Monday, 16 November 2020

CHICK PEA FRY IN BREAKFAST TABLE (KABULI CHANA, A HEALTHY RECIPE)


A healthy simple recipe that makes you happy. 

Today I am sharing with you a  recipe which will be helpful to you for your breakfast table or as 

evening snacks.

Chick pea or kabuli chana is the source of full nutrients .You can say it is a full bucket of vitamins, 

minerals and other nutritional elements.

It controls blood sugar level, promotes heart health, prevents cancer, delays aging.

The starch presents in chick peas slow down the rate at which the food is digested which helps in

 healthy life styles.

Here is some important merits that I should share with you about chickpeas.

1) Kabli chana has a glycemic index of 33 which is low in rate i.e. very helpful to lower the blood sugar

 level. The magnesium level is high in chick pea helps to control diabetes. Magnesium also helps in 

formation of bones and teeth and metabolism of calcium and potassium.

2) Chick peas are a type of legume, also known as garbanzo beans. Similar to other members of the 

legume family; chickpeas are rich in protein, fiber, and various nutrients.

Folate content per 1/2 cup (100g)

557 mcg (139% DV)

One cup of cooked chickpeas has 152% of your daily folate requirement. It helps your body to produce 

and maintain new cells especially red cells .It is particularly important for pregnant women to have 

enough folate.

3) Chickpeas are rich in zincs which take active part in metabolism, it also require for the synthesis of 

insulin by pancreas and for the immunity function.

4) Presence of phosphorus in chickpeas is good for bones and teeth.

5) Due to rich in soluble and insoluble fibre , chickpeas may reduces the absorption of cholesterol and 

so it lower total cholesterol and LDL( low density lipid).Hence it reduces risk of heart diseases.

6) It improves digestive system, helpful to reduce constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Chickpea 

is also helpful to throw out harmful substances of the body.

Above are the merits of taking chickpeas in lunch, dinner and breakfast.

HERE IS THE SIMPLE RECIPE:



WHAT TO NEED:

1)      Chickpea: 1/2 kg

2)      For mixing: Chopped onion(1/2 cup), small pieces of tomatoes( 1/2 cup) ,chopped green chilies( 2 

teaspoons) ,finely sliced ginger: 1 ½ teaspoon) , chopped coriander leaves.

3)      Salt to taste. Preferably black salt.

HOW TO COOK:

Soak 1/2 kg chickpeas over night (washed with fresh water).Next day drain out all water and boil in 

pressure cooker Place a flat pan (you may use tawa) on gas and roast .No need to add oil. Cook  in low   

flame, do it till it change the color slightly.

Remove from tawa and keep in a container. Now a beautiful smoky smell will come out from roasted 

chickpea.



 Mix all ingredients with roasted chickpeas. 

Sprinkle chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice in it Add black salt according to your need. You 

may use ordinary salt instead of black salt, in that case the taste will differ. I used black salt.

Our chickpea fry in breakfast is ready to serve. It is really a healthy but simple recipe. Try it in your

 kitchen and share it with your friend circles. 

 I AM HAPPY TO SHARE IT.

 An another picture( cooked by me) of kabli chana recipe is in below . I will sure describe it later.

. THANK YOU.

 



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Thursday, 12 November 2020

MOTOR SHAK BHAJI, BENGALI STYLE (PEA LEAVES SPINACH FRY)

 


Green leafy vegetables are an important part of a balanced diet. They are full of nutrients. Grandmother,

 mother, doctors and dieticians also give importance on green vegetables. Motor shak is a healthy 

ingredient in winter dish. It is rich source of dietary fiber which helps to benefit our health maintenance.

 It improves bowel function and lipid metabolism. Motor shak is full of vitamins and minerals.

Today I will share a simple but healthy recipe of Motor shak  which is Bengali style.

 

Here is the simple recipe:

INGREDIENTS: Motor shak (pea leaves, 200 grams), green chili (1 or 2), black kalonji(black cumin

 …1 teaspoon),mustered oil( 2 teaspoons) to cook. Salt: according to taste.

PROCEDURE: Wash pea leaves properly. After washing take only leaves from bundle. Cut leaves in 

small pieces. Keep pan on oven, add oil, wait for hot condition, and now add sliced green chili and 

kalonji. After few minutes add green pea leaves and cook. Add little salt. After 2 to 3 minutes all water 

absorbs by pea leaves, now our pea leaves spinach fry is ready to serve in your lunch dish. It is a so 

easy Bengali recipe for winter season.




Thanks for sharing.

I am coming with another healthy recipe.

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Wednesday, 28 October 2020

NARKOL CHABA (COCONUT SWEET),BENGALI TRADITIONAL DESERT

 


 “BIJOYA DASHAMI” is the last day of Durga puja, a famous ritual. All Bengalis celebrate this day in 

another way, youngers show pronam to elders and take blessings from them. A famous Indian

 delicacy is prepared in every household of West Bengal in this day i.e. “narkol chaba”, a Bengali

traditional coconut sweet. This authentic dish is prepared especially in Durga puja and in Lakshmi puja. 

We make homemade sweets for both 2 days. I believe that home cooked sweets not only fill minds and 

stomachs but also creates ample of good memories and thinking.

I made Narkol chaba in my own way.

HERE IS THE RECIPE:

INGREDIANTS: 1) Coconut: Half

2) Sugar: 1 ½ cups

3) Dry powder milk: 1 cup

4) Cardamom: 2 to 3

5) Deshi ghee: 2 tablespoons







PROCEDURE: First of all you remove coconut dust from coconut shell. Grind coconut dust in grinder 


for its creamy texture.

Keep karai on gas oven and pour deshi ghee (2 tablespoons)




Add creamy coconut dust in it and stir continuously. After few minutes add sugar, stir till sugar melts 

and add dry powdered milk, again continuing stirring properly. Add cardamom in it. Keep an eye on 


cooking product that it may not catch the karai body.



Remove the ready product from pan.To make narkol chaba from ready product, using your 

hands to do this. At the time of making narkol chaba coconut ready product should be in medium hot 

condition .I used toothpick for making design on sweets. You can buy mold for making sweets; it will 

be nice to look. Allow narkol chaba to cool and solidify a little.



Try this easy recipe from West Bengal .Share your experiences with me.

THANK YOU.

                  

 

 

  

 


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Friday, 23 October 2020

LUCHI ALOOR DOM, BENGALI DURGA ASHTUMI PUJA THALI









The great festival of Bengal is Durga puja. All Bengalis whether they are poor, rich or middle class all 

are waiting for their great festivals whole year. They have their fasting in maha shasti (first day 

of festivals) and in Maha Ashtumi(3rd day of Durga puja).Most of Bengali family don’t take none 

vegs items in these 2 days. They have puri (they say luchi) and aloo curry (aloor dom) in their main course.

The dish becomes mouth watering if a sweet with it. I made komola bhog which are liked by my family

 members (you can find the recipe in my another blog).

Today I am ready with our vegs lunch luchi ,aloordom and komola bhog.I want to share with you.

Here is the simple recipe: For luchi take white flour maida (2 cups), flour (1 cup), 4 teaspoons oil in it 

.Mix well and make dough, cut in small pieces, roll with rolling pin make like puri and fry. what a 

marvelous taste....you don't forget it.




Next item aloordom: boil potatoes, peel off the skin. Now add whole cumin seeds, bay leaf, dry red 

chili in hot oil. Fry boiled potatoes, now add turmeric powder (1/2 teaspoon), cumin powder 

(2tablespoons), coriander powder (2 ½ tablespoon),garam masala powder, and salt to taste. Fry all

masalas with boiled potatoes. Add little amount water and dry all. Ready our aloordom ,you may add

 deshi ghee for better flavor.



We, all Bengalis enjoy our great festival Durga puja with new clothes, different colorful lights by 

decorating our homes with full enjoyments. We try to make  these 5 days  happiest .







 


I think you enjoy my blog.

Thank you.


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Friday, 16 October 2020

BENEFITS OF DRY FRUITS, SWEET AND SOUR DRY FRUITS CHUTNEY

Dry fruits are most important things to boost immunity power of our body. At this pandemic situation we are fighting with different viruses and we are anxious about this. We eat various fresh fruits and vegetables for our health. Dry fruits like dates, black raisins, sweet tamarinds, plums (aloo Bukhara) are so helpful for our healthy body.




I thought about to cook dry fruits chutney (because I love any chutney, it is my first liking.)

First I want to discuss about the benefits of dry fruits with you.

DATES: Dates are fruit of date palm tree. It is very nutritious. Dates are high in fiber which is important 

for overall health. These are full of disease fighting antioxidants, several minerals and vitamins.

There are 3 important antioxidants in dates. These are flavonoids, carotenoids, phenolic acid.

Dates are healthy substitute of white sugar in some recipes due to sweet taste.

BLACK RAISINS: Black raisins are full of antioxidants, reduce acidity (straightens the digestive system), prevent 

osteoporosis, fight against cancer cells and lower risk of heart disease (maintain cardiovascular health). Soaked 

black raisins in water are blood purifiers and boost immunity system. They are high in sugar and calories but as 

contain low glycemic index helpful for blood sugar, protects from bad cholesterol, prevents from anemia and

 insomnia. It is rich in vitamins and minerals (potassium calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sodium) also, acts as laxative.

SWEET TAMARIND: Sweet tamarind pulp is the power house of antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E, K, 

and B6), minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, calcium. It improves digestive system and solve 

abdominal problems, have immunity boosting properties, manages diabetes, help to reduce heart related issues keeps your bone strong and can help lower your blood pressure


.ALOO BUKHARA:  Prunes are actually the dried version of European plums and are also known as 

dried plum. In India, the prune (both dried and fresh) is known as Aloo Bukhara in Hindi. It is well 

known as plum, good for eye health, prevents from constipation, reduces risk of heart diseases. It 

improves immune system, slowdown aging process and effective killers of breast cancer. 

Now I am sharing with you my favorite dry fruits chutney recipe …..

 INGREDIENTS: 1) Dates, sweet tamarind (peel off the skin and take only seeds), black raisins, aloo Bokhara---equal amount.

2) sugar--- according to your taste.

3) Dry roasted whole cumin seeds --- 1 ½ teaspoons.( it should be half dust or crushed)

4) For tempering--- dry red chili (1 or 2), whole mustard seeds (1 ½ teaspoons)


5) White oil--- 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

HOW TO MAKE: Wash all dry fruits properly and soak for 10 minutes.  Keep a pan on oven. Pour 

white oil in it. Add whole mustard seeds, dry red chili. Wait for 2 minutes for a flavored aroma. Now 

add all dry fruits and sauté it. Add little required salt, ginger in it. After 8 to 10 minutes pour sugar and

stir. Wait for thick consistency when it fully boiled. Keep watching that it will remain in their (dry 

fruits) own shape. 





Take out from gas; add flavored dust dry roasted cumin seeds on it. This chutney is so yummy and mouth watering as well as healthy one.







I am very happy to share it with you because I really love it. You may take it during lunch or dinner 

also. If you are health conscious you can prepare it with jaggery powder instead of sugar.



Thank you to bear me.


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Sunday, 20 September 2020

DRAGON FRUIT, FULL OF NUTRIENTS



Yesterday my husband bought 2 dragon fruits from the market. At that moment it  came to my 

mind to share with you the benefits of dragon fruits. And so I am writing this blog.

Dragon fruit is one type of cactus also known as Honolulu queen, whose flower only open at night.

Today it is grown all over the world but this plant is native to southern Mexico and Central America.

It goes by name strawberry pear also.




Its taste is like a combination of kiwi and pear.

It is a source of iron, magnesium and fiber and so it is highly nutrient dense fruit.

IT CONTAINS:

a)      Low calorie

b)      Several antioxidants, these are compound that protects your cells from free radicals( unstable molecules which are the cause of chronic diseases)

c)       Vitamin C (rejuvenate the skin)

Dragon fruit reduces the risk of heart disease 

Protect good cholesterol.

Protect brain health.

It is low calorie fruit that contains less sugar and less carbohydrate than any other tropical fruit.

 

HOW TO  EAT: The selection of bright red dragon fruit is necessary. Slice it with sharp knife to eat 

the fruit out of the skin and scoop out the pulp. You may include it in fruit salad with another fruit or 

simply slice it up and eat as it is.



Though it is slightly expensive than any other fruit but its food value helps you to protect from diseases.

 So start eating regularly dragon fruit.

Happy to share you

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

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Thursday, 17 September 2020

BENGALI SHABEKI (AUTHENTIC) THALI

 



In my previous blog I discussed about monsoon thali of Bengal.We like nonveg foods as well as veg. 

So many nonveg thali are there for us. But there are also veg thali have for Bengalis. Today I am 

sharing with you a veg bengali authentic thali which is so much mouth watering .I am telling about the 

thali which is full of mash kolai dal (bengali white biulir dal), potato smash (alu bhate), mixed 

vegetable of potato and poppy seeds(Alu posto)with white hot rice.In our childhood my grandma 

cooked this thali in every saturday for niramish (veg) khana.

Biulir dal cooks white in color with the paste of fennel seeds and ginger.  A beautiful aroma comes out 

by adding hing (aesofotida) in dal.


Smashed potato called alu bhate is another special item in the thali. Tempering with fried whole cumin 


seeds and dry red chili in mustered oil add a good flavor in alu bhate.I always eager to take it. 


Last one is alu posto , we don’t use turmeric powder in this recipe. So mixed vegetable of potato and 

poppy seed is white, with brown layer of poppy seeds looks so yummy.


















The compact authentic dish looks so delicious and tasty also.

Happy to share it.

THANK YOU.


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