Delicious Okra stir fry, no onion garlic

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Okra, commonly called as bhendi or lady finger is one of the loved vegetables at home. I prepare various kind of dishes with it. Some are using onion. This Okra stir fry is tasty and contains no onion or garlic. (more…)

Nan Katai biscuits

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Since yesterday, I have been on a baking spree, trying my hand at few recipes. My house is smelling so good, baking is therapeutic, I think, I should do it more often. Yes, it’s again time for our blog hop with the theme as”Baking” .  Here is my sincere attempt to make the traditional Indian biscuits, Nan Katai.  Well, I am quiet happy, the taste is good and they will  not last long.

I had read long time back, that the traditional recipe of Nan katai or Nan khatai as many write, makes use of gram flour and semolina also. I tried to incorporate the same here. Thus, along with self raising flour, I have used a little of semolina and gram flour. I threw in a few strands of saffron and the taste on biting, gave a nice fragrance. For reference, I checked it here. Over to the recipe of my version of Nan Katai biscuits.

My other cookie recipe can be found here.

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nan katai

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making of nan katai

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Nan Katai biscuits
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A traditional Indian biscuit which has stood the test of time.
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
nan katai nan katai Nan Katai biscuits nan katai
Nan Katai biscuits
Print Recipe
A traditional Indian biscuit which has stood the test of time.
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 pieces 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15 minutes 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: pieces
Instructions
  1. Take a bowl and add the dry ingredients (except cardamom and saffron strands).
  2. Put butter and mix gently with the spoon.
  3. Mix well until you get perks and the dough is formed. Use a little milk if necessary. lastly add cardamom powder and saffron strands to it.
  4. Keep aside for ten minutes.
  5. Pre-heat the oven.
  6. Grease the tray with a little oil. You can also use parchment paper.
  7. Make small balls, slightly flatten them before keeping them.
  8. Keep in the oven. My oven needed five to seven minutes. The biscuits get a brownish colour on and the fragrance spreads around.
  9. Once done, keep them in the oven for five minutes.
  10. Later, put on the wire rack.
  11. Nan katai biscuit is ready to serve.
Recipe Notes

The temperature settings are different for each oven.

My oven is Bajaj Majesty 600QT.  It has different knobs for time and temperature settings.

It is essential that the butter is soft. Hence,one hour prior, remove from refrigerator and keep it at room temperature.

If you use salted butter, do not add the extra  pinch of salt.

 

 

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Salads form an important part of our diet. We can eat them any time,  either as a snack or as an accompaniment with the main course. This recipe comes soon after the festival, well, at the right time I think.  Crunchy salad is simple to make with very few ingredients. (more…)

Soya chunks pulav

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Soya chunks pulav is tasty and easy to make one pot meal, providing with the necessary proteins to the body. Soyabean is a good source of nutrition for vegetarians and these chunks can be used easily in cooking.
Being a vegetarian, dairy products, green leafy vegetables, legumes and pulses play an important role in our diet on daily basis. Of late, quinoa and soya have made their existence.
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soya chunks pulav

I have added beet and cauliflower also along with the regular veggies. Soya chunks are of “Nutrela”  brand. While boiling, adding a pinch of salt gives taste to it.  Do take a look at the recipe, I have tweaked it than the usual one and it was good.  Over to the recipe of SOYA CHUNKS PULAV

Soya chunks pulav
Recipe Type: Rice dishes
Cuisine: Indian
Author: Jayashree @evergreendishes
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 4
A tasty and healthy dish that can be easily made.
Ingredients
  • Measurement : 1 cup=250ml
  • rice (basmati) 1 cup
  • beans 15-20
  • carrot 1
  • cauliflower 1/4
  • beetroot 1/2
  • onion 2 (small)
  • cloves 3
  • cardamom 3
  • cinnamon 1 inch
  • shahjeera 1/2tsp
  • bay leaf 1
  • mint leaves 1/2 cup
  • coriander 1 cup
  • green chilly 1
  • ginger 1 inch
  • garlic 5 cloves
  • oil ghee mixture 3 tbsp
  • salt to taste
  • water 2 cups
  • soya chunks 30
Instructions
  1. Cut the veggies into small pieces and put them seperately in water.
  2. Wash and soak the rice in water for fifteen minutes.
  3. Grind mint leaves, coriander, green chilly, ginger, garlic and two tablespoon of onion to a paste.
  4. Take the oil -ghee mixture in a pressure cooker and throw in the spices. After a few seconds, put the onions and saute them for a while.
  5. Now, add the beans and saute them.
  6. Throw in the carrots, beet and cauliflower, in the order and mix accordingly.
  7. Add the rice and gently mix it.
  8. Put the green paste and saute for thirty seconds.
  9. Add two cups of water and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  10. Close the lid and keep the whistle. Cook for one whistle.
  11. Put the soya chunks in water with a little salt. Boil for two minutes.
  12. Once the pressure releases, remove the lid and gently mix it.
  13. Sueeze the water from the soya chunks and put it in the pulav.
  14. Serve with onion raita or any gravy.
Notes
Pulav is mildly spiced. Add more chilly if you want it spicy.[br]I prefer using the mixture of oil and ghee for cooking pulav. You may use only ghee or clarified butter if you wish.[br]You can cook this in a rice cooker too. Follow steps upto 8 and then put it in the rice cooker, add water and salt and put it in power mode

 

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ingredients for grinding

Grind coriander, mint leaves, ginger, green chilly and cloves of garlic, along with two tablespoon of onions.

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veggies

Veggies at a glance.

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green paste

The paste is ready.

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spices

The spices that I used.

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cooking in steps

Heat the oil ghee mixture. Add the spices and let it splutter for a few seconds. Then, add the onions.

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cooking in steps

Once the onions are partially cooked. add the vegetables as beans, carrot, beet root, cauliflower accordingly. Finally add the rice. Again give a stir.

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cooking in steps

Now, add the green paste and mix gently. After thirty seconds, add water and salt. Give a stir, close the lid and keep the whistle. Allow to cook for one whistle.

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soya chunks

Boil the soya chunks in water for two minutes. Squeeze the water out  and add to the pulav. Put a pinch of salt while boiling them.

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soya chunks pulav

Once the pressure releases, remove the lid and gently mix the veggies and rice together. Add the soya chunks to it and serve.

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soya chunks pulav

Soya chunks Pulav is ready to serve. You can use onion raita or any gravy along with it.

If you are using a rice cooker, you can follow the same steps until you saute the rice, then put it in the electric cooker and add the water.

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