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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Moong Dal halwa (Tips for grainy texture in less ghee)

 

Ingredients:

Moong dal, washed and split (1/2 cup) (100gm)

Ghee (70 gm)

Sugar (80 gm)

Cardamom Powder ( 1 tsp)

Saffron threads (few)

Golden Raisins (kishmish) ( a handful)

Almonds  (few)

Milk (1 ½ cup)

Method:

  1. Soak dal for 2 hours in warm water.
  2. Strain to remove all excess water.
  3. Coarsely grind dal, preferably without any water. If required, add as little water as possible.
  4. Set a big non-stick pan to heat at medium.
  5. Add ¾ quantity of ghee. Allow it to melt.
  6. Once melted, switch off the heat.
  7. Mix dal paste with ghee.
  8. Switch heat on medium.
  9. Start frying the mix. Keep tossing, keep stirring.
  10. In 15-20 minutes, mix will change consistency from paste to lumpy to grainy.
  11. Once grainy, add milk in instalments. Keep stirring.
  12. Reduce heat to between low and medium.
  13. The mix starts to thicken. Add sugar. Mix.
  14. Add raisins and slivered almonds. Mix.
  15. Keep stirring and frying, till desired consistency is reached.

Moong dal halwa is ready. Garnish with slivered almonds, raisins, and serve hot.

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36 layer Masala Paratha/ Multi layered Masala Paratha

36 layer Masala Paratha is a flaky, crispy, spicy paratha with 36 layers. Not only eating this is fun, making it is also very interesting. Kids might just want to help you layer this up!

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Ingredients: For 5 parathas

Whole Wheat Flour (1 cup + for layering,  dusting and rolling)

Cooked Dal (1 cup) (optional)

Water (as required)

Salt  ( ¾ tsp )

Turmeric Powder (1/3 tsp)

Red Chili powder (1/2 tsp)

Coriander Powder (1/2 tsp)

Garam Masala (1/3 tsp)

Cilantro leaves (finely chopped) (optional)

Carom Seeds ( ½ tsp)

Oil/ Desi Ghee for layering and pan frying

*If using boiled dal, or making masala paratha without dal,  add ginger paste and finely chopped onions, along with other ingredients.

Method:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add flour, and all spices. Mix well.
  2. Transfer dal and knead in to a soft and smooth dough.
  3. Apply little oil on the ball of dough and transfer to an air tight container.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes
  5. Knead the dough again and divide in 5 parts.
  6. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour and roll in to a big roti.
  7. Apply generous amount of oil on the roti.
  8. Sprinkle dry flour on the roti.
  9. Mark 5 vertical and 5 horizontal cuts on the roti. It will get divided in 36 smaller pieces.
  10. Arrange the pieces one on top of the other, in increasing order of their size. Place the smallest piece on the top, and largest piece at the bottom.
  11. Toss this pile of pieces in dry flour and roll in to a roti 5-6 inches in diameter. Make sure that the side with smaller pieces is facing the rolling board.
  12. Place on a hot tawa, the side with smaller pieces facing the tawa.
  13. Cook and fry on both sides with oil.
  14. Hold the fried paratha in your hands and press gently to expose all layers.

img_6003Your crispy flaky spicy paratha is ready! Enjoy with butter, yogurt, or a cup of tea/coffee!

 

 

Milk Pudding with regular milk/ Instant Kharwas/Posu/Ginnu/Junnu

Ingredients

Whole Milk/ Full fat milk (1 cup+ 2 tbsp)(Room temperature)

Strained Yogurt (5 tbsp)

Milk Powder (6 tbsp/50 gm)

Sugar ( 5 tbsp/90 gram)

Black cardamom (3-4)/Green Cardamom (1)

Saffron threads (a few)

Oil for greasing the bowl

Water for steaming

Method

  1. Soak most of the saffron threads in 2 tbsp warm milk.
  2. Mix together 1 cup milk, and sugar. Blend well.
  3. Add strained yogurt, ½ tsp cardamom powder and milk powder.
  4. Add soaked saffron threads with milk. Mix with a spoon.
  5. Transfer the mix to a greased bowl.
  6. Sprinkle ½ tsp cardamom powder and remaining saffron threads.
  7. Heat water in a steamer.
  8. Place the bowl with mix in the steamer, a little above the water level.
  9. Steam at high for 20 minutes. Keep a watch till done (mine got done in 30 minutes)
  10. Kharwas is ready when the edges are a little raised (look cooked). On inserting a wet knife in the center, there might be little residue on the knife (its normal)
  11. Set to firm in the refrigerator for a few hours.

Cut into pieces and enjoy chilled!

Til Gur ki Patti/ Gajjak /Chikki (sesame and jaggery brittle)

Til Gur ki patti is a traditional flat-thin/brittle sweet made from sesame seeds and jaggery. This is usually made during the winter months to celebrate the festivals of Lohri and Makar Sankranti. The health benefits of sesame seeds and jaggery in keeping one warm in Winters make these an obvious choice for flat-thins!

Ingredients:

White sesame seeds (3/4 cup)(100 gm)

Jaggery (3/4 cup)(120 gm)

Desi Ghee/clarified butter (2 tsp)

Water (2 tbsp)

Cardamom Powder (1 tsp)(optional)

Almonds  (6-8)(coarsely ground)

 

METHOD

  1. Set a pan to heat at medium. Lightly roast sesame seeds at low-medium heat. This takes 2-3 minutes.
  2. Allow them to cool.
  3. Grind coarsely half the sesame seeds. Retain the other half whole.
  4. Set a pan to heat at medium.
  5. Transfer water and jaggery. Allow jaggery to melt. Keep stirring.
  6. Add 1 tsp desi ghee. Cook jaggery till it gets a soft ball consistency ( jaggery will now start coating the spoon)
  7. Stir in cardamom powder. Mix.
  8. Stir in ground sesame seeds. Mix.
  9. Stir in whole sesame seeds . Mix.  Cook till it all comes together as one mass.
  10.   Transfer to a flat surface covered with parchment paper.
  11. Spread to flatten with a spatula.
  12. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and press gently. Roll with a rolling pin till desired thickness is achieved.
  13. Remove the parchment paper on top. Allow to cool.
  14. Once warm, mark cuts at which you can later snap gajjak to make pieces.
  15. Allow to cool further, till it becomes brittle and solid. Snap to get smaller pieces. img_5930-new

    16. Store in an air tight container.  Enjoy for a few days!

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Naan (on a tawa)(with pillow trick)

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat flour (1 cup)
All purpose flour (1/4 cup)
Salt (¼ tsp)
Sugar (1 tbsp)
Baking soda (¼ tsp)
Yogurt (1/4 cup)
Oil (1tbsp)
Water (as required)
Method:
1. Mix together all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Add oil and yogurt, and mix in to get a crumbly mixture.
3. Using lukewarm water, knead a soft and slightly sticky.
4. Apply some oil on ball of the dough.
5. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
6. After 30 minutes, again knead the dough, a quick knead.
7. Divide dough into 5 equal sized balls.
8. Cover with a damp cloth, and allow the balls to rest for 15 minutes.
9. Heat a tawa (not a non stick tawa) at high heat (450deg F)
10. Roll a ball of dough into a slightly thick disc (thicker than usual tawa roti)
11. Transfer the rolled disc on to the pillow.

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Apply some water on the back side of the disc.
12. Transfer the disc on to the tawa, as shown in the video.
13. When bubbles appear on the top side, reduce heat to low, and invert the tawa.
14. Adjust the heat and the position of the tawa, so that it gets cooked from the top side as well.
15. Remove from the tawa and apply butter.
Serve hot whole wheat naan with any curry of your choice!

 

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Gobhi Paratha (3 different ways)

Ingredients:

Grated cauliflower

Whole wheat flour dough ( 1 1/2 cups of flour will make 6 parathas)

Dry whole wheat flour for tossing and rolling

Ghee/oil

Ginger paste

Salt

Carom Seeds (Ajwain)

Red Chilli pwder

Garam Masala

 

Method 1

  1. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour, and roll in to a disc of 4-5 inches in diameter.
  2. Apply some oil in the center.
  3. Transfer 2-3 tbsp spiced grated cauliflower to the center.
  4. Pick up the dough from the edges and seal at the top.
  5. Toss this stuffed ball in dry flour and roll to a diameter 6-7 inches.
  6. Transfer to hot tawa. Cook and fry on both sides.

Method 2

  1. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour. Divide in 2 smaller balls.
  2. Roll each ball to diameter 6-7 inches, one disc slightly bigger than the other.
  3. Apply oil at the center of smaller disc. Transfer spiced stuffing.
  4. Cover with the larger disc, and seal edges all over.
  5. Cook and fry on hot tawa at medium heat.

Method 3

  1. Toss a ball of dough in dry flour. Divide in 2 smaller balls.
  2. Roll each ball to diameter 3-4 inches, one disc slightly bigger than the other.
  3. Apply oil at the center of smaller disc. Transfer spiced stuffing.
  4. Cover with the larger disc, and seal edges all over.
  5. Press the stuffing to spread all over the paratha.
  6. Roll to a big paratha 6-7 inches in diameter
  7. Cook and fry on both sides, at medium heat.

 

Options for a healthier version:

You could avoid frying paratha made any of the 3 ways.

You could avoid applying oil inside the paratha.

You could make paratha without frying with oil, and serve with a dash of oil/ghee smeared on the paratha after removing from the tawa.

If using method 2, you could take a small ball of dough and a heavier stuffing without any problem rolling it.