Showing posts with label Traditional Dish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Traditional Dish. Show all posts

Saturday, 31 August 2013

Gajar ka Halwa/Carrot Halwa

Gajar ka halwa is a traditional Indian sweet dish. Gajar ka halwa tastes the best when it is cooked by mom. I remember in my childhood every winter we used have gajar ka halwa quite often. Even in my college days when I used to come home, my mother used to prepare this dish especially for me. This is the first time I tried my hand to make this delicious sweet dish and you know what, it tasted so heavenly good. Here I am sharing the recipe of famous rich Indian dessert.

Gajar Ka Halwa /Carrot Halwa


Carrot - 4-5 medium size
Milk - 11/2 cup
Khoya/Mawa- 2/3 cup
Sugar - 2/3 cup
Cardamom powder - 1 teaspoon
Raisins - 8-10
Cashew nuts - 8-10
Ghee - 11/2 tablespoon


1. Peel the carrots and grate them. Leave the grated carrot for 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

2. Soak the raisins in water for 10 minutes. Roast the cashew nuts in ghee and keep them aside. If you want can also add almonds. 

3. Now heat ghee in a wok and add the grated carrots. Fry them for 5-8 minutes and put the cardamom powder. 

4. Then add the milk and cook under slow flame until the milk evaporates. 

5. Now add the khoya (grated) and sugar. Allow it to mix them properly stirring it continuously. 

6. Switch off the gas before it dries up completely. Add the raisins and roasted cashew nuts. Serve it either hot or cool.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Green Plantain Dumplings/Green Plantain Dumpling Curry/Kanchkolar Kofta Curry

My last two posts are non veg recipes but today I have come up with an traditional vegetarian dish of Bengal. Traditional recipes are becoming obsolete with the emerging trends of fast foods in today's busy life. We do not even have time to cook simple meal and often we end up using ready to eat food packets which are not good for health. Hence, we see an upright graph of lifestyle diseases. Spend some time in weekend  and try this authentic Bengali dish Kanchkolar Kofta Curry.

Raw green plantain are rich in certain minerals and vitamins, good for health. It contains high fibre, potassium, vitamin A, Iron and some fatty acids (Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids ). Include green plantain in your diet chart soon to get all the goodness of it.

Green Plantain Dumplings/Green Plantain Dumpling Curry/Kanchkolar Kofta Curry


Green Plantain – 2
Potato – boiled & mashed, 1 cup
Onion – 1, finely chopped
Green chilli – finely chopped, 2 teaspoon
Gram flour – 2-3 teaspoon
Chat masala – 1 teaspoon
Dry ginger powder – 2 teaspoon
Sugar – ½ teaspoon
Salt to taste
Refined oil


Peel the green plantain and boil them. Now take them in a bowl and mash them well. Add the mashed potato into it. Put chopped onions & green chilli, chat masala powder, sugar, salt, dry ginger powder and gram flour. Mix them well and make dough. Take equal parts from dough and make lemon size balls using your palms. Now heat oil in a pan and deep fry them till they are golden brown in color. Serve them hot as snacks or starter. You can use them to make Kofta curry.

Ingredients for Gravy

Potato - 2, (cut into cubes & fry them with salt and turmeric powder)
Onion - 2, sliced
Ginger Paste - 2 teaspoon
Cumin powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander powder - 1 teaspoon
Cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon
Kashmiri red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon
Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
Green chilli - 2-3
Ghee - 1 teaspoon
Bay Leaf - 2
Dry red chilli - 1
Turmeric powder
Salt to taste
Mustard oil


Heat oil in a pan and put bay leaf, cumin seeds & red chilli for seasoning. Add onion and start frying them. After some time add ginger paste and green chilli. Cook them well. Add all the dry spices and cook them under slow flame. Add tomato puree and sugar to balance the extra sourness. Cook the gravy by adding little water. When it takes little brownish color, add the fried potato. Cover them with a lid for 5 minutes. Pour a glass of water and allow it to boil. Taste the salt of the gravy and add the fried dumplings. Boil for 2 more minutes and finally garnish with a handful of fresh coriander leaves & add few drops of desi ghee. "Kanchkolar Kofta Curry" is ready for you and serve it with plain rice.