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Monday, October 16, 2017

Ilish Pulao | ইলিশ পোলাও | Ilish Maacher Pulao (Hilsa Fish Pilaf)


Ilish Pulao Recipe - Bengali Style Hilsa Fish Pilaf is an extremely fragrant and delicious flavoured rice. Ilish is the King of all fishes for us and every part of Ilish (except fins /scales and innards) is eaten with gusto and relish. As fish is the staple diet in Bengali households, Ilish or Hilsa is the king. A very important step once you select the perfect Ilish from the Fish Monger is, after he removes the entrails and roe from the fish and discard. Wash the fish in water thoroughly. DO NOT WASH AGAIN.



Ilish or Hilsa is the National Fish of Bangladesh we being the neighboring country enjoy it with equal zest. Ilish when simply fried in mustard oil become the side dish along with steamed rice. We love Ilish Paturi , Ilish Macher Jhal as much as Ilish er Matha Diye Lau er Torkari (Head of Hilsa Fish cooked with bottle gourd). So Ilish Pulao becomes a delicacy as it brings out the best of Hilsa when cooked with minimum spices to make a pilaf. Serve piping hot Hilsa Fish Pilaf with Raita for lunch.
If you like this recipe and have a look at the below recipes too-


This recipe is a part of Virtual Diwali Potluck Party, where some blogger friends from different parts of world are joining us for Diwali special traditional recipes. Look out for our collective Diwali Potluck recipes on Instagram with #diwalipotluck handle. Dear readers wishing you all a very Happy, Prosperous and Safe Diwali.


Ingredients:
4-5 Ilish pieces or Hilsa fish
1/2 cup Yogurt, whisk it well
1/2 cup crispy Barista (crushed into roughly powder)
1 tsp Ginger paste
5-6 Green chilies, slit
1/2 tsp Salt
4 tbsp Mustard oil
2 tbsp Ghee

For Rice:

2 cups Basmati rice
1/2 Onion for barista
2-3 Green cardamom
4-5 Cloves 
2 Bay leaf (tej patta)
2 inch Cinnamon stick
Pinch of yellow food color (optional)
1 tbsp Ghee /Oil
Salt to taste (roughly 2 tbsp)

Method:
Wash the rice and soak it for 20 minutes.  We need to make the fish gravy now, for that marinate the Hilsa pieces with salt, green chilies, ginger paste, crushed crispy barista and yogurt. Take a flat plate and apply the marinade on the pieces thoroughly and close with a lid. Leave it for 1/2 an hour.

Heat mustard oil in a deep pan add the marinated fish along with yogurt paste. Cook it in lower medium heat for 10 minutes. Be careful not to break the soft Hilsa fish while cooking. By now the oil should separate from the sides of the pan. Carefully remove the fish pieces and the gravy separately from the pan. 
Drain water from the soaked rice and heat water (1:3 ratio of rice to water respectively) in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add green cardamoms, cloves, tej patta, cinnamon stick, a tbsp of ghee/oil along with salt into the vessel. Add rice once the first boil comes and stir well. We need to cook rice only 70% so keep an eye on the state of rice as Basmati rice takes very little time to cook. Turn off the heat and drain off any excess water from half cooked rice.
Best way to make layered biryani is using it either a Handi or open wide vessel with lid.Take some gravy of fish curry and spread it at bottom layer (by doing that you can ensure the rice doesn't get brunt when slow cooking. Now place half of the rice and spread it over gravy, sprinkle some barista, a tsp of ghee and place all the fish pieces and gravy. Finally put the remaining rice on top and repeat the addition of barista, ghee and some yellow food color (optional). 

Cover the pan with lid and cook on low flame for 10 minutes.Turn off the flame and wait for few more minutes so the the pilaf absorbs the characteristic fragrant. Be careful while serving as the Ilish should remain intact. 


Have a look at the lavish spread by my blogger friends who were part of Virtual Diwali Potluck-
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Airfried Tandoori Chicken In The Philips Airfryer | Product Review



"How to use Philips Airfryer to pamper yourself with an oil free Tandoori Chicken?" If you have been following me on Instagram you must be aware of my fondness for fried food items. I love Bhajis / Vadas / Potato fries, though in controlled portions. So when I get my hands on Philips Airfryer I was thanking God for giving me an early Diwali gift ! Every year during Diwali I get tempted to buy a new kitchen appliance and this year I'm proud owner of Philips Airfryer. The wonderful fryer has given me the freedom to indulge in all kinds of guilt free snacks. After using it I genuinely found Philips Airfryer to be a healthy alternative tool to avoid deep fried cooking. 


For those of us who are used to cooking/heating food in Microwave, I would like to share a few unique points that sets apart Philips Airfryer from Microwaves. Firstly, the airfryer uses very hot air  circulated around the food whereas the microwave emits electromagnetic waves using magnetron to heat up the molecules of the food. So instead of relying on radiation the airfryer uses the hot air to bring out the oil from within the food from it's innermost core. This eliminates the need to add any kind of oil whereas in microwave ovens while cooking you need to add oil even if it's a little . So if you are longing for crispy and dry foods like fried fish, chicken, potatoes, paneer, vegetables, mini pizzas,fritters etc. without having that guilty feeling of having oil with it, look no further. The answer for you to indulge in your favourite fried food sans oil has arrived in form of Philips Airfryer. So they have definitely made things better for foodies and non foodies across the world. Touche. 

Ingredients:
3 Chicken leg quarters 
1/2 Hung curd
2 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 tbsp Lemon juice
1 tbsp Tandoori Chicken Masala powder
1 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder
1 tsp Onion powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder

Method:
Make incisions on the chicken pieces as this helps the marinade to go all the way inside the chicken. Put all the above ingredients in a big mixing bowl and rub the marinade thoroughly. Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for overnight. Once I placed two pieces of marinated chicken in the basket and turned on the timer, the arifryer began to heat up from inside and I could well hear the sound of air getting evenly circulated.



 After 20 minutes, I opened the basket and turned over the pieces and cooked it for another 10 minutes just to be doubly sure that the chicken pieces do not get stuck with each other. I didn't apply any oil with brush over chicken pieces but was pleasantly surprised with the juicy, perfectly cooked chicken. 



The reddish look was achieved by Kashmiri red chili powder and it had the tinge of barbecue spots here and there. Well you have got to try it yourself to believe how delicious and easy it is to make OIL FREE recipes in Philips Airfryer!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Macher Chop (Bengali Style) | Fish Croquette


Macher Chop Recipe is my today's post, 'Maach' or 'Mach' means fish. Macher Chop is a favorite Bengali snack made with fish. Evening snacks play a vital role in Bengali households and 'Tele-bhaja' takes the lead which literally means deep fried fritters. Kolkata offers many such chops like Beetroot Chops, Keema or Aloo'r Chop to name a few. The vegetarian version of chop is supposed to be slightly on the sweeter side. But in all variations the outer shell has to be very crispy. The stuffing here is made with fish, cooked tossed with spices then dipped in egg mix and finally in breadcrumbs. It is served with Kashundi (Bengali Style Mustard Sauce), onions and black salt.


Ingredients:
5-6 Rui/ Katla fish or you can use any other boneless fish
2 Onions, finely chopped
3 Potatoes, boiled
4 Green chilies, chopped
1 tsp chopped Ginger
5 Garlic pods, chopped finely
1 tsp Bengali Garam masala
1 tsp roasted Cumin powder
1 tsp Chilly powder
2 Eggs
1 cup Breadcrumbs + 1 tbsp Onion powder
Black salt to sprinkle on top of croquette
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Method:
There are two ways either you can boil fish or marinate with salt and fry then de-bone it. I always boil fish pieces with some salt and cook till they are tender. Drain, discard the water and allow it to cool. Remove the bones from the fish and mash it with fingers.


 Peel off the skin of potatoes and keep aside. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and add onion, green chilies, ginger, garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add minced fish and mix well. Add all the spices, mashed potato and fry till the mixture becomes dry. Allow the mixture to cool. Take a portion of mixture and make a ball and flatten into oval shape. Lightly beat the eggs with pinch of salt and transfer to a big bowl. Keep the plate ready with breadcrumbs near it. Dip each fish chop into egg  batter and then rolled into breadcrumbs. Repeat this step twice to get the crispy crust outside. Keep all the cops in a flat tray and place it in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour. Heat oil in a deep pan or wok. Carefully slide 3-4 croquettes at a time and fry until golden brown in colour.
Use a kitchen towel to absorb any excess oil. Sprinkle some black salt over the chops. Serve these cutlets with ketchup or Kashundi and onion rings. 



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tropical Overnight Oats in Jar | Healthy No Cook Breakfasts


I am totally smitten and in love with Overnight Oats. And today's Tropical Overnight Oats Jar is something which suits my taste-buds. I mean what's there not to love this quick fix? It has season's king fruit - Mango, the toasted Coconut Flakes adds that extra zing along with papaya, pomegranate, banana which are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and very good for skin. You could use regular coconut flakes or shredded coconut in this Overnight Jar, for the extra crunchiness I have roasted coconut flakes. It's literally heaven inside a jar ! The best part is you can make it the night before and have this quick and fuss free breakfast on the go next day.

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup Old fashioned oats {NOT THE QUICK OATS}
1/2 cup  Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp Honey
1/4 cup Papaya, chopped into bite-size chunks
1/4 cup Pomegranate 
1/4 cup Mango, diced
2 tsp Honey
1 tbsp unsweetened toasted Coconut flakes 1 tbsp Chia seeds


Method:
Add chia, oats, honey, greek yogurt and coconut flakes in a bowl and mix together well . Place a fruit layer first in a mason jar. Pour the above oats mixture in the jar and on top garnish all the remaining fruits. Close the lid and refrigerate overnight. Take the jar out from the fridge next morning and enjoy every spoonful. 


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Friday, June 23, 2017

Mango Chia Overnight Oats | Healthy Breakfast


Recipe of Mango Chia Overnight Oats :- Overnight Oats is like music to my ears. The popularity of these easy to make Overnight Oats are un-matachable, reason being many like incredibly easy fix for breakfast, simple to prepare the night before, power packed energy jar in no time to count a few. So if you have been trying to cut down time to prepare healthy breakfast, Overnight Oats is your answer. And the options are unlimited ! I now make 3 bottles at a one go for a quick rush free morning breakfast. Be creative and you can add any variety of your favorite toppings. 



Today's post is Mango Chia Overnight Oats recipe. The choice is endless with dry fruits, chopped nuts, flower seeds, maple syrup and so on. All the below recipes are made with Old fashioned Oats also called regular old oats. Don't try to settle down with the steel -cut oats as they when soaked with milk overnight turned out chewy. The thumb rule is to add fruits, nuts, crunchy toppings at the last minute so that the chopped fruits, nuts remains fresh. Where as previous night you can add the seeds, spices along with yogurt and milk with old fashioned oats. After my workout session a glass of chilled Banana Oats Smoothie , Mango Lassi or Kiwi- Cucumber Juice along with few walnuts becomes my mid-time snack. I only use Quaker's old fashioned oats as the taste is really good.

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup Old fashioned oats {NOT THE QUICK OATS}
3/4 cup Almond milk
1 tbsp Honey
1/2 cup diced Mango
1 tsp Chia seeds
1 tsp Honey

Method:
In a bowl mix together chia, oats seeds, honey and milk and pour in a mason jar. Keep in mind that next day we will be filling the diced mangoes on top of this overnight soaked oats, so make sure to leave 2 inches of room at the top of mason jar. Close the lid and refrigerate overnight.

Next morning just pop it out from the refrigerator, add diced mangoes. Top with desired optional toppings. 

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Summer Special Falsa or Phalsa Juice | How To Make Falsey Juice


Botanical name of Falsey / Phalsa is Grewia Asiatica, a tiny looking purple fruit which is available during peak summer months (May- June). This delicate fruit, Phalsa, is a native of India and other sub-continent. During summers in North when heat wave is at it's peak, Falsey's consumption gives cooling effect. In most homes Falsa is eaten raw with a sprinkle of black pepper and salt. I still remember during our way back from school to home, a street vendor would be there at a corner selling huge batch of Falsey placed on a small wet jute, to keep it cool and from drying. It came with a special kind of Chat Masala which was a must to have with Falsa. And within few hours the huge batch of Falsa would be sold out in no time. Falsey is sweet with a hint of tanginess and is so refreshing that it vanishes as soon as it hits the market during summer. 


The health benefits are plenty ! Rich in Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin C, low on Sodium and many more health benefits. It is the nature of Falsey that it's shelf life is short so it can not be transported to other cities, hence only in Northern region the small time street vendors are often seen selling Phalsa. Sadly they are rarely sighted these days selling these beautiful purple gems. Lack of knowledge of conservation and it's benefits could also be another reason of it's disappearance. 

If you are looking for similar summer juices then click on the below recipes:-



Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Falsey / Phalsa
1/4 cup Sugar
2 tsp Chat Masala powder or Black Salt
1/2 cup Chilled water + 1 cup for making sugar syrup
1/2 cup crushed Ice

Method:
Wash the fruit thoroughly in water and leave it for 15 minutes. Mix sugar and water to make sugar syrup. Boil water for 5 minutes and turn off the heat. Soak the cleaned falsa in sugar syrup and let it sit for 5 minutes. Add chilled water and pass it through a strainer, rub the pulp through the strainer to get rid of seeds. Pour into glasses over ice and serve them with mint leaves (optional). Generally the fruit seller give a special masala with it which is khatta-meetha. I love adding it to the juice as it brings out the best taste.


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Quaker Feed A Child - Flags Off Feeding Drive in Chennai with Chef Vikas Khanna


I was invited by Quaker India, to be a part of Quaker Feed A Child campaign in Chennai this week. Quaker Feed A Child is an initiative that aims to bring a fistful of nutrition to lakhs of underprivileged children. To mark the launch, Quaker India along with celebrity Chef and Nutrition Brand Ambassador of PepsiCo Vikas Khanna was present for the cause. Popular actresses Shriya Saran and Meenakshi Dixit also wholeheartedly joined to share a meal with the children to mark the occasion.

 Completely ignoring the scorching heat children came over happily wearing  green caps and welcomed New York based Michelin starred celebrity chef Vikas Khanna, noted actresses Shirya Saran and Meenakshi Dikshit. 
Deepika Warrier, Vice President - Nutrition Category PepsiCo India, says "According to recent reports nearly 3,000 children die daily in India due to poor diet related cases and hunger."
To combat this problem Quaker Feed A Child has committed to serve 200,000  under privileged children in India through various initiatives like Cook With Smile, Dine With Smile, Million Dollar through Smile Foundation. 

Giving back to the society was the essence of the event, actress Shriya Saran recalls how her trips to a blind school in Delhi in her school days had a marking impression that later she opened  a spa for visually challenged people in Mumbai. She said "I pledge my support to the Quaker Feed A Child initiative and applaud Quaker India and Smile Foundation for their efforts to bring smiles to the faces of hundreds of children in Tamilnadu."



In the same line PepsiCo's Nutrition Ambassador , Vikas Khanna said "The problem of hunger and malnutrition in India cannot be solved in a day and certainly can't be achievable by one person or entity, so if each of us makes small effort to help even one child, then only we can take a big leap towards ensuring no child sleeps without food."

Echoing the same sentiments actress Meenakshi Dixit said "Even after getting success in my film career, I was not getting inner peace. So when Smile Foundation approached me for supporting this initiative by Quaker, I grabbed the opportunity. I whole heartedly pledge my support to Quaker Feed A Child and urge everyone to feed one child everyday."


Later all the kids got a cap signed by none other than the handsome, humble chef -Vikas with a smile. And when the children enjoyed a fulfilling meal, this was the biggest take away. 

I was feeling privileged to be a part of this wonderful event. Also meeting maestro Vikas Khanna was itself a dream come true. Leaving you with some memorable pictures of Quaker Feed A Child event. 






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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Jhuri Aloo Bhaja Bengali Style | Julienne Potato Fries


Jhir-Jhirey-Aloo-Bhaja is a traditional Bengali recipe where finely grated potato sticks are fried till crispy and crunchy. A favorite for all ages as the simplicity of the recipe appeals to all. Jhuri Aloo Bhaja as the name suggests is crispy fried potato julienne, one of a staple side dish at any Bengali home, best accompaniment for Dal-Rice. If you are looking for many such Bhaja / Bhajis that are regular at Bengali's kitchen do check out 





Jhir-Jhirey Aloo Bhaja is a very simple recipe which are super addictive when tossed with few curry leaves and fried peanuts. Very little seasoning is needed as Chat masala, salt and red chili powder does the trick. These munchies are great for tea time snack also.

Ingredients:

3 large Potatoes
handful of Peanuts (optional)
2 sprigs of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/4 Chat masala
1/4 tsp Red chili powder
A pinch of black salt
Salt
Oil for deep frying

Method:

Wash and peel the potatoes. Cut potatoes razor thin sticks with a sharp knife or you can use Mandoline (*see the video for reference below). 



Transfer the thinly grated potato sticks on a sieve and run under tap water. Now take a bowl full of chilled water, rinse the potato in cold water to remove the surface starch.

Change the water again with chilled water and dip the grated potato sticks for half an hour. Heat oil in a deep fried pan. Fry peanuts in hot oil and keep aside. Now fry the curry leaves, drain and keep aside. Squeeze out as much water as possible with your hands and keep aside in plate. And divide the razor thin potato sticks into 5-6 batches as we can not crowd the pan /kadhai or else you will end up a huge lump of potato sticks. Add a pinch of turmeric and mix with a fork Do not add salt at this stage.




Fry one batch at a time and keep stirring as it will ensure even cooking. Fry till they turn crispy, sprinkle salt. Drain on an absorbent tissue. Repeat till all the batches are done. Sprinkle red chili powder, chat masala, fried peanuts and curry leaves. Crispy and super crunchy Jhuri Aloo Bhaja is ready to serve. 

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Monday, March 27, 2017

PepsiCo expands Nutrition Portfolio | Quaker Nutri Foods & Tropicana Essentials


What comes in your mind when you think of having something quick for breakfast cereals category? Perhaps Oats or Conrflaxes, right? World's renowned oats brand from Pepsico has launched Quaker Nutri Food ready to cook packet of goodness and Tropicana Essentials has introduced Tropicana Essentials Fruit & Veggies on 22nd of March 2017 at Chennai. When we talk about Quaker, it is a known fact that it is 130 years old and world leader in the oatmeal segment.


Commenting about the expansion, Deepika Warrier, Vice President, Nutrition Category - PepsiCo India said -" With the launch of Quaker Nutri Foods and Tropicana Essentials, we are moving one step ahead to become every consumer's journey towards a healthier lifestyle. She also said that they had got into global mapping of breakfast patterns to understand the micro and macro nutrients."




Quaker Nutri Foods
Keeping South Indian consumers taste bud in mind and of course the rushed lifestyles of office goers, there is a need for healthy options. Tamil Nadu and Kerala are the main key growth market for them. So PepsiCo India is certain that income should not be the barrier to have a proper balanced meal. The new range includes Quaker Nutri Upma and Quaker Nutri Khichdi, Quaker Nutri Idli and Quaker Nutri Dosa, with the goodness of up to 40% -56% Quaker oats to make mornings healthy. Within a week I found the newly launched packets in various departmental stores, More, Spencer to name a few. Since the target is economic class, the prices are INR.40 for 40 gms to start with. All the new varieties will be available in 40g and 150g packs across all stores.
I personally tried Quakers Nutri Dosa and Quaker Nutri Umpa, both tasted good.


Tropicana Essentials
Those who are not familiar with Tropicana, it's world's number one packaged juice brand! On 22nd March 2017, the Tropicana essentials has introduced 'Fruit & Veggies, with Vitamin A and Vitamin C present in fruits and vegetables to the people of Tamil Nadu. So now whole family can enjoy the delicious range of functional juices that have been created skillfully to combat the deficiencies in Indian urban diets and lifestyle. WHO recommends consuming 5 servings of fruits and veggies in a day, a study by ICRIER found that  Indians consume only 3.5 servings. So the picture is younger generation and students were found to consume much less what is being prescribed. Every packet of 200 ml pack of Tropicana Essentials- Fruit & Veggie delivers the goodness of juice of one serve of fruit and veggies each. April 2017 will see the launch of another juice product in the Tropicana essentials category.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Royal Oreo Brownie Recipe



Friends, am I so thrilled to share with you one of the most delicious and chewy dessert of all times. Does the name tempts you that is Royal Oreo Brownie! What not to love about it? I call it Royal because it's got Oreo when mixed with brownie batter is a sure winner. I did a guest post on Lubna's blog during last Christmas when she was hosting Christmas special baked goodies. You could check my post at Yummy Food by Lubna Karim. I guarantee you that the taste of this brownie drowned with coffee would truly make this phrase come alive that “ Way to heart is through the stomach”. Not to mention the emotions of the movie would ensure that you finish up this meal in no time. So please try this exercise and I guarantee that both of you would have a time of your lives. 
Do check out my earlier brownie recipe which is my most searched recipe on my blog 'Nutty Dark Chocolate Brownie'

Ingredients:

1 cup plain Flour plus extra for dusting
140 gms Caster Sugar
3 tbsp Cocoa powder
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1 cup melted Butter (unsalted)
100 gms Dark Chocolate, grated or finally chopped
2 Eggs, beaten
1 tsp Vanilla extract
150 pack of Oreo cookies, broken into pieces
Marshmallows (optional)


Method:

Preheat the oven to 160 Degree Celsius, grease a 9 inch square baking tin and line with baking paper with extra hanging over the sides. Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and make a well in the center.



Melt the butter in a pan over a medium heat. When the butter has melted, remove form heat and add grated chocolate. Leave to stand for few a minutes or until the chocolate melts and then stir together. Whisk the eggs one at a time and pour it in the well of dry ingredients. Combine well and then add broken Oreo cookies again stir until fully combined. Evenly spread batter in the pan and bake for 40 minutes. Just before 5 minutes of finishing time I did add some marshmallows but you can totally omit this step. Let the brownies cool in the pan for an hour or two. Pull the brownies out with the extended baking paper, cut them into squares and serve.



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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Nutella Swirled Moist Banana Bread


Make Nutella Swirled Banana bread whenever you have over ripe bananas sitting at home. The moist bread tastes delicious as the addition of nutella adds more flavour. Don't believe me? Then simple make and watch it go vanish in no time. This Nutella Swirled Mosit Banana bread is great method to turn over ripe bananas into a hero ! Do try this moist and tender loaf, bursting with banana flavour and irresistible nutella.

You can also check out my Eggless Whole Wheat Banana Bread or even Banana Walnut Bread. Both the recipes have been appreciated by my readers who have tried it on their own.

 I remember that whenever I watched British sitcoms, during tea time such type of cakes were surely served and that ensured that the conversation went on along with the munching of cakes and sipping tea. Another advantage is that all the ingredients are easily available at home and no need to go to high end stores to purchase them. 

Ingredients:
3 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1 cup Nutella
1 1/4 cups Flour
1/2 cup Whole Wheat flour
2 eggs, room temperature
1/2 cup Sugar
1 cup Butter (unsalted) {Room temperature}
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
Pinch of Salt

Method

Pre-heat oven to 180 Degree Celsius and lightly grease and flour a 9 * 5 inch loaf pan. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. 

 In a bowl peel and mash the bananas using a fork and keep aside. In a mixing bowl melt the butter in a microwave for few seconds and let it cool slightly. Add sugar into it and beat until light in color. Add one egg at a time and beat with sugar batter. Fold in the mashed bananas until just combined.


 Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix till they are uniformly blended {Do Not Over beat}. Heat the nutella in a microwave for about 10-20 seconds to soften it. Drizzle 1/2 of nutella over the banana batter. Pour batter even into the pan and pour remaining nutella and make a thick swirl with a skewer throughout the loaf.



Place the baking pan on a baking sheet and bake for 50 minutes or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow the pan to cool for 20 minutes and then transfer it to a wire rack. 
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Friday, January 27, 2017

Phool Makhane Ki Kheer | LotusSeeds Or Foxnuts Recipe


Makhane ki kheer or Phool Makhane ki kheer is a delicious dessert that is often being made at my home during festivals. Makhana is a great traditional substitute of popcorns. Lotus seeds are very light and white in color. These healthy seeds when roasted with ghee and a pinch of salt, tastes awesome during winters.
Makhana or Phool Makhane Ki Kheer is delectable porridge like desse  with milk and dry fruits. This kheer was a must during Puja days in our childhood as Prasad to God. Before adding makhane to the milk we fry these foxnuts in ghee for better flavour and crunchiness. I have crushed some makhanas in the grinder to add in the milk, this gives very nice thickness and texture to the kheer. Another notable addition is the presence of Chironji which add a nice crunch to the kheer.

So learn how to make Phool Makhane Ki Kheer here by following some simple steps. Serve it warm or cold as your prefer. Garnish Makhane ki Kheer with chopped almonds, Pistachios, fried cashews and few strands of kesar.

Ingredients:
1 cup Phool Makhana (Puffed Lotus Seeds)
1 Ltr Full fat Milk
1/4 Sugar
1 tbsp Chironji
5-6 Pistachios
4-5 Almonds, sliced
6-7 Cashews
Few strands of Saffron (soaked in 1 tsp of warm milk)
2 tbsp Ghee

Method:
In a pan add 1 tbsp ghee and roast cashews, chironji and fry till lightly brown. Keep aside. In the same pan add remaining ghee and roast makhanas on low flame for next 5-6 minutes by stirring continuously until they become light brown and look crispy. Set aside to cool. And later crush 1/2 cup  puffed roasted nut which we are gong to add later while boiling milk for thickening porridge. Keep remaining roasted puffed nuts to add them whole. 

In another pan add milk and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring in between and once the milk is reduced to half, add powdered makhanas and whole makhana. Stir occasionally so that the kheer doesn't stick to the pan. Add sugar, add fried dry fruits and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes. Add the saffron milk now and if you find the kheer very thick then add some hot milk and check the consistency. Turn off the stove. Garnish with sliced almonds, pistachios and silver varak(optional). Serve it warm or chilled. Enjoy !

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