Friday, 14 October 2016

Masala Corn

Masala corn is a quick and easy snack recipe. It is a kid friendly recipe which is very healthy too. This is a very popular snack we often get it in the food court of every mall. Sweet corn is a gluten free cereal which is good for the individuals who are restricted for gluten.  Corns are good source of vitamins especially B-complex group.  

Sometimes your kid's are hungry at 4 pm and you are really confused what to give them at that time. This masala corn is a super saver for 4 pm hunger. If you have corn kernels in your pantry, quickly you can prepare this masala corn. If you do not have corn kernels but have a sweet corn cob, then also you can prepare this yummy snack. One step will be extra when you have a cob instead of separated kernels. 
Take the cob and make two to three pieces and whistle them in pressure cooker. Now take them out once they are cool. Hold the boiled cob pieces and shave the kernels from the cob using a big size sharp knife. Then follow the procedure (2 to 4) mentioned below. Warm the masala corn in microwave before you serve them.

Masala Corn


Sweet Corn Kernels - 1 cup
Butter - 11/2 teaspoon
Chaat Masala Powder - 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (Adjust according to taste)
Black Salt - 1/2 teaspoon
Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Lemon Juice - 1 teaspoon
Roasted Cumin Powder - 1/4 teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 teaspoon (optional)


1.  I used separated corn kernels from the cob. Hence, pressure cooked the kernels for 3 to 4 whistles or until they are soft.
2. Now after releasing the pressure, open the cooker and drain the water.
3. Take the kernels in a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients on it and give a good toss.
4. Serve into small bowls. You can microwave them before serving so that it remain warm/hot.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

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Snacks are nothing but a small portion of food eaten between meals. You can munch them anytime. You can have them on your office desks when you are preparing important presentation, you can have them on the go, and you can even give them to your kids. Actually whenever you are hungry you can have snack time. Snack could be sweet or savoury in taste. Instead of keeping a big gap in between your meals, it is better have some snacks! However, we all have a myth about snacks! We think that snacks are most unhealthy portion of meals. Aren’t we? Let me tell you one thing, snacks can be healthy too and healthy snacks help to burn calories. Healthy snack can provide you a mix of carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.
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Thursday, 6 October 2016

Mishti Polao / Mitha Pulao /Bengali style Mitha Pulao

Bengali's most awaited festival is here! We eagerly wait for these few days of the year! Lot preparation goes on from past few months. We (ladies) plan months before what we are going to dress up and accordingly shopping starts. After clothes we go for shoes and followed by accessories. Few people plans for vacation as this time they get maximum number of holidays altogether.. However, I personally prefer not to go anywhere during durga puja...Along with all these the festival is incomplete without great food..

During durga puja we (Bengalis) prefer to have our traditional royal dishes including kasha mangsho, chanar dalna, dhokar dalna, polao, luchi, alur dom, rosogolla, makha sondesh, mishti doi and the list is endless..This year I am far away from my country and missing the flavour of durga puja. Though overseas Bengali association organize durga puja here and we have planned to visit those places. We are missing the puja flavour and so the traditionally cooked home food. Today I am sharing the famous mishti polao (Bengali style) or few people call it polao bhat. Misti/mishti polao is also served in Bengali marriages however these days people prefer to have fried rice instead of polao bhat. Learn how to make bengali style misti/mishti polao.

Different people cook misti pulao in different way. I have added french beans and carrot and did not add raisin, cashews (as per my family's choice). I did not have green peas hence could not add. The way of cooking also different. It can be cooked in a pressure cooker or in kadai. I have prepared the rice separately and later added veggies . This helps to keep the rice grains separated from each other. You can add ghee followed by spices and veggies and finally add the rice with water (just the right amount to cook the rice)and pulao will be ready within the pot. Similarly you can do it in the pressure cooker. However, I am sharing the process convenient for me and gives the best result.

Mishti Polao / Mitha Pulao /Bengali style Mitha Pulao
Basmati rice or  Gobindo Bhog chal (a type of fragrant rice) -  2 cup
French Beans - finely chopped, 3 tablespoon
Carrot - Finely sliced, 3 to 4 tablespoon
Peas - 1/4 cup, blanched
Ghee - 3 to 4 tablespoon
Salt to taste
Sugar -  4 tablespoon sugar
Cinnamon Stick - 1 inch
Bay leaf - 1
Cardamom - 3 to 4
Clove - 3 to 4
Raisins - 10 to 12
Cashew nuts - 10 to 12 (roasted)

1. Soak the rice for 15 minutes and wash. Then cook the rice and drain the water. Avoid overcooking of the rice. Drain the water when rice is 75% done.
2. Spread the rice in plates to avoid getting overcooked and sticky in nature.
3. Now add ghee in a wok and add cinnamon, cardamom, bay leaf and clove.
4. Next add vegetables (peas, beans, carrots) and saute for few minutes.
5. Add cooked rice and salt to taste. Add sugar and mix well.
6. Finally add raisins and cashew and serve it with any side dish (kasha mangsho/chicken kasha or paneer)

Tips: If you prefer you can dissolve pinch of saffron in milk and add it to rice to get a nice yellow tinge and fragrance of saffron.