Meetha Paan (मीठा पान) From Ash Gourd–Dessert Recipe For Party–Indian Recipe By Sunita

Ingredients –

  1. Ash Gourd ( Winter melon)– 600 gram (wash and dry)
  2. Limestone / Chuna – 1 tsp.
  3. Sugar – 1 cup (as per your taste)
  4. Food color – green
  5. Vanilla essence – 1 tbsp.

For stuffing

  1. Whole milk – 3 cups
  2. Sugar – 2 tsp. (as per your taste)
  3. Chopped dry fruits – Pista, cashew, almonds, etc.
  4. Elaichi (Cardamom) powder – 1 tsp.

Method –

  • Peel the ash gourd skin and make sure the green part is not left out.
  • Slice the ash gourd in triangular shape.
  • Take a utensil, add enough water and limestone, mix well. 
  • Drop all the pieces of ash gourd in water, mix well and leave it for 2-3 hours.
  • After 2-3 hours take out the limestone from water and rinse well.
  • Take out all the ash gourd pieces into a pan.
  • Add sugar, food color, mix it well and add enough water to immerse the sliced ash gourd.
  • Turn on the stove on medium heat, cook till the ash gourd becomes transparent.
  • Stir continuously so that it doesn’t burn.
  • Do not let the syrup get too thick, if required add half cup water to keep the syrup thin.
  • When the ash gourd becomes transparent, turn off the heat, add vanilla essence and leave aside for 1 hour, allowing them to cool down. 
  • To prepare stuffing, take 3 cups of whole milk and allow it to boil in a pan on high to low heat.
  • Once milk is boiled, reduce the heat to medium temperature and keep stirring to avoid the milk sticking to the bottom of the container.
  • When the milk becomes thick, add sugar and cardamom powder to the milk.
  • Stop heating when all the water disappears. You can also add chopped dry fruits to your stuffing (khoya).
  • Now take out the pieces of boiled ash gourd from syrup, drain extra sugar syrup and let them dry out for an hour.
  • Take few cloves for decorating the paan.
  • Once ash gourd is dried, stuff each ash gourd slices with khoya, fold the slices from the corners and pin them using cloves.
  • You can also use toothpick and cherry or tutti fruity to decorate Meetha pan.
  • Meetha paan is ready, serve with your meals… Smile

Agra Ka Petha–Juicy Ash Gourd Candy–Home Made Petha Recipe–Indian Recipe

Ingredients –

  1. Ash Gourd ( Winter melon)– 1 kg (wash and dry)
  2. Limestone / Chuna – 1 tbsp.
  3. Sugar – 750 gm. (as per your taste)
  4. Food color (optional)
  5. Rose or kewra essence (optional)

Method –

  • Peel the ash gourd skin and make sure the green part is not left.
  • Cut in rectangular shape or you can also use cookie cutter to give other shapes of your choice.
  • Pierce all around with the help of fork or toothpick.
  • Take a bowl add enough water, add  limestone, mix with your hand and let it dissolve properly.
  • Drop all pieces of ash gourd in water, mix well and leave it for 7-8 hours.
  • After 7-8 hours take out from limestone water and rinse well at least 2-3 times.
  • Heat a pan add enough water on medium heat.
  • Add all the ash gourd pieces and cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • After 6 minutes turn off the heat, take out all the ash gourd form the hot water and drop the pieces in chilled water.
  • Take out all the ash gourd pieces and add sugar, toss it well and coat all the pieces evenly.
  • Cover and leave it for 1 ½  hours.
  • After 1 ½ hours sugar is dissolved.
  • If you want you can add food color and rose or kewra essence  5-6 drops.
  • Turn on the stove on medium heat, cook till ash gourd start looking transparent.
  • Stir continuously so it doesn’t burn.
  • Once sugar is almost dissolved and syrup becomes thick, turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool down.
  • Take out Pethas one by one and leave it to dry in fan for 10 – 11 hours.
  • After Agra ka petha is dried completely, it’s ready to serve…

Sweet Potato Cutlet or Tikki / Snacks Recipe / Indian Recipe

Ingredients –

  1. Boiled  sweet potatoes – 1
  2. Salt to taste
  3. Black pepper – 1-2 pinch
  4. Turmeric powder – 1-2 pinch (optional)
  5. Garlic paste or grated – 2 tsp.
  6. Chopped green chilly as per your taste
  7. Corn flour – 2 tbsp.
  8. Fresh chopped coriander leaves – 1/2 cup
  9. Peas or corn – 1/2 cup (boiled or frozen)
  10. Finely chopped onions – 1/2 cup
  11. Oil/Butter for shallow frying
  12. Bread crumbs for coating

Method –

  • Peel and mash the potato in a bowl.
  • Add all the ingredients, mix well and adjust salt and chilly as per your taste.
  • Heat sufficient oil in the pan on medium heat.
  • Take a portion of the mixture, shape into small ball and press lightly.
  • Roll them in the bread crumbs till they are evenly coated from all the sides.
  • You can use cookie cutter to shape them into different shapes.
  • Place the cutlet in the frying pan.
  • Shallow fry till both the sides are golden in color.
  • Drain extra oils and place them on absorbent paper.
  • Sweet potato cutlet is ready, serve hot with chutney.

How To Make Easy and Healthy Dal Fry with Drumstick leaves – Indian Recipes–Dal Recipe

Ingredients –

  1. Cooked Dal (you can use moong dal, yellow lentil dal ) – 1 cup.
  2. Chopped tomatoes – 1 cup.
  3. Finely chopped garlic – 1 tea spoon.
  4. Chopped onions – 1/2 cup.
  5. Dry whole chilly – 1( as per your taste).
  6. Salt to taste.
  7. Mustard/cumin seeds –  1/2 tsp.
  8. Asafetida/hing powder – 2 pinch.
  9. Gram masala powder – 1 tsp.
  10. Vegetable oil/butter – 1-2 tbsp.
  11. Drumstick  leaves (clean and wash)- 1 cup.

Method-

  • Heat oil into the pan on medium flame.
  • Add cumin/mustard seeds, dry chilly and fry till it changes color. 
  • Add chopped onions, chopped garlic and cook till its become soft.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, salt to taste and hing, mix well and cook for few minutes.
  • Add drumstick leaves, mix well and cook for few minutes.
  • Add cooked dal, gram masala and mix well.
  • Cover and bring it to boil.
  • After 1-2 minutes Turn off the flame, healthy drumsticks leaves dal is ready to serve, you can adjust salt or spice as per your taste.

Note –

  • Place the soak 1/2 cup  dal along with 2 cups water, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder in a pressure cooker.
  • Cover and pressure cook on high heat for 3-4 whistles.
  • Remove from heat and mash the dal.

Instant Ghee (Clarified Butter)

Ingredients –

  1. Unsalted butter

Method –

  • Heat the butter on medium heat.
  • Stir after every 1 minute so that it doesn’t stick to the pan.
  • Keep stirring the butter constantly until milk solids and ghee gets separated completely.
  • Cook till the color of milk solid turns light brown.
  • Ghee is ready, turn off the heat and cool down completely.
  • Once it cools down completely strain the mixture and keep it in airtight container/jar.