Masala Chana Dal Khichdi (made in a pan)

Masala Chana Dal Khichdi is a spicy peppy version of khichdi made in a pan. No pressure cooker is required for cooking this. Khichdi is a one-pot meal made with the combination of rice and lentils. A great way to enjoy a protein rich food in your meals any time of the day!!

 

 

Ingredients:
Rice 1 cup
Bengal Split Gram (Chana Dal) ½ cup
Water 3 ¼ cup
Oil 3 tbsp
Ginger Paste (1 tbsp)
Bay Leaves (2)
Cinnamon Stick/dalchini  (1) small
Cumin (Jeera) 2 tsp
Sliced Onions 1 cup
Turmeric Powder ½ tsp
Kashmiri Lal Mirch 1tsp
Green Chili (2)
Coriander powder (1 ½ tsp)
Hot Red Chili Powder (3/4 tsp)
Salt (1 ½ tsp)
Garam Masala (3/4 tsp)
Lemon Juice ( 1 tbsp)
Fresh Coriander Leaves (handful)

Preparations:
Wash and soak chana dal for atleast 4 hours
Wash and soak rice for maximum 15 minutes ( Practically to be soaked just before starting cooking)
Cooking:
1. Set a wide pan to heat at medium on the large burner of gas stove.
2. Add oil and let warm.
3. Add bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Saute.
4. Add cumin seeds and allow to crackle. Reduce heat to low.
5. Add turmeric powder, and sauté.
6. Add all spices and sauté.
7. Add soaked and drained chana dal, and roast for a minute.
8. Add soaked and drained rice and roast for 2 minutes.
9. Add water. Increase heat and cover with a lid in such a way that there is space for excess steam to escape.
10. Once water boils, reduce heat to low, and allow it to cook for 10 minutes.
11. Add cilantro leaves and lemon juice. Toss gently.
12. Cook for 2 more minutes.
13. Switch off the heat when little water is left. Keep the lid on, and move away the pan from the hot burner.
14. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Optional: You may temper with hot desi ghee to which whole red chillis/ green chilis have been added.
Enjoy Masala Chana Dal Khichdi with pickles, green chilies, chopped onions, curd or a dash of lemon juice.

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Lifafa style Vegetable Cheese Paratha

Ingredients: For 4 parathas

Whole wheat dough

Chopped onions (1/3 cup)

Chopped beans (1/3 cup)

Chopped capsicum (1/3 cup)

Shredded cabbage (1 cup)

Shredded carrots (1 cup)

Shredded processed cheese (2 cups or more as per choice)

Oil (1 tbsp+ for frying)

Italian seasoning

Chili flakes

Maida ( 1 tbsp)

Water (2 tbsp)

 

Method:

A Making the filling

  1. Set a pan to heat at medium.
  2. To the warm pan, add a tbsp of oil.
  3. To warm oil, add chopped onions, and sauté till light pink.
  4. Add beans. Saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Add capsicum. Saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Add cabbage. Saute for 30 seconds.
  7. Add carrots. Saute 30 seconds.
  8. Add 1/3 tsp salt. Mix well. Switch off heat.
  9. Transfer the mix to another bowl for cooling.
  10. Once the mix is completely cool, add 4 tbsp shredded cheese and mix well.
  11. Add 1 ½ tbsp chili flakes or as per choice.
  12. Add little Italian seasoning as per choice.
  13. Always check for salt after adding cheese. Add more if need be. I needed to add ¼ tsp salt.

B.Making maida paste for sealing

To 1 tbsp maida, add water little at a time, and make a smooth thick paste.

C. Making semi cooked rotis first

  1. Roll a very big roti.
  2. Cook it very lightly from both sides.
  3. You could prepare all these semi cooked rotis first, and assemble later.

D. Assembling the paratha

  1. On the outer edge of roti smear maida paste (till 1/2 inch from outer edge)
  2. Transfer ¼ of leftover cheese to the center of roti. Layer with ¼ prepared filling. Shape filling like a rectangle.
  3. Fold roti one by one from all sides to seal like an envelope. Apply more paste on open surfaces for easy sealing.
  4. Fry parathas on the tawa.
  5. Another method is to cook roti lightly from one side. Flip it over. keeping heat at lowest, assemble paratha while still on the tawa, and fold like an envelope. Fry the paratha. This method needs you to work very fast.

Enjoy!!

36 layered Masala Paratha

To view this video in English, check out the link

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Flour (11/2 cup + some for rolling and dusting)
Water + milk ( 200 ml, warm)
Oil ( 1 tbsp)
Salt(½ tsp)
Sugar(1tsp)
Desi Ghee or any oil of your choice( as required)

Method:
1.Using water+ milk mixture, knead a soft dough with whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and oil.
2. Refrigerate the dough for atleast 30 minutes.
3. After 30 minutes, give a quick final knead to the dough and divide it in 5 equal sized balls.
4. Using dry flour, roll a ball into a big disc, say 10 inches diameter.
5. Apply a generous helping of desi ghee on this disc.
6. Using a knife or pizza cutter, make 5 vertical and 5 horizontal cuts on the disc.
7. Sprinkle dry wheat flour onto this disc.
8. The whole disc is now divided into smaller pieces.
9. Start piling these small pieces one on top of the other, with the smallest as the topmost and the largest one as the bottom most.
10. You will now have a big pile of pieces.
11.Press it firmly with your palm.
12.Toss this big pile into the dry wheat flour and roll it into a disc, say 7 inches in diameter.
13. Cook this on a hot griddle(medium heat), on both sides.
14. Apply desi ghee on both sides and press lightly to make a crisp lachchha paratha.
15.Once off the griddle, crush it very gently between your palms to separate the layers.
Your crisp, crumbly, soft parat paratha is ready. Enjoy it with any curry, veggie, lentil or raita of your choice, or with a cup of tea/coffee.

 

Instant Bedmi Poori/Urad dal kachori/ बेडमी पूरी/ उड़द दाल कचौड़ी / एक बार बनायें और कई महीनों तक तल कर खायें

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Flour (1 1/3 cup)
Skinless Urad Dal (¼ cup)
Spinach leaves (2 cups)
Water (2 tbsp+ 5 tbsp) (or as required)
Oil (2 tbsp + for frying)
Salt ( ½ tsp or as per taste)
Red Chili Powder ( ½ tsp)
Coriander Powder( 2 tsp)
Asafoetida (hing) ( ¼ tsp)
Dry Ginger Powder (sounth) (1/4 tsp)
Turmeric powder (1/3 tsp)
Fennel Seeds (1 tsp, pounded)
Method:
1. Soak urad dal in 2 cups of water for 8 hours. Drain the excess water and blend to a paste, neither very fine, nor very coarse. Use minimum water for blending. I used 2 tbsp of water for blending.
2. Chop fine the spinach leaves.
3. Mix together flour, salt, all spices, 1 tbsp oil, urad dal paste, and chopped spinach. Leave undisturbed for 2 minutes.
4. Knead to a hard but pliable dough. Use minimum water. I used 5 tbsp water.
5. Smear the ball of dough with little oil, and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
6. Give the dough a light final knead, and divide in 11 portions.
7. Apply some oil on the palms and roll each portion of dough to a smooth ball with no cracks.
8. Set the pan of oil to heat at high.
9. Roll out a few pooris (each 4 to 5 inch diameter) before beginning to fry.
(Note: Roll this poori thicker than you would roll a wheat flour poori. Keeping a diameter of 4.5 in ensures just that!)
10. Check the oil if heated properly. Any piece of dough dropped in the hot oil should rise to the surface instantly and should float.
11. Fry pooris one by one, making sure you fry on both sides.
Enjoy hot with a curry, raita or just a cup of hot tea!

Note: If you are rolling a large number of pooris, with the intention of frying them after a little while, cover them with a cling wrap or a damp kitchen towel, to prevent them from drying.
How to freeze bedmi poori:
Place rolled out discs of dough between sheets of parchment paper. Put them in a ziploc bag (freezer safe) and suck out all air from the ziploc using a drinking straw. This would prevent ice-formation on the discs. Place the ziploc flat in the freezer.
The parchment paper can be re-used any number of times, till it tears apart.
Before frying the frozen pooris, remove the frozen discs from the parchment paper. If the discs are sticking to the paper, then defrost for 10-20 seconds in the microwave, just enough so that you can remove them from the parchment paper without breaking.
Frozen items that have to be fried are never thawed because that introduces water in the hot oil, which can cause oil to splutter. This is true for all frozen items, bedmi poori included. If you thaw it on the kitchen shelf, then do it for little time only. Do not bring them to room temperature. Also, just like any other frozen item, any thawed/defrosted discs should not be re-frozen. Therefore, defrost only the count that you need.

 

Flaky Multilayered Lachha Pheni Paratha

Ingredients: (for 3 parathas)
Whole wheat flour (1/2 cup/ 80 g) + 1 1/2 tbsp
All purpose flour (1 cup/ 120 g)
Salt (1 tsp)
Sugar (2 tsp)
Lukewarm water (as required)
Desi Ghee (3 tbsp) + for frying
Oil (as required)

Method:
1. Mix together whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt and sugar.
2. Knead a dough, not very soft and not very hard either.
3. Refrigerate the dough in air-tight container for 30 minutes.
4. Knead again and divide the dough in 3 equal sized balls. Make a paste of 3 tbsp whole wheat flour and 1 1/2 tbsp desi ghee.
5. On a flat, clean, scratch proof surface, roll out a ball of dough (first with hands, and then with rolling pin), in to a big thin sheet.
6. Smear 1/3 of the paste on to the sheet.
7. Using a knife or a pizza cutter, cut the sheet along the length in to very thin strips.
8. Roll the strips one over the other, with the help of a spatula.
9. Now roll this long log of strips into a loosely packed ball (the way traditional lachha paratha is rolled)
10. Roll out this ball into a thick disc.
11. Transfer this disc on to a hot tawa, cook from both sides and fry in desi ghee.
Enjoy pheni/sevaiyan lachha paratha with spiced yogurt, or curry of your choice, or just by itself with a cup of tea/coffee!

 

Mango and coconut burfi/ 10 मिनट में बनायें आम और नारियल की नरम, रसीली बर्फी

Ingredients:

Clarified butter/ Desi ghee ( 1 tsp)

Coconut Powder or fresh/frozen shredded coconut (1 cup)

Milk ( 1 cup / 250 ml)

Milk Powder ( 2/3 cup)(substitute with 2 cup milk)

Almonds ( blended and separated into almond meal and small pieces by straining )( ½ cup)

Mango Pulp ( ½ cup)

Sugar ( 3 tbsp or as per taste)

Note: DO NOT use coconut flour!

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Method:

  1. Set a wide non-stick shallow pan at low-medium heat.
  2. Warm clarified butter in the pan.
  3. Add coconut powder and mix with the ghee. Roast for 30-40 seconds while mixing continuously.
  4. Add milk and stir occasionally till the milk dries up.
  5. Sprinkle milk powder and mix thoroughly.
  6. Add almond meal and 1/3 of the almond pieces. Mix well.
  7. Roast this mix for a few minutes till it becomes dry.
  8. Add mango pulp. Keep stirring and roast at high heat.
  9. Add sugar and keep roasting till all the moisture is dried up.
  10. The mix lumps together. Switch off the heat.
  11. Let the mix cool for a minute and then transfer to a greased plate/tray.
  12. Using a table knife/spatula/ hands shape the mix into a square.
  13. Mark cuts for the burfi pieces in the mix. Cover the plate with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Enjoy homemade mango coconut burfi!

 

Makes excellent gift!

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Dhaba/restaurant style aloo parathas at home on a tawa ढाबे जैसा आलू परांठा घर में तवे पर बनाऐ, बिना तंदूर के, बिना ओवन के, बिना प्रेशर कुकर के!!

Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour 1 1/2 cups+ for rolling
Water 3/4 cup
Salt 1/2 tsp+ 3/4 tsp
Oil 2 tsp
Desi ghee/oil ( as per choice, for applying inside the paratha)
Boiled potatoes (4)
desi ghee/oil/butter (for smearing on parathas)
Red chili powder (1/2 tsp)
Garam masala (1/2 tsp)
Amchur Powder ( dry mango powder) ( 1/2 tsp)
Green chili (2)
Coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) ( a handful)
Cilantro leaves/ginger/ garlic/ green chili ( as per requirement, for topping)
Coriander seeds (2 tsp)

1. Add ½ tsp salt to flour and knead to a medium soft dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Boil potatoes. Refrigerate. Once potatoes are cold , mash them to make a stuffing. Leave a few un mashed pieces of potato. Add salt, red chilli powder, garam masala, amchur powder, and pounded coriander seeds, handful of cilantro leaves, chopped green chilis. Mix together.
3. Divide the dough and stuffing in 5 parts each.
4. Roll a ball of dough. Apply ghee in the center and stuff with a portion of potato stuffing.
5. Seal the ball and roll to a disc of 6-7 inches in diameter. Sprinkle a few cilantro leaves on top of the disc and roll in. Apply some water to the back side of the disc.
6. Heat the tawa to 500 deg Fahrenheit.
7. Transfer the disc onto the tawa with the help of pillow made as shown in video.
8. Once top side of paratha gets little cooked, invert the tawa so that the top side of paratha is now facing the open flame. Cook till done.

Do check out the video for detailed tips and tricks.