Apr 18, 2015

Kesar Pista Kulfi

Kesar Pista Kulfi
 
To beat the summer heat, I made Kesar Pista Kulfi and it is super delicious. This is such a nice and delicious kulfi with lots of goodness of milk and kesar, Pista. Summer is at its peak and Kesar Pista Kulfi can help us to feel cool in this summer season. It is an item which relates to everybody's childhood.  I also love Matka Kulfi, because all these kulfi has childhood memories. In my childhood, my mom used to make kulfi and Ice cream at home. That time, summer vacations means a lot of enjoyment.
 
Kesar Pista Kulfi
 
For my kids, its super enjoyment as I am making ice creams, popsicles and kulfi and many more. They even forget to have lunch and dinner. If your kids are bored of drinking milk all the time, you can give milk in such a delicious manner like Ice creams and Kulfi. Summer are the time to enjoy everyday with cold, chilled treats.

I have lots of funny popsicle molds, even you can get colored ,funny, stainless steel(specially for kulfi) and many more shapes online or nearby shops.
 
Kesar Pista Kulfi
 
Creamy yet grainy this Kesar Pista Kulfi is irresistible! Cherish all your memories of this awesome kulfi.


Ingredients
 
1 liter Milk
4 tbsp Cream/Malai
1/2 cup Sugar
few strands Kesar /Saffron
1 tsp. Cardamom powder
11/2 tbsp Pistachio
1 1/2 tbsp Almonds
 
Preparations
 
1.Heat milk in a pan. Once it gets a roaring boil, add a huge tablespoon of hot milk to the saffron and keep aside.
2.Now add the cream to the milk, stir well and cook in medium-high flame until it reduces to half, most probably about 20 minutes. Just like Basundi, we have to reduce milk to half. We have to stir it continuously, so it should not stick to the bottom of pan.
3.Once its reduced to half, add the chopped nuts and sugar. Stir well and cook for 5 more minutes.
4.Switch off the flame, add the cardamom powder and let it cool to room temperature. Add to the kulfi moulds and freeze for 5-6 hours. You can insert bamboo sticks after 2-3 hours as well.
5.Take the kulfi moulds out, use a butter knife and loosen the edges. Serve and enjoy.
 
Kesar Pista Kulfi

 
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Apr 15, 2015

Maharashtrian Pithale Recipe


 
Pithale, means Besan Curry, is one of the basic dish in Maharashtrian Cuisine. In fact, Maharashtrian food must have Pithale-Bhakari. My family loves Pithale and I must say they are crazy about it. Because when pithale is made at home, they eat it like special dish , just like I am going to restaurant and I see any paneer dish. My uncle , takes extra oil on pithale, this is special way to eat in villages, and have it with Jowar or Bajra Bhakari.
Pithale
 
It is mostly prepared in villages for dinner. My grandmother used to tell us, after tiresome day by working in farm, when they come back and have hot pithale with hot Bhakari, the tiredness will just go by eating this food. Such a special attachment of farmers is there with this special Maharashtrian Pithale Recipe.
Pithale
 
Pithale is basically Besan curry with onion and green chilly. It can be dry or curry and we name differently like guthalich pithale or zunka or patal pithale, all names in Marathi. We can eat this with roti and rice, but Bhakari has special importance in this recipe ;-)
 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Besan/chickpeas Flour
1 medium Onion, finely chopped
6-7  Garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
pinch of hing/Asafetida powder
1 tsp. Turmeric Powder
3-4 curry leaves
2-3 chopped green chilies
2-3 tbsp vegetable oil
Salt to taste
water as per need
Few coriander Leaves, for garnish
 
Preparation

1.Mix besan and water in a bowl to make thick batter and whisk to have smooth batter.There should not be any lumps.
2.Heat 2 tbsp oil in kadhai/pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, hing, curry leaves and green chilies. Saute for few seconds and add chopped garlic. Saute till they turn to golden brown .
3.Add chopped onion and cook till onion become golden. Add turmeric powder and salt.
4.Add besan batter slowly and keep stirring as they will start making lumps. Add little hot water and keep stirring to avoid lumps.
5.Keep stirring for another 3-4 minutes till it will start to boil and make it smooth but thick curry as shown in pictures.
6.Give a nice stir and garnish with coriander leaves.
 
Serve with Bhakari or rice. Onions are always served as salad with Pithale.
 
Pithale
 
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Apr 12, 2015

Strawberry Popsicles

Strawberry Popsicles

One more Summer Cool Popsicles from my Lazy Kitchen...Homemade Strawberry Popsicles. I had lots of strawberries and I tried on Strawberry Milkshake, Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Smoothies and now Strawberry Popsicles. I got this idea when my son goes to any Amul shop, he wants to buy mango dolly, raspberry and many more flavor from Amul parlor. Sometimes I buy for him and sometimes I scold him that you always ask for store food which is not good. And then he asked, why don't you make it at home. My biggest encouragement -My son , who wants me to try my lazy cooking skills on different food. So, Here I am..
 
Strawberry Popsicles
 
Strawberry Popsicle, truly speaking, it is now my favorite also. Very yummy, delicious and meet summer's demand for cold and refreshing treat. I could eat many more times than my son. Thank god, my popsicle stand has only 4 boxes. I have mixed sugar and water. If your popsicle stand is big enough to hold 9 or 12 popsicle, then take measurement as per that. Basically you need to just mix strawberries, sugar with water. You can skip sugar if strawberries are sweet and wants to have natural sweetness. If using frozen strawberries then may be need to add little sugar, as frozen things lose their sweetness. I n same way,we can make Strawberry Yogurt Popsicle-strawberry mixed with yogurt and sugar. As well Strawberry lemonade Popsicles, too.
 
Strawberry Popsicles
Strawberry Popsicles
 

Ingredients
 
10-12 fresh Strawberries
4 tbsp powdered sugar
1 cup water
 
Preparation
 
1.Mix all ingredients into blender and blend till all mix thoroughly. Let some strawberry chunks present in mixture.
2.Fill the popsicle stand and freeze them for 5-6 hours.
 
Strawberry Popsicles
 
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Apr 10, 2015

Kokum Fizz

Kokum Soda Drink
 
Garcinia Indica or Kokum is widely used in Konkani Cooking, a coastal region in Maharashtra, India. Kokum is fruit is sundried to make purple colored dried Kokum. This has many medicinal properties. The most popular dish prepared with Kokum is Solkadhi.

Thanks to my sister, Sharada for sharing such a nice recipe with me.
 
Kokum Soda Drink
 
In coastal region, kokum is used in Tadka or tempering to give tangy flavor to many vegetables. The dried kokum is used to sour curries, Dals and veggie dishes in the Maharashtrian, Guajarati, Konkani, Kerala and goan cuisine. I have Kokum Syrup which is concentrate of Kokum and sugar, I mostly use in Summer for making cool drinks. We can get this syrup in local shops in Konkan region or in any Maharashtrian Food Store.
Kokum Soda Drink
 

Ingredients
 
4 tbsp Kokum syrup
1 cup soda
4 tbsp powdered sugar
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. roasted cumin powder
salt to taste
Few Ice cubes

Preparation
 
1.Take a bowl and pour the kokum syrup in it.
2.Add powdered sugar, lemon juice, roasted cumin powder, salt and mix well.
3.Take 3 glasses and put ice cubes in all glasses.
4.Pour the mixture in all glasses equally.
5.Add soda above to the mixture.
Serve chilled Kokum Fizz or Kokum Soda immediately. If needed, can add water.
 
Kokum Fizz Drink
 
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Apr 5, 2015

Mattha | Spiced Buttermilk

Mattha

'Mattha' is basically Maharashtrian Style Spiced Buttermilk. Buttermilk is very common to drink in summer days and if we have little flavors in it, then it will be too tasty. Generally we know Chhas, in Hindi, and to make it we use Chhas Masala. But Mattha is little different from Chhas and can be found in alternate homes in Maharashtra.

Mattha

This Buttermilk or Taak, in Marathi, used to be flavored with different spices like cumin powder,  a little ginger, green chili with just salt and a little sugar. I generally take with lots of ice cubes in very hot summer days.

Mattha

Mattha is very typical Spiced Buttermilk in Maharashtrian Marriage ceremonies along with Masale Bhat. This typical menu is always accompanied by Jilebi or Shrikhand. While remembering those memories, I really want to attend any marriage like this ;-)
 

Ingredients
 
1 Cup Yogurt /curd/dahi
2 cups water
1/4 tsp. roasted Cumin powder
1/2 inch piece of ginger ,grated
1/2 Green Chili ,finely chopped(optional)
1 tsp. sugar
Salt to taste
Few Coriander and mint leaves
 
Preparation
 
1.In a mixer ,add yogurt and  water to make it smooth buttermilk. There should not be any lumps of curd. Pour buttermilk in a bowl.
2.Add roasted cumin seed powder, grated ginger, sugar and salt. If you like spicy, add green chili to it.
3.In a mortar, add chopped cilantro, mint leaves and little salt. Use pestle to crush together until Cilantro and mint leaves become mushy.
4.Add them to buttermilk. Serve Mattha or Spiced Buttermilk in glasses with Ice cubes.

Mattha
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Apr 4, 2015

Jeera Rice

Jeera Rice

 
My favorite, is Simple Jeera Rice. Whenever I want to make a special day, instead of pulao or Biryanis, I prefer Jeera rice. Its reason is I love cinnamon and Jeera flavor with simple steamed rice. As there are no other spices and masala, these two flavors come up very strongly. I use Shah Jeera , because using shah-Jeera in this recipe adds a lovely flavor and fragrance to the rice.
 

It is one of the simplest, easiest yet most ordered rice dish in an Indian restaurant. This is very versatile rice preparation which can be eaten as an accompaniment with almost any dal or vegetable. Or simply you can have this one with Curd and pickle too.
 
Jeera Rice

I avoid using pressure cooker for this Rice, as I want each grain of Basmati should be separate. Sometimes, in pressure cooker, they stick to each other and may overcook. In pan while cooking rice, we can check if it is properly cooked or not.
 

Ingredients
 
oil for deep-frying
2 tbsp ghee/butter
2 tbsp caraway seeds (shahjeera)
2 medium sticks of Cinnamon
1 1/2 cups long grained rice (basmati)
 salt to taste
 
Preparation
 
1..Clean, wash and soak the Basmati Rice for 10 minutes. Drain and keep aside.
2.Put 2½ cups of water to boil.
3.Heat the ghee in a broad pan and add the caraway seeds and cinnamon sticks.
4.When the seeds crackle, add the rice and sauté for 5 minutes till it turns little pink in
color.
5.Add the hot water and simmer for 5 minutes.
6.Add the salt and cover with a lid. Cook till the rice is done.
7.Serve hot with any dal, curry or any paneer dish.
 
Jeera Rice


 
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Mar 27, 2015

Homemade Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

This is my easy and quick homemade strawberry lemonade recipe, it is made in the blender using lemon Juice, strawberries and Sugar. Drinking cold and chilled strawberry Lemonade with Ice cubes will just make your Summer Days.
 
As soon Summer starts, We all have to grab lots of Lemons or Lime for Lemonade. Even now my son has also started to make an Lemonade and being Mommy I am very happy that he is drinking full of Vitamin C Lemonade ...Wow...

Strawberry Lemonade
 
Since it’s incredibly hot outside, I’ve been looking for ways to chill out and create some refreshing cold beverages for me and my family. I was just surfing on net and was stuck on many types of lemonade recipes and found this amazing strawberry flavored Lemonade. So I just gave a try on it and no need to tell, it's an amazing drink with lots of energy of Lemons and flavors of Strawberry. Sugar can be replaced with Honey. If you like honey's soft taste and it really goes very well with lemons. If you like strawberries natural sweetness , then you can just have this without any sugar or honey.
 
This winter I already had lots of strawberry and made lots of recipes from strawberry like Strawberry Smoothie, Strawberry Milkshake, Strawberry Popsicles and many more. Being lazy many times I forget to click on the recipe ,so this time I don't want to miss on this Strawberry Lemonade pictures.

Strawberry Lemonade


Ingredients

2 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 pint strawberries
Ice (optional)
Lemon slices, sliced strawberries

Preparation

1.Combine the water, sugar, and lemon juice. Mix it well till sugar dissolves. Or you can make sugar powder in mixer and directly put it into water.
2.Remove the stems, hulls, and any bad spots from the strawberries. You can use more or fewer strawberries if you wish to.
3.Place the strawberries in a blender with lemonade to cover generously. Add a bit of ice if you would like more of a smoothie or slushy consistency.
4.Blend until mixed. Pour into glasses and float sliced or halved strawberries to the top. Serve the strawberry lemonade.
 
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Mar 24, 2015

Dal Bati

I made Rajasthan Cuisine, Dal Bati and loved it so much. In my childhood, I just heard about it and first time eat in Chokhi Dani. After that , I had crush with Dal Bati many time in different places. Dal means its spicy lentil soup and Batis are baked flour balls, which are soaked in Dal with lots of ghee. The original batis are baked in chulas or in tandoor. I saw some videos where they bake batis is chulas and I am still thinking when I will get to eat that. Just to eat this, I can do Rajasthan Tour ;-)

dal bati

In my aunt's home, she used to make batis and steam and then fry it. It taste awesome. But as I wanted another option instead of frying, I found baking recipe of Batis. Many people make simple batis with just flour, little salt and water. There are variations of spices to add in Batis, some add Jeera or fennel seeds. It gives extra flavor to batis. On my second Son's Birthday, I wanted to make something special, and then struck on this recipe. Me and my sisters together made and my whole family enjoyed this Dal Bati that evening.

how to make dalbati
 
I have preferred toor dal , but traditional recipe go with chana dal, Moong dal, toovar dal and urad dal. They prepare dal with mixing all types of dal.

dal bati
 
 

Ingredients
 
For The Dal
1 bowl toovar (arhar) dal
salt to taste
3 tbsp ghee
3 cloves
2 bayleaves
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
2 green chillies
 a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp garlic ,finely chopped
1 cup onions,finely chopped
1 cup tomatoes,finely chopped
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tbsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tbsp finely chopped coriander (dhania) , to garnish
 
For Batis
1 cup  wheat flour
2 tbsp Semolina/rava
2 tbsp Ghee
1/4 tsp Ajwain
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp Baking powder
1 tsp Salt

Preparation
 
For Batis

1.Add wheat flour, semolina, salt, baking powder, ajwain, cumin seeds and fennel seeds in a mixing bowl.
2.Add melted ghee in flour and rub with hands in flour, so all ghee is mixed properly with flour mixture.
3.Add water little by little to make it  a tough dough. Don't worry about cracks. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.(In this time, make a dal ;-)
4.Pre heat oven to 180 deg C. Mean while, divide the dough to 10 equal sized balls.
5.These balls should be having cracks, it helps in easy cooking. Arrange in a baking tray. Brush generously with ghee and bake for 10 minutes.
6.Check if they turn golden brown then turn on the sides and bake again for 10 more minutes.
7.Your Batis are ready.
 
For Dal

1.Clean and wash the Toor dal. Cook Dal in pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles.
2.Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Do not drain the water and keep aside.
3.Heat the ghee in a deep non-stick kadhai, add the cloves, bay leaves, cumin seeds, green chilies and asafetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
4.When the seeds crackle, add the garlic and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes.
5.Add the tomatoes, coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder and garam masala, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
6.Add the cooked dal and little salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
7.Add the coriander and mix well. Keep aside.

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Mar 17, 2015

Tofu Pulao

Tofu Pulao

In my diet and gym days I got to know about Tofu. Till that time I just heard Soybean and never have soybean in my diet also. But as I started to know more about Soya, I was amazed and started to think why we are not using this wonderful grain in out daily life.

Tofu Pulao
 
Tofu is a wonderful Soya paneer for vegetarian people. Its like protein god in vegetarian diet.There are lots of Health Benefits of Tofu. Soybean has lot of protein content and that's why nowadays soya milk and soya paneer(Tofu) is gaining lots of popularity.
 
Tofu Pulao

I bought Tofu from frozen section of market , so I have to keep in freezer. After taking out, thaw the Tofu or keep at room temperature for 2 hours.
 

Ingredients
 
1 pack Tofu
1 cup Basmati Rice
2 medium size Carrots ,sliced
1/2 cup Peas
1/4 cup green pepper , sliced
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 cups Water
1 tbsp Salt
2-3 green chilies
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1  Cinnamon stick
3 Bay leaves
4-5 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 tsp. cumin seeds
coriander leaves to garnish
 
Preparation
 
1.Wash all vegetables and cut them in slices.
2.Wash Basmati Rice with clean water and soak in water for 10 minutes.
3.Cut tofu into small pieces. I have used frozen tofu, so I have to keep it at normal temp for long time or you can thaw tofu once out of freezer.
4.Heat pan on medium flame and put olive oil. Add cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaves, cardamom, cinnamon stick and stir little.
5.Add green chilies and sliced onion. Cook til onion turns little pink. Add ginger garlic paste. Saute the mixture for few seconds till rawness of ginger garlic goes away.
6.Add carrots, peas and green pepper.(You can add many more veggies of your choice)
7.Stir all veggies with all spices and add soaked basmati rice (drained from water).Add 1 1/2 cups hot water into this rice.
8.Add salt and keep lid on pan. Let it cool for 8-10 minutes with medium flame.
9.After 5 minutes and rice half cooked, add tofu pieces, so tofu will get flavors of rice and spices while in cooking process.
10.Once rice is cooked nicely, switch off the flame and garnish with coriander leaves.

Tofu Pulao
 
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Mar 11, 2015

Strawberry Smoothie

When summer arrives and strawberries are in season, this is the perfect way to enjoy them. Many times we eat strawberries as it is and sometimes I make Strawberry milkshake,Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Popsicles and many more.
 
Strawberry Smoothie

 
I read about smoothies and learnt that it is very good for breakfast as it is filling and can be mixed with any fruit flavors. So I made strawberry Smoothie. If you don't have fresh, you can use frozen strawberries. Strawberry smoothies are delicious, healthy, and a breeze to make. They can also be a fantastic party treat or a refreshing afternoon snack for kids.
 
Strawberry Smoothie

You can also add one ripe banana and make a full breakfast with this single smoothie. For summer evenings, add a scoop of vanilla or strawberry ice cream in this smoothie and enjoy chilled smoothie. You could also serve this smoothie as a chilled soup. Pour it into a hollowed-out pineapple or melon bowl, and top with a bit of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon.
 
Strawberry Smoothie
 

Ingredients

Strawberry - 10
Thick Yogurt(Curd) - 1 cup
Milk - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3-4 tbsp sugar
2-3 ice cubes
 
Preparation
 
1.Chop the strawberries into chunks and blend it with milk to a smooth paste.
 
2.Add sugar ,and yogurt/curd and blend it again to creamy consistency.

3.Pour into serving glasses with ice cubes.
 
Strawberry Smoothie

 
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