Friday, June 8, 2018

TAMATE MEI DHABROTI / TOMATO BREAD


You have leftover bread ??
Here is a simple breakfast recipe with just few basic ingredients. It tastes really good.

Ingredients:
Bread ............... 6-7 slices
Tomatoes ........ 1 cup (chopped)
Cumin seeds .... 1 tsp
Green chillies ... 1
Ginger paste ... 1 tsp
Garlic paste .... 1 tsp
Red chilli powder .. 1/4 tsp (optional)
Coriander powder ... 1 tsp
Cumin powder .... 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ... 1/4 tsp
Salt ............. to taste
Oil ............ 3-4 tbsps
Coriander leaves ... handful

Method:

1. Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds.









2. When they crackle tip in the chopped tomatoes, ginger garlic paste and green chillies.







3. Cover and simmer until the tomatoes are soft.









4. Now add the salt and the spice powders. Stir to mix them well.








5. Break the bread slices into small pieces and add them to the tomato masala.









6. Stir and sprinkle little water for the bread to cook.










7.  Add the coriander leaves.









8. Simmer for few minutes until done.

Monday, February 19, 2018

KARELE JO SEERO / BITTER GOURD HALWA


Karela has various therapeutic properties and it is one of the healthiest vegetables. My mom-in-law used to make a variety dishes with bitter gourd during my pregnancy and post delivery. This halwa is one of them. She added extra ghee and dry fruits but here I have reduced the quantity.


Ingredients:
Karelas / bitter gourds .... 3
Desi ghee / clarified butter .. 3 tbsps
Sugar ........................ 6 tbsps
Cardamom powder ..... 1/2 tsp
Poppy seeds .............. 2 tbsps (dry roasted)
Khoya ........................ 3 tbsps
Milk ......................... 1/4 cup
Almonds .................. 1 tbsp (sliced)
Pistachios ................ 1 tbsp (sliced)

Method:

1. Wash the karelas, peel them and discard the seeds.










2. Cut them into small pieces.









3. Grind them in a mixie without adding any water.









4. In a pan heat the ghee and add the ground karela paste.









5. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until the water is evaporated.







6. Now add the milk and allow it to simmer for few minutes until the karela mixture gets cooked.






7. Tip in the khoya and mix well.








8. Add the sugar and stir it until it melts.







9. Now add the poppy seeds.







10. Keep stirring until the mixture leaves the sides.







 11. Add a portion of dry fruits to the halwa and save some for garnishing.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

KAARE MIRCHA WARI KOKI / CRISPY FLATBREAD SPICED WITH BLACK PEPPER


This is the most preferred breakfast in Sindhi homes during winters. Crispy koki flavoured with crushed black pepper and cumin seeds with a cup of cardamom tea is sheer bliss. You can carry it during your travels too.


Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour ....... 2 cups
Coarsely crushed black pepper ... 2-3 tsps
Cumin seeds ........................... 2 tsps
Salt ............................ to taste
Ghee or oil .......  as needed


Method:
1. Take the flour in a large bowl or thali.
2. Add the coarsely crushed black pepper, cumin seeds, salt and 2 tbsps of ghee or oil.
3. Mix it well. It should form a lump when you press a small amount in your fist. This is the tip for testing the right amount of moin (ghee) added to it.
4. Knead it adding water as needed to make a tight dough.
5. Roll out the koki.
6. Roast it on a griddle on medium flame spooning a little ghee to make it crispy.
7. Serve it with pickle. curd or masala chai.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

NUKHTI / MITHI BOONDI / SWEET BOONDI


Sweet boondi is also known as "Nukhti" in Sindhi. We usually make this as prashad during festive days and sometimes the fine variety of namkeen sev is mixed together with the boondi to balance the taste. The preparation is not very difficult if you get the consistency of the boondi batter right.


Ingredients:
Gram flour ..... 5 tbsps
Water ........... 3/4 cup or as needed (to make the batter)
Baking soda ... 1 pinch
Salt ................ 2 pinches
Sugar ............ 3/4 cup
Water ........... 1 cup (for the syrup)
Cardamoms .... 3-4 (lightly crushed)
Saffron ............ few strands
Muskmelon seeds .. 1/2 tbsp (optional)
Unsalted pistachios ... few (sliced)
Siver varq ........... for garnishing (optional)
Dried rose petals .... for garnishing
Oil ........... to fry the boondi

Method:

Mix the gram flour, salt, baking soda and water to make a smooth batter of dropping consistency.





Heat oil in a pan and take few spoons of batter on a flat ladle with small holes.Tap it to drop the boondi into the oil.






Reduce the heat and fry the boondi until it is done.







Repeat the same until all the batter is used up. Drain it on a kitchen tissue.






Now take sugar in a pan. Add water, cardamoms, saffron and bring to a boil.






Keep stirring with a spatula until it is thick and one string consistency. Tip in the muskmelon seeds and stir.






 When the sugar syrup is almost to the point where it starts crystallizing, add the fried boondi and stir stir quickly until the boondi is well coated.




Leave it uncovered for a while and the boondi will soak up the syrup and each grain is separated. Stir it carefully to separate the grains..Add the pistachios.






Allow it to cool and put it in a serving bowl. Garnish with dried rose petals and silver varq if you like.

Monday, September 4, 2017

PANCHAMRUT / PANCHAMRIT


Panchamrut or Panchamrit is a Holy preparation made with 5 ingredients, milk, curd, honey, ghee and mashed banana. Few Tulsi (Holy Basil) leaves are also added to give a nice flavour and taste. It is made for festive rituals and a spoonful is served as prashad after the puja.

Ingredients:
Milk ..... 1/2 cup or as needed
Curd ..... 2 tbsps
Honey ... 1 tbsp
Ghee ..... 1/2 tsp
Banana ...2 tbsps (mashed)
Tulsi leaves .. few


Method:
1. Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Add some Tulsi leaves.
3. Serve a spoonful as Prashad after offering to God.