Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

Adopted the recipe from

Cured by bacon

According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, green chilli and garlic. Fry till the onions become translucent.

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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Choco Chips Cookies With Coconut Oil 

​Eggless butter less choco chips cookies with coconut oil.

First time tried cookies with coconut oil and very happy with the taste. And rice flour made these cookies crisp and crunchy. 

Organic edible coconut oil is great for those who can’t take butter for health reasons.

I have got a recipe book with my halogen oven. Adopted this recipe from that book. Cookies taste awesome.

I have replaced butter with coconut oil. You will love the taste.

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Its not only increase the healthy cholesterol in our body, but also help to convert the bad cholesterol into good cholesterols. And it helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.

To date, there are over 1,500 studies proving coconut oil to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Coconut oil benefits and uses go beyond what most people realize, as coconut oil — made copra or dried coconut flesh — is a true superfood.

Coconut oil is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL cholesterol) in your body, but also help convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. By Increasing the HDL in the body, it helps promote heart health and lower the risk of heart disease.

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I have used refined flour to make these cookies. You can make it with Whole Wheat flour if you like. Next time I will make it with whole wheat flour and oats powder. It will be more healthy.

Recipe


 Refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Rice flour – 2 tablespoon 

Coconut oil – 2/3 cup

Powdered sugar – 6 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Choco chips – 1/2 cup

Method


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes. 

Grease or line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminium foil. 

Sift refined flour, rice flour and baking powder. 

In a bowl cream coconut oil and sugar till light and fluffy.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Add sifted flour mixture. Mix well.

Make a soft dough.

Fold in the choco chips. Mix again and make a soft dough.

Divide the dough into two equal portion.

Roll each portion with a rolling pin thinly about 1/8″ thick. 

Cut the rolled dough with a cookie cutter.

Lift the cookies with the help of a knife and place on the baking tray 1 inch apart. 
Bake at 180° for 12-15 minutes or until the edges becomes golden brown.

Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.

Serve with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Or store in a airtight container for later use.

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Zafrani Chicken 

Zafrani chicken or Saffron chicken.

A very delicious and aromatic dish from Awadhi cuisine.
Awadhi cuisine is a cuisine native to the city of Lucknow, which is the capital of the state of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. It is very closely related to Bhojpuri cuisine of it neighboring region, Bhojpur. The cooking patterns of Lucknow are similar to those of Central Asia, the Middle East, and Northern India with the cuisine comprising both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Kashmir, Punjab and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods.

Source – Wikipedia
I have already shared two more chicken recipes here.

Chicken dak bungalow

Chicken chaap

Our this week’s 115th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Awadhi cuisine.

A dish of Lucknow, my in law’s city. Love every aromatic dish of this city.

Lucknow, known as the City of Nawabs or the City of Tehzeeb or etiquette. A city filled with varied cultures.

I am sharing an easy way to make this Awadhi dish. You don’t need to grind the spices separately. A quick yet rich, aromatic and delicious chicken curry. If you are a vegetarian make this curry with paneer or any vegetables.


Recipe


Chicken – 500 gram

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 14 – 15 cloves, peeled and chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, chopped

Tomato – 2 medium, chopped

Green chilli – 1-2 chopped

Cashew nuts – 8-9, soaked in water

Almond – 8-9 + 5

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Saffron – 8-9 strands

Milk – 1/4 cup

Water as require
For marination


Curd – 4 tablespoon

Salt 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Ghee/clarified butter or oil – 5-6 tablespoon

 

Method


Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and beaten curd for 30 minutes.

Soak saffron in 1/4 cup warm milk and keep aside.

Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel and slice 5 almonds for garnishing.

Heat 2 teaspoon ghee or oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and little salt.

When the onion becomes translucent add chopped green chilli, garlic, ginger, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Fry till the onions become brown.

Add chopped tomatoes. Saute till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

Remove from heat. Add peeled almonds and cashew nuts. Let it cool down.

Grind the fried onion tomato mixture into smooth paste.

Heat remaining ghee or oil in a pan. Add the ground paste.

Add salt, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Add salt carefully. We have added little salt in the marination and onion.  Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Add marinated chicken pieces.

Fry till the chicken pieces coated well with spices.

Add water as require to make thick gravy. Add saffron soaked milk.

Mix well and cover.

Cook until the chicken pieces becomes tender.

Check in between.

Add more water if require.

You can make it in pressure cooker if you want to make it quick.

Check the chicken pieces with a spoon. If it becomes tender, taste and adjust the seasoning.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with chopped almond and cilantro.

Serve with any Indian bread or rice.

Enjoy the rich aromatic zafrani chicken or Saffron chicken.

Note –

If you don’t want to make it with ghee, you can use oil but add at least 1 tablespoon ghee. I have used half oil half ghee.

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Chocolate Sandesh 

Happy bhai duj to every brother and sister. May success and joy be yours every day.

Bhai Dooj / Bhau-Beej / Bhai Tika / Bhai Phonta is a festival celebrated by Hindus of India and Nepal on the second lunar day of Shukla Paksha in the Vikram Samvat Hindu calendar month of Kartika.

On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal often including their favorite dishes/sweets. The procedure may be different in bihar and central india. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister’s blessings for her brother.
Carrying forward the ceremony in traditional style, sisters perform aarti for their brother and apply a tika on the brother’s forehead. This tika ceremony on the occasion of Bhai duj signifies the sister’s sincerest prayers for the long and happy life of her brother and treat them with gifts. In return brothers bless their sisters and may treat them also with gifts.

Source – Wikipedia

Presenting a yummy sweet recipe for this auspicious occasion.

Sandesh is a Bengali dessert made of paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. You can make it in home by curdling the milk and separating the whey from it. You can make it with different flavours.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

You don’t need much ingredients to make this sandesh. A very simple recipe yet delicious. You will love the chocolaty taste. I have used choco chips over it, if you don’t have choco chips you can use pistachio to make your sandesh beautiful.

Picture credit my daughter Suchismita Roy

 

 

Recipe


Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk powder – 1/2 cup

Grated dark chocolate – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 6 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 3 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

White choco chips or pistachio to garnish

Method


Mix paneer, milk powder, grated dark chocolate, sugar and cocoa powder on a plate.

Get the method of making paneer or cottage cheese here.

Knead with your palm until smooth.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add the paneer mixture. Cook on low flame. Stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture leaves the sides and becomes like a dough. Remove from heat.

Don’t overcook. It shouldn’t be too dry or crumbled.

Add vanilla essence and mix well.

Again knead it till smooth. I have used mixer grinder to make it smooth. Blend or knead with your palm again.

Make small balls.

Shape them with a mould and place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Or press the balls gently. Place choco chips or pistachio in the middle.

Serve soft delicious chocolate sandesh immediately or keep in refrigerator for later and serve chilled.

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Eggless Oats Wholewheat Flour Mawa Paneer Malai Cake 

Eggless oats whole wheat flour mawa/milk solid paneer/cottage cheese malai/milk topping cake.
What are you planning to make this Diwali? Some mawa or khoya paneer sweets? We make these in every festival. Why not make a cake with these ingredients. A very delicious soft tea cake.

You can serve it with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Cake is made of whole wheat flour and oats. Better than refined flour cake. A very healthy, delicious and soft cake. You can give it in your kid’s tiffin.
Our this week’s 114th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Diwali.

Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous Diwali in advance.

This cake is made of paneer or cottage cheese, mawa or milk solid, oats and whole wheat flour and its cardamom and cinnamon flavoured. You can use any flavour of your choice like vanilla or any fruit flavour. I have used malai or milk topping in it but if you like you can also use ghee/clarified butter or butter or olive oil or any flavourless oil.

I have used tutti frutti and shredded almond and pistachio. You can use any dry fruits or choco chips if you like.

Recipe 

Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup

Ground oats – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Milk topping or malai – 1/2 cup

Mawa/khoya or milk solid  – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Tutti frutti or dry fruits or choco chips – 1/2 cup

Shredded almond and pistachio to garnish

Method

Preheat the oven at 180°.

Grease a cake tin with oil or butter. Dust with flour. And keep aside.

Grind the oats into fine powder.

Mix vinegar and milk. Stir well and keep aside.

Blend paneer or cottage cheese and khoya or milk solid. Make a smooth mixture.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, ground oats, cardamom powder, cinnamon powder, baking powder and soda.

In a large bowl mix powdered sugar and vinegar mixed milk. Whisk well.

Add paneer and mawa mixture. Whisk again.

Now add the milk topping or malai. Mix well. Don’t over beat.

Add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

Mix the tutti frutti in it. You can also use choco chips or any dry fruits of your choice.

Pour the mixture into greased and flour dusted cake tin. Tap the cake tin gently.

Sprinkle shredded almond and pistachio. Place cherry over it.

Bake in the preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean. Your cake is ready.

Let it cool down completely.

Slice and serve with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

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Oats With Poppy Seeds And Mustard 

Oats with poppy seeds and mustard.

Do you like oats for your breakfast? And bored with regular overnight oats or oats porridge?

This time try this healthy oats in a delicious and different way. Make it with poppy seeds and mustard. A delicious way to enjoy healthy oats. You can get many more oats recipes here.

Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth.

They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits.

These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides. …

Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan. …

They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage.

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Recipe is very easy. I have tried oats with some special spices of Bengal. And everyone loved the taste.

Recipe

Oats  – 1 cup
Poppy seeds  – 2 tablespoon
Green chillies – 2
Mustard powder  – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Dry red chilli – 1
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoons
Water – 1 and 1/4 cup

Method

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minute on high power.

Let it cool and grind with green chillies. Make a smooth paste.

Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoons water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. When the oil reached smoking point fry the dry red chilli. Remove from oil and keep it aside.

Now in same oil add poppy seeds and green chilli paste.

Saute and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Stir continuously. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves the sides.

Add soaked mustard powder, oats and water. Mix well and cook until the mixture dried up completely. You can also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves if you like.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with fried red chilli, coriander leaves and green chilli.

Serve hot.

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Spinach Raita Or Palak Raita 


Spinach raita or palak raita.

A very easy yet delicious side dish. Goes well with stuffed paratha, biryani or pulao.
This raita is made of curd, spinach and some spices. 

You can get one more raita recipe here

Curd is an excellent source of protein and has very high levels of calcium so it prevent osteoporosis and also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth.

Curd is very good for digestive system too. 

I remember that I encouraged my son to eat spinach by giving the example of Popeye 😂

No mere vegetable ever gained the fame that spinach did in the 1960s through the cartoon character Popeye. Often in vain, parents encouraged their children to eat their spinach so they would grow up to be big and strong.

There’s actually some truth to that…

Health Benefits of Spinach

Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

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Got the recipe idea from my daughter Suchismita who blog at https://theretrospectiveprocrastinator.wordpress.com.

Its her favourite raita.

Our this week’s #Foodiemondaybloghop theme is #leafygreen.

My contribution is this easy yet delicious spinach raita.

Yes no fuss simple and super easy but yummy dish. 


Recipe 


Spinach or palak – 1&1/2 cup, roughly chopped

Curd – 1 cup

Rock salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1


Method 


Wash the spinach well. Chop roughly. Boil or microwave on high power for 4 minutes with 2 tablespoon water.
Immediately rinse the spinach with cold water to retain the colour.

Crush the spinach with your hand or a spoon.
Whisk the curd with rock salt, black pepper powder, sugar and roasted cumin powder. If you don’t have rock salt you can use any salt. 

Add boiled and crushed spinach in it. Mix well.
Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds. When it splutter add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. Let the cumin seeds splutter. Remove from heat.

Pour it over the raita.
Garnish with cilantro.

Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. 

Serve with stuffed paratha, puri, biryani or pulao.

Enjoy chilled, delicious and healthy spinach raita.
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