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)

18
Nov 19

Ridge Gourd with Tomato

 ‘Ridge Gourd with Tomato’ for this recipe I just use tomato and onion to prepare this delicious recipe and served with ghee (clarified butter) doused chapatti as regular dinner, simple, light and loaded with nutrition value. It is low in calorie and high in water content and fiber; good for people having constipation.

Above all quick and easy to prepare; I cooked gourd separately in microwave for 3 minutes and simultaneously fried the onion and other ingredients to save the time…

Ingredients:

  • Ridge Gourd: 500 gm.
  • Onion: 1 no.
  • Tomatoes: 100-150 gm.
  • Mustard oil/Cooking oil: 30 gm
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop the tomatoes and onion, keep side.
  2.  Slightly peel off the edges of ridge gourd, not peel fully. Chop into small pieces as photos, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a wok/fry pan, put oil, when oil starts to smoke add cumin and fennel seed; sputter for few seconds add onion  fry  on high flame till onion get translucent, add chopped tomatoes, and stir fry on medium flame for couple of minutes. Add powder masala and salt; continue to fry for couple of minute, add chopped ridge gourd (if it is already micro waved, you can save the time of cooking) stir it and cook with lid on till done. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking on bottom. Put off the flame.
  2. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot or warm with rice or chapatti.
Ridge Gourd with Tomato
Ingredients
peel off the edges of ridge gourd
chopped vegetables
add cumin and fennel seed
add onion
add chopped tomatoes
Add powder masala and salt
add chopped ridge gourd
add chopped ridge gourd
stir it and cook
Stir occasionally to avoid sticking on bottom
Put off the flame
Ridge Gourd with Tomato
Ridge Gourd with Tomato
Ridge Gourd with Tomato

23
Sep 19

Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry

‘Aaloo mutter’ is a favorite dish from Indian cuisine, especially from north India and Punjab region. It is prepared using potatoes and fresh peas in a spicy creamy curry; which is made from tomato/curd. Here I used curd and regular ingredients. You may add dash of butter and fresh coriander leaves to enhance the flavor.

I used here pressure cooking method, it can used as kadahi (wok) cooking too.

The recipe goes well with Roti, Chapati and Poori …

Ingredients:

  • Potato: 200 gm.
  • Fresh peas/frozen peas: 100 gm
  • Onion: 1 no. (Medium)
  • Curd/Tomato: 100 gm.
  • Ginger: 1 teaspoon (paste)
  • Mustard oil /cooking oil: 50 ml.
  • Chili powder: ½ teaspoon (as per your taste)
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves: 2 tablespoon (chopped)
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Cumin seed: ½ teaspoon
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and cut potato into cubes, keep aside.
  2. Grate onion, Keep aside.
  3. Chop ginger into fine pieces, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take pressure cooker: put oil and heat, when it smokes add cumin seeds and bay leaf. Sputter for few seconds add ginger and onion, fry on medium flame till it gets golden brown in color.
  2. Add curd/tomato and fry on low flame till oil separates from the masala. Add peas and potatoes; stir fry for couple of minutes, now put the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Cover it and fry, about 3 to 5 minutes, stir occasionally.
  3. Add one cup of water close the lid, place the cooker on high flame, bring to full cooking pressure and put off the flame.
  4. Allow cooker to cool and open, add butter and Garam masala powder. Potato and pea curry (Aaloo matar curry) is ready. Take out into serving bowl and decorate with green coriander and serve.
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry
Ingredients
Ingredients
add cumin seeds and bay leaf
add ginger and onion
add ginger and onion
add ginger and onion
fry on medium flame
Add curd/tomato
fry on low flame
Add peas and potatoes
Add peas and potatoes
put the chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt
stir fry
Add one cup of water
bring to full cooking pressure
add butter and Garam masala powder
decorate with green coriander
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry
Potato and pea curry /Aaloo matar (mutter) curry

15
Mar 19

Aata (wheat flour) ka halwa

Daunting challenges like examination of your kids, headache complains, weakness, feeling tired due to study or physical activity; you will definitely go with mouthwatering delicacy and authentic Indian cuisine.

 Aata ka halwa (pudding) have rich amount of protein, iron and carbohydrates for instant energy. Your child becomes sharper, when you start their day with this at least two weeks regularly. This is the Dadi ma ka nuskha…

Ingredients:

  • Aata: one and half cup
  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Ghee: ½ cup
  • Green cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Raisin: 1 tablespoon
  • Cashew nut: 8-10 no.
  • Almond:6-8 no.
  • Water: one and half cup

Preparation:

  1. Discard the skin of cardamom, crush the seeds. Keep aside
  2. Slice the cashew nut. Keep aside.
  3. Boil water along with sugar, and make sugar syrup. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat ghee in a fry pan, add Aata.
  2. Roast Aata on medium low flame till it gets golden brown in color.
  3. Add cashew nut and raisin in it and fry for a minute.
  4. Add sugar syrup, stir to mix well.
  5. Let it cook for 5- 8 minutes on medium low flame.
  6. Stir it, lower the flame continue to cook till the halwa consistency come.
  7. Add cardamom powder, stir to mix well.
  8. Add one tablespoon of ghee to finish off.
  9. Transfer it to serving bowl and Garnish with dry fruits or as per your choice.
  10. Aata ka halwa (pudding) is ready to serve.
Aata (wheat flour) ka halwa
Ingredients
add Aata
Roast Aata on medium low flame
Add sugar syrup
Aata (wheat flour) ka halwa

11
Mar 19

Milk powder Malpua

The colorful Indian festival is around the corner; so I aimed to upload today ‘Milk powder Malpua’ the recipe which is integral part of Holi fest. Khoa is not really available in Tokyo and preparing khoa is going to be slightly elaborated process, so I made the recipe with milk powder. It is equally tasty as khoya malpua.

Enjoy the recipe… you may pick topping for your choice, either decorate with chopped dry fruits or drizzle with condensed milk and chopped dry fruits, it is totally up to you …

Ingredients:

  • Milk powder: 100 gm
  • Maida (refined flour):100 gm
  • Sooji (semolina): 1 tablespoon
  • Milk: 200-250 ml
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon

Ingredients: for making sugar syrup:

  • Water:  one cup (200 ml)
  • Sugar: 250 gm.
  • Green cardamom: 4-5 no.
  • Ghee: for deep frying
  • Rose essence: optional

Preparation:

  1. Prepare cardamom powder, keep aside.
  2. Put Maida, milk powder, Sooji, together in  a big mixing bowl and make smooth batter by adding milk slowly (to avoid the lumps in the batter). Requirement is free flowing batter not very thick not very thin; add cardamom powder and fennel seeds in the batter. Keep aside, batter to be used after an hour or two.
  3. Make one string of sugar syrup (sugar and water bring it to boil and let it cook for 3-5 minutes). Add green cardamom powder and essence. Let it come to room temperature and it is ready.

Method:

  1. Take a flat bottom fry pan. Pour sufficient ghee in it.
  2. Heat the Ghee on medium flame, after five to six minutes when it is hot pour a drop of batter. The batter should come up after few seconds, if does not; means temperature is low, allow further heating and check proper temperature by putting a drop of batter.
  3. Pour a ladle full of batter to form about 3”diameter “pua”. Cook on slows to medium heat, when it starts to change color, turn-over.  Cook till golden brown (both sides). Remove from pan by pressing with two spoons to squeeze out extra ghee.
  4. Put directly into sugar syrup, immerse into sugar syrup. Remove after 2-3 minutes and drain on wire sieve. Garnish with dry fruits. Special ‘Milk powder malpua’ is ready to serve.
Milk powder Malpua
Ingredients
batter & sugar syrup
Pour a ladle full of batter to form about 3”diameter “pua”
turn-over
Put directly into sugar syrup
immerse into sugar syrup
Remove after 2-3 minutes
Milk powder Malpua
Milk powder Malpua