WHEAT ENERGY LADOO


This is wonderful energy providing ladoo.With

the richness of nuts,Edible gum ( badam pisin),

Coconut ,honey ….is undoubtedly healthy.

So do try healthy stuff during these times,and

keep your family fit !

To the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

1 cup wheat flour

1/2 cup almonds

1/2 cup cashewnuts

1/2 cup dates ( I used date syrup)

Pumpkin seeds, watermelon seeds or any seeds

of your choice

1/2 cup badam pisin ( you can add 1 cup but I

had only 1/2 cup ….effects of lockdown)

1/4 cup powdered sugar/ jaggery

3/4 cup coconut ( coconut chips cut from

fresh coconut and ground coarsely ,

1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

A pinch of salt.

1/4 -1/2 cup ghee

METHOD

Heat 2-3 tblsp of ghee and roast the gum first.It

should swell to a crunchy stage.Remove from

pan and set aside.

Lightly toss the almond,cashew,raisins for 1

minute in the leftover ghee in the pan.Remove

from pan and set aside.

Add another tblsp of ghee and roast coconut till

light brown. Remove from pan .

Heat the remaining ghee to the pan,and add the

wheat flour,and roast till you get a nice aroma

from the flour ( on medium flame).

Add the remaining ingredients and the roasted

ingredients into a food processor or blender

and pulse for few seconds only .

Make ladoo and store.

If the ladoo is crumbly to shape add ghee.

Note: You could use boora / Tagar sugar if you prefer to use

BURGER BUN WITH RAJMA PATTY


This recipe was done from scratch . Baked the

bun the previous night and made this for

breakfast .Protein packed, with the ingredients

I had at home prepared a lovely breakfast!

It was a double decker, one was the patty with

chillie and tomato sauce ,and the other was

avacado ,tomato ..,,,,rest to the recipe now

INGREDIENTS

For the bun

2-3 cups flour

1 heaped tsp yeast

1 egg

2 tblsp milk powder / warm milk

1 tblsp sugar

1 tsp salt

3 tblsp butter

Warm water to bind the dough +prove yeast

Egg yolk mixed with 1 tsp milk ( for pre-bake

wash)

Few sesame seeds

METHOD

Add the yeast,sugar, 1/2 cup warm water,and a

handful of flour . Mix and allow to prove till

foamy.

Next mix in the rest of the ingredients and

knead to a soft dough ( not sticky).

Allow to rise double in size.

Divide into portions ( roughly 5-6).

Make shapes and place on a greased tray.

Allow to rise for 10-15 minutes , brush the tops

with milk and egg.

Sprinkle sesame seeds and bake in a 200C with

oven for 20-25 minutes.

Allow to cool and cut two layers.

You can smear the sides of the bread of the

bread with cheese or butter .

Bun could be toasted with butter before

assembling

For the patty

INGREDIENTS

1 cup soaked rajma / kidney beans

7-8 dry red chillies

1 tblsp coriander -cummin mixed powder

3-4 cloves of garlic

Few basil leaves ( optional)

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Salt to taste

1 tblsp lime juice

1/4 tsp mixed spice powder/ garam masala

Butter/ oil for frying

METHOD

Wash the pre-soaked beans and grind in a

mixer with the garlic,chillies, to a coarse paste

Add the rest of the ingredients and bind to

make patties.

Grill with butter or oil till golden brown. I used

my pancake griddle to get uniform shapes.

Set aside.

To Garnish

Onions

Cut one onion into rings and mix in a little

lime and salt and set aside

Tomato

Cut slices and sprinkle light pepper

Avocado

Scoop out flesh from the avacado and add cut .

Some cilantro or parsley or if you are lucky to

get salad or lettuce.

Tomato and chillie sauce

If you have only tomato sauce you could mix a

little chilli powder to it and use.

Another option – You could mix ginger pickle

and tomato sauce.

Adding vegetables is your option- cucumber ,

gherkins,zucchini,boiled/ steamed broccoli…..

To assemble

You could toast the bread with butter before

you start.This gives added flavour.

Smear the tomato sauce on the bottom layer

and place the patty

Next layer you could smear with cheese or add

cheese slice and the prepared vegetables.

You could add egg if you prefer while serving .

I cut skewers and secured the bun .I think

skewers are safer then toothpicks when you

serve kids.

If you are not using avocado, you can make

sauces like cheese,hollandaise,or home made

Mayonnaise….!

Send in your comments and suggestions!

POHA-SEMOLINA IDDLI


Healthy , low calorie,healthy iddli . Fermenting

time is just 20- 30 minutes.No need to use fruit

salt.

I tried using a pinch of baking powder in a

tsp of vinegar ,after soaking to create the

fizz ,and it worked.

Grind the poha (rice flakes /Aval in Tamil)

coarsely, without adding it whole.

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

1 cup coarsely ground poha ( rice flakes/AVAL)

1/2 cup semolina ( rawa)

1 cup curd

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp.pepper corns coarsely ground

1/2 tsp cummin seeds

Few coriander leaves chopped

A small piece ginger chopped

1 green chilli chopped

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together ,cover and set

aside for 20-30 minutes.

After 30 minutes , add a little water to get the

consistency of iddli batter.

Pour into iddli moulds and steam for 10

minutes.

Serve hot with chutneys of your choice.

The same can be mixed and kept overnight for

the next morning breakfast.

So , do try and post in your comments and

suggestions!

COUNTRY SUGAR COCONUT BURFI


A sweet with country sugar,very addictive,melt

in mouth unique in taste and colour.

With lots of coconut,cashew,semolina,and the

sugar it is awesome ! It tastes better if made the

day before .

Now to the recipe

INGREDIENTS

2-3 cups scraped coconut

1 cup country sugar ( you can add more if you

like)

1/4 cup coarsely ground cashewnuts

1/4 cup roasted semolina ( rawa)

1/2 tsp powdered cardamon

1/4 tsp powdered ginger

a pinch of salt

2 -3 tblsp ghee

1/4 cups milk

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together in a non stick

wide pan.

Cook on medium flame till thick,and forms a

lump .

Transfer to a greased plate . Allow to cool and

cut into desired shapes.

JACKFRUIT PANIYARAM


I made this with left over hopper batter. I have

posted recipes made with hopper batter. This is

one more addition to the previous post.

Pancake batter also may be used.

A few health pointers on jack fruit

•Boosts energy levels

•Good for anaemic

•Good for eye health ( VitaminA content)

•Builds strength in bones

Raw jackfruit and its seeds can be made into

lovely recipes too.( will upload later)

INGREDIENTS

1 cup batter

1/2 cup ripe jackfruit ground

2 tbsp ghee

1 egg

Sugar / palm sugar

1/2 tsp elaichi powder

Few cashew nuts and raisins

Oil for frying .( preferably ghee/coconut oil)

METHOD

Mix all the ingredients together .

Heat the paniyaram pan ,add a little oil in each

mould and pour spoonfuls.

Fry on medium flame.

Flip onto the other side and fry till golden

brown.

You can sprinkle powdered sugar or serve with

any syrup of your choice if you have a strong

sweet tooth.

You can make in mould like this 👇.or use your favourite pancake moulds.

Amazon link to buy mould.

BMS Lifestyle Non-Stick 12 Cavity Appam Patra Side Handle with lid, Color May Vary https://www.amazon.in/dp/B06WWKQ19Z/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_HVIvEb32M85V7

CARAMELISED APPLE SAGO KHEER (PAYASAM)


Apple in Kheer …Sago and vermicelli with

apple roasted in ghee and sugar .

You could use jaggery , or palm sugar.I made

this with fresh milk,you can make with coconut

milk too .

Easy and quick to make , this sago pudding can

be served any time of the day.

To the recipe now (serves 3-4)

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup sago washed

2 tblsp roasted vermicelli ( optional)

1 big Apple ( cores peeled and grated)

1 -2 tblsp sugar to caramelise

1 tblsp.ghee

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

Sugar / jaggery to taste

Few cashews and raisins fried lightly in ghee

2-3 cups of milk

1 cup water

a pinch of nutmeg powder

A pinch of salt

METHOD

Heat water .When it is reaching boiling point

add the sago and vermicelli , with salt .

Simultaneously heat ghee,add the grated apple

and sugar ,and cook till golden brown and set

aside.

When the sago is cooked and swell ,add sugar

the milk and cooked apples,and the rest of the

ingredients . Do not allow to boil .

Can be served hot or cold .

Variations : You can use grated pumpkin and

create pumpkin kheer.

Note: Soaking sago for some time ( 10 minutes)will help you to get a better texture.

CARROT KESARI


From the time made the mawa red carrot cake,

I’m obsessed with red carrots.

No color added,the carrot shed it’s lovely color.

I have made carrot halwa with semolina before

(previously posted ) but this one is different in

taste and texture!

It’s my own innovation,so do try and post in

your valued comments!

INGREDIENTS

1 cup grated carrot

1 cup semolina/rawa

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup ghee

Few cashewnuts and raisins

A pinch of salt

1/2 tsp cardamon powder

1/4 cup milk

METHOD

First add the grated carrots,and cook for a

minute ,mix well and then add ghee ( 1-2 tblsp)

and sauté till raw smell is gone . Add the

cashewnuts and raisins with another tblsp.of

ghee and cook furthermore for another five

minutes.

Before adding rawa , have two cups hot water ready.

Add the rawa now, to the carrot mixture ,and

mix well ,and add hot water, cardamon powder

salt . Cover and slow cook for 5 minutes, till you

see the rawa swelled up. Add some ghee.

Finally add sugar and keep mixing till sugar

dissolves.Add milk.

Keep mixing till it forms a lump.Add remaining

ghee .

You can serve in dessert bowls,or flatten it on

a greased plate .Apply ghee on the top .

Cut slices and serve.

Note: Ghee is no limit for kesari, so it’s your choice.

Nuts can be fried in ghee and added separately too.

KIDNEY BEANS,MUTTON GOST


Rajma/Kidney bean is widely used in Northern India.

There are different types of legumes in this

category of beans.

The red variety,the striated and black.(to my

knowledge)

Red tiny variety can be used to make brownies,

and sweet steamed buns(Chinese cuisine).

Rajma is protein packed,and can be served

with rice or rotis.

The famous ‘Dal makhani’ ( recipe uploaded) is

a signature dish belonging to Punjabi cuisines.

Rajma dishes are mostly originated from the

North Indian cuisines.

Today’s dish is rajma with mutton,with a blend

of ground onions and tomatoes.

Let’s get into the recipe..

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup rajma ( soaked overnight)

250 gm mutton ( goat / lamb meat)

2 onions ground

2 -3 tomatoes ground

2 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder

1 tsp chilli powder

2 tsp coriander powder

2 green chillies slit

2 black cardamons

1 piece cinnamon

3-4 cloves

1 tsp saunf

1/4 cup curd

Few kasuri methi leaves ( dried fenugreek leaves)

2-3 tblsp ghee+oil

Salt to taste

METHOD

First pressure cook the soaked beans for 8-9

whistles. Allow the steam to release on its own.

Transfer the cooked beans to another bowl.

Heat oil in the same cooker , and add the whole

spices.

Next add the ground onions with salt, and

sauté for 5 minutes.

Next add ground tomatoes,ginger-garlic

paste,the spice powders.

Add the mutton pieces, and cook for 3-5

whistles.Remove from fire.Open lid after the

steam is released and add the cooked rajma ,

and cook for another 2 whistles.

Remove lid and add curd .

Cook on a slow fire till slightly thick.

Add kasuri methi leaves,and remove from fire.

You can add a tsp of heated ghee if you like.

Serve with rice, chappathi or rotis.

You can add minced meat for a variation.

Do try this recipe and send in your comments!

SPINACH “N”POTATO POORI


This poori is made with cornmeal and wheat

flour with a mixture of veggies.

Looking at the ingredients, it may seem to be

time consuming.If only, you have a dough

press, just an oil paper, or your oil packets slit

in between it’s too quick .

Whenever I buy packeted oil,I store it it in my

freezer rack,and use for dishes like this.

So to the recipe now..

INGREDIENTS

1 cup cornmeal

1-2 cups wheat flour ( atta)

2 tblsp curd/ yoghurt

2-3 boiled and mashed potatoes

1 cup thinly cut spinach

1 tblsp coarsely ground cummin seeds

1 tsp. chillie powder

2-3 tsp oil

Salt to taste

Oil for frying

You could add 2 tsp amchur powder if you like.

METHOD

Mix all the listed ingredients to a soft dough.

Cover and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes.

Divide into portions.

Flatten into medium( not thin)circles and deep

fry in oil till golden brown.

Can be served with raita,mint chutney…..

Tip to soft chappathi and poori

*Before resting the dough apply a little curd

after preparing the dough

*Always fry poori on high heat.

*Add a pinch of salt to the oil to get no oil

effect on the poori after frying.😀

TENDER JAK FALAFEL


Tender jak kebab ! Meaty vegan dish …I have

posted tender jak cutlets, and tender jak kebab and here’s the link to it

https://calinskitchen.com/2017/03/11/tender-jackfruit-kebab/

Today is another version of tender jak kebab

In fact it was a reconstructed from the fried

jak fruit I made seeni sambol with. (Recipe to

be posted).

This is more of a falafel as I have, used the

ingredients to make falafel . Any dish,east ,west

south,or north can be fusioned to one’s own

taste. I don’t believe in dictating authenticity in

any dish.Yes… if authentic dishes are needed in

a competion I agree you have to prove your

skills . Present lifestyle scenario in fusioned

food is not always a delight or healthy. When it

comes to reconstructing a dish, I believe it

should be more of a healthy view.

Now to the recipe today

Ingredients

1 cup soaked chick peas

1 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 tblsp chilli flakes

1 tblsp saunf

1 tsp cummin seed powder

1 cup of thinly sliced fried / raw jak pieces

1 egg

1/4 cup coconut flakes

1 onion

A handful of roasted gram dal

Salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying.

Method

First grind the first 5 ingredients to a coarse

mixture.

Next,add the jak pieces and blend coarsely

Transfer the contents to a bowl.

Next grind the coconut , roasted gram dal and

onion also coarsely.

Mix all the ingredients together and make into

kebab (shallow fry ) or falafel shaped(deep fry)

Serve with mint raita.

Mint raita – few mint leaves,1 green chilli

ground with black salt to taste and lightly

mixed into beaten yoghurt.