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Turia Patra Sabji (Ridge Gourd and Taro Leaves Curry)

imageTuria Patra is a very unique one of the traditional Guajarati Sabji, and is a one of serve item for weddings held in Gujarat. In the traditional way people add the patras directly without steaming, but that takes much longer to cook. So I like to steaming the patras and adding in sabji (Curry). It’s easy and quick, tasty. I like to make in mango season with mango pulp.  Taro leaves also known as colocasia/elephant-ear/kalo.

Ingredients

For Gram Flour Batter

  • Gram Flour (Besan) 1 Cup
  • Sorghum flour or rice flour 2 Tbsp.
  • Spices Below
  • Turmeric (Haldi) ¼ Tsp.
  • Cumin Coriander Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Garam Masala 1 Tsp.
  • Red Chili Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Jaggery (Gud) 2 Tsp.
  • Tamarind Paste or Lemon Juice 2 Tsp.
  • Salt to Taste
  • Water as per need
  • 5-7 Patra Leaves
  • For Sabji (Curry)
  • Oil 2-3 Tsp.
  • Mustard Seeds 1 tsp.
  • Asafoetida ¼ Tsp.
  • Turmeric ¼ Tsp.
  • Turia/Taraiya(Luffa Squash)
  • Spices Below For Sabji
  • Cumin-Coriander Powder 2 Tsp.
  • Garam Masala 1 tsp.
  • Sugar 1 tsp.
  • Green Chili ½ tsp or More
  • Ginger Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Garlic Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Salt to Taste
  • Water as per need

Method

  1. For batter take medium size bowl and add gram flour and salt in it.
  2. Add all spices and oil 1 Tsp. Mix well.
  3. Add little by little water and make thick paste. Paste should be spreadable consistency. Take one Patra leaf.
  4. Spread gram flour batter on back side of leaf.
  5. Fold from upper side and apply some gram flour batter on it.
  6. Now fold from one side and apply gram flour batter. Now fold other side and spread gram flour. Now roll it.
  7. Do all above process for all patra. If you have small patra( than use 2-3 patra at same time. Put it in a steamer and steam for 10-12 Minutes. Let it cool. After cut all rolls in 1-2 cms pieces.
  8. Take oil in kadhai/pan.
  9. Add cumin seeds in it. When cumin seeds crackle add asafoetida.
  10. Add turmeric powder and Turia (Ridge Gourd) in it.
  11. Add all spices. And mix well. Add water.
  12. Cook for 7-10 Minutes. Add steamed patra pieces. Mix well. Add water as per your desired consistence.
  13. Cook up to boil. Now sabji is ready. Serve hot.
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Taquitos

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A Taquito is a Mexican dish consisting of a small tortilla wrapped up around various kinds of fillings.   I made with mixture of potato, avocado and cheese.  The dish is also known as a flautas, because their narrow, tube like appearance.

This crispy, savory dish is a delicious and simply way to prepare. I made it in lunch today but you can enjoy it at any time of day. This is a good and tasty appetizer for get-together or parties.

I fried them but they can also easily be prepared by baking. 

 Ingredients

  • Potatoes, 3
  • Mexican Cheese ½ Cup
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Ripe and Peeled Avocado 1 coarsely mashed
  • Corn Tortilla or any 10-12
  • Cumin Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Red Chili Powder 1/8 Tsp. (Optional)
  • Turmeric Powder ¼ tsp.
  • Lemon Juice 1 Tbsp.
  • Coriander Few Strings washed and chopped
  • Green Onion washed and chopped
  • Lettuce Shredded 1 Cup

   Method

  1. In a medium saucepan boil potatoes in water 15-20 minutes or until tender. Remove from heat.
  2. In large mixing bowl, shred potatoes, add shredded cheese, salt and pepper, mashed avocado, cumin powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder, lemon juice, chopped coriander and green onion.
  3. Combine all ingredients and set aside.
  4. Mix one Tbsp. of plain flour with an eight to ten Tbsp. of warm water. Mix well and set aside.
  5. Place canola oil in a medium skillet on medium high heat.
  6. Place 1-2 Tbsp. of mixture on a tortilla and roll. On edge spread a little mixture of flour and water. Seal it. Repeat same with other tortilla. Carefully put tortilla into hot oil. Fry for approximate 2-3 minutes or until browned evenly on all sides. Place on paper towel to drain excess oil.
  7. Serve topped with taco sauce, Sour cream, lettuce, shredded cheese. Dip in with Mexican hot sauce and enjoy!!!
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Gram Flour Fudge (Mohanthal)

Mohanthal is a very popular Indian sweet, also favorite for auspicious occasions and festivals. My family really loves this fudge(Mohanthal). Hope you are going to enjoy my simple and tasty Mohanthal recipe. 

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Ingredients

  • Gram Flour 2 Cups
  • Ghee ¾ Cup
  • Milk 4 Tbsp.
  • Sugar 1 and ½ Cup
  • Nutmeg Powder 1 Pinch
  • Green Cardamom Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Few threads of Saffron
  • Almond Chopped 10
  • Pistachios Chopped 10         

Method

  1. Heat 2 tbsp. milk in a pan and add 1 tbsp. ghee, heat till it melts. Place gram flour in a bowl, add the ghee-milk mixture and mix with fingertips. Keep aside two hours or at least fifteen minutes. After pass it through thick sieve, pressing lightly to remove lumps.
  2. Heat ¾ cup ghee in a pan; add the sieved gram flour and sauté on medium heat, stirring continuously, till fragrant and dark in color. ( Approximate going to take 10-12 Minutes)
  3. Let it cool completely. ( Important step)
  4. In a saucepan cook together ½ cup of water and 1 and ½ cup of sugar on medium heat to make syrup.
  5. Cook the syrup till it gets 1 ½ string consistency.
  6. Grease a tray, add nutmeg powder, saffron threads and green cardamom powder to the gram flour and mix well.
  7. Add 2 tbsp. milk to the sugar syrup and mix well. Add the syrup, little by little, to the gram flour mixture and mix well.
  8. Pour into the greased tray and spread evenly. Sprinkle almonds and pistachios over gram flour mixture and press lightly. Set aside and cool completely. Cut into squares shapes (Mine is diamond shape because my son likes a diamond shape).
  9. Separate the pieces and serve.
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Fennel Rose Petal Cookies

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Try my aromatic, crispy, delicious, flavors full Fennel Rose Petal cookie on Canada Day.

Have a bright, sparkling, fun filled Happy Canada Day. 

Ingredients

  • All Purpose Flour 1 Cup.
  • Butter, unsalted ½ Cup
  • Sugar ¼ Cup
  • Salt ¼ Tsp.
  • Fennel Seeds 1 Tbsp. (Roasted)
  • Cardamom Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Dry Rose Petal 8-10

Method

  1. In the medium bowl cream together the butter and sugar. You can use stand mixer or hand mixer but I am creamed with my hand.
  2. Add the flour, salt and ¾ Tbsp. of Fennel seeds, rose petals and cardamom powder to the butter and sugar mix. Reserve the remaining fennel seeds to sprinkle on top of the cookies.
  3. Mix till the mixture looks smooth and comes in form of dough.
  4. Sprinkle some flour on a flat surface and shape the dough like a flat disc.
  5. Using a roller, roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into different shapes using cookies cutter. I cut them into small round cookies.
  6. Place the cookies in a baking tray and bake at 350 f degrees for 10-12 minutes or till they light brown from sides and also from the bottom.
  7. Place on wire rack to cool completely.
  8. Store cookies in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy the sweet and salty flavored cookies!!!
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Mango Mania

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Cool down this summer with a fresh and fruity smoothie like Mango Mania, Super healthy, vitamin –packed and refreshing. 

In small amounts, cumin seeds and ground cumin can be good to cooling the body in hot summer.

Ingredients

  • Mango Fresh Peeled and chopped in cube ½ cup
  • Fresh seedless orange wedges ½ cup or Orange juice ½ cup
  • Honey 1 Tbsp.
  • Protein Powder 1 Tbsp.(Optional)
  • Cumin Powder ¼ Tsp. (Optional)
  • Almond Milk or Water or coconut water if you are not using Orange juice.   

   Method

  1. Add all of the ingredients with water to a blender.
  2. Blend until everything is mixed (I am using Vitamix Blender so blending up to 30 to 40 second).
  3. Add more water or Almond milk if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Enjoy your smoothie!!!
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Berry Blast Smoothie

imageBeery Blast Smoothie is a quick and simple to make in a summer. It’s delicious, creamy, nutrient with all berries together.

Ingredients 

  • Mix Frozen or Fresh Berries 1 Cup
  • Banana 1
  • Clear Honey ½ tsp.
  • Almond Milk or Water or Juice according to your desire consistency (According to ayurveda milk and yogurt are incompatible with sour fruits so trying to avoid to use in my smoothie).
  • Flax seeds or hempseeds or chia seeds or sesame seeds 1 Tbsp.     

Method 

  1. Add all of the ingredients with filtered water or almond milk to a blender.
  2. Blend until everything is mixed (I am using Vitamix Blender so blending up to 30 to 40 second).
  3. Add more water or Almond milk if the mixture is too thick.
  4. Enjoy your smoothie!!!
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Fenugreek Dumpling and Broad Beans Curry (Surati Papadi Ma Methi Muthia)

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In this recipe first we make Muthia. Authentically in Guajarati family for making Muthia (Dumpling) they use 60% wheat Karkaro Flour (Whole Wheat Flour) and rest 40 % Jowar Flour (Sorghum Flour). Traditionally they not frying Muthia but adding directly Muthia in Papadi Beans and cooking. But I like to steam Muthia or deep fry so I can use some of them for curry and rest for tea time or as a snack. It’s quick, easy tasty and delicious.

     Ingredients for Fenugreek Dumplings (Methi Muthia)

  • Fenugreek Leaves 1 Big Bowl
  • Karkaro lot (Whole Wheat Flour) 1 and ½ cup
  • Sorghum (Jowar) Flour ½ Cup
  • Note: If you like you can make Muthia with only Whole Wheat Flour (Karkaro Lot)
  • Oil for deep fry
  • Spices
  • Sesame Seeds ½ Tsp.
  • Ajmo (Carom seeds or Ajwain) ¼ Tsp.
  • Green Chili and Ginger Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Garlic Paste ½ Tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Cumin Coriander Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Coriander Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Asafoetida Powder
  • 2-3 Tsp Oil
  • Salt to taste

             Method

  1. Take a big bowl or plate, take flour, chopped green fenugreek leaves, add all spices listed above, mix well with hand thoroughly, now make dumpling (Muthia) in cylinder shape. Deep fry all of them and keep a side.

             Ingredients for Sabji

  • Surati Papadi(Broad Beans) 200-250 gms
  • Oil 2-3 Tsp.
  • Garlic Paste 2 Tsp.
  • Pinch of Hing
  • Spices
  • Ajmo ( Ajwain/carom seeds) ¼ Tsp.
  • Turmeric Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Green Chili and Ginger Paste 1 Tsp.
  • Cumin and Coriander Powder 1 tsp.
  • Pinch of Baking Powder
  • Salt to taste

          Method

  1. In a steamer steam Papadi with little salt about 8-10 Minutes. Let it cool 5-10 minutes).
  2. In kadhai or pan take oil 2-3 spoons add carom seeds (Ajmo), hing.
  3. Add hing(Asafoetida) and garlic paste with spoon of water, add Papadi (Broad Beans) and stir. Add rest of masala, mix well and cook for 4-5 Minutes.
  4. Add prepared dumpling and add ½ to 1 cup of water. (Adjust water quantity according to consistency of your desired).
  5. Cook for 5-7 Minutes or up to boiling.
  6. Add sugar, coriander and cover lid for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Now it is redy to serve with roti/paratha or enjoy with fresh Mango Rus (Pulp) or with mango cube. I made some roti for hubby but I like to enjoy without roti with mango cube as a side.  
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Mung Bean (Green Gram) and Brown Gram Bean Taco

imageEating Tacos is one of favorite meals of my family. I made tacos filling of sprouted green gram and brown mung beans. It’s an amazingly easy to make, delicious and nutritious and pack of Protein.

Ingredients

  • Sprouted Moong Beans 1 Cup
  • Sprouted Brown Moong Beans 1 Cup
  • Olive Oil 1 Tbsp.
  • Minced Garlic 2 Cloves
  • Cumin Powder 1 Tsp.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Taco Seasoning 1 Tsp.
  • Lemon Juice 1 Tbsp.
  • Fresh salsa or Store Bought
  • Guacamole
  • Lettuce/veg. of your choice
  • Cheese Grated

Method

  1. In a steamer steam both sprouted beans 10 minutes. Let it cool.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add steamed mung beans, add the spices cumin powder salt and pepper, taco seasoning and garlic. Stir and cook 5-7 minutes.
  3. Mung beans should be tender but not mushy. Remove from heat. Sprinkle lemon juice and mix.
  4. To assemble the tacos, warm tacos in oven 3-5 minutes and layer with mung beans, top with guacamole, salsa, lettuce, sour cream, cheese, olives, veg. of your desired. Serve immediately.

Sprout Moong beans Method

Soak whole Moong Beans in a bowl over night to soften.The next day drain water and rinse well, and then spread in a single layer over a baking sheet.Cover with a towel and allow sitting at room temperature or out of the sun for 1-2 days, until little tails start to sprout.

 

 

 

 

 

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Veggie Tostada

imageVegetarian Tostada is easier to make, delicious, and healthier. My family love Mexican Dishes and I like to make mostly every week different kind of dishes because they full of proteins and provide nutrient we need.

Ingredients

  • Black beans or Pinto beans 2 Cup Cooked and mashed (I took 1 cup Black Beans and 1 Cup Pinto Beans).
  • Tostadas Shells 6 Toasted ( For toasting I put in oven at 250 F for 5 minutes )
  • Red Chilli powder Or Paprika ½ Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Garlic Clove Minced 1
  • Turmeric Powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Carom Seeds 1/8 Tsp. (Optional)
  • Asafoetida One Pinch
  • Corn frozen 1/4 Cup
  • Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese or any of your choice ¾ Cup
  • Shredded Lettuce 1 Cup
  • Olive Oil 1 Tbsp.
  • For Guacamole
  • Ripe and Peeled Avocados – 2 coarsely mashed
  • Fresh Lime Juice 2-3 Tbsp.
  • 4-5 string coriander, washed and chopped
  • Salt ½ Tsp.
  • Black Pepper powder ¼ Tsp.
  • Cumin Powder ½ Tsp.
  • Olive oil 1/2 Tsp.
  • Garlic Clove Minced 1
  • Combine all ingredients in medium bowl, mix well or Mix in Vitamix for 30 seconeds, cover guacamole until ready to use.
  • Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico de Gallo)
  • Diced seeded Tomato 3 Cups
  • Diced Onion 1 Cup
  • Diced deseed Jalapeno 1/3 Cup ( If you like spicy than diced with seed)
  • Chopped Fresh Cilantro ¼ Cup
  • Fresh Lime Juice 2 Tbsp.
  • Salt ½ Tsp.
  • Black Pepper Powder or freshly crushed ¼ Tsp.
  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover until ready to serve.

  Method

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add oil, swirl to coat. Add Carom seeds, Asafoetida, garlic Minced, 1 cup of fresh salsa, corn, red chilli powder, Turmeric Powder, cumin powder and cook for 5-7 Minutes.
  2. Add mashed beans add little water if necessary to desired consistency.
  3. Cooked 4-5 Minutes. Turn off the heat.
  4. Spread about 3-5 spoons of bean mixture on each tostada shell. Top each with guacamole, cheese, lettuce and fresh salsa as per your requirement. Serve Immediately.





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Khajali Puri (Fried Flaky Biscuits)

imageThis Khajali Puri is similar as Khaja, easy to make, flaky, tasty, I am always making during summer time or in travelling. You will enjoy Khajali Puri with mango pulp and shrikhand or with a tea. Good to make for student who living in hostel.

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Ingredients 

  • Semolina Fine 1 Cup
  • All Purpose Flour (Maida) 1 Cup
  • Oil or Ghee(clarified butter) ¼ Cup (I used Sesame oil)
  • Cumin Powder or seeds ½ Tsp.
  • Black Pepper Powder 1 Tbsp or ½ Tbsp.Black Pepper and ½ Tbsp. White Pepper Powder.
  • Salt to taste
  • Turmeric Powder 1/2 Tsp.
  • Oil for deep fry

Method

  1. Mix both flours together.
  2. Add all ingredients except oil for deep fry.
  3. Mix them well into the flour.
  4. Add little by little water to make little hard dough.(little harder than paratha dough).
  5. Divide dough to make small thin rounds.
  6. Pick on both sides with a fork or end of roller.
  7. Deep fry in hot oil in low medium heat till a light browning appears.
  8. Drain and cool completely before storing.




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