Chhanar Paturi Or Steamed Cottage Cheese/Paneer

Chhanar paturi or steamed cottage cheese. An easy to make paneer or cottage cheese dish from Bengali cuisine. You can make paturi with fish, eggs or any vegetable following this recipe. Just marinate the mashed paneer wrap with banana leaf and steam and your delicious paneer is ready. Serve this no onion garlic side dish steamed paneer or chhanar paturi with hot steamed rice and lemon wedges.

Now you can ask what is paturi. Literally meaning of paturi is wrapped in leaves. And leaves should be edible. You can use banana leaf or pumpkin leaf etc. Paturi can be made with fishes like hilsa or ilish, bhetki etc, eggs or make niramish paturi with chhana or paneer/cottage cheese, cauliflower, broad beans or any other vegetable following this recipe. You can also shallow fry these paturi instead of steaming. After wrapping with banana leaves shallow fry with mustard oil till leaves becomes brown. Earlier shared broad beans paturi in a different way. I have stuffed the broad beans before steaming. Click on the name for recipe. Stuffed steamed broad beans

And if you want the similar taste without steaming or wrapping with leaves check out my Cauliflower paturi

Sending this post to Facebook group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly challenge. Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. Theme of this month is steamed food suggested by Anu Kollon. Do check out her recipe of Kerala style steamed rice for this theme. This month my partner is Priya Vijaykrishnan. Priya gave me poppy seeds and curd and I gave her hing or asafoetida and ginger. And she made delicious Amiri khaman with these ingredients.

This chhanar paturi or steamed cottage cheese/paneer is very easy to make. Just marinate the mashed paneer, wrap with banana leaves and steam in steamer or pressure cooker. I have used my rice cooker to steam. If you don’t have steamer then you can use pressure cooker or pour sufficient water in a pot place a stand on the middle. Arrange paturi on a plate and place on the stand. Cover and steam till done. Or shallow fry the paturi on a pan with mustard oil. You can double the ingredients if require.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Mustard powder – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Thick curd or yogurt – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts to garnish, optional

Banana leaf – 1

Cotton thread as required

Method

1. Wash the banana leaf from both sides. Wipe with a kitchen towel. Heat a pan and place the banana leaf over it. Heat the leaf from both sides. Leaf shouldn’t be burned. Just heat to make the leaf little soft.

2. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth.

3. Grind the poppy seeds. Add coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Use very little water if require to make smooth paste.

4. Mix the paste in mashed paneer. Add salt, mustard oil, curd or yogurt and mustard powder. Mix well.

5. Cut the banana leaf into two pieces. I have made two paturi. You can make small sized 4 paturi. Cut the banana leaf accordingly.

6. Grease the banana leaf pieces with mustard oil if you want. I didn’t. Gently shape the paneer mixture into square or rectangular. Place on banana leaf pieces. Place 1 slit green chilli and cashew nuts over it.

7. Wrap the leaf and make like an envelop.Tie with a cotton thread.

8. Boil the water in steamer. Place the envelopes on steamer. Cover and steam for 15 to 20 minutes.

9. Open the envelopes and serve delicious paturi with steamed rice and lemon wedges.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

2. Instead of steaming you can also shallow fry these paturi in a pan. Fry till the banana leaf becomes brown.

3. Lemon juice can be used instead of curd or yogurt.

4. You can also use 1-2 teaspoon lemon juice in the marination with curd.

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Mango Salsa With Pickled Jalapeno

Mango salsa with pickled Jalapeno. One more easy no cook recipe in a row with mouthwatering taste. Serve it as a snack, side dish or salad and enjoy the tangy spicy taste. Raw mango, lemon juice, green chilli, freshly crushed black pepper, pickled Jalapeno and some other ingredients made this salsa perfectly tongue tickling and ripe mango gave little sweetness.

Its mango season and you can get plenty of this delicious fruit either raw or ripe. Raw mango is not only rich in vitamin C but it has numerous health benefits. So here is a fresh healthy and delicious no cook recipe for this difficult time. Just combine everything and enjoy.

You may like some more similar recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Watermelon salsa

2. Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

3. Capsicum salsa

4. Fruity salad with dried basil

5. Corn salad

6. Fruity salad with corn cucumber and parsley

7. Peas chickpeas low calorie salad

8. Peanut chaat

9. Sprouts chaat

10. Chickpea chaat with raw mango

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine . This time theme is #TangoWithMango suggested by Narmadha who blog at Nams Corner. I love her blog which is full of wonderful recipes like Lactation cookies , Ragi chocolate truffle cake, Buckwheat cookies without oven etc. Do visit her space for many more. Check out my fellow bloggers recipes for this theme.

Mango cream oreo tart by Shalu

Aam ras by Jayashree

Instant mango chunda by Poonam

Srilankan raw mango curry by Preethi

Mango chutney by Vanitha

Mango mastani by Narmadha

Raw mango thokku by Ruchi

This recipe is very easy to make and completely gluten free and veganò. Get the ingredients ready. Wash well add chop everything into small pieces. Mix well and serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. It will be delicious in both ways. Olives and coconut is absolutely optional. You can can skip these if you don’t have or you don’t like. I have bottled olives so I used it.

Recipe

Raw mango – 1/2 cup, chopped

Tomato – 1, chopped

Red onion – 1, finely chopped

Pickled jalapeno – 1 tablespoon or 7 – 8 pieces, chopped

Green chilli – 1 small, chopped

Boiled sweet corn – 1/3 cup

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Ripe mango – 1/3 cup, chopped

Olive – 2 tablespoon, optional

Cilantro – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Mint – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Lemon juice – 2 – 3 teaspoon or to taste

Sea salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oregano – 1/2 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Cucumber – 1/3 cup, chopped

Method

1. Peel and chop the raw mango into small pieces. Also chop onion, tomato, green chilli, cucumber, pickled Jalapeno and fresh coconut into small pieces.

2. Combine everything in a large bowl. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, and mint leaves. Add sea salt, oregano, olives and lemon juice. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require.

4. Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes

1. Pink or black salt or any salt can be used instead of sea salt.

2. You can skip olives if you don’t have or don’t like. Fresh coconut is also optional. Skip if you don’t like.

3. Add green chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

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Chatpata Gobhi Or Spicy Cauliflower Stir Fry

Chatpata gobhi or spicy cauliflower stir fry.
Quick and easy to make no onion garlic cauliflower dry curry.
Try and enjoy a completely different taste. I love South Indian tadka and as well as our Bengali spices. So here is a humble winter vegetable cauliflower in a new taste.
Tempering with mustard seeds, cumin, curry leaves and Bengali bhaja moshla
made this cauliflower aromatic and lipsmacking. You don’t need to add water in this dry cauliflower sabji. A perfect side dish goes well with any bread or rice dishes.

You may like three more cauliflower recipes on this blog.

1. Cauliflower with ginger

2. Cauliflower with coconut and poppy seeds

3. Fulkopir paturi or cauliflower with poppy seeds and mustard

This week our 219 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is winter veggie affair suggested by lovely Sasmita who blog at First Timer Cook. Sasmita is a very talented blogger. I love her all the recipes, specially authentic dishes. Recently bookmarked her rose flavored kaju katli to try.

Recipe is very simple. If you have bhaja moshla or ground roasted spices ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

Recipe

Cauliflower – 1 medium

Green peas – 1/4 cup, frozen or boiled

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1/4 cup

Sweet corn – 1/4 cup, boiled

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Grated coconut – 2 heaped tablespoon + to garnish

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Tomato – 2 small, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger julienne to garnish

Method

1. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.
Pour sufficient hot water over the cauliflower florets and mix 1/2 teaspoon salt and let it cool down. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Pressure cook rinsed chana dal or Bengal gram with water for 1 whistle. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. Drain the water and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan. I have used mustard oil but you can use any oil of your choice.

4. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, dry red chilli, hing or asafoetida and curry leaves.

5. When the seeds starts to crackle add grated ginger and chopped green chilli.
Stir and add cauliflower florets. Fry for a minute.

6. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, chopped tomatoes, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and grated coconut. Mix well.

7. Cover and cook on low heat until the cauliflower becomes soft. Stir in between.

8. Add sweet corn, green peas and boiled chana dal. Mix well.

9. Cook for 7 – 8 minutes more on low heat. Keep stirring to avoid sticking at the bottom. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Increase the heat add bhaja moshla or roasted and ground mixed spices mix and remove from heat. Get the bhaja moshla recipe here.

11. Garnish with grated coconut,curry leaves and ginger julienne. You can also use chopped cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish.
Serve with paratha, roti or Indian flat bread, naan, fried rice, pulao, jeera rice, dal chawal or any bread.

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Ginger Chutney Or Allam Pachadi

Ginger chutney or allam pachadi.
A very aromatic and lip-smacking chutney. Ginger, tamarind, coconut, peanut, jaggery and chilli made this chutney tongue tickling.

This chutney is from Andhra cuisine. Allam means ginger. In authentic recipe coconut and peanut not usually used. But I love the nutty taste of dry roasted peanut and the sweetness and flavour of fresh coconut in chutney. So I have used both. You can use 1/2 to 1/4 teaspoon coriander seeds with chana dal, udad dal and cumin if you like the flavour. I didn’t.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog.
1. Mango sesame chutney

2. Raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

3. Waterchestnut or singhara chutney

4. Onion tomato chutney or dip

5. Mango raisin chutney

6. Peanut chutney or dip

Sending this post to Facebook group Recipe Swap Challenge Initiated by Jolly
And Vidya.
We have to recreate a recipe from a fellow blogger’s blog.
This month my partner is Sandhya Ramakrishnan who blog at My Cooking Journey.
I love this ginger chutney on her blog. I have made little changes according to my taste.

Chutney is very easy to make. You can skip tempering at the end because chutney is also delicious without tempering. I have used coconut and peanut according to my taste. You can omit these if you want or if you don’t have these. I have used readymade tamarind paste but if you don’t have paste, soak 1 tablespoon tamarind in 1/4 cup warm water and strain the pulp when cool.

Recipe

Ginger – 1/4 cup, peeled and chopped in small pieces

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1 tablespoon

Used dal or split black gram – 1 teaspoon

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, chopped in small pieces, optional

Peanut – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seed – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Jaggery powder – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Tamarind paste – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 4 tablespoon

For tempering

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Curry leaves – 8 – 10

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Dry roast the peanut. Let it cool down, peel and keep aside.

2. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan.
Add chana dal, udad dal, dry red chilli, cumin seeds and methi or fenugreek seeds.

3. Fry until lentils become brown.
Add ginger pieces, coconut pieces and dry roasted and peeled peanut.

4. Mix and immediatly switch off the heat. Don’t fry the ginger too much, overcooking may be make the ginger bitter.

5. Let the mixture cool down completely.

6. Grind the mixture with tamarind paste, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, jaggery and water. Don’t add too much water. Chutney should be thick consistency.

7. Take out the chutney in a bowl. Taste and adjust salt, jaggery and tamarind if required.

8. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a small pan.Add 1/4 teaspoon mustard seeds or rai and curry leaves. You can also add 1 dry red chilli. My chutney is already hot with 2 red chilli in the ground mixture so I didn’t.

8. When the seeds starts to splutter add the tempering in the chutney.
Serve with idli, dosa or serve as dip with any snack.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance. If you want mildly spicy chutney, use only one red chilli.

2. Lemon juice or dry mango powder can be used instead of tamarind.

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Fruity Salad With Dried Basil

Fruity salad with dried basil.
Sharing one of my favourite and simple yet tasty and flavourful salad.
A healthy, easy to make and delicious salad.
Serve this salad with lunch or dinner or enjoy a bowl full only salad. You can add any of your favourite fruit in it. I have used apple, pear, pomegranate, sweet corn and tomato. I have also added dry roasted almond and fresh coconut to add some crunch.
You may like some more salad recipes on this blog.

1. Corn salad

2. Fruity salad with parsley

3. Peas chickpeas low calorie salad

4. Mango pomegranate tender coconut salsa

5. Watermelon salsa

Sending this salad to this week’s Foodiemonday bloghop. I am late today. My kitchen is under renovation. So I have decided to skip this week. But my lovely friend Preethi Prasad suggested me to try something. In evening when the carpenters stopped their work for today I have made this simple yet healthy and delicious salad with whatever I had in my pantry. And very happy with the taste and flavour. Thanks Preethi.

This week 212 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is salad stories suggested by our bloghop member and very talented blogger Narmadha. Narmadha blog at Nams Corner. Check out her space for different kinds of recipes. I especially love her dessert recipes. You can also get non-veg recipes on her blog.

I have used apple, pomegranate, pear, cucumber, coconut and tomato. You can use any fruit of your choice. Finely chopped onion can be used in the salad. Sometimes I also add little garlic powder but today I have made it without onion garlic. You can also use mint leaves or cilantro/coriander leaves in the salad if you want.

Recipe

Apple – 1 small, cubed

Pomegranate arils – 1/2 cup

Pear – 1 small, cubed

Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Almonds – 2 tablespoon, dry roasted

Sweet corn kernels – 1/2 cup, boiled

Cucumber – 1 small, peeled and cubed

Tomato – 1, cubed

Pink or black salt or rock salt – to taste

Freshly ground black pepper – to taste

Dried basil – 1 teaspoon

Ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Slice the dry roasted almonds.

2. In a glass bowl combine all the fruits, tomato, cucumber and sweet corn.

3. Add black, pink or rock salt, freshly ground black pepper, dried basil, vinegar and lemon juice.

4. Add dry ginger powder if using. You can also use ginger julienne or grated ginger if you like the flavour of ginger.

5. Mix well. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if required.

6. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator and serve chilled.

Notes
1. You can use any herbs of your choice instead of basil.
2. Finely chopped or sliced onion can be used in the salad.

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Cucumber Curry / Fasting Recipe

Cucumber curry.
An easy and delicious recipe for fasting days. You can serve it with sabudana khichdi or any fasting foods. Or enjoy it bowl full without anything as I did. Coconut, almond, green chilli and kokum made it super yummy.
Got this recipe from Mahesh Khole. Remember Mahesh who shared his Bombay duck fry on this blog as a guest post.
He gave me the recipe one year ago. Made it many times. Today sharing it with my readers.

Low calorie cucumber is best for fasting days.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.
They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content.
Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.
To read more about cucumber benefits click here.

Our this week’s 191 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #dahidelight suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The world through my eyes. Check out her blog for traditional and authentic recipes.

Recipe is very simple. I have added almond and melon seeds for thickness of the gravy and little ginger for taste. Mahesh suggested to add butter milk. But I have used curd, you can use buttermilk or can skip both. If you don’t have kokum then no problem you can also make it without kokum. First time I made it without kokum. If you are making it without kokum don’t skip curd. For fasting foods we use ghee or clarified butter but you can also use oil if you want.

Recipe

Cucumber – 2

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 8-10

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peanut – 2 – 3 tablespoon, dry roasted and crushed

Curd – 1/3 cup

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Slit green chilli – 2

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt and sugar to taste

Method

1. Rinse and peel the cucumber. Cut in cubes.
Taste before cutting. It should not be bitter.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel when cool.

3. Grind coconut, ginger, green chilli, peeled almond and melon seeds all together. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan.

5. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli.
When the seeds crackle add cubed cucumber and rock salt.

6. Saute till moisture of cucumber evaporate and dried up.

7. Add the ground paste. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add well beaten curd, water, 2 slit green chilli, kokum and sugar.

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

10. Remove the cover. There should be thick gravy. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes more.

11. Add roasted and crushed peanuts and mix.

12. Taste and adjust the seasoning and remove from heat.
Your cucumber curry is ready.

13. Garnish with almond and chilli. You can garnish with coriander leaves if you like.

14. Serve hot bowl full or serve with sabudana khichdi.

Notes
1. Add chilli according to your taste.
2. If you want you can skip curd.

3. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

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Nolen Gur Or Date Palm Jaggery Coconut Barfi

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur coconut barfi.
A delicious and easy to make sweet made with khoya/mawa or dried milk, fresh grated coconut and date palm jaggery or khajur gur or nolen gur. Aroma of nolen gur makes the sweet mouthwatering.

Texture of this perfectly sweet barfi is grainy just like kalakand. Texture and aroma makes the taste devine.
We get nolen gur in winter only. And the taste and flavour of this jaggery is amazing. Why not try some more recipes with khajur gur. Try out the recipes below. Click on the name for detailed recipe.

1. Date palm jaggery rice pudding or kheer

2. Nolen gur narkol or coconut sandesh

3. Baked dudh puli

4. Gokul pithe

5. Sandesh

6. Steamed Sandesh

7. Jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

9. Moong dal bhaja pithe

Recipe is very easy and simple. Just cook everything till dry and then set in a greased tray or plate. I loved it’s grainy texture just like kalakand.
If you want the texture smooth then you can blend coconut and khoya or dried milk in a blender or food processor. I didn’t.

Recipe

Coconut – 1, grated

Milk – 2 cup

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 2 cup, tightly packed, get the khoya recipe here

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 3/4 cup, grated

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Pistachios to sprinkle

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee or clarified butter and keep aside.

2. Boil milk in a heavy bottom pan.

3. When it starts to boil add grated coconut. Mix well.

4. Cook on low heat till the mixture about to dried up.

5. Now add khoya or dried milk. Mix well. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes.

6. Add grated jaggery and stir. Cook till the mixture dried up and come together. Mixture should be becomes like a dough. Add cardamom powder and mix.

7. Pour the mixture into the greased plate. Level with a spoon or your hand.

8. Sprinkle pistachio over it. Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

9. Cut in your desired shape. Serve as a sweet dish or keep in refrigerator for later. You can keep these in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. If you want your barfi texture smooth blend coconut and khoya or dried milk in a blender or food processor before cooking.
2. Sugar can be used instead of date palm jaggery or khajur gur.

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No Onion Garlic Vegan Makhana Or Fox Nut / Lotus Seeds Curry

No onion garlic vegan makhana or fox nut/lotus seeds curry.
A lip-smacking gravy with makhana or lotus seeds/fox nuts, cashews, melon seeds and poppy seeds or khas khas. Gravy is perfectly rich, creamy and delicious without onion garlic.

Sending this post to 183 #Foodiemonday bloghop Indian super food theme. This week Vidya Narayan who blog at Masalachilli suggested the theme.
Do visit her space for traditional recipes with some wonderful bake.

My humble contribution is this no onion garlic vegan makhana curry.

In India, these Lotus seeds are commonly referred to as Makhana. Usually people consume it during their fasts or even use it as an ingredient in Indian cuisines or sweet dishes. However, not many people are aware of its health benefits and nutritional value.
The first and foremost advantage of consuming lotus seeds is that it acts as an anti-aging agent.
Lotus seeds are known as a great source of protein which is extremely beneficial to the body. Doctors even recommend the intake of lotus seeds to combat protein deficiency in the body.

Lotus seeds are low in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium. They are an extremely good source of manganese, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, protein and phosphorus.
It helps to eliminate all the spleen from the body and keeps it clean from the unnecessary cholesterol, therefore, maintaining the body’s cholesterol level. The potassium content is a great advantage for heart as it reduces the risk of heat stroke and hypertension. It is helpful in flushing out excess water and sodium from the body. It is of a great help in case there are muscle contractions, which can lead to cramps.
Source

Recipe is very easy to make. You need only ground ginger, chilli, tomatoes, cashew, melon seeds, poppy seeds, coconut, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. I have made it with oil. But if you want you can also use butter.

Recipe

Makhana or fox nut – 2 & 1/2 cup

Green peas – 1 cup

Tomato – 3 medium

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Grated fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 3/4 cup

Method

1. Soak the poppy seeds or khas khas in hot water or microwave for 1 minute with little water.

2. Soak the cashew nuts and melon seeds in warm water for 15 minutes.

3. Grind tomatoes, green chilli, ginger, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, soaked poppy seeds, melon seeds, cashew nuts and coconut altogether. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat 2 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add fox nuts or makhana. Fry till makhana becomes crisp and light golden brown.

5. Stir constantly and be careful. Makhana shouldn’t be black.
Remove from heat and place on a plate.

6. Now heat 2 tablespoon oil and add the ground paste. Add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix well.

7. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add green peas. Mix and saute for few seconds.

8. Add water and when it starts to boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 5 – 6 minutes or until green peas becomes soft.

9. Add makhana or fox nut. Mix and cook on simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

10. Your curry is ready. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream and 1 teaspoon crushed kasuri methi at the end. I didn’t.

11. Garnish with slit green chilli and cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve with jeera rice, pulao, steamed rice, puri roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

Notes

1. You can use butter instead of oil.
2. Almond can be used instead of cashew nuts. Or use cashew nuts and soaked and peeled almond both.

3. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

4. You can add fried cashew nuts in the gravy.

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Eggless Coconut Cupcakes

Eggless coconut cupcakes.
Soft, moist and delicious cupcakes made with coconut.

Adopted the recipe from Mayuri’s blog. Always love her delicious bakes. Now happy to share her recipe for my readers.

Made this cupcakes today for Recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly
And Vidya.

In this group members are paired up every alternate month. And we have to choose a recipe from partner’s blog to cook and share. This month my partner is talented blogger Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni.
I have bookmarked many of her recipes. I always love her baked recipes. This time decided to make focaccia bread and bookmarked it. But recently bought a small and beautiful silicone cupcake mould and wanted to use it. So I picked up her Coconut cupcakes.

I will make other bookmarked recipes from her blog later or maybe when we paired again. Do visit her space for some awesome recipes specially different types of bread and cakes.

You may like some more cupcakes in this blog.

1. Rasgulla cupcakes

2. Eggless sugarless dry fruits cake with oats

3. Gluten free pineapple cupcakes

4. Gluten free apple almond cupcakes

I have reduced the amount of batter. Used oil instead of butter. And added little Soyabean flour because soya flour makes the cake super soft. My earlier bakes with this flour was always a hit among my family and friends. You can use any flour of your choice. But adding Soyabean flour will make your cake soft and protein rich. But if you don’t have Soyabean flour then you can use only refined flour or whole wheat flour.

Recipe

Refined flour – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Thick yogurt – 1/4 cup

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Caramel essence – 1 teaspoon, optional

Yellow food colour – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Tutti fruity to sprinkle

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Grease the cupcakes or muffins moulds with oil or butter or use cupcake liner.

3. In a bowl mix both flour, dessicated coconut, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk milk, yogurt and powdered sugar. Add milk powder and whisk again.

5. Add oil, vanilla essence, yellow food colour and caramel essence. Whisk well.

6. Now add the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Make a lump free batter. You can add tutti fruity, dry fruits, glazed cherry or choco chips in the batter.

7. Pour the batter into the cupcake moulds. Fill 3/4 of the moulds.
Sprinkle some tutti fruity over the cupcakes.

8. Bake in preheated over for 20 – 25 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 15 minutes.

9. Let the cupcakes cool down before serving.

10. Serve with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.
Happy baking.

Notes
1 . Instead of refined flour or maida you can use whole wheat flour or atta in the cake batter. Or use any gluten free flour.
2. Dry fruits, choco chips, glazed cherry or tutti fruity can be added in the batter.
3. You can use same amount of butter instead of oil.
4. Instead of vanilla essence you can use any flavour of your choice, like cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder etc. Caramel essence is optional, you can skip it if you don’t have it.

5. Food colour is also optional but colour will make your cakes more attractive.

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Moong Dal Bhaja / Fried And Baked Pithe

Bhaja or fried pithe

Baked pithe

Moong dal bhaja/fried and baked pithe.
A deep fried delicacy from Bengal. Mildly sweet and spicy outer layer made of moong dal or yellow lentil and coconut and date palm jaggery or khajur gur stuffing. Interesting isn’t it 😊
Usually it should be deep fried but I have also baked it to make it guilt free. Sharing both methods. I have baked these in halogen oven but you can use your microwave convection mode or OTG to bake.

I remember my mother used to make different types of pithe puli on sankranti. Like bhapa or steamed pithe, ranga aloor/sweet potato pithe, gokul pithe, nolen gur paesh or kheer, green peas stuffed potato or aloor nonta/salty pithe, patishapta, dudh puli, narkol nadu or coconut laddu, malpua and this moong dal bhaja pithe. On sankranti day these was our dinner. I have made all the pithe except this bhaja pithe. It was my most favourite but I can’t remember the exact recipe. Only remember the mildly spicy and lip-smacking taste and some ingredients. My mother is no more so now whom to ask.
In a facebook group Swati Chatterjee Mookherjee posted this. So I have asked her about the recipe. And she gave me her mom’s recipe. Tried it and got the same taste of mom made pithe. Thanks Swati and a big thank to your mother.

Only difference is in her recipe she used green chilli but I remember my mother used red chilli powder. So I have used red chilli powder instead of green chilli paste. If you want you can use paste of 1 – 2 green chilli or black pepper powder instead. As I mentioned above this pithe taste better next day.

You can get some more sankranti delicacies on this blog.

Gokul pithe

Malpua

Coconut laddu or larkol nadu

Baked dudh puli

Sending this post to 182 #Foodiemonday bloghop Down memory lane theme. This beautiful theme suggested by our bloghop member Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails.
Do visit her space for some delicious recipes.

Down the memory lane yes this pithe is perfect for the theme. It was my childhood favourite. After a long time got the same taste. I have used 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder to make it mildly spicy but if you want to make it more spicy, then you can add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon red chilli powder.
I have fried half of the pithe and baked remaining half. Baked version is also too good. Loved both the version fried and baked.

Bhaja or fried pithe

Recipe

For stuffing

Coconut – 1 cup, grated

Mawa/khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For outer layer

Moong dal or split yellow lentil – 1 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup or as require

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1/2 cup, grated

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Oil for frying

Method

1. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add coconut, mawa/khoya or dried milk and date palm jaggery or khajur gur. Mix well.

2. Cook on low heat, stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

3. When the mixture dried up and becomes like a dough remove from heat. Add cardamom powder and mix. Stuffing is ready. Let it cool down.

 

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4. Rinse the lentil well. Spread on a plate or paper towel for 30 minutes.

5. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan. Add the lentils.

6. Fry the lentils till fragrant and change it’s colour to light golden brown.

7. Add salt ginger paste and red chilli powder. If you want more spicy add 3/4 to 1 teaspoon red chilli powder.

8. Mix well and add water. Let it cook on low flame till the lentils becomes soft. You can add more water if require.

9. Add jaggery and mix. Cook until jaggery melted and the mixture dried up. Remove from heat.

10. Let the mixture cool down. Add rice flour gradually and mix.

11. Mix well and knead into a smooth dough. You can add 1 tablespoon more rice flour if require for binding but don’t add more than it.

12. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm and place one teaspoon full stuffing in the middle.

13. Bring the edges together and make a ball again. Give the balls cylindrical shape.

14. Heat sufficient oil for deep frying. Oil should be enough hot.

15. Slid the cylindrical pithe in the oil reduce the flame and fry on low medium heat till golden brown from all the sides.

16. Remove from oil and place on paper towel. These taste best next day.

Baked method

For halogen oven

1. Brush all the pithe with oil. Place on the nonstick baking tray or plate which you got with oven.

2. Press speed up mode and set the temperature 200°. Set the timing 10 minutes. Press start to bake.

3. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or till pithe becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 8 minutes. Mine takes 10 minutes to bake one side and 8 minutes after turning.

4. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes or till pithe becomes golden brown. Turn over and bake other side too in this method.

For microwave convection mode or OTG

1. Preheat the at 200° for 10 minutes.

2. Bake at 200° for 8 – 10. Or until pithe becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 6 minutes. Every oven takes different time.

Serve warm or cold. It will taste better next day. Enjoy…….

Notes

1. Instead of red chilli powder you can use green chilli paste or black pepper powder.

2. You can drizzle date palm jaggery syrup over the pithe just before serving.

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