Quick Moti Pulao (Pearl Pilaf)-Restaurant Secret Recipe for Durga Puja/Navratri

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“Aaj dhaner Khete roudro chhaya-e lukochuri khela re bhai – lukochuri khela”  – (The fun game of hide-n-seek in the sun & shade of the paddy field…)

These beautiful lines(part of a song) by Tagore reminds me of my childhood. We were three sisters – me & two of maternal cousins who I spent the initial 10 years of my life with. It was enriching & full of activity. Now that I see my little niece who can barely hold her herself together demanding an ipad, I can’t help but wonder if how the days have changed. For us luxury was either a trip to the zoo or a Bengali spread at lunch with Pulao, beguni (Eggplant fritters), pathar mansho (Mutton gravy), something sweet my mami’s tomato chutney. I know that makes me sound like hundred and two years old but how simple & charming were those days! Gone!

Before I fly off to my memories, let’s get on with the recipe of the day, Pulao. I am sorry if I come out as an Indian Classic dish maniac to you but I can’t just help but try these evergreen recipes. But this time I took a step ahead & whipped up something my family hardly makes – Moti pulao (Pearl pulao).

Weird name?? Well, the word moti which means pearl in hindi comes from the pearl-like cottage cheese/paneer balls. They are either stuffed or plain flavoured. They look good, yes. But they also taste delicious with the saffron sweet-ish rice!

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What irked me the most for years is how the pulao made at home in the comfort of my kitchen never seemed to be the same as those we are served in fancy restaurants. I have tried endless versions of similar kind of pulaos & 70% of the websites online  are all good but alas not the restaurant-like. Note that by no means do I want to say the homemade ones are any bad but….well! you know what I mean, don’t ya?

So after a good number of try & massive help from my maa, here’s a restaurant trade secret just for you. It certainly was an ‘eureka’ moment for us in the kitchen!!

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Here’s the recipe of the day for you. Go crazy!

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Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal Payesh – Raksha Bandhan/Janmasthami Special

Growing up in a Bengali household, summer months meant a lot of quintessential things – be it mangoes or certain vegetables that became part of our staple diet; but what has always been a conspicuous part of the festivals of summer is the Toddy palm which we bengalis dearly call Taal. My family adores sweet dishes & so I keep making one or the other time to time.For those who doesn’t know about it, I will quote the Wikipedia here on Toddy palm.

  Borassus flabellife commonly known as doub palmpalmyra palmtala palmtoddy palm or wine palm, is native to the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia, including NepalIndiaBangladeshSri LankaThailandVietnamMalaysia,Indonesia and the Philippines. It is reportedly naturalized in PakistanSocotra, and parts of China.”

There are so many recipes on this – be it kheer or payesh (aka payesham) or bora (fritters). Considering there are so many festivals on our way – Rakhi Purnima/Raksha bandhan , Independence day or Krishna Janmasthami..I though why not show you a recipe that I have borrowed from Baby aunty through my beloved Sky & Gulu. Cheers!

Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal payesh

Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal payesh

  • Difficulty: “easy”
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Ingredients:

  • Toddy palm/Tadgola/Taal – 2 cups
  • Nestle Milkmade – 1 cup or to taste + 2 tablespoon (to drizzle on top)
  • Khoya/Mawa/milk solid – 75 grams (Keep aside a little for garnish)
  • Elaichi/ Green Cardamom powder, ¼ teaspoon
  • Fresh coconut, grated, 2 tablespoon

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Egg Masala Gravy Recipe – Indian restaurant style

“A day without argument is like an egg without salt” – Angela Carter

Angela Carter was an English novelist and journalist, known for her feminist, magical realism and picaresque works (who’s up for adventures of a rogue hero??) If a renowned writer like herself thinks an egg can be a part of literature, you better agree!

There are three two kind of people on this planet – One who likes/loves/is obsessed with eggs and Two,dislikes/hates/ignores eggs.

I fall somewhere between them…neither will I die without a boiled egg for breakfast nor will I order a sunny side up in some fancy restaurant (just because it’s cooked to Gordan Ramsay like perfection there!)

Of course, I like my egg pasta, egg-y pudding, eggs in cake, frittata and eggs in curries & gravies. I also have a fair number of boiled eggs or omelette per month though! Among others , One egg recipe I absolutely love is the “Egg Masala Gravy”.

Now, it’s so common and has endless variants (just like any other Classic recipes) but the general ingredients and texture remains same. We make it at home every other week and I have had it in more than two eateries/restaurant.

It is delicious. Period.

EGG MASALA GRAVY - RESTAURANT STYLE!

Fast & Simple recipes can be yummy too!

It needs no other definition. The richness, especially those that’s served in restaurants/hotels, the smooth texture, the colour, the flavours of all those spices is to die for…………If all the above was not enough, understand that this is another fast  & simple recipe. Fast recipes are like my niche now!

Check a lot more interesting FAST & SIMPLE recipes/dish here.

Like I have already mentioned above, its very versatile. You can make ir on week days where you barely have time after work or even on weekends parties or special lunch, be it holiday meals, get togethers, puja/festivals, dinner invites etc.

I have made it today proper “restaurant style” – made from scratch, styled, served and photographed in a very restaurant-ish way! (Restaurant-ish is my new creation, eh!)

Egg Masala Gravy - restaurant style

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Chingri Maachher Kalia (Prawn/fish kalia – an authentic Bengali recipe)

Hello & am back! After a few days of being MIA (missing in action, silly!) I decided to do a special recipe today. That too for the coming puja/festival season.

There’s Ganesh Chathurti round the corner and this long span pujas are just perfect for trying out new recipes or elaborate meals ideas.
Also,not to forget the Durga Puja craze is already on..In Bengal, this is like the biggest gala that goes on for several days but the preparation is no less extravagant.
Be it Pandal-making, Shopping for the festival days or planning trips in & outside Hometown..its a fun riot!

So, I thought why not go with the Bengal -Bengali theme & opt for a quick,delicious authentic recipe of machher Kalia.
Now, Kalia is most commonly made with big varieties of fishes/Carps etc. but Prawn/Chingri Kalia is just as drool worthy!
I cant explain how much I love this particular dish.

 

The colour is fetching & the flavours so balanced. You dont get a strong hit of any spice in particular…the fish/Prawn & the bite size potatoes if well cooked, tastes like heaven in mouth!

Chingri Maachher Kalia (Prawn/fish kalia - an authentic Bengali recipe)

If you have guests coming , be it sudden or pre-planned, make this as a Durga Puja special dish or festival themed authentic Bengali cuisine. It will be a hit!
You may also try Prawn Butter masala,

Prawn butter masala- Decilious, flavourful recipe

Prawn Butter Masala~ spoil yourself with this recipe!

any chicken dish or a Vegetarian option like Soya, may be?! 
The best part being, going wrong with this dish is very unlikely.
Its so safe & simple but the look or taste contradicts the fact!

Dont forget to check out other vegetarian & non-vegetarian options to try this Puja season for dinner/Lunch, snacks/starter!
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Vanilla Pudding in a Mug in less than 5 minutes (Easy Microwave oven Recipe)

**UPDATE : Thank you loads for all the views and for trying this. 🙂

Sadly some of you had the hard way round. It may get a little too egg-y or too runny the first time,if you go wrong with measurements. I SUGGEST you do a trial batch..try to estimate ingredients to your taste.

you can always ask away if you have a doubt. But i cant tell you whats wrong unless you be specific. TIA***

My second dessert recipe is here! Firstly, thank you for appreciating my first ever dessert recipe. I am so glad some of you tried the Indian Classic and loved it 🙂

This time I had a story that triggered me to try this new quick fix to make a sweet dish. That too in a mug! Whoa! I know its been pretty popular on and off for obvious reasons but what I loved about it apart from the fact that its fast, easy is that its so fulfilling and can have endless variations.

I Got the basic hang of it from a food blog. I tried two variation – one is the basic vanilla pudding and one with coffee caramel. Sadly, my camera  went wacko and the first set of pictures disappeared mysteriously! 😦

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Potato Soup ~ Simple yet tasty!

A first-rate soup is more creative
than a second rate painting.
— Abraham Maslow

If an American psychologist of thay stature says so, you gotta believe him!
So I thought why not try out a simple quick soup for dinner. I googled here and some more there and came across endless number of vegetable soups. Now,potato being one of my favourite recipe I opted for one. I got inspired by this recipe, but since it was too bland for my Indian taste buds..I added some flavours with fried onions,garlic & more.
Diet watchers might not want to scroll down :p
And this is what I got at the end of my experiment ~

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Potato Soup I made for lunch ~ so simple, fast yet delicious! Give it a try yourself! 🙂

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