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Homemade Grape Jelly
Last weekend I bought a bag of Grapes from fruit market, but found them not so sweet in taste. So I thought not trash them. I had two recipes in my mind, one is to make juice out of the grapes, and the second one is making jelly. So chose the second one. But I make the jelly little spicy, so I can got the Indian taste. I used "Vegetable Oil", "Panch Foron" Or "Famous Bengali Five Spices", & "Whole Red Chili" for tempering, and Fresh Grapes, Lemon Juice & Sugar. And believe me it tastes awesome. You can have them with flour tortillas also.
Homemade Tandoori Spice Powder
I always prefer 'Freshly Gound Spices' in my recipes. When you will cook with freshly ground spices, you will see the difference in your food. Food smells awesome and tastes too good with it, specially while you are cooking Indian dishes. Tandoori Spice is a multipurpose spice blend. You can use the spice powder for 'Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori Paneer/Cauliflower/Potatoes etcs. This is a very easy way to make your own freshly ground Tandoori Spice Powder. In this powder, you have to dry roast your whole spices and then grind them together. So lets see the procedure of making Tandoori Spice Powder.
Peas Kachuri & Dum Aloo
Luchi is a deep-fried flatbread made of wheat flour that is typical of Bengali cuisine, Assamese, Maithili and Oriya. A typical luchi will measure 4-5 inches in diameter. They are usually served with curries or gravies. If maida is substituted with atta, it is called a Poori. Luchi that is stuffed is called kochuri; kochuri stuffed with mashed peas (koraishutir kochuri) is one notable variety.
Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy dessert from the India. It is often described as "traditional Indian Subcontinent ice cream". It comes in various flavors. The more traditional ones are cream (malai), rose, mango, cardamom (elaichi), saffron (kesar or zafran), and pistachio.
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Chanar jeelipi is a very popular sweet in Bengal, Rajasthan & Orissa,though the form can differ significantly from place to place. It is made by deep-frying a paneer dough in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup.
Strawberry Banana Milk-Shake
A milkshake is a sweet, cold beverage which is usually made from milk, ice cream or iced milk, and flavorings or sweeteners such as strawberry and banana. Outside the United States, the drink is sometimes called a thick shake or a thick milkshake or in New England, a frappe, to differentiate it from other less-viscous forms of flavored milk. This Milkshake is very common and very Popular one with two most flavorfull fruits Strawberry & Banana. Very much stomach filling and tasty Milkshake.
This is an American Breakfast But here I've made this in Indian style .This will be fun to have omelet & bread in burger style.
Chicken Dum Biryani
Biryani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word berya(n) which means "fried" or "roasted". Biryani was invented in the kitchen of Mughal Emperors. Lahore, Kashmir, Kolkata, Lucknow, Hyderabad , Delhi/Agra and Malabar are the main centers of biryani cuisine.Today we are going to taste the Hydrabadi Style Dum Biryani. I hope you will enjoy the recipe.
Rosogolla is a famous Bengali sweet. On the name of rosogolla every Indian know that is authentic Bengali sweet. Here is another variation or flavor of rogolla is Komola Bhog. This is Orange flavored rosogolla.
This pudding, made from large pearl Tapioca and coconut milk and served warm. This is much lighter than the Western-style version. You can adjust the sweetness to your taste. Serve with any kind of chopped fruits.
Indian coconut cookies is none other than coconut biscuits which are filled with lots of shredded coconut. This cookies are so simple and tastes like haven. I am a big fan of coconut. So I always love my cookies to be coconut flavored. This is also called as Macaroons.
Blueberry is the member of Berry family. Blueberry is full of antioxidants which can helps reduce the risk of some cancers. Here we will make blueberry jam at home without preservatives like Citrus acid. And it will taste awesome and better than store bought. This is a very easy recipe to make and easy to store for long days.
Spinach is a very healthy edible flowering plant. Spinach has lots of nutrition value. It has anioxidents . Spinach is a good source of Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. It has also a very good source of Iron, which kids need much for their growing. It is also a good calsium source. In one word Spinach is a good healthy Leafy Vegetable..
Bengali Fish Biryani
Bengali people love fish. They like fish in any of the dishes. We bongs like fish in any way, such as, in curry, stew, mustard gravy, light curry , in pulao or biryani. So here I'm sharing a recipe for our another authentic Rice variety, that is Fish biryani. This is nothing but fish based rice variety and with lots of spice. It is easy to cook and very much time saving flavorful dish.
Lemon Chicken is the name of several dishes found in cuisines around the world which include chicken and lemon. In the Chinese restaurant, they used to serve its version of Lemon Chicken with the chicken pieces coated in batter, then deep fry them, and tossed in the lemon-glaze sauce. This is not an Indian Chinese dish. It tastes like sweet & tangy and flavored with fresh lemon leaves.
Punjabi Rajma Masala
Rajma is a popular Indian vegetarian dish consisting of red kidney beans in a thick gravy with lots of Indian whole spices and usually served with rice and roti. Although the kidney bean is not of Indian origin, it is a part of regular diet in Northern India. The combination of Rajma and rice generally lists as a top favorite of North Indians.
Pressure Cooker Chicken Biryani
But making biryani is a very lengthy process. When you do not have much time, but craving for Biryani, try this one. This is a super easy and quick recipe for chicken biryani (My version).I usually call this Bachelors' Chicken Biryani. Less ingredients but super tasty.
Tutti Fruity Loaf Cake
Christmas is a baking Season. This time people bakes lots of different desserts, cookies, cakes etc. Traditional Rich Fruit Cake is a must item for baking. But beside this Traditional, we like to bake different flavored cakes, like Coffee Cake, Simple Fruit Cakes, Chocolate Cake etc. I have already soaked my Dry fruits and Nut for my Rich Christmas Fruit Cake. But all my friends who does not like the Rich Fruit Cake, Or does wants to make Fruit & Nuts cake for their Kids here is my Tutti Fruity Cake for them.
Rich Christmas Fruit Cake
This fruit cake is packaged with raisins, dried cranberries, dried apricots, and candied fruit, dark Rum, Nuts are also included as Caramel Or Butterscotch Syrup. Fruit cakes should be made about three to four weeks before Christmas so that you can brush it with alcohol several times and allow the flavors to mingle. But that's not a mandatory step to do, Many people do like the flavor of Alcohol in cake, its up to your choice. Last not the least, this cake can be frozen so it's a very good idea to make two of this and freeze one for later part of the year.
Eggless Strawberry Cake
Love is in the air. This is the flavor of Valentine's Day. Every couple celebrates the day which is specially for their own. Red roses, chocolates, greetings card, fresh strawberries are gifted to each other. Some people are very busy making cakes, baking cookies for their Valentine. Valentine's Day means Pink & Red colors, flowers, chocolates etc. I made this Eggless Strawberry cake for my Valentine, my love, my life, my hubby.
Strawberry is my favorite flavor among all the other flavors. I like strawberry flavor in any of my desserts, like ice-cream, cakes, pies ect. I like pureed fresh strawberies more than artificial strawbery flavor and color. I made this cake for my husband's 10yrs in his employer company. I just wanted to surprise him with this cake. But when I decided to make this cake, discovered there is not a single egg in my refrigerator. So I decided to make the eggless cake with fresh pureed strawberries. This cake is made with fresh pureed strawberry without any artificial color or flavor. And here is my eggless strawberry cake...
I made this Strawberry Ice-cream without any Ice-cream maker, without any eggs. This ice-cream is made with freshly pureed strawberries and only 3 there ingredients, heavy whipping cream , vanilla and sugar. This is a very easy recipe, that any one can make and surprise their guests. Here is my easy Eggless Without Ice-cream maker Strawberry Ice-cream recipe....
Strawberry Cream Cake
I love strawberry. I think there are few people in this world who do not like strawberry. Strawberry goes in any kind of dessert. And where is the question of cake, strawberry cake is the most popular cake in the world. This cake fits for any celebration, like anniversary, birthday or to celebrate valentine's day. I made this one for the upcoming lovers' day Valentines' day. Love is in the air. Every lover is very much excited to impress their nearest and dearest one. Younger lovers are rushing to the gift shops to buy the best gifts for their sweetheart. But my strategy is to make something special for my love. So I decided to make this cake to celebrate Valentines' day in our way. This is very easy to make. Try this to impress your dearest one.
Dum Ka Murgh
This is Chicken dish with nutty flavor but very easy and tasty dish. Dum means steam, and Murgh means Chicken. The chicken will be cooked in airtight container along with lots of spices in a slow cooking process. Here is the recipe.
Lemonade is Lemon flavored drink, sweetend with honey/sugar. This refreshing drink is usually homemade. Different fruit juice is added to give different flavor to this summer refreshing drink. Here I have made lemonade by using Watermelon & cucumber juice. As I am an watermelon fan, and in summer I everyday I eat watermelon in any way. This is a very easy recipe of refreshing Watermelon Lemonade.
Peach Watermelon Ice-pops
Freshly pureed and flavored fruits are used in this ice-pops. I used peach & watermelon to make these pops. But you may use any kind of fruits, you like. This is a very easy ice-pops recipe, which your kids going tot love for sure. Easy refreshing ice-pops are ready in 4 hours. No need to buy the ice-pops from the store, just buy fresh fruits, and make your kids' favorite flavored ice-pops at home.
Mughlai Chicken Curry
Mughlai style dishes are very rich, creamy, not too spicy types. This types of recipes are truly inspired by the Mughal dynasty. This chicken curry is very easy to make but tastes awesome. This recipe is totally my own creation, no adoption or inspiration from any other websites. Usually I always order Mughlai dishes in restaurants, because the curries are always smooth, creamy little sweeter in taste. Mughlai Chicken is one of my favorite Mughlai dishes. I always have this curry with Tandoori Rotis. This recipe also I tried many times in a nearby restaurant and make the recipe myself. Today I'm going to share my own creation of Mughlai Chicken recipe.
Muri ghonto is a authentic Bengali dish, where the Rohu/Katla fish head is cooked with flavorful rice like Gobindo Bhog Chal. Gobindo Bhog Chal is only available is Bengal. But if you are outside of Bengal, you may use good quality Basmati rice for 'Muri Ghonto'. This recipe I adopted from my mom. She makes this awesome. If my mom makes this, I don't even need anything else this. A plate of rice will be vanished in a minute with this. In this recipe she always use only ghee and fresh Katla fish head. I'm giving you her signature recipe which she adopted from her mother,(My Grand Mom). Follow each and every step & ingredients, then you will get the exact dish. So here is the awesome recipe of 'Muri Ghonto'.
Chingrir Chop is a famous Bengali snacks item from "Tele Bhaja"(deep fried) shops of Kolkata. As all of us know, that Kolkata is famous for street food like Tele bhaja, Chop, Egg Roll, Cutlet, Chow Mein and many more. There are lots of "Tele Bhaja" stalls in all around the Kolkata. One of the famous shop of Tele Bhaja is Kalika Tele Bhaja shop. But they do not use onion or garlic in their Tele Bhaja. Chingrir Chop is a famous Tele Bhaja. It tastes awesome and easy to make too. For this famous snacks you need shrimps not the prawns. Because shrimps are smaller in size. Shrimps are fried and then added to the spiced mashed potatoes, then dipped into egg batter and coated with bread crumb and then deep fried. So no more introduction, go to the recipe...
Monsoon and deep fried snacks are made for each other. And in this rainy season 'Bengali Mangsher Chop' has no substitution. Mangsher Chop is a famous Bengali snacks item from "Tele Bhaja"(deep fried) shops of Kolkata. As all of us know, that Kolkata is famous for street food like Tele bhaja, Chop, Egg Roll, Cutlet, Chowmein and many more. There are lots of "Tele Bhaja" stalls in all around the Kolkata. One of the famous shop of Tele Bhaja is Kalika Tele Bhaja shop. But they do not use onion or garlic in their Tele Bhaja. Mangsher Chop is a famous Tele Bhaja. It tastes awesome and easy to make too. For this famous snacks you need mutton keema. Boiled keema are added to the spiced mashed potatoes, then dipped into egg batter and coated with bread crumb and then deep fried. So no more introductions, let's go to the recipe...
Dhabe Di Murgh Makkhanwala
This recipe is Kolkata's speciality, in Kolkata Dhabas(
roadside small restaurants) serves best chicken bharta you can ever taste. Today I'm going to share this recipe, which was sent by my dearest "Dheu Di", may be almost 3 years
back, while we used to stay in USA. But somehow I totally forgot about the recipe and couldn't able to make it. But after seeing my two blogger friends, Rimli & Debjani's recent
post on 'Chicken Bharta', I decided to post it too. Though this recipe is little bit different from theirs. Let's not bore you guys with my writing, have a look of the
Tandoori Paneer Masala
Lebu Lonka Murgi
<p>After having the awesome food, I was almost full. But for a full course meal how can I miss the dessert section. So thought of taste one of them. My husband insisted me to take the 'Beetroot Halwa', as he knew the taste, he was their before for team lunch, and he took that dessert twice. My husband is not a foodie, but he is a sweet lover. so never miss the dessert part of any buffet. As he was insisting for that particular item I took it 2 spoons, thought of just tasting it. But after having half spoon,I was so amazed, and took that for second time. After that day I was thinking of making this at home. But any vegetable halwa is very time consuming and tiring process, so I was avoiding for a year.
But when I got my 'Preethi Zodiac' mixer grinder, find a easy grater comes in the 'Master Chef Jar', which grates vegetables in seconds with ease. </p>
<p>So I've decided the 1st item of making is the 'Beetroot Halwa'.I've steamed the peeled beetroots in my 'Tupperware Steam it' and then halved and put into the 'Master Chef Jar' with grater function and got a jar full of grated steamed beetroot in few seconds. Let's have a look in the details procedure below.</p>
I love fresh methi or fenugreek leaves for the slight bitterness they add to any dish. Each time I go to Little India, I scout around for a bunch. They are not very easy to find so when I do get them, I wrack my brain on what to make with it. Chopped Methi leaves and some other spices are mixed with Maida, make a dough and roll them into Parathas and cook on Hot Tawa.
Kalo jaam or kala jamun is a popular cheese-based dessert, similar to a dumpling, popular in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh. It is made mainly from milk solids, traditionally from freshly curdled milk. But I've a very shortcut recipe for this awesome Sweet, which has not very difficult,and the taste will remain the same.
Today I'm going to share 'Aam Panna' Or 'Aam Porar Sorbot', which is a very famous and refreshing drink for summer. My Grand mom used to make this drink during summer season. Aam Porar Sorbot In this recipe, I've given two different way to make the drink. You may follow any of them and in both the way, you wouldn't be disappointed. The first way I've adopted from my Grand mom's recipe. Here is the recipes...
Mango is a very flavorful fruit. In summer different types of desserts will be prepared in Indian cuisine. "Aamer Payesh" is one of them. Mango kheer is a dessert and in summer it's a very refreshing sweet. It is usually served cold. Mango lovers will love this dessert.
Dak Bungalow Chicken
Dak bungalows were rest houses where the travelers used to take rest while on a journey, or used as a night stop during a trip. At that time the Care-taker had their own Poultry, Goat at Dak Bungalows for easy milk and meat supplies. This kind of curries are always be the only Dinner/Lunch item. So it is always cooked along with Potat ,Egg and freshly ground spices, as that time Store Bought spices were not being used in cooking.
Iced Tea With Fruit Punch
I've done an experiment to make an Iced-Tea with the flavor of fruits. And it came out very well. This drink can be served cold or hot . But I 'll refer to have this drink as cold. This is an awesome refreshing drink for summer. White wine or Brandy can be added to taste. Iced-tea mixed with Fresh Fruit Juice and set inside the refrigerated for 8-10 hour and served.
Mango Banana Smoothie
Smoothie is a very healthy drink. This drink is made with fresh or frozen fruits. In addition to fruits sometimes it contains crashed ice, ice-cream, yoghurt in it. Smoothies have milk-shake like consistency. To make smoothies more healthier milk ,ice-cream or yoghurt can be replaced by soya milk, whey powder, green tea, herbal supplements, or nutritional supplement mixes.
Lachha Paratha is another Special Varity of regular Paratha with Multi and flaky layers on the outside and soft and moist in the middle. This is a very common verity of regular paratha. This is my Twist for this multi layered paratha layers with some chopped fresh Cilantro & Crushed Black Pepper Lachha paratha can be easily recognized by its multi layers.
Phulkopi is the Bengali name of Cauliflower. This "Singara" is specially made in Winter, as Cauliflower is the popular vegetable of this season. "Phulkopir Singara" is made with stir fried cauliflower & potatoes along with some other spices. For crispyness of the "Singara" , we have to use ghee. In the roadside shops, they use Daldas to make the "Singara" most crispy and stay as it is through out the day. But dalda is not good for health. "Singara" should be served hot and fresh as soon as they are made, if they reach to the room temperature, they will loss the crispyness. Read my tips Tips to make Crispy old samosas ". Here is the recipe of "Phulkopir Singara"...
Bengali Aam Doi
Aam doi is nowadays become very famous as the Misti Doi in West Bengal. This Aam Doi tasted very nice and flavorful and very much refreshing in summer days. I made this "Aam Doi" in traditional way. This is not a baked yogurt. This is the yogurt made with Fresh Mango Pulp. Here is the recipe.
Jal Jeera is an Indian spiced lemonade. This is an Indian beverage, serves in summer. This is a very refreshing drink made with Indian spices, lemon/lime juice, black pepper powder, and etc. Jal means Water in Hindi & Jeera means Cumin. Cumin is the main ingredient to make this Indian Lemonade.
Watermelon Vodka Cocktail
It is very hot outside. In these days, people are trying to keep cool by any way.Neither I, nor my family like this kind of steaming hot days. But this is the best time to have something cool, refreshing cooler drinks in those days. So I keep making different types of drinks , to keep me and my family cool. I really love to have this kind of summer cooler in my balcony with my family. I feel really refreshing. In this weekend I got a large watermelon in farmer's market. So I decided to make some drink mix out of the fresh juicy watermelon. So today I made this one to kick strat the weekend ahead.
Sobji means "Vegetable". Vegetables are called Sobji in Bengali language. Sobji Dal is, when Mung Dal or Small Yellow Lentil is cooked with chopped vegetabes. This is a very healthy and comfort food. This dal can be served to any aged person. In winter, there are lots of fresh vegetables are available in the market, like carrot, cauliflower, green peas, beans etc. They tastes so good and healthy too. This dal is cooked with the winter's fresh vegetables.
Indian Egg Sandwich
In this sandwich I added Boiled Egg, Boiled Potato, Fried Onion & Tomato, Mayonnaise and some more ingredients. I grilled the sandwiches, but you may toast them too or simply serve it with fresh untested bread. This is a full proof recipe of Egg Sandwich. These sandwiches can be carried for Picnic, can be serve for Kids' Party, of in the Kid's lunch box.
Watermelon is my favorite fruit in summer. Chilled watermelon chunks are really refreshing during hot scorching summer. But Watermelon Sorbet is even more delicious. And you may surprise your guests by serving this amazing dessert. This sorbet is also great for Summer Pool Parties. Kids love this sorbet. And this is very healthy too. Everything is natural and pure in this sorbet. In this sorbet you don't need any ice-ream maker to make this. This sorbet needs minimum ingredients and this is a very easy process to make. Here is the Summer Cooler Watermelon Recipe.
Homemade Mango Jam
Fruit preserves are to keep fruits, vegetables preserves for long term to use later. Fruit preserves are also known as Jam, Jelly, Chutney etc. for their different style of preservation. To preserve fruits, vegetables, gelatin, vinegar or even honey, sugar also use. As it is summer time, the season of fresh mangoes, today I'm going to share the recipe of Homemade Mango Jam without using pectin. This recipe contains fresh mango pulp, lemon juice & sugar. Flavorful mangoes are best to use for this jam, because the jam will smells awesome. I used 'Alphanso' to prepare this jam. You may use 'Kesariya' Or 'Himsagar' for this. So let's go to the recipe....
Indian Spiced Tea
'Chai/Cha/Tea' is the common beverage for all Indian. Mornings are incomplete without a perfect cup of Tea. Almost every Indian, have Tea for their morning refreshing beverage. Usually tea is made only by brewing Tea Leaves, milk and water, but sometimes we love to have the 'Spiced Tea' which is also known as 'Masala Chai'. For the 'Masala Chai', tea & herbs are being brewed with Water & Whole Cow or Buffalo milk. Check the easy recipe of refreshing Masala Chai.
Kochi Panthar Jhol
Bengali Sunday is totally incomplete without 'Kochi Panthar Jhol' & Gorom Bhat. Baby goat meat has less fat, tender and easy to digest. I always love mutton curry, light stew type. In this curry I've added all freshly ground spices with very less oil. This is my Grand Mom(Mother's Mom). She used to cook each and every dish with freshly ground spices. She used to use Mortar & Pestle to ground spices. And this curry should be cooked in a pan only, pressure cook will not bring the exact taste. So lets jump to the recipe and make it as soon as possible. And off course don't forget to send me the pictures with your feedback.