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

 

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

Hindi Video

 

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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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.

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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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.

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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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