Thursday, March 26, 2015

Aloo Bhindi Fry Recipe - Aloo Bhindi Dry Sabzi

Aloo Bhindi Fry

Aloo Bhindi Fry is a very quick subzi that I made to pair it along with phulkas and jeera rice which was a perfect combination for lunch.I have endless love towards North Indian Cuisine especially such easy and quick subzis.I got this aloo bhindi recipe from my neighbour and tried it the next day itself and we all loved this simple yet flavourful curry.Most of all I loved the simplicity of the curry with no grinding and with just the basic onion tomato and spice powders it taste just great.

I am glued to Tv watching India vs Aus so without much yada yada lets get on to the post.

Aloo Bhindi Fry

Aloo Bhindi Recipe

Preparation Time:15 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Boiled Aloo(Potato) - 1 medium sized
Bhindi(LadiesFinger) - 10
Big Onion - 1 medium sized finely chopped
Tomato - 1 medium sized finely chopped
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Roasted Jeera powder - 1/2 tsp
Amchur Powder - 2 pinches
Coriander leaves - just for garnish
Oil - 1 tbsp(for frying the veggies)
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Oil - 1.5 tsp
Jeera - 3/4 tsp

Method:

  1. Rinse bhindi well to remove the dirt on the outer skin if any.Wipe off with a tissue paper to remove moisture. Trim both the edges.How to make aloo bhindi- Step1
  2. Chop it into bite sized pieces nearly  3/4 inch long.Heat a pan with 1 tbsp of oil, add bhindi and fry it i low flame.
    How to make aloo bhindi - Step2
  3. Fry till it shrinks in size and the stickiness is reduced.Remove from flame and drain in tissue paper.Pressure cook aloo for 3-4 whistles, peel off the skin and Cut into small cubes and fry it in the same pan.I didn't add any extra oil.
    How to make aloo bhindi - Step3
  4. Collect both the veggies in a plate and set aside.Heat oil in a pan - add jeera let it splutter.Then add onion,ginger garlic paste and fry till onion turns transparent.
    How to make aloo bhindi - Step4
  5. Now add chopped tomato and fry till it mashes up and raw smell leaves.Add red chilli,coriander,jeera and garam masala powders.
    How to make aloo bhindi - Step5
  6. Cook for 2 mins until the spice powders are nicely blended.Now add aloo and bhindi.
    How to make aloo bhindi - Step5
  7. Toss it and cook covered for 3-5mins in low flame, no need to add water.Once it is dry finally add amchur powder and garnish with coriander leaves.Switch off.
    How to make aloo bhindi - Step5
Serve hot with roti / rice or any pulao of your choice.
Aloo Bhindi Fry

My Notes:

  • You can even deep fry both the veggies or use a nonstick pan and tawa fry t as I did.
  • Spice powders are needed to lift the flavours of the veggies.
  • After you add the veggies give some time for the veggies to absorb the masala so cook covered for few mins.
  • Adding amchur powder gives a nice tanginess to this sabzi.
  • This dry curry goes well with pulaos / rotis.
  • This is not really spicy, so adjust spice level according to your preference.
Aloo Bhindi Fry
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Grape Popsicle Recipe / Grape Ice / Grape Kuchi Ice

Grape Popsicle Recipe

Grape Ice is one of my favs during our school days.Next to rosemilk popsicle, this grape ice and pista ice are my most favorite.In grape popsicle they add a special grape essence which is so flavourful that even now I can sense the taste of it.But I couldn't get the essense here, so made it without essence, and the fresh grapes popsicle were so refreshing to eat that it kindled my school memories.You can even cut the grapes into halves and add it to the popsicle as thats the way we had tasted.

I asked hubby to pick up nice pulpy grapes which is of dark blackish red so that it gives a nice bright vine pink color to the popsicles, oh yeah I am crazy of this grape popsicle color, its soo cool right?! :)As its summer, I am putting my popsicle moulds to good use and we are enjoying these fresh popsicles at home, sure better than the fatty creamy icecreams what say?! :)

Grape Popsicle Recipe

Grape Popsicle Recipe

Preparation Time:7 hrs | Processing Time : 10 mins | Makes:6 small popsicles
Recipe Category: Popsicles | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Grapes - 2 cups
Water - 1/2 to 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1/3 cup

Method:

  1. Remove the grapes from its stem, rinse it well.Transfer it to a blender / mixer.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step1
  2. Grind it well without adding water. Strain through a metal strainer.Extract the juice completely.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step2
  3. Then add water and sugar mix well with a spoon for the sugar to dissolve well.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step3
  4. Transfer to a container with a sharp beak so that pouring to popsicle mould is easy.Now fill the popsicle till 3/4 th.If you want you can add sliced grapes at this stage.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step4
  5. Cling wrap it with aluminum foil,Carefully prick with a knife then insert icecream sticks.Alternately you can even close it with your popsicle mould lid itself.Freeze it for atleast 8 hrs.Then take it out and carefully show the outer surface under running tap water.Carefully pull out the popsicles.
    How to make grape popsicle - Step5
Serve immediately!
Grape Popsicle Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont have a popsicle mould?! dont worry use disposable plastic cups or even thick paper cups cling wrap aluminium foil and us icecream sticks and freeze it.It demoulds easily or you can even cut the cups to get the popsicles out.
  • I would recommend adding grape slices in popsicle moulds.As mittu doesn't like it that way, I skipped adding it.
  • Adjust sugar according to the sourness of grapes.
  • Choose some pulpy grapes which gives a nice color and flavour.
  • Freezing for atleast 6 hrs is required but I kept it overnight.
  • For easy demoulding - show the popsicle moulds in warm water, then pull the stick out slowly to get the ice pops clean.
Grape Popsicle Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jigarthanda Recipe - Madurai Special Jil Jil Jigarthanda

Jigarthanda Recipe

Jigarthanda is a very popular drink in Madurai...Jigar means 'Heart', Thanda means 'Cold' so the special drink is considered soothing to heart.The name 'Jigarthanda' itself tempts me soo much that after coming to CBE once I saw a lassi stall selling jigarthanda so nagged hubby to stop and get me to taste it.One sip I totally fell for jigarthanda, and thats the first time I tasted it and after that whenever we pass by that shop I would stop there for jigarthanda though the drink is available only in summers.When I asked the person who made it he gave some hints that badam pisin and nannari syrup are the main ingredients used here.Badam Pisin is a special edible gum that is taken from almond tree.

I also referred here for recipe.There may be many variations to this Madurai Jigarthanda but I am completely satisfied with this version which will sure come very close to madurai jigarthanda taste, Yes I claim it! :) I have tried my best to include all the stepwise pictures, for more variations refer my notes section.

So after tasting and hearing about jigarthandas popularity I wanted to recreate it at home.I asked my cousin who is a native of Madurai to click pictures of Jigarthanda and send it across as I first wanted to see how the authentic madurai jigarthanda looked like....He sent me the pictures along with a video last summer, he gave tips as well and it took me a year to try it.Thank you so much Goldking for the pictures and video! :)

Jigarthanda Recipe
I first waited to get a serving glass the ones they serve in shops, then hunted for badam pisin which took some time then making homemade nannari syrup took a while and when I had all of them in hand, I was still confused whether to use store bought icecream or make my own and the exact method of making jigarthanda icecream. This summer the first thing I thought to click was jigarthanda and bought icecreams and kept...but last week when I saw a video in which the jigarthanda seller said the icecream they use also plays a vital role in jigarthanda and they call it Bhai Icecream and he just said the ingredients for making the icecream.So my mind was fixed for making homemade icecream for Jigarthanda so it was almost 3 days of hardwork for making all the ingredients from the scratch and finally today I assembled the jigarthanda and served it...Yayyyy  I am a happy soul today :))

Jigarthanda Recipe

Jigarthanda Recipe

Preparation Time:1 day | Cooking Time : 1 hr | Makes:5
Recipe Category: Popsicles | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Milk - 1 cup (1/4 liter / 250ml) + chilled 1/2 cup
Nannari Syrup - 3 to 4 tbsp
Badam Pisin - 1 tbsp

Homemade Jigarthanda Icecream

Milk - 3/4 liter (750 ml)
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Fresh Cream - 1/2 cup
Paal Kova - 2 tbsp
Vanilla Essence - 1/2 tsp

Method:

  1. I used 1 liter milk in total to reduce and then took a cup of it and stored as reduced milk then proceeded with the rest to make icecream.Boil 1 liter milk and simmer for 10mins until milk is reduced a little.Add sugar and keep cooking in low flame until it is reduced to half.Scrap the sides.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step1
  2. Now once its reduced to half and is light brown in color, take a cup of it and refrigerate it so that its chilled while serving.Heat the rest of reduced milk for 10 more mins.Switch off and cool down completely.Then add paal kova to cooled milk mixture. I used homemade paalkova and it was sweetened.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step2
  3. Then add fresh cream and vanilla essence and whisk it well.Pour the mixture into freezer proof containers and freeze it.After 3-4 hrs break the crystals formed with a fork.Then again freeze it.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step3
  4. After freezing it again, blend it using a mixer, repeat this for 2 times freeze and blend.Finally pour it back and freeze it for 8 hrs.See now it has become creamy.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step5
  5. Meanwhile prepare the jelly, add a tbsp of badam pisin in a bowl rinse it in water then add water and keep covered undisturbed overnight.It will increase in volume, if you see any brown spots then remove it carefully and use the rest.You need to add more water as it grows in volume.The water shown below will not be enough, I added more at a later stage.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step4
  6. Take your serving glass first add 2 tsp nannari syrup then add 2 heaped tbsp of badam pisin.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step6
  7. Now add little milk then add little reduced milk till it reaches 3/4 th of the glass.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step7
  8. Give a quick stir with a spoon then add a scoop of homemade icecream.Serve immediately.
    How to make jigarthanda recipe - Step8
Serve immediately!
Jigarthanda Recipe

Madurai Jigarthanda in the making! :)

Jigarthanda Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can collect the malai that forms while thickening milk and use it for garnishing while serving jigarthanda, thats how they serve in madurai shops.
  • The quantity of each ingredient can be purely your choice.I like more of jelly so added it more, plus or minus according to your liking.
  • If you want to use store bought icecream then use vanilla icecream.You can replace badam pisin with agar agar but sure the taste will vary.
  • You can use store bought paal kova too.I will post the paalkova recipe soon.
  • Nannari syrup and badam pisin are the main star ingredients in jigarthanda and I recommend no replacements for it.If you want to feel and taste madurai jigarthanda then you should use those ingredients.
  • You can make homemade icecream a day before and refrigerate it.I just blended for 3 times altogether but the more you blend the more creamy texture you will get.But jigarthanda icecream is not very creamy like the shop icecreams.
  • Except the color I was completely satisified about getting the apt madurai jigarthanda. I am not sure how they get that deep brown color, may be they use caramel...not really sure.
  • In some shops they even use basil seeds but guess its not the authentic version of madurai jigarthanda.
Jigarthanda Recipe

Are you ready to enjoy homemade jigarthanda icecream and jigarthanda?! :))

Jigarthanda Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Carrot Kheer Recipe / Carrot Payasam

Carrot Kheer Recipe

Carrot Kheer is our family favourite including mittu.I have already posted another version of carrot kheer with carrot puree and this is a new version that I am hooked onto for a while now.I love both the versions each one tastes good in its own way but I first started with the first version for mittu as she was reluctant to eat carrots coming in kheer now that she is eating the veggie she likes this version as well.

I was not fully satisfied with these pics but after trying for so long I couldnt satisfy myself so convinced myself saying that its not photogenic hehe yes yes same story as those grapes are sour ;) May be later when I am prepared to click a decent picture will update it for sure :)

Carrot Kheer Recipe

Carrot Payasam Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 3
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Carrot - 2 cups grated
Milk - 2 cups
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Ghee - 1/2 tbsp + 1/2 tbsp
Cashew - 8 broken
Saffron - 4 strands
Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp (optional)

Method:

  1. Wash carrots, trim the edges and peel of the skin.Grate it using a grater and then measure it.In a pan add 1/2 tbsp ghee add grated carrot and saute for few mins until it shrinks and raw smell leaves.It may take atleast 7-10mins so keep sauteing in low flame.
    How to make Carrot Kheer - Step1
  2. Now add 1 cup milk and let it to boil in low flame.Simmer and let it cook until carrots are soft.Once carrots are cooked add sugar and cook for 5mins.
    How to make Carrot Kheer - Step2
  3. Cool down for a while and blend it roughly.I used my blender to blend it - This step is purely optional.Now again heat it up and let it cook.Add saffron in a tbsp of warm milk.
    How to make Carrot Kheer - Step3
  4. Add saffron milk, 1/2 cup milk and cardamom powder and let it simmer for a while.Finally when it gets thick add remaining 1/2 cup milk and switch off.
    How to make Carrot Kheer - Step3
  5. In a tadka pan heat ghee add broken cashews and fry till golden brown.Add it to kheer and mix well.
    How to make Carrot Kheer - Step3
I reserved few ghee roasted nuts to sprinkle while eating....It tasted yum! Serve chilled / warm!
Carrot Kheer Recipe

My Notes:

  • Blending is purely optional but helps in nicely blending with milk.But don't blend it to a paste just do it roughly thats enough you should be able to get the carrot pieces here and there.
  • You can even add a pinch of nutmeg powder for extra flavour.
  • You can add coocnut milk or condensed milk for a rich kheer.
Carrot Kheer Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Rose Milk Popsicle Recipe - Easy Summer Popsicles

Rose Milk Popsicle Recipe

Rose Milk Kuchi Ice - Do you remember the triangle rose colored kuchi ice (rose milk popsicles)?! We used to be crazy after these rose milk kuchi ice during our school days.We used to treat us with these rosemilk popsicles on the last day of our school closing day each term it became more like a tradition.

Each year my birthday would fall on the last day of quarterly exams and the treat would be this popsicles :)) I have tasted both the triangle shaped and rectangle shaped rose milk popsicles. These are a real treat to your kids for this summer and I am sure you will love this too!!

Rose Milk Popsicle Recipe

Rose Milk Popsicle Recipe

Preparation Time:7 hrs | Processing Time : 10 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Popsicles | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Milk - 2 cups
Rose Milk Syrup - 2 tbsp
Sugar - 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Boil milk and simmer for 10mins until milk is reduced a little.Then cool down completely and add sugar.
    How to make jam popsicle - Step1
  2. Add rosemilk syrup / essence and mix well.Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds or any teacups till 3/4th of the rim.
    How to make jam popsicle - Step2
  3. Cling wrap it with aluminum foil,Carefully prick with a knife then insert icecream sticks.Alternately you can even close it with your popsicle mould lid itself.Freeze it for atleast 8 hrs.Then take it out and carefully show the outer surface under running tap water.Carefully pull out the popsicles.
    How to make jam popsicle - Step3
Serve immediately!
Rose Milk Popsicle Recipe

My Notes:

  • Dont have a popsicle mould?! dont worry use disposable plastic cups or even thick paper cups cling wrap aluminium foil and us icecream sticks and freeze it.It demoulds easily or you can even cut the cups to get the popsicles out.
  • You can even add rose milk essence instead of syrup, in that case you need to add more sugar.Adjust sugar according to our taste.
  • I used rose milk syrup which already had sugar in it but added extra sugar for our taste preference.Add  little more sweetness than we add for drinking.
  • Freezing for atleast 6 hrs is required but I kept it overnight.
  • For easy demoulding - show the popsicle moulds in warm water, then pull the stick out slowly to get the ice pops clean.
Rose Milk Popsicle Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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