09
Mar 17

Steamed rice

When we are in hurry and hungry, would like to go with traditional meal, it is possible with steamed rice.

Steamed rice is staple diet in India, especially in south India, Orissa, and west Bengal etc.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati rice: 1 cup
  • Water: 2 cup
  • Lemon juice: 1 teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Clean and wash rice. Soak it into double quantity of water Keep aside for 15-20 minutes.

Method:

  1. Cook the rice in rice cooker or pressure cooker along with lemon juice. (You can directly cook on stove on lower flame till rice is done.)
  2. Steamed rice is ready to be served.
Steamed rice

Steamed rice

Ingredients

Ingredients

adding lemon juice

adding lemon juice

Cook the rice in rice cooker

Cook the rice in rice cooker

Steamed rice is ready

Steamed rice is ready

Steamed rice

Steamed rice


09
Mar 17

Meethi boondi

The joy of sharing sweets during festival has no bounds. Holi means variety of sweets and namkin, fritters, chat etc…

Today I am going to upload the ‘Meethi boondi’…

Excellent flavor and eye catching…

‘Meethi boondi’ is an authentic sweet of Indian cuisine. In the festival of Holi, it is used as a Prasad in the Holika dahan day along with murmura (puffed rice).

Ingredients:

For boondi batter:

  • Besan: 200 gm.
  • Rice flour: 1 table spoon
  • Meetha soda/cooking soda: 1 pinch
  • 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: 10-12no.
  • 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. When you touch it; between your index finger and thumb and pull it apart, it should form a string. Put off the flame. Add cardamom powder, raisin and cashew nut. Keep aside.

For boondi:

  1. Take a wide vessel; Put Besan, rice flour and soda, add water in small quantity to make a smooth batter. It should neither be too thin nor thick just like dosa batters (flowing consistency) 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 the rest of the batter.
  4. Mix them properly let it be cool, stir occasionally, after getting cool it will get separated.
  5. Meethi boondi is ready; decorate with flower petals, delicious and eye catching ’Meethi boondi’ is ready to be served.
Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi

Ingredients

Ingredients

sugar syrup

sugar syrup

 form a string

form a string

smooth batter

smooth batter

add color

add color

tap it

tap it

Droplets of batter will fall

Droplets of batter will fall

Deep fry dry fruits

Deep fry dry fruits

Deep fry dry fruits

Deep fry dry fruits

Mix them properly

Mix them properly

put dry fruits into sugar syrup

put dry fruits into sugar syrup

stir occasionally

stir occasionally

add green cardamom powder

add green cardamom powder

Meethi boondi is ready

Meethi boondi is ready

Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi

Meethi boondi


24
Jan 17

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

A journey to memory lane, I could still feel the aroma of deliciously hot Bakeer (Gud/Jaggery kheer) at the festive occasion of chhath puja in Bihar, this is the mandatory dish which is made one day before chhath puja as Prasad with chapati and steamed rice ball.

This recipe is very authentic, also popular in other part of India such as Utter Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa and south Indian cuisine.

Ingredients:

  • Basmati Rice: 1 cup (100-120 gm)
  • Milk:  3 cups/½ liter
  • Jaggery:  1 cup (100-150) gm
  • Green cardamom powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Dry coconut: 10 gm.
  • Chironji: 20 gm
  • Nutmeg powder: 1pinch (optional)
  • Dry grapes: 20 gm.
  • Ghee: 1 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop dry coconut into small pieces. Keep aside.
  2. Melt the Jaggery along with a cup of water at low flame, when Jaggery is melted increase the flame and bring it to boil, sieve the Jaggery syrup keep aside.
  3. Clean and wash rice, put it into pressure cooker with 2 cups of water, Place cooker on high flame and bring to full cooking pressure. Put off the flame, Allow cooker to cool. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. After cooling the cooker, add Jaggery syrup and cooking continue for another 8-10 minutes on low flame add cardamom powder let it boil for couple of minutes, finished it with ghee and put off the flame.

Seasoning:

  1. Heat ghee in a fry pan; add chopped dry coconut till light brown color comes add Chironji and dry grapes, fry for a minute and put off the flame.
  2. Add hot milk and seasoning just before serving.
  3. You may serve hot or cold as you wish.
Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Ingredients

Ingredients

Melt the Jaggery along with a cup of water

Melt the Jaggery along with a cup of water

bring it to boil

bring it to boil

sieve the Jaggery syrup

sieve the Jaggery syrup

put rice into pressure cooker

put rice into pressure cooker

add Jaggery syrup

add Jaggery syrup

cooking continue for another 8-10 minutes on low flame

cooking continue for another 8-10 minutes on low flame

Seasoning

Seasoning

add chopped dry coconut

add chopped dry coconut

fry for a minute

fry for a minute

add Chironji

add Chironji

fry for a minute

fry for a minute

add dry grapes

add dry grapes

fried dry fruits

fried dry fruits

finished it with ghee

finished it with ghee

Add hot milk

Add hot milk

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)

Bakheer (Gud/Jaggery kheer)


20
Jan 17

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Every day meal for kids:

Kids are very fond off eating potato in everyday meal. The recipe is for your kids lunch box (you can avoid the chili as per your taste) which has subtle taste. This is boiled and stir fry recipe, in which I used mint leaves that gives the additional flavor and taste.

Ingredients:

  • Potato: 250 gm
  • Green chilly: 2-3 no. (Optional)
  • Asafetida powder: 1pinch
  • Cumin: ½ teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Chat masala: ½ teaspoon
  • Dry mango powder: ½ teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder: one forth teaspoon
  • Coriander powder: half teaspoon
  • Mint leaves: 20 gm.
  • Mustard oil: 3 tablespoon

Preparation:

  1. Slit the green chili and discard the seeds. Keep aside.
  2. Boil/ microwave the potatoes, Peel and chop it.
  3. Clean and chop the mint leaves, keep aside.

Method:

  1. Take heavy bottom pan, heat oil till smoke appears; add cumin and asafoetida wait for few seconds to sputter, add green chili, salt, turmeric powder,  coriander powder, mango powder, fry for one minute, add mint leaves and chopped potatoes, fry on high flame for couple of minutes.
  2. Add chat masala and stir fry till it get crisp, put off the flame and decorate with green mint leaf.
  3. Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina) is ready to serve.
Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

add cumin

add cumin

add green chili

add green chili

add cumin and asafoetida

add cumin and asafoetida

add green chili, salt

add green chili, salt

Add chat masala and stir fry

Add chat masala and stir fry

add mint leaves

add mint leaves

add mint leaves

add mint leaves

add cumin and asafoetida

add cumin and asafoetida

add mint leaves and chopped potatoes

add mint leaves and chopped potatoes

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)

Khasta aaloo fry (crispy potato fry with mint/pudina)


18
Nov 16

Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)

Wheat is the staple food and regular part of everyone’s diet in India, it enhances the skin hydration. Enjoy this mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao, which helps you to keep active, because it is filled with vitamins, fibers and above all gives B-complex.

The taste is delicious on its own, children too like it; Wheat Dalia is an excellent source of Manganese, Selenium and the vitamin B. Help in skin and collagen repair. Vegetables carry the plant power of photochemical which make the skin glow.

Ingredients:

  • Wheat Dalia: 2 cup
  • Fresh peas: 50-100 gm
  • Carrot: 1no. (Medium)
  • Capsicum: 1 no. (Medium)
  • Cauliflower: 100 gm
  • Water: 4 cup
  • Ghee/Refined oil:  3-4 tablespoon
  • Onion: 1 no. (Small)
  • Ginger: 2” piece
  • Green chili: 2-3no.
  • Coriander leaves: 50 gm
  • Tomato: 1 no. (Medium)
  • Potato: 2 no. (Medium)
  • Salt: 1 tablespoon
  • Turmeric powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Cumin: 1 teaspoon

Preparation:

  1. Chop potato, onion, cauliflower, capsicum, tomato, green chili, carrot, ginger and coriander leaves into small pieces. Keep aside.

Method:

  1. Heat 3 tablespoon of oil in a cooker, add cumin, sputter for few seconds, and add chopped cauliflower; fry it in high flame till it begin to starts getting brown in color, add potato, carrot, onion, capsicum and fresh peas one by one in sequence, at one minute interval, keep stirring.
  2. Add Dalia , the moment some of Dalia grains  begins to change color add chopped ginger, green chili turmeric powder,  and salt, mix well, and reduce the flame to lower, add water and close the lid of cooker. Increase to high flame, at full cooking pressure put off the flame.
  3. Allow cooling, after cooling, stir and add lemon juice & green coriander leaves.
  4. Mouth watering Dalia pulao is ready to serve, decorate with left over green coriander leaves, tomatoes and lemon slices, and serve with chhachh/salted lassi.
  5. Serve hot as a snack or as a part of main meal.
Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)

Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

Ingredients

add cumin

add cumin

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add potato, carrot, onion, capsicum

add potato, carrot, onion, capsicum

add potato, carrot, onion, capsicum

add potato, carrot, onion, capsicum

add chopped ginger, green chili

add chopped ginger, green chili

adding fresh peas

adding fresh peas

Add Dalia

Add Dalia

adding fresh peas

adding fresh peas

add water

add water

add water

add water

Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)

Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)

decorate with left over green coriander leaves

decorate with left over green coriander leaves

Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)

Wheat Dalia pulao (Mix vegetable wheat Dalia pulao)