Kathal Paneer Kofta Curry Or Raw Jackfruit And Cottage Cheese Balls In Gravy

Kathal paneer kofta curry or raw jackfruit and cottage cheese balls in gravy.
Gravy is rich creamy and delicious without cashew nuts or almond. Only nutritious melon seeds are used to thickened the gravy.
Low calorie and protein, vitamins and mineral rich melon seeds are not only excellent for thickened the gravy but also enhance the taste.

Melons derive their rich colour from beta carotin, which is good for eye.Dried melon seeds contain unsaturated fats and fibers. Watermelon seeds are rich in lysine, which can work wonders for diabetics.

Summers are here! And if there is one thing we can be thankful for in this scorching weather, it would have to be all the delicious fruits the season brings with it. A variety of Melons are seen at this time of the year, being sold by fruit vendors across the country at local vegetable markets.
Summer melons, be it musk melon, watermelon or honey dew melon, are packed with a dozen health benefits. But while relishing on the juicy flesh, have you been discarding the seeds laden with nutrition and health benefits? According to Healing Foods, it strongly recommends loading up on these miniature nutritional bombs you have ignored all your life. It notes, “Eat the seeds: The dried seeds contain unsaturated fats and fibers, makes nutritious addition to savoury dishes”.

Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Practitioner, Shilpa Arora says, “Everything begins with the seeds. These are living foods that give each cell in our body a renewed energy. All seeds are loaded with enzymes that aid digestion and absorption. In fact they have more enzymes than the actual fruit in the concentrated form.”

She goes on to say, “Summer melon seeds are great source of energy like magnesium, which is vital for a healthy heart. It is great for diabetics as it is loaded with essential amino acids like lysine and tryptophan. Melon seeds also provide a wonderful cure for insomnia because tryptophan induces relaxation and sleep.”

To read more about health benefits of melon seeds click here.

You may like some more kofta recipe on this blog.

1. Methi paneer kofta in palak gravy or fenugreek and cottage cheese balls in spinach gravy

2. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

3. Mint paneer kofta

4. Matar kofta

5. Aloo kofta curry

6. Soya kofta

7. Malai kofta

Monday again and this week’s 198 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Eid With Foodies.

My contribution is this delicious and easy to make kathal paneer kofta curry or raw jackfruit and cottage cheese balls in gravy. You can use your appe pan to fry the kofta in less oil. Fresh cream can be added in the gravy, I didn’t. If you don’t have melon seeds then you can use cashew nuts or almond or poppy seeds paste instead of melon seeds.

Recipe

For kofta

Kathal or jackfruit – 250 gram, boiled

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup, crumbled

Besan or chickpea flour – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder – 1 teaspoon, get a recipe here
https://batterupwithsujata.wordpress.com/2018/03/18/roasted-mixed-spice-powder-or-bhaja-moshla/

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For gravy

Onion – 2, medium

Garlic – 4 – 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 2, large

Green cardamom – 3

Clove – 3

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Melon seeds – 3 tablespoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 2, optional

Oil – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Water – 2 cup

Method

1. Soak the melon seeds in warm water for 15 minutes.

2. Grind onions, garlic and ginger into smooth paste.

3. Grind tomatoes, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and melon seeds separately.

4. Mash the crumbled paneer or cottage cheese well to make smooth.

5. Squeeze the water of boiled kathal or jackfruit.

6. Mix with mashed paneer, besan or chickpea flour, salt, grated ginger, chopped green chilli, bhaja moshla or roasted mixed spice powder, cumin powder and garam masala powder.

7. Mix everything well and make small balls.

8. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the balls till golden brown from all the sides. Place the fried balls on a paper towel. If you want, you can use appe pan to fry the kofta in less oil. Or use your air frier to make kofta balls brown.

9. In the same oil fry onion, garlic and ginger paste till onion mixture starts to change it’s colour.

10. Now add ground tomatoes, green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and melon seeds paste.

11. Saute and add salt, sugar, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

12. Saute till oil leaves the sides. Add water and 2 slit green chilli. Let it boil.

13. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 15 – 20 minutes.

14. Add fried kofta and cook for 2 minutes more.

15. You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon cream if you want. Remove from heat.

16. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice, roti, paratha, naan, puri pulao, jeera rice, fried rice or any bread.

Notes

1. Cashew nuts, almond or poppy seeds paste can be used instead of melon seeds.

2. You can use your appe pan or air frier to fry the kofta in less oil.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Green Chickpea Or Hara Chana Curry / Ghugni

Green chickpea or hara chana curry or ghugni.
A very simple and easy yet delicious curry. We usually make ghugni with white peas. But its with green chickpeas. You don’t need to soak or boil. These fresh green chickpeas are tender and tasty. You can enjoy these as a chaat with black or pink salt, chaat masala, lemon juice and chopped onion. Or make ghugni like this.

Green Chickpeas are young garbanzo beans harvested at their peak of freshness and are nutrition packed!
They are high in fibre, and naturally low in fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, promoting a healthy heart.
Being an excellent source of fibre, green chickpeas beans contribute to satiety, helping to maintain a healthy weight. They are an excellent source of folate (vitamin B9) and contain antioxidant vitamins A & C along with good-for-you phytonutrients. They are an all-natural non-allergenic fresh source of protein. A good source of iron, they contain other minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium for healthy blood and bones.
Green Chickpeas are NON-GMO, gluten free and allergen free.
To read more about green chickpeas click here.

I have shared some of my brother’s recipe on my blog. But this time I got the recipe from my sister in law Arunima Gupta. I always get the aroma of my mother’s foods in her cooking.
Its a no onion recipe but used garlic. If you want you can omit garlic. It will be equally delicious without garlic.

Recipe

Green chickpea – 250 gram

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Salt to taste

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Ghee or clarified butter – 2 teaspoon

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Grind ginger, green chilli and tomato. Make a smooth paste.

2. Rinse and drain the green chickpeas and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds if using.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add the ground paste.

5. Saute and add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder and kashmiri red chilli powder.

6. If you don’t have kashmiri red chilli powder then soak 3 dry red chilli in little water for 20 – 25 minutes. Blend in your blender or mixer grinder. Strain the water with a sieve and add in the curry. Its my brother’s method I have mentioned in my broccoli malai curry recipe.
My sister in law also used it. But I have used kashmiri red chilli powder this time.

7. Saute the spices until oil leaves the sides.

8. Add green chickpeas and salt. Saute for 2 minutes or till dried up.

9. Add water and when it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir in between.

9. Remove the cover. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes or till you get your desired consistency. It should be thick curry.

10. Or if you want more gravy then you can add little more water.

11. Add a dollop of ghee or clarified butter, mix and remove from heat.

12. Serve hot with lemon wedges and finely chopped onion or onion slices.

Notes
1. If you want you can skip garlic. And make no onion garlic curry.
2. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Red Lentil Soup

Red lentil soup.
A delicious comforting and flavourful soup. Very easy to make and nutritious. Serve it as a comforting meal with a dash of lemon juice or serve it with rice or bread.

Earlier made a Lebanese lentil soup with whole red lentils and loved the taste so tried this with red lentils. Its equally delicious.

You may like some more lentil recipes in this blog.

Lebanese Lentil Lemon Soup

Beetroot dal or lentil curry

Whole Masoor dal or brown or red lentils

Red lentil fritters in sour gravy

Red lentils, also known as Masoor dal, are an extremely popular lentil in India. They are grown all over the country and consumed for their various health benefits. Red lentils are extremely good for your skin and can prevent issues like rapid ageing and acne. They can also be used to lighten the skin and get rid of tans. Red lentils promote weight loss and are very good for your digestion due to the high amounts of fiber present in this lentil. It is good for diabetics as it regulates the random spikes and drops in the glucose level in the blood. It is abundantly rich in proteins and minerals, which help boost various systems in your body. It is very good for your bones, teeth, and eyesight because of this. It can reduce the risk of cancer due to its anticancer properties and is known for reducing bowel, colon, lung, and breast cancer risks. Moreover, due to its high antioxidant content, it is very beneficial for your immune system and can help prevent a ton of diseases and infections.
Read more about red lentil here.

This lemon flavoured lentil soup is very easy to make. You can use your pressure cooker to make it. But better to cook in open pot for taste. Soup will be more tasty if you will cook it in open pot.

Recipe

Red lentils or Masoor dal – 1 cup

Carrot – 2 medium

Potato – 1, optional

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Bay leaf – 1

Garlic – 3 – 4, minced

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Tomato – 1, chopped

Baby spinach – 100 gram, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 cup

Dried mint leaves – 3 tablespoon, crushed

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Water – 5 cup

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Zest of 1 lemon

Method

1. Peel and cut the carrot and potato in cubes.

2. Rinse and chop the spinach.

3. Heat oil in a pan or wok. Add onion and garlic. Fry till the onion becomes translucent.

4. Add grated ginger, carrot, and potato. Saute for 2 minutes.

5. Now add spinach and tomato. Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or till the tomato becomes soft.

6. Add lentils, salt, cumin powder and black pepper powder. Mix well.

7. Add water and crushed dried mint leaves. Let it boil.

8. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cook on low heat till lentils becomes soft. It will take 25 – 30 minutes. Don’t cover the pan.

9. When lentils becomes soft add lemon zest and lemon juice. You can add more water if require.

10. Remove from heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more lemon juice if require.

11. Garnish with mint and coriander leaves, lemon wedges and chopped tomatoes or fresh red chilli. I have used small pieces of fresh red chilli.

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Eggless Coconut Cupcakes

Eggless coconut cupcakes.
Soft, moist and delicious cupcakes made with coconut.

Adopted the recipe from Mayuri’s blog. Always love her delicious bakes. Now happy to share her recipe for my readers.

Made this cupcakes today for Recipe swap challenge initiated by Jolly
And Vidya.

In this group members are paired up every alternate month. And we have to choose a recipe from partner’s blog to cook and share. This month my partner is talented blogger Mayuri Patel who blog at Mayuris Jikoni.
I have bookmarked many of her recipes. I always love her baked recipes. This time decided to make focaccia bread and bookmarked it. But recently bought a small and beautiful silicone cupcake mould and wanted to use it. So I picked up her Coconut cupcakes.

I will make other bookmarked recipes from her blog later or maybe when we paired again. Do visit her space for some awesome recipes specially different types of bread and cakes.

You may like some more cupcakes in this blog.

1. Rasgulla cupcakes

2. Eggless sugarless dry fruits cake with oats

3. Gluten free pineapple cupcakes

4. Gluten free apple almond cupcakes

I have reduced the amount of batter. Used oil instead of butter. And added little Soyabean flour because soya flour makes the cake super soft. My earlier bakes with this flour was always a hit among my family and friends. You can use any flour of your choice. But adding Soyabean flour will make your cake soft and protein rich. But if you don’t have Soyabean flour then you can use only refined flour or whole wheat flour.

Recipe

Refined flour – 1 cup

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Thick yogurt – 1/4 cup

Milk powder – 1/4 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Caramel essence – 1 teaspoon, optional

Yellow food colour – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Tutti fruity to sprinkle

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Grease the cupcakes or muffins moulds with oil or butter or use cupcake liner.

3. In a bowl mix both flour, dessicated coconut, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk milk, yogurt and powdered sugar. Add milk powder and whisk again.

5. Add oil, vanilla essence, yellow food colour and caramel essence. Whisk well.

6. Now add the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Make a lump free batter. You can add tutti fruity, dry fruits, glazed cherry or choco chips in the batter.

7. Pour the batter into the cupcake moulds. Fill 3/4 of the moulds.
Sprinkle some tutti fruity over the cupcakes.

8. Bake in preheated over for 20 – 25 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 15 minutes.

9. Let the cupcakes cool down before serving.

10. Serve with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.
Happy baking.

Notes
1 . Instead of refined flour or maida you can use whole wheat flour or atta in the cake batter. Or use any gluten free flour.
2. Dry fruits, choco chips, glazed cherry or tutti fruity can be added in the batter.
3. You can use same amount of butter instead of oil.
4. Instead of vanilla essence you can use any flavour of your choice, like cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, cinnamon powder etc. Caramel essence is optional, you can skip it if you don’t have it.

5. Food colour is also optional but colour will make your cakes more attractive.

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Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun.

Gulab jamun is a most popular dessert of India. Its a deep fried milk solid dumpling soaked in rose, cardamom and saffron flavourd sugar syrup.

No idea about why it called gulab jamun. Perhaps for rose flavour sugar syrup. Gulab is rose and jamun is round shaped Asian fruit black plum. What’s in a name. It tastes heavenly.

According to Wikipedia Gulab jamun are a milk-solid-based South Asian sweet, originating in the Indian subcontinent, notably popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, as well as Myanmar.

Making of gulab jamun is so easy. Just mix milk solid and little cottage cheese with refined flour or semolina make small balls and deep fry. Then soak in flavoured sugar syrup. Refined flour or maida and semolina is used for binding. Sometimes it can be made without cottage cheese or with milk powder.

I am sharing the recipe of my mother. She was an excellent cook and loved to make different types of sweets. I remember those days when we kids entered the kitchen at afternoon attracted by the sweet aroma. Our house smell delicious.

Here is a very simple and easy recipe of our all time favourite gulab jamun.
Our this week’s 154 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #filmyFoodies.
Sharing this recipe inspired by the movie ‘Gulab Jamun’.
Read a news that entire Bachchan family to star in Anurag Kashyap’s film Gulab Jamun. But Abhishek Bachchan said that they are still in early talks regarding filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming production. Let’s wait.
Till then enjoy the Marathi movie gulab jamun and this delicious gulab jamun 😀

I have shared some more fried dessert here. Click on the name below to get the recipe

Pantua

Malpua

Gokul pithe

Its very easy to make. I have used homemade khoya and paneer in it. You can use store bought. If you are using store bought, grate before mixing. But homemade is always best.

Recipe

Khoya or dried milk/milk solid – 1 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Maida or refined flour – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Black Cardamom – 1

Mishri/rock sugar or pistachio – as require

Oil for deep frying

For sugar syrup

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Saffron – a pinch

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. In a pan heat water and sugar. Add cardamom powder and saffron.

2. Let it boil. When sugar dissolved completely, simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.

3. Remove from heat. Add rose water or essence. Mix and keep aside.

4. Take out the seeds of black cardamom. Keep aside.

5. Mix khoya or dried milk, paneer, baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder and 2 tablespoon maida or refined flour. Mix well and make a smooth dough. If require add 1 tablespoon more refined flour.

6. Make small balls. Flatten the ball with your palm. Place one black cardamom seed and one mishri/rock sugar or pistachio in the middle. Bring the edges together and make a smooth ball again. There should not be any crack. Make all the balls this way.

7. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok. Fry the balls on low flame. Don’t overcrowd. Stir gently to fry all the sides.

8. Don’t increase the heat. Fry on low flame to fry well from inside.

9. When the balls become golden brown, remove from oil and place on paper towel.

10. Heat the sugar syrup again. Add the fried balls in sugar syrup. When it starts to boil switch off the flame.

11. Keep the balls in sugar syrup for 3 – 4 hours.

12. Serve hot. Before serving boil again or microwave on high power for 1 minute.
Garnish with pistachio.

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Chhanamukhi Ilish Or Cottage Cheese Stuffed Hilsa ( Guest Post By Nandini Ghosh)

Chhanamukhi ilish or paneer or cottage cheese stuffed hilsa.
Hilisha or hilsa or ilish is a very popular fish of Bengal. Its called King of fish because of it’s taste.

In Bengal and Odisha, ilish can be smoked, fried, steamed or baked in young plantain leaves, prepared with mustard seed paste, curd, eggplant, different condiments like jira (cumin) and so on.

Source – Wikipedia

Here is an unique and delicious recipe of hilsa fish stuffed with cottage cheese.
A big thank to Nandini Ghosh for this lip-smackingly delicious recipe.
I met her in the food groups. I impressed with her excellent food photography and delicious recipes. A very lovely person and avid cook. She loves traditional recipes. So requested her for a recipe for my readers. And she immediately gave me this awesome recipe. Thanks again Nandini.

You can get two more fish recipes here.

Fish kalia

Masor tenga or tangy fish curry

A rich and delicious fish curry. You can make it as a party side dish. Stuff with little clarified butter or ghee and salt mixed paneer or cottage cheese. You need very minimal spice to make it. You can imagine how delicious and flavourful it will be.

Recipe

Ilish Machh / Hilsa steaks (ring piece) – 5 pieces

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, Crumbled

Ginger Paste – 1 teaspoon

Onion Paste – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Poppy seed paste – 1 tablespoon

Coconut Milk – 1 cup

Slit green chillies – 2 – 3

Ghee/ Clarified butter – 1/4 teaspoon

White Oil – 4 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Water as require

Method

1. Wash and clean the fish pieces. Take out the fish roe or eggs if there are any.

2. Mix paneer or cottage cheese well with ghee & salt.

3. Smear salt & turmeric on the Hilsa pieces & stuff the paneer in place of the eggs / fish roe or machher deem. See the picture below 👇

4. Heat white oil in a frying pan & fry the Hilsa steaks on both sides. Take out the fish pieces once they are fried.

5. Add onion paste in the same oil. Add a bit of salt so that it does not splutter. Now add ginger paste, turmeric ,red chilli powder and saute till oil leaves the sides.

6. Add water as require for thick gravy. Don’t add much water, we have to add coconut milk too.

7. Add Hilsa pieces in the gravy. Add some more salt if require and mix gently. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

8. Now add poppy seed paste, coconut milk and slit green chillies.

9. Close the lid and cook on low to medium flame for 5 – 6 minutes or until done.

10. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Note

Use green chilli and red chilli powder according to your taste.

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Coconut Sandesh With Date Palm Jaggery Or Narkol Sondesh 

Coconut sandesh with date palm jaggery.

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur /nolen gur/patali gur is a winter delicacy and mainly produced in Bengal. But in UP we get it from Kashipur only.  Its made from the sap of the date palm. This date palm jaggery produce only in winter. So its much awaited by all of us. This jaggery is used in many traditional bengali sweets.  I love the flavour of this jaggery.

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery is a healthy and natural sweetener. Palm jaggery is the most beneficial and nutrient-rich variety of raw jaggery. It is prepared from palm tree extract and is loaded with minerals and vitamins.

Source

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Winter recipes.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”  

Edith Sitwell
Winter is the best season to enjoy food. Not only sweets you can get many seasonal vegetables and fruits in winter. My vegetable vendor brings lots of fresh and colourful vegetables these days.

 

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Different vegetables and some spices makes our food delicious and flavourful.

Now coming to the recipe. This coconut sandesh is very easy to make. I have used date palm jaggery or khajur gur instead of sugar in it.

Get some more sandesh recipes here.

Recipe 
Paneer or cottage cheese – 1 cup

Khoya or mawa – 3/4 cup

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon or to taste

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method


Grate the jaggery.

Blend or grind the grated fresh coconut.

Add crumbled paneer or cottage cheese and khoya. Blend it again. Make a smooth mixture.

Heat a heavy bottom pan or nonstick pan. Add paneer, khoya mixture and date palm jaggery.

Cook on low flame, stir continuously.

Cook till the mixture becomes a dough like consistency. Taste and add more jaggery if require.

Don’t make it too dry.

Add cardamom powder.

Let the mixture cool down.

Mash it with your hand or grind it again to make it smooth.

Make small balls. Shape these with a mould.

If you don’t have mould shape with your palm or make round balls or laddu.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later.

Enjoy the heavenly taste of this delicious coconut and date palm jaggery flavoured sandesh.

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