Misti Doi 


Misti doi or caramel flavoured sweet yogurt.

Misti doi is very common dessert in Bengal.

Authentically its made of thickened sweet milk and caramel. And allowing the milk to ferment overnight. Earthen post is best for making this Misti doi because water evaporate through its porous walls and produces the right temperature for the growth of the culture.

Nowadays you can get lots of flavours in misti doi. Such as aam doi or mango flavoured yoghurt, khajur gur or date palm jaggery yoghurt etc.

Many of my readers asked for the recipe of misti doi when I posted Misti doi parfait

This yogurt is my all time favourite.

We can get it at Kolkata or Delhi sweet shops. First time tasted homemade when spending my summer vacation at my Sejomashi ( maternal aunt’s) home at Delhi. She was an amazing cook. She and my mom is no more with us but still remember the taste of dishes made by my mom and aunt.

I have got this recipe from my Sejomashi Gargi Gupta. I always followed her recipe without adding any flavour. But in my last Kolkata visit noticed in sweet shops they used whole cardamom in misti doi. So I have added few cardamom. But next time again I will make without cardamom. If you like you can add or add a pinch of cardamom powder.

I remember when my father in law asked after tasted my homemade doi “from where you bought this doi? Its much better than I tasted before. More delicious.”  And that was my best reward I have ever get.

 

Happy Father’s Day in advance. Jagruti Cooking Odyssey   requested some blogger friends to link up with her to celebrate Father’s Day. This misti doi was most favourite dessert of my late father and father-in-law. So I am dedicating this post for Father’s Day.

This yogurt takes more time to set than normal plain yogurt. And we set our homemade curd or yogurt with only 1 or 1/2 teaspoon curd. But this yogurt need more curd to ferment.  I have added 1/2 cup curd in it. Because I have used fresh homemade curd which is not tangy at all. I am sharing some tricks to set the yogurt easily.

Recipe 


Milk – 1 litter

Sugar – 1 cup ( 3/4 + 1/4 )

Curd – 1/2 cup

Cardamom – 3 – 4 optional
Or
Cardamom powder – a pinch, optional

Sliced pistachio for garnishing, optional

Method
Boil the milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add 3/4 cup sugar and reduce the heat. Cook on low flame until milk becomes almost half. Stir occasionally.

In a separate non stick pan or heavy bottom pan mix remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon water. Keep it on low flame until it becomes golden brown.

Immediately add in hot reduced milk. Mix well. Add the cardamom if you want. When it starts to boil stir and switch off the flame.

Let the milk become lukewarm. Stir continuously. Don’t let the milk topping set over the milk. Don’t make it completely cool. Milk should be warm and touch it to check. If you can tolerate the heat then its perfect to set.

Remember milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

Whisk the curd well. Mix with reduced milk and whisk again.

Now time to set. You can set it in glass or ceramic pot too. But better try to set in earthen pot for better result.

Because it’s porous walls evaporate​ the moisture. And you will get perfectly set misti doi.

Pour the milk in the earthenware. Cover and keep it undisturbed in a warm place for overnight or 8 – 10 hours.

If the weather is cold then its difficult to set this yogurt. In that case keep the earthen pot in microwave and set the minimum temperature of your microwave. 180 or 200. In my microwave lowest is 180. Just press the power button 👆 few times to get desired temperature. Keep the yogurt filled earthen pot in it. start the oven for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes cover and keep it undisturbed in the oven for overnight or 7 – 8 hours.

You will get perfectly set misti doi.

After setting keep it in refrigerator.

Serve chilled. You can garnish with chopped pistachio.

Enjoy the chilled misti doi as a dessert.
Notes –

Don’t make the milk too thick  just reduce to almost half.

Whisk well before setting to make it smooth.

If you don’t have microwave keep it in a casserole and close the lid. Or cover the pot with a warm cloth.

Milk should be lukewarm not hot. If you add curd in hot milk it will curdle.

 

Some more recipes of other talented bloggers for Father’s Day celebration.

Sugar free mango basil and cashew

 

Ghari rotli or puran poli

 

Baigan ka bharta

 

Meat masala bharwa baigan

 

Masala upma

 

Sweet vermicelli with jaggery

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……..

Baked Dudh Puli (Guest Post For Pushpita Aheibam)

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Baked dudh puli.

Puli is another name of pithe and dudh means milk in Bengali. Its very famous in Bengal. Different types of pithe are used to make in every Bengali homes on Makar Sankranti.

Its my first guest post and I am very happy because I am sharing this post with my loving sister, friend and very talented blogger Pushpita. Visit her blog Ei Gi Chakhum for different types of recipes, specially Manipuri cuisine along with fusion and regional culinary delights.

Pushpita is an Economist, a freelance writer, a doting mother, a homemaker, a very helpful person and a food enthusiast. Thanks a lot Pushpita for inviting me to write a guest post for Makar Sankranti. Wishing you a blessed year ahead.

In west Bengal its known as Poush Sankranti/Poush Parbon or Makar Sankranti. We celebrate it in the last day of Bengali month Poush.

Making of pithe or puli is must in every Bengali home to celebrate this harvest festival. Rice flour, coconut or date palm jaggery or khajur gur are mainly used in these special kind of sweets.

Dudh puli is basically rice flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur, khoya/mawa or dried milk and dry fruits and cooked in date palm jaggery or khajur/nolen gur and cardamom infused milk.

The stuffing is same as Gokul Pithe.

Puli or pithe in cardamom and Jaggery infused thick milk taste heavenly.

Now coming to the recipe.

We make this puli or pithe every year but never baked it. But Pushpita want the puli baked. So Pushpita here is a baked version of dudh puli for you 🙂

Recipe 



For rice dumplings 

Rice flour – 1 cup

Hot water – 1/2 cup

Salt – a small pinch

For stuffing 
Khoya or dried milk  – 2 cup grated or mashed

Coconut  – 1 cup grated

Date palm jaggery/khajur gur  – 1 cup grated

Dry fruits of your choice

For thick milk 


Milk – 6 cup

Date palm jaggery – 1/3 cup grated or broken into small pieces

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Shredded almonds and dry fruits to sprinkle

Method 

Heat a pan and add khoya or dried milk. Saute for some time. Stir continuously. Add the grated coconut and date palm jaggery.

If you don’t have this jaggery use sugar. Add 3/4 cup and mix well. Keep stirring. When the jaggery or sugar melted taste it then add more if require.
Add dry fruits. I usually use cashew nuts and raisins. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.
Saute till the mixture dried up completely.

Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool.

In a bowl mix rice flour and hot water. Mix with a spoon. Then knead well with hand quickly. Make a smooth dough.

Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to boil reduce the flame. Let it boil on simmer 30 minutes.

Take small balls out of the dough and make it flat with your palm. Stuff little khoya/mawa or dried milk, coconut and jaggery mixture in the middle. Seal the edges to make it semi circle or a cylindrical shape. My mom used to make it small cylindrical shape so I like to make it in that way.

Stuff all the dumplings.

Now add cardamom powder to the milk. Mix and add the dumplings one by one in the boiling milk. Stir gently to avoid breaking the dumplings. Let it cook for 30 minutes more  on simmer or until you get your desired consistency.

Add the jaggery and mix well. Its ready.

Place the dumplings on a ovenproof tray. Pour the thick reduced milk on it. Sprinkle shredded almonds on it. You can use any dry fruits of your choice.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° on upper rack for 15 – 20 minutes or until the colour becomes light brown.

Serve hot. It will be soft before baking but becomes little hard when cool after baking. Reheat it to make soft again whenever you want to serve.
You can store it in refrigerator for 3 – 4 days. Just microwave for 30 – 40 second before serving.

You can skip the baking if you like. Serve stuffed rice dumplings in flavoured thick milk. It will be delicious without baking too.

Happy Makar Sankranti in advance to everyone 🙂

Chicken Dak Bungalow 


Dak bungalow chicken.

Its a colonial recipe from the days of the British. Unfortunately dak bungalow cuisine is a near forgotten culinary treasure. Dak bungalows were the rest houses of Calcutta where the British officers used to take rest on journey. Or used as a night stay during hunting trip. In these dak bungalows or rest houses a khansama or orderly used to handle the kitchen. They generally used their own chicken or goat or the animals killed in hunting to serve the officers.

The recipe is different  from one dak bungalow to other depending on the availability of ingredients.

Dak bungalow chicken curry comes with whole boiled and fried eggs and potatoes in it and freshly ground spices.

A very flavourful dish which needs only two steps marinade and then cook. The original recipe of chicken dak bungalow was chicken roast. Which is very light on spices and could be cooked with minimal ingredients and shortest of time. But these days chicken dak bungalow is much spicier and with more gravy.

I have made this chicken dak bungalow in my own way. Generally coriander powder is used in it but I have used cumin powder in it. You can use coriander powder if you like.

I have made a rich and spicier version of chicken dak bungalow.

Recipe 


Chicken pieces – 1 kg

Onions – 4 large

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Tomatoes – 4 large

Oil – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon optional

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste

Green cardamom – 4 -5

Cinnamon – 1 inch stick

Cloves – 4

Mace or javitri – 2 string

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 tablespoons

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon or as per your spice tolerance

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Eggs – 4 – 6
Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For marinate 


Salt

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Ginger paste – 1 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Curd – 1/2 cup
Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Method 



Marinate the chicken pieces with salt, mustard oil, turmeric powder, cumin powder, lemon juice, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, pepper powder, garam masala powder and curd. Keep it in refrigerator for 1 – 2 hour or overnight.

Finely chop 2 onions. Make a paste of remaining 2 onions, ginger and garlic. Keep it aside.

Grind the tomatoes with green chillies, cardamom, mace, cloves and cinnamon. You can use the whole spices in tempering too.

Peel the boiled eggs and pierce with a knife. Marinate with salt and turmeric powder and keep aside. I didn’t use potatoes but if you are using potatoes peel and marinate some whole small potatoes or chopped large potatoes with salt and turmeric powder. Fry the potatoes and eggs separately and keep aside.

Heat mustard oil in a nonstick pan. Fry the marinated chicken pieces and keep aside.

In the same oil add the chopped onion and sugar. Fry till the onion becomes brown. Add the onion, garlic and ginger paste. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Now add the tomato, green chilli, cardamom, mace or javitri, cinnamon and cloves paste. Saute and add salt cumin powder, red chilli powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

Now add the fried chicken pieces. Mix well.

Add remaining spices of marination and water as require to make gravy. Add the fried potatoes and eggs. Cover and cook until the chicken and potatoes are becomes soft.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle garam masala powder and switch off the flame.

Garnish with chopped cilantro, sliced onions and green chilli.

Serve hot with steamed rice, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha, puri or luchi.

Eggs In Mustard And Poppy Seeds Or Sorse Posto Dim

Sorshe posto dim or eggs in mustard and poppy seeds. 

Eggs are easy to cook and always available. Whenever I want to cook in a hurry eggs are there for rescue. 

But it will be boring if we have to cook onion tomato gravy everytime. So here is a delicious curry recipe with some different spices. Mustard and poppy seeds or sorse/sarso posto/khaskhas curry. The recipe is from Bengali cuisine. Very easy, quick, spicy  and tasty.

Eggs are not only delicious, they are extremely nutritious too. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and provide essential nutrients. 

With high quality protein its provide vitamins and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper.

I have made this egg curry with potato. Potatoes makes the curry more yummy. 

Recipe 


Eggs – 2 -3

Potato – 1 large 

Mustard powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon 

Poppy seeds or khaskhas/posto – 2 teaspoon 

Tomato – 1 chopped 

Green chilli – 3 – 4

Garlic cloves – 3

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon 

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon 

Salt to taste 

Nigella seeds or Kalonji – 1/4 teaspoon 

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Method 


Peel and chop the potato in length wise. Wash them properly. 

Boil the eggs and peel them. Pierce with a knife and keep aside. 

Soak the mustard powder in little water. Stir well. Make a smooth paste. 

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with water for 1 minutes on high power. Let it soak for 1/2 an hour. Soaking make it easy to grind. 

Now grind the poppy seeds with 2 green chilli and garlic. Make a smooth paste. Add tomato in it and grind again into a smooth and fine paste. 

Heat oil in a pan. Add the nigella seed or kalonji. Then add potatoes. Fry till the potatoes starts to change it’s colour. Add the poppy seeds, green chilli, garlic and tomato paste. 

Saute and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides. 

Add soaked mustard powder, mix well and add water as require to make gravy. Add the eggs and 1 -2 green chilli. Let it boil. Cover and cook on low flame until the potato becomes soft. 

Remove the cover. Check and adjust the seasoning. Adjust the thickness of the gravy. You can add more water if require. I like the gravy thick. 

Add 1 teaspoon mustard oil mix and switch off the flame. Adding oil at the end is optional. You can skip it if you don’t like. 

Make the eggs half before serving. You can half them before frying too. Cut the eggs length wise.  Or keep the eggs full if you like. 

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green chilli. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Aloo Chop Or Potato Fritters 

The Asharh has come overcasting the sky again 

The wind comes carrying sweet fragrance of rain 

Rabindranath Tagore



Rain makes everything beautiful isn’t it  😊

And pitter patter of rain will be more enjoyable with this yummy potato fritters.

This time sharing a monsoon special recipe.

One of my favourite amongst all my mom’s recipe.

Potato cutlets or aloor chop. Yes it is called aloor chop in Bengal.

Crisp from outside and soft inside.

It can be made with onion garlic too. But I am sharing my mom’s recipe so I didn’t use onion garlic in it. Her no onion garlic pure veg dishes were yummiest.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is monsoonmadness. Presenting no onion garlic potato fritters for this rainy event  😊

If you like you can add onion garlic in it. Even you can use any spices of your choice. Here is the very simple and easy recipe.

Recipe 

Potatoes  – 4 large boiled, peeled and mashed
Salt to taste
Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon
coriander leaves  – 2 tablespoon finely chopped
Green chilli  – 1-2 finely chopped
grated ginger  – 1 teaspoon
Roasted cumin powder or roasted mix spices powder  – 1 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder  – 1 teaspoon
Peanuts  – 2 tablespoon roasted and peeled, optional

 

For the batter 


Besan/chickpea flour  – 1 cup
Rice flour  – 2 tablespoon
Semolina/suji – 1 tablespoon
Salt  – 1 teaspoon
Baking soda  – a pinch water  – 1 cup
Oil for deep frying

Method 

In a bowl mix besan, salt, soda, semolina and rice flour. Add water slowly. Mix well.  Make a thick batter and keep aside.  You can add red chilli powder and garlic paste too in the batter if you like.

In a large bowl mix all the ingredients with boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes. You can add 1 chopped onion too.

For mixed spices dry roast 2 tablespoon each of cumin and coriander seeds, 3-4 cardamom, 1 small stick cinnamon 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 well and make equal size 10-12 balls. Make them round or give any shape of your choice. Heat sufficient oil in a kadahi or woke or deep pan.
Take out 1 tablespoon hot oil and mix in the batter. It will make your fritters more crispy.
Dip the potato balls in the batter and fry till golden brown colour. Remove from oil and place them on a paper towel.
Serve hot with kasundi , mustard sauce, tomato sauce or any chutney.

Enjoy the pitter patter of rain with this hot crispy aloo chop, a cup of coffee  or tea and your favourite book. You will find the rain more beautiful  😊


Mango Sandesh

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Aam Sondesh or mango sandesh
I have already posted some sandesh recipes. Sandesh or Sondesh is a famous sweet of Bengal, made of Paneer/chhena or cottage cheese. Its can be made with different flavours.
This time I have made it everyone’s favourite fruit mango.

“The king of the fruits,” mango fruit is one of the most popular, nutritionally rich fruits with unique flavor, fragrance, taste, and heath promoting qualities, making it number one among new functional foods, often labeled as “super fruits.”

Very easy to make. Only few ingredients with mango makes a delicious sweet.
You need only cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp, sugar and little cardamom powder.

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Recipe

Paneer/chhena or cottage cheese  – 1 cup crumbled

Reduced milk or khoya  – 1/2 cup
Sugar  – 1/3 cup

Cardamom powder  – 1/4 teaspoon optional

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Method

Combine cottage cheese or paneer, reduced milk, sugar and mango pulp.

I have used homemade khoya or reduced milk. To make reduced milk or khoya cook the milk on low flame. Stir continuously and scrape the sides. Cook till the milk becomes thick and almost dry.

Now grind the Cottage cheese, reduced milk, mango pulp and sugar mixture.
Make a smooth paste.

Heat a heavy bottom pan. Pour the mixture in it. Cook on low medium heat. Stir continuously.

Cook until the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. And leaves the sides. Switch off the flame. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

When it still little warm knead with your finger tips. Knead nicely to make it more smooth.

Now make small balls and give them shape in moulds.
If you don’t have sandesh mould make round balls with your palm then flatten it. Make them round or square. Make the shape of your choice.

Serve fresh or store in refrigerator for later use. You can store in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Enjoy…….