Diwali – more of a celebration than a religious congregation. People eagerly yearn for the day, rather the night to embrace the homecoming of their loved ones and exchange gifts and memories. But what is the one thing without which Diwali will never be complete? It’s the Food- delicious, delectable, appetizing FOOD.
There are a plethora of options to rummage from. From traditional Indian cuisines to experimental preparations to savoury sweet dishes, the list is everlasting. But what we suggest to you this year is to introduce a new item (as an ingredient) to your À la carte for the guests; Camel Milk.
Now, before you develop the slightest of apprehensions, let us clarify why we suggest it’s a valuable addition. Camel milk is touted to be the next global superfood because of its benevolent properties. Many physicians advice on the intake of camel milk to children suffering from Autism or ADHD. Yes, it does have amazing medicinal merits which trounce its adversary, the cow milk or the goat milk considerably and exudes a peculiar taste which people rightfully term as piquant.
So without much dawdling, we right away present to you 4 A-Easy recipes for your guests that can be bettered with Camel milk.
Note: All ingredients are mentioned to an average individual’s consumption levels.
The Zafrani Pulao is an Awadhi fragrant preparation which is quite popular among rice aficionados. As a Diwali treat, it’s a perfect concoction of dry fruits, saffron and the festive Pulao.
Basmati rice- 1.5 cups
Camel milk- 1.5 cups
Yellow food colour- 1 pinch
Warm water- 2 cups
Rose water- ½ tbsp
Cashew nuts (halved, fried) – 10-12
Almonds (halved, fried) – 10-12
Raisins- 1/4th cup
Cardamoms (whole) – 4
Cinnamon half-piece- 1 inch
Saffron- 2 pinch
Ghee- 1.3 tbsp
Preparation: Start with gently washing the rice and soak it for 20-30 minutes. Add camel milk, rose water and sugar in a bowl and keep it aside for a while. Add soaked rice in a heated pan with 3-4 cups of water. Start cooking on a medium flame and let the rice get cooked.
Filter the rice and add 1 tsp of ghee to the dish. Put some more ghee to the pan and then add cashews nuts, almonds, and raisins. Now add cardamoms, black cardamom, and cloves and then fry for 20 seconds.
Add the camel milk mixture in the pan and start boiling it. Now add rice to the mixture and start mixing it gently. Now cover the pan and start heating it for 15-20 minutes.
Phirni is a rich sweet dessert cooked from camel milk and rice flour. Other than this, almonds act as the principal ingredient for the dish. It is a traditional Indian dessert being consumed since ages and serves best for occasions such as Diwali. Adding on, the pudding can also be consumed in different variations such as Gulab, Chocolate, Mango, and Banana Phirni.
Rice – 2 tbsp
Sugar- 2 tbsp
Camel Milk – 250 ml
Almonds- 1 Tsp
Green cardomom- ¼ teaspoon
Khoya – 2 tbsp
Cashews – 1 Tsp
Raisins- ¼ tbsps
Preparation: To start with the dish, soak rice in water for 1-2 hours. After soaking it for some time, grind the mixture into a fine paste. Then, add milk to the paste and heat the two together so that the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom.
Leave the mixture to boil for 5-7 minutes, add sweetened condensed camel milk, and remove it from the fire. Add grated Khoya and sugar and leave the dish on gas for another 5-7 minutes. Add the chopped nuts along with the raisins.
In the end, add cardamom powder and remove it from the flame. The dish can be served in earthen cups along with some garnishing done from cashews and nuts. The dish tastes great after a meal, so let it refrigerate for some hours.
Kashmiri Paneer (Milk Gravy)
Kashmiri Paneer is prepared by cooking fresh paneer cubes along with flavoured camel milk, cardamom and other spices. It is a famous vegetarian dish from the state of Jammu and Kashmir which tastes super-delicious when eaten with jeera rice or butter naan.
Paneer- 300 gms
Onion- 1 medium sized
Garlic- 1 medium sized
Ginger- 1 inch
Oil- 2 tbsp
Butter- 1 tbsp
Cinnamon sticks- ½
Cummin seeds- 2 tsp
Fennel seeds powder- 1 Tsp
Pepper Powder- 1 Tsp
Chilli powder- 2 Tsp
Turmeric powder- 1 Tsp
Coriander powder- 1 Tsp
Fenugreek leaves- 1 Tsp
Camel Milk- 1 cup
Saffron- 1 Tsp
Bay Leaf- 1
Ps- Add salt according to the taste.
Preparation: Chop paneer into cubes, take 1 tbsp butter and fry the cubes till they turn golden brown in colour. After this, add the paneer cubes to water for 10 minutes to make it soft.
Meanwhile, blend garlic, ginger and onion cubes into a smooth paste. Add oil to a pan and let it heat for some time. After the oil is hot, add the cloves, cardamoms, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin seeds.
After the cumin seeds turn brown, add onion garlic ginger paste and salt according to taste. Add turmeric powder, pepper powder, fennel powder, chilli powder and coriander powder to the sauté, and mix them well. Sauté the dish in low heat until little oil comes out.
Now, add the paneer pieces, camel milk, sugar, and saffron. Keep cooking until the milk starts to boil, and once the milk starts bubbling, cook continuously until the paneer turns soft and creamy. Add salt according to taste without overcooking the paneer as it might start melting.
PS- The dish can be decorated with coriander leaves and some grated paneer.
Spiced Simmered Corns
Spiced Simmered Corns is an ‘easy-to-cook’ dish. The main ingredients used for cooking spicy corns include camel milk, curd, coconut and green chilli paste. It can be eaten with boiled rice or can be served as a part of the snack items.
Cooked sweet corn kernels and baby corn- ½ kg
Grated coconut-2 tbsp
Green Chillies- 4
Chopped Coriander leaves – 4 tbsp
Oil- 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1
Curry leaves- 10-12
Camel Milk- 125 ml
Whipped curd- 2 tbsp
You can use coriander for garnishing.
Preparation: Retain 200ml cooking liquid from the corn. Crush coconut, green chillies, ginger, and coriander, and then add to the corn liquid. Heat the oil and toss it in mustard seeds and curry leaves. After this, add the paste to the pan. Add cooked corns, milk and curd. Let it cook for 7-10 minutes.
Apart from the above-stated recipes, one can also prepare dishes such as Fruit Custard, Pudding, Khoya Matar Paneer and Shahi Paneer from camel milk.
In the end, we hope that the festival of lights brings happiness and success in your life. We also hope that the camel milk dishes taste super-delicious and leave your guests and you salivating when cooked at home.
Aadvik Foods wishes you a very happy and prosperous Diwali!