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


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


14
Sep 17

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit has a sweet and strong flavor; the aroma of the cake made from jackfruit is something that lingers for long after tasting this. The homemade cake is always superior and worth the efforts.

Ingredients:

  • Sooji/rava: 150 gm.
  • Maida:  50 gm.
  • Ripe Jack fruit : 150-200 gm (with seed).
  • Baking soda: 1 teaspoon
  • Baking powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 2 pinch
  • Refined oil/ghee (clarified butter): ¾ cup
  • Sugar: ¾ cup

Preparation:

  1. Cut jackfruits, discard seeds, and put the pulp in to blending jar, blend it till fine paste. Keep aside.
  2. Sieve Maida and baking soda, baking powder and salt together (sieve 3-4 times). Keep aside.
  3. Grind sugar and make powder. Keep aside.
  4. Take a baking tray, put half teaspoon of ghee, and apply ghee all around the container, sprinkle one teaspoon of Maida over it. Discard extra Maida. Keep aside.
  5. Take a big mixing bowl, put Sooji and jackfruit pulp, and Mix it well with the help of spoon, keep aside for at least 2 hours or you can store it into refrigerator for overnight.
  6. After two hrs (or overnight in refrigerator), put sugar and mix it well with the help of hand blender/food processor for 4-5 minutes. Add sieved mixture of Maida, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  7. Mix well Make a smooth batter, Add Refined oil/ghee (clarified butter) and mix well, now cake batter is ready.

Method:

  1. Choose the size of baking tray such that when batter is put into it, it gets half filled only, as after baking its volume gets nearly doubled.
  2. Now bake it into preheated OTG at 160 degree centigrade for about 35-40 minutes. Check by inserting toothpick near the centre of the cake if it comes out clean otherwise bake further few minutes and check again.
  3. Let it cool; cut the cake into pieces after cooling, ‘jackfruit Sooji cake’ is ready to serve.

Note:

  1. you can bake it simply into pre heated cooker on minimum flame.
  2. Let it cool for some time and transfer into serving plate.
Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Ingredients

Ingredients

put Sooji and jackfruit pulp

put Sooji and jackfruit pulp

put sugar and mix

put sugar and mix

Add Refined oil/ghee

Add Refined oil/ghee

bake it into preheated OTG

bake it into preheated OTG

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake

Jackfruit Sooji cake