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Veg Makhanwala

8:15 AM Add Comment
Delicious home made Veg Makhanwala !!




Ingredients :

Cauliflower cut lengthwise  : 1 /2 Cup
Green beans  : 1/4 cup
Carrot : 1/4 Cup
Potato cut in chips : 1/2 cup 
Green peas ( Fresh or frozen ) : 1/4 Cup
Green pepper : 1/4 cup
Paneer cubes : 1/2 Cup
Chopped Onion : 1/2 cup
Chopped Tomato : 1/2 Cup
Garlic cloves : 7-8
Green Chilli paste : 1/2 tsp
Ginger : 1 inch piece
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Tej patta : 2
green elaychi : 3
Kashmiri Red chilli powder : 2 tsp
Garam Masala : 2 tsp
Kasoori methi : 1 tsp
Handful Coriender leaves : For decoration
Fresh cream : 1/2 cup
Milk : 3 tsp ( to soak poppy seeds )
Salt : as per taste
Sugar : 1 tsp
Butter or desi ghee : 4 tsp

Recipe :
1. In a heavy bottom pan add 1 tsp of ghee or butter. Add cumin seeds, tej patta, green elaychi. Then       add garlic cloves, onion & tomato. Saute for 2 minutes. Keep aside in a bowl & let it cool.
2. Boil all the vegetables to soft except green pepper. Do not overcook.
3. Drain water from the vegetables.. Add 3 tsp ghee or butter in the same pan saute green pepper then     add all the veges. 
4. Remove tej patta & grind remaining masala with onion,garlic & tomato to a smooth paste.
5. Add this paste to vegetables.Add red chilli powder, turmeric powder & garam masala. Add salt &      sugar.
6. Add little water. Mix properly.
7. Add paneer cubes & kasoori methi.
8. Simmer for 2 minutes.
9. Add cream & turn off the gas stove. save some cream for garnishing.
10. Garnish with handful of coriander & cream. 
11. Serve with hot phulkas, nan or paratha !!!





Bharli vangi ( stuffed baigan )

6:03 AM Add Comment
Very tasty mouth watering Maharashtrian recipe !!



Ingredients :
Washed Small  baigan ( kate vangi )  : 10-12 
Boiled Medium sized potato  : 3-4
Chopped onion : 1/2 cup
 Garlic cloves : 7-8
Green chilli paste : 1 tsp or as per taste
Fresh coconut : 1/4 cup
Dry coconut : 1/4
Coarse peanut powder : 2 tsp
water : 1/2 cup or for consistency of gravy
Kashmiri Red chilli powder : 1 tsp ( gives nice red colour to curry )
Salt : 1 tsp ( as per taste )
Jaggery : 1/2 tsp
Vegetable oil : 3 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp
Hing : 1/4 tsp
Goda masala :2 tsp
Garam Masala : 1 tsp
Chopped handful coriander for garnishing.

Recipe :
1. Dry roast dry coconut, onion & garlic cloves for 2 minutes. Grind to coarse paste.
    Add  oil in a heavy bottom pan or kadhai.
2. Add cumin seeds when oil becomes hot. Add hing & turmeric powder.
3. Add the above paste & green chilli . Add fresh coconut Saute for 2-3 minutes or till mixture turns       to brown or till nice aroma.
4. Add water & Stir the mixture properly. Add red chilli powder, goda masala & garam masala.
5. Meanwhile give 4 slits to baigans. It should not be cut into 4 pieces. Add baigans & mix & add           little water if required  & cover the pan till it becomes soft.
7. Add boiled potatos. Add salt & jaggery. Add peanut powder. 
8. Mix properly & cover the pan & let it cook for some time. Add water if required.
9. Garnish with chopped coriander.
      Enjoy this tasty  bhaji with bhakri or roti.

Rajgira flour ( Amaranth seeds ) savoury cookies

9:08 AM Add Comment
                                                Healthy savoury rajgira cookies 



Ingredients :
Rajgira flour : 1 cup
Sabudana ( sago ) flour : 2 tsp
Coarsely ground peanut powder : 2 tsp
Roasted cumin seeds ( jeera ) : 1 tbsp
salt : 1 tsp or as per taste
sugar 1 tsp
Desi ghee : 6 tbsp
Yogurt  : 4 tsp ( use more if required )
Baking powder : 1/2 tsp
Baking soda : 1/2 tsp
Rajgira lahi for garnishing.

Recipe :
1. Add Rajgira, sabudana flour, peanut powder,salt, sugar,baking powder & baking soda . Mix all dry ingredients.
2.Add desi ghee & yogurt. Mix all the ingredients properly.
3. Do not over knead the dough. It should be little lose & soft. Add more yogurt if required.
4. Prepare the cookies as per shape you desire. Sprinkle some rajgira lahi on the cookies.  
5. Bake the cookies in preheated oven at 170 C for 15-20  minutes or till it turns light brown.
6. Adjust the temperature as per your oven.
Above measurement yields about 15 medium sized biscuits.
    
Enjoy with hot ginger tea or coffee. Also very good home made snack for children . 
You can eat these cookies for fast also.

Appe with Veggies

8:19 AM Add Comment
Soft, tasty & healthy Appe


Ingredients :
Rice : 1 1/2 Cup
Chana dal ( Bengal Gram ) : 1/2 cup
 Urad dal ( Black Gram ) : 1/2 Cup
Pinch of Soda bicarb ( optional )
Finely Chopped veggies :
Onion : 1/2 cup
Carrot : 1/4 cup
Green bell pepper ( simla mirch ) : 1/4 cup
Green peas : 1/4 cup
Finely chopped ginger & green chilli : 1 tsp or as per taste
Oil : For greasing Appe pan
Jeera ( cumin seeds ): 2 tsp
Coursely ground Black pepper: 1 tsp
Chopped Curry leaves : 8-10
Salt : as required

Recipe :
1. Soak rice for 4-5 hours in a bowl

2. Soak Urad dal , Chana Dal  4-5 hours.

3. Drain the water. But do not throw it. Use little water for grinding.

4. Grind all the ingredients to very smooth batter.

5. Pour the batter in the vessel & mix it thoroughly.

6. Keep this batter overnight for fermentation. Take large bowl otherwise batter will come out after fermentation.

7. Add salt  as per taste & mix batter gently. Add all vegetables, chopped ginger & chilli, ground pepper & mix well.

8. Keep appe pan on gas stove. Add little oil in all cavities. Drop spoonful of batter in every cavity, cover it & cook till golden colour. Flip it & cook other side also.

Enjoy with chutney or tomato ketchup.

Green chutney :

Handful coriander, 1/2 cup fresh grated coconut, ginger, green chilli, lemon juice, 1/2 tsp jeera,salt & sugar as per taste. Grind all ingredients smooth & chutney is ready !!

Ukdiche modak

9:40 AM Add Comment
                          Favourite maharashtrian desert & Bappa special !! Ukdiche modak !


Ingredients :
For saran ( filling)
Grated fresh Coconut : 1 Cup 
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup .
Elaychi powder  : 1/2 tsp
Jayphal powder ( nutmeg ) : 1/2 tsp
chopped cashews : 1 tsp ( Any dry fruits of your choice )
Golden raisins : 1 tsp
Saffron strand : 5-6 ( optional )

Recipe :
1. Mix fresh coconut & jaggery in a thick bottom pan or preferably non stick.
2. Start the flame. Keep on medium flame.
3. Stir the mixture continuously. Jaggery starts melting & coconut becomes soft. It will take 7-10 min. only. Turn off the flame.Do not let it become hard.
4. Add elaichy & jaiphal powder. Add raisins & cashews. Mix well.
5. Let the mixture cool.

Ingredients for outer cover ( Ukad ):
1. Flavoured rice( basmati) flour : 1 cup
2. Salt : 1/4 tsp
3. Desi ghee : 4 tsp 
4.Water : 1 1/2 cup
5. Saffron strand : 5-6 ( optional )

Recipe :
1. Add water in a heavy bottom pan. Turn on the flame.
2. Add salt & 2 tsp ghee in the water. Let the water boil.
3. Add rice flour & stir well. Mixture becomes thick.
4. Cover the pan & keep for 10 minutes.
5. After 10 minutes transfer the mixture ( ukad ) in a plate or parat.
6. Apply remaining ghee little by little & knead to a soft smooth dough. Add saffron strands if you         like. I prepared 1/2 of the ukad adding saffron water.
7. Divide into 10 lemon size balls. This measurement yields 10-12 modaks.
    Prepare modaks with the delicious filling of coconut & jaggery.  
8. Steam the modaks for 10 mins. in a greased thali or on banana leaf.

Enjoy the heavenly tasting modaks with dollops of desi ghee.




Simple Mula ( White Radish ) subji

12:59 AM Add Comment
                Easy, simple & tasty mula ( radish) subji !!



Ingredients :
Tender Radish leaves : 1 cups (1 bunch )
Grated Radish : 2 cups ( 3 big nos )
Garlic cloves : 4-5 coarsely crushed in mortal pestle
Green chilli : 2 coarsely crushed in mortal pestle
Grated ginger : 1 tsp
Red chilli powder : 1 tsp 
Salt : 1 tsp ( as per taste )
Sugar: 1/2  tsp
Grated fresh coconut : 1/2 cup
Roasted peanut powder : 2 tsp
Oil : 2 tsp
Mustard seeds :1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds : 1/2 tsp
Hing : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder : 1/2 tsp 
Recipe :
1. Wash the green leaves of radish & chop fine. Discard big stems.
2. Wash radish thoroughly & grate on big wholes grater. 
3. Add oil in heavy bottom pan or kadhai.
4. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds when oil becomes hot.
5. Add crushed garlic & green chilli. Saute for some time.
6. Add grated ginger & mix well. Then add hing & turmeric powder.
7. Add chopped radish leaves, saute for 2 minutes & then add grated radish. 
8. Mix properly. Cover the pan for 2-3 minutes.
9. Add salt & sugar, mix & again cover the pan. 
10. Vegetable becomes soft. Add coconut  ( save some for garnishing )& peanut powder. Mix well.
11. saute for 2-3 minutes or till mixture becomes dry. Garnish with fresh coconut.
      Enjoy this tasty  bhaji with hot phulka or bhakri.

Summer cool Homemade Kokum sarbat concentrate

9:25 PM Add Comment
Enjoy this homemade  Amrut on the earth in this hot season!! Very easy & simple to prepare!! Requires very few ingredients. Moreover it is very healthy & no preservatives added!!



Ingredients :
Kokum fruits or Ratambe : 1 kg
Sugar : 1 kg. ( Do not use powdered sugar)
 Salt : 3 tsp

Recipe :
1.Wash the kokum fruits thoroughly & dry them completely.
2. Keep them in dry cotton cloth so it will dry nicely.
3. Make the 2 halves of the fruit with the help of knife.
4. Remove the seeds in between. Do not throw the seeds.*                             
5.Feel the cavities with sugar & arrange them in completely dried big Glass jar with lid as shown in picture. 
6. Add remaining sugar on the surface. Add salt.
7. Keep the bottle as it is. Do not keep in sun light. After 3-4 days you will get nice syrup.Sieve it & Store in small bottle & use as required. No need of keeping in fridge.
In the remaining skins of the kokums add water & prepare sarbat. But you have to consume it or keep in fridge for 8-10 days.                                                                                         
How to prepare sarbat : 
Take 2-3 tsp of the syrup for a glass. Add pinch of black salt ( saindhav mith ), little jeera powder & cold water. Stir properly. Enjoy this heavenly drink in this pricky season. You can have it in any season as kokums are very healthy. Adjust quantity of syrup as per your taste.
Keep the seeds  in water for some time & with the help of hand remove the pulp. Add sugar & salt as per taste & you will get instant light pink coloured sarbat out of these. Then throw the seeds.