24
Jan 20

Phirni/Firni (Classic Rice pudding)

Phirni/Firni is a rice pudding originated during the Mugal Empire in India, popular in many countries too as UK, Pakistan, Thailand, Bangladesh Iran etc; never goes out of… perfect royal dessert for cool party or professional gathering… it is loved by all as it is soul satisfying. Traditionally it is served chilled in earthen bowl/ clay pot, which is called sakore; cooking this is  not a tedious task and the appearance is so inviting…

Ingredients:

  • Rice: 50 gm (basmati)
  • Milk: 1 liter
  • Sugar: 50 gm
  • Green cardamom: 3-4 no.
  • Almond: 15-17 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Condensed milk: 200 gm (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash rice. Soak the rice for minimum 1 hour, Keep aside.
  2. After an hour; dry on kitchen towel for 20-30 minutes, grind coarsely, and keep aside. (You may prepare in advance and store for2-3 days at normal temperature or in the refrigerator for a week.
  3. Slice almond, peel off and grind green cardamom, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the milk till becomes half; add grounded powder into the milk. Stir it continuously, add saffron and dry fruits.
  2. Continue to cook 10-15 minutes on lower flame, keep stirring at interval, when rice is done and become soft, add sugar, green cardamom powder, and keep stirring.
  3. Note: if you are going to use condensed milk, need not to add sugar.
  4. Add condensed milk and boil it, stir it continuously. Put off the flame.
  5. Transfer this into small earthen pot/small bowl; decorate it with sliced dry fruit and saffron.
  6. Transfer it to serving bowl, allow it to cool to room temperature, transfer it to refrigerator.
  7. Keep in refrigerator for an hour or two, serve it chilled.
Phirni/Firni (Classic Rice pudding)
Ingredients
add grounded powder
add saffron
add saffron
add dry fruits
keep stirring at interval
rice is done
add sugar
Add condensed milk
add green cardamom powder
add green cardamom powder
Put off the flame
Phirni/Firni (Classic Rice pudding)

22
Jan 20

Bitter Gourd(karela) Leaf Chila (Crepe)

It is soft in texture, amazing in taste light on your tummy, easy to prepare in few minutes; especially as breakfast.  It is popular and authentic recipe none other than wheat chila/cheela, a type of pancake or north Indian Dosa. Whatever the name; I often prepare this recipe when my husband is on business trip and I am alone and lazy. One afternoon I prepared this recipe in brunch, in which I added my home grown bitter gourd leaf, using seasonal and local ingredients is convenient as well as good for health.

You can customize with any other leafy vegetables or grated vegetables. Adding paneer (cottage cheese) is excellent option to increase the nutritional value.

Ingredients:

  • Wheat flour/ Aata: 150 gm.
  • Bitter gourd leaf: 100 gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee (clarified butter)/oil: for roasting

Preparation:

  1. Chop onion and bitter gourd leaf as fine as possible. Keep aside.
  2. Take a mixing bowl; put Aata, chopped onion, bitter gourd leaf, salt, and fennel seeds make a smooth batter without any lump. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan; apply one spoon of butter, grease all over.
  2. Pour ladleful of batter on the center of the tawa and quickly spread with circular motion.
  3. Cook from one side, spread 1 teaspoon of ghee on the edges and top. Wait for few minutes, the edges get lifted from the edge, flip it and cook both sides, as shown in the photo.
  4. Transfer into serving plate ‘Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)’ is ready to serve along with “sweet corn Raita”.
Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)
Ingredients
Ingredients
make a smooth batter
make a smooth batter
Pour ladleful of batter on the center of the tawa
spread 1 teaspoon of ghee
flip it and cook both sides
flip it and cook both sides
Transfer into serving plate
Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)’ is ready to serve along with “sweet corn Raita”
Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)
Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)
Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)
Bitter Gourd Leaf Chila (Crepe)

20
Jan 20

Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)

I visited an event held at Hibiya Park, Tokyo named ‘Farmers and Kids Festa’ with the aim of educating the kids that their food doesn’t really come from the supermarket.

Farmers shared their knowledge and experiences of farming like Spinach harvesting, rice threshing and peanut molting. There was a chance for kids to feed and play with various cute animals.

I did enjoyed and purchased so many types of field fresh vegetables with leaf intact; one of them was carrot, and decided to cook this recipe.

The sweet flavor of carrot has marvelous connection with black pepper, when it is mingled and come out with amazing taste.

Ingredients:

  • Carrot: 300 gm
  • Mustard oil/Ghee: 2 tablespoon
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Green cardamom: 2 no. (Crushed)
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)

Preparation:

  1. Slice carrot, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan; add fennel seeds, cumin and green cardamom, allow to sputtering, adding a pinch of turmeric powder.
  2. Drop sliced carrot; saute and cook on medium low flame with lid on, fry until half done, (About 5-7 minutes), add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt.
  3. Continue to fry till vegetables are 90% done; (further 5-7 minutes) add black pepper powder.
  4. Fry on high flame till done; now ‘Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)’ is ready to serve.
Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)
Ingredients
Sliced carrot
add fennel seeds, cumin and green cardamom
Drop sliced carrot
saute and cook on medium low flame
add coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
add black pepper powder
add black pepper powder
Fry on high flame till done
Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)
Carrot Bhujia (Dry Carrot)

18
Jan 20

Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)

Are you going to cook Eggplant mashed; do try this variation in your day-to-day cooking, it is wonderful in taste. Your family and friends happiness will multiply to see the stunning yellow color of sweet corn with egg plant.

Ingredients:

  • Brinjal/Baigan: 250- 300 gm 1 no.
  • Sweet corn (fresh or frozen): 100 gm.
  • Tomato/ Tinned chopped tomato: 1 cup
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Green chili: 2-3 no. (As per your taste)
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Garlic: 2-3 flakes
  • Kasuri methy: 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili flakes: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaf: 2 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Salt: half teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Apply few drops of oil all over the Brinjal; cut the Brinjal into two halves and see the healthiness by judging color, Roast Brinjal direct on the gas burner on medium flame; keep turning after 1- 2 minutes on the flame, so that it is evenly cooked, roast till it become completely cooked and soft. Keep aside, and let it cool. (Here I used Japanese griller to roast)
  2. Remove skin (outer layer) and stem from roasted Brinjal; mash properly with the help of masher, Keep aside.
  3. Chop onion, tomato, green chili, garlic and ginger into small pieces.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, put oil and heat, when it smokes add chopped garlic and ginger; Stir it for few seconds add chopped onion, stir fry till onion get translucent, add green chili and corn cook for couple of minutes (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).
  2. Add tomato; fry till liquid dries up add salt, chili flakes, kasuri methy and turmeric powder, stir fry for couple of minutes, add mashed Brinjal and fry. (About 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add Garam masala powder; stir well and put off the flame, add green coriander leaf and mix well.
  4. Now, ‘Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)’ is ready.
  5. Serve as a side dish in combination with steamed rice and dal or hot chapatti and dal.
  6. Note:
  7. Brinjal must be smooth and having shiny surface, so that it has less seeds or tender seeds.
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)
Ingredients
Roast Brinjal
Roasted and chopped ingredients
add chopped garlic
add chopped onion,
add green chili
add green chili and corn
Add tomato
add salt, chili flakes, kasuri methy and turmeric powder
stir fry for couple of minutes
add mashed Brinjal
Add Garam masala powder
stir well
put off the flame
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)
Baigan ka Bharta with Sweet Corn (Eggplant mashed with Corn)

16
Jan 20

Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya)

I made this recipe with evening tea while hosting a tea party; dining room atmosphere got charged, each and everyone liked the recipe and exclaimed, wow awesome. The recipe is nothing but a fritters (Methy Saag Pakoda) variation of Gujarati dish ‘Muthiya’.

Ingredient:

  • Green Fresh Methy: 150-200 gm.
  • Green chili: 1-2 no.
  • Ginger: 1”piece
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
  • Ajwain (carom seeds): half teaspoon
  • Kalongi/Mangraella (Nigella sativa): half teaspoon
  • Fennel seeds: ¼ teaspoon
  • Besan (gram flour): ½ cup
  • Makki ka Aata (corn meal): ½ cup
  • Asafoetida: 1 pinch
  • Baking soda: 1 pinch
  • Mustard oil/ cooking oil: for deep fry

Preparation:

  1. Chop the Methy Saag, ginger and green chili into fine pieces and put in a bowl; add all ingredients. Mix and mash all adding water in small quantity if required.
  2. Mash properly (more you mash better it is) make dough like Roti-dough.
  3. Make 6-8 balls out of the dough as per your desired size, put the ball in your fist and make the impression of your fingers, just like you close your fist, see as given in photo…

Method:

  1. Deep fries the pakoda:
  2. Take a fry pan, heat oil in it; let oil to smoke. Pour a bit of dough into the oil.
  3. If comes up, it means right temperature of oil otherwise wait for a while and test again.
  4. After getting right temperature of oil, deep fry till it becomes golden brown on both sides.
  5. Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya) is ready to serve.
  6. Serve hot with Sauth, Green chutney or ketchup.
Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya)
Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya)
Ingredient
add all ingredients
put the ball in your fist
make the impression of your fingers
just like you close your fist
Deep fries these pakoda
Deep fries these pakoda
Deep fries these pakoda
Deep fries these pakoda
Deep fries these pakoda
Deep fries these pakoda
Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya)
Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya)
Green Fresh Methy Fritters (Methy Saag Muthiya)