Til Gur Jowar Cookies/Sesame Jaggery Sorghum Cookies/Gluten Free Cookies

Happy new year to all my readers. Wishing a very happy, healthy, joyous and prosperous new year to everyone. My first post of this year. Starting with a healthy recipe. Til gur jowar cookies or sesame jaggery sorghum cookies. A gluten free, healthy and absolutely delicious cookies with the goodness of sorghum flour or jowar atta, til or sesame seeds and jaggery or gur.

These eggless cookies are very easy to make. You don’t need to cream butter and sugar. Just mix everything and make a smooth dough. Make small balls and press on the sesame seeds to coat well and bake. Try and enjoy the crispy crunchy delicious cookies flavored with cinnamon, cloves and ginger. On last winter I had shared Til badam laddu or sesame almond laddu .

Til or sesame seeds and jaggery both are known as warm food. You may also like Pearl millet sesame oats cookies on this blog. For some more gluten free cookies recipes click here.

Til or sesame seeds contain calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc. These seeds are a powerhouse of energy and when taken with jaggery they can help to reduce the risk of cold, cough and flu, which is a common health concern in winters. Jaggery or Gur is an ultimate winter superfood. The natural sweetener is not only a healthier alternative of refined sugar but also has numerous potential health benefits. Loaded with iron, vitamin C, protein, magnesium and potassium, gur is something that every person must include in their diet, especially when the temperature drops. Source

I have used sorghum flour or jowar atta to make these cookies. Gluten free Sorghum flour is rich in protein and fiber.

Sorghum is a nutrient-packed grain that you can use in many ways. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. It’s likewise an excellent source of fiber, antioxidants, and protein. Source – Healthline

Sending this post to 279 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Sesame Seeds suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. I always love her space for versatile recipes and wonderful write up. I have a long list of baked recipes from her blog to try. Like Taftan, Christmas tea bread etc. You can also get many authentic Gujarati recipes on her blog.

Now coming to the recipe. As I mentioned above that its a quick and easy recipe. Just mix everything and bake. I have used organic jaggery powder but you can use powdered sugar, brown sugar or any sweetener of your choice. You can also use shredded almond or cashew nuts if you want. Nutty flavour of sesame seeds, coconut, jaggery and the mix aroma of ginger, cinnamon and cloves made these cookies divine. You can use whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida or any flour instead of sorghum flour. But I recommend to try with sorghum flour or jowar atta for best result. I have used salted Amul butter and olive oil. But you can also use ghee or clarified butter, unsalted butter and instead of olive oil any flavorless oil can be used.

Recipe

Sorghum flour – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 4 tablespoon

Sesame seeds – 3 tablespoon + for coating

Organic jaggery powder – 1/2 cup

Salted butter – 3 tablespoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Dried ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/8 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Milk – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Dry roast 3 tablespoon Sesame seeds or til in a pan. When sesame seeds starts to splutter and change it’s colour to light brown immediately transfer the seeds on a plate.

2. In a large bowl mix sorghum flour or jowar atta, organic jaggery powder, baking powder, soda, desiccated coconut, dry roasted sesame seeds or til, cinnamon powder, ginger powder and clove powder.

3. Add olive oil and salted butter. I have used Amul butter. Chop the chilled butter into small pieces before measuring.

4. Mix everything well with your fingers. When everything combined really well add milk and make a smooth dough.

5. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast function at 160°. For OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

6. Spread some sesame seeds or til on a plate.

7. Make small balls out of the dough. You can make 18 – 20 cookies from this dough. Depends on the size.

8. Press the balls on the sesame seeds to coat well. For crisper cookies press to make thin cookies. I didn’t dry roast the sesame seeds used for coating because I wanted white coloured sesame seeds coated on brown cookies. You can use roasted sesame seeds if you like.

9. Arrange the sesame seeds coated and flatten balls on lined or greased baking tray. Don’t forget to leave some space between cookies.

10. Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until cookies becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 10 minutes. For soft mouth melting cookies bake for less time and for crispy crunchy cookies bake for longer time.

11. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of sorghum flour or jowar atta.

2. You can use any flavorless oil instead of olive oil.

3. You can add shredded almond, cashew nuts or any dry fruits in the dough.

4. You can also use vanilla essence or any flavour of your choice instead of cinnamon and cloves.

5. Ghee or clarified butter can be used instead of butter.

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Bengali Garam Masala

Bengali garam masala. An aromatic spice mixture. Add a pinch of this garam masala with a teaspoon of ghee or clarified butter in your curries at the end to enhance the flavour and taste. This spice mixture is commonly used in every Bengali home. In curries, ghonto,dalna etc.

My mother and mother in law both were use it freshly ground in stone grinder or sil batta. And they never dry roast the spices. But I have dry roasted lightly for easy grinding. I remember it’s a regular duty of our domestic helper to grind a small bowl full of this garam masala with the help of little water daily. I didn’t use my stone grinder or sil batta since a long time. Discarded the old one because of small modular kitchen. But I had browse for the picture last night. And loved the picture below. Just like I had in my earlier kitchen.

In my parental home stone grinder or sil batta was made of black stone. In Bengali it’s called sil nora. I will ask my sister in law to send me a picture. Earlier shared one more aromatic Bengali spice mix Bhaja moshla to enhance the flavour of your cutlets, dum aloo, sandwich stuffing or any savoury dish.

Sending this recipe to 278 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Spice Mix Secrets suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna is a very talented blogger. Her space is full of different types of wonderful recipes. And she has also some delicious and flavorful spice mix or podi recipes. I have bookmarked her Peanut powder or palli podi and Idli dosa podi. Do visit her space for many more delicious snacks, starter, bread, curries, baked and tiffin recipes.

As I mentioned above that earlier people used this masala freshly ground. But I always store some for easy use. You have to add very little of this spice mixture. And never add it with other spices when sautéing or frying. Always add at the end or before removing the curry from stove for best result. It will make your dish more aromatic.

Recipe

Cardamom- 20

Cloves- 16

Cinnamon- 3 stick

Method

1. Dry roast the spices on a skillet for one minute only. You can also grind without dry roasting. But lightly dry roasted spices will grind easily.

2. Grind when cool. Store in an airtight container for later use. Add a pinch in your curries with ghee or clarified butter at the end to enhance the taste and flavour.

Notes

1. You can also grind this spice mixture without dry roasting if you have a powerful grinder.

2. You can add bay leaf and little javitri with cardamom, cloves and cinnamon if you want to make your spices more aromatic. But in Bengali garam masala we use only green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

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Bajra Or Pearl Millet Pizza Crackers / Gluten Free Crackers

Bajra or pearl millet pizza crackers. Crispy crunchy eggless crackers made with pearl millet or bajra flour. A perfect winter special gluten free treat for kids and adults both. Because nutritious and protein, fiber, iron enriched gluten free pearl millet or bajra also helps to stay us warm in winter. Crackers are gluten free and if you are following vegan diet, omit cheddar cheese powder.

Here is an easy to make recipe for this season. But if you don’t have pearl millet flour or you don’t like the taste of pearl millet then you can make it with refined flour/maida or whole wheat flour/atta. Refined flour or all purpose flour/maida definitely taste better but not healthy though but you can use once in a while. Or use a mixture of refined flour and whole wheat flour. Choice is your.

This time I have used my new Samsung microwave to make these crackers. At first I was little confused about its hot blast mode. But now my experience is its perfect for baking just like convection mode or OTG. But hot blast mode takes less time and also you have to set the temperature at low. For cookies set at 160° instead of 180° and for crackers set the temperature at 170° or 180° instead of 190°. And keep an eye after 8 minutes because it bakes faster than traditional oven. Here is the picture of the new member of my kitchen 😀. I also loved the look. Isn’t looks cute? And also sharing a picture of samosa which I had made first time using it’s slim fry mode. Slim fry mode works as air fryer. And vadi or sun dried lentil dumplings using sun dry mode. You can call it instant vadi.

Bajra is rich in magnesium, which helps keep the heart healthy. It has potassium, which dilates blood vessels, allowing blood to flow more easily. This helps reduce overall blood pressure. Bajra also has fibre that helps reduce LDL, or bad, cholestrol. Source

You may like some more recipes with pearl millet or bajra on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Gluten free savoury pancake

2. Gluten free rose flavored nankhatai

3. Eggless pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

4. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

5. Fennel oats millet cookies

Earlier shared Whole wheat carom seeds or ajwain crackers

This week our 276 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Kids Party suggested by Swaty Malik. Swaty is a very talented blogger who blog at Food Trails. Do visit her space for many innovative and healthy recipes like Healthy sattu cookies , Semolina and coconut tea cake and her Palak paneer fried rice is also in my list to try soon.

My contribution for this theme is pizza flavored crackers made with pearl millet or bajra flour. Kids love pizza, right? So here is a crispy crunchy and nutritious crackers with all the goodness of pearl millet. As I mentioned above, if you want to make it dairy free just skip cheese powder. And if you don’t have bajra or pearl millet flour then you can use whole wheat flour or all purpose flour. You can also use the seasoning according to your choice.

Recipe

Bajra or pearl millet flour – 1 cup

Olive oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Dried basil – 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Pizza sauce – 2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cheddar cheese powder – 1 tablespoon, optional

Water – 5 tablespoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking pan or line with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl mix bajra or pearl millet flour, salt and olive oil. Mix well.

3. Add baking powder, oregano, dried basil, chili flakes, pizza sauce, garlic powder and cheddar cheese powder. Mix again. See notes for more options.

4. Now add water and make a smooth pliable dough. Add little more water if required. I have used 2 teaspoon water more. Cover and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

5. Sprinkle little flour on a flat surface. Knead the dough again and roll with a rolling pin. Thickness shouldn’t be more than 1/4 inch.

6. Prick with a fork and cut with a cookie cutter or pizza cutter. Cut into your desired shape.

7. Place the crackers on baking pan. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 8 to 10 minutes or till the crackers becomes light brown. If you are using OTG bake at 180°. Enjoy the guilt free crackers on your munching time.

Notes

1. Whole wheat flour/atta or refined flour/ maida can be used instead of bajra or pearl millet flour.

2. You can add the seasoning according to your taste.

3. Garlic paste or minced garlic can be used instead of garlic powder.

4. You can also use freshly crushed black pepper in the dough.

5. To make the crackers vegan omit cheese powder.

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Dim Kosha Or Spicy Egg Curry With Thick Gravy

Dim kosha or spicy flavorful egg curry from Bengali cuisine. A rich and thick curry, best accompany with steamed rice pulao, puri, naan or any bread. Easy to make and delectable taste.

Posting after a short break. Hope you will like the recipe. Earlier shared Chicken kosha Kosha means bhuna or frying the spices well. For delectable taste you have to fry the spices on low flame for a long time. I had served this delicious dim kosha or spicy egg curry with Saffron rice .

Eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high-quality protein. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white, which also includes vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat than the yolk. Eggs are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. A study published in Paediatrics magazine has suggested that giving young children just one egg a day for six months, alongside a diet with reduced sugar-sweetened foods, may help them achieve a healthy height and prevent stunting. Source

You may like some more dishes with eggs on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Piperade-with-indian-spices

2. Soya-loaf

3. Kerala-egg-roast-with-potato

4. Egg korma with almond and coconut milk

5. Eggs in mustard and poppy seeds

6. Egg in yogurt sauce

7. Spicy egg or masala egg

8. Egg pulao

9. Potato stuffed egg enchilada

10. Tomato cilantro egg drop soup

11. Dimer chop or deviled egg

12. Chicken-dak-bungalow

Happy to post for our bloghop group again after more than a month. This week 273 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is My Family Favorite recipe suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. A perfect blog name. You can get many wonderful savoury, sweet, spicy, healthy, authentic, innovative and mouthwatering recipes on her blog. I have bookmarked her different types of lipsmacking chutneys and Date coconut microwave laddu to try.

As I mentioned above recipe is very easy to make. Fry the salt, turmeric powder marinated hard boiled and peeled eggs. Don’t forget to make a few slit on the eggs. I had used mustard oil, you can use any oil but this curry taste best with mustard oil. If you don’t like to use green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon, then you can use 1 teaspoon panch phoran for tempering. 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. I also make dim kosha with panch phoran for a change. But this dim kosha with crushed whole spices is aromatic and more delicious.

Recipe

Eggs – 4, boiled and peeled

Onion – 1 large, thinly sliced

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 1 ,finely chopped

Great chilli – 2 – 3, slit

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste, optional

Salt to taste

Tomato ketchup – 1/2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Water – 1 cup

Method

1. Make some slit on the hard boiled eggs. Marinate the eggs with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. You can also add little red chilli powder. I didn’t.

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

3. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the eggs till golden brown from all the sides.

4. Remove the eggs from oil and place on a plate.

5. Add bay leaf, dry red chilli and crushed cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in the same oil.

6. Now add sliced onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

7. Add ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add chopped tomato, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric

8. Now add tomato sauce and stir. Add water and mix well. When water starts to boil add the eggs and slit green chili. Add sugar if using. Mix well.

9. Cover and reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 7 – 8 minutes. Remove the cover and cook on high heat until gravy becomes thick. Add garam masala and mix. Taste and adjust the salt. Mix and remove from heat.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with roti, puri, naan, paratha, steamed rice, jeera rice or pulao.

Notes

1. You can add peeled, cubed and fried potato in curry if you want.

2. Use chilli according to your taste.

3. You can also use 1 teaspoon panch phoran instead of crushed whole spices for tempering or tadka.

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Quinoa Oats Apple Brownie / Eggless Gluten Free And Sugar Free Brownie

Quinoa oats apple brownie. A delicious fudgy eggless brownie sweetened with natural sweetener and with very little oil. This brownie is completely gluten free, sugar free and also butter free. A healthy and guilt free treat for everyone. Apple, coconut, almond, dates and cinnamon made this brownie absolutely delicious.

I always love to use different gluten free flour in my baking like soybean flour, oats, buckwheat, cornmeal, sorghum, amaranth or rajgira, pearl millet etc. This time used protein rich quinoa flour to make this delicious and healthy brownie.

Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods. Quinoa is gluten-free, high in protein and one of the few plant foods that contain sufficient amounts of all nine essential amino acids. It is also high in fiber, magnesium, B vitamins, iron, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin E and various beneficial antioxidants. It may improve your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and even aid weight loss. To read more health benefits of quinoa click here.

Already shared some gluten free bakes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

And some sugar free desserts. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Sugar free carrot cake

2. Oats date dry fruit modak

3. Gluten free vegan fruit cake

4. Date walnut muffins

5. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

6. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

7. Sugar free date sandesh

8. Sugar free sheer khurma

9. Coconut raisin almond laddu

10. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

11. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

12. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

Sending this post to 268 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Tropical Coconut suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. Narmadha is a very talented blogger. Check out her space for different types of delicious recipes. You can get healthy and delicious Quinoa khara pongal recipe and many more. I am sure you will love her 26 different types of thali and platters.

And also contributing this post to A to Z monthly challenge. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s alphabet is letter Q. And my star ingredient is Quinoa flour.

This brownie recipe is very easy to make. You have to make a paste of milk soaked pitted dates and raisins. Dates and raisins will perfectly sweeten your brownie. Grated apple, desiccated coconut, ground almond, cinnamon with quinoa and oats flour made this brownie nutritious and delicious. You can use any flour instead of quinoa flour. And if you don’t like date, you can always use powdered sugar or jaggery.

Recipe

Quinoa flour – 1 cup

Rolled oats – 1/2 cup

Apple – 1, large

Cocoa powder – 3 heaped tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Almond – 1/4 cup

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Salt – a small pinch

Dates – 1 cup tightly packed or 30, pitted

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Curd or yogurt – 1/4 cup

Oil – 1/3 cup

Desiccated coconut to sprinkle, optional

Method

1. Grind the rolled oats into fine powder. Add desiccated coconut and grind again for a few seconds. If you have oats powder then you can use it instead of rolled oats.

2. Grind the almond.

3. Boil milk with dates and raisins. Let it cool down and blend into a smooth paste. Sweetness is perfect for us but if you like your brownie more sweet use 5-6 pitted date more or use 1/2 cup raisins instead of 1/4 cup.

4. Taste the quinoa flour. Toast the quinoa flour in a pan or oven if its bitter. I didn’t. Sometimes quinoa flour may be taste slightly bitter. Toasting will remove the bitterness. I tasted the flour and it was perfectly okay so I didn’t toast the flour.

5. In a bowl sieve quinoa flour, cinnamon powder, baking powder, soda, salt and cocoa powder.

6. Add oats and desiccated coconut powder and ground almond. Mix well.

7. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. Grease a square baking pan or line with parchment paper. Grease and dust with little flour.

8. Peel and grate the apple. In a large bowl whisk oil and curd. I have used olive oil but you can use any flavorless oil. Add blended dates and raisins with grated apple. Whisk well.

9. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Mix with a spatula or spoon to combine everything well. Mix in cut and fold method. Make a thick batter. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon milk more if require.

10. Pour the batter in greased or lined baking pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter. Level the top with your fingers or spoon.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 minutes. Check after 30 minutes with a toothpick. Let the brownie cool down completely.

12. Sprinkle desiccated coconut and cut into desired shape. Enjoy healthy guilt free and delicious brownie with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can use any flour instead of quinoa flour.

2. Powdered sugar or jaggery can be used instead of dates.

3. Vegan people can use coconut milk, almond milk or any plant based milk and yogurt.

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Panch Phoran Dal / Red Lentil With Five Spice

Panch phoran dal or red lentil/masoor dal with Bengali five spice. A flavorful and delicious dal to serve with steamed rice or bread. Aroma of roasted and ground panch phoran made this dal delectable.

You don’t need much ingredients to make this dal. You need only onion, tomato, chilli, some dry spices and panch phoran. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf. 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. Used less methi because of it’s bitterness. You can use equal amounts methi if you like. And for roasted panch phoran powder dry roast panch phoran till light brown and fragrant. Be careful seeds shouldn’t be burned. Let the roasted panch phoran cool down. Grind the roasted spices into fine powder. Store in airtight container. Use in chutney or curries.

You may like some recipes with panch phoran.

1. Panch phoran tarkari

2. Olive chutney with jaggery and panch phoran

3. Gur aam or instant sweet mango pickle

4. Tender drumstick potato dry curry

5. Kumro chokka or pumpkin stir fry

6. Sukto or Bengali mixed vegetable

Masoor dal is power-packed with nutrients and has immeasurable benefits. A mere cup of masoor dal has 230 calories, about 15 grams of dietary fibre and about 17 grams of proteins. Here are some other dietary and health benefits of masoor dal. Here are some other dietary and health benefits of masoor dal:

1.Helps Stabilise Blood Sugar Level.

2. Keeps The Heart Healthy by Lowering Cholesterol.

3. Effective Remedy Against Weight Loss.

4. Anti-Ageing Properties.

5. Nourishes Teeth and Bones.

6. Helpful In Maintaining A Healthy Vision.

7. Beneficial For A Glowing And Radiating Skin.

Read more about health benefits of red lentil or masoor dal here.

Here are some more dal or lentil recipes below. Click on the name to get recipe.

1. Beetroot dal

2. Whole masoor dal

3. Mediterranean green lentil soup

4. Dal rasam

5. Dal makhani

6. Red lentil soup

7. Lebanese lentil lemon soup

8. Goan dal curry

9. Dal kanda or dry chana dal fry

10. Dal palak

11. Egg dal tadka

12. Green gram carrot spinach soup

This post is my contribution to 267 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Luscious Lentils suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam has a wonderful blog with many healthy and mouthwatering recipes including thali. I have to try her delicious and nutritious different types of quinoa recipes like Curd quinoa and Mexican one pot quinoa . Do visit her space for many more traditional, fusion and baked recipes.

This dal or lentil recipe is very easy to make. If you don’t have panch phoran make it at home as mentioned above. You can store these mix spices in a airtight container for later use. I always store two jars, one of panch phoran and one dry roasted and ground panch phoran.

Recipe

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup

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

Dry red chilli – 1

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 , chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Oil – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Dry roasted and ground panch phoran – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Rinse the dal or red lentil well. In a pressure cooker add 2 cup water and dal. Close the lid cook on high heat. When hissing sound starts immediately reduce the heat. Cook on low heat for 15 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on its own.

2. Dry roast panch phone in a pan till light brown and fragrant. Seeds shouldn’t be burned. Grind the spices into fine powder when cool. Store the roasted and ground panch phoran in a airtight container.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add 1 teaspoon panch phoran and dry red chilli.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes light brown.

5. Add grated ginger and tomatoes. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Saute till tomato becomes mushy and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add boiled red lentil with water of boiled dal. Mix well.

7. When dal starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in between. I like it thick but if you like thin dal then you can add more water

8. Now cook dal on high heat for 1 – 2 minutes or until you get your desired consistency. Add dry roasted and ground panch phoran. Mix well and switch off the heat.

9. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. You can also garnish with ginger julienne and lemon wedges. Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha or any bread.

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Saffron Rice With Pickled Jalapeno And Ginger Julienne

Saffron rice with pickled jalapeno and ginger julienne. A no onion garlic aromatic rice with fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes, saffron or kesar and all the aromatic whole spices. Easy to make and absolutely delicious one pot rice dish. You can enjoy it without any side dish. Add lots of dry fruits of your choice and enjoy.

I used pickled jalapeno because I love the taste but if you want you can use chopped green chilli instead. Or you can use little more pickled jalapeno pieces if you like. It will be a great party dish with spicy curries. You may like some more one pot rice recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Mexican green rice

2. Tricolor rice

3. Carrot rice

4. Mexican rice

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mint rice

7. Spanish moulded rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Korean rice or Korean egg fried rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao or one pot rice

Sending this post to 266 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Exotic Saffron suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. She always amazed us with her different continental, traditional and baked dishes. You will definitely love her different types of bread recipes. I have to try her Onion olive bread, Semolina sesame seed bread and many more. Also check out her different mouthwatering cake recipes.

Long grain basmati rice is best for this recipe. But you can also use any aromatic rice like Gobindobhog rice, Indrayani rice etc. Long grain rice looks good. As I mentioned above if you don’t have pickled jalapeno, use chopped green chilli instead. You can use cauliflower, beans, carrot or any vegetable in this rice. Chop and fry the vegetables before adding to the rice. If you don’t like to use ginger julienne then you can use minced or grated ginger. Serve this delicious and flavorful rice with any spicy curry. I have served it with dim kosha or spicy egg curry. I will share the recipe soon.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Pickled Jalapeno – 8 – 10 pieces

Ginger – 1 inch piece, julienned

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, cubed

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Star anise – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 + 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

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

2. Mix saffron with 1/4 cup hot water.

3. Cut the paneer or cottage cheese into small cubes. Marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

4. Peel and chop the ginger into thin slices to make julienne.

5. Chop the pickled jalapeno into small pieces.

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

7. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the cashew nuts. When cashews becomes light brown remove from oil.

8. Now fry the marinated paneer or cottage cheese cubes till brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

9. Add ghee or clarified butter. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, mace or javitri, crushed green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

10. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add ginger julienne and fry for a minute. If you are using green chilli add it with ginger julienne.

11. Add turmeric powder, pickled jalapenos and green peas. Stir well.

12. Add drained rice, salt, sugar, fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes Stir and saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till the rice coated well with ghee.

13. Add saffron mixed water, fried cashew nuts, raisins and remaining water. Mix well. When water starts to rolling boil, cover and cook on high flame for 15 minutes.

14. Reduce the heat. Stir the rice. Cover and cook again on low heat for 10 minutes or till the rice becomes soft and water absorbed completely. Keep checking in between. If you want more soft rice then you can add 1/4 cup water more and cook for a few minutes more. Fluff the rice gently.

15. Garnish with fried paneer cubes, ginger julienne, saffron, jalapeno and fried cashew nuts. Serve hot with raita or any spicy curry. You can get some curry recipes here.

Notes

1. You can use more dry fruits if you want.

2. If you don’t have pickled jalapeno use 2-3 chopped green chilli.

3. Small pieces of cauliflower, beans or any vegetable can be used with rice. Fry the vegetable pieces before adding in the rice.

4. If you don’t have star anise omit it.

5. You can use minced or grated ginger instead of ginger julienne.

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Soya Nuggets Curry With Poppy Seeds, Coconut And Sweet Corn

Soya nuggets curry with poppy seeds, coconut and sweet corn. A delicious and flavorful curry with protein rich soya nuggets. Different aromatic spices, almonds and poppy seeds made this curry rich and absolutely delicious. A perfect accompany with naan, paratha, roti or any type of rice. You can also make this delectable curry with chicken, eggs or any non vegetarian dishes.

You may like some more recipes with soya nuggets, chunks or granules on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Soya loaf

2. Soya nugget korma

3. Protein rich soya nuggets

4. Spinach curry with corn and soya chunks

5. Soya egg shami Kabab

6. Soya paneer lollipop

7. Soya kofta balls in gravy

8. Oats soya green gram toast

9. Veg calzone

To make this curry you will need onion, garlic, poppy seeds, almonds fresh coconut, sweet corn and some aromatic spice powder. I have used paste of poppy seeds, ginger, garlic, coconut and almond to make thick and rich gravy. Cubed tomatoes made the curry attractive. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or any non vegetarian dishes.

Recipe

Soya nuggets – 1 & 1/2 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/3 cup, grated or finely chopped

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2, cubed

Onion – 1, chopped

Ginger paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt or curd – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Boil the soya nuggets with 3 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Let it cool down. When it cool down drain the water. Rinse 2 times with fresh water. Drain and squeeze well.

2. Cut the tomatoes in cubes.

3. Soak the almond in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool.

4. Grind the poppy seeds. When it becomes powder add soaked and peeled almonds, fresh coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Add 3 – 4 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

5. In a bowl mix yogurt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Whisk well.

6. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion and fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes out and onion becomes brown.

8. Reduce the heat to low and add spices mixed yogurt. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Stir continuously.

9. Now add poppy seeds, coconut, green chilli and almond paste. Saute till the mixture dried up.

10. Add cubed tomatoes. Saute for a minute. We don’t want the tomatoes mushy.

11. Add squeezed soya nuggets, sweet corn and salt. Mix well and saute till soya nuggets coated with spices.

12. Add water and 2 – 3 green chilli. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. If you want thick gravy add 1 cup water only.

12. Remove the cover add remaining 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream I didn’t.

13. Garnish with sliced tomato, almond and coconut pieces. You can also garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri naan or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.

3. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or fish instead of soya nuggets.

4. Fresh cream can be used at the end.

This post is my contribution to A to Z monthly challenge. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s alphabet is letter P. And my star ingredient is poppy seeds.

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Herbal Tea

Herbal tea. Sharing my morning tea recipe today. Black tea with all the immunity booster ingredients. Every ingredient is full of numerous health benefits. You will love the aroma of boiling tea. No negative side effects shown of these common ingredients. But before using these supplements always talk to your doctor.

You can also try two more healthy drink Turmeric shot and Smoothie with turmeric and aloe vera .

These days everyone is taking kadha or different immunity booster food or drink using Ashwagandha, Giloy, Tulsi or Holy basil, cinnamon, nutmeg, raw turmeric, cumin, fennel seeds etc. I don’t have Ashwagandha so I didn’t use it. If you are living in a cold place then you can also add 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder.

I have used Tulsi or Holy Basil, Giloy stem, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf, black pepper and lemon juice with tea leaves.

Now let’s see the health benefits of these ingredients.

Tulsi or Holy Basil or Queen of herbs. Yes this herb called queen of herbs. I remember my mother used to give Tulsi leaves juice with honey daily to my daughter and she never had cold or cough.

Many studies support the use of the entire plant of holy basil for human use and its therapeutic value. The nutritional value is also high, as it contains: vitamin A and C calcium zinc iron chlorophyll Holy basil has been shown to boost your body’s health in a variety of ways. It can help protect against infection, lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, ease joint pain, and protect your stomach. Source

Giloy

This age-old miraculous herb is also known as “Amrita” in sanskrit, which means “immortality.” In fact, according to the Ayurvedic experts consuming giloy on a daily basis can keep disease at bay. This is the reason why giloy extracts have been used as an active ingredient in several Ayurvedic medicines. Apart from that, giloy is one such ingredient that can be consumed in several ways. However, the stem of this plant has maximum nutrition. This might sound unbelievable, but according to the books of Ayurveda, Giloy can cure as well as prevent hundreds of diseases. Right from seasonal ailments like cold, cough, flu to stomach issues to diabetes to chronic arthritis, giloy has been used for its medicinal purpose since times immemorial. Source

Ginger or adrakh

Ginger is among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain. Ginger is one of the very few superfoods actually worthy of that term. Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger, responsible for much of its medicinal properties. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. To read all the 11 health benefits of ginger click here.

Cinnamon or darchini

Cinnamon is a highly delicious spice. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Modern science has now confirmed what people have known for ages. Cinnamon is one of the most delicious and healthiest spices on the planet. It can lower blood sugar levels, reduce heart disease risk factors and has a plethora of other impressive health benefits. Source

Green cardamom or chhoti ilaichi

The seeds, oils and extracts of cardamom are thought to have impressive medicinal properties and have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Cardamom is an ancient remedy that may have many medicinal properties. It may lower blood pressure, improve breathing and aid weight loss. What’s more, animal and test-tube studies show that cardamom may help fight tumors, improve anxiety, fight bacteria and protect your liver, though the evidence in these cases is less strong. Source

Bay leaf or tej patta

The presence of vitamin A and C along with folic acid and various minerals in bay leaf makes it a nutrient-dense herb. Bay leaves are commonly found in biryani, pulao, soups, curries and most Indian dishes. Also known as tej patta, this culinary herb makes for an integral part of the Indian cuisine, thanks to its distinctive flavour and fragrance. Apart from this, it is also known for its age-old medicinal properties. Scientifically known as Laurus Nobilis, bay leaves are used for treating various health conditions. Source

Cloves or laung

Cloves are best known as a sweet and aromatic spice, but they have also been used in traditional medicine. In fact, animal studies have found that the compounds in cloves may have several health benefits, including supporting liver health and helping stabilize blood sugar levels. This article reviews 8 of the most impressive health benefits of eating cloves.

1. Contain important nutrients.

2. High in antioxidants.

3. May help protect against cancer.

4. Can kill bacteria.

5. May improve liver health.

6. May help regulate blood sugar.

7. May promote bone health.

8. May reduce stomach ulcers. Source

Black pepper or kali mirch

Black pepper is more than just a kitchen staple. It has been deemed the “king of spices” and used in ancient Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years due to its high concentration of potent, beneficial plant compounds. Black pepper and its active compound piperine may have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Laboratory studies suggest that black pepper may improve cholesterol levels, blood sugar control, and brain and gut health. Read all the 11 health benefits of black pepper here.

Lemon or nimbu

Research shows lemon water has many potential health benefits. Aside from those, adding lemon to your water may help you drink more throughout the day and keep you hydrated. Staying hydrated is critical to good health, so lemon water is pretty much a win-win. Here are seven ways your body may benefit from lemon water.

1. It promotes hydration.

2. It’s a good source of vitamin C.

3. It supports weight loss.

4. It improves your skin quality.

5. It aids digestion.

6. It freshens breath.

7.It helps prevent kidney stones. Source

Why I am sharing my morning tea? Well this week’s 263 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Herbal And Health suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Aruna suggested to share some herbal tea or anything with immunity booster ingredients. Aruna has a wonderful blog with different types of mouthwatering recipes. Her Chocolate and custard jelly cake and Sabudana coconut laddu is in my list to try. You can also visit her YouTube channel for recipe videos.

This recipe is for 3 cup of tea. You can increase or decrease the ingredients. You can also make it without tea and serve hot as kadha. Use black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

Recipe

Tulsi or holy basil – 8 – 10 leaves

Tea leaves – 1 teaspoon

Ginger – 1 teaspoon grated or dry ginger powder

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece crushed or 1/2 teaspoon powder

Green cardamom – 2, crushed

Bay leaf – 1

Giloy stem – 1/2 inch

Cloves – 4 – 5 crushed or 1/4 teaspoon clove powder

Black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper – 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Lemon juice to taste

Water – 4 cup

Method

1. Crush the giloy stem with a mortar pestle. You can use 1/2 inch stem more but remember giloy taste bitter.

2. Crush the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have used cinnamon and clove powder. You can grind the cloves to make powder.

3. Tear up tulsi or holy basil leaves and bay leaf with your hands.

4. Mix all the ingredients with water in a pan or kettle.

5. Add black pepper powder to taste. I have used 1/8 teaspoon only.

6. Heat the pan or kettle. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Let it boil on low heat for 15 minutes.

7. After 15 minutes add tea leaves and switch off the heat. Steep the tea for 3 minutes. If you like strong tea boil for a few seconds more. Or if you like you can strain the tea immediately after removing from heat. I always steep the tea for 3 minutes.

8. Stir and strain the tea in teapot or cups. Add any sweetener of your choice. You can add jaggery powder, sugar, unrefined sugar, honey, stevia etc. Now add lemon juice and enjoy hot aromatic tea anytime.

Stay healthy stay happy!

Notes

1. This recipe is for 3 cup tea. You can increase or decrease the ingredients.

2. Use black pepper powder or freshly crushed black pepper according to your taste.

3. You can also make it without tea leaves and serve hot as kadha.

4. You can also add 1/4 teaspoon grated or powdered nutmeg or jaefhal.

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Crispy Bitter Gourd And Potato Or Aloo Karela / Less Oil Recipe

Crispy bitter gourd and potato or aloo karela. Crispy but cooked with only one teaspoon oil in halogen oven. You can also use your microwave or OTG to bake or grill the karela and potato in the same way. Or use your air fryer to fry with less oil. An easy to make yet delicious no onion garlic bitter gourd recipe.

Bitter gourd has numerous health benefits.

Bitter gourd is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. It contains iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins like A and C. It contains twice the calcium of spinach and beta-carotene of broccoli. Various anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds are present in bitter gourd.
It also helps in lowering the bad cholesterol levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. That’s not all. It strengthens the immune system, improves respiratory health, boosts skin health and contains anti-ageing properties. Source

You may like some more bitter gourd recipes on this blog.

1. Bitter gourd dopyaza

2. Gujarati bitter gourd stir fry

3. Bitter gourd with tomato

4. Sukto

And some more recipes using halogen oven.

1. Cauliflower corn butter masala

2. Olive Jalapeno savoury cornbread

3. Greek pizza

4. Beetroot dip

5. Moong dal bhaja pithe

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Piperade with Indian spices

8. Baked egg burger

9. Cooking in halogen oven

This week our 262 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Bitter But Good suggested by Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. You will definitely love her mouthwatering recipes. I would love to try her Dalgona muffins and also visit her YouTube channel for beautiful and heavenly Layered coffee panna cotta and many more.

Recipe is very easy to make. Slice the potato and bitter gourd and boil with salted water till fork tender. Drain the water completely and marinate with salt and spices. I have used coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder and little garam masala with salt. You can use any spices of your choice. I don’t like bitter gourd dishes hot so used Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour. You can use hot variety red chilli powder or black pepper powder if you like. You can also add amchur or dry mango powder if you want. And use very little oil to spray over marinated potato and bitter gourd before baking. You can use olive oil or any other oil of your choice.

Recipe

Karela or bitter gourd – 1 large

Potato – 1

Salt to taste

Coriander or dhania powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Peel and chop the potato into round slices.

2. Discard the both tips and chop the bitter gourd or karela into round slices.

3. Wash well and drain the water.

4. Boil the karela and potato slices with 1 cup water and 1/2 teaspoon salt for 4 minutes or till fork tender. Don’t make mushy. Check with a knife or fork.

5. Drain the water and let it cool down. Marinate karela and potato slices with little salt, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder.

6. Spread the slices on a baking sheet. Spray little oil all over it.

7. Press the speed up button. Set temperature at 200° and set the timer for 5 minutes. Keep an eye if the slices becomes golden brown switch off the oven.

8. Turn the slices upside down and cook again at 200° temperature for 4 minutes or till golden brown. If require cook for a few minutes more.

9. If you are using microwave convection mode or OTG follow the same method. Sprinkle little chaat masala powder before serving if you like. Serve with rice or roti as a side dish.

Notes

1. You can use any spices of your choice.

2. Red chilli powder or black pepper powder can be used instead of Kashmiri red chilli powder.

3. You can use any oven to make this crispy bitter gourd.

4. You can use chaat masala or amchur/ dry mango powder if you like your karela little tangy.

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