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Rasmalai

Paneer (cottage cheese) Patties are soaked in sweetened, thickened milk and flavored with cardamom and rose water.

Serve it chilled and garnished with slivers of dried fruit.

 


Ingredients:

  • 1 gallon full cream milk / whole milk
  • ¼ cup sugar (modify according to your choice)
  • 1 tbsp cardamom powder
  • Few strands of Saffron
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 2 tbsp chopped nuts
  • 1 can (2.2 lb) of Rasmalai Patties (available in Indian Grocery Stores)

 


Method:

  • Bring the milk to a boil in High heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer. Keep stirring it every 5-10 minutes to prevent it from sticking to the sides and burning.
  • After half an hour, add the sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  • Now add the Rasmalai tikia. Before dropping the Rasmalai tikia in the milk, squeeze it to remove the sugar syrup that comes in the can.
  • Let it simmer for some more time till the milk becomes thick. Its consistency should be more or less like evaporated milk.
  • Remove from heat. Add saffron strands and rose water and refrigerate it.
  • Garnish with chopped nuts, few strands of Saffron and pinch of cardamom powder.
  • Serve cold as dessert.

 


Do You Know?

Sweets have an important place in Indian traditions. Every state and region in India has its very own sweet specialties. In North India, Gajar Halwa, Kulfi and Gulab Jamun are common; in East, Rasagulla and Sandesh are traditionally made; in West, Puranpoli and Bebinca are commonly made while Mysore Pak and Payasam are traditionally served in the South.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Swwets and Desserts

 

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Aam Ka Panna (Raw Mango Drink)

It is one of the favorite Indian drinks in hot summer days. It is very refreshing drink and has got heat resistant properties. It is made from fresh green mangoes which are abundant in the summer months.

It is a sweet-sour-spicy drink.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium-sized raw green mangoes
  • ½ cup sugar (modify according to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt mix (modify according to taste)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger extract
  • ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds ground coarsely
  • 1 tsp roasted ground cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice or ¼ cup lemonade
  • Crushed ice
  • Sprigs of mint to garnish

Method:

  • Wash, peel and slice the raw mangoes.
  • In a deep saucepan boil the mango slices in two cups of water, till they are soft.
  • Take off from the fire and allow to cool completely.
  • Put the mango slices (along with the water in which slices are boiled), sugar and salt mixture into a food processor and blend till smooth.
  • Add the remaining ingredients (except mint to garnish) and mix well.
  • Dilute with 3-4 cups of chilled water.
  • Pour into glasses, and add few finely chopped mint leaves and crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

Note:

  • One raw mango is enough to make two tall glasses of panna.
  • Strain the panna just before adding crushed ice to get the clear drink.

Do You Know?


  • Kayree Ka panna is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • It is considered beneficial in the treatment of gastro -intestinal disorders.
  • Since it is an excellent source of vitamin C, it is considered as a curative for blood disorders. It increases the elasticity of the blood vessels and helps in the formation of new blood cells.
  • This drink is also a good source of vitamin Band B2 and contains sufficient quantity of niacin.
 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Drinks

 

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Rogan Josh ( Hot Lamb Curry)

Rogan josh is an aromatic curry dish popular in India. Rogan meansclarified butter in Persian, while Josh means hot or passionate. Rogan Josh thus means meat cooked in clarified butter at intense heat. The lovely color of Rogan Josh comes from the Kashmiri dry red chilies used to prepare it. These chilies have ‘more bark than bite’! There are several versions of Rogan Josh and this one is tried and tested several times to great success.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound lamb cubed
  • ¼ cup yogurt
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • 1 bay leaves
  • 4-5 cloves
  • 3-4 cardamom pods
  • 1” cinnamon
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder (available in Indian Grocery Store)
  • 1 medium-sized onions finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp ginger paste
  • 4 tbsp ghee or clarified butter (cooking oil can also be used)
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

    • Heat the oil in a large, preferably non-stick pan. When hot, put in asafetida, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, bay leaves and whole cloves. Fry till they turn slightly darker in color.
    • Add lamb pieces; stir and cook uncovered, over high heat for about 5 minutes or until almost all the water released by the meat disappears and the meat browns very lightly. Keep the fried mutton pieces aside in a plate for later use.
    • Now put in the onions and fry till they turn golden. Put in the ginger garlic pastes and fry for a minute.
    • Then add powdered spices (coriander, cumin, turmeric, Kashmiri chili) and salt. Stir and fry for another minute.
    • Stir in the fried meat and juices. Now put in one tbsp of yogurt. Stir and fry for about one minute or until the yogurt is well blended. Add the remaining yogurt, a tbsp at a time, in the same way. Stir and fry for another 3-4 minutes.
    • Now add two cups of water. Cook covered on low heat, stirring occasionally, till the mutton is completely done and the oil surfaces.
    • Sprinkle the garam masala over the meat.
    • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with plain boiled rice or roti.
 
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Posted by on February 3, 2012 in Mutton Recipes, Non Vegetarian

 

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Aloo Bhari Hari Mirch (Potato Stuffed Indian Green Chilies)

Long Green Chilies are stuffed with potato mix and then stir fried.

Serve it as a side dish with Dal and Roti.

Ingredients:

  • 10 large green mirch (chili peppers)
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp besan
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tsp amchoor powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch of asafetida
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 tbsp cooking oil

Method:

  • Wash and pat dry all the chili peppers. Make one slit along the length of the chilies from just under the stem to just above the end of the chili and pluck out the thick white vein in the middle along with the seeds. Keep aside.
  • Boil and skin potatoes.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and asafetida powder. When cumin crackles, add chopped onion and fry till onion is transparent. Add boiled mashed potatoes and sauté for 2-3 minutes on medium-low flame.
  • Add besan to the potatoes and mix well. Cover the pan and cook for about 4-5 minutes on slow flame. Now add all dry spices (turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, amchoor powder and salt). Mix well and cook for a minute. Stuffing is ready. Now take the stuffing off the flame and cool it down. Add chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Fill the slit in the chili with the potato mix stuffing.
  • Eat 1 tbsp oil in a non sticking shallow pan on a medium flame. When the oil is ready, arrange stuffed chili peppers in the pan, and cook without lid till done.
  • Serve with Dal and Roti / Paratha.
 
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Posted by on February 1, 2012 in Vegetarian

 

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