Category: Glutenfree Recipes

Roasted Masala Makhane | Roasted Foxnuts

You’d love to chomp on something healthy for a change, wouldn’t you! I know I would…..and I do☺️ These peppery, spicy, very crunchy & absolutely addictive Roasted Masala Makhane (Foxnuts)are our go to snack on most days!  

I can’t seem to get enough of these, I remember grabbing them by the handful when my Mom would make these on the days she’d be fasting..(vrat)….she’d use sendha namak and ever since then I have been a huge fan 😉 Obviously, when you are not fasting, use regular salt or sea salt.

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They are also supposed be very healthy and filling too…besides being yummy and so easy to make!

Yield: depends on how much you wish to make! I suggest, make a large batch because they taste better than your favourite ‘butter popcorn’ 😜

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons

Ingredients:

2 cups makhane

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

3-4 tsp ghee (clarified butter)

any other masalas (spices) you wish to add.

Method:

Cut the makhane into halves and see if they are clean and dry within (see pics below).

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Heat ghee in a wok, add the makhane. If you need to, then add more ghee. I did add about 1 tsp more. The more ghee you add, the crisper they get. The makhane absorb a lot of ghee anyway, so you’d literally not see the ghee in the pan.

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Season with salt & pepper. Add any more spices as per your taste. Let the makhane crisp up on medium flame for another 4-5 mins but keep tossing them around constantly so that they don’t colour up too much.

That’s about it, have it piping hot! They stay crunchy for almost an hour, but that depends on how much ghee you have added while roasting them.

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You got to try these to know how good it actually tastes!

Love,

Shreya💗

Mathura ke Pede

The famous Mathura ke Pede recreated in my kitchen! They are much easier to make than it looks😁 Just a little bit of elbow grease and you’re almost there…almost!! 😜

I say almost, because I was tired and then stopped the ‘bhunoing‘ process (sautéing the ingredients) as my arm hurt so bad after stirring the Khova/ Mawa (milk solids) for almost 30 mins! Yes ….that doesn’t sound like much but you got to do it to know how much I wanted to throw the spatula and run out of the kitchen!! 😂😂 Who ever said I was known for my patience!?! Haven’t you seen my recipes….I usually share ridiculously easy ones!

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As always, my hubby wanted something sweet but Indian! I said ok…let me make some Khoya Pedas, and he said no! Something else…I ventured….instant Doodh Pedas!!? LOL! He was like…”lady, something different…Pedas will do but a different variety!!”  😳🤔🤔🤔🤔 then I thought of Mathura Ke Pede…sounds exotic and makes it look a whole lot different from any other Peda that I usually make at home!

The hubby doesn’t need to know that it’s basically the same thing, just the cooking process differs! 🤗😜😜 And obviously, the flavour is more intense and really delicious! A little patience in ensuring how well the Khoya cooks out is very important…my Mom was worried that I’d either burn the Khoya or under cook it and ruin her recipe…..but I managed to get the colour almost right!!! Yay!

Yield: 10-12 medium sized Pedas

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a couple of plates, a spatula.

Ingredients:

200 gms Khoya (I used store bought)

1 cup castor sugar + extra to coat the Pedas (adjust the sugar as per your taste)

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

milk & ghee as needed

Method:

Take grated Khoya in the wok and cook on low flame. Keep stirring it continuously until the khoya begins to melt.

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Add 1 teaspoon of ghee at this stage and some milk, about 2 teaspoons. Keep stirring continuously so that the Khoya gets an even colour and doesn’t burn at the bottom.

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It took me almost 25-30 mins to reach this stage (pic below). I added another two teaspoons of milk because the Khoya looked dry. Add milk as per the texture. Always cook on low flame else the Khoya will colour unevenly.

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Turn off the flame (I didn’t cook it any further to make it a little more brown, my arms were hurting too much after stirring constantly). Add cardamom pwd and mix well. Let this mixture cool down for just 5-6 mins and add the castor sugar. And mix with your hands to incorporate the sugar.

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(TIP: Don’t let the mixture cool off too much before adding the sugar as the sugar won’t melt properly. But in case the khoya has become too cold and the sugar isn’t melting properly, you can cook the khoya & sugar mixture for 3-4 mins on low flame and immediately take it out of the pan and mix well).

Once the mixture is ready, grease your palms with some ghee and make Pedas of any shape (I kept them rustic) and roll them in some castor sugar. And set them aside. These can be stored for more than a week even without refrigeration as they have been cooked so well. That’s it!

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Don’t they look yum! I insist….you must make these, too easy and super delish!

Love,

Shreya💖

Slightly adapted from here.

Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar | Indian Potato & Tomato Curry

Considering how much I love Potatoes, I have a very few recipes about them on the blog! Dubkimaar Aloo or Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar is very common in my home…specially for Sunday brunch with some crispy, flaky, layered Parathas😋 NomNom!!

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Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar is very famous all over Uttar Praadesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odissa, Madhya Pradesh and other neighbouring States, but is made differently everywhere you go. The taste changes from from one city to the next!

I am sharing my version of it which I’ve learnt from my Mom. No one makes Rassedaar Aloo Tamatar like she does, it’s irresistible, finger licking good!
The best part is that these are made without onions, garlic or any ginger even! Just some basic spices and you have yourself a yummy curry in a hurry! 😉
Pair it with some Masala Pooris or even Tehri, and you don’t need anything else!

Let’s see how….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, a lid.

Ingredients:
2-3 nos. peeled, washed & cubed potatoes
1 nos. large washed & cubed tomato
2 tbsp mustard oil (you can use refined oil)
1 nos. slit green chilli
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
A pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp Garam masala
1/4 tsp amchoor powder (raw mango pwd)
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Coriander leaves to garnish

Method:
Heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot, add the green chilli, cumin seeds & hing. Let these splatter for a minute. Then add the potatoes, turmeric pwd, cumin powder & red chilli powder. Stir well and sauté for 5 mins. Season with salt. Then, add some water and cover with a lids to cook for 10 mins or until the potatoes are done.

Open the lid, add the garam masala & tomatoes, mix well. Cover again to cook the tomatoes until they are mushy and form a curry. Adjust the consistency of the curry (rassa). Add amchoor powder and garnish with coriander leaves. Serve piping hot!

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That’s ‘comfort’ in a bowl.

Love,

Shreya❤️

Kadhi Pakodi

Typical to a North Indian family, we too love our Kadhi Pakodi or Kadhi Pakoras to no end. However, I do not make it very often and keep the novelty alive.

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That usually works too because whenever I do make it, my hubby is exceptionally happy and doesn’t wait long enough for me to even serve it properly before he starts attacking the meal 😘
So much so, that I couldn’t once click it in peace for the blog!! I mean, how does one set up the props..organise the shot, etc if you have someone hovering all around you and asking you every other minute if you were done already!!? LOL!

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Doesn’t that make for the most comforting meal?
A bowl of that warm, creamy, mildly spiced Kadhi with crisp yet spongy Pakodis is just what rainy afternoons need. It had been a damp weekend, so this became our late, extremely lazy Sunday lunch! Yet, not lazy enough for me click some pictures.
We had this with rotis instead of rice…as we were already pretty full from the Poha we gorged on for breakfast. Although it tastes best with some steamed rice and some kachumber (mixed salad).
I used my Mom’s recipe and it’s to die for! Usually I make the Pakodis in an Appepatra, click here to see how. Use my recipe for the Pakodi given below and follow the steps to make them in an Appepatra, that’s an almost oil free version, however, I have deep-fried these just the way my Mom does it. Indulgence is not such a bad thing once in a while, no?
The Pakodis are light & absolutely airy, almost melting into the Kadhi, and that’s how they should be if done right! Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2
Equipment: 2 woks, measuring cups/ spoons, a few mixing bowls and spoons.

Ingredients:
For the Kadhi
1.5 tbsps Besan/ gram flour
250 gms Yogurt/ curd
to taste Salt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Water as needed
For the the Tempering
1 tbsp refined oil
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp paanch phoran
1 nos slit green chilly
A handful curry leaves
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Water to correct the consistency as needed
For the Pakodis
1/2 cup Besan/ gram flour
6-7 tbsps water
to taste Salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp chopped coriander leaves
3 tbsps finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp baking soda bicarbonate/ baking soda
to fry Oil

Method:
To begin with the Kadhi first, take the ingredients listed above for the kadhi and make a smooth mixture. This should neither be too diluted nor very thick. I do not add any water at this stage but you can always add some if the yogurt is too thick. Set this aside for 10 minutes.

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In the meanwhile, take all the ingredients listed above for the Pakodis except the oil, soda & water. Mix them well.
Add water very slowly and make a thick mixture. Set it aside for 10 minutes.
Coming back to the Kadhi, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok. Once it’s hot, add the hing, paanch phoran, g-g paste, curry leaves, green chilli. Let these splatter about a bit.
Then add the mixture we had set aside for the Kadhi. Keep stirring while you pour this into the tempering and let this cook on medium flame.

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Keep stirring for another couple of minutes until it has it’s first boil and stabilizes, else the yogurt may split.
Now add some water if needed to correct the consistency, mix well.
Next, add red chilli powder & adjust the salt to taste.
Let the Kadhi simmer for another 6-7 minutes.
Turn off the flame and cover with a lid.
The Pakodis need frying now, heat enough oil in a heavy bottomed wok.
Add baking soda to the Pakodi mixture & mix well.
Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame to medium and drop the mixture little bit at a time to make equal sized Pakodis.

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Fry them well until golden brown on all sides. Drain them well on kitchen paper. I could make 9 medium sized Pakodis with this quantity of the mixture.

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Add warm Pakodis to the Kadhi and serve with steamed rice/ rotis & a salad on the side.

Hope you like my version of Kadhi Pakodi and give it a go soon☺️
Love,
Shreya ❤️

Rajasthani Panchmel Dal | Mixed Lentil Curry | Dal for Baati

Dal-Chawal-Achar-Pyaaz aur Papad (lentil curry, steamed rice, pickles, onion salad & some poppadoms)……there are days when that’s all you need! Probably every Indian’s soul food 😊 It’s mine for sure.

I make lentils (dals) in so many ways…I literally change the recipe each time I make it…and that’s like 5-6 times a week! Some days I temper the dals post cooking them…on others, I first add the tempering to the oil in a pot and then add raw lentils and slow-cook them together! Each way tastes different and yet so tempting!

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Like this Rajasthani Panchmel Dal or Panchratna Dal…I always temper this one twice! The aroma is so smoky and the flavours are subtle & yet packs a punch. This dal is very famous all over Rajasthan and the rest of India for being served with Baati…smoky, roasted wholewheat dumplings served with a generous topping of melted ghee..(clarified butter).

However, in my kitchen…it is made very regularly and served with steamed rice or soft rotis and a side of some veggies & curd. Or you can try my Dhabba Style Dal Makhani if you prefer something richer 😉 Along with Lacchaa Parathas 

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Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment:  pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons, 2 pans, ladle.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp each of tur dal, chana dal, masoor tukda, Kali urad tukda & yellow tukda moong (pigeon peas, split Bengal gram, pink lentils, black split lentils & split yellow lentils)

2 cup water

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

For 1st tempering:

2 tbsp ghee

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

2-3 nos. cloves/ laung

2 nos. whole dry chillies

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp each coriander & cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/4 tsp Garam masala pwd

1 cup chopped tomatoes

For 2nd tempering:

1 tsp ghee

1/4 tsp red chilly pwd

1 tsp sliced garlic

To garnish:

chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Wash all the dals together & soak them with salt & turmeric in 2 cups of water for 1 hour.

 

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Next, pressure cook them for about 2-3 whistles or until done as per your regular procedure of using the pressure cooker. Let the steam release in it’s own. Once the steam has released, open the pressure cooker and mash the cooked dals a bit using the back of the ladle. Set this aside.

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Now, heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan, once this is hot enough, add red chillies, cloves, cumin seeds & hing. Wait until they crackle a bit, then add the cumin pwd, coriander pwd, ginger-garlic paste & red chilli pwd. Mix well and tip in the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy and the ghee seperates from the the mixture. Then add the cooked dals to this mixture and mix well and cook for 3-5 mins. Add water & salt if needed to adjust the consistency & flavour. Lastly add the Garam masala pwd & cook for a minute more. Turn off the flame and place a lid over the pan to let the flavours build up.

Meanwhile, make the second tempering in another pan by heating ghee, adding red chilli pwd and the sliced garlic to it. Let them crackle until the garlic is slightly brown and crisp. Add this tempering on top of the ready dal and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve this piping hot!

Add a dash of lime juice to this dal…and it tastes heavenly!

 

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This definitely makes me drool!! 😋

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook Khazana of Indian Vegetarian Recipes…(one of the earliest gifts given to me by my hubby)

Cherry & Choco Chip Ice Cream

It’s obvious that I love making Ice Creams at home….and the hubby enjoys cleaning out the ice cream bowls! 😘 

I had shared the recipe for Mango & Tutti Frutti Ice Cream a few days ago…and I am still hung over with it’s flavour. It had such a beautiful flavour from the fresh, juicy Alphonso mangoes…and bits of Tutti Frutti just gave it that hint of bite and chew..umm..yummm!! 😋

I enjoyed making it so much that I was on the lookout to try another flavour of ice cream using fresh fruits…and I saw these insanely pretty Cherries!! Yes…these tart, slightly chewy little jewels..🍒🍒 But the ones I got were actually very sweet and not too tangy! Perfect is the word.

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Oh, by the way, these are less than a quarter of the entire batch that I purchased the other day….who knows when will I get some again. Cherries come by for a short period of time out here and finding such juicy & fresh ones is even more difficult….so I picked up the lot! 😉 It was hard for me to even resist them to spare any for this ice-cream..Lol!

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Yes….it was indeed melting real fast due to the heat! But the taste…oh my..!!…worth the effort of pitting these beauties and so on. It was really easy once you have that out the way.

Although you could easily use some Maraschino Cherries/ Canned Cherries for this recipe. Probably omit the Choco Chips or substitute it with some nuts…whatever you fancy!

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Look how pretty they are! I could keep looking all day! Alas, they’d rot…hence we will move on to the recipe..😉😉 …it requires no churning & no eggs!

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Yield: serves 3-4 persons

Equipment: electric whisk (manual whisk), a large stainless steel bowl, sauce pan, a spatula, measuring cups & spoons, aluminium or freezer safe container.

Ingredients:

1 cup fresh, pitted cherries

1 tsp sugar

1 tbsp water

200 ml sweetened condensed milk

1+1/4 cup whipping cream (I used Amul)

1/4 cup Choco Chips

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

Method:

Place the large stainless steel bowl & the electric whisk attachment/ manual whisk in the refrigerator for a minimum of 30 mins to chill before using them to whip the cream.

In a saucepan, place the pitted cherries with sugar and water. Stew the cherries on very low flame until the fruit becomes pulpy and syrupy. Mash down the fruits a bit using a fork. This takes about 10-12 mins.

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Once this cherry compote is ready, place it in a bowl in the refrigerator to cool down completely.

Next, take whipping cream in the chilled stainless steel bowl, using the chilled electric whisk or manual whisk, whip the cream until it has stiff peaks. Usually takes 5 mins when using an electric whisk on high. Obviously, manual whisk takes more than 10-12 mins. Once the cream has stiff peaks, add the vanilla extract/ essence & the sweetened condensed milk to the cream, whisk again on medium speed until the condensed milk and cream has incorporated well. Then add the Choco chips and the chilled cherry compote (the cooked cherries).

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Fold in the chips and cherries well and pour the mixture into a freezer safe container. Let this freeze overnight or a minimum of 6-7 hours…and your ice cream is ready!!! 😉

Let it thaw for a couple of minutes before scooping out the ice cream.

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Doesn’t that absolutely tempt you…🤗🤗 Do try this one soon!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Kitchen Meets Girl.

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar – the evergreen breakfast in most homes is a novelty at mine! That’s because my hubby isn’t too fond of it and rarely agrees to have this combo for breakfast/ brunch. So on the day when he finally agrees to have some for the weekend, I go all out in making this combo extra special. 

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

There are no tricks to making a perfect Idli (lentil cake) if you ask me….it’s the climate that plays the most important role. Warmer the climate, obviously, better the fermentation resulting in soft, moist & super spongy Idlis 😋 Besides, softer the Idlis, the more Sambhar (South Indian style spiced lentil curry) they soak up!!! Sluuurrppp!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

I have used my Mom’s recipe for both, Idli & Sambhar…along with her lip-smacking, easy-peasy green Coconut Chutney🤓 I must confess…this Sambhar is the closest to a traditional tiffin/ Udupi style Sambhar that I have ever had at home. Robust flavors accompanied by the tang from tamarind makes it super yum!

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Let’s get going with the recipe…..I have shared a few tips in the method given below.

We will start with the Idli.

Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well…almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.

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You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn’t very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it’s soaked really well by 6pm. That’s when I grind & mix them.

That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don’t add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
The fermentation is the only key here.

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Now that the batter is ready…what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.

Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom…
Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!

For the Sambhar

Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
Now to temper the sambhar, heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above ‘for tempering’ to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Prep Time: 20 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 15-18 small Idlis. Sambhar serves 2

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar - the evergreen breakfast in most homes is very easy to make and absolutely healthy!

Ingredients

    IDLI:
  • 1 cup split White urad dal (white lentils)
  • 1 cup rice (I used Basmati)
  • 2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/2 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for greasing as needed
  • SAMBHAR:
  • Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd, one can add more veggies of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Sambhar powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    IDLI
  1. Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
  2. Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
  3. Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
  4. Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
  5. Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
  6. Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
  7. Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well...almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.
  8. You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn't very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
  9. What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it's soaked really well by 6pm. That's when I grind & mix them.
  10. That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don't add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
  11. The fermentation is the only key here.
  12. Now that the batter is ready...what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
  13. In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.
  14. Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  15. Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  16. Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom...
  17. Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
  18. Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!
  19. SAMBHAR
  20. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  21. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
  22. The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
  23. Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
  24. TEMPERING
  25. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above 'for tempering' to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
  26. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.
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Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

I simply love these….and the combo is to die for!! Do try once.

Love,

Shreya💖

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Kurkuri Arbi

‘Arbi’ in Hindi or Colocasia in English is something many people do not enjoy. It could be because of it’s slightly slimy texture or because it has no flavour of it’s own….or could be because many people have not tried these Kurkuri Arbi! 😊 

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I, for one love it in any form. Yes, I do!! I make in 3 different ways, meaning 3 different preparations…first being in a curry form, it has a great flavour with aromatic spices and goes so well with crisp, hot Parathas! (yeah, the North Indian in me can’t live without her Parathas😂)

The second being a very simple stir fry…almost like French Fries but so different! It has a very few spices and goes perfectly with some ‘dal khichadi‘ (mixed lentil risotto – Indian style). However, I am not too fond of this preparation and make it very rarely.

Now, it’s the third and my most favourite way of cooking ‘Arbi’ that I am partial to…and it makes an appearance in our plates very regularly…and goes remarkably well with a bowl of steaming hot dal Tadka, rice & some pickle! Wow….my mouth just filled with saliva as I am typing this…😜😜 we call it Kurkuri Arbi…literally translated to Crispy Colocasia Fritters!

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I have learnt this from my Mom and she, probably from hers…it’s a family recipe. The best part about it is that it’s needs no onions or garlic, gets ready in a jiffy and can be served as starter too….could it BE any better!?

Few things to keep in mind when you make these.… I always prepare these in mustard oil however, you can make them in regular refined oil (olive oil?! Well, I don’t know…it’s a traditional Indian recipe…so I would suggest you stick to the basics). When pressure cooking the Arbi, be careful not to go over 2 whistles as they will just turn into a mash if they are over cooked. Also, ensure your hands are completely dry as you coat them with the spices, we don’t want to ruin them by adding any water. They are supposed to be super crisp.

And lastly, don’t worry about itchy fingers while peeling/ cutting them…the way we cook this is foolproof!

Also, I make a stuffed brinjal preparation using the same spices..and it’s awesome! Do have a look… Anyways..coming to this..

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a non-stick pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula, a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:

400 grms Arbi (Colocasia, washed and cleaned well during you get rid of any mud or roots)

2 cup water

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (refer the tips mentioned above)

For the spice blend:

salt to taste

4 tbsp coriander pwd

2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

3/4 tsp amchoor pwd (dry mango pwd)

Method:

In a pressure cooker, cook the cleaned Arbi for 1-2 whistles (read the tips mentioned above).

Once the pressure is settled, remove the boiled Arbi and let them cool down a bit. Then peel them properly and set them aside. (Your fingers won’t itch as they have been boiled).

Heat oil in the pan until it smokes and turn off the flame until the oil cools down (do this only if using mustard oil, else just heat the oil like you usually do). Once again turn on the flame, and add the peeled Arbi in the oil and shallow fry them until they turn slightly golden on all sides, it takes about 4-5 mins. Remove from the oil and set aside for a few mins. Then with the help of the spatula, smash them slightly to flatten them.

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Next, mix all the spices mentioned for the spice blend above. Coat each flattened Arbi in this spice blend and set it aside (Be generous with the spice blend and make sure the Arbi is coated well).

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Now, heat the oil left in the pan once again and shallow fry these coated Arbi until nice and crisp on all sides. This takes about 8-10 mins on medium flame. Once done, serve then piping hot with as a snack or as a side dish for your meal! ☺️

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These are seriously addictive! 😋 So please do try them soon…

Love,

Shreya💓

Khoya Peda

I have always loved Peda. They are soft, slightly fudge and absolutely melt in the mouth! 😋 

Ever since I was a kid, I would wait for a trip to Mahalaxmi Temple in Mumbai to lay my hands on some of the small, yellow Pedas that we would offer as ‘Prashad‘ to the Goddess. Those were the yummiest Pedas I have ever eaten!

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Khoya Peda or Mawa Peda is really easy to make and one of the most common homemade sweets during festivals like Diwali or Dushhera.

In the past I have shared the recipe for Khoya Burfi. Today I am sharing the recipe for this easy Peda…

Yield: 7-8 Pedas

Equipment: non-stick pan, a wooden spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms unsweetened khoya

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp elaichi pwd

a few chironjee or pistachio flakes to garnish

some ghee to grease your palms

Method:

Grate the khoya in a bowl. Add the powdered sugar to the grated khoya. Mix the two well. Then heat a pan, add the khoya-sugar mixture to the pan. Cook it on low flame and stir continuously. The khoya and the sugar will first melt and then slowly start to thicken in about 15-20 mins.

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Add the cardamom pwd and mix again. Turn off the flame. Let the mixture cool down completely. (I let the mixture in the refrigerator for about 45 mins as the climate is very hot and humid and making the Pedas would be difficult.)

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Once the mixture has cooled down and solidified a bit, pinch lemon sized balls of the dough and roll them between greased palms and make smooth Pedas. You can even decorate them with some chironjee or pistachio flakes. That’s it! These keep well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days easily.

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Enjoy these Pedas…you won’t be able stop at one.

Love,

Shreya ❤️

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Navratri Recipes 1

Happy Navratri everyone! May Maa Durga bless each of you and your loved ones. Many of us are fasting for the next 9 days and I bring to you a collection of easy and delicious recipes to enjoy! 

Till ki Chikki recipe Peanut brittle recipe Chikki Easy homemade Chikki recipe Moongfali Chikki Peanut Chikki recipe Polkapuffs Sankranti recipe Makar sankranti Harvest festival

Chikki – With the goodness of sesame, peanuts & jaggery. Best source of instant energy and keeps you full for a longer time. 😊 

Phalhari Kadhai Paneer Glutenfree recipe Navratri vrat recipes Navratri fasting menu Paneer recipes Easy paneer recipe Indian recipes Festive cooking Cottage cheese cooked in Indian style Tomato and cottage cheese Kadhai paneer No onion no garlic recipe

Phalhari Kadhai Paneer – contains no onion, no garlic and gets ready in a jiffy to go with some Sama ke Chawal or Kuttu Pooris!

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Ashtami Bhog ki Thali – Mata ka Prashad for Kanya Pooja. Puffed Pooris, delicious Sookhe Kale chane aur Sooji Ka Halwa.

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Rasgulla – soft, spongy & absolutely perfect!

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Anjeer ki Burfi – very easy to put together and full of nutrients that are much needed during fasting.

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Rajgira ka Halwa – almost like our Sooji Halwa but the taste is very different! This too is a quick recipe.

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Rajgira ki Nankhatai – make your tea times fun!

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Sabudane ka Wada – it’s tastes just fantastic and happens to be my absolute favourite accompanied by Phalhari Vrat Ki Chutney.

Sabudana Khichadi Sabudane ki Khichadi Tempered sago pearls Indian style sago pearls Easy, no-fail sabudane ki Khichadi Navratri fasting recipes Vrat Ka khana Indian recipe

Sabudane ki Khichadi – a must for every fast!

Kaju Katli recipe Cashew thins Recipe for Indian sweets Kaju Katli for diwali diwali sweets

Kaju Katli – everyone’s favorite sweet, just takes 20-25 mins to put together.

To get the recipes, please  click on the blue hyperlink under every picture.

Do try out these yummy and easy recipes, you will enjoy them☺️

Love,

Shreya💗

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