Pulao Or Biryani Masala/Microwave Cooking

Pulao Or biryani masala. An aromatic spice blend for biryani or pulao. Not only biryani or pulao but you can also use this fragrant spice powder in Kabab or in curries to give a royal touch and make the dish aromatic. A perfect shahi or royal spice mixture to make any dish special. Sharing both the microwave and stove top recipes.

You may like three more different flavoured homemade spice powder on this blog.

1. Bengali garam masala

2. Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder

3. Roasted mixed spice powder or bhaja moshla

Ingredients used to make this aromatic spice mixture.

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi – Green cardamom used for it’s aroma. Green cardamom often used to make curries, pulao, biryani, khichdi or many sweet dishes to make the dish aromatic.

Black cardamom or badi elaichi – Black cardamom used to make savoury dishes like pulao, biryani, non veg dishes, curries and in garam masala. It will also give a lovely flavour.

Cinnamon or darchini – Cinnamon has numerous health benefits and also a very aromatic spice. Its often used in tea with cardamom, in garam masala and even we use it in cakes and cookies for it’s aroma and health benefits.

Cloves or laung – Nutritious cloves are used for flavour and it also provide many health benefits.

Mace or javitri – Mace is also used for flavour. It has delicate aroma and some medicinal properties with many health benefits.

Kababchini or cubeb – Kababchini looks like tailed pepper. This ancient spice is used not just in Indian cuisine but also in Asian and Spanish dishes. It is mostly used for flavouring curries owing to its fragrance.Kabab chini is popularly known as Allspice in English because it smells like a combination of spices including cloves, black pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.   Source

Nutmeg or jaiphal – Nutmeg is used for it’s flavour in many sweet, savoury and baked dishes. It has a warm, slightly nutty flavor and is often used in desserts and curries, as well as drinks like mulled wine and chai tea. Although it’s more commonly used for its flavor than its health benefits, nutmeg contains an impressive array of powerful compounds that may help prevent disease and promote your overall health. Source

Star anise or chakr phool – In traditional Chinese and folk medicine practices, star anise is steeped in water to make a tea used to treat respiratory infections, nausea, constipation and other digestive issues. Star anise also makes a great addition to sweet dishes and desserts, such as baked fruit, pies, quick bread and muffins. Its powerful bioactive compounds may help treat several fungal, bacterial and viral infections. Source

Bay leaf or tej patta – Bay leaf is very common herb used in cooking. Usually its used for tempering and also in Herbal tea. Bay leaf is often used in recipes to provide a savory boost of flavor in soups and stews. It has also been used throughout history for its potential health benefits. Source

Caraway seeds or shah/shahi jeera – Caraway is a unique spice long used in cooking and herbal medicine. Its slightly bitter, earthy flavor is reminiscent of licorice, coriander, anise, and fennel. It can be used whole or ground in both sweet and savory dishes, such as breads, pastries, curries, and stews.  Caraway is a multifaceted spice with numerous culinary and medicinal applications. Although widely considered a seed, it comes from the fruit of the caraway plant and boasts several minerals and plant compounds. In fact, it may aid weight loss, relieve inflammation, and promote digestive health. Source

You can make this spice powder and store in airtight container for later use. Keep the container in cool dry space. You have to dry roast the spices. Dry roast till the spices becomes fragrant. Don’t make the spices brown. Dry roasting will make your spices crisp for easy grinding. I have microwave the spices for two minutes. You can also roast the spices on stove top. Roast the spices in a pan on medium heat till spices becomes fragrant. You will get a nice aroma. Transfer the spices immediately on a plate. Let it cool down before grinding.

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Recipe video for this aromatic spice mixture

Recipe

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi – 7

Black cardamom or badi elaichi – 2

Cinnamon or darchini – 1 stick

Cloves or laung – 6

Mace or javitri – 1

Kababchini or cubeb – 1/2 teaspoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal – 1 small

Star anise or chakr phool – 1

Bay leaf or tej patta – 2

Caraway seeds or shah jeera – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Place all the spices in a microwavable glass bowl. Break the cinnamon and bay leaves in 2-3 pieces.

2. Microwave on high power for two minutes. After one minute open the microwave door and stir the spices once.

3. Close the door again let it cook for one minute again. After two minutes remove the bowl from microwave and let it cool down. Spices will become fragrant and crisp.

For stove top

4. Heat a pan and add all the whole spices. Dry roast on medium heat. Keep stirring. Dry roast till spices becomes fragrant. You will get a nice aroma. Don’t make the spices brown. We need to make the spices crisp only. Transfer the spices on a plate immediately.

5. Grind the spices into fine powder when cool.

6. Store the ground spices in an airtight container. You can store this spice powder in refrigerator for longer time. Use it in biryani, pulao, curries or other dishes.

Blogger group

This post is going to be featured on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this group every month one of the members decide the theme. And members paired to give two secret ingredients each other. Best part is we paired every month with different bloggers so that we can interact each other. And after preparing the dish members share a picture of the dish and other members have to guess the ingredients.

This month theme Homemade Spice Mixture is suggested by Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreendishes. Jayashree recently shared lipsmackingly delicious Aam ki launji. Its mango season so bookmarked the recipe to try.

This month my partner is one of my very good friend Preethi Prasad. We know each other from the initial days of blogging. I have to try her Mix veg crispy party snacks. Preethi gave me star anise and cardamom as secret ingredients and I made this fragrant spice blend with these ingredients. I gave turmeric and fenugreek to Preethi. Preethi made this flavorful spice mixture with these ingredients.

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Tomato Chutney

Tomato chutney. Here is an easy and delicious Bengali style sweet tomato chutney to serve with any meal. Recipe is very simple and easy to make. If you have boiled tomatoes ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

And its also perfect to serve with Bhoger khichuri or bhuni khichuri, Bengali Sabudana khichdi, Basanti pulao, Aloo chutney pulao, Luchi or any pulao.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Brinjal chutney

2. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

3. Olive chutney

4. Tomato oambal or Tomato chutney

5. Ginger chutney

6. Mango sesame chutney

7. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

8. Waterchestnut chutney

9. Onion tomato chutney or dip

10. Mango raisins chutney

11. Peanut chutney

22. Mint yogurt dip

You may also like to try Imli ki chutney from the blog of Preethi Prasad.

Ingredients used to make this chutney.

Tomato or tamatar – I have used 4 small medium tomatoes. If you have large tomato then use two only.

Salt or namak – Used 1/4 teaspoon salt only. You can use according to your taste.

Sugar or chini – Sugar used to sweetened the chutney. You can use jaggery or any other sweetener. But sugar will taste best.

Raisins or kishmish – Used raisins for taste. If you don’t like the taste of raisins then you can omit it. You can also use cashew nuts if you want.

Ginger or adrakh – Ginger will give a spicy kick to your chutney. You can use less or more according to your taste.

Mustard seeds or sarso – Mustard seeds used for tempering or tadka. You can use black or yellow any mustard seeds. Use whatever you have.

Dry red chilli or sukhi lal mirch – Whole dry red chilli also used for tempering or tadka. It will give a very light heat to the chutney. If you want your chutney more hot break the red chilli into half before adding in oil.

Oil or tel – Used very little mustard oil to cook the chutney. You can also use any vegetable oil.

I made this chutney in small quantity. You can double the recipe if you want. Usually this chutney served after meal with papad before serving dessert. But I like this chutney with khichdi, dal chawal, puri or luchi, paratha or with anything. I have used boiled tomatoes but you can also use chopped tomatoes. I like my chutney smooth so boiled and peeled the tomatoes. I have small medium sized tomatoes so I used four but if you have large tomato then use two large tomatoes. Rest of the ingredients will be same.

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Recipe video of tomato chutney

Recipe

Tomato – 2 large

Ginger 1/2 inch piece grated

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar to taste – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut. See the method in video recipe above.

2. Soak raisins in 4 tablespoon water. If you don’t like raisins, omit it. You can also use cashew nuts if you want.

3. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 4 – 5 minutes or until the skin starts to separate.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the boiled tomatoes. Discard the skin and chop into small pieces.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and dry red chilli.

6. When seeds starts to splutter add the tomatoes, salt and ginger. Saute, keep the flame low.

7. Add raisins and keep stirring. You can also add cashew nuts if you want. I didn’t. When tomatoes become soft add sugar and mix. Cook on low flame for 5-6 minute or till tomatoes become mushy and thick.

8. And its ready. Transfer the chutney in a bowl to serve.

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Mouri Mishri Jol/Saunf Mishri Sharbat Or Fennel Seeds And Rock Sugar Drink

Fennel seeds and rock sugar or mishri sharbat with mint. Sounf/mouri or fennel seeds and mishri or rock sugar soaked water is an age old refreshing drink for summer. Fennel seeds and mishri are usually used for mouth freshener. Here is a delicious chilled drink made with fennel seeds and rock sugar soaked water. Not only for mouth freshener but sounf mishri water is also an age old remedy for digestion.

Have a look on health benefits of the different ingredients used in this drink.

Fennel seeds or sounf – Aside from its many culinary uses, fennel and its seeds offer a wide array of health benefits and may provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects. Both the flavorful, crunchy bulb and aromatic seeds of the fennel plant are highly nutritious and may offer an abundance of impressive health benefits. Adding them to your diet may improve heart health, reduce inflammation, suppress appetite, and even provide anticancer effects. Healthline

Rock sugar or mishri – Mishri not only make your drink sweet but it has so many health benefits. Rock sugar or ‘mishri’ is more than just a mouth freshener. Generally, people tend to overlook the surprising health benefits of ‘mishri’. It is less sweet than refined sugar and contains vitamins, minerals and amino acid. Rock sugar, which is made from the solution of sugarcane, can be included in your daily diet to get the lesser-known benefits of health. Celebrity nutritionist, Rujuta Diwekar has unraveled how rock sugar is crucial in cough and cold. To read more about health benefits of mishri click here.

Mint leaves – Used mint to give the drink a lovely aroma. Mint leaves have not only a refreshing flavour but also have some health benefits.

8 Health Benefits of Mint

• Rich in Nutrients. Share on Pinterest.

• May Improve Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common digestive tract disorder.

• May Help Relieve Indigestion.

• Could Improve Brain Function.

• May Decrease Breastfeeding Pain.

• Subjectively Improves Cold Symptoms.

• May Mask Bad Breath. Source

Lemon juice – Vitamin C enriched lemon used to enhance the taste and a lovely refreshing flavour.

Pink or black salt, chaat masala and black pepper used for taste. But its completely optional. You can add only a pinch of pink or black salt and skip chaat masala and black pepper powder. For fasting days omit pink salt too.

You can soak the fennel seeds overnight in refrigerator. Soak the seeds in night and make the drink in next morning. If you want your drink less sweet then add little more water. Make this refreshing drink according to your taste.

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Recipe

Fennel seeds or sounf – 2 tablespoon

Rock sugar or mishri – 1 piece

Mint leaves – 25-30

Water – 1 cup + 3/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Ice cubes – as require

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Pink or black salt and chaat masala to taste, optional

Method

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1. In a bowl soak fennel seeds or sounf and rock sugar or mishri with one cup water for 2-3 hours. You can also steep fennel seeds overnight in refrigerator.

2. When soaked strain the soaked fennel seeds with a sieve. Remove and discard the thread of mishri.

3. Transfer the seeds in a grinder jar. Add mint leaves and 1/4 cup water. You can use less or more mint leaves according to your taste. For light green colour add less mint leaves.

4. Grind into a smooth paste. Strain the mixture again. Add remaining half cup water and press with a spoon to strain well.

5. Add lemon juice and mix. Add salt, black pepper powder and salt in the strained fennel seeds water. This step is optional but it will enhance the taste. Taste and add little more water if its too sweet for you. Add some ice cubes in a glass.

6. Pour the drink over it. Serve chilled. You can also store the drink in a jar and keep in refrigerator for later use.

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Mango Salsa

Mango salsa. A perfect summer recipe can be made with handful of ingredients and in a few minutes. This spicy tangy lipsmacking mango salsa made with raw mango, cucumber, green chilli, ginger, tomato, watermelon, mint, cilantro or coriander leaves and some spices.

My last post was a Summer cooler. Now sharing one more summer special recipe. Try and please drop a comment about how you like it. 

Sweetness of watermelon enhance the taste of this spicy salsa. You can use any sweet fruit like ripe mango, grapes, pineapple instead of watermelon. You can also use little more lemon juice if you want your salsa more tangy. If you like your salsa more spicy add 1-2 more green chilli or 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder more.

Ingredients used to make this delicious salsa. 

Raw mango/green mango or kchcha aam – Main ingredient is raw or green mango. Sour taste and a sharp flavour made this salsa lipsmackingly delicious. 

Cucumber or kheera – Cucumber will give a refreshing taste to your salsa. But check the cucumber pieces before adding in the salsa. Cucumber shouldn’t be bitter. 

Watermelon or tarbuj – Watermelon will give a mildly sweet taste. It will balance the spiciness of the salsa. 

Ginger or adrak – Fresh ginger used for a spicy taste and aroma.

Onion or pyaj – Used one finely chopped red onion to enhance the taste and for flavour and crunch.

Green chilli or hari mirch – Green chilli will give your salsa a spicy kick. I have used only one but you can use more if you want your salsa more spicy. 

Tomato or tamatar – Used tomato for a sweet and sour taste. Always use firm tomato. 

Cilantro/coriander leaves or dhania – Handful finely chopped cilantro used for a refreshing flavour. 

Mint leaves or pudina – Mint leaves or pudina will give a cool fresh flavour. 

Lemon juice or nimbu ras – One teaspoon lemon juice used for a refreshing flavour and tangy taste. 

Pink or black salt/kala namak – Used pink salt for taste. If you don’t have pink or black salt, then you can use any salt. Use whatever you have. 

Black pepper or kali mirch powder – Black pepper or kali mirch powder used for a mildly spicy flavour. You can use little more to make your salsa spicy. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper if you want. 

Here are some similar recipes with some different ingredients. Click on the name below for recipe. 

1.  Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno

2.  Watermelon salsa

3.  Capsicum salsa

4.  Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Grape cape gooseberry salad with amada and Kasundi

6.  Fruity salad with dried basil

7.  Corn salad

8. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

You may also like to try   Muskmelon salsa from the blog of my  friend Poonam Bachhav.

You can add any fruit in this salsa to get the mildly sweet taste.  And as I mentioned above if you like your salsa more spicy add more green chilli and black pepper powder. Adjust the hotness according to your taste. 1 teaspoon lemon juice is perfect for me but if you want your salsa more tangy add little more lemon juice. 

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Recipe

Raw mango – 1

Cucumber – 1

Watermelon – 1/2 cup, cubed 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated 

Onion – 1

Green chilli – 1-2

Tomato – 1 small 

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Pink or black salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Method

1. Wash everything well and drain the water. 

2. Peel and chop the raw mango into small pieces.  Cut the both ends of cucumber. Peel and chop into small pieces. Taste a piece before adding in the salsa. Cucumber shouldn’t be bitter. 

3. Peel and cut the watermelon into small cubes. Or scoop to make small watermelon balls. Discard the seeds. Peel and finely chop the onion. Finely chop the green chilli, tomato, mint leaves and cilantro or coriander leaves.  Mix everything in a bowl.

4. Add salt to taste and one teaspoon lemon juice. Mix well.  Taste and adjust the salt and lemon juice. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator to serve chilled. 

2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of watermelon.

Notes

1. You can use any salt instead of pink salt.


2. You can use any fruit of your choice instead of watermelon.


3.  Add green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance.

4. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper instead of black pepper powder.

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Melon Cooler/ Summer Cooler

Melon cooler. Orange and mint flavoured honeydew melon or kharbuj drink taste heavenly. You don’t need any sweetener. This cooler will be naturally taste sweet. Freshly squeezed orange juice and mint made this fruity drink refreshing and delicious.

Try this thirst quenching chilled fruity drink to beat the heat. You may like to try some more summer cooler recipes from this blog. 1. Mixed fruit summer cooler

2. Fruit parfait

3. Orange grape frozen cooler

4. Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and Aloevera

5. Kiwi ginger lime cooler

6. Watermelon punch

And two more recipes with cantaloupe. Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie and Muskmelon orange coconut smoothie

You may also like to try a delicious summer cooler from the blog of Kalyani Sri.

Ingredients used to make this refreshing summer cooler.

Honeydew melon or kharbuj – Used honeydew melon or kharbuj as main ingredient.

Honeydew melon, or honeymelon, is a fruit that belongs to the melon species cucumis melo (muskmelon). The sweet flesh of honeydew is typically light green, while its skin has a white-yellow tone. Its size and shape are similar to that of its relative, the cantaloupe. Honeydew melon is a sweet fruit that can be found around the world. Its flesh is light green, while its rind is typically white or yellow. Honeydew is full of vitamins, minerals and other health-promoting plant compounds. Eating this type of melon could have several health benefits, mainly due to its rich nutrient content. Source

Orange juice – Orange juice gives a sweetness and lovely flavour. I have used freshly squeezed orange juice. Orange juice is a favorite beverage high in antioxidants and micronutrients like vitamin C, folate, and potassium. Regular consumption has been associated with several health benefits, including improved heart health, decreased inflammation, and a reduced risk of kidney stones. Source- Healthline

Lemon – Used lemon juice to give the drink a tangy taste.

Mint leaves – Mint leaves used for flavour and it also gives a beautiful green colour.

Ice cubes – Ice cubes will make your drink chilled. You can also keep the glass in refrigerator for an hour to serve chilled.

Recipe is very simple and easy to make. Just combine everything and blend. Your chilled refreshing drink is ready. You can add little more lemon juice if you want your cooler more tangy. Enjoy the super yummy drink and keep yourself hydrated in this scorching hot weather.

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Recipe

Honeydew melon/muskmelon/cantaloupe or kharbuj – 1 cup, chopped

Orange juice- 1 cup

Lemon juice- 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves- handful

Ice cubes as require

Method

1. Peel the honeydew melon or kharbuj and cut into half. Take out the seeds with a spoon. Discard the seeds and chop the melon into small pieces. I had lightly greenish honeydew melon but you can also use muskmelon or cantaloupe. Use whatever you have.

2. Wash the mint leaves well. Blend the chopped cantaloupe and mint leaves in a blender.

3. Add orange juice and lemon juice. Blend again till everything blend well. I have used freshly squeezed orange juice.

4. In a glass put some ice cubes. Pour the melon orange mixture over it. If you don’t want to use ice cubes, then keep the cooler in refrigerator for an hour and serve chilled.

5. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges. Serve chilled or at room temperature. Enjoy…..

Stay safe healthy and keep yourself hydrated.

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Kesar/Saffron Pista/Pistachio Rasgulla

Kesar pista rasgulla or saffron pistachio rasgulla. Saffron flavoured soft spungy rasgulla stuffed with pistachio taste scrumptious. Try and enjoy a different flavoured homemade rasgulla.

Rasgulla or rosogolla is chhena/chhana or Indian cottage cheese small ball shaped dumplings boiled in light sugar syrup. These rasgulla can be made with different flavour. You can also make these with any fruity flavour. Have a look on the kesar pista rasgulla while cooking. Looks beautiful isn’t it?

You may like some different flavoured rasgulla recipes on this blog. Please read all the tips and tricks to make perfect spungy rasgulla before starting to make rasgulla. Click on the name below to get all the tips and tricks and flavoured rasgulla.

1. Rasgulla with tips and tricks

2. Mint rasgulla

3. Chilli rasgulla or green chilli infused rasgulla

4. Komola bhog or orange rasgulla

5. Mango rasgulla

6. Watermelon rasgulla

And here are some sweet and savoury recipes with rasgulla.

1. Baked rasgulla

2. Savoury rasgulla korma

3. Rasgulla kheer/paesh or pudding

Making rasgulla is little tricky. So please read all the tips and tricks first before you start to making it. Full cream cow milk is best for spungy rasgulla. You have to mash the paneer or cottage cheese well. Mash cottage cheese with your finger tips and heel of your palm till your palm becomes greasy. Make thin sugar syrup. Take 4 cup water and 1 cup sugar to make sugar syrup. And never use small pan. Always use broad and large size pan to make rasgulla. If you are using small sized pan your rasgulla may be flat or loss it’s shape. Try and enjoy homemade rasgulla and don’t forget to drop a comment if you like the taste.

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Recipe

Full cream cow milk – 1 liter

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 4 cup

Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Shredded pistachios or pista as require

Method

Read all the tips and tricks to make perfect spungy rasgulla here.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat full cream cow milk in a heavy bottom pan and stir well. When it starts to rolling boil add lemon juice or vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

4. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately remove from heat and pour into the strainer and wash the paneer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

5. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 3-4 hours. There should be no moisture in cottage cheese. It will break in the sugar syrup if it not drained properly.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy and cottage cheese becomes smooth.

9. Make small balls. These will become double. I have made 6 rasgulla out of this cottage cheese. You can make 7 small size balls.

10. Flatten the balls with your palm. Place little chopped pistachio in the middle and close the edges. Make a ball again.

11. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls. Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

12. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar and 4 cup water. Add saffron, cardamom powder and rose water or essence if using.

13. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2-3 minutes.

14. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

15. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3-4 hours or until completely cool down.

16. Serve chilled or at room temperature. You can store leftover rasgulla in refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Notes

1. Always use full cream cow milk to make rasgulla.

2. To make spungy rasgulla mash the cottage cheese well with your finger tips and heel of your palm for 4 – 5 minutes or until your palm becomes greasy.

3. Use a large and broad pan to make rasgulla. Because these will be double when cooked.

4. Cottage cheese should be drained well. If not drained properly and moisture remains in cottage cheese, rasgulla balls will break in the sugar syrup.

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Cabbage Cauliflower Paratha

Cabbage cauliflower paratha. Outer layer of this paratha is made with cabbage and flour dough and stuffud with spicy delicious cauliflower. We often make gobhi paratha or cauliflower paratha or with a cauliflower cabbage mixed stuffing. But this paratha is totally different. You don’t need any sides to serve this paratha. This spicy soft paratha taste scrumptious. 

You may like to try four different types of paratha from this blog. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

1. Double layered aloo paneer cheese paratha

2. Sabudana or tapioca paratha

3. Mix veg stuffed paratha

4. Peanut stuffed paratha

Ingredients used to make this paratha 

Cabbage – Cabbage used to make the dough. Grated cabbage kneaded with whole wheat flour. 

Cabbage is an exceptionally healthy food. It has an outstanding nutrient profile and is especially high in vitamins C and K. In addition, eating cabbage may even help lower the risk of certain diseases, improve digestion and combat inflammation. Plus, cabbage makes a tasty and inexpensive addition to a number of recipes. Source

Cauliflower – Grated cauliflower with some spices used to make stuffing. 

Cauliflower is an extremely healthy vegetable that’s a significant source of nutrients. It also contains unique plant compounds that may reduce the risk of several diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Additionally, it’s weight loss friendly and incredibly easy to add to your diet. To read more health benefits of cauliflower   click here.

Salt – Salt used to enhance the taste. 

Cumin powder – Cumin powder used for a lovely aroma. 

Garam masala powder – Garam masala powder used to give a lovely aroma to the stuffing. Garam masala powder is a blend of different aromatic spices like cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mace, nutmeg etc. 

Green chilli – Used Green chilli to make the stuffing spicy. 

Cilantro or coriander leaves – Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves used for flavour. 

Whole wheat flour or atta – I used atta or whole wheat flour to make the dough. You can use maida or all purpose flour or half whole wheat flour and half all purpose flour.

Oil or ghee/clarified butter – I used peanut oil to shallow fry the paratha. You can use olive oil or any flavorless oil or ghee/ clarified butter to fry. 

Blogger group 

This post is going to be featured on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this group every month one of the members decide the theme. And members paired to give two secret ingredients each other. Best part is we paired every month with different bloggers so that we can interact with each other. And after preparing the dish members share a picture of the dish and other members have to guess the ingredients.

This month’s theme is Flatbread suggested by Anu Kollon who blog at Ente Thattukada. I have bookmarked her Neer dosa to try.

This month my partner is Kalyani Sri. You may like to try Quinoa dosa from her space.  Kalyani gave me ginger and cabbage as secret ingredients and I made this delicious cabbage cauliflower paratha.  I gave watermelon and coconut and Kalyani shared an amazing recipe of Watermelon rind dosa with these ingredients.

We have to make the dough with cabbage. Grate the cabbage,add salt and mix well. After 15-20 minutes cabbage will release enough water. Squeeze out the water completely. We will knead the dough with this water so reserve it in a bowl. In a large bowl mix flour with squeezed cabbage and knead dough with the help of it’s reserved water.  Add all the spices, grated ginger, finely chopped green chilli and cilantro or coriander. Add salt just before rolling and stuffing the paratha. Roll into a small roti, place cauliflower in the middle and close the edges. Roll again and fry all paratha on a skillet/griddle/tawa or nonstick pan with the help of little oil or ghee. Easy isn’t it? If you have grated cabbage and cauliflower ready then you can make it in short notice or whenever you want to enjoy these delicious paratha. 

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Recipe

Cabbage – 1 

Cauliflower – 1

Salt to taste 

Ginger – 1&1/2 inch piece, grated 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful  chopped 

Whole wheat flour or atta – 2 cup 

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for shallow fry

Method

1. Rinse the cauliflower well. Drain the water completely.  Wash the cabbage. Discard the outer layer.

2. Grate the cabbage and add salt. Mix well and keep aside for 15-20 minutes. Cabbage will release water. 

3. Now wipe the cauliflower with a kitchen napkin. Grate the cauliflower with a box grater. Or you can use your food processor. Add grated ginger, finely chopped Green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, cumin powder and garam masala powder. Use green chilli according to your taste. Mix everything with a spoon. Don’t add salt. We will add salt just before stuffing the paratha to avoid the cauliflower becomes soggy. 

4. Squeeze out all the water from grated cabbage. Don’t discard the water. We will use it to knead the dough. 

5. Place the squeezed cabbage in a large bowl. Add whole wheat flour or atta. Knead the dough with the water of squeezed cabbage. Already added salt in cabbage so don’t add salt. Add water slowly to knead a soft dough.

6. Make equal size balls.  Add salt in the grated cauliflower mixture and mix. 

7. Roll the kneaded flour balls with the help of wheat flour. Dip the ball in flour and start to roll. Roll into 4 inch diameter. Place some cauliflower stuffing in the middle.

8. Gather the edges and pinch to close. Make a ball again. Dip the ball in wheat flour from both sides. Roll again carefully with the help of some flour. Dust some flour and roll gently, don’t press much. Stuffing shouldn’t be comes out. 

9. Heat a tawa or skillet/griddle. Place the paratha on hot tawa. Let it cook till bubbles appear on the paratha.  Flip and cook other side till light brown. 

10. Brush little oil or ghee/clarified butter and fry from both sides. Make all the paratha like this. Serve hot with yogurt, pickle or chutney.

11. If you have some leftover cabbage mixed dough then you can make roti or paratha with it. Your roti or paratha will be super soft even after a few hours.

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