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March 10, 2016

Pineapple Kesari I From My Home Kitchen turns 6 !!!


From My Home Kitchen turns 6 !!!! I definitely can't believe it has been 6 long years since I had started the blog. I should really thank everyone who motivate me to keep the blog running. When I hardly posted anything for a long time, everyone I met would ask me about my blog. I feel really happy about the interest the people around me show on the blog. I would love to blog often but sometimes I become too lazy. I'm planning to post regularly this year, let me see how far I will go with this resolution.

Pineapple Kesari is an easy sweet that can be prepared in a jiffy. The recipe is very much similar to the original kesari recipe apart from the addition of pineapple. Usually this kesari is served in yellow color but when I was ready to prepare the dish I could not find it in my pantry so just managed without it. Taste wise being a pineapple lover I liked it a lot. Do try and let me know how it turned out. Thanks again for all the love and support for the blog !!



Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 10 minutes

Serves - 4

Ingredients

Rava/Semolina - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1 1/2 cup
Pineapple Chunks - 1/2 cup
Cashews - 8 - 10 no
Raisins - 5 - 8 no
Yellow Food Color - 1 pinch (optional)
Ghee - 3 tbsp
Cardamom Powder - 1 pinch

Preparation
  • Break the cashews into small pieces.
  • Measure the rava, sugar, water and keep them ready.
  • Mix one pinch of the yellow food color in 1 tsp of water and keep aside.
Method
  • In a non stick pan, heat 1 tsp of the ghee and fry the cashews until it turns golden brown.
  • Next in the same pan fry the raisins until they are bulged. It takes only few seconds.
  • In the same pan next add 1 tbsp of ghee, rava and roast until aroma rises, roughly 3 - 4 minutes in medium flame.
  • In parallel, add the water to a vessel and when it starts to boil add the pineapple chunks and boil for about 5 minutes so that the pineapple will become soft.
  • Add the boiling water along with the softened pineapple to the roasted rava and stir continuously to avoid lumps.
  • The rava will absorb all the water quickly keep stirring. At this stage add the food color.
  • When the rava is cooked, add the sugar and stir. Slowly start adding the remaining ghee while stirring.
  • The sugar melts and will help the rava to cook further.
  • Next add the cardamom powder, fried cashews, raisins and stir until the kesari leaves the sides forms a big mass. Switch off the stove and serve warm.
My Notes
  • Add the sugar only after the rava is cooked. This helps to get the right consistency.
  • Adjust sugar according to your preference. If you like extra sweetness add 1 or 2 tbsp of more sugar.
  • Yellow food color is the most used color for this dessert. I did not have yellow food color handy so I just used very little orange food color.

February 24, 2016

Pav Bhaji



Pav Bhaji is one of the recipe which I have been wanting to make for a long time. I was planning to make the pav buns from scratch and kept postponing the thought. It will take a considerable amount of time to make the buns so was waiting for the perfect day. Last week during the visit to a local organic store, I spotted some freshly baked dinner rolls and they looked like the perfect ones. Shweets loves Pav Bhaji and has been pestering me to make it for a long time so no more excuses. I had heard many versions of it and I made it the way we would like it.

Pav Bhaji is one of most popular street food from Northern India. Pav or the buns are toasted with butter and served with a vegetable based gravy. The heat from the spices, sour taste from lime and sweetness from the butter are a perfect combination. It is usually tagged as an appetizer but I would say it makes you feel a lot full and you would definitely want to skip dinner. It is one dish you could without second thoughts add to your party menu and it will be a winner !

Preparation Time - 10 - 15 minutes

Cooking Time - 10 - 15 minutes

Serves - 4 - 6 people

Ingredients for Bhaji

Potatoes - 2 no
Carrots - 2 no
Green Beans - 15 no
Cauliflower florets - 1 cup
Onion - 1 no
Tomatoes - 2 no
Ginger Garlic Paste - 1 tsp
Green Bell Pepper - 1 no
Green Peas - 1/4 cup
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
Chilly Powder - 1 - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder - 3/4 tsp
Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp
Pav Bhaji Masala - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 2 tsp
Butter - 2 tbsp
Coriander Leaves - for garnish

Ingredients needed while serving

Pav Buns/Dinner Rolls - 12 - 18 no
Butter - for toasting the rolls
Finely Chopped Onion - 1/2 cup
Lime - 2 no
Coriander Leaves - for garnish

Preparation
  • Wash, peel and cut the potatoes and carrots into medium size pieces.
  • Cut the green beans into medium size pieces.
  • Chop the onion, green pepper and tomatoes into small pieces.
Method to prepare Bhaji
  • To a pressure cooker add potatoes, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, turmeric powder, little salt, 1 cup of water and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  • Allow the pressure cooker contents to cool down and mash it with masher.
  • In a pan add oil and add cumin and allow it to splutter.
  • Add the chopped onion and saute until it turns golden brown.
  • Next add the ginger garlic paste and cook in medium flame until raw smell goes away.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and cook until it turns mushy.
  • Add the chopped green pepper and green peas.
  • Add chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala and cook until raw smell goes away.
  • At this stage add the Pav bhaji masala and cook for additional 2 - 3 minutes.
  • Add the 2 tbsp of butter and mix well.
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Method to assemble Pav Bhaji
  • Heat a flat pan and add butter. Slit the bun/dinner rolls in middle and toast both sides of the bun until it turns golden brown.
  • Place the buns on a serving plate. Add a ladle of the bhaji to the side.
  • Add finely chopped onion and coriander leaves on top of the bhaji.
  • Sprinkle lime juice on top.
  • Serve Hot.

My Notes
  • You can use vegetables of your choice, but potatoes are the main ingredient to create the base.
  • Do not burn the spice powders at any stage.
  • Adjust the spice levels according to your taste.
  • You can use prepare the bhaji ahead of time and toast the buns and serve when needed.
  • Adding raw onion, coriander leaves and lime juice enhances the taste so do not skip it while serving.

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