36 layered Masala Paratha

To view this video in English, check out the link

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.

 

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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.

 

Spicy Masala Maggi with cheese/ चीज़ वाली झटपट चटपटी मसाला मैगी

Ingredients:

Maggi noodles cake with masala packet (1)

Water (225 ml)

Butter (1tsp)

Minced garlic (1 tsp)

Chopped Onions ( 2 tbsp)

Chopped green pepper/capsicum (2 tbsp)

Chopped carrots (2 tbsp)

Green peas (2 tbsp)

Grated processed cheese ( 3-4 tbsp/as per choice)

 

Method:

  1. Set a pan to heat at medium.
  2. Add 1 tsp butter. Allow to melt.
  3. Add garlic. Saute. Add onions and saute for a minute.
  4. Add capsicum and carrots, and saute for a minute.
  5. Add green peas and saute.
  6. Add water. Transfer contents of masala packet. Mix. Add 2 tbsp cheese and mix.
  7. Cover with a lid and let boil.
  8. Add maggi noodles cake broken in to smaller pieces.
  9. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes.
  11. Add salt and chilli flakes as required.
  12. Switch off heat and allow to rest for a minute.
  13. Serve hot garnished with grated cheese.

 

Malai Kulfi (Ultra quick recipe)

Ingredients

Milk (1/2 cup)

Milk Powder (1/2 cup)

Cardamom Powder (1 tsp)

Condensed Milk (7 oz/200 gm)

Heavy whipping Cream/ Fresh Cream (1/2 pint, approximately 250 ml)

Assorted dry fruits (chopped)

Method:

  1. In a bowl, mix together milk and milk powder.
  2. Add cardamom powder, condensed milk and whipping cream.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Add assorted nuts. Save a few for garnishing.
  5. Transfer a few chopped nuts at the bottom of moulds in which kulfi is being set.
  6. Transfer kulfi mix. (Do not fill to the top)
  7. Freeze for 8-10 hours or until set well.

De-mould kulfi and enjoy!!

*Add more condensed milk for extra sweetness.

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ब्रेड से बनायें चटपटी पापड़ी चाट/Bread papdi chaat/Innovative recipe|2 new styles of serving

 

English video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJDH18Nj68s

Ingredients:

White Bread: 6 slices
Oil for frying
Yogurt
Salt
Red Chili powder
Chaat Masala
Roasted Cumin Powder
Tamarind chutney
Green Chutney
Optional:
Boiled chickpeas
Boiled potatoes
Thin Sev
Pomegranate Seeds
Raita Boondi
Ginger juliennes
Cilantro leaves

Method:

1.Remove edges of the bread slices. Roll hard once in each direction to flatten the slices.
2. Using a cookie cutter, or a cap of any bottle, cut roundels from the bread slices. ( small roundels for serving papdi chaat in traditional manner, big roundels for a new unique method of serving)
3. Fry these roundels in a fresh batch of oil at medium heat
4. Spread on a paper towel for excess oil to be absorbed. Once cooled, wrap in a paper towel for a few minutes.

Serving suggestion (A)
1. Whisk yogurt, and add little salt.
2. In a serving platter, add some yogurt. Spread small roundels of papdi . Top with more yogurt, tamarind and green chutney, spices, and any/all optional toppings.

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Serving suggestion (B)
Strain some yogurt. Add salt and toppings of your choice. Layer big roundels of papdi in a plate. Spread the yogurt mix on top of each papdi. Top with more chutneys and toppings.

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Egg Paratha (Traditional style)(Tips for a puffed-up paratha without spilling out of egg)

Ingredients: (for 4 parathas)

Whole wheat flour dough ( with 1 cup flour)

Whole wheat flour (for tossing and rolling)

Eggs (4)

Salt

Red chili powder

Garam Masala

Ghee/oil

Method:

  1. Roll a ball of dough to 3-4 inches diameter.
  2. Apply ghee at the center.
  3. Sprinkle generous pinch of flour over the ghee.
  4. Sprinkle salt, chili powder, garam masala or any spices of your choice.
  5. Pull together the edges and close the ball.
  6. Roll to a disc of 5-6 inches diameter.
  7. Transfer to the tawa warmed at medium heat.
  8. In a bowl, beat an egg and add spices/herbs as per choice.
  9. Puff up the paratha when it is partially cooked, and make an opening in the paratha.
  10. Drop in the egg mix into the paratha through the opening.
  11. Let egg cook inside the paratha. Cook and fry on both sides.

Serve hot!

Notes:

Notes:
1. It is not essential to roll the dough on a rolling board. You may roll it on the clean kitchen shelf.
2. You could stuff a variety of finely chopped food items along with the egg. eg. onions, green chilli, beans, carrots, jalapenos, spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes, or grated cheese.
3. You could spice up the paratha by adding crushed black pepper, chilli flakes, or chaat masala. You could also add herbs like oregano, rosemary,or dill.
4. You may choose to stuff in less/ more egg in each paratha.

Pav Bhaji / Mumbai style pav bhaji/ Indian street food

Ingredients:

For 6 servings of bhaji

Potatoes, medium sized (7)

Tomatoes, bright red, medium sized (5)(chopped tomatoes 3 ½ cups)

Onions, chopped (2 cups)

Ginger-Garlic Paste (1 ½ tsp)

Butter (4 tbsp)

Water (310 ml, or as required)

Chopped Cauliflower (4 tbsp)

Chopped capsicum (Bell pepper) ( 2 tbsp)

Chopped carrots (2 tbsp)

Green Peas (2tbsp)

Cilantro Chopped, a handful

Spring onions, for garnishing

Lemon (1)

Salt (2 ½ tsp or as required)

Red Chili Powder (1/3 tsp)

Coriander Powder (1 tsp heaped)

Pav Bhaji Masala (1 ½ tbsp)

Kashmiri Red Chili (Kashmiri lal mirch) ( 1 tsp heaped)

Method:

  1. Set a big pan to heat at medium.
  2. Once the pan is warm, transfer 1 tbsp butter. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Melt butter at low heat.
  4. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté for few seconds.
  5. Add onions and sauté till pink (not brown)
  6. Add kashmiri lal mirch and fry at low heat.
  7. Add chopped carrots. Add 1 tbsp water. Cover with lid and cook at low-medium heat for 2 minutes.
  8. Add chopped cauliflower. Add 1 tbsp water. Cover with lid and cook at low-medium heat, till slightly tender (2-3 minutes)
  9. Add chopped capsicum. Add 1 tbsp water. Cover with lid and cook at low-medium heat, for a minute.
  10. Add green peas, and ½ tsp salt. Add 1 tbsp water. Cover with lid and cook at low-medium heat for 2 minutes.
  11. Mash the veggies lightly with a potato masher.
  12. Add chopped tomatoes, with ½ tsp salt. Add 2 tbsp water. Cover with lid and cook till tomatoes are tender (4-5 minutes)
  13. Mash nicely.
  14. Crush the potatoes in the pan over the veggies.
  15. Add remaining spices and ¾ tsp salt. Add ¾ cup water. Mix well. And cover with lid.
  16. Cook for a few minutes. Mash nicely while tossing frequently, till you see very tiny bits of veggies (do not make it like a paste).
  17. Add remaining butter, and more water if need to adjust consistency.
  18. If using salted butter, check for salt after melting the butter. Add more salt as required. (I added a total 2 ½ tsp salt)
  19. Add chopped cilantro leaves, and mix.
  20. Garnish bhaji with chopped cilantro leaves, spring onions, and lemon juice. Serve bhaji with pavs pan fried in butter and red chili.

NOTE : Apart from pavs, bhaji tastes good with sliced bread, burger buns, and dinner rolls as well.

Use could add small quantities of any seedless veggies to the bhaji, like cabbage, red, orange and yellow bell peppers, bottle gourd (lauki), pumpkin.

 

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