Mangalore Buns

The overripe bananas in the basket set me thinking… Why not have Mangalore Buns for breakfast.

Mangalore Buns

Serves 4
Meal type Breakfast, Snack
Misc Serve Cold, Serve Hot
India Indian

Ingredients

  • 3 Medium Overripe Bananas (used small yellow ( Elaichi ) bananas)
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Sour Curd
  • 1/4 teaspoon Crushed Jeera
  • 1 pinch Baking Soda
  • 1 cup All purpose Flour (You may require more depending upon the bananas)
  • Oil for deep frying
  • 1 pinch Salt

Optional

  • 1 tablespoon Gram Flour

Directions

Step 1 Peel and cut Bananas into medium pieces and grind it along with the sugar.
Step 2 Mix baking soda and curd in a bowl and beat well.
Step 3 Mix together the banana mixture, crushed jeera, gram flour and all purpose flour. Gradually add the curd mixture and knead it to a soft dough.
Step 4
Keep it aside for 4-5 hours or preferably overnight to ferment.
Once fermented the dough is ready. Make small balls and roll out into thick puris.

Step 5
Heat oil in a frying pan and deep fry the buns until golden brown on both sides.




Rajasthani Laal Maas

It is Sunday and the inevitable question – what’s for lunch? There was mutton in the freezer and that brought memories of Rajasthani Laal Mass we had while holidaying in Rajasthan. A search brought up this recipe. As usual, I tweaked it a bit..

Rajasthani Laal Maas

Serves 6 to 8
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 45 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 5 minutes
Meal type Lunch, Main Dish
Misc Serve Hot
India Indian
Website Inspiration - YummyTummy

Ingredients

  • 700g Mutton
  • 2 Small Potatos
  • 1.5 cups Curd/Yogurt
  • 3 heaped tablespoons Kashmiri Chilli Powder
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Corriander Powder
  • 0.5 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin Powder
  • 800g Onions (Sliced thinly)
  • 2 x 3 Cm Cinnamon stick
  • 1 Medium Black Cardamom
  • 2 tablespoons Ginger Garlic paste
  • 5 tablespoons Ghee
  • Salt to taste
  • 0.5 tablespoon Cloves
  • 0.5 teaspoon Pepper corns

Directions

Step 1 Take curd, ginger garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder in a bowl, mix well and set aside.
Step 2
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker, add in cinnamon and black cardamom. Add onions, salt and cook until golden brown.
Step 3 Add in mutton and mix well until it is seared.
Step 4
Add in curd mix and stir well till the colour darkens. Add some water.
Step 5
Add some water and mix well. Cover and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Then simmer the flame and cook for 15 mins. Turn off the heat and let it stand till the pressure is released.




Thandai Phirni

It is Holi and no Holi is complete without Thandai. How about Thandai as a dessert !

Thandai Phirni

Serves 6
Allergy Milk
Meal type Dessert
Misc Serve Cold
India Indian
Website Cooking Curries

Ingredients

  • 0.5 cup Brown Basmati Rice
  • 3 cups Whole milk
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 12 Nos Whole Almonds
  • 7-8 Medium Cashew Nuts
  • 5-6 medium slices Pistachios
  • 5-6 Medium Cardomom Pods
  • 1 teaspoon Fennel seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper (Crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon Saffron

Note

You can also use edible silver flakes and dried rose petals as garnishing.

Directions

Step 1 Wash the brown basmati rice and soak it in water for 20 minutes. Soak the almonds in water for 20 minutes.
Step 2 Bring the milk to boil, reduce the heat and keep it simmering. Drain the soaked rice and grind it very coarsely in a food processor. Add it to the milk and let it cook.
Step 3 Remove the skin from the almonds by gently sliding it off. Remove seeds from the cardamom pods. Add the almonds, cardamom seeds and the rest of the ingredients except saffron, to a food processor and grind to a coarse mix.
Step 4 Add this to the simmering milk and rice mix. Add the saffron too. Mix well.
Step 5 Remove from heat and chill in the refrigerator. Pour into serving bowls and top with grated pistachios. before serving.




The Hare and the Tortoise

In the story “The  Rabbit and the Tortoise”, slow and steady won the race. This was true  in  18th, 19th  century etc. In the dynamic times like the present, the post  (goal)  keeps on moving as fast as you run, even the tortoise has also gained speed. The more we try to reach, the far the goal is and both tortoise and the rabbit wear out in the middle and keep on hoping to reach the post some day. Isn’t this a simile for today’s mad rush towards the moolah?  Isn’t  it even the case for both developed (Rabbit)  as well as the developing nations (tortoise)? Correct me if I am wrong.