Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Homemade Nutritious Nutrela Burfi - without Khoya by Arpana (my SIL)

Chitra Pal Nutri Burfi
This recipe is shared by my sister in law, Arpana. She is very health conscious so she always tries to make all healthy kinds of food and this one is really yummy, you must try this. I must say she is very creative, never thought of this dessert ever. Nice going Appy, thanks for sharing your recipe. Ingredients:- 1. 1 cup crushed Nutrella (soya nuggets) soaked for 1 hour 2. ½ kg full cream Milk (whole milk) 3. 1 ½ cup Sugar 4. ½ cup Dry fruits(almonds/cashew/pistachio) 5. Oil to fry 6. ½ cup Cocount powder 7. 1 tsp of Cardamom powder Method:- 1. In a non stick pan add 3 tbsp of oil and fry the nutrella in it till turns brown and keep it aside. 2. In another heavy pan add milk, cardamom powder and boil till it reduces to thick consistency, add dry fruits and sugar. 3. Let the milk mixture cool down to normal room temperature. 4. Now add Nutrella, in milk mixture along with coconut powder. 5. Mix it well, and make them as burfi with hands. 6. Garnish with roasted almonds or pista and serve.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Lemon Rice

Chitra Pal Lemon Rice
Ingredients:- 1. 2 cups of cooked rice 2. 1 cup of peanuts 3. 2 red whole dry chilies 4. 2 green chilies 5. 1 tbsp of urad daal 6. 1 tbsp of chana daal 7. ½ cup of fresh lemon juice 8. 2 tsp of turmeric powder 9. Salt to taste 10. 7 curry leaves 11. 1 tbsp of black mustard seeds 12. Oil Chitra Pal Lemon RiceChitra Pal Lemon Rice Method:- 1. In a non stick pan, add 2 tbsp of oil. 2. When the oil is really hot add mustard seeds and dry red chilies, wait till they splutter. 3. Add both the daals’ and green chilies. 4. Now add peanuts and sauté them till they run golden brown. Then add curry leaves. 5. Add turmeric powder and salt to taste. 6. After that add rice and mix them well carefully. Don’t overdo that they mash. 7. Turn off the heat and add lemon juice. And mix it well with two spoons or spatula. 8. Serve hot or cold with any type of chutney.   -Chitra

Friday, June 7, 2013

Stuffed Rava Idli

Chitra Pal Stuffed Rava Idli
Ingredients:- 1. 2 Cups of Rava MTR Idli Mix 2. 1 cup of curd 3. 1 cup of water For stuffing:- 1. 2 boiled potatoes peeled and mashed 2. ½ cup of green peas 3. Salt and Red chili powder to taste and 1 tsp of turmeric powder 4. 1tbsp of oil 5. 1tsp of zeera/cumin seeds and 1 tsp of black mustard/sarso seeds 6. 1 cup of Haldiram moong daal mixture 7. 1 cup of chopped onion 8. 3 green chilies chopped 9. 1 cup of fresh dhaniya/cilantro/corriander leaves 10. 2 tbsp of mango/lemon pickle For Peanut Chutney:- 1. 1 cup of peanuts 2. ½ tomato chopped 3. ½ onion chopped 4. 2 green chilies chopped 5. 1 whole dry red chili 6. 1 tbsp of oil 7. 1 tsp of black mustard seeds 8. 3 curry leaves 9. Salt and red chili powder to taste 10. ½ tbsp of tamarind paste dissolved in 2 tbsp of water For Onion and Tomato Chutney 1. ½ cup of scrapped coconut 2. 2 tomatoes chopped 3. 1 cup of pearl onions 4. 2 whole dry red chilies 5. Salt and red chili powder to taste 6. 1 tbsp of chana daal and urad daal 7. ½ tsp of Asafoetida/hing powder 8. 7 curry leaves 9. oil Directions:- 1. Here I have included two different types of filling for stuffed Idli’s, there can be various stuffing for idlis. 2. For stuffing one, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a non stick pan, add cumin and mustard seeds. 3. When they splutter add ½ cup of chopped onions and 1 tbsp of green chilies. 4. Add salt, red chili powder and turmeric powder and add peas. 5. As soon as onion and peas turns golden brown add potatoes and mix well. 6. Cook for five minutes and remove from heat to cool down. 7. Add half chopped dhaniya leaves to it. 8. For stuffing two, there is no cooking required. In a bowl add chopped onions, green chilies and fresh cilantro. Add Moong daal to it and mix well. Add little salt according taste if required. 9. Mash or chop finely Mango/lemon pickle in a separate bowl and then add it to moong daal mixture. 10. Mix well and your second stuffing is ready. 11. Now prepare the MTR Idli mixture according to instructions by adding curd and water and mixing it well. 12. Leave aside and grease the idli pan with oil or butter. 13. Now add half of idli mixture to the idli pan. In half of the idli add stuffing one and in other half add second stuffing. 14. Now pour other half of idli mixture to cover the stuffing. 15. Cook them as required till then prepare both chutneys. 16. For Peanut chutney: - In a small sauce pan, add oil and add raw red chilies. Add Peanuts, and stir till they turn golden brown, add tomato and onions and green chilies. Cook them till the raw flavor disappears. Turn off the heat. Put them in blender, and blend with tamarind water. Now in same sauce pan add oil and mustard seeds, when they splutter add curry leaves, salt and red chili powder cook for one more minute. Transfer peanut mixture in serving bowl. Put the mustard seeds and curry leaves over the pureed mixture. 17. For Tomato and Onion chutney:-In a small sauce pan, add oil and add raw red chilies. Add onions. Cook them till the raw flavor disappears add both the daal and green chilies. When they turn little brown add tomato, cook it for five more minutes. Turn off the heat. Add the scrapped coconut and onion and tomato mixture, in blender to puree. In same sauce pan add oil and mustard seeds, when they splutter add curry leaves, salt, hing and red chili powder cook for one more minute. Transfer the onion and tomato puree in serving bowl. Put the mustard seeds and curry leaves over the pureed mixture. 18. Serve hot idli’s with chutney. Mix all idlis together so that it comes as surprise to everyone or serve them separately.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Poha Patty (Flattened Rice Tikki)

Usually I use to make poha / flattened rice in a very normal way for breakfast, but this time I just thought If I can add little bit more ingredients and can do something else and create another dish. After thinking and adding little bit of leftovers I created this dish for my next day lunch. Here are ingredients I used and directions to make them. Hope you enjoy and share with your friends.
Chitra Pal Poha Patty (Flattened Rice Tikki)
  1. 1 ½ cup of poha (pressed rice flakes) 
  2. ½ cup a onion chopped finely 
  3. 2 green chilies chopped finely 
  4. 5 curry leaves chopped 
  5. 1 tsp of rai or sarso (yellow or black mustard)seeds 
  6. ½ cup of green capsicum/bell pepper chopped finely 
  7. 1/2  cup of boiled and mashed chickpeas (used leftovers) 
  8. 1 tbsp of maida/all purpose flour for binding 
  9. 1 tsp of turmeric powder 
  10. Salt and red chili powder to taste 
  11. Oil to shallow fry
  12. 2 tbsp of chopped onion, cilantro/ dhaniya leaves and pomegranate seeds to garnish 
  13. As condiment, 1 tbsp of green and sauth chutney
Chitra Pal Poha Patty (Flattened Rice Tikki) 

 1. In a non stick pan heat 1 tbsp of oil, when it turns hot add sarso or rai seeds.
 2. When they start spluttering add onion and green bell peppers lightly sauté it.
 3. Add curry leaves and chilies and salt, red chili powder, and turmeric.
4. Turn off the heat after sautéing it and let it cool down.
5. In a bowl, wash poha and keep it aside.
6. Now when all water is drained out, transfer it to another dry mixing bowl, add mashed chick peas. 7. Also add the onion mixture to it. Keep on mixing it, by mashing it with hands. If the mixture is still little wet add, little flour to it and mix it well.
8. Make round flat patties and keep them aside. Leave it in fridge or freezer for at least 30 minutes.
9. When they are all set and hard, add one tbsp of oil in a non stick pan, let it heat.
10. When oil is ready add the patties to shallow fry or grill till they turn light brown on both sides. You don’t have to fry them but just turn the color as light brown so use as less oil as you can. Don’t out more than 3 patties at once, it will be hard to flip.
11. Take them out in kitchen paper towel.
Serve in tray, garnish them with onion/ dhaniya leaves and fresh pomegranate seeds and topped over chutney.