Butter Chicken

Butter chicken or murgh makhani is an Indian dish  of chicken in a mildly spiced curry sauce.Chicken is marinated for several hours in a Yoghurt and Indian spice mixture. The chicken is usually cooked in a tandoor but may be grilled, roasted, or pan-fried.Cooked/baked chicken Simmered in a Makhni Gravy.

Makhni means cream based gravy which is prepared using tomatoes cooked along with Indian spice ,butter & cream .Fresh Cream used in the sauce for a smooth texture or as a garnish.

I am sharing my way of Butter Chicken ,Marinated,Baked in Oven & simmered in Cream based Gravy.

Ingredients

800 gm chicken pieces (boneless)

for marination 2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp Ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp coriander powder

Salt to taste

500 gm yoghurt

For gravy 150 gm butter

500 gm tomato,blanched ,deseeded & pureed

Salt to taste

100 gm cream

kasoori methi powder 1 tsp

sugar 1 tsp (optional)

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp cumin powder

Method

Marinate chicken with above-mentioned ingredients.for 6-8 hrs or preferably overnight.cook chicken 3/4 Th in tandoor or oven.Heat a kadhai 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.add chicken rest of butter & cream cook till chicken Cooked & gravy thicken.Serve with Rice/naan.

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Mint & Coriander Chutney

Green Cilantro (Coriander Leaves) & Mint  Grind & seasoned.

Ingredients

Handful of mint & cilantro(Coriander leaves)

Garlic 1-2

Yogurt 1 or 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

Mustard oil few drops (optional)

Grind all ingredients except oil & salt.take in a bowl add salt & oil .
Serve  chutney with samosa & pakoras & enjoy !!!

 

Raw Mango Sweet & Spicy Chutney

Raw Mango cooked in Sugar syrup & seasoned with Indian spices.its an accompaniment to an Indian meal.Serve with Rice,dal or Chapati & paratha

ingredients

Raw mango 1 diced
Sugar 1/2 cup or to taste
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Dry red chillies 1
Red chilli powder 1/4 tsp
Salt a pinch
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
water 1/2 cup
method
Peel & diced raw mango in cubes.Heat oil in a pan add cumin seeds once it crackled add dry red chilli.add diced mango & saute.
Add turmeric ,red chilli powder,a pinch of salt .sugar & water .give a boil turn heat to med -low .till mango cooked properly & keep sugar syrup as desired consistency.
Turn off heat and allow Raw Mango Chutney to cool.store in refrigerator until ready to serve !!

Grilled Chicken

Marinated Chicken with Indian Spices Grilled on Pan

Ingredients
10 nos. Chicken(skinless drumsticks)/150 gm chicken breast ( cut in cubes )
8 cloves Garlic
2 tbsps. Lime juice
3 tsp. Red Chili Powder
2 tsp. Coriander powder
4 tsp. Spice mix for Tandoori
2 tbsps. Butter
Salt to taste
Method
Wash chicken and trim all fat. Make small incisions in the chicken pieces.Now take all the spices (except butter )and mix them with chicken. Keep it aside for 6 to8 hours for marination.Heat some butter in a nonstick pan and fry 2 to 3 chicken pieces at a time. Keep stirring occasionally till the chicken is tender.After all the chicken is done, fry them lightly in very little butter.
using same process for chicken breast.a bamboo stick ,deep it in water before use.it will prevent from burning.few cubes of onion,tomato & capsicum.arrange chicken breast on a bamboo stick adding veg ,roast evenly on pan adding a little bit oil.sprinkle chat masala(optional) before serving

Kheer

Kheer is a rice pudding from the cuisine of the Indian Subcontinent, made by boiling rice, with milk and sugar on a slow fire ; it is flavoured with cardamom & nut.Served Hot or Chilled

Ingredients

1/4th Cup or 100 g Basmati rice
1 can condensed milk  or sugar to taste
1-liter fresh milk
Cardamom powder, to taste
Dry fruits for garnish
Method
Boil fresh milk in a heavy bottomed pan.Add rice to the milk and mix.Cook on low flame till the rice grains turn soft and begin to break.Now add cardamom powder to the rice-milk mixture and stir well.If you are using condensed milk, Keeping on a slow flame, mix in the sweetened condensed milk into this pan and stir thoroughly.
Simmer for another  4-7 minute . Remove from fire and pour kheer into a serving bowl.Garnish with dry fruits.Your delicious kheer recipe is ready to be served hot/cold

Thick Tomato Soup

Tomatoes & Vegetables Cooked in a pressure Cooker, pureed & seasoned.

Ingredients
Tomatoes 4
Garlic cloves 1-2
Baby Carrot 1-2
Beetroot small 1
Onion small 1
Bay leaves 1-2
Paprika to taste
Sugar 1/2 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Oil/Butter for cooking
Method
Heat a pressure cooker adding oil then add Bay leaves chopped garlic & saute.add onion & saute.add all chopped vegetables.salt,sugar & paprika.give a stir.Put a lid on pressure cook .wait for 1-2 whistles.Turn off heat.Once pressure cool down.Discard bay leaves.Blend cooked mixture & strain.Using same pressure cooker add a little butter.pour strain mixture & check seasoning.give a boil adding Black pepper powder.
Serve & enjoy Hot soup !!!

Chilli Chicken with Gravy

Chilli Chicken is made of boneless chicken pieces deep fried and served with a Chinese gravy.

ingredients
Chicken: 500gms boneless
Ginger garlic paste: 1tbsp
Green pepper(capsicum): 1
Onions: 2
Green chillies: 3-4 (a per taste)
Soy sauce: 2 tsp
Cornflour: 3 tbsp
Vinegar: 1 tsp
Tomato ketchup: 2 tbsp
Sugar: ½tsp
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying
Spring onion( for garnish)
Method
Clean the chicken and keep aside. Chop the onions into square pieces and slit the green chillies. Cut the peppers into square pieces.in a bowl take chicken now add make a paste with 2 tbsp cornflour and water. Add half the ginger, garlic paste, ½tsp soy sauce, ½tsp vinegar, salt and pepper. Marinate for 20 minutes.Heat the oil and deep fry the chicken pieces. Drain on kitchen roll and keep it aside.Heat 2 tsp of oil in a pan. Add the onions and green chillies. Sauté until onions are brown. Add the rest of the ginger garlic paste and fry. Add the chicken, soya sauce, vinegar, ketchup, sugar, salt and pepper.Mix 1tbsp of the cornflour with water and add to the chicken. Mix well. Boil till it thickens.Serve hot garnished with spring onion.tips:- u can adjust all type of sauce as per u r taste

Chicken Manchurian

Minced Chicken balls Seasoned with soy sauce ,vinegar & simmered in Gravy .NO MSG used.

ingredients
Ground/Minced chicken 500 gm
Egg 1
Salt to taste
Red chilli flakes to taste(optional)
Chopped garlic 2 tbsp + 1tsp
Black pepper Powder 1 tsp
Cornflour 4 tbsp
Green chillies 2-3(slit)
Spring onions with greens
Ginger Chopped 1 tsp
OIi for cooking & deep frying
Onion sliced 1 (med)
Chicken stock 2 cup
Soy sauce 2 tsp
Chilli sauce 2 tsp
vinegar 2 tsp
method
In a bowl add chicken,egg,salt,1 tsp of garlic& pepper add 3 tbsp of cornflour mix properly.
Heat oil in a wok deep fry a Manchurian ball.
take out on a paper towel.
Heat a wok adding  oil then garlic, ginger and green chillies and sauté till raw aroma goes off.then add spring onion(white part) & onion cook till it becomes pink in colour.add very little salt.add chicken stock & sauces once gravy boil then add cornflour mixture.
Add Manchurian balls & mix properly.check seasoning.
Garnish with spring onion greens & red chilli flakes.
Serve with Fried rice or Noodles.
tips
Increase or decrease sauce quantity as per own taste buds

Quinoa with Vegetables

Quinoa Cooked with Vegetables & seasoned with Indian Flavor for a twist.

Ingredients
Quinoa cooked 1 cup
Olive oil 1 tsp
Mixed vegetables 1 cup
Onion 1 small
Green onions 1
Garlic cloves 1 -2
Ginger finely chopped 1/2″
Curry powder 1/2 tsp(optional)
Paprika to taste
Green chilli 1-2
Salt to taste.
Black pepper to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Method
Cooked quinoa as per instructions wrote behind packet.
Heat oil in a wok ,adding onion & green onion white parts.
Add chopped garlic cloves & ginger & Green chillies cook till raw aroma goes.add mixed vegetables
Then add spices saute .cover & cook till veggies become soft.
Check seasoning.
Mixed cooked quinoa.add lime juice & Sprinkle Black pepper.
Garnish with green Onions.

Cashewnut laddu

Cashewnut powder cooked in sugar syrup to make a ball.its like a fudge.

ingredient
Cashewnut powder :-200 grams
Sugar:- 3 &1/2 tablespoons
Lukewarm milk:-3 teaspoon
Ghee:-1/4 cup + for greasing
Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoons
method
Heat sugar and 50 ml water in a non-stick pan. Cook till one-string consistency is reached. Add cashew nut powder to sugar syrup. Mix well and switch off heat. keep checking there are no lumps.Add 3 teaspoons milk and mix well. Switch on heat, add ghee and cardamom powder. Mix well and make sure that there are no lumps.Cook till the ghee melts and switch off heat. Set aside for 20 minutes or cool to room temperature. Grease your hands with ghee. Divide mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos or any shape as u desired.decorate with any dryfruits(optional)

Coconut Laddoo

Laddoo is an Indian sweet that is often prepared to celebrate festivals or special occasions.It’s easy to make with few ingredients easily available at home.Desiccated coconut mixed with condensed milk to make a ball.one can use fresh grated coconut to make this ladoo.various type of laddoo one can check on my blog Cashewnut laddu Boondi Laddoo Besan Laddu

Ingredients

1 tin  condensed milk

3 ½ cup-4 cups Desiccated coconut powder

Cardamom powder a pinch

Ghee or unsalted butter 1/2 tsp to apply on palm

Method:

Keep aside 1/4th cup coconut powder.Heat a non-stick pan Add remaining coconut powder and  condensed milk and cook on a slow fire till the mixture leaves the sides of pan (approx 5 minutes).add cardamom powder.Cool and roll into small laddoos with buttered (oiled) hands. Roll in coconut powder and serve.

Besan Laddu

Roasted gramflour in ghee & make in a ball shape.

Ingredients
2 cups besan
½ cup ghee
1 cup powdered sugar
4 cardamoms-powdered
Method
dry roast the besan in a kadai or pan on slow flame for about 10-12 mins.keep on stirring continuously so that the besan is not burned and so that there is even browning.melt the ghee and keep aside.add the melted ghee and continue roasting the besan for some more 5-6 minutes stirring continuously.the besan would start to give a nice nutty fragrance and will start releasing ghee.once you get a strong nutty fragrance then switch off the fire.remove the pan from the stove and keep down.add powdered sugar.add the powdered cardamom stir well so that no lumps are formed.once you have mixed the besan ladoo mixture well then let it cool down to room temperature.make small or medium sized besan ladoos and store them in air tight containers.

Banana Smoothies

Bananas are a very good source of vitamin ,minerals & dietary fiber.Milk is a healthy foods considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients.

Banana Blend with Milk infused with Saffron.

Ingredients

Banana- 1
Cold Milk -3/4 cup
Heavy whipping cream -1/4 cup
Sugar as much sweeter u like
Saffron strands (soaked in water) & few for garnish
Rose water few drops (optional)
Method
Blend all above ingredients in a blender jar.pour in a glass garnish with saffron strands.Serve chilled !!!
tips :- boil milk adding saffron & then chill .
Before taking,plz consult a health professional if anyone allergic or health issue.

Yogurt & fruits Parfaits

Layered yogurt ,fruits & cereal bars.Complete Breakfast in a jar.Grab & go !!

ingredients
Thick low-fat Yogurt-1/2 cup
Banana-1 small
Honey-1 tsp (optional)
strawberry chunks
Cereal Bars(vanilla flavour)
Mixed dry fruits-(cashew nut,almonds,walnut& raisins)
Mint leaves -Twig(for garnish optional)
Method-
Put thick yogurt in a glass.on top of that add cereal bars crumble half.add banana slices & adding a  honey top of it ,add strawberry chunks.add cereal bar on top..add mixed dry fruits .and at last, add dollops of yogurt ,decorate with mint leaves .!!!

Strawberry & Oats Smoothies

Strawberry blended with Oats & garnish with Nuts.its like a breakfast in a jar.

Ingredients
Rolled oats (roasted )1/2cup
Yogurt /curd 1/2 cup
Strawberries -5-6
Honey to taste
Pistachio & almonds for garnish(optional)
Method
Blend all ingredients together. Pour in glass .garnish with dry fruits
Tips :-smoothie mostly thick only.if u like a bit thin u can add little milk & blend

Chole Masala

Overnight soaked Chickpeas cooked with Indian spices

Ingredients

1 cup chickpeas(soaked in water overnight)

4 tbsp Oil

1 tsp Cumin seeds

2 Bay Leaves

1 Big Onion finely chopped

1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste

2 Tomatoes Finely chopped

1 tbsp Chana Masala

Salt to taste

Water as required for gravy

1 tbsp Chana Masala

1 tsp Red Chilli powder

oil for cooking

method

Heat up oil, add cumin seeds, onion and cook until onion gets golden brown.
Add ginger garlic paste and cook for 2 minutes.Add Chana masala and cook for 2 minutes.Add tomatoes, red chilli powder, mix, cover and cook for 5 minutes.Add soaked chana, mix, add salt, water Put lid  and pressure cook for 7 to 8 whistles.or till it became soft.Serve with Bhature/rice

 

Rajma

Red kidney bean Cooked with Indian spices.Served with Rice/roti

Ingredients
•Kidney beans,soaked overnight 1 cup
•Salt to taste
•Oil 4 tablespoons
•Onions finely chopped 2 medium
•Ginger-garlic paste 2 tablespoons
•Coriander powder 2 teaspoons
•Cumin powder 1 teaspoon
•Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon
•Tomato pureed 1/2 cup
•Garam masala powder 1 1/2 teaspoons
•Fresh coriander leaves,chopped 1 tablespoon(optional)
Method
Drain kidney beans and wash in fresh water and put into a pressure cooker. Add 5 cups of water and salt and cook under pressure till 4-5 whistles are given out. Drain and reserve the cooking waterHeat oil in a non-stick pan. Add onions and sauté till light brown. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 2 minutes.Add coriander powder, cumin powder, and red chilli powder and mix well. Add tomato puree and mix again. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.Add kidney beans and mix well. Add 1 cup cooking liquor and salt and stir to mix. Mash the beans a bit and stir again.
Add garam masala powder and mix and cook for 5-7 minutes.and serve hot.

Hare Moong ki Dal

whole green gram cooked with Indian spices

Ingredients
Whole Moong dal 1 cup
Onion finely chopped 2 med
Tomato 3 chopped
Garlic cloves 3-4 crushed
Ginger 1/2 ” finely chopped
Bay leaves 2
Green chillies 1-2 finely chopped
Hing a pinch
Kasoori methi 1 tsp
Ghee 1 tbsp
Green coriander leaves chopped handful
Garam masala 1/4 tsp
kashmiri red chilli powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Water 2 1/4 cup
Method
Wash & soak dal moong dal for 3-4 hrs.
Heat a pressure cooker add ghee.then bay leaves.add garlic -ginger cook till raw aroma goes off.add onion sauteed till it becomes pink in color.add green chillies & soak moong dal & tomatoes & salt. saute .adding dry spices except garam masala.once it started leaving oil .add kasoori methi ,green coriander leaves & garam masala.give a stir .add water check seasoning before closing lid.
Pressure cook for 5-6 whistles.
Once cool down.serve with chappati !!
Pickled onions & green chilli

Mutton Biryani

Rice Layered with Mutton & cooked on dum (slow fire)with Indian spices.

Ingredients
Mutton 500 grams
Basmati rice 1 1/2 cups
Salt
Bay leaves 2
Green cardamoms 10
Black peppercorns 25-30
Cinnamon 3-inch stick
Oil 1 tablespoon + to deep fry
Onion sliced 5 large
shahi jeera 1/2 teaspoon
Cloves 10
Ginger paste 1 tablespoon
Garlic paste 1 tablespoon
Red chilli powder 1 tablespoon
Yoghurt 1 cup
Pure ghee 4 tablespoons
Black cardamoms 2
Saffron mix in 1/4 cup milk a few strands (optional)

Method
Heat five to six cups of water in a deep pan. Add drained rice, salt, bay leaves, five green cardamoms, seven to eight black peppercorns, one cinnamon stick and cook till three-fourth done. Drain and set aside. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai and deep-fry half the onion slices till golden. Drain and place on an absorbent paper. Prepare spice powder(Grind Sahi-jeera seeds, one cinnamon stick, remaining black peppercorns, cloves and remaining green cardamoms )to a fine powder and set aside. Take mutton pieces in a bowl. Add ginger paste, garlic paste and salt and mix. Add the spice powder, red chilli powder, half the fried onions crushed, yogurt and one tablespoon oil and mix. Let it marinate for about two hours in the refrigerator. Heat two tablespoons ghee in a pan, remaining cinnamon and black cardamoms and sauté till fragrant. Add remaining onions and sauté till light golden. Add marinated mutton, stir and cook on high heat for three to four minutes. Cover, reduce heat and cook till almost done. Heat the remaining ghee in a thick-bottomed pan. Spread half the rice in a layer. Spread the mutton over the rice.Spread the remaining rice. Sprinkle saffron milk. Cover and cook under dum till done. Serve hot !!!!

 

 

Spicy veg Pulao

Rice cooked wth Lots of vegetables & Indian spices

Ingredients:

Basmati rice/Long grain rice– 1 and 1/2 cups
Vegetables – 3 cups (carrot, beans, potato, cauliflower)
Green peas (fresh or frozen) – 1/4 cup
One big onion – thinly sliced
Curry leaves 10-12
Tomato -2
Ginger garlic paste – 2 tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Bay leaves – 2
Cinnamon stick – 2″
Big Cardamom -1
Cardamom – 3
Cloves – 2
Black cumin seeds 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder 1 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Water
Method of Preparation:
Wash and soak basmati rice for 20-30 minutes.Heat oil in a pressure cooker adding whole garam masala once u get nice aroma add onion & curry leaves.saute till onion become translucent.add ginger garlic paste cook till raw aroma goes off.add chopped tomato cook till it becomes soft .add vegetables & dry masala cook till start leaving oil. add rice and saute for 2-3 min and water. Allow it to boil. cook for a 1-2 whistle.when a pressure got cool down serve hot with Onion raita & pickles.
Tips:- adjust spices as per own taste buds.Curry leaves & whole garam masala gives a nice aroma to rice.if you wish u can skip curry leaves & instead of whole garam masala one can use powder.

Chicken Khada Masala

Chicken pieces cooked with Whole Indian spices.

ingredients

  • Chicken 1 kg
  • Onion 3-4 medium sized
  • Bay leaves 1-2
  • Black cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Black peppercorns 8-10
  • Fennel Seeds 1 tsp
  • Mace 1/2 tsp
  • Big Cardamoms 2-3
  • Cloves 4-5
  • Cinnamon 1 stick
  • Green Cardamom 4-5
  • Green chillies 1-2
  • Coriander seeds 1 tbsp
  • Dry red Chillies 2-3
  • Salt to taste
  • Ginger chopped 2 tbsp
  • Garlic 1 tbsp
  • Yoghurt 500 gm
  • Mustard oil 4 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1 tbsp
  1. Wash and clean the chicken in a big bowl except the yoghurt, salt and onion. Mix everything well and keep it aside.
  2. In a pressure cooker, add the onion, marinated chicken and salt. Let it cook till 3-4 whistles blow.
  3. Once the pressure cools down, add the yoghurt and cook till the chicken is tender and you get the desired consistency.
  4. Enjoy it with steamed rice /chappati.

Palak Chicken

Chicken pieces simmered in Pureed Spinach  & Indian spices.

ingredients

Chicken:-500gms /1 lb
Spinach :- 1 bunch
Onion : -1 cup (chopped)
Coriander Leaves : -1 bunch
Tomato :-1 (finely chopped)
Bay Leaves:-1
Mustard Oil :-2 tbsp(any oil of your choice)
Fennel Seeds: -1 tsp
Coriander Powder :- 1 tsp
Kasoori Methi :- 1 tsp
Whole Dry Red chilli :- 1
Salt :- to taste
Ginger & garlic Paste : -11/2 tsp
To marinate
Curd:-1 tbsp
Red chili powder :-1 tsp (as per taste)
Turmeric powder :- 1 tsp
Salt : a pinch
To Grind :
Green Chilies :- 2
Garlic :- 2-3
Ginger : -1″
Cinnamon :- 1
Green Cardamom :-2-3
Cloves:-2
Clean,wash and drain the chicken.take chicken in a bowl and add marinate ingredients [Curd,Red chili powder,Turmeric powder Salt.]leave it for 30 min so that chicken absorb its marination ingredients
Grind all the ingredients[ Green Chilies ,Garlic Ginger Cinnamon Green Cardamom ,Cloves] into smooth paste.
we will boil the spinach and once its cooked fully drain the water and grind them with coriander leaves into smooth paste.
Now heat oil in a pan/kadhai and add bay leaves, fennel seeds,on and whole red chili after that we will add chopped onions and fry them till it becomes golden brown.
After that add the ground paste,and fry them till the raw smell goes off.Now add the chopped tomato and fry them for 3-4 minutes on medium heat or until it becomes mushy.Now we will add the marinated chicken and fry them for 3-4 minutes. And add coriander powder, kasoori methi and some salt.Add 1/4 cup of water(we will add water quantity according to the consistency gravy we like) and close it with lid, let the mixture boil until the chicken is fully cooked and tender.Once the chicken is tender add the spinach puree and let it cook for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.Now our Palak chicken is ready.add 2 tbsp of cream for smooth texture (optional)
Imp tips:- if u want a pure green color of palak.do not add turmeric & avoid cooking in mustard oil.

 

Chicken Kofta Curry

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 less spicy /cream based sauce.Check my recipe of mild spicy Makhani Chicken Kofta

I am sharing my version Of chicken kofta Curry .its a fried minced chicken balls  simmered in Spicy Gravy.

ingredients

Chicken Grounded/Minced 500 gm

onion 1 finely chopped

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

egg yolk 1

Besan 1 tbsp

ginger garlic paste 1 tsp

Green chilli finely chopped 1-2

Cilantro Chopped 1tbsp

Garam Masala 1 tsp

oil for frying

for gravy

onion 2 Medium finely chopped

Ginger garlic paste 1tbsp

Green Chilli Paste 1 tsp

salt to taste

oil for cooking

Water as desired for consistency

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Red Chilli powder 1/2 tbsp

Coriander Powder 2-3 tbsp

Cumin powder 1 tbsp

Dry spices

Bay leaves 1-2

Big Cardamom 1

Dry Red chilli 1-2

Green Cardamom 4-5

Cloves 2-3

Cinnamon 1 stick

Garam masala powder 1 tsp(optional)

Cashewnut & melon seeds Paste 1 tbsp

Chopped Cilantro for Garnish

Method
Mix all ingredients for kofta & make ball fry.Drain on paper towel.keep aside.
heat a pan add oil then add dry spices once u get aroma add onion & cook till it becomes translucent.Add ginger garlic & chilli paste saute till raw aroma goes off.Add powder spices &salt cook till start leaving oil.then add cashew & melon paste cook for 2-3 min.
add water once gravy started boiling.add Koftas & simmer for 10-15 min.Finally, add garam masala powder & garnish with chopped Cilantro.Serve with steamed rice or Chappati.
tips
Adjust salt as it added in kofta & gravy too.adjust spice level as per own taste buds.instead of  cashew nuts one can use blanched almond paste

Gajar Halwa

Grated carrot cooked in milk & garnish with nuts.it’s awesome winter dessert

ingredients

Carrot 2 lb
Ricotta cheese/khoya 1 cup
Milk (whole/reduce fat)1/4 cup
Raisin 10(soaked)
Unsalted butter/ghee 1/4 cup
Cashew nut 10-15
Almond(soaked.& sliced) 10-12
Sugar 2 cup to.taste
Cardamom powder 1/4.tsp
Method
Heat pan adding butter fry cashew nut.take out keep aside.using same pan add wash , peel &.grated carrot..saute for around 5 min.Add milk in it.mix properly.cover.for 5-7.min on low /med.heat..uncover add ricotta cheese almond, cashew nut.& raisins. Mix properly .cook on med heat till ricotta cheese..moisture.evaporates. now add sugar & cook.till. u get desired consistency.it will.take around 10-15.min.add cardamom powder.turn.off heat.
Enjoy Gajar halwa

Strawberry & Mint Cold soup

Prepared using a Blender jar adding  yogurt  & fruits.Best during summer.

ingredients

Strawberries 1.5 cup
Fresh Orange juice1/6 cup (2 tbsp +2 tsp)
Mint leaves 5-6
Yogurt 1/3 cup
Salt & pepper to taste
Green chili 1 optional
Honey 1tsp optional Mint leaves (garnish)
Method
Blend all ingredients. serve in a bowl.garnish with Mint leaves

 

Mixed Veg Soup

Healthy & delicious Soup prepared in one pot with lots of veggies.

Ingredients
Baby carrots 1/3 cup
Celery stalks 1/3 cup
Sweet corns 1/4 cup
Frozen/fresh Peas 1/4 cup
Green onions 1-2
Onion 1 medium chopped
Garlic 3-4 finely chopped
Bay leaves 1-2
Black pepper corns 2-3
Olive oil /any cooking oil 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water/vegetable broth 4 cup
Method
Heat oil in a pot add bay leaves & black pepper corns,add onion green onion white part & saute .once it change color add garlic saute till raw aroma goes off .
Add all vegetables & salt sauteed for 5 minutes .add water once it start boiling & add green onion reduce heat to sim & let vegetables cook .check soup consistency & salt.remove bay leaves & pepper corns before serving.
Serve hot in a bowl.

Quinoa Soup

Healthy Quinoa soup with lots of veggies.

Ingredients
Quinoa uncooked 1/2 cup
Mixed vegetables 1/4 cup
Water/vegetable broth 2 cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Green onion 1
Garlic powder 1 tsp
Oats(roasted & powder )1/2 tbsp
Olive oil 1 tsp optional
Method
Heat a sauce pan adding 1 tsp of oil then white part of green onion garlic powder saute for 1-2 min.Add vegetables(carrot/beans/corn).saute it.
Add quinoa mixed properly.add water & salt give a boil .
Turn heat on low let quinoa cooked properly.
Add oats powder(optional) to thicken .
Sprinkle black pepper & garnish with green Onions.
Serve hot in bowl or cup.

Cupcakes with Ganache

Cupcakes frosted with ganache & edible decors

ingredients
Make 6 cupcakes
1 cups all-purpose flour
1/ 4 unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 large eggs
1/3 cup milk (whole or reduced fat)
3/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cups granulated white sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet chocolate)
Ganache frosting
ingredients
1/4 choco chips(semi-sweet)
1/4 heavy whipping cream
Decorating stars(optional)
Method
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and place oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter, or line with paper liners, 6 muffin cups.
In a bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, and vanilla extract.
In another large bowl whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the chocolate chips. With a rubber spatula or wooden spoon fold the wet ingredients, along with the melted butter, into the dry ingredients and stir only until the ingredients are moistened and combined. (Do not over mix or you will have tough muffins.)
Evenly fill the muffin cups with the batter, using two spoons or an ice cream scoop. In a small bowl combine the topping ingredients and then sprinkle a little topping on each muffin. Place in the oven and bake for about 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for about 5-10 minutes before removing from pan.
Method for Ganache
take a microwaveable bowl add choco chips & heavy whipping cream
ON PL-10 or HI temp for 1 min .
take out & stir .it becomes thick once it cools down
Dip ur Cool cupcakes on Ganache or with help of spoon also can coverCupcakes frosting
Sprinkle star decors.
Can be covered and stored at room temperature for a few days or they can be store in fridge

Chocolate Cake with Ganache

Chocolate cake frosted with two ingredients ganache.

Dry Ingredients
All Purpose Flour- 1cup
Powdered Sugar-3/4 cup (adjust as per taste)
Hershey Unsweetened Cocoa powder-6 tbsp
Baking soda -1 tsp
Baking Powder-1/2 tsp
Salt-1/4 tsp
Wet ingredients
Eggs-2
Rice Vinegar or( any vinegar )-1 tsp
Milk-1/4 cup
Oil /butter -1/4 cup
Vanilla essence- 1tsp
Method- Preheat oven @ 350 F..now sieve all dry ingredients.in a big bowl.now slowly whisked all wet ingredients in a bowl.and slowly fold in dry ingredients .mixed all ingredients properly.now greased ur baking pan & pour cake batter.put in an oven for baking for 35 min & check with tooth pick or knife.if its come clean it means it’s baked..now take out ur cake ..put on a rack for cooling.
Ganache frosting
Ingredients
Semi-sweet chocolate chips or (flavor u like)- 1/2 cup
Heavy whipping cream -1/2 cup
Method :-
put ur heavy cream in a pan to warm but I have warm it in a microwave for 45 sec.put ur chocolate chips in a bowl & slowly pour heavy whipping cream and mix .donot mix fast ..slowly chocolate will melt.
For frosting
let cake come on room temp.shaved from a top for smooth frosting finishing .apply ganache & keep in a fridge ..to set & enjoy ur Chocolate cake with ganache frosting.

Eggless Chocolate Sponge Cake

Basic chocolate sponged cake without eggs.

Ingredients

All purposes flour 1 cup
Baking soda 1/2tsp
Baking powder 3/4 tsp
Cocoa powder 1 1/2(One.& half) tbsp
Unsalted butter 4tbsp
Condensed milk 1/2tin
Vanilla essence 1tsp
Coffee powder (optional) 1/2 tbsp
Water/carbonated soda-1/2 cup
Salt a pinch
METHOD
sieve all dry ingredients in a bowl. take other bowl add butter & milkmaid mix well.
Add vanilla essence too.now slowly add dry ingredients. .in wet mixture.keep adding water/soda..& till mixture become light & fluffy. Grease ur mold..and bake cake on preheat oven @180 c/350 f for 20-25 min.donot forget to do a toothpick test.when toothpick comes clean..ur cake is ready..take out cake..& let it be cool & ready to use..u can decorate with.whipped.cream.or ganache.(optional)

Eggless Banana Nut Bread

Banana Nut bread is a type of bread made from mashed bananas. It is often a moist, sweet, cake.over ripe bananas are essential to the success of this quick bread.crunch that walnuts gave this banana bread,so always a little bit extra.It added a toasty nuttiness and crunch that essential to that banana bread flavor.It is a very simple and easy to bake a cake. an eggless version, super moist Also, every bite has a crunch of walnuts .

If someone like using eggs , check this  Banana Cake

Ingredients

Banana (over ripe) 3-4
All purpose flour 2cup
Baking soda 1/2 tsp
Baking powder 1/2tsp
Soft unsalted butter or oil 1/2cup
Sugar 3/4 cup (to taste)
Salt 1/8 tsp
Milk 1/2 cup(optional)
Vanilla extract or Banana essence  few drops.
Walnut chopped 1/4 cup
Method :-preheat oven@ 375 f. Take a bowl add flour, baking soda & baking powder salt mix properly.take.another bowl add butter & sugar mixed properly.Add mashed banana & few drops of essence & mixed properly. Now slowly add. .wet.ingredients in dry one..add chopped walnut .mixed properly.add milk if a batter is not in soft pouring consistency. Don’t beat it vigorously..now pour batter in a baking tray ..and bake for 50 min 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 !!

Besan Kadhi

Gram flour Dumplings simmered in Gram flour, yogurt &Spices Mixture.

ingredients

3 cups curd

1 cup gram flour(besan)

6 cups water

1 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp asafoetida

1 tsp Chilli Powder

Salt to taste

1-2 whole red chilies

4 tbsp Mustard oil

For the pakora: 1 cup gram flour

salt to taste

1/2 cup oil

For tempering Ghee 1 tsp

method

In a big bowl put  gram flour , turmeric, chili powder, salt then add curd gradually to this mixture to form a smooth paste and then add the water.Heat the oil in a large, heavy-based pan; add the asafoetida and the whole red chilies.add the flour and yogurt mixture and bring to a boil.Simmer over a low heat till it thickens a bit.For pakoras mix mentioned mixture in a bowl.keep aside for 15 min . beat mixture with palm so that it becomes light & fluffy .heat 1/2 cup oil & drop mixture in oil reduce heat to medium flame .cook pakora till it becomes golden from both side.drain on a paper towel &then put pakora in kadhi.transfer kadhi & pakoda in a Serving bowl.Heat the clarified butter, and pour over the kadhi.Serve with Rice or Chapati

Spinach Soup

Blanched & Pureed Spinach with Dash of Cream.

Spinach Puree(chopped & Blanched) 2 cup
Oats (roasted & powder)2 tbsp
Olive oil/Butter 4 tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Red crushed pepper & Oregano (optional)
Onion powder 1 tsp
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Low fat milk or any Milk 1/2 Cup
Method
Wash spinach properly & chopped & blanched .don’t throw away water.
make a smooth paste using blender.keep it aside.
Heat a pan add oil then add onion powder,garlic powder saute on low heat.add oats flour saute properly.add milk stir continuously as it there should be no lump.
Once milk boil add pureed spinach stir properly.add salt ,pepper.
Add spinach blanced water.as per consistency u prefer.
Serve in a bowl/ Cup adding dash of cream (optional).
Cream of Spinach soup is ready to serve.
Tips
Instead of onion & Garlic powder.one can use fresh one too.
Add oregano /Red crushed pepper for a enhanced flavor .its optional

Banana Cake

Ripe Banana flavor & walnut Crunch make a Delicious cake.

Ingredients
All purpose flour(AFP) 1.5 cup
Ripe bananas 2 (mashed)
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Brown sugar 3/4 cup
Oil 1/2 cup
Eggs-3
Walnuts 1/2 cup (dust with AFP)
Lime juice 1tsp
Confectioners sugar (toppings optional)
Method
Preheat oven @350 f .
Sift AFP & baking powder keep aside.
In a big bowl cream oil & sugar.
Add eggs & lime juice at a time ..& beat.
Add mashed banana & mix..now add walnut & mix.donot over mix.
Now add dry ingredients.Grease a baking pan..I am using 9″ round pan.pour batter & bake for 25 min or till it baked properly. After 25 min check cake using a toothpick in a center.if it comes clean.cake is baked properly. Take out cake ..from an oven.leave it to cool down.once it cooled down. turn your cake on a plate.
Tips :-
1)Eggs should be to a room temp
2) Dust walnut with AFP .otherwise it will sit at a bottom of a cake.
3) Dust confectioner sugar using stainer.on top of cake .(optional)

Apple Cake

Simple Plain cake Adding apple & cinnamon enhance its flavor.

Ingredients
Red apple -3 chopped
All purpose flour 1.5 cup
Eggs -3 (room temp)
Sugar -1/2 cup
Oil -1/2 cup
Baking powder 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon -1tsp (optional)
Method
Preheat oven 180 c /350 f
In a big bowl cream sugar & oil using an electric beater or manual whisker ..now add 1 egg at a time.till it became fluffy.donot overbeat.now add chopped apples & beat again..till it mixed with egg mixture.
Now in a sieve add baking powder , all-purpose flour & cinnamon .strain it .mix properly ..add in wet ingredients. Using cut & fold baking method (stir once & cut )
Grease a baking tin.I m using two.8″ round tin Place baking tin inside oven & bake for 35 min.
check using toothpick /knife if it comes clean.cake is baked properly.
Take out baking tin out & rest for 10-15 or till.it cool down.Cut & serve !!
Tips :-
1) If u like sweet cake.use 3/4 cup of sugar.not more than that
2) don’t over beat or mix batter.

Semolina Cutlet

Cutlets made by using Semolina ,Paneer & Nuts.

Ingredients
1 cup Semolina(suji)
1 cup Milk
1 cup Water
Salt to taste
1 tsp ghee/oil
fillings
100 g paneer
12-15 raisins(optional)
3-4 cashew nuts, finely chopped(optional)
3-4 almonds, finely chopped(optional)
1/2 tsp green chillies, finely chopped
1/2 tsp ginger, grated/finely chopped (optional)
freshly chopped coriander
black pepper to taste
salt to taste
oil for frying
Method
Add ghee/oil in a pan.when warm, add the suji and fry for 2-3 mins on low heat. Suji should not change colour. Add salt, lesser than what should make ideal taste.mix the water and milk together and add to the suji mixture and keep on stirring.within minutes it will be like a dough.once it is like the Chapati dough switch off the gas and cover the mixture. Set aside for a few minutes until cooled to room temperature.Once cooled mix it with hands to make the mixture smooth.Crush paneer and add all the ingredients. Mix well.take a small portion of dough, make a ball of it and press it.fill up a spoon of filling mixture in it and close the ends to form a ball.give the desired shape. You can shape of u r choice. make all cutlets in a same way .warm the refined oil in a kadahi .put 2-3 spoons of suji on a plate and roll the cutlet on it and then deep fry it in warm oil on medium heat till golden brown.Serve with tomato ketchup/ coriander or mint chutney.

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Grilled Paneer

Paneer Pieces Grilled & serve on a bed of crunchy Veggies.

ingredients

Paneer pieces 8-10
Curry powder 1 tsp
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Olive oil 1 tsp
Kasoori methi(Dry roasted) 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Red Chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice few drops
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Oil for grilling & sauteing
Assorted veggies
(any veg of ur choice)
Onion diced 1 small
Tomato 1 deseeded
Corn (Boiled) 1/2cup
Bell Pepper diced 1
Mint leaves for garnish
Chaat masala (optional)
Method
In a bowl add oil ,curry powder,garlic powder,crushed kasoori methi,red chilli powder,salt & Pepper.mix properly make a paste.add paneer coat with mixture leave it for 1 hr.
Grill ur paneer .
Heat oil in a pan then cumin seeds.Once it crackled add veggies saute till it cooked.Add very little salt as we added during marinating paneer.Add leftover marination & mix properly now take out cooked veggies on a plate.Arrange Grilled paneer.Sprinkle chaat Masala.very little lime juice.Garnish with mint leaves.
Enjoy !!

Stir Fry Garbanzo

Boiled Garbanzo sauteed with Veggies & seasoned.can serve as side dish or a healthy snack.

ingredients

INGREDIENTS
Boiled Garbanzo 1 cup; Olive oil /any cooking oil 2 tsp
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Roasted Sesame seeds (white)1tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Onion finely chopped
Tomato diced & chopped
Bell pepper finely chopped
Green chillies 1-2
Chaat masala to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp or to taste
Cilantro/green coriander leaves chopped
Method
Heat a wok then add oil & add mustard once it crackled add boiled garbanzo sautee.add veggies saute for min(I like crunch so saute for min one can cook for 2-3 min if u like soft)
..then turn off heat.add roasted sesame.
seasonings mix properly. At last lime juice & garnish with cilantro.

 

Healthy Bowl

Boiled Soya Chunks With Sauteed Veggies & Seasonings

ingredients

Soya chunks cooked 1 cup
Olive oil /any cooking oil 1 tbsp
Curry powder 1/8 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Onion 1 small diced
Green chilli 1-2/tastebuds
Green Bell pepper 1 diced
Tomato (deseeded)1 diced
Dried Oregano to taste
Parsley flakes to taste
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/Green coriander leaves for Garnish
Method
Boil soya chunks adding salt for 5-6 min.
Rinse properly before preparing.
Heat oil in a pan add green chilli ,add onion saute for a minute.add tomatoes & green pepper .add curry powder,garlic powder ,salt & pepper cook around for a minute.add soya chunks .mix properly.
Turn off heat adding oregano & parsley.
Check seasoning.

Quinoa Khichdi

light & healthy for snacks or breakfast

ingredients
Quinoa 1/4 cup
Roasted Peanuts 1 tbsp
Green Chilli 1
Oil 1 tsp
Curry Leaves 3-4
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tsp /to taste
water
method
heat a saucepan add oil add mustard seeds & cumin seeds once seeds crackle add Curry leaves & green chilli sauteed.
Add quinoa & salt stir properly add water give a boil.
reduce flame to low & cook till become fluffy.
cover & keep it aside for 5 min.add lime juice.
Serve & enjoy !!!

Quinoa Salad

Cooked quinoa mixed with crunchy  vegetables & Nuts

Ingredients
Quinoa Pre-washed 1/2 cup
Water 1 cup
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste
Lime juice 1 tsp
Green onion 1 chopped
Baby Carrot 4-5 Diced
Celery sticks 1 chopped
Olive oil 1 tsp
Almond soaked & peeled 5-6
Golden Raisins 4-5
Method
In a pot add quinoa & water.once it boil,cover with lid.Turn heat to low.quinoa takes 10-15 min.once it cooked & fluffy.
Leave it for 5 min more.
After 5 min open lid add olive oil ,salt ,lime juice & black pepper,all veggies almond & raisins.mix it properly
Serve in bowl .

 

Chicken Bezule

Deep fried Mangalorean chicken.

ingredients
1/2 kg Chicken, cut into small bite/ur choice size pieces
To grind:
{ Coriander leaves- a handful
15 -curry leaves
3 green chillies
1″ piece ginger
4 cloves garlic }

1 1/2- 2 tsp Chilly powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Few drops of red food color(optional)
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Curd
Oil to deep fry
Salt to taste
Method
Grind the ingredients listed under to grind into a coarse paste.
To the ground paste add all the ingredients. Marinate for a minimum of four hours or better overnight.Fry in hot oil.Serve hot.
Tips
Adjust chilli powder or green chillies as per taste,originally its Spicy one

Chicken65

Chicken marinated with spices & deep fry .

ingredients

Ingredients
Boneless chicken 1 lb
Marination
Salt to taste
Cumin powder 1tsp
Coriander powder 1tsp
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder /paste to taste
Egg 1
Cornflour 1-2 tbsp
Oil to fry
Method
Clean & cut chicken ..marinate using
above ingredients. .for. 1 hr.now take a wok a fry chicken..keep aside on paper towel.
Ingredients (for coating)
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Ginger (chopped)- 1/2 tsp
Garlic (chopped)-1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp (optional)
Red food color (optional)
Curry leaves 8-10
Red chillies 2-3 dry (to taste)
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water
Method
Take a wok add oil now add cumin seeds let it crackle.now add red chillies..once it smoke add chopped ginger garlic let it cooked now add paste..of ginger garlic ..curry leaves ..rest of spices..salt water & at last add fried chicken..let it coated wid masala.serve .& .enjoy

Oats & Quinoa Khichdi

Oats & quinoa Cooked with Indian spices & vegetables.

ingredients

Quinoa (pre-washed)1/2 cup
Old fashioned oats 1/2 cup
Assorted vegetables (carrot ,beans,corn,green peas)1 cup
Curry powder 1 tsp
Onion small 1 sliced
Ginger 1/2″ finely chopped
Green chilli 1 or to taste
Garlic Cloves 1-2 finely chopped
Oil for cooking
Water 2 cup
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Green coriander leaves for garnishing
Method
Heat oil in a pot then add cumin seeds once it crackled.add onion & saute till it becomes pink in color.add garlic & ginger .once raw aroma goes off.add vegetables ,curry powder & stir.
Add quinoa & oats saute on med-low heat for 2-3 min.add salt & mix.
Adding water once it started boiling turn heat on med-low flame.
Cook till water evaporates.
Turn off heat.let it covered for 5 min more.
Serve hot garnishing with green coriander leaves.dash of butter or ghee(optional)

 

Chicken Dum Biryani

Biryani is a famous Dish from  Hyderabad, India. It is made using Basmati rice only.Lot of Indian spices and condiments used in it, meat and rice are cooked separately before being layered and cooked together.It is prepared on Dum means cooked on lowest flame after sealing the vessel with dough.The pot is usually sealed with  dough to allow cooking in its own steam and not opened till ready to serve.

Ingredients

Chicken 900 grams( breast pieces & legs)

Basmati rice 2 cups

Oil/ghee for cooking – 3 tablespoons and to deep fry ( onion)

Cinnamon 1-inch stick

Bay leaves 2

Cloves 5-6

Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

Green cardamoms 3-4

Onions sliced 2 medium

Green chillies, slit 3

Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

Salt to taste

Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste 1 tablespoon

Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt 1 cup

Onions sliced and fried brown 3 medium

Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh mint leaves chopped handful 

Fresh coriander leaves chopped handful

Milk 1/2 cup( few saffron strands dissolve)

Rose water a few drops

Kewra water a few drops

Dough -for covering lid

Method
Cut and wash chicken properly. Boil water in a pot (adding salt.1-2 tsp oil & few whole garam masala cardamom.cloves ,black cardamom & black pepper & star anise) once rice cooked 3/4 th ,drain water and set aside. take a pan add oil,& heat properly add cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, cumin seeds, green cardamoms and sauté for half a minute. Add sliced onions and sauté. Add slit green chillies ,chicken and continue to sauté. Add turmeric powder and mix Add tomatoes and salt and mix. Add ginger-garlic paste, red chilli powder and yogurt.let cooked chicken properly . now take a pot for dum keep a Griddle (tawa) beneath.now first add cooked chicken, Add the boiled rice on top. Mix well. Add half the fried brown onions.Sprinkle garam masala powder, mint leaves, and coriander leaves. Sprinkle milk, rose water& kewra water (few drops) and remaining browned onions.do same for second layer .Cover pot with lid and seal with atta dough and cook on low heat for about 10-15 minutes.turn off heat leave for 10 min sealed only.Before serving, mix the Biryani from the bottom. Serve hot with Raita & Mirch ka salan.

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Thandai

Milk blended with nuts & whole spices.Serve Chilled

Ingredients
Milk 1.5 tr
Saffron strands (soak in milk)
Sugar powdered 1/4 cup or to taste
To make a paste
Almond soaked & peeled 1/4 cup
Cashewnut soaked 10-12
Pistachio 10-12 soaked
Black peppercorns 10-12
Cardamom 5-6
Fennel seeds 2 tbsp
For garnish
Rose water 1 tsp (optional)
Saffron strands
Method
Add ingredients in a grinder .make a fine paste.add mixture in a bowl then add milk & sugar.mix properly keep in a refrigerator.
Pour in a glass serve chilled ..garnish with saffron strands & add rose water.

Watermelon Mint Cooler

Watermelon, ice, and sugar are simply blended together in this quick treat.

Watermelon deseeded & cubes 2 cup
Mint leaves 10-12
Sugar (optional)
Thin lime slices 4-5
Water 1/4 cup
Ice cubes optional
Black salt optional
Method
Add watermelon & water to a blender & puree untill smooth.add sugar & mix properly until sugar dissolve.
Add lime slices,mint leaves & ice cubes.sprinkle black salt.
Pour blended watermelon in a glass.
Garnish & serve!!

 

Egg Curry

Boiled eggs simmered in Indian spices

Ingredients
Boiled egg -6 & saute in pan using 1tsp oil
Onion 1 large(chopped)
Tomato -3 chopped
Garlic ginger & green chilies paste 1tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/2tsp
Red chilli powder 1tsp (to taste)
Cumin powder 1/2tbsp
Coriander powder 1tbsp
Garam masala powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro 1/2 cup chopped
Salt to taste
Curry leaves 10-12
Cumin seeds 1tsp
Bay leaf (tej patta)-2
Dry red chillies -1
Cauliflower (grated) 1/4 cup
Mustard oil for cooking
Water for gravy
Method
Heat a pan add oil.add cumin seeds, bay leaf & dry red chillies & curry leaves.add onion sauteed till it became pink in color.add garlic ginger & chillies paste.till it raw smell goes .add chopped tomatoes , dry spices (except garam masala) saute 4-5 min till tomatoes cooked .add grated cauliflower & cook.once it starts leaving oil & add cilantro & garam masala.now add boiled eggs & water.boil 5 min or till u get desired consistency.
Serve with rice, chapati /paratha.

Chicken Curry

Chicken Pieces simmered in Indian spices .

Ingredients

Whole chicken 1.5 kg
Red onion 3 med (sliced)
Ginger garlic chilli paste -2 tbsp
Mustard oil 250 ml
Red chilli powder -1/2 tbsp
Cumin powder 1 tbsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Yogurt (blend) 1/4 cup
Black pepper 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Bay leaf -2
Dry red chilli 1-2
Black cumin seeds 1 tsp
Cilantro -1 tbsp (chopped)
Water:- 1 cup (boiled)
Whole garam masala paste
(1 big cardamom
4 green cardamom
4 cloves
1″ cinnamon
Roasted coriander seed-1 tsp
1 tsp Mace)
Method
Clean , wash & Dry chicken pieces.keep aside.
Heat oil in a deep pan , add bay leaf , black cumin seeds & dry red chillies.add onion till it becomes pink in color.
Add ginger garlic chilli paste.cook till it raw aroma goes.add chicken & saute for 5 min.
Add all spices , yogurt & salt.cook till it starts leaving oil.
Once chicken almost cooked & whole garam masala paste. .cook till it gives a nice aroma.
Add water to get a nice consistency finally add cilantro boil 10-12 min.turn off heat.
Enjoy ur chicken curry with rice or chappati
Tips :-
heat mustard oil till smoking point.
Whole garam masala paste.smooth consistency.
Boiling water for gravy..
Adjust spice level as per taste bud.

Shrimp Curry

Shrimp in a mustard flavor gravy.

Ingredients
shrimp 500 Grams/1 lb
Mustard oil 4 Tbsp
Green chilly 1-2
Garlic 8 Clove
Yellow Mustard seeds 2 Tsp
Black mustard seeds- 1/2 tsp( for tempering)
Tomatoes 5 (medium )chopped
Curry leaves few springs(optional)
Salt -to taste
Red chilly powder 1 tsp or to taste
Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
coriander leaves -chopped (optional)
water -for gravy
method
soak yellow mustard seeds in a water for 20-30 min
take a blender in this add garlic, green chilly and add soaked yellow mustard seeds, make a paste.
Heat mustard oil in a pan add black mustard seeds, reduce the flame add shrimp fry them for a minute and take out from the oil,
using same oil,add paste,saute it add salt, turmeric, curry leaves, tomatoes,chilly powder & cooked till paste start leaving oil & nice aroma comes. put the lid on let it cook for 5 minutes in a slow flame, add water, once come to boil .add fried shrimps put the lid on then it cook for 5 minutes in a slow flame, once u get desired consistency add chopped coriander leaves & served with steamed Rice/chapati .

tips:-
Adjust chilly powder & green chilly as per your Spice level
Enjoy Mustard flavor Shrimp curry .

Boondi Laddoo

Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup.

ingredients
Gram flour (Besan) 1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Water 1/2 cup
Melon seeds-1 tbsp
Raisins 10-12
cardamom powder -1 tsp
crushed saffron strands few
Kewra water few drops(optional)
Unsalted Butter(melted)/ ghee 1/2 tbsp
Oil/ghee for frying
Method
1) make Batter for Boondi
take besan in a bowl ,add little water first & stir properly .now add desired water to make a smooth Batter.
just to check boondi consistency
( we wil fry few Boondi . once u pour with a spoon drop should become round .if it become round it means pouring consistency is absolutely correct)
2) make Sugar syrup
Take a Pan add sugar and water & saffron strands stir once it dissolve let it Boil once it boil put flame on a low
cook the sugar syrup, till it becomes one thread consistency. switch off the flame. keep the sugar solution aside.
(one thread consistency one can check when we Put syrup between index finger & thumb .when we stretch it will be like thread)
the sugar syrup should be hot when we add the boondis.
3)2) heat oil/ghee in a pan ,using perforated ladle drop boondi batter & fry .take it out & drop in hot syrup.
4)add a melon seeds (magaz), cardamom,few drop of kewra water(optional) & ghee/unsalted butter.mix everything properly.
5) apply ghee /Butter make round shape of laddo .
tips
don’t drop batter from height otherwise boondi will not be in round shape
every batch clean ladle using cloth or paper towel from both sides.
make laddoo when its bit hot .u can dip hand in water too.once boondi cools down ,its not easy to make Ladoo

Kesar Burfi

Kesar Burfi or Saffron Milk 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.The most popular spice used to flavor Burfi dessert is cardamom & saffron.Burfi made with saffron, milk powder & Pistachios.

ingredients

Milk powder(Non-fat) – 1 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2cup

Unsalted Butter/ghee – 4 tbsp

Milk – 4 tbsp

Saffron strands(soaked)

Green cardamom powder a pinch(optional)

blanched & chopped pistachios (for garnishing)

Method
heat a big heavy bottomed pan add butter.once butter melt .add milk powder, sugar and cook on low flame. Stir continuously so that mixture should be smooth & lump free.
while cooking slowly mixture gets thick in consistency, turn off the flame and pour this mixture over greased plate.smooth top either with a spatula or greased parchment sheet.
sprinkle pistachio on top.keep burfi aside & cool down .cut it in a  desired shape.

Fruity & Nutty Kheer

Delicious Kheer made up of Lotus seeds  & dry fruits .Apple gives a Crunchy taste.

Ingredients

Milk -1 Liter
Apple(Grated) -2
Lotus Seeds- 1 cup
Assorted Nuts(chopped)-1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2 cup +1 tsp or to taste
Green Cardamom Powder 1 tsp
Unsalted Butter/ghee 2 tsp
For Garnishing
Saffron Strands -few
Assorted Nuts(chopped)
Rose water few drops
Method
add 1 tsp butter/ghee in a heavy Bottomed pan add grated apple,1 tsp sugar & saute till water evaporates.take it out Keep aside.Roast Lotus seeds using a pan add 1 tsp butter/gheeAdd Milk in a pan once boil adding lotus seed & cook on med heat
then add saute Apple,Green cardamom powder & nuts
cook till lotus seeds become soft & get desired consistency
Serve hot/chilled
tips:-.garnish above mentioned ingredients

Instant Rabdi

Orignal Rabri is made by reducing fresh whole milk for long hours ,sharing an easy way to prepare quickly.

Ingredients

Non-Fat Dry Milk powder 1 cup
Heavy Whipping Cream 1 cup
Powdered Sugar 1 cup
Unsalted Butter 1 stick
Cardamom powder 1 tsp
chopped Assorted Dryfruits (Almonds Cashews & Pistachios) 1/4 cup
Few Saffron strands (soaked )
A few saffron strands, almond pistachios for Garnish
Method
Take a big bowl add Dry milk powder,Powdered sugar,mix well.cut butter to pieces.adding whipping cream stir & mix well.Now take a heavy bottomed pan add all ingredients & soaked saffron. cook mixture on low to med heat .keep folding mixture from side too.keep stirring to prevent burning from a bottom. around 10 min of cooking.mixture will become thick nice & creamy.Add chopped nuts ,green cardamom powder.
Turn off heat.Serve chilled with garnish.

 

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer is a delicious festive dessert made with sabudana (tapioca pearls) flavored with cardamom and saffron.

Ingredients

Sabudana 1 cup
Milk 4 cup
Sugar 3/4 cup or to taste
Assorted nuts 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
Saffron soaked few strands
Water 1/4 cup

Method
Wash & soak Sabudana at least 30 minutes or become double in size.
In a pan add water then add milk.once it gives a boil add Sabudana & cook on med-hi flame till pearls become translucent.add sugar & stir continuously.
cook till desired consistency.add saffron & cardamom powder.turn off heat.
garnish with nuts.serve Hot/cold
Tip: crush saffron & soaked in warm milk.
if one doesn’t like saffron/Nuts omit both & make plain kheer

Kesar Badam 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 tight sealed moulds.

I am sharing an easier version of Kulfi without cooking which is prepared with Condensed milk, saffron, dry fruits mixed together, chilled and served .

ingredients
1 tin Condensed Milk
200 ml Heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup Grated Khoya 
Cardamom powder a pinch or to taste
Milk 1/4 cup (few strands Kesar infused)
Almonds(Soaked & peeled ) slivered as much u like
for garnish
Saffron strands & almond slivered (optional)
Kulfi molds or any dish u like
method
in a big bowl add condensed milk ,heavy whipping cream & Khoya mix properly .add milk & almond silvered .Pour in Mould .Keep in freezer to set .atleast 6-8 hrs or Overnight,
Demould ur Kulfi & garnish.
Serve & enjoy!!

Fish curry

Fried Fish in a mustard gravy .it’s a popular Dish in Bengal & Bihar
Ingredients
Tilapia /any fish with bone 1 kg
Yellow mustard seeds 2 tbsp
Garlic paste of (medium size Pods )3
Turmeric powder 2 tsp + 1/2 tbsp
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp + 4 tsp
Tomatoes 3 medium size chopped
Salt to taste
Black Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Mustard oil for frying & cooking
Green Coriander leaves for garnishing
Water as required for gravy.
Method
Soak yellow mustard seeds for at least 30 minutes.
Clean & wash fish.Peel garlic & make a paste ,remove 2-3 tsp & add yellow mustard seeds & grind.make a smooth paste.
In a big bowl add fish 2 tsp of turmeric powder ,1 tsp of red chilli powder 2-3 tsp of garlic paste,salt mix properly & marinate for 15-20 minutes.
Heat oil in a pan add fish pieces & cook from both sides till it becomes crispy.remove on a paper towel .
Don’t discard oil use same to prepare gravy.add black mustard seeds once it crackled then add garlic mustard paste & cook on med heat adding turmeric powder ,chilli powder & salt (keep in mind we added salt while marinating)
till it started leaving oil .add chopped tomatoes cook till tomatoes become soft & paste start giving a nice aroma.
Add water give a boil add fried fish pieces on med heat for 5-7 min cook.so that Fish absorb gravy.Check seasoning.turn off heat.add green coriander leaves.serve with steamed rice/chappati.