07
Feb 19

Apples

Apples are delicious, during the apple season high quality apples one can get at low price. I would like to upload and talk about this juicy, crunchy and wonderful fruit and their recipes. How it can be consumed in different ways:

This is the most popular favorite fruit among the health conscious and fitness enthusiast, who firmly believe “health is wealth”

“An apple a day sends a doctor away” Its daily intake boosts metabolism, improves heart, bones, teeth and skin health. It helps to relieves constipation and diarrhea too; above all it boosts brain power. This wonderful fruits contains ‘vitamin B Complex’, beta carotene and many more vitamins and minerals.

Apples are the symbol of youthfulness and fertility ever since. That’s why once upon a time there used a slogan…

“An apple a day, do not doctors to pay.”

Apple trees originally grew in Asia and Europe about thousand years ago, now it is grown all over the world. Different types of apples are grown as per demand i.e. cooking purpose, raw eating purpose and cinder producing purpose.

Asian apples are extremely sweet, especially in Indian sub continent. The skin of ripen apples are red, pink, green, yellow, golden and rusted color. They also differ in size significantly. Japanese consumers prefer the large size apples.

Apples have religious and mythological significance in many cultures i.e. apples are eaten with honey at the Jewish new year to symbolize a very sweet new year.

Eat apples whatever the way you like, it gives advance nutrition. Eating them whole gives maximum benefits, but cooked dishes of apple can be fun while cooking and serving as well as tasty too.

Following recipes you can prepare with help of ‘Indian Cooking Manual’. I have already linked the recipe, you just click…

When I was in London, I saw there were apple toffee, candy and many more things are available in the stores.

Chocolate coated apples also available at the tourist places, so the proverb of now a day is …

“An apple a day keeps a doctor away”

Delicious and nutritional tips for using apple and its recipes:

You can serve it as juice or mixed with other fruit juices and prepare blend fruit juice.

Following are some apple preparation; Indian cocking manual will help you to prepare them:

  •  Low calorie fruit cream
  • Dreamy fruit dessert
  • Apple kheer
  • Apple juice
  • Apple shake
  • Apple lassi
  • Green apple chutney
  • Boiled apple for toddlers
  • Apple custard
  • Apple cake
  • Apple jam and jelly
  • Apple sandesh (Bengali sweets)
  • Fruit salad
  • Add few pieces of apple in your vegetable salad
  • Apples can be served with ice-cream, yogurt and cereals.
  • Prepare apple smoothie with curd or milk/almond milk/coconut milk.

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


14
Sep 17

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Should I prepare ‘Saffron elaichi kulfi’ for the summer days? Nahh…mango kulfi? Predicable. Jack fruit kulfi? No it’s again fruit, and then here I prepared something from vegetable. Yes, it is lauki kulfi; the bottle gourd, which is good for summer, very light in stomach and have so many nutritional value.

Ingredients:

  • Full cream milk: ½ liter
  • Khoa/Mawa: 100 gm
  • Sugar: 100 -150 gm
  • Green cardamom: 7-8 no.
  • Pistachio: 15-18 no.
  • Color (optional): Apple green

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and grate lauki, keep aside.
  2. Slice pistachio thinly, keep aside.
  3. Peel off green cardamom, make powder, and 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.
  2. 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. Boil the milk for 5-7 minutes, so that it reduces to half, add lauki (bottle gourd), further boil it for 4-5 minutes till you get it thicker, add sugar and  let it boil for couple of minutes.
  3. Add Khoa, stir it continuously till it starts boiling, add half of pistachio and green cardamom powder, and let it boil for couple of minutes. Put off the flame.
  4. Allow it to cool, blend the prepared mixture for a while, add ¼ quantities of pistachio into it; pour this mixture into the cup/kulfi-mould decorate with left out dry fruits, freeze the kulfi for 6-8 hours.
  5. Now, ‘Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi’ is ready to serve, you can serve directly.

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Ingredients

Ingredients

add lauki (bottle gourd)

add lauki (bottle
gourd)

boil it for 4-5 minutes

boil it for 4-5 minutes

Add Khoa

Add Khoa

, add half of pistachio and green cardamom powder

, add half of pistachio and green cardamom powder

Put off the flame

Put off the flame

blend the prepared mixture

blend the prepared mixture

add ¼ quantities of pistachio

add ¼ quantities of pistachio

pour this mixture into the cup/kulfi-mould

pour this
mixture into the cup/kulfi-mould

pour this mixture into the cup/kulfi-mould

pour this
mixture into the cup/kulfi-mould

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi

Lauki (bottle gourd) kulfi


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)


28
Jun 17

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sattu is invented by laborers working in the fields for long years ago, since they needed an affordable filling and wholesome meal. It is high in protein content, hence it is ideal for those people, that’s why once upon a time it is called poor men’s food, but this humble sattu is packed with nutrients and actually a wonder food with loads of health benefits.

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

No need to cook, just mix it with water in a glass, eat sattu in any form either ‘Sweet sattu sharwat (sweet protein drink)’ or ‘Salted sattu drink (salted protein drink)’, it’s a great hydrating and cooling drink and for fitness freaks, a post workout protein kick. It is in fact more hydrating than water, so bye-bye to heat stroke with this sattu recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Sattu: 3-4 tablespoon
  • Water: 200-250 ml
  • Sugar/Jaggery: 3 tablespoon (as per taste)
  • Black salt: 1 pinch (optional)
  • Almond: 6-7 no.
  • Green cardamom: 1no.

Preparation:

  1. Slice the almond, keep aside.
  2. Peel off green cardamom and grind to powder, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a mixing bowl, put sattu, salt and sugar, add water in small quantity to avoid lumps and make smooth paste. Now add more water/chilled-water as per your choice of consistency; add sliced almond and cardamom powder.
  2. Transfer into serving glass, decorate with sliced almond and enjoy…

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Ingredients

Ingredients

put sattu, salt and sugar

put sattu, salt and sugar

add water

add water

add water

add water

add sliced almond

add sliced almond

add sliced almond and cardamom powder

add sliced almond and cardamom powder

Transfer into serving glass

Transfer into serving glass

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)

Sweet sattu sharbat (sweet protein drink)