Saturday, 27 July 2019

Besan Kheer | Gram flour Indian Pudding


Auspicious month of Sawan / Shravan is going on these days. This is the fifth month in the Hindu calendar and is considered to be a sacred. It is considered very auspicious to offer holy Ganga water to Lord Shiva in this month. 16 Monday fast is one of the most popular vrat or fasting observances in Hinduism dedicated to Lord Shiva. This month not only includes only the 16 Monday fast, but also has other festivities like Janmashtami, Rakhsha Bandhan etc. And when there is festival many food cravings are there too that may include sweet or salty dishes. 



Today's post is all about a sweet dish using besan (gram flour) as Besan Kheer / Gram flour Indian pudding. Gram flour aka Besan is often used in Indian cuisine. From savoury to sweets, it has multiple uses. The besan kheer here is a nice addition of besan to our humble kheer (Indian pudding). Besan is completely gluten free and if one is following gluten free diet then this kheer can be thoroughly enjoyed without any guilt. 


Before using in the kheer, the flour here has to be roasted very well and this impacts the aromatic flavor of the kheer. For the roasting part one can prefer using ghee or even without using ghee. In both the way the work can be done. The gram flour gives a nice nutty flavour and a rich texture. Milk, besan (gram flour), sugar is the main ingredients here in the kheer. Some roughly chopped dry fruits can be added to the kheer which give a nice crunch while having the kheer. This kheer has a tendency to thicken as it cools down, so one has to keep in mind the right consistency of the kheer while preparing. Whether in warm or chilled condition the simple low fat kheer is thoroughly enjoyed. So do try :)


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Gram flour, Besan, Kheer, Festive delight, Gluten free dessert, Pudding
Pudding, Dessert, Gluten free, Besan, Gram flour,
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Besan Kheer | Gram flour Pudding

Indian pudding aka kheer using besan which yields a nice nutty flavor and a rich texture
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

  • Besan (gram flour) 3 tbsp
  • Milk 2.5 cup
  • Water 1 cup
  • Sugar 3 tbsp
  • Ghee 1/2 tbsp
  • Cardamom powder 1 pinch
  • Almond (roughly chopped) few

instructions:

How to cook Besan Kheer | Gram flour Pudding

  1. Take a pan and heat ghee.
  2. Then add besan and roast it over low heat till turns light brown in color and a nice aroma comes out.
  3. Turn off heat and add water.
  4. Whisk well till there is no lumps in the besan.
  5. Next add milk, sugar and cardamom powder, salt.
  6. Mix very well and till the kheer looks glossy and is slightly thickened.
  7. Turn off heat.
  8. Sprinkle some roughly chopped almond and serve warm or chilled !

NOTES:

Some saffron strands one can add to get a nice color in the kheer. It is recommended to roast the besan very well till a nutty aroma comes out. This results in a lovely flavor of the kheer. Some chopped dry fruits also can be added to the kheer along with sugar and milk.




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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Piaji | Chana Dal Fritters in Odia style


Finally rainy days are on full swing in most part of India. And this brings a subtle chill weather all around. To balance this we always crave for some hot snacks with a hot cup of tea. In India each region has its own delicacy related to these type of days. In odia cuisine, there are also a variety of snacks which one can surely enjoy as snacks like pakudi (onion fritters), bara (vada), aloo chop, piaji, chaula bara (fritters using parboiled rice), nimki, mudhi mixture etc along with a hot cup of adrak wali chai (giner milk tea) or masala tea as well. These snacks definitely boost anyone's mood in a cozy and cold evening specifically.


Today I have come up with the Chana Dal Fritters in Odia style aka Piaji. In South Indian cuisine also similar kind of chana dal vada are prepared, but both are quite different. The word Piaji comes from the odia word Piaja (onion in English). Basically a generous amount of onion slices are added into the coarse paste of soaked chana dal, hence the name is like that. I always love to add mint leaves along with curry leaves while grinding the soaked chana dal. This gives a nice color as well lovely taste to the fritters.


One or two pinch of baking soda is added here to get a soft texture in the piaji and this is the main difference between chana dal vada and piaji. This is also purely Vegan and gluten free snack option. Perfectly crisp, spicy and completely wholesome fritters one can have as it is or accompanied with some hot cup of tea or even with odia special ghuguni (yellow pea curry). Do try in this ongoing season !

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Snack, vegan, Fritter, gluten free, Chana Dal, Deep frying, Pakoda, Monsoon snack,
Snack, Fritter, Chana Dal, Deep frying, Pakoda
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Piaji / Chana Dal Fritters in Odia style

some fritters using a mixture of coarse paste of soaked chana dal, sliced onions along with some more spices
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 25 M

ingredients:

  • Chana dal (Bengal gram) 1 cup
  • Onion (finely sliced) 1 no.
  • Garlic clove 3-4 no.
  • Ginger (roughly chopped) 1/2 inch
  • Green chili 2-3 no.
  • Mint leaf 1/4 cup
  • Baking soda 2 pinch
  • Curry leaf 2-3 sprig
  • Cumin seed 1/2 tsp
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Salt as needed

instructions:

How to cook Piaji / Chana Dal Fritters in Odia style

  1. First wash and clean chana dal in regular water.
  2. Soak in a bowl with enough water for atleast 1-2 hours.
  3. Then drain the dal and put into the blender jar along with green chili, mint leaves, curry leaves (1 sprig), roughly chopped ginger, garlic cloves.
  4. Blend into a coarse paste without using any water.
  5. Transfer this coarse paste into a mixing bowl.
  6. Add finely sliced onion, cumin seeds, salt, baking soda, curry leaves (2 sprig) and mix everything very well.
  7. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying.
  8. When oil is hot enough, make 1-2 inch size balls from the mixture and carefully drop each one into the oil (drop 5-6 balls in a single batch).
  9. Deep fry them over medium heat until cooked well and turn golden brown in color.
  10. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  11. Repeat same with rest mixture.
  12. Serve hot with fried green chilies or masala chai or ghuguni (odia style matar curry) or even with any chutney !

NOTES:

One can shape the balls like small patties and then deep fry. The size of the piaji is as desired, but I like the small sized piajis. Adjust the spiciness as needed.



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Monday, 22 July 2019

Pasta Kheer | Pasta Payasam | Pasta Pudding


Dessert or mithai (in hindi) is a significant part of Indian cuisine. One must admire that most Indians have sweet tooth not like me although 😉. Milk is incredibly the most important ingredient for making Indian desserts (almost in 90% of Indian dessert milk is used in different forms). Traditionally Indian desserts differ from western categories by the cooking method as the sweets of the Indian cuisine are not baked instead those are prepared on the stove top or even on open fire. And in India, each state has its own touch for desserts like Thekua from Bihar, Chhenapoda from Odisha, Basundi from GujaratShufta from Jammu & Kashmir, Mysore pak  from Karnatak, Puran Poli from Maharashtra and many mores too.



Well as we do grow up with this kind of traditional desserts, then how is about some fusion in this authentic one for a twist  !! These days most are in mood of making innovative dishes that reflects in either the making procedure or the ingredients used or even both. Among most Indian desserts, kheer is such a type of dish which has different regional touch. Be it any festival or any celebration, kheer is the most popular Indian dessert that fits into menu of any occasion. Basically kheer is prepared using milk along with rice / vermicelli / flattened rice / tapioca etc, sweetened with jaggery or sugar, loaded with dryfruits and finally flavored with spices like cardamom, saffrons etc. Today's post is all about a fusion touch to our traditional Indian dessert, Kheer as Pasta Kheer or Pasta Payasam or Pasta Pudding.


Coconut milk is used to make this kheer and results into a Vegan dessert. Also the sweetness here comes from jaggery, one can use regular sugar too. Any variety of pasta one can prefer to make this sweet dish, only the thing one has to keep in mind that the pasta must be of soft kind (after cooking texture) which will give a melt in mouth texture while having the kheer. 


Some freshly grated coconut are blended to a paste with little amount of warm water and that is added to the kheer as a thickening factor. One can skip this addition too and boil the milk little more time to get the desired thickness in the milk. Particularly if there is any hurry then some thickening agent like paste of rice flour or corn starch etc can be added, here I have added paste of some freshly grated coconuts. Kids'll definitely enjoy this pudding if pasta is their favorite. Even elders'll love this modern twist to our humble kheer. So do try if you are craving for sweets right away or in any celebration, festivals like Diwali, Holi, Dusserah, Rakhsa Bandhan etc.

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Pasta kheer, Payasam, Vegan dessert, Payesh, Fusion Mithai, Fusion dessert, Pasta, Jaggery, Coconut milk
Dessert, Vegan, Fusion, Pasta, Indian Dessert
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Pasta Kheer | Pasta Payasam | Pasta Pudding

a simple yet perfect twist to our regular kheer / payesh / payasam.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 35 Mtotal time: 45 M

ingredients:

  • Pasta 1 cup
  • Coconut milk 2 cup
  • Coconut (grated) 2-3 tbsp
  • Jaggery (grated) 3/4 cup
  • Cardamom powder 1/2 tsp
  • Cashew 2 tbsp
  • Raisin 1-2 tbsp
  • Salt 1 pinch
  • Water as needed
  • Oil 1 tbsp

instructions:

How to cook Pasta Kheer | Pasta Payasam | Pasta Pudding

  1. First cook the pasta pieces according to the package instruction. Drain and keep aside.
  2. Make a fine paste of 2-3 tbsp of fresh coconut with little amount of warm water and take into a bowl.
  3. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the cashews and raisins until golden brown in color. Transfer to a plate.
  4. In the same pan, take water along with jaggery and allow the jaggery to melt.
  5. When jaggery is dissolved completely, turn off heat and strain the jaggery syrup to remove any impurities.
  6. Again put the jaggery syrup in the pan and turn on heat.
  7. Add in coconut milk along with cooked pasta and a pinch of salt.
  8. Bring to a single boil and then simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring in between.
  9. Then add the fresh coconut paste along with cardamom powder, fried cashews and raisins.
  10. Give a gentle mix and cook for 1 minute more.
  11. Turn off heat and serve warm !

NOTES:

Coconut paste here I have added to get a little thickness in the kheer. But this addition is optional. Some chopped dry fruits can be sprinkled on top of the kheer while serving. Adjust the sweetness of the kheer as desired by the amount of jaggery.





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Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Chocolate Tea



Tea is the second-most consumed beverage in the whole world. Every culture has its own unique customs involved with tea. Basically Tea is an aromatic beverage commonly prepared by pouring boiling water over the fresh or dried tea leaves. These days a varieties of tea people are enjoying which may be either hot or even cold, also taste sweet or salty as well. Salty tea is a unique tea one can have from the Kashmiri cuisine as Noon Chai / Sheer Chai which has a color of Pink and is the traditional beverage from that cuisine.


In summers instead of having hot beverage, one can thoroughly enjoy the cold ones like any flavored iced tea. I have already shared an iced tea recipe as Minty Mango Iced Tea. Well, today's recipe is all about a hot beverage flavored with chocolate as Chocolate Tea. This is a delicious tea with a hint of chocolate flavor along with cinnamon powder and cardamom powder too. The sweet factor here I used honey. So I added after preparing the tea just during serving. If using sugar as sweetener then do add along with all the ingredients into the pan while on stove top.


So are you a tea addicted ? If yes, then this different kind of hot beverage'll surely steal your heart. One thing has to keep in mind while preparing the tea here is the cocoa powder should not be added more than mentioned in the ingredients list. Otherwise that will spoil the whole taste of the tea. Some chocolate shavings or choco chips can be added for extra chocolaty in the beverage. During a rainy or winter days particularly one needs at least a cup of tea. As the rainy time is going on so try this Chocolate Tea with some cookies or even tea cakes.



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Beverage, Tea, Chocolate, Hot Beverage
Beverage, Tea, Chocolate,
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Chocolate Tea

a delicious tea with a hint of chocolate flavor
prep time: 2 Mcook time: 5 Mtotal time: 7 M

ingredients:

  • Milk 1 cup
  • Cocoa powder 1 tsp
  • Tea powder 2 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Cardamom powder
  • Honey as per taste
  • Water 1 cup

instructions:

How to cook Chocolate Tea

  1. First take a saucepan and put all the ingredients except honey.
  2. Mix everything till cocoa powder incorporated well and then turn on heat.
  3. Bring to a boil, stirring in between.
  4. Then simmer for 1-2 minutes and turn off heat.
  5. Pour into the serving glass.
  6. Add honey as desired and mix well using a spoon.
  7. Serve hot !

NOTES:

Cocoa powder should be used in a moderate amount, otherwise that will spoil the whole taste of the tea. Some chocolate shavings or choco chips can be added for extra chocolaty. If using sugar as sweetener then add along with all the ingredients.


This post is for the current month's Food Bloggers Recipe Swap and I was paired with Rafeeda who is a lovely blogger at The Big Sweet Tooth. While browsing through her posts I came across many recipes and among them besan ki kheer and chocolate tea stole my eyes ;) and finally I landed to make this Chocolate Tea recipe and contributed for theme.

Don't forget to check out the other recipes from this month's Food Blogger Recipe Swap!

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