Falooda Sev/ फालूदा सेव

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Ingredients:

Corn starch/corn flour/arrow root (1/2 cup)

Water (2 cup+ for setting the sev)

Food color (optional, few drops)

Sugar(optional)(5 tsp)

Preparations before cooking:

1. Set the attachment with smallest size of holes in the sev maker. Grease the sev maker and put aside.

2. Set a wide bowl ready with ice cubes and cold water. Store the bowl in refrigerator till ready to make sev (if kitchen is very hot).

Method:

1. Mix corn starch and sugar.

2. Mix water slowly to form a solution.

3. Set a wide non stick pan to heat at low-medium.

4. Cook the solution till it becomes translucent and gel-like.

5. Immediately transfer to sev maker.

6. Make sev in ice-cold water.

7. Transfer to refrigerator for at least half an hour or until the sev is set.

Enjoy in desserts like rabdi falooda,  Ice-cream falooda,  kulfi falooda, custard, parfait, fruit cream etc.

Let your creativity flow!

Check out these interesting recipes to make falooda!

Recipe for Rabdi Falooda at

Recipe for Kulfi falooda

 

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Masaledaar Kala Chana Curry/ Black chickpeas

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Kala chana is a variant of chickpeas and is widely used in the Indian cuisine. Its high protein content makes it very desirable, especially to those wishing to lose weight. Its soup is very healthy and is recommended for quick energy. This can be made either dry or as a curry.

Ingredients:

Kala Chana/Black chickpeas (1 cup)

Split Bengal Gram (1 1/2 tbsp)

Water ( As required)

Oil (2 tbsp)

Desi Ghee (1 tsp)

Bay Leaves ( small 2)

Cumin Seeds (2 tsp)

Turmeric Powder (1/3 tsp)

Coriander Powder (3/4 tsp)

Red Chili Powder ( 1/3 tsp / as per choice)

Salt (1 tsp/ as per choice) Garam Masala (1/2 tsp)

Ginger garlic Paste (1tbsp)

Tomatoes (chopped 3/4 cup)

Onions (chopped 3/4 cup)

Coriander leaves ( for garnishing)

Method:

1. Soak kala chana and dal in 3 cups of water for 10 hours.

2. Drain and discard the water.

3. In a pressure cooker, warm 1 tbsp oil and add cumin seeds. Add bay leaves and fry till cumin is nicely fried.

4. Add all spices except garam masala.

5. Add drained chanas and dal, and fry for 2 minutes.

6. Cover cooker with a lid and allow steam to build up to maximum ( or 2 whistles in a conventional cooker).

7. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 20 minutes. Allow natural release of pressure.

8. In a pan, warm 1 tbsp oil and 1 tsp desi ghee.

9. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté.

10. Add onions and fry till golden brown.

11. Add tomatoes, mix and cover with a lid.

12. Keep stirring after every few seconds.

13. Saute till the tomatoes are soft and oil leaves the sides of the masala.

14. Add a tbsp of water. Switch off the heat and allow to cool.

15. Blend the masala in a mixer. Blend till neither very fine, nor very coarse.

16. Add the blended masala to the boiled chanas. Add garam masala and few chopped cilantro leaves.

17. Cook for a few minutes, till gravy is desired consistency. If need be, add more water to achieve desired quantity of gravy.

18. Serve garnished with onion rings and chopped cilantro leaves.

Enjoy with roti, poori, paratha, naan or rice.

Tomato Soup with a twist/Hot and cold soup

Orange and tomato soup is a very healthy, nutritious, versatile soup that can be served both, cold and hot. Serve it hot as an appetizing soup or a light curry with rice , else serve it chilled as a welcome drink.

Ingredients:

Butter (2 tbsp)
Bay Leaves (2small)
Cinnamon stick(1 small)
Onions (coarsely chopped 1 cup)
Potatoes (diced 1 cup)
Tomatoes (coarsely chopped 4 cups)( You may use frozen tomatoes as well)
Orange Juice (½ cup)
Orange Zest (1 tsp)
Salt (2 1/2 tsp or as per taste)
Black Pepper (1/2 tsp)
Water/ Chicken stock/Vegetable stock (1 ½ cup or as per desired consistency)
Sugar (1 ½ tbsp)
Tomato Ketchup( 2tsp optional)

Method:

1. Set a pan to heat at medium.
2. Melt butter, and add bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Saute .
3. Add onions and fry till they turn transparent.
4. Add potatoes and cook for a minute.
5. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, orange juice, orange zest, and water/stock.
6. Transfer to a pressure cooker, and cover the lid.
7. Once pressure builds to a maximum, reduce heat to low and pressure cook for 7 minutes.
8. Allow natural release of pressure.
9. Uncover the cooker. Remove bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
10. Blend to a smooth puree. If blending in a mixer allow to cool a little before blending.
11. Transfer back to the cooker ( now rinsed) and heat.
12. Add sugar and ketchup. Mix well, and bring to a rapid boil
Serve piping hot garnished with cilantro/ orange slices/ cream/ croutons.
OR serve chilled garnished with mint leaves and orange slices.
To cook in a pan:
A. Begin with chopping onions, potatoes, and tomatoes small in size so that they cook faster.
B. Proceed as in method given above till point 5. Add an extra cup of water/stock. Cover the pan with a lid.
C. Allow to come to a rapid boil and reduce heat to low-medium.
D. Stir once every few minutes for even cooking.
E. Cook till all the veggies become very soft and mushy (approximately 20-25 minutes.
F. Uncover the pan and allow to cool a little, before blending.
G. Proceed as in point 12 above.
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Fresh Ginger and Green Chili Pickle

Ginger Chili fresh pickle is a jackpot pickle!! It not only enhances the taste of food with its tangy and mildly hot and gingery flavor, but also helps in the digestion of food by promoting release of digestive enzymes.  It also acts as a detoxifying agent. By de-toxifying our taste buds, it helps them become more effective and we are able to enjoy true flavors of food. This takes only a few minutes to put together, and gets ready to be enjoyed in a few hours.

Ingredients:

Ginger (150 g or as required)

Green chilies (a few) (optional)

Lemon Juice ( 2 tbsp)

Salt (1 tsp)

Method

  1. Peel, wash, and dry the ginger pieces. Cut them in to juliennes
  2. Wash and dry green chilies. Cut off the stem and slit lengthwise in to two halvesIMG_0050
  3. Transfer juliennes and green chilies to an air-tight glass jarIMG_0096.JPG
  4. Add salt and lemon juice.  ginger blog 1ginger blog 2
  5. Close the lid and shake the jar well.ginger blog 3
  6. Store at room temperature on the kitchen shelf.
  7. Pickle is ready to be enjoyed within a dayginger blog 4ginger blog 5
  8. The pickle will last for 5-7 days. Shake the jar two to three times everyday so that the juliennes stay juicy.

 

 

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.

Aloo Tikki/Potato Patties using left-over rice

Ingredients

For 6 tikkis

For the outer shell:

Cooked Rice, cold (1 cup)

Boiled and peeled potatoes, cold (2 medium sized)

Rice flour/corn flour/ blended poha/ bread crumbs  (1 tbsp or as required)

 

For the stuffing:

Chana dal ( 1/2 cup)

water (1 cup)

Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)

Salt (1/3 tsp + 3/4 tsp)

Green peas ( 3 tbsp)

Cumin seeds (1 tsp)

Red Chili powder (as required)

Garam Masala

Coriander Powder

Dry ginger powder(sounth)/ freshly grated ginger (1 tbsp)

Dry mango powder (amchoor)

Coriander /cilantro leaves ( a handful)

Green chillies (2) finely chopped

METHOD

1. Blend ½ cup of cold left-over rice to a smooth paste
Do not add water while blending rice

2. Transfer blended rice to a mixing bowl

3. Grate two boiled and cooled down potatoes
Do not mash potatoes using your hands or a potato masher

4. Mix the blended rice and grated potatoes, and knead a smooth but dry dough
If need be, add little rice flour/corn flour/blended poha/bread crumbs to make a dry smooth dough
I added one tablespoon rice flour, just enough to take care of extra moisture in the dough

5. Incorporate the flour into the dough and knead well to make a smooth dry dough

6. Apply some oil on your palm and smoothen out the dough

7. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for sometime

To make stuffing for the patties:

1. Wash the dal. Add 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, and 1/3 tsp salt

2. Pressure cook for two whistles. Allow natural release of pressure
Make sure that the dal is cooked and soft, but not mushy

3. Drain the cooked dal onto a sieve

4. Microwave the Frozen green peas for 2 minutes with little water

If using fresh green peas, boil them with the dal

5. To make stuffing, set a non-stick pan to heat at medium

6. To the warm pan, add 2 tablespoon oil

7. To warm oil, add a teaspoon cumin seeds

8. Add chopped green chilies to the crackling cumin seeds

9. Fry green chili for a few seconds

10. Add microwaved green peas

11. Transfer the boiled and sieved dal

12. Add 3/4tsp salt, and little red chili powder. Spices will be on the plus side in this mix

1/3 tsp garam masala, 3/4 tsp coriander powder, and 1/5 tsp dry mango powder, little sounth.

If you are using fresh grated ginger, then saute it after the cumin seeds before adding green chilies

13. Mix well, and cook for a minute or till the excess water dries out

14. Add chopped cilantro leaves and mix well

15. Press the mix a little to mash dal and the peas

16. Transfer the stuffing mix onto a plate for quick cooling
NEVER stuff patties with hot mix

Wrapping up the tikkis

1. Apply some oil on your palms, and divide the dough into equal sized 6 balls

2. Apply oil on your palm and flatten each ball using your fingers

3. Shape the flattened disc like a bowl by raising the dough at the circumference

4. Transfer 2 teaspoon stuffing mix onto  the flattened disc

5. Press the mix inwards using your fingers

6. Press the disc between your palms to bring together the loose ends of the discs

7. Seal the patty with a firm hand. There should not be any cracks in the patty

8. Press lightly between your palms to flatten it and shape it like a patty

9. Roll the patty on your palm to give it a smooth circular shape

In the same manner, prepare all patties
There should NOT be any cracks in the wrapped patty
You could roll the patty between your first finger and your thumb, to give the patty a smooth circular shape

Frying the tikkis

1. Set a flat bottomed pan with oil to heat at medium

2. At any point of time during frying, there should be enough oil in the pan ; atleast more than half the height of the patty

3. Check the heat of oil by dropping in a small piece of dough. Oil around it should sizzle, meaning the oil is ready for frying

Inspect patties for any cracks. Seal properly before dropping in the oil

4. Drop patties in the hot oil. Reduce heat to low-medium

Do not over-crowd the pan with too many patties

5. Fry patties on both sides. Do not turn over too many times

6. One batch of patties takes about 4-5 minutes to fry
Fry all patties in the same manner

Crisp potato patties, also known as ‘Aloo ki tikki’ in Hindi are ready to be enjoyed

A yummy way to use your left-over rice!!

Crisp golden Aloo tikkis can be enjoyed several ways

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Enjoy Aloo tikki as is, with tomato ketchup

Sandwich aloo tikki between two bread slices and enjoy!

Make an Aloo tikki burger!

To make spicy aloo tikki chaat, tear open the tikki onto a plate

Sprinkle little chaat masala, and 2 tsp thick beaten yogurt (optional)

Top up with green chutney, sweet and sour chutney

Garnish with salt , red chili powder, and chopped cilantro leaves

Spicy Aloo Tikki Chaat is ready to be enjoyed!

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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!!