Ramadan, the holy month is here — A month of blessings and forgiveness. Ramadan is that time of the year when family togetherness, fasting, patience, and duas make it beautiful.
It takes me back to childhood when Ramadan was made all the more special by Mummy. Mum would make the most delicious sweet treats, exquisitely and carefully prepared dishes. Thanks to Didi for remaking some of Mum’s recipes and bringing back those fond memories 🙂
Here are a few Kheema recipes that you can prepare for your family.
Those of us who grew up in Bangalore, must be familiar with set dosa 🙂 A hearty breakfast, the spongy and fluffy dosas are delicious when paired with chutney or sagu.
Here’s a simple recipe on how you can make set dosas.
Dosa rice/ Raw rice – 2 ½ cups
Parboiled rice – 1 ½ cups
Methi/Fenugreek seeds – 3 tsp
Urad/ Black gram Dal – 1/2 cup
Puffed rice – 1 ½ cups Soda – a pinch
Salt as required
Making the dosa batter:
Take dosa rice, parboiled rice, and methi in a big bowl; wash them thoroughly and soak.
In another bowl, take urad dal and wash it thoroughly. Add the puffed rice and soak.
Make sure to soak ingredients in 1 & 2 points separately for at least 5 hours.
Mix all the soaked ingredients into one bowl after draining all the water.
Grind into a smooth paste in batches using a wet mixer grinder or just a mixer. If you are using a mixer, make sure you use ice cold water little by little while grinding. This is to keep the mixer cool, and it helps in fermentation too.
Cover the container of the batter. Allow it to ferment in a warm place overnight or for at least 8 hours.
The batter doubles up. Add salt as required and a pinch of soda and give a gentle mix without disturbing the air bubbles.
Heat a griddle or tawa and pour a ladle full of batter in the middle. Drizzle a few drops of oil on top.
Cook for a few minutes and flip using a spatula. Cook for a few more seconds. Make the rest of the dosas in the same manner.
Take a small onion and poke it with a fork. Dip it in water and rub it on the griddle each time you make the dosa. This prevents the dosas from sticking to the griddle; it also makes it golden brown and crispy and adds a nice flavor.
Serve the Set dosas hot with vegetable sagu and chutney.
• Button Mushrooms – 500 grams
• Finely chopped Onions – ½ Cup
• Finely chopped Garlic – 9-1- large cloves
• Olive Oil – 3-4 tbsp
• Extra Virgin Chili Pepper Olive Oil – 1-2 tbsp (optional)
• Fresh Thyme – 1 tbsp
• Finely chopped Parsley – few springs
• Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
• Salt as required Method:
• Wash the mushrooms thoroughly, strain the water and immediately pat dry. This helps the mushroom from blackening. I like to remove the stems completely. You can just trim them.
• Heat 3-4 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.
• Add finely chopped onions and saute for a minute.
• Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for another minute.
• Now add the mushrooms and fry well until they are lightly roasted.
• Once they are lightly roasted, add salt and black pepper powder.
• Continue to cook them until they are done on low flame for about 10 minutes uncovered.
• About 5 minutes into cooking, add the fresh thyme and finely chopped parsley. You can add more and any herbs you like.
• Lastly, add in extra virgin chili pepper olive oil depending on your spice level and mix.
• Serve hot with some Alfredo pasta and a piece of chicken or with some rice and fish or any other combinations you may like.
Dry fruits Mix (Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, Walnuts, Pistachio)s – ½ Cup
Tutti Frutti – ½ Cup
Milk – ¼ Cup
Spice powder – 1 tsp
Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the cake.
If you do not have castor sugar, run the sugar in a food processor or mixer for a few seconds to make superfine sugar, (make sure not to powder it) then measure. Here you will need 1 ¼ cup. You can also use 1 ¼ cup of granulated sugar instead of castor sugar.
Sieve Maida/All-Purpose Flour, baking powder, Spice powder thrice so that all are thoroughly mixed. Mix in the dry fruits and tutti frutti.
Soften the butter before beating. Do not melt.
Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated, keep them out for about an hour before baking.
Grease the bread tin with butter and dust with Maida/All-Purpose Flour, so that the cake comes off easily once baked. You can also use cooking spray.
Place the bread tin on the parchment paper, trace it and cut it out, then place it on the bottom of the bread tin.
Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Beat butter and sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy. Make sure to beat in one direction.
Separate the egg whites and yolks.
Beat the egg whites with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks are formed.
Beat well the egg yolks with vanilla essence.
Add the beaten egg yolk to the butter-sugar and mix well. Do not allow the mixture to curdle. To this, slowly fold in the beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula.
Instead of separating the egg whites and yolks and then beating them, you can add the whole eggs one by one, beating them well each time.
Add 1/2 of the sieved flour to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and fold in. Add some milk and fold slowly. Now repeat the same with the remaining flour and milk.
Pour this mixture into the bread tin and bake for about 1 ½ hours. Time may vary for each oven.
Add cherries and tutti frutti on the top.
Check after 1 hour. If it is browning too much, place aluminum foil on the top and cook for the remaining minutes.
Check if the cake is baked with a tooth pick. The cake is done if it comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow it to cool.