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Friday, July 30, 2021

Veg Nurgisi Kofta curry

Nargisi Kofta is a rich exotic mughlai kofta curry. The recipe is a combination of mutton keema and boiled eggs. 
Nargisi kofta curry also known as scotch egg, is marinated mutton keema wrapped around hard boil eggs and braised in spicy rich yogurt gravy.
Vegetarians make it with paneer. 
But as you all know that I am very fond of Jack fruit so I made it using raw Jack fruit and instead of egg I used paneer.
I made my own style rich gravy using tomatoes besides yogurt. 
As I am vegetarian so I made my veg version of this dish for my son and myself, and for my husband I made egg curry but he didn't like egg curry and instead he had nargisi kofta and he loved it very much. 
I was so happy that he liked it. 

Kathal/Jack fruit is largely grown in tropical or close to tropical climate, It is largest fruit in the world. 

We can use raw jack fruit in various dishes like curry,  kofta, kebabas and many more and also make lot of desserts using ripe jack fruit. 

Let's start to make my version of dish named veg nargisi kofta curry. 

Preparation Time:-20 minutes 
Cooking Time: -  35 minutes 
Serving :- 4
Recipe Type:- Main course 
Author:- Hem Lata Srivastava 


For Kofta:-

  1. jack fruit 1/2kg
  2. Paneer/Cottage cheese 400 gm
  3. Salt to taste 
  4. Red chili powder 1tsp
  5. Chopped green chili 1tsp
  6. Chopped coriander 2tsp
  7. chopped ginger 1tsp
  8. nutmeg powder 1/4 tsp
  9. Clove powder 1/4 tsp
  10. Lemon juice 1tbsp
  11. white pepper powder 2 tsp
  12. Oil for frying 
  13. yellow food colour 1tbsp

For Gravy :-

  1. Tomatoes 4 no
  2. Onion 1no
  3. Chopped onion 2tbsp
  4. green chili 1no
  5. Cinnamon stick 1
  6. Black cardamom 1no
  7. green cardamom 2no
  8. Cloves 4no
  9. mace 1 Piece 
  10. Turmeric powder 1tsp
  11. red chili powder 1/2 tsp
  12. Cumin seeds 1tbsp
  13. Coriander powder 1tbsp
  14. Butter 100 gm
  15. 1tsp oil
  16. Sugar 1/2tsp
  17. Bay leaf 2
  18. Cashew nut paste 1tbsp
  19. Kasoori methi powder 1tbsp
  20. Fresh cream 2tbsp

For serving:-
  1. Coriander leaves
  2. Chapati or paratha
  3. Salad

Recipe procedure:-

  1. First we need to peel the kathal which is not easy job.
  2. Apply the oil on your hand then remove the skin of jack fruit then roughly cut them.
  3. Place a heavy bottom pan on gas add 4 glass water add salt and jack fruit pieces.
  4. Boil the jack fruit until it becomes soft and mashy. You can boil them in a pressure cookar. 

  5. In the meantime grate the cottage cheese in a large bowl and add pinch of salt,  pinch of nutmeg powder 1tsp, white pepper powder and mix it well.
  6. Take half mixture and add yellow colour mix and keep aside. 
  7. Take a ball and shape each portion into a flat round shape, place the yellow paneer ball in the center, bring the edges to cover it and give an oval shape like an egg. Make all the paneer egg. Keep aside. 
  8. Once the jack fruit pieces cools add to the mixer grinder and make a fine paste.
  9. Now add red chili powder, nutmeg powder, Clove powder and lemon juice, mix it very well now add coriander leaves , green chili and ginger. Again mix the mixture with your hand.
  10. Now add bread crumbs in this mixture for binding. 
  11. Divide the mixture into equal portion. 
  12. Now take jack fruit mixture for outer covering take one portion place the paneer egg in the center and bring all the edges together to cover it completely. 
  13. Heat oil in a pan and fry them until golden and crisp on medium hot heat .
  14. Keep aside  

Gravy Procedur:-

  1. Boil tomatoes with salt,green chilli, ginger, black and green cardamom, cloves, mace, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds with two glass water for 10 minutes or till the tomatoes gets soft. 
  2. Switch off the gas allow to cool then discard all the whole spices, blend into smooth paste.
  3. Heat 50 gram butter and oil add chopped onion saute until translucent add turmeric powder, coriander powder and red chilli powder stir and add tomato mixture mix well.
  4. Cook for 2 or 3 minutes then add cashew nuts paste and remaining butter cook another 5 to 8 minutes. 
  5. Add kasoori methi and cream.
  6. For serving cut the kofta into two place in serving bowl pour the gravy, garnish with coriander serve hot with chapati or paratha along with salad.


  1. I used bread crumbs for binding you can use roasted gram flour. 
  2. You can make your own style gravy, some people have it as starter so we can also serve as a snack for any party. 
  3. Besides jack fruit you can use paneer and potatoes for kofta.

Monday, July 12, 2021

Aash/ Aush

Aash sometimes referred to as aush, is a varity of thick soup.

I saw this recipe on a TV show named "Lost recipe" but when I googled, I saw so mร ny recipes of aash which were totally different. 

Usually this recipe is made with tender mutton along with some basic spices and the key thing in this recipe there is that tadka is added 7 times at an interval of every 1 hour.

But as i am vegetarian I always try to make veg version. 

I made it with raw jack fruit and followed all the steps as needed. 

The recipe turned out to be so delicious.

As I mentioned there are so many recipes of aash but they are totally different from the recipe which I saw on TV, so I followed the recipe which I saw on TV.

As I have made this recipe with raw jack fruit so I gave a little change in this recipe and added the tadka at an interval of half an hour. 

The cashew nut paste and cream gives it nice creamy texture. 

I think in future I will make more recipes using Jack fruit but when I made this one, I felt so proud of myself ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Presentation Time:- 10 minutes 

Cooking Time:- 3. 40 hours 

Serves:-  4 to 6 

Author:- Hem lata srivastava 


  1.  1 kg Raw Jack fruit/ Kathal 
  2. Salt as per your taste 
  3. 2 no. Sliced onion 
  4. 1 tbsp chopped ginger 
  5. 1tbsp chopped garlic 
  6. 10 no. Black pepper 
  7. 2 stick cinnamon 
  8. 10 cloves
  9. 1 piece mace
  10. 1 star anise 
  11. 1tsp White pepper powder 
  12. 1 tbsp ghee
  13. 2tbsp Cashew nuts paste 
  14. 2tbsp fresh cream 

For Tadka:-

  1. 4 tbsp fine chopped garlic 
  2. 7 black cardamom 
  3. 4 tbsp desi ghee 

For Garnish:-

  1.  Coriander leaves 
  2. Fresh cream 

Recipe procedur:- 

  1. There is always a big task of peeling and cutting the jack fruit,  so you need to apply the oil on your palm and knife.
  2. Peel, wash and cut the jack fruit into chunks. 
  3. Now heat ghee in a heavy bottomed pan. 
  4. Add Jack fruit and all the whole spices along with onion, garlic and ginger,  Add 4 glass of water. 
  5. Cover and cook for half an hour.
  6. Meanwhile heat 1/2 tsp ghee add 1tsp chopped garlic and 1 black cardamom. 
  7. Open the lid and pour the tadka over it. 
  8. Again repeat the process after half an hour. 
  9. When the seventh tadka done switch off the gas. 
  10. Now strain the broth heat 1tbsp ghee  in a pan add garlic saute until translucent add lower the heat add cashew paste and white pepper powder mix it well add cream.
  11. Now mash the Jack fruit pieces add to the cream mixture mix it well and cook for 5 minutes. 
  12. Now arrange the plate as you wish.
  13. Garnish with coriander leaves serve hot with bread sticks. 

Note :-

  1. As I mentioned I have added the tadka in intervals of half an hour.
  2. I added spices as per my choice you can add more.
  3. I tried to make it as I saw may be I forgot some step .

Monday, July 5, 2021

Mini Aloo Cheela/ Potato Pancake

Aloo cheela is one of my favorite breakfast which is quite easy to make.  As only I am vegetarian in my family so mostly I prefer aloo cheela for myself. 

Cheela or chilla is an Indian version of a pancake which is made from various cereals or lentil flours.

I always add aloo or some grated vegetables in my cheela like carrots,  cabbage,  onions or spinach etc.

Today I made my aloo cheela  in mini uttapam pan which is quite easy to make and my mini aloo cheela has turned out to be super delicious. 

Potatoes are prepared in many ways: skin-on or peeled, whole or cut up, we can make it with any green vegetable or any leafy vegetable.  Also make it in various dishes like aloo dum, aloo chokha, aloo paratha, aloo ka halwa and aloo ka bharta etc.

Potato is a root vegetable and the English word potato comes from Spanish, Patata.
Potato are generally grown from seed potatoes.

Potatoes are packed with antioxidants compound that fight free radicals from causing damage to our cells.

This recipe is made for the event - A-Z Recipe Challenge. 

I really thanks to Jolly Makkar who invited me for this lovely event. 
Unfortunately I missed season one. 

Season 2 - We decided to make the recipes alphabetically with Hindi names. ( A - Anar, Adrak Aloo, Aata.... )

Here is my recipe for hindi word เค… (A) I made my favourite aloo ka cheela and I am sure you all love it. 

Preparation Time:-.10  minutes 
Cooking Time :-15 to 20 minutes 
Serves -4 
Recipe :- Breakfast 
Author:- Hem lata srivastava

Ingredients :-
  1. 2 cup gram flour 
  2. 1/2 cup refined flour 
  3. 2 Boiled Aloo (large)
  4. Salt as per taste 
  5. 1tsp red chilli powder 
  6. 1tbsp coriander powder 
  7. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder 
  8. 1tsp chat masala powder 
  9. 1tsp Cooking soda 
  10. 2tsp lemon juice 
  11. 1tsp Chopped green chili 
  12. 1tsp chopped ginger 
  13. Chopped coriander leaves 
  14. Oil for frying 

For serving:- 
  1. Green chutney 
  2. Plain curd

Recipe procedur:- 

  1. Sieve the gram flour and refined flour in a large mixing bowl. 
  2. Peel and grate the potatoes. 
  3. Add all the ingredients instead of oil.
  4. Now put the mixture for 10 minutes. 
  5. Heat uttapam pan pour the mixture lower the heat and cook .
  6. Now flip the cheela and cook another side till golden. 
  7. Serve hot with chutney and curd.

  1. You can add raw grated potatoes besides boiled potatoes. 
  2. You  can also add some grated carrots or bottle guard. 
  3. Add spices as per your taste. 
  4. I use uttapam pan but you can  make it on non stick tava.