Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Recipe - Makhane Ki Sabzi

You guys know how much I am influenced by my mom’s cooking. Her ability to consistently churn out the same recipe with same precision year after year is what blows me over. One of such recipes is this Makhane ki Sabzi. Makhana or Lotus Nut is one of the most beautiful yet underused ingredients according to me. Usually it’s fried and eaten as an evening snack or added in panjiri and kheer. While there are various regional recipes, I have rarely seen restaurant menus using it creatively. Coming back to the recipe, this sabzi was a hit among my parents’ friends and we’d host special dinners and lunches where she made makhane ki sabzi and naan. Trust me, no one even cared for chicken and mutton. Yup, it’s that good.

You can also check out this recipe on Local Banya's blog and if you intend to cook it go buy the ingredients from their aisle right away.

100 gms makhana (chopped)
25 raisins (chopped)
10 cashew nuts (chopped)
10 almonds (chopped)
4 chuhara (chopped)
50 gms green peas
2 dry red chillies
2 green cardamom
1 clove
1/2 inch piece of cinnamon
2 tbsp ghee
1 cup milk
1/4 tsp pepper powder
Salt to taste

  1. Heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan.
  2. Throw in red chillies, clove, cinnamon and cardamom and fry for few seconds.
  3. Add makhana, raisins, cashew nuts, almonds, chuhara and green peas. Fry them for two minutes.
  4. Add milk and let it cook till the milk thickens.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with roti, paratha or best, with naan.
You can make it richer by adding mawa or khoa instead of milk. Decorate it with dry fruits and cinnamon stick for better presentation. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Holi Recipe - Nutella Stuffed Coconut Laddoo

I am back with another Holi recipe and this time it's in association with Local Banya. I am the #BloggerBanya of the month on their blog and will create two recipes for them with the ingredients bought from their aisles. You can read more about me as #BloggerBanya here and can also checkout the recipe here.

There’s so much fun in making colourful food especially during Holi. My mom used to make these saffron, white and green coconut laddoos every year and even though I don’t like coconut sweets much, I would eat the laddoos happily. I’ve added a little twist to that recipe with a surprise ingredient - yup, It's Nutella. Imagine what would life be if Michel Ferrero wouldn't have created this magic spread. Yeah, yeah! We would've still been thinner but also so-so unhappy. So this recipe is revisiting my childhood Holi and a little tribute to the chocolate genius.

250 gms dry coconut powder 
200 gms Nestle Milkmaid100 gms Nutella (you won't use it all)1 tsp each of saffron and green food colours (use natural colours if you're allergic to synthetic stuff)50 gms dry coconut powder (to coat the laddoos)

  1. Divide the coconut powder into three equal parts. 
  2. Add saffron colour in one, green in another and leave the third one plane. 
  3. Mix Milkmaid in each of them to make firm and skightly sticky dough. 
  4. Take a tennis ball size portion of the dough, make a bowl of it, fill 1/2 tsp Nutella in it and pack it like a laddoo. You can take a little more dough to pack it properly. 
  5. Coat these laddoos with dry coconut powder.
Store this laddoos in the refrigerator for up to a week. Bring them to room temperature before eating so that you get that gooey Nutella inside. Eat well, play safe and have a Happy Holi.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Holi Recipes - Kali Gajar Ki Kanji

Kanji is a famous drink made during Holi in north India. It comes close second to the bhang mixed thandai. The water mixed with mustard seeds, salt and asafoetida is fermented for a few days and then mixed with kali gajar or beet root. Deep fried moong dal and urad dal wadas are added to sometimes. A good kanji should have strong kick of mustard and a potential to give you a good high. 

2 ltrs water 
2 tsp mustard (the fine Benarsi variety)
1/4 tsp asafoetida 
Salt to taste 
200 gms kali gajar or beetroot

  1. Warm the water and keep it aside. 
  2. Grind the mustard and mix it in the water along with asafoetida and salt. 
  3. Store it in a glass jar and keep it in sun for two days. 
  4. On the second day add sliced and lightly boiled kali gajar or beetroot and keep it for another day. 
  5. Once it's nicely sour and fermented, open it and serve. 

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