Sunday, January 7, 2018

Barley soup

Barley is the largest grain crop globally,after wheat and corn.Barley is mostly used in breads,soups and stews.Barley is a major cereal grain ,rapidly been gaining popularity over the past few years due to the various health benefits.Although barley may not be as popular as other whole grains like oats,wheat,quinoa,barley has more good health benefits.A very high in fiber content,vitamins,and minerals,antioxidants.Barley is lower in fat and calories,but higher in dietary fiber and minerals.This above information I collected from wiki.Coming to my story I grown up in a hot atmosphere where we used to drink barley every day in summer.During my childhood days I used to enjoy drinking barley water.Usually when you are not feeling well or fever  barley gives lot relief to our body.Here is the simple barley soup recipe below.

  • Barley Powder 4tbspn
  • Barley seeds 2 tbspn
  • Bayleaf 1( optional)
  • olive oil 2 tbspns or may use butter
  • water 4 cups or needed
  • Onion 1/2 finely chopped(Small onion)
  • carrot chopped finely 1
  • Beans chopped finely 10 to 12
  • cabbage chopped finely 1/4 cup
  • capsicum or bell pepper very small piece finely chopped
  • spring onions chopped finely 1
  • Ginger small piece minced
  • Garlic 2 to 3 minced
  • pepper 1/2 tspn
  • green chilli sliced vertically 2
  • salt to taste.

  • Fry 1 cup barley in a pan until Barley changes color and nice aroma comes out from barley.This should be done in medium flame.( around 10 mins)
  • keep 2 tbspn of Barley aside and grind remaining barley into fine powder( need not be very fine mine was little coarse.
  • Take 4 cups of water in a bowl mix 4 tbspns of barley powder in this water,start boiling until it start bubbling.Then,keep in slow flame for 10 mins.Barley broth is ready.
  • Press saute mode in instant pot add oil,once hot add onions garlic ginger bayleaf,for one min then add chopped veggies.
  • Fry everything few mins then add Barley broth  followed by barley seeds.Finally check salt and pepper.
  • Keep instant pot in soup mode.It takes around 30 mins.You may wait for normal release or can do quick release.
  • Enjoy hot healthy soup!

Those who don't have instant pot can boil everything in stove stop in slow falme for 30 mins.
You can reduce or increase water as per your taste.
You can filter barley broth if you feel your grinded barley is coarse.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dates walnut Bread

Dates and walnuts bread is my favorite do list bread pending for long time.This is a wonderful moist bread can be eaten any time.Nice cinnamon flavor enhances the bread taste.Dates are rich  in many vital nutrients and lot of health benefits.My kids doesn't like to have dates any time.So the only way I have to manage mixing in a wonderful flavored bread.Walnuts contain several unique antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods.Among nuts Walnuts are considered as king of nuts as research shows they may boost your health in a number of ways.( info from wiki)coming to the recipe I added few almonds entirely your choice. I followed the steps of Joy of baking video in baking the bread.It was awesome.with very few changes I baked the bread.


  •  chopped  pitted Dates 1 1/2 cups
  • walnuts 1/2 cup
  • All purpose flour or Maida 2 cups
  • Almonds 10 count(optional)
  • Brown sugar 1/2 cup
  • Egg 1
  • salt a pinch
  • Vanilla essence 1 tspn
  • cinnamon powder 1/4tspn
  • Baking soda 1/2 tspn
  • Bakingpowder  1 1/2 tspn
  • Boiling water1cup  
  •   Butter 1/2 cup(  should be cold)


  • Chop dates into small pieces ,add baking soda  and hot boiling water to it.Let it sit for 30 mins until dates soften ,absorbs entire water.
  • In a baking tray arrange walnuts and almonds and bake at 350F around 8 mins OR until nice roasted aroma comes from the oven.Later crush into small pieces and keep aside.
  • Take a bowl, mix All purpose flour,baking powder,cinnamon powder,salt a pinch,cold butter( chopped into cubes)Give a quick stir in a blender or food processor.Take out and keep aside. Then add crushed walnuts and almonds.
  • Beat egg in separate bowl,add vanilla essence.Add this egg mixture to the flour mixture,followed by soaked dates mixture.Mix everything nicely until they are well combined.Make sure there is no dry powder left.Everything is wet,perfectly combined.( Don't over mix or else bread comes out hard)
  • Preheat oven 350F  bake around 1 hr.( yeah this takes little longer time)or test it with tooth pick inserted comes out clean.
  • When done,let it cool down completely then cut into desired shapes.
  • Yummy Dates walnut bread is ready to eat.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Kadai paneer (dry)

Paneer is a fresh cheese common in Asian countries like India Pakistan..Kadai paneer is mainly prepared with fresh kadai masala.kadai masala is made with coriander seeds,pepper corns,Fennel seeds Jeera and redchillis.If we prepare kadai masala instantly then the recipe comes awesome in taste.You will match exactly restaurant style taste.When I was searching for kadai paneer I was inspired by Chef Harpal singh recipe.With very few changes I prepared the recipe.Here goes the recipe.

  • Paneer 250 gms
  • Onion 1 chopped into big cubes
  • Bell pepper or capsicum 1/2 chopped into cubes
  • Garam masala 1/2 tspn
  • Kasuri methi 1/2 tspn
  • redchilli powder 1 tspn
  • Tomatoes 2 big
  • Ginger grated 1/2 tspn
  • red chillies 2


  • coriander seeds 2tbspns
  • Jeera 1 tspn
  • Fennel seeds 1 tspn
  • pepper corns 1/4 tspn

Method:Dry Fry all ingredients of kadai masala and blend into coarse powder keep  aside.


  • Heat 1 tbsp of oil and fry paneer for 2 to 3 mins if it is frozen not fresh.I keep doing it as I always use frozen paneer.Then take out from the pan and keep aside.
  • In the same pan add 2 tbsp of oil add 1 tspn of jeera and redchillies ,grated ginger fry well,then add 2 chopped tomatoes.
  • Fry tomatoes until they are soft and well cooked 5 to 6 mins.
  • Add redchilli powder,Garam masala and 3 tbspn of kadai masala.Then add fried paneer,chopped capsicum and onions.
  • Fry everything well.Cover for 2 to 3 mins so that paneer nicely absorbs kadai masala.
  • Finally add kasuri methi and saute 1 more min.
  • Before switching off the stove sprinkle some kadai masala on top.Yummy kadai paneer is ready.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Oats rava dosa

Oats rava dosa is one of instant dosas can be prepared very easily and a healthy option.Oats being not our favorite ingredient despite many health benefits.I had big box of quaker oats and finally used it today to prepare this rave dosa.I never expected oats dosa will be this much crispy and tasty.We can have this dosa with any of our favorite chutney like we eat other dosas.We like to eat with coconut chutney and potato curry.Our family first choice is potato curry.Enjoy this dosa with yummy chutney.Here is the recipe sharing below.


  • Oats powder 1 cup( i added extra 2 tbspns of oats powder)
  • sooji or semolina 1/2 cup
  • rice flour 3/4 cup
  • Ginger chopped 1/4 tspn
  • green chili chopped 2
  • coriander leaves finely chopped few
  • curry leaves 3 to 4 chopped
  • small onion 1/2  chopped
  • jeera 1/4 tspn


  • Heat a pan dry roast oats ( I roasted 2 cups of oats, only I use 1 cup + 2 tbsp powder)few mins until they just turn crispy and little change in color. around 10 mins in low to medium flame.switch of the flame and let it cool dow.
  • Grind oats into fine powder.
  • In another bowl mix oats powder,rice flour,shoji and chopped ginger green chili,onions,jeera ,coriander leaves,curry leaves few and salt.
  • Add enough water to make as buttermilk consistency.
  • Heat a nonstick tava ,pour the batter as shown in the pic from edges.
  • After 2 to 3 mins  see if the dosa is roasted,flip the other side and fry few more mins.
  • Take out from the pan when roasted well and enjoy with  your favorite chutney.

check this video below for complete procedure.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Guguni(chat from Orissa)

Guguni is a popular chat food from Orissa  and most eastern side.Each region has different versions.Today I'm presenting my way of Guguni from Orissa.I got to know more about the dish from my husband who hail from orissa.Though I SPENT MOST OF MY CHILDHOOD DAYS IN ORISSA I haven't tried to prepare guguni at home.Now I tried my attempt though I cooked vatana curry many times.Guguni is prepared with dried white peas.Dried peas soaked over night and cooked in the morning with some spices.There are many variations in the Guguni recipe entirely depends on your choice.In some areas they add Potato and sauces at the end.My way of presenting Guguni is entirely my choice which satisfies our family tastebuds.You may  make changes according to your preferences.Here is my recipe.


  • white dried peas 1 cup
  • onion paste 1/2 cup
  • Green chilli2
  • Potato( optional)
  • jeera 1/4 tspn
  • Bay leaf 1
  • ginger garlic paste 1 tbspn
  • tomatao 1
  • cumin(jeera) powder 1/4tspn
  • coriander powder 1 tspn
  • redchilli powder 1/2 tspn
  • coriander leaves few chopped
  • turmeric 1/4tspn
  • salt to taste
  • garam masala 1/4tspn
  • curd 1 tbspn ( optional)
  • chat masala 1 tspn
  • mixture or sev 1 tbspn ( entirely your choice)

 Spice powder:

  • cumin seeds 2 tbspns
  • Red chillis 2
  • Dry roast jeera and redchillies into powder and blend into fine in a jar.


  • Soak white peas( vatana) whole night and next day ready to cook chat.
  • Pressure cook vatana adding little salt and turmeric just for one whistle( some variety peas will be mushy,make sure you switch it off the stove just before the whistle blows.
  • Drain the white peas and keep aside.Don't throw the water.
  • Heat a tbsp of oil in a pan add jeera,bay leaf then add Onion paste( one big onion made into paste)
  • fry well until raw smell of onion goes off.
  • Add ginger garlic paste fry few mins then add tomato paste( one tomato made into fine paste) saute few mins, add chill powder, coriander powder,cumin powder
  • Fry everything well until raw smell goes off.Add cooked peas and cover the lid cook few more mins.
  • Now add water which stored before,let it cook few more mins till it completely cooked.
  • Finally add garam masala1 tspn and 1/2 tspn of spice powder(mentioned in the ingredients, you may reduce or increase the spice
  • powder)
  • Arrange 4 tbspns of curry in a bowl,sprinkle some chopped onions,chopped coriander leaves,mixture or sev 1 or 2 tbspsn) chat masa,little curd on top.Yummy GUGUNI is ready to eat.Enjoy!!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dahi Baingan

Dahi Baingan is a typical orissa dish made with brinjal and curd tempered with spices.It is a authentic oriya dish which is very tasty and can be done quickly.It is prepared without onion  and garlic.This dish usually prepared During festival season as we won't prefer onion and garlic during the season.Here goes the recipe.


  • Brinjal 6 to 7 small
  • Curd 2 cups (180 ml cup)
  • water 2 to 3 tbspn
  • Redchillies 4
  • green chili 3

  • Tempering:
  • mustard seeds 1/4 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • redchilli powder
  • curry leaves 2 strings
  • grated ginger less then 1/4 tsp( optional)
  • oil for deep fry

spice powder:

  • cumin seeds or jeera 2 tbspns
  • redchillis 2
  • fry both in medium flame and blend into fine powder.


  • Heat oil in a kadai.cut brinjal vertically and add salt and redchilli powder keep aside for 20 mins.
  • Once oil is hot add brinjal pieces and fry brinjal until little brown.
  • Keep aside and let it cool down.
  • Take a small bowl ,add salt and whisk 2 cups of curd  well.
  • In another pan add 1 tbsp of oil,once hot add mustard, curry leaves green chili,redchilli.
  • slowly add brinjal to the curd.When tadka cools down mix tadka in the curd mixture.Yummy Dahi began is ready.
  • Finally sprinkle some spice powder on top and enjoy with rice.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Dibbarotti( Traditional Andhra breakfast)

Dibbarotti is a Traditional Andhra breakfast which is made of Idli batter.I grew up eating this yummy Dibbarooti in my childhood.Mom used to prepare this dish every other week.Mostly,when we bored of eating Idli everytime,mom used to prepare Dibbarotti. This is very easy dish made with Idli batter.But,we always use Idli rava for Idli batter not Idli rice. Dibbarotti is  such healthy and tasty dish that you never forget the taste.We can  eat Dibbarotti just like that or you can accompany with kobbari chutney or coconut chutney.People keep surprising me cooking traditional breakfast everytime.Though we have lot of options for breakfast I  feel this dish is one of the healthy option for whole family.Even kids love to taste the crispy layer of dosa. Here is the recipe below.


  • Urad dal 1 cup
  • Idli rava 2 cups
  • chopped onions 2 tbspn
  • chopped green chilli 1 or 2
  • chopped ginger 1/4tspn
  • jeera 1/4tspn
  •  oil 2 tbspn
  • salt to taste

                    You can make it any size.This is miniature size,prepared for kids lunch box.


  • Soak urad dal and Idli rava separately for 7 to 8 hrs.Then grind urad dal until soft using little water 
  • The same way we do for Idli.No  grinding Idli rava.
  • Squeeze extra  water from Idli rava and mix it in the urad dal batter.Keep mixing idli rava and urad dal batter until it is well combined.
  • Ferment the batter for 12 hrs or over night.I always follow overnight fermentation.
  • Then next day morning,Take two laddles of batter in a bowl,mix chopped onions,chopped ginger,chopped green chilli and jeera,salt.
  • Heat 2 tbspn of oil  in a non stick pan( omlette size pan).Once hot add 2 laddles of batter in the pan.
  • Reduce the flame to slow and cover the pan with lid.
  • After 10 to 15 mins check the bottom whether it is cooked roasted well, then turn other side add 1 tbspn of oil. close the lid.cook few more mins until it roasted and cooked well.
  • Yummy Dibbarotti is ready.Enjoy with any chutney of your choice or just like that.