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Pooranpoli/ Puranpoli

I have been wanting to do Pooranpoli for the longest time for the blog…but I wanted to get the exact recipe from my Mom! Yes….she makes the best Pooranpolis..😘

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Since my hubby too is a big fan of these Polis…I decided to let my mom teach the entire process to me once again…as I had made these almost over two years ago and forgotten her recipe😂😂

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Actually, it pretty easy to make these but a involves a lengthy process for making ‘puran‘ or the sweetened split pea filling. The ‘poli‘ or the ‘flatbread‘ which holds the stuffing inside it, usually made of all-purpose flour or wholewheat flour. 

Let’s get started with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 15-16 Pooranpolis

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a wok, a mixing bowl, a potato masher, rolling pin, rolling board, measuring cups/ spoons, a non-stick pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

For the Pooran:

1 cup chana dal (split gram)

2-3 cup water

a pinch of turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar (add more or less as per your preference)

1 + 1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

For the Poli:

1 1/2 cup Maida (APF)

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup refined oil

water as needed

Method:

For the Pooran:

Soak the dal for about 1 hour in 2-3 cups of water. Then pressure cook the dal with the same water that it was soaking in, turmeric & salt for 3-4 whistles. The water in the pressure cooker will evaporate considerably. Cool the cooker completely and the open the lid once the steam settles down on it’s own. Then mash the cooked dal using the masher.

Next, heat a wok. Add the mashed dal to the wok. Add the sugar now. Keep stirring it continuously, the sugar will start melting. Keep stirring to avoid the sugar from burning with the mashed dal. The consistency of the mixture will start to thicken and become very dense. Once it looks almost dry, turn off the flame. Add the cardamom pwd at this stage. Mix it well with the mixture. Taste the mixture and adjust the sugar if necessary (in case you add more sugar after tasting, then you will need to cook it again on medium heat and stir the mixture continuously until it dries up again).

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The texture of the filling should look like the picture on the right.

For the Poli:

Take the maida in a mixing bowl, add salt. Add a little water at a time, start kneading a dough. It must be a soft dough. I used about 1/2 cup water approximately. Next, make indentations in the dough at drizzle the oil. Cover and set aside for 30 mins. After 30 mins, knead the dough again until it absorbs all the oil. The dough will be very soft and extremely pliable at this stage. Let it rest for another 15 mins before making the Pooranpoli.

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For assembling the Pooranpoli:

Please follow the pictures for next few steps.

Divide the dough into equal parts, stuff them with the filling and  cover them properly so that the filling doesn’t spill out while rolling them.

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Next, roll them out evenly. Heat a pan, cook them on both sides and smear some ghee or butter while cooking them. Ideally, they should puff up. But it’s ok if they don’t puff up.

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Serve them piping hot with some more ghee or butter.

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Do try these…they are totally worth the effort and taste heavenly!

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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Rawa Dosa

This happens to be my hubby’s favourite variety of Dosa…specially when he’s at any Udupi restaurants around here. It’s crispy, crunchy and really flavourful! 👌 

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We usually make it at home on weekends…as a healthy and filling brunch…paired with my Mom’s spicy & simple coconut chutney. The crispy Dosa goes so well with the earthiness of the this grassy green chutney. Although you can have some potato masala or a spicy sambhar to go with it too. Or even my fiery Schezwan Chutney! 😉

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This a really common preparation in most homes…being instant & super easy to make..although, a few ingredients here and there & the proportions may vary…but the results are always mouthwatering! Here’s my take..

For the Dosa

Yield: 4-5 Dosas

Equipment: a non stick pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl, a ladle.

Ingredients:

1 cup Rawa/ sooji (semolina)

3 tbsp rice flour

1/2 tbsp maida (APF)

salt to taste

1 tsp whole peppercorns

1-2 tbsp chopped cashews

1 tsp chopped curry leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tbsp chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp grated ginger

1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)

water as needed

oil to cook the Dosa

Method:

Take all the dry ingredients in the bowl, stir them well. Then add water and make a runny batter. Let it sit for 5-7 mins.

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Heat the pan, and spread a ladleful of the batter on the pan…and drizzle some oil around the pan. Cook on low heat for about 5-6 mins…you need to cook it that long as it will crisp up..and there is no need to flip over to cook the other side. Once done, it starts leaving the pan from the edges. That’s it, your Rawa Dosa is ready! Serve it piping hot😀

(P.S. Stir the batter well before pouring out the next ladleful!)

For the chutney:

It’s really simple… Gives you about a big bowlful.

1 freshly grated coconut, about 1 bunch of coriander leaves, 2-3 green chillies & some salt. Grind these with some water.

Adjust the seasoning. You can temper it if you like..although I usually don’t do it! Done! This chutney stays fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Doesn’t that look absolutely tempting😬😉 they taste so good..

Love,

Shreya💓

Tehri/ Tahri

If you are a North Indian, you will be very familiar with Tehri/ Tahri☺️..it’s a famous winter staple. We specially wait for all kinds of fresh winter produce to go ahead and make this! It’s my absolute favourite variety among all rice preparations👌👌😁

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It’s such a rustic combination of freshest veggies…some fragrant spices and rice! I believe it can be anyone’s favourite one-pot meal….soul food for me though! I usually have it with some Raita & Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney.…a really fabulous combo…

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I always follow my Mom’s delicious recipe….I make no changes! Doesn’t need any…it’s just too good😘

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 2-3

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

Ingredients:

1 cup basmati rice (washed & soaked for approx 20 mins)

2 cups cleaned, dried & roughly cubed mixed veggies (I use carrots, peas, potato, paneer, French beans, cauliflower, etc….anything you like)

1 cup sliced onions

1 nos. slit green chilli

1 tsp ginger paste

a handful of mixed whole spices – an inch piece of cinnamon stick, 2-3 black cardamom, 2-3 green cardamom, 1 bay leaf, 2-4 cloves, 4-5 black peppercorns.

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp each of coriander & cumin pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

water as needed to cook the rice

salt to taste

3 tbsp refined oil + 1 tbsp pure ghee

chopped coriander leaves to garnish.

Method:

Heat oil & ghee in the wok. Then add all the whole spices, Jeera & hing. Let these splutter for a few mins. Then add the slit green chilli & sliced onions. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Then add the cubed veggies, salt & other spices mentioned above along with Garam masala & ginger paste. Mix well and cook for 7-8 mins on medium flame.

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Then add the soaked rice. Keep sautéing for a couple of mins. Then add enough water so that it just covers the top of the rice and veggies but not too much. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 8-10 mins. Open the cover and give it a stir. The water will have been absorbed by now, turn off the flame, cover and let it rest for 5 mins before it serving piping hot! Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and a dash of lime juice!

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Give it a try…and you will love it!

Love,

Shreya💞

P.S. Non- Vegetarians can add chicken/meat in place of veggies and follow the same recipe…you will end up with a great one-pot meal!

Chakli/ Murukku/ Rava Chalki

Diwali means unlimited munching to me! 😬😜 yes…ever since I was a kid…my mom would make yummy sweets and savouries…and we would go on munching and making merry:):)… And I too make a lot of stuff for Diwali each year…as my hubby also loves homemade sweets & savouries…😘

So, I started a tradition of making Rava Chakli/ Murukku last year along with Masala Puri for Diwali. Almost every household, across India makes some or the other version of Chakli. These Chaklis are so crispy and crunchy…just perfect, no-fail recipe 😁…But sweets are always loved right…something delicious and easy to do like these Kaju Katli or Besan Ke Laddoo ;)👌👌 these are always on the menu too😋

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The recipe is very easy, let’s get started..

Yield: 20-22 medium Chaklis 

Equipment: a kitchen press (chakli maker), a mixing bowl, a saucepan, a slotted spatula, a large wok, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour

1/2 cup fine rava (semolina)

1/4 cup Besan (chickpea flour)

1 cup water + 3 tbsp

1 tbsp hot oil

salt to taste

1/4 tsp rock salt (kala namak)

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

a pinch of asafoetida (Hing)

1/2 tbsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

oil to fry

Method:

Boil 1 cup of water in the saucepan, then add rava and cook it, make sure it is without any lumps. Now, add rice flour, besan , salt to taste, kala namak, red chilli pwd, roasted cumin pwd, cumin seeds, hing and 1 tbsp hot oil to the cooked rava. Give them a mix. Add a little water and make a soft dough. Let the dough rest for 15 mins.

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Then, make the Chaklis using the chakli maker on a plate or aluminium sheet. Heat sufficient oil in the wok. Once it’s hot enough, lower the flame and start frying the chaklis on medium flame. Don’t fry on very high flame, else they will remain raw from inside. Fry 3-4 chaklis at a time, don’t overcrowd the wok. Let them turn golden- brown in colour on both sides & drain them on kitchen tissues.

Store them in airtight containers, they stay fresh for 8-10 days.

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Enjoy them soon.

Love,

Shreya💓

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Sookhe Kaale Chane Puri Aur Sooji Ka Halwa/ Sooji ka Halwa/ Mata ka Bhog/ Spicy Bengal Gram Recipe/ Kanjak Bhog Recipe/ Kanya Pooja ka Bhog/ Ashtami ka Bhog/ North Indian Ashtami Bhog recipe/ Navratri Menu

Navratri fasting comes to an end on Ashtami (eighth day). This day is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm all over the country. Food and offerings are made to ‘Maa Durga’ (Goddess Durga). 

Many Hindus worship little girls ‘devi’ to symbolise them as the ‘Goddess‘ herself. This Pooja is either done on Ashtami or in some families, Navmi (ninth day). This is usually known as Kanya Pooja or Kanjak Pooja. The ritual is to wash the feet of these little girls and then offer them beautiful ‘chunnari‘ (colourful scarves) along with bangles, toys among other attractive gifts! They are then offered delicious food too….that’s when Sookhe Kaale Chane is served along with Poori and Sooji/ Rawa/ Semolina Halwa or Pudding . And trust me..it’s a divine combination.

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I remember when I was a little girl, I used to go visit a few places as my Mother’s friends would invite me over for the Kanya  Pooja! It was so much fun…and then later I would have my friends and some other girls over at my place for the same Kanya Pooja 😀🙏🙏 and we would all tuck into this delicious meal.

I would actually wait for it for days!! My Mom, she makes such delicious Sookhe Kale Chane, Pooris and Halwa😋😋…I just can’t resist when she has all these things lined up in front of me! 😂 Her recipes are so simple and yet very flavoursome

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Although, all over Northern India, the recipe for these Chane and Halwa remains pretty much the same…just an ingredient here or there might be different. 

Lets go on with my Mother’s recipes…

Yield: serves 3-4

Sookhe Kaale Chane 

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

Ingredients:

3 cups boiled Kaale Chane (soak them overnight and boil them for 2-3 whistles in a pressure cooker) (Bengal Gram)

salt to taste (we use regular salt for this)

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida, optional)

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1+1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1+1/2 tsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd, optional)

chopped coriander to garnish

Method:

Once the chane have been boiled, drain all the water and set them aside. Now, heat the wok, once it’s hot enough, add the oil. Now, add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. Let them splutter a bit. Next, add the boiled chane and season with salt.

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Mix well and add the other dry spice mentioned above. Mix them well. Cover with a lid and let it all cook for 4-5 mins. As the chane are boiled, we don’t need to wait too long for them to cook. Once done, turn off the gas and garnish with chopped coriander. 😬 that’s it, it’s ready!

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Poori:

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a wok, a slotted spatula, rolling pin, rolling board.

2 cups wholewheat flour

salt to taste

3 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)

water as needed to knead the dough

oil for frying

Method:

Take the flour in the the mixing bowl, add salt and carom seeds to it. Give it a good mix. Make a well in the centre, and add the ghee in the well and mix again. Now add water little by little into the flour and make a firm dough (kadak). Cover it and let it rest for about 30 mins.

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Next, make equal sized balls of the dough, using a rolling pin, roll out the dough. The diameter can be 3″-4″ or even more. But do not roll them too thin. The thickness should be about 3mm or so. Do the same for all the dough balls and keep on a plate. Heat oil for frying in the wok. Once it’s hot, fry one or two Pooris at a time, be careful not to splash any oil. About 30 seconds on the first side and 15 seconds or less on the other side will give perfect and fluffy Pooris. Do the same for the entire batch and set them aside. They are ready 👏👏

Sooji Ka Halwa:

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

Ingredients:

1 cup Sooji (semolina)

7-8 tbsp sugar (adjust as per your taste)

4-5 tbsp ghee

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd

1/2 cup milk

1/2 cup water

some chopped dry fruits to garnish

Method:

Heat ghee in the wok, then, add sooji and roast it on medium flame until it turns slightly golden. Now add the milk and water in the roasted sooji.

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Give everything a stir. Add the sugar and cardamom pwd next. Keep stirring (it will look very diluted at this point, but slowly the sooji will absorb the milk and water & the sugar will melt too). Once it’s dry enough to a consistency of your liking , turn off the flame and garnish with some chopped pistachios and almond slivers or fried cashews too 😀 that’s it! Serve it piping hot with Pooris & Sookhe Kale Chane!  💕

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(Note: Adding milk will give a very rich flavour. Skip it if you wouldn’t like that, simply add an extra 1/2 cup of water to replace it. You will notice that I add the sugar directly to the sooji instead of making a sugar syrup, that’s because this method is sure shot. You will never face any issues of the sugar burning or not melting. My Mom has been doing this for the last 45+ years. It always works!) 

Happy Cooking!

Love,

Shreya💖

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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💕

Besan Wali Shimla Mirch Aloo

What goes into my hubby’s lunch box is a question I ask him every night before bed 😁 usually, he goes along with whatever I decide. But there are days…when I let him decide! And I indulge him…sometimes, when he craves Masala Puris…I pair it with spicy potato curry or my spicy Bharwa Baigan 👌…a combo made in heaven! He even prefers a spicy Veg Pulav with some curd raita…! Wow! 

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So last week…post dinner he asks me to pack some Besan wali Shimla Mirch Aloo (his favourite) in his lunch box the next morning with some Phulkas😀 and some salad! Pretty straight forward stuff..but I had never packed this for his lunch box till date!! 😳 I wasn’t sure if it would keep well packed for 4-5 hours….asked my mom, she too wasn’t sure…having never packed this before for us. So I asked my blogger bestie Deepti Gupta, if it would stay fresh…and she said yes it would!! She has some amazing recipes over at Cookoholichomemaker.…you can check out her version of Besanwali Shimlamirch too😊 Mine is a bit different though…it’s my mom’s recipe..😊

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This is really quick recipe…prefect for rushed mornings…or even quick side dish for your rice & dal combo! If you like, you can avoid the potatoes or capsicum…anything you like! 😁 lets get on with the recipe:

Serves: 1 (had made it for hubby’s lunch box)

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok with a lid, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing spoon.

Ingredients:

3 nos. green bell pepper/ capsicum/ Shimla Mirch

2 nos. potato

4 tbsp chick pea flour/ besan

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp mustard oil (use refined oil or ghee if you don’t prefer mustard oil)

A pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp paanch phoran (a mix of nigella seeds/ mangrela + saunf/ aniseeds + rai/ mustard seeds + jeera/ cumin seeds + methi/ fenugreek seeds)

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tbsp cumin/ jeera pwd

1/2 tbsp dhaniya/ coriander pwd

1/4 tsp amchur/ dry mango pwd

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Peel & clean the potatoes & de-seed the capsicum. Wash, dry & cut everything into equal sized cubes. Set aside.

Heat the wok, add the Besan without any oil. Keep stirring it in low-medium flame until you get an earthy aroma & the colour changes to light pink. It will take about 5 mins. It will look like this. Be careful that it should not burn or turn darker in colour. Remove it in a bowl and set it aside.

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Heat the oil in the same wok. I was using mustard oil, so I let heated it till it smoked a bit, cooled it down and then started cooking (use refined oil ghee by simply heating it as usual).

Now add the paanch phoran (used extensively in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh & Kolkata. It’s very aromatic, however u can simply use cumin or mustard seeds in case you don’t use paanch phoran in your cooking)

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Once the seeds start crackling around, add hing. Next, add the cubed veggies. Immediately season with salt & turmeric. Mix well and cover cook until the veggies are soft. It will take about 10 mins on low-medium flame. Then take off the lid, add the chilli pwd, cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Stir well & cook without lid for 5-7 mins. Next add the roasted besan & amchur pwd. Mix well so that the besan coats everything well. Cook for another 5-6 mins. Turn off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander. 😉 that’s it! Serve with phulkas or parathas!

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Hubby was excited to get his favourite and I got a ‘happy’ text from him during lunch time 😘

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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