Mango Dryfruit IceCream...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,


Who does not like ice creams?...there will be hardly very few in that list. But i just love ice creams. Though they are high in calories, once in a while they are ok to have:-))
I had never tried making ice cream right from scratch, i had always used it making some ready made packets or relied over baskins or gelato. As home made ice creams were not as soft as those ready made ones,they always had ice crystals. But i found this simple recipe and i got very eagar to try it. I tried it with my changes and it came out very well. It was very soft and tasty,no ice cystals at all, you can make it out by seing its pic.Though it tuk lot of effort and patience,but at the end those efforts were worth:-))

INGREDIENTS:

500 ml whole milk
200 ml canned mango pulp
200 ml condensed milk
11/2 cup dryfruits(cashew nuts ,pistachio)
1/4 cup raisins
3-4 tea spoon sugar


METHOD:

Boil milk and let it get cooled.When its cooled perfectly then only proceed with the next steps.

Mix condensed milk,cooled milk, sugar and mango pulp and blend it for 1 min. Now add 1/2 cup chopped dryfruits ans blend again for 2 mins.

Now put it in setting bowl and place in a freezer. Let it get set for 2-3 hours. After 2-3 hours remove it and again blend the mixture for 1-2 mins till it becomes very smooth and again freeze it for 4-5 hours.

Remove it again and blend it again and freeze for more 3-4 hours. Again remove it and blend it well for 2 mins. Now mix the chopped remaining dryfruits and freeze the mixture for 7-8 hours or till it sets fully.

Remove Scoops and garnish with your favourite toppings and serve.


NOTE: You can even remove pulp of fresh mangoes and use. I have used less sugar as the canned pulp already contains it. Adjust sugar according to your taste.
Blending half set ice cream again and again helps to break the ice crystals formed in it, thus giving it a smooth and soft texture. If you want you can blend it once more for more good results, but you need to have patience:-))

Preparation Time : 1 day

Healthy Vegetable Idlis...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , ,

This vegetable idli are one of the variety of idlis which i like. I prefer this more then normal idlis they are more tasty and healthy.I eat this from childhood as this is my moms frequent dish.This idli contain vegetables, so it enhances its taste and also nutrition level.They serve as perfect healthy breakfast.Give it a try once and see.


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups udit dal
3 cups idli rava
1 cup green peas
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup grated cabbage
1 tea spoon turmeric powder
2 tea spoon mustard seeds
1 cup roasted peanut powder
salt
oil

METHOD:

Soak udit dal in water for min 5-6 hours or overnight.Grind it into paste with little water, keep it aside for 4-5 hours. Soak idli rava 5-6 hours before making the idli.

Strain water from rava and mix it with udit dal paste.Squeeze water from grated cabbage and carrot. If not squeezed idli batter will be watery.

Add salt and turmeric powder and stir well.Now add green peas,cabbage and carrot,peanut powder and mix .

Heat little oil and add mustard seeds to it. When they splutter add this seasoning to the prepared batter and stir.

Grease a idli mould and fill it 3/4 with idli batter. Steam it in idli steamer for 20-25 mins.

Cool it and remove from mould and Serve with green chutney or sauce.


NOTE: You can even add grated beetroot to this idlis to make them more healthy and colourful.


Preparation Time : 35 mins


Chocolate Dryfruit Fudge...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

Chocolate fudge is very popular in among chocolate lovers...even i am one:-))...This i had tried last week and it came out very well. It was very chewy and tasty... i had combined the general recipe with some of y addones.

INGREDIENTS:

400 gms sweet condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cup drufruits sliced(almonds,cashewnuts,walnuts)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup cocoa butter( or butter)

METHOD:

Heat a non stick pan and add butter. when it melts add condensed milk , sugar,cocoa powder and dryfruits.

Stir gently and cook on medium heat till the mixure leaves the sides of the pan.Stir countinously.when done remove from flame.

Grease a dish and pour evenly into it .Sprinkle remaining dry fruits on it and allow to cool and set.

Cut into squares and serve.

Preparation Time: 25 mins

Shell Pasta With Tomato Cheese Sauce...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

This sun on 25th oct was the world pasta day. So i decided to make some kind of pasta with cheese. I had this shell pasta at home so decided to make this tomato cheese sauce and mix with it.They tasted good, cheese gave the sauce nice richness and taste.I had flavoured the sauce with garlic and herbs to enhance its taste.

INGREDIETNS:

100 gms shell pasta
1 cup tomato puree
1/2 cup tomato ketchup
3/4 cup grated mozerella cheese
7-8 garlic cloves chopped
1 big onion chopped finely
1 table spoon chilli flakes
1 table spoon italian herbs
3-4 fresh basil leaves
1/2 tea spoon white pepper
extra virgin olive oil
salt

METHOD:

Boil 1 litre of water and when its starts boling add some salt and 1 table spoon of oil.Then add the pasta and let them get cooked. When they are done and enough soft, remove them from flame. Drain all the water and keep them under running cold water.Keep them aside.


Now tak a pan and heat olive oil in it.Add Garlic and saute till golden brown. Now, add Onions and fry till they become translucent.Add hand torn fresh basil and saute for 1 min. Now, add Tomato Puree, Tomato Ketchup and Salt and cook until the sauce becomes thick. To this add white pepper powder,oregeno and chilli flakes. Finely add cheese and mix well.

Now to this sauce add the cooked pasta and some more fresh basil leaves.Mix well.Serve hot.

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Mughlai Egg Paratha...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , , , ,

Mughlai Paratha is a North-west Indian staple food item made from flour.It comprises filling of vegetarian like potato or non-vegetarian material like kheema and dough is essentially rolled and fried. These parathas can be eaten with vegetarian or non-vegetarian main course dishes, pickles or sauces.In this mughlai paratha i had used egg as stuffing. It turned out crispy and very tasty. Its a very filling and tasty snack.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup maida(all purpose flour)
2 eggs
1/2 cup fresh grated coconut
1 big onion finely chopped
2-3 green chillis chopped well
1 table spoon ginger-garlic paste
1/2 tea spoon turmeric
1 table spoon corainder chopped(optional)
oil
salt

METHOD:

Kned the maida using little,salt,oil and water to a soft dough.keep it aside.

Take a bowl, add grated coconut,salt,turmeric, onion ,ginger-garlic paste,green chillis,,corainder and mix well.Now beat the two eggs well and mix in this mixture. It should form a paste like mixture.

Make four balls of the dough.Roll out a thin roti of one ball approx 8-9 inches diameter. It should be thin.Now place one fourth of the egg filling on it.Wrap the filling carefully from all sides to make a square.Be carefull to seal it properly or else the egg mixure can come out.

Heat one tablespoon of oil in a pan and place the paratha carefully in it without letting the filling come out.Fry well till both the sides become golden brown and crisp, use extra oil if required.Repeat same with other parathas.

Serve hot with tomato sauce.


Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Idli Fingers...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , ,

This crisp idli is a very quick and tasty recipe. Specialy left over idlis can be utilized here. They can be done in just 5 mins.

INGREDIENTS:

5-6 left over plain rava idlis
4-5 table spoon salted butter

METHOD:

Cut each idli into long thin strips. Heat a non stick tawa and put butter on it. Shallow fry the idli strips till light brown and crisp on both sides.

Serve hot with sauce or some gravy. They realy taste nice.


NOTE:Use of butter is a must. If u use ghee/vanaspati or oil the taste is spoiled.Butter gives them the perfect taste and cripiness.


Preparation Time: 10 mins

Kesari Rasmalai...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

Rasmalai is a very famous bengali dessert, its dumplings made from cottage cheese(chenna) soaked in sweetened, thickened milk delicately flavored with cardamom or saffron and served chilled. Its one of my favourite dessert.I had a thought of giving it a try at home coz till now i had just had it outside or at bengali functions.In sweet shops we get it but mostly they mix lot of maida in it, so that that more dumplings are produced with less chenna, but this dumplings are tasteless and very hard. They also thicken the milk by using cornflour instead of naturaly evaporating it which spoils its taste.The authentic rasmalai recipe uses pure chenna and pure thickened milk to get the real taste.So i decided to give it a try last week for the occasion of 'bhai dooj' or ' bhau bij' as called in marathi and konkani. I made it and it tasted awesome, my all bros liked it a lot and they asked for a second bowl:-)). It got over in no time. I had added safforn and saffron-elaichi syrup which enchanced its taste more.

INGREDIENTS:

300 grams fresh chenna
2 litre whole milk( to lessen calories use skimmed milk)
4 cups sugar
4 tea spoons maida(optional)
few safforn strands
1/2 cup blanched and sliced pistachoes and almonds
1 table spoon of kesar-elaichi syrup(or use 1/2 tea spoon cardomon powder)

METHOD:

Kned the chenna well for 5-6 mins. If its not binding well add 3-4 tea spoons of maida in it and again kned it well for more 4-5 mins. Now make small balls of it and press on palm to flatten them.Make usually 1 inch flat balls.If the balls are not that firm then freeze them for 40-50 mins so that they become firm.

Mix 2 cups sugar and 8 cups of water and let it get boiled in a wide bottomed vessel. Take the vessel very big to fit all the balls as they double in size when done and they require much room to expand.When this solution gets boiled drop the chenna balls in it and keep the gas on high flame.

Keeping gas on high flame is important as the chenna dumplings do not break coz of it.Cover the vessel partially and cook it on high flame for 20 mins. In between after every 5 mins spinkle 1 tablespoon of cold water on it, coz of this the dumplings puff up well.When they are done they will be almost double in size. Remove them from flame and let they get cooled.

Simultaneously take one thick bottomed pan and add the milk in it. When its boiled, lower the flame and stir countinously so that it does not get sticked to sides.Let it get reduced to 60%, then add sugar.add sugar according to your taste.Soak saffron strands in little warm milk for 20 mins ans add it to the cooking milk and stir well. Now add the kesar-elaichi syrup and let it get cooked more. When its almost half remove it from flame and let it get cooled.Add pistachoes and almond slices.


Now when both dumplings and milk are at room temperature we have to mix them. So take each dumpling from the sugar solution and press it slightly in palm so that all the sugar syrup is removed. Then put it in cooled thickened milk. Repeat the same with rest all dumplings.


Refrigerate it for 7-8 hours. It tastes best after 7-8 hours refrigeration.Yummy rasmalai is ready to serve.


NOTE: To make chenna at home, boil whole milk and when its almost boiled add 2 table spoon of lemon juice and mix it. Let the milk get curdled. Separate chenna form liquid and wash it under cold water for 2 mins. Hang it in muslin cloth for 1-2 hours so that all the water is dripped from it.


Preparation Time: 40 mins


Chocolate Dryfruit Rocks...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , ,

Chocolates are everyones favourite.I just love them in any form. I try different chocolate recipes and this is the most common and easiest one.This dryfruit filled chocolate rocks are very tasty, no one will be able to resist them if they have it once:-))

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups grated cooking chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup roasted and chopped almonds
1/2 cup chopped cashewnuts
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup pistachoes

METHOD:

Mix grated chocolate and cocoa butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it on high for 60 secs or till it gets melted well. Whisk the mixture well and add all the dry fruits and mix well.

Now take a tray and put butter paper on it. Take a table spoon full of that mixture and put on that butter paper. Repeat with rest of the mixture.

Refrigerate it till the chocolate gets set. It may be for 30-50 mins.

Enjoy home made tasty chccolates.

NOTE:If microwave is not there, you can melt the chocolate by using a double boiler.
To roast almonds in microwave, keep them on high for 2 mins and on grill for more 2 mins.
You can use any of your choice drys fruits in this chocolates.

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Oats N Raisin Cookies...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,


This days everyone is becoming health and calorie consious, everyone wants to have healthy and nutritious food.But some times due to health we have to compromise with taste. But here is a healthy and tasty oat cookies recipe.Oats are becoming very popular in india this days, different recipes are being tried with it. But i like the most famous oatmeal cookies so i decided to try them and this oats loaded cookies along with raisins and nuts were very tasty and healthy. They will be loved by everyone from kids to adults.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups rolled oats
11/2 cup maida(all purpose flour)
1 cup margarine or butter
2 cups castor sugar( can use 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup castor sugar)
1 cup black raisins
1/2 cup dessicated coconut
1/2 cup roasted almond slices
1 egg
2 table spoon orange zest(optional)
1 tea spoon vanilla essence
11/2 tea spoon baking powder

METHOD:

Take a bowl and add sugar and butter in it. Blend it well with hand blender.Now beat a egg and add the vanilla essence in it and add it to the butter sugar mixture.Mix it well again.

Seive baking powder and maida 4-5 times together and keep aside.Now add it along with raisins,almonds,dessicated coconut and orage zest to the beaten mixture and mix again.Finaly add oats and mix it well.

Grease a baking tray and make small lemon sized balls and place on it.Keep them min 2 inches apart from each other.

Preheat a oven or microwave and bake them for 180 deg for 15-20 mins or until they turn light brown.Remove them after some time and cool on wire rack .

when cooled store them in air-tight container.They remain crispy for 20 days.


NOTE: The quantity of oats can be increased or decreased according to your taste.
Orange zest gives nice different flavour so i had added it, u can omit it in you do not like it.

Preparation Time : 30 mins

Blackcurrant Chocolate Nuga Delight...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

Chocolate is everyones favourite. Even i love it.Its difficult to say no if any one offers you a chocolate. Chocolate dipped desserts are very famous all over the world. I had tried one such dessert made from blackcurrant and butterscotch nuga. I had never thought of making butterscotch nuga at home , but i made it. It is very easy to make it. Dessicated coconut gives it a nice flavour and taste.This dessert will be surely loved by kids as well as adults. This is my new sweet fot this years diwali.

INGREDIENTS:

150 gms dark cooking chocolate
1 cup desicated coocnut
1 cup black raisins
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup pistacho powder
2 table spoon butter
1/4 cup condensed milk(optional)

METHOD:

heat a pan and add sugar and butter.Keep on stirring till the mixture is thickened and gets brown color.Be careful so that it does not get burned.When its done remove it from flame nad put the almond slices in it and coat them well with the mixture.

Take a butter paper and grease it with butter. Pour the hot almond and sugar mixture on it and spread properly to form a thin layer.Let it cool for 5 mins. Then refrigerate it for 20 mins so that it getd hardened.Remove it from paper and grind it coursely.Butterscotch nuga is ready.

Take the dark chcolate cube in a microwave safe bowl and micowave it on 100% power for 1 min.It will melt.


Grind coursely black currant raisins, 1/2-3/4 quantity of nuga , 1/2 cup dessicated coconut and pistachoes powder.It should be a sticky mixture.If the mixture is not that stick add some condensed milk and grind again.

Make small balls of this mixture and deep them in melted chocolate. Let the whole balls get coated with chocolate, then roll them in dessicated coconut mixture and put them on butter paper.You can keep some balls plain without rolling in dessicated coconut and some you can even roll in pistachoes powder or nuga powder.

Refrigerate them till they set. Yummy chocolate sweet is ready.

NOTE:To make dessicated coconut at home, microwave grated fresh coconut for 3 mins on high with stirring in between.Then grind it to fine powder.


Preparation Time: 20 mins

Crispy Moong Dal Chakris...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,


During diwali we get fed up eating sweets, so we require some spicy snacks also along with the sweets . So here is one good recipe of moong dal chakri. This chakris are made at my place often, for diwali they are the must. They are very cripsy and spicy. They are also very easy and instant to make.Try them out once and i bet you will enjoy them.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup yellow moong dal
3 cups maida
2 table spoon roasted white sesame seeds(til)
1-2 table spoon chilli powder
1 table spoon cumin powder
1 table spoon corainder powder
1 tea spoon ajwain powder
oil
salt

METHOD:

Boil the moong dal in 3 cups of water till soft.Take a muslin cloth and put the maida in it and tie a knot.Keep the flour bundle in a cooker vessel or steamer and steam it for around 10mins.Let it cool down.

Meanwhile grind the cooked dal into a paste without using water.When the dough bundle is cooled open it and break it into powder. If its to much hard you can even grate it to get the powder.

Now take the grinded dal in a bowl. Add the steamed maida powder and chilli powder, sesame seeds, cumin powder, corainder powder, salt and ajwain powder.Kned it into a soft dough without using water.Dal already had moisture, so its enough to kned it into dough.

Fill the dough in a chakli press or chakri moulds and press into chakli shape on a flat board or plastic sheet. If the chaklis break, knead the dough well again and press them.Do not forget to press the chakris outer end inwards or else the chakri will open up and break during frying.

Heat oil in a kadai and deep fry thse chakris till golden brown and crisp. Let them cool. Store them in air-tight container. They remain crisp and fresh for 15 days.


Preparation Time : 40 mins

Besan Laddus...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , ,

Diwali week is goin on in full swing in india now.Preparations for sweets are made one week before only of diwali. Different regions in india have different types of sweets according to the taste and culture of people there. This besan laddus is a sweet made from gram flour, its one of the regular sweet at my place for diwali. I see it every year for diwali without fail from my childhood. They are very soft and tasty laddus.Almond and cashew nuts powder make this laddus more tasty and nutritious.

INGREDIENTS:

4 cups gram flour
2 cups castor sugar(powdered sugar)
3/4 cup almond course powder
3/4 cup cashew nuts course powder
1 cup raisins
1-2 cups desi ghee(pure ghee)
1 tea spoon cardomom powder

METHOD:

Seive the besan properly.Heat a kadai and 1/2 cup ghee to it.When it melts and gets heated add the besan and mix well.Cook on low flame stirring countinously till the raw smell of besan goes and it gives a nice aroma.It takes around 20 mins.Stirring is important or else the besan can get burned.

Now add cardomon powder and almond and cashew nut powder mix well. Remove from flame and let it cool.When the mixture is cooled well add the powdered sugar and mix well.Add 1/2 cup raisins and mix again.

Now add the remaining ghee and mix properly.Make lemon size small laddus and put one raisin each for one ball and press it well. Make round and smooth laddus. If its difficult to make tight balls add little more ghee and make them.

Store in air-tight container. They remain good for about a month.

NOTE: Use of desi ghee is a must as it makes the laddus soft. If you use vanaspati or some other ghee the laddus become hard and even taste gets compromised.


Preparation Time:30 mins

Chicken Tikka...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

Chicken or paneer tikka is the most popular north indian starter. Its exotic flavour of chicken cubes marinated in combination of low fat yogurt and spices.This chicken tikka recipe is low fat as its made in microwave without much use of oi/ghee.Its one of my frequent dishes.I serve it with salad and lemon wedges as they serve in some of the restaurants :-)

INGREDIENTS:

500 gms boneless chicken pieces

For Marinade:

1 cup low fat hung curd
2 table spoon lemon juice
few drops of orange colour
1/2 cup ginger-garlic paste
1 table spoon soya sauce
1 table spoon chat masala
1 table spoon garam masala
2 table spoon tandoori masala
1 table spoon oil for brushing
1 table spoon kashmiri chilli powder
1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1/2 tea spoon pepper powder
salt

For Salad:

2 cups chopped cabbage
1 cup sliced onion
1/2 tea spoon chilli powder
2 table spoon lemon juice
1/4 tea spoon pepper powder
1/2 tea spoon chat masala
salt


METHOD:

Cut chicken into small cubes.Take the hung curd in a bowl and mix all the ingredients of marinade with it.

Apply it on chicken pieces and refrigerate it for minimum 2 hours or even overnight can be done.

Spread the chicken pieces in a microwave safe tray and place on high rack.Use grill + microwave combination and microwave for 4 mins. Now brush little oil on them and grill for 14-16 mins or until crisp.Reposition in between and apply little oil if required.

For salad mix cabbage and onion slices in a bowl. Add salt and lemon juice and keep for 10 mins till they become soft. Now sprinkle chilli powder,chat masala and salt.Mix and serve with hot tikka pieces.


NOTE: To make hung curd, put normal curd in muslin cloth and hang it for 1 hour so that all the water drips down and it becomes dry.
Add the amount of spices according to your taste buds.

Preparation Time : 30 mins

Kesari Phirni...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,


Phirni is a popular North Indian creamy rice based dessert .Its tastes best when chilled and served. Its the main sweet dish for any function in north india.I had prepared it some days back and it tasted good.i had made it kesari phirni, as the saffron makes this dish extra flavourful. Try it for a change some times.

INGREDIENTS:

1 litre whole milk
50 gms basmati rice soaked
1 cup sugar
1/2 tea spoon kesar strands(saffron)
1/2 tea spoon cardomom powder(or cardomom essence)
1/2 cup chopped almonds and pistachoes


METHOD:

Soak rice in water for 1-2 hours. Grind it using little milk to form a course paste.

Boil the milk in a deep pan.Reduce the flame and let it simmer till it reduces a bit.Add the rice paste to it and cook, stirring countinously to avoid lumps . Keep stirring or else the rice paste sticks to the bottom.

Add sugar and cook till it thickens.Soak safforn strands in little warm milk for some time.Add it to the paste and cook for some time. When its thickened to the required consistency add cardomom powder and remove from flame.

When cooled refrigerate it for 2-3 hours. Serve Chilled.


Preparation Time : 15 mins.

Stuffed Khandvi(suralichi Vadi)...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category:


This khandvi or suralichi vadi is a very famous snack in india. Its more famous in gujrati cuisine as well as maharashtrain. In gujrat its called khandvi and is their favourite breakfast and in maharashtra its called suralichi vadi. I had this one some years back and i liked it, it was from one of the famous gujrati sweet shop from panjim. I thought it will be very difficult to make it, so accidently one day i saw its recipe on one of the tv shows.It seemed very easy to me, so i tried it and also did some modifications to it, i stuffed it with green chutney and it tasted superb...my idea worked well, i was happy that i could make very thin and tasty khandvis....

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup besan(gram flour)
1 cup sour curd
1 spoon Maida
1/2 cup finelychopped coriander leaves
1/2 Cup fresh garted coconut
1 table spoon ginger-chilli paste
1 spoon Turmeric powder
1 tea spoon assfoetida
1 spoon Mustard seeds
2 cup Water
Salt to taste
1 cup green chutney
Oil


METHOD:

Mix the bason, maida, beaten curd and water well.Strain it through the strainer that is used for straining flours so that all the lumps are gone.

Now add salt, turmric powder, ginger-chilly paste and 1/2 tea spoon assfoetida to it.In a thick bottomed vessel heat this mixture with constant stirring on medium flame.When this mixture thickens, cook for a while by putting a lid and remove.Stir countinously so that lumps are not formed and mixture do not get burned also.

Dry 3-4 plates and upturn them and keep ready. As soon as the mixture is ready divide this mixture in three parts and spread it on 3 plates to form very thin layer.Spread it using flat bottomed bowl. Spread it very fast before it cools down . Try to spread thin and even layer.Taste of khandiv depends on its thickness.

For seasoning, heat oil and add assfoetida and mustard seeds. Remove when they splutter.

When it cools apply green chutney all over it.We can make two types of khandvis.Choice depends on your taste. Some plates you can apply green chutney and some you can spinkle mixture of coconut and corainder leaves.Spinkle some seasoning on top of this chutney or coconut-corainder mixture.Above pic is chutney stuffed khandvi and below pic is the normal coconut-coirainder spinkled khandvi.


Garnish with remaining coconut-corainder mixture and seasoning.Serve plain or with chutney.


Preparation Time: 20 mins.

Chholey(Chikpeas) Dum Biryani...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,




This tasty chholey biryani is a real treat for those who love kabuli chana(chikpeas). Many think that this can be used only to made chholey-bhature chana masala or some middle -eastern dips and falafels, But there are many other tasty indian dishes which can be made from them.This biryani is one such dish. Chikpeas spicy mixture is layered between rice and dum is given to enchance its flavour.Go ahead and give it a try,trust me you will just enjoy it.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup kabuli(chikpeas)
2 cups basmati rice
3-4 bay leaves
2 green cardomoms
1 black cardomom
4-5 cloves
2" cinnamom stick pieces
2-3 peppercorns
1/2 cup yogurt
3 table spoons fresh ginger-garlic paste
3 medium onions sliced
1 big tomato chopped finely
2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 n 1/2 tea spoon garam masala
1 tea spoon home made masala(optional)
1 veg maggi cube
4 table spoon corainder leaves chopped
4-5 mint leaves(optional)
2 table spoon milk(optional)
4-5 saffron stands(optional)
sugar
salt

METHOD:

Soak kabuli chana overnight in water.Next day presure cook it with salt and 4 cups of water.Wash rice in water and drain it. Apply little oil and keep for 30 mins.

Heat a vessel and add oil. Add all the whole masalas and saute them for 1-2 mins. Now add the soaked rice and saute it in it for 2-3 mins. Let them get coated with oil. Now add 1 and 1/2 cup of water and little salt and let the rice get cooked with closed lid on medium flame. When it rice is done keep it aside.If you want you can remoce whole masalas from rice after it gets cooked, so that it does not get to strong flavour.

Meanwhile heat oil in a pan. Add 2 bay leaves and 2 cloves and saute for 2 mins. Now add the sliced onions and fry them till golden brown.Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for 1-2 mins till the raw smell is gone.

Add in the finely chopped tomato and stir till it gets soft.Add yogurt and mix and cook for 1 min.Now add salt,garam masala, chilli powder, home masala,powdered maggi cube and mix well.Add the boiled chikpeas and mix with the onion and tomato mixture.close the lid and cook for 2 mins and remove from flame.

Now the final dum must be given. Take a thick bottomed vessel. Add ghee in it.Add one layer of cooked rice and spread evenly.now add one layer of chikpeas mixture and spread it evelnly on top of rice layer.spinkle some corainder leaves and hand torn pudina leaves.

Again put one layer of rice and on top again one layer of chikpeas mixture and corainder leaves.Now the final layer must be rice. Spinkle corainder leaves and torn pudina leaves on it. Mix milk with saffron strands and spinkle on it. Also Spinkle 1/4-1/2 cup of water on it.

Heat a big tawa. Keep this vessel with layers on it and close this vessel with a tight fitting lid. Seal the edges with the dough and cook on low flame for 15-20 mins.

Remove the seal only at the time of serving. Serve hot with raita.


Preparation Time : 40 mins.

Tangy Paneer Rolls...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , ,

This is a very spicy and quick roll...perfect to carry outside for picnics or as lunch. It gets ready in no time and is a very filling dish.Here paneer is marinated with yogurt and spices which gives it tangy and spicy taste.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup paneer cubes(cottage cheese)
½ cup tomatoes, deseeded and diced
½ cup capsicum diced
oil

For Marination :

1/4 cup curds beaten
2 n 1/2 tea spoon chilli powder
1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
2 tea spoon ginger-garlic paste
1 tea spoon besan
1 tea spoon chaat masala
1 tea spoon kasoori methi
1 tea spoon garama masala
salt

For Outer Covering:
1/2 cup wheat flour
1/2 cup maida flour
milk
salt
oil

METHOD:

Combine all the ingredients of the outer covering and knead into a soft dough using only milk.

Mix all the ingredients of the marinade in a bowl.Coat paneer cubes and tomato mixture in it and keep for 15 mins.

Heat a pan and add oil.Add capsicum and saute for 2 mins.Then add the paneer mixture and saute over a high flame for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionly.Take care so that paneer pieces do not break.Cook till panner is done. Sprinkle little salt and kasoori methi and remove from flame.

Make balls of the kneded dough. Roll out thin chapatis.Cook each chapati on a tava on both sides using little oil. Keep aside.

Spread required of the filling in the centre of each chapati and roll up tightly.If required cook the rolls on a hot tava using butter till they get crispy.


Preparation Time: 20 mins

Mushroom White Sauce Bruschetta...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , , ,



Well this recipe came into existence cause of my wierd imagination. I like white sauce and i observed that mushroom tastes well with white sauce as they compliment each other well.And the idea of keeping it on toast came from the concept of Bruschetta.Bruschetta is an famous italian snack.It consists of grilled bread with olive oil, pepper, cheese etc. Variations may include toppings of meat, vegetables, beans, Bruschetta is usually served as a snack or appetizer. I named this dish bruschetta as it was similar to it but with little modifications made by me.I made them and they tasted superb. Everyone who tasted it liked its taste and asked me the recipe also:-))

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups chopped button mushrooms
3 cups milk
1 medium size finely chopped onion
15 bread slices
2 table spoon butter
2 table spoon cornflour
1 cup grated cheese
1 tea spoon oregeno
4 table spoon butter
extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tea spoon pepper powder
1 table spoon cilantro
salt

METHOD:

Heat a pan and add two table spoon of butter,when its melted add mushroom pieces and fry them for 3-4 mins till soft.

Heat a kadia, add butter, when its melted add Garlic pieces and fry till they turn light golden and leave aroma.Now add choped onion and saute till soft and light brown.Now add cornflour and keep stirring countinously for 2 mins till its raw smell goes . Now add milk and keep on stirring till thick, avoid lumps.

when its thick enough. add pepper powder and salt. Add fried mushrooms and mix well.Add grated cheese and mix well. Add oregeno and remove from flame.

Now take the bread slices. Cut them in round shape using a sharp edge bowl. You can use the bread without giving it round shape also.

Heat a non stick tawa, add butter or olive oil and fry the bread slices till golden and crisp on both sides.You can even toast them in a toaster.

Take each toast and put mushroom mixture and garnish with cilantro.Serve Hot.

NOTE: If you want mushroom mixture to be more spicy, you can add some chilli flakes to it.

NOTE: To get the authentic italian bruschetta taste using olive oil to toast the bread slices is a must.


Preparation Time: 15 mins

Coconut Macaroons...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

Macaroons are sweet foods made either with coconut and egg white or with a coarse almond paste formed into a dense cookie or confection.Macaroon cookie biscuits often use egg whites (usually whipped to stiff peaks), with ground or powdered nuts, most commonly coconut but sometimes almond. Almost all recipes call for sugar, which caramelizes and provides body and a smooth, moist texture to the macaroon.A coconut macaroon is a type of macaroon most commonly found in the united states, although invented in Scotland.It is a conventional macaroon with a distinct coconut flavor and containing shredded dried coconut.I found this recipe on net and found it interesting, so googled and got more info and decided to try it soon. Last week had tried them and they were realy tasty.They were contrast of a crispy exterior to a soft and chewy interior.

INGREDIENTS:

2 n 1/2 cup freshly grated coconut
1/4 cup maida
3/4 cup castor sugar
2 egg whites
1 tea spoon vanilla essence
1/4 tea spoon salt


METHOD:

Sun dry the grated coconut for 2 days or if sundrying is not possible, microwave it on 100% power for 3-4 mins till it dries with stirring in between for 2-3 times.

Take the egg whites in a stainless steel bowl, and place it over a saucepan of simmering water.Add sugar and salt and whisk together. When this mixture is warm to the touch, and nice and creamy, remove from heat.Be carefull so that the egg white do not get cooked.

Stir in the vanilla extract, flour, and coconut. Cover and refrigerate for about two hours, or until firm. Add more coconut if required, to adjust its thickness, it shoud be firm not watery. All the coconut must be coated well with the sugar and egg mixture.

After refrigeration when this mixture become firm enough, grease a baking dish.Place each table spoon of this mixture on the greased baking tray ,spacing several inches apart.No need to give shape. Heap of one table spoon mixture is enough to give the traditonal macaroon shape.

Preheat the oven at 180 degrees for 10 mins.Bake this macroons at 180 degrees for 15-20 mins or until they become light brown.Place on wire rack to cool.

After cooling store in a air-tight container.This cookies remain good for more days if refrigerated. Infact they taste more good after 1 or 2 days when all the flavours are infused.


NOTE: For a different taste the bases of this macoorns can be dipped in melted dark chocolate and refrigerated.

Preparation Time: 25 mins

Kothambir(coriander) Vadi...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

This days people are become more calorie consious, so many prefer to eat less oily stuff to avoid more calories. But at the same time this less calories food must also be tasty as well as healthy. Steamed food is one of the good options to avoid less calories. Today i am posting corainder vadi , which is a very tasty and healthy steamed snack.Its most popular in gujrati cuisine.Its so simple that it gets ready in just 8-10 mins.


INGREDIENTS:

3/4 cup besan(gram flour)
1/2 cup choppped fresh corainder leaves.
3 tea spoons ginger-garlic-chilli coursely grinded
1 tea spoon red chilli powder
1/2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon roasted til
3 table spoon grated coconut
1/2 tea spoon baking soda

For Seasoning(Tadka):
2-3 tea spoon oil
1-2 tea spoon mustard seeds
4-5 curry leaves
2- slitted green chilles
3-4 cloves of garlic smashed


METHOD:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Add water to make a thick paste, but it must be able to flow a little.

Grease a microwave safe dish.Pour it into it, and put it in microcooker with liitle water below and and microwave at high power i.e 100% power for 5 mins.Give a standing time of 2 mins.

Remove from it and cut into pieces. For the tadka heat oil in a small kadia, add mustard seeds, when they pop add green chillies, garlic and curry leaves. Fry till they turn crispy.

Pour it on the corainder vadi pieces. Garnish with chopped corainder leaves and serve.


NOTE: If you want to steam it on gas insted of microwave, Steam it in cooker for 20 mins.

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Paneer Butter Masala(Paneer Makhni)...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: , ,


This is one of the most popular paneer dish in the north indian cuisine menu of indian restaurants. Many consider it very difficult to prepare this dish at home. Even before i had a idea that its very difficult to prepare it, specially its rich creamy gravy. But i just went through the recipe and came to know the basic idea and tried it with my addons and modifications and i could not believe that the dish was ready in just 30 mins.It was damn tasty, i was happy that i could make its taste very similar to its taste in a fine indian restaurant:-))



INGREDIENTS:

200 grams paneer cubes
4-5 medium sized onions
4 tomatoes( or 1 cup tomato puree)
3/4 cup cashew nuts
2-3 cups milk
1/2 cup fresh cream
1 table spoon kasuri methi(dry fenugreek leaves)
2-3 bay leaves
5-6 cloves
15-20 garlic cloves
2" ginger
2 table spoon kashmiri chilli powder
1 tea spoon turmeric powder
2 tea spoon corainder powder
4 tea spoon garam masala powder
5-6 table spoon butter
salt
sugar

METHOD:

Soak cashew nuts in water for 2 hours. Grind them to a paste using milk.Skin the onions and blanch them in hot water for 4-5 mins, then puree them along with ginger pieces and garlic cloves to form a paste.

If not using a tomato puree then blanch tomatoes, peel and deseed them and form a puree.Add little sugar and salt and heat it for 3-4 mins till thick.

Take 2 table spoon of butter and heat in a pan for 2 mins, the saute the paneer cubes in it till light golden brown.If the paneer cubes are not soft follow the procedure below or else you can use them directly. Now take 2 cup hot water, add a pinch of salt and turmeric powder to it and immerse the paneer cubes in it for 10-12 mins to soften.Then remove the pieces, drain them on a tissue paper and keep aside.

Heat 2 table spoon of butter in a pan, add the bay leaf and the cloves, then add ground onion, ginger and garlic pastic and saute till light-brown. Add kashmiri chilli powder, followed by the cashew paste and fry for 5 mins.

Add tomato puree, kasuri methi,coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Stir and let it simmer for some time.Add milk and let the gravy become thick.

Add the paneer cubes and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add a small cup of water and let it cook on medium heat till you get the desired curry consistency. Remove from fire.

Add reamaining butter and fresh cream and serve hot with nan, paratha or jeera rice.


NOTE: To get a bit sour taste to the gravy you can add 1/2 cup of yogurt.
Use the quantities of spice powderes according to your taste.


Preparation Time:30 mins.

Veggie Supreme Pizza...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,


Pizza is a world popular dish of Italian origin, made with an oven-baked, flat, generally round bread that is often covered with tomatoes or a tomato-based sauce and cheese. Other toppings are added according to region, culture, or personal preference. I like to make different pizzas at home. You get pizza base outside, but i prefer to make pizza base at home as it turns very tasty.The pizza sauce also i prefer home made rather then using ketchup as it enhances the taste of pizza more. This veg pizza is the most common pizza which i make .

INGREDIENTS:

For Base:

1 n 1/2 cup maida(all purpose flour)
1 tea spoon active dry yeast
1 tea spoon sugar
salt
3 table spoon olive oil

For Toppings:

5-6 babycorns sliced vertically
2 green bellpepper chopped horizontaly in rings
7-8 mushrooms sliced
1 small onion sliced in rings
1/2 cup sun dried cherry tomatoes
4-5 olives
1 n 1/2 cup grated mozerella cheese


For Sauce:
1 onion chopped finely
8-10 garlic cloves chopped
1 cup tomato puree
1 cup tomato concasse
1/2 tea spoon fresh pepper
1/2 tea spoon chilli flakes (or chilli powder)
4-5 fresh basil leaves
2-3 fresh oregeno leaves
1/2 tea spoon dry oregeno
pinch of sugar
salt
olive oil

For Seasoning:
1 tea spoon dry oregeno
1 tea spoon chilli flakes
salt

METHOD:

In about 1/4 cup of warm water, add sugar and salt.Add the yeast, slightly give a shake to the bowl and leave it for about 5-8mins. By this time the yeast becomes active and you can see a kind of froth.

Take flour in a bowl and add yeast mixture and kned into a dough using water, add little olive oil and kned more like chapati dough. Make a ball and close with a damp muslin cloth and keep covered for 1 hour.

The dough will become double in size.Apply a little more oil and kned the dough to remove excess air and keep covered again for 30 mins.Make two balls of the dough.Roll each ball into a round using a rolling pin. This makes two pizza bases of 6 inches.

To make pizza sauce, heat olive oil in a pan. Fry chopped garlic for 1-2 mins then add chopped onion and saute it till it becomes soft. Now add the tomato concasse and tomato puree. Stir and cook till it boils. Add salt, chilli flakes and sugar. Tear the fresh basil and oregeno leaves in hand and add to it.spirnkle pepper powder and dry oregeno and remove from flame.Let it cool a bit.

Now take the rolled pizza base.Spread a thick layer of prepared sauce on it. Add the mushrooms,bell pepper , onions and sundried tomatoes. Add babycorns and rest of the remaining topings . Add the quantity of topins according to your choice. sprinkle little salt on it. finally spread the grated cheese on it.

Preaheat a oven on 210 degrees and bake it for 25-20 mins. I used microwave to bake it so i preheated it and baked it in convection mode at 210 degrees for 20 mins.

For making seasoning mix chilli flakes, oregeno and salt and sprinkle on hot pizza.Serve by cutting into pieces.


NOTE:For more healthy pizza you can use 1/2 quantity on whole wheat flour and half quantity of maida.

You can add topings of your choice like sweet corns, eggplants etc

Makes 2 pizzas of 6 inches each


Preparation Time: 30 mins.

Orange Dryfruit Cookies...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category: ,

I love baking very much this days, specially cakes or cookies.I search different recipes and try them and happy to say that 99% of them are succesful. Recently i came across a cookie recipe which was orange flavored. first i thought they must have used some artificial orange flavour to flavour those cookies, but i was wrong. That recipe contained orange zest. I had heard lots about using different citrus fruit zests in different types of desserts, but never heard of using it in some cookie. So i got curious and decided to give it a try and believe me those cookied tasted awesome, specially the taste and flavour of orange zest was very nice.Till now whoever i have given the cookie to taste have loved its flavour:-))...Thos who do not know what is zest and how to remove it from citrus fruits check here. Zest is not used in india as widly as it is used in other countries like us and uk.I realy loved the idea of using zest here, as using natural flavour is always better then using artificial one.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup vegetable margarine(at room temperature)
zest of one orange
1/4 cup cashewnut powder
1/2 cup chopped dryfruits(cashews, almonds,pistachoes)
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/4 tea spoon salt

METHOD:

mix sugar and margarine in a bowl and beat them till they get mixed well.Seive together baking powder, salt and flour 3-4 times so that they get mixed well.

Now add the flour mix to the beaten sugar and margarine. Add orange zest, cashew nut powder and dryfruit pieces.Mix it well.

Grease a baking tray. Make small lemon size balls from the dough and keep them on baking sheet or greased tray leaving enough space between two, atlest 2 inches gap shoud be there. They almost double in volume when done, so leaving a gap in between is a must.

Preheat a oven to 180 deg. Bake them for 15-20 mins in 180 deg in oven or 180 deg at convection mode in microwave.Bake till they turn light brown.

Cool them on wire rack for 30 mins till they become crisp. Store them in a air-tight container. They remain fresh for about 15 days.


NOTE: 1/2 beaten egg can be added to this recipe to get a glossy texture and different taste.


Preparation Time:30 mins

Coconut Mango Delight...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category:


This coconut mango delite is a treat for those who love mangoes very much. This days its difficult to find mangoes, so i made it using canned mango pulp.The flavour of coconut combined with mango gives it a rich taste and flavour.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup canned mango pulp
1 cup coconut milk
1 n 1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup milk powder
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup chopped cashew nuts
2 table spoon small coconut pieces
2 table spoon ghee

METHOD:

Heat a wok and add butter. when it melts add cashew nuts and coconut pieces.Fry them till light brown in ghee.Remove them and keep.

Mix milk and milk powder properly.Heat it in a vessel. When it starts boiling add mango pulp and stir.Let the mixture boil again.

When the mixture got boiled again add coconut milk and stir well. Add sugar, fried cashews and coconut pieces and mix.

Cook till the mixture thickness and get a setting consistency.Remove from fire and let it cool.Refrigerate it to set for 2-3 hours.

Serve chilled.


NOTE:If fresh mangoes are available remove their pulp and use instead of canned pulp.
Add the amount of sugar according to your taste, as canned mango pulp already contain little sugar. So adjust it accordingly.


Preparation Time: 15 mins.

Pumpkin Pakodas...!!!

Author: Siddhi Shirsat // Category:

It has been raining very heavily in goa this days...so when it starts raining most of us prefer to gorge on hot pakodas and sip piping hot coffee or tea. So i also decided to enjoy hot pakodas with masala tea. Onion pakodas are always common so i thought on making some different pakodas, so this is how my this pumpkin pakodas came in existence. I had heard many times that pakodas can be made from red pumpkin, but never had got any recipe so i invented my own and they were realy tasty and crispy.As i always like spicy food, i had made them very spicy to adjust to our taste buds.

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup grated red pumpkin
1 cup chana dal
1 tea spoon chopped ginger
2-3 green chillis
5-6 garlic cloves
2 tea spoon chilli powder
1/2 tea spoon garam masala
1/2 tea spoon cumin powder
1/2 tea spoon corainder powder
salt
oil

METHOD:

Soak chana dal in water for 3-4 hours. Drain all the water and grind it without any water to a course paste.Grind chillis, garlic and ginger to a paste.

Take the grinded chana dal paste in a bowl. add the ground chilli,ginger and garlic and all the other spices and salt. Mix it well.Now squezze the grated pumpkin to remove its water and mix well with batter.

Heat oil and make pakodas and deep fry them on low flame till brown.

Serve with chutney or sauce!


NOTE: Add grated pumpkin just before frying pakodas only or if added before it tends to leave water and spoil the batter consistency.


Preparation Time:15 mins

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