Sugar Free Carrot Bottle Gourd Fudge Or Barfi

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi.
One more sugar free recipe for diet conscious people.
Why not serve some delicious sweets to diabetic people too? Diabetic people can also satisfy their sweet tooth. So make them happy with these guilt free sugar free barfi or fudge.

Contributing this post to 139 #Foodiemonday bloghop #healthydessert theme.

We all know that bottle gourd and carrot both have many health benefits. So today I am talking about only taste.
You don’t need to add any artificial sweetener in it.
Carrot and bottle gourd both have some sweetness. Dates and raisins are healthy option for natural sweetener.

So you can enjoy these delicious fudge without any guilt.
Diabetic people also have sweet tooth. They can also satisfy their sweet craving with these sugar free barfi.
Try and enjoy the delightful taste. You don’t need much ingredients to make it. Very easy to make yet delicious.

Recipe

Grated carrot – 1 cup

Grated bottle gourd or lauki – 1 cup

Milk – 4 cup

Chopped Dates – 1/2 cup

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak date and raisins in hot water.
Grind to make a smooth paste.

2. Grease a plate with oil or ghee.

3. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. Add grated carrot and grated bottle gourd. Mix and cook on low flame. Stir occasionally.

4. Cook till all the moisture evaporate.
Add dates and raisins paste. Mix well.
Stir continuously and cook till the mixture dried up completely.

5. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

6. Pour the mixture into greased plate.
Level with a spoon or your fingers.

7. Sprinkle chopped pistachio over it.
Keep it in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

8. Cut in your desired shape and serve. You can keep it in refrigerator for 5-6 days.
Enjoy…..
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Notes

1. If you want to make your barfi more sweet you can add 1 – 2 tablespoon date or raisins more.

2. You can use vanilla or any flavour of your choice instead of cardamom powder.

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Sukto / Bengali Mixed Vegetables

Sukto
Sukto or shuktoni is a Bengali traditional dish.
Mixed vegetables with less spices. Its taste mildly bitter and lightly sweet. In Bengali platter traditionally people start eating with a bitter dish, then main course in lunch. And the last course is sweet. Elderly people say that if you start your meal with a bitter dish then you feel other dishes more tasty 😀

 

Usually bitter gourd is used in sukto. But I heard from my mom that if it is preparing for marriage or any such auspicious occasion bitter gourd shouldn’t be used in it. That called misti sukto or sweet sukto. All the ingredients are same but it will be without bitter gourd.

Generally sukto is served with steamed rice.
Never thought of sharing sukto recipe on my blog. Because I thought its a very common recipe in Bengali household. But recently I was browsing through some Bengali traditional recipes. And noticed that every sukto recipe is different. So decided to share my both mother’s recipe. Yes my mother and mother in law both used to follow same recipe.

In Bengal radhuni is must in sukto. According to Wikipedia radhuni is known as wild celery in English. And known as ajmod in Hindi.

 

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In Bengal radhuni in used in panch phoran or five spices mix. Panch phoran consists of fenugreek seeds or methi, Nigella seed or kalaunji, cumin seed or jeera, mustard seed or sarso and fennel seed or sounf.
But outside Bengal its not available so we (প্রবাসী বাঙালি) don’t use it.
But this time I have a packet of radhuni which I have bought from Kolkata. So I have used it. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it. I have used whatever vegetables I have. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.
I like very mild bitter taste in sukto so used only 1/4 of bitter gourd but if you like you can use 1 small bitter gourd.

Recipe

Potato – 2

Raw banana – 2

Flat beans – 4 – 5

Radish or muli – 1 small

Eggplant or aubergine – 1 small

Bitter gourd or karela – 1/4

Mustard oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Panch phoran ( mixture of fenugreek, nigella, mustard, cumin and fennel seeds) – 2 teaspoon

Salt and sugar to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Aniseed or sounf – 1 tablespoon

Poppy seeds – 2 tablespoon

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Mustard powder – 2 teaspoon

Bari or dried lentil dumplings – 1/4 cup

Radhuni – 1/4 teaspoon

Flour or atta – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoon water, mix and keep aside.

2. Soak aniseed or sounf in water.

3. Soak poppy seeds in hot water for 15 – 20 minutes.

4. Peel and chop the potatoes and raw banana lengthwise.

5. Chop the radish, flat beans and eggplant or aubergine lengthwise.

6. Cut the bitter gourd in thin round pieces.

 

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7. Wash and drain all the vegetables.
Keep the bitter gourd aside.

8. Grind the poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger with the help of little water. Make a smooth paste.

9. Dry roast 1 teaspoon panch phoran and grind. I have used my mortal pestle to make powder of these roasted spices.

9. Heat oil in a pan. Fry all the vegetables separately.

10. Fry the bari or dried lentil dumplings.

11. At last fry the bitter gourd pieces and keep aside.

12. Add 1 teaspoon Pancho phoran,1/4 teaspoon radhuni and bay leaf in hot oil. Let the panch phoran splutter.

13. Add all the fried vegetables except bitter gourd.
Add poppy seeds, aniseed and ginger paste. Saute till it dried up.

14. Add salt, sugar, turmeric powder and soaked mustard powder.
Mix well.

15. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes. Add water and cover. Cook till the vegetables become tender.

16. Mix flour in milk. Mix well to make it lump free.

17. Add dried lentil dumplings and flour milk mixture. Mix well and cook till you get your desired consistency.

18. At last add fried bitter gourd pieces and 1 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter.

19. Taste and adjust the salt if require.
Remove from heat. Add roasted and powdered panch phoran and mix.

20. Your sukto is ready to serve.
Serve with hot steamed rice.

Notes

1. You can use any vegetables of your choice like drumstick, raw papaya, sweet potato etc.

2. If you don’t have radhuni you can omit it.

3. If you want to make it in less oil fry the bitter gourd pieces first. And then saute all the vegetables altogether. But traditionally vegetables should be fried separately.

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Mint Paneer Kofta Or Cottage Cheese Balls In Mint Gravy

Mint paneer kofta or cottage cheese balls in mint gravy. Or you can name it hariyali/green kofta in hariyali/green gravy. Whatever you name it taste is lip-smacking.

Mint is not only nutritious its also a great appetizer. A refreshing herb of summer. Mint, coriander, lemon and spices makes this curry delicious.
A perfect party side dish.
You can serve it with any bread, pulao or steamed rice.

You will love the taste of this delicious aromatic curry.
If you have green chutney then you can make it in a jiffy. I have made kofta in appe pan with very little oil. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry. Enjoy the refreshing taste of mint kofta in mint gravy.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 & 1/2 cup, crumbled

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Mint leaves or pudina – 1 cup

Coriander or cilantro leaves – 1/2 cup, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 4-5 cloves

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Tomato – 1 medium, chopped

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon +1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Soak cashew nuts in hot water.

2. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves, ginger, garlic, green chilli, tomato and soaked cashew nuts. Make a smooth paste.

3. In a bowl mix crumbled paneer or cottage cheese, salt, 1 teaspoon cumin powder, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder, black pepper powder, chaat masala powder, 2 tablespoon ground mixture and 2 tablespoon cornflour.

4. Mix well and make small balls. If require you can add little more cornflour. But don’t add much.

5. Heat an appe pan. If you don’t have appe pan you can shallow fry.
Drop few drops oil in the holes. Place the balls over it. Cook on low flame till the balls become golden brown. Flip and cook other side. Kofta is ready. Keep them aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes translucent.

7. Now add the ground spices, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and salt. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

8. Add water as much require for the gravy. Don’t make it runny. I like thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add paneer balls in it. Cook on low flame for 5 minutes.

10. Switch off the heat. Add lemon juice and mix.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, puri, Steamed rice, pulao or any type of bread.

Notes –

1. You can increase or decrease the green chilli as per your spice tolerance.

2. If you like your gravy tangy, add little more lemon juice at the end.

3. Add water as per your desired consistency. If you like light gravy you can add little more water.

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Baked Rasgulla

Baked rasgulla.
Rabdi soaked rasgulla covered with makha sandesh or date palm jaggery or khajur gur sandesh, condensed milk and malai or milk topping. These ingredients made this dessert heavenly.

Tasted this delicious baked rasgulla in kolkata. Attended a wedding reception event in my family. Lovely memorable days with family members. Missing those moments.
This baked rasgulla was one of the party dessert. Everyone loved it. Something different from regular baked rasgulla. Makha sandesh or gur sandesh was the key ingredient.
My brother in law Taposh Roy requested the caterer of that event for the recipe. And he happily share his recipe with us. Thanks to him and Taposh.

Earlier I made baked rasgulla with an easy method. Just layered a mixture of condensed milk, khoya or dried milk and little milk over the squeezed rasgulla and baked.

But this recipe is little different.
Tried the recipe after returning home. And enjoyed the heavenly taste again. Sharing is caring so sharing this awesome recipe with you all. Make it and enjoy the heavenly taste 😊

Recipe

Rasgulla – 8

Full cream milk – 4 cup

Sugar – 3 tablespoon

Homemade paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 heaped cup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 2 tablespoon or to taste, grated

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/4 cup

Chopped pistachio to garnish

Method

Boil 4 cup full cream milk in a heavy bottom pan. Let the milk thickened on low flame. Add 3 tablespoon sugar and mix.

Don’t stir the milk frequently. We want the milk topping so just bring the milk topping or malai towards the sides with a spoon gently.

Don’t make the rabdi or thickened milk grainy or dry.
When the milk change it’s colour and thickened remove from heat. Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
Keep this thickened milk in refrigerator or under fan for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes remove the milk topping or malai from it and keep aside.
My thickened milk or rabdi remains 1&1/4 cup after removing the milk topping. If your milk is too thick you can add little milk in it.

Squeeze rasgulla with your palm to remove the sugar syrup. Don’t worry it will swell again.
Dip all the squeezed rasgulla in thickened milk or rabdi. Soak them in thickened milk for 30 minutes.

Now take the paneer or cottage cheese on a plate. Mash well with your palm.
I have made the paneer or cottage cheese out of 1/2 litter milk.
When the paneer becomes smooth add grated khajur gur or date palm jaggery. Mash again to make it smooth and little greasy.

Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan. Cook the paneer on low flame for 5 – 6 minutes. Stir continuously. Switch off the heat.
Let the mixture cool down.
Add 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder and mash it again until it becomes smooth. Mix condensed milk with it and keep aside.

In a baking tray arrange all the thickened milk soaked rasgulla. Layer the paneer or cottage cheese mixture over it evenly.
Now layer the milk topping or malai we have collected from thickened milk.

Garnish with chopped pistachio.

Place on the higher rack of your oven.
Grill for 6 – 8 minutes or until the top becomes brown.
Enjoy the delicious baked rasgulla warm or chilled.

Notes

1. You add use few drops of rose water with cardamom powder in thickened milk.

2. You can decrease the amount of jaggery and sugar if you like less sweetness.

3. You can use shredded almond for garnishing.

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Date Raisin Jaggery Chutney With Aam Papad/Amsotto Or Mango Bar

Date raisin jaggery chutney with aam papad/amsotto or mango bar.
Chutney taste tangy, spicy, sweet in one word super yummy.
Serve it with lunch or dinner, aroma of this chutney definitely make you hungry.
Try and enjoy the heavenly taste.

You can get some more different chutney recipes here.

Peanut chutney

Mango raisin chutney

Onion tomato chutney

Water chestnut chutney

I have used date or khajur, raisins, dried mango sticks, jaggery or gur, aam papad or mango bar, chilli powder, black salt and roasted mixed spice powder or bhaja moshla in it.
Roasted mixed spice powder makes the chutney spicy and delicious.

Recipe

Date or khajur – 1/2 cup, chopped in thin slices

Raisins – 2 tablespoon

Dried mango sticks – 1/4 cup

Jaggery or gur – 1/2 cup, powdered or grated

Aam papad or mango bar – 1/2 cup, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Dry roasted powdered spices – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Black salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Water – 1 cup

Method

Clean and soak the raisins and dried mango sticks in water.
Cut the dried mango sticks into 1″ pieces.

Heat jaggery with 1 cup water. When it starts to boil simmer the flame.

Add chopped dates, aam papad or mango bar, dried mango sticks, black salt and red chilli powder. Mix well and cook on low flame.

Cook till the mixture becomes thick and dried mango sticks and dates becomes tender. Stir occasionally.

Mixture should be thick don’t dried up completely.
Add 1 & 1/2 teaspoon dry roasted spice powder or bhaja moshla.
Get the roasted spice powder recipe here

Mix well and switch off the flame.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Chutney is ready. Let it cool down.
Enjoy the spicy tangy delicious chutney with your lunch or dinner. Or serve it with stuffed paratha in breakfast.

Notes

1. Kashmiri red chilli powder is optional. Added it for colour. You can omit it if you want.

2. You can use cashew nuts in the chutney with raisins if you like.

3. If you want your chutney less spicy use 1 teaspoon dry roasted spice powder instead of 1 & 1/2 teaspoon.

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Spanish Moulded Rice

Spanish moulded rice.
One pot and comfort meal. You don’t need much time to cook this delicious rice dish. No fuss, easy and quick to make. You need only some vegetables and spices with rice to make it.

Lightly flavoured with cloves, cinnamon and pepper corns.
Not only delicious this moulded rice looks beautiful.
I have shared some more one pot meal recipe here. Click the name to get recipes.

Beetroot rice

Mexican green rice

Carrot rice or pulao

Mexican rice

Mint rice

Egg pulao or egg biryani

This post is going to be a part of the 135th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #CookfromaCookBook.

So here is a recipe from Nita Mehta’s cookbook. Carrot, beans and tomato made this rice dish healthy and yummy. Peas are not in the recipe but I have added little frozen peas because I love peas in rice dishes. You can omit it if you want.

Recipe

Basmati rice – 1 cup

Fresh beans – 7 – 8, cut into small diagonal pieces

Carrot – 1, cut into tiny cubes

Capsicum – 1, cut into tiny pieces

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomatoes – 2, finely chopped

Green peas – 1/4 cup, optional

Curd – 1 tablespoon

Oil – 4 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Garlic – 6 – 7 flakes

Whole red chilli – 2 – 3

Powder together

Cinnamon or dalchini – 2 stick

Cloves or laung – 3 – 4

Pepper corns or kali mirch – 3 – 4

Garnishing

Firm tomato – 1, cut into slices

A few lettuce leaves dipped in ice cold water for 30 minutes or more

Method

Boil rice in plenty of water till just tender. Don’t over cook. Strain and keep aside.

Wash beans and carrot. Put in a pressure cooker with 3-4 tablespoon water. I have used frozen peas but if you are using fresh peas add with beans and carrot in pressure cooker. Peas are not in the book.

Keep the pressure cooker on fire. As soon as the hissing sound starts, remove from fire. Do not let the whistle come. Keep aside.

Powder cinnamon, cloves and pepper together on the chakla belan or rolling pin. I have used my mortal pastel.

Crush garlic and whole red chilli together on the chakla belan or rolling pin.

Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Cook till light brown.

Add garlic chilli paste. Saute for 1 – 2 minutes.
Add curd, tomato and capsicum.
Cook on low heat for 1 minute.

Add the powdered whole spices,steamed carrot, beans and boiled rice.
Add salt and garam masala. Stir fry for 2 – 3 minutes.

Wash ( rinse) a jelly or a cake mould. Do not wipe it. Grease it with oil. I have used a oven proof glass bowl.

Arrange tomato slices on the sides of the greased mould. Pack with the ready rice. Cover with a foil.

At serving time bake in a preheated oven at 190° for 10 minutes.
Unmould on a plate lined with lettuce leaves or decorate the plate with fresh coriander or cilantro with stalks and lemon twist. I have used coriander leaves.
Enjoy…..

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Dhania Or Cilantro/Coriander Mushroom

Dhania or cilantro/coriander mushroom.
Easy to make and delicious dry mushroom curry. You can serve it as a party side dish too.

Protein rich mushrooms are a great source of vitamins and powerful antioxidants.
And a great source of protein for vegetarian people.

You can get two more mushroom recipes here

Mushroom dopeaja

And

Microwave mushroom

Here is the recipe of delicious coriander mushroom. Just make a paste of cilantro, green chilli, garlic, ginger, green peas and tomato. And cook with mushrooms, onion and some spices. Easy isn’t it 😊

Recipe

Mashroom – 250 gram

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Garlic – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 1 cup

Green chilli – 2

Green peas – 1/4 cup

Tomato – 1 large

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Method

Wash and clean the mushrooms and chop them.
If you have small mushrooms make them half and if you have larger size mushrooms cut into 4 pieces.

Grind garlic, ginger, cilantro leaves, green chilli, green peas and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When cumin seeds start to splutter add finely chopped onion. Fry till onion becomes light brown.

Now add the ground cilantro, ginger, garlic, chilli, peas and tomato paste.
Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and garam masala powder.

Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add chopped mushrooms and salt. Mix well. Cover and cook on medium low heat. Mushrooms leaves water.
Stir occasionally. You can add little water if require.

Cook till the mushrooms dried up and cooked.
Switch off the heat.

Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if require.
Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan or any bread.

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