This is the one of the most delicious recipes from my mother’s kitchen. It is simply yummy and is a must have at iftar parties... It can also be had for breakfast or as an evening snack.

Serves = 4

100 gms minced meat (kheema)
200gms macaroni
1 onion chopped
1 tbsp garlic paste
1 tbsp ginger paste
2 tomatoes puréed
Coriander and mint leaves
1 cardamom
1 cinnamon
4 tbsp oil
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 lemon
2 1/2 tsp salt


Boil 5 cups of water with 2 tsp salt. Then switch off the gas and add macroni. Keep the lid closed for 10 minutes. The macroni would have cooked by this time. If not let it be in the hot water for some more time. Once done drain the excess water and set aside.

Then heat oil in a a pressure cooker. Add cardamom, cinnamon and onions. Cook for some time. Then add garlic paste, sauté for some time, and then add ginger paste, red chilli powder and tomato paste. Then add kheema, coriander and mint leaves. Mix well. Then add 1 cup water and 1/2 tsp salt. Close the cooker and cook for 10 minutes. Then open the lid and add lime juice, cook till boils appear. Then add the cooked macroni. Mix well. Serve hot .It is a dish in its own right so it does not require any side dish.

ZARDA (Sweet dish made with rice)

Zarda is a very popular and delicious dessert made using rice. It is a must have during family gatherings and special occasions because of its taste and also because it is very easy to make. I have given below my mother's zarda recipe. It is one of those recipes in which you can never go wrong...


1 cup Basmati rice
1 cup sugar
seeds of 1 cardamom
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
a handful of cashew nuts and raisins


Wash and soak Basmati rice in water for 1 hour. Then heat oil in a pan, add cardamom seeds, cashew nuts and raisins and saute for sometime. Then add turmeric powder and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Now add the drained rice and cook till the rice is done.(Cook in a low flame till all the water has evaporated). Switch off the gas and set aside. Then to prepare the sheera, heat another pan, add 1cup water and sugar and cook till it reaches a single thread consistency. (For this you can take a drop of sheera and place between your thumb and index finger and pull the index finger apart, if it looks like a thin thread then the sheera is ready. Another method is to take the sheera and drop it in a cup of water. It should not dissolve or break. It should remain intact). Switch off the gas, add the sheera to the rice and mix well. Close a lid and allow it to cool. Set aside for about half an hour for the rice to completely soak the sheera. It tastes great when served chilled.


Of late Ragi has got prominence for its health benefits and people are trying to incorporate it in their diet. What better way then is to start the day with Ragi. I have given below the recipe for making roti using ragi. It is easy to make and tastes great with groundnut chutney.

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