Faith and Strength!!

This post is not related to cooking but still I wanted to share this with you all!!

I was going to my office as a daily routine and was busy listening to music….

On the way the driver stopped at one of the red signals and that day was really chaos, huge traffic, people honking and ready to take a leap at any time………..while I was trying to be little comfortable to this usual daily activities I saw a little girl may be of 4 years old holding hands of her younger brother who was around 2 years old!!

She was begging for food or money but each time she reached near any of the cars, motorbikes she was either abused, refused or asked to go away……I heard someone calling her “A ladki (O girl)” and I turned my head towards the sound…..

On the footpath, there was a young boy of 10-11 years old who was in a tarnished condition; torn shirt, no slippers/shoes, hair not combed, hands dirty but was indeed different from all of us who are well dressed, superior and blessed to get daily bread……

When the girl reached to the boy, he gave her 2 chocolates and 1 slice of bread…..all three of them were enlightened with joy and happiness!!

The girl and her younger brother were happy since they got the meal to survive another day of life and the young boy was happy to see them happy….all three of them departed to their ways!!

All this happened in three minutes…………

I was feeling sad when people were asking the girl to go away…..but I am left with a question to myself..

“Do I have the strength similar to that of the young boy who gave his food, knowing that he has limited food to survive that day”!!

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Mooli ke parathe (Stuffed Radish Indian Bread)!!

Onmyplate today is “Mooli ke parathe (Stuffed Radish Indian Bread)”.

Radish is well known all over the world and is widely used in salad, vegetarian and non vegetarian food since it is sweet in taste and juicy too!!

Ingredients::

  • Atta (Whole wheat flour) 2 cups
  • Grated Radish 1 cup
  • Curd 3/4 cup
  • Grated ginger 1 tbsp
  • Ajwain (Carom) seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh green chili 2 chopped
  • Salt 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  • Oil 1 tsp

Preparation::

  • Mix all the ingredients and knead into a soft dough, add little more curd if required
  • Divide the dough into equal portions
  • Roll out each dough thinly into a circle
  • Heat tawa (flat iron utensil) on medium flame
  • Cook Paratha on both sides and smear little oil on each side, until brown spots appear on the surface
  • Serve hot with curd or pickles!!

Doodh ki Sabji (Milk Curry)!!

Onmyplate today is a curry which was discovered when suddenly few of my friends visited my place. They wanted to have something new and I thought of many things but finally I came up with an idea of making curry with milk and this dish indeed saved me from being embarrassed as it is easy to cook, good in taste, healthy and beautiful to look at 🙂

Here goes the recipe for Doodh ki sabji (Milk Curry)!!

Ingredients::

  • Full cream Milk 1 L
  • Onion 1 chopped
  • Tomato 1 chopped
  • Zeera (Cumin) seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala 1/4 tsp
  • Haldi (Turmeric) 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1/4 tsp
  • Fresh green chili 1 chopped
  • Chhoti Elachi (cardamom) 2 crushed
  • Cinnamon crushed 2 half inches
  • Salt according to taste
  • Oil 2 tbsp
  • Ghee (Clarified butter) 1 tbsp

Preparation::

  • Heat oil in a fry pan and add zeera seeds
  • Once the seeds crackle add fresh green chili and onion
  • Fry the onions in low heat till golden brown in color
  • Add tomatoes, haldi, red chili powder, salt, garam masala and stir
  • Now fry the mixture in low heat till the tomatoes are soft
  • Add milk and let it simmer for 4-5 minutes in medium heat
  • Keep stirring so that the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom of the fry pan
  • Increase the flame to hgh and fry the mixture till the milk dries up
  • Lower the flame; add the crushed cinnamon, chhoti elaichi and ghee and mix well
  • Remove from heat and serve hot with parathas!!



Gobi ke pakore (Cauliflower Fries)!!

Onmyplate today is a crunchy snack made of cauliflower which can be added to one’s regular diet as it’s a rich source of Vitamin C and dietary fibers.

You would love the cauliflowers in this form due to its crunchy and lovely taste!!

Here goes the recipe for Gobi ke pakore (Cauliflower Fries)!!

Ingredients::

  • Maida (All purpose flour)1 cup
  • Besan (chickpea flour) 4 tbsp
  • Gobi (cauliflower) 10-12 pieces
  • Ajwain (Carom) seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Baking powder 1/4 tsp
  • Haldi (Turmeric) powder 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1/2 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder 1/4 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  • Oil for deep fry

Preparation::

  • Take a mixing bowl and add maida, besan, ajwain, baking powder, haldi, red chili powder, garam masala, salt and mix well
  • Add 3/4 cup of water to make a thick paste, you may add little more water if required
  • Whisk it properly so that it doesn’t form any lump and turns into a smooth paste
  • Heat oil in a deep fry pan
  • Dip cauliflower pieces into the paste and deep fry in low flame till golden brown in color
  • Serve hot with your choice of sauce!!

Fried Rice!!

Onmyplate today is “Fried Rice” which is one of my favorites and therefore, wanted to share with you all 🙂

“Fried Rice” is prepared from the leftover rice either cooked for dinner or lunch which generally no one wants to consume and therefore goes for a waste…..

Giving a new name and re-cooking makes it fresh and delicious in taste too!!

Here goes the recipe which would help you not to waste the leftover rice 🙂

Ingredients::

  • Cooked rice 2 cups
  • Onion 1 large chopped
  • Tomato 1 medium chopped
  • Fresh Green Chili 1-2 chopped
  • Haldi (Turmeric) 1/4 tsp
  • Ajwain (carom) seeds 1/2 tsp
  • Zeera (cumin) seeds 1/4 tsp
  • Cinnamon 2 half inch
  • Lemon juice 1 1/2 tbsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  • Oil 3 tbsp

Preparation::

  • Heat oil in a fry pan and add ajwain, zeera and let it crackle
  • Now add cinnamon and fresh green chili and let it crackle too
  • Add the chopped onions and fry in low flame till golden in color
  • You may now add tomatoes, haldi, salt and fry in medium heat
  • Once the tomatoes are soft add rice and mix well
  • Fry the rice in high heat till it starts crackling (almost 6-7 minutes)
  • Keep stirring so that it doesn’t burn
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice and mix well
  • Serve hot with curd, pickle or sauce!!

Roasted Sewai Kheer (Vermicelli Pudding) !!

Onmyplate today is a sweet dish ” Roasted Sewai Kheer (Vermicelli Pudding)” which is nutritious and full of energy!!

I love this dish a lot since it’s easy to cook, sweet, tasty and doesn’t require too many ingredients 🙂

ingredients::

  • Full cream Milk 1 L
  • Roasted Sewai (Vermicelli) 1/2 cup
  • Cashew 1/4 cup
  • Raisins 1 tbsp
  • Cardamom 2-3 crushed
  • Sugar 4-5 tbsp or according to the taste

Preparation::

  • Boil milk add let it dry in low heat till it’s half the quantity
  • Keep stirring so that the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom of the vessel
  • Now add vermicelli and mix well
  • Cook for 5 minutes and check if the vermicelli is soft
  • Add cashew, raisins and sugar and mix well
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes in low heat and then add crushed cardamom
  • Remove from heat and refrigerate it for 30 minutes
  • Serve chilled!!

Shimla Mirch- Aaloo ki sabji (Capsicum-Potato Curry) !!

Onmyplate today is “Shimla Mirch- Aaloo ki sabji (Capsicum-Potato Curry)”.

This beautiful combination is very special as addition of potatoes and tomatoes help to get rid of the bitter taste and is loved by the children too since many of them do not like capsicum at all!!

Ingredients::

  • Capsicum 1 medium cut into small pieces
  • Potatoes 2 medium thinly sliced
  • Onion 2 medium thinly sliced
  • Tomato 2 medium chopped
  • Fresh Green chili 1 chopped
  • Haldi (Turmeric) 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder 1/4 tsp
  • Panch-phoran 1/2 tsp
  • Salt 1/2 tsp or according to taste
  • Oil 2 tbsp

Preparation::

  • Heat oil in a fry pan and add panch-phoran and let it crackle
  • Add fresh green chili, potatoes, salt, haldi, red chili powder and mix well
  • Cover the lid and cook in low heat till the potatoes are soft
  • Now add the capsicum and mix well
  • Cover the lid and cook for 2 minutes in low heat
  • Remove the lid from the pan and stir
  • Now spread the sliced onions over the capsicum and potatoes
  • Without mixing it, cover the lid and cook for 2 more minutes in low heat
  • You may notice the discoloration of the onions
  • Now mix it well and add the tomatoes
  • Cover the lid once again and cook in low heat for 2-3 minutes
  • Once the tomatoes are soft remove from heat
  • Serve hot with parathas!!