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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Mango Mint Coconut Lassi With Chia Seeds

Mango coconut lassi with chia seeds and coconut sugar. This chilled soothing and filling drink taste utterly delicious. Its mango season so try this delectable mango coconut lassi to beat the heat. You don’t need refined sugar to make it. I have used coconut sugar, you can also use honey, maple syrup, stevia, sugar or any sweetener of your choice.

Ingredients used to make this chilled lassi

Ripe mango – You can use any ripe mango to make this lassi. Better to use sweet variety lassi.

Curd or yogurt – Used homemade curd to make this lassi. You can also use store bought curd or Greek yogurt. But curd shouldn’t be sour. Check before using.

Fresh coconut – Grated fresh coconut taste great with ripe mango.

Mint leaves – Mint leaves used for a refreshing flavour.

Chia seeds – Used chia seeds for it’s nutritional value. You can skip if you don’t have or you don’t like.

Chia seeds may be small, but they’re incredibly rich in nutrients. A staple in the ancient Aztec and Maya diets, these seeds have been touted for their health benefits for centuries. The antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids in chia seeds may promote heart health, support strong bones, and improve blood sugar management. Healthline

Milk – Used milk to soak the chia seeds. You can also use any dairy free milk or water if you want.

Coconut sugar – Used coconut sugar as a sweetener. Coconut sugar or coconut palm sugar is a plant based natural sweetener. You can also use honey, maple syrup, stevia, sugar or any sweetener of your choice. If your mango is less sweet then add more sweetener. And if your mango is too sweet use small amount of sweetener.

Lemon juice – Lemon juice used for a refreshing flavour and taste.

Lemon zest – Little lemon zest used to give an extra zing. It will give a strong lemon flavour. You can skip it if you want.

Ice cubes – Ice cubes used to make the lassi chilled. Add less or more according to your choice. You can also add some ice cubes in the glass before serving. Or you can also skip the ice cubes and keep lassi in refrigerator for an hour to serve chilled.

Here are some yogurt based dishes from this blog.

1. Strawberry yogurt

2. Mint yogurt dip

3. Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt pudding

4. Buttermilk Kuzhambu

5. Mint orange lassi

6. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

7. Misti doi

8. Banana almond mint smoothie

9. Savoury cucumber smoothie

10. Misti doi parfait

11. Guava banana smoothie

12. Cold soup

And you may also like to try Spicy oats buttermilk from the blog of Sasmita Sahoo Samanta.

As I mentioned above this lemon flavoured mango lassi taste utterly delicious. You can adjust the sweetener according to your taste. If your mango is too sweet use 1 tablespoon only. Taste after blending and add more if required. Never use sour curd or yogurt. Always use fresh curd or yogurt. I have used homemade curd. You can also use Greek yogurt or any store bought yogurt but taste before using.

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Video recipe of this healthy and delicious lassi

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pVhPYxJ1Cms&t=3s

Recipe

Ripe mango – 1/2 cup, chopped

Curd or yogurt – 1 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Mint leaves – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/3 cup

Chia seeds – 1 tablespoon

Coconut sugar – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Ice cubes – 1/4 cup or as required

Method

1. Soak chia seeds in 1/3 cup milk for an hour.

2. Blend curd or yogurt, soaked chia seeds, grated fresh coconut, mint leaves, chopped mango pieces, coconut sugar, lemon juice, lemon zest and ice cubes in a blender.

3. Taste and add more coconut sugar and lemon juice if require. I had to add 1 tablespoon more coconut sugar because mango was not enough sweet. If your mango is sweet then add sugar accordingly.

4. Pour the lassi in your favourite glass. Garnish with scooped mango and mint leaves. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator to serve chilled.

Notes

1. You can skip chia seeds if you want. But chia seeds will make your lassi more nutritious.

2. Any sweetener can be used instead of coconut sugar.

3. Add sweetener according to your taste. Taste after blending and add more if required. Its depends on the sweetness of mango.

4. You can use any dairy free milk or water instead of milk.

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Mixed Dal/Lentil With Mango Ginger Or Amada/Panchmel Dal

Mixed dal or panchmel dal with mango ginger or amada. A very flavourful and delicious dal to serve with steamed rice. Usually we make this mango ginger or amada dal with moong dal/yellow lentil or masoor dal/red lentil. But here is a panchmel dal or mixed of five lentils. This lightly spiced and aromatic dal with steamed rice is a comfort food for summer.

Here are some more dal recipes from this blog.

1. Lemony dal

2. Panch phoran dal

3. Beetroot dal or lentil curry

4. Whole masoor dal

5. Masoor dal chochchori or chorchori

6. Mediterranean red lentil soup

7. Dal rasam

8. Dal makhani

9. Red lentil soup

10. Lebanese lentil lemon soup

11. Goan dal curry with coconut and kokum

12. Dal kanda or chana dal fry

13. Dal palak

14. Egg dal tadka

You may also like to try Healthy methi dal from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Ingredients used to make this protein rich mixed dal

Moong dal or split yellow lentil – Moong dal or split yellow lentil or split and skinned green gram/mung beans. Moong dal is a light and protein packed lentil. Also a comfort Indian food.

Arhar/toor dal or split pigeon peas – Used split pigeon peas or arhar/toor dal with equal amount of other lentils or dal.

Chana dal or Bengal gram – Delicious and nutritious dal used to enhance the taste.

Udad dal or split skinned black gram – Dhuli udad dal is used to give a creaminess. Udad dal is also packed with protein and other nutrients.

Masoor dal or red lentil – Protein and vitamins enriched Masoor dal is used to give a wonderful taste and flavour.

Mango ginger or amada – I have used mango ginger from my terrace garden. See the above picture of mango ginger and it’s plant. Bought online and placed some under soil. Now it becomes a lovely bunch of plants.

Curcuma amada, or mango ginger is a plant of the ginger family Zingiberaceae and is closely related to turmeric (Curcuma longa). The rhizomes are very similar to common ginger but lack its pungency, and instead have a raw mango flavour.Wikipedia Amada or mango ginger has also many health benefits. You may like to try Walnut almond chutney with mango ginger.

Ginger or adrakh – Ginger used to give a spicy aroma and enhance the taste.

Tomato – Tomato or tamatar used to give a mild tangy taste. You can omit if you want.

Panch phoran – Panch phoran or Bengali five spices used 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. Here are some recipes using panch phoran.

Panch phoran bhaja or dry roasted Bengali five spice powder

Panch phoran dal

Panch phoran tarkari

Olive chutney with jaggery and panch phoran

Dry red chilli – One whole dry red chilli is used for tempering or tadka. You can break the chilli before adding in the oil if you want your dal more spicy.

Hing or asafoetida – A pinch of hing used for flavour. You can skip if you want your dal gluten free.

Onion – Used one chopped large onion to enhance the taste. Fried onion will give a scrumptious taste to your dal. You can use one more onion if you like. Or you can also skip if you want your dal no onion garlic or satwik.

Salt – Salt or namak is used for taste.

Turmeric powder or haldi – Turmeric powder used to give a nice colour.

Green chilli or hari mirch – Green chilli used to give a spicy kick to the dal. You can use more green chilli if you want your dal more spicy. I have used slit green chilli, you can also use chopped green chilli.

Oil – Used mustard oil for tempering or tadka. You can use any oil of your choice but mustard oil will give a lovely flavour.

This dal is very flavourful because of mango ginger or amada and completely vegan. And also lightly spiced so perfect for this hot weather. Really a comfort food with hot steamed rice, some potato fry and dry vegetables. Try and enjoy the delectable taste. I have boiled all dal with mango ginger or amada in pressure cooker. But you can also add grated or ground mango ginger before adding water while tempering. Boil the dal only. Add everything while tempering or tadka. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Video recipe of this delicious flavorful dal

Recipe

Moong dal or split yellow lentil – 1/8 cup

Arhar dal/toor dal or split pigeon peas – 1/8 cup

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/8 cup

Udad dal or split and skinned black gram – 1/8 cup

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/8 cup

Mango ginger or amada – 3 tablespoon, peeled and grated

Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped

Tomato – 1, chopped

Panch phoran – 2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 2

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Rinse all the lentils or dal well and soak in sufficient water for 15-20 minutes. Peel, wash and grate the mango ginger or amada. Drain the water and boil the dal with grated mango ginger or amada in a pressure cooker with 2 or 2&1/ cup water till dal becomes soft. Or reduce the flame after one whistle and pressure cook on simmer for 20-25 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on its own.

2. Grind the ginger and tomato. You can use grated ginger and finely chopped tomato but I like to use these smooth paste. Also peel wash and chop the onion.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add panch phoran and dry red chilli. If you want your dal more spicy break the dry red chilli before adding.

4. When seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour. Now add ginger tomato paste. Mix well.

5. Add salt and turmeric powder. Saute for a minute. Add hing or asafoetida if using and saute till oil leaves the sides.

6. Add mango ginger mixed boiled dal and mix well. Add two cup water, two slit green chili and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix and let it cook till you get your desired consistency. I like this dal semi thick. You can make thick or thin according to your choice.

7. Keep stirring in regular interval. When you get your desired consistency, taste and adjust salt.

8. Remove from heat and garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice,some potato fry or aloo bhaja and any dry vegetables.

Notes

1. You can also make this dal without onion. Follow the same recipe and omit onion. Also reduce the amount of oil if you are not using chopped onion.

2. This dal can be made with only moong or masoor dal instead of mixed dal.

3. To make gluten free skip hing or asafoetida.

4. Add less or more chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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Tomato Chutney

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

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

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

1. Brinjal chutney

2. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

3. Olive chutney

4. Tomato oambal or Tomato chutney

5. Ginger chutney

6. Mango sesame chutney

7. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

8. Waterchestnut chutney

9. Onion tomato chutney or dip

10. Mango raisins chutney

11. Peanut chutney

22. Mint yogurt dip

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

Ingredients used to make this chutney.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Recipe video of tomato chutney

Recipe

Tomato – 2 large

Ginger 1/2 inch piece grated

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar to taste – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8 Health Benefits of Mint

• Rich in Nutrients. Share on Pinterest.

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

• May Help Relieve Indigestion.

• Could Improve Brain Function.

• May Decrease Breastfeeding Pain.

• Subjectively Improves Cold Symptoms.

• May Mask Bad Breath. Source

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

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

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

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Recipe

Fennel seeds or sounf – 2 tablespoon

Rock sugar or mishri – 1 piece

Mint leaves – 25-30

Water – 1 cup + 3/4 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Ice cubes – as require

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Pink or black salt and chaat masala to taste, optional

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mango Salsa

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

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

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

Ingredients used to make this delicious salsa. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1.  Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno

2.  Watermelon salsa

3.  Capsicum salsa

4.  Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Grape cape gooseberry salad with amada and Kasundi

6.  Fruity salad with dried basil

7.  Corn salad

8. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

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

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

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Recipe

Raw mango – 1

Cucumber – 1

Watermelon – 1/2 cup, cubed 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated 

Onion – 1

Green chilli – 1-2

Tomato – 1 small 

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Pink or black salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Method

1. Wash everything well and drain the water. 

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

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

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

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

Notes

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


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


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

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

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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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Strawberry Yogurt

Strawberry yogurt. Thick yogurt with cooked strawberries and a hint of lemon taste divine. This delectable strawberry yogurt is also perfect for fasting days. So try this strawberry flavoured yogurt on upcoming Navaratri.

You need only a few ingredients to make this heavenly dessert.

Strawberry – Strawberry cooked with little sugar made this yogurt smooth and delectable.

Sugar – My strawberry is tangy so I had to use 2 tablespoon sugar but if you have sweet strawberries use less sugar. Taste the strawberry before using.

Lemon juice – Hint of lemon enhance the taste and flavour.

Lemon zest – Little lemon zest also enhance the flavour. But you can skip if you want.

You can get many savoury recipes with yogurt on this blog. Type yogurt on the search bar to get the recipes. Here are some sweet recipes with yogurt. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

1. Bhapa doi or steamed yogurt

2. Mint orange lassi

3. Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

4. Misti doi

5. Banana almond mint smoothie

6. Misti doi parfait

7. Guava banana smoothie

As I mentioned above that you need only a few ingredients to make this delicious strawberry flavoured yogurt. And recipe is also very easy. You have to cook the strawberry with sugar only for a few minutes on low flame. Let it cool down. Whisk the yogurt or curd well and add cooked strawberries and whisk again. Refrigerate for 30 minutes if you want your strawberry yogurt chilled. If you have sweet variety strawberries add less sugar. Use sugar according to your taste. My strawberries are sour so two tablespoon is perfect for me.

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Recipe

Thick yogurt or hung curd – 3/4 cup

Strawberry – 1/3 cup, chopped

Sugar – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/8 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse and chop the strawberries. In a pan heat chopped strawberries and sugar. You can chop the strawberries into small pieces. My strawberries are little tangy so used 2 tablespoon sugar. If your strawberries are too sweet use 1 to 1&1/ tablespoon sugar or add sugar according to your taste.

2. Cook the strawberries on low heat till strawberries becomes mushy. Keep stirring. Add lemon juice and lemon zest and mix. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

3. In the meantime whisk the thick or hung curd with a wire whisker. Don’t use watery curd or yogurt. Whisk till thick curd or yogurt becomes smooth. Add strawberry, sugar and lemon mixture and whisk again. Strawberry mixture should be cool down completely.

4. Transfer the strawberry yogurt in your favourite bowl. Garnish with chopped strawberries and serve chilled. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Enjoy……

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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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Moong Dal Chilla/Gluten Free Savoury Pancake

Split green moong dal chilla/cheela or savoury pancake. A very easy to make and delicious filling breakfast dish. You need only a few ingredients to make these chilla/chila/cheela or savoury pancakes. Ginger green chilli and all the spices made these gluten free cheela absolutely mouthwatering.

Not only delicious but these green gram pancakes are nutritious too. So here is a super healthy breakfast to start your day. You can also add any vegetable in the batter to make it more nutritious.

They’re high in nutrients and believed to aid many ailments. Mung beans are high in nutrients and antioxidants, which may provide health benefits. In fact, they may protect against heat stroke, aid digestive health, promote weight loss and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Since mung beans are healthy, delicious and versatile, consider incorporating them into your diet. Source

Here are some more savoury pancake or chilla recipes from this blog.

Savoury pancakes with bottle gourd and carrot

Multigrain cheese stuffed pancakes

Green moong uttapam

Sprouts semolina pancake

Oats semolina pancake

You may also like to try delicious Cucumber pancakes from the blog of Priya Vijaykrishnan.

Recipe is very simple. You have to grind the soaked dal or yellow lentil with ginger and green chilli and mix all the ingredients. Its a completely gluten free recipe. Used rice flour with ground lentil to make the pancakes crispy. If you want your pancakes soft make it little thick but to make this crisp make it as thin as possible and fry on low heat. It will take some time but you will get crisp chilla/cheela or pancakes. Add spices and chilli according to your taste. You can also make a stuffing of paneer, potato, cheese etc. Place the stuffing on the pancake and roll. Your stuffed pancake is ready.

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Recipe

Split green moong dal or yellow lentil with skin – 1 cup

Rice flour – 3/4 cup

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1&1/2 inch piece, peeled and chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 chopped

Onion – 3 large

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Rinse and soak the split and with skin yellow lentil or chhike wali moong dal for 4-5 hours or overnight. I soaked overnight.

2. Drain the water and rinse again. Grind the dal or lentil with ginger, green chilli and 1/4 cup water. Make a smooth paste. You can add more green chilli to make your chilla more spicy. I like the flavour of ginger so used 1&1/2 inch piece but you can use one inch piece if you want.

3. Chop the onions and cilantro or coriander leaves. Chop into small pieces. My son loves lots of onions in this chilla or pancake so I used 3 large onions. You can use less or more according to your taste.

4. Transfer the ground paste into a large bowl. Add curd or yogurt, rice flour, cumin powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala and salt. Mix everything well to make a lump free batter.

5. Taste and adjust salt if required. I had to add 1/2 teaspoon more. You can also use some finely chopped green chilli and little more black pepper powder if you want your chila or cheela more spicy Add finely chopped onion and cilantro or coriander leaves.

6. Mix well. Batter should be thick and flowing. Don’t make runny batter.

7. Heat a pan and add two laddle full batter in the middle of the pan. Spread with the backside of the laddle. Rotate to make round. Keep the flame low medium. Drizzle little oil on the sides of chilla.

8. To make soft cheela make it thick like uttapam but if you want crisp make the chilla thin and cook on simmer. When it starts to leaving the edges of the pan, flip the chilla upside down and let it cook from other side.

9. Cook from both sides till golden brown. You can also fold the pancakes before serving like this 👇

10. Serve hot with any sauce, pickle or raita.

Notes

1. You can add grated carrot, chopped capsicum or any vegetable of your choice in the batter.

2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance. Reduce if making for kids.

3. Olive oil or any vegetable oil can be used to cook.

4. You can use any spices according to your taste.

5. You can also make it without onion if you want.

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