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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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.

To view this video in English,

Instant Bedmi Poori/Urad dal kachori/ बेडमी पूरी/ उड़द दाल कचौड़ी / एक बार बनायें और कई महीनों तक तल कर खायें

Ingredients:
Whole Wheat Flour (1 1/3 cup)
Skinless Urad Dal (¼ cup)
Spinach leaves (2 cups)
Water (2 tbsp+ 5 tbsp) (or as required)
Oil (2 tbsp + for frying)
Salt ( ½ tsp or as per taste)
Red Chili Powder ( ½ tsp)
Coriander Powder( 2 tsp)
Asafoetida (hing) ( ¼ tsp)
Dry Ginger Powder (sounth) (1/4 tsp)
Turmeric powder (1/3 tsp)
Fennel Seeds (1 tsp, pounded)
Method:
1. Soak urad dal in 2 cups of water for 8 hours. Drain the excess water and blend to a paste, neither very fine, nor very coarse. Use minimum water for blending. I used 2 tbsp of water for blending.
2. Chop fine the spinach leaves.
3. Mix together flour, salt, all spices, 1 tbsp oil, urad dal paste, and chopped spinach. Leave undisturbed for 2 minutes.
4. Knead to a hard but pliable dough. Use minimum water. I used 5 tbsp water.
5. Smear the ball of dough with little oil, and store in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
6. Give the dough a light final knead, and divide in 11 portions.
7. Apply some oil on the palms and roll each portion of dough to a smooth ball with no cracks.
8. Set the pan of oil to heat at high.
9. Roll out a few pooris (each 4 to 5 inch diameter) before beginning to fry.
(Note: Roll this poori thicker than you would roll a wheat flour poori. Keeping a diameter of 4.5 in ensures just that!)
10. Check the oil if heated properly. Any piece of dough dropped in the hot oil should rise to the surface instantly and should float.
11. Fry pooris one by one, making sure you fry on both sides.
Enjoy hot with a curry, raita or just a cup of hot tea!

Note: If you are rolling a large number of pooris, with the intention of frying them after a little while, cover them with a cling wrap or a damp kitchen towel, to prevent them from drying.
How to freeze bedmi poori:
Place rolled out discs of dough between sheets of parchment paper. Put them in a ziploc bag (freezer safe) and suck out all air from the ziploc using a drinking straw. This would prevent ice-formation on the discs. Place the ziploc flat in the freezer.
The parchment paper can be re-used any number of times, till it tears apart.
Before frying the frozen pooris, remove the frozen discs from the parchment paper. If the discs are sticking to the paper, then defrost for 10-20 seconds in the microwave, just enough so that you can remove them from the parchment paper without breaking.
Frozen items that have to be fried are never thawed because that introduces water in the hot oil, which can cause oil to splutter. This is true for all frozen items, bedmi poori included. If you thaw it on the kitchen shelf, then do it for little time only. Do not bring them to room temperature. Also, just like any other frozen item, any thawed/defrosted discs should not be re-frozen. Therefore, defrost only the count that you need.

 

Spicy Masala Maggi with cheese/ चीज़ वाली झटपट चटपटी मसाला मैगी

Ingredients:

Maggi noodles cake with masala packet (1)

Water (225 ml)

Butter (1tsp)

Minced garlic (1 tsp)

Chopped Onions ( 2 tbsp)

Chopped green pepper/capsicum (2 tbsp)

Chopped carrots (2 tbsp)

Green peas (2 tbsp)

Grated processed cheese ( 3-4 tbsp/as per choice)

 

Method:

  1. Set a pan to heat at medium.
  2. Add 1 tsp butter. Allow to melt.
  3. Add garlic. Saute. Add onions and saute for a minute.
  4. Add capsicum and carrots, and saute for a minute.
  5. Add green peas and saute.
  6. Add water. Transfer contents of masala packet. Mix. Add 2 tbsp cheese and mix.
  7. Cover with a lid and let boil.
  8. Add maggi noodles cake broken in to smaller pieces.
  9. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.
  10. Cook uncovered for 2 minutes.
  11. Add salt and chilli flakes as required.
  12. Switch off heat and allow to rest for a minute.
  13. Serve hot garnished with grated cheese.

 

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.

Bread papdi chaat 1

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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3 quick and easy recipes using left-over rotis, each under 10 minutes cooking time

Dish # 1

Vegetable Roti Poha

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Ingredients:

Roti  (2)(left-over/ fresh)

Oil (2tsp+ 2 tbsp)

Peanuts (2 tbsp)

Cumin Seeds (heaped tsp)

Mustard seeds (1/2 tsp)

Ginger Paste (2 tsp)

Green Chili paste (1 tsp)

Chopped Onions (4 tbsp)

Chopped bell peppers (1 cup)

Turmeric Powder (1/3 tsp)

Salt ( 1tsp)

Kashmiri Lal mirch/deggi mirch (1/2 tsp)

Coriander Powder (1tsp)

Garam Masala (1/2 tsp)

Green Peas (1/2 cup)

Frozen corn (1/2 cup)

Chopped cilantro leaves

Lemon Juice (1 tbsp)

 

Method:

  1. Tear rotis in to small pieces.
  2. In a mixer grinder/food processor, pulse the roti pieces to get small bits. Keep these aside covered.
  3. Warm a pan to heat at medium.
  4. Add 2 tsp oil to the warm pan and roast the peanuts at low-medium heat. Keep the roasted peanuts aside.
  5. Heat the pan again.To the warm pan add 2 tbsp oil. To the warm oil, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  6. Once the seeds crackle, add chopped onions. Reduce heat to low-medium.
  7. Add ginger paste and green chili paste. Saute till onions turn pink.
  1. Reduce heat to low. Add turmeric powder. Saute. Add Kashmiri Lal mirch. Saute.
  2. Add green peas and frozen corn (thawed). Mix well and cover with lid. Cook for 1 minute.
  3. Add finely chopped bell peppers. Mix, cover with lid and cook for a minute.
  4. Add ½ tsp salt, 1 tsp coriander powder. Mix. Transfer roasted peanuts and roti bits.12.
  5. .Add ½ tsp salt and 1/3 tsp garam masala. Mix well.
  1. Cover with lid and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add chopped cilantro leaves and lemon juice. Serve hot!

 

Dish #2

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Ingredients:

Oil (for frying)

Roti (2)

Salt (as per taste)

Crushed Red Pepper, chaat masala, garlic salt (as per taste)

Method:

  1. Cut each roti in 8 parts.
  2. Set a pan with oil to heat at medium.
  3. Once oil is warm, reduce heat to low-medium. Drop in roti pieces.
  4. Fry till the pieces become crisp. (takes 4-5 minutes)
  5. Drain away excess oil
  6. Spice up the pieces as per your choice.

 

 

Dish #3

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Ingredients:

Oil (1 tbsp)

Garlic (2 tsp)

Roti (2)

Sliced Onions (1/2 cup)

Shredded Cabbage (1/2 cup)

Shredded Carrots (1/2 cup)

Shredded bell peppers (1 cup)

Salt (1/2 tsp + 1/3 tsp)

Red Chili sauce (2 tsp) ( as per taste)

Soy Sauce (less than a tsp)

Vinegar/lemon juice (2 tsp)

 

Method:

  1. Cut rotis in to thin strips and cover. Put aside.
  2. Warm a pan to heat at medium.
  3. To the warm pan, add 1 tbsp oil. Transfer chopped garlic, and sliced onions.
  4. Fry till onions turn translucent.
  5. Transfer shredded veggies. Add ½ tsp salt. Toss well and cook uncovered for 1 minute.
  6. Add roti cut in strips.
  7. Add 1/3 tsp salt. Toss.
  8. Add red chili sauce, soy sauce and vinegar. Mix.
  9. Increase heat to high and toss.

Serve hot!

 

 

 

 

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!