Milk Pudding with regular milk/ Instant Kharwas/Posu/Ginnu/Junnu

Ingredients

Whole Milk/ Full fat milk (1 cup+ 2 tbsp)(Room temperature)

Strained Yogurt (5 tbsp)

Milk Powder (6 tbsp/50 gm)

Sugar ( 5 tbsp/90 gram)

Black cardamom (3-4)/Green Cardamom (1)

Saffron threads (a few)

Oil for greasing the bowl

Water for steaming

Method

  1. Soak most of the saffron threads in 2 tbsp warm milk.
  2. Mix together 1 cup milk, and sugar. Blend well.
  3. Add strained yogurt, ½ tsp cardamom powder and milk powder.
  4. Add soaked saffron threads with milk. Mix with a spoon.
  5. Transfer the mix to a greased bowl.
  6. Sprinkle ½ tsp cardamom powder and remaining saffron threads.
  7. Heat water in a steamer.
  8. Place the bowl with mix in the steamer, a little above the water level.
  9. Steam at high for 20 minutes. Keep a watch till done (mine got done in 30 minutes)
  10. Kharwas is ready when the edges are a little raised (look cooked). On inserting a wet knife in the center, there might be little residue on the knife (its normal)
  11. Set to firm in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Cut into pieces and enjoy chilled!

Til Gur ki Patti/ Gajjak /Chikki (sesame and jaggery brittle)

Til Gur ki patti is a traditional flat-thin/brittle sweet made from sesame seeds and jaggery. This is usually made during the winter months to celebrate the festivals of Lohri and Makar Sankranti. The health benefits of sesame seeds and jaggery in keeping one warm in Winters make these an obvious choice for flat-thins!

Ingredients:

White sesame seeds (3/4 cup)(100 gm)

Jaggery (3/4 cup)(120 gm)

Desi Ghee/clarified butter (2 tsp)

Water (2 tbsp)

Cardamom Powder (1 tsp)(optional)

Almonds  (6-8)(coarsely ground)

 

METHOD

  1. Set a pan to heat at medium. Lightly roast sesame seeds at low-medium heat. This takes 2-3 minutes.
  2. Allow them to cool.
  3. Grind coarsely half the sesame seeds. Retain the other half whole.
  4. Set a pan to heat at medium.
  5. Transfer water and jaggery. Allow jaggery to melt. Keep stirring.
  6. Add 1 tsp desi ghee. Cook jaggery till it gets a soft ball consistency ( jaggery will now start coating the spoon)
  7. Stir in cardamom powder. Mix.
  8. Stir in ground sesame seeds. Mix.
  9. Stir in whole sesame seeds . Mix.  Cook till it all comes together as one mass.
  10.   Transfer to a flat surface covered with parchment paper.
  11. Spread to flatten with a spatula.
  12. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and press gently. Roll with a rolling pin till desired thickness is achieved.
  13. Remove the parchment paper on top. Allow to cool.
  14. Once warm, mark cuts at which you can later snap gajjak to make pieces.
  15. Allow to cool further, till it becomes brittle and solid. Snap to get smaller pieces. img_5930-new

    16. Store in an air tight container.  Enjoy for a few days!

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Naan (on a tawa)(with pillow trick)

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat flour (1 cup)
All purpose flour (1/4 cup)
Salt (¼ tsp)
Sugar (1 tbsp)
Baking soda (¼ tsp)
Yogurt (1/4 cup)
Oil (1tbsp)
Water (as required)
Method:
1. Mix together all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Add oil and yogurt, and mix in to get a crumbly mixture.
3. Using lukewarm water, knead a soft and slightly sticky.
4. Apply some oil on ball of the dough.
5. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
6. After 30 minutes, again knead the dough, a quick knead.
7. Divide dough into 5 equal sized balls.
8. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow the balls to rest for 15 minutes.
9. Heat a tawa (not a non stick tawa) at high heat (450deg F)
10. Roll a ball of dough into a slightly thick disc (thicker than usual tawa roti)
11. Transfer the rolled disc on to the pillow.

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Apply some water on the back side of the disc.
12. Transfer the disc on to the tawa, as shown in the video.
13. When bubbles appear on the top side, reduce heat to low, and invert the tawa.
14. Adjust the heat and the position of the tawa, so that it gets cooked from the top side as well.
15. Remove from the tawa and apply butter.
Serve hot whole wheat naan with any curry of your choice!

 

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Gobhi Paratha (3 different ways)

Ingredients:

Grated cauliflower

Whole wheat flour dough ( 1 1/2 cups of flour will make 6 parathas)

Dry whole wheat flour for tossing and rolling

Ghee/oil

Ginger paste

Salt

Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Red Chilli pwder

Garam Masala

 

Method 1

  1. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour, and roll in to a disc of 4-5 inches in diameter.
  2. Apply some oil in the center.
  3. Transfer 2-3 tbsp spiced grated cauliflower to the center.
  4. Pick up the dough from the edges and seal at the top.
  5. Toss this stuffed ball in dry flour and roll to a diameter 6-7 inches.
  6. Transfer to hot tawa. Cook and fry on both sides.

Method 2

  1. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour. Divide in 2 smaller balls.
  2. Roll each ball to diameter 6-7 inches, one disc slightly bigger than the other.
  3. Apply oil at the center of smaller disc. Transfer spiced stuffing.
  4. Cover with the larger disc, and seal edges all over.
  5. Cook and fry on hot tawa at medium heat.

Method 3

  1. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour. Divide in 2 smaller balls.
  2. Roll each ball to diameter 3-4 inches, one disc slightly bigger than the other.
  3. Apply oil at the center of smaller disc. Transfer spiced stuffing.
  4. Cover with the larger disc, and seal edges all over.
  5. Press the stuffing to spread all over the paratha.
  6. Roll to a big paratha 6-7 inches in diameter
  7. Cook and fry on both sides, at medium heat.

 

Options for a healthier version:

You could avoid frying paratha made any of the 3 ways.

You could avoid applying oil inside the paratha.

You could make paratha without frying with oil, and serve with a dash of oil/ghee smeared on the paratha after removing from the tawa.

If using method 2, you could take a small ball of dough and a heavier stuffing without any problem rolling it.

Crispy Aloo Bhujia/ Potato Sev

Aloo bhujia or potato sev is crispy and crunchy, thin noodles made with potatoes and chickpea flour (besan). A perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee! A perfect topping for bhalla papdi chaat, bhel poori chaat or sev poori chaat!

Ingredients
Boiled Potatoes (4 medium sized)
Chickpea flour (2 cups or less)
Kasuri Methi (2tsp)
Salt (1 tsp)
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
Roasted Cumin Powder (1/3 tsp)
Dry Ginger Powder (1/4 tsp)
Black Pepper Powder (1/4 tsp)
Coriander Powder (1 tsp)
Turmeric Powder/Haldi (1/4 tsp)
Dry mango powder (amchoor) (1/3 tsp)
Oil (for frying and kneading the dough)
Chatt Masala (only for garnish)
Method:
1. Sift chickpea flour and keep aside.
2. Pound kasuri methi to a fine powder. Strain, and keep aside.
3. Mash boiled potatoes, and mix in all the spices, including strained kasuri methi
4. Mix together to get lump free dough. Add 1 ½ tbsp oil and mix.
5. Add half the chickpea flour and mix in with dough.
6. Keep adding chickpea flour 1-2 tbsp at a time, and knead till you get soft and not so sticky dough.
7. Apply some oil on your finger and smoothen out the dough.
8. Cover the dough with a lid and allow it rest for 30 minutes.
9. Set a flat bottomed pan with oil to heat at medium.
10. After dough has rested, give a final knead to the dough. Divide in to two parts and shape as logs.
11. Apply oil inside a sev maker.
12. Check oil for doneness.
13. Reduce heat to low, and using sev maker drop thin noodles in to the hot oil. Move in a spiral, avoiding over-lapping the noodles.
14. In a minute, bottom side will be fried.
15. Flip over the sev spiral and fry the bottom side.
16. Transfer on to a paper towel.
17. Crush between fingers to get smaller convenient pieces. Sprinkle chaat masala and serve homemade aloo bhujia/potato sev with hot tea or coffee.

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