01
Oct 18

Zucchini fritters (zucchini pakora)

Zucchini is high in magnesium, fiber and vitamin, it is good to choose always medium in size. Prepare zucchini fritters for your family that are delicious and exciting, serve with raw peanut chutney/dip.

Ingredients:

  • Zucchini: 2 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
  • Asafoetida powder: 1 pinch
  • Chili powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Chat masala: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala: ¼ teaspoon
  • Ajwain (carom seeds): ¼ teaspoon
  • Besan (gram flour): 1 cup
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Mustard oil: for deep frying
  • Meetha soda (Sodabicarb): 1 pinch

Preparation:

  1. Take zucchini, slice into thin layer as shown in photo. Keep aside.
  2. Take a bowl. Put besan, salt and all ingredients; make a smooth batter with the help of water.

Method:

  1. Take kadai (fry pan), heat oil in it. Let oil to smoke. Pour a drop of batter into the oil. If batter comes up, it means right temperature of oil otherwise wait for a while and test again.
  2. After getting right temperature of oil, dip a slice of zucchini into batter. (Either direct by hand or spoon)
  3. Deep fry all slices, when they start to come up, slowly turn over, fry till it becomes golden brown on both sides.
  4. Remove the fritters from oil; serve hot with raw peanut chutney, tomato sauce and green chutney.
    Zucchini fritters (zucchini pakora)

    Zucchini fritters (zucchini pakora)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    zucchini slice and batter

    zucchini slice and batter

    dip a slice of zucchini into batter

    dip a slice of zucchini into batter

    Deep fry all slices

    Deep fry all slices

    Zucchini fritters (zucchini pakora)

    Zucchini fritters (zucchini pakora)


11
Sep 18

Sattu ka laddu

Since it is rich in proteins, sattu is beneficial for health and well being of growing kids. Sattu is prepared by one of the healthiest cooking method that is “roasting”; in this the nutrients value remains intact and can be stored for months.

Making chana ka sattu is a time taking process; I used here readymade sattu flour from Bihar but if you don’t have, just grind the roasted chana dal to fine powder. Sieve it, use it.

“Sattu laddu” is very easy to prepare it does not need to be cooked or fried, just add Indian spices, green cardamom and sugar powder or Jaggery and some dry fruits.

Ingredients:

  • Sattu (roasted chana dal powder):100 gm
  • Unsalted butter/Ghee: 50 gm.
  • Sugar: 80-100gm
  • Green cardamom: 1- 6 no.
  • Cashew nut: 10-15 no.
  • Almond: 10-15 no.
  • Pistachio: 10-15 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Milk: 1 -2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Grind green cardamom to make powder, keep aside.
  2. Slice dry fruits thinly, keep aside.
  3. Grind sugar to make fine powder, keep aside. Soak the saffron into tablespoon milk for 10-15 minutes.

Method:

    1. Take pan melt butter: add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder and sliced dry fruits; and mix all things properly along with saffron milk. (Add more milk to reach the binding consistency if needed).
    2. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands, depending upon size of laddu 10-12 laddu will be ready.
Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Ingredients

Ingredients

add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder

add sattu, powder sugar, green cardamom powder

ground sugar  & Sliced dry fruits

ground sugar & Sliced dry fruits

ground sugar  & Sliced dry fruits  mix

ground sugar & Sliced dry fruits mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

Take one handful mix

shape the mixture in round

shape the mixture in round

shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands

shape the mixture in round (laddu) by using your hands

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu

Sattu ka laddu


04
Sep 18

Japanese green tea culture

Today, while I was preparing tea, I thought of writing about this green tea: has a typical flavor and it is best on its own without sugar, milk and any other natural flavor. And the monsoon climate of Japan is truly magical for me. The sky may be dull and gloomy, but mood become cheerful.

The love of tea takes special place in my heart…drinking tea is not only pleasurable rather it gives refreshment and its benefits go far beyond…

There are thousands types of tea in the world, they traditionally classified as Green tea, Black tea, Yellow tea, Herbal tea, Flavored tea, Blended tea, White tea & Oolong tea.

All non herbal teas are made from camellia sinensis (botanical name) plant. The Japanese green tea is immensely popular across the world and also made their way in India too.

The powder green tea is used in religious rituals called “Tea ceremony“is the part of Japanese culture.

In the traditional cuisine with all most every meal in the Japan accomplices by fresh brewed pot of green tea.

Actually the green tea is elixir of Japanese and they think it has innumerable health benefits (about life span).

Plenty of researches in Japan showing that drinking green tea is not only improve your health, it can be protect your teeth, improve your brain healthcare for your heart, lower the risk of diabetes and good for those who wants to reduce their weight.

Above all green tea is very effective in keeping skin and hair beautiful.

This is why green tea is staple drink of Japanese cuisine.

“This is the green tea magic”.

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea

Japanese green tea


10
Aug 18

Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

You can try this unique raw ‘jackfruit keema’ filled paratha! Use chat masala to infuse the dish a genuine flavor. Tuck it into breakfast or meal; combine with mint raita and green chutney.

Ingredients:

For paratha:

  • Wheat flour (Aata): 200 gm.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Kalonji (nigella sativa): ¼ teaspoon
  • Ajwain (Carom seed):  ½ teaspoon
  • Ghee: 100 gm (to be used during roasting paratha)
  • Ghee: 20 gm (to be mixed with dough as moin)

For stuffing:

  • Raw jackfruit: 500gm
  • Ginger: 2” piece
  • Onion: 1no. (Medium size)
  • Fresh green chili: 2 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Chat masala: 1 teaspoon
  • Sesame seed: 10 gm
  • Coriander leaves: 20 gm.

Preparation:

For making stuffing:

  1. Chop onion into small pieces, keep aside.
  2. Discard the seed of fresh green chili and chop into fine pieces, keep aside.
  3. Chop green coriander leaves, keep aside.
  4. Peel off the skin of jack fruit: chop roughly and boil it. Mash roughly by masher or food processor, keep aside.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a fry pan, add sesame seed, when it turns brown, add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.
  6. Stir it, sauté on high flame till color changes. Add mashed jack fruit and fry it on medium flame, add salt, chat masala and turmeric powder.
  7. Add chopped coriander leaves; stir fry for couple of minutes, Keep aside.
  8. Now stuffing is ready. Divide stuffing into 8-9 parts, make big lemon size balls, and keep aside.

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; put Aata, Ajwain, Kalonji ghee and salt. Mix well
  2. Add water to knead them, put water in small quantity till the dough becomes soft.
  3.  (The dough can be made in food processor also), Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10 minutes.

Method:

  1. Divide dough into 8-9 parts (equal to stuffing); make big lemon size balls,.
  2. Roll the ball in 5-6 inch diameter circle.
  3.  Place ball of stuffing in the centre of the circle.
  4. Fold it and seal the edges by pleating, fold the edges into the center and join properly.
  5. Now press this ball slightly with the help of palm.
  6. Again roll this ball into the wheat flour, roll this ball with the help of rolling pin gently, till the 5 – 6 inch dia.
  7. Now raw paratha is ready.
  8. Take a tawa (griddle) and put on high flame, when it becomes hot; reduce the flame to medium flame.
  9. Place the rolled paratha on this.
  10. Cook for few seconds till it changes the color.
  11. Turn the other side and cook it while pressing gently by spatula.
  12. By pressing it will puff up. Sometimes it will not. (But need not to worry taste will still be great; it only shows that rolling is not proper). Apply some ghee and turn it.
  13. Cook both sides by applying ghee as well as pressing it lightly.
  14. Serve directly to the plate. Serve the paratha with raita, Tomato radish salad (stir fry) or Gajar (carrot) & Gobhi (cauliflower) pickle, Garnish with homemade butter.
    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    ingredients for stuffing

    ingredients for stuffing

    add sesame seed

    add sesame seed

    add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.

    add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.

    add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.

    add chopped green chili, ginger and onion.

    add salt, chaat masala and turmeric powder.

    add salt, chaat masala and turmeric powder.

    Add mashed jackfruit

    Add mashed jackfruit

    Add chopped coriander leaves

    Add chopped coriander leaves

    dough & stuffing

    dough & stuffing

    dough ball & stuffing ball

    dough ball & stuffing ball

    Roll the ball

    Roll the ball

    apply some ghee(optional)

    apply some ghee(optional)

    Place ball of stuffing

    Place ball of stuffing

    Fold it and seal the edges by pleating

    Fold it and seal the edges by pleating

    Fold it and seal the edges by pleating

    Fold it and seal the edges by pleating

    Apply some ghee

    Apply some ghee

    By pressing it will puff up

    By pressing it will puff up

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha

    Raw jack fruit stuffed paratha


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)