Pudina Rice (Mint flavoured Rice)


Pudina/Mint is a popular ingredient in several foods and beverages, there is no denying that mint tastes good and healthy too, whether you use it in juice, food, candy, toothpaste or something else.

During summer mint leaves are widely used in several things because of its coolant act, So in these hot days, my kitchen is also good fragrance with fresh mint leaves and by having inspiration from lots of recipes, i am also using mint in my recipe as well.

Its mint flavored rice, a super tasty and easy recipe. During summers you can have this dish in lunch or dinner as per your choice. You can also add mixed veggies to make this dish more flavorful and healthy too. So lets begin to prepare this flavourful recipe now…

Ingredients

1 medium bowl cooked rice
1 onion (finely chopped)
1 green chillies (finely chopped)
1 table spoon lemon juice
1 table spoon clarified butter or cooking oil
1/2 small bowl mixed vegetables (frozen)
1/2 tea spoon cumin seeds
2 pieces of green cardamom
1 piece star anise
2 cloves
1 small piece of cinnamon
1 tea spoon coriander powder
Salt to taste
2 table spoon water
1 small bowl mint paste

Ingredients for mint paste

1 cup mint leaves
2 green chillies
1 inch ginger piece
1 tea spoon lemon juice
1/3 tea spoon black salt
Pinch of asafoetida
Ground all mint paste ingredients together and convert them into paste.

1. Firstly we need to heat a pan on medium flame and add cumin seeds and whole spices in it.

2. When the whole spices turns slightly brown, add onion in it and saute until it also becomes light brown in color.

3. Now add frozen mixed vegetables in it and saute them for about 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Now add all spices and salt in it and saute about a minute.

5. Now add mint paste in it and let it cook on slow flame about 2 to 3 minutes, then add rice and 2 tablespoon of water in it and mix all gently with light hands.

5. On low flame, cover this pan with a lid and let it simmer for a minute and then turn off the flame.

6. Add 1 table spoon lemon juice in it and mix gently without mashing the rice.

7. Now super tempting Pudina Rice is ready to be served… this rice is best served with plain yogurt or laban!

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Dahi Vada


“Dahi vada” is part of top street food list within North India and especially in Delhi.

It can be prepare from split moong daal(yellow lentil) or split urad daal (white lentil). But today i am sharing combination of both lentils recipe, that means in this recipe dahi vadas are prepared from mix of both lentils moong and urad daal.

Actually vadas are deep fried dumplings which are served in chilled yogurt with spicy green and sweet tamarind chatni. For make it more special we sprinkle fresh grounded spices on it which gives nice aroma and makes it more tempting . So lets prepare this mouth watering dish today..😊


Ingredients

1/2 cup split moong lentil/daal
1/2 cup split urad daal/white lentil
1/2 tea spoon black pepper powder
8 to 10 pepper corn (optional)
1/3 tea spoon black pepper powder
pinch of Asafoetida
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

For serving
1 cup chilled yogurt (whisked)
Coriander chutney as per taste.
Sweet tamarind chutney as per taste.
Pinch of roasted cumin powder
Pinch of chat masala
Pinch of black pepper powder
Pinch of salt or as per taste

Instructions

1. To prepare Dahi Vadas – first of all wash the both lentils and soak them separately with enough water for 6-7 hours.

2. Drain the excess water and grind them together with the help of little water. ( make sure you do not grind it to a fine paste).

3. Now take a big bowl and add this mixture in it and then beat the mixture till the mixture gets fluffy.

4. Now add salt, black pepper powder, pepper corn, asafoetida in it and mix well.

5. Heat the oil and take out 1 tea spoon of batter and gently put it in the oil. Place as many as possible at a time.

6. Fry these balls on medium flame until they turns golden in color.

7. Place an absorbent paper on the plate and take them out on it.

8. Now Vadas are ready for serving.

9. For serving—-
1. Take 2 cups of warm water in a big bowl and dip 8 to10 vadas in this warm water for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

2. After 15 minutes take them out from the water and squeeze the water out and keep them in serving plate.

3. Pour the chilled yogurt over them, then add some green chatni and tamarind chatni.

4. Now sprinkle some black pepper powder, salt, roasted cumin powder on it and garnish with mint or coriander leaves….Now this super tempting Dahi vadas are ready to be served… Enjoy!!😊

Jal-Jeera


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*Jal Jeera*

(रेसिपी इंग्लिश और हिन्दी दोनों भाषा में उपलब्ध है)

Jal jeera is refreshing, traditional summer drink with lot of health benefits. Jal jeera not only quenches your thirst but also increases your appetite and aids in digestion. This refreshing energy drink has herbs and spices that have a cooling effect on the body and revive one’s appetite. Fresh mint and coriander leaves impart a refreshing fragrance and flavor.

Ingredients
1. Mint leaves = 1 cup
2. Coriander leaves = 1/2 cup
3. Ginger(grated) = 1/2 tsp
4. Lemon juice = 4 tbsp
5. Green chillies (chopped) = 3
6. Black salt = 1/2 tsp
7. Salt = 1/2 tsp
8. Chaat masala = 1/2 tsp
9. Rosted cumin seeds powder = 1 tsp.
10. Asafotida = 1 pinch
11. Black pepper powder = 1/2 tsp
12. Dried mango powder = 1/2 tsp
13. Chilled water = 5 cups
14. Unsweetened boondi for garnishing

Instructions

1. Grind mint leaves, coriander leaves,green chillies and ginger in blender to fine paste.

2. Add 5 cups of water and all spices.

3. Add lemon juice and stir well.

4. Strain the spice mix and squeeze all the spicy water out. Discard the roughage.

5. Garnished with boondi and serve chilled.

6. Can be served with ‘pani-puri’

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*जल- जीरा*

आवश्यक सामग्री

1. पुदीना पत्ती = 1 कप
2. धनिया पत्ती = 1/2 कप
3. अदरक(कसा हुआ) = 1/2 छोटी चम्मच
4. नींबू का रस = 4 बड़ी चम्मच
5. हरी मिर्च(कटी हुई) = 3
6. काला नमक = 1/2 छोटी चम्मच
7. नमक = 1/2 छोटी चम्मच
8. चाट मसाला = 1/2 छोटी चम्मच
9. भुना हुआ जीरा पाउडर = 1छोटी चम्मच
10. हींग = 1पिंच
11. काली मिर्च पाउडर = 1/2 छोटी चम्मच
12. अमचूर = 1/2 छोटी चम्मच
13. ठंडा पानी = 4 कप
14. सजावट के लिए बूंदी(मिठासरहित)

निर्देशानुसार बनाएं

1. पुदीना पत्ती, धनिया पत्ती, अदरक,हरी मिर्च को ब्लेंडर में बारीक़ पीस लें.

2. पांच कप पानी और सभी मसाले मिला लें.

3. नींबू का रस डालकर अच्छी तरह मिलाए.

4. अब इस मसाले वाले पानी को अच्छी तरह छान लें और बचे हुए मिश्रण को फेंक दें.

5. बूंदी से सजाकर ठंडा- ठंडा परोसे

6. इसे आप पानी- पूरी के साथ भी प्रयोग में ला सकते हैं

SPICY POPCORN WITH FRESH SALSA & QUESO DIP


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wp-1458666179445.jpgwp-1458666191972.jpgHappy holi…..presented something with low calories.

SPICY POPCORN WITH FRESH SALSA & QUESO DIP
Popcorn not only tastes good, but contains fiber and is low in fat and calories. And nothing beats the flavor of hot, freshly made popcorn at home but there is combo pack of yumminess….. popcorn with salsa n Queso..amazing combination so lets celebrate holi with this low calories appetizer.
SPICY POPCORN WITH FRESH SALSA & QUESO DIP

Ingredients

1. Corn kernels = 3 tbsp
2. Butter = 1 tbsp heaped
3. Lime = 2
4. Black pepper powder
5. Crushed mint leaves = 8 to 9
6. Cilantro for garnish
7. Salt = as per taste

For salsa

Medium tomato = 2
Small onion = 1
Garlic cloves = 2
Lime juice = 1/2 tbsp
Salt as per taste
Black pepper

For Queso
1. Butter = 1 tbsp
2. Plain flour = 1 tbsp
3. Fresh salsa = 1 tbsp
4. Cheese(shredded cheddar) = 3 tbsp
5. Salt and pepper as per taste

Instructions

For popcorn

1. Pour the popcorn and butter into a large deep pot. Cover and cook over medium- high heat until kernels just begin to pop,3 to 4 minutes. Add seasoning and crushed mint leaves and cilantro, salt and pepper and then shake vigorously. Pour into bowls.

For the Salsa

Add all the ingredients into a large food processor and pulse until thoroughly combined.

For the Queso

Add the melted butter, shredded cheese, salsa, plain flour, salt and pepper to a thick bottomed pan and cook on low heat (stir continue) until the cheese is completely melted.
Serve all together and enjoy cheese dip n salsa with popcorn.