Monday, 29 June 2020

Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo Recipe

Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo Recipe

This recipe of Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo is a recipe I discovered while chatting  about food and what to cook with my co sister Ms Meena Parikh. She is a member of my extended  Gujarati family as my daughter is married into that household. 

Makai Ni Dano

This is Gujarati snack  or dish made for a meal too. It is made from desi corn or white corn as I was told. This specific recipe is from south Gujarat from the  Panch Mahal Jilah.  However now sweet corn is the best available option. In some part of Gujarat, it is known as Makai khichdi.

The taste of makai no dano is a perfect blend of spiciness and   sweetness.  The heat  comes from ground garam masala ( cloves, peppercorns and cinnamon) and green chilies. The sweetness comes from the corn and added sugar that Gujaratis love to add to any dish they cook. 

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 2

Sweet corn


1 cup sweet corn
1 tsp ghee
1 cup milk
2 tbsp fresh cream 
1 piece grated ginger
2 finely chopped green chillies
1 tsp sugar
Few cloves, peppercorns and one cinnamon stick(grind to a powder)
5 sprigs of coriander leaves
Salt to taste 


1. Roughly grind the sweet corn in a mixer grinder jar.

2.  Heat the ghee in a non-stick pan.

3. Add the ginger paste and chillies to the pan. Saute for a minute.

4. Add the Corn  paste  to the pan now and mix it well.

5. Slow cook for 2 minutes stirring occasionally. You can cover pan and cook to avoid a splatter.

6. Now add one cup milk and cook further for 5 minutes.

7. Add salt, sugar, ground garam masala, and mix it well. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in between to prevent sticking.

8. Lastly keep the frame on low and add the fresh cream. Switch off the gas.

9. Uncover the lid and add chopped coriander leaves at the end.

10. Now serve it like a snack or baste. Or at mealtime with roti.

Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo Recipe

Enjoy the Makai no Dano while it hot. Trust me if you cook it once, you will get so addicted to the taste that it will remain on your family menu forever.

Friday, 12 June 2020

3 Ingredient Prawn Shezwan Stir Fry.

Prawn Shezwan Stir Fry.-  3 ingredient recipe?

Prawn Shezwan Stir Fry.

How is it even possible? You ask me. And what if I told you to check the hashtag #3ingredientrecipe on TikTok. You will be surprised at the super scrumptious and delicious recipes you can cook up.

For starters, main course, and even desserts.  My daughter Zenia Irani took up the three-ingredient challenge to make the most delicious mouthwatering ore truffles.

Here is the three ingredients recipe I tried that was quite successful and delicious too.


1 cup deveined and shelled prawns
1/2 cup of Shezwan sauce
3-4 spring onions


1. Wash the prawns thoroughly and chop the onions and greens. Keep separate for use.

2. Take a pan and add the Shezwan sauce and chopped onions. Saute for two to three minutes on medium flame. The Shezwan sauce contains oil and salt so there is no need to add extra.

3. Now to in the prawns and stir it in the mixture. Cover the pan with a lid and cook till prawns are done.

4. You can now open the lid and add the spring onion greens and serve the dish piping hot.

5. It serves as a great appetizer or side dish with pot rice.

Here is a video to explain the entire recipe.


A friend of mine tried a similar recipe with a twist. She added garlic butter, and Thai sweet chili sauce. Amazing looking isn't it. And yes. It was a 3 ingredients recipe as well.

Bon Appetit!!

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Watermelon Rose Drink - Sherbet E Mohhabat.

Those were the days!! When Summer months meant shopping outdoors at Crawford market in the hot afternoons.  All drenched in sweat, hands filled with shopping bags, and looking out for a thirst quencher cum cooling drinker. Instant refreshment can be achieved from street vendors selling different kinds of milk juices, mango, apple, and yes, this one Sherbat E Mohhabat.


Sherbet E Mohhabat.

Watermelon is the main ingredient, along with rose flavoured milk. Together, it is blended to make a delicious and beautiful pinkish. Freshly small pieces of watermelon chunks are added to the milk, which gives it a refreshing bite and character. Some people even add falooda seeds for a really cooling effect on the tummy.  I made the drink with just three basic ingredients and ice cubes.


Half a watermelon
1 cup rose syrup ( Roohafza)
Half litre milk
1 cup of ice cubes
Falooda seeds optional


1. Boil the milk and then set aside to chill.
2. Deseed the watermelon and cut it into small pieces like tutti-frutti
3. While assembling the drink, mix the ice cubes in the milk to chill it further.
4. Now add the rose syrup and mix well.
5. In the end mix in the water melon pieces.
6. Pour it in a glass and further top it with more chopped watermelon.
7.  Serve it chilled.

A super easy and quick recipe that is popular as pyar Mohabbat sharbat in the streets of Delhi. It can be enjoyed during Ramadan and hot summers too. Here is my Youtube video of the making of the sherbet.

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Easy Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli Recipe

 Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli

Dal Dhokli is a traditional dish usually prepared in Gujarati as well as Rajasthani households. While in Rajasthan it is tempered with whole garam masala and is spicy the Gujarati version is sweet and tangy yet bursting with the right delectable flavours. 

Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli

 It is a wholesome meal made by simmering whole wheat flour bits in Dal along with various other spices and condiments. This one is prepared in my kitchen with the help and demonstration of Ms. Meena Parikh is a real pro at this dish. But guess what? My dish turned out so well, that I perfectly know how to make it again, thanks to this easy recipe.


For dal:
1 cup Toor dal (wash and soak for an hour)
4-5 cups water
1 tsp oil
1 tsp ghee
2 tbsp peanuts
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp cumin/jeera
1 chili, broken
A pinch of asafetida ( hing)
1 tsp grated ginger paste
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp lemon juice
¾ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp coriander powder
4-5 cloves
1 stick cinnamon
Small piece jaggery / gud
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves for garnish 

For the dhokli:

1 cup wheat flour / atta
¼ tsp turmeric
½ tsp red chili powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp oil
Water for kneading


1. First put the toor dal in the pressure cooker with 2 cups of water, salt and turmeric powder for 15 minutes to cook till it’s mushy. 

2. Now knead the dhokli dough. Take a flat dish, add the atta, salt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, oil and slowly add water to knead into thick dough. Keep aside till dal is ready. 

3. Take a kadai and add the cooked dal, 2 to 3 cups of more water to it. Add the grated ginger, peanuts, jaggery ,  whole red chillies and 1 tsp lemon juice to the boiling dal. You will ask me, why is the dal so watery? well it is fr the dhokli to soak up the water and cook.

4. Now roll the dhokli dough like a chappati and cut it into rectangular strips as shown in the picture. 

5. Once the dal begins to a boil, drop in dhokli pieces one by one and give a gentle mix.

6. Let it simmer for 5 to 8 minutes.

7. Take a tiny vessel, add the half oil and ghee to it. Now to this heated oil add cumin and coriander seeds, Asafetida powder, cloves, and cinnamon. Switch off the gas, add coriander and chili powder to the oil.

8. Pour this over the dal and mix it well. By now the dal dhokli must have thickened by absorbing the water in the dhokli.

9. Lastly, add the chopped coriander leaves. 

Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli

10. Serve it hot with rice and a tall glass of chaas (buttermilk). Do not forget a squeeze of lime and a drizzle of delicious Desi Ghee before you sit for your meal to relish the Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli

Monday, 11 May 2020

Easy Punjabi Chole Recipe

Cooking without any house help for over a month now.  The other day I was craving restaurant-style chole like crazy. So I went through my school days recipe book to realize it's not so difficult at all. While I soaked up the chickpeas one night in advance, I also searched my kitchen pantry for the ingredients and yes, I did have most of them.

Easy Punjabi Chole Recipe

So here is my modified lockdown Easy Punjabi Chole Recipe.


2 tbsp cooking oil
2 cups of chickpeas (before soaking)
2 finely chopped or grated onions
5 pureed tomatoes
1 teabag
3-4 cloves
1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tbsp Chole Masala powder
1 tsp cumin powder
 3/4 teaspoon red chili powder
1/2 tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp anardana ( or Amchur powder)
1 tbsp ghee
1 tbsp ginger juliennes
Coriander for garnish
Salt to taste

Ant Chole Lovers in the house?


1. The next day or after 12 hours of soaking you can add the chickpeas to a pressure cooker with a pinch of salt and the teabag.

2. Let it cook for 15 minutes in the cooker. Once cool, open the lid of the pressure cooker.

3. Discard the tea bag, but do not throw away the water.

4. In a Kadai heat 2 tbsp of oil. Once it is hot, add the cloves and grated onions. Fry the onions until they turn golden brown in color.

5. Now add the ginger-garlic paste and cook for 3-4 minutes till the smell of ginger-garlic diminishes.

6. Lower the flame and add the tomato puree, stir and let it cook for 12-15 minutes on medium-low flame.

7. Now add the chole masala, red chili powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder, salt and stir it well.

8. Add the chickpeas and add them to the tomato-onion mixture, stir till all the chickpeas are coated with spices, around 2 minutes.

9. You can add the water if the gravy thickens up while cooking.

10. Add the anardana powder and simmer for another 15 minutes.

12. Now in a separate small pan, add ghee and the ginger julienne to it. Fry till the juliennes are golden brown in color and add to the chole.

13. Now garnish with coriander leaves and serve it hot with bhatura,  puri or rice.

Easy Punjabi Chole Recipe

However, I served it up with fresh protein bread, salad, and some raita. It tasted equally delicious. And you can plus or minus masalas according to the availability in your kitchen. Don't forget two steps, add a teabag while cooking the chickpeas and the ginger in ghee step for that delicious Punjabi Chole Recipe.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Z- Easy Zafrani Murg, Mughlai Style

Hello Foodie and friends,

Wish to have a rich Mughlai type gravy dish? Do you think the process is very elaborate and difficult? Well, not if you work smart and follow the easy steps listed below. I made this delicious Zafrani Murg with cashew nuts, garam masala,  yogurt and saffron as the main flavouring agents.


    500 gms Chicken (boneless cooks faster)
1 tsp Red Chilli powder
100 gms curd
1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
10-12 strands Saffron Soaked in 2 tbsp warm milk
10 Cashew Nuts Soaked in warm water
1 cup Fried Onions (Birista)
1 tsp chicken tandoori masala
3-4 drops Kewra Essence
2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Coriander Powder
½ tsp cumin powder
1 tbsp ghee
3 tbsp Oil
Whole Garam Masalas (3-4 Green Cardamom, 4-5 Black peppercorns, 3-4 Cloves, 1 inch Cinnamon)
Salt to taste


1. First, marinate the chicken with curd turmeric and salt and keep aside till needed.

2. Then take the fried onions and cashew nuts and blend in a mixer to make a thick paste. You can add a little water to make it easier.

3. Heat the ghee and oil in a pan. 

When this is hot, the dry whole spices of green cardamom, black peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon stick. Fry for a few seconds.

4. Now add the paste in the pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on low flame.

5. Now add cumin powder, ginger garlic paste, yogurt, red chili powder, coriander powder,garam masala powder, and salt.

6. Cover the Kadai and cook on low flame for another 2 to 3 minutes.

7. Now add the chicken and blend it in, stir and cook covering the pan for 10 more minutes.

8. Open the pan to add the saffron in milk and kewra essence and cook for another two minutes till chicken is done.

9. Now garnish with coriander leaves and fried onions. Serve hot with naan or rice and a dash of lime.

With this recipe postbI complete my BlogchatterA2Z Challenge 2020. 

Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo Recipe

Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo Recipe This recipe of Makai no Dano or Makai no Chevdo is a recipe I discovered while chatting  about food ...