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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Rajasthani Traditional Foods | Best Restaurants and Eats In Jaipur

Rajasthani traditional recipes

Rajasthan is one colorful state in our country and perfect place to enjoy the colorful attractions , for shopping and to explore all the traditional food there and thier so many exceptional places to eat in Jaipur ( the pink city). As my native is rajasthan we used to go for vacation only yearly once or twice, we usually have a pilgrim  travel , and also enjoy the atmosphere there. Trust me Rajasthan is the best place to enjoy and also explore food in very streets of Rajasthan.  Jaipur capital of rajasthan is also called as pink city and it is the largest city. Jaipur has some famous best Restaurants which serves lot of yummy stuffs. So I have recollected some of the best restaurants in jaipur  from my previous visits, Rajasthan is know for its some tempting food  some of the traditional dish includes dal dhokli, gatta ki sabzi, ker sangri , gulab jamun ki sabzi, some fantastic lassi, kachori's, poha jelebi, and never ending list of street foods. 

My grand ma ( mom's ma) used to prepare delicious rajasthani food , I remember how we used travel all over and come to my grand ma's space at mid nite 1.00 am and used to prepare garam garam dal dhokli in sigdi and they taste just divine. Though every rajasthani home the ladies prepare yummy food people opt to  purchase the mithaiya from the stores and most of the chaat are enjoyed in the chaat corners.  I have been to jaipur only few times and always enjoyed the food there. I was surprised to see there were no plastic glasses used and instead they serve tea / coffee in use and throw earthen pots every where in rajasthan, they  are very much thinking about global warming I felt really nice about it. Starting the morning with  tea Gulaji ki chai is very much famous in jaipur, also some people prefer lassi from Lassiwala on MI road they serve both sweet and salty lassi , I prefer the sweet one more as it full loaded with cream or malai in it. I know kachoris are prefered as a tea time snack in most of the place but it is a part  of breakfast in rajasthan , deep fried savories are enjoyed in the morning ,The famous store Rawat Mishatan Bhandar offer some delicious variety of garam / hot kachoris , Pyaz kachori , mawa kachori , puff pastries  all are my favorites. "Pyaz kachori" is a store name serves some tempting kachories too

 I have mention about Lakshmi  Mhistan Bhandar in my ghevar post they are 200 yr old mithai shop which selll all kind of mithai and also they have some innovative chaat in their shop. They have the state famous paneer ka ghevar and they are one of the popular ghevar selling store there . You can see some road side vendors too making ghevar's in rajasthan. The Rajasthan traditional food Dal baati Choorma is also served in the morning and evening but for a limited while, they are customer friendly if you want the food to have less oil then you can tell them. Also Rajasthan is know for its pheni sweet and fhika ( with no sweet)  which is available in Sambhar Pheni wla , jaipur. There are many rajasthani restaurants serving some traditional foods for the tourist , as you know it is perfect place for any tourist to explore. Handi is one of the restaurant which is very famous for its authentic flavors. I am so glad to have done this post , will keep updating after trying some  more restaurants there . Hope it will useful for those who travel rajasthan :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Channa Masala Pulao Recipe | Channa Pulao ~Lunch Recipes

Pulao Recipes

Channa masala Pulao is one my family fav as we love white kabuli channa / Chickpea , Instead of making channa masala always I love to include them in rice and do a masala rice which is masala pulao. This pulao with all masala and chickpeas taste so delicious , a perfect treat if you love spicy food but yes it can be prepared with mild spice level too. I prefer basmati for making pulaos they look and taste yumm. This pulao can had with any kind of raita , I always enjoy them with vegetable raita. Now lets move to the recipe.

Kabuli Channa Pulao Recipe

Channa Masala Pulao 

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                    Rice Varities
Over night
  20 mins

  Cooked rice - 1 cup (basmati preferably)

  Cooked chick peas - 1/2 cup ( cook chickpeas in pressure cooker with little amount of salt and water till the immerse for 3 whistles)
  Cardamom - 2
Channa recipes  Cloves - 4
  Cinnamon stick - 1 inch pieces
  Bay leaf - 1 no
  Onions 1 medium ( chopped)
  Tomato 1 medium (chopped)
  Curry leaves- 2 sprigs
  Green chilli - 1 slit
  Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  Cumin pd - 1/4 tsp
  Red Chill pd - 1/4 tsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Coriander powder 1 1/2 tsp
  Pav bhaji Masala - 1 tbsp
  Oil - 2 tbsp
  Salt to taste
  Chopped coriander/cilantro leaves -   For garnish

  • Heat oil in a pan, add the curry leaves, bay leaf, cinnamon , cloves .
  • Now add the green chilli and onions , Saute them till onion turn transparent,.Then add the ginger garlic paste  and saute well
  • Add the tomato and cook them till they are mushy . Add some water if needed to make a smooth paste.
  • Add all the  dry pd spices - Red chilli pd, turmeric pd, cumin pd, pav bhaji pd to the well cooked tomatoes and saute well till combined .
  • Add the cooked chick peas and mix well till the masala's coat on the chick pea / chole
  • Add salt to taste ( remember that you have added and  saute them for a minute .
  • Add the cooked rice and mix well till all the rice grains combine and coated with the prepared masala.
  • Sprinkle some chopped coriander leaves just before serving.
  • Serve hot with  any raita and papads.
  •  You can use sambhar pd instead of pav bhaji masala and they taste yummy even .
  • The amount of spice are given as per our family tastes you can change the quantity as per your families taste buds .

Rice Varieties Recipes

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sabudana Vada | Maharastrian Sabudana Vada

Maharastrian  Sabudana Vada

Sabudana Vadas are made on navratri fasting not only vadas anything with sabudana are suitable to serve when we are in fasting like sabunada khichdi can aslo be served when we are in fasting. When served in fasting the food should not contain onion, garlic, cereals and pulses. Sabudana or sago is one ingredinet which perfect to be used while fasting sago kheer can also be made. I made sabudana Vada as a part of my Maharastrian  Thali that was the first time I made these vada and H loved it a lot . I recently made these vada for evening snack and we enjoyed it a lot.  followed the same recipe which I posted earlier in thali. Now lets move on to the recipe..

Navratri Fasting Recipes

Javvarisi Vadai Recipe

sago vada

Sabudana Vada

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                      Tea Time Snack
1-2 hr
  20 mins
Sabudana Recipe for fasting
  Sago / Sabudana - 1/2 cup
  Potatoes - 1 No large ( boiled and grated)
  Roasted Peanuts Powdered - 1/4  cup
  Green chillies - 2-3 Nos ( chopped)
  Lemon juice - 1 tsp
  Rice flour - 2 tsp
  Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp ( chopped)
  Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  Salt to taste

  • Wash and soak sago overnight in just enough water till it submerges.
  • Next day drain the water and you can see the sago will be mashable.
  • In a bowl take this sago, roasted peanut pd, green chillies, potatoes, lemon juice,
  • Coriander leaves, rice flour, sugar, salt and mix them well.
  • Divide the vada dough to equal parts and flatten each balls to a round shape.
  • Heat oil in a kadai and fry the shaped vadas till they are golden brown from both sides.
  • Serve them hot with any chutney  or sauce you like.

Evening snack recipes

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Beetroot Thogayal Recipe | Beetroot Chutney ~ Chutney Recipes

I make vegetable chutney's a lot lately for idli dosa and they even taste yummy with chappathi. I have posted the ridge gourd chutney version earlier and now am sharing another yummy vegetable chutney. Thogayal and chutney's are my H's fav, so I make vegetable thogayal as it can't go wrong and taste yummy as well as a healthy option to include veggies for tiffin recipes. I make carrot chutney the same way , these chutney's are quick and easy to make  and different from usual  chutney , perfect way to impress your family with this new version of chutney as side. Now moving on to the recipe..

Beetroot Thogayal

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                      Chutney Recipes
10 mins
  10 mins

  Beetroot - 2 no medium 
  Urad dal - 1 tbsp
  Channa dal - 1 tbsp
  Tamarind - one marble size
  Red chillies - 2-3 no
  Oil - 1tbsp
  Salt as needed

  • Wash , peel amd chop the beetroot into cubes.
  • In a pan heat oil add urad dal and channa dal .
  • Saute them till golden brown , add red chillies and saute.
  • Add chopped beetroot, add salt as needed and mix them well.
  • After beetroot cooks well add the tamarind and mix them well. Cook them for few minutes.
  • Cool the mixture and blend them in a mixture till smooth without adding any water.
  • Serve them with idli/ dosa/ chapathi. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Strawberry Lemon Popsicle | Strawberry Popsicle ~Summer Recipes

Popsicle Recipes

Yehhh spring is here and soon summer will arrive am so exited to start my summer recipes for 2015 . In the weekend My daughter requested to make Popsicle for her and I without even having a second thought went and made this quick Popsicle and kept it to freeze and the next day I surprised her with this attractive bright red Popsicle , she was very excited after seeing them and quickly finished it , I made only 2 one for my h and one for my darling daughter they just enjoyed it as the weather is warm now. And I was the happy one to watch them enjoy. Now coming to the Popsicle recipe this so simple and quick to make but yes you have to have patience in waiting till the Popsicle sets in freezer :P. Strawberry always gives that natural red color and no need of any color to make it attractive. The khatta mitha taste is the twist in this Popsicle you all will love it. Moving on to the recipe..

Strawberry Recipes

Summer recipes

Ice cream recipes

   Strawberry lemon Popsicle

                                                 Category  Preparation time   
                                                   Summer Recipes
over night
Strawberry lemonade Popsicle recipe  Ingredients 

  Strawberry - 1 cup or 8-10 medium size

  Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
  Water- 2 cups

  • In a blender put the strawberries and grind them  till they turn to puree.
  • Add lemon juice and water and pulse them again till combined.
  • Fill them in a Popsicle mold and cover them with cling wrap or foil and insert the Popsicle stick in the middle.
  • Freeze them over night or for at least 8 hrs .
  • After they set well, remove them from the freeze and  show the outer mold in front of running tap water for few minutes be careful not to pour water inside the Popsicle.
  • Now gently push the Popsicle stick and un mold them.
  • Enjoy them immediately.

Red Popsicle Recipes

Monday, March 09, 2015

Sabudana Khichdi Recipe | How to make sabudana Khichdi ?

Breakfast Recipes

I always find it easy to cook some instant upma or khichidi for breakfast than a elaborate one . Sabudana khichidi is one such quick breakfast recipe I make often , this is how my mom makes and I just added peas to the recipe. Sago is one healthy ingredients I love to use, But for this khichidi you have to soak it overnight so you have to think ahead if you want to make them. This is made in north india when people have fasting and they are perfect vrat recipe with sago. Now lets move to the quick breakfast khichdi :)

Sago Recipes

Khichdi Recipe

Sabudana Khichdi 

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                      Breakfast Recipes
over night
  15 mins
Navratri Recipe
  Sago / Sabudana - 1 cup
  Roasted peanuts - 2 tbsp
  Green chillies - 2 no
  Green peas - 2 tbsp
  Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp
  Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  Turmeric pd - 1/4 tsp
  Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
  Oil - 1 tbsp
  Coriander leaves - For garnish
  Salt to taste

  • Wash and soak the sago over night with enough water.Next day drain the water from the sago and keep it ready.
  • In a pan heat oil add mustard seeds, cumin seeds . After they splutter add roasted peanuts , green chillies and saute them.
  • Add peas and saute them till they cook well.
  • Add turmeric pd and the sago and mix them well. Add salt as needed.
  • Cook the sago by mixing them constanly till they turn transparent. Be careful not to over cook them as they get mashed.
  • Turn off the flame and add lemon juice and mix them well.
  • Serve them warm immediately.
  Note :The soaking time depends on variety of sabudana available in your place some need only 1-2 hr soaking and some need over night. So soak according the variety you get in your place. My sago needed over night soaking so I soaked it over night. When pressed it should be mash-able that  when you can use them to make khichdi.

Vrat recipes

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Paal Payasam Recipe ( with Cooked Rice) | Rice Kheer

Payasam with Cooked Rice Recipe

Happy women's day to all my dear readers :) Am so proud to be a women and a salute to all the women's who cross so many difficulties to come up in life. For this womens day I surely wanted to post a sweet as it a special occasion which is similar to any other festival i know all will agree to my point. And so I have here a easy to make qucik dessert which is integral part of every south indian home and this payasam is also made in other parts of India but has its own uniqueness . I have already shared Rice kheer ( My mom's version), Paal Payasam In cooker version but still I wanted to share this payasam with cooked rice which is super quick. I know most of them would have given milk rice to their kids but making it in payasam adds the richness and yumminess which you all might like. Now lets move on to the recipe..
Payasam Recipes

Paal Payasam

                                         Category  Preparation time    Cook Time
                                       Payasam Recipes
15 mins
  30 mins
Payasam / Kheer Recipes  Ingredients 

  Milk - 3 cups
  Cooked Rice - 1 cup ( i used ponni rice)
  Sugar - 1/2 cup 
  Cashew and raisins - few
  Ghee - 1 tbsp
  Cardamom pd - a pinch 

  • In a pan heat the milk and boil them in a low flame till it reduce to 2 cups.
  • Add the cooked Rice in the milk and boil them further for 10 mins in low flame stiring occasionally.
  • Add sugar and Milk the payasam well.
  • Let them boil till it thicken a bit.
  • Turn off the flame add cardamom pd and Mix them well.
  • In another pan heat ghee , roast cashews till light brown and the raisins till they puff.
  • Transfer this on the prepared payasam.
  • Serve them Hot or cold. 

South indian sweets Recipe