DAL MAKHANI(KIDNEY BEANS)


Dal makhani an authentic dish belonging to the Punjabi cuisine,is a healthy and super

dish.

Protein packed nutritious dish is made with kidney beans and black lentils.

Can be served with any type of rotis or rice.

The beans and lentil have to be soaked overnight and cooked well ( preferably pressure

cooked).

It should be soft enough to be mashed.You can drain the water and give a stir in your

mixer too.

Now let’s get into the recipe

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup rajma ( kidney beans)

1/4 cup black lentil ( whole ulundhu with skin on)

1 onion

1 tblsp.ginger-garlic paste

2 green chillies

4 tomatoes pureed

2 tsp chillie powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp.garam masala powder

2-3 tblsp.ghee/butter

1 bay leaf

1 black cardamon

1 staranise

2 green cardamons

1 small piece cinammon

2-3 cloves

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

METHOD

Wash and cook rajma and lentils together in a pressure cooker for 4-5 whistles.Allow the

steam to release on its own and mash well and set aside.

Heat ghee,add the whole spices with chopped onion and saute till onion is translucent.

Add ginger garlic paste,and tomatoes with chilli powder,coriander powder,salt and cook

for another 5-10 minutes .

Add the mashed dal, with the green chillies and garam masala powder,and simmer for 5

minutes.You can add water to your requirements ,not more than 1/2-1 cup water

You can add 1tblsp heated ghee after removing from fire.

If you prefer you can top it with a little fresh cream .Serve hot.

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SPINACH /PALAK ROTI


This is a soft and healthy roti made with wheat flour and few vegetables.

Attracts the eye with it’s green color from the ground spinach.

As some spices are added to the dough,you can serve with  raita.

Spinach loaded with,proteins,iron and many other nutrients is a super food to be

included always like salads juices, with dal,palak paneer and many more dishes…….It’s a

long list if I have to name it all .

Well,I shall move to the recipe now.

I will give you rough measurements for 3 cups flour.

You can make according to your requirements.

img_20190912_1858092494078863905583295773.jpgINGREDIENTS ( makes 10)

3 cups wheat flour

2 cups chopped spinach/ palak leaves( ground roughly)

1 grated carrot

1-2 parboiled potatoes (mashed lightly)

1 tsp amchur ( dry mango powder)

5-6 pips of garlic chopped roughly

1 tsp ajwain seeds (omum)

1-2 tsp cummin powder

1tsp chilli powder

Salt to taste

2 tblsp ghee/butter/oil

METHOD

Put all the ingredients into a bowl except the flour .

Add a little water ,as spinach has lot of moisture in it.( You can add later if needed).

I always add flour to the liquid,not liquid to flour.

This method you get soft chappathis without using much muscle power.

Now add the flour gradually to the rest of the ingredients to make a soft dough.

Roll on a lightly floured board and cook on a griddle like for chappathis adding a tsp.of

ghee or oil .

Cook on both sides.

Smear ghee if you like.

PUMPKIN IDDLI


In recent times many types of food innovation is in the culinary world.

Iddli accepted as the best and healthy breakfast all over the world ,is innovated in many

shapes and flavours.

Some food innovation from my personal view are too much to digest.Do not want to controverse on that topic.

Well,I came across this  innovated pumpkin iddli recipe few days back and tried it.

The texture and taste was really good.Worth trying the recipe.

As pumpkin has loads of VitaminC ,you could make food like this for your family.

The sweetness of the pumpkin was minimal .The authentic match to this dish is ginger

chutney ( will upload recipe).

Anyway after tasting the iddli ,I think it can be served with any hot spicy chutney.

For the recipe

INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup urad dhal

1 cup sago

1 tsp.fenugreek seeds

3 cups iddli rice

1/2 cup aval(rice flakes)

2-3 tsp.soya beans (optional)

Salt

Required water

Yellow coloring (optional)

1 cup grated pumpkin

1/4 tsp.baking soda

METHOD

Wash and soak all ingredients together for 5-6 hours together.

Soak aval only when you are starting to grind.

Grind all the ingredients together to a slight coarse paste ( like fine semolina/rawa).Add

salt and allow to ferment overnight.

Next day morning add 1 cup grated pumpkin with 1/4 tsp baking soda.

If the batter is too thick add required water.

Pour into iddli moulds and steam for 10 minutes.

Note:You could temper the grated pumpkin with a little oil,mustard seeds,dry chillies,curry leaves and pour over batter before steaming.

Variations : You can add grated bottlegourd,white pumpkin,zucchini,carrot ,beetroot to

make different types of iddli .

Try your innovations and post in your suggestions!

KOLLU ‘N’ BRINJAL THOKKU


This is made with horse gram sprout and brinjal (egg plant).If you can’t find sprouts it’s

best to soak the gram overnight .

This is a good side dish for rice or pulaos.Tangy and keeps your taste buds active.

Healthy and fat burning lentil.

Incuding horsegram at least once or twice a week is a healthy practice to keep your

cholesterol levels stable.I have posted kollu recipes before so do check them too.

Now to the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

1 big brinjal or 4-5 medium sized (200 gm)

1 cup horsegram sprouts

Marble sized tamarind

5-6 garlic cloves

1 heaped tsp. cummin powder

1 -2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (normal chilli powder also can be added if you like it hot)

Salt to taste

I tsp gingelly oil

1 tblsp.oil for tempering

Few mustard seeds

Coriander leaves

1 tsp jaggery powder.

METHOD

Put the cut brinjal in a pan,with garlic,chilli flakes , tamarind, one tsp oil and little salt.

Shove the horsegram to one side of the same bowl and steam till brinjal is soft.

Remove the horsegram,and blend the rest of the ingredients.

Pour 1 tblsp.oil in another pan and temper with mustard seeds.

Put the rest of the ingredients in and cook for 1 minute.

Remove from fire,and add coriander leaves.

RAW TOMATO WHEAT FLOUR PIZZA


Pizza for dinner is the easiest I would say, and with freshly plucked basil leaves is my favourite.

This time I decided to make the topping with raw green tomato,green capsicum,and

basil,and it really turned out great.

Now ,I’m going to share with you the easiest method of preparing this pizza.

INGREDIENTS

For the tomato + capsicum topping ( for 4-5 medium sized pizza)

6-8 raw tomatoes

1-2 green capsicum

10-12 garlic cloves

1 tblsp olive oil or sesame oil

salt to taste.

1 tblsp.sugar

METHOD

Put all the ingredients in a pressure cooker ( no need to cut the vegetables) and cook for

two whistles on a slow fire.

Release steam,and  puree to a thick paste.

Cook again  till thick  and set aside

For the dough

250 gm wheat flour

250 gm white flour

2 tsp.dry yeast

1 egg

1 tblsp oil/butter

salt

2 tsp sugar ( brown /white)

enough warm water to make the dough.

METHOD

Activate the yeast  by sprinkling yeast and sugar  in half cup water and set aside till

foamy.

Put all the ingredients together  and knead to a firm dough  and allow to rise

(If using mixer do use the dough hook and  run the machine for 15 minutes .Allow to rise in a warm place covered for 20-30 minutes).Divide into portions and allow to rise again for another 10 minutes)

Seasoning 

Mozzarella cheese,basil leaves,grated cottage cheese (optional),chilli flakes (optional)

Preparing to bake

Roll out into circles ,and place in baking trays.

Pour a ladle of the tomato puree and spread on the unbaked dough.

Sprinkle the cheese and basil leaves and bake in a hot oven (200-210 C) for 16 minutes .

You can serve with chilli flakes ,if you like.

This is a quick ,and easy dish .I made all this within an hour.It was crispy ,light,tangy.

Good to serve anytime.Got a thumbs up from my family,so do try and let me know your

comments.

 

 

 

 

RAGI ‘N’ NUTS LADOO


Ragi ,Finger millet,or Kurakkan is  one nutritious flour which can be consumed in many

ways.It is widely used in porridges,desserts,baking,drink and many more breakfast

dishes.

This millet rich in fibre ,calcium ,good carbs,and Vitamin D is good for weight loss and

diabetes.Even though it has a bland taste it is highly beneficial for those with Vitamin D

deficiency and diabetes.In early times people included this daily in their diets in the

form of light porridges,and drinks.Only few homes in South India follow to consume

daily now. Lifestyle nowadays has paved the way for growing diseases,so it’s advisable to

create the habit of consuming daily this wonder millet in some form .

A light roasting before adding to recipes will enhace the taste.So today my recipe to

share is a healthy and tasty for all ages.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup ragi flour

1 cup treacle or melted jaggery

1/4 cups peanuts dry roasted

1/2 cup almonds powdered coarsely

3/4 tsp.cardamon powder

4 tblsp ghee

1/4 tsp dry ginger powder (optional)

a pinch of salt.

METHOD

Roast the flour in half of the ghee till hot (not burnt).

Mix in the rest of the ingredients and form ladoos.

STEAMED BUNS


Steamed buns originated from the Chinese cuisine is one good food for breakfast and take away.

This can be made sweet or savoury.The sweet buns are the traditional red kidney beans stuffing ,and the savoury ones i think it can be your choice of vegan,or non vegan.

I got this from an old chinese recipe book,and wished to share with you.

I will be giving the dough recipe and some suggestions for the filling.Do try and let me

know your comments.

INGREDIENTS

500 gm flour

2 tsp yeast

3 cups  milk (lukewarm)

1/4 cup oil

3 tblsp.sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt.

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METHOD

Mix all the ingredients and knead  to a soft dough.

Proofing  of dough  is required  twice (untill double ).

Make portions and steam for 10 miutes.

For red bean filling (Sweet)

Soak the beans overnight and cook till soft.Drain out the water and mash coarsely

Add sugar or jaggery to taste .Add a blob of butter or coconut which is optional and cook

for few minutes and use as filling .

Savoury filling have many options to choose from,and i will be giving a few.

1.Curried paneer and spinach 

2.Potato and beans or peas curried

3.Butter tossed vegetables like carrot,beans,cabbage,bokchoy…….with a little pepper.

4.Minced meat filling

5.Sea food filling

TIP: You can add ground spinach for green steamed buns…..

Do try your innovations too,and post in your ideas .!

OMELETTE DHAL


This is a combination of dhal and omelette.Good combination for crisp

bread,chappathis and rice too.

You can use boiled(halved) poached in place of omelette.

You could bake eggs with a little mix of milk,cut into cubes and add to dhal

for a variation.This will look like pieces of paneer.So do try and post in

your suggestions and comments.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup dhal ( Massoor dhal/ moong

dal/ tuvar dal)

2-3 green chillies

1 tsp.ginger-garlic paste

1/4 tsp.turmeric

1-2 tsp chillies flakes

1 small piece cinammon

For tempering

1-2 tblsp.oil or butter

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

Curry leaves

1-2 dry chillies

For the omelette

4 eggs

Finely chopped onions/ spring onions

2-3 green chillies chopped

1/2 tsp pepper

Salt to taste

Suggestion: You could add finely cut vegetables like carrot,beans,cabbage and make vegetable omelette and add to dhal.( The veggies can be slightly sauteed in oil/ butter if you like before adding to the egg)

METHOD

Cook the dhal in a pressure pan or claypot with all the ingredients except

the chilli flakes .

Make the omelettes and cut into strips.

Now temper the dhal and add the chilli flakes and omelette strips and

cook on a low flame for 2-3 minutes and remove from fire.You could

sprinkle coarse pepper if you like.

PANDAN SWEET DUMPLINGS (kolakattai )


Pandan rather known Rampe or Screw pine leaves.A fragrant kind used in

culinary , has health benefits too.It is mostly used in Asian cooking.

As the pandan plant in my culinary patch was outgrowing the pot,I thought

to make something different now.My previous posts had recipes for pandan

jelly or agar agar pudding. There are many sweet recipes you can make by

using these leaves and now this recipe comes to you as  food for breakfast

or snack.

For the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1-2 cups rice flour or idiyapam flour

Extract of pandan leaves (1/2 cup)

Salt to taste

1 tsp.ghee or oil

Hot water to make dough

Filling

Coconut gratings

Jaggery gratings

Cashewnuts ( optional)

a pinch of salt

a pinch of nutmeg powder

1 tsp.cardamon powder

METHOD

Mix the ingredients for filling and set aside.

Mix the ingredients for the dough in a separate bowl,adding water

gradually to make a firm and soft dough.

Cover and set aside for few seconds. Take portions of the dough,flatten and

place filling.

Seal the edges and make shapes of your choice.Steam for 10

minutes and serve.

Good to serve for breakfast or tea.

Note :The color will be light green only

TOMATO DAL WITH BIRD EYE CHILLI


This is a very quick and tasty dal an good to serve with rice and rotis.The

bird eye chillies will be tough on your taste buds so remove the chillies

before you serve a non spicy food lover.

Now ..to the easy and simple recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup massoor dhal

2 tomatoes cut

1/4 tsp turmeric

1 tblsp ghee/butter

Few bird eye chillies.

Few cummin seeds

Salt to taste

METHOD

Cook the dal with tomatoes,turmeric till done.

Mash lightly .Heat ghee add chillies,cummin seeds and Curry leaves and

pour over dhal.

Add salt to taste and cook the dal for 2-3 minutes.Serve with rice or roti