Shahi Coconut Milk Pulao

Shahi coconut milk pulao. A no onion garlic flavorful one pot rice dish with coconut milk, aromatic spices,fried nuts and coconut milk. Very easy to make yet absolutely delicious. Dry fruit, saffron, whole spices, ghee or clarified butter, mint and cilantro with coconut milk made this pulao absolutely shahi or royal.

Here are some more rice dishes from this blog.

1. Spinach pulao

2. Mushroom egg fried rice

3. Mix Vegetable fried rice

4. Saffron rice with pickled Jalapeno and ginger julienne

5. Easy pulao or one pot rice

6. Corn peas barista fried rice

7. Korean egg fried rice

8. Aloo chutney pulao

9. Spanish moulded rice

10. Mint rice or pulao

11. Beetroot rice

12. Mexican rice

13. Carrot rice

14. Tricolor rice

15. Mexican green rice

16. Biryani flavoured tahri

17. Kolkata style chicken biryani

18. Basanti pulao

19. Egg pulao or biryani

20. Bengali pulao

21. Lotus stem biryani or pulao

22. Chana dal or Bengal gram and steamed egg khichdi

23. Bhuni khichuri or moong dal khichdi

You may also like to try Italian basil fried rice from the blog of my friend Radha Rajagopalan.

To make this aromatic and lipsmackingly delicious pulao you need only basmati rice, some dry fruits and whole spices. I have used almond and cashew nuts only. You can use raisins or any other dry fruits of your choice. If you don’t want to use whole spices add half to 1 teaspoon Pulao or biryani masala at the end to make your pulao perfectly flavorful.

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Recipe

Basmati rice – 2 cup

Cashew nuts – 3 tablespoon

Almond – 3 tablespoon

Saffron- 1/4 teaspoon + 1 tablespoon water

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves — 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Bay leaf – 2

Star anise – half

Kababchini – 4, optional

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Ginger – 1&1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2-3 or to taste

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1 teaspoon, optional

Ghee or clarified – 2 tablespoon

Thick coconut milk – 1 cup

Water – 3 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Method

1. Wash the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes drain the water and keep aside.

2. Soak saffron in 1 tablespoon warm water.

3. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan or wok. Fry the cashew nuts and almond on low medium heat till light golden brown. Transfer the nuts on a plate.

4. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, lightly crushed green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, bay leaves, star anise, mace or javitri and Kababchini if using. If you don’t want to use whole spices add half to one teaspoon biryani or pulao masala at the end or before removing from heat. Get the recipe here.

5..When seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Fry for a few seconds.

6. Now add drained rice, cumin powder and salt. Saute for 2 minutes. Stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice. Add soaked saffron and mix.

7. Add coconut milk, water, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, mint leaves, green peas, fried cashew nuts, almond and sugar. You can also add some raisins if you want. Mix well.

8. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. Stir once in between.

9. After 15 minutes stir the rice gently. Water should be absorbed, if not cover cover on simmer for 5 minutes again.

10. Remove from heat let it covered for 10-15 minutes. Remove the cover and fluff the rice gently. Serve hot and spicy curry or raita.

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Date Palm Jaggery Coconut Cake/Mawa Cake

Date palm jaggery coconut cake. A teacake made with mawa or khoya and date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur. You can also use coconut sugar if you don’t have date palm jaggery. Richness of mawa and flavour of date palm jaggery made this cake divine. Try this palm jaggery flavoured cake and enjoy the delectable taste. You can call it a sankranti special cake. Because this cake is made of all the sankranti special ingredients.

I have used all the ingredients which we usually use in sankranti special delicacies. Like date palm jaggery or khajur gur, rice flour, coconut and mawa or khoya. Earlier shared Semolina or rawa cake with sankranti special ingredients. And here are some different types of Sankranti special recipes.

1. Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings

2. Til badam laddu

3. Moong dal fried and baked pithe

4. Baked dudh puli

5. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

6. Malpua

7. Khejur gur or nolen gur payesh/kheer

8. Gokul pithe

9. Kheerer malpua or mawa malpua

10. Rice kheer or pudding

And a bhog or sankranti special Bhuni khichuri.

This cake recipe is very simple and made with all the easily available ingredients. You have to blend the mawa/khoya and grated jaggery with oil, milk and vinegar first. Blend really well till jaggery completely dissolved. If you don’t have date palm jaggery or khajur gur then you can use cane jaggery, sugar, brown sugar or any sweetener of your choice. But taste and flavour may differ. You can get similar taste with coconut sugar only. So I recomend to use coconut sugar if you don’t have date palm jaggery. You can also use chopped cashew nuts, almond, raisins, walnut or any dry fruits of your choice.

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Recipe

All purpose flour/refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Mawa/khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Oil – 1/3 cup

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1 cup, grated

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup

Lightly roasted sesame seeds to sprinkle

Method

1. Grease or line a baking pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle little sesame seeds so that you also serve the cake upside down if you want.

2. Preheat the oven at 160°. For OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

3. In a bowl mix all purpose flour or maida, rice flour, desiccated coconut, semolina or suji, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk grated date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur, mawa/khoya or dried or dried whole milk, oil and vinegar or lemon juice. Whisk well till jaggery completely dissolved and everything combined well. Add 1/2 cup milk and whisk again.

5. Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix well and make a smooth lump free batter. You can add little more milk if required. But first add only 1/2 cup milk. Batter shouldn’t be runny. Make a thick but flowing batter.

5. Pour the batter in greased baking pan and tap the pan gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles. Sprinkle sesame seeds over it.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.

7. Remove the cake from oven and let it cool down. Cut and serve the soft moist cake warm or at room temperature. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. You can use whole wheat flour or atta or any other flour instead of all purpose flour or maida.

2. Cane jaggery, brown sugar or powdered sugar can be used instead of date palm jaggery or khajur gur. But for best result use coconut sugar if you don’t have date palm jaggery.

3. You can also add chopped cashew nuts, almond, walnut or any dry fruits of your choice in the batter.

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Date Almond Sandesh/Gulkand Stuffed Sandesh

Gulkand stuffed date almond sandesh. Soft mouth melting and delicious sandesh sweetened with date powder and topped with white chocolate. Gulkand stuffing taste heavenly with the outer layer of sandesh.

One more fusion recipe for my readers. Sharing a sandesh recipe after a long time. Taste flavour and look is completely different from other traditional sandesh. You can call it kids friendly sweet. Because not only adults but kids will also enjoy the taste and look. You don’t need sugar or jaggery to make these sandesh. Little date powder gives enough sweetness to these sandesh. My last post Apple coconut kheer was also made with date powder.

Sandesh is a delicious sweet from Bengali cuisine. These sweets are very easy to make. You need some cottage cheese/chhena or paneer with any flavoring to make this sandesh. Homemade paneer or cottage is best for sandesh. You can also use different types of fruits with cottage cheese to make sandesh. Here are some different flavoured sandesh recipes from this blog.

1. Hazelnut chocolate sandesh

2. Carrot sandesh

3. Sugar free date sandesh

4. Sugar free pineapple sandesh

5. Coconut sandesh

6. Chocolate sandesh

7. Coconut pomegranate sandesh

8. Paan or betel leaf sandesh

9. Sandesh

10. Watermelon sandesh

11. Cake sandesh

12. Chocolate coconut sandesh

13. Kesar pista sandesh

14. Mango sandesh

15. Chocolate stuffed chocolate sandesh

16. Steamed sandesh

17. Steamed sandesh with date palm jaggery

18. Saffron pistachio sandesh panna cotta

19. Mango steamed sandesh

As I mentioned above making sandesh is very easy. You need to mash the paneer or cottage cheese mixture well and then add date powder, almond powder and milk powder. Mash again to make smooth. Cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Stir continuously while cooking and don’t cook more than 3-4 minutes to get soft sandesh mixture. Over cooking will make your sandesh crumbly and chewy. So to get soft mouth melting sandesh always cook on low heat till mixture starts to leave the sides, immediately remove from heat. Mash the mixture again when still slightly warm to make smooth.

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Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 3/4 cup

Date powder – 1/4 cup

Milk powder – 3 tablespoon

Almond – 1/4 cup

Caramel essence – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

White chocolate – 1/4 cup, grated

Gulkand for stuffing

Method

1. Make the paneer with curd instead of lemon juice or vinegar to get soft paneer for sweets. Get the method of making paneer here. After draining the whey from paneer or cottage cheese transfer the paneer on a plate.

2. Grind the almond to make fine powder.

3. Mash the paneer with your finger tips and heel of your palm to make the paneer smooth. Add date powder, milk powder and almond powder and mash again.

4. Grease a silicon chocolate mould with ghee or oil. I used little ghee or clarified butter.

5. Melt white chocolate in microwave or double boiler. I have used microwave. In a microwavable glass bowl melt the white chocolate on full power for 1 minute. Stir with a spoon. If your chocolate not melted completely then microwave for a few seconds more. Spread a layer of melted white chocolate in every mould and keep aside to set.

6. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Add the paneer mixture. Cook on low heat and stir continuously. Cook till moisture almost evaporate and mixture becomes like a soft smooth dough. Don’t overcook because overcooked paneer mixture becomes grainy and chewy. And remember don’t increase the heat, cook on simmer.

7. When the mixture starts to leaving the sides immediately remove from heat. Add caramel essence if using and mix well. Let the mixture cool down.

8. Mash the mixture again when slightly warm. Mash to make smooth. Make small equal size balls. Flatten the balls with your palm and place half teaspoon Gulkand in the middle. Seal the edges and make a ball again. Press the balls over white chocolate layer in every mould. Press gently.

9. Keep the silicon chocolate mould in refrigerator for an hour. After one hour demould the sandesh and arrange on a plate. Serve chilled. Leftover can be stored in refrigerator for 4-5 days.

Notes

1. Mash the paneer really well to make smooth. You can use your food processor to mash the paneer or cottage cheese.

2. Any essence can be used instead of caramel essence.

3. Don’t cook the paneer or cottage cheese mixture more than 3-4 minutes. And don’t increase the heat. Cook on simmer and stir continuously.

4. You can use sugar or any sweetener instead of date powder.

5. If you don’t want to use milk powder then you can use same amount of mawa or evaporated milk and add little more date powder.

This recipe is going to be feathered in Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe.

This month theme is Diwali Dhamaka suggested by the admins Mayuri Patel and Renu Agrawal Dongre. You can get numerous delicious recipes on Mayuri’s blog. Mayuri shared Kalakand with cottage cheese for this Diwali theme.

Renu gave me milk powder and white chocolate as secret ingredients and I made this soft mouth melting and delicious sandesh with these ingredients. Renu has a wonderful blog and she shared Easy milk powder chocolate laddu modak for this theme. Do visit her space for many more amazing recipes.

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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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Saffron Rice With Pickled Jalapeno And Ginger Julienne

Saffron rice with pickled jalapeno and ginger julienne. A no onion garlic aromatic rice with fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes, saffron or kesar and all the aromatic whole spices. Easy to make and absolutely delicious one pot rice dish. You can enjoy it without any side dish. Add lots of dry fruits of your choice and enjoy.

I used pickled jalapeno because I love the taste but if you want you can use chopped green chilli instead. Or you can use little more pickled jalapeno pieces if you like. It will be a great party dish with spicy curries. You may like some more one pot rice recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

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 or Korean egg fried rice

10. Corn peas barista fried rice

11. Easy pulao or one pot rice

Sending this post to 266 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Exotic Saffron suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayris Jikoni. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. She always amazed us with her different continental, traditional and baked dishes. You will definitely love her different types of bread recipes. I have to try her Onion olive bread, Semolina sesame seed bread and many more. Also check out her different mouthwatering cake recipes.

Long grain basmati rice is best for this recipe. But you can also use any aromatic rice like Gobindobhog rice, Indrayani rice etc. Long grain rice looks good. As I mentioned above if you don’t have pickled jalapeno, use chopped green chilli instead. You can use cauliflower, beans, carrot or any vegetable in this rice. Chop and fry the vegetables before adding to the rice. If you don’t like to use ginger julienne then you can use minced or grated ginger. Serve this delicious and flavorful rice with any spicy curry. I have served it with dim kosha or spicy egg curry. I will share the recipe soon.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Saffron – 1/2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Pickled Jalapeno – 8 – 10 pieces

Ginger – 1 inch piece, julienned

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, cubed

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Star anise – 1

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 + 1/4 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Water – 2 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Rinse the rice well. Soak in sufficient water for 15 minutes. Drain the water and keep aside.

2. Mix saffron with 1/4 cup hot water.

3. Cut the paneer or cottage cheese into small cubes. Marinate with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder.

4. Peel and chop the ginger into thin slices to make julienne.

5. Chop the pickled jalapeno into small pieces.

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

7. Heat oil in a wok. Fry the cashew nuts. When cashews becomes light brown remove from oil.

8. Now fry the marinated paneer or cottage cheese cubes till brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

9. Add ghee or clarified butter. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, star anise, mace or javitri, crushed green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

10. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add ginger julienne and fry for a minute. If you are using green chilli add it with ginger julienne.

11. Add turmeric powder, pickled jalapenos and green peas. Stir well.

12. Add drained rice, salt, sugar, fried paneer or cottage cheese cubes Stir and saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till the rice coated well with ghee.

13. Add saffron mixed water, fried cashew nuts, raisins and remaining water. Mix well. When water starts to rolling boil, cover and cook on high flame for 15 minutes.

14. Reduce the heat. Stir the rice. Cover and cook again on low heat for 10 minutes or till the rice becomes soft and water absorbed completely. Keep checking in between. If you want more soft rice then you can add 1/4 cup water more and cook for a few minutes more. Fluff the rice gently.

15. Garnish with fried paneer cubes, ginger julienne, saffron, jalapeno and fried cashew nuts. Serve hot with raita or any spicy curry. You can get some curry recipes here.

Notes

1. You can use more dry fruits if you want.

2. If you don’t have pickled jalapeno use 2-3 chopped green chilli.

3. Small pieces of cauliflower, beans or any vegetable can be used with rice. Fry the vegetable pieces before adding in the rice.

4. If you don’t have star anise omit it.

5. You can use minced or grated ginger instead of ginger julienne.

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Oats Date Dry Fruits Modak / Sugar Free Modak

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi. May God bless you all 🙏 Celebrating 5th year blog anniversary. Thanks to all my readers for your love support and encouragement. 5 years with 500 posts, its possible because of you. Thanks a lot to everyone.

Oats date dry fruits modak. Not authentic but a super healthy sweet for health conscious people. Sugar free and low calorie delicious modak made with reduced skimmed milk, oats, dates and dry fruits. Sweetened with natural sweetener dates and raisins only. A healthy treat for kids and adults both.

You can make modak by using modak mould or shape with your hand or make barfi or fudge. I have made modak using modak mould. You can easily shape them into modak with your hands. And used my sandesh mould to shape remaining mixture.

Earlier shared three more modak recipes.

Stuffed chocolate modak

Quick dry fruit coconut modak

Gulkand stuffed chocolate modak

I have used gluten free oats to make these modak. Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth. Many studies have shown that the beta-glucan fiber in oats is effective at Oats are an incredibly nutritious food packed with important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. In addition, they’re high in fiber and protein compared to other grains. Oats contain some unique components — in particular, the soluble fiber beta-glucan and antioxidants called avenanthramides. Benefits include lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, protection against skin irritation and reduced constipation. In addition, they are very filling and have many properties that should make them a weight loss friendly food. At the end of the day, oats are among the healthiest foods you can eat. To read more benefits of oats click here.

Earlier shared some oats recipes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

Modak sweetened with dates.

Dates boast an impressive nutrient profile but are quite sweet. Yet, they’re packed with fiber, which helps your body absorb its sugars more slowly. When eaten in moderation, they’re a safe and healthy choice for people with diabetes. Source

According to experts, diabetics can also benefit from the high fiber content of dates. It is okay to eat 2-3 dates a day for diabetics so long as they exercise caution and maintain healthy eating habits overall. Source

So diabetic people can also enjoy these modak but in moderation. You may like some more recipes with dates on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Sugar free carrot cake

2. Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

3. Sugar free mawa nariyal peda

4. Sugar free sheer khurma or vermicelli pudding

5. Sugar free date sandesh

6. Sugar free mango coconut laddu

7. Date walnut fudge or barfi

8. Sugar free low calorie gajar halwa

9. Date walnut muffins

10. Vegan smoothie bowl

11. Date oats cookies

12. Watermelon date tulsi almond smoothie

Sending this post to 261 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Milky Way suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Swaty suggested to share recipes with any form of milk. I am sharing a recipe with khoya/mawa or reduced milk. Swaty has a wonderful blog with many mouthwatering and healthy recipes. You will definitely love her Ganesh Chaturthi special recipes. And I also bookmarked her super healthy Oats jaggery laddu to try. Do visit her space for many more recipes.

I have used almond, cashew nuts and raisins but you can use any dry fruits of your choice. You can also stuff the modak with chopped dry fruits. If you want your modak more sweet add 5-6 dates and 2 tablespoon more raisins. We like mild sweetness so its perfectly sweet for me. Soak the dates and raisins in hot milk or boil with milk and you have to dry roast the oats and dry fruits only. Blend or grind everything and saute the mixture for few minutes. Let it cool down and shape them into modak, laddu or use any mould of your choice. Or you can spread the mixture on a greased plate when hot, level with a spatula, let it cool down and cut into your desired shape to make barfi or fudge. I have made some modak using modak mould and used my sandesh mould to shape remaining mixture.

Recipe

Rolled Oats – 1 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Dates – 3/4 cup, pitted and chopped

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 1/4 cup

Khoya/mawa or reduced milk – 3/4 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Rose essence – 1/4 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat 1/4 cup milk with pitted and chopped dates and raisins. When milk starts to boil switch off the heat and keep aside to cool down.

2. Dry roast the almond and cashew nuts for 2 – 3 minutes. Nuts shouldn’t be burned.

3. In a pan dry roast the oats till light brown. Transfer the roasted oats on a plate and let it cool down.

4. Take out the seeds of the cardamom. I have small sized cardamom so used 4. Add the seeds in boiled milk date raisin mixture. Don’t discard the peel. You can add these in tea for lovely flavour.

5. Grind roasted almonds and cashew nuts into a fine powder.

6. Grind roasted oats and keep aside.

7. Now blend milk soaked dates and raisins with cardamom seeds in your mixer grinder or food processor. Add khoya/mawa or reduced milk. I have used homemade khoya or mawa. Get the recipe here. Add 2-3 tablespoon milk for easy blending. Blend everything well till smooth.

8. Heat a heavy bottom or nonstick pan. Add blended milk mixed date, raisins, cardamom seeds and desiccated coconut. Saute for 2 minutes. You can also grind or blend the desiccated coconut with dates, I didn’t.

9. Add ground oats, almonds and cashew nuts. Mix well. Keep stirring. Cook till mixture comes together and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

10. Mash the mixture well to make smooth. Make balls and shape them using modak moulds or shape with your hands. Or you can make laddu or use any moulds. Or spread the mixture on a greased plate when hot. Level with a spatula or spoon and cut into your desired shape when cool to make barfi or fudge. I have made some modak and shaped remaining dough with my sandesh mould.

11. Sprinkle desiccated coconut over the modak. This step is optional. Your delicious nutritious and aromatic modak is ready to serve.

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Notes

1. If you want your modak more sweet use 5-6 dates and 2 tablespoon more raisins.

2. You can stuff the modak with chopped dry fruits.

3. Pistachio or any dry fruits can be used with almond, raisins and cashew nuts.

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Caramel Custard

Eggless caramel custard.

Today sharing one of my favourite dessert. Its my 500 post on the blog. Thanks to all my readers for your love, support and encouragement.

You don’t need gelatin or agar agar, eggs or bread to make this caramel pudding. Even you don’t need oven because it is steamed pudding. Very easy to make yet taste is heavenly.

This chilled caramel custard pudding can be also served as a party dessert. Have you made custard with paneer or cottage cheese yet? If no try it I am sure you will love the taste. You can make it in a cake pan or in small ramekins for individual serving. Make caramel in a cake tin or pan. Make a thick custard and pour over the caramel. Steam for 30 – 40 minutes and let it cool down. Place in refrigerator to chill. Slice and enjoy. You can get many more dessert recipes on this blog.

This caramel custard is my contribution to 260 #Foodiemonday bloghop. This week’s theme is Meethe Pal suggested by me. This pandemic time dramatically changes our lives. Switched to only homemade healthy foods. No outings or restaurant hopping. Our only motto is to stay safe. So I thought if we can share some heavenly desserts to fill some sweetness in life. Dessert or sweets improve our mood. We can enjoy sweet in moderation or in small amount once or twice in a week. And we have to make some sweets for our kids.  And I am sure kids will love this mouth melting and yummy pudding. Let’s see what my fellow bloggers share for this theme. Check out all the recipes below.

Kesar pista shrikhand by Priya Vijaykrishnan

Badam halwa by Kalyani Sri

Khubani ka meetha by Archana

Sweet sundal by Priya Iyer

Paneer kheer by Preethi Prasad

Bellam undrallu by Aruna

Churma laddu by Poonam

Oats jaggery laddu by Swaty Malik

Chocolate modak by Mayuri Patel

Now coming to the recipe. Not only kids as I mentioned caramel pudding is my favourite. When I started cooking after marriage I usually make caramel pudding with eggs, milk, vanilla essence and bread. But this custard caramel is different but taste is equally good. So it is perfect for vegetarian people. I didn’t use gelatin in it so we have to make slightly thick custard. I have used 2 teaspoon cornflour to make the custard thick. If you don’t have cornflour use 2 teaspoon more custard powder. I love strong caramel flavour so made caramel with 3 tablespoon sugar. If you want your custard with light caramel use 2 tablespoon sugar only.

Recipe

Milk – 2 & 1/2 cup

Custard powder – 3 tablespoon

Cornflour – 2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/3 cup + 3 tablespoon

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. In a metal cake tin or pan heat 3 tablespoon sugar and 1 tablespoon water. Keep the flame low to avoid burning. I have used 3 tablespoon sugar for strong caramel flavour. If you want light caramel flavour use 2 tablespoon sugar to make caramel.

2. When sugar melts and starts to change it’s colour switch off the heat. Caramel shouldn’t be burned. With the help of a tong tilt the pan to spread the caramel evenly in all over the pan. Keep it aside.

3. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup cold milk, custard powder and cornflour. You can also add 2 tablespoon milk powder if you like.

4. Boil remaining milk in a pan. Add 1/3 cup sugar. When sugar dissolved and milk starts to boil reduce the heat.

5. Stir the cornflour and custard powder mixed milk well and add in the milk. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.

6. Cook till milk becomes thick. Keep stirring. Remove from heat. Add vanilla essence and mix. You can also add chopped dry fruits in custard.

7. Mash the paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth. Best to use fresh paneer. Get the paneer recipe here.

8. With a hand blender or whisker blend the paneer and custard well. Mixture should be lump free and smooth.

9. Pour the mixture on caramel. I have used my rice cooker to steam the custard.

10. You can steam in pressure cooker or any pan. Pour water in the pan. Place a stand in the middle. When water starts to boil place the caramel custard pan on the stand. Cover and steam on low medium heat for 30 minutes.

11. Let it cool down completely. Keep in refrigerator for 4 – 5 hours or overnight. Run a knife gently through the sides. Place the pan upside down on plate. Demould the custard. Slice and serve chilled. Enjoy……

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Oats Dosa / Instant Dosa

Oats dosa. A healthy and delicious breakfast made with superfood oats. These gluten free crispy and tasty dosa can be also serve as a snack with tea or coffee. Even if you don’t like oats I am sure you will love the taste of this dosa. And you can’t recognize oats in it. To get more oats recipes click here .

To make this dosa lacy and crisp make a thin and flowing batter like rawa dosa. And for crisp texture remember to cook on low heat. You can use any spices of your choice in the batter. I have made it without onion but you can add 1 finely chopped onion in the batter.

Posting after a long time. And feeling happy to participate again in our weekly bloghop group after a short break. This Monday 257 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is dosa den suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya is a very good friend and a talented blogger. I love her healthy and authentic recipes. I have bookmarked her Mysore masala dosa and Broccoli masala dosa to try. Do visit her space for different types of delicious recipes.

To make this dosa you don’t need to fermentat the batter just mix everything and your batter is ready to cook. This nutritious dosa is a perfect breakfast option for diet conscious people, kids and everyone. If you like add 1 finely chopped onion and any spices of your choice. Use green chilli and black pepper powder according to your spice tolerance. Skip chilli if you are making for small kids. Serve oats dosa immediately after cooking. It may be soft when cool. But still it will be tasty.

Recipe

Oats – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Oil for shallow fry

Method

1. Grind the oats into fine powder.

2. In a large bowl mix oats powder, rice flour, salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder and chaat masala powder. See notes for more options.

3. Add beaten curd and 1 cup water. Whisk well to make a smooth lump free batter.

4. Add remaining water and whisk well. Batter should be flowing like rawa dosa.

5. Now add grated ginger, chopped green chilli and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Mix well. If your batter is thick add little more water or if the batter is too runny add 1-2 tablespoon more rice flour.

6. Heat a pan or skillet. Brush with little oil and reduce the heat. Pour batter on the pan. Fill the gaps. Drizzle little oil on the sides and over the dosa. Don’t spread the dosa with ladle or spatula, just pour the batter on the pan.

7. Cook on low heat till edges starts to leave the pan. For crisp dosa remember to cook on low heat. It will take 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the dosa and cook other side too on low heat.

8. Flip again and when dosa becomes brown and crisp fold into half.

9. Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Notes

1. You can use 1 finely chopped onion in the batter. Few chopped curry leaves can be used in the batter.

2. Always serve hot for crisp dosa. Dosa may become soft when cool.

3. Use chilli and black pepper according to your taste.

4. Batter should be flowing like rawa dosa and don’t try to spread with back of the ladle like normal dosa, just pour the batter on the pan.

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Mint Almond Hummus

Mint almond hummus. A very easy to make delicious dip. Almond made this tasty hummus more nutritious. Just combine everything and grind. Your mint flavoured fingerpicking hummus is ready. A completely gluten free and vegan recipe.

According to Wikipedia Hummus is a dip, spread, or savory dish made from cooked, mashed chickpeas blended with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. It is popular in the Middle East and Mediterranean, as well as in Middle Eastern cuisine around the globe. It can also be found in most grocery stores in North America and Europe.

This recipe is without tahini. Tahini is a paste of toasted sesame seeds and olive oil. As I don’t like the taste of tahini so I have skipped it. In my Mint carrot beetroot hummus I have used toasted sesame seeds.

This time omitted sesame seeds. And now its a most favourite dip of my family. But if you want you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds or 2 tablespoon tahini while grinding the boiled chickpeas. I have used 1 tablespoon finely chopped raw mango to enhance the taste. But mango is optional. If you don’t have mango just increase the lemon juice. Green chilli is also optional. I love the mixed taste of green chilli, mint and raw mango. So I have used. If you want your hummus more spicy add one more green chilli or skip it if you don’t like.

This Monday our 252 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Chana Time suggested by Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni. Mayuri suggested to make some recipes using chana or chickpeas. Mayuri is a very talented blogger. I love her baked recipes and all the authentic recipes. Her recent baked recipe is Semolina sesame seed bread. Do visit her space for many more wonderful recipes like Gujarati style Lilva kachori and Pear upside down cake etc.

As I mentioned above that this recipe is without tahini. But you can add 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds in the mixture if you like the taste of sesame seeds. Raw mango definitely gives a different taste but if you don’t have raw mango skip it and add more lemon juice. You can also skip green chilli but I recommend to add at least few pieces of green chilli for taste.

Recipe

Chickpeas – 1/2 cup

Or

Soaked and boiled or canned chickpeas – 1&1/2 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup, sliced

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon + to drizzle

Green chilli -1

Garlic – 1 clove

Raw mango – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

1. Rinse and soak the chickpeas overnight with sufficient water. Drain the water and wash again. Boil the soaked chickpeas with 2 & 1/2 cup water in pressure cooker. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 30 – 40 minutes or till chickpeas becomes soft. Check by pressing with your finger tips.

2. Chickpeas will become 1 & 1/2 cup after boiling. Don’t discard the water of boiled chickpeas. We will use it while grinding. You can peel and discard the outer layer of boiled chickpeas if you want, I didn’t.

3. In a mixer grinder jar or food processor add the soaked and boiled chickpeas, salt, green chilli, black pepper powder, cumin powder, garlic, sliced almond, raw mango, lemon juice, mint leaves and 2 tablespoon olive oil. Reserve little chickpeas for garnishing.

4. You can add more garlic if you like the flavour. If you want your hummus spicy add one more green chilli. If you don’t have raw mango use little more lemon juice.

5. Add little water of boiled chickpeas and grind everything till smooth. Scrap the sides and grind to make a smooth mixture. Add chickpea water as require to make the mixture creamy.

6. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require. Pour the hummus in a bowl or plate. Drizzle little olive oil over the hummus. Garnish with boiled chickpeas, chilli flakes and mint leaves.

7. Serve as a dip with Falafel or any snacks. Or store in airtight container and keep in refrigerator. Serve chilled or room temperature.

Notes

1. 1 & 1/2 canned chickpeas can be used instead of 1/2 cup chickpeas.

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

3. If you don’t have raw mango use little more lemon juice.

4. You can add 2 tablespoon tahini or 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds if you want.

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Mint Rasgulla

Mint rasgulla or mint ( pudina) flavoured rasgulla. A very refreshing spongy soft mint flavored rasgulla. Serve chilled or room temperature, taste is absolutely divine.

You don’t need to buy rasgulla from sweet shop. You can make it easily at home. To make perfect rasgulla read all the tips and tricks here.

Just remember milk should be cow milk. And while making paneer be careful. Drain the water and wash the paneer immediately to stop further cooking to get soft paneer. And next step is kneading the paneer. Mash the paneer with your finger tips and heel of your palm till paneer becomes smooth and your palm become greasy. For mint flavoured rasgulla I have added some mint leaves in the sugar syrup. And I love these mint rasgulla so made many times. Sometimes used dried mint leaves powder in the paneer while mashing. And sometimes added some fresh mint leaves in milk while making paneer. You can make the rasgulla following any of these method.

You can get some more different flavoured rasgulla on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Rasgulla

2. Watermelon rasgulla

3. Mango rasgulla

4. Orange rasgulla

5. Chilli rasgulla

And some more recipes you can make with rasgulla.

1. Baked rasgulla

2. Savoury rasgulla korma

3. Rasgulla kheer or pudding

4. Rasgulla cupcakes

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine. This time theme is Cool Dessert suggested by Vanitha Bhat who blog at Curry And Vanilla. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes.

Here are some more cool dessert recipes from my blogger friends.

Mango panna cotta by Jayashree

Carrot kheer by Preethi

Mango phirni with almond by Vanitha

Basundi by Narmadha


Mango pineapple sorbet by Sasmita

Recipe is very simple. Make the rasgulla like you make normal rasgulla just add some mint leaves in the sugar syrup and also add some mint leaves in the milk while making. Or add 1 teaspoon dried and powdered mint leaves. Taste will be great in both ways.

Recipe

Cow milk – 1 liter

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Mint leaves – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Or

Dried mint powder – 1 teaspoon

For syrup

Sugar – 1 cup

Water – 4 cup

Mint leaves – 1/4 cup

Method

For making perfect rasgulla please read all the tips and tricks here.

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan with some mint leaves if using.

If you want to use dried mint leaves powder skip this step. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar. Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

6. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate. Discard the mint leaves if used. Or if you are using mint leaves powder and 1 teaspoon in the paneer. To make mint leaves powder clean and rinse the mint leaves. Drain the water well. Let the leaves dry in shade on a paper towel for 2 – 3 days or until leaves dried up completely. Crush the dried leaves with your palm or grind in mixer grinder. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

8. Mash the paneer with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy and paneer becomes smooth.

9. Make small balls. These will become double. You can make 7 to 9 rasgulla out of this cottage cheese depends on the size.

10. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls. Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

11. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls.

12. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar, 4 cup water and 1/4 cup mint leaves.

13. When sugar dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

14. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

15. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down. Don’t open the lid before 2 – 3 hours, your rasgulla may shrink.

16. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature

Notes

1. Always use cow milk to make rasgulla.

2. Don’t remove the lid when hot let it cool down completely before removing the lid.

3. Read the tips and tricks carefully before making rasgulla first time. You will get perfect spongy rasgulla.

4. Drain the paneer well to avoid breaking the rasgulla in syrup.

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