Friday, December 19, 2014

Turnip and Potato Tikkis | Cutlets

So I love ragda pattice and once a month I have to make it , but get bored with same old tikkis so I always try new ways to make tikkis so I can enjoy my ragda pattice too. This time when I went to grocery shopping I  got turnips and was thinking about making into tikkis only. So When on friday I made my radgo , I knew which tikkis will go with this. You can boil them separate because turnip takes more time than potatoes. Once its boils, let it cool and then mix it  and make it as you make your tikkis. You can have it with your favorite chutneys as cutlets or do as I did or just munch it as you like.

On another note, I am really disappointed, i posted my recipes in lot of FB group, People tried those recipes, tweaking just one ingredient and said my own recipe, I mean come on, how hard it is to say I got this from here and give credit to where you get it. When I confronted them , they said in your recipe you did this , mine has this, that means they are looking at mine and making it that's the only reason they know what's in my recipes. During Diwali I posted candied  ginger, I saw 3-4 bloggers did that , one even mentioned that I saw it in group and making this but no link whatsoever, now its soya kabab, everyone is making it , I made it from granules , they from chunks, Ya BIG difference. Sometimes feels so frustrated and feel like stop doing this.

Ingredients :

1 turnip
2 potatoes
1 green chili
1 grated carrot
1 small onion finely chopped
1 tsp. Turmeric powder
1 tsp. Red chili powder
1 tsp. Dabeli powder
lime juice and salt as per taste
2 tbsp. finely chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp. oil


Boil both the root vegetables separately.
Once its cool, mash them in a bowl and add all the ingredients except oil and mix it.
You can make any shape, I made it in circle.
Heat a nonstick pan, Add a tsp. oil in a pan. Add few tikkis on it and cook on one side till its become nice and brown, flip it and do the same. Don't turn over and over again. Just do it once so it cooks nicely.
Take it out in a plate.

You can enjoy it as it is or enjoy with hot spicy ragda.

You can take sweet potatoes, red potatoes too. Instead of ragda , have it with chole chat too.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sai Bhaji | Greens, Vegetables and Lentils Stew

Sai Bhaji is a traditional dish of Sindhi Community of India. I am not going on history lecture when and where from Sindhi Community came. I am more interested in their food than other things. This dish you can called it one pot dish because it has greens, lentil and vegetables in it , perfect to go with their other famous rice dish called Bhugha Chaanwaran means rice with caramelized onions and  red chili powder and garam masala but you can enjoy this with roti or simple rice too. In this dish , four greens goes, spinach, methi and dill and Khatti palak means Green Sorrel. But  I didn't had that one so I added tomatoes. You can take greens as per your taste and liking, I took 5 cups worth of spinach, Fenugreek and Dill leaves. Because in the end it become only one cup. For the vegetables, you can take eggplant, okra, potatoes.

Just to share one good news too, I have won this beautiful pan as a giveaway from Foodie Blogroll : Contests and Promotions,

Thank you so much Jenn Campus for this and can't wait to make something and share it with you all.

Ingredients :

5 cups of washed and chopped spinach (Palak), Fenugreek leaves (methi), Dill (suva)
1 big chopped tomato
1 small eggplant cut
1 small potatoes
1 chopped onion
1/2 cup soaked chana dal (Bengal Gram Lentil)
1 green chili chopped
1 tsp. ginger chopped
1 tbsp. cumin and coriander powder
1 tsp. Turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp. oil

For the  Tadka (vaghar)
1 tsp. oil
3 cloves of garlic chopped
1 tsp. red chili powder


Prepare all the vegetables , cleaning chopping done so you just need to put everything in pressure cooker and done.  You can make this in pot too but it will take longer.

Take pressure cooker, add oil in it.
add onions and cook till its pink.
Add tomatoes and cook till its mushy.
Add ginger, chili , powder masala and mix.
Add greens, vegetables and lentil and salt.
Add enough water to cook all this, remember , greens will leave their water so dont add too much water too. Just enough to cook the dal and potato.
Wait for 4-5 whistle and shut off the gas.
Once the cooker is cold and all the pressure is gone, take out the lid and prepare for tadka.
In a tadka pan, add oil. add garlic and let it brown ,not to brown , just a hint of burnt garlic flavor. shut off the gas and add red chili powder.
Never add red chili powder in hot oil, it will burn and dish taste bad.
After adding red chili powder, pour that over greens and dal mix - Sai bhaji.
Cover the lid so the flavor stays inside.
After five minutes open the lid and serve hot with rice or roti.
You can skip the tadka and have it as it it also but I like the flavor of garlic so I always do that.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Eggless Kaju Biscuit | Cashew cookies

This is not my recipe, but one of my good friend's , she made this during Diwali and we loved it. Since then I am making this whenever I feel like it. She was kind enough to give me the recipe so now I am sharing with you all. This require very few ingredients , but taste is amazing and gives nice bite too. I made it in two batches, in first I added little too much sugar so it's become dark and chewy , it was not bad at all, then in second batch I added enough and make it small cookies but you can make any size you want. You need to make dough kind of batter, not runny, so you can shape your cookies. I prefer this over kaju katri any time. This is perfect for any occasion, because it requires no baking soda, eggs or any baking essentials and done in few minutes. Try it and let me know how much you like it. Its a perfect Christmas gift too, if you wrap it nicely along with one more recipe coming up next week.

Ingredients :

1 cup Kaju \ Cashews
1/2 cup sugar
pinch of vanilla essence
4 tbsp. warm milk
pinch of saffron


If you store nuts in fridge, take it out at room temperature.
Heat the oven at 350 F.
Then grind it in blender till it becomes powder.

Add saffron to warm milk and mix it.
Take it add granulated sugar, essence, saffron milk, spoon by spoon only, don't add it all together.
Make a dough, roll it or give a cookie shape.
Take a baking dish , put the parchment paper in it, put your cookies there.
Bake it for 15-20 minutes.

Keep checking , it will burn quickly.
Once its nice and brown form sides, take it out.

Enjoy as it is or with a glass of milk.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Chocolate Chip Yogurt Dip

Two weeks ago, I was asked by Dean from Chobani yogurt to post  unique, healthy recipe using Chobani yogurt. That time I didn't had Chobani yogurt in fridge so went for grocery shopping and got it. Anyways now I like yogurt, before I can't stand eating yogurt but with the age and need for calcium, pushed to me eat yogurt once a day and with greek yogurt I am all in. Still not a  big fan of flavor one, so either I buy Vanilla or Honey , this time I got Vanilla one. But to make this recipe if you have plain yogurt , still you can make this by adding vanilla extract in it. I just love it with fresh Asian Pear and Grapes, you can add in Green apples, big chunks of pineapple or even  now we got chocolate chips potato chips or make it healthy try with vegetables too. I call it healthy fondue without all fuss. Feel good to be part of #madewithChobaniproject.

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Ingredients :

1 cup Chobani Vanilla Yogurt
2-3 unsweetened cocoa powder (add more if you like it)
1 tbsp. Honey
3 tbsp. Dark chocolate chips
Fruits to serve
Pinch of Cardamom powder


Take your yogurt and mix, cocoa powder, honey and dark chocolate chips, cardamom powder  in it. 
Cover and put it in fridge for 30 minutes. 
Take it out and serve with your favorite fruits / Vegetables / chips. 
You can add more or less cocoa powder and Honey depend upon your taste. You can also add cinnamon powder too instead of Cardamom powder  .

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Mirchi Ka Salan | Spicy Pepper Curry

To tell you the truth, I never ever had this dish , just had the knowledge that this is famous Hyderabadi dish but I tasted salan with biryani in local restaurants and loved it and I tried it at home and Loved it too. So when it comes to Mirchi ka Salan, i have to make it , because it has Mirchi, Which I just love it and second, its Hyderabadi so I have to try this. But never had a chance to go out and first try it so I can replicate the taste but then I thought why not to make it home , then when ever I have chance I will try it outside. This goes perfect with biryanis, jeera rice or vegetable pulav but You can have it with rotis too. Just Don't use spicy chilies because that will make dish very spicy and you can not handle it, otherwise it has very nice ingredients like coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds. So nothing can wrong, even my picky eater huby like it. He wanted to me to add vegetables in that gravy so next time I will be making that and will be share it too.

Ingredients :

4-5 long chilies or any non spicy chilies , just don't take capsicum
1 onion chopped
1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
2-3 tbsp. tamarind concentrate
1 tsp. each  Mustard seeds, Fennel seeds, Cumin seeds and fenugreek seeds
few leaves of curry leaves
1 tbsp. cumin and coriander powder
1 tbsp. red chili powder
salt to taste
3 tbsp. oil

To make it paste

1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup peanuts
2 tbsp sesame seeds

Dry roast this ingredients and make fine thick puree with little water. Keep it aside.


If you are using too long chilies, cut it  and heat a tbsp oil in pan, and roast it. Just for a minute or two.
Take it out and add rest of the oil.
Add mustard seeds, when it pops, add rest of the seeds, fennel, cumin and fenugreek along with curry leaves.
When it changes the color, add ginger garlic paste and cook for a minute.
then add chopped onions and cook till its little pink.
Add the tamarind concentrate along with little water and cook for 3 minutes. Then add coconut and sesame puree and cook for 2 minutes.
Add cup of water and mix it and add salt and green chilies.
Cook till gravy thicken and enjoy with rice or biryanis.

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Monday, December 8, 2014

Cookies 'n' Cream Frap - 400th Post

No matter what is the season when you have to celebrate something , you have to do what you have to do what you have to do right? so today this is my 400th Post and to celebrate I skip to bake and thought to give you something to drink. This is cookies and cream frap, you can get it anywhere but homemade is best. So made this in cold season but hey some where is hot and warm , so enjoy this cool drink at the leisure in your home with your favorite coffee, If you think oreo is not sweet enough for you then add sugar while making coffee , for me it was just right so didn't add any sugar. My Kids love cookies and cream ice cream so in summer they will get this drink without coffee though. So Thank you all for all your support to reach me here, hope to get my 500th post soon too.

Ingredients :

4 scoops vanilla ice cream
2 cups strong brewed coffee, chilled
5 oreos , coarsely chopped
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup ice cubes
4 tbsp. whipped cream or topping


In a blender , combine ice cream, coffee, 4 chopped oreos, milk and ice
Blend until smooth.
Pour in to tall glasses.
Top with whipped cream and chopped oreos.
Will serve 4, depend upon size of the glass.

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