Category Archives: multigrain

Kulcha

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Kulcha is a stuffed flat bread. The stuffing can be anything, vegetarian options like paneer, potatoes, cabbage the list is endless. The non vegetarian options can be mince, finely chopped chicken or even shredded tandoori. This is not roasted by flipping like the regular parartha, kulcha is roasted on the flame directly after being stuck on to the griddle. My take on this North Indian delicacy is I use clay griddle. The taste that the kulchas inherit is the beautiful, mild mud aroma, as though it is cooked in the clay tandoor. So here is the recipe.

Ingredients : (makes 12/14)

Cover- Refined flour 4 cups, salt to taste, curd 1/2cup, sugar 1tsp. Oild 3/4 tabsp.

Stuffing- Paneer (cottage cheese) 250 grms, boiled potatoes 7/8 small ones, salt to taste, sugar 2tsp, chopped green chillies 2/3, chopped coriander leaves handful, Cumin powder 2tsp, red chilli powder 1tsp, crushed coriander seeds 1 tsp, chat masala 2 tsp. Black sesame seeds and Butter for garnish.

Method:

Take a mixing bowl and add salt, sugar, curd and oil to the refined flour. Knead it into a firm but not very tight dough. Keep it for rest.

In the meantime prepare the stuffing. Grate paneer, potatoes. Add the coriander, chilli’s, red chilli powder, cumin powder, salt sugar, chat masala and crushed coriander. Divide into equal portions making lemon size balls. Take the dough and divide that too into small ball size balls. Roll a little with black sesame seeds, now place the stuffing on the rolled dough and bring the dough together covering the stuffing firmly. Roll with the help of a rolling pin and dust some maida (Refined flour) to make flat bread. Heat the clay griddle. Now apply some water on the rolled kulcha and Pat it on the water side on the hot grilled. Let it cook on one side for 2/3 mins. Now turn the griddle on the flame roasting the kulcha till it fluffs up into a beautiful golden color. Pat some butter and serve hot.

Enjoy with some curd or just as it is.

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Masoor Aamti (whole Red lentil curry)

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Masoor Aamti is a spicy curry which is a regular feature at home. Spicy flavourful and satisfying….is a power house of nutrition. Here is the recipe which you will surely want to try.

ngredients:

Whole masoor (Indian Brown /Red lentil) 1 cup, onion chopped 1, green chillies 4/5, mustard seed 1tsp, asafoetida 1/2 tsp, curry leaves 8/10, turmeric powder 1/2 tsp, coriander cumin powder 1tsp, red masala (SKP community paachkalsi ) 2tsp, 1tabsp paste of roasted onion, dry coconut and garlic, garam masala 1tsp, salt to taste, oil 2/3 tabsp, palm sugar or jaggery 1tabsp, coriander leaves chopped handful.

Method:

Wash and pressure cook the masoor with chopped onion and chillies till tender. Heat oil and tamper it with mustard, asafoetida and curry leaves. Add the dry spices like turmeric powder, red masala and coriander cumin powder stir fry for less than a minute. Add the roasted onion coconut paste and stir fry till oil oozes out. Add the cooked masoor, palm sugar, garam masala and some warm water. Season it with salt. Bring it to a boil and simmer it for 5/7 mins. Keep on stirring till it blends into a thick curry. Garnish with coriander leaves. Serve hot with roti or 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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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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Sanjoree 

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On every possible occassion we make Sheera. Be it a Birthday ..a pooja or any auspicious day, Sheera is made. Sheera is a dessert made with semolina (rava) slow cooked in ghee, milk, banana and flavoured with cardamom. Loved by everyone so it is made in larger quantities. So now what do we do of the leftover, after it is relished? My anwer is I make Sanjoree that is simply stuff it in a paratha like we make the Aaloo paratha. Simple, quick and with a twist of health, here is my take on Sanjoree.

Ingredients: 

Whole wheat flour or the flour which I use is a mix of whole wheat, soyabean, fenugreek and flaxseeds 2 cups. Salt to taste. Ghee for frying and Sheera. Recipe posted earlier. (Can just google it Nainasrecipes Sheera)

Method:

Knead the flour with water not to tight. Divide into small lemon size portions. Roll small and thin chapatis, stuff the Sheera, cover it with another rolled chapati. Press it gently and place it on a hot iron or any non stick griddle. Slow roast the paratha drizzling ghee till it turns golden. 

Enjoy hot. This is also and excellent option for our little ones break box.

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Multigrain Churma laddoo

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What do we give our kids in their school break box? This is a universal question we as mums ask ourselves. It’s not an easy job to please the child with healthy snacks. I thought over this and came up with this recipe in which we satisfy both the aspects, the taste and the health. Digging from my Rajput roots I picked up my mum’s recipe of Churma and twisted it a bit by adding the healthy ingredients. So here’s my take on quick and easy Churma laddoos. 

Ingredients :

Flour mix – (This formula I use it for my daily rotis, so make in larger quantities and use it for a month.)

Whole wheat 1 kg, Soyabean 50 grams, Fenugreek seeds 2tabsp, Flax seeds 2/3 tabsp. Grind them into a fine powder and Do Not Sieve it.

Ghee preferably home made 2/3 tabsp. Sugar as per your choice 5/6 tabsp and salt to taste.

For the flavouring – nutmeg powder, cardamon powder 1/2 tsp each.

Optional – Finely chopped nuts like cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios.

Method:

Take a deep mixing bowl. Take the flour mix , season it with salt. Knead the flour with water or milk. The dough should be not too loose nor too stiff. Now make small balls and make chapatis /parathas. Slow roast the parathas by using little ghee. Make the parathas flaky by layering it with ghee and dry flour. After the parathas are cooled break them into small pieces and grind it into a coarse powder. Add sugar (preferably castor or powdered) , ghee, the flavouring of nutmeg and cardamon. And finally the chopped nuts. Mix it thoroughly and make small laddoos.  Store it in an airtight container.

Enjoy the healthy yet tasty bites. I always carry these while traveling. One doesn’t feel homesick nor do you end up eating junk food.

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Daal Baati !!!

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Rajputana food is incomplete without the mention of the famed Dal-Baati. It started as a picnic food, now has become a distinctive cuisine of the state. The baatis or flaky round breads are baked over firewood in the villages and now in ovens. They are always served dipped in ghee accompanied with panchmel dal. No Rajutana festive or wedding menu is complete without this popular recipe.

Daal :

Ingredients:

1/4th cup of Spilt Bengal gram, spilt green gram, split black gram, whole green gram each. 3 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp coriander and cumin seed powder, 4 cloves,  2 inches cinnamon, 2 green chilies slit, ½ tsp asafoetida, ½ tsp cumin seeds, handful of curry leaves, 3 tsp dried mango powder, 4 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) and salt to taste few strands of ginger Julienne.

Method:

Wash all the daals, and pressure cook it till soft. Then add the powdered masala to the daal and some water to make it in semi curry form. Let is boil for a few minutes. Then for the tampering, take ghee, heat it, crackle cumin seeds, asafoetida ginger and curry leaves and pour it all over the daal. Serve hot with the Baatis. 

Baatis :

For 20 Baatis – 1 kg whole wheat flour, 100 grams corn, 100 grams Black  chick pea. Grind them to make slightly coarse flour.

Method:

Add salt, 50 ml oil, I pinch of soda bicarbonate. Knead slightly on the firmer side. Keep it for half an hour to rest. Divide into 20 equal portions and roll them. Place them into a pre heated oven for 20 mins on 180 deg. Best way to know they are don’t is just pat them to hear the hollow sound and they become much lighter in weight once baked properly. Dip them in ghee…… and serve hot with the daal. 

(For the non- vegetarian lovers instead of daal one can serve with hot n spicy curry of lamb. Recipe to follow soon.)

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