Kheerer Malpua Or Mawa Malpua

Kheerer malpua or mawa malpua. Soft fluffy delicious fried pancake from Bengali cuisine. Malpua is soft but edges are crisp and taste heavenly. Saffron and cardamom flavored kheerer malpua or mawa malpua is a perfect festive treat.

You can also make this malpua to offer Goddess Durga or Bhog prasad.

Earlier shared delicious Malpua. Method of making this malpua is same but khoya/mawa or dried milk used in this malpua. You have to make a smooth lump free batter to make perfect malpua. Khoya or mawa and milk should be blend really well. You can add any shredded dry fruits in the batter. You may like some more fried and sugar syrup soaked sweets on this blog like Gulab jamun, Chhanar jilipi, Pantua, Gokul pithe and Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings. And you may also like to try Pahala rasgulla from Sasmita’s blog.

This malpua is very easy to make and taste is delectable. Remember that batter should not be very thick. Make a lump free smooth flowing batter for perfect malpua. Fennel seeds or sounf is optional, you can skip it. But lightly crushed fennel seeds will give a lovely flavour. Sugar syrup is flavored with cardamom and saffron. If you don’t like cardamom then use only half teaspoon. I have used peanut oil mixed with 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter for frying. You can use only oil or only ghee/clarified butter if you want. You can use any flavorless oil for frying.

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Recipe

Khoya or mawa – 1 cup

Maida or all purpose flour – 1 cup

Suji or semolina – 4 tablespoon

Saunf or fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon, optional

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Warm milk – 1&3/4 cup

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for frying

Sugar – 1&1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup

Saffron or keshar – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Blend khoya or mawa and warm milk with a hand whisker or you can use your blender to mix really well. Homemade khoya will be soft and easy to blend. Get the method of making khoya here. But if you are using store bought khoya or mawa, grate the khoya before using.

2. Lightly crush the fennel seeds or sounf in a mortar pestle.

3. In a large bowl whisk maida or all purpose flour gradually with khoya and milk mixture. Don’t add all the maida in one go to avoid forming lump.

4. Add lighly crushed fennel seeds, semolina or suji and baking soda. Whisk well to make a lump free batter. Cover and keep aside for 30-40 minutes. Batter shouldn’t be thick. Make a flowing batter.

5. In a pan boil water and sugar with a pinch of saffron. Let it boil for 4 minutes. Add cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. If you don’t like the flavour of cardamom then add only half teaspoon cardamom powder.

6. Heat oil or ghee/clarified butter in a wok or pan. I used oil with two tablespoon ghee for flavour.

7..When oil becomes hot reduce the heat. Give a good stir to the batter. Pour a ladle full of batter in the middle of the ghee or oil. Fry on low medium heat till light golden brown from both sides and transfer on a plate. Fry all the malpua.

8. Dip the malpua in warm sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Press gently with a spoon to soak from both sides. Take out from the sugar syrup and arrange on a plate. Dip all the malpua this way.

9. Dip 2-3 malpua at a time and arrange on a large plate. Don’t dip in syrup for more than 2-3 minutes to soak each malpua. And remember sugar syrup should be warm.

10. Garnish with pistachios. You can also use shredded almond or grated khoya or mawa for garnishing. Serve warm or at room temperature. You can also serve malpua with rabri.

Notes

1. You can use shredded almond,cashew nuts or any dry fruits in the batter.

2. Batter should be lump free, smooth and flowing.

3. You can use only oil or ghee for frying. Or use a mixture of oil and ghee.

4. Any flavorless oil can be used for frying.

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Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani

Kolkata style chicken biryani with potato and eggs. This scrumptious biryani is mildly spiced and highly aromatic. Saffron, rose water, Kewra water, meetha attar and aromatic whole spices made this biryani extremely flavorful.

Fragrant rice, soft potatoes, eggs, juicy chicken pieces made this biryani superbly delicious. We are not going to the history of Kolkata chicken biryani. Let’s discuss only about taste and flavour. Your house will fill with lovely aroma while making this biryani. A pure bliss.

If you don’t like chicken like me then enjoy the biryani with potato and eggs, let other family members enjoy soft juicy chicken with fragrant rice. I have used chicken leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken. Use big pieces of chicken. If you don’t like eggs then you can skip it.

If you don’t want to boil the potatoes then fry the potatoes till golden brown and cook with chicken. Process of making this biryani is lengthy but worth trying. You can prepare everything in advance and assemble and cook on simmer just before serving.

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Recipe

For chicken

Chicken – 1/2 kg

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

Rose essence or rosewater – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Lemon – half

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

For rice

Long grain basmati rice – 2 cup

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Bay leaves – 2

Oil or ghee -2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Lemon – half

Water as require

Saffron milk

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence or Water – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Meetha attar – 3 drop

For biryani

Oil – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

For potato

Potato – 3 large

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 3, hard boiled

For barista

Onion – 3 large, thinly sliced

Oil for frying

Method

1. Wash the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix curd or thick yogurt, salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, biryani masala, ginger garlic paste and 2 teaspoon oil. I used mustard oil but you can use any oil. Mix everything well.

3. Add cleaned and washed chicken pieces, rose essence or rose water, Kewra water and juice of half lemon. Mix everything well. Cover the bowl and keep aside for an hour. You can marinate the chicken overnight. Keep the marinated chicken in a covered bowl and keep in refrigerator overnight. Take out the chicken just before cooking.

4. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup warm milk and saffron. Let it soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes crush the saffron threads with your finger tips to mix well. Now add rose water or essence, Kewra water and 3 drops of meetha attar. Add only 3 drops not more than that. Cover and keep the bowl aside.

5. Now make a spice bag. In a piece of cheesecloth or muslin cloth or any thin cotton cloth place lightly crushed or broken 4 green cardamom, 4 cloves, a piece of cinnamon, 1 star anise, 2 strands of javitri or mace and 2 bay leaves. You can also add 1 black cardamom if you like, I didn’t. Tie the cloth tightly.

6. Boil sufficient water with 1 tablespoon Salt, 2 teaspoon ghee or oil and juice of half lemon. Taste the water. Water should be perfectly salty. 1 tablespoon is perfect but you can add little more if required.

7. Add drained rice and spice bag. Cook till rice becomes long. Rice should be 80 percent cooked so be careful and stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice. When rice becomes long immediately strain the water from the rice. Drain the water completely and spread the rice on a plate to cool down.

8. Wash the potatoes well. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon salt and water. Boil for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into half and keep aside.

9. Or if you don’t want to boil the potatoes then peel and fry with little salt and turmeric powder till golden brown. And cook with chicken.

10. Peel the hard boiled eggs. You can fry the eggs, I didn’t. If you are frying the eggs, don’t forget to make some slits on the eggs with a knife.

11. Heat oil in a pan. Fry thinly sliced onion till brown to make barista. When onion becomes brown remove from oil and place on a paper towel. Onion shouldn’t be burnt so be careful and keep stirring while frying.

12. Heat oil in a pan. You can use same pan and oil which we used to make barista. Fry the potatoes till golden brown and transfer on a plate.

13. Now add one finely chopped onion and fry till light golden brown. Add marinated chicken. And fry for 5 minutes. Chicken will release water. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir and check in regular interval.

14. You can also cook potatoes and eggs with the chicken. I sometimes do so. Potatoes and eggs will absorb the flavour and taste of the gravy and taste better. Do as per your convenience.

15. After 10 minutes check the chicken. It will becomes tender, if not covered and cook for a few minutes more. When chicken becomes tender remove the cover and cook on high heat till gravy is about to dried up.

16. Let’s assemble the biryani. Place 3 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces potatoes with little oil gravy of chicken.

17. Above chicken and potatoes make a layer of rice. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and half saffron soaked milk. Spread barista or crisp fried onion all over the rice.

18. Now spread remaining chicken, potato and gravy over the rice. Spread rice over it. Again sprinkle one tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and remaining saffron soaked milk. Spread fried onions. And press the eggs over it.

19. We have to cover it properly to cook. You can use atta dough to seal the sides of the cover. But I have covered the pan with a piece of aluminum foil properly and place the lid over it. And placed a clove in the hole to secure the air inside.

20. You can also cover the pan with a plate and place a heavy vessel with hot water on the plate. Heat a tawa or skillet. Keep the heat on lowest. Place the assembled biryani pan on the tawa.

21. Cook on simmer for 25 minutes. Or until your biryani pan becomes too hot and you will unable to touch it.

22. Your Kolkata style chicken biryani is ready to serve. Fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with any raita.

Notes

1. I have made two layers but you can make three layers if you want.

2. Always use old basmati rice to make biryani.

3. I have used leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken pieces. Use big pieces of chicken.

4. You can skip eggs if you want.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month Exotic biryani and pulao theme is suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. I recently bookmarked her healthy and delicious Badam gur phirni to try sometime. A perfect dish for festive season.

And this month my partner is Preeti Tandon Shridhar who blog at Cakes & Curries. Preeti is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for many delicious recipes. I have to try her delicious Cowboy cookies soon. For this theme preeti gave me Kewra water and curd or yogurt. I used these ingredients to make this mouthwatering biryani. And I gave cranberries and quinoa to Preeti as secret ingredients. Preeti shared delicious Quinoa masala pulao using these ingredients.

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Basanti Pulao

Basanti pulao or Bengali sweet yellow pulao. Bright yellow coloured aromatic rice made with fragrant gobindobhog rice saffron and aromatic whole spices taste heavenly with any spicy curry. A festive dish from Bengali cuisine. Basanti stands for yellow. This sweet yellow pulao called basanti pulao, holud pulao or misti pulao. Basanti pulao also taste great with Basmati rice, so you can use whatever you have.

Durga puja is around the corner. Try this aromatic rice to celebrate your festival. You can also make it for bhog prasad for Goddess. To know about Durga Puja or Sharad Utsab click here. For bhog or naivedya different types of dishes are prepared to offer Goddess Durga. Reading a book Bhog Naivedya by Sujata Shukla. Copy pasting a line from the book, “This is not just faith, but also a nationโ€™s food culture, brought to you on a puja thali!.” I completely agree with it. You can get many more authentic recipes on above Durga Puja post link. As I said you can serve this pulao with any veg or non veg spicy curry. I served it with shahi dum aloo. I will share the recipe soon.

Here are some no onion garlic veg curry recipes which you can serve with this pulao.

Chhanar dalna

Spicy potato curry

Makhana curry

Kaju Curry

Dahi aloo

Aloo kofta curry

Pointed gourd in yogurt gravy

Rasgulla korma

Matar kofta

Shahi paneer

Aloo Paneer

You can also serve this pulao with any non veg curry like

Chicken kosha

Chicken rezala

Dim kosha

Zafrani chicken

Chicken dak bungalow

Rara mutton

Railway mutton curry

Fish kalia

Chhanamukhe ilish

Chicken chaap

Fragrant gobindobhog rice with whole spices made this pulao aromatic. But if you don’t have gobindobhog rice then you can use Basmati rice. I usually make basanti pulao with Basmati rice because gobindobhog rice is not available outside Bengal. Have a look at how it looks with basmati rice. In this pulao I have used basmati rice and instead of saffron used little turmeric powder.

But this time got gobindobhog rice online. I used saffron or keshar to make this pulao basanti or yellow. If you don’t have saffron then you can use little food colour or turmeric. But I recommend to use saffron for the lovely aroma and colour.

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Recipe

Gobindobhog rice – 1&1/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Saffron or keshar – 1/4 teaspoon

Milk – 3 tablespoon

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Cashew nuts – 15

Raisins – 15

Ginger – 1 teaspoon, grated or paste

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 2-3 tablespoon

Bengali garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Mace or javitri powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Nutmeg or jaiphal powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice well. Drain the water completely. Marinate the rice with 1 teaspoon ghee, salt, sugar, grated ginger or paste, nutmeg or jaiphal powder, mace or javitri powder, cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder. Get the recipe of Bengali garam masala here. I have used 1 teaspoon salt and 2&1/2 teaspoon Sugar and its perfect for me. Mix everything well and keep aside.

2. Soak saffron for 15 minutes in 3 tablespoon warm milk. After 15 minutes crush the saffron with your finger tips and let it soak for some more time.

3. Crush the green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

4. Heat remaining ghee in a pan or wok. You can use half oil and half ghee if you want but ghee taste better. Fry the cashew nuts on low medium heat. Keep stirring to fry the nuts evenly. When cashew nuts becomes light golden brown transfer the nuts on a plate.

5. Now fry the raisins. When raisins fluff up immediately remove from ghee and transfer on a plate.

6. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add marinated rice and fry for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add saffron soaked milk, water and fried cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well.

8. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on high heat. After 5 minutes reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 5 minutes again.

9. Now stir the rice gently and check. Add little more water if required. I had to add 1/4 cup more water. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 minutes more or till water absorbed.

10. Add 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder, mix and switch off the heat.

11. Cover and leave it to rest for 5-10 minutes. Now fluff the rice gently and serve with any spicy curry.

Recipe notes

1. Basmati rice can be used instead of gobindobhog rice.

2. You can use turmeric powder or yellow food colour instead of saffron or keshar.

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Panch Phoran Bhaja Or Roasted Five Spice Powder

Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder. A very aromatic spice mixture to use in chutney, sukto and many other dishes to enhance the flavour. Panch phoran or mixture of whole five spices generally used for tempering or tadka. And this roasted panch phoran powder will make your dishes aromatic. Just add a teaspoon of this powder at the end of cooking to enhance the taste and aroma of your dish.

Panch phoran originating from the region of Eastern South Asia and used especially in the cuisine of Bangladesh and Eastern India, Northeastern India region especially in the cuisine of Odisha, West Bengal, Mithila region of India and Nepal.  Wikipedia

To make panch phoran or five spice mix 1 tablespoon of each nigella seed or kalonji, cumin seeds or jeera, mustard seeds or sarso, fennel seeds or sounf and 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds or methi.

Generally radhuni or wild celery seeds are used in panch phoran. Radhuni looks like ajwain or carom seeds but flavour is different. But radhuni is not available outside Bengal so we use mustard seeds instead of radhuni.

Here are some recipes with panch phoran bhaja powder. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Panch phoran dal

2. Olive chutney

3. Gur aam or instant sweet mango pickle

4. Sukto

And some recipes which panch phoran tadka or tempering.

1. Panch phoran tarkari

2. Bati chochchori

3. Drumstick and potato curry

4. Pumpkin stir fry

5. Assamese massor dal borar tenga

6. Lentil patties in mustard sauce

7. Spicy potato curry

To make this aromatic dry ground spices mix all the seeds and dry roast till fragrant. Let it cool down before grinding. After grinding store panch phoran bhaja or five spice powder in airtight container and use as require. Radhuni is not available here. I bought a packet from Kolkata and stored in refrigerator to use in Sukto or some other dishes. I make panch phoran with the mixture of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds and mustard seeds. You can get ready to use mixture in your local grocery store.

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Recipe

Cumin seeds or jeera – 1 tablespoon

Nigella seeds or Kalonji – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds or sarso – 1 tablespoon

Or

Wild celery or radhuni – 1 tablespoon

Fennel seeds or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Fenugreek seeds or methi – 1/2 tablespoon

Method

1..Combine all the seeds. I have used cumin or jeera, mustard or sarso, fennel or sounf, nigella or kalonji and fenugreek or methi seeds. I didn’t use radhuni. You can use if you have or you like the flavour. I like mustard seeds in my panch phoran. Methi seeds taste bitter so I always use less methi in panch phoran. You can use equal quantity if you like.

2. Dry roast on a pan till the seeds become fragrant. Seeds shouldn’t be burnt.

3. Let the dry roasted seeds cool down completely.

4. Grind the mixture into powder. Store in airtight container for later use. You can store the powder in refrigerator.

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Mohanbhog Or Suji Halwa With Milk

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Mohanbhog or suji halwa with milk. Humble halwa with a twist. Used salted butter instead of ghee or clarified butter. Fried dry fruits, milk, saffron and salted butter made this halwa or mohanbhog heavenly.

Mohanbhog with ghee is made for offering as Bhog or Prasad to Lord Krishna who is also known as Mohan. So this halwa called mohanbhog. Try this delicious mohanbhog from Bengali cuisine on upcoming Janmashtami to offer and enjoy the divine taste as prasad. Mohanbhog is similar to kesari bhat, suji halwa or sheera. This mohanbhog is usually made with ghee. I am also sharing suji halwa with ghee which we usually made in home. And a cheat recipe for this mohanbhog.

Here are some different halwa recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Cherry pineapple kesari or pineapple flavored halwa

2. Chana dal halwa

3. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

4. Paneer gajar halwa

5. Buckwheat Waterchestnut Banana halwa

6. Moong dal halwa

7. Sweet potato halwa

You may also like to try Beetroot halwa recipe from Narmadha’s blog.

Now coming to the recipe. I have used salted butter instead ghee or clarified butter in this halwa. Salted butter taste great in some dessert. Already shared Rice kheer with salted butter. Many of my friends asked me about the recipe of my rice kheer. So shared the recipe with my secret ingredient salted butter. Now here is the recipe of suji halwa or mohanbhog with salted butter.

We need suji or semolina with salted butter, sugar, milk, saffron, cashew nuts, raisins and green cardamom. I have used cardamom powder.

You can use ghee instead of butter if you want. But salted butter with milk will give a different and wonderful taste. I have used less butter than normal halwa, you can increase the amount of butter if you like. Normally we use same amount of ghee, suji and sugar in our halwa. But I used less sugar according to my family member’s taste. We like our dessert less sweetened. You can use sugar according to your taste. If you are making for kids use half cup sugar and half cup butter or ghee with half cup suji or semolina. Remember patience is the key to get the divine taste so keep the flame low to perfectly cook the halwa.

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Recipe

Suji or semolina – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/3 cup

Salted butter or ghee – 1/4 cup

Milk – 2 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. Heat milk with sugar and saffron in a pan. When milk starts to boil reduce the heat. Let it boil on simmer. I like my halwa less sweetened. If you want your halwa more sweet then you can use half cup sugar.

2. Heat butter or ghee on low heat in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. I used Amul salted butter. Add cashew nuts and fry till cashew nuts becomes light brown. Remove the cashews from the butter and add raisins. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from butter.

3. You can use 2 tablespoon more butter if you want. In the same butter add semolina or suji. Fry the suji on low heat. Don’t increase the flame. As I mentioned above  be patient to fry the suji evenly. If you increase the flame suji may burn from bottom.

4. When suji or semolina become light golden brown add saffron and sugar mixed milk. Don’t add entire milk in one go. Add milk slowly. It may splutter so stir continuously. Keep the flame low.

5. When milk dissolved and its about to dried up add fried cashew nuts and raisins. Reserve some for garnishing. Mix well. Keep the consistency according to your choice. When halwa starts to leave the sides of the pan, remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

6. Garnish with fried cashew nuts, raisins, saffron and almond. Serve warm with Luchi dum aloo or Radhaballabhi with spicy potatoes. You can also make laddu of this halwa. To make laddu, let the halwa cool down and make round balls. Garnish each laddu with a cashew nut.

Cheat Recipe

Fry the suji as above method on low heat. When suji starts to becomes light golden brown add cashew nuts and raisins. Fry for a minute more. Add milk slowly Also add sugar and saffron. Saffron is optional you can skip if you want. Stir continuously. When milk dissolved add cardamom powder, mix well and switch off the heat. Your quick and easy mohanbhog is ready to serve.

Halwa Recipe

1. Heat 1/2 cup Ghee in a pan. Fry the cashew nuts and raisins as above method. Remove from ghee.

2. Add 1/2 cup suji or semolina. Fry on low heat till suji becomes nicely browned. Suji shouldn’t be burnt.

3. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1&1/2 cup water. Keep stirring. Cook till water dissolved and halwa leaves the sides.

4. Add fried cashew and and raisins. Mix well and remove from heat. You can add cardamom powder if you want. Serve hot.

Notes

1. With cashew nuts and raisins you can add almond or any dry fruits of your choice.

2. Saffron is optional, you can skip if you want. But saffron will give a nice colour.

3. You can use ghee or clarified butter instead of salted butter.

4. You can use same amount of suji, sugar and butter.

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Masoor dal Chochchori Or Chorchori

Masoor dal chochchori or chorchori. A flavorful and delicious thick dal to serve with roti, paratha or steamed rice. Easy to cook but taste is scrumptious. This red lentil or Masoor dal chochchori is an age old recipe from Bengali cuisine.

After bhaja muger dal and narkol die chholar dal this Masoor dal chochchori is my most favourite dal. Serve it as a side dish or enjoy bowlful hot dal on its own. Earlier shared one more masoor dal recipe from Bengali cuisine. To get the recipe click here.

This recipe is my contribution for 306 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dal or lentil. This time it was my turn to suggest. Let’s see what my fellow bloggers share. Waiting for some wonderful dal or lentil recipes.

This dal recipe is very easy but taste is absolutely mouthwatering. I have used fried garlic cloves to garnish because my daughter loves fried garlic cloves in dal but you can skip this step if you don’t like. Also Kashmiri red chilli powder is not used in authentic recipe but I used to add some colour. You can use mustard oil to make this dal and omit ghee. Or make the dal with any oil and add a teaspoon of ghee before removing from heat. Choice is your.

Recipe

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1 cup

Green cardamom – 2-3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Bay leaf – 1

Onion – 1, chopped

Garlic – 3-4

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Garlic cloves – 6 to garnish, optional

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Water – 3 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2-3 tablespoon, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Method

1. Wash the dal well and soak in water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the water completely and keep aside.

2. Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

3. Grind onion, garlic, ginger and one green chilli into a smooth paste.

4. In a small bowl mix turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder and 1 tablespoon water. Mix well. You can use hot variety red chilli powder if you want your dal more spicy.

5. In a pan or wok heat ghee or clarified butter. You can use half ghee half oil if you want. See notes for more options.

6. Fry the garlic cloves till golden brown and take out of the ghee or clarified butter. This step is optional. You can skip if you want.

7. Add crushed cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf. Add onion, garlic, ginger, chilli paste and saute till oil leaves the sides and raw smell of onion garlic goes away.

8. Add water mixed all the spices. Fry again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

9. Now add drained dal or red lentil. Saute for 2 minute. Add water, salt, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, 2-3 green chilli and sugar if using. Mix well.

10. Cover and cook for 10 minutes or until dal becomes soft and thick on medium flame. Check in-between and stir. Dal should be thick. Taste and adjust salt if required.

11. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried garlic cloves if using. Serve with steamed rice or Indian flatbread or any bread.

Notes

1. Mustard oil can be used instead of ghee or clarified butter.

2. Add green chilli according to your taste. Use more green chilli or red chilli powder if you want your dal spicy.

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Chicken Rezala


Chicken rezala. A mughlai dish which is very famous in Bengal. Chicken rezala is a yogurt based fragrant rich creamy curry. Yogurt, whole spices and Kewra water made the dish aromatic and delicious.

First time I tasted famous rezala of Sabir in Kolkata with my elder sister Chhobidi and brother in law long years ago. But still remember the taste. Chhobidi and brother in-law were left for heavenly abode. But I am dedicating this post to their younger daughter and my lovely niece Ellora Roy.

I have shared some more chicken recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Chicken chaap

2. Chicken clear soup

3. Chicken dak bungalow

4. Zafrani chicken

5. Chicken kosha

6. Sikkimese chicken curry

7. Hariyali chicken

8. Easy spicy pressure cooker chicken

9. Andhra chicken curry


Monday again and this week its time for dahi/curd or yogurt. 294 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Dahi Dhamal suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Priya has amazing collection of authentic South Indian recipes with different types of continental recipes. I have to try her Bean corn Quesadilla and Keerai sambhar soon.

To make this chicken rezala you have to marinate the chicken pieces in yogurt or curd/dahi and some spices for atleast an hour. You can marinate the chicken for overnight in refrigerator. Make a smooth paste of poppy seeds and cashew nuts. For easy grinding soak poppy seeds and cashew nuts in hot water. Or you can dry grind the poppy seeds first. I always store some dry ground poppy seeds. Just add little water with dry ground poppy seeds and grind for a few seconds. You will get perfectly ground smooth paste for your curry. For better result cook chicken rezala with ghee or clarified butter. But if you don’t want to use ghee use any vegetable oil with 1 tablespoon ghee. I have used 1 tablespoon Mustard oil in marination and refined white oil with ghee for cooking. You can also marinate with the chicken with ghee or any white oil.


Recipe

Chicken – 500 gram

Curd/dahi oryogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 4 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon

Ghee – 1 tablespoon

Onion – 2 large

Green chilli – 5 – 6 or to taste

Cashew nuts – 12

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 2

Dry red chilli – 5

Black cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1&1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Water – 1&1/2 cup

Kewra water – 2- 3 drops


Method

1. Clean and wash the chicken well. Drain the water completely. Marinate with curd, black pepper powder, ginger garlic paste, salt and 1 tablespoon oil or ghee. I have used mustard oil in marination but you can use any oil. Mix well, cover and keep in refrigerator for an hour. You can keep the marinated chicken overnight in refrigerator. But if you don’t have time marinate the chicken at least 30 minutes to one hour.

2. Soak the cashew nuts and poppy seeds in hot water. This time I have used dry ground poppy seeds so soaked only cashew nuts in little hot water till cashew nuts becomes soft. Soaking will make your grinding easy. You can dry grind the poppy seeds or khas khas into a fine powder and store in an airtight container in refrigerator to make your cooking easy. Grind the cashew nuts, poppy seeds and green chilli into a smooth paste and keep aside.

3. Also grind the onion into smooth paste separately.

4. Lightly crush the green cardamom in a mortar pestle. Soak saffron in 1/4 cup hot milk.

5..Heat oil and ghee or clarified butter in a pan or wok. You can use only ghee if you like or skip ghee and make with oil only. But for better taste use little ghee. I have used only 1 tablespoon. You can use any refined vegetable oil.

6. Now add bay leaves, crushed green cardamom, black cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and dry red chilli. Fry for a few seconds or until whole spices becomes fragrant. Spices shouldn’t be burnt. Add onion paste and saute till oil leaves the sides.

7. Take out the chicken from marinated mixture and mix with sauteed onion paste. Add salt. Be careful while adding salt. We already used salt in marination. Stir well. Cover and stir in between.

8. Cook till chicken dried up and oil floats on top. Don’t forget to check and stir in regular interval to avoid sticking to the bottom. Add cashew nuts, poppy seeds and green chilli paste. Saute and till oil leaves the sides.

9. Add soaked saffron and water.Add warm water as require to make gravy. I have used 1 cup first and added 1/2 cup more warm water because chicken was about to dried up and still little uncooked.

10. Cover and cook till chicken becomes soft. Timing depends on the quality of chicken. So keep an eye and check in between.

11. Taste and adjust the salt. Add Kewra water mix and remove from heat. Garnish with saffron and fried dry red chilli and serve with steamed rice, pulao, rumali roti, naan, tandoori roti, paratha or simple fulka roti or any Indian flat bread.

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Bati Chochchori


Bati chochchori. A simple, easy, quick and delicious curry without any spice. Sharing a simple and easiest potato recipe from Bengali cuisine. You can add any vegetable of your choice with potatoes.

You need only panch phoran or Bengali five spices, salt and mustard oil to make this curry. Even you don’t need turmeric or any other spice powder. Sounds healthy isn’t it? Normally it’s cooked in a bowl. And in Bengali bati means bowl. And vegetables with panch phoran called chochchori or chorchori. Mixed vegetable chochchori is always a dry curry. But this bati chochchori can be made with gravy. You can keep the consistency of gravy as you like.

To make bati chochchori you can use cauliflower, eggplant or any vegetable of your choice. Bati chochchori can be made with fish too. Just mix everything and cook. A super easy method. I like bati chochchori with only potatoes.

Do you love potatoes? Here are some potato recipes from this blog.

1. Spicy potato with tamarind

2. Coriander red potatoes

3. Potatoes with green peas

4. Rosti or Swiss potato pancake

5. Potatoes in yogurt gravy

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Potato curry to serve with hing kachodi

8. Batata bhaji

9. Peanut potato

10. Potato pie

11. Potato with nigella seeds, poppy seeds and tomato

12. Savoury potato cake

13. Stuffed potato

14. Aloo chop or potato fritters

15. Dum aloo

16. Spicy potatoes

17. No onion garlic potato curry

18. Aloo chaat

19. Aloo ke gutke

20. Matar nimona

21. Panch phoran tarkari

22. Kashmiri dum aloo

23. Aloo kabli/chaat

24. Aloo kofta curry

25. Dum aloo with luchi

This stew like curry is best accompany with luchi, puri, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I have served it with luchi. Get the recipe here.

Now why I am talking about this easy and simple recipe. Actually this week its my turn to suggest the theme for 286 #Foodiemonday bloghop. And I suggested my fellow bloggers to cook an easiest dish which you make so often and it should be your family member’s favorite. And better to use minimum spices. So the theme is Cook In A Jiffy. And I also suggested savoury bake as second option but easiest recipe won unanimously.

We are always looking for some easy quick and simple recipes to make in a jiffy for our busy days. Right? Believe me easy and quick recipes can also be delicious ๐Ÿ˜Š In winter a bowl of hot bati chochchori with fulko or fluffy luchi or puri is a bliss. If you like light less spicy curry then its perfect for you.

If you don’t have panch phoran, then you can make the mixture of five whole spices. To make panch phoran or five spice mix 1 tablespoon each nigella seed or kalonji, cumin seeds or jeera, mustard seeds or sarso, fennel seeds or sounf and 1/2 tablespoon fenugreek seeds or methi. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing. Bati chochchori is a light curry. Mix mustard oil, salt panch phoran and water as require with chopped potatoes, green chilli and tomatoes. If you want your chochchori without much gravy, then add less water. I like the taste of light gravy so used 1 cup water. I have used pressure cooker but you can also make it in microwave. Mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl, cover and cook on full power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft. Or make in a covered bowl or pot on stove.

Recipe

Potato – 3

Tomato – 2

Slit green chilli – 4 or to taste

Panch phoran or five spices (mixture of fenugreek seeds, nigella seeds, cumin, mustard seeds and fennel seeds) – 1 teaspoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup


Method

1. Peel and chop the potatoes lengthwise. Rinse well.

2. Rinse and chop the tomatoes in small pieces.

3. In a pressure cooker mix chopped potatoes, tomatoes, panch phoran, slit green chilli, mustard oil, salt and water. Add green chilli according to your taste. If you like your curry hot add some more chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

4. If you don’t want much gravy add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water. Use water as you like your curry, thick or thin. Pressure cook for 2 – 3 whistle.

5. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Taste and adjust salt. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing.

6. For microwave mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl. Cover and microwave on high power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft.

7. Or you can make this bati chochchori in a pot or wok. Mix everything, cover and cook till potatoes becomes tender and tomato becomes mushy. Check and stir in between. If your curry is too runny, then cook for some more time to reduce the gravy. Your bati chochchori is ready. Serve hot with Luchi , paratha or any Indian flatbread.

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Mix Vegetable Fried Rice

Mix Vegetable Fried rice. Fried rice with all the seasonal vegetables. An aromatic, no onion garlic and easy to make rice dish from Bengali cuisine. You will love the delectable taste and flavour.

Fried carrots, French beans, cauliflower, green peas ,cashew nuts and raisins made this rice absolutely delicious. You can use whatever vegetables you like and available. And the rice is flavored with whole spices and Bengali garam masala.

You can serve this fried rice with any curry or

Fish kalia

Chicken kosha

Potol dolma

Railway mutton curry

Doi potol

Dim kosha

Chhanar dalna

Khejur aamsotto chutney

Mango chutney

Chicken dak bungalow

Savoury rasgulla korma

To get some more recipes from Bengali cuisine click here.

And for some more rice recipes click on the name below.

1. Mexican green rice

2. Tricolour rice

3. Carrot rice

4. Mexican rice

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mint rice

7. Spanish moulded rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Korean rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao

12. Saffron rice

Monday again and our 281 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Variety Rice Special suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. Narmadha is a very talented blogger. I always love her authentic South Indian recipes. I have bookmarked her Veg lunch menu and Curry leaves rice to try. I am sure you will love to visit her space for more authentic, innovative and healthy recipes.

This fried rice recipe is very simple and easy to make. Its a no onion garlic recipe but you can use sliced onion if you want. After adding whole spices add sliced onion with chopped green chilli and fry. When onion becomes golden brown add green peas. You can also make it with leftover rice but rice shouldn’t be over cooked. I have used carrots, French beans, cauliflower and green peas. If you don’t like any of these vegetables you can omit it.

Recipe

Basmati Rice – 1 cup

Carrot – 2

French beans – 100 gram

Cauliflower florets – 1/2 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 3, finely chopped

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Bay leaf – 2

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Refined oil – 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 2 teaspoon or taste

Bengali garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse the rice well. Soak in water for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Heat sufficient water in a pan. When water starts to rolling boil add the rice. Stir and cook until rice becomes soft. Rice shouldn’t be mushy. Keep checking, remove from heat when 90 percent cooked. Check the rice by pressing between your fingers. Strain the rice immediately on a colander to drain the water well.

3. Spread the rice on a plate to cool down. Add salt and sugar and mix well. Add sugar according to your taste. I have used 2 and 1/2 teaspoon sugar, but you can use less sugar. But don’t skip it, add at least 1 teaspoon for taste. Be careful, rice shouldn’t be broken.

4. Wash all the vegetables well. Chop French beans into 1/2 inch pieces. Peel the carrots. Chop into small cubes. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

5. Marinate the carrots, beans and cauliflower florets with little salt.

6. Crush green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

7. Heat ghee and oil in a pan or wok. Fry the carrot cubes. Transfer fried carrots to a plate.

8. Now fry the French beans for 1 – 2 minutes. Beans should be remain green. Remove the fried beans from oil.

9. Fry the cauliflower florets till golden brown and remove from oil.

10. Fry the cashew nuts till golden brown and remove from oil. Fry the raisins. When raisins starts to fluff up immediately remove from oil. You can use the raisins without frying if you want.

11. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, crushed cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in the same oil ghee mixture. When cumin seeds starts to splutter and green peas and finely chopped green chilli. Sprinkle little salt. Saute till green peas becomes tender. To add onion see notes.

12. Now add rice, fried cashew nuts, raisins and all the fried vegetables. Mix well.

13. Fry for 2 – 3 minutes. Stir gently. Rice should be intact. Add 1/2 teaspoon Bengali garam masala powder, mix well and switch off the heat. Your Bengali style fried rice is ready. Serve hot with kosha chicken, fish kalia, dum aloo, dim kosha, chhanar dalna, mutton curry, chutney or any curry.

Notes

1. You can use sliced onion if you want. Add sliced onion after adding cumin, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves and fry. Add green peas when onion becomes light brown.

2. Add green chilli according to your taste.

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Ranga Aloor Pithe/Sweet Potato Dumplings


Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings. A sankranti special delicacy from Bengali cuisine. Sugar syrup soaked and stuffud with mawa/dried or thickened milk, coconut and khajur gur or date palm jaggery dumplings taste heavenly.

As I mentioned in my last year Sankranti post that in Bengal different types of pithe, puli, paesh or rice kheer/pudding are usually made to celebrate Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. On sankranti our lunch is Bhuni khichuri or khichdi with different types of vegetable fry or bhaja, Dum aloo , beguni, papad, tomato chutney or Khejur aamsotto or date mango bar chutney and for dinner different types of pithe puli, paesh or kheer, malpua, green peas stuffed kachodi, aloor nonta or savoury pithe. A day to enjoy all the traditional dishes. Here are some recipes that you can try to celebrate Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Til badam laddu

2. Moong dal fried and baked pithe

3. Baked dudh puli

4. Malpua

5. Nolen gur paesh or date palm jaggery kheer

6. Gokul pithe

7. Date palm jaggery and coconut barfi

8. Rice kheer

9. Narkol naru or coconut laddu

And not traditional as above recipes but absolutely delicious two innovative baked recipes with all the sankranti special ingredients.

1. Semolina or rawa cake

2. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

Monday again and our this week’s 280 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Sankranti Special.

To make these ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings you need rice flour and maida or refined flour for binding with mashed sweet potatoes. You have to mash the sweet potatoes really well. Dough should be completely lump free. Some sweet potatoes have fiber. Discard the fiber if any. And we don’t need thick sugar syrup for this pithe. Make a stuffing with khoya or mawa/dried whole milk, khajur gur or date palm jaggery, dry fruits and coconut. Cook the mixture on low heat until dried up. Keep stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom. Add little cardamom powder and remove from heat. Let it cool down completely before stuffing.

I always use homemade mawa. Get the method to make mawa here.



Recipe


Sweet potato- 4

Rice flour- 3 tablespoon

Refined flour or maida- 1 tablespoon

Sugar- 1 cup

Water- 2 cup

Cardamom powder- 1 teaspoon

For Stuffing click here

Refined oil or ghee for deep frying


Method

1. First make the stuffing as we made for Moong dal bhaja pithe and keep aside.

2. For sugar syrup boil 2 cup water with 1 cup sugar till sugar completely dissolved. Let it boil on low heat for 5 – 6 minutes more. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat. You can use half cup khajur gur or date palm jaggery and half cup sugar to make jaggery flavoured syrup.

3. Boil the sweet potatoes. Don’t make the potatoes mushy, boil till potatoes becomes tender. If you are using pressure cooker, cook for 2 whistle.

4. Peel the sweet potatoes when cool. Mash the potatoes well. Break all the lumps and make lump free dough. Discard the fiber if any.

5. Add rice flour, refined flour or maida and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Mix well and make a smooth dough.

6. Make equal size balls. I have made 13 – 14 balls. You can make small sized pithe if you want. Flatten the balls with your palm. Place one teaspoon stuffing in the middle.

7. You can use little more stuffing but be careful while sealing, stuffing should be remain inside. Seal the edges and give cylindrical shape.

8. You can also make round pithe just like gulab jamun if you want.

9. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Slide the stuffed pithe into the hot oil. Slide 3 – 4 pithe one by one. But don’t overcroud. Fry on low medium heat till pithe becomes golden brown.

10. Dip the fried pithe in warm sugar syrup. Let it soak in syrup for 30 – 40 minutes or until all the pithe soaked well and swelled.

11. Use a large vessel to soak the stuffed and fried pithe. Don’t place the pithe over each other. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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