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North Indian Punjabi Recipes

North Indian Punjabi Recipes
If Punjabi recipes tempt your taste buds, then this page is a must-visit. Take a peep into Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen and see what authentic Punjabi food is all about. You will also find fusion recipes from Anita aunty's Punjabi kitchen. Not to mention, she has started to share OPOS recipes as well.

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From the Kitchen of Anita Chahal aunty - Recipe Treasures

This page is dedicated to our dearest Anita Chahal aunty ji.  It's anuty ji's anniversary today, and I want to treasure her healthy food recipes and share with you all.

Punjabi recipes from Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen

Old recipes of moms and grandmoms or nanis and dadis are treasures. Agree? I bring to you one such recipe treasure from the kitchen of our very own Anita Chahal aunty ji. From cakes to curries, from simple breakfast to main course meals, from cookies to desserts and sweets, from age-old recipes to traditional home remedies, Anita Chahal aunty's kitty is bursting with suggestions. Any takers? This page brings to you all her healthy food recipe treasures at one place.

Words fall short when it comes to talking about the lady behind this page. A self-made "superwoman," Anita Chahal aunty ji is a mother to all. As a woman of this generation, we feel proud to have connected with aunty ji, whose personal life is full of sweet and sour tales. But our aunty ji is a showcase of strength, commitment, and self-respect. A humble highly educated lady, who is full of love & care, Anita Chahal aunty ji is a learner to this date. Despite years of cooking experience under her belt, she has a zeal to hone her culinary skills - learning and unlearning ways that make cooking healthy, fun, and easy. Connect with her Punjabi and fusion recipes on this page. You will love every bit of it, because every single post here speaks of health. Each of her simple recipes is food for the soul and reminds me of my ma ke hath ka khana 

Simple, delicious, and quick are aunty ji's healthy recipes, often churned out with simplest of ingredients easily available on your kitchen shelves.




gujjiya recipe whole wheat oatmeal airfryer


Raw Mango chutney

mango chutney 

Raw mango chunda/chutney/pickle....whatever you want to call it... I just love it
Raw mangoes........1 kg
Shakkar..................half kg
Salt.........................2 tsp
Black salt..............1 tsp
Red chilly pd.........1 tsp
Jeera.....................1 tsp
Garam masala.....1 tsp
Dry roast jeera and crush slightly with belan
Wash,pat dry,peel and grate mangoes
Put them in a heavy bottomed wok with shakkar and cook on sim,,,stirring occasionally,,till shakkar melts.
Now increase heat and cook for about 10- 15 minutes.
Add salt,black salt,mix well.
Put off flame,,add red chilly pd ,garam masala and roasted crushed jeera,mix well.
Cool and store in jar.
No need to keep in fridge.
Stays good for up to an year,,if not finished


Besani Bhindi

besani bhindi
Have seen a couple of recipes of besani bhindi,,by friends,here and in other groups too(sorry I don't remember names),,and have not saved any recipe
So today I tried making it,,made regular my style bhindi and added dry roasted besan........LOL...turned out yummy
Bhindi..........half kg
Onions........2 large
Tomatoes...2 large
Besan..........1 tb sp
Mustard oil........1 tb sp
Salt,red chilly pd,haldi pd,,
Added some dry roasted,crushed methidana pd
Chop onions and tomatoes
Wash,let dry and chop bhindi
Dry roast besan,,take out and keep aside
Heat oil in a wok,,add a pinch of salt
Add chopped bhindi,,stir fry till dry
Add salt etc,mix
Add chopped onions,saute
Add chopped tomatoes,saute
Add dry roasted besan,mix well,cook open for a couple of minutes
Serve hot
Enjoy

Makhana curry


Peas..........................2 cups
Lotus seeds.............1 cup
Homemade bhuna masala.1 tb sp
Refined oil................1 tb sp
Salt,red chilly pd,haldi,dhaniya pd
Dry roast lotus seeds(makhane),,in pressure cooker,,take out and keep aside
Heat oil,add bhuna masala and salt etc
Add peas,saute
Add makhane,mix,saute
Add one cup water
Cook for one whistle
Release pressure,open,adjust water according to your need.
Serve hot with roti or rice
Enjoy

Homemade bhuna masala

Be Ready to entertain any unannounced or unexpected guests,,in a jiffy
Onions.....................10-12 large
Tomatoes................10-12
Ginger.......................3-4..1"pieces
Garlic........................3 large
Peel,wash and roughly chop all
Grind to paste,,with a little water
Put in a pressure cooker with two ladles(about three tb sp) refined oil
Mix and pressure cook for about three whistles
Release pressure,open and cook open for about ten minutes,,or till all water evaporates.
Cool,put in bowl and store in fridge.
Use as required,,good time saver,,oil saver,,effort saver,,and a big help when unexpected guests arrive
In my house this lasts a week-ten days.
Enjoy


Tip from Ashla Rawel aunty ji:

"I also keep onions and garlic fried and caramelized and mix tomatoes when needed These last even more"

Dal Makhni by Anita Chahal aunty ji

Look how simple this dal makhni recipe is. Aunty ji makes this sumptuous curry look so simple.

#simple style dal makhani
Urd whole....................2 cups
Rajmah........................1 cup
Soak both separately for about 4-5 hours
Pressure cook both together,,for about five whistles,, with 1 tsp ginger garlic paste,salt,red chilly pd,haldi and a pinch of hing
Open and mash lightly with ladle.
Add tadka of onions and tomatoes in a tsp of refined oil.
Serve garnished with a spoonful of fresh cream/malai....
Or
Without cream for people like me
Enjoy


Seviyan for Eid


Eid mubarak
Seviyan
Dry roast a handful sevian
Boil half lt milk
Add sevian
Another boil on sim
Add sugar to taste.,
Mix well
Add dry fruits of your choice..(I didn't add as my grandsons don't like any thing added to their desert)
Enjoy hot or chilled

Kabuli chana biryani by Anita Chahal 


Kabuli chana biryani
leftover white chana....1 bowl
Boiled ,peeled and cubed potatoes............................2
Roughly chopped onion..1
Rice..........2 cups
Wash rice,soak for about ten minutes
Add all ingredients in a heavy bottomed wok,with 4 cups water, salt,pinch of haldi,and some red chilly pd
Cover and cook till rice is done
Serve hot with kheera,tomatoes and onion raita,,chilly pickle and paapad
Enjoy

Mango kulfi


Mango shake turned into yummy mango kulfi
Some leftover mango shake
Some more mango pulp
Mixed and put in moulds
Kept in freezer for 5-6 hours
And lol,,,new avatar...
Yummy kulfi is ready to be enjoyed


Gluten free appe snacks with soybean and oats - how to make oatmeal delicious


Soyabean soaked and made into rough paste...1 cup
Oatmeal.................half cup
Boiled potato........two(cubed)
Onion fine chopped...one
Salt,red chilly pd,haldi,
Mix all,add water as required to make a pliable but soft batter,,a little harder than pakora batter
Put spoonfuls into each dip of greased preheated appe pan
Cover and cook for five minutes on sim
Flip and cook again for about three minutes
Serve hot with chutney/sauce

Tomato puree 


Went to vegetable market,and found desi red tomatoes dirt cheap.
Bought five kg,,made puree of four kg and kept one kg for daily use
Tomatoes....................4 kg
Nothing else,except gas and your time and little effort
Wash,let dry,chop into chunks,,pressure cook (without water or anything else),,in their own juice.(will have to do twice ..2kg at a time)
After about 2-3 whistles,release pressure,open and churn...(I used hand blender in the cooker itself).
Strain,,put back into cooker and cook open for about five minutes.
Let it come to room temp,,pour in bottles,keep in fridge.
Stays good for as long as six months,,without,salt,sugar or any other preservatives. Makes four squash bottles.
Use it during rainy season,when tomatoes are costly and infested too
What else can you ask for..
Enjoy


Oats kulfi: How to make oatmeal delicious


Boil milk,,keep on sim for about five minutes.
Add oatmeal in one tb sp cold milk,,and add this to boiling milk
Add sugar
Stir and cook for another five minutes
Add mango puree
Put off gas
Let it come to room temp
Pour in moulds,cover and keep in freezer for 6_7 hours
Demould under running water,open and serve
Enjoy
lime pickle

Cool summer sattu drink

sattu drink

Gond katira...............1 tsp
Chana sattu...............3 tsp
Sugar..........................1 tsp
Soak gond katira in one cup water for 4-5 hours
Mix all ingredients in a glass of cold water and get instant relief from Sweltering heat
Diabetics can use black salt and jeera pd in place of sugar.. equally tasty
Enjoy



black chana pulav

Homemade chocolate

homemade chocolate 











tips on making pickle the right way



Home remedy for cold, cough, fever


Oats stuffed parantha: How to make oatmeal delicious for breakfast


Today's breakfast...wanna share??
Thanks to dear Ravneet & Ritu,,,,I am also into oats experimentation...
Today used oatmeal in stuffed paranthe
Left over of ghee+oatmeal+salt+red chilly pd +haldi pd + dhaniya pd....mixed all,,stuffed into whole wheat atta dough,,,and made paranthe on non stick tawa,using minimal amount of ghee.
Served hot with curd and pickle for my husband(sorry no pic)
With curd and malai for kids






Multigrain cookies 

Used all possible healthy ingredients,to bake cookies for my fussy eater grandsons,,and my frequent snacker husband😉
multigrain cookies by Anita aunty

Whole wheat flour......2 cups
Besan...........................1 cup
Soyabean flour............1 cup
Rice flour......................1 cup
Oatmeal........................1 cup
Cornflakes..................2 cups
Horlicks........................1 cup
Coconut........................1 cup
Shakkar.........................3 cups
Leftover of ghee.........2 cups
Flax seeds...... ...........2 tb sp
Baking pd.....................1 tsp.
Milk....................as required
Crushed cornflakes roughly with hands
Horlicks ,I had to use,because my grandsons refused to have it(it was not chocolate flavoured😢😢)
Mix all ingredients,,no need to knead...ha ha.. interesting rhyme...adding milk as needed. I used about half cup.
Make small balls,flatten with fingers,prick lightly with fork ,,keep in preheated oven at 180,,for about 15 minutes.
Take out,keep on rack,to cool.
Store in airtight container
I made about sixty with this material
Enjoy with tea,coffre,or just like that


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