Nov 27, 2012

Lauki Ka Daalna



Today I post one more great and very healthy recipe from Bengali Cuisines as a main course “Lauki ka Daalna”. It’s really yummy and easy to make with very few ingredients which easily available in every Indian kitchen. Under this recipe, cook lauki or bottle gourd with spices and milk.

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Serving: 1 Cup
Recipe Source:  Chef Niru Gupta

Ingredients:
1 Cup Bottle Gourd, Diced
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Tsp. Clarifying Butter
1/4 Tsp. Fenugreek seeds
2-3 Cloves
4-5 Black Peppercorns
1/4 Tsp. Cumin seeds
1 Cinnamon (Small sized)
1 Green chili, Chopped
Salt to taste
1/4 Tsp. Sugar
Green coriander, chopped

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Directions:
Heat the ghee in pan and add fenugreek seed, clove, cinnamon, cumin seed, and black peppercorns, when they start splutter.  Add green chili, saute for 2 minutes. 
Add clean and chopped bottle gourd and salt. Cook till to soft and glossy on low flame.
Now add milk and sugar till to liquid dries up and garnish with green coriander. Serve hot lauki ka daalna as a main dish.


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Nov 22, 2012

Mirchi Vada


Mirchi Vada is popular with the name of “Rajasthani Mirchi Vada”, it’s a very famous spicy snack in entire north-west area. The main recipe of Mirchi vada is made with big chili pepper and stuffed with potatoes mixture and dipped in gram flour batter and deep fried which usually serves with green chutney and onion salad as a street food. 
You can change the stuffing with paneer, peas or can add peas, onions with potatoes. Green Chili Pepper is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Thiamine  Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Copper and Manganese.



Preparation Time: 15-20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Serving: 3-4 Pieces

Ingredients:
For Batter
1 Cup Bengal Gram Flour/ Besan
Enough Water for Batter
½ Tsp. Salt
½ Tsp. Carom Seeds/ Ajwain
½ Tsp. Red Chili Powder
For Stuffing
3-4 Green Chili Peppers for stuffing
2 Large Potatoes, Boiled
1 tsp. Mustard Seeds/ Rai
1 Tsp. Clarifying Butter
Salt to Taste
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder
½ Tsp. Turmeric Powder
Red Chili Powder to Taste
A Pinch of Garam Masala
½ Tsp. Amchoor/ Raw mango Powder
1 Tbsp. Green Coriander, Chopped

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Directions:
Combine all ingredients together for batter and make batter just like for pakora/ fritters but little bit thick consistency.
Boil and mash the potatoes in bowl, combine all spices, salt, red chili, coriander powder, turmeric, anchor, garam masala and fresh coriander. Mix well.
Now heat the pan and add clarifying butter. Add mustard seed when they start splutter. Add potato mixture in it and cook for 2-3 minutes. Keep aside to cool.
Now wash and clean the chili pepper. Slit green chili and remove the seeds.
Divide the stuffing into three portions. Stuff little mixture in centre of chili pepper and rest of cover mixture in one portion cover the pepper with mixture as pic shown.
Heat the oil in wok or kadai when oil is hot. Now dip the stuffed chili pepper very carefully in batter and deep fry one by one on low flame till to golden and cook well. Serve this Mirchi Vada with Tomato sauce and tea.


Nov 20, 2012

Baigun Bhajja- Bengali Cuisine


Baigun Bhajja is part of Bengali Cuisine, which prepared by few ingredients i.e. marinated eggplant slices with spices and then roasts in oil. You can serve this as a snack and side dish in Bengali platter. Its’ spicy and savory taste hits your taste buds which serve with dips especially tangy flavor.  

Preparation Time:  20 Minutes
Cooking Time: 15 Minutes
Serving: 2 Persons
Ingredients
1 Eggplant
Mustard Oil for Shallow Fry
For Marination
Salt to Taste
Red chili Powder to Taste
1/2 Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric Powder
1/4 Tsp. Garam Masala
1/2 Tsp. Ginger, Paste
1 Tsp. Coriander Powder

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Directions
Clean and slice the eggplant into round form with 1 Inch thickness.  Now combine eggplant slice and marination ingredients together in one bowl. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes.
Now heat the non-stick pan or griddle, spread little mustard oil. When pan is hot enough, place eggplant slices and roast till to golden and they are cook.
Serve hot and roasted eggplant as a snack or main course – side dish with dip.

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Nov 17, 2012

Homemade Paneer


How to prepare paneer / cottage cheese at home
Paneer is a fresh cheese common in Asian cuisine. It is generally called Chhena or curd cheese made by curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids.
To prepare paneer, usually lemon juice is added to hot milk to separate the curds from the whey. The curds are drained in muslin or cheesecloth and the excess water is pressed out. The resulting paneer is dipped in chilled water for 2–3 hours to give it a good texture and appearance. You can preserve paneer for 4-5 days in freeze under water.
For maintaining, its freshness just changes the water every day till to 4-5 days. You can use lemon juice, vinegar, yogurt, sour buttermilk and citric acid for curdling.
In most cuisines, the curds are wrapped in cloth and placed under a heavy weight, such as a stone slab, for 2–3 hours, and then cut into cubes for use in curries.



Ingredients
500ml Milk
1 Lemon juice
Muslin Clothe

Directions
Boil the milk in pan on high flame, when boil comes add lemon juice.
Stir well and remove from the fire.
Now pour curdles milk into clothe and Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, drain excess water.
Now rinse under cold water, and squeeze well to remove lemon smell and taste.
Keep aside this under the weight or chakla for 10-15 minutes, once the paneer is drained completely. Paneer is ready to use.

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milk in pan
when boil comes
add lemon juice and stir well
curdles is ready
drain excess water from the curd

squeeze well 
keep aside under the weights
paneer is ready

Nov 15, 2012

1st Preeti's Kitchen Life Anniversary & Special Coffee Hamper

Hi Foodies,
Today I'm very happy to share this great news with all of you that Preeti's Kitchen Life Blog Celebrates its 1st Anniversary. YAY! How Exciting! I have really enjoyed every minute of it.


Since Jan 2012, when I created this blog, I didn't know much about blogging. Because of this I wasn't sure how much I would be able to sustain in the blogging World. Still I decided to go for it because there was no loss in indulging in this experience even if it fails.
Now after almost near by year, I have posted more than 200+ recipes in my blog and more than 145+ friends are now in my blog which is a great achievement for me within one year. I also have  340+ Fans on my blog’s Facebook Page.
Finally for celebration I've come up with my some special giveaway which is a Coffee Hamper, as there's a reason to celebrate. My blog is turning 1 yr old on 1 Jan 2013 and I can't believe it’s been a year, so to celebrate its birthday I’m announcing this giveaway which will be up for grabs till 5th Jan., 2013.

About Giveaway 
For 1st Winner


Products Details:
  • 1 Pack Mysore Royal - 200 gm. Filter Coffee Powder.  Ingredient - 100% Coffee. This royal brew with exotic and spicy notes is a great coffee for the early riser. Flavours of bitter chocolate and caramel and a whisper of rich ripe fruit, with flecks of sweetness, makes you feel like royalty.
  • 1 Piece Plunger - makes 3 cups of espresso.
  • 1 Piece Choco chip cookies approx. information about each unit - Net weight - 150gms. Ingredients: Wheat flour, Sugar, Chocolate chips, Butter, Desiccated coconut, Cocoa powder, Milk solids, Raising agents, Emulsifier, Iodised salt and Vanillin.  Net weight - 150gms.
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  • 1 Pair of Coffee Mugs and Some more surprising gift in Coffee hamper.

Brand:  Café Coffee Day

For 2nd & 3rd Winner
  • Exclusive Coffee Mugs Sponsored By Personally Preeti's Kitchen Life. (will upload mug pic as soon as possible)
Rules:
  • The contest is open from Nov 15th, 2012- 5th Jan, 2013. Winner will be chosen using random.org on 6th Jan, 2013
  • The giveaway is open to Residents of India only or who have India shipping address.
  • The 1st winner will be selected based upon the points earned by following all the rules + maximum entries, the 2nd and 3rd prize winners will be selected randomly by me.
The rules are fairly simple, for this contest. So, please go through the rules and All the best. 


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If you want to increase your chances of winning, try fulfilling all entries given as above. All entries will be checked by me personally and for participation and consideration your name in this  event you have to leave a comment with detail. If you don't leave a comment with details, your entry will not be considered.

Due to Some problem with rafflecopter.com  link, I have to drop the idea of rafflecopter software.

All the products have been bought by myself and are brand new, and I want an honest and a healthy competition here. If you wish to enter this contest, just fulfill all entries  in proper format and in the end, leave the details in comment box for further verification in same correspondence post.
I appreciate your support. You can send me details of all entries on preetiskitchenlife@gmail.com. If you have any queries, then drop me a mail.
That’s it for now. Thank you all for your love and support, will try to do much better in my blog. Your comments are welcome about your experience with this blog.

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