Gulkand Seviyan Kheer {Rose flavored vermicelli pudding}

A classic indian dessert, ‘kheer’, with a twist! Gulkand seviyan kheer: A pudding made with thin vermicelli, milk and sugar that is topped with saffron, golden fried cashews, raisins with an added hint of rose flavor from rose petal preserves.  A refreshing new take on the oh so divine vermicelli pudding!

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Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Dill Dhokli – A nourishing and satisfying meal with homemade whole wheat noodles cooked in a peppery chili-garlic dill sauce!

In Indian cooking Dill is used as main ingredient, rather than a herb in several dishes. I remember growing up not being a big fan of Dill. After the birth of my older son while my Mom was visiting, she made Dill lentils with a touch of chickpea flour and lots of minced garlic. That recipe made me fall in love with Dill. I have since cooked with Dill so many times that my entire family enjoys Dill.

If you have not cooked with dill here is a MUST-TRY recipe! And If you enjoy Dill like us you need to make this NOW!!

I got many sweet messages from you guys about my Instant Pot Daal Dhokli recipe. I am always thrilled to hear from my readers and it made me so happy to know that you loved my recipe. So here is another Dhokli recipe for you… one of my mom’s newest recipes that we all devour!

dill dhokli

I am always up for anything with Dill & Garlic. A quick sauté of fresh dill leaves with garlic, red chillies and lentils makes a healthy and delicious side dish to enjoy with parathas or hot rice. The tender lacy dill leaves is the star ingredient in my fish Biryani!

This EASY vegan Dill Dhokli recipe is truly a brilliant idea if you are looking to add dill in your diet!

dill dhokli

 

Make the dough with whole wheat flour, carom seeds, turmeric and salt. Roll the dough into circles and cut into bite-sized squares.

Dill DhokliSprinkle some dry flour on the dough squares to prevent them from sticking to each other and keep them in a large tray. Make a simple tadka with oil, asafetida, turmeric, chili and garlic; sauté fresh dill in it. Add water, bring to boil and then add the dhokli’s. Pressure cook for 2 mins in the Instant Pot followed by Quick Release and the delicious Dill Dhokli is ready to be enjoyed. The addition of chickpea flour in this dish adds a nice mellow-buttery taste.

This Instant Pot Dill Dhokli recipe can also be adapted easily for traditional pressure cooker or stove top cooking.

Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in a peppery chili-garlic dill sauce to make a healthy and satisfying meal!
Ingredients
  • Dhokli:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour (plus ¼ cup for rolling)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon carom seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 3 green chilies or 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup packed dill (de-stemmed & chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon besan{chickpea flour} mixed in ½ cup of water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Mix 1 cup of whole wheat flour, salt, carom seeds and turmeric. Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough. I used ½ cup of water. Add oil and knead the dough well. Make 6 balls from the dough. Using the extra whole wheat flour, roll the dough balls into 8 inch thin circles. Using a pizza cutter, cut each rolled circle into 1-inch squares{dhoklis}. Put the cut dough pieces on a platter. Sprinkle a little bit of dry flour before layering the pieces on a tray to avoid them from sticking to each other.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays, add oil. Add asafetida, turmeric, green chilies and garlic. Sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add dill and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add 1 cup of water, salt and chickpea flour paste. Mix well.
  5. Put glass lid on and cook until the liquids come to rolling boil.
  6. Add the dhokli squares and stir gently.
  7. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing.
  8. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 mins followed by Quick Release.
  9. Open Instant Pot, gently stir the dhoklis. Enjoy hot!

 

 

Handvo {Spicy Rice and lentils cake} – Oven & Instant pot Recipe

Handvo – A traditional gujarati savory cake made with rice, lentils and lots of vegetable like bottle gourd, fenugreek leaves and carrots. Spiced with fresh ginger and green chilies, tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and dried red chillies. This wholesome dish can be enjoyed as a meal by itself or with a side of pickle or chutney.

Updated to include Instant Pot version of this recipe!

Handvo with tea

 

 

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Green Tomato Chutney – Instant Pot

Green Tomato Chutney – A piquant mouth watering chutney made with summers best raw-tart tomatoes, spicy jalapeños and a hint of sweetness!

When I first discovered this recipe, I thought it was a genius idea to use up those excess tomatoes and make this healthy & delicious chutney packed with vitamin C!

green tomato chutney

I do not quiet think of chutneys until I get to spend some time with my mom. She has a treasure of chutney recipes and I am always surprised to see the ease with which she makes them. Just a little bit of chutney in your plate, and it takes the meal to a completely different level.

My friend Yuko, has been generously delivering me all kinds of vegetables from her organic veggie garden. When I mentioned to her about my mom’s green tomato chutney, she promptly dropped off some fresh green tomatoes.

green tomato chutney

This easy green tomato chutney needs few basic ingredients, with the jalapeños and brown sugar sublimely complimenting the sour tomatoes. With the magic of Instant Pot this recipe is a no-fail, dump and ready recipe!

green tomato chutney ingredients

My boys who are not much into chutneys thought this was a yummier version of salsa verde. They scooped up the chutney with chips!

Here are few ways to enjoy this green tomato chutney:
  • Scoop with tortilla chips
  • Spread on sandwiches and wraps
  • Serve over grilled chicken or fish
  • Serve with fresh parathas

This simple Green Tomato Chutney recipe that is sure to kick your taste buds. Thanks Yuko, here is the quick and delicous green tomato chutney cooked in Instant Pot:


Green Tomato Chutney - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Side Dish, Chutney
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Green Tomato Chutney - A piquant mouth watering chutney made with summers best raw-tart tomatoes, spicy jalapeños and a hint of sweetness!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1-2 jalapeños
  • 4 medium green tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or jaggery
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to sauté(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to crackle. Add asafetida, turmeric, jalapeños, green tomatoes and salt.
  2. Give a quick stir. Add brown sugar.
  3. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve set to sealing.
  4. Cook on Manual(Lo) for 5 minutes followed by quick release or natural pressure release.
  5. Open Instant Pot and set to sauté mode. Mash the tomatoes, cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently.
  6. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Mix well and enjoy!

 

Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice – Instant Pot

A favorite amongst my boys, Black Eyed Peas Curry cooked in a smooth onion, tomatoes and coconut based sauce has earthy flavors from turmeric, cumin seeds and coriander seeds and is perfectly spiced with the mild Kashmiri red chili powder and aromatic garam masala.

Piping hot black eyed peas curry with rice and some warm chapati’s is a common scene in our home. Continue reading “Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice – Instant Pot”

Sweet Coconut Rice – Instant Pot

“Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.” –     Joss Whedon Sweet Coconut Rice – An Ambrosial dessert made with basmati rice, grated coconut and a hint of aromatic cloves, cardamom, and saffron! Sweet Coconut Rice, also known as “Narali Bhath” is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe cooked especially on “Narali Poornima” which a full moon day during the auspicious month of Shravan. Continue reading “Sweet Coconut Rice – Instant Pot”

Thai Red Curry Chicken – Instant Pot

The rich aromatic Thai Red Curry Chicken is on our repeat list for busy weeknights as well as relaxed weekend meals. This authentic tasting red curry gets a flavor punch from sweet and spicy colorful peppers picked from our local farmers market and is garnished with fresh Thai basil leaves.

From curries to rice dishes to noodles, we have been garnishing them all in ambundance with our homegrown aromatic Thai basil – a star ingredient! Continue reading “Thai Red Curry Chicken – Instant Pot”

Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot

Sweet Potato Halwa – A  delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron.

This right here sounds like our family when it comes to food-

“I could have killed you.”  “Or I could have killed you,” Percy said.  Jason shrugged. “If there’d been an ocean in Kansas, maybe.” “I don’t need an ocean—” “Boys,” Annabeth interrupted, “I’m sure you both would’ve been wonderful at killing each other. But right now, you need some rest.” Food first,” Percy said. “Please?” ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena Continue reading “Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot”

Daal Dhokli {Lentil stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Daal Dhokli or Chakolya is a popular, one-pot meal from the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes Daal Dhokli an ultimate comfort food!

This mind-bogglingly delicious and wholesome recipe has complex flavors from tamarind and jaggery,  soft melt in the mouth textures from the homemade wheat noodles and the nutty flavors from mustard seeds, cumin, and peanuts!

After over indulging from a vacation or while recovering from an illness, this easy daal dhokli recipe can make a good detox meal!

Here is our attempt to make this two-step recipe in the Instant Pot. If you have cooked daal and have kneaded dough, this recipe is a must try. Traditionally the daal for this dish is made using Toor Daal or yellow pigeon peas but can also be made using mung daal or masoor daal.

Few options FOR this daal Dhokli recipe:
  1. Substitute any cooking oil instead of ghee to make this a Vegan Daal Dhokli.
  2. Add 4 cloves and 1 cinnamon stick with the lentils to add warm flavors and aroma.
  3. Stir in 2-3 big handful of chopped spinach just before adding the dhokli.

Thanks to Mom, without whom I would have been skeptical making and sharing this recipe and video. She makes cooking seamless and pleasurable. Here is my Mom, making the mouth-watering Daal Dhokli in Instant Pot:


Daal Dhokli - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5
 
Daal Dhokli - Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes an ultimate comfort food!
Ingredients
  • Part I: Daal
  • 4 tablespoon ghee, divided (or 2 tablespoons of cooking oil)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • 10-12 fresh curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 3 teaspoon garlic, grated
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon jaggery or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • ½ cup toor daal, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • Part II: Dhokli
  • 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of water or as needed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp carom seeds
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon oil, divided
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the 'hot' sign displays, add 2 tablespoons of ghee or cooking oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add cumin seeds, asafetida and curry leaves. Add turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Mix well.
  2. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, jaggery, tamarind paste, salt, peanuts and toor daal. Mix well.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the Pressure valve set to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 8 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  4. While the Daal is cooking, make the dough by mixing 2 cups of whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, salt, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric and half tablespoon of oil. Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough. I used little more than ¾th cup of water. Add remaining oil and knead the dough well. Make 5 balls from the dough. Using the extra whole wheat flour, roll the dough balls into 10-12 inch thin circles. Using a pizza cutter, cut each rolled tortilla into 1-inch squares or dhoklis. Put the cut dough pieces on a platter. Sprinkle a little bit of dry flour before layering the pieces on a tray to avoid them from sticking to each other.
  5. Open Instant Pot after the pressure has released naturally. Turn Instant pot to saute mode and using an immersion blender, gently blend the daal for 5 seconds. Add 3 cups of water, mix well, cook covered with a glass lid and bring the daal to a gentle boil.
  6. Add half of the dough squares to the daal and mix gently. Add remaining half dough squares, mix again. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 minutes followed by Quick Release. Mix the Daal Dhokli, add another tablespoon or two of ghee (recommended but optional) and garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy Piping hot!
  7. Notes:
  8. You can add 4 cloves and 1 stick of cinnamon to the daal for more warm flavors.
  9. Add 2-3 handful of chopped spinach in the daal before adding the dhoklis and stir well.

 

Sheer Khurma – Instant Pot

Sheer Khurma which literally means “milk with dates” in Persian, is a vermicelli pudding prepared during the holy month of Ramadan or on the last day which is celebrated as Eid by Muslims around the world. Traditionally made from dried dates this special dish is served as breakfast on the morning of Eid after the prayer, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

I have vivid memories of enjoying this irresistible dessert growing up in India; with its perfect bite from the assortment of crunchy nuts and poppy seeds, hint of sweetness from succulent dates and raisins, royal looks and the delicate aroma from saffron and homemade ghee; making Sheer Khurma such a heavenly treat!

I grew up in a small, yet close-knit town in India. My Dad has a huge social circle and many of his friends who celebrate Ramadan, fast from morning until sunset during this holy month. The last day which is Eid or as I remember calling it “Ramazan Eid” is a big celebration involving family, friends and the community. We would be invited over to celebrate and were offered many exquisite foods, one of which is this ambrosial dessert “Sheer Khurma”!

sheer khurmaHere is a nice article from national geographic on how Ramadan is celebrated Around the World.

To all our Muslim friends, we wish you “Happy Ramadan and EID MUBARAK!”. Check out some more of our easy Ramadan recipes – Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, and Masoor Khichdi.

This recipe is my mom’s version that she has enjoyed over the years. There probably are several variations on making it and here is her easy sheer khurma recipe that tastes divine:

Sheer Khurma - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: dessert
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 10-12 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ cup Almonds (I use blanched slices)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ⅓ cup thin vermicelli, roasted
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 5 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Soak Pistachios in warm water for 5 mins. Remove the skin and slice thin. Slice cashews and dates.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to Saute Mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays add ghee. Add almonds, pistachios, cashews, and dates. Roast for a minute.
  3. Add raisins, vermicelli, coconut and poppy seeds. Mix well.
  4. Add 3 cups of milk, sugar, and saffron. Give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 minutes.
  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open Instant Pot and add 1-2 cups of milk and vanilla.
  6. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and bring to gentle boil, stirring frequently. Enjoy Sheer Khurma hot or chilled.