Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Pineapple halwa ,Annanas sheera, pineapple kesari

Todays recipe is a sweet dish which was in my to do list since many days...Pineapple halwa, annanas sheera or pineapple kesari

Halwa is a very popular dessert of India .
Here is a tongue-tickling dessert thatsends your taste buds into a tizzy with its tangy flavour and rich consistency, while still being very easy to prepare and ready to be served within minutes!

In  most Indian states halwa or kesari is made and enjoyed on festivals and on daily basis.

Pineapple halwa can be made either with fresh pineapple or tinned pineapple .You can add chopped pineapple or can add coarsely crushed pineapple puree , but I prefer to add  both pineapple pieces and coarse puree in pineapple halwa.
I had tasted this first in cousins marriage

1 cup Pineapple / Annanas pureed
1/4 Cup Pine apple pieces
1 cup Semolina / Sooji
1/2 cup Clarified Butter / Desi Ghee
2.5 cup Water / Paani
1+1/4 cup Sugar / Chini (adjust as per sourness of pineapple)
1/4 tsp Cardamom Powder / Elaichi Powder
pinch of Saffron / Kesar
1 tbsp Pistachio or almonds chopped
1 tbsp Cashew Nuts / Kaju toasted


1. chop 2 slices into small pieces and  grind 4 pineapple slices coarsely in the mixer jar, no need to make a smooth puree.

2. Heat water and sugar in a pan and cook till sugar melts completely.  Now  switch off gas and add saffron and pineapple crush(1 cup )  and pinepple pieces into it and mix. keep aside till pineapple soaks sugar

3. Heat ghee in a heavy bottom kadhai /pan and roast the cashew nuts to a nice golden colours and then take out from the pan and keep aside.  Now add semolina/rava in the pan and roast on low heat till it is golden in colour and start giving a nice aroma. 

4. next add the sugar syup and keep stirring and mix well till it start to thicken.cover with lid and cook for 5 to 7 minutes on low to medium heat. Now add cardamom powder and mix well

5. Garnish with sliced pistachio ,cashew and tuti fruity slices.

1.can add raisins and charoli to above sheera
2.can add chopped pineapple or can add coarsely crushed pineapple puree , but I prefer to add  both pineapple pieces and coarse puree in pineapple halwa.

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Paneer Kulcha Recipe |Amritsari paneer kulche

I am addicted to punjabi cuisine .I love chola bhatura , punjabi kadhi, aloo matar ,palak paneer ,parathas and ofcourse kulchas...list goes on and on.

I have blogged about aloo kulcha earlier .todays recipe is Paneer Kulcha


I wanted to make this paneer kulcha since long time but somehow kept on postponing & ended  in other paneer dishes.Last weekend both milk packets got spoilt &  I made paneer from them.

Obviously taste of home made paneer is definitely different  & nowadays I refrain from buying paneer from market as I make it at home only.Pls chk out here for recipe of how to make paneer at home ?

Coming back to recipe Paneer Kulcha recipe  is simply Indian flat bread stuffed with cottage cheese - paneer along with few spices.Sounds yummy, right?

We can enjoy this Paneer kulcha  just with pickle or Raitha  or pain curd (dahi) .it is a easy lunch box menu & kids favorite too

Paneer is known as  indian cottage cheese, very much common in Indian Cusine. I love to eat paneer in any form

After tasting this kulcha all i can say is "Step out of the stereotype, set aside the aloo and pyaaz and make paneer kulchas instead! use fresh, homemade paneer to transport yourself to seventh heaven. "

Kulcha (Urdu: کلچه, Hindi: कुलचा; Punjabi: ਕੁਲਚਾ)  is a type of leavened north Indian flatbread made from maida (wheat flour). It is particularly popular in India and Pakistan, and is usually eaten with chole.
Kulcha is a typical Punjabi recipe, originating in Punjab. Amritsar is known for its Amritsari kulchas or Amritsari naan. Flour dough is rolled into a flat, round shape and baked in an earthen clay oven until golden brown. When baked, it is usually rubbed with butter, and then eaten with spicy chole (chickpea curry).

. The leavened maida or refined flour flat breads called kulchas are stuffed with potatoes (aloo),onion and lots of spices and anardana(pomegranate seeds) , are rolled into a flat round bread and baked in an earthen clay oven until golden brown and served with channa(yoghurt),dahi or pickleThe ingredients are similar to aloo paratha except the outer covering is all purpose flour.It is rubbed with butter and then eaten with spicy chole...

Serves 7 kulchas

Ingredients :

Maida (white flour/all purpose flour) - 400 gms. (3 cup)
Curd - 3 table spoon.
Baking soda - 1/3 tea spoon.
Baking powder - 1/2 tea spoon.
Sugar - 1 tea spoon.
Oil - 1 table spoon.
Salt - 3/4 tea spoon (or according to the taste)
Carom seeds (Owa/ajwain)  or cumin seeds (jeera/jira) - 1 tea spoon.

Filling /stuffing

1 cup grated paneer
1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)
1/2 tsp roasted and ground cumin seeds (jeera)
2-3 finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
1 tsp ajwain owa
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp dried mango powder (amchur) /chat masala

1 tsp anardana (optional)
1 tsp pepper powder (optional)
1 tsp finely grated ginger (ala)
1 tsp coriander (dhania) powder
pinch sugar
1 onion chopped finely (optional)
 salt to taste

Method :

1.Sieve the maida in a bowl and mix curd, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, oil in it. Mix the ingredients well with hands.

  2.Knead the flour with luke warm water to make a smooth dough. Apply oil to the dough and keep it in a covered  bowl  at a warm place. Within 3-4 hours the dough will rise.

 3. Punch the dough once again to fix it. The dough to make kulcha is ready.

4. In the meantime mix all the ingredients for stuffing in a bowl .taste seasoning & adjust accordingly The filling to stuff the kulcha is ready.

5.Make 8-10 round balls of the dough. Make equal amount of small balls of the paneer mixture also.

6.Take one ball of the dough and roll it into a flat disc of 3 inch. Put the paneer mixture ball on the disc and press it with hands so it settles down on the dough. Fold and close the disc from all the sides  as shown below.

7.Dust the kulcha with dry maida and press it with light hands to increase its size upto 3 inch. Now roll the kulcha into a flat disc of 6-7 inch with the roller. Fix some carom seeds or cumin seeds over the at the top of the kulcha.

8.You can bake the kulcha in oven, pan (tawa) or tandoor.

9.Heat a tava /pan . Put the kulcha in the pan and roast it until it turns brown from the bottom surface. Pour some oil or ghee on the upper surface once the lower surface turns brown. Roast it till both the surface turns brown in colour. Prepare all the kulchas in the same manner.

10.Serve the Paneer stuffed kulchas with curd, chutney,mango pickle or chole recipe.

Tip /variation:

1. For baking  kulcha in an oven grease a tray with oil. Put 2 kulchas in the pan and pre-heat the oven at 300 centigrade. Place the tray in an oven and bake the kulcha for 2 minutes. Flip the side of the kulchas after 2 minutes and bake again till both the surfaces turn brown in colour. Now take out the tray from the oven and serve the hot baked kulchas with curd, aloo matar, pickle or chole recipe.

2. can use black sesame seeds /kalonji/owa /jeera to top up the kulcha

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Shrawan upwas marathi recipes | shravan month fasting food |sravan vrat recipe

Shravan Maas is the fifth month in a traditional Marathi calendar followed in Maharashtra and is a highly auspicious month.

Shravan Month 2013 is from August 7 to September 5.

The month is highly auspicious and staunch Hindus do not eat meat products and perform different types of pujas. Mondays is dedicated to Shiva Pooja and on Tuesdays women perform Mangala Gowri Puja. Other important festivals and auspicious days include Nag Panchami, Narli Purnima, Sri Krishna Jayanti and Dahi Handi.

Shrawan Somvar Vrat is observed by married women for happy marital bliss and her family’s wellness. Unmarried women perform Shrawan maas somvar vrat to get good life partner. Men also worship Shrawan Somvar vrat for their academic, professional success.Sawan Somvar Vrat is observed by married women for happy marital bliss and her family’s wellness. Unmarried women perform Shrawan maas somvar vrat to get good life partner. Men also worship Shrawan Somvar vrat for their academic, professional success.
The month of Shravan according to the Hindu calendar has started. Shravan is considered an auspicious month for the Hindus.

 In  India, during this month, most Hindus abstain from eating non vegetarian food. It is the month of vegetarianism and most women observe fast on every Monday during this month.

Heres a collection of few upwas dishes which can be eaten during your shravan fast.

Click on individual recipe name link for detailed recipe

SWEET KACHORI UPWAS                                                       BHAJANI THALIPEETH

UPWAS BATATA WADA                                                           ARVI/ARBI SURAN TIKKI

UPWAS KACCHI KELI VADA                                                             UPWAS ALOO PATTICE

UPWAS KACHI KELI KABAB                                                          RATALA THALIPEETH

FALAHARI SABUDANA CHIWDA                                                  RAJGIRA WADA

SABUDANA BATATA CHAKLI                                            SUN DRIED BATATA KEES

UPWAS BHEL                                                                                 RAJGIRA POORI

UPWAS SABUDANA APPE                                                                UPWAS DOSA

SABUDANA CHIKODI /PAPAD                                               BATATA WAFERS

UPWAS SHENGDANA AMTI                                          UPWAS BHAGAR/VARICHA BHAT

KACCHI KELI SABUDANA CUTLET                                                  SHENGDANA LADOO

SABUDANA WADA                                                                              SABUDANA KHICHDI


UPWAS GULABJAMUN                                                                    KELE KE WAFERS


PEANUT COCONUT CHUTNEY                                     DAHI SHENGDANA CHUTNEY


UPWAS KOFTA CURRY                                      RATALA ( SWEET POTATO) LOLLIPOP

UPWAS BHAJANI CHE WADA                                                            MOSAMBI JUICE


UPWAS RATALA CHAT                                             APPLE MALPUA

                                                                                 FRUIT CHAAT

RATALA (SWEET POTATO) KACHORI                                   SABUDANA ROLLS