15
Feb 18

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Let’s celebrate Valentine’s Day in all its glory, buying so called heart shaped balloons, and cook squid stew for the love of love. The taste is marvelous.

Ingredients:

  • Squid: 200 gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Tomato: 1no. (Small size)
  • Garlic: 6 flake (medium)
  • Ginger: 2 inch pieces
  • Green chilly: 2 no.
  • Dry whole red chilly: 2 no.
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 10-15
  • Cinnamon: 1 inch piece
  • Black cardamom: 1 no. (Crushed)
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Cooking oil: 2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Cleaning and cutting Squid (kanava fish):
  2. Wash the squid, hold the tentacles and pull the inner part of the squid body, the head part get detached. Discard the inner part. As shown in the photo.
  3. You will see the transparent quill (cuttle bone) like structure inside the body, pull out and discard this.
  4. Grab the two fins(wings) of the squid, strapping the skin(membrane) off, it comes out very easily as shown in the photo, wash and clean inside if there is any left over. Cut the fish as your desired shape either ring or square shape. Again wash it and keep aside.
  5. Peel off and chop the garlic and ginger, make fine paste keep aside.
  6. Cut onion into fine slices longitudinally, cut green chili and tomatoes into small pieces. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a pressure cooker, put squid (kanava fish), sliced onion, garlic, ginger, green chili, salt, turmeric powder and 1 tablespoon of oil. Mix all ingredients with 1 cup of water, close the lid and Bring to full cooking pressure reduce to low flame and cook for 4-5 minutes. Allow cooker to cool.
  2. Take a fry pan. Put rest of oil in it, add panch phoran (Cumin, Fennel seed, Black mustard seed, Fenugreek seed, Onion seed), Garam masala (Cumin seed, Black pepper, Cinnamon, cardamom, crushed cardamom and star anise) and dry whole red chili.
  3. Fry for few seconds, then add chopped tomatoes; fry tomatoes till oil leaves from sides (about 3-5 minutes).
  4. Add green chili and boiled squid; fry it till liquid dries up, decorate with green coriander and sliced onion.
  5. Squid stew is ready to be served with steamed rice and dal in the lunch or any meal as you wish.
Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish)

Squid (kanava fish)

Ingredients

Ingredients

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, put squid (kanava fish), sliced onion, garlic, ginger, green chili, salt, turmeric

, put squid (kanava fish), sliced onion, garlic, ginger, green chili, salt, turmeric

boiled squid

boiled squid

add panch phoran (Cumin, Fennel seed, Black mustard seed, Fenugreek seed, Onion seed), Garam masala (Cumin seed, Black pepper, Cinnamon, cardamom, crushed cardamom and star anise) and dry whole red chili.

add panch phoran (Cumin, Fennel seed, Black mustard seed, Fenugreek seed, Onion seed), Garam masala (Cumin seed, Black pepper, Cinnamon, cardamom, crushed cardamom and star anise) and dry whole red chili.

add chopped tomatoes

add chopped tomatoes

Add green chili

Add green chili

Add green chili and boiled squid

Add green chili and boiled squid

decorate with green coriander and sliced onion.

decorate with green coriander and sliced onion.

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish) stew

Squid (kanava fish) stew


14
Jan 18

Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)

This is a cultural legacy in the form of an assembly of food that is served as a breakfast in Bihar in the month of ‘Uttarayan’ – Makar Sankranti (to embark the advent of the summer season).

This has been carried throughout ancient times on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.  Especially in Mithila region of Bihar (birth place of Sita) this is the staple breakfast as it is super healthy breakfast, which foregoes the need for cooking.

The option of eating healthy has always been available to us which we tend to overlook. This recipe is by far a healthier and much more nutritious and extremely quick option than the processed food that we choose to eat to save time.

Experience this authentic local delicacy and the divine fusion of the richest flavor and warmth of culture with this Bihari Thali breakfast – “Chura Dahi Tilkut” (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with Pounded Sesame Sweet)”

If basmati poha is not available, you can use normal poha. It will create the same magic.

For many more such traditional and eclectic regional delicacies from Bihar, check out the “Bihar Delicacies “.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati chura/poha (beaten/flatten rice): 1 bowl
  • Curd/yogurt: 2 bowl
  • Milk: ½ cup
  • Brown sugar/Jaggery: ½ cup (as per taste)
  • Tilkut (sesame sweet): as per your choice

Preparation:

  1. Wash poha properly, twice. Soak with milk (About 50-100 ml).
  2. Cover it and leave it for about 10-12 minutes, keep aside.

Method:

  1.  Loosen with fork/spoon, serve with curd, tilkut and grated jaggery/sugar.
  2. You can pair this recipe with Raw jackfruit subji or Fresh green pea sabji (side dish)
    Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)

    Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Wash poha

    Wash poha

    Soak with milk

    Soak with milk

    Cover it

    Cover it

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Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)

Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)

Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)

Chura Dahi Tilkut (Beaten Rice, Yogurt with pounded Sesame Sweet)


11
Jan 18

Stuffed Aaloo Poori

This is the season of balmy winters with foggy mornings yet my kitchen is warm with the preparation of rich and crispy stuffed potato fried breads.

Honestly although this is the variation of the traditionally prepared Aaloo Poori but trust me when I say this, I mean it that it comes out to be much more delicious. So much so, that you will simply want to prepare it as a feast to enjoy these winters. This will turn out to be a universal favorite in your family, relished by the youngest to oldest with its soft flaky and crispy texture.

Enjoy this recipe to beat the bitter cold winters.

Ingredients:

For dough:

  • Atta (wheat flour): 1 cup
  • Maida (refined flour): 1 cup
  • Ghee: 2 tablespoon (for moin that is put it into dough itself).
  • Onion seed: half teaspoon
  • Carom seed: half teaspoon
  • Salt: half teaspoon.
  • Ghee/ cooking oil: for deep frying
  • For stuffing:
  • Potato: 400- 500gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Ginger: 2” pieces
  • Mint leaves: 50gm
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilly: 4-5 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  •  Chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Kala namak (black rock salt): ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 1 tablespoon

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Aatta, Maida 2 tablespoon ghee, onion seed, carom seed and salt. Mix well by rubbing between palms.
  2. Add water in small quantity and knead them, if required, put some more water till the dough becomes soft.
  3.  (The dough can be made in food processor also)
  4. Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

For making stuffing:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a fry pan.
  2. Add cumin seed, fennel seed and mustard seed, when it turns brown, and add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.
  3. Stir it, sauté on low flame till changing color. Add chopped potato and fry it on medium flame: Cover it, lower the flame. Stir occasionally; Fry until it is half done, (About 5-7 minutes)
  4. Add salt, chili powder and turmeric powder Fry till they are done.
  5. Add chopped mint leaves, dry mango powder, and Garam masala; stir fry for couple of minutes, Keep aside .Now stuffing is ready.
  6.  Divide stuffing into 8 parts and make ball.

Method:

  1. Divide dough into parts: make big lemon size balls; roll the ball in 2-3 inch diameter circle.
  2.  Place 2 tablespoon stuffing in the centre of the circle: fold it and seal the edges of this by pleating.
  3. Fold the edges into the center and joint properly: now press this ball slightly with the help of palm.
  4. Again roll this ball into the wheat flour, roll this ball with the help of rolling pin gently, till the 2-3 inch dia. Now raw poori is ready.
  5. Heat oil in a fry pan on maximum flame (to check if oil is ready or not, put a little piece of dough in the oil it should come up slowly.
  6. Deep fry the poori on high flame: after they start to puff slowly turn over, fry till it becomes golden brown.
Stuffed Aaloo Poori

Stuffed Aaloo Poori

ingredients

ingredients

chopped potato

chopped potato

Add cumin seed, funnel seed and mustard seed

Add cumin seed, funnel seed and mustard seed

add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.

add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.

. Add chopped potato

. Add chopped potato

Add salt, chili powder and turmeric powder

Add salt, chili powder and turmeric powder

Add chopped mint leaves

Now stuffing is ready

Now stuffing is ready

stuffing

stuffing

stuffing & dough

stuffing & dough

raw poori is ready

raw poori is ready

Deep fry the poori

Deep fry the poori

Deep fry the poori

Deep fry the poori

Deep fry the poori

Deep fry the poori

Stuffed Aaloo Poori

Stuffed Aaloo Poori


05
Dec 17

Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

Khichadi is perhaps the most humble, universal and adaptable food experiments in India with innumerable variations as complex as our country’s geography is. With the recent heat around the controversy of declaring it the national food of the country and eventually downgrading it to letting it remain a brand India food has at least given some acknowledgement to its existence nevertheless.

This is the quintessential Bengali version popularly savored as a ‘Bhog’ or ‘Prasad’ during the Durga puja festival and makes the taste buds running with the fragrance of rice, lentils and vegetables with the hint of sweetness and strong yet palatable spice mix.

Puja bhog around the country is actually a part of ‘Naivedya’ or the essential offering of food to the Hindu Deity. Khichuri or Khichadi must perhaps be tracing back its origin to a time when humungous amounts of Bhog were to be distributed to the devotees worshipping the Goddess and which also was relatively quick, simple, and flavorful and filling for the stomach. Use of garlic and onion in this version of the Khichadi is a complete no but you shall find the taste perfectly comforting and satiating.

So this one recipe is to be classically prepared with a lavish drizzle of ghee and a generous potpourri of three to five vegetables along with the simple raw spice mix blended in it. Traditionally ‘Gobindobhog’ rice and ‘’Sona’ Moong dal varieties are used. However, I have used the ordinary home-cooking style and yet it has come out equally tasty and rich in flavour. You must try out this one recipe if the ordinary recipe has fizzed you to boredom.

Ingredients:

  •  Rice: 100 gm.
  • Mung Dal (split green gram):100 gm.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Red chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam Masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Roasted cumin powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chili: 2-3 no.
  • Potato: 2no.
  • Cauliflower: 100 gm
  • Green peas: 100-150 gm
  • Red pumpkin: 50 gm.
  • Fresh coconut: 4” piece (scraped)
  • Ginger: 2” piece
  • Red chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cooking oil: 4 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon: 2” stick
  • Clove: 3-4 no.
  • Bay leaf: 2 no.
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili: 2 no.
  • Green cardamom: 3-4 no.
  • Ghee: 50 gm.
  • Water: 1 liter

Preparation:

  1. Dry roast Moong dal on low flame, till it gets light brown in color, wash it with running water, keep aside.
  2. Wash rice, keep aside.
  3. Chop potatoes, cauliflower, tomato, yellow pumpkin into large pieces (~ 2”pieces), keep aside.
  4. Cut ginger and green chili into small pieces, keep aside.
  5. Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, heat 2 tablespoon of oil. Let this start emitting smoke. Then add cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili and whole Garam masala.
  2. Let this splutter for few seconds. Then add the desiccated coconut and fry for few seconds and add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.
  3. Add rice and continue to fry on low flame for couple of minutes. Then keep this mixture aside.
  4. Take a frying pan. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil and let the oil start to emit smoke. Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to become light brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin and mixed wet masala and continue to fry further for couple of minutes.
  5. Add ginger and tomatoes; fry for another two minutes, add fried rice and dal  into fried vegetables, stir  and add boiled water, add 1 ½  teaspoon of salt.
  6. Cook on high flame till it starts to boil; lower the flame and cook further until it reaches the desired consistency as demonstrated in the pictures (About 10-15 minutes). Add ghee when the Khichadi is piping hot and also drizzle it with a dash of Garam Masala powder.  Put off the stove and keep this aside.
  7. Now Bhog ki khichadi (Rice and Lentil porridge) is ready to be served.
  8. Note: Pressure cooker can be used instead.
    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    Chop potatoes, cauliflower, tomato, yellow pumpkin into large pieces

    Chop potatoes, cauliflower, tomato, yellow pumpkin into large pieces

    rice and dal

    rice and dal

    add cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili and whole Garam masala.

    add cumin seed, bay leaf, red chili and whole Garam masala.

    add desiccated coconut

    add desiccated coconut

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil

    Heat 2 tablespoons of oil

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add salt, turmeric powder, roasted cumin powder and coriander powder along with little water, wet Masala is ready, keep aside.

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    Add chopped potatoes and cauliflower. Fry on medium flame till the edges start to brown in color. Add peas, yellow pumpkin

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    add washed dal and fry on low flame for couple of minutes.

    add mixed wet masala

    add mixed wet masala

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    Add ginger and tomatoes

    , add fried rice and dal

    , add fried rice and dal

    add boiled water

    add boiled water

    Cook on high flame

    Cook on high flame

    lower the flame and cook further

    lower the flame and cook further

    Add ghee

    Add ghee

    a dash of Garam Masala powder

    a dash of Garam Masala powder

    Put off the stove

    Put off the stove

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)

    Bhog Khichadi (Bhoger Khichuri Rice and Lentil porridge)


29
Nov 17

Peas (Matar) Pulao

My earliest memory of this recipe is of my childhood days where my mother paired this Pulao with my favorite ‘chana dal tadka’ and Boondi Raita.

This preparation is packed with bags of flavorful spices combined with fresh peas and onion. Above all the protein in the peas is dairy free, gluten free and a great alternative of the ordinary protein which we are used to consuming through dairy etc.

Believe me you cannot get done with one serving of this and it will keep you wanting more and more!

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 200 gm
  • Onion: 50 gm
  • Fresh peas: 300 gm.
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin seed: half teaspoon.
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Hot water: 400 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)
  • Ghee/clarified butter: 3-4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash the rice. Keep it aside in a sieve.
  2. Chop onion longitudinally. Keep aside.
  3. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a cooker; add Garam masala, allow spluttering for few seconds, add chopped onion and grated ginger; fry it on a high flame till it gets light brown in color. Add peas and stir fry for couple of minutes, add washed rice and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  2. The moment some of the rice begins to change color; add hot water, salt and sugar, place cooker on high flame and bring to full cooking pressure. Put off the flame.
  3. Allow the cooker to cool. After cooling, stir the Pulao lightly with the help of a fork or spoon.
  4. Transfer Pulao in rice plate.
  5. Mouth watering Pulao is ready to be served. Try this with delicious Boondi ka Raita.
Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Ingredients

Ingredients

add Garam masala

add Garam masala

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

Add peas

Add peas

Add peas

Add peas

add washed rice

add washed rice

add washed rice and fry

add washed rice and fry

add hot water

add hot water

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

bring to full cooking pressure

bring to full cooking pressure

Put off the flame

Put off the flame

stir the Pulao lightly

stir the Pulao lightly

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao

Peas (Matar) Pulao