Mumbai,38/29.11.20-Food is may be the only universal thing that really has the power to bring families and people together. When I was a little kid, I used to help my mother in the kitchen. She would always make my favourite dishes. Watching her cooking and due to her blessings, I sharpened myself to try out new and exciting recipes. With time Cooking has become a passion for me. Cooking for me is an art full of creativity, where you explore your kitchen, mix your imagination and innovation with a twist to put together a delicious meal. I am Madhulika Vatsal presenting for you all some very amazing, delicious,yet very simple and easy recipes to win a lot of praise and make you feel overjoyed, proud and accomplished. So let's start cooking.

1.Vegetable Dum Biryani

Ingredients –

1 cup basmati rice

1 bay leaf

1 inch cinnamon stick

1 star anise

For Birista –

1 cup sliced onion

For gravy –

2-3tbsp oil

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup tomato paste

1 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1tbsp red chili powder

1tbsp coriander powder

¼ tsp turmeric powder

2tbsp Biryani masala

½ cup curd

¼ cup blanched potatoes

¼ cup blanched carrots

¼ cup blanched cauliflower

¼ cup blanched green peas

¼ cup blanched French beans

For assembling –

1 cup chopped coriander and fresh mint

Few saffron strands soaked in 1tbsp milk

Desi ghee

Method –

Soak basmati rice for 30 minutes, take out all water. Boil water in a vessel, add whole dry spices, salt and add rice, cook rice till 92-95%. Switch off the flame. Sieve boiled rice immediately and allow to cool. Keep aside.

Fry sliced onion in hot oil till they become dark brown and crispy.

Take out fried onion from oil and keep aside. Take out extra oil from wok.

Add chopped onion, green chilli, ginger chilli paste and cook on low flame. Add red chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, salt, biryani masala in wok, cook and add tomato paste, cook. Add curd and cook. Add boiled vegetables, capsicum and mix nicely. Add water, cover and allow to cook all the vegetables. For tandoori flavour, heat a piece of coal, keep the hot coal in a small bowl, drizzle few drops of desi ghee, cover immediately, Keep covered for 4 minutes. For layering, place half prepared gravy sabzi in a heavy bottomed pan or pressure cooker. Place half cooker rice on it, sprinkle fried onions, chopped mint-coriander, saffron soaked milk, desi ghee and repeat the process. Cover and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes on very low flame.

After 10 minutes open the lid and enjoy hot veg biryani with raita, papad and pickle.

2.No Yeast No oven naan recipe
Ingredients –

300gram maida

1tsp salt

1tbsp powdered sugar

½ cup curd

½ cup milk

½ tsp baking soda


Fresh coriander

Method –

For dough mix maida, salt, sugar, baking soda in a bowl. Add milk and curd and mix nicely.

Prepare a soft and sticky dough. Add butter / oil and make the smooth. Cover and keep aside for 1-2 hours. After two hours, uncover the dough. Prepare big balls, dust the ball with flour, Roll in an oval shape. Sprinkle kalonji / nigella seeds and fresh coriander on naan, roll and make it long with rolling pin. Heat a clean tava on high flame, tava should be clean and hot before placing the naan. Apply water on the back side of naan. Place prepared naan on hot tava with pressure. The water side of naan should be on tava side. Allow to cook naan till the bubbles appears on naan. Now flip the tava and cook naan from the other sides till the brown marks appears on naan. Remove naan from tava. Apply butter and serve hot.