Mixed Vegetables with Chicken

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This vegetable preparation is inspired by my mom’s mixed veggie with chicken recipe . She always use butter-oil that gives a very unique flavor but unfortunately we don’t get any butter-oil here in USA , so used ghee instead of butter-oil . This recipe is actually a copy cat version of Bangladeshi Chinese style vegetable recipe .

Ingredients:

1 cup chicken, cubed ( breast and thighs)
2 cup green papaya , thick cubed
1/2 cup bottle gourd ( lau)
1/2 cup pointed gourd ( potol)
1 cup carrot , cubed
1/2 cup string/ long bean ( borboti)
1/2 cup capsicum , cubed
1/2 cup onion cubed
6/7 green chilies , split in half
2 tea spoon chicken powder or 2 powdered chicken bouillon
1 tbl spoon cornstarch
3/4 th cup liquid milk
1/2 tbl spoon ( heaped) ginger paste
1 tea spoon tasting salt
Salt to taste ( if needed)
Butter oil , ghee 1 tbl spoon
Oil

You can use other veggies like cauliflower , mushroom, broccoli too .

Procedure:

1. Microwave the papaya for 5 minutes or until tender . Don’t make it mushy . Microwave other veggies except capsicum for 3 minutes too . You can boil the veggies too with little water and salt until just tender . If you over boil it , the veggie will be mushy and won’t taste good .

2. Mix ginger paste with chicken . Heat oil and add the chicken . Fry until tender . Add the chicken powder . Now add the microwaved or boiled veggies and the capsicum . Add little salt and tasting salt.

3. Mix the cornstarch in milk and add into the veggies . Add the onion and green chilies at this point . The gravy will thicken up. Turn off the stove and pour the butter oil or ghee over the veggies .

Enjoy !!!!

Carrot-Kalakand Laddu

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Divine!!! Delightful!!Decadent!!! My husband would go on adding some few more adjectives for this luscious laddu for sure !! It was my 9th marriage anniversary and wanted to make a dessert for the hubby dear using carrot, his favorite . Suddenly something popped into my brain and here comes the end result !!

This laddu is a combination of two desserts , carrot halwa and kalakand . But trust me , they are not at all difficult to make .

For the Carrot halwa:

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cup of shredded carrot
1/4 th cup sugar
2 tbl spoon ghee
1/3 rd cup of condensed milk
Little orange food color ( optional , if your carrot gets light colored while cooking)

Don’t use any “garam masala” like cardamom, cinnamon . Trust me they ruin the taste of halwa . Keep it simple , you will find the taste better .

Procedure:

1. Peel and finely grate the carrots . Now mix with sugar . Put them in a pan , preferably non-stick one , cover with the lid tightly and cook on low flame until the water from sugar and carrots dries out . As the pan is covered by the lid , the steam created inside will cook the carrot soon . Check after five minutes . Stir so that the carrot must not get burnt . Keep it like this another 2 minutes . This method helps to retain the color of the carrot and sugar enhances the color a lot . Make sure the stove is on low flame . If you find your carrots need some little more time to get done , take your time but stir occasionally .

2. Add ghee and mix well . Now pour the condensed milk and keep stirring until the liquid dries out and halwa pulls away from the sides of the pan. Turn off the stove and let it cool a bit .

In the mean time start making your kalakand;

Ingredients for kalakand:

For Chaana/ chesse

1. Milk 1 ltr / 4 cups

2. Lemon Juice 1 and half table spoon

Other Ingredients:

1. Ghee/clarified butter 2 tbl spoon

2. Powder Milk 4/5 tbl spoon

3. Condensed Milk a little more than half Tin

4. Cardamom Powder/ Elach guro half teaspoon

Cooking Method:

1. Heat the milk and bring it to a boil stirring occasionally so that the milk should not get burnt on the bottom. Then add the lemon juice and stir until the greenish water is seen, i.e, the whey is separated and the milk curdled.

2. Now remove almost all the whey/ water from the cheese , taking a little amount of it . If you strain all the whey no prob at all. :)

3. Continue to cook the Chaana on the stove on medium low heat. Add ghee, cardamom powder and sweetened condensed milk. Keep stirring. It will get thicker and will form water less lump. Remember Kalakand should have that crumbly texture.Add the powder milk and cook for last 1 minute . let it cool a bit too .

Making the laddu:

Now mix the kalakand with carrot halwa and shape into the size of laddus .

Enjoy !!

Egg curry with cauliflower and potato in coconut milk ( Narkel dudhe dim , fulkopi r alu )

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My Bubu ( grandma) had magical hands !! With a little stroke of her fingers every ordinary food used to turn out to be extra-ordinary !!!! The recipe I’m sharing today is one of my most favorites amongst all the “out of the world” creations of my grandma . My Mom and Aunts make them too , and they do a pretty good job but nothing comes closer to Bubu’s version . She will always be the best .
This is my humble endeavour to replicate my Bubu’s version.

Ingredients:

4 eggs ( hard boiled)
Cauliflower ( microwaved for 3 minutes or steamed)
Potatoes
4 green cardamoms
2 small sticks of cinnamon
2 bayleaves
1/3 rd cup onion paste
1 tea spoon ( heaped) ginger paste
1/2 tbl spoon garlic paste
1 and 1/2 tea spoon red chili powder
1 level tea spoon turmeric powder
1 tea spoon dry roasted cumin powder ( bhaja jeerar guro)
Salt to taste
1/2 cup thick coconut milk mixed in 1/4 th cup water*
Whole Green and red chilies
1/2 tea spoon sugar ( optional , but increases taste)
Vegetable oil

Other ingredient:

Some extra turmeric and red chili powder to rub the eggs before frying.
Ghee ( optional )

* Those who cannot get fresh coconut milk , try my way . I used maggie coconut powder . Mix 1/4 th cup regular milk with 1/4 th cup water . Now add 2-3 tbl spoon coconut powder into it and mix well . use this in your gravy .

Procedure:

1. Rub turmeric , chili powder and salt on the hard boiled eggs and keep aside for half n hour before frying .

2. Fry the eggs in the oil until the skin is little crispy and lightly brown . Take out the eggs from the oil. Fry the potatoes too and take them out too .

3. Now in the same oil add the whole garam masalas and fry for a while . Add the onion paste , ginger paste and garlic paste . Cook adding little water . Add the chili , turmeric powder and salt . Cook very well adding water little by little . Add the cauliflower and potato . If you wish you can steam or microwave the potatoes prior cooking . I did microwave the cauliflower for 3 minutes before I started cooking . It helps to save time without compromising the taste .
Add little water and the eggs . Now add the coconut milk and the whole green chilies . Cook until the gravy thickens . Add little sugar before turning off the stove .. If you wish , you may spread a tbl spoon of ghee at this pont . Sprinkle dry roasted cumin powder at the end .

Serve with plain rice or polau .

Garlic Cheese Ball Bubble Pizza

2015-02-02

It was a snowy afternoon !! Looking at those white snows in a gloomy, gray weekend , something just popped into my mind !! How about making pizza ?? But not any ordinary one !! How about a bubble pizza with cheese stuffed garlic balls !! YUUUUUUUUUUUMMMM!!!

Ingredients:

For the Pizza crust and balls:

2 and 1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tea spoon instant yeast
1/2 tbl spoon sugar
1 tea spoon salt
1 beaten egg
4 tbl spoon oil
1/2 – 3/4 th cup warm milk

For the topping:

Halal salami
Garlic paste
Pizza sauce or tomato sauce
1/2 tbl spoon garlic paste
Grated Mozzarella

Other ingredients :

2 tea spoon finely grated garlic ( for the balls)
Italian Seasoning
Garlic infused Olive oil*

* Peel and smash the garlic cloves . Heat olive oil with smashed garlic at medium low flame until bubbles form around garlic . Now reduce the heat to low and cook for another 5 minutes . Careful the garlic must not get brown . Let the oil cool and use it anytime you want it .

Procedure:

1.Mix all the ingredients except oil . Be careful while adding luke warm milk and water . If you use too hot water the yeast might get killed , and if you use room temperature or cold water, the yeast won’t wake up !!!!!! In both case the dough will not rise and everything will go in vain . So always use luke warm water in any recipe where you have yeast as an ingredient. Make a soft dough . If you make the dough hard , the bread will be hard , so make it a soft dough .

2.. Knead well . The dough will be very sticky . Now add the oil and form the dough into a round ball . Now it’s easier to work with the dough. Knead very well . The more you knead, the softer bun you get . Knead at least 8-10 minutes .Put the dough into a closed lid box and place it in a warm place . It may take an hour or more to get the dough double in volume . If it becomes fluffy and double in volume , the dough is ready to make the bun. Sometimes it may get longer time to rise . Sometimes it takes almost 2 and half hour to rise up and to be fluffy . So don’t do anything until it rise up in volume and becomes fluffy .

4. Punch down all the air form the dough . Now divide the dough into two equal portion .

5.Now working with one ball at a time , apply some flour on your hand and flatten the ball into a disk using your hand . Now on a lightly flour dusted surface roll out the disk into a bread , 1/2( half inch) thick. Don’t use any extra flour . You can ethe dough to shape the pizza base . Now transfer it to the baking sheet . Rub the surface of the bread with grated garlic. Rub with tomato sauce . Add the topping of your choice . Sprinkle the Italian seasoning . Add the cheese .

6. Now with the other half of the dough,mix the grated garlic and Italian seasoning with the dough very well and make small balls to put around the pizza base . Flatten each ball and put some cheese into it. Reshape the ball . Make all thes balls like this . All of them should be of same size . Place the balls closely to each other but not touching each other. Do keep some space . Dont place them so close as they touch each other because after second rising they will rise and spread , that time they will touch each other , and that is desired . But if you place them touching each other , the shape will not be good . Cover with a wet cloth for 20/ 30 minutes and let it rise again a bit . At that time you will see the balls are touching each other by rising and spreading . Perfect !!! In the mean time pre-heat your oven to 400 FH or 200 Centigrade.Now brush the garlic infused olive oil over the balls .

7. Bake for 15- 20 minutes . Don’t over bake . That would dry out the pizza .

Enjoy !!!

Boondi Laddu

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This is the easiest and fail proof way to make boondi laddu . :)

Ingredients :

For Batter:

1 cup besan/ Benglam gram flour , sifted
3/4th cup -1 cup water ( room temperature), depending on the quality of besan . I took 3/4th cup+2 tbl spoon
1/4 th teaspoon baking soda
1/4 th tea spoon baking powder
Little food color
Little salt

For Sugar Syrup :

1 cup Sugar
1 cup of water
1/2 ( half) tbl spoon lemon juice ( prevents crystalization) , don’t skip this part
2 green cardamom and a small stick of cinnamon
1 tea spoon ghee ( add at the end)

Other:

After frying all the boondies take 1/2 cup of boondies from it and coarsly grind it . We need 1/3 rd cup of it , but if needed we can use the whole amount . It would help to bind the laddus .

Procedure:

1. Heat oil in a karahi on medium flame . Boondis need to be deep fried . In the mean time , start making the sugar syrup with the ingredients mentioned . The sugar syrup must me medium thick . It must not be thin . It must be like that , when you touch the syrup with finger , your finger sticks. But don’t make it too thick that it crystallizes . The syrup is very important for the boondia . If it’s thin , your boondis will be soggy and if your syrup is too thick the boondies will not absorb the syrup .

2. Sift the gram flour or besan . Make batter with the ingredients mentioned for batter . Add water little by little , so that there is no lump . Don’t add extra 1 or 2 tbl spoon of water unless needed . The batter should be medium thick . It must not be thin or else you won’t have the perfect shape . And if you make it too thick , it won’t pour into the oil through the strainer or spoon . It should be just like the cake batter . Now if you wish you can divide the batter into two or three bowl and add different colors to have colorful boondi laddu .

3. When the oil is ready to fry , hold the strainer just 2 inches above the hot oil . If you hold it above this height you won’t get the perfect round boondis . Hold it as near as possible to the oil . Now pour a little amount of batter onto the strainer or perforated ladle with a spoon and from the back of the spoon press a little . You will see small balls r dropping in to the oil . It should fall with intervals , then the perfect round shape will come . But if it falls like a line , you won’t have the shape . So little amount of batter one at a time . Must not be thin and press the batter with spoon once at a time gently . Don’t press it too hard , then too much will be poured in the oil ruining the shape . always put little batter on the spoon or strainer otherwise you won’t get the shape . After the first gentle press with the spoon , don’t press any more , rather give small strokes with the spoon on the strainer without touching the batter over it . :)

4. Fry the boondis until little crispy . Not too much , but yet crispy . remove them from the oil with another spoon . From this fried boondies , keep asise 1/2 cup of it and coarsly crush them into a grinder . Take 1/3 rd cup of powdered boondi and keep that side . you can store the remaining crushed boondies , if remain .

5.Put the remaining boondis in the hot sugar syrup until they get soft . Remember the syrup should be boiling hot . when you put the boondis into the syrup , the stove must be turned off , but after adding the boondi turn on the stove and cook the boondis at very low flame for at least 5/6 minutes until the boondis absorbed almost all the syrup and turned very soft .

6. Now add the caorsley grinded 1/3 rd cup of boondis into the boondies in syrup . mix well . Transfer them into a large serving dish . It should look like this;
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7. Grease your hands with little ghee and start shaping the laddus while they are hot . If you wish , you can add dried nuts ( fried in ghee) or khoya ( maowa) .

Enjoy !!!

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Dudh Chitoi

2015-01-30

Winter is no winter without the decadent , soaked in heavenly milk-date molassess syrup “Chitoi Pitha” , the variation known as Dudh Chitoi .

For the basic Chitoi pitha recipe click the following link;

http://khadizaskitchen.com/2015/01/30/chitoi-pitha/

Ingredients:

8 chitoi pithas
4-5 cups of water
Solid Date molassess ( khejur gur patali) , grated or broken in small pieces ,according to the taste
1/2 cup or more grated coconut
1 cup of evaporated milk or very thick milk

Procedure :

1. In order to make dudh chitoi , the pithas need to be hot . It can be freshly made or made previously but steamed later on to warm them up .

2. Make a molasess syrup by boiling water with the molasess until little thick . The syrup should be thin but not too watery . It must not be thick , or else the pithas won’t soak up the syrup. Depending on the size of pithas you may need more water .

3. Add the coconut . Turn off the stove .

4. Now immediately add the warm/ hot pithas into the hot syrup . Cover . The pithas will soak up much syrup .

5. When the syrup is cooled down a bit or slightly warm , add slightly warm milk into it . Don’t add hot milk or don’t add milk into very hot syrup , that would separate water from milk . The syrup and milk both must be slightly warm . Now cover it and let the pithas to be soaked atleast 4/5 hours .

Enjoy !!!

Note:

1. Always use puffed up soft pithas for dudh chitoi . While making the chitoi pitha , if your batter is too thick , the pithas will be very dense and will not soak the syrup .

2. Many add cardamom , bayleaf in the syrup . Please don’t do this . This ruins the flavor of date molassess .

Chitoi Pitha

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Chitoi pitha is a very popular , traditional Bangladeshi pitha . I must say the most consumed pitha . Typically pithas are mostly consumed in winter but chitoi is a pitha that doesn’t need any special season , we the Bengalis enjoy it all around the year . Some loves it to be a sweet treat with molassess and grated coconut , sometimes soaked in milk and date molassess . Whereas some enjoy it as a savory treat with beef or duck curry or various types of bhortas .

Traditionally , chitoi pitha is cooked on a clay wok . If you on’t find that cast iron griddle is must . I have that special cast iron mold to make this . Without these utensils , chitoi pitha can never be perfect . So try to buy any cast iron wok or the special mold to make them perfect .

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Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour of parboiled rice ( shidhdhdo chaaler guri) , I took parboiled Basmati
1/2 cup white rice flour ( Atop chaal er guri) or readymade, store bought rice flour
1 and 1/4 th cup luke warm water ( you may need more or less )
1 fistful of cooked rice
few pinches salt
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/2 tea spoon baking soda

* If you want to make rice flour at home, soak the rice for couple of hours , at least 4/5 hours . Then drain the water . Dry out the rice and grind in the grinder .

Procedure:

1. Blend the rice flour , cooked rice , salt , water , baking powder , baking soda together with water . The batter should not be thick . It should be thin but not too thin . The correct consistency of batter is very important to make perfect chitoi pitha . I made a few seconds video to show you the consistency . Please check the following video to see the consistency of the batter ;

2. Heat the mold or cast iron wok . It should be very hot . grease the wok or mold with little oil . For that you can use kitchen tissue or cheese cloth or any piece of cotton cloth . Now pour some batter and cover the wok or mold . Cook the pitha at low flame for 2- 3 minutes . The temperature is very important too . So always cook chitoi pitha on a very hot wok at low flame .

3. Cook just one side and loosen the edges around the pitha from mold or wok with a knife and take them out . Grease the wok , everytime you pour the batter .

Enjoy !!!

Kola Pitha/ Kola Bora/Banana Fritters

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If you have over ripened bananas that are waiting to be thrwon out soon , this banana fritters will surely bring a smile on your face for not wasting and for making such a yummilicious goodness out of them which have long shelf life too .

Ingredients:

3 medium sized banana
3/4 th cup – 1 cup rice flour ( you may need more or less)*
1 egg
1/4 th cup- 1/3 rd cup sugar ( according to your taste)
1/2 tea spoon cinnamon powder
A pinch of nutmeg powder ( optional)
1 tea spoon baking powder
1/2 tea spoon baking soda
Oil for deep frying

* Many use riceflour and flour together . If you wish you can do so . For very soft fritters , use flour and rice flour half and half . But the original recipe only calls for riceflour and I love using only riceflour .

Procedure:

1. Blend the Bananas with the egg . Pour them in a bowl .

2. Add the riceflour , sugar , baking powder , baking soda , cinnamon, nutmeg powder. Mix very well . The batter should be very thick .

3. In the mean time heat the oil on medium -low flame and when ready ,drop little batter with your hand . Try to drop them close to the oil , that would help to shape them as much round as possible . Fry until dark brown and crispy .

Enjoy hot or cold . Either way it tastes too good .

Notes:

For nice presentation , dust some powdered sugar over them through a strainer . :)

Mezbani style Beef and Square Khasta Paratha

2014-12-31

Chittagong is the second most important place in Bangladesh after the capital Dhaka . Apart from it’s geo political importance , scenic beauty, it is world famous for it’s mezbani beef curry . If I’m asked, what Chittagong is famous for , the first thing that would pop into my head is “mezbani gorur mangsho” or “Mezbani beef”.

Mezbani is one of the traditions of Chittagong . “Mezban” is a Persian word which means host . Mezbani means a grand feast arranged by the host to entartain the whole community . So it is kind of community feasting arranged for some special occassions like Eid E Miladunnabbi , wedding , birth celebration or even death aaniversary . The main attraction of this feast is undoubtedly the special curry beef prepared for the program . It’s hard to find the actual recipes as this special curry beef is always cooked in large quantity and by some prominent , specific bawarchis , who are not interested in sharing the recipe at all .
This is my humble attempt to try Mezbani “style” beef , I’m saying Mezbani style , because I don’t dare saying I will replicate the recipe. :)

Ingredients:

2 kg beef
2 and 1/2 tbl spoon ginger paste
1 and 1/2 tbl spoon garlic paste
5 or 6 whole garlic cloves , pounded
1 cup thinly sliced onion
1/2 cup onion paste
1 cup thick cubed onion
2 tbl spoon red chili powder
2 tea spoon turmeric powder
1 tea spoon coriander powder
2 tbl spoon poppyseed( posto) paste
6/7 green cardamom
2 cinnamon stick ( 2″ long)
1 tea spoon cloves
1 tea spoon black pepper
2 bayleaves
Mustard oil+ any vegetable oil
Salt to taste
1-2 tbl spoon ,special masala for mezbani beef

For the special Masala>

2-3 dry red chili ( dry roasted)
4 tbl spoon cumin ( dry roaste)
2 tbl spoon coriander ( dry roasted)
1 tbl spoon fennel/ mouri/ sauf ( dry roasted)
2 tea spoon sha jeera ( lightly dry roasted)
4 star anise
6 black cardamom
15 green cardamom
2 tea spoon cinnamon powder
1/2 (half) tbl spoon clove
1/2 (half) tbl spoon black pepper
1 tea spoon white pepper
4 bayleaves
2 tea spoon Mace/ Javetri powder ( dry roasted)
1/2 tea spoon nutmeg powder
1 tea spoon kababchini powder
1 tea spoon poppy seed ( dry roasted)
1 tea spoon methi/ fenugreek
2 tbl spoon paprika powder

Dry roast separately the ingredients mentioned above for dryroasting . Now grind them together into a fine powder .

Procedure:

1. Marinate the beef with all the ingredients , except thinly sliced onion .

2. Heat oil and add the thinly sliced onion . Fry until dark brown . Now add the marinated beef . And cook on low flame for at least 2 and 1/2 hours stirring occasionally and adding water little by little, what we call ” koshano” in Bangla, if needed .

This type of beef need long ” koshano ” to get the best flavor .

Square Khasta Paratha:

Ingredients:

1 cup Atta
1 tbl spoon melted ghee or oil
1 tea spoon sugar
Salt , a pinch
Water ( aound 1/4 th cup)

For layring:

Ghee/ dalda/ shortening
cornstarch

For frying:

Ghee or dalda or oil

Procedure:

1. Make a medium soft dough with 1 cup atta , 1 tbl spoon melted ghee or oil , sugar , salt and water . Knead very well . Cover the dough with a damp cloth for at least half n hour .

2. Make small balls from the dough . Roll the balls into round disk . Now apply some melted ghee/ dalda/ shortening and dry out this with cornstarch . Fold one side lengthwise inward to the center . Fold from the opposite side too . Now apply some more ghee on it and dry out with cornstarch . Fold the two ends into the shape of a square .

3. grease the rolling pin and the counter top . Roll the paratha .

4. Dry each paratha without oil/ ghee first . Then apply some ghee and fry again until crisp .

Enjoy!!

Mula/ Daikon/Radish halwa

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When I first heard about “Radish/Daikon Halwa” , I was really sceptical about the taste and was wondering about the “famous” smell of daikon !! But when I tasted it for the first time , I was so amazed by it’s taste . No smell and tastes divine .
Believe me , those who don’t like radish , will love this halwa too . :)

Ingredients :

Ingredients:

1 cup finely grated radish/daikon
2 cup Milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup maowa/ khoya
2/3 green cardamoms , 1 small cinnamon stick
4 tbl spoon ghee

Procedure:

1. Grate the radidh finely and squeeze out all the water from it.

2. Boil it in boiling water for 5 minutes . Drain out all the water and squeeze out the water again .

3.Now cook radish with milk , cinnamon and cardamom until dry . When the milk dries out add the sugar and ghee . Stir continously until the water from sugar dries out . Mix the maowa/ khoya . You may sprinkle keora water ,if you wish .

4. Garnish with chopped nut and maowa/ khoya .

Ready!!

Note:

1. You can make maowa or khoya with powder milk too . Mix Powder milk with liquid milk and little ghee . And microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute or until dries out .