July 18, 2007

PUNJABI CUISINE!

Thanks a million to all bloggers who wished me and my blog last week.You are all such a wonderful bunch,I really am honored to be a tiny part of your lives.Unless you are a blogger yourself,you won't understand the joys and pains of blogging!100th post did feel special for me,I don't think I will be THIS happy for 200,300..!:D

I specially want to thank these ladies who are "No longer lurkers"; Angela, Geethi(I will try the Adobo!),Carol ,Suma and Mary. Big hugs to you girls,thanks for commenting. You really didn't have to bother to say anything but you did! I really appreciate it. Now that I know you,hope you stop by once in a while to say hi to me.I will remember you. Hope you are reading this!:)

Wish I could buy Ice Creams for all of you or may be I will make Kulfi next week!!;)


Well..it's time to celebrate "Regional Cuisines of India",a brain child of LakshmiK of "Veggie Cuisine".This month's host is our own sweet Richa from "As dear as salt" blog and we are showcasing the state of Punjab.Thanks for hosting Richa!:)



A wonderful cookbook I used for cooking these Punjabi dishes and some info about Punjab:
I love this cookbook.I used to cook Punjabi food before but after following the recipes in this book,I found out that how Punjabi food are really supposed to taste!:)


The name Punjab means "land of five rivers", and literally translates from Persian into the words Panj, related to Sanskrit Pañca, meaning "five", and Āb ,related to Sanskrit Āp, meaning "water" respectively. The rivers are the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej and Beas. The five rivers, now divided between India and Pakistan, merge to form the Panjnad, which joins the Indus.Agriculture is the largest industry in Punjab.Bhangra is one of the many Punjabi musical art forms.Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Punjabi people.Punjabi cuisine can be non-vegetarian or completely vegetarian.The main masala in a Punjabi dish consists of onion, garlic and ginger and usually mildly spiced. Tandoori food is a Punjabi specialty especially for non-veg dishes.All these info from WIKI.



Sardai and Mango Lassi:
(Almond,cardamom drink with milk and Mango-Yogurt drink)

Almonds are the very nutritious and are often included in many ways in Punjabi dishes.Now you know why they are so strong and sturdy!:)
Of course,Mangoes are every Indian's favorite fruit,why not make it even more delicious the Punjabi way, as Mango Lassi!

Sardai:
You Need:
3 cups 2% milk, about 5 tbsp sugar or to taste.
To Grind:
15 almonds,soaked and skin peeled, 1 tbsp of poppy seeds, 2 tsp melon seeds, 2 cardamoms powdered.(few Peppercorns,powdered is optional)
To make it:
1. Soak almonds and Poppy seeds in few tbsp of warm water for 30 minutes, drain and peel the brown skin, and put it in the blender along with all other ingredients shown above and grind to a very smooth paste using the same water.
2. Add 1/4 cup water to this mixture and strain through a muslin cloth to get a smooth liquid.
3. Add milk and enough sugar, blend again.Chill before you serve.

Mango Lassi
(Mango puree blended with yogurt with optional Cardamom pd)
You need:
1 cup mango puree`, 1 1/2 cups fat free yogurt, powdered sugar to taste,Cardamom pd as an optional flavor.
How to make it:
1. Blend all this in a blender with a whipper blade until well mixed, thick and frothy.Add Cardamom pd if you like.I love the natural Mango flavor and aroma, so I skip adding the cardamom pd.
2. Chill before you serve, serve in tall glasses with a straw.

Punjabi Aloo Tikki with sweet and hot chutney:
(Potato patties/cutlets stuffed with savory split peas with sauces)

My eternal favorite snack Aloo Tikkis made Punjabi style that is stuffed with seasoned split peas and served with two sweet and hot chutneys.What more can I say? My kids ate them like Burgers in buns with Ketchup!(Rolling my eyes!):p

To make Tikkis:
4 medium potatoes, boiled and mash, 2 tbsp corn flour, salt to taste, chili powder to taste, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp garam masala.
Filling:
1/3 cup channa dal, cooked and drained, 1/2 tsp crushed cumin seeds, 2 green chilies or 1/8 tsp chili powder, 1/2" ginger, minced, salt to taste, 1/2 tsp each of chaat masala and garam masala and 1 tbsp minced cilantro.
How to make them:
1. For potato cutlets, mash all the ingredients shown above until you get a smooth stiff dough. Keep it aside.
2. To make filling; soak channa dal for 1 hour,and cook with water until soft but not completely mashed. Drain the water.
3. Heat 1/2 tbsp oil, add cumin seeds, chopped green chilies or chilli powder , ginger, and salt. Add dal and all the other filling ingredients. Take off the heat and cool.
4. Take a ball of the mashed potato and make a shallow cup. Add 1 tbsp of filling in the center and seal well to form a ball. Flatten slightly to make thick patties/cutlets.
5. Heat about 2-3" of oil in a pan for deep frying or shallow frying up to 375 F, add 2-3 tikkis carefully at a time in the oil and fry until golden brown and crisp on both sides.Drain well on paper towel.
6. Serve with sweet tamarind(Mix Juice+salt+sugar+Cumin pd) chutney and hot Mint(Ground Mint+Cilantro+green chillies+salt+Lemon Juice) chutney.

Methiwali Makki di Roti:

I used Yellow Cornmeal we get in the US grocery store rather than whitish corn flour, makes excellent colorful Cornmeal rotis and adding the fresh Fenugreek leaves and spices enhances the taste.You can add Spinach chopped,if Methi Saag is not available to you which makes them Palakwali Makki di roti!:D

You need:
2 cups makki da atta (Yellow Cornmeal/flour),1 cup finely chopped fresh Methi(fenugreek) leaves,2 tsp oil, 1 onion very finely chopped, 2 green chillies finely chopped (optional), 1/2 tsp salt or to taste,hot water to knead the flour, 2 tsp cumin seeds crushed slightly,2 tsp lemon juice,1/2 tsp sugar.
Some Ghee/melted butter to brush on the rotis after cooking them and no-stick oil to spray on the foil.
How to make it:
1. In a big bowl,mix all the above except ghee to brush,add enough hot water and knead until you get a stiff dough.
2. Divide in 6 balls,cover and keep it aside.
3. Heat a griddle.Meanwhile,take a ball on a no-stick oil sprayed foil and press with your palm to make a 6" circle.Gently transfer it on to the griddle.
4. Cook both sides until golden,brush little melted butter and serve while warm with Sarson da saag or Palak Paneer.Enjoy.
Note: Another way to make these is to heat 1 1/2 cup water+little butter and salt,add yellow Cornmeal,stir cook until you get a stiff dough.Add little water if it's too dry.When warm enough to handle,make balls,follow above steps.

Sarson da Saag:
(Soft and spiced Mustard greens+Spinach+Turnips)
Sarson da saag is Mustard greens in Punjabi,a favorite Greens used in Punjabi cooking which has a slightly spicy taste.It makes a wonderful simple side dish for Corn rotis.



You need:

2 bunches of mustard greens (sarson), 1 bunch spinach, 1 Turnip,chopped and cooked (I didn't have it!),2 minced garlic, 1" minced ginger, 1 green chili chopped, salt to taste, 2 tbsp corn flour or Cornmeal(not cornstarch), 1 tsp sugar,1/8th tsp turmeric.

Seasoning:
1 tbsp ghee or butter, 1" ginger, minced, 1/8 tsp of red chili powder or 1 dry red chilly.1 tbsp softened butter to serve.




How to make it:
1. Wash, clean and chop both of the greens and Turnip if you are using.
2. Heat butter, add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger, green chilies, and cook until soft.Add chopped Spinach and Mustard greens,cooked Turnip cubes,1 cup of water,cook until soft and almost dry.
3. Take off the heat,mash a little, return the pan on the heat. Sprinkle the cornmeal flour,sugar,oil and cook on low heat until slightly thick.
4. Heat the ghee/butter, add ginger minced,stir fry until slightly reddish.Take off the heat and add 1/8 tsp of chili powder or 1 red or green chilly.
5. Add this seasoning to the cooked greens, mix. Serve with a dab of softened butter on top and Cornmeal rotis.

A plate of Methiwali Makki di Roti and Sarson da Saag with a dab of butter on top!



Palak Paneer:
(Spicy ground Spinach with cubes of Indian Cheese, similar to Cottage cheese or Ricotta cheese)

Palak is spinach and Paneer is Indian cheese usually home made, used to make various Indian dishes .It's not as hard as people think to make Paneer at home but takes a little time to prepare them.Spinach is cooked with light spices and ground coarsely and Paneer is added just before serving,makes a nutritious side dish as well for Rotis.Hope you try.
Here is how I make Indian Paneer:
Heat 1/2 Gallon of full cream milk until hot,add 1/2 tsp or more of Citric acid or lemon juice,keep stirring until whey separates.Strain through the Muslin/cheese cloth and hang it until dry.When it stops dripping,squeeze,tie the top,shape into a square block,place on a plate and something heavy on top to set the cheese.Keep it in the fridge overnight.Take it out,cut into cubes.You can shallow fry to add to dishes or use plain cheese as it is too.It's also sold in Indian stores in blocks.

To make Palak Paneer, You need:
About 10 cubes of homemade or store bought Paneer, 6 cups of fresh spinach(can use 10oz frozen pack too,squeeze dry), 2 green chilies, salt to taste, 1/4 tsp of turmeric, 1 tsp of garam masala, 1 clove powdered, 1 cardamom powder(optional), 1 tsp Mango powder.(1/4 cup Tomato sauce can be added as it says in the book but I did not use in this recipe,wanted to keep it purely green!)
To fry and grind:
2 tbsp butter, 1 onion chopped, 1/2" piece fresh ginger, 2 garlic.
Garnishing:
1 tsp butter/ghee, 1" piece ginger, sliced into strips, 1 green chili(optional), a pinch of paprika.
How to make it:
1. Cut Paneer into 1" pieces, keep it in the fridge. Pressure cook spinach with 1/4 cup of water with green chilies until soft and cool.
2. Heat ghee/butter, add chopped onion,saute until soft,add minced garlic-minced ginger,fry until golden. Add salt, mango pd and garam masala.
3. Add spinach, powdered clove and cardamom, 1 cup water. Cook until slightly thick and shiny on top.When slightly cool,grind cooked spinach coarsely.
4. Fry the ginger strips until reddish,drain on paper towel.Just before serving the Palak Panner, add the cubed Paneer, strips of fried ginger and sprinkle Paprika.

Here are some popular Punjabi desserts!





Jalebis(sweet Plain flour spirals)









Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Pudding,Skip the Beetroot!)







AHHHH..!!! That Bottle Gourd plant is swallowing our deck chair! There is big Bottle Gourd underneath that chair too!:D

That was it for Punjab.We certainly enjoyed having real Punjabi food. What's next?! How about loads of Chillies?!:D
YUP! JFI-Chillies are coming up next cooked with beautiful home grown chillies!! Have a great weekend.

170 comments:

Anonymous said...

hi asha...

missed commenting on ur last post... congratulations on the achievement. great job... the food here looks awesome.. some day when i try out recipes from your blog, I will write again..:)

-madhu

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha,

I want to do a bhangra jig for a peppy Punjabi song seeing your yummy spread.The drinks look so inviting in the beautiful glasses.Makki di roti,sarson ka saag,palak paneer, aloo tikkis....hmmm what a mouth watering platter.I am just relishing the eye candy.Would try some dishes soon.

I am looking forward to a hot & spicy spread that is quenched by a icy kulfi next week.

Lots of love & hugs,
Kate

Hema said...

Am i the first to comment? Big S!Classic recipies through and through! It cant get Punjabier:) I have Nita Mehta's mughlai vegetarian and have tried a few. I just tend to add more spices than she usually recommends(at least mughlai food needs more than dhania and jeera).

Priyanka said...

OMG!!! Asha you dished up an entire meal. Its so tasty and delicious. Wish i could reach into the screen and grab some

Asha said...

Hi Madhu,thank you so much for your comments and wishes.I appreciate it.Look forward to see you again sometime!:))

Kate,Bhalle Bhalle you and me girl!:D
Thank you.Enjoy the Punjabi goodies.
Hope Paati is doing well.She will LOVE the HOT next week!;D
Hugs to you Kate.Have a great day:)

Hema,you are right.Punjabi food is usually mild although they keep whole green chillies on the side of the plate.We have to adjust the spices to our liking.I know lot of blogger came out with the similar dishes but I had to make my own too!:D Enjoy the book.

Priyanka,go ahead and grab some!:D
I feel the same way looking at some dishes too.Hope you try!:))

DEEPA said...

Ashaji as usual you rock ....Great spread...I love the tikki and the makki di roti ....palak panner...
mouthwatering ...tasty ....i could get the aroma out of it ....too good....

meena said...

Hello Asha,
How many different dishes your family gets to taste!!!
My mouth is watering seeing the Punjabi dishes..Have to try them all one at a time.
And now...I am keen to see what comes out of your 'home grown' chillies:)

priar's, said...

Hi ashaji,
nowadays when wednesday comes i jus thinking abt ur post.I like the way u present it by giving a good intro abt the dish.Hmmmm...nice to hear the facts abt punjab and ofcourse the dishes...
All sounds new to me except that yummy jilebis....
Thanks for sharing.

Mandira said...

Asha, congratulations on the milestone. 100 posts of great pictures, delicious recipes! Looking forward to many more :) the porch looks perfect to laze around in the afternoon.

USHA said...

Hi Ashaji,

Wow!!!!punjabi cuisine is wonderful with amazing recipes..hmmm for the firsttime last sautraday only i tasted Mango lassi in restaurant..i loved it very much...now it is here in the blog today...hmmm...Tikkis looks cripsy..and with awesome chutneys..

Oh i love to sit and relax on that chair...look the background..how greenery scene...

Coffee said...

Hahaha.... the bottle gourd is hiding behind the chair ;)

Wonderful punjabi meal.... is it the pending post from JFI greens?! ;) I am glad you posted it... nice to see your version as well! And I have already made your jalebi which was out of this world!!!

And what is this.... ice cream and kulfi only for those your commented for the first time... what about us who comment every week ;P

Linda said...

Well, here I sit at work and will be hungry all day now. My fav has to be the palak paneer and makki di rotis, and the tikkis... etc, etc, oh I give up...one of each, please! BTW I never knew about turnips in sarson ka saag. If I made that at Thanksgiving, could take the place of spinach and mashed turnips! ;)

I love your glasses, so colorful Asha! And that bottle gourd plant...talk about sitting in your garden! Looks great

Thanks for sharing so many goodies -- have a great Wednesday! :)

bee said...

now that is what i call a real punju feast. awesome stuff.

Asha said...

Thanks Deepa.I had some Methi growing in the backyard,so I made that.Taste great.Hope you try:))

Meena,thanks.Punjabi food is mild tasting,so kids enjoy them.Try it.
HeHe!! Chillies are growing in Abundance,so will make something hot!:)

Priar,you haven't eaten these Punjabi dishes before? You must try then.They are healthy and yummy.Hope you do:)

Hi Mandira,thanks girl.100 posts,phew!!;D
Good to see here,hope you start blogging soon after all the unpacking!:)
We painted the deck last year but kids don't let it stay pretty!;D
Enjoy the week,good luck with the new jobs.Hugs.

swapna susarla said...

Hi ashaji
The bottle gours plant looks great!!!My mother used to plant all the veggies back at home in my child hood.It was very fun to pick the veggies from the plants.(bhendi,ridge gourd,brinjal,tomato etc...)still there are banana plants,mango trees ,coconut trees etc....Everytime i go there i pack some bunch of bananas from the trees for my return trips.it was very happy to be back home..isn't it?

Coming to ur recipes ...the mango lassi is looking yummy!!the glasses are beautifull.yummmy cutlets.

Asha said...

Usha,Punjabi food is substantial and great tasting,it was a pleasure to make!Deck is VERY hot to sit and relax.It's gets tolerable only after 6pm!:)

Coffee,you get the whole Enchilada every week girl along with my regular visits to all of you,they don't come often.(Shh..Bribing them!):D
Palak Paneer was for JFI Greens!You clever girl!;D
I will post the Bottle Gourd pic later,I cut it yesterday!

Linda,I have to add Turnips next time,it adds body to mashes greens.I didn't have it this time.Bottle Gourd is sitting in my kitchen now and waiting to be martyred!!:D
Thanks Linda,have a great day and eat something lady!!:))

Thank you Bee! Loved the Sardai particularly.It tasted like my grandmother's Poppyseeds(Gasagase) Payasa!Have a great Wednesday!:)

Saju said...

What a feast. You always have great combinations!

Jyothsna said...

You know what Asha, I have my post on Palak Paneer and Alu tikkis ready to post and here you are!!! Ok, now I'll post it another time! Try out my way of makki ki roti and sarson ka saag, its too good :) I make mango lassi all the time and had no clue that it was a Punjabi thing!! :)

Srivalli said...

wow...asha..all are great dishes...must've enjoyed all of them...thanks for sharing your bottle gourd..must be great to check out the hidden one..

Srivalli
www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

Rajani said...

Hi Asha!
Congrats on your 100th post......

cheers
rajani

Sharmi said...

hey beautiful post asha, mine is on the way still have a lot of write up to do.

TBC said...

Wow!What a feast!!!.Dd you cook all that in one day or over the week.
Aloo tikki looks so good .I would have got up & gone straight to my kitchen to make some had I not been feeling so lazy!
Thanks for sharing :-)

Sandeepa said...

so its lauki all the way next ? With so many Indin dishes you make, why do you say your kids don't want Indian food. Someone must be eating these yummy dishes, if not them, who ?

Asha said...

Swapna,it is true.You can grow anything in India all year round.We all have the same memories!:))
I try to plant these as soon as temp gets 75F and then wait for July and August!:D
Nothing tastes like fresh veggies.Tikkis were really tasty,I never stuffed them before with Chana dal.Try it:)

Thanks Saju.We enjoyed having them too.Kids like Spinach,so it's easy on me!:D

J,you can post your's too girl,there are many variations of the same.I saw many Makki roti and Sarson da saag in other blogs too,I posted mine anyway.Go ahead and post them.
I will try your's too,mau be in few weeks.Lassi is a very classic Punjabi beverage and I added Mango pulp to it to make it sweet Lassi!:)

Sri,I just cut the Bottle Gourd.It was big and I didn't want it to mature too much.I will post the picture next!:)
Enjoy the recipes.Have a great day Sri,thanks.

Lata said...

Asha,

You are too great, you cook too many items for one post. I try to imitate you but never works. All great dishes and wonderful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Dear Asha,

First time commenting on your blog, though I visited it few times before.Wanted to comment after I try one of the dishes from here. You have a very good blog. The variety and the amount of recipes here are mindblowing.
Today I made chana dal chutney exactly following your method(except I skipped on paprika, as I donno what it is but added a little bit of jaggery). It has come out very tasty. My hubby, me 'n' my 3 yr. old daughter enjoyed it very much. We were tired of coconut chutney... Thanks a lot.

- Deepa Ravindra

Asha said...

Thank you Rajani.It was fun celebrating 100th.Felt great to be reaching a mile stone!:))

Sharmi,can't wait for your's!:)
I know it takes a lot of typing for every post,so take it easy.You still have time.Thanks Sharmi:)

Hi Tbc,good to see you!:)
Thanks girl.Except Palak Paneer and Tikkis,I made the others for dinner in one day.They are easy,so not a problem for me.Tikkis were little snack for Sunday!:))

Sandeepa, kids don't have a choice but to eat Indian food!!Arvind and I love to have everyday!;D
Kids HAVE TO eat it all.They eat one roti each but like to eat Spinach and Broccoli.If I say "what do you want?" they NEVER choose Indian! That's why I keep cooking Indian dinners at least 3-4 days a week,so they get used to it.Lunch would be in school cafe usually and sandwiches and noodles at home.
Once they move out,I don't think they will choose to eat Indian except Chicken Tikka masala and Basmati.They don't like rotis much!!:D
I got one big Lauki so far,that's it.It's ready to be cooked right now.Thanks Sandeepa,have a great day!:)

anusharaji said...

first of all i luv the bottle gourd plant asha.....very hungry
never made sardai.....always ate whole almonds. mango lassi is yum
those tikkis are wow
i have some hamburgers too
makki di roti with sarson ka saag is coloful....
n that jilebi is mouth watering.
looked at the jilebi post n its beautiful. n i always made carrot and beet halwa as two diff. dishes.
ur recipe is cool and colorful

www.talimpu.com

Mishmash ! said...

I second coffee here...why no ice creams for us who wait for your weekly buffets ?:D I dont have a sweet tooth and so i dont want ice cream...how about a plate of all this ?:D Everything looks so delicious...Hats off to you !

Shn

Sia said...

balle balle... yup, thats what i feel like doing right now after seeing ur amazing array of entries for RCI. u cooking classic punjabi dishes and i eating them and doing my little number of bhangra;) that will be lovely isn't it? he he he...
u get mustard leaves there? wow.... nange illi mustard sigode jaasti;)
he he he...so T & T ate allo tikkies like burgers? LOL...
i got to buy that cook book u mentioned ashakka. like u even i am going crazy abt collecting cook books:) akkanante tangi, what say?;)

Swapna said...

Hi Asha,
First of all Congratulations! I somehow forgot to comment on that post..
You have cooked up some mouth-watering dishes..the lassi looks too good and the glasses r so cute..I want to try making sarson ka saag.Shall do it soon.

Richa said...

bhalley! bhalley!
ki gall e', ajj jordar jashan e' aka 'what's up, big celebration out here'....:)
loved the post! rubbing my hands in ghee LOL...
u know what, there is mostly a thandai specialist in every family who lovingly churns out this cooling beautiful drink! (peppercorn is almost always added, gives a great spicy kick)

tikkis look great, and yes i want them DEEP FRIED ;) methi makki di roti and palak paneer sure is YUM!
thanks for all ur efforts asha, i know it takes time!

Dee said...

Ashakka, Great recipes and great pics as usual. I wonder how you make all these in a short time frame and post. Wonderful Ashakka!

Asha said...

Lata,I am flattered but you are a great blogger in your style girl!:)
I love your recipes,traditional and unique.Blog on lady,I will be there!Hugs.

Deepa,nice to meet you!:))
Gald you tried and liked the chutney.Paprika is a red pepper pd which has intense red color to make it look good.You can use Byadagi chillies for color.Paprika is just optional,you don't have to use it.Try Saagu with mixed vegs,tastes great!:)

Anusha,thanks girl!:))
You don't spare anything in my blog ,do you?:))
That's great,I love your comment every week,you just cover everything.Beet was added to Gajar Halwa just to make it red for Valentine's day!:D

shn,Kulfi is coming next week. If you would like that,you can grab some along with these too!:D
Wouldn't that be great if we could take off the screen? I would grab all your non-Veg dishes!
Thanks buddy,have a great day:)

Tee said...

As always...what a fantastic spread!! :) all the dishes look so perfect...wish I could just grab them from the screen and put them on my table ;)

Pavani said...

Delicious spread of Punjabi khana you have there Asha. Aloo tikkis are going on my must-try list.
Would love to try your makki di roti, but one question cornmeal that you used; is it fine or gritty and If it is gritty does it come together like our regular atta dough.. Thanks for your time.

bhags said...

OMG, Asha this is an amazing display. The aloo tikkis made me feel hungry all of a sudden...:)

Asha said...

Sia tangi,I love that book!:)
Hope you get it,it has really authentic Punjabi recipes.At first,I thought ingredients are so few in the dishes,but when you cook it,it tastes yummy! My kids have gone to the Dogs! They eat Pav Bhaji like Hot Dogs too!;D
We get lot of Greens here.Southern US ppl eat lot of Greens stir fried with Kale and mustard too.That's good for me,I love it!:)
Glad you got some free time today Sia.Take care buddy.Hugs.

Swapna,that's okay.Thanks for your wishes.It was great posting 100 posts with 1000 recipes!:D
Enjoy the recipes.Greens are always healthy in whatever way you cook.

Richa,you are welcome,rubbed some Gheyo on the rotis too!;D
It was great tasting dinner.Glad to make it.Punjabis do eat well ,don't they? Healthy and tasty.Loved Sardai.I thought Peppercorns were Ms.Mehta's chioce,so it is added there! Thanks for hosting,I loved it and now I am most of the recipes in that book!I will send them to you later thru email,baking Pizza for kids' lunch now!:))

Dee,thanks girl.I have one week,so plenty of time for me! Typing takes a lot of time than cooking!:)
Hope you try some of these.Have a great day today.Hugs:)

Suma Gandlur said...

Asha,
At first glance, I thought I am on your list of 'lurkers' :) and immediately, searced thru your comments to see any other Suma commenting. Infact there was another one.
Great classic punjabi dishes.
You know what I tried mango lassi to send it to RCI. I used mango puree from the fresh fruit and it was light creamish in color. was more looking like plain lassi. Did you use the store bought kind?
Are u planning an elaborate spread with chillies too? Can't wait to see what they are.

musical said...

Lovely! I enjoy shardai a lot :). and the makki di roti (by itself).....he he, i am glad you wrote about turnips in the saag, he he, one Punju saron da saag prep thats no longer common! btw, Turnip greens are not must-they are an option if you don't have mustard greens though. but my absolutely favorite here is that tikki!! wow, i love em, Akka. sned me some for lunch :-D.

that bottlegourd looks so pretty.....

hugs,
musical.

Anonymous said...

Hi Asha
Everything looks delicious.I must appreciate ur patience in cooking up variety of dishes.

shalini

sra said...

Hi Asha, never thought of jalebi as a Punjabi sweet, tho' I knew it was North Indian. You know how we say in South India - jilebi, so funny!
Loved the slice of life in your bottlegourd-deck chair pic!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashaji,

You have an awesome food blog...Hats off to your 100th post. I have been to your site a few times before, loved it. Will have to start visiting it more often to catch all the fun. Nice pics and wonderful recipes. I will have to try the "Aloo Tikki" soon, soooooo mouth watering.

-shyam

Asha said...

Thanks Tee!:))
It takes a while to make all these and it's all worth it in the end.Hopr you try too.

Thank you Pavani,I enjoyed cooking them too!:)
I used yellow gritty cornmeal you get in US grocery and I boiled water with salt,little oil and then added the Cornmeal.Cooked until almost dry,cooled a little and then added the Methi and pressed with my palm to make rotis.This method works best for coarse Cornmeal.
If you use fine Indian Makki atta,then just add hot water etc. and it will be fine.Hope that helps.Enjoy:)

Hello Bha,now that you told me,I am craving for some too!:))
I made these last week,those Tikkis were yum! Give it a try.Thanks girl.

Suma,when I was writing Suma, I thought you probably get confused too!:D She just commented yesterday.You are SumaG for me now!HeeHee!
Yes,I used Mango Pulp we get in Cans.I don't get fresh Mangoes here.It's called Kesar Mango Pulp,it's really tasty.See if you can get it there.
I made two dishes from Chillies,one was so hot but they were tasty too.Loved your pickled one too!:)

Padma said...

Hi Asha,
What a great entry for RCI...I must say I have to try your makke -di roti and sarson ka saag, I never tried sarson ka saag at home. Nice mouth watering dishes and great pics...Wish I could taste you mango lassi...^-^

Asha said...

Hi M! Glad you gave me a thumbs up!I am happppy!:))
That book really is great,very authentic.She says to add cubed Turnips(Shalgham? I see little white veg in her photo,not it's Greens)to the Saag.Looks delicious,I didn't have it on hand,may be next time!:))
I LOVED Sardai!Glad I got to cook Punjabi!Tikkis are of course yum!

Hi Shalini,great to see you girl.Thank you.It does take time and effort to make all these but I enjoy cooking them!:)) Hope you try!

sra,I heard that Punjabis eat Jalebis for breakfast with Rabri which is thick sweet cream! I love them as dessert though after dinner.I know,we always say Jilebi in the south and Julab is Diarrhea in Dharwad and Hubli!!Hahaha!!
Since I took that photo,those branches have reached my back door!!:)

Hi Shyam,thank you so much for visiting me,hope to see often!:)
Nice to meet you and yes,try the yummy Tikkis.You can also use mashed potato flakes if you are in US to make them even quicker for an evening snack!Enjoy:)

MONA said...

ASHA! Congratulations for having completed 100 posts!
Well! I never knew! This is awesome!!

My My, what wonderful paunjabi cusine you have laid out there! I just LOVe sarson ka saag! & allo tikki is my all time favourite! Gajar ka halwa is yum! :))

I love your mango lassi! Must try that tomorrow!

Thank you Asha, for a treasure trove like this!!

pria said...

Jalebis are my favorite.. When I see your recipe, I get boosed to try something or the other girl.

Loved that roti and mango lassi:)) So yummy for the summer.

Laavanya said...

It truly is a Punjabi feast. The aloo tikkis look perfect and golden. I love Sarson ka saag but have never tried making it before.
I add some tomatoes in my palak paneer but it still stays green.. the tomato paste may have a different impact though.
Great post Asha!

Seema said...

Ashakka,
Oh boy makki di roti with sarson ka saag will make an ultimately soothing dinner for us. Nan ganda engineering madiddu REC Punjab alli and he loved punjabi food. Now that book you mentioned will be on my hunting list.

Pravs said...

Hey Asha...
Dishes looks splendid! Love mango lassi..have to try Sardai. Aloo tikki's looks yum...want to take a bite seeing it.Good hearty & healthy food. Thanks for sharing.

TheCooker said...

Everytime I visit your blog, I run out of superlatives.
Awesome spread!

Asha said...

Thanks Padma.What a beautiful profile photo you have! Just like your name!:)
Enjoy making Makki di roti combo,really good.

You are welcome Mona and thanks.Yeah! Last week was fun!:))
Cooking for Punjab is really enjoyable,loved it.I made Mango lassi with canned pulp,you get fabulous Mangoes there this time,make the real one!Aloo Tikki was yum as always a great snack:)

Pria,you should try Jalebis,really easy and tasty.Add 1 tbsp of Besan too as other blogger suggested.Hope you do,enjoy:))

Laavanya,that's what thought about Tomato.I got to try adding fresh next time.Tomato paste does have added color,so it might make it reddish!:)Thanks for telling me about it girl.Enjoy the Tikkis:))

Seema,I really want you to buy that book.It's available in Amazon too I think,try there.If your hubby lived in Punjab,he would love these dishes,huh? Try them!:))
Tikkis stuffed with dal was tasty too,little work but worth it.

Pravs,thanks girl:)
Sardai was first for me too ,loved it.It's drinking Kheer with lot less sugar! Try it.Tikkis of course always make a great snack.

Suganya said...

I was just thinking its been long since i saw a 'spread' in yr blog. Here it is :)

ChrisB said...

asha another great post and lovely pictures as always. Your gourds are certainly trying to take over- are they an alien species!!

KitchenAromas said...

Feels like Baisakhi here! :) Simply superb!

A Little Light said...

Asha Di!Loved all your recipes..got reminded of my manali trip from delhi..we stopped at one small road side dhabha and ate makki roti and sarson ka saag...Awesome it was :-)

Asha said...

Hi TC,I know you love it,so superlatives are not necessary!:)
Thanks buddy,enjoy.

Hi Suganya,yeah! It's true!:)) I didn't make a whole meal since I came home from vacation.Thanks to RCI.Next month is Oriya!I am ready!!;D

Hahaha! Chris,looks like they are aliens!!! They have come up to the back door now.I just got one Gourd from all that,many little ones are around,will see!:))

Thanks KA.They make a great Sunday lunch,we loved it.It's great to explore other state's food.Enjoy:))

Deepa, I wish I could have some Dhaba food right now.I have never been to one,but have heard so much about it.Well.. may be one day.Meanwhile I am the Dhaba woman!!;D

Neelam said...

Hi Asha as usual what a great spread! I really get inspired from you and all the elaborate meals! Let them keep coming:)

Cynthia said...

Hey Babes, as always, a mighty spread. Let me see, my favourites this week are the mango lassi, the sardi and the aloo patties stuffed with split peas and cheese - oh yeah! And you made my heart melt for the jalebis. I have not had that since I was a kid. I am going to Guyana soon and will definitely get some :)

Padma said...

hey Asha, tell me one thing how do you manage to comment immediately after I posted? is there any feed for that too ^_^ if yes, then please lmk...

yeah...today its ver humid outside, with passing thunderstorms...very sticky day so far....Iam waiting to see ur afam post, till them
ciao

Asha said...

Neelam,thank you!:))
I ill keep them coming and hope you try to catch some of them too!;D

Cynthia, you like all the sweets and snacks,don't you?:D Me too.Love to munch on snacks.Hope you try Sardai and Lassi for your mum in Guyana.Jalebis are always yum! Enjoy and thanks.Have a great time visiting your home town!Hugs:))

Padma, I will leave a link to you of that reader right after this.It's easy to comment quickly if you have that!:)
I have already posted 2 dishes for AFAM at Aroma,this is just I made today bcos there was a big Watermelon sitting around!:))
Keep it cool there.

Sally Lomax said...

That was really interesting to read that Asha. Being English we often come across masala and tandoori dishes in restaurants. Nice to know the origins!

trupti said...

Ashaji...
I am liking those Lassis a LOT...and could go for one of them right now!
Love your bottlegourd plant too....hehe....and the chair! :)

Mythili said...

whoa !!! that bottle gourd is sooo healthy ... it is a treat to the eyes ...

Shilpa said...

Oh yes, Punjabi food!!! :) One of my latest fascinations but just haven't been in my kitchen much to do anything constructive!

Hmm, as for the almond lassi, you said there were poppy seeds in it? How did you still manage to get such a smooth white colour? My poppy seeds are as dark as mustard seeds...hugs!

sudha said...

As usual wonderful spread..thanks for sharing such a wonderful recipes asha...

Shivapriya said...

Mouth watering spread Asha. Lovely choice. Mango lassi is my son's fav.
Yummy!!!!

Roopa said...

woooooow... what a great Asha... now sure to buy that book... nanu last year books buy madbekare E suthordu sumaru books noddade, then was not sure but the recipes sounded great. now i am sure it is good that you try from it... this dec i have list books to buy...
methi parotha jfi greens da? ega mathe madidra? my methi again swept in the rain.. i liked the dessert and roti....

Margie said...

Asha
My goodness...this post made me so hungry, but I have not had dinner yet.
You always amaze me with all the wonderful recipes you share here!
You must have a happy family having such a wonderful cook!

So wonderful to be here again!
Thank you so much for your visit today, and your very sweet comment!

I send friendship hugs back to you!
Take care dear Asha!

Margie:)

indosungod said...

Wow! what a lovely explosion of Punjabi dishes. Aloo Tikki is what I want now. I am trying to hunt down the bottle gourd that is playing hide and seek with your deck chair.

musical said...

Hey Akka,

i meant the saag with vegetable too. but the statement about saag was separate.....sorry, i didn't say it clearly (there was so much yummy stuff to ogle at!)

hugs,
musical.

Meena said...

Hello Ashakka.. Can I just lean over and grab one of those aloo tikkis.. You should sure visit Oregon sometime. I promise to provide you with comfortable accomodation in exchange of your mouth watering dishes and some much needed knowledge about the same :)

Prajusha said...

hi ahsa,
woh!A great collection of punjabi cuisine. My favourites r jalebi and aloo tikki.now i wish i cld have some from the pic.:)
thanks for sharing these wonderful recipes.Eagerly waiting for the icecream & Kulfi treat :)
have a great weekend.

Kulpreet said...

Hi Asha,

Balle balle!

Great post. I just love makke ke roti and sarson ka sag. Though I am noyt from Punjab (I am from Haryana)I just swear by thsi graet dish.

Come winters and I have it in breakfast, with lunch, with evening tea and final with a drink in the evening.

Kulpreet

Jyothi said...

Hi Asha! what a lovely spread of punjabi food. I love that mango lassi. Its yuumy. Aloo tikkies, amazing. Great entry dear. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and delightful recipes.

archana said...

Asha , for a moment I felt I was sitting in a Punjabi Dhaba :) All the dishes look ver tasty. I too follow the same book. Her recipes are nice.
Tikkis are looking perfect just the way they serve here in Delhi.
Try putting few tiny pieces of paneer and some raisins in the filling of the tikki.
Your glasses look lovely :)

Keshi said...

Can u buy me Icecream too? Kulfi is better tho.

Asha so this is what SRK eats..I mean all the Punjabi food? :) Very nice.

I love Mango Lassi!!

Keshi.

Sreelu said...

Asha,

What a feast, looks authentically punjabi,sarsoon ka saag, lassi mouth watering.
You always manage to make your post so well written and complete.
A true inspiration for me.
Now that you mentioned cannot wait for ice cream/kulfi's fedex-ed

ramya said...

Hi asha,
as always ur selection and write pictures everything is perfect.simply superb.i like everything in ur blog

Taste of Mysore said...

Ashaji, I love the passion that you have for cooking. All those dishes looks wonderful (I am just lost in the thought of time that it has taken from you to make all of them) Great! Tumba patience idepa nimage.

Vcuisine said...

Asha, felt like had a bread feast. Very nice presentation. Lovely recipes. You are so prompt. Viji

SeeC said...

Oh God !!! How many dishes ??!!!...I envy you.
Must have taken lot of time.

I love your deck chair and the bottlegourd plant.

Good info about 'Punjabi' :)

Thanks for the post asha.
BTW No icecream for us? ;)

Cinnamon said...

Asha... the recipes are just wonderful.... i wonder how you can manage to cook so many recipes for one post... must learn from u :)
Such a delicious platter!!!

Nee said...

Ashamma!! I missed your last post, but please accept my belated congratulations and blogiversary greetings!

Wonderful recipes - gotta try the makki di roti!

Ok, now I gotta go stuff my face again - I'll check back in soon...

*Hugs*
Nee

PS - really sorry again that I missed the last post!

Asha said...

Hi Saly,most Indians restaurants menu is Punjabi including Tandoori!Punjab is where it all happens!:) They make it mild masalas unlike South Indians and with creamy sauce.Next time you eat Indian,you know where many of those come from!:D

T! You could serve Sardai and Lassi easily in your restaurants.can't you? I bet they love them!:))
I got one big Bottle gourd yesterday,thinking what can I make from that.Plant is becoming monstrous right now!;D

It is Mythili.What we do is,we plant the 3 seeds in a HUGE pot with a HUGE (cut by us!) hole in th e bottom and when they start to grow,roots go into the ground thru' the pot and grow vigorously!Ground is full of hard clay,so can't plant seeds directly!:)

Shilpa,hope you start blogging again soon,love to look at your Punjabi yummies too but I know you are busy!:)
I always buy white poppy seeds which I use almost everyday in South Indians cooking,never bought dark one so far,although I want to buy those to sprinkle on Naans!These are white ones in Sardai.Hope you try:)

Asha said...

You are welcome Sudha!:)
Loved your Punjabi entry too.Enjoy it and thank you.

Thank you Shivapriya.Lassi, I think all the kids' favorite!:) My daughter keeps on asking me to make it.It tastes lot better than home made!

Roopa,e book tumba chennigide,worth the money!Buy it.
Palak Paneer was there in the draft,saved for this post.Everything else is freshly made for this post!I made Missi Roti and Beet leaves palya for JFI Greens!:)) Enjoy.

Hi Margie,so good to see you.Sunday lunches are little elaborate in my house but everyday it's just this and that!:))
You will love Punjabi food.They are mild and creamy sauce and tasty too.I will post more of these later.
Enjoy the Summer and see you in the Fall Margie.Hugs to you too darling.Have a great time!:))

Meeta said...

Arrey Wah!! Asha this feast is just up my alley. Being a Sikhni Punjabi you know almost all the things you have made here catches my breath.
Would you recommend that book to me too?
Bhalle! Bhalle!

Asha said...

Indo,you can't see the gourd.It's right underneath,well..it was when I took the phot.Now it's on kitchen counter!:)
I love those Tikkis too,stuffed makes it a little special!Try it.

Hi M! I am always happy to receive suggestions,specially from a Punjabi girl!Turnip greens sounds great to add to this as well!:))
Turnips I get here always have exactly 4 leaves sticking out of them! Not enough but I could grow some in my backyard.Have a great day M.Hugs:)

Hehe!! Thank you for the invitation Meena!When and if we visit Alaska,then may be.Oregon and NC are too far away,opposite!:))
I would happily cook for you and teach you as well.No problem! You know whenever we visit some of our white American friends here,they always put me kitchen!;D
Enjoy the dishes.Ask me if you need any suggestions.Hugs.

Thank you Prajusha.I love Punjabi food,was waiting for this RCI!:))
Hope you try Tikkis,they are really tasty,little unusual.Have a fun weekend.

Asha said...

Kulpreet,I didn't know there is a difference betn Punjab and Haryana food!! See I am learning a lot.That's why I want your wife to blog!:))
Now I have to Google and learn all about it.You do LOVE makki rotis!!! All day every meal!!:D
I love them too,good rotis to scoop up the creamy green sauce .YUM!

You are welcome Jyoti.I saw many blog about the same dishes too but I wanted my own versions in my blog too!:D Glad you liked them,try it!:)

Archana,I have to visit one of those Dhabas! Never done that.I like Nita Mehta's book,very homely dishes.Paneer and Raisins sound great,I will next time.Trisha loves Paneer!:))

Keshi,I would buy you a whole Punjabi meal!!:))
Kulfi is coming next.Remember Cuisinart kids bought me for Mother's day,I am using it!;D
Mango Lassi is always YUM! Nobody can beat it.Enjoy.It's easy if you have Mango Pulp canned at home.Try it:)

Asha said...

Hahaha!! Sreelu,only "no longer lurkers" get Kulfi!!;D
Nah,I would buy you too.Hugs sweet girl.I will post it next week.Try the Tikkis stuffed with dal,it's really good!:))

Thank you Ramya.I try my best.Takes a while for me to type in all these than cooking!Eventually,they look good in the post!:D

Hi TM,thank you darling!:))
Making a dinner is routine for me,I just choose the menu accordingly to suit my blog too.So it works out well!;D
Palak Panner was in the draft,I cooked the rest for a Sunday lunch.Lassi and Sardai is easy.Tikki takes a little time though.Makkalige snacks,Lassi ishta,bakidella hego kashtapattu thinnuttave!:))

Thank you Viji.I thought I was going to be late for Punjab this time,since I was making all these fresh except Palak Paneer.Made it!:)) Enjoy.Hugs.

Asha said...

Seec,I made it on a Sunday for lunch.It takes half a day but happy to cook for the family!:))
You can have some Kulfi too,coming up!;D Plant is reaching my back door!

Thank you Cinnamon.Once a week,I make something special on Sunday.Whole week,we don't get to together.I plan around these events ,so I can blog too!:D Enjoy.

Nee,STOP THAT!!! You have family around,enjoy them! Blogging and commenting comes later.
Parents are home,are they? I can imagine you stuffing your face and how happy you are!!Hahaha!!
Thank you for your wishes,it was fun but moving on now!;D
Have a great weekend and enjoy!(I know you will!)Hugs.

Bhalle! Bhalle!!:D
Meeta,you must have eaten these millions times as a kid! For us,it is special Punjabi lunch and what a feast that was!:))
Yes,I would recommend that book by her Meeta.Seems very authentic Punjabi to me unless you already know most of Punjabi food from your mom.Every recipe sounds great in that book.She also has many others too including 101 Chicken dishes,Mughlai,Fusion etc.I love them.Try and look in Amazon for reviews,they might have the books.Enjoy!:))

ServesYouRight said...

Gosh Asha - you are such a whirlwind of energy!! Pure kannda food one day, then Punjabi food and chillies - without missing a beat! Way to go :-)

Lots of love and good wishes,
Smita

Asha said...

Thank you darling Smita.More Kannada food coming for RCI Karnataka in Sept,can't wait.I am hosting too!!:)) Enjoy.

Manasi said...

Wow Asha!!! I like the sardai.. Milk drink!Am one of those who need 'flavour' in milk, otherwise I NEVER touch the stuff!!! MUST try.
Love the tikkis... yummmmmm!
Jalebi??? awwwwww, I am craving for some !!
Halwa is an all time fav!!!!
I am still mustering the courage to make makke di roti... i will try now, with methi!!
Bottle gourd ... now i'm thinking of how many dishes u will come up with for that!!!!!

Asha said...

Manasi,you love sweets ,don't you?:D
Enjoy them all.Sardai is great for you if you flavored milk.Tikkis are highly recommended of course!:D
I got one Lauki,cooked about 3 dishes already! Waiting to post next month!:))

Hima said...

Hi Asha,

Thanks for dropping by my blog to leave your valueble comment. I am also obsessed cooking all kinds of punjabi food. I still have two recipes to post on my blog. Will be waiting for your ICE CREAM though.

Asha said...

Hi Hima,good to see you!:))
Can't wait to see your Punjabi dishes,hurry.25th is the last date for entry.Ice Cream is coming next Wednesday:)

Little Miss Muffet said...

i am definitely going to try the lassis and the makkai ki roti...i have a q on the sardai..u mentioned one of the ingredients as melon seeds..how do i get them and what variety of melon? sorry if my q's sound dumb...half the times i have to google up ingredients coz i don't know them :(

Asha said...

Hi M! Good to see you gal!:)
Sardai is the best,like drinking Payasa with less sugar.
Dry Melon seeds are available at the grocery store in a little packets where they keep all the nuts.There is no particular kind,just Melon seeds.Ask them if you can't find it.You can also use Pumpkin seeds too instead,easier to find.Enjoy:)

Sig said...

Yippeee... I am the first one to comment, if you ignore the 100 comments before me... :( ... Yeah 101 is a nice number too don't you think?
Ash, the Punju feast looks amazing.... Aloo tikki as a burger, so much better than the stuff they sell as garden burger don't you think? So stop rolling your eyes... :D... The spread looks delicious...

Asha said...

Hahaha!! Sig,101 is fabulous number indeed!:)Thanks girl.
I know my Black Bean Burgers are lot healthier than Aloo ones and Tikkis are LOT better than Garden burgers but they eat EVERYTHING with Ketchup!!!:D
Vadas and Bondas and Bajjis,everything with Ketchup, when I make beautiful sweet and tangy chutneys! I guess that's the price we pay for raising them in the west.Can't have it all!:)
Hope you will have a relaxed weekend Sig,don't work too hard! Hugs:)

Pooja V said...

Hey Asha,
Chole, Lassi, sarson ka saag, makai ki roti..cudnt hv been more punjabi. Chole is one of my personal favourites :).

Asha said...

Hi Pooja,thanks.I think so too.It was great Punjabi feast.I should cook more Punjabi food from now on!:)
Enjoy.

nz said...

yay, Ashaji !! This time the spread is all vegetarian - makes me soooo happy and to top it, its punjabi ! Punjabi is my fav Indian cuisine .
But do you get fresh sarson leaves there ? I havent seen them here, and even if I have, I dont think I can identify them :-( so, I just buy those canned sarson ka saag which is not as good as the one made out of fresh leaves.
Thanks for showing how to make those makki di roti, I tried once and it was an utter flop cos I was trying to roll it like normal roti !

You rock, Ashaji :-)

Dilip said...

sorry ben a bit late in commenting on the milestone post...great achivement ben...so many posts with greats gems...great Tikkis...love em...thanks...~hugs~...

Keshi said...

aww how sweet HUGGGGGGGZ!

**Cuisinart

o so thats what this is all abt. Wut a deserving gift ha. And I think ur kids r VERY smart cos now they can hv all the yummies on their table LOL! Smarty pants!


Keshi.

Vikas said...

hello ashaji!!!

mouthewatering dishes...punjabi and lassiiiii.hhmmmmmm i like it...

snap is wonderful...i would like to have tea sitting on this chair early morning and reading news paper :)

Take Care
Vikas{V}

WokandSpoon said...

Hiya! Thanks for coming by my blog. I'm loving yours! Those aloo tikkis look great! Not to mention the rest of the Punjabi food that you posted!!

deepsat said...

asha!! congrats on your 100th post! i can always count on foodie's hope for the best recipes!!!

keep blogging!! and million thanks for these wonderful blogs!!!

;-))

Asha said...

Abha,thanks.We do get Mustard leaves here,Southerners eat lot of Greens,so at least 4-5 kinds of greens are always available.
Hope you try the second method for making Makki roti which is more reliable than just adding hot water.Miaze flour doesn't have Gluten like atta,so it can be little tough on us.Enjoy the Punjabi food!:))

No worries Dilipbhai.I know you are busy!Everybody seems to be working harder this smmer,including me!;D
Thanks.I appreciate your wishes.100th post felt great. Enjoy the Punjabi style Tikkis!

Hahaha! Keshi,give a gift and enjoy the benefits of it.Clever ,huh?
I never used it until now.It has a bowl we have to freeze before we make Ice Cream,but I didn't have any space for that bowl in the freezer until last week.Everybody started asking "where is the Ice Cream?" Finally,they are coming next week!:))

Asha said...

Vikas,thanks!:)
Early morning is the best time to sit there ,that is if that plant let you sit there!They probably grow on you too!:D Enjoy the Lassi.

Hi W! I am so glad I found you too!:))
Thank you for dropping by.I am glad you like Indian food.I have plenty of them!See you later.

Hi Sathish,thanks man.With friends like you wishing me,I am sure I will be around for a long time!:))
Enjoy and take care.

Padma said...

hey Asha, thanks a tonn! for your tip on google reader, it really helps a lot...i came back here to say thanks on this, hope you will get this mssg...thanks ya!

Asha said...

You are very welcome Padma.Have a blast commenting super fast now!;D

Kristen said...

Everything looks good, but those greens are making me hungry!
Have a great weekend.

Sanjay said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. :) Way to go!

Ooh I just love all the recipes you have on here. I love Punjabi food and my most memorable moment about it is while eating at a dhaba during my one visit to Punjab. I also had a few chances to sample that food during my other travels in India at those roadside places that are just amazing.

Mallika said...

Hi Asha - Huge congratulations on your big milestone. As you know, you are my favourite blogger, and your energy, positivity and recipes have been a real inspiration!These Punjabi recipes look a real treat as well...

Asha said...

Thanks Kristen!
I love greens too.Enjoy and have a fun weekend too!:))

Hi Sanjay,thank you!:)
I have heard so much about Dhabas too,so far I haven't tried it.Got to eat there when we visit India.Have a great weekend,see you later.

Thanks Mallika.It is a great feeling to reach there without a break for a whole year!! Phew!!:D
I appreciate your support.Enjoy the Punjabi food and have a great weekend.Hugs:)

Beccy said...

As ever your photos and recipes are so enticing Asha.

Are you going to let the bottle gourd plant continue in its takeover?

Lotus Reads said...

Sweet Asha!

This beautiful menu is right up my alley! Sarson ka saag, Palak Paneer and gajar ka halwa are staples in our home. I want to say a special thank you to you for showcasing Punjabi food! *hugs*

And oh, Asha, you should check out this new book by Chitrita Banerji called "Eating India: An Odessey into the Food and Culture of the Land of Spices". I think you will enjoy it very much!

Srivalli said...

Hi Asha...you write so well...read your other post which asks the ghost readers to comment...its so true...only handful comment in blog too...thought of requesting you to lend me that Granny poster to threaten them..:0..btw read in another blog that your photo is on your blog ...can't see it anywhere...have you removed it??

Srivalli
www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

Asha said...

Hi Beccy,thank you.Punjabi food is one of cuisines in India.
That plant has reached my kitchen door now! I will let it have it's fun this year.Last year,I tried so hard grow this,it wouldn't sprout!;D

You are welcome Lotus and thank you for supporting my blog every week and for that fabulously titled book!I will look for it right away!I just got a Oriyan book called "Purba",pretty good,sounds like Bengali cuisine!:)
I loved having these too,so wholesome and comforting.

Sri,thanks girl.I thought I would call on all the ghost readers!:D
You are welcome to take that granny logo,I don't know if that works but can always try!:)
My photos are still in two or three posts.On the side bar or in the recipe Index,click on MeMes, and "our 20th"(Dec) post.You will get links from there.Hope you can find it!:)

Prema Sundar said...

Lovely dishes Asha.. very authentic punjabi dishes too. planning to try sarson da saag and makki di roti.. thanks

Asha said...

You are welcome Prema.I enjoyed cooking all these!:))
Have a great weekend.

Kajal said...

Great to see all your post I think you enjoy the Punjabi cuisine for whole week....If you say early then I was your guest for one week. First of all I love your Sardi. I don’t know about this I will try this sardi. Thanks for sharing my dear. Your Aloo Tikke looks delicious with sweet and spicy chutney. Makki Roti color is absolutely perfect. Thanks for sharing Sarson saag recipe. Excellent work....:)

Deepak Gopi said...

Hi Asha ji
thank you.
Belated happy anniversary to the most delicious blog :)
I will be back after 9.
Good day to you and family.

Asha said...

Hi Kajal,thank you friend.You are the sweetest!:))
Yes,we did enjoy cooking Punjabi food,it's all really yummy.I know you enjoy it too.Make and enjoy Sardai,it's basically sweet Almond milk!:))

Hi Deepak,so good to see you buddy.Thank you so much for your wishes!:)
Hope you are feeling better now.Mona told me why you are not blogging,so sorry about your Grandma!We all missed you too!Take care friend and blog!:))

Anali said...

Hi Asha! These are some of my favorite foods! And I loooooooove Mango Lassis. I wish I had one right now! : )

Have a great weekend!

Asha said...

Mango Lassis are our fave too.Most Indian restaurant food is Punjabi too.I love it all!:)
Have fun too Anali.

ServesYouRight said...

Can't wait for RCI - Karnataka!!! I'm making Raagi Halbai!! I tried shamigge - no luck :-( All advice is welcome. I probably using the wrong rice :-(

Smita

deena said...

hey Asha for the past few times i've been trying to be among the 1st 10 people to comment on FH but always end up in THE END..this time its the limit i am the 130th person !..u r ever so popular ..coming to the dishes..what shall i say i'm speechless such an elaborate spread ..wish i cud just fly to ur home have a spoonful of all them not leaving the jalebi & gajar ka halwa behind..!!fantastic Asha!

Asha said...

Smita,Raagi Halbai!! Positively YUM!!!Aug 26th ,RCI K starts!:)
Shamige/Shavige is like rice pudding,right? You can use crushed long grain or go Italian Risotto way,use Arborio rice which makes creamy shamige!
If you are talking about rice noodles for Shamige,I use just plain rice flour,cook in water until thick and press thru' the Chakli mould with small round holes..Good luck:)

Deena,that's quite okay if you don't make it early as long as you are here!:))
Thanks girl,wish I could share with you!Well.you can always try at home.I bet you will do better than me.Enjoy

Dhana said...

What an amazing post! Felt like I went on a dream food trip to Punjab and back!!!

Asha said...

Thank you Dhana.I loved cooking and eating these too!:D
Have a great day today.

Sai said...

Nice post! I have made makai di roti aur sarson da saag b4. This recipe was given to me by my Punjabi friend's mom.

BTW I made ma ki dal for lunch today.

Asha said...

Thanks Sai!
You should post your recipes too sometimes Sai.I would love to have some homely authentic Punjabi dishes than from the cookbooks! Mah ki dal sounds yum.I love it with some good thick rotis!:))
Hope you are having a relaxed weekend after all that running around for DMV!:D

Madhavi said...

Hi Asha!
It seems like Iam late visting your punjabi cuisine post. I too like neetha mehta's books.Even though I don't have a great collection of hers,I have some.But,most of the recipes from her books turn out very well.That was a mouth watering meal today Asha

Asha said...

Thanks Madhavi!:)
Nah, you are not late,this post will be on until Wednesday morning,so no worries!
I love her books too,I have few of her's I enjoy cooking.It seems authentic homely dishes unlike some books who do fusion and not a good ones at that!:)

Latha said...

Oh my, makki di roti and sarson da saag! Classic combo! And the aloo tikki looks so delicious!
Lovely pics and as usual wonderful post ashu!
Love Latha

Poonam Phatak-Mutha said...

Hey Asha, Thanks for visiting my blog. Your collection of recipes surely compliments your blog title..Congratulations on completing a year and a 100th post!!

Asha said...

Latha,how are you girl?:))
Thought you are going to post some yummy stuff too,waiting.Loved cooking Punjabi,great book too.You probably have it too.Enjoy.
Hope you blog soon.Hugs to you.

Thanks Poonam.I saw your comment somewhere and thought I would say hello.Welcome and happy blogging.
Thank you.Feels like I have been around forever though!;D
Enjoy and see you later.

Shionge said...

Again & again I'm drooling making my keyboard wet & sweaty kekekek...just kidding but it sure makes me wanna hit town and grab some.

Asha...sometimes I am so confused over the indian cuisine..I am not sure if it is southern or nothern even though the signboard says northern cuisine but I can't see the difference except some are really spicy.

I enjoyed your food so much and hey, do you think one day I'll get to try it :D

Have a wonderful week ahead.

Cyberkitty said...

Mouthwatering stuff, i'll try and make some tiki at home. How do you get the tamarind juice for the tamarind chutney ??

Asha said...

Hi Shi,good that atleast you can get them in the restaurants,so you don't have to try!;D
Spicy ones are always from the South and the west of India like Gujarat,Northerners cook milder dishes.These are from the North.You can always adjust the spices in any dish of course to your taste.We don't eat too spicy at home either but some dishes must be spicy to taste good like tomorrow's dish!:))
Enjoy,have a great week Hugs.

Hi CB,good to see you girl.Thanks.
You soak the lumpy Tamarind in 1/2 cup of hot water for 15mins and squeeze the juice out or use some concentrated pulp and mix with water or you can buy Swad sweet and hot chutney at the store.Enjoy the Tikkis!:))

Anonymous said...

Ooo! I love mango lassis! So far I've only been able to get them an Indian restaurants though, so THANK you for this delicious recipe. :)

Ari (Baking and Books)

Asha said...

You are welcome Ari.Mango Lassi is easy to make with canned Mango pulp which are available in Asian stores.Hope you try!:))

RML said...

Hello Asha,
Yummy punjabi dishes..I am drooling here.Would try some dishes
for sure.My favourite is aloo tikki.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice weekend!
Madhoo

Menu Today said...

Hi Asha,
All the dishes look excellent!!!!!!
I love the pic of tikki. Thanks for the visual treat!!

Asha said...

Hi Madhoo,thanks girl.Tikkis were really good,little different from the usual.Hope you try!:)

MT, Hello!! Great to see you back blogging.
Thank you.Tikkis are delicious.Give it a try!:)

starry nights said...

Hi asha..sorry I missed your 100th post but I wish you many more anniversaries.I enjoy reading your post,you always have interesting facts and some awesome recipes with picutures. I so much want to try out everything you post.I love pistachio kulfi, one of my favs.Thanks once again for sharing your life and recipes with us.

Asha said...

Lalitha,don't worry about it.I know how tough it is for you right now to cope with all that going on in your life.Take it easy:)
Thank you for your wishes.I am honored to have so many well wishers.Hope I can continue like next year too.
Have a great weekend darling,take care!:)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

I made paneer once. I really enjoyed it. I grilled it plain, then served it with a really hot spicy sauce.

Asha said...

Hi Amanda,you can make Paneer easily at home.Grilled Paneer sounds great,spicy sauce is nice touch for bland paneer, almost like Palak paneer!:)

Amanda at Little Foodies said...

You're right, it was really easy, don't know why I haven't made it again. It was amazing to make our cheese. My Indian sister-in-law's mum told me how to do it. When we do Indian cuisine for our virtual travels then I'll make some again. Have a good week.

Asha said...

Looking forward to India tour at your blog Amanda.Love to know a authentic homemade Paneer recipe!:)

Raaga said...

how on earth did I miss this? I must have been on vacation. And I am truly confused... isn't Aroma meant for events??

Anyway, I read both and am ready to try out a few dishes :-)

Asha said...

LOL! I understand the confusion.
Raaga,if I am sending one single dish which is easier for any event,I will post in Aroma.If it's more than one dish for events like RCI and JFI,I will post here.Multiple dishes are for FH!;D
Enjoy,hugs.

viji said...

hi asha,

this is vijisriram from theyumblog. saw ur recipres (punjabi). yummy. i will try out n let u kne. your blog is eye catching.
do keep in touch
luv
vijisriram

Asha said...

Hi Vji,thanks!:)
Glad you liked them.I thing YUM blog is interesting too with different bloggers contributing,very good recipes!Keep it up.

Anita said...

Wow, Asha! You've one it again! I am going to help myself to some of the Oriya stuff from here and discover another part of India! Thanks, girl!

Asha said...

Hi Anita,good to see you girl!:)
Thanks,hope you try some of them.Oriya cuisine was easier than I thought! Thanks for visiting.Hugs:)

Pearl said...

oh, palak paneer. I love that. thanks for the recipe.
Love Mango Lassi too. Congrats on 100 posts!

Asha said...

Thank you Pearl.Hope you try Palak paneer!:)
100 posts took a whole year for me but enjoyed it!Thanks.

Anonymous said...

great food

Asha said...

Thank you Anonymous, enjoy!:))

Shreeja N said...

Wow what a spread! Beautiful pictures to complement the recipes.n these are some foods that kids love to have. Will be trying out Aloo tikkis n the lassi.great blog! tc;)

Asha said...

Hi SN, enjoy and thanks for your feedback. Punjabi cuisine is one of my fave cuisines in the World, love them all! :)

Mottay said...

Just Love Punjabi Food.. I visit many of the Restaurants of Jalandhar..
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Divya said...

I have always been a fan of Punjabi cuisine. I love the flavors and spices they use. Thanks for the lovely recipes.

Asha said...

I love Punjabi cuisine too, always yummy and beautiful to look at. Enjoy. Thanks D.