Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand...homemade in 5 mins

Homemade Shrikhand Recipe Shrikhand is mildly flavoured indian dessert which is traditionally prepared by hung curd , sugar and spices like cardamons, saffron and dry fruits. This is the first time I have made shrikhand at home, usually back in bombay we used to get the readymade Amul shrikhand. This is the most easiest and quickest way to make creamy shrikhand without compromising on the flavor. I have used Greek yogurt to make this yummy dessert. It tasted even better than ready made ones we get and you can try different flavors and explore your creativity. I love the flavor and aroma of elaichi in shrikhand. I made this creamy shrikhand in just about 10 mins and wow i was so impressed with the results, that I am planning to make this again as i finished the entire bowl all by my self :)) Sending this to Srivalli's Mithai Mela, WYF:Quick Meals by EC and 15 mins cooking by Mahimaa. From thursday i'll be travelling so will not be able to visit your blogs often.
1 1/2 cups of greek yogurt
1/3 cups of sugar
1 tsp elaichi powder
1 tsp masala milk powder (optional)
a pinch of saffron dissolved in 1 tsp warm milk
chopped pistachios for garnishing
How to make shrikhand at home
  • Add sugar in greek yogurt and mix well.
  • Now add in elaichi, masala milk powder and kesar dissolved in tsp warm milk.
  • Mix well and chill for 1 hour.
  • Garnish with pistachios or any chopped nuts and serve chilled.
What can be more simpler than this? You can try using seasonal fresh fruits like mangoes and strawberries.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Beetroot Paratha for a healthy and glowing skin!

Hey Everyone!

Beetroot Paratha
Beetroot Paratha

Let me start off by saying I am not a big fan of Beetroots and my memories of having beetroot consists of having beetroot and carrot juice which my dad would make himself adding bits and pieces of tomatoes or ginger or mint leaves whichever was left in the fridge. I have had this juice every single day for 5 years of my college life! Though initially I didn't really like the taste but since the health benefits clearly out rated the taste my tongue got used to it :) One of the main reasons dad started with this routine was due to my extremely low iron and hemoglobin level which triggered n number of problems like migraine attacks and low immune level to fight diseases etc. All thanks to my dad and his routine that my hemoglobin level came back to normal and still its the same way.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Besan Chilla (Eggless Vegetable Omlette) for a chilly night!

Hey Everyone!

I don't know about other cities but here in Pune the weather has been really cold especially in the night time. I haven't seen sun in days and feels like winter already :( I hope the sun comes out soon! Anyways in such dull and damp weather I really get lazy for cooking and often make something which is quick and easy and can be made under 15 mins flat!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Dudhi Na Muthiya A Gujarati Delicacy (Steamed Bottlegourd Dumplings)

Hey Everyone!

I know I have been away for a very long time and to be honest I had been planning to start posting again regularly for almost 6 months now but for some or the other reason it just kept on delaying. Still I won't make promises that I will post every single day but yes I will definitely try to post atleast once a week :)

Being a total gujju I absolutely love the simple ethnic dishes from gujarati cuisine. Lots of these dishes bring back happy memories of childhood days and hence are quite close to my heart. One such dish would be Dudhi Na Muthiya aka Steamed Bottlegourd Dumplings! Muthiya (Steamed Dumplings) are very famous in gujarati cuisine and are made with a lot of different vegetables, some common would be Bottlegourd and Fenugreek leaves! Muthiya's are usually eaten as a snack along with homemade chutney or even sprinkled with some fresh coriander and sev! 

 Today I'll be sharing with you all recipe for Bottlegourd dumplings which are steamed and hence quite healthy! lets get cracking :)

-> 250gm bottlegourd grated
-> 1.5 to 2 cups of whole wheat flour (atta)
-> 1/4 cup of chickpea flour (besan)
-> 1 tsp red chili powder
-> 1 tsp turmeric powder
-> 1 tsp coriander powder
-> 2 tbsp curd
-> 2 tbsp oil
-> Salt to taste
-> 2 tbsp sugar
-> 1/2 lime juice

For seasoning:-
-> 1 tbsp oil
-> 1 tsp mustard seeds
-> 1 tsp cumin seeds
-> 1 tsp sesame seeds
-> 1 generous pinch of asafoetida (hing)
-> 1 green chili finely chopped
-> 8 to 10 curry leaves

  • In a clean bowl mix together grated bottlegourd, curd, oil, salt, sugar, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and lime juice. 
  • Once the sugar as melted add in whole wheat flour and besan and make soft dough without adding any extra water since bottlegourd itself is has huge water content
  • Oil your hands and take small balls of the dough, shape them into logs
  • Steam the logs in a steamer for 20 to 30 mins, until they are cooked
  • Turn off the gas and let the steamed bottlegourd logs cool down completely
  • Once they are cooled cut them into small pieces as desired.
  • Heat the oil in a pan for seasoning, once its hot add in green chilies, cumin seeds, asafoetida, mustard seeds, sesame seeds and curry leaves.
  • Once the seeds start to crackle add in the muthiyas.
  • Cook them for 5 to 7 mins until they turn light golden brown
  • Muthiyas are ready to serve! Serve them hot with coriander chutney or sprinkle some fresh coriander and sev on top
I hope the recipe was helpful, if you make dudhi muthiyas do share how they turned out for you :)

Until next time take care and stay healthy!