Category: Glutenfree Recipes

Methi Aloo (Fenugreek Green with Potato)

Winters are here….though it’s not too chilly yet, but I can feel it in the air. Specially early mornings are so pleasant! The Sun looks kinda bleak these days…& it’s my favourite time of the year😊

It’s also when I love eating everything wintery! From a yummy platter of Litti Choka to spicy mouthfuls of Samose ki Chaat 😀👌…and along with these…I also like enjoying something as yummy and humble as the Methi Aloo…in my Mom’s style😋 which is so delicious and not at all bitter! Infact, it’s anything but bitter!!

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It’s too simple to make this..very few ingredients and it is ready in a matter of minutes😉…a typical North Indian style preparation. I packed this for my hubby’s lunch box today and saved some for my lunch! Enjoyed it with some salad & hot rotis👌

Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, mess cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

500 gms washed & finely chopped methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

3 nos. potatoes peeled & cubed

1 nos. chopped tomato

2 nos. whole dry red chilli

4-5 cloves of garlic

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp Garam masala 

3 tbsp mustard oil ( you can use refined oil too)

Method:

Heat oil in a wok, once the oil smokes (if using mustard oil, don’t smoke it if you are using refined oil), reduce the flame and add the potatoes and stir fry on low flame for 5 mins. They will turn golden brown. Then add the whole red chillies & crushed garlic. Sauté for 2 mins. The add the chopped methi leaves & season with salt and turmeric pwd. Mix well and let the cook for a few mins. You can cover with a lid if you wish. I don’t because methi cooks very fast and a cover isn’t required.

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Once the methi leaves are cooked well, add the tomatoes and again cook for 5-8 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Once that’s done, add garam masala and mix everything well. Just cook for another 2 mins. That’s it! It’s ready. (What actually works in reducing the bitterness is the tomato & the garlic)

Serve it piping hot! 😄

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Hope you like this…it’s just perfect for this season. You can have it with some rice & dal too!! 😬

Love,

Shreya💞

 

Paneer Bhurji/ Paneer Pav Bhaji/ How to make Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji happens to one of my many quick fixes during weekdays…like Besan Wale Shimla Mirch Aloo😬 Also, it happens to be my hubby’s and my favourite! We both enjoy this for breakfast with some toast or even for lunch or dinner with hot Phulkas or Paratha! Such a great combo…served with some sliced onions and a squeeze of lime juice..👌👌😋 

This one even gets packed for his lunch box! At times, I stuff the leftovers between two slices of Wholewheat bread, toast it and slather the sandwich with some spicy garlic chutney! Another way you can serve it is by pairing it with some warm, buttered Pav, like Paneer Pav Bhaji…because the ingredients are the same😉😉

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My mom makes a very delicious version of this Bhurji, but my version is slightly different. Actually you can also make egg Bhurji using this recipe! You will hardly take 30 mins to prepare this …let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

200 gms paneer (cottage cheese)

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos tomato finely chopped

1 nos capsicum finely chopped

2 tsp green chilly-ginger-garlic paste (ggg paste)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp degi mirch pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (bhuna Jeera)

1/4 tsp coriander pwd

1 tbsp pav bhaji masala

salt to taste

chopped coriander leaves as needed

1/4 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp oil/ butter (I usually use butter😁)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Method:

Crumble paneer properly and set it aside.

Heat oil in the wok, add hing next. Let it sizzle for a minute, add the onions next. Let the onions sauté for for 2-3 mins so that they turn translucent. Then add ggg paste and again cook it for 2 mins. Add the capsicum and all the dry spices except pav bhaji masala. Also, season with salt. Sauté these together for the next 5 mins or until the capsicum turns soft. Then add the tomatoes and Pav bhaji masala.

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Sauté for 5 mins, the tomatoes should be cooked and turn soft and pulpy. Add the crumbled paneer and mix well. Mash the paneer with the masalas nicely. Cook covered for about 2-3 mins. Turn off flame, add coriander leaves and some lemon juice 👌👌 that’s it! Ready…enjoy!

You can also try my Pav Bhaji recipe!

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Common, try this out soon…you will love the lip smacking flavours!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Dhabe Wale Chole/ Chickpeas in a Spicy Indian Curry / Chana Masala Recipe

There is list in my mind which contains the names of the dishes that I would never refuse!! Chole or Chana Masala being one of the many on that list! 😛 it’s simply irresistible! 

I enjoy it with some steamed rice or Paratha, Missi Roti or Aloo ke Bhature….the list is endless when it comes to what you could pair with Chole👌😄

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Look at that deep, rich colour of the gravy! This was totally lip smacking along with some Laccha Parathas. It tasted like the ones we enjoy at Punjabi Dhabbas 😋 And speaking of lip smacking, you should try my Khatte Chole too😁

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I had been wanting to try this recipe for a very long time and finally did it on the weekend. Hubby and me..we both relished it to the core! Besides, it’s really easy to make☺️ Here’s my take on it…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a heavy bottomed wok, a ladle, a blender, measuring cups/ spoons, a small pan.

Ingredients:

2 cup chickpea (White Chole)

1 nos. teabag

2 nos. medium onion

1 nos. large ripe tomato

1/2 cup coriander leaves

10 garlic cloves

2″ piece of ginger

2 nos. green chilli

1 bay leaf

4-5 cloves (Laung)

4-5 whole peppercorns (kalimiri)

1″ piece of cinnamon (dalchini)

1 nos. black cardamom (Badi elaichi)

2 nos. green cardamom (choti elaichi)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (Jeera)

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp degi Mirch pwd (red chilli pwd)

1/2 tsp anardana pwd (optional)

2 tsp tamarind pulp

Salt to taste

2-3 tbsp oil

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tsp Jeera dana (cumin seeds)

some cubes of fried cottage cheese (paneer) and onion rings to garnish.

Method:

Soak the Chole overnight in 4 cups of water. Next day, pressure cook the soaked Chole with some salt and the teabag. It will take 3-4 whistles to cook. Once done, discard the teabag & drain all the water. Now add the roasted cumin pwd to the boiled Chole and mix it well. Set that aside for later use.

Grind the ginger, garlic , green chillies and onions together to make a smooth paste. Also purée the tomato and coriander leaves together. Set these aside.

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Now, heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot enough, add the Jeera dana and hing. Let these splatter a bit. Then add all the whole spices and sauté for a minute.

(Please note that my hubby doesn’t not like whole spices in the food so I have used the infuser while sautéing the spices and then later discarded the same, you can add directly into the wok).

Then add the onion, ginger, garlic & green chilli paste. Cook this for about 7-8 minutes until it leaves oil from the sides. Next add the tomato and coriander purée. Again cook on medium flame for about 10 minutes. The colour will darken and the oil should separate. Also, the mixture will not have the raw fragrance of the tomatoes. At this stage, add the dry spices except the anardana pwd and season with salt (but not too much as the boiled Chole is seasoned with some salt while boiling).Mix well and cook for 5-6 mins for the spices to cook well.

Now add the boiled Chole + anardana pwd (optional) + tamarind pulp. Mix well and add some water to correct the consistency. Cover and cook for 15 mins. Once done, check for seasonings and correct the same. Garnish with some cubes of fried paneer and a few onion rings! That’s it..serve it piping hot 👌😄

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And that’s how you spend a lazy Sunday! 😂 Enjoy!

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Cookoholichomemaker

Rajgira Ki Nankhatai/ Rajgira Cookies/ Amaranth Cookies/ Glutenfree Cookies/ Navratri Recipes/ Fasting Menu for Navratri Festival

I had shared the recipe for Rajgira Halwa recently with you guys for Navratri Fasting menu. That was very healthy and delicious too 😊 

Today, I bring to you a very crunchy and delicious Rajgira Nankhatai! Perfect for dipping in your evening tea while you fast…or for those hunger pangs in the middle of the day! They are good for kids too😁. Since I had some Amaranth flour left-over after making the halwa … I started looking for easy recipes. This recipe fits the bill perfectly…it was instantly approved by hubby😘 with two thumbs up!! 💃 I am very happy that it worked so well on the very first attempt! Now I will make it even when I don’t fast 😄

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Since this recipe uses Glutenfree flour, you will have to work very carefully while making the dough and keep an eye on it while baking too. Let’s get started with the recipe.

Yield: 18-20 Nankhatai depending on the size.

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, blender, a knife, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, aluminium foil, a cooling stand.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Rajgira ka atta (amaranth flour)

1/2 cup powdered sugar

5 tbsp powdered almonds

1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

6 tbsp desi ghee

a pinch of sendha namak (rock salt, use regular salt if you are not fasting)

less than 1/4 cup water (approximately)

chopped pistachio for garnishing (optional)

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, add the powdered sugar, ghee and cardamom pwd. Mix it all well. Then add the almond powder too and mix again. Next, add the Rajgira atta and slowly also pour some water. Mix well with your hands. It won’t be a tight dough. So bring everything together carefully and cover the bowl. Keep the covered bowl in the refrigerator for 15 mins.

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Pre-heat the oven for 10mins @ 170’c. (Pls note that every oven works differently, so you will have to adjust the temperature and baking duration according to your oven). Line the baking tray with aluminium foil.

Then after 15 mins, remove the dough from the refrigerator and make small, equal sized balls. Make a cross over each ball with a sharp knife (this helps in releasing any steam within). Bake them at 170’c for 15 mins. If at all you feel they haven’t baked completely, you can let them bake for another 5-8 mins. But please keep an eye on them. Once it’s done, bring them out of the oven and cool the tray on a wire stand for 15 mins. The Nankhatai will crisp up and will be easy to handle. Sprinkle some chopped pistachios and serve 😊

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Enjoy these Nankhatai with tea or simply munch away☺️

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from The Times Of India.

Phalhari Kadhai Paneer / Vrat ki Kadhai Paneer / No Onion No Garlic Recipe / Cottage Cheese

The best part about Navratri is that I know I will finish cooking very quickly! That’s because we don’t eat onion and garlic during these 9 days…as most Indians, I too have ‘Mata ji ki Pooja’ and ‘Ghatt’ at my place. 😇😇 🙏🌹

I love and eagerly wait for Navratri to begin each year…as I get to decorate the temple in my house!! Colourful bangles..chunni (scarf) for ‘mataji‘ and all the little ‘diyas‘ (oil lamps) lighting up the entire place looks so pretty!! 🎊

But the fact remains that my hubby has to go to work every morning and I love packing his lunch box! So during Navratri…I pack food that’s without onion-garlic. along with cucumber slices and some fruits to balance the meal.

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So decided to pack Phalhari Kadhai Paneer today for his lunch box along with Rajgira ke Parathe (not in pics). They are very healthy and make a good accompaniment to the Phalhari Kadhai Paneer 😀 I was looking for a good paneer (cottage cheese) recipe and this one is perfect!

This recipe is very quick and required little efforts too! Let’s get going with it..

️Yield: Serves 1 (remember, this was made just for my hubby’s lunch box, pls adjust the ingredients to make a larger batch)

Equipment: a non stick pan/ wok, measuring cups/ spoons, blender.

Ingredients:

1 cup cubed paneer

1 cup chopped tomatoes (de seeded)

1 nos green chilly

4-5 cloves (Laung)

1″ pc of cinnamon (dalchini)

2-3 green cardamom (Chotti elaichi)

1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

1 tsp peppercorns (Kali miri)

2 tbsp chopped ginger

1/2 tsp degi mirch (optional)

A pinch of sugar (optional)

1 tbsp ghee

sendha namak to taste (rock salt, and if you are not fasting, use regular salt)

Method:

First, blend together 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes with all of the ginger and green chilly using 1 tbsp water. Make a smooth paste. Set it aside.

Dry roast the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin seeds for 3-4 mins in the wok…careful not to burn them. Let them cool for a few a minutes. Grind them to a powder or little coarsely (if you like coarse spices) and set it aside.

Now, heat the wok and add ghee. Once it’s hot, add the paste you have made and sauté on medium flame for 5 mins or until the raw smell goes away from the paste. You will see some of the ghee separating from the sides too. Now add the sugar, salt and degi mirch (optional) and approximately 3/4 tsp of the spice powder you have kept aside (the remaining spice powder can be stored in an airtight container for about a month and reused in any curry).

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Mix everything well and cook for another 3-4 mins. You can add some water to correct the consistency at this point (I added less than 1/4 cup of water). Next, add the remaining chopped tomatoes and cubed paneer. Stir carefully to avoid breaking the paneer. Now cook for another 6-7 mins. The paneer will absorb all the flavours and the tomatoes too will cook well. If you like, you can sprinkle some more of the spice powder at this stage (I did not as I was worried it will be too spicy)..turn off the flame. You can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves…I didn’t have any today..so I skipped it! 😬 It’s ready!

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Adapted from Pankaj Bhadouria.

Hope you will try it out soon! 😊

Love,

Shreya💕

Rajgira Halwa / Amaranth Fudge / Glutenfree Fudge/ Navratri Vrat Recipe / Fasting Menu for Navratri Festival

Navratri is just around the corner….and I am excited! It’s going to be so colourful…and bright! This is just the beginning of festive season!! Besides, I will be sharing a few recipes here meant for fasting. They will be delicious and easy to make….the kind I specialise in mostly!! Courtesy my mom most of the times to be honest😝 

In the past too I have shared some easy & yummy recipes for Navratri fasting/ vrat….like Sabudana wada in Appe Pan or you can try Sabudane ka Wada aur Phalhari Chutney…it’s so lip-smacking!! You could also go with the evergreen Sabudane ki Khichadi….very healthy and filling options.

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Eating healthy is very important when you are fasting….but it’s obvious that we crave something sweet too..and sweets are very important for the ‘bhog’ for ‘mataji‘(auspicious offering to the Goddess). So you can try the Anjeer Burfi or Kaju Katli.…and the extremely delicious Mawa Burfi 😬 Don’t they all sound delicious!!

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So, this time around…Navratri means I get to post a few delicious recipes for you guys! I looked in my pantry …and I had Amaranth flour (rajgira atta). So Halwa (fudge) was the first thing I thought of…because my hubby absolutely adores Halwa…be it Sooji (semolina) or wheat flour (atta) Halwa. I knew my mom would know the recipe…it happens to be the same as she follows for Sooji Halwa..but what she was doubtful about was the proportion of ghee with the flour. So I checked out this easy video on YouTube….and it cleared my doubt..although I followed my mom’s recipe😊..trust me..it turned out so yummy and totally melt in the mouth types…pretty good for my first trial 👏💃Hubby was totally impressed with the flavour…he said that this was pretty close to the one we have had earlier at Maharaja Bhog…our favourite place for authentic Marwadi Thali👌👌☺️ I was like Yayyyy!!! Anyhow..lets get going with the recipe…

Yield: 2 persons

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok/ non-stick pan, a slotted spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup Amaranth flour (rajgira atta)

8-9 tbsp ghee (at room temperature)

1/2 cup sugar (approx. you can easily add more or less)

1/2 cup milk (at room temperature)

1/2 cup water

1/4 tsp cardamom powder

4-5 strands of saffron (kesar, to be soaked in the milk)

some slivered almonds and pistachios to garnish

Method:

Sieve the flour once and set it aside (my mom’s tip). Remember to soak the saffron strands in the 1/2 cup of milk that we have kept at room temperature.

Heat ghee in the wok on low flame. Once it’s hot enough, add the sieved flour and roast at low to medium flame for about 8-10 mins. Keep stirring around while its roasting to ensure even colouring on the flour…a light brown shade and the aroma should be earthy. Next you add in the cardamom pwd and mix well. Sauté for a minute more.

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(The pic on the left, above, shows the colour of the flour after roasting it for 10 mins. The pic on the right shows the consistency of the halwa after adding the water, milk, sugar and cooking it. Also note, saffron will give a great aroma, not any colour in this recipe)

Then add the the milk which has the saffron strands soaking in it and the water. Give it a mix, add the sugar next and stir continuously to melt the sugar and let the water & milk evaporate. But the halwa should should be moist…so incase you think it will turn dry..add a few tbsp of milk and some a tsp of ghee too. Cook the Halwa for another few mins. That’s it..Halwa is ready.Garnish it with some dry fruits and serve warm! It keeps well in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat when serving it.

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Doesn’t this look absolutely inviting and delicious 😇😄 Hope you guys will try this soon!

Love,

Shreya💖

Dahi Wadas on a Skewer!

I have to have Dahi Wadas for Holi! Not having them is simply not an option 😀 My mom makes the yummiest Dahi Wadas ever!!! And I simply follow her recipe to the ‘T’ 😘

But deep fried Wadas can become a bit too heavy for us…specially when My hubby is perpetually on a diet!😰 I always have to be careful about calories and stuff like that whenever I’m cooking… Not too easy to do but i have that covered in my own sneaky way…😉

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Every dieters’ dream..the indispensable ‘appe pan’../ aebelskiver pan. I am sure almost everyone of you out there has one… Small or large..cast iron or non-stick! They all work wonders. I’ve been using it for over a year now and don’t think I would be able to function without one. All my Wadas today are made my magic pan 😉 with very little to no oil at all. Seriously good and no worry of they being oily & greasy.

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The Wadas were light, fluffy & so soft just like the ones we deep fry.

And to make it bit more special and colourful, I infused the curd with saffron strands …and presented them on Skewers!!!! 👌😋 😎 Now, who doesn’t like food on a stick! I mean we gorge on kebabs & tikkas all the time.. That’s where I got the idea from! And My dear hubby was indeed impressed 💖

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You can present them in the traditional style or put them on skewer sticks…whatever works for you! 😊 Here comes the recipe..

Yield: 21 small or 12-14 large Wadas

Equipment: Appe pan / Aebelskiver pan, skewer sticks, a blender, a large mixing bowl, 2-3 bowls, spice mixer, 2-3 spoons, measuring cups/ spoons, a small saucepan, 2 glass jars

Ingredients for the Wadas:

1 cup skinless white urad dal (black lentil) soaked for 6-7 hrs

10-12 nos black peppercorns

2″ pc ginger

3 nos green chilly

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

oil as required (optional)

Method for the Wadas:

Grind together all the ingredients mentioned above to make a smooth paste using little water. The paste should not be runny. It’s supposed to be thick and sticky. Let this batter / paste sit for 30mins. Whisk the batter vigorously using a spoon for at least 4-5 mins. This will make the batter very light and airy and will ensure that the Wadas are soft.

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Now heat the appe pan, add a drop of oil if needed in every section. Now drop about a 1.5 – 2 tbs of the batter in every section and cook for 2 mins on the first side, then using another spoon flip them over to the other side and cook for another 1-2 mins. Repeat this for the entire batch of the batter. And set aside the Wadas to cool a bit. Then dip them in some warm for 10 mins then drain the water. Squeeze out the extra water. This is done to just soften the wada a little more. Set them aside.

Ingredients for the tamarind chutney:

1 cup tamarind pulp

3 tbsp pwd jaggery (use more if you like)

1/2 tsp each of red chilly pwd & roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp crushed saunf Dana (fennel seeds)

1/4 tsp salt

Method for the tamarind chutney:

Heat the saucepan, add the pulp along with the jaggery pwd and stir till the jaggery dissolves completely and the concoction simmers slightly..then season with the above mentioned ingredients. Cook for another 5-7mins. The concoction will thicken slightly. Turn off the gas and let the chutney cool down completely before you store it in a clean, dry glass jar. Set that aside for now.

Ingredients for the green chutney:

1/2 cup coriander leaves washed, dried & roughly chopped

1 no raw mango peeled & cubed

salt to taste

1 tbsp tamarind chutney

1-2 nos green chillies

6-7 nos cloves of garlic

Method for the green chutney:

Put all in the ingredients mentioned above in a blender with a little water and pulse for a couple of mins. The chutney will have a smooth texture. Store the chutney in a clean & dry glass jar.

Ingredients for the saffron infused curd dip:

1 cup thick curd

2 tbsp warm water

15-20 strands of saffron

Himalayan pink salt to taste

Method for the curd dip:

Dilute the saffron with the warm water for 20 mins or until it releases a rich yellow /ocher colour. Mix this yellow saffron water with the curd & the salt. Beat everything well and set aside I refrigerator to cool for 15-20 mins before using it.

For the plating & garnish you will need:

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1tsp red chilli pwd

Few pomegranate seeds

2 tsp coriander leaves chopped finely

Plating:

Put 2-4 Wadas on a single skewer stick, drizzle some of the curd dip, tamarind chutney, green chutney. Sprinkle some roasted cumin and red chilli pwd. Add a few pomegranate seeds /jewels. And a final flourish of coriander leaves! Voilà! Do the rest in a similar way & serve right away.

Or just serve in platters like we usually do! ☺️

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Hope you will make these soon and enjoy them as much as I did!

Love,

Shreya 😊

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