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Aam Panna or Raw Mango Drink

 

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English: Mangoes (Mangifera indica) cv. José in an orchard on Réunion island Français : Mangues (Mangifera indica), variété José dans un verger à La Réunion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Aam Panna is an Indian drink renowned for its heat-resistant properties. Aam Panna is a rejuvenating and refreshing cooler prepared using raw green mangoes during the hot summer months when mangoes are in season. Apart from being tasty this sweet and sour summer drink also looks good due to its refreshing light green colour. Aam Panna which is also known as also known as Kairi Panha in some northern regions in India is renowned for its heat-resistant properties. It is made from green mangoes and it is used as a tasty and healthy beverage to fight against the intense Indian summer heat and is an effective remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. It also quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron during summer due to excessive sweating. This works as a digestive and is hard to resist due to its unbeatable flavor and health benefits. It’s a big hit among kids as well. Below is the recipe…

 

We’ll need:-

 

  • 4 medium-sized raw green mangoesAamPanna
  • 2 cups sugar (if you are having health issues and wanna avoid sugar then you can add Jaggery in place of sugar)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp black rock salt (powdered)
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 tbsp Aniseed/fennel seeds ground coarsely
  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds roasted and ground coarsely
  • Chilled water
  • Sprigs of mint to garnish
  • 6 serving glasses cleaned and kept in fridge for cooling. (We’ll take them out just before serving. This way we can keep our drink cool for longer time. After all its Summer!!)

 

Preparation:

 

  • Wash, peel and grate the raw mangoes. Mix the mangoes, sugar and water in a deep saucepan and boil till the mangoes are soft.
  • After cooling it a little put this mixture into a food processor and blend till smooth.
  • Put the blended mix back into the saucepan and on a medium flame.
  • Add the remaining ingredients(spices) and cook for another 20 minutes.
  • Take off from the fire and allow to cool completely.
  • Take out the glasses from fridge. Pour into glasses, dilute with a little chilled water if needed, mix well and add crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

Enjoy the drink with your family and get rejuvenated.Aam Panna with Jaggery

 

 

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Murhg Makhani or Butter Chicken

Tandoori Style RestaurantButter chicken or murgh makhani is a classic Punjab recipe, that was probably developed during the Mughal Empire. There are Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Tibetan versions of the dish as well as more modern Anglo-Indian variations. According to a documentary by the Discovery Channel, butter chicken recipe was invented by a person working in the kitchen staff of a famous restaurant called Moti Mahal located in Daryaganj, the central region of Delhi. Called Murg Makhani in Hindi, Butter Chicken originated in the 1950s at the Moti Mahal restaurant in Old Delhi. Famed for its Tandoori Chicken, the cooks there used to recycle the leftover chicken juices in the marinade trays by adding butter and tomato. This sauce was then tossed around with the tandoor-cooked chicken pieces and presto – Butter Chicken was ready!

Ingredients: (serves 4)

  1. 1 kg chicken , washed, patted dry and cut into small pieces – you can use chicken with or without bones
  2. 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  3. 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  4. salt
  5. oil/ Amul butter 

For marinade:

  1. 3/4 cup plain yogurt, strained/hung or use 1/2 cup Amul Dahi
  2. 1.5 teaspoons kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves
  3. 1 teaspoon turmeric/ haldi
  4. 1 teaspoon garam masala or tandoori masala (it is easily available in the market)
  5. 1.5 tablespoon oil  (any cooking oil )
  6. 1.5 tablespoon ginger paste
  7. 1.5  tablespoon garlic paste
  8. orange tandoori colour

Makhani Masala/ Sauce: around 2 cups

  1. 2.5 inch fresh ginger paste,
  2. 8-10 cloves of garlic paste, 
  3. 2-4 fresh green chili pepper, slit
  4. 4 tablespoon melted Amul butter
  5. 4 green cardamoms
  6. 1.5 – 2 inch cinnamon sticks
  7. 3 cloves
  8. 1 black cardamom
  9. 1 teaspoon methi/fenugreek seeds
  10. 3-3.5 cups tomato puree (4 medium sized tomatoes can be used to make home made puree)
  11. 1 tablespoon red chili powder 
  12. 10 almonds, soaked, peeled and made into a paste ( Cashew can be also used in place of almonds, though it will definitely make some difference in taste)
  13. 1 teaspoon garam masala
  14. 2 teaspoons kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves, crushed
  15. 1/2 tablespoon sugar ( I sometimes use honey in place of sugar though)
  16. 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon heavy Amul cream

Preparation: Apply red chili powder, lemon juice and salt to the chicken and set aside for around 20 minutes. Combine strained yogurt, red chili powder, salt, ginger-garlic paste, rest of the lemon juice, garam masala powder and oil. Apply this marinade to the chicken and refrigerate for three to four hours(overnight works better). Put the chicken on  skewers and cook on a grill (non-stick) or a preheated oven  at 400°F,  for about 10 minutes while turning them over mid way. Cook until done. Do not overcook, as the chicken will dry out and get fibrous. Baste it with butter/oil a couple of times while cooking. (The chicken may be grilled on a cast iron pan/grill pan on the stove top  too. Heat the skillet/stove top grill pan and coat it with oil. Place the skewers and cook while turning them around and basting with oil and marinade until done, for about 15 minutes. Remove and set aside).

MAKHANI MASALA/ Sauce: Heat butter/ghee or oil in a thick bottomed pan. Add green cardamoms, black cardamom, cloves and cinnamon. Sauté for a couple of minutes  or till they start to sizzle and get fragrant; add the methi/fenugrek seeds. When the methi seeds sizzle, add ginger paste and garlic paste, and the slit green chillies. Cook for five  to eight minutes; the water from the paste would have evaporated and the ginger garlic paste would have reduced in quantity. Add tomato puree, red chili powder, and salt.Cook at medium heat for about 15 – 20 minutes. The puree will reduce to a thick paste and the oil/ghee will separate from the sides of the pan. Add 2.5 cups of hot water to the pan (or if you want it less soupy and want the sauce to kind of coat the chicken pieces and have a little bit extra, add less water or simmer for longer time to achieve the preferred consistency as per your taste), add the almond/ cashew paste and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes; add sugar and crushed kasuri methi. Add cooked grilled chicken pieces. Stir well to combine – the chicken will be well coated with the sauce. Cover and simmer for eight to ten minutes; Lower the heat and add garam masala  and the heavy cream. Stir in the cream and simmer at low heat for about five more minutes.Garnish with freshly chopped Coriander and add a splash of cream before serving.

You can serve it with plain rice or plain roti or naan. Enjoy!!! 🙂

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REFRESHING MALAI KULFI…

Kulfi or Qulfi is a popular frozen dairy desert from the Indian Subcontinent. It is often described as “traditional Indian Subcontinent ice-cream”.It is popular throughout countries such as India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Burma and even the Middle East. Kulfi has similarities to ice cream in appearance and taste, but is denser and creamier. It comes in various flavours, including cream (malai), raspberry, rose, mango, cardamom (elaichi), saffron (kesar), and pistachio (pista), the more traditional flavours, as well as newer variations like apple, orange, strawberry, peanut, and avocado.Unlike Western ice creams, kulfi is not whipped, resulting in a solid, dense frozen dessert similar to traditional custard based ice-cream.Due to its density, kulfi takes a longer time to melt than Western ice-cream.

Serves: 4-5 persons

  • ½ litre whole milk
  • ½ cup condensed milk
  • ¼ cup dry milk powder
  • 1 pinch saffron threads
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom (elaichi) powder
  • Sugar to taste (optional)
  • ¼ cup chopped Pista (pistachio) nuts

 Method:

  1. Add whole milk, condensed milk, and milk powder to a heavy bottomed pan. Bring this to a boil. Add pinch of saffron and 1/2 tsp cardamom powder. Extra sweetness can be added by adding some sugar depending on preferences. Simmer the mixture for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add nuts preferrably pista.
  2. Pour mixture into 4 – 6 kulfi moulds (depending on size). Freeze at least 6 hours. Overnight is better. The kulfi will remain fresh upto 1 week if freezed properly.
  3. Take moulds out of the freezer 10 minutes before serving. If kulfi is stuck, you can dip the mould in warm water and run a sharp knife along the edges to help release it. Serve immediately.To add some extra fun Matkas( small earthenware pots) can be used for freezing instead of kulfi moulds and serve them directly or the kulfi can be served on banana leaves as well.


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