Tuesday, August 28
Sunday, August 19
I was very excited to get this rocking girl award from SRA of 'When my soup came alive'. Thank you very much Sra.
Felt really happy to receive the award and thought I would post a sweet for this. Happened to see this 'paal poli' recipe form viji's blog and decided to try it out. It turned out very well and even my husband who doesn't like sweets much, loved it.Thanks viji for the wonderful recipe.
whole milk- 6 cups
sugar- 1/2 cup or acc to taste
pistachios- 10 0r nuts of ur choice - crushed coarsely
saffron- a few strands
cardomom powder- 1/4 tsp
maida- 1/2 cup
rava- 1/2 cup
salt - a pinch
ghee- 1 tsp
oil for deep frying
Knead maida and rava into a stiff dough using little water. ( viji suggests to beat the dough with roller pin to make it soft.) Keep aside for half an hour.
Boil milk in a heavy bottomed pan and add saffron and pistachios to it . Simmer the flame for 8 to 10 minutes or till the milk thickensa bit and add sugar to it.
Roll out the dough into very small and thin puris . I made it in the size of paani puris(u can make into bigger size too or in roll out into triangle shapes as, viji did). Deep fry in hot oil .
Add the milk to the deep fried puris . Let it cool for a couple of hours and refrigerate. serve cold.
I would like to pass on this Award to Suganya of 'Tasty palettes', 'Menu today',and Richa of 'As dear as salt'.
Thursday, August 9
You can call this however u want ... biryani or pulav. Generally they say there is a difference in making biriyani and pulav. My recipe is close to pulav where rice , masala and veggies are cooked together, but I call this as biryani.
Basmati rice-2 cups
onions- 1 medium cut into long strips
green chillies- 6 cut into slits
Tomato- 1 medium chopped finely
ginger garlic paste- 1 1/2 tsp
coriander + mint - a few chopped finely
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
chilli powder- 1/2 tsp or acc to taste
Garam masala powder-1/2 tsp
salt to taste
Lemon juice- 1/2 tsp
coconut milk- 3/4 cup if fresh(if using canned milk,take 1/2 cup of milk and mix 1/4 cup water)
mixed vegetables(Beans,carrot,peas,potatoes,cauliflower)- each 1/2 cup chopped
oil+ ghee- 3 tbsp
Bay leaves- 2
cinnamon- 1 piece
Saunf- 1/2 tsp
Star Anise- 1
Soak rice in water for 15 mins ,drain it well and microwave it with a tsp of oil for 2 mins. keep aside .
Heat oil+ghee in a pressure cooker and when hot add the seasonings . Add onions and green chillies and fry for few minutes till the onions become transparent. Now add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell disappears and add tomato and fry for sometime.
Then add the washed and chopped vegetables, turmeric powder and salt. Fry for some time and add chilli powder, garam masala powder and coriander+ mint. Saute for a minute and add the coconut milk+3 cups of water(I add slightly less water than the 1:2 ratio.)
When the water boils add the rice and lemon juice. mix well, check for salt and close with a lid. Simmer for 5 minutes after the 1st whistle.
Serve hot with Raita.