Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sweet and Salted Ajwain (Carom Seeds) Cookies

ajwain cookies
These ajwain cookies are a perfect companion with your evening cup of tea and they are delicious as any
time snack. These biscuits not just sweet and salty but their ajwain taste makes them all the more appealing.
Recipe of ajwain cookies
1 cup maida (all purpose flour)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
1 tsp baking powder
4-5 tbsp butter or ghee (clarified butter)
ajwain cookies before baking

How to make ajwain (carom seeds) cookies
1. Mix maida, salt and baking powder and pass through a sieve. Add 1/2 tsp ajwain.
2. In a separate bowl, mix butter and sugar. Beat it till it becomes light and fluffy.
3. Mix this butter-sugar mixture to maida to form a soft dough.
4. Pinch small balls from this dough and flatten between your palms.
5. Press upper sides of cookies lightly with a fork and sprinkle rest of the 1/2 tsp ajwain over them.
6. Take a baking tray and spread aluminium foil or cookie sheet over it. Grease it with few drops of oil or butter.
7. Preheat oven at 180 degree C for 10 minutes.
8. Place uncooked cookies on baking tray, a few distance apart.
9. Place the baking tray in oven and bake at 180 degree C for 15-20 minutes. The upper and lower side of
biscuits or cookies will look brownish. Take the tray out of oven.
10. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes before removing from the tray. Enjoy your ajwain cookies!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Dhuli Moong ki Dal Recipe

dhuli moong ki dal
This is a very simple and easy to follow recipe of making dhuli moong ki dal. The dal turns out
delicious and tastes good as a side or all by itself.
Recipe of dhuli moong ki dal
1 cup dhuli moong dal (yellow mung dal)
2 tomatoes- chopped
3 cups water
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
How to cook dhuli moong ki dal
1. Wash moong dal thoroughly  in running water. Drain and soak in clean water for 15 minutes. Drain.
2. Place dal in pressure cooker along with water, salt, spices and chopped tomatoes.
3. Cook the dal to 1 whistle, then lower heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Turn off the heat.
4. Open the lid of the cooker when pressure drops down naturally.
5. In a small pan, heat ghee and add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds change color, add hing.
6. Add this tadka or tempering to the boiled dal.
7. Take this dhuli moong ki dal in a serving bowl and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve hot
with roti or paratha.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Til ki Barfi

Diwali is approaching fast and you can make this til ki barfi for your near and dear ones. This barfi is easy to prepare and doesn't take too much prep time. You can also garnish this barfi with chopped, unsalted pistachios. The choice is totally your's.
Recipe of til ki barfi
1 cup til
1 cup khoya (mawa) - grated
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp elaichi (cardamom powder)
Few cashew nuts- chopped
1 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
How to make til ki barfi
1. Heat 1 tsp ghee in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) and roast cashew pieces in it till reddish brown. Drain and take out from kadhai.
2. In the same kadhai, add til and roast on medium-low heat stirring continuously. Roast till til begin to splutter and attain slightly brownish colour. Take til out of kadhai.
3. In the same kadhai, add grated khoya and roast on medium-low heat till khoya turns a little brownish. Take out from kadhai.
4. In a big bowl or any big utensil, mix khoya, til, powdered sugar and cashews.
5. Grease a big plate with few drops of ghee (clarified butter) and spread the til-khoya mixture evenly. Level with a big spoon.
6. Allow it to cool down for 15-20 minutes. Then cut it into squares or diamonds.
7. Let it harden for 2 hours.

8. Remove til ki barfi from plate with the help of a knife. You can eat it right away or store in the fridge for later use.

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Makhane ki Kheer (Lotus Seeds Pudding)

This recipe of makhane ki kheer comes from my mom's kitchen. She makes it on the occasion of Janmashtami. This is a very delicious kheer and cooks faster than rice kheer. Makhane ki kheer can be made in fasts like 'Ekadashi' , Navratri'  and 'Janmashtami' as it is a falahari food.
Recipe of makhane ki kheer
1 liter full fat milk
50 gm makhane (lotus seeds)
2 tsp ghee (clarified butter)
2-3 pods elaichi (green cardamom) - crushed
Few chopped nuts like cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios and raisins
4 tbsp sugar
1. Heat ghee in a kadhai or a pan and add makhane. Roast makhane on a medium-low heat, stirring constantly. Roast till makhane turn a little pinkish. Turn off the heat and take makhane out of kadhai.
2. Put them in the jar of food processor or a mixie and crush them to small pieces by spinning the jar to 2-3 rounds. Remember makhane should not turn to powder.
3. Put the milk in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) and let it come to boil.
4. Add makhane and turn the heat to low. Cook for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Milk gets thickened and looks pinkish.

5. Add sugar, elaichi and chopped nuts. Cook for 5 more minutes till sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat and take out makhane ki kheer in a bowl. Serve hot or refrigerate and serve cold.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Soya Chaap Curry Recipe

soya chaap curry
Soya chaap curry is a delicious gravy based dish which is not just tasty but also healthy. Soya chaap is made from soybean which is full of proteins. It looks like a non-vegetarian item but it's totally vegetarian.
Recipe of soya chaap curry
250 gms soybean chaap
2 big tomatoes
2 onions
4-5 cloves garlic
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp cashew nuts
1 cup milk
2 tbsp oil
soya chaap sticks

How to make soya chaap curry
1. Boil soya chaap in an open pan for 5 minutes. Drain and squeeze out excess water.
2. Remove pop sticks from chaap and chop soya chaap into pieces.
3. Soak cashews in milk.
4. Puree tomato, onion and garlic in a blender.
5. Heat oil in a pan or a kadhai. Add tomato- onion puree in it.
6. Add salt and all the spices (except garam masala). Fry the masala till oil begins to separate.
7. Blend cashews and milk in a blender. Add it to the fried onion- tomato masala.
8. Add chopped soya chaap pieces and garam masala. Turn the heat to low and cook covered for  5 minutes. Serve hot soya chaap curry with roti, paratha or naan.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Kathal ke Kofte (Jackfruit Kofta Curry)

Kathal ke kofte is not something made commonly in Indian households but they taste good and worth giving a try. They are a nice change from regular vegetable dishes.
Recipe of kathal ke kofte
Kofte (dumplings)
300 gm kathal (jackfruit)
2 medium sized potatoes- boiled, peeled and mashed
2 tbsp besan (chickpea flour/gram flour)
Salt to taste
Chopped coriander leaves (cilantro)
2 green chillies- chopped
Oil to deep fry

3 tomatoes
2 onions
4-5 garlic cloves
A small piece of ginger
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
1 tbsp oil

How to make kathal ke kofte
1. Smear oil on your palms and remove outer hard covering of kathal. Chop kathal into small pieces.
2. Put kathal pieces and little water in the pressure cooker and cook to 1 whistle.
3. Drain out excess water and mash kathal with your hands. Remove seeds.
4. In a bowl, mix mashed kathal, potatoes and ingredients listed under 'kofte' except oil.
5. Make small balls from the mixture.
6. Heat oil in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) on a medium heat and deep fry these balls till golden. Drain out on an absorbent paper. Also fry in batches. These are now called kofte or fried dumplings.
7. For the gravy, blend tomatoes, onions and garlic in a blender.
8. Heat oil in a kadhai or a pan and add cumin seeds. When they turn dark, add hing.
9. Add onion, tomato mixture in the oil and all the spices (except garam masala) and salt. Fry till masala begins to leave oil from sides.
10. Add 300 ml of water to the masala and let it come to a boil.
11. Add kofte to it and turn the heat to low. Cook covered for 7-8 minutes. Add garam masala and after 1 minute, turn off the heat. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve kathal ke kofte hot with roti, paratha or puri.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Kakode (Kantola) Ki Sabzi

kakode ki sabzi
Kakoda is a spiky, round (ovalish) vegetable which belongs to the karela (bitter gourd) species but not bitter like karela. It's an uncommon vegetable but I find it very tasty and easy to cook.
Recipe of kakode ki sabzi
250 gms kakode (kantola)
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp saunf (fennel seeds) powder
1 tbsp oil
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp amchoor (dried mango powder)
chopped kakode 

How to make kakode ki sabzi
1. Wash kakode thoroughly under running water. Cut them into 4 pieces lengthwise.
2. Heat oil in a kadhai (heavy bottomed vessel) and add cumin seeds. When they change colour, add hing.
3. Add kakode. Add all the spice powders (except amchoor) and salt. Mix well.
4. Turn the heat to low and cover the kadhai. Stir occasionally.
5. Check with a spoon whether kakode has become tender. If yes, add amchoor and cook, uncovered, on a high heat for 1 minute, stirring.
6. Turn off the heat and serve kakode ki sabzi hot with roti or paratha.