Navratra Dishes for the Varat during Navratra. Decorative candles, Rangoli and special sweets for Diwali celebrations. Spinach Koftas: This dish is delicious and prepared for special festival occasions like for Holi Feast, Basant- Feast or Lohri- Feast and Diwali Festival. These Koftas can be served as Snack with mint chutney.In Gravy these form Main Dish. Spinach Koftas Makes 10-12 koftas. Ingredients: For Kofta 1½lb spinach (after cleaning) ½oz ginger 2 green chilies chopped 3tsp salt 6 cloves garlic 1oz (roasted gram powder) channa powder ¼tsp garam masala For filling: ½oz ghee 1½oz finely cut spring onion 2oz paneer, crumbled 1green chili chopped ½oz finely cut ginger ¼tsp salt ¼red pepper ¼tsp garam masala For Gravy: 4oz ghee 4oz grated onion ½tsp red pepper 4 cloves garlic minced ½oz ginger, minced 1 dessert spoon coriander seeds roughly grinded 8oz tomatoes chopped 1½tsp salt 1tsp sugar 12oz whey water or plain water ½tsp garam masala 1tbsp chopped fresh dhania patta Method: For the Puree: Clean, wash and cook the spinach without the addition of any water. Add ginger, green chili, garlic and salt. When tender dry out the liquid, finely grind the cooked spinach in a blender. Add Channa powder and garam masala. Mix thoroughly and divide the paste into 18 equal parts. Keep aside. For Filling: Heat ghee, fry the onion lightly, add crumbled paneer, ginger, green chili, red pepper, salt and garam masala. Stir a little cool and divide into 18 parts. Spinach Koftas: 1. Flatten each part of the filling in each one and roll these into round balls. Fry on medium heat, until golden brown. Take from ghee and drain on kitchen paper and keep aside till needed. 2. To prepare gravy: Heat ghee, add onion and fry until light brown. Remove from fire, add red pepper and stir till the color of red pepper comes out into the ghee. Add salt, ground ginger, coriander grinded seeds and sliced tomatoes. 3. Cook until the masala is fried and the ghee separates from the masala. 4. Add green chilies, sugar and whey. Continue to cook on a simmer until the rawness of the garlic disappears. 5. Now add the prepared spinach balls and give one or two boils. Sprinkle chopped dhania and garam masala. Serve immediately. Variations: Spinach Koftas can be added to the Paneer Matter Dish as shown above.
Lohri Celebrations: 13th January-2015. Festival Warmth celebrate it with a chic spin. Lohri festival of 2016 is coming 0n 13th January. The shops are full of Lohri sweets like Gajjak – (this can be of gur or white sugar with sesame seeds) Rewari - small sugar or gur dices or balls with sesame seeds. Kheil – Puffed rice with gur. Bhugga; Pinnis; Groundnut shelled; Sugar cane sticks; Popcorn; Marunda This is a special festival for North India. In Punjab it is celebrated with great enthusasm. It is supposed to be celebrated for the Lohri celebrations that were a visual treat for everyone in the family. The huge bonfire enveloping in its warmth, the energetic beating of the drums and mesmerizing performances of the drum beaters which come on the Lohri bonfire. The festival of Lohri is celebrated on winter Solstice day and is the cultural celebration of Punjabis and Punjabiyat, making the culmination of winter by worshiping fire and munificence. People gather around the bonefire, sing folk songs and throw puffed rice and popcorn into the fire, chanting, ‘Aadar aye dilather jaye’ which means ‘May honor come and poverty vanish.’ This paticular ritual is a way of thanking the Sun god and seeking his continued protection. Amidst robust drum beats, men dance to Bhangra tunes and women perform Gidda. 'Victor of Good over Evil’. The folk music associated with the festival goes much beyond the ‘pop’, It is Sundar Mundariye – a fun folk ballad about a beautiful girl and Dulla Bhatti- a Lohri legend , a man associated with helping the poor and his love heroics. Indulge in tunes of folk singer like Minu Bakshior veterans like Gurdas Maan, who do contemporary renditions of traditional songs. From secretly licking off that last grain of sweetened, cinnamon-infused rice to basking in the warmth of the grand bonfire as you try and cling to the folk notes your parents try to hit- the festival of Lohri is a time of pure indulgence. Preparation of the Lohri Bonfire is show in the picture below. Celebrated each year on January 13th, to mark the winter solstice and commemorate the traditional onset of the harvest season in Punjab, the festival is full of sights and flavored fervor of jiggery high relatives and endearing rituals. Partake with delicious gaity with your family by chanting along to ‘ishvar aa, dalidar ja, dalidar di jaar chulle paa’ (evoking Gods to banish the dismal cold) and singing about the heroics of the legend of Dulla Bhatti. Here’s your quick guideto celebrating Lohri with homebound love. Besides folk music, to have some warm valor to combat the chill, we need some sugar in our lives. Some special sweets and drinks for the festiva Lohri Festival Sweets: The traditional sweets of this festival are: Gajjak – (this can be of gur or white sugar with sesame seeds) Rewari - small sugar or gur dices or balls with sesame seeds. Kheil – Puffed rice with gur. Bhugga; Pinnis; Groundnut shelled; Sugar cane sticks; Popcorn; Marunda All these Lohdri sweets are shown above.