KACHHE KELE KA ROGAN JOSH / RAW BANANA ROGAN JOSH

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Rogan Josh is an aromatic lamb dish of Persian Origin and is a staple food in Kashmiri Cuisine. This dish is robust with use of different spices. I am sharing the vegetarian version with some changes to suit the palate of my family. I love the colour of this curry which comes from the use of Kashmiri Chilli powder. The fresh home made masala enhances the dish.”ROGAN ” means “fat /oil” and “JOSH” means “Intense heat”.

As a part of our 89th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Rawbananas my contribution is this yummy Kachhe Kele Ka Rogan Josh.

Recipe for Kachhe Kele ka Rogan Josh /Raw Banana Rogan Josh:

Ingredients for Raw banana Patties:

2 Raw Bananas boiled and mashed

2 Medium Potatoes boiled and mashed

Salt to taste

1 Tsp Garam Masala

1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

1/4 cup finely Chopped Onions

1/4 Cup Amchur Powder

1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs

Oil to Shallow fry

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients except bread crumbs and oil. Refrigerate this mixture for about an hour so that the extra moisture is not there. Take this mixture out from the refrigerator and mix well. Grease your palms .take small balls,  and shape it as desired and roll them in the bread crumbs.Shallow fry these patties until both the sides turn golden brown. Keep them aside.

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Ingredients for the Gravy:

2 Tsp Saunf / fennel seeds

1 Bay Leaf

3 Tbsp Mustard Oil / Sarson ka tel

3 Cups of water

4 Onions finely Chopped

10 Pepper Corns

1″ Cinnamon Stick

2 Black Cardamom

2 Green Cardamom

1 Tsp Cumin Powder / Jeera Powder

2 Tsp Coriander Powder / Dhania Powder

1/2 Tsp Garam Masala

3 Tomatoes blanched and peeled

1 Tsp Ginger Garlic Paste

6 Dry red Kashmiri Chillies

1 Cup finely chopped Coriander

1Tbsp Ghee

1/2 Cup thick yogurt

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat mustard oil in a heavy bottom Pan. Add Saunf, bay leaf,pepper corns, black cardamom, green cardamom, cinammon stick. Once you smell the aroma of the spices add ginger garlic paste and saute for a few seconds. Now add the finely chopped Onions and saute untill they turn golden brown.

In a blender make a fine paste of yogurt,blanched and peeled tomatoes,dry red Kashmiri chilli and coriander.Add this paste to the onion mixture. Add ghee, jeera powder, coriander powder,salt and Garam Masala.Mix well . Add water to adjust the consistency of the gravy. Let is simmer on medium flame till the oil starts to leave the sides.

Add the raw banana patties to this gravy just before serving with Hot phulkas/ Roti/ Naan or piping hot rice.

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Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GATTE KA PULAO / GRAM FLOUR DUMPLING PULAO

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Hello !!!

Today i am sharing a yummy recipe from the state of Rajasthan. If you are bored of the regular vegetables, then this recipe is for you. A quick aromatic Gatte ka Pulao tastes amazing with the  blend of whole spices. Pair it up with any Raita and enjoy this wholesome meal even in Summers.

Recipe for Gatte Ka Pulao / Gram Flour Dumpling Pulao:

Ingredients for Gatta:

1 Cup Besan / Gram flour

1 Tsp Kashmiri Chilli Powder

3/4 Tsp Saunf / Fennel Seeds

6 Tsp Oil (Sizzling hot oil)

1/2 Tsp Ajwain / Carom Seeds

1 Tbsp Thick yogurt

Salt to taste

1/2 Cup finely Chopped Coriander

Oil for Shallow frying

Ingredients for Pulao:

3 Cups cooked Basmati Rice

1.5 Tbsp Oil

2 Green Cardamom / Elaichi

4 Cloves /Laung

1 Tsp Jeera / Cumin Seeds

3/4 Tsp Mustard seeds / Sarson

1/4 Tsp Asafoetida / Hing

3/4 Cup deep fried sliced Onions

1.5 Tsp Chilli Powder

1 Tsp Garam Masala

1/4 Tsp Aachari Masala

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

Salt to taste

1/2 Cup finely Chopped Coriander

For the Paste :

2 Tsp Finely Chopped Ginger

6 Garlic Cloves chopped

3 Green Chillies

1 Cup Sliced onions

Method:

For the Gatta:

Mix all the ingredients in a deep bowl and knead into  a stiff dough . Add water if needed. Take small balls of the docugh and roll them into long thin cylindrical rolls and keep them aside. Boil water in  a large bowl. Once the water starts to boil add these cylindrical rolls. Let it cook for about 7-8 mins. Once you see the blisters being formed on the rolls remove them ,drain the excess water and keep it aside. Repeat this process for the balance dough. Heat some oil in a wok. shallow fry these gattas untill they turn gloden brown on all sides. Drain them on a Kitchen towel and keep them aside.

For the Pulao:

Grind garlic,ginger,green chilli and onions to get a fine paste.Keep this mixture aside.

Heat oil ia heavy Bottom Pan. Add Cloves,Cardamom,Jeera,mustard seeds,hing and saute on medium flame till you get the aroma . Once done add the ginger garlic chilli paste and cook on medium flame for about 3-4 minutes. Once done add aachari masala, garam masala, haldi and salt to taste. Mix well till the oil starts to leave the sides. Now add cooked rice, deep fried onions and shallow  fried gattas. Mix all the ingredients and cook for about 3-4 minutes. Switch off the flame.

Garnish with Coriander and serve hot with your favourite Raita.

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Watermelon Yogurt Smoothie

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Summers are in full swing these days. Healthy and hydrating coolers are always on my mind.Watermelons are found everywhere during summers.The best natural cooler.They  are tropical or subtropical plants and need temperatures higher than about 25 °C to thrive.Watermelon pulp contains carotenoids, including lycopene.The amino acid citrulline is produced in watermelon rind.I managed to get seedless watermelon here.The pulp is deep red in colour and tastes sweet too. They are used in Juices, Shakes ,Smoothies, Salads, Curry and pickles to name a few.

For the #88th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Theme #Watermelon my contribution is this easy and yummy Watermelon yogurt Smoothie with no added sugars.

Recipe for Watermelon Yogurt Smoothie :

2 Cups of Watermelon pieces

1 Cup Greek Yogurt

4 Tbsp Honey

Ice Cubes (Optional)

Method:

Blend the watermelon pcs and 3/4 Cup yogurt till you get a lump free smooth texture. Refrigerate this mixture for about an hour. Blend this chilled mixture with balance greek yogurt and honey .Serve Chilled Watermelon Yogurt Smoothie. Adding ice is optional.

Enjoy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Stay hydrated!!!!!!!!!

NUTELLA BANANA CHOCOCHIP ICECREAM

Hola !!!!

It’s Summer and also School holidays  in many parts of the world.My kids love to have Icecream to beat the heat. Homemade Ice cream  is always the best.This frozen cooler is a yummy treat for your kids and guests anytime during summer. Nutella and Banana makes a yummy combo and is loved by many of us.

Well in this part of the world where I live ,the climate is humid .Rains are unpredictable.Sometimes the heat is unbearable. We treat ourselves with healthy liquids to keep ourselves hydrated at all times.

Today i will be sharing a yummy No churn Nutella and Banana Ice cream with the goodness of Choco Chips which can me made by your kids as a summer project.

My Contribution for our 87th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop Theme #FrozenCoolers is Nutella Banana Chocochip Icecream.

Recipe for Nutella Banana Chocochip Ice cream:

Ingredients :

1 Ripe Banana

2 Tbsp Nutella

250 ML Milk

1 Tbsp Cream (I have used Amul Cream)

2 Tbsp Choco Chips

Method:

Blend all the ingredients except chocochips and ensure there are no lumps. Pour this in the  iceccream moulds and sprinkle some chocochips.Freeze it for about 6-8 hours or overnight. Just before serving remove the icecream from the moulds sprinkle some choco chips and serve.

Enjoy this creamy yummy icecream at the comfort of your home!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MUSHROOM AND CHICKPEAS CURRY(NO ONION NO GARLIC RECIPE)

 

Hello !!!

I am back with another lovely recipe Mushroom and Chickpeas Curry with the goodness of  Indian spices cooked in Coconut milk.It is rich ,creamy and finger licking good.Mushroom and chickpeas make an amazing combo. Some Benefits of Incorporating Coconut Milk in your diet :

1.Improves Heart Health by Lowering Blood Pressure and Cholesterol

2.Builds Muscle and Helps Lose Fat 

3.Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation

4.Prevents Joint Inflammation and Arthritis

5.Prevents Ulcers

6.Helps Loose Fat

7.Prevents Ulcers

My contribution for pour 86th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #CoconutMilk is this Mushroom and Chickpeas Curry.

Recipe for Mushroom and Chickpeas Curry:

Ingredients:

125 Gms White Mushrooms (Halved)

200 ML Coconut Milk

200 Gms Chickpeas boiled

1 Tsp Jeera /Cumin

2 Red Chillies finely chopped

1 Tsp Ginger Paste

Handfull of Fresh Coriander finely Chopped

1 Tsp Garam Masala

1 /2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder

1/4 Tsp Turmeric / Haldi

1.5 Tsp Curry Powder

Salt to Taste

2 Tbsp Fresh grated Coconut

2 Tbsp Mustard Oil

 

Method:

Pressure Cook Chick peas with tea bag and salt to taste. Allow it to cool. Drain the water and keep it aside. Do not throw the water.Remove the tea bag.

Take 1/2 cup (approx 100 ml) of boiled chickpeas and fresh coconut and make a fine paste without adding water.Keep this mixture aside.

Take a heavy bottom Pan. Add mustard oil.Once the oil is hot add jeera. Once it splutters add the red chillies,ginger paste, chopped coriander (keep aside some to garnish) and mushrooms.Cook on medium flame untill the mushrooms are done. Add haldi,chilli powder,curry powder,garam masala,coconut and chickpeas paste and mix well. Once the oil starts to leave the sides add the boiled chickpeas,coconut milk, boiled chickpeas water and salt to taste if needed. Allow it to simmer on low flame for about 8-10 mins. Once done switch off the flame.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with Rotis / Phulkas or piping hot Rice.

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PANCH PHORAN LACED POINTED GOURD STUFFED CURRY / PANCH PHORAN SE SAJI BHARWAN PARWAL

 

 

Panch Phoran is a five spice blend mostly used in cooking in the Eastern Part of India ,Bangladesh and Nepal.It basically consists of Cumin, Brown Mustard, Fenugreek, Nigella and Fennel.  The spices are left whole .Depending on how they’re being used, are either dry roasted or fried in oil in order to coax out their pungent flavors.Panch phoron is always used whole and never ground. Traditionally, panch phoron is used with vegetables, chicken or beef curry, fish,  lentil and in pickles.

Today i am sharing a very simple and yummy recipe Panch Phoran se Saji Barwan Parwal .

Ingredients :

10 Pointed Gourd / Bharwan Parwal washed and roughly peeled

2 Tbsp Mustard Oil / Sarson ka tel

2 Tsp Panch Phoran Mix

1/4 Tsp Red chilli Powder

For the Masala:

4 Medium Size Onions

1 Potato peeled and grated

2 Fresh Red Chillies

A generous bunch of Fresh Coriander

1Inch Fresh Ginger roughly chopped

6 Garlic Pods

1 Tsp Cumin /Jeera

2 Tsp Coriander Seeds / Dhania

1.5 Tsp Mustard Oil / Sarson ka tel

2 Tsp Sabji Masala

1/4 Tsp Haldi

1/4 Tsp dry Mango Powder / Amchur Powder

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add mustard oil.Once the oil is hot add jeera and dhania and roast till you an smell the aroma.Then add ginger ,garlic, chopped onions,red chilli and fresh coriander.Roast till the onion turns slighlty golden brown. Now add the grated Potato and mix well.Roast for about 8-10 mins on medium flame. Lastly add amchur powder,salt to taste and sabji masala.Mix well and switch off the flame after 5 mins.

Allow it to cool.Once cooled blend to a fine paste without adding water. The masala is ready.

Take the roughly peeled parwal. Make a slit and stuff the ground masala generously.

Take another heavy bottom pan. Add mustard oil .Once the oil is hot  throw in the panch phoran mix. Once the mix starts to splutter add the stuffed pointed gourd and mix well. Add 150 ml water and keep it on medium flame for about 15 mins. Now add chilli powder and the balance masala and mix well. Once oil starts to leave the sides switch off the flame.

Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with Phulkas/ Rotis or piping hot Rice.

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!

 

 

Spiced Poori studded with Nigella seeds / Kalonji ki Masala Poori

 

Hello from this part of the world!!!!!!!!!

Today I will sharing an easy and tasty recipe of our humble Poori with the goodness of Nigella seeds or Kalonji.Kalonji seeds has more than 100 components in it and has excellent healing properties.Since ages it is being used  as a medicine for treating headache, nasal congestion , skin diseases  and toothache. It is very powerful remedy for  curing  dry skin, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema . It is also being used as an internal treatment for digestive disorders, arthritis, weak immune systems and asthma.Kalonji has such wonderful benefits that we should incorporate in our daily diet as much as possible.

You must be wondering that i am sharing such a simple recipe which many know. Check out the recipe for the secret ingredient.

As a part of our 85th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Nigellaseeds my humble contribution is this Nigella seeds studded spicy poori.

Ingredients:

1 Cup =200 Gms

2 Cups APF (Unbleached)

1 Cup Bread Crumbs (Made from sprouted extra fine grain bread)

2 Tsp Aachari Masala

Salt to taste

1 Tbsp Nigella seeds / Kalonji

Oil for frying + 2Tbsp sizzling hot oil to mix the dough

1 Cup Water

Method:

Mix the first 5 dry  ingredients. Make a well in the centre.Heat 2 Tbsp oil and pour the hot sizzling hot oil in the well. Take a spoon and mix all the ingredients.Slowly add water (as required) to knead the dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it rest for 15 mins.

Heat the oil in a wide bottom pan for frying.Make small balls of the dough. Roll it into the thickness you like and once the oil is hot deep fry them untill both the sides are done.

Serve hot with simple greenpeas and tomato relish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

KULUKKI SHARBATH(SUMMER COOLER)

A refreshing drink from Kerala perfect for summers is Kulukki Sharbath. A soft drink made in cocktail mixing style made with Lemon and a few other ingredients which regulates the body temperature in this scorching heat.This is a very simple recipe which i have learnt from my friend’s mom.I just love the tangy and sweet taste.Dried Basil seeds / Sabja is used in this drink. Some properties of Sabja seeds are

  • Cooling 
  • Good for respiratory disorders .
  • Aids Digestion 
  • Stress relief 
  • Skin relief 
  • Weight loss 

Recipe for Kulukki Sharbath:

Ingredients:

2 Lemons squeezed (remove the seeds)

Honey (adjust as the sweetness you require)

1 Tsp Basil seeds / Sabja

2 Tsp Pineapple finely chopped

3 Mint leaves crushed (optional)

2 Cups Water

Some Ice Cubes (Optional)

Method:

Soak the dried basil seeds in a cup of water for about 10 minutes and then drain the water.

Mix all the other ingredients in a cocktail shaker .Pout this in a glass and add the basil seeds. Add a lemon slice and serve.

PS: I have skipped the ice cubes and added a some finely chopped cilantro also. You can skip it.

Keep yourself hydrated and Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RAGI AMBALI (SUMMER COOLER)

 

 

Ragi Ambali is a traditional summer drink from Karnataka.It is a nutritious thirst quencher.Ragi is  gluten free source of protein which helps weight loss as well.It is also good source of calcium. Consumption of ragi enhances your resistance power.This nutritious drink reduces body heat during scorching summers.

Today I will be sharing a recipe i have learnt from my grandmom and mom.

Recipe for Ragi Ambali:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp Ragi Flour

2 Cups Water

1 Cup Buttermilk

Salt to taste

1/2 Tsp Roasted Cumin Powder / Jeera Powder

1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Curry leaves

1 Tbsp Finely Chopped Coriander

A pinch of hing / Asafoetida

1/4 Tsp Fenugreek Seeds roasted and powdered(Optional)

Method:

Boil the water in a wide bottom pan. Add 2 Tbsp warm water  to the ragi flour and make  smooth paste without any lumps.Add this paste to the boiling water and keep stirring so that there are no lumps.Keep it on medium flame for 2 mins and switch off the stove.Allow this mixture to cool / Once it reached room temperature mix buttermilk,salt,fenugreek powder ,Jeera powder and Asafoetida. Garnish with Chopped Curry leaves and coriander leaves and serve .

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheesy Penne Pasta

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Pasta is  a traditional dish from Italy. Pasta is  a simple dish which comes in many varieties due to its versatility. Some pasta dishes are served as a first course in Italy because the portion sizes are small and simple. Pasta is also prepared in light lunches, such as salads or large portion sizes for dinner. It can be prepared by hand or food processor and served hot or cold. Pasta sauces vary in taste, color and texture.Fresh Pasta can be made at home and you can make it to suit your palette.

My boys love Pasta.It is easy to cook and today I will share with you a very simple recipe that I learnt from my older son who first made it in school.Since then this is regularly made at home.My Son is a budding cook who is a great fan of Gordan Ramsay and tries to reciprocate his style and recipes at home. I am so lucky as he cooks for us whenever he is able to spare some time from his regular routine.

For our 84th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme of #Pastamania my contribution is this simple Cheesy Penne Pasta.

Recipe for Cheesy Penne Pasta:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Pasta (cook as per instructions on the packet)

1 Cup Cheddar Cheese

1/4 Cup Permesan Cheese

1 Tsp Oregano

1 Tsp dried Basil

1/2 Tsp Italian herbs

Salt to Taste

4 Tsp EVOO

Method:

Cook the pasta with 1 tsp EVOO and some salt as per instructions on the packet.Heat a thick bottom pan.Add 2 Tsp olive oil. Toss the cooked pasta for 2 minutes. Sprinkle all the herbs and salt to taste (if needed) and mix well. Saute for a few seconds.Switch off the flame.

Grease a  glass bowl with the remaining EVOO. Pour the pasta onto the greased bowl. Sprinkle both the cheese generously over the paste and bake at 190C for about 20 mins.

Serve hot and enjoy this simple yummy pasta without any fancy sauces.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!