Bati Chochchori


Bati chochchori. A simple, easy, quick and delicious curry without any spice. Sharing a simple and easiest potato recipe from Bengali cuisine. You can add any vegetable of your choice with potatoes.

You need only panch phoran or Bengali five spices, salt and mustard oil to make this curry. Even you don’t need turmeric or any other spice powder. Sounds healthy isn’t it? Normally it’s cooked in a bowl. And in Bengali bati means bowl. And vegetables with panch phoran called chochchori or chorchori. Mixed vegetable chochchori is always a dry curry. But this bati chochchori can be made with gravy. You can keep the consistency of gravy as you like.

To make bati chochchori you can use cauliflower, eggplant or any vegetable of your choice. Bati chochchori can be made with fish too. Just mix everything and cook. A super easy method. I like bati chochchori with only potatoes.

Do you love potatoes? Here are some potato recipes from this blog.

1. Spicy potato with tamarind

2. Coriander red potatoes

3. Potatoes with green peas

4. Rosti or Swiss potato pancake

5. Potatoes in yogurt gravy

6. Grilled potatoes

7. Potato curry to serve with hing kachodi

8. Batata bhaji

9. Peanut potato

10. Potato pie

11. Potato with nigella seeds, poppy seeds and tomato

12. Savoury potato cake

13. Stuffed potato

14. Aloo chop or potato fritters

15. Dum aloo

16. Spicy potatoes

17. No onion garlic potato curry

18. Aloo chaat

19. Aloo ke gutke

20. Matar nimona

21. Panch phoran tarkari

22. Kashmiri dum aloo

23. Aloo kabli/chaat

24. Aloo kofta curry

25. Dum aloo with luchi

This stew like curry is best accompany with luchi, puri, paratha or any Indian flatbread. I have served it with luchi. Get the recipe here.

Now why I am talking about this easy and simple recipe. Actually this week its my turn to suggest the theme for 286 #Foodiemonday bloghop. And I suggested my fellow bloggers to cook an easiest dish which you make so often and it should be your family member’s favorite. And better to use minimum spices. So the theme is Cook In A Jiffy. And I also suggested savoury bake as second option but easiest recipe won unanimously.

We are always looking for some easy quick and simple recipes to make in a jiffy for our busy days. Right? Believe me easy and quick recipes can also be delicious 😊 In winter a bowl of hot bati chochchori with fulko or fluffy luchi or puri is a bliss. If you like light less spicy curry then its perfect for you.

If you don’t have panch phoran, then you can make the mixture of five whole spices. 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. Use green chilli according to your taste. You can also add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing. Bati chochchori is a light curry. Mix mustard oil, salt panch phoran and water as require with chopped potatoes, green chilli and tomatoes. If you want your chochchori without much gravy, then add less water. I like the taste of light gravy so used 1 cup water. I have used pressure cooker but you can also make it in microwave. Mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl, cover and cook on full power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft. Or make in a covered bowl or pot on stove.

Recipe

Potato – 3

Tomato – 2

Slit green chilli – 4 or to taste

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

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1 cup


Method

1. Peel and chop the potatoes lengthwise. Rinse well.

2. Rinse and chop the tomatoes in small pieces.

3. In a pressure cooker mix chopped potatoes, tomatoes, panch phoran, slit green chilli, mustard oil, salt and water. Add green chilli according to your taste. If you like your curry hot add some more chilli or if you are making for kids reduce the amount of green chilli.

4. If you don’t want much gravy add 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup water. Use water as you like your curry, thick or thin. Pressure cook for 2 – 3 whistle.

5. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Taste and adjust salt. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon more mustard oil for an extra zing.

6. For microwave mix everything in a microwavable glass bowl. Cover and microwave on high power for 4 – 5 minutes or until potatoes becomes soft.

7. Or you can make this bati chochchori in a pot or wok. Mix everything, cover and cook till potatoes becomes tender and tomato becomes mushy. Check and stir in between. If your curry is too runny, then cook for some more time to reduce the gravy. Your bati chochchori is ready. Serve hot with Luchi , paratha or any Indian flatbread.

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Carrot Peas Instant Appe Or Paniyaram


Carrot peas instant appe or paniyaram. You don’t need to soak grind and ferment the batter to make this appe. A spicy and delectable snack without much oil. So you can call it a healthy treat for health conscious people. These low calorie fritters can be served with any chutney or sauce.


Kuzhi paniyaram, or Paddu/GuLiyappa/Yeriyappa/Gundponglu  or Gunta Ponganalu or Tulu : “appadadde” is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and is similar in composition to the batter used to make idli and dosa.The dish can also be made spicy or sweet depending on the ingredients Chillies and jaggery respectively. Paniyaram is made on a special pan that comes with multiple small fissures. Source


This carrot peas appe taste absolutely delicious. These round ball like appe are crisp from outside and soft inside. You will love the taste and texture. Semolina or suji appe are hot favourite amongst my family members. So I always try to make this with different ingredients. You may like some more easy apple recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Rice appe with cooked rice

2. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

3. Beetroot appe

4. Semolina and lentil appe

5. Roasted gram or sattu appe

6. Semolina and flatten rice appe

7. Sprouts and oats appe

Linking this post to 285 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Paniyaram Pan Magic suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Her blog is really a treasure of different types of sweet spicy tasty recipes. I love her South Indian recipes as well as international recipes. I have to try her Aloo frankie Kathi roll soon.

I have added sauteed ground green peas and grated carrot with ginger and green chilli in the semolina batter. Green peas and carrot enhance the flavour and taste. I have used 1/2 cup green peas but you can use one cup peas if you like. Just increase the spices accordingly if you are using more green peas. You can also use any grated vegetables of your choice. Add all the grated or finely chopped vegetables with carrot and green peas while sautéing. I like my appe spicy but if you are making for kids reduce the amount of chilli. Its a no onion garlic recipe but you can add 1 finely chopped onion in the batter if you want. If you have leftover green peas stuffing of paratha or kachodi then you can add it in your appe batter.



Recipe

Carrot – 1

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Water – 3/4 cup or as required

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 1 tablespoon + to fry


Method

1. Mix semolina or suji with curd and 1/2 water. Add salt and mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15-30 minutes.

2. Wash, peel and grate the carrot. Grind the green peas with ginger and green chilli. Add green chilli according to your taste. I like my appe spicy so used 4. You can add 1-2 tablespoon water for easy grinding.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add ground green peas, ginger and green chilli. Add grated carrot, salt and cumin powder. Add salt carefully. We have added salt in semolina too.

4. Saute till mixture completely dried up and raw smell of peas goes away. Remove from heat.

5. Add the green peas and carrot mixture into the suji batter. Add chaat masala, lemon juice and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Add water as require to make a thick batter.


6. Add baking soda and mix well.

7. Heat appe pan. Add a few drops of oil in all the holes.

8. Pour a spoonful of batter in every holes. Cover and cook on low heat till appe starts to change it’s colour and firm up.

9. Sprinkle little oil over all the appe. Flip and turn the appe upside down. Cook uncovered until appe becomes golden brown.

Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes

1. You can use any other vegetables with carrot and green peas.

2. You can double the green peas if you want. Increase the spices accordingly.

3. One finely chopped onion can be added in the batter.

4. You can also use leftover green peas stuffing of paratha or kachodi.

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Semolina Blueberry Custard Cupcakes


Semolina blueberry custard cupcake with malai or milk topping. A superbly delicious and soft cake with full of vanilla flavour and blueberry. You can also make a single cake following this recipe. I have made these cupcakes following my Suji malai cake recipe with some changes. You can get one more semolina cake recipe here.


As I mentioned above that this semolina cake is super soft and delicious. You don’t need any frosting. You can place one blueberry on top of every cupcake. You can use any dry fruits, tutti frutti or cranberries or any dried berries of your choice instead of blueberry. If you don’t like vanilla then use cinnamon powder, lemon zest or orange zest for flavour. And if you don’t have malai or milk topping, then you can use oil or butter.


I have made 12 cupcakes and one small cake with this batter. You can make one single cake if you like. You can also make this cake without blueberry or any berries or dry fruits. You will love the simple vanilla flavour cake.


Recipe

Semolina or suji – 1 cup

Vanilla custard powder – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Dried blueberry – 1/2 cup

Malai or milk topping – 1/2 cup

Warm milk – 1/2 cup

Thick or hung curd – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon


Method

1. Grease or line cupcake or muffins moulds with cupcake liner.  

2. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

3. Chop the dried blueberry into 3-4 pieces and coat with 2 teaspoon flour. I have used whole wheat flour or atta. You can use refined flour or any flour you have.


4. In a bowl mix semolina or suji, custard powder, milk powder, baking powder and soda.

5. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, milk and curd well. Add malai or milk topping and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

6. Now add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a lump free smooth batter.

7. Fold in flour coated blueberry. Pour the batter into the moulds. Fill 3/4 of the moulds. You can place one blueberry on every cupcake.


8. Bake in preheated oven at 150° for 20-25 minutes. For OTG bake at 170°. Every oven takes different time so check with a toothpick after 20 minutes.

Let the cupcake cool down before serving. Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can use any gluten free flour instead of semolina.

2. Cranberries or any dried berries or any dry fruits ot tutti frutti can be used instead of blueberry.

3. Oil or butter can be used instead of malai or milk topping.

4. You can use cinnamon, lemon, orange or any other flavour instead of vanilla.

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Mushroom Egg Fried Rice


Mushroom egg fried rice. A delicious and nutritious one pot meal with sweet corn and green peas. You can use carrot, baby corn, cauliflower, beans or any vegetable of your choice. An easy and quick to make yet absolutely delicious and flavorful rice. You can also use leftover rice to make this fried rice.

You may like some more rice recipes on this blog.

1. Mexican green rice

2. Tricolor rice

3. Carrot rice

4. Mexican rice

5. Beetroot rice

6. Mint rice

7. Spanish moulded rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Korean rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao

12. Saffron rice

13. Mix vegetable fried rice

And here are some Indo Chinese recipes

1. Ginger noodles

2. Broccoli mushroom noodles with sriracha sauce

3. Mint noodles

4. Schezwan paneer

5. Paneer capsicum stir fry

This week Preethi Prasad of Preethicuisine suggested the theme Lunar New Year Fest for 284 #Foodiemonday bloghop. Preethi suggested us to make some dishes according to lunar new year. And my contribution is this delicious Chinese style fried rice with eggs and mushrooms. Preethi has an amazing blog with numerous delicious and healthy recipes. I have bookmarked her unique recipe Raw banana fried rice to try. Do visit her space for many more wonderful recipes.

For this recipe rice shouldn’t be over cooked add sticky. You can use leftover rice to make this fried rice. I have quartered the mushrooms but you can chop the mushrooms into small pieces if you like. Cauliflower, carrot, baby corn, French beans or any vegetable can be used in this rice. Add your favourite vegetables and sauce and enjoy the delectable taste. Adding more fresh vegetables will make your rice more nutritious and colorful. You can serve it with manchurian, chilli chicken, schezwan paneer etc. But this rice is superbly delicious and flavorful so you don’t need any side dish with it.


Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Mushroom – 200 gram

Onion – 2, sliced

Green chilli – 2, finely chopped

Egg – 2

Frozen sweet corn – 1/3 cup

Frozen green peas – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Vinegar – 2 tablespoon

Green chili sauce – 1/2 tablespoon

Soya sauce – 1 tablespoon

Schezwan sauce – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 2 teaspoon


Method

1. Rinse the rice well and soak in water for 15 minutes. Boil sufficient water in a pan. When water starts to boil add drained rice and stir. Cook the rice until rice becomes soft but not mushy.

2. Remove from heat when 90 percent cooked and immediately pour into a colander to strain the water.


3. Wash the mushrooms. Chop each mushroom into 4 pieces.

3. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Add sliced onion and finely chopped green chilli. You can also add a few minced garlic if you want. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

4. Add quartered mushrooms and little salt. Mix well. Mushrooms will release water so cover and cook till dried up. Keep stirring in between.

5. Now add green peas and sweet corn. Saute for 2 minutes more.


6. Add the cooked rice, all the sauce, vinegar and salt. Add salt carefully. We are using sauce and sauce contains salt. Mix well.

7. With the help of a spatula place the rice on the sides of the wok or pan and make a hole in the middle. Add two teaspoon oil and break 2 eggs in the middle.

8. Stir well to cook the eggs just like bhurji or scramble eggs. You can add 2 more eggs if you want. Now mix everything well. Stir gently to avoid breaking the rice.

9. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can add more sauce or vinegar if required. Fry the rice for 1 – 2 minutes more. Enjoy the mushroom egg fried rice with chilli chicken, schezwan paneer, manchurian etc.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetable of your choice to make the rice more colorful and nutritious.

2. Increase or decrease the amount of sauce according to your taste.

3. You can add more green chilli if you want your rice spicy. Or skip if you are making for kids.

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Aloo Chaat


Aloo chaat. An easy quick and lipsmacking chaat made with fried potato cubes. Just mix everything and enjoy the spicy tangy and mouthwatering chaat at home.

According to Wikipedia Aloo chaat or alu chaat is a street food originating from the Indian subcontinent, it is popular in North India, West Bengal in Eastern India, Pakistan and also in parts of Sylhet Division of Bangladesh. It is prepared by frying potatoes in oil and adding spices and chutney. You may like some more chaat recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Ghugni and aloo kabli

2. Matar chaat

3. Chana or chickpea chaat

4. Sprouts chaat

5. Peanut chaat

This week 283 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Street Food Of India suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for many mouthwatering recipes. Check out her Pav bhaji recipe for this theme.

Fried potatoes are used to make this chaat. But you can also use boiled potatoes if you want your chaat healthy. Or saute the boiled and cubed potatoes in little oil till crisp. I sometimes do so. But my daughter loves fried version so this time made with fried potato. You can also use green chutney or mint coriander or dhania pudina chutney if you want. I have used store bought Maggi tamarind chutney but you can use homemade tamarind chutney instead. You can also mix some thick curd in the chaat if you like the taste. Fine nylon sev looks good for garnishing. But I don’t have sev so used Haldiram aloo bhujia to garnish.


Recipe

Potato – 2, large

Oil for frying

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Green chilli – 1 small, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Tamarind chutney or sauce – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Grated ginger – 1/4 teaspoon

Pomegranate arils – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Sev or aloo bhujia to garnish


Method

1. Peel the potatoes and cut into cubes. Rinse well and drain the water completely.

2. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Fry the potato cubes on low medium heat. Fry the potatoes in two three batches depending on the size of your pan.

3. Fry till potato cubes becomes golden brown and crisp. Stir to fry from all the sides evenly. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low heat to cook the potatoes well from inside. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon.

4. In a bowl mix fried potatoes and all the other ingredients. I have used Kashmiri red chilli powder for colour. You can also use 1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder if you want. See notes for more options.

5. Mix well and taste. Add little more salt or tamarind chutney if required. Garnish with pomegranate arils and sev or aloo bhujia. Enjoy spicy tangy lipsmacking aloo chaat with your family.

Notes

1. Omit green chilli if you are making for small kids.

2. You can also add green chutney or mint coriander chutney if you like.

3. One small finely chopped onion can be used in the chaat.

4. You can garnish the chaat with ginger julienne.

5. You can add one tablespoon fried or roasted peanut for a crunch.

6. You can mix curd or thick yogurt in the chaat if you like the taste.

7. You can make this chaat with boiled potatoes instead of fried potatoes. Or saute the boiled potatoes till crisp with little oil for healthier alternative.

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Eggless Fresh Fruit Cake With Black Carrot

Eggless fresh fruit cake with black carrot, strawberry, chikoo or Sapodilla organic jaggery, olive oil, whole wheat and soybean flour. Cake is super soft, moist, healthy and absolutely delicious. An aromatic cake with all the goodness of fresh fruits. Protein rich soybean flour will make your cake nutritious and soft. You can get two more jaggery cake recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Gluten free apple jaggery cake

2. Oats whole wheat Bournvita cake

And a collection of Eggless fruit cakes

You can also type cake on search to get many gluten free and healthy cakes. Not only eggless but this cake is also butter less and APF less. So you don’t need maida or refined flour, eggs or butter. If you don’t have olive oil then you can use any flavorless oil instead. We normally use fresh fruit for icing but tried this tea cake with fresh fruit and very happy with the taste and texture.

I have used black carrot, chikoo, strawberry, dried cranberries, fig and flavoured with dried ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. And with whole wheat flour used soybean flour to add some protein and to make the cake more soft. I have used organic jaggery powder to sweetened the cake. You can use brown sugar, confectionery sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice. But I recommend to try with organic jaggery powder if you are making it for kids. You all know the health benefits of all these fruits and soybean flour so I am not making the post long and coming to the recipe. If you want you can get many articles about health benefits of these ingredients on Google.

This recipe is my contribution to 282 #Foodiemonday bloghop Best Of Berries theme. This lovely theme suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam has a great collection of different types of wonderful recipes. I love her variety of thali recipes. And bookmarked her Healthy gingerbread cookies to try soon.

As I mentioned above that you can use any sweetener of your choice instead of organic jaggery powder, you can also use any flour instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour. Like any gluten free flour or even APF or maida can be used. And for flavour you can use vanilla or any essence of your choice if you don’t like cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger powder. You can also add any chopped dry fruits of your choice. I have made this cake in my Samsung microwave. If you are using microwave convection or hot blast mode set the temperature 150°-160° but for OTG set the temperature at 180°.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry ginger powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Strawberry – 1/2 cup, chopped into small pieces

Chikoo or Sapodilla – 1

Dried cranberries – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Dried fig – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Black carrot – 1 cup, peeled and grated + to sprinkle

Organic jaggery powder – 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/3 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grease a loaf pan or line with parchment paper and brush with oil.

2. If you are using OTG preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. And for new model Samsung microwave set hot blast function. Set the temperature at 150° and press start. Your oven will start to preheat.

3. Peel and chop the chikoo into small pieces. Also chop the strawberries into small pieces.

4. In a bowl mix both fruits with 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder and 1 tablespoon organic jaggery powder. Keep aside.

5. Stir 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice in lukewarm or room temperature milk. Your buttermilk is ready to use.

6. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour or atta, soybean flour, baking powder, soda, dry ginger powder, nutmeg powder and 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder. Sieve twice.

7. Mix chopped dried cranberries and dried fig pieces in the sieved flour.

8. In a large bowl whisk organic jaggery powder and olive oil well. Add vinegar or lemon juice mixed milk and whisk again.

9. Add peeled and grated black carrot and mix. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and make a lump free smooth batter.

10. Fold in Cinnamon and jaggery mixed chopped strawberry and Chikoo in the batter.

11. Pour the batter into greased or lined baking pan. Level the top with a spoon. Sprinkle grated black carrot all over it. Cut the strawberry into 2 or 4 pieces and arrange on the top. Place the strawberry cut side down.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle to check. In Samsung microwave bake in hot blast function at 150° for 30 minutes. But check after 25 minutes. If it’s not done properly bake for a few minutes more.

13. Let the cake cool down completely. Slice and serve with milk, tea or coffee. Or serve soft moist cake as a dessert. You can also serve it with icecream. Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can use any fruit and dry fruits of your choice.

2. Any flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour.

3. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice instead of cinnamon and nutmeg.

4. If you don’t have organic jaggery powder then you can use brown sugar, confectionery sugar, stevia or any sweetener of your choice.

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

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Ranga Aloor Pithe/Sweet Potato Dumplings


Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings. A sankranti special delicacy from Bengali cuisine. Sugar syrup soaked and stuffud with mawa/dried or thickened milk, coconut and khajur gur or date palm jaggery dumplings taste heavenly.

As I mentioned in my last year Sankranti post that in Bengal different types of pithe, puli, paesh or rice kheer/pudding are usually made to celebrate Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. On sankranti our lunch is Bhuni khichuri or khichdi with different types of vegetable fry or bhaja, Dum aloo , beguni, papad, tomato chutney or Khejur aamsotto or date mango bar chutney and for dinner different types of pithe puli, paesh or kheer, malpua, green peas stuffed kachodi, aloor nonta or savoury pithe. A day to enjoy all the traditional dishes. Here are some recipes that you can try to celebrate Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Til badam laddu

2. Moong dal fried and baked pithe

3. Baked dudh puli

4. Malpua

5. Nolen gur paesh or date palm jaggery kheer

6. Gokul pithe

7. Date palm jaggery and coconut barfi

8. Rice kheer

9. Narkol naru or coconut laddu

And not traditional as above recipes but absolutely delicious two innovative baked recipes with all the sankranti special ingredients.

1. Semolina or rawa cake

2. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

Monday again and our this week’s 280 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Sankranti Special.

To make these ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings you need rice flour and maida or refined flour for binding with mashed sweet potatoes. You have to mash the sweet potatoes really well. Dough should be completely lump free. Some sweet potatoes have fiber. Discard the fiber if any. And we don’t need thick sugar syrup for this pithe. Make a stuffing with khoya or mawa/dried whole milk, khajur gur or date palm jaggery, dry fruits and coconut. Cook the mixture on low heat until dried up. Keep stirring to avoid sticking to the bottom. Add little cardamom powder and remove from heat. Let it cool down completely before stuffing.

I always use homemade mawa. Get the method to make mawa here.



Recipe


Sweet potato- 4

Rice flour- 3 tablespoon

Refined flour or maida- 1 tablespoon

Sugar- 1 cup

Water- 2 cup

Cardamom powder- 1 teaspoon

For Stuffing click here

Refined oil or ghee for deep frying


Method

1. First make the stuffing as we made for Moong dal bhaja pithe and keep aside.

2. For sugar syrup boil 2 cup water with 1 cup sugar till sugar completely dissolved. Let it boil on low heat for 5 – 6 minutes more. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and remove from heat. You can use half cup khajur gur or date palm jaggery and half cup sugar to make jaggery flavoured syrup.

3. Boil the sweet potatoes. Don’t make the potatoes mushy, boil till potatoes becomes tender. If you are using pressure cooker, cook for 2 whistle.

4. Peel the sweet potatoes when cool. Mash the potatoes well. Break all the lumps and make lump free dough. Discard the fiber if any.

5. Add rice flour, refined flour or maida and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Mix well and make a smooth dough.

6. Make equal size balls. I have made 13 – 14 balls. You can make small sized pithe if you want. Flatten the balls with your palm. Place one teaspoon stuffing in the middle.

7. You can use little more stuffing but be careful while sealing, stuffing should be remain inside. Seal the edges and give cylindrical shape.

8. You can also make round pithe just like gulab jamun if you want.

9. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Slide the stuffed pithe into the hot oil. Slide 3 – 4 pithe one by one. But don’t overcroud. Fry on low medium heat till pithe becomes golden brown.

10. Dip the fried pithe in warm sugar syrup. Let it soak in syrup for 30 – 40 minutes or until all the pithe soaked well and swelled.

11. Use a large vessel to soak the stuffed and fried pithe. Don’t place the pithe over each other. Serve warm or at room temperature.

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Bhuni Khichuri Or Bhoger Khichuri/Moong Dal Khichdi

Bhuni khichuri or bhoger khichuri/khichdi. A very aromatic and delicious one pot meal . This khichdi is usually prepared for offering as bhog prasad for Goddess with 5 types of vegetable fry, mixed vegetable or labra, dum aloo, chutney, rice kheer and sweets etc.

Now what is bhog? Food prepared to offer God called naivedyam or bhog. I had mentioned about bhog in my Durga Puja Or Sharad Utsab post. Not only khichdi but Luchi , Radhaballabhi, pulao , Misti doi suji or semolina halwa and different kinds of sweets also can be prepared for bhog. You can serve this khichdi with any no onion garlic curry. I had served it with papad, begun bhaja, dum aloo, mixed vegetable or labra, chutney and rice kheer.

And some salted vegetable fry to serve with this khichdi. Aloo bhaja or fried potato, fried cauliflower, begun bhaja or fried brinjal and pumpkin fry.

Here are some recipes that you can make with khichuri.

.Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar

.Mango raisin chutney

.No onion garlic makhana curry

.Potato curry

.Dum aloo

.Rice kheer with date palm jaggery or khajur gur

.Rice kheer or paesh

.Misti doi

You can call it moong dal khichdi. But let me tell you that its not light moong khichdi which normally served to sick people. But this khichdi or khichuri is taste like pulao. Usually fried cauliflower and potatoes are used to make this bhoger khichuri or bhuni khichuri. But you can also make it with only green peas if you want. You can add cashew nuts and raisins in the khichdi if you like. Normally gobindobhog rice is used to make this khichdi but I don’t have gobindobhog rice so used Indrayani rice. My daughter bought it from Pune. You can use any fragrant short grain rice.

Monday again and this week 277 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is One Pot Wonder suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at Mad Scientist Kitchen. Archana is a wonderful blogger. I always love her authentic Goan recipes, different types of continental recipes and delicious bakes. Her Plum and apple cobbler and Goan-methi-che-polle-recipe are in my next to try recipes. Do visit her space for many more amazing recipes.

Now coming to the recipe. You can also make this khichdi in pressure cooker. If you are using pressure cooker add only 4 & 1/2 cup water. You need more water in open pot. But khichdi taste best in open pot, as I did. Fry the moong dal well or till you feel the aroma of fried moong dal and dal becomes golden brown. You can add less sugar according to your taste. But don’t skip it. To make the khichdi more aromatic and ghee and little Bengali garam masala powder at the end. You can add water according to your desired consistency but don’t make the khichdi runny. This khichdi or khichuri taste just like pulao. You can dry roast the dal and then wash and add with rice in the khichdi. You can add cumin powder and red chilli powder if you want. I am sharing my mother’s recipe here.

Recipe

Moong dal – 1 cup

Rice – 3/4 cup

Potato – 2 large

Cauliflower florets- 13 – 14

Slit green chili – 2 – 3

Green peas – 3/4 cup

Grated ginger – 1 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Bay leaf – 2

Green cardamom – 3, crushed

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mustard oil – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Water – 6 – 7 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice well and soak in water for 10-15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside. Use gobindobhog rice or any fragrant short grain rice.

2. Wash the moong dal and drain well.

3. Peel the potatoes and cut into 4 pieces.

4. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Fry the potato pieces till brown. Remove from oil.

5. In the same oil fry the cauliflower florets. When florets becomes brown remove from oil and place on a plate.

6. Now add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter in the oil. Add cumin seeds, dry red chilli, crushed or broken green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. Add drained moong dal and fry for a minute. Add grated ginger and fry till dal becomes golden brown.

8. You can dry roast the dal before washing, dry roast till fragrant and golden brown. If you are dry roasting moong dal then wash when cool and add it with rice.

9. Add soaked and drained rice. Mix well. Add salt, turmeric powder, fried potato pieces, green peas and stir well. Saute for a minute. You can add 1 teaspoon cumin powder and 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder if you want. I didn’t.

10. Add 5 cup water and slit green chili. Mix everything well. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes.

11. Stir in between. Check after 10 minutes and you can add more warm water if required. If you are using gobindobhog rice then you may need less water.

12. Now add sugar and fried cauliflower florets. You can also add some cashew nuts and raisins if you like.

13. Add 1 cup warm water and mix well. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes more. I like my bhuni khichuri/khichdi dry. But if you like medium thick then you can add little more warm water. Khichdi shouldn’t be runny so add water carefully.

14. At last add 1 tablespoon ghee and switch off the heat. Add more ghee if you wish. I have added some more ghee before serving. You can add little Bengali garam masala powder at the end. Get the recipe of Bengali garam masala here.

15. Serve hot khichuri/khichdi with begun bhaja or beguni or baigan pakoda, labra, Dum aloo , tomato chutney or Khajur or date chutney, Mango-raisin-chutney papad, paesh or rice kheer and Misti doi.

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Bajra Or Pearl Millet Pizza Crackers / Gluten Free Crackers

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

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

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

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

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

1. Gluten free savoury pancake

2. Gluten free rose flavored nankhatai

3. Eggless pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

4. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

5. Fennel oats millet cookies

Earlier shared Whole wheat carom seeds or ajwain crackers

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

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

Recipe

Bajra or pearl millet flour – 1 cup

Olive oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Dried basil – 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Pizza sauce – 2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cheddar cheese powder – 1 tablespoon, optional

Water – 5 tablespoon

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

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

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

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

5. To make the crackers vegan omit cheese powder.

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Multigrain Chocolate Cookies Or Shortbread Cookies/Nankhatai

Eggless chocolate cookies or chocolate nankhatai/shortbread cookies. A delicious and healthy treat for your kids. Cookies are made with multigrain flour or a mixture of wheat, barley, ragi, corn, chana or chickpea and soybean flour and little cornmeal. And sweetened with organic jaggery powder. You can also use normal powdered sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar. You can add some choco chips or chopped dry fruits in the dough if you want.

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I got a bottle of farm fresh organic jaggery powder from my loving neighbor Jagjeet Kaur Kang (Sona). Every year she brings a bottle for me from her parents home. And I love to use this jaggery in my bakes like

Gluten free apple almond cupcakes

Apple almond saffron whole wheat muffins

No butter no sugar oats almond cookies

Gluten free vegan apple jaggery cake

Whole wheat coffee jaggery cookies

Whole wheat Bournvita cake

and Gluten free oats tutti frutti jaggery cookies . So thanks to Sona and a big thank to her brothers who cultivate in their farm.

Sending this post to 275 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Healthy Bakes suggested by me. Eagerly waiting to see my fellow blogger’s recipes using different kinds of healthy flour or some healthy baked dishes.

I have used store bought multigrain flour but you can make a mixture of different flours if you want. And if you don’t have organic jaggery powder then you can use unrefined or raw sugar, brown sugar, powdered sugar, jaggery powder, coconut sugar or any sweetener of your choice. My kids like less sweet so I had used 1/3 cup organic jaggery powder, if you like your cookies sweeter then add 1 cup sweetener. Cornmeal will make your cookies crisp. But you can also use oats powder, besan or chickpea flour or simply increase the amount of multigrain flour. For soft and mouth melting cookies bake for only 10 – 12 minutes. And for crispy cookies bake for 15 – 20 minutes. Every oven takes different time so check after 10 minutes. If you are using OTG set the temperature at 180° but in new microwave convection mode bake at 160°.

Recipe

Multigrain flour – 1 cup

Cornmeal or makka atta – 1/3 cup

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 2 & 1/2 tablespoon

Butter – 1/2 cup

Organic jaggery powder – 3/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Choco chips as require

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

3. In a bowl mix multigrain flour, cornmeal, semolina, cocoa powder, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk jaggery powder and butter well. I have used homemade white butter. I like my cookies less sweet but if you want sweeter cookies use 1 cup organic jaggery powder.

5. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

6. Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix well and make a smooth dough.

7. Make small balls. You can make 21 – 22 small cookies. Or make larger balls to make large size cookies.

8. Press the ball gently with your palm and arrange the cookies on greased or lined baking tray.

9. Press ones choco chip in the middle. I had used white choco chips. You can use any choco chips or dry fruits of your choice. But this step is optional.

10. Bake the cookies in preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or till cracks appears. For crisper cookies bake for a few minutes more. Let the cookies cool down before serving. Enjoy the cookies with your milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used to make these cookies.

2. You can also add some choco chips or shredded almond or any dry fruits in the dough.

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