Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Rajma Masala

Rajma is a dish prepared with red kidney beans in a thick gravy.It is a famous delicacy from north India which is typically served with steamed rice.Kidney beans are a rich source of carbohydrate,protein and fat,hence making it very healthy among the lentils.

red kidney beans/razma-200gm
garlic cloves
green chillies
garam masala-elaichi,dalchini,laung
fresh coriander leaves

Method -
Wash and soak the rajma in water for 10-12hours or overnight.
Chop roughly onion,ginger,garlic,chillies and tomatoes.
Puree the tomatoes to a fine paste.
Separately make a paste of the following-onions,ginger,garlic,chillies and garam masala.Add little water if required.
Heat oil in a non-stick kadhai.
Add the onion paste and fry for sometime.
After a while add the tomato paste.
Once the oil separates out,add salt as per taste and also ass haldi,chilly,dhaniya jeera powder.
Cook for another 5-7min.
Add the soaked rajma and mix well.
Finally transfer the rajma into a pressure cooker,add sufficient water and let it cook for 7-8 whistles till rajma is soft and mushy.
Sprinkle with fresh coriander leaves.
Serve hot rajma masala with steamed rice or phulkas.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Mix Dal Dosa

I am back from a hiatus..was really occupied for the last few months with various issues and could not post in my blog.Really sorry for that..:( Coming to today's recipe..Dosas are really healthy and all of us love them.But many a times we dont attempt to prepare because of the long process..the fermentation part.Actually we forget to soak the ingredients and then its no more an option to have.. :) This happens with many of us.This dosa recipe does not require fermentation and it does not have rice in it.So it is a good breakfast option for people who do not want to have carbohydrates or otherwise.There are various types of dals in it which makes it a protein rich dosa.Here you go..

Arhar/tur dal(1/2 cup)
Masur dal(1/2 cup)
Moong dal(1/2 cup)
Chana dal(1/2 cup)
Urad dal(1/2 cup)
green chillies

Method -
Wash and soak all the dals for 7-8hours or overnight.
Next day grind tha dals with some ginger and green chillies.
Add some sooji/rava to it and salt a sper taste.
Let the mixture stand for around 15min.
Heat a non-stick pan.
Drizzle some oil on it.
Pour a laddle full of batter and make circular dosas.
Cook on medium flame till light brown.
Crispy dosas are ready to server with sambar/chutney.

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Hyderabadi Chicken Biryani

We normally prepare the lucknowi style biryani at home.But always wanted to try out the hyderabi style.In this the chicken is cooked along with the rice.Hence it is also sometimes called as Kachhi biryani.This recipe is quite simple only with some preparation for the marinade.Rest you don't need to do anything,just the dum cooking does it all..:)

Ingredients -
ginger garlic paste
garam masala
coriander/dhaniya powder
cumin/jeera powder
turmeric/haldi powder
red chilly/mirchi powder
coriander leaves/dhaniya patta
mint leaves/pudina
basmati rice

Method -
Wash the chicken.
Marinate the chicken with the following for around 3-4 hours-hung curd,ginger garlic paste,garam masala powder,haldi,mirchi,dhaniya,jeera powder,dhaniya patta and pudina.
Cook the basmati rice half done with some whole garam masala(elaichi,dalchini,laung).
Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
Fry some chopped onion till brown.
Once done remove the onion and keep them aside.
Now layer the half done rice,fried onions,then the marinated chicken,again the rice and so on.
You can add whole slited green chillies in between.
On the top layer add a lemon wedge.This gives a nice tangy taste.
Cover the pan and cook it on sim for around 45min.
Cut through the layers and serve hot biryani with raita :)

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Bread Pancake

My toddler loves pancakes.One morning when I served him bread for breakfast,he said he wanted pancakes.I tried to make him understand that I would prepare them some other day, but was in vain.I did not want to prepare the normal pancakes as I already had bread.So I thought of using the bread, and the pancakes made out of bread turned out so yummy that everyone just loved them and they are a hot favourite in my house now :)

Ingredients -
bread slices-2
oil/butter for frying

Method -
Cut the edges off the bread slices.
Dip them in water till soft and squeeze out the water.
whisk 1 egg in a bowl.
Add milk,the softened bread slices and sugar to it.
Adjust the sugar quantity as per your need.
Mix well.
Heat a non-stick pan.
Add few drops of oil/butter to it.
Pour one laddle full of the batter.
Cook till the pancake turns light brown and then flip and cook on the other side.
Soft pancakes are ready to serve :-)
This quantity makes 3 pancakes.