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Showing posts with label easy navratri recipe. Show all posts
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Custard Apple Parfait

Working with like minded people comes with certain intangible benefits that may not be apparent immediately. There is no disruptive quantum shift but certain habits/ideological changes tend to creep in over a period of time. And then, someday a close acquaintance points out how much you have changed. This is when the realization finally strikes.

Today was one such day in my humdrum life. Working closely with people who value health and nutrition has brought about a change in my eating habits. I now prefer foods that are lightly cooked, freshly prepared and infused with delicate flavors, especially herbs. And nowhere is this change more apparent than in my choice of desserts. 

Dainty parfaits have become a favorite with me. Just like a mystery that unfolds slowly, the layers peeling away one after the other, I prefer them to be full of surprises and discoveries. Plus one can craftily imbibe them with fruit pulp and natural sweeteners like honey, thus avoiding the consumption of sugar.

With the custard apple being very much in season, I made this cream cheese and custard apple mousse to satisfy my post lunch cravings. But them remembered the Navratri staple aka sabudana kheer. Made a super light version with skim milk, some bura and a tablespoon of condensed milk.  I added chopped rose petals and 2-3 drops of rose water to the latter to give a touch of freshness to it.

So I ended up layering the two with the custard apple mousse making up almost 2/3rd of the serving glass. Finally topped it with some freshly grated coconut. The first batch got devoured within minutes and only the second batch could make it to the fridge. Needless to say the chilled version was even more delicious.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 20 mins ( Plus 20 mins for chilling )

Ingredients - 

For custard apple mousse -

  • 200 gm cream cheese
  • 50 ml fresh cream
  • 1 tsp gelatin powder
  • pulp from 1 big custard apple 
  • 4 tsp bura/caster sugar 
  • 3 tbsp hot water

For the sabudana kheer

  • 1/2 cup sago / tapioca pearls
  • 2 1/2 cups of skim milk
  • 4 tsp bura
  • 1 tbsp condensed milk
  • 2-3 drops rose water
  • 1 tsp chopped rose petals

Others -

  • freshly grated coconut

Preparation - Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water.

Take the cream cheese in a mixing bowl and beta for 3-4 mins. Now add the dissolved gelatin, sugar and fresh cream along with the custard apple pulp. Beat lightly and refrigerate.

Soak the tapioca pearls for 2-3 hours.

Cook in a saucepan along with the skim milk and sugar for 15 mins. Add the condensed milk and rose water. Remove from the flame and let it come down to room temperature. Add the chopped rose petals. Refrigerate.

Making the parfait - 

Layer 1/3rd of the serving glass with the sabudana kheer. Top with some more rose petals. Fill the remaining 2/3rd with the custard apple mousse. Top with the grated coconut.


Friday, October 7, 2016

Makhana Malai Matar ( Navratri special No-onion No-garlic recipe)

Sattvik food has it's own health benefits. It detoxifies the body and improves one's stamina. At times, it is often referred to as the yogic diet as it is the preferred diet of ascetics who can endure long periods of meditation without food and water. To enable the body to adjust to such extreme conditions, it needs to be brought to a state of balance by following pure eating habits. Because the emphasis is more on the seasonal produce, ghee, nuts, whole grains and dairy products, consuming a Sattvik diet ensures that less amount of preservatives make their way into the body.

While it is tough to make the switch for people who are used to non-vegetarian food on a regular basis, one must try and adopt a Sattvik diet on certain days of the month. It is best when done on a periodic basis and also in moderation. The 'Kartika' and 'Margasira' months in the Odia calendar offers have earmarked days when one has to stick to a Sattvik diet. On these days, the usual dishes prepared in most Odia homes are Dalma (dal with vegetables), sagaw bhaja (stir fried green leafy vegetable), khatta ( sweet tangy chutney) and a few stir fried vegetables like raw banana, yam, radish or drumsticks . No onion or garlic is used in any of these preparations.

However, it sometimes happen that guests do come over on such days. And it becomes necessary to cook some universally accepted dishes for them. Especially for those folks who prefer North Indian food. This 'Makhana Malai Matar' is one such light gravy based dish that goes well with puris or rotis.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time- 20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 cup Makhana / puffed Fox-nuts
  • 1/3 cup green peas
  • 1/4 cup Malai or cream
  • 1 tsp Kasuri methi
  • 2 pinch garam masala (optional)
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 2 tsp ghee ( use oil if you prefer )
  • salt to taste

For the gravy -

  • 1/2 inch finely chopped ginger
  • 3 tsp chopped coriander stems
  • 2 dry red chilis (less spicy)
  • 1 green cardamom
  • 1 inch cinnamon
  • 2-3 cloves
  • 1 medium sized tomato
  • 7 cashews ( soaked for 1-2 hours )
  • 1 tsp oil
  • a pinch of salt

Preparation - Heat 1 tsp of ghee in a pan. Add the Makhana and roast to a golden. Remove and keep aside.

Add 1 tsp oil to a wok. Add the whole spices and chilis. Wait for 20 seconds. Once fragrant, throw in the ginger and chopped coriander stem. Fry for 2-3 mins or till the raw smell of ginger goes off.

Finally add the tomato and sprinkle the salt over it. Cover for 2 mins to soften a bit. Once the tomatoes are mushy, add the cashews and fry for 1 minute. Remove from flame and keep aside.

Transfer to a blender jar once it has cooled down. Add 1/5 cup of warm water and blend into a smooth paste.

Cooking - Heat the remaining ghee in the wok. Throw in the green peas. Fry then for 2-3 mins.

Then add the masala paste and cook till the oil separates. 

Add 1 cup of warm water, turmeric, garam masala and Kasuri methi. Adjust the salt. Bring to a slow boil.

Let it simmer for a while before adding the malai or cream. 

Add the roasted Makhana just before switching off the flame.

Serve hot with rotis or puris. Goes well even with jeera rice.

For more recipes without onion and garlic check here -

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Panjiri ( Navratri Collab with Delish Potpourrie and A Dollop Of That )

I have always wondered about the way in which the Hindu festivals are linked to the change of seasons . They are not merely symbolic as most people assume. Rather, the rituals or the prasadam involved in these celebrations mark a much needed shift in our eating habits to accommodate for the change in weather conditions.

The fasting observed during Navratri is actually one such period of cleansing as prescribed by Ayurveda. Apart from eliminating toxins from the system, it helps to activate 'Agni' or the digestive fire which needs to be maintained at it's peak during the cold months. It allows the body to prepare for the onslaught of energy rich foods that are normally consumed during winter. No wonder the sales of ghee and dry fruits shoot up around this time of the year.

'Panjiri' is one such high-energy food that is normally consumed in the Northern parts of India and Pakistan. Made with whole wheat flour roasted in copious amounts of 'desi' ghee and sweetened with 'bura' or natural cane sugar, it is delicious and quite filling too. While a few dry fruits are a mandatory addition to any Panjiri recipe, a friend's mother-in-law makes one that consists almost entirely of dry fruits and especially 'phool makhana'.

Apart from the various dry fruits, one can also add spices like saffron(for a lovely aroma), ajwain (for digestion), soonth (for heat) and even fennel/cardamom. Desiccated coconut and edible gum (or 'Gond' ) is usually put into this recipe.

A few spoonfuls with warm milk is enough to keep one going through the winters. But since there is quite a bit of roasted wheat flour in this recipe, it transforms magically into an 'Atta ka halwa' with some hot water. Nice and easy. And also my preferred way of having the 'Panjiri'.

Read on for my version of 'Panjiri' -

[ Plus check out the two bonus recipes at the bottom of this post which are a part of the Navratri Collaboration !! ]

Preparation Time - 1 hour

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 cup ghee or clarified butter
  • 1/2 cup bura or unrefined sugar
  • 1 tsp soonth powder (dry ginger powder)
  • 2-3 pinch saffron strands
To be roasted and powdered separately
  • 1 cup Phool Makhana or puffed fox nuts
  • 12 almonds
  • 12 cashews
  • 12 pitachios (optional)
  • 2 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 2 tbsp char magaz ( melon seeds)
  • a handful of raisins
  • 7-8 dry dates
  • 3 tbsp edible gum

Preparation - Heat the ghee in a thick bottomed pan.

One by one, add all the ingredients mentioned under 'to be roasted and powdered separately' . Each one needs to be roasted separately as the required time varies.

The phool makhana should be roasted to a light brown. The edible gum should be puffed up adequately.

Once each ingredient is roasted, separate the dates. Transfer the rest to a mixer jar and grind into a fine powder. Chop up the dates into small pieces and add to the powdered dry fruits mixture while discarding the seeds.

Add the whole wheat flour to the same pan and roast it till it turns darker by a few shades. The smell will also change by this time. Finally add the 'bura', soonth powder and saffron strands to the roasted flour. Roast for another minute or two before adding the powdered dry fruits and chopped dates.

Remove from the flame. Let it cool down completely before storing in an airtight jar.

Do not forget to check out these amazing Navratri recipes by my blogger friends -

Parinaaz's droolworthy Carrot Milkshake !!


Saswati's lip-smacking Chenna Bara Tarkari !!

For still more Navratri recipes, do check out HERE :) !

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Sabudana Chiwda ( Navratri Special )

The navaratri celebrations ( or fasting ) are drawing to a close. And I have been gloriously lazy this time around and almost skipped doing a special series for the folks who have been fasting. So, this is a last ditch effort to redeem myself with a yummy snack that is going to be in vogue even when the days of fasting are long over.

With 'Sabudana' trending all over the cyberspace in so many different avatars, I was almost tempted to embark on yet another foodventureous voyage. But changed my mind at the last moment and decided to do this simple 'farsan' or mixture. With the schools closed, a continuous supply of snacks is the order of the day . And hence the reason behind picking this recipe.

Read on for the recipe -

Ingredients -
  • 1 cup Sago/sabudana ( big pearls )
  • 1/3 cup peanuts
  • 1/5 cup raisins
  • 1/5 cup cashews
  • 1/5 cup thin coconut slices
  • 1 tsp pepper powder ( as per taste )
  • 1/2 tsp black salt (or pink salt)
  • Canola Oil for deep frying

Cooking - - Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Take the sabudana pearls ( 2 tsp each time ) in a  metal strainer and dip into the hot oil. Keeping the flame on medium to high, fry each batch till all the pearls are puffed up. Do stir it up in between to ensure even cooking.

Remove and drain the pearls on paper towels. (Pop a few into your mouth to check if done. If they are still hard, fry for a longer duration)

Once all the pearls are done, fry the peanuts in the same way. Drain them on paper towels.

Finally do the cashews and raisins. ( This step has to be real quick else the cashews will brown too much and the raisins will get bitter )

Frying the coconut slices comes the last. Fry them till brown. ( I prefer to do this separately as it changes the smell of the frying medium )

Put all the fried ingredients in one big mixing bowl. Sprinkle black pepper powder and black salt over it. Toss to get everything coated evenly.

Allow the mixture to cool down before you pack it into an airtight container. Lasts almost a week ( that is if you are kind enough to leave it alone )

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Oats Kothimbir Vadi ( And a Happy Gudi Padwa/Ugadi to All )

Kothimbir Chi Vadi. This healthy steamed snack from Maharashtra is a wonderful 4 pm friend. Yep, that's when the hunger pangs begin to strike when you are particular about your meal times.  And if you have had a wonderfully light lunch, this is exactly when you are tempted to binge on those super oily samosas/bhajjis/ pakoras . End result ? Not only you end up undoing all the good work, you are also saddled with those tiny guilt pangs that keep bothering you for the rest of the day.

That is why it is very much important to ensure that snacking remains healthy. And this super healthy version of the 'Kothimbir Vadi' is my tribute to the 'World Health Day'. Substituting most of the gram flour with oats is just one way of adding more of oats  to one's diet without compromising on that very important aspect - taste ! Oats contain a specific dietary fiber called beta-glucan which helps to lower bad cholesterol levels.

This recipe is a 'no onion no garlic recipe' which is apt for people who usually avoid these ingredients during fasting. One can also serve it during the ongoing navratri festival.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 30 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 4 tbsp powdered oats
  • 1 tbsp besan
  • 1 tbsp rice flour ( optional during navratri )
  • 2 tsp yogurt
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chili powder ( adjust as per taste )
  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • a pinch of baking powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/5 tsp turmeric

For seasoning -

  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 tsp canola oil

Preparation - Take all the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Knead into a firm and smooth dough. Keep aside for 15 mins.

Cooking - Roll the dough into cylindrical shapes.

Boil water in a steamer. Once it gets to steaming, steam the dough at medium high for 15 mins.

Remove and keep aside till it cools down. Cut into small bite sized circles.

Heat the remaining oil in a wok. Add the mustard and cumin seeds, followed by the asafoetida, curry leaves and sesame seeds.

Add the vadis and toss gently to ensure that each and every bite is coated with the aromatic seasoning.

Serve hot with some tea.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Broccoli Butter Masala ( Navratri Special )

When it comes to 'sattvik' or 'niramish' fare, i.e., cooking without using any onion or garlic, many of us have a mental blockade. "Will it taste good ?" or even "there can be no substitute for fish/chicken/or any other meat of your choice", are some of the common nags that I have come across. But over a period of time I have explored the sattvik fare from various regions of India and most of it has turned out to be delicious. For example, let us take the Monday/Thursday meals cooked in most households in Odisha. Rice, dal with veggies, minimal spices and a ghee tadka, a sweet-sour chutney kind of thing, stir fried veggies and greens (either stir fried or cooked with moong dal). Simple and, nourishing yet delicious enough to qualify for an everyday meal. People who prefer rotis over rice can opt for a simple 'vrat ke alu' or 'kachey kele ki subzi' with rotis or parathas made with Rajgire ka atta.

Having tackled the first question, let us move on to the second one. But what is one supposed to serve if guests drop in ? Well, there are 'no onion no garlic' versions of most curries like the Navratan korma, matar paneer and butter masala (and it is also available on my blog) along with delicious sattvik 'no onion no garlic' biryanis that one can choose from.

The 'Broccoli Butter Masala' is just an addition to this list and the fruit of my efforts to marry Indian cooking with exotic ingredients. Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 25 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes
  • 10 cashews
  • 15 raisins
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp fresh cream
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • a pinch of garam masala
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 2 tsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi
  • few whole spices ( 1 green cardamom, 2-3 cloves, 1" cinnamon, 1 bay leaf, 6-7 peppercorns )

Preparation - Boil sufficient water in a saucepan.Once it gets to a bubbling boil, add the broccoli florets and let it cook for a minute or two.

Remove and immediately dunk in cold water. Drain the water after 5 mins. This helps bring out the gorgeous green hue of the broccoli.

Soak the cashew and raisins in 1/2 cup warm water for 20 mins. Grind into a smooth paste.

Puree the tomatoes.

Make a paste out of the coriander powder, garam masala, red chili power and turmeric along with a little (2-3 tsp) water.

Cooking - Heat the oil and butter in a wok. Add the masala paste and fry for 2 mins.

Add the tomato puree and fry till oil starts to separate.

Add the cashew and raisins paste and cook for 3 mins.

Finally add the milk and 1/4 cup water along with the blanched broccoli florets. Sprinkle Kasuri methi on top.

Bring to a boil on low heat and let it simmer for a while till the broccoli turns soft and the gravy coats the florets evenly.

Add the cream. give it a mix and remove from flame.

Serve hot with puris or a simple pulao.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Wishing all my Readers a very Happy and Auspicious Navratri !!

May the Mother Goddess shower You with all Her Blessings !!

Nine glorious days of festivities. Of prayers. And ofcourse family gatherings. Most of us await eagerly for this time of the year.

Here is a quick list of some of the delicious dishes and offerings one can prepare during these 'no onion no garlic days' -

For more recipes click here .

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Roasted Pumpkin Raita (Kaddu ka raita)

A simple raita served during the Navratri days, this one may sound a bit weird but tastes just awesome. While one can also boil or steam the pumpkin before mashing it into the yogurt with spices, I wanted to give it as twist by roasting it to get the caramelized effect and release its natural sweetness.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 10-15 mins (depending on the size of pumpkin pieces)

Ingredients -

5-6 slices of pumpkin/kaddu ( 5mm to 7 mm thick )
1 cup yogurt
1/2 tsp roasted cumin-chili powder
salt to taste
2 pinch sugar
cilantro for garnishing

Preparation - Beat the yogurt lightly. Add a little water and season with salt and roasted cumin chili powder.

Cooking - Roast the pumpkin slices with some sugar sprinkled over them. Use an oven or do it on a non-stick pan which has been greased lightly. Once brown /black spots start to appear on the pumpkin slices, remove from heat and keep aside till cool.

Mash the pumpkin and add to the seasoned yogurt. Mix well.

Serve chilled.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spicy Sweet Potatoes (Chatpati Shakarkandi)

An easy and spicy curry made with sweet potatoes, this one goes well with Kuttu (buckwheat) parathas/puris or Rajgira ( Amaranthus ) parathas/puris. Spiced generously with chili and peppers, and dry mango powder providing the necessary tang, this one is a sure winner.

Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15 mins

Ingredients -

  • 2 sweet potatoes (or 2 cups boiled, peeled & cubed )
  • 1-2 green chili
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 pinch asafoetida
  • 1/3 tsp chili powder
  • 2 pinch pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur/dry mango powder
  • black salt/rock salt/sendha namak
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp ghee/clarified butter

Preparation - Cut the sweet potato into 3 inch long pieces. Put in a pressure cooker with 1 cup water and cook for 2-3 whistles. Keep aside till steam escapes.

Peel them and cut into smaller discs.

Cooking - Heat the oil and ghee in a wok.

Add the green chili and cumin seeds. Once the spluttering stops, add the sweet potato and fry for 1-2 mins.

Add all the spice powders and salt. Sprinkle a bit of water. Fry them till the spices form a layer around the potato pieces.

Serve hot with Kuttu/Rajgire paratha/puris.

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana being loaded with carbohydrates (starch) is an ideal choice for fasting days. Most of the recipes are easy, quick and tasty. One such example is the Sabudana Vada, crispy and lightly spiced fritters of sago, potato and peanuts.

Quite happy with my first attempt. The vadas turned out crisp on the outside and soft inside without absorbing too much oil. Read on for the recipe -

Preparation Time - 15-20 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1/2 cup sabudana
  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 3-4 tbsp roasted and lightly crushed peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chilis
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1/2-1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep frying

Preparation - Soak the sabudana overnight (or lesser time for smaller pearls). Strain to remove all excess water (this is important)

Take the sabudana in a mixing bowl. Add all other ingredients except for the oil. Mix into a dough.

Grease your palms with a little oil. Pinch small portions of the dough, roll into balls and flatten them. Make sure they are not very thick as the center will not be cooked properly.

Cooking - Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Add the flattened dics 2-3 at a time. Fry on both sides till light brown. Make sure that the flame is kept medium high so that the vadas do not absorb excess oil.

Remove from the wok and place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil. Repeat for the remaining dough.

Serve hot with a chutney.

Note - It is important to test the soaking time of the sabudana before making the vadas. The tiny varieties need only half an hour to become soft and mushy. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Plantain Chips

Another chips recipe for Navratri !! This time is it with green bananas. Very useful when entertaining guests/friends over those nine days of fasting.

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1  green banana
  • 2 pinch turmeric
  • red chilli powder
  • salt as per taste
  • oil for deep frying (rice bran/sunflower/olive)

Preparation - Peel the banana and dip them in ice cold water to which salt and turmeric have been added. (this prevents discoloration)

Cooking - Heat oil in wok. Directly slice the bananas into the hot oil, a few at a time. Fry on both sides till crisp.

Remove from wok and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil Sprinkle the salt and pepper on the hot chips and toss to coat them. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container once cooled.

Sweet Potato Chips

Another easy Navratri recipe with sweet potatoes (Shakarkandi) !! Comes handy when entertaining guests/friends over those nine days of fasting.

Preparation Time - 10 mins

Ingredients -

  • 1 Sweet potato 
  • freshly crushed pepper or pepper powder
  • rock salt as per taste
  • oil for deep frying (rice bran/sunflower/olive)

Preparation - Peel the sweet potato and make thin slices (thinner the better). 

Cooking - Heat oil in wok. Add the sweet potato slices a few at a time. Fry on both sides till crisp.

Remove from wok and place on a paper towel to absorb excess oil Sprinkle the rock salt and pepper on the hot chips and toss to coat them. Serve immediately or store in an air-tight container once cooled.

Note - One can also use table salt instead of rock salt.

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