Masala Chana Dal Khichdi (made in a pan)

Masala Chana Dal Khichdi is a spicy peppy version of khichdi made in a pan. No pressure cooker is required for cooking this. Khichdi is a one-pot meal made with the combination of rice and lentils. A great way to enjoy a protein rich food in your meals any time of the day!!

 

 

Ingredients:
Rice 1 cup
Bengal Split Gram (Chana Dal) ½ cup
Water 3 ¼ cup
Oil 3 tbsp
Ginger Paste (1 tbsp)
Bay Leaves (2)
Cinnamon Stick/dalchini  (1) small
Cumin (Jeera) 2 tsp
Sliced Onions 1 cup
Turmeric Powder ½ tsp
Kashmiri Lal Mirch 1tsp
Green Chili (2)
Coriander powder (1 ½ tsp)
Hot Red Chili Powder (3/4 tsp)
Salt (1 ½ tsp)
Garam Masala (3/4 tsp)
Lemon Juice ( 1 tbsp)
Fresh Coriander Leaves (handful)

Preparations:
Wash and soak chana dal for atleast 4 hours
Wash and soak rice for maximum 15 minutes ( Practically to be soaked just before starting cooking)
Cooking:
1. Set a wide pan to heat at medium on the large burner of gas stove.
2. Add oil and let warm.
3. Add bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Saute.
4. Add cumin seeds and allow to crackle. Reduce heat to low.
5. Add turmeric powder, and sauté.
6. Add all spices and sauté.
7. Add soaked and drained chana dal, and roast for a minute.
8. Add soaked and drained rice and roast for 2 minutes.
9. Add water. Increase heat and cover with a lid in such a way that there is space for excess steam to escape.
10. Once water boils, reduce heat to low, and allow it to cook for 10 minutes.
11. Add cilantro leaves and lemon juice. Toss gently.
12. Cook for 2 more minutes.
13. Switch off the heat when little water is left. Keep the lid on, and move away the pan from the hot burner.
14. Let it rest for 10 minutes.
Optional: You may temper with hot desi ghee to which whole red chillis/ green chilis have been added.
Enjoy Masala Chana Dal Khichdi with pickles, green chilies, chopped onions, curd or a dash of lemon juice.

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Aloo Tikki/Potato Patties using left-over rice

Ingredients

For 6 tikkis

For the outer shell:

Cooked Rice, cold (1 cup)

Boiled and peeled potatoes, cold (2 medium sized)

Rice flour/corn flour/ blended poha/ bread crumbs  (1 tbsp or as required)

 

For the stuffing:

Chana dal ( 1/2 cup)

water (1 cup)

Turmeric Powder (1/4 tsp)

Salt (1/3 tsp + 3/4 tsp)

Green peas ( 3 tbsp)

Cumin seeds (1 tsp)

Red Chili powder (as required)

Garam Masala

Coriander Powder

Dry ginger powder(sounth)/ freshly grated ginger (1 tbsp)

Dry mango powder (amchoor)

Coriander /cilantro leaves ( a handful)

Green chillies (2) finely chopped

METHOD

1. Blend ½ cup of cold left-over rice to a smooth paste
Do not add water while blending rice

2. Transfer blended rice to a mixing bowl

3. Grate two boiled and cooled down potatoes
Do not mash potatoes using your hands or a potato masher

4. Mix the blended rice and grated potatoes, and knead a smooth but dry dough
If need be, add little rice flour/corn flour/blended poha/bread crumbs to make a dry smooth dough
I added one tablespoon rice flour, just enough to take care of extra moisture in the dough

5. Incorporate the flour into the dough and knead well to make a smooth dry dough

6. Apply some oil on your palm and smoothen out the dough

7. Allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator for sometime

To make stuffing for the patties:

1. Wash the dal. Add 1 cup water, 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, and 1/3 tsp salt

2. Pressure cook for two whistles. Allow natural release of pressure
Make sure that the dal is cooked and soft, but not mushy

3. Drain the cooked dal onto a sieve

4. Microwave the Frozen green peas for 2 minutes with little water

If using fresh green peas, boil them with the dal

5. To make stuffing, set a non-stick pan to heat at medium

6. To the warm pan, add 2 tablespoon oil

7. To warm oil, add a teaspoon cumin seeds

8. Add chopped green chilies to the crackling cumin seeds

9. Fry green chili for a few seconds

10. Add microwaved green peas

11. Transfer the boiled and sieved dal

12. Add 3/4tsp salt, and little red chili powder. Spices will be on the plus side in this mix

1/3 tsp garam masala, 3/4 tsp coriander powder, and 1/5 tsp dry mango powder, little sounth.

If you are using fresh grated ginger, then saute it after the cumin seeds before adding green chilies

13. Mix well, and cook for a minute or till the excess water dries out

14. Add chopped cilantro leaves and mix well

15. Press the mix a little to mash dal and the peas

16. Transfer the stuffing mix onto a plate for quick cooling
NEVER stuff patties with hot mix

Wrapping up the tikkis

1. Apply some oil on your palms, and divide the dough into equal sized 6 balls

2. Apply oil on your palm and flatten each ball using your fingers

3. Shape the flattened disc like a bowl by raising the dough at the circumference

4. Transfer 2 teaspoon stuffing mix onto  the flattened disc

5. Press the mix inwards using your fingers

6. Press the disc between your palms to bring together the loose ends of the discs

7. Seal the patty with a firm hand. There should not be any cracks in the patty

8. Press lightly between your palms to flatten it and shape it like a patty

9. Roll the patty on your palm to give it a smooth circular shape

In the same manner, prepare all patties
There should NOT be any cracks in the wrapped patty
You could roll the patty between your first finger and your thumb, to give the patty a smooth circular shape

Frying the tikkis

1. Set a flat bottomed pan with oil to heat at medium

2. At any point of time during frying, there should be enough oil in the pan ; atleast more than half the height of the patty

3. Check the heat of oil by dropping in a small piece of dough. Oil around it should sizzle, meaning the oil is ready for frying

Inspect patties for any cracks. Seal properly before dropping in the oil

4. Drop patties in the hot oil. Reduce heat to low-medium

Do not over-crowd the pan with too many patties

5. Fry patties on both sides. Do not turn over too many times

6. One batch of patties takes about 4-5 minutes to fry
Fry all patties in the same manner

Crisp potato patties, also known as ‘Aloo ki tikki’ in Hindi are ready to be enjoyed

A yummy way to use your left-over rice!!

Crisp golden Aloo tikkis can be enjoyed several ways

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Enjoy Aloo tikki as is, with tomato ketchup

Sandwich aloo tikki between two bread slices and enjoy!

Make an Aloo tikki burger!

To make spicy aloo tikki chaat, tear open the tikki onto a plate

Sprinkle little chaat masala, and 2 tsp thick beaten yogurt (optional)

Top up with green chutney, sweet and sour chutney

Garnish with salt , red chili powder, and chopped cilantro leaves

Spicy Aloo Tikki Chaat is ready to be enjoyed!

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Lifafa style Vegetable Cheese Paratha

Ingredients: For 4 parathas

Whole wheat dough

Chopped onions (1/3 cup)

Chopped beans (1/3 cup)

Chopped capsicum (1/3 cup)

Shredded cabbage (1 cup)

Shredded carrots (1 cup)

Shredded processed cheese (2 cups or more as per choice)

Oil (1 tbsp+ for frying)

Italian seasoning

Chili flakes

Maida ( 1 tbsp)

Water (2 tbsp)

 

Method:

A Making the filling

  1. Set a pan to heat at medium.
  2. To the warm pan, add a tbsp of oil.
  3. To warm oil, add chopped onions, and sauté till light pink.
  4. Add beans. Saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Add capsicum. Saute for 30 seconds.
  6. Add cabbage. Saute for 30 seconds.
  7. Add carrots. Saute 30 seconds.
  8. Add 1/3 tsp salt. Mix well. Switch off heat.
  9. Transfer the mix to another bowl for cooling.
  10. Once the mix is completely cool, add 4 tbsp shredded cheese and mix well.
  11. Add 1 ½ tbsp chili flakes or as per choice.
  12. Add little Italian seasoning as per choice.
  13. Always check for salt after adding cheese. Add more if need be. I needed to add ¼ tsp salt.

B.Making maida paste for sealing

To 1 tbsp maida, add water little at a time, and make a smooth thick paste.

C. Making semi cooked rotis first

  1. Roll a very big roti.
  2. Cook it very lightly from both sides.
  3. You could prepare all these semi cooked rotis first, and assemble later.

D. Assembling the paratha

  1. On the outer edge of roti smear maida paste (till 1/2 inch from outer edge)
  2. Transfer ¼ of leftover cheese to the center of roti. Layer with ¼ prepared filling. Shape filling like a rectangle.
  3. Fold roti one by one from all sides to seal like an envelope. Apply more paste on open surfaces for easy sealing.
  4. Fry parathas on the tawa.
  5. Another method is to cook roti lightly from one side. Flip it over. keeping heat at lowest, assemble paratha while still on the tawa, and fold like an envelope. Fry the paratha. This method needs you to work very fast.

Enjoy!!

समां के चावल की soft and juicy रोटी …flatbread made with samo seeds

Ingredients: (for 24 rotis)
Samo seeds (2 cups)
Water (5 cups)
Salt (2 tsp)
Oil (1 1/2 tbsp + for making flatbread on griddle)
Potatoes (boiled, peeled and mashed) (3)

Method:
1. Wash sama rice thoroughly with water.
2. Transfer to a microwave safe bowl.
3. Add water and salt.
4. Microwave at 100% power for 5 minutes. Give it a mix.
5. Microwave for 10 minutes at 80% power. The mix should look crumbly now. If need be, microwave for a few more minutes (each microwave is different, so timing may vary).
6. Allow it to cool.
7. Add oil and mashed potatoes and knead very well.
8. Divide into equal sized balls.
9. Roll each ball into a disc of 1mm thickness and 3-4 inches diameter, exactly the way you roll makki ki roti or kuttu ke aate ki roti ( check video for tips on easy rolling)
10. Cook on both sides, at medium to high heat.
Enjoy with potato curry or any curry of your choice.

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Sesame coated sama rice cutlets/ Vrat recipe

 

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Ingredients:

Samo seeds( sama rice) 1/2 cup

Water (1 cup)

Sesame seeds(20 gm)

Potatoes(boiled and peeled)(2)

Paneer(Indian Cottage Cheese) 100 gm

Cilantro leaves(few)

Salt(1 1/4 tsp)

Red Chilli Powder( 3/4 tsp)

Black Pepper powder( 1/4 tsp)

Nuts(optional)

Recipe:

1. Wash the sama rice thoroughly with water and transfer to a big microwave safe bowl. 2. Add water to the rice and microwave for 5 minutes at 80% power.

3. Give the rice a good mix and microwave for another 5 minutes at 80% power.

4. Allow the boiled rice to cool down enough so that you can knead a dough.

5. Grate in the potatoes and paneer. Add chopped cilantro leaves, salt and the spices and nuts (if using).

6. Knead the mix into a smooth dough and shape cutlets as desired.

7. Set the oil to heat at medium.

8. Roll the cutlets onto a bed of sesame seeds.

9. Fry the cutlets at low to medium heat. Enjoy with ketchup, chutney or dip of your choice!

36 layered Masala Paratha

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Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Flour (11/2 cup + some for rolling and dusting)
Water + milk ( 200 ml, warm)
Oil ( 1 tbsp)
Salt(½ tsp)
Sugar(1tsp)
Desi Ghee or any oil of your choice( as required)

Method:
1.Using water+ milk mixture, knead a soft dough with whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and oil.
2. Refrigerate the dough for atleast 30 minutes.
3. After 30 minutes, give a quick final knead to the dough and divide it in 5 equal sized balls.
4. Using dry flour, roll a ball into a big disc, say 10 inches diameter.
5. Apply a generous helping of desi ghee on this disc.
6. Using a knife or pizza cutter, make 5 vertical and 5 horizontal cuts on the disc.
7. Sprinkle dry wheat flour onto this disc.
8. The whole disc is now divided into smaller pieces.
9. Start piling these small pieces one on top of the other, with the smallest as the topmost and the largest one as the bottom most.
10. You will now have a big pile of pieces.
11.Press it firmly with your palm.
12.Toss this big pile into the dry wheat flour and roll it into a disc, say 7 inches in diameter.
13. Cook this on a hot griddle(medium heat), on both sides.
14. Apply desi ghee on both sides and press lightly to make a crisp lachchha paratha.
15.Once off the griddle, crush it very gently between your palms to separate the layers.
Your crisp, crumbly, soft parat paratha is ready. Enjoy it with any curry, veggie, lentil or raita of your choice, or with a cup of tea/coffee.

 

Instant Bedmi Poori/Urad dal kachori/ बेडमी पूरी/ उड़द दाल कचौड़ी / एक बार बनायें और कई महीनों तक तल कर खायें

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Flour (1 1/3 cup)
Skinless Urad Dal (¼ cup)
Spinach leaves (2 cups)
Water (2 tbsp+ 5 tbsp) (or as required)
Oil (2 tbsp + for frying)
Salt ( ½ tsp or as per taste)
Red Chili Powder ( ½ tsp)
Coriander Powder( 2 tsp)
Asafoetida (hing) ( ¼ tsp)
Dry Ginger Powder (sounth) (1/4 tsp)
Turmeric powder (1/3 tsp)
Fennel Seeds (1 tsp, pounded)
Method:
1. Soak urad dal in 2 cups of water for 8 hours. Drain the excess water and blend to a paste, neither very fine, nor very coarse. Use minimum water for blending. I used 2 tbsp of water for blending.
2. Chop fine the spinach leaves.
3. Mix together flour, salt, all spices, 1 tbsp oil, urad dal paste, and chopped spinach. Leave undisturbed for 2 minutes.
4. Knead to a hard but pliable dough. Use minimum water. I used 5 tbsp water.
5. Smear the ball of dough with little oil, and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
6. Give the dough a light final knead, and divide in 11 portions.
7. Apply some oil on the palms and roll each portion of dough to a smooth ball with no cracks.
8. Set the pan of oil to heat at high.
9. Roll out a few pooris (each 4 to 5 inch diameter) before beginning to fry.
(Note: Roll this poori thicker than you would roll a wheat flour poori. Keeping a diameter of 4.5 in ensures just that!)
10. Check the oil if heated properly. Any piece of dough dropped in the hot oil should rise to the surface instantly and should float.
11. Fry pooris one by one, making sure you fry on both sides.
Enjoy hot with a curry, raita or just a cup of hot tea!

Note: If you are rolling a large number of pooris, with the intention of frying them after a little while, cover them with a cling wrap or a damp kitchen towel, to prevent them from drying.
How to freeze bedmi poori:
Place rolled out discs of dough between sheets of parchment paper. Put them in a ziploc bag (freezer safe) and suck out all air from the ziploc using a drinking straw. This would prevent ice-formation on the discs. Place the ziploc flat in the freezer.
The parchment paper can be re-used any number of times, till it tears apart.
Before frying the frozen pooris, remove the frozen discs from the parchment paper. If the discs are sticking to the paper, then defrost for 10-20 seconds in the microwave, just enough so that you can remove them from the parchment paper without breaking.
Frozen items that have to be fried are never thawed because that introduces water in the hot oil, which can cause oil to splutter. This is true for all frozen items, bedmi poori included. If you thaw it on the kitchen shelf, then do it for little time only. Do not bring them to room temperature. Also, just like any other frozen item, any thawed/defrosted discs should not be re-frozen. Therefore, defrost only the count that you need.