GREEN CHUTNEY / CORIANDER CHUTNEY

Coriander chutney (also known as Dhania chutney) is a staple in Indian cuisine.

This easy, spicy and delicious cilantro chutney recipe might just become a staple food in your home! The perfect sauce to have on hand for toasts, breads, or finger foods, I love to serve this coriander chutney whenever I’m looking for a quick snack or appetizer.

Green chutney for chaat recipes – a quick chutney that can be added to many chaat snacks like sev puri, ragda patties, bhel puri and samosa chole.

This green chutney is made from fresh coriander leaves. If you want then you can add mint leaves also.

The chutney is versatile and can also be used as an accompaniment with snacks like sandwiches, batata vada, vada pav, veg cutlet. To make the chutney more spicy, you can increase the quantity of green chillies.

This green chutney stays good in the fridge for 2-3 days. You can prepare the chutney a day before you prepare the chaat snacks and refrigerate it.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups tightly packed coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) – chopped
  • 2 green chilies – chopped, add more for a spicy chutney
  • ½ inch ginger – chopped (optional)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon lime juice or add as per taste
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chaat masala
  • ½ teaspoon salt or as required
  • 1 to 2 teaspoon water for grinding or add as required

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Rinse the coriander leaves well in water and roughly chop them.
  2. Take the chopped coriander leaves, chopped green chillies & ginger, cumin powder, chaat masala, lemon juice and salt in a grinder jar or a small blender jar.
  3. Add 1 or 2 tsp water and grind to a smooth chutney. Add a few teaspoons more of the water if required. But don’t make the chutney too thin or watery.
  4. Remove the chutney in a bowl and keep aside.
  5. Use this green chutney as required for chaat recipes.

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RASGULLA RABRI PUDDING

This Mango Rabri with Rasgulla is an  extravagantly rich dessert with a delicious twist to enjoy the evergreen – Roshogolla.

Isn’t it something innovative ? Rasgulla Rabri pudding is a fusion dessert where the soft and spongy rasgullas are loaded over the Delicious Mango Rabri .I always prefer to use mini heart shapes in my recipes so heart shape rasgullas for this type of pudding. The flavor is much more unique and very quick to prepare if your guests are at your door step .

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Check out my MANGO RABRI Mango rabri and Rasgulla RASGULLA recipe for this .

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5,6 Rasgullas
  • 1 cup mango rabri
  • 1 tbsp pistachio
  • Mango chunks for decoration

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. squeeze the rasgullas, cut into half and keep aside.
  2. Pour mango rabri in your plate, arrange rasgullas .
  3. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. While serving, garnish with chopped pistachio and mangoes . Serve chilled !
     
     

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RAJ KACHORI

Raj kachori also called as the king of all kachoris is a popular chaat snack from north India.

The raj kachori recipe I am sharing is A slightly simplified or easier version as I have not added any lentil or besan (gram flour) stuffing in the kachori. Instead I have added the besan (gram flour) in the dough.

INGREDIENTS:

FOR RAJ KACHORI:

  • 1 cup fine rava or 160 grams fine rava (sooji or cream of wheat or semolina)
  • 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons besan (gram flour)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon fennel powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda or 2 to 3 pinches
  • 7 to 8 tablespoons water or add as required
  • oil as required – for deep frying

FOR  CHAAT STUFFING:

  • 1.5 cups boiled chana
  • 1.5 cups boiled moong or steamed moong sprouts
  • 1.5 cups boiled and peeled potatoes cubes
  • 10 to 12 papdi
  • fine sev – as required
  • chaat masala powder – as required
  • ⅓ cup green chutney
  • ⅓ cup sweet chutney
  • ½ cup beaten curd (yogurt)
  • black salt – as required
  • roasted cumin powder – as required
  • red chili powder – as required
  • finely chopped coriander leaves (cilantro leaves) – as required

INSTRUCTIONS:

Making Raj Kachori Dough:

  1. Take 1 cup fine rava (160 grams), 3 tablespoons whole wheat flour (atta) and 2 tablespoons besan (gram flour) in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon red chili powder, ¼ teaspoon saunf powder and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper powder. Also add ⅛ teaspoon baking soda or 2 to 3 pinches of it.
  3. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil. with clean fingertips mix everything very well.
  4. Then add 7 to 8 tablespoons water in parts and begin to knead the dough.
  5. Add water as required and begin to knead to a firm dough.
  6. The dough should not be soft. It should be firm. In case the dough looks wet initially, then no need to worry. Continue to knead and the rava will absorb the water eventually. Knead very well for about 10 minutes. If the dough looks dry, then add some more water.
  7. Cover the dough with a moist kitchen towel and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  8. After 30 minutes, knead the dough again and make medium sized balls from the dough. Cover the dough balls with a moist kitchen napkin, so that they do not become dry.
  9. Take the dough ball and gently roll it to a 4 to 5 inches diameter round.
  10. Do not make the kachoris too thin nor thick. Roll evenly. You can roll all the kachoris and keep them covered with a moist kitchen towel. Or you can simultaneously roll and fry together.

    Frying Raj Kachori

  11. Heat oil for deep frying kachori in a kadai. Add a tiny piece of the dough in the oil. If it comes up gradually and steadily on top, the kachoris can be fried.
  12. Gently slid the kachori in the medium hot oil.
  13. The kachori will come up on top in a couple of seconds as soon as you add it.
  14. Gently nudge the kachori with the slotted spoon, so that it puffs up.
  15. The kachori should puff up well like a poori.
  16. Fry till the base is golden and then turn over the kachori with a slotted spoon.
  17. Turn again and continue to fry. Gently press the edges with the slotted spoon so that they also get fried well. You can turn the kachori a couple of times often to get an even golden color.
  18. Fry till the crust is crisp and golden. Then remove crispy fried kachoris with a slotted spoon and keep on kitchen paper towels for extra oil to be absorbed. This way fry all raj kachoris on medium flame.

Assembling And Making Raj Kachori:

  1. Assemble all the chaat ingredient elements before you start making raj kachori. Take one kachori and keep it in a serving plate or bowl.
  2. Break the top crust of the kachori and create enough space inside for the chaat ingredients to occupy.
  3. First add some boiled chana or as required.
  4. Then add some boiled and peeled potatoes cubes.
  5. Next add some boiled moong or steamed moong sprouts. Top with some beaten curd.
  6. Next add green chutney and sweet tamarind chutney as required.
  7. Sprinkle some black salt, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder, as required.
  8. Crush some papdi and top it on the raj kachori. Add some boondi. sprinkle some sev on top.
  9. Lastly garnish with add some pomegranate arils and chopped coriander leaves.wp-1625050348603238421080461687306.jpg
  10. Serve raj kachori chaat straight away. This way assemble and make all raj kachoris. Serve immediately.
     

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MANGO RABRI

Mango rabri recipe, an easy to make, traditional Indian dessert prepared with reduced milk, mango puree and fragrant saffron that is bursting with fruity summer flavors.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-litre milk
  • 100 gms sugar
  • 1/4th tsp cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron (soaked in milk)
  • 1 cup mango puree
  • Pistachio and almond shavings

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan and add milk to it. Bring the milk to a boil.
  2. Soak saffron in 2 tbsp milk and keep aside.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low and keep stirring and scraping the sides of the pan after every 10-12 minutes.
  4. Cook the milk for 1/2  hours, until it is reduced to a quarter.
  5. Add sugar, saffron soaked in milk and rose water and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Pour the rabri in earthen pots for more flavour or else just transfer in a serving bowl.
  7. For the Mango Rabdi puree Mangoes  with 1 tsp icing sugar in processor. Mix this puree in the rabdi mixture. Garnish with chopped Mangoes , pistachio shavings and serve.
     

     

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RASGULLA

“Loved by all, this traditional Bengali sweet Rasgulla has soft and spongy balls made of fresh paneer and dipped in sugar syrup. You just cannot resist have more than one!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 Litre low fat milk (Refrigerated overnight, boiled
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (mixed in 1/4 cup water)
  • 1 tsp refined flour (maida) or semolina
  • 4 cups thin sugar syrup (flavored with cardamom or rosewater or kesar )

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Remove whatever cream that forms over the milk.
  2. Bring to a boil, lower heat and add the lemon mixture gradually, till milk curdles.
  3. Does not matter if you do not use up the whole solution.
  4. Shut off the heat and leave mixture to rest for 5 minutes.
  5. Drain off water and leave the paneer in a colander for at least 4 hours.
  6. Mash paneer very smooth (no grains).
  7. Add the flour/semolina and mash some more.
  8. Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil, and shape the paneer into balls (smooth ones, no cracks) in the mean time.
  9. I am a big  fan of heart shape so make heart shape rasgullas .
  10. I just flattened the balls and make heart shape using cookie cutter .wp-16252098377837765628067746294642.jpg
    The size of this balls  will increase to almost double after boiling in sugar syrup, so remember to make smaller sizes than the rasgullas to end up as.
  11. When it comes to rolling boil, gently drop prepared balls in it. Just put the lid over cooker, do not use whistle.
  12. After about 5 minutes, remove the lid and stir it gently with a spatula.
  13. Again cover it with lid and let it boil over medium-high flame for 7-8 minutes, stir it gently once in between. Remove lid and turn off the flame.
  14. The size of balls has increased to almost double and they are spongy too. They will shrink a little after turning off the flame but it is normal. (If it shrinks too much then its an indication that something has gone wrong)
  15. Transfer them to a large bowl. Cool completely, add crushed pistachios on top and refrigerate rasgulla in syrup until ready to serve !
     
     

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RABRI

The taste of slow-cooked rabdi with lachchas of malai is heaven, and trust me nothing can beat the flavour of it.

Basically rabri is thickened sweetened milk having layers of malai or cream in it. its flavored with cardamoms, saffron with the addition of dry fruits like almonds and pistachios. 

The preparation is easy but takes time. Milk is continuously simmered and reduced on a low flame till it reaches a semi thick consistency.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-litre milk
  • 100 gms sugar
  • 1/4th tsp cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron (soaked in milk)
  • Pistachio and almond shavings

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take a heavy bottom pan and add milk to it. Bring the milk to a boil.
  2. Soak saffron in 2 tbsp milk and keep aside.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low and keep stirring and scraping the sides of the pan after every 10-12 minutes.
  4. Cook the milk for 1/2  hours, until it is reduced to a quarter.wp-16246417948364848100690556667365.jpg
  5. Add sugar, saffron soaked in milk and rose water and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
  6. Pour the rabri in earthen pots for more flavour or else just transfer in a serving bowl.
  7. Either serve hot or chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.

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