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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.

Well this cake was made on my friend’s special demand. Its healthy, soft and moist. This Fennel and Cardamom cake is eggless, eggs is been substituted with Curd. Made with Whole wheat as the name suggests to avoid refined flour. Its super easy to make and bake it! See the greenish colour it gets from the Fennel seeds. All time favourite of my family and friends.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  2. 1 Cup Curd
  3. 1 Cup Fresh Cream
  4. 1.25 Cup Granulated Sugar
  5. 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  6. 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  7. 3 Tablespoon Warm Milk
  8. 1 Tablespoon Fennel Seeds
  9. 1 Teaspoon Cardamom Powder
  10. 4-5 Drops of Cardamom Essence

PREPARATION TIME: 1 Hour

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Prepare the greased tray and keep it aside
  • Pre heat the oven at 180 degrees
  • In a Bowl take cream and sugar and beat it well till frothy
  • Add in the Curd and Cardamom essence, and beat till sugar dissolves
  • Add in the flour or Atta 1 Cup first and fold the mixture till all gets mixed
  • Add rest of the Atta, Baking Powder and Baking Soda
  • Fold the mixture till it becomes a smooth batter
  • If the mix feels too thick add in the warm milk and whisk till its smooth
  • Sprinkle Fennel seeds and Cardamom Powder, mix well
  • The batter should not have any lumps
  • Pour it in the greased tray and put it in oven for baking
  • Bake at 180 degrees for 40 minutes or till the cake leaves the side
  • Check if the middle is cooked with a knife, if not then keep further for 5 minutes
  • Once done take it out of mould and cool it on a wire rack!
  • Serve fresh with tea or coffee or enjoy as a snack!
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Bhindi do pyaza is a simple but elgant dish from North India. Bhindi well known as Okra or Ladiesfinger is cooked with double the amount of onions and had a spicy and a tangy flavour. Bhindi do Pyaza is one of the favourites fron our Punjabi cuisine. Best paired with nan or parathas is a quick Indian recipe for Lunch or Dinner Ideas.

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 250 gms Bhindi / Okra / Ladyfinger
  2. 3 Large Onions
  3. 1 Potato
  4. 2 Tomatoes
  5. 1 Teaspoon Jeera / Cumin Seeds
  6. 1-2 Green Chillies
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder
  9. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder
  10. 1/2 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
  11. 1/2 Teaspoon Amchoor / Dry Mango Powder
  12. Salt to taste
  13. 3 Tablespoon Mustard Oil
  14. Fresh Coriander to Garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 20 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Wash and dry the Bhindis and cut it into an inch long pieces
  • Wash, peel and cut the potato into an inch pieces
  • Slice the onions and keep them aside
  • In a wok take 2 tablespoon oil and fry the Bhindi and Potatoes
  • Take the Bhindi out in a plate on a kitchen towel
  • In the same wok heat oil again and crackle Jeera seeds
  • Put in the Chopped tomatoes and saute for 2-3 minutes
  • Add in Coriander powder, jeera powder, turmeric, red chilly, dry mango powder
  • Slit the green chillies and add it to the tomatoes
  • Add Salt and little water, to get the flavours out of dry masalas
  • Add in fried bhindi, potatoes and Sliced Onions and mix well
  • Let it cook uncovered on medium flame for 5-8 minutes
  • Cook till the Onions turn translucent
  • Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves
  • Serve hot with Roti, Parathas or Naans

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!

 

Bambino has been synonymous to vermicelli and sphere of pasta products. These ultra-thin noodles are made of wheat semolina. They can be used in so many delicious ways. Such as Sweet Kheer, Savory Upma, or toss it with boiled vegetables for a wholesome Pulao. Today in Jai Ki Rasoi Se given a different avatar and made “Bambino Vermicelli in Schezwan Fried Rice Style”

Ingredients
1. Bambino Vermicelli – 250 Grams
2. Finely Chopped Garlic (Barik Kata Lasoon) – 1 Table Spoon
3. Finely Chopped Beans (Barik Kati Beans) – 50 Grams
4. Finely Chopped Carrot (Barik Kati Gajar) – 50 Grams
5. Black Pepper Powder (Kali Mirch Powder) – 1 Tea Spoon
6. Dry Red Chillies (Sukhi Lal Mirch) – 5 to 6
7. Soya Sauce – 1 Table Spoon
8. Schezwan Sauce – 1 ½ Table Spoon
9. Oil – As Per Requirement
10. Salt According to Taste

Preparation
1. Boil water in a vessel by adding 1 table spoon oil and salt according to taste.

2. When it comes to boiling add bambino vermicelli and cook till they become soft

3. Immediately drain out the water from the boiled vermicelli and keep aside

4. Heat oil in non stick pan or kadai. Once the oil is hot add finely chopped garlic and dry red chillies. Cook till garlic become light brown

5. Now add finely chopped beans and carrot. Mix all the ingredients and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or till they become soft

6. Add black pepper powder, soya & Schezwan sauce and season with salt according to taste. Mix all and cook for another 2 minutes.

7. Now add boiled bambino vermicelli and mix gently and cook for another 1 minute

8. Now the dish is ready to be served

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 2 Cups Atta/ Whole Wheat Flour
  2. 2 Beetroots
  3. 1 Onion
  4. 2 Green Chillies chopped
  5. 1 Teaspoon Salt
  6. 1 Teaspoon Red Chilly Powder/ Paprika
  7. 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera /Cumin Powder
  8. 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
  9. 2 Teaspoon Ajwain/Carom Seeds
  10. 2 Tablespoon Oil
  11. 2 Tablespoon Ghee/ Clarified Butter
  12. Water as Required for Kneading

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:

  • Peel the beetroot and grind it to make a thick paste
  • Take the Atta / flour in a big tray
  • Add salt, Jeera powder, garam masala and 1 teaspoon ghee to Atta
  • Sprinkle Red chilly powder and Ajwain / Carom Seeds
  • Pour the beetroot paste and chopped green chillies
  • Finely chop Onions and add that to flour as well
  • Knead the flour, add water or extra flour only if required
  • Keep the dough in a Cling sheet for 10-15 minutes to rest
  • Take a portion of atta and roll it round with a rolling pin till 6″ in diameter
  • Place it on tawa/griddle and cook both sides for 2 – 3 mins till brown spots appear
  • Then add ghee as required on both sides and cook again for 1 – 2 mins
  • Take it off from tava and serve hot
  • Serve parathas with pickle, plain yogurt, raita or simply with hot tea/Chai

INGREDIENTS:
1) 2 Cups Babycorns
2) 4 Green Chillies
3) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
4) 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
5) 4 garlic psc chopped
6) 1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
7) 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
8) 1/2 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
9) 1/2 Cup Mustard Oil
10) Salt to taste

PREPARATION TIME : 15 mins

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash babycorn and cut them into 1″ pieces
* Boil the babycorn pieces in water for 5 mins
* Heat mustard oil in a wok
* Add Garlic and green chillies and rest of the masalas
* Add and mix Babycorn and Lemon juice
* Remove from heat and when cool then fill it in a jar and store
* Serve with Hot Parantha’s in breakfast.