Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Spiced Aroma (Black and White Wednesday)

My First entry to Black and White Wednesday Event !
Come fall in love with these beautiful aromatic Indian Spices !!


Star anise, Cloves, Pepper  & Cinnamon 


Sending my entry for the  Black and White Wednesday event ! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bread Cheese Fritters (Bread cheese pokoda)

Craving some delicious snack on a rainy evening? Here is a spicy-tangy version of the classic 'bread pakoda'. Hope you enjoy it!


Ingredients:
1 cup     .......... chickpea flour (besan)
½ cup    .......... rice flour
½ cup    .......... dry mango powder (aamchur)
1 tsp      .......... red chili powder
1/2 tsp   .......... turmeric powder
1 tsp      .......... chat masala powder
1 tsp      .......... cumin seeds
1 pinch  .......... cooking soda
6 slices  .......... bread (brown break preferred)
4 slices  .......... cheese
½ cup    .......... mint chutney ( recipe here )
salt to taste
oil to fry
water as required


Method:

For the batter,
  • Mix together chickpea flour, rice flour, dry mango powder, cooking soda, cumin seeds, chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. 
  • Add water and blend it well with a hand blender so that there are no lumps. 
  • Keep aside.

For the fritters,
  • Take the bread slices and cut off the edges.
  • Apply mint chutney of the each side of the bread and place a cheese slice along with it.
  • Put another bread slice on top to make a sandwich.
  • Cut the sandwich in half. 
  • Take a large frying pan and heat oil on medium flame.
  • Once the oil is hot, dip each half of the sandwich in the batter and deep fry till you get light golden color.
  • Sprinkle chaat masala on the pakodas.
  • Ready to serve. 
Serving Suggestion:
Top up with ketchup and serve hot! 

Monday, September 19, 2011

Soya Potato Patty ( Aloo tikki)

A quick and healthy snack item. This is a healthy alternative to the traditional aloo tikki. If you have been meaning to add soya to your diet, this is a good way to start!



Ingredients:


2            ............. medium sized potatoes
1/2 cup     ............ soya granules
2            ............ green chilies
1            ............. small ginger piece
1 tbsp    ............. chat masala powder (available in Indian grovery stores)
1tsp       ............. dry mango powder (aamchur) / or juice of half lemon
1/2 tsp   ............. sugar ( optional )
1 tbsp    ............. cooking oil
salt to taste

  Method:
  • Take half of the soya granules and soak them in water for 10 minutes. Squeeze the water out and keep aside. Do not soak the remaining half soya granules. We will use these to coat our patties.
  • Boil the potatoes. Once they cool, peel the skin and mash them. Keep aside.
  • In a small grinder, put the ginger and chillies. Grind them to form a paste. Keep aside.
  • In a bowl, add the soaked soya granules, green chili-ginger paste, mashed potatoes, chat masala powder, dry mango powder (or lemon juice), sugar and salt. Mix well.
  • Make small round patties from the mixture. Coat them with the remaining half of the soya granules.
  • Take a pan and sprinkle the oil. Once the pan is grased, put the patties. Cook them on medium heat on both sides till they turn brown.
  • Ready to serve.
Serving Suggestions:
Top up the patties with chutney or ketchup.

Sending this recipe to
“Fast Food Not Fast Food 2011 from 1/9/11 to 15/10/11!!” and Priya's place




Thursday, September 15, 2011

Potato Khichdi



Ingredients:

2           ..............  medium sized potatoes
1 cup   ..............  ground nuts
½ tsp    ............... cumin seeds
1           ..............  green chili
½          .............  lemon
1 tbsp   ..............  oil
½ tsp    ..............  turmeric powder (optional)
salt to taste

Method:
  • Take a pan. Add the ground nuts and roast them on medium flame for 5 minutes. Let them cool and grind them to form powder. Keep aside.
  • Cut the potato in long thin slices (julienne). Keep aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Slice the green chili and add it along with cumin seeds and turmeric powder. 
  • Add the potato and salt. Mix well. Cover the pan with a lid and cook till the potatoes are tender.
  • Add the roasted ground nut powder and squeeze the lemon. Mix well and cook for 2-3 minutes more on low flame.
  • Ready to serve.

Sending this recipe entry to Foods for fasting - Vrat Ka Khaana

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Akki Roti (Rice Roti)


A roti made from rice flour, popular in south. Makes a quick and yummy snack.



Ingredients:
2 cup ............... rice flour
1 cup ............... curd
1 cup ............... water
2 tsp  ............... cumin seeds
3        ............... green chillies - chopped finely
2        ............... medium sized onion - chopped finely
1 tsp   .............. grated ginger
2 tsp  ............... cooking oil
few coriander leaves
salt to taste

Method:
  • Mix rice flour, onion, green chillies, cumin seeds, ginger, coriander leaves and curd. Mix well.
  • Add water accordingly to make a thick batter.
  • Grean a non-stick pan with a little oil and spread the batter to form a thin layer like roti. Remember that the pan should NOT be heated before putting the batter. 
  • Cook on low flame and turn the roti after 2-3 minutes. 
  • Once it is golden brown on both sides, take off the heat.
  • Ready to serve.

Serving Suggestions:
Can be served with coconut chutney or any other sauce.

Tip:
To prepare the next roti, you should cool the pan. Run it under cold water before cooking the next roti. If you put the batter on hot pan, it will stick and your roti will be thick.


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Stuffed Okra (Bharwan Bhindi)





Ingredients:

250gm ..........................  okra (ladyfinger/bhindi)
1 tbsp   .........................  dry mango powder (aamchur)
½ cup   .........................  chickpea flour (besan)
1 tbsp   .........................  red chilli powder
1 tbsp   .........................  garam masala powder (available in Indian stores)
2 tbsp   .........................  cooking oil
1 tsp     .......................... turmeric powder
salt to taste

Method:
  • Wash and dry the okra.
  • Slit the okra lengthwise. Make sure you don’t cut all the way to the end. If you find ripe seeds inside, you can remove them. Keep aside the Okra.
  • Take a skillet. Add all the spices and flour (chickpea flour, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, dry mango powder, garam masala powder and salt ). Dry roast this mixture on a low flame till you can smell the aroma of the spices. Take out the mixture in a bowl and cool it down.
  • Stuff the okra with the spice mixture and keep the leftover mixture aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan. Place the stuffed okra one by one. Cook it on a low flame for 5 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn.
  • Now sprinkle the remaining mixture over the okra and cover the skillet with a lid. Continue cooking on low heat till okra are tender.
  • Ready to serve.
Tip:

You can adjust the amount of spices to suit your taste.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rice Muthia (Steamed Rice dumplings)

Do you have some leftover rice at home? Dont wait and try this yummy snack. Generally we use gram flour for this item, but I have used wheat flour here to make it a more healthy choice.



Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1.5 cup wheat flour
  • 1 green chili, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste 
  • 2 tsp oil
  • Salt to taste 
  • Few curry leaves 
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida) 
  • Pinch of cooking soda 
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 cup curds (sour curd preferred) 
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp sesame seeds 

Method:
  • Mix rice,  flour, green chili, ginger garlic paste, salt, 1 tsp oil, sugar ,cooking soda,turmeric powder and curds.
  • Knead this mixture and make a nice soft dough out of this. Use water if required. 
  • We have to steam this dough. You can  use a vegetable steamer or a dhokla-maker vessel.
  • Grease the steamer, roll the dough with your hands to form cylindrical dumplings.
  • Steam the dumplings for 15 minutes. 
    • To check if the dumplings are cooked, put a fork  through it. 
    • If the fork comes out clean, the dumplings are cooked.
  • Take them out on a plate and let them cool. Once cooled, cut them into small pieces.
For the garnish:

  • Take the remaining 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add curry leaves, mustard seeds, sesame seeds and hing.
  • When the seeds start to crackle , add the cut dumplings.
  • Mix well and sprinkle the garam masala.
  • Ready to serve.

Cranberry Iced Tea


Ingredients:
  • 1 cup cranberry juice 
  • 1/2 cup black tea  (see the recipe below for black tea)
  • 3-4 ice cubes 

Method:
  • Mix black tea and cranberry juice in a pitcher.
  • Add ice cubes.
  • Serve chilled.

Recipe for black tea:
  • Boil 1/2 cup of water. Add a tea bag and infuse it for 2 mins ( If you need stronger tea, keep the tea bag for a longer time) 
  • Remove the tea bag and cool it down.

Tip:


Add a little sugar if you like your ice tea sweeter.