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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.

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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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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.

Bhareli Vangi

Stuffed Baby eggplant & cooked  with Indian spices.

ingredients

  • 10 baby brinjal
  • 10 tsp desiccated coconut
  • 8 tsp roasted & crushed peanut powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala/Goda masala
  • 2 tsp tamarind pulp
  • 2 tsp jaggery water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 /2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • oil for cooking
  • water 1/2 cup for gravy

Method

  1. prepare stuffed in a bowl add turmeric powder ,red chilli powder,desiccated coconut ,crushed peanut powder,salt & Goda masala or garam masala.
  2. wash & dry brinjal. cut into four leaving them attached only at the stem. stuffed brinjal with masala .Heat oil in a pan adding mustard seeds & cumin seeds.once it crackled keep stuffed brinjal in a  pan .
  3. pour water & cover till it cooked & become soft.Now add tamarind and jaggery water. Add salt to taste(be careful as we add salt in stuffing too).Serve hot with rice or Chappati.

Paneer Butter Masala

Cottage cheese simmered In Makhani Gravy

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
  • Cashewnuts 10-12 soaked & grind
  • Kashmiri red chilli 1 tsp
  • Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves) – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp Butter – 1 tbsp
  • One small bay leaf
  • Black cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Cardamom – 1
  • Cinnamon stick – 1″
  • Fresh cream – 1 cup

method

  1. 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, black cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, and cardamom.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Cook this mixture until the raw smell of the spice and tomato disappears. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes.
  5. Add cashew 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.

Matar Paneer

Cottage cheese & Green peas Cooked in Indian spices

Ingredients
Frozen or fresh Green Peas – 1 cup
Paneer – 250 gm
Mustard Oil /any cooking oil – 1 tbsp + 2 tsp
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Onion – 1 medium chopped
Ginger – ½ inch piece, finely chopped
Garlic cloves – 2, chopped
Green chilies – 2 chopped
Tomato – 3 chopped
Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli pwd 1/2 tsp ( it gives a nice color) optional
Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon
Garam masala – ½ teaspoon
Kasoori methi -1 tsp
Salt – to taste
Water – 1 cup
Method
Boil the green peas in microwave for 1-2 min or u can do on stove
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan.add cumin seeds, let it crackle.Add ginger, garlic and green chili for a minute.cook till raw aroma goes off.Add onions with salt and cook till it becomes pink in color.Add tomatoes and cook till it becomes little soft.Let it cook a bit and grind into smooth paste.( before grinding let masala be cooled down).Heat remaining oil in the same pan on medium heat. add grind paste and all dry spices except kasuri methi & garam masala.cook till gravy leaves oil.now add kasuri methi & garam masala.
Add water and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes.check salt.
Stir in boiled peas and paneer and simmer again for 3-4 minute or u get desired consistency.Serve with roti, rice or paratha.
Tips
Plz adjust oil quantity & spices as per ur taste bud.

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.

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.

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.