Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Saatwik Rajma - No Onion No Garlic

Many people tend to avoid Onion and Garlic especially during festivals like Durga Pooja, Ganesh Chaturthi

Ingredients
Part 1 -Pressure Cooker
  • Rajma - 1 cup

Part 2 - Tadka
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Green Chilly - 2 (Slit)
  • Ginger - a small piece
  • Tomato - 2 nos(finely chopped)

Part 3- Masala / Spices
  • Coriander Powder - 2 teaspoons
  • Kashmiri Chilly Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1 teaspoon or little more
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1 1/2 teaspoons
Part 4 - Topping / Garnishing
  • Kasuri Methi - 1 tablespoon
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tablesppon
  • Lemon Juice - 1/2 lemon (optional)
Method
Step 1 - Pressure Cooking
  • Wash and soak Rajma overnight ie at least for 8 hours
  • Add some more water to immerse Rajma and pressure cook for 8 whistles
  • Take it out and smash using Pav Bhaji masher (optional)

Step 2 - Tadka
  • Melt butter and season with cumin seeds
  • Fry green chillies and ginger in it
  • Add chopped tomatoes and saute till raw smell goes
  • Put all spice powders mentioned in Part 3 (except salt)
  • Pour water from cooked rajma and let it boil

Step 3 - Rajma
  • Add boiled and mashed Rajma
  • Put salt and mix well
  • Add crushed kasuri methi leaves 
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and swtich off the stove
  • Squeeze lemon if needed

Serve hot with Phulkas.Top it with 1/2 teaspoon of butter before serving

Monday, June 20, 2016

Pista Milk / Pistachio Milk

This is very rich for kids as it provides good energy, Vitamin E and other minerals like Copper,Manganese, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium
The preparation is very simple and Iam sure kids would relish it



Ingredients
  • Unslated Pistas - 30 nos
  • Milk - 250 ml (1 cup)
  • Condensed Milk - 1/4 cup
Method
  • Soak pistas in little milk for 10 minutes
  • Grind it to a smooth paste and take it out
  • Transfer it into a vessel and add remaining milk and slighly warm it
  • Add condensed milk and switch off the flame
  • Let it come to room temperature.Then refrigerate it for atleast 20 minutes before serving

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Pav Bhajji

Pav Bhajji is a complete meal relished by all age groups.This is a popular street food in Mumbai


Ingredients
Part 1 - Bhajji Masala
  • Oil - 2 tablespoons
  • Onions - 2 nos (chopped)
  • Capsicum - 1 (cubed into small pieces)
  • Tomato - 2 nos (cut into small cubes)
  • Carrot - 2 nos (cut into small pieces)
  • Beans - 6 nos (cut into small pieces)
  • Cauliflowe - around 15 florets
  • Frozen Peas - 1/2 cup
  • Potato - 2 kg (peeled and cubed)
  • Pav Bhajji Masala - 2 teaspoons
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1 1/2 teaspoons
  • Coriander leaves - few
  • Butter - 1 tablespoon


Part 2 - Pav Buns
  • Pav Buns - 10 nos
  • Butter - as required

Part 3 - Serving
  • Chopped Onions
  • Chopped Coriander
  • Lemon
  • Butter

Method
Step 1 - Bhajji Masala
  • In a cooker heat oil and fry onions, tomatoes and capsicum
  • Then add all the vegetables except potatoes and saute it once
  • Add potatoes and mix well
  • Put the masala powders, salt and pour water to immerse the vegetables
  • Close the cooker and leave it for 3 whistles
  • Once done open the lid and mash the contents using masher

  • Put butter and garnsih with coriander leaves
Step 2 - Pav Bhajji
  • Now bhajji and pav both are ready
  • Cut each and every pav into two pieces
  • Heat a tawa 
  • Toast the pav pieces on both the sides by applying butter

Step 3 - Serving
  • Place two toasted pav buns in a plate
  • Put the bhajji masala in a serving dish and top it with butter and coriander leaves
  • Also serve chopped onions and a small piece of lemon separetley
  • Add the chopped onions and squeeze lemon to the bhajji masala while eating


Monday, June 13, 2016

Brown Rice Flour Morkali Version 2

I have already explained a recipe using "Brown Rice"@ Brown Rice Mor Kali
Now let me share another similar recipe using "Brown Rice Puttu Flour"
This is much more simpler recipe as it is done in cooker


Ingredients
Part 1 - Batter
  • Brown Rice Puttu Flour - 1 cup
  • Sour Curd - 3/4 cup
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Hing - 1/2 teaspoon

Part 2 - Seasoning

  • Gingelly oil - 1 tablespoon
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Buttermilk Chilly / Mor Milagai - 4 nos

Method
Step -1 Batter
  • Take brown rice flour in a bowl
  • Add curd to it and pour water to make a thin batter
  • Put salt and hing.Mix well
  • Leave it for 5 minutes



Step 2 - Seasoning and Morkali
  • In a pressure pan heat oil and season with mustard, curry leaves
  • Pour the batter and stir well
  • Close with the cooker lid.Wait for the steam to come through the vent and then place the weight
  • Allow 4 whistles to blow
  • Open the lid after the pressure subsides
  • Transfer it into a serving bowl and consume hot



Saturday, June 11, 2016

Bread Tikki Chat

This is a simple chaat recipe that can be made in no time

Ingredients
Part 1 - Bread Tikki
  • Brown / White bread slices - 6 nos
  • Onion - 1 (finely chopped)
  • Coriander leaves - little
  • Red Chilly Powder - 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Oil - for shallow frying
You may use butter for kids

Part 2 - Chat
  • Whipped Curd - as required
  • Sweet and Green Chutney - 1 tablespoon each or as needed
  • Boiled Green Gram / Channa - 2 tablespoons (optional)
  • Ompodi / Sev - Garnish
  • Chaat Masala - 2 pinches

Method
Step 1 - Bread Cutlet
  • Take water in a bowl.Dip each and every brown slice in it (i did not trim the edges)
  • Squeeze out the excess water and crumble the bread pieces
  • Add onions, coriander, red chilly powder, garam masala powder and salt to it
  • Knead it well
  • Pinch out small lemon sized balls and flatten each one of them
  • Heat a tawa and cook each and every tikki with 1/2 teaspoon of oil on both the sides
Step 2 - Assembling Chaat
  • Take 2 bread tikki pieces at a time.Crumble it (optional)
  • Put boiled green gram / channa over it
  • Add curd over it
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sweet / green chutney each
  • Put chaat masala
  • Garnish with Sev and Coriander leaves
  • Serve immediately




Thursday, June 9, 2016

Raw Banana Stir Fry / Vazhaikai Poriyal

This is another recipe using Raw Banana very simple and can be prepared within 15 minutes


Ingredients

  • Raw Banana - 3 nos
  • Idly Dosai Milagai Podi - 1 tablespoon
  • Salt - 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad / Channa Dhal - 1/2 teaspoon
  • Hing - 1/2 teaspoon
Method
  • Cut each raw banana into two halves
  • Pressure cook for 3 whistles
  • Peel the skinn and cut them into small rounds
  • Put it in a bowl and add milagai podi, turmeric and salt.Mix well with your fingers
  • Let it stand for 5 minutes
  • In a kadai heat oil and season with mustard seeds, urad, channa dhals , curry leaves and hing
  • Add the marinated veggie and mix well
  • Cook it covered for about 3 minutes
  • Take it out and serve with Mango Rice




Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Broken Matta Mango Rice / Broken Matta Maanga Saadham

Mango Rice / Maanga Saadham is made during summer time due to the plenty availability of mangoes.It can be made even during Navarathri Days


Ingredients
Part 1 - Broken Matta Rice
  • Broken Matta Rice - 2 cups
  • Water - 3 cups


Part 2 - Seasoning and Saute
  • Gingelly Oil - 2 teaspoons
  • Mustard seeds - 1 teaspoon
  • Urad / Channa dhals - 1/2 teaspoon each
  • Red Chilly - 1
  • Green Chilly - 3 (slit opened)
  • Raw Groundnuts - handful
  • Raw Mango - 2 nos (grated)
  • Turmeric - little
  • Salt - 2 teaspoons


Method
Step 1 - Cooking Broken Matta Rice
  • Dry roast the broken matta rice till the raw smell goes
  • Add 3 cups of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles
Step 2 - Seasoning and Saute
  • Heat gingelly oil in a kadai.Crackle mustard seeds.Fry urad, channa , curry leaves,red and green chillies in it
  • Add groundnuts and fry till it is golden brown in colour
  • Add grated mango.Put turmeric and saute till the raw smell goes

Step 3 - Mixing 
  • Lower the flame and add cooked matta rice
  • Add salt and mix well

Broken Matta Mango Rice is ready.Serve with Raw Banana Stir Fry