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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Tomato Chutney

Tomato chutney. Here is an easy and delicious Bengali style sweet tomato chutney to serve with any meal. Recipe is very simple and easy to make. If you have boiled tomatoes ready then you can make it in a jiffy.

And its also perfect to serve with Bhoger khichuri or bhuni khichuri, Bengali Sabudana khichdi, Basanti pulao, Aloo chutney pulao, Luchi or any pulao.

You may like some more chutney recipes on this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Brinjal chutney

2. Almond walnut chutney with mango ginger or amada

3. Olive chutney

4. Tomato oambal or Tomato chutney

5. Ginger chutney

6. Mango sesame chutney

7. Date raisins jaggery chutney with mango bar

8. Waterchestnut chutney

9. Onion tomato chutney or dip

10. Mango raisins chutney

11. Peanut chutney

22. Mint yogurt dip

You may also like to try Imli ki chutney from the blog of Preethi Prasad.

Ingredients used to make this chutney.

Tomato or tamatar – I have used 4 small medium tomatoes. If you have large tomato then use two only.

Salt or namak – Used 1/4 teaspoon salt only. You can use according to your taste.

Sugar or chini – Sugar used to sweetened the chutney. You can use jaggery or any other sweetener. But sugar will taste best.

Raisins or kishmish – Used raisins for taste. If you don’t like the taste of raisins then you can omit it. You can also use cashew nuts if you want.

Ginger or adrakh – Ginger will give a spicy kick to your chutney. You can use less or more according to your taste.

Mustard seeds or sarso – Mustard seeds used for tempering or tadka. You can use black or yellow any mustard seeds. Use whatever you have.

Dry red chilli or sukhi lal mirch – Whole dry red chilli also used for tempering or tadka. It will give a very light heat to the chutney. If you want your chutney more hot break the red chilli into half before adding in oil.

Oil or tel – Used very little mustard oil to cook the chutney. You can also use any vegetable oil.

I made this chutney in small quantity. You can double the recipe if you want. Usually this chutney served after meal with papad before serving dessert. But I like this chutney with khichdi, dal chawal, puri or luchi, paratha or with anything. I have used boiled tomatoes but you can also use chopped tomatoes. I like my chutney smooth so boiled and peeled the tomatoes. I have small medium sized tomatoes so I used four but if you have large tomato then use two large tomatoes. Rest of the ingredients will be same.

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Recipe video of tomato chutney

Recipe

Tomato – 2 large

Ginger 1/2 inch piece grated

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Raisins – 2 teaspoon

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon or to taste

Sugar to taste – 3 tablespoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Wash the tomatoes well. Make a cross-shaped incision or make X with a knife at one end. Don’t make too deep cut. See the method in video recipe above.

2. Soak raisins in 4 tablespoon water. If you don’t like raisins, omit it. You can also use cashew nuts if you want.

3. Boil 2 cup water in a pan. Add the tomatoes in it. Boil for 4 – 5 minutes or until the skin starts to separate.

4. Let it cool down. Peel the boiled tomatoes. Discard the skin and chop into small pieces.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and dry red chilli.

6. When seeds starts to splutter add the tomatoes, salt and ginger. Saute, keep the flame low.

7. Add raisins and keep stirring. You can also add cashew nuts if you want. I didn’t. When tomatoes become soft add sugar and mix. Cook on low flame for 5-6 minute or till tomatoes become mushy and thick.

8. And its ready. Transfer the chutney in a bowl to serve.

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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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Eggless Fruit Cake With Blue pea And Chamomile Tea

Merry Christmas! May your Christmas filled with joy!

Eggless fruit cake with chai masala and blue pea and chamomile tea. Do you like masala chai/tea with lemon? If yes then you will surely love the scrumptious taste of this rich moist soft alcohol free fruit cake. Blue pea and chamomile and cinnamon soaked dried fruits and nuts made this cake absolutely delicious and aromatic.

A close up of the soft moist texture of the cake 👇

I have used blue pea and chamomile tea soaked dry fruits in this cake. But you can use alcohol, apple juice, orange juice or any fruit juice or green tea or any other tea. Soak the dried fruits 6-8 hours or overnight. Or if you want to make the cake without soaking boil the fruits with whatever you use for soaking for 2-3 minutes. I also used Ceylon cinnamon dip with tea because I love the strong aroma of cinnamon of these bags.

I used these in many other recipes. Earlier shared Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea. See the actual colour of blue pea tea in above picture 👆. If you don’t like the flavour of cinnamon, you can skip cinnamon bags. Or you can also use 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder if you don’t have this cinnamon dip. You can get some more Eggless fruit cake recipes here.

I have used almond, cashew nuts, raisins, cranberries, dates, candied cherry and dried fig. You can use prune, black or red currant, sultana, apricot, candied orange or lemon peel or any other dried fruits.

And used chai masala extract for flavour. Chai masala extract is a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves extract. If you don’t have this extract then you can use these spices in powdered form in the cake batter with flour. I have used brown sugar but if you don’t have brown sugar, use powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar. I have used 1 cup whole wheat flour or atta and 1/2 cup all purpose flour or maida in this cake. You can also make this cake with only whole wheat flour or only all purpose flour. Or use any gluten free flour of your choice. You can get some gluten free cake recipes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

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Recipe

Almond- 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts- 1/4 cup

Walnut- 1/4 cup

Raisins- 1/4 cup

Cranberries- 1/4 cup

Dates- 1/4 cup

Candied cherry- 1/4 cup

Dried figs – 1/4 cup, chopped

Water- 1 cup

Ceylon cinnamon bag- 1 Blue pea and chamomile tea bag – 1

Whole wheat flour oratta – 1 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Milk powder- 1/2 cup

Baking powder- 1 teaspoon

Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon

Brown sugar- 3/4 cup

Oil or butter- 1/2 cup

Chai masala extract – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest- 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Chop all the dry fruits and pitted dates into small pieces. In a bowl place blue pea tea bag and Cylon cinnamon bag. You can omit Cylon cinnamon dip bag if you don’t like strong cinnamon flavour. I love the aroma of this cinnamon dip. Pour boiling hot water over the tea and cinnamon bags. Add all the chopped dry fruits, mix and let it soak for 6-7 hours or overnight. Blue colour of the tea changed because of cinnamon. Shared a actual picture of blue pea tea above with the recipe of Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea.

2. You can also use tutti frutti, prune, apricot, black or red currant, sultana, candied orange or lemon peel or any other dried fruits. Use whatever you have. If you forgot to soak the dry fruits you can also make it instantly. Boil all the chopped dry fruits with 1 cup water, tea bag and cinnamon bag for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool down before using.

3. If you don’t have blue pea tea bags then you can use green tea bag or any other tea bag. Even you can use apple, grape, orange or any fruit juice or alcohol for soaking the dry fruits. Here is the picture of overnight soaked dry fruits 👇

4. Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice with lukewarm or room temperature milk and keep aside. Its okay if milk starts to curdle.

5. Grease a baking dish with oil or butter generously. I have used two cake moulds. One loaf pan and one small round pan. You can use any cake pan or mould of your choice.

6. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast function at 170° or for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

7. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour or atta, all purpose flour or maida, baking powder and soda. If you want your cake flat top and without crack use half teaspoon baking powder instead of 1 teaspoon.

8. Squeeze out the soaked dry fruits and mix well with the sieved flour. Don’t discard the remaining aromatic water, we will use it in the cake batter.

9. Now add the milk powder and keep aside. In a large bowl whisk brown sugar, oil and lemon juice mixed milk. Whisk well and add lemon zest and chai masala extract. Whisk again. Chai masala extract is a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves extract. If you don’t have this extract then you can use these spices separately in powdered form.

10. Add remaining water of soaked fruits and mix. I have 1/3 cup of remaining water and used it. Add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix with a spatula till everything combined well. You can add little more milk if required to make a thick and flowing batter. I didn’t. 1/3 cup remaining water of soaked dry fruits was sufficient for me to make smooth batter.

11. Tap the cake pan on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 30- 40 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean and top of the cake becomes nicely browned.

12. This cake takes a little longer time than other cakes but every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 25- 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.

Let the cake cool down completely before slicing. This fruit cake taste best next day. You can keep the cake in room temperature for 2-3 days. After that store the cake in refrigerator. But I am sure you don’t have any remaining slices to store. Mine finished in a day 😊

Happy baking! Stay safe healthy and blessed! Enjoy your holiday.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used in this fruit cake.

2. You can also soak the dry fruits in alcohol, apple juice, orange juice or any fruit juice or green tea or any other tea.

3. Butter or any flavorless oil can be used to make this cake.

4. You can use any dried fruits or peel in the cake batter.

5. Powdered sugar can be used instead of brown sugar.

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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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Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani

Kolkata style chicken biryani with potato and eggs. This scrumptious biryani is mildly spiced and highly aromatic. Saffron, rose water, Kewra water, meetha attar and aromatic whole spices made this biryani extremely flavorful.

Fragrant rice, soft potatoes, eggs, juicy chicken pieces made this biryani superbly delicious. We are not going to the history of Kolkata chicken biryani. Let’s discuss only about taste and flavour. Your house will fill with lovely aroma while making this biryani. A pure bliss.

But now Editing the post with a brief history of this Kolkata style biryani. Thanks to my nephew Saumyajit Ray for this info. Now copy pasting from the write up of Saumyajit.

The Calcutta-style biryani has potatoes in it. History says that biryani came to Calcutta with Nawab Wajid Ali Shah of Awadh, when he shifted to the then capital of British India after being dethroned in Lucknow.

Wajid Ali Shah settled down in Metiabruz in eastern Calcutta on the banks of the Hooghly. If Maulana Abdul Haleem Sharar’s GUZESHTA LUCKNOW is to be believed, the former Nawab’s retainers started adding potatoes to his biryani since he could not afford so much mutton. This, despite his 100,000 rupees per month pension which he received from the British and blew up on dancing girls and the upkeep of animals in his fabled private too.

Now the big question. Calcuttans of that era had no idea of biryani before Wajid Ali Shah came and took up residence in Metiabruz and set up a “Chhota Lucknow” there. So why shouldn’t the Calcutta biryani be called Metiabruz biryani?

What do you think. Please share your thoughts in comment. I would love to hear from you.

If you don’t like chicken like me then enjoy the biryani with potato and eggs, let other family members enjoy soft juicy chicken with fragrant rice. I have used chicken leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken. Use big pieces of chicken. If you don’t like eggs then you can skip it.

If you don’t want to boil the potatoes then fry the potatoes till golden brown and cook with chicken. Process of making this biryani is lengthy but worth trying. You can prepare everything in advance and assemble and cook on simmer just before serving.

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Recipe

For chicken

Chicken – 1/2 kg

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger garlic paste – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 teaspoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

Rose essence or rosewater – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Lemon – half

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

For rice

Long grain basmati rice – 2 cup

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Star anise – 1

Mace or javitri – 2 strands

Bay leaves – 2

Oil or ghee -2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 tablespoon or to taste

Lemon – half

Water as require

Saffron milk

Saffron – a pinch

Milk – 1/4 cup

Rose essence or Water – 1 teaspoon

Kewra water – 1 teaspoon

Meetha attar – 3 drop

For biryani

Oil – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 tablespoon

Biryani masala – 1 teaspoon

For potato

Potato – 3 large

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 3, hard boiled

For barista

Onion – 3 large, thinly sliced

Oil for frying

Method

1. Wash the rice 4-5 times or till water runs out clear. Soak the rice in water for 30 minutes.

2. In a bowl mix curd or thick yogurt, salt, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, biryani masala, ginger garlic paste and 2 teaspoon oil. I used mustard oil but you can use any oil. Mix everything well.

3. Add cleaned and washed chicken pieces, rose essence or rose water, Kewra water and juice of half lemon. Mix everything well. Cover the bowl and keep aside for an hour. You can marinate the chicken overnight. Keep the marinated chicken in a covered bowl and keep in refrigerator overnight. Take out the chicken just before cooking.

4. In a bowl mix 1/4 cup warm milk and saffron. Let it soak for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes crush the saffron threads with your finger tips to mix well. Now add rose water or essence, Kewra water and 3 drops of meetha attar. Add only 3 drops not more than that. Cover and keep the bowl aside.

5. Now make a spice bag. In a piece of cheesecloth or muslin cloth or any thin cotton cloth place lightly crushed or broken 4 green cardamom, 4 cloves, a piece of cinnamon, 1 star anise, 2 strands of javitri or mace and 2 bay leaves. You can also add 1 black cardamom if you like, I didn’t. Tie the cloth tightly.

6. Boil sufficient water with 1 tablespoon Salt, 2 teaspoon ghee or oil and juice of half lemon. Taste the water. Water should be perfectly salty. 1 tablespoon is perfect but you can add little more if required.

7. Add drained rice and spice bag. Cook till rice becomes long. Rice should be 80 percent cooked so be careful and stir the rice gently to avoid breaking the rice. When rice becomes long immediately strain the water from the rice. Drain the water completely and spread the rice on a plate to cool down.

8. Wash the potatoes well. Prick the potatoes with a fork. Boil potatoes in a pressure cooker with 1 teaspoon turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon salt and water. Boil for 2 whistle. Let the pressure settle down on its own. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potatoes into half and keep aside.

9. Or if you don’t want to boil the potatoes then peel and fry with little salt and turmeric powder till golden brown. And cook with chicken.

10. Peel the hard boiled eggs. You can fry the eggs, I didn’t. If you are frying the eggs, don’t forget to make some slits on the eggs with a knife.

11. Heat oil in a pan. Fry thinly sliced onion till brown to make barista. When onion becomes brown remove from oil and place on a paper towel. Onion shouldn’t be burnt so be careful and keep stirring while frying.

12. Heat oil in a pan. You can use same pan and oil which we used to make barista. Fry the potatoes till golden brown and transfer on a plate.

13. Now add one finely chopped onion and fry till light golden brown. Add marinated chicken. And fry for 5 minutes. Chicken will release water. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir and check in regular interval.

14. You can also cook potatoes and eggs with the chicken. I sometimes do so. Potatoes and eggs will absorb the flavour and taste of the gravy and taste better. Do as per your convenience.

15. After 10 minutes check the chicken. It will becomes tender, if not covered and cook for a few minutes more. When chicken becomes tender remove the cover and cook on high heat till gravy is about to dried up.

16. Let’s assemble the biryani. Place 3 pieces of chicken and 3 pieces potatoes with little oil gravy of chicken.

17. Above chicken and potatoes make a layer of rice. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and half saffron soaked milk. Spread barista or crisp fried onion all over the rice.

18. Now spread remaining chicken, potato and gravy over the rice. Spread rice over it. Again sprinkle one tablespoon ghee, 1/2 teaspoon biryani masala and remaining saffron soaked milk. Spread fried onions. And press the eggs over it.

19. We have to cover it properly to cook. You can use atta dough to seal the sides of the cover. But I have covered the pan with a piece of aluminum foil properly and place the lid over it. And placed a clove in the hole to secure the air inside.

20. You can also cover the pan with a plate and place a heavy vessel with hot water on the plate. Heat a tawa or skillet. Keep the heat on lowest. Place the assembled biryani pan on the tawa.

21. Cook on simmer for 25 minutes. Or until your biryani pan becomes too hot and you will unable to touch it.

22. Your Kolkata style chicken biryani is ready to serve. Fluff the rice gently. Serve hot with any raita.

Notes

1. I have made two layers but you can make three layers if you want.

2. Always use old basmati rice to make biryani.

3. I have used leg pieces to make this biryani. You can also use curry cut chicken pieces. Use big pieces of chicken.

4. You can skip eggs if you want.

Linking this recipe to 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 Exotic biryani and pulao theme is suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. I recently bookmarked her healthy and delicious Badam gur phirni to try sometime. A perfect dish for festive season.

And this month my partner is Preeti Tandon Shridhar who blog at Cakes & Curries. Preeti is a very talented blogger. Do visit her space for many delicious recipes. I have to try her delicious Cowboy cookies soon. For this theme preeti gave me Kewra water and curd or yogurt. I used these ingredients to make this mouthwatering biryani. And I gave cranberries and quinoa to Preeti as secret ingredients. Preeti shared delicious Quinoa masala pulao using these ingredients.

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Noodles With Red Cabbage And Roasted Drumstick

Noodles with red cabbage and Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick. Noodles with stir fried red cabbage taste awesome. Enjoy the noodles with delicious crisp Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick made with only one spoon of olive oil.

I have served this noodles with this roasted chicken drumstick but you can enjoy these drumsticks as a side dish or starter. You can also serve this noodles with chilli chicken, chilli paneer, manchurian or any other side dish. Or enjoy it on it’s own. You may also like Gobi manchurian from my fellow blogger Kalyani’s blog to serve with this noodles.

I have some fresh large red chilli/red Jalapeno or red chilli pepper. These chillies are not hot at all. We love the taste of these red chillies and earlier used in Spicy chicken curry and some other recipes. And also used red cabbage and capsicum with tomato, onion, garlic and green chilli to make this delicious noodles.

If you are making it for kids reduce the amount of green chilli, chilli sauce and schezwan sauce. And if you want your noodles hot use 1 tablespoon each. You can also use bell peppers, cabbage, beans, carrots, baby corn, broccoli, mushrooms or any vegetable with red cabbage . I don’t have yellow bell pepper but if you have, use it to make your noodles more colorful. Vinegar soaked green chilli taste great with noodles. Serve a small bowl of vinegar soaked green chilli with tomato and chilli sauce with this noodles. Your family members or guests can add it to their plate according to their taste.


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Recipe

Noodles – 150 gram

Red cabbage – 2 cup, shredded

Fresh large red chilli or Jalapeno – 4

Capsicum – 1, sliced

Tomato – 1 sliced

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Garlic – 5-6 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 3-4, finely chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Soya sauce – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Chilli sauce – 1/2 tablespoon

Schezwan sauce or chutney – 1/2 tablespoon

Tomato ketchup – 1/2 tablespoon

Vinegar – 3 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

For roasted chicken drumstick

chicken leg piece – 4

Soya sauce – 1/4 teaspoon

Olive oil – 1 tablespoon

Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Salt to taste Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Boil the noodles as directed on the package. Rinse the noodles with tap water and spread on a plate and toss with 1 teaspoon oil to prevent sticking.

2. In a bowl mix soy sauce, tomato sauce or ketchup, chili sauce, schezwan sauce, black pepper powder and 1 tablespoon vinegar.

3. In a small bowl soak 2 finely chopped green chilli in 2 tablespoon vinegar and keep aside.

4. Chop the red chilli pepper or large red chilli lengthwise.

5. Heat oil in a pan. Add minced garlic, onion and 1-2 chopped green chilli. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

6. Add grated ginger and tomato. Saute for a minute. Add shredded red cabbage, fresh large red chilli and capsicum. Saute for 2-3 minutes.

7. Add all the sauce mixture. Mix well. Now add noodles, salt and 1 tablespoon vinegar soaked green chilli. Toss everything well. Add salt carefully because all the sauce includes salt.

8. Remove from heat when noodles are coated well with sauce. Taste and adjust salt and sauce if required. Sprinkle some vinegar soaked green chilli on the noodles. Serve hot with Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick or chilli chicken chilli paneer or manchurian.

Chinese style roasted chicken drumstick

1. Preheat the oven at 200°. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

2. Make a few cuts on the chicken legs with a sharp knife Marinate the chicken with soy sauce, salt garlic paste, chilli flakes, black pepper powder, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix everything well, cover and refrigerate for one hour.

3. Arrange the chicken legs on lined baking tray.

4. Roast the chicken in preheated oven at 200° for 25-30 minutes or until chicken pieces becomes brown and cooked.

5. Turn the drumsticks upside down and bake 10 minutes again. Serve hot with noodles or as a starter.

Notes

1. Add green chilli more or less according to your taste.

2. Bell peppers, baby corn, cabbage, beans, broccoli, mushrooms or any vegetable can be used in the noodles.

3. You can use 1/2 tablespoon more chilli sauce and schezwan sauce to make your noodles hot.

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Masala Paniyaram Or Appe

Masala paniyaram or appe. A delicious and cute looking snack or breakfast dish with only a few drops of oil. Earlier shared some easy and quick instant appe recipe. Now sharing authentic recipe of appe or masala paniyaram. You need only thick grain rice and black lentils or udad dal with some spices to make this delicious appe/kuzhi paniyaram or paddu.

You can also use leftover fermented idli or dosa batter to make appe.

Paddu is an Indian dish made by steaming batter using a mould. It is named variously kuzhi paniyaram, paniyaram, paddu, guliyappa, yeriyappa, gundponglu, gunta ponganalu, or Tulu: appadadde, appe. The batter is made of black lentils and rice and is similar in composition to the batter used to make idli and dosa.  Wikipedia

My Family members and friends love these appe as breakfast or snacks. I got this recipe 7-8 years ago from my friend Keerti Gupta. Now she is just like my younger sister. We met in a food group. That time I was a novice in food photography and writing recipes. I started to share my diabetic friendly innovative recipes whatever I tried for my husband. I love the way Keerti shared her recipes and interact with other group members. She always supports me and gave all the tips and tricks to click and write down the recipes. Now she is not active on social media but we are still connected with each other. I am very happy today to sharing her recipe on my blog. Thanks Keerti for the recipe.

Copy pasting Keerti’s words here. “The authentic recipe looks little cumbersome but trust me this gonna taste heaven.” So friends try and enjoy these delicious cuties as snacks or breakfast.

You may like some instant appe recipes on this blog.

1. Carrot peas instant appe

2. Rice appe with cooked rice

3. Masoor dal or red lentil appe

4. Beetroot appe

5. Semolina and lentil appe

6. Roasted gram or sattu appe

7. Semolina and flatten rice appe

8. Sprouts and oats appe

Monday again and this week’s 305 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Monsoon Snacks suggested by Sasmita Sahoo Samanta who blog at First Timer Cook. You can get numerous delicious recipes on her space like Jamun coconut panna cotta and many more.

My contribution for this theme is this healthy and yummy masala paniyaram. You need thick rice or mota chawal or idli rice to make these appe. But sometimes I also used regular Basmati rice if thick rice or idli rice was not available. But now its always available in local grocery store. You have to soak rice and split black lentils or udad dal overnight and grind in the morning. Let it ferment till evening and make the paniyaram for evening snacks. Or you can soak rice and lentil in the morning and grind in evening. Ferment overnight and your batter will ready for breakfast. You can half the ingredients if you want. Rice:dal ratio should be 1:1/3. You need only a drop of oil for each appe and after flipping no oil required for cooking other side.

Recipe

Thick rice/mota chawal or idli rice – 3 cup

Black lentils or udad dal – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 3-4 or to taste, finely chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated or paste

Grated Coconut – 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup, optional

Mustard seeds or rai as require

Vegetable oil as require

Curry leaves – 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

1. Wash & soak dal and rice separately for atleast for 5 hours or overnight. I have used split black lentils or udad dal.

2. First grind dal with little water to a smooth paste and in the same jar grind the rice with just enough water.

3. In a large bowl mix ground rice, udad dal or black lentils and salt. Mix well and cover with a lid (not an airtight lid). Leave it overnight to ferment. You can keep it in your switched off microwave oven. Batter will rise after ferment so don’t fill the bowl. Fill half of the bowl only or batter will be spilled out of the bowl after ferment.

4. In the morning the batter should be raised but in case it doesn’t add a teaspoon of Eno fruit salt just before pouring them in Paniyaram Pan. If the batter has raised, dont use eno.

5. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger, chopped curry leaves and coconut if using. Mix well.

6. Heat a appe or paniyaram pan on high flame. Now simmer the flame and pour one drop of oil in each slot.

7. Sprinkle a pinch of rai. When the seeds starts to splutter start pouring Paniyaram batter in every holes. Flame should be sim.

8. After filling all the holes close the pan with a lid & Increase the flame to low medium. Dont ever put it on high.Let it cook for 3-4 minutes, checking occasionally. Remember the slots in middle cook faster than others.

7. When appe becomes nicely browned, flip them with fork or spoon or wooden stick. After flipping dont cover.

8. Cook on low medium heat. This side will take more time than the previous one so please be patient. If u increase the flame they will burn and remain raw from inside.

9. Now your masala paniyaram is ready. Serve with any chutney or sauce of your choice.

Notes

1. If batter doesnt rise overnight add a teaspoon of Eno right before you pour the batter in pan.

2. You can add grated carrot, onion or any vegetable of your choice.

3. You need only a drop of oil. After flipping the appe or paniyaram you don’t need need to add oil again.

4. Patience is the key, dont leave the sight else it will be a mess. Better to cook on low heat for crisp outside paniyaram.

5. Paniyarams taste best when hot.

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Microwave Chicken

Microwave chicken. Again sharing a simple yet absolutely delicious chicken recipe in an easy peasy way. Just mix everything and microwave for 8 to 10 minutes and your chicken curry is ready with only 2 teaspoon oil. Easy isn’t it?

Earlier shared one more no oil microwave chicken or Hariyali chicken on this blog. In this recipe I used only 2 teaspoon oil. If you want more spicy add some more slit or chopped green chilli and red chilli powder. You can serve it with any bread or rice dishes. I served it with steamed rice and Beetroot green stir fry.

This Monday our 304 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Side Ka Kamaal suggested by Priya Vijaykrishnan who blog at Sweet Spicy Tasty. Priya suggested us to share any side dish. My contribution is this easy and healthy chicken curry for this theme. Priya has a wonderful collection of South Indian recipes on her blog. As the name of her blog you can get many other different types of sweet spicy and tasty recipes on her space. I recently bookmarked her Vegan kootu curry to try.

This is a microwave recipe. But you can also make it on stove top in the same way. Use a nonstick pan to fry the onions in less oil. Or you can use barista or fried onions too. Use green chilli according to your taste. To make more spicy add some more chopped or slit green chili and red chilli powder. Or if you are making for kids omit chilli. You don’t need to add water. Chicken will release enough water to cook. You can add a spoonful of ghee or clarified butter at the end if you want.

Recipe

Chicken – 500 gram

Curd or yogurt – 5 tablespoon

Ginger garlic paste – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Onion – 2 large

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon, optional

Slit green chilli – 3-4 or to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Vegetable oil – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, curd, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice and mustard oil if using. Mix everything well. Cover and keep it in refrigerator for one hour.

2. Thinly slice the onions. In a microwavable glass bowl mix sliced onion and 1 teaspoon vegetable oil. Microwavable on high power for 2 minutes. Stir and microwavable again for 1-2 minutes or till onion slices becomes brown.

3. After 1 hour take out the marinated chicken from refrigerator. Mix brown onion slices into the chicken. Reserve 2 tablespoon for garnishing. You can grind the brown onion and add brown onion paste into the chicken if you like smooth gravy.

4. Add slit green chilli according to your taste.

5. Mix and microwave on high power for 8-10 minutes. Use a loosely covered microwavable glass bowl. Check after 8 minutes. Stir well and microwave again for 1-2 minutes if require.

6. Garnish with fried sliced onion and cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve with steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao or any bread.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your taste.

2. Barista or fried onions or paste of fried onions can be used in the chicken.

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Baked Pasta With Egg And Cheese

Baked pasta with egg and cheese. A cheesy delicious treat for kids and adults both. You don’t have to boil the pasta before making this baked pasta. An easy peasy recipe but taste is absolutely mouthwatering.

You can use any pasta or elbow macaroni to make it. I have only cheese slices so I used it. But you can use mozzarella, cheddar or any cheese. Use whatever you have. Add as much cheese as you like. I made it simple without any vegetable this time. But I like sweet corn in my pasta. So you can use sweet corn, bell peppers or any vegetable of your choice. Even boneless chicken pieces can be added in pasta.

This time theme of our 303 #Foodiemonday bloghop is Pasta Please suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Her blog is a treasure house of authentic South Indian recipes with different types of continental recipes. Recently she shared a delicious Peanut basil pesto recipe. Visit her space for step by step detailed recipe. If you want something innovative, check out her Zucchini thepla and many more.

Now coming to the recipe. As I mentioned above it’s a very easy recipe. Even you don’t need to boil and strain the pasta before making it. And to make it more cheesy add as much cheese as you like. Kids love cheesy pasta, right? You can use any cheese, use whatever available at your place. I didn’t use red chilli flakes but you can use it in pasta and sprinkle some over the cheese before baking. It will look great. You can also add finely chopped green chilli with onion. Use chilli according to your taste. You can use chicken or mutton stock instead of water.

Recipe

Pasta – 2 cup

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Garlic – 3-4 cloves, minced

Tomato – 2 ground or finely chopped

Olive oil – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Cheese as require

Egg – 3-4

Dried Oregano or mixed Italian herbs – 2 teaspoon

Dried Basil – 1 teaspoon

Pasta or pizza sauce – 2 tablespoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Olive pieces to garnish, optional

Salt to taste

Water – 1&1/2 cup

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add minced garlic and finely chopped onion. Fry till onion starts to change it’s colour.

2. Now add tomato paste or finely chopped tomatoes. For tomato paste grind the chopped tomatoes in your mixer grinder.

3. Add oregano, basil and black pepper powder. You can use Italian mixed herbs instead of oregano. Use whatever you have. You can add little red chilli flakes if you want. You can also add sweet corn or any vegetable of your choice. Saute till mixture dried up.

4. Add pasta and salt. Mix well. Add water, mix and cover. See notes for more options.

5. Cook till pasta about to dried up. Pasta shouldn’t be over cooked.

6. Remove the cover and mix well. Add two cheese slices or shredded cheese and mix well. This step is optional. But it will make your pasta more cheesy.

7. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat when pasta dried up.

8. In a bowl beat the eggs with little salt and black pepper powder.

9. Preheat the oven at 180°.

10. Grease a baking dish. Transfer the pasta to the baking dish. Spread the pasta evenly into the baking dish.

11. Pour the well beaten eggs all over the pasta. Arrange 4-5 cheese slices over it. Or spread shredded cheese over the pasta. Sprinkle olive pieces over it. If you don’t have olive, skip this step. You can also Sprinkle little red chilli flakes over the cheese.

12. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 minutes or until cheese becomes golden brown. Keep an eye after 15 minutes.

13. Cut in square pieces and serve warm.

14. You can store leftover pieces in refrigerator. Heat in microwave just before serving.

Notes

1. You can use more cheese if you want. You can use mozzarella, cheddar or any cheese. Use whatever you have.

2. Sweet corn, bell peppers or any vegetable can be added in the pasta.

3. Add chilli according to your taste. If you are making for kids omit chilli.

4. . Any vegetable oil can be used instead of olive oil.

5. Chicken or mutton stock can used instead of water to make this pasta.

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