Friday, May 25, 2018

Mishti Doi | Bengali Sweetened Yogurt | Bengali Sweet

Mishti Doi, a bengali sweet delicacy of sweetened yogurt. Ever since i read about the mishti doi from the article series of "Rushial" written by write Para(P.Raghavan) in his blog, i wanted to make them so badly. In that article, he wrote about his experience of buying the mishti doi at bengal street around midnight and had it along with naga jolokia(hottest chili grown somewhere near Assam) pickle. The whole experience was narrated in a hilariously manner, if you can read tamil, check out here and here about his experience.
Traditionally the mishi doi is prepared with palm jaggery/palm candy crystals instead of sugar. In para's blog, he mentioned that palm candy crystals(panam karkandu) is used in the mishti doi, but in many other blogs though it says that palm jaggery(karuppati) is used, in the pictures it's like palm candy crystals, so i got confused which one to use, but went with palm sugar crystals, since usually palm jaggery has lot of impurities and always i prefer to make syrup with that and filter it once before use, here in mishti doi, i don't want to dilute the milk with jaggery syrup, thicker the milk, creamier the mishti doi would be.
After we moved to MI, it's really hard for me to get back to blogging, even though our things were arrived two weeks before, for the past 10 days each day i was told myself all the lame excuses for not doing anything, the past two days post was from the drafts, so for today's post i have to cook something, that's when this mishti doi came to my mind, so two days back i made this mishti doi, glad i tried it, it was so creamy and tasty, even before taking the pictures, the one bowl of mishti doi was gone, now you knew how delicious it is.

Mishti Doi

Preparation Time : 1 day | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Sweet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Milk - 3 cup
Palm Jaggery - 1/2 cup
Cardamom Powder - 1/8 tsp
Curd - 1 tbsp

Procedure
Add the milk in the wide kadai and let it bring to boil, then simmer the milk until it reduces to 2 cups.In between scrap the sides of the kadai and add it into the boiling milk and also stir frequently to avoid burning at the bottom. Once the milk is reduced to almost 2 cups, switch off the flame.Immediately add the palm jaggery and mix it well with the milk, the residual heat from the milk is enough to dissolve the sugar completely.Then add the cardamom powder, mix it well and transfer to the another bowl(it helps to cool down the milk quickly). Take the curd in a small bowl and whisk it smooth without any lumps.Once the milk comes to warm temperature(if you dip your finger in the milk, it should be comfortably warm neither too hot nor too cold) add the curd and mix it well. Pour it into the individual earthern pot/terracotta bowl or even you can set it in the same bowl. Keep it in the kitchen counter until it sets. Unlike regular curd, it takes really long time to set. Mine takes approximately 24hrs to set.Once it sets, cover it with cling wrap and let it refrigerate for atleast 4 hrs. Tasty and creamy Mishti Doi is ready.
Notes:
  • If you want mild sweetness, than just add 1/3 cup of palm jaggery only.
  • As i said earlier, it takes long time to set. Approximately 24-28 hrs when the room temperature is around 75 F.
  • Earthern pot works great for this mishti doi to set. Since the porous nature of the pot absorbs all the liquid (if any left) and gives you super creamy mishti doi.
  • For photo sake, i have added few saffrons on top, but that's not required.
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi | Kambu Khichadi | Khichdi Recipe

Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi, a healthy one pot meal made from the pearl millet and whole green moong dal. I had some pearl millet in my pantry untouched for long time which i was brought from India , usually i make kambu dosa with it. But the left over pearl quantity was not enough to make dosa, i was searching for some easy recipe with pearl millet, that's when this khichdi recipe caught my attention. It's such a healthy meal, instantly i made a note of recipe and tried it within the next few days. The khichdi turned out so creamy and delicious.
Bajra is very popular in North India especially Gujarat and Rajasthan, since it's known for generating heat in our body, this kind of khichdis are often prepared during winter season. Healthy meal also keep us warm, interesting right?? There are different variation in the making of this khichdi, even in some recipe they have used 1/2 of bajra and 1/2 of rice, but i have followed the recipe from Sanjeev kapoor where rice was not used. Also if you want to add any veggies, go head & add, make it as even more healthy & delicious !!! 

Rajasthani Bajra Khichdi

Preparation Time : 4 hrs | Cooking Time : 25 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Millet | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Bajra - 1/2 cup
Whole moong dal - 1/4 cup
Water - 2 cup
Cumin seed - 1 tsp
Green chili - 1 
Ginger - 1 tsp(chopped)
Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt - to taste
Ghee - 1 tsp + more for drizzling.

Procedure
Measure bajra and moong dal and add each into separate bowl. Wash it twice and soak it in the water for 4 hrs.After 4 hrs, drain the water from the bajra and add into the mixie jar and pulse it twice or thrice and keep it aside until use.Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker, add the cumin seed, let it crackle,then add the ginger and green chili saute it for 2 mins. Then add the bajra and saute it in ghee for 2 mins and then add the soaked moong dal(discard the soaked water) and saute it for 2 more mins.Add the water, turmeric powder and salt.Finally add the asafoetida powder , mix it well and cover the pressure cooker with lid and put on whistle and cook it for 5 whistles.Once the pressure released from the pressure cooker automatically, open the lid and mix it well with ladle. Drizzle some more ghee on the top and it's ready to serve.Tasty & healthy Bajra Khichdi is ready.

Notes:

  • Soak bajra for minimum 4 hrs, it helps to cook the bajra easily.
  • No need to grind the bajra finely, just pulse it twice or thrice is enough.
  • Instead of whole green moong dal, you can use the  yellow moong dal too.
  • Add more or less green chili as per the spice level you want.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Punugulu with idly or dosa batter | Andhra punugulu recipe | Tea Time Snack

Punugulu, a famous snack from Andhra and also the most common street food in the coastal region of the state, Andhra. It is made from the leftover or fresh idli/dosa batter. This is the first time that i had tried and tasted the punugulu. Within a minutes, seriously i didn't know how many i gulped on that day.
It was so delicious, crispy on the outside and soft inside more like our vadai but with slight difference in a taste & texture. It's a perfect tea time snack and if you have dosa batter at home, it can be prepared in minutes.They are very addictive and makes you to want it moooore !!! Adding rava gives the crispy texture to the punugulu, but the same time, don't tempt to add more, it makes the punugulu hard on the outside. Now let's check out the recipe.




Punugulu

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Snacks/Street Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Dosa Batter - 1 cup
Rava - 1 tbsp
Rice flour - 1 & 1/2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Onion - 1/4 cup(finely chopped)
Green chili - 1 (finely chopped)
Baking soda - a pinch
Curry leave - few
Oil - for deep frying.

Procedure
Take the dosa batter in a bowl, add rava,rice flour, baking soda, salt,onion & curry leaves, mix it well.Heat the oil for deep frying, before taking the batter with the hands, dip your hands in a bowl of water.And then take the batter and add into the hot flame, cook it in medium flame.With a min, the punugulu floats on top, gently flip them on other side and cook till it becomes golden brown on all sides,remove from the oil and place it on tissue paper.Serve it with chutney & hot tea.
Notes:
  • The batter should be thick, otherwise it absorbs lot of oil.
  • After add the all ingredients, still the batter is not thick, add a tbsp of rice flour more.
  • Green chili is optional, you can skip that too.
  • Baking soda helps to give the soft inside.
  • Rava gives more crispiness to the punugulu.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Broccoli Stir Fry | Sides For Pasta | Broccoli Fry

Broccoli stir fry, an quick to make side for your pasta. It's my absolute favorite stir fry to have with it pasta or sometime i would like to have them with fried rice also, trust me, the combination are so good and wanting to eat more & more. There is nothing fancy in this stir, the basic seasoning does wonder here and the olive oil gives great flavor to this stir fry, since that's the only flavoring agent in this recipe, i highly recommend to use it. Without much delay, let's check out the recipe, but if would like to know what i have prepared for the past two days with broccoli, here they are
Broccoli Soup
Broccoli Paratha

Broccoli Stir Fry

Preparation Time : 2 mins | Cooking Time : 10 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Sides | Recipe Cuisine: General
Ingredients
Broccoli - 1 floret(small)
Olive oil - 2 tsp
Pepper powder - to taste
Salt - to taste 

Procedure
Cut the broccoli into the small florets, wash it in running water and drain it completely.Heat the pan with olive oil, add the broccoli florets and saute it in the oil for 4-5 mins in the medium flame.Once the florets becomes tender, add the salt and pepper powder. Give a good mix & switch off the flame.Simplet yet delicious broccoli stir fry is ready . Serve as sides for your pasta. We had it with Avocado Pasta and the combination are so good.
Notes:
  • Olive oil gives great taste to this stir fry, highly recommend to use.
  • Cook the broccoli till it's fork tender. Mushy broccoli doesn't taste so good for this stir fry.
  • Adjust the pepper as your liking.
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Friday, May 4, 2018

Broccoli Paratha | Broccoli Stuffed Paratha | Paratha Recipe

Broccoli Paratha, a delicious paratha stuffed with mildly spiced broccoli masala.Next to the broccoli soup, this is my favorite recipe with broccoli. It's one of the easiest stuffing to make for paratha and also it's so customizable to suit your taste. For this paratha, i have followed the same procedure as my cauliflower paratha without much change and it turned out so soft, with some curd, it would be awesome, no need to make any side dish at all.
While making this paratha, i ran out of atta flour and also we were in the process of moving, so i didn't want to buy atta just to make this and again i would pack the leftover for shipping. Instead i have used whole wheat flour brought at HEB, the texture of this flour is quite different and also it has dark color than the regular atta flour, was bit skeptical how it would turned out, to my surprise, it turned out so good. Usually i use whole wheat flour for chapathi only and never used before for stuffed paratha. Glad i did, now i can use whole wheat flour for parathas too. You may think that both atta and wheat flour are same, right?? I too had the same opinion before, but now i'm sure that the whole wheat flour available here in US based store is different in both texture and taste compare to the atta available in Indian store. 

Broccoli Paratha

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 20 minsServes :
Recipe Category: Paratha | Recipe Cuisine: Indian
Ingredients
Whole Wheat flour - 1 cup
Oil - 1 tsp
Water - as needed
Salt - to taste
For Stuffing
Broccoli - 1 floret(small)
Oil - 1 tsp
Turmeric - a pinch
Red chili powder - 1/2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste 

Procedure
Take the flour in a bowl, add salt & oil and mix it with flour well. Then add water to the flour.Mix it with your hand and gather it together as a single mass , now knead the dough well until the surface looks smooth.Cover it with lid and set aside for minimum 15 mins.
Cut the broccoli into the small florets, wash it in running water and drain it completely.Put the florets into mixie jar and pulse it twice or thrice until it's fine. Heat the pan with olive oil.Add the broccoli and saute it in the oil for 2 mins, then add all the spices(turmeric ,red chili & garam masala powder) and salt.Mix it well with the broccoli and then cover the pan with lid and let the broccoli cooks well. Switch off the flame and the stuffing is ready.Pinch medium lemon sized balls from the dough and roll it as smooth. Take the rolling pin and roll into small disc, place the stuffing in the center.Pleat the sides towards the center and seal it. Keep the sealed edge downside and roll into thick paratha(if needed add more flour for dusting).Do the same for all the dough. Heat the tava, grease it will oil and place the rolled paratha on it.Cook it on both side until the brown spots appears on both sides. Remove it from the tava and place it on the plate. Tada, Healthy Broccoli Paratha is ready.Serve it with curd and pickle.
Notes:
  • The dough should be pliable and smooth.
  • Make sure to drain the water from broccoli well before put into the mixie jar.
  • Adjust the spices for the stuffing as per your liking, you can add cumin powder if you like that flavor. 
  • You can use atta flour also.
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