Shahi Coconut Milk Pulao

Shahi coconut milk pulao. A no onion garlic flavorful one pot rice dish with coconut milk, aromatic spices,fried nuts and coconut milk. Very easy to make yet absolutely delicious. Dry fruit, saffron, whole spices, ghee or clarified butter, mint and cilantro with coconut milk made this pulao absolutely shahi or royal.

Here are some more rice dishes from this blog.

1. Spinach pulao

2. Mushroom egg fried rice

3. Mix Vegetable fried rice

4. Saffron rice with pickled Jalapeno and ginger julienne

5. Easy pulao or one pot rice

6. Corn peas barista fried rice

7. Korean egg fried rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Spanish moulded rice

10. Mint rice or pulao

11. Beetroot rice

12. Mexican rice

13. Carrot rice

14. Tricolor rice

15. Mexican green rice

16. Biryani flavoured tahri

17. Kolkata style chicken biryani

18. Basanti pulao

19. Egg pulao or biryani

20. Bengali pulao

21. Lotus stem biryani or pulao

22. Chana dal or Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi

23. Bhuni khichuri or moong dal khichdi

You may also like to try Italian basil fried rice from the blog of my friend Radha Rajagopalan.

To make this aromatic and lipsmackingly delicious pulao you need only basmati rice, some dry fruits and whole spices. I have used almond and cashew nuts only. You can use raisins or any other dry fruits of your choice. If you don’t want to use whole spices add half to 1 teaspoon Pulao or biryani masala at the end to make your pulao perfectly flavorful.

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Recipe

Basmati rice – 2 cup

Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon

Almond – 3 tablespoon

Saffron- 1/4 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon water

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves — 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 2

Star anise – half

Kababchini – 4, optional

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Ginger – 1&1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 teaspoon, optional

Ghee or clarified – 2 tablespoon

Thick coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 3 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain the water and keep aside.

2. Soak saffron in 1 tablespoon warm water.

3. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan or wok. Fry the cashew nuts and almond on low medium heat till light golden brown. Transfer the nuts on a plate.

4. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, lightly crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, star anise, mace or javitri and Kababchini if using. If you don’t want to use whole spices add half to one teaspoon biryani or pulao masala at the end or before removing from heat. Get the recipe here.

5..When seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Fry for a few seconds.

6. Now add drained rice, cumin powder and salt. Saute for 2 minutes. Stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice. Add soaked saffron and mix.

7. Add coconut milk, water, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, mint leaves, green peas, fried cashew nuts, almond and sugar. You can also add some raisins if you want. Mix well.

8. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. Stir once in between.

9. After 15 minutes stir the rice gently. Water should be absorbed, if not cover cover on simmer for 5 minutes again.

10. Remove from heat let it covered for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cover and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot and spicy curry or raita.

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Tomato Chutney

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

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

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

1. Brinjal chutney

2. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

3. Olive chutney

4. Tomato oambal or Tomato chutney

5. Ginger chutney

6. Mango sesame chutney

7. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

8. Waterchestnut chutney

9. Onion tomato chutney or dip

10. Mango raisins chutney

11. Peanut chutney

22. Mint yogurt dip

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

Ingredients used to make this chutney.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe video of tomato chutney

Recipe

Tomato – 2 large

Ginger 1/2 inch piece grated

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar to taste – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cabbage Cauliflower Paratha

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

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

1. Double layered aloo paneer cheese paratha

2. Sabudana or tapioca paratha

3. Mix veg stuffed paratha

4. Peanut stuffed paratha

Ingredients used to make this paratha 

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

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

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

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

Salt – Salt used to enhance the taste. 

Cumin powder – Cumin powder used for a lovely aroma. 

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

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

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

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

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

Blogger group 

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

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

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

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

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Recipe

Cabbage – 1 

Cauliflower – 1

Salt to taste 

Ginger – 1&1/2 inch piece, grated 

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

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

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful  chopped 

Whole wheat flour or atta – 2 cup 

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for shallow fry

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cauliflower In Microwave Or Bhapa Fulkopi/Steamed Cauliflower

Cauliflower in microwave or Fulkopi bhapa. A very easy to make yet lipsmackingly delicious no onion garlic curry made with lightly fried cauliflower, fresh coconut and some spices. Just mix everything and microwave for 10 minutes. A perfect side dish to serve with steamed rice. 

Here are some sweet and savoury microwave recipes from this blog. 

1. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

2. Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt

3. Green moong idli

4. Cornmeal oats soya vegetable idli

5. Microwave chicken

6. Hariyali chicken

7. Microwave mushroom

8. Microwave chivra

You may also like to try a wonderful Microwave recipe from the blog of my friend Sasmita.

This Fulkopi bhapa or steamed cauliflower is very easy to make. Just marinate everything and microwave for 10 minutes. A delicious side dish without any mess. If you don’t have microwave, then you can also make it on stove top. Place the marinated cauliflower in a covered container and steam. To steam on stove top heat water in a pot or steamer basket. Place the covered container with marinated cauliflower over the pot and steam.  For me microwave cooking is much easy and hassle free. 

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Recipe

Cauliflower- 1

Mustard powder- 1&1/2 tablespoon 

Poppy seeds or khas khas- 2&1/2 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder- 1&1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder- 1/2 teaspoon 

Green chilli- 2-3 or to taste 

Coconut- 2 tablespoon 

Salt to taste 

Mustard oil- 3 teaspoon 

Curd or yogurt – 1/4 cup

Water-1 cup + 3 tablespoon to soak Mustard powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. And   3-4 tablespoon to grind the spices

Method

1. Cut the cauliflower into medium size florets. Rinse and drain the water. 

2. Soak mustard powder in 3 tablespoon water. Add turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder with mustard powder mix well. 

3. Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan. Add cauliflower florets and fry till cauliflower florets becomes light brown. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

4. Grind the poppy seeds or khas khas into fine powder. You can also soak the poppy seeds in hot water and grind to make smooth paste when cool.  After grinding the poppy seeds add chopped green chilli and grated coconut and grind altogether with 2-3 tablespoon water. Add green chilli more or less according to your taste. Make a smooth paste of poppy seeds, green chilli and coconut. You can use 1-2 tablespoon more water to grind if require.

5. Now add curd or yogurt and blend with the paste. You can whisk the curd separately if you want. Curd should be blend really well. 

6. In a microwavable glass bowl pour the ground paste with curd, soaked mustard powder with turmeric and Kashmiri red chilli powder and salt. Mix everything well. 

7. Add fried cauliflower and mix again. Add 1-2 tablespoon mustard oil and 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. You can also add 2-3 slit green chili. 

8. Cover the bowl loosely and microwave on high power for 10 minutes.  Switch off the oven and keep it in microwave for 5-6 minutes. 

9. After 5-6 minutes take out the cauliflower from oven and garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice. 

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Kodo Millet Broccoli Pulao

Kodo millet broccoli pulao. A flavorful, spicy, no onion garlic and delicious pulao made with kodo millet and broccoli. You don’t have broccoli? No problem try with cauliflower, carrot, beans or mixed vegetables. An absolutely easy to make and delectable one pot meal. A very nutritious and gluten free dish for everyone.

According to Wikipedia Paspalum scrobiculatum, commonly called Kodo millet or Koda millet, is an annual grain that is grown primarily in Nepal (not to confuse with Kodo (Finger millet, Eleusine coracana) and also in India, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and in West Africa from where it originated. The plant is called Arikelu in the Telugu language, Varagu in Tamil, Varak (വരക്) in Malayalam, Arka in Kannada,Kodra in Hindi and Bajra (ਬਾਜਰਾ) in Punjabi.

Now what is millet?

Millet is a group of small-seeded grains resembling small pearls. In the United States, some people haven’t heard of millet, yet it’s a staple in many parts of the world. It’s commonly included in Indian and African dishes. Millet is a gluten-free grain that’s rich in antioxidants, soluble fiber, and protein. In particular, it may lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels. The different types of millet include:

• pearl

• foxtail

• finger

• little

• jowar

• kodo

Millet is a whole grain. It’s considered a “good” carb, so it’s easily digestible. And since it’s also gluten-free, it’s a great alternative for people living with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Additionally, millet has a high nutritional value Millet is a whole grain that’s packed with protein, antioxidants, and nutrients. It may have numerous health benefits, such as helping lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it an excellent choice for people who have celiac disease or follow a gluten-free diet. Its nutty taste and versatility make it well worth trying. Source – Healthline

I have used nutrient-rich broccoli with corn, green peas, green chilli, ginger and some aromatic whole spices in this millet pulao.

Broccoli is a rich source of multiple vitamins, minerals and fiber. Different cooking methods may affect the vegetable’s nutrient composition, but broccoli is a healthy addition to your diet whether cooked or raw. Broccoli is a nutrient-rich vegetable that may enhance your health in a variety of ways, such as by reducing inflammation, improving blood sugar control, boosting immunity and promoting heart health. However, keep in mind that good health doesn’t come from any single food. Broccoli is merely one of numerous healthy foods that can contribute to optimal health. Including this nutritious vegetable in your healthy, balanced diet may help you achieve your health goals more easily. To read more about health benefits of broccoli click here.

Here are some more broccoli recipes from this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Broccoli stir fry with carrot beans and olive

2. Broccoli mushroom noodles with sriracha sauce

3. No onion garlic broccoli potato stir fry

4. Broccoli malai curry

5. Broccoli with cottage cheese and mixed vegetables

6. Broccoli almond cheese soup

7. Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

8. Broccoli with egg and tomato

9. Steamed vegetable

As I mentioned above recipe is very easy to make. You can also make it in pressure cooker. Just reduce the amount of water while cooking in pressure cooker. For 1 cup millet use 1&1/2 cup water instead of 2 cup and cook for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance. To make the pulao more spicy add more chopped green chilli or if you are making for kids, use only one green chilli or skip chilli. You can also use mixed vegetables in this pulao like cauliflower, carrot, beans etc with broccoli. Or you can also make it like Mixed vegetable fried rice if you want. Use cooked millet instead of rice.

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Recipe

Kodo millet – 1 cup

Broccoli – 1

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Sweet corn – 1/3 cup

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

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Oil – 1/2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 2-3, broken

Cloves – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1 small

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 2 small

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Mint leaves – 8-10 leaves, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Bengali garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Lemon juice – 1/2 tablespoon

Method

1. Wash the kodo millet on a strainer. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain and keep aside.

2. Wash and chop the broccoli into medium size florets.

3. Heat oil and ghee in a wok or pan. You can use only ghee or only oil if you want.

4. Add cumin seeds, start anise, green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, dry red chilli and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for a minute. Add some more chopped green chilli to make the pulao spicy if you want.

5. You can also use finely chopped onion and garlic with ginger and green chilli if you want. Fry the onion garlic till light brown if using.

6. Add broccoli florets, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute for 2-3 minutes. You can use any vegetable with broccoli like cauliflower, carrot, beans, mushrooms etc. Even you can also use fried cubed cottage cheese or paneer in the pulao if you want.

7. Now add kodo millet and saute for a minute. Add salt, sugar, green peas and sweet corn. Saute for a minute again.

8. Add water and lemon juice. Tear up mint leaves roughly with your hand and add. You can also add 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro or coriander leaves with mint leaves. I didn’t. If you are using pressure cooker add 1&2/ cup water instead of 2 cup and pressure cook for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own.

9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

10. Remove the cover. Add Bengali garam masala powder and stir. Get the homemade garam masala powder recipe here.

11. Cover again and cook on simmer for 5 minutes more or till water absorbed completely. Remove from heat. Cover and keep aside for 5-10 minutes.

12. Your kodo millet pulao is ready. Serve hot with any raita, chutney or any spicy curry.

This post is going to feature on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge for the theme Healthy Ideas. 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. Best part of this group is we can interact with a blogger every month. This month my partner is Shobha Keshwani. We had a lovely chat about healthy food. She has also an awesome YouTube channel. Shobha Keshwani gave me cardamom and star anise as secret ingredients. I made this healthy and delicious millet pulao with with these ingredients. And I gave Moringa leaves and black pepper to her as secret ingredients. And she made nutritious and delicious Corn and Moringa soup with these ingredients.

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Mor Kulambu Or Buttermilk Kuzhambu

Mor Kulambu or buttermilk Kuzhambu from Tamil cuisine. A no onion garlic spicy tangy and lipsmackingly delicious curry made with curd or buttermilk. Similar to kadhi but without besan or chickpea flour. A perfect side dish to serve with steamed rice.

This yogurt based curry is usually made with okra/ladyfingers/bhindi, ash gourd or other vegetables but I am sharing the recipe of curry only because I love it without vegetables but you can use okra, winter melon, ash gourd, colocasia or any vegetable of your choice. Vegetables should be cooked till tender before adding in the ground paste of coconut and spices.

Here are some more South Indian style recipes on this blog.

1. Cornmeal oats soya vegetable idli

2. Chutney idli

3. Green moong idli

4. Barnyard millet fried idli

5. Masala paniyaram or appe

6. Carrot peas instant appe or paniyaram

7. Rice appe

8. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

9. Beetroot appe

10. Semolina and lentil appe

11. Roasted gram or sattu appe

12. Semolina and flatten rice appe

13. Sprouts and oats appe

14. Green moong uttapam or dosa

15. Hayagriva-or-hayagreeva maddi or chana dal halwa

16. Sprouts sundal

17. Paruppu payasam

18. Dal rasam

19. Kadala curry or black chickpea curry

You may also like to try Mor kootu recipe from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

According to Wikipedia Buttermilk Kuzhambu or Moru Curry(Malayalam) Mor Kuzhambu(Tamil) is a commonly prepared dish in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This is a liquid curry recipe which is served with white or boiled rice, pancake made of lentils / mixed gram dosa. Traditionally, it includes vegetables like okra, winter melon or ash gourd, colocasia, etc. The taste is a bit sour, and it is a dish of Tamil Nadu. It is widely prepared on festivals as a special dish. It is often served with hot steamed rice and potato fries.

This buttermilk Kuzhambu or Mor Kulambu is very easy to make. Just don’t forget to blend the curd or yogurt well. Without blending curd will curdle and texture will differ. And ground spices should be a smooth paste. Colour of the curry should be pale yellow so don’t use turmeric powder more than 1/4 teaspoon. I have made this curry without vegetables but if you want to use ladyfingers/okra or bhindi or ash gourd or any other vegetable, chop and cook them with one teaspoon oil before adding in the curry. Try this delicious yogurt curry and let me know how you like it.

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Recipe

Curd or thick yogurt – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Curry leaves – 4-5

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Arhar dal or toor dal/ split pigeon peas – 1 tablespoon

Rice – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

For tempering

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1..Wash dal and rice well. Soak in 3-4 tablespoon hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Grind cumin seeds, coriander seeds, ginger, green chilli and coconut. Drain the water of soaked rice and dal or split pigeon peas lentil. Add in the grinder with cumin, coriander, ginger chilli and coconut paste. Add 3 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

3. Take out the ground mixture in a pan or wok. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder, salt and 1 cup water. Also add the cooked vegetables if using. See notes for more options.

4. Mix well and let it boil on medium heat for 6-7 minutes. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. In the meantime blend the curd or yogurt. You can use your mixer grinder or hand blender to blend. Curd should be blend really well.

6. After 6-7 minutes reduce the heat to lowest. Add blended curd and mix. Cook on simmer for two minutes or until it starts to boil and becomes frothy. Keep stirring to avoid curdling the yogurt or curd. Remove from heat. Don’t boil for a long time.

7. Now heat oil in a small pan. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, dry red chilli, curry leaves and hing or asafoetida. When seeds starts to splutter remove the pan from heat and mix in cooked curd or yogurt mixture. Mix well and cover for a few minutes.

8. Serve hot with steamed rice and potato fries.

Notes

1. Never use yogurt or curd without blending well.

2. You can use ash gourd, okra/ladyfingers/ bhindi or any other vegetables. Even you can use udad dal or black lentil pakoda or vada in this yogurt coconut curry if you want. If you are using vegetables, cook them with one teaspoon oil till tender before adding in the curry.

3. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

4. Use thick yogurt or curd for perfect taste.

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Bhater Kofta Or Rice Kofta

Bhater kofta or rice kofta. A very aromatic and delicious deep fried snack made with cooked rice, mawa/khoya or dried milk, saffron and some aromatic spices and coated with spiced curd/yogurt and semolina. Sounds interesting isn’t it? A wonderful recipe from a cookbook written by Pragagyasundari Devi, published on 1902. A very old cookbook with many new and old recipes which are forgotten now. Sharing one of my most favourite recipe from this book.

Pragyasundari Devi was a niece of Rabindranath Tagor. Daughter of Rabindranath Tagor’s elder brother Hemendranath Tagor. This Amish O Niramish Ahar was her first cookbook.

According to Wikipedia Pragyasundari Devi (born 1872 – died 1950), also seen as Pragyasundari Debi, Pragya Sundari Devi, Pragasundari Debi, or Prajnasundari Bezbaroa, was an Indian cookbook author and magazine editor. Her Amish O Niramish Ahar was a “significant” early cookbook in the Bengali language.

Earlier shared some different rice recipes and recipes using rice cooker on this blog. Get the recipes here. And you may also like Rice pakora from the blog of Kalyani Sri.

Now coming to this wonderful recipe. You can use leftover rice to make this delicious rice balls. Fragrant Gobindobhog rice is best for this recipe. But I don’t have gobindobhog rice so I used my regular Basmati rice. You can use any rice but for best result try to use some fragrant rice. I always store powdered spices so I used these. You can also use freshly ground spices. Here are the measurements of spices. You can grind them before making these bhater kofta.

1. 3 gram Jaiphal or nutmeg

2. 4 Cloves

3. 2 Green cardamom

4. 4&1/2 inch cinnamon

5. 2 dry red chilli

With 75 gram cooked rice. Use the spices according to your taste. I have skipped dry red chilli and used spices in very small quantities to make the balls mildly spiced. First add small amount of spices taste and add more if required.

This bhater kofta is a completely no onion garlic recipe. You can use brat ka chawal/Sama rice or Barnyard millet to make these kofta for fasting days.

In the original recipe ghee or clarified butter fried raisins are used but my kids don’t like raisins so I used cashew nuts instead. You can use raisins if you like.

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Recipe

Cooked rice – 1 cup

Green chilli – 1-2 or to taste

Jaiphal or nutmeg powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Clove or laung powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Green cardamom or ilaichi powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon or darchini powder -1/4 teaspoon

Curd/yogurt or dahi – 2 tablespoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/4 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 2 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 8-10

Or

Raisins – 60 gram

Milk – 2 teaspoon

Saffron- a pinch or 600 Milligram

Ginger – 1&1/2 teaspoon grated or paste

Ghee or oil- 4 tablespoon

Method

1. Soak saffron in 2 teaspoon hot milk. When cool crush the saffron with your finger tips.

2. Mash the cooked rice with your palm. Mash with wet hands to avoid sticking the rice on your palm. I have ground the rice in my mixer grinder. Rice should be mashed well.

3. Fry the cashew nuts in 1 teaspoon ghee till light golden brown. Don’t make too brown. You can microwave the cashew nuts in a microwavable glass bowl with ghee for one minute stir and microwave for one minute more or till cashew nuts start to change it’s colour. Immediately switch off the oven and keep the bowl in oven for a few minutes. Cashew nuts will becomes brown in a few minutes. Chop the cashew nuts in small pieces when cool.

4. Or if you are using raisins fry the raisins in ghee. Immediately remove from ghee when raisins fluff up. Raisins shouldn’t be burnt. Keep aside to cool down. You can use both raisins and cashew nuts if you want.

5. Grind ginger and green chilli into a smooth paste. You can also crush the chilli and ginger in mortar pestle or use grated. I have ground the ginger and chilli in small chutney jar of my mixer grinder.

6. Whisk the curd or yogurt with little salt and half teaspoon ginger green chilli paste and keep aside.

7. Add crumbled mawa or dried milk in the mashed rice and mash again. I have used homemade fresh mawa. Get the method of making khoya or mawa here.

8. Add salt, all the dry spices, remaining ginger, green chilli paste, saffron soaked milk and chopped ghee fried cashew nuts or raisins. Add whatever you are using or add both. You can also add dry red chilli paste or powder if you want as mentioned in original recipe. I didn’t.

9. Mix everything well. Taste and adjust salt and spices if required. Make small balls. I have made 7 balls with this mixture. You can make small or large balls as you like.

10. Spread all purpose flour or maida on a plate and in another plate spread half of the semolina or suji. Later spread more semolina if required.

11. Roll the balls on all purpose flour or maida. Then dip into the spiced curd or yogurt and coat the balls with semolina or suji. Arrange all the balls on a plate.

12. Heat ghee or oil in a pan or wok. Fry all the balls evenly from all the sides till golden brown. Remove from oil and serve hot as teatime snack.

Notes

1. Use spices according to your taste.

2. If making for kids omit or reduce the amount of green chilli and ginger.

3. Ghee or clarified butter and oil both can be used for frying. Or you add some ghee with oil for flavour.

4. To make the bhater kofta more aromatic use gobindobhog rice or any fragrant rice.

5. Sama rice can be used to make this kofta satwik or fasting food.

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Shahi Dum Aloo

Shahi dum aloo. A no onion garlic rich creamy and delicious curry. Easy to make spicy and flavorful curry to paired with puri, paratha, roti, fried rice, jeera rice or pulao. A perfect side dish for this festive season.

On upcoming Navaratri which starts from 7th October this year, many people avoid onion garlic on these days. So here is a mouthwatering and easy recipe for you. You can also make it to serve as Bhog prasad with Luchi, Basanti pulao, Bhuni khichuri or Bengali pulao. I have served it with basanti pulao.

Potatoes are always comes to our resque when no other vegetables available for some reason. I always store potatoes when my vegetable vendor is on leave. Versatile potatoes are

• Packed With Nutrients.

• Contain Antioxidants. Potatoes are rich in compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and phenolic acids

• May Improve Blood Sugar Control

• May Improve Digestive Health

• Naturally Gluten-Free

• Incredibly Filling

• Extremely Versatile

To read more about health benefits of potato click here.

Some fragrant spices are used to make this potato curry flavorful. I have used ground paste of these spices. You can also use these cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in tempering or tadka. If you are using in tempering don’t forget to crush the whole spices in a mortar pestle. But I like my gravy smooth and many people don’t like if these whole spices comes in mouth while eating. So to make the gravy smooth and creamy grind the spices into a smooth paste. And you can also add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream at the end of cooking if you want.

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Recipe

Small potatoes – 500 gram

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cashew nuts – 10

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 Inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Curd or yogurt – 4 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – to garnish

Method

1. Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker for 2 whistle. Don’t make too soft because we will fry the potatoes. If you don’t have small potatoes then you can also use large size potatoes. Cut the boiled potatoes in large pieces before frying.

2. Let the cooker cool down. Take out the potatoes and peel them. Prick the potatoes with a fork and keep aside.

3. Dry grind poppy seeds, melon seeds and cashew nuts. Add 3-4 tablespoon water and grind again. Make a smooth paste. Pour the paste into a bowl. Mix well beaten curd or yogurt with the mixture and keep aside.

4. In the same grinder grind tomato, ginger, 1-2 green chilli, cinnamon, green cardamom and cloves. You can use green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves for tempering or tadka but I recommend to grind everything into a smooth paste to get creamy smooth gravy. And the whole spices will not come in mouth while eating.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add potatoes and salt. Fry till potatoes becomes golden brown.

6. Add tomato, ginger, green chilli, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves paste. Mix well. Add cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

7. Reduce the heat and add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste mixed with curd or yogurt. Saute till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides. Don’t increase the heat. Cook on simmer to avoid curdling the yogurt.

8. Add 1 & 1/2 cup water, sugar, 2-3 green chilli and little salt. Remember we have added salt in potatoes.

9. Increase the flame. When the gravy starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10-15 minutes. Or till you get your desired consistency.

10. Crush Kasuri methi with your palm and add in potatoes. Taste and adjust the salt if required. Add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter and remove from heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream if you like. I didn’t.

11. Garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with any pulao, steamed rice, puri, luchi, naan, paratha or any Indian flatbread.

Notes

1. You can use almond instead of cashew nuts.

2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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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 nation’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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Kaju Curry/No Onion Garlic Curry

Wishing a very happy Janmashtami to you all and your family. May Lord Krishna fill your life with bliss and joy. May God bless you all with good health, happiness and prosperity 🙏

Kaju or cashew nut curry. A no onion garlic rich creamy, mildly spicy and delicious tomato based gravy with fried cashew nuts. A scrumptious side dish to serve with paratha, puri or any bread and rice dishes.

You can also make it with onion garlic. Also sharing the recipe below with onion and garlic. You may like some Janmashtami special recipes on this blog. Click on the link for recipe.

1. Apple coconut fudge or barfi

2. Chhena kheer

3. Malpua

4. Mohanbhog

5. Makhana curry

And many other dessert, sweet and no onion garlic satwik recipes. Or you might like to try Janmashtami prasad thali to celebrate the festival from the blog of Poonam Bachhav.

This Kaju curry is completely Satwik recipe. But you can also make it with onion garlic if you want as I mentioned above. To make with onion garlic fry the roughly chopped onion, garlic cloves, ginger and green chilli. When onion becomes translucent add tomatoes. Saute till tomato becomes mushy. Let the sauteed mixture cool down and grind into a smooth paste. Then follow the steps as given below. Add the ground mixture in oil instead of tomato green chilli and ginger paste.

I served this delicious Kaju curry with paratha. To make paratha in a bowl mix 1 cup maida or refined flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta. You can use only maida or only atta if you want. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoon oil or ghee. Mix well. Now add water gradually to make a smooth dough. Smear the dough with half teaspoon of oil. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes. Make medium sized balls and roll into a thin roti with the help of little flour. Fold the round roti into half then fold again into a triangle. You can spread ghee on both layers. Fry the triangle paratha from both sides on a griddle or tawa.

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Recipe

Kaju or cashew nuts – 3/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

For gravy

Tomato – 3 medium

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Cashew nuts or Kaju – 2 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Fresh cream – 2 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1/2 teaspoon

Water 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped, optional

Method

1. Dry grind cashew nuts, poppy seeds and melon seeds into a fine powder. Add 4 tablespoon water and grind again to make smooth paste.

2. Grind chopped tomatoes, 1-2 green chilli and ginger. Make a smooth paste.

3. Heat one teaspoon ghee or butter in a pan. I used ghee. Add the cashew nuts or Kaju and fry on low medium heat till light golden brown. Take out the cashews and ghee and place on a plate.

4. In the same pan heat 3 tablespoon oil. You can use ghee or butter if you want. Add tomato, chilli and ginger paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, salt and sugar. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

5. Add cashew nuts, melon seeds and poppy seeds paste and fresh cream. Saute again till everything dried up and oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes on low heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Now add the fried cashew nuts, 1-2 slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves . Reserve some fried cashew nuts for garnishing. Cook again for 3-4 minutes.

8. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the gravy. Mix well.

9. Add garam masala and remove from heat. I have used homemade Bengali garam masala. Get the recipe here.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and fried cashew nuts. You can also use fresh cream to garnish your Kaju curry. Serve with paratha, puri, or any bread and rice dishes.

Notes

1. You can use ghee or butter instead of oil to make the gravy.

2. You can also use 1-2 tablespoon more cream at the end if you want.

3. Dry roasted cashew nuts can be used instead of fried cashew nuts.

4. Use green chilli according to your taste.

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