Hariyali Chicken Korma/Hariyali Murgh Korma a rich and delicious Mughlai gravy which taste super yummy..goes well with naan or pulao..Hariyali chicken korma a creamy gravy is sure a hit for dinner parties .I'm a big fan of mughali cuisine love the creamy gravies ,i have shared a few in the blog you can check those too.
If you are bored of butter chicken chicken tikka masala and want something exotic yet easy to make then you should definitely try this hariyali chicken korma.you sure will love the taste .
The freshness a from green masala adds in flavours to this yummy dish.
ingredients
1/2 kg chicken
salt to taste
2 tsp lime juice
1/2 tsp turmeric /haldi
3/4 cup thick curd
ginger garlic paste
3 medium onion thinly sliced
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
2 bay leaves
1 inch cinnamon
3 to 4 green cardamom
1 black cardamom
3 to 4 cloves
2 star anise
1/2 blade mace

3 to 4 tbsp fresh cream
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp oil

grind to paste
1/2 cup mint leaves
1 cup coriander leaves
6 to 7 green chillies(i used light green ones)
8 to 10 garlic
2 inch ginger
8 to 10 almonds
10 cashews
1tsp cumin
1 tsp black pepper

Method

  • Wash the chicken pieces ,discard excess water apply salt lime and turmeric and keep aside.
  • Grind all the ingredients mentioned under grind to paste  to a smooth fine paste adding little water.
  • Marinade the chicken with this green masala paste and curds and keep aside for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Meanwhile fry the onion till golden brown and crisp and set aside.
  • When you are ready to cook ,heat a heavy bottomed vessel/pan and add oil and butter.
  • Add bay leaves ,crushed green cardamom ,black cardamom,clove ,cinamon, star anise and mace ,saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add only the marinated chicken  and saute well for sometimes 
  • Saute for 4 to 5 minutes then add the leftover marinade paste and saute well for 7 to 8 minutes over medium flame.you may add 1/2 tsp sugar or honey Add about 1 cup to 1 and 1/2 cup water or more as needed and cook over medium flame till the chicken is tender.


  • Add the crushed fried onions and mix well.
  • add the garam masala powder and cream 
  • Garnish with fried onions little drizzle of cream and serve hot with pulao or naan

you may also like to check
reshmi chicken masala
butter chicken
murgh makhni

Lauki or dudhi halwa is  delicious Indian  dessert prepared from grated bottle gourd  with milk and dry fruits  .You can enjoy this halwa round the year as its available throughout the year.
You will find this halwa in most of the weddings. Traditionally made in a thick bottomed vessel where it is slowly cooked with milk. I  have used a quicker version  by making it in pressure cooker,its quick easy and saves a lot of time  especially when you are in hurry and have no patience to wait to this yummy dessert.
how to make dudhi halwa

Ingredients
400 gm lauki/dudhi/ bottle gourd
1 tbsp + 1 tsp ghee
3/4 cup to 1 cup sugar
150 gm mawa khoya
2 cups milk
1 tsp  cardamom powder
1 tsp rose water
15 Almonds
15 cashews 2 tbsp charoli
lauki halwa
Method

  • Grate the lauki /bottle gourd and keep aside
  • Heat the cooker vessel add ghee then add grated lauki and saute for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Then add milk and let it cook for 3 whistles.
  • Switch the flame off.
  • Open the pressure cooker once the pressure is released.
  • Cook it over medium till all the moisture evaporates and the mixture is dry.
  • Add sugar, cardamom powder and cook  well for 5 to 7 minutes till the sugar melts and is dissolved.
  • Add the chopped dry fruits and rose water  mix well.
  • Lastly add mawa and give it a mix .




You can even cook it in a thick bottomed vessel follow the same method  just let it cook with the milk until soft.
This may take 20 to.30 minutes. 


Prawns or Shrimps in creamy and delicious coconut curry..Goes well with Steamed rice or Appom..Tangy mild spicy delicious Prawn curry some steamed rice and some fried fish at side.
Ahhh bliss๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ..I love such simple comforting meals specially now that the weather is turning cold.
This curry taste great with rice but goes well with appam/dosa or chapati as well. The ground masala and the coconut milk makes this curry more creamy and yummy .I prefer using fresh extracted coconut milk you can use store brought as well


Ingredients
15 to 20 Prawns shrimps
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 cup Coconut milk 
1 tsp Tamarind pulp
1 tsp chilli powder
salt
oil

grind to paste
1/2 cup  grated coconut
1 inch ginger
2 green chillies
7 to 8 garlic cloves
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds

to temper
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
Curry leaves
2 onions chopped fine/sliced

Method

  • Clean the prawns ,de vein it and wash it
  • To the cleaned prawns apply salt turmeric 2 tsp lemon juice  and set aside 
  • Grind together coconut and other ingredients mentioned to a smooth paste
  • Heat a pan add coconut oil/refined oil
  • Once the oil is hot add mustard seeds and curry leaves
  • Add   onions and saute till they turn soft .
  • Add the ground paste and the red chilli powder
  • Add in prawns and saute for few minutes.
  • Add water and salt if needed and bring it to a nice boil
  • Once the curry comes to a nice boil add the taamrind pulp and let it simmer for few minutes.
  • Lastly add the thick coconut milk and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Switch the flame off ,serve the curry with rice or any flat bread 




You can replace the tamarind pulp with kokum
You can also replace the chilli powder with 4 to 5 whole red chillies and 2 green chillies add this while grinding the coconut and cumin.





Chocolate Mawa Cake a soft fluffy and delicious cake which i tried as an experiment and it  was just amazing.
Had made some sweets for Diwali and wanted to post the chocolate layer mawa burfi but it didn't happen so we enjoyed some Burfi and I kept few to  make this cake.
So this cake is basically a makeover of leftover  ..In future if you have leftover Burfi or pedas do give this cake  a try ..
I'm sure you will love it..
I didn't want the chocolate to over power the mawa taste so i haven't added any more cocoa ..You can add more cocoa powder if you want it more chocolaty check notes  .

Ingredients
110 gm chocolate mawa burfi/khoya/evaporated milk solids
125 gm maida/refined flour
2 eggs
100 gm butter
100 gm sugar powdered
Milk powder 2 tbsp optional
Milk 1 tbsp
1 tsp baking powder.

Method

  • Grease a 7 inch cake pan and line it with parchment .
  • Preheat the oven oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
  • Sift maida/flour,baking powder and milk powder together.
  • In a bowl take butter sugar and mawa Burfi.
  • With a beater or whisk beat till mixture is fluffy and creamy.






  • Add one egg at a time and beat.
  • Add vanilla and beat .
  • Add in the sifted flour in 3 to 4 additions.
  • Add milk and mix well.
  • Pour the batter in cake pan and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until skewer inserted comes out clean.




Enjoy it warm or cold  with a cup of coffee..

 Notes
I have used chocolate burfi which i made using mawa sugar and cocoa powder hence i have not added any cocoa to the cake,if you love the cake to be more chocolatey you can add 2 tbsp cocoa powder to the sifted flour
It may take around 45 to 55 or more than that to bake depending upon the oven temperature




 Poha chiwda /chivda is  prepared in every Maharashtra household as  faral/snack during Diwali .There are different types of chiwda that is prepared one of which i have already shared in the blog.the other variety of thick poha chivda requires deep frying of thick poha in batches and later other ingredients are mixed. .Today I am sharing Bhajke poha chiwda ,which requires just few teaspoon of oil and  is one of my favourite chivda its crunchy crispy and very addictive.
Bhajake/bhajke poha literally means roasted poha/puffed rice. .The poha is either roasted till crisp traditionally in the sun But you can use your baking tray to roast it..I have used a readymade packet(check pic below) which is easily available in supermarkets,The same is used to prepare the famous diet chivda ..
Since the poha is roasted already the chivda turns out to be very crunchy crispy with minimal use of oil,few teaspoon oil is just used for the tadka and frying the nuts and peanuts.
 You can add more or less nuts and spices as per your taste,Enjoy this homemade crunchy bhajke poha chivda this Diwali.

ingredients
500 gm bhajke poha
2 to 3 tbsp oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3-4 green chillies
2-3 sprigs curry leaves
10 to 12 cashews
2 tbsp raisins
1/2 cup roasted daliya/roasted gram
1/2 cup peanuts
1 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida
thinly sliced dry coconut
salt

bhajke poha

bhajke pohe chiwda recipe
 Method

  • Heat oil in a wide pan/kadhai once the oil is hot fry the cashews ,raisins,peanuts,coconut slices  and roasted gram in batches using the same oil till it turns crisp and light brown.
  • Add chopped green chillies and fry till crisp ,keep aside
  • Add curry leaves and fry till crisp
  • Now add mustard seeds,cumin seeds and let it crackle
  • Add asafoetida and turmeric powder 
  • add salt and mix in the poha and mix well ,keep roasting it on slow flame till it turns crisp
  • It will take about 7 to 8 minutes to get a crunchy crispy poha
  • Mix in salt and all the nuts,dal raisins and mix well.
  • Add in fennel seeds
  • check for salt ,add if required 
  • Give it a good mix.
  • Lastly add 1 to 2 tsp sugar and mix well.
  • Let it cool completely before storing it in airtight container.


 I also add crushed fried garlic to this chivda it gives a very nice flavour,Use 8 to 9 garlic ,crush it with the skin.
Fry it in the oil while frying nuts,till crisp and golden brown
Make sure the chillies ,and garlic are fried till crisp golden brown if not fried till crisp it will become soggy hence the chivda will also loose the crispiness.
You can also add red chilli ,coriander powder to this ,once you add turmeric you can mix in the powders if using.
crispy crunchy poha chivda ,diwali faral bhajke chivda recipe

Pesto Chicken Pizza and Pesto Mushroom Chicken Pizza one of our favourite pizzas .Pesto is my favourite sauce i love using pesto in my pizza pasta noodles..I have shared pesto sauce and pesto skewers in the blog .I did mention the pesto pizzas that i made few months ago .So sharing with you all cheesy gooey pesto pizza loaded with yummy toppings like roasted chicken,mushroom bell peppers and cherry tomato.
I made mini pizzas and tried different toppings for each made a pesto for me..For my DH i made Pesto and pizza sauce mushroom pizza and a chicken and pesto for us..


I have shared many pizzas in the past and i have used the no fail pizza dough which is already in the blog you could also check the whole Wheat pizza.

Toppings
Chicken 250 gm
1 tsp lime juice
Pepper
Salt
Oregano and mixed herbs.
Bell peppers red green and yellow
Mushroom 9 to 10 sliced
Cherry tomatoes  10 cut in halves.

Pizza sauce as needed
Mozzarella cheese as needed
Parmesan cheese as needed
Cheddar cheese as needed


Marinate the chicken with lime,salt pepper herbs for 20 to 30 minutes 
Heat Pan add few teaspoon oil and saute till done.
  • On the pizza base apply pesto sauce and pizza sauce 
  • Arrange all toppings and generous amount of cheeese.



  • Drizzle some olive oil and and sprinkle herbs. 
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes till cheese melts and turns bubbly.

Enjoy delicious cheesy homemade pesto pizza





Amaranth or Rajgira cookies are delicious crunchy cookies which are so addictive.Having heard a lot about this amazing superfood I wanted to give this a try So made some cookies and some crackers will be trying some more recipes and sharing with you all...
rajgira cookies recipe
Amaranth /Rajgira a superfood which is glutten free high in protein,good for bone health helps fight diabetics,lowers blood pressure helps fight chronic disease and much more..So do try including this in your diet .
these cookies are crumbly crispy and healthy..the texture is really good not like the ones made with  flour.The ghee and cardamom powder gives it a very yummy taste which pairs well with a cup of chai or coffee..Do try them you will love it.
rajgira cookies




Ingredients
100gm amaranth/rajgira flour
25 gm sago flour
1/4 cup almonds crushed
100 gm sugar powdered
75 gm ghee
milk 3 tsp
cardamom powder 1/2 tsp


method

  • In a bowl take ghee and sugar 

  • mix sugar and ghee till fluffy

  • add amaranth flour ,sago flour ,almonds salt and milk
  • mix with a spatula


  • Add milk and mix 

knead the dough ,the dough will be crumbly
  • roll the dough with hands  or by rolling pin applying light pressure ,the dough will be crumbly .
  • cut with cookie cutter press or shape them round with your hands.
  • Add some chopped nuts on them
  • place cookies on  baking tray lined with parchment
  • preheat oven at 160 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
  • bake for 15 to 20 minutes
  • cool down completely and store in airtight container


rajgira ke nankatai/cookies
i have powdered the sago in the grinder,you can skip sago and add ragi or 25 gm of extra amarnath flour.
recipe courtesy Sonali Mhatre
Recipe inspired by Shreya
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