Sunday, 28 June 2015

Red Amarnath Leaves Ki Sabji

Red Amarnath Leaves ki sabji, is such a healthy leafy vegetable packed with Vitamins, Iron and Potassium. This sabji is very easy and simple to prepare, just the main point to be taken care is plucking the leaves and washing the leaves. Once done it is just an click to prepare the sabji.

Red Amarnath leaves 1 bunch
Garlic 2 cloves, smashed
Green Chili 1, chopped
Salt as per taste
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tbsp
Oil 1 tbsp

Chop the roots of amarnath leaves. Now pluck the leaves keeping the small stems of the leaves with it. 

Transfer the leaves to a colander and wash under running water until all dirt, mud and such particles are washed away.

Allow the water to get drained.

Now taking few leaves as a bunch, chop the leaves. Complete doing until the whole lot is chopped.

Lets prepare the sabji....
In a pan heat oil. Add garlic, green chili. Now add amarnath leaves, turmeric powder and salt and close the pan with a lid.

After a minute, open and mix well. Again close with lid and cook until the leaves are cooked - it takes almost 7- 8 minutes.

Now open and add red chili powder and close and cook for another 2 minutes.

Now our sabji is done. 

Serve with roti or chapati.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Vegetable Biryani for the occasion of turning 1

Vegetable Biryani - for the occasion of turning 1 ..... 
Yes, on 21st June 2014, my blog was born and I started it with an aim of sharing recipes that I have been learning, making and serving.
Having started  blogging, I have developed lot of interest in cooking,in presentation as well as trying something new many times. I would also like to share that having started blogging, I have made many blogger friends and with their shares I have been learning a lot of things based on cooking, health foods, modern - traditional dishes, presentations, etc..... and also feel a lot appreciated and always want to try to do more better than before, with the comments that I receive from them. I would really Thank them all for their support.

Now lets move on to the recipe. For my blog's one year anniversary I have made Vegetable Biryani, which is just one awesome dish. Actually, it was my Husband's idea to select Biryani for this special day, as Biryani is one such dish that is always been considered as a special dish. It tastes yummmm, is rich and many's favorite dish. The ingredients, methods are quite long, but its worth it.

For rice preparation:
Basmati Rice, 1 cup
Bay leaf 1
Cloves 2
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Cardamom 2
Salt as per taste
Water 2 cups
Ghee 1 tsp

For Vegetable part of Preparation:
Onion 1, sliced
Potato 1, cubed
Cauliflower florets, half cup
Carrot 1 small, diced
Paneer 1/4th cup, cubed
French Beans 3, chopped
Peas 1/4th cup
Fresh Mint leaves 1/4th cup
Freshly chopped Coriander leaves
Green Chili 1, slit

Other main ingredients:
Ginger - Garlic paste 1 tbsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Bay leaf 1
Cinnamon 1 inch piece
Cardamom 2
Cloves 2 -4
Cumin Seeds 1 tbsp
Curd 1/2 cup + 1/2 cup
Milk 2 tbsp
Saffron /Kesar few strands
Salt as per taste
Ghee 2 - 3 tbsp

Dry Fruits:
Almonds / Badam 2 - 4, chopped
Cashew nuts 5 - 6
Raisins 5 - 6

For Dum - Dough preparation:
Whole Wheat flour 1 cup
Water to make dough
Aluminium foil{food grade}.

Step 1:
Lets cook the rice.....
Wash rice and drain it. Soak rice in water for 20 minutes.

In a pan heat ghee. Add in Bay leaf, cinnamon, clove and cardamom. Saute once. 

Now add in water and allow to boil. 

Add soaked rice and salt, mix once and cover and cook for 8 to 10 minutes. In between, open and check the rice, and also allow the water to get settled again, as it must be boiling on the top of the pan.

Once rice is done, remove  from heat and close and keep aside to make it get settled. 
{Don't mix the rice too mush, as the rice will break}.

Step 2
Lets prepare the dough for sealing...

In a bowl take atta / whole wheat flour, add salt and oil. Now adding water little by little, make a smooth to medium dough. Close and keep aside.

Step 3
Lets prepare kesar milk...

In a small bowl, add warm milk. To it add few strands of kesar/ saffron and milk. Now add curd to it. Mix well and keep ready aside.

Step 4
Lets start to prepare Biryani's first stage....
In a pan heat ghee. Once heated add Bay leaf, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves and cumin seeds. As it crackles, add onion to it. Saute onion until transparent and done. Now add green chili and ginger - garlic paste and saute till it turns brown. 

Now add the vegetables, starting with carrot, beans, potatoes, cauliflower florets, peas and mix well.

Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and mix well.

Now add curd and mix once. 

Add little {needed} water and little water and cover the pan with lid and cook until the vegetables are done.

Add paneer, almonds, cashew nuts and raisins. Mix well and keep this pan aside.

Lets start preparing the final stage of the Biryani....
Its Layering the Biryani......

For layering the Biryani, we first need a pot or handi. I have got a biryani pot.

Wash the pot and soak in water for an hour before cooking. Drain the water and clean the pot well.

Keep the cooked rice, vegetables, kesar / saffron milk and the dough ready nearby.

Lets start layering...
Transfer the vegetables to the pot. 

Over it, spread one layer of  kesar / saffron milk preparation.

On it add a layer of mint leaves and coriander leaves. 

Now later it with the rice that we have made and kept ready. Layer it properly filling from corners to centre.

Now again layer kesar/saffron milk preparation .

On it layer the second layering of vegetables properly filling it from corner to centre.

Over it layer the remaining rice, spreading it all over the vegetable layer from the corner to the centre.

Our layering is done, Lets ready Dum the Biryani....

For this, we need to seal our biryani pot with aluminum foil.

Over it keep a lid and seal it with the dough we have prepared.

Keep the pot over a tawa, and cook/dum the biryani for 5 minutes on high flame.

Now reduce the flame to medium and cook/dum for another 10 minutes.

Reduce the flame to low and cook/dum for another 7 - 8 minutes. 

Our Biryani is ready.

Serve by taking the first layer and then dig spoon into the pot on one side and serve with Raita.

Lovely na...Enjoy with Raita.........

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Gobi Matar ki Sabji

Gobi Matar Ki Sabji is one of the easiest sabji dish, perfect for everyday lunch as accompaniment to roti / chapati and dal rice.

Cauliflower 1, medium size
Peas 1/2, cup
Onion 1 small, chopped
Tomato 1 big, finely chopped
Oil 2 tbsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Asafoetida 1 pinch 
Turmeric Powder 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder 1 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Water 1/2 cup + 1 cup water
Freshly Chopped Coriander Leaves

Cut florets of Cauliflower.
Boil water. Once boiled add the florets in it and add little salt. Boil the florets for 4 - 5 minutes. 

Again boil water and add peas and little salt. Also boil peas for 3 - 4 minutes.

Now in a pan heat oil. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida a pinch. As it starts to crackle, add chopped onion and saute onion until it turns transparent. 

Now add chopped tomato and mix. 

Now add half boiled cauliflower florets and peas and add salt as per taste.

Add turmeric powder, red chili powder and cook for a minute. Mix well.

Add half cup water, mix and cover and cook until done.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves. 

If you find water in the sabji, then cook the sabji by not covering the pan and cook until the water gets evaporated or for almost 3 - 4 minutes.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Peas Pulav

Peas Pulav - one of the simplest, easiest one pot meal, made with just few ingredients and its liked by many.. The spices that goes to it, gives great aroma and flavor to the pulav. It tastes best when served with raita.

Basmati Rice 1 cup
Water 2 cups
Green Peas 1/2 cup {fresh or frozen}
Onion 1 big
Bay Leaf 1
Peppercorns few
Cinnamon 1 inch
Green Cardamon 1 or 2
Oil 2 tbsp
Ghee 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds 1 tsp
Salt as per taste

Wash and soak rice for 20 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

In a pan heat oil and ghee. Add cumin seeds, as it starts to crackle, throw in bay leaf, peppercorns, cinnamon, green cardamon and saute.

Now add onion and saute until it turns soft and transparent.

Now add peas and soaked rice and mix once.

Add water and salt.,
{Do a taste check at this point}.

Once water starts to boil, mix and cover and allow it to cook for almost 10 - 12 minutes.
{After 7 - 8 minutes, open once in between and check the rice}. 

Open and allow it to rest for a while.


Serve with Onion raita or any gravy sabji.

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