Sunday, 18 March 2018

Sabudana Kheer

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/span> While moms may go to any length and breadth to make their children happy, they end up ignoring themselves. Whenever we are fasting together, my mom in law prepares a lavish fare as she knows I'm a foodie. But when she is fasting alone, she makes excuse that she is fasting strict and will break her fast next morning. 

I guess when parents get old, we children need to become their parents. It's a kind of role reversal. One can't ignore one's health.

So, when MIL was taking a nap, I soaked sabudana chupke se 

And prepared Sabudana Kheer for her in the evening.

Do I have to tell how happy she was?
Small joys of life! :)

Milk - 1/2 litre
Sugar - 1tbsp (I have shown the spoon used in pics)
Sago/Sabudana - 1/2 Cup Soaked for 5-6 hours
Fox Seeds/Makhana - A handful, roasted
Green Cardamom/Elaichi Powder - 2tsp
Chopped Nuts - For garnishing (Optional. I haven't used nuts as I prefer the kheer without them)

1. In a heavy bottomed pan, boil the milk. I have used a kadai here for a very weird reason. At weddings, I notice Halwais with their kadai full of milk, which they serve with Jalebis! Also, I had just prepared carrot kheer for my son in the kadai so you may notice some red carrot strands in my kheer!

2. Once the milk boils, reduce the flame and add the soaked Sabudana, stirring continuously.

3. Grind the roasted Makhana in mixie to a coarse powder. Just one small blend will give you the desired result. 

4. Add the makhana powder and elaichi powder to the milk and mix well.

5. Once the kheer begins to boil (this time at low flame) and begins to reduce, add the sugar and mix well.

6. Mix well and cook on medium flame for another 3-4 minutes, stirring continuously and tadaaa! The kheer is ready!

Trust me, there cannot be an easier way to earn brownie points from your fasting mom or mom in law!

Happy Navratra!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

5 minute Papad in gravy

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Why on earth would someone want to eat a subzi made of Papad? This was my first reaction when I came to know Papad too can be used to prepare a main course dish! I have always loved my Papads super fresh and super crunchy and the thought of making them into a soggy dish with gravy prevented me from even giving this dish a try.

But few days ago, while cleaning my fridge, I found a Papad packet that was taking its last breath. In the name of Masala Moong Dal Papads, all the packet was left with were crushed leftovers of what was once a nice round papad. Now I didn't want to throw it all in the dustbin. So, my wise kitchen guru mom in law suggested why not give the Papad ki subzi a try for today's lunch? 

I am glad I am a dutiful daughter in law who never ignores her mom in law's advise! Lol! The dish came out so well that I now plan to include it in my list of quick fixes when I am out of grocery or need to prepare a tasty curry in 5 minutes.

If you are still apprehensive, I suggest you give it a try. The papads melting in your mouth like malai soaked in the yum gravy will steal your heart!

Here's how I prepared the 5 Minute Papad in Spicy Sour gravy

Ingredients (Serves 2)

Moong Dal Papad - 2-3 No.
Onion - 1 large
Ginger - 1 small piece
Garlic - 3-4 pods
Green Chilly - 2 no./as per preference
Tomatoes - 2 medium, pureed
Curd - 2tbsp
Oil - 1tbsp 
Asafoetida/Hing - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds/Jeera - 1tsp
Turmeric Powder/Haldi - 1 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder/Dhaniya - 2tsp
Salt - to taste
Green Coriander leaves - Few, chopped for garnishing


1. Crush the Papad with hands into rough mouthful pieces.

2. Dry roast the Papads into a kadai till they turn slightly brown. Remove and keep aside.

3. Prepare a paste of the onion, ginger, garlic and green chilly.

4. Heat oil in a kadai. I have used mustard oil however, you can use vegetable oil as well.

5. Add asafoetida, cumin seeds.

6. When the cumin seeds begin to crackle, add the onion-ginger-garlic-green chilly paste and saute on medium flame.

7. When the paste begins to turn golden in color, add turmeric paste, coriander powder and salt. Mix well.

8. Add the tomato puree and saute.

9. When the mixture starts leaving oil on sides, add just a spoonful of curd and mix well. Since I wanted to let the Papad cook in the curry I decided to add the curd in the end else it would have curdled.

10. Add the roasted, crushed Papads. Mix well.

11. Add some water and give the gravy a nice boil. 

12. Garnish with fresh green chopped coriander leaves. Turn off the flame and add the curd.

13. Serve hot with Chapati/Rice. I enjoyed the dish with Bajre Ki Roti and Cauliflower stuffed Makai Ka Parantha