3 May 2021

Sembilai Vada (South Indian Patra)

 This one is a delightful dish. The Gujarati Patra is more popularly known but did you know there's an equally delectable South Indian version too?

Pair this Patra with Pepper/Jeera rasam and South Indian kadhi and your day's made :)


SOUTH INDIAN STYLE PATRA



Ingredients: 

Arbi/Colocasia leaves - 8 small or 6 large leaves
Toor dal - 1 cup
Red chilli - 4
Salt to taste 
Hing - 1/4 tsp

Method:
1. Wash & soak toor dal for 1 hour. Drain and grind to a thick paste (use very little water) along with red chillies, salt and hing.

2. Wash and pat dry the arbi leaves. Place it face down on the counter and carefully trim away the thick back vein.

3. Spread the ground lentils mixture evenly over one leaf and place another leaf on top. Repeat the process with as many leaves as you want to layer with, but bear in mind that too many leaves will make the rolling part difficult; so best to limit it to max 4 leaves.

4. Roll the leaves a bit tightly and hold in place. Place on the steamer plate and steam cook for about 10 minutes. Remove and cool slightly.

5. Cut the roll into 1/2 inch thick rolls. Heat enough oil for shallow frying in a pan and fry the patra slices till golden brown on both sides. Alternately, if you are health conscious you can also brush the rolls with oil and fry in the microwave oven or Air fryer.

6. Drain excess oil and serve as desired.


11 March 2021

Apple-Banana Sheera (Halwa)

 Fruits are an amazing source of natural sugar. I  love using them in desserts. This one for example. First try and it came out so well. Do try it and let me know.

APPLE BANANA SHEER (HALWA)

Ingredients:

Semolina/Rawa - 1 cup

Ghee - 1 cup

Sugar - 3/4 cup

Water - 2 cups (For the roasted rawa I used, it absorbed a good 3 cups water, so please use as required)

Chopped apple - 1/4 cup

Chopped Banana - 1/4 cup

Sliced cashews - a few

Cinnamon powder - a pinch

clove powder - a pinch

Method:

1. Add water and chopped apples to a saucepan and let simmer so the apples cook. After about 5 mins, add the cinnamon and clove powders so the apple absorbs the flavour.

2. Once the apple pieces are tender, add the sugar and stir well. Simmer only till sugar dissolves. Turn off flame.

3. Meanwhile heat ghee in a non-stick pan and add cashews. Roast till golden brown, remove and keep aside.

4. Now add the semolina/rawa to the ghee and keep stirring on low-medium flame till rawa turns golden brown and you get a nice 'bhuna hua' or roasted aroma.

5. Add the chopped bananas and give it a good stir for 3-4 mins.

6. Now carefully add the apple-sugar water (it will splutter so be careful). Stir quickly and continuously to avoid lumps.

7. Once all the water is absorbed, check consistency and if the rawa looks cooked. If the halwa is too thick, add little more water.

8. Add the cashews and cover-cook on low for about 5 mins. Check the rawa again. If all looks good, remove from flame and serve.

30 October 2020

Homemade Peanut Butter

 How many times have you been tempted to reach out for the peanut butter bottle in the supermarket?

But did you know it is downright easy to make it at home? Takes just about 10 minutes. Here's how...

PEANUT BUTTER


Ingredients:

Whole Peanuts - 200 gms

Olive/ groundnut or refined oil - 1 tbsp

Optional for flavouring - Cocoa powder


Method:

1. Dry roast groundnuts in a pan for about 5 minutes or till the peel starts to crumble

2. Let cool a bit and sift the peel from the nuts

3. Add to a blender jar and grind till it becomes a paste. Add the oil and give it another quick run. Oil is optional, I add it to give it a little shine, smoothness and make it easier to grind.

That's it! Refrigerate in an air-tight jar and use as you like! 

For flavoured peanut butter, add cocoa powder while grinding. Experiment with other flavours and let me know :)

16 September 2020

Kacche kele ke kebab

 Had some extra Raw bananas leftover after Mahalaya daan. Overdone the Podimaas and roasted sabjis. This was a long pending one on my bucket list. So tried Kacche kele ke kebab the weekend. Super super super it turned out. And the recipe is simple too. Here we go...

KACCHE KELE (RAW BANANA) KE KEBAB



Ingredients :

2 raw bananas

1 -2 medium potatoes, boiled and peeled

2 Green chilies (medium), finely chopped

1 tbsp Cornstarch

1 inch piece Ginger

Salt to taste

1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped

1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)

1 tsp Black pepper powder (or Red chili powder)

1 tsp Garam masala (optional)

Bread crumbs or crushed Oats for coating

Oil to shallow fry

Note: You can also add methi leaves if you have and/or chopped Banana flowers


Method:

1. Pressure cook the bananas upto 1 whistle. De-skin and mash them

2. Add the boiled, peeled potatoes and mash them as well.

3. Add the rest of the ingredients (except oil) and mix well. Check for taste.

4. Heat oil for shallow frying on medium flame. Divide the kebab mixture into equal portions. Roll in bread crumbs. I personally prefer crushed oats. The texture is so good.

5. Drop the kebabs into the oil and let cook on low-medium flame till golden brown on both sides.

6. Remove and drain excess oil. Serve hot.

15 July 2020

Dosa with Leftover Rice

Our Moms and Grandmoms have always nailed it when it comes to making the best of leftovers and not letting anything go waste. Agree? Here's a simple Dosa recipe made with leftover rice.

DOSA WITH LEFTOVER RICE
& GINGER CHUTNEY


Ingredients: (Makes about 9-10 dosas)
Leftover rice - 1 cup
Sooji - 1 cup
Yogurt - 1 cup
Curry leaves - a few (optional)
Green chilies - 1 medium (optional)
Salt to taste

Method:
1. Whisk together Sooji and yogurt. Blend it along with the cooked rice, curry leaves and green chili in a mixer to a smooth batter.
2. Let the batter rest for at least 2 hours before use.
3. After the resting period, add a little salt and whisk the batter well. Add water to adjust consistency.
4. Prepare dosas as you always do.
Serve with Ginger chutney

Ginger Chutney:
1.5 inches Ginger, roughly chopped
2 dried red chilies
Urad dal/Black gram - 1 tbsp
Tamarind  - 1 small lemon size
Salt to taste
Oil - 1/2 tsp
Jaggery - 1 tsp (optional)

Method:
1. Heat oil in a small pan and roast ginger, red chilies and Urad dal till the dal is golden brown.
2. Add the tamarind bits in the end and saute a little. Let cool a bit.
3. Grind to a smooth chutney in a blender along with salt to taste and jaggery (optional).
Check for salt and serve with any dish of choice.

23 June 2020

Atte Ke Namak Pare

Perfect season for crisps and what better than homemade fried food isn't it :)
Try this recipe for Whole Wheat flour salted biscuits or Namak Pare as they are called.

ATTE KE NAMAK PARE
Atta Namak Pare

INGREDIENTS:
Atta - 1 cup
Sooji - 1 tbsp
Hot oil - 3 tbsps
Salt to taste
Ajwain - 1/4 tsp
Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
Water as required
Oil for frying

METHOD:
1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
2. Add hot oil and mix again for a crumbly mixture but that holds shape to an extent.
3. Add enough water to make a stiff dough.
4. Heat oil for frying on medium flame.
5. Divide dough into equal portions.
6. Roll out into thin rotis nd cut out strips of desired shapes.
7. Drop them into the oil and fry till golden brown.
Drain excess oil and store in an air-tight container.

24 May 2020

Spicy Mango Curry

Come summer and it's unquestionably Mango time :) And also when pictures and videos of Poori-Aamras start making the rounds.
Luckily got hold of some good mangoes amidst this Lockdown so thought of ticking that box. But wanted to try something different. That's when I remembered the Mangalorean delight - Ambe Upkari.
This Mango curry is not the same but inspired by it.
If you are using the Sugar Baby Mango, then take 4-5 for this recipe, whole, not chopped. I had the Badami so roughly chopped and used it.
Here's my recipe..

SPICY MANGO CURRY

Ingredients:
For the Spice Paste
1 tbsp Coriander seeds (Dhaniya)
1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
2-3 Medium Dry Red Chilies
1 tsp Black Peppercorns (Kali Mirch)
1 tsp Fenugreek seeds (Methi)
2 tbsps Coconut, grated
1 inch piece of Ginger

Main Ingredients:
1 Ripe Mango, medium size, chopped into big pieces ( I used Badami, if using smaller mangoes, take 3-5, whole not chopped)
1 cup Mango puree
1 Medium potato, Boiled, peeled & chopped
1-2 tsps Tamarind (Imli) paste
Salt to taste
1 tsp Kashmiri (or normal) Red chili powder

For Tempering
1 tbsp Oil
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 medium Dry Red Chilies
A few Curry leaves

Method:
1. Dry roast the ingredients for spice paste, except for grated coconut and ginger. Add the Methi seeds towards the end and take care not to over-roast it. Remove from flame and let cool.

2. Grind to a smooth paste along with grated Coconut and ginger using a little water. Keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds. Once they splutter add the red chilies and curry leaves. Saute a bit.

4. Add the ground spice paste, a little water and fry for 2-3 minutes on low-medium heat. Drop in the chopped boiled potatoes, add red chili powder and salt to taste and mix well. Cover cook for 5-6 minutes till spices coat potatoes well.

5. Keep the flame low, add the mango puree and little water more (about 1/4 cup) to adjust consistency. Stir well and check for salt and spice. If too sweet, add a little more chili powder to suit your taste.

6. Finally add Imli paste and stir. Cover-cook on low heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from flame and serve hot with Roti/Poori or Rice too.

22 May 2020

Chocolate/Bournvita/Maltova Burfi

Who says no to Chocolate!! Chocolate does make everything more cheerful right? :)
A simple besan burfi is a must try and must have in any home. Add the chocolate touch and it becomes even more special!!
Try my simple recipe for a super soft Chocolate Burfi.

CHOCOLATE BURFI

Ingredients:
Gramflour/Besan - 1 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Milk powder - 2 tbsps
Bournvita /Maltova - 1/4 cup
Ghee - 1/4 cup

Method:
1. Grease a cake tin or steel plate with ghee and keep aside.

2. Prepare sugar syrup by adding sugar to water and bringing it to a boil on low-medium flame. Let simmer till you get a 1-string consistency.

3. Heat ghee in a kadhai and roast the besan till you get a nice aroma. Do not brown it too much. Keep aside.

4. Dissolve the Bournvita/Maltova in just 1 tbsp water to make a thick paste.

5. Once sugar syrup is done, add it to the roasted besan and stir quickly leaving no lumps.

6. Add the Bournvita /Maltova paste and milk powder and keep stirring on low flame till the mixture starts to leave the sides of the pan.

7. Turn off the flame and quickly pour into the greased plate/tin. Grease the bottom of a flat steel bowl with ghee and quickly flatten the mixture to spread it out evenly.

8. Let cool a bit and while it's still soft and warm, use a greased knife to cut into desired shapes.
Let cool completely and store in an air-tight container.