30
Jun 20

Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)

  • Servings: 4
  • Grilling time: 9 minutes.
  • Preparation time: 6 minutes.
  • Frying time: 11 minutes.
  • Total time: 26 minutes.

During first rain of the season which was on Sunday morning, we were enjoying in Balcony the petrichor reminded me the smell of “Litti-chokha” of my hometown and immediately I decided to cook the fabulous meal from Bihar but I didn’t have eggplant for chokha in our refrigerator.

Here I changed the idea and instead of using conventional eggplant I used turnip (Shalazam) to prepare Chokha for “Litti-chokha”. I charred the turnip in griller after coating the turnip with ghee.

Happy cooking…

Ingredients:

  • Shalazam: 200-250 gm. (2 no).
  • Shalazam foliage (soft): optional
  • Tomato: 2 no. (Medium size)
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Green chili: 2-3 no. (As per your taste)
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Garlic: 2-3 flakes
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
  • Fennel seed: 1 tablespoon
  • Kalongi: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 4 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Grind fennel seed and kalongi to fine powder, keep aside.
  2. Cut the turnip into four parts, apply few drops of ghee/oil all over the turnip and tomato; roast/grill direct on the gas burner on medium low flame or on grill,  keep turning after every minute to cook it evenly, roast till it become completely cooked and soft(about 8-9 minutes), let it cool. Mash properly with the help of masher, Keep aside.
  3. Chop onion, green chili, garlic, turnip foliage and ginger into small pieces, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan heat oil, when it smokes add cumin; sputter for few seconds add chopped garlic, ginger and green chili. Stir fry for few seconds, add chopped onion, continue to fry on medium flame for couple of minutes till onion gets translucent, and add green foliage of turnip.
  2. Cook for a minute add mashed tomato; fry till liquid dries up add mashed turnip, turmeric powder and salt,  stir fry for 3-4 minutes until getting desired consistency.
  3.  Add prepared fennel and kalongi powder; stir and put off the flame; “Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)” is ready to be served as a side dish. We used with “Litti”.
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)
Ingredients
apply few drops of ghee/oil all over the turnip
roasted turnip
chopped ingredients
add cumin
add chopped garlic, ginger and green chili
add chopped onion
add chopped onion
continue to fry on medium flame
and add green foliage of turnip
add mashed tomato
add mashed tomato
add mashed turnip
add mashed turnip
add mashed turnip, turmeric powder and salt,
Add prepared fennel and kalongi powder
stir and put off the flame
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)

30
Jun 20

Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Preparation time: 2 minutes.
  • Cooking time: 5-6 minutes.
  • Tadka/seasoning time: 2 minutes.
  • Total time: 10 minutes.

Khichadi is basically one pot meal prepared with rice and dal (pulses); one of the most delectable and comfort recipes not only in Bihar but it is popular in eastern and northern part of India too. It is equally popular across the Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan as well.

Do you know customarily most houses cook Khichadi every Saturday in Bihar! The Khichadi is often cooked with red lentil (Masoor dal) or green gram lentil (Mung dal).

In this recipe to increase the nutritional value I used sprouted Mung, as we know sprouting process increases the nutrients level, a perfect way to balance protein & carb.

It is recommended to be served piping hot along with mashed potato (chokha), ghee (clarified butter), yogurt (curd), pickle (achar) and papad.

It is a saying “Khichadi ke char yaar, Ghee Papad Dahi Achar” but in Bihar Chokha is must.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 1 cup
  • Mung sprout: 1½ cup
  • Garlic/Garlic shoot: 2 no.
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili: 2 no.
  • Ghee: 3 -4 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Cooking oil: 2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop garlic stem into small pieces, keep aside.
  2. Wash rice and Mung sprout, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take pressure cooker, add 5 cups of water, rice and Mung sprout along with salt turmeric and chopped garlic shoot, close the lid ; bring it to full cooking pressure, put off the flame. Let it cool.
  2. After opening, check the consistency of khichadi if required adds hot water.

Tadka/ seasoning:

  1. Take fry pan, heat ghee, when it starts smoking; add cumin, mustard seed, bay leaf and red chili, sputter it for few seconds. Put off the flame, add Tadka into Khichadi and stir well.
  2. Transfer the Khichadi into serving bowl; decorate with fresh green coriander leaves.
  3. “Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi” is ready to be served with ghee (clarified butter), Aaloo chokha, curd, pickle and papad.
Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi
Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi
Ingredients
add 5 cups of water, rice and Mung sprout along with salt turmeric and chopped garlic shoot
close the lid
check the consistency of khichadi
check the consistency of khichadi
Tadka/ seasoning
add Tadka into Khichadi
Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi
Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi
Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi
Mung (Green Gram) Sprout Khichadi

30
Jun 20

Lal Maas Rajasthani Recipe (Mutton in Red Spicy Gravy)

  • Servings: 4
  • Soaking chili time: 1 hour.
  • Preparation time: 8 minutes.
  • Frying time: 50-52 minutes.
  • Cooking time: 20 minutes.
  • Total time: 80 minutes.

Rajasthan is a very beautiful place; if you have opportunity to travel must go there to see the palaces, forts and their art work. We had been there for about 21 years; we enjoyed the Royal culture and heritage of Rajasthan as well as the variety of regional cuisine.

“Lal Maas (Mutton in Red Spicy Gravy)” is one of the very popular, delicious and spicy dishes from Rajasthani cuisine from India, cooked and served on the special occasions in the Royal Rajput families in olden days.

 This delicacy has exotic and unique flavor of pure ghee; prepared with yogurt and rich amount of garlic as well as Mathania chili or Kashmiri chili. The recipe is traditionally served with Bajare ki Roti and basmati rice mostly in winter season.

Ingredients:

  • Mutton: 500 gm
  • Onion: 150 gm
  • Yogurt (Fresh Curd): 100 gm
  •  Mathania Chili/ Kashmiri chili: 12-13 no.
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
  • Bay leaves: 2 no.
  • Cinnamon: 2” piece
  • Green cardamom: 2 no.
  • Black cardamom: 1 no.
  • Cloves: 4 no.
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Garlic: ½ bulbs
  • Ginger: 2 teaspoon
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 100 gm.
  • Mustard Oil: 1 table spoon
  • Salt: 1 tablespoon (as per taste)
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Water: 350 ml

Preparation:

  1. Take out all seeds of chili; soak chili into hot water for about an hour, grind to fine paste, keep aside,
  2. Chop garlic and ginger; grind to fine paste, keep aside.
  3. Clean and wash mutton; mix ginger-garlic paste and salt, keep aside to marinate.
  4. Chop onion longitudinally, keep aside.
  5. Blend the curd, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in the cooker, add clove, bay leaf, cumin, cinnamon and both black and green cardamom; sputter for few seconds, add onion, stir fry on high flame for about 4-5 minutes or until it gets translucent, add mutton stir fry it about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Lower to minimum flame; continue to cook for about 15-20 minutes with lid on or until liquid dries up, add curd, chili paste and mustard oil, continue to fry mutton till liquid dries up (about 15-20 minutes).
  3. Add hot water; close lid and bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to lower heat and cook for 15-20 minutes. Allow cooker to cool.
  4. Add Garam masala powder and ghee; transfers it to serving bowl decorate with chopped mint leaves and sliced onion.
  5. Serve hot with Bajare ki Roti or basmati rice.
Lal Maas Rajasthani Recipe (Mutton in Red Spicy Gravy)
Lal Maas Rajasthani Recipe (Mutton in Red Spicy Gravy)
Ingredients
Ingredients
add clove, bay leaf, cumin, cinnamon and both black and green cardamom
add onion
add mutton
add mutton
continue to cook
continue to cook for about 15-20 minutes with lid on or until liquid dries up,
add curd
add curd, chili paste and mustard oil
add curd, chili paste and mustard oil
continue to fry mutton till liquid dries up
continue to fry mutton till liquid dries up
Add hot water
close lid and bring to full cooking pressure
Add Garam masala powder and ghee
Lal Maas Rajasthani Recipe (Mutton in Red Spicy Gravy)
Lal Maas Rajasthani Recipe (Mutton in Red Spicy Gravy)

30
Jun 20

Dry Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant) with Sliced Onion

  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes.
  • Cooking time:15 minutes.
  • Total time: 20 minutes.

There are many variations of “Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant)” combination dishes cooked in Indian houses for meal; the everyday meals are very simple, yet delicious in comparison to restaurant.

Today I am sharing not only one of my favorite, but family recipes of many Indian homes, if you are going to cook eggplant must try this recipe; easy and quick. This recipe, paratha and raita is an excellent combination.

The recipe with paratha can be packed for lunch boxes.

Ingredients:

  • Baigan (egg plant): 300 gm
  • Potato: 150 gm
  • Onion: 75 gm
  • Cherry tomato: 6 no.
  • Mint leaves: 10-12 no.
  • Mustard oil: 4 tablespoon
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop potatoes and brinjals, into big pieces (~ 1 ½”pieces), keep this in a bowl filled with water otherwise it will turn dark brown due to high iron content.  Keep aside.
  2. Chop tomatoes into 4 pieces, keep aside.
  3. Slice onion longitudinally, keep aside.

Method:

Take fry pan or wok, heat oil, let oil start to smoke, add cumin, and sputter for few seconds.

Add chopped onion; stir fry on high flame for couple of minutes or until onion gets translucent, add chopped potato, continue to fry on medium flame for couple of minutes, add brinjal, stir it and cook on low flame with lid on for about 4-5 minutes till it is 80% done (Stir occasionally to avoid burning).

Open the lid; add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt; stir and continue to cook on low flame for couple of minutes with lid on; add tomato, mint leaves, and Garam masala powder, cook for a minute on high flame. Put off the flame.

“Dry Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant) with Sliced Onion” is ready to be served.

Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle mint leaves. Serve hot with ghee smeared chapatti, Poori or rice.

Dry Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant) with Sliced Onion
Dry Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant) with Sliced Onion
Ingredients
Chopped Ingredients
add cumin
Add chopped onion
add chopped potato
continue to fry
add brinjal
add brinjal
cook on low flame with lid on
Stir occasionally to avoid burning
add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt
add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt
add tomato, mint leaves, and Garam masala powder
add tomato, mint leaves, and Garam masala powder
add tomato, mint leaves, and Garam masala powder
Dry Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant) with Sliced Onion
Dry Aaloo – Baigan (potato-egg plant) with Sliced Onion

21
Jun 20

Missie Roti/ chapatti (Mixed Flour Indian Bread)

  • Servings: 2
  • Kneading time: 3 minutes.
  • Rolling time: 1 minutes (each).
  • Cooking time: 1 minutes (each).
  • Total time: 5 minutes.

Missie Roti is one of the most delicious varieties of bread in the bread basket served in restaurant; the old history about this bread is in the Ramcharitmanas in ancient era, some say that it was originated from Indus valley civilization about 5000 years ago.

The fact is that it is popular among Rajasthani and Punjabi cuisine till now in India. The taste and nutritional values are amazing.

In my opinion it is perfect meal on lazy Sunday and perfect for lunch boxes too, I often used it as travel food; in that case preferred to roast it with generous amount of ghee (clarified butter).

Ingredients:

  • Aata (wheat flour): 1 cup
  • Besan/ gram flour (Chick pea flour): ½ cup
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Asafoetida: ¼ teaspoon
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Ajwain (carom seed): ½ teaspoon
  • Fresh coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon
  • Water: ¾ cup
  • Aata: 50 gm. (for rolling)
  • Ghee: for smearing

Preparation:

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Aata and all ingredients except ghee; add water in small quantity and knead them, till the dough becomes soft.
  2.  (The dough can be made in food processor also)
  3. Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

Method:

  1. Make lemon size balls; dust ball with Aata and roll the chapati with equal pressure all around, roll 5-6”diameter, use small quantity of wheat flour to dust while rolling.
  2. Put this rolled raw roti on hot tawa; cook for few seconds on high flame till it changes the color. Turn to other side, this side to be cooked slightly more than 1st side. Now hold the roti with tongs and put directly on fire, first side on flame, the roti will start to puff up. Take it off the flame before it start burning. The missie roti is ready.
  3. You can puff roti on tawa (instead of flame) by pressing it lightly with kitchen towel, it will puff up.
  4. Smear some ghee all over the roti; it is ready to be served hot or warm.
  5. Note:
  6. It is important to cook roti on high flame, it will be soft.
  7. Kneading with hot water makes roti soft.
  8. You can knead with milk or whey (left over water of paneer).
Missie Roti/ chapatti (Mixed Flour Indian Bread)
Ingredients
pour Aata and all ingredients except ghee
dough
dough balls
roll the chapati
Put this rolled raw roti on hot tawa
Turn to other side
cooked slightly more than 1st side
You can puff roti on tawa
Missie Roti/ chapatti (Mixed Flour Indian Bread)
Missie Roti/ chapatti (Mixed Flour Indian Bread)