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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Puran Poli-a delicacy prepared on any festive occasion in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Its one of the favorite dishes of my family. I got this recipe from my Mother... My mother prepared this dish slightly different. As it is cooked in Uttar Pradesh. In UP Puran Poli is not sweet in taste.


For the Filling:
Chana dal: 2 cups
Cardamom powder: 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1 tsp
Red chilly Powder: ½ tsp
Dry Red Chilly: 1-2
Cumin Seeds: 1tsp
Asafoetida: a pinch
Salt: to taste

For the Dough:
Wheat flour: 3 cups
Oil: 2 tsp
Water: for knidding
Salt to taste

  • Soak the Chana dal for 2-3 hours.
  • Boil the soak Chana dal for 15-20 minutes and then mash into a soft paste.
  • Heat little oil in kadhai add cumin seeds, dry red chilly, asotedia.and add the dal mixture
  • Add Salt, turmeric powder, cardamon Powder red chilly powder and mix it well and cook it further for 2-3 minutes. The mixture should be like loose dough which could be spreadable.
  • Cool, divide into 10-15 portions and keep aside.
  • Mix refined flour, oil, water and salt. Make very soft, sticky dough. Knead very well. Use oil to knead. Divide into15 equal portions
  • With greased palms, take one portion of dough and flatten it into a disc of the size of the palm.
  • Place a ball of Chana paste in the centre and fold the disc from all sides to cover the paste completely.
  • Flatten the dough and roll again into a 100 mm. (4") diameter circle
  • Cook on a tava over a medium flame till golden brown in color on both sides.
  • Apply ghee or butter on both sides and serve hot with chutney
  • Repeat for the remaining dough and filling.

Saturday, June 13, 2009


This is a very famous north Indian dish. It tastes very rich and delicious.Cooking time: 20 minutespreparation time: 30 minutes
Paneer: 250 gm
Onion: 3 (blanched and purred)
Tomato puree: 4 tsp
Ginger-garlic paste: 1 tablespoon
Butter : 3 tablespoon
Milk Powder : 6 tsp
Cashew nut paste - 2 tsp
Milk: 1/4th cup
Fresh cream: 2 tablespoon
Red chilly Powder: 1 teaspoon
Turmeric powder: 1/4 teaspoon
Coriander powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin powder: 1/2 teaspoon
Salt: to taste
Garam masala powder: 1 teaspoon
Finely chopped coriander for garnish
  • First cut the paneer into medium flat pieces. Deep fry these Paneer and keep aside

  • Take a pan and heat with butter. Then add onion puree. Sauté until the puree color changes to light brown color.

  • Now add ginger garlic paste. Fry till raw smell disappears.

  • Add Red chilli powder, Turmeric powder, Cashewnut paste, tomato puree all masala powders and salt to taste and fry 2 minutes. till the oil separates from the gravy.

  • Add milk ,milk powder (dissolved in warm water) and fresh cream and keep it on low flame for 2 minutes ,if required add water as per you like gravy.

  • Add paneer and remaining butter and Garam masala to the gravy .

  • Garnish with chopped coriander.

  • Serve hot with simple Chapati or naan.

Friday, June 12, 2009


VEGETABLE PANEER ROLL Ingredients For the stuffing: Carrot - 3 nos. (Cut into small cubes) Beans: 8-10 Capsicum: 2 (finely chopped) Paneer: 1 cup (grated) Onion - 2 (chopped) Green chillies - 5 (chopped) Soya sauce – 1 tsp Tomato Sauce: 12 tsp Green Chilly Sauce: 1 tsp Red Chilly Paste: ½ tsp Ajinomoto - a pinch Cheese: ½ cup (grated) Ginger and garlic paste - 1 tsp. Salt as required Oil as required For the dough: Maida - 2 cups Oil and salt as required METHOD:
  • Knead the dough using all the ingredients and keep it aside for 1/2 hour in a thick bottomed pan.

  • Heat the oil; put the chopped onions and green chillies. Fry for 1 minute,

  • Add the cubed vegetables, grated paneer.Mix well

  • Add ginger - garlic paste, Tomato sauce, green chilly sauce, red chilly paste, soya sauce, ajinomoto and salt. Mix it well

  • Add grated cheese. Cool it covered till cheese melts

  • Mix it well and Cook it for another three minutes. Let it cool.

  • Now roll the dough like a thin chapathi. Prepare the chapatti using little oil. Keep the prepared chapathi aside.

  • Spread rotis on a platter. Add the vegetable just prepared. Add tomato sauce, onions over it and fold it like an envelope.

  • Heat tawa; add a spoonful of ghee or butter and shallow fry the envelopes one by one...fry till they are nice and crisp. Serve hot.