22
Sep 18

Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

Do you love the bitter gourd? If yes, then must prepare this delicious stuff bitter gourd in which dry coconut, melon seed and roasted peanuts to be used.

An exciting flavor that will delight your mood…

Ingredients:

  • Bitter gourd: 150 gm
  • Green coriander: 1 tablespoon
  • Olive oil: 3 – 4 tablespoon
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon

For stuffing:

  • Spring onion: 20 gm.
  • Dry coconut: 3 tablespoons
  • Roasted peanut: 3 tablespoon
  • Melon seed: 1 ½ tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  •  Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Dry mango powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar: half teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Ground the peanut, dry coconut and melon seed in a grinder, keep aside.
  2. Wash and Trim the both ends of bitter gourd, cut into 2-3” pieces, again slit these pieces longitudinally, take out pulp, keep aside.
  3. Chop spring onion, bitter gourd pulp and coriander leaves, keep aside.

For stuffing:

  1. Take a mixing bowl; put ground peanut, coconut and melon seed along with spring onion and coriander leaves. Add 1 teaspoon oil, raw mango powder, coriander powder, sugar, salt and turmeric powder mix properly. Now stuffing is ready. Keep aside.
  2. Take a bitter gourd and stuff the stuffing in it. Press tightly with your thumb. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan. Heat oil, add fennel seed, sputter for few seconds; add a pinch of turmeric powder put stuffed karela pieces into it. Cover and cook on low flame.
  2. Keep turning the sides, so that it gets cooked from all sides. Cook properly; it will take about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Now, stuffed karela is ready to serve as side dish with any meal.
  4. It is great as a travel food. It will remain fresh for 3-4 days at room temperature.
  5. Note: heavy bottom pan works better. This is served with rice or paratha.
    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    chopped  and slit bitter gourd

    chopped and slit bitter gourd

    preparing stuffing

    preparing stuffing

     stuffing Ingredients

    stuffing Ingredients

     raw stuffed bitter gourd

    raw stuffed bitter gourd

    add fennel seed,

    add fennel seed,

    put stuffed karela pieces

    put stuffed karela pieces

    put stuffed karela pieces

    put stuffed karela pieces

    Keep turning the sides

    Keep turning the sides

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut

    Stuffed bitter gourd (karela) with dry coconut


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


17
Aug 18

Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

It was hot sultry evening, a fresh breeze coming from the sea make it ideal climate. I was strolling in my lawn at Anuvijay Township very near to Kanyakumari.

There is a papaya plant in my garden; the plant is easily grown without much care. Papaya is known as super food.

There is no vegetable in my refrigerator, so I decided to prepare ‘Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)’. The taste is amazing.

Ingredients:

  • Raw papaya: medium size (~ 400 gm)
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil/cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon

For wet paste:

  • Madras onion: 10-12 no.
  • Garlic: 3-4 flakes
  • Poppy seed: 1 tablespoon
  • Sesame seed: half teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Peel off onion and garlic, Keep aside.
  2. Dry grind poppy seed, sesame and salt together, and then add garlic and onion into it. Grind the wet masala till fine paste. Keep aside.
  3. Peel off papaya, discard the seeds and chop into small cubes.

Method:

  1. Take a pressure cooker: put oil, when oil starts to smoke, add mustard seeds, and sputter for few seconds.
  2. Add chopped papaya stir fry for couple of minutes, add wet masala, salt, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).
  3. Stir fry for couple of minutes or till liquid dries up; add a cup of water.
  4. Close the cooker; cook on high flame, bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 1 minute. Allow cooker to cool and open.
  5. Serve hot with poori, bread or chapati.
    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Ingredients

    Ingredients

    peeled papaya

    peeled papaya

    chopped papaya

    chopped papaya

    add mustard seeds

    add mustard seeds

    Add chopped papaya

    Add chopped papaya

    add chopped papaya

    add chopped papaya

    add wet masala

    add wet masala

    add wet masala, salt, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).

    add wet masala, salt, coriander powder, chili powder and turmeric powder (keep it stirring otherwise it may burn).

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    Stir fry for couple of minutes

    Stir fry for couple of minutes

    add a cup of water

    add a cup of water

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)

    Kachche papita ki tarkari (Raw papaya curry with poppy seed)


17
Aug 18

Raw papaya with peanut

This ‘Raw papaya with peanut ‘recipe gives me the confidence for any occasions either daily meal or kitty party. The recipe is focused on ingredient peanut and preparation technique which takes less time in kitchen. The crunchy peanut taste in raw papaya is so yummy…

Ingredient:

  • Raw papaya: 300 gm
  • Madras onion: 4-5 no.
  • Garlic: 4-5 flakes
  • Cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: ½ teaspoon
  •  Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Peanut: 1 tablespoon
  • Mustard seed: ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Dry roast peanut, discard the skin of peanut, roughly ground, and keep aside.
  2. Chop the onion and garlic, keep aside.
  3. Peel off papaya, discard the seeds and chop into small cubes, boil/ microwave the chopped papaya, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan. Heat oil, add mustard seed, sputter for few seconds; add a pinch of turmeric powder, and put chopped onion and garlic, stir fry for 2
  2. minutes on high flame till it gets translucent, add boiled raw papaya, sauté on medium flame, and cover for few minutes (~ 4-6 minutes).
  3. Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt and roughly grind peanut.  Stir fry for 2 minutes, now raw papaya with peanut is ready to serve.
  4. Note: heavy bottom pan works better. This is served with rice or chapati/ paratha.
    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Ingredient

    Ingredient

    chopped ingredients

    chopped ingredients

    put chopped onion

    put chopped onion

    Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt

    Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, salt

    now add raw papaya

    now add raw papaya

    now add raw papaya

    now add raw papaya

    Stir fry for 2 minutes

    Stir fry for 2 minutes

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Add roughly grind peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut

    Raw papaya with peanut


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)