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 

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