Category: Glutenfree Recipes

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler is synonymous with summers in most Indian homes. Heaps of raw mangoes are washed, wiped dry, boiled and turned into this yummy sweet, salty & spicy concoction. Although, it is very common, but every household has some variation in the recipe which makes this drink so famous and irresistible!

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Aam Panna is famous for it’s heat-resistant properties besides being delicious! My Mom says it’s great for digestion and insists we have it daily.

It is served as an appetizer too during summers which tastes best when served chilled! I usually don’t add ice cubes as it dilutes the flavor and the tartness of the drink but stick to using chilled water.

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

I follow my Mom’s recipe, which goes like this,

Wash the raw mangoes & wipe them dry.

Pressure cook them with 2-3 cups of water without peeling them for about 2 whistles.

Let the steam release on its own.

Then, once the boiled mangoes have cooled, squeeze out the pulp from the peels and the seeds.

Add some water in which the mangoes were boiled to the pulp but not too much.

About 1/2 a cup is enough to make the correct consistency.

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Then add sugar, mint leaves, Himalayan pink salt, salt and roasted cumin powder to the pulp.

Purée them all together in a blender or using a hand blender.

Taste the mixture and correct the salt or sugar to your liking.

Store this concentrate in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.

Mix 1 part of chilled water with 1 part of the concentrate, stir and serve!

Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 750 ml approximately

The perfect summer cooler made with delicate Indian spices and raw mangoes. A little sweetness and the freshness from mint adds to the final flourish!!

Ingredients

  • 6-7 nos. raw mango/ kairi
  • 1+1/2 cup sugar (adjust it as per preference)
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt (kala namak)
  • 2 tbsp. roasted cumin powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 cup Water to boil the mangoes

Instructions

  1. Wash the raw mangoes & wipe them dry.
  2. Pressure cook them with 2-3 cups of water without peeling them for about 2 whistles.
  3. Let the steam release on its own.
  4. Then, once the boiled mangoes have cooled, squeeze out the pulp from the peels and the seeds.
  5. Add some water in which the mangoes were boiled to the pulp but not too much.
  6. About 1/2 a cup is enough to make the correct consistency.
  7. Then add sugar, mint leaves, hing, Himalayan pink salt, salt and roasted cumin powder to the pulp.
  8. Purée them all together in a blender or using a hand blender.
  9. Taste the mixture and correct the salt or sugar to your liking.
  10. Store this concentrate in a bottle in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks.
  11. Mix 1 part of chilled water with 1 part of the concentrate, stir and serve!

Notes

You can use any variety of non fibrous raw mangoes. You can choose to add more sugar if you like a sweeter version of Aam Panna.

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Aam Panna | Indian Mango Cooler

Absolutely delicious and it’s the best thirst quencher…beats a Cola for me!

Love,
Shreya❤️

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Lemon Rice

Some things are so simple and yet never cease to amaze you!! Lemon Rice happens to be just that for me! It’s so full of flavour, refreshing in every bite…I can’t seem to get enough of this! 

Leftover rice means Lemon Rice!! I make it at least once every week if I have any leftover rice.

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Being a non rice eater couple, I make rice just once a week, a little extra to purposely save some for the next day 😁 Even as a kid, my Mother would make it for lunch sometimes, pairing it with some papad, curd, pickle, etc. I always temper it with loads of chana dal, peanuts and stuff to give a crunchy texture!

I guess this is the best one-pot meal for the summers too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 😊

Let’s get going with this easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 1

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a wok.

Ingredients:

2 cup cooked rice

2-3 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

a handful of curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1-2 dried red chilli (I used the round ones, called ‘ber mirchi’)

2 tbsp raw chana dal

2 tbsp raw white urad dal

1/2 cup raw peanuts

salt to taste

2-3 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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Heat oil in a wok. Once it’s hot enough, add asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, turmeric pwd, dried red chillies. Let these crackle for 2-3 mins. Next, pop in the peanuts. Fry the peanuts with the other ingredients for 5 mins. Season the ingredients with salt and add the cooked rice. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover with a lid for 2 mins and serve hot.

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Tips to follow for perfectly seperate rice grains:

*Use cold, leftover rice.

*If using freshly cooked rice, then keep it the refrigerator for 30 mins before making Lemon Rice.

*Always use a fork to fluff the rice before adding it to the wok. This keeps the cooked grains of rice intact.

Hope you enjoy this!

Love,

Shreya💖

Fizzy Orange Popsicles

Yes! My love for Popsicles is very evident…I cannot resist Popsicles! 😛 And Orange Popsicles happen to be favorite ever since I was a kid. It’s so tangy, citrusy and yet deliciously sweet! Just what these relentless Summers need! 

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Look at that colour….😻 So bright and inviting. Every kid’s favorite flavour…Orange!! But I do like other flavours like Rose, Mango or even Kiwi! So many flavours to choose from this Summer!

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It’s very common to have Orange Squash/ Crush at home during summers…mix it with some chilled water and add a few cubes of ice. I do it too! So, the other day while sipping on some Orange Squash, I wished it was an Orange Soda instead of just plain squash…and that’s when I thought of freezing it for a few hours! That way I’d get to enjoy it as a Popsicle! 😬 One can easily incorporate other flavours of their choice. After all, it takes just 2 ingredients!! 

Yield: 3-4 Popsicles

Equipment: Popsicle moulds, a jug, spoon, ice-cream sticks.

Ingredients:

Club Soda …as needed per person 1/2 a glass approx

Orange Squash/ Crush…as needed per person 6 tbsp. approx. (you can adjust this)

Method:

In a jug, combine the squash along with soda very quickly so that the fizz from the soda remains fresh. Add a little extra squash as it gives a nice sweet flavour & a bright colour. Fill the popsicle moulds, cover with foil or Popsicle caps and freeze for 3 hours. Remove the moulds from the freezer, the Popsicles will be 50%- 60% frozen by now, place the ice- cream sticks in each Popsicle. Cover with foil or popsicle caps. Freeze for another 3-4 hours to freeze completely. Let these thaw for a few mins before you unmould and enjoy! 🤗

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These were the easiest Popsicles I’ve ever made..!! And they taste better than the store bought ones!

Love,

Shreya💓

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe is a delicious, rich and creamy gravy with cubed cottage cheese and mild spices. The texture of this gravy is made with cashews, butter and cream! It is a rather indulgent recipe from the Mughlai Cuisine. 

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe literally means royal cottage cheese curry. As the name suggests, it is indeed royal. The base of the curry is made boiled and puréed ingredients like cashews and exotic spices. The curry has a final flourish of cream and some more dry fruits (I do not add fried nuts on top of the curry but some restaurants do add some).  The gravy is very mellow and has a touch of sweetness, not very pronounced though. The hint of sweetness does come from the cashews along with some sugar that is added while simmering the curry. One can choose the level of sweetness as per your preference. This curry is however never too spicy. It has notes of warmth from the exotic spices used but they won’t hit you hard. Although you can add more red chilies while making the curry a tad bit more spicy if you so like.

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe can be made in different ways, the basics however, remain the same. I follow my own tastebuds when I make it, we prefer it a bit spicy as opposed to the sweeter versions. Also, I rely on cashews more than the cream for the indulgent texture, again, something we have developed a taste for, you can always swing the other way. This curry pairs well with rice preparations as well as Indian breads, like Kulcha or Lachha Paratha.

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Let us quickly make ourselves a bowlful of royalty!

In a pan, boil 2-3 cups of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the ginger, garlic, chopped tomatoes, onions, cashews and the whole chilies. Boil them for 10-12 minutes.

Cool them down once they have boiled. Drain the water. Purée them together until smooth. Strain the purée and set it aside.

Heat oil and butter in a large pan.

Once they are hot, add whole cinnamon stick, black cardamom and bay leaf. Let them crackle around for a minute.

Add the strained purée. Cook it for 7-8 minutes on low heat. Stir it around in between.

Season the curry with salt, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, jeera powder. Mix well and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until the oil and the butter separate from the curry. Add sugar, crushed kasuri methi and cream. Mix well.

Add the paneer cubes. Stir around gently. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. You can add some water if needed, to correct the consistency of the curry.

Turn off the heat, serve it immediately. You can garnish the Shahi Paneer with some more cream and fresh coriander leaves.

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Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe

Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer | Shahi Paneer Recipe is a delicious, rich and creamy gravy with cubed cottage cheese and mild spices. The texture of this gravy is made with cashews, butter and cream! It is a rather indulgent recipe from the Mughlai Cuisine.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Mughlai
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 2 persons

Ingredients

  • 200 gms paneer/ cottage cheese , cubed use tofu/ mushrooms/ veggies for a vegan version
  • 3 nos. tomato, roughly chopped
  • 1 nos. large onion, roughly chopped
  • 4-5 nos. whole, dry kashmiri red chilli
  • 7-8 nos. cashewnuts, whole
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 8 large cloves of garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp. coriander powder dhaniya powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder jeera powder
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 nos. whole black cardamom, bay leaf and cinnamon stick, each
  • 3/4 tsp. Garam masala
  • 4 tsp. cream skip or use almond/ cashew cream for a vegan version
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. butter skip for a vegan version
  • 1 tsp. kasuri methi, crushed dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1/4 tsp. sugar, granulated
  • cream and coriander leaves, to garnish skip or use almond/ cashew cream for a vegan version

Instructions

  1. In a pan, boil 2-3 cups of water. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the ginger, garlic, chopped tomatoes, onions, cashews and the whole chilies. Boil them for 10-12 minutes.

  2. Cool them down once they have boiled. Drain the water. Purée them together until smooth. Strain the purée and set it aside.

  3. Heat oil and butter in a large pan.

  4. Once they are hot, add whole cinnamon stick, black cardamom and bay leaf. Let them crackle around for a minute.

  5. Add the strained purée. Cook it for 7-8 minutes on low heat. Stir it around in between.

  6. Season the curry with salt, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, coriander powder, jeera powder. Mix well and let them cook for about 5 minutes or until the oil and the butter separate from the curry. Add sugar, crushed kasuri methi and cream. Mix well.

  7. Add the paneer cubes. Stir around gently. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. You can add some water if needed, to correct the consistency of the curry.

  8. Turn off the heat, serve it immediately. You can garnish the Shahi Paneer with some more cream and fresh coriander leaves.

Love,
Shreya

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Thandaai Flavoured Bhapa Doi

Holi is just a week away….and I can feel it in the air! Although I am averse to playing Holi, but I do enjoy the array of food Holi brings with it😜 

Dahi Wada happens to be a personal favorite…along with Thandaai. Last year I had made Thandaai Mousse which had turned out great! 😍

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This is year too, I wanted to create something with Thandaai. I was looking at options online but didn’t really like anything. Just then I thought of Bhapa Doi, the famous Bengali delicacy. It is basically a steamed yogurt & condensed milk pudding sans the gelatine or agar-agar . It’s really easy to do…with hardly any prepping involved.

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I knew that the flavours of Thandaai will go very well with Bhapa Doi, but I still looked up on Google if I can find anything interesting, nada! Couldn’t find anything related, so thought I’d try it anyway, see if it actually works. Surprisingly, it does! This tastes very delicious with hints of the Thandaai flavour and the smoothness of the Bhapa Doi!! 😊😊 So, I decided to blog it too.

Let’s get going….

Please note that I have made a small batch as a trial, double or triple the quantities for a larger batch.

Yield: serves 4

Equipment: a large pressure cooker, a mixing bowl, wired whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a small blender.

Ingredients:

For the Thandaai Powder:

5-6 nos. almonds

5-6 nos. pistachios

4-5 nos. cashews

3-4 nos. peppercorns

1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

1/2 tsp watermelon seeds (magaz)

1/2 cardamom pwd

a few strands of saffron

For the Bhapa Doi: (adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor)

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup hung curd

200 gms condensed milk

Method:

To make the Thandaai powder, grind all the ingredients mentioned above coarsely in a blender. You can make a fine powder too. Set it aside.

Take about 2-3 cups of water in a large pressure cooker, place the seperator plate at the bottom. Turn on the flame and let the water come to a boil.

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In the meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, take hung curd and beat it well. Then add milk, Thandaai powder and the condensed milk. Whisk them all together until well combined.

Pour this mixture into small single serving bowls or all in a single mould, cover with a cling film, make a few incisions/ cuts on the film to let the steam pass through, place it in the pressure cooker on the seperator plate. Close the lid of the pressure cooker without it weight. Steam it for approximately 35-40 mins on a gentle flame.

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Once done, remove the Bhapa Doi out of the pressure cooker, remove the cling wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for 45-60 mins before serving 😊

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That was easy, wasn’t it!? Hardly took any time to get that going…😁 I strongly recommend trying these once.

Love,

Shreya💞

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam!! What’s not to love? It’s free of any preservatives, no pectin or added colors….it’s a win-win recipe all the way through. 

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Look at the glossy texture of this 3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam | Strawberry Preserve | No Pectin Strawberry Jam | Homemade Strawberry Jam 😍 So very luscious! It’s better than the store bought jams. The flavors are so fresh and fruity with hint of tang. I like this slightly chunky so did not mash the fruits too much, it’s completely up to you. I highly recommend that you make this once at least while we are still getting loads of fresh strawberries all around us.

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I had made a batch a few years ago and had long forgotten all about it until I found a really nice recipe just last week! I was excited and wanted to give it go…and it has turned out just perfect! The best part is that my hubby…who loves his Strawberry Jam/ Preserve, approved this with a big smile! Happy Dance!!! 💃🏻💃🏻🤗 It tasted fabulous with some bread…or go crazy making so many more desserts using this!

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Let’s get going with the recipe.

Wash the strawberries, pat them dry.
Then hull them using a paring knife (a regular knife will also do).
Chop them roughly and keep them in a large bowl. Add sugar to this and mix well.
Cover and set it aside for 4-5 hours. Remember to stir it once every 30 minutes or so.
This will macerate the strawberries well (help in releasing the juices).

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After 4-5 hours, that’s how they should look.
Alongside, place a ceramic/ stainless steel plate in the freezer, it will be used later to check the consistency of the jam.
Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add the strawberries with all their juices to the pan, stir continuously until they come a rolling boil, this will take about 6-7 minutes.

Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries well and continue to stir.
Cook for another 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice at this stage (lemon juice is added to give a nice gloss to the jam).
Let it cook & allow the juices to reduce for a few minutes, but ensure you stir it constantly.

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Once the jam looks thick and gooey, drop some on the chilled plate and wait for 30 seconds to let it set. Then draw a line in between, if the lines do not spread into each other, it means that the jam is ready & you can turn off the gas.
If not, then cook it for another 5-7 minutes and repeat this step with another chilled plate.

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Cool the cooked jam thoroughly and store it a clean & dry glass bottle/ jar. Always use a dry spoon to remove the jam. Store this in the refrigerator and it should last for over 3 months.

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Prep Time: 4 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 250 gms approximately

3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam is so easy to make and comes together in a flash, it needs no pectin. Enjoy this with some bread or top your favorite muffin with some jam!

Ingredients

  • 400 gms fresh strawberry
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Wash the strawberries, pat them dry.
  2. Then hull them using a paring knife (a regular knife will also do).
  3. Chop them roughly and keep them in a large bowl. Add sugar to this and mix well.
  4. Cover and set it aside for 4-5 hours. Remember to stir it once every 30 minutes or so.
  5. This will macerate the strawberries well (help in releasing the juices).
  6. After 4-5 hours, that's how they should look.
  7. Alongside, place a ceramic/ stainless steel plate in the freezer, it will be used later to check the consistency of the jam.
  8. Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add the strawberries with all their juices to the pan, stir continuously until they come a rolling boil, this will take about 6-7 minutes.
  9. Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries well and continue to stir.
  10. Cook for another 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice at this stage (lemon juice is added to give a nice gloss to the jam).
  11. Let it cook & allow the juices to reduce for a few minutes, but ensure you stir it constantly.
  12. Once the jam looks thick and gooey, drop some on the chilled plate and wait for 30 seconds to let it set.
  13. Then draw a line in between, if the lines do not spread into each other, it means that the jam is ready & you can turn off the gas.
  14. If not, then cook it for another 5-7 minutes and repeat this step with another chilled plate.
  15. Cool the cooked jam thoroughly and store it a clean & dry glass bottle/ jar. Always use a dry spoon to remove the jam. Store this in the refrigerator and it should last for over 3 months

Notes

Dry the strawberries completely before slicing them. Let the strawberries macerate well to get the best taste. Cool the jam completely before storing them in jars.

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Go get jamming!! 😛

Love,

Shreya💞

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Kiwi Mojito Popsicles

Frozen desserts happen to be my favourite….especially Popsicles! 🤗😍😍 I can have too many at a go ever since I was a kid😋 

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The more fruity it is, the better it tastes! Last year too, I had shared some Popsicle recipes here..you can check those out. They are refreshing and too easy to make…maybe you could involve your kids this vacation season in some kitchen activities & make yummy Popsicles. 

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Kiwi is one of the prettiest fruits according to me….so making summery delights using them was on my mind…and Virgin Mojitos happen to me my favorite drink. Hence, I combined the two and made these really delicious Popsicles! They are healthy and absolutely irresistible 😉😉 lets get started with the easy peasy recipe…

Kiwi Mojito Popsicle

Yield: 5-6 small Popsicles

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, Popsicle mould, ice cream sticks, blender.

Ingredients:

2 nos. chopped kiwis

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves

2-3 tbsp sugar (add more or less)

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

Method:

Heat water in a pan, once it starts boiling, add the mint leaves and sugar. Let these boil on low flame for about 10 mins. Once done, cool completely and strain the mint leaves. Keep the strained water aside.

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Next, add chopped kiwi in a blender along with lime juice and the strained water. Blender until smooth. Then fill the Popsicle moulds with this purée and cover with the lids and place the ice cream sticks. Freeze for 6-7 hours or overnight.

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Enjoy these yummy Popsicles this summer☀️🌞

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Dont they look pretty 😬

Love,

Shreya💗

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Kala Chana Masala

North Indian meals are a must in my home on daily basis…they are filling, healthy and something that my hubby & I have both grown up eating😊 It’s our comfort food!

Kala Chana or  Bengal Gram/ Black Gram is full of vitamins, minerals & dietary fiber. It’s also has a very low fat content…..besides being an excellent source of iron & protein for vegetarians.

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I remember having this ever since I was a child…and quite liked it too! Typical North Indian flavours…served with some rice or crispy, flaky parathe👌🏼 One can make it spicy or keep it on the mild side.

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Besides, it’s easy to prepare….lets get started with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2 cups kala Chana (soaked overnight in 5 cups of water)

1 nos. large onion chopped

2 nos. chopped tomato

1 nos. cubed potato

2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

2-3 nos. slit green chilli

1/2 tsp jeera Dana (cumin seeds)

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

1 tbsp each of coriander pwd & cumin pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp red chilly pwd

1 tsp Garam masala pwd

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp oil (I use mustard oil)

chopped coriander as needed

water as needed

lemon juice as per taste

Method:

Heat oil in the pressure cooker, then add jeera and hing. Let this splatter. Then add the onions, green chillies & ginger-garlic paste. Stir and let these cook until the onions are golden. Then add the tomatoes & all the dry masalas mentioned above including garam masala. Season with salt. Cook on medium heat until the tomatoes are soft and the oil begins to seperate. Add the potatoes & the drained kala Chana (Keep the water in which the Chana was soaking aside for later use).

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Keep stirring and sautéing the spices with the Chana and potatoes for about 5-7 mins. Then add chopped coriander leaves & the water kept aside. Add more water if needed in case you want a thinner gravy. Cover the pressure cooker with the lid and place the weight on top. Let it cook on medium flame for about 7-8 whistles (or more depending on the pressure cooker you are using). Once done, turn off the flame and let the pressure release on it own. Open the cooker & add lemon juice and mix well. That’s it..serve hot!

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This is really quick and super yum!

Love,

Shreya💖

Til aur Moongfali ki Chikki

The Kite Flying Season is here! The Harvest Festival or Makar Sankranti as known in most parts of India…or Lodhi in Punjab! It brings us such joy to celebrate this festival…😊 And it marks the beginning of Spring in India! 

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Eating Sesame (til), Peanuts (Moongfali) & Jaggery (Gur) is a tradition on this day…and making Chikki (brittle) or Laddoos (fudges) with these ingredients are very common is every household. My Mom would make these too and we enjoyed them for weeks as she’d make them in large batches😁

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A lot of people make these Chikkis with sugar too…and my Mom shared her recipe with me a few years ago…as I wanted to make another variety of these…along with the usual jaggery ones. The ones made with sugar are more crispy! Let’s get started…

Yield: 4 large quarters or 8-10 smaller pieces

Equipment: a non stick pan, a plate/ tray, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup roasted sesame seeds (white/ black)

1/2 cup roasted & husked peanuts (unsalted)

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd (optional)

1 tsp ghee + extra to grease the tray

Method:

Grease the tray and keep it ready. Heat ghee in the pan and the sugar. Let the sugar melt on low flame until it dissolves completely. Then add the cardamom pwd, sesame seeds & peanuts.

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Keep the flame low and mix everything very well. Turn of the flame immediately. Now pour this mixture on the greased tray quickly and spread it out a bit. Take a knife and make lines on the mixture if you want to have evenly shaped pieces later. 

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Wait for the mixture to cool down..it will take about 15-20 mins. Then break it into pieces and store in an airtight container. It remains fresh for upto 2 weeks.

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Happy Sankranti Everyone!

Love,

Shreya💕

Dhaba Style Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is everyone’s favourite dal when we are at restaurants or dhabas! ☺️ Rustic flavours with the robustness of Garam Masalas and the rich creaminess make it very irresistible. 

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It’s our favourite too…specially when we visit our favourite Dhaba on the outskirts of the city. It tastes just heavenly with some rotis and sliced onions! That’s all…no need to complicate things!

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I have tried many recipe for dal makhani earlier too…but was never really satisfied with the outcome. Recently, when we were at this Dhaba again…I had the luck to find out a secret from the chef himself to make this dal taste absolutely divine! I couldn’t wait to come home and try it again! It tasted just like the one we ate at the Dhaba…so easy that I couldn’t believe I had finally made it just the way we loved it ☺️👌 although he didn’t specify the exact quantity of the ingredients but I had to adjust it according to the quantity I was making for us.

Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Rajma (kidney beans)

1/2 cup black whole urad dal

2 cups water

salt to taste

4 tbsp butter

1/4 tsp hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tbsp ghee

1 cup chopped onions

5-6 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1-2 nos. black cardamom

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1 cup chopped tomatoes

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1/4 tsp sugar

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp fennel pwd (saunf pwd)

1/2 tsp Garam masala

1/4 cup fresh cream

chopped coriander & fresh cream to garnish

Method:

Soak the lentils for 6-7 hours. Then pressure cook them with 2 cups of water and some salt until they are soft and mushy. Approximately 6-7 whistles are enough. Let the pressure release on its own before you open the lid.

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Heat ghee & butter together in the wok. Then add the hing, cardamom, chopped onions, chillies & ginger-garlic paste. Cook until they are slightly golden and the raw smell goes away.

(The chef’s tip of adding fennel pwd is what makes a lot of difference due to its earthy aroma & tasted like the one we eat at the dhabas). Then add all the masalas except Garam masala. Sauté well for about 5-7 mins. Then add the tomato. Season with salt & sugar.

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Also add the Garam masala now. Cook for another 2-3 mins…or until the tomatoes are mushy and the oil floats around the masalas, then add the boiled lentils with it’s water too. Mix well and let it cook for 7-8 mins. Then add the cream and let the dal boil for 15 mins on low flame. Keep stirring it around a few times. You can add some water to adjust the consistency too. That’s it…the dal is ready! You can garnish with some coriander and cream before serving. Enjoy it warm with any roti or some rice and salad 😁

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Comfort food at it’s best….😉

Love,

Shreya💖

P.S. If you don’t have fennel pwd, you can make some by roasting it for a couple of mins just to heat it up…the colour mustn’t change and then grinding/ pounding it well.

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