Sheetal Kamat

Pakoda - Bhaji is quite famous in Maharashtra. All weddings must have these, when guests are invited, you have to have this item. Its been quite long time since we had bhaji so i decided to make them on Monday but decided to give it a twist. Given that eggplant is so easily available here i thought why not use it. The experiment was quite successful so here is the recipe.

Eggplant Bhaji
2 Cup diced Eggplant
1 Onion
1 Spoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 Spoon Turmeric Powder
1/2 Spoon Coriander Powder
1/4 Spoon Jeera Powder
1/2 Cup Besan
Handful Coriander Leaves
Salt to taste

  • Mix in diced eggplant, diced onion, chilli powder, besan, turmeric powder, jeera powder, coriander powder, finely chopped coriander leaves and salt to taste. Add in some water to make the paste.
  • Heat oil. Add couple of spoon of oil to the paste and mix well.
  • Take a small lemon sized ball from the paste and flatten it a bit
  • Fry on medium heat till done on both sides. Serve immediately

Normally i would wait around 5 minutes after mixing all ingredients but before adding water. The salt with all the veggies secrets water so if you wait your paste doesn't end up loosing consistency later on while you are in the middle of frying.

Sheetal Kamat

This is Ajoy's favorite flavor in ice-cream which i finally made last Saturday. This is so easy and tasty flavor that i wonder why i didn't make it earlier. The texture of the ice-cream came out so well, so much better than the store bought ice-cream.

Vanilla Ice-cream
1 liter Milk
3.5 Cup Cream
2 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Vanilla Extract

  • In a mixie blend sugar and 1/2 liter of milk together till sugar completely till it dissolves.
  • In a bowl mix the milk-sugar mixture, cream and vanilla extract and whisk with fork till everything is combined.
  • Set the mixture in ice-cream bowl according to the ice-cream maker's instructions.

I used heavy whipping cream instead of light whipping cream so if using light whipping cream, you may need to use 4.5 cups of cream instead for the smooth flavor.

Sheetal Kamat

I had made this earlier too but today i thought i would make this for milind and ajoy. Its one of ajoy's favorite sweet dish and so easy to make.

1 Liter Milk
3/4 Cup Rice
1.25 cup Jaggery

  • Boil the milk and reduce to 3/4th.
  • Wash rice and and add it to the boiling milk. Let it cook completely.
  • Take off the heat once the rice is cooked completely. Add in grated jaggery
  • Mix well and let it dissolve completely. Chill and serve.

Cook the milk and rice over medium heat with constant stirring so as to avoid burning.

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