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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Homemade Cough Drops (No chemical preservatives, no corn syrup)

Homemade cough drops are free of chemical preservatives, added colors or any added flavors. These are made of natural ingredients in a  sugar based syrup. These ingredients are usually available in most home kitchens. Chew on these drops for soothing relief from cough and dry throat.

Ingredients

A. For the syrup

Ginger juice (3-4 tbsp)

Honey (1 tbsp)

Sugar (1 cup)

Water (1/2 cup)

Cinnamon Stick small/ Cinnamon powder (1 tsp)

Licorice stick/powder (1 tbsp) (optional but highly recommended)

Cloves (6)/clove powder (1/5 tsp) (optional)

Black peppercorns (5)/ Black pepper powder (1/5 tsp)(optional)

Turmeric Powder (1/6 tsp) (optional)

Star Anise (1) (optional)

Lemon juice (1 tbsp) (optional

B. For coating:

Powdered sugar (2 tsp)

Dry Ginger Powder (1 tsp) optional

Cinnamon Powder (1 tsp) optional

 

Method:

  1. Set a thick bottomed pan to heat at medium.
  2. Add sugar and water. Melt sugar.
  3. Add all ingredients marked for syrup, except honey. Adjust heat so that the syrup keeps boiling. Keep stirring so that the sugar doesn’t burn.cough drop image for blog 1
  4. Cook the syrup till a hard ball stage is reached. Immediately remove from gas stove, but keep stirring.cough drop for blog 2
  5. Once syrup is warm, add honey. Stir in well.
  6. Drop small quantities (1/2 tsp) of syrup on a parchment paper/butter paper/wax paper/ greased plate/greased aluminium foil.cough drop blog 4IMG_E4944
  7. Mix the three powders marked for coating.
  8. Sprinkle little powder on each drop.cough drop blog 5
  9. Allow to set. It takes 15-20 minutes for the drops to set.cough drop blog 6
  10. Store cough drops in an air-tight container.

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Chew on these cough drops whenever you have a dry throat or having a bout of cough. This would give soothing relief.

 

समां के चावल की soft and juicy रोटी …flatbread made with samo seeds

Ingredients: (for 24 rotis)
Samo seeds (2 cups)
Water (5 cups)
Salt (2 tsp)
Oil (1 1/2 tbsp + for making flatbread on griddle)
Potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed) (3)

Method:
1. Wash sama rice thoroughly with water.
2. Transfer to a microwave safe bowl.
3. Add water and salt.
4. Microwave at 100% power for 5 minutes. Give it a mix.
5. Microwave for 10 minutes at 80% power. The mix should look crumbly now. If need be, microwave for a few more minutes (each microwave is different, so timing may vary).
6. Allow it to cool.
7. Add oil and mashed potatoes and knead very well.
8. Divide into equal sized balls.
9. Roll each ball into a disc of 1mm thickness and 3-4 inches diameter, exactly the way you roll makki ki roti or kuttu ke aate ki roti ( check video for tips on easy rolling)
10. Cook on both sides, at medium to high heat.
Enjoy with potato curry or any curry of your choice.

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3 quick and easy recipes using left-over rotis, each under 10 minutes cooking time

Dish # 1

Vegetable Roti Poha

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Ingredients:

Roti  (2)(left-over/ fresh)

Oil (2tsp+ 2 tbsp)

Peanuts (2 tbsp)

Cumin Seeds (heaped tsp)

Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)

Ginger Paste (2 tsp)

Green Chili paste (1 tsp)

Chopped Onions (4 tbsp)

Chopped bell peppers (1 cup)

Turmeric Powder (1/3 tsp)

Salt ( 1tsp)

Kashmiri Lal mirch/deggi mirch (1/2 tsp)

Coriander Powder (1tsp)

Garam Masala (1/2 tsp)

Green Peas (1/2 cup)

Frozen corn (1/2 cup)

Chopped cilantro leaves

Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)

 

Method:

  1. Tear rotis in to small pieces.
  2. In a mixer grinder/food processor, pulse the roti pieces to get small bits. Keep these aside covered.
  3. Warm a pan to heat at medium.
  4. Add 2 tsp oil to the warm pan and roast the peanuts at low-medium heat. Keep the roasted peanuts aside.
  5. Heat the pan again.To the warm pan add 2 tbsp oil. To the warm oil, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  6. Once the seeds crackle, add chopped onions. Reduce heat to low-medium.
  7. Add ginger paste and green chili paste. Saute till onions turn pink.
  1. Reduce heat to low. Add turmeric powder. Saute. Add Kashmiri Lal mirch. Saute.
  2. Add green peas and frozen corn (thawed). Mix well and cover with lid. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add finely chopped bell peppers. Mix, cover with lid and cook for a minute.
  4. Add ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp coriander powder. Mix. Transfer roasted peanuts and roti bits.12.
  5. .Add ½ tsp salt and 1/3 tsp garam masala. Mix well.
  1. Cover with lid and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chopped cilantro leaves and lemon juice. Serve hot!

 

Dish #2

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Ingredients:

Oil (for frying)

Roti (2)

Salt (as per taste)

Crushed Red Pepper, chaat masala, garlic salt (as per taste)

Method:

  1. Cut each roti in 8 parts.
  2. Set a pan with oil to heat at medium.
  3. Once oil is warm, reduce heat to low-medium. Drop in roti pieces.
  4. Fry till the pieces become crisp. (takes 4-5 minutes)
  5. Drain away excess oil
  6. Spice up the pieces as per your choice.

 

 

Dish #3

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Ingredients:

Oil (1 tbsp)

Garlic (2 tsp)

Roti (2)

Sliced Onions (1/2 cup)

Shredded Cabbage (1/2 cup)

Shredded Carrots (1/2 cup)

Shredded bell peppers (1 cup)

Salt (1/2 tsp + 1/3 tsp)

Red Chili sauce (2 tsp) ( as per taste)

Soy Sauce (less than a tsp)

Vinegar/lemon juice (2 tsp)

 

Method:

  1. Cut rotis in to thin strips and cover. Put aside.
  2. Warm a pan to heat at medium.
  3. To the warm pan, add 1 tbsp oil. Transfer chopped garlic, and sliced onions.
  4. Fry till onions turn translucent.
  5. Transfer shredded veggies. Add ½ tsp salt. Toss well and cook uncovered for 1 minute.
  6. Add roti cut in strips.
  7. Add 1/3 tsp salt. Toss.
  8. Add red chili sauce, soy sauce and vinegar. Mix.
  9. Increase heat to high and toss.

Serve hot!

 

 

 

 

Spinach and Corn Rice

Ingredients:

Rice (1 cup)

Spinach leaves (3 cup)

Corn (¾ cup)

Onions (chopped ¾ cup)

Desi ghee/ Unsalted butter (1 ½ tbsp)

Oil (1 tsp)

Water (2 cups+ 3 cups)

Salt (1 tsp+ ¾ tsp+ 1/5 tsp)

Cumin Seeds ( 1 tsp heaped)

Red Chili Powder (1/4 tsp)

Turmeric Powder ( a pinch)

Coriander Powder ( 1 tsp)

Garam Masala (1/3 tsp)

Walnuts/Almonds for garnishing

 

Method:

  1. Soak rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain.

2. Boil 3 cups of water. Add 1 tsp salt and strained rice. Add 1 tsp oil.

3. Stir and partially cover with a lid.

4. Boil until 90% cooked (approximately 4 minutes)

5. Strain and leave uncovered so that surface moisture evaporate.

6. Set a big pan to heat at medium.

7. Add desi ghee, reduce heat and let ghee melt.

8. Add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

9. Add turmeric powder

10. Add onions. Sauté till pink.

11. Add coriander pwder, red chili powder. Saute.

12. Add chopped spinach. Mix.

13. Add corn. Mix. Stir fry for two minutes.

14. Add strained cooked rice.

15. Toss gently till mixed thoroughly.

16.Add garam masala. Mix

17.Cover with a lid, and cook till done (approximately 1 minute)

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18. Serve hot garnished with chopped walnuts/ almonds!

 

 

 

 

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.