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August 26, 2020

Beetroot Salad with Special seasonings


A simple salad today is grated beet spiced with chillies and peanuts.  It makes for a pretty and delicious side with any meal.  This beet salad works well with any Indian spread or use it in wraps or sandwiches.
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Ingredients :
  1. Beetroot - 1 medium sized, grated
  2. Oil - 1 tsp
  3. Urad dal - 1 tsp
  4. Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  5. Grated ginger - 1/2 tsp
  6. Green chilly, chopped - 1 no
  7. A ping of hing
  8. Onion - 1 no, finely chopped
  9. Roasted peanut - 1/4 cup, roughly crushed
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  12. Coriander leaves for garnishing
Mix all this ingredients together.  Chill for a hour and serve.

August 19, 2020

Bottle gourd Halwa / Lauki Halwa / Doodhi Halwa / Dudhi Halwa / Suraikai Halwa


Bottle gourd halwa is very simple, delicious and healthy dessert made by grating the lauki and cooking them along with the milk & sugar and garnished with nuts.  There are many ways to make this dessert using khova / cream / condensed milk either in pressure cooker or on pan.  Today, I am sharing the simple method using the milk.  I didn't use food color instead I used saffron for natural color & flavour.  

Ingredients :
  1. Bottle gourd - 1 medium sized ( around 3 cups)
  2. Ghee - 3 tbsp
  3. Sugar (or) sugar syrup - 1/2 cup (adjust to your taste level)
  4. Milk - 3 cups
  5. Nuts (Cashewnuts, almonds, dry grapes), roasted -  2 tbsp
  6. Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Saffron (optional)

Method :

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1.   Peel the bottle gourd skin off and grate them.  Keep aside.

2.   Heat ghee in the pan, fry the grated bottle gourd for few mins or until water evaporates completely.

3.   Now, add milk and cook them over medium flame stirring occasionally until the ghee leaves the sides of the pan.

4.  Add sugar syrup or sugar & cook until halwa consistency is reached.

4.   Finally, add saffron and roasted nuts.  

Serve hot or cold.

August 13, 2020



Kulcha are Indian flatbreads similar to naan, but the key difference between them is that they are made using maida or a refined white flour whereas naan tends to be made with a wheat flour.  Naan dough is leavened with yoghurt and yeast to make it soft and light, whereas kulcha dough is not.  This makes an especially yummy breakfast dish!

Ingredients :

  1. All purpose flour - 2 cups
  2. Sugar - 1 tsp
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Baking powder - 1 tsp
  5. Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
  6. Oil - 2 tsp
  7. Water, as required
  8. Yoghurt / curd - 1/4 cup
  9. Water, as required
  10. Coriander leaves, chopped
  11. Butter 

Method :

1.  Mix together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, oil & water.  Knead & rest the dough for 2 hrs.

2.  After 2 hrs, knead the dough & divide them equally into small balls.

3.  Sprinkle some coriander leaves on each dough ball & roll them into desired shapes.

4.  Brush water on one side & cook the kulcha on either sides over medium heat.

5.  Finally add some butter on either sides of kulcha & serve.

Serve warm. 

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