Crispy Karela fry

Ingredients:

Karelas 400gram
Oil for frying
Chaat masala
Lemon juice

For masala mix, mix these ingredients together

Turmeric Powder 1/2 Tsp
Red Chilli Powder 3/4 Tsp
Coriander Powder 1&1/2 Tsp
Garam Masala 1/2 Tsp
Roasted Cumin Powder 3/4 Tsp
Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder 3/4 Tsp
Sounth/Dry Ginger Powder 3/4 Tsp
Rice Flour 2 Tbsp
Besan 3 Tbsp

Method:

1. Peel karelas and cut into thin rings.
2. Add two tsp salt. Toss.
3. Keep aside for four hours.
4. Wash thoroughly
5. Leave on a strainer for ten minutes.
6. Squeeze between palms and dry on a kitchen cloth.
7. Set a pan with one inch deep oil to heat at medium.
8. Spread the dry rings in a single layer on a tray.
9. Sprinkle the masala mix on the rings. Spread and Mix.
10. Add 1/2 Tsp Amchur Powder or 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice and mix.
11. Divide the rings in three portions.
12. In one portion, add 1/2 Tsp salt and mix.
13. Drop the rings one by one in hot oil and fry until crisp.
14. Fry at high heat for first two minutes and then for one to two minutes, fry at medium/high heat. [4-5 minutes until one batch is done]
Repeat process for other two portions.
14. Toss in Chaat Masala and Lemon Juice.
15. Serve warm.
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Leftover Plain White Rice get a spicy makeover

Ingredients:

Oil   2 tsp

Desi ghee  2 tsp

Cumin Seeds  2 tsp

Whole dry red chillies  (2)

Onions, finely chopped  3/4 cup

Ginger Paste 2 tsp

Tomato Puree  3/4 cup

Water  2 cup

Salt  to taste

Red chili  powder   1/5 tsp

Coriander Powder ( 1 tsp, heaped)

Cilantro leaves, chopped. a handful (for garnishing)

Method:

1. Set a nonstick pan to heat at medium
2. To the warm pan, add two teaspoon desi ghee and two teaspoon oil
3. To the warm oil and ghee, add two tsp cumin seeds
4. Once the cumin crackles, add two whole dry red chillis (torn into two)
5. Saute for a few seconds until the chilli changes color
6. Add 3/4 cup finely chopped onions. Saute until pink
7. Add two tsp ginger paste
8. Mix and saute until golden brown
9. Add 1/3 of a whole vadi broken into pieces. Fry with onions. Saute for a few seconds
10. Add t3/4  cup tomato puree
11. Saute until the mix starts oozing out oil
12. Add half tsp turmerick powder. Reduce heat to low
13. Add one fifth tsp chilli powder
14. Add one tsp kashmiri red chilli powder. Mix and saute for a few seconds
15. Add one heaped tsp coriander powder
16. Add half tsp salt. Mix.
17. Add two cups of water and mix. Increase heat to medium and bring it to boil.
18. Reduce heat to low-medium
19. Add two cups of leftover cooked white rice to the gravy. Stir
20. Cover with a lid. Cook for five minutes
21. Add chopped cilantro leaves
22. Serve hot.
Tips*
1. If you are not using vadi, spice up the rice using cumin powder, black pepper powder, and garam masala.
2. Adjust the salt and the spices depending on taste.
3. Works best with cold rice.
4. If the tomatoes are very sour, use half a cup of tomato puree

 

Panori : Anti-gravity cooking

Ingredients:

Whole/Split Mung beans (also called dal) 250 g / 1 1/4 cup US measuring cup
Ginger ( 11/2 inch long piece)
Garlic (4-5 thick pods)
Green Chili (2)
Salt (as required) ( I would use 1 1/4 tsp salt for this quantity)
Water (as required for blending) ( i used 1 1/2 tbsp water for blending)
Hing/asafoetida (a pinch, optional)
For serving:
Desi ghee/clarified butter (optional)
Sauce/ pickle/spicy powder of your choice (optional)
Toppings for panori pizza (onion, tomatoes, mushroom, paneer, baby corn, corn , pineapple) (optional)

Method:

1. Soak mung beans in enough water for 7-8 hoursPanori snapshot 1
2. Drain away excess water from soaked beansPanori snapshot 3 jpg
3. Blend beans with ginger, garlic and green chilis to form a thick paste/batter
4. Allow the batter to rest for a few hours (optional)Panori snapshot 4
5. Set a pan with 3 cups of water to heat at high. Use the biggest burner of your gas stove.Panori snapshot 14
6. Allow water to come to a complete boil.
7. Add salt to the batter and mix well.Panori snapshot 5
8. Spread 2 heaped tbsp of batter on the back side of a heat resistant dry plate/tray/thaliPanori snapshot 8
9. Set this plate on the pan in such a way that the batter is directly facing steam.

10. Steam for 7 minutes.
11. Check for doneness by inserting a knife in to the steamed batter which is now called ‘panori’. If knife comes out clean means panori is ready.Panori snapshot 18
12. Cut in to pieces. Spread little desi ghee over the ‘panori’ for that extra delicate taste! Serve hot!

13. Make panori pizza by spreading your favorite sauce and toppings over panori. Serve hot!
Notes:
1. Use as little water as possible to make the paste
2. Use a cylindrical vessel to steam panori (Very important)
3. The paste should be neither very fine nor coarse
4.  Use a dry heat resistant plate to steam panori. I used a steel plate

Sweet Edible Roses (Golap Pitha)

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Sweet Edible Roses! Golap Pitha from the Bangla cuisine

Ingredients (makes 10 roses):

For dough
All purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup (little less than 150 g)
Milk (11/4 cup) (310 ml)
Salt (a pinch)
Sugar (1 tbsp)
Desi ghee ( 2 tsp)

For sugar syrup
Sugar ( 2 cups)
Water ( 1 cup)
Cardamom powder( Ilaichi powder) 1/4 tsp

Method:
1. Set a non-stick pan to heat at medium.
2. Add milk, salt, sugar, desi ghee. Stir till milk gets warm and ghee melts.
3. Stir in maida. Keep stirring till it becomes dough like (happens very quick)
4. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Allow to get warm. Knead for 8-10 minutes till dough becomes smooth.
5. Cover with a lid and let rest for 10 minutes.
6. Take a ball of dough, roll it out like a roti, and cut smaller circles. The circles shrink a little inwards by the time you assemble since maida has elasticity, so make decent sized smaller circles.
7. To make a rose, overlap 3 small circles and pinch at the center. Cut the three circles (only outside the pinched part). Mark 3 cuts so that the circles are divided into 9 equal portions. These will form the petals of the rose.
8. To make the center, cut a small rectangle and roll it into a small cylinder. Make centers for all roses.
9. Shape these cut circles into a rose as shown in the video.
10. Fry at low to medium heat.
11. Also keep the sugar syrup ready by melting sugar in water and thickening it a little. Do NOT cook syrup to thread consistency.
12. Immerse the fried roses while still hot in to warm syrup. Let sit in syrup for 30 minutes.
Take out the roses on to a plate. Enjoy with your loved ones!!

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Instant Dahi Bhalla /Dahi Vada (Kid-friendly, No-cook recipe)

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English Video

 

Instant Dahi Bhallas!! No pre-soaking, No grinding, No frying!

Making dahi bhalla, the traditional way, is a time consuming process. Sharing with you a unique idea for making bhallas! This idea was proposed by MasterChef Sanjeev kapoor. A big thanks to him for this unique idea that has made making bhallas a child’s play!

I attended a party in NJ several years back at a colleague’s house. The hostess of the party Anjita had prepared dahi bhallas using this idea. She was kind enough to share her secret of super-soft bhallas. She told that she had read this in an old cookbook by the Masterchef Sanjeev Kapoor. A big thanks to her too for sharing her secret!

Sharing with you my recipe that I built around this unique idea to make a lip-smacking appetizer!

Ingredients:

Yogurt( dahi)

Jeera biscuits (special)

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Water

White Salt

Pink salt (rock salt)

Red chilli powder

Roasted Cumin powder

Chaat masala

Sugar (optional)

Tamarind sweet and sour chutney

Green chutney

Method:

1. Arrange biscuits in plate as shown in the picture. Heat required number of jeera biscuits in the microwave for 40 seconds. Increase or decrease the time as per the number of biscuits.dahi bhalla shot 4

2. Soak these biscuits in water that is at room temperature, for 2-5 minutes.

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3. As the biscuits soften, remove them from water. Squeeze gently between your palms.

4. Whip yogurt to make it smooth. If the yogurt is thick, dilute with water or milk.

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5. Gently place the biscuits on the yogurt platter. Drench biscuits with more whipped yogurt.

6. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. See how in 30 minutes, the biscuits swell up to more than double the size!!

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7. Spice it up with salt, pink salted chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chaat masala.

8. Pour green chutney and tamarind chutney, as per your taste.

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Serve chilled!

9. To make Dahi Vada, pour a tempering of mustard seeds, curry leaves and whole red chilies over the dahi bhalla platter. Also add powdered sugar to the whipped yogurt.

10 .To make Dahi bhalla chaat, add toppings of your choice

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Falooda Sev/ फालूदा सेव

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Ingredients:

Corn starch/corn flour/arrow root (1/2 cup)

Water (2 cup+ for setting the sev)

Food color (optional, few drops)

Sugar(optional)(5 tsp)

Preparations before cooking:

1. Set the attachment with smallest size of holes in the sev maker. Grease the sev maker and put aside.

2. Set a wide bowl ready with ice cubes and cold water. Store the bowl in refrigerator till ready to make sev (if kitchen is very hot).

Method:

1. Mix corn starch and sugar.

2. Mix water slowly to form a solution.

3. Set a wide non stick pan to heat at low-medium.

4. Cook the solution till it becomes translucent and gel-like.

5. Immediately transfer to sev maker.

6. Make sev in ice-cold water.

7. Transfer to refrigerator for at least half an hour or until the sev is set.

Enjoy in desserts like rabdi falooda,  Ice-cream falooda,  kulfi falooda, custard, parfait, fruit cream etc.

Let your creativity flow!

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Masaledaar Kala Chana Curry/ Black chickpeas

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Kala chana is a variant of chickpeas and is widely used in the Indian cuisine. Its high protein content makes it very desirable, especially to those wishing to lose weight. Its soup is very healthy and is recommended for quick energy. This can be made either dry or as a curry.

Ingredients:

Kala Chana/Black chickpeas (1 cup)

Split Bengal Gram (1 1/2 tbsp)

Water ( As required)

Oil (2 tbsp)

Desi Ghee (1 tsp)

Bay Leaves ( small 2)

Cumin Seeds (2 tsp)

Turmeric Powder (1/3 tsp)

Coriander Powder (3/4 tsp)

Red Chili Powder ( 1/3 tsp / as per choice)

Salt (1 tsp/ as per choice) Garam Masala (1/2 tsp)

Ginger garlic Paste (1tbsp)

Tomatoes (chopped 3/4 cup)

Onions (chopped 3/4 cup)

Coriander leaves ( for garnishing)

Method:

1. Soak kala chana and dal in 3 cups of water for 10 hours.

2. Drain and discard the water.

3. In a pressure cooker, warm 1 tbsp oil and add cumin seeds. Add bay leaves and fry till cumin is nicely fried.

4. Add all spices except garam masala.

5. Add drained chanas and dal, and fry for 2 minutes.

6. Cover cooker with a lid and allow steam to build up to maximum ( or 2 whistles in a conventional cooker).

7. Reduce heat to low and let cook for 20 minutes. Allow natural release of pressure.

8. In a pan, warm 1 tbsp oil and 1 tsp desi ghee.

9. Add ginger garlic paste and sauté.

10. Add onions and fry till golden brown.

11. Add tomatoes, mix and cover with a lid.

12. Keep stirring after every few seconds.

13. Saute till the tomatoes are soft and oil leaves the sides of the masala.

14. Add a tbsp of water. Switch off the heat and allow to cool.

15. Blend the masala in a mixer. Blend till neither very fine, nor very coarse.

16. Add the blended masala to the boiled chanas. Add garam masala and few chopped cilantro leaves.

17. Cook for a few minutes, till gravy is desired consistency. If need be, add more water to achieve desired quantity of gravy.

18. Serve garnished with onion rings and chopped cilantro leaves.

Enjoy with roti, poori, paratha, naan or rice.