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Ragi or Finger Millet is a Gluten-free, whole grain, rich in fiber that helps in weight loss, indigestion and diabetes. Ragi is a rich source of Calcium, Vitamin D and other amino acids helps lower cholesterol levels.  Finger Millet is easy to digest and Tryptophan amino acid present in Ragi produces the relaxing effect on body.

Ragi being a staple food in southern India is majorly eaten especially with Sambhar, chicken curry or saaru or any curry. It becomes a complete meal in itself.  Protein and fat from chicken, good carbs and fibre from Ragi balls or Ragi Mudde  – It is a complete balanced meal!

These beautifull looking steamed Ragi balls / Ragi Mudde when broken down in spicy and scrumptious chicken curry  flavoured with fenugreek or /methi  leafs, with a lick of green mint and coriander chutney,  creates a explosion of flavours and textures in your mouth. Its an experience!

INGREDIENTS :

RAGI BALLS/MUDDE:

  1. 1 Cup Ragi Flour
  2. 3 Cups Water
  3. 2 Tablespoon Ghee
  4. Salt as required
  5. 1/2 Cup Watermelon seeds

METHI CHICKEN CURRY/SAARU:

  1. 800gms – 1 Kg Chicken cut into medium pieces
  2. 3 Cardamoms
  3. 2 Cloves
  4. 2 Bayleaves
  5. 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin seeds
  6. 2 Star Anise
  7. 5-6 Black Peppercorns
  8. 2 Onions
  9. 2 Tomatoes
  10. 2 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  11. 2 Green Chillies
  12. 1/2 Cup Curd
  13. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  14. 1 Teaspoon Jeera/Cumin Powder
  15. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  16. 2 Teaspoon Chicken Masala ( Readily available in grocery stores)
  17. Salt to taste
  18. 1/2 Cup Kasoori or Dry Methi/ Fenugreek Leaves
  19. 2 Tablespoon Oil
  20. Fresh Chopped Coriander for garnish

Recipe for Mint Coriander Chutney –  https://www.desispiceworld.com/cuisines/coriander-mint-chutney/

PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour 30 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

RAGI MUDDE :

  • Boil water in an wide mouth pan and add salt to it
  • Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of ragi flour and keep whisking, make sure no lumps are formed
  • Add rest of the ragi flour in small quantities, while stirring the mix continuously on a low flame
  • Use a wooden spoon as it requires a strong hand to whisk the flour
  • Once the flour thickens and comes together , add in ghee and keep stirring
  • Let it cook on low flame and keep stirring till ragi is cooked or until you get shine on it.
  • Take off flame and keep it covered for a couple of minutes
  • Apply little ghee on your palms and make round balls or mudde while the mix is still hot
  • Roll these balls on a plate of watermelon seeds
  • Ready to serve hot with any curry or saaru!

METHI CHICKEN CURRY/SAARU:

  • Heat oil in pressure cooker and add cardamoms, cumin seeds, cloves, peppercorns, bayleaves and star anise
  • Saute until crackling sound comes, add Onion paste and saute till its golden brown
  • Add Ginger Garlic paste and green chillies, saute until its brown
  • Add Tomato puree and keep stirring, saute until masala is dry
  • Pour in curd, mix and cook till curd releases oil
  • Sprinkle Fenugreek Leaves, Salt, Turmeric, Red Chilly Powder, Cumin powder and Chicken Masala
  • Give everything a nice mix and cook for a couple of minutes
  • Add in Chicken pieces and mix well, cover with a plate
  • Cook until Chicken releases water and is half done
  • Add water as the consistency of curry required or until all chicken pieces are dunked
  • Put the pressure cooker lid on and cook until 3 whistles.
  • Serve hot with fresh coriander leaves as garnish and enjoy with any Indian faltbread, Idlis or Ragi Mudde.

 

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 3

Amount Per Serving
Calories 388.8 Calories from Fat 162.9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18.1g 28%
Saturated Fat 8.3g 42%
Trans Fat 8.6g
Cholesterol 23.3mg 8%
Sodium 68.2mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 50.6g 17%
Dietary Fiber 2.4g 10%
Sugars 0.0g
Protein 9.6g 19%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 509.5 Calories from Fat 299.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 33.3g 51%
Saturated Fat 7.9g 40%
Trans Fat 19.5g
Cholesterol 152.5mg 51%
Sodium 446.1mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 11.1g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2.2g 9%
Sugars 4.5g
Protein 39.3g 79%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Kadhi Pakora is one of the most favourite comfort food from our Punjabi Cuisine. Recipes of Kadhi vary from each state to state but we will be making our punjabi version. Kadhi is basically a gravy prepared by sour curd and Besan ( Gram Flour). The pakodas are an added texture to the gravy and gives a nice taste to the palate. Punjabi Kadhi pakoda is best suited with steamed rice for lunch and dinner ideas!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Cups Sour Curd
  2. 2 Cup Water
  3. 4 Teaspoon Besan( Gram Flour)
  4. 2 Tablespoon Oil
  5. 1 Teaspoon Ginger Green Chilli paste
  6. 1 Teaspoon Jeera (Cumin) seeds
  7. 1 Teaspoon Rai (Mustard) seeds
  8. A Pinch of Hing (Asafoetida)
  9. 6-7 Curry Leaves
  10. 2 Dry Red Chillies
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon sugar
  12. 1 Teaspoon Haldi (Turmeric)
  13. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  14. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  15. 1 Tablespoon Fresh Chopped Coriander
  16. Salt to taste
  17. Black pepper to taste

FOR PAKODAS

  1. 1/2 Cup Besan (Gram Flour)
  2. 1 Small Onion Chopped
  3. 1/4 Teaspoon Soda-bi-Carbonate
  4. 1 Teaspoon Kasoori Methi(Dried Fenugreek leaves)
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Black pepper to taste
  7. Red Chilli powder to taste

PREPARATION TIME: 30 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • FOR PAKODAS – Mix all ingredients of pakoda and add little water to make a thick batter
  • Batter should be of dropping consistency.  Fry little batter to make small pakodas
  • For Healthy version microwave the batter in small idli moulds for 1-2 minutes at 100% power
  • Heat oil in a wok, crackle Jeera, Rai, Hing, Curry Leaves, Red Chilli, Turmeric and Salt
  • After a minute add ginger green chilli paste and saute for a minute or two
  • Beat Curd water and Besan to form a smooth batter without lumps.
  • Add this mixture to the wok and keep stirring till its a little thick
  • Add water if its too thick, keep stirring while cooking
  • Add the fried/Microwaved pakodas and let it boil for 5 minute
  • The gravy should be like yellow thick runny gravy with pakodas
  • Once done Serve hot with Steamed Rice garnished with fresh chopped coriander leaves

 

 

 

Bach Baras is a hindu festival celebrated by mothers for their sons. On this occasion mothers start their day by worshiping A cow and it’s Calf. Bach means “calf” and baras means “twelve”. Bach Baras or Gau Vats Dwadeshi follows janmashtmi (lord Krishna’s birth day). Women who have male kids fast on this day, depriving themselves from eating wheat or any grains and foodstuff prepared by cow’s milk. They also avoid using knife. Nothing should be chopped, not even vegetables. They eat sprouts and Jowar or Bajra Rotis. It is believed that worshipping cow gives prosperity and longevity of kids.

Thali consists of –

Starters

  1. Sprouts of Green Moong – Sauted in little oil with Salt, Pepper and fresh Coriander and little Chaat Masala and Turmeric.

Main Course

  1. Kadhi – Cooked by mixing curd and besan(gram flour) and finished with some dried fenugreek leaves.
  2. Gatte ki Kadi – This Curry is made with onion and tomatoes and the “Gatte” is made by gram flour dough boiled and broken into small pieces and cooked together.
  3. Aloo ki sukhi sabzi – Made with boiled potatoes with salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, jeera powder and finished with fresh coriander leaves. Potatoes are not cut with knife but just roughly mashed up by hand.
  4. Jowar Roti – Jowar Roti or bhakri are one of the Indian Flat Breads made with Sorghum Flour
  5. Bajra Roti – Bajra Roti or bhakri are one of the Indian Flat Breads made with Millet Flour

Sides

  1. Green Mirchi ka Thesa/Thecha – Its a Maharashtrian side which brings quite a lot of excitement in the thali as its spicy and chatpata. Its a coarse mix of Green chillies, Fresh coriander, coconut, sesame seeds and garlic etc made by pounding the mix in a mortal and pestle.

Desserts/Sweets

  1. Bajre ki Churi – Its a healthy North Indian recipe made from crumbling leftover bajra rotis and mixed nicely with loads of ghee, nuts, Jaggery or sugar and fennel powder.
  2. Sattu ka Laddoo – Its a Recipe made during special occasions and festivals. Its kid friendly and healthy too. Sattu is basically roasted chana Dal Flour. Its made by dry roasting wheat flour till its golden and releases aroma and then mixing in sattu, sugar, nuts and cardamom powder. Finally ghee is added and mixed, rolled into laddoos.
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