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Punjabi Chole

I have never tried making Punjabi Chole at home and had always eaten it in restaurants or at get together parties. I still do not know the reason why I had not tried it at home though I have made chole in other method. Last month when I tasted chole in of the get together party I realized it had something missing in it and the very next day I googled for the recipe to try it at home and found  this recipe  in which she has given separate masala for the chole. It is a fool proof recipe and I tried it the very next day and Boy it was a success or say super yum dish. So now on no regrets and i will make this atleast once in a while.
This is how to make Punjabi Chole:
Ingredients Ingredients for the chole 1 and half cup chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans, Kabuli Chana)2 medium sized onions chopped3 medium sized tomatoes chopped1 tsp ginger paste or coarsely ground ginger½ tsp garam masala1 tsp chili powder1 tsp amchur powder/dry mango powder2 slit green chillies…

Doodh Peda- Made in 5 minutes

Today Being Raksha Bandhan/Rakhi and Suttha Punnav (Rig Upakarma i.e  men wearing the holy thread) I thought this sweet is perfect to celebrate this occasion.
So wishing all the men who celebrate Rigupakarma and my brothers A Happy Raksha Bandhan. We have another reason for celebration this week We will complete 5 years of married life this Thursday and that is a most important reason to celebrate and make this sweet J
But all can enjoy the sweets isn’t it… make it its really simple and can be made in 5 minutes.

1¾ cups Milk Powder
1 Can Condensed Milk – 395 gms
2 tbsp Butter
6 Small Cardamoms peeled and powdered
A small pinch of Saffron  dissolved in 1 tbsp warm milk
Dry fruit/nut of your choice (I used pistachios, u can use any of your choice)


ØTake a microwave safe deep bowl and melt the butter by microwaving it. ØOnce the butter is melted, add milk powder and condensed milk and whisk them well. Make sure that they are combined well and there are no lumps formed.. …


Hello all, hope u had a great weekend we to did... infact its the 2nd day of the week for us and we r waiting for the weekend eagerly as its celebration time for us J.
Some food pictures attract one so much that you feel like eating it right away. Same did this picture do to me! I wanted to gulp it right away but there was no way that I could get it anywhere here or make it the moment I saw. So I had to wait for a day and made it the very next day. I kept all the things ready in the morning so that I don’t miss a single thing. But I had a few doubt’s which Prathibha cleared the very moment I asked her.
Thank U Prathy for the recipe as well as guiding me when I was in a doubt.
It was so yum that I we(even my lil one) could not resist eating it. I made puri’s also at home as we could have as much as we want and my little one also was eating them, I wanted to make it at home healthy and fresh.
We finish off the whole batch of puri’s and pani too ;) I know you may think crazy people but …

Orange Pani Puri

As Promised in my last post here I am With a Unique Pani recipe for the Pani puri.
How many of you love Pani puri ???  I guess there would be no NO’s but only Yes’s for this question. I we can skip dinner for pani puri, it is such a thing which attracts us like a magnet and calls us to finish it off if there are any puri’s remaining at home. It did with us this time too. I had made a huge amount of Puri’s this time and I thought why not give a twist to our regular Pani puri? So I just saw what was in my pantry and found the shiny bright oranges in my fruit basket and decided to make Orange Pani and the Regular pani. Yes u heard me right Orange Pani Puri.
Its one such Chaat which kids can eat without any fuss as it has a sweet flavor in it and is not spicy!

And that it is INDEPENDENCE DAY today and this includes all 3 colors of our national flag i decided to post it today.
Wishing all Aps Kitchen readers a Very Happy Independence Day!


How to make Puri's for Pani Puri

I have been making Puri’s for pani puri from a quite long time. It was 4 and half years back I had tried making them when we were in Jeddah. But whenever in India I never took efforts to make them but get from store as it would be stress free enjoyment. But being here in UAE and having no many chat corners we satisfy our needs to the core at home. We do have some chat joints here (not like in SA) but homemade is the best and healthy too J. My hubby likes the pani that I make these days.. Now does this mean he dint like it before??? Nah its that I have adapted my own recipe and make pani which is a big hit these days at my place.

So without much ado let’s get Cooking see what we need. Ingredients:
For The Puris
1/2 cup fine semolina (rava)
1/2 tbsp plain flour (maida)
3 tbsp sodawater (bottled)
salt to taste
For the puris Combine the semolina, plain flour, soda water and salt to make a semi-stiff dough and knead well. Allow it to rest under a wet muslin cloth for 10 to 15 …

Palak Paneer Rice

What do u do when you have left over curry? Reheat and use the same?? I used to before but now a days I feel bored to use the same sometimes. So this week when I made palak paneer for dinner and it was left over the next day I used my cooking girl brain and made Palak Paneer rice. And mind me it tasted Super and a new recipe got added to my recipe list.

Here is how I made it: We need ·Sona Masoori or Basmati Rice, uncooked – 1 cup [Soak in water for 10 minutes, remove water for later use] ·Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp ·Tomato purée -1/4th cup ·Green Chilli -1 ·Biryani masala/ pulav masala – 1 tbsp ·Left over Palak Paneer curry – 1 cup ·Black peppercorns, Bay leaves, Cloves, Cinnamon sticks, Star anise ·Salt  to taste

In a pressure cooker, heat oil and add the ginger-garlic paste, 4 peppercorns, 1 bay leaves, 1 star anise, and 1 small stick of cinnamon. Sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add green chilly and Mix well.Add the palak paneer(left over), tomato purée, to the above and co…

Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is one such North Indian dish which I have been eating and Loving since the time my Aunt used to make it for us from our childhood. And when I grew up I learnt the recipe and make it at home J Its of such side dishes which takes in limited ingredients in it.

So here is the recipe for all of u those who love palak



2 bunches palak 
200 gms paneer (Frozen ones, soften them by soaking it in Luke warm water)
2-3 green chili 
1 large Onion , finely chopped
Grated ginger and garlic 2 tsp
Cumin powder ½  tsp
Coriander powder ½  tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp 
cream 2 tbsp
Lemon Juice- 1 tsp
Salt as per taste
1 ½ -2 tbsp oil 


Bring the frozen paneer cubes to room temperature. Wash, rinse the spinach very well. Remove the thick portion of the stem

Blanch the spinach it in hot water. Now drain and put the leaves in a bowl containing cold water. Blend the blanched palak with green chilies to make it into a smooth puree.
Dice paneer into one inch by one inch by half inch pieces.

Mavinkayi Chitranna/ ಮಾವಿನಕಾಯಿ ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ

Its Mango season still and here in the Middle East raw mangoes
are available almost throughout the year but not the crisp and hard ones as we get now. Off season it’s a kind of soggy or half ripe. The reason may be because of freezing them. Yet I get them and enjoy it with a little chilly powder and salt or chutney. And during seasons I have them at home until it vanishes ;) and I even make Kalambo and then Chutney out of this.
Today’s recipe is also about raw mango and its Mango Chitranna or Mavinkayi Chitranna aka Raw Mango Rice. One of my friend here had asked me to post lunch box recipes for kids and as said i have done it JThis is perfect for Lunch Box for kids or elders. 

Chitranna ಚಿತ್ರಾನ್ನ the name is so different but still no one at home knows why is it called so. My Hubby calls it Picture rice and that’s because Chitra means Picture: P and one of my Aunts names is also Chithra he sometimes calls her Picture Aunty too: P. Ok leaving all that jokes apart I will post the recipe o…