Monday, August 1, 2022

NEEMBU GUD KI SHIKANJI / INDIAN SUMMER DRINK


Shikanji is the most popular Indian summer drink. It can be made with sugar or jaggery. This is really a cool and refreshing drink and also good for digestion.

Ingredients: Jaggery ---- 3/4 cup (I used organic jaggery powder) Water ------- 3/4 cup Lemons ----- 3 Ginger ----- 2" piece (grated) Mint leaves ---- handful Roasted cumin powder ---- 1/2 tsp Chaat masala powder ----- 1/2 tsp Crushed black pepper ---- 1/4 tsp Salt --------------------------- as needed.

Method:
1. Boil the jaggery and water for 30 - 40 seconds.
2. Add all the ingredients except lemon juice.
3. Boil them a bit until the flavours are incorporated into the syrup.
4. Add the lemon juice and give one or two boils.
5. Switch off the flame and let it cool.
6. Strain the mixture and fill it in bottle. This concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for few days.
7. Add 5-6 tbsps of this syrup in a medium size glass. Top it up wiith chilled water or soda.
8. Garnish with mint and lemon wedges and serve.

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Yield: 4 servings.

This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is N - 



Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)


A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ka Saag ( Moong dal with Mustard Greens)
N - Neembu Gud ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with herbs and spices)

Monday, July 4, 2022

MOONG DAL WITH SARSON KA SAAG / SPLIT YELLOW MOONG LENTILS WITH MUSTARD GREENS

 


This is a delicious and healthy dal recipe for day to day cooking. Moong dal is slow cooked with the addition of tender mustard greens and tempered with onion, garlic, asafoetida and cumin seed tadka which really enhances the flavours. This can be served with rice or rotis. 


Ingredients:
yellow split moong dal .... 1 cup
Mustard greens ................ 1 small bunch (I have used home grown tender mustard leaves)
Green chillies ................. 2
Onion .......................... 1 small
Tomato ....................... 1 small
Garlic ......................... 7-8 cloves
Turmeric powder ........ 1/4 tsp
Salt ............................. to taste
Red chilli powder ...... 1/4 tsp
Cumin seeds ............... 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida ................. 1/8 tsp
Oil .............................. 2 -3 tbsps

Method:
1. Wash and soak the moong dal for 1 or 2 hours.
2. In a pan slow cook dal with the addition of mustard greens, salt, turmeric powder, green chillies, tomato and 1 cup of water. 
3. Stir in between and add little water if required. Keep a grainy texture and do not over cook.
4. Lightly mash with the ladle to mix everything.
5. Heat oil in a small pan and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the crushed garlic and finely diced onion. Reduce the flame and fry until they are golden brown. Switch off the flame and add the red chilli powder. Stir the tempering into the cooked dal saving little for garnishing.
6. Serve with rice or rotis.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is M - So here is the recipe of Moong Dal with Mustard greens 


Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)


A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ka Saag ( Moong dal with Mustard Greens)
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with lemon)

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

LEHSUN KA ACHAR / GARLIC PICKLE


 Lehsun ka achar means garlic pickle. This is a very easy recipe made with whole garlic cloves and spices. Mustard oil is used in making this pickle which adds a nice flavour to it. The spice level can be adjusted to your preference. It hardly takes time to prepare this pickle and about a week to mature. You can leave it in the sunlight for few days giving the bottle a shake everyday. Since garlic is available round the year you can prepare it in smaller quantities and enjoy the fresh pickle.



Here goes the recipe....

Ingredients:
Garlic cloves ......... 1/2 cup
Mustard oil ........... 5-6 tbsps
Lemon juice .......... 3 tbsps
Chilli powder ...... 2 tbsps (1 tbsp hot one + 1 tbsp Kashmiri chilli powder)
Jaggery ................ 1 tsp (optional)
Salt .................... 1 tsp or as needed
Asafoetida ....... 1/4 tsp

Dry roast and grind:
Mustard seeds ........... 3 tsps
Fenugreek or methi seeds .. 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds ................... 1 tsp
Coriander seeds ............. 1 tsp

Method:
1. Dry roast and grind the spices mentioned in the second list. Keep the texture little coarse.
2. Heat mustard oil to a smoking point and cool it a bit.
3. Add the garlic and saute. 
4. Add the turmeric powder and asafoetida. Continue to stir on low flame for couple of minutes.
5. Next add lemon juice followed by chilli powder, jaggery and salt. 
6. Cook it for half a minute and switch off the gas.
7. Now stir in the ground spice mix. 
8. Fill it into a dry sterilized jar after it is cooled.
9. It will be ready to consume in 6-7 days. 
10. If possible keep it in the sunlight and shake the bottle everyday until it matures. This will really enhance the colour and flavours.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is L - I made the Lehsun Ka achar 





Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)


A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle)
M - Moong Dal with sarson (Moong lentils with mustard greens)
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji (Indian summer drink with lemon)

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

KARELE KI BHURJI / DICED BITTER GOURD STIR FRY

 


This is a very easy and tasty karela recipe that can be served as a side dish with rotis. Karela is one of the healthiest vegetables in the food kingdom and it should be included in our diet.

 There are many recipes that you can try out with them like Karela Stir-fry

You may like this non spicy version Sindhi Style Karelas with caramelized onions  

Even the peels can be used in many ways. Don't ever throw them away. - Make karela Pooris and sabzi with the peels  You can also make pickles with them. Karela peels pickle

Can you believe that a dessert also can be made with this bitter fruit. Try it sometime. Karele Ka Halwa 

Why we should eat Karelas or Bitter Gourds ?

Karela is full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  It is low in calories and rich in vitamin A and vitamin C.  It is a well known fact that Karela is good for diabetics. Apart from that it is good for skin and hair, good for digestion and is a blood purifier. It also helps in healing the wounds and energises the body. 

Ingredients:
Karelas / bitter gourds ..... 4-5 
Onions .............................. 4 medium or 6 small (finely chopped)
Oil ................................... 5-6 tbsps
Salt .................................. as needed
Tomato ............................ 1
Green chillies ................. 2
Ginger ........................... 1 " piece (peel and grate)
Garlic ............................ 1 pod (peel and crush)
Yogurt ....................... 4-5 tbsps
Turmeric powder ..... 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder .... 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder ......... 1 tsp
Coriander powder .... 1 tsp
Coriander leaves ...... handful 

Method:
1. Wash the karelas very well. Dice them into small pieces with the skin. 
2. Marinate them with little salt and yogurt. Set aside for few hours or overnight.
3. Heat oil and fry the marinated karelas until golden brown.
4. In the same oil tip in the ginger and garlic. Saute a bit.
5. Now add the onions and saute them until translucent.
6. Next add the chopped tomato and green chillies. Add little salt on the tomato pieces and cook until they are soft. 
7. Now time to add the spice powders ( turmeric, chilli cumin and coriander powders)
8. Give them a quick stir and add the fried karelas. 
9. Stir everything well and simmer on low flame until done stirring a couple of times in between. (No water required)
10. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is K - I made Karele ki Bhurji 


Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)


A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter Gourd Stir fry)
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle )
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ( Moong lentils with mustard greens)
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji ( Indian Summer Drink with Lemon )

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Friday, April 1, 2022

NAWABI NAANS / INDIAN FLATBREADS WITH ALMONDS AND PISTACHIOS


 Here is a recipe of rich, soft and delectable Nawabi Naans. A perfect party dish that you can make and impress your friends. They are so delicious that you cannot stop with one. They can be relished with shahi curries.

Ingredients:
APF / Maida ......... 2 cups or as needed
Almonds .............. handful (soaked)
Pistachios .......... handful (soaked)
Ghee / clarified butter .... 2-3 tbsps to brush on the naans
Oil ......................... 2 tbsps (for the dough)
Salt ...................... 1/2 tsp
Sugar .................. 1 tsp
Dry Yeast ............ 2 tsps
Milk powder ............ 2 tbsps
Silver varq ----------- few sheets (optional)



Method:
1. To activate the yeast, take half cup of luke warm water. Mix the sugar and yeast. Cover and set it aside in a warm place until it becomes frothy.
2. In a large bowl mix the milk powder with maida / APF
3. Add the salt and 1 tbsp of oil on the sides and make a well in the center.
4. Start kneading with the yeast mixture adding it little by little. If needed take more luke warm water.
5. Finish kneading with the help of the remaining 1 tbsp. of oil and make a smooth dough.
6. Gather it into a ball. Cover with a cling wrap and set it aside for rising.
7. Meanwhile slice the soaked almonds and pistachios.
8. Take the risen dough and knock it gently to remove air bubbles.
9. Take a small portion as needed and roll it out into an oval shape.
10. Put some almond and pistachio slices and roll it further so that they stick in the naan.
11. Apply some water on the reverse side of the naan with your fingers.
12. Heat the griddle / tawa and put the wet side of the naan on it.
13. Cook on medium flame for 30 - 40 seconds or until done.
14. Invert the tawa and cook the other side directly on the flame moving the tawa to roast it evenly.
15. Spoon some butter on the naans and garnish with silver varq if you like.
16. Serve hot with any curry of your choice.

Yield: 6-7 naans of medium size

Note: Water for activating the yeast should be luke warm. If it is hot the yeast will be dead.

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About the group:
Shhhhh Cooking Secretly is a monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired with a different partner every month. Two secret ingredients are  chosen by each partner for the other one and we prepare any dish with those ingredients based on the selected theme of the month which was " Flat Breads " It was chosen by Anu Kollon. Check out her recipe of Sindhi Koki
My partner of the month is Radha Rajagopalan who gave me MILK POWDER and SALT as my secret ingredients. I made the Nawabi Naans using them. 
I had selected Quinoa and Peanuts as the secret ingredients for her. She made a delicious and healthy Multigrain Veggie Roti with them.



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JOWAR KE PHULKE / GLUTEN FREE SORGHUM FLATBREADS



 Check out the process of making these gluten free thin jowar or sorghum flour phulkas. It is a very healthy grain and perfect for weight watchers as it has proteins, carbohydrates and fibre content.
Jowar is a grain that is being used since ancient times. It is gaining popularity these days. People have started using it a lot in various forms. We have many innovative recipes with this flour like cookies, breads, etc etc

Ingredients: Jowar / sorghum flour .... 1 cup Water ............................... 1 cup Ghee /clarified butter ..... 2 - 3 tbsps

Method:
1. Take a thick and heavy pan and add the jowar flour.
2. Add the equal quantity of water which is 1 cup here.
3. Start mixing with the ladle immediately breaking all the lumps.
4.Continue mixing until it thickens and becomes like a dough that we knead for rotis.
5. Immediately remove from the pan onto a plate as the pan is still hot and it will be over cooked. So do not leave it in the hot pan for cooling.
6. Spread it on the plate with the spoon so that it cools faster.
7. Once you are able to handle it start kneading it until smooth. Gather the dough together.
8. Take a small portion and roll it out into a thin roti sprinkling little dry flour as needed.
9. Using a spatula transfer the roti on to a greased griddle so that it does not get stuck.
10. Flip it a couple of times. When it is half done roast it directly on the gas with the help of tongs.
11. Remove and spoon some ghee / clarified butter on it.
12. Put them in a casserole lined with foil paper to keep them soft.
13. These can be served with any veg or non veg curry, sabzi, dal.

Yield - 6-7 rotis from 1 cup flour

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This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 
Season 1 - We have completed the first season making the recipes alphabetically with ingredients with English names. ( eg. A - Apple, Artichoke, Asparagus ..)
Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo ... )
This month the Alphabet is J - I made Jowar Ke Phulke


Recipe List of A-Z Challenge (Season 2)


A - Adraki Aloo  (Baby Potatoes with ginger and spice powders)
B - Begun Bhaja  ( Bengali style fried Brinjals)
C - Chukandar Ke Parathe  (Stuffed Beetroot Parathas)
D - Farali Dahi Chawal ( Barnyard Millet Curd Rice / Samak ke Dahi Chawal )
E - Elaichi Cup Cakes ( Cardamom flavoured cup cakes )
F - False ke Biscuits ( Lemon Currant Cookies )
G - Gud Wale Pohe (Sweet Flattened Rice Flakes with jaggery)
H - Hare Dhaniye ki Sabzi ( Fresh Coriander stir fry )
I - Imli Gosht ( Hyderabadi style tangy Mutton Curry)
J - Jowar ke Phulke (Sorghum Flour Flatbreads)
K - Karele Ki Bhurji ( Diced Bitter gourd stir fry )
L - Lehsun Ka Achar ( Garlic Pickle )
M - Moong Dal with Sarson ( Moong Dal with mustrard greens )
N - Neembu Gud Ki Shikanji ( Indian Lemon Drink with jaggery)


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Thursday, March 10, 2022

GRAPES RAITA / ANGOOR KA RAITA

 This is a nice and refreshing raita to relish in summers. Dill leaves add a lovely flavour to it apart from roasted cumin powder and black pepper. You will definitely love it. 

Ingredients:
Grapes ......... 1 small bunch or as needed
Yogurt ......... 1 cup 
Dill leaves ..... 2-3 tbsps (finely chopped)
Roasted cumin powder .... 1/2 tsp
Crushed black pepper ..... 1/4 tsp
Salt ............................ to taste


Method.
1. Wash the grapes well and cut them into halves.
2. Whisk the yogurt adding all the ingredients as per your liking.
3. Stir in the grapes and mix gently.
4. Enjoy it chilled. 
  

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