Category: Breakfast

Poha/ Matar Poha

I have memories of countless weekends….my breakfast/ brunch would be Sunshine on a Platter…yes! That’s what Poha has always been for me…and my Mom makes the world’s best Poha! Hands down! 😘😘😘we’d fill our tummies with it..and then skip lunch. Some well deserved rest for Mom…what are weekends for then!? 

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She would even pack this for our lunch boxes sometimes..but I must confess – it tastes best when you have it piping hot! Straight out of the wok..onto your plates..no frills…just some home style cooking👌👌

She had learnt to make this almost 43 years ago..when she had come to Mumbai post her wedding….and ever since then it’s her Signature Dish! That’s because she changed the ingredients a bit to make something similar to one of her favourites from U.P./ Bihar..’chuda matar’ (‘chuda’ means beaten rice flakes and ‘matar’ is green peas)..often eaten as snacks😁 we don’t usuall add any Sev or peanuts while serving it….but you can😛

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, a colander, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2  cup Poha (thick variety/ Jada Poha)

3 tbsp oil

1 nos. sliced onion

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

2 nos. chopped green chilli

5-6 nos. Kari Patta (curry leaves)

1/2 cup green peas

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp grated ginger

salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar

juice of 1 lemon

chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Firstly, we need to moisten the poha. For that, take sieved poha in n colander, pour 1 cup water over it. Let the water drain well. Keep it aside. Make sure you don’t drown it in any more water else, you will end up with a big lump of mushy poha.

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Now, heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot, add mustard seeds & hing. Let them crackle a bit. Then add onions, curry leaves, ginger & chillies. Cook on medium flame until the onions turn golden colour. The season with salt, sugar & turmeric pwd. Add 1 tsp of water if needed to avoid the ingredients to stick at the bottom. Also add in the peas. Cook for about 5-6 mins. Stir in the moistened poha next. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add lemon juice. Mix & garnish with chopped coriander leaves😊 enjoy it piping hot!

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Try this…it’s just so yummy! You will be  hooked 😬

Love,

Shreya 💗

Sesame Soya Tikki

Everyone enjoys snacking on some crispy, crunchy finger food! Dipping it in some sauce just makes it all the more yummy…along with a delicious drink to wash it all down👌😁…although a cup of hot tea does the trick too! 

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These Sesame Soya Tikkis make for a great starter/ snack as they are loaded with yummy & healthy ingredients…no frying…no oily mess! Serve these with my homemade Schezwan Sauce and some Iced Green Tea Limeade…perfecto!

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They even make a great lunch box for kids…😊 Let’s get started..

Yield: 6-8 medium Tikkis

Equipment: a non stick pan, a mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula.

Ingredients:

2 nos. large boiled & mashed potatoes

1/4 cup soya granules

1/4 cup grated carrot (you can add any veggies of your choice or skip them too)

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1 tbsp chopped mint leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tsp Chaat masala

1 tsp chopped green chillies (*omit it when you are cooking these for kids)

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd*

salt to taste

2-3 tsp oil to shallow fry the tikki

1/2 cup slightly roasted white sesame seeds

Method:

Soak the dry soya granules in one cup of warm water for 15 mins & squeeze out all the water well. Place it aside.

Next, add all the above ingredients except oil and soya granules in a mixing bowl, mix them well. Then add the soya granules & combine everything well.

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Next, shape the mixture in equal sized Tikkis, roll them in the sesame seeds and set them aside. Heat the non stick pan, once it’s hot enough, place the tikkis on the pan & add few drops of oil around them. Cook them on medium flame for 3-4 mins on both sides or until the seeds turn golden brown and crunchy. That’s it, serve them piping hot! 😀

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Healthy snacks are ready!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Tarla Dalal.

Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Karachi Biscuits

 Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Karachi Bakery style Biscuits are the best accompaniment to your tea or to share as edible gifts. Besides, these cookies are very famous in Hyderabad, originally baked in the city’s famous Karachi Bakery. Hence the name Karachi Biscuits. They are absolutely melt in the mouth good and so easy to put together. 

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Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Karachi Biscuits are one the most prettiest cookies I’ve ever baked, obviously after the Rose and Pistachio Shortbread cookies. Whenever I bake Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Karachi Biscuits, I think of Christmas 🙂 It’s probably because of the red and green beauties studded in the cookies. These colorful candies fruits make these buttery, crisp cookies even more delectable 🙂

One can choose any colors of candied fruits. I prefer red and green. However, even golden-yellow is just as pretty or add some orange colored ones. The colors do not make any difference to the flavors but they sure look so pretty!

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Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Karachi Biscuits are not difficult to make but many of my readers have asked me to share tips on how to bake these cookies to perfection, basically tips and tricks ensure that the cookies do not spread as they bake. In my last 3-4 years experience of baking cookies, I’ve perfected a few important, yet easy tricks that I follow to ensure that the cookies never spread as a rule!

  1. Butter – use a good quality unsalted butter. Do not whip the butter and sugar more than necessary and incorporate unnecessary air into it. We do not want the cookies to rise. Hence, just mix the butter and sugar just enough until they have incorporated with each other.
  2. Sugar – In my learnings, trial and errors, I’ve come to the conclusion that using icing sugar in most recipes that clearly call for powdered sugar works better than regular powdered sugar or superfine casting sugar. The reason is that the superfine sugar melts quickly and that cause the cookies to spread. Thus, I use icing sugar in most recipes.
  3. Baking sheet – Never butter the baking sheet. Line it with greaseproof parchment paper or even silicon sheet. This ensures that the minimum grease because grease causes the cookies to spread quickly.
  4. Chill – Anything that contains butter and stays at room temperature is going to melt and spread around when in contact of heat. It’s always advisable to chill the cookie dough (like bourbon biscuits) or the log (in case of slice and bake cookies) thoroughly before baking. The longer you can chill, the better! Even if they are cut out cookies like sugar cookies, please chill them for 3-4 hours after cutting them out and before baking them.
  5. Temperature – Preheat the oven at a good, high temperature because that high temperature ensures that the cookies sets in the first 5 minutes of the baking time and spreads less while baking. The reason is that, when the oven is set at a lower temperature to preheat and bake, this low temperature gives the butter in the cookies a longer time to melt and spread in the oven.
  6. Measuring the ingredients – This is very crucial. Ingredients must be measured correctly for the best results. One can’t blame a recipe if the ingredients aren’t measured correctly. I use a weighing scale when necessary or standard measuring cups when the recipe specifies ingredients in cups. Keep a set of measuring spoons handy for ingredients like baking powder, soda, etc. which can actually make or break any recipe!

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I believe these tips should tide you over as they have helped me too. It is inevitable that in the initials days of baking cookies, they may spread. That mustn’t scare you or put you off. Invest in good quality parchment paper, baking sheets and most importantly – ingredients. Buy quality ingredients as they will disappoint you far fewer times in your attempts to bake.

Let’s get you baking.

Measure and set aside the flour, custard powder and the cardamom powder.

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Take butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, cream them together just until they are mixed together.
Do not over beat them to incorporate ant air into these ingredients.

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Then add the Tutti Frutti and vanilla extract.
Mix it these well then add the flour.
Mix them well with a light hand and bring them together to make a ball.
Use 1-2 tbsp. of milk only if you are unable to make a round ball.
The dough doesn’t need to be kneaded, just bring it together. The mixture is very soft and pliable.
Now, take the dough on some cling wrap and roll it well to give it the shape of a thick log.

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Wrap the log well and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. I refrigerated the log for about 48 hours.
In the meantime, preheat your oven @165’C for about 10 minutes.
Line your baking tray with some parchment paper.
Remove the chilled log of dough from the refrigerator and cut it in about 1/4th inch slices.
Place them slightly apart on the lined baking tray.

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Bake them for 12-15 minutes @165’C using the lower rods.
Remove the tray from the oven & let it cool on the baking tray itself for about 15 minutes, then cool the cookies on a cooling rack until they are completely cooled.
The cookies are soft when you remove them from the oven but they crisp up as they cool down. You can store these in airtight containers for 2-3 days.

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Tutti Frutti Cookies/ Karachi Biscuits

Prep Time: 3 hours, 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: 15 medium cookies

Karachi Bakery Style fruit biscuits are egg free, crumbly, crisp and absolutely melt in the mouth! The best accompaniment to your tea or coffee that are generously dotted with candied fruits.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Maida/ APF
  • 2 tbsp. custard powder of any flavor (I used vanilla)
  • 1/4 + 2 tbsp. icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted softened butter
  • 1/8 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence
  • 1/2 cup of mixed Tutti Frutti
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk (optional, to be used only to make a smooth dough)

Instructions

  1. Measure and set aside the flour, custard powder and the cardamom powder.
  2. Take butter and sugar in a mixing bowl, cream them together just until they are mixed together.
  3. Do not over beat them to incorporate ant air into these ingredients.
  4. Then add the tutti Frutti and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix it these well then add the flour.
  6. Mix them well with a light hand and bring them together to make a ball.
  7. Use 1-2 tbsp. of milk only if you are unable to make a round ball.
  8. The dough doesn't need to be kneaded, just bring it together. The mixture is very soft and pliable.
  9. Now, take the dough on some cling wrap and roll it well to give it the shape of a thick log.
  10. Wrap the log well and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours. I refrigerated the log for about 48 hours.
  11. In the meantime, preheat your oven @165'C for about 10 minutes.
  12. Line your baking tray with some parchment paper.
  13. Remove the chilled log of dough from the refrigerator and cut it in about 1/4th inch slices.
  14. Place them slightly apart on the lined baking tray. Bake them for 12-15 minutes @165'C using the lower rods.
  15. Remove the tray from the oven & let it cool on the baking tray itself for about 15 minutes, then cool the cookies on a cooling rack until they are completely cooled.
  16. The cookies are soft when you remove them from the oven but they crisp up as they cool down. You can store these in airtight containers for 2-3 days.

Notes

Please note that baking time may vary as every oven is different, so time the oven accordingly. The cookies turn slightly golden around the edges as they are ready, so remove them from the oven as per the color.

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Love,

Shreya💓

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Tehri/ Tahri

If you are a North Indian, you will be very familiar with Tehri/ Tahri☺️..it’s a famous winter staple. We specially wait for all kinds of fresh winter produce to go ahead and make this! It’s my absolute favourite variety among all rice preparations👌👌😁

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It’s such a rustic combination of freshest veggies…some fragrant spices and rice! I believe it can be anyone’s favourite one-pot meal….soul food for me though! I usually have it with some Raita & Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney.…a really fabulous combo…

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I always follow my Mom’s delicious recipe….I make no changes! Doesn’t need any…it’s just too good😘

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 2-3

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, a lid for the wok.

Ingredients:

1 cup basmati rice (washed & soaked for approx 20 mins)

2 cups cleaned, dried & roughly cubed mixed veggies (I use carrots, peas, potato, paneer, French beans, cauliflower, etc….anything you like)

1 cup sliced onions

1 nos. slit green chilli

1 tsp ginger paste

a handful of mixed whole spices – an inch piece of cinnamon stick, 2-3 black cardamom, 2-3 green cardamom, 1 bay leaf, 2-4 cloves, 4-5 black peppercorns.

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbsp each of coriander & cumin pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

water as needed to cook the rice

salt to taste

3 tbsp refined oil + 1 tbsp pure ghee

chopped coriander leaves to garnish.

Method:

Heat oil & ghee in the wok. Then add all the whole spices, Jeera & hing. Let these splutter for a few mins. Then add the slit green chilli & sliced onions. Sauté until the onions turn golden brown. Then add the cubed veggies, salt & other spices mentioned above along with Garam masala & ginger paste. Mix well and cook for 7-8 mins on medium flame.

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Then add the soaked rice. Keep sautéing for a couple of mins. Then add enough water so that it just covers the top of the rice and veggies but not too much. Mix well. Cover and cook for about 8-10 mins. Open the cover and give it a stir. The water will have been absorbed by now, turn off the flame, cover and let it rest for 5 mins before it serving piping hot! Garnish with some chopped coriander leaves and a dash of lime juice!

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Give it a try…and you will love it!

Love,

Shreya💞

P.S. Non- Vegetarians can add chicken/meat in place of veggies and follow the same recipe…you will end up with a great one-pot meal!

Bread Pizza Recipe/ Instant Pizza

Bread Pizza is rustled up for weekend breakfasts very often at my place! It’s so yummy and very quick😉 Perfect for those lazy Sunday mornings 😴 
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It’s full of veggies and healthy stuff…hence, my hubby & I don’t mind a bit of cheese over it! Although you can add a lot more cheese…it’s up to you. And as I call it Instant, I don’t really wait for the cheese to melt…in fact I kind of prefer the half melted cheesy strands/ chunks in every bite 😋😋 …it’s simply droolicious! Lol! 😺

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Also, I use brown bread for making these so it’s really not unhealthy in any way….and makes for a great party snacks or snack box idea for kids. Besides, you can make a non-veg version by adding some blanched chicken/ lamb meat, etc…the possibilities are infinite👌 however, you can try the same on proper pizza base too!

Here is the recipe..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: baking tray, aluminium sheet, measuring cups/ spoons, a saucepan, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

For pizza sauce:

2 cup chopped tomato

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped garlic

1/2 tbsp mixed Italian herbs (oregano, basil, thyme, etc.)

1/2 tbsp chilly flakes

1/2 tsp crushed black peppercorns

1/2 tsp degi mirch

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp tomato ketchup

1 tbsp butter

1 tsp oil

salt to taste

For the base:

6-8 slices of brown/ white bread

1/2 tbsp butter

For topping:

1+1/2 cup chopped/ sliced veggies (capsicum, red or yellow bell pepper, sweet corn, mushroom, baby corn, spinach, etc..)

grated mozzarella cheese/ pizza cheese as needed

mixed Italian herbs as needed

Method for sauce:

Heat butter and oil in a saucepan, then add chopped onions and garlic and sauté them until the onions turn golden brown. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and season with salt & crushed black pepper. Also, add turmeric pwd and degi mirch. Cover and cook for a few mins, until the tomatoes are cooked well.

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Then add Italian herbs and chilli flakes. Cook for a further 5-7 mins. Lastly, add ketchup, mix well. Turn off the flame. The sauce is ready. Keep it aside to cool a bit. If you like, you can blend the sauce a bit, but I don’t. We like the sauce slightly chunky.

I usually add the chopped veggies in the warm sauce before spreading the pizza sauce on the bread. You can do the same too.

Assembling the bread pizza:

Preheat the oven @ 180’c and line the baking tray with aluminium foil.

Take a slice of bread, spread some butter. Then add the pizza sauce which has the veggies too. Sprinkle some grated cheese & herbs.

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Place the prepared bread slices on the baking tray and bake them for 10 mins @ 180’c using the upper and lower heating rods together or until the cheese melts. Remove from the oven and cool for 2 mins on the cooling rack. Serve hot with some ketchup/ mayonnaise 😬

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If you like these…you could try some Cheesy Garlic Bread 😊

Love,

Shreya💖

️Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

Christmas to me means beutifully decorated trees…snow…red..green..white…golden! The colours that dominate and spell Christmas for me! & a chubby Santa of course!! 🎄🎄🎅🎁🎉🎊❄️⛄️😊🌟

It’s the time to be..happy…joyful…and much more! Since I attended a Catholic School…I was always looking forward to Christmas…and all the fun it brought along with it! We’d sing carols and decorate the entire school premises and the tree! I miss those days…☺️

But since we don’t get to see snow where I live… I have made my peace with it! 😉 but I wanted to set the mood going for Christmas…and wanted to make something sweet…but not necessarily ‘baked’! Hence, I zeroed in on these Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

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Its a very straightforward cookie to put together…slightly fudgy & chewy…oats give that lovely texture…and peanut butter makes it so morish😋… but it’s not crunchy as it’s not baked! It can make a great gift for friends & family too😀 🎁 or a Christmas project for your kids!

Yield: 12 medium cookies

Equipment: a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a plate/ tray, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp butter (I used unsalted)

2 tbsp cocoa pwd

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Saffola)

1 +1/4 cup oats (I used Quaker)

Method:

In a saucepan, add milk, sugar, cocoa pwd & butter. Cook these together on medium flame until the sugar melts and ip the mixture comes to  a boil. Let it boil for just 1 min. Turn off the flame, cool it for 2 mins. Then add the vanilla extract, peanut butter & oats. Mix everything well. Then take a steel plate/ tray, and take some mixture in your palms and give it any shape of your choice.

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Do this for the entire batch of mixture. Let the cookies sit in the refrigerator for 30 mins before serving.😉😄😄 that’s it! Your yummy cookies are ready👍

You can store it in the refrigerator for upto a week. And if it’s cold enough in your part of the world, you can just keep them at room temperature too!

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Let the festive spirit set in with these little bites of heaven!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Family Food Fun.

Samosa/ Banarasi Samosa Chaat

I don’t think there is anybody who doesn’t like ‘Garama-Garam Samosas’!! ❤️❤️…my personal favourite among all the ‘desi’ snacks!! 

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Crispy…golden brown….& piping hot. Stuffed it’s some spicy potatoes & green peas. Earthy flavours within a light, flaky outer coating! 😬

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These flavours are once again, typical from my family’s hometown..’Varanasi’/ ‘Banaras’ and are smaller in size as you can see. They are made in almost the same way all over U.P. and the adjoining areas. Flavours of Garam Masala & asafoetida (hing) are very dominant. Besides, we don’t add peanuts or raisins in the stuffing. But you can do so if you like😊

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And then…comes the Chaat! 😜😜😜 Benarasi Chaat is very famous…and the flavours are unbeatable😁😁’Chaat Bhandaars’ (shops) dot the map of this Holy City🙏 So when it comes to samosas…they add lots of tang and flavour to it…chickpea curry (Mattra), chutneys…chopped onions, some broken Sev top the samosa👌👌😋 it’s finger-licking good☺️☺️

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Doesn’t this make you drool!? My Mom makes the best Samosas and Banarasi Samosa Chaat..and today I am sharing her recipe here…😄

Let’s start the recipe..

️Yield: 12 medium samosas

Equipment: a wok, a pan, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, a slotted ladle, extra spoons & plates as needed, a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cup Maida (APF)

2 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp ajwain (carrom seeds)

salt to taste

water as needed

Method:

Mix all the ingredients except the water in a bowl. Rub the ghee with the Maida for at least 10 mins as this gives very good, flaky samosa. The texture will resemble breadcrumbs. Then add little water at a time and make a semi-stiff dough. Let it sit let for a minimum of 30 mins.

For the stuffing:

3 nos. boiled and chopped potatoes

1 cup green peas

1/2 tsp hing

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp each of coriander pwd, cumin pwd (Jeera pwd), red chilly pwd, Garam masala.

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of turmeric pwd

salt to taste

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, add hing & cumin seeds. Once they splatter, then add the potatoes and green peas. Sauté for 5 mins. Then add the dry masalas and season with salt. Cook for 5 mins. Turn off the flame. Add coriander leaves & mix well. Let the stuffing cool completely before proceeding ahead.

Assembling the samosa:

Make a lemon sized ball of the dough…divide the dough similarly. Now roll each ball to a thickness of about 3mm. Not more. Cut the the rolled dough into two half circles. Make a cone of each half. Seal it carefully. Add the stuffing into the cone…about 1 tbsp in each cone or little more.

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Then close the third side of the cone well. Use some water to seal the dough well. Repeat for all the dough. Keep aside for 20 mins before frying them.

Next, heat enough oil in a wok to fry the samosas. Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame and drop 2-3 samosas into the oil. Deep fry them at low flame to get crispy & well cooked samosas.

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Once done, remove from the oil & drain on some tissues. Serve them piping hot with dips/ chutney of your choice☺️

Now…if you are want to serve it as a Chaat

Ingredients for the Mattra:

1 cup dry, white chickpeas

3 cup water

salt to taste

1 tsp roasted Jeera pwd

1 tsp Deggi mirch

1/2 tsp chaat masala

Method:

Soak the chickpeas for 5-6 hours. Then add the soaked chickpeas in a pressure cooker with some salt & 3 cups of water. Cook for 4-5 whistles. Let the steam release on its own. Then add the other masalas mentioned above and mix well. That’s it.

Plating for the Chaat:

Take 2-3 samosas, break them into pieces. Add the mattra, chopped onions, Sev, tamarind chutney, green chutney & chopped coriander leaves over the pieces of samosa. Squeeze some lime juice! That’s it…enjoy it warm😊😊

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Well…I am drooling again! So it’s time I go and gorge on some of this awesome food! 😜

Love,

Shreya💕

Do check out authentic Litti Chokha too!

 Litti Chokha Bhune Tamatar ki Chutney aur Dhaniya Lehsun ki Chutney

Litti Chokha is a very common street food in Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh too! And we basically hail from U.P….so it’s obvious that our love for this kind authentic food is very strong😁

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I remember visiting my Grandma’s place during winters…sitting On the terrace and enjoying the chilly weather while my Granny and my aunts would make these yummy Littis and Chokha..so warm and full of flavour!

Spicy chutneys would accompany them…Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney and a fiery Dhaniya aur Lehsun ki Chutney! I can’t forget the flavours..the filling of the Litti would be so rustic and earthy. Every bite would taste different 👌☺️

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These recipes have been in my family for ages and are passed on to every generation! Although the recipe is pretty much the same in every family in the region.

Here’s my Mother’s recipe which she learnt from her Mother..my Granny😘 …I am sure you will love it.

Yield: serves 2-3 persons (8-9 Litti)

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, 3-4 extra mixing bowls, ladles and spatulas, a pair of tongs, a wired roasting rack, a baking tray, a cooling rack.

Ingredients for Litti:

2 cup wholewheat flour

Salt to taste

2 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp carrom seeds (ajwain)

Water as required to knead the dough

Method:

Take all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the ghee and mix everything well. Then using little water at a time, make a semi stuff dough. Cover it and set it aside while we continue with the stuffing.

Ingredients for Stuffing:

1 cup sattu (roasted chickpea flour, available in stores. But we use only homemade)

Salt to taste

Oil from mango pickle to taste

1 tbsp chopped green chillies

1 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp lemon juice

A pinch of hing (asafoetida)

3 tbsp raw mustard oil (use any other oil if you like, but mustard oil gives the authentic taste)

1/2 tsp grated ginger

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients well in a bowl. Set it aside for the sattu to absorb the flavours.

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Assemble the Litti:

Divide the dough in equal parts. Flatten each part a bit and fill a tbsp orso of the filling like we do for Parathas. Make sure the outer layer isn’t too thick else it won’t cook through. Seal the Litti well. Repeat for the entire batch of dough. Set the stuffed Litti aside. You can cook them in a Tandoor. But I do it this way…check the below pic…it’s self explanatory. Cook all the Littis this way on each side for about 4-5 mins in low flame.

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That’s the Litti done! 👌👌

Ingredients for Chokha:

3 nos. boiled, peeled & mashed potatoes

Salt to taste

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped green chilli

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tbsp mustard oil (use it raw, or heat it well…cool & then add it)

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set it aside. It’s always served at room temperature. Not hot.

Ingredients for Bhune Tamatar ki Chutney:

4 nos. tomato (roasted)

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tsp chopped green chilli (roasted)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

2 tbsp mustard oil (use it raw or heat it well…then cool & add it)

Method:

You can roast the tomatoes in the tandoor or open flame (my mom does it on an open flame). I do it in the oven, so preheat the oven to 200’c. Prick the tomatoes a few times, apply oil on them ..do the same with one green chilli too. Place these on a greased or foil lined baking tray. Bake for 35 mins using both upper and lower heating coils/ rods at 200’c.

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Cool them well, remove the peel from the tomatoes. Mash them roughly, chop the roasted chill too. Mix tomatoes with all the other ingredients well. Set it aside. Chutney is ready. (The roasted garlic is not used in this chutney, but do roast some. We will need it soon. Also, remove the green chilli & garlic pods within 15 of the baking time to avoid burning them. Continue to roast the tomatoes for the rest of the time)

Ingredients for Dhaniya aur Lehsun ki Chutney:

1+1/2 cup clean and chopped coriander leaves

4-5 nos roasted and peeled garlic

1 nos chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 cup sliced onion

Salt to taste

1-2 tbsp water

1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

Grind all the ingredients in a blender, except the lemon juice. Add the juice post the chutney is ready. Mix well. That’s it!

(My Granny always made the chutney on a Sil-Batta, ‘Sil’ is a traditional stone board and the ‘Batta’ is a heavy stone batten which crushes the ingredients…you get an awesome taste of the traditionally pounded chutney 😊)

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Now, serve these together as shown in the pic below along with some onions and mooli (radish) and some green chillies..👌👌😋 break open a Litti…put some Choka over it..and dip it in the Chutneys..and do not forget to bite into one of the chillies…I am drooling again😜

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Hope you liked this traditional touch from my kitchen….it’s a must try for everyone….😀
Love,

Shreya💗

Paneer Bhurji/ Paneer Pav Bhaji/ How to make Paneer Bhurji

Paneer Bhurji happens to one of my many quick fixes during weekdays…like Besan Wale Shimla Mirch Aloo😬 Also, it happens to be my hubby’s and my favourite! We both enjoy this for breakfast with some toast or even for lunch or dinner with hot Phulkas or Paratha! Such a great combo…served with some sliced onions and a squeeze of lime juice..👌👌😋 

This one even gets packed for his lunch box! At times, I stuff the leftovers between two slices of Wholewheat bread, toast it and slather the sandwich with some spicy garlic chutney! Another way you can serve it is by pairing it with some warm, buttered Pav, like Paneer Pav Bhaji…because the ingredients are the same😉😉

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My mom makes a very delicious version of this Bhurji, but my version is slightly different. Actually you can also make egg Bhurji using this recipe! You will hardly take 30 mins to prepare this …let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

200 gms paneer (cottage cheese)

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos tomato finely chopped

1 nos capsicum finely chopped

2 tsp green chilly-ginger-garlic paste (ggg paste)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp degi mirch pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp roasted cumin pwd (bhuna Jeera)

1/4 tsp coriander pwd

1 tbsp pav bhaji masala

salt to taste

chopped coriander leaves as needed

1/4 tsp lemon juice

2 tbsp oil/ butter (I usually use butter😁)

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

Method:

Crumble paneer properly and set it aside.

Heat oil in the wok, add hing next. Let it sizzle for a minute, add the onions next. Let the onions sauté for for 2-3 mins so that they turn translucent. Then add ggg paste and again cook it for 2 mins. Add the capsicum and all the dry spices except pav bhaji masala. Also, season with salt. Sauté these together for the next 5 mins or until the capsicum turns soft. Then add the tomatoes and Pav bhaji masala.

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Sauté for 5 mins, the tomatoes should be cooked and turn soft and pulpy. Add the crumbled paneer and mix well. Mash the paneer with the masalas nicely. Cook covered for about 2-3 mins. Turn off flame, add coriander leaves and some lemon juice 👌👌 that’s it! Ready…enjoy!

You can also try my Pav Bhaji recipe!

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Common, try this out soon…you will love the lip smacking flavours!

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Tarla Dalal

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri is flaky, crispy and mildly flavored savory snack that is particularly made in the Northern states of India. Other states have different versions of this delight but I’m partial towards this version. Mathri is usually made during Diwali festivities and it is served along side all the sweets and other yummies 🙂 

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri is very easy to make but needs some practice and a bit of skill. It is most crucial to make the perfect dough. If the dough id perfect, 70% of this battle is won, as Mom says!! The rest 30% lies in the patience one has while frying these babies.

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri if made correctly, should be light golden in color, super flaky and must, absolutely must melt in your mouth as you bite into one. That is the trait of the perfect North Indian Style Khasti Mathri. Anything less, and it is a no go. Although it may taste good but the signature features make it so distinguished. I’ve learnt this recipe from a total pro, my Mom!! I simply follow her recipe and tips, never failed at making them just like hers 🙂

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri must be very flaky and as you can see in the picture, it has those perfect flaky layers. The flakiness makes this snack so much more delicious. About the flavor, we like ours mild and not too fussy but one can add flavors of their choice.

Always remember to keep the salt light because it is not supposed to be super salty. It is barely salted and the major flavor comes from the ghee/ clarified butter. Anyways let us make some Khasti Mathri.

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri

Take all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add warm ghee.

Now rub these ingredients together for 10-15 minutes,, they should resemble breadcrumb like texture.

This will make the Mathri Khasti. Once that’s done, add water little by little to make stiff dough.

Knead the dough for a few mins, cover it & set it aside for 15 minutes.

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After 15 minutes, knead the dough again for 2 minutes. Then divide the dough to make equal sized balls.

Using a rolling pin, roll them to a thickness of 1/2″ and prick them all over with a knife on both sides.

Repeat this step for the entire batch of dough. Next, heat sufficient oil a wok to fry.

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Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame to low and start frying 2-3 Mathri at a time.

Do not fry on high flame, the Mathri won’t crisp up & will be raw from inside as well.

Once they turn golden brown on both sides, remove from the oil & drain on kitchen tissues. Repeat for the entire batch of the rolled Mathri. 

Cool them completely before storing in air tight containers. They keep well for 8-10 days.

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri

Khasti Mathri/ How to make Khasti Mathri

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 12-15 mathris

Khasti Mathri is a crunchy, flaky and melt in the mouth yummy savory snack that goes well with tea/ coffee. They are made in all households during festivals as well.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms APF (Maida)
  • salt to taste
  • 8 tbsp. warm ghee
  • 1 tbsp. nigella seeds (kalonji, you can use any other spices or masala as per your choice)
  • water as needed (I used about 1/4 cup)
  • oil to fry

Instructions

  1. Take all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add warm ghee.
  2. Now rub these ingredients together for 10-15 minutes,, they should resemble breadcrumb like texture.
  3. This will make the Mathri Khasti. Once that's done, add water little by little to make stiff dough.
  4. Knead the dough for a few mins, cover it & set it aside for 15 minutes.
  5. After 15 minutes, knead the dough again for 2 minutes. Then divide the dough to make equal sized balls.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll them to a thickness of 1/2" and prick them all over with a knife on both sides.
  7. Repeat this step for the entire batch of dough. Next, heat sufficient oil a wok to fry.
  8. Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame to low and start frying 2-3 Mathri at a time.
  9. Do not fry on high flame, the Mathri won't crisp up & will be raw from inside as well.
  10. Once they turn golden brown on both sides, remove from the oil & drain on kitchen tissues. Repeat for the entire batch of the rolled Mathri.
  11. Cool them completely before storing in air tight containers. They keep well for 8-10 days.

Notes

Please ensure you follow the steps correctly to make them nice and flaky. Spend enough time on the dough because that is the key.

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Love,
Shreya

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