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Curd Rice

Dahi Bhaat

Curd Rice

Ingredients:

1 cup cooked (steamed) white rice
2 cups plain yogurt (Curd)
2-3 green chilies, slit lenghtwise
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
7-8 curry leaves
2 tbsp Oil
Finely chopped coriander(cilantro) leaves
Salt to taste

Method:

Add yogurt, salt and coriander leaves to the cooked rice and mix. Add little water, if the mixture is too thick.
Heat oil in a small pan. Add mustard seeds, when they start crackling, add curry leaves, green chilies, hing and stir for 10 seconds.
Pour this mixture over the rice and mix well.
Curd rice is ready. Serve with pickle and papad.

Curried Potatoes

Alu Chorchori

Curried Potatoes

Ingredients:

2 large-sized Potatoes
1 onion,finely chopped
1 tomato,finely chopped
3-4 green chilies,slit lengthwise
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp fennel seeds (saunf)
1/2 cumin seeds
1/2 mustard seeds
1/2 tsp nigella seeds (kalonji)
1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds
Salt to taste
Oil as required

Method:

Peel the potatoes and cut fine round slices of potato, then take a bunch of the round slices and cut them lengthwise finely (like French Fries).
Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds and fenugreek seeds.
When the mustard seeds start crackling, add onion and green chilies and saute till the onion is transperant.
Add tomatoes, red chili powder, turmeric powder and stir for a minute.
Add potatoes, salt and 2 cups water and mix nicely.
Cover and cook on a low flame till the potatoes are done and the gravy is thick.
If it is watery, cook on high flame, stirring continously till the gravy is of desired thickness.
Serve hot with chaptis or puris.

Bread Fritters (Bread Pakoda)

Bread Fritters (Bread Pakoda)

Ingredients:

6 slices of firm white bread
1 cup gram flour(chickpea flour/besan)
2 tsp rice flour
Pinch of baking soda (optional)
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Method:

Remove the crust(edges) from all sides of the bread and cut the bread slices in to desired shapes (like triangle, square or rectangle).
In a bowl, mix gram flour with rice flour, carom seeds, red chili powder,coriander powder,turmeric powder and salt.
Add water slowly to make a smooth batter, so that there are no lumps in it.(Batter should be the consistency of pancake batter or dosa batter)
Add baking soda and mix nicely.
Heat oil in a pan on medium flame. Dip the bread piece into the batter and deep fry till both sides are golden.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup or mint chutney.

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Kadai Paneer

Ingredients:

250 gms Paneer
1 Capsicum (green pepper), deseeded and cubed
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, finely chopped
2-3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 bay leaf
1 small piece cinnamon
Finely chopped coriander(cilantro) leaves
Salt to taste
Oil as required

Method:

Cut the paneer into thin long strips and deep fry lightly in oil. Place in lukewarm water.
Heat oil in a pan and add cinnamon, bayleaf and cumin. Saute for about 5 seconds.
Add the chopped onion and fry till the onion becomes transperant.
Add the ginger garlic paste, green chilies and saute for about 2 minutes.
Add tomatoes, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and mix well.
If the masala is very dry, add little water.
Add capsicum and cover the pan and simmer it for about 5 minutes until the capsicum is cooked.
Finally add the paneer pieces and mix it well. Cover and cook on a low flame for about 3-4 minutes.
Add chopped coriander(cilantro) leaves,stir and switch off the heat. Serve hot with rotis.

Vegetable Puffs

Vegetable Puffs

Vegetable Puffs

Ingredients:

2 Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets (I used Pepperidge)
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
3 green chilies, finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp curry powder(or garam masala powder)
1/2 capsicum (green pepper), thinly sliced
1/4 cup corn kernels
1 Egg
2 tsp oil
Salt to taste

Method:

Thaw the puff pastry sheets for 40 minutes at room temperature (or as per the packet instructions)
Dust the board with little bit of all purpose flour and spread the puff pastry sheet, it prevents from sticking to the board.
One pastry sheet will have 3 columns, so cut into 9 pieces by splitting the column first and then rows. You would finally get 9 squares.
Meanwhile, in a pan heat oil, add onions, green chilies and saute till the onions become transperant.
Add ginger garlic paste and saute for another minute. Add capiscum, corn kernels, red chili powder, turmeric powder and curry powder.
Mix nicely. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Do not forget to stir often to prevent it from burning.
Remove from heat and keep aside to cool. This is the filling.
Using a spoon, scoop in enough filling in each of the pastry sheet squares and fold in a desired shape (rectangle or triangle).
Close the edges carefully with hand or you can use a fork to give it a nice edged shape.
Prepare egg wash by whisking a egg with about 1 tbsp water.
Preheat the oven to 400 °F. Place the sealed puffs in a baking sheet, lined with aluminum foil.
Brush eggs wash on the top of each puff, and bake for 10 minutes at 400 °F or until they become nice golden in color.
Once the puffs are out of the oven, transfer them to a cooling rack and allow them to rest and cool down for 5 minutes.
Serve warm with or without ketchup.

Tips:

*The filling for the puffs is very flexible. Use any vegetable,meat and spice combination for the Puffs.
*Do not over fill the pastry as you will not be able to close the edges.
*The egg wash gives the puffs, a nice glazed look and color. If you don’t eat egg, you can use milk instead of  the egg wash.

Modak is a famous sweet dumpling popular in India.The sweet filling is made of fresh coconut and jaggery while the shell is of rice flour. Modak is prepared especially on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is known to be Lord Ganesha’s favorite sweet. Thus, majority of the people consider it a must to make Modak on the very first day of Ganesh Chaturthi.

Modak

Ukadiche Modak

Ingredients:

For rice dough:

1 cup rice flour
1 cup water
2 tsp ghee
A pinch of salt

For the stuffing:

1 cup freshly grated coconut
1 cup grated jaggery
1 tsp cardamom powder

Method:

For the stuffing:

Heat a pan over medium heat and put jaggery and coconut in it.
Keep stirring for 10-15 minutes until jaggery is completely melted and the mixture is moist.
Add a tsp of ghee and mix. Add cardamom powder and cook for another minute.
Avoid overcooking, else the mixture starts drying out.
Now turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.
This is the stuffing for Modaks.

For Rice Dough:

Boil 1 cup of water. Once it starts boiling, lower the heat and add ghee and salt.
Add rice flour to the boiling water and mix well, stirring continuously. Cook covered for 2-3 minutes.
Remove the lid and mix properly. Turn off the heat.
Remove the rice dough in a flat plate (dish).
While the dough is still warm, knead the dough, so that there are no lumps and it is soft and smooth.

Making Modaks:

Divide the dough into equal sized balls. While working on one ball, keep the rest covered under a damp cloth.
Flatten the small ball shaped dough with both your hands like a puri. Hold it in your hand to form a bowl.
Spoon some stuffing at the center of the bowl.
Dip thumb and index finger in water and make small pinches side by side all along the outer surface of the bowl.
Bring all the ends together at the top and seal to form a peak. The pleated shape looks like a whole garlic bulb.
Trim off the excess part of the peak. Seal cracks (if any) with some dough.
Similarly, make rest of the modaks. Dip the bottom of each modak into water. (This helps to lift them out easily when they are done)
Put these modaks in a steamer and steam for 15-20 minutes.
Serve the modaks hot with ghee drizzled on top.

* If using, pressure cooker for steaming, do not put the whistle.

Masala Omelette

Egg Omelette

Masala Omelette

Ingredients:

2 Eggs
1 small onion, finely chopped
2-3 green chilies, chopped
1/2 tsp red chili powder (cayenne pepper)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Finely chopped cilantro leaves as required
Salt to taste
Oil as required

Method:

In a bowl, add onions, green chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, salt and mix. Keep aside for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, add cilantro leaves and mix again. Add eggs and whisk all the ingredients thoroughly.
Coat a small frying pan with 2 tsp oil and add the egg mixture.
Cover the pan with a lid and let the omlette cook on a medium flame for about 5 minutes.
Flip the omlette and cook for another 5 minutes or till it is crispy around the sides.
Serve hot with ketchup or bread slices.