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

To view this video in English, check out the video below

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

 

To view this video in English, check the video below

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)

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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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!