Masala Aloo Poori (Tips for crunchy, well puffed, evenly fried poori)

Ingredients: For 12 Masala Aloo Pooris

Whole Wheat Flour (1 ½ cup/200g)

Semolina (1 tbsp)

Chickpea Flour (1 tbsp)

Boiled Potatoes (at room temperature)(4 small sized)(180 g)

Oil ( for kneading, rolling and frying)

Water (5 tbsp or as required)

Coriander/ Cilantro leaves(3 tbsp)

Dried Fenugreek leaves (Kasuri methi) (1 ½ tbsp)

Carom Seeds (ajwain)(1/2 tsp)

Salt (¾ tsp)

Turmeric Powder (1/3 tsp)

Red Chili Powder (1/2 tsp or as per taste)

Coriander Powder (2 tsp)

Asafoetida(hing) (1/3 tsp)

Dry Ginger Powder(sounth)(1/3 tsp)

Garam Masala (1/2 tsp)

Method:

  1. Grate the boiled potatoes using a fine grater (no lumps).
  2. Crush fenugreek leaves and carom seeds, using a mortar and pestle or between your palms. Add in all the other dry spices and salt.
  3. To a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, semolina and chickpea flour.
  4. Mix in the dry spice mix.
  5. Add cilantro leaves, 1 tbsp oil and grated potatoes. Mix in well to make a crumbly mixture.
  6. Keep it aside for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Add water 1tbsp at a time and knead a stiff yet pliable dough.
  8. Smear little oil on the ball of dough and store in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  9. When ready to roll, knead the dough a little. Divide in equal sized portions. Apply some oil between your palms and shape each portion into a smooth ball without any cracks.
  10. Set a pan with oil to heat at high.
  11. Roll out pooris, kneading evenly.
  12. Fry the pooris, and enjoy with raita, pickle, sauce or a cup of tea/coffee!

 

 

 

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Dhaba style Aloo Gobhi

Ingredients:

Cauliflower (gobhi) ( 3cups/300 gm florets)

Potatoes  , diced (aloo) ( 1 cup/150 gm)

Onions, sliced (1 1/2 cup)

Tomatoes  , chopped (3/4 cup)

Ginger Garlic Paste (1 tbsp)

Oil (4 tbsp)

Salt (1 ½ tsp or as per taste)

Red Chilli Powder (1/2 tsp)

Turmeric powder (1/3 tsp)

Coriander powder (1 heaped tsp)

Asafeitda (hing) ( a pinch)

Cumin Seeds ( 1 heaped tsp)

Dried Fenugreek Leaves (kasuri methi) ( 1tbsp)

Garam Masala (1/2tsp)

Kashmiri Red Chili Powder (kashmiri laal mirch)( ½ tsp)

Bay Leaf (1)

Cloves (3)

Peppercorns (sabut kaali mirch)(3)

Chopped Cilantro (coriander) leaves/dhania patta

Method:

  1. Soak cauliflower florets in water for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Soak diced potatoes in water.
  3. Set a flat pan to heat at medium.
  4. Add 3 tbsp oil and let it warm up. Transfer cauliflower florets. Toss in oil. Cover with lid and fry for 3-4 minutes. Remove on a paper towel.
  5. Transfer diced potatoes, toss and cover with lid, and fry for 3 minutes. Remove on a paper towel.
  6. Add 1 tbsp oil. Warm up. Add bay leaf, cumin seeds. Allow to crackle. Add pepper corns, cloves. Fry lightly.
  7. Reduce heat to low. Add turmeric Powder, kashmiri lal mirch, hing and fry.
  8. Transfer onions and ginger garlic paste. Increase heat to low-medium. Mix with oil, and cover with lid. Fry till golden brown, approximately 5 minutes
  9. Add cilantro powder, red chili powder. Mix in. Add ¾ tsp salt. Mix it in. Add chopped tomatoes. Mix. Cover with lid and cook till oil is released by the masala.
  10. Add fried aloo and gobhi. Add ¾ tsp salt. Mix well. Add crushed kasuri methi. Mix. Cover with a lid. Cook for 7 minutes. Add garam masala. Mix in. Cover and cook till done (approximately 12 minutes). Add chopped cilantro leaves. Cover with lid.
  11. Serve hot with roti, paratha, naan, poori or rice.

Note: Keep tossing the veggies while frying and cooking

 

 

 

 

Spinach and Corn Rice

Ingredients:

Rice (1 cup)

Spinach leaves (3 cup)

Corn (¾ cup)

Onions (chopped ¾ cup)

Desi ghee/ Unsalted butter (1 ½ tbsp)

Oil (1 tsp)

Water (2 cups+ 3 cups)

Salt (1 tsp+ ¾ tsp+ 1/5 tsp)

Cumin Seeds ( 1 tsp heaped)

Red Chili Powder (1/4 tsp)

Turmeric Powder ( a pinch)

Coriander Powder ( 1 tsp)

Garam Masala (1/3 tsp)

Walnuts/Almonds for garnishing

 

Method:

  1. Soak rice in 2 cups of water for 30 minutes. Strain.

2. Boil 3 cups of water. Add 1 tsp salt and strained rice. Add 1 tsp oil.

3. Stir and partially cover with a lid.

4. Boil until 90% cooked (approximately 4 minutes)

5. Strain and leave uncovered so that surface moisture evaporate.

6. Set a big pan to heat at medium.

7. Add desi ghee, reduce heat and let ghee melt.

8. Add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

9. Add turmeric powder

10. Add onions. Sauté till pink.

11. Add coriander pwder, red chili powder. Saute.

12. Add chopped spinach. Mix.

13. Add corn. Mix. Stir fry for two minutes.

14. Add strained cooked rice.

15. Toss gently till mixed thoroughly.

16.Add garam masala. Mix

17.Cover with a lid, and cook till done (approximately 1 minute)

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18. Serve hot garnished with chopped walnuts/ almonds!

 

 

 

 

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!