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Thursday, May 27, 2021

Pesarattu Dosa & Allam Chutney

Green gram dal is packed with healthy nutrients and is rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber. Moreover moong beans are low on fats and high in protein So it keeps you fuller for a longer time which helps in weight loss. So let us begin our day with crispy & healthy crepes made of green gram bean and are known as Pesarattu Dosas. This is the specialty of Andhrapradesh. Green gram is soaked overnight and in the morning it is ground to fine paste along with ginger and green chillies. To make these dosas crispy, soak two tbsp of rice along with the green gram . This batter needs no fermentation. You can make it right away. The filling of Pasarattu is of two types. One is to fill it with Upma and the other filling is of grated carrot, finely chopped onion and Tomatoes. To add to its taste, serve Pesarattu Dosas with Allam Chutney which is made of ginger and Gram dal or chana dal. Ginger is called Allam in Telugu. The basic ingredient is ginger but it's pungency is balanced by jaggery and tamarind. This dip has a sweet & spicy taste and enhances the taste of Pasarattu, vada and idlis. Usem fresh ginger roots as the dry ones are bitter. 

This Vegan and nutritious breakfast is easy to make. Our friends from Andhrapradesh introduced us to this dish. Today I am sharing their recipe of Pasarattu and allam pachadi or chutney with you. 

All of you who want to be high on protein do try this breakfast recipe. My Vegan friends will also love this recipe. 

We Need:

For Green gram Dosa

  • 1 Cup Green gram beans or Moong Dal

  • 2 Tbsp Rice

  • 2 green Chillies

  • 2" Inch Piece of Ginger. 

  • Salt to taste

  • 2 Cups of water for soaking the dal. 

For filling:

  • 1 Carrot grated

  • 1 onion Chopped

  • 1 Tomato Chopped

  • ½  Cup Chopped Coriander Leaves

For Allam Chutney:

  • 1 Onion Roughly Chopped

  • 2 medium Tomato roughly Chopped

  • 2 Green chillies roughly chopped

  • 2 Tbsp Chana dal 

  • 3" Ginger Piece 

  • 2 Tbsp seedless tamarind

  • 2 " Piece of Jaggery

  • 2 Tbsp Kasmiri Red Chilli powder

  • A pinch of Asafoetida( optional) 

  • 2 Tbsp Oil. 

  • Salt to taste. 

Here We Go:

  1. Wash Green gram thoroughly. Soak it overnight in water with 1 Tsp of salt. 

  2. Drain it in the morning. Grind it in a mixer jar along with green chillies and ginger to a smooth paste. Take the batter out in a bowl and check the salt. Add if needed. The batter should be of pouring consistency. If thicker, add a little water. 

  3. Heat a nonstick pan.Lower the flame and Pour a ladleful of batter on the pan and spread it like a dosa.( pan cake) Keep the flame on low. Spread some oil on the surface of the cake and let it cook. 

  4. Spread the chopped vegetables on it and fold it in the shape of Dosa. Take it out on a plate and serve it hot with allam chutney. 

  5. For Allam chutney, heat a pan and add 2 tbsp of oil to it. Add Asafoetida and chana dal and roast a bit. Add onions, green chillies and ginger pieces to it.  Add chopped tomatoes to it . Roast them till tomatoes are soft. 

  6. Add kashmiri red chilli powder. Add salt, tamarind and jaggery to it. 

  7. Add ½ Cup water and cover the pan. Let it simmer for 10 minutes on low flame till the liquid has almost evaporated.

  8. Let it cool. Add this chutney to the grinder jar. Also Add 4 pieces of ice cubes to the jar. Grind it to a fine paste. 

  9. Your Allam chutney is ready to serve along with hot Dosas. 

Soaking Time : 7 to 8 hours

Preparation Time : 20 minutes

Cooking time : 5 to 7 minutes per Dosa

Pro Tips :

Soak Green Gram Dal overnight for better results 

Adding rice is optional but it gives a crispy texture to the Dosa. 

You can store Allam Chutney for about a week in the refrigerator. 

Adding ice cubes to chutney while grinding helps to retain the colour of the chutney. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Shahi Tukda

The word Shahi tukda can be broken down into two words i.e. Shahi & Tukda. Shahi means Royal and Tukda is piece. Shahi tukda is a rich Mughlai Dish made with fried bread dipped in sugar syrup and enriched with thickened milk i.e. rabri and topped with dry fruits. It was supposed to have originated in Pakistan. Some believe it originated in Egypt and was made with leftover bread. There are many stories regarding the origin of this delicious dessert. It is also said that Mughal Emperors enjoyed their iftar meals in the month of Ramadan. So this dessert surely held a special place in Royal families. The name itself says Royal piece of dessert. 

The milk is thickened with cardamom powder and saffron and is called Rabri. The bread is usually deep fried in ghee and dipped in Sugar syrup afterwards. Prefer frying bread in pure ghee as that lends a rich flavour to the Shahi Tukda. But we are going to shallow fry them. These dipped pieces are then soaked in Rabri and topped with dry fruits. You can also add kewra to make it more fragrant. This delicious dessert is high in calories so eat sparingly. 

My mom-in - law cooked it on special occasions. The whole family loved it. Usually it takes a pretty long time to thicken the milk. But inside the recipe you will get to know a secret which will not only reduce the time but will add to the flavour as well. 

The recipe consists of three parts. Firstly to thicken the milk. Secondly, making Sugar Syrup. Lastly, to fry bread and dip in sugar syrup. If you like crispy bread then assemble the Shahi tukda just before serving. Otherwise you can assemble it and keep it in the refrigerator 

We Need:

For Rabri:

  • 1 Litre Full fat Milk

  • 3 Tbsp Sugar

  • 3 Green Cardamoms

  • 20 Almonds

  • Few strands of Kesar

  • 2 Tbsp Vanilla Custard Powder

For Tukda:

  • 5 Slices of White Bread

  • 1 Cup Pure Ghee

For Sugar Syrup:

  • ½ Cup of Sugar

  • ½ Cup of Water

Some thinly sliced Pistachio and Almonds to garnish. 

Here We Go:

  1. Soak Almonds in water overnight or at least for 5 to 6 hours. Peel them in the morning and keep aside

  2. Take a thick bottomed vessel. Add 1 litre of milk to it. Put it on medium flame. When the milk starts boiling reduce the flame to low and let it boil. Meanwhile keep on stirring it with a ladle. Scrap the milk sticking to the sides. You can do your other cooking side by side to utilize the time as this process will take around 30 minutes

  3. Add Cardamoms, peeled Almonds , a few strands of Saffron and ½ tsp of sugar to a grinder jar. Make a fine paste. Add a little milk if necessary for the process.

  4. Add this paste to the boiling milk along with sugar. Keep on stirring otherwise the thickened milk will stick to the bottom. 

  5. Dissolve 2 tbsp of vanilla custard powder in 2 tbsp of cold milk. Add this to the thickened milk. This will enhance the taste as well as expedite the process of Rabri. 

  6. Boil the milk for another 2 minutes till the custard is cooked. Switch off the flame and let it cool on its own. 

  7. Heat 1 Cup pure ghee in a pan on medium flame. Meanwhile remove the sides of the bread with a knife.  You can grind them and reuse them as bread crumbs. Now cut each slice diagonally. Shallow Fry these slices in the ghee till they are golden brown on both sides. Keep aside. 

  8. Add ½ Cup sugar to ½ Cup water. Put it on low flame. Keep on stirring till the sugar dissolves. Keep it on low flame for some more time stirring it constantly till sugar syrup thickens a bit. 

  9. Dip the fried slices in sugar syrup and coat them with sugar syrup on both sides. Don't leave the slices in syrup. Just coat the slices and take them out on a plate otherwise it will become soggy. 

  10. Arrange these slices in a dish and pour rabri over them. Decorate them with slices of almonds and pistachio. You can serve it both hot & cold. 

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking Time : 40 minutes

Serves : 6 

Pro Tips:

Use 2 days old bread for this recipe as fresh bread will get soggy early. 

Keep on stirring the milk otherwise it will stick to the bottom. 

Fry the bread in pure desi ghee as it will provide the richness to the dish. 

You can use any type of bread but white bread tastes the best.