is a traditional Indian sweet made from nuts, jaggery or sugar.there are variations of chikkis made out of cashew nuts, almonds, and pistachios.

I am sharing one more Makar Sankranti recipe, using Peanut & sugar.it’s easy to make at home following instruction carefully.

Ingredients
Peanut 1  cup
Sugar 1 cup
Unsalted Butter/ghee- 1 tbsp

Method
Grease back of plate or chopping board & rolling pin.for flattening chikki mix
Roast Peanut on med heat.in a pan and stir continuously to prevent burning approx 4-5 minutes.remove in a plate cooled down a bit, remove skin of peanut when it’s warm only as skin comes out easily & break into halves or one can use deskinned unsalted & roasted peanuts are available in grocery store.

Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted peanuts and  Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin.when its warm only cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the chikki with the help of a knife.Peanut Chikki is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

 

 

Microwave Dhokla

A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Sooji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming.Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer. Garnished with split green chilies, mustard seeds, grated coconut and coriander leaves, this dish can be served with accompanied with green chutney.

Sharing Dhokla recipe prepared using a microwave in 4 minutes.

Ingredients

Gram Flour /Besan 1 cup

Semolina (Sooji) 1 tbsp

Yogurt 1  cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp(optional)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1 tbsp

Fruit salt 1 tsp

Water for making batter

for Tempering (Tadka)

Mustard seeds(black ) 1 tsp

Oil 1/2 tbsp

Green chilies(slit) 1-2

Water 1 cup

Curry Leaves 4-5

Method

Mix the besan, ginger chilli paste, salt, turmeric, sugar and oil and yogurt.Beat till smooth.Add the water and mix well again.Add the fruit salt, stir gently and pour immediately into the greased microwavable dish.cover and cook at HI or Power level 10 for 4 minutes.

Heat the oil for the tempering, add mustard seeds,curry leaves and green chillies. Saute till slightly colored, and add 1 cup water & give a boil.Turn off heat.Unmold & Cut the tempering into desired sized pieces and pour the tempering over.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney.

 

Til Papdi(Sesame Brittle)

MakarSankranti  is celebrated on 14 January every year in many parts of India with some regional variations.It is a harvest festival known by different names. Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttrayan in Gujarat, Bihu in Assam.

Til Papdi or Caramelised sesame seeds is an Indian sweet prepared for the winter festivals Called Makar Sankranti/Lohri etc.At my native place in Bihar, It is eaten with a delicacy include Flattened rice (chura) is clean & soaked in warm milk then add yogurt & Jaggery (gur) or Sugar & accompaniment with sweets made of til (sesame seeds) and seasonal vegetables like Aloo Gobhi Curry Aloo Rassedar.

Ingredients

White Sesame (til) 1 1/3cup

Sugar 1 1/3 cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tbsp (for greasing)

Method

Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame till they are light golden in colour. Remove them from the pan and keep aside in a plate to cool.Heat pan on medium heat. and add sugar and stir continuously till it melts. Cook for another two minutes.and add roasted sesame seeds, Mix well and switch off the flame.

Pour this hot mixture into the greased plate or board to flatten it with a flat spatula or roll it using a rolling pin. Try to make it as thin as possible.Cut them into small square shapes using a knife or pizza cutter and let it cool for some time.When it cools down, separate the square papdi with the help of a knife.Til Papdi is ready & store in a dry container.

Tips

1) To check a correct consistency of caramel drop sugar mix in cold water.if it forms a ball.It’s ready to use.

2)Pour on greased plate or board.flatten with help of greased rolling pin.and cut it into  desired shape..when Sesame mixture is hot only.using sharf knife.once it will cool down u can break only.

 

 

December 2016: Share and Inspire Others! Entries

Thanks for including my simple recipes.

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First and foremost, I wish to extend a hearty and very big thank you to one and all for your partcipation in this new monthly recipe exchange!!  I am overwhelmed with the great response on our very first monthly Share and Inspire Others! Themed Recipe Exchange.

I am so excited with all the fantastic entries, that I have decided to release this post earlier that originally planned.  Without further ado, herewith the December 2016 Share and Inspire Others! entries.

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Eggnog Cinnamon Rolls courtesy of thehappiestpixel
I hope you like it. It’s a sweet Christmas treat. But it’s so nice I want to eat it every day…  They are so nice. trh-eggnog-cinnamon-rollsAlmond Snowball Cookies courtesy of Betsy’s Bakehouse trh-almond-snowball-cookiesBanana Cake  courtesy of Aayushi Manish
Ripe Banana flavor & Walnut Crunch made a Delicious cake
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T’IS THE SEASON: CAKES, COOKIES AND TREATS – December 2016 Share and Inspire Others!

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I am super excited to announce the theme of our very first Share and Inspire Others ! Monthly Recipe Exchange and with being December, it can be nothing other than

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Kesar Badam 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 semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a nut based halwa Kesar Badam Halwa.Kesar means Saffron and badam means almond.it’s a really delicious using Coarse grind almond cooked in ghee,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & garnish with silvered almonds.

Ingredients

Almonds 1 cup (soaked & peeled)

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Ghee 4 tbsp

Saffron 10-15 soaked in warm milk

Green Cardamom powder 1 tsp

Milk to grind almond

Yellow Food Color 1-2 drop (optional)

Method

Soak almonds overnight and then peeled almond .Put the peeled almonds in a blender and add milk so it can enough to cover almonds.
Blend it into a coarse paste or fine paste indiviual choice .i like coarse one.

Heat a pan add 2 tbsp ghee once ghee melts add badam grind mixture keep stirring continuously to avoid burning from bottom.

Add sugar then Constantly stir the mixture as it can stick burn from bottom. Add Saffron milk & food color & cardamom powder into it & additional 2 tbsp of ghee so that mixture doesn’t stick to bottom & while its boiling.once mixture start leaving ghee stir for 2- 3 minutes.turn off heat.

Take out in a bowl Garnish with sliced almonds.Serve & enjoy.

Tips
Yellow food color is optional.

30-40 minutes it will take to cook Halwa on low temperature.need patience to cook 😊

Serve hot or at room temperature.

Diwali Sweets Collection

Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated every year during an autumn month of India.Mostly Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) .After puja, fireworks and a family feast Specially Mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends.

I am sharing my homemade Sweets collection On eve of Diwali.Most people bought from a sweet shop but for me preparing sweets at home is a gift for my family and friends.It gave an immense pleasure and satisfaction to me.

Stuffed Gulab Jamun

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Kesar Peda

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Mawa Gujiya

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Seviyan kheer

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Boondi Kheer

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Baby Carrot Burfi

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Cashewnut laddu

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Moong Dal Halwa

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Kesar Burfi

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Boondi Laddoo

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Kheer

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Besan Laddu

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Coconut Laddoo

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Gajar Halwa

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Apple halwa

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Kesar Badam Halwa

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Milk Rava Kesari

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Stuffed Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is among India’s most popular desserts during a festival or major celebrations .It gets its name from two words: Gulab which means rose (for the rose flavored syrup) and Jamun which is a kind of deep purple colored  berry.traditionally it is prepared using milk solids, known as khoya  it’s  kneaded into a dough, and then shaped into small balls and deep-fried at a low temperature .The balls are then soaked in a light sugary syrup flavored with green cardamom and rose water, or saffron.

I am sharing my version recipe  of gulab jamun using milk powder stuffed with raisins

Ingredients For sugar syrup

2 cup sugar

4 cup water

1 tsp rose water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

saffron strands(soaked)optional

For jamuns

1 cup unsweetened milk powder

1-2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup All Purpose Flour

Raisins (for stuffing)20

1/3 cup whole milk

oil for frying

Method

Place sugar,water and cardamom powder in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and watch for the sugar to dissolve. Once it’s dissolved, add saffron & boil for another minute. Turn off heat & add rose water then keep syrup aside.

In a mixing bowl, add milk powder , baking soda, all-purpose flour & mix well.Then add ghee and.milk a little at a time and mix till it forms a dough. You may not need all of the milk.When a soft, sticky dough forms, stop adding milk. Cover and let the dough stand for about 20 minutes.

After resting, the dough will be less sticky, airy and a little firmer. If it’s too loose, sprinkle a little flour. If it’s too dry, add a little milk.Knead the dough a few times more till it becomes soft .Dip your fingers in oil or ghee, divide the dough ,stuffed with raisins and roll them into balls no cracks. Dip your fingers in oil /ghee or butter to avoid sticking.

Heat enough oil to deep fry in a saucepan pan on medium-low heat. Drop a small pinch of the dough in the oil to test the temperature. The dough should sink to the bottom and then slowly rise to the top. If it sits in the bottom of the oil without bubbling, the oil is not hot enough. If the dough rises and browns too quickly, the oil is too hot.

Add  balls a few at a time and fry in oil on medium-low heat. Stir and turn the balls frequently so they brown evenly.When brown, remove from oil using a slotted spoon and drain on several layers of paper towels.Repeat with all the dough. Let fried ball.Add the ball to the sugar syrup. Stir gently so fried balls are well coated in syrup.Cover and let the gulab jamuns soak in the syrup for at least an hour before serving.

Tips :-
1) soft dough & balls without cracks,make small size ball.once soaked in syrup it became double in size.

2) while frying don’t keep on turning  balls ,once u drop in pan/kadai.let it come up on own.then do it very slowly once -twice

3)Sugar syrup neither very thick nor thin

4)If Gulab jamun doesn’t soak syrup,heat it for 2-3 min ,once u see it’s boiling a bit ,turn off heat & leave .

Namakpare

Namakpare is pastry like crunchy snack prepared using flour ,salt & lightly seasoned with carom seed  then it’s deep fried.One can have it as Tea time snacks.At my native place in Bihar,it’s called Nimki.Prepare & store up to a month in an airtight container.Preparation is easy only time taking is frying process.Usually, it’s prepared during Holi & Diwali Festival.But my family like to have whenever I prepared.

Ingredients

All Purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup

Salt 1/2 tsp or to taste

Carom seeds 1/2 tsp

Warm Oil 2 tsp

Water 1/3 cup or as required for dough

Oil for deep frying

Method
In a large mixing bowl sieve the all purpose flour & add salt, carom seeds and oil in the flour.Now while adding a little water at time start kneading dough for namakpare.and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Cover Kneaded dough &keep  aside to rest for 10 min.Now divide the dough into equal size balls.Roll it on a rolling board Like a round circle or chappati.
Now using a knife cut rolled dough into strips or a diamond shape.Heat oil in a pan for deep frying Check if oil is hot enough by adding a small piece of dough.Once the oil is ready add the dough slices of namakpare  into oil and deep fry it.Fry the namakpare  or nimki until it becomes golden in color.Once fried, take it out and place it on kitchen towel or paper for soaking extra oil.Once it cooled down Keep in a jar.
tips
roll a dough neither too thick or thin cut it into  a shapes you like.deep frying on low temperature.otherwise from outside it will be brown inside uncooked.
while it’s soft when hot once cool down  then get crispy.

 

Mawa Gujiya

Gujiya is a sweet dumpling made of all purpose flour and stuffed with roasted semolina or Milk solid khoya or Sweetened Coconut fillings.The outer layer is crispy & flaky while stuffing is rich & sweet.

Every part of India it’s called by different name. like Ghugra in Gujrat,Karanji @ Maharashtra, & Andhra Pradesh call Kajikayalu.

At my native in Bihar Gujiyas are called Pedakiya.It’s very popular in Bihar during a festival. There are two types of Gujiya made in Bihar: one with Roasted semolina (sooji) in which  added dry nuts cardamom powder sugar & raisins  and then deep fried in a cooking oil or ghee.another one made with filling milk Solid ,cardamom powder ,sugar & dry nuts.

My Family favourite is Mawa Gujiya which I am sharing here.

Ingredients for outer cover

All Purpose Flour – 2 cup

Milk or Yoghurt- 1/4 cup

Ghee – 4 tbsp

Cold water to make dough as required

filling ingredients

Mawa (khoya) – 1  cup

Powdered Sugar -1/4 cup or to taste

Cashew Nuts – 10-20

Raisin – 2 tbsp

Green  Cardamom Powder- 1 tsp 

Oil for frying

Method

In a bowl, add the flour & 2 tbsp of ghee and rub with your palm and fingers such that the dough appears like bread crumbs. Add  enough water to make a dough which can be rolled yet Firm dough. Divide the dough and shape into small balls. Keep aside covered for half an hour.

Meanwhile, heat a pan, add half tbsp of  ghee,add the nuts and roast till golden. Remove and cool. Once cool, make a coarse powder and set aside.In the same pan, drizzle 1/2 tbsp of ghee and add the khoya/mawa and roast for 5-6 minutes. Remove, keep aside to cool.add powdered sugar and roasted nuts into  mawa. Add the cardamom powder and mix well.keep side the prepared filling.

Now, roll each ball with the rolling pin into a thin puri Spread a tablespoon of the filling on one-half of the rolled out dough. Wet your finger and run it along the edges of the spread out dough with water and fold over to the opposite end, enclosing the stuffing to form a semi-circle shaped gujiya. Press the ends firmly so that the filling doesn’t come out during the deep frying process and use a fork to seal the edges. Alternately you can twist the edges around the gujiya.

Heat enough oil in a wide vessel to deep fry the stuffed gujiya Slowly drop 3-4 gujiyas into the oil and deep fry them on medium flame till golden brown. Turn them carefully to cook the other side as well. Drain the gujiya  with a ladle and remove to a plate.Cool and store in airtight containers. Gujiya will be  fresh for at least a week and can be stored utpo 2-3 weeks.

Plain 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 Soft Idli Medu Vada Mini Plain Uttapam

I am sharing my recipe of Plain dosa ,this crepe has to be crusty and crisp.

Ingredients

make 10-12 dosa

Plain rice 1/2 cup

Parboiled rice 1/2 cup

Flattened Rice 2 tbsp

Black Gram(urad dal) 1/4 cup

Fenugreek (methi)seeds 1/4 tsp

Ghee or oil for cooking as preferred

Water or as required for grinding

Salt to taste

Method

Wash & Soak Rice and Black Gram together.In a separate bowl soak Fenugreek seeds & 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 Fenugreek seeds & 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 cooked  for a very short time with oil or ghee until golden brown. The dosa may then be folded in half and served or rolled as in a wrap.Remove from Griddle & Serve hot with chutney & sambar.

Tips

1)proper fermentation will double up the volume of the batter and one can see tiny air pockets in the batter with a light sour aroma.

2)cook till the base is nicely golden and crisp. the base will leave the pan when its gets cooked.

Malai Kofta

Malai Kofta is a popular North Indian vegetarian dish consisting of paneer balls afloat a creamy gravy.It’s Main Course of Indian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of Mashed Paneer with spices.Malai means cream and kofta are fried dumpling balls.usually they are made up of mashed potatoes, with or without paneer. other kofta gravy recipes on my blog are Makhani Chicken Kofta and Chicken Kofta Curry(it’s a non-vegetarian dish)

To prepare this malai kofta recipe the koftas are made with potatoes and paneer. these melt in the mouth koftas are soaked in a creamy, sweet and mildly spiced curry. One can use store-bought Paneer or Homemade.

Makhni means cream based gravy which is prepared using tomatoes cooked along with Indian spice ,butter & cream added for a smooth texture.Koftas in India are usually served cooked in a spicy /mild, curry/gravy and are eaten with Cooked rice or a variety of  Indian flatbreads like Naan

 Ingredients For kofta

 Paneer 250 gm

 Potatoes 2 boiled & mashed

 Salt to taste

 Garam masala 1/4 tsp

 Corn flour 1 1/2 tbsp

 Refined flour 1 tbsp

 Onion Finely Chopped 1 small

 Green chilli finely Chopped 1

Ginger Grated 1 tbsp

Garam Masala 1/2 tsp

Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp finely chopped

Cashewnut pieces 1 tbsp

Raisins 10-12

Additional refined flour 2 tbsp (for rolling)

Oil for Frying

Ingredients for gravy

Butter 150 gm

Tomato,blanched ,deseeded & pureed 500 gm

Salt to taste

Fresh  cream 100 gm

Kasoori methi powder 1 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp (optional)

Kashmiri chilli powder 1 tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Water as required for gravy

 Method

In a bowl add all ingredients mentioned above for kofta except oil ,cashew nut & raisins mix  & make equal size ball.Take a portion of mixture flattened on palm.stuffed cashew nuts & raisins.close properly using palm make a ball.put additional flour in a plate for rolling .make balls of entire mixture & roll in additional flour.

Heat oil in a pan deep fry Fry 3 or 4 balls at a time until they are a golden brown and keep aside on an absorbent paper.In another pan add half quantity of butter .add 1 tsp of oil to prevent burning of butter.add tomato puree,red chilli powder ,sugar,Kashmiri chilli powder ,kasoori methi powder,cumin powder & cook for 5-6 min.then add water  & salt to adjust gravy consistency.  once it started boiling add rest of butter & simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.add fried Koftas so that koftas in a gravy.Turn off heat & add cream stir carefully .Serve with Rice/naan.

 Tips :-1)While adding salt in gravy always be careful as we added salt in kofta too.Adjust spices as per own taste buds.

 2)Stuffing of nuts are optional if one doesn’t like can skip it.

 3)If serving malai kofta later, you can just prepare the gravy and add koftas while serving. these koftas are really soft. so if you add them before and serve them later, they will break. add only if ready to serve immediately.

Seviyan kheer

Yesterday on eve of my birthday prepared this yummy Indian dessert. Seviyan or vermicelli kheer, is a traditional popular dessert. In India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent, vermicelli is known by various local names such as seviyan or semiyan in Hindi. it is used to prepare different flavor  of dishes including a variation of kheer, a sweet dessert similar to Kheer (rice pudding)Vermicelli are also used in many parts of India to make a popular dish called  Vermicelli Upma it’s a savoury  dish.

Seviyan is a delicious and an easy recipe to make.It is made with milk,sugar, and then flavored with green cardamom powder. Garnish with Nuts as my daughter didn’t like I always add for me & my husband at a time of serving.

Ingredients

Vermicelli 2 cup

Whole Milk 8 Cup

Ghee or Unsalted Butter 4 tbsp

Assorted Nuts 1 tbsp

Sugar 1 cup or to taste

Green Cardamom powder  1 /2 tsp

Method

Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add assorted nuts and saute till nuts are brown. Remove from heat, drain on absorbent paper and set aside.In the same pan, add vermicelli and saute till light golden. Remove from heat and set aside.Boil the milk in a deep non-stick pan. Add fried vermicelli, mix well and cook on medium heat for five to seven minutes.Add sugar then mix well and cook on low heat for five minutes.Remove from heat and add cardamom powder & assorted Nuts. Mix well and serve hot or chilled .My family preferred chilled desserts.

Tips

1 )Use a nonstick or heavy bottom utensil to make a seviyan kheer. Add the seviyan and roast them for about two minutes on medium low heat or one can buy Roasted sevaiyan from Indian Grocery store.if using pre-roasted then no need to use ghee or unsalted butter.

2)Sauteed nuts in a ghee or unsalted butter is an individual choice one can add plain nuts or skip nuts completely.

3)when cooled the seviyan kheer tends to be thick. so if you don’t like thick seviyan kheer then don’t thicken the milk.check a consistency of milk as per own taste buds.

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Vegetable Pulao

Pulaos are a very famous dish in India. it is prepared using rice,there are many varieties of pulao Peas pulao Spicy veg Pulao the one here is made without onion & garlic. This recipe is very easy to prepare, as it doesn’t have too many ingredients and can be cooked quickly.One can add any vegetables by choice.Serve with Pickle & Raita.I have cooked in  my electric rice cooker. Today on eve of Krishna Janmashtami I prepared this recipe as we don’t eat onion-garlic food today.One can prepare for kids tiffin if they like a bit spice or for a spouse.

ingredients

Rice 1.5 cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp

Mixed Vegetable 1/2 cup

Bay Leaf 1

Cardamom 1

Big Cardamom 1

Cloves 2

Cumin Seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

Coriander Powder 1 tsp

Beaten Yogurt 1 tbsp

Mint leaves few

Water 3 cup

Salt to taste

Ghee 1 tbsp or Any Cooking oil

Method

Wash & Soak rice for 20 min.Heat a pan then add ghee .add cumin seeds ,bay leaf Cardamom,Big Cardamom ,Cloves once it gave a fragrant add ginger-green chilli paste.saute & then add vegetables adding turmeric powder & coriander powder beaten yogurt cook till vegetables become soft ,add salt & few mint leaves which enhance flavor of rice,add soaked rice a stir slowly so that rice doesn’t break .Transfer into rice cooker bowl then adding water & press cook mode.once rice cooked & become fluffy.Before Serving remove bay leaves,cardamom & big Cardamom & cloves.Serve hot with Pickles & Raita.

 

Tindora Stir-fry with Onion

Ivy gourd in Hindi called as tindora/kundri/kundru. Tindora is a very healthy vegetable.I was a big fan of tindora and now my daughter too.I like to eat from my childhood.Now I make it at least once a week for my family.mostly we bought vegetables from American supermarket but few specific Indian vegetables we have to make a  trip to the Indian grocery store.My husband &  daughter is not keen to visit  Indian grocery store.One condition they agree if I will buy tindora.Many ways to cook tindora deep fried /with curry.my family like a simple stir fry with onion as a side dish to rice,dal or chappati.

Ingredients

20 Ivy Gourd/Tindora/Kundri

1/2 cups onion sliced(thin)

1  tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 dry red chili pepper

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 teaspoon Coriander powder

White pepper powder to taste

Red chili powder to taste

Salt to taste

Method

Wash the ivy gourds/tindora & pat dry.slice off a tiny bit at the two ends to remove the stem and the remains of the flowers if there are any. Then slice them in half and then in fours in thin strips.Heat oil in a thick bottomed skillet. Add the dry chili pepper and the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle  add the sliced gourds to the pan  along with red chili powder,turmeric powder & coriander powder cook on medium heat,once ivy gourd half cooked add sliced onion ,salt & white pepper powder. Cook until the gourds and onions are soft to bite in. The onions and the gourd might brown and that is okay.Turn off heat.It is a side dish, served along with rice and dal or Chappati.

 

 

Beetroot stir fry

Beetroot stirfry is a preparation where the grated vegetables are sauteed in spices and .It’s a great accompaniment to full meals and is a very hit recipe in the southern part of India Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate.It’s an easy, healthy & nutritious recipe.Being a north Indian we spend few years in a southern part of India @hyderabad.My daughter ate with rice and calls the dish as pink rice. It’s one of her favourites.she ate first at my neighbour home afterwards weekly twice she prefer to eat this vegetable either in lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Beetroots – 2 grated

Bengal Gram – 2 tsp

Black Gram – 1  1/2tsp

Cumin  Seeds – 1 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 2

Curry Leaves – 2-3

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt – To Taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Onion 1 tbsp finely chopped

Method

Wash & peel beetroot then grate it & keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add Bengal gram ,black gram,cumin and let it splutter. Add in the curry leaves, red chilli .Fry for a minute then adding chopped onions and salt and fry till soft and tender.add turmeric powder and coriander powder fry for few seconds.then adding grated beetroot sprinkle salt and stir.cover and let the veggies cook till they are done.sprinkle some water if the moisture dries in the pan.keep on checking during intervals and sprinkle water whenever required.when the veggies are cooked well.Turn off heat & serve with rice or chappati

Tips :- preparing for small kids then adjust spices.

 

 

 

Mango Mastani

Mango Mastani drink  I never had before @india but heard & read a lot about this delicious drink.Today my daughter want to have mango milkshake but with a dollop of icecream.then only I got an idea to prepare this drink.available ingredients in Pantry & ice cream in a refrigerator.

It’s a popular dessert drink  from Pune city in India. It’s a thick mango milkshake topped with Vanilla or Mango Icecream.& Nuts like cashew nut,pistachios & almonds.

Ingredients

1 cup chopped mango or fresh mango pulp

1 /2 cup chilled whole milk/ full fat milk

Cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

Few ice cubes (optional)

1.tbsp sugar or as required

1 scoop of vanilla ice cream or any ice cream of your choice

Pistachio chopped

Cashewnut chopped

Method

In a blender jar add mango cubes then.add sugar, cardamom powder.Blend to a smooth puree.Now add milk and few ice cubes.Blend again until all blends well.Pour into  the serving glasses leaving half inch space on the top.Scoop out a dollop of ice cream and place them on the top.Garnish with  pistachios & cashew nuts.Mango mastani is ready.Served chilled & drink this before Icecream Melt.

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Mini Plain Uttapam

Mini Uttapam is a dosa-like dish made by cooking ingredients in a batter. Unlike a dosa, which is crisp and crepe-like, uttapam is a thick pancake, with toppings cooked right into the batter or just a sprinkle red chilli powder.batter is made of a urad dal and rice .The dal and rice are  ground and fermented. The outer surface is crisp and the inner layers are like Soft Idli.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney & Peanut Chutney

Ingredients

2 cups  Rice

1/2 cup  Urad Dal (Split black lentils)

1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds

2 tsp salt

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp (optional)

Method:

Wash & rinse rice and dal soak rice & dal along with fenugreek seeds.Grind to a smooth batter adding water gradually add salt and mix well using your hands.Allow the batter to ferment Overnight.

To prepare Uttapams:
Mix the batter well. If it is thick, add a little water.Heat a griddle.When it is hot, grease it with oil.take a ladle full of batter.Pour it in the centre.Do not spread it.Drizzle oil around the corners.After a minute, sprinkle red chilli powder & flipped it and cook the other side.Serve hot with chutney.

Tips :-If using non-stick pan no need to grease the pan. Tawa/griddle has to be hot. while making uttapams adjust the flame from low to high.before pouring the batter, reduce the flame to low.Cook on medium flame.

Palak Paratha

Spinach Flatbread in hindi its called palak paratha.Spinach is a super food loaded with tons of nutrients in a low calorie package. it’s provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.most of kids doesn’t like to eat spinach so it’s a good way to include in their diet.Many people pureed spinach & knead with flour,my family like chopped Spinach so i am sharing my way of tasty paratha. Enjoy this paratha with thick fresh curds ,pickles or simply Plain.

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour 1 cup 

Spinach – 3/4 cup chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp(optional)

Coriander leaves – 1 tbsp finely chopped  (optional)

Salt – to taste

Cumin seeds- 1 tsp(optional)

Carom seeds – 1/2 tsp

Green Chilli – 1 finely chopped

Onion 1 small finely chopped

Oil /Ghee or  butter for frying

Water if required

Method

Wash & clean spinach dry using a paper towel.In a bowl add Chopped Spinach ,onion & salt.Adding it will leave water.Add all ingredients & make a dough.Heat a griddle divide a dough roll it in a round shape.put it on a griddle cook both sides apply oil/butter/ghee.

Tips: if the dough looks dry, then add very little water and knead. if the dough becomes sticky, then add some more flour and knead.if you use yogurt around 1 tbsp no need to add any water while kneading.Parathas for kids then avoid chopped green chillies.

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NO Bake Mango Cheesecake

No-Bake Mango cheesecake recipe it’s a delicious cheesecake recipe with mango puree and cream cheese .An  appropriate dessert for guests or parties. I have used gelatine to set the mango layer but you can use agar-agar or China grass, a vegetarian alternative used for the same purpose. This mango cheesecake is a great recipe to try during the summer mango season, fresh mangoes always work best but I have used canned mango pulp here for ease.

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Ingredients

Cream cheese 8 oz pack -2
Graham Crackers crumbs- 1 cup
Sweetened condensed Milk- 1 can
Gelatin 1.5 tbsp +1/2 tbsp
Warm Water(in microwave) 1 cup + 1/2 cup(to dissolve gelatin)
Sugar- 2 tbsp (crackers mix) +1 tbsp +1/2 tbsp (to mix in gelatin)
Mango puree 1 cup +3/4 cup
Butter Melted-1/4 cup
Springform Pan 9″
Method

Step 1
Take a bowl add crushed graham crackers crumbs ,sugar,& melted butter mix properly.take a springform pan then add crackers mix in Springform pan and press with a help of a spoon,keep in a fridge for 10-15 min

 

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Bottom layer

Step 2

Take 1 cup warm water in a bowl add 1.5tbsp gelatin & 1 tbsp sugar mix till it dissolved ,cover & keep aside .take a blender jar add cream cheese,dissolve gelatin ,condensed milk & mango puree till it blended smoothly.take out springform Pan from fridge & pour mix on top of set Crackers crumbs mix,keep in a freezer for 20-30 min or till it set

 

 

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Middle layer

Step 3

Take 3/4 cup mango puree in a bowl dissolve same way 1 tbsp gelatin +1/2 tbsp sugar & now add dissolve gelatin in mango puree & mix properly if needed add more sugar in mango puree.take out springform pan from freezer & check 2nd layer set properly.now pour mango puree on top of it * keep in a fridge to set once it set Cut & enjoy Ur No Bake Mango cheesecake.

 

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Bell Pepper Egg Ring

Bell pepper serves as a beautiful edible egg ring.It’s an easy breakfast using egg served alongside whole wheat toast or served as side dish .The bell pepper adds gorgeous color to a simple breakfast.Use any color of Bell pepper of own choice.Add cheese as a topping or seasoning with Paprika or black pepper.

Ingredients

Green Bell Pepper Ring 1

Olive oil or any cooking oil 1/4 tsp

Egg 1

Salt to taste

Black Pepper to taste

Paprika a pinch (optional)

Method

 

Sprinkle a pinch of salt & black pepper & season bell pepper ring .Heat a non-stick pan put a ring on a pan if one wish can cook both sides  for charred flavor or directly break an egg in a ring hole & season with salt ,black pepper & paprika.if one like egg soft, cook over low heat for 3-5 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to preference.If one like your egg hard, break up the yolk with the skillet for even cooking. Cook 6-9 minutes, or until the eggs are cooked to preference.

Tips :- for a large family breakfast use more bell pepper rings & more no of eggs .

Boondi Kheer

Boondi Kheer is a delicious Indian dessert.Prepared using Boondi laddoo,milk ,for flavouring, added Cardamom powder, Saffron & Garnish with Dry fruits & rose water.Most of a time when laddoos are leftover i prepared this dessert & everyone liked it .So sharing my Boondi kheer recipe.

Ingredients

Milk 1 litre
Boondi laddoos 3-4
Cardamom powder a pinch
Saffron (soaked)few strands
Dry fruits chopped
Sugar as per taste buds(if required)
Rose water few drops (Optional)

Method
Boil milk adding saffron in a heavy bottomed pan.reduce it till become 3/4th in quantity.
Break boondi laddoos( using hand or fork.if laddoos kept in fridge.then keep it outside to come @room temp.otherwise it will become mushy).Add boondi in milk.stir for 1-2 min.check sweetness as laddoo is already sweet.if u wish u can add extra sugar or Turn off heat & add cardamom powder.once it cools down add chopped dry fruits & add rose water.Serve chilled or one can serve @ room temp.

Paneer Magaz Masala

Paneer magaz  masala is a  vegetarian dish that combines paneer with a medium spicy and creamy gravy.Seeds of musk melon that are usually dried  used to add flavor to rich Indian dishes and desserts. A cream white shell with a soft oval kernel inside. Magaz is the Hindi name for Muskmelon seeds.Easily available at grocery store.It’s paste form, it adds to the consistency of gravies for curries and when mixed with Indian spices.

Ingredients

Paneer – 250 g

Onion- 1(large size) chopped

Tomato puree-150 grams

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1 tsp

Coriander powder – 2 tsp

Garam masala – 1/2 tsp

Melon seeds 2 tbsp  soaked & grind

Kashmiri red chilli 1 tsp

Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – 1 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp Butter – 1 tbsp

One small bay leaf

Green Cardamom – 1

Cinnamon stick – 1″

Fresh cream – 1 cup

Method

Heat oil in a pan and saute onions until translucent. Remove from heat and let it cool. Grind it to a fine paste. Heat a tbsp of butter and add bay leaf, cinnamon stick, and cardamom.Add grind onion paste.Add ginger garlic paste and saute for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala, salt & Kashmiri red chilli powder.Stir everything together and let it cook for 5 minutes.Add half of the tomato puree & mix well. Add the rest of the paste little at a time, check for the right amount of sour taste and add more.Cook this mixture until the raw smell of the spice and tomato disappears. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes.Add magaz paste cook for 2-3 min & cream to the onion tomato gravy and bring it to a boil.Finally, add paneer, crushed kasoori methi and a cup of water or more if required. Let it cook for 5 to 8 minutes and turn off the stove.Serve with Roti/ Naan

Apple 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 semolina based Sooji Halwa halwa is gelatinous and translucent, while lentil based halwa Moong Dal Halwa  is drier and more crumbly.Halwa prepared with various other ingredients, including nuts ,milk ,ghee and vegetables such as Carrots Gajar Halwa.

I am sharing a fruit based halwa Apple Halwa.it’s a really delicious using an apple,ghee ,sugar,Cardamom powder ,Saffron & nuts.

Ingredients

Apple 3 medium size

Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste

Pinch of Cardamom powder

Saffron Strands few soaked (optional)

Pistachios(chopped)  1 tbsp

Ghee 1 tbsp

Method

Wash ,peel & chopped apples.heat a non-stick pan adding ghee then add chopped apples  cook it on medium flame until the water content in the pulp is evaporated and using back of spatula mashed apples now pulp will  become slightly thick.now add sugar to the pulp and mix well. While stirring the pulp continuously add saffron & cook until halwa leaves the sides of pan.add cardamom powder.Turn off heat & serve in a bowl .Garnish with Chopped Pistachios.

Tips :Instead of Cardamom powder ,one can add Cinnamon powder or add any nuts as per individual choice.One can serve warm or @ room temp.Depend on Individual preference.

Gobhi Manchurian Dry

Gobhi Manchurian is an Indian Chinese fried cauliflower served as an  appetizer or a snack. The Cauliflower has a crispy coating and is tossed with a mouth-watering spicy sauce.

There are two different variants of gobhi Manchurian, dry and with gravy. Both variants are prepared by using common ingredients like cauliflower, corn flour, all purpose flour,spring onion, soy sauce, chilli sauce, minced garlic, ginger,ground pepper, etc. and has typically  garnish with spring onion.Its taste can vary from a mild spicy to hot depend on individual taste buds.

Ingredients

10-12 cauliflower

3 tbsp corn flour

5 tbsps all-purpose flour

¼ cup water

1 tsp black pepper powder

orange food color (a pinch) optional

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

Ingredients for Manchurian Sauce

1 medium onion

½ cup chopped spring onions(white bulb)

1tbsp finely chopped garlic

2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

2 tsp finely chopped ginger

1 tbsp corn flour

1/4 cup water

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp tomato ketchup

1 tsp red chilli sauce

1 tbsp cooking oil

salt to taste

spring onion (for garnish)optional

Method :-

Heat oil in a wok or a deep fryer, till it’s becoming hot we will dissolve the corn flour and all purpose flour along with pepper,food color and salt in water.Add the cauliflower florets and mix until the florets get coated with the flour mixture.Add about 5 florets at a time into the hot oil and fry until golden brown.Remove from oil and drain on a paper towel. Keep aside.Mix the corn flour with ¼ cup of water. Add soy sauce, ketchup, chilli sauce  & salt.Heat oil in a wok or frying pan on high heat; add onion saute till it becomes pink after that add garlic, ginger, green chillies, spring onions and stir-fry for a few seconds.Add the corn flour mixture to the above and cook for a few minutes until thick and the corn flour is cooked.Turn off heat. mix well,fried cauliflower with the Manchurian Sauce and serve.Before serving garnish with spring onion leaves.

Dry Chilli Chicken

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  Dry chilli chicken In its two-stage preparation, the first stage Boneless chicken is marinated & deep fried  & second stage, the deep fried chicken are sautéed with chopped onion,garlic ,bell pepper &sauce.

Ingredients

Chicken breast  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 Chicken breast.Pat dry using paper towel cut into  a desired shape.Take a big bowl  put chicken & marinated ingredients mentioned above.keep aside for 30 min .Heat a pan adding oil deep fry marinated chicken & 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 give a boil.add fried chicken.mix properly so that sauce coat chicken properly.turn off heat & sprinkle red chilli flakes.Serve hot !!

My Tip:Adjust spices & sauce as per own tastebuds

 

Naan

Naan is a leavened Oven baked flatbread from India.Traditionally it’s baked in Tandoor. it is prepared mixing Refined flour with salt, a yeast and yogurt to make a smooth, elastic dough.Nigella seeds or garlic & green coriander leaves are commonly added as seasoning & once baked brush with Melted Butter. Naan Dough is kneaded for a few minutes, then set aside to rise for a few hours. Once risen, the dough is divided into balls , which is flattened and cooked.Naan are served with Veg & Non-Veg curries.

I am sharing Naan recipe baked in oven .

Ingredients

Refined Flour/all purpose flour  3 cup

Oil to kneading

yeast 1 tsp

Warm water 3/4 cup (to dissolve Yeast)

Salt to taste

Sugar 1 tsp

Black Onion seeds(nigella) for toppings

Milk/yogurt 1 cup

Melted Butter

Method..
Take a bowl add yeast,salt,sugar & water and cover.keep it for 10 min till it dissolve properly.In.a big bowl add refined flour ,yeast mixture slowly Knead a soft dough adding milk or curd…apply oil on palm while kneading.leave it for 3-4 hrs..Once dough rise knead again it a bit.Now preheat oven on highest temp ,divide dough a roll using rolling pin or flatten with help of finger and give shape of naan &sprinkle black onion  seed on top press it lightly so that it stick on dough .apply a little bit oil on baking tray & put naan on baking tray now bake till it cooked properly both.sides.remove from oven apply butter & serve hot !!

 

 

 

Baked Sattu Kachori

Kachori is a snack popular in India and other parts of South Asia.It is usually a round flattened ball made of Refined flour or whole wheat  flour filled with a stuffing such as Gram flour,different types of Lentils, salt and other spices.it is deep fried or baked.Variations of  Kachori prepared in India such as Onion Kachori,Sweet Kachori , Dal Kachori etc.Served with a chutney made from Tamarind , Mint & Coriander Chutney

I am sharing Baked Kachori Filled with Sattu & Indian Spices.Served with Peanut Chutney.

Ingredients

Whole wheat soft Dough (adding salt & oil)2 cup

For Stuffing
Sattu (Roasted channa dal) 1 cup

Onion Finely chopped -1 medium

Green Chilli finely chopped 1-2

Mustard oil -2 tsp

Salt to taste

Lemon juice 1-2 tsp (adjust per taste)

Nigella seeds(kalonji )1/2 tsp

Carom seeds(Ajwain)1/2 tsp

Grated ginger1 tbsp

Chopped garlic 1/2 tbsp

Chopped Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp

Add little bit water (it will help fillings to mix properly)

Method

In a bowl add Sattu then all stuffing  ingredients & mixed properly.Adjust ingredients as requirements.preheat oven 180 c/350f.now divide dough then roll  & put fillings as we do normally for kachori.,close properly .with help of a rolling pin or Palm flatten it .now put that kachori on a baking tray and baked turning both sides in between till it cooked properly.to make it crisp (apply little bit oil both side). put on broil mode for 2-3 min turning both sides.Serve with choice of chutney(mint-coriander/tamarind//peanut) with onion (optional)

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Stuffed Dal Kachori

Dal Kachori is a spicy snack popular in India and other parts of South Asia.It is usually a round flattened ball made of Refined flour or whole wheat  flour filled with a stuffing such as Gram flour,different types of Lentils, salt and other spices.it is deep fried or baked.Variations of  Kachori prepared in India such as Onion Kachori,Sweet Kachori ,Dal     Kachoris etc.Served with a chutney made from Tamarind , Mint & Coriander Chutney .Some of  a kachori are served with a curry made with Potatoes Aloo Rassedar.

I am sharing Stuffed Lentil Kachori served as appetizer or snacks

Ingredients for stuffing
Bengal Gram(Channa Dal) 1 cup
(Soaked & Grind)
Ginger-chilli paste 1 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 2 tsp
Coriander 4 tsp
Asafoetida( Hing) a pinch
Garam masala powder 1/4 tsp
Black salt to taste(optional)
Dry Mango powder(amchur) 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Green coriander leaves finely chopped
Oil 2 tsp for cooking
Oil for deep frying
for Dough
Whole wheat flour 2 cup
Oil 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water for kneading
Make a dough using above mentioned ingredients ,Cover with wet towel . neither too soft nor too hard & keep aside
Method
For stuffing
Grind dal in a mixer -grinder.Take a pan heat oil add asafoetida,ginger-chilli paste & cook till raw aroma goes.now add all dry spices except salt,garam masala.cook on a med-low heat to prevent burning.saute 2-3 min.add grind channa dal & cook on med- low flame .once it started leaving side & become like a dough.turn off heat add salt,garam masala & green coriander leaves.mix properly adjust spices as per own taste bud.
Heat oil in a deep pan for frying.Divide atta dough stuff channa dal .close properly.now flatten between palm or using rolling pin.depp fry all stuffed Kachoris
Serve with Green Chutney & tamarind Chutney .

 

 

 

 

Onion & Cabbage Pakora

Pakora  is a fried snack or a fritter.Originally from India & across South Asia especially in India & its Neighbouring country.It is  a mix of finely Sliced  onions & shredded cabbage  green chillies, and Indian spices mixed in gram flour. It is rolled into small balls ,Flatten on fingers and deep-fried in hot oil. These pakoras are very crisp on the outside and medium soft to crisp inside

Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients, such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, paneer, cauliflower, or chili pepper & Served with Chutney Mint & Coriander Chutney or tomato ketchup.

Ingredients

1 cup besan

Cabbage -1/4 cup

onion -1 big size

Green chilli -1-2 (as per taste)

Salt to taste

Chilli powder-1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Coriander powder-1/2 tbsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Black pepper powder to taste

Oil for frying

Water if required

Method

Wash & cut cabbage & onion.finely chopped green chillies.In a big bowl add all ingredients mix properly using hand& check seasoning .Heat oil in a Kadai drop pakoda batter and deep fry them.Put on paper towel to remove excessive oil.Serve with Chutney .

Tips:- if needed then only add water,as onion & cabbage leaves water when we add salt.Pakora batter will become runny .

 

 

Makhani Chicken Kofta

Chicken Kofta is minced chicken balls.It’s Main Course of Indian cuisine. In the simplest form, koftas consist of minced chicken with spices.The meat is often mixed with other ingredients such as rice, eggs, and vegetables, to form a smooth paste. They can be grilled, fried, steamed, poached, baked or marinated, and may be served with a rich spicy sauce.check my recipe of Spicy Chicken Kofta Curry.

Makhni means cream based gravy which is prepared using tomatoes cooked along with Indian spice ,butter & cream added for a smooth texture.Koftas in India are usually served cooked in a spicy /mild, curry/gravy and are eaten with Cooked rice or a variety of  Indian flatbreads.

I am sharing my version of minced chicken balls with Cream based gravy.

Ingredients for Kofta

Minced Chicken 1 lb/500 gm

Onion Finely Chopped 1 small

Green chilli finely Chopped 1

Ginger Garlic paste 1 tsp

Garam Masala 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp finely chopped

Coriander Powder 1 tsp

Oil for Frying

Ingredients for gravy

Butter 150 gm

Tomato,blanched ,deseeded & pureed 500 gm

Salt to taste

Fresh  cream 100 gm

Kasoori methi powder 1 tsp

Sugar 1 tsp (optional)

Kashmiri chilli powder 1 tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Water as required for gravy

Method

In a bowl add all ingredients mentioned above for kofta ,mix  & make equal size ball.Heat oil in a pan deep fry all koftas & keep aside on an absorbent paper.In another pan add half quantity of butter .add 1 tsp of oil to prevent burning of butter.add tomato puree,red chilli powder ,sugar,Kashmiri chilli powder ,kasoori methi powder,cumin powder & cook for 5-6 min.then add water  & salt to adjust gravy consistency.  once it started boiling add fried Koftas, rest of butter & simmer on low heat for 5-10 minutes.so that koftas absorb gravy.Turn off heat & add cream stir carefully .Serve with Rice/naan.

Tips :-While adding salt in gravy always be careful as we added salt in kofta too.Adjust spices as per own taste buds.

 

Baby Carrot Burfi

Carrot Burfi or Carrot Fudge is a dense milk based sweet confectionery from India.it’s traditional South Asian Sweet dish (barfi). Flavor of a barfi is often enhanced with fruits & nuts.They are typically cut into square, diamond, or round shapes.  Different types of Barfi vary in their color and texture.check my recipe of  Kesar Burfi .The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.

Traditionally Carrot Burfi using red carrots.it’s not available here @united states .So I have used orange Baby carrot.This carrot fudge is made with five simple ingredients: grated carrots, ghee, milk, cardamom, and sugar.Garnish this dessert with chopped nuts ,I am using pistachios& almonds.During winter, it’s prepared as Gajar Halwa/carrot pudding check my recipe Gajar Halwa.

Ingredients

2 cups carrot grated

2 cups full fat milk

1/3 cup Khoa(Mawa)

1/2 cup Sugar

2 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder

Pistachio’s & almonds chopped for garnish

Method

In a large heavy bottomed pan add milk to a boil over medium-high heat.and then add carrots to boiling milk Keep stirring occasionally to prevent burning from a bottom.reduce heat to medium flame cook carrot till milk evaporates .around 20-25 minutes it takes.once carrot became like a dough then add khoya ,sugar,ghee & cook a mixture(10 -12 min more) till started leaving ghee from side.turn off flame .add cardamom powder.Greased a square tin or plate and transfer mixture to plate/tin to set Carrot mixture.Garnish with Almonds/pistachio .once it cooled down completely cut into desired shape & serve!!

 

 

Eggless Wholewheat Multigrain Loaf Cake

Multigrain Flour can be an important part of a healthy diet and an excellent way to eat more, whole grains. Multigrain meaning several different types of grains mixed.Multigrain flour is going to taste different than Refined  flour. The big difference is that it actually has a taste. White flour/Refined flour  takes on other flavors during baking, while multigrain brings its own flavor elements.

Instead of using Refined flour sharing a cake recipe of Whole wheat with Multigrain,Yogurt ,Nuts & Chocochips.Adding Chocochips because my daughter’s  like it .one can leave choco chips or nuts in a recipe. Sweetness Depend on individual taste buds so increased or decreased.

Ingredients

1 cup Wholewheat Multigrain flour

1/2cup light brown Sugar /Regular sugar (to taste)

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup oil

1/2 cup yogurt

Water as required for consistency of batter

Chopped almond 1 tbsp

Small Chocochips 1/2 tbsp (optional)

Method

Preheat oven @ 400f /200 C,Sieve all dry ingredients in a bowl.In another bowl mix curd & oil till well blended.slowly add dry ingredients into wet ingredients mix well .if needed add water to make a dropping consistency of a batter.Grease tin with oil dust with flour & then remove extra from pan ,adding chopped almonds & choco chips in batter mix well. Pour cake Batter into baking tin & Bake cake on a temp of 350 f /180 c for 60 min or till toothpick comes clean.Remove from oven carefully keep on a wire rack to cool down completely.Slice & serve !!

Tip: after 40 minutes baking time ,keep checking cake batter till toothpick comes clean.batter should not be too thick or thin but dropping consistency .one can omit Almond or choco chips or Add any favorite Nuts .

 

Shrimp Curry

Shrimps are an excellent source of low-fat and low-cal protein and are abundant in Vitamins.It’s a great source of Omega3 fatty acids and an excellent way include a protein. It’s also high in iron, zinc and vitamin E but low in saturated fat.Shrimps is a delicate seafood next to fish. It blends well other flavours and is fast to cook.Shrimps come in a varied range of size and colours.Shrimps can be cooked in various ways Pan  fried Stir fried & deep fried. Curry or made into fritters. They can be served for starters, side dish or as a main course.For Seafood & Fish variations check my other recipes

Shrimp Curry  PanFriedTilapia  Crispy Fried Fish   Fish-curry

I am sharing my way of Shrimp Curry South Indian Flavour with Tweaks.

Ingredients

For Marination

Jumbo Prawns 2 lb /1 kg (peel & deveined)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt to taste

For gravy

Garlic & Ginger Paste 1 tbsp

Turmeric Powder 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Garam masala 1 tsp

Coriander Powder 1tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Cooking oil 2 tbsp

Green chilli 1-2

Onion Chopped 1 medium sized

Tomatoes 2 medium sized chopped

Salt to taste

Green coriander leaves chopped optional

Water as required.

Method

Marinate above mentioned ingredients keep aside for 20-30 minutes.Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan cook prawns for 2-3 min  on a med heat .Keep aside on a paper towel.Using a cooking pan add more oil add cumin seeds once it crackled add green chilli & Curry leaves once get nice aroma add Chopped onion & saute till it became translucent in colour.add garlic ginger paste & cook till raw aroma goes off Add tomatoes & dry powder cook till it started leaving oil ,add cooked Shrimp & salt check seasoning  give a good stir so that it coated by masala.Add water give a boil then turn heat to med-low flame cook for 5 minutes more .Turn off heat Garnish with Green coriander leaves. Serve with Rice or Indian flat bread.

 

 

 

 

Strawberry Smoothie with Sweet Basil Seeds

A smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruit and/or vegetables, with other ingredients such as water, ice, dairy products adding sugar or honey.

Strawberry is packed with vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and more.It’s a good source of manganese and potassium.Choose medium-sized berries that are firm, plump, and deep red.

Sweet Basil seeds contain healthful amounts of minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, calcium and magnesium, and vitamins C and folates. best known around the world for being the main ingredient in many sweet Asian drinks don’t have any distinguished flavour.

Ingredients

Strawberries chopped 5-6
Sweet basil seeds 1 tsp
Sugar /honey to taste
Chilled Milk 250 ml
method

Wash & soak Sweet basil seeds with 1/2 cup of water.Blend milk,chopped strawberries,sugar/honey.add soaked basil seeds in a glass.pour a blended mixture & serve tips:-Strained a blended mixture before serving (optional)

Please Consult your nutritionist /dietician before having ,if anyone have allergy or health issues.

 

Chicken Noodles

Stir-fried Noodles with Vegetables ,Chicken & Seasoned.Serve with Any Gravy .

ingredients

1 packet noodles (boiled, drained in cold water and tossed in 1-2 tsp oil) read instruction behind packet
1 cup spring onion
1 onion sliced
2 cups vegetables (carrots, beans, cabbage )
1 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tbsp vinegar
pepper powder as required (optional)
salt as required
1 1/2 oil
chicken chunks (cooked)
METHOD
Heat a tbsp and a half of oil in a large wok and once the oil is piping hot, add the spring onions and sliced onions and stir fry for 1 mt on high.Add the rest of the vegetables and toss them on high heat ,Add salt, pepper powder, soy sauce and combine. Add the drained noodles and combine well.Add vinegar and toss the noodles and vegetables on high heat for a few seconds.now add cooked chicken chunks.cooked for 2-3 minutes Turn off heat. Serve hot !!!

Hariyali Dhokla

A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Suji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming .Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer.

Dhokla recipe with a tweak adding Blanched & pureed Spinach.

Ingredients

Spinach blanched & pureed 2 cup

Gram flour 1 cup

Yogurt 1/2 cup

Green chillies 1-2

Ginger chilli Paste 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Sugar 1 tsp

Asafoetida 1/4 Tsp

Fruit salt 1 tsp

Lime juice 1tsp

Oil 2 tsp

Black mustard seeds 1tsp

Method

In a bowl add gram flour,yogurt spinach puree,salt ,sugar ,green chilli ,ginger paste & 1 tsp oil mix well.Grease a plate or dish.in a big vessel adding enough water for steaming.Before pouring batter mixture into a greased plate.add fruit salt & lime juice & mix well.transfer mixture to greased plate;put in a steamer to cook.it take 10-12 min .plz check using toothpick or knife as dhokla mixture comes clean.Once done remove plate & keep aside.prepare tempering heat oil in a pan add black mustard seeds,asafoetida &chopped green chilli .pour this tempering on top of cooked dhokla.cut in shape & serve !!

Instant Dhokla

A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Suji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming .Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer. Garnished with split green chilies, mustard seeds, grated coconut and coriander leaves, this dish can be served with accompanied with green chutney.

Ingredients

Gram Flour /Besan 1 cup
Suji 1 tbsp
Curd 1/4 cup
Ginger Chilli paste1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil 1 tsp
Fruit salt 1 tsp
Lemon juice few drops
Water for making batter
for Tempering
Ingredients
Mustardseeds( black ) 1 tsp
Oil 1/2 tsp
Green chillies 1-2
Asafoetida (Hing )1/4 tsp (optional)
Water 1cup
Salt to taste
Sugar to taste
Fresh grated Coconut (garnishing)

Method
Take a large pan or pot add water for steaming dhokla.Grease a plate or any utensils using for dhokla.i have used loaf panMeanwhile take a bowl add besan,sooji,curd ginger & green chilli paste .adding little water to make a smooth paste.Now add fruit salt & lime juice mix properly.Pour batter in grease utensil.Steam for 10-12 or till it cooked.Put a knife as we do for a cake ..to check.If it comes clean.dhokla is steamed properly.
For tempering
Method
Take a deep pan heat & add oil then mustard seeds,hing green chilli,water,salt &sugar.give a boil.Let it cool down & bit .pour on steamed dhokla.Cut in a desire shape.garnish with fresh grated coconut.Serve with green Chutney.

Tips:- Dhokla mixture neither should be too thin or too thick. A consistency of a  batter is most important for fluffy & light dhokla.add fruit salt into the mixture and stir it with a spoon. As soon as the bubbles appear immediately put the dhokla in the greased plate or dish to steam. Do not whisk the mixture for long. delaying a time to steam dhokla after adding fruit salt to it, then the dhokla will not rise well.

 

Lettuce Gazpacho

Gazpacho is a soup made with raw vegetables and served cold. During the hot summer,as it is refreshing and cool.Originally  Gazpacho is prepared with a tomato base and bread.Now there are many variations of gazpacho, often in different colors and flavors such as avocados,spinach,watermelon  & etc.Lettuce Gazpacho is a healthy bright green soup with green vegetables blended with yogurt.The flavor of Crisp romaine lettuce is freshness itself and the creamy consistency of yogurt is the perfect base.

Ingredients
Romaine lettuce 1 or any lettuce
Cucumber 1
Spring onion 1
Garlic Cloves 1-2
Thick yogurt 1/2 cup
Mint leaves 4-5
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Crushed red pepper to taste(optional)
method
wash lettuce & mint leaves, spring onion & chopped.chopped cucumber .Blend all ingredients except black pepper,salt & red crushed pepper.
pour in a glass /bowl .add seasoning (Salt ,black pepper,red crushed pepper)& enjoy!!
tips:-
Any type of lettuce one can use.
instead of yogurt ,one can add sour cream.
any herbs one preferred.
Deseeded Cucumber it’s an individual choice.

 

Eggless Pineapple Cake

Eggless cake prepared in a microwave.using cream cheese & basic ingredients used for baking & frosted with Cool whip

ingredients

2 tbsp Butter

2 tbsp Cream Cheese

1/2 cup Sugar

3/4 cup Milk

1 cup All purpose flour

1/2 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp Baking Soda

1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence

1 pack of Cool Whip

Canned or fresh Pineapple Pieces

Method
Take butter and cream cheese in mixing bowl.To that add sugar and whisk well until it turns out creamy.Slowly add warm milk and make that into a thin paste.Now add vanilla essence and mix well.Sieve all purpose flour into a wet mixture along with baking powder and baking soda.Mix very well.Pour the mixture into greased 8*8 microwave safe Baking tray.Microwave on a high power for 4 minutes.After a cake is done allow it to cool down for 10 minutes.Then transfer that to a cooling rack.After cake cools down divide that into two equal size sponge sheets.

Frosting

Take one of the sponge sheets .Apply pineapple juice over that.Apply a layer of cool whip over it.Place few chunks of pineapple over cream layer.Now put another sponge sheet on the top of previous sponge sheet.Now cover the whole cake with cool whip.Put some pineapple pieces on the top of a cake

Tips:-Make sure to use butter and cream cheese at room temperature.Be sure to use warm milk.Power setting for each microwave varies, so be sure to adjust cooking time as per your own judgement.

 

Recipe adapted from http://www.madhurasrecipe.com/microwave/Microwave-Pineapple

Aloo Palak

Spinach is an excellent source of lots of vitamin & minerals.It is a very good source of dietary fiber, Spinach means Palak in Hindi language. It is a leaf-based  dish eaten in the Indian Subcontinent with bread such as roti or rice.Potatoes means aloo in hindi .its a dish cooked with Spinach, potatoes & Indian Spices.

Ingredients

3 potatoes, peeled and cubed, (lightly sauteed in 1/2 tbsp of oil)

2 bunches spinach chopped

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 onions finely chopped

1-2 tomatoes chopped or puree

2 green chillies slit

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 1/2 cups water

salt to taste

1/2 tsp garam masala powder

1/2 tbsp cream optional

1/2 tsp Dry Fenugreek leaves

2 tbsp oil

Method
Heat oil in a heavy bottomed vessel, add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the onions and green chillies and sauté the onions till they turn transparent.Add ginger garlic paste and fry further for 3-4 minutes.add tomatoes and cooked now add turmeric powder ,red chilli powder and coriander powder and combine well.Add the spinach and let it cook for 4-5 minutes. Add the fried potato cubes and combine. Cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes.Add the water and salt and cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutes or till the potatoes are tender. Add malai, garam masala powder dry fenugreek leaves and combine.Reduce flame, cover and cook for a mt. Turn off heat and serve hot with Rotis or steamed rice.
Tips -if you want u can use spinach paste too,a taste will be same.

Peanut Chutney

Peanut chutney is a delicious an accompaniment to many South Indian dishes such as Idli,dosa,medu vada.

ingredients

1 Cup peanuts

1 Tbsp oil

2 1/2 Tbsp ginger finely chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

2 1/2 Tbsp tamarind pulp

1 tsp mustard seeds

10-12 curry leaves

Urad dal 1 tsp

Bengal gram (channa dal) 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Water as required

Method

Soak urad dal & channa dal.Dry roast peanut in a pan & keep aside.using same pan add 2 tsp of oil adding dry red chilies ,soaked urad dal,channa dal & ginger saute on a med flame till it cook nice & brown.In a grinder jar adding roasted peanut,sauteed dry red chillies ,urad dal ,channa dal ,ginger & tamarind pulp.Adding little by little  water to make a coarse /smooth chutney as per liking. Take out Ground paste in a bowl.add salt & check seasoning .Heat remaining oil & prepare mustard seed and curry leaf tempering & pour on top of  Chutney .Mix properly !!Peanut Chutney  is ready.

Tips:-After roasting de-skin of  peanut is an individual choice.Increase or decrease  red chilli quantity as per own taste buds.

 

Aloo Paratha

Soft dough stuffed with the spicy filling of mashed potatoes and other Indian spices and then rolled out into big round shape flatbread serve with Plain yoghurt & pickles.

ingredients

Whole wheat flour 1 cup

Pinch of salt

1 cup water

oil 1/4 cup for kneading

Fillings

Boiled & Mashed potatoes 5 medium size

Onion chopped 1 medium

Green chillies 1-2 finely chopped

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp

Coriander powder 1/2 tbsp

Lime juice 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Green Coriander leaves 1 tbsp

Garam masala powder 1 tsp (optional)

Black mustard seeds 1 tsp

Oil for Cooking & frying filling

Butter a dash for toppings (optional)

Method

Make a soft dough with the specified ingredients. Divide the dough into balls, as per the required size. Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan add black mustard seeds once it crackled add green chilli & chopped onion once onion became pink in color add turmeric powder,red chilli powder ,coriander powder ,mashed  potatoes & salt mix properly so it combined like  a dough .turn off heat then adding lime juice ,garam masala powder & green coriander leaves & mix well..Potato filling is prepared ,keep aside to cool down .

Take each portion of the dough, flatten it on palm.Stuff the filling in the dough ,close edges properly& roll into balls.13133151_1007321552648727_6665461358081143786_n

With a rolling pin, flatten the balls into 1/2″ thick round parathas.

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Heat pan on a medium flame.Cook the parathas & apply oil both sides cook until parathas are golden and cooked through.

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Jhaal Muri

Jhaal means Spice & Muri is a puffed Rice & seasoned with Indian spices.it’s a no-cook recipe.Very light & flavorful snacks .Jhaal muri is a popular street food of Bihar & West Bengal.one can add as many ingredients like boiled potatoes ,chopped tomatoes ,peanuts& chutneys of their individual choice but mustard oil is a key ingredient to enhance taste .i am sharing  a recipe which we ate at my home.It’s a favourite Tea time snacks for us almost every day of me & my cousin.we had a lot of memories connected with this snacks lot of spicy chit-chat & secrets.

Ingredients

Puffed Rice 2 cup

Onion finely chopped 1 tbsp

Green chillies 1-2 finely chopped

Mustard oil 2tsp

Salt to taste

Paprika to taste

Lime juice 1 tsp

Green coriander leaves/cilantro 1 tbsp for garnishing

Method

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.garnish with chopped green coriander leaves.enjoy with a cup of Ginger Tea.

My entry for Semi Home Made Collective – May 2016 @Sonal Gupta blog. http://simplyvegetarian777.com/ .plz do check her blog for awesome & delectable  Vegetarian food.

Mango Panna Cotta

Panna cotta (In Italian meaning ‘cooked cream’) is an Italian dessert of sweetened cream thickened with  gelatin & molded. The cream may be aromatized with rum, coffee, vanilla, or other flavorings.I am sharing Mango Panna cotta made with a  fresh cream, gelatin, sugar ,and  mango puree.

Ingredients

skimmed Milk-1/14 cup
cream-1/4 cup
vanilla extract -1tsp(optional)
sugar-1/4 cup or as much sweeter u like
Gelatin-1 packet (dissolved
1-2 tbsp in warm water)
Mango puree – 3/4cup +2 tbsp
Method
Pour milk & cream in a pan on medium heat ..let it be warm keep stirring and add sugar and mix properly..till it start boiling ..remove pan from heat as cream heated fast it may come out of pan.now add dissolve gelatin and mix properly.we will strain in another bowl ..so that remaining gelatin should be mixed evenly.once a mixture comes to room temp .add mango puree & mix properly.pour in a glass or bowl to set .i prefer overnight .
de-mould a Panna cotta pour 2 tbsp on top .serve !!

Caramel Custard

Custard made out of eggs, milk and sugar in a microwave.

Ingredients
Egg 1
Sugar 3 tbsp + 1 tsp
Cold water 1 tsp
Hot water 1 tsp
Vanilla extract 1 tsp
Milk 1/2 cup
Ramekin
Water for steaming
Method
Add 1 tsp sugar & 1 tsp cold water In ramekin.Cook for 1 min in microwave 100% or HI power.plz handle carefully using oven mitts as it will be hot.If it still not caramelized 30 sec more.Instantly check sugar .add 1 tsp hot water.In a mixing bowl add sugar,egg ,vanilla extract & milk.Mix properly till it blended.Strain & add mixture in a ramekin.In a large bowl for steaming add hot water to a level of a ramekin.Cover with cling film & cook for 8-10 min on HI/100%.Carefully remove ramekin.keep in refrigerator till it set.Once it set de-mould & serve!!

Fresh Strawberry Granita

Granita is a semi-frozen dessert  made from sugar, water, and various flavorings. its texture varies from coarse to smooth, it is always different from the one of an ice cream which is creamier, and from the one of a sorbet, which is more compact; this makes granita distinct and unique.Common and traditional flavoring ingredients include lemon juice, mandarin oranges, jasmine, coffee,almonds, mint etc.

My version of Strawberry Granita is made with pureed Strawberries  freeze in a pan and scrape with a fork.

Ingredients

4 cups fresh strawberries

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup water

2 Tbsps fresh lemon juice

Mint leaves for Garnish

Method

Add sugar and water in a blender; process until sugar dissolves. Add strawberries and lemon juice; blend until smooth. Pour mixture into square dish. Cover and freeze 3 hours; stir well. Cover and freeze few hours more or overnight.Remove mixture from freezer; let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. Scrape entire mixture with a fork until fluffy.

 

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Scrape granita in dish

 

 

Instant Cake

Mix all ingredients in a cup or bowl.Instant cake Ready in a minute.

Ingredients

Self Raising Flour- 3tbsp
Coco powder – 1 1/2tbsp
Coffee Powder-2 Tsp
Condensed milk – 3 tbsp
Olive oil /Butter 2 tbsp
Milk – 3tbsp + 1tbsp
Almond chopped (optional)
For ganache frosting
Heavy Whipping Cream 1/4 cup
dark /semi sweet Chocolate chips 1/2 cup
Method
Mix w tsp coffee powder in a 1 tbsp milk.boil make a coffee mixture keep aside.
Take a Microwave-safe cup or bowl.Add oil /butter.then condensed milk.mix properly then add flour ,cocoa ,coffee mix .adding milk stirred a lump free mixture.
Microwave for 2 min.
For Ganache
In a bowl heat cream for 30 sec -1 min.
Keep an eye on cream as it warm fast or may spill out.then add choco chips give a good stir.
Once a cake cooled down invert on serving plate or one can serve in a bowl or cup only.
Pour ganache on top garnish with almond flakes & enjoy.

 

Mexican Flan

Flan is a traditional Mexican dessert and there are many versions. It is a rich, creamy, cooked egg custard. it’s flavored with vanilla and baked in a water bath to retain its texture.

Ingredients
Egg -3
Sugar-1 cup
Evaporated milk -1 tin
Condensed milk- 1 tinVanilla extract -1 tbsp
Whipped cream..optional
Method

Preheat oven to 350°F.Select 2 oven safe containers, one that can easily fit inside the other.The large one will be used for a water bath and the smaller one will pour flan.mixture.Fill the larger container a little less than halfway with water and place in the cold oven to heat up while you prepare the caramel and the custard.In a large pan, caramelized the sugar until it turns a light golden brown .While still hot, transfer the melted sugar to baking container swirling it around until the entire bottom is covered then set aside.In a blender add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.Open up the oven where you have placed the water bath and then place the small pan with the caramel inside the large water bath pan.Pour the mixture into the pan being careful not to splash it.Bake for 30- 45 minutes until the top is golden brown and the center passes a toothpick test.Remove from oven and allow to cool on a rack.You may invert this onto a large serving dish or Cut a piece & serve with a dollop of whipped cream

Tips :-Let it cool down or keep in a fridge for 24 hrs. when serving put hot water in a bigger bowl and keep baked flan bowl in it so that caramel should be easily come out

 

 

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Side view Flan

 

 

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Mirch Ka Salan

Salan means Curry & Mirch means Chilli .It’s an authentic & traditional spicy dish of  Hyderabad,India .It’s  prepared with green chillies and relished along with Biryani recipes.Mirchi ka salan, or curried chilli peppers, is a popular dish made with a variety of long & spicy  chillies, spices  with flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds.Serve with Biryani /rice /pulao.I am sharing my version of Mirch ka salan as my family like this curry along with biryani .Originally 15-20 Chilli are added in this Curry.

Ingredients

Green Chilli 4-5

Sesame seeds 2 tbsp

Peanuts 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut 1/3 cup

Onion 1(sliced)

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Dry red chillies 3

Garlic 5-6

Ginger 1″

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tbsp

Green Coriander leaves(chopped) 1 tbsp

Tamarind pulp 1tbsp

Oil 4 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Water 3 cups

Method

Make a cut in green chillies then  heat oil in a deep pan and  fry for 3-4 minutes. Drain on tissue paper. Dry roast cumin seeds, Peanuts, sesame seeds & desiccated coconut in a pan.Grind together red chillies, peanuts, cumin seeds, Desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, garlic and ginger with enough water into a paste. Take  1 tbsp of the leftover oil in another pan and heat. Add mustard seeds and once it crackled  add curry leaves and onion. Mix well and sauté till the onion becomes translucent  after that add a ground paste and mix well.then  Add turmeric powder & coriander powder cook mixture stir continuously till it started leaving oil then and 3-4 cups of water. Stir and cook for a 2 to 3 minutes. Add the fried green chillies, salt and tamarind pulp. Mix well and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Tips :-one can add more green chilli as per requirement.

Check this Link  for Biryani

https://aayushimanish.wordpress.com/category/rice-biryanipulao/

Soft Idli

It is made of soaking ,grinding  & fermented rice ,lentil then Steamed. Serve with sambar & chutneys.

Ingredients
(Make 25-30 idlis )

Idly rice 2 cup

Urad dal 1/2 cup

Flattened rice  thick 1/3 cup

Fenugreek seeds 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Method
Wash & Soak rice & Flattened rice together for min 4 hrs.
(for grinding use water used for soaking)In a different bowl soak urad dal & fenugreek seeds.Grind separately.Mix both mixture using hands.add salt & cover.Let it ferment overnight.In cold places ,it may take longer time.Steam idli & serve with sambar & chutneys

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Medu Vada

It is made with spiced urad dal batter and fried in donut shape dumplings. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are served with Sambar or Coconut Chutney.

ingredients

1 cup urad dal
3 green chillies , roughly chopped
3 to 4 peppercorns 
8 to 10 curry leaves
1 tsp ginger
salt to taste
Method
Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for at least 2 hours.Drain, add the green chillies, black pepper, curry leaves ,and ginger and blend in a mixer to a smooth batter, adding a little water.
Add the salt and mix well and divide the mixture into equal portions. Keep aside.Wet your hand.Take a portion of the mixture in your hand.Make a hole in the center with your thumb.Heat oil in a kadhai(temp Med-hi) up turn your hand and drop the vada in oil.Deep fry the vada till both sides turn golden brown in color.Repeat with the remaining batter to make more medu vadas.Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar

Vanilla Chocochips Ice cream

Whipped cream blended with Condensed milk ,Vanilla extract & choco chips

Ingredients

Heavy whipping cream 2 cup

1 can Condensed milk or as much sweetness one like

Vanilla extract/essence 1 tsp

Chocochips mini 1/2 cup

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whipped heavy whipping cream using an electric beater ,In a big bowl ,add whipped cream ,condensed milk ,vanilla extract & choco chips.mix properly freeze 8 hrs or overnight till it set.scoop & serve !!

Tips whipping cream volume increase double once whipped .
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Vanilla choco chips Icecream

Mango Icecream

Easy to make 3 ingredients recipe.Mango pureed mixed with whipped cream & condensed milk.Adapted from a web @show me the curry

ingredients

Mango pulp (sweetened)-850 gm
Condensed milk -1/2 tin
Whipped cream -250 gm
Mango cubes :-few(optional)
Method :-
Take a deep bowl..add mango pulp.condensed milk & whipped cream..mix all ingredients with spoon or hand whisker.(not electric).pour in a tight lid box..after 2 hrs mix mango cubes & put again freezer for at least 4 hrs or till it freeze.Serve & enjoy !!

 

Strawberry Pistachios Malai Kulfi

Kulfi 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 airtight sealed molds.

I am sharing an easier version of Kulfi without cooking which is prepared with Fresh Pureed Strawberries Blend with Whipped Cream & condensed milk & freeze in a Mold or a Box.

Ingredients
Strawberry pureed 1 cup
Whipped Cream 1 cup
Condensed milk 1/2 cup or to taste
Pistachios crushed 2 tbsp
Method
Wash & dry strawberry properly then pureed & strained.In a big bowl
mix everything together then pour into a mold or freeze in a box keep in a fridge to set for 6 hrs or overnight.Demold or scoop & 13043463_1002004106513805_3264896277122941221_nServe
Tips:- one can use strawberry crush available in a market too.

Aloo Gobhi Curry

Boiled Potatoes & fried Cauliflower Florets ,Seasoned & simmer with Indian Spices.

Ingredients

  • Boiled potatoes 4 med size cut in chunks
  • Cauliflower florets 2 cup
  • Mustard Oil ?any cooking oil 2 tbsp
  • Onion sliced med 2
  • Tomatoes chopped 3
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 2 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1/2 tbsp
  • coriander powder 1 tbsp
  • Garam masala 1 tsp
  • Bay leaf 2
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Green coriander leaves chopped 1 tbsp
  • Water 1 cup or as required for gravy

Method

  1. Heat oil in a pan then adding Cumin seeds once it crackled add bay leaf.add cauliflower cook till it became brown on top.remove from oil keep aside .
  2. using same pan adding sliced onion cook till it becomes translucent.add ginger garlic paste cook till raw aroma goes off.Add tomatoes & dry powder except garam masala powder cook till start leaving oil.
  3. add cooked cauliflower & boiled potatoes.mix properly so it coated with masala mixture.add salt & garam masala powder.give a good stir .add water & boil .once start boiling simmer to low heat for 10 min .so that vegetables absorb gravy .
  4. Check seasoning & curry desired consistency.turn off heat add chopped green coriander leaves.Serve with Rice or chappati
My Tip: Cook preferably in mustard oil.it gives an awesome flavor.

Vermicelli Upma

Vermicelli cooked with veggies & seasoned.

ingredients

2 cups vermicelli

3 cups water

1 small red onion, chopped

3/4 to 1 cup chopped vegetables of choice (carrots, peas, beans, OR u r fav veg

2-3 green chillies, slit (as per u r choice)

1″ piece of ginger, grated

1 tbsp oil

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp Bengal gram

1/4 cup roasted peanut(optional)for garnish

A few curry leaves (optional)

1/2 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Chopped coriander leaves for garnish (optional)

METHOD
Roast the vermicelli in a dry skillet or pan until golden brown. This will take about 4-5 mins but keep an eye on it and stir frequently otherwise they will brown on one side only or even burn. Set aside when done.Heat oil in the same pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, Bengal gram and green chillies. When the mustard seeds pop, add the chopped onion. When it becomes transparent, add the ginger and the vegetables. Mix well until well coated and cook covered on sim for 6-8 mins until the vegetables are soft. Sprinkle some water if necessary.Once the vegetables are cooked, add the water with some salt and bring to boil. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, dunk in the roasted vermicelli stirring continuously so that it doesn’t clump. Let it cook in the open pan until the vermicelli has cooked all over and there’s no water left. Usually a vermicelli : water ratio of 1 : 1.5 works well for me.
Garnish with coriander leaves ,peanut roasted & lemon juice and serve hot

Oats Dhokla

Ingredients

Oats -(roasted & powder)-1/2 cup
Gramflour -1/2 cup
Ginger & Green chillies paste -1 tsp
Salt- to taste
Lemon juice -1 tsp
Fruit Salt -1 tsp
Turmeric pwd-1/4 tsp
Water to make batter
For tempering
Mustard seeds-1 tbsp
Oil -1 tsp
sugar- to taste(optional)
Lemon juice -1 tsp
Salt to taste
Curry leaves-10
water -1/2 cup

method

Into a bowl  Gram flour,powdered oats,green chilli paste ,salt ,lemon juice & make a smooth batter adding water.add fruit salt at last .now take pressure cooker add water ,as we do for Idli ,grease idli stand pour batter ,..close lid put on flame for 8 min High & low flame 4 min.meanwhile prepare tempering to pour on dhokla.take out dhokla on a plate & pour tempering on top of it.once it absorbed .Serve hot with chutney!!

Yellow Moong Dal & Spinach Crepe

Crepe prepared using Soaked & grind Split yellow moong Dal with Spinach .

Ingredients

Yellow moong dal (soaked) 1/2 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida a pinch
Salt to taste
Spinach (chopped ) 1/2 cup
Onion chopped small
Green chillies 1
Method
Grind soaked moong dal .takeout in a bowl add salt, spinach,Asafoetida , cumin seeds.
Heat pan or griddle .pour batter on it spread..as we do for dosa..sprinkle chopped onion & green chillies..add oil on side cook both sides.till it crisp.Serve with Chutney!!

Spicy oats & moong crepes with mint & cilantro chutney

Crepes prepared using Oats ,yellow split lentil & veggies .
Ingredients
Old fashioned Oats(powdered) 1/2 cup
Yellow moong dal (soaked) 1/2 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Green chillies 1-2
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper powder to taste
Onion finely chopped optional
Tomato deseeded chopped optional
Oil
Method
Powder oats using a grinder.now make a paste of soaked moong dal.adding green chillies. take paste in a bowl add all spices & oats.make a batter.if u feel a batter is thick add a
little water.now heat a pan or dosa pan ..drop with ladle..drop oil with a help of spoon .add chopped onion & tomatoes .flip & cook both sides ..till it crisp
Mint & cilantro chutney
Handful of mint & cilantro
Garlic 1-2
Yogurt 1 or 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Mustard oil few drops (optional)
Grind all ingredients except oil & salt.tske in a bowl add salt & oil .
Serve ur healthy crepes with chutney & enjoy !!!

 

Oats Uttapam

Oats & semolina Pancakes  prepared with  Indian spices & seasoned

Ingredients
Oats (roasted & powder) 3/4 cup
Rava 1 tbsp
Yogurt 1 cup
Onion chopped.
spinach chopped (optional)
Curry leaves few chopped
Green chilli chopped
Salt to taste
Red chilli powder optional
Eno fruit salt 1/4 tsp
Lemon juice few drops
Water if required
oil for cooking
Method
Take a bowl add oats,rava,onion ,green chilli,curry leaves & spinach .then add yogurt mix properly.add salt if a batter is very thick a little water.Before preparing uttapam.add Eno fruit salt & lemon juice.mix properly.Heat a pan on med heat.drop full ladle on pan .sprinkle red chilli powder.add little oil .cook both sides.Enjoy plain or with Chutney.

Mutton Curry

Mutton marinated with Yogurt & cooked with Indian spices

Ingredients

  • 1 kg mutton
  • 5 tbsp oil
  • 1 cup curd
  • 2 onion finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste 2 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1½ tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • Whole garam masala{ 1 tsp black peppercorns, 12 cloves, 8 green cardamom ,5 sticks cinnamon Few threads of mace}
  • Salt to taste

Method

In a bowl, mix mutton with curd and a little salt and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan and put in the whole garam masala. When they start to crackle, put in the chopped onions and fry till they turn golden brown.Add ginger-garlic paste and fry again for about two minutes. Add all the masala powder and fry till the oil comes up. Now add mutton with the marinade paste and stir fry on a high flame for 2 minutes.Pour in water and add a little salt, cook it with the lid closed till the meat becomes tender and the gravy is medium-thick in consistency.Serve it with white steamed rice /roti /paratha.

Crispy Fried Fish

Indian non-vegetarian meal is incomplete without a Masala Fish Fry. it’s is a very common and staple dish.A nice spicy fish fry can be eaten on its own as an appetizer or starter or goes well with rice too. There are various ways of preparing the fish fry using different ingredients and spices to individual taste.The fried fish would taste better if marinated and left for long or can be cooked as soon as it’s coated with marination.Fishes are easy and quick to cook, packed with good amount of protein and low in fat.Check my Pan fried recipe  Pan Fried Tilapia

I am sharing my deep fried recipe.it’s a bony fish Marinated with Indian spices.

ingredients

Fish (with bones)1 kg /2lb

Garlic paste 2-3 tsp

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder 2tsp

Red chilli powder 1 tsp to taste

Mustard Oil (preferably)/any cooking oil for Deep Frying

Method

Clean & wash fish ,marinate with turmeric powder,chilli powder,garlic paste & salt .keep aside for 15-20 min.heat oil in a pan deep Fry .Enjoy Crispy fried fish with rice/roti or serve as an appetizer

Pan Fried Tilapia

Tilapia fish marinated with Indian spices & shallow fry

Ingredients

Tilapia fillets 2
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tbsp
Rice flour
Salt to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Garlic paste 1 tsp
Mustard oil?any cooking oil for frying
Water if required

Method

Cut fillets in shape & size of own choice.Mix all ingredients,coat properly.
Marinate for 15-20 min.Heat oil fry on med heat.
Serve hot with onion rings.
Enjoy !!

Sambar

Split yellow pigeon pea cooked with vegetables ,tamarind & seasoned.a lentil based soup or stew which is served with idli ,vada or rice .A Famous dish from south India.

ingredients
2 Cup -Split pigeon peas(Toor Dal)
water- to cook dal
1/2 tsp- Turmeric optional
3 Red Chillies (to taste)
1-2 tbsp Sambar powder
2 tsp Mustard seeds
Tamarind paste-(as much sour taste u like )
1-2 cups Vegetables washed & chopped (choice of u r fav veg)
Green Chillies to taste
Few Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
Cooking Oil
Method
Pressure Cook Toor dal with turmeric ,salt and water and keep aside.Cook the vegetables in water enough to soften them and add Turmeric and salt.When vegetables are cooked add tamarind paste.Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, and sambhar powder and keep stir for few minutes.Add this to the boiling vegetables.Add Cooked Split pigeon peas and let it cook for a few more minutes.
Sambar is ready.Serve with rice,idli,dosa .

 

Quinoa Vegetables Cutlet

Quinoa  is a source of complete protein ,a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and calcium.It is a healthy combination of quinoa and wholesome veggies with a tweak of Indian flavor.

 

ingredients

Pre-washed Quinoa 1 /2 cup

Water 1 cup for cooking quinoa

Boiled potato 1 med size

Salt to taste

Carrot 1/4 cup

Corn 1/4 cup

Green coriander leaves chopped 1tbsp

Spring onion chopped 1 tbsp

Green chilli 1 finely chopped

Ginger 1/2″ finely chopped

Garam masala 1/2 tsp

Chaat masala 1/2 tsp

White pepper powder 1/4 tsp

Lime juice 1 tsp

Cornflour 1 tbsp(to coat)

oil for shallow fry

method

In a pot add quinoa & water once it started boiling then adding a salt little bit ,Carrot & corn cover it & cook on low flame till quinoa cooked properly .it takes 10-12 min or till it cooked .remove from heat & leave for 5 min more.After 5 min uncovered take out a mixture in a bowl to cool down & add all ingredients & mix properly Check seasoning ,give a cutlet shape.heat oil in a pan for shallow fry .roll cutlet in a cornflour it will give a nice & crispy crust.cook from both sides till it became Nice golden Color.Serve Hot with sauce & salad.

 

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pan seared

 

 

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inside view 

 

 

Paneer Bhurji

Scrambled Cottage cheese cooked with Indian spices & seasoned

Ingredients

  • Paneer 250 gms
  • Onions 2 small
  • Tomatoes 2 medium sized
  • Green chillies 2-3
  • Bay leaf 1
  • salt as per taste
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder 1/4 tsp
  • Kasoori methi(dried fenugreek leaves) 1/2 tsp
  • Oil 2 tsp
  • Milk 1/2 cup
  • butter a dash
  • Green coriander leaves for garnishing

method

  1. Take 2 tsp of oil in a pan, add chopped onions and a bay leaf.Saute onions on medium flame. After onions turn light brown, add chopped tomatoes and mix well.
  2. Add green chillies, salt, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and paneer.Now add kasoori methi ,a dash of butter and 1/2 cup of boiled milk. Mix well and let it cook on high flame for few seconds but stirring very frequently.
  3. So as to avoid sticking of paneer to the bottom of a pan.Now lower the flame and let it cook for few minutes if needed add few spoons of water.
  4. Cook till oil separates out from the mixture. Garnish with coriander leaves

Kesar Peda

Ricotta cheese cooked with sugar & saffron ,decorated with Pistachios

ingredients

Ricotta cheese 1 cup

Sugar ¼ cup to taste

Saffron 15 to 20 strands

Warm milk (3 tbsp

Green cardamom powder

Ghee ½ tsp

Pistachios  slivered 10-12

Metho

Soak the saffron strands in hot milk for about 5 minutes and then keep aside. Heat a kadhai and add ricotta cheese next, add in the saffron-milk mix, sugar & cardamom powder.Mix well till sugar dissolve completely.Keep stirring on a low flame till the mixture has thickened. Take off the flame and let it cool downOnce the mixture is cool enough to handle, knead it into a smooth dough. Divide the mixture into equal-sized balls.apply ghee on palm & Lightly press the balls into flat discs and shape them as u like.keep it aside to cool completely.press at the centre of each peda and gently press & decorate with slivered pistachios

Fresh Baby carrot & Orange juice

Carrots + Oranges  work well together and are a great source of Vitamin C, which supports the body in its ability to absorb iron, Beta-Carotene which converts to Vitamin A in the body and helps you maintain a youthful appearance and overall boosted an immune system.

My easy simple recipe made with chopped baby carrot blended with Freshly pressed orange juice.

Ingredients

2 cup baby carrot chopped

2 medium Orange pressed juice

Few ice cubes

Method

Blend baby carrots , orange juice with ice .pour & serve

tips:- I am not a professional nutritionist nor dietician.so plz contact a professional.before taking this ,if anyone have an allergy or health issues.

Sabudana Khichdi

Soaked Sago/tapioca cooked with boiled potatoes & roasted peanuts & seasoned.

Ingredients

Sago /sabudana -1/2 cups (soaked in 1/2 cup water or a little bit more)for 2-3 hrs so it absorb water & become fluffy.

Salt to taste

A pinch of turmeric optional

Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp

oil/ghee for cooking

Roasted peanut & coarsely grind 1tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Lime juice 1 tsp

Few coriander sprigs chopped

Method

Heat a pan add oil then add cumin seeds once it crackled add turmeric powder red chilli powder ,add boiled potatoes mix properly ,Add soaked sago cook around 5-6 min or till it becomes translucent.add roasted peanut powder ,salt .Turn off heat then adding lime juice Garnish with coriander leaves & serve!!

Garlic Chutney

Garlic & red chili soaked in vinegar Grind & seasoned

ingredients

  • 1 pod garlic (peeled)
  • 2-3 Dry Red chilies (hot)
  • Vinegar 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste.
  • Kashmiri chili 1 (for natural color)

method

  1. Soak red chillies in vinegar for an hour, grind all the ingredients together in a blender. Serve.

Green Coconut Chutney

Fresh Grated coconut & Green coriander leaves grind ,seasoned & tempered.its an accompaniment for south Indian dishes like idli,dosa & vada

ingredients

Fresh Coconut Grated 1 cup

Green coriander leaves(chopped) 1Cup

Green chilies 2-3 /as per taste bud

Bengal gram(channa dal) 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Ginger grated 1″

For tempering

mustard seeds- 1 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Curry leaves 4-5

Dry Red chilies 1-2

Bengal gram(channa dal)  1 tbsp

Method

Boil a little water in a pan blanched coriander leaves for 20-30 sec.In another pan add 1 tsp oil add channa dal & saute.add green chilies & ginger then coconut fry for few sec.Transfer to grinder jar adding coriander leaves & rest of sauteed ingredients.without adding water pulse it.Later add little water & grind.For tempering add oil in a pan add mustard seeds channa dal then red chilies & finally curry leaves.then turn off a flame.take out chutney in a bowl add salt ..pour tempering on chutney & mix properly.Check seasoning.

 Tips :-Adjust chili as per your own taste buds. If using frozen coconut then thaw it.

Fresh Watermelon Orange juice

Oranges are a Good source of vitamin C. Its helping cardiovascular health, reducing stroke risk, lowering cholesterol and even playing a role in improving brain.Watermelons too, are linked to having heart health benefits. The have also been shown lower blood pressure, boost the circulatory system and protect cells from damage.

My Simple recipe ,it’s a heart-healthy combination.no fuss easy making two ingredients.

Ingredients

Watermelon Chunks 2 cup

Navel orange juice 1/2 cup (freshly pressed)

Few ice cubes optional

Method

Add watermelon chunks & orange juice in a blender.blend until watermelon liquefied.add ice cubes in a glass.pour & Serve .

Tips:I am not a professional nutritionist nor dietician.so plz contact a professional.before taking this ,if anyone have an allergy or health issues.

Dahiwale Aloo

Boiled potatoes simmered in Yogurt gravy

ingredients

  • Boiled potatoes, 3 medium sized
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
  • Red chillies (dry)- as per taste
  • Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
  • Curd- 1 cup (whisked)
  • Salt to taste
  • Asafoetida a pinch
  • Oil 3 tsp

method

  1. Heat 2 -3 tsp oil in a pan, add the cumin seeds and then allow them to crackle. Then add the red dry chillies and allow them to crackle. Then add the boiled potato and saute for a minute.
  2. Next, remove the boiled potatoes and use the same pot to cook. Add oil to heat, then add the dry masalas ( now add coriander powder, turmeric,red chilli powder, asafoetida) and cook for a minute.
  3. Then add the whisked yogurt and keep stirring until all the spices are mixed well. Now add salt and water if it is too thick. Cook it for 5 minutes on a low flame. Keep the gravy consistency as per your choice.
  4. Serve it hot with chappati/poori /paratha.