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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Spanish Moulded Rice

Spanish moulded rice.
One pot and comfort meal. You don’t need much time to cook this delicious rice dish. No fuss, easy and quick to make. You need only some vegetables and spices with rice to make it.

Lightly flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and pepper corns.
Not only delicious this moulded rice looks beautiful.
I have shared some more one pot meal recipe here. Click the name to get recipes.

Beetroot rice

Mexican green rice

Carrot rice or pulao

Mexican rice

Mint rice

Egg pulao or egg biryani

This post is going to be a part of the 135th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #CookfromaCookBook.

So here is a recipe from Nita Mehta’s cookbook. Carrot, beans and tomato made this rice dish healthy and yummy. Peas are not in the recipe but I have added little frozen peas because I love peas in rice dishes. You can omit it if you want.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Fresh beans – 7 – 8, cut into small diagonal pieces

Carrot – 1, cut into tiny cubes

Capsicum – 1, cut into tiny pieces

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped

Green peas – 1/4 cup, optional

Curd – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Garlic – 6 – 7 flakes

Whole red chilli – 2 – 3

Powder together

Cinnamon or dalchini – 2 stick

Cloves or laung – 3 – 4

Pepper corns or kali mirch – 3 – 4

Garnishing

Firm tomato – 1, cut into slices

A few lettuce leaves dipped in ice cold water for 30 minutes or more

Method

Boil rice in plenty of water till just tender. Don’t over cook. Strain and keep aside.

Wash beans and carrot. Put in a pressure cooker with 3-4 tablespoon water. I have used frozen peas but if you are using fresh peas add with beans and carrot in pressure cooker. Peas are not in the book.

Keep the pressure cooker on fire. As soon as the hissing sound starts, remove from fire. Do not let the whistle come. Keep aside.

Powder cinnamon, cloves and pepper together on the chakla belan or rolling pin. I have used my mortal pastel.

Crush garlic and whole red chilli together on the chakla belan or rolling pin.

Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Cook till light brown.

Add garlic chilli paste. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add curd, tomato and capsicum.
Cook on low heat for 1 minute.

Add the powdered whole spices,steamed carrot, beans and boiled rice.
Add salt and garam masala. Stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes.

Wash ( rinse) a jelly or a cake mould. Do not wipe it. Grease it with oil. I have used a oven proof glass bowl.

Arrange tomato slices on the sides of the greased mould. Pack with the ready rice. Cover with a foil.

At serving time bake in a preheated oven at 190° for 10 minutes.
Unmould on a plate lined with lettuce leaves or decorate the plate with fresh coriander or cilantro with stalks and lemon twist. I have used coriander leaves.
Enjoy…..

Happy cooking

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Savoury Potato Cake 

Savoury potato cake.

A basic recipe of potato cake I have found in a old Bengali cookbook of Bela Dey 

I bought this book from Kolkata a long time ago. That was my first Kolkata visit after marriage. And I wanted to learn some fish dishes. In Bengali family fish is a staple food. And that time I have no idea about cooking fish :mrgreen:

So I have to search for some authentic recipes. Bought this book with lots of other books from my favourite place in Kolkata College Street book market. A must visit for book lovers. 

This book is a collection of many Indian and continental recipes. And my culinary journey started with this lovely book. 

When my fellow bloggers decided to make something from cookbook , this old book comes in my mind first. Yes, its too old, over 30 years but the recipes are all time favourite. 

This post is going to be a part of 80th #Foodiemonday bloghop #cookbook theme. Its difficult to select one recipe from such a vast collection. 

I am sharing a basic recipe of potato cake. The recipe need only potatoes, refined flour/maida, salt, milk and butter.

 I have added some cilantro, black pepper and oregano for flavour. You can use 2 – 3 eggs, boiled minced mutton or chicken, fried onions, garlic powder, green onions or cheese in it. Add spices of your choice. Italian herb or Indian spices everything will go well with this. You can sprinkle cheese on the top. 

Recipe 


Potato – 4

Refined flour/maida – 2 tablespoon 

Butter – 1 tablespoon 

Milk – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon chopped 

Salt and black pepper to taste 

Oregano – 1/2 teaspoon optional 

Oil for greasing 

Breadcrumbs to sprinkle 

Method 


Boil the potatoes in enough salted water. 

Peel and mash well. You can grate it too. 

Add salt, black pepper, melted butter, oregano and refined flour/maida. Mix well and add milk to make a smooth lump free dough.

You can use green onions, 2 – 3 eggs,  boiled minced meat, cheese, fried onions, garlic powder and any spices of your choice. Whether its Italian herbs or Indian spices. Make as per your taste and enjoy. 

You can make it on pan too. For pan frying, grease a nonstick pan. Place a round mould on it. I have made some in this way and used round cookie cutter. 

Now sprinkle little breadcrumbs. Fill the mould with potato mixture. Press and flatten top with a spoon. 

Remove the mould gently and make all the cakes in this way. Let it  cook on medium flame. Flip and cook the other side too. 

Or line with parchment paper or grease a baking tray. And make the cakes with the help of a mould just like mentioned the process for pan. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and butter or oil over it. Shallow fry or bake in preheated oven at 200° for 10 – 15 minutes or until the colour becomes brown. 

I have used muffins pan to make it. Some on tray and rest in muffin pan. 

Preheat the oven at 200°. Grease the muffin moulds with butter or oil. Sprinkle little breadcrumbs. Pour potato mixture in the muffin moulds. Press and flatten the top with a spoon. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and butter or oil over it. You can sprinkle shredded cheese too. 

Bake at 200° for 10 – 15 minutes or until the colour becomes brown. 

Serve hot with any sauce. 

Happy baking 🙂