Thursday, April 4, 2019

Koat Pitha - Mizoram cuisine



Koat Pitha is a sweet snack from Mizoram. These fritters are made using rice flour, jaggery and banana.

For the month of March, the theme for "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" event is a cuisine from Mizoram.
Mizoram is one of the North Eastern States of India. The name is derived from "Mizo", the name of the native inhabitants, and "Ram", means land, and thus Mizoram means "The land of the Mizos".

For the event, I am paired with Pavani Gunikuntla who gave me rice flour and banana as my secret ingredients. I gave her green chilies and ginger. She blogs at "Pavanis Kitchen". Do check out her blog for a wide collection of recipes.



Recipe source: betterbutter

Ingredients:
  1. Rice flour - 1 cup
  2. Jaggery - 1/2 cup
  3. Banana - 1 (I used Chiquita/robusta banana)
  4. Water - 1/4 cup
  5. Salt - a pinch
  6. Oil - for deep frying
Method:
  1. Melt jaggery in 1/4 cup water and sieve to remove any impurities. Allow it to cool down.
  2. Mash the banana with a fork into a smooth paste.
  3. Add in rice flour, jaggery syrup and a pinch of salt to the mashed banana. Mix well and make a thick batter.
  4. Heat oil in a pan and drop in a tablespoon of batter in hot oil. Fry on medium flame until the pitha turns golden brown in color.
  5. Drain the excess oil on a paper towel and serve. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Janeiiong | Black Sesame Pulao from Meghalaya


For the month of February, the theme for "Shhhhh Cooking Secretly" event is cuisine from Meghalaya. 

Meghalaya is one of the seven North Eastern states of India. Meghalaya - alaya("abode") and megha("clouds") which means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit. It occupies a mountainous plateau of great scenic beauty. It is the home to three major tribal population - Khasis, Garos and Jaintias(in order of population). The staple food of people is rice with meat and fish preparations. 

For the cooking event, I am paired with Seema Doraiswamy Sriram, who gave me sesame seeds and rice as my secret ingredients. I have made this black sesame seeds pulao called "Janeiiong. I gave her rice flour and jaggery and she made a sweet rice flour cookie named "Pu klein". Do check her blog - 'Mildly Indian' for the recipe. 

Recipe Source: DesiFiesta

Ingredients:
  1. Cooked rice - 1 cup
  2. Black sesame seeds - 1/4 cup
  3. Onion - 1 small sized
  4. Ginger minced - 1 teaspoon
  5. Green chilies - 2
  6. Oil - 1 teaspoon
  7. Salt to taste
Method:
  1. Dry roast black sesame seeds on medium flame for around 5 minutes. Keep stirring continuously to avoid burning of seeds. 
  2. After dry roasting, place the sesame seeds in a fine sieve and wash in running water.
  3. Grind the sesame seeds into a fine paste by adding 1 tablespoon of water. Set aside the ground paste.
  4. In a pan, heat a teaspoon of oil and add finely chopped onion, minced ginger and slit green chilies. Saute until onions turn translucent.
  5. Add sesame paste and salt to taste. Mix well and let it simmer for around 3 minutes.
  6. Add cooked rice and mix well. Serve hot.



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