This was my first attempt at making a milk based dessert and it came out good. I normally prefer having desserts at sweet shops and restaurants since it is a time consuming process and I am low on patience. But the reducing quality and increasing costs finally pushed me to make it at home. It took a couple of hours to get the final product but not difficult if you have good quality milk. I used regular milk, but whole milk will give you much better results.
Milk – 1 litre
Sugar – 1 cup (adjust according to taste)
So I had a cup of pre-soaked black chole in the fridge and I needed to feed two hungry stomachs (me and the husband), and I knew that the chole would not be enough, and I needed a filler. So what was the logical choice?? Potato obviously. This was a last minute thrown together innovation that was fuelled by a desire to eat something filling in the cold rainy weather and an empty fridge on a Saturday night. I improvised as I went and the end result was not half as bad. So what is the next thing I do? Take pictures and write a recipe obviously.
So here is how I made this curry.
Black channa (or kabuli channa whichever is available) – soaked overnight and then cooked for a couple of whistles in the cooker or boiling water to soften it slightly.
Chukkakura, also known as red sorrel or Khatta palak in hindi is a very unique, sour-tasting green leafy vegetable. You could say it is slightly similar to gongura in flavour. The sourness of this green tastes good with a combinations of lentils (chukkakura pappu) or as a stew(pulusu). It can also be made into a chutney. If you are tasting this green for the first time, dal will be a good option to introduce yourself to its flavour.
The combination of dal and chukkakura is not only healthy and wholesome, but also delicious, balancing out all flavours.
Here is a simple recipe for chukkakura pappu:
Chukkakura/red sorrel leaves/khatta palak – 2 small bunches
Remove the thick stems, wash well, chop finely and keep aside.
Microwaves have become an integral part of every kitchen. Depending on how much you have spent on your microwave, it is useful for a range of functions right from reheating to roasting to baking.
I turn on the microwave almost everyday for some reason or the other and often wonder how I survived without one for years.
Here are some of everyday uses for microwave, some I leant through personal experience, others through various sources.
1. Boiling potatoes: Just microwave the whole potato (along with the skin) for 3 minutes. The skin prevents the moisture from going out and the potato cooks with the internal moisture. If after 3 mins, you feel that the potato hasn’t cooked enough, just cook it for few more seconds.
Rains call for some special food that is warm and comforting and spicy at the same time. Nothing beats having a bowl full of something warm and cozy while hearing the rains pattering away on the window. The universal favourite foods in rains include a bowl of soup, a hot cup of coffee or tea, deep fried foods or something similar. For me, Kichidi is one of those foods that just gives you that blanket of warmth. India has a rich history of lentils. We have a vast variety that would probably not be found anywhere else. Having a vegetarian tradition is one of the reasons. The protein content of the lentils combined with carbohydrate in the form of rice and a few warming spices lends kichidi its huge fan following. Kichidi with very little or no spice is fed to growing kids. I guess that is the reason why it feels so comforting. A familiar flavour that you have grown up with always gives that sense of security.
Kichidi is eaten in many forms. Different states have different ways of cooking it with different dal and spices. The basic ingredients of dal and rice, though, never change. The inspiration behind this recipe is the rajasthani kichidi which I really love.
I hope you will enjoy this masala kichidi as much as I did. You can just vary the amount of spices depending on you like/dislike for them.
Here is how I made it.
Rice – 1 cup
Moong dal/ Pesarapappu /mung beans/ split green gram – 1 cup
All of us tend to have chutney powders in the home pantry, be it made by mom who stocks it up every time she comes visiting (in my case mom-in-law), or store bought. In any case these powders can make an excellent base for some curries. You could use either peanut chutney powder or bengal gram dal (I prefer peanut powder) Just throw in a few extra ingredients and you end up with spicy succulent curry which goes well with rice or chapatis. I prefer using these chutney powder with capsicum as the combination goes very well. These pictures were fished out from very old archives and realised I forgot to put this recipe in my blogpost.
To make capsicum curry with chutney powder, you would need:
Capsicum – 3 to 4 medium sized, stem removed and chopped
Onion – 1 medium sized, skin removed and chopped/sliced