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


08
Sep 17

Mix vegetable pulao

The mix vegetable pulao is simple; aroma of spices roasted in ghee and mix vegetable provides the dish a unique taste, accompanied with chana dal tadka or dry mung dal fry and cucumber raita makes it complete meal.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 250 gm
  • Onion: 80-100 gm
  • Carrot: 5o gm.
  • Beans: 50 gm.
  • Peas: 100 gm.
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Cumin seed: half teaspoon.
  • Sugar: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Hot water: 500 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)
  • Butter/ ghee: 3-4 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash rice. Keep aside in a sieve.
  2. Chop onion longitudinally. Keep aside.
  3. Chop carrot and beans into small pieces as shown in photo, keep aside.
  4. Grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat butter in a cooker; add Garam masala, allow sputtering for few seconds, add chopped onion and grated ginger; fry it on high flame till it gets light brown in color, add chopped vegetables, Stir fry for couple of minutes, add washed rice and fry for 3-5 minutes.
  2. The moment some of 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 cooker to cool, after cooling, stir pulao lightly with the help of fork.
  4. Transfer pulao in rice plate and decorate with fresh coriander leaves, mouth watering pulao is ready to be served with dry mung dal and cucumber raita.
Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Ingredients

Ingredients

Chop carrot and beans into small pieces

Chop carrot and beans into small pieces

add chopped onion

add chopped onion

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

Stir fry

Stir fry

add chopped vegetables

add chopped vegetables

add salt

add salt

add washed rice

add washed rice

fry for 3-5 minutes

fry for 3-5 minutes

add hot water

add hot water

add hot water, salt and sugar

add hot water, salt and sugar

put off the flame

put off the flame

stir pulao lightly with the help of fork

stir pulao lightly with the help of fork

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao

Mix vegetable pulao


02
Sep 17

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Growing up in small town of Bihar at Barh; I remember grand-parents pricked the gooseberry and prepared ‘Gooseberry murabba’, and used to be busy for this work about 5-6 days in the season (winter) of anwala.

They prepared this murabba and stored in a big glass jar to be used in summer afternoon for their family; we eat daily one ‘murabba’ and ‘Bel ka sharwat (Aegle marmelos drink)’ in the summer afternoon to protect ourselves from the rowdy summer and loo.

It was so yummy that it is difficult to wait till afternoon, but …

Ingredients:

  • Anwala: 400gm.
  • Sugar: 400 gm.
  • Citric acid: 2gm (½ teaspoon)
  • Salt: 2%
  • Alum: 1 teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Take a big mixing bowl; put 1 tablespoon of salt and ½ liter of water, make solution and dip anwala in it, it is necessary to change water daily for 2-3 days.
  2. Prepare solution of alum powder and water and dip anwala for a day; clean anwala into running water and prick them using fork from your kitchen, take a muslin cloth, tie anwala in this cloth keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the water in a pot; immersed and rotate the tied anwala for 2-3 minutes, take it out and put on the strainer, for couple of minutes.
  2. Take a mixing bowl /jar; put half quantity of sugar then layer the anwala, again put the reaming sugar, cover and keep aside for a day.
  3. Next day take out anwala from the bowl, keep aside.
  4. Make sugar syrup (two thread consistency) from left out sugar solution on medium flame; put anwala into the syrup, bring it to boil, remove and keep aside for a day again.
  5. Check next day the sugar syrup consistency if it is diluted; boil it to make it of one thread consistency and store in clean and dry glass jar.
  6. Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba) is ready to be served.
  7. Note: the process is elaborate, but it needs only 4-5 minutes daily for a week.
Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Ingredients

Ingredients

make solution and dip anwala

make solution and dip anwala

Ingredients

Ingredients

prick them using fork

prick them using fork

prick them using fork

prick them using fork

tie anwala in this cloth

tie anwala in this cloth

put half quantity of sugar then layer the anwala

put half quantity of sugar then layer the anwala

again put the reaming sugar

again put the reaming sugar

Next day take out anwala

Next day take out anwala

Make sugar syrup

Make sugar syrup

put anwala into the syrup

put anwala into the syrup

bring it to boil

bring it to boil

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)