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Spicy Mera Pitha , Jhaal Puli pitha and fried puli pitha from boiled rice flour dough

Spicy Mera Pitha , Jhaal Puli pitha and fried puli pitha from boiled rice flour dough

Spicy Mera Pitha , Jhaal Puli pitha and fried puli pitha from boiled rice flour dough

These spicy mera pitha , jhaal bhapa puli and fried jhaal puli , made from the boiled rice flour dough but as a twist , while boiling the water for the dough , I added ginger-garlic paste and turmeric .. Tasted really good ..

For Jhaal Bhapa puli pitha , follow the following link to make the dough and the process .. Use any savory filling of your choice . I used egg and spinach filling . Just Added lots of onion , chopped cilantro andthen added beaten egg .. Scrambled the egg then added chopped spinach and salt . Fried until dried and done . Yummy !!!!

https://khadizaskitchen.com/2013/12/25/bhapa-puli/

For the fried jhal (savory) Puli , follow the following link;

https://khadizaskitchen.com/2013/12/25/samosa-made-with-boiled-rice-flour-dough-a-very-crispy-version/

For Mera pitha , follow the following link

https://khadizaskitchen.com/2013/10/18/chaaler-ruti-and-mera-pitha-rice-four-roti-and-mera-pitha/

Orange Tea Cake

Orange Tea Cake

Orange Tea Cake

Ingredients:

3 eggs , room temperature
3/4 th cup of oil+ butter ( I took 1/2 cup of oil+ 1/4 th cup butter)
3/4th cup of sugar ( grounded or powdered , that called caster sugar too)
1 and 1/2 cup of All purpose flour
1/4 th cup of milk, room temperature or slightly warm
1/4 th cup of fresh orange juice
2 tea spoon of orange zest
1/2 a teaspoon baking powder
1/4 th teaspoon baking soda

Procedure:

1. Grease a loaf pan and pre-heat the oven to 350 FH .

2. Pour the 1/4 th cup of fresh orange juice to room temperature or slightly warm 1/4 th cup of milk and keep aside . Here you get your orange flavored buttermilk . 🙂

3. Beat the oil+butter and sugar together until light and fluffy . The lighter and fluffier it is , the softer is your cake . So beat very well . Use an electric hand beater to beat . Add in egg , one at a time . Beat very well. Please always use room temperature butter, that is softened and egg.

4. Sift the flour and baking powder together . Add the orange zest. Don’t put baking soda now . We will put it later. Now alternately add the flour and orange-milk mixture to the butter mixture . Starting with dough and finishing with dough . Like add half of the flour to the cream mixture , fold in with a spatula or a whisk , then add the orange-milk mixture and gently fold in . Finish with the remaining flour and gently fold in . Don’t beat with the electric beater or don’t beat vigorously as that might make the cake tight and rubbery . Add the baking soda now and gently mix with the batter.

5. Pour the batter into the pan and tap the cake pan to the counter top few times to eliminate any air bubbles. That is , just drop the cake pan on the counter top from few inches higher to knock down those air bubbles.

6. Immediately put it in the pre-heated oven and bake for 40 minutes . Depending on the power system , time may vary . Don’t over bake .

Enjoy !!!

Golap Pitha ( rose pitha)

Golap Pitha ( rose pitha)

Golap Pitha ( rose pitha)

Golap pitha , the beautiful , rose shaped pitha has two versions . One is dried one like goja or pakkan pitha , fried and coated with thick sugar syrup and the other is a soft , Gulabjamun style version , soaked in sugar syrup . The basic dough being the same . I’m sharing both the processes.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

1 cup Milk
1 cup flour/ maida
few pinches of salt
1 beaten egg
2 tbl spoon of breadcrumbs
1 and half tbl spoon of ghee/ oil ( I prefer ghee)

Sugar Syrup:

For the Dried version:

1 cup sugar
1/2 (half cup) water
2 cardamom and little stick of cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice ( to prevent crystallization)

Make a two thread sugar syrup with the ingredients mentioned above . That is the syrup should be thick . Don’t forget to add lemon juice to prevent crystallization . If your sugar syrup is not thick , the pithas will get soggy .

For the Softer , soaked in syrup version:

1 cup sugar
1½ cup water
1 piece cinnamon, about 2”
3 green cardamoms

Make one thread sugar syrup with the ingredients . The syrup should be thin . If your syrup is thick , the pithas will not get soaked well and will remain hard .

Procedure:

1. Boil milk. Add few pinches of salt . When the milk is at boiling point add flour and mix well .Just like the dough made for roti or chapatti.

2.Transfer the dough to a bowl. Knead well.Add the ghee or oil.When the dough cools a bit add the beaten egg and breadcrumbs. Knead well. You may find it difficult to incorporate everything smoothly but keep kneading. You may need to add some extra breadcrumb to work comfortably with the dough.The kneading part is very important. The smoother and glossy dough you can make by kneading, the softer pitha you will get after soaking in the syrup for the soft version of the pitha .

3. Now make large balls from the dough . Roll out each ball into a big , medium thick roti . Cut them into small rotis with the help of biscuit cutter or any round object .

4. For one rose , take three or five rotis . I took three rotis . Plz follow this video to shape the rose pitha easy way ;

5. Heat enough oil in a pot so pithas can be deep-fried. Now, the frying part is very important. If not fried well, the pithas will remain hard, especially in the center, even in the sugar syrup. And for the dried version , if not fried well , the pithas will not be that crunchy .The oil must be heated on medium low flame and it must not be too hot. Too hot oil will make the pithas get the outer color fast but leaving the center raw. The oil must not be cold either. Carefully, heat oil on medium low heat and fry the pithas well until dark golden brown.

6. For the soaked in syrup , like gulabjamun versions ,transfer the hot pithas immediately into lukewarm sugar syrup and soak them for at least 7/8 hours. If soaked well, the pithas will be soft like gulabjamun or laalmohon. Remember , the pithas should be hot , well fried and the syrup should be luke warm , not hot . If you put the pithas into hot syrup , the texture of the pithas will be ruined . DON’T PUT THE PITHAS INTO HOT SYRUP.

7. For the dried version , after frying coat them with the thick luke warm sugar syrup . If the syrup is not thick , the pithas will be soggy soon .

Notes:

1.Kneading and frying is very important to soak perfectly in the sugar syrup. Knead very well until glossy.

2.While frying, the temperature of the oil must be perfect. It should neither be too hot or mild hot. If it is too hot the pithas will go dark brown without being cooked in the center. And if oil is little hot the pithas will absorb a lot of oil and will taste bad. Therefore, oil should be heated on the same temperature from beginning to end. It should be on low medium heat and bubble should occur when you add the pithas. Remember oil should not be so hot that smoke can be seen. Also, remember to fry them with patience, with more time, so that they are perfectly fried inside out.

3.Always put the pithas in luke warm syrup. If you put them on piping hot syrup, the texture of the pitha will be ruined. For the soft gulabjamun like pithas , the pitha should be very hot and the syrup must be thin and luke warm , neither hot, nor cold or room temperature. The pithas get soaked well in thin, luke warm syrup . The syrup should not be thick for softer version of this pitha . On the other hand, for the dried version of pitha the syrup should be thick . Otherwise they will get soggy soon.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

For the recipe plz go through the link below ;

https://khadizaskitchen.com/2013/12/29/red-velvet-cake/

Bake the cupcakes for 20-22 minutes . They take little less time than the cakes . Frost them with your favorite frosting when completely cools .

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Red Velvet Cake

Red velvet cake , originated in North America , has got it’s popularity beyond the boundaries of it’s origin of birth because of it’s alluring dark , bright red or brown-red color and of course for the moist, soft texture of the cake . Though considered to be a Southern specialty , the cake and it’s original recipe are made well known by New York City’s famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel .

Traditionally, the cake is made as a layer cake with any white icing/ frosting , cream cheese frosting being the most popular. The bright red color is made either by the food coloring or by the boiled beet juice , if you consider yourself health conscious !! 🙂

All the recipes of red velvet cake are somehow same , though can differ in use of shortening, butter or vegetable oil and also as to the quantity used .

Ingredients:

2 eggs ( room temperature)
1/2 (Half a cup) a cup, vegetable oil + 1/4th cup ( softened)
1 and 1/2 cup sugar ( crushed in a grinder, which we call caster sugar)
2 and 1/2 cup + 2 tbl spoon all purpose flour
3 tbl spoon of cocoa
1/4 th teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk* ( see the note , plz)
Red food coloring
Vanilla essence , 1 tea spoon
1 tea spoon baking soda
1 tea spoon white vinegar

For Cream Cheese Frosting :

Cream cheese 4 oz ( room temperature) ( half of the packet)
Butter 2 oz ( room temperature, softened)
Icing sugar 6 tbl spoon / 1/3 rd cup
2 tbl spoon of chilled evaporated milk/ fresh cream ( start with 1 tbl spoon)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Cake Syrup:

1 tea spoon of vanilla essence
1/4 th cup of water
2 tbl spoon of sugar

Procedure:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease two round pans. ( I made , a layered caked and few cup cakes , so took two 6”round pan)

2.In a large bowl, sift together the flour salt, and cocoa powder. Don’t use the baking soda now . We will use it later .

3. Mix the food color in the buttermilk . It took me a bottle ( around 2 tbl spoon of liquid red food color) . Those who are using other colors , use generously otherwise the color won’t come and you will end up with a pink colored velvet cake .

4.Beat vegetable oil , butter and 1 and 1/2 cups of caster sugar( powdered sugar) with the electric hand beater at high speed until very light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time and beat well.

5. Now alternately add the flour mixture and buttermilk to the butter mixture, in three additions, beginning and ending with the flour and mixing at low speed . That is , put some flour , mix , then add buttermilk , mix . Continue like this . Flour , then buttermilk . Don’t over mix or over beat . The speed of the electric beater should be at the lowest , just to incorporate well .

6. Now in a small cup combine baking soda and vinegar and quickly mix in the cake batter . Don’t beat or overmix now . Just fold in to the cake batter. This is the trick that would make your cake softer and very moist . But you have to work quickly , so divide the cake batter into the greased pans and put them immediately inside the pre-heated oven to bake . If you don’t bake them immediately , the cake will fall flat and the trick will fail . So if your oven is not big enough to put two cake pans at the same times, a little trick to share with you . When your cake batter is ready , before you put the vinegar-soda mixture , divide them equally in two bowls , and mix half of the vinegar and soda ( half teaspoon each ) to one mixture, pour into one greased pan and bake. After taking them out from the oven , take remaining batter and add vinegar-soda mixture , that is half teaspoon of vinegar and half teaspoon of soda ( since the recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of soda and vinegar) and pour it into the greased pan and bake .

7. Bake the cake at 350 FH in a pre-heated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes clean . Don’t over bake .

8.Cool the cakes and then cut them into halves horizontally . Now you have four layers of cake . Moisten each layer with cake syrup. Don’t use too much , just enough to moisten . Frost one layer with cream cheese frosting and cover it with another layer . Repeat with other layers . Now cover the whole cake with remaining frosting . But frosting should be done when the cake completely cools .

Cream cheese frosting:

In a bowl take cream cheese , butter , icing sugar and vanilla essence . All the ingredients should be of room temperature . Don’t take chilled butter and cheese . Beat them together with electric hand beater until light and fluffy . If you find them too stiff , add 1 tbl spoon of evaporated milk or fresh cream . Beat again . If needed add 1 tbl spoon more .

Note:

1. If you don’t get buttermilk , take 1 cup of luke warm or room temperature milk . Add 1 tbl spoon of white vinegar and keep it aside for 15 minutes . After 15 minutes the thing you get is your buttermilk . 😀

2. The measurement is very important . I used the US measuring cup , where 1 cup= 240 ml . Those who are using a measuring cup , where 1 cup= 250 ml , please don’t add the extra 2 tbl spoon of flour as mentioned in the ingredients . Just take 2 and 1/2 cup flour .

3. After adding the baking soda- vinegar mixture , don’t beat with beater or over mix . Just fold in to the cake batter gently .

Nutella Brownies !!!

Nutella Brownies !!

Brownies are kind of rich chocolate flavored bars , a cross between cake and fudge , wonderfully moist texture , yet dry cracked crust . It is cakey from outside and fudgy inside. Though originated in USA but brownies have got so much popularity all around the world , specially among children that truly led too many experiments on brownie that gave birth of too many recipes too !!! Brownies are often served with a glass of milk . For the picky eater, chocolate lover little monsters , this is the perfect recipe !! 😀

There are many versions of Nutella brownies . My version is really simple yet very attractive to look at and delightful of course !! 😀

Nutella Brownies !!!

Ingredients:

2 small eggs
7 tbl spoon of Nutella
3 tbl spoon + 1 tea spoon of melted butter
2 tbl spoon of sugar
5 tbl spoon of all purpose flour
1 heaped tbl spoon of cocoa powder
Vanilla essence, half teaspoon
Baking soda 2 pinches
Chocolate chips , semi -sweetened , 1/4th cup
2 small Chocolate cookie bar ( optional)

Procedure:

1. In a bowl combine 2 eggs , nutella , sugar and butter . Mix very well with your electric hand beater with high speed .

2. Now add the flour and cocoa powder in it and mix with low speed . Add vanilla essence and baking soda .

3. add the chocolate chips . Break the chocolate cookie bar into chunks . And mix with the batter .

4. Grease the pan or small pans with butter . Spoon the batter and bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 FH for about 12-15 minutes.

5. Don’t over bake . Just until the edges are firm and you see the dry crust on the top , take them out . Because of the chocolate chips the inside will remain runny , but the edges will be firm .

Enjoy!!!!!

Samosa , made with boiled rice flour dough , a very crispy version

Samosa , made with boiled rice flour dough , a very crispy version

Samosa , made with boiled rice flour dough , a very crispy version

This special type of Samosa is a savory version of pithas , made with boiled rice flour dough . It’s a very popular regional speciality in Jamalpur and greater Dhaka division . In Manikgonj , this samosa is called “morog-shongshar” !!!! Believe me this samosa is so crispy and tasty , once you have them hot , you will always want to make samosa with this special dough . And they are pretty easier to make than the traditional samosa , as no special folding is needed . Just make a round small roti . Cut into halves and make a cone with each half-circle , put the filling , seal the edges with your finger tip and deep fry .

Ingredients:

For the dough:

Rice flour 1 cup
Water 3/4th cup
Salt to taste , around half tea spoon

For the filling :

You can use any filling of your choice , but traditionally cooked chicken in cut in small pieces is used .

Procedure:

1. Boil 3/4th cup of water with salt . When it’s on the boiling point, add the rice flour . Mix well . Let it cool .

2. Wet your hand and knead the dough for a minute or so . Make small balls brom the dough . Roll out the balls into small medium thick roti . Cut each roti in halves . Take each half-circle and make a cone . Press well the line of the cone , so that it must not comes off while frying. Now put filling inside the cone and seal the edges very well with your finger-tip .

3. Deep fry on medium low heat until light golden . Take your time and fry well .Should be served warm . If you have some leftover , fry them again before you eat them .

Bhapa Puli

Bhapa Puli

Bhapa Puli

Bhapa Puli is a steamed dumpling type of very popular Bangladeshi pitha . Usually freshly prepared rice flour is used to make this pitha , but I used the ready made, store bought rice flour without any hesitation and the outcome is as same as the flour made at home . So those who are bit skeptical using the store bought flour in making pithas, don’t be . Give it a try !!!!!!!!

Ingredients:

For the dough:

Rice flour 1 cup
Water 3/4th cup
Salt to taste , around half tea spoon

For the filling:

Grated coconut
Date palm molasses ( khejur gur)

Procedure:

1. Make the filling by cooking the coconut and molasses together . Keep stirring until gets sticky .

2. Make the dough by boiling 3/4th cup of water with salt . When it’s on the boiling point, add the rice flour . Mix well . Let it cool .

3. Wet your hand and knead the dough for a minute or so . Roll a big medium thick roti on a rice flour dusted counter top . Use additional extra flour to roll it out . Cut the roti into small rotis with anything round shaped object .

4. Put filling in the center and seal the edge with your finger tip . The roti must not be too thin or too thick . It should be medium thick .


Before steaming

5. Steam for 3-4 minutes . Before steaming try to grease the pan , on which you will put the pithas to stem or else they can stick with the pan .

Serve hot !!!!!

Notes:

Alhamdulillah my pithas turned out good , but I agree , these pithas often cracks . I think few things must be taken into consideration .

1.Dont make your roti , too thin or too thick . Both tends to crack .

2.Knead well your dough . If you use too much extra rice flour leaving it totally dry , it might crack .

3.Steaming for a longer time might crack the pithas and before steaming don’t keep it outside for too long , the air can dry out the pithas and eventually they crack .. So steam them immediately after you shape them .

Dudhkodu/ Dudh lau / Bottole gourd kheer

Dudhkodu/ Dudh lau / Bottole gourd kheer

Dudhkodu/ Dudh lau / Bottole gourd kheer

Bottle gourd Kheer or Dudh kodu is one of my very favorite dessert since childhood . My grandma was super expert in making this dessert . The creamy texture of the kheer and the taste , out of the world!!!!!!!!!!!

Ingredients:

Grated Bottole gourd 2 cups ( try to grate as fine as possible)
Milk, thick , 4 cups ( I took 3 cups of regular milk + 1 cup evaporated milk)
Condensed milk ( Half tin)
Sugar to taste
Mawa/ khoya 1/4 th cup ( I made the mawa with powder milk , will discuss at the notes)
3 cardamom pods , 1 small stick of cinnamon
Ghee 2 tbl spoon
Chopped nuts and raisins
Rose water

Procedure:

1. Steam the grated bottle gourd for couple of minutes . Don’t ever boil . Now squeeze out the extra water as water will release after steaming .

2. Heat 2 tbl spoon ghee in a pan and fry the bottle gourd for a while . Don’t use too much ghee or don’t over fry . It’s just because to get rid of the raw smell of the bottle gourd .

3. Boil the milk with cardamom, cinnamon in a large heavy bottomed pan . Reduce it until little thick . Add the condensed milk and sugar . Stir continuously .

4. Add the bottle gourd .Don’t stop stirring or else the bottom may get burnt . When the milk consistency get thicker add the mawa . Cook another few minutes until creamy . You may add the chopped nuts and raisins at this point .

5. Sprinkle some rose water . Serve in a beautiful bowl . Garnish it with chopped nuts and dried fruits . Doodh kodu tastes better chilled .

Notes:

1. Those who doesn’t have evaporated milk , then thicken the milk with powder milk or you can take more milk and reduce it to thicker milk .

2. I made mawa with powder milk . Just put 1 teaspoon of ghee in 1/4th cup of powder milk and mix . It will look like breadcrumbs.

Zafrani Kheer Patishapta !!!!

Zafrani Kheer Patishapta !!!!

Zafrani Kheer Patishapta !!!!

Patishapta is a thin Swedish pancake or crepe type pitha , very special and adored by the Bengalis!! No special occasion is complete without it … there can be many variation , sometimes prepared coconut with molasses is used for the stuffing , and sometimes the kheer or the kheersha is used . There is savory version of patishapta too . Vegetables, meat or even cooked noodles is used as the stuffing .
My version , is my special, it is saffron flavored kheer with generous amount of dry nuts and raisins . My friend and family love it so much , hope , you will love it too InshaAllah!!!!!

Ingredients :

For the batter:

All purpose flour / maida 1/2 cup ( Half cup)
Rice flour 1/4 th cup ( one-fourth cup)
Semolina/sooji 2 tbl spoon
Liquid milk ( little warm or room temperature) 1 cup + 2 tbl spoon ( 1 cup= 250 ml) or water
Liquid Molasses/ date palm jaggery/ jhola khejur gur 1/4 th cup
salt

For the Stuffing:

Very thick milk 2 cup ( I took 1 and half cup of evaporated milk and half cup of regular liquid milk)
Rice flour 2 level tbl spoon
Sooji 1 tbl spoon
2 cardamoms , 1 small stick of cinnamon
Saffron, soaked in milk
Sugar to taste
Coarsely chopped dried nuts , pista, almond , walnut and raisins

Procedure:

1. Make a thin batter with the ingredients mentioned for batter . The batter should not be too runny or too thick . A little thinner than the medium thickness . The batter should be free-flowing . Cover and keep it aside for at least 1 and half hours . The longer you put the batter to rest , the more perforated pitha or pancake it will be .. 🙂

2. Make the stuffing . Take some of the milk and mix rice flour with it .Boil the rest of the milk with cardamom, cinnamon and sooji . Soak saffron in another small bowl in milk and add it to the milk . I used few drops of food colors too . Add the sugar and the milk mixed with rice flour . Keep stirring , or else the bottom would be burnt . Soon the milk will thicken . Make a hard kheer of it . Cool down and mix the chopped nuts and raisins with it . Don’t chop the nuts finely . Better if you can keep some of them whole so that you can enjoy in every bite .You may sprinkle rose water in the kheer before turning off the stove .

3. Now heat the non stick pan on medium low flame and rub with little oil with a cloth . Take a small ladle and put some batter on the pan . Swirl the pan to cover or coat most of it . Cover the pan . It will take not more than 45 seconds to set.

4. Now put some stuffing or filling lengthwise nearer to the edge , not in the center and keep folding .

Ready !!!!!!!

Notes:

1. Don’t forget to rub the pan with oil , every time you put the batter to make pitha.

2. I don’t want my batter to be too sweet , as the stuffing will be sweet too . Those who like sweetness more may add little sugar to the batter too.

3. You can make the stuffing by cooking evaporated and condensed milk together . Make a thick creamy kheer by doing this and use as your stuffing.

6. Please chop the nuts for stuffing coarsely . Don’t chop the nuts finely . Better if you can keep some of them whole so that you can enjoy in every bite