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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Soya Nuggets Curry With Poppy Seeds, Coconut And Sweet Corn

Soya nuggets curry with poppy seeds, coconut and sweet corn. A delicious and flavorful curry with protein rich soya nuggets. Different aromatic spices, almonds and poppy seeds made this curry rich and absolutely delicious. A perfect accompany with naan, paratha, roti or any type of rice. You can also make this delectable curry with chicken, eggs or any non vegetarian dishes.

You may like some more recipes with soya nuggets, chunks or granules on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Soya loaf

2. Soya nugget korma

3. Protein rich soya nuggets

4. Spinach curry with corn and soya chunks

5. Soya egg shami Kabab

6. Soya paneer lollipop

7. Soya kofta balls in gravy

8. Oats soya green gram toast

9. Veg calzone

To make this curry you will need onion, garlic, poppy seeds, almonds fresh coconut, sweet corn and some aromatic spice powder. I have used paste of poppy seeds, ginger, garlic, coconut and almond to make thick and rich gravy. Cubed tomatoes made the curry attractive. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or any non vegetarian dishes.

Recipe

Soya nuggets – 1 & 1/2 cup

Fresh coconut – 1/3 cup, grated or finely chopped

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 2, cubed

Onion – 1, chopped

Ginger paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Garlic paste – 1/2 tablespoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Clove powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt or curd – 1/4 cup

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Boil the soya nuggets with 3 cup water and 1 teaspoon salt. Let it cool down. When it cool down drain the water. Rinse 2 times with fresh water. Drain and squeeze well.

2. Cut the tomatoes in cubes.

3. Soak the almond in hot water. Peel the almonds when cool.

4. Grind the poppy seeds. When it becomes powder add soaked and peeled almonds, fresh coconut and 1 – 2 green chilli. Add 3 – 4 tablespoon water and make a smooth paste.

5. In a bowl mix yogurt, turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, clove powder, cinnamon powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, black pepper and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder. Whisk well.

6. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan or wok. Add cumin seeds and bay leaf. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add chopped onion and fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute till raw smell goes out and onion becomes brown.

8. Reduce the heat to low and add spices mixed yogurt. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Stir continuously.

9. Now add poppy seeds, coconut, green chilli and almond paste. Saute till the mixture dried up.

10. Add cubed tomatoes. Saute for a minute. We don’t want the tomatoes mushy.

11. Add squeezed soya nuggets, sweet corn and salt. Mix well and saute till soya nuggets coated with spices.

12. Add water and 2 – 3 green chilli. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 15 minutes. If you want thick gravy add 1 cup water only.

12. Remove the cover add remaining 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder, mix and switch off the heat. You can add 1-2 tablespoon fresh cream I didn’t.

13. Garnish with sliced tomato, almond and coconut pieces. You can also garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves. Serve hot with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri naan or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

2. Add chilli according to your taste.

3. You can also make this gravy with eggs, chicken or fish instead of soya nuggets.

4. Fresh cream can be used at the end.

This post is my contribution to A to Z monthly challenge. Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every month. This month’s alphabet is letter P. And my star ingredient is poppy seeds.

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Doi Potol Or Pointed Gourd / Parwal In Yogurt Gravy

Doi potol or pointed guard/parwal in yogurt gravy. A no onion garlic delicious and flavorful parwal curry from Bengali cuisine made with a blend of aromatic spices and yogurt.

Soft whole parwal or pointed gourd in spices infused rich aromatic gravy is best accompany with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri or any bread. All the spices, yogurt or curd, poppy seeds, melon seeds and cashew nuts will make your parwal curry rich and mouthwatering. You may like some more parwal or pointed gourd recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Stuffed pointed gourd or potol dolma

2. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds and coconut

3. Paneer stuffed parwal mithai

4. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

Sending this post to Facebook group Healthy Wealthy Cuisine for Satwik Treat theme suggested by Ruchi Shah who blog at Ruchis Veg kitchen. I love her vast collection of recipes. I recently bookmarked her Pinwheel samosa and Pressure cooker khandvi recipe to try. Do visit her space for many more wonderful recipes.

Check out the recipes of my fellow bloggers on this theme.

Bhindi kadhi by Preethi

Creamy pine nuts pasta by Shalu

Coconut rice by Jayashree

Satvik paneer butter masala by Poonam

Moong dal dosa by Ruchi

I have used cashew nuts in the recipe. But you can use almonds if you want. Any unsweetened thick yogurt can be used to make this parwal or pointed gourd curry. I have used homemade curd. To grind poppy seeds easily first dry grind the poppy seeds and then add other ingredients to grind. Or soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 15 minutes or microwave for 1 minutes to make smooth paste.

Recipe

Parwal or pointed gourd – 10 – 12

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Curd or yogurt – 4 tablespoon

Poppy seeds or khaskhas – 2 tablespoon

Cashew nuts – 1 tablespoon

Melon seeds – 1 tablespoon

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander or dhania powder – 1 tablespoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Bay leaf – 1

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon or to taste

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Wash the pointed gourd or parwal well. Cut off both the ends. Peel in strips. Make slits on both sides. Parwal should be intact.

2. Rinse again and drain the water. Marinate the parwal with 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and little salt. Keep aside.

3. Soak the melon seeds and cashew nuts in hot water. Grind the poppy seeds to make powder or you can also soak the poppy seeds in hot water or microwave for 1 minute.

4. Now grind ginger, green chilli, soaked cashew nuts and melon seeds with poppy seeds. Add little water to make smooth paste. You can also grind ginger and 1 – 2 green chilli separately.

5. In a bowl mix cumin powder, coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder with 3 tablespoon water.

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

7. Heat mustard oil in a pan or wok. Fry the marinated parwal from all the sides till light brown. Remove from oil.

8. In the same oil add bay leaf and crushed green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves.

9. Stir and add mixture of cumin, coriander, turmeric and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Fry the spices on low heat for 2 – 3 minutes or till oil leaves the sides.

10. Now add all the ground mixture and saute for 2 -3 minutes again. Add fried parwal, salt and sugar. Mix well. Saute till parwal coated with spices. Add 1 cup water and cover the pan. I have made thick gravy but you can add more water to make thin gravy. I sometime do so. You can add 2 – 3 slit green chilli if you want.

11. Cover and cook on low medium heat for 5 – 6 minutes or till the parwal becomes soft. But be careful parwal should be intact.

12. Whisk the curd well. Add well beaten curd in the curry. Remember to keep the flame low while adding curd. Mix well. Cook on low heat for 3 – 4 minutes. You can add little more water if required to make thick gravy. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

13. Add ghee or clarified butter and switch off the heat.

14. Serve with steamed rice, pulao, jeera rice, roti, paratha, puri or any bread.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Almond can be used instead of cashews.

3. Ghee or clarified butter is optional. If you don’t like skip it.

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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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Bengali Sabur Khichuri Or Sabudana Khichdi With Moong Dal

Sabur khichuri or Bengali style sabudana khichdi with moong dal. A simple yet delicious flavorful no onion garlic fasting recipe. You can make it with potato, cauliflower, carrot or any vegetable of your choice.

This khichuri is not like North Indian sabudana khichdi but a khichdi with sabudana and moong dal or split yellow lentil. On fasting day we usually take one time meal. And it should be vegetarian and without onion garlic and rice. It may be Luchi, Kachodi or Radhabollobhi with Dum aloo or any no onion garlic curry. But this sabudana khichuri is easy and quick to make and better than deep fried foods. I love it simple but sometimes use cubed and fried potato.

I got this recipe from my loving masimaa Utpala Mallick. Usually I spent all my summer vacation with my masimaa, meshomoshai or uncle and my cousins at Ranchi. Masimaa was an excellent cook. I already shared her Orange steamed sandesh. I was a school going girl at that time and never cooked anything. Once she cooked this khichdi on one of her fasting day. I just loved the taste. When she made it in the second time I noticed the method and ingredients. And I made it first time when my maa and masimaa both were not at home. Still remember their surprised face after tasting the khichuri. Both said its too good and perfect. That was a fasting day so I was feeling very happy to see their happy faces. Both my masimaa and mother are left for heavenly abode. But they are always with me in my heart. Learned a lot from maa and her sisters. Do you remember Misti doi recipe? I got it from my sejomashi Gargi Gupta. I will share some more age old recipes soon. Stay tuned.

Its my contribution to 254 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Farali Farmaish suggested by Kalyani Sri who blog at Sizzlingtastebuds. Do visit her blog and YouTube channel for different types of healthy and delicious recipes. I have bookmarked her Coriander garlic walnut pesto and Baked broccoli casserole recipe to try.

Yes we can make luchi puri kachodi anything but this sabudana khichdi is a healthy option for one time meal. After the whole day fasting its better to take something quick and simple food in evening. If you like you can add cubed and fried one potato, fried cauliflower florets, carrot or small pieces of fresh coconut. Add the vegetables before adding water. Vegetables will become soft with dal. Add some more water if using vegetables. You can make the khichdi thick or thin consistency as you like. You can use less ghee or make it with oil and add a dollop of ghee at the end. You can also make it in a pressure cooker. I sometimes do so to save time. You can dry roast the dal before rinsing.

Recipe

Moong dal or yellow split lentil – 1/3 cup

Sabudana or tapioca – 1/4 cup

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 2

Bay leaf – 1

Water – 5 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 – 2 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar to taste

Fried cashew nuts and raisins to garnish, optional

Method

1. Rinse the moong dal and sabudana separately. Drain the water and keep aside. I don’t like sabudana much so used less than moong dal. You can use equal quantity or more sabudana and less moong dal. Choice is yours. I have made it one serving so used little less than 1/3 cup moong dal and 1 tablespoon less sabudana.

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

3. Heat ghee in a wok or pan. You can use half oil and half ghee. 1 tablespoon ghee is sufficient but I have used 2 tablespoon to enhance the flavour. If you don’t want to use ghee, you can make it with only oil. But add at least 1 teaspoon ghee at the end.

4. Fry the cashew nuts if using. Fry till golden brown and transfer on a plate. Now fry the raisins. When raisins puffed up immediately remove from ghee.

5. In the same ghee add cumin seeds, bay leaf, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. When cumin seeds start to splutter add grated ginger and 1 chopped green chilli.

6. Stir and add drained moong dal. Fry the moong dal. See notes for more options.

7. When dal starts to change colour add water, salt, turmeric powder and 1 – 2 slit green chilli. Mix well. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or till dal becomes soft.

8. Now add drained sabudana and sugar. Mix and cook again for 5 minutes or until sabudana becomes transparent.

9. You can add more water if you want your khichdi little thin consistency. Taste and adjust the seasoning if required. You can add a dollop of ghee at the end.

10. Garnish with coconut slices, fried cashews and raisins. You can also use chopped cilantro or coriander leaves to garnish. Serve hot with Date raisin jaggery chutney with mango bar, Mango raisin chutney, Instant sweet mango pickle , curd or any no onion garlic vegetable curry.

Notes

1. You can add cubed and fried potatoes, fried cauliflower florets, carrot and small pieces of fresh coconut in the khichdi. Add a little more water if using vegetables.

2. You can also use 1 chopped tomato with grated ginger and green chilli.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste.

4. To make it quickly you can cook it in a pressure cooker if you want. Dry roast the dal before rinsing and add everything when cumin seeds start to splutter.

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Sprouts Semolina Chila Or Pancakes

Sprouts and semolina or suji/rawa chila or pancakes. A healthy, delicious and low calorie breakfast dish. We all know that sprouts are extremely nutritious and super healthy food. You can use these vitamins, protein and mineral enriched sprouts raw or cooked for numerous health benefits. So you can call it a power packed breakfast.

Spices, green chilli coriander leaves or cilantro and some other ingredients made this chila spicy flavorful and mouthwatering. I have made it both with onion and tomato and without onion tomato. Both are delicious but without tomato its easy to flip. And looks better. I love the taste of both. You can make according to your taste.

You can get some more recipes of semolina and sprouts below.

1. Suji malai cake

2. Semolina and lentil appe

3. Rawa cake

4. Oats semolina chila

5. Semolina and flatten rice appe

6. Sprouts chaat

7. Sprouts sundal

8. Sprouts and oats cutlets

9. Sprouts and oats appe

10. Cooked rice appe

11. Red lentil appe

12. Beetroot appe

This Monday our 251 #FoodieMonday bloghop theme is #RawaRaaga suggested by Aruna SarasChandra who blog at Vasusvegkitchen. Lovely Aruna has a wonderful blog with lots of mouthwatering recipes like Homemade coffee jelly , Mango mastani , Multigrain banana bread etc. I am sure you will love her space.

Its a very simple yet delicious recipe. Tomato is absolutely optional. If you like the taste and want to use be careful while flipping to turn upside down. Tomato will make your chila soft. Without tomato you will get crisp chila.

Recipe

Sprouts – 1&1/2 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Green chilli – 1-2 chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Onion – 1, finely chopped, optional

Tomato – 1 chopped, optional

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Curd – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil for shallow fry

Method

1. Rinse the sprouts well. Drain the water and grind with the help of very little water.

2. In a large bowl mix ground sprouts, semolina, curd and water. Whisk well to make a lump free batter.

3. Add all the spices, salt, chopped green chilli, cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon juice and grated ginger. Also add chopped onion and tomato if using. You can use onion and skip tomato to flip the chila easily. Mix well, cover and keep aside for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Heat a pan or skillet. Brush with little oil. Pour a ladle full of batter in the middle. Spread with the back of the ladle by rotating. Reduce the heat and cook on low heat.

5. Drizzle little oil on the sides. When the edges becomes brown flip the chila upside down and fry the other side too.

6. Serve hot with any chutney or sauce.

Notes

1. You can add spices according to your taste.

2. Tomato is absolutely optional.

3. Add green chilli according to your spice tolerance

4. For shallow frying ghee/clarified butter can be used.

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Oats Whole Wheat Bournvita Cake/ No Butter Cake/ Jaggery Cake/ Eggless Cake

Oats whole wheat Bournvita cake with jaggery. No sugar no butter no APF yet super soft moist healthy and delicious cake. You don’t need any exotic ingredient to make this cake. All the ingredients are easily available in every home. Only 1/4 cup Bournvita has some sugar. A very healthy treat for kids.

Super food oats, whole wheat flour, jaggery and Bournvita made this cake absolutely delicious. To make this cake gluten free you can use any gluten free flour instead of whole wheat flour. And to make vegan coconut milk, soy milk, almond milk or any plant based milk can be used instead of dairy milk. I have used very little baking powder and soda in the cake. Only half teaspoon each. And used a 18 CM cake tin. Its little larger for the batter. For well rise cake use smaller cake tin or make the ingredients double.

You can get some more jaggery and sugar free cakes and muffins recipe on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Gluten free apple jaggery cake

2. Gluten free vegan fruit cake

3. Semolina or rawa cake

4. Ginger cake

5. Date walnut muffins

6. Sugar free carrot cake

Made a cake after a long time. Its my contribution to our #250 Foodiemonday bloghop theme. We are celebrating 250th bloghop so theme for this week is Celebrate With Cake.

Wanted to make a simple but healthy and sugar free cake. I don’t have dates or stevia in my pantry so used jaggery powder. And I had little Bournvita so finished it and enjoyed the taste. Cake was super soft moist and yummy. You can make it with only all purpose flour or maida or any flour of your choice. You can also use dry fruits or choco chips in the batter or sprinkle above the cake. I have used 1/2 cup oil for a moist cake but if you want to use less oil add 1/3 cup oil and increase the milk. Add 2 tablespoon more milk for a smooth pouring batter.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Oats – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Bournvita – 1/4 cup

Warm milk – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Jaggery powder – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°. Grease a baking tin and dust with little flour or line with parchment paper.

2. Grind the oats into fine powder.

3. Mix vinegar in lukewarm milk.

4. In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, ground oats, baking powder and soda.

5. In a large bowl whisk vinegar mix milk, jaggery powder and Bournvita. Add oil and whisk well till everything combine well. Add vanilla and whisk again.

6. Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix everything well to make a smooth lump free batter. Don’t over beat. For more option see notes.

7. Pour the batter in greased and flour dusted or lined baking pan.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 to 40 minutes. Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If its comes out clean your cake is ready. And if not, bake for a few minutes more. Mine took 45 minutes.

9. Let the cake cool down completely on a cooling rack before slicing. Serve with milk to the kids or enjoy the healthy and delicious cake to satisfy your sweet cravings.

Notes

1. Any gluten free flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour or atta.

2. You can also make this cake with only all purpose flour/maida if you want.

3. Almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or any plant based milk can be used instead of milk.

4. You can use butter instead of oil.

5. If you want to use less oil use 1/3 cup oil and increase the amount of milk. Add 2 tablespoon milk more to make smooth and pouring batter.

6. You can add dry fruits or choco chips in the batter or sprinkle choco chips over the cake.

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Broccoli Stir Fry With Carrot Beans And Olive

Broccoli stir fry with carrot beans and olive topped with roasted sesame seeds. A delicious and easy to make mixed vegetable dry curry. This stir fry also includes Bengal gram or chana dal with capsicum, tomato, chilli and spices. So its a very filling dish. Serve it as a side dish with any bread or dal chawal or enjoy it bowlful when you are not in a mood to make elaborate meal. You can also use baby corn, sweet corn, bell peppers or any other vegetable of your choice.

You may like some more broccoli recipes on this blog.

1. No onion garlic broccoli potato stir fry

2. Broccoli malai curry

3. Broccoli with cottage cheese and vegetables

4. Broccoli almond cheese soup

5. Broccoli stir fry with lemon and ginger julienne

6. Broccoli with egg and tomato

7. Broccoli mushroom noodles

This Monday our 243 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Little Chefs suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes. Priya has a wonderful blog. I am sure you will love her delicious and healthy recipes. I have recently bookmarked her Oats dosa and Rainbow rice salad to try. Do visit her space for more mouthwatering recipes.

We have to keep our kids busy in these days. And its very difficult to manage super active kids engage in home for a long time. So Priya suggested why not take our kids in kitchen to help us and make some interesting and healthy dishes with them. Great idea isn’t it? Give them responsibility to dry roast the sesame seeds or wash the vegetables for you. After that chop the vegetables and let them arrange those colorful vegetables on a plate. Use vegetables according to your kid’s choice like red, yellow bell peppers, baby corn, sweet corn etc.

Recipe

Broccoli – 1

Beans – 100 grams

Carrot – 1

Onion – 1 large, sliced

Capsicum – 1

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Garlic paste – 2 teaspoon

Green peas – 1/2 cup

Olive slices – 2 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 1/2 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sesame seeds – 2 teaspoon, optional

Water – 1 cup + 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Pressure cook the chana dal or Bengal gram with salt, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder and 1 cup water for 15 minutes. Dal should be soft but not mushy.

2. Dry roast the sesame seeds and keep aside. This step is optional.

3. Rinse the broccoli. Cut into small florets. Dip the florets in hot water for 3-4 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

4. Peel and cut the carrot into thin slices.

5. Cut off the both tips of the beans. Chop into 1 inch pieces.

6. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, black pepper powder and turmeric powder with 2 tablespoon water in a bowl .

7. Heat oil in a pan. Add onion slices and chopped green chilli. Fry till onion becomes brown.

8. Add chopped tomatoes and garlic paste. Saute till tomatoes becomes mushy.

9. Add sliced carrot and chopped beans. Saute for 2 minutes.

10. Add chopped broccoli, green peas, sliced capsicum and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Saute for 2 minutes again.

11. Now add soaked dry spices and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on simmer until vegetables become tender. It will take about 15 minutes.

12. Remove the cover. Add the olive slices and mix well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat. Add lemon juice and mix. You can add more lemon juice if you want.

13. Sprinkle dry roasted sesame seeds. This step is optional. You can skip it if you like.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves, lemon wedges, olive slices and red or green chilli. Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, or any bread or dal chawal.

Notes

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

2. You can also use baby corn, red, yellow bell peppers or sweet corn etc.

3. Any lentil or dal can be used instead of chana dal or Bengal gram.

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Matar Chaat Or Green Peas Curry

Spicy delicious no onion garlic matar chaat or green peas curry. Serve it as a side dish or chaat with green chutney, chopped onion, green chilli, tamarind chutney and a dash of lemon juice. Bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spices powder made it aromatic. Get the recipe here. A completely gluten free and vegan recipe. Fasting people can use rock salt.

You can also make it with onion garlic if you want. Just add 1 tablespoon more oil and fry 1 chopped onion and grind few garlic cloves with tomato, ginger and green chilli. But I love without onion garlic version more. You can make according to your choice.

Already shared one dried peas or matar chaat Ghugni.

And some green peas recipe

Matar nimona

Beetroot green with peas and corn

Potato with green peas

Beetroot hummus with green peas

Matar kofta

I have made this curry with green peas but you can also use overnight soaked and boiled dried peas to make it following same method. Make it and enjoy lipsmacking taste as chaat or side dish with puri, paratha, roti or dal chawal.

Recipe

Matar or green peas – 2 cup

Tomato – 1 medium

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon grated, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Or

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Method

1. Grind tomato, ginger and 1 or 2 green chilli. Use green chilli according to your taste. Make a smooth paste.

2. Heat oil in a pan. I have used mustard oil but you can use any oil. For onion garlic version see notes.

3. Add ground paste, cumin powder, coriander powder and turmeric powder. Saute till the mixture dried up.

4. Add boiled or frozen green peas, salt and grated coconut if using. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes or till dried up completely.

5. Add water and let it boil. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Add 2 slit green chilli and cover. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes. You can add more water if require but don’t make it runny, curry should be thick.

6. After 10 minutes add bhaja moshla or dry roasted and powdered spices and lemon juice. Mix well and remove from heat.

7. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and grated coconut. You can also garnish with ginger julienne and chopped onion.

8. Serve hot with lemon wedges and onion slices.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Few garlic cloves can be added while grinding ginger, green chilli and tomato.

3. To add onion heat 1 tablespoon more oil. And fry 1 finely chopped onion till brown then add ground tomato, chilli, ginger and garlic.

4. 2 teaspoon tamarind paste can be used instead of chaat masala or amchur powder.

Adapted this recipe from the blog of Jolly Makkar. And this recipe is a part of recipe challenge month for this April month. I have used green peas instead of dried peas.

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Paneer In Mustard gravy/Chhanar Sorshe Jhal

Paneer in mustard gravy or chhanar sorshe jhal. A delicious no onion garlic curry from Bengali cuisine. Mustard, poppy seeds, green chilli and tomato made this curry spicy, flavourful and mouthwatering. I have used homemade paneer or cottage cheese. Get the recipe here.

You need only mustard powder, poppy seed, green chilli and tomato paste, nigella seeds and lightly fried paneer pieces with salt, cilantro or coriander leaves, turmeric, red chilli powder and little curd to make this absolutely delicious curry. You can also add garlic if you like. Grind the garlic with tomato, poppy seeds and green chilli or use garlic paste.

You may like some more savoury paneer or cottage cheese recipes on this blog.

1. Aloo paneer

2. Shahi paneer

3. Hariyali paneer makhani

4. Cottage cheese croquettes

5. Soya paneer lollipop

6. Mint paneer kofta

7. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

8. Paneer capsicum stir fry

9. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy

10. Italian flavoured paneer bhurji

11. Schezwan paneer

12. Kathal paneer kofta curry

13. Dal corn paneer pakoda

14. Chhanar dalna

15. Gobhi palak paneer

And some recipes from Bengali cuisine.

1. Bengali pulao

2. Sukto

4. Drumsticks potato dry curry

5. Misti doi

6. Rasgulla

7. Sandesh

8. Gur aam

9. Kheer kadam

10. Kheer komola

11. Dim posto

12. Pointed gourd with poppy seeds

13. Potol dolma or stuffed pointed gourd

14. Potol posto with coconut

15. Chapor or lentil patties in mustard gravy

16. Stuffed steamed broad beans

17. Chhanar payesh

18. Date palm jaggery kheer

And some more.

This month in Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Bengali cuisine. According to Wikipedia Bengali cuisine is known for its varied use of flavours, as well as the spread of its confectioneries and desserts. It has the only traditionally developed multi-course tradition from the cuisine of the Indian subcontinent that is analogous in structure to the modern service à la russe style of French cuisine, with food served in courses rather than all at once. I born and raised in Bihar but Bengal is my hometown. And love authentic Bengali food. These dishes remind me of my mother and mother in law. Shhhhh Cooking Secretly a group started by Priya of Priya’s Versatile Recipes, is where every month food bloggers are paired up and give each other 2 secret ingredients to cook with according to the theme chosen. This month my partner is very talented Jayashree Trao who blog at Evergreen Dishes. Do visit her space for many wonderful recipes. Jayashree gave me mustard and nigella seeds or kalonji and I gave her tamarind and Bengal gram and Jayashree made this delicious aloo chaat with these ingredients. And I made this chhanar jhal using kalonji and mustard.

To make this delicious curry we have to make a fine paste of green chilli, poppy seeds and tomato. Its a no onion garlic curry. But you can add few garlic cloves while grinding tomato, poppy seeds and green chilli. Always soak the poppy seeds in hot water for easy grinding. I have used mustard powder, you can use mustard seeds if you don’t have mustard powder. If you are using mustard seeds, grind and make a fine paste.

Recipe

Paneer – 1 & 3/4 cup, cubed

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 tablespoon

Tomato – 1, chopped

Mustard oil – 3 tablespoon

Nigella seed or kalonji – 1/2 teaspoon

Curd – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 – 3 tablespoon, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Marinate the paneer or cottage cheese cubes with little salt and 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder. I have used homemade paneer. You can also use store bought. To make paneer or cottage cheese at home get the method here.

2. Soak poppy seeds with 3 tablespoon hot water for 15 minutes. You can also boil the poppy seeds for easy grinding. I have microwave for 1 minute.

3. Mix mustard powder with 2 tablespoon water and keep aside.

4. Grind poppy seeds, tomato and 1 – 2 green chilli. You can also add 2 – 3 garlic cloves. Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat mustard oil in a pan. Fry the marinated paneer cubes lightly. Don’t make brown. Remove the paneer cubes from oil.

6. In the same oil add nigella seeds or kalonji. Add tomato, poppy seeds green chilli paste, turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add lightly fried paneer and salt. Mix well. Add soaked mustard powder,chopped coriander leaves, 2 – 3 slit green chilli and 1 cup water.

8. Stir and when it starts to boil reduce the heat. Add well beaten curd and mix well. Cook on simmer for 10 minutes.

9. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and green chilli. Serve with hot steamed rice, roti or paratha.

Notes

1. Add green chilli according to your taste.

2. Nigella seeds or kalonji is optional, you can omit it if you want.

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