02
Sep 17

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Growing up in small town of Bihar at Barh; I remember grand-parents pricked the gooseberry and prepared ‘Gooseberry murabba’, and used to be busy for this work about 5-6 days in the season (winter) of anwala.

They prepared this murabba and stored in a big glass jar to be used in summer afternoon for their family; we eat daily one ‘murabba’ and ‘Bel ka sharwat (Aegle marmelos drink)’ in the summer afternoon to protect ourselves from the rowdy summer and loo.

It was so yummy that it is difficult to wait till afternoon, but …

Ingredients:

  • Anwala: 400gm.
  • Sugar: 400 gm.
  • Citric acid: 2gm (½ teaspoon)
  • Salt: 2%
  • Alum: 1 teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Take a big mixing bowl; put 1 tablespoon of salt and ½ liter of water, make solution and dip anwala in it, it is necessary to change water daily for 2-3 days.
  2. Prepare solution of alum powder and water and dip anwala for a day; clean anwala into running water and prick them using fork from your kitchen, take a muslin cloth, tie anwala in this cloth keep aside.

Method:

  1. Boil the water in a pot; immersed and rotate the tied anwala for 2-3 minutes, take it out and put on the strainer, for couple of minutes.
  2. Take a mixing bowl /jar; put half quantity of sugar then layer the anwala, again put the reaming sugar, cover and keep aside for a day.
  3. Next day take out anwala from the bowl, keep aside.
  4. Make sugar syrup (two thread consistency) from left out sugar solution on medium flame; put anwala into the syrup, bring it to boil, remove and keep aside for a day again.
  5. Check next day the sugar syrup consistency if it is diluted; boil it to make it of one thread consistency and store in clean and dry glass jar.
  6. Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba) is ready to be served.
  7. Note: the process is elaborate, but it needs only 4-5 minutes daily for a week.
Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Ingredients

Ingredients

make solution and dip anwala

make solution and dip anwala

Ingredients

Ingredients

prick them using fork

prick them using fork

prick them using fork

prick them using fork

tie anwala in this cloth

tie anwala in this cloth

put half quantity of sugar then layer the anwala

put half quantity of sugar then layer the anwala

again put the reaming sugar

again put the reaming sugar

Next day take out anwala

Next day take out anwala

Make sugar syrup

Make sugar syrup

put anwala into the syrup

put anwala into the syrup

bring it to boil

bring it to boil

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)

Anwala ka murabba (Gooseberry murabba)


22
Aug 17

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

This sweet pickle is mostly used in the fasting days in Indian tradition; enriched with the goodness of green cardamom and saffron. It is so tasty that you would like to serve it always, let it be the breakfast or meal. Children will lick it, eat it or relish this in their Tiffin or meal…

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango: 200-250gm.
  • Sugar: equal quantity of mango (as per taste)
  • White rock salt: 5gm
  • Cardamom: 5-6 no.
  • Saffron: 1 pinch

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and chop raw mango into small slices, discarding seed (stone).
  2. Peel off cardamom, coarsely grinds them. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a fry pan put raw mango pieces along with sugar and salt mix properly with spatula (don’t use your hands) bring it to boil on low flame, cook and allow boiling on high flame until desired consistency is achieved. Add cardamom powder and saffron, cook for a minute and put off the flame. Allow it to cool.
  2. ‘Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)’ is ready to use.
  3. Store this in a glass container for months.
Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Ingredients

Ingredients

chop raw mango

chop raw mango

raw mango pieces along with sugar and salt

raw mango pieces along with sugar and salt

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Allow it to cool

Allow it to cool

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)

Raw mango sweet pickle with saffron and green cardamom (phalahari aam ka chhunda)


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)


19
Feb 17

Suran (elephant yam) pickle

This pickle is very popular in north India, especially in the state of Bihar. This is preservative free sun dried pickles, that required little passion and patient, I made this at my terrace. It is very spicy, hot and aromatic pickles, which automatically enhances our snacks or meal.

Ingredients:

  • Suran: 400 -500 gm
  • Ginger 200gm
  • Garlic 200gm
  • Green chili: 200gm
  • Raw mango: 200gm
  • Salt: 100gm
  • Turmeric powder: 50 gm
  • Ajawine 1 tablespoon
  • Kalongi: 1 teaspoon
  • Mustard oil: 250-300 gm

Preparation:

  1. Clean and peel off the suran and, wash thoroughly.
  2. Dry it into the sun for half an hour and Grate them. Keep aside.
  3. Chop ginger, green chili and garlic into very –very fine pieces or you can coarsely grind this. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Mix all prepared ingredients except oil, and keep it into sun for drying for 2-3 days.
  2. After 2-3 days, Take fry pan, heat oil till smoke appears.
  3. Mix all oil into suran-mix.
  4. Again put outside into the sun for drying for another 4-5 days.
  5. Suran pickle is ready. Put this into glass jar and enjoy throughout year.
Suran (elephant yam) pickle

Suran (elephant yam) pickle

Ingredients

Ingredients

Grate them

Grate them

Mix all prepared ingredients except oil

Mix all prepared ingredients except oil

Mix all prepared ingredients except oil

Mix all prepared ingredients except oil

Mix all oil into suran-mix

Mix all oil into suran-mix

Again put outside into the sun

Again put outside into the sun

Suran (elephant yam) pickle

Suran (elephant yam) pickle

Suran (elephant yam) pickle

Suran (elephant yam) pickle


03
Feb 17

Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)

Pickles automatically enhance the taste and flavor of our meal. Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle) goes very well with paratha or kids lunch boxes. I am very fond of this pickle and use to have it as a dessert after meal. The taste is awesome!

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango: 1kg
  • Sugar: 750 gm.
  • Salt: 40 gm
  • Fenugreek seed: 1 teaspoon
  • Red chili powder: 40 gm
  • Turmeric powder: 20 gm
  • Asafetida: ½ teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Peel off and chop raw mango into small pieces, discarding inner soft white part of the seed, Put raw mango pieces into the sun for an hour.
  2. Dry roast fenugreek seed, coarsely grind them. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take a big mixing bowl/earthen pot, put raw and dry mango pieces along with turmeric powder, and salt  mix properly with spatula (don’t use your hands), cover it and keep it at dry place. Keep it for over night or day (stir once in a day.) After a day the pieces become soft, you can put it into sun for a day by covering with thin cotton cloth.
  2. Make “three string” of sugar syrup (sugar and ½ cup water bring it to boil and let it boil for 8-10 minutes).
  3. Add prepared raw mango pieces (discard the water if there is any), bring it to boil, take out raw mango pieces and continue the boiling syrup for 4-5 minutes until desire consistency come. Add the mango pieces and asafoetida, roasted fenugreek powder &chili powder, put off the flame. Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle) is ready after it comes to normal temperature.
  4. Store this pickle in a glass container. Serve with any meal.
Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)

Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)

Ingredients

Ingredients

chop raw mango

chop raw mango

Put raw mango pieces into the sun for an hour.

Put raw mango pieces into the sun for an hour.

Make “three string” of sugar syrup

Make “three string” of sugar syrup

Add prepared raw mango pieces

Add prepared raw mango pieces

Add the mango pieces and asafoetida, roasted fenugreek powder & chili powder

Add the mango pieces and asafoetida, roasted fenugreek powder & chili powder

Add the mango pieces and asafoetida, roasted fenugreek powder & chili powder


Add the mango pieces and asafoetida, roasted fenugreek powder & chili powder

put off the flame

put off the flame

Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)

Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)

Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)

Aam ka khatta Meetha achar (mango sweet and sour pickle)