Biranj (Sweet Rice)

Biranj is a traditional dish, made specially on New Year’s Day, of Bhramkshatriyas or as they call us – Khakkhas. This is a rice preparation and a sweet dish, served on New Year’s Day. It is a Simple and yet yummy recipe

1 cup basmati rice
1/2 cup Chana dal
1 cup Ghee
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick cinnamon
2-3 cloves
Salt as per taste
2-3 strings Saffron
Dry fruits for garnish
Water as required

Rinse Dal n Rice well and soak them for half hour.

In a handi, heat 1 cup ghee, add clove and cinnamon stick. Add Dal and Rice n saute them well.

Add enough water to cook rice and dal well (Approx. 2-3 cups), salt and saffron strings.

Once they are cooked, layer half cup of sugar.

Once sugar starts to dissolve, garnish with Dryfruit n serve hot.


Recipe : Rose Coconut Empanadas with Star Anise Glaze

I made this recipe on holi because making Gujia is too main stream!


For Crust:

2 cup maida

1cup butter (chilled and cubed)

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanila extract

For Stuffing:

300gm khoya

2 tbsp desiccated coconut

2 tbsp rose syrup

For Glaze:

2 cups sugar

3 Star Anise



For Crust:

Add baking powder n butter to maida and slowly mix woth your hand.

Add vanilla extract and form a dough.

Cover the dough with cling wrap or muslin cloth and keep in the fridge for an hour.

For Stuffing:

In a bowl, add grated khoya, Coconut and Rose syrup.

Mix them properly and keep it aside.

Further process:

Roll out dough (in 2 or 3 batches)on floured surface to about 1/4-1/8 inch thickness.

Cut circles of dough about 5-6 inches in diameter.

Wet the edge of a dough circle slightly, all around the perimeter.

Place 1 scant tablespoon of filling in the middle of the dough.

Fold the circle in half, enclosing the filling, and pinch the edges together firmly to seal, flattening and extending them slightly as you pinch them.

Fold and crimp the flattened edge over itself decoratively.

Bake empanadas until puffed and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

For glaze:

On a medium high flame, in a thick bottom pan, add sugar and star anise and keep them whisking until it becomes caramel. Gently pour the caramel sauce over Empanadas.

Serve them hot or cold.

Restaurant Review : Olives Restaurant, Sindhubhavan Road

I had heard a lot about this place through various sources so decided to visit the place on a rainy evening with few friends.

It was a Sunday evening. I guess they had some kind of party going on ( may be they have the same ambiance every evening but it was too noisy) : minus point 1

After getting table, the waiter gave us menu card, good. But then had to ask for a basic thing, water. And this was not only just on arrival, I had to ask for water for several times throughout the evening. Just for the taste we had ordered American Pizza. But after tasting the bitter taste of the service n poor management we asked the manager to cancle the order. For which the manager told us that if possible he’d cancel the order, but then he did not even consider it as a good idea to inform us that it was not possible to cancel the order. On this when ordered pizza came n we said we had cancelled the ordered the Maitre De of our part started a fight with us stating that the manager is not responsible to answer us! Minus Point : 2

Coming to food. We ordered Sopa de Tortilla first. It was way too sweet ( Had they used Tomato Ketchup as base?) Then Masala Papad. It is a very basic food item, no rocket science in that but still the topings were not finely chopped. As starter we had Vegetable Lollipop. Trust me it was the best thing we had had throughout the evening. For main course we had ordered Paneer Patiyala, which somehow took 45 mins to get prepared (in this duration we finished onion platter and achar!). Taste wise it was ok, nothing great.

Quantity of the subji was not sufficient for more than 2 people. Seeing which we ordered Paneer Lababdar, which had gravy made with chopped garlic n li’l tomato (hopefully!), paneer was raw or not properly cooked which gave the subji a really odd taste. Which gives us minus point 3.

Seriously guys! Kya sapne dekhe the, kya mila! Really very disapointing!