Ginger cookies(Egg less)

Ingredients:

1 & ¾ Cups All purpose flour (Maida)

1 tbsp Dry ginger powder (sonth or saunth)

¼ tspn Freshly grated Nutmeg

½ tspn Baking soda

¼ tspn Salt

½ cup Oil

⅓ cup Caramel/Molasses.

¾ cup Sugar

3 tbsp Milk.

1 tbsp Sugar for sprinkling.

Method:

Preheat the oven to180 degrees C for at least 10 minutes.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or butter paper. Alternately lightly grease it with butter or oil.
In a big bowl,take all purpose flour, ginger powder, grated nutmeg, baking soda and salt.Mix well, so everything is incorporated well.
In another bowl take oil, caramel/ molasses, sugar and milk. Whisk it well.
Add dry flour mixture into wet mixture.
Stir with spatula, it should be firm dough.
Take one tablespoon of dough, make smooth ball and flatten it slightly.
Arrange them on cookie tray few inches apart, as they will spread while baking.
Sprinkle a pinch of sugar on top of each cookie.
Bake in preheated oven for 12-14 minutes.
Let the cookies cool down for 5 minutes into the pan.
Then transfer it to a cooling rack to cool down completely.
Once cooled store in airtight jar,serve as required.
Happy Cooking!!!
Sameera

 

Bhendi Bhaji.(Malwani style)

Bhendi or okra can be made in many different ways,today I am sharing a very simple recipe made with minimum spices in malvani style.For us malvani’s coconut is a must in every dish also as bhendi has a slimy texture amchur or lime juice is used while cooking it,here we will use Kokum for the same.

Ingredients :

250 gms Bhendi/Okra cleaned,dried and chopped finely.

2 Green chilies chopped into 4 peices.

1 big Onion chopped.

2 tbsp Grated Coconut.

1 tbsp Oil.

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds.

1tsp Sesame seeds.

1/8 tsp Asafoetida.

1/8 Turmeric Powder.

4 Kokum.

Salt to taste.

Method : 

Wash and pat dry bhendi,cut stem and slice thinly.Keep aside.

In a pan heat oil,add mustard seeds,sesame seeds,asafoetida,chopped onions and green chillies.saute for a minute,add sliced bhendi, salt and turmeric powder,mix well.Add Kokum and saute well.Cover and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.Don’t at all add water as bhendi will become sticky.

Add grated coconut and mix well.

Remove in serving bowl and serve with chapati or bhakri.

Happy Cooking! ! ! 

Sameera .

 

Paneer Bhurji

Ingredients:

250 gms Paneer.

1tsp Jeera.

1 Onion chopped

1 Tomato chopped.

1tsp Ginger Garlic paste.

2-3 Green chillies chopped finely.

1/4 Cup chopped corriander leaves.

1/2 tsp turmeric powder.

1 tsp chilli powder.

1/2 tsp Dhana jeera powder.

1 tbsp oil.

Salt to taste.

Method:

Crumble pander finely and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan,add jeera,chopped onion and ginger garlic paste.saute till onions turn pinkish now add tomatoes again saute for 2 minutes.

Add turmeric powder,dhana jeera powder and chilli powder,mix well and saute for a minute.

Add crumbled paneer and salt.

Stir well to mix.

Add chopped corriander leaves.

Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes.

Serve hot with roti or phulka.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

Sabudana Thalipeeth.

Usually made during fasting and served with curds or chutney.

1cup Potato boiled and mashed.

1 tbspn Coarse paste of green chillies and cumin seeds.

1/2 cupRoasted peanut powder.

1 tsp Sugar

1/4 cup Coriander leaves finely chopped.

Salt to taste.

Oil/Ghee for shallow frying.

Method:

In Washed and soaked sabudana add green chiilies and cumin seeds paste,coriander leaves, salt, roasted peanut powder, boiled potatoes and sugar.

Mix well to make a soft dough. (add few splashes of water if required)

Take any plastic sheet, make a small ball from the dough, sprinkle few drops of water on plastic sheet, place the dough and just press it in round shape by hand.

Heat pan on a medium high, add some oil/ghee and place thalipeeth and roast till it gets nice golden color from both the sides.

Remove in a serving plate and serve hot with yogurt, chutney or sauce!

Happy Cooking!

Sameera.

 

 

 

Yellow Moong Dal Khichdi.

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This is aclassic comfort food,easy to make as well as very healthy option for lunch or dinner. Best accompaniments to serve with this is Curd,pickle and papad.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup yellow Moong Dal (skinless)

1/2 cup Rice.

2 tbsp Green Peas.

1/2 tbsp Oil.

1 tbsp Ghee.

1/4 tsp Haldi powder.

1/4 tsp Asafoetida.

1/2 tsp Jeera.

1 tsp Lemon juice.

Salt to taste.

Method:

 

Mix rice and dal together,wash and soak for 1/2 hours,drain and keep aside.

In a thick bottomed pressure pan,heat oil,add jeera and asafoetida,now add drained rice, moong dal and green peas,add salt and haldi powder,mix well.

Add 3 cups of boiling hotwater,mixwell.

Cover and cook on high for 2 whistles,slower the flame and cook further till 3 more whistles.

Once the steam is released,open the lid add ghee and lime juice.Mix well.

Serve hot with  Curd,pickle and papad.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera

Schezwan Egg Noodles.

Ingredients:

1 packet Noodles.

1 tbsp Oil.

2 cups mixed vegetables finely shredded(Capsicum,spring onions,carrots,beans,cabbage)

2 Eggs (beaten)

2 tsp grated Ginger-Garlic

1 tbsp Chings Schezwan Chutney.

Salt and Pepper powder to taste.

Method:

Boil noodles as per instructions on the pack,drain and keep aside.

Shredd all the vegetables.keep aside.

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Beat eggs and keep aside.

Heat oil in a big wok/pan.

Add grated ginger garlic,stir for 2 minutes,add spring oninons stir on high flame for 2 mins.

Add all remaining vegetables ,Stir fry for 2 minutes on high flame.

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Add schezwan sauce and beaten eggs,mix well and stirfry till egg is cooked.

Add cooked noodles ,salt and pepper.Mix well.

Stir fry for 2 to 3 minutes.

Remove and garnish with chopped spring onion greens.serve hot with gravy of your choice.

Tip:Shredded chicken can also be added to this rice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Suran (Yam) Kaap

Kaap is a very common side dish made in most of the maharashtrian households.

They are made out of many vegetables like potato,sweet potato,raw banana,brinjal…

Here we have par boiled suran with kokum and salt,to remove itchiness of suran.

Goes well with anything,dal rice,kadhi rice…

Ingredients:

1/4 kg Suran (Elephant Yam).

4 Kokum.

1/4 cup rice flour.

Oil for frying.

Salt to taste.

For the masala

1 medium sized onion.

2 tbsp Dhana(corriander seeds)

5 tbsp Red chilli powder.

1 tbsp haldi powder.

1 tsp black pepper powder.

Method:

Wash,deskin and cut suran into thin slices.In a bowl full of water add suran,salt and kokum,boil it for 7 minutes on medium flame.Drain and keep aside.(discard kokum)

 

Place all the masala ingredients in a mixie jar and grind to a smooth paste using very little water.

Apply this masala and salt on the suran slices.Leave it to marinate for 15 to 20 minutes.

 

Heat Oil in a frying pan.

Coat the marinated banana slices with  rice flour .

Shallow fry in the oil from both sides till crisp.

Drain on an absorbent paper to drain out excess oil.

Serve hot.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.