11
Nov 17

Naan (Indian bread)

However satiated my stomach may be, the sight and smell of certain food always makes me crave for them.

“Naan” is one such umpteen varieties of Indian oven-baked flat breads which is also one of the favorite breads served across the globe. The main ingredients used are refined flour, curd and milk which give it a rich flavor and make it dissolve in the mouth instantly. Butter is sure to enhance its taste manifold. Nigella seeds are popularly added in India (and internationally also). Alternatively, you may use Poppy seeds instead of Nigella seeds.

Ingredients:

  • Maida (refined flour):200 gm.
  • Curd: 4 tablespoon
  • Milk: 4 tablespoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Sugar: ½ teaspoon
  • Dry yeast: ½ teaspoon (readily available in foodstores)
  • Butter: 1 pat
  • Egg: 1no. (Optional)

For topping:

  • Poppy seed (khus khus):1 tablespoon
  • Kalonji (nigella seed):1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Take the yeast; dissolve it in lukewarm water, add sugar, salt, butter and curd. Knead the Maida (refined flour) with this mixture to make dough soft, if needed add milk slowly, keep aside for 5-6 hours in a warm place.
  2. Knead it again and divide the dough into 4-5 parts; make smooth round ball shapes of these and let them ferment again for 10-15 minutes. Put(sprinkle) Kalonji(poppy seeds) on the rolling stone and roll out each part as depicted in photo…

Method:

  1. Leave the wire mesh in the gas tandoor and preheat the tandoor for 4-6 minutes.
  2. With wet hands stick this Naan from the plain side(non kalonji side) facing the inside of the preheated lid of the tandoor, remove after couple of minutes.
  3. If you wish to cook more crisp, put the naan on wire mesh, Naan (Indian bread) is ready to be served.
  4. Naan is best tasted with side dishes such as Chhole masala, Paneer tikka masala, Chicken curry or any other gravy rich Indian side dish (visit indiancookingmanual.com for detailed menus).
  5. Please visit my recipe for whole broccoli masala to get a delicious taste of the Naan.
    Naan (Indian bread)

    Naan (Indian bread)

    ingredients

    ingredients

    dough soft

    dough soft

    divide the dough into 4-5 parts

    divide the dough into 4-5 parts

    . Put (sprinkle) Kalonji (poppy seeds) on the rolling stone

    . Put (sprinkle) Kalonji (poppy seeds) on the rolling stone

    roll out each part

    roll out each part

    remove after couple of minutes

    remove after couple of minutes

    put the Naan on wire mesh

    put the Naan on wire mesh

    put the Naan on wire mesh

    put the Naan on wire mesh

    Naan (Indian bread)

    Naan (Indian bread)

    Naan (Indian bread)

    Naan (Indian bread)


09
Nov 17

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Traditionally India has so many occasion/fasting days; it is mandatory to have home cooked food without onion and garlic. So on upcoming occasion without much bothering you; prepare this simple recipe.

Stir fry cauliflower in the ghee (clarified butter) and use green chili, black pepper & ginger paste, which gives the delicious twist.

It is cooked on the occasion of ‘nahay-khay of chhath pooja’ in Bihar; you can cook any time; like Friday fast or Satyanarayan pooja etc.

Ingredients:

  • Potato: 200 gm
  • Cauliflower: 250-300 gm
  • Tomato: 1-2 no.
  • Green chili: 1 no.
  • Black pepper: 10-12 no.
  • Ginger: 2” pieces
  • Coriander powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Green coriander leaves: 10 gm

Preparation:

  1. Wash and Cut the cauliflower in small pieces, dip it into hot water with half spoon salt (about 10 minutes), take out the cauliflower from the water, keep aside.
  2. Peel off and chop the potatoes, keep aside.
  3. Grind the ginger, black pepper and green chili into fine masala paste, keep aside.
  4. Grind the tomatoes and keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a fry pan, add cumin and sputter it for few seconds, add cauliflower; stir fry on medium low flame till color changes, add chopped potatoes, stir and put lid.
  2. Stir occasionally till 80% done; add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder, tomato paste and masala paste, stir fry till liquid dries up, add half cup of water, cook on medium flame till  it is done, put of the flame, add fresh coriander leaves.
  3. ‘Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic’ is ready to be served with any meal. Transfer into serving bowl decorates with coriander leaves.
Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Ingredients

Ingredients

chopped Ingredients

chopped Ingredients

add cumin

add cumin

add cauliflower

add cauliflower

add chopped potatoes

add chopped potatoes

stir and put lid

stir and put lid

add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder

add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder

add half cup of water

add half cup of water

cook on medium flame till it is done

cook on medium flame till it is done

add fresh coriander leaves

add fresh coriander leaves

add fresh coriander leaves

add fresh coriander leaves

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic


27
Oct 17

Radish Leaf and Raw Tomato Chutney

Ever wondered what could be a power-packed indigenous home remedy for so many chronic ailments that are lifestyle related? Sometimes what we search vigorously in medicines and complicated curative practices are abundantly available around us in nature.

Look around and you will get nature’s remedy aptly fitted into seasons when the ailments are most likely to occur.

Such is one very commonly used winter vegetable-the humble, peppery and slightly bitter ‘Radish’ combined with the young and raw bright green tomatoes that are abundantly available as winter fruits,

Here we are going to talk about not the Radish but its nondescript and much ignored leaves which are a master doctor for ailments like rheumatism, piles, scurvy and diabetes. It’s a powerhouse of antibacterial, antimicrobial nutrients and also vitamin C.

Raw green tomatoes are filled with antioxidants and vitamins c providing almost half the daily requirement of vitamin C, K, A and B group’s. Green tomato contains an alkaloid called tomatine, which effectively fights cancer cells.

Try making this dip/chutney in your own kitchen. Ingredients are few and very handy – Radish leaves, Tangy tomatoes, garlic pods, green chilies and nevertheless the quintessential mustard oil.

This chutney/dip is unusual, extremely healthy and should give you a tangy and peppery punch leaving you gorging into your food and at the same time letting it digest very effectively.

Ingredients:

  • Radish leaves: 100 gm
  • Garlic: 1 -2 flakes
  • Green chili: 1 no.
  • Mustard oil/olive oil: one teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 /4 teaspoon
  • Raw tomato:100 gm.

Preparation:

  1. Discard the stalk of tomatoes and chop roughly.
  2. Take only the leaves of the radish, chop roughly and boil/microwave radish leaves. Keep aside for further use.
  3. Chop garlic and green chili.

Method:

    1. Grind all the above prepared ingredients together. Make into a fine paste.
    2. Add mustard oil, mix well.
    3. Chatpati Radish leaf and raw tomato chutney is ready to be served with breakfast or meal.
Radish leaf and raw tomato chutney

Radish leaf and raw tomato chutney

ingredients

ingredients

chop roughly and boil/microwave radish leaves

chop roughly and boil/microwave radish leaves

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Grind all the above prepared ingredients together

Add mustard oil, mix well.


24
Sep 17

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

It is the Pujo season, the one which every Bengali ardently awaits for the whole year and associate it with lip smacking copious delicacies and a splash of glamour and celebration in everything as an offering to usher Maa Durga.

With the advent of early winters (‘Sharodiya’ as popularly called in Bengal), the earth springs with a riot of colorful and flavorful vegetables.

Chorchori or Charchari or Chochchori is a much frequently prepared and perhaps the most flexible, quick and extremely popular Bengali side dish served with hot piping steamed rice.

Chorchori literally is used to indicate a combination of ingredients and is a satiating meal prepared with any one or a combination of available veggies in the house.

The main ingredient is the ‘panch-phoron’ tempering (a combination of five spices) and a spicy and pungent aromatic paste made out of mustard and green chilies.

This is an ‘all in one-pot’ semi-dry dish.

I have made the ‘panch meshali’ (five vegetable) Chorchori which is just one of the many variants which are traditionally cooked in Bengali cuisine.

Prepare this in this festive season of Durga Pujo and celebrate the salubrious balmy winters.

Ingredients:

  • Baigan (egg plant): 100 gm
  • Potato: 100 gm.
  • Pumpkin: 100 gm
  • Cauliflower: 100 gm
  • Muli (radish): 1 no.
  • Green chili: 3-4 no.
  • Garlic: ¼ of a pod.
  • Mustard oil:  4 tablespoon
  • Panch phoran: ½ teaspoon (Mustard seed, Cumin, Fennel seed, Fenugreek seed, and Carrom seed.)
  • Yellow mustard seed: 10-15 gm.
  • Red chili: 1 no.
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Green coriander leaves: 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Chop egg plant, pumpkin and cauliflower into big pieces, keep aside.
  2. Peel off and chop potato and radish into big pieces, keep aside.

Mustard and Green Chili Paste:

  1. Grind dry mustard and salt (together) to a fine powder; add garlic and green chili into this. Pour 2 table spoons of water and again grind it to make a fine wet paste. Keep this paste aside for use later.

Method:

  1. Take a frying-pan, heat oil, and wait until the oil release smoke, add the above ‘panch phoran’. Let it  splutter it for a few seconds. Then add potato and stir fry on medium high flame until half done. Then add cauliflower and  stir-fry these for couple of minutes.
  2. Add pumpkin and radish and continue to stir-fry on medium flame for 3-4 minutes; add egg plant (Baigan) stir fry and cover the lid for 4-5 minutes (occasionally stir).
  3. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt and stir it for a minute. Then add 1 cup of water, close the lid, and cook on lower flame until the vegetables turn soft. Then this will be done.
  4. Open the lid, add the wet paste and stir fry and mix well and let it boil. Turn off the flame when this transforms into a nearly dry preparation.
  5. Spicy and pungent Chorchori (mixed vegetable) is ready to be served and devoured.
  6. Transfer Chorchori into a serving bowl and sprinkle coriander leaves.
  7. Serve hot or warm with steamed rice with a rich radish leaf dip/chutney and Posto-Baata (khus-khus/Poppy seeds dip/chutney.
  8. (Traditionally used five varieties of vegetables, any variety, you can choose)
  9. Here I choose potato, eggplant, pumpkin, cauliflower and radish. You can choose broad beans or whatever is available in the season.
Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Ingredients

Ingredients

Chopped egg plant, pumpkin and cauliflower

Chopped egg plant, pumpkin and cauliflower

add the above ‘panch phoran

add the above ‘panch phoran

add the above ‘panch phoran

add the above ‘panch phoran

add potato

add potato

add cauliflower

add cauliflower

Add pumpkin

Add pumpkin

Add pumpkin and radish

Add pumpkin and radish

add egg plant

add egg plant

stir fry and cover

stir fry and cover

Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt

Add chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and salt

add 1 cup of water

add 1 cup of water

add 1 cup of water

add 1 cup of water

add the wet paste

add the wet paste

cook on lower flame until the vegetables turn soft

cook on lower flame until the vegetables turn soft

this will be done

this will be done

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)

Chorchori (Bengali recipe)


22
Sep 17

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Our food today getting internationalized; I would like to revive India’s traditional culture of eating home cooked food, the “Paneer ka kheer” mostly prepared in Bengali houses, but now you can share this in your kitty party and your party will become special…

It can also be prepared on the occasion of Navratri or Durga pooja or any festival as a phalahari recipe.

Its taste is really-really extraordinary and can be prepared quickly if you have ready paneer in your hand.

Ingredients:

  • Paneer: 200 gm
  • Milk: 1 liter
  • Sugar: 50 gm
  • Green cardamom powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Pistachio: 12-15 no.
  • Cashew nut: 12-15 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch

Preparation:

  1. Crumble paneer and keep aside.
  2. Chop pistachio and cashew nut, Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a wide mouth heavy bottom pan; apply some ghee (clarified butter) at the base and inner wall of the pan, pour the milk into the pan and allow it to boil on high flame, keep stirring and scraping the sides of the vessels at regular interval after 10-12 minutes it reduces to half of volume, don’t forget to scrap and stir continuously.
  2. Add saffron and sugar; reduce the flame, when milk starts getting thick consistency (see photo), within couple of minutes add cashew nut.
  3. Add crumbled paneer and allow it to boil on high flame, keep stirring, when it will become thick, add cardamom powder, now put off the flame, and allow it to cool.
  4. Serve hot in serving bowl. Decorate with Pistachio. Keep it into refrigerator for an hour or two.
  5. Now, Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer is ready to serve.
Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Ingredients

Ingredients

pour the milk

pour the milk

Add saffron and sugar

Add saffron and sugar

Add saffron

Add saffron

Add saffron

Add saffron

add cashew nut

add cashew nut

Add crumbled paneer

Add crumbled paneer

Add crumbled paneer

Add crumbled paneer

add cardamom powder

add cardamom powder

put off the flame

put off the flame

allow it to cool

allow it to cool

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer

Paneer (cottage cheese) ka kheer