Saturday, 23 November 2013

Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli is a very popular gujarati cuisine. Its a complete one dish meal. An extremely tasty & healthy dish, easy to cook & perfect for cold winter evenings
Dal dhokli

Dal dhokli

Dal dhokli is prepared with lentils & homemade whole wheat dhoklis. Dhoklis are wheat flour 
dumplings cooked in dal.

Dal dhokli

If you want a healthy one pot meal, try this easy to prepare, stomach filling, delicious & healthy recipe.


1 cup toovar dal
3 tbsp wheat flour
3 tbsp gram flour
3/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 1/2 tsp red chili powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
3/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp jaggery grated
2 tbsp peanuts
2 tbsp coriander leaves chopped
2 pinches asafoetida
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
5-6 curry leaves
2-3 green chili chopped
1-2 tomatoes chopped

1 tbsp fresh grated coconut
2 kokum
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp ghee
Water as required
Salt to taste


1. Wash & pressure cook toovar dal in 2 cups of water with peanut for 2-3 whistle.

2. Mix whole wheat flour & gram flour. 

3. Add salt, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp red chili powder, pinch of asafoetida, oil,salt
    to flour & mix well.

4.Kneed it into a smooth dough by adding water & keep aside for 15-20 mins. 

5. Now pour the boiled dal into a big pan & blend it well.

6. Roll out thin rotis of dough & cut into desired shape.

7.Now boil again the boiled,blended dal on heat and add remaining turmeric powder,
   salt ,kokum,garam masala.

8.Now add dough strips to dal, stir & cook it for 10-15 mins.

9. Heat ghee in another pan, add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic & curry
    leaves.tomatoes & cook it for 4-5 mins. 

10 .Now add red chili powder & add this to dal , mix well.

11. Add water as required, When it starts boiling, add jaggery. 

12. When jaggery dissolves Cook  for another 3-4 mins.

13.Transfer it into a serving bowl.

14. Garnished with chopped coriander, fresh grated coconut & serve hot. 

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Dal Bati Churma

Dal Bati Churma

Dal Bati Churma

Dal Bati Churma is a complete & very popular dish in Rajasthan. It is a combination of three different food items - Dal (lentils), Bati & Churma (Sweet). It is a typical Rajasthani dish.

Dal Bati Churma

Traditional way to serve it is to first coarsely mash the bati then pour pure ghee on top of it. It is served with the dal (lentils), spicy garlic chutney & sweet  churma. It is commonly served at all festivities, including religious occasions, wedding ceremonies & birthday parties in Rajasthan.

Dal Bati Churma

This is a very rich dish as there is a lot of ghee involved in it. Bati baked or grilled balls of wheat flour dough. Dal is made of lentils & can be little bit spicy. Churma is a sweet, made of wheat flour, sugar & dry fruits. Ghee is an important ingredient in all the three items.


For dal:

1 cup toovar dal 

1 onion chopped

2 tomatoes chopped
2-3 green chilies chopped
1 tsp chopped ginger
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of asafoetida
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Ghee (clarified butter) for seasoning 
Coriander leaves finely chopped 
Salt to taste

For bati:

2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup semolina
1/2 cup ghee
1/4 tsp baking powder
Water as required
Salt to taste 

For churma:

2 cups whole wheat flour (atta) 
4 tbsp semolina (rawa/suji) 
1 cup pure ghee (clarified butter)
Milk as required  
3/4 cup powdered sugar 
1/4 green cardamom powder 
5 cashew nuts chopped 
5 almonds chopped
5 pistachio chopped


For dal:

1. Pressure cook dal with 2 cups of water upto 3 whistle.

2. Heat ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, asafoetida .

3. When they start splattering, add onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies & saute till light brown.

4. Then add tomatoes & stir it for 2-3 mins.

5. Add red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder & mix well. Add half a cup of 
    water, bring it to a boil.

6. Add cooked dal & another 1/2 cup water, salt bring it to a boil. Simmer for 2 mins.

7. Garnish with fresh coriander.

For bati:

1. Take atta & semolina in a bowl. Add salt, baking powder & half a cup of pure ghee. Mix well.

2. Add sufficient water & knead into a stiff dough.

3. Preheat oven to 180°C.

4. Take lemon sized portions. Press firmly & roll into round balls.

5. Grease a baking tray. Place the batis on it. Press them slightly.

6. Place tray in preheated oven & bake at 180°C till done. It may take 15-30 mins.

7. Batis are ready.

For churma:

1. Mix flour & semolina in a bowl. Add half cup of melted ghee & mix well. 

2. Add milk as required & knead into a stiff dough. 

3. Divide dough into 12 lemon sized balls. 

4. Heat sufficient ghee in a kadhai, deep-fry balls on medium heat, till they are light brown.

5. Drain & place on an absorbent paper & cool. 

6. Coarsely grind wheat balls in a mixer.

7. Add powdered sugar, cardamom powder, cashew nuts, almonds, pistachio & mix. 

8. Churma is ready to serve.


1. Take a bowl full of pure ghee (clarified butter), brake the batis a little, soak batis in ghee.

2. Now take a plate, place batis in it with hot & spicy dal, sweet churma, green chutney 
   & a bowl full of ghee.

3. Mouth watering dal, bati, churma is ready to eat.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Hara Bhara Kabab

Hara Bhara Kabab

Hara Bhara Kabab

Hara bhara kabab is a popular vegetarian dish of  North India, A tasty & delicious alternative for those who love kababs but are vegetarian.

Hara Bhara Kabab

Hara Bhara Kabab, true to its name boosts of green health. made from spinach, peas & potatoes. It is nutritious has vitamin E, folic acid, rich spinach added to these delicious kababs doing wonders for your eyes
& great with any chutney or sauce.

Hara Bhara Kabab

It is a dish can be used as starters or tea time snacks. A very simple recipe. It is mildly flavored, easy to cook & digest. You can also use these kabab to make healthy burgers for children. 

So here is lip-smacking, healthy vegetarian twist to the meaty kababs. . . . . .


100 gms boiled spinach
400 gms boiled potatoes peeled & mashed
100 gms boiled green peas mashed
2 tbsp chopped coriander 
1 tsp chopped green chilies
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp chaat masala
2 tsp ararot
Oil as required
Salt to taste


1 .Drain & squeeze out excess water from spinach.

2. Add potatoes, peas & mix well.

3. Add green chilies, coriander, ginger paste, chaat masala, salt, ararot
    & mix well.

4. Divide mixture into equal portions & shape each portion into a ball &
    press to flatten it.

5. Heat a pan, shallow fry kebabs till golden brown & crisp from both

6. Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup

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Saturday, 2 November 2013

Besan Laddu

Besan Laddu
( Gram Flour )

Besan Laddu

Wish You A Very Happy Diwali & Prosperous New Year

Besan Laddu is a delicious sweet made on several special occasions and festivals. The trick to getting this sweet right is in browning the besan (gram flour) perfectly.

Besan Laddu

Besan laddus are very rich Indian sweet made out of roasted gram flour, pure ghee, sugar, raisins & nuts. This is a very easy to prepare sweet item.

Besan Laddu

Laddus are Indian equivalent to cakes & cookies, Tasty Besan Laddu is prepared at most of the households for Diwali.


250 gms gram flour (besan)
250 gms powdered sugar
200 gms ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder
8-10 almond chopped
6-7 cashew nut chopped


1. Sieve gram flour.Heat ghee in a pan add gram flour & mix well.

2. Cook it on low flame till color changes to golden brown &
     a nice aroma is given out Keep stirring continuously.

3.Transfer the mixture in a big bowl & allow it to cool completely.

4. Add sugar, almonds ,cashew nut , cardamom powder to gram 
     flour mixture & mix well. 

5.Take a small portion of mixture & shape it into a laddoo.

6. Repeat the same with remaining mixture.

7. Garnish laddus with chopped almond & cashew nut.

8. Delicious besan laddus are ready for this festive season.

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Cron Chivda

Corn Chivda

Corn Chivda

Diwali Greeting

Corn Chivda is a snack prepared during Diwali festival & is made by mixing cornflakes with variety of nuts & spices. The best thing about this is that it can be made very quick & very tasty.

Corn Chivda

Corn chivda is a crunchy, munching snack which can be eaten any time of the day.Corn has a lot of health benefits. It is rich in phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, iron & selenium. It also has small amounts of potassium.

Corn Chivda

Here is a simple recipe of  corn chivda. A chivda can't be simpler than this one.......


3 cups corn flakes 
3/4 cup peanuts 
1/2 tbsp raisin 
8-10 cashew nuts
3-4 green chilies 
1/2 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp aamchur (dry mango) powder
10-15 curry leaves
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp oil
Salt to taste


1.  Heat oil in a large heavy bottom pan, add fennel seeds when it splutters, add 
    green chilies, curry leaves, peanuts, raisins, cashew nut to this & sauté until peanuts
    turns crispy.

2. Add corn flakes to this, stir it well for about 30-40 seconds.

3. Now add salt, red chili powder, powdered sugar, dry mango powder & mix well until
coats well.

4. Remove from flame.

5. Allow to cool & transfer to air tight container.

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