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)

25
Nov 19

Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)

Daily intake of apple boosts metabolism, improves health of heart, bones, teeth and skin. It helps to relieve constipation and diarrhea too; above all it boosts brain power. This wonderful fruit contains ‘vitamin B Complex’, beta carotene and many more vitamins and minerals.

 Whatever the way you like, it gives advance nutrition. Eating them whole gives maximum benefits, but sometimes it is fun, and you can enjoy preparing Apple Lassi for your family; they will be delighted and happy to have it.

Apples are the symbol of youthfulness and fertility ever since. That’s why once upon a time there used a slogan…“An apple a day, do not doctors to pay.”

Ingredients:

  • Apple: 1 no.
  • Sugar/honey: 2 tablespoon
  • Curd: 200 ml
  • Cinnamon powder: ¼ teaspoon
  • Ice cubes: few

Preparation:

  1. Core and cut the apple, Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a grinding jar, put chopped apple with all ingredients, and grind it fine on full speed.
  2. Apple Lassi is ready to be served, while serving in tumbler garnish with cinnamon stick and powder.….
Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)
Ingredients
put chopped apple with all ingredients
Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)
Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)
Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)
Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)
Apple Lassi (curd/yogurt based drink)

23
Nov 19

Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen

Today I would like to share an easy vegetarian Korean recipe named ‘Kimbap/Gimbap’ which is made with pickled radish. The ingredients are gifted to me from one of my beautiful Korean friend; thank you so much once again my dear friend through this medium(Indian Cooking Manual). Basically Kimbap is a seaweed rice roll served as light lunch with kimchi.

It is very popular picnic food and takeout food in Korea; it is sold everywhere in from airport to market. It is liked by everyone from kids to elder. I also fall in love with this delicious Korean rice roll and wish to bring in my kitchen…

Ingredients:

  • Japanese cooked rice (Uruchi Mai/ Bap): 2 cups
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Sesame oil: 2-3 tablespoon
  • Dressing vinegar: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Dried seaweed sheet (Gim/Sushi Nori): 4 no.
  • Radish Pickle sticks: 1 pack
  • Bamboo roller mat/Sushi rolling mat: you may use aluminum foil

Preparation:

  1. Dry roast seaweed sheet on non-stick pan at lower flame till it gets crispy, keep aside.
  2. Take a mixing bowl; put rice, salt and sesame oil, mix well with help of spatula, now the mixture is ready to prepare the Kimbap.
  3. Take a chopping board and keep a bowl filled with water near to wet the hand to prevent the rice from sticking at the time of rolling.

Method to assemble:

  1. Place the bamboo mat on the chopping board, keeping non-shiny side up, spread seaweed sheet over the mat; It is important to wet your hands with water to prevent the rice from sticking to hand, take a handful of rice, place the rice on the seaweed sheet then spread evenly to cover the ¾ of the sea weed as in photo …
  2. Now arrange pickled radish over it as in photo.
  3. Then roll it with slightly pressing manner so that fillings stay inside; continue to roll at the end of the bamboo mat as in photo.
  4. Press with both hands so that it sets as a roll, keep aside. Repeat the same till all rolls are done as in photo.
  5. Apply sesame oil all over the roll and cut into 2” pieces or 7-8 pieces from one roll with sharp knife.
  6. ‘Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen’ is ready to be served, if you want to store this for next day picnic; store in an airtight container in refrigerator and reheat or microwave before use.
  7. Note: Here I used Japanese sticky rice(Koshihikari rice), you may use parboiled rice instead of Japanese sticky rice.
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Ingredients
Ingredients
Dry roast seaweed sheet
put rice, salt and sesame oil
put rice, salt and sesame oil
spread seaweed sheet over the mat
place the rice on the seaweed sheet then spread evenly
arrange pickled radish
roll it with slightly pressing manner
fillings stay inside
continue to roll at the end
continue to roll at the end of the bamboo mat
Press with both hands
sets as a roll
Repeat the same
Apply sesame oil
cut into 2” pieces
cut into 2” pieces or 7-8 pieces
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen
Kimbap (Korean dish) in Indian kitchen

26
Sep 19

Badam katli (Almond sweets)

Most notable the special occasion of Deepawali is at our door step and we are in dilemma what to prepare? Now a days due to adulteration, ready made sweets are not safe; the home made ‘Badam katli’ is easy to prepare and delicious too.

You may prepare on regular days for your kids and put it into lunch box or give it with evening or morning snacks with milk, they will be very happy to eat and you will feel very relieved and happy that kids have nutritious food.

Almond is excellent source of protein, especially for vegetarian, good for children. It is comes under super food; gives huge benefits for our health, improves our skin beauty and provide age related benefits.

Ingredients:

  • Almond (Badam): 250 gm.
  • Sugar: 150-200 gm.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch
  • Milk: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: ¼ cup.
  • Ghee: 20 gm.
  • Chandi ka varak: as per requirement.
  • Butter paper: 2 sheets.

Preparation:

  1. Soak almond for about 3-4 hours, peel off the skin, grind soaked and peeled almond to fine paste with help of mixer grinder. Keep aside.
  2. Take one small bowl with a tablespoon of warm milk, add saffron. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a non stick pan or heavy bottom pan; add sugar and water; stir continuously on the lower flame to makes sugar syrup, allow boiling till sugar syrup gets thread. When threading starts; means this is the right consistency of syrup.
  2. Add ground almond in it; continue to stir the mixture on medium low heat. Add ghee and saffron milk after couple of minutes. Continue stirring till mixture starts coming together and you get rolling consistency on your finger as shown in photo (It will take 10-12 minutes), don’t overcook the mixture.
  3. Take out the mixture on butter paper: knead the mixture with greased finger till it becomes smooth dough (rolling consistency) as shown in the photo. Put another butter paper over it and roll the mixture gently and evenly until ¼” thickness. Spread chandi ka varak and allow it to cool; cut into diamond shape. I used here saffron milk to decorate the sweets.
  4. Mouth melting ‘Badam katli’ is ready to eat, enjoy …
  5. Happy Deepawali…
Badam katli (Almond sweets)
Ingredients
Soaked almond
grind soaked and peeled almond
fine paste
Add ground almond
stir the mixture on medium low heat
Add ghee
Add ghee
Continue stirring till mixture starts coming together
get rolling consistency
get rolling consistency
Take out the mixture on butter paper
roll the mixture
Badam katli (Almond sweets)
Badam katli (Almond sweets)

12
Jun 19

Mung/ Moong dal (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers

In my opinion this is my most favorite sweets for growing children, when my sons were kid, I gave them one laddu to eat as quick small breakfast every morning along with a glass of milk before I was busy with my daily routine. Kids just loved it. This protein packed sweets made with ghee provides good fat and calcium, sugar give carbohydrates, which is necessary for kids to provide energy to play whole day.

I really miss that wonderful time: today I prepare this laddu for my grand-daughter, who is very far away from me in India. My princess we miss you, I may not play every day with you, but I think of you and love you every moment. God bless you my angel…

It is difficult task, what recipe to upload Today for blog; thanks to my daughter-in-law called up to ask me to share this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Mung dal (split green gram): 1 cup (200gm)
  • Sooji/rava: 2 teaspoon
  • Sugar: ¾ cup (150 gm)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): ¼ cup (50 gm)
  • Green cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Cashew nut: 8-10 no.
  • Almond: 12-15 no.
  • Milk: ½ cup (if needed during adding sugar)

preparation:

  1. Soak Mung dal at least 2 hours or overnight; grind with mixer grinder to fine paste, keep side.
  2. Powder sugar, keep aside.
  3. Roughly grind almond and cashew nut. Keep aside
  4. Prepare cardamom powder. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat 2 tablespoon of ghee in a fry pan/ non stick fry pan; add two teaspoon sooji/rava( to avoid sticking dal paste into bottom of the fry pan), fry for a minute add dal paste; stir fry on medium low flame till it gets light golden in color, add ghee one spoon at a time whenever you need during frying (do not add all ghee at a time).
  2. Add dry fruits powder and fry for a minute, add powdered sugar, stir well on low flame (sugar going to be melt and it will turn into halwa consistency, at this time you may add milk if needed). continue to cook until binding consistency appears. Add cardamom powder.
  3. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in laddu by using your hand shown in the photo.
  4. Depending upon size of laddu 12-15 laddu will be ready. Decorate with saffron thread.
  5. Delicious laddu is ready to serve for everyone; the nice aroma of cardamom makes the taste awesome.
  6. You may store this airtight container for a week.
  7. Note: you may use more ghee and dry fruits.
Mung/ Moong dal (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers
Ingredients
Ingredients
grind with mixer grinder to fine paste
add two teaspoon sooji/rava
add dal paste
stir fry on medium low flame
add ghee one
stir fry on medium low flame
Add dry fruits powder
add powdered sugar
add milk if needed
continue to cook
Add cardamom powder
Take one handful mix
shape the mixture in laddu
shape the mixture in laddu
shape the mixture in laddu
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal
Mung/ Moong (split green gram) laddu/sweets for kids/toddlers dal