17
Mar 17

Chhatha puja pittha (rice ball or traditional Bihar dumpling)

Wish you a truly blessed chhath puja, on this auspicious occasion there will be special puja, one day before main pooja called kharna and one of the recipe of the day is pittha…

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice flour: 1 cup
  • Ghee: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Take a big ball. Put rice flour and ghee in this, Boil ½ liter of water in a pot.
  2. Take 1 bowl of boiled water and knead the rice flour, make dough similar to chapatti. (You can knead this into the food processor). That will be easy; kneading with hot water is difficult.
  3. Divide the dough into 12-15 parts, Grease your palm with ghee and make a smooth ball, raw pittha is ready.

Method:

  1. Boil the water and add 5-8 pittha in it, depending on your pot size, Pittha should come up after few minutes, add some more keep it to boil for another few minutes till it become slightly hard.
  2. Check this with spoon or fork, Take it out and put in the cold water. Take it out of water after few seconds and put it on the sieve, so that extra water drains out.
  3. Now pittha is ready to use for chhath puja (kharna pooja).
Chhatha puja pittha (rice ball or traditional Bihar dumpling)

Chhatha puja pittha (rice ball or traditional Bihar dumpling)

Ingredients

Ingredients

dough

dough

raw pittha

raw pittha

add 5-8 pittha

add 5-8 pittha

add 5-8 pittha

add 5-8 pittha

keep it to boil

keep it to boil

Take it out

Take it out

put in the cold water

put in the cold water

pittha is ready

pittha is ready

Chhatha puja pittha (rice ball or traditional Bihar dumpling)

Chhatha puja pittha (rice ball or traditional Bihar dumpling)


16
Mar 17

Lauki ke pakoda (bottle gourd fritters)

I love the fresh, earthen aroma that engulfs the air. I enjoy eating Lauki ka pakoda (bottle gourd fritters) with hot ginger tea in the evening when it rains…

Ingredients:

  • Lauki: 200gm
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Ajawine (carom seeds): ¼ teaspoon
  • Besan (gram flour): ½ cup
  • Rice flour: 1 tablespoon
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Mustard oil: for deep frying

Preparation:

  1. Peel off the lauki, make slices, marinate with ½ teaspoon of salt and turmeric powder to be used after 10 minutes.
  2. Take a bowl. Put Besan, rice flour, salt, Ajawine and chili powder in it, Make a smooth batter with the help of water.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, heat oil in it, let oil to smoke. Pour a drop of batter into the oil, If batter comes up slowly, it means right temperature of oil otherwise wait for a while and test again.
  2. After getting right temperature of oil, dip 2-3 marinated lauki slices one by one or as many which can be accommodated as per quantity of oil. When they start to come up slowly turn over.
  3. Fry till it becomes golden brown from both sides, Remove the pakoda from oil.
  4. Deep fry all slices,
  5. Serve hot with green chutney and tomato sauce followed by tea.
  6. It can be served with any meal. It goes well with steamed rice and dal.
Lauki ke pakoda (bottle gourd fritters)

Lauki ke pakoda (bottle gourd fritters)

 Ingredients

Ingredients

Peel off the lauki, make slices

Peel off the lauki, make slices

marinate with ½ teaspoon of salt and turmeric powder

marinate with ½ teaspoon of salt and turmeric powder

dip 2-3 marinated lauki slices

dip 2-3 marinated lauki slices

lauki slices one by one or as many

lauki slices one by one or as many

Fry till it becomes golden brown

Fry till it becomes golden brown

Lauki ke pakoda (bottle gourd fritters)

Lauki ke pakoda (bottle gourd fritters)


14
Mar 17

Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato)

If you plan to dine out at night, have a low calorie lunch, and eat a light snack (palak raita, mix vegetable soup, salted lassi or nuts).you can prepare this ‘Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato).

And have it with 1-2 thin phulka (chapati) at noon. This is the trick to control your shape and size. Yes, balance is the key…

Ingredients:

  • Bottle gourd: 500 gm.
  • Potato: 100gm.
  • Onion:  50 gm.
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Garam masala powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Mustard oil/ cooking oil: 3 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Remove the Peel of bottle gourd, onion and potatoes, chop them, and keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a fry pan. Heat oil, let it smoke, add cumin, sputter it for few seconds.
  2. Add chopped onion stir fry on high flame till translucent add chopped potatoes, stir fry for couple of minutes, add lauki, stir fry on medium flame for couple of minutes, it will become watery, now cook with lid on till half done.
  3. Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and salt.
  4. Stir and over it, cook on medium flame till it is done. (Put water if required).
  5. Put off the flame add Garam masala powder and transfer into serving bowl, decorate with coriander leaves.
  6. Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato) is ready to serve, Serve hot or warm with chapati or paratha.
Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato)

Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato)

Ingredients

Ingredients

chop the bottle gourd, onion and potatoes

chop the bottle gourd, onion and potatoes

Add chopped onion

Add chopped onion

Add chopped onion

Add chopped onion

add chopped potatoes

add chopped potatoes

add lauki

add lauki

Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and salt

Add turmeric powder, chili powder, coriander powder and salt

Stir and cover it

Stir and cover it

add Garam masala powder

add Garam masala powder

Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato)

Lauki aaloo ki sabji (bottle gourd with potato)


13
Mar 17

Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal

There is nip in the air that signals the onset of festival season, synonymous with partying and rich food. So the trick is that next day prepare the ‘Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal the healthy choices.

Dal tends to be a staple diet for vegetarian as they are packed with protein, iron and many other nutritional ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Mung dal (split green gram): 100gm
  • Ginger: 1” piece
  • Cumin seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: half teaspoon
  • Salt: one teaspoon (as per taste)
  • Ghee/oil: 1tablespoon
  • Water: 2 cup

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and cut the ginger into Julian (longitudinally)

Method:

  1. Wash and clean the dal. Put dal, salt, and turmeric powder, along with water in the pressure cooker on high flame.
  2. Bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Put off the flame, allow cooker to cool and open. Keep aside.
  4. Add hot water as per your choice of consistency. Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal is ready. Now it is time for seasoning.

Seasoning:

  1. Take wok, put ghee in it, add cumin seed, and sputter it for few seconds, put off the flame.
  2. Add asafoetida and Julian ginger immediately.
  3. Transfer into prepared dal; cover it for couple of minutes.
  4. Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal is ready to be served at the time of lunch or dinner, along with chapati and rice.
Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal

Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal

Ingredients

Ingredients

Put dal, salt, and turmeric powder

Put dal, salt, and turmeric powder

boiled dal

boiled dal

Add hot water as per your choice

Add hot water as per your choice

add cumin seed

add cumin seed

Add asafoetida

Add asafoetida

Add asafoetida and Julian ginger

Add asafoetida and Julian ginger

Add asafoetida and Julian ginger

Add asafoetida and Julian ginger

Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal

Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal

Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal

Pili moong/mung (split green gram without skin) ki dal


10
Mar 17

Boondi ka laddu

In India gifting your friends and family during festival is very popular. This festive season gift your near and dear ones a basket full of homemade delight ’Boondi ka laddu’, that comes laden with pure ghee (clarified butter) cashew nut and Raisins.

‘Happy holi’

Ingredients:

For boondi batter:

  • Besan: 200 gm.
  • Food Color:
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Ghee (clarified butter): for deep frying

For sugar syrup:

  • Sugar:  200 gm.
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Green Cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Cashew nuts: 10-12 no.
  • Raisins: 15-20 no.
  • Melon seed: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

For sugar syrup:

  1. Take a large pan; pour sugar as well as water in it, and Let the syrup boil for 3-4 minutes.
  2. To test the readiness of sugar syrup, pour a little amount of sugar syrup in a cup ¼ filled with water, if it get dissolved immediately, continue boiling for a minute and put off the flame, if it doesn’t dissolve immediately means it is ready, put off the flame.
  3. Add cardamom powder, raisin and cashew nut. Keep aside.

For boondi:

  1. Take a wide vessel; Put besan add water in small quantity to make a smooth batter. It should neither be too thin nor thick just like dosa batter, add color as per your choice. (See photo…)
  2. Take a fry pan, Heat ghee on medium heat (to check if oil is ready, pour   batter, if it comes up slowly means it is ready, if doesn’t wait for couple of minutes ant test again).
  3. Take a ladle full of batter on boondi ladle/maker and gently tap it. Droplets of batter will fall into the hot ghee and beautiful round shaped boondi will appear. (If boondi is not round in shape and get tail end means, the batter is thin add bit of gram flour and check again) Fry for a minute and take out, put it into sugar syrup. Repeat the process for rest of the batter.
  4. Mix them properly let it cool till you will able to bind the boondi mixture in the shape of laddu by help of your fist.
  5. Take one handful mix; shape the mixture in laddu by using your hand/fist, depending upon size of laddu 15-20 laddu will be ready.
  6. Decorate with Chandi ka verak, delicious laddu is ready to be served.
Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Ingredients

Ingredients

sugar syrup

sugar syrup

boondi batter

boondi batter

full of batter on boondi ladle

full of batter on boondi ladle

beautiful round shaped boondi

beautiful round shaped boondi

put it into sugar syrup

put it into sugar syrup

Repeat the process

Repeat the process

round shaped boondi will appear.

round shaped boondi will appear.

Mix them properly

Mix them properly

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu

Boondi ka laddu