Traditional recipes that your mother would love you to know

You grew up eating your mom’s delicious food which is always made with extra love and care. And you still crave for her homecooked meals even when you are well into adulthood. Now is probably the right time to impress her with your culinary skills. This Mother’s Day, spoil your mom with these traditional recipes that are bound to impress her and create a memory that she will cherish forever.

 

  1. Gajar ka Halwa

Ingredients: 7-8 medium-sized carrots (grated), 4 cups of milk, 4 tbsp ghee, 10-12 tbsp sugar, and cardamom powder.

Method:

  1. Add grated carrots in a heavy kadai or a wok. Pour in the milk and heat the mixture on medium flame while continuously stirring.
  2. Cook the mixture till the milk is considerably reduced. Now add ghee and stir.
  3. Add cardamom powder and continue to simmer on low to medium flame till the mixture thickens and the milk completely dries out.
  4. Serve it hot.

 

  1. Chole Bhature

Ingredients: 1 cup boiled chickpeas, 1 medium-sized onion, 2 medium-sized tomatoes, 1 green chili, 4 to 5 medium-sized garlic cloves, and 1-inch ginger – chopped, various whole and dry spices.

Method:

  1. Blend the chopped vegetables into a fine paste using a blender.
  2. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a pan. Add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 tej patta, 2-inch cinnamon stick, 2 to 3 cloves, 2 green cardamoms, and 2 to 3 black peppercorns.
  3. Pour in the paste and sauté for ~8mins.
  4. Add ½ tsp turmeric powder, ¼ tsp red chili powder, 1 tsp coriander powder, 1 pinch asafoetida, and 1 tsp amchur powder. Mix well and sauté for ~2mins.
  5. Now add the chickpeas, pour 1 to 1.5 cups of water and add salt to taste. Mix well and simmer the mixture for ~7 to 10 mins till the gravy thickens a little. Stir occasionally. Chole is ready to be served with some hot bhature and chopped onions.

 

  1. Kheer

Ingredients: 1/4 cup basmati rice (soaked), 1-liter whole milk, saffron strands, sugar, and ¼ tsp cardamom powder.

Method:

  1. Pour milk into a saucepan and boil it on a low-medium flame. Stir at intervals to ensure that the milk does not burn.
  2. Drain all the water from the soaked rice. Now add the rice to the boiling milk. Mix well and simmer on low-medium flame. Cook until the rice is half cooked.
  3. Add 5-6 tbsp sugar, some saffron strands and continue to cook the mixture. Stir at intervals. Simmer till the rice is almost cooked and add ¼ tsp cardamom powder.
  4. Add cut dry fruits like almonds, and pistachios and continue to boil till the rice is completely cooked. You will notice that the rice kheer has now thickened. Serve it hot.

 

  1. Tadka Dal

Ingredients: 1 cup soaked tuvar dal, chopped veggies – ½ cup onions, 1 cup tomatoes, 2 – 3 green chilies, 1 tsp ginger.

Ingredients:

  1. In a pressure cooker, add the dal and chopped vegetables. Pour 4.5 cups of water, some turmeric powder, and 1 pinch of asafoetida, and pressure cook the mixture for ~8 whistles.
  2. Mash the cooked dal and add ½ tsp garam masala powder, 2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, and salt as per paste. Mix well to combine uniformly.
  3. Next is the tadka – heat 3 tbsp ghee in a small pan, add cumin seeds, asafoetida, 5-6 garlic cloves (chopped), 2-3 red chilies, 1 tsp kasuri methi. Pour the tempered ingredients into the cooked dal.
  4. Serve it hot with the jeera rice.

 

Do let us know which recipe your mom liked the most in the comment section below. We know that it’s the effort that is going to touch her heart, no matter the taste! Because she is a mother after all!

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