Dal khichdi(Rice and lentils dish)

Made by me..Yummy!

Khichdi is the simplest traditional Indian rice item made in almost every Indian home.Usually it is more of a pulpy item but I don’t like it when it is a paste. If you want to make a pulp,cook it for 5 whistles and add more water 💦 than I have recommended. Here’s the recipe

🥢Small-grain variety of rice if you have it ( I did not have the smaller grain variety so I used basmati) 🍚 🌾 1 cup
🥢Moong Dal (Yellow 💛 Split gram or yellow lentils) 1/2 cup
🥢Carrot 🥕🥕 two
🥢Green peas 1/2 cup
🥢Tomato 🍅🍅 two
🥢Onion 1
🥢1/2 inch ginger
🥢Small garlic cloves 6
🥢Green chillies
🥢French beans a handful or 12 sticks to be specific
🥢You can use any of your favourite vegetables
🥢Desi ghee(clarified butter)2 tbsp
🥢Bay leaf
🥢Pressure cooker
🥢Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon
🥢Red chilli powder 🌶️ 1 teaspoon

🥢Finely chop the onion and the tomatoes
🥢Cut the beans into medium cylinders
🥢Cut carrots into small blocks
🥢Grate the ginger and garlic
🥢Finely chop the green chillies
🥢Wash the dal and rice 🍚🌾 together four times well. Soak these in boiling hot 🔥 water 💦 for about 20 minutes or even more
🥢Boil the green peas and keep aside

🥢Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker on high flame 🔥 for a minute Then add the bay 🌿 leaf and stir for half a minute
🥢Add the onion. Stir until onion turns transluscent
🥢Add garlic,ginger and green chilly. Stir for a minute
🥢Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder. Stir for 1/2 a minute.
🥢Add tomatoes and 1 teaspoon 🧂 salt. Cover with a lid for 5 minutes. Stir in between
🥢Add all vegetables.Stir. Cover with a lid and let it cook for 2 minutes
🥢Add red chilli powder 🌶️ 1 TSP. Stir for a minute
🥢Strain all the water 💦 out of the rice and lentils and add these to the pressure cooker with one teaspoon of salt. Stir well
🥢Add double the amount of water when compared to the amount of rice. So for 1 cup of rice,we add 2cups of water if you want the khichdi to be like the picture shown. If you want it to be pulpy add 4cups of 💦 water. Stir well
🥢Close the pressure cooker properly and let it cook for 2 long whistles or 3 short whistles
🥢For the seasoning, take a small vessel,add 1tablespoon ghee,2 pinches of aesofoetida,1teaspoon cumin seeds,1 tsp mustard seeds and 2 dried red chillies. Add this seasoning to the rice and immediately cover the pressure cooker with a lid. After 1 minute ,it is ready.

Jowar ki roti(Sorghum millet flat bread)

Making the dough
Making small balls
Frying the roti

Steps to make gluten free,healthy jowar ki roti,which can be eaten regularly throughout the year
1.Take one cup of water,add one teaspoon salt and boil it.
2.Once the water starts boiling add one cup sorghum millet flour (jowar atta) to it and stir well.Cover the vessel with a lid and let it cook for 1 min.
3.Once it cools a bit,take it out on a huge,flat vessel (or any clean flat surface like the kitchen tabletop if you don’t have a vessel) and knead it well first with the back of a glass or cup and then with clean hands.
4.Make small balls with this dough
5.Flatten the balls with your 🧤 hands and roll it into a flat, circular shape with a rolling pin.
6.Heat a pan on high 🔥 flame,once it is hot; reduce to medium flame and place your circular roti on it.Apply some water 💦 on the top surface of the roti.
7.Use a dry cotton cloth to gently press the roti.Your roti will puff up.
8.After 1 min,flip it. Let the other side cook. Keep flipping every 1 min and press with the cloth. It’s ready.

If your roti does not puff up or goes wrong in some way, please let me know in the comments section. Your comments mean a lot.

White sauce pasta

Made by me …..Yummy !

😋Water 💦 1 litre
😋Salt 🧂 2 teaspoon + 3/4 teaspoon
😋Onion one big-size rough chop
😋Carrot 🥕 one (rough chop)
😋Sweet corn 🌽 half cup
😋Bell pepper a.k.a capsicum 💚 green, 💛 yellow, ♥️ red one small each (rough chop)
😋Garlic 6-7 cloves fine chop
😋Black 🖤 pepper powder half teaspoon
😋Italian herbs(thyme,oregano or a mixture of Italian herbs) 1/2 teaspoon
😋Chilli flakes half teaspoon
😋Milk 🥛 500 ml
😋All purpose flour (maida) 3 tablespoons
😋Butter 3 tablespoons
😋Oil 2 teaspoons
😋Nutmeg powder a pinch (secret ingredient
😋Processed cheese 🧀 🧀 2 cubes
😋Fresh cream two tablespoons(secret ingredient)
😋Black olives twelve pieces
😋Mozarella cheese

😋Boil the water 💦 in a vessel and add salt. Once the water starts boiling,add the pasta.Cook till pasta is 80% cooked. Take out 1 cup of the pasta water and keep aside.Drain out the water and rinse the pasta with cold water.
😋Heat oil in a pan,add garlic.Saute for a minute. Add onion,carrots. Saute till these vegetables are a bit soft.
😋Add capsicum. Saute for 5-7minutes till they are soft. I like my capsicum very soft. If you like it crunchy,it is your choice. Add boiled corn. Stir.
😋Add olives. Saute for 2 minutes. Keep all these sautéed vegetables aside.
😋Heat another pan on low flame and melt the butter. Do not brown the butter. Add all purpose flour. Stir well.
😋Add a pinch of nutmeg powder. Once an aroma comes out of the pan,add milk 🥛 little by little in batches and stir while adding with a whisk. Note: Use only a whisk. No other utensil will work to remove the lumps. Make sure there are no lumps. Add the water removed from the boiled pasta.Stir well.
😋Add grated processed cheese 🧀. Stir.
😋 Add 3/4 teaspoon salt and chilli flakes,black pepper powder,Italian herbs.Stir.
😋Add sautéed vegetables. Stir.
😋Add pasta. Stir.
😋Add whisked fresh cream.
😋To serve,put one layer of pasta,second layer of Mozarella cheese and last layer of pasta.

🤔Water 💦 to be removed from the boiled pasta contains starch which will help the sauce thicken
🤔If you feel that your sauce is too thick ,add some more milk 🥛 to it
🤔 Olive oil is preferred but you can use any refined oil

I miss him – Poem

I miss him a lot. I miss his cheerful smile
I miss discussion sessions with him; where his opinion was different from mine.

Where he was different from me and I from him.
We didn’t have the same taste in books, hobbies or films.
And yet I miss his different personality.
I loved him and he loved me.
We graduated from strangers to friends.

NO, ‘he’ was NOT my boyfriend nor my future husband.
‘He’was not my crush nor was I his.
‘He’ was my friend – my good friend.
Yes our genders were different; but we were friends.

A concept new to most people in society.
I miss him as a friend, he loved me as a friend.
I helped him and he spoke to me as a friend.
We graduated but we did not post- graduate by choice.

When I said ‘Hello’ and an introduction for the first time; he did not give me that ‘Are you interested?’ – ‘I am not interested’ look like most other he_s would

We try to teach a concept to those younger and unfortunately those elder
That a boy and a girl can be best friends forever
We sat a distance apart
And will go to marry a complete another

We try to set an example for younger sisters and brothers.
That when their peers tease them as girl and boyfriend.
They won’t feel embarrassed.
They won’t feel ashamed.
They won’t stop talking to each other.
But will reply – We are friends. So what? If our genders differ
– Renée Ruben

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