Monday, September 29, 2014

Shrikhand–Homemade Shrikhand


Shrikhand is common & favorite in my home during festivals & functions. Generally I didn’t like sweet but my brother loves sweet and especially “Shrikhand”. My mom usually brings strained yogurt, mix it with sugar, cardamom powder and saffron milk. In India strained yogurt is easily available. My husband likes it very much. So I was thinking of making it at home. My friend suggested me to follow this quickest method. You can have Shrikhand in 30 minutes and here you go!!  My family loved it with hot puff poori’s.           


Shrikhand is traditional and authentic Indian dessert which is made from strained yogurt, nuts and saffron. This is very popular dessert in Maharashtra. Poori & Shrikhand is the best combo. A traditional Maharashtrian thali never complete without this exotic dessert. And its being served as dessert as well. Try out this easy and simple shrikhand on Dussehra festival and treat to your family!!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fasting Kachori – Vrat/Upwas Ka Khana

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           Happy Navratri to all Smile Navratri recipes are usually no onion no garlic and completely vegetarian. Upwas or fasting kachori is made during Navratri or for any other fasting day. This is simple and easy to make using handy ingredients. This is crunchy & combination of potato, sabudana flour, stuffed with coconut and raisins.


        During fasting days people use certain flours like singhade ka atta (water chestnut flour), sabudana flour, samo rice flour( barnyard millet flour) or rajgire ka atta (amranth flour). So this upwas ki kachori is a great and filling snack. Interesting and tasty stuffing gives a twist to the regular kachoris. This can be paired with cocumber raita or yogurt. You must try it out !! 


Monday, September 22, 2014

Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun - Upwas/Fasting/Vrat ka Khana


       Navratri festival is just around the corner. Navratri festival is celebrated different regions in India. During these period, people observing 9 days fast and break their fast on ninth day i.e on ‘’Dussehra‘’. For this, devotees eat dry fruits, milk, yogurt and potatoes. Onion and garlic are not allowed due to their foul smell. There are several types of dishes which are made from sabudana/sago, potato, singhada and different types of fruits.


       My mom always observe fast for 9 days and she never wore footwear during this navratri fasting. Most of the days perform a partial fasting. They eat only one meal after a sunset. This is vary from region to region.


       Now onwards, I will post the recipes which are easy to make during fasting in Navratri festival, I have already posted Sabudana vada, Sabudana khichdi. Today I have for you all, a delicious dessert that is “Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun” which is made from sweet patato and milk powder. These are easy to make during fasting and tastes great. They were soft, juicy and very authentic. These gulabjamun are chewy like rasgullas but tastes delicious.They are low in calories and comparatively less sweetened. So what are you waiting for? Do try out this tasty dessert !!   


Friday, September 19, 2014

Layered Biryani – Paneer Layered Biryani


         Layered biryani is one of the recipe which I wanted to try out since long time in which Basmati rice layered with spicy masala, sweet and warm aroma garnish with nuts. I had this biryani at my neighborhood aunti’s party. I like this authentic slow cooker biryani. I followed her recipe and here it is perfect blend of spices, tastes and flavored biryani.


          Don’t be frighten by the long list of ingredients and lengthy work. It is not that difficult as it shows. A well cooked biryani is when rice & all vegetables are cooked properly. Even though it takes a lot of time to prepare this, the final dish is all worth the effort. A little extra efforts that gives surely a royal treat. A little extra efforts that gives surely a royal treat. Saffron mint and yogurt plays a significant role while making biryani. Deep fried nuts and sliced onions gives a caramelized flavor to biryani.


           I made this Layered Biryani for “Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge” conducted by Priya. This month I am paired with Veena shankar. My secret ingredient was Paneer and Rice. I made this authentic and flavorful layered Biryani for that purpose.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Apple Pie Cookies – Eggless Jam Cookies


      Are you looking for something that is guaranteed to put a wide smile on your kids faces !Rolling on the floor laughing Today I have for you a Easy yet delicious apple jam cookie recipe. These are really easy to make. You can use your favorite filling and shape too. I made this on one of my friend’s baby shower and everyone like the hidden yummy filling. These are the gorgeous little thing which I ever tasted!!


       I got this idea from Home and Garden Baking Magazine. Instead of Apple and jam they used blueberry. I was very curious to try it out for my little one. Tried out and she liked it a lot. I like the idea of filling, somehow it just make it more fun and looks adorable. Go ahead and try out this cutest cookies to impress your kids.Party smile       


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Bread Dosa–Instant Dosa–No Fermentation Dosa–Easy Breakfast Recipe

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        Breakfast is very important meal of the day. Usually I prefer quick, easy and tasty breakfast in hurry burry mornings. Today I come up with quick instant dosa which doesn’t require any fermentation. Dosa is very popular south Indian breakfast which needs soaking and fermenting time.  This bread dosa is easy and quick without any fermentation and with few handy ingredients. Hot smile


         I already posted easy breakfast option Rava Idly, Upma, Cheesy capsicum toast, Sabudana khichdi etc. The bread dosa can be made with white or multi grain bread.This is a good way to use old bread or any fresh bread.  These crispy and tasty dosa can be paired with coconut coriander chutney and hot cardamom tea……isn't it yummyCoffee cupRolling on the floor laughing !!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Homemade Paneer–How To Make Paneer


       Making homemade paneer is very easy. This is first time, I made paneer and cut it into cute and beautiful little blocks, and I am happy with the results. I never thought that this is really very easy to make, low in cost and more nutritious. I always bought store bought paneer and make several dishes. Last week I needed some extra quantity paneer and was not having enough time to get it from grocery store as it was opening late. I thought, I should try out at home and l am very glad with the outcome. Since it is homemade, I will make this soft, juicy, hygienic and nutritious paneer more often.


           Paneer is bliss for vegetarian. Nothing can be compared to the tasty , soft and milky flavor paneer. Who says no to this cheesy paneer? Definitely I am not the one and also my family’s favorite ! I will post recipes with paneer soon. Here is the recipe of homemade paneer and for any query check out the notes also.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Cheesy Tomato Rice/Baath - Kids Friendly Recipe–Easy Lunch Box Recipe


                     Looking for easy and quick lunch box idea ? Getting confused what to make quick and healthy;thy one pot meal ?Confused smile Here it is the easy and quick cheesy tomato pulao. This is very delicious rice and perfect for lunch box with some curd and veggie fry. I made this in my ezee buzee time. Tomato rice can be made with fresh cooked rice or leftover rice. You can paired it up with any raita or chips. It’s a delicious combo and I bet kids will enjoy their lunch box.Hot smile


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Puran / Pooran Poli With Katachi Amti–With Video


        Puran poli is very traditional famous Maharashtrian delicacy and it is made during most of the festivals like Ganesh chathurthi, Diwali, Holi etcSmile. During Ganesh Chathurthi festival, we are prepared Ukdiche Modak, Besan ladoo, Chakli, Puran poli etc.

       Puran Poli is stuffed bread with the sweet chana dal mixture called puran. Hence the process of making puran is very big fuss in earlier days but nowdays it will easy by day with using, puran yantra, siever or mixie. The process of making puranpoli differs within parts of India. People generally use pressure cooker to cook chana dal. I followed my moms version, she always boil chana dal over gas and drained it. Then add jaggery, sugar and cook mixture till thickens.

         Today I am sharing my moms recipe. I learnt each and every ways from her and after lots of practice now I can make soft and fluffy puranpoli but never replicate the moms puranpoli. I have been eating this puranpoli from childhood. I remember whenever my mom made puranpoli, she reserved my share if I was not at home. After the puja and naivedya – offering to Gods, we used to have it with lots of ghee. It was one of the things that I used to miss a lot when we came here. The Puranpoli is very nutritious and full of proteins'.Hot smile



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