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Subz Dum Biryani ..

Subz Dum Biryani - I agree it's just a fancier name to a relatively simple recipe .. :)

Cut vegetables like cauliflower, beans, carrots.
Boil the cut vegetables along with peas and corn until they are soft and tender Separately, cook the Basmati Rice
Make 2 portions of the cooked rice - for one portion use some food color to make it a little colorful

Saute some onions, green chilies, coriander, Pudina leaves, ginger-garlic along with some 'biryani masala'. You could also add some tomatoes to this.
If 'Biryani masala' is not available use spices like - pepper, clove, Tej patta and cardamom
Grind the above sauteed mixture in a grinder to make a fine paste
Add the boiled vegetables to this masala paste. Now layer the masala paste and the colorful rice successively in a large kadai.

Close it with a firm lid. Place some heavy object on top of the lid - this is our home made 'Dum' .. :)
Alternatively, some people also seal the lid to the kadai using some 'atta'…

Colors of Independence ..

Dudhi halwa - one of my favorite since it's easy to make and healthier as well.  Below is my simple recipe:

Grate the dudhi by peeling it with slicer and making small manageable pieces.Heat some home made ghee in a 'kadhai' and add the grated dudhi into itSaute the Dudhi till it changes the color slightlyAdd some 'malai' and a little bit of milk and sugar as per tasteLet it cook for about 10mins on low flameFinally add some shavings of almonds/cashews/pistachios as per requirement
And for some fun ... :)
Take a little amount of 'kesar' and mix it well in the milk.
Add this to a small amount of 'halwa' to give it an orange hue
Alternatively, you could also use orange food color to give it a better color.
Arrange the 'Halwa' in 2 layers to represent the Indian flag - Orange and Green
In the center sprinkle some coconut to give it a white color look.

Using food color, these colors and decoration can be changed as per the occasion .. :)
Happy In…

Serene Waters

This is a snap of the river Godavari in Nasik. This snap was taken just a few days after the monsoons started this year. The waters look so calm and serene. Sitting on the banks and eating 'peru' and 'bhutta' is a wonderful experience.