Sunday, 22 December 2013

Kaju Curry

Kaju Curry
(Cashew Nut curry)


Kaju Curry


Kaju curry is a popular Indian dish, which is a must dish in every Indian restaurant's menu. It is prepared during special & festive occasions.



Kaju Curry



Curries are all about flavors & aroma. Kaju curry is a rich, flavourful curry made of cashew nuts, Indian spices & the rich, silky, creamy & smooth gravy made this dish really delicious, tasty.
Kaju curry can be prepared with a lot of variations.You can add paneer, capsicum, green peas, 
potatoes etc.



Ingredients:


1/2 cup cashew nuts (kaju)
1 large onion chopped
1 cup tomato puree
2 tbsp cashew nut paste
1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1/2 cup plain yogurt 
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
1 1/2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste


Method:


1. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, let them splutter. Add onion & saute till it becomes 
    light pink.

2. Add ginger-garlic paste & stir.

3. Now add cashew nut paste, tomato puree, stir well.

4. Add red chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala, stir constantly
    on low heat until oil falls apart.

5. When it reached at a curry like consistency, add cashew nuts, salt & cook it for 2-3 mins.

6. Add yogurt, mix well & turn off the heat.

7. Garnish with coriander leaves & serve hot.



Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Chocolate Cake

Chocolate Cake
( Eggless)



Chocolate Cake


Merry Christmas



Cake is often the dessert of choice for meals at ceremonial occasions, particularly weddings, 
anniversaries & birthdays. There are countless cake recipes some are bread-like, some rich & elaborate & many are centuries old.Chocolate cake is very popular among them.


Chocolate Cake


Cake making is no longer a complicated procedure, baking equipment & directions have been 
simplified so that even the most amateur cook may bake a cake.


Chocolate Cake


This chocolate cake recipe is for an easy, foolproof chocolate cake that is seriously delicious.

Ingredients:


For cake:



1 1/2 cup all purpose flour (maida)

3 tbsp cocoa powder 

1 tsp baking powder 

3/4 tsp baking soda 

1 cup sweetened condensed milk 
3/4 cup unsalted butter melted & cooled
2 tsp pure vanilla essence
3/4 cup water 

For icing the cake:


175 g unsweetened chocolate melted & cooled
125g butter softened
125g icing sugar
50g cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method:


For cake:


1. Preheat oven at 350 degree F or 180 degree C.

2. Take a 9 inch round cake pan. Spray it with cooking spray or lightly butter the pan.

3. Sift all purpose flour, cocoa powder, baking powder & baking soda in a bowl.

4. add water, melted butter, vanilla essence, condensed milk. Mix well using whisk. 

5. Pour batter into a prepared cake pan. 

6. Bake into preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or till toothpick inserted in center of cake
    will come out clean.

7. Remove it from the oven & let it cool on wire rack for 5 minutes.

8. Then using a knife loose sides of pan, invert it into cooling rack from pan & let it cool
    completely.

For icing the cake:


1. Begin by beating together , butter, icing sugar, vanilla essence,beat until very
     smooth. Add more icing sugar until you obtain the consistency you want.


2.Divide this icing mixture into 2 portion in one portion add melted chocolate & another
   portion will remain white.

2. Cut cake into 3 layers horizontally.

3. Keep one layer of cake on serving plate. Spread 2-3 tbsp of  white whipped cream
    on top of cake.

4. Now place 2nd layer of cake on it, again spread 2-3 tbsp of same whipped cream on
    top of it.Repeat the same for
 3rd layer

5.Cover the cake completely with white whipped cream on all sides & the top.

6. Level the top & sides with a broad spatula dipped in chilled water.

7. Now decorate the top & sides of cake as per your choice.

8. Keep chilled in the fridge till use. 

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Makki Ki Roti Sarson Ka Saag

Makki Ki Roti Sarson Ka Saag
(Maize Chapati & Mustard Leaves Sabzi)

Makki Ki Roti Sarson Ka Saag



Makki ki roti & Sarson ka saag is one of the most famous Punjabi dish, needs no introduction. It is prepared with mustard leaves, accompanied with makki ki roti. The luscious green sarson ka saag tastes fabulous with makki ki roti & a dollop of butter.


Makki Ki Roti Sarson Ka Saag



A north indian delicacy which is completely absorbed in punjabi tradition. Prepared mainly in winter season in punjab region of India. The cuisine is a must try in Punjab, a perfect meal for people who love healthy traditional food.



Makki Ki Roti Sarson Ka Saag



This rich & irresistible dish is easy to prepare. Main ingredients are mustard leaves (sarson ki bhaji) & maize flour ( makki ka atta). Mustard leaves are a little bitter in taste, but when cooked with milder tasting spinach, ghee/butter & spices the taste is heavenly.


Ingredients:


For sarson ka saag:



2 bunches of mustard leaves (sarson leaves)

1 bunch of spinach (palak)
1 inch of ginger grated
4-5 cloves of garlic crushed
2 medium sized onion finely chopped
4-5 green chilies
1 pinch of asafoetida 
1/2 tsp cumin seeds 
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp red chili powder
2 tbsp maize flour (makki ka atta)
2 tbsp ghee 
Salt to taste

For makki ki roti:



2 cups of maize flour (makki ki atta)

1 tsp of ajwain (optional)
Hot water as required
Salt to taste


Method:


For sarson ka saag:


1. Wash mustard & spinach leaves, remove leaves from stems. 

2. Pressure cook mustard & spincah leaves up to 5-6 whistle with a little salt. 

3. Mash it with a potato masher or use hand blender. But make sure not to puree the mixture. 
    The roughness of leaves & stalks should be there.

4. Add maize flour to mustard & spinach mixture & mix well.

5. Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds, wait till it crackles, now add asafoetida (hing). 

6. Thereafter add ginger, garlic, stir for few seconds.

7. Add chopped onions & cook till they become a little translucent, add green chilis & stir for
    some time. 

8. Now add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala & stir. 

9. Mix mustard & spinach mixture to this, salt & cook for 8-10 mins on low flame. You can add
    water if required.

10. Garnish with a dollop of butter, sarson ka saag is ready to serve.


For makki ki roti:


1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Make a soft dough with hot water, knead for a few minutes.

3. Divide dough into equal-sized balls. Lightly flour a rolling surface & roll each ball into a
    circle approx 5" in diameter (1/4" thick)

4. Now heat tava/griddle & place roti very carefully on it.

5. Flip & cook from other side till you see red-brown marks & get that distinct aroma.

6. Serve hot makki ki roti glazed with butter on top & piping hot sarson ka saag. 


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Monday, 2 December 2013

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad


Fruit salad is a dish consisting of various kinds of fruit, sometimes served in a liquid, either in their own juices or a syrup. . In different forms fruit salad can be served as an appetizer, a side-salad, or a dessert. 

Fruit Salad


Fruit salad is a delicious dish that can be made in less than ten minutes. a great side dish at a daytime picnic or party, or the perfect snack during any time of day, morning or evening.

Fruit Salad



This dish is very refreshing, low in calories. it's really easy to make - just get fruits together, slice them, add the dressing of sugar syrup & lime juice. Healthy & beautiful fruit salad is ready to serve.


Ingredients:


For salad:


8-10 fresh strawberries
1 fresh banana
1 orange
2 ripe kiwis


For dressing:


1 large lemon
1/2 cup sugar
Water as required

Method:


1. Wash ,peal & cut all fruits.

2. In a separate bowl, add sugar, lemon juice, water & mix well.

3. In a plate arrange all fruits & pour this dressing mixture over fruits.

4. Cover & chill fruit salad  before serving.

5. Fruit salad is ready to serve.

6.You can add other fruits according to your choice to salad.

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Saturday, 23 November 2013

Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli




Dal Dhokli is a very popular gujarati cuisine. Its a complete one dish meal. An extremely tasty & healthy dish, easy to cook & perfect for cold winter evenings
Dal dhokli


Dal dhokli




Dal dhokli is prepared with lentils & homemade whole wheat dhoklis. Dhoklis are wheat flour 
dumplings cooked in dal.


Dal dhokli



If you want a healthy one pot meal, try this easy to prepare, stomach filling, delicious & healthy recipe.


Ingredients:


1 cup toovar dal
3 tbsp wheat flour
3 tbsp gram flour
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp jaggery grated
2 tbsp peanuts
2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
2 pinches asafoetida
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
5-6 curry leaves
2-3 green chili chopped
1-2 tomatoes chopped

1 tbsp fresh grated coconut
2 kokum
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
Water as required
Salt to taste



Method:

1. Wash & pressure cook toovar dal in 2 cups of water with peanut for 2-3 whistle.

2. Mix whole wheat flour & gram flour. 

3. Add salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, pinch of asafoetida, oil,salt
    to flour & mix well.


4.Kneed it into a smooth dough by adding water & keep aside for 15-20 mins. 

5. Now pour the boiled dal into a big pan & blend it well.

6. Roll out thin rotis of dough & cut into desired shape.

7.Now boil again the boiled,blended dal on heat and add remaining turmeric powder,
   salt ,kokum,garam masala.


8.Now add dough strips to dal, stir & cook it for 10-15 mins.

9. Heat ghee in another pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic & curry
    leaves.tomatoes & cook it for 4-5 mins. 


10 .Now add red chili powder & add this to dal , mix well.

11. Add water as required, When it starts boiling, add jaggery. 

12. When jaggery dissolves Cook  for another 3-4 mins.

13.Transfer it into a serving bowl.

14. Garnished with chopped coriander, fresh grated coconut & serve hot. 

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dal Bati Churma

Dal Bati Churma


Dal Bati Churma


Dal Bati Churma is a complete & very popular dish in Rajasthan. It is a combination of three different food items - Dal (lentils), Bati & Churma (Sweet). It is a typical Rajasthani dish.



Dal Bati Churma



Traditional way to serve it is to first coarsely mash the bati then pour pure ghee on top of it. It is served with the dal (lentils), spicy garlic chutney & sweet  churma. It is commonly served at all festivities, including religious occasions, wedding ceremonies & birthday parties in Rajasthan.


Dal Bati Churma




This is a very rich dish as there is a lot of ghee involved in it. Bati baked or grilled balls of wheat flour dough. Dal is made of lentils & can be little bit spicy. Churma is a sweet, made of wheat flour, sugar & dry fruits. Ghee is an important ingredient in all the three items.


Ingredients:


For dal:



1 cup toovar dal 

1 onion chopped

2 tomatoes chopped
2-3 green chilies chopped
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Ghee (clarified butter) for seasoning 
Coriander leaves finely chopped 
Salt to taste

For bati:


2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup semolina
1/2 cup ghee
1/4 tsp baking powder
Water as required
Salt to taste 

For churma:


2 cups whole wheat flour (atta) 
4 tbsp semolina (rawa/suji) 
1 cup pure ghee (clarified butter)
Milk as required  
3/4 cup powdered sugar 
1/4 green cardamom powder 
5 cashew nuts chopped 
5 almonds chopped
5 pistachio chopped

Method:


For dal:


1. Pressure cook dal with 2 cups of water upto 3 whistle.

2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida .

3. When they start splattering, add onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies & saute till light brown.

4. Then add tomatoes & stir it for 2-3 mins.

5. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder & mix well. Add half a cup of 
    water, bring it to a boil.

6. Add cooked dal & another 1/2 cup water, salt bring it to a boil. Simmer for 2 mins.

7. Garnish with fresh coriander.

For bati:


1. Take atta & semolina in a bowl. Add salt, baking powder & half a cup of pure ghee. Mix well.

2. Add sufficient water & knead into a stiff dough.

3. Preheat oven to 180°C.

4. Take lemon sized portions. Press firmly & roll into round balls.

5. Grease a baking tray. Place the batis on it. Press them slightly.

6. Place tray in preheated oven & bake at 180°C till done. It may take 15-30 mins.

7. Batis are ready.

For churma:


1. Mix flour & semolina in a bowl. Add half cup of melted ghee & mix well. 

2. Add milk as required & knead into a stiff dough. 

3. Divide dough into 12 lemon sized balls. 

4. Heat sufficient ghee in a kadhai, deep-fry balls on medium heat, till they are light brown.

5. Drain & place on an absorbent paper & cool. 

6. Coarsely grind wheat balls in a mixer.

7. Add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, cashew nuts, almonds, pistachio & mix. 

8. Churma is ready to serve.

Serving:


1. Take a bowl full of pure ghee (clarified butter), brake the batis a little, soak batis in ghee.

2. Now take a plate, place batis in it with hot & spicy dal, sweet churma, green chutney 
   & a bowl full of ghee.

3. Mouth watering dal, bati, churma is ready to eat.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Hara Bhara Kabab

Hara Bhara Kabab


Hara Bhara Kabab





Hara bhara kabab is a popular vegetarian dish of  North India, A tasty & delicious alternative for those who love kababs but are vegetarian.


Hara Bhara Kabab



Hara Bhara Kabab, true to its name boosts of green health. made from spinach, peas & potatoes. It is nutritious has vitamin E, folic acid, rich spinach added to these delicious kababs doing wonders for your eyes
& great with any chutney or sauce.

Hara Bhara Kabab




It is a dish can be used as starters or tea time snacks. A very simple recipe. It is mildly flavored, easy to cook & digest. You can also use these kabab to make healthy burgers for children. 

So here is lip-smacking, healthy vegetarian twist to the meaty kababs. . . . . .


Ingredients:

100 gms boiled spinach
400 gms boiled potatoes peeled & mashed
100 gms boiled green peas mashed
2 tbsp chopped coriander 
1 tsp chopped green chilies
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp chaat masala
2 tsp ararot
Oil as required
Salt to taste


Method:


1 .Drain & squeeze out excess water from spinach.

2. Add potatoes, peas & mix well.

3. Add green chilies, coriander, ginger paste, chaat masala, salt, ararot
    & mix well.

4. Divide mixture into equal portions & shape each portion into a ball &
    press to flatten it.

5. Heat a pan, shallow fry kebabs till golden brown & crisp from both
    sides.

6. Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup


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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Besan Laddu

Besan Laddu
( Gram Flour )

Besan Laddu




Wish You A Very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year



Besan Laddu is a delicious sweet made on several special occasions and festivals. The trick to getting this sweet right is in browning the besan (gram flour) perfectly.


Besan Laddu



Besan laddus are very rich Indian sweet made out of roasted gram flour, pure ghee, sugar, raisins & nuts. This is a very easy to prepare sweet item.

Besan Laddu




Laddus are Indian equivalent to cakes & cookies, Tasty Besan Laddu is prepared at most of the households for Diwali.




Ingredients:


250 gms gram flour (besan)
250 gms powdered sugar
200 gms ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder
8-10 almond chopped
6-7 cashew nut chopped


Method:


1. Sieve gram flour.Heat ghee in a pan add gram flour & mix well.

2. Cook it on low flame till color changes to golden brown &
     a nice aroma is given out Keep stirring continuously.

3.Transfer the mixture in a big bowl & allow it to cool completely.

4. Add sugar, almonds ,cashew nut , cardamom powder to gram 
     flour mixture & mix well. 

5.Take a small portion of mixture & shape it into a laddoo.

6. Repeat the same with remaining mixture.

7. Garnish laddus with chopped almond & cashew nut.

8. Delicious besan laddus are ready for this festive season.


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