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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Zafrani Pulao / Saffron Rice / Zarda Pulao

Zafrani Pulao or Saffron Rice or Zarda Pulao is a famous cuisine of Hyderabad. As by the name you can understand, this recipe has saffron or zafran which gives a beautiful orangish yellow color to the dish. Initially, I used to think this not just the colour of saffron, they must have used some food color to get this strong, vibrant and glossy colour. Since I prepared this , I realized my concept was wrong. This is just the colour of original saffron. Another important ingredient is nutmeg powder, the moment you add this to your dish, you really feel that you are preparing a royal dish. It gives a nice aroma to the dish. Try this royal zafrani pulao during this festive season.

Zafrani Pulao / Saffron Rice / Zarda Pulao

Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Saffron/Kesar - 2 pinch
Cashew Nuts - 10 to 15
Raisins -  10 to 15
Ghee - 3 tablespoon
Nutmeg Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Milk - 1/2 cup
Cardamom - 1 or 2
Cinnamon - 1 inch stick


Clean and soak rice fore half an hour. Now heat ghee (1 tablespoon) and fry cashew nuts and raisins. Keep them aside. You can slice the cashew nuts. Boil milk and add saffron in it. Keep aside. Now add remaining ghee in pan and add cinnamon stick and cardamom. Drain the water and add rice into it. Gently saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add sugar, nutmeg powder and saffron milk. Mix them well. Now add required warm water (approx 3 to 4 cups). Cover it with lid and simmer the gas. Stir in between. When the rice is almost cooked add cashew nuts and raisins. When the rice is completely cooked and there should not be any trace of water. Serve the colorful hot zafrani pulao.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Tofu Popcorn

Popcorn is a favourite snack for movie freaks. Tell me how many of you had not taken a popcorn bucket while going inside the movie hall?? The trend is going on for olden days. No I am not telling any story, this is the fact! Though many things had changed around -- Bioscope has changed to cinema hall and followed by multiplexes, Budget of the movies has increased from some thousands to lacs to crores, technologies have improved from still photography to 2 D to 3D and so on, however people still go with a cone of popcorn and munch while they are connected with cinematic emotions. Wait wait wait - Popcorn has also got a makeover with its flavour(with cheese, tomato, butter, etc), packaging and price!!
 Coming back to today's recipe...

It is also a popcorn which is made from tofu, so we can call it Tofu popcorn. As we all know, tofu is really healthy and good for diabetic individuals. Tofu popcorn is an easy to prepare recipe and you can give it to your kids (avoid chilli powder). Normally tofu has slightly bitter taste, but if you prepare this popcorns you can hardly feel the bitter taste. 

Tofu Popcorn


Tofu - 200 gm
Chat Masala - 1 tablespoon
Salt to taste

For Batter

Gram Flour - 2 to 3 cups
Red Chilli Powder - 11/2 teaspoon
Baking Soda - a pinch
Garam Masala Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Cumin Powder - 1 teaspoon
Coriander Powder - 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste 
Black Salt - 1 teaspoon
Refined oil


Unpack the tofu and dip in warm salted water for 15 minutes. Take out and make small pieces nearly about 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Now marinate these pieces with salt and chat masala. 

Now take Gram flour or besan in a bowl and add baking soda, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, garam masala powder. Add water to prepare a thick batter. Heat oil in a pan and add a little hot oil in the batter and mix it. Now coat the tofu pieces in batter and deep fry them. Sprinkle black salt from top.