Phirni

Phirni  is a dessert which is very popular in North India. It is made of milk. It tastes best when served chilled. It is easy to make and can be made beforehand.

Ingredients:

1 litre of milk

3 tbsp of rice flour

4 tbsp  of sugar

a few strands of saffron

vanilla essence

cashewnuts and almonds

a spoon of ghee

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Method:

Boil milk with saffron strands. Add sugar. Now, slowly add the rice flour and keep stirring so that no lumps are formed.  Allow to cook for a minute and turn off. Add dry fruits roasted in ghee and vanilla essence to it and mix well. Serve chilled.

Dosa

This is a popular breakfast in South India.  The batter is kept handy in the refrigerator. If you have the batter, you can make variety of dishes with it.

The ingredients that you need are

4 cups of rice

1 cup of urad dal

a bowl of parched rice

simply south!
simply south!

Method:

Soak the rice and urad dal in water for five hours. Grind to a fine paste  along with soaked parched rice. The batter is ready. Allow it to ferment overnight.

To make dosa:

Add salt to the batter and mix it.

Take the required quantity of batter in a bowl.

Heat the tawa. Smear oil on it.  Take a ladle full and pour it and spread it into a thin pancake. Smear some oil on it.

When done, serve hot with coconut chutney and potato vegetable.

 

Chole

This is one of the most popular dishes of north india. It is an all time favourite of kids and adults alike. It is made of kabuli chana , which is called as chick pea in english.

chole

Why is this dish so popular?

First and foremost, it is tasty. It is one of the dishes which has been passed through generations. It can be eaten with a wide range of Indian breads, be it chapati, phulka, nan, rot ,purii or even bread. With puri or bhatura, it is called as channa bhature or relished with white bread as pav chole.

 

The ingredients that you need are:

1 bowl of chick pea

3 onions

3 tomatoes

1/2 inch ginger

4 cloves garlic

1 boiled potato

3 cloves

2 cardamom

1/2 inch cinnamon

3 tsp chana masala

1 tsp chilli powder

salt to taste

coriander leaves for garnishing

Method:

Soak the chick peasovernight  in sufficient quantity of water.

Chop the onions into chunks.

Make a incision on the tomatoes and put them in hot water. Peel the skin after ten minutes.

Grind the onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic together into a puree.

Pressure cook  the chick peas with a tea bag in them.

Take oil in a kadai, add the spices and then add the puree. Saute  for sometime, the oil should seperate. Then, mash the potato and add to it and mix well. Now, add the chana masala and chilli powder and continue to saute for two more minutes. Add  salt and water to make a gravy.

Once boiled for sometime, then put the chick peas and simmer on low flame for tenmore minutes.  Garnish with coriander leaves and serve.

 

 

Healthy cucumber salad

Cucumbers are tasty and healthy. You can binge on them any time. A salad of cucumber and onion mixed with tomato tastes simply great. You can eat it with your meals or just as a snack.

Ingredients:

cucumber  – 4

onions        – 2

tomato       – 1

roasted groundnuts  – 1 tbsp

salt to taste

oil for seasoning.

lime juice  1/2 tsp

Method:

Wash and cut the veggies into small pieces.

Put them in a bowl.

Grind the groundnuts into powder and mix with it.

Add salt and lime juice.

Make seasoning and dress with it.

Ready to serve

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