November 10th, 2012

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Dish-A-Day: 09/06/2012 - Punjabi Lassi

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09/06/2012: Punjabi Lassi - I have been meaning to add varieties of Lassis to my Dish-A-Day blog for a while. However, I hadn't got around to them until now. First of the Lassis is the famous Punjabi Lassi. Why not then, start with the one that is favorite of the state of Punjab. :)

Recipe: Blend 2 cups thick Curds, 1 cup Milk, Sugar per taste and a pinch of Cardamom Powder in a blender into a smooth frothy mixture. Cool in refrigerator. Garnish with Almond flakes before serving.


09062012 - Punjabi Lassi
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Dish-A-Day: 09/07/2012 - Lauki Ka Kheer (Sorakaya Payasam / Bottle Gourd Sweet)

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09/07/2012: Lauki Ka Kheer (Sorakaya Payasam / Bottle Gourd Sweet) - In mood for making sweet again got me racking my brains to see what I can make. 1/2 a Bottle Gourd was in the refrigerator. So, thought why not make a sweet out of it. First instinct was to crush it into tiny pieces...but then I simply grated it and made it into a sweet similar to Carrot Kheer. Later when I checked online, there was indeed a recipe for Bottle Gourd Sweet too. Well mine was simpler. :P

09072012 - Lauki Ka Kheer

Recipe:


1) Peel and grate 1/2 medium sized Bottle Gourd.
2) In a pan, heat 1 tsp of Ghee. Saute grated Bottle Gourd till it turns a little brown. Remove from flame and keep the contents aside in a bowl.
3) In a sauce pan, heat 2 cups of Milk. When it comes to boiling, add sauted Bottle Gourd, Sugar per taste and 2 tbsps of Milk Powder.
4) Stir well and simmer on low flame until the content becomes thick in consistency.
5) Remove from flame into a bowl. Garnish with a few strands of Saffron

Note:


  • I used Milk Powder because I did not have Milk Maid or Condensed Milk. If you have them use them instead.

  • Also I did not use Cardamom Powder as it tends to dominate the smell of Bottle Gourd. I like this sweet without Cardamom Powder. You could add if you want to.

  • For Garnishing, you can use Cashew Nuts and Pista for added zing. I did not have either that day when I made this sweet.

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Dish-A-Day: 09/08/2012 - Oats Chaat

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09/08/2012: Oats Chaat - Chaat is the famous Mumbai delicacy that everyone all over India love to eat it. And of course many versions of Chaat can be made, still the basic ingredients are the same. Here is one version with Oats.


09082012 - Oats Chaat

Recipe:


1) Soak a cup of Kala Chana (Dry Chick Peas) over night in Water. Drain it and then cook in microwave for 15 mins with a cup of Water and Salt.
2) Drain the excess Water and pour it into a bowl.
3) In a pan dry fry a cup of Oats (rolled Oats that you get at store without flavor can be used). Add to the bowl with Kala Chana.
4) Finely chop 1 medium Tomato and add to the bowl.
5) In a separate cup beat 1.5 cups of thick Curds evenly. Add to the bowl.
6) Add 2 tsp Chili Powder, 2 tsp Black Salt, 2 tsp Cumin / Jeera Powder, 2 tsp Chaat Masala (you can get it in any Indian Grocery store) and Sugar per your taste.
7) Mix all the contents evenly with a spoon. Dont stir too much else you will mush the contents.
8) Garnish with few sprigs of Cilantro and 2 tsps of Meetha Chutney (which you can buy at any Indian Grocery store).
9) Serve immediately for best taste.