Mulberry corriander Lassi

The pati has taken up a new challenge, every sat-sun he goes to play cricket in this terrible heat. Uff… he wakes up in the conquest of waking up at 7 am 😦 Arrgghhh how much I hate it.When he comes back I stuff him with something that helps him cool off. πŸ™‚

Anyway, Mulberry or shehtoot is a fruit I remember from my childhood. The darker it is the sweeter it becomes.

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Week- 3

Theme- Seasonal

Dish for Day – Lassi

Seasonal Produce- Mulberry

You shall need: [Feeds 1]

3-4 tbsp… Mulberries

2 tbsp.. Fresh corriander

1 cup… Thick Yogurt

2-3 tbsp… Castor sugar [Depending on your preference]

A pinch of rock salt

Ice cubes

1/8th cup… Water

Method:

  • Churn everything in a mixer.
  • You may strain it if you like [I did not do it.]
  • Serve cool.

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Burritos with Spiced rice and salsa

Burrito is a flour tortilla/flat bread which is stuffed with filling of your choice and wrapped. The work burrito actually means Donkey in spanish. Which could imply a flat bread that carries all that is stuffed in it πŸ™‚

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Week- 3

Theme- Seasonal

Dish for Day – Burrito

Seasonal Produce- Peas

You shall need: [Makes 4 rolls]

2/3 cup… Rice [Boiled]

1/2 cup… Boiled peas

1.. Medium size onion [Chopped finely]

1 tbsp… Butter

Salt and paprika powder

4.. Whole wheat chapatis [Large ones]

1 cup… Mango Cucumber salsa

handful of chips

toothpicks to secure the roll if needed

Method:

  • In a wok, heat the butter.
  • Add the onions and cook until nice and light brown.
  • Add the rice, salt and pepper and toss it.
  • Now add the peas.
  • Check for the seasoning.
  • On the chapati, place the rice in the center in a straight line.
  • Put some salsa on it.
  • Break chips and put it on top of the salsa.
  • Roll the chapati/tortilla and secure with toothpicks if needed. Repeat for others.
  • Serve with a drink of your choice.

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Mango-Cucumber Salsa

I am a salsa fan and the pati has adapted to it too. He dips almost everything he can it in. πŸ™‚ I woek up one morning thinking about a mango salsa and tadaaa…I made it finally.

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Week- 3

Theme- Seasonal

Dish for Day – Salsa

Seasonal Produce- Mangoes

You shall need: [Makes about 250 gms]

2… Medium size tomatoes

1… large cucumber [Peeled and seeded]

1.. Large Capsicum [Chopped small]

1… Large Mango

3 tbsp… Tomato Puree

2 tbsp… Jalapenos [Chopped finely]

1 tsp… Paprika powder

Salt to taste

1/2 tsp… Oil

Spritz of 1/2 a lemon

[You may add onions too but I avoided them]

Method:

  • Pre heat oven to 200C.
  • Cut the mango into pieces and toss it in about 1 tsp oil.
  • Put it on a baking tray and grill it for about 12 min.
  • Insert a fork on the tomato and capsicum and roast them on open fire.
  • Remove the tomato skin and chop in small pieces.
  • Chop the capsicum too [I left some skin on it for that smoky flavor.
  • In a pan, heat the oil.
  • Add the puree and stir for few min.
  • Now add the tomatoes, capsicum and mango to it.
  • Cover and cook for 3-4 min.
  • Add the cucumber,Β Jalapenos, paprika and salt.
  • Cook without the lid now and let some water evaporate from the pan.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Turn off the gas and add the lemon juice.
  • Let it cool completely.
  • Transfer to an airtight bottle and keep in fridge.

mango salsa

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Matar Kachaudi

My mom is from Kanpur and I have had a series of stuffed pooris/kachaudis from her kitchen. It was my time to experiment and make her proud. The usual peas kachaudi/poori that we see had pounded peas, but for my version, I used whole peas. Yes yes, dont get worried, in my opinion, it tasted much much better than the pounded one.

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Week- 3

Theme- Seasonal

Dish for Day – Kachaudi

Seasonal Produce- Peas

You shall need:

For the Dough-

2 cup… Wheat flour

2 tbsp… Oil

1 tsp… Salt

Water

For the Filling-

1 cup… Boiled peas

1 tbsp.. Oil

1/2 tsp… Jeera

pinch of heeng

Salt

Red chilly powder

1… green chilly [Finely chopped]

1 tbsp… Jeera powder

1/2 tbsp.. Chaat masala

1/2 tsp… Garam masala

Oil for deep frying

Method:

  • Make a poori dough out of the dough ingredients. Keep it covered and let it rest for 15-20 min.
  • In a pan, heat oil. Add the jeera.
  • Once it changes color, add the peas, salt and red chilly powder.
  • Let it cook for a few min.
  • Now add the jeera powder, chaat masala and garam masala.
  • Mix well.
  • Remove from pan and keep aside to cool.
  • Make 12-14 balls from the dough and keep aside.
  • Now fill the dough like this.
  • Roll it out with the help of little flour, if needed.
  • Slide it slowly in a wok with hot oil.
  • Cook it on medium heat so that it cooks through.
  • Serve it with curry of your choice/achaar/raita.

matar kachaudi

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Strawberry Chocolate Cake

In my home, there is no reason to NOT make a cake. Although the pati and I hardly eat it now, I usually make it when a genius idea strikes. πŸ™‚

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Week- 3

Theme- Seasonal

Dish for Day – Cake

Seasonal Produce- Strawberry

You shall need:

2 Moist chocolate chip cakes [Or 1 cut in half]

For the strawberry syrup-

1/2… cup sugar

1/3 cup… Pureed and strained strawberry

Spritz of half a lime

and few drops of strawberry essence

For the Frosting-

1/2 cup… Whipping cream

2 cup… Icing Sugar

Few tbsp of milk [if need be]

2-3 drops of red color to get a nice pink color

1/2 tbsp… Strawberry essence

1/2 cup… Macerated Strawberries

About 2 cups… Sliced Strawberries

Method:

  • In a pan, heat the strawberry puree and sugar. You might need to add a few tbsp of water to loosen it a bit. Say about 3-4 tbsp.
  • Once amalgamated, remove from heat and add the essence and lemon/lime juice.
  • Using a brush, apply it on the cakes and let them soak it all up.
  • In a bowl, whip the cream and icing sugar until soft peaks are formed.
  • Add the color and essence and beat until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Place one of the cake on the cake tray, put 1/3 of the frosting on it.
  • Cover it with the macerated strawberries and out another layer of the cake on top.
  • Now frost the cake with the remaining frosting and stick the strawberry slices on it.
  • Let it chill for a few min. Serve with love.

strawberry cake

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Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Baked Cheesecake

Oh finally the fear of making a baked cheesecake is gone. πŸ™‚ Baking Partners’ this month challenge was to make a classic baked cheese cake. I cheated on it a little and gave the Japanese Cotton soft cheese cake a delish crust. πŸ™‚ I dont prefer cheese cake without the crust.

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Week- 2

Theme- Traditional

Dish for Day – Baked cheese cake

Origin- Ancient Greece

You shall need: [Feeds- 10]- Adapted from various sources

Crust:

1.5 cup… Chocolate chip cookies

1/2 tbsp… Butter

For the cheesecake:

1 cup… Pureed Strawberries

1/2 cup… Chocolate chip

1 cup… Paneer/cottage cheese

1/2 cup… Milk

4… Eggs

1 tbsp… Corn Flour

Method:

  • Pulse the cookies in a processor and rub the butter in it.
  • Form a layer of this in a springform pan and bake for 15 min in a pre heated oven at 180C.
  • While the base is getting baked, churn the cheese with 2 tbsp milk in a mixer until it is nice and smooth.
  • Add this to a big bowl, now add the milk and corn flour.
  • Beat for a min.
  • Add the puree and eggs one at a time.
  • Beat for good 3-4 min.
  • This mixture shall be runny.
  • Now add the chocolate chips. Save some to sprinkle on the top.
  • Pour on the baked base and return to the oven for 55-60 min.
  • Add the remaining chocolate chips.
  • To check the done-ness, give it a little shake, it shall be slightly wobbly in the center.
  • Take it out and let it cool. The center shall cook with the residual heat.
  • Serve with love.

cheesecake

Cheers,

Ratatouille

Ratatouille is a pheasant dish from France.Β  Ratatouille is usually served as a side dish, but also may be served as a meal on its own. A very successful motion picture was also made with the same name where a rat is a master chef at a popular restaurant.

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Week- 2

Theme- Traditional

Dish for Day – Ratatouille

Origin- Provence and Nice, France

You shall need [Feeds 2]:

1/2 cup…. Green Zucchini Slices in round shape

1/2 cup… Yellow Zucchini Slices in round shape

1/2 cup… Brinjal, Slices Round

3-4 tbsp… Basic Italian Tomato Sauce

Salt and pepper

Oilve oil

Method:

  • In a oven proof dish, make a layer of the tomato paste.
  • Line the veggies in an alternating fashion like this
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  • Sprinkle slat and pepper on it.
  • Add a couple of tbsp of olive oil on it. You may add the fresh herbs if you want like basil, rosemary, oregano etc]
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 30-35 min or until the veggies are nice and tender.
  • I served it with Salad and green tea rice.

ratatuille

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Chana Dal Khichdi

This is dish that is made without fail on Bhai Dooj. My grandmother carried this tradition from Poonch and Gujranwala. It is my earnest desire to get to visit these places sometime. Bhai dooj is a festival like Rakhi. It is celebrate on the 2nd day from Diwali. The brother visits sister’s house and showers her with gifts and blessings.

The sister seats brother in a place that faces east. A wooden plank id places under his feet and some oil dabbed in the oil is places under each foot. She applies kum kum on his forehead and feeds something sweet.

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Week- 2

Theme- Traditional

Dish for Day – Chana Dal Khichdi

Origin- Northern India, Greater Punjab [Including the Punjab in Pakistan and India]

You shall need: [Feeds 2]

3/4 cup… Basmati Rice [Washed and soaked for 30 min]

1/2 cup… Chana Dal [Washed and soaked for 30 min]

2 tbsp… Ghee

3… red chillies

1/2 tsp… Turmeric

a pinch of asafotida

Salt and red chilly powder

1 tsp… Jeera

1…Medium onion [Slices thin]

2 cup… Water [Basically water must be above the rice and dal by 1/3 rd of the index finger]

Method:

  • In a pressure cooker, heat the ghee and add jeera and asafotida.
  • Add the whole red chilly.
  • Add the sliced onions and cook until they are nice and transparent.
  • Add the salt, red chilly powder and turmeric.
  • Now add the rinsed and soaked rice and dal mix.
  • Stir it for half a min.
  • Add the water and pressure cook it for upto 3 whistles on a full flame.
  • Serve with Raita/plain yogurt.

[Pic to be up by evening]

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Paneer Butter Masala

The butter masalas in all forms are almost a national favorite. What makes this dish so favourite? Butter masala is a creamy tomato-ey, orange curry which can is flavored with yogurt and fresh cream [Or cream from a carton].

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Week- 2

Theme- Traditional

Dish for Day – Paneer Butter Masala

Origin- Northern India

You shall need [Feeds 2]

200 gms… Fresh Cottage cheese/paneer [Cut in cubes of equal size]

2 …tomatoes [Medium size]

2-3.. green chillies

1 tbsp.. Ginger garlic paste

1-2 tbsp… Thick Yogurt

1…Large Onion

3 tbsp… Fresh cream [Or carton cream]

1 tsp.. Jeera

1 tsp… Garam Masala

pinch of turmeric

Salt to taste

1-2 tbsp… Kasoori methi [Dried fenugreek leaves]

2 tbsp.. Ghee

2 blobs of butter

Method:

  • Make a paste of onions, green chillies, tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and yogurt.
  • In a pan, heat the ghee and add the jeera.
  • Once it changes color, add the puree and cook it until the fat comes on top.
  • Add a blob of butter and add the salt, turmeric and red chilly powder if needed.
  • Now add the paneer and let it be coated in the masala.
  • Add the cream and stir well.
  • Cover and let it simmer for 3-4 min on a medium flame.
  • Dry Roast the kasoori methi in a pan and add to the dish.
  • Serve with roti/naan/chapati.
  • Add the final blob of butter on top.

paneer butter masala

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Sheermal

Sheermal is a saffron flavored sweet flat bread. It is full if nice things like ghee, milk and saffron ❀ An Absolute pleasure on the table.

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Week- 2

Theme- Traditional

Dish for Day – Sheermal

Origin- Persian and Avadhi

You shall need: [Makes about 15, depends on the size]

1/4 tsp… Saffron strands

2 tsp… Sugar

1.5 cup… Maida/AP Flour

1/4 cup… Ghee

1 tsp… Baking powder

1/2 tsp… Salt

1 tsp.. Cardamom powder

1 cup… Milk

Method:

  • Heat 5-6 tbsp milk and add the saffron and sugar to it. Let it stand for a few min.
  • Sieve flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Add the saffron milk, plain milk and cardamom powder.
  • Add ghee a tbsp at a time and make sure the dough drinks it all.
  • Let it stand for 10 min.
  • Divide in 15 equal balls.
  • Roll them out and prick it with a fork.
  • Bake in a pre heated oven at 180C for 4 min.
  • Apply butter after 4 min and bake again for 4 min.
  • Serve with sides of your choice.

Additionally you may add dry fruits to it to make a richer version.

sheermal

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