Qubani Ka Meetha

Qubani ka meetha is a popular hyderabadi dessert. The dessert is topped with fresh cream or ice cream or nuts. This dish is very easy to make and it is rich and delicious.

Ingredients:

  • Apricot (dried, 1 cup)
  • Sugar (3/4 cup)
  • Saffron (few strands)
  • Fresh Cream (50 gm)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Soak time: 10 hours

Cook time: 30 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Dessert

Serves: 3

Method:

  • Soak dried apricots for 10-12 hours.
  • Remove the pits and save the water.
  • Remove kernels using a nutcracker or a hammer.
  • In a skillet add the saved water.
  • Add half a cup of water and soaked apricots.
  • Cook for 20 minutes on a low flame.
  • Check whether apricots are soft.
  • Add sugar and cook for 10 more minutes.
  • Add the kernels and saffron soaked in milk already.
  • Allow it to cool and serve with fresh cream or ice cream.

Step by Step pictures of the recipe:

Soak apricots.
Remove the pits.
Remove the kernels.
Add saved water and apricots in a skillet.
Cook till apricots turn soft.
Add sugar.
Cook for 10 minutes.
Add the kernels.
Add saffron strands.
Serve with cream.

Notes:

  • Dried apricots are not available the entire year so store it when it’s available to make the dessert.
  • After adding sugar cook till the consistency is thick .

Arbi Balls

Arbi balls are made with arbi, bread crumbs and other spices. It’s a modified recipe of arbi roast. Arbi roast is made without adding bread crumbs.

Ingredients:

  • Arbi [Taro Root] (300 gm)
  • Bread Crumbs (1/2 cup)
  • Red Chili Powder (2 tsp)
  • Oil (12 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Curry Leaves (few)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Hing [Asafoetida] (Powder, 1/4 tsp)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 50 minutes

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 2

Method:

  • Pressure cook arbi by adding 1 and a half cup of water.
  • Cook to 3-4 whistles.
  • Peel off the skin and add salt, red chili powder, hing, and turmeric powder and mash well.
  • Add bread crumbs and mix altogether.
  • Rub your palms with little oil and make small lemon sized balls.
  • Add oil to a shallow skillet and add the curry leaves.
  • Sautee for a minute and set aside.
  • Add the balls and allow it to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Gently flip over after 4-5 minutes and cook till they are crisp.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Pressure cook arbi for 3-4 whistles.
Cooked arbi.
Peel-off the skin.
Add salt, hing, red chili, and turmeric powder.
Mix altogether well.
Add bread crumbs.
Mix bread crumbs.
Make lemon-sized balls.
Sautee curry leaves in oil.
Cook arbi balls till they are crisp.
Gently flip the balls and cook on all the sides.

Notes:

  • Bread crumbs can be substituted with chick pea flour.
  • While cooking arbis it should not be under cooked or over cooked.

Mango Rice

Mango rice is a very simple recipe and the best lunch box recipe even. Fresh mangoes are available during summers and can be prepared during that season. It can be served with coconut chutney.

Ingredients:

  • Mango (raw, 1 1/4 cups)
  • Curry Leaves (5)
  • Peanuts (2 tsp)
  • Hing (powder, 1/4 tsp)
  • Ghee (1 tsp)
  • Methi [Fenugreek] (powder, 1/4 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Cooked Rice (2 cups)
  • Mustard Seeds (1 tsp)
  • Urad Dal [Black Gram] (split, 1 tsp)
  • Chana Dal [Chick Peas] (split, 1 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (kashmiri, 1 1/2 tsp)
  • Oil (4 tsp)
  • Ginger (grated, 1/4 tsp)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Method:

  • Heat oil and ghee in a skillet and add mustard seeds.
  • Wait for the seeds to splutter.
  • Add urad dal [black gram, split], chana dal [chick peas], peanuts, chopped green chili, grated ginger and curry leaves.
  • Add methi [Fenugreek], hing, and turmeric powder.
  • Sautee for 2-3 minutes or till golden.
  • Add the grated mango, salt and red chili powder.
  • Cook till they are soft.
  • Add the cooked rice and mix well.
  • Serve with coconut chutney.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Add oil, ghee, mustard seeds and wait to splutter. Add urad dal, chana dal, peanuts, green chilies, curry leaves and ginger.
Add hing, methi and turmeric powder.
Add grated mango and salt.
Add red chili powder.
Cook till mango is soft.
Add cooked rice and mix well.

Notes:

  • Fine grater can be avoided while grating the mango.

Baked Vegetables

Baked vegetable is a delicious meal with lots of veggies and cheese. I have added almond milk which can be substituted with whole milk or any other milk. This can be eaten plain or with breads, quinoa and chapatis.

Ingredients:

  • Almond Milk (2 cups)
  • Beans (chopped, fine, 1/4 cup)
  • Beetroot (cubes, 1/4 cup)
  • Cabbage (chopped, fine, 1/4 cup)
  • Capsicum (chopped, fine, 1/4 cup)
  • Carrot (chopped, cubes, 1/4 cup)
  • Cauliflower (chopped, medium, 1/4 cup)
  • Cottage Cheese (grated, 1/2 cup)
  • Coconut (grated, 1 cup)
  • Cilantro (1 cup)
  • Cheese (grated, 4 tbs)
  • Ginger (grated, 2 tsp)
  • Oil (4 tbs)
  • Peas (1/4 cup)
  • Red Chili Powder (2 tsp)
  • Spinach (chopped, 1 cup)
  • Spring Onion (chopped, fine, 1/4 cup)
  • Salt (to taste)


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Serves: 2

Method:

  • Wash and cut all the veggies mentioned in the ingredients.
  • In a skillet add oil, spring onions, cabbage, beetroot, beans, capsicum, carrot, ginger, peas , salt and red chili powder.
  • Cook for 10 minutes or till the vegetables turn soft.
  • Add water if required while cooking.
  • When these vegetables are almost done add cottage cheese and spinach.
  • Grind coconut, cilantro and almond milk to a fine paste.
  • Add the ground paste to the veggies and mix well.
  • Transfer the cooked veggies to a greased tray.
  • Add the grated cheese.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 200 degree Celsius.

Step by Step pictures of the recipe:

Grind coconut, cilantro and almond milk to a fine paste.
Add oil, spring onion, carrot, beetroot, capsicum, beans, peas, cabbage, cauliflower, ginger, salt and red chili powder.
Add water and cook till veggies are soft.
Add spinach and cottage cheese.
Add the ground paste.
Cook for 5 minutes.
Add grated cheese and bake.

Notes:

  • If keto diet is not followed then whole milk can be substituted.
  • Plain flour can be substituted for coconut. In that case grind cilantro and add milk and plain flour to make a paste.

Dahi Vada

Dahi vadas are deep fried black gram lentil fritters soaked in creamy yogurt. Vadas in general can be eaten with sambar and chutneys too.

Ingredients:

  • Urad Dal [Black Gram] (whole, 1 cup)
  • Green Chilies (2)
  • Red Chilies (2)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Hing [Asafoetida] (powder, 1/2 tsp)
  • Ginger (small piece)
  • Cumin Powder (1 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (1 tsp)
  • Cilantro (chopped, 1 tsp)
  • Boondi (3 tsp)
  • Oil (to fry)
  • Curd (2 cup)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Soak time: 1 hour

Cook time: 45 minutes

Cuisine: Indian

Category: Tiffin \ Dinner \ Breakfast \ Lunch

Yield: 15

Method:

  • Wash and soak urad dal for an hour.
  • Strain the water and add red and green chilies, salt, ginger and hing powder.
  • Grind to a fine paste.
  • Whisk the batter for 5-10 minutes to make it light and fluffy.
  • Heat oil in a frying pan.
  • Dip your fingers in water and take a lemon sized ball of the batter.
  • Flatten the batter and make a hole in the centre.
  • Gently lower the vadas into the hot oil.
  • Flip vadas after a couple of minutes

Step by Step Pictures of the recipe:

Soak urad dal and chilies for an hour.
Grind soaked urad dal, chilies, ginger and salt to a fine paste.
Beat the batter to make it fluffy and light.
Take a lemon sized batter.
Flatten the ball.
Make a hole in the centre.
Gently lower the vadas into the hot oil.
Fry until they are cooked on both the sides.
Cool for 10 minutes.
Soak in warm water.
Squeeze the excess water.
Add salt and whisk the curd.
Soak the vadas in curd.
Sprinkle with red chili, and cumin powder and garnish with cilantro and boondi.

Notes:

  • Strain the water completely before grinding the urad dal.
  • While grinding sprinkle little water (use a teaspoon) and ensure the batter should be fluffy.
  • Wet your finger tips and the plastic sheet while making the shape.

Lemon Pickle

Lemon pickle differs from each state or even regions in India. This is the traditional south-indian style recipe with minimum ingredients. This can be eaten with rice, bread, upma and chapatis.

Ingredients:

  • Lemon (750 gm)
  • Salt (7 tsp)
  • Mustard Seeds (2 tsp)
  • Oil (Sesame, 1/2 cup)
  • Turmeric Powder (1 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (1/4 cup)
  • Methi [Fenugreek] Seeds (1 tsp)
  • Hing (cake, 3-4 pieces or powder 1 tsp)

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 15 minutes

Yield: 1kg

Cuisine: Indian

Method:

  • Wash, dry and cut lemons into small pieces.
  • Add salt and mix well.
  • Rest for two to three days and mix every 24 hours.
  • Add red chili and turmeric powder.
  • In a shallow skillet add methi seeds and hing cakes.
  • Dry roast till hing doubles and crisps up and methi seeds till red
  • Grind to a fine powder and add along with the red chili powder and turmeric.
  • In the same skillet add oil and mustard seeds.
  • Wait for the seeds to splutter.
  • Wait until the oil cools down.
  • Add to the lemon mixture and mix well.
  • Store in a clean, dry jar .
  • Refrigerate once the pickle is done.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Deseed and cut lemon into small pieces.
Add salt and mix well.
Rest for 2-3 days.
Add Red chili and turmeric powder.
Dry roast methi seeds and hing cakes.
Grind to a fine powder.
Add the ground powder.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
Add the spluttered mustard seeeds and mix well.

Notes:

  • Instead of malta lemons lime or small Indian lemons can also be used.
  • If the lemons are not juicy, extract juice from 4-5 lemons and add to the mixture before adding salt.
  • After refrigerating the pickle take out the jar onve a week and mix well to avoid getting spoilt.
  • It remains good for 6 months to one year.

Beet-Sago Delight

Beet gives the beautiful color and sago turns into round pearls with saffron nuts and cardamom is a real delight. I used nylon sago which looks like a raw rice but the other store bought sago which looks white in color can also be used.

Ingredients:

  • Beet (cubes, 1/2 cup)
  • Milk (whole, 2 cups)
  • Saffron (few strands)
  • Sago (1/3 cup)
  • Sugar (1/2 cup
  • Almond (pieces, 3 tsp)
  • Cardamom Powder (1/4 tsp)

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Category: Dessert

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 3

Method:

  • Soak saffron in warm milk.
  • In a pressure cooker add sago and water. Use a separator or a plate to cook beet.
  • Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Grind the cooked beets to a fine paste.
  • In a thick skillet add milk and bring it to boil.
  • Add the ground paste and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add sugar and once it dissolves add the cooked sago.
  • Garnish with cardamom powder, soaked saffron.
  • Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  • Add nuts before serving.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Soak saffron strands in warm milk.
Add water to sago and pressure cook.
Use a plate or a separator to cook beet.
Grind to a fine paste.
Boil milk and add the ground paste.
Add sugar and wait to dissolve.
Add the cooked sago.
Garnish with cardamom powder and saffron refrigerate before adding nuts.

Notes:

  • Care should be taken while cooking sago. It can be cooked by adding sago in boiling water for 10 minutes or until translucent on a low flame and transfer it to a cold water container and strain it or pressure cook it.Only nylon sago can be pressure cooked.

Yam And Sweet Potato Curry

Yam and sweet potato curry is a very delicious, simple and easy to make recipe. I used tomatoes as a base for the gravy but legumes can also be substituted for tomatoes.

Ingredients:

  • Yam (cubes, 1/2 cup)
  • Brinjal (cubes, 1/2 cup)
  • Carrots (cubes, 1/2 cup)
  • Tomato (Puree, 1 1/2 cups)
  • Green Chili (chopped, fine, 1)
  • Sweet Potato (cubes, 1/2 cup)
  • Coriander Powder (2 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Red Chili Powder (Kashmiri, 1 1/2 tsp)
  • Oil (4 tsp)
  • Ghee (1 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
Ingredients

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Category: Lunch \ Dinner

Cuisine: Indian

Serves: 3

Method:

  • Add oil and jeera to a pressure cooker.
  • Add chopped green chilies, coriander, turmeric and red chili powders.
  • Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add tomato puree, salt and chopped cilantro and cook for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cook till the oil separated from the gravy and Stir occasionally to prevent from burning.
  • Add cubed yam, carrots, sweet potatoes and brinjal.
  • Add half a cup of water and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
  • Garnish with ghee and chopped cilantro.

Step by Step Pictures of the recipe:

Add oil, jeera, and chopped green chilies.
Add coriander, chili, turmeric powders.
Add tomato puree.
Add salt and cook for 12 minutes.
Add chopped cilantro.
Add the cubed vegetables.
Add water to the vegetables.
Pressure cook for 4-5 whistles.
Garnish with ghee.
Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Notes:

  • Finely Chopped tomatoes can be substituted for puree.
  • All the spice powders should be sauteed constantly. Burnt spices will spoil the taste.
  • Cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods can be added along with jeera.

Mango Cookies

Whole wheat flour mango cookies are easy to make recipe with no eggs. This recipe has whole wheat flour, natural sugar and carom seeds so it’s pretty healthy too. Mangoes add flavor to the cookies.

Ingredients:

  • Wheat Flour (1/2 cup)
  • Mango Puree (1/4 cup)
  • Baking Soda (1/2 tsp)
  • Milk (2 tbs)
  • Salt (a pinch)
  • Ghee (1/8 cup)
  • Pistachio (pieces, 2 tsp)
  • Baking Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Ajwain [Carom Seeds] (1 tsp)
  • Natural Brown Sugar (1/8 cup)
Ingredients
Ingredients

Prep time: 15 minutes

Bake time: 18-20 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Category: Snack

Yield: 13

Method:

Step 1:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.

Step 2:

  • In a large bowl add whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and carom seeds.
  • Mix all the dry ingredients.
  • In another bowl add mango puree, ghee and sugar and with the help of a hand mixer or hand beater and beat until the mixture is increased in volume and the color is paler.
  • Combine the puree-ghee mixture and dry ingredients well to form a dough. Add milk if the dough is stiff.
  • Roll out the dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cut the dough into desired shapes using a biscuit cutter.
  • Roll out the spare dough again and repeat the process with the rest of the dough.
  • Transfer the biscuits on to a baking sheet lined tray.
  • Garnish the biscuits with nuts.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes at 180 degree celsius.
  • Leave on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack to cool completely.

Step by Step pictures of the recipe:

Mix all the dry ingredients.
Add mango puree, ghee and natural sugar in a bowl.
Beat the wet ingredients using a hand beater.
Mixture ready.
Combine both wet and dry ingredients to form a dough.
The dough is ready to roll out.
Cut the dough into desired shapes.
Garnish with nuts.
Bake for 18-20 minutes at 180 degree celsius.

Notes:

  • Ingredients should be at room temperature.
  • Spoon or Manual or electric hand mixer can be used for beating.
  • More sugar can be added if preferred. The cookies I baked had less sweet because we prefer less sweet.
  • The dough can be kept in between two parchment papers and rolled out.

Kavuni [Black] Rice Sweet

This sweet originates from Chettinad region in Tamilnadu. Black rice is a good source of iron and other nutrients. I used jaggery instead of sugar. This rice turns purple after it’s cooked.

Ingredients:

  • Kavuni [Black] Rice (1/2 cup)
  • Cardamom Powder (1/4 tsp)
  • Coconut (grated, 1/2 cup)
  • Cashews (halved, 10)
  • Jaggery (3/4 cup)
  • Ghee (4 tsp)
Ingredients

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Soak time: 12 hours

Category: Lunch \ Dinner \ Snack

Cuisine: South Indian

Serves: 3

Method:

  • In a bowl wash and add water to kavuni rice and soak for 12 hours.
  • Transfer the soaked rice to a pressure cooker and add water if required.
  • Pressure cook for 15 whistles.
  • Add ghee to a deep skillet and add cashews.
  • Sautee for 5-6 minutes or until golden and set aside.
  • In the same skillet add grated coconut and dry roast for few minutes and set aside.
  • Add jaggery and water and cook till jaggery dissolves.
  • Add the cooked black rice and mash well.
  • Add the roasted cashews, coconut, and cardamom powder.
  • Add the remaining ghee too.

Step by step pictures of the recipe:

Wash and soak black rice for 12 hours.
Transfer the rice to a pressure cooker.
Pressure cook for 15 whistles.
If the rice is not soft pressure cook again for 4-5 whistles.
Roast cashews in ghee.
Dry roast grated coconut.
Roasted coconut and cashews to garnish.
Cook jaggery until it dissolves.
Add the cooked rice and mash well.
Garnish with coconut and cashews.

Notes:

  • Wild rice and black rice are not exactly the same. We can substitute with wild rice if it’s not available.
  • Add more water before pressure cook the rice if required.
  • Cook the rice on low flame and ensure that there is enough water to pressure cook for 15 whistles.
  • Mash the rice before add to jaggery water.
  • Dissolve the jaggery and no need to make thick syrup.
  • The rice should be properly cooked before adding to the jaggery water.