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Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is a light, non fried snack. You can even call it a savory trail mix of sorts. It pairs well with some tea or coffee. This is very easy to make and tastes absolutely yummy! 🙂 

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is super yummy. It’s so addictive, I, for one can’t seem to stop munching on this if I’ve made some of this chivda. I make a large batch thinking it will last me a week or more, but I seem to finish it within 2-3 days! I guess the only reason why I particularly love this chivda is because it barely has any oil as opposed to the store bought variants.

The store bought chivdas are a strict no for me, simply because find them oily and too salty. My Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda on the other hand is light as air!

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda 

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is actually a family recipe. I’ve simply followed what my Mom instructed me to go on adding to make this chivda. I’ve been eating it since I was a kid, first at my maternal granny’s place because my aunts made the best chivda ever! Then my Mom would make the same thing back home too.

So, I had to learn to make it post my marriage simply because I missed it! After I had made it a couple of times, I realized that is easier to make this than kneading a dough!

This comparison because in my initial months of cooking, some 6 and half odd years ago, I had a terrible time kneading a dough for roti or paratha! So being able to knead a decent dough became my benchmark for the first few months, lol!! Yes, I had a tough time with that. Gladly, that’s behind me now and it’s safe to say I make the best rotis ever!! My Mom and the mister, have both given their nods! Rather enthusiastically, I’d say! 😉

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda can made in many ways. Every family has a different recipe even if they differ ever so slightly!! The thing is I have reduced the additives or the munchies that can go in this chivda or trail mix. Simply because the more munchies I needed to add meant the more frying it involved. That definitely meant all the more oil!

So I stick to munchies that can be pan roasted, but if you have an air fryer then you can add any number of fryums, munchies, etc. I don’t so I refrain from going over with them.

Anyways, let’s get going then. There maybe way too many steps to be followed here but trust me, it makes the job easier. It’s a bit involved but definitely a 30-40 minute task for a week full of yumminess! 😉

Sieve the murmura/ puffed rice once.

Heat a large heavy bottomed wok. Dry roast the sieved murmura/ puffed rice until golden and crisp. This takes about 7-8 minutes on low flame.

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Remove the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in a plate and set it aside.

In the same wok, dry roast peanuts until slightly brown and crunchy.

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Remove the roasted peanuts on a plate and set them aside.

In a pan, brush some oil and roast the papads/ poppadums’ until golden.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Set the roasted papads/ poppadums’ aside too until they crisp up. Let them cool down then break them into bite sized pieces.

Now, heat the wok again and add oil.

Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium. Add hing/ asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add turmeric powder and curry leaves.

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Let these crackle too for a few seconds.

Next, add the roasted peanuts. Mix well.

Then add salt to taste, red chili powder, kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add the papad/ poppadum pieces. Mix gently and avoid breaking them.

Add the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in the end and mix everything well until the masala/ spices coats everything well.

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Turn off the flame. Let this chivda/ trail mix cool down completely in the wok. Transfer it into a clean and dry glass jar or a stainless steel/ airtight container. It keeps fresh for 3-4 weeks if the container is kept tightly closed and away from humidity.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

You can add more fryums, potato sticks, etc. to this chivda/ trail mix if you like.

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Roasted Murmura Chivda Recipe | Puffed Rice Chivda is a non fried, easy to make snack for Diwali, Holi or for everyday tea time munching.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms murmura/ puffed rice
  • 1 cup peanuts (keep the skin on)
  • 3-4 papads/ poppadums''
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • kala namak/ pink Himalayan salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chaat masala

Instructions

  1. Sieve the murmura/ puffed rice once.
  2. Heat a large heavy bottomed wok. Dry roast the sieved murmura/ puffed rice until golden and crisp. This takes about 7-8 minutes on low flame.
  3. Remove the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in a plate and set it aside.
  4. In the same wok, dry roast peanuts until slightly brown and crunchy.
  5. Remove the roasted peanuts on a plate and set them aside.
  6. In a pan, brush some oil and roast the papads/ poppadums' until golden.
  7. Set the roasted papads/ poppadums' aside too until they crisp up. Let them cool down then break them into bite sized pieces.
  8. Now, heat the wok again and add oil.
  9. Once the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium. Add hing/ asafoetida, cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle.
  10. Next add turmeric powder and curry leaves.
  11. Let these crackle too for a few seconds.
  12. Next, add the roasted peanuts. Mix well.
  13. Then add salt to taste, red chili powder, kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt and chaat masala. Mix well.
  14. Add the papad/ poppadum pieces. Mix gently and avoid breaking them.
  15. Add the roasted murmura/ puffed rice in the end and mix everything well until the masala/ spices coats everything well.
  16. Turn off the flame. Let this chivda/ trail mix cool down completely in the wok. Transfer it into a clean and dry glass jar or a stainless steel/ airtight container. It keeps fresh for 3-4 weeks if the container is kept tightly closed and away from humidity.

Notes

You can add more fryums, potato sticks, etc. to this chivda/ trail mix if you like.

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Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is rich, creamy and delicious Indian sweet that has a great texture. It is absolutely melt in the mouth good and very addictive ;P 

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is very easy to make and needs very little prepping. A traditional occasion like Ganesh Chaturthi calls for a special treat, these kesar modaks fit the bill perfectly! The aroma of modaks by itself reminds of Ganesha ji and I can’t seem to stop at one! 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi festivities and about 100 modaks later, I’m still game for some more!!

The variety that one finds with modaks these days in sweet marts is infinite. All sorts of flavors and colors are really so tempting. But what intrigues me the most is the shape of these modaks. I just love how beautiful they look, the perfection behind each Modak is so breath taking! Anyways, you can achieve that with the moulds that are available these days in shops.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is made easily using just a few ingredients from the pantry. This means you can make these to offer to the Lord during the festivities without much difficulty. Times of festivities are pretty busy in any Indian household and being to whisk up traditional goodies in the comfort of your home is priceless.

These modaks do not have preservatives or any kind of flavor enhancing agents, hence they are the healthy way to go. Since I’m fond of the basic flavored modaks rather than the fusion ones, I’ll share the recipe of kesar modaks. This recipe is adapted from my recipe for basic Burfi.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Let’s start with bringing all the ingredients to room temperature.

Break mawa/ khoya into pieces. Heat a large pan.

Place these pieces in the pan, let them melt on low flame.

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Once the mawa has melted, add powdered sugar, kesar dissolved in milk, cardamom powder and food color. Mix well.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Keep stirring on low flame until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will loosen up some more as the sugar melts into it. Keep stirring continuously on low flame.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

The mixture will become frothy. Do not stop stirring.

Keep stirring on low flame for the next 8-10 minutes.

This mixture will thicken now and leave the sides of the pan. It’s consistency should be like that of a loose dough.

Remove it in a plate and let it come to room temperature.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

This mixture will be like a dough, using the moulds, make modaks of any size you prefer.

Follow the steps in the below pictures to make the perfect shapes. I’ve used modaks moulds.

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Use a little ghee to grease these moulds to enable easy unmolding once they have take the shapes.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Serve these fresh and enjoy the soft, delicious modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha.

Let these modaks sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving if the climate is very hot and humid.

They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge

Prep Time: 45 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 10 large or 15 small modaks

Kesar Mawa Modak | Gluten free Saffron Fudge is rich, creamy and delicious Indian sweet. We have used just 5 ingredients to make these.

Ingredients

  • 200 gms mawa/ khoya
  • 7 tbsp. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • few strands of saffron/ kesar dissolved in
  • 3 tsp. warm milk
  • 2 drops yellow food color, gel based (optional)
  • ghee to grease the moulds

Instructions

  1. Let's start with bringing all the ingredients to room temperature.
  2. Break mawa/ khoya into pieces. Heat a large pan.
  3. Place these pieces in the pan, let them melt on low flame.
  4. Once the mawa has melted, add powdered sugar, kesar dissolved in milk, cardamom powder and food color. Mix well.
  5. Keep stirring on low flame until the sugar dissolves. The mixture will loosen up some more as the sugar melts into it. Keep stirring continuously on low flame.
  6. The mixture will become frothy. Do not stop stirring.
  7. Keep stirring on low flame for the next 8-10 minutes.
  8. This mixture will thicken now and leave the sides of the pan. It's consistency should be like that of a loose dough.
  9. Remove it in a plate and let it come to room temperature.
  10. This mixture will be like a dough, using the moulds, make modaks of any size you prefer.
  11. Follow the steps in the above pictures to make the perfect shapes. I've used modaks moulds.
  12. Use a little ghee to grease these moulds to enable easy unmolding once they have take the shapes.
  13. Serve these fresh and enjoy the soft, delicious modaks and offer them to Lord Ganesha.
  14. Let these modaks sit in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes before serving if the climate is very hot and humid.
  15. They stay fresh in the refrigerator for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

Notes

Use color if you prefer. It's important to cook this mixture on low flame, else this will simply burn. Increase the quantity of sugar if you prefer these more sweeter.

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Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a delicious snack from the state of Gujarat. It tastes slightly sweet and tangy at the same time. Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla has a spongy and soft texture which is very appetizing.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is an instant recipe and is made by steaming gram flour or as known as ‘besan’. The Khaman or Dhokla is made with a spiced batter made with gram flour which contains ginger, green chilies and some more ingredients that add the tang and flavor to every bite 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

People love them as snacks to serve with tea, coffee, etc. Gujarat is famous for various snacks made of gram flour, Khandvi is another example of one such exotic and delicious snack! These snacks are really easy to make but proportions do matter which is why I thought of sharing this recipe of Khaman Dhokla today. 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

This Dhokla is usually served with a dip/ chutney of sesame oil and chili powder. However, we live it with a spicy green chutney/ dip and lots of green chilies. I even add a ton of sesame seeds to the tempering tadka!! I find that crunch very appealing and even my hubby enjoys the crunch with the spongy texture of the Khaman.

There are many recipes that are made in the microwave, termed as instant Dhokla which is made in the microwave. I believe in making things the authentic way and prefer the traditional steaming method. Personally, it just takes about an extra 15 minutes in the steaming method and I will happily devote them to make something delicious!

Now we start the step by step recipe.

For the Batter.

Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.

Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.

Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.

Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.

Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.

Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

To Steam. 

Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.

Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.

Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.

Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.

To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

For the Tempering.

Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Serve with your favorite dip.
Imli ki Chutney 
Sookhi Lal Chutney
Hari Chutney

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8-9 pieces

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a popular snack which is made using besan, spices and curry leaves. It has a tangy, sweet and spicy flavor which is loved by everyone.

Ingredients

    Dhokla
  • 1 cup besan/ gram flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 + 1/2 cup water approx.
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • a pinch of hing
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chili paste
  • Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 5-6 sliced green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • a handful of curry leaves

Instructions

    For the Batter
  1. Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.
  2. Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.
  3. Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.
  4. Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.
  5. Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.
  6. Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.
  7. Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.
  8. To Steam.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.
  10. Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.
  11. Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.
  12. Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.
  13. To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.
  14. Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.
  15. For the Tempering.
  16. Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Notes

Best consumed fresh. Do not rest the batter after adding the ENO. Steam it immediately.

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Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian dish made from cubes of paneer marinated in yogurt and spices and then chargrilled in a tandoor.

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method is my go to starter when I’m hosting guests or just planning to indulge in a special meal 🙂 Amazingly bold flavors of the spices paired with the tang of the yogurt makes for the perfect Indian snack.

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Look how succulent they have turned out! 😛 Perfectly charred on the edges with meltingly soft paneer with bites of crunchy veggies can make anyone drool! The tikkas are seasoned with Chaat masala, some lemon juice and served with some onion rings. Most tandoori snacks in India are served with a Chutney, made of yogurt, mint and some fresh coriander 🙂 This is the most delicious dip ever to enjoy with Indian snacks!!

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method says it all! Most households don’t have a tandoor/ traditional clay oven in their kitchens due space restrictions. And many probably don’t have an electric oven too, so this recipe is specially for them. It’s easy to achieve that perfect charred edge and smoky flavor even on the stove top. Try this easy recipe with my homemade malai paneer.  🙂

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Let’s start.
For the Marinate
Whisk together thick yogurt, mustard oil, salt to taste, red chili powder, besan, turmeric powder, garam masala powder , Chaat masala, hing, Kashmiri red chili powder and ginger-garlic paste in a large bowl.
Cut the paneer into equal sized cubes.
Cut the veggies into cubes.
Add the paneer and the veggies to ready marinate. Mix gently.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
Assemble the tikkas
Arrange the marinated cubes of veggies and paneer on skewer sticks.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Cooking on stove top
Heat a pan on medium flame. Brush some oil on the pan.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Place the skewers on the hot pan, reduce the flame to sim.
Drizzle some more oil over the skewers.
Cook on each side for a few seconds.
The cook the skewers on open flame on all sides until the veggies and the paneer get a bit charred.
Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method
Once done, serve them hot with dip of your choice.

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka | Stove Top Method

Prep Time: 3 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4-5 skewers

Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular Indian dish made from cubes of paneer marinated in spices and the chargrilled in a tandoor.

Ingredients

  • 200 gms paneer, cubed
  • 1/2 cup tomato, deseeded and cubed
  • 1/2 onion, peeled in cubed
  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. mustard oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp. besan
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 tsp Chaat masala
  • a ping of hing (asafoetida)
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • lemon juice as needed

Instructions

    For the Marinate
  1. Whisk together thick yogurt, mustard oil, salt to taste, red chili powder, besan, turmeric powder, garam masala powder , Chaat masala, hing, Kashmiri red chili powder and ginger-garlic paste in a large bowl.
  2. Cut the paneer into equal sized cubes.
  3. Cut the veggies into cubes.
  4. Add the paneer and the veggies to ready marinate. Mix gently.
  5. Cover with cling wrap and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  6. Assemble the tikkas
  7. Arrange the marinated cubes of veggies and paneer on skewer sticks.
  8. Cooking on stove top
  9. Heat a pan on medium flame. Brush some oil on the pan.
  10. Place the skewers on the hot pan, reduce the flame to sim.
  11. Drizzle some more oil over the skewers.
  12. Cook on each side for a few seconds.
  13. The cook the skewers on open flame on all sides until the veggies and the paneer get a bit charred.
  14. Once done, serve them hot with dip of your choice.

Notes

The paneer and veggies can be left marinating for up to 7-8 hours as well. I have not added capsicum as my hubby doesn't like it, you can add it too. You can use the same recipe for making non-veg tikkas too. Adjust the cook time accordingly.

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Dum Paneer Kali Mirch – restaurant style

Paneer? Haven’t done that in a while now, have we!? Restaurant Style…under 30 mins? Ring a bell? Yeah…..my Reshmi Paneer is one such dish that fits every bill 😉 Tastes great, easy to make and loved by all!! 

I love paneer (Indian cottage cheese) and often make it at home from scratch using full fat milk (it is very easy) but I stick to  making Paneer only and only when I am out of veggies and need to get my meals ready in a jiffy! Or if I have some guests and I have planned 2-3 main dishes, Paneer is always one of them.

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So when I was out of veggies a few days ago, I made some fresh paneer and decided to make Dum Paneer Kali Mirch (juicy, succulent pieces of cottage cheese cooked with assorted spices, fresh yogurt and black peppercorns). Sounds good? Well, it’s much better than good….it tasted just like the ones we get at Restaurants and the spices were all well balanced.

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What I love about this dish is the depth of flavour that the crushed black peppercorns give and at the same time the yogurt ensures a luscious creamy gravy to mop up with some crisp and flaky Laccha Paratha 🤗 …however the Paratha that you see in the picture just above has approximately 24 layers… yeah…I do that sometimes..it was so good with the Dum Paneer Kali Mirch! Just add a salad or some raita…and you have a complete for yourself.

If you are wondering what is ‘Dum‘, it is nothing but a process of slow cooking by covering the pot/pan with some aluminium foil or a dough of Wholewheat around the lid so that no steam escapes from the pot/ pan and all the flavours are locked into the dish.

I am planning to make some Paneer Tawa Masala and pair that with these parathas soon…I’ll probably do a 36 layered one this time around👌🏼

Lets get cooking…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, blender.

Ingredients:

W200 gms fresh paneer

1 nos. large onion

a pinch of sugar

5 tbsp oil

2 nos. black cardamom

1″ stick cinnamon

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp ginger- garlic paste

1 tsp green chilli paste

1 tsp freshly crushed peppercorns

salt to taste

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp coriander powder

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

5 tbsp thick fresh yogurt

2 tbsp fresh cream (I used Amul)

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish as needed

Method:

Cut the paneer in cubes and set it aside.

Slice the onions roughly. Heat oil in the pan. Once it is hot, add the sliced onions with a pinch of sugar and fry them until they turn golden brown but not burnt.

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Remove the onions from the oil and let them cool completely. Once they have cooled down, blend them in a blender until  smooth.

Now, in the same pan which we had used to fry the onions, there is still enough oil. Heat it again, add the cardamom and the cinnamon stick. Let them splatter for a minute. Then add the hing and the onion paste. Cook the onion paste for 3-4 mins. Then add the green chilli paste and ginger-garlic paste. Cook until the raw smell goes away. Then season with salt, add red chilli powder, crushed black peppercorns, coriander powder, cumin powder and Garam Masala. Mix well and cook for 5-6 mins. You can add some water if the spices mixture is sticking to the pan.

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Next, add the cubed paneer and the yogurt. Mix well and be careful not to break the paneer. Keep stirring gently and cook them uncovered for 5 mins. Then add the fresh cream and some more water to correct the consistency.

Put a lid and seal with some aluminium foil on all sides. Turn the flame on low and let this cook on ‘Dum’ for about 15-20 mins. Once done, remove the foil, open the lid and garnish with some chopped coriander and serve hot with parathas or Phulkas.😊

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Are you drooling yet!? 😋

Love,

Shreya💝

Adapted from NDTV

Shakarpara | Khurma

I can’t imagine a Diwali without any Khurma (as we call it up North) or Shakarpara (little chunks of pastry dough flash fried and turned crisp, then cooled and dunked into a thick sugar syrup…to make these melt in the mouth sweet bites!)….I am sure your are salivating as you read the description 😜😁 each of these little bite sized yummies are super crisp and taste out of the world….pop one into your mouth and your in food heaven! 

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Don’t they look so pretty…every single one of them looks like a gold nugget to me 😍!! Lol! The flavour is amazing too….it’s very hard to resist them. I remember eating them by the bowls as a kid when my Mom used to make these during Diwali or even during summer vacations as a quick snack. They’d disappear within days…hardly leaving any to be gifted to friends and family.

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As these beauties are dry in texture and stay fresh for almost a week in an airtight container, they make for an ideal gifting idea. Pack them in pretty jars…add a personalised message or not…cover with a delicate doily or an overturned cupcake liner….tie a little festive raksha around them and they are ready! I suggest you add them to your Diwali Goodie Bag list for your loved ones😊

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This was also a part of my Karwa Chauth Sargi….although made by me! I guess my hubby had more of them than I 😂

Anyways…I will share some tips and tricks here with you how to make perfect, crispy and delicious Shakarpara/ Khurma.

Yield: approximately 3 cups

Equipment: a rolling board, rolling pin, a knife, measuring cups/ spoons, 2 heavy bottomed wok, a slotted spatula, kitchen tissues, mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

2 cups Maida (APF)

2 tsp Bombay Rawa  (semolina)

a pinch of salt

a pinch of baking soda

5 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

Water as needed

oil to fry

For the syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

Method:

In a mixing bowl, seive maida (APF). Add salt, rawa, baking soda and ghee. Rub these together until the texture of the flour resembles to that of bread crumbs. This step is crucial as it ensures the crispness of the shakarpara. I rub these ingredients together for almost 20-25 mins.

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Next, take very little water to knead a stiff dough. Cover the dough with a napkin and let it rest for 15 mins.

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Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll them on a board to a thickeness of 6mm or so. Using a knife cut into small diamond shape pieces. Set them on a plate.

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Heat oil in a wok, once it’s hot, lower  the flame to minimum and fry the pieces until golden. Keep moving the pieces around in the oil so that they get a golden colour and cook evenly. Cooking on low flame ensures that they are crisp.

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Fry the entire batch and keep it on kitchen tissues to absorb any extra oil. Let them cool down completely. They will crisp up as they cool down.

Syrup:

In a wok, take water and sugar. Heat these on medium flame while stirring continuously. The sugar will start melting and also will become very thick. Keep stirring and once the sugar starts settling like a white powder around the wok, add the fried pieces of Maida (APF).

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Mix everything together quickly to coat the fried pieces with the sugar. Be quick as the sugar will dry and set within 5 mins.

Let them cool completely before storing in airtight boxes.

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Hope you try them soon. Also, check out Khasti Mathri recipe here. 

Love

Shreya💖

 

Instant Kesar Peda

Yes, everyone knows I love Pedas 😉 I like them all…well almost! What’s not to like, they are sweet, slightly fudgy and so delicious! Much like these golden beauties…my Instant Kesar Pedas (saffron fudge). A 15 min wonder..more like. 

My blog has many recipes for Pedas, some very quick and some slightly lengthy…but each hold their own…..they are yummy and so tempting.

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I made these Pedas on the first day of Navratri last weekend…I could think of my Kaju Katli…but I will make that for Diwali 😁along with some Karachi Halwa! I am salivating just thinking about the feast in store for the days to come 😍

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Anyways, coming to these Pedas….you may or may not have them during Navratri fasts depending on what rituals you follow…

Yield: 8-10 Pedas

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a heavy bottom non-stick pan, a wired whisk, a plate.

Ingredients:

200 gms condensed milk

1 cup milk powder

2 tsp warm milk

9-10 strands of saffron and some extra to use for the garnish

2 tsp ghee + extra to grease your palms while shaping them

Method:

Mix warm milk with the saffron strands and let it stand for 5-8 mins until the milk is coloured beautifully.

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Next, add milk powder and condensed milk to the pan. Add the saffron infused milk too. Whisk it well until it’s lump free. Place the pan with the mixture on medium flame and cook while you stir it constantly. Add 2 tsp ghee and keep stirring, I cooked it for about 10 mins to achieve a dough like consistency which leaves the sides of the pans once cooked.

Take the mixture from the pan onto a greased plate. Knead the mixture like a dough for 2 mins. Let it now cool for the next 8-10 mins. Then, grease your palms with some ghee and take a small portion of the dough and shape it into a Peda. Do the same for the rest of the dough. You can use any stamps to make some pretty designs or simply decorate them with a few strands of saffron.

Cool them in the refrigerator before you serve. They stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

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You can also try my instant Dhoodh Peda, Mathura ke Pede, Khoya Peda, Mawa Burfi among many others this Diwali 😊

Love,

Shreya💝

Chatpate Saunfia Aloo (no onion no garlic recipe)

I love potatoes! I can have them in any form except sweet 😱😱 Potatoes got to be spicy and delicious….can’t be bland and sad…! That’s what I am sharing today…awesome, spicy and so easy to make too!

Besides, it’s without any onion and garlic too…so perfect for the upcoming Indian festivals like Navratri when most of us eat food sans the onion and garlic element for 10 whole days. I won’t get into giving you the background of the festivals and the why’s and the how’s!

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This recipe can be made in many ways and enjoyed in many more too! My Mom usually makes another kind of Aloo without onion and garlic, this is inspired from her basic recipe..which by the way has way too many fans out there 😍

I have mentioned the spices that I have used, but you can always change them slightly to your preference. These potatoes can be served as starters, along with dal and some steamed rice or you can add them to any curry/ gravy and enjoy it with Phulkas (Indian flatbread).

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottom skillet or pan, a large pot, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

300 gms baby potatoes (I have used the smallest kind, you can also use regular potatoes and cut them into cubes for this recipe)

salt to taste

3 cups water

1 tbsp refined oil

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)

2-3 nos. green cardamom (choti Elaichi)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (bhuna jeera pwd)

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd (I used degi mirch)

1/2 tsp crushed anardaana seeds

1/4 tsp chaat masala (optional)

a pinch of Garam masala 

chopped coriander to garnish

Method:

Wash the baby potatoes well, do not peel them.

In a large pot, boil water with salt. Add these potatoes in boil until 80 percent cooked. They must not be mushy in texture. Drain the water and let the potatoes cool (skip the boiling bit if using large potatoes cut into cubes).

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Now, heat oil in the skillet. Add hing and saunf along with cardamom. Let them crackle. Next, add the dry spicies mentioned above except anardana pwd and chaat masala. Sauté them together for 2 mins. Next, tip in the potatoes and check the seasoning, add more salt if needed. Mix well and cook for about 5-8 mins (I let the skin crisp up a bit). Finally, add the anardaana pwd and/ or chaat masala (I always add a bit, tastes so good!). Turn off the heat and garnish with some chopped coriander leaves. Serve them piping hot!

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Also, try my dahi aloo (no onion garlic), phalhari Kadhai paneer (no onion garlic), Phalhari chutney (no onion garlic) or see my collection of Navratri Recipes here.

Happy Cooking folks!

Love,

Shreya💝

Moong Dal ka Halwa

I welcomed Ganpati Bappa with a simple and delicious Moong Dal ka Halwa. Yes, no Modaks at my place because I am not good at shaping them. So, I offer him goodies which I am good at making myself😊 ….maybe next year I will get a cute little Modak mould/ maker and then use that to shape them well! So much to learn 😀  

We do not actually bring a Ganesh Idol home every year but we do decorate our home with garlands of fresh marigolds and lots of roses…bright ‘diyas‘ adorn our Pooja Ghar and I do cook a special meal for my favourite Lord!

This year the menu consisted of Phalhari Kadhai Paneer, Masala Puris, Vrat ki Chutney for Dahi Wade as we don’t include onion and garlic in our meals on auspicious days…and of course, the moong dal ka halwa..:)

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My hubby likes the halwa to be slightly grainy and moist..hence the quantity of ghee is obviously more…one can adjust that while making it. Also, I only prefer pistachios with this halwa, feel free to add almonds or walnuts…anything you like! As always, this is easy and turns delicious👌 Simply mouthwatering…I had to really resist hard until we had offered the bhog to the Lord before we could gorge on some😂

Let’s make some…

Yield: serves 3-4

Equipment: a heavy bottomed non-stick pan (I use non-stick, it’s easier to work with it), measuring cups/ spoons, a small pan.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup split yellow lentils (dhuli moong dal)

8-9 tbsp ghee

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup water

1/4 tsp cardamom pwd (elaichi pwd)

Slivered pistachio to garnish as needed

Method:

Rinse and soak the lentils (dal) in lukewarm water for 2-3 hours (I always use lukewarm water here as it ensured that the lentils are soaked well in less time).

Once the lentils have soaked well, strain them. Blend them in a mixer without adding any water until smooth (I leave them a bit grainy as I mentioned above too). Set it aside.

Heat ghee in the pan, once it melted, add the blended lentil paste and keep stirring on low flame for 15-20 mins. Do not cease stirring as the lentil paste will burn or colour unevenly. After 15-20 mins, the ghee will seperate from the lentils and the lentil paste will be a bit crumbly and golden in colour. Turn off the flame and set this aside.

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Now, heat water and sugar in a small pan. Melt the sugar in the water, add cardamom powder and stir well. Turn off the flame. (We are not making a sugar syrup with a thread consistency, we are just melting the sugar here, that should take 3-5 mins)

Now, add the sugar syrup to the cooked lentils and turn on the flame, keep it on low. Keep stirring it and let it come to a gentle boil. Cover with a lid and let the sugar syrup reduce and cook for 5-7 mins with the lentils. Open the lid, check the consistency and cook further if it’s still watery, else, add 1 tbsp of ghee and turn off the flame.

Garnish with nuts of your choice or just pistachios like I have done here, best served warm. Or create a fusion by add a scoop of ice cream to the bowl!

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Happiness doesn’t come without calories 😉

Love,

Shreya💖

Makhani Methi Makai Kofta

Weekends call for for something a little more yummy….specially when we are at home. Lazing around and reading books is how we usually spend our weekends in & I also put in a couple of hours in the kitchen to pamper my hubby with some delicious meals! 😘

This was made last weekend, looking around in the refrigerator, I found some fenugreek leaves (methi) and sweet corn..tomatoes and a bowl of dough (atta) kept ready to make rotis! I asked my hubby if he’d have some stir fried methi corn with Phulkas. He said no! I want malai kofta he says…I was stumped. I didn’t have any paneer or boiled potatoes ready in the refrigerator. The only option I had was to transform the methi and corn into some koftas, so I quickly put some potatoes to boil and began prepping the other elements.

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I did all that and they turned out much better than expected! Hubby approved them with a vigorous nod between morsels!💃🏻💃🏻  So thought I’d share this here too…although if you like restaurant style curries, do try my Shahi Paneer recipe, Paneer Lababdaar, Reshmi Paneer, Tawa Masala Paneer, Dhabewale Chole. 

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A few points to keep in mind as we make the koftas…Once you make the kofta mix, keep it in the refrigerator for 15 mins to firm it up. Always add the salt to the mix just before shaping them to avoid any moisture built up in the mixture. Then shape them into balls and place them again the refrigerator for another 15 mins. Then you can fry them, this way they will turn crisper and retain their shape. Always fry them low and slow…meaning, keep the flame at the lowest as you fry them and let them cook well slowly.

Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed pan for deep frying, a pan, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

For the Koftas:

1 nos. large boiled and mashed potato

1/4 cup boiled and crushed sweet corn

1/4 cup roughly chopped methi leaves (fenugreek)

salt to taste

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp chopped green chillies

some rice flour to roll the koftas in before frying

oil to fry

Method:

In a mixing bowl, add mashed potato, crushed corn & chopped methi leaves. Mix well. Add ginger-garlic paste. Add the chopped chillies too. Mix well. Refrigerate for 15 mins. Once the mixture has firmed up, add salt and shape them into balls (I made 9 balls). Place them in the refrigerator for another 15 mins to firm up again.

Keep oil for heating to fry the koftas. Then coat the shaped balls in the rice flour. Fry them on low flame until golden brown and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and set aside.

Ingredients for the Makhani gravy:

3 nos. large tomatoes

1 nos. large onion

15-17 nos. cashewnuts

salt to taste

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp butter

1 nos. each bay leaf (tejpatta), badi elaichi (black cardamom) & dalcheeni (cinnamon stick)

1.5 tbsp degi mirch pwd

1.5 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp haldi pwd (turmeric)

1 tsp each dhaniya & jeera pwd (coriander & cumin)

3/4 tsp Garam masala pwd

cream & chopped coriander to garnish

Method:

Blanch the tomatoes, onions & cashewnuts in 2-3 cups of water for 15 mins. Cover with the lid and let them sit in the warm water for 10 mins more. Then peel the tomatoes, cool everything and then blend the three together to a fine paste. Set it aside.

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Next, heat oil & butter in a pan. Add the whole spices in the hot oil- butter mixture. Once they crackle, add the tomato-onion-cashew paste. Keep sautéing it for 5-7 mins. Then once the oil seperates from the paste, add all the spices and salt. Add some water if neede to correct the consistency. Simmer the gravy for another 5-7 mins. That’s it, the gravy is ready.

To serve: Place the fried koftas in a bowl and pour the gravy over it. Garnish it and serve it Phulkas or Jeera rice and some salad😊

Hope you enjoy this…please do try it soon!!

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Love,

Shreya 💖

 

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