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Veg Biryani

Here I am presenting to you an aromatic full of different flavors and traditional spices restaurant style Biryani which you can prepare at home.
This Biryani will boost your appetite and awaken your senses, try it yourself to believe it!

Serves 4
Ingredients:
2 sticks of celery and carrots (cut in long and thick slices)
20 cauliflower florets
1-1/2 cups of basmati rice (thoroughly washed and soaked for 15 minutes)
2 cups of fresh mint leaves
200 gms of cubed size paneer
1 cup chopped cilantro
3 tbsp oil for cooking vegetables
1 tbsp of oil for cooking rice
salt as per taste
2-3 cups of yogurt stirred vigorously
1 cup raw cashews
1 big green chili sliced
2 big potatoes french fries cut
cinnamon, few bay leaves,  2 cardamoms, 2-3 cloves for cooking rice
1 tbsp garam masala
2 tbsp biryani masala
2 tbsp curry powder
1 cup roasted cabbage
2 tsp saffron/Kesar
Please check (Measurements)


Process: Heat the oil in the pot or the skillet and first put potatoes one by one in it. Once they turn golden then add the paneer cubes and repeat the same with them.

Keeping the heat on medium add the remaining vegetables and the powdered spices with some little salt as per taste.
Mix everything well, cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes. By the time the vegetables are cooking add the soaked rice in 3-4 cups of boiling water with the whole spices and oil. Cover with a lid and bring to a boil. Once the water boils you drain the water and empty the rice with the whole spices in a bowl. (Make sure the rice is only 70% cooked).
Allow the rice to cool down.
Remove the lid from the vegetables, add the fresh mint leaves + green chili and mix it well. Add some yogurt and mix it well again.
Once the initial yogurt is mixed well then add some more yogurt and cook it with the vegetables till the water of the yogurt evaporates. (This should be done without the lid covered).

Now take two pots one smaller than the other such that the smaller pot can easily be placed inside the bigger one.
In the bigger pot boil some water only covering 1/4 portion of the pot.
Heat the smaller pot on medium and add the partially cooked vegetables in it, add some yogurt, the cashews, and some more salt. Mix all well reducing the heat to low so that it only simmers.
Now add some roasted cabbage or roasted coconut and mix it.
Put the rice as a layer on the vegetables, sprinkle some roasted cabbage on the rice.
Putting little bit of more or remaining vegetables on the top again sprinkle some more salt and then layer it again with rice.
Sprinkle some saffron, cilantro and roasted cabbage on top of the rice.
Turn off the stove for the small pot of biryani and place it inside the bigger pot which is boiling. Cover it with the bigger lid, keeping the heat on medium let the biryani steam in it for 5-7 minutes.
Turn off the stove and with a broad spatula dig in the rice making sure all the layers are placed on the plate to serve.

This Biryani goes well with Dal Tadka or Dal Fry 🙂

Pan Fry Pizza

Now make you own decent crust Pizza at home without an oven. With some simple toppings and nice sauce you can easily make a restaurant style pizza on your non stick pan. Check out the recipe below.

Makes 8 slices
Ingredients:
For Dough
2 cups of all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon mixed italian herbs
1 tablespoon quick rise yeast
Some warm water for kneading

Toppings:
1/4 cup each chopped fresh dill and parsley
Barbecue sauce (homemade-checkout the recipe)
Few slices: cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes
1/2 cup of pineapple titbits
1/2 tablespoon of chilli flakes
3/4 cup spinach
2 cups of grated cheese
oil for greasing

Please check for (Measurements)

Process for pizza bread : Mix all ingredients together and gradually add some water water to form a soft dough. Cover with a wet cloth for 15 minutes and keep aside in a warm place.
Note: If you are using dry yeast, you would need prior proofing of the yeast unlike the quick rise yeast and the waiting time must be maximum around 30 minutes.

After 15 minutes you will notice the dough has risen and become more soft, now you can dust some flour to it and on a clean counter top start rolling the dough into a 10 inch diamter circle. Grease some oil if needed.

Now place this pizza dough on a greased non stick pan and make the edges little puffy. Poke with a fork or knife and cover with a lid. Cook till the base turns golden brown on low to medium heat.
Flip the bread carefully now and cook the top surface till it turns golden yet cooked . Make sure not to cook the top portion similar to the base.

Spread the sauce on the top part of the bread and all other toppings one by one, (check the video for details).
Cover with the lid again and put the bread again on minimum heat till the cheese melts completely.

Place the cooked pizza on a plastic cutting board and slice the pizza into 8 pieces.
Your pan fried pizza is ready to serve 🙂

Barbecue Sauce

I am happy to share with you my own homemade barbecue sauce recipe, which is pretty easy and simple. This condiment can be used not just for pizza but also for soya protein meals or marination of Indian cheese of raw jackfruit.

Ingredients:
3 cups of crushed tomatoes or Thick Tomato puree
1/4 cup of dark tamarind Pulp
1/4 cup of Tomato ketchup (Two brands will give you pure veg ketchups- Kissan and No name from Superstore, or use my homemade ketchup-recipe)
2 tablespoon of Indian mango pickles without mango)
1 tablespoon of soy sauce
2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoon of hungarian smoked Paprika powder (this is what gives  smoky flavour to the sauce)
2 teaspoons yellow mustard powder
1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Please check for (Measurements)
Process: Mix all ingredients properly together and add a cup of water to it. Cover with a lid and cook on low to medium heat the entire mixture till the sauce turns thicker and reduced to half.
Let it cool down and use it or preserve it in an glass  bottle.
Refrigerate it for storage.

Dahi Chida

Panihati is the name of a village located in the state of West Bengal, India on the banks of River Ganges. The festival of Panihati is known as a festival of sweet loving punishment which is exchanged between the Lord and His devotees.

Dahi Chida is the most famous sweet dish prepared in this festival. It is a combination of milk, chipped rice, yogurt and lots of fruits. The recipe has many variations and I like to make this one the most.

Serves 4
Ingredients
2-1/2 cups of Chipped rice (Poha, washed and drain)
1 cup of Sugar
2 cups of milk
2 cups of yogurt
1 cup of freshly prepared thick sweet condensed milk
2-3 teaspoons of cardamom powder 
Please check (Measurements)

Fruits for flavoring – Mangoes, cherries, apples, bananas and dry fruits. (Use the Fruits which you prefer except oranges and lime) 😀

Process: Heat the milk on low till it rises to the surface. Add the chipped rice, sugar, Cardamom powder, mix well and cover with a lid. Let the chipped rice soak till the entire mixture reaches room temperature.

Beat the yogurt nicely and add to the mixture which has cooled down along with sweet condensed milk. Mix well and then add the fruits and dry fruits.
refrigerate it for 30 minutes to 1 hour and the Dahi Chida is ready to serve 🙂

Note***: (I made fresh condensed milk by letting 2 cups of milk mixed with 1/4 cup yellow sugar, cook on low and occasional stirring. after the color started to turn cream, I mixed 1/4 cup of water with 2 tbsp of cornstarch and added to the milk. Then kept on occasionally stirring it till the milk reduced to half. So if you are using two cups of milk, then the condensed milk should be around 1 to 3/4 cup approx.)

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Condensed Milk