Biryani Flavoured Tahri

Biryani flavoured tahri. Tahri is a famous one pot rice dish made with rice, seasonal vegetables and spices from North Indian cuisine. And here is a similar recipe with different flavour. All the aromatic spices, saffron, rose, Kewra and meetha attar made this tahri fragrant and mouthwatering.

This spicy aromatic rice can be served with Palak raita, Beetroot raita or any raita. Or you can also serve it with any curry. I have served this with Doi potol or parwal in yogurt gravy. And garnished with some different coloured chillies from my terrace garden.

According to Wikipedia Tahri is a yellow rice dish in Awadhi cuisine. Spices are added to plain cooked rice for flavor and colour. In one version of Tehri, potatoes are added to the rice. In other variants soyabean chunks, vegetables, onions, tomatoes and many different spices are also added. Tehri and tehari are variants on the name for the vegetarian dish prepared in the same way as biryani. Alternatively, it can also be prepared with various types of meats and green peas. It was developed by the Muslim Nawabs of Awadh in South Asia. Tehri became more popular during the Second World War when meat prices increased substantially and potato became the popular substitute in biryani.

You may like to try some more rice dishes from this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

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 or pulao

7. Korean egg fried rice

8. Chutney pulao

9. Spanish moulded rice

10. Mint rice or pulao

11. Beetroot rice and raita

12. Mexican rice

13. Carrot rice

14. Tricolour rice

15. Mexican green rice

16. Kolkata style chicken biryani

17. Basanti pulao

18. Lotus stem biryani or pulao

19. Bengali pulao

20. Egg biryani or pulao

Tahri is a simple and easy to make rice dish made with spices, vegetables, soya nuggets or meat etc. And usually flavoured with aromatic whole spices like cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. But in this Tahri I have used all the flavour of biryani. So you will get a lovely aroma of biryani in this Tahri. And saffron will give a beautiful yellow colour and flavour to your tahri. You don’t need to use turmeric powder. But if you don’t have saffron then you can use 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder with other spices. But I recommend to use saffron.

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Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Cauliflower florets – 1 cup

Potato – 1 large, peeled and cubed

Carrot – 1, cubed

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Tomato – 1 small, chopped

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Garlic – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Thick curd or yogurt – 1/4 cup

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, optional

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Rose essence or water – 1 teaspoon

Meetha attar – 3 drop

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice 3-4 times or till water runs out clear and soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain the water and keep aside.

2. Peel and chop the potatoes and carrot in cubes. Cut the cauliflower into small florets.

3. Grind tomato, green chilli, garlic and ginger into a smooth paste.

4. Soak saffron in hot milk. Let the milk cool down. Crush the saffron with your finger tips. Add Kewra water, rose water or essence and meetha attar. Stir and cover.

5. Crush the cardamom, cloves and cinnamon in a mortar pestle.

6. Heat a wok or heavy bottom vessel. Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and 1 bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add finely chopped onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

7. Add cauliflower florets, carrot and potatoes. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

8. Add ground ginger, garlic and green chilli. Also add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, biryani masala and salt. Saute till dried up and oil leaves the sides.

9. Reduce the heat and add well whisked curd or yogurt. Keep stirring. When everything about to dried up increase the flame, add rice and mix. Saute for a minute.

10. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Tear up mint leaves with your hand and add if using.

11. Now add green peas and Kewra, rose water and meetha attar mixed saffron milk and 2 cup water. If you are making in pressure cooker use 1&1/2 cup water. Mix well. Taste the water if its perfectly salty, if not add little more salt to taste. Cover the vessel or wok. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook covered on simmer for 10 minutes.

12. Stir gently and cover again and cook for 5 minutes or till all the water evaporate.

13. Remove from heat and keep aside covered for 5-6 minutes.

14. Fluff the rice gently and serve hot with any raita or curry.

Notes

1. To make the tahri more spicy add some more green chilli. You can also use little red chilli powder if you want.

2. You can use any vegetables, soya nuggets, fried paneer cubes etc in this tahri.

3. 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder can be used instead of saffron. Add turmeric powder with other spices. But try to use saffron for best result.

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Spinach Egg And Paneer Curry

Spinach egg curry and spinach paneer or cottage cheese curry. Yes, you can make this delicious side dish with egg or paneer or you can also use grated paneer and egg both. And best part is that you can use boiled or sauteed spinach or palak to make this curry. This spinach curry is taste great with both ways. So here is a recipe with four different ways and with different taste. Try this delectable curry as per your convenience and serve with any Indian flatbread or crisp toast.

Got this recipe idea from Vishal Amin. Earlier shared his delicious Broccoli almond cheese soup here. Vishal shared a video on his Instagram and Facebook profile. Tried this recipe with some changes. And every time it was a super hit in my family. Scroll down to see all the different ways to make this nutritious side dish with scrumptious taste. And its my humble suggestion that try all the method and enjoy the different taste.

Its not only taste great but also nutritious. Spinach is extremely healthy and linked to numerous health benefits. Eating spinach may benefit eye health, reduce oxidative stress, help prevent cancer, and reduce blood pressure levels. Spinach is an extremely nutrient-rich vegetable. It packs high amounts of carotenoids, vitamin C, vitamin K, folic acid, iron, and calcium. Source – Healthline

Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as “superfoods.” They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. A single large boiled egg contains :

• Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA

• Folate: 5% of the RDA

• Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA

• Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA

• Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA

• Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA

• Selenium: 22% of the RDA

• Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc To read about 10 health benefits of eggs that have been confirmed in human studies click here.

You can get 13 different egg dishes on this blog. Click on the link below to get all the recipes in one post.

Dim kosha or spicy egg curry

And here are some recipes with palak or spinach.

1. Brown rice spinach pulao

2. Kidney beans spinach Kabab

3. Cauliflower with spinach and cottage cheese

4. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

5. Spinach curry with corn soya chunk coconut and almond

6. Dal palak

7. Spinach raita

8. Green gram carrot spinach soup

9. Spinach carrot beet almond soup

10. Red lentil soup

11. Lebanese lentil lemon soup

12. Dairy free green smoothie

13. Zan

14. Mix veg cutlets

15. Mix veg stuffed paratha

You may also like to try Stuffed spinach rawa dosa from the blog of Sasmita Sahoo Samanta.

Not only nutritious but its very easy to make. As I mentioned above that you can use boiled spinach or sauteed spinach to make this curry. And also use egg or paneer or both. I make it so often and love the taste with all the method. Every time make some changes. Sauteed spinach and boiled spinach taste little different but both taste too good. Make it with egg or paneer or use both, you will get different and absolutely mouthwatering taste in all the ways. I suggest you to try all the different ways to get different taste every time. Vegetation people can enjoy it with only paneer.

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Recipe

Egg – 3-4

Or

Grated paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Onion – 2 finely chopped

Butter or oil – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Spinach leaves – 200 gram

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup, chopped

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 or to taste

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri Methi – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

Method

1. Rinse the spinach leaves well and chop roughly.

2..Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add cleaned, washed and chopped spinach leaves and saute till moisture evaporate and spinach dried up. Remove from heat and let it cool down. You can also use boiled spinach leaves instead of sauteed if you want.

3. Grind sauteed or boiled spinach leaves, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, ginger, garlic and green chilli. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat oil or butter in a pan. You can use half oil and half butter. If you are using only butter, add 1 teaspoon oil with butter to prevent burning the butter. Add finely chopped onion and fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

5. Now add the green paste and saute till raw smell of garlic goes away.

6. Add half cup water and let it boil. Grate the boiled eggs and add. Or add grated paneer or cottage cheese. Or you can use 1/4 cup grated paneer with grated eggs. I sometimes do so.

7. Mix and cook on simmer for 5-6 minutes or till you get your desired consistency.

8. Crush the Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the curry. Mix and remove from heat. Serve with any Indian flatbread or toasted bread.

Notes

1. Vegetarian people can use paneer to cottage cheese instead of eggs.

2. You can use less or more eggs as per your convenience.

3. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance. You can use more green chilli if you want your curry more spicy.

4. Olive oil can be used instead of butter.

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Mor Kulambu Or Buttermilk Kuzhambu

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

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

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

1. Cornmeal oats soya vegetable idli

2. Chutney idli

3. Green moong idli

4. Barnyard millet fried idli

5. Masala paniyaram or appe

6. Carrot peas instant appe or paniyaram

7. Rice appe

8. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

9. Beetroot appe

10. Semolina and lentil appe

11. Roasted gram or sattu appe

12. Semolina and flatten rice appe

13. Sprouts and oats appe

14. Green moong uttapam or dosa

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

16. Sprouts sundal

17. Paruppu payasam

18. Dal rasam

19. Kadala curry or black chickpea curry

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

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

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

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Recipe

Curd or thick yogurt – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Curry leaves – 4-5

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

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

Rice – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

For tempering

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Mustard seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Methi or fenugreek seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 2

Curry leaves – 10-12

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Serve hot with steamed rice and potato fries.

Notes

1. Never use yogurt or curd without blending well.

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

3. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

4. Use thick yogurt or curd for perfect taste.

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Lemony Dal Or Red Lentil

Lemony dal or red lentil. A very easy to make and delicious dal with lemon. A perfect dish for winter. You can also serve this piping hot dal as soup with toasted bread and your dinner is sorted.

Here are some more different types of dal and lentil soup recipes from this blog. Sharing the links below.

1. Masoor dal chochchori

2. Panch phoran dal

3. Dal rasam

4. Dal makhani

5. Goan dal curry

6. Dal kanda or dry chana dal fry

7. Beetroot dal

8. Whole masoor dal

9. Dal palak

10. Sprouts sundal

11. Egg dal tadka

12. Mediterranean green lentil soup

13. Red lentil soup

14. Lebanese lentil lemon soup

15. Green moong carrot spinach soup

And you may also like to try Andhra style tomato dal from the blog of my blogger friend Priya Iyer.

Now here is the recipe of an absolutely delicious dal with different taste and flavour. This protein rich dal can be served hot as soup. Try and enjoy as a side or soup, choice is your. You can make this dal thick or thin both. Keep the consistency according to your taste. You need some very simple and easily available ingredients to make this mouthwatering lemony dal or soup.

I have used one spring onion/onion green or scallion. Fried the lower part of the scallion with onion garlic and used green part for garnishing. But you can use more scallion if you want. You can also use more garlic if you like garlicky flavour. I have used one slit green chilli for flavour and to get slightly spicy taste. You can skip it if you want. Add black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance. You can also use cilantro or fresh coriander leaves in the dal if you like. You can use vegetable stock or chicken stock instead of water.

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Recipe

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1/2 cup

Onion – 2 medium

Garlic – 3-4 cloves, minced or grated

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Slit green chilli – 1, optional

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 4 cup

Scallion or spring onion – 1

Freshly ground black pepper to sprinkle

Lemon slices and onion green or scallion to garnish

Method

1. Rinse the masoor dal or red lentil well. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Chop the lower part of the scallion or onion green. Peel and chop the onions. Also chop the remaining green part of scallion and keep aside. We will use it for garnishing.

3..Heat oil in a pan or wok or pan. You can also use pressure cooker to make the dal in less time. Add chopped onion and garlic. Also add the lower part of the scallion. Fry till onion becomes brown.

4. Add dal or red lentil, salt, black pepper powder,cumin powder and coriander powder. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Add water and when it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 25-30 minutes or till lentil becomes soft. Don’t forget to check in-between. Check and stir in regular interval. Add more water if required. Add more or less water to get your desired consistency. If you want your dal thin add more water and for thick dal use less water.

6. When dal or lentil becomes soft add lemon juice. Increase the flame and boil for a minute. Taste and adjust salt, black pepper and lemon juice if require. Remove from heat.

7. Garnish with lemon slices, freshly ground black pepper and chopped scallion or onion green. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can use any oil instead of olive oil.

2. Vegetable or chicken stock can be used instead of water.

3. You can use cilantro or fresh coriander leaves in the dal if you like.

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

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Mushroom Egg Kabab

Mushroom egg Kabab. Egg coated soft succulent spicy Kabab, made with boiled eggs and sauteed mushrooms taste scrumptious. A perfect starter or appetizer for your party or enjoy it as breakfast or burger stuffing with some cheese slices.

Kabab are super soft. Egg coating and aromatic spices made these Kabab absolutely delicious. You don’t need any sides to serve with these spicy Kabab. Lemon juice soaked onion rings or onion slices are sufficient to enjoy the scrumptious taste. You can also serve these with green chutney or any sauce of your choice. You may like some more Kabab and cutlets recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Veg galouti Kabab

2. Rice kofta

3. Moong Kabab

4. Soya egg shami Kabab

5. Oats black chickpea Kabab

6. Moong masoor dal Kabab

7. Potato barnyard millet Kabab

8. Mix veg cutlets

9. Beetroot cutlets

10. Soya paneer lollipop

11. Aloo chop or potato fritters

12. Sprout and oats pan fried cutlets

And you might also like to try Mix Vegetable balls from the blog of my friend Preethi Prasad.

Recipe is very simple. You can make the patties and coat with bread crumb one day before and store in refrigerator. Coat with whisked egg and fry just before serving. I have used my homemade dry roasted spice powder to make the Kabab aromatic. You can use cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, jaiphal or nutmeg, javitri or mace powder in the mixture if you want. Use nutmeg and mace powder 1/4 teaspoon only. Or you can also use any flavorful spices of your choice. I have made medium size 13 Kabab but you can make large or small size patties. If you are making for burger stuffing make large size patties or to serve as starter or for teatime snack make small patties.

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Recipe

Mushroom – 200 gram

Egg – 4, hard boiled

Potato – 2, boiled

Onion – 3

Garlic – 5-6 cloves, finely chopped or grated

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Cumin powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Dry roasted spice powder – 1&1/2 teaspoon

Chilli flakes or red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Chaat masala – 2 teaspoon

Fennel or sounf powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Bread crumb – 4 tablespoon

For coating

Egg – 2

Salt & black pepper to taste

Bread crumb – 1/2 cup or as required

Pink or black salt to taste

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for frying

Method

1..Peel and grate or mash the boiled potatoes.

2. Grate or finely chop the mushrooms. I had used my chopper to finely chop the mushrooms. Grate the eggs and keep aside.

3. Thinly slice one onion. Separate the slices with your hand.

4. Finely chop 2 onion and green chilli. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance. You can add more chillies to make your Kabab more spicy. Or skip if you are making for kids.

5..Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add finely chopped onion, green chilli and garlic. When onion starts to change it’s colour add ginger and finely chopped mushroom.

6..Add cumin powder, black pepper powder, red chilli flakes or powder, garam masala and fennel or sounf powder. Mix well and saute till moisture evaporate and mushroom dried up completely.

7. Now add mashed potato and salt. Mix and saute till mixture dried up completely.

8..Remove from heat and let it cool down. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, chaat masala, thinly sliced onion, dry roasted spice powder. To get the recipe of dry roasted spice powder click here. Mix everything well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. You can also add some finely chopped green chilli with sliced onion in the mixture.

9. In a plate spread bread crumb mixed with little black or pink salt.

10..In a bowl whisk two eggs with little salt and black pepper.

12..Make round patties with the mixture. I made 13 medium size patties. You can make small or large patties if you wish. Coat the patties with bread crumb and arrange on a plate.

13. Heat 2-3 tablespoon oil or ghee in a pan. Dip the patties in whisked egg and place on hot oil or ghee. Turn upside down and fry the other side till golden brown on medium heat. Kabab will be too soft so flip the Kabab carefully with the help of two spoon or spatula.

14. Serve hot with sliced onion or onion rings, lemon wedges and any chutney or sauce.

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Brown Rice Spinach Pulao Or Palak Pulao

Spinach or palak pulao with brown rice. Absolutely delicious and flavorful rice made with brown rice and palak or spinach leaves. Sharing the recipe with both brown and white basmati rice. A very easy to make one pot meal.

Whatever rice you are using remember to consume moderately. You can make this in a jiffy, just soak the rice in sufficient water and make a ground paste ready. Use pressure cooker to make the rice in less time. Brown rice take more time than white rice so soaking the rice is required to cook quickly. To get some more Pulao recipes click here. Serve this palak pulao with any raita. Actually you don’t need much side dishes with this flavorful and nutritious rice. Serve the rice with Spinach or palak raita, Beetroot raita, Mint yogurt dip or any raita or Chutney. You can also serve it with Makhana raita from the blog of Poonam Bachhav.

You can also make it white rice. The measurement for white rice are given below the recipe.

Brown rice is fibrous and a whole grain but remember to consume moderately. While white rice and brown rice are high in starch, brown rice contains more fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. When eating white rice, add legumes and vegetables to ensure that you are having a balanced meal. That said, either type of rice can be part of a healthy diet — as evidenced by the long history of white rice in the traditional cuisine of many cultures. Brown rice may have a more favorable nutrition profile, but there’s nothing wrong with having white rice as a part of a balanced diet. Source – Healthline

All rice consists primarily of carbs, with small amounts of protein and practically no fat. However, brown rice is a whole grain. That means it contains all parts of the grain — including the fibrous bran, the nutritious germ, and the carb-rich endosperm. It’s chewy and takes a while to cook due to its tough bran exterior. White rice, on the other hand, has had the bran and germ removed. Because these are the most nutritious parts of the grain, white rice is left with very few essential nutrients. However, white rice is softer and tends to cook quicker Here are some health benefits of brown rice.

.Nutrient rich Positive effects on blood sugar levels

. May reduce heart disease risk Rich in antioxidants.

. Aids weight control

To read more about health benefits of brown and white rice visit Healthline.

As I mentioned above that recipe is very easy to make. Brown rice take more time than white rice so don’t forget to soak the rice for atleast 30-40 minutes. But if you are using white rice 10-15 minutes soaking is sufficient. And white rice can also make without soaking if you are using pressure cooker. Just wash the rice well and drain the water before cooking. Crush the whole spices in a mortar pestle and if you don’t like these spices comes in mouth while eating then you can grind all the whole spices with spinach or use powdered spices.

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Recipe

Basmati brown rice – 1 cup

Spinach leaves or palak – 100 gram

Onion – 2, sliced

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Green chilli – 3-4

Tomato – 1 small, roughly chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, optional

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Star anise – a small piece, optional

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup, optional

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Wash the brown rice 4-5 times. Soak in sufficient water for 30-40 minutes.

2. Wash the spinach leaves or palak well. Grind ginger, garlic, green chilli, tomato and spinach leaves to make a smooth paste. Also grind cilantro or coriander leaves with these spices if using.

3. Crush the green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

4. Heat oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds, bay leaves, crushed cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and a small piece of star anise. Crushed whole spices will release more aroma. But you can use the spices without crushing if you want. Just break the cardamom lightly if you don’t like to crush.

5. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add sliced onion and fry till onion becomes light golden brown. Now add ginger, green, green chilli, tomato and spinach paste. Also add cumin powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides and raw smell of garlic and spinach goes away.

6. Drain the water of soaked brown rice. Add rice, green peas, sweet corn and salt. Saute for a minute. Stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice.

7. Add water and lemon juice. Mix well and cover the pressure cooker. Cook the brown rice palak pulao for 4 whistle. Switch off the heat.

8. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. Don’t try to open the pressure cooker immediately. Give some standing time for perfectly cooked rice. When pressure settle down completely open the lid. Fluff the rice gently.

9. Garnish with lemon wedges. Serve hot with any raita.

For white rice in pressure cooker

Soak the white basmati rice for 10-15 minutes in sufficient water. Drain the water completely and keep aside. Follow the recipe above as making brown rice palak pulao. Add 1&1/2 cup water and pressure cook for 2 whistle. And if you don’t like soft rice then add 1&1/4 cup water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. Fluff the rice gently before serving.

In pot, pan or wok

Follow the above recipe. Add 2 cup water for 1 cup rice. When it starts to rolling boil cover and reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir the rice gently and again cook on simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir gently and cover the pan. After 5 minutes fluff the rice gently and serve.

Notes

1. Use green chilli according to your spice tolerance.

2. You can use any vegetable of your choice.

3. You can also use fried cashew nuts or any dry fruits if you want.

4. Use only one small tomato, not more than that to retain the green colour. If you have large tomato then use half of the tomato.

5. Ghee or clarified butter can be used instead of oil.

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Bhater Kofta Or Rice Kofta

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

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

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

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

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

1. 3 gram Jaiphal or nutmeg

2. 4 Cloves

3. 2 Green cardamom

4. 4&1/2 inch cinnamon

5. 2 dry red chilli

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

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

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

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Recipe

Cooked rice – 1 cup

Green chilli – 1-2 or to taste

Jaiphal or nutmeg powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Clove or laung powder – 1/8 teaspoon

Green cardamom or ilaichi powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon or darchini powder -1/4 teaspoon

Curd/yogurt or dahi – 2 tablespoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/4 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 2 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 8-10

Or

Raisins – 60 gram

Milk – 2 teaspoon

Saffron- a pinch or 600 Milligram

Ginger – 1&1/2 teaspoon grated or paste

Ghee or oil- 4 tablespoon

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

1. Use spices according to your taste.

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

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

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

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

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Peanut Egg Curry

Peanut egg curry. Spicy delicious egg curry in peanut gravy. Grated eggs and ground peanut made this curry rich creamy and mouthwatering. Perfect side dish to pair with any Indian flatbread, jeera rice, pulao or fried rice.

Taste is completely different from the egg curry we usually make. You can make this as a side dish for your lunch or dinner. This tasty and flavorful curry is also great as party side dish. You may like some more egg curries with different taste and flavour on this blog. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

1. Srilankan egg curry

2. Dim kosha

3. Egg in green curry

4. Dim posto

5. Kerala egg roast with potato

6. Egg korma

7. Egg in mustard gravy

8. Egg in yogurt sauce

9. Spicy egg or masala egg

10. Piperade with Indian spices

And you can also try delicious Potato stuffed egg enchilada

To make this curry you have to grate the hard boiled eggs. Grated eggs and ground peanut will give your curry a rich creamy texture. Peeling soaked peanut is very easy. Just rub the peanut lightly with your finger tips to peel the red skin. I have ground the cardamom, cinnamon and cloves with onion garlic to make a smooth gravy. You can use these whole spices for tempering or tadka before adding onion ginger garlic paste. But these will come in mouth while eating so better to grind into a smooth paste.

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Recipe

Egg – 3-4, hard boiled

Peanut – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 large, chopped

Garlic – 3-4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 1-2

Green cardamom – 2

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 Inch piece

Tomato – 2, medium

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1-2 tablespoon, chopped, optional

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1&1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the peanut in sufficient water overnight. Next day drain the water and wash again. Peel the red skin of peanut. Rub the peanut gently with your fingers to remove the red skin.

2. Peel and grate the boiled eggs and keep aside.

3. Grind onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon into a smooth paste.

4. Grind the soaked and peeled peanut. Add chopped tomato and grind again. Make a smooth paste of peanut and tomatoes.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add onion garlic, chilli, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon paste. Fry till oil leaves the sides.

6. Add tomato and peanut paste. Mix well. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder and mix. Saute till spices dried up completely and oil separated.

7. Now add the grated boiled eggs and salt. Also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves if using. Mix well.

8. Add water and mix. When the curry starts to boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 5-6 minutes.

9..Crush Kasuri methi with your palm and add in the curry. Remove from heat. Your peanut egg curry is ready.

10. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with pulao, jeera rice, rumali roti, paratha, puri, roti, naan or any bread.

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Kheerer Malpua Or Mawa Malpua

Kheerer malpua or mawa malpua. Soft fluffy delicious fried pancake from Bengali cuisine. Malpua is soft but edges are crisp and taste heavenly. Saffron and cardamom flavored kheerer malpua or mawa malpua is a perfect festive treat.

You can also make this malpua to offer Goddess Durga or Bhog prasad.

Earlier shared delicious Malpua. Method of making this malpua is same but khoya/mawa or dried milk used in this malpua. You have to make a smooth lump free batter to make perfect malpua. Khoya or mawa and milk should be blend really well. You can add any shredded dry fruits in the batter. You may like some more fried and sugar syrup soaked sweets on this blog like Gulab jamun, Chhanar jilipi, Pantua, Gokul pithe and Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings. And you may also like to try Pahala rasgulla from Sasmita’s blog.

This malpua is very easy to make and taste is delectable. Remember that batter should not be very thick. Make a lump free smooth flowing batter for perfect malpua. Fennel seeds or sounf is optional, you can skip it. But lightly crushed fennel seeds will give a lovely flavour. Sugar syrup is flavored with cardamom and saffron. If you don’t like cardamom then use only half teaspoon. I have used peanut oil mixed with 2 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter for frying. You can use only oil or only ghee/clarified butter if you want. You can use any flavorless oil for frying.

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Recipe

Khoya or mawa – 1 cup

Maida or all purpose flour – 1 cup

Suji or semolina – 4 tablespoon

Saunf or fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon, optional

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Warm milk – 1&3/4 cup

Oil or ghee/clarified butter for frying

Sugar – 1&1/2 cup

Water – 1 cup

Saffron or keshar – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Blend khoya or mawa and warm milk with a hand whisker or you can use your blender to mix really well. Homemade khoya will be soft and easy to blend. Get the method of making khoya here. But if you are using store bought khoya or mawa, grate the khoya before using.

2. Lightly crush the fennel seeds or sounf in a mortar pestle.

3. In a large bowl whisk maida or all purpose flour gradually with khoya and milk mixture. Don’t add all the maida in one go to avoid forming lump.

4. Add lighly crushed fennel seeds, semolina or suji and baking soda. Whisk well to make a lump free batter. Cover and keep aside for 30-40 minutes. Batter shouldn’t be thick. Make a flowing batter.

5. In a pan boil water and sugar with a pinch of saffron. Let it boil for 4 minutes. Add cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. If you don’t like the flavour of cardamom then add only half teaspoon cardamom powder.

6. Heat oil or ghee/clarified butter in a wok or pan. I used oil with two tablespoon ghee for flavour.

7..When oil becomes hot reduce the heat. Give a good stir to the batter. Pour a ladle full of batter in the middle of the ghee or oil. Fry on low medium heat till light golden brown from both sides and transfer on a plate. Fry all the malpua.

8. Dip the malpua in warm sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Press gently with a spoon to soak from both sides. Take out from the sugar syrup and arrange on a plate. Dip all the malpua this way.

9. Dip 2-3 malpua at a time and arrange on a large plate. Don’t dip in syrup for more than 2-3 minutes to soak each malpua. And remember sugar syrup should be warm.

10. Garnish with pistachios. You can also use shredded almond or grated khoya or mawa for garnishing. Serve warm or at room temperature. You can also serve malpua with rabri.

Notes

1. You can use shredded almond,cashew nuts or any dry fruits in the batter.

2. Batter should be lump free, smooth and flowing.

3. You can use only oil or ghee for frying. Or use a mixture of oil and ghee.

4. Any flavorless oil can be used for frying.

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Shahi Dum Aloo

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

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

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

• Packed With Nutrients.

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

• May Improve Blood Sugar Control

• May Improve Digestive Health

• Naturally Gluten-Free

• Incredibly Filling

• Extremely Versatile

To read more about health benefits of potato click here.

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

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Recipe

Small potatoes – 500 gram

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cashew nuts – 10

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 Inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Curd or yogurt – 4 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Kasuri methi – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1&1/2 cup + 4 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – to garnish

Method

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

1. You can use almond instead of cashew nuts.

2. Use chilli according to your spice tolerance.

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