Saffron rice

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Welcome back to my space Dish Of Delight once again. If you are bored of eating the same plain rice every day, and wish to make it a bit more interesting, without making it spicy, then do try this recipe of Saffron rice. It is very easy to make and will give you a change of taste without much hassle.

Lets take a look at the simple recipe for making Saffron rice.

Ingredients

*1 cup = 250 ml

Basmati rice 2 cups

Cinnamon 1” stick

Cardamom 5 or 6

Cloves 5 or 6

Black pepper (whole) 12 to 15

Saffron strands 15 to 20

Milk (lukewarm) ¼ cup

Dry fruits 5 to 6 almonds sliced and 10 to 12 cashews halved (optional)

Oil 1 and ½ tbsp

Ghee 1 tbsp

Salt as per taste

Sugar as per taste

Procedure

  • Clean wash the rice grains and soak in 3 cups of water for about 20 minutes
  • After 20 minutes strain out the water and spread the rice grains on a flat surface and let dry for 15 to 20 minutes. If you are short of time then you can skip the drying part
  • Soak the saffron strands in the lukewarm milk for 15 to 20 minutes
  • Heat oil in a heavy and deep bottomed cooking vessel at medium high flames. Once the oil gets heated, add the whole spices and saute for few seconds
  • Then, add the dry fruits and fry these for few seconds. Do not let them turn brown
  • Now, add the rice grains and stir and fry for 5 to 7 minutes at medium flames. Do not let the grains change colour. Fry until the grains turns glazy
  • Then, add 4 cups of water, salt, sugar and mix. Put the flames at maximum. Do not stir repeatedly or else the grains might break
  • Once the water starts boiling, reduce the flames to minimum, stir once and then cover
  • Cover and cook for 7 to 10 minutes or until water is mostly soaked in
  • At this stage, add the saffron infused milk and ghee. Give it a light mix and again cover and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes at minimum flames and then switch off the flames.
  • Saffron rice is ready to be served. Serve it with any veg or non veg dish of your choice and enjoy with your family and friends.

** I don’t prefer to use food colour. If you wish to make the rice a bit more colourful, then add 2 drops of saffron colour to the milk along with the saffron strands.


Chhoto aloo’r dum ( Dum aloo with baby potatoes)

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As I have mentioned earlier in my previous Dum aloo ( spicy potato curry) recipe, that I prepare dum aloo in several ways. Today I’m sharing another dum aloo recipe in which I have used baby potatoes.

Without much unnecessary lengthy writing, let’s move on to the main recipe.

Ingredients

Baby potatoes 400 gm, washed clean and cooked to 4 whistles at high flames and pealed

Green peas 3/4th of a cup

Chopped coriander leaves 2 tbsp

Ginger paste 1/2 tbsp

Green chilli paste 1/2 tbsp

Cumin powder 2 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Kashmiri red chilli powder 2 tsp

Turmeric powder 1/2 + 1/2 tsp

Bay leaf 1 + 1

Whole red chilli 1 + 1

Cumin seeds 1 + 1 tsp

Coriander seeds 1 tsp

Black peppercorns 10 to 12

Cinnamon 1” stick

Salt as per taste

Sugar as per taste

Ghee 1 tsp

Oil 2 + 3 tbsps

Procedure

  • Dry roast 1 bay leaf, 1 dry red chilli, 1 tsp cumin seed, 1 tsp coriander seeds, black peppercorns and cinnamon. Let it cool down and then grind it to a powder and keep aside
  • heat 2 tbsp oil in a kadhai at medium high flames. Once heated, add 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, stir well and add the potatoes
  • fry the potatoes from all sides untill it becomes golden yellow. Once done, remove them from the kadhai and keep aside
  • in a small mixing bowl, add the ginger paste, green chilli paste, cumin powder, coriander powder, remaining turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and mix well along with 1 tbsp of water to form a paste and keep aside
  • add the remaining oil in the kadhai. Once heated, temper it with the remaining bay leaf, whole dry red chilli and cumin seeds
  • once the cumin seeds starts spluttering, add the spice mixture paste and sauté untill oil starts separating from the spices. Add a little bit of water if the paste is too dry or else the spices may get burnt
  • add the potatoes and the green peas and roast them well along with the spices for about 5 to 7 minutes with occasional stirring. Add a little warm water and sugar in between the roasting process when the spices gets too dry
  • then add a cup of hot water, stir well and cover and cook for about 5 to 7 more minutes
  • remove cover and check the salt and consistency of the gravy. Adjust to your desired consistency by evaporating away or adding water
  • then add ghee and 1 tbsp of the roasted spices powder. Give it a good mix
  • finally add the coriander leaves mix well and switch off the flames. Cover and allow the gravy to rest for some time and serve hot with steamed rice or peas pulao or basanti pulao.

Pasta Salad

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Today’s recipe, Pasta salad is one of the easiest recipes I have shared till now. This is a healthy salad which anybody can enjoy, including the kids. It requires only few ingredients which are easily available at local stores.

So, let’s take a look at the recipe for making Pasta salad.

Ingredients

Pasta 1 and ½ cups cooked

Carrots ½ cup cubed

Beans ½ cup chopped

Black olives a handful of

Mayonnaise 2 and ½ tbsp

Fresh cream 2 tbsp

Black pepper powder 1 and ½ tsp

Italian mixed herbs 1 tsp

Salt as per taste

Olive oil ½ tbsp

Procedure

  • Heat oil in a kadhai/pan at high heat
  • Fry the carrots and beans at high heat for 1 minute and then take these out in a bowl
  • Now take a large mixing bowl and add the fried veggies, olives and the mayonnaise and mix well
  • Then, add the cooked pasta, fresh cream, black pepper powder, mixed herbs, salt and gently mix all the ingredients
  • Pasta salad is ready to be served. Serve fresh pasta salad and enjoy with your family and friends.
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Butter masala Matar Paneer

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Butter Masala Matar Paneer, such a big name for a simple paneer curry and the word Masala included in its name might make you think that it’s too spicy. However, I would suggest you to try out this recipe for once and am sure you will love it. It is a less spicy delicious paneer curry which you can include any time and any day in your regular meal. You can pair it with rice, pulao, veg biryani, roti, naan, phulkas, chapati, puri or any other flat breads of your choice.
So, lets take a look at the recipe for making Butter Masala Matar Paneer

Ingredients

Paneer 200 gm cut into cubes
Green peas 1 cup
Curd 2 tbsp
Onion 1 medium sized, sliced
Tomato 1 medium sized, chopped
Green chillies 4 or 5 chopped
Ginger paste ½ tbsp
Garlic 4 or 5 cloves crushed
Bay leaf 1
Cinnamon 1” stick
Cardamom 4 or 5
Cloves 4 or 5
Cumin seeds 1 tsp
Turmeric powder 1 + ¼ tsp
Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 + 1 + ¼ tsp
Cumin powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Garam masala powder ½ tsp
Salt 1 tsp + as per taste
Sugar as per taste
Butter 20 gm

1 cup = 250 ml

Procedure

• Take about 400 ml water in a kadhai. Add 1tsp each of salt and Kashmiri red chilli powder to it and bring the water to a boil.
• Add the paneer cubes to this and stir for few seconds in the boiling water. Strain out the paneer cubes from water and keep aside.
• Heat a kadhai at medium flames. Once heated, add butter
• Once the butter gets melted, temper it with the whole spices and add ¼ tsp each of turmeric powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder and mix well
• Add onion slices and fry them until these turns golden brown in colour
• Add chopped tomato and stir and cook until the tomato turns mushy
• Add ginger paste, crushed garlic and sauté for few seconds or until there raw smell disappears
• Add the remaining turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chilli powder, cumin powder, coriander powder and 1 or 2 tbsp water and mix well. Roast the spices until oil starts separating from them
• While the spices are getting roasted, take the curd in a small bowl, add salt and sugar as per taste and mix well. To this, add a tbsp of water and mix well to make a smooth curd mixture
• Once oil starts separating from the spices, reduce the flames to minimum and give it a good stir to cool it down a little.
• Now add the curd mixture and stir and mix well with the spices for about ½ a minute.
• Once the curd mixture is mixed well with the spices, again increase the flames to medium and add the green peas, green chillies and stir and cook for a minute
• Add 1 cup of water and stir well. Increase the flames to maximum and bring it to a boil.
• Once the gravy starts boiling, reduce the flames to medium and cover and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the peas gets cooked well
• Open cover and check the consistency of the gravy and keep on cooking uncovered at increased flames until the gravy reaches the desired consistency
• Now reduce the flames to medium, add paneer cubes and garam masala powder and mix well with the gravy. Cover and switch off the flames and allow the curry to rest for sometime
• Butter masala matar paneer is all ready to be served. Serve it hot with any dish of your choice and enjoy.


Masala baingan fry

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Masala Baingan Fry is a dry curry which is very easy and less time taking recipe. Everyday I am puzzled about what curry to cook for meal. Since, our daily meal includes one non veg side dish, dal and one curry, so, the curry should be different for consecutive days. I just cannot repeat the same curry that I made the previous day or the day before, as it makes the meal boring. But, some days I avoid lengthy cooking to adjust to my busy schedules. So, for those days I select recipes that are both easy to cook and yummy to taste.
Masala Baingan Fry is one of my easy recipes, that I choose to make either on days with busy schedule or when I get too late for cooking.
So, lets take a look at the recipe for making Masala Baingan Fry.

Ingredients

Long green eggplant 4, diced
Onion 1 medium sized, chopped
Garlic 2 or 3 cloves, finely chopped
Green chillies 3 or 4 chopped
Tomato 1 medium, chopped
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Red chilli powder ½ tsp
Roasted Coriander powder ½ tsp
Black pepper powder ½ tsp
Dry mango powder 1/4th tsp
Garam masala powder 1/4th tsp
Salt as per taste
Sugar a little bit about a pinch
Oil 1 and ½ tbsp

Procedure

• Heat oil in a kadhai at medium flames. Once heated, add the chopped garlic and green chilled and sauté for few seconds
• Then, add the onion and stir and fry until it becomes translucent
• Add the chopped tomatoes and stir and fry for a minute
• Then add the eggplants and again stir and fry for ½ a minute
• Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt and stir and mix well. keep frying for few more seconds
• Then, add coriander powder, black pepper powder, sugar, 2 tbsp of warm water, and stir and mix well
• Reduce the flames to minimum and cover and cook for a minute or until the eggplants get cooked well
• Open cover, add garam masala powder, dry mango powder and mix well. Cover again and switch off the flames
• Masala baingan fry is ready to be served. Serve it hot with rice or roti.