Laddoos  or a small sweet ball, originated in Indian Subcontinent. It is made out of  a combination of flour, nuts, ghee, and sweetner. It was originally used for medicinal purposes. Laddoos are delectable to the tongue and is liked by all ages.

Laddoos are of many varieties and each fulfill a nutrient in the body. basically these laddoos are immunity and strength builders.  One can make Ragi laddoos (whole wheat +ragi), Mueseli Laddoos (whole wheat + Mueseli) , Methi laddoos ( Whole wheat + Methi powder) etc.

Laddoos are also known as panjiri laddoos or Jaape ke laddoos. This variety has a number of ayurvedic or natural strenght giving ingredients like Cloves, Nutmeg, mace, Kamarkas Edible gum etc.  It is the most common variety as its given to new mothers or lactating mothers.

Today we are preparing Whole Wheat and Flaxseed Laddoos! Flaxseeds are rich in Omega 3 and dietary Fiber. Flaxseed improves Cholestrol and Lowers Blood Pressure.

INGREDIENTS:

  1.  2 1/2 Cup Atta or Whole Wheat
  2. 1/2 Cup Suji or Semolina
  3. 1/2 Cup Alsi or Flaxseed Powder
  4. 1 Cup Bura Cheeni or Powdered Sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon Elaichi or Cardamom Powder
  6. 1/2 Cup Almond Pulsed or Grounded
  7. 1 Cup Ghee or Clarified Butter

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Grind Almonds and Keep Aside
  • Grind the Sugar if using Granulated Sugar and keep aside
  • In a dry Wok, Dry roast Atta until it becomes aromatic and golden in colour
  • Add in Suji and Flax seed Powder,  Keep roasting till colour gets little darker
  • Add in Ghee and mix well until the atta gets wet and crumbly.
  • Add Elaichi powder, mix and keep cooking on low flame, stirring in between .
  • Once a nutty aroma comes, take it off flame and let it cool
  • Once its cool and you can touch it , add grounded almonds and powdered sugar, Mix well.
  • If mixture gets dry  and not forming laddoos then add little hot ghee.
  • If Mixture is too wet add more almond flour.
  • Make Laddoos and keep it in air tight containers.

 

Karahi is nothing but a heavy bottom pan in a big bowl shape. The Karahi recipes are all made in this pan and thus named after it. The origins of karahi recipes can be found in Pakistan, so named this dish Lahori Murg Karahi.

Chicken is also known as “Murg” and here i have used small cuts of chicken thighs. Chicken thighs are juicy and is easy to chew. It doesn’t get chewy unlike the breast pieces., but whole chicken can also be used. Lahori Murg Karahi is made in thick rich tomato gravy and various spices to give it its aroma and flavour!

Karahi recipes are generally dry but i like keeping a little thick gravy , which makes it even more tastier and fingerlicking. Lahori Murg Karahi is served with Roti, Naan, Parathas or Rumali rotis.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2lb/1 kg Chicken Thighs boneless
  2. 4 Tomatoes
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 2 Teaspoon Ginger Garlic Paste
  5. 1 Cup Curd/ Yogurt
  6. 3-4 Cloves / Long
  7. 6-7 Black Peppercorns / Golki
  8. 3 Green Cardamoms / Elaichi
  9. 1 Teaspoon Cumin/ Jeera Powder
  10. 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  12. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  13. Salt to taste
  14. Red Chilli Powder to taste
  15. 2 Tablespoon Oil / Ghee
  16. 4 Slit Green Chillies
  17. 1 Teaspoon fresh Ginger Julienne
  18. 1/2 Cup Fresh Green Coriander for Garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 45 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Heat oil in Karahi and crackle peppercorns, cardamom and cloves
  • Throw in chopped onions and ginger garlic paste. Saute until onions get golden brown in colour.
  • Add in 2 green chillies and chicken pieces, saute until chicken changes colour and finishes releasing water.
  • Add in chopped tomatoes, Salt and Turmeric and give everything a good mix.
  • Once the tomatoes soften, add in cumin and coriander powder, saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Once the excess liquid reduces, add in the curd and garam masala.
  • Mix everything, reduce heat, cover and cook for 10-15 minutes. Stir in between.
  • Cook until the curd releases oil, and chicken takes up a glossy look.
  • Add little water if gravy required and simmer and let boil until chicken is done
  • Garnish with Ginger Juliennes, Fresh coriander leaves and slit green chillies.
  • Serve hot with Roti, Naan or Rumali rotis.

 

Bottle gourd or Lauki is a healthiest and the most versatile vegetable to use. It can be used in a curry, in a stir fry, in a dessert, health juices and in soups. Its easy on the stomach and easily digestible. Bottle gourd or Lauki belongs to the cucumber family and enables weight loss.

As per Ayurveda, Lauki is a must have, wholesome food that helps our body fight with infections and dieseases. Lauki has various vitamins like A, B, C, K and E. It is also rich in minerals like manganese, potassium and iron. Bottle Gourd aids in weight loss as it is easily digestible. Lauki has no calories, no saturated fats and is made up of 90% water.

This recipe is a quick and easy recipe of Lauki. It uses only salt, turmeric and black pepper as spices. Whenever you are tired make this instant lauki and enjoy a wholesome and nutritional meal.

Watch the video of this recipe – https://youtu.be/9W_Hb6cefdY

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 4 Cup Diced Lauki / Bottle Gourd
  2. 1 Tomato
  3. 1 Green Chilli
  4. 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  6. Salt as per taste
  7. Black Pepper as per taste
  8. 1/2 Cup Fresh Coriander
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil / ghee preferably
  10. 1/2 Lemon Juice (Optional)

PREPARATION TIME: 10 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • In a wok, heat oil and crackle jeera or cumin seeds
  • Add in Turmeric and diced Lauki or Bottle Gourd.  Mix well
  • Cover and cook till lauki gets soft.
  • Add in tomatoes, salt and black pepper.  Mix in well
  • Cover and cook until lauki and tomatoes release water.
  • Add water if more curry is required.
  • Add in fresh coriander and green chilli and let it cook for few more minutes
  • Serve hot with rice or chapati.

Pearl couscous are little edible pearls that were developed in Israel in 1950’s. Its a machine made rounded kind of pasta made from semolina or suji. It is ideally used as a base in a grain salad or risotto as it has a slightly chewiness just like any other pasta.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 1 Cup Pearl Couscous
  2. 1/2 Cucumber
  3. 1 Tomato
  4. 1/2 Cup fresh Coriander
  5. 1/2 Lemon Juice
  6. 4-5 Garlic pods
  7. Black pepper to taste
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1 Tablespoon Oil

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Cook pearl couscous as written on its packet. Generally its boiled in water. 1 Cup measure of Couscous takes around 1 3/4 th cup water. Boil the water and add couscous, let it cook for  10 mins until they swell up.  They should break easily between two fingers. Once done, drain excess water and keep it covered for  5 mins. Then fluff up with a fork.
  • Heat oil in a wok, add garlic pods and let it get browned or burnt to get a smokey garlicky flavour.
  • Throw in the couscous, salt and pepper and give everything a good mix
  • Take it off the flame and sprinkle lemon juice, mix well
  • Add in chopped cucumber, chopped tomatoes and fresh chopped coriander .
  • Spin well in a salad mixing bowl. Voila its ready to eat!
  • Enjoy with any meal or as a meal in itself.

 

 

Moong Daal ki Kachori is nothing but a deep fried stuffed snack originating in the Indian Subcontinent. It is stuffed with daal or lentils, onions, potatoes or even mixed vegetables. Generally it was originated to fulfill hunger pangs of a traveller or  a vendor who travelled along the spice route for his business.

Kachoris or these stuffed round balls can be stored for couple of days in fridge. It is served with Hing flavoured aloo ki sabzi or dubki wale aloo along with tamarind chtney or green chutney. It can also be served in a form of chaat with chutneys, spices and a layer of chilled curd.

INGREDIENTS:

FOR KACHORI:

  1. 2 Cups of Maida / All Purpose Flour
  2. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  3. 3 Tablespoon Oil / Ghee
  4. Water as required

FOR FILLING:

  1. 1 Cup Moong Daal / Yellow Lentil
  2. 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  3. 1 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  4. 1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Black Peppercorns
  6. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilly powder
  7. 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin powder
  8. 1 Teaspoon Coriander powder
  9. 1 Teaspoon Amchoor / Dry Mango powder
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  11. 1″ Grated Ginger
  12. 3 Green Chillies
  13. 1/2 Teaspoon Hing/ Asafoetida
  14. 1 Teaspoon Sugar
  15. Salt to taste
  16. 3 Teaspoons Gram Flour/ Besan
  17. 2 Tablespoon Fresh Coriander Leaves
  18. 4 Tablespoon Oil

PREPARATION TIME: 3 Hours

HOW TO PREPARE:

FILLING:

  • Soak the daal /lentil in water for 2 hours, drain it and then coarsely grind it and keep aside
  • In a grinder coarsely grind the Cumin seeds, Coriander Seeds, Fennel and Black Peppercorns
  • Add the coarsely grind mix to heated oil in a wok
  • Add in Green chillies and Ginger and saute well
  • Sprinkle Asafoetida and Gram flour, mix well till the gram flour gives a nutty aroma
  • Add in the grinded lentil and let it cook till all the water is evaporated
  • Add in all dry spices – Salt, Red Chilli, Cumin powder, Coriander powder, Dry Mango
  • Keep cooking until all moisture dries up and daal doesn’t forms lumps, daal mix should get crumbly
  • Add in Garam Masala, Sugar and Fresh Coriander. Mix well and cook till all is mixed together.
  • Keep aside to cool. Once cool it can be stuffed in the kachori dough.

KACHORI:

  • In a bowl take flour and salt, Add in Ghee or Oil and mix until a breadcrumb texture is attained
  • *Tip: Take little flour in palm and press, if binds together then its time to make dough
  • Add water spoon by spoon and form a smooth dough
  • Cover with Kitchen towel and rest for 30 Minutes
  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll out in a 5″ diameter flat bread
  • Put 1-2 Teaspoon of Moong Daal mixture in the center of the flat rolled dough
  • Bring the edges together in the center and make a ball
  • Press and flatten it with hand .
  • Heat oil in a wok for frying, add in kachoris slowly and fry on a low heat.
  • Frying on low heat makes it crisp from outside and cooks it properly from inside.
  • Serve hot with tamarind or green chutney or with Aloo ki sabzi.
Bitter Gourd or Karela in Hindi is well known for its bitter taste and has numerous health benefits. It typically is a tropical vine plant and belongs to the squash family. It has cancer destroying capabilities, lowers blood cholestrol, aids in weight, and reduces blood sugar as well.
Stuffed Bitter gourd or bharwan karela is a delicacy from North India, especially from Punjab and Himachal regions. You can stuff karela with paneer, potatoes, onion masala and even meat mince.
Traditionally the stuffed bitter gourd is tied with a washed thread so that the stuffing doesn’t come out will cooking /frying the bitter gourd. It is an experience in itself when you get to untie the karela on your plate to see what is stuffed inside. Its like opening up a birthday present. The experience of touch, look and taste is beyond comparable.
Stuffing bitter gourd and tying it does consume time and requires patience. In this fast pace life, people do not want to spend time in cooking such recipes like stuffed bitter gourd / bharwan dhaagewale karele, thus it is getting quite rare to see in households.
Bharwan Dhaagewale Karele can be considered as one of the lost recipes from our kitchens.

 

INGREDIENTS:
  1. 250 gms Karela/Bitter Gourd
  2. 3 Potatoes
  3. 1 Onion Chopped
  4. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  5. 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Seeds
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder / Cumin Powder
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  9. 1/2 Teaspoon Amchoor Powder/Dry Mango Powder
  10. A pinch of Asafoetida / Hing
  11. Salt to Taste
  12. Oil to Fry
  13. Tread to tie
  14. Chaat Masala to Sprinkle
  15. Fresh Coriander Leaves for garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Wash the bitter gourd with hot water and peel it
  • Do not throw the peel – Chop it and keep aside
  • Keep the peel also in salted water and drain after one hour
  • Make a slit and take out all seeds from inside
  • Sprinkle salt and turmeric on peeled bitter gourd and mix well
  • Keep it for one hour to remove the bitterness
  • After one hour wash it thoroughly, to remove excess salt
  • Boil the potatoes, peel and mash it
  • In a wok, heat up little oil and crackle jeera and coriander seeds
  • Add Chopped onions, bitter gourd peel chopped and saute till brown
  • Add Turmeric and mashed potatoes, mix well
  • Sprinkle red chilly powder, jeera powder, salt and amchoor powder, mix well
  • You can add chopped green chillies too at this stage
  • Take the bitter gourd and fill the potato mix generously
  • Tie the bitter gourd with a tread so that it doesn’t open while frying
  • Similarly tie all the bitter gourds
  • Fry each in oil till brown or till it is soft
  • Keep all the fried bitter gourd in a serving dish
  • If any potato mix is left then keep that too in the center
  • Sprinkle some chaat masala and fresh coriander leaves as garnish
  • Serve hot with puris, parathas or naans!!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 235.7 Calories from Fat 105.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.7g 18%
Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0%
Sodium 161.1mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 31.9g 11%
Dietary Fiber 6.6g 26%
Sugars 3.2g
Protein 4.1g 8%

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