Pears n nuts cake!

I got some red and yellowish pears from Lulu. They turned out pretty sweet and pretty hard as well. So I grated one, sprinkled chat masala and had it. Still I had 4-5 more and nobody was ready to have them. I tried a nutty cake which turned out yum and gooey.

Ingredients with method –

1- Red and yellow pear washed n grated with skin

1/4 Cup unsalted butter

1/4 Cup fresh refind oil

1/2 Cup powdered sugar

1 Tbsp pinneapple/banana essence

1/4 Cup curd

Mix all these in a big bowl vigorously for 3-4 minutes.

1 Cup apf(all purpose flour-Maida)

1 Tbsp unsweetened coco powder

1/2 Cup chopped mixed nuts of your choice for cake

1/4 Cup chopped nuts to sprinkle over the cake

1 Tsp baking powder

1/4 Tsp baking soda

1 Tsp white vinegar

1/2 cup boiling hot water

Now in the wet paste add all these things except white vinegar, chopped nuts and boiling water.

Mix all things very well. Now add boiling water and vinegar in the last and mix again.

Pour in greased n lined baking pan.

Sprinkle 1/4 Cup of chopped nuts over it.

Bake in preheated oven at 180 degrees for 40-55 minutes.

Check with knife if done or not and bake again for 10 minutes if not done.

Chill it very well before serving.

Nadigeer-Marwari remedy for females health issues.

Nadigeer is basically a very ancient gypsy marwari community recipe (cure) for those females who are having periods or just gave birth to a child. One thing to make note that recipe is same but ingredients are bit different for two conditions.

Nadigeer – Rajswala (cure for periods cramps) –

Ingredients – 

2 Cups of besan (bareek -fine)

4 Cups powdered almonds

2 Cups desi ghee(good and pure quality)

6 Cups of sugar

6 Table spoons of dry ginger powder

4 Table spoons of turmeric powder

1/2 cup of water

Method – 

1- Wash and dry almonds and deep fry them in 2 cups of desi ghee for 2-3 minutes and grind them. We will use same ghee for further recipe.

2- Now put besan in this ghee and start frying it on the lowest flame.Let the besan turn golden brown. Add this almond powder and fry it very well on low flame for 2-3 minutes more. Close the flame. Now mix in ginger powder, turmeric powder and mix well.

3- Make sugar syrup of water and sugar of thick thread consistency. 2-3 Threads.

4- Grease a steel plate very well with desi ghee. 

5- Now in sugar syrup mix this besan and almonds mix and start the flame on low again.

6- Start mixing it and the moment you see the huge bubbles are coming, pour this mixture into the greased plate.

7- Spread it evenly. Let it become firm and solid. We need to break it into pcs and store in a dry steel (metal) container.

8- The moment you wish to use it, mix two three small cubes (pcs) into a very hot cup of milk and drink.

Nadigeer Mata (for new mothers)

Ingredients – 

2 Cups of besan (bareek -fine)

4 Cups powdered almonds

2 Cups desi ghee  (good and pure quality)

6 Cups of sugar

6 Table spoons of methidana

6 Table spoons of ajwain

1/2 Cup gond(edible gum)

4 Table spoons of turmeric powder

1/2 cup of water

Method –

1- Wash and dry almonds and deep fry them in 2 cups of desi ghee for 2-3 minutes and grind them. We will use same ghee for further recipe.

2- In a little desi ghee fry ajwain, methidana, gond and powder them as well.

3- Now put besan in this ghee and start frying it on the lowest flame.Let the besan turn golden brown. Add this almond powder and fry it very well on low flame for 2-3 minutes more. Close the flame. Now mix in ginger powder, turmeric powder and mix well.

4- Make sugar syrup of water and sugar of thick thread consistency. 2-3 Threads.

5- Grease a steel plate very well with desi ghee. 

6- Now in sugar syrup mix this besan, almonds mix, spice mix  and start the flame on low again.

7- Start mixing it and the moment you see the huge bubbles are coming, pour this mixture into the greased plate.

8- Spread it evenly. Let it become firm and solid. We need to break it into pcs and store in a dry steel (metal) container.

9- The moment you wish to use it, mix two three small cubes (pcs) into a very hot cup of milk and drink.

Flourless eggless chocolate pancakes!

Flourless chocolate pancakes!

Can you believe this? My daughter Chulbuli invented them few days back. They are very addictive and yummy. All you need to know is to maintain that portion of having them. Make them once in a while only. 

Ingredients are – Makes 6-8 small medium sized pancakes.

4 Cups of Glucose milk biscuits powder(any milk biscuits you can use)

1 Cup milk

1/2 Cup thick curd

1/4 Cup coco powder unsweetened 

1/4 Cup powdered sugar

2-4 TBSP water normal temperature

2 Tbsp milk powder unsweetened

2 Tbsp melted butter

Method –

1- Mix all dry ingredients very well. 

2- Now mix all rest ingredients. 

3- Take one non sticky pan(a must)

4- Heat it a bit only on low temp.

5- Start making pan cakes of your own desired size and shape.

6- For fluffy and gooey texture you can add banana or grated apple as well.

7- Cook from both side and serve with fresh cream or  maple syrup. 

Happy cooking! 

Five ancient north Indian kitchen tips.

Let me tell you about my mother in law’s kitchen tips. Her misraniji(lady cook) used to tell many stories that how Doctornijj (my MIL was a Doctor) used to teach her healthy and her own Dadi Sa’s tricks in a very strict manner. 

1- Rub in the palms. Cumin seeds and Carom  seeds (jeera & ajwain) taste better when you rub them strongly in between the palms before putting them into hot oil.

2- Ginger juice in pakoda kadhi . Grate fresh ginger very finely and squeeze atleast 1/6 cup of juice. Add it to pakodha kadhi. This will reduce the sour tendency of curd from the kadhi and adding more flavor to it. 

3- Always add baking soda to hot oil before adding it to bhatura or pakoda or kofta dough/batter. They will be more fluffy and crispy.

4- To make bhindi fry just remember three things. 

1- Chop big slices of onions. 

2- Let them be half cooked while adding the bhindi. This will provide continuos moisture to raw bhindi. 

3- Add carom seeds not cumin seeds to make bhindi fry. Carom seeds are must for vegetables with goey texture like arbi or bhindi or kands like jimikands.

4- Dry ginger powder makes bhindi ki sabzi more yummy.

5- Always make bhindi fry with open lid. Never cover it. And you will never get that gooeyness in this fried vegetable. 

5- If possible knead the chapati dough with desi ghee in it. Adding desi ghee to chapati dough, improves the texture and taste as well as gives inner strength to body joints. 

How to retain moisture in your air-conditioned room.

Easy tricks to retain moisture in your air conditioned room.

As summer season is in peak, if you are facing dry skin, itchy ears, blood in nostrils or sudden dandruff as well as dry throat when you wake up, you have a extreme dry room and bad sleep air around you. 

Here are few simple tricks to retain moisture in the room without any expensive gadget. 

1- Keep a bucket full of water just opposite and down side of the AC. Water evaporates throughout the days or night.Keep changing it every day. Do not cover it. 

2- Big size towel wet with water. Dip this towel in water, squeeze access water and dry it in the room you are going to sleep. If you have more rooms like kids room or guest room, do it there as well. 

3- If your house is ground floor with free access to lawn and you can wash it. Please do it. Or throw some 2-4 Liters of water in a corner so that water keeps getting evaporate while you sleeping. 

4- Wash the curtains and hang them back. But only if you have easy hanging system and you can afford to do it everyday. 

5- Keep one big planter full of natural soil without chemicals in your air conditioned room and pour enough water in it so that it can evaporate moisture throughout the day. 

Best recipe to make gourmet mango ice-cream at home

Being in Doha Qatar during this summer time means there is always a concern of having fresh things in plates to enjoy the season.

I love mangoes a lot and mango ice creams are my favorites. So when I started making mango ice creams at home, it was many times a lump of ice with ingredients or over soft runny texture.

After few trials and thoughts finally I started churning out my own wonderful gourmet mango ice cream.

Ingredients (tips are in this recipe itself) ~(Served 6 big portions).

1- 4 Cups sweet mangos pulp(gooda)I make this ice cream with only Badami Sinduri or Alphonso mangoes due to strong flavors, 2- 1 cup sugar powder(grind this sugar with 1 tbsp corn flour), 3- 1 Tin evaporated milk, 4- 1 Tbsp mango essence(optional but gives great test).

Method –

Grind sugar with cornflour and sift it. Take a mixi pot and grind mango pulp first, add powdered sugar and blend again, now add evaporated milk and mango essence. Blend it for few quick blends. Layer it in aluminum baking tin if possible or any good plastic container. Freeze it for 3-4 hours. Take it out and blend again. Now freeze it until done. Serve it.

Hath ka kamaal(Hindi story).

अनुज बड़ा हैरान हो गया जब सोसाइटी की मीटिंग में सब ने स्वर में कहा की वार्षिकोत्स्व के डिनर प्रोग्राम के लिए हलुआ और खीर उसके घर से ही आएगा। अभी जुम्मा जुम्मा सात महीने पहले ही वह अपनी पत्नी नीतू और बच्चों के साथ यहाँ शिफ्ट हुआ था। पापा के चल बसने के बाद जब तीनो भाईओं में हिस्से बांटे हो गए तो घर परिवार बिखर गया था। वो घर में सबसे छोटा था। दोनों भाभियाँ इंजीनियर थी। उसकी पत्नी घरेलु पसंद करके लायी गयी थी ताकि घर का काम नौकरानी धोबिन की देखभाल व् उन दोनों भाईओं के बच्चों के ट्यूटरों पर नजर रखने को एक महिला घर में तो रहे। वो समझता सब था परन्तु सबसे छोटा और सबसे कम तनख्वाह पाने वाला सदस्य होने के कारण चुप रहके अपनी नौकरी में व्यस्त रहता था।

थोड़े समय के बाद एक एक करके उसको भी दो बेटे हो गए। पत्नी और भी ज्यादा खटने लगी। पापा सब देखके भी अनजान बने रहते थे क्यूंकि उनकी दवाइओं का खर्चा दोनों बड़े बेटे ही करते।स्वार्थवश वह जानबूझकर दिन भर छोटी बहु को फ़ोन पर आदेश देती दोनों बहुओं के व्यवहार को भी अनदेखा कर देते। नीतू बेचारी दिन भर पूरे घर में काम करती दौड़ दौड़ के। हलकान हो जाती पर चूं न कर पाती।

पूरे घर के लिए नीतू प्याज पुदीने के परांठे आलू की रसीली सब्ज़ी और रबडी बनाती तो कोई ये भी नहीं पूछता की तुम्हारे लिए बचा की नहीं। नवरात्री में दोनों जेठानियाँ भर भर के बच्चों के दोस्तों को बुलवा लेती पर कभी रसोई में पैर भी न रखती। नीतू हलवा चने सुखी सब्ज़ी रायता बना के सुबह से तैयार रहती और गरम गरम
पूरियां उतार के बड़े बड़े थाल बहार भिजवा देती। पसीने में नहाती हुयी खुद के पैर दबाती रहती साथ साथ में। कभी सारा परिवार मेंगो आइसक्रीम की फरमाइश करता तो सारा दिन फ्रिज में चार चार चक्कर लगाके बार बार आइसक्रीम को मिक्सी में घोट घोट के जमाती। क्यूंकि बड़ी जेठानी ने फ़ोन पे आर्डर देके ऐसे ही करने को कहा था। सफ़ेद रसगुल्ले बड़े बड़े ही खाये जायेंगे तो दो किलो पनीर फेंट फेंट के उसके कंधे दर्द करने लगते पर दोनों जेठानियाँ बड़ी बेशर्मी से डोंगे भर भर के अपने रूम्स में ले जाती। नीतू चुपचाप उनका ड्रामा देखती रह जाती। पति अनुज सब देख के भी अनदेखा कर जाता।

कभी किसी भाभी के बच्चे का बर्थडे है तो केक तक उसकी पत्नी घर पे ही बना लेती थी. उसके हाथ के रसीले छोले और बड़े बड़े खस्ता पनीर भरे भठूरे बनते समय जो बढ़िया खुशबु पूरे मोहल्ले में उठती थी उसका तो कोई जवाब ही नहीं था.

फिर ससुर के गुजर जाने के बाद सब कुछ बँट गया। पापा की देख रेख का खर्चा हम करते थे करके उनको छह करोड के घर के बिकने पे कुल डेढ़ करोड दिए दोनों भाईओं ने। जिन भाभिओं के कहने पे वो अपनी पत्नी के खाने में पहनने ओढ़ने में दिन रात गलतियां निकालता था उन भाभिओं ने एक बार अपने पतिओं से यह नहीं कहा की क्यों हिस्सा मार रहे हो छोटे भाई का?

अनुज खून का घूँट पी के रह गया। सत्तर लाख का फ्लेट खरीद के वो इस सोसाइटी में आ बसा था। अब इस सोसाइटी में आते ही उसके परिवार के साथ कई परिवारों का आना जाना शुरू हुआ तो दिन रात उसके घर भीड़ लगने लगी। पत्नी नीतू ने घर पे ही अचार मुरब्बे नमकीन मीठा बनके बेचना शुरू कर दिया। क्यूंकि ज्यादातर कामकाजी महिलाएं हैं सोसाइटी में तो कई महिलाओं ने उसको घर पे ही बच्चों का क्रेच चलाने की राय दे डाळी। नीतू ने हिम्मत करके वो भी खोल लिया।

कोई दो साल गुजरे तो एक दिनअनुज नीतू की कमाई का हिसाब लगाने बैठा तो वह दंग रह गया की घर पे रहके जरा सी तारीफ करने पर उसकी पत्नी ने क्या कमाल के पैसे कमा लिए थे। उसको बहुत पछतावा हुआ की उसने अपनी पत्नी के साथ कितना बुरा सलूक किया था एक समय मे।

पर किस्सा अभी बाकी था जैसेः। एक दिन उसके बच्चों की टीचर ने उसको ईमेल भेज के स्कूल बुलाया और उसकी पत्नी को स्कूल बुलाके बच्चों को कुकिंग करना सीखने को कहा। अनुज को अब समझ आया की कोई भी काम छोटा या बड़ा नहीं होता बस लगन और समझ होनी चहिये।

उसको बहुत हंसी भी आयी की कहाँ उसकी पत्नी को नौकरानी समझने वाली भाभियाँ अब हजारों रूपये नोकरानिओं को दे रही हैं कहाँ उसकी सीधी साधी पत्नी ने दिन रात रसोई का काम करके अब वो दक्षता हासिल कर ली थी की घर पे रहके ही वो उसकी दोनों भाभिओं से भी कई गुना पैसा कमा रही थी.

One long shelf life super trick for your precious curry leaves!

After struggling for many years with oiling and greasing my curry leaves into ziplock pouches or freezing them into ice cubes with oil and butter, I had many rotten experiences. Which includes getting curry flavor in my butterscotch ice cream or greased freezer section.

But few months back my sister in law was going through my facebook food group ChatniSonth and she saw many people discussing this topic. She called me and told me a very easy trick.

The super trick is to put all curry leaves(please check that they are fully dried not wet) in a plastic container and put one table spoon of raw rice (any kind of) in it and close the lid. Now put this box in freezer section and for almost anytime ( she claims it can work for even 6-8 months). My box full of curry leaves is now serving me since 2 and half month. So happy me.

So basically whenever you need few curry leaves, open this box take leaves and keep the box back in freezer section. No there is no need to change the rice. If you are putting again fresh leaves than only change the rice.

Curry leaves are like second life line to me. My dhokla, poha, fried mango rice, cabbage thoran, sambhars and chutneys are all very lonely without curry leaves. I hope you can also try this trick and feel happy like me.

Happy cooking.

One pot eggless fluffy apple cake.

One pot apple cake is a very easy peasy cake to make with goodness of apples.

Ingredients –

1 Cup all purpose flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 medium sized dark red or red apple grated with skin on(do not peel it, 1/4 cup refind oil, 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp vanilla essence, 1/2 cup thick curd, 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp baking powder.

Method –

Mix all very well in a bowl. Pour in lined baking tin, tap two three times and bake at 180 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Cool it before slicing.