Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dhan Shak & Brown Rice!

This is a Parsi Dish and very nutritious and is very adequate for a whole meal.

Serves 4 people.

For Dhan Shak
3/4 cup of Tur Dal
1/4 cup of Chana Dal
1/4 Cup of Masoor Dal (orange colour)
Fistful of Methi (fenugreek)
Small piece of Pumpkin
2 Brinjals
1 potato
1 onion
6 cloves of garlic
fistful of pudina
3 tomatoes
1/2 tbsp of Ginger Chilly paste

Method:   Step1
1.Take all the ingredients and wash them and cut ingredients like pumpkin, Brinjal, Potato,Onion, Tomatoes into big pieces.
2.Put all the ingredients mentioned in the ingredients section in a vessel with water and put it in a pressure  cooker and remove it after 4-5 whistles.
3.Let it cool and grind it in a mixer.
4.Now purify the mixture using a Chaarni.(throw the waste away)

Ingredients required for Masala to be added in the above prepared Dhan Shaak
1 tbsp Dry Dhana (Coriander)
1/2 tbsp Jeera (cumin seeds)
4 pieces of laving (cloves)
1 big stick of cinnamon
2 elaichis
1 dry kashmiri mirchi (Red colour)

1. Grind all of this in a mixer and add it to the dhan Shaak prepared above in Step 1 and heat it for 10 mins.
2. Add Salt as per taste.
3. Make sure that the mixture is thick.

Your Dhaan Shaak is now ready!

For Brown Rice
3 cups of rice
2 onion (cut in strips )
1 tbsp jeera
pinch of sugar

1. Soak the rice in water for 5-6 hours.
2. Put 1 tbsp of oil or ghee in a Kadhai.
3. Add the rice to the kadhai and saute the rice till they become hard and crunchy.
4. Remove it in a dish.
5. Now put 2 tbsp oil in a kadhai and add onion to it. Saute it till the Onion become brown.
6. Now add jeera and Sugar to make even more brown.
7. Now put the rice in the kadhai and add water and salt in it.
8. Till every grain of rice is seperated, heat the mixture.
    Your brown Rice is ready.

Now enjoy your brown Rice with the dhan Shak that you have Prepared.

Rava Idli

Its no Ordinary Idli, Its Rava Idli!

12-15 Idlis.

250 gms Rava (Suji)
1 tbsp Chana Dal
1 tbsp Mustard seeds
1 string of Kadi Patta (limbda)
10 pieces of cashewnut
Handful of Coriander (kothmir)
1 katori (small vessel) of dahi
1 sachet of Eno.

Take 1 tbsp of oil in a Kadhai and put it on gas. After the oil starts to sizzle add Chana Dal, Mustard seed and Kadi Patta and Cashewut in it. And keep saute-ing the mixture. See that the Chana Dal becomes a little red and the sound of Mustard bursting comes. After that has happened add Rava to the mixture. Mix it for a while and then turn off the gas.
After the Rava cools down add Dahi and Coriander. Make sure that the mixture is loose and a little bit liquidy. If it is too solid, you can add water to it.

Let it soak for at least 30 mins now. Now take the vessel in which idli is prepared and put some oil over it so that it is easier for you to remove the idli later.
Add Eno to the mixture and then put the mixture in the shape of idlis on the idli vessel.
After 10 mins remove the idli vessel from the gas and your idli is prepared!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012


These ingredients are for 6 pizzas each measuring 10 inches.

For Gravy
750 gms Tomato
1 big onion
6-7 cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of Ajmoda (celery seeds)
3 tbsp of red chilly powder
pinch of sugar.

For toppings (Subject to your liking)
1 green capsicum, 1 red capsicum, 1 yellow capsicum
2 Onions
Mozarella chess or 6 Chess cubes of amul.
150 gms of paneer
3-4 pieces of Mushroom.
100 gms of American sweet corn (boiled)
Jalapeno and Olives as per requirement.

6 Pizza bases (that you can buy from any shop)

  • Put the Tomato, Onion and Garlic in the cooker in a vessel with little water.
  • Remove the vessel after 4-5 whistles.
  • After it cools down, remove the water and grind it in a mixer.
  • Using a big Chaarni (that you use while preparing tea), put the pulp through and throw away the waste that remains in the Chaarni.
  • Put this gravy on the gas and put ajmoda, chilly powder, salt and sugar in it.
  • Let the gravy become a little thick and then remove it from the gas and your gravy is ready.

Cut the capsicum, onion in thin small strips.
Mushroom and Paneer should be cut in small pieces.
Cheese should be grated.

Now Take a pizza base and apply the Gravy prepared above to cover the full pizza base.
Add the toppings as per your liking and then cover it up with cheese as per your dietary preferences!

Your pizza now requires to be either put in an electric oven or you can cook it on the Tava.
Make sure that the base becomes crisp but should not become black.
If you know how to cook the pizza in a microwave that you can do that too.

You can add oregano and chilly flakes over it and have with Chilly sauce!!

Pav Bhaji

Serves: 4


250 gms Potato
Handful of Green Peas (vatana)
1 Carrot
4-5 French Beans (Fansi)
2 Onion
6-7 cloves of Garlic
250 gms Tomato
1 Green Capsicum
3-4 tbsp of Everest Pav Bhaji Masala.

Peel the Potato.
Cut the carrot and french beans into small pieces.
Now Take the potato,carrot, french beans and Green peas in a vessel.Add water in it and put them in pressure cooker. Let them get cooked.
After 4-5 whistles remove them.
Remove the water and store it in a seperate vessel.
Crush the mixture user a crusher or with your hands. It should be crushed very well.

Peel the onion and the garlic.
Now take onion, garlic and tomato and put it in mixer and make gravy for the Bhaji.

Cut the Capsicum into very small pieces.
Take 2 tbsp of oil or ghee or Butter into a Big Kadhai(vessel).
Heat it and as it starts simmering, add capsicum into it.
Slow the gas down and Saute it for 2-3 mins.
Now add the Gravy of Onion Garlic Tomato prepared in Step 2 in it.
Saute it for 3-4 mins.
Add 3-4 tbsp of Everest Pav Bhaji Masala. This can vary as pr your requirements.
Now Add the crushed mixture of potato, carrot, french beans and green peas prepared in Step 1 into the Kadhai.
The water that you have stored in a seperate vessel now must be added in the Kadhai. You can add extra water or less water depending on how thick you want the Bhaji to be.

Finally for Garnishing use Cut Coriander (kothmir), small pieces of Tomato and Onion!

Now serve it with Pav.
(the pav must be roasted on the tawa using butter or ghee)

Congratulations! You have now prepared the most famous fast food of Mumbai and that too with all the healthy ingredients!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Pani Puri

Serves: 4

For mithi(sweet) Chutney:
400 gm Dates (Khajoor)
50 gm Tamarind (imli)
100 gm Jaggery (gud)
2 tbsp Red Chilly Powder.

Put the dates(after removing the seeds), tamarind(remove the seeds) and Jaggery in a vessel and mix them with water.
Then put them in pressure cooker.
Blow 3-4 whistles.
Remove the mixture.
Add water if you want to make it thin.
After it cools down, add salt and chilly powder and churn it in a mixer.
Your Mithi Chutney is ready.
Refrigerate it.

For tikha pani (green colour)
1 medium size bunch of pudina.
Handful Coriander (kotmir)
3 Green Chillies.
Small piece of Ginger
1 tbsp Jeera
6 pieces of whole black pepper(kali mari)
2 tbsp Sanchal Powder
Juice of 2 Lemons.
Pinch of Sugar

Put all the ingredients mentioned above in a mixer and churn them till they become fine.
Remove the pulp and 1 ltr of water.
Mix it well and keep in the refrigerator.
Preferably prepare this a few hours before your meal so that the ingredients will mix with each other and give a good flavour.

Other Ingredients.
200 gms moong
200 gms green chana
4-5 boiled potato

Soak Moong and Chana in water for 7-8 hrs and then  put salt as per taste and boil the Moong and Chana.
Cut the boiled potatoes in small pieces.

Last but not the least, Dont forget to buy the Puris!! How many Puris?!! Well it depends purely on how much you can eat!!

Enjoy your Pani Puri!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Corn Bhel


Ø  250 gms (2 pkts) Sweet American yellow corn.
Ø  1 big pomegranate
Ø  ½ cup grated coconut
Ø  ½ cup coriander
Ø  chilly and ginger paste, salt and sugar
Ø  sev for decoration


Ø  First boil the corn
Ø  Add pomegranate, coconut, coriander, chilly and ginger paste, 2 tbsp sugar and salt as per taste to the corn.
Ø  Mix it properly
Ø  Garnish it with sev.

Congratulations, Your Corn Bhel is now ready!

Vegetable Rava Uttapam

This Uttapam is very healthy and nutritious as it contains a lot of vegetables.

Serves: 4 people.


250 gm Rava
100 gm Dhokla Atta.
1/2 cup Curd.
1/2 Capsicum.
1 Tomato.
1 Carrot.
7-8 French Beans (fansi).
1 Onion.
Small Piece of Cabbage.
Salt,Ginger and Chilly paste


Mix the Rava with the Dhokla Atta and Curd.
Add Water in appropriate measure to level out the mixture.
After 30 mins, cut all the vegetables into very small pieces and add it to the mixture.
Add salt and Ginger and Chilly paste as per your requirements. If the mixture has become very thick then thin it down by adding water.
On a tava put some oil or ghee or butter and use this mixture to make the uttapam of your size and shape!
Have it with sambhar and chutney!

Enjoy your Uttapam!