Wednesday 22 April 2020

S for Sattu ke Parathe from Bihar

S for Sattu ke Parathe from Bihar

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter S

Before we go into the staple food of Bihar - Chana Sattu stuffed Paratha with Baigan ka Bhartha, let us talk about some other regional delicacies with S which have their own distinct taste.

First among them is the Siddu from HP. Siddu is some what same as the Pittha we discussed with P. The difference here is the floor and stuffing and the complete cuisine. Here the floor is actually kneaded with dry yeast and allowed to ferment for 5-6 hrs. The filling is of  boiled green peas, green chillies, Walnut, garlic and spices. It is served with Desi Ghee “Clarified Butter”, Dal , and Green Mint Chutney. If you are in HP don't miss it.

Sorshe Illis is another dish, a typical style of cooking fish in West Bengal. As prevalent in Eastern India, the fish especially Hilsa is light fried in mustard oil and then the gravy is made of Mustard paste sauted in mustard oil along with turmeric powder, coriander powder, chili powder and rai. 

Salan (Mirchi ka Salan ) is a typical curry prepared with  chilly peppers and peanut in Hyderabad, and is used to complement Hyderabadi biryani . 

Salan in some part of North Bihar is used for mutton curry especially prepared as Mutton stew.  

Spinach Khar : Khar is a unique Assamese dish, traditionally served as a starter. There are different varieties of it. Spinach Khar is one of them.

Sheera, Shreekhand, Sohan Halwa, Soan Papdi are some desserts with S that we enjoy regularly on our dining table.

Let's come to Sattu ka Paratha now. Its simple. The stuffing is prepared with Roasted Gram floor with taste enhancers like kalonji, dry mango powder, salt and mustard oil. Finely chopped Ginger , garlic and green chilly may be added  for additional taste.

Ingredients :

For Stuffing : 

1 cup sattu (Roasted Gram Floor)

1/2 onion, finely chopped (optional)
2 green chillies, finely chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced / finely chopped
1 tea-spoon grated ginger
1/2 tea-spoon salt
1 tea-spoon pickle oil (and preferably Stuffed red mirchi pickle / any pickle)

1/2 tsp - Amchoor
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp
Kalonji - 1/2 tsp
Mustard Oil - 1tsp ( if Pickle oil not used )

For Dough & Frying

2 cup whole wheat flour (atta)

1 table-spoon ghee

warm water (as needed to knead a smooth dough)
Salt as per taste
Ghee for shallow frying Paratha


In a bowl take Sattu . Add all the ingredients mentioned above for stuffing, mix well and  keep aside. Avoid using water. Use Mirch anchar masala and achar musard oil for enhanced and original taste. Mash the mirch masala properly to mix in stuffing.

Preparation of Dough :

Combine wheat flour, salt and water with one tbsp ghee to prepare regular type of dough for parathas. Cover and keep aside for 10 minutes to set. 

Preparation of Paratha:

Take a small portion of dough of size of lemon and make a cup shape. Add a tbsp of filling. Seal properly and make a round ball. Roll softly using rolling pin and dust with flour if needed avoiding tears and cracks.  Heat the tawa on medium flame. Place the rolled chapati and cook the paratha from the both sides till to golden brown and crisp using vegetable oil or ghee. 

Serve the parathas hot with Baigan ka bharta. Additionally use curd and chutney along with it.

Try it out. 

Aditya Sinha

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Tuesday 21 April 2020

R for Rogan Josh - The Kashmir Special

R for Rogan Josh - The Kashmir Special

So  now we come to R. And the signature dish from Kashmir with R is Rogan Jash. But before we move to Rogan Josh , let's look into these as well.

Rugra from Jharkhand is a special Mushroom and is prepared in its own way over there. Some use potato along with it.

The desserts Ras Pua is lip smacking originating from Bihar. The Rasogulla from West Bengal & Orissa is part of each sweet shop across India. Ras Malai is another sweet, we love to take in festivals. 

Rajma Chawal - from Punjab is one of the most common working lunch for rice lovers along with Chhole Chawal & Kadhi Chawal in northern India.

Rui Bhapa is special fish prepared in mustard paste and mustard oil (esp Rohu), a speciality of the fish loving state, West Bengal.

Now lets come to Rogan Josh - a characteristic of Kashmiri Food. It is an aromatic traditional dish with mutton (alternatively lamb, chicken, beaf is used) and dry red chilies where deep red spicy curry has thick layer of clarified butter.  This is typical Mughal dish with Persian origin. Rogan Josh is a combination of two Persian words - Rogan meaning oil and Josh - meaning intense passion. As the name specifies the dish is mutton or lamb meat cooked under intense heat.

There are two varieties of Rogan Josh prepared in Kashmir. The Muslims use onion & garlic along with other ingredients where as the Kashmiri Pandits use only Youghurt along with spices.

The specialty of Rogan Josh is the red colour which is developed by use of Kashmiri mirch and Ratan Jot a root of a plant having a deep red color.

Let's make the Mutton Rogan Josh without onion and garlic - the pandit style.


·                     1/2 kilogram mutton , Preferably leg
·                     4 tablespoon clarified butter (Ghee)
·                     2 pieces black cardamom
·                     1/2 teaspoon saffron
·                     1 teaspoon garam masala powder
·                     2 tablespoon whisked curd
·                     salt to taste 

Fresh Garam Masala

·                     1 piece bay leaf
·                     2 -3 pieces of green cardamom 
·                     1 petal mace
·                     1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds 
·                     1 inch of cinnamon stick 
·                     1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds 
·                     muslin cloth 

Spice Mix

·                     1 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder 
·                     1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder 
·                     1 tablespoon fennel seeds powder 
·                     1 teaspoon asafoetida powder 
·                     1/2 teaspoon red chili powder 


 Fresh Garam Masala for Mutton Rogan Josh

On a muslin cloth take 1 bay leaf, 2-3 whole green cardamom, 1 petal of mace, half teaspoon coriander seed,  half teaspoon cumin seeds, 1-inch cinnamon stick and bundle it into a bale and keep aside.

Spice Mix For Mutton Rogan Josh

In a small bowl add asafoetida powder, dry ginger powder, fennel seeds powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, red chili powder with 3 tablespoons of water. Mix as paste and keep aside.

 Kashmiri Mutton Rogan Josh

Take a heavy bottom pan and pour the 4 tablespoons clarified butter in it and heat it on medium-high flame. Add black cardamom, roast it for 1-2 minutes. Add the mutton pieces fry till outer coating of meat turns brown. Keep stirring. When the outer coat of mutton get brown from all the sides add the masala paste and saute. Add half tsp of saffron, salt as per  taste. When the masala is mixed properly and  2 cups of water to it. Put the whole spice bundled bale into it. Cover and cook it on high flame for 5 minutes and let the mutton simmer. After 5 minutes turn the flame to low and let the mutton cook with spices for 40- 50  minutes on low heat.

After 50 minutes open the lid, check the mutton and the colour. If the mutton is tender enough and gravy red, with butter on top , add 1 tsp of garam masala powder along with 2 tablespoons of whisked curd. Mix it well and again cook covered for another 30 minutes on low flame.

After 30 minutes remove the lid and remove the spice bundle from the gravy. The Rogan  Josh is ready . Serve with steamed rice. 

Aditya Sinha

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Monday 20 April 2020

Q for Quail Fry or Kada Fry from Tamil Nadu

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Q

Quail or Bater was considered as one of the most tender meat and served on Indian Dining table in almost all parts of India. Kada Fry (or quail fry) is characteristics of Chettiars of South India esp TN.

Quail/ Kada kozhi-  5

For Marinating:

Ginger garlic paste- 1 tsp
Kashmiri chilly powder- 2 tsp
Pepper Powder- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Garam Masala- 1/2 tsp
Fennel powder- a pinch
lemon juice- a few drops
Cornfloor-1/2 tsp(optional) 
Salt to taste
Curry leaves- a few
Thinly sliced ginger- 1 tsp
Oil for frying

Clean and  dry the quail and make two or three cuts. Mix all ingredients listed under marinate as a smooth paste. Marinate the meat for half an hour.

Heat 2 cups coconut oil, in a pan on medium high temperature. Fry in batches, one side for about four to five minutes. When one side is crispy turn around and fry the other side.
Add the curry leaves and the sliced ginger at this stage for more flavor and taste. 
Fry till the kada/quail  is cooked and crispy. It will take around 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle few drops of lemon juice and serve hot.

Jodhpuri style roasted quail & Quail Biryani are also some of the royal dishes of India.

Quinoa is another grain that has gained popularity now a days and is used as a substitute for wheat. Quinoa Khichri, Parridge, Stew and soup are some common dishes

Aditya Sinha

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