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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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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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Thandai !!!

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Thandai is a coolant drink, enjoyed on the occasion of Holi the onset of summer. Rich blend of nuts n spices, it is a sweet yet one gets a kick of spices. It helps to keep the body temperature cooler in the hot weather. I remember grinding the almonds n other ingredients in a huge stone mortar once when in Alibaug with my family, n the outcome was amazing….

Ingredients:

Milk 1 liter, water  2 cups, sugar 3/4 cup, Almonds 2 tabsp, Aniseed 1 tabsp,  Pepper corns 12 to 15, saffron 2 pinches, cardamom powder 2 tsp, Dried n peeled melon seeds 1 tabsp, poppy seeds 3/4 tabsp and rose essence or extract 2 tabsp.

Method:

Soak almonds, aniseed, peppercorns, saffron, cardamom, melon seeds and poppy seeds for 6 to 8 hrs. Drains off the water, peel the almonds n grind it into a very fine paste. Now pass the paste thru a muslin cloth and mix it with cold milk and sugar. Stir till the sugar dissolves. Now add the rose extract. Njoy the sweet n spicy Thandai.

( Thandai can also be drank as an intoxicating drink, when Bhaang is mixed with it. Bhaang is Cannabis leaves which are crushed n grinded with the almonds. )

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Kairee Panha (Raw mango drink)

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Kairee Panha is made all over Maharashtra esply in the coastal regions. This drink is sweet n sour, excellent to beat the heat. It gives a very cooling effect to the body during the summers. Made from the pulp of raw mango and other mild spices…..its simply thirst quenching !!!

Ingredients:

Raw Mango Pulp of 4, ( raw mangoes boiled and the pulp extracted, jaggery or brown sugar or regular sugar 2 to 3 cups, dried ginger powder (good to control heat again) 2 tabsp, black salt 1 tsp, and regular salt as per the taste.

Method:

Take the jaggery or the sugar and boil it with water till the brim of the sugar.( For jaggery it will be 3 to 4 cups of water), add the rest of the ingredients and blend it in a blender. Rich concentrate of this drink is ready. While serving pour 1/4 of this concentrate into the glass, with water and a few ice cubes. garnish with few mint leaves crushed……. Njoy it and as usual you can add my all time favourite VODKA to add little drama 😉

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Piyush

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Piyush is a very typical Maharashtrian drink /dessert. It’s like a thick shake made with shrikhand and buttermilk.

Ingredients :

1 cup of saffron shrikhand (recipe posted earlier), 3 to 4 cups of thick butter milk, 1 tsp of chopped nuts like pistachios and a spoon full of sugar.

Method:

Just mix all the above ingredients into a blender till it becomes frothy.

Njoy chilled 😛

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Saffron Lemonade (Nimbupaani)

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Saffron lemonade is a lemon squash with saffron. I have fond memories as this was the drink served to me when I first visited my inlaws. We get this green skinned lemons which has orangish pul like the orange inside, from our farm in Alibaug. And the juice extracted  is almost the double of the normal lemon.

Ingredients:

20 lemons juice, sugar 1 to 1 1/2 kg, saffron 1 tsp, cardamom powder 2 tsp and water till the sugar gets soaked to make the syrup and plus when you make the lemonade.

Method:

Boil the sugar with water to make a syrup not very thick or stringy and the saffron. Let it cool, now add the lemon juice, cardamom powder and transfer the squash into a glass bottle. When you want to serve, pour around 60 to 80 ml in a glass, add water and ice cubes.

Now one can modify as per ones choice by adding mint leaves or even Vodka 😉

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Falooda

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Falooda is an adaptation of Persian dessert. This is a very delicious Ice cream float, which has boiled vermicelli, basil seeds which are supposed to be soaked for a few minutes and drained…..they look like fish eyeballs but extremely good when consumed in summers especially with rosemilk. The recipe can be made in any flavours like rose, saffron, and all possible….one can think of. It is a layered drink….and topped with a scoop of ice cream either the same flavour of the syrup used or vanilla…

Ingredients :

1 1/2 cups of milk (whole cream), 4 to 5 tabsp of syrup (saffron i have used in this one), 2 tabsp boiled and drained vermicelli, 2 tabsp basil seeds soaked and drained 1 tsp finely chopped dry fruits and a large scoop of saffron ice cream and a tall glass.

Method:

In a tall glass first pour the syrup, then add chilled milk, the add the vermicelli and basil seeds , if one wants some cubes of ice and lastly top it with a large scoop of ice cream and nuts (dry fruit). Before one drinks stir, mix and blend with a spoon…ENjoy !!!

(In Mumbai /India one should not miss the Badshah cold drinks bar at Crawford Market – South Mumbai where you get the best Falooda. )

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