Wednesday, 26 June 2013

dhokla by my friend Manisha 

  • 1 1/2 cup sour yoghurt
1 !/2 cup besan
1 cup water
1 tsp oil
1 tsp green chilly paste
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp sodium bi carbonate
1 pouch eno
1/2 tsp lemon juice
turmertic powder 2 tsp
for tempering
2 tsp oil
1 tsp mustard
2-3 green chilly
1/4 cup vineger
1/2 cup water 2 tsp sugar

for garnishing
coriander leaves


  • Sieve the gram flour. Mix it with the yoghurt and keep aside for 2 hours.
  • Add the ginger and green chilli pastes, turmeric powder, salt to taste, lime juice and sugar and enough warm water to make a batter of pouring consistency. Mix well.
  • Divide the batter into 3 equal portions.
  • Prepare the steamer and grease a square/ rectangular pan to steam the dhokla in.
  • Divide the fruit salt/baking soda into 3 equal portions and add one portion to a portion of the batter. Mix well. Pour this batter into the greased dish and put it into the steamer.
  • Cook till done - when you touch the surface of the Dhokla your fingers should come away clean.
  • Repeat with the remaining batter, adding the fruit salt/ baking soda to each batch of batter just before steaming.
  • Allow the steamed Dhokla to cool slightly and cut into 2" squares.
  • To temper, heat the oil in a wide, thick-bottomed pan and add the curry leaves, mustard and sesame seeds and green chillies. Fry till the seeds stop sluttering. Pour these into the warm water. Sprinkle this mixture all over the prepared Dhokla. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with the chopped coriander and serve with Tamarind Chutney 

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

 pressure cooked chicken


Oil- 3 tbsp

Onion  - 2 large sliced  thinly
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tbps
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
kashmiri red Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder - 2 tsp{ 2 cloves 1 " cinnamon and 3 to 4 cardamom finelly grounded } 

Tomato-4 grated
Salt to taste
Chicken - 1/2 kg cleaned
salt to taste 
sugar 1 tsp 
tejpatta / bay leaves 2 to 3

Take a pressure cooker and heat oil in it. Add tejpatta/ bay leaves

Add  onions and half tsp salt   saute for 5 mins.

Add  ginger garlic paste and mix well.

Now add salt and all the spice powders  except garam masala and mix well.

put the tomatoes and cook till oils comes out from the masala on medium heat.

Add chicken pieces and toss well in the masala.
 Put 2 cups of water if you want it with rice or you can put 1 cup of water if you want it  with roti .
Now cover the pressure cooker and let it cook for 1  whistle.  Switch off the flame and let the pressure go all by itself.

Open the pressure cooker and add garam masala and mix well.

Serve with rice or roti. Note if you use broiler chicken then 1 whistle  if it is desi murgi then 2 to 3 whistle depending upon the size. Some times I put aloo and carrot with this