Saturday, February 27, 2021


Many of us are not aware that olives also grown in India. Even I always thought they were imported from Spain.  But they grow wild in the interiors of Assam and are used extensively in their cuisine. 
Here  is a sweet, sour and spicy chutney from Assamese Cuisine made with olives and jaggery. It takes just 8-10 minutes to make this delicious chutney which can be relished with puris or parathas.

Crushed olives ......  1/2 cup
Mustard oil ........... 4-5 tbsps
Organic jaggery powder ..... 3-4 tbsps
Salt ........................... to taste
Panch phoran ............ 2 tsps
Red chilli powder ..... 1 tsp
Roasted cumin powder ... 2 tsps
Honey ............................. 2 tbsps

1. Crush the olives in a chopper or a pestle and mortar.
2. Heat mustardoil to a smoking point and cool it a bit.
3. Add the panch phoran spice mix.
4. When it gives outan aroma add the jaggery powder.
5. Stir on low flame until the jaggery melts.
6. Add the salt, chilli powder and cumin powder. Stir well. Maintain low flame.
7. When the oil starts to separate stir in the honey.
8. Give it a good stir and remove from the gas. Chutney is done.

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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 Chutneys.
 I made this unique chutney recipe with the two secret ingredients Mustard Oil and Panch Phoran given by my partner Sasmita Sahoo Samanta. Her blog has some amazing dishes like Kaitha Chutney to check out. 

Recipe adapted from - HERE

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021


 Here is a very easy recipe of cashew nut  cookies. I made them heart shaped for the upcoming Valentine Day. We just need few ingredients that are always available in our kitchens. 

This recipe is part of the "A-Z Recipe Challenge" in a facebook group wherein we bloggers come together and choose key ingredients alphabetically to make and post a dish every month. The alphabet of this month is U and since we don't have any ingredient starting with this one. we decided to make something with Unsalted ingredients. I decided to make cashew nut cookies using Unsalted Cashew Nuts

Unsalted Cashew Nuts ..... 1 cup
Powdered sugar ................ 1/2 cup
All purpose flour ............. 1/2 cup
Melted butter or ghee ...... 1/4 cup
Unsalted pistachios ......... handful
Baking powder ............... 1/2 tsp
Cardamom powder ........ 1/2 tsp
Milk .............................. 2 or 3 tbsps

1. Soak the pistachios that we are going to use for garnishing . This helps to peel and slice them easily and also to retain the green colour while baking.
2. Grind the cashew nuts to a fine powder.
3. In a large mixing bowl beat the melted butter or ghee and sugar until fluffy.
4. Add the cashew nutpowder, baking powder and the cardamom powder.
5. Mix well with a spatula.
6. Now add the all purpose flour (maida) and mix until the ingredients are combined well enough.
7. Add a spoonful of milk and continue to mix so that the dough is moist enough.
8. You may require 2 or 3 tbsps of milk to get the perfect consistency.
9. Now with the hand gather the dough and knead lightly. Set it aside to rest for 15 - 20 mins.
10. Peel and slice the pistachios while the dough is resting.
11. Roll out a portion of the dough and cut out the cookies with the help of a cookie cutter.
12. Make all the cookies and place them in a  baking tray on a parchment paper or silicon mat.
13. Garnish them with pistachio slices.
14. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 8 to 10 minutes. The time and temperature may vary a bit depanding on the size of the oven.
15. Cool them well before storing.

You may also use whole wheat flour if you want to make them healthier.
The same can be made with any other nuts instead of cashews.
If you areusing a small table top oven bake at 150 C 

Watch the video of these cookies 

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Friday, January 29, 2021


 Cornmeal sheera or halwa is a very popular one in North India. It is made specially in winters and is a lovely variation to usual ate ka halwa. The procedure is quite simple and you can easily make it in a jiffy. Serve it as an accompaniment with your meals or as a dessert. 
In this recipe I am using organic jaggery powder which is a healthy option. You may even add some dry fruits to it. I have only used them for garnishing. 
In our group, Shhhh Cooking Secretly the theme of this month was warm desserts and I thought this could be a nice and apt one for the theme and also relish in the lovely weather we have now.

Cornmeal  ...... 1/2 cup
Organic jaggery ... 1/2 cup
Green cardamoms .... 3-4 (lightly crushed)
Saffron .............. few threads (optional)
Salt .................... 1 pinch
Almonds & Pistachios ...... few (sliced)
Ghee ............. 3-4 tbsps tbsp

1. In a pan melt the ghee and add crushed cardamoms.
2. When they give out a nice aroma add the corn meal.
3. Saute on medium flame until it changes the colour and leaves an aroma.
4. Add one and half cups water and stir quickly until it thickens.
5. Now add the salt, saffron and the organic jaggery powder. 
6. Continue to stir until it melts and you get the desired consistency.
7. Garnish with chopped nuts and serve hot.

If you are using the normal jaggery you have to melt in water and boil to remove the impurities. So add the water accordingly.
You can also  make it with sugar if you like.
You may use half oil and half ghee.

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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 Warm Desserts suggested by Rafeeda who blogs at Big Sweet Tooth. The name says it all. She has an amazing collection of sweets and my favourite one is Vermicelli with Custard
 I am so happy to be paired with Mayuri as I am a great fan of her recipes and have tried out many. she comes up with innovative dishes like Vegetarian Moussaka which is next on my list. I really love her way of explaining everything in detail about each recipe she makes.
 I was given Ghee and Cardamoms for my dish and I made the Cornmeal Halwa / Sheera.
I have given her Cinnamon Powder and Walnuts. She made a delicious dessert, Baked Apples  stuffed with nuts and raisins

Saturday, January 9, 2021



During Makara Sankranti it is supposed to be auspicious to eat sesame seeds. Sesame seeds combined with jaggery taste very good. Many sweets are made with this combination for the festival. 
Here is an easy recipe of Til Patti or til ki chikki. It requires only 4 ingredients and takes less than 15 minutes to make. 

Sesame seeds - 1 cup
Organic Jaggery .. 1 cup 
Sliced pistachios  ..... 2 - 3 tbsps
Ghee / clarified butter .. 1 + 1 tsps 

1. Dry roast the sesame seeds. Do this on medium flame taking care that they do not become black.
Remove them and set aside.
2. Now transfer the jaggery powder into the pan.
3. Keep stirring until it starts to melt.
4. Add 1 tsp of ghee and continue stirring on medium flame until it melts and starts bubbling.
5. Tip in the sesame seeds and half of the pistachios.
6. When it starts to form a lump remove the contents on a greased surface.
7. Flatten with the spatula first as it will be very hot. 
8. Sprinkle the remaining pistachios
9. Smoothen it with back of a flat katori / bowl.
10. Now roll it out with a greased rolling pin as thin as you prefer.
11. Mark the divisions with a pizza cutter or a knife.
12. Allow it to cool and become firm.
13. Remove the brittle pieces in a container.
14. Close the lid only after it has cooled well.

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Friday, January 1, 2021



This is such a delicious cheesy tuna sandwich, so flavourful and filling. Perfect for a quick lunch. All you need is few ingredients like canned Tuna, mayonnaise, cheese, some herbs for flavouring and in a jiffy itis done. You can serve with some French fries or wafers.(chips)


Burger Buns .... 2 (or as required) 
Canned Tuna  ...... 4 tbsps
Mayonnaise ......... 1 tbsp
Cheese ................. 4 tbsps (grated)
Tomato ketchup ..... 1 tbsp
Celery seeds .......... 1/4 tsp
Onion ..................... 2 tbsps (finely chopped)
Chilli flakes ........... 1 tsp (or as per your liking)
Butter ..................... as needed


1. Mix all the ingredients except butter in a bowl.
2. Slice the burger buns. Spread some butter on them.
3. Spoon the mixture on the bottom slice of the burger. Spread some butter on the other slice as well.
4. Grill them until done. Towards the end you can add some more grated cheese on top if you like them more cheesy.
5. Serve them immediately.

1. You also replace the buns with bread slices.
2. I have used celery seeds. You may also used finely chopped fresh celery if available.
3. Spice level can be adjusted to your liking and you may add finely chopped green chillies also.
4. Pizza seasoning also tastes very good for variation.

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This recipe is part of the "A-Z Recipe Challenge" in a facebook group wherein we bloggers come together and choose  key ingredients alphabetically to make and post a dish every month. The alphabet of the month is T and I chose to make Tuna Melt which I had been planning since a long time.

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