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)


07
Apr 17

Chhath pooja chana dal

On the occasion of chhath puja in Bihar especially chana dal is cooked in different way than normal days.

This recipe of, ‘Chhath pooja chana dal’ I prepared today is a very simple dish prepared with only white rock salt (Sendha namak) and ginger, no other spices and no seasoning at all.

In spite of this the taste is awesome… you may prepare as daily meal and enjoy as I enjoyed …

Ingredients:

  • Bengal gram dal: 250gm
  • Ginger: 2 inch piece
  • Rock Salt: 1 teaspoon (as per taste).
  • Water: 500 ml

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and grate ginger, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil Dal with salt and grated ginger paste in the pressure cooker on high flame.
  2. Bring to full cooking pressure, reduce to low flame and cook for 15-20 minutes, allow cooker to cool and open. Keep aside. Add 1 cup of water for required consistency.
  3. Serve hot or warm as you wish with roti, rice or pulao. It is very simple, very delicious and really cool.
Chhath pooja chana dal

Chhath pooja chana dal

Ingredients

Ingredients

Boil Dal with salt and grated ginger

Boil Dal with salt and grated ginger

cooked chana dal

cooked chana dal

Add 1 cup of water for required consistency

Add 1 cup of water for required consistency


30
Mar 17

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (khatmitthi) is very famous in north India especially in Bihar; in Rajasthan it is called laungi. This is summer recipe because raw mango is available only in the summer season in north India.

Many raw mango dishes are cooked daily to beat the scorching summer; aamgura is one of them…

Summer beating recipes are ‘Aam ka panna’, ‘Raw mango jal-jeera’…

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango: 250gm.
  • Jaggery/Sugar: 100 gm.
  • Salt: 1 teaspoon
  • Panch phoran: 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili: 1 no.
  • Turmeric powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Bay leaf: 1 no.
  • Mustard oil/ cooking oil: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and chop raw mango into big chunks or your shape of choice, discarding inner soft white part of the seed, boil the pieces and discard the water. Keep aside.
  2. Grate the Jaggery, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take fry pan, let oil start to smoke add panch phoran, bay leaf and red chili, sputter for few seconds add boiled raw mango pieces.
  2.  Stir fry for couple of minutes add turmeric powder and salt. Stir it for few seconds add a cup of water and Jaggery, let it boil for couple of minutes till gravy consistency comes up to your desired consistency. Put off the flame.
  3. Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi) is ready to be served. Serve as a dip with snacks or side dish of main course or any meal.
  4. It can be used for 3-4 days at room temperature and for a week or two in the refrigerator.
Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Ingredients

Ingredients

chopped raw mango

chopped raw mango

 

boil the pieces

boil the pieces

boil the pieces

boil the pieces

boiled raw mango pieces

boiled raw mango pieces

add panch phoran

add panch phoran

add boiled raw mango pieces

add boiled raw mango pieces

add a cup of water

add a cup of water

add Jaggery

add Jaggery

boil for couple of minutes

boil for couple of minutes

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)

Aamgura (raw mango khatmitthi)


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)