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Shevgachya Shengachi Daal

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Shevgachya Shengachi/Drumsticks dal is a typical Maharashtrian delicacy.  It has all the factors to complete a meal, very comforting and satisfies all the taste buds since it is spicy, sour, sweet and tangy.

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Ingredients:

Tur dal / Bengal gram 1 cup,oil 1 tabsp, Ginger finely chopped ½ tsp, garlic crushed 1 clove, Cumin seeds ½ tsp, Mustard seeds ½ tsp, Asafoetida ½ tsp, curry leaves 8 -10, green chillies slit 2/3, jaggery(Gul) 1 tabsp, kokum 4/5, turmeric powder ½ tsp, salt to taste, ghee 2 tabsp, drumsticks (shevgachi Sheng) 2/3 whole (peeled and cut into 4 inches lengthwise), freshly grated coconut 1 tabsp, chopped coriander leaves 1 tabsp.

Method:

Pressure cook the washed dal with some water, turmeric powder, asafetida and a tabsp of oil till soft.  Heat some ghee in a wok and tamper the cumin and mustard seeds, add the green chillies, curry leaves and stir fry for a minute. Add ginger garlic and the drumsticks, stirfry for another minute, pour 100 mil of water and cover it with lid, allow the drumsticks to cook. Now add the cooked dal , salt, kokum, jiggery and blend it well. If too thick in consistency add another cup of water. Let it boil and blend well. Garnish it with coconut and coriander. Enjoy it with Bhakri or Bhaat and get the ultimate comfort feel.

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Sticky fries

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Sticky fries is my daughter’s favorite. It has a punch of both French fries smothered with Indian chinese sweet and spicy sauce. Normally they are deep fried fries, but I avoid deep frying instead I air fry them. So for the end result, I get is crispy fries with sweet and spicy honey sauce.

Ingredients:

Mccain’s frozen fries 1 bowl full, or one can cut raw potatoes, half boil it, then pat dry and then deep fry. 

Sauce – garlic ginger finely chopped 2 tadap, tomato ketchup 2 tabsp, red chilli powder 1 tsp, olive oil 2 tabsp, salt to taste, honey 2/3 tabsp, sesame seeds 1 tabsp. 

Method:

Air fry or deep fry a bowl full of French Fries. Heat some oil in a wok and sauté ginger garlic for a min, add red chilli powder and ketchup. Salt to taste. Stir in the French Fries and thoroughly coat it with the sauce, just before serving drizzle honey and sesame seeds. 

Non vegetarian option – Instead of Fries use boneless chicken cut into finger size , season with salt and pepper, coat it thoroughly with corn flour and deep fry for 2 mins on high flame. Serve with plain white rice.

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Pizza Bianca

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Understanding the dynamic lifestyle and dietary changes coupled with stressful work schedules means that a family need added nourishment o combat daily challenges.  The Food Bloggers Association India and ITC group threw us a challenge with this Review Box. Aashirvaad Atta, one of India’s most trusted Atta brands in the country is committed to help the families with wholesome meal. Aashirvaad Atta with multigrain promises the goodness of six different grains – wheat, soya, channa, oats, maize and psyllium husk providing an added advantage over regular atta.

Aashirvaad the pioneer and market leader in the packaged atta segment has developed Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains to address this aspect providing an uncompromising taste of rotis, with the wholesome goodness of grains. The extra fibre makes the food easier to digest and the extra protein in the atta helps to build strength.

I used this Atta to make the Neapolitan Pizza Bianca, in which one can taste the base with different flavours of cheese hitting the taste buds. There is no marinara sauce used in this type of pizza. I added my twist to the pizza by drizzling some spiced honey and thinly sliced apple.

So, here follows my recipe….

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Ingredients:

Makes 8 thin crust medium size Pizza.

Base – Aashirvaad Atta 500 grams, 25 grams of dry yeast, salt to taste, sugar 2 tabsp, extra virgin Olive Oil 2/3 tabsp and Milk  ¾ cups.

Toppings – 100 grams grated Parmesan cheese, 3 tabsp cream cheese, 200 grams Mozarella cheese, 200 grams Cheddar cheese, 200 grams Ricotta cheese. Fresh Basil leaves. 2 thinly sliced apples, Spiced honey (Honey induced with pepper), dehydrated garlic powder, dried oregano.

 

Method :

Base – Take half cup of lukewarm water in a small bowl, add sugar and dry yeast. Give it a stir and keep it covered for 15/ 20 mins for the yeast to activate. Take a big mixing bowl, pour in the Aashirvaad Atta, add salt, yeast mixture and start kneading the Atta with milk. The process of kneading takes atleast 25/30 mins. Make soft dough and drizzle some olive oil. Cover and keep it in an airtight cupboard for the dough to rise and double in size.

Toppings – Just grate all the above mentioned cheeses and keep it ready into bowls. Keep the rest of the ingredients ready too.

After an hour once the dough has risen, knock back the dough with your fist to take the air out. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll them into chapatti (circles) and roast each on a hot griddle for a couple of mins.

Preheat the oven to 250 deg. Centigrade for 15 mins.

Now place the rolled base on a wire rack of the oven, drizzle the cheeses except for the ricotta, the seasoning of garlic, oregano, place some thinly slice apples.  Grill the Pizza for 10 to 15 mins. Just before serving grate some ricotta, freshly torn basil leaves and drizzle a couple of spoons of spiced honey. Cut it and enjoy hot. The thin crispy base with different cheese, the oozing of honey is simply magical and takes you right back to the streets of Naples.

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Apple tarts!

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A quick and pure vegetarian tarts especially for my friends who crib on my recipes mostly being non-vegetarian.

Ingredients for 6 small tarts :

Short crust pastry – 250grams of all purpose flour, 100 grams of butter, sugar 2 tsp and salt to taste.

Filling – 3 apples, brown sugar 2/3tabsp, cinnamon powder 2tsp, salt to taste, juice of 1/4 lemon and 2tabsp honey. Icing sugar 1tabspoon.

Method:

Short crust pastry – In a mixing bowl take some flour add salt and sugar. Now add chilled cubes of butter. Rub the maida/flour to the butter till it comes to a sandy texture. Then drizzle some water and knead it into a tight dough. Refrigerate it for an hour. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts, roll it and place it in the tart dishes pressing it firmly. Poke the pastry with fork and bake it for 15 mins in 200 deg in a pre heated oven.

Filling :

While the pastrys are baking, prepare the filling… Option 1 chop the apples, add sugar,cinnamon, honey and salt. Toss it in a pan till it soften and then fill it in the tart shells. And Option 2 thinly slice the apples horizontally​, the cut into half making it into a semicircular shape. Place each slice overlapping making it a long row of around 12/18 inches. Now drizzle little cinnamon and sugar over it. Now fold the apple in circular motion making it look like a rose and carefully place it on the tart shells. Drizzle some more sugar, cinnamon, salt and honey. Bake it for 15mins. 

After cooled drizzle some icing sugar.

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Palak Paneer Paratha

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Palak and paneer is a powerful combination of healthy nutrients. Rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins. But when it comes to make the kids eat it in a curry form, they and at time the adults become Jim Carey and make weird faces. So, here’s my trick to make them eat this in the form of parathas. And they love it too!!! 

Ingredients:

Palak (spinach) puree 1 cup, grated paneer 200grams, ginger garlic paste 1tsp, sugar 2 tsp, coriander cumin seeds powder 1 tsp, turmeric 1/2 tsp, chat masala 1/2 tsp, salt to taste, flaxseeds powder 2tsp, whole wheat flour mixed with Soyabean flour 2/3 cups. Oil for basting the parathas.

Method:

In a big mixing bowl, take the palak puree, grated paneer, and all the above mentioned ingredients except the oil. Knead in a firm dough. Make small balls and roll them into small parathas. Roast them on iron griddle applying little oil. Roast till it becomes like golden and crisp. Enjoy the velvety rich parathas with ketchup or any pickle.

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Paneer Makhanwala

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Wonder how I am posting this recipe now? Simply because I thought I have already posted it. But my friend David from Tasmania asked for one, maybe pointing out indirectly to post a recipe of Paneer Makhanwala. So here’s is my take, kept it simple and easy to make.


Ingredients:

Paneer (cottage cheese) 300 grams, 2 tabspoon of oil, and 100 grams of butter. Cumin seeds 1 tsp, dry spices – turmeric 1 tsp, chilli powder 2 tsp, coriander cumin seeds powder 1 tsp. Chat masala 1/2 tsp. Tomato puree 200 ml, tomato ketchup 1 tabspoon. Milk 1 – 1/2 cups, Julienne of ginger 1 tsp. Salt to taste. Paste of cashewnuts 1 tabspoon. Cream and coriander leaves  for garnish.

Method:

Heat oil and half butter in a wok. Tamper it with cumin seeds. Add chopped onions and ginger. Saute it till it becomes translucent. Add the dry spices, tomato puree and ketchup. Stir well and add 1 /2 cup of water so that the masala does not burn. Now add the milk and cashewnuts paste. Season the curry with salt. And little coriander leaves chopped. Cover it and let the curry cook on low heat for 5/7mins. Just before serving add cubes of Paneer and dollop of butter. Garnish with cream, coriander leaves and ginger. Serve hot with malabar paratha and jeera rice.


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Panna Cotta

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Here is my take on Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert which I made using the milk Europaea gifted by the Olive Tree Trading and Food Bloggers Association India (FBAI). Normally cream is used along with the milk for making Panna Cotta. I haven’t used cream purely because of the richness if this milk. The Panna Cotta turned out to be soft, silky , wobbly and beautiful. I used the mulberries grown in my terrace garden. It gave an altogether a different taste and look.

Ingredients:

Europaea milk 7 cups, vanilla pods 2, vanilla sugar 2 tabspoon, gelatin 1 tabspoon. Strawberries with sauce for garnish and fresh mulberries.

Method:

Put the milk for boiling in a deep pan, slit open the vanilla pods and extract out the mushy vanilla seeds, add it to the milk. Add the sugar. Keep it aside to cool . In a small bowl add gelatin with  1/2cup of lukewarm water. Mix well and stir it in the mixture of milk and vanilla. Stir well and transfer it into small bowls or moulds. Can add strawberries to it. Allow it to cool completely and place it in the refrigerator to set for a couple of hours. To serve simply take it out of the moulds on the bed of strawberry sauce and some more strawberries or mulberries. Enjoy the wibbly wobbly fun desert.

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