Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Strawberry Jam

Any type of Jam is favorite among all Children. When it is of Strawberry in red attractive colour then their smile get wider. After reading about the event , Veggie/ Fruit a Month- strawberry hosted by Pari, I decided to try this lovely jam. Thanks Pari dear, I got the real chance to try out something which was long pending.


Strawberries - 2 cups

Sugar - 1,1/2 cup

Lemon Juice - 2 tablespoon


Wash and clean strawberries. Now chop it very finely. In a non stick pan mix strawberries, sugar and lemon juice. Keep it on low flame. Stir it till the sugar dissolve completely. Now keep it on medium flame. Boil it for 8-10 minutes, stirring in between. To check if it is done or not, take little mixture and put it on cold plate, if it doesn't spread it means it is done. After cooling, store it in fridge. Lovely to eat with bread, toast or make a jam-chapati Roll. You can feel little pieces of strawberry while eating this Jam.

This goes to Pari's event Veggie/ Fruit a Month- strawberry  initiated by Priya.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bhurka... A variety of chutney

You must be surprised with the name…..right? I think even very few Maharashtrian would know this recipe. It is my Mai Aaji special recipe from Marathwada. It's a very simple, tasty and crunchy type of chutney. You can have it with chapati, paratha, bhakri, Gakar or bread. You can store it for 8-10 days.


Thick Poha- 2-3 tablespoons

Urad Papad - 1

Danyach Kut (Roasted peanut powder) - 2 tablespoons

Garlic cloves -3-4

Red chilli powder - 2 teaspoons

Mustard seeds - 1/4 teaspoon

Oil - 4 tablespoons

Salt as per taste.

Chop garlic cloves. Fry or roast papad and crush it finely. Heat oil in Kadai. Add mustard seeds. When it starts spluttering, add chopped garlic . When it turns to light brown add Poha very slowly. Because of oil Poha will get nicely fried. Then off the flame. Now add crushed papad, red chilli powder, salt & Danyacha Kut (Roasted peanut powder) and mix wel. Within 2 minutes crunchy Bhurka is ready. It awesome tastes with Gakar.

This goes to Kurinji's "HRH – Rice Flakes" event

Some more Recipes of Poha for the event.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Matkichi Usal

As PJ has announced her event, 'Flavours Of Maharashtra'. I was thinking to post one typical Maharashtrian recipe which I have not posted yet. Most popular and favorite dish of Maharashtrian people is Matki chi Usal. Matki means Moth beans. Usal means Sprouted beans. This Matki is also used in Misal of Misal-Pav. There are many ways to make this Usal according to different region in Maharashtra. In school days we used to eat this usal in a bowl topped with Sev and chopped onion & coriander as a evening snack. Wow it tastes awesome, just try it. Today I'll tell you the simplest and regular method used in my house.


Matki - 1cup

Onion - 1

Tomato - 1

Peanut - 2 tablespoon

Red chilli - 1-2

Curry leaves - 3-4

Red chilli powder - 1 teaspoon

Goda Masala - 1 teaspoon

Jagerry - 1 teaspoon

Turmeric Powder - 1/2 teaspoon

Asafetida - 1 pinch

Oil - 2 teaspoon

Mustard seeds - 1/2 teaspoon

Chopped coriander and grated fresh coriander for garnishing.

Salt as per taste

Wash Matki and keep it in a large bowl. Add 2 cups of water and cover it with lead. Soak the seeds for about 10 hours. Then drain out water, rinse it with fresh water and again drain it. Now transfer it to a sprout maker or else tie it tightly in a smooth cotton cloth for 8- 10 hrs.

In a kadai heat oil, put mustard seeds when it starts spluttering add turmeric powder, curry leaves, peanuts and asafetida. Saute it for a minute.Then add chopped onion and saute it for two minutes. Then add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till it becomes very soft. Now add sprouted matki, red chilly powder, goda masala. Pour some water , keep lead and cook it for 5-10 minutes. Now add jaggery and salt. Mix wel. Again cover it and cook till Matki cooks properly. It's depend upon everyone's choice, whether you like very soft makti or little crunchy. Garnish it with chopped coriander and fresh coconut. Serve with Chapati.

This goes to As PJ's event, 'Flavours Of Maharashtra' and Naina

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