30
Jun 20

Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)

  • Servings: 4
  • Grilling time: 9 minutes.
  • Preparation time: 6 minutes.
  • Frying time: 11 minutes.
  • Total time: 26 minutes.

During first rain of the season which was on Sunday morning, we were enjoying in Balcony the petrichor reminded me the smell of “Litti-chokha” of my hometown and immediately I decided to cook the fabulous meal from Bihar but I didn’t have eggplant for chokha in our refrigerator.

Here I changed the idea and instead of using conventional eggplant I used turnip (Shalazam) to prepare Chokha for “Litti-chokha”. I charred the turnip in griller after coating the turnip with ghee.

Happy cooking…

Ingredients:

  • Shalazam: 200-250 gm. (2 no).
  • Shalazam foliage (soft): optional
  • Tomato: 2 no. (Medium size)
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium size)
  • Green chili: 2-3 no. (As per your taste)
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Garlic: 2-3 flakes
  • Turmeric powder: 1 pinch
  • Fennel seed: 1 tablespoon
  • Kalongi: ½ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 4 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Grind fennel seed and kalongi to fine powder, keep aside.
  2. Cut the turnip into four parts, apply few drops of ghee/oil all over the turnip and tomato; roast/grill direct on the gas burner on medium low flame or on grill,  keep turning after every minute to cook it evenly, roast till it become completely cooked and soft(about 8-9 minutes), let it cool. Mash properly with the help of masher, Keep aside.
  3. Chop onion, green chili, garlic, turnip foliage and ginger into small pieces, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan heat oil, when it smokes add cumin; sputter for few seconds add chopped garlic, ginger and green chili. Stir fry for few seconds, add chopped onion, continue to fry on medium flame for couple of minutes till onion gets translucent, and add green foliage of turnip.
  2. Cook for a minute add mashed tomato; fry till liquid dries up add mashed turnip, turmeric powder and salt,  stir fry for 3-4 minutes until getting desired consistency.
  3.  Add prepared fennel and kalongi powder; stir and put off the flame; “Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)” is ready to be served as a side dish. We used with “Litti”.
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)
Ingredients
apply few drops of ghee/oil all over the turnip
roasted turnip
chopped ingredients
add cumin
add chopped garlic, ginger and green chili
add chopped onion
add chopped onion
continue to fry on medium flame
and add green foliage of turnip
add mashed tomato
add mashed tomato
add mashed turnip
add mashed turnip
add mashed turnip, turmeric powder and salt,
Add prepared fennel and kalongi powder
stir and put off the flame
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)
Shalazam Chokha/ Bhurta (Turnip Mess)

13
Apr 20

Rogan Josh (Kashmiri Mutton/lamb)

The meat (mutton/lamb) is prepared in various ways in Indian cooking; differ from region to region and the spices used. “Rogan josh” is a Kashmiri or Persian origin cuisine; which is one of the signature recipes from Kashmir.

In this recipe butter, ghee or mustard oil is used lavishly. The other ingredients which dominate are saffron, fennel seed, curd and dash of garlic. The method of slow cooking in this recipe retains aromatic flavor and fragrance.

It is very good and rich lunch on the special occasion…

Ingredients:

  • Mutton: 400 gm (preferably shank)
  • Curd (yogurt): 300 gm.
  • Fennel seed powder: 2 table spoon
  • Ginger paste: 2 teaspoon
  • Garlic paste: 1 teaspoon
  • Garlic clove: 3-4 no.
  • Black pepper: 10-15 no.
  • Cinnamon: 1” stick
  • Black cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Black cardamom: 1 no.
  • Green cardamom: 3 no.
  • Clove: 3-4 no.
  • Star Annie: 1 no.
  • Mustard oil: 150 ml
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Red chili: 1-2 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Kashmiri red chili powder: 1 tablespoon (for colorful Rogan josh)
  • Turmeric powder: 2 pinch
  • Asafoetida: ½ teaspoon
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Green chili: 1-2 no.
  • Coriander leaves: 20 gm.
  • Mint leaves: 2-3 twig

Preparation:

  1. Take one bowl filled with 2 tablespoon of water; add Kashmiri red chili powder, turmeric powder, and salt, mix to prepare wet masala, keep aside.
  2. Chop coriander and mint leaves, keep aside.
  3. Slit green chili, keep aside.
  4. Beat curd into big bowl and blend them thoroughly, ensure that there are no lumps in it or (you can mash it with the help of sieve) keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take wok (kadhahi) heat oil, when it starts to smokes add whole Garam masala, bay leaf , garlic clove and red chili; sputter for few seconds add ginger and garlic paste.
  2. Stir fry for a minute, add mutton; continue to fry on lower flame for 4-5 minutes, add wet masala paste.
  3. Continue to fry on lower flame till liquid dries up; add 1 liter hot water, bring it to boil, simmer to low flame and cook till done and desirable consistency of gravy comes. (It takes about 2-3 hours).
  4. Note: if you do not have time, you may cook in pressure cooker (use less water to cook mutton)
  5. Add fennel seed powder and asafoetida; continue to cook on lower flame for couple of minutes, put off the flame.
  6. After couple of minutes add blended curd mixture; stir continuously otherwise curd will coagulate, continue to cook on medium low flame till boiling, add saffron, and continue to cook another couple of minutes with lid on so that the flavor of saffron is infused in the recipe.
  7. Put off the flame; add Garam masala powder, cover the lid for 5-10 minutes so that flavor and aroma of Garam masala gets in to it. Transfer into serving bowl decorate  with mint leaves and coriander leaves and serve with Rice, Chapatti, Poori, Naan, Paratha etc…
Rogan Josh (Kashmiri Mutton)
Rogan Josh (Kashmiri Mutton)
Ingredients
add whole Garam masala, bay leaf , garlic clove and red chili
add garlic clove
add ginger and garlic paste
add ginger and garlic paste
add mutton
continue to fry on lower flame
add wet masala paste
add wet masala paste
Continue to fry on lower flame
add 1 liter hot water
add 1 liter hot water
Add fennel seed powder
Add fennel seed powder and asafoetida
add blended curd mixture
continue to cook on medium low flame
add saffron
continue to cook another couple of minutes
; add Garam masala powder
Rogan Josh (Kashmiri Mutton)
Rogan Josh (Kashmiri Mutton)
Rogan Josh (Kashmiri Mutton)

28
Jan 20

Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)

At least once in a week I use to cook either mix vegetable or mix vegetable stuffed capsicum; both are very healthy version and easy to cook. Make stuffing according to your taste or vegetable available in your refrigerator. Here I used carrot, potato, zucchini and peas. You can prepare this with or without onion and garlic. I still have taste lingering on my palate because capsicum is one of my favorite.

Ingredients:

  • Capsicum: 4-6 no.
  • Potato: 1 no.
  • Carrot: 1 no.
  • Zucchini: ¼ pieces
  • Ginger: 1” pieces
  • Peas: 100 gm.
  • Mustard oil /cooking oil: 2 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Cumin: half teaspoon
  • Chili powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Salt: half teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Slit capsicum and scoop out seeds from capsicum, keep aside.
  2. Chop onion, potato, carrot, zucchini and ginger into very small pieces. Keep aside.

Method:

To prepare stuffing:

  1. Take fry pan, put oil and heat, when it smokes add cumin; add ginger stir fry  on low flame for few seconds add  chopped potato continue to fry on medium flame for couple of minutes add carrot and zucchini .
  2. Stir fry for couple of minutes add peas, salt and dry masala; lower the flame and cover it. Wait till vegetables are done about 3 to 5 minutes (stir in between to avoid sticking into the bottom), Keep aside.

To prepare stuffed capsicum:

  1. Take capsicum and stuff fully with stuffing, arrange these into microwave bowl; add butter over the capsicum, microwave them for about 4-5 minutes. (You may use OTG tray/fry pan until it is done).
  2. Yummy ‘Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)’ is ready, Serve hot.
Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)
Ingredients
add cumin
add chopped potato
add carrot
add peas
add peas, salt and dry masala
Slit capsicum and stuffing
capsicum stuffed fully with stuffing
add butter over the capsicum
Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)
Vegetable Stuffed Capsicum (Bharwan Shimla Mirch)

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)

21
Nov 19

Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)

The recipe looks very appealing, isn’t it? And whenever I served it on dining table our friends and family appreciated it; even children demanded that he wanted to eat just this dish. My husband told me every time to cook walnut potato curry, whenever I hosted a dinner or lunch for friends or relative. The recipe is really very scrumptious. A special recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Potato: 500 gm (walnut size preferably, if not available make pieces of walnut size)
  • Curd (yogurt): 500 gm.
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Fennel seed: 2 table spoon
  • Ginger paste: 2 teaspoon
  • Black pepper: 10-15no.
  • Cinnamon: 1” stick
  • Black cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Walnut (roughly crushed): 2 tablespoon
  • Walnut: 4-6 pieces
  • Mustard oil: 150 gm (for deep frying potato)
  •  Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 2 pinch
  • Mint leaves: 2-3 twig
  • Coriander leaves: 20 gm.

Preparation:

  1. Take about 90% (keep 10% for seasoning) of black cumin, black pepper and fennel seed and make a ‘mixed powder’ in grinder, keep aside.
  2. Peel off potatoes; prick it all over with help of fork, keep this into salted water for 20-30 minutes, shown as in photo.
  3. Beat curd with milk and water into big bowl or blend them thoroughly, ensure that there are no lumps in it or (you can mash it with the help of sieve) keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take wok (kadhahi) heat oil, when it starts to smoke, fry the potatoes on medium flame till it become light golden in color. Take it out, Keep aside.
  2. Take another wok/fry pan; put 50 gm. of oil, when it starts to smokes add black cumin, black pepper and cinnamon, sputter for few seconds add ginger paste put off the flame. After couple of minutes add blended curd mixture; stir continuously otherwise curd will coagulate, continue to cook on medium low flame till boiling, add salt, ‘mixed powder’, walnut and roughly crushed walnut and keep cooking at minimum flame.
  3. Re fry the potatoes for couple of minutes on high flame till the outer layer of potatoes gets golden brown color; add directly into the another wok where curry is being cooked on minimum flame (the theory is that the hot potatoes absorb the flavor and aroma from hot gravy).
  4. Add mint leaves(here used mint powder and coriander powder) and turmeric powder; continue cooking on low flame with lid on for about 7-8 minutes till desirable consistency of gravy comes.
  5. Add chopped coriander leaves and serve with Rice, Chapatti, Poori, Naan, Paratha etc…
Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)
Ingredients
Peel off potatoes; prick it all over
fry the potatoes
light golden in color
add black cumin, black pepper and cinnamon,
add ginger paste
add blended curd mixture
add salt
mixed powder’
add salt, ‘mixed powder’, walnut and roughly crushed walnut
keep cooking at minimum flame.
Re fry the potatoes
Add mint leaves
Add mint powder and coriander powder
continue cooking on low flame
Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)
Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)
Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)
Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)
Kashmiri Aaloo (Kashmiri potato curry)