Mishti Doi or Bengali Jaggery Sweetened Yogurt is my childhood favorite. Mishti Doi is a fermented sweet yogurt and a Bengali delicacy. I don’t have any Bengali roots but still, I enjoy having chilled Misthi Doi from an earthen pot. I believe earthen pot enhances the taste of the dahi and it also absorbs excess moisture. This jaggery sweetened yogurt serves the purpose of dessert for me. This doi has a strong smoky aroma and taste of jaggery when combined with yogurt tastes so good. This is not the authentic Mishti Doi recipe. Because Mishti Doi is usually made with sugar or caramelized sugar or Nolen gur (date jaggery) but here I have used only jaggery.
Laal Mishti Doi Recipe
This is the traditional way of making Mishti Doi which is time taking. You will need almost 6-8 hours depending on the local weather for the yogurt to set. The milk is boiled over a low flame so that it reduces from its original volume, then sugar or jaggery or date jaggery is added to it. Allow the milk to cool for some time just when it is slightly warm then add an active culture of yogurt and mix well. Pour the entire mixture into the earthen pots and leave it for 6hrs to 12 hrs or overnight in warm and dry place to set firm and thick. And enjoy it as a dessert or with your meal. Little caramelized sugar is also added to give reddish brown color if using regular sugar. But in this case, jaggery gives an amazing reddish brown colour to it.
Now you know how to make Mishti Doi at home, it’s simple and easy, so give this recipe a try. And do share your comments and feedbacks in the section below. Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook.
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Every happy occasion is celebrated with “Kuch Meetha” in our culture. And almost all festivals or occasions are associated with a ritual of making something sweet. I am sharing this post of Sweet Coconut Samosa with a twist of salted caramel sauce. Sounds interesting? These baked sweet samosas can be made for any occasion or even on festivals for guests and salted caramel sauce makes it tastes even better. One more recipe with a twist is on the blog Rice pudding with Vanilla Flavor.
The coconut filling I used in these samosas is inspired by Udiche Modak. Yes, right those steamed Modaks made during Ganpati festival because I simply love it. The sweetness given by jaggery with a dash of freshly grounded cardamom powder to the shredded coconut tastes so good. I used the Sprig’s Whole Green Cardamom and it’s the best. I was having some spring roll sheets with me so I used it to make the samosas but you can use the regular samosa dough too, just ensure you roll it thinner than regular samosas.
Sprig’s Salted Caramel Sauce #GourmetEveryday
I am a true lover of salted caramel flavor be it popcorns, frozen yogurt, shakes. I am the happiest person after receiving a jar of Salted Caramel Sauce from SPRIG gourmet. This luscious milk cream caramel has a touch of pristine sea salt. I am totally hooked to it and simply licking it with a big spoon just like that because it is soooooo yum. You may also top this Sprig Salted Caramel sauce over a cake or fruit salad, fill in pies, or drizzle over ice cream or puddings.
In this recipe, I have baked the samosas in the oven instead of frying it however you can fry it too. Once, the samosas are done finally top it up with lots of salted caramel sauce. With Christmas and New Year around this is a recipe you can definitely try. Let me know, if you try the recipe and do share your feedback in the comment section.
I am sharing the recipe of Phirni with vanilla flavor. Phirni is a rich, creamy dessert with dry fruits. Phirni tastes best when served chilled in a clay pot or container. The festival season has already begun and I am sure the preparation, shopping, cooking has already started. The best things about these festivals are lots of good food, family time together and a break from our busy schedule. In our culture, festivals are majorly associated with food, sweets, savory snacks especially for Diwali. I am always more excited for the Diwali festival because of the beautiful lights, decorative Rangolis, few crackers (of course), and sweets.
Traditional Indian sweets are hands down the best, but here I tried to give some twist to the Phirni recipe. In order, that there can be something new on the Diwali special menu. So, this time I gave a slight twist to this rice-based creamy pudding Phirni by giving it a mild flavor of vanilla and cranberries. For the vanilla flavor, I used Demerara Sugar infused with Real Madagascar Vanilla. It is a different kind of sugar with natural, caramel-like flavor of the rich golden Demerara sugar crystals. Not only does it gives an amazing flavor, but nice color and also a pleasant vanilla aroma to the dish. SPRIG’s vanilla sugar is best for sprinkling on cookies or also for giving vanilla flavor to cakes, beverages or baked items.
I also used a pinch of freshly ground cardamom powder made from SPRIG’s green cardamom from Kerala. This is one of the best aromatic cardamoms that I have used. The aroma of cardamom remains in your hand, even by just holding it in your hand for a minute. I have used dried cranberries, it is optional you can add any berries or dry fruits of your choice.
You can order the Demerara Sugar infused with Real Madagascar Vanilla and Green Cardamom from Kerala – SPRIG from amazon. Link mentioned below:
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No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake
I have said a big “no” to the all purpose flour cake. When you are baking a cake for yourself why not bake the healthier version of it.I am talking here about a healthy cake, which has oats, banana, flaxseeds and yogurt. No Butter, No Oil – Eggless Chocolate Oats Banana Cake. Sounds healthy and tastes good too. You know what stops me from baking a cake frequently at home is Butter and yes, oil too. It has happened almost every time that when I came across any interesting cake recipe I very enthusiastically read it. The moment I go read the ingredient section and after reading the insane amount of Butter or Oil and Cream is added to it, my interest is gone. I know it sounds weird and trust me, I have got such reactions like “Come on it a “Cake”, it can’t be butter or oil free.
Gulit free and Healthy Cake
And I say “why not” ! I am not a very healthy eater but I think if you are eating out you really don’t have control over it. But if you are at home then you can have the full control over the ingredients. It’s a good idea to find a recipe of a cake, which you can be eaten guilt free and baked more frequently. Ok, I agree that it might not be that moist or that goooooood like a normal cake is but I think that’s not bad at all. Recipe of another amazing Whole wheat Oats Banana Cake with Egg and without Egg is on the blog (click the link)
Yes, It’s a no butter or oil cake recipe. I skipped adding any oil or butter to it. Try it you might like it too, and thank me later 🙂
Since holi is around so this post becomes special as making Dahi Vada is like a ritual at my place. This Dahi vada post becomes more special because it’s non-fried and steamed. I feel so proud when I make something healthy or find a healthy version of some recipe which tastes as good as the original dish.
Fried Vada or Steamed Vadas?
Why opt for fried food when we can recreate the same taste with the healthy alternative. You should bookmark this steamed dahi vada or non-fried dahi vada recipe or try it on this Holi festival and surprise your guests by telling that it’s not fried.
Soft dahi vada dipped in sweet and salty yogurt and topped with tamarind chutney tastes simply yum. I made this with a combination of urad daal and moong daal. You will be needing fruit salt like eno while making this non-fried dahi vada. Use your idli maker for making these dahi vadas and dip them in hot water for few minutes and they are ready to be served.
Try out this simple recipe and I am sure you will love it. Share your feedback or suggestions in the comment section and don’t forget to tag me if you post them on social media. I am on facebook, twitter and Instagram.
We all love South Indian dishes and the different varieties of chutneys served with these dishes are interesting. I remember my visit to “Chutneys” in Hyderabad and Waao ! they serve five-six variations of chutney to relish with the South Indian dishes. This Green Coriander Coconut Chutney Recipe was tried first time due to unavailability of few ingredients at home. Earlier I used to make only the traditional coconut chutney with idli or dosa which is also served in almost all the restaurants or anna’s stall but now depending upon time and availability of ingredients I love to give it some twist like adding tomatoes and onions. The tomato onion coconut chutney recipe is already on the blog, click the link for the recipe.
This time I made Green Coriander Coconut chutney. It’s very simple to make and can be prepared quickly. You can serve it with appam, dosa, Uttapam or idllies. To make this green coriander chutney all you need is fresh coriander leaves, coconut, green chilies, curd and garlic pod which is optional. You can add tempering or you can skip it if you want to keep it oil free as I have skipped it.
I have also shared the recipe of tomato-onion coconut chutney, Rawa idli and spicy sambhar on the blog. I am a big dosa fan and if you follow me on Instagram @savorytales you will definitely be knowing this. If you give it a try, do share your feedback and comment about this recipe.
At my place, Roasted eggplant or Baingan Bharta is made with Litti or Batti but it is very different from the Punjabi Baingan Bharta. My dad is a big fan of Punjabi Baingan bharta. He orders it at almost every restaurant or Dhaba where we had a meal with him. We had some amazing and some horrible experience of Baigan Bharta ordered at a restaurant or Dhaba. (I hope he reads this :P) The Dhaba style Punjabi Baingan Bharta recipe has never disappointed us so far. There is something really amazing about Dhaba style food, rich in taste and it makes you crave for more. For me, road trips are also exciting because of these midway Dhaba lunches or snack breaks and the enticing food they offer.
Baigan ka Bharta is a simple dish made with the eggplant also known as aubergines roasted directly over the fire till it is charred, mashed well and then cooked along with commonly used Indian spice powders, but the smoky flavor of the roasted Baigan is the main highlight of the dish. The smoky flavor adds a different dimension to the dish so I will insist not to miss this step. Baigan Bharta with sattu paratha or tandoori roti with a dollop of ghee tastes really divine. I tried to make this Indian burnt aubergine curry or roasted eggplant curry at home this time and it turned out to be really good.
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Dahi Sev Batata Puri or Dahi Puri is a popular snack or chaat item which is especially popular in Maharastra. Dahi Puri is simply yummy with sweet, sour and spicy flavors in it. The puris are filled with boiled potatoes, chutney, onion and dahi. You can use tamarind and green coriander chutney for making Dahi Puri. If you follow me on Instagram you know I love chaats and street food and especially Pani Puri. I start craving for it if I don’t have it for long.
This Dahi Sev Batata Puri Recipe video is also very special because this is my first recipe video and let me tell you this blogging has made me learn so many new things. I was a complete zero in all this video making and editing thing but I thought of diversifying into vlogging as well and thus, my research and study about video making and editing started. I am glad I made my first recipe video ALL by myself and posted it with lots of thoughts and fear in my mind but I am glad as the comments and response are really encouraging.
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Sundays are usually chicken curry day at my place. Fish curry is made rarely may be because everyone likes only “Rohu” fish at my place which requires time and a lot of patience to eat it. I first time had Pomfret Masala Fry in Daman at a shack and I really liked it. This spicy masala coated pomfret fry was melt-in-mouth and with a dash of lemon, it tasted absolutely delicious. I tried the deep fried version of pomfret fry at Tarkarli (locally called: pamphlet) but didn’t like it much.
Fried Pomfret or Pomfret Tawa Fry:
I will anytime choose Tawa fry version over deep fried for not only health reasons but also because I like that spicy masala that coats the fish. You can also make Tandoori pomfret by cooking the fish in tandoori masala, this would be a healthier option. Let me share some basic benefits of adding fish in your diet. Fishes are the rich source of essential fatty acids (omega-3 fatty acids)and minerals. It also contains a good amount of iodine which is critical for the thyroid gland. Thus, Pomfret is good for eyesight, healthy hair and skin.
On one such Sunday morning, we went to the fish market to buy “Rohu” fish but I also got tempted to try making Pomfret Fish Masala Fry at home. It’s really simple and easy to make. The fish gets cooked in 10-15 minutes and marination is advisable for 15 minutes. Cooking this fish in mustard oil adds more flavor to the dish. Use non-stick pan or kadhai to prepare Pomfret Masala Tawa fry so that the masala don’t stick in the pan or kadai.
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Indian meals are incomplete without chutneys and pickles. So many varieties of chutney are made in India. The variations can be sweet, spicy or tangy. Green coriander chutney or Dhaniya chutney is one of my favorite as it compliments many dishes such as chaat, pakoras, samosas, vada, sandwiches or other snack items too. This chutney is really easy to make and during winters you can make and store it in the refrigerator. It can last for a week easily. Do check the recipe of egg chops and khaman dhokla with which I love to savor this chutney.
I have posted the recipe of Egg chops and Moong Dal Bhajiya which tastes amazing with this green coriander chutney. You can make this in large quantity and keep it in the refrigerator in airtight container. This one is a no onion and garlic recipe, but you can add one or two cloves of garlic if you want as per your taste. You can also check out the Coconut chutney with tomatoes recipe which goes very well with South Indian dishes.
Try out this simple green coriander chutney or dhaniya chutney. And do share with me the interesting variations of chutney that you make.