Kewra Flavoured Eggless Sugarless Almond Saffron Pistachio Whole Wheat Flour Muffins 


Kewra flavoured eggless sugarless almond Saffron pistachio muffins.

Yes, presenting a healthy and delicious muffins recipe today. Muffins with whole wheat flour and no sugar no butter at all. A perfect dessert for diet conscious people.

I have used organic jaggery powder in it.

You can get some more muffins recipes here

Watermelon muffins

Fruity muffins

Cheesy savoury muffins 

Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

Its a basic recipe. You can make it with refined flour and sugar too. Measurements will be the same. Add tutti fruity, candied cherries or any dry fruits of your choice.
You can omit milk powder if you want. Use mashed cottage cheese or paneer or khoya/mawa or dried milk instead. In that case increase the amount of jaggery powder 1 to 2 spoon. If you don’t have jaggery powder you can use brown sugar or powdered sugar too.

If you don’t like kewra flavour you can use any other flavours like rose, vanilla or add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom or cinnamon powder. Choice is yours.

I have served it with chocolate sauce.

I am sending this post to our 99th #Foodiemonday bloghop #flowerrecipes theme. I have chosen kewra.

Kewra water is an extract distilled from the aromatic flower of the pandanus plants. Its mainly used in South Asian cuisine. This essence is a transparent liquid, similar to rose water. Kewra jal or water can be substitute with kewra essence which is more concentrated.

Recipe 
Wholewheat flour – 1 cup

Almond – 1/4 heaped cup

Organic jaggery powder – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Flax seed powder – 1 tablespoon

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Vinegar – 1/2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/4 cup

Pistachio – 1 – 2 tablespoon + to sprinkle

Saffron thread – 1/4 teaspoon

Kewra water  – 1/4 teaspoon

Method 


Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

Grease or line the muffins tray or cup cake moulds.

Grind the almonds with skin.

In a bowl mix whole wheat flour, almonds powder, fax seed powder, milk powder, baking powder and soda. Mix well and keep aside.

You can use refined flour or 1/2 flour 1/2 oats powder instead of whole wheat flour. If you don’t want to add milk powder substitute with khoya/mawa or dried milk or mashed cottage cheese or paneer. In that case you have to increase the amount of jaggery powder.

In a large bowl mix jaggery powder, saffron, 1/2 cup milk, vinegar, oil and kewra water. Beat until jaggery powder dissolved completely.

If you want you can use brown sugar or powdered sugar instead of jaggery powder.

Add the dry ingredients. Mix well. Make a lump free batter. Add more milk if require. Batter should be thick but flowing.

Fold in chopped pistachios. You can use chocolate chips, tutti fruity or any dry fruits of your choice.

Fill the moulds 3/4 full.

Bake at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so check after 20 minutes.

Serve with tea, coffee or a glass of milk.

Drizzle chocolate sauce and enjoy……

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Chickpea Potato Dry Sabji Or Curry / Guest Post For Avin S Kohli


Chickpea potato dry sabji or curry.

Bored with regular chana masala or spicy chhole or chickpea Curries?

Try this no onion garlic delicious chickpeas with potatoes.

If you want to make something spicy and delicious in a hurry this chickpea with potatoes is a best option if you have soaked and boiled chickpeas.

My blogger friend and amazing cook Avin of theyellowdaal asked me to write a guest post for her blog. I think its a best recipe for her blog. Because Avin is from Punjab and I am from Bengal. Why not mix matche Punjabi chhole and Bengali bhaja moshla or dry roasted mixed spices. Avin has a lovely blog. Do visit her blog for many awesome recipes from different cuisine.

This chickpeas goes well with puri, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or simple daal chawal. Or use it as sandwich stuffing.

Its very easy to make. You don’t need onion garlic for it. But you can make it with onion garlic too if you like. I will share the mathod of both.


Recipe 
Chick peas – 1 cup

Potatoes – 3 medium

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Cloves – 3

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Dry roasted mixed spices – 1 teaspoon

Ginger Julienne and cilantro for garnishing

Method 


Boil overnight soaked chickpeas or chana with 2 green cardamom 3 cloves and 1/2 inch piece cinnamon in a pressure cooker.

Let it cool down. Grind in a mixer grinder and keep aside. Don’t discard the remaining water, we will use it later.

Peel the potatoes. Cut into small cubes. First cut into 4 parts in length wise. Then make small pieces. Wash well. Drain and keep aside.

Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes. And keep aside.

In the same oil add cumin seeds. When seeds starts to crackle add hing or asafetida.

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Fry for few seconds.

If you want to add onion garlic add finely chopped 1 onion and 1 teaspoon garlic paste or minced garlic with ginger and chilli. Fry until onion becomes translucent.

Add ground chickpeas. Saute until chickpeas changes it’s colour. Stir continuously.

Add the fried potatoes.

Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. Mix well.

Add the remaining water of boiled chickpeas.

Mix and cover. Cook until the potatoes becomes soft.

Fried potatoes don’t take much time to cook so don’t add too much water.

When the potatoes becomes tender stir and cook until dried up. If you like you can make thick gravy. I have made it dry.

Add lemon juice, amchur or dry mango powder and dry roasted mixed spices.
For mixed spices dry roast 2 tablespoon each of cumin and coriander seeds, 3-4 cardamom, 1 inch piece cinnamon stick and 4 cloves. If you like it hot add 1-2 dry red chilli with it. After roasting let the mixture cool and grind them to make powder. Keep in airtight container for later use. 

Mix everything well. Taste and add more salt, lemon juice and dry mango powder if require.

Remove from heat.

Garnish with ginger julienne and cilantro. If you are using onion garlic you can use onion rings for garnishing.

Serve with puri, kachaudi, paratha, roti or Indian flat bread or daal chawal.

Even you can make delicious sandwiches with it. Keep it in refrigerator make sandwiches in a jiffy. Or enjoy with crisp toast.

Happy cooking 😊
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Potato Pie 


Potato pie. 

A very delicious and easy to make baked dish with boiled potatoes mixed with seasoning.

Usually we make it with eggs. But I have made it eggless for my vegetarian friends. Used yogurt instead of eggs.

Our this week’s 92nd #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is yogurt. My contribution is this delicious easy to make potato pie. 

Potatoes are not so bad. Specially boiled potatoes.

Boiled potatoes are naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly potassium, phosphorus, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. They are low in calories and fat, and their high fiber content helps you feel full. Contrary to popular belief, potatoes are not inherently fattening. 

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Coming to the recipe. If you are making it for kids add generous amount of cheese with potato mixture. I have used oregano but you can use Indian spices like cumin powder, garam masala powder, chaat masala etc. Follow the method and add spices of your choice. 

Recipe 
Potato – 2 & 1/2 cup, boiled, peeled and mashed 

Yogurt – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon 

Onion – 1 large, sliced 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped 

Capsicum – 1/2 chopped 

Salt and pepper to taste 

Butter or oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon 

Oregano – 1 teaspoon 

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon 

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon 

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon, finely chopped 

Oregano to sprinkle

Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup

Mozzarella cheese – 1/4 to 1/2 cup or as much you want

Method 


Grease a pie dish with butter or oil. 

Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat butter or oil in a pan. Add sliced onion and chopped green chilli. Fry until the onion becomes translucent. 

Add chopped capsicum. Fry until the onion becomes light brown. Remove from heat and keep aside. 

In a large bowl mix boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes, salt, pepper, chilli flakes, yogurt, oregano, lemon juice, grated ginger, cilantro, garlic powder, and fried onion, green chilli and capsicum. You can use Indian spices too if you like. 

Add green chillies and chilli flakes as per your spice tolerance. 

Mix well. Mixture should be soft not runny. 

Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Delicious isn’t it? But wait we have to bake it 😊

You can add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese too. I didn’t. Add more garlic powder and oregano if require. 

You can add frozen peas, bell peppers etc if you like. 

Pour the mixture into the greased pie dish. 

Level the top with a spoon or your palm. 

Spread breadcrumbs over it. 

Sprinkle generous amount of mozzarella cheese. 

At last sprinkle little oregano all over the pie.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 20 – 30 minutes or until the top becomes golden brown.

Serve it as a side dish or enjoy in breakfast.

Banana Butter Masala 


Banana butter masala 

A delicious, rich and flavourful curry made with green or raw banana. 

You don’t like green bananas like me? Don’t worry try this you will love the taste. 

Our this week’s #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is raw banana. My contribution is this banana butter masala. A superbly delicious curry.

I have already shared green or raw banana kofta curry. You can get the recipe here 👇

Banana kofta curry 

When my fellow bloggers decided the theme I have planned to make cutlets. Then thought why not try just like I used to make paneer butter masala. Which I make in the same way but with cottage cheese or paneer. 

And wow its really taste good. You can serve it to your guests or can make it as a party side dish. 

Nutritionally, the green banana is a good source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and contains a starch that may help control blood sugar, manage weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.

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I have made the gravy creamy and thick by using cashews. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream too I didn’t. You can use soaked and peeled almonds too instead of cashews. 

Recipe 


Green or raw banana – 5 medium 

Onion – 1 chopped 

Garlic – 3 cloves chopped 

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece chopped 

Tomatoes – 4 medium 

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece 

Mace or javitri – 2 string
Cashew nuts – 10 – 12

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon 

Salt to taste 

Oil – 3 tablespoon 

Butter – 2 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon oil 

For marination 
Salt to taste 

Ginger garlic paste – 1 teaspoon 

 red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Thick curd – 2 tablespoon 

Lemon juice – 1/2 teaspoon 

Mustard oil – 1 teaspoon
Chopped cilantro for garnishing 

Method 



Peel and discard the both ends of bananas.

 

Cut in roundel. Wash and drain the water. Keep on a strainer for 20 – 30 minutes or pat dry. 

Marinate with all the ingredients mentioned under for marination. Keep aside for 30 minutes. 

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mace, garlic, chopped onions and green chilli. 

Saute until the onion starts to change it’s colour. 

Add cashews and ginger, fry for few seconds. Now add tomatoes. Saute until tomatoes becomes mushy. 

Let it cool down. Grind the mixture into a smooth paste.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan. Fry the banana pieces from both sides till becomes light brown. Don’t discard the remaining marination, we will use it later. 

Heat butter and 1 teaspoon oil in a pan. Add the ground mixture. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute until oil leaves the side. 

Add the fried banana pieces, salt and sugar. Mix well. 

Add remaining marination and water as require to make thick gravy. 

Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes or until the banana pieces becomes soft. Add cream if you want. 

Remove from heat. 

Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve with roti or Indian flat bread, paratha  puri pulao or jeera rice.

Enjoy the delicious, spicy and lip-smacking banana butter masala 😊

Potato With Nigella, Poppy Seeds And Tomato


Potatoes with nigella, poppy seeds and tomatoes.

A very delicious and easy to cook side dish. In West Bengal aloo posto or potatoes with poppy seeds or posto or khaskhas is an all time favourite dish.

Poppy seeds are rich in minerals such as zinc, magnesium and calcium.

And one teaspoon of poppy seeds has 4 percent of the recommended daily intake of both calcium and phosphorus, which combine to form the mineral used to build bones.

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We usually don’t use tomato in aloo posto or potato with poppy seeds but I have heard about this recipe from my sister in-law Arunima Gupta. It sounds little different and we loved the taste.

Thanks Arunima for this easy and delicious recipe. Everyone loved it.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop. And our this week’s theme is #nigella seeds.

The kalonji, or Nigella seeds or black cumin is an interesting spice – when used for tempering, it adds a beautiful aroma to the dishes, and a hint of flavour that you can’t quite nail.
Flavour and aroma aside, the tiny black seed comes with a whole lot of health benefits. It’s loaded with trace elements, vitamins, crystalline nigellone, amino acids, saponin, crude fiber, proteins and fatty acids like linolenic and oleic acids, volatile oils, alkaloids, iron, sodium, potassium and calcium. It keeps your heart healthy.

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You don’t need much spices to make it. I have used only salt, green chillies, turmeric powder, poppy seeds,tomatoes and nigella seeds or kalonji or black cumin. Kashmiri red chilli powder is optional I have used it to add some colour. You can omit it if you want.

This Curry goes well with steamed rice.

Recipe


Potatoes:- 3 medium

Tomatoes – 2 large chopped

Green chilli – 4-5 or to taste

Nigella seeds – 1/4:teaspoon

Poppy seeds – 1/4 cup

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Mustered oil – 2 tablespoon+ 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Water as require

Method


Soak the poppy seeds in hot water for 15 minutes or microwave for 2 minutes with little water. Soaked seeds will grind easily.

Drain and grind the poppy seeds with 2 green chillies. You can add more chillies if you want your curry hot. You can add little water. Make a smooth paste and keep it aside.

Peel and slice the potatoes. Wash well.

Heat 2 tablespoon mustard oil in a pan. Add nigella seeds or black cumin or kalonji and chopped tomatoes. Saute until the tomatoes becomes mushy.

Now add the potatoes, salt and turmeric powder. Fry until it dried up completely.

Add enough water to boil the potatoes. Cover and cook until the potatoes becomes tender. Let the water dried up.

Add the poppy seeds and green chilli paste and kasmiri red chilli powder. Red chilli powder is optional. I have added it to bring some colour. You can omit it if you want. Saute for a minute.

Add water to make a thick gravy. You can make it dry too. It will be delicious in both ways. But don’t make it runny.

Cook until you get your desired consistency. Add some more slit green chillies and 1 teaspoon mustard oil. Mix well and switch off the flame.

Serve with hot streamed rice or any kind of bread or paratha or puri or luchi.

Enjoy……..

Beetroot Rice Or Pulao And Raita 


Beetroot rice or pulao.

A very flavourful and delicious comfort one pot satisfying meal. 

And beetroot made this rice super healthy. 

Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. And it contains potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid, carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants and soluble fibre. Not only that beetroot nutrition can also make your skin glow.

And you will get a natural lovely colour rice with beetroot. 

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop hot/cold rice recipe theme. My contribution is this easy, healthy and delicious beetroot rice or pulao. 

I have made it with green peas. You can use fried cashew nuts or any dry fruits of your choice. If you want to make it non vegetarian add hard boiled eggs, boiled and shredded chicken or mutton. 

Sharing a beetroot raita recipe too. This raita goes well with beetroot rice or pulao. 

Recipe 


Rice – 1 cup

Beet – 1 peeled and grated 

Green chilli – 1 – 2 finely chopped 

Ginger – 1 inch piece grated 

Garlic – 4 – 5 cloves crushed or finely chopped 

Onion – 2 sliced 

Lemon – 1

Green cardamom – 4

Cloves – 4

Cinnamon – 1″ piece 

Mace or javitri – 2 string 

Star anise – 1

Kababchini or cubeb – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon 

Bay leaf – 1

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon 

salt to taste 

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon 

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional 

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Green peas – 1 cup 

Cilantro – 1 cup chopped 

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup chopped

Oil or ghee/clarified butter – 2 tablespoon
Water – 1 & 1/2 cup 

Method 



Wash and soak the rice for 15 minutes. 

Crush cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, mace, star anise and Kababchini or cubeb in a mortal pastel. 

Heat 2 tablespoon clarified butter/ghee or oil. I have used 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon ghee. 

Add bay leaf, crushed whole spices and cumin seeds. Let the seeds crackle. 

Add sliced onions and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes brown. 

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for few seconds. 

Add grated beetroot, salt, chopped cilantro, mint leaves and all the spices. 

Saute till the mixture dried up completely. 

Now add the drained rice. Mix gently. 

Add green peas, water and juice of 1 lemon. Mix well. You can add fried cashew nuts or any dry fruits of your choice. 

Close the lid. Switch off the flame after 1 whistle. 

Don’t open the pressure cooker immediately. Wait for the pressure to go down naturally. 

Open the lid. Fluff the rice gently.

Serve it with healthy and yummy beetroot raita. 

Recipe of healthy and nutritious raita


Curd – 1 cup

Grated beetroot  – 3/4 cup

Cumin (dry roasted and powdered) 1/2 teaspoon 

Rock salt – 1/2  teaspoon 

Chopped coriander leaves – 1 teaspoon 

Salt to taste 

Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Black paper powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Sugar – 1/4  teaspoon  ( optional) 

Method 



Peel and grate the  beetroot.

Mix with coriander leaves, rock salt, Cumin powder, salt, chilli powder and black paper powder. Add beaten curd and mix well. Serve chilled. 

You can add some chopped capsicum and onions to give little crunchiness but its optional. 

Serve chilled, delicious and colorful raita with hot beetroot rice or pulao. 
Or enjoy the healthy and delicious rice with any raita or chutney.

Savoury Potato Cake 

Savoury potato cake.

A basic recipe of potato cake I have found in a old Bengali cookbook of Bela Dey 

I bought this book from Kolkata a long time ago. That was my first Kolkata visit after marriage. And I wanted to learn some fish dishes. In Bengali family fish is a staple food. And that time I have no idea about cooking fish :mrgreen:

So I have to search for some authentic recipes. Bought this book with lots of other books from my favourite place in Kolkata College Street book market. A must visit for book lovers. 

This book is a collection of many Indian and continental recipes. And my culinary journey started with this lovely book. 

When my fellow bloggers decided to make something from cookbook , this old book comes in my mind first. Yes, its too old, over 30 years but the recipes are all time favourite. 

This post is going to be a part of 80th #Foodiemonday bloghop #cookbook theme. Its difficult to select one recipe from such a vast collection. 

I am sharing a basic recipe of potato cake. The recipe need only potatoes, refined flour/maida, salt, milk and butter.

 I have added some cilantro, black pepper and oregano for flavour. You can use 2 – 3 eggs, boiled minced mutton or chicken, fried onions, garlic powder, green onions or cheese in it. Add spices of your choice. Italian herb or Indian spices everything will go well with this. You can sprinkle cheese on the top. 

Recipe 


Potato – 4

Refined flour/maida – 2 tablespoon 

Butter – 1 tablespoon 

Milk – 2 – 3 tablespoon 

Cilantro – 2 tablespoon chopped 

Salt and black pepper to taste 

Oregano – 1/2 teaspoon optional 

Oil for greasing 

Breadcrumbs to sprinkle 

Method 


Boil the potatoes in enough salted water. 

Peel and mash well. You can grate it too. 

Add salt, black pepper, melted butter, oregano and refined flour/maida. Mix well and add milk to make a smooth lump free dough.

You can use green onions, 2 – 3 eggs,  boiled minced meat, cheese, fried onions, garlic powder and any spices of your choice. Whether its Italian herbs or Indian spices. Make as per your taste and enjoy. 

You can make it on pan too. For pan frying, grease a nonstick pan. Place a round mould on it. I have made some in this way and used round cookie cutter. 

Now sprinkle little breadcrumbs. Fill the mould with potato mixture. Press and flatten top with a spoon. 

Remove the mould gently and make all the cakes in this way. Let it  cook on medium flame. Flip and cook the other side too. 

Or line with parchment paper or grease a baking tray. And make the cakes with the help of a mould just like mentioned the process for pan. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and butter or oil over it. Shallow fry or bake in preheated oven at 200° for 10 – 15 minutes or until the colour becomes brown. 

I have used muffins pan to make it. Some on tray and rest in muffin pan. 

Preheat the oven at 200°. Grease the muffin moulds with butter or oil. Sprinkle little breadcrumbs. Pour potato mixture in the muffin moulds. Press and flatten the top with a spoon. Sprinkle breadcrumbs and butter or oil over it. You can sprinkle shredded cheese too. 

Bake at 200° for 10 – 15 minutes or until the colour becomes brown. 

Serve hot with any sauce. 

Happy baking 🙂