Chocolate and almonds are ingredients my mother loves in her ice cream. So, today on the ocassion of her birthday I have made her this frozen treat with my simple 4-ingredient ice cream recipe that needs no cooking. Since she fancies mini bites of ice cream, I have gone ahead and used ice cube trays rather than a container to freeze the ingredient mixture.
Here is the recipe for your perusal.
It’s Diwali, the festival of lights and a time to indulge in some sumptuous sweet delights. Since everyone is adding to the festive cheer with traditional recipes, I thought of making a very traditional sweet, SHAKARPAALE to celebrate the occasion with friends. The most popular version of this sweet is a deep fried one made with refined flour and is crispy in texture. However, the Kokani Muslim one is that made of semolina, not deep-fried and has a crumbly texture.
So, here is my recipe for adding a sweet touch to Diwali celebrations today:
All my childhood years I have seen every winter without fail my grandmother would make these laddus. Packed with the nutritional goodness of fenugreek (methi) seeds, jaggery, ghee and much more, these laddus have a peculiar bitter-sweet profile. While in our Kokani Muslim community we generally relish these as a winter sweet, women who are in their early post-natal months too are prescribed to consume these.
Every household has their own rendition of arriving at the recipe which has usually been passed down from one generation of ladies in the family to the next by mere word of mouth.
Here is my rendition of the recipe for arriving at crumbly textured methi che laadu for celebrating #LadduDay today:
On the occasion of #WorldEggDay here is my recipe for flavourful egg and cheese pattice. These are shallow fried discs of boiled egg and grated cheese mixed together with Béchamel sauce that has been cooked just enough to arrive at a thick paste. Owing to cheese that tends to melt during the cooking process these pattice acquire a very melt-in-mouth texture.
Here is the recipe to arrive at these delightful pattice:
This recipe is a very traditional way of preparing eggplants in the Kokani Muslim cuisine.
Coarsely powdered toasted, black sesame seeds are introduced in an onion-coconut-dry spices masala that serves as filling and doubles up as gravy too for the eggplants. This dish is best relished with rice flour bhakris (flat bread) or steamed rice.
Here is the detailed recipe for your perusal:
So, lababdar is a kind of thick gravy laced with tomato and nut paste. However, since I had a friend over who is allergic to cashew nuts I decided to move away from the original recipe and instead use onion paste to make the gravy thick. Also, curry leaves are generally not an ingredient used in traditional lababdar recipes but I love their flavour and so have used them in my recipe. In addition, I have made the gravy slightly spicy with use if bedagi red chili powder instead of the Kashmiri chilli powder.
Do let me know if this variation from the traditional lababdar recipe works for you. Here is the recipe:
I usually have a week's stock of this easy-to-make sauce ready in my refrigerator. Rather than using tomatoes as is, grilling them brings out a more profound flavour of them in the sauce. Also, one can choose to grill the tomatoes in the oven, but the open flame serves as a faster mode.
The sauce can brought to use in different ways to prepare a lot of dishes in a short span of time. Slather it on pizza, spread it on sliced bread to make sandwiches or rotis to make wraps; douse spaghetti with it or use it as a dip with chips or simply drizzle it over a piece of grilled meat.
Here is the recipe of my multi-purpose sauce:
Coconut is used extensively in Kokani Muslim cuisine and is also a key ingredient of some traditional chutneys. A very special cooked chutney recipe with scraped coconut is Shijleli Naralaachi Chutney that is enjoyed as a dish with fresh rice flour bhakris.
So, as a round up to #ChutneyDay on Sept 24 here is my recipe for this chutney.
In Kokani Muslim cuisine the use of dry red chillies for chutneys and masala is a common practice. The chutney made with these chillies called LAAL MIRCHYACHI CHUTNEY is often an accompaniment with a rice delicacy of the cuisine called 'gudh pulao'.
So, as round up to #ChutneyDay on Sept 24 here is my second recipe.
Its #ChutneyDay on September 24, so as my round up to it I am sharing some traditional Kokani Muslim chutney recipes. Kokani Muslims are an ethnic clan that inhabit the Konkan stretches of Maharashtra state in India. As a result of proximity to the sea, coconuts are in abundance in the region and hence utilized to a great extent by the community in their cooking.
Today I am sharing the recipe of BHUJLELYA SUKHYA KHOBRYACHI CHUTNEY or a flavourful, roasted, dried coconut chutney that is relished with dal rice (varan bhaat) or rice chapatis (taandulchi bhaakri). Traditionally chutneys, even masalas were made on the grinding stone or ‘paata-varvatta’ (the term for the pair of grinding stones in our Kokani dialect). So, I have used a grinding stone and not a machine blender to make the chutney. Hence I could achieve a beautiful texture and lots of flavour.
Here is how the recipe goes.
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