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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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!

One ingredient gravy, makes many Indian curries…NO onion, no garlic, no ginger, no tomato

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Ingredients:

For 3 servings:

Whole Wheat Flour (3 tbsp)

Oil( 3 tbsp)

Water (6 cups/ 1.5 liter)

Salt ( 1/2 tsp or as per taste)

Red Chilli Powder( 1/3 tsp or as per taste)

Coriander Powder( 1/2 tsp)

Turmeric Powder(1/2 tsp)

 

Method:

1. Saute the flour in oil at medium heat, till it starts oozing out oil and turns brown in color ( takes approximately 5-7 minutes)

2. Add turmeric powder and saute.

3. Add the rest of the spices. Mix together well.

4. Add water and bring to a boil at high heat.

5. Reduce the heat to medium and let simmer till the water reduces to half the quantity.

6. Add boondi/ sev/bhujia/ram laddoo.

7. Let stand for a few minutes.

Serve with roti, paratha or rice.

For making papppadam/papad  curry or besan cheela curry, simmer to reduce the water for about 20 minutes ( as in step 5). Add 4 masala papads (pappadam), broken into small pieces and pan-fried, to the gravy. Also add a small piece of lentil wadi (optional). Cook for another 7 minutes or till the desired consistency is achieved. Let stand for 15 minutes and then serve.

 

Bread and apple से बनायें एक नए तरीके की स्वीट डिश / Bread Apple Pie Pockets

 

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Quick apple Pie pockets for those sweet cravings! Make your choice between fried and baked pockets. Crisp and crunchy pockets with warm spiced apple filling No need to knead!

Ingredients: For 9 Fried/ 12 baked Apple pie pockets

Apples 2 large,

Lemon Juice (2 tsp)

Cinnamon Powder (3 tsp)

Nutmeg Powder (1 1/2 tsp)

Cloves (3)

Butter (2 tbsp)

Sugar (7tbsp or as desired)

White bread slices (9 for fried version)(12 for baked version)

Oil for frying

Water (as required)

METHOD: For fried version

1. Wash, peel, and chop the apples into small cubes. Toss apple cubes with 2 tsp lemon juice.

2. Set a pan to heat at medium.

3. Transfer apple cubes, butter, cinnamon powder, brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg powder. Mix everything.

4. Allow apples to cook till tender (about 10 minutes).

5. Transfer the apple mix to another bowl and cool down.

6. Trim away crusts of the bread slices.

7. Using a rolling pin, flatten each bread slice. Cut each slice into 2 pparts, one slightly larger than the other. 8. Transfer a portion of the cooled down apple mix on to the smaller piece of slice. remember to remove the whole cloves. 9. Apply little water on the edges of the cut slices. 10. Cover the smaller piece with the larger piece, and seal from all sides by pressing firmly but gently. 11. Trim away the extra edges.Apple pie ready to be fried. 12. Prepare all pockets as stated above. 13. Heat oil at medium. 14. Once oil is ready, reduce heat to between low and medium. 15. Drop in the pockets in the hot oil, and fry till both sides are golden. Enjoy hot apple pie pockets, with a crunchy crisp crust filled with a warm syrupy spiced apple filling.

 

FOR BAKED VERSION: 1. Pre-heat oven at 450 deg F, or 232 deg C 2. Prepare a baking tray by covering with aluminium foil. 3. Trim, flatten and cut bread slices as for the fried version. 4. Prepare the filling same way as earlier,(do not add cloves) but DO NOT COOK IT. 5. Prepare apple pie pockets exactly as earlier. 6. Mark slits so that the pockets do not burst in the oven. 7. Spray the foil on baking tray with a non-stick spray and transfer the apple pie pockets. 8. Set the tray in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. 9. Brush the pockets with little butter for some glaze. 10. Bake further till the pockets become golden. ( I baked for a total of 18 minutes, but each oven is different. Keep a constant watch after 10 minutes)

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.