Khatta Dhokla

Today I post very famous breakfast recipe from Guajarati Cuisine, i.e.
“Khatta Dhokla”. Under this recipe we prepare smooth batter with semolina/ sooji
with yogurt and fruit salt. For tempering, use curry leaves and green chili,
but we did not add water at the time of tempering.

You can cook this recipe in steamer or microwave, but I used pressure
cooker for this. For pressure cooker cooking, you have to add 1/2 glass of
water in cooker and remove the whistle of lid. Place the aluminium bowl or
plate in pressure cooker on the top of any stand and cover with lid. Cook this
batter for 15-18 minutes in cooker on medium flame. 
For the simple dhokla you
can check this DHOKLA
Preparation time: 10
minutes
Cooking time: 15-20 Minutes
Serving: 3-4 persons
Ingredients
1 Cup Semolina
1/4 Cup Yogurt
1/4 Tsp. Baking soda/ meetha soda
1 Tsp. Fruit salt/ Eno
Salt to taste
2 Tsp. Sugar
2 Tsp. Lemon juice
2 Tbsp. Red chili powder
1 Tsp. Chaat Masala
1 Tbsp. Cooking oil
For Tempering
3 Tsp. Mustard seeds
4-5 Green chili, Slit
7-8 Curry leaves
2 Tbsp. Clarifying butter/ ghee
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Direction
Combine all ingredients together except fruit salt and baking soda
in same bowl. Mix well and add enough water for thick and smooth consistency.
Add baking soda and again mix. Grease the aluminium plate or bowl with
little oil. Add fruit salt in this semolina mixture and fold it. Pour this mixture
immediately into grease bowl and sprinkle red chili powder and chaat masala on
the top of dhokla batter.
Steam it in pressure cooker or steamer for 15-18 minutes on medium
flame. Cook for 2-3 minutes more if need. Check the dhokla is cooked or not
through fork/knife. If fork come out clean that means dhokla cooked very well. Remove the tin from the steamer and keep
aside till cool.
Heat the pan with oil and add mustard seed when they crackle
add green chilies and curry leaves and sauté till slightly color change.
Now pour this tempering on the top of dhokla and cut into diamond or square
shape.
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Sooji Vegetable Toast

Today I post “Sooji Vegetable Toast” a great option
for breakfast. This recipe is very easy and simple to prepare with in few
minutes. Under this recipe, I prefer to use colorful vegetable like corn,
tomatoes, onion, green chili, peppers and more. You can choose any veggies
according availability or as per your kid’s preference. This is great option
for picnic time or also for lunch boxes. In my family, kids call this easy
bread pizza too.



Preparation time: 15- 20
minutes

Cooking time: 10 Minutes
Serving: 4 slices
Ingredients
4-5 Bread slices
3 Tbsp. Semolina/ Suji
3 Tbsp. Fresh Cream or Malai
2/3 Cup Onion, Cucumber, Tomato and Corn, chopped
1 tsp. Green Chili, chopped
Fresh Green Coriander, Chopped
Salt to taste
Chat masala
Butter for greasing
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Fresh cream or malai 
Mix veggies
combine cream, salt, semolina, veggies togther
spread this mixture on bread equally
grease butter and cook till to golden

Direction
Chop the vegetables very fine. (onion, cucumber,
tomatoes and green chili). Combine the chopped veggies and corn together in one
bowl.
Add malai/ cream and semolina with salt and chat
masala as per taste. Mix well. Spread this paste on the top of breads and
garnish with chopped green coriander.
Now heat the tawa or pan on medium flame. Grease
little ghee or butter and place the bread. Cook till to golden from the both
sides carefully. Serve this bread slices with sauces.
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Apple Banana Pudding

On the last day of 3rd week of BM, I post “Apple Banana
Pudding” for lovely toddlers. This recipe is taken from Tarla Dalal sources
which mostly prepared by my sister in law for my nephew. It’s really very
healthy and easy to prepare within few minutes and also a great option for kids
to serve different recipe instead of regular food. You can use any fruit
instead of apple and banana but…..
In apple and banana, lots of vitamins and other nutrition value…
because we all know “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

Preparation time: 5-
10 Minutes
Cooking time: less
than 15 minutes
Servings: 1 Cup
Recipe source: Tarla Dalal

Ingredients:
1 Red Apple (Small Sized), peel and chop
1 Ripe Banana (Small Sized), Peel and chop
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Tbsp. Clarifying Butter
2 Biscuits (crushed)
Direction
Heat ghee in pan and add chopped banana and apple and saute till to
soft.
Now add sugar and mix well. Now add crushed biscuits into mixture
and mix well.
Cook for 2-3 minutes on low flame. Serve lukewarm in funky bowl.

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Moong Dal Khichdi

Today I post very healthy and nutritive “Moong Dal Khichdi” which
is easy to prepare anytime with couple of few ingredients. This khichdi is very
good option for toddlers… it’s a complete meal with rice, lentil and veggies…. You
can prepare little liquid consistency which good for kids to digest.  
For adults… with little fusion, you can prepare this khichdi with
onion and tomato tempering and serve with curd. 
  

Preparation time: 15
Minutes
Cooking time: 15
minutes
Servings: 3 people
Ingredients
1/2 Cup Rice
1/4 Cup Split Green gram
1/2 Cup Carrot and peas, peeled and chopped
2 Tbsp. Green coriander leaves, chopped
Salt to taste
1 Tsp. Cumin seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida Powder
1/2 Tsp. Turmeric powder
2 Tbsp. Clarifying Butter
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Directions
Wash and soak the rice and lentil in one bowl with 2 cups of water
for 15-20 minutes.
Now microwave or boil the peas and carrots together till to half
boiled.
Heat the pressure cooker with clarifying butter on high flame.
Add cumin seeds and asafoetida when cumin start splutters.
Add boiled carrot, peas, rice and lentil with more than 5 Cups of
water.
Add salt, turmeric power and green coriander.
Cover with lid and cook till to 5-6 whistles.
Now serve hot nutritious khichdi in bowl with some clarifying
butter/ ghee on the top of khichdi.
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Apple Vegetable Soup- Toddler Recipe

Today I post “Apple Vegetable Soup” under the theme of toddler
recipes for Blogging Marathon. Under this recipe, we have to cook apple and
some combination of seasonal vegetables together in pressure cooker with little
salt and serve as soup which is very healthy and nutritious for babies age
group of 7 months above who can consume little solid and healthy too.

One day, one of mine friend Deepti was told me, to add some toddler
recipes for her baby that time I always thought for weaning food or toddler
foods but never get the chance because of some pre-schedules and Events. But this time when BM announced this theme, I chose toddler
recipes theme for 3rd week.

So here is my 1st recipe for weaning food or toddler
food which goods for every baby, kids or even adults too.


Preparation time: 15
minutes
Cooking time: 15
minutes
Serving: 3 bowls
Ingredients
1 Large sized Apple, peeled and diced
1/3 Cup Peas, peeled
1 Carrot, peeled and diced
1 Medium sized Tomato, chopped
1/3 Cup Green Coriander Leaves, chopped
Salt to taste
1 Cinnamon sticks
1 Tbsp. Clarifying Butter
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Directions
Combine all ingredients together in pressure cooker with 2 cups of
water except clarifying butter.
Cook this on high flame till to 5-6 whistles and cover with lid.
Remove the cinnamon sticks from the mixture and blend it till to smooth consistency.
Now heat the pan and add clarifying butter.
Add apple and veggie stock and cook on low flame for 5-7 minutes. Serve
hot.

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Happy Lohri 2013

This Lohri be
your best,
Be jolly,
dance and enjoy
Forget the
rest….
Wish You Very
Very Happy Lohri to all….

Today is day of double celebration one is very popular festival i.e.
Lohri and second is my Birthday so I glad to share happiness with all of you….

Lohri marks the
culmination of winter, and is celebrated on the 13th day of January in
the month of Paush or Magh, a day before Makar Sankranti. For
Punjabis, more than just a festival, Lohri is also an example of a way of
life. Lohri celebrates fertility and the spark of life. People gather
around the bonfires, throw sweets, puffed rice and popcorn into the flames,
sing popular songs and exchange greetings. On this day
children go from door to door to collect funds for community bonfires which are
lit up in the evening. The gatherings and celebrations make Lohri a
community festival.

An extremely auspicious day, Lohri marks the sun’s entry in to the
‘Makar Rashi’ (northern hemisphere). The period, beginning from 14 January
lasting till 14 July, is known as Uttarayan. It is also the last day of the month of
Maargazhi, the ninth month of the lunar calendar. The Bhagawad
Gita deems it an extremely sacred and auspicious time, when Lord Krishna
manifests himself most tangibly.

The focus of
Lohri is on the bonfire. The traditional dinner with makki ki roti
and sarson ka saag is quintessential. The prasad comprises of six main things:
til, gazak, gur, moongphali, phuliya and popcorn. There is puja, involving
parikrama around the fire and distribution of prasad. This symbolises a prayer
to Agni, the spark of life, for abundant crops and prosperity.The first Lohri
of a newlywed bride and a new born child is considered very
auspicious and important. (Source: Google)

Lohri Song (Source:
Wikipedia)
Sunder mundriye ho!
Tera kaun vicharaa ho!
Dullah Bhatti walla ho!
Dullhe di dhee vyayae ho!
Ser shakkar payee ho!
Kudi da laal pathaka ho!
Kudi da saalu paata ho!
Salu kaun samete!
Chacha gali dese!
Chache choori kutti! zamidara lutti!
Zamindaar sudhaye!
Bum Bum bhole aaye!
Ek bhola reh gaya!
Sipahee far ke lai gaya!
Sipahee ne mari itt!
Bhaanvey ro te bhaanvey pitt!
Sanoo de de Lohri, te teri jeeve jodi!
(Cry or howl!)
Lohri’s Video

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Butter Naan Using Tawa

Today I post “Butter
Naan” for last day of Cooking from Indian Restaurant theme in Blogging Marathon.
You can cook this naan on tawa/tava or tandoor whatever suits you….
It’s really yumm and
increases the taste of food with some paneer gravy recipes. Under this recipe,
combine all ingredients together and knead soft dough and keep aside for two
hours to set. This technique is
same as follow in tandoori roti on tawa. Garnish with lots of butter and green
coriander.

Preparation time: 10
min + 2 hrs

Cooking time: 3-4 Min
for each
Servings: 3 Pieces

Ingredients
1 Cup Plain flour/ maida
Butter
Curd
Salt
Sugar
Baking soda
Chopped fresh green coriander
Lukewarm water for dough
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dough
roll out in oval shape but little thick too
Spread water one side
flip tawa on flame and hold properly till to cook
Front side
Back side

Direction
Sieve flour and mix melted butter. Mix with fingertips look like
crumbs.
Now add salt, sugar, baking soda, curd, coriander and enough water and knead soft dough.
Cover with wet muslin clothe and keep aside for two hours to set.
Divide the dough into equal three portions. 
Roll each portion separately
with rolling pin in oval shape but little thick. 
Sprinkle little flour if needed at the time of rolling.
Heat the griddle or tawa on the medium flame. Spread little water on one
side.
Now lay this naan carefully from the water side on the tawa. 
Now flip the tawa with naan
on high flame. 
Cook for 2 minutes till to little brown spot comes and cook completely. 
Do same with rest of dough. 
Now spread lots of butter on the top and cut into halves at the
time of serving.

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Chili Paneer

Today I choose Chili Paneer under Chinese Menu of Akbar’s Indian restaurant
for BM 24.

Chili paneer is very popular and tasty Indo- Chinese recipe which
easily prepared with few ingredients. Even you can serve this recipe as appetizer
or main course with fried rice, noodles or Indian flat bread. For this recipe, we
have to fry the cheese cubes and cooked in capsicum and sauces gravy with spicy
flavors.
You can serve this Main course recipe with Naan or tandoori roti. As
per little tip, after fry this cubes….. Soak into salty water to remain soft
till to serve. Add cubes into gravy and cook for a while at the time of
serving. You can add spring onion too, for making thick consistency, add little
cornflour batter (mix cornflour into little water).


Preparation time: Less than
20 minutes
Cooking time: 10-15
Minutes
Servings:  3-4 persons

Ingredients
100 gm. Cheese cottage/ Paneer
1 medium sized Green
capsicum, diced
1 medium sized Onion,
diced
1 Green chili, fine chopped
1 Tsp. Ginger, grated
2 Tsp. Green chili
sauce
3 Tbsp. Tomato sauce
2 Tbsp. Red chili
sauce
2 Tsp. Soya sauce
Black pepper powder
to taste
Salt to taste
1 tbsp. Olive oil
Cornflour for
coating
Oil for frying
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Saute chili & ginger in oil
Saute onion
Fried Paneer

Saute Capsicum & Onion with salt and pepper
Mix sauces in water
Combine all together


Direction
Chop the paneer into
big cubes and toss into cornflour. Heat the oil and deep fry the paneer cubes
till to little golden. Now soak these golden cubes into water till to use. It
helps to paneer remain soft.
Heat the enough oil
into pan and sauté ginger and green chili. Add onion and capsicum. Cook till to
soft and add salt and black pepper powder. Mix well.
Combine all sauces together
in one bowl and mix with 1/2 Cup water. Add sauces mixture into pan and mix
well. Now cook till to thick consistency and add paneer. Mix well.
Serve hot chili
paneer with naan or tandoori roti.
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Paneer Pakora

Today I prepared “Paneer Pakora” or you can say cheese fritters
too. As per Blogging Marathon for second week I choose cooking from Indian restaurant,
under this theme we have to choose one restaurant and cook from restaurant’s menu
card. For this I select “Akbar’s Indian Restaurant” in starter course. 
For the 1st day I post Paneer Pakora, because it’s mine favourite
too. You can serve this pakora accompaniment with tomato sauce or green chili
dip with hot tea.
Preparation time:
5-7 Minutes
Cooking time: 10
minutes
Ingredients:
1 cup Bengal Gram flour/ Besan
Salt to taste
Red chili to taste
1 tsp. Carom seeds
1/4 Tsp. Baking soda
Chaat masala to taste
Vegetable oil for deep fry

Directions:
Cut the paneer into big cube form. Now divide the cube into half
and sprinkle little salt, red chili and chat masala between both portion as
sandwich.
Now sieve the gram flour and combine flour, salt, red chili, baking
soda, carom seeds and water for thick and smooth consistency batter for pakora.
Now heat the oil in wok on high flame, when oil is hot enough. Add the
paneer into flour batter and coat well. Place paneer one by one in oil and cook
till to golden and crisp on medium flame.
Serve hot paneer fritters or pakora with chutney and sprinkle
little chaat masala on the top of pakoras.
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Blog-iversary Event & Coffee Hamper- Winner Announcement

Now finally waiting is over and name of winners are in front of you…
Really enjoy this event with lovely co-bloggers and some
non-bloggers both are really fantastic and a big thanks for participation and
making my event successful…
I choose Random.org for choosing winner out of 1-900. Totally I was
got 180 entries. For details of winners, please scroll down the cursor:

 Winner for CCD Coffee Hamper is Sponsored By Preeti’s Kitchen Life

Roha From Hydrabedi Cuisines

 Winners for 2 Consolation Prizes i.e. Coffee Mugs sponsored by  Preeti’s Kitchen Life

Vijaya Laxmi                                    Snigdha
Prusti 

Congrats to all winners and thanks to
all participants who devoted precious time in my blog-iversary event. Please mail
me your Indian shipping address on my id preetiskitchenlife@gmail.com
within two days if you will not send me your address, I will choose another
winner.
Another monthly event is going on
Foodabulous Fest- Jan fest series with surprise giveaway.

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