03
Jun 20

Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce

  • Servings: 2
  • Boiling time: 10 minutes.
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes.
  • Frying time: 5 minutes.
  • Cooking time: 5 minutes.
  • Total time: 25 minute

Yesterday, I got up early in the morning, it was calm and quite dawn; I opened the sliding door to enter my balcony and the propelling sound of motor boat attracted me, coming from the canal, by which side my building is situated in Shibaura, Tokyo in Japan. I am fascinated by the propelling sound of water, it always makes me happy.

I chit – chat with balcony plant; thinking of what should I prepare for breakfast. I prefer colorful and nutritious food, so prepared rich, creamy and fibrous Pasta which tingle my taste bud. Here I used luxury of white sauce thickness and exotic vegetables; asparagus, bell pepper and beans…

Ingredients:

  • Pasta (Macaroni): 100 gm.
  • Maida (all purpose flour): 1 tablespoon
  • Milk: 400 ml.
  • Red bell pepper: 1 no.
  • Asparagus: 4-5 no.
  • Beans: 4-5 no.
  • Cheese: 20-30 gm. (optional)
  • Butter/olive oil: 30 gm
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Onion: 1 no.
  • Spring onion (chopped): 2 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop onion into fine pieces, keep aside.
  2. Chop beans, asparagus and spring onion into 2” pieces.
  3. Chop red pepper longitudinally, keep aside.
  4. Boil the Pasta (macaroni) for about 10 minutes in salted water (until 90% done), decant it and add 1 teaspoon of oil onto it, mix well to prevent the stickiness.

Method:

  1. Take a fry pan; put butter, add Maida stir for couple of minutes on lower flame, add onion, beans and asparagus, stir fry for couple of minutes, add bell pepper and stir fry for a minute.
  2. Add milk, let it boil (stirring continuously); cook until sauce boils and thickens; add boiled pasta, salt and black pepper. Add cheese, stir until cheese gets melted.
  3. Add spring onion, put off the flame.
  4. “Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce ” is ready to be served…
Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce
Ingredients
Boil the Pasta (macaroni)
Boil the Pasta (macaroni)
Boiled Pasta (macaroni)
put butter, add Maida
add bell pepper
add onion
add onion, beans
Add milk
let it boil
add salt
add salt and black pepper.
add boiled pasta
put off the flame
Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce
Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce
Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce
Pasta (Macaroni) in Creamy White Sauce

07
Apr 20

Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)

You can prepare delectable recipe for your baby; yummy and healthier version than biscuit, highly pleasing, especially in the context of taste …

‘Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)’ is an authentic delicacy from Bihar. It is prepared on many occasions like wedding function, Shitala saptmi and Ramnavmi festival.

My grand-mother used to make this on deshi chulah but on Gas stove also it can be made. I love the texture as it is crisp on outside and soft inside, made from Gur (Jeggery) and Aata (Wheat flour).

 In Sindhi cuisine it is called ‘Mittho lolo’.  It is popular in Utterakhand and Jharkhand too.

Ingredients:

  • Aata (Wheat flour): 300 gm (2 cups)
  • Jaggery: 150 – 200 gm.
  • Green cardamom powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Fennel seed: 1 teaspoon (optional)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 100 gm (for roasting)
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 50 gm. (for moin)

Preparation:

  1. Dissolve Jaggery with ¼ cup of water; make syrup Keep aside (strain the syrup with thin cloth to remove the impurities of Jaggery).

For making dough:

  1. Take a wide vessel; pour Aata, ghee (as moin) and green cardamom powder. Mix well by rubbing between palms.
  2. Add prepared syrup in small quantity and knead them, if required, put some more.
  3. Make hard dough. (The dough can be made in food processor also), cover and Keep aside, to be used after 10-20 minutes.
  4. Method:
  5. Divide the dough into two parts make ball as shown in photo; roll thick Roti about ¼” with rolling pin.
  6. Take a tawa (griddle), when it becomes hot; reduce the flame to minimum. Place the rolled Roti and make cut marks all over the Roti with knife so that it will cook properly.
  7.  Cook till it changes the color it will take ~5-7 minutes. Now turn the other side and cook till it changes the color other sides also, apply ghee lavishly and turn it again.
  8. Note:  Apply ghee on both sides and cook on low flame. It has to be very slow cooking process.
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Ingredients
dough
roll thick Roti
roll thick Roti
make cut marks
Place the rolled Roti
Now turn the other side
apply ghee lavishly
apply ghee lavishly
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)
Roat (Thick ghee roasts sweet flat bread/Roti)

30
Mar 20

Chawal Makhana kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)

Born and brought up in Bihar; where makhana being local produce is readily available at low price.  My mother and grandmother used to add it in our daily meal, as munching snacks, curry, masala, desserts and in many more recipes…

‘Chawal Makhane ki kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)’ is one of the foods of Bihar’s culture and tradition. It is a perfect dessert for get-together or kitty party.

Ingredients:

  • Rice: 30 gm (basmati)
  • Makhana (Fox nut): 50 gm.
  • Milk: 1 liter
  • Sugar: 50 gm
  • Ghee (clarified butter): 2 tablespoon
  • Green cardamom powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Almond: 12-15 no. (Sliced)
  • Cashew nut: 50 gm
  • Dry grapes: 20-50 gm.
  • Condensed milk: 200 gm (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Roast makhana with 1 tablespoon ghee, keep aside.
  2. Clean and wash rice. Keep aside in a sieve to drain extra water.
  3. Take a fry pan put a teaspoon of ghee; fry dry fruits take out and keep aside.
  4. After taking out fried dry fruit, add some ghee if required and put rice to fry on lower heat till it starts to crackle, put off the flame. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan; put rice into the milk. Stir it; continue to cook 25-35 minutes on low/medium flame. Stir it every 5 minutes.
  2. When rice is done add fried makhana; it becomes soft and milk gets thicker.
  3. Add sugar; continue to cook for further 3-4 minutes and put off the flame. Decorate with fried Almond, cashew nut and dry grapes (raisin) along with cardamom powder. Now ‘Rice Fox nut pudding (Chawal Makhane ki kheer)’ is ready.
  4. Serve warm or cold as you wish.
Chawal Makhana kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)
Chawal Makhana kheer (Rice Fox nut pudding)
Ingredients
Roast makhana
put rice to fry on lower heat
put rice to fry on lower heat
put rice into the milk
add fried makhana
milk gets thicker
Decorate with fried Almond, cashew nut and dry grapes (raisin)
add cardamom powder
Rice Fox nut pudding (Chawal Makhane ki kheer)’ is ready.
Rice Fox nut pudding (Chawal Makhane ki kheer)’

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)