Ilaichi aur kesar roll

Ilaichi aur Kesar Roll

Ilaichi aur kesar roll (cardamom and saffron roll) is prepared with khoya/mawa. If you remember, I had recently posted the process of preparing instant khoya (Milk powder-based Mawa (Khoya)). I used the same mawa to prepare these irresistible, pretty ilaichi aur kesar roll. 

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

The best part about this sweet dish is that it is a no-cook sweet dish. Isn’t that wonderful!!

ilaichi aur kesar roll

The other good part about this recipe is that you can change the flavours according to your own choice. If you like pista more than kesar (saffron) or your preference is rose flavour instead of cardamom, then go for it! This recipe is very flexible – go according to your taste buds.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

One more reason to like this recipe is that if you are more of a burfi loving person instead of rolls, then just cut khoya in square shapes instead of rolling it. Double flavoured burfi is ready. Anything for you!!

And the last reason for loving this recipe is very simple – the end result is so beautiful and tastes extremely delicious!! Am I exaggerating a lot? Probably, but all of my family and friends loved these Ilaichi and kesar rolls.  So, I insist you try this sweet dish at home as khoya preparation is also very easy and you can prepare mawa one or two days in advance ( Milk powder based Mawa (Khoya))

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

There are a few more posts in the blog related to Indian sweets, you can take a look at them also: Indian Traditional Sweets

Ingredients:

400 gm khoya
80 gms powder sugar (divide it equally in two parts)
Saffron, a few strands
Milk 1 tsp
Saffron food colour
Cardamom powder 1 tsp

A few points to remember :

  1. Khoya should be really stiff. The rolls will not set properly if they have moisture.
  2. Mash khoya nicely till it is smooth before adding powdered sugar. After adding sugar, khoya will be slightly sticky and it will be difficult to mash khoya to smoothen it out.
  3. When we add powdered sugar in khoya, it becomes slightly soft. Then, when we add saffron milk on top of it, it turns even softer. So, reduce a little bit of sugar quantity in kesar khoya part. Don’t worry, it will not affect the final taste.
  4. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have food colour, as it doesn’t affect the taste. Saffron is enough to give a wonderful flavor.
  5. You have to keep the roll in the fridge to make it firm. If we will be heating khoya and sugar to make it firm, then keeping it in the fridge will not be necessary. But as this is a no-cook recipe, keeping the rolls in the fridge itself will do the job. Firm khoya will be easy to roll initially and later on to get neatly sliced ilaichi aur kesar rolls.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

Process:

Soak kesar in hot milk and keep it aside.

Crumble khoya on the clean kitchen counter or in a broad vessel. Rub khoya nicely with your palms till it is smooth and divide it into two equal parts.

Take one part of khoya and again crumble it and add 40 gms sieved powdered sugar(can reduce sugar quantity a little) . By now, kesar milk would be ready and cooled down. Sieve milk also and add in khoya. Don’t throw away kesar strands – keep them in the fridge. We will use them later to garnish rolls.

If you want more saffron colour, add a pinch of kesar food colour. Mix everything nicely and keep this kesar khoya portion separate.

In the same way, prepare another portion of khoya by adding ilaichi powder (cardamom powder) and sieved powdered sugar.

Take butter paper or parchment paper and prepare two separate rolls of khoya. It will be easy to shape khoya in rolls with butter paper/parchment paper . Wrap up both the rolls separately in parchment paper and keep them in the fridge for two hours.

After two hours take out both the rolls from the fridge and spread these rolls on butter paper/parchment paper in a rectangle shape with the help of a rolling pin. If you will fold the parchment paper in a rectangular shape (like a book fold) and then spread khoya with a rolling pin, it will be very easy to get the same sized rectangle shape for both the rolls.

Now open the top portion of parchment paper of both ilaichi and kesar khoya and very carefully flip kesar khoya portion over the ilaichi portion.

Roll it with a rolling pin so that both stick well together.

Remove the parchment paper from the top and with the help of the bottom parchment paper, start rolling it in the shape of a log/roll.

Make a tight log/roll, wrap it in parchment paper/butter paper, and keep it in the fridge for 2-3 hours so that it becomes firm.

When the roll/log is firm, take it out from the fridge, unwrap it, and with a sharp knife slice it into small rolls.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

Aren’t they beautiful!! While slicing them, the wonderful flavor of kesar and ilaichi will make you gulp one immediately. No one is looking 😉, and don’t worry if you find your family standing right behind you. You deserve that first roll after all the preparation process you did all by yourself!!!

If you can save some pieces, garnish ilaichi aur kesar roll with kesar strands.

Ilaichi aur kesar roll

 
Kunduru ki sabzi

Kunduru ki sabzi

Kunduru ki sabzi is my favourite as a side dish with daal-chawal, though it is equally good with chapati and plain paratha too. Kunduru is known by many different names, like, ivy gourd, coccinia grandis, tendli, scarlet gourd, tindora etc. I really like this vegetable when kunduru is completely raw and green from inside. When kunduru ripens, they turn red from inside and look fruit rather than vegetable! Though we can still cook ripened kunduru as a vegetable, but that recipe some other time.

kunduru ki sabzi

Kunduru ki sabzi can be cooked with or without onions. Onions enhance the taste, look and make it more appealing. But that doesn’t mean that kunduru doesn’t taste good without onion – my mother is a non-onion-non-garlic person and she cooks finger-licking good food!!

Kunduru ki sabzi

There are a few more posts on different vegetables in the blog – if you are interested, can take a look…

Vegetables (Curries)

Ingredients:

Kunduru 1/2 kg
Onions 2 big sized
Green chillies chopped 3-4
Oil 5 – 6 tbsp
Water 2-3 tbsp (if required)
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp (increase or decrease)
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Salt as per your taste

Process:

Wash and chop kunduru lengthwise in thin stripes and keep them aside.

Kunduru

Cut kunduru lengthwise

Chop onions and shallow fry them in one tbsp oil till they are slightly more than  translucent.

Chop onions to shallow fry

Fry till onions are slightly transluent

Transfer these onions to a bowl. Add remaining oil and crackle cumin seeds (jeera) and asafotida (hing) in the same wok. Add chopped kunduru, spices and cut green chilies. Mix everything well and cover the wok. Keep the heat on sim.

Add spices for kunduru ki sabzi

Mix spices in kunduru

Stir them twice or thrice. Add 2 or 3 tbsp of water if spices are sticking to the bottom of the wok. Cover again and let them cook till they are soft. Add fried onions, mix them with kunduru and let them cook on sim heat for 2-3 minutes more.

When Kunduru becomes soft add onions.

Kunduru ki sabzi is ready! Serve it hot as a side dish with daal-chawal or plain parathe/roti.

Kunduru ki sabzi is ready!

 
Kaashifal ki sabzi

Kaashifal ki sabzi (pumpkin veggie)

Kaashifal ki sabzi (pumpkin veggie) always reminds me about my father. He always used to prefer kaashifal ki sabzi or pumpkin veggie for dinner, so that all family members can sit together and enjoy it with hot poori, curd and pickle. This used to be my favorite dinner also!

Pumpkin is basically sweet in taste. So chirpy green chillies, tiny pieces of raw mangoes or lemon juice gives this sabzi a perfect mixed taste of sweet, chirpy and slight tangy flavours.

Unlike other North Indian sabzis, kaashifal is not seasoned with our regular ria, hing and jeera. It is seasoned with dana methi (fenugreek). So the moment fenugreek seeds are added in hot oil, the fragrance spreads in the whole house and everyone knows that kaashifal ki sabzi is coming at the dinning table!!

For preparing Kaashifal ki Sabzi I always prefer to buy pumpkin which has green skin. Green ones are very soft and we don’t have to remove the peel while chopping pumpkin. This variety of pumpkin has lots of water in it, that’s why it gets cooked very fast. Nowadays, we are ordering online vegetables, so we get all varieties of mix pumpkin pieces. Other varieties of pumpkin are a little dry so while cooking add little water.

One more thing, while preparing pumpkin vegetable, add slightly more oil than usual. Trust me, you will feel like having chatpata pickle! Probably, I like pumpkin a lot, so either it is kaashifal ki sabzi or Kaashifal ka raita (pumpkin raita) I can just brag on and on…

Try this sabzi once, who knows this might be a new regular entry in your menu!!

Ingrediants:

Chopped pumpkin 1/2 kg
Oil          5 tbsp
Fenugreek seeds 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Chopped green chillies 3
Salt as per taste
Raw mango pieces(grated or chopped) /dry mango powder (amchur) /lemon juice
Water 1/8 cup (if pumpkin is dry)

Process:

Wash and chop pumpkin in small pieces along with skin (chilka).

Heat oil in a wok and splatter fenugreek seeds followed by chopped pumpkin pieces and green chillies.

Add salt, coriander powder, red chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. 

Mix everything and cover it. Let it cook on sim flame till pumpkin becomes soft. In between 2-3 times keep on turning pumpkin upside down for even cooking. When 90% pumpkin is cooked add tiny chopped pieces of raw mangoe or 1 tsp dry mango powder or 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.

Mix it well, cover it again and in 2-3 minuets Kaashifal ki sabzi will be ready! Serve hot with poori or parathas.

 

Spicy lachhedar Podina Paratha

Paratha (Indian flat bread roasted with oil) is my all time favorite in all three meals of the day. And if it is spicy lachhedar podina paratha (Layered flatbread with fresh mint leaves) with a mix of wheat flour and gram flour, I can have it daily in breakfast with Kairie ki loungi (raw mango dish) or Raw Mango Chutney with Jaggery. Even though now I have significantly controlled my food cravings and breakfast is always very healthy, I will come jumping with joy if you are inviting me over breakfast to have spicy lachhedar podina paratha!!

Usually plain paratha or stuffed paratha is prepared with wheat flour. But lachhedar paratha is prepared with maida (white flour) as maida is very elastic making it easier to create multiple layers. But I hardly use maida for my daily meals. It is always wheat flour rotis for lunch and dinner. So I decided to prepare lachhedar paratha also with wheat flour. Along with wheat flour I added gram flour too. Gram flour turned paratha crisp and it enhanced the taste.

There are a few more recipes on different parathas in the blog. You can take a look:

Aaloo ka Paratha (wheat flour flat bread with spicy potato stuffing)

Mooli ka paratha (wheat flour flat bread stuffed with spicy radish)

Methi ke parathe

Ingredients :

80 gm gram flour (besan)
80 gm wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/8 tsp asafoetida (hing)
Fresh mint leaves chopped 1 /4 cup(optional)
1 tsp cumin/carom seeds
3/4 cup Water ( reduce or add if required)
Dry wheat flour for dusting
Oil for roasting paratha

Process :

Take wheat flour, gram flour, salt, carom/cumin seeds, red chilli powder and chopped mint leaves in a broad vessel and prepare soft dough with the help of water .

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Take a small portion of dough (50-60 gm) and smear it in dry flour and roll that between your palms in round shape. With the help of rolling pin, roll it evenly from all sides. If required, use dry flour while rolling.

Brush it up with oil.

Spread wheat flour all over it.

Carefully fold it into pleats, press them gently and again spread some dry flour around and roll it.

If you are using white flour, then at this point, we will stretch it vertically, but as wheat flour doesn’t have that elasticity we will straight away roll it in a round shape.

Again apply some dry flour and roll evenly with the help of the rolling pin to get a round shape.

Heat griddle (tava in Hindi) and place the paratha on it. Flip to the other side when tiny bubbles start appearing from one side. Follow the same for other side too.

 

When paratha is roasted nicely from both the sides, take it off from tava and serve hot crisp lachhedar paratha with curd, pickle or any chutney.

If you want to try lachhedar paratha without podina, then just don’t add mint leaves and follow the same process. See those layers – aren’t you dying to try!!

 

Mooli ka paratha (wheat flour flat bread stuffed with spicy radish)

Radish (mooli) is used as a vegetable for lunch or dinner, as salad and during breakfast as mooli ka paratha ( wheat flour flat bread stuffed with spicy radish). Mostly people either like radish or they don’t like it at all. Nobody compromises to have it in any form.
Generally in India people use white radish. At my parent’s house during winter season just before lunch my mother or I used to pick fresh radish from our kitchen garden for salad. You just can’t beat the taste of home grown fresh vegetables!!

Winter season is the best time to enjoy hot food. Generally in North India plain paratha or stuffed paratha is very common for breakfast. But at our house everyone used to be in a hurry to go to the school or college early in the morning so stuffed parathas were always prepared for dinner. Memories of having hot parathas in the kitchen with all family members is very nostalgic memory at my parent’s house.

I have a few more posts on stuffed parathas in the blog….

Aaloo ka Paratha (paratha with spicy potato stuffing)

Pyaaz ka paratha (Indian flat bread, stuffed with roasted onion)

Ingredients:

To prepare radish masala:

3 medium size radish, 2 chopped green chillies, grated ginger, 1 tsp oil, salt, red chilli powder, dry mango powder (amchoor), turmeric powder, asafoetida and garam masala.

For paratha:
Wheat flour dough, dry wheat flour and oil.

Process :

Wash, peel and grate radish.

Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan and add grated radish , chopped green chillies, grated ginger and all spices.

Mix it and cook radish till the water completely evaporates.

Prepare wheat flour dough and heat tava. Take a small portion from the dough, approximately 50 gm and make a round ball, apply some dry flour on it and roll it in a small round shape.

Place some radish masala (just about 35 to 40 gm) on it and seal it by pinching from all the sides.

Again apply some dry flour and roll this in a round shape carefully and evenly from all sides. Don’t put too much pressure while rolling.

Carefully Place this on hot tava and when you notice tiny bubbles, flip it to other side and apply oil and follow the same for other side also.

If you have rolled paratha evenly, it will puff up beautifully.

Serve hot  mooli ka paratha with curd, chutney, butter or pickle!!

 

 

Dahi waale aaloo (Potatoes with buttermilk)

Dahi waale aaloo or chach vaale aaloo ki sabzi or boiled potatoes cooked with buttermilk is a traditional Rajasthani cuisine. Rain was scarce in Rajasthan till few years back. So getting vegetables was very difficult, specially during summer. Therefore, people invented a few dishes so that they don’t get affected due to lack of rain and could taste variety. One such dish Mangodi ki subzi  is already in the blog. Dahi ke aaloo is another such interesting dish where curry is prepared with buttermilk and along with regular spices boiled potatoes are added.

Curd is such a simple ingredient but you can create veritable dishes with it. I love using curd in my savoury dishes for regular meals like raita, sabzi or Besan ki kadi. The best part about Dahi ke aaloo is that it doesn’t require onion, garlic or even tomatoes. So you can have it during your one-time fasting meals.

Ingredients :

5 medium sized boiled potatoes
Curd 300 gm
3 cups water

Oil 2 tbsp
Jeera (cumin) 1/4 tsp
Rai 1/4 tsp
Asafoetida powder 1/8 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp +1 tsp
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Green chillies chopped 2
3 tbsp water
Salt as per your taste

Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Oil 1 tsp
Dry red chillies 2
Chopped green coriander leaves

Process

Wash, boil, peel and mash potatoes in medium chunks and keep them aside in a bowl.

In a separate bowl churn curd nicely and add three cups of water and churn it again for a homogeneous mix (this is how we prepare buttermilk (chach) in India).

Heat 2 tbsp oil and splutter rai, jeera and asafoetida (hing) in a wok. Add red chilli, coriander and turmeric powder and chopped green chillies followed by 3 tbsp water. On sim heat let the masala get cooked for 5 minutes. Stir in between to avoid burning.

Once masala is cooked take out 1 tbsp out of it and keep it separate to be used later.

Add buttermilk in the wok once oil can be seen on the sides of masala. Increase the heat to high and keep stirring this mixture with quick movements until it starts boiling. Fast speed stirring is very important as otherwise buttermilk will curdle (phat jayega).

When buttermilk starts boiling, add mashed potatoes along with the salt.

Now reduce the heat to sim and let it cook for half an hour. It can be cooked on medium heat for 15 minutes but I like curries or gravies to be cooked on sim heat. Slow cooking enhances the flavor of dish.

Switch off the gas after half an hour and add garam masala powder and chopped green coriander leaves. Dahi ke aaloo or potatoes cooked in buttermilk are ready!!

Remember we had kept a little quantity of masala separate. We will use it now. Heat 1 tsp oil and roast dry red chillies in it for half a minute and add masala.  Just before serving pour this in dahi waale aaloo and impress your guests and family members!!