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MIXED DAL PEPPER KHICHDI

 

Hello from my part of the world!!!!!

Winters have started in many parts of the world. It is raining and gloomy at my place as well. Perfect weather to stay cozy and warm. I am enjoying this weather with perfect cup of Masala chai and some fritters for snacks. I would love a warm bowl of Khichdi that is so comforting in this weather and can be whipped up quickly with easily available ingredients at home. Our humble khichdi had made headlines recently with different varieties of Khichdi from all regions in India.

Today i will share a very easy recipe that is cooked regularly at my place.My boys would love to have it with thick yogurt and some fritters.I paired it with eggplant wedges this time and it was an instant hit.

My humble contribution for 118th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Khichdi is this Mixed Dal Pepper Khichdi.

Recipe for Mixed dal pepper Khichdi:

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup White rice

1/2 Cup Brown rice

1/2 Cup Toor dal

1/2 Cup Whole Moong / Green gram

2  Tsp Freshly ground pepper

Salt to taste

A generous pinch of  jeera and Methi powder

1 Potato peeled and cubed

1 Carrot cut into medium chunks

1 Capsicum cut into medium size pcs

1/2 Cup  chopped Spring Onion

2 Sprigs of Curry leaves

1 Tsp Mustard seeds / Rai

1/4 Tsp Hing / Asafoetida

2 dry red Chillies for Tadka /Tempering

1.5 Tbsp  plus 2 tsp Ghee

Method:

Soak rice and dals for about 30 minutes.  Place the pressure cooker on the stove and switch on the heat. Add 1.5 tbsp of ghee. Once the ghee melts add mustard seeds , hing and dry red chillies. Once the mustard seeds crackle keep some tadka aside for garnishing later. Once done add all the veggies and chopped spring onion and saute for about 2-3 minutes. Now add freshly ground pepper powder ,salt and jeera methi powder and mix well. Now add the soaked rice and dal and 3.5 cups of water and pressure cook upto 2 whistles. Once done switch off the flame.

Heat a small pan. Add the balance ghee. Add curry leaves and some hing. Once the curry leaves become crisp  switch off the flame. Mix it with the set aside tadka and add this tempering to the cooked khichdi.

Serve hot with thick yougurt and eggplant wedges.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

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DAL TADKA / LENTIL STEW

 

Dal or Lentils are a powerhouse of Nutrition. Lentil is a dietary staple throughout regions of India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.Lentil colors range from yellow to red-orange to green, brown and black.Lentils also vary in size, and are sold in many forms like with or without the skins, whole or split. Lentils are also widely used in many parts of the world.You can make a number of dishes using a wide variety of lentils.They can be sprouted too and used in salads and soups.

As a part of our 110th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Lentils I would like to share a very simple and healthy recipe Dal Tadka.My boys like to have dal with Steaming hot rice and potato fry .

Recipe for Dal Tadka:

Ingredients:

1 Cup Toor dal /Split Pigeon peas

1/2 Cup Urad Dal Split / Split Black gram

1/2 Cup Moong dal split / Split Mung Beans

3 Green Chillies slit

1 Tsp Kasuri Methi (dried Fenugreek)

1.5 Tsp Jeera / Cumin seeds

1/4 Tsp Haldi /Turmeric

A generous pinch of hing /Asafoetida

1/2 Tsp Mustard

1/2 Tsp Ginger finely chopped

5 Garlic Pods thinly Slit lengthwise

Salt to Taste

1/2 Tsp Red chilli Powder

4 Dry red Chiilies (Whole)

2 Tsp Ghee

1/2 Tsp Oil

Juice of 1 Lemon

Water to boil dal

Method:

Clean and wash all the three dals. Pressure cook the dals with haldi, green chilles and water upto 2 whistle or till it is cooked.Add water to get the right consistency if the dal is too thick.

Roast chopped garlic in 1/2 tsp oil until they turn nice golden brown in colour.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Add ghee.Now add the Cumin and mustard seeds.Once they crackle add hing and ginger and saute for a few seconds.Add the dry red chilli and saute.Now add kasuri methi  and switch off the stove.Lastly add chilli powder and mix well and add this tadka to the boiled dal. Let the dal simmer for about 3-4 mins on low flame. Lastly Garnish with chopped coriander and roasted garlic .

Serve hot with Rice ,Phulkas or Roti.

 

Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!

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BRAIDED MANGO DIP MINI BREAD(EGGLESS)

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Hello!!!!!!!!!

Last week was hectic with lot of work load at work . I was eagerly looking for the weekend to relax . I have not baked for a long time. It is school holidays here and my boys were looking forward to having some homemade savory bread. Baking is always therapeutic to me and helps me to unwind and relax. I had some home made Mango dip or Thokku sent by mom in law.The mango dip was flown all the way from India. You can find the recipe for Mango dip /Thokku here.

I decided to bake yummy braided mini bread stuffed with home made mango dip . Tasted heavenly and was over as soon as it was out from the oven.

My Contribution for 96th #Foodiemonday #Bloghop theme #Baked my contribution is this wonderful braided Mango dip Mini bread. It is eggless too.

Recipe for Braided Mango Dip Mini Bread:

Ingredients:

2.5 Cups All purpose flour (Unbleached)

11 Gms (1 Sachet) Instant Yeast

1/4 Tsp Salt

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1 Cup Water

Mozzarella 1/2 Cup(Increase or decrease as per your taste)

1/2 Cup Mango Thokku / Mango dip

Method:

Heat water till lukeworm. Sift the flour in a large bowl. Add salt and instant yeast and mix well. Make a well in between the flour mix. Add luke warm water and oil and mix well. Knead for about 5 mins until the flour comes together to form a sticky dough. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and cover it with a clean Kitchen towel or Cling wrap. Place this bowl in the oven or any warm place for about 40 mins or until the dough doubles in size.

Once the dough has doubled remove the kitchen towel / cling wrap ,deflate it and knead for a minute. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll each dough into a rectangular shape. Spread the mango dip / Thokku ,sprinkle some cheese and roll the dough like a log and seal the edges. Slit the dough in to 2 equal parts with the thokku / dip stuffing facing the top.Seal the edges of both the pieces ,list one piece over the other and plait it like a braid. Repeat the process for the remaining dough.

Place the braided dough on a greased baking tray and form a circle with the braid.Pinch the dough and tuck the edges at the bottom. Allow it to raise for another 30 mins. I baked 3 pcs at one time. Now pre heat the oven at 190C for about 10 mins. Place the baking tray in the preheated Oven and bake for about 30 -35 Mins.

Serve hot with soup of your choice. My boys polished the braided mini bread and did want to have any soup.

A positive feedback and contentment on their faces made my day!!!!!!

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Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!