Saturday, 22 December 2012

Masala Papad-Roasted Papad topped with fresh salad

Papad is a dried lentil chip which has been mixed with some spices like pepper and garlic.This recipe is a great appetizer and I have used roasted urad dal with garlic papad.You can also make it with fried papads.

Urad dal papad-4 medium size
Tomatoes-4 teaspoons,finely chopped
Onions-5 teaspoons,finely chopped
Green chillies-2 teaspoons
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped
Lime juice-2 teaspoons
Kala namak/salt-a pinch for each papad

-Roast the papad over mediun heat on a gas stove flipping the sides.Do not burn the papads.
-Mix all the above ingredients in a bowl.
-Spread the salad over each papad and serve immediately.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Broken-Wheat Pilaf-Dalia Khichdi

Broken wheat also called dalia is a product of wheat and has all the benefits of wheat  in addition to the nutrient rich outer bran and the germ of wheat.It is also rich in calcium, iron and phosphorous.This recipe is ideal for growing children as their little bodies need lots of carbohydrate,vitamins and minerals.It is also high in fiber.

Broken wheat-1 cup
Split Moong Dal(yellow)-1/4 cup
Carrot-1/2,finely chopped
Green peas-1/2 cup
Cauliflower-3-4 florets,chopped
Onion-1/2,finely chopped
Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon
Green chilli-1,finely chopped
Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil-1 teaspoon
Water-3 cups

-Dry roast the dalia on medium flame till you get a nice aroma.
-Take a pressure cooker and heat 1 teaspoon of oil in it.
-Add the cumin seeds and let it crackle.
-Add onions and green chillies and saute till it becomes translucent.
-Now add the moong dal and fry it for another 2 minutes.
-Add all the chopped vegetables and mix well.
-Cook the vegetables for 3-4 minutes and then add the roasted dalia and mix well again.
-Add3 cups of water and pressure cook it for 3-4 whistles.
-Garnish it with some freshly chopped coriander and serve hot.
Put the salt turmeric

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Spring Onion-Coriander Paratha

Winters can be hard on health.While most of us prefer staying indoors and sipping hot cup of tea and soups,it is also a good time to enjoy all the seasonal fresh green veggies, fruits and nuts.
Make sure you eat healthy this winter by including all the winter foods in your diet.
Today I'm going to share a paratha recipe with spring onions and fresh green coriander leaves.Serve this paratha for breakfast or lunch with a bowl of curd and some pickle.This is also another way to sneak veggies into your kid's tiffin.Pack them in their lunch box with some healthy salads and pickles.

Spring onions-1 bunch ,finely chopped

Green coriander leaves-1/2 bunch,finely chopped
Whole wheat flour(Atta)-4 cups
Gram flour(Besan)-3 teaspoons
Lime juice-1 teaspoon
Chilli powder-1 teaspoon
Black pepper-1 teaspoon,crushed
Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil/Ghee-2 teaspoons
Water-1.5 cups,to knead the dough

-Wash the spring onions well to remove all the dirt from it and finely chop it well along with the bulbs.
-Wash the coriander leaves and finely chop them.
-Take a large container and add all the above ingredients except water and mix well with hand.
-Slowly add little water and knead to make a nice soft dough.
-Let te dough rest for 15-20 minutes.
-Take a roll pin and small portion of the dough and dust some atta on it and roll to make a round chapati.
-Heat a pan and put the chapati  and cook till both sides are done properly.
-Smear a little oil or ghee on one side of the paratha and flip and add a little more oil on the other side too.
-Repeat this process with the rest of the dough.
-Serve hot with curd ,salad and pickle.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Spinach with Green Peas-Palak Mater

This spinach recipe is loaded with vitamins and iron and the taste of fresh green peas gives it a nice sweet taste.I have also used ginger and garlic which work as an immunity booster especially in winter.Use fresh green peas as they are readily available now.It is a simple and nutritious recipes which can be had with plain chapati or rice along with some dal and veggies.

Spinach-3 bunches
Green peas-1/2 cup,shelled
Onion-1/2,finely chopped
Ginger-1/2 teaspoon,finely chopped
Garlic-3 cloves,crushed
Mustard seeds-1/4 teaspoons
Salt to taste
Oil-1 teaspoon
Cottage cheese(Paneer)-2 teaspoons,grated(for garnishing)

-Pluck the tender leaves from the spinach bunch and and wash them twice under running water.
-Finely chop the spinach leaves.
-Heat a pan and add oil to it.
-Add the mustard seeds and let it crackle.
-Add onions that have been finely chopped and stir them for 30 seconds and add the crushed garlic and finely chopped ginger to the pan.
-Saute this for about 2-3 minutes till the onions become a little translucent.
-Add the chopped spinach leaves and green peas and mix well.
-Cook on medium flame stirring intermittently.You need not add water as the spinach leaves release enough water which easily cooks the leaves.
-When the spinach and peas are cooked,turn off the flame and take it out on a plate.
-Garnish with grated cheese on top.

Beetroot-Chickpeas Stir Fry

This is a nutritious combination of chickpeas and beetroot is very good for kids.It is rich in iron and protein along with some essential vitamins.Beetroot is considered to liver-friendly and is also an immunity booster.I've added some whole spices which not only enhance the flavor of the dish but also add some health-enhancing benefits.
Serve it with salad and a bowl of fresh yogurt.

Beetroot-3,medium sized
Carrot-1,medium sized
Chickpeas-1/4 cups
Cinnamon-1 big stick
Black pepper-4-5
Mustard seeds-1/4 teaspoons
Curry leaves-4-5
Shredded Coconut-2 teaspoons,fresh
Salt to taste
Oil-2 teaspoons

-Soak the chickpeas overnight and boil them with a little salt in a pressure for 3 whistles.Allow it to cool.
-Wash the beetroots and carrots and peel them.
-Grate the beetroot and carrot or finely chop them.
-Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.Let it crackle.
-Add the curry leaves and stir for 30 seconds.
-Now add the cinnamon,black pepper and cloves and add the grated beetroot first and stir for 2 minutes.
-Add the grated carrots and mix well.Cook till the vegetables are done.
-Add the boiled chickpeas and mix again.
-Turn the flame off and garnish with some fresh shredded coconut.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bajra and aloo Roti-Gluten Free Indian Flat Bread

Bajra is the main kharif crop in Thar
Bajra is the main kharif crop in Thar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Bajra also known as perl millet is very popular in Rajasthan.Bajra has a good amount of amino acids and is also high in protein.It is also rich in calcium and iron.
I have also added some boiled potatoes to make the rotis more tasty.Bajra rotis are eaten in the cold winter months.Serve it with some spicy curry and a bowl of yogurt.

Bajra flour-2 cups
Wheat flour-1/4 cups
Potatoes-2 medium sized,boiled
Salt-1 teaspoon
Coriander leaves- teaspoons,chopped
Green chilli-1 teaspoon,chopped
Ajwain(Bishop's weed)-1/4 teaspoon
Ghee-2 teaspoon
Warm water-1/4 cup or as needed

-Boil the potatoes and allow it to cook.Peel the potatoes and mash them properly.
-Take a big bowl and add all the ingredients except oil.Add the mashed potatoes too.
-Do not add water now.Mash the mixture properly in the bowl and knead it by adding little water to make a little tight dough.
-Let the dough rest for 20-25 minutes.Cover the bowl with a lid.
-Heat a flat pan and take small portion of the dough and make medium sized balls.
-Wet your palm with little water and gently press the dough to make flat rounds.
-Carefully put the flattened dough on the pan and cook by flipping both sides.
-See that both sides are properly cooked as bajra takes a little time to cook.
-Smear little ghee and serve hot with yogurt and curry.

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

Pumpkin Stir Fry(Kaddu Ki Subzi)

Pumpkin is a low calorie vegetable which is high in antioxidants and vitamins A,C and E.Stir fried pumpkin is an interesting and easy to make recipe.I have used garlic and onions along with some spices to make it more nutritious.Pumpkin is a fruit readily available in the market year around and I think it should be included in kid's diet as a super-food.

Pumpkin-250 gms
Garlic-2-3 cloves,chopped and crushed
Onion-1 small,finely chopped
Dry Red chilli-1
Mustard seeds-1/4 teaspoon
Fenugreek seeds-4-5 seeds
Asafoetida-a generous pinch
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons
Salt to taste
Oil-2 teaspoons

-Wash and cut the pumpkin into small chunks.You can keep the skin if you want.
-Take a pan and heat oil and add the mustard seeds,chilli and asafoetida.
-Immediately add the chopped onions and stir fry for 2 minutes.
-Add the garlic and mix well.
-Put the cut pumpkin and cook for 2-3 minutes.
-Add the turmeric powder and salt and keep stirring.
-You can also add a little water if you want the pumpkin to be a little mushy.
-Cook till the pumpkin in properly done.
-Garnish with green coriander leaves.
-Serve hot with chapati or parathas.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Clear Spinach Soup-a Soup loaded with Iron!

We all know that spinach are rich in iron and vitamin K and B.Children and women can benefit immensely from this green leafy veggie.Try and make this easy soup at least 4-5 times a week to get all the nutritional benefits of spinach in your diet.Serve it as an appetizer with some soup sticks.

Spinach-4 bunches
Tomatoes-1 medium size
Ginger-1 small piece
Kala namak-1/2 teaspoon(optional)
Salt -to taste
Lime juice-1.5 teaspoons
Cream-1/2 teaspoon(optional)
Water-2 cups

-Wash the spinach under running water and pluck the leaves only.Dip the plucked leaves in a container filled wit water.Wash the leaves properly to make sure that all the dirt has been cleaned.
-Roughly chop the spinach leaves
-Wash the tomato and dice it.
-Take the ginger peel out and grate it.
-Boil the spinach,tomato and ginger with a pinch of salt and boil till the spinach is cooked.
-Add 2 more cups of water to this boiled veggies.
-In a mixer jar put all the above ingredients and blend to make a nice smooth puree.
-Take a strainer and place it on a container.Slowly pour the puree on the strainer and stir it with a spoon.
-Repeat this step till you are done with the entire puree in the mixer jar.
-Now heat a pan and pour the strained soup into this pan and heat it for 2-3 minutes.
-Turn the flame off and add lime juice and a little cream on top.
-Clear spinach soup is ready.Serve with some soup sticks.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Magic of Unhulled Sesame Seeds:Sesame Potatoes-Tilwale Alu

This simple combination of potatoes and unhulled sesame seeds makes the recipe tasty as well as nutritious.It's a good way of introducing sesame seeds in kid's diet.The nutty and crunchy tasting sesame seeds are a rich source of copper and manganese and also contain good amount of calcium,iron and other beneficial minerals.
Here's a small tip-Always buy unhulled sesame seeds because the mineral content in hulled and unhulled sesame seeds varies significantly.If you compare the calcium and iron content per 1 tbsp serving of both types of seeds,hulled sesame seeds has 5mg calcium and 0.51mg iron whereas the unhulled sesame seed contains 88mg calcium and 1.31 mg iron.

Boiled Potatoes-3 medium sized
Sesame seeds-4-5 teaspoons
Ginger-1 small piece,grated
Green chillies-1,finely chopped
Kasuri methi-1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Oil-2 teaspoons
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped

-Dice the boiled potatoes into medium cubes.
-Heat oil in a pan and let the cumin seeds splutter.Next add the green chillies,grated ginger and sesame seeds and mix well.
-Add the diced potatoes and stir for 2-3 minutes.
-Now add turmeric powder,coriander powder,kasuri methi and salt and cook for another 2 minutes.
-Sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves on top.
-Serve hot with puris,chapatis or parathas.

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Masala Chai-Spiced Indian Tea

Masala Chai is a blend of tea and spices.This beverage  has become popular in many parts of the world.Spices like cardamom,black pepper and ginger have several health benefits.A cup of warm masala chai can help you relax after a stressful day and can even keep us warm in the cold of winter.You can add sugar-free or even honey as sweetener.
Try this spiced tea with some hot crispy pakoras as evening snacks.

Tea leaves-2 tablespoons(I prefer Tata Tea Gold)
Water-2 cups
Ginger-1 small piece
Green cardamoms-2
Bay leaf-1 small
Sugar-free powder-1 small teaspoon
Black pepper powder -1/4 teaspoon

-Heat 2 cups of water in a pan and let it simmer on slow flame.
-Crush the ginger,cloves and cardamoms in a mortar-pastel and make a coarse powder.
-Add this powder along with the bay leaf and black pepper powder to the water and let it boil.
-Add 2 table spoon of tea leaves and allow it to boil.Stir well.
-Now add 1 cup of milk and boil it.
-Place a tea strainer on a cup and strain the tea.
-Add the sugar-free powder and stir it well with a spoon.
-Hot masala tea is ready!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Achaari Cheese-1 minute snack

This recipe requires no cooking at all.This recipe was in fact suggested by my  son.He loves cheese and  came up with this idea of mixing cheese with pickle and believe me,the combination tastes YUMM!
I pack this in his school lunch-box.
I mix MTR tomato pickle with Amul cheese cubes.You can mix any pickle of your choice.
So here goes the very quick recipe...

Amul Cheese cubes-3
MTR tomato pickle--3 teaspoons

-Cut the cheese cubes into half and add the tomato pickle to it and mix well with hands.
-Tada! Achaari cheese is ready to serve.

My Notes:
Another interesting combination would be cheese with fresh green chutney.

Quick Tomato Soup

Tomatoes have numerous health benefits.The lycopene in tomatoes are packed with anti-oxidants and phyto-chemicals along with some vitamins and minerals.Studies have also shown that cooked tomatoes are healthier than the raw ones.
This simple soup is tomatoes cooked with some garlic,spices and carrots and is very healthy and quick to make.It is just perfect to keep you warm on a cold day!

Tomatoes-4 big sized
Garlic-3-4 cloves
Clove-2 nos
Black pepper- 3-4 nos
Carrot-1 small,diced
Milk-1/2 cup
Sugar-a pinch
Salt to taste
Olive oil-1/2 teaspoon
Fresh parsley-2 teaspoons

-Wash the tomatoes and blanch them in boiling water.Cool the tomatoes and take the skin out.
-Take a mixie jar and add all the above ingredients except parsley and olive oil and blend to ame a fine smooth puree.
-Heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in a pan and add the puree.Cook till it becomes a little thick.
-You can add a little water if you want a clear soup.
-Garnish with chopped parsley and serve warm with some toasted bread.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Falafel-Deep fried Chick peas

Falafel is a famous appetizer from the middle-east which is is popular in many parts of the world.It is usually made from fava beans mixed with some spices,herbs and onions.You can use chickpeas instead of fava beans.Falafel tastes best with pita bread and tahini sauce(Sesame seeds sauce).

Chickpeas-2 cups,soaked overnight
Fresh parsley-1/2 cup,finely chopped
Green coriander leaves-3-4 teaspoons,chopped
Garlic-8-10 cloves,peeled and crushed
Onions-1 small,chopped
Cumin seeds-1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper-a generous pinch
Red chilli flakes-2 teaspoons
Salt to taste
Oil-2 cups,for frying

-Soak the chickpeas in water for 8-10 hours or overnight.
-Take a mixie jar and add all the above ingredients except oil and blend to make a smooth paste.
-Heat 2 cups of oil in a pan and deep fry the falafels taking small portions at a time.
-Serve then in pita bread with some cut onions,lettuce and pickled vegetables.

Masala Murmura-Puffed Rice with Sprouts and Spices

Used to be my lunch and me and Deepak’s weeken...
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Puffed rice or murmura is made from rice and is a common snacks food in many parts of India.Being a part of bhel-puri which is a popular street food,murmura is also offered as prasad in temples.
In this tangy and spicy recipe,I've added grated carrot,tomatoes and diced cucumbers along with some spices and sprouts.

Puffed rice/Murmura-3 cups
Onions-3 teaspoons,finely chopped
Tomatoes-2 teaspoons,finely chopped
Green moong dal sprouts-1.5 teaspoon
Bengal gram-2 teaspoons
Cucumber-2 teaspoons,diced
Green chillies-1 teaspoon(Optional)
Lime juice-2 teaspoons
Sev bhujia-2 teaspoons
Roasted peanuts-2 teaspoons
Fresh coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,chopped
Fresh Coconut- 1 teaspoon,scraped
Salt-a pinch
Mustard oil-1 teaspoon

-Soak the green moong dal and bengal gram over night and boil the bengal gram and wrap the green moong in a damp cloth to sprout.
-Take a big container and add all the ingredients except lime juice and coriander leaves.
-Mix the ingredients very well using a spoon for 3-4 minutes.
-Now add the lime juice and stir well again.
-Garnish with chopped green coriander.
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Friday, 2 November 2012

Chilli-Garlic Potatoes

 This is another easy to make recipe with spring onions and crispy fried potatoes cooked in a  garlic and red chilli sauce.
Chilli-garlic potatoes is one of my favorite and this recipe tastes great with noodles.You can cut the potatoes into cubes or simple wedges.If you do not have fresh red chillies then use dried red chillies soaked in warm water for at least 30-35 minutes.

Potatoes-4 Medium
Garlic-8-10 cloves
Red chilli-8
Tomato ketchup-1/2 cup
Salt-to taste
Water -1/4 cup
Spring onions-1/4 cups,finely chopped
Oil-2 cups for frying the potatoes and 2 teaspoons for cooking
Cornflour-3 teaspoons

-Grind the red chillies and garlic to make a fine paste.
-Mix this paste with 1/2 cup of tomato ketchup by adding 1/4 cup of water to it.Mix well and keep aside.
-Peel and cut the potatoes into the desired size and dust cornflour and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to it and mix well with hands.
-Heat a pan and add 2 cups of oil and fry the potatoes in batches.Take out and drain excess oil on a kitchen towel.
-Now heat another pan and add 2 teaspoons of oil and add the paste and cook it on medium flame till the sauce paste becomes a little dry.
-Immediately add the fried potatoes and spring onions and stir well for another 2-3 minutes.
-Chilli-Garlic Potatoes is ready to serve.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Pulses-Sprouts Salad for Healthy Heart

Pulses play an important role in our daily diet.The nutrient -rich pulses are high in protein and are also easy to digest.A recent study has shown that people who consume pulses on a regular basis are less prone to coronary heart diseases.
This salad recipe is a mix of 3-4 types of pulses along with some vegetables like carrots and tomatoes.

Green Moong dal-1/4 cup,sprouts
Horsegram-1/4 cup,sprouts
Bengal Gram-1/4 cup,boiled
Carrot-3 teaspoons,grated
Cucumber-1 small,grated
Tomatoes-1 medium,finely chopped
Onion-1 small, finely chopped
Green chillies-2,finely chopped
Sev bhujia- 3 teaspoons
Lime juice-3 teaspoons
Black salt- 1/2 teaspoon
Fresh coriander leaves-3 teaspoons,finely chopped

-Soak all the pulses in water separately for8-10 hours or overnight.
-Wrap the green moong ,bengal gram and horse gram  separately in a damp cloth and allow it to rest for a day.
-Boil the bengal gram in a pressure cooker with 4 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt.Cook for 2 whistles.
-Take a big bowl and mix all the pulses together.
-Now add the tomatoes,green chilled,onions and grated carrots.
-Sprinkle some black salt and freshly chopped coriander leaves and toss the salad.
-Add some sev bhijia on top and the tasty tangy salad is ready to serve.
-Finally add lime juice on top and toss again.
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Namakpare(Diwali Recipes)

Crunchy Crackers
 (Photo credit: su-lin)
Diwali is a festival of lights.It also signifies the victory of good over evil.Diwali is incomplete without sweets and snacks.In my coming posts I will be sharing some tasty yet healthy diwali recipes.
Namakpares,also known as flour crackers are small handy diamond pieces or crunchy triangles are a popular festival recipe.It is made from flour and cut into diamond shaped strips or folded into triangles and deep fried in oil.This recipes also makes a great evening snack.It stays fresh for weeks if stored in a dry air tight jar.

All purpose flour-1 1/2 cups
Wheat flour-1 cup
Black onion seeds(Kalonji)-1/2 teaspoon
Oil-2 teaspoons for the dough and 2 cups for frying the namakpares
Salt-1 teaspoon
Water-to make dough
Baking soda(sodium bi-carbonate)-1/2 teaspoon

-Take a big bowl and add both the flours,salt,kalonji,baking powder and 2 teaspoons of oil.
-Mix well with hands for 5-6 minutes.Do not add any water at this stage.
-Now slowly add little water and make a tight and stiff dough.
-Knead this dough properly for about 10 minutes.Let it rest for some time.
-Take small portions of the dough and make medium sized balls and roll it to make a nice flat chapati.Remember to add a little oil to the dough while rolling so that it does not stick.
-Now cut the rolled chapati diagonally into thin strips and again cut into strips from the other side to make diamond shapes.
-Heat a pan and add 2  cups of oil to it.
-Slowly pick the cut diamonds and fry them in batches.Do not overcrowd the pan.
-Take out on a kitchen towel and let it cool completely.
-Store it in a dry and air tight jar.Enjoy it with a cup of hot evening tea.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Healthy Matar-Paneer(Cottage Cheese Cubes in Tomato Gravy)

Paneer or cottage cheese is packed with protein.This simple and healthy curry recipe is made with  fresh home made tomato puree which is a good source of antioxidants.I've used milk instead of water for the gravy.The curry tastes great with a healthy Vegetable Pulao.

Paneer-200 grams
Green Peas-1/4 cups,boiled
Tomatoes-2 medium sized
Onion-1 small size,chopped
Green chilli-1,chopped
Ginger-1 very small piece,finely chopped
Milk-1/2 cup
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Kasuri methi-1 teaspoon
Garam masala-a generous pinch
Salt to taste
Olive oil/vegetable oil-1 teaspoon for shallow frying the paneer cubes and 2 teaspoons for the curry

 -Cut the paneer into medium sized cubes.
-Boil the tomatoes in water for 6-7 minutes and cool and take the skin out.
-Cut and blend the boiled tomatoes to make a puree.
-Add the green chillies,ginger and onions in a mixer jar and make a smooth paste.
-Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a pan and shallow fry the paneer cubes for 3-4 minutes.Take out and keep it aside.
-In the same pan add 2 teaspoons of oil and the ginger-onion paste and fry for 3-4 minutes.
-Add the tomato puree now and mix well and add salt ,kasuri methi and turmeric powder and cook till you see oil coming out from the masala paste.
-Add the fried paneer cubes,boiled green peas and mix and add milk and let the curry simmer on low flame for 5 minutes.
-Add a generous pinch of garam masala to the matar-paneer and mix well.
-Serve hot with vegetable pulao.

Horsegram Sprouts Salad

Picture of horse gram seeds (Indian name: Kulthi)
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Horsegram also known as Kulith is a reddish brown colored bean usually grown in dry agricultural areas in India.This legume is high in protein,vitamin C and iron.Horsegram sprouts is made by soaking the legume in water for 8 to 10 hours and  wrapping it tightly in a damp cloth and letting it germinate.It usually takes a day for the horsegram to develop small roots or sprout.
I have cooked the kulith sprouts in water with a little salt and mixed it with a very light tempering of onions and some fresh grated carrots and coconut.
I usually pack this in my son's snack-box.We also have it as evening snacks often.

Horsegram sprouts-1.5 cups
Onion-1 small size,finely chopped
Green chilli-1,finely chopped
Carrot-1/2 piece,grated
Coconut-2 teaspoons,shredded
Lime juice-1.5 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water-5 cups,for boiling
Oil-2 teaspoons

For Tempering:
Cumin seeds-1/4 teaspoon
Curry leaves-5-6
Dry red chilli-1(Optional)
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped(For garnishing)

-Wash the horse gram and soak it in water overnight or for 8 to 10 hours.
-Wrap it in a clean and damp cotton cloth and tie it properly and allow it to germinate for a day.
-Boil the horsegram in 5 cups of water and add 1.5 teaspoons of salt and let it boil for 15-20 minutes till the pulses are properly cooked.You can even pressure cook it for 5-6 whistles.
-Drain the water from the horsegram and keep it aside.
-Heat oil in a pan and let the cumin seeds splutter.
-Add the chopped green chillies,curry leaves and onions and saute for 3-4 minutes.
-Now add the shredded coconut and grated carrots and mix well.
-Add the sprouts and a pinch of salt and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
-Turn off the flame and add lime juice and mix with a spoon and garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

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Monday, 29 October 2012

Garlic-Coconut Chutney for Improved Immunity

We all know about the medicinal properties of the extremely versatile herb Garlic.Garlic helps to strengthen the immune system and even fight off cancer formation.Coconut on the other hand is highly nutritious in fiber,vitamins and minerals.
In this recipe I've used dry coconut.You can also use fresh coconut but make sure you consume it in a day or two.You can slightly saute the garlic but I've used raw garlic.
Store this chutney in an air tight jar and keep it in the refrigerator.

Dry coconut-1/2 cup,grated
Garlic-5-6 cloves
Red chilli powder-2 teaspoon(According to your taste)
Tamarind paste-1 teaspoon
Salt-1/2 teaspoon
Oil-1 teaspoon

-Mix all the ingredients in a mixer jar and blend it to make a fine paste without adding any water.
-Store in an air tight jar and use a spoon to take the chutney out.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Cheese Corn Tikki(Autumn Recipes)

 As the weather gets cooler,the urge for comfort food hits.This easy tikki recipe along with some warm soup or a cup of hot tea is a perfect way to embrace autumn.

Corn-1 cup,boiled
Cheese-2-3 cubes,grated
Chilli flakes-1/2 taspoons(Optional)
Bread slices-2
Salt to taste
Oilve/vegetable oil-2 table spoons

-Grate the boiled corn and the cheese cubes
-Cut the sides of the bread and crush it with your hands.
-Add salt,chilli flakes and the crushed bread to the grated corn and cheese.
-Mix well with your hand and make small balls out of the mix.
-Press the balls gently and flatten it.
-Heat oil in a pan and shallow fry the tikkis.
-Serve hot with ketchup or fresh green chutney and soup or tea.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Fruit Raita(Yogurt Fruit Dip)

 This delicious and super healthy yogurt dip has fruits which are a great source of vitamins and anti-oxidants.Yogurt is rich in nutrition and the combination is just perfect to start your day.Serve this raita with rava upma, multigrain cracker or poha.

Yogurt-2 cups
Pomegranate seeds-2 teaspoons
Apples-11/4 cups,finely chopped
Pineapple-11/4 cups,chopped
Bananas-5-6 slices
Lime juice-1 teaspoon
Rock salt-1 teaspoon
Sugar-a generous pinch
Roasted cumin powder-1/4 teaspoon
Mint leaves-1 teaspoon,finely chopped.

-Take a bowl and add the chopped apples and add lime juice to it and mix well.
-In another bowl whisk the yogurt and add rock salt and sugar.
-Now add the grapes,banana slices,apples,pineapple and gently mix.
-Keep it in the refrigerator a serve chilled by topping it with pomegranate seeds,roasted cumin powder and freshly chopped mint leaves.

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Vegatable Rava Upma(Semolina upma)

Rava upma is a very popular dish in south India.This recipe is light and easy to make and is ideal for breakfast.You can also serve it for dinner.Adding vegetables like cauliflower,carrots and green peas make it nutritious.

Semolina(Rava)-2 cups
Green peas-1/4 cups,boiled
Onion-1 small size,finely chopped
Green chillies-2,finely chopped
Cauliflower-2-3 small florets
Carrot-1/2 piece,grated
Ginger-a small piece,finely chopped
Tomato-1 small size,diced
Mustard seeds-1/2 teaspoon
Chana dal-2 teaspoons
Urad dal-2 teaspoons
Asafoetida -a  generous pinch
Curry leaves-4-5
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped
Salt to taste
Oil/Ghee-3 teaspoons
Water-4.5 cups

-Dry roast the rava for 3-4 minutes on low flame.If you are using roasted rava then skip this step.
-Cut the cauliflower florets into small pieces.
-Heat a pan and add 3 teaspoons of oil and add mustard seeds,curry leaves,asafoetida,chana dal,urad dal and saute for 2 minutes.
-Quickly add the chopped vegetables and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
-Now add the rava and mix well.Add salt and 4.5 cups of water and mix and cover the pan with a lid.
-Cook the rava on low flame and keep stirring in between.
-Cook for atleast 4-5 minutes and garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Cauliflower Curry without Garlic and Onion(Navratri Special)

This cauliflower curry is cooked without onions and garlic and can be eaten during fasts.I have used roasted  whole spices and made a nice powder from it.You can store this powder in an air tight jar and use whenever you want to make any recipe without onions and garlic.Use dry ginger powder(Saunth) if you do not want to use the powder immediately.
Try this delicious curry during Navratri and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

For Masala Powder
Cumin seeds-2 teaspoons
Coriander seeds-2 teaspoons
Black pepper corns-3-4
Dry Red chillies-2
Green Cardamom-1
Cinnamon-1 big stick
Bay leaves-2
Dry ginger powder(Saunth) -2 teaspoons

For the Curry
Cumin seeds-1 teaspoon
Tomatoes-2 medium sized,diced
Potatoes-2 medium sized
Oil-3 teaspoons
Turmeric powder-1 teaspoon
Green coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,finely chopped
Water-2.5 cups
Salt to taste

-To make the masala powder,put all the ingredients mentioned in the ingredients for masala in a mixer jar and grind to make a smooth powder.
-Cut the cauliflower and potatoes into medium size.Dice the tomatoes.
-Take a pan and put 1 teaspoon of oil and separately fry the potatoes and cauliflower.Add a pinch of salt while frying the cauliflower.Saute the potatoes and cauliflower for 3-4 minutes each till they are half cooked.
-In the same pan add 2 teaspoons of oil and let it heat.Add the cumin seeds and let it splutter.Add the diced tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes.
-Now add the masala powder,cauliflower and potatoes and mix well.
-Add salt and turmeric powder and cook for 2 minutes.
-Add 2 cups of water and mix well.Cover the pan with a lid and cook for another 4-5 minutes on medium flame till the vegetables and properly done.
-Remove from fire and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
-Serve hot with puris or pulao.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Sabudana Upma(Navratri Special)

PEARL SAGO KHICHDI (Photo credit: rashmi1979)

Today is the second day of Navratri(Nine nights) and people in most part of India observe fast.Dishes made of sabudana and potatoes are usually comsumed by people during the fasting period.
Today's recipe is sabudana upma which is another easy to make recipe.I've used sandha namak(Rock salt) instead of the common salt.

Sabudana-1 cup
Potatoes-2 medium,boiled
Green chillies-2,finely chopped
Peanuts-1/4 cup,roasted
Cumin seeds-1r/4 teaspoon
Asafoetida- a gesnerous pinch
Lime juice-2 teaspoon
Rock salt to taste
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Oil- 2 tablespoon
Curry leaves-3-4
Green coriander leaves-1 teaspoon,finely chopped

-Soak 1 cup of sabudana in 1 cup of water for 4-5 hours.
-Boil the potatoes and dice them into small cubes.
-Coarsely crush the roasted peanuts.
-Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.
-Now add the finely chopped green chillies,curry leaves and asafoetida and stir for a minute.
-Add the diced potato cubes and mix well.
-Now add the rock salt and turmeric powder and stir again.
-Put the soaked sabudana and cook for 3-4 minutes by constantly stirring.
-Add the crushed peanuts on top and mix gently and add lime juice and sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves on top.
-Serve hot.

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Sabudana Vadas(Tapioca cutlets)-Navratri Special

sabudana vada
sabudana vada (Photo credit: sumeet basak)
Sabudana vada is a famous snack from Maharashtra,a state in western India.This is also a recipe popular during fasts.
You can soak the sabudana  overnight till they become fluffy and soft.If you do not have enough time to soak then you can pressure cook the sabudana .
These vadas are crunchy from outside and soft from inside.Serve them with fresh green chutney along with a cup of hot masala tea!

Sabudana(Tapioca)-2 cups
Green chillies-2,finely chopped
Peanuts-1/2 cup,Roasted and coarsely crushed
Salt to taste
Vegetable/Olive Oil-2 cups,for frying

How to Pressure cook Sabudana
-Take 2 cups of sabudana and put it in a pressure cooker with 3 cups of water.
-Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles.

For the Vadas
- Mash the boiled potatoes and keep aside.
-Take the soaked/cooked sabudana in a big bowl and add the mashed potatoes and all the above ingredients except oil.
-Mash all the ingredients with hand.
-Heat a fry pan and add 2 cups of oil to it.
-Take small portion of the mixture and make vadas of desired shape.You can make flat rounds or small round balls with your hand.
-Fry the vadas in oil.Make sure you regulate the temperature or the vadas will burn from outside and remain uncooked from inside.
-Serve hot with Fresh green chutney and a cup of spiced tea.
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Saturday, 13 October 2012

Sambar Powder

Mysore Sambar Podi
  (Photo credit: Jennifer Kumar)

When it comes to making sambar,I always prefer making home-made sambar powder.Everyone has their own version of making sambar powder.Though you can always find ready-made sambar powders in your local stores but there is definitely a difference in the taste and aroma of both types of sambar powders.
You can make this sambar powder and store in in air-tight containers so that it stays fresh for weeks.

Coriander seeds-1.5 cups
Dried red chillies-1/2 Cup
Chana dal-1/4 cups
Toor dal-1/4 cups
Cumin seeds-100 grams
Black peppercorns-100 grams
Fenugreek seeds- 150 grams
Asafoetida -2 tablespoons
Curry leaves-10-15
Salt-2 teaspoons

-Take a pan and dry roast each ingredient except asafoetida and salt seperately on low flame till you get a nice aroma from each ingredient.
-Let it cool completely.
-Put all the roasted  ingredients along with asafoetida and salt in a mixer jar and grind to make a nice powder.
-Take out and immediately store in a dry and air tight container.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Tomato- Dates Chutney

Now that the Navratri is just a few days away,most of us observe vrats and prefer eating food cooked without using garlic or onions or satvik ahaar as we call it.I usually make this chutney during festivals when there is a vrat and we prepare food without garlic and onions.
This sweet and sour chutney is rich in iron that comes from the dates and antioxidants from tomatoes.This is a quick to make chutney and tastes great with plain steamed rice or with chapati and parathas.

Tomatoes-3 medium sized,ripe
Roasted Cumin powder-2 teaspoon
Refined vegetable oil/ghee-2 teaspoons
Green chilli-2
Salt -a generous pinch
Sugar-2 table spoons
Water-1/4 cup


-Wash the tomatoes and dice them into small pieces
-Soak the dates in water for 10-15 minutes.Wash well and cut them into small pieces.
- Take a pan and dry roast the cumin seeds for 3-4 minutes in low flame till they are light brown and a nice aroma comes out.Cool it and crush it roughly using and rolling pin.
-Take a pan and heat oil in it.Cu the green chillies finely and put them in the oil.
-Now add the diced tomatoes and cook them on medium flame.Keep stirring.
-Add the chopped dates and cook for another 2-3 minutes and add 1/4 cups and water and a generous pinch of salt.
-Cook till the tomatoes are done.Do not let the water dry completely.
-Keep mixing and finally add the roasted cumin powder.
-Serve hot with rice,chutney,chapati or puri.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Egg Patties

This is yet another egg recipe which is simple and tastes yummy.This makes a good breakfast for a busy morning.Boil the eggs the night before and store them in the fridge and use them to make patties.This saves a lot of time.
You can eat the patties as burger along with some finely shredded fresh and crunchy vegetables or have it as a wrap.To make a wrap spread some healthy hummus on a whole wheat chapati and add some tomatoes,cabbage and the egg patties.

Boiled Eggs-2,hard boiled
Gram flour(Besan)-1.2 cups
Baking Powder-1/4 teaspoon
Spring onions-5 tablespoons
Green chillies-1, finely chopped
Garam masala-1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Water-5-6 tablespoon ,for the batter
Carom seeds-1.5 teaspoons
Oil-2 cups,for frying the pattise

-Hard boil the eggs and take the shells out.Let them cool.
-Take a big vessel and grate the boiled eggs and add all the above ingredients except oil and water.
-Now slowly add water to the mixture and stir well with a spoon.
-Heat a pan and add 2 cups of oil to it.
-Take a small portion of the batter and make medium sized flat rounds on your palm and fry them in batches.
-Take a plate and put a tissue paper and carefully place the fried patties on the plate.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Pizza Dosa

Pizza Dosa is a Uttapam which is very much a dish like dosa with twist.It's healthy as it is made from the fresh batter made at home.You can also use the store brought batter for idli/dosa.I have added all the colorful veggies to make it even more nutritious.Try giving pizza dosa in your kids' lunch box,I'm sure they'll love this recipe.

Batter for Dosa- 2 cups
Onions-1/4,finely chopped
Red bell pepper-2 teaspoons
Yellow bell pepper-2 teaspoons
Green bell pepper-2 teaspoons
Sweet corn-2 teaspoons,boiled
Tomato-1/2 medium size,diced
Processed cheese-3 tablespoon,grated
Salt to taste
Oil/Ghee-2 teaspoon

 -Take 2 cups of the dosa batter and add salt according to our taste and beat the batter well with a spoon.
-Add the chopped onions and diced tomatoes to the batter and mix well again.Set aside for 10 minutes.
-In the mean time,finely chop the bell peppers.
-Heat a flat pan.You can also use a non-stick pan for this purpose.
-Add 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the pan and immediately add the 2 tablespoons of the dosa batter on the pan and spread to make a small pan-cake.Add another 1/2 teaspoon of oil to the edges of the dosa.Cook for 3-4 minutes till one side is done.
-Turn the dosa with a spatula and cook the other side.Take a fork and prick the cooked side of the dosa.
Make sure you do not cook the second side for more than a minute.Turn after a minute and add the chopped bell peppers,boiled corn and sprinkle the grated cheese and immediately turn the dosa again and cook for another 1 minute.Turn again and serve hot with green chutney.

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Methi-Ajwain-Kalonji Poori(Diwali Recipe)

Poori is a typical morning snack in India.It can be made with whole wheat(atta),all purpose flour(maida) or a mix of both along with sooji(coarse wheat flour).There are different varieties of pooris and I have tried to used dried methi leaves(fenugreek leaves) or kasuri methi and a little ajwain(carom seeds) and kalonji(onion seeds).Pooris taste great with halwa,potato curry or chick peas curry.
For the Dough
All purpose flour-2 cups
Whole wheat flour-1 cup
Sooji-3 tablespoon
Salt -1/2 teaspoon
Ajwain-1/2 teaspoon
Kalonji-1/2 teaspoon
Kasuri methi-2 teaspoons(crushed with hands)
Water-to make dough
Ghee/Oil-2 teaspoon for the dough
Oil-3 cups for frying the pooris

To Make the Dough
-Take a big container and add all the above ingredients except water and mix well with hand.
-Slowly add little water to make a nice and soft dough.
-The dough should not be hard or watery.
Wrap the dough in a cling wrap or cover it with a wet muslin cloth and keep aside for 15-20 minutes.

For the Puris
-Divide the dough into small balls.
-Take a rolling pin and and a cup of whole wheat flour and take a small ball of the dough and make small rounds.Dust a little wheat flour if the small round becomes sticky.
-Roll out the small balls to make round and small pooris.
-Heat 3 cups of oil in and pan and ensure that the oil isn't very hot as the pooris will burn while frying.
-Heat the pan on medium flame and add 1 poori at a time and fry it turning both sides in oil.
-Take out and keep on a tissue paper.
-Repeat with the rest of the pooris.
-Serve hot with potato bhajji or any curry or halwa of your choice.
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Thursday, 20 September 2012

ChickPeas Curry(Chole)-Diwali Recipes

Chickpeas are a great source of protein.This chickpeas(Kabuli chana) curry has been my favorite.You can adjust the water to make a gravy a little thick or thin.Chole can be had with puris,naans or simply with a delicious vegetable or peas pulao.

Chickpeas(Kabuli chana)-2 cups
Tomato-1 large,ripe,diced
Onion-1 medium,finely chopped
Green chilli-1,slit
Bay leaves-2
Cumin seeds-1/2 teaspoon
Coriander powder-2 teaspoons
Kasuri methi-1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon
Dry ginger powder(saunth)-1 teaspoon
Garam masala-1/4 teaspoon
Vegetable/Olive oil-3 table spoons
Coriander leaves-2 teaspoons,chopped
Water-1.5 cups
salt to taste
Tea leaves-1 teaspoon,to be added while boiling the chickpeas

- Soak the chickpeas in 5-6 cups of water for 8-10 hours or overnight.
-Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with another 6-7 cups of water,2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of tea leaves.Cook for 2-3 whistles.
-Heat a pan and add oil and cumin seeds.When the cumin seeds begin to splutter,add the bay leaves and the slit green chilli.
-Now add the finely chopped onions and cook till the onions look translucent.
-Add the diced tomatoes and cook for 3-4 minutes and add the kasuri methi,coriander powder,dry ginger powder,turmeric powder and salt and cook till you see oil coming out from the paste.
-Now add the cooked chickpeas and mix well with the cooked paste.
-Add 1.5 cups of water and garam masala and let it cook on slow flame for 5-6 minutes.
-Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

My Notes- You can add finely chopped spinach or fenugreek leaves to this curry to make it even more nutritious.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Sprouts with Spinach & Mushroom

This combination of various sprouts mixed with mushroom and fresh spinach makes the recipe extremely rich in vitamins and protein.It's perfect for kid's lunch box or for dinner.You can have this mix with chapatis or parathas.It's quick and easy to make.You can use the make ahead masala i mentioned in my previous post.
If you cannot make sprouts,simply use chick peas,red kidney beans(rajma),green moong dal or any other beans of your choice and soak them in water for atleast 10 hours or overnight.

Sprouts of green moong dal,horse gram-1/4 cup boiled
Spinach leaves-1 cup
Button Mushroom-6-7
Onion-1/2 medium size
Ginger-garlic paste-2 table spoon
Kasoori Methi-1/2 teaspoon
Red Chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Coriander powder-1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Oil-2 teaspoons
Garam masala-1/4 teaspoon

-Wash the spinach leaves throughly under running water and also clean the dirt and mud from the mushrooms.
-Finely chop the spinach leaves and cut the mushrooms into quaters.
-Chop the onion and dice the tomatoes.
-Boil the sprouts with 1/2 teaspoon of salt in 4-5 cups of water for 4-5 minutes.Make sure you do not over cook the sprouts.
-Take a pan and add oil and let it heat.
-Add the chopped onionsand cook for 3-4 minutes till they turn translucent.
-Now add the diced tomatoes,ginger-garlic paste and saute for another 2-3 minutes and add the coriander powder,turmeric,red chilli,kasoori methi and salt and cook till the masala is done and you can see oil on the sides of the pan.
-Now add the chopped mushrooms,spinach leaves and cook till they are properly done.
-Add the boiled sprouts and the garam masala and cook for another 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
-Serve hot with chapati.

Friday, 17 August 2012

Potatoes with Spinach and Carrot(Indian Bhajji)

This is yet another simple and tasty recipe.Instead of having only potatoes in the recipe,I have added spinach and grated carrots to make it nutritious for the kids.You can pack pooris or plain chapatis along with this tasty potato.
Boiled potatoes-2 medium size
Grated carrot-1
Spinach leaves-1 bunch
Sesame seeds-1 teaspoon
Green chilli-1,fine chopped(optional)
Vegetable/olive oil-2 teaspoons
Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon
Salt to taste

-Cut the boiled potatoes into medium size cubes.
-Thoroughly wash the spinach and finely chop them.
-Heat oil in a pan and let the chopped green chillies and sesame seeds splutter.
-Add the grated carrots and stir for 1 minute.
-Now add the diced potatoes and mix well.Cook for 2-3 minutes.
-Add the finely chopped spinach and salt and turmeric powder and keep stirring till the spinach is cooked.
-Serve hot with pooris or chapatis along with fresh salad.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Sesame and Jaggery-A Sweet Stuffed Paratha(Indian Flat Bread))

English: Gurh, Jaggery
English: Gurh, Jaggery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This sweet paratha is crispy and has the goodness of sesame seeds and jaggery.It is also called Gul Poli in many parts of India.This is also a traditional recipe and is usually prepared during the festival of Makar Sankranti.
Ingredients :
For the Dough
Whole wheat flour-1 cup
All purpose flour-1/2 cup
Oil-2 teaspoons
Salt-1/2 teaspoon
Warm water-for kneading the dough
Ghee-1 teaspoon

For the Stuffing
Grated jaggery-1/2 cup
Sesame seeds-1/4 cup
Green cardamom-2
Poppy seeds-2 teaspoons
Gram flour-5 tablespoons
Milk-1or 2 teaspoons

-Take a big vessel and add all the ingredients for making the dough together except water and mix well
-Slowly add warm water and knead to make a nice soft dough.keep this dough covered in a cling foil for 15-20 minutes.
-Take another pan dry roast the sesame seeds,poppy seeds and gram flour separately and let it cool.
-Add the gardamoms and grind the sesame seeds and poppy seeds coarsely.
-Take a plate and put the grated jaggery,gram flour and sesame seeds and add 1 or teaspoons of milk and mix it properly and make round balls from this mixture.
-Divide the dough into 3-4 medium size balls and gently press and flatten each ball.
-Press the sides of the flattened ball and add a small ball of the jagger and sesame seeds mixture and cover it with the dough and gently roll with your hands.
-Take a roll pin and dust some wheat flour on the ball and make medium size parathas.
-Heat a flat pan and cook one paratha at a time and smear ghee when both sides are properly cooked.
-Serve the hot and sweet parathas with plain yogurt.

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

Sugarfree Almond Phirni(Rice Pudding)

This is a popular Indian dessert.It's made from ground rice paste.I have used sugar free powder to make this phirni.You can also substitute kewra essence with a generous pinch of saffron.
Long grain rice-3 table spoons
Milk-4 cups
Sugar free-1.5 teaspoon
Blanched pista and almonds-5-6
Kewra essence-1/2 teaspoon
Crushed Cardamons-2

-Soak the rice in water for 2-3 hours.
-Make a fine paste with the soaked rice.
-Heat a big pot and boil 4 cups of milk on slow flame.
-As the milk begins to boil,add the sugar.
-Add little cold milk or water to the rice paste and mix it well.
-Slowly add the rice paste to the boiling milk and keep stirring constantly.
-Now add the crushed cardamon and keep stirring till the rice is properly cooked.
-Add the sugar free powder and turn off the flame and add the kewra essence.
-Allow the phirni to cool and garnish it with blanched almonds and pista.
-Serve chilled.