07
Apr 20

Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)

You can prepare delectable recipe for your baby; yummy and healthier version than biscuit, highly pleasing, especially in the context of taste …

‘Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)’ is an authentic delicacy from Bihar. It is prepared on many occasions like wedding function, Shitala saptmi and Ramnavmi festival.

My grand-mother used to make this on deshi chulah but on Gas stove also it can be made. I love the texture as it is crisp on outside and soft inside, made from Gur (Jeggery) and Aata (Wheat flour).

 In Sindhi cuisine it is called ‘Mittho lolo’.  It is popular in Utterakhand and Jharkhand too.

Ingredients:

  • Aata (Wheat flour): 300 gm (2 cups)
  • Jaggery: 150 – 200 gm.
  • Green cardamom powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 100 gm (for roasting)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 50 gm. (for moin)

Preparation:

  1. Dissolve Jaggery with ¼ cup of water; make syrup Keep aside (strain the syrup with thin cloth to remove the impurities of Jaggery).

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Aata, ghee (as moin) and green cardamom powder. Mix well by rubbing between palms.
  2. Add prepared syrup in small quantity and knead them, if required, put some more.
  3. Make hard dough. (The dough can be made in food processor also), cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.
  4. Method:
  5. Divide the dough into two parts make ball as shown in photo; roll thick Roti about ¼” with rolling pin.
  6. Take a tawa (griddle), when it becomes hot; reduce the flame to minimum. Place the rolled Roti and make cut marks all over the Roti with knife so that it will cook properly.
  7.  Cook till it changes the color it will take ~5-7 minutes. Now turn the other side and cook till it changes the color other sides also, apply ghee lavishly and turn it again.
  8. Note:  Apply ghee on both sides and cook on low flame. It has to be very slow cooking process.
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Ingredients
dough
roll thick Roti
roll thick Roti
make cut marks
Place the rolled Roti
Now turn the other side
apply ghee lavishly
apply ghee lavishly
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)

07
Apr 20

Fresh green coriander pulao

The best way to keep away from Covid-19 is to stay at home and eat home cooked food. Nowadays youngsters are taking interest in cooking and want to learn.

Cooking is easier when you have to use just one cooker; it reduces not only time but also fewer dishes in sink. The coriander leaf pulao is just magical; pairing with raita makes it complete meal.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 250 gm
  • Fresh coriander leaves: 100 gm
  • Onion: 80-100 gm
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin seed: half teaspoon.
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Water: 700 ml
  • Garam masala: Clove: 3 no, Black pepper: 10-12 no, Star anise: 1 no, Mace: 2 inch piece, Black cardamom: 1 no., bay leaf: 1 no. and clove: 2-3 no.
  • Ginger: 1 inch piece (grated)
  • Butter: 3-4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Clean and chop coriander leaves, keep aside.
  2. Clean and wash rice. Keep aside in a sieve (to get rid of extra water).
  3. Chop onion longitudinally. Keep aside.
  4. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat butter in a cooker; add Garam masala, allow sputtering it for few seconds.
  2. Add chopped onion and grated ginger; fry it on high flame till it gets light brown in color, add chopped coriander leaves, stir fry for a minute, add rice and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  3. The moment some of rice begins to change color; add hot water, salt and sugar.
  4. Place cooker on high flame and bring to full cooking pressure, put off the flame.
  5. Allow cooker to cool. Keep aside.
  6. After cooling the cooker, stir lightly the pulao with the help of fork.
  7.  Serve Fresh green coriander pulao in rice plate and decorate with fried onion, mouth watering pulao is ready to serve with curd/raita and salad.
Fresh green coriander pulao
Ingredients
Chop onion
add Garam masala
adding bay leaf
Add chopped onion
fry it on high flame
add chopped coriander leaves
add rice
add rice
fry for 3-5 minutes
add hot water
add hot water, salt and sugar
Allow cooker to cool
stir lightly the pulao
Fresh green coriander pulao
Fresh green coriander pulao
Fresh green coriander pulao
Fresh green coriander pulao

06
Apr 20

Orange tea

Happiness lies in solitude; stay home, stay safe!

On April 6, 2020, a lock-down couple sharing their special tea on dining cum office table in Tokyo, the fragrance and aroma of brewing the tea was awesome. I used orange juice and almond like lemon tea.

This tea can be served in both way hot and cold; you may store in the refrigerator and use it.

 Ingredients: for two cups.

  • Tea bag: 2 no. (Darjeeling tea)
  • Orange juice: 1 cup
  • Clove: 2 no.
  • Lemon: 2 slice
  • Cinnamon: 2” piece
  • Almond: 10 no, (blanched & sliced)
  • Sugar/ honey: 2 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Water: 2 cup

Preparation:

  1. Boil water along with cinnamon, clove and green cardamom on medium flame for couple of minutes; put off the flame, add teabag and cover for couple of minutes so that spices and tea get infused.

Method:  

  1. Decant directly into the cup having orange juice, sliced almond and honey. Serve…
Orange tea
Ingredients
Boil water along with cinnamon, clove and green cardamom
add teabag and cover for couple of minutes
Decant directly
Decant directly into the cup having orange juice
add honey
Orange tea
Orange tea
Orange tea

04
Apr 20

Khaja Dudh (milk) kheer/Pudding

 I visited Rajgir; an ancient city of Indian state of Bihar by car; it is surrounded by hills, there is natural hot springs. It is believed that it has medicinal value. On the way we were passing through Silao in Nalanda district.

Silao Khaja, the traditional delicacy of Nalanda district of Bihar, has recently got GI tag from the Geographical Indications Registry . ‘Khaja Dudh’ the soul satisfying and authentic recipe which is like kheer or milk pudding.

On the occasion of Sharad-Purnima; traditionally this recipe is prepared almost in every home in the locality.

It gives me immense pleasure to upload the recipe; have lots of happy memories of my childhood. It is believed that on Sharad-Purnima; special beneficial rays (amrut) from the moon fall on the earth surface during night and devotees keep this kheer overnight under moon light and next morning distributes it as Prasad. The moonlight rays also boost mental and physical health and raise happiness and positivity.

Note: If you do not have khaja, you can use any type of khari biscuit instead, which are readily available in the super market.( see the photo)

Use one teaspoon ghee along with sugar, adding ghee to the recipe gives extra flavor and taste.

Ingredients:

  • Khaja: 100gm or any type of khari biscuit
  • Milk: 1 liter
  • Sugar: 40-50 gm.
  • Vanilla/ kewada essence: ½ teaspoon
  • Green cardamom: 4 nos.

Preparation:

  1. Break khaja into 4 pieces, keep aside.
  2. Make powder of green cardamom. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the milk for 10 minutes; add sugar let it boil for couple of minutes; add broken Khaja, continue to cook on medium flame for a minutes. Put off the flame.
  2. Add cardamom powder and essence; cover the lid for couple of minutes; transfer into serving bowl or serve directly.
  3. Yummy…yum…yum…
Khaja Dudh (milk) kheer/Pudding
Khaja Dudh (milk) kheer/Pudding
add sugar
khari biscuit
continue to cook
Add cardamom powder
Add cardamom powder
Add cardamom powder and essence
Khaja Dudh (milk) kheer/Pudding
Khaja Dudh (milk) kheer/Pudding
Khaja Dudh (milk) kheer/Pudding

04
Apr 20

Seeds of ripe Jackfruit Masala

Last time when we went to India, my son bought sweet tasty jackfruit as he knows I love jackfruits. Although some people don’t like it; in their version ripen ones have odd odor anyway…

As I was aware that jackfruit seeds are not only edible but very nutritious and having great test and flavor so I served the fruits after removing seeds and prepared the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Jack fruit seed: 25-30 no.
  • Potato: 100 gm.
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium)
  •  Tomato: 1 no. (Medium)
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon                                                                             
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil/ cooking oil: 3 tablespoon
  • Butter: 10 gm.

Preparation:

  1. Remove upper layer of jack fruit seeds, chop it into two, chop Potato, tomato and Onion into slices, and keep aside.
  2. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take pressure cooker heat oil, when it smokes, put cumin and bay leaf ; sputter for few seconds, add chopped onion and fry till light brown in color. (About 3-4 minutes)
  2. Add tomato in it, stir-fry on medium flame (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn) , add chopped potato, grated ginger add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt, stir-fry for couple of minutes .
  3. Add chopped jack fruits seeds, stir-fry for couple of minutes, add a cup of water (as per your requirement) close the cooker lid, and bring it to full cooking pressure, reduce the flame  and cook for couple of minutes, put off the flame. Let it cool, add Garam masala powder, transfer into serving bowl and garnish with butter and fresh coriander leaves. Now, ‘Jack fruit seed masala’ is ready to be served.
Seeds of ripe Jackfruit Masala
Ingredients
Seeds of ripe Jackfruit
Chopped ingredients
put cumin and bay leaf
put cumin and bay leaf
add chopped onion
add chopped onion
Add tomato
Add tomato
add chopped potato
add grated ginger
add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
add chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
stir-fry for couple of minutes .
Add chopped jack fruits seeds
Add chopped jack fruits seeds
stir-fry for couple of minutes
add a cup of water
bring it to full cooking pressure
Seeds of ripe Jackfruit Masala
Seeds of ripe Jackfruit Masala
Seeds of ripe Jackfruit Masala
Seeds of ripe Jackfruit Masala