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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Cranberry Pistachio Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)


          Kulfi is an equivalent to Indian Ice cream which is basically a frozen dessert prepared with milk and other flavoring agents. They are just perfect during summer or as an after-meal dessert. Today let me share kulfi made with milk, some store bought pedas (instead of khoya), cranberry puree and some chopped pistachios. 

          It turned out absolutely yummy with a creamy texture and a slight crunch from the chopped nuts, So serve this chilled dessert and bring a smile among your loved ones. Besides beating the summer heat, make any occasion  memorable with this yummy cranberry pistachio kulfi. 












  • 2 cups full cream milk
  • 1/3 cup cranberry puree 
  • 1/4 tsp. cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp. rose water
  • 2-3 milk pedas, crumbled
  • 1 tbsp. chopped pistachios












          Bring the milk to a boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the crumbled pedas, pistachios and cardamom powder. Continue to simmer till it slightly thickens. Keep aside to cool.

          Add the cranberry puree and rose water. Mix well and pour into kulfi moulds. Refrigerate overnight.

          While serving, dip the moulds in water for a minute to loosen. Serve chilled, as desired.






















ILish Macher Biryani (Hilsa Fish Biryani - Bengali Style)


           A must try recipe for all fish lovers, this Hilsa Fish Biryani is just out of this world. It is cooked in a rich yoghurt and coconut milk gravy and flavoured with kewra water. It is a one-pot delicacy that is just perfect for any special occasion, festivals or dinner party. Serve it with some  gravy, green chilies and lime wedges for a sumptuous meal. So check for a step by step pictorial recipe. 














Fish Curry - 

  • 3 pieces of Hilsa fish
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 2 tbsp. ghee
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup yogurt, beaten
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • 1 cup coconut milk

Biryani - 

  • 1 cup Basmati rice, soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1-2 tbsp. ghee / oil
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1-2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, sliced

Garnishing -

  • 2 tbsp. fried onions
  • 2 slit green chilies
  • 1 tsp. kewra water
  • 1 tsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. ghee








           Marinate the fish with a pinch of salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder for 10 minutes.

           For the curry - Heat oil and ghee in a pan and saute the onion till light brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.

          Now add all the dry spices and mix well Add the beaten curd and green chilies. Simmer for a minute. Add the coconut milk and simmer further for a minute.

          Add the marinated fish pieces and cook, covered for 4-5 minutes. Switch off the flame and keep aside.

          For the Biryani - Heat the ghee / oil in a separate pan and temper with the whole garam masala and bay leaves. Add the onion and saute till light brown.  

          Add the soaked rice and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add 3-4 tbsp. of the gravy, salt and 1 & 1/2 -2 cups water and cook till the rice is done. (I pressure cooked for 2 whistles)

          To assemble - Arrange the cooked rice in a pan and then arrange the cooked fish over it. Spread a little of the gravy, ghee, fried onions, slit green chilies, kewra water and coriander leaves.

          Cover with a lid and cook in dum on a low flame for 5-10 minutes. Serve with the remaining gravy, few green chilies and lime wedges for a sumptuous meal. 





                                  Marinate the fish with a pinch of salt, turmeric powder and 
                                   red chili powder for 10 minutes.




                               Heat oil and ghee in a pan & saute the onion till light brown. 



                                        Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a minute.




                                            Add all the dry spices and mix well.



                                   Add the beaten curd & green chilies. Simmer for a minute. 



                                    Add the coconut milk and simmer further for a minute.



                                  Add the marinated fish pieces and cook, covered for 4-5 
                                  minutes. Switch off the flame and keep aside.



                                 Heat the ghee / oil in a separate pan and temper with the
                                 whole garam masala and bay leaves. Add the onion and
                                 saute till light brown.  



                                          Add the soaked rice and stir fry for 1-2 minutes. 



                                            Add 3-4 tbsp. of the gravy, 



                                salt and 1 & 1/2 -2 cups water and cook till the rice is done.  




                                   Arrange the cooked rice in a pan and then arrange the 
                                   cooked fish over it. Spread a little of the gravy, ghee, 
                                   fried onions, green chilies, kewra water & coriander leaves.



                                  Cover with a lid & cook in dum on a low flame for 5-10 min.










                      Serve with the remaining gravy, few green chilies and lime wedges for
                      a sumptuous meal. 










Monday, 18 June 2018

Paneer Kachori


          Kachoris are very popular in the Northern regions of India. A plate of these hot and crispy deep fried breads along with a side dish makes for a perfect weekend breakfast. Very simple and easy to prepare, these stuffed paneer kachoris can also be relished as snacks, lunch box meal or can be packed for a weekend picnic. So check for a step by step pictorial recipe. 









  • 1 cup plain flour (makes 10)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper powder
  • pinch of red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • oil to deep fry

Stuffing - 

  • 150 gms paneer, mashed
  • salt to taste
  • 1-2 green chilies, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ginger, grated






           In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the stuffing and keep aside. 

          In a separate bowl, mix together plain flour, whole wheat flour, salt, chili flakes, pepper and 1 tbsp. oil. Add water little at a time and knead a tight dough. Cover with a wet cloth and keep aside for 30 minutes.

          Divide the dough and the paneer stuffing into equal portions. Take one portion of the dough and roll into a small poori. Stuff little of the paneer mix, close all edges and roll out. Make similar stuffed kachoris.

          Heat oil in a pan / kadai and deep fry the kachoris till light golden in colour. Drain on a kitchen towel and serve with any side dish. 




                     In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients for the stuffing & keep aside. 


  
                      In a separate bowl, mix together plain flour, whole wheat flour, salt, 
                      chili flakes, pepper and 1 tbsp. oil. Add water little at a time and 
                      knead a tight dough. 



                                  Take one portion of the dough and roll into a small poori.
                                  Stuff little of the paneer mix, close all edges and roll out. 



                                   Heat oil in a pan / kadai and deep fry the kachoris till light 
                                   golden in colour. Drain on a kitchen towel.



                                            Serve these hot kachoris with any side dish. 











Chinese Style Chicken Stir Fry


          This is a very easy, simple and a quick recipe that can be dished out in a jiffy. It is healthy and nutritious as it has the goodness of vegetables and chicken which is a lean meat. Minimum of spices goes into it, yet there is no compromise in the taste and flavour. It is light on the tummy and goes very well either with fried rice, plain steamed rice or noodles. 






  • 1 chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 capsicum, cubed
  • 1 carrot, cubed
  • 1 onion, cubed
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 pinches of pepper powder
  • 2 pinches of garlic powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. cornflour
  • 1 tsp. spring onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. coriander leaves, chopped







          Marinate the chicken with a pinch of salt for 10 minutes. Mix the cornflour in 1/4 cup water and keep aside. 

          Heat oil in a pan and stir fry the chicken for 2-3 minutes. Add the veggies, pepper powder and garlic powder. Stir fry for a minute. 

          Add 1 cup water and salt. Bring it to a boil. Cover and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add the cornflour slurry and stir till the sauce turns slightly thick. 

          Switch off the flame and transfer to a serving dish. Garnish with spring onion and coriander leaves. Serve with hot steamed rice or fried rice.

















Sunday, 17 June 2018

Rui Macher Kalia (Bengali Fish Curry)


          This is a traditional and a very popular Bengali style fish curry where Rui Mach (Rohu Fish) is cooked in a spicy yogurt based gravy. Mustard oil is used for an authentic taste and flavour. Besides Rohu, Katla fish too can be used to prepare this curry. Generally made during special occasions. it is a very yummy fish curry to be relished with hot steamed rice, a dash of lime and green chilies.  











  • 3 Rohu fish pieces (freshwater fish)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 1" ginger
  • 3-4 garlic cloves
  • 3-4 tbsp. mustard oil
  • 2 dry red chilies
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1" cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 green cardamoms
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 cup yoghurt, beaten
  • 1/2 tsp. garam masala powder
  • 1 tsp. ghee
  • 1 tsp. coriander leaves, chopped









          Marinate the fish with a pinch of salt, turmeric powder and red chili powder for 10 minutes. Blend the onion, tomato, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Keep aside.

          Heat oil in a pan and fry the fish till light golden in colour. Drain and keep aside. Temper the same oil with dry red chilies, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds.

          Add the onion paste and stir fry till the oil separates. Add all the dry spices (except garam masala) and mix well. 

          Add the yoghurt and continue to saute till the oil leaves the sides of the pan. Add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil. Gently drop in the fried fish and cover.

          Simmer for 4-5 minutes. When done, add the garam masala and ghee. Mix well and switch off the flame. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with hot steamed rice.




                     Marinate the fish with a pinch of salt, turmeric powder & red chili powder
                    for 10 minutes. Heat oil in a pan & fry the fish till light golden in colour. 



                     Temper the same oil with dry red chilies, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves,                                             cardamom and cumin seeds. Saute for a few seconds.




                     Add the onion paste and stir fry till the oil separates. 



                      Add all the dry spices (except garam masala) and mix well. 



 
                   Add the yoghurt and continue to saute till the oil leaves the sides of the pan. 



                      Add 1 cup water and bring it to a boil. 




                      Gently drop in the fried fish and cover. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. 



                     When done, add garam masala & ghee. Mix well & switch off the flame. 



                     Garnish with coriander leaves.






                      Serve with hot steamed rice, a dash of lime and green chilies.  











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