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Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method) – Kulcha is a type of leavened bread from North India, from the state of Punjab. It is made using All Purpose Flour (maida) and usually eaten with Chole or Dal Makhani . The dough is rolled into thick, flat and slightly thick shape and baked in a tandoor (large earthen oven). Once, they are baked to perfection, some butter or ghee is smeared on the top to enhance it’s taste 🙂 The best part about these Kulchas are that we don’t use yeast as a leavening agent. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is very famous as it has a delicious, spicy filling of boiled, mashed potatoes along with some chopped green chilies and a few other ingredients to add flavor! 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

I usually make these Amritsari Aloo Kulchas on weekends or on Friday nights. It would seem like a heavy meal but if eaten in moderation, it isn’t half bad 😉 Besides, I always look forward to making something special on Fridays, I mean, the week’s almost over and I’m absolutely relaxed and enjoy spending an hour or so extra in the kitchen. This combination also seems like a pretty hectic menu but trust me, it’s not!

As I mentioned above at the beginning of the post, I usually pair these Kulchas with some Dal Makhani. They taste absolutely delicious together and a side of some onion salad is a must have. Have you guys tried my recipe for the dal makhani yet?

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Once these kulchas are baked/ cooked, it’s customary to smear them with a generous lob of butter or ghee. I mean you must add some just to make sure you get to enjoy the authentic flavors of this rustic flatbread. Besides, when in Punjab, do as the Punjabi’s do! Personally, I prefer butter over ghee. I feel butter adds a little depth to smokiness of these kulchas/ flatbreads.

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Since we are speaking about butter and Punjabi’s, the butter has to be added generously to the Dal Makhani too! I squirt a bit of lemon onto the dal for good measure as the acidity of the lemon cuts through the otherwise buttery dal 🙂

Anyways, coming to these Kulchas, these are not baked in the tandoor. A tandoor is usually large and difficult to fit into one’s kitchen easily. Hence, some folks bakes them in the oven but I prefer to do it over an open flame. I manage to get all the smoky flavors that one gets in tandoor baked Kulchas right on my stove top 😉

Let’s learn how..

For the dough :

  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

For the stuffing:

  1. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  2. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.

For the assembling:

  1. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  2. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  3. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha        Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  4. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly enlongated shape.
  5. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  6. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  7. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  8. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  9. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  10. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  11. Brush with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!!
  12. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani. 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 5-6 kulchas

Easy to make Aloo Kulchas (Potato Stuffed Indian Flatbread) with some rustic Dhaba Style Dal Makhani.

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour/ Maida ( APF)
  • lukewarm water as needed to knead the dough
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • For the stuffing:
  • 3 nos. mashed potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves + some more to garnish the kulcha
  • 1/2 amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • butter for smearing on top of the kulchas
  • nigella seeds (mangrela) to sprinkle on top of the kulchas

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.
  4. Stuffing
  5. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  6. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.
  7. Assembling
  8. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  9. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  10. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
  11. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly elongated shape.
  12. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  13. Cooking
  14. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
  15. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  16. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa.
  17. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
  18. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  19. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly on medium flame.
  20. Brush the top with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!! 
  21. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani.

Notes

Do not use a non-stick tawa for cooking the kulchas as the kulchas will not stick on the tawa when over turned on the flame. I have used an iron tawa. Allow 2 to 3 minutes for the underside of the kulcha to cook as well once the top is cooked. Do not knead a very wet dough. The dough must smooth and soft.

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Love,

Shreya 🙂

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

Indians and Malai Paneer go hand in hand! As many Indians are pure vegetarians, they consume large quantities of milk based products and Paneer tops the list 🙂 So, I thought I must share an easy recipe to make Homemade Malai Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese at home and it’s better than store bought ones!! 

I must confess, I’m a paneer lover! If it’s Homemade Malai Paneer, then even better! I can have every other day and sometimes, I do…LOL! It’s one of the easiest things to cook if you have some Paneer sitting ready in your refrigerator. All one needs to do is make a luscious gravy base like the one of Reshmi Paneer. It goes so well with some Masala Puris or even with my favorite Wholewheat Tawa Naan bread 🙂

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

My hubby too enjoys paneer and likes his Laccha Parathas with some Paneer Bhurji for breakfast. And I have to agree with him, it’s healthy and very filling. A typical North-Indian start to our day.

But many times, when paneer is store bought, it’s very chewy and particularly sour. It has a very sticky exterior texture, almost slimy in many cases. Such quality can put anyone off paneer. Such a texture can be because of many factors, one – the paneer isn’t fresh and has been packaged for many days, two- the paneer is adulterated and has cornflour and other such ingredients, this results in slimy exterior of the paneer. This can very disgusting and the flavour is always compromised.

But what is more important is that it can be made very easily at home. Most of us feel it’ll be a very time consuming  procedure and could be too tedious! I can assure you, it’s none of that! All I can say is that we need sometime in hand and patience….yes, please be very patient while making fresh paneer.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

You can see the pictures here, it’s a rustic homemade slab of cottage cheese which is absolutely soft, melt in the mouth and just feels very creamy as the name suggests. But, it was not always that i knew the exact method to make this beauty, i referred to many recipes to understand the secret behind that creamy texture like we buy from the stores. It’s Cream – yes, our very own Amul cream or any cream 🙂 I’m sure many may know about it but for me it was a revelation because so many websites don’t mention any cream in the recipe and their end results look very creamy and perfect! So, now even you guys are in on the secret …LOL! Plus a few very important points which I’ve learnt from my Mom.

Let’s follow this step by step method for a better understanding..

1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.

2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

3. Then add the lemon juice. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.

4. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey. Turn off the flame at this stage.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

5. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

6. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

7. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.

8. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.

9.The paneer will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days if stored correctly.

That’s your paneer. This recipe is easy to follow and needs no major equipment.

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 450 grams approximately

Creamy, melt in the mouth soft paneer is everyone’s favorite and here’s an absolutely easy, no-fail recipe for your own Homemade Malai Paneer!!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 liters full fat milk (buffalo milk)
  • 200 ml fresh cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • juice of 2-3 lemons
  • 20-25 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.
  2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.
  3. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.
  5. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey.
  6. Turn off the flame at this stage.
  7. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can. 
  8. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes. 
  9. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours.
  10. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.
  11. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed.
  12. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.
  13. The paneer will stay fresh for upto 3-5 days if stored correctly.
  14. Refer to notes below.

Notes

Please follow all the steps correctly. Do not over cook the milk once it has split. Pour into the cheese cloth immediately else the paneer will turn chewy. Always store the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and cover it from all sides. The cream is added to improve texture and taste. Since we are adding cream, it will take a little extra lemon to split the milk so add more of it if necessary.

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Do try this one out, you’ll stop buying paneer from the stores!!

Love,

Shreya

Adapted from You Tube – Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

White Chocolate Treats

Ok…so this sounds mushy at the very best..but I did make some Chocolates for my hubby this Valentine’s 💓😍 lol! And he found them cute too 💃🏻

Well…to be honest…I wouldn’t really call it ‘making’ them…unless that’s what we are calling using ‘leftovers’ these days 😁😜

Homemade chocolate Polkapuffs

Why leftovers you may ask….well. I had some odd, broken pieces of Morde’s white Compound in my refrigerator post icing my Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes. Also had some coloured sugar sprinkles lying around…so thought of using these along with my silicon chocolate moulds to make something quick! 😬😬…hence these Treats😊 Let’s get started….these take approx 30 mins to get ready …actually ready to eat!! Cool..ain’t it!?

A few pointers to keep in mind…

Do not try to melt the Compound Chocolate in the microwave…it could burn it as the chocolate is very delicate. Use a double boiler as far as possible.

Do not stir the the chunks of Compound Chocolate while it melts…that can make the melted chocolate very grainy.

Yield: 7-10 pieces

Equipment: a deep saucepan, a heat proof bowl (preferably borosil/ Pyrex), measuring cups/ spoons, silicon Chocolate moulds in any shape.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chopped Morde White Compound

sugar sprinkles or sugar balls as needed

Method:

Heat water in the saucepan until it starts to boil, then place the heatproof bowl over the saucepan in such a way that the base of the bowl does not touch the boiling water below in the pan. Next, keep the chopped compound chocolate in the bowl and maintain the flame on it’s lowest possible level. Let the compound melt slowly and do not stir it.

Polkapuff homemade chocolate

While the compound melts, place the sugar balls/ sprinkles in the chocolate moulds, just a thin layer covering the base only.

Next, check the compound chocolate that is melting, it should be almost melted by now. Remove the bowl from the top of the saucepan. Stir the melted compound chocolate just once. It must be smooth and lump free.

Next, add 1-2 tsp of the melted compound chocolate over the sprinkles placed in the moulds. Fill the moulds to the top. Do the same for all the moulds and place them on a tray. Place this tray in refrigerator or the freezer for about 10-12 mins. They will be completely set and hard by then. When you break the chocolate in half, you should hear a ‘snap’! That’s the sound of a perfect homemade chocolate.🤓🤓😬

Follow the same recipe for Dark chocolate compound or Milk chocolate compound too. 😊

They keep well for 3-4 days under refrigeration.

Polkapuffs homemade chocolate

I made a small batch of 7-8 pieces! Do try these out…

Love,

Shreya❤️

Masala Pav

What’s your favourite snacking option? Can’t think of one?! Well…the same happens with us too😜 I just can’t pick one favourite! My hubby and I are die-hard street food fans….but I make them at home whenever we have a craving to ensure its healthy. ☺️ 

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Masala Pav is almost like Pav Bhaji but so different in terms of preparation using fewer ingredients and time. Also, it’s the best way to use up some left-over Pav bread or even make a instant snack for kids too👌

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Masala pav is spicy, robust and the Pav simply soaks up all the flavours and the becomes so moist..it melts in the mouth! 😉

Common, let’s get started…

Yield: serves 2-3

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

Ingredients:

5-6 nos. Pav

1/2 cup chopped onions

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 tbsp chopped green chillies

1/2 cup chopped capsicum

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi Mirch

1 tbsp Pav Bhaji masala

1 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

butter as needed

lemon juice as needed

Method:

Slit all the Pav horizontally, butter them on all sides and set them aside.

Heat oil in the wok, once it’s hot add the onions, green chilli, ginger- garlic paste. Sauté until the onion turns golden. Then add the capsicum and cook for a few mins until it turns soft. Season with salt and add the remaining spices along with the Pav Bhaji masala as well. Mix well and add the tomatoes. Now cover and cook until the oil seperates. You can add some water if the cooked mixture looks dry, about 1/2 cup or so. Turn off the flame.

To assemble the Masala Pav, add butter to a hot pan, place the buttered Pav in the pan and add the prepared mixture and coat the Pav well with it. Cook for about 2-3 mins. Serve hot with some lemon juice and garnish with chopped coriander leaves!

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Lip-smackingly good….😀

Love,

Shreya💖

Rasgulla

Rasgulla happens to be one of my personal favourites when I am thinking of Indian desserts👌 They are so light…spongy & not at all heavy on the palate.

But, making them can be tricky…right from using the right kind of milk to mashing it to perfection! Then making sure that they cook through well!! 😉

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These were never on my mind…not exactly something I was planning to make, but then…milk splits early one morning & it just pops into mind to give these a go! Looked up some recipes online..and found a really easy recipe & some tips for a first timer like myself😉…but I have adjusted the quantity of sugar as per our liking.

Let’s get going..

️Yield: 7-8 Rasgullas

Equipment: a large plate, a pressure cooker, a ladle, extra bowls, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

1 litre milk (I used Amul Toned milk)

1/2 tsp citric acid pwd

2 cup sugar

3-4 cup water

a few strands of saffron to garnish

pistachio to garnish

Method:

Please note that the milk had already split in my case. But to split the milk specially to make these…heat the milk in a large pan, once it comes to a boil, add the citric acid pwd and stir once. The milk will split. Just strain the milk solids in a muslin cloth and wash the solids within the cloth under running water to get rid of any traces of citric acid.

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Keep the milk solids in the muslin cloth under some weight for 30 mins to remove all the whey. Then transfer the cottage cheese/ paneer on a plate. Mash the paneer with the your hands until it’s soft and a little greasy in texture. Next, divide the mashed paneer in equal parts…about 7-8 and make smooth, crack free balls. Set them aside.

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Now, add water and sugar in the pressure cooker. Turn the flame on and let the sugar melt. Once the sugar has melted completely & the syrup starts boiling, add the balls one by one. Close the lid and place the weight too. Let it simmer for 10 mins on high flame. Then after the first whistle, lower the flame and let it simmer for another 5-8 mins. Turn off the flame after that. Let the pressure release on its own. Then take out the cooked rasgulla and the syrup and place them in a bowl to cool down completely. You can squeeze them and see how spongy they have turned out to be! They are ready…garnish & serve them chilled!!

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They taste really nice..and keep well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. You can make these with full-fat milk too.

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika.

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💕

Gajar ka Halwa

Another one of my favourite winter indulgences…Gajar Ka Halwa..or Gajrela! Too delicious to miss this one. It’s a must in almost every North Indian home during winters…..we enjoy it for breakfast or serve it for dessert post our meals..😀 

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Everyone makes it either by cooking carrots with milk and letting the milk reduce…it takes almost 2-3 hours for this process to happen! Or some even add milk solids (Mava/ khoya)..this takes a little lesser time and the taste is awesome! But I cook my Gajrela with condensed milk as many people do. It’s faster and doesn’t compromise on the taste…it’s soft, moist & just melts in the mouth! Moreover, it’s instant😉😉….

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My Mom had told me I could use condensed milk when I was making it for the first time post my wedding, I hadn’t been keen on spending a long time waiting for it to cook! So I have kept following the same method to cook this all these years…and it always works so well! Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 4-5

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

Ingredients:

500 gms grated red carrot

300 ml condensed milk (I used Amul)

3-4 tbsp sugar (optional)

1/2 cup ghee

1 tsp cardamom pwd

1/2 cup shallow fried mixed dry fruits

Method:

Heat ghee in the wok, once it’s hot enough, turn the flame to low. Add the grated carrot, cook while you stir it constantly until it turns mushy and very soft…it must be about 90% cooked and takes approximately 20-25 mins. Then add the cardamom pwd & condensed milk and keep stirring until the condensed milk gets completely absored into the carrots & dries up well.

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That will take about 10 mins. Next, add the sugar if needed along with the shallow fried dry fruits of your choice..I have used pistachios, cashews, raisins & almonds here. Cook for another 5 mins. That’s it..it’s ready to be served. You can add a scoop of chilled ice cream with the warm Halwa..tastes so good! 😋

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Go on…have a bite!

Love,

Shreya💖

Nimona/ Green Peas Curry

Winters for us are incomplete if we don’t make Nimona… Rustic flavours and hints of spice make this a family favourite! 👌😊 

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The onset of winters brings really soft and sweet green peas….and this one of the best ways to enjoy the fresh produce. Nimona is best enjoyed with some short grained rice…lots of salad..a dash of lime and a healthy drizzle of melted ‘ghee‘ over it all! A soul warming meal…☺️

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My Mom makes the best Nimona…hands down! It’s a family recipe which I am sharing today…it’s so delicious & healthy.

Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe..

Yield: serves 2

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

Ingredients:

1 cup coarsely ground fresh raw green peas

1/2 cup shelled fresh raw green peas

1/2 cup cauliflower florets

1/2 cup cubed potato

1/2 cup sliced onions

1-2 tbsp ginger-garlic paste

1/2 cup cubed tomato

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (use any oil of your choice)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

1-2 nos Bay leaf

1 nos. slit green chilly

1/2 tbsp cumin pwd

1/2 tbsp coriander pwd

1/2 tsp degi mirch

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala 

salt to taste

lemon juice as needed

Method:

Heat oil in the wok, shallow fry the cubes of potatoes & cauliflower florets until golden brown, drain them from the oil and set aside.

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Now, add bay leaf, Jeera & hing in the same oil. Once these crackle a bit, add the onions & ginger-garlic paste. Sauté until golden brown. Then add all the spices except salt & Garam masala. Cook until the oil is seperated from the spices. Now, add tomatoes and cook again until the oil seperates once again.

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Then, add the ground green peas and sauté for 5-8 mins on low heat. Season with salt at this stage & add the garam masala. Give it a good mix…add the fried veggies now. Sauté for 4-5 mins to incorporate the flavours. Now add some water to correct he consistency of the gravy and cover to let it boil for about 5-8 mins on low heat. That’s it….turn off the heat…taste and adjust the seasonings. Add a dash of lemon juice! Enjoy 😬

Nimona recipe U.P. Style Nimona Green pea curry North Indian Nimona Polkapuffs Easy Indian food

Make the most of the Winters….😀

Love,

Shreya💖

Schezwan Paneer

Schezwan Paneer or Chilly Paneer happens to be one of my favourite starters when I am at a restaurant….😁 perfectly spiced sauce with juicy paneer makes it irresistible for many of us! 

How to make schezwan paneer Easy recipe for chilly paneer Polkapuffs

Veggies give it a lovely crunch in between bites of velvety sauce..👌..this is something so easy to make at home.. I am sure everyone has their own version. So do I! I keep making it often and never really follow a recipe! But one thing that I try to always use is my Homemade Schezwan Sauce for making this! The flavours are so awesome…just like the restaurant style Schezwan Paneer! 😉

Here’s the easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms cubed paneer (cottage cheese, or you can use tofu too)

1/2 cup cubes of capsicum

1/2 cup cubes of onion

8-9 cloves of garlic sliced roughly

5 tbsp Schezwan Sauce

salt to taste

sugar to taste

4 tbsp oil

1 tbsp toasted white sesame seeds (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it’s hot, add the sliced garlic. Let it turn golden brown, then add the cubes veggies and season with salt & sugar. Cook until these they a slightly soft but not completely cooked. They must retain their colour as well.

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Then add the cubed paneer and Schezwan sauce. Give them all a mix but be careful not to break the cubes of paneer. Cook for about 5 mins. Turn off the flame and serve it hot. This goes well with some Hakka Noodles or Fried Rice too👌☺️

Garnish with some sesame seeds if you want to.

(*Please note that I haven’t added any extra soy or chilly sauce as my Homemade Schezwan Sauce is spicy enough. You can add extra sauce if you’d like it to be more spicy)

How to make schezwan paneer Easy recipe for chilly paneer Polkapuffs Restaurant style chilly paneer Restaurant style schezwan paneer

There you go…your Restaurant Style Schezwan Paneer is ready…within minutes! 😀

Love,

Shreya💕

Sesame Soya Tikki

Everyone enjoys snacking on some crispy, crunchy finger food! Dipping it in some sauce just makes it all the more yummy…along with a delicious drink to wash it all down👌😁…although a cup of hot tea does the trick too! 

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These Sesame Soya Tikkis make for a great starter/ snack as they are loaded with yummy & healthy ingredients…no frying…no oily mess! Serve these with my homemade Schezwan Sauce and some Iced Green Tea Limeade…perfecto!

Sesame soya tikki recipe Polkapuffs recipes Indian starters Snacks Easy snacks Vegetarian starters Soya Aloo tikki

They even make a great lunch box for kids…😊 Let’s get started..

Yield: 6-8 medium Tikkis

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

Ingredients:

2 nos. large boiled & mashed potatoes

1/4 cup soya granules

1/4 cup grated carrot (you can add any veggies of your choice or skip them too)

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1 tbsp chopped mint leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tsp Chaat masala

1 tsp chopped green chillies (*omit it when you are cooking these for kids)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd*

salt to taste

2-3 tsp oil to shallow fry the tikki

1/2 cup slightly roasted white sesame seeds

Method:

Soak the dry soya granules in one cup of warm water for 15 mins & squeeze out all the water well. Place it aside.

Next, add all the above ingredients except oil and soya granules in a mixing bowl, mix them well. Then add the soya granules & combine everything well.

Sesame soya tikki recipe Polkapuffs recipes Indian starters Snacks Easy snacks Vegetarian starters Soya Aloo tikki

Next, shape the mixture in equal sized Tikkis, roll them in the sesame seeds and set them aside. Heat the non stick pan, once it’s hot enough, place the tikkis on the pan & add few drops of oil around them. Cook them on medium flame for 3-4 mins on both sides or until the seeds turn golden brown and crunchy. That’s it, serve them piping hot! 😀

Sesame soya tikki recipe Polkapuffs recipes Indian starters Snacks Easy snacks Vegetarian starters Soya Aloo tikki

Healthy snacks are ready!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Tarla Dalal.

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