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Sindhi Kadhi -Steamed Rice with Sweet Boondi & Sev

 

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 sweet boondi and namkeen Sev. In many sindhi homes aloo tuk is must when sindhi kadi is made on special occasions or generally on Sunday’s.

There is something so comforting about a meal like this; given how simple it is to cook. A soupy kadhi that’s tangy, hot and spicy mixed in with rice. For me any curry rice dish must have something fried on the side and Sindhis know that only too well! Aloo Tuk adds the required crisp spicy texture to every mouthful of kadhi chawal.

I sometimes make Aloo bhajia/pakoda along with sindhi kadi. I’m sharing a recipe for kadhi which is one I have cooked for years now.

 

Prep time: 10
Cook time:
Serves 4

Ingredients :
Besan/gram flour 1 katori/bowl               Methi dana few.                                               Oil 6tbsp                                               Jeera/cumin 1 tsp.                                        Kadi patta few.                                            Hing/  asafoetida 1/2 tsp.           Haldi/turmeric 1 tsp                                     Salt 1 spoon                                               Adrak mirchi/ginger chilli paste 1 Lalmirch/red chilli powder 1 tsp                  Hot water around 3 glasses or more        Imli pulp 3 tsp or more                    Vegetables like Bottle gourd cut into thick rounds                                                              gwar( cut both ends of gwar and sprinkle salt keep aside)                               Bhindi/ladies finger 6 pieces whole

Procedure:

Wash and pat dry vegetables you are using for making sindhi kadhi.                              Cut dhoodhi/bottle gourd into thick roundels. Soak it in water in which salt is added.                                                             Cut both ends of gwar and smear some salt to it.                                                                       Slit the ladies finger from the center and deep fry it. Smear some salt. Keep aside.

In a big pan put 6 tsp oil. Add 4- 5 methi dana. After it splutters add zeera & hing kadi patta adrak mirchi paste.


Now add 1 katori/small bowl besan. Saute on slow flame till colour changes to golden brown.
Meantime in a pan boil enough water to add to besan.


As soon as besan is bhunoed nicely add haldi powder. Now add hot water which you have boiled separately. Give it a nice mix. Add salt & lalmirch powder.

Now add bottle gourd/ dhoodhi pieces and gwar. Cover and simmer for abt 10 -15 minutes. Check with knife if its done.

Now add imli ka pulp. Adjust Consistancy of kadi. Add deep fried bhindi. Serve hot with rice. It tastes awesome along with sweet boondi and namkeen Sev mixed together.

Notes :.                                                                  Sindhi kadhi can be made in various ways. Many  sindhi households use tomatoes for tartness instead of tamarind pulp.

You can use vegetables of your choice. It can be cauliflower, Potatoes, carrots, drumsticks or even gram flour dumplings/besan ke pakode too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eggless Patterned Swiss Roll

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Eggless Patterned Swiss Roll

Swiss roll cake reminds me of days when I was working, and on my way back home, i used to buy them from Monginis for my son who used to love it.

Swiss roll is basically a sponge cake which is baked in a sheet pan and then filled with jams, frosting etc. The tricky part lies in rolling the cake perfectly and making sure that it doesn’t crack.

When I made it the first time, the cake was very thick and impossible to roll. After trial and error,  and going through many videos on you tube , I have figured out few important things that one should keep in mind while making this swiss roll cake. I have shared those in Notes section.

Making them has been on my “to bake list” for long. I wanted to bake not the regular swiss roll but the patterned one. I knew it would be a challenge but when it comes to baking I’m always game for it. The pattern just makes the cake look more prettier. You can either use print outs to trace the pattern on parchment paper or draw free hand.

Prep time : 20 minutes                                     Cook time : 10 minutes

Serves 6

INGRIDIENTS:

Vegetable oil 1/4 cup
condensed milk 3/4 Cup
Vanilla essence 1 Tsp
Maida 1 Cup
Baking soda 1/2 Tsp
Baking powder 1 Tsp
Warm Water 1/2 Cup

FOR WHIPPED CREAM
Icing sugar 1 cup
Whip cream 1/4 cup

Method :
Mix all dry ingredients maida, baking soda, baking powder in a bowl.

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Mix wet ingredients like condensed milk, vanilla essence and oil in a separate bowl. Whisk it well.

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Now mix dry ingredients with warm water & put it in the condensed milk and oil mixture. Blend with hand blender. Keep aside.
(Before you start the blender make sure the flour mix is wetted completely. Then blend well.)

Then take out 4 table spoons of this mixture into 1 seperate bowl. And then add strawberries puree(by blending strawberries into mixer and strain it to make a thick puree to be used as colouring agent to make pattern for swiss cake)+ a pinch of red food colour(optional)

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And keep rest of the cake mixture sperate,at room temperature.

By the time pre heat oven at 180degrees.

Take a piping bag. fill with fruits puree( dark pink) mixture in it.

FOR MAKING PATTERN FOR SWISS CAKE:

Cut the baking paper which fits your baking tray.
Then make your pattern by piping it onto the baking/parchment paper.

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Then place this baking tray in the freezer for about 4 hours or more, to go firm.

FOR WHIPPING CREAM :
mix icing sugar and cream untill smooth with hand blender and keep it aside in fridge.

FOR BAKING A CAKE FOR SWISS ROLL:

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Take out the patterned tray from freezer.
Pour the cake mixture over your frozen pattern and spread it evenly, right to the edges with spatula, making it as thin as possible (it will rise after baking)

Bang the tray on kitchen platform a few times to make sure the mixture gets all around the pattern.
Then bake in the oven for 7 minutes in the centre rack of the oven. It doesn’t have to be over baked otherwise it would be difficult to roll the swiss roll.

Once your cake is ready take it out of the oven and immediately trim off the edges using a serrated knife.

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Cover cake with baking paper, and invert it on another flat baking tray or chopping board on top and flip it over.
(And then you will be able to just lift off your tray, the edges will stay in the pan and you’re left with a neat cake)

Peel off the baking paper straight away while it is still hot. Then leave it to cool.

Place a clean sheet of baking paper over your cooled cake and flip it over again.

Once the cake is cooled a bit , spread whipped cream and icing sugar mixture on top of it.

Then starting at one end using the paper to help you roll up the cake up and transfer it to your serving platter.

Decorate with strawberries puree on top( instead of putting fruit puree inside the swiss roll, up on the layer of whip cream, i have decorated on top).

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Place the cake roll in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours before slicing into pieces.

Enjoy a light and spongy cake with whipped cream frosting inside it!

Notes :

Don’t try to slice the cake as soon as you roll it. Keeping it in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours gives it time to set and then you will be able to cut clean slices.

You can fill these cakes with anything you like. The easiest options would be nutella or any jam of your choice.

A lot of sponge cake recipes do not use butter/oil. I would encourage you to use oil like I did, my cake had no crack and it was super soft and moist.

While spreading the batter of cake on frozen pattern, make it as thin as possible, as after baking cake would rise and otherwise would be difficult to roll the cake.

 

 

 

Watermelon Rasam

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Watermelon Rasam

While going through many recipes which include fruit as main ingredient, watermelon Rasam caught my attention. I found it very interesting as I love experimenting with different cuisines. This is a recipe developed by Shri Mountbatten Iyer, a well known Chef from Chennai. So decided not to give it a miss and went ahead.
I have come across so many types of rasams and this one made with watermelon totally blew me off. A combination of tangy, sweet and sour, this rasam is very different but tasty.

Prep Time 20mins   Cook Time 10mins       Serves 4People

Ingredients:

Cooked toor dal – 1 cup (this should be extremely watery and should have no trace of dal)                                                                Watermelon juice 3 cups (strained without seeds)                                                     Tamarind juice – 1 cup                       Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp                          Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp                     Hing/ asafoetida- 1/4 tsp.                                 Salt to taste (preferably rock salt)                   Jaggery 1/2 tsp

To make Rasam Powder :

Rasam powder 1 – coarse powder of whole pepper & Jeera/ Cumin seeds (2:1 ratio)
Ghee – 2 tbsp
Cooked toor dal – 1 cup (this should be extremely watery and should have no trace of dhal)

Note on rasam powders 1 & 2: There are 2 powders that need to be used to make this rasam. Rasam powder 1 should be added while making the rasam and Rasam garnish powder to be added after the rasam is made.

Ingredients to make rasam powder 2 for garnish: (this powder to be made preferably before making the rasam for freshness and added flavour)

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Ghee – 1tsp
Hing / asafoetida – 1/4 tsp
Toor Dal – 1.5 tbsp
Channa Dal – 1.5 tbsp
Pepper – 1.5 tbsp
Coriander seeds – 3 tbsp
Whole red chilly – 10 nos (can increase if you want more spice)
Jeera – 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Coriander leaves – finely chopped
Rasam powder 2 (recipe)

Heat ghee in a wok, add toor dhal, channa dhal and fry till golden brown and add pepper corns.
Once they pepper corn splutters, add coriander seeds and fry till golden brown (or till the raw smell dissappears)
Add red chillies and fry till the red chillies inflate and are fried.
Add curry leaves and once you hear them crackle add some jeera and immediately turn off the flame
Cool this mixture down and grind to a coarse powder (roasted rava like texture).

 
Method to make Watermelon Rasam:

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Pour tamarind juice into a wok and add turmeric powder, red chilly powder, hing, salt, curry leaves and jaggery and bring to a boil
Add a little water to the boiling mixture if you think it is a little too thick.
Let it boil till the raw smell of the tamarind fades and add chopped coriander leaves
Now add the rasam powder. Allow to boil and add the watermelon juice
Add some pepper powder nd let it boil. The colour is a lovely deep red colour. Add the cooked dal water and let it boil just a little bit.

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Add the powder that is used to garnish and immediately turn off the flame
Add ghee in a separate wok, temper mustard seeds, jeera and pour over rasam
Add a squeeze of half a lemon.

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NOTE: The tempering and squeezing of lemon is done after turning off the stove always.

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Notes
Try and use your hand as much as possible while cooking, especially while making Rasam. Your hand imparts flavour that no ladle can. This is a secret tip shared by   Shri Mountbatten Mani Iyer.

Pineapple Zarda (Sweetened Rice)

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Pineapple Zarda (Sweetened Rice)

Zarda is a traditional dish which is mainly prepared in weddings in the north Indian Muslim communities. Pineapple Sweet Rice is a traditional dish of India and Pakistan. There are many variations of this recipe. Pineapple flavour is widely popular among Muslims. It’s a very delicious Dessert and it’s really very easy to make.

This is the perfect combination of fruity and rich flavours. People call it by many names, Meethe Chawal, Zarda, etc. Here I have added pineapple to give it a fruity taste. Though traditionally mawa is added, you can leave it out and make your dish less rich.To my surprise it turned out awesome. I wasn’t sure at first but when my family appreciated it and asked for more, It made me happy that the recipe passed the test and is ready to go on the blog.

This is one of my favourite dishes. My mother always used to make zarda/meethe chawal on special occasions with saffron and coconut flavours.
The best Zarda is one, where each grain of rice is long, separate and firm with no evidence of mush or overly softened rice, all whilst being coated in the sparkling syrupy goodness of the sugar.

So, the sweetened pulao is here for you. Prepare it at home by following this easy recipe with step by step instructions along with pictures.

Preparation Time: 15 Minutes

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Serving:4
Ingredients:
1 cup rice, basmati
1.25 cups Pineapple juice
1 bowl Pineapple cut into chunks
1/2 cup sugar
2 spoons clarified butter/ghee
2 sticks of cinnamon,
4 green cardamom
3-4 cloves
1 cup water
Saffron strands few
Milk 2 spoons to soak saffron
2 drops of yellow food color
2 drops of kevada water
Few drops of lemon juice
pinch of saffron
Pistachios, cashews, raisins & almonds handful

Steps :

Add saffron in warm milk. Set aside.

Add 1 cup of pineapple juice with 1 cup of water. Add yellow food color and boil.

Add soaked rice to this and sprinkle few droos of lemon ,and cook until rice is 90% done. This would make rice khila khila for zarda.

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Drain the rice and spread in a thali, so that rice does not stick to each other.

20170209_120542In a separate pan, put ghee. Put all the dry fruits. Fry and keep them aside.

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20170209_115323Now add drained rice to this, sprinkle saffron milk & kevada water and mix well on low heat. Cover with aluminium foil and cook it on dum, till it is cooked and grains of rice are khila hua.

20170209_115540Once liquid is dried, turn off stove. Remove the foil.

IMG-20170424-WA0089_wmGarnish with dry fruits. Serve hot with chunks of pineapple.

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