30
Mar 20

Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)

‘Took’ is a favorite and classic Sindhi recipe; double fried and smashed; loved by kids to elders. Generally it is served as starter, tea-time snacks or side dish along with any meal like steamed rice and dal/kadhi.

This vegetable(Arabi/Taro root) has neutral taste and slimy-texture. It is high in fiber and low in calories; contains vitamin ‘C’ & ‘B’. It has more potassium than potatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Arabi: 200 gm
  • Salt: ¼ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard Oil/cooking oil of your choice: for deep frying
  • Chili flex: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Chat masala: ½ teaspoon
  • Kala namak (black rock salt): ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Prepare spice mix to mix all powder masala, keep aside.
  2. Peel off arabi, keeps aside.

Method:

  1. Deep fry arabi on medium flame until gets golden in color (about 5-6 minutes). Take it out from oil, when it is warm; by using frying spatula or bowl slightly press the fried arabi.
  2. Refry them until golden brown in color and crispy coating all around (about 3-4 minutes); dry out on the kitchen towel.
  3. Sprinkle prepared spice mix over the fried ararbi; mix well so that spices coat all around, now ‘Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)’ is ready to be served.
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Ingredients
peeled Taro root
Deep fry arabi on medium flame
slightly press the fried arabi
slightly press the fried arabi
Refry them until golden brown
Refry them until golden brown
dry out on the kitchen towel.
Sprinkle prepared spice mix
Sprinkle prepared spice mix
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)
Arabi Took/Taro Root Dry (Colocasia Dry)

30
Mar 20

Chana dal with Paneer (Split Bengal gram with fresh cheese)

The most awaited day of the week arrived, as always we had planned to have get-together with my extended family on lunch. I was sipping my morning tea and turned over the pages of magazine I read somewhere that the latest version of oxford dictionary included the two Indian words chana and chana dal. At that very moment I planned to prepare the recipe of ‘Chana dal with paneer’.

It is very interesting recipe; you can make easily in no time, above all it is the power house of protein.

Ingredients:

  • Chana dal: 200gm
  • Paneer: 250-300 gm.
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin: half teaspoon
  • Cinnamon: 2” stick
  •  Black cardamom: 2 no.
  • Green cardamom: 1 no.
  • Clove: 3-4 no.
  • Black pepper: 10-12 no.
  • Dry red chilly: 2- 3 no.
  • Bay leaf: 2 no.
  • Ginger: 2 inch piece
  • Garam masala powder: half teaspoon
  • Garlic: 2-3 cloves
  • Salt: 2 teaspoon (as per taste).
  • Onion: 1 no. (Small)
  • Tomato: 2-3 no. (Small)
  • Ghee: 3 tablespoon
  • Water: 500 ml

Seasoning:

  1. Ghee:  1 tablespoon
  2. Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  3. Chili powder: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Soak dal for 2 hours, keep aside.
  2.  Finely chop onion, tomato, ginger and garlic, keep aside.
  3. Cut paneer into cubes and fry, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Put ghee in pressure cooker; add chili, whole Garam masala and bay leaf fry for few seconds, add chopped ginger, garlic and onion, fry till light brown in color (3-4 minutes).
  2. Add chopped tomatoes; keep frying till ghee separates from side, add soaked dal, turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Fry for about 3-4 minutes, pour water; close the lid, place cooker on maximum heat, bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 7-8 minutes. Put off the flame.
  4. Allow cooker to cool and open; add fried paneer and cup of water (if required) put on the flame, when dal is just boiling, put off the flame.
  5. Add Garam masala powder, transfer into serving bowl; add tadaka (seasoning) before serving.

Tadaka (seasoning):

  1. Take fry pan, put ghee; add cumin, when it crackle put off the flame.
  2. Add chili powder and pour over the dal, and cover the lid.
  3. Serve with any meal…
Chana dal with Paneer (Split Bengal gram with fresh cheese)
Chana dal with Paneer (Split Bengal gram with fresh cheese)
Ingredients
chopped ingredients
add chili, whole Garam masala and bay leaf
add chopped ginger, garlic and onion
Add chopped tomatoes
add soaked dal
pour water
add turmeric powder and salt.
Allow cooker to cool
fry paneer
add fried paneer
add fried paneer and cup of water
Chana dal with Paneer (Split Bengal gram with fresh cheese)
Chana dal with Paneer (Split Bengal gram with fresh cheese)

30
Mar 20

Chawal Makhana kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)

Born and brought up in Bihar; where makhana being local produce is readily available at low price.  My mother and grandmother used to add it in our daily meal, as munching snacks, curry, masala, desserts and in many more recipes…

‘Chawal Makhane ki kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)’ is one of the foods of Bihar’s culture and tradition. It is a perfect dessert for get-together or kitty party.

Ingredients:

  • Rice: 30 gm (basmati)
  • Makhana (Fox nut): 50 gm.
  • Milk: 1 liter
  • Sugar: 50 gm
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 2 tablespoon
  • Green cardamom powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Almond: 12-15 no. (Sliced)
  • Cashew nut: 50 gm
  • Dry grapes: 20-50 gm.
  • Condensed milk: 200 gm (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Roast makhana with 1 tablespoon ghee, keep aside.
  2. Clean and wash rice. Keep aside in a sieve to drain extra water.
  3. Take a fry pan put a teaspoon of ghee; fry dry fruits take out and keep aside.
  4. After taking out fried dry fruit, add some ghee if required and put rice to fry on lower heat till it starts to crackle, put off the flame. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan; put rice into the milk. Stir it; continue to cook 25-35 minutes on low/medium flame. Stir it every 5 minutes.
  2. When rice is done add fried makhana; it becomes soft and milk gets thicker.
  3. Add sugar; continue to cook for further 3-4 minutes and put off the flame. Decorate with fried Almond, cashew nut and dry grapes (raisin) along with cardamom powder. Now ‘Rice Fox nut pudding (Chawal Makhane ki kheer)’ is ready.
  4. Serve warm or cold as you wish.
Chawal Makhana kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)
Chawal Makhana kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)
Ingredients
Roast makhana
put rice to fry on lower heat
put rice to fry on lower heat
put rice into the milk
add fried makhana
milk gets thicker
Decorate with fried Almond, cashew nut and dry grapes (raisin)
add cardamom powder
Rice Fox nut pudding (Chawal Makhane ki kheer)’ is ready.
Rice Fox nut pudding (Chawal Makhane ki kheer)’

29
Mar 20

Idlies; so different from each other

Today 30th March is the world Idli day. Indonesia is the country known for traditional fermented food. Although history says that the origin of Idli is Indonesia, however Idli is one of the most popular and staple delicacy for breakfast in south India. Now its popularity has gone further beyond, it is immensely popular across the world.

A warm welcome to my viewers on the occasion, the World Idli Day was started by Eniyavan (founder of Mallipo idli), a famous Idli caterer from Chennai. Idli is a fermented food; fermentation increases the nutritional value of the food and makes it easy to digest.

There are so many variations depending upon the region and area. Today I bring few types of idly; all are appetizing…these recipes are suitable for casual dining and also for special occasions. I have already linked all the recipes…So what are you waiting for,  go ahead…Relish these recipe with your family.

  1. Wheat idli
  2. Paneer stuffed idli
  3. Ragi idli
  4. Rava idli
  5. Masala idli
  6. Vegetable idli
  7. Light fluffy idli
  8. Idli fry
  9. Phalahari idli
Idlies; so different from each other

29
Mar 20

Fresh garlic leaf chutney

Garlic has many health benefits, so the green leafy garlic too; it is popular spice throughout world and essential spice in Indian cuisine. It has unbelievable health benefits if we use it regularly.

I often use to prepare this unique spicy chutney in winter, whenever the garlic leaf is easily available in the vegetable market; it can be stored for 2-3 weeks at normal temperature, the reason is that in this preparation the grinding is done with oil (without water) only.

Ingredients:

  • Green garlic leaf: 200gm.
  • Ginger: 100gm.
  • Green chili: 50 gm. (As per taste)
  • Dry mango powder: 30 gm.
  • Salt: 1 ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Mustard oil: 50 gm.

Preparation:

  1. Wash and clean leaf properly, dry it with kitchen towel, keep aside.
  2. Chop garlic leaf, ginger and green chili, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Grind coarsely all ingredients together with help of oil.
  2. Chutney is ready to serve with thepla, paratha…
Fresh garlic leaf chutney
Fresh garlic leaf chutney
Ingredients
Chop garlic leaf, ginger and green chili,
Grind coarsely all ingredients together
Grind coarsely all ingredients together with help of oil
Fresh garlic leaf chutney
Fresh garlic leaf chutney
Fresh garlic leaf chutney