27
Nov 17

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

My husband is out of station; I entered the kitchen to cook a cozy dinner and made some ‘chapati’ and ‘raw papaya kofta curry’. Chapati is staple food for Indians and a regular diet of everyone’s. It is important to prepare soft chapati, depends a lot on how you knead the dough.

I relished my meal as savored every bite.

Ingredients:

  • Aatta (wheat flour): 2 cup
  • Salt: 2 pinch (optional)
  • Water: ¾ cup
  • Ghee: for smearing

Preparation:

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Atta; add water in small quantity and knead them, till the dough becomes soft.
  2.  (The dough can be made in food processor also)
  3. Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

Method:

  1. Make lemon size balls; dust ball with Aatta and roll the chapati with equal pressure all around, roll 5-6”diameter, use small quantity of wheat flour to dust while rolling.
  2. Put this rolled chapati into the hot tawa; cook for few seconds on high flame till it changes the color, Turn the other side this side to be cooked slightly more than 1st side. Now hold the chapati with tong and put directly on fire, first side on flame, the chapati will start to puff up. Take it off the flame before it start burning. The chapati is ready.
  3. You can puff chapati on tawa instead of flame, and press it lightly with kitchen towel it will puff up.
  4. Smear some ghee all over on the chapati and it is ready to serve hot or warm.

Note:

  1. It is important to cook chapati on high flame, it will be soft.
  2. Kneading with hot water makes chapati soft.
  3. You can knead with milk or whey (left over water of paneer).
Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

 dough

dough

Make lemon size balls

Make lemon size balls

roll the chapati with equal pressure all around

roll the chapati with equal pressure all around

roll the chapati with equal pressure all around

roll the chapati with equal pressure all around

Put this rolled chapati into the hot tawa

Put this rolled chapati into the hot tawa

Turn the other side

Turn the other side

cook for few seconds on high flame till it changes the color

cook for few seconds on high flame till it changes the color

put directly on fire

put directly on fire

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)

Chapati/tawa roti (phulka)


09
Nov 17

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Traditionally India has so many occasion/fasting days; it is mandatory to have home cooked food without onion and garlic. So on upcoming occasion without much bothering you; prepare this simple recipe.

Stir fry cauliflower in the ghee (clarified butter) and use green chili, black pepper & ginger paste, which gives the delicious twist.

It is cooked on the occasion of ‘nahay-khay of chhath pooja’ in Bihar; you can cook any time; like Friday fast or Satyanarayan pooja etc.

Ingredients:

  • Potato: 200 gm
  • Cauliflower: 250-300 gm
  • Tomato: 1-2 no.
  • Green chili: 1 no.
  • Black pepper: 10-12 no.
  • Ginger: 2” pieces
  • Coriander powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Salt: 1 ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 2 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Green coriander leaves: 10 gm

Preparation:

  1. Wash and Cut the cauliflower in small pieces, dip it into hot water with half spoon salt (about 10 minutes), take out the cauliflower from the water, keep aside.
  2. Peel off and chop the potatoes, keep aside.
  3. Grind the ginger, black pepper and green chili into fine masala paste, keep aside.
  4. Grind the tomatoes and keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a fry pan, add cumin and sputter it for few seconds, add cauliflower; stir fry on medium low flame till color changes, add chopped potatoes, stir and put lid.
  2. Stir occasionally till 80% done; add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder, tomato paste and masala paste, stir fry till liquid dries up, add half cup of water, cook on medium flame till  it is done, put of the flame, add fresh coriander leaves.
  3. ‘Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic’ is ready to be served with any meal. Transfer into serving bowl decorates with coriander leaves.
Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Ingredients

Ingredients

chopped Ingredients

chopped Ingredients

add cumin

add cumin

add cauliflower

add cauliflower

add chopped potatoes

add chopped potatoes

stir and put lid

stir and put lid

add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder

add salt, turmeric powder and coriander powder

add half cup of water

add half cup of water

cook on medium flame till it is done

cook on medium flame till it is done

add fresh coriander leaves

add fresh coriander leaves

add fresh coriander leaves

add fresh coriander leaves

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic

Aaloo Gobhi (potato and cauliflower) without onion and garlic


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
Apr 17

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Vegetables are must in our diet; it is an important part of balanced diet. The recipe is easy to prepare and take just 10-15 minutes. It is widely used in south India, it is used in north India too especially in Uttar Pradesh it is more popular.

Snake gourd is well-known around the world, perhaps more than thousands of years. They are native to Southeast Asia, including Myanmar, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and other neighboring countries, as well as some parts of Australia and Africa.

It is a vine plant that climbs up a tree. In terms of vitamins and minerals, snake gourd Possesses vitamin A, B and C and manganese, calcium, iron, potassium and iodine.

Ingredients:

  • Snake gourd: 300 gm
  • Whole Red chilly: 1no.
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Asafoetida: ¼ teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Scrape the Peel of snake gourd and chop them in thin ring slices.

Method:

  1. Take a fry pan. Heat oil, add cumin and whole red chili, sputters it for few seconds; add asafoetida and sliced snake gourd and stir fry for couple of minutes, add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder and salt, stir and cover it; cook on medium flame till it is done and soft, open the cover, keep stirring and cook on high flame till liquid dries up.
  2. Snake gourd ki sabji is ready to serve. Serve hot with dost paratha or any meal.
Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Ingredients

Ingredients

Scrap the Peel of snake gourd

Scrap the Peel of snake gourd

chop them in thin ring slices

chop them in thin ring slices

chop them in thin ring slices

chop them in thin ring slices

add cumin and whole red chili

add cumin and whole red chili

add asafoetida

add asafoetida

add sliced snake gourd

add sliced snake gourd

add sliced snake gourd

add sliced snake gourd

add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder and salt

add turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder and salt

cook on high flame till liquid dries up

cook on high flame till liquid dries up

Snake gourd ki sabji is ready

Snake gourd ki sabji is ready

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)

Snake gourd (Trichosanthes cucumerina) ki sabji (chichinda ki sabji)


14
Apr 17

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

The taste of matar ki kachori is supreme; serves the kachori while these are hot. You can store the kachori, but a hot kachori taste is different and is amazing with hot cup of tea or coffee.

Ingredients:

For dough (outer layer):

  • Maida (all purpose flour):200gm.
  • Ghee: 50-60gm. (for moin that is put it into dough itself).
  • Onion seed: half teaspoon
  • Carom seed: half teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon.
  • Refined oil/ghee: for deep frying.

For stuffing:

  • Matar (peas): 250gm (fresh grains)
  • Black pepper: 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Funnel seed: 1teaspoon
  • Chat masala: 1 teaspoon
  • Green chilly: 2-3 no.
  • Asafetida: 1pinch
  • Oil: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Maida, ghee, onion seed, carom seed and salt. Mix well by rubbing between palms.
  2. Add water in small quantity and knead them, if required, put some more water till the dough becomes soft.
  3.  (The dough can be made in food processor also), Cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.

For making stuffing:

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a fry pan, add cumin seed, and funnel seed, black pepper and asafetida, when it turns brown, and add green chili, stir on high flame till color changes, add peas and fry it about 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
  2. Cover it, lower the flame. Stir occasionally. Fry until it is half done, (About 5-7 minutes) add salt, Fry till peas are done; Keep aside for half an hour.
  3. After it becomes cold, grind coarsely, now stuffing is ready, divide stuffing into 10-12 parts and make ball.

Method:

For making kachori:

  1. Take dough, make lemon size balls. Flatten the edge of each ball with the help of finger, make 3’’ diameter circle (leaving centre little thicker than edge) and stuff 1 part of stuffing in the centre.
  2. Pull the edge of dough to wrap the (stuffing) repeat with the rest. Make it round in shape.
  3. Heat oil in a fry pan on medium heat, to check if oil is ready put a small piece of dough in the oil, if it comes up slowly means temperature is ok, if not wait for a while and check again.
  4. Deep fry the kachori on medium low heat; slowly turn over after they start to puff. Fry till it becomes golden brown.
  5. Now, mouth watering kachori is ready to eat with green chutney and sauth (tamarind chutney).
  6. Note: if the kachori is fried on high heat, it will be soft. It will not be crunchy.
Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

Ingredients

Ingredients

add cumin seed

add cumin seed

add cumin seed, and funnel seed, black pepper

add cumin seed, and funnel seed, black pepper

add cumin seed, and funnel seed, black pepper

add cumin seed, and funnel seed, black pepper

add green chili

add green chili

add green chili

add green chili

add peas

add peas

add peas

add peas

add salt

add salt

Fry till peas are done

Fry till peas are done

grind coarsely

grind coarsely

 make lemon size balls. Flatten the edge of each ball with the help of finge

make lemon size balls. Flatten the edge of each ball with the help of finge

Deep fry

Deep fry

Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh pea’s kachori)

Matar ki kachori (fresh peas kachori)