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Happy Diwali

Diwali Recipes 2014

Happy DiwaliIndia has now gone global. Indian festivals are now celebrated globally in all of the countries. So it definitely makes sense to see what wikipedia has to say about our festival of lights.

Diwali also called Divali, Deepavali or the “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in autumn every year. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartik. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November.

In many parts of India,the festivities start with Dhanteras, followed by Naraka Chaturdasi on second day, Diwali on the third day, Diwali Padva dedicated to wife-husband relationship on the fourth day, and festivities end with Bhai-dhuj dedicated to sister-brother bond on the fifth day. Dhanteras usually falls eighteen days after Dussehra.

I can never forget the days when we would wait for Diwali, just after Durga Puja even though that meant that we were close to the end of our vacations. Those days, new dresses were only something that would happen twice a year – on Dussehra and Diwali. My mom would make a small house of mud with small windows and doors. And we (my brothers and sisters) would decorate it with colors, flowers, toys and diyas. Nostalgic, I am.. :)

The kids in our locality would compete with each other on who is going to burn the most crackers. And the measurement of this was even funny. The next day we would come out early in the morning and see whose front-yard has the most cracker papers. The joy of winning cannot be expressed.

Another thing was the sweets that the elders in the house would distribute after the Lakshmi Pooja gets over. We would then start lighting diyas everywhere and that is when we would get the permission to go ahead with our cracker adventures.

Somehow Diwali has changed over the years and I wonder if the kids of today will ever be able to experience the real and clean Diwali that we used to celebrate.

I can never forget any of these and I am sure none of you would be able to. Not to forget the tasty recipes that my Mom would make.

So here are some of Diwali recipes which i have learned from my Mom which she would make on Diwali and some of the recipes i Some of the recipes like pakkavada, boondi ke ladoo and mixture i have learn’t from my Mother in law. Not only this, there are many other recipes which you can try taking the ideas from my website.

Laddukheerphirnibadam kheer

Coconut Burfiladoo

besan ladoomoong dal halwa

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bhalle papdi 1pakkavada

Kerala Mixturestuffed kulcha

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click the below links to see the Diwali Recipes

http://www.thetastesofindia.com/tag/diwali-recipes/
http://www.thetastesofindia.com/category/diwali-recipes-2/

spring onion pakoras

Spring Onion Pakora|How to Make Hare Pyaz ke Pakode

spring onion pakorasSpring onion pakoda recipe or Hare pyaz ke pakode is a quick Indian recipe to make tea time snack . It has crispy outside while soft from inside. Whenever i make pakoda i would always have it along with roti. Its a great combination with roti. I know you must be thinking that how can somebody have pakoda with roti. I must tell you it tastes good and rather then having it as snacks, you can have pakodas along with roti, sauce/chutney and tea. Try this and do not forget to leave a comment.

Ingredients :-

  • Spring Onions – 6-7
  • Green Chilli – 1 green (chopped)
  • Ginger – 1/2 tsp (finely chopped or grated)
  • Besan – ½ cup
  • Water – as per needed
  • Red Chilli Powder – as per required
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ¼ tsp (or you can add fennel seeds powder)
  • Garam masala powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt as required
  • Oil – to deep fry

spring onion pakorasMethod :-

  • Rinse well spring onion cut the root out and cut both part and green parts.
  • Cut the spring onions into long pieces and set aside.(if you want you can chop also)
  • In a bowl add gram flour, cumin powder,red chilli powder,green chilli,turmeric powder, garam masala powder, ginger paste and salt.
  • Add spring onions and mix everything with water to make a smooth batter.
  • Mix well and let this mixture stand for 15-20 minutes to allow the liquids to be released from the onions,so that the batter does not end up becoming too thin.
  • After 15-20 minutes if you think that the water or gram flour is required then you can add to this mixture.
  • Heat oil in a kadai or in a deep frying pan.
  • Drop spoonfuls of the batter in the oil and fry on medium hot oil till the spring onion pakoras are crisp and golden.
  • Drain on paper napkins to remove excess oil.
  • Serve hot with coriander chutney or sweet chutney or tomato sauce.

Note :-

Adding cumin seeds powder adds flavor so try not to skip that or add fennel seeds powder.

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kadahai paneer

Kadhai Paneer|How to Make Restaurant Style Kadai Paneer

kadahai paneerNow you can also enjoy the Restaurant Style  Kadai Paneer at home. This recipe is very easy and simple to cook and the best part is that all the ingredients used in this recipe are easily available.

Ingredients :-

  • Bell peppers – 1
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Chilli powder – 1 tbsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp
  • Fresh Cream – 2 tbsp (You can always use homemade cream)
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Fennel seeds – ½ tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  • Onion (medium size)- 1 no
  • Paneer – 300 gms
  • Pepper corns – 9 nos
  • Whole Red Chillies – 4 nos
  • Salt – as per the taste
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Tomato puree – 250 gms

Method :-

  • Heat a pan or kadai and dry roast pepper corns, dry red chillies, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds until a nice aroma comes.
  • At last add dry fenugreek leaves and roast for few seconds.
  • Transfer into a plate and let it cool down.
  • Once cooled down crush them to a coarse fine powder. Since the mixture was too less to grind into the grinder, so i used the mortar and pestle. Once done set aside.
  • Now heat oil in a pan add onion and capsicum and cook uncovered. (Do not overcook crunchiness of capsicum should be maintained).
  • Once the capsicum is half cooked take it out in a plate and keep it aside.
  • Now in the same pan heat butter and add chilly powder, garam masala powder and the powder we prepared.
  • Fry for few minutes.
  • Now add tomato puree and  cook till the raw smell of masala goes off.
  • Once the raw smell goes off add salt and cream and mix well.
  • Now add paneer, fried onion and capsicum.
  • Stir the whole mixture and cook for a 2-3 minutes more.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander seeds and coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Your kadai paneer is ready to serve.
  • Serve hot with naan, romali roti, phulkas etc.
Vegetables chicken biryani

Vegetables Chicken Biryani|How to make Biryani at Home

Vegetables chicken biryaniDear readers, i am back after two days of busy routine. Since Diwali is coming i was busy with all those cleaning work in my kitchen. To be very honest with you from the last two-three days i am not preparing anything new because of the time crunch i had.

Still i thought i should share a new recipe with my readers which was actually shared by my sister. She tried this recipe today and it turned out real tasty and yummy. I know this recipe is a little lengthy, but i can assure you that it is worth it.

If you want you can see my biryani masala recipe . I prefer adding homemade masala, since it gives a nice flavor to biryani.

Ingredients :-

  • Basmati Rice  – 500 gms (you can use ordinary rice)
  • Oil – 200 gms
  • Chicken – 500 gms
  • Biryani masala – 5 tbsp (you can buy biryani masala from general store)
  • Salt – as per needed
  • Onion – 200 gms (thinly sliced)
  • Onion to fry  – 200 gms (thinly sliced)
  • Carrots – 100 grams
  • Cauliflower – 100 grams
  • Beans – 100 gms
  • Curd – 200 gms
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Green chilli – 3 sliced
  • Mint leaves -40 gms (chopped)
  • Coriander leaves – 40 gms (chopped)
  • Tomatoes – 200 gms (chopped)

Whole Garam Masala to cook vegetables :

  • Cloves-7 piece
  • Black cardamon-2 piece
  • Bay leaf- 2
  • Javitri-5 piece
  • Green cardomon-5 piece
  • Pepper corn-12 piece
  • Sauf seeds- 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon sticks-2 piece
  • Black cumin-1/2 tea spoon
  • Shahi jeera/kala jeera – 1 tsp

Whole Garam Masala to cook rice :

  • Cloves-3 piece
  • Black cardamon-1 piece
  • Bay leaf- 2
  • Green cardomon-2 piece
  • Cinnamon sticks-2 piece
  • Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp

Ingredients to Fry Chicken:

  • Chicken – 500 gms
  • Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  • Chilli Powder – 2 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Curd – 200 gms
  • Oil to fry – as per required

Method to Fry Chicken :

  • Firstly wash the chicken pieces. Strain all water from the chicken.
  • Mix all the powdered spices like turmeric, red chili, black pepper, garam masala, curd and salt.
  • Combine all nicely.
  • Now add chicken to the spice mixture and mix well.
  • Marinate for about 15 to 20 mins. If you want more spice you could add more chili powder.
  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chicken.
  • Once the chicken is cooked and fried properly take it out in a plate and set aside.

Method to Fry Onion :-

  • Cut onion into thin slices and add about 2 tablespoon of Corn flour and mix the onions well.
  • Deep fry the onions until they are golden brown. Drain it onto a tissue paper. Your fried onions are ready.

Method to make Biryani :-

  • Soak rice for 1 hr in a bowl and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan add whole garam masala, jeera, ginger-garlic paste, Onion and saute.
  • Now add vegetables and salt and cook till it is half cooked.(cut the vegetables little bit long in size) mix well.
  • Once the vegetables are half cooked add half of the quantity of chopped mint leaves,coriander leaves and curd.
  • Now add green chillies, biryani masala and mix well so that the vegetables are coated properly with the masala.
  • Now boil water add about 100 gms of oil and the garam masala to it.
  • Now add rice to it and cook until half done.
  • Now drain the water from the rice.
  • Take a big bowl add half of the cooked vegetables and half of the chicken and spread it all over the pan.
  • Add some curd, fried onions, half of the remaining coriander leaves and mint leaves.
  • Now add half of the rice and spread it well.
  • Repeat the same process again with the remaining vegetables,chicken and the rice.
  • Lastly add fried onions on the top and close the bowl with a lid.
  • Cook it for 5 min in a very slow flame so that the half-cooked vegetables and rice become completely cooked.
  • Remove from the flame, open the lid.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and keep it aside with the lid closed.
  • Open the bowl after 15 minutes and serve hot with raita or any gravy you like.

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soyabean curry

Soyabeans Curry|How to make soyabean Curry

As everybody knows soyabean  is a great source of protein for those who are vegetarians. Try this recipe made from soyabean and i will come come up with many more such and different varieties of soyabean recipes.

soyabean curryIngredients :-

  • Soyabean – 1 cup (soaked overnight)
  • Green Chilly – 2-3 (chopped finely)
  • Onion – 3 large (chopped finely)
  • Tomatoes – 4 large (chopped finely)
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tbsp
  • Chicken masala- 2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp (adjust the quantity as per your taste)
  • Turmeric powder- 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves- handful (chopped)
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Black Cardamom – 1
  • Cinnamon stick – 1 piece (small)
  • Bay leaf – 2

soyabean curryMethod :-

  • Clean and wash soyabeans and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cardamom, and cinnamon.
  • Once the seeds starts crackling add onion, green chilli,turmeric powder and salt and fry till it becomes golden brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell goes.
  • Now add tomatoes and keep stirring it for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Now add coriander powder, cumin powder, chicken masala powder, red chilli powder and garam masala powder and mix well.
  • Fry till the oil gets separated from the mixture.
  • Now put soyabean and add water as per required.
  • Close the cooker and cook until done.
  • Once the ingredients are cooked remove the cooker from heat and allow it to cool naturally.
  • After some time open the cooker and add some chopped coriander leaves and stir.
  • Your soyabean curry is now ready to be serve.
  • Serve hot with plain rice or roti.

 

tip of the day

Tip of the Day

Good Morning Foodies :)

Studies show that eating a proper breakfast is one of the most positive things you can do if you are trying to lose weight. Breakfast skippers tend to gain weight. A balanced breakfast includes fresh fruit or fruit juice, a high-fibre breakfast cereal, low-fat milk or yoghurt, wholewheat toast, and a boiled egg. So eat healthy stay healthy and do not skip breakfast.

 

dry fruit fruits salad

Simple Dry fruits fruit salad – How to make fruit salad recipe

As per me dry fruit fruits salad with a glass of milk is a best breakfast recipe for kids. You can use  different fruits according to your taste and what is available in season.

dry fruit fruits saladIngredients : –

  • Banana – 1
  • Apple – 1/2
  • Almonds – 7-8
  • Cashew-nuts –  7 -8
  • Dates – 4-5(sliced)
  • Raisins – 10
  • Honey – 1 tbsp
  • Sugar –  optional

dry fruit fruits saladMethod:-

  • Peel and slice Banana in a round shape.
  • Clean apple and make small-small pieces of it.
  • Now take a large bowl or plate  combine  an apple, banana, almond, cashew, dates and raisins.
  • Add honey to it and mix well.
  • Serve immediately. (If you like chilled salad then you can keep it in fridge for some time and have).

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