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Lauki ka halwa (microwave recipe)

Lauki ka halwa/Dudhi halwa or Bottle Gourd dessert recipe is a microwave recipe, It is a different version of the recipe than the original recipe as it is made in microwave. It tastes the same and is less time consuming and no mess while cooking.


  • Bottle gourd/ Lauki ( skin pealed and grated, 1/2 cup after squeezing of water)
  • Sugar (1/8 cup or as per your sweetness)
  • Milk (1/4 cup)
  • Ghee (1 tbsp)
  • Almonds (4)
  • Cashew nut (6)
  • Raisins (6)
  • Green cardamom (a pinch)


  1. Grate the bottle gourd and squeezed the water from it.
  2. Use the water for other cooking purposes as it contains lot of vitamins in it.
  3. Separate the grated bottle gourd from water and keep it aside.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, add the bottle gourd, sugar, milk and mix well.
  5. Wrap it in a cling film and microwave it for 5 minutes on high power.
  6. Remove the cling film and mix well.
  7. Add ghee and microwave it for 1 & 1/2 minutes uncovered.
  8. Garnish it with dry fruits like almonds , cashew nuts , green cardamom powder, raisins  and mix them well.

Delicious lauki ka halwa is now ready to be served chilled. Enjoy!



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Gehu ke ladoo

Enjoy this Diwali with the goodness of whole wheat ladoos. These ladoos will melt in your mouth leaving a delicious flavor of the spices.



Whole wheat flour (1 cup)
Ghee (5 tbsp)
Green Cardamom (2 pods, skin pealed and crushed)
Raisins (10 -12)
Ginger powder (1/2 tsp)
Powdered sugar(1/3 cup)

Heat a heavy bottom pan, add wheat flour and dry roast it.
Roast it for about 10 minutes in a slow flame or till the aroma of the whole wheat spreads.
Once the aroma spreads and the color changes to light brown, add ghee and saute for 1 minutes.
Add green cardamom, rasins, ginger powder and mix well.
Switch off the flame and add powdered sugar and mix well.
Shape the mixture into ladoos while it is still warm.
Make small lemon shape balls for ladoos.
Gehu ke ladoo or whole wheat flour ladoo is now ready to be served.
Serve it at room temperature.
Whole wheat ladoo

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Chawal ki Kheer

Navratri special recipe, chawal ki kheer

Enjoy this Navratri festival with lots of sweets and snacks and this easy to make chawal ki kheer will add deliciousness and richness along with the other dishes.


Rice(1/4 cup)
Saffron(a pinch)
Raisins (10 to 12)
Milk(1 liter)
Condensed milk(3 tbsp)


  1. Wash the rice and soak it in water for 1/2 an hour.  Take almonds and soak it in water for 1/2 an hour. Take a pinch of saffron, pour 1 tsp of water and soak it for 1/2 an hour. Take 10 to 12 raisins and soak in water for 1/2 an hour.  The raisins, saffron and almonds are for the garnishing.
  2. Heat a pan, add milk and bring it to a boil.
  3. Drain away the water from the soaked rice and add it to the milk.
  4. Once the milk comes to a boil, slow the flame and simmer it till the rice is cooked in the milk for 15 minutes. Keep on stirring the milk gently.
  5. For the almonds, peal off the skin and chop them into thick slices.
  6. Once the rice is cooked, simmer the milk for 25 minutes and continue stirring till the rice and milk forms a creamy texture.
  7. Once the creamy consistency is reached, add the chopped almonds and saffron along with the water.
  8. For the raisins, drain away the water and add it to the kheer and mix them all gently. Switch off the flame.
  9. Pour the kheer in another dish and refrigerate it for 1 hour.

Chawal ka Kheer is now ready to be served chilled. Enjoy!

Chawal ka kheer


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Chole Paneer recipe

Chole paneer is a classic Indian dish made of Indian cottage cheese, chick peas and Makhni gravy. This dish is very popular in Northern part of India.




  1. Heat a pan, add butter, oil, cumin seeds and allow the cumin seeds to crackle.
  2. Add onion and saute till it turns light golden brown in color.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste and saute till the aroma of ginger and garlic spreads.
  4. Add Makhni gravy into it and mix well.
  5. Check the seasoning and adjust the salt. I have added 1/2 tsp of salt after adding the makhni gravy.
  6. Once the gravy comes to a boil, add the cooked chick peas and mix well.
  7. Add the paneer and mix well so as to allow the masalas to coat all over the paneer.
  8. Finally sprinkle an pinch of coriander leaves, garam masala and mix well.
  9. Chole paneer is now ready to be served.

Serve it along with your favourite bread such as chapati, roti plain or butter naan.

To cook the chickpeas or channa, soak 1/4 cup of channa in water overnight.
In the morning, drain off the water and cook the chickpeas or channa along with water and 1/2 tsp of salt in a preasure cooker or a
large vessel.
Cook the the chick peas become soft and tender.

chole paneer

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Paneer tawa masala

Paneer tawa masala is a delicious recipe that goes very well with chapati, roti or nan. It is made of Makhni gravy and takes very less time to make.


  • Ghee (1 tbsp)
  • Carom seeds(a pinch)
  • Onion (2, chopped)
  • Salt (1/2 tsp)
  • Ginger paste (1 tsp)
  • Green chilli (1, chopped)
  • Chilli powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Coriander powder (1 tsp)
  • Paneer/Indian cottage cheese (150 gms, diced)
  • Makhni Gravy (1 cup)
  • Garam masala (a pinch)
  • Coriander leaves (few,chopped)


  1. To make paneer tava masala, heat a pan, add ghee or clarified butter.
  2. Once it melts, add a pinch of carom seed & allow it to crackle.
  3. Once the carom seeds starts to crackle, add chopped onion and saute well.
  4. Add salt and saute again in slow flame till it turns light golden brown in color.
  5. Once the onion starts to turn golden brown, add ginger paste, chopped green chilli & saute it for couple of minutes.
  6. After couple of minutes, add chilli powder, coriander powder and saute again so that the spices mixes well with the onion.
  7. Once the aroma of coriander spreads, add the diced paneer into the mixture and mix well.
  8. Add makhni gravy and cook till the makni gravy starts to coat the paneer.
  9. Once the gravy becomes thick, switch off the flame.
  10. Sprinke garamasala, chopped coriander leaves and mix them well.

Our paneer tawa masala is now ready. Serve it along with Roti, chapati or nan. Enjoy!


Paneer Tawa Masala

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Basic Makhni Gravy

How to make Makhani gravy. Probably the most popular gravy in Indian cooking used as a base for Butter chicken, Paneer tawa masala and other delicacies


  • Tomatoes (10, cut into halves)
  • Ginger garlic paste (2 tsp))
  • Cloves(4)
  • Red chilli powder(1 tsp)
  • Butter (1 tbsp)
  • Cream (100 ml)
  • Green cardamom pods(4)
  • Salt (1 tsp)
  • Kasuri methi (a pinch, powdered)


  1. In a heavy bottom pan, add water (1 cup) and bring it to a boil.
  2. Add ginger garlic paste, green chillies, cloves, red chilli powder, green cardamom pods and mix.
  3. Reduce it to sauce like consistency over low heat.
  4. Simmer it till it becomes thick.
  5. After 15 mintues, tomatoes will be cooked. Strain the sauce with a strainer untill the seed and skin is left in the strainer.
  6. Throw away this residue.
  7. Pour the strained puree back into the pan and cook it for 2 minutes.
  8. After 2 minutes, once the gravy comes to a boil, add butter, cream and mix well.
  9. Once the gravy starts to thicken, add the powdered kasuri methi about a pinch to give it a nice aroma.
  10. Cook it for another minute and switch off the flame.
  11. Makhni gravy is now ready. Swith off the flame.

Pour it in a bowl and keep it aside for making various dishes.
this dish is the basic makhani gravy used in Indian cooking.

Makhani Gravy

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Veg Khichdi recipe

This veg khichdi is loaded with lots of veggies, rice & lentil. It is a perfect food for the toddlers as well as elders. An easy to digest meal and an easy to prepare recipe as well.

This is a staple dish in some cuisines and enjoyed as a comfort food in India



  • Rice (1/2 cup)
  • Moong daal (1/2 cup, broken)
  • Carrots(1/4 cup)
  • Curry leaves(few)
  • Cauliflower florets(1/4 cup)
  • Green peas (1/4 cup)
  • Salt (1 tsp or as per taste)


  1. In a pan add a cup of water and bring it to boil. Add washed and drained rice, moong daal/ lentils. Add 1 cup of water, diced carrot. cauliflower florets, green peas, turmeric powder, 1 tsp of salt or as per your taste, few curry leaves.
  2. Mix it well and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once it comes to boil add 1/2 cup of water and mix it well.
  4. Close it with the lid, reduce the flame to simmer and allow it to cook. Stir it ocassaionally in between.
  5. Add 1/2 cup of water little by little till the rice and vegetables are cooked well.
  6. Once the rice is cooked & becomes soft & the water will be evaporated, switch off the flame.

Vegetable khichidi is now ready to be served. Serve it warm along with some accompaniment like papad or pickle.