Celebrate Birthday of Mahatma Gandhi with Milk Peda

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as Mahatma Gandhi, was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement when Britishers ruled India. I admire his quote, “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony”. Happiness has many definitions. For most of us happiness is love, and for me happiness is “Love for Food”. BTW did you know some of the food that Mahatma Gandhi relished includes yogurt, brinjal, radish, beetroot, bottle gourd and fruit juice?

Milk Fudge Sweet or Milk Peda

Milk Fudge Sweet or Milk Peda

DYK that Mahatma Gandhi was strict vegetarian? Mahatma Gandhi relished simple Indian food such as daal, rice and chappati. Daal, dhal or dal is lentils stew or curry. Hope you enjoyed my Indian recipe cooked with lentils called “Dalma”. Among the desserts, Mahatma Gandhi relished Peda. Peda is traditional Indian milk fudge sweet. So let’s celebrate Gandhi Jayanti or birthday of the “Father of the Nation” with delicious Peda.

Ingredients:-

1 pinch of Saffron,

¾ cup Milk Powder,

4 Green Cardamoms,

1 pinch of Nutmeg Powder,

200 grams Condensed Milk,

½ tablespoon Clarified Butter.

Preparation Method:-

1. Mix condensed milk, milk powder plus clarified butter in a microwave bowl. Blend well and make sure that no lumps are left out. Crush cardamoms in to a fine powder. Discard the peels.

2. Microwave the mixture on high for a minute. Add cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and saffron. Stir this, microwave on high for a minute. Remove and stir again.

3. Microwave for 20 seconds on high, then check. If the mixture looks a bit liquid, microwave it for next 20 seconds. The mixture will thicken automatically.

4. If the mixture still has moisture and is in liquid form, then microwave again on high for 20 seconds.

5. When the mixture becomes warm, shape it into small balls. If the mixture is sticky, apply some oil or clarified butter while shaping into small balls. You can also give them beautiful shape with the help of cookie mould, creating an impression on the top as I have done.

6. On cooling, store these sweets in an airtight box. Refrigerate. Serve the milk pedas/milk fudge sweet when required.

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!

Happy Gandhi Jayanti!

Enjoy birthday of Father of the Nation with milk fudge sweet!

Add Colors on Independence day with Chicken Dopiaza

Hey pals! How are you doing? Hope you have enjoyed my vegetarian recipe, Dal Makhni (Black Lentils, Red Kidney Beans and Indian Spices Gravy). India is not only popular because of it’s vegetarian recipes but non-vegetarian delights equally rule over the heart of millions. I am preparing Chicken Dopiaza today, wherein Hindi language “Do” means two and “piaza” means onion. Nevertheless Chicken Dopiaza is all about the rich chicken gravy with prominent flavors of onions. Not only this but “Lamb Dopiaza” is one of the most demanded curries in Indian homes and restaurants. I have used Garam Masala (Indian Powdered Ready-made Spices) here. It is available on general stores pretty easily. I also have a remedy for it if it isn’t available.

Spicy Chicken Do Pyaza!

Spicy Chicken Do Pyaza!

Garam masala is powdered mixture of black peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, black and green cardamom pods, bay leaf and cumin seeds. Hence you can prepare it easily at home to enjoy real flavors of any spicy Indian recipe. I have already kept a bottle at my home, you don’t require grinding these ingredients each time. Just like Dal Makhni, this recipe is best paired with Naan (oven baked flatbread), lacha parantha (multi-layered fried North Indian flatbread) or steamed rice, if you are a rice eater just like me. I also like pairing it with Dry Fruit Fried Rice or Kashmiri Pulao. You must try this recipe also, rice lovers are gonna love it, I can bet. Let’s add some more colors and spice on the India’s Independence day with “Chicken Dopiaza”.

Ingredients:-

4 diced Onions,

1 teaspoon Salt,

8 Chicken Thighs,

2 chopped Tomatoes,

4 tablespoons Yoghurt,

3 chopped Garlic Cloves,

½ tablespoon Chilli Powder,

1 tablespoon of Mustard Oil,

1 teaspoon ground Turmeric,

½ tablespoon Garam Masala,

1 tablespoon Coriander Seeds,

1 1/2 tablespoons grated Ginger,

1 tablespoon Cumin Seeds Powder.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Blend onions, ginger and garlic. Set aside. Take a pan and heat oil. Put in the sliced onions and fry until golden brown. Remove the onions and set aside.

  2. Remove pan from the heat. Add the blended onion paste. Place the pan back on heat. Keep stirring the paste for 3 minutes, till it turns golden brown.

  3. Add coriander, cumin, turmeric plus chilli powder. Stir well. Add in two tablespoon of yogurt. Mix well. Add chicken. Stir for a minute. Let chicken be well coated with the spicy mixture in the pan.

  4. Add in tomatoes and salt. Stir thoroughly. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Sprinkle over garam masala and fried onions. Cook till the chicken is completely cooked.

  5. Serve with naan, lacha parantha or steamed rice.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Celebrate Independence Day with Dal Makhni

15 August plays very important role for Indians. Overthrowing colonial British rule led to India’s tryst with destiny, which was a major speech delivered by Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India. Independence day is also celebrated in New York and other major cities in US. It is observed that more than 50,000 Indians showcase and enjoy the colors of their cultural extravaganza in New York City wherein dance performances are among the highlights of the programme. The atmosphere is nevertheless charged with vibrancy and festive spirit of Indian culture. If such is the spirit of Indians in US, imagine the celebration throughout India.

Dal Makhni

Dal Makhni

We may not be present there but we can definitely taste popular delicacy of India and cheers for Indians. So let’s prepare Dal Makhni or Daal Makhni. To add onto this, I am very fond of Indian recipes. Hope you have tried Traditional Rajasthani red meat recipe. Dal Makhni is a spicy and heavy vegetarian recipe prepared of black lentil, red kidney beans, butter, heavy cream and lots of Indian spices. It is best paired with Naan (oven baked flatbread), lacha parantha (multi-layered fried North Indian flatbread) or plain boiled rice, if you are a rice eater just like me.

Dal Makhni (Black Lentils, Red Kidney Beans and Indian Spices Gravy)

Ingredients:-

4 cups Water,

Salt as required,

1 chopped Onion,

2 chopped Tomatoes,

6 cloves minced Garlic,

1 tablespoon Salted Butter,

1 teaspoon Cumin Powder,

½ teaspoon Turmeric Powder,

½ teaspoon Red Chili Powder,

3 tablespoons Full Fat Cream,

1 tablespoon shredded Ginger,

½ cup Red Kidney Beans (Rajma),

1 cup Whole Black Gram (Urad dal),

3 tablespoons Clarified butter (Ghee),

1 tablespoon Garam Masala (Indian Powdered Ready-made Spices).

Preparation Method:-

  1. Soak whole black lentils and red kidney beans overnight. Take a pressure cooker. Add all the ingredients with water.

  2. Pressure cook with 15 whistles. Let the cooker cool. Check if the lentils are cooked. Check by mashing them up with spoon. They must easily mash.

  3. If not cooked thoroughly, again pressure cook for 3 whistles more with 2 cups of water. Now again open the cooker, after cooling. Let the dal simmer in the cooker for 15 minutes. By this time, you achieve smooth and creamy consistency.

  4. Add one tablespoon of cream if desired. Simmer for 5 minutes more. Add on salted butter while serving.

  5. Serve with Naan, Lacha Patantha or Steamed Rice.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

Indian Cricket team and Indian Delicacies

Few things will never lose their charm – my blog (lol) and the diverse food. Indian cuisine has been developing over the years, from invasions by other countries or by cultural interactions. This philosophy of mixing up of different cultures and coming up with something surprisingly good applies to the Indian Cricket Team too – like MS Dhoni’s love for Meat Recipes. As Indian cuisine gave its own touch to foreign delicacies, Indian cricket team got hold of this English game and took it to a religious level too. This concoction of players from different cultures in India is a perfect blend for a good World Cup winning team. Let it be food or cricket , mixing up of spices or cricket players, India surely has a big shot at both of them.

Virat Kohli – Lamb Chops

Indian-style Lamb Chops

Indian-style Lamb Chops

Virat Kohli, the heartthrob of India and the Star batsman, was observed munching on lamb chops and salmon at various restaurants in Dhaka. During his tours and travels, he never misses a chance to relish the tangy meat and seafood yummz. These mushy rib chops hardly take any time to cook but are good enough to satisfy the tummy. Coated in garlic, tomato and other spicy flavors, the recipe loved by Virat Kohli is definitely every non-vegetarian’s all-time favorite.

Suresh Raina – Aloo Kadhi

Aloo Kadi

Aloo Kadi

Suresh Raina, the aggressive left-handed batsman, has a deadly craving for Aloo Kadhi. Aloo means potato in Hindi. The recipe is simple as well. Prepare potato fritters first and set aside. Blend well equal quantity of yogurt and water, set aside. In a wok, add 2 tablespoons of oil, curry leaves, cumin seeds, ginger and whole red chillies. Add in yogurt mixture and boil for 30 minutes, 15 minutes on high and 15 minutes on simmer. Now add in potato fritters. Cook on simmer for another 15 minutes. Enjoy with steamed rice.

Rohit Sharma – Poha

Healthy Vegetable Poha

Healthy Vegetable Poha

Did you know that Rohit Sharma loves poha prepared by his wife? Poha is uncooked flattened rice flakes. When added to water, these rice flakes swell-up. Poha is lite food and a popular Indian breakfast recipe. One can add in onion, tomatoes and other veggies like potatoes, peas etc. Fried groundnuts are also added to enhance the flavor and texture of this recipe. With the additional kick of chillies, curry leaves and lemon, the recipe is an all time winner. Serve with mint or tomato sauce.

Ravichandran Ashwin – Paneer Capsicum

Cheese Capsicum

Cheese Capsicum

Ravichandran Ashwin also said, “my favourite dish is the paneer capsicum my mother makes at home”. Moms are always special. Paneer capsicum is nothing but cottage cheese with loads of capsicum. The recipe is quite simple. First add in green chilies, onions, tomatoes and green bell pepper. After sauteing these veggies, throw in cottage cheese cubes. Lastly mix in heavy cream. The recipe is best paired with boiled rice tossed in clarified butter and cumin seeds or simply naan, the Indian bread.

Indian Cricket Team

Indian Cricket Team

Enjoy the World Cup with yummy food!

MS Dhoni’s Love for Butter Chicken Masala

Cricket is the national sport of England but a religion in India. This religion follows Sachin Tendulkar and these days its Mahendra Singh Dhoni. ‘World Cup’ in Indian cricket has two names- Kapil Dev and Dhoni. Kapil is retired from cricket while Dhoni is still there as the captain of Indian cricket team. Looking at India’s winning streak in 2015 World Cup, Dhoni might become the only Indian captain to win two world cups. There are a lot of things which are “only” to Dhoni – most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and Tests, first captain to win all three ICC limited over trophies and the ‘Helicopter Shot’. He excelled at badminton and football in school. Once sent to play cricket by his coach, he boarded a different flight altogether.

Butter Chicken Masala

Butter Chicken Masala

A sportsperson is supposed to maintain a diet which is something hard for Dhoni. He loves food, especially homemade. Once, one of his team mates got Indian recipe, Biryani from his place but the hotel staff didn’t allow the outside food. Dhoni left the hotel with the whole team. People do get emotional when it comes to food, I do too. Currently in New Zealand for world cup he made sure that he goes to this kebab restaurant in Hamilton. His favorite is home cooked Chicken Butter Masala. Let’s get emotionally involved and try his favorite dish.

5 Steps to Enjoy Finger Licking Good Butter Chicken Masala

Ingredients:-

1 lb. Chicken

½ cup Yogurt,

2 chopped Onions,

1 tablespoon Vinegar,

14.5 oz Tomato paste,

¼ cup chopped Ginger,

2 tablespoon BBQ Mix,

½ cup Whipping Cream,

1 teaspoon Chili powder,

2 tablespoons Mustard Oil,

1½ teaspoon Cumin powder,

1 tablespoon Clarified Butter,

¼ cup chopped Garlic Cloves,

½ teaspoon Indian Hot Spice,

3 teaspoon Ginger Garlic paste,

1½ tablespoon Coriander powder.

Preparation Method:-

1. In a bowl, combine the yogurt, 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste and BBQ mix. Let chicken marinate in this mixture for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate.

2. In a pan, over medium heat, add 1 tablespoon of mustard oil along with the butter. Saute the onions till brown. Add 1 teaspoon ginger, garlic paste. Cook till brown. Add tomatoes, chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder. Cook for 5 minutes. Turn heat and cool the mixture.

3. Meanwhile take a pan and heat it medium. Add 1 tablespoon of oil. Now add marinated chicken with all the yogurt. Cook for 5 minutes.

4. Blend the mixture set aside to cool. Add mixture to the chicken and cook for 20 minutes. Also add the whipping cream and hot spice in between.

5. Serve with boiled rice or naan, the Indian flat bread!

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni

Enjoy the World Cup with Yummzz!

Traditional Rajasthani Red Meat Recipe

Hello friends! What’s up? My tenants are Indian. The couple is very lively, social, they relish American food and vice-versa. They had to attend their relative’s wedding in India and invited me too. I did not want to miss this chance, so I packed my bags along with them. The trip was for a week. The marriage ceremony  was in Rajasthan. Luckily I got an opportunity to attend the Desert festival of Jaisalmer as well. Rajasthan is a tourist place. The rich culture and heritage is well portrayed by the royal palaces, serene lakes, golden desert full of camels, ornaments, traditional clothes, food and ofcourse the people out there.

Exotic Red Mutton

Exotic Red Mutton

I would definitely love to share the flavors of India with you. The first recipe is red meat called Laal Maans in Hindi. Laal means red and maans means meat. This is an extra spicy mutton curry, that is prepared in curd and hot spices chiefly red chillies. I thoroughly enjoyed the traditional recipes of Rajasthan on the wedding. Best served with rice or Bajra roti/puri (Millet Tortillas), this is an excellent dinner or lunch recipe for all. There’s a lot more to share especially the experience of desert festival, so stay tuned.

Ingredients:-

4 Cloves,

7 oz. Curd,

Salt To Taste,

2 Lbs. Mutton,

2 Bay Leaves,

7 oz. Cooking Oil,

2 oz. Garlic Paste,

2 oz. Ginger Paste,

4 Cardamom Black,

14 oz. Tomato Paste,

1/3 teaspoon Turmeric,

2 teaspoons Coriander,

2 Lbs. chopped Onions,

10 crushed Black Peppers,

2 teaspoons Red Chili Powder.

Preparation Method:-

  1. Take a wok and add cooking oil. When hot, add chopped onions and fry them until golden brown.

  2. Add the garlic and ginger paste. Cook for 15 minutes. Add mutton and let it cook for another 35 minutes.

  3. Now add bay leaves, black pepper, chili powder, black cardamom, turmeric powder and beaten curd. Add salt to taste.

  4. Cook until the spices are well cooked and mixed. Add tomato paste. Cook on low for 30 minutes.

  5. When ready, remove the meat from the fire. Garnish with mint/coriander leaves just as shown. Serve hot!

Decorated Camel

Decorated Camel

Happy Eating!


Happy Diwali with Indian Rice Pudding

Here comes the biggest Indian festival, Diwali. This year Diwali is falling on October 23, 2014. Diwali is not only celebrated in India, but Nepal, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana and Fiji. This festival symbolizes victory of good over evil. On Diwali, people lighten up their houses with earthen lamps and candles.

A special prayer is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, the giver of wealth and prosperity. Firework follows immediately after the evening prayer. Gifts are exchanged between the friends and family. And as I always say, any festival is incomplete without food, especially the yummy dessert recipes. So let’s welcome Diwali with great pomp and show. I’m making kheer, the authentic Indian rice pudding. So jump with yummzz :P.

Indian Rice Pudding

Indian Rice Pudding

Ingredients:-

2 tablespoons Sugar,

1 1/2 cup Cooked Rice,

2 cups Full Cream Milk,

3 teaspoons Clarified butter,

1/2 tablespoon chopped Almonds,

1 Pinch teaspoon Nutmeg Powder,

1/2 tablespoon chopped Pistachios,

1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk,

1/2 tablespoon chopped Cashew nuts.

Preparation Method:-

1. Heat 1 teaspoon of clarified butter in a heavy bottomed pan. Roast cashew nuts, pistachios and almonds until light brown for a minute. Transfer the nuts to a plate.

2. Place milk, condensed milk, sugar and cooked rice in the same pan. Stir continuously and cook until milk is absorbed. The mixture must be medium thick. It will take approximately 15 minutes on low flame.

3. Add in it nutmeg powder, 2 teaspoons of clarified butter and mix well. Transfer prepared kheer to a serving bowl. Garnish with roasted nuts. Serve hot or cold!

Enjoy on Diwali!

Enjoy on Diwali!

Happy Diwali!


Celebration with Eid-ul-Fitr Recipes

Ramadan is AKA Ramadhan or Ramazan. During Ramazan, Muslims go on strict fasting. They participate in pious activities such as peace making and donating. However, at the end of fasting period, Muslims throughout the world celebrate the festival called Eid-ul-Fitr. It is known as the Festival of Breaking the fast. And as I always add that any festival is incomplete without delicious food, I have highlighted the best of Traditional Muslim Food. Though Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated worldwide, different places have different blend of spices and flavors, let’s see how.

South Asia (Indian Subcontinent) -The flavors from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are blended together to produce three fabulous dishes on Eid. These are Haleem, Biryani and Sevai Kheer.

Seviya-kheer

Seviyakheer

Sevai Kheer – A fine dessert that is a must for Id-ul-Fitr is Sheer Kurma or Semiya Payasam or simply Sevai. It is made up of vermicelli, sugar, milk, condensed milk, clarified butter, almonds, cashew nuts, saffron strands and kewra essence (flower essence). I personally love this recipe.

Haleem Pakistani Recipe

Haleem Pakistani Recipe

Haleem – Haleem is a popular recipe that is served widely on Indo-Pak celebrations especially on Eid. Grains like lentils and bulgur are blended and cooked slowly with meat. The bones are removed lately from the recipe. But the value of the recipe is doubled since it is cooked in goodness of bones, what a delightful affair! Chicken Haleem and Lamb Haleem are very popular in this region.

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani

Hyderabadi Dum Chicken Biryani

Biryani – Biryani is a rice dish that originated from Persia. Hope you liked my post, “Love for Indian Meat recipes”. Biryani takes lot of time to make and more time spent implies the tastier fest, isn’t it? Biryani is made up of beef, chicken or lamb and Asian spices, strongly dominate the delights.

Chicken-Tikka

Chicken-Tikka

Middle East – One of the most popular food eaten in Middle Eastern countries is meat skewers (any meat especially lamb and beef). These are locally called kabobs. Meat patties is equally famous food here. These are made of minced meat accompanied by strong flavor of mint and pepper. These are pan-fried or grilled. The roasted spicesmake an excellent coating when added onto meat. The smoky spices give the best flavors out here.

Roasted Chicken with Cranberries Rice

Roasted Chicken with Cranberries Rice

USA – All-American Whole Roasted Chicken with Cranberries over Rice forms major dish here. Saffron Road Artisan Roasted Chicken Broth is used to cook the rice and add to the chicken while roasting. The sweet flavor rice and not too much spicy chicken, completely satisfies the taste buds. Since cranberries are grown in abundance in US, they add ultimate flavor to almost any food especially rice, on the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Eid Mubarak

Eid Mubarak

Wish you a very Happy Eid-ul– Fitr!!

Brad Pitt and His Love for Indian Food

Brad Pitt loves Angelina Jolie from the bottom of his heart. But it is often said, there is no sincerer love other than the love for food. Let’s see what the heartthrob of millions, Brad Pitt actually loves to eat.  “He really misses their Indian takeaway nights from where they lived in Surrey, 2006. Angelina arranged a surprise for a load of it to be cooked and flash-freeze packed for her to fly home” says a source. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie visited India in the year 2006. They also enjoyed an auto ride in Mumbai. During his visit to India, he was really fascinated by Indian food.

Let’s have a look at what among the Indian cuisine, he still misses. Indian cuisine or South Asian cuisine is unique coz Indian food is different in different part of India itself. From Rajma-chawal in the North to Masala Dosa in the South, India is diverse as far as food is concerned. Yes, Brad Pitt is in love with North Indian curries. He loves lamb bhuna, chicken korma and chicken tikka plus beer. Curry and beer, perfect combination. Isn’t it? So what is so special about the Indian curries?

Lamb Bhuna (Roasted Lamb Curry) – Lamb Bhuna takes time to be cooked but the result is really worth it. It is a relishing curry, flavoured with home-roasted and ground spices that blend very well with succulent cubes of lamb. It is serve with steamed rice.

Lamb Bhuna (Roasted Lamb Curry)

Lamb Bhuna (Roasted Lamb Curry)

Chicken Korma (Creamy Chicken Curry) – Chicken korma consists of of boneless pieces of chicken. Chicken is cooked with almond sauce and Indian spices. The aroma of garlic, ginger and the homemade cream completely satisfy the taste buds. It is served with steamed rice, tandoori roti or naan. Tandoori roti (Indian bread) is made with up of wheat flour. It is traditionally cooked in clay oven. Naan is flat-bread.

Chicken Korma (Creamy Chicken Curry)

Chicken Korma (Creamy Chicken Curry)

Chicken Tikka (Skewers and Curry) – Chicken tikka is of two types, in form of skewers and in form of curry. I have written on Reshmi Kebabs, do check it out. It’s somewhat similar.

Chicken Tikka (Skewers)

Chicken Tikka (Skewers)

  • Chicken Tikka (Skewers) – Quick and easy recipe, that is made up of marinated chunk of boneless chicken. It is grilled/roasted or barbecued and is ultimate Indian spicy comfort food. It serves as a great appetizer, and is very common in Indian weddings and parties. It goes very well with hard drinks, especially beer and variant mocktails. Punjabi’s love it. It is served with naan and mint chutney.

  • Chicken Tikka (Curry) – The creamy, red color chicken curry is so very appealing to the eyes. It is loaded with lemony garlicky zest plus thick cream from the healthy buffaloes of Punjab, he he! The grounded spices and creamy chicken is something our taste buds will always desire for. Ready-made curry-mix is also available in the shops, we just have to cook according to the package’s direction.

Chicken Tikka Curry

Chicken Tikka Curry

This is the reason why Brad Pitt fell in love with Indian food. I must compliment, really strong bond!!