Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stuffed Potatoes snd Onions Shaak

Stuffed potatoes and onions shaak is a Gujrati dish made with potatoes, onions and common spices. The potatoes and onions are stuffed with a masalas comprised of besan (gram flour), coconut, sesame and other spices which are subsequently pressure cooked. You may enjoy this dish with roti or bhakri and kadhi. It even goes well with Bajra rotla (Recipe) too.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
  • 8 small sized potatoes, peeled 
  • 4 small sized onions, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard/ rai seeds
  • 1 teaspoon jeera/ cumin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut, grated 
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons dhana jeera powder
  • Pinch hing/ asafoetida  
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons besan/ gram flour
  • 2 tablespoons green coriander leaves, chopped 
  • Salt to taste
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, combine all the ingredients - grated coconut, turmeric powder, red chili powder, dhana jeera powder, sesame seeds, besan and salt. Mix well and keep aside. 
  2. Slit the potatoes into 4 equal portions and the onions into 4 equal portions using a sharp knife. Do not cut through.
  3. Stuff each potato and onion slit with a little of the preparing filling. Keep the remaining filling aside.
  4. Next, in a pressure cooker, combine the stuffed potatoes and onions. Then, add 1/4 cup of water and mix gently. Pressure cook for 4 whistles.
  5. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. Keep aside as this process occurs. 
  6. Heat oil on a non stick pan. Then, add the mustard and cumin seeds. When they crackle, add hing and the cooked potatoes and onions. Add the remaining filling, 1/4 cup water and cook on medium flame for two to three minutes. 
  7. Garnish with fresh green coriander leaves. Serve hot.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Bajri Methi Na Vada/ Pearl Millet Vada

Bajri methi na vada is a simple and delicious snack recipe. It is made from a mix of bajra and wheat flours. I've previously made these vadas adding fenugreek/ methi leaves and also without methi leaves. Both are equally good! Bajra flour is healthier than wheat flour. Although they are deep fried, bajra na vadas are perfect for the monsoon season in India when light meals are in order. You may serve the vadas along with mint chutney and/or a steaming hot cup of masala chai. Enjoy this with your family or even serve it at a kitty or tea party with your friends. Enjoy!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup bajra flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 green chilis finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 3/4 cup chopped fenugreek/ methi leaves
  • 1/4 cup sour yogurt  
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil (for flour)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oil for frying 
Directions: 
  1. In a bowl, combine both types of flour. Then, add the chopped methi leaves and green chilis, red chili powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, sesame seeds, salt, oil and yogurt.
  2. Mix well while adding a little water, as needed, to bring it together. Knead it into a stiff dough. At this stage, be careful not to add too much water. 
  3. Set the dough aside in the same mixing bowl and cover it. Let it rest for 15 minutes.
  4. Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying over a medium heat. While the kadai is warming up, divide the prepared dough in small marble sized portions.
  5. Take each ball and roll it between your palms to make it smooth. Then, flatten each ball out with your fingers. Make sure the edges are not cracked. Prepare the rest of the vadas .
  6. When the oil is hot enough, add the vadas one by one into the hot oil. Fry them in small batches. 
  7. Deep fry until golden and crispy on both sides. Transfer them to a plate lined with paper towel to absorb the excess oil. 
  8. Once they are cool, store in an air-tight container. Serve the vadas with chutney and/ or hot tea.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Bajra Ni Puri

Bajra ni Puri is one of the more simpler recipes on my blog. It is very tasty and perfect as a snack with tea or coffee. You may have it in the morning, during brunch or afternoon tea time. It tastes really good with fried green chili as an accompaniment. I learned this recipe from one of my good friends (Parul Parekh). The puris are made with aromatic spices such as coriander and fennel seeds. Bajra Puri is a snack dish, but absolutely amazing in taste and healthy as it does not absorb much oil during the cooking process. You may eat them with any vegetables as well. Suggested additions to the puri dough may be fenugreek leaves, spinach leaves or any other leafy vegetables - this recipe does not consider them. Enjoy this recipe with some hot tea!

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

2 cups bajra (millet) flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
Pinch of turmeric powder
Pinch of asafoetida/ hing
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil 
Oil to fry

Spices:

2 teaspoons coriander seeds 
1 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  1. Roast all the spices, on medium heat, in a pan. Then, grind them coarse and keep aside. 
  2. In a bowl, combine bajra flour, wheat flout, salt, turmeric powder, hing and oil. Knead to a soft dough consistency with the help of warm water, added as needed. 
  3. Keep the dough aside for 15 minutes. Knead again and then roll into small thick puries (circular shape). 
  4. Heat oil on a skillet and deep fry the puries until they are light golden brown.
  5. Serve with green fried chilis, pickle or garlic chutney. I enjoy Puri plain with hot tea.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Bombay Lilo Halwa (Corn Flour Halwa)

Bombay halwa is a jelly-like chewy dessert prepared from corn flour, sugar, ghee, dry nuts and food coloring. It is a popular easy-to-make sweet recipe typically prepared during Indian festivals. This sweet has a longer shelf life than other Indian sweets. Using the food coloring in this recipe is optional. It is typically added to make it look more attractive. The corn flour should be mixed with water without any lumps - even consistency. It should also be continuously stirred while gradually adding the corn flour mixture to sugar syrup. Do not compromise on adding GHEE to the corn flour halwa recipe - you won't regret it!

Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 15 pieces

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup corn flour/ corn starch
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water for sugar
  • 5 tablespoons ghee/ clarified butter
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped pistachio (without skin)
  • 1/4 cup cashew nuts and almonds sliced in half (without skin) 
  • Few drops of orange color or color of your choice (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the corn flour and 1 cup of water. Mix/ whisk well until no lumps remain.
  2. Add 1/2 cup of water and mix well. Then, keep aside. 
  3. In a large kadai or non stick pan, add the sugar and water. Allow the syrup to come to a boil. 
  4. Pour the corn flour mixture into the boiling syrup. Stir continuously on medium-low heat.
  5. Once the corn flour mixture starts to boil and thicken, immediately add a teaspoon of lemon juice.
  6. Keep stirring until the mixtures thickens completely. Then, add a tablespoon of ghee and mix continuously until all the ghee is absorbed.
  7. Add another tablespoon of ghee and continue to mix until the ghee turns glossy. The mixture will start turning transparent as it releases ghee along the sides. 
  8. Add food coloring, sliced cashews, pistachio and almonds. (Save some almond, pistachio and cashew for garnishing as well)
  9. Continue to mix until it starts to form as one big lump. Transfer to a tray and level the mixture. Sprinkle all saved nuts. Let it cool for an hour.
  10. Finally, cut to a desired shape and serve.
Notes: 
1. Keep stirring continuously. Otherwise, lumps will form in the halwa.
2. Do not over cook as they turn rubbery and chewy. Under cooking will make the halwa taste raw and sticky.
3. Add ghee in regular intervals. Do not add at once. 


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Methi Na Ladva/ Ladoo

Methi na ladva is a traditional recipe which is more of a medicine than a sweet. This is typically given to mothers after they deliver a baby. It is also used as a, "cure," for back or joint pains during winter months. These ladvas are generally better consumed during the winter season. Fenugreek seeds contain many minerals and vitamins, which are beneficial for bone health. I learned this specific recipe from my mother. I may make a good ladva, but I still can't beat my mother's homemade methi ladva. She is the best at it! As it is currently winter time, it's time to make methi na ladva! Enjoy and stay warm!

Preparations Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 20 ladvas

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups jaggery, finely shredded
  • 1/2 cup ghee (for jaggery)
  • 2 cups ghee (for flour)
  • 3/4 cup gund/ gum, finely ground
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut (dry coconut; topravatki)
  • 3/4 cup almond, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons methi powder (Adjust methi powder according to your taste)
  • 4 tablespoons ginger powder
  • 3 tablespoons peepramul powder
Directions:
  1. In a kadai, add ghee and wheat flour. Roast the flour until it gets fragrant.
  2. Add gund powder and stir. Make sure the gund crackles. 
  3. Next, add almond, coconut, ginger powder and peepramul powder. Mix well.
  4. Turn of the gas and leave the kadai aside. 
  5. Take another kadai and, on a medium heat, add ghee and jaggery together. Stir continuously, When the jaggery melts (no lumps), turn off the stove. 
  6. Add the melted jaggery into the flour mixture and mix well. Allow it to cool a little bit. Then, add methi powder and mix well.
  7. Shape the mixture into round ladoos using your hands. The size of a ladoo is approximately bigger than golf ball, but smaller than a tennis ball. 
  8. Allow it to cool and store in an air-tight container.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Jaadi Teekhi Sev

Gram flour sev is a quick and savory snack often prepared during Diwali. This variation is my mom's recipe of preparing the sev. The taste of this sev is spicy and the texture is crispy. You may make medium spicy sev by adding less red chili powder (adjust the heat level according to your taste buds). Sev may be stored up to two months, but make sure to store in an air tight container. You will also need a chakli press for making this sev (available on Amazon). The discs with slightly larger holes are required for sev. I don't add baking soda when I make sev, but you may add a pinch of it if you want. Spicy, or mild sev, are great munches at any time of the day.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons oil (for the dough)
  • 1 pinch of baking soda (optional)
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida
  • 4 tablespoons water (approx.)
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil to deep fry 
  • Chakli moulds: plate fitted with big holes (Sev no sancho).
Directions:
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the sifted gram flour and all the spices (turmeric powder, red chili powder, carom seeds, asafoetida, oil and salt). If you prefer using baking soda as well then also add it now. Mix well, add water and knead to a soft-consistency dough. Cover the dough and keep aside for approximately 10 minutes.
  2. Then, knead again for 1 minute. Grease the chakli moulds and discs with a little oil. Place the disc towards the bottom of the cylindrical sev maker. Take a part of the dough and roll it into a log. Gently place in the sev maker and cover the sev maker with a lid.
  3. On high flame, heat oil in a frying pan. Once hot, lower the flame. Into the hot oil, directly press the sev maker to make sev. Move in a circular motion so the sev is equally distributed.
  4. Fry until the color changes to golden on both sides and the sev becomes crispy. Remove the sev from oil and place the fried sev on paper towels to absorb out the excess oil.
  5. Repeat with left over dough. When the sev is room temperature, store into an air tight container. Sev is ready to consume.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Crispy Spicy Puri

Crispy puris are made from whole wheat flour with a few added spices. They are perfect as a tea-time or coffee accompanying snack. The delight of these puris lies in their taste. I usually prefer to make them as a homemade snack, rather than buying from a store, because homemade snacks taste fresher and are more hygienically made compared to ready-made ones. These make for a good and filling snack while travelling as well. The puris taste great with pickle, chundo or pickle green chilis. Have fun!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4  (approx. 25 to 30 puris)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 3 tablespoons ghee/ oil (for dough)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil (to smooth out the dough)
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 tablespoons water (room temperature)
  • Ghee or oil for frying
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients well. Knead into a tight and stiff dough. Cover and let it rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough one more time to smooth it out. Then, make small, tiny balls. Flatten each ball between your palm and roll into a 2" diameter circle. 
  3. The rolled circle should be of medium thickness - not too thin or too thick. Roll all of them and prick the surface with a fork or knife all over.
  4. On medium flame, heat ghee or oil in a frying pan. Deep fry the puris until golden brown in color on the both sides.
  5. Drain and keep them on an absorbent paper. Let cool and store in an airtight container. 
  6. Enjoy! They stay fresh for 2 to 3 weeks.