Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Kadai Pitha (Sweet Version) (Odiya Delicacy)

Ingredients :-
Idli batter (Or Rice-2 cup, Urad dal-1 cup. Soak 6-7 hours n grind into a smooth batter. Keep it more 4-5 hours or overnight for better fomentation.)

Sugar - 1/2 cup
Dry fruits n Tutti frutti - as your choice
Chopped Coconut slices
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil / Ghee - 2-3 tsp

Method :-
Heat 2 tsp ghee in a kadhai. Add cumin seeds, when it start to splutter, Put the batter and spread it evenly. Sprinkle dry fruits n tutti frutti to make it more colourful. First 5 minutes keep the flame in high-medium then rest 10 minutes in low flame till it comes out light reddish brown in colour. Check it by piercing a knife or spoon. Switch off the flame and Serve with any Dalma / Curry / Chutney..

NOTE :- Its a sweet version. Any one can make it salty n spicy by adding onion, green chilly, vegetables etc. 

Crispy n Crunchy Ragi ke Pakoda (Finger millet Fritters)

Ingredients :-
Raagi (finger millet) flour - 1 cup
Besan (Gram flour) - 2 tsp
Onion (finely chopped) - 1 no.
Grated Ginger-garlic - 1 tsp
Green chilly chopped - 2-3 nos.
Ajwain - 1/2 tsp
Curd - 1-2 tsp
Cabbage (shredded) - 1/2 cup (or you can add any veggies as your choice)
Chaat masala - 1 tsp
Few Coriander leaves chopped 
Few Curry leaves chopped
Salt to taste
Water as required
Oil for frying

Method :-
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl by adding water to make a thick batter. Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai / pan. Make bite size pakode and fry it in medium flame. Don't over fry it. Sprinkle little Chaat masala on it and Serve with hot chutney....ketch-up. Enjoy it !!! 

Monday, 3 November 2014

Paani Kakharu Khatta

This is a traditional authentic Odiya delicacy...which specially cook in the holy auspicious month of "Kartik"in my state ODISHA.... During this month all the pious Hindus refrain themselves from eating egg, fish, meat. The last five days of the month considered as "Panchuka". The ladies made rangoli in front of Tulsi and celebrate by cooking satwik food (without onion garlic)..On these days specific dish made i.e, Arua anna, Habisha Dalma, Saga bhaja, Pani kakharu khata, baigan bhaja etc etc etc...
        Let's start with the recipe of Paani kakharu khatta....

Ingredients :-
Pani kakharu (Ash gourd) - 1 cup (peel and cut into thin-small pieces)
Kandamula (Sweet Poatao) - 1 /2 cup
Kala chana (Dry black chickpea) - 1/2 cup (boiled)

For Tempering :-
Oil / Ghee - 1 tsp
Panch phutan - 1 tsp
Red Chilly - 1-2
Curry leaves few
Crushed ginger - 1/2 tsp
A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
Salt to taste
Red Chilly powder - 1/2 tsp
Tentuli (tamarind pulp) - 2 tsp (or as your choice)
Guda (Jaggery) - 3-4 tsp (or as your choice)
Roasted Cumin-Fennel-Red chilly powder - 2 tsp (Jeera,methi,lanka gunda) 

Method :-
Boil pani kakharu n kandamula with little salt and haldi. When it cooked, remove it from flame and keep aside.

Heat ghee in a kadhai. Add panch phutan, red chilly, crushed ginger, a pinch of hing, curry leaves, red chilly powder and fry for few minutes. Then add the boiled chickpeas, Paani kakharu and little water if you want it to little watery. Now add tamarind pulp and gud/sugar. Let it cook for 5-8 minutes. Then switch off the flame. You can add grated coconut also. Finally add roasted cumin-fennel-red chilly powder and mix it. Now its ready..You can enjoy it with Habisha Dalma, Arua rice or any rice..