Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Coconut Barfi

          Whenever you visit lot of temples and you have fresh coconut as a result, the best way to consume it is making barfi. We even call it khobri mithai (khobri is coconut and mithai is sweet in kannada). This sweet is made only with three ingredients and the fourth is optional. So here is the recipe..


Coconut (scraped) - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Milk - 4 tbsp
Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Ghee - for smearing the plate


Mix both coconut and sugar and leave this mix for half an hour. The sugar leaves water and the mix turns out little watery.

Take this mixture in a heavy bottom pan and heat it on a low flame. Add milk to it and mix well. Let it cook in its own time. Keep stirring occasionally. Once the sugar dissolves and starts forming syrup, turn the heat to medium flame and mix continuously. Once the coconut mixture leaves oil from sides, add cardamom powder and mix. 

Grease a plate with ghee and pour onto it. Flatten it and cut into pieces when it is semi hot. 

Enjoy this whenever you have sweet cravings. This remains fresh for a week, but I promise it will be emptied within minutes. :)

1. Use only freshly scraped coconut for this.
2. Dip your knife in cold water before cutting into pieces. The pieces come out neat and clean.

Enjoy Cooking :)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Paneer Butter Masala

    The most sought after side dish in restaurants. Whenever you visit a new restaurant and are skeptical about ordering the dishes, you can always rely upon this one. I am sure this tastes good in any restaurant you visit.


Paneer (cubes) - 1 bowl
Tomato - 3 to 4
Onion - 2
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Cashewnuts - 8 to 10
Honey - 2 tsp
Cardamom - 2
Cinnamon - 1" piece
Cloves - 2 to 3
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1tsp
Kashmiri Chilli powder - 2tsp
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Kasuri methi - 2 tsp
Cream - 1 tbsp
Butter - 1tbsp
Oil - 2tsp
Salt to taste


        Heat oil in a pan. Add roughly chopped tomatoes, onion and ginger garlic paste to it. Fry till tomatoes turn soft and mushy. Add cashews to it. Now add chilli powder and turmeric to it. Mix well and turn off flame. Once cool blend the mix to smooth paste.
        Heat butter in a pan. Add cloves, cardamom and cinnamon. Now add paneer cubes to it and fry for a minute. 
        Add the gravy to the pan. And saute. As the gravy is already cooked it doesnt take much time. Add water according to consistency if required. 
        Now add all the dry masala powders cumin, coriander and garam masala. Mix well. Crush the kasoori methi between your palm and add to it. Add salt and honey to it. Mix well.
            Garnish with cream and serve hot.

1. Adding chilli powder and turmeric directly to oil gives gravy nice colour.
2. You can even deep fry the paneer and add to the gravy.

Enjoy Cooking !!