Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Kale Pakoda and Kadhi Chaat.

It all started with a conversation that I was having with Rushina and she mentioned that she is going to be hosting a #ChaiPakodaDay on 30th July 2017 and keeping that in mind, I though its a good opportunity to try out something new with pakoda and around it. 

I was in Ajmer - Rajasthan a couple of months back and on the streets I tried this Pakoda Kadhi Chaat made with Beasn Kadhi and Palak Pakoda topped with Hari Chutney and Imli Chutney (Gram Flour Kadhi with Spinach Fitter topped with Green and Tamarind Chutney)

With this recipe it was time to recreate the memories from the streets of Ajmer. My take on the Pakoda Kadhi Chaat made with Kale instead of Spinach. 

The recipe consists of two parts. First being the Pakoda and then the Kadhi which will go along with it. In order to make the Pakoda, below are the ingredients you need to have. 

Ingredients -
Besan (Gram Flour) - 200 gms
Kale - 150 gms
Cumin Powder - 7 gms
Turmeric Powder - 5 gms
Red Chili Powder - 10 gms
Salt - 5 gms
Oil - To Fry
Water - 150 - 200 ml

Lets begin cooking.

Step 1 - In the pan, take the oil and put on the flame/induction and let it come up to the temperature. Meanwhile, to the Besan, add in the salt, turmeric, red chili powder and cumin powder. Give it a mix and then slowly add in the water in order to form a thick batter.

Step 2 - Take the kale, dip it in the batter making sure that it is evenly coated and the oil is also HOT.

Step 3 - Once the oil is hot, take the batter coated kale leaves and put it in to fry. They should take about 2 mins to cook and be nice and crispy and crunchy and delicious. Remove them on the newspaper or the kitchen towel in order to drain off the excess oil and keep aside. 

Note - you can have them like this also but lets take it to another level. 

Part 2 of the recipe is making the Kadhi. 

The basic ingredients are as below

Besan (Gram Flour) - 80 gms
Oil - 20 ml
Salt - to taste
Turmeric - 5 gms
Mustard Seeds - 8 gms
Hing (Asafedita) - 3gms - 5 gms
Red Chili Powder - 7 gms - 10 gms
Coriander Powder - 7 gms
Water - 500 ml

Lets being cooking this so we can eat the khaana.

Step 1 - In a bowl, take the gram flour, add salt to it and then water and make a think paste. Mix well making sure that there are no lumps. 

Step 2 - Heat oil in the pan and once it is hot, add in the mustard seeds and wait for them to crackle. Once they do, add in the hing, turmeric, red chili powder, coriander powder and mix.

Step 3 - Add in the gram flour mixture, keep mixing so that nothing sticks to the bottom and burn and no limps are formed. Let the mixture cook and it will become a bit thick. Once it has reached the desired consistency, you can check the seasoning and put the flame off. 

Now its time for final league of the dish and after this you can eat it up. 

In this process, you need to take the pakoda, put in the bowl, top it with the kadhi and then comes the green chutney and tamarind chutney and garnish with coriander and it is done. Wasnt it simple ? Now why dont you try this at home and treat your family and friends with this. Im sure they will like it coz the day I made, a friend of mine had come home a few hours later and tried this and he did enjoy.

So in case yours friends like it, do let me know in the comments below and if you have any suggestions also on the same, feel free to tell me.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Payasam Made in a Kettle

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There are times when you are home alone and are craving for some sweets and are afraid that if you remove too many vessels and utensils, you might  get a scolding from mom and she might even make you wash them. Here is a quick and easy way of making a payasam that to using only 1 equipment that is the Bajaj Electric Kettle.

With just one vessel dirty, I'm petty sure that she wont say no as well and appreciate the effort so why not make the dish and let also try the skills you have. 
Below is the quick, easy and yet delicious dish.

To start with, first bring the below ingredients together and you are ready to go.

Rice - 100 gms
Sugar- 80 gms (You can increase as per your sweetness level)
Milk- 500 ml
Water- 1 cup
Pure desi Ghee - 2 TSP
Raisins, Almonds & Cashew nuts chopped - lots (I love mine with lots of nuts)
Saffron - a few strands

Please read the instructions properly to make the Payasam in a kettle and yes, you read it right, in an electric kettle. Sounds different, right ? What sounds different always tastes good. 

Method goes like this. 

Step 1.
Firstly clean the rice and cook it using milk instead of water in the kettle. You gotta be extra careful and concentrate fully when cooking rice with a bajaj electric kettle. Once the rice is cooked, strain the rice and set it aside. 

Step 2. 
Pour milk and water into kettle and warm it, then add rice and saffron to the warmed milk & water mixture. Add sugar to taste and bring the milk to boil. 

Step 3. 
Over ride the auto cutoff feature of the kettle and let the milk to boil 3-4 times. Keep stirring the contents continuously using spoon. Don't let anything stick to the bottom. 
Take out some rice using a spoon and check by mashing with fingers. Once the rice are soft and easy to mash, check the sugar and adjust accordingly. Take out the mixture in a bowl and clean the kettle.

With the above step, the part 1 of the recipe is complete, wasnt it easy ?

Part 2 is to take it to the next level. 

Step 4. 
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Add 3 table spoon Ghee to kettle and melt it. Once melted, add raisins, almonds and cashew nuts and cook until the nuts turn to a light brown color. Just override the auto cut off to cook these to right texture. Once dry fruits are ready switch the kettle off and pour the milk & rice mixture prepared. 

Remove the same in a bowl, garnish with some more nuts and there you have a delicious Kheer aka Payasam ready to eat that too prepared using bajaj electric kettle and no scolding from mom also.  

Im sure that your experience of trying this creative, fun and interesting so follow each step carefully and you can cook this delicious dish without making utensils mess in your mom's kitchen. 

Lastly if you have such innovative ways to cook food, thenhead to Bajaj Electricals’ Facebook and participate in the #HackTheSnack contest to win assured Grofers cashback vouchers, Bajaj Air-fryer, Sandwich Maker and much more. Trust me, its worth it. Bring out the inner chef in you and show the talent. 

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Kulfi Falooda - Dessert

So the idea for this recipe came because of my grand mom and you what to know why ? She loves Kulfi Falooda, we often go out on saturday nights for a drive and that is when she likes to enjoy having a bowl of this from a restaurant in the area. She likes it with some good amount of glass noodles, rose sherbet and malai kulfi.
I had gone to the market and had seen some molds in which I decided to make some kulfi for her at home but did not fine anything interesting and that is when Tupperware came to the rescue and I ordered my self the below Mickey Cups. They look cute and are perfect for my uncles 7 year old son as well. I was sure that he would like them and so will my grand mom. 

To discuss the recipe, I sat with my mom and asked her as to if she will help me with this and how can we go about with it as she was the expert for such things in the house (Im only good at making a few selected dishes, but she is the masterchef of the house). She helped me arrange the ingredients needed for the recipe and also sat with me while I was making it and clicking pictures for this blog (and it was necessary to blog about it, its my moms recipe).

So the ingredients were as below.

Heavy Cream - 1 Cup
Sugar - 100 gms
Rabdi (Reduced Milk) - 200 ml
Cardamom Powder - 3 gms
Saffron - Few Strands
Chopped Pistachio - 50 gms
Chopped Almonds - 50 gms
Rose Sherbet - 40 ml
Glass Noodles (Boiled) - 80 gms - 100 gms.

Once we have all the ingredients in place, lets start making this as it needs to cool down a bit and then go in the freezer to set as well so the more delay you make at your end, the longer you will have to wait for the end product. 

Lets start making it.

Step 1 - Heat the cream in a sauce pan for a couple of mins and then add in the sugar. 
Bring the cream to a boil and remember to keep stirring so that the sugar dissolves.

Step 2 - Once the cream comes to a boil, add in the rabdi i.e. reduced milk and stir so.

Step 3 - Put in the cardamom powder and the saffron and mix well so that the flavor get into every drop of the cream mixture and the saffron also releases the aromas and the color giving it that perfect golden color.

Step 4 - Time to add in the goodness i.e. the chopped nuts, once they go in, its again a time to stir and bring it to a small boil and put out the flame/induction. You base for the Kulfi is ready. 

Step 5 - Let the mixture cool down a bit and then remove some of it in another bowl and we will mix in some coloring and give it another flavor. Add in a the rose sherbet and mix well and it should look like how it is in the image below.

Its time to assemble the product in the Tupperware Mickey Ice Cups.



- We start with filling in the red sherbet kulfi base, fill 1/3rd of the mold with it, then comes the boiled glass noodles and lastly it is the plain kulfi base. Once the mold is full, time to cover it and put it in the freezer.

Once in the freezer, do not disturb it for a few hours. It took me about 5 hours to get the perfectly set Kulfi Falooda.

Traditionally if you go in the market it is served with lots of nuts, glass noodles on the top and some rose sherbet and to give it that feel, the garnish was just the same.

Tip: If you feel that the stick is not coming out, just rub the mold with your hands a couple of times and it will come out it ease.
You can also try to make different flavors if you want, just add the flavoring once the mixture is off the flame and stir it.
Sweetness can be adjusted as per your choice, I had kept the sugar a bit less as everyone in my house prefers a bit less sweet but they do love sweet.

Not to forget, you can order the Mickey Ice Cups from the Tupperware site and they will be delivered to you. Also you can check out more on the Tupperware youtube channel -

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