Friday, 27 March 2015

Besan ka Halva {Gram Flour Halva}

This Halva is something that i make when I'm craving something sweet but dont want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and lets face it, we are all tired of eating Suji ka Halva! Dont get me wrong, i love that Halva too, but a little variation cant hurt anyone!
Its super easy and made with so little ingredients (ones that you usually have at home!)
and take only 15-20 minutes to make!

This recipe serves 2.

You'll Need:
4-5 tbsp of Gram flour
2 Cardamom pods
3-4 tbsp of Ghee (clarified butter)
1/2 cup of Milk
2 tbsp of Cream (can be skipped)
Sugar as desired. I used about 4-5 tbsp

Dry roast gram flour till light brown and fragrant. Careful not to burn.
Take your time with this step, if you add the other ingredients too quickly you'll have raw flour taste in your finished halva. So be patient, this would take around 8-10 minutes.

Add ghee and cardamom. Cook for about a minute or so.

Than add in the milk, cream and a little bit of water.

Cook till the Halva leaves the sides of the pan. Add sugar and cook till the sugar dissolves, about 2 more minutes.

Serve garnished with almonds and pistachios!


Friday, 20 March 2015

Vegetable Biryani

If you're fed up of eating meat everyday but still like something spicy and delicious, than this biryani is for you!
Its best is to make it when you clean out your fridge and there are 1-2 pieces of various vegetables that collect over 2-3 weeks that you can use instead of throwing them out. Almost all vegetables taste delicious is this biryani.

You'll need

1 tbsp of Ginger Garlic paste
1 tsp of Cumin
1 tsp of Garam Masala
2 tbsp of Red Chili Powder vary according to taste
2-3 Green Chilies
250-300 grams of Yogurt
2 large Onions, sliced
2 medium Tomatoes, chopped
200-250 grams of Peas
200-250 grams of Green Beans
2 medium Potatoes, cut in medium cubes
2 Carrots, sliced
1/2 bunch of Cauliflower florets

(For Rice):
900g to 1 kg of Rice
4-5 Cloves
5-6 Black Peppercorns
1 stick Cinnamon
3-4 Cardamom
1 tbsp of Salt

3 Eggs (boiled and sliced)
few leaves of Mint
1 Onion sliced

Boil Rice with cloves, black peppercorn,cinnamon, black cardamom and cardamom till 3/4 of the way done. Drain and sprinkle with cold water to stop the cooking.

Mix Garam masala, Cumin and Ginger Garlic paste with Yogurt. Keep aside.

Fry Onion till light golden brown, add cubed Potatoes and a little water. Leave to cook for about 10-15 minutes or till the potatoes are almost done.

Add Red chili powder, salt and the yogurt mixture.

and Tomatoes and Green Chilies. Leave to cook for about 5 minutes.

Add all the Vegetables. Cook uncovered for about 5-7 minutes.

When almost done, add coriander leaves and juice of 1 lemon

Mix Thoroughly.

Layer with Rice, place boiled egg in between the layers.

Sprinkle cumin, few mint leaves and fried Onion on top. Cover and put on very low flame for about 20-25 minutes.

Take out and Serve hot with mint yogurt and salad !