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Poha Laddu

Ugadi! Festival time! What is there in sweet?😋 Try this awesome simple yet different and of course tasty recipe this time. I have prepared it with white poha. However, It can also be prepared with red poha as well. It can be prepaed with or without dry fruits. It will taste good in both the ways.


So without further ado, here is my poha laddu recipe:

Ingredients:

Poha(Flattened rice) - 1 cup
Grated jaggery - 1/3rd cup
Ghee - 3-4 tbsp or add as required
Cardamom powder - 1tsp
Milk - 1 tsp
Almonds (Optional) - 5-6
Cashew (Optional) - 5-6
Raisins (Optional)- 5-6


Method:

Dry roast poha on low flame. keep on stirring it. Don't worry even if it starts becoming brown.  Try to break few granules with your hands. If you are able to do it, means it's done. Transfer it to some other plate. Let it cool down.Grind jaggery and roasted poha together. It should be coarse.Heat ghee in a pan. Add dry cashew, almonds, raisins.  All the dry fruits and nuts are optional. It will taste good even with…

Rava Samosa

Samosas! 😋 Tell me what do you feel when you think about samosas? yummy? or deep fried + maida 😔. No!!! Well, I have something for diet conscious people. This samosa is made up of Semolina! No refined flour! What? Are you still thinking about deep fried samosa? Okay, relax! Use air fryer 😃 Now, enjoy crispy samosas guilt free. 😋

Ingredients:

For dough:  Semolina (Sooji/ravva)  - 1 cup Carom seeds (Ajwain) - 1/2 tsp Salt to taste 
For Stuffing: Boiled potatoes - 2 Coriander seeds(Dhaniya) - 1/4 tsp Cumin seeds(Jeera) - 1/4 tsp Onion seeds (Kalonji) - 1/4 tsp Fennel seeds (Saunf) - 1/4 tsp Red chilli flakes - 1 tsp Dry mango powder - 1 tsp
Kasuri methi (Optional) - 1tsp
Turmeric (Optional) - 1/2 tsp Salt to taste
Method: 

For Stuffing: Heat oil. Add Coriander seeds, cumin seeds, onion seeds, fennel seeds. Let them splutter.Add boiled potatoes,  salt, dry mango powder, turmeric, Kasuri methi and red chilli.Mash and mix them well.Stuffing is ready!
For Dough: For 1 cup sooji, you will need 2…

Ridge gourd (Turai) chutney

Ridge gourd? 😥I don't like it! I still can't believe that in few minutes I will be posting something made up of ridge gourd?! Well, recipe credit goes to my awesome roomie... Anjana 😊.  Have you checked out Aloo dum biryani recipe? That was prepared by my roomie, Sayali.  Yes, I have awesome roomies 😻. This chutney is very easy to prepare. Needs few ingredients and no master chef skills.

Here is the recipe for delicious turai chutney:
Ingredients:


Ridge gourd(turai) – 2 Big sized
Tomato – 3-4 medium sized
Green chillies – 5-6
Tamarind – 2 inch
Cumin seeds(jeera) – 1 tsp
Mustard seeds (Rai)– 1 tsp
asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Coriander - 1 tbsp
Ghee – 1 tsp
Oil – 1 tbsp

Method:
For chutney:
Roughly chop ridge gourd, tomato &  green chillies.Heat oil in a pan.Add vegetables, salt, cumin seeds, tamarind and turmeric.It will start becoming watery because of tomato and ridge gourd.Cook them for 15-20 minutes till most of the water is evaporated. Add coriander.Transfer it to some other …

Aloo Dum Biryani

Aloo dum biryani... Needs no introduction😎😋  Just see this pic.




Mouth watering! isn't it?! 
If you are a beginner and want to flaunt your cooking skills in front of your friends/ relatives, then you are at the right place. Just follow this recipe step by step.  WARNING: Don't worry by seeing the size of the list of the ingredients. Most of this khada masala ae available in small sachets in almost every general store shop. 
Serves:  4

Ingredients :

Basmati Rice - 3 small cups
Tomato - 500 gms
Onion - 4-5
Potato(par Boiled) - 5
Green chillies - 4-5
Ginger - 2 inch
Garlic - 5-6 cloves
Coriander - 1 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1/2 tsp
Curd - 1 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tbsp.
Sugar - 1 tsp
Oil - 3-4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coal - 1 small piece
Atta dough - to seal

Khada masala: 

Black Cardamom - 1Black cumin - 1/2 tspCumin seeds - 1/2 tspCinnamon - 1inch stickBlack pepper - 3-4Bay leaf - 1Star anise - 1Cardamom - 3-4Cloves - 2Method:

For Mar…

Raw banana dosa

After preparing the batter for  Raw banana dahi vada, I started thinking... can I make dosas with this batter? Well, after living in south India dosas are definitely inextricable part of one's life :) Here goes the recipe of yummy raw banana dosa!!!



Ingredients: Raw banana (boiled) - 1Chana dal - 1 cupRice (optional) - 1/3rd cupGinger - 1 inchGreen chillies - 2-3Salt to tasteOil
Method: 

For batter: Soak dal and rice overnight. It can be prepared without rice too. Rice will make it more crispy.Put all the ingredients except oil in a mixer. Blend them into a smooth batter. 
For Dosa: Heat a non-stick pan. It should not be very hot. Put 1/4 tsp oil, use a napkin to spread it evenly.Pour batter into the centre of the pan with a flat bottom bowl or spatula. Spread it with light circular motions. Don't try to fill the holes. Make it as thin as possible.Apply oil from sides and on top of it.Remove it from the pan once it is brown from one side. Serve it with curry leaves and coconut chutn…

Sabudana thalipeeth

Sabudana thalipeeth is a crispy and tasty dish. The recipe is easy and can be prepared quickly.  It can be consumed during fasting. If you are looking for the fast recipe then you can replace/remove ingredients that you don't consume during fast. So here is the recipe of sabudana thalipeeth:



Ingredients :

Sabudana - 1 cup
Boiled potato - 1
Peanut - 1/2 cup
coriander - 2 tsp
carrot - 1
ginger - 1 inch
green chillies - 2-3
Kasuri methi (Optional) - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
salt to taste

Method:

For Dough:
Soak 1 cup sabudana in 1 cup of water overnight or for 4-5 hours. Dry roast peanut in a pan.Grind roasted peanuts, green chillies and ginger.Mix sabudana, potatoes, grated carrot, coriander, Kasuri methi and cumin seeds. Make a dough. Don't add water. It will look like this: 
For Thalipeeth: Take a polythene sheet. Apply oil on this sheet.Take a small section of the dough. Roll it and keep it inside this polyethene sheet.Press it to make it as big as you can. Heat a pan. Add little …

Pesarattu

Pesarattu is an Andhra dish. My mother also prepares something similar to this dish. We call it moong dal ka cheela.  Pesarattu is a very tasty, healthy and easy recipe. Can be prepared in just 5 mins! You need to soak dal and rice overnight or maybe for 7-8 hours. That's it! No Fermentation time is required. So, here is the recipe:


Ingredients :

Green Moong dal - 1 cup
Rice - 1/3rd cup
Salt to taste
Onion - 1
Ginger - 1 inch
Green chillies - 3 - 4
Groundnut Oil


Method:

For Pesarattu Batter:
Soak Green moong dal and rice overnight. It can be prepared without rice also. It will become little crispy by adding rice. Otherwise, it will be very soft.Drain excess water and add moong dal, rice, roughly chopped onion, ginger and green chillies, salt in the mixer.Blend them well. The batter is ready. Fermentation is not required for pesarattu.
For Pesarattu:
Apply 1-2 drops of oil on a non-stick dosa pan. You can use refined oil if you don't have groundnut oil. Spread it evenly with the hel…

Thandai

Thandai is a prepared for Holi. This drink is so tasty and refreshing!!! I will not waste any time in explaining how amazing this drink is. Just try this recipe! This is definitely the simplest recipe on this blog. So, a must try.



Servings: 2 People
Ingredients:
Pistachios - 4-5Almonds - 4-5Fennel seeds - 1 tspblack pepper - 4-5poppy seeds - 1 tspWhite sesame seeds - 1 tspFull fat milk - 500 mlSugar - 2 tspice cubes crushed - 4-5
Method: Soak Pistachios, almonds, fennel seeds, black pepper, poppy seeds and white sesame in water for 4-5 hours or overnight.What if you forgot to soak it? No Problem! Yes, It can be prepared in both the ways. The taste will be a bit different but both the ways it is tasty! Now remove excess water and blend these ingredients with sugar. If you are blending dry ingredients then blend for more time.Add milk and crushed ice cubes to this mixture and blend it again.Enjoy this yummy drink. :)

Raw banana dahi vada

Dahi vadas are so refreshing!! Curd is I think everyone's favourite specially during summers. Generally dahi vadas are prepared using urad dal. In this recipe I have used chana dal. Urad dal batter is much more smoother than chana dal batter. This is where boiled raw banana comes into picture. Banana dahi vadas are so soft!! Moreover I have use appam pan. So these dahi vada's are not the deep fried ones. Here is the recipe of yummy raw banana dahi vadas :



Ingredients:
Raw banana (Boiled)- 1/2Chana dal - 1/2 cupGinger - 1 1/2 inchgreen chillies - 2red chilli powder - 1 tsproasted cumin powder - 1 tspblack salt to taste curd - 1 cupsugar - 1 tsptamarind chutney - 1tbspcoriander leaves - 1 tsp

Method : 

For Batter:
Put Chana dal, ginger and green chillies in a mixer and make a coarse paste.
Add mashed boiled banana, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1/2 tsp roasted cumin powder, salt. Make very smooth batter.
For Vada:
Put 1-2 drops of oil in each cavity of appam pan and heat it.Pour this batter i…

Tomato Rice

That was an extremely tiresome day at the office. The rumbling noises of my tummy made me think what I can do in a snap. Did you know that these noises have a name by the way? Borborygmus it is! Thank me later!! Then this yummy dish came to my rescue. Tada..and the hero for that day was none other than "Tomato Rice"



Ingredients: 



Tomato - 4(Medium Size)Cooked Rice - 2 CupChana dal - 1 tspUrad dal - 1 tspGroundnut - 8 - 10Mustard SeedsGreen Chillies - 3Ginger - 1 1/2 inchcurry leaves - 4-5Salt to taste Method: 

Heat oil in a pan. Add Groundnut. Saute it for about a min. Add Chana dal and urad dal. Saute again for about a min.Add mustard seeds, slit green chillies and ginger and curry leaves.Add finely chopped tomato and salt.Cover it and let it cook for about 2-3 mins.When the tomato is cooked properly, add rice.Cover it and let it cook on slow flame for about a min.Tomato rice is ready!!! Garnish it with coriander leaves. I love tomato rice with Curd.





Corn Poha (Makke ka poha)

Recently I saw makke ka poha on Grofers while buying grocery. Nice bright yellow - orange colour poha was so attractive. Of course I purchased it because of its awesome looks and the reason why I am posting it here is definitely because of its yummy flavour. So basically this is beauty with taste ;)


Ingredients:

Makke ka poha - 1 cup
Potato - 1
Tomato - 2
Green chillies - 3
French beans - 1/2 cup
Ginger - 1 1/2 inch
Onion - 1
Peanut - 10-12
Curry leaves - 7-8
Coriander chopped - 1 tbsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
salt to taste
oil - 1 tbsp
ghee - 1 tsp

Method: 

Wash makke ka poha in a strainer. Soak it in little water for 2-3 mins.Heat oil in a pan. Add potato and little salt.Cover it and let it cook for about 3-4 mins on low flame.Once it is done you can keep it aside.In the same oil add green chillies and ginger. Add onion, salt, turmeric powder.When onion starts becoming translucent, add french beans and tomato. You can add other vegetables too. Like, carrot, capsicum, peas etc.Add potato, ma…

Curry Leaves and coconut chutney

Coconut and curry leave both are such good ingredients! That smell of fresh curry leaves... it is so irresistible. Well, who is asking us to resist? Let's prepare this delicious chutney with fresh coconut and curry leaves.



Ingredients:
Coconut - 1/2 coconut
Curry leaves - about half bowl
Chana dal - 1 1/2tsp
Urad dal - 1 1/2 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Groundnut - 5-6
Yoghurt - half cup (approx)
Salt - to taste
Ghee(clarified butter) - 1 tbsp


Method:

For Chutney:
Run coconut and curry leaves in a blender.Add curd and salt also. The quantity of curd depends on how thick you want your chutney to be.Mix them well. For Tadka: Heat ghee in a tadka pan.Add ground nut. Fry it on low flame. After a minute add chana dal and urad dal. Let them become slightly golden brown.Then add mustard seeds and turn off the flame. splutterAdd this tadka to your chutney. Serve it with idli, dosa, vada etc.

Stuffed bottle guard

This recipe is inspired from two of my favourite recipes. Stuffed capsicum/ stuffed tomatoes and lauki (Bottle guard) and chana dal ki sabzi. So I tried stuffing gram and chickpeas in bottle guard. :) Here is the result...

Servings: 2 people
Ingredients:
Chickpeas - 1 tbsp (Soaked overnight) Chana(gram) - 1 tbsp (Soaked overnight) bottle guard - half(approx) potato - 1  tomato - 1 onion - 1 ginger - 1 inch green chillies - 3-4 red chilli powder - 1 tsp roasted cumin seeds powder - 1 tsp roasted coriander powder - 1 tsp turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp onion seeds - 1/4 tsp cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp coriander seeds - 1/4 tsp black sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp oil - 1 tbsp salt - to taste

Method:
Add chickpeas, chana and peeled potato is a pressure cooker. Let it cook for 4-5 whistles on low flame.Mash potatoes, chickpeas and chana.In a pan, heat about 1 tsp oil. Once it is hot add onion seeds, cumin seeds(1/4 tsp), mustard seeds, sesame seeds, coriander seeds. Add mashed potatoes, …

Homemade Makke ka atta!

Yes, you read it right! It's possible! I am not going to use any packaged product here. Not even those dried corn kernels. I mean do you even need to buy those? You can be lazy and still get those dried corn kernels. Just buy corn. Keep it in your home for few(3-4) weeks. Yes, that's all u need to do. Now follow this recipe to prepare atta at home.


Ingredients:
Corn

Method:

Once corn is dry, you can easily remove corn kernels. This is how it will look like:


Now put this in a blender.



Grind it well. Next?! Nothing!!! your home made makke ka atta is ready! You can prepare so many things with this atta. I will be sharing those recipes soon in this blog. :)

Sabudana Steamed Rolls

Sabudana or Sago is one of my favourite ingredients. You all must have tried or at least heard about sabudana tikki, sabudana vada, Sabudana Khichdi, Sabudana Thalipeeth All of them are yummy! I have something new for you today. Sabudana steamed rolls. Yes! they are steamed. Sabudana absorbs a lot of oil! In this recipe, I have used just 1 tsp ghee. I have another sabudana recipe with minimal oil i.e,  Crunchy Sabudana Namkeen.  Sabudana Steamed Rolls are crispy outside,  very soft and juicy inside with nice tomato flavour! It is tasty! If you want to cook something for fasting then also with little modifications you can prepare it. I have mentioned that too in this recipe. 



Ingredients:
Sabudana - 1 cupBoiled potato - 2 medium sizeGroundnut - 8-10Ginger - 2 inchGreen chillies - 3 - 4Corriander leavesBlack pepper - 4-5Tomato - 2 medium sizeSalt - to taste(Sendha namak for fast)Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspRed chilli - 1/2 tspRoasted cumin powder - 1 tspGhee(Clarified butter) - 1tbsp
Method :

Tomato & curry leaves chutney

Tomato curry chutney is a yummy tangy chutney. It tastes good with idli, dosa, parantha, pakodi, Sabudana vada, etc. If you want to be a lil sweet then add jaggery too. It could be a nice replacement for ketchup. You can experiment a lot with chutneys. This recipe is without onion and garlic. If you want to use it for fasting then don't add turmeric powder and replace salt with sendha namak.
Try this recipe, experiment with it and don't forget to share your experience with me :)



Servings : 4
Cooking time : 15 mins

Ingredients:

For chutney:

Tomato - 2 medium sizedcurry leaves - 20-25ginger - 1 inchgreen chilli - 3tamarind - 1 inchbhuna jeera powder - 1 tspturmeric powder - 1/2 tspoil - 1 tspsalt to taste

For tadka:


ghee - 1 tspgroundnut - 5-6urad dal - 1 tspchana dal - 1 tspsesame seeds - 1 tsp
Method:


Heat oil in a panAdd roughly chopped ginger and green chilliesAdd roughly chopped tomatoesSauté it for a minute on low flame.Add salt, turmeric powder, bhuna jeera powder and tamarind.sa…

Kele ki tikki | Plantain tikki

Plantain tikki is such a delicious snack with such simple recipe. Generally, people prepare the deep fried version of a similar recipe. However, this is a much healthier version with absolutely no oil. do try this out and let me know about your experience in the comment section below.



Servings: 4 People
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Ingredients: 4 tbsp gram flour1 tsp Kasuri methi1 tsp bhuna jeera powder1 tsp roasted coriander powder½ tsp garam masala½ tsp chaat masala (optional)½ tsp amchur powder½ tsp red chilli powder2 raw banana1-inch ginger(approx)3 green chillies5 garlic cloves1 tbsp coriander chopped1 tomato medium sizedsalt to taste

Method:
Put roughly chopped tomato, ginger, green chillies, garlic into a blender.Mix this paste, gram flour, Kasuri methi, bhuna jeera powder, coriander powder, garam masala, chaat masala, amchur powder, red chilli powder and salt. Add some water so to make a thick batter.Peel banana and slice banana.Add it to this mixture.Let it marinate for about 1 hour.H…

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana khichdi is a tasty snack that can be prepared quickly. Generally, sabudana khichdi is prepared during fasting.Although it is a very easy recipe, the only trick here is to get perfect sabudana pearls! You just need to be careful while soaking sabudana. Soak Sabudana in the equal amount of water for 4-5 hours or just keep it overnight. You will definitely get the perfect pearls with no excess water.   Servings: 4 people
Cooking time: 15-20 mins

So here is the Sabudana khichdi recipe:
Ingredients: Green chillies – 4-5Groundnut  - 10-15Tomato – 3-4Potato(finely chopped or boiled) – 2carrot - 2Turmeric – ½ tsp (Don't use turmeric if it is for fast)Red chilli powder - ½ tspMustard seeds – 1 tsp2 cup sabudanacoriander - 1 tsp


Method:
Soak sabudana for minimum 4 hours. For 2 cups of sabudana, you will need exactly 2 cups of water.Heat oil in a pan. Add groundnuts to the oil. Roast it on the slow flame until it becomes maroon.Once done then keep it aside.Add mustard seeds in the same pan…

Kheer | Rice Kheer

Kheer is a traditional Indian dish. It contains rice, milk, and sugar.. three most auspicious ingredients. It can be prepared on any festival or occasion. Almost every state in India has its own version of kheer like Kashmiri kheer, badam kheer, jaggery kheer, paneer kheer, mango kheer, shakarkand kheer, sabudana kheer, jaggery kheer, Payesum etc. It is a really simple recipe.


In this recipe, I have used soaked rice. However, you can use cooked rice as well. You can add any dry fruits of your choice. You can also add little bit saffron to give it nice yellow colour.

Servings: 4 people
Cooking time: 1.5 hours


Ingredients:
Rice – 2 tbspMilk – 1 LitreGhee – 1 tbspSugar – 2 tbspJaggery (grated) -  4 tbspEdible camphor – 1 pinch (optional)Cardamom powder: 1 tspDates– 4-5Almonds:  8-10Rasins: 10Cashews : 8-10
Method: Soak rice in 4 tbsp water for 2 hours.Heat ghee in a kadhai.Try to crush rice with your hands only. Don’t throw the water in which rice was soaked. This water will have starch so it…