Amrakhand - Srikhand - Flavored Yogurt Recipe

Amrakhand - Mango Dessert - Srikhand
Amrakhand - Mango Dessert - Srikhand
This is one of the most famous and sought after dessert in Maharashtra - India. Popular 
during the summers as that's when you get fresh mangoes, but you can always substitute mangoes with any fruit of your choice.

3 cups of thick yogurt.
Normally, the process is to take the regular yogurt, pour it on the muslin cloth and then let it drain out the water overnight. However, if you don't have that much preparation time, you can also use plain Greek yogurt.

1 cup of sugar
1 cup of fresh or canned mango pulp
A few crushed pistachios or almonds

Recipe :
1. Add all the ingredients in a big bowl.
2. Whisk this mixture with egg beater or a regular hand whipper
3. Once the consistency is thick, add the nuts and your dessert is ready !

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Paneer Tikka Masala - Cottage Cheese Curry - Veggie Alternative to Chicken Tikka Masala

Paneer Tikka Masala - Alternative to Chicken Tikka Masala
Paneer Tikka Masala - Alternative to Chicken Tikka Masala
Delicate pieces / chunks of cottage cheese ( Paneer ) fried / grilled in an amazing onion and tomato gravy. Very easy to make and serve it hot with rice or any bread. This is an amazing alternative to the Chicken Tikka Masala.

Ingredients For Paneer Tikka :
400 gm of Cottage Cheese Cubes / Paneer Cubes.
3 tbsp of plain yogurt
1 tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of coriander powder
1 tsp of Red Pepper / Cayenne powder
pinch of Salt

Ingredients For the Gravy :
3 medium size tomatoes, chopped.
2 medium size onions, finely chopped.
8 - 10 cashews ( to give the gravy richness and texture )
1 tsp of cumin powder
1 tsp of coriander powder
1/2 tsp of whole cumin
1 tsp of red pepper powder / mirchi powder
1 tsp of garam masala powder
2 -3 bay leaves

Recipe for Marination :
1. Take all the spices and yogurt, mix it to a smooth paste.
2. Take the cottage cheese cubes and roll them in this paste, keep aside for 20 -30 mins. 

Recipe for Gravy:
1. Take a pan or an oval shaped vessel. Keep it on medium heat.
2. Add a little oil, then once the oil heats up, add the onions and cook them till they turn transparent.
3. Add all the spices, a little salt and the tomatoes.
4. Keep stirring a bit so that the tomatoes and the onions get a nice coating of the spices.
5. cook for around 5 -8 minutes and turn off the heat. Let it cool down. Grind to a fine paste by adding a little water to the blender bowl.
6. Now, for the paneer, add a little oil in the pan and then the cubes. You can also grill them on a griddle however, if the Paneer is not fresh, there are chances it will crumble.
7. Gently stirr and toss the panner to get a nice grill effect on all the sides.
8. In around 9 - 10 mins, your Paneer should be nice golden brown and now its the right time to add in the gravy that we churned.
9. Mix well, cover with lid and let it cook for 5 - 8 mins.
10. Garnish with cashews and coriander.
11. Server hot with breads or rice.
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Uttapa - Uttapam - Pancake - Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Onion Uttapa - Uttapam - Pancake
Onion Uttapa - Uttapam - Pancake
What's better than starting your day with a healthy breakfast. This pancake, also called as Uttapa or Uttapam, is a south INDIAN classic. Provides carbs, protein and add all the veggies you love. Have this with Chutney and energize your day !

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Batter Ingredients:
3 bowl of rice
1 bowl of urad daal

1. Wash the rice and daal seperate.
2. Soak them in water ( seperate ) and leave overnight.
3. Grind seperate to a coarse paste and mix together in a large container.
4. Add a little bit of salt and leave it in a warm place for overnight. This will cause the batter to ferment and rise. Do add a little bit of water, consistency should be like lava. Not too runny or not too thick.
5. You are ready to make idlis or uttapam's !!

Topping Ingredients:
Finely chopped Onions or veggies of your choice.
Cumin Seeds
Oil or Ghee ( clarified butter )
Salt as per taste

(If the batter is too thick do add a little water )

1. Take a pan / tava / hot plate / griddle and heat it up at high heat.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and add a few drops of oil.
3. Take the batter ( ensure you mix the batter with a spoon for it to aerate), and add a bowl of batter on the pan.
4. Slightly tilt the pan for the batter to spread. 
5. Add the toppings , drizzle some oil on the sides and cover it with a lid. Let it cook for around 2 minutes on medium heat.
6. Remove lid and flip. Cook for another 30 seconds - 1 min.
7. Remove on a plate and serve hot with chutney.

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