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Spicy Potato Curry

before yesterday Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Spicy Potato Curry Spicy Potato Curry is a flavorful side dish. This curry can be served with Roti, Paratha, Puri any way you serve, this taste delicious. - 2 Cup potatoes (boiled and roughly mashed) - 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable) - 1 tsp ginger paste - 1 Tbsp coarsely ground coriander (dhania) - 2 tsp coarsely ground fennel seeds (saunf) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder - 1-1/­­2 tsp salt - 1 tsp mango powder (amchoor) - 1 Tbsp ginger (thinly sliced) - 1 Tbsp green chili (thinly sliced into rounds) - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add ginger paste, coriander, fennel seeds, and red chili powder, stir for about 1 minute - Add potatoes and salt mix with spices, lower the heat to low medium, let it cook for about 3 minutes stirring occasionally. - Add about 1-1/­­2 cups of water and mango powder stir and change the heat to medium high. As potatoes come to boil cover the pan and lower the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. - Adjust the water in gravy to your liking; gravy will thicken as it will cool. - Turn off the heat and add sliced ginger and green chilies and cover the pan. Serving Suggestions Serve Spicy Potato Curry with Samosa instead of chutney and let your guest says wow! I like to serve this over papdi, mathries, crackers, for that I like to keep gravy thick. The post Spicy Potato Curry appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chilli Paneer (Indo-Chinese Dish)

November 3 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Chilli Paneer Chilli Paneer is a popular Indo-Chinese dish. Chilli Paneer makes a spicy flavorful starter especially for many of my friends who enjoy the spicy food. Chilli Paneer can also be served as a side dish. This is absolutely delicious and easy to make. - 6 oz paneer (cut into bite sized pieces) - 1 cup bell pepper (sliced, capsicum, Shimla mirch, I am using yellow and green bell pepper for color) For Batter - 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (plain flour, maida) - 2 Tbsp corn starch or arrow root powder - 1/­­2 tsp salt For Sauce - 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1 Tbsp ginger (shredded, adrak) - 1 Tbsp green chili (chopped) - 1 tsp chili flakes - 2 Tbsp soy sauce - 1 Tbsp vinegar - 1 Tbsp tomato paste - 1-1/­­2 tsp corn starch or arrow root powder - 1/­­2 cup water -  I am using store bought paneer, texture is not very soft to give the paneer softer texture soak the paneer for at least 10 minutes in hot water with few drops of lemon juice. -  To make batter mix flour, corn starch, and salt in a bowl. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter (batter should be consistency of pancake batter or dosa batter). -  Heat at least 1/­­2 inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Oil should be moderately hot. -  Dip the paneer into the batter, making sure it is completely covered by the batter. Then drop the paneer pieces slowly into oil in the frying pan. (do not overlap them) -  Fry the paneer in small batches. Fry them turning occasionally, until they are very light golden brown. Take them out over paper towel. -  Do same with bell pepper. -  For sauce heat the oil in sauce pan over medium heat; add ginger, and green chili stir for about one minutes. Add all the ingredients for sauce except corn starch, (soy sauce, vinegar, chili flakes, and tomato paste), Stir for 1 minutes. mix water and corn starch and add to the sauce. Cook for another two minutes, sauce should be thick consistency. Sauce gets thicker as it sits. -  Add paneer, and bell pepper into sauce and serve hot. The post Chilli Paneer (Indo-Chinese Dish) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Moong Dal Ladoo

October 12 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Moong Dal Ladoo Moong Dal Ladoos are traditional Indian festive sweets. Ladoos are made with different roasted flours or lentils, ghee and sugar. You will find ladooes for every celebration. - 1 cup moong dal (washed) - 3/­­4 cup fine sugar - 1/­­4 cup ghee (clarified butter) - 2 Tbsp almonds (crushed) - 1/­­4 tsp cardamom powder (ilachi) - In a heavy bottom frying pan, roast moong dal over medium low heat. Keep stir-frying till its light brown in color and becomes aromatic. Make sure cook on low heat otherwise dal will not be toasted inside. This will take about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer into a plate and let it cool to the room temperature. - Once the dal comes to room temperature, grind it to a fine powder. - In a bowl mix roasted dal powder, sugar, cardamom powder and crushed almonds. All the ingredients should be mix well. Keep aside. - Melt the ghee, ghee should be warm, pour the warm ghee over dal mixture and mix it well. Take 2 tablespoons of mix in your palm and make them into balls. If the laddu is not holding shape, add more about 1 tablespoon of melted warm ghee and mix well. Make laddus with rest of the mixture. - Store in an airtight container. The laddus will stay good for about two weeks.   The post Moong Dal Ladoo appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo Lacha Chivda (Spicy Potato Sticks)

October 1 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Aloo ka Lacha Aloo ka Lacha is an all-time favorite snack in my house and I will show you how easy to make this exotic snack. - 4 medium sized potatoes (aloo) - 2 Tbsp peanuts (moongaphalee) - 2 Tbsp broken cashews (kaju) - 2 Tbsp sliced almonds - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­4 tsp sugar - 1/­­4 tsp black pepper - 1/­­4 tsp red chili powder - Pinch of citric acid (tatri) - Wash and peel potato and grate it with a thick grater. - Soaked the grated potatoes in cold water. Take the muslin cloth and squeeze it well. - Now spread it on a kitchen towel and pat dry with another towel. - Heat oil in a pan over high heat. - Add the grated potatoes in the frying pan enough to cover the surface. Fry on high heat for 2 minutes. - Then lower the heat to medium and fry till they become golden and crisp. - Take them out over paper towel. Note: Take 3 to 4 sheets of paper towel, making sure they will observe the extra oil keeping them dry and crispy. Repeat the process and fry potatoes in batches. - In small frying pan over low heat dry roast the almonds, remove it in a bowl. - In a same frying pan take 2 tablespoons of oil and fry peanuts on low heat till they become golden and crisp, this will take about 2 minutes and take them out over paper towel. - Fry cashews in same oil on low heat till golden and take them out over paper towel. - In a bowl mix lacha, peanuts and cashews and sprinkle the spices and mix well. - Let the chiwda cool down completely then serve or store. The post Aloo Lacha Chivda (Spicy Potato Sticks) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Paratha (Besan Ka Masala Paratha)

September 12 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Besan Ka Masala Paratha Masala Paratha is a flavorful flat bread. This paratha is a combination of whole wheat flour and besan with a mix of delicious spices. Masala Paratha is a great breakfast treat and also a great lunch box option. - 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta) - 1 cup besan (gram flour) - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 tsp red chili flake - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 2 tsp ginger (finely grated) - 1/­­4 cup mint (finely chopped) - 3 Tbsp oil (canola oil or vegetable oil) - 1/­­2 cup lukewarm water We also need - 1/­­4 cup whole wheat flour for rolling the paratha - 3 Tbsp oil for cooking - Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, except water: flour, gram flour, salt, cumin seeds, chili flakes, asafetida, ginger, mint, and oil. - Add water as needed to make firm dough. Grease your palm and Knead the dough for a minute on a lightly greased surface to make it smooth and pliable. Let the dough sit aside for about 15 minutes. - Knead the dough on a lightly greased surface. The dough should be very smooth and soft. Kneading the dough is important to make good parathas. - Divide the dough into six equal parts and form into balls. Roll dough ball into a 3 circle. Spread about 2 drops of oil and pull the edges of the dough to wrap. Repeat to make all six balls. - Meanwhile heat the heavy skillet on medium heat until moderately hot. To test, sprinkle water on the skillet. If the water sizzles right away, the skillet is ready. - Take one dough ball and press it lightly on both sides on a surface covered with dry flour. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into about 7-8 inches in circle. If dough starts sticking, dust it with more flour. - Place the Paratha over the skillet. When you see the color change and the paratha will puff in different places. Turn the paratha over. - After few seconds, spread 1/­­2 teaspoon oil onto the paratha. Turn the paratha over, and spread again 1/­­2 teaspoon of oil.  Using your spatula, lightly press the entire surface of the paratha to help it cook all the way through. It will puff up. - After a few seconds, flip the paratha and press with a spatula making sure the paratha is golden-brown on both sides. Repeat for the remaining parathas. Serve the Masala Paratha any gravy based dish like Lauki Raita, Aloo Dum. The post Masala Paratha (Besan Ka Masala Paratha) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Stuffed Bell Peppers (Stuffed Capsicum)

August 29 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle =­ window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Stuffed Bell Peppers For these mouthwatering Stuffed bell peppers, I decided to make them into rings, which makes it easier and quicker to make. Bell peppers provide a very nice vibrant color to any dish. Stuffed bell peppers are delicious and can be served as appetizers or as a side dish. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I enjoy! - 2 bell peppers (capsicum, pahadi mirch) - 2 1/­2 potatoes (boiled, peeled and roughly mashed) - 1 1/­2 tsp salt - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 3 tsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­2 tsp red chili powder - 1/­2 tsp mango powder (amchoor) - 1/­2 tsp garam masala - 1 Tbsp green chili (finely chopped) - 1 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable) - Add all the spices to mash potatoes to make filling, salt, cumin seeds, coriander powder, red chili powder, mango powder, garam masala, and green chilies. - Cut tops and bottoms of bell peppers; discard seeds and membranes. - Stuffed the bell peppers and slice them in half inch thick, use sharp knife. Depends the size of bell peppers how many slices you will make. - Press them gently to make sure potatoes stays inside the bell pepper rings. - Heat the heavy flat bottom sauce pan on medium heat and generously grease the pan. - Spread the bell pepper rings into skillet, do not overlap. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 1-2 minutes. - Remove the cover and turn the rings gently and press them lightly to ensure potatoes stays into the bell pepper rings. I cover the pan to make sure bell peppers are cooked, make sure they are not mushy. Cook the bell peppers from each side till they are golden brown. Stuffed bell peppers ready to serve. - Stuffed bell peppers are ready, this is a very enjoyable dish, serve them as an appetizers or side dish. I like to serve them with stir-fry cherry tomatoes. Stuffed bell peppers are ready, this is a very enjoyable dish, serve them as an appetizers or side dish. I like to serve them with stir-fry cherry tomatoes. You can also use stuffed bell peppers to make sandwich, I like to use kaiser rolls with lettuce leaves, cheese, and slices of tomatoes. The post Stuffed Bell Peppers (Stuffed Capsicum) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Falooda,Delicious Dessert Beverage

August 9 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Falooda Falooda is best described as a dessert beverage which is really corn vermicelli. This is a delicious combination of layered Falooda with milk, sweet basil and vanilla ice-cream. I like to serve this with mango. This can be an any-time snack! Falooda is popular with Mumbai road side vendors. This chilled beverage-dessert is the perfect way to cool off in the summer heat. - 2-1/­­2 Cup milk - 3 Tbsp sugar (divided) - 1 Cup fresh mango pulp - 2 Tbsp sweet basil seed (tukmaria, sabza) - 1 oz packet of falooda (falooda ia a corn vermicelli) - 6 scoops vanilla ice-cream - 1/­­2 cup finely chopped mangos (for garnishing) - Boil the milk with 2 tablespoons of sugar for about 15 minutes after milk comes to boil or until till it reduces to about 1-1/­­2 cup. After milk cool off refrigerate, milk should be chill. - Cook the falooda in boiling water, till they are soft! Strain, and chopped them in few pieces and keep aside to cool. Then refrigerator till needed, and it is chilled. - Add about 2 table spoons of sugar to mango pulp or as needed depends on sweetness of mango. Refrigerate the mango pulp and chopped mango, till you are ready to use. - soak the basil seeds/­­ tukmaria in a bowl in about 1/­­4 cup of water making sure seeds are completely submerge. They will soon start to swell and look transparent. Strain and keep aside in a small bowl. - Milk and falooda should be refrigerated till you are ready to use, you can prepare them in advance as they can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. - Time to assemble the falooda, it is layered beverage-desert, take a tall glass first put 2-3 tablespoons of mango pulp, few spoons of falooda, about 2 spoons of baisel seeds, pour about 1/­­4 cup of milk, about 1or 2 scoops of ice-cream, again some falooda and garnish with chopped mango. Enjoy! The post Falooda,Delicious Dessert Beverage appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

No Bake Cheesecake

July 6 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); No Bake Cheesecake This  Cheese cake recipe requires absolutely no cooking or baking. This is a delicious and perfect dessert for hot summer days. I like to use the fresh seasonal fruits over cheese cake. This is an amazing recipe and everyone will enjoy. - 1 cup graham crackers (fine crumbs, I used 12 gram crackers) - 4 Tbsp unsalted butter (at room temperature) - 8 oz cream cheese (at room temperature) - 1/­­3 cup sugar - 1/­­2 cup heavy cream (chilled) - 1 tsp lemon juice - Few slices of fresh fruit of your choice (I am using, mango, kiwi, strawberry, and few black berry) - First line 4×7 inch pan with wax paper or parchment paper. - Mix cookie crumbs and butter well to combine. - Transfer the mix to prepared pan and press evenly to make it very firm. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. - Using the electric mixer beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl on medium high speed until smooth. Reduce the mixer speed and gradually add the cream, and lemon juice increase the speed to medium high until stiff peak forms. - Spread the cream cheese evenly over crust, refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 3 days. - Just before serving top with fruits. Finishing time 15 minutes not including refrigeration time. The post No Bake Cheesecake appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spicy Corn Chaat

June 19 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Spicy Corn Chaat Craving something savory and delicious? This Spicy Corn Chaat is the perfect spicy snack that is sure to satisfy your cravings. It’s also easy and quick to prepare! - 16 oz frozen corn kernels (about 3-1/­­2 cups) - 1 cup green and yellow bell pepper finely chopped (use any bell pepper you have, I decide to use them for color) - 1/­­2 cup finely chopped tomato - 1 tsp ginger juice - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp black salt (optional) - 1 tsp cumin seed powder (roasted) - 1/­­4 tsp black pepper - 1/­­4 tsp red chili powder - 1 tsp green chili (finely chopped, adjust to taste) - 1 Tbsp cilantro (finely chopped) - 1 Tbsp lemon juice - Mix all the dry ingredients together, salt, black salt, roasted cumin seed powder, black pepper, and chili powder, set aside. - Thaw the frozen corn kernels and lightly squeeze some water out. - Coat the nonstick frying pan with oil and heat over medium high heat, put the corn kernels and stir fry for 4-5 minutes stirring continuously. Some corn will start popping and they start getting some brown spots. Turn off the heat. - After corn comes to room temperature add all the ingredients, bell peppers, tomato, sprinkle the spice mix, ginger juice, cilantro and lemon juice and add the green chili to you taste. Mix them well. The post Spicy Corn Chaat appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Jalapeno Cheese Paratha

May 19 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Jalapeno Cheese Paratha Jalapeno Cheese Paratha is a whole wheat flat bread filled with a combination of grated cheese. This is not only delicious, but also a great breakfast option. Jalapeno Cheese Paratha can be served like cheese bagels or bread. This recipe will make 6 parathas and will serve 3. For Dough - 1 cup whole wheat flour (chapatti atta) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 cup water For Filling - 2 cup grated mix cheese (I am using mix cheese, Cheddar, Colby and Monterey Jack) - 1/­­4 cup jalapeno (finely chopped, adjust to your taste) Making the Dough - Mix flour, and salt, in a bowl add the water as needed to make soft dough. Knead the dough for about one minutes on a lightly greased surface to make soft, and pliable dough. Set aside for at least ten minutes. Making the Filling - Cheese and Jalapeno pepper mix it well and divide in 6 equal parts and roll them. Set aside. Making the Parathas - Divide the dough into six equal parts and form into balls. - Roll dough ball into a 3 circle. Place a cheese ball in the center. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap it around the cheese filling. Repeat to make all six balls. Let the filled balls settle three to four minutes. Note, this help rolling the paratha. - Meanwhile heat the heavy skillet on medium heat until moderately hot. To test, sprinkle water on the skillet. If the water sizzles right away, the skillet is ready. - Press the filled ball lightly on dry whole wheat flour from both sides. - Using a rolling pin, roll the balls lightly to make six-inch circles, keeping the sealed side of the balls on top. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly dust the parathas with dry flour. - Place the paratha on the skillet. When the paratha start to change color, and begins to puff up, flip it over. You will notice some golden-brown spots. - After a few seconds, flip the paratha and press with a spatula making sure the paratha is golden-brown on both sides. Repeat for the remaining parathas. - Parathas can be kept unrefrigerated for up to two days wrapped in aluminum foil or in a covered container. For later use, parathas can be refrigerated for about a week. Re-heat using a skillet or oven. Adjust the pepper to your taste, you can use any hot chilies I also like to use Serrano chili. For my grand kids, I make them with cheese only. Serving Suggestion - Jalapeno Cheese Paratha, is best for the breakfast and serve it with butter or cream cheese. - Cheese parathas are also good for sandwiches with lettuce and slice of tomatoes. The post Jalapeno Cheese Paratha appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chana Chaat (Spicy Snack)

May 8 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Chana Chaat Chana Chaat is a healthy and delicious snack. I am using kala chana for this recipe. Kala chana looks like chickpeas, but brown in color. This is a delightfully sweet and tangy snack. Channa Chaat will also make a very enjoyable lunch box meal. - 1 cup kala chana - 2 Tbsp oil (Canola, or vegetable oil) - 1 Tbsp ginger (finely shredded) - 1 Tbsp green chili (finely chopped) - 1 Tbsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­4 cup tamarind pulp (this is available in India grocery store or you can make it at home soaking the tamarind and squeeze the pulp. But not the concentrated tamarind) - 1 tsp red chili powder - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp black salt - 1 Tbsp sugar - 2 tsp roasted cumin seed powder (bhuna jeera) - 1 cup potato (boiled peeled and cut in small pieces) - 1/­­2 cup cucumber (chopped in small pieces) - 1/­­2 cup tomatoes (chopped in small pieces) For garnishing - 1 Tbsp ginger (finely chopped) - 1 Tbsp green chilies (finely chopped) - 5-6 wedges of lemon - Wash and soak kala chana in approx. 4 cups of water, for at least 4 hours. The kala chana will double in volume after soaking. - In pressure cooker cook kala chana with 2 cups of water over medium high heat. As pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to low medium and cook for about 15 minutes. Close the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. Chana should be soft and tender. - Drain the water and save it for later use, this water is high in protein and can be used for making the soup or dals. - Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the chana, stir for few seconds. Add ginger and green chili, coriander powder, sauté for about 1 minutes. - Add salt, black salt, red chili powder, and sugar, add tamarind pulp. Cook for 3-4 minutes over low heat. If needed use few spoons of water, Chana mix should be moist. Turn off the heat. - Assemble the Kala Chana Chaat, add chopped potatoes, tomatoes, and cucumber, drizzle the roasted cumin seeds powder and mix it well. If desired garnish with sliced ginger, green chilies and drizzle the lemon juice. Prep Time of 10 minutes does not include soaking time. Suggestions You can serve chana chaat without adding the veggies, it tastes delicious. You can always adjust quantity of veggies to your choice. Also adjust the green chili and red pepper to your choice. After spicing the chana mix with cooked plain rice to make spicy delicious meal.   The post Chana Chaat (Spicy Snack) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Rice Krispies Treats

April 19 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Rice Krispies Treats Rice Krispies Treats are crispy and delicious. They are quick and easy to make and always a hit with kids. Because they are so easy, I can always make them on demand. These Rice Krispies Treats remind me my friend Halen, who was like a grandmother to my kids. This was one of her go-to recipe. - 3 cup Rice Krispies - 1 cup Butterscotch Morsels - 1/­­2 cup peanut butter (I am using crunchy peanut butter because grandkids like this extra crunch but you can use creamy peanut butter) For chocolate garnishing - 1/­­4 cup chocolate chips - 1 Tbsp cream - Melt butterscotch and peanut butter in a sauce pan over low heat. Note: do not overcook, peanut butter will start leaving the oil. - Mixture will be creamy, add Rice Krispies and fold it gently, until all the rice krispies are coated. - Pour the mixture into greased 5×7 pan and press it until it is flat and firm. Keep aside. - In a small bowl melt the chocolate and cream for 15 seconds in microwave, whip it to make it smooth if needed put it back in microwave for 5 more seconds dont overcook the chocolate otherwise it will become granny. - Pour the chocolate syrup into a ziploc bag and make a small hole in one corner and drizzle the chocolate over rice krispies. Let the mixture dry for about 30 minutes and cut the Rice Krispies Treat in squares. Enjoy!   The post Rice Krispies Treats appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji (Potato with Spicy Tomato Gravy)

April 3 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Aloo Tamatar ki Sabji (Potatoes with Spicy Tomato Gravy) Aloo Tamatar ki Sabji or Potatoes with spicy tomato gravy is a classic combination and a popular North Indian dish. Aloo Tamatar, is flavorful and delicious and the best part is that it goes well with all different kinds of bread and rice. - 3 medium-sized potatoes (boiled and peeled) - 1 cup tomatoes (finely chopped) - 2 Tbsp oil ((canola or vegetable)) - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 3 tsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder - 1/­­4 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1 tsp finely grated ginger - 1 tsp salt - 2 cups water (approx. 2 cups) - 1/­­4 tsp garam masala - 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro (dhania) - 1 pieces green chili (seeded and cut into small , optional) - Break the potatoes by hand in bite size pieces and roughly mash them, this should make about 3 cups. - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Oil should be moderately hot, when you add the cumin seeds they should crack right of way. Add cumin seeds, and asafetida, as cumin seeds crack add the tomatoes. - Cook the tomatoes until they are soft and mushy. Add the other spices coriander powder, turmeric, chili powder and ginger, stir fry until tomato start separating from oil. This should take about 2 minutes. - Add potatoes and salt mix them well with spices, add water, as potatoes come to boil cover the pan and lower the heat to medium and let it cook for about ten minutes. - Mix the potatoes and mash some potatoes as mixing the potatoes, this will thickness to gravy. Adjust the water in gravy to your liking; gravy will thicken as it will cool. - Add garam masala and cilantro, and green chilies this is optional. Mix it well turn off the heat and cover the pan. Aloo Tamatar Sabji is ready. Serve this with Paratha, Purie, Plain Rice, or you choice of bread.   The post Aloo Tamatar Ki Sabji (Potato with Spicy Tomato Gravy) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Apple Coconut Barfi

March 24 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Apple Coconut Barfi Apple Coconut Barfi is a delicious treat. This fudge-like barfi super easy to make. It’s also vegan and gluten-free. The fruity taste makes for a great sweet snack without the guilt! - 3 cup apple (peeled and shredded) - 1 cup freshly grated coconut (I am using frozen coconut) - 1 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1/­­2 cup chopped walnuts - 1/­­4 tsp crushed cardamom - 1 Tbsp sliced pistachios (for garnishing) -  In a non-stick frying pan add coconut, apple, and sugar, cook over medium heat, until mixture start coming together and apples should be very tender. This should take about 7-10 minutes . -  Add cardamom powder and walnut, mix it well cook stirring continually until mix should becomes consistency of soft dough, this should take about 2-3 minutes , turn of the heat. - Pour the mixture into greased plate while Burfi mixture is still hot spread it evenly about 3/­­4-inch-thick in a square shape. Press the mixture with spatula to make it firm. Sprinkle the pistachios and lightly press. - While Burfi is still warm cut them in about one inch square. - Allow the Burfi to cool for about two hours to dry and hold its shape. Now you can remove the burfi from the plate. Burfi can be stored for 2 weeks in air tight container. The post Apple Coconut Barfi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chai Latte

March 10 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});     Chai Tea Latte Dont have time to stop at your favorite coffee shop for some Chai Latte? Lets try making my delicious and easy to prepare Chai Tea Latte at home instead! It’s a great way to start off your morning! - 1 cup water - 2 black tea bags (I am using Lipton tea bags) - 4 whole cloves (laung) - 4 black peppers (kali mirch) - 1/­­2 tsp cinnamon powder (dal cheeni) - 1 tsp grated ginger (adrak) - 2 crushed cardamom (ilachi) - 2 tsp sugar Latte - 1 cup chai tea recipe above - 1-1/­­2 cup whole milk - 1 Tbsp sugar - 1/­­8 tsp cinnamon powder For the chai tea -  In a medium saucepan, bring all the chai ingredient to boil over medium high heat, water, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, sugar, and teabags. Once boiling, let it boil for 1 minute, turn off the heat, cover the pot and let it sit for about five minutes. Remove the tea bags and strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer. For the latte -  In a medium-size saucepan, note: (I boil the milk in microwave ovebring the milk, sugar, and pinch of cinnamon to a boil Using an immersion blender (this is the trick to a frothy homemade latte), blend the milk until it’s frothy. - Pour 1/­­2 cup of chai tea in a mug. Slowly add half of the warm, frothy milk to the tea. Sprinkle the top of the chai latte with an extra pinch of cinnamon, if desired. Serve hot! The post Chai Latte appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Veggie Cheese Toast

March 1 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});     Veggie Cheese Toast Veggie Cheese Toast is a simple but delicious comfort food, simply called “Cheese Toast” in my family. This is a quick and easy recipe and you can make them with your choice of bread and toppings. The variations are endless! This is a kid-friendly recipe. Cheese toast also makes a great lunch or snack. - 2 slices white bread - 4 Tbsp cream cheese - 2 Tbsp tomatoes (finely chopped) - 2 Tbsp yellow bell pepper (finely chopped) - 2 Tbsp green bell pepper (finely chopped) - 1/­­4 tsp dry basil - 1/­­4 cup shredded cheddar cheese - Spread the cream cheese over bread and sprinkle few pieces of, tomatoes, bell pepper, sprinkle cheese to you taste, and sprinkle dry basil. - Toast in toaster oven for about 4-5 minutes. Cheese toast makes a great breakfast treat, or any time snack. You may use your choice of toppings like mushrooms, olives, green chili, cilantro. The post Veggie Cheese Toast appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Nariyal Ka Ladoo - Coconut Ladoo

February 19 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Nariyal Ka Ladoo Nariyal Ka Ladoo or Coconut Ladoo, a delicious homemade sweet also can be serve as a candy. This is easy to prepare. One of the simplest recipe to make with few ingredients. - 2 cups fresh grated coconut (I am using frozen grated coconut, easily available in Indian grocery stores) - 1 cup heavy cream - 1/­­2 cup milk - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1 Tbsp coconut powder (for garnishing, optional) - In a non-stick heavy bottom frying pan add all the ingredients, cream, milk, coconut and sugar, bring it to boil over medium high heat, stir occasionally. After coconut mix comes to boil reduce the heat to medium. -  Lower the heat to medium and let it cook for about 5 minutes stirring occasionally, scraping the sides (otherwise sides will start browning the mix), until mixture start coming together. - Lower the heat to low medium, and stir continually this will be consistency of soft dough. This should take about 5 minutes. Turn of the heat. -  Transfer mixture to the plate, let the mix sit for about 10 minutes , then divide into 12 equal parts or make the size of ladoo you prefer. Roll them between you palm and shape them in round balls. Suggestion You can also make this as burfi. To make burfi pour the coconut mix over flat plate and press it half inch thick in square shape. Let it sit for five to six hours and cut them in square shape. Nariyal burfi will be little soft in texture. If you like coconut you will love this delicious burfi. Enjoy! With your family and friends.   The post Nariyal Ka Ladoo – Coconut Ladoo appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Kachori with Kadhi

February 3 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Kachori topped with Kadhi Kachori topped with Kadhi this is a Rajasthani specialty that is simply delicious. There are times that we like to indulge ourselves or want to make a special treat for guests, but there is not enough time in the day to prepare such dishes. For times like this, I like to make semi-homemade recipes. This dish is perfect for this and can be presented beautifully. For Kachori - 4 peices Dal Kachori (Using frozen Kachori, which are readily available in Indian grocery stores.) For Kadhi - 1 cup yogurt - 1/­­4 cup besan (gram flour) - 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1/­­2 tsp fenugreek seeds (mathi) - 1/­­2 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder - 1 tsp salt - 2 Tbsp cilantro (finely chopped, hara dhania) - 1/­­4 tsp gram masala - 4 cups water For garnishing - 1 Tbsp ginger (thinly sliced) - 1 Tbsp green chilies (thinly sliced) - 2 tsp lemon juice - 1/­­4 tsp salt - For garnishing mix all the ingredients together before we start the Kadhi, this will get enough time to marinate ginger and green chili. Set aside. - Mix besan and turmeric with yogurt until smooth, this should be lump free. Add three cups of water slowly and mix well. - Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seeds crack right away, the oil is ready. Add cumin seeds and asafetida. - When the cumin seeds crack, turn off the heat and add fenugreek seeds, and red chili powder. Stir for a few seconds. Add the yogurt mixture and turn the heat to medium. Keep stirring until the kadhi comes to a boil. -  Add remaining water and let it come to boil. Add salt. Turn the heat to medium low. Let the kadhi cook about 20-30 minutes , stir occasionally. If needed to adjust thickness, add boiled water. Kadhi should be pourable consistency. Add garam masala, and cilantro, mix and turn off the heat. - While the Kadhi is cooking bake, or fry the kachories per the instructions on the box. I have baked the kachori. Let them cool of then break it open. -  Serve Kadhi over Kachori and garnish with marinated green chili and ginger pieces. Instead of frozen kachori, you can also make these fresh Kachori at home using my recipe.   The post Kachori with Kadhi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Healthy and Delicious Food for your Kids

January 29 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

Many of my viewers have requested food ideas and suggestions for their children.  I will share with you what I did with my two sons and now my grandchildren. When my kids were babies, the most common solid food was in jars sold at the grocery store.  Being a vegetarian and wanting to raise my family similarly, I wanted to select the ingredients and then prepare it in a way that made sense to me.   When traveling, I sometimes did use jarred baby food for convenience.  I had no one to really guide me as my mother was in India and there was no Internet back then! Also, phone calls were very expensive at that time. Lentils Preparing lentils was something I did almost daily for my husband and myself.  Once I had children, I also boiled large pieces of vegetables such as zucchini, carrots, beans, different squashes and potatoes with lentils. When the vegetables were tender, I would take them out from the lentil-dal and mash them with a blender, adding a spoonful of lentils.  I mixed fruits with small amounts of yogurt or milk and blended them as well.  Some fruits are soft and easy to blend such as bananas.  Some, such as apples, need to be cooked to soften them. Steamed Vegetables When my sons started teething, I steamed vegetables in larger pieces which they could hold onto after a little cooling.  This accomplished several things, they were entertained and enjoyed feeding themselves and the foods provided teething comfort.  As they grew older, I started adding just a bit of traditional Indian spices so they could get used to our customary spices.  I mashed Roti (Indian flat bread) and rice with lentils and vegetable from Indian dishes. I would also give them different cereals of their choice. Slowly, I introduced the same foods my husband and I were eating but with less spices.  As always, children will have their favorites. Sandwiches Once they began school, I made a variety of sandwiches for them.  Peanut butter & jelly was a favorite.  I also made cream cheese or cheese sandwiches with a bit of mango pickle or sautéed vegetables.  Of course, raw vegetables and fruit could also be added to their lunches. They also enjoyed taking slices of pizza and different pastas.  Now my grandkids dont mind and enjoy taking rice with dal (lentils) and wraps with sautéed vegetable.  Every child is different so remember to prepare what works for your child’s tastes.  Make sure to try different dishes and start introducing meals you make for yourself. Also, check out my lunch box suggestions on my website! The post Healthy and Delicious Food for your Kids appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Shahi Kheer - Makhana Pudding

January 18 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Shahi Kheer, (Makahana Pudding) Shahi Kheer, also called Makahana Pudding is a very traditional pudding-like dessert. Makhana is puffed lotus flower seed and looks like popcorn. Shahi means rich and royal. The textures of the nuts, and the creaminess of the milk makes this a super dessert. Adding the caramelize sugar with saffron and cardamom adds a very subtle and unique taste to the kheer. - 4 cups whole milk - 1 1/­­2 cups makhana (puffed lotus seeds) - 1/­­2 cup rice (cooked and mashed) - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 2 Tbsp almonds (blanched and sliced, approx. 2 Tbsp) - 2 Tbsp pistachios (blanched and sliced, approx. 2 Tbsp) - 1/­­4 Tsp cardamom (crushed) - saffron (Few strands) - 2 teaspoons ghee (clarified butter) - Microwave the makhana for 1/­­2-minute. Makhana will become crisp. After microwave slice them in 2-3 pieces. -  In a heavy bottom pan over low medium heat melt the ghee, add the makhana and sliced almonds and roast them for about 2 minute . -  Add the milk, and rice, turn the heat to medium high, bring the milk to boil. After milk comes to boil lower the heat to medium. let it boil for about 18-20 minutes , stir the milk and scrape the sides occasionally. -  Add cardamom. Saffron and half the pistachios other half we will use for garnishing. -  To caramelize the sugar, in a heavy bottom sauce pan, over medium heat grease the pan generously, add sugar. Keep stirring the sugar continuously till sugar start melting and change the color to light brown. Turn off the heat as soon it comes to golden brown in color. This should take 4-6 minutes . Note: when sugar starts melting it changes the color very quickly and it can easily burn. - Add the caramelize sugar to the hot kheer and put the kheer back over the low medium heat, keep stirring the kheer making sure caramelized sugar has mixed completely. Caramelizing the sugar adds a unique taste to Kheer. -  Add the caramelize sugar to the hot kheer and put the kheer back over the low medium heat, keep stirring the kheer making sure caramelized sugar has mixed completely. Caramelizing the sugar adds a unique taste to Kheer. Boil for 2-3 more minutes, Shahi Kheer should be consistency of soft pudding. Garnish with pistachios,  - Serve warm. You will also like, Kheer (Rice Pudding), Pineappel Coconut Kheer – Pina Colada Pudding, Laucki Kheer (Bottle Gourd Pudding) The post Shahi Kheer – Makhana Pudding appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

New Year, New Beginning!

January 10 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

New Year, New Beginning!Happy New Year! Theres so much to look forward to in 2017 and I hope that I can continue to bring, for myself and for you, joy and excitement in sharing new cooking experiences. In 2017 I would like to focus more on semi-homemade dishes.  I realize more and more, we are all so very busy with so many things to do.  Weve all heard of time management but how many of us put it into practice?  Have you heard the expression, Work smarter not harder?  Pardon the pun from a cooking columnist, but that is food for thought! There are many of us who could use some shortcuts and smart suggestions to help us out in our quest for flavorful, healthy meals and less time in the kitchen. I and my friends are aging.  I dont feel good saying we are getting old so I say we are aging. Many of us still enjoy entertaining friends and family, but I must admit it is becoming difficult. I have seen that the younger generation is too busy to spend too much time in the kitchen. Nor should they! I am speaking with a voice of experience.  I am the mother of two boys.  Now I have eight kids - my sons and their wonderful wives, and four absolutely adorable grandchildren.   They bring me such pleasure and joy.  I am blessed with such a loving family and fortunate to have many good friends. Back to the original topic of the younger generation –  life has become more demanding for younger families and their expectations for themselves has increased. For example, I’ve noticed now that parents of elementary school kids are already planning for their college admissions and wondering how they should prepare their children for so much competition. Parents are active and running with their kids. However, they still want their family to eat healthy. With that said, I have decided to blog and post video recipes that cater to families with young kids.  Many people ask me how they can effectively put a meal on the table in a short time. How and what dishes can we freeze or what can we refrigerate for a longer time?  How can we manage our time in the most effective manner?  I will be blogging about this and more!  These are my thoughts for 2017 and I am always open to more suggestions. Here’s to a great start of 2017! The post New Year, New Beginning! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Enjoying the Holidays with Family!

December 28 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Enjoying the Holidays with Family!This holiday season was so special as I got to spend quality time with family. On Christmas Day, my family and I enjoyed a great dinner. When my grandchildren get together, there is so much life and energy in the house. They run and shout and know that they can do anything they want! Of course, they are always careful not to break or misplace anything! I like to think of my house as a play house for the grandchildren. The adults are usually engrossed in lighthearted fun conversation in one room while the grandchildren run about the house. Sometimes I feel we spend more time talking than indulging in food! But of course, a family celebration in my house is not complete without tasty food. This year I experimented with two new appetizers and both were considered a hit by my family. The appetizers were Taco Samosas and Corn Chaat. We then enjoyed crispy and delicious homemade cheese, cabbage and vegetable pizzas. For dessert, we enjoyed crisp waffles topped with vanilla ice cream and strawberries; followed by soothing tea made by husband, Alex. Here are some photos of some of the dishes. The recipes for the below will be posted soon! I hope you all have a very happy and healthy New Year! The post Enjoying the Holidays with Family! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Bhakarwadi (Spicy Indian Snack)

December 16 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Bhakarwadi Bhakarwadi is a delicious sweet and spicy snack. Bhakarwadi is a popular snack from Gujrat and Maharashtra. Bhararwadi is a tasty snack. Dough - 1 cup besan (Bengal gram flour) -  1/­­4 cup all-purpose flour (maida) -  1/­­4 tsp salt -  1/­­4 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 3 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) -  1/­­4 cup water Spice Mix - 4 Tbsp coconut powder - 2 Tbsp sesame seeds - 3 tsp fennel seeds (saunf) - 2 tsp coriander seeds or powder (dhania) - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste) -  1/­­2 tsp garam masala - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1 tsp salt - 2 Tbsp sugar - 1 Tbsp lemon juice Also, Need - 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (for rolling) - 2 Tbsp besan (for batter) - Oil to fry Dough - Mix all the ingredients together except water, besan, all-purpose flour, salt, turmeric, asafetida, and oil, add the water as needed to make firm dough. Lightly oil the dough, cover the dough and set aside for at least 15 minutes. Spice Filling - Mix all the ingredients for spice mix except sugar and lemon juice, coconut powder, sesame seeds, fennel seeds, coriander, cumin seeds, chili powder, garam masala, asafetida, and salt. - Grind the spices to a coarse powder, coffee grinder or spice grinder works the best. - Take the spice mix in a bowl and add the sugar and lemon juice, mix it well set aside. Making Bhakarwadi - Mix besan with about 3 tablespoons of water to make a thin batter. Set aside. - Knead the dough for a minute before rolling, make it into ball. Lightly floured the rolling surface and flatten the dough ball. Roll into about 12-13-inch diameter. - Spread the filling evenly over leaving about 1/­­4 border all around, and press the filling lightly slightly pressing. - Roll the sheet gently, but firmly until you have a nice firm log. Roll the log gently 6-7 times this helps keeping together, and press lightly. - With a sharp knife slice the both ends about 1 inch long then slice the log into 3/­­4 inch thick, this should make about 14 -16 Bhakarwadi. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. To test, put a small piece of dough into the oil; dough should sizzle and come up slowly, but not change color. - Dip them in the batter from both sides one at a time and drop them slowly into the hot oil. Fry the Bhakarwadi until both sides are golden-brown, turning occasionally. Each batch will take 7-8 minutes to cook. - Bhakarwadi are ready to serve. The post Bhakarwadi (Spicy Indian Snack) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Apple Bread Rolls

November 23 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Apple Bread Rolls (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); These Apple Bread Rolls are mouthwatering rolls that can be served as breakfast or as a tasty dessert. Apple Bread Rolls are super simple to make with just a few ingredients. This comfort dish is a favorite at my house, especially when you are in the mood to enjoy a Fall favorite – homemade apple pie! This recipe will make 8 Apple Bread Rolls and will serve 4. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Ingredients: - 8 slices of white bread - 5 cups apples finely chopped I am using Granny Smith and I used 5 apples - 1/­­2 cup of sugar - Pinch of salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon lemon juice - 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon nut meg powder - 4 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter Preparations - In a sauce pan add apples, sugar, salt, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nut meg and cook over medium heat till apples are soft and tender not mushy. This should take 6-7 minutes after mix comes to boil. Filling is ready, let the filling come to room temperature before using. set aside. - Next trim the edges of the bread slices. Roll the bread very thin using rolling pin. - Brush the butter generously both sides of the rolled bread slices. - Spread about 2 tablespoons of filling over the bread slice leaving 1/­­4 inch border all around. Roll up the bread with the filling into a cylinder - Lightly butter all around and grill on skillet over medium heat. Keep turning them, making sure rolls are evenly browned all around. - Serve them hot or at room temperature they taste great. You can also slice them in two to three pieces. Notes - You may adjust the sugar and lemon juice depends on apples tartness or also on individual taste. - Rolling the bread slices is important, it become easy to roll the bread. The post Apple Bread Rolls appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Whole Wheat Dosa - Atta Ka Cheela

November 12 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Whole Wheat Dosa - Atta Ka Cheela (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Whole Wheat Dosa is a super quick and easy recipe.  It is another version of the South Indian dosa. This recipe is a special one as it was my mother’s favorite, although this was known as Atta Ka Cheela in my home. Whole wheat dosa is tasty with the perfect amount of crispy deliciousness! You can serve this as my mother did, as Roti.  She liked to pair it with her favorite side dishes of mint chutney, and Laucki Chana Dal. This recipe will make 8 dosa and will serve 4. Preparation Time: 4 minutes Cooking time: 15 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup whole wheat flour, atta - 2 tablespoons sooji fine, semolina - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1 tablespoon oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­2 teaspoon, carom seeds, ajwain - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda - 1-1/­­4 cups water - 4 tablespoons oil for cooking (canola or vegetable oil) Method - Mix all the dry ingredients together, whole wheat, sooji, salt, black pepper, carom seeds, and baking soda, mix it well. Add water slowly to make a smooth batter, add water as needed, batter should be pouring consistency. - Use a non-stick skillet and place on medium heat. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away. Wipe the skillet with moist towel. - Pour 1/­­4 cup of the batter mixture into the center of the skillet and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Starting from the center, spiral outward until evenly spread, about 7 inches in diameter thin circle. - When the batter starts drying, smear about 2 teaspoons of oil over dosa, and cook till dosa turns golden brown in color. Flip dosa using a flat spatula, and cook for about 1 minute from other side until dosa is golden brown. - Crispy Whole Wheat Dosa is ready, repeat with remaining batter. Every time wipe the skillet. that helps spreading the dosa. Whole wheat dosa looking nice and crisp. You can use whole wheat dosa as eggless crape.       The post Whole Wheat Dosa – Atta Ka Cheela appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Paneer Pasanda (Paneer Curry)

October 27 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Pasanda (Paneer Curry) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Paneer Pasanda is a delicacy consisting of stuffed paneer with rich creamy gravy. Paneer Pasanda is a delicious and perfect dish for formal get-togethers or when you simply want to indulge yourself. This is the ultimate Paneer dish. This recipe will serve 4. Prep time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Ingredients: For Pasanda - About 8oz paneer, 9 thin slices of paneer, they are about 1×3 inch of slices, I am using store bought paneer, - 2 tablespoons fresh shredded coconut, I am using frozen shredded coconut - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped, hara dhania - 2 teaspoons green chili finely chopped, adjust to taste For Batter - 1/­­4 cup corn starch or arrowroot - About 3 tablespoons water Also need about 3 tablespoons of oil to shallow fry For Gravy - 2 cups of chopped tomatoes about 3 medium size tomatoes - 1 tablespoon chopped ginger - 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 teaspoon red chili powder, adjust to taste - 1/­­4 cup cashew powder - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup heavy cream, or cream - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala - 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro hara dhania Preparation - Mash one of the paneer piece, and mix it well with coconut, salt, cilantro, and green chili. - Spread this mixture on 4 paneer slices and cover them with remaining 4 slices. Cut them inti two, and press it lightly. Set aside. - Mix corn starch in 2-3 tablespoons of water to make a thick batter. - Heat the flat frying pan with about 3 tablespoons of oil over medium heat. When oil is moderately hot dip the stuffed paneer pieces one at a time, gently dip in the batter and put in the frying pan, leaving some space in between. Shallow fried the paneer until they are light golden brown, from both sides. - Take them out over paper towel, to drain the extra oil. Set aside. Making Gravy - Blend tomatoes, ginger, coriander powder to fine paste, and strain the tomato mix. Set aside. - Heat the oil in a sauce pan on medium heat. When the oil is moderately hot add cumin seeds. (Cumin seeds should crack right of way). Lower the heat too low, add asafetida, turmeric, chili powder and cashew powder stir for a minute. - Add tomato paste cook for 3-4 minutes stirring till tomato start leaving the side of the pan. Add salt and cream and about half cup of water. Cook for 2-3 minutes. Add cilantro and garam masala stir and turn off the heat. Gravy should be pouring consistency. - Pour the gravy over Paneer Pasanda. Paneer Pasanda is delicious. For my upcoming holiday dinner I will be serving Paneer Pasanda with Panjabi Chole, Jeera Aloo, Boondi Ka Raita, Cumin Rice and Naan. The one good thing with this dish you can prepare this in pieces and assemble when ready to serve. Enjoy! The post Paneer Pasanda (Paneer Curry) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa)

October 15 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa) is a popular South Indian sweet dish which is a different version of Sooji ka Halwa. Rava Kesari is delicious and easy to make, usually made on festive occasions. This is a quick fix sweet especially if you have unexpected guests. This recipe will serve 8 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup fine sooji, semolina - 3/­­4 cup sugar - 4 tablespoons ghee, clarified butter - 2 tablespoons sliced almonds - 8 drops of yellow food color - Pinch of saffron, kesar - 1/­­8 teaspoon crushed cardamom, ilachi - 3-1/­­3 cups water - 1 tablespoon sliced pistachios, pista for garnishing Preparation - Boil the water with sugar, and cardamom powder in a pot over medium heat. Bring the syrup to boil, mix it making sure sugar is dissolve add the food color and mix. Set aside - Melt 1 tablespoon of ghee in a frying pan on low medium heat. Add the sooji, and almonds and roast stirring continuously, sooji should be light golden brown in color and will have a light sweet aroma. This should take about 7-8 minutes. - Add the syrup slowly, as you add the syrup to sooji water will splatter. Make sure there are no lumps. Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring continuously. Add more water if halwa becomes very thick. - Add the remaining ghee 1 tablespoon at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously. Rava Kesari will start leaving the sides of frying pan. Rava Kesari will have a texture of thick batter. - Garnish the Rava Kesari with sliced pistachios, serve warm or at room temperature. Treat yourself, serve Rava Kesari for breakfast with Aloo Puri , Dal Puri   The post Rava Kesari (Kesari Halwa) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Puri (Spicy Crackers)

September 22 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Masala Puri (Spicy Crackers) Masala puri is a delicious, crispy snack. You can also serve them as spicy crackers or chips. They can be quite addicting so be careful. Masala puri is one of my favorite snack with hot cup of chai. This simple and delicious recipe will make a great holiday gift! - 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida, plain flour) - 1/­­2 cup fine sooji (semolina) - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seed (jeera) - 1/­­2 tsp carom seed (ajwain) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1 tsp red chili flakes - 2 Tbsp oil - 1/­­2 cup water - Also need oil to fry - In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients all-purpose flour, sooji, Salt, Cumin seeds, carom seeds, asafetida, and red chili flakes. - Add oil to the flour mix and rub with your fingers to mix it well. Add the water little at a time, making into a firm dough. -  Cover the dough and set aside for about 10 minutes or more. - Divide the dough into about 40 equal parts, and roll them between your palms. - Roll the puries into 3 inch circles. - Prick each puri with a fork in 3 to 4 places, this will prevent the puries not to puff while frying. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. - The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly. - Fry few puries at a time, make sure to place just enough puries to cover the oil. Fry them until both sides are a light golden-brown. Take them out over paper towel and repeat the process. Tips - Masala Puries can be stored for a couple of months in airtight containers. - If the puries are cooked on high heat, they will be soft. Here are some more gift ideas! Spicy Cashews, Almond Brittle, Flax Seed Burfi The post Masala Puri (Spicy Crackers) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

How To Make Chocolate Fudge

August 30 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

How To Make Chocolate Fudge (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This Chocolate Fudge recipe is a huge hit with my grandchildren! Who doesn’t love rich creamy chocolate? I like this recipe because it allows me to let my grand-kids take the role of lead chef.  I get to be the sous chef for the day! This recipe is super simple and delicious! This recipe will make about 48 pieces. Preparation: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10 minutes Ingredients: - 1 14oz can sweetened condense milk - 1 tablespoon butter - 4 oz. dark chocolate chopped in small pieces - 6 oz. sweetened milk chocolate chopped in small pieces - 1 tablespoons vanilla extract - 1-1/­­2 cups walnuts chopped Method - First line 8-inch square pan with buttered parchment paper or use aluminum foil. - Microwave condensed milk, and butter for 1-1/­­2 minute. Stir to combine the butter and condense milk. Add chocolate stir lightly till chocolate is melted, if needed microwave for about 20 seconds again. Add chopped nuts and vanilla extract, mix it well. Spread in prepared pan. - Refrigerate for about three hours then cut into squares. Fudge also makes a great homemade gift to share with family and friends. You will also like to see the recipes for Date and Nut Ladoo, Eggless pancake, Peanut chikki, Chocolate Almond Candy The post How To Make Chocolate Fudge appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

5 Absolutely Delicious Appetizers

August 8 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

5 Absolutely Delicious AppetizersI think we all look forward to appetizers! They are samples of exciting tastes and textures that allow us to anticipate a delightful social interaction. For me they are an important part of every family get-together or in hosting a party with friends and making new acquaintances. You can do a great deal of the preparation for some of the appetizers in advance and serve them in several variations. You can play around by mixing and matching the ingredients, creating different tastes and looks. Here are five highly favored recipes from my viewers: Samosa Pinwheels These appetizers freeze very well. In preparation for freezing, fry them half way and then cool them down to room temperature and then freeze the pinwheels. These can be refrigerated for 5-6 days, and can be frozen for a month. Khasta Kachoris These appetizers will stay good for 4-5 days at room temperature. Before sealing them into a storage container be sure they are at room temperature. I have heard from viewers that their Kachories are soft and they want to know why this has happened. If they are still warm when stored, condensation will form inside the storage container causing them to soften. If they have softened, place them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes. The crispiness will return. Bread Potato Rolls These can be refrigerated for 2-3 days. Make sure to cover them with moist paper towel and keep in flat container. When you are ready to serve them, take them out from refrigerator and fry. Crispy Aloo Tikki Uncooked patties can be refrigerated for 3-4 days before frying, shallow fry them time of serving. Vegetable Rice Cutlets If you need to prepare these patties in advance of your event, add some bread crumbs to the mix, and then make the patties. Now they can be refrigerated for 2-3 days. Gather up your ingredients and prepare your magical delicacies. Enjoy! Included are some suggestions as to how to best store and serve them, making them unique every time they are served. You can make them small or a little larger in size depending on how you want to serve them and the space needed for toppings. All of these appetizers are traditionally served with cilantro and tamarind chutney. They can also be served like a Chaat, drizzling the appetizer with whipped yogurt and chutney. Additional variations can develop by serving them with Aloo Dum or Spicy Chole. The various sauces enhance the flavor of your appetizers. The post 5 Absolutely Delicious Appetizers appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Palak Paneer (2016)

July 28 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Palak Paneer (2016) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Palak Paneer is likely the most popular paneer dish from North India. Creamy spinach with tasty paneer makes a delicious main dish. This recipe was one of my first published recipes on YouTube.  After so many years of cooking, my family has decided my cooking skills have improved! I wanted to do this recipe again as with modified cooking method. Also I will like to thank you to all of my viewers who have encouraged me over the years.  You guys truly inspire me! Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes This recipe will serve 3. Ingredients: - 10 oz. spinach washed and clean, about 6 cups packed spinach - 1-1/­­2 cups paneer cubed in byte size, about 1/­­3 pound of paneer - 1 tomato finely chopped, this will make 3/­­4 of chopped tomato - 1 green chili chopped - 1 tablespoon chopped ginger - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds, (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste - 1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour - 1/­­3 cup heavy cream Method - First blanched the spinach, this helps to keep the spinach color bright. To blench the spinach, boil about 6 cups of water in a saucepan add the spinach boil for one minutes. Drain the water and put the spinach in ice cold water for about two minutes. Drain the water. - Blend the spinach, ginger and green chili, spinach should be creamy but not pasty. - Soak the cubed paneer in about three cups of hot water, for about 5 minutes or more. This helps to give paneer soft texture. Set aside. - While cooking, spinach can splatter, use larger sauce pan. Heat the oil in a sauce pan, over medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away it is ready. - Add cumin seed, and asafetida. After cumin seeds crack, add the tomatoes and stir fry for 1-2 minutes, tomatoes should be tender not mushy. Add coriander, turmeric, red chili powder, salt, and sugar, stir and add the spinach. - After spinach comes to boil lower the heat to low, and let the spinach cook for about 5-6 minutes do not cover the pot. This helps keeping the green color of spinach. - Mix the flour to 1/­­2 cup of water and add to the spinach, also add the cream. Mix it well and let it cook for five minutes. If needed add little more water. - Drain the paneer and fold it gently with spinach and let it simmer for about five minutes. - Palak paneer is ready, serve with naan, tandoori roti, Paratha. Enjoy! Thank you. Please also subscribe to my YouTube channel. The post Palak Paneer (2016) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Using Tumeric!

July 17 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Using Tumeric! Turmeric (haldi), the wonder spice, is finally gaining popularity in the west and many are recognizing its health benefits. You may have noticed many people discussing various recipes consisting of turmeric as a main ingredient. Recently someone asked me what a turmeric latte is and it got me thinking about the benefits of turmeric. I did some research and a big smile came to my face when my husband, Alex, questioned me about how turmeric powder (often considered not very tasty!) could be turned into a delicious latte. Turmeric is not what you would expect in a gourmet coffee drink! In Indian cooking, turmeric is one of the most essential spices and is used in almost every dish. Turmeric powder in milk, or “haldi ka doodh”, is a great home remedy drink. To make “Haldi ka doodh”, mix in one fourth teaspoon of turmeric powder in about 6oz of warm milk. Our mothers and grandmothers forced us to drink this unpleasant medicine and now we are imposing it on our kids and grandkids. Turmeric can cure many things, including cough, congestion, colds, aches and pains. It is also used as an anti-inflammatory medicine. In India, turmeric is treated as a magic potion for many ailments! Another good way to use fresh turmeric is as a relish. Fresh turmeric is now readily available in grocery stores. Turmeric looks like a small piece of ginger and is orange. Here is the recipe for Turmeric Relish: Ingredients: - 1/­­4 cup fresh turmeric washed peeled and thinly sliced - 1/­­4 cup fresh ginger washed peeled and thinly sliced - 2 tablespoons lemon juice - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt Method - Place all the ingredient in a glass jar. - Relish will be ready in 2-3 hours. - Relish can be stored in refrigerator for 3-4 weeks. - Serve as relish or pickle in small quantity. The post Using Tumeric! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Urad Dal Tadka

July 8 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Urad Dal Tadka (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Tadka urad dal was a favored lentil dish in my family while I was growing up. Dal is a staple dish in Indian meals and, for most Indian vegetarians, a frequent source of protein. This delicious, nourishing dish can accompany any number of different meals. This recipe will serve 4. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup wash urad dal - 1teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric - 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger - 2 cups water - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala - 1/­­2 teaspoon of mango powder (amchoor) Seasoning  - 3 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1 green chili sliced - 1 tablespoon ginger thinly sliced - 1/­­2 teaspoon red pepper adjust to taste - 4 pieces of lemon for garnishing Method - Wash and soak urad dal for at least 20 minutes. Dal will be double in volume after soaking. Drain the water. - Put dal with 2 cups water into a pressure cooker and add salt, turmeric, and ginger. Close the cover and cook on medium high heat. - When the pressure cooker starts to steam, turn the heat down to low and cook for five minutes. - Turn off the heat and wait until all the steam has escaped before opening the pressure cooker. Dal should be soft. If needed add more water, dal should be not very mushy you should be able to see the grains. You should be able to scoop the dal with roti. Dal will thicken as it sits after cooking. So leave it more liquid than you want it to be. - Add garam masala, and mango powder mix it well. Seasoning Heat ghee in a small saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the ghee; if it cracks immediately, the oil is ready. Add the cumin seeds. When they begin to crack, add the asafetida, ginger, and green chilies. Stir for a few seconds. Add red chili powder and 1 tablespoon of water to prevent the spices from burning. Pour spiced chaunk over hot dal, before serving. Tadka urad dal is ready serve with roti or paratha, or with plain rice. Enjoy!   The post Urad Dal Tadka appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Why Frying Over Baking

June 28 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

The most common question I get from my viewers is if they can bake instead of fry.  Traditionally Indian cooking is done over stove top or burner. Food is grilled, sautéed, steamed, boiled or fried. Likewise, most of the Indian breads are made over a skillet or they are fried.  An exception is naan or tandoori roti that is cooked in a tandoor, which is different than a western style oven. I have tried baking many of the dishes that I usually fry.  I tried baking khasta kachori, samosas, pinwheel samosas, and different kinds of pakoras.  When baking these items, I found that that taste and appearance of the dish were vastly changed. These dishes simply did not appear to be authentic. Additionally, when baking you have to use more butter, oil, or shortening in the dough to make it crispier.  If you want your dishes to maintain some of their taste, I would suggest sticking to frying. However, you can try pastry dough for making samosas or kachoris.  This is a huge time saver, but it will taste like spicy pastry not bad just different. One advantage to baking is that it does not leave any leftover oil. When you fry you have leftover oil that is an issue with me as I have to find a way to dispose the leftover oil. Especially because I dont reuse the oil after I have fried in it once. Some of the appetizers for small gatherings or parties I like make in advance include samosas, pakoras, pinwheel samosas and kachoris. I typically reheat them in the oven before serving to enjoy free time with my company. When reheating pre-made items, they are good but they lose some crispness & dont taste the same as freshly fried appetizers. While limiting fried foods is recommended, I believe it is okay to enjoy these tasty delights as a treat once in a while! The post Why Frying Over Baking appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Quinoa Salad

June 23 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Quinoa Salad (adsbygoogle =­ window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Quinoa salad is a healthy and delicious salad. This bright and colorful salad is also a great summertime recipe. For this particular salad, I made my own homemade dressing with ginger. Ginger gives a refreshing kick to the salad. Quinoa is naturally gluten free and also high in protein. This recipe will serve 4. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Ingredients: - 1/­2 cup quinoa - 1 cups water - 1 large romaine lettuce chopped, discard the outside leaves - 2 cup arugula - 1cup English cucumber cut into 1/­4-inch cubes - 1 medium size tomato diced - 1 orange peeled and diced - About 1/­4 cup feta cheese Dressing - 1 tablespoon vinegar, I am using rice vinegar - 2 tablespoons lemon juice - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1/­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­4 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­4 teaspoon mustard (rai) powder - 1 teaspoon ginger juice* Method - For dressing: add all the dressing ingredients together mix it well making sure sugar is dissolved. Set aside. * To make ginger juice shred the ginger using fine shredder or zester, and squeeze the juice with fingers. - Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until all the water has been absorbed, this will take about 12 minutes. Set aside to cool. - In a salad bowl layered all the ingredients, spread the lettuce, arugula, quinoa save about 1/­4 cup, then cucumber, tomatoes, and orange. Drizzle the salad dressing, sprinkle the saved quinoa and the last spread the feta cheese. Enjoy!     The post Quinoa Salad appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Makki Ki Roti - Paratha

June 17 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Makki Ki Roti - Paratha (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Makki Ki Roti is a popular Punjabi bread made with corn flour and served with Sarson Ka Saag. Maki ki roti is also a Gluten Free flat bread. This recipe will make 6 rotis, and will serve 3. Ingredients: - 2 cups makki ka atta, corn flour - 1 cup potato, boiled peeled and grated - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon chili flakes - 2 tablespoons dry fenugreek leaves, kasuri mathi - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida, hing -  3/­­4 cup warm water - 3 tablespoons of ghee or clarified butter for cooking roties We also need a plastic sheet about 8 x 12 to roll the roties I am using a zip lock bag. Method - Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, corn flour, salt chili flakes, fenugreek leaves, and asafetida mix it well. Add potato to the mixture and mix. This will become very crumbly. Add water as needed to make the firm dough. Knead the dough for a minute. For makki ki roti make the dough when ready to make roti. - Note: Makki ki roti is little hard to roll that is the reason I decided to use potatoes. Potatoes help to binding the dough. - Divide the dough in 6 equal parts. Make them in smooth balls. - Take one ball press it between the plastic sheet plastic sheet help rolling the roti, roll the roti into about 6-inch circle. Note: may be the edges will not be as clean like other roties. - Heat the skillet over medium heat. Skillet should not be very hot. Otherwise roties will not cook through. - Place the roti in the skillet. As it cooks, the dough will change color and have a dryer look. Turn the roti over using a spatula. You should see golden-brown spots on the semi-cooked side. - After few seconds, spread 1 teaspoon ghee onto the roti using a spatula. Turn the roti over. Using your spatula, lightly press the entire surface of the roti to help it cook all the way through. Put the ghee on both sides of the roti while cooking. Grill the roti from both sides making sure it is golden-brown on both sides.  Remove from heat. - Repeat with the remaining dough, until they are all done. Serve them hot. Makki ki roti traditionally served with sarson ka saag or dal makhani. If you are vegan use the oil for cooking the roties. The post Makki Ki Roti – Paratha appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Papad Ki Subji (Rajasthani Dish)

June 2 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Papad Ki Subji (Rajasthani Dish) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Papad ki sabzi this is a traditional Rajasthani dish. Papad ki subji is delicious and flavorful. Papad ki sabji has a distinct flavor and easy to make.  Serve this hot with roti, paratha or plain rice. Preparation time: 5 min Cooking time: 22 min Serves: 3 Ingredients: - 4 plain papad I am using plain urad dal 8 diameter - 2 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds – jeera - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida - hing - 2 whole red chili dried - 2 cups of plain yogurt, sour yogurt works better - curd, dahi - 2 teaspoons finely shredded ginger - 1 teaspoon red chili powder - lal mirch - 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric – haldi - 2 teaspoons coriander powder - dhania - 1/­­2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds - mathi dana - 1 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro - hara dhania Method - Wash and soak fenugreek seeds for about 5 minutes, and change the water 3-4 times, this will reduce the bitterness from the fenugreek seeds. Drain the water and set aside. - Break the papad in small pieces. Set aside. - In a bowl beat the yogurt until it is smooth. Add ginger, chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder, and fenugreek seeds and mix it well. - Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat, oil should be moderately hot. Add cumin seeds as seeds crack add asafetida and whole red chilies, lower the heat. - Add yogurt mix and cook over low heat stir continuously. Let it boil for 2-3 minutes. Add about 1 cup of water and cook for 3-4 minutes after gravy comes to boil. - Add salt and papad mix it and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat add cilantro. Papad ki sabji is ready to serve. The post Papad Ki Subji (Rajasthani Dish) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Lets Enjoy the Outdoors!

May 5 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Lets Enjoy the Outdoors!It’s hard to believe but summer is around the corner. It’s the perfect time to host a fun outdoor get together.  I like to serve fun street foods at these types of events.  Delicious foods combined with some fun games – what can be better than that? My grand kids love when I plan these types of outings.  Here are my suggestions for a different menu. I picked some items from different parts of India. Jhaal Muri This puffed rice snack is a popular street food of Kolkata. Mirchi Vada (Chili Fritter) This is a spicy hot snack – a favorite in Rajasthan. Dabeli Spicy Potato Sandwich This delicious sandwich is a great “to-go” snack which is popular with street vendors in Mumbai. Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) Everyone is familiar with this street food from North India. Pani Puri This item is popular all over India and known by different names. I suggest buying the readymade puris and make the pani using my recipe. Kulfi or Falooda Kulfi No one can say no to this dessert! Strawberry - Orange Popsicle Try this natural healthy recipe. Kids love this! Mint lemonade This is the perfect summer drink – delicious and refreshing.   The post Let’s Enjoy the Outdoors! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Lunch Box Suggestions

April 25 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Lunch Box SuggestionsI personally think that deciding what to have for lunch can be difficult.  Its important to have variety.  Of course it also important that should be is nutritious, healthy and we look forward to eating!  Something easy to prepare the night before is an added benefit. Here are some of my go-to suggestions for an easy and delicious lunch! Cream Cheese Sandwiches These are my favorite not to mention super simple to make. If you are doing these for kids, you may skip the ginger and green chili. Black Eyed Peas Salad This is a popular salad among my friends especially for a takeout lunch. Often I use this salad to make a wrap that makes for a very satisfying lunch. To make a wrap I use tortillas or left over plain parathas.  Simply spread the hari cilantro chutney over tortillas or parathas and put about 1/­4 cup of salad length wise leaving about 1 inch from the top and fold it tightly like burrito. Masala Khichdi :  This is the ultimate healthy comfort food. Khichdi is basically prepared with rice and lentils. Adding a few vegetables with spicy tomato seasoning makes khichdi a complete meal. Yogurt rice or curd rice This is a popular South Indian dish. This dish tastes especially great on hot summer days. Spinach ParathaThese parathas can be prepared two to three days in advance. Add a side of spicy pickle and you have a great lunch! The post Lunch Box Suggestions appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Breakfast Suggestions

April 18 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Breakfast SuggestionsBreakfast is unarguably the most important meal of the day. So why not start your day off right with a healthy and delicious meal?  Many people skip breakfast because theyre rushing to get out the door - either to get to work, drop kids off the school, or both! Breakfast kick-starts your day.  Below are some easy-to-prepare breakfast suggestions that will give you the energy you need to tackle the day. Much of the preparation for these meals can be done in advance. Besan ka Puda This is an all-time favorite with my family. This dish is both vegan and gluten free. Besan is also good for diabetics. Serve this dish with yogurt, pickle or hari cilantro chutney.  You can prepare the batter in advance and add the shredded zucchini just before making the puda.  Puda batter can be refrigerated for 3-4 days. Moong Dal Dosa This is another vegan and gluten free healthy breakfast. You can serve this with aloo masala, sambar, and your choice of pickle or chutney.  This is another dish where the batter can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. Yogurt Sandwich If you are tired of the usual toast or bagel, this is a good replacement.  The filling can be prepared in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 2 days.  This can also be a quick lunch dish. Upma Sooji This is another family favorite.  You can prepare part of this dish in advance.  Follow steps 4, 5, and 6 to prepare the sooji mix.  You can refrigerate this for about one week.  Simply add boiling water with peas when ready to serve. Enjoy! The post Breakfast Suggestions appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegetarian Enchiladas

April 7 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Vegetarian Enchiladas Vegetarian enchilada is a popular Mexican dish with my family. This mix of veggies with homemade enchilada sauce is such a tasty treat. This is my twist to the classic Mexican dish, which is very delicious and exotic. This recipe will serve 3. Ingredients: - 6 corn tortillas (I am using white corn tortilla) Enchilada Sauce - 1 15oz can crushed tomatoes - 3 tablespoons oil - 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons chili powder - 1 teaspoon dried oregano - 1 teaspoon cumin seed powder - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon ground black pepper - 1 cup water For filling - 1 tablespoon oil - 3 cups spinach chopped - 1/­­2 cup corn, I am using frozen corn - 1/­­2 cup mushroom chopped - 1/­­3 cup of sharp cheddar cheese shredded - 1/­­3 cup mozzarella cheese shredded For Topping - 1/­­2 cup of sharp cheddar cheese shredded - 1/­­2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded - 1 jalapenos chopped, adjust to taste Method For Enchilada Sauce: - Blend the tomatoes, make a smooth puree. Heat the sauce pan over medium heat. Add the oil and all-purpose flour, stir for one minute until flour is light golden brown. Add tomato puree, oregano, salt, sugar, black pepper, red chili powder, and cumin. Mix it well making sure there is no lumps. Add 1 cup of water and boil over medium heat about 2-3 minutes, sauce should be pouring consistency. Set aside. Filling: - Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat, add the vegetables. Corn, mushrooms and spinach. Cook stirring until moisture has evaporated but mix should be still moist. Remove from heat add about 1/­­4 cup of enchilada sauce, mix it well. When vegetable mix comes to room temperature add the cheese and mix it well. Set aside. Making enchilada: Note: I am using microwave. - Mix both cheese and set aside. Heat the skillet over medium heat and grease the skillet generously.  Toast the tortillas about one minute from both sides. - Top each tortilla with about 1/­­4 cup of filling; roll up tightly and arrange, two rolled tortilla seam side down, in microwaveable plates. I prefer to make enchiladas in microwave it is fast and it is easy to personalize how much filling, how much cheese and also mild or hot. Sprinkle enchiladas with about 3 tablespoons of sauce and sprinkle the cheese. - Microwave for about one and half minutes, cheese should be melted and little bubbly. - For best taste serve enchiladas hot with side of lettuce and chopped tomatoes. Also see the recipes for Butternut squash Pasta, Gobi (cauliflower) Manchurian, homemade pizza. The post Vegetarian Enchiladas appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

E-Book: Best of Indian Vegetarian Recipes (2nd Edition)

March 29 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

E-Book: Best of Indian Vegetarian Recipes (2nd Edition)Youve watched all of the videos and followed all of Manjulas time tested Recipes on the website. Now, you can have the best of Manjulas Delicious Recipes, all in one book. This beautiful 2nd Edition is now available as a PDF ebook with updated and revised recipes, full color photos, and embedded links to the online videos. If you love Indian vegetarian cooking and wish you knew how to create magnificent dishes for your friends and family, this book of delicious recipes is for you. You will learn how to make over ONE HUNDRED mouthwatering Indian vegetarian dishes including Samosas, Naan, Roti, Palak Paneer, Vegetable Korma, Gulab Jamun, and many more. Best of all, you can follow my time-tested recipes without any prior cooking knowledge and feel confident of surprising yourself and impressing your friends with your achievement. Buy this e-book Buy this e-book Buy this e-book The post E-Book: Best of Indian Vegetarian Recipes (2nd Edition) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Bread Burfi

March 17 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Bread Burfi Bread Burfi is sweet like candy and has a fudge like consistency. Most of us think that making burfi takes a lot of time and effort. This recipe is actually quite simple and of course very delicious! This recipe is definitely one to try! In an Indian household, Burfies are served as cookies or chocolate. This recipe will serve 8. Ingredients: - 2 cups of fresh white bread crumb, I used 4 slices of bread - 3 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee - 1 cup milk - 1 cup sugar - 1cup crushed walnuts - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamom crushed Method - Make the bread crumb, cut the bread in small pieces, and do not remove the edges. I use food processor to make crumb. - Dry roast the bread crumb over medium heat in a frying pan, stirring continuously, this will take about 5-6 minutes. Roasted bread crumb will be light golden in color. - Sprinkle the sugar and keep roasting. Sugar will be caramelized with bread crumb and will be light brown in color. This process will take about 4 minutes. - Add cardamom and milk keep stirring, mixture will be in texture of soft dough. - Add butter and roast the mix with butter for another minute, until mix will start leaving the edges. Add the walnuts and fold it with mix. Turn off the heat. And pour it over greased plate. - Spread it in square shape 8 x 8 let it sit for about half until it comes to room temperature. Cut them in one inch squares. - Delicious burfi is ready. You can store the burfi outside for a week and refrigerate for a month. Enjoy! You will also like other bread related recipes Bread Paneer Rolls, Dabeli Spicy Potato Sandwich, Paneer Burfi The post Bread Burfi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spicy Plantain (Green Banana)

March 3 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Spicy Plantain (Green Banana) Spicy plantain makes a delicious side dish. Plantain is green raw banana that is used for cooking. They do not have the sweetness or flavor as regular bananas, but taste amazing when cooked with salt and spices. I like to serve them with dal and rice. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 2 cups plantain boiled peeled and sliced -green raw banana - 4 tablespoons oil - 1/­­8 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (mathi) - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 2 tablespoons coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch) - 1 teaspoon ginger shredded (adrak) - 1-1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 2 green chilies seeded and cut length wise in fours - 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) Method - Boil the plantain in pressure cooker with four cups of water over medium high heat. After pressure cooker start steaming lower the heat medium low and cook for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and open the pressure cooker after all the steam has escaped. Plantain do not get very soft and mushy. - Peel the plantain and slice them about 1/­­8-inch-thick in half moon. - In a small bowl, mix the shredded ginger, coriander powder, chili powder, turmeric, and about 1/­­4 cup of water to make a paste. - Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed crack right away oil is ready. - Add cumin seeds, and fenugreek seeds to the oil after seeds crack add spice mix and green chilies and stir for a minute until spices start leaving the oil. Lower the heat to medium. - Add bananas, and salt, and mix well with Masala. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes. While stir frying keep mashing the bananas in small pieces. All the bananas should be coated with the spices. - Add about 1/­­4 cup of water and cook again for 2-3 minutes, bananas should be little moist. Turn off the heat - Lastly, add the mango powder and fresh cilantro, mix it well. Adjust the salt to your taste. - Spicy plantain is ready to serve. Spicy plantain is very flavorful and delicious, mixed dal and rice. The post Spicy Plantain (Green Banana) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Paneer

February 18 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Paneer Need a simple healthy appetizer that is sure to be enjoyed by all? Try serving my “Masala Paneer Cubes” at your next get together! It is homemade paneer mixed with a variety of spices. Serve with crackers, or fruit plate. Masala paneer can be used for many different ways, like paneer pakoras, paneer paratha. This recipe will serve 8 Ingredients: - 8 cups milk whole milk - 5 tablespoons lemon juice - 1 teaspoon salt - 10 black pepper crushed - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili flakes - 1 teaspoon clarified butter, ghee - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds, jeera - 1 teaspoon ginger finely shredded, or paste - 1 tablespoon green chili seeded and finely chopped - 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method - Boil the milk in a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat, first wet the pan to ensure the milk will not burn. Stir occasionally. - When the milk comes to a boil, add the lemon juice gradually and stir gently. The curd will start separating from the whey. Turn off the heat. - Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer lined with muslin cloth. - Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well. - To test whether enough water has been removed from the paneer, rub a little piece of paneer on your palm with your fingers. After rubbing the paneer 15-20 seconds, you should be able to make a firm, smooth ball. - In a small frying pan heat the clarified butter (ghee) over medium heat. When ghee is moderately hot add cumin seeds as seeds crack add green chili and ginger, turn off the heat. Stir fry for few seconds and set aside. - In a mixing bowl mix the paneer with all the ingredients fried cumin mix, salt, black pepper, chili flakes, black pepper and lemon juice. - Mix it well, do not knead the paneer. Put the paneer in a flat bowl and press it to spread evenly. Cover it and refrigerate for at least two hours. Notes For this recipe full fat milk works better otherwise paneer will be too dry. Do not knead the paneer that will make paneer little chew. The post Masala Paneer appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty)

February 4 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty) Crispy Aloo Tikki is a popular street food chaat that can be made in a variety of ways.  Any way you prepare these tikkis, they are sure to turn out great!  They taste especially delicious with cilantro chutney or tamarind chutney. One of my favorite toppings is spiced chola (this recipe for crispy aloo tikki is with spicy chola topping). This recipe will serve 4 and will make 8 tikki Ingredients: For aloo tikki - 4 cups potatoes boiled peeled and shredded - 2 tablespoons corn starch - 1 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - Also need oil to shallow fry For Chola Topping - 1 15oz can of chick pea, garbanzo beans, kabuli chana, - 2 tablespoons oil - 2 tablespoons besan (gram flour) - 2 tablespoons green chili finely chopped, adjust to taste - 2 tablespoons ginger finely chopped, adjust to taste - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­2 teaspoon black salt - 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds powder - 1 teaspoon garam masala - 1/­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) Method Preparation for potatoes - Boil the potatoes you will need 3 to 4 potatoes, do not overcook the potatoes they should be still firm, otherwise potatoes will be mushy, and tikki will not be crispy as desired. Peel and shred the potatoes. - Add salt, corn starch, and cilantro to shredded potatoes and mix it well with light hand. Dont knead the potatoes. Divide the potatoes in eight equal parts and roll them, into patties. Cover the patties and refrigerate for at least 4-5 hours. This is an important step to make crispy tikkies. Chola Topping - Wash the chick peas changing the water 2-3 times. In a blender mash the chick peas with one cup of water just churning few times. Chick peas should be mashed not pasty. - Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat add the besan and roast the besan stirring continuously until besan is golden brown this should take about a minute. - Add ginger and green chili stir for 30 seconds, add chick peas, salt, cumin seed powder, garam masala, and mango powder. - Cook over low heat for about 10 minutes if needed add water, chick peas should be consistency of dosa or pancake batter. - Turn off the heat, spiced chola topping should be served hot with crispy aloo tikki. Making the Crispy Aloo Tikki - Heat the flat frying pan with less than 1/­8 inch of oil over medium high heat. When oil is moderately hot put the potatoes patties leaving some space in between. Let it brown for about 2 minutes then turn it over. Shallow fry the tikkies until they are light brown from both sides. Tips - Do not cook on low heat, tikkies will become greasy and will not be as crispy. - Aloo tikkies are ready serve hot with spicy chola. - You can also serve crispy tikkies with cilantro chutney or tamarind chutney. - Chola topping also goes well with samosas and Samosa Pinwheels. Enjoy! The post Crispy Aloo Tikki (Potato Patty) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Thattai (Rice Crackers)

January 21 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Thattai (Rice Crackers) Thattai is a popular south Indian snack. You may call them crispy rice crackers. This is made with rice flour and a few spices. It is both vegan and gluten free. Thattai is a great snack to have on hand in your pantry. This recipe will make 30 thattai Ingredients: - 1 cup rice flour - 1 tablespoons sesame seeds, til - 1 teaspoon chana dal - 3/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida, hing - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon ginger paste - 1 green chili finely chopped - 1/­­3 cup of water Also need oil to fry Method - Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, except water, rice flour, salt, asafetida, sesame seeds, chana dal, ginger, green chili, and oil mix it well. Add water as needed to make the firm dough. - Divide the dough in about 30 equal parts. - Take 2 plastic sheet, I am using zip lock bags this makes it easy to roll. Place one part of the dough between two bags and flatten it thin. Heat oil in a heavy frying pan on medium heat. Check the oil temperature by dropping a small piece of dough into the oil, if it sizzle and rises to the surface slowly, without changing the color, oil is ready for frying. - Gently transfer the flattened dough into the oil. Do not over crowed the frying pan. Fry them until they are light golden brown both sides. This should take about four minutes. - Take them out over paper towed to drain the excess oil. - Repeat the same process for the rest of the dough. - Thattai should be crisp. After it cools, store it in an air tight container. You may also like these popular snacks recipes, Mathri, Nimki (Namak Para), Masala Mathri, Spicy Indian Chips The post Thattai (Rice Crackers) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mooli Ka Paratha (Punjabi Mooli Flat Bread)

January 6 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Mooli Ka Paratha (Punjabi Mooli Flat Bread) Mooli is a white radish or daikon. This is an exotic flat bread filled with mooli. Mooli ka paratha is a popular north Indian breakfast treat with cup of hot chai. Recipe will make 4 parathas Ingredients: For Dough - 1 cup whole wheat flour, atta -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 tablespoon oil -  1/­­2 cup water For Filling - 2 cups white radish/­­mooli shredded -  1/­­2 tablespoon salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon carom seeds /­­ ajwain - 2 teaspoons green chili finely chopped - 2 tablespoons cilantro /­­ hara dhania finely chopped Also need about 1/­­4 cup whole wheat flour for rolling and 5 teaspoon oil for cooking paratha Method Making the Dough - Mix flour, salt, and oil in a bowl add the water as needed to make soft dough. Knead the dough for about one minutes on a lightly greased surface to make soft, and pliable dough. - Set the dough aside for at least ten minutes. Making the Filling - Shred the mooli /­­ white radish, add the salt to shredded mooli mix it well let it sit for about 2-3 minutes. Squeeze the water as much possible from mooli. Add all filling ingredients together, carom seeds, chili and cilantro mix it well. Do this processes just before you are ready to make parathas. Making of paratha - Divide the dough into four equal parts. - Take one part of the dough and with your fingers flatten the edges to form a three-inch circle, leaving the center a little thicker than the edges. - Mold the dough into a cup and place the filling in the center, filling should be little less then dough. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap the filling. - Heat an iron skillet or heavy skillet on medium high heat. Test by sprinkling it with a couple of drops of water. If the water sizzles right away, the skillet is ready. - Press the filled ball lightly on dry whole wheat flour from both sides. - Using a rolling pin, roll the balls lightly to make six-inch circles, keeping the sealed side of the balls on top. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly dust the parathas with dry flour. - Place the paratha on the skillet. When the paratha start to change color flip it over. You will notice some golden-brown spots. - After a few seconds, drizzle one teaspoon of oil over the paratha. Flip the paratha again and lightly press the paratha on the sides with a spatula, to help paratha cook through evenly. - Flip again and press with a spatula making sure the paratha is golden-brown on both sides. Repeat for the remaining parathas. - Paratha are best served hot and crispy. They will be soft if not served hot. If you are not going to serve them right away, cool them on a wire rack to keep them from getting soggy. - Parathas can be kept unrefrigerated for up to two days wrapped in aluminum foil or in a covered container. For later use, parathas can be refrigerated four to five days or frozen for up to a month.  Re-heat using a skillet or oven. Mooli paratha goes well with yogurt or potato with yogurt gravy. Enjoy! The post Mooli Ka Paratha (Punjabi Mooli Flat Bread) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Family Dinner With Mexican Cuisine

December 14 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Family Dinner With Mexican Cuisine Last night was our weekly family dinner night! Hosting a family dinner has been a little challenging as my husband has started a gluten-free diet and my older son is vegan. Then there’s the challenge of making something my grand-kids enjoy too!  After some thought I decided that Mexican cuisine would be the perfect solution! My menu was: - Chips and salsa - Guacamole - Bean Tostadas - Enchiladas - Mexican rice I used corn tostadas which have no wheat.  My son can eat everything without cheese. For dessert, I served everyone’s favorite – ice cream! After dinner we played some board games. What a perfect way to celebrate the end of the week! The post Family Dinner With Mexican Cuisine appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice)

December 10 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice) Jeera rice is a simple rice dish flavored with cumin seeds. Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice makes a delicious side dish which can be served with any meal and makes it festive. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1 cup rice I preferred basmati rice - 2 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 4 whole dried red chili (sabut lal mirch) - 1inch piece of cinnamon stick (dal chini) - 2 cardamoms crushed (ilachi) - 2 bay leaves (tajpat) - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup cilantro chopped (hara dhania) - 2 cups water - 2 tablespoons ghee clarified butter for garnishing Preparation - Wash the rice gently and soak in lukewarm water for about 15 minutes. Drain the water and set aside. - Heat the oil in a saucepan moderately. Oil is the right temperature when one cumin seed dropped into the oil cracks immediately. - Add the cumin seeds. When they crack, add all the spices red chili, cinnamon, bay leaves, and cardamom, stir for few seconds. - Add the rice. Stir-fry one minute. - Add the water and salt bring to a boil, and turn the heat to low. Cover the pan. - Cook 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat add cilantro and fluff the rice. Jeera rice is ready, serve hot. Garnish the rice with ghee but this is optional. Jeera rice is very aromatic and delicious. This can enhance any meal. The pan I cooked the rice is my favorite pan I use this for my every day cooking. Enjoy! The post Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes)

November 24 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes) Chatpate Aloo or spicy stir-fry potatoes is a tangy and delicious spicy dish. These Stir-fried potatoes with green chili and tamarind give a very unique flavor. Chatpate Aloo is perfect as a delicious appetizer or you can serve them as a side dish with any meal. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 3 cups potatoes boiled peeled and cubed in byte size - 4 tablespoons oil, I like canola oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, jeera - 1 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons green chili finely chopped, adjust to your taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon chili flake - 1 teaspoon finely shredded ginger - 2 tablespoons tamarind paste, do not use concentrate Tamarind - 1/­­4 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­4 cup cilantro chopped - 2-3 tablespoons water Method - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Oil is the right temperature when cumin seeds crack immediately after being put in the pan. - Add cumin seeds after seeds crack add potatoes and sprinkle the salt over potatoes. - Stir-fry until potatoes are light golden brown this should take about 6-7 minutes. Add ginger, green chilies and chili flakes. Stir for about a minute. - Add tomato paste, and sugar mix it well. Add water as needed about 2-3 tablespoons. Potatoes should be moist. - Turn off the heat and add cilantro. Mix it well and serve chatpata aloo hot.   The post Chatpate Aloo (Spicy Stir-Fry Potatoes) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Kesar Peda (Indian Milk Dessert)

November 9 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Kesar Peda (Indian Milk Dessert) kesar peda is a classic sweet made for festive occasions. They are delicious and made with very few ingredients, milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron. This is a easy recipe to make. This recipe will make 20 pedas and will serve 10. Ingredients: - 2 cups dry milk powder - 1 cup heavy cream - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1/­­4 teaspoon crushed cardamom - Few strands of saffron - 1 tablespoon milk to soak the saffron - 1 tablespoon sliced pistachios for garnishing Method - Soak the saffron strand in warm milk. Set aside. - Heat the frying pan on low heat, I like to use heavy bottom nonstick pan. Add cream and milk powder. Mix it well. Mix will start getting soft consistency of thick batter as it gets warm. - Cook mixture on low medium heat stirring continuously until mixture becomes lumpy like soft dough. This should take about 12-15 minutes. Add saffron and cardamom mix it well and cook for 2-3 more minutes until it is consistency of soft dough. Turn off the heat. Now this is known as khoya. - Transfer the khoya into a bowl and let it cool off until khoya becomes lukewarm. - Add the sugar into the khoya and knead it for about a minute until everything blends together and become soft dough. Note: if you mix the sugar while khoya is hot that will make khoya soft and will not able to make peda. - Divide the mix into 20 equal parts or more, less depends the size you prefer. Make them into ball rolling between your palms. Make a dent into the peda. - Garnish them with pistachios. - Finish peda consistency should be little grainy. Notes - If peda mix is too dry add lukewarm cream as needed. - If peda mix is too soft add little almond powder, now you can call this peda kesar almond peda. Do not try to cook again thinking it will become thick, peda will become chewy.   The post Kesar Peda (Indian Milk Dessert) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Khaman (Besan) Dhokla

October 28 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Khaman (Besan) Dhokla Khaman (Besan) dhokla, is a tasty Gujarati snack. This salty snack has a texture similar to cake. This is a popular street food in Gujarat.  The best snacks are usually easy and quick to make. This is a delicious guilt-free snack, or side dish that can go with any meal. This recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 1-1/­­2 cups besan (Gram flour) - 2 tablespoons Sooji (rava, Semolina) - 1/­­2 teaspoon Citric acid - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 3 teaspoons sugar - 1 teaspoon ginger paste - 1 green chili finely chopped - 1 teaspoon salt - 1-1/­­4 cups water use as needed to make pouring consistency - 2-1/­­2 teaspoons Eno (fruit Salt) For Seasoning: - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­­2 teaspoon sesame seeds (til) - 4-5 curry leaves optional - 2 green chili seeded and cut into 4 length wise Also need 2-3 tablespoons hot water Utensils to steam Dhokla Dhokla maker - or, if you dont have that, use all three of the following: thats what I am also using - Covered pan large enough to hold round cake rack - Round cake-cooling rack - Round 9 cake pan Method - Sift the besan, and make batter should be smooth and pouring consistency. Add all the ingredients except the ENO to the batter sooji, salt, sugar, asafetida, ginger, citric acid and green chili, mix it well, if needed add little more water. Set aside. We will add the ENO just before steaming. - Grease the cake pan and set aside. - Set the cake rack in the pan. Add water, just enough to touch the cake rack, and bring to a boil. This will be used to steam the dhokla. - When the water boils, turn down the heat to medium. - Add the ENO to the batter and beat the batter for a minute, batter will become airy and frothy. Quickly pour batter into a greased cake pan. Place the cake pan into the saucepan over the cake rack. Cover the pan. Steam for about 8 minutes on medium heat. Do not open the pen in between. - Check Dhokla with a knife. If the knife comes out clean, dhokla is ready. Turn off the heat and let it sit over the stem for 4-5 minutes covered. Prepare the seasoning - Heat oil in a small pan over medium heat moderately. Add mustard seeds, and sesame seeds stir for 3-4 seconds, add green chili stir and curry leaves, stir for few seconds. Cover the pan and turn off the heat. Careful curry leaves will splatter. - First drizzle the hot water over dhokla this will keep the dhokla moist. Then drizzle the seasoning over. - Cut them in squares. - Serve with Hari cilantro chutney. Taste best when it is served warm. Suggestion - Khaman Dhokla can be refrigerated for a few days. Before serving, heat Dhokla in a microwave or heat over steam. You will also enjoy these recipe Dhokla (Suji),  Mint Chutney Enjoy!   The post Khaman (Besan) Dhokla appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Dal Puri (Indian Fried Bread)

October 7 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Dal Puri (Indian Fried Bread) Dal Puri (fried puffed bread), which consist of puris filled with mildly spiced moong dal. This delicacy is delicious and very festive. Dal Puri is an excellent option with any meal as it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve these incredible dal puris with spicy squash, or potato curry with yogurt gravy. This recipe will serve 4 and will make about 18 puries Ingredients: For Dough - 1-1/­­2 cups all-purpose flour - plain flour – maida - 1-1/­­2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - About 1/­­2 cup water For Filling - 1/­­2 cup moong dal - 1 tablespoon ginger chopped - 1 green chili chopped - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon fennel seeds powder- saunf - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds – jeera - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder – amchoor - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida - hing - 2 teaspoons oil Also need oil to fry Method For Dough - In a bowl mix the flour, salt and oil together. Add the water slowly, mixing with your fingers as you pour. Dough should be firm and smooth. I used about half cup of water. Knead the dough lightly. Cover the dough and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes. For Filling - Wash and soak dal for at least four hours. Drain the water and blend dal, with ginger, and green chili to smooth paste. While blending dal just use enough water needed to blend. I used about 3 tablespoons of water. - After dal is blended to smooth paste add all the ingredients fennel seeds, cumin seeds, asafetida, and mango powder except oil, blend for few seconds making all the ingredients mix well. - Heat the oil in a nonstick frying pan over low medium heat, add dal paste and keep stirring until it becomes consistency of soft dough. This should take about 2 minutes. - Remove from heat and let it cool just enough that you can knead it to make a soft dough. Making the Dal Puri - Take the dough and knead it for a minutes. Divide the dough in 18 equal parts. - Take the filling and divide into 18 parts, filling should be little smaller then dough ball. You may have some filling left over. - Take one part of the dough and with your fingers flatten the edges and make into 3-inch circle. Leaving center little thicker then edges. - Mold the dough into a cup and place 1 part of filling in the center. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap the dal filling. Proceed to make all the balls. - Let the filled ball sit for three to four minutes before rolling. - Lightly Oil the rolling pin and rolling surface. Roll the balls gently into 6 circles. - You can roll two or three puris before start frying, but do not roll all the puris at once or they will begin to dry out and fail to puff. - Heat the oil in frying pan over medium heat frying pan should have about one inch of oil. To check if oil is ready put a little piece of dough in the oil. Dough should sizzle, and come up slowly. - Fry one puri at a time. Place the puri in the frying pan and press with a skimmer. The puri should puff up. Turn puri over and cook until light golden brown on both sides. Take the puri out and place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat the process for remaining piries. Enjoy! The post Dal Puri (Indian Fried Bread) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Vada (Vadai)

September 22 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Vada (Vadai) Masala Vada is a South Indian favorite snack that is made with spiced chana dal. They are delicious crunchy on the outside and soft inside. Masala Vada is a popular street food in South India.  Try serving along with your afternoon tea. Recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 1 cup chana dal or also known Bengal gram - 1 tablespoons rice flour - 1 cup potatoes boiled peeled and mashed - 1 teaspoon salt - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons fennel seeds crushed - 1 teaspoon mango powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon black pepper crushed - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida - 1 tablespoon ginger paste - 2 tablespoons finely chopped green chilies - 1/­­4 cup cilantro finely chopped Also need oil to fry Method - Wash and Soak chana dal in three cups of water for about 4 hours after soaking this will become about twice in volume. - Drain the water, keep 2 tablespoons soaked dal aside. Grind dal coarsely without adding any water. I like to use food processor. - Take out the dal in a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients, potatoes, rice flour, salt , fennel seeds, mango powder, black pepper, asafetida, ginger, green chili, cilantro and soaked chana dal. Mix it well. - Lightly wet your palms, this will make easy to roll the vadas. Take a lemon size ball of the mix, flatten it with your hands, making them to about half inch thick patties. This should make about 16 patties. I like to make few of patties before I start frying. - Heat oil the oil in a frying pan, (frying pan should have about 1 of oil) over medium heat. Oil should be moderately hot when you drop the vada, oil should sizzle and come to surface slowly. Gently drop the vadas in oil making sure they dont overlap. - Fry the vadas both sides till golden brown and crisp, turning over two to three times. This should take 6-7 minutes. Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the mix. - Take them out over paper towel, this absorb the access oil. - Serve vadas as they are or with chutneys, I like them with coconut chutney.   The post Masala Vada (Vadai) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Shahi Pulao (Vegetable Pulao)

September 2 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Shahi Pulao (Vegetable Pulao) Shahi Pulao or Vegetable Pulao is an exotic rice dish that combines spicy and aromatic vegetables served over rice. Rich with flavor, this is an extraordinary dish. You may also call this Biryani. This dish is made in two parts. First I prepare the rice with cumin seeds and cilantro. Then the vegetables are cooked separately with tomatoes, cashews, beans, green peas, cauliflower, and paneer. Top these vegetables over the rice and you have a mouth-watering dish! Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: For rice - 1 cup rice preferred basmati rice available in Indian grocery stores - 2 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee - 1/­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - About 1 inch piece cinnamon stick (dal chini) - 1/­2 teaspoon salt - About 1/­4 cup cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 2 cups water For vegetables - About 3 cups mix vegetables I am using cauliflower cut into small floret, green beans cut into small pieces, bell pepper cut into cubes, and frozen green peas, - 1/­2 cup paneer cut into about 1/­2 inch cubes - 4 cups tomatoes chopped - 1 green chili cut into pieces - About 2 tablespoons ginger cut into small pieces - 3 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 tablespoons coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­2 teaspoon turmeric - 1/­2 teaspoon red chili powder - 1-1/­2 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1/­4 cup cashew powder - 1/­4 cup cilantro chopped - 1/­4 teaspoon garam masala Method Rice: - Wash rice gently changing water several times until the water appears clear. - For fluffier rice, the rice should be soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking. - Heat the oil in a saucepan. Oil is the right temperature when one cumin seed dropped into the oil cracks immediately. - Add the cumin seeds. When they crack, add the cinnamon stick and stir for a few seconds. Add the rice, cilantro, and salt. Stir-fry one minute. - Add the water and bring to a boil, turn the heat to low. Cover the pan, and Cook 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Vegetables - Blend tomatoes, green chilies and ginger to make a puree. If you prefer mild take the seeds out of green chili before blending. - Heat the oil in a saucepan. Over medium high heat oil should be moderately hot, add the cumin seeds, and asafetida, as seeds crack add tomato puree, coriander, turmeric, sugar and salt. - Lower the heat to medium, stir the spice paste occasionally when it start thickening add cashew powder and cook until paste become the thick and start leaving the oil from side. - Add all the vegetables and 1/­4 cup of water, mix it well. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes over medium heat stir few times in between. Add paneer mix and cover the pan, cook for another 3-4 minutes. Vegetables should be tender not mushy. - Turn off the heat add garam masala and cilantro, stir and cover the pan for few minutes before serving. - Serve the vegetable over hot rice. Hyderbadi mirchi ka salan goes well with this Shahi Pulao Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan (Spicy Pepper Curry) The post Shahi Pulao (Vegetable Pulao) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo Chana Chaat

August 26 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Aloo Chana Chaat (deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); Aloo chana chaat is a spicy potato and chickpea snack. It’s very easy to make and is a favorite tasty treat of mine. This recipe involves marinating boiled potatoes and chickpeas in spices to make a great savory snack. Recipe will serve 4. Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time 10 minutes Ingredients: - 1-1/­­2 cups boiled chickpeas, garbanzo (chols, kabuli chana) - 1-1/­­2 cups potatoes (aloo) boiled peeled and cubed in small pieces - 1 tablespoon ginger finely grated (adrak) - 2 teaspoons green chili finely chopped - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder - 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon black salt (kala namak) - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 2 teaspoons lemon juice - 1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro (hara dhania) For Garnishing - 1 tomato finely chopped - 6 slices of lemon - 6 green chilies mild - 2 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon sea salt or coarse salt Method - Wash and dry the whole green chilies. Heat a small frying pan on low medium heat, add the oil and green chilies, and cover the pan. Shake the pan slowly to move the chilies around. Notes: it is important to keep the pan cover chilies will splatter. Cook the chilies for about 2 minutes turn off the heat, wait till it stop splattering and remove the lid chilies should be light brown if it is not cook for another minute. Remove and keep aside. - Place chickpeas in a bowl and lightly mash. Add the potatoes and all the ingredients ginger, green chili, red pepper, salt, black salt, black pepper, mango powder, sugar, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice, and cilantro mix it well. - Let it sit for at least fifteen minutes or more, chickpeas and potatoes will absorbed the flavor of spices. - Serve the aloo chana chat with side of tomatoes, fried green peppers and lemon wedges. How to boil the chickpea Soak one cup of chickpeas for about eight hours or more, after soaking chick peas will be about 2-1/­­2 times. Drain the water, cooked the chickpeas in pressure cooker on high heat with 2 cups of water and no salt. After pressure cooker start steaming reduce the heat to low medium and cook for 10 minutes. Serving suggestions - Aloo chana chaat also makes a good lunch box meal. - Serve this with tamarind chutney or cilantro chutney and you will have a new recipe. Enjoy! The post Aloo Chana Chaat appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Eggless Omelet (Vegan)

August 15 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Eggless Omelet (Vegan) This Eggless Omelet is similar to a variation of besan chila. I combine lots of vegetables including bell pepper, spinach, and tomatoes and then add in some light spices. Now you have a healthy and delicious choice for breakfast or light lunch. It is also vegan and gluten free! This recipe will serve 2. Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time is 15 minutes Ingredients: - 3/­­4 cup besan (gram flour) available in Indian grocery stores - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper - 1 green chili finely chopped, optional - 1/­­2 cup tomato seeded and finely chopped - 1/­­2 cup finely chopped spinach - 1/­­2 cup finely chopped bell pepper - 1/­­2 cup water to make batter - 2 tablespoons oil Use vegetables quantity as a guide line, it can be little more or less, also change the vegetables to your choice. Method - Mix all the dry ingredients together: besan, cumin seeds, black pepper and salt. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter, the consistency of pancake batter or Dosa batter. Add the green chilies, tomato, spinach, and bell pepper. Mix well. - Heat the skillet on medium heat (Use a non-stick skillet) skillet should be moderately hot. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away. - Pour approx. 1/­­2cup of the batter mixture into the skillet and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Starting from the center, spiral the batter outward evenly to form a circle about 7 in diameter. - When the batter starts to dry, gently spread about two teaspoons of oil over it. Wait about 30 seconds; flip the omelet using a flat spatula. - Press the omelet lightly all around with the spatula to make the omelet cook evenly. Turn the omelet three or four times, until cook well and golden brown on both sides. - Repeat for the remaining omelet. Serve this with mint chutney The post Eggless Omelet (Vegan) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Paratha Samosa

July 7 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Paratha Samosa Is this a Paratha or Samosa! These Paratha Samosas are a delicious twist on traditional samosas and aloo parathas. Who doesn’t enjoy samosas or aloo parathas? Although the ingredients are the same as samosas, they are made like a paratha. And they taste absolutely delicious!  You can now enjoy both your favorites (samosa and paratha) at the same time. This recipe will make 4 Ingredients: Dough - 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour, maida) - 1/­2 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee (if you follow vegan diet use oil) - 1/­3 cup water Filling - 3 medium potatoes, boiled peeled and cubed into very small pieces, this will make about 2 cups of cubed potatoes - 1/­4 cup green peas, I am using frozen peas thawed - 1-1/­2 tablespoons oil - 1/­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­4 teaspoon red chili powder - 1 tablespoon green chili finely chopped - 1/­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1/­4 teaspoon garam masala - 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania) Also need about 1/­4 cup oil for cooking Method Dough - Mix flour, salt, and oil, add the water as needed to make firm and smooth dough. Knead the dough on a lightly oil surface for about one minute. Cover the dough and set aside for at least 10 minutes. Filling - Heat the oil in a frying on medium heat. Oil should be moderately hot. Add cumin seeds, as cumin seeds crack add green chili and green peas stir-fry about a minute add the potatoes and stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Stir in garam masala, mango powder, and cilantro. Add more pepper, salt or mango powder according to taste. Turn off the heat. - Let the filling cool to the room temperature. Lightly mash the filling. Making Paratha Samosa - Divide the dough in four equal parts and form into balls. Roll dough ball into about 7 circle. Place about 1/­2 cup of the filling in the center and spread it over leaving 1 dough circle all around. Pull the edges of the dough in the center cover the filling. This will make about 4 thick pattie. Repeat and fill all the balls. - Gently roll them in about 6 circle. If needed sprinkle little all-purpose flour to help it roll. - Heat heavy sauce flat pan over low medium heat. Add about 2 to 3 tablespoons of oil to the pan depends on the size of the pan. - Place the rolled paratha on the pan. When the paratha start to change color from sides, flip it over. Parathe will be light brown. - Lightly press the paratha all around and flip. Shallow fry the paratha both sides until golden brown. You will have to flip the paratha 3 to 4 times. - Paratha Samosa is the best served hot and crispy. - If they are made in advance re-heat using a skillet or oven. - Enjoy with hari cilantro chutney.   The post Paratha Samosa appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

June 27 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa Lauki halwa is a classic dessert that is simple and delicious! Lauki is also known as dodhi, ghia, bottle gourd, or opo squash. Lauki halwa is packed with all the nutrition of lauki and tastes absolutely divine. Just a few ingredients are needed for this dessert: lauki, milk and sugar. This recipe will serve 4. Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 40 minutes Ingredients: - 2 cups lauki peeled and shredded, before shredding remove the seeds (bottle gourd, doodhi, ghia, opo squash) - 2-1/­­2 cups milk - 2 tablespoons ghee, or clarified butter - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon coarsely ground cardamom seeds - 2 tablespoons pistachio chopped Method - Squeeze the water from shredded lauki after taking out the water lauki should be 2 cups packed. Set aside. - Boil the milk on medium high heat in heavy bottom pan making sure milk does not burn. After milk comes to boil lower the heat to medium low and boil for ten minutes, until it becomes about 1-1/­­2 cups. Set aside. - Melt the ghee in frying pan on medium heat add lauki and sauté for 3 minutes, or until it is tender but not mushy. Add milk mix well and bring it to boil, reduce heat to low and cook until mixture becomes thick. It will take approx. 10 minutes. Stir occasionally in between to prevent sticking. - Add sugar, cardamom, and half the pistachios. Stir continuously and cook until mixture becomes of consistency of soft sticky dough, this will take approx. 3-4 minutes. Turn of the heat. - Delicious lauki halwa is ready. Transfer it to serving bowl and garnish with remaining pistachios, and serve hot or at room temperature. Also check the recipe for Chilled melon soup The post Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Idli

June 10 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Idli Masala idli is a simple and easy snack. This is one of my favorite ways to serve masala idli. Adding the stir-fry salad to idli makes a very versatile dish. You can serve this as lunch, snack or salad. To make masala idli I am using the rava idli witch is quick and easy to make. This also makes a great lunch box meal as it is very healthy and satisfying. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: For Idli - 1 cup coarse sooji (samolinai) - 1/­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­2 cup yogurt (curd, Dahi) - 3/­4 cup water use as needed - 1 teaspoon ENO (fruit salt) For seasoning the Idli - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­4 teaspoon mustard seed (rai) - 1/­4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 green chili seeded and cut in length wise in four - 1 teaspoon samber powder optional The seasoning is for half the idlies we are making other use next time Utensils for Making Idlis - Idli stand – I am using the mini idle rack but you can use regular rack and cut the idli in four pieces. - Covered pot, large enough to hold the idli stand. - Alternatively, an egg poacher can work just as well, if you do not have an Idli stand. For Stir- Fry Salad - 3 cups cabbage, cut into thin slices - 1/­2 cup red bell pepper cut into thin slices (capsicum, Shimla mirch) - 1/­4 cup green beans cut in half lengthwise and then into pieces 1-1/­2 long - 2 teaspoons oil - 1/­2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - Pinch of black pepper - 1/­4 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste) - 1/­4 teaspoon sugar - 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method to make Idli - Mix semolina, salt, and yogurt, add water as needed to make a pancake-like batter. Set aside for at least 30 minutes. - The batter thickens as the semolina absorbs the water. At this point, add a little more water as needed. - Add approximately 3/­4 cup of water to the pot. Check to make sure that the water does not touch the bottom plate of the idli stand. Bring to boil. - Lightly grease idli plates with oil. - Add Eno Fruit Salt to the batter and mix well. The mixture will begin foaming.  Immediately begin pouring into the Idli trays. Place the stand into the steaming pot. - Cover the pot and steam idles for about 6-8 minutes on medium heat. Insert a toothpick in the center of one idli. If the toothpick comes out clean, remove the stand from the pot. Do not overcook idles, as they will lose their softness and dry out as they cool. - Cool for just a few minutes before removing each individual idli. They should come out easily and not stick to the mold. Idles should be spongy and soft. Seasoning for Idlies - For this recipe we need to use about half the idlies, save other for next time. - Heat oil in a saucepan. Add mustard and cumin seeds. When the seeds begin to crack, add the chilies. Stir for a few seconds add the idlies and stir-fry them for 2-3 minutes until idlies are lightly golden brown. - Sprinkle the samber powder and mix it well gently, assuring idlies will not brake. Turn off the heat. Stir- Fry Salad Method - Heat the oil in frying pan over medium high heat. - Add mustard seeds, as the seeds crack, add cabbage, bell pepper, and beans. Stir-fry three to four minutes, vegetables should be crisp, do not overcook. - Turn off the heat. Add salt, sugar, black pepper and lemon juice. Mix well. - Mix the idlies with stir fry and fold gently. Masala idlies are ready. - Serve them warm or at room temperature. Suggestions - This is two part recipe and good thing is you can serve them both as a separate dish and they truly taste delicious and when you combine them both that really bumps up the taste factor. - Idlies can be refrigerated for 4-5 days or freeze them for a month. Check out the recipe for Mysore Bonda The post Masala Idli appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Bell Pepper (Capsicum)

May 26 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Bell Pepper (Capsicum) Bell pepper is also known as capsicum or shimla mirch. Masala bell pepper with great blend of spices, makes a very enjoyable side dish. This can complement any meal. Masala bell pepper can be served with roti, paratha or puries. I enjoy this with side of dal fry and plain rice. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 3 medium Green bell pepper seeded and cubed in 1/­­2 pieces this will make about 3 cup cubed bell pepper (capsicum, shimla mirch) - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1-1/­­2 tablespoon coconut powder (gola) - 1-1/­­2 tablespoon sesame Seed powder (til) - 2 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania) - 2 teaspoon fennel seeds powder (saunf) - 1/­­2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder (lal mirch) - 1/­­4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder (haldi) - 3/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1 teaspoon Lemon Juice Method - In a small bowl mix most of the spices, coconut powder, sesame powder, coriander powder, fennel seeds powder, red chili, turmeric, salt, and sugar. Set aside. - In a wide frying pan heat the oil moderately over medium high heat, add cumin seeds as seeds crack add asafetida. Add bell pepper mix well lower the heat to low medium. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 3 minutes. - Sprinkle the spice mix. Mix it well coating all the bell pepper. Let it cook about 3-4 minutes covered, do stir in between. Cook the bell peppers until they are tender but still little crisp. - Turn off the heat, add the mango powder and lemon juice mix well. - Masala bell pepper is ready. - Enjoy!     The post Masala Bell Pepper (Capsicum) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Veggie Burger (kala Chana Burger)

May 14 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Veggie Burger (kala Chana Burger) This is a healthy, delicious and nutritious veggie burger. The main ingredient for the patty is kala chana also known as Bengal gram. Kala chana is protein-rich and healthy. I used kala chana and potatoes with spices to make patties. Then, I garnished them with vegetables and chutney. This is my friend Saritas recipe. I have tried many veggie burgers and this is by far the best one! You will love this veggie burger. Recipe will make 6 burger. Ingredients: - Burger buns - 2 tablespoons butter soft For patties - 1/­2 cup kala chana also known as Bengal gram - 1 cup potato boiled peeled and mashed - 2 teaspoons ginger chopped - 1 green chili cut into 3-4 pieces adjust to taste - 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped (hara dhania) - 2 teaspoons fennel seeds coarsely ground - 2 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­4 teaspoon garam masala - 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1 teaspoon lemon juice - 1/­4 teaspoon red pepper adjust to taste - 1 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons oil For garnishing - 2 cups cabbage sliced long ways - 1 bell pepper seeded and sliced long ways, I am using mix of different bell pepper - 2 teaspoons oil - 1/­4 cup tamarind chutney - 1/­4 cup hari cilantro chutney For both chutney check my web site I have done these recipe earlier Method - In heavy bottom frying pan heat 2 teaspoons of oil and stir-fry cabbage and bell pepper for about 2 minutes, they should be still crispy. Sat aside. - Wash the Bengal gram changing water 3-4 times, and soak them in 3 cups of water for at least three hours. Cook them in 2 cups of water until kala chana is soft and tender, after it comes to boil it should take about 20 minutes. Notes: Cook them without salt whole lentils cook faster without salt. - Drain the remaining water. - Grind the Bengal gram (without adding any water), ginger and green chili in food processor. This will become grainy and thick dry mix. - Remove from food processor and add potato, cilantro, fennel, coriander, red chili powder, mango powder, garam masala, salt and lemon juice, mix it well. If it is too dry add little water as needed. Divide them in six equal parts and make them in thick patty. - Heat the skillet over medium heat, grease the skillet generously and put the petties over. Grease the patties from the top and grill from both sides until they golden brown. It should take about 8 minutes. - Next grill the buns lightly butter. - Assemble the vegetable burger one side of the bun spread the cilantro chutney put petty over, put some grilled veggies and drizzle the tamarind chutney. - Delicious veggie burger is ready to serve. These patties can be refrigerated for 3 to 4 days or patties can be freezed for about a month. Veggie patties you can also serve them as an appetizers with chutney. Veggie Burger Sandwich also good for lunch box Enjoy! The post Veggie Burger (kala Chana Burger) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Falooda Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream)

April 29 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Falooda Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) Falooda Kulfi is a refreshing dessert. “Falooda” looks like rice noodles and they are made with cornstarch or arrowroot.  “Kulfi” is an Indian ice cream. This is a delicacy with street vendors all over India. One has to experience this delightful dessert to appreciate it.  You can also serve Falooda with any ice cream of your choice. Try this recipe to enjoy as one of my favorite summertime treats! Recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 1/­2 cup corn starch or arrowroot - 2 cup water - 1/­2 cup sugar - 1/­4 cup water - 12 strings of saffron - 1/­2 cup kulfi for each serving, check my web site for kulfi recipe - Wide bowl of ice cold water with some ice Also need sev maker Method - For syrup boil sugar, water and saffron together, as it comes to boil turn of the heat and stir the syrup making sure sugar has dissolved. Syrup needs to be chilled before serving, keep it in refrigerator. - Add water to corn starch slowly making sure there is no lumps, batter will look like consistency of milk. - Over low medium heat in a frying pan add the batter and cook stirring continuously till corn starch become translution and consistency of thick batter or soft lumpy dough. This will take about 10-12 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove from stove. - Let the mix cool off little bit and pour the hot mixture into sev maker using fine sev attachment. Press the sev maker over ice cold water, and let the sev string drop into the bowl. - Leave the falooda in ice cold water at least for 2 hours before using. - Falooda will stay good for about a week in refrigerator, but make sure falooda stays in chilled water. Serving the Falooda Kulfi Use individual serving bowl, first layer the bowel with falooda, drizzle about 1 tablespoon of syrup. Put the kulfi then over the kulfi put some more faluda and finish off drizzling 1 tablespoon of syrup. Falooda kulfi is ready to serve! This just taste great. The post Falooda Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Jhaal Muri - Kolkata Puffed Rice Snack

April 15 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Jhaal Muri - Kolkata Puffed Rice Snack Jhaal muri is a popular street food snack of Kolkata. Jhaal means spices and muri is puffed rice. A long time ago, I visited my uncle in Kolkata and I still remember this mouthwatering snack. This puffed rice is tossed with potato, cucumber, tomatoes.  A special blend of spices including tamarind pulp, and mustard oil are also added to jhaal muri. This is a simple yet delicious snack. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 4 cups murmura/­ muri (puffed rice) - 1/­4 cup fine sev (bengal gram vermicelli) - 1/­4 cup peanuts - 1 teaspoon oil - 1/­2 cup potato boiled, peeled and cut into small pieces - 1/­2 cup tomato finely chopped, seeded - 1/­2 cup cucumber finely chopped - 2 tablespoons green chili, finely chopped, adjust to taste - 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 1/­4 cup tamarind paste - 4 teaspoons mustard oil Spice Mix - 4 teaspoons roasted cumin seeds powder - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon black salt - 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­2 teaspoon garam masala 4 slices of lemon for garnishing How to make Bengali Jhaal Muri - Combine all the dry spices together. Set aside. - Heat a 1 teaspoon of oil in a small pan on medium heat, add peanuts and roast stirring continuously till lightly brown. This should take about 2 minutes. Set aside. - Dry roast the muri/­puffed rice on medium heat for about 3 minutes. Notes: muri should not change color, they should be white but roasting gives freshness and make them crispy. Set aside. - Just before ready to serve jhaal muri add the peanuts, sev, tomato, potato, cucumber, green chili, cilantro, tamarind paste, mustard oil and spices. Toss them and serve. - You may adjust all the ingredients to your taste. Enjoy! You will also enjoy the recipe for Bhel Puti Chat. The post Jhaal Muri – Kolkata Puffed Rice Snack appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Tawa Naan (Without Tandoor)

April 2 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Tawa Naan (Without Tandoor) Naan is definitely the most popular bread in Indian restaurants. Traditionally, naan is cooked in a tandoor (hot clay oven). I have already done a naan recipe using the oven and I used pizza stone to give a tandoor texture. But I find at home “tawa naan” is much easier to make. Tawa Naan turns out really soft and it tastes great. It’s hassle free because you don’t need a tandoor or oven. Naan Goes well with chole, palak paneer or any gravy based dish. This recipe will serve 2. Ingredients: - 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour, Maida) - 1/­4 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­4 teaspoon of salt - 1/­4 teaspoon sugar - 1/­4 cup yogurt at room temperature - 1-1/­2 tablespoons oil - About 1/­4 cup look warm water - Also need 1/­4 cup all-purpose for rolling For Garnishing - 1 tablespoon soft butter or ghee - About 1 tablespoon of chopped cilantro - About 1 tablespoon chopped green chili (optional) - 1/­4 teaspoon sea salt We also need tawa or skillet to make naan, nonstick skillet will not work for this recipe. Iron tawa or skiller works the best for making naan. Method - For garnishing mix all the ingredients, butter, salt, cilantro, and green chili Set aside. - Mix the dry ingredients together, add 1 tablespoon of oil and yogurt mix it well. Then add the water gradually to make very soft dough but not sticky. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface, knead the dough well. Apply light oil to the dough and cover. Let the dough sit for about 3 hours in warm place. - Dough should be about 1-1/­2 time, knead the dough again on floured surface. Divide the dough in four parts, lightly roll into the flour, cover the balls and let it sit for about five minutes before rolling. - Roll the naan one at a time on a lightly floured surface little less than 1/­4 inch thick. Sprinkle the water lightly on one side of the naan. - Heat the tawa on medium heat, to check if tawa is ready sprinkle the few drops of water on tawa, water should sizzle. - Put water side naan over tawa, once the naan start bubbling and dough start drying, turn the tawa over flames keeping about 2 inch away from the flames to cook the naan from top. Note: yes naan will stick to tawa and will not fall of, this the reason you cannot use the nonstick skillet. - Once naan browned to your satisfaction, remove, and spread the butter mix over. Place in a on a plate and cover with a cloth to keep warm until serving.    Naan is ready! Today I will be serving naan with Punjabi Chola The post Tawa Naan (Without Tandoor) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Eggless Pancake

March 19 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Eggless Pancake Eggless pancake are super easy to make and delicious. What better way to start off your day than with “Eggless Pancakes”. These pancakes are light and fluffy. I like to add homemade fresh strawberry sauce as a topping.  This was a family favorite when my sons were younger. Now this is my grandkids favorite for breakfast when we have sleep over. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Recipe will serve 4 Ingredients: For pancake - 1 Cup All Purpose Flour - 2 Teaspoon Sugar - 1 Teaspoons Baking soda - 1/­­8 teaspoon salt - 1 Cup Milk - 1/­­4 cup yogurt - 1 Tablespoon melted butter - 2 Tablespoons Butter for cooking For Strawberry Sauce - 2 cups strawberry sliced, use fresh or frozen - 1 teaspoon lemon juice - 3/­­4 cup sugar - 1 tablespoon corn starch Method To make Strawberry Sauce - In a small pan over medium heat, combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to boil. Mix the corn starch with about 2 tablespoons of water making smooth paste and add to strawberries. This will make sauce creamy and will give thickness to the sauce. Bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally until sauce thickens slightly. This should take about 5 minutes. To make Pancake - Mix milk and yogurt together, set aside, - Mix all the dry ingredients together in bowl, all purpose flour, sugar, salt, and baking soda. Slowly add the milk and yogurt to the dry ingredients, pancake batter should be pourable consistency. Add butter to batter and mix do not over-mix the batter. Set aside for about 10 minutes. - Heat the skillet at medium heat. Grease the skillet, when the skillet is moderately hot pour about 1/­­4 cup of batter. Cook until bubbles appear on the face of the pancake. - Carefully flip the pancake and cook until its golden brown. - Top the pancake with hot sauce. Enjoy! Notes Strawberry sauce is a great sauce for topping waffles, ice cream, cakes and more. The post Eggless Pancake appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Dahi Baingan sautéed Eggplant with Yogurt

March 4 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Dahi Baingan sautéed Eggplant with Yogurt Dahi baingan (Sautéed Eggplant with Yogurt is a classic eggplant dish. This recipe is very sophisticated but very simple to make. It is always amazing to see how a few simple ingredients can make such a satisfying dish. My husband who doesn’t like eggplant fell in love with this dish. Dahi Baingan is simply delicious. This can be served with plain rice or roti. This recipe will serve 4. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: - 1 eggplant cut into 1/­­4 inch thick pieces this will make about 4 cups of cubed eggplant (baingan, brinjals) - 3 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1 teaspoon ginger thinly sliced - 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - 1 cup yogurt - 2 teaspoons gram flour (besan) - 2 teaspoons coriander powder (dhania) - 1 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed (saunf) - 1 teaspoon red chili powder, adjust to taste - 1/­­8 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - About 1/­­4 cup cilantro chopped Method - Whisk the yogurt besan, and cilantro together keep aside. - Heat the oil in a flat pan on medium high heat. When oil is moderately hot add cumin seeds as seeds crack add asafetida, ginger. Stir for about half a minute. - Add eggplant stir gently, spread them in the pan evenly. Sprinkle the salt over eggplant, do not mix. Cover the pan, lower the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 2-3 minutes. - Turn them over, some of the eggplants will have grilled charcoal color. Cover the pan and let it cook for another 2-3 minutes. - Check the eggplant they should be soft and tender add the remaining spices coriander, fennel seeds, and turmeric. Stir gently all the pieces of eggplants should be coated with spice mix. Add yogurt stir gently and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. Notes: Adding the besan to the yogurt is essential as it prevents curdling the yogurt. Also give the thickness to the gravy. Today I will be serving dahi baingan with plain paratha. The post Dahi Baingan sautéed Eggplant with Yogurt appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo Chaat (Spicy Potato Snack)

February 17 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Aloo Chaat (Spicy Potato Snack) Aloo Chaat, which is a spicy potato snack. Aloo chaat is a popular snack found at north Indian road side vendors. This is one of the very few chaats served without any chutney. However you can always add cilantro and tamarind chutney. This recipe is inspired by the chaat I used to enjoy near my childhood home in India. I incorporated a special spice mix also known as chaat masala and would suggest trying this recipe without chutney. This mouthwatering chaat is just perfect for anyone who loves spicy food. This recipe will serve 4. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Ingredients: - About 4 cups cubed potatoes, firmly boiled peeled and cut into bite size - 3 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - 1/­4 cup cilantro finely chopped - 1 tablespoon ginger thinly sliced - 1 tablespoon green chili finely chopped, adjust to taste - 2 teaspoons lemon juice Spice Mix for Chaat Masala - 1 tablespoon roasted cumin seed powder (bhuna jeera) - 1 teaspoon red chili powder - 1 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1/­4 teaspoon black pepper - 1 teaspoons black salt - 1/­8 teaspoon asafetida - 1/­8 teaspoon citric acid - 1/­2 teaspoon ginger powder (saunth) - 2 teaspoons sugar Note: This spice mix known as chaat masala can also be used to spice up any food. It especially tastes good when it is sprinkled over sliced cucumber and tomato or over pakoras. You can make the chaat masala in a larger quantity and keep it ready to go whenever you need it. Method - To make spice mix all the spice mix together really well and set aside. - Heat heavy flat frying pan on medium high heat, add the oil in to warm frying pan. Place the cubed potatoes on the frying pan and sprinkle the salt over the potatoes. - Stir fry the potatoes; turn them occasionally until all sides are golden brown. This process should take 8-10 minutes. - Turn off the heat and sprinkle ginger, cilantro, green chilies, lemon juice and about 1-1/­2 tablespoons of spice mix. Mix it well, making sure all the pieces of potatoes are coated. - Taste one of the potato and add more spice mix if needed according to your taste. Enjoy!   The post Aloo Chaat (Spicy Potato Snack) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Rabri (Malai - Kerchan)

February 15 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Rabri (Malai - Kerchan)Rabri or rabadi is a North Indian delicacy. It is served as a dessert. Rabri is a reduced milk, cooked little differently instead of creamy rubri is lumpy.  I like this dish because you can serve alone or over malpua, jalebi, gulab jamun, or waffles. There are countless combinations you can come up with. Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 40 minutes Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 4 cups of milk - 2 tablespoons sugar - 1/­4 teaspoon crushed cardamom - 2 teaspoon sliced almonds - 2 teaspoon sliced pistachios Method - To make rabri use wide heavy frying pan. Boil the milk over medium high heat as milk comes to boil reduce the heat to low medium. - Move the layer of foaming from boiling milk towards the rim, do the same as milk foams again. Keep doing this until milk is about 3/­4 in volume. This should take about 30 minutes after milk first comes to boil. Note: it is important to keep the heat low otherwise milk on the rim will start burning. - After about 20 minutes of boiling milk add the sugar and cardamom, continue to boil, until it is 3/­4 in volume. Add almonds and keep pistachios for garnishing. Turn of the heat, remove the cream from the rim and fold it into milk. - Rabri is ready, taste best when it is served chilled. But if you are serving rubric with part of other dessert use warm. Try with jalebi, gulab jamun ....... The post Rabri (Malai – Kerchan) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Atta Ka Ladoo

January 21 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Atta Ka Ladoo Atta Ka Ladoo, is a rich, sweet dessert or snack. There are so many variations of Ladoos. They are made using different flours, milk and nuts.  Atta Ka Ladoo is commonly made in every house hold with some variations. It is a simple recipe with few ingredients, but the texture and taste is amazing! Recipe will make 18 ladoos and will serve 6. Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup whole wheat flour (roti ka atta) - 1/­­2 cup ghee, clarified butter - 1 cup sugar fine - 1/­­3 cup roughly crushed almonds - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamom powder Method - Dry roast atta, on low medium heat until lightly colored this should take about 6-7 minutes. Add almonds and roast for about 3 more minutes. Important to keep stirring continuously, to roast evenly. - Add ghee and keep roasting, keep stirring continuously, atta will be light brown and will have sweet aroma of roasting. This should take about 4-5 minutes. - Turn off the heat and transfer the mix to another bowl. Wait until mix is lightly warm add sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well until sugar is incorporated nicely. - To make the ladoos, take about 2 tablespoons of atta mix into your palm. Gently press the mixture between your palms to form a smooth, round ball. The ladoos should be little smaller then golf ball, but you can adjust the as you prefer. - Leave the ladoos on a plate to cool to room temperature before putting into a covered container. The ladoos can be stored in an airtight container for 2 to 3 weeks. You will also like Besan Ladoo The post Atta Ka Ladoo appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 December Winners

January 9 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2014 December WinnersThere were many many recipes sent for the December contest. It took a long time to review all of them and I truly appreciate all the hard work you all put into making these recipes. As tough as it was, I narrowed the entries down to these top five recipes. Congratulations to the winners and to all participants: 1st Place: Cranberry-Walnut White Fudge by Anandhiram 2nd Place: Fusion Delight by Hetal Malde Congratulations to both of you!! Cranberry-Walnut White Fudge by Anandhiram Fusion Delight by Hetal Malde Orange-Yogurt Mousse by Shreya Sabrin’s Date Choco Fudge by Sabrin Osman Sattar Butterscotch Cupcakes Recipe by Devi M Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Gyanayatan - Payal Shukla - Aditi - Madhur Jain - Priscilla - Pooja K - Swathiamarendra - Rajesh Sharma - Kaleena Soorma - Indira - Megha Sharma - Adelina Srinivasan - Poonam N Narkhede - Anu Kollon - Sandra Dombek - Pavithra M.adiga - Hema Bhatt - Archana Pai - Sam - Suryaasija - Kanwaljeet Chhabra - Manju Vinod - Rangadevi - Ayusi Das - Padmasini - Umi Patel - Sunita Raghav - Kalpana Tatwal - Mizna Jaseem - Sudha Ramanathan - Melanie Booth - Bhavesh Jaglan - Riddhi Rasalawala - Jagpreet Saini - Connee Sheckler - Vedika - Jamuna Somani - Bijal Shah - Priyanka - Priyamvada - Namratha Dikkala - Vinita - Arpita Nath - Mifra Haleem - Hidemi Walsh - Supriya Gupta - Shweta - Minu Hariharan - Jinaljain - Trish - Falie Dusara - Rida Kamaal - Ramyavem28 - Raashi Khurana - Nick Kokoshis - Divya S.raj - Hafsahhaleem - Indumati - Bharathi - Shamsheeda - Niharika Jangid - Proma - Nadira Ibrahim The post Contest 2014 December Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegetable Rice Cutlets

December 24 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Vegetable rice cutlets are great as an appetizer or snack for any get together. These cutlets are made with rice blended with mixed vegetables. This is an easy and quick recipe to make. Vegetable rice cutlets are crisp outside and soft inside. Try it! Recipe will make 16 cutlets and will serve 4. Preparation time 20 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: - 2 cups cooked rice - 1 small potato peeled and cut in small pieces - 1 cup mixed vegetables cut into very small pieces (green beans, bell pepper and carrot) - 2 teaspoon ginger chopped - 1/­­2 teaspoon red chili powder, adjust to taste - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons salt - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds - 1 tablespoon corn starchOil to fry Method - Pet dry all the vegetables. - Put all the ingredients in food processer and mix for about half a minutes. Mix should not become like paste and you should be able to see all the vegetables. - Remove from the food processer, rice mix will be textured of chunky soft dough. Divide the mix into 16 pieces and roll them into flat patties about 1/­­2 inch thick. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Drop the cutlets slowly into it, taking care not to overlap them. - Fry the cutlets until they are golden brown, turning occasionally. This should take about 5 to 6 minutes. Take them out over a paper towel. - For best taste serve them hot. Cutlets taste great with cilantro chutney. Enjoy! The post Vegetable Rice Cutlets appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Holiday Menu Suggestions

December 15 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Holiday Menu SuggestionsIt is a true winter day here in San Diego. I know my family is super excited about the upcoming holidays. I feel like holidays are all about indulging yourself and treating yourself to what else – great food! Food is a way to bring people together and it’s the simple pleasures in life that really matter. Today’s menu suggestions are in line with the rainy weather here and includes: a steamy cup of vegetable soup, followed with Aloo Paratha, Tomato Chutney, Yogurt, Green Chili Pickle and for dessert Gajar Ka Halwa. This meal can be served for breakfast, lunch or dinner. For breakfast, I would suggest the Aloo Paratha served with Tomato Chutney. This menu is an old family favorite and reminds me of happy times with my family growing up! Enjoy! Vegetable Soup Aloo Paratha Tomato Chutney Yogurt Green Chili Pickle Gajar Ka Halwa The post Holiday Menu Suggestions appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Happy Holidays!!

December 8 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Happy Holidays!!The holidays are officially here! It’s the time to look forward to vacations and relax with family and friends! So what’s better than having family and friends over for a great meal?! For the upcoming holiday season I’m going to be suggesting some dishes that I think will be perfect for your upcoming holiday get togethers. Today’s ideas include starting with carrot ginger soup, followed with Chola Battura, Aloo Gobhi, Vegetable Raita, and Kheer as a traditional Indian dessert. Try these and enjoy! Carrot Ginger Soup Battura (Fried Puffed Bread) Punjabi Chola Aloo Gobi Vegetable Raita Kheer Rice Pudding     The post Happy Holidays!! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 November Winners

December 6 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Thank you for sharing what you are most thankful for. I enjoyed reading all the entries posted on the forum page. Here are the two winners that I selected at random from the posts. Congratulations to both of you. 1st Place: soniya_­ag 2nd Place: shalu.physio Thank you to everyone else that participated in the contest. The post Contest 2014 November Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Seviyan (Vermicelli) Kheer Dessert

November 27 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Seviyan (Vermicelli) Kheer Dessert Seviyan or vermicelli kheer, is a traditional popular dessert. Seviyans are thin long strings that looks very much like spaghetti however process if different. Seviyan is a delicious and an easy recipe to make. Basic seviyan is made with milk, seviyan and sugar, and then flavored with cardamom. Garnish with sliced almonds and pistachios and you have a delicious dish! Recipe will serve 6 Preparation time 5 minutes Cooking time 40 minutes Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup sevia roasted and broken (vermicelli) available Indian grocery stores - 7 cups milk - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1/­­8 teaspoon cardamom powder (ilachi) - Pinch nutmeg (jaiphel) - About 10-12 saffron strings - 2 tablespoons sliced or crushed almonds - 1 tablespoons sliced or crushed pistachios for garnishing Method - Use a nonstick or heavy bottom frying pan to make a seviyan kheer. Add the seviyan and roast them for about two minutes on medium low heat. - Add the milk and increase the heat to medium high. After milk comes to boil reduce the heat to medium. Let the milk boil for about 30 minutes, until the milk is creamy and reduced to almost half. Stir often to ensure the milk does not burn in the bottom of the pan, and also keep scraping the sides of the frying pan. - Add the sugar, saffron, cardamom, nutmeg, and almonds. Let the seviyan kheer simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes. - Turn off the heat. - As seviyan kheer cools it will become thicker in texture. - Garnish with pistachios. Seviyan can be served chilled or warm. Enjoy! (aka Sukhi Sevia or Eid ki Sevia) semiya or seviya. The post Seviyan (Vermicelli) Kheer Dessert appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Bread Uttapam, South Indian Snack

November 14 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Bread Uttapam, South Indian Snack Uttapam is a popular South Indian dish. Traditionally uttapam is made with rice and lentil batter, which can be a long process. Bread Uttapam, on the other hand, is instant and easy to make. Not to mention it tastes delicious. Uttapam is a thick dosa, or pancake, with vegetables cooked over skillet. It tastes divine served hot and with a side of coconut chutney. Recipe will serve 3 Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 6 minutes Ingredients: - 3 slices of white bread - 3 tablespoons sooji coarse (semolina) - 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, (maida, plain flour) - 1/­­4 tablespoons yogurt, (curd, dahai) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - Approx. 1/­­4 cup bell pepper finely chopped - Approx. 1/­­4 cup tomatoes finely chopped, remove the seeds - I green chili finely chopped, adjust to taste - 2 teaspoons ginger finely shredded - Approx. 2 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped - Approx. 1-1/­­2 tablespoon oil Method - Remove the crest from bread and cut them in small pieces. - In a blender add bread, sooji, all-purpose flour, salt, yogurt and water, blend to a thick and smooth paste. - Take out the batter in a bowl and add the remaining ingredients, cumin seeds, bell pepper, tomatoes, ginger, green chili, and cilantro, mix it well. Batter should be thick in consistency add more water if needed, batter should not be too thick but should not be runny. - Heat the skillet over medium heat and lightly grease the skillet. - Pour about 2 tablespoons of batter and spread consistency should be of thick pancake. - Pour little oil around uttapam. Let it cook for about 2 minutes and turn them over, bread uttapam should be golden brown from both sides and this should take about four minutes. Notes: do not cook on high heat, uttapam will not cook through. - Serve bread uttapam with your choice of chutney, I like to serve with coconut chutney or green cilantro chutney.   The post Bread Uttapam, South Indian Snack appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Khichdi (Rice and Moong Dal)

November 5 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Khichdi (Rice and Moong Dal) Masala Khichdi is a spicy variation of simple khichdi. This is healthy but ultimate comfort food.  Khichdi is basically prepared with rice and lentil, every hosehold has their own recipe for khichdi. At my home khichdi was made just with rice and moong dal. Adding few vegetables with spicy tomato seasoning makes khichdi a complete meal. Usually khichdi is served with yogurt, pickle and papdam. This recipe will serve 3. Preparation time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 20 minutes. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup moong dal washed and split - 1/­­2 cup rice - 1/­­2 cup green beans cut into about 1/­­2 inch pieces - 1 potato medium size washed peeled and small cubed this will make about 1/­­2 cup of cubed potatoes - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 tablespoon clarified butter (ghe) - 3 cups water for cooking For spice mix - 2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghe) - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1-1/­­2 cups tomatoes finely chopped - 1 green chili finely chopped adjust to taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 2 teaspoon ginger finely shredded - 2 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped -  1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala Method - Wash rice and moong dal changing water 3 to 4 times, drain the water. Use the pressure cooker to save time. In preassure cooker add rice, beans, potatoes, salt, turmeric, clarified butter, and 3 cups of water. - Close the pressure cooker and seal the exhaust, or put the weight. Cook over high heat. - After the pressure cooker start steaming lower the heat to medium and cook for about 4 minutes. - Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the cooker. - Mix the khichdi well, dal and rice should be very soft, little mushy. - Heat the clarified butter in other saucepan over medium heat, Test the oil by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready. - Add the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, and asafetida as seeds crack add tomatoes, green chili, ginger, salt and red pepper stir. - Let tomatoes cook over medium heat until they are tender and mushy. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes. Lower the heat to low. Add cilantro and garam masala, stir for a minutes. - Add cooked rice, mix gently, and add hot water slowly as needed. Consistency of the khichdi should be like runny dough. Note: as khichdi cools will become little thick. - Serve khichdi hot, and serve the khichdi with pickle, yogurt and papdam. Enjoy! The post Masala Khichdi (Rice and Moong Dal) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Rava Laddu (Sooji Ladoo)

October 15 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Rava Laddu (Sooji Ladoo) Rava ladoo is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet. This is a popular ladoo prepared almost in every household for all the festivals. Rava ladoo is a simple and easy recipe but still exotic. Rava ladoo is made with roasted rava (sooji), coconut, ghee, sugar and nuts. Will make 14 ladoos Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup sooji coarse, rava or semolina - 1/­­3 cup coconut powder - 1/­­4 cup clarified butter or ghee - 3/­­4 cup fine sugar - 2 tablespoons cashews crushed - 1 tablespoon raisins - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamom crushed - Approx. 1/­­4 cup milk boiling hot Method - Heat one tablespoon of clarified butter in a small pan over medium low heat; roast the cashews for about 2 minutes until light golden brown. Add raisins and roast for another minute, raisins will be puffed. Turn off the heat and transfer them in a bowl. Set aside. - Heat the remaining clarified butter in a frying pan over low medium heat; add rava and roast until it changes the color lightly this should take 6-7 minutes. It is important to stir continuously making sure rava roast evenly. - Add coconut and roast stirring continually for about 2 more minutes. Add nuts, cardamom, and sugar stir until everything mix well. Turn off the heat. - Add about 2 tablespoons of hot milk, mix it well mix should be moist add more milk as needed. - Allow the mixture to cool slightly. Make about 14 ladoos little smaller then golf ball, pressing about 1-1/­­2 tablespoon mixture between your palms. Add little more milk if you are enable to hold the mixture. - Serve them after at least one hour. Ladoos can be stored in air tight container for about 10 days. You will also enjoy! Puran Poli Maharashtrian specialty, Cereal Chivda a quick snack. The post Rava Laddu (Sooji Ladoo) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Coconut Sandwiches

October 9 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Coconut Sandwiches Recipe submitted by Sudha Coconut Sandwich is a simple, yet delicious sandwich recipe that all kids will love to eat. Ingredients - 4 Slices of Bread - 1 Cup Grated Coconut - Jaggery – Lemon size or according to taste - 1/­2 cup Dry roasted Almonds, Cashew and Raisins -  1/­2 Tbsp Dry roasted Sesame seeds - 1 Tbsp Coconut water (optional) -  1/­2 Tbsp Cardamom powder - 2 Tbsp Ghee - 2-3 Tbsp Water Method - Crush Jaggery in a bowl. Add 2-3 tbsp. of water and mash it with a fork. - On a medium or low flame, heat up the jaggery until it is all dissolved. - Add Cardamom powder and roasted nuts. Stir continuously for a minute. - Keep flame in medium low. Add grated coconut and coconut water and stir well continuously, until it starts leaving sides of pan. - Switch of the flame and add roasted sesame seeds .Let it cool - Spread Ghee on both sides of the bread. - Toast bread using Bread toaster or in Tawa - Spread the prepared mixture. - Garnish with Grated coconut and Almonds. The post Coconut Sandwiches appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Surprise Door Sandwich

October 9 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Surprise Door Sandwich Recipe submitted by Kanwaljeet Chhabra As we know kids love colors & different shapes very much so I want to encourage kids for healthy eating with natural colors with my recipe. When the kids will open the door they will be surprised to find their favorite color tikki in their favorite shapes. I have also used a very healthy spread in kids favorite colors. Ingredients: Red Spread - 2 small cube crumbled paneer - grated beetroot (about 2 tbsp) - cumin powder pinch - black salt as per taste. - Mix all these ingredients together. Green Spread - 2 small cube crumbled paneer - basic coriander chutney 2 tbsp - cumin powder pinch. - Mix all these ingredients together. Beetroot Tikki (heart Shape) - 2 boiled potato - 1 big beetroot grated then squeeze out juice from it - 1 green chilli chopped - coriander leaves - 1 tsp cumin powder - 1 tsp black pepper powder - black salt as per taste - some grated ginger - wholewheat flour breadcrumbs Spinach Tikki (Flower Shape) - 2 boiled potato - chopped blanched spinach(boiled then drain in cold water)about 100 grm - 1 green chili chopped - coriander leaves - boiled corn chopped about 7-8 kernels - tsp cumin powder - 1 tsp black pepper powder - black salt as per taste - some grated ginger - wholewheat flour breadcrumbs Method Beetroot Tikki (heart Shape) - Mash boiled potato first, then mix grated beetroot in it. - Then add all dry spices & green chili, coriander leaves chopped , grated ginger & bread crumbs in it & mix well. - Take some mix & make heart shape with cookie cutter. - Shallow fry this heart shape tikki on nonstick tawa and the heart shape beetroot tikki is ready. Spinach Tikki (Flower Shape) - Mash boiled potato first, then add chopped blanched spinach in it. - Add all dry spices & green chili , coriander leaves chopped, grated ginger, corn kernels & wholewheat breadcrumbs in it. Mix it well. - Now take some mix & make flower shape with cookie cutter. - shallow fry this flower shape tikki on nonstick tawa and the spinach tikki is ready. Sandwich Presentation - Take 6 pieces of bread. Put these breads for about 2 second on nonstick tawa. - Take 2 piece bread & cut heart shape in center with cookie cutter. Keep aside these heart shaped bread pieces and the bread. - Take another 2 piece bread & cut flower shape in center with cookie cutter. Keep aside these flower shaped bread pieces and the bread. - Now take remaining 2 pieces of bread. Put red spread on 1 bread & apply it all over the bread .Now put 2 pieces of bread from which heart shapes were cut and put heart shape beetroot tikki in the heart hole - On remaining 1 bread piece put green spread & apply it all over the bread. Now put 2 pieces of bread from which flower shapes were cut and put flower shape spinach tikki in the flower hole - Our healthy surprise door sandwich is ready. For door put heart shaped bread on beetroot tikki & flower shaped bread on spinach tikki . We are done and the sandwich is ready. The post Surprise Door Sandwich appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 September Winners

October 9 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2014 September WinnersThere were many many sandwich recipes received and it was definitely a tough decision to make. I went through all of them and these are the five most complete and best recipes. Below are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to all participants: 1st Place: Coconut Sandwiches by Sudha 2nd Place: Baked Chickpea Cutlet and Curried Cream Cheese Sandwiches by Adelina Srinivasan Congratulations to both of you!! Coconut Sandwiches Recipe by Sudha by Sudha Baked Chickpea Cutlet Sandwich by Adelina Srinivasan Surprise Door Sandwich by Kanwaljeet Chhabra Pita Sandwich by Sonal Open-faced Grilled Feta Sandwich by Priscilla Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Hillary Condon - Linsy Patel - Ruchi x - saira rashid - VINITA CHAWLA - Flora Sharma - Briana - Manjula Bharath - Sonal - SONAL GAKHAR - Swetha - Pratima - Clarida James - Pallavi Mitul Dalwadi - Mayuri Bhanushali - Najla Sabir - Shilpi - Hidemi Walsh - Umayal Venkatachalam - amulya - Gurpreet Kharay - Ramya - Hema Rao - swathi amarendra - Gopal R. Rao - Indira - Shruti J - Jodi Taffel - Sowmya Madhavan - Kalpa krishnan - Kanwaljeet Chhabra - Jagruti Vyas - KANIKA KHANNA - Sabrin Osman Sattar - Sudha - Namratha - Geeta Bafna - Jayshree Navik - Shruti B Parekh - Shilpi Srivastav - Wardah - Adelina Srinivasan - Jyothi Gullapalli - Savithri - Dimpi Jain - Sonakshi srivastava - Priscilla - Carly Brown - Shreetanvi - Tanu Srivastava - Manjusha Praveen - Neeta Pai - Deepaviji - Priyadarshini Behera - Shubha - Nisha - Vani Lohit - Mahima Arampady - Krisha Parikh - Shilpi - SONALI BIRLA - hafsah haleem - Mifra Haleem - Neeru Goel - Sunita Raghav - Rameshwari Bansod - poulomee sinha - Julie DeMatteo - J. Emanuel - Divya Ravindran - Anita Kataria - Anu Kollon - Rajesh Karthikeyan - Kinjal Shah - R. Smriti Iyer - Rehana Khambaty - BALA JYOTHI R - Praveena - Muthu shanmuga sundari.R - karmafreechewy - Roshni kushalani - Bhavesh Jaglan - Archana - Paula Arnas - Gia - Sandhya Dinesh Tharayil - Nithin Shanbhogue The post Contest 2014 September Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Happy Dusshera!

October 3 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Happy Dusshera!Dusshera is a major Indian festival celebrated after the nine days of Navratri. This Hindu festival celebrates the victory of good over evil. Here is my menu for tomorrow to celebrate this occasion: Urad Dal Puri Coconut Ladoo Spicy Squash Lauki Ka Raita The post Happy Dusshera! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Gulab Jamun Variations for Festivals

September 28 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Gulab Jamun Variations for Festivals Many festivals are coming soon, starting with Navratri, Durga Ashtami, Ram Navami, Dussehra, Diwali, Bhai Dooj, and the list goes on. I am always planning to what make something new. Something different and festive but not needing too much work, at the same time the family should enjoy it. I thought why not make the sweets and snacks that my family likes and I will also like to share this with my extended family by the series of blogs. First one I selected is gulab jamuns because I just made them. Also gulab jamun is one of my favorite dessert. It is easy to make and also have a long shelf life. Gulab jamuns can be served in many different ways and the bonus is they make good holiday gift. I have fond memories of the festivals while growing up. On special occasions we will receive box of sweets from family and friends and most of the time the box will have gulab jamuns. Of course these gulab jamuns were not in the syrup but they were still moist. They tasted great and almost appeared to be a different dessert. These are some of the variations and suggestions the way I serve them. I think warm gulab jamuns taste the best, they are my boys favorite. For serving them with any other variations, take gulab jamuns out from the syrup for about half an hour before garnishing. Drizzle gulab jamun with chocolate gnash, you may also put few pieces of sliced almonds. This is my grand kids favorite. Roll them in coconut powder, this is the only way one of my daughter in law likes them. Slice them in center making them in two pieces then topped them with malai (reduce milk), Slice them thinly and serve them with vanilla ice cream and garnish with few pieces of broken pistachios. I will like to hear from you, how you like to serve them. Gulab Jamun (2014) Gulab Jamun The post Gulab Jamun Variations for Festivals appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Happy Navratri 2014

September 24 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Happy Navratri 2014Navratri, or “Nine nights” is a festival which marks the onset of autumn. It is celebrated in different ways all over the country. It is a festival of worship, dance and music. For 9 days, women dress up in beautiful clothes and jewelry. Many people keep a fast for Navratri. Some suggestions for this auspicious time period include: Laucki kheer, sabudana khichdi, sabudana vada, kuttu Ki Puri, and stir fry arbi. Laucki Kheer Sabudana Vada Sabudana Khichdi (Spicy Tapioca) Kuttu ki Puri (Buckwheat Flatbread) Spicy Arbi Tarrow Roots   The post Happy Navratri 2014 appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Gulab Jamun (2014)

September 12 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Gulab Jamun (2014) Gulab Jamun is easily the most popular and loved dessert in India.  Gulab jamun is best described as an Indian version of a donut immersed in a sweet syrup.  Gulab jamun recipe is especially dear to me as it was my very first video showcased on You Tube.  To be frank, I never dreamed that I would still be doing what I love seven years later.  Not everyone can say they are truly following their passion.  So in this spirit I decided I would present another version of Gulab Jamun.  This recipe is simpler than my original recipe, but still delicious. Will serve 8 Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Recipe will make 16 Ingredients: - 1 cup nonfat milk powder - 1/­4 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida) - 1/­8 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­2 cup heavy cream, use as needed - 1/­4 teaspoon cardamom coarsely ground For Syrup - 1-1/­2 cup sugar - 1-1/­2 cup water Other - Oil to fry Method For Syrup - In a pan add water, sugar bring it to boil, stir until the sugar has dissolved. Turn off the heat. Set aside. For Gulab Jamun - In a bowl, mix milk powder, all purpose flour, baking soda, and cardamom add cream and mix it well. This will be consistency of soft dough, if it is too dry add 1 to 2 spoons of milk as needed not the cream. Dough should be very soft and sticking to fingers, as dough sits milk powder will absorb the extra cream. Cover and set aside for about 10 minutes. - Knead the dough; grease your palm before working the dough. - Divide the dough into 18 equal parts and roll them into round balls. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. Notes: To test if the oil is the right temperature, place a small piece of dough into the oil; oil should sizzle but it should take about 30 seconds to rise the dough. If dough rises faster, oil is too hot; if dough just sits without rising, oil is not hot enough. - Place the gulab Jamuns in the frying pan. Note: remember gulab jamuns will expand in about double the size, so give them enough space, and dont over crowed them. - It should take about 7 minutes to fry the gulab jamuns. While frying keep rolling the gulab jamuns so they are evenly browned. You can make gulab jamuns in different size and shapeFry until the gulab jamuns become brown. - Let the gulab jamuns cool off for a few minutes before placing them in the hot syrup, not boiling. - The gulab jamuns should sit in the syrup for at least 20 minutes prior to serving. Additional Tips - If the gulab jamuns are fried on high heat, they will become hard inside and not fully cooked. - Too much baking soda will cause the gulab jamuns to get too soft or they will break apart when frying. - Dont place the gulab jamuns in the syrup immediately after frying. This will cause the gulab jamuns to lose their shape and become chewy. You will also like  besan burfi, balushahi, bangali rasgula The post Gulab Jamun (2014) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 August Winners

September 8 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2014 August WinnersI know it was tough not using any grains for the contest, but despite that, there were many good recipes submitted. I went through all of them and these are the five most complete and best recipes. Below are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to all participants: 1st Place: Nariyal Mewa Paak (Dry Fruit Delight) by Sonika Maheshwari 2nd Place: Purple Cabbage, Eggplant and Shiitake Mushroom dumplings by Cecilia Congratulations to both of you!! Nariyal Mewa Paak (Dry Fruit Delight) by Sonika Maheshwari Purple cabbage, eggplant and shiitake mushroom dumplings by Cecilia Sweet Potato Laddu by Aarti Sharma Sago Vadas by Nandhini Pineapple Berry Kulfi Duo by Namratha Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Nisha Sharma - Sushmasinha - Vanisree - Neha Naithani Raturi - Ramyasri Kapuganti - Jhalak Maratha - Gayathri Vikkraman - Navita Mehra Jassal - Soma Mandal - Mifra Haleem - Anu Kollon - Manjaree Banerjee - Hidemi Walsh - Shruti J - (http:/­­/­­cookingwithsj.com) - AFREEN SAJID - Mahesh Babu Jonnavittula - prince soni - Aishwarya - Jagruti Vyas - Meera Patwari - Urvi Sharma - Radhika Paranjape - Anu Saxena - Melanie Booth - Priyamvada - Supriya - Dimple Mota - Harini - Jessica M. - Ranjani Vijayakumar - Shital - Vidya - Divya Ravindran - Kaleena Soorma - RAZIYA BANU M. LOHANI - Srividhya Gopalakrishnan - Kanu - Nisha - Ankita Agarwal - Manisha Chhabra - Swathi Mudigonda - Tanvi’s Kitchen - Fhami - Kailash nagar - Nidhi Saxena - Priyanka Lodha Patwari - Sindhu Umashankar - Wai Leng Loke (Kelly) - Priya Sayeesh - Sahaana - Adelina Srinivasan - Ritika Tayal - Manju Agarwal - Edward Higgins - Mahima Arampady - Kritika Aggarwal - Asha - Vemala - Shanmugadevi A - Rangadevi - Kiran Randhawa - Saurabh Aggarwal - Nibedita - Meghna Doijode - Sujatha S - Shruti Soumya Panigrahi The post Contest 2014 August Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Modak - Sweet Rice Dumpling

August 27 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Modak - Sweet Rice Dumpling Modak is a delicious sweet steamed rice dumpling filled with coconut and nuts. It is also vegan and gluten free. This is a very popular sweet for Ganesh Chaturthi festival which is a celebration in western and south India. Recipe will make 10. Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients: For Dough - 1/­­2 cup rice flour - 1 cup water - Pinch of salt - 1 teaspoon oil For Filling - 1/­­3 cup freshly shredded coconut; I am using frozen shredded coconut this works well, available in Indian grocery stores - 3 tablespoons almonds coarsely ground - 3 tablespoons jaggery finely chopped, gur (unrefined cane sugar) available in Indian grocery stores - 1/­­8 teaspoon cardamom powder - 1 tablespoon oil Method - Use a small frying pan, over low heat, and dry roast almonds for about one minute. Add oil, coconut and jaggery cook stirring continually until jaggery has melted and mixture becomes like soft dough, this should take about three to four minutes. Set aside. - Boil the water in a pan with salt and oil, after water comes to boil lower the heat to low and add the rice flour, mix it well. Remove from the heat and cover the pan. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes or until it is warm. - Take the rice flour mixture in a bowl, lightly oil your palm and knead the dough to make soft pliable dough. Dived the dough into 10 equal parts, and make them into smooth balls. - Take one part of the dough and with your fingers flatten the edges to about three-inch in diameter, leaving the center a little thicker than the edges. - Place one teaspoon of the filling in the center. Sealed the filling shaping it into dome shape. Proceed to make all modaks same way. - Steam the modaks in covered pan over medium heat about 10 minutes; finished modak will have a little shiney glazed.     The post Modak – Sweet Rice Dumpling appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Kuttu ki Puri (Buckwheat Flatbread)

August 13 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Kuttu ki Puri (Buckwheat Flatbread) Kuttu ki Puri is a gluten free Buckwheat flatbread. It is an easy recipe to make. This is a Falihar, a food eaten on days of fast as grains are not eaten. Some upcoming Hindu festivals include Navaratri and Janmashtami where as a part of a fast kuttu puris are eaten or any other days when you want to try something different. The puris are made with buckwheat flour and potatoes, and mostly accompanied with potato or arbi (taro root) curry. Recipe will make 8. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup buckwheat flour (kuttu) - 1/­­2 cup potato boiled and mashed - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon of red pepper - Approx. 1/­­3 cup water lukewarm use as needed Also need - 1/­­4 cup buckwheat flour need for rolling the puries - Oil to fry  Method - Mix buckwheat flour, cumin seeds, pepper, and salt well, add potatoes, mix it well. Add warm water as need to make smooth and pliable dough. Set aside for five minutes. - Divide the dough in 8 equal parts, oil your palms and roll them into smooth patties. - Before rolling the puris, press the patties both sides on the dry flour, this will make them easy to roll. - Roll them into six inch circle, while rolling if puri start sticking to rolling pin or rolling surface sprinkle more flour as needed. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.  To check if oil is ready drop a small piece of dough into the oil this should come up slowly. - Place one puri at a time in the frying pan and press it with a skimmer. The puris should puff up slowly. Turn the puris over. Puri should be light brownish gray from both sides. - Take the puris out and place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. - Serve puris hot or store in covered container after they cool to room temperature. Enjoy! The post Kuttu ki Puri (Buckwheat Flatbread) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 July Winners

August 8 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2014 July WinnersI was happy to see many entries for July. I went through all of them and these are the five most complete and best recipes. Below are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to all participants: 1st Place: Tropical Papaya-Chia Pudding by Shreya Sinha 2nd Place: Papaya Berry Kulfi by Amy Raymond Congratulations to both of you!! Tropical Papaya-Chia Pudding by Shreya Sinha Papaya Berry Kulfi by Amy Raymond Layered Papaya and Raspberry Mousse by Namratha Fruit Delight Cake by Joy Papaya Berry Halwa by Anasuya Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Purnima - Manisha Gupta - Shruti Soumya Panigrahi - Kavita Kolli - Manik K - Gayatri Potluri - Smita Kothari - Mathusha - Ankita Agarwal - Nekath Patel - Sushma - Jagruti Vyas - Girija Janakiraman - Alice - Shweta Maheshwari - Arthi Viswanathan - Werdelicious - Kitchenqueen - Joy - Binky - Sree - Bhavani - Prachi Agarwal - Indira - Riya Jain - Bhavesh Jaglan - Jamie - Swati Jain - Ruchi - Palak - Henriette Faber - Kayal Kalidass - Premisha Saviour - Vrinda Mahesh - Priyanka Basu - Saijusadanandan - Madhuri - Anusha - Nisha - D. Dhayalan - D. Dhinakaran - Arumuga Priya Shanmugavel - Sonam - Lovey - Yelena - Shilpa Rajput - S.geeth Priya - Subathra - Sudhamani - Hina - Anasuya - Prachi Gupta - Kanchana Iyer - Anu Saxena The post Contest 2014 July Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Paneer Makhani

July 30 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Makhani Paneer Makhani is a popular Punjabi dish. Paneer (Indian cheese) simmered in rich creamy tomato gravy makes a very delicious dish. This is simple and easy recipe to make. Serve Paneer Makhani with any Indian flat bread or over rice. This will be enjoyed by everyone. Recipe will serve 4. Preparation Time: 10 mins Cooking Time: 25 mins Ingredients: - 6oz paneer cubed (this will make 1-1/­­2 cup cubed paneer, available in Indian grocery stores) - 1/­­4 cup cashews - 2 tablespoon sesame seeds (til) - 4 tomatoes medium size cut into small pieces about 2 cup - 1 tablespoon chopped ginger - 1 green chili chopped - 2 tablespoons butter - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 teaspoons salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 2 tablespoons heavy cream - 1/­­2 teaspoon garam masala - 1/­­4 cup chopped cilantro  Method - Powdered the cashews and sesame seeds, (I like to use spice grinder). Set aside. - Pure the tomatoes, ginger and green chili. Set aside. - In about 2 cups of hot water soak the cubed paneeer for 5 minutes or more, this will make the paneer soft and give a nice texture. Set aside. - Heat the butter in sauce pan over medium heat; after butter is moderately hot add cumin seeds and asafetida. After the seeds crack add cashew nut powder and roast for about one minute. Add tomato puree and mix it well. - Add the remaining spices, coriander, turmeric, salt, sugar, mix it well and cover the pot. Tomatoes splatter while cooking. Cook for about four minutes stirring in between until tomatoes start leaving the oil and tomatoes will be half in quantity. - Add cream, cook for about two minutes stirring often. Add one cup of water, cover the pan and let it cook for about two to three minutes. - Take out the paneer from water and put into the gravy, stir and cover the pan and cook for about five minutes. Adjust the gravy to your liking if needed add little more water, and cook. Turn off the heat. - Add the cilantro and garam masala stir and cover for few minutes before serving. Enjoy! The post Paneer Makhani appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan (Spicy Pepper Curry)

July 16 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan (Spicy Pepper Curry) Mirchi ka Salan is a popular Hyderabadi dish. Generally speaking, Hyderabadi dishes are very spicy and aromatic, and this is one of them. Even the name of this dish Mirchi ka salon” reflects that. Mirch is pepper and Salan means curry.  The chili pepper is cooked in a peanut and coconut spicy curry. This dish is a new one for me. Many of you had requested I make this, so I decided to try it out.  Of course I turned to Google to help me out and went through many recipes.  I tried many different variations until I was satisfied with the recipe.  I then invited a friend who is from Hyderabad to ask her for her honest opinion. She was surprised that I had never eaten Mirch ka Salan before.  She gave me some suggestions and pointers to perfect my recipe. I then incorporated her ideas and tweaked the recipe.  Now I loved it. I know this new dish will be on my list for go-to dishes when having get-togethers.  So if you enjoy hot and spicy food, indulge yourself with this dish! It pairs excellently with vegetable biryani or plain white rice. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 8 Anaheim pepper or use the pepper which are mild - 1/­4 cup coconut powder - 2 tablespoons sesame seeds - Approx. 3 tablespoon raw peanuts - 4 tablespoons oil - 1-1/­2 tablespoon besan (Bengal gram flour) - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­2 teaspoon nigella seeds/­kalanji - 1 tablespoon tamarind paste - 2 teaspoons ginger finely grated - 1/­2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 teaspoon red chili powder/­adjust to taste - 2 teaspoons salt - 1 tablespoon sugar - 3/­4 teaspoon garam masala - About 3 cups of water Method - Wash and wipe dry the peppers; slit the peppers vertically. - Grind the peanuts, sesame seeds, and coconut to make powder, set aside. - Mix tamarind paste, ginger, and red chili powder with 1/­4 cup of water. Set aside. - Use the flat frying pan, heat the oil on medium heat, and stir-fry the peppers till light brown all around. Take them out over paper towel. - Use the same pan as pan will have oil remaining, oil should be moderately hot. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds as seeds crack add besan and nigella seeds stir fry for about one minute. Add the peanut powder and stir fry for about two minutes mix will be golden brown. - Add the spice paste and cook for 2-3 minutes stirring. Spice mix will start to leave the oil, add salt, sugar, 3 cups of water, and bring the gravy to boil. - Lower the heat to medium low and let it simmer for about 6-8 minutes. - Add the stir fried peppers and cover with gravy. Sprinkle the garam Masala, cover the pan and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes. - The gravy thickens as it cooks. - Mirchi ka Salam is ready. Serve hot over the plain rice or with briyani. Enjoy! The post Hyderabadi Mirchi Ka Salan (Spicy Pepper Curry) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 July

July 6 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

For July Contest, I am looking for Papaya recipes. You must also use any type of berry also.  The specific rules are the following: - It can be any type of Recipe (dessert, salad, drink, etc). - Papaya should be main the ingredient, but must also include some berry (blueberry, strawberry, etc). - I will be judging on creativity and presentation. - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Contest Rules: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your NAME along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is July 27th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest** The post Contest 2014 July appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

2014 June Contest Winners

July 5 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

2014 June Contest WinnersThere were many entries this month for June. I went through all of them and these five really stood out to me. Here are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Melon Mouse by Steph 2nd Place: Honeydew Melon Kulfi by Anu Saxena Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Monica Jain - Meghana - Maria - Bijal Samani - Saranjeet Kaur - Thangalakshmi - Jiya Lakhani - Zwiina Mariyam - Priyanka Saluja - Seema Sareen - Harshil - Alliha Raja - Nimisha Nohria - Ruaani Ahmad Baba - Vani - Dimpi Jain - Anna - Shruti Soumya Panigrahi - Payal Maheshwari - Jamie Flynn - Ashwini Bangaradka Musti - Renuka Swaroop - Roohi Manaf - Aakanksha Soni - Meenu Prakash - Priyanka Samaiya - Anjali - Hala Hassan - Barjish Sheikh - Divya Ravindran - Reena Rai - Francesca - Payal Maheshwari - Archana - Sujatha Natarajan - Fousiya Faizal - Mehar Banu - Payal Wattal - Wai Leng Loke (kelly) - Anu Saxena - Shauna Havey - Saranya Anand - Vienna - Sandhhya Raja - Fhami - Janani Koushik - Malvika Sharma - Gayathri Gupta - Prachi - Anusha - Yelena - Sonika Maheshwari - Hana Splichal - Shubha - Ramya Raman - Soumya - Priscilla - Harpreet Kaur - Nibedita - Anuradha - Bhavani Eswar - Srividhya Gopalakrishnan - Shreya The post 2014 June Contest Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Bread Paneer Rolls

June 25 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Bread Paneer Rolls Spicy bread Paneer rolls are great as an appetizer and a tasty compliment for afternoon tea. This is very easy and quick recipe to make. Paneer, is an Indian cheese also known as chena that is liked by all and used in many dishes. Bread paneer rolls are made with spiced paneer rolled in bread. Recipe will make 6 bread paneer rolls. Ingredients: - 6 slices of soft white bread Filling - 1 cup shredded paneer, available in Indian grocery stores - 1/­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - Pinch of black pepper - 1 teaspoon ginger finely shredded (adrak) - 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 1 teaspoon finely chopped green chili, adjust to your taste - About 1-2 tablespoons hot milk, use as needed Also Need to Grill - 2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee)  Method - Mix well all the filling ingredients, except milk. The texture of the mix should be soft enough to spread on bread. If needed add milk as needed. Set aside. - Trim the edges of the bread slices. - Roll the bread very thin using rolling pin. Spread a thin layer of the mix over 3/­4 of the bread slice, and roll it into a cylinder, making sure ends are sealed, if needed brush the edges with water. - Lightly butter all around and grill on skillet over medium heat. Keep turning them, making sure rolls are evenly browned all around. - Serve them hot or at room temperature they taste great. You can also slice them in two to three pieces. Variations Instead of paneer you can also use the boiled mashed potato with same spices. The post Bread Paneer Rolls appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Yogurt Sandwich

June 14 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Yogurt Sandwich Yogurt Sandwich is a light, healthy and refreshing sandwich, made with flavorful yogurt, cabbage and carrot. These are great for lunch box.  Will make 2 sandwiches Ingredients: - 4 slices of firm bread For Filling - 1cup plain yogurt - 1/­­4 cup shredded cabbage (pata gobhi or band gobhi) - 1/­­4 cup shredded carrots (gajar) - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper - 1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger - 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon minced green chili, optional Also need - 1/­­8 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai), for seasoning - About 2 tablespoons soft butter Method - Put the yogurt in a strainer lined with muslin or cheese cloth. Gently squeeze excess water from the yogurt.  Make sure not to squeeze out the yogurt, and leave it at least 4 hours or more. Before removing the yogurt from muslin cloth squeeze one more time. - The yogurt will become thick in consistency, this is known hung yogurt, and this should make about half cup. - Add all the ingredients for filling with yogurt and mix it well. - Spread the mix over two slices of bread and cover them with other slice. - Heat the skillet over medium heat; grease the skillet with about half teaspoon of butter. - Sprinkle the skillet with mustard seeds as seeds crack place the sandwich over, brush the butter on top of the slice. Grill the sandwich from both sides until they are golden brown. This should take about one minute each side. - Sandwiches are ready; serve them with side of saladYogurt sandwiches taste great even at room temperature, and great for lunch box.  The post Yogurt Sandwich appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2014 June

June 6 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

For this month’s contest, I am looking for any type of recipe using melon fruit as the main ingredient.  The specific rules are the following: - It can be any type of Recipe (dessert, salad, drink, etc). - Melon should be main the ingredient. Examples of melon include watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and others) - I will be judging on creativity and presentation. - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. Here are some recipes I already have on my website using melons: - Chilled Melon Soup - Arugula and Melon SaladWatermelon Cooler In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your NAME along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is June 27th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest** The post Contest 2014 June appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties)

June 4 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) Aloo tikki or potato patties are popular snack, traditionally when any snack is served with yogurt and chutney it is known as chaat. This is very popular with road side vendors, the aroma of the hot tikkis are enough to make you hungry. Makes 8 tikki. Ingredients: - 3 medium size potatoes boiled and shredded, this will make 2 cups of shredded potato - 2 tablespoon bread crumbs - 1 teaspoon salt - Oil for cooking for Filling - 1/­­3 cup green peas boiled and drained - 1 teaspoon chopped ginger - 1 tablespoon green chili minced - 1 tablespoon minced cilantro (hara dhania) -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon oil for Serving - About 1 cup yogurt whipped -  1/­­4  cup cilantro chutney -  1/­­4  cup tamarind chutney Method Making Filling - Boil and drain the water from the peas and lightly mash. - Heat the oil in a small pan over medium heat; add all the filling ingredients, stir fry for about two minutes. Keep the filling little moist. Set aside. Making tikkis - Add the salt and bread crumb into the potatoes and knead to make the dough. - Divide the potatoes into 8 equal parts. - Takes one part of the potato dough, make a ball and flatten over the oiled palm.  Put about 1 teaspoon of filling in the center and wrap around with potato. Lightly flatten the filled balls to patties. Make all the patties. - Heat non stick heavy skillet on medium high heat, generously greased the skillet.  Place the tikkies on the skillet, making sure they are not touching each other and has some space all around. Oil the tikkies from the top. - Cook them for about 1 minute and turn them over, tikkies should be light golden brown. Oil the tikkies from the top and lightly press with spatula. - Turn the tikkies 3-4 times as needed to make sure tikkies are nice and crispy. Brush the oil lightly every time when you turn the tikkies over and also press with spatula. - Aloo tikkies taste best when they are served right from over the skillet. - You can prepare them in advance, up to five steps and brown them just before serving. - Tikkies are served along with tamarind chutney, cilantro chutney and yogurt. You can also serve them with spicy chole. The post Aloo Tikki (Potato Patties) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Cauliflower with Yogurt Gravy

May 21 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Cauliflower with Yogurt GravyClick here to view the embedded video. Cauliflower in spiced yogurt gravy makes a very flavorful side dish. This dish is simply delicious and worth trying. You can serve this with any bread or rice. Will serve 4 Ingredients: - 3 cups cauliflower cut into small florets (phool gobhi) - 3 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (mathi dana) - 1/­­4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 tablespoons besan, available in Indian grocery stores - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder - 1 tablespoon ginger thinly sliced (adrak) - 1 green chili finely chopped - 1/­­2 cup yogurt (curd, dahi) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - Approx. 1 cups water - 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped (hara dhania) - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala, available in Indian grocery stores Method - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. - Add cumin, fenugreek, mustard seeds, and asafetida. When the seeds crack lower the heat to low. - Add the besan, stir fry for about one minute until besan become light golden brown and become lightly aromatic. - Add ginger, green chili, turmeric, red chili powder, stir fry for about one minute and add yogurt mix it well and cook for two minutes stirring continuously. - Add water and salt bring it to boil, add cauliflower cook 15-18 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cauliflower should be tender and the gravy should be thick. Adjust the thickness of the gravy to taste. - Turn off the heat, add cilantro and garam masala and cover the pan for a minute. - Cauliflower with yogurt gravy is ready. Serve with any bread or plain rice. Enjoy! Related RecipesVegetable (Navratan) KormaGobi (Cauliflower) ManchurianAloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower)Vegetable PakorasGobhi ParathaCauliflower CouscousPotato Curry with Yogurt GravyButter Paneer MasalaMalai KoftaGatte Ke Kadhi The post Cauliflower with Yogurt Gravy appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spicy Corn Patties - Fritters

May 7 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Spicy Corn Patties - FrittersClick here to view the embedded video. Spicy corn Patties makes a healthy and delicious snack. They are also vegan and gluten free. This is a quick and easy recipe. Make 10 patties Ingredients: - 2 cups corn frozen - 1/­­2 cup corn meal - 2 tablespoons rice flour - 1 chopped green chili adjust to taste - 2 teaspoon finely chopped ginger - 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - 2 teaspoon lemon juice - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 2 teaspoons oil Method - Thaw the corn in hot water and drain. Blend the corn texture will be creamy and coarse. I like to use food processor. - Add all the ingredients to corn, corn meal, rice flour, chili, cilantro, ginger, lemon juice, cumin seeds, and salt, and mix it well. Mixture should be consistency of thick batter. Add little water if needed. - Heat a heavy non stick skillet on medium heat and greased the skillet generously. - Drop about 2 spoons of batter to make four to five patties into the skillet and flatten with greased back of the spoon lightly, making the patties about 1/­­4 inch thick and two to three inch circle. - Cook for about two minutes until bottom turns golden brown. Flip over and cook from other side both side of the patties should be cook until golden brown. - Serve them hot or at room temperature they taste delicious.     Related RecipesMasala PeanutsSpicy Corn PattiesPav Vada (Potato Patty With Bun)Spicy Indian (Flour) ChipsVegetable PakorasSabudana Vada (Fried Dumplings of Potatoes and Tapioca)Spinach Potato (Aloo Palak) PakoraKhasta KachoriGrilled Corn off the Cob (Bhutta/­­Makai)Masala French Fries

2014 April Contest Winners

May 2 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

2014 April Contest WinnersI really enjoyed reviewing the recipes for fruit salad. All were great, but a few really stood out to me. Here are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Megha Sharma – Fruit Fiesta 2nd Place: Wai Leng Loke (Kelly) - Refreshing Spring Fruit Salad Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - shruti soumya panigrahi - Shruti Soumya Panigrahi - Sonia - Hidemi Walsh - Neha Brahmkshatriya - Kaleena Soorma - Vaishali Leuva - Deepali Rohan Zamad - Mithra Minnu - Aarti Sharma - Utsavi Patel - Padmini Pappu - Rangadevi Dasi - Shobhna Sachdev Dua - Rehana Khambaty - I Ramya - Priscilla - Saranya Anand - Sravanthi - Rameshwari Bansod - Ben Diaz - Rajendar Aitha - Swati Shukla - Pooja Bansal - Asha Kiran Ranganathan - Himshika - Prachi Agarwal - Palak Gupta - Prerna - Juhi Goel - Dipti Joshi - Ruchi Agarwal - Nibedita - Esha Kothari - Vandana - Natasha - Aaron Scheinman - Srividhya Gopalakrishnan

Ultimate Fruit Basket Salad

May 2 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Recipe submitted by Ashley Alvares The ultimate fruit basket salad is aptly named because it looks like a basket. It makes for a great presentation and will surely impress your family and friends. Serves 6 – 8 people Ingredients: - 1 Large Watermelon - 1 Pineapple - 2 Sweet Mangoes - 1 Cantaloupe - 1 pound Strawberries - 4 Tsp Dry instant vanilla pudding powder - 2 Tsp Sweetened Coconut powder Method - Cut Watermelon in shape of Basket. - Cut all the fruit into medium size pieces. - Sprinkle the dry instant pudding mix over the fruits and refrigerate overnight. - Sprinkle coconut powder just before serving. ENJOY your delicious Tropical Fruit Salad ! Related RecipesSoya Fruit Nut Magic SmoothieCoconut KulfiVanilla Chocolate TrianglesVictory Vegan TeacakesVanilla Panna Cotta with Mixed Berry SauceTaro Root in Tres Leches PuddingBiscuit Cream PuddingCrunchy Bean salad with beetroot and fruitsMelon Medley Salad with Citrus-Ginger DressingFruit Fiesta

Fruit Fiesta

May 1 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Recipe submitted by Megha Sharma Seasonal fruit such as cantaloupe, mango and grapes tastes even more refreshing splashed with a flavorful honey-lime-mint dressing for a sweet fruit salad. A simply elegant fruit salad paired with sweet yoghurt and tangy honey- lemon-mint dressing makes it a refreshing treat on its own. Ingredients: Fruits - Pineapple chunks - Orange segments - Halved fresh strawberries - Seedless black and green grapes - Cantaloupe chunks - Banana sliced - Kiwi sliced - Mango Cubed Dressing - 1/­­2 fresh lemon juice - 1/­­2 orange juice - 1/­­2 cup honeyFresh mint leaves washed and crushed Yoghurt Whip - 1 Cup Yoghurt - 1 spoon Cardamom powder - 2-3 spoon powdered sugar (optional) Method - In a big bowl add all fruit, and mix well - To make dressing whisk lemon juice, orange juice, crushed mint leaves and honey together in a small bowl and drizzle over the fruit mixture and toss to coat - Take yoghurt in a bowl and add cardamom powder and powder sugar (optional) mix it well - Now take a bowl and add a layer of fruits then a layer of yoghurt whip and then another layer of fruits and yoghurt whip - Add final layer of fruits and garnish it with mint leaves - Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. And your Fruit Fiesta is ready! This is a good summer dessert which is useful in fasting or simply as an after meal dessert. Not only is this recipe delicious but also very nutritious and everyone will simply love it. Related RecipesMelon Medley Salad with Citrus-Ginger DressingFruit ChaatBeet salad with Mango dressingSlice SaladArugula And Melon SaladTropical Spring Salad with Mango Orange DressingKidney Beans Salad with Minty Yogurt DressingBean Sprouts Salad Spring RollRefreshing Spring Fruit SaladFruit Cream

Eggless Chocolate Cake

April 30 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Eggless Chocolate CakeClick here to view the embedded video. This is a great recipe of delicious, moist and eggless cake to satisfy your chocolate cravings and sweet tooth. Adults and kids alike will be delighted with this yummy cake. Make 16 pieces. Ingredients: - 1-1/­­2 cup all purpose flour (plain flour, maida) - 2 tablespoons corn starch, or arrowroot - 1/­­4 cup coco powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1 cup silky tofu ( soft tofu will also work) - 1/­­2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature - 1 cup sugar - 1 tablespoon vanilla essence - 1 tablespoon vinegar, I am using rice vinegar - Approx. 1/­­3 cup milk For Chocolate Ganache - 1/­­2 cup chocolate chips, semi-sweet - 1/­­3 cup heavy cream - 1 teaspoon vanilla essence Method For Ganache - Place chocolate in a bowl and add the vanilla essence. Bring the heavy cream to boil and turn off the heat. Pour the cream over chocolate and stir until chocolate completely dissolve and become glossy. As ganache cool it will become thick. For Cake - Preheat the oven at 350 degree F - Grease 8×8 inches cake pan. Set aside. - All the dry ingredients except sugar, sift together flour, corn starch, coco powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, three times to make sure all the ingredients are well mixed. Set aside. - With the electric mixer on low speed mix the butter, sugar, vinegar and vanilla until it is smooth this should take about two minutes. Add the tofu to butter mixture and mix on low speed for about two minutes. This will have a curdle kind of texture. - Slowly add the dry mix, mix with spatula all the ingredients should be mixed well. Add milk as needed, batter should be of thick consistency but pourable. - Pour the mixture into a greased baking pan evenly. Place the pan on middle oven rack and bake it for 35 minutes or until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. - Allow cake to cool for about 15 minutes in pan and then run a butter knife around the edges of cake. Place a wire cooling rack over top of pan. Use both hands to hold the rack in place while flipping the cake over onto the rack. Set the rack down and gently tap on the bottom of pan until the cake is released. Cool completely before slicing the cake. - Pour the ganache over the cake or individual cake pieces. Enjoy!   Related RecipesChocolate Brownie (Eggless & Vegan)Eggless Pineapple CakeMilk CakeSweet And Sour TofuSpring CheesecakeEggless Whole Wheat Coconut CookiesChocolate Coconut Ice Cream with Crunchy ToppingsJalebi (Sweet)Chocolate Chili Pepper MousseWhole Wheat Carrot Walnut Date Cake Recipe

Making The Chocolate Cake

April 29 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

I have been working on how to make eggless chocolate cake, baking is not what I am good. Some times I like to bake for my grand kids and that I enjoy. Many of my viewers have been requesting to do more cake recipes. I have been trying chocolate cake, I have looked many recipes and to substitute eggs I am still playing with some ingredients, I dont want to use the egg replacer for sure, my choices are tofu, condense milk, yogurt. I have used tofu before to make chocolate brownie and used condense milk for pineapple cake. Both recipes were good but I keep feeling something is missing so last few days I am trying again, my kitchen has been mass and I think I am getting there. For Easter I baked cup cakes using condense milk, kids loved it because I baked thats a good part it is so easy to please your grandkids most of the time or they really know what to say when. This is first time I have tried adding some corn starch and tapioca powder. I like corn starch that made a big different. Today I think it came out good and decided to garnish few pieces with sugar powder and few pieces with chocolate ganache. It was time to get the approval from the family and wow my older granddaughter and son approved. Good thing is you can use same batter for cup cakes or cake. You should see this recipe soon and really hope you will approve because thats count the most and I will wait for your unbiased comment.  

Spinach Couscous Salad

April 16 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Spinach Couscous SaladClick here to view the embedded video. There’s nothing like a fresh salad. They are healthy and contrary to popular belief they can be quite filling and extremely satisfying! Spinach Couscous Salad is made with fresh spinach, arugula, couscous, sliced red grapes, cheese crumbles, pecans and my special house-dressing! Serve 2. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup couscous - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 2 cups spinach, steamed removed and roughly chopped - 2 cups arugula roughly chopped - 1/­­4 cup pecans roasted and roughly chopped - 1/­­2 cup seedless red grapes cut in half - 1/­­2 cup pear cut into bite size pieces - 3 tablespoons feta cheese crumbled - 2/­­3 cup water Dressing - 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 2 teaspoons sugar -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt -  1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper -  1/­­2 teaspoon mustard (rai) powder - 1 teaspoon ginger juice*  Preparation - For dressing: add all the dressing ingredients together mix it well making sure sugar is dissolved. Set aside. * To make ginger juice shred the ginger using fine shredder or zester, and squeeze the juice with fingers. - Boil the water in a saucepan over medium high heat with oil and salt. Add couscous mix it, cover the pan and turn off the heat. Couscous should be ready in about 5-6 minutes, fluff couscous with a fork. Set aside. - Toss spinach, arugula, couscous, pecans, and grapes together pour the dressing over and toss, sprinkle the feta cheese. Enjoy! Related RecipesArugula And Melon SaladColorful Veggie WrapSpinach SaladFinger SandwichesPaneer Curry Pasta SaladKale and Tofu SaladBlack Eyed Pea SaladCucumber SaladCabbage Chana Dal SaladSprouted Moong Salad

Contest 2014 April

April 7 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

For this month’s contest, I thought a fresh fruit salad would be a great way to start the spring season.  The specific rules are the following: - Fruit Salad can consist any type of fruit. - You may use vegetables in the salad, but fruits should be main ingredients. - Salad must be served with a homemade dressing. Be sure to include recipe for the dressing. - I will be judging on creativity and presentation. - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your NAME along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is April 27th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Tomato Rice (Pulao)

April 2 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Tomato Rice (Pulao)Click here to view the embedded video. Tomato rice or pulao has a South Indian flair as I have used samber powder in this recipe. Samber powder is a spice mix used in many South Indian dishes. It has a spicy and tangy flavor. This flavor combined with tomato and rice taste great! This dish will also make a nice lunch box meal. Serves 3 Ingredients: - 1 cup rice - 3 tomatoes chopped, will make 1-1/­­2 cup chopped tomatoes - 3 tablespoons oil - 1/­­4 cup raw shelled peanuts - 1 teaspoon mustard seeds - 1 green chili chopped - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric - 3 teaspoons samber powder, available in Indian grocery store - 1-1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 cup cilantro (hara dhania) chopped - 2 cups of water  Method - Wash and soak the rice in about 3 cups of water for at least 15 minutes. Drain the water and set aside. - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. When moderately hot, add mustard seeds. - When the seeds cracks add peanuts and stir fry for one minute until peanuts are lightly golden brown. - Add about 1 cup chopped tomatoes, green chili, turmeric, sambar powder, salt and cilantro, cook until tomatoes are tender. This should take about 2 minutes. - Add rice and 2 cups of water mix and bring it to boil, lower the heat to low and cover the pen. Let it cook for about 18-20 minutes. Cook until rice is soft and water has evaporated. - Stir the rice gently and add the remaining tomatoes stir gently, cover the pan and let it cook for 2 more minutes. - Serve rice by it self or with yogurt. Enjoy! Related RecipesChickpea Pulav (Chola Biryani, One Pot Meal)Lemon RiceYellow Fried RiceZucchini RiceRice (Plain White)Vegetable BiryaniVegetable Rice (Pulav)Veggie Hash BrownsPoha (Flattened Rice)Sweet Saffron Rice

Cabbage Pickle - Bandh Gobhi Achar

March 26 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Cabbage Pickle - Bandh Gobhi AcharClick here to view the embedded video. Cabbage pickle is a spicy condiment with any meal. This is quick and easy to prepare. Traditionally Indian meals are not complete without pickles /­­ relish. Will make 2-1/­­2 cup Ingredients: - 4 cups cabbage sliced, (patta gobhi, bandh gobhi) - 3 teaspoons mustard seeds coarsely ground, (rai) - 1 teaspoon fennel seeds coarsely ground (saunf) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 teaspoon chili powder adjust to taste - 1-1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1 tablespoon mustard oil (sarso ka tale) this is my preference but you may use olive oil Method - Mix all the ingredients together with the cabbage and put in a glass jar. Set the jar in the sun for three to four hours. - Pickle can be refrigerated for about two weeks. Serving Suggestions - Cabbage pickle can also be used as a side dish. - Use the pickle for sandwiches. Related RecipesCarrot Pickle (Gajar Ka Achar)Ginger RelishRhubarb Chutney (Relish, Pickle)Cranberry Relish, PickleGreen Chili PickleDate And Raisin Chutney (Khajoor and Kishmish Chutney)Hari Chutney – Cilantro ChutneyAloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower)Mango Pickle (Aam ka Achar)Cauliflower Pickle

Aloo Puri - Potatoes with Fried Puffed Bread

March 19 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Aloo Puri - Potatoes with Fried Puffed BreadClick here to view the embedded video. Aloo Puri, spicy potatoes with gravy and puffed whole wheat bread (puri). It is simple and makes a complete meal. This is a popular combination in North India. This can be served for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner. Recipe serves 2. Ingredients: for Aloo (Potatoes with Gravy) - 3 medium size potatoes peeled and cubed in bite size, about 2 cups of cubed potato - 1-1/­­2 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 teaspoon ginger chopped - 1 green chili chopped - 2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1 teaspoon fennel seed crushed - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala - About 2 tablespoon cilantro (hara dhania) finely chopped for Puri - 1 cup whole wheat flour - 1 tablespoon soji /­­ semolina - 1/­­8 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - Approx. 1/­­2 cup water  Also need oil to fry Method - For Aloo: In a small bowl, mix the coriander, fennel, turmeric, chili powder, salt, ginger, and green chili with about 2 tablespoons of water. Set aside. - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. Add cumin seeds, and asafetida, as cumin seeds crack add spice mix and stir fry for about 15 seconds - Add potatoes mix with spices, lower the heat to low medium, cover the pan and let it cook for about three to four minutes stirring once in between. - Add about 1-1/­­2 cups of water and change the heat to medium high heat. As potatoes come to boil cover the pan and lower the heat to medium and let it cook for about eight minutes. - Mix the potatoes and mash some potatoes as mixing the potatoes, this will thickness to gravy. Adjust the water in gravy to your liking; gravy will thicken as it will cool. - Add mango powder, garam masala and cilantro. Mix it well turn off the heat and cover the pan. Aloo is ready to serve hot with Puries. - For Puri: In a bowl mix whole-wheat flour, soji, carom seeds, and salt. Add water as needed to make firm dough. - Oil your palm and knead the dough until it is pliable. Dough for puri should be firm but smooth. - Set the dough aside and cover with a damp cloth. Let the dough rest for 15 minutes or longer. - Divide the dough in 10 equal parts. - Take couple of drops of oil on your palm and roll the dough in balls and press it between your palms. - Roll the dough into about 5-inch diameter. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface, put couple of drops of oil on the rolling pin and a couple of drops of oil on the surface. - You can roll 4 to 5 purees before you start frying, but do not roll all the puries at once or they will begin to dry and not puff. - Heat about one inch of oil in frying pan on medium high heat. To check if oil is hot enough place a small piece of dough in oil and dough should float to the top right away. - Place the puri in the frying pan and press it with a skimmer, puri should puff right away. - Turn puri over. Puri should be light creamy brown from both sides. Take the puri out and place it on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. - Serve puri with Aloo. You can store the puries in covered container after they cool to room temperature. Enjoy! Related RecipesVermicelli Upma-Spicy Noodles-Seviyan UpmaAloo Mattar (Potatoes and Green Peas)Mattar Ke Kachori (Spicy Puff Pastry)Potato in Coconut GravyMushroom Corn Cashew CurrySpicy Squash – Kaddu Ki SubjiChole Palak (Chickpeas With Spinach)Mushroom with peasKhasta KachoriAloo Jeera (Potatoes with Cumin Seeds)

Meethi Matri - Indian Sweet Cracker

March 12 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Meethi Matri - Indian Sweet CrackerClick here to view the embedded video. Meethi matries are delightful crispy and sweet snack made during festivals like Holi and Diwali. You can also serve them as biscuit or cookie. Fennel and cardamom gives very nice and sweet flavor to them. Will make 14 Ingredients: - 1 cup all purpose flour (maida, plain flour) - 1 tablespoon sooji (rava, semolina) - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon fennel seeds crushed - 2 tablespoon oil - Approx. 1/­­3 cup of lukewarm water Oil to fry Syrup - 3/­­4 cup sugar - 1/­­4 cup water Garnish - 1/­­2 teaspoon crushed cardamom - 2 teaspoons pistachios crushed  Method - Mix flour, sooji, salt, fennel seeds and oil in a bowl. Add water as needed to make soft dough. Dont knead the dough. Cover the dough with a damp cloth. Let it rest at least 15 minutes. - Divide the dough into 14 equal parts. Rolling the dough between your palms form into balls. - Roll the dough balls into three inch circles. Prick each matri with a fork 8-10 places on both sides. This will prevent matri not to puff when frying. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. To check if oil is ready put a little piece of dough in the oil. It should make oil lightly sizzle, if dough float instantly oil is too hot. - Fry a few matri at a time. Fry the matries until both sides are a light golden-brown. It should take six to eight minutes. If the matries are fried on high heat, they will not be cooked inside. - Take them out over paper towel so it can absorb the extra oil. - For syrup, in a sauce pan add water, and sugar over medium heat, bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about 2 minutes until syrup is sticky, on candy thermometer it should be 230 degree. - Dip the matri one at a time into the syrup making sure it is coated with syrup all around. - Place the matries on a wire rack to allow the extra syrup drain or over greased plate. - Garnish the matries with cardamom and sliced pistachios while the matries are still moist with syrup. - Matries will be dry in an hour. - Matries can be stored in airtight container up to a month. Enjoy! the delicious Matris.             Related RecipesSpicy Indian (Flour) ChipsMasala PeanutsKhasta KachoriJalebi (Sweet)Shakkar ParaGujiaPuri, Indian Puffed Flat BreadNamak PaareMathri (Salted Crackers)Besan Paare (Spicy Crackers)

Contest 2014 March

March 6 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

This month, we celebrate Holi, which is the festival of colors. During this festival, the host generally offers dry snacks to guests. So the contest this month is to create any type of Dry Snack/­­Appetizer recipe. The specific rules are the following: - It can be any type of dry Snack/­­Appetizer - I will be judging on creativity and presentation - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your name along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is March 26th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Contest 2014 February Winners

March 5 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2014 February WinnersAll the dessert recipes that you submitted looked great. Thank you for participating and sharing them with me. Here are the two winners that I selected at random from the entries. Congratulations to both of you. 1st Place: Harish Arora (baklawa Roll) 2nd Place: Aarti Sharma (Gajar Ka Halwa) Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest.

Malpua (Indian Pancake Dessert)

February 19 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Malpua (Indian Pancake Dessert)Click here to view the embedded video. Malpuas are Indian version of pancake topped with reduced flavored milk known as rabdi… This is a mouth watering classic Indian dessert made for festive occasions. Will serve 3 Ingredients: - 2-1/­­2 cups of milk - 1/­­3 cup all purpose flour (maida plain flour) - 1/­­3 cup sugar - Approx. 1/­­3 cup water use as needed - 1/­­2 teaspoon cardamom crushed (ilachi) - 2 tablespoons clarified butter (ghee) - 2 tablespoons sliced pistachios (pista) for garnishing  Method - Boil milk in heavy bottom pan over medium high heat till it reduces to about 1 cup, stir the milk occasionally and keep scrapping the sides. Add the cardamom and mix. This should take about 15 minutes after milk comes to boil. This is known as rabdi. - In a bowl mix flour, 1/­­3 cup of sugar, 1/­­3 cup of milk, and about 1/­­3 cup or as needed water to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency. Keep the batter for about four to five hours before making the malpua. - Add the remaining sugar to remaining milk (rabdi) and mix, set aside. This will be used for garnishing. - Heat the non stick skillet over medium heat and grease it generously. Let the skillet get moderately hot. - Pour approx. 1-1/­­4 tablespoons batter to the skillet and gently spread to 2-1/­­2 inch circle, to form a pancake. After top of the batter start drying spread about 1/­­2 teaspoon of clarified butter. Wait another minute and flip the malpua. - Malpua should be golden brown on both sides. - Set the malpuas in serving plate and pour about 1 teaspoon of reduced milk over and garnish with pistachios. - Malpuas are ready to serve. Related RecipesBalushahi (Indian Buttermilk Donut)Shahi PaneerShahi Toast (Eggless Bread Pudding)Mawa Kachori (Puffed Pastry)Banana Puri (Kela Ke Puri)Meethi Seviyan /­­ Sweet VermicelliBesan Ki Burfi (Gram Flour Fudge)Gulab JamunKulfi (Indian Eggless Ice Cream)Nan Khatai

Batata Vada - Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)

February 13 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Batata Vada - Aloo Bonda (Fried Potato Dumpling)Click here to view the embedded video. Batata Vada also known as aloo bonda, deep fried savory appetizer made with spicy potato mix. When they are serve hot they are crispy outside and soft inside. This is a very popular street food in Mumbai. Serves 3 Ingredients: - 3 medium potatoes boiled peeled and roughly chopped (this will make 2 cups of chopped potatoes) - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon black mustard seeds (rai) - 7-10 curry leaves chopped, optional - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger - 1 green chili finely chopped adjust to taste - 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste For Batter - 1/­­2 cup besan, gram flour (available in Indian grocery stores) - 1 tablespoon rice flour - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1/­­4 teaspoon baking powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon red pepper - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - About 1/­­4 cup of waterOil to fry Method Batter - In a bowl mix besan, rice flour, salt, asafetida, pepper, and baking powder. Add water slowly to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside. Vada - Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat moderately. - Add mustard seeds as the seeds crack add curry leaves, (curry leaves splatters) potatoes, ginger, green chili, turmeric, and salt. - Stir fry for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Add cilantro mix it well. Turn of the heat. - Let the potato mix cool off, divide them into about 12 pieces and make them into smooth round ball, they will be little smaller then golf ball. - Heat about 1of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away. - Dip the potato balls into the batter one at a time, making sure the potato balls are completely covered with batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan. - Turn them occasionally. Fry the batata vadas until all sides are golden-brown. - Batata vadas will take about four minutes to cook. - Serve them hot with cilantro chutney.  Variations Serve them with sandwich buns using cilantro chutney as spread. Now this is known as Vada pav, another famous street food in Mumbai. Related RecipesMasala French FriesVegetable PakorasPotato Paneer TotsSpicy PotatoesSamosaMedu VadaChola Tikki (Chickpeas Patties)Aloo Jeera (Potatoes with Cumin Seeds)Papdi (papri) ChaatAloo (Potato) Masala for Dosa

Sarson Ka Saag - Mustard Greens with Spinach

February 5 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Sarson Ka Saag - Mustard Greens with SpinachClick here to view the embedded video. Sarson Ka Saag, mustard greens with spinach is a healthy and easy to prepare dish. Sarson ka saag is a all time favorite punjabi dish. Traditionally this is served with maki ki rote (maize flat bread) and gur (unrefined cane sugar). Serves 3-4 Ingredients: - 4 cups packed mustard leaves chopped (sarson) - 4 cups packed spinach leaves chopped (palak) - 1 tablespoon ginger finely shredded - 2 green chili chopped (adjust to taste) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric - 1/­­4 cup corn flour (maki ka atta, maize) - 4 tablespoons ghee/­­ clarified butter For seasoning - 2 tablespoons ghee/­­ clarified butter - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) -  1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder Method - Mix corn flour with 1/­­2 cup of water and keep aside. - In a heavy bottom pan boil the mustard, and spinach leaves, 4 tablespoons ghee/­­ clarified butter, salt, turmeric, ginger and green chili with one cup of water over medium high heat. - After greens come to boil cover the pan and turn heat down to medium. Cook for approximately 30 minutes; stir 3-4 times in between. Greens should be well cook and mushy; they will become about 1/­­3 in volume. - Add corn flour mixture and mix it well and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. Stir 3-4 times in between. Saag should be cook well all the ingredients nicely integrated together. - For seasoning heat the ghee/­­ clairfied butter in small pan, ghee should be moderately hot. Add cumin seeds they should crack right a way. Add asafetida and red chilies stir for few second and add to the saag. Mix it well. - Sarson ka saag is ready. Serve hot with maki ki roti, naan or Thandoori Roti. Related RecipesPalak (Spinach) PaneerSpinach ParathaKela Ki Subji (Banana Curry)Chole Palak (Chickpeas With Spinach)Mushroom Corn Cashew CurryBesan Ki Roti Dal MakhaniGreen Beans and PeasMoong Dal With SpinachButter Paneer Masala

Contest 2014 January Winners

February 5 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2014 January WinnersThere were a good number of entries for January contest and many sent baked versions of the classic samosa recipe which was great. In fact, both top two entries I selected were baked samosas. There were other unique variations like pizza which was interesting. I enjoyed reviewing all the entries. Here are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Money Bag Baked Samosas with Savory Pongal Filling by Adelina Srinivasan 2nd Place: Samosa Tokri Chat by Dipti Joshi Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Janvi - Bhakti - Ria - Maitreyee Pandit - Sagarika - shruti soumya panigrahi - Allicens Chandler - Meenakshi Kapur - Hidemi Walsh - Aparna Anurag - Richa Gupta - Srividhya - Gia - Neelam Sutar - Rangadevi dasi - Priyanka Tyagi - Jiya Dixit - Kiran Jain - Mita Rana - Richa Gupta - Bharti ben Patel - Nayana Mukundan - Nav Sidhu - Richa Agarwal - Payal Pancholi - Priyank shukla - Neetu Sharma - Priscilla J - Akhilesh Kumar - Samantha Reddy - Randhir Damley - Nobuko Yamashita - Esha Kothari - Nibedita - Emily M. Walsh

Lauki ka Raita - Bottle Gourd with Yogurt

January 24 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Lauki ka Raita - Bottle Gourd with YogurtClick here to view the embedded video. Lauki raita is a refreshing yogurt-based dish made with spiced lauki and yogurt. Lauki is also known as bottle gourd, doodhi, ghia. Lauki raita is healthy and tastes delicious. Serve this as a side dish with any Indian flat bread or over the rice. Will serve 2 Ingredients: - 1 cups yogurt (curd, dahi) - Approx. 1/­­2 cup milk, use as needed - 1 cup lauki grated (bottle gourd, doodhi, ghia) - 2 teaspoon oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 whole red chilies (lal mirch) - 1 teaspoon ginger finely chopped (adrak) - 1 teaspoon green chilies finely chopped - 3 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt  Method - Whip the yogurt and add the milk as needed to make the consistency of pancake batter, set aside. - Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium high heat. - Add the cumin seeds and asafetida. After the cumin seeds crack, add red chilies. Stir-fry a few seconds. - Add lauki, ginger, green chilies, cilantro and stir-fry until most of the water has evaporated and lauki is tender. This should take about four to five minutes. - After the lauki cools, mix it well into the yogurt. - Add more milk if needed. - For best results, serve chilled. Related RecipesLaucki Kheer (Bottle Gourd Pudding)Laucki Chana Dal (Bottle Gourd, Ghiya, Doodhi)Spicy Squash – Kaddu Ki SubjiHow To Make YogurtShrikhand – Sweet Flavorful YogurtMasala ZucchiniSpicy Squash CakesZucchini RiceSpinach RaitaButternut Squash Gnocchi in Coconut Curry Sauce

Til Ka Ladoo - Sesame Candy

January 10 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Til Ka Ladoo - Sesame CandyClick here to view the embedded video. Til ka ladoo is a traditional winter sweet. This is a simple recipe made with til and jaggery. Til is sesame seed and jaggery is unrefined cane sugar. You can also enjoy them as sesame candy. Til ka ladoos are also made on various festivals especially for Makar Sankranti. Recipe will make 20 ladoos Ingredients: - 1 cup sesame seeds, til - 1 cup jaggery or gur broken in small pieces, available at Indian grocery store - 3 tablespoons clarified butter, ghee - 1/­­2 teaspoon crushed cardamom - 1/­­2 cup water Method - Grease a plate and set aside. - In a frying pan roast the sesame seeds on medium heat stirring continuously. Sesame seeds will become light golden brown. This should take 4-5 minutes. Take the seeds out in a bowl. Set aside. - In the same frying pan heat the water and add the jaggery. - Simmer over medium heat till it starts caramelizing and forms a ball when you add a drop of syrup in cold water. This should take 4-5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low. - Add ghee, cardamom, and roasted sesame seeds mix it thoroughly with melted jaggery. - Transfer it in greased plate; take one tablespoon of mixture in your palm and make them into round ball, this should be half the size of golf balls. - Make all the ladoos while mix is still warm. - Sesame seed ladoo can be stored for months. Variation: Til Ka Ladoo can be also made as burfi. Related RecipesTil ki Burfi (Sesame Seed Burfi)Almond Brittle (Almond Chikki)Flax Seed Burfi (Flaxseed Healthy Bar)Kulfi (Indian Eggless Ice Cream)Almond Cashew BurfiPaneer Kheer with StrawberryVegan Jello (Gelatin Free Jello)Mohan Thal (Gram Flour Fudge)PEDA (Indian Sweet)Achari Paneer

Contest 2013 December Winners

January 6 2014 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2013 December WinnersI hope everyone had a great holiday break and a very happy New Year. There were a lot of entries for December which were all really good. It was really difficult to narrow down the selection to five entries only. I wish I could select all the recipes, but here are the winners this month and the top five entries. Congratulations to the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Vanilla Panna Cotta with Orange Gelee by Maitreyee 2nd Place: Whole Wheat Carrot Walnut Date Cake by Shilpa Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Haffa Bexi - Melanie Booth - aayushi - Sowmya C - Manjula - Hidemi Walsh - Priya Ramesh - Roshna Nimil - Priyanka Tyagi - Sagarika Sadhukhan - Nandy - Smriti Bajaj - Vinita Shukla - Akhila Bhatt - Vinaya Dani - Babitha Costa - Shruti Soumya Panigrahi - Sarita Nagdev - Rachna - Asha - Sapana Behl - Bindu Rao - Monika Aggarwal - Sabeeha Siddiqha - Sheela Belur - Vrinda Mahesh - Aakanksha Soni - Jonnadula madhu - Amber Saleem - Bharti ben Patel - Rangadevi dasi - Currysutra - Rajesh Karthikeyan - Ami Patwari - Juliana Palmcook - Maya Vuppala - Anamika Sachdeva - Ayesha Banu - Shannon Li - Arthii Vijayakumar - Zev Winicur - Anu Saxena - Rameshwari Bansod - Dimple - Seema Mehta - Vedika Luthra - Divya Ravindran - Nisha Saraogi - Sabina Biju - Pragati Verma - Sahaana Chandran - Nibedita - Dipti Joshi - Saurabh Aggarwal - Mir Ali - Vijaya

Vermicelli Upma-Spicy Noodles-Seviyan Upma

December 28 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Vermicelli Upma-Spicy Noodles-Seviyan UpmaClick here to view the embedded video. Vermicelli Upma is a healthy, tasty and colorful dish. It is equally great for breakfast or snack. Vermicelli is also known as seviyan. This is an easy recipe to make. Recipe will serve 2-3 Ingredients: - 1-1/­­2 cup vermicelli roasted, available in Indian grocery stores - 1/­­2 cup carrots cut into small pieces - 1/­­2 cup green beans cut into small pieces - 1/­­2 cup corn kernels I am using frozen corn - 3 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon mustard seeds/­­rai - 8-10 curry leaves - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric/­­haldi - 1 green chili finely chopped - 1-1/­­4 teaspoons of salt, adjust to taste - 2 teaspoons lemon juice - 3 cups water - 1/­­4 cup cashews broken fro garnishing Method - Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over low- medium heat, roast the cashews stirring continuously until they are light golden brown. It will take about 2 minutes. - Turn off the heat and take out the cashews over paper towel. - Use the same saucepan and add the remaining oil, heat the oil over medium heat until it is moderately hot. Add the mustard seeds as seeds crack add curry leaves and green chili, stir-fry for few seconds. Be careful curry leaves splatter. - Add carrots, green beans, corn, turmeric, and salt stir-fry for 3 minutes over medium heat. Add vermicelli and gently mix them with vegetables, add water. Bring it to boil over high-medium heat. - As vegetables come to boil reduce the heat to low and cover the pan. Let it cook till all the water has evaporated. Stir in between once, it will take about 10 minutes. Vermicelli should be moist. - Gently stir in the lemon juice, garnish with roasted cashews. - Serve hot.   Related RecipesMeethi Seviyan /­­ Sweet VermicelliSpicy Green PeasCereal Chivda (Snack)Shahi Toast (Eggless Bread Pudding)Matar (Matra) ChaatMasala Papad (Papad Salad)Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)Crispy Spinach PakorasSpinach (Palak) ChaatPoha (Flattened Rice)

Contest 2013 November Winners

December 4 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

I hope everyone had a wonderful thanksgiving last week. I enjoyed reading all the things everyone is thankful for this year. Thank you for sharing them with me. Here are the two winners that I selected at random from the posts. Congratulations to both of you. 1st Place: Snygg 2nd Place: Bhawya Thank you to everyone else that participated in the contest.

Contest 2013 November

November 7 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

This month’s contest is really simple. I want to know what you are most thankful for in your life? All you have to do is post your answer to the discussion forum on the Thanksgiving Forum topic that I have created. Two winners will be selected randomly from all the forum post entries. Below is my checklist: - You will not have email me anything this time. You can simply leave a posting on the Thanksgiving forum topic. - If you are creating a new account for the forum, please enter your email address so that I can contact you after the contest is over. Don’t worry, your email address will not be public (only I will be able to see it). - The deadline is November 30th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Chickpea and Spinach Spread - Hummus

October 26 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Chickpea and Spinach Spread - HummusClick here to view the embedded video. Chickpea and spinach spread also known as Hummus. This healthy and delicious spread also can be served as spread. Recipe will make 16 oz Ingredients: - 1 15oz can chickpeas (garbanzo beans, kabule chana,) - 2 tablespoons roasted sesame seeds (til) - 1 cup spinach leaves all the stems removed - 1-1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 2 serrano green chili chopped adjust to taste - 2 tablespoons lemon juice - 2 tablespoons olive oil Method - Drain the liquid from can of chickpeas, wash them well and drain the water. - In a food processor all the ingredients except oil, blend it to make smooth paste. - Add oil and mix it again. Chickpea spread is ready. Serving Suggestions - Chickpea and Spinach Spread can be served with grilled pita bread, crackers, chips, or with fresh veggies. You can also serve this as chutney. Related RecipesSpinach RaitaEggplant Roti WrapTomato ChutneyTamarind ChutneyCorn BruschettaGinger Relishwhen almond meets cashewMango Pickle (Aam ka Achar)Cauliflower PickleCarrot Pickle (Gajar Ka Achar)

Diwali Preparations are Underway...

October 18 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Diwali is around the corner. It’s an exciting time of year and I am already in the midst of decorating the house. I am planning on putting festive lights outside of the house. Then I will do some Rangoli designs on the front porch, also incorporating some fresh flowers. Of course I will decorate the house with some flameless candles as well. My granddaughters love helping me decorate for Diwali. I also like to incorporate games during Diwali. This year, I plan on creating a treasure hunt for the kids (similar to an Easter Egg Hunt). This is always a hit with the grandchildren, even my 12 year old granddaughter! Most important in preparing for Diwali, is the FOOD! I believe food truly brings the family and loved ones together. I love making easy home-cooked snacks as Diwali gifts. I think its a thoughtful and heartfelt gift. Some of my ideas for snacks are Spicy Cashews, Nan Khatai, Til Ki Burfi, and Almond Brittle.  This year I am planning two Diwali dinners. One dinner will be an intimate dinner with just family. The following day I am hosting another dinner with just friends. I have not finalized the menu yet. However, I am planning to make some sweets in advance. This will ease my work load and stress levels as Diwali approaches! My must-have sweets for Diwali include Gujias, Gulab Jamun and Chocolate Sandesh . I think this variety of desserts will please everyone. I plan to finalize my Diwali dinner menu very soon and will keep you updated!      

Cucumber Salad

October 10 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Cucumber SaladClick here to view the embedded video. This is a fresh and easy cucumber salad recipe, with a creamy dressing and has touch of fennel seeds. This is a refreshing and healthy low cal Salad and looks beautiful. Recipe serves 2. Ingredients: - 2 cup cucumber thinly sliced - 2 tablespoons cashews coarsely ground - 1 tablespoon mint finely chopped for Dressing - 1 tablespoon olive oil - 2 teaspoon lemon juice -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­8 teaspoon black paper - 2 teaspoon ginger juice * - 1 teaspoon fennel seeds coarsely ground Method - Dressing; in a bowl mix all the ingredients for dressing and mix it well. Set aside. - Peel the cucumber leaving strips of skin, cut vertically and slice them thin, slice cucumber should look like 1/­­2 moons. - Toss cucumber with ground cashews and mint, coating the cucumber slices nicely with cashews. - Just before serving add the dressing and mix it well. This is a refreshing and healthy low cal Salad, tempting to be tasted. Enjoy! Notes - *To make the ginger juices shred the ginger using fine shredder or zester and squeeze it with your finger, very easy to make. - If you are allergic to nuts make the salad without cashews, still Cucumber Salad with taste great. Related RecipesCucumber CoolerCabbage Chana Dal SaladSpinach SaladBlack Eyed Pea SaladCarrot and Moong Dal SaladFruit ChaatSprouted Moong SaladArugula And Melon SaladTomato SoupMoong Dal Soup

Contest 2013 September Winners

October 5 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2013 September WinnersI received a lot of entries for September – it was really nice to see so many great uses of corn for this contest. I enjoyed going through all of the entries, but of course I could only select what I felt were the best five recipes. Here are my top picks for this month. I would like to congratulate the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Cecilia (Double Corn Tortillas) 2nd Place: Nibedita (Spicy Corn Patties) Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Tanisha Thakkar - Anitha Kirubakaran - Tasneem Zafar - Santoshbangar - Shruti J - S.Vasumathi - Prajusha - Sana Saud - Abijita - Ramya Indurthi - Suhasini Rauthu - Hidemi Walsch - Deepalakshmi - HSharma - Vaishali Leuva - Mithila Singhvi - Latha Pai - Bhawna - Divya Ravindran - Pritam Hemnani - Saketh Indurthi - Saradhi Indurthi - M.Nagalakshmi - Vaijayanti Saraf - Nikita Kapadia - Sravani Kode - Anupama - Prajna Prabhu - Vijaya Saradhi - Amrita Bhansali - Priya Ramesh - Lucky - Sohani Pandey - Sayli Patli - Palak Panchal - Shruti Soumya Panigrahi - Chhaya Thakkar - Gauri Naik - S. Brindha - Santosh Pandey - Gia - Harika Nandigam - Shazia Wahid - Jayshree - Poornima molri - Rehana Khambaty - Hamdha Azeez - Prashanthi - Khushboo Thakkar - Deepali - Shweta Agrawal - Pooja Agrawal - clpkitsap - Vijayalaxmi - Falak - Urvashi Pandey - Sudakshina - Dipti Joshi - Quratulain Noor - Naresh Prabhu - Brenda Toon - Swati Arja - Swathi Poondla - Emily M. Walsh - Iswarya Asokan - Minakshi Sharma - Meenu - Devangi Raval

Pineapple Coconut Kheer

October 3 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Pineapple Coconut KheerClick here to view the embedded video. Pineapple Kheer is a fruity twist to the favorite Indian dessert Rice Kheer. Caramelized Pineapple adds a very pleasing and tempting flavor to this Kheer. Recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 2-1/­­2 cup milk - 3/­­4 cup coconut milk - 2 tablespoon shredded coconut fresh (I am using frozen, available Indian grocery stores) - 2 teaspoons corn starch or arrow root - 1 can pineapple 20oz unsweetened - 1/­­3 cup + 1 tablespoons sugar - 1 tablespoon pistachios sliced for garnishing Method - In a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat boil the milk, coconut milk, coconut, and 1 tablespoon of sugar together. - After milk comes to boil lower the heat to medium and let it boil for about 18-20 minutes, stir the milk and scrape the sides occasionally. - In a small bowl mix corn starch /­­ arrow root with 2 spoons of water well, making sure there are no lumps, - Add corn starch to the boiling milk, mix it well and boil for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and mix the milk for few seconds. Set aside. - Drain the syrup from pineapple, and slice them into about 3/­­4 inch cubes, save half the cubes and other half blend crush. - In a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat cook the pineapple cubes with remaining 1/­­2 cup of sugar, keep stirring occasionally. Slowly pineapple will start caramelized; this should take about 4-5 minutes. - Take out half the pineapple over generously greased wax paper or parchment paper to garnish. - Next add crushed pineapple to the remaining pineapple and cook for another 2-3 minutes till caramelized. Set aside. - After milk and pineapple comes to room temperature fold them together. It is very important to make sure both are at room temperature or cold otherwise milk will separate like in paneer. - Serve Pineapple Coconut Kheer chilled. Garnish with caramelized pineapple and pistachios. Enjoy! Related RecipesMango Ice CreamSabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)Chocolate Sandesh (Truffles)Paneer Kheer with StrawberryCoconut BurfiSweet Saffron RiceKheer (Rice Pudding)Pista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)Meethi Seviyan /­­ Sweet VermicelliChum Chum

New Chocolate Sandesh (Truffles)

September 27 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

New Chocolate Sandesh (Truffles)Click here to view the embedded video. Sandesh is a delicacy of Bengal. Chocolate flavored Sandesh is truly unique. This is very simple to make with few ingredients, milk, sugar and the flavor of your choice. This recipe will make 18 Sandesh. Ingredients: - 8 cups milk 1/­­2 gallon - 1/­­4 cup lemon juice - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 2 teaspoons coco powder For Garnishing - 3 tablespoon semisweet chocolate chips - 2 tablespoon heavy cream - 2 tablespoons sliced pistachios Method - To make Paneer: Mix lemon juice in half cup of hot water and keep aside. - Boil the milk in a heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. - As the milk comes to a boil, add the lemon juice gradually and stir the milk gently. The curd will start separating from the whey, turn off the heat. - Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth. - Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well. - To take excess water out, press the wrapped paneer under a heavy pan for about 1 hour. - Making Sandesh: Once the paneer is drained, place on a dry, clean surface and knead the paneer until the paneer is almost rolls into smooth soft dough. - Add the sugar and coco powder into the paneer and knead the paneer again until sugar and coco powder is mixed well. - Next on low heat cook the paneer mixture stirring continuously until paneer starts coming together as soft dough. This should take about 6 to 7 minutes. This is most important step to this dish; you are just cooking paneer enough to take out the rawness. If you over cook the paneer it will become grainy. - Turn off the heat and refrigerate the paneer for about an hour. - Divide the paneer into 18 equal parts and roll them making them in ball shape. - Refrigerate the Sandesh while preparing the chocolate Ganache for topping. - Chocolate Ganache: Heat the heavy cream, do hot boil, pour it over chocolate chips and mix it well for about a minute until it is smooth and shiny chocolate syrup consistency. - Pour the syrup in one corner of zip log bag and make a very small hole to drizzle the syrup on Sandesh, or use the icing bag. - Take out the Sandesh from refrigerator and drizzle the chocolate syrup over and garnish with few slices of pistachios. - Sandesh is ready - Refrigerate them for few hours before serving. Serve them chilled! And Enjoy delicious Sandesh Note Sandesh can be refrigerated for about one week.           Related RecipesFlax Seed Burfi (Flaxseed Healthy Bar)Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)Mango Ice CreamBengali RasgullaSandeshCoconut BurfiTil ki Burfi (Sesame Seed Burfi)Almond Cashew BurfiBadam Burfi (Almond Candy)How to make Paneer

Kulfi (Indian Eggless Ice Cream)

September 15 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Kulfi (Indian Eggless Ice Cream)Click here to view the embedded video. Kulfi is an eggless Indian ice cream. This is a simple and delicious dessert made with milk and sugar. Kulfi is very popular with street vendors, especially in summer. This is an easy recipe to make and Kulfi is an absolute treat for both young and old. This recipe will make 6-8 Ingredients: - 4 cup milk - 3/­­4 cup heavy cream - 3/­­4 cup sugar - 2 teaspoons corn starch - 1/­­2 teaspoon agar-agar (sea weed works as a vegetarian gelatin) - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamoms crushed Method - In a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat boil the milk, heavy cream, and sugar together. - After milk comes to boil lower the heat to medium and let it boil for about 35 minutes, stir the milk occasionally and clean the sides preventing milk not to make a ring on sides. Because of cream, milk does not burn in bottom of the pan. - In a small bowl mix corn starch, agar-agar, and cardamom with 2 spoons of water really well making sure there are no lumps, - Add to the boiling milk mix it well, boil for about 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and mix the milk for about a minute. - Let it cool and pour into the molds, use Kulfi molds, Popsicle molds or small cups. I am using 3 oz plastic cups. - Freeze for about 5 hours, before Kulfi is ready to serve. Suggestions You can flavor Kulfi with saffron or vanilla and add the nuts of your choice. Related RecipesPista Kulfi (Pistachio Ice Cream)Mango Ice CreamPaneer Kheer with StrawberryPistachio Phirni (Rice Pudding)Peach Phirni (Rice Pudding)Coconut BurfiSweet Saffron RiceStrawberryOrange PopsicleKheer (Rice Pudding)Sweet Potato Halwa (Eggless Pudding)

Spicy Indian (Flour) Chips

September 8 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Spicy Indian (Flour) ChipsClick here to view the embedded video. If you like chips, and you like spicy food, these chips are for you. This is a quick and easy recipe. I have used flour tortillas and flavored them with Indian spice mix. They are hard to resist you will say just one more. Recipe will serve 6, Ingredients: - 4 flour tortillas uncooked I am using 8 diameter tortillas - Oil to fry Spice Mix - 1 teaspoon dry mint leaves available at Indian grocery store - 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala available Indian grocery store - 1/­­2 teaspoon black salt available in Indian grocery store - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) available Indian grocery store - Generous pinch of citric acid (nimbu ka sat) Method - Spice mix, in a bowl mix all the spices really well. Set aside. - Prick the tortillas from both sides, this will limit chips from puffing and make them crisp. - Cut each tortilla in 8 triangles, like slicing pizza. - Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of tortilla in the oil. The tortilla should sizzle and come up slowly. - Fry them in small batches until both sides are a light golden-brown, this should take about 3 minutes. - Take them out in a plate and sprinkle the spice mix on both sides right away, before they are dry. This will keep the spices on the chips. Repeat the process until all the chips are done. - After the chips cool to room temperature they can be stored in airtight container for 1 month. - Enjoy! Suggestions - For Fried Tortillas If you dont find uncooked tortillas use thin tortillas. - Fried tortillas store well in air tight container for a month. - Fried tortillas can be served in many different ways; a quick and easy way is to make Papdi Chaat. Serve them with Chole Chaat or Matra Chaat and I am sure you can find many other ways to serve them. - For Spice mix Make spice mix in a big batch and use it like Chaat Masala over the sliced fruits, salad, with yogurt. I am sure you can find many other ways to use this spice mix.   Related RecipesMasala PeanutsMattar Ke Kachori (Spicy Puff Pastry)Masala French FriesSpicy CashewsVegetable PakorasPeanut ChaatMathri (Salted Crackers)Chole Chaat (Spicy Chickpeas)Khasta KachoriSpicy Potatoes

Dal Pakwan (Sindhi Breakfast)

September 6 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Dal Pakwan (Sindhi Breakfast)Click here to view the embedded video. Dal Pakwan is an authentic breakfast delicacy in Sindhi homes. Crisp flavored puries known as Pakwan served with spicy dal topped with chutney. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1 cup chana dal (Bengal gram) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 turmeric (haldi) - 1 tablespoon ginger finely chopped - 1 green chili chopped - 1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) Seasoning: - 2 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 6-7 curry leaves Pakwan (Crisp Puries known as Pakwan): - 1 cup all purpose flour (maida/­­plain flour) - 1/­­4 cup semolina (sooji) - 1/­­4 teaspoon of salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 2 tablespoon oil - Approx. 1/­­3 cup of waterOil to fry Also need tamarind chutney for serving, check the recipe on my website Method - Cooking Dal: Wash and soak chana dal for at least 2 hours in 3 cups of water. - Drain the water and in pressure cooker add dal, 2-1/­­2 cups of water, salt, turmeric, green chili, and ginger, close the cooker and cook over medium high heat. - As the pressure cooker starts steaming turn the heat down to medium and cook for about 4 minutes. - Turn off the heat and wait until steam has stopped before opening the pressure cooker. - Dal should be soft well-cooked but not mushy. Add black pepper, mango powder and garam masala, mix it well. Dal should be thick in consistency. - Seasoning: Heat the oil in a saucepan. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready. - Add cumin seeds, after seeds crack add curry leaves stir for few seconds and pour over dal mix it well and set aside. Curry leaves splatter be careful. - Pakwan: Crisp Puries known as Pakwan: Mix flour, sooji, salt, cumin seeds, and oil. Add enough water to make firm dough. Knead the dough well. - Set the dough aside and let it sit for at least 15 minutes or longer. - Divide the dough in 10 equal parts, Roll the dough into about 5-inch diameter. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface, put couple of drops of oil on the rolling pin and a couple of drops of oil on the surface. - Prick the rolled dough all over with a fork. This will limit puries from puffing and make them crisp. - Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have at about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should sizzle and come up slowly. - Fry 2-3 puries at time until both sides are a light golden-brown. - Transfer puries over paper towel, it will absorb the extra oil. - After the puries cool to room temperature they should be crisp. Puries can be stored in airtight container for 1 month. - Serve Pakwan with hot dal with drizzle of tamarind chutney. Related RecipesFalafel SandwichPuri, Indian Puffed Flat BreadMatar (Matra) ChaatPeanut ChaatPoha (Flattened Rice)Potato Curry with Yogurt GravyBanana Puri (Kela Ke Puri)Moong Dal Vada (Bhajia-Pakoras-Fritters)Spicy Green PeasRava Dosa

Sindhi Kadhi (Vegetable in Gram Flour Gravy)

August 22 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Sindhi Kadhi (Vegetable in Gram Flour Gravy)Click here to view the embedded video. Sindhi Kadhi is very delicious and nutritious. This tangy Kadhi is made with roasted besan, (gram flour) and mix of vegetables. Traditionally it is served with rice and also can be served as a soup. Recipe will serve 3. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup gram flour (besan) - 3 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (mathi) - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 3 whole red peppers - Approx. 10 curry leaves - 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 teaspoon red chili powder adjust to taste - 1 tablespoon grated ginger - Approx. 3 tablespoons tamarind pulp (imli) - 1-1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 2 cups of mixed vegetables (I am using 8 okras slit into 2 vertically, 1/­­4 cup carrots sliced in rounds, 1 small potato cubed, 1/­­4 cup cut green beans about 1 inch longs) - Also need 1 tablespoon oil for stir-fry okra - 5 cups of water Method - Wash and dry the okra. Remove the top of the okra and stir-fry in 1 tablespoon of oil over medium high heat until they are tender. Set aside. - Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium high heat, add fenugreek seed, and cumin seeds, as seeds crack add asafetida, red pepper, ginger, and curry leaves stir for few seconds. - Reduce the heat to medium and add besan. Roast the besan stirring continually till the besan has become golden brown and aromatic (about 4-5 minutes). - Add about 4 cups of water slowly, stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps. - Add turmeric, salt, potatoes, green beans and carrots. - After Kadhi comes to boil, lower the heat to low medium and cover the pan and let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes, until vegetables are tender. If needed add more water, this should be running consistency but not watery. - Add okra and tamarind pulp to Kadhi, after kadhi comes to boil, let it simmer for another 6-7minutes over medium low heat. - Serve hot. Sindhi kadhi taste great with rice or serve as a soup. Related RecipesRajma Chawal (Kidney Bean Curry)Sambar (Spicy Lentil Soup)Moong Dal SoupChola (Chana Masala)Stir-Fry Cabbage SaladBlack Eyed Beans (Lobia)Fruit ChaatVegetable SoupLaucki Chana Dal (Bottle Gourd, Ghiya, Doodhi)Chole Palak (Chickpeas With Spinach)

Contest 2013 August

August 5 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

This month’s contest will be another tropical fruit – the MANGO. There are so many things you can make with mangoes. I look forward to your creative recipe ideas. The specific rules are the following: - You can do any type of recipe (appetizer, dessert, etc) - You have to use Mango as the main ingredient. It can be ripened or unripened mango. - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your NAME along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is August 26th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Meethi Seviyan / Sweet Vermicelli

August 2 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Meethi Seviyan / Sweet VermicelliClick here to view the embedded video. Seviyan in English known as Vermicelli they are like thin spaghetti and used many different ways, making sweet and savory dishes. Meethi Seviyan is a delicious and quick dessert. This is made for many festive occasions, also can be served for breakfast. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1 cup seviyan/­­vermicelli broken in small pieces - 2 tablespoon unsalted butter or ghee - 1-3/­­4 cups water - Pinch salt - 3/­­4 cup sugar - 2 tablespoons sliced almonds and pistachios - 4 cardamoms shelled and crushed - Few strings of saffron Method - Melt the butter in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat. Add vermicelli and stir fry until golden brown this should take about 3-4 minutes. - Add water and salt. Increase the heat to medium high and bring it to boil. After watering is boiling reduce the heat to low medium and cover the pan - Cook till vermicellis are soft and the water is absorbed but not dry. If vermicelli gets dry it will become hard after adding sugar, add 1-2 spoons of water before adding the sugar. -  Add sugar, raisins, cardamoms, crushed saffron, almonds and pistachios (save some almonds and pistachios for garnishing). Mix it well and cook for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Turn off the heat, cover the pan and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. - Serve Meethi Seviyan warm, garnish with pistachios and almonds.           Related RecipesShahi Toast (Eggless Bread Pudding)Basen LadooKheer (Rice Pudding)Sweet Saffron RiceBadam Burfi (Almond Candy)Sooji HalwaLaucki Kheer (Bottle Gourd Pudding)Moong Dal HalwaMawa Kachori (Puffed Pastry)Gulab Jamun

Menu Suggestions for Lunch/Dinner

July 15 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

What’s for lunch/­­dinner? This is a question most of us struggle with on a daily basis. When I ask my husband Alex what I should cook for our meals, his answer has been the same for the past 45 years! It’s that I should give him some choices and he will then select his preference. So I have decided to come up with some great, easy, and healthy choices for lunch and dinner. It’s a long time overdue and no more excuses! I would love to get your thoughts on these suggestions and if you find them helpful. Check out the below menu for one week’s worth of lunches/­­dinners. I have also provided some tips and suggestions to make it easy. It may be helpful to read the entire menu before and make a shopping list for the ingredients you need. Plan to do your shopping the day before you cook. Lunch Menu: These are great at home or pack in a lunchbox for the office. - Chickpea Pulav with yogurtYogurt Rice (this recipe is also good using leftover white rice) - Vegetable Frankie (you may use the ready made tortillas and they taste good warm or cold.) - Carrot Moong Dal Salad and Tomato SoupQuinoa Vegetable Pilaf For an informal lunch with friends: - Aloo Paratha, Tomato Chutney, Matar Paneer, and Yogurt (it is easy to use the store bought paneer) - You can also serve a simple salad sliced tomatoes and cucumber sprinkle with salt, black pepper, and lemon juice - Lemonade will be great for summer Dinner: These are great everyday options for home. - Vegetable Curry with plain rice and or Roti - Spinach Pasta and Vegetable Soup - Mixed Dal, Gajar Mattar, or Aloo Methi, Plain rice and Roti or Paratha - Rajma and plain rice. - Besan Puda (This is a super simple recipe that is good for breakfast, lunch or dinner) For a special get together, try the below: - Appetizer: Papdi Chaat (You can make the Papdi in advance and it lasts for weeks, or you can fry uncooked tortillas cut in the Papdi shape. Remember, chutneys and yogurt should be always in fridge!) - Masala Papad (You can grill the papads in advance and keep them in air tight container.) - Drink: Mango Lassi - Main Meal: Cabbage Kofta, Green Beans and Peas, Spinach Raita, rice, roti or Paratha (Kofta can be made in advance as they freeze well and can be stored for about a month. When you are ready to cook them, make the gravy, defrost the kofta and prepare like the recipe suggest.) (You can make extra Green Beans and peas as they make great sandwiches and Wrap with the leftovers) - Dessert: Refreshing Fruit Cream is great for a summer dessert. Finish up with a hot cup of Chai Masala Tea. Additional Suggestions - If you have chutneys ready in fridge, it is easy to plan some of the appetizers. I always have Tamarind and Hari Cilantro Chutneys in my fridge. - I also have some condiments on hand to spice up my meals. Check out the list under chutneys /­­ pickles as they have a longer shelf life and are easy to make. - Plain Yogurt - It is helpful to have some frozen vegetables in your freezer such as green peas, green beans, chopped spinach. I also freeze small cut pieces of paneer. Before using, put them in hot water. - I like to have canned chickpeas and kidney beans on hand or you can boil a big batch of them and freeze them in small portions.

Contest 2013 July

July 6 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

For July’s contest, it is all about coconuts. The specific rules are the following: - It has to be a cold and refreshing drink or dessert - It has to use coconut as the main ingredient - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your name along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is July 27th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Pistachio Phirni (Rice Pudding)

June 29 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Pistachio Phirni (Rice Pudding)Click here to view the embedded video. Pistachio Phirni is a popular North Indian dessert. This is a delicious creamy eggless pudding. Phirni is made with rice, milk and sugar, and has wonderful creamy texture. Ingredients are the same as Rice Kheer but the taste is very different. This is an easy recipe to make. Recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 1/­­4 cup rice - 3-1/­­4 cups of milk - 1/­­2 cup sugar - Few strings of saffron - 6 cardamom pods shelled and crushed - 1/­­4 cup pistachios Method - Wash rice and soak it for about half an hour. - Drain the water. Blend rice to a fine texture adding few spoons of milk as needed to blend. Add about 1/­­4 cup of milk to make a runny batter. Keep aside. - Soak the pistachios in hot water for at least 10 minutes, while water is still warm drain the water and rub the pistachio with paper towel and remove the skin and dry them. Slice or crush the pistachios and keep aside. - Boil the milk on heavy bottom pan over medium high heat; wet the pan before adding the milk to avoid the milk burning in bottom of the pan. - After milk start to boil lower the heat to medium and let it simmer for about 12 minutes. - 6. Add rice to the boiling milk slowly and keep stirring continuously, making sure rice does not become lumpy, milk will become thick. Let it boil for about 3-4 minutes stirring continuously. - Next add the sugar, cardamom powder, saffron and pistachios save about 1 tablespoon of pistachios for garnishing. - Let it boil for another 4-5 minutes over low medium heat while stirring continuously, it will be consistency of thick batter. Turn off the heat. - Shift the Phirni to the serving bowl while it is still hot as Phirni start getting thick as it cools. Garnish with pistachios. - Serve chill! Related RecipesAlmond Saffron Milk (Badam Milk)Kheer (Rice Pudding)Sabudana Kheer (Tapioca Pudding)Laucki Kheer (Bottle Gourd Pudding)Shahi Toast (Eggless Bread Pudding)Shrikhand – Sweet Flavorful YogurtSweet Saffron RiceSandeshCaramel-Pineapple PhirniPineapple kheer

Grilled Corn off the Cob (Bhutta/Makai)

June 13 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Grilled Corn off the Cob (Bhutta/Makai)Click here to view the embedded video. My favorite way to have corn is grilled. However, sometimes grilling corn takes a lot of time, with the set up and preparation. This is an easy and no mess recipe. This is a delicious simple twist on the traditional grilled corn on the cob. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 4 ears corn, husked and silky thread remove - 1 teaspoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper - 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice - 1 teaspoon finely grated ginger Method - Remove the kernels from corn, it is easy to do, tear the husk off, and then run the knife downwards to remove the kernels. - Coat the flat bottom heavy frying pan with oil and heat over medium high heat, put the corn kernels and stir fry for 4-5 minutes stirring continuously. - While stir frying kernels will be getting some light and some dark brown color, some of the kernels will pop like you are grilling. - When the kernels are similar in color turn off the heat, and add salt, black pepper, lemon juice, and ginger mix it well. - You will be amazed by the taste. They match the taste of corn grilled over charcoal, without even preparing the grill. Enjoy!       Related RecipesCorn BruschettaFinger SandwichesCorn Vegetable SoupVegetable CutletsGrilled Eggplant Salsa WrapCrispy Spinach PakorasSpinach (Palak) ChaatSpicy Green PeasMatar (Matra) ChaatFruit Chaat

Contest 2013 June

June 6 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Father’s day is coming up this month on June 16th so for the contest this month, I am looking for the following: - Memorable 2-3 line story with your father - Recipe for your father’s favorite dish Below is my checklist: - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your name along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is June 27th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Vegetable Frankie - Kathi Roll

June 1 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Vegetable Frankie - Kathi RollClick here to view the embedded video. Frankies are also known as Kathi Rolls or you may call it wrap. This is a popular Mumbai street food. Frankies are perfect meal for any time, or on the go. These are great vegan treat. This recipe will make 6 Frankies. Ingredients: For Roti - 1/­­4 cup of all purpose flour -  1/­­4 cup whole wheat flour -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt -  1 tablespoon oil -  Approx. 1/­­3 cup of water Also Need -  1/­­4 cup all purpose flour for rolling -  1 tablespoon oil for brushing Frankies For Filling -  2 cups cabbage thinly sliced -  1 cup carrot shredded -  1/­­2 cup green peas -  3/­­4 cup potatoes mashed -  1/­­2 red bell pepper thinly sliced -  1 cup tomato chopped -  1 teaspoon finely shredded ginger -  1 green chili finely chopped -  About 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped -  2 tablespoons oil -  1 teaspoon cumin seed -  1 teaspoon salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon garam masala Method For Filling - Heat the oil in sauce pan over medium high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if the seed crack right away oil is ready. - Add cumin seeds as seeds crack add the ginger, cilantro and green chili, stir for few seconds. - Add tomatoes, and salt cook until tomatoes are tender this will take about 3-4 minutes. - Reduce the heat to medium and add cabbage, carrot, green peas, and bell pepper cook until vegetables are tender not mushy stir vegetables occasionally this should take 5-6 minutes. - Add potatoes to the vegetables mix it well. Turn off the heat and mix the garam masala. - Filling is ready. Set it aside. For Roti - In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, salt and oil. Add water to make firm and smooth dough, adjust the water as needed. - Knead the dough on a lightly oiled surface. Dough should not be sticking to the fingers. - Cover the dough and let it rest for about 10-15 minutes. - Knead the dough again and divide into 6 equal parts. - Take one part of the dough and press it both sides in dry flour this will help rolling. Roll it thin into about 9 diameter. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly sprinkle the dry flour. - Heat the skillet over medium high. Checks the skillet if it is hot enough. Sprinkle few drops of water over the skillet, water should sizzle. Skillet should not be smoking. - Place the roti over skillet for about half a minute, roti will change in the color lightly and puff different places. - Flip the roti over, and lightly press, flip it again roti should have light golden color on both sides. - Remove the roti from the skillet. Roti is ready. Make all the rotis, cover and set it aside. Assembling the Frankie - Take one roti and put it over a flat surface. Put about 1/­­4 cup of vegetable length wise leaving about 1-1/­­2 inch from the top and fold it tightly like burrito. Lightly brush the oil both sides of wrap. - Heat the skillet over medium heat. Place the Frankie over skillet and lightly brown both sides to nice and crispy. - Serve with Cilantro Chutney or Tamarind Chutney (you can find the recipes on my web site) Suggestions - Prepare the roti and filling in advance; prepare the Frankies when ready to serve. - You can also use thin tortilla instead of rotie for this recipe, uncooked tortilla works well. Enjoy!     Related RecipesMattar Ke Kachori (Spicy Puff Pastry)Mathri (Salted Crackers)Cereal Chivda (Snack)Chole Chaat (Spicy Chickpeas)Spicy PotatoesSabudana Khichdi (Spicy Tapioca)Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)Khasta KachoriPeanut ChaatMasala Papad (Papad Salad)

Vegan Jello (Gelatin Free Jello)

May 17 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Vegan Jello (Gelatin Free Jello)Click here to view the embedded video. This is a great vegan recipe for Jello! Jello is a simple easy snack that most kids love. Instead of adding gelatin, I am using Agar-Agar. It is an excellent vegetarian alternative for gelatin. It’s a good snack for kids and adults alike. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1 cup grape juice - 1 cup water - 1/­­4 cup sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon agar-agar powder (available in Indian and Asian stores) Method - Dissolve the agar-agar in water, in saucepan combine juice, sugar, and water with agar-agar. - Bring it to boil over medium heat. Stir occasionally making sure agar-agar is mixed well. Let it boil for about 2 minutes. - Remove from the heat pour into individual cups or molds, or in a small glass tray. Refrigerate for about 3-4 hours. - Jello is ready to serve. Notes - Pour the juice in the dish while it is hot as Jello will start getting set as it cools. - I have experimented many times to give the right texture to the Jello and this combination comes out just right. Adding more agar-agar or not adding water with the juice will make jello very firm. - Store bought orange juice did not work well for this recipe, but fresh orange juice works great.   Related RecipesCoconut Dream DessertMatar (Matra) ChaatPoha (Flattened Rice)Crispy Spinach PakorasMoong Dal Vada (Bhajia-Pakoras-Fritters)Bhel Puri Chat(Spicy Crunchy Snack)Spicy Green PeasSpinach (Palak) ChaatBesan Paare (Spicy Crackers)Mathri (Salted Crackers)

Cucumber Cooler

May 10 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Cucumber CoolerClick here to view the embedded video. Cucumber cooler with mint makes a very refreshing drink. This has a nice and soothing taste. This drink can be prepared up to a day in advance and it is great for outdoor parties and picnics. Ingredients: - 1 cucumber peeled and cut in small cubes to make about 2 cups (I like to use English cucumber) - About 8 mint leaves - 3 cups water - 1 tablespoon lime juice adjust to taste - 3 tablespoons sugar adjust to taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - 1/­­4 teaspoon of black pepper adjust to taste - Ice cubes to serve Method - In a blender, puree the cucumber, mint, salt, pepper and sugar. Pour the puree through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl. Use the spoon to press the solids to take out all the juice. There will be about 1-1/­­4 cups of cucumber juice. - Add the lime juice mix it well. - Fill the glasses with ice cubes and pour the cucumber drink. - Cucumber cooler is ready to be served. Enjoy!   Related RecipesMango SlushPanna (Green Mango Drink)ThandaiCucumber Honeydew Cooler with Blueberry IceMint LemonadeFruit ChaatMasala French FriesStir Fry Collard GreensSpicy Green PeasChilled Emerald Soup with Cheese Crackers

Green Pea Soup

May 1 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Green Pea SoupClick here to view the embedded video. This is a healthy and delicious vibrant green color soup. Green pea soup can be served with slice of bread or with rice. Recipe will serve 4.  Ingredients: - 2 cup frozen thawed green peas - 1 teaspoon ginger paste ( easy to make shred ginger using zester or fine shredder) - 1-1/­­2 tablespoon oil - 1 teaspoon salt - 3 tablespoons heavy cream -  2 cups water For seasoning: - 1/­­2 tablespoon oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­4 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (methi dana) - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1 teaspoon lemon juice - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala, available in Indian grocery stores - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper  For garnishing 2 tablespoons of heavy cream is optional Method - Blend the green peas into coarse paste using little water or no water. - Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and add the peas, salt and ginger paste stir fry the peas over medium heat by pressing and scrapping from the sides for about 5 minutes. Set aside. - Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a saucepan over medium high heat, Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if seed cracks right away oil is ready. - Add the cumin seeds as they crack add fenugreek seeds and turmeric stir for a second and add water let it come to boil. - Add cooked green peas, and cream, mix it well. As it comes to boil lower the heat to low medium, cover the sauce pan and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Turn off the heat. - Add lemon juice, black pepper, garam masala mix and cover for few minutes. - Garnish with cream. Serve warm or at room temperature. Enjoy this tasty Pea Soup! Related RecipesToor DalCarrot and Moong Dal SaladLentil Vegetable SoupSpicy Sweet Potatoes Corn Vegetable SoupMoong Dal With SpinachVegetarian Vegetable SoupChilled Melon SoupKhasta KachoriMoong Dal Soup

Spring Recharge!

April 22 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Spring Recharge!I have been experimenting with refreshing cucumber and mint to come up with the perfect Spring drink. I have always enjoyed the combination of cucumber and mint. At first, I thought I would use pureed cucumber and mint, strain it, and add salt, black pepper, and lemon juice and simply serve over ice. I liked the idea of garnishing with a cucumber slice on the rim of the glass. I then decided this recipe needed to be revamped. So I did some research and googled some different cucumber mint drink recipes. After some research, I decided I would add some ginger to my original recipe. I was not a fan of the ginger as I did not think the flavor combination was right. I then tried adding soda water, but the cucumber flavor was washed out. I then thought that maybe my drink needed to be sweetened with honey. Both my husband and younger son nixed that idea and told me to keep my drink simple. I decided they were right and that I should stick to my original recipe. Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best, wouldnt you say? The combination of cucumber, mint, salt, black pepper and lemon juice is the perfect drink for a hot day. I really did enjoy it. Both my husband and son approved it as well. The beautiful lime color is simply too tempting to resist. I will be posting this recipe soon!     Related RecipesJaljeera in the Summertime!Salted Mint Lassi (Yogurt Drink)Cucumber Honeydew Cooler with Blueberry IceChilled Melon SoupKerala Spiced ButtermilkJaljeera Drink (Indian Flavored Lemonade)Mint LemonadeCreating a new Tofu recipe!My son will like me to share my Cold Coffee recipePanna (Green Mango Drink)

Contest 2013 April

April 7 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

I love spring time, so this month’s contest is to make a fresh and colorful spring salad with fruit.  The specific rules are the following: - It has to be a colorful salad - It has to contain some kind of fruit - You must also create a homemade salad dressing (make sure to provide recipe for this too) - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your name along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is April 27th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Paneer Pakoras

April 4 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer PakorasClick here to view the embedded video. Paneer Pakora is a tasty appetizer or a perfect tea time snack. These Pakoras are marinated paneer cubes dipped in batter and then deep fried. They make a crispy mouth watering snack. Recipe will make 14 to 16 pakoras. Ingredients: - 4 oz paneer thinly slice in about 1 squares this will make about 14-16 slices - 2 tablespoons yogurt - 4 tablespoon corn starch or arrowroot - 1 teaspoon ginger paste - 1 green chili minced - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) For Batter - 1/­­2 cup besan, gram flour - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - 1/­­8 teaspoon baking soda - Approx. 1/­­4 cup water Method - First marinate the paneer- in a mixing bowl add yogurt, corn starch, salt, ginger, green chili and cilantro and mix it well. This should be consistency of soft paste. Add paneer pieces and mix gently. All the pieces should be coated with yogurt mix. Set aside for an hour or more. - For batter mix besan, cumin seeds, salt and baking soda add water slowly to make a thick batter consistency of a paste. - Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. Frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up but not change color. - Dip the marinated paneer slices in the batter one at a time and slowly drop into the frying pan. - Fry the Pakoras in small batches. The pakoras will take about 4 to 5 minutes to cook. - Turn them occasionally. Fry the Pakoras until both sides are golden-brown. - Repeat this process. The crispy, delicious Paneer Pakoras are ready to serve. - Serve Paneer Pakoras with a dip of your choice. I like to serve them with Cilantro Hari Chutney or sweet and sour Tamarind Chutney. You can find the recipe for both chutneys on my website. Enjoy this Paneer Pakora delicacy!   Related RecipesMoong Dal Vada (Bhajia-Pakoras-Fritters)Bread Potato RollsMirchi Vada (Chili Fritter)Rava Idli (Semolina Dumpling)Spicy Green PeasPaneer Tikka MasalaDhokla (Suji – Semolina)Rava DosaKalmi Vada (Fried Lentil Patties)Chola Tikki (Chickpeas Patties)

Fun with Family

March 19 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Fun with FamilyThe end of March brings the celebration of two of my favorite holidays. Holi is on March 27th and Easter is on March 30th. I look forward to these holidays as I traditionally spend them with my grandkids. Holi, also known as the festival of colors, is celebrated with great enthusiasm by farmers. Holi is also known as harvest time. It is the time of year when adults become kids and celebrate with neighbors, friends and family. Adults and children celebrate this holiday by playing with colored powder by putting it on each other. Some get very enthusiastic and use color water! On Holi, snacks are offered and a special drink known as Thandai (milk and almond drink) is offered. I will be making Besan Para and Mathri to satisfy savory cravings. I will also be making Gujia and Besan Burfi to satisfy sweet cravings. I also enjoy celebrating Easter. My grandkids come over and both Alex and I have the kids participate in an Easter egg hunt. I also love making colorful Easter baskets for my grandkids. The Easter egg hunt is a big hit with our grandkids and the house is filled with their joy and laughter. After the Easter egg hunt, we enjoy a nice brunch. I will come up with the menu just keeping the kids in mind. It’s a fun time for the entire family! I hope everyone enjoys these upcoming holidays as much as I do. Happy Holi and Happy Easter everyone! Until next time…     Related RecipesHappy HoliGetting Ready for HoliHoliday Season!Karva ChauthGujiaDiwali MenuHappy HolidaysHappy Holi!!Holiday FunCranberry Relish, Pickle

Tomato Soup

March 8 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Tomato SoupClick here to view the embedded video. What’s more satisfying and comforting than a hot bowl of soup? This is an easy recipe and simply delicious. Tomato Soup is always good as a starter or light meal with salad and crusty bread. Recipe will serve 3. Ingredients: - 6 tomatoes medium size cut in small pieces this will make about 4 cups of chopped tomatoes - 1 carrot medium size peeled and cut in small pieces this will make about 1/­­3 cup of chopped carrots - 1 celery stick cut into small pieces this will make about 1/­­3 cup of chopped celery - 1/­­2 ginger peeled and sliced - 1 teaspoons of oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt, adjust to taste - 1/­­2 teaspoon sugar, adjust to taste - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper Seasoning - 2 teaspoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera) - Pinch of asafetida - 1 tablespoon cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania)  Method - Heat the oil in a sauce pan over medium heat lightly brown the ginger, add carrot and celery stir fry for about 2 minutes. - Add the tomatoes, salt, sugar and pepper let it cook until tomatoes are cooked well and mushy. - Let the tomatoes cool of then pure in blender. - For seasoning; heat the oil in a sauce pan add the cumin seed and asafetida as cumin seeds crack add cilantro and stir for a minute add the tomato pure and approx. 1-1/­­4 cup of water adjust the water to your taste. After soup comes to boil lower the heat to low and let it simmer for 3 to 4 minutes. - Serve soup hot, I like to serve with few pieces of crotons.     Related RecipesCarrot and Moong Dal SaladVegetarian Vegetable SoupMoong Dal SoupFruit ChaatCabbage Chana Dal SaladBlack Eyed Pea SaladSpinach SaladCorn Vegetable SoupStir-Fry Cabbage SaladLentil Vegetable Soup

Contest 2013 February Winners

March 4 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2013 February WinnersI really enjoyed reading everyone’s Valentine’s Day stories. Thank you for sharing them with me. Here are the two winners that I selected at random from the posts. Congratulations to both of you. 1st Place: spike 2nd Place: aparna17 Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest. Related RecipesContest 2012 February WinnersContest 2011 February WinnersContest 2012 FebruaryContest 2013 FebruaryContest 2012 January WinnersContest 2011 May WinnersContest 2012 October WinnersContest 2011 FebruaryContest 2012 May WinnersContest 2011 May

Paneer Kheer with Strawberry

February 10 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Kheer with StrawberryClick here to view the embedded video. Paneer Kheer with Strawberry is a delightful dessert. This Paneer and strawberry dessert is a sure winner especially when you want to serve a unique paneer delicacy. Recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: -  2-1/­­4 cup whole milk - 1-1/­­2 cup shredded paneer - 1/­­4 cup sugar - 1 tablespoon corn starch (arrowroot) Strawberry Topping for Garnishing - 1 cup chopped strawberry - 2 tablespoons sugar - 1 teaspoon corn starch (arrowroot) - Few drops of  lemon juice  Method - In a small bowl mix the corn starch with 1/­­4 cup of milk and set aside. - In a heavy bottom pan boil 2 cups of milk over medium high heat. Wet inside of the pan with water and put about 2 tablespoons of water before pouring the milk in a pan this prevents the burning of the milk in bottom of the pan. Stir the milk occasionally. - After milk comes to boil reduce the heat to medium and let it boil for about 10-12 minutes. - Add the corn starch and mix it well, there should no lumps, after milk comes to boil let it boil for additional 2-3 minutes - Add the sugar and shredded paneer stir and let it boil for 4-5 minutes, stir occasionally. - Paneer Kheer should have consistency of a thick batter. This should be chilled before serving.  Strawberry Topping - In a small bowl mix corn starch with about 1 tablespoons of water and set aside. - In a small pan cook strawberry and sugar together mix it and let it come to boil. Add corn starch; mix it well after it comes to boil turn off the heat. Strawberry topping is ready. This also should be chilled before using.  For Serving In an individual serving bowl put about 1/­­4 cup Paneer Kheer and top it with strawberry.  Suggestions You can serve this just as Paneer Kheer, while cooking dont use corn starch and dont garnish with strawberries. To flavor the Kheer add 1/­­8 teaspoon of cardamom powder and few sliced of almonds and or pistachios. Serve chilled.  

Contest 2013 January Winners

February 5 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2013 January WinnersI enjoyed going through all of the entries for January contest. Everyone did a great job coming up with health conscious recipes. I would like to congratulate the winners and the top five participants: 1st Place: Nibedita Das (Savory Vegetable Cake) 2nd Place: Maiah Miller (Cauliflower Couscous) Congratulations to both of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Jamie Claire Wilson - Helyn Dunn - Daksha - Ravi Danda - Rashmi - Vanita - Lakshmi Priya - Melanie Booth - Deepalakshmi - Viji - Anup Thakurwar - Kusum Joshi - Rehana Khambaty - Marisa Raponi - Payel Mukherjee - Nadia - Vaishali Leuva - Rangadevi dasi - Priya Elias - Hegde, Poomima - Sapna Mulchandani - Rajalakshmi - Akhila Bhatt - Hidemi Walsh - Meena - Renu Guruprasad - Nayna Kanabar - Ilene Courland - Susan Pack - Danijela Jokic -Vaislay - Pooja Jain - Sowmya Josyula - Jaya Tirtha Charan Dasan - Rama Sekharan - Deepti Dongare - Vindhya Desai - Marija Kovalova - Swagatika Priyadarshini - Mir Afroze Ali - Soly Borromeo - Deepa Krishnan - Pooja Juneja - Keerthana - Purva Agrawal - Sasi Kumar - Sumedha - Jhanvi Khatri (2) - Mohsen - Jake Hills - Kayal - KaMaKsHi - Vidya Kolachure - Amrita - Dion Lucero - Jayanthi Karthikeyan - Luca - Sakhi Saheli - Priya - Ayesha Al-Yousuf - Pat Vachani - Stephen Davidson - Rajeswary Prathyush - Aliya Banu - Shweta Verma - Shantel Vachani - Dipti Joshi - Divya Pradhan - Manisha Parekh - Gauri Karmali - Gina Sitta - Meenakshi - Shubha Satish

Yogurt Rice (Curd Rice, Mosaranna)

January 25 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Yogurt Rice (Curd Rice, Mosaranna)Yogurt rice or curd rice is a popular South Indian dish. Yogurt Rice makes a great side dish or good for lunch box as a complete meal. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup rice - 1/­­4 cup split moong dal (washed) available at Indian grocery store - 3 cups of water - 1 tablespoon oil - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons salt - 1 cup yogurt (curd or dahi) - 1/­­4 cup shredded cucumber (kheera) - 1/­­4 cup shredded carrots (gajar) - 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger (adrak) For Seasoning - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 2 whole red peppers - 1 tablespoon finely chopped green pepper, adjust to taste - 8-10 curry leaves available at Indian grocery store, optional - 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania)  Method - Wash rice and moong dal changing water several times until the water appears clear. - Drain the rice and moong dal and put it into the saucepan. Add water, oil, ginger, and salt, and bring to a boil over high heat. - Once the water is boiling reduce the heat to low, do not cover the pan. Cook for 10-12 minutes rice and dal will be soft cover the pan and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is very soft and mushy. - Mix the rice and dal whipping making them mushy; if rice is dry add little more hot water as needed. Mix should be consistency of portage. - Let the rice cool down to room temperature, add the yogurt and mix it well. Adding the yogurt to hot rice will make yogurt sour and watery. Next add cucumber, carrot and ginger and mix. - Prepare the seasoning: In a small sauce pan heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds as seeds crack add red pepper, green chili, curry leaves and cilantro stir for about a minute. As you will add curry leaves oil will splatter, so be careful. - Turn off the heat and mix the seasoning with rice mix. Yogurt Rice is ready to serve. - Yogurt Rice is served at room temperature. Enjoy!  

Carrot and Moong Dal Salad

January 19 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Carrot and Moong Dal SaladClick here to view the embedded video. Carrot and Moong Dal Salad is a healthy and nutritious salad with beautiful colors. This is a great salad and easy to make. This can be served as an afternoon snack or an appetizer. This recipe will serve 4.  Ingredients: - 1/­­4 cup split moong dal (washed) - 2 cup shredded carrots (gajar) - 2 teaspoons Oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) -  1/­­4 cup shredded coconut (gola) I am using shredded frozen coconut - 2 tablespoon cilantro chopped (hara dhania) - 2 tablespoons lemon juice - 1 tablespoon ginger finely shredded - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­2 teaspoon sugar  Method - Wash moong dal changing water 4-5 times, and soak it for about 2-3 hours. After soaking Moong Dal will be double in volume. Drain the water. - In a small bowl mix lemon juice, ginger, salt, black pepper and sugar to make dressing and set aside. - In a sauce pan heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the cumin seeds as seeds crack add the moong dal. - Cook for 2-3 minutes stirring continuously. Dont over cook that will make dal dry. - Turns off the heat and remove the pan, let it cool for few minutes. - Add carrots, cilantro and coconut mix it well. - Add the cilantro and dressing to the carrot and moong dal, mix it well. Let it sit for about fifteen minutes before serving. Enjoy!  

Chai (Masala Tea)

January 6 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Chai (Masala Tea)Click here to view the embedded video. Chai is black tea brewed with spices and milk. A cup of Chai gives a wonderful sense of warmth and has a soothing effect. Just the aroma from Chai wants you to have one, it is hard to resist. There are endless recipes and every house hold has their favorite spice mix. Recipe will make Spice Mix for 24 cups. Ingredients: Spice Mix - 24 green cardamoms - 18 black peppers - 1 teaspoon anis seeds - 1/­­2 teaspoon ginger powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon cinnamon powder  Tea for 2 Cups of Chai - 1-1/­­2 cup water - 1/­­2 cup milk - 2 teaspoons tea leaves (I prefer Brooke Bond Red Label or Lipton Yellow Label) - 2 teaspoons sugar adjust to taste - 1/­­2 teaspoon Chai Spice Mix from above Method - Mix all the spices and grind to a powder. I prefer to use coffee grinder the one I keep just for spices. Store the Chai Spice Mix in air tight container. -  Boil the water and milk with 1/­­2 teaspoon of spice mix. As water comes to boil reduce the heat to low and add tea leaves and sugar cover the pan and let it simmer for 2-3 minutes. - Strain mixture and serve hot. - Adjust the sugar to your taste.  Notes - I use 10 oz tea cups or mugs. - Use 1/­­4 teaspoon of spice mix for 1 cup of tea.

Contest 2012 December Winners

January 4 2013 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2012 December WinnersI hope everyone is having a great New Year so far. December’s contest had over 60 entries so it was lot of recipes to go through. I was happy to see many good recipes, and as always it was a challenge to narrow down the selection. Congratulations to the winners and the top five participants: 1st Place: Ayesha Yakoob Al-Yousuf (Sweet Potato and Apricot Cheesecake) 2nd Place: Pey-Lih (Persimmon Galette) Congratulations to both of you!!   Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Luca Boccia - Amrita Datta - Geeta Rao - Shubha Satish - Noopur Srivastava - Padmaja Thommandra - Sumedha - Anika Jindal - Jamie Claire - Lakshmi Prasanna - Stephen Davidson - Bhargav - Melody Crain - Poornima Noubad - Mohena Ahluwalia - Shweta Garg - Chitra Shukla - Poorva Sawant - Rajee Ramaswamy - Kamlesh - Kritika Singhal - Simi Ummer - Patricia Pangelinan - Vaishali - Prajna Prabhu - Nishi Manglik - Kumud Shukla - Gayathri Sathyanarayanan - Hem Srivastava - Purva Agrawal - Abhilasha Kothari - Swati Shah - Melanie Booth - Christine - Sujina - Akhila - Raji Muthu - Sudeshna Banerjee - Hidemi Walsh - Bhakti - Rehana Khambaty - Samantha S - Seetha - Alisha - Aru Vinu - Nithya Balaji - Marlene Steinberg - Lakshmi Swetha - Sowmya - Suman Agarwal - Divya - Eklas Odish - Samahita Kabra - Pranati - Rama Sekharan - Cadry Nelson - Sasi Kumar

Holiday Fun

December 27 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

Christmas has once again come and gone! These days I feel time is going by far too quickly. I had a lovely Christmas with my two sons and their families, including my four grandchildren. We decided to have a casual dinner with homemade pizza. Each person got to make their own personal pizzas with their choice of toppings including tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers, and olives. I also had the toppings for my take on spicy cabbage pizza (see recipe for this delicious pizza on this site). After dinner, we enjoyed fresh chocolate cupcakes and apple crumb pie (recipe for this dish is also on this site!). After dinner, we sat around and talked while the children had a blast playing with their Christmas presents. We ended the night with a nice cup of hot tea and more conversation. What a great way to spend a holiday! This week I plan to continue working on new and creative recipes for you all. I can’t believe there are only a few days left of 2012. This year has had its ups and downs, but overall I have to say 2012 was a great year. This year also marked the six year anniversary of my You Tube videos which in turn, launched Manjulaskitchen.com. This website is a dream come true. It has allowed me to further my passion for cooking and inspiring others to cook as well. I look forward to what 2013 has to offer! Until then!

Spicy Green Peas

December 14 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

Spicy Green PeasClick here to view the embedded video. Spicy Peas, touch of spices added to sweetness from peas and sourness from lemon makes this a great snack or a side dish. This is an easy recipe to make. Bright green color gives a nice touch to any meal. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 3 cups green peas frozen (baby peas are preferred) - 1-1/­­2 tablespoon oil - 3/­­4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 2 teaspoons ginger chopped - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons green chili chopped - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon black pepper - 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped (hara dhania) - 2 teaspoons lemon juice Method - Thaw the peas and pat dry. - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seed cracks right away, the oil is ready. - Add cumin seeds as they crack add green chili and ginger, stir for few second add green peas and salt. - Cook for about 4-5 minutes string occasionally, till peas are tender. Add black pepper and cilantro mix it well. - Turn off the heat and squeeze the lemon juice over and stir. - Spicy green peas are ready to serve! Serving suggestions - Serve Spicy green peas hot or at room temperature. - Serve this as a side dish with any dal or gravy base dish. - This really goes well as a snack by itself or with any kind of plain crackers. I serve them over Mathri, Saltine crackers or Papdi. You can find these recipes on my web site. - Spicy Peas can be rolled in any flat bread for travelling or picnic. Spicy peas keep well at room temperature for 1-2 days. Enjoy!

Contest 2012 December

December 7 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

To celebrate the holidays, this month’s contest is to make your favorite holiday dessert. It can be any type of dessert, hot or cold. The only rules for December are the following: - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Below is my checklist: - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your name along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is December 28th. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $100 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Prize: $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest**

Grilled Potato Sandwich

November 30 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

Grilled Potato SandwichClick here to view the embedded video. Potato Sandwiches give a different dimension to grilled cheese sandwich. They are delicious and add an Indian taste to standard grilled cheese. Potato& cheese sandwiches are excellent choice for a hearty and satisfying lunch. Recipe will make 2 sandwiches Ingredients: - 4 slices of white firm bread ( I am using buttermilk bread) - 3 medium size potatoes boiled peeled and mashed, about 1-1/­­2 cups of mashed potatoes - 2 tablespoon chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - 1 teaspoon chopped ginger (adrak) - 1 tablespoon chopped green chili (hari mirch) -  1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon mango power (amchoor) - 2 tablespoons of melted butter - 2 slices of cheddar cheese - 8 tomato thinly sliced Method - In a bowl mix potatoes, cilantro, ginger, green chili, salt, cumin seeds, and mango powder well. -  Lightly butter the bread slices from one side and other side spread layer of thin potato mixture evenly, and brush the butter over the mixture. - Heat the skillet over medium heat and put the bread slices over the skillet putting the potato mixture side down. - Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes or till it is golden brown from bottom. Note: if you turn too quickly the spread will start coming out. Turn it over; put one slice of cheese and tomato slices covering the bread slice. - Now put the other slice of bread potato side down over tomatoes and grilled both sides until sandwich is golden brown and cheese has melted. - Potato Sandwich is ready, slice them diagonally. Serve the sandwich with Hari Cilantro Chutney and side of Carrot Pickle. Enjoy! Suggestions - Slice them in small squares and serve them as snack. - You may use leftover dry vegetables like Aloo Gobi (potatoes with cauliflower) or Aloo jeera, mash the left over vegetables and follow the same steps. - You can also use a multigrain or whole wheat bread of your choice.  

Peanut Chaat

November 23 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

Peanut ChaatClick here to view the embedded video. Peanut Chaat is a combination of peanuts, tomatoes, cucumbers and spices. It is a delicious and satisfying snack-not to mention healthy and low-fat! It is easy to make. It can be served as an appetizer or anytime spicy snack. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup raw peanuts - 1/­­2+1/­­2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - 1/­­8 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 3/­­4 cup tomatoes seeded cut in small cubes - 3/­­4 cup cucumber cut in small cubes - 1 tablespoon ginger finally chopped - 1 green chili finally chopped adjust to taste - 1/­­2 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder (bhuna jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper - 1/­­4 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1 tablespoon lemon juice Method - In a sauce pan add peanuts with 2 cups of water turmeric and 1/­­2 teaspoon of salt. Cook over medium high heat for about 25 minutes until peanuts are soft. - Drain the water and let it cool to room temperature. - Mix ginger, chili, 1/­­2 teaspoon salt, cumin seed powder, red chili powder, black pepper, sugar, mango powder and lemon juice together. - Mix the peanuts with tomatoes and cucumbers, add the spice mix and toss. - Peanut Chaat is ready to serve. Enjoy!  

Contest 2012 October Winners

November 7 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

I enjoyed reading all of your vegetarian dining experiences. I look forward to trying some of the restaurants mentioned when I am in your area. Thank you.  I selected two winners randomly. Here they are: 1st Place: Rakhib 2nd Place: Anju Congratulations to both of you. Thank you to everyone else that also participated in [...]

Flax Seed Burfi (Flaxseed Healthy Bar)

November 3 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

Flax Seed Burfi or you can call this health bar. Flax Seed is high in protein and good source of vegetarian omega 3. This Burfi is vegan, gluten free and tastes great.

San Diego Diwali Mela!

October 23 2012 Manjula's kitchen 

Diwali is the most celebrated festival all over India. It is also known as the Festival of Lights and celebrates the victory of good over evil. We just had a Diwali Celebration at Balboa Park which was simply amazing. If you reside in San Diego, please come join us for another DIWALI MELA, which is [...]

Cabbage Pakora (Bhajia)

September 21 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Cabbage Pakoras Cabbage Pakoras or Crispy Cabbage Fritters are a great any time snack. They especially taste delicious when they are served with Chutney and hot cup of tea. They are also easy and quick to make. Surprise your guests and treat them with these mouthwatering crispy cabbage pakoras. - 3 cup thinly sliced cabbage (patta gobhee) - 1 cup besan (gram flour) - 1/­­4 cup rice flour - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 2 tsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder (lal mirch) - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - 1 Tbsp thinly sliced green chilie (adjust to taste) - Also need oil to fry - Combine all the dry ingredients, to cabbage besan, rice flour, cumin seeds, coriander, red pepper, salt, asafetida, cilantro, and green chili in a bowl. Mix it well. Add water as needed, mixture consistency should be of sticky soft dough. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. To test, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should float and not change color instantly. - Place about one tablespoon of mix holding with your fingers into the oil. Do not overlap the pakoras. - Fry the pakoras in small batches; after you turn the pakoras one time press the pakoras lightly. - This will take five to six minutes per batch. Fry the pakoras, turning occasionally, until both sides are golden brown. - Repeat this process for the remaining batches. - The crispy, delicious Cabbage Pakoras are now ready to serve. Tips If the oil is too hot the pakoras will not be crisp; if the oil is not hot enough, the pakoras will be greasy. The post Cabbage Pakora (Bhajia) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mango Shrikhand (Amrakhand)

September 8 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Mango Shrikhand Mango Shrikhand is a refreshing yogurt based sweet dish. Shrikand with mango makes it a very delicious dessert. This exotic dessert is easy to prepare and Shrikhand is often served with poori. - 3 cup yogurt ((curd or dahi)) - 1 cup mango puree - 1/­­3 cup fine sugar (approx, use as needed) - 1/­­4 tsp crushed cardamom For Garnishing - 1/­­4 cup mango (cut into small pieces) - 1 Tbsp sliced pistachios (pista) - Preparing yogurt - Put a muslin or cheese cloth over a strainer. Pour the yogurt over muslin cloth. Place a bowl underneath the strainer to collect the excess water. - Next gently squeeze the excess water from yogurt. Make sure not to squeeze out the yogurt. - Move the yogurt with strainer and bowl into the refrigerator for at about four hours to drain excess water. Occasionally squeeze the excess water. - Yogurt will become thick in consistency, like a cheese ball. - Add mango pulp, sugar, and cardamom powder to yogurt and mix well till sugar dissolves. - Chill the shrikhand before serving. - Garnish with mango pieces, and pistachios. The post Mango Shrikhand (Amrakhand) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegetable Cheela Rolls, vegetable Wrap

August 22 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Vegetable Cheela Rolls Vegetable Cheela Rolls is a healthy and delicious any-time meal. Cheela Rolls is a treat for people who are vegan and gluten free. Cheela is like a besan dosa, and can be used as a wrap and this cheela wrap with vegetables makes a wholesome meal. Cheela Rolls can be used as a snack and also for good a lunch box meal. For Cheela - 1 cup besan (Gram flour) - 2 Tbsp rice flour - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 3/­­4 cup water (to make batter) - 4 tsp oil For Filling - 3 cup cabbage (thinly sliced) - 1/­­2 cup carrots (shredded) - 1/­­2 cup bell pepper (thinly sliced) - 2 tsp oil (Canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 tsp mustard seeds (rai) - 2 tsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­4 tsp chili powder - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp sugar - 1 tsp lemon juice - Mix all the dry ingredients together, besan, rice flour, cumin seeds, and salt. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter, consistency of Dosa batter. Set aside. - To make the filling: Heat the oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Oil should be moderately hot, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds, as the seeds crack. Add cabbage, carrots, and bell pepper. Stir-fry for about one minutes add all the other ingredients, coriander powder, chili powder, salt, sugar and lemon juice. Stir- fry for about three to four minutes, vegetables should be still crisp. Turn off the heat. - To make the Cheele: Use a heavy skillet and place on medium-high heat. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away. - Pour about 1/­­4 cup of the batter into the skillet and spread evenly with a back of spoon. Starting from the center, spiral the batter outward evenly to form a circle. - When batter starts to dry, gently spread one teaspoon of oil over it. Wait about 30 seconds; flip the cheela using a flat spatula. - Press the cheela lightly all around with the spatula to make cheela cook evenly. Turn the cheela and in the center of the cheele put about 1/­­2 cup of stir-fry diagonally and roll it. - Vegetable Cheela Roll is ready to serve. I like to serve this with Mango Pickle or Cilantro Chutney. - Enjoy! In the ingredients, we need about 4 cups total of sliced vegetable (this includes the cabbage, bell pepper, and carrots) Suggestions Use or preferred vegetables and also works good with any leftover vegetables. The post Vegetable Cheela Rolls, vegetable Wrap appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Gatte Ki Sabji (Rajasthani Cuisine)

August 1 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Gatte Ki Sabji Gatte Ki Sabji is a traditional dish from Rajasthan. These steamed gram-flour dumplings are cooked in a spicy gravy. This mouth-watering dish will complement any meal. Enjoy Gatte Ki sabji with roti or plain rice. The recipe is also vegan and gluten free. For Gatte - 2 cups besan (gram flour) - 4 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1 tsp salt - 1 tsp red chili powder (adjust to taste) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing, asafetida is gluten free spice, but asafetida powder contains some wheat flour, gluten free asafetida, is available on amazon.) For Gravy - 3 Tbsp oil - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1 tsp fennel seeds (saunf) - 2 bay leaves (tejpat) - 2 dry red chilies -  1/­­2 tsp red chili powder - 1/­­2 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1 tablespoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1 tsp salt - 1 Tbsp Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp mango powder (amchoor) - 1/­­2 tsp garam masala - Mix all the ingredients for gatte together and make a stiff dough, using water as needed. You will need about 1/­­3 cup of water. Knead the dough well, let it rest for 10 minutes. Divide the dough into 8 parts and roll them in calendar about half inch thick. - Bring about 4 cups of water to boil in a pan on medium high heat. Gently drop the Gatte logs in boiling water. After it comes to boil, cover the pan and reduce the heat to medium low, and cook them cover for about 12-15 minutes gate should be floating on the top and will have bubbles all around. - Take them out from water and save the water, this will be used for making gravy. let them cool for few minutes and cut them in about half inch-thick slices. - Heat the oil in heavy bottom pan over medium heat, add fennel seeds, asafetida, red chilies stir and add Gattes, stir-fry for about 4-5 minutes until they are light golden brown. - Add bay leaves, chili powder, turmeric, coriander powder, and salt, stir-fry for about 2 minutes. - Add the water we saved, and Kasuri Methi boil for about 10 minutes over low medium heat, covered. This is the time add more water to adjust the thickness of the gravy. As Gatte Ki Sabji will cool off it gravy will become thick. - Turn off the heat and add mango powder, and garam masala, Gatte Ki Sabji is ready to serve. The post Gatte Ki Sabji (Rajasthani Cuisine) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Potato Soup (Aloo Ki Kadhi)

June 30 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Potato Soup (Aloo Ki Kadhi) Potato soup is very comforting and delicious. At my home this was known as Aloo Ki Kadhi. This soup was served with Puri which is an Indian whole wheat fried bread. Potato Soup is mildly flavored and easy to make. - 1/­­2 potato (boiled, peeled and mashed) - 1/­­2 cup yogurt - 1 cup potatoes (boiled peeled and cut into small pieces) - 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour (maida or plain flour) - 1/­­4 tsp fenugreek seeds (dana mathi) - 1/­­4 tsp black pepper (kali mirch) - 1 bay leave (tajpat) - 1 dry red chili broken into 2 pieces - 2 tsp ginger paste - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­4 tsp garam masala - 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - Mix mashed potatoes, yogurt, ginger juice, and black pepper well add about 1 cup of water and make a smooth batter. Set aside. - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Oil should be moderately hot, when you add the cumin seeds they should crack right of way. Add cumin seeds as they crack add fenugreek seeds, and all-purpose flour, stir for 1-2 minutes until all-purpose flour become very light brown. - Add red chili and bay leave, brake in 2 pieces, stir and add yogurt mix and mix it well. Turn the heat to low medium. - Add potatoes and about 2 cups of water and let it cook for about 5 minutes. Stir occasionally. Add salt, garam masala and cilantro, lower the heat to low and let it cook for 2 more minutes. - Adjust the thickness of the soup to your taste. - Potato soup is ready. Enjoy! This is best served with Puri (puffed fried bread). The post Potato Soup (Aloo Ki Kadhi) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Lemonade (Classic / Strawberry)

June 12 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Lemonade (Classic and Strawberry) Summer is around the corner and I love this time of year! It means more time with my grandkids, a relaxed schedule and of course endless days of sun, pool and pure bliss! I like to serve refreshing Lemonade on these hot summer days. It’s definitely a must-have for fun summer outings like picnics or casual lunches if you are entertaining. Today I am making two different lemonades – traditional classic Lemonade and Strawberry Lemonade. It’s the perfect pick-me-up drink! For simple syrup - 1 cup sugar - 1 cup water (this is to make simple syrup) - 1/­­4 cup fresh mint leaves lemonade - 3 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice - 1/­­2 cup simple syrup (adjust to taste) - 1/­­4 tsp salt - 1/­­8 tsp black pepper (grounded) - 2 cup cold water (approximately) - Mint leaves and lemon slices to garnish - Ice Strawberry lemonade - 1 cup strawberries (trimmed and sliced) - 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice -  1/­­2 cup simple syrup (adjust as needed) - 2 cup cold water (approximately) - Ice - First make a “simple syrup”. Place the sugar, water and mint leaves in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir so that the sugar dissolves completely and turn off the heat. - After syrup cools off, strain the syrup to remove the mint leaves. - This syrup can be made in advance and can be refrigerated. Classic Lemon lemonade - Mix simple syrup, lemon juice, salt and black pepper to the water and pour over ice. Garnish with mint leaves and lemon slice. Strawberry lemonade -  Save few slices of strawberry for garnishing and purée rest of the strawberries with 1/­­4 cup of water in a blender until smooth -  Then strain the puree into a bowl to remove seeds. -  Stir together strawberry purée, with lemon juice, simple syrup, and water in a pitcher mix it well. -  Taste, then add more sugar if desired. Serve over ice. Add few pieces of strawberry to the glass. Tip: Every ingredient in this recipe can be adjusted to your taste.  Variations Replace water with soda water. Add one tablespoon fresh ginger juice. The post Lemonade (Classic /­­ Strawberry) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2017 April Winners

May 16 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2017 April WinnersThank you all for your efforts, I truly enjoy reviewing all the entries. There were so many great entries.  I go through the entries many times to choose the winner. I have selected the top three entries based on the ingredients, written instructions, and of course presentation.  I love reading your creative recipes as it gives me ideas for my own! Thank you so much for your efforts! Congratulations to the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Easy Cheesy Paneer Potli by Abirami Easy to prepare, gives you the idea can be prepared with different filling and different shapes. 1st Runner Up: Paneer and Rose Kulfi by Kiran Haldia Easy to make, instead of traditionally creamy texture, more like a grainy and enjoyable texture. 2nd Runner Up: Paneer Broccoli Fritters by Anshu Shah Good combination of ingredients and well explained. Congratulations to all three of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Hanzala - pushpanjali kumari - Samaksh Behl - Farida Kaka - Samta Sharma - sowjanya - Ridhz Modi - Manjula s Shetty - Uma Pandit - 

Dahi Bhindi (Okra with Yogurt Gravy)

April 27 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Dahi Bhindi Dahi Bhindi is a great way to enjoy okra in tangy creamy sauce. Dahi Bhindi is simply delicious, and easy to make. This goes well with Jeera (Cumin) Rice, or roti-paratha. - 40 medium size okra (bhindi) (after cutting them in half it should be about 2 cups.) - 3 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­4 tsp mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1 Tbsp besan (gram flour) - 2 tsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1 tsp Red Chili Powder - 1/­­4 tsp Turmeric Powder - 1 cup yogurt (dahi, curd) - 1 cup water (approximately) - 1/­­2 tsp salt - Wash and pat dry the okra and cut both ends, and cut them in about 1 inch pieces. I have used about 35 medium size okra after cutting, they are about 2 cups. - Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan over medium heat and stir fry the okra till they are tender. This should take about 7-8 minutes. - Take them out in a bowl and use the same pan for making gravy. - Heat 1 tablespoon oil, over medium heat. After oil is moderately hot add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds and asafetida as the seeds crack, turn down the heat to low. - Add the besan and stir fry for about 1 minute until it has light aroma, and is golden brown in color. Besan gives the thickness to gravy. - Add yogurt, turmeric, chili powder and coriander powder. Mix it well. And cook until the spice mix come together, and you should be able to see the oil leaving the sides of spice mix. This should take about 2-3 minutes. - Spice mix is ready add about 1/­­2 cup of water and salt, bring it to boil. Add okra and let it cook for 3-4 minutes, on low heat. Enjoy with plain white rice or any Indian flat bread, like Roti, Paratha, Puri     The post Dahi Bhindi (Okra with Yogurt Gravy) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mango Mousse with Raspberry Pearls

April 9 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Mango Mousse with raspberry pearls My new recipe is called Mango Mousse with raspberry pearls. This is a delicious, delicate dessert that is sure to be enjoyed by all. Mangoes are my favorite fruit so I like to incorporate them in my various recipes. This was my first time making Raspberry pearls for the garnish. I did this with a special guest, Avani, who is currently a participant on Master Chef Junior! These delicate looking pearls are simply gorgeous on desserts! For Mousse - 2 cup Mango pulp - 1/­­2 tsp lemon juice - 1/­­4 cup fine sugar - 2 1/­­2 tsp Agar-Agar - 1/­­4 cup water - 3/­­4 cup whipping cream For Raspberry Pearls - 2 cups fresh raspberries - 2 Tbsp sugar - 1 Tbsp lemon juice - 1 1/­­4 tsp agar-agar powder - 1/­­2 cup oil Mousse - Whip the whipping cream on low speed until it forms stiff peaks. Make sure cream is cold. Set aside. - In a sauce pan add the mango puree, sugar and lemon juice and bring it to boil over medium heat. Boil for about one minutes, until sugar is dissolve. - Dissolve agar-agar in 1/­­4 cup of water, add agar-agar to the mango pulp, bring it boil mixing continuously. Turn off the heat, and whisk for few minutes, making sure there are no lumps. - Pour the mango puree in a bowl and bring it to room temperature. Fold the cream gently, do not whip you should be able to see both colors. Refrigerate for about two hours before serving. For Raspberry pearls - Put 1/­­2 cup of oil in a small bowl and keep it in freezer till it is very chill it should take about half an hour. - In a sauce pan add raspberries, 1-1.2 tablespoons of sugar, lemon juice and about half cup of water bring to simmer over low medium heat till all the berries are soft. Note: do not overcook the berries they will become little bitter. - Strain the berry mixture through sieve to get raspberry sauce. - Add agar-agar and remaining sugar to half cup of water and bring it to boil over low medium heat for few minutes, keep stirring making sure there is no lumps and agar-agar do not stick to bottom of the pan. - Add agar-agar to raspberry sauce. Note: raspberry should be warm. - Fill in pipette, or oral syringe, or straw, or squeezed bottle with juice. Drop, one drop at a time, into the cold oil. Little caviar orbs will form on contact with the cold oil and fall to the bottom. - Strain caviar using a fine mesh strainer. Rinse well with water. - Store caviar in water until ready to use. - Lay on a paper towel-lined plate and pat dry This looks complicated but it is not. Enjoy!   The post Mango Mousse with Raspberry Pearls appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2017 April - Paneer Appetizer or Side Dish

April 1 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2017 April - Paneer Appetizer or Side Dish For this month’s contest, I am looking for an amazing appetizer or side dish using Paneer as main ingredient. See below for details on the contest for this month: Specific Rules for this Month - The recipe must be for an Appetizer or Side Dish. - The main ingredient must be Paneer (which is Indian Cheese). You can use store bought Paneer or you can follow my recipe for How to Make Paneer to make it at home. - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. General Guidelines In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Submission Details - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your NAME along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please use the contest submission form at the bottom of this page to send your recipe. DO NOT email the recipe as you may have done in previous contests. If you submit more than one recipe, only the first recipe will be considered. - You must also send original photo(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is April 23rd, 2017. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if provided). 1st Prize: $150 gift certificate from Amazon.com 1st Runner up: $75 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Runner up: $75 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest** Please use the form below to submit your recipe for this months contest: * indicates required field Your Name:* Recipe Name:* Your Email Address:* Country:* Enter Your Recipe Here:* Recipe Photo:* Acceptable file types: doc,docx,pdf,txt,gif,jpg,jpeg,png. Maximum file size: 1mb. CAPTCHA Code:* The post Contest 2017 April – Paneer Appetizer or Side Dish appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2017 February Winners

March 15 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

Contest 2017 February WinnersIt was a real pleasure to do the monthly contest again after couple of years. I asked for a healthy appetizer and you all really delivered some delicious and healthy recipes. I enjoyed reviewing all the entries, but there were too many good ones. It really did take me some time to choose the winners this month. Here are the top three entries. Congratulations to the winners and all participants: 1st Place: Crispy Quinoa Spinach Patties by Aarti Sharma I liked this recipe because not only is it healthy, but also easy to prepare. 1st Runner Up: Stuffed Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Oats by Dhara Shah This was a beautiful presentation, very tempting, and no fuss appetizer. 2nd Runner Up: Baked Moong dal Kachori by Khalid Shaikh This recipe looks very tempting also, especially as many are trying to avoid fried food. Congratulations to all three of you!! Thank you to everyone else that also participated in the contest: - Sasi K - Jyoti Moghe - Prachi Mishra - Sharada Tiwari - Kellie - Jennifer Walters - Shab - FaNay - Asha Sharma - Mukund - Shivang Bhatnagar - Yoshiharu Sogi - Ketaki Toye - Chris Morrill - Divya Rajesh - Mrs Kalaimathi Rajesh - Nikita Kale - Navneetha - Soumya Komuravelli - Kelly - Lakshmi Aggarwal - Jay - Poornima Shandilya - Lubna - FN - Vaishali Leuva - Rajesh Karthikeyan - Poonam Bachhav - Darshana Shah - Donna-Marie Ryan - Vandana - Ayushi Garg - Karkuzhali Praveen - Dr.Farhat - Madhavilatha Jonnadula - Uma Pandit - Sundari Nathan - Madhavilatha Jonnadula - Drashti Dholakia - Garima Tyagi - Meena Mohan - Mansi Kamboj Verma - Richa Jain - bhakti pande - deepu krishnan - ruchi srivastava - Pavithra M Adiga - Divya Ravindran - Hidemi Walsh - Mamatha Gampa - Geetha Ss - Suguna Shivananda - Aarti Sojitra - Sapna Nichani - Upasana Bir - Pratibha Veerisetty - Nitesh Agrawal - padmalatha padmalatha - nimi haroon - Rejani Deepu - Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan - megha patil - Bhavya - Smitha H - Jyoti Jain - Priyanka Patil - Aayushi Manish The post Contest 2017 February Winners appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Holi Hai!

March 9 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

Holi Hai!Holi is a very special holiday.  It is the one holiday that everyone I know gets together.  In India, all social restrictions and gaps are forgotten as people of different backgrounds celebrate together.  A bonfire is typically prepared the night before Holi. The next day family, friends, and neighbors play together with specially prepared colored powders. These powders are called Gulal and colored water is playfully splashed on each other as well. I love the spirit of the Holi as it brings back a lot of fun memories from my childhood. This year Holi is on Monday, March 13th.  We will get together and celebrate with friends and family for sure. We celebrate Holi at home a little differently and play with colorful silk flower petals instead of Gulal. It’s easier to use soft petals when you are playing inside the house! My grandchildren, of course, enjoying playing Holi with colorful gulal and water! Celebrating Holi is fun, but we need delicious food to accompany the celebrations!  This year we will be doing a pot luck dinner with our friends.  The theme is “street foods”. Everyone will bring their favorite “street food” to enjoy.   I am beginning my preparations as we speak! Unless the house is full of the sweet aromas from the dishes you cook, it doesnt feel like Holi. This year’s menu will be: Thandai Carrot Khanji, (these are special Holi drink) coming soon Samosa Dahi vada Chole Kulcha Pani Puri Papdi Chaat and for dessert: Rasgulla Meethi Mathri Alex (my husband) wants me make a special easy-to-eat salad using cucumbers, carrots, bell pepper, tomatoes and cottage cheese. I will post more picture after Holi. I hope you enjoy Holi this year.  Enjoy this colorful festival and take out your water gun. HAPPY HOLI! The post Holi Hai! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Litti Chokha (Bihari Sattu Litti)

February 27 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Litti Chokha (Bihari Sattu Litti) Litti Chokha is a delicacy from the state of Bihar made with stuffed whole wheat dough balls with roasted chana dal and spices inside. These stuffed balls are known as Litties are usually roasted over charcoal but can also be baked. Litties are served with Chokha. Chokha is a dip prepared with mashing potato, tomato or eggplant with spices, but at my home it was always served with Dal Tadka. This recipe will make 8 litties. Dough - 1 cup whole wheat flour (chapatti atta) - 2 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter) - 1/­­2 tsp salt - cup About 1/­­3 lukewarm water Filling - 3/­­4 cup sattu (flour of roasted chana dal, available in Indian grocery stores) - 1/­­2 tsp salt (adjust to taste) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1/­­8 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder - 1 tsp mango powder (amchoor) - 1 tsp grated ginger - 1 Tbsp green chili (finely chopped, adjust to taste) - 1 tsp ghee (clarified butter) - 1/­­4 cup water (approximately) Potato, and Tomato Chokha - 1 cup medium size potato (boiled peeled and roughly mashed) - 2 medium size tomato (roasted peeled and mashed, I have roasted them over the skillet) - 1 tsp salt - Spices we will use half and half to make both Potato and Tomato Chokha - 1/­­4 tsp black pepper - 1 tsp lemon juice (just for Potato Chokha) - 2 tsp grated ginger - 2 Tbsp finely chopped green chilies - 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro - 2 Tbsp olive oil or mustard oil (I prefer olive oil) - 2 Tbsp ghee or clarified butter for serving the Litties. For Tomato Chokha -  To prepare the Tomato Chokha add the spices to mashed tomatoes about 1/­­2 tsp salt, pinch of black pepper, 1/­­2 tsp ginger, 1 Tbsp green chili. 1 Tbsp cilantro and 1 Tbsp of oil mix it together. Tomato Chokha is ready set aside. For Potato Chokha - Add all the remaining spices with mashed potatoes, salt, pinch of black pepper, lemon juice, ginger, cilantro and oil, mix it well. Potato Chokha is ready, set aside. To Make Dough - Mix the flour, salt and ghee. Add water slowly to make dough. Dough should be firm but do not knead the dough. Cover the dough and let it sit for at least fifteen minutes. Filling - Mix all the ingredients together except water, sattu, salt, asafetida, turmeric, red chili powder, mango powder, ginger, green chili, and ghee, now add little water to make firm dough, dough will be little crumbly. Making Litti -  Pre-heat the oven at 400 degree Fahrenheit. I am using a toaster oven or you can also use oven. - Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll them into balls. They will not be very smooth dough ball. Also, divide the filling in 8 parts filling should be little smaller then dough balls. - Roll the dough balls into 3-inch circle. Place one part of the filling in the center of each rolled dough, and pull the edges of the dough to wrap the filling. Proceed to make all 8 balls. Grease your palms and roll the filled balls gently between your palms. -  Arrange the litties over greased baking sheet about one inch apart and place in toaster oven, for 10-12 minutes , turn them over and bake again for 10-12 minutes . Litties should be golden brown all around. Serving -  need about 2 Tbsp ghee or clarified butter for serving the Litties. I like to eat these Litties with Dal Tadka and Potato or Tomato Chokha. The post Litti Chokha (Bihari Sattu Litti) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Palak (Spinach Curry)

February 10 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Palak – Spinach Curry This is a simple spinach curry, cooked with milk and has a delicious unique taste. This was my fathers favorite dish in winter time. A creamy savory dish with mild spices. Serve with Makki ki Roti, or Naan. - 12 oz spinach (washed and remove the stems this should be about 8 cups of packed spinach) - 1 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter) - 1/­­2 tsp fenugreek seeds (mathi seeds) - 1/­­2 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1 Tbsp chopped ginger (adrak) - 2 Tbsp green chili (chopped, I prefer serrano chili) - 1 tsp salt - 2 Tbsp besan (gram flour) - 1/­­2 cup chopped tomato in small pieces - 4 cups whole milk For Seasoning - 2 Tbsp ghee (clarified butter) - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 tsp red chili powder -  In a small bowl, mix the besan with half cup of milk to make a lump free batter and set aside. - Blend the spinach, ginger and green chilies using about 1/­­2 cup of milk. Spinach should not be pasty. I prefer to use food processor. - Heat the ghee in a saucepan over medium high moderately. Add fenugreek seeds, and turmeric. Stir for a few seconds. -  Add the spinach, and milk and turn the heat to medium. Bring spinach to boil. Lower the heat to medium low and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes , stir occasionally, scraping the sides. -  Add besan batter, and salt, and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes , stir occasionally, scraping the sides. -  Spinach curry should be thick batter consistency. Add chopped tomatoes cook for 1-2 minutes . Turn off the heat. Seasoning - In a small sauce pan heat the ghee over medium heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil. If the cumin seeds crack right away, the oil is ready. Add cumin seeds and turn off the heat and add red chili powder and about 2 tablespoons of water this will prevent spices to burn. - Pour the seasoning over spinach curry. Spinach curry is ready to serve. Serve hot with Naan, Roti, Paratha. The post Palak (Spinach Curry) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Contest 2017 February: Healthy Appetizer

February 1 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

The contest is back again at Manjula’s Kitchen!! It has been a few years since I’ve done the contest, but I would like to try it again. I really enjoy seeing what my viewers are able to come up with and hope this will encourage more people to think outside the box and experiment in their kitchen. See below for details on the contest for this month: Specific Rules for this Month - The recipe must be a recipe for a Healthy Appetizer. - You may use any ingredients for the recipe, as long as it can be considered a healthy appetizer (no deep frying, not too much sugar, etc) - It must be vegetarian and also egg-less. - Please submit only ONE recipe. General Guidelines In general I will only consider recipes that I feel are complete in regards to ingredients, measurement, and instruction. From there I am looking for creativity and a recipe that my viewers would enjoy to prepare on their own. I will be judging on overall recipe and presentation also. Submission Details - Be Creative! - Ingredients should be listed with measurements. - Method must be explained clearly, so its easy to follow. - Please include your NAME along with the recipe (as you would like it to appear). - Search the web for ideas. There are many resources available. - Please send me a detailed recipe to contest@manjulaskitchen.com - You must also send original picture(s) of the recipe – do not simply grab a photo from the web. Otherwise your recipe will not be considered for entry. - The deadline is February 25th, 2017. - The winner will be featured on the homepage with the new recipe and a link to their website (if available). 1st Prize: $150 gift certificate from Amazon.com 1st Runner up: $75 gift certificate from Amazon.com 2nd Runner up: $75 gift certificate from Amazon.com **Anyone can join this contest** The post Contest 2017 February: Healthy Appetizer appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Taco Samosa

January 26 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Taco Samosa This exciting recipe for Taco Samosa is exactly what it sounds like – a twist to the traditional Samosa. Taco Samosas are delicious and savory with the perfect crisp. When I had my family do the initial taste test, the reaction was WOW! These Taco Samosas should be in your must try list. Not only are they delicious, but will be the conversation piece for your next get together. One thing good about these Samosas is that you can prepare them in advance and simply assemble before serving. This recipe will make 8 Taco Samosas. For Shell - 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour, maida) - 1/­­4 cup fine sooji (semolina) - 1/­­4 tsp salt - 1 1/­­2 Tbsp oil - 1/­­3 cup lukewarm water for the Filling - 2 cups Potatoes (boiled, peeled and chopped into very small cubes) - 1/­­2 cup green peas (I am using frozen green peas) - 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­­2 tsp cumin seeds - 1 tsp coriander powder - 1/­­4 tsp red chili powder - 1/­­4 tsp garam masala - 1 tsp mango powder (amchur) - 1 tsp salt - 2 Tbsp green chilies (chopped, adjust to taste) - Oil to Fry For Serving - 1/­­4 cup cilantro chutney - 1/­­4 cup tamarind chutney Making the Dough - Mix the flour, sooji, salt, and oil add water as needed to make a firm dough. -  knead the dough for about 1 minutes to make the dough smooth and pliable. -  Let the dough sit for at least 15 minutes . Making the Filling - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready. -  Add cumin seeds as cumin seeds crack, add green peas stir-fry for about 2 minutes . -  Add all the other ingredients, potatoes, coriander powder, red chili powder, garam masala, mango powder, salt and green chili. Stir-fry for about 2 minutes , potato filling should be moist not very dry. Making Taco Shells - Knead the dough for few seconds. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts, and roll them into balls. - Roll each dough ball into about 4-inch diameter. Prick each rolled up Taco with a fork in several places both sides, this will prevent Taco from puffing and make them crisp. - Heat the oil in a frying pan over medium heat. The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should sizzle and come up slowly. - Place one rolled Taco in the frying pan and press with a skimmer, turn and fold in half. Doing this it will become taco shape. Do not press, between the fold there should be space to fill the potatoes filling. Gently do the next one same way do not over crowd the frying pan. Fry them until light golden brown on both sides. This should take about 2-3 minutes . Take the Taco out and place them on paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Repeat the process for remaining Taco. - You can prepare the taco shells in advance and store them in air tight container. Assembling the Tacos -  Fill the taco shell with potato filling (filling should be hot) and drizzle with chutney. Suggestions Taco Samosa you can prepare in advance and assemble before serving. Taco shells should be good for two weeks or more. Potato filling also can be refrigerated for 3-4 days just heat the filling before serving. Chutneys I always have ready. The post Taco Samosa appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Rava Mint Paratha

January 10 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle =­ window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Rava Mint Paratha Rava Mint Parathas consists of bread made with mixing different flours and flavored with fresh mint leaves. These mint parathas are unique with its own fresh flavor. It can be served as a breakfast treat or with any meal. I think it pairs well with Tadka Urad Dal. This recipe will make 8 parathas and will serve 4. - 1/­2 cup fine sooji (semolina) - 1/­2 cup Besan (Bengal gram flour) - 1/­2 cup whole wheat flour - 1 tsp chili flakes - 1/­2 tsp salt - 1/­8 tsp asafetida - 1/­4 cup mint leaves (finely chopped) - 2 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­2 cup luke warm water (Approximately) Also, need - 1/­4 cup whole wheat flour (for rolling the paratha) - 3 Tbsp oil (for cooking the parathas) -  Combine all the ingredients in a bowl except water, sooji, besan, whole wheat flour, salt chili flakes, asafetida, mint leaves, and oil mix it well. This will become very crumbly. Add water as needed to make the soft dough. Knead the dough for a minute. Set aside for at least 15 minutes . Note: dough will absorb the water and will become firm. - Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll them into smooth balls. Roll them into about four-inch diameter, spread about 3-4 drops of oil and fold into two again put another 2-3 drops of oil and fold into triangle. - Lightly flour the surface you will roll the paratha and roll it into about 5-inch diameter. Note: if paratha is sticking while rolling sprinkle little more flour this will help rolling. - Heat the flat skillet on medium high. Note: heavy skillet works best. To check if the skillet is ready, put few drops of water on it. If the water sizzles right away, the skillet is ready. - Place the Paratha over the skillet. When you see the color change and the paratha will puff in different places. Turn the paratha over. - Paratha should have golden-brown spots. Wait a few seconds and put about 1 teaspoon of oil and spread with a spatula. Flip the paratha and put again half teaspoon of oil. Lightly press the paratha with a spatula. - Flip again and press with a spatula making sure the paratha is golden-brown on both sides. Repeat for the remaining parathas. - Parathas are best served hot and crispy. Serve them with Potato Curry with Yogurt Gravy. Serving Suggestions Serve these Rava Mint Paratha for breakfast with hot cup of chai. This goes well with any meal. I like to serve this with Potato Curry with Yogurt Gravy. The post Rava Mint Paratha appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Happy and Healthy 2017!

January 1 2017 Manjula's kitchen 

Here’s to a happy and healthy 2017! I sincerely wish you all a very happy and a prosperous New Year! I must point out that it sure does not feel like it has been eleven years since I began posting on YouTube. It has also been ten years since I launched my website, www.manjulaskitchen.com. I believe that is a sign that I am doing something I love and have a true passion for. Not many people can claim that and I feel blessed to be able to say that. I truly enjoy making and posting my video recipes. We have had a wonderful journey so far and I am looking forward to the New Year and all its possibilities. 2016 has been a tremendous year with family and friends, and my new adopted large family (you, all my viewers!) who keep a smile on my face and keep me motivated! Because of you, I get to keep doing what I know best and fulfill my dreams. I would like to thank all of you who have become such an important part of my life. You viewers provide so much inspiration for me through your comments and constructive suggestions. I enjoy that interaction very much. As my husband Alex says, That puts a smile on your face. I hope I am putting a smile on your face as you mean a lot to me. The post Happy and Healthy 2017! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Street: A Fresh Dining Concept

December 19 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Street: A Fresh Dining Concept I typically don’t do restaurant reviews but with this new Indian restaurant, Masala Street, here in San Diego, I simply had to! I recently had a great evening out with my family – both sons and their families, along with my daughter-in-law’s mother, who is visiting from Jaipur, India. We decided to try out the latest hot spot, Masala Street in the beach front La Jolla area. The whole experience was wonderful – the ambiance, food, top-notch service and especially the exquisite food presentation. The chef had really gone out of his way to please everyone. My family has many food restrictions – vegetarian, vegan dairy free, some don’t eat peppers, and my husband and I don’t eat onions and garlic. Others in my family love hot and spicy food. With all these restrictions, I was not expecting the food to meet our expectations. I was happily surprised that the restaurant was more than willing to accommodate all of our requests! Yes, I am talking about Chef Saransh and his wife Megha Oberoi! Chef Saransh explained that his unique menu is based on simple Indian street food with a California twist. These are few dishes we all really enjoyed: Starters - Quinoa Chaat, was really unique and delicious - Tacosa (which is a crunchy combinations of a Samosa and Taco) - Kursi Chaat, (Papdi chaat served over mango roll ups – the presentation is to die for!) Entrées - Spinach with chole (This was a delicious vegan dish prepared especially for us!) - Khatte Aloo Baingan, and Dal Tadka Desserts - Mango Kufi - Tira Gulla. - I loved both of these desserts. The menu options are endless! This is the restaurant I highly recommend. If you are in San Diego check it out: Masala Street 915 Pearl St. La Jolla, CA 92037 The post Masala Street: A Fresh Dining Concept appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Arbi (Sautéed Taro Root)

December 7 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Masala Arbi – Sautéed Taro Root Arbi is also known as Taro root. Masala Arbi with a great blend of spices makes a very enjoyable side dish. This can complement any meal. Masala Arbi can be served with roti, paratha or puri. - 7-8 medium sized taro root (boiled, arbi) - 3 Tbsp oil - 1/­­2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain) - 1/­­4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 tsp asafetida (hing) - 1 Tbsp coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­4 tsp turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­2 tsp red chilli powder - 2 green chilies (sliced) - 1 tsp salt - 1/­­2 tsp mango powder (amchoor) -  Wash arbi before boiling and do not over boil the arbi as they become very slimy. I prefer to boil arbi in a pot so that it is easy to check if they are cooked. Arbi should be firm, and knife should go through effortless. -  Peel the skin and slice them into about 1/­­8 thick rounds. Set aside. -  In a small bowl mix turmeric, coriander powder, and red chili powder with 1/­­4 cup of water to make a paste. Set aside. -  Heat the oil in wide pan over medium heat, oil should be moderately hot, (when you add the cumin seed to oil it should crack right away). -  Add carom seeds, and cumin seeds as cumin seeds crack add asafetida, -  Stir and add spice paste stir for about 30 seconds till oil start separating from oil. - Add green chili stir for few seconds. - Add arbi spreading over the pan, sprinkle the salt, and mango powder gently fold the arbi with spice mix, all the arbies should be coated well with spices. Making sure arbies are not sticking to each other. -  Sautée them over medium heat till they are lightly brown both sides. Turning them occasionally gently. This should take about 8-10 minutes . The post Masala Arbi (Sautéed Taro Root) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Whole Wheat Dosa (Atta Ka Cheela)

November 12 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Whole Wheat Dosa (Atta Ka Cheela) Whole Wheat Dosa is a super quick and easy recipe. It is another version of the South Indian dosa. This recipe is a special one as it was my mothers favorite, although this was known as Atta Ka Cheela in my home. Whole wheat dosa is tasty with the perfect amount of crispy deliciousness! You can serve this as my mother did, as Roti. She liked to pair it with her favorite side dishes of mint chutney, and Laucki Chana Dal.  This recipe will make 8 dosa and will serve 4. - 1 cup whole wheat flour (atta) - 2 Tbsp sooji fine (semolina) - 1/­­2 tsp salt - 1 tsp sugar - 1 Tbsp oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 1/­­4 tsp black pepper - 1/­­2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain) - 1/­­2 tsp baking soda - 1-1/­­4 cups water - 4 Tbsp oil for cooking (canola or vegetable oil) -  Mix all the dry ingredients together, whole wheat, sooji, salt, black pepper, carom seeds, and baking soda, mix it well. Add water slowly to make a smooth batter, add water as needed, batter should be pouring consistency. -  Use a non-stick skillet and place on medium heat. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. Water should sizzle right away. Wipe the skillet with moist towel. -  Pour 1/­­4 cup of the batter mixture into the center of the skillet and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Starting from the center, spiral outward until evenly spread, about 7 inches in diameter thin circle. -  When the batter starts drying, smear about 2 teaspoons of oil over dosa, and cook till dosa turns golden brown in color. Flip dosa using a flat spatula, and cook for about 1 minute from other side until dosa is golden brown. -  Crispy Whole Wheat Dosa is ready, repeat with remaining batter. Every time wipe the skillet. that helps spreading the dosa. - Whole wheat dosa is looking nice and crisp. - You can use whole wheat dosa as eggless crepe. The post Whole Wheat Dosa (Atta Ka Cheela) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Idli Manchurian

November 4 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Idli Manchurian (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Manchurian is a popular Indo Chinese dish, and made several different ways. Idli Manchurian is a super delicious appetizer or main dish. I prepare this dish when I have leftover idlies. Idli Manchurian satisfies your savory and spicy cravings! This recipe will serve 3. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 20 minutes Ingredients: - 4 idlies, I am using left over idlies, I do have the recipe for idli - About 2 cups sliced yellow and green bell pepper, use any color bell pepper -  1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons oil for stir-frying, idlies and bell pepper For Sauce - 6 whole red chilies - 2 tablespoons oil (canola or vegetable oil) - 2 tablespoons soy sauce - 1 tablespoon vinegar - 1 tablespoon ginger paste or finely grated ginger (adrak) - 1 tablespoon tomato paste -  1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - 2 teaspoons corn starch or arrow root powder - 1 cup water Preparation - Boil the red chilies in about 1/­­2 cup of water until they are tender. Let them cool off. In a blender blend all the sauce ingredients together oil, soy sauce, vinegar, ginger, tomato paste, sugar, and corn starch if needed add more water. - Boil the sauce over medium heat. Sauce should be pouring consistency. Set aside. - Cut the idlies into bite size pieces, I have cut the idlies in 6 pieces. Heat the oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Add idlies and sprinkle the salt. Stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until idlies are lightly golden brown, take them out and set aside. - In the same pan stir fry bell pepper 2-3 minutes, do not overcook the bell pepper, they taste better when they are still crisp. Add the stir-fry idlies to bell peppers. Pour the sauce and stir gently making sure idlies are coated well. Turn off the heat. Idli Manchurian is ready. Take them out in a serving bowl. Manchurian makes a delicious lunch box meal. Also, try Gobi Manchurian, Masala Idli, Rava Idli The post Idli Manchurian appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Gift Ideas for upcoming Diwali (2016)

October 24 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Gift Ideas for upcoming Diwali (2016)Diwali is fast-approaching and I have already begun my preparations! This time of year is full of parties, fun, and celebration. So why not bring a homemade gift to the next party? Homemade gifts are truly special in that they show you really put some thought and care into it. Some ideas for simple homemade gifts are: Masala Puri Chiroti (Khaja) /­­/­­ (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); /­­/­­ ]]> Date and Nut Ladoo Atta Ka Ladoo Rava Ladoo Spicy Cashews Spicy Cashews The post Gift Ideas for upcoming Diwali (2016) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Apple Vegan Cake

October 6 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Apple Vegan Cake (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Apple vegan cake, this is a delicious, egg-less and dairy free cake. Apple Vegan Cake is easy and basic. Cake has a soft and moist texture. It is hard to believe that this is vegan. This recipe will serve 8 Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 30 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida, plain flour) - 1-1/­­2 tablespoons corn starch (corn flour) - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­­8 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cinnamon powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon nutmeg - 1/­­3 cup oil, canola or any vegetable oil - 3/­­4 cup sugar - 1-1/­­2 cups apple sauce - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 tablespoon powder sugar for garnishing Preparation - Pre heat the oven to 350°F - Square 8- inch cake pan, line with parchment paper and grease bottom and sides of the pan. - Mix the dry ingredients together except sugar, flour, corn starch, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. - In a different bowl whisk oil and sugar together for about 2 minutes add apple sauce and vanilla extract mix it well. - Add the dry ingredients to apple mix and mix it together gently making sure all the ingredients mix together well. - Pour the mixture to cake pan and bake around 28 minutes, until cake begins to pull away from sides and/­­or toothpick inserted in the center pulls out clean. - Let it sit for about 20 minutes bring to room temperature and slice the cake into 16 square pieces. - Before serving lightly dust with powder sugar. The post Apple Vegan Cake appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Masala Puri - Spicy Crackers

September 22 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Masala Puri - Spicy Crackers (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Masala purie is a delicious, crispy snack. You can also serve them as spicy crackers or chips. They can be quite addicting so be careful. Masala puri is one of my favorite snack with hot cup of chai. This simple and delicious recipe will make a great holiday gift! Recipe will make about 40 Masala Puri Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida, plain flour) - 1/­­2 cup fine sooji (semolina) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­2 teaspoon carom seed (ajwain) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1 teaspoon red chili flakes - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 cup water Also need oil to fry Method - In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients all-purpose flour, sooji, Salt, Cumin seeds, carom seeds, asafetida, and red chili flakes. - Add oil to the flour mix and rub with your fingers to mix it well. Add the water little at a time, making into a firm dough. - Cover the dough and set aside for about 10 minutes or more. - Divide the dough into about 40 equal parts, and roll them between your palms. - Roll the puries into 3 inch circles. - Prick each puri with a fork in 3 to 4 places, this will prevent the puries not to puff while frying. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat. - The frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly. - Fry few puries at a time, make sure to place just enough puries to cover the oil. Fry them until both sides are a light golden-brown. Take them out over paper towel and repeat the process. Tips: - Masala Puries can be stored for a couple of months in airtight containers. - If the puries are cooked on high heat, they will be soft. these are some more gift ideas! Spicy Cashews, Almond Brittle, Flax Seed Burfi The post Masala Puri – Spicy Crackers appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Homemade Cream Cheese

August 12 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Homemade Cream Cheese (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This recipe for Homemade Cream Cheese is an easy recipe to make. Cream cheese is delicious as a spread on crackers, bread and also for making cheesecake. This recipe will make about 3/­­4 cup of cream cheese. Preparation Time: 5 minutes cooing Time: 20 minutes Ingredients: - 4 cups whole milk - 3 tablespoons lemon juice - Pinch of salt Method - Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pan over medium heat, after milk is hot but not boiling add lemon juice. As milk will start coming to boil the curd will start separating from the whey, slowly it will separate into thick curds and whey will separate. Dont let the milk come to full boil. - Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth. - Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, and squeeze lightly, keeping it soft. - Cream cheese should be soft, add the salt and whip it to make it smooth. Suggestions: You can also flavor this to your taste. These are my favorites for flavoring the cream cheese black pepper, finely chopped ginger, finely chopped green chili, chopped olives. Use cream cheese to make mango cheese cake, Cream Cheese Sandwiches, Finger sandwiches Enjoy! The post Homemade Cream Cheese appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mexican Rice

August 4 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Mexican Rice (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); When I first came to the United States, one of the first cuisines I was introduced to was Mexican.  I really enjoyed it then just as much as I enjoy it now.  My first experience with Mexican cuisine was a little mom and pop restaurant that really made an extra effort and catered to our vegetarian preference. I decided to try out a recipe for a Mexican rice which is typically served as a side dish with Mexican meals.  I especially enjoy this rice with cheese enchiladas and refried beans. Enjoy! This recipe will serve 4. Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 12 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup long grain rice, you can use any long grain rice - 3 tablespoons oil - 1 14oz can chopped tomatoes - 1 cup corn kernels, I am using frozen corn - 1 cup green bell pepper cut in small pieces - 1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds (jeera) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper finely chopped - 2 cups of water - 1/­­4 cup cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 2 tablespoons lime juice, I prefer lime juice but lemon juice will work Method - Wash the rice and drain the water and pat dry. - In a frying pan heat the oil over medium high heat, when oil is moderately hot add the rice and stir fry for about 4-5 minutes till rice is lightly toasted. - Add vegetables, corn bell pepper and jalapeno pepper sauté, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. - Add cumin powder, salt and tomato sauté, stirring frequently for about 3-4 minutes. Until most of the moisture from tomatoes has evaporated. - Add water stir and bring it to boil, lower the heat to low. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 10 minutes, or until all the water has evaporated. Uncover the pan let it sit for about 2-3 minutes without stirring. - Add cilantro and lime juice and fluff the rice gently. Rice is ready to serve. You will also like to see the recipes for Vegetarian enchilada, Vegetable Hakka noodles, Gobi or cauliflower Manchurian, Butternut squash pasta. Enjoy! Thank you; please subscribe also my youtube channel https:/­­/­­www.youtube.com/­­subscription_­center... The post Mexican Rice appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mango Smoothie

July 22 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Mango Smoothie (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); This recipe for Mango Smoothie is simply delicious, not to mention a perfect summer drink. This is a very easy and quick recipe. Mango smoothie can also make a very refreshing dessert when served in a bowl. Instead of milk or yogurt I used coconut milk and made it vegan friendly. Recipe will serve 2. Ingredients: - 2 cups chopped mango frozen - 1/­­4 cup banana slices frozen - 1/­­2 cup coconut milk - 2 tablespoons sugar adjust to taste depends how sweet is mango - 2 teaspoons lime juice - 1 teaspoon ginger finely shredded - 1 cup crushed ice - 4-5 mint leaves, for garnishing Method - To make mango smoothie put all the ingredients, mangoes, coconut cream, sugar, lime juice, ginger, mint leaves, and crushed ice in blender, blend on high speed to make smooth and fluffy. Add some water to make desired consistency. - Serve chilled garnish with mint. Serving suggestion: If you decide to serve mango smoothie as a dessert, dont add any water and serve in bowls and garnish with chopped mangoes and mint leaves. Enjoy! You will also like Mango slush, mango lassi, Mango cheese cake The post Mango Smoothie appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Pizza Paratha - Stuffed vegetable cheese paratha

July 14 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Pizza Paratha - Stuffed vegetable cheese paratha (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Everyone enjoy pizza. Pizza has become a universal food enjoyed by all. Pizza paratha is perfect for the times when you want to enjoy homemade pizza. This is also quick and easy recipe. Personalize your pizza with your favorite toppings. You can serve this for lunch, snack, or especially good for kids lunch box. This is also my grandkids favorite. This recipe will serve 2. Preparation Time: 10 mins Resting Time: one hour Cooking Time: 10 minutes Ingredients: For Paratha Dough - 1 cup all-purpose flour (maida or plain flour) - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon yeast - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­­3 cup lukewarm water use as needed For Filling - 1-1/­­2 tablespoons tomato paste - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon chili flakes, adjust to taste - 1/­­2 teaspoon dry basil - 1/­­2 teaspoon dry oregano - 1/­­2 cup bell pepper finely chopped - 1/­­2 cup mushrooms finely chopped - 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped, adjust to taste - 1-1/­­4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded Also need - 1/­­4 cup all-purpose flour (maida or plain flour) for rolling the paratha - 2 tablespoons of oil to cook parathas Method - In a bowl mix the flour, salt, yeast, and oil, add the water as needed to make soft and pliable dough. Cover the dough and set aside for about one hour. - Squeeze the chopped bell peppers to remove the extra water. - In a bowl mix all the ingredients for filling, bell pepper, mushrooms tomato paste, salt, chili flakes, basil, oregano, jalapeno, and cheese, mix it well. - Knead the dough and divide in two equal parts. Roll each part of the dough in smooth ball. - Roll one part of the dough into about six-inch diameter, use dry flour as needed to roll. - Place half a cup of filling in the center. Pull the edges of the dough to wrap it around the filling, making sure it is covered from all around. - Meanwhile heat the skillet on medium low heat, skillet should not be very hot, otherwise paratha will not cook through. Heavy skillet works best. - Lightly sprinkle the dry flour on the surface you will roll the paratha. Press the filled patty lightly from both sides, with your fingers. Now using a rolling pin, roll the paratha about eight-inch in diameter. If the dough sticks to the rolling pin or rolling surface, lightly dust the parathas with dry flour. - Oil the skillet generously, and place the paratha on the skillet. Cook the paratha for 2-3 minutes and flip the paratha. Paratha should be golden brown. It is important to cook paratha on low heat. - Again brush the paratha with oil all around and flip it again in about 2 minutes. Paratha should be golden brown both sides for crispness. Paratha should take about five minutes to cook nicely. - Take out the pizza paratha over wire rack to keep them from getting soggy. - You can make these pizza parathas in any combinations of filling. When I make for my grand kids I dont add any peppers. you will also enjoy Vegetable Pasta, Vegetable Hakka noodles, Gobi Manchurian, Veggie Hash Browns Enjoy! The post Pizza Paratha – Stuffed vegetable cheese paratha appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Easy Recipe from one Basic Gravy

July 6 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Easy Recipe from one Basic Gravy Most of the Indian dishes you prepare will involve some type of gravy. Learning how to make a gravy is useful because you can pair the gravy with many different vegetables and come up with unique dishes that are easy to prepare. You can then pair the gravy with vegetables you have in fridge or freezer and – voila – dinner is prepared! For a great basic gravy, check out my Mattar Paneer recipe. Here are some suggestions using this recipe. You can make small changes to this recipe for a variety of dishes. For example, instead of mattar paneer this can be just mattar, or just paneer, or aloo mattar, or just aloo, or paneer. Also you can use a frozen vegetable mix like (peas, corn, carrots, beans) or add mushrooms. The possibilities are endless! Try adding a few spoons of cream in the gravy to make a richer dish for a party.  You can add about a tablespoon of dry fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi). This provides a very unique flavor. You can freeze your gravy in small portions. It will stay good for up to two months. Having gravy readily available will make your cooking a lot easier and less stressful. Enjoy! The post Easy Recipe from one Basic Gravy appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Boondi Ka Raita

June 23 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Boondi Ka Raita (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Boondi Ka Raita is a delicious and easy to make side dish which compliments any meal. Boondi ka raita is a yogurt based Indian condiment. Raita is an integral part of Indian cuisine. This recipe will serve 4. Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook time: 5 minutes Ingredients: - 1 cup boondi, boondies you can buy in indian grocery stores or use the recipe I have for sweet boondi just do not soak them in syrup. - 1-1/­­2 cups yogurt - 1/­­2 teaspoon Salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon Black salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon roasted cumin seed powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder - About 1 table spoon mint leaves chopped - Few mint leaves to garnish Method - Soak boondi in the warm water for about 10 minutes. - Lightly squeeze the boondies in your palms, don’t mash them. - whisk the yogurt in a bowl. If yogurt if too thick add water as needed. Yogurt should be the consistency of pancake or dosa batter. - Add all the spices salt, black salt cumin seed powder, chili powder, and chopped mint leaves mix it well. - Add the boondi and mix. - Garnish boondi raita with mint leaves. Boondi raita can be served cold or at room temperature. I especially like boondi rita with aloo  paratha or with Urad Dal Puri. The post Boondi Ka Raita appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

8 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes In Under 30 Minutes!

June 22 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

8 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes In Under 30 Minutes!We all live busy lives and have so many things to get done. Time is precious and your mealtime should not make you stressed. Here are some quick and easy suggestions for delicious Indian vegetarian recipes in under 30 minutes that can be used for any meal. Masala Khichdi Masala Khichdi is a spicy variation of simple khichdi. This the ultimate comfort food which is also healthy. Khichdi is basically prepared with rice and lentils. Adding a few vegetables with spicy tomato seasoning makes khichdi a complete meal. Usually khichdi is served with yogurt, pickle and papdam. Chickpea Pulav Chickpea Pulav is a delicious combination of rice, chickpeas, and vegetables and then seasoned with spices. This is a great, hearty, and healthy meal. This is a one dish and one pot meal. Quinoa vegetable pilaf Quinoa vegetable pilaf is a protein rich, gluten free and delicious dish. It is quick and easy to make. Vegetable Pulav Vegetable pulav is a mix of vegetables and spices. If you are not in the mood to prepare a big meal, use vegetable pulav as a one-dish meal with yogurt, pickle, papadam or chutney. Grilled Potato Sandwiches Grilled Potato Sandwiches gives a different dimension to the classic grilled cheese sandwich. They are delicious and add an Indian taste to the standard grilled cheese. Potato& cheese sandwiches are excellent choice for a hearty and satisfying lunch. Oat Dosa Oat dosa is an easy recipe that is perfect for busy families. This gluten-free dish is made with oats, rice flour, yogurt, and a few spices. I add cabbage and carrots for texture. This is definitely a staple in my house. Bread Uttapam Bread Uttapam is a popular South Indian dish. Traditionally uttapam is made with rice and lentil batter, which can be a long process. Bread Uttapam, on the other hand, is instant and easy to make. Not to mention it tastes delicious. It tastes divine served hot and with a side of coconut chutney. Aloo Puri Aloo Puri, is spicy potatoes with gravy and puffed whole wheat bread (puri). It is simple and makes a complete meal. This is a popular combination in North India. This can be served for a casual breakfast, lunch or dinner. The post 8 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes In Under 30 Minutes! appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo Bhujia - Potato Sev

June 10 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Aloo Bhujia - Potato Sev (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Aloo bhujia is a crispy savory snack. Bhujia looks like short thin noodles. Aloo bhujia is also a favorite snack with my grand kids. This is a perfect snack for a relaxed evening nibbling while watching TV. Preparation time: Cooking time: 15 minutes This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 2 cups boiled peeled and shredded potatoes - 1/­­2 cup besan, gram flour - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida, hing - 1/­­8 teaspoon citric acid or you can use 2 teaspoon lemon juice - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric, haldi Also need oil to fry Method - Take a bowl and combine potatoes, salt, chili powder, asafetida, citric acid, and turmeric, mix them well. Add besan and knead into a pliable dough. Do not use any water moisture from the potatoes will be enough to make the dough. If dough is too soft add little more besan. Lightly oil your palm and knead the dough again. Let it sit for ten minutes. - Grease sev maker with fine hole attachment. Place enough dough to fill the cylinder of sev maker and close. On other side, heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat, frying pan should have about one inch of oil. - Oil should be moderately hot. Note: when you place little piece of dough oil should sizzle and dough should come up slowly without changing color. - Now hold the sev maker over frying pan, press the handle, bhujia will start coming out in to the oil. Slowly move the sev maker in circular motion. Dont over lap. - Fry both sides till they become light golden brown, and oil will stop sizzling. Bhujia is ready. Remove it using slotted spoon. - Take them out over paper towel lined plate. And continue the same process for remaining dough. - Let the sev cool completely, as it cools they will become crispy. Store them in air tight container, they should stay good for weeks. The post Aloo Bhujia – Potato Sev appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Virgin Pina Colada (Mocktail)

May 24 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Virgin Pina Colada (Mocktail) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Virgin Pina colada, a non-alcoholic drink. This is very refreshing tropical fruit drink. Pina colada is easy to make, just perfect for hot summer days. Pina colada is made with pineapple and coconut and has a nice and soothing taste. Recipe will serve 2. Ingredients: - 1-1/­­2 cups fresh pineapple cubes - 1 cup coconut milk - 2 teaspoons ginger chopped - 2 teaspoons lime juice - 3 tablespoons sugar adjust to taste - 1/­­2 cup water - 2 cups crushed ice - Few pineapple wedges for garnishing Method - Combine all ingredients except garnish in a blender. - Blend until smooth and frothy. - Pour the drink into 2 glasses and garnish the rim with pineapple slices. You will also like to try Fruit smoothie, Watermelon cooler, Cucumber cooler The post Virgin Pina Colada (Mocktail) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

High Tea Time Snacks

April 29 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

High Tea Time SnacksThere is nothing better than a relaxed afternoon with friends enjoying a cup of tea and tasty snacks. Show your friends you appreciate them and have them over for high tea.  Its a great way to beat an afternoon slump and its also an excuse to enjoy lifes little pleasures with friends!  These snacks below are simple and can be prepared in advance.  Try these snacks as they are sure to satisfy everyones palate. Chickpea and Spinach spread This is a healthy and delicious spread.  Serve with toasted pita bread or crackers.  It can also be served as dip with fresh veggies. Potato skins or Potato bowls Boiled potatoes filled with spicy chickpeas. Bhel Puri This snack is popular with street vendors in Mumbai. If you enjoy savory, this is the snack for you. Dhokla This is a traditional Gujrati snack that is mildly spiced. Carrot Burfi This is a classic dessert.  This burfi is packed with all the goodness of carrots. Cucumber cooler Try this refreshing and soothing drink on a hot day.  This drink also can be prepared a day in advance. The post High Tea Time Snacks appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Paneer Jalfrezi

April 21 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Jalfrezi Paneer Jalfrezi basically is an Indian style stir-fry dish which tastes delicious and looks beautiful. This is also a popular restaurant dish. Paneer Jalfrezi is a quick and easy recipe to make. Serve Paneer Jalfrezi with paratha, naan, or plain rice. This recipe will serve 3. Preparation time 15 minutes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients: - About 1 cup paneer cut in long strips about 1/­­4 - About 1 cup bell pepper cut in long strips about 1/­­4 - capsicum (I am using different color bell pepper for color) - About 1 cup carrots cut in long strips - About 1 cup green beans cut into about 1 pieces - 1 tomato medium size cut into byte size pieces - 3 tablespoons Oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds - 1/­­2 teaspoon nigella seeds, kalonji - 1 tablespoon ginger thinly sliced - 1 tablespoon green chili chopped - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric - About 3/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala - 2 tablespoons Cilantro chopped Method Paneer jalfrezi vegetables should not be very soft, to taste best vegetables should be little crisp. Vegetables are added in steps as all the vegetables take different time in cooking. - Heat the oil in frying pan over medium high heat. Oil should be moderately hot, add cumin seeds, and nigella as the seeds crack, add carrots, beans and salt. Stir-fry three to four minutes. - Add bell pepper, ginger, green chili, turmeric, and red chili powder, stir fry for two to three minutes. Add paneer and tomatoes stir gently cook until all the vegetables are tender. - Add garam masala and cilantro stir gently everything is mixed well. vegetables should be crisp, do not overcook. - Turn off the heat. Enjoy! The post Paneer Jalfrezi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Kala Jamun

April 14 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Kala Jamun Kala Jamun is a delicious desert very similar to Gulab Jamun. Kala jamun is an exotic sweet dish served on special occasions. Kala Jamuns have a very unique texture as they are chewy outside and grainy inside. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Recipe will make 12 Will serve 6 Ingredients: - 1 cup nonfat milk powder - 1/­4 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour, maida) - 1/­4 cup paneer (see the video how to make the paneer) I used 1-1/­2 cup of milk for paneer - 1/­8 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­2 cup heavy cream For Filling - Pinch of saffron - 1 tablespoon crushed almond - 1 tablespoon crushed pistachios - 1 tablespoon warm milk For Syrup - 1-1/­2 cups sugar - 1 cup water - 4 crushed green cardamom Oil to fry Method Syrup - In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cardamom over medium heat and bring it to a boil. Simmer until the syrup is sticky but not making the thread. If using a candy thermometer, it should reach 200°F. Set aside. Kala Jamun - Soak the saffron in warm cream. And set aside. - Knead the paneer enough to make it smooth, do not over knead the paneer. - In a bowl mix the dry ingredients together, all-purpose flour, milk powder, and baking soda. Add the paneer and mix well add cream to make soft dough. Dough should be soft and sticking to fingers, as dough sits milk powder will absorb the extra cream. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. - Knead the dough if it is dry add 1 to 2 tablespoons of milk as needed not the cream. Divide the dough into 14 equal parts. - Take two pieces of dough and add the filling ingredients saffron, almonds and pistachios, mix well. Divide the filling into 12 equal parts. - Take one part of the dough roll it between your both palms to make a smooth ball and mold it into cup, place one filling in the center, cover from all around, and roll it into smooth ball. Make all 12 the same way. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on low medium heat. The frying pan should have at least 1-1/­2 inch of oil. Notes: To test if the oil is the right temperature, place a small piece of dough into the oil; oil should sizzle but it should take about 30 seconds to rise the dough. If dough rises faster, oil is too hot; if dough just sits without rising, oil is not hot enough. - Place the Kala Jamuns in the frying pan. Note: remember Kala jamuns will expand in about one and half the size, so give them enough space to expend, and dont over crowed them. - It should take about 7 minutes to fry the kala jamuns. While frying keep rolling the kala jamuns so they are evenly browned. Kala Jamun should be near to black color. - Put the kala jamuns in the hot syrup, not boiling. - The kala jamuns should sit in the syrup for at least 30 minutes prior to serving. Kala jamuns are ready. Serve them for your next get together. You will also enjoy the recipes for bengali rasgulla, and balushahi Enjoy! The post Kala Jamun appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Vegetable Hakka Noodles (Chow Mein)

March 31 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Vegetable Hakka Noodles (Chow Mein) Vegetable Hakka noodles are also more commonly known as Vegetable Chow Mein. This is a popular Indo-Chinese dish. Vegetable hakka noodles consists of stir fry noodles with a variety of vegetables. This is a quick and easy recipe to make. Hakka noodles is a delicious and flavorful dish and very popular with street vendors. This also makes a great one-dish meal. Recipe will serve 2. Ingredients: - About 4oz. whole wheat noodles - 2 tablespoons oil - 2 cups cabbage thinly sliced - 1/­­2 cup carrots grated or thinly sliced - 1 cup bell pepper thinly sliced, use the different color bell pepper, capsic - 1/­­2 cup finely chopped French green beans - 1 tablespoon ginger finely chopped - 1 tablespoon rice vinegar - 3 tablespoons soy sauce - 2 tablespoons chili sauce, adjust to taste - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt Method - Cook noodles according to the package instructions. Drain the cooked noodles in a colander, and rinse them with cold water. Set aside. - Heat oil in a wide pan or wok on medium high heat, first sauté the green beans, and ginger for about 1 minutes. - Traditionally vegetables are tossed while cooking, I find it is easier just to stir fry - Add grated carrots, shredded cabbage and sliced bell pepper. Stir fry for about two minutes, do not overcook the vegetables. Vegetables should have some crunch. - Add noodles, salt, soy sauce, vinegar, and chili sauce, toss them together and stir-fry them for about a minute. - Hakka noodles are ready. Enjoy! also check the recipes for Gobi (Cauliflower) Manchurian, Sweet and Sour Tofu, The post Vegetable Hakka Noodles (Chow Mein) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Crispy Aloo Pakoras (Potato Fritters)

March 24 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Crispy Aloo Pakoras (Potato Fritters) Crispy aloo pakoras, or crispy potato fritters are a flavorful and delicious snack specially when it is served with cilantro chutney, and hot cup of chai. They are easy and quick to make. Welcome your surprise guest and treat them with these mouthwatering crispy aloo pakoras. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 2 cups potatoes wash, peeled and finely chopped, aloo - 1/­­2 cup besan - 2 tablespoons rice flour - 2 tablespoons corn starch - 1 tablespoon fennel seeds crushed, saunf - 1 tablespoon coriander seed crushed, dhania - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric, haldi - 1/­­4 teaspoon mango powder, amchoor - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida, hing - 1-1/­­2 teaspoons red chili flakes - 1 tablespoon ginger finely chopped, adrak - 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped, hara dhania - 1 tablespoon oil - 1 teaspoon salt Also need oil to fry Method - Wash and peel the potatoes and cut them in very small cubes, and soak them in cold water. - Mix all the ingredients together except salt and potatoes. - Drain the water from potatoes, add the spice mix and mix it well. Add water as needed making sure the spice mix stick to the potatoes uniformly. - Now add the salt and mix it well. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. - The frying pan should have at least 1 inch of oil. To check if the oil is ready, put one piece of potato in the oil. The potato should raise to the top but not change color right away. - Oil your fingers it helps dropping the potatoes in the frying pan. - While putting the potatoes into oil, loosen them with your fingers to make sure the potatoes are separated and do not form clutter. Potatoes should be separated while frying. - Fry the potatoes until they turn light brown, turning them occasionally. - When they are done cooking, take them out of the oil with a slotted spoon. Place them on a paper towel to absorb the extra oil. Crispy aloo pakoras taste best when they are served hot. Serve the with cilantro chutney and hot cup of masala chai. The post Crispy Aloo Pakoras (Potato Fritters) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mango Rice

March 10 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Mango Rice Mango rice is just one style of South Indian rice dishes among many different variations. Mango rice has a very unique flavor due to the tartness of the mangoes, the sweetness of the coconut, and the heat of the chilies all being mixed together. This is a simple but flavorful and satisfying light lunch! Ingredients: For Rice - 1 cup long grain rice, I am using basmati rice - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt - 2 cups water For mango seasoning - 2 cups raw mango peeled and shredded - 3 tablespoons oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon mustard seeds, rai - About 10 curry leaves - 2 tablespoons peanuts - 2 tablespoons roasted chana, optional - 1 tablespoon ginger sliced, adrak - 2 green chili seeded and sliced lengthwise - 1/­­4 teaspoon turmeric, haldi - 1/­­4 teaspoon red chili powder - 1 teaspoons salt - 1/­­4 cup coconut freshly shredded, I am using frozen shredded coconut - 1 tablespoon sugar - 2 teaspoons lemon juice, use as needed Method - Wash and soak the rice in about 3 cups of water for at least 15 minutes. - Drain the rice. In the sauce pan cook, the rice with 2 cups of water, salt, and oil over medium high heat, bring rice to boil then turn the heat to low, cover the pan and cook rice for about 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Note: Cooked rice expands to about 4 times its original size, so be sure to use the proper size pan. - Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat, oil should be moderately hot, add mustard seeds. - When the seeds cracks add peanuts, and roasted chana, stir fry for one minute until peanuts are lightly brown. - Add green chili, curry leaves, and ginger, stir for few seconds. - Next add coconut, mango, sugar, salt, turmeric, and red chili mix it well and cook over low heat for 3-4 minutes until mango is just tender, do not overcook the mango. - Gently fold the rice with mango and turn off the heat. Mango rice is ready to serve. - Turn off the heat if needed drizzle some lemon juice.   You will  also like some more rice dishes.  they are easy to make  good for lunch box as a complete meal.  Yogurt Rice, Chickpea Pulav, Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf Enjoy! The post Mango Rice appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chiroti (Khaja)

February 25 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Chiroti (Khaja) Chiroti, also known as khaja, this is a crispy sugar coated puri a delicious snack. Chiroti is a traditional Maharashtrian delicacy. I like to make them for holidays like holi and Diwali. This is also kid-friendly snack. This recipe will make 16-18 and will serve 8. Prep time: 10 min Cook time: 30 min Ingredients: - 1 cup all-purpose flour, maida, plain flour - 2 tablespoons clarified melted butter, ghee - Pinch of salt -  1/­­2 cup cold water - We also need 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and 2 tablespoons of melted clarified butter to make paste Oil to fry For syrup - 3/­­4 cups of sugar - 1/­­3 cup of water - 1/­­4 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds Method Syrup - In a pan add the water, sugar and cardamom bring it to boil over medium high heat, stir making sure sugar is dissolved. Let it boil till syrup is sticky but not making a thread, on candy thermometer it should be 220 degrees. Set aside. For Chiroti - In a small bowl, mix flour with ghee and keep aside. This paste is used to bind the layers of rotis. Set aside. - In a bowl, add the flour, salt and ghee and mix well. Slowly add enough water to make a smooth yet firm dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for at least 10 minutes. - Knead the dough lightly and divide the dough in two equal parts. Roll each dough in thin roti, try to roll in rectangle shape about 9x12 - Place one roti on flat surface smear it with ghee and flour paste. Place the another roti over and smear with ghee again. Gently rolled it into a log and cut into 1/­­2 pieces. This will make about 18 pieces. - Roll each patty in rounds or in rectangles about 3 to 5. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. To test, place a small piece of dough into the oil; the oil should sizzle and the dough should rise to surface without changing color. - Place rolled out chirotis into the oil, without over lapping. Deep fry the chirotis on a medium flame, flipping them gently to cook both sides to light golden brown. Take them out over paper towel, this will absorb the excess oil. - Dip them in hot syrup, it should be coated from both sides take them out over greased plate. let it dry it should take about three hour. - Chiroties will be crispy and flakey you can store them in an airtight container and they stay fresh for at least one week to ten days. You will also like a special holi sweet snack Gujia, Moong Dal Halwa, The post Chiroti (Khaja) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Peanut Chutney

February 9 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Peanut Chutney Peanut chutney is a delicious condiment that compliments many South Indian dishes such as dosa, idli, and Medu Vada. This chutney also makes a great spicy spread for sandwiches. I often use this as a dip with pita chips. This is a quick and easy recipe to make! This recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup raw peanuts - 2 tablespoons oil - 8 whole dry red chilies - 1/­­2 teaspoon mustard seeds - 1 tablespoon sesame seeds, til - 1/­­4 teaspoon asafetida, hing - 1/­­4 teaspoon fenugreek seed, mathi - About 10 curry leaves - 1 teaspoon salt - 2 tablespoons tamarind paste - About 1 cup of water Method - Heat the oil in a small frying pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds, as mustard seeds crack add whole red chilies, and peanuts stir-fry them for about 2 minutes. - Lower the heat to low. Add fenugreek seeds. Sesame seeds, asafetida, and curry leaves stir for about 30 seconds. Take out 4 red chilies, set aside. - Add tamarind paste, and salt mix it well. Add one cup of water. Turn the heat to medium, cook for about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it cool off to room temperature. - Grind the peanut mixture to a smooth but not make it paste. - Check the salt and pepper add more if required. Enjoy! The post Peanut Chutney appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Dal Dhokli (Gujarati One Dish Meal)

January 28 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Dal Dhokli (Gujarati One Dish Meal) Dal Dhokli is a traditional Gujarati dish. This recipe consists of spicy whole wheat uncooked roti pieces simmered into dal and cooked to perfection. Dal dhokli has a mild sweet and spicy flavor.  Dal dhokli also makes a delightful one dish meal. Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 25 minutes This recipe will serve 2 Ingredients: For dal - 1/­2 cup Toor dal (Pigeon peas) - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­4 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 2 tablespoons peanuts - 1/­2 teaspoon Red chili powder - 1/­2 cup tomato chopped - 1 teaspoon ginger paste - 1 tablespoon Jaggery, gur - 3 cups of water For Seasoning (Tadka) - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­4 teaspoon mustard seeds (rai) - 1/­4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 whole red chilies For garnishing - 2 tablespoons cilantro finely chopped For Dhokli  - 1/­2 cup whole wheat flour (Chapati atta) - 1 tablespoon besan (gram flour) - 1/­4 teaspoon Turmeric (haldi) - 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chili - 1/­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1/­8 teaspoon Carom seed (Ajwain) - 1/­2 teaspoon Salt - 1 tablespoon Oil - 1/­4 cup water Method For the dhoklis - Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, whole wheat flour, besan, turmeric, green chili, asafetida, carom seeds, salt, and oil and mix it well. Add the water as needed to make firm dough, this should take about 1/­4 cup of water. - Divide the dough into 2 equal parts and roll out each portion into about 7 inch in diameter. If needed use little whole wheat flour for dusting the rolling surface that will help in rolling. - Cut each roti into about 1-1/­2 inch squares and set aside. For the dal - Clean, wash and drain the dal. In pressure cooker add dal, salt, turmeric, and 3 cups of water. Cook over medium high heat. - When the pressure cooker starts to steam, lower the heat to medium and cook seven minutes. - Turn off the heat and allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. - Combine the cooked dal and 1 cup of hot water, whip the dal so it becomes creamy texture, you can use the hand blender to mix dal. Dal will be consistency of thick batter. Add about 3-4 cups of boiling water. Dal should be very liquidey, consistency of runny batter. - Add peanuts, chili powder, tomatoes, ginger, and jiggery to dal, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. - Prepare the seasoning, heat the oil in a small pan, when oil is moderately hot add the cumin seeds and mustard seeds, asafetida, and red chilies and allow them to crack. - Add this tempering to the dal, mix well, add dhokli and cook on a low medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. - Add cilantro and cook for another 2 minutes on low medium heat. Dal will get thicker as it cools. Serving suggestions Serve with plain rice, drizzle some ghee and lemon juice on top right before serving dal dhokli.  Dal dhokli should be served hot. You will also enjoy other one dish meal like, masala khichdi, Vegetable rice, and Quinoa vegetable pilaf The post Dal Dhokli (Gujarati One Dish Meal) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Dosa (Rice and Urad Dal Crepe)

January 14 2016 Manjula's kitchen 

Dosa (Rice and Urad Dal Crepe) Dosa is a popular South Indian delicacy which looks like a crepe. Dosa is a crisp and thin pancakes made of a rice and urad dal batter. Traditionally Dosa is served with samber, aloo masala and coconut chutney. This recipe will serve 3.  Ingredients: - 1-1/­­2 cups rice - 1/­­2 cup urad dal washed - 1/­­2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds - 1 teaspoon salt - 5 tablespoons oil or clarified butter, ghee Method - Wash rice and dal changing water three to four times. Soak rice mix and fenugreek seeds in about 4 cups of water for at least six hours. - In a blender, blend the rice and dal mix to very creamy texture. Use only as little water as needed to blend. Using too much water for blending will not give the desired creamy texture. Use the same water dal was soaked to grind the batter as that helps in fermentation. - Add the salt to batter, cover and ferment the batter in a warm place for about a day. Batter will be about one and half time in volume. - When ready to make dosa whip the batter for few seconds. Add water as needed, batter should be pourable, or like pancake consistency. - Place a non-stick- heavy skillet over medium heat. Test by sprinkling a few drops of water on it. The water should sizzle right away. - Pour 1/­­2 cup of the batter mixture into the skillet and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Starting from the center, spiral outward until evenly spread, about eight inches in diameter thin circle. - Smear about 2 teaspoons oil over it and along the edges and cook till the dosa turns brown in color and crisp. This point flip the dosa using a flat spatula, for about 15 seconds. - Dosa is ready, repeat with remaining batter. Every time wipe the skillet with wet towel that helps spreading the dosa. - Serve with coconut chutney, aloo masala and sambhar. The post Dosa (Rice and Urad Dal Crepe) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Eggless)

December 31 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Chocolate Chip Cookies (Eggless) Chocolate chip cookies are always a treat. These are egg-less cookies, and they are supper easy to make. These cookies are delicious and crispy and taste great with milk or hot cup of tea. This recipe makes 20 cookies Ingredients: - 1-1/­­4 cups of all purpose flour (plain flour or maida) - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda - Pinch of salt - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 1/­­2 cup of softened butter (8 tablespoons or 4oz) - 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract - Approx. 1/­­4 cup of chilled milk use as needed - 1/­­2 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips Method - Pre heat the oven to 350 degree F or 180 degree C. - Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, in a bowl. - Take butter in another bowl, whip it with whisk till it becomes creamy and smooth. - Add the sugar and mix it till it becomes smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla and mix well. - Add the flour mix to butter. This will make into crumbly dough. - Add milk as needed to make soft dough. Stir in the chocolate chips. - Divide the dough into about 20 equal parts and make them into about 1/­­2 patties. - Place the dough balls on a non-greased cookie sheet about two inches a part. - Bake the cookies for about 15 to 18 minutes or until cookies are lightly golden brown on edges. - Remove the cookie sheet from the oven.  Let the cookies cool down for two to three minutes before taking them off the cookie sheet. The post Chocolate Chip Cookies (Eggless) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Holiday Gift Snacks

December 11 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Holiday Gift Snacks It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The holidays are around the corner and this time of year is all about family, friends, and good cheer!  I love the holidays as they create positive energy, happiness, and gives us an excuse to get in touch with friends and family.  I like to visit friends and family this time of year with a small gift.   I like gifts that come from the heart.  For me, nothing shows love like something home cooked.  This year I wanted to make something simple and easy, but also something that would have a long shelf life.  I decided to make spicy cashews and almond brittle. These snacks are perfect gifts during the holiday season. Almond Brittle Spicy Cashews The post Holiday Gift Snacks appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Atta Ka Halwa (Wheat Flour Halwa)

December 2 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Atta Ka Halwa (Wheat Flour Halwa) Atta ka Halwa, is a delicious sweet dessert. This is easy to make and with few ingredients. Atta ka halwa is made with whole wheat flour, sugar, and clarified butter, flavored with cardamom. I love the sweet aroma and flavor of cardamom, for me cardamom is must to have any sweet I make. Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 1/­­2 cup whole wheat flour - 1/­­3 cup ghee, clarified butter - 1/­­2 cup sugar - 2 cups water - 10-12 raisins - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamom coarsely ground - 2 tablespoons sliced almonds - 1 tablespoon pistachios sliced for garnishing Preparation - Boil the water and sugar in a pan over medium high heat. Bring the syrup to full boil and mix it well making sure sugar is dissolved, and turn off the heat. Set aside. - In a frying pan over low medium heat, add the clarified butter after butter is melted add whole wheat flour. Keep stirring and roast the flour, till it turns light brown and have nice sweet aroma. Flour should be roasted well, after adding the syrup four will be lighter in shade. Halwa should be nice and light brown in color. This should take about 7-8 minutes. - Add the syrup slowly to minimize splattering. Keep stirring continuously, making sure there is no lumps. Add raisins, half the almonds and cardamom, and cook till it becomes consistency of thick batter. Keep the halwa softer than your desired consistency, as it will thicken over time. This should take about 5-6 minutes. - Garnish with almonds, and pistachios. Serve warm. You will also like Whole Wheat Gaund Panjiri.   The post Atta Ka Halwa (Wheat Flour Halwa) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Mixed Vegetable Pakoras

November 18 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Mixed Vegetable Pakoras These Mixed Vegetable Pakoras are an all-time favorite snack in India. There are endless variations of pakoras, which are also known as bhajias. Mixed vegetable pakoras as the name suggests are made with a variety of vegetables. Pakoras are great as an appetizer or snack for any type of the gathering. They are perfect for a rainy day, and even more delicious paired with a cup of hot spicy chai. This Recipe will serve 6. Ingredients: - 1 cup potato peeled and cut into very small pieces - 1 cup cauliflower cut into very small pieces - 1 cup packed spinach roughly chopped - 1 cup cabbage thinly sliced - 2 green chilies finely chopped adjust to taste - 1-1/­2 cups besan (gram flour) - 3 teaspoons oil - 1 tablespoon coriander coarsely ground (Dhania) - 1 tablespoon fennel seeds coarsely ground (saunf) - 1/­8 teaspoon asafetida - 1/­2 teaspoon red chili powder - 1/­2 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1/­4 teaspoon garam masala - 1-1/­2 teaspoons salt - Oil to fry Method - Combine all the dry ingredients, besan, coriander, fennel, red pepper, salt, and asafetida in a bowl. Mix it well. - Add potatoes, cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, and green chilies and oil into dry mix, mix it well keep aside for about ten minutes. When you are ready to fry pakoras if mix is too dry add as needed 1 or 2 spoons of water to make texture of soft dough. - Heat at least one inch of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat. To test, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should come up and not change color instantly. - Place about two tablespoons of mix holding with your fingers into the oil. Do not overlap the pakoras. - Fry the pakoras in small batches; after you turn the pakoras one time press the pakoras lightly. - This will take five to six minutes per batch. Fry the pakoras, turning occasionally, until both sides are golden brown. - Repeat this process for the remaining batches. - The crispy, delicious pakoras are now ready to serve. Tips If the oil is too hot the pakoras will not be crisp; if the oil is not hot enough, the pakoras will be greasy. Serving suggestions - The vegetable pakoras are best dipped in a mint chutney, tamarind chutney, or sprinkled with chat masala. - Pakoras taste best when they are served hot. - You can make the pakoras one day in advance, do not refrigerate. When ready to serve refry them in moderately hot oil. - Leftover pakoras make good sandwiches.   The post Mixed Vegetable Pakoras appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Crispy Jalebi

November 4 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Crispy Jalebi Jalebi is a warm crispy, delicious treat. It can best be described as funnel cake. In my home town jalebi was a breakfast treat like pancakes, especially when they were served with kachori (puffed fried bread filled with spicy dal).  I know jalebi is mostly served as a dessert, but for me jalebi still makes the best breakfast treat. This recipe will serve 8. Ingredients: for Batter - 1 cup all-purpose flour, minus 2 Tablespoons - 2 tablespoons corn starch - Pinch of citric acid - 1 teaspoon oil - 1 teaspoon Yeast - 1-1/­­2 cup lukewarm water for Syrup - 1-1/­­2 cups sugar - 3/­­4 cup water - 4 cardamom crushed - A few strands of saffron - Few drops lemon juice - Oil to fry Method for Batter - Sift the all-purpose flour and corn starch together, add the citric acid, and yeast mix it well. - Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter, add oil and mix it well. Batter should be pourable consistency of dosa. - Set the batter aside in a warm place for about half an hour. Make sure the batter is not over-ferment. After fermenting the batter will be a little lacy. for Syrup Boil the sugar and water together. Add the lemon juice, cardamom and saffron. (The lemon juice keeps the mixture from crystallizing). Boil for 2-3 minutes until syrup is about sticky to fingers but has not formed a thread. Turn off the heat. for Jalebi - Heat the oil in a flat frying pan about one inch deep. To test, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should sizzle and rise into a ball without changing color right away. - Fill the Jalebi batter into a piping bag with a #3 nozzle. You can also use an empty ketchup or mustard bottle. Thats what I am using. - Squeeze the Jalebi batter out into the hot oil in pretzel shapes about three inches in diameter. - Fry the jalebis until light golden brown on both sides. Take them out, wait for a minute then transfer them into the warm syrup. Let the jalebis soak in the syrup for about half a minute, take them out. Repeat the process. - Jalebies are ready to serve. Jalebis taste best when they are served hot. Variations - Sprinkle sliced pistachios and almonds, cinnamon powder, coco powder, or sugar powder over the jalebis for a creative touch. - Serve jalebis with malai (a milk reduced by boiling to about one-third of its original quantity. Also check out my other Jalebi recipes: Apple Jalebi Jalebi (Regular) The post Crispy Jalebi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad

October 14 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad is nutritious, tasty and full of flavor. This salad is made with a combination of vegetables and pasta. These are then tossed with a homemade dressing. Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad will make a very enjoyable lunch box meal. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 3/­­4 cup elbow pasta, - 2 cups bell pepper cut to the bite size - use different color bell pepper of your choice - 2 cups zucchini with skin on cut to the bite size - 2 cups tomatoes cut to the bite size - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt Dressing - 2 tablespoons olive oil - 2 tablespoon vinegar - 1 teaspoon lemon juice - 1 teaspoon ginger zest - 1 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­8 teaspoon black pepper Method - Cook pasta as directed on package. Set aside. - For dressing mix all the dressing ingredients oil, vinegar and seasonings in small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. - Add the oil in a frying pan with a spatula spread the oil to coat the frying pan. Notes: wide bottom frying pan works the best. Add the zucchini and bell peppers, sprinkle the salt. - Turn the heat to high and grilled the vegetable moving the around slowly until they are nice brown color looking like grilled. This should take 4-5 minutes. - Add the tomatoes and cook just for a minutes stirring continuously. Tomatoes should not be soft. Toss the pasta with vegetables. - Transfer salad into the bowl. Add the dressing and toss the salad making sure all the vegetables and pasta are coated. - Let salad sit for about fifteen minutes before serving. Suggestions - You can also refrigerate this salad for a day. - Grilled vegetable pasta salad makes a nice lunch box meal. You may also like tomato soup. Enjoy! The post Grilled Veggie Pasta Salad appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Spinach Kofta Curry

September 30 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Spinach Kofta Curry Spinach kofta curry is an exotic gravy-based dish. These spinach and potato koftas (also known as pakoras or dumplings) are simmered in rich creamy tomato gravy making this a very delicious dish. Spinach kofta can be served with any Indian flat bread like Roti, Naan, Paratha, or with plain white rice. This will be enjoyed by everyone. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: For Kofta - 2 cups spinach finely chopped - 1-1/­­2 cups potatoes boiled, peeled and mash - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seed (jeera) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt For Batter - 1/­­4 cup besan (gram flour) - About 1/­­4 cup water Also needed Oil to fry Gravy - 2 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 3 tablespoons cashew powder - About 2 cups tomatoes cut into small pieces - 1 tablespoon chopped ginger - 1 green chili chopped - 1 teaspoons salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­4 cup cream - 1/­­4 teaspoon garam masala - About 1-1/­­2 cups of water Method Koftas (dumpling): - Mix all the ingredients for kofta spinach, potatoes, cumin seeds, and salt, this mix should consistency of dough. Notes: spinach should be pat dry and potatoes should be firm not overcook. Otherwise mix will be very soft and will not hold the shape after adding to the gravy. - With oiled hands, divide the mixture into 24 to 30 equal parts. Make them in round balls. - Make the batter add the water slowly as needed in the besan, batter should be very smooth no lumps. It should be pouring consistency. - Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium high heat. Frying pan should have about 1 inch of oil. Oil should be moderately hot. To check if the oil is ready, put small piece of mix in the oil, oil should sizzle. - Dip the spinach balls in the batter one at a time and slowly drop into the frying pan. Fry koftas until golden-brown all around. Turn them occasionally. This should take about 3-4 minutes. Making Gravy: - Blend the tomatoes, green chilies and ginger to make a puree. If you prefer a milder version, take the seeds out of the green chili before blending. - Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium-high. Test the heat by adding one cumin seed to the oil; if it cracks right away oil is ready. - Add the asafetida, cumin seeds stir for a minute. Lower the heat to low, add the other spices except garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric, salt sugar, turmeric, and cashew powder. Stir-fry for a minutes. - Add the tomato puree, increase the heat to medium cook until the tomato mixture starts leaving the oil and reduces to about half in quantity. Add cream save about 1 tablespoon for garnishing and cook for another minute. - Add about 1-1/­­2 cups of water, as it comes to boil reduce the heat to low and let the gravy cook for few minutes. - Note: adjust the thickness of the gravy to your taste by adjusting the water. - Add the prepared koftas and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes. - Turn of the heat and add the garam masala and cover the pot.   The post Spinach Kofta Curry appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Coconut Almond Burfi

September 9 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Coconut Almond Burfi Coconut almond burfi is a classic dessert and simply delicious. . Coconut almond burfi is super easy to make with few ingredients.  This is also vegan and gluten-free. This recipe will serve 6. To make coconut almond burfi we will need: Ingredients: - 2 cups coconut freshly grated, I am using frozen shredded coconut - 1-3/­­4 cups sugar - 1/­­2 cup blanched almond powder - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamom powder Method - In a non-stick frying pan add coconut and sugar, cook over low medium heat, stir continuously till sugar melted and mixture starts to bubble. - Add the almond powder and cardamom, keep stirring continuously, scraping the sides and bottom of the pan, until mixture start coming together and becomes consistency of soft dough. This should take about 6-7 minutes. Turn of the heat. - Pour the mixture into greased plate while burfi mixture is still hot spread it evenly about 3/­­4 inch thick in a square shape. Press the mixture with spatula to make it firm. - While burfi is still warm cut them in about one inch square. - Allow the burfi to cool for about an hour to dry and hold its shape. Now you can remove the burfi from the plate. - Burfi can be stored for 2 weeks in air tight container. Notes: To blanch almonds, drop almonds in boiling water and keep aside. Drain and rinse under cold water after 5 minutes. Press the almonds one by one and squeeze the skin lightly to pop You will also like Flax Seed Burfi The post Coconut Almond Burfi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Hyderabadi Biryani (Vegetable Pulao)

September 2 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Hyderabadi Biryani (Vegetable Pulao) (deployads =­ window.deployads || []).push({}); Hyderabadi Vegetable Pulao is an exotic rice dish that combines spicy and aromatic vegetables served over rice. Rich with flavor, this is an extraordinary dish. You may also call this Biryani. This dish is made in two parts. First I prepare the rice with cumin seeds and cilantro. Then the vegetables are cooked separately with tomatoes, cashews, beans, green peas, cauliflower, and paneer. Top these vegetables over the rice and you have a mouth-watering dish! Recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: For rice - 1 cup rice preferred basmati rice available in Indian grocery stores - 2 tablespoons clarified butter or ghee - 1/­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - About 1 inch piece cinnamon stick (dal chini) - 1/­2 teaspoon salt - About 1/­4 cup cilantro finely chopped (hara dhania) - 2 cups water For vegetables - About 3 cups mix vegetables I am using cauliflower cut into small floret, green beans cut into small pieces, bell pepper cut into cubes, and frozen green peas, - 1/­2 cup paneer cut into about 1/­2 inch cubes - 4 cups tomatoes chopped - 1 green chili cut into pieces - About 2 tablespoons ginger cut into small pieces - 3 tablespoons oil - 1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 2 tablespoons coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­2 teaspoon turmeric - 1/­2 teaspoon red chili powder - 1-1/­2 teaspoon salt - 1 teaspoon sugar - 1/­4 cup cashew powder - 1/­4 cup cilantro chopped - 1/­4 teaspoon garam masala Method Rice: - Wash rice gently changing water several times until the water appears clear. - For fluffier rice, the rice should be soaked for at least 15 minutes prior to cooking. - Heat the oil in a saucepan. Oil is the right temperature when one cumin seed dropped into the oil cracks immediately. - Add the cumin seeds. When they crack, add the cinnamon stick and stir for a few seconds. Add the rice, cilantro, and salt. Stir-fry one minute. - Add the water and bring to a boil, turn the heat to low. Cover the pan, and Cook 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender and the water has evaporated. Turn off the heat and fluff the rice with a fork. Vegetables - Blend tomatoes, green chilies and ginger to make a puree. If you prefer mild take the seeds out of green chili before blending. - Heat the oil in a saucepan. Over medium high heat oil should be moderately hot, add the cumin seeds, and asafetida, as seeds crack add tomato puree, coriander, turmeric, sugar and salt. - Lower the heat to medium, stir the spice paste occasionally when it start thickening add cashew powder and cook until paste become the thick and start leaving the oil from side. - Add all the vegetables and 1/­4 cup of water, mix it well. Cover the pan and let it cook for about 5-6 minutes over medium heat stir few times in between. Add paneer mix and cover the pan, cook for another 3-4 minutes. Vegetables should be tender not mushy. - Turn off the heat add garam masala and cilantro, stir and cover the pan for few minutes before serving. - Serve the vegetable over hot rice. Hyderbadi mirchi ka salan goes well with this pulao The post Hyderabadi Biryani (Vegetable Pulao) appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Milk (Khoya) Burfi

August 23 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Milk (Khoya) Burfi (deployads = window.deployads || []).push({}); Milk burfi, also known as khoya burfi is a classic Indian sweet that can be served both as a dessert or snackMilk Burfi is made with milk, sugar, and flavored with cardamom. Finish it with a garnish of sliced pistachios and you have a simply divine treat! This is a staple in most North Indian households and served on many occasions. This recipe will serve 6. Preparation time 10 minutes Cooking time 25 minutes Ingredients: - 3-1/­­2 cups whole milk - 1/­­2 cup heavy cream - 3 tablespoons lemon juice strained - 1 tablespoon clarified butter or ghee - 3/­­4 cup milk powder - 1/­­3 cup sugar - 1/­­4 teaspoon cardamom powder - 1 tablespoon sliced pistachios for garnishing Method - Heat the milk and lemon juice on a heavy bottom pan over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As milk will start heating the curd will start separating from the whey, slowly it will separate into thick curds and whey will separate. - Once the milk fat has separated from the whey, drain the whey using a strainer line with cheesecloth, or muslin cloth. - Wrap the curds in a muslin cloth, rinse under cold water, and squeeze well. This process takes out the sourness from the lemon. - Heat the frying pan on medium. Add butter and let it melt. - Next add milk curd, and milk powder. Mix it well. - Cook mixture on medium heat stirring continuously until mixture starts leaving the sides of the frying pan and becomes like soft dough. This should take about 12 minutes. Now this is known as khoya. - Transfer the khoya into a bowl and let it cool off until khoya becomes just lukewarm. - Mix the sugar and cardamom powder into the khoya and knead it for about a minute until everything blends together and become soft dough. Note: if you mix the sugar while khoya is hot that will make burfi soft. - Transfer mixture to the greased plate and press firmly into a square or rectangular shape, approximately 1/­­2 inch high. - Let the burfi sit for about one hour before slicing I prefer cutting in about 1-1/­­2 inch squares. - For garnishing put few pieces of sliced pistachios on every piece burfi. Notes: Do not heat the milk on high heat, milk should separate slowly. Also some time milk will separate in small curds or sometimes you will not see the curds either way it will be fine. Also try Besan Burfi  The post Milk (Khoya) Burfi appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Paneer Bhurji

July 14 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Paneer Bhurji Paneer bhurji is a delightful and spicy paneer dish. Paneer bhurji is a quick and easy recipe to make, made from crumbled paneer simmered in spicy tomato gravy. Paneer bhurji tastes great with roti, paratha, or even with regular bread! This is also makes a good stuffing for dosas or vegetable Frankie rolls. Recipe will serve 2. Ingredients: - 1 cup paneer cut in small pieces - 1 cup tomatoes chopped - 1/­2 cup green peas, I am using frozen green peas - 2 tablespoons oil - 1/­2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera) - 2 bay leaves - 1 tablespoon finely chopped green chilies - 2 teaspoon coriander powder (dhania) - 1/­2 tsp chili powder - 1 teaspoon salt - 1/­2 teaspoon sugar - 1/­4 teaspoon garam masala - 2 tablespoons finely chopped coriander (dhania) Method - Soak the paneer in hot water with 1/­4 teaspoon of salt for five minutes. Drain the water and crumbled the paneer. This process will make the paneer soft, if you are using the fresh paneer skip this step. Set aside. - Heat the oil in sauce pan over medium heat; after oil is moderately hot add cumin seeds. - After the seeds crack add green peas, and green chili stir for about one minute. Add tomatoes, coriander, salt, sugar and red chili powder, stir and mix well. Cover the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes till the tomatoes and peas becomes soft. - Add paneer stir and cook for 1-2 minutes. Dont cook the paneer for a long time as paneer will lose the softness. If it is too dry add few spoons of water. Lastly add chopped coriander leaves to paneer bhurji and mix. - Serve paneer bhurji with rotis, plain parathas or with a toast. Notes, if you are using the paneer bhurji for stuffing then dont the water, bhurji should be dry in texture. The post Paneer Bhurji appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Making Pizza on The Stove Top

July 1 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Making Pizza on The Stove Top This is a quick and easy recipe for Stove Top Pizza. This is just perfect for times when you want to enjoy homemade pizza and don’t feel like ordering take-out pizza or going anywhere! The best part is that you also dont need to have access to a good oven. Recipe will make two personal pizzas. Ingredients: For Dough - 1 cup all-purpose flour (plain flour or maida) - 1/­­2 teaspoon baking powder -  1/­­2 teaspoon baking soda -  1/­­2 teaspoon salt -  1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - 1 tablespoon oil - 2 tablespoons thick yogurt (curd or dahi) room temperature - 1/­­3 cup lukewarm water use as needed - About 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour needed to roll the dough Sauce - 1-1/­­2 cups tomatoes seeded and chopped in small pieces - 1/­­4 teaspoon salt - 1/­­2 teaspoon sugar - 1/­­2 teaspoon Italian seasoning optional - 1/­­2 teaspoon crushed red pepper - 1 tablespoon olive oil Topping - 1/­­2 cup bell pepper cut into small pieces, - 1/­­4 cup mushrooms sliced - About 3/­­4 cup mozzarella cheese shredded Method - In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar. - Add oil and yogurt to the flour and mix it well, add water as needed to make soft dough will be little sticky. Sprinkle little dry flour over the dough and knead to make smooth dough. - Cover the dough and let it sit for about 3 hours or more. - In a saucepan heat the oil on medium high heat. Add all the sauce ingredients, tomatoes, salt, sugar, pepper, and Italian herbs. Cook for about 3 minutes till most of the water from tomato has evaporated and looks like a chunky sauce. - Use the same pan and sauté the bell peppers, and mushrooms for 2 minutes until most of the moisture has evaporated but still they are crisp. Set aside. - Knead the dough for few seconds and divide into two equal parts and roll them in about 10 circle, if dough start sticking to the rolling pin or rolling surface dust little more dry flour. - Heat the heavy pan skillet over low medium heat, lightly oil the skillet and put the rolled pizza over. Let it cook for about 2 minutes until crust has nicely browned from bottom. Lower the heat to low. - Flip the crust, brush it lightly with oil do it quick spread about half the sauce, cheese and topping. Cover the pan for about 3 minutes and check, cheese should be melted. Lift the pizza little from the side crust should be the nicely brown. Tips: make sure heat is low otherwise pizza will burn and not cook through. you will also like to see the Vegetable pasta The post Making Pizza on The Stove Top appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Aloo (Potatoes) Bread Pakora

June 17 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Aloo (Potatoes) Bread Pakora Aloo bread pakora, bread stuffed with spicy potatoes, coated with gram flour and deep fry. Spicy hot aloo bread pakora is a tasty compliment for afternoon tea or served as an appetizer. Aloo bread pakora is crunchy outside, spicy and soft inside. This recipe will serve 4. Ingredients: - 8 bread slices, I have already trim the edges of the bread slices - 3 medium potatoes boiled peeled and finely chopped (this will make 2 cups of chopped potatoes) - 1 tablespoon oil - 1/­­2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) - 1/­­8 teaspoon turmeric (haldi) - 1/­­4 teaspoon mango powder (amchoor) - 1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger - 1 green chili finely chopped adjust to taste - 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (hara dhania) - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste For Batter - 3/­­4 cup besan, gram flour - 1/­­8 teaspoon asafetida (hing) - 1/­­4 teaspoon baking soda - 1/­­4 teaspoon red pepper - 1/­­2 teaspoon salt adjust to taste - 1 teaspoon oil - About 3/­­4 cup of water Also need Oil to fry Method Batter - In a bowl mix besan, salt, asafetida, pepper, baking powder and oil. Add water slowly to make a thick and smooth batter. Set aside. Filling - Heat oil in a frying pan on medium heat moderately. - Add cumin seeds as the seeds crack add potatoes, ginger, green chili, turmeric, mango powder, and salt. - Stir fry for about 3 minutes over medium heat. Add cilantro mix it well. Turn of the heat. Making the Pakoras - Trim the edges of the bread slices. - Wet your palms with water, place the slice between your palms and press lightly making sure bread is moist, not wet. - Roll 1 1/­­2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time into round balls. (The size of the potato balls will depend on the size of the bread.) - Place the filling in the center of the bread and mold the bread to completely cover the potatoes all around, giving a round shape. Repeat to make all the rolls. Before frying. - Heat about 1 inch of oil in a frying pan on medium high heat moderately. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in oil. The batter should come up but not change color right away. - Dip the potato balls into the batter one at a time, making sure the potato balls are completely covered with batter. Then, slowly drop them into the frying pan. - Turn them occasionally. Fry the pakoras until all sides are golden-brown. - Aloo bread pakoras will take about four minutes to cook. - Cut them in half before serving. Serve them with mint chutney. Enjoy! The post Aloo (Potatoes) Bread Pakora appeared first on Manjula's Kitchen.

Cream Cheese Sandwiches

June 3 2015 Manjula's kitchen 

Cream Cheese Sandwiches Cream Cheese Sandwiches are simple and delicious. I add some crunchy cucumber, bell pepper and some mild spices.  These sandwiches are light and refreshing – the perfect aft