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Gajar Ka Halwa is a dessert, which is popular across India for any festive season. The taste of carrots, fragrance from the ghee, soft texture after its cooked and its aroma from cardamom.. oohh yum! With all the sweetness and nuts its a perfect dessert  for any occasion or celebration to indulge in it…..

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 700 gms of grated carrots
  2. 600 ml Milk
  3. 150 gms of Amul Milkmaid
  4. 150 gms of Sugar
  5. 2 Tbsp of Ghee
  6. 8-10 pcs of fine chopped Almonds
  7. 5-6 pcs of fine chopped Cashew
  8. 15-20 pcs of Raisins
  9. 1/4th tsp of cardamon powder

PREPARATION TIME : 1 Hour

PREPARATION METHOD:

  • In a pan add the grated carrot and milk.
  • Boil it till the time the carrot becomes little soft.
  • Add milkmaid and sugar to the carrot mixture.
  • Cook on the medium flame for 5 -10 minutes.
  • Add almonds, cashew, raisins and cardamon powder to the mixture.
  • Cook on the medium flame till the time carrot absorbs all the milk , sugar and milkmaid.
  • Add ghee to the carrot mixture and stir the carrot mixture till the time it starts leaving the ghee on the sides.
  • Switch off the flame and let it rest for sometime.
  • The halwa is ready to be served.

Serves :  7 -8 persons

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 233.2 Calories from Fat 77.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.6g 13%
Saturated Fat 4.2g 21%
Trans Fat 2.2g
Cholesterol 16.8mg 6%
Sodium 131.2mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 34.8g 12%
Dietary Fiber 2.9g 12%
Sugars 28.7g
Protein 5.8g 12%

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

This is a ‘whatever is left at home’ kind of a savory cake recipe. I stumbled on it just combining various ingredients, but love it now. Also, hey, sweet potato and beans – two on two for super foods!

INGREDIENTS:

400 gms sweet potatoes shredded or ribboned

1 (450 gms) can black beans

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup flour

1 egg

2 teaspoons oregano

1 tablespoon cumin

Salt, pepper, paprika to taste

HOW TO PREPARE:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Roast the sweet potato until tender, about 10-15 mins.

Meanwhile, combine all ingredients beans, parmesan cheese, flour, egg. Add the spices.

Let the sweet potato cool down for a few minutes.

Now mix it into the mixture above, mash everything together.

Make small patties and pan fry until golden on both sides. Serve with salsa and guacamole OR a yogurt dip!

Pizza and red wine is my fave kind of a Friday night. Here is my go-to fall/ winter pizza! Butternut Squash has a nutty, sweet taste and is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It goes well with caramelized Onions! Both on Pizza is a classic quick recipe, best for weekend comfort food!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 wheat pizza dough (store bought)

1 tub carmelized onion dip (any other white/ mayo based dip works also)

400 gms butternut squash cubed or ribboned

1 large onion

Baby spinach leaves (to taste)

1/2 packet mozarella cheese

1 packet goat cheese

Arugula leaves (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE:

Set the oven to preheat to 450 degrees F. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the butternut squash and roast until tender, about 20 minutes.

Chop the onion into thin slices, saute in a spoonful of olive oil on low heat until it turns golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Wash the spinach leaves and set aside, slice the mozarella cheese into thin slices and set aside.

Roll out the dough on a pizza pan until it is 12″ wide. Spread the onion dip, be generous on the edges.

Take the butternut squash out of the oven, let it cool for a couple minutes.

Add spinach and the carmelized onions on the pizza, add mozarella slices, then add the butternut squash. Lastly sprinkly goat cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Let the pizza bake until the edges and the cheese is light golden brown. Let it rest for a couple minutes. Top with arugula, slice and serve!

The leaves are changing color, the air is crisp, and winter is coming – it is soup season in the house. This is one of my favorite (easy) stews. Serve with a bowl of fresh white rice!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Tablespoon Butter
  2. 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  3. ¼ Cup All Purpose Flour
  4. 1 ½ Cup Chopped Celery and Onion Mix
  5. 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic
  6. 2 Bay Leaves
  7. 1 Star Anise
  8. ½ Cup White Wine
  9. 1 Cup Chopped Tomatoes
  10. 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  11. 1 Packet Frozen Okra
  12. 1 Teaspoon Oregano
  13. 6-8 Sprigs of Thyme
  14. 1 Tablespoon Cumin Powder
  15. ½ Box Vegetable Broth
  16. 2 Links Vegetarian Sausages
  17. Salt to taste

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a deep bottom pan or Dutch oven, heat the butter and olive oil.
  • Add the flour and stir quickly to form a paste, cook until it changes color, think peanut butter texture and color.
  • Now add the chopped celery and onion mixture along with the garlic, bay leaves, and star anise.
  • Cook for a few minutes until tender, now add the white wine. Cook until the wine evaporates.
  • Add the Okra and all the spices. Stir and cook for a couple minutes.
  • Now add the tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, sausages, and salt to taste.
  • Close the lid and cook on high for 8-10 minutes until you get a stew like texture.
  • Top with parsley and serve hot!

 

INGREDIENTS

  1. 1 Cup Arborio Rice
  2. 2 Tablespoons Butter
  3. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  4. 1 Large Butternut Squash Cubed
  5. 2 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
  6. 1 Yellow Onion Chopped
  7. 1 Cup Grated or Thinly Sliced Parmesan Cheese
  8. 1/3 Cup Dry White Wine
  9. 1 Box Vegetable Broth or Stock
  10. 1 Teaspoon Cumin
  11. A Pinch of Saffron Threads
  12. 1 teaspoon crushed garlic
  13. Salt and pepper to taste

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 420 degreeg F.
  • Coat the squash with oilve oil, salt and pepper, roast for 30 mins.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan, add butter and oil.
  • Add the onion and cook till transclucent.
  • Add the garlic and stir for a minute.
  • Now add the rice and let it coat nicely, cook for a couple minutes.
  • Add wine and stir until the wine evaporates.
  • Now add a ladle of the broth. Cook until the rice absorbs it all. Repeat this process, one ladle at a time until the rice is almost cooked.
  • Now add the saffron, cumin, butternut squash, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and half of the parmesan cheese.
  • Stir and add more broth until the rice is fully cooked and teh risotto has a creamy texture.
  • Top with the rest of the parmesan cheese (and optionally parsley). Serve hot!

When people looking to escape the busy city for a few hours to enjoy simple, unpretentious and wholesome food the favourite place that first come to mind is “DHABA”. Today in “Jai Ki Rasoi Se” made a simple and delicious vegetarian dish called “Aloo Chana Malai in Dhaba Style”. This goes well when served along with Roti, Naan, Phulka or Paratha

Ingredient
1. 250 gm Roughly Chopped Potatoes (Kate Aloo)
2. 100 gm Black Chickpeas (Kala Chana)
3. 1 Cup Onion Paste (Pyaz Ka Paste)
4. 1 Cup Tomato Puree (Tamator Ka Paste)
5. 1 Bunch Finely Chopped Green Coriander (Barik Kata Hara Dhaniya)
6. 1/2 Bunch Finley Chopped Mint Leaves (Barik Kata Pudina)
7. 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste (Adrak Lasoon Ka Paste)
8. 5-6 Slit Green Chilies (Kati Hari Mirch)
9. 1 Tablespoon Red Chili Powder (Laal Mirch Powder)
10. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi Powder)
11. 2-3 Tablespoon Fresh Cream (Malai)
12. 1 Teaspoon Caraway Seeds (Shahi Jeera)
13. Oil – As Per Requirement
14. Salt According to Taste

Preparation

  • Note: Soak black chickpeas overnight or minimum of 6 hours before cooking
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan or kadai. Once the oil is hot add caraway seeds and allow them to splutter
  • Add ginger garlic paste and cook till the moisture from the paste gets evaporated
  • Now add onion paste and cook till it gets light brown
  • At this add roughly chopped potatoes & soaked black chickpeas and mix them. Season it will salt according to taste.
  • Cover and cook for 5 minutes or till potatoes & black chickpeas become soft
  • Now add dry ingridents like turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix and cook till oil get seperated from them
  • Add tomato puree & ½ glass water and mix them. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes or till oil get separated from it
  • Add finely chopped green coriander & mint leave and slit green chill. Mix and cook it for another one minute
  • Finely add cream and mix it. Cook for another one minute
  • The dish is ready to be served with any Indian bread

My maternal grandmother (Nani Ji) use to be very excited and happy during Navratri. She use to prepare very yummy dishes during these nine days. Today in “Jai Ki Rasoi Se” made yet another dish called “Sabudane Ki Khichadi in UP Style”. This dish is dedicated to my nani ji.

Ingredients
1. 250 gm Soaked Sago (Bhigoye Huwa Sabudana)
2. 1 Cup Green Paste of Green Coriander, Chillies & Mint (Hare Masale Ka Paste)
3. 1 Cup Tomato Pure (Tamator Ka Paste)
4. 2 Medium Size Roughly Chopped Potatoes (Kate Aloo)
5. 2-3 Slit Green Chillies (Kati Hari Mirch)
6. 4 Tablespoon Roasted Peanut Powder (Bhuni Mungphali Ka Powder)
7. 10-15 Finely Chopped Curry Leaves (Barik Kata Curry Patta)
8. 1 Tablespoon Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
9. Oil – As per Requirement
10. Rock Salt (Sendha Namak) – As per taste

Preparation:
1. In soaked sago add roasted peanut powder and salt according to taste. Mix all ingredients and keep it aside

2. Heat oil in a non stick pan or kadai. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and curry leaves. All them to crackle

3. Add roughly chopped potatoes and mix. Cover and cook till potatoes become soft

4. Add the green paste. Mix and cook till oil get separated from the it

5. Now add tomato pure and mix. Cover and cook till oil get separated from the it

6. Now add sago mixture and mix it. Cover it and cook it for 5 minutes on a slow flame

7. Finely add slit green chillies and cook for a minute

8. The dish is ready to be served hot with thick curd

My maternal grandmother (Nani Ji) loves to eat green leafy vegetables in any form like Palak, Maat, Methi, Soya and Hara Dhaniya etc.. “Jai Ki Rasoi Se” churned out a traditional and one of her all time favourite dishes “Kale Chane Ka Saag”. This dish is dedicated to my nani ji.

Ingredient
1. 50 gm Black Chickpeas (Kala Chana)
2. 4 Bunches Finely Chopped Spinach (Barik Kati Palak)
3. 2 Bunches Finely Chopped Amaranth Leave (Barik Kati Maat)
4. 1 Bunch Finely Chopped Dill Leaves (Bari Kata Soya Leaves)
5. 1 Bunch Finely Chopped Green Coriander (Barik Kata Hara Dhaniya)
6. 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic Paste (Adrak Lasoon Ka Paste)
7. 1 Medium Size Finely Sliced Onion (Kati Pyaz)
8. 5-6 Slit Green Chilies (Kati Hari Mirch)
9. 1 Tablespoon Red Chili Powder (Laal Mirch Powder)
10. 1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder (Haldi Powder)
11. Oil – As Per Requirement
12. Salt According to Taste

Preparation
1. Note: Soak black chickpeas overnight or minimum of 6 hours before cooking
2. Heat oil in a nonstick pan or kadai. Once the oil is hot add finely sliced onion and cook till it becomes light brown

3. Add ginger garlic paste and cook till the moisture from the paste gets evaporated

4. Now add soaked black chickpeas. Mix and cook for 2 to 3 minutes

5. At this stage wash and add the finely chopped spinach, amaranth leave, dil leave & green coriander. Mix them well. Cover and cook for 2 minutes, by doing this greens will start leaving it mositure which will help in cooking the black chickpeas

6. Now add all dry ingridents like turmeric, red chilli powder and season it with salt according to the taste. Mix all and add ½ cup of water, cook it on low flame till oil get seperated from them and black chickpeasare completed cooked

7. Finely add the slit green chill and mix it and cook it for another minute

8. The dish is ready to be served with any Indian bread

Navaratri is one of the big festivals that is celebrated widely across the country. During these nine days people fast and variety of dishes by using most common ingredients like Sabudana, Rajgira ke Aata Peanuts, Potatoes, Vrat Ke Chawal (Bhagar/Sama/Barnyard Millet), Kuttu Ka Aata, Sweet Potato, Arbi etc. Today in “Jai Ki Rasoi Se” used Vrat Ke Chawal to make very yummy and delicious dish called “Vrat Ke Cutlet” Which is served with Tamator Ki Chutney

Ingredients
1. 1 Cup Barnyard Millets (Bhagar/Samo Ke Chawal)
2. 100 gm Boiled Potatoes (Ubale Aloo)
3. 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Green Chilies (Barik Kati Hari Mirch)
4. 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Curry Leaves (Barik Kati Curry Patta)
5. 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Green Coriander (Barik Kata Hara Dhaniya)
6. Oil – As Per Requirement
7. Rock Salt (Sendha Namak) – According to Taste

Preparation:
1. In a mixer jar add barnyard millets and grind into a powder

2. In a kadai or non stick pan boil 2 ½ cups of water along with ½ tea spoon oil and rock salt

3. Once the water comes to boiling point add the powdered barnyard millets. Mix it and esnure there are no lumps formed. Cook it for at aleast 3 to 4 minutes. Keep it aside to get it cool

4. In a vessel add cooked barnyard, grate boiled potatoes, finely chopped green coriander, chillies and curry leaves. Season with salt according to taste

5. Mix all the ingredients and keep aside for 5 minutes.

6. Apply oil on your palm and make thick patties or cutlet

5. Heat oil in a non-stick tawa, once the oil is hot place the cutlet. Cook both side till they are golden brown and crispy

7. Serve the cutlets with any chutney

A muffin is an individual-sized, baked bakery product. It can refer to cupcake-like quick bread. Using same technique and Dosa Batter in “Jai Ki Rasoi Se” given a different avatar and made “Baked Cheese Uttapam Muffins”. These are served with coconut chutney

Ingredients
1. 2 Cups Dosa Batter
2. 50 gm Grated Cheese
3. 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Green Coriander (Barik Ka Hara Dhaniya)
4. 1 Medium Size Finely Chopped Onion (Barik Kati Pyaz)
5. 1 Medium Size Finely Chopped Capsicum (Barik Ki Shimla Mirch)
6. 1 Medium Size Finely Chopped Tomato (Barik Kata Tamator)
7. 2-3 Finely Chopped Green Chillies (Barik Kati Hari Mirch)
8. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder (Lal Mirch Powder)
9. Salt – As per Taste
10. Oil to grease the molds – As per Requirement

Preparation:
1. Pre heat the oven at 180 degree for 10 minutes Take silicon molds, grease them with oil and pore dosa batter

2. Add finely chopped onion, tomato, capsicum green chillies & green coriander. Season with red chilli powder and salt according to taste. Finely add grated cheese

3. Place the molds in the baking tray. Add water in the baking tray at ½ inch level

4. Place the tray in the oven and bake it for 20 minutes at 180 degree

5. Remove baked muffins from mold in a serving plate and serve them with coconut chutney