Saturday, 15 October 2016

Prawns Pulav - कोलंबी भात

Prawns Pulav - in Marathi


Delicious pulav made with prawns and basmati rice .

Use of less spices and coconut milk gives this pulav a very mild and  aromatic flavour .

Serve it hot, garnished with fresh chopped coriander leaves .





Ingredients :

1 cup......................white prawns ( shelled and thread removed)
2 cups.....................basmati rice
1........................onions ( finely chopped)
2 tbsp.................ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp.................red chilly powder
1 tsp...................turmeric powder
1/2 tsp.................. garam masala ( only cloves, cardamom and cinnamon)
1 tsp.....................dhana jeera powder
1 cup....................coconut milk
3 cups ...................water
2 tbsp...................oil
fistful....................coriander leaves ( chopped)





Method :

Remove the shells of the prawns and the black thick thread inside.

Wash them thoroughly .

Apply all dry masalas, ginger garlic paste and salt and marinate the prawns for 1 hour.

In a non stick vessel add oil and saute onions till golden in color.

Add marinated prawns and stir fry till all the water evaporates.

Remove the prawns and in same oil add washed basmati rice and stir fry it.

The rice grains give out nice aroma after 5/10 minutes.

Now again add the prawns , coconut milk and water and cook till done on  slow flame.

Cover the lid and cook for around 20 to 30 minutes.

While serving add the chopped coriander leaves and served with roasted papad and raita.





Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Firni ( traditional Indian sweet )



Traditionally served in earthen pots and decorated with rose petals phirni is one of the most royal and  rich desserts usually made on special occasions.

As today being a very auspicious day of  Dussehra , I planned to make this lovely simple dessert .

Though traditionally it is mildly flavoured with just rose water and cardamoms , I used saffron , almonds and pistachios to make it more rich .






Ingredients : 

2 tbsp - basmati rice ( long grain fragrant rice )
1/2 litre - full cream milk
1/2 cup - sugar
2 tbsp - almonds slivers
2 tbsp - pistachio slivers
1/4 tsp - cardamom powder
a pinch - saffron strands
1/2 tsp - rose water


Method :

Wash the rice and soak it in water for at least half an hour.

Grind this soaked rice to a smooth paste in a grinder.

Mix this paste with little milk and keep aside.

Boil the remaining milk in a thick bottomed pan.

Add sugar , rose water and cardamom to the milk .

Soak saffron in 2 tbsp of hot milk and keep aside.

When the milk starts boiling add the above rice paste.

Keep on stirring constantly on a low or medium flame.

When the mixture thickens add saffron milk , and half the almond and pistachios.

Put it in small bowls or earthen pots and keep it in the fridge .

Serve this phirni completely chilled , garnished with remaining almonds n pistachios.