Sanoli's Kitchen: July 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


Today, I am going to share a delicious and healthy paratha recipe from our neighbour state, Bihar - the fastest growing state during the 11th plan period. How many of you have had 'Sattu'? Sattu is a high energy giving staple food of Bihar. Actually, the roasted chana dal (Bengal gram) powder is known as 'Sattu' in Bihar. It is very nutritious food with full of fiber. Here, Sattu is the main ingredient to prepare Sattu Ka Paratha. Specially for this stuffing, it gives a very nice taste to the parathas. Tryout, I am sure, will love it.

2&1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour (atta)
1 & 1/4 Cups Bengal Gram Sattu (I used 'Ganesh' brand sattu)
3 Green Chilies (finely chopped)
3 tbsps Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves
1" Ginger Piece (grated)
1&1/2 tbsps Spices, from Kashmiri Red Chilli pickle
1/3 tsp Black Salt (for taste)
1/4 tsp Nigella Seeds (kalonji)
1/4 tsp Carom Seeds (ajwaan)
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
5-6 tbsps Oil For Frying
2 tsps Mustard Oil + 2 tbsps Vegetable Oil
1 tsp Salt

Take a large bowl. Combine whole wheat flour, 2 tbsps vegetable oil and 1/2 tsps salt. Mix nicely. Slowly add water to knead it into a smooth dough. The dough will be same like chapati dough. Cover and keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.

In the mean time, let start to make the stuffing. Take another bowl, combine Bengal gram sattu, green chilies, coriander leaves, nigella seeds, carom seeds, grated ginger, black salt, pickle spice, 2 tsps mustard oil, red chili powder, lemon juice and salt. 

Mix thoroughly. Sprinkle little water on it and mix well. The right mixture should be, if you touch, it must bind the mixture nicely. Sattu mixture is ready to stuff now. Set it aside.

Divide wheat flour dough into 10 equal balls. 

Wrap each ball in wheat flour and flat it to make a round disc of 4" diameter. Add 2 tbsps sattu mixture on the center of that disc. 

Wrap it up from all sides, then close it nicely. Press it lightly by your palm, so that filling should be spread evenly inside the parathas.

Agarin wrap it with little wheat flour and roll out a slightly thick paratha of 7" diameter. Don't give too much pressure while rolling out parathas, otherwise outer layer of the paratha will easilly break and sattu comes out. Follow the same with the remaining balls. Heat greased non-stick tawa / griddle. Place a paratha on heated tawa.

When the lower part of the paratha is cooked, the upper part will look dark. Flip over the other side then.
Spread little oil on both sides of the paratha and fry it for 2-3 minutes, to make paratha soft, crispy. When brown specs appear means the paratha is done!

Serve immediately with spicy pickle or sour curd or aloo-tamatar ka chokha and a glass full lassi. It is very suitable for a weekend breakfast or brunch. Enjoy this Bihari delicacy.
Sending to: Guru’s Cooking Giveaway Kids Special ’13

Monday, July 29, 2013


My hubby mostly likes okra or bhindi among all green vegetables. So, very often I prepare this green vegetable in my kitchen and experimenting maximum on bhindi or okras. This vegetable is highly available in tropical, sub-tropical and warm temperate regions around the world. Here is an easy recipe of bhindi, which I adapted from my Mom's Kitchen. I modified it according to me. Do try it once, trust me it makes a lovely dish.
300 gm Okras (bhindi)
1/2 tsp Nigella Seeds (kalonji)
4 Green Chillies, Cut into slits
1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 tsps Mustard Paste
2 tsps Poppy Seeds Paste
1 tbsp Tamarind Pulp
4 tbsps + 2 tbsps Mustard Oil
Salt to Taste

Wash and cut okras in 1" pieces. Set it aside.

Heat 4 tbsps mustard oil in a kadhai. Temper with nigella seeds and slitted green chilies. Saute for 20-30 seconds. Add okras followed by turmeric powder and salt in it. Fry till okras turn into light brown.

Now add mustard paste, poppy seeds paste and 1/2 cup water in it. Mix well. Cover and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Pour 2 tbsps mustard oil and tamarind pulp in it. Keep stirring for 2 minutes and turn off the heat now. 

Serve with steamed rice, a great side dish for lunch. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013


"Dum Pukht" is a slow cooking technique which is originated in India and also very popular in Pakistan. 'Nawabs of Awadh' introduced this special type of cooking method in their royal kitchen; where meat, fish, vegetables filled with spices cooked in a large sealed vessel on slow cooking in their own juices or bone- marrow. Here I cooked 'Hilsa', the king fish of Bengal in this royal cooking method. I experimented and explored it in my kitchen and trust me it came out as a mouth watery, flavourful and delicious Hilsa treat.

500 gm Hilsa Fish (Ilish mach)
2 Large Onions (chopped)
4 Green Cardamoms (crushed)
1 Black Cardamom (split-ed)
4-5 Black Peppercorns
2-3 Green Chilies (whole) + 2-3 Green Chilies, cut into slits
1/3 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Kashmiri Red chili Powder
1 tsp Ginger Paste
1 Cup Fresh Concentrated Coconut Milk
(Grate coconut, pour hot water in it. Keep it aside for 10 minutes and strain to get fresh coconut milk)
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
2 tbsps Mustard Oil
2 tbsps Clarified Butter (ghee)
Salt to taste

Clean and wash fish pieces nicely. Make those pieces pat dry. Marinate fish with turmeric powder and little salt, set it aside.

Grind onions with 2-3 green chilies together to make a coarse paste. Keep it aside.

Heat oil and clarified butter in a kadhai/wok. Temper with black peppercorns, green and black cardamoms. Saute for few seconds, till a nice aroma comes out. Add onion paste in it. Fry for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.

Add ginger paste and Kashmiri red chili powder in it. Fry for another 3 minutes, till spices leave oil from the sides.

Now pour coconut milk, slited green chilies and salt in it. Bring it to boil. Add fish pieces in it.Cover tightly and slow cook for 15 minutes. 

Open the lid now. Add lemon juice in it and give a nice stir. Turn off the heat. Your Hilsa Dum Pukht is ready to serve. Serve with steamed rice or pulao.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Here is a simple recipe to make crispy potato bread toast. The masala is made from boiled and mashed potatoes, tempered by Indian spices, a delightful recipe for breakfast or kid's lunch box. It is very easy to make, specially if you have leftover dry potato curry or aloo-gobi. I modified little according to my taste. Tryout and enjoy this delicious bread toast on your breakfast palate.

8 pcs of Brown Bread / Whole Wheat Bread Slices
3 Medium Potatoes (peeled and parboiled)
1/3 Cup Hot & Sweet Tomato Sauce
1 tbsp Roasted Sesame Seeds
3/4 tsp Grated Ginger
1 tsp Finely chopped Green Chillies (according to taste)
1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder (according to taste)
1 tsp Roasted Cumin Seeds (powdered)
1 tsp Roasted Coriander Seeds (powdered)
1/2 tsp Dried Mango Powder (amchur)
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
4 tbsps Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves / Cilantro
1/2 tsp Garam Masala
Salt to taste
4 tbsps Butter

In a large bowl, mash potatoes nicely by using your hands.

Add grated ginger, green chillies, red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, dried mango powder, lemon juice, coriander leaves, garam masala and salt in it.

Mix everything thoroughly. Keep it aside.

Cut each bread slice diagonally and make two equal pieces. Follow the same for rest of the bread slices. Set aside.

Put little tomato sauce on each bread slice and spread it nicely.

Add potato mixture on it and try to spread it out evenly on the bread slices.

Sprinkle little sesame seeds on the top of bread slices.

Now we have to roast all those bread pieces. Heat a non-stick tawa/griddle. Add 1/4 tsp butter on the griddle and immediately place a bread piece on it. Keep potato spread side on the top. Allow it for 2 minutes on medium heat to make roasted crust on that side.

Now add 1/4 tsp butter on the top of potato spread and flip it over gently to roast otherside. Allow it for 2 minutes on medium heat to roast it properly.

Take out from the griddle when they are golden and crispy from both sides.

Serve immediately with chutney or ketchup.
For Original Recipe Click Here
Sending to: Guru’s Cooking Giveaway Kids Special ’13

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


During the Summer days, tropical fruits are abundance. But these days mangoes are going out of season. Why not take advantage of the low prices and ripe mangoes produced by making a simple but delicious dessert for everyone to enjoy? The combination of mango with cream is just amazing! This dessert is very simple and easy, yet very luscious with regular cream. So, check out this 'creamy mango' recipe today..

1 Cup Fresh Mango Pulp (preferably use alphonso mango for good taste and colour)

1 Cup Whisked Fresh Cream (I used 'Amul' brand fresh cream)

1/4 tsp Green Cardamom Powder
1/3 Cup Sugar (optional/as per taste)
Few Cherries for Garnishing

Blend mango pulp with green cardamom powder and sugar to make a smooth puree.
Take 4 ice-cream cups. Pour 2 tbsps of mango puree into each cup.

Add 2 tbsps of fresh cream on puree.

Pour a tbsp full mango puree on the top, followed by little cream.

Garnish each cup with a fresh cherry on the top. Refrigerate for minimum 2 hours before served.

TIPS: May use plain and thick yogurt instead of cream. Milk cream can be easily replaced by coconut cream too. Also you can mix seasonal fruits, such as berries for this yummy dessert.
Sending to: Guru’s Cooking Giveaway Kids Special ’13