Friday 20 September 2019

Citrus fruit Salad

Citrus Fruit Salad

This is a pretty easy, simple, refreshing, colourful and full of vitamins salad or you can serve this as a sweet and tangy dessert.

 I got this idea as now a days my daughter is preparing for her exams. So every time she needs something good to eat. As all kids she also wants chips, biscuits or fried food. But as a mother its my duty to serve her good and healthy food and fruits are the best source.However eating fruits is very boring and time consuming for her so I got an idea and prepared this easy and exotic citrus fruit salad.

Preparation Time : 20 min

Cooking Time : 0 Min

Ingredients :  

  • Oranges 2 
  • Sweet Lime 2
  • Grape Fruit 1
  • Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
  • Mint Leaves Few
  • Honey 1/2 Tablespoon (optional)
  • Black Salt according to taste
  • Lime zest For garnishing 
Procedure :
  • First of all Peel and segment all the fruits with the help of sharp knife.

  • Cut away the skin and all the pith from the Oranges, Sweet lime and Grape fruit. 

  • Now slice along the lines of the membrane, which separates each slice. Repeat till all the segments are removed
  • In a bowl transfer segments of Oranges, Sweet lime and Grapefruit

  • In a small bowl add honey, lime zest, lemon juice, black salt and mint leaves

  • Mix this dressing to the Citrus fruit and toss all together 

  • Before serving garnish it with lime zest and mint leaves

  • You can prepare this in advance. keep it in freeze. Serve it chilled.

Tip :  
  • You can use any other fruit of your choice. 

Thursday 12 September 2019

Chawal Vadi (Rice curry)

Chawal Vadi (Rice curry)

It's funny how simple items trigger wonderful memories of the past. This dish is a family dish which reminds me of all the beautiful moments I spent with my grandmother. This dish, to me, holds the flavour of nostalgia, the warmth of her embrace and all the stories she shared with me. I thought of sharing this recipe with you guys. This one-pot-meal might not remind you of your past but it will be an amazing start for your kids or friends to bond over and if like me you are a Punjabi, you would also feel the love I felt decades ago.

Preparation Time : 20 Min

Cooking Time : 25 to 30 Min

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • Rice 1 Cup soaked for 20 min
  • Oil 2 Tablespoon
  • Bay leaves 2
  • Zeera 1 Teaspoon
  • Pinch of hing
  • Green cardamom 2 to 3
  • Cinnamon stick 1/2 inch
  • Star anis 1
  • Red chilly 2 to 3
  • Salt according to taste
  • Red chilly powder according to taste
  • Turmeric powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Green peas 1/2 cup
  • Vadi ( any available in market) if it is big size break into pieces.
  • For Masala
  • Onion 1 medium size
  • Tomato 2 medium size
  • Green chilly 2
  • Ginger 1/2 inch
  • Garlic 3 - 4 cloves
  • Lemon 1
  • Green coriander for garnishing 
Video : 

Procedure :  
  • Soak rice and keep aside.

  • Take onion, tomato, green chilly, ginger and garlic in a mixer and form a smooth paste 

  • Now take a cooker add oil heat it. Now add zeera and pinch of hing along with whole spices.

  • Add onion tomato paste and sauce it for 5 to 6 minutes on medium flame.

  • Once masala is roasted nicely add salt, red chilly, turmeric powder and coriander powder and mix it well

  • Add 1 to 2 tablespoon of water to masala and cook till you get nice aroma and masala leave the oil

  • Now add green peas and wadi to this. again sautés it 

  • Now add rice roast it for 2 minutes

  • Add 4 cup of water and pressure cook rice till 2 whistle. close the gas and wait for 10 minutes

  • Before serving garnish it with green coriander and lemon juice ..

Tip : 
  • If you find that water is less next time add little more water

Tuesday 27 August 2019

Palak Choley Saag

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Palak Choley Saag

Today I am sharing with you a very simple and easy recipe. Yes it will be having a twist with a 2.0 version.Our grand parents and ancestors used to cook food in iron cookware using mustard oil rather than refined oils.

Today I am trying to follow same tradition and prepare Choley ka Saag with Spinach. We frequently eat Palak Paneer, here I am preparing choley palak variant.

In market you get lots of cast Iron kadhai. I purchased this one from road side as I felt we need to promote road side vendors who are putting lots of hard-work  to earn their bread. Though I know it does't look good and we face seasoning issues also. But if we are using it regularly slowly and slowly that issue is resolved. Also we know that while cooking in iron utensil the food react with metal surface. As a result, iron gets released in the food. Which helps in our iron intake.

However there are many foods which shall not be cooked in iron utensils, So we should be careful with that. Recently I bought Yellow mustard cold press oil from Adri Naturals. So far I have been using black mustard oil, which has a very strong pungent smell.It is normally not liked by everyone in my family. But when I used yellow mustard oil, I found it has a very soft smell, which my family members are ok with. While reading the benefits of mustard oil I came to know that it is a good source of MUFA. This is extremely good for our heart. It lowers the bad cholesterol in our body and keeps blood fat under check which improves blood circulation.

Secondly it is also a good source of Omega level three fatty acid. Good in curing cough and cold. Hence I prepared this Saag and enjoyed with Rice and Parantha

Preparation Time : 30 Min

Cooking Time : 30 Min.

Serves : 4

Ingredients :

  • Chick Pea boiled 1 Cup
  • Palak 500 gm (spinach washed and clean)
  • Yellow Mustard oil 2 Tablespoon 
  • Ginger chopped 2 Teaspoon 
  • Garlic chopped 2 Teaspoon
  • Green chillies 2 chopped
  • Onion chopped 1 medium size
  • Tomato chopped 2 medium size
  • Salt according to taste
  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon
  • Coriander seeds 1 Teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
  • Pinch of Asafoetida 
  • Red chilly powder according to taste
  • Coriander seed 1 Teaspoon 
  • Zeera 1 Teaspoon
Procedure :  

  • In a kadhai, take a tablespoon of oil, heat it, add jeera, pinch of hing, chopped ginger one tea spoon and garlic. Sautés it for a minute 

  • Add chopped onions and green chillies cooked it for 2 to 3 minutes or till it is translucent in colour

  • Now add chopped tomatoes sauce it for 2 to 3 minutes. Now add turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and red chilly powder

  • As the tomatoes are cooked properly add chopped spinach to this. Cook it nicely once the spinach is done, close the gas and allow it to cool down for some time.

  • Now transfer this mixture in mixer and form a puree and keep aside

  • Take the same kadhai, add a tablespoon of yellow mustard oil heat it, add coriander seeds, 1 teaspoon chopped ginger and chopped green chillies

  • Now add boiled channa and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or till it is roasted nicely

  • Add pinch of salt if required and red chilly powder if you like spicy food .

  • Now add Palak puree to this, cook for 3 to 4 minute and enjoy with paratha or rice ...

Tips :  

  • Take care in using salt as we are using it twice
  • You can add Methi leaves with palak if it is available in season

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