Category: Lunch Box

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars are made with just 6 basic ingredients and taste absolutely divine! They are chewy and are packed with so much flavor. Do try these today 🙂 

I am pretty sure it is much better to make these No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars at home rather than buying them. I prefer knowing what goes into them and I can personally control that. They are made with a big bunch of good for you ingredients. Bonus, no added sugar. Instead we have a natural sweetener. That is the beauty of home made goodies, they are safe and without preservatives. 😊

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars are perfect for snacking as they are delicious, they keep you full for so long and easy to carry along as well! They provide as lot of fiber from the nuts and seeds added. You can add any nuts, dry fruits, etc. of your choice. Anything works and they really do taste awesome.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These granola bars are so perfect because we needn’t bake them. Not everyone has a oven or the time to bake some. Having a fuss free stove top recipe really works like a charm. I, for one, am a big fan of granola bars. They keep me full and when I’m really hungry in the middle of the day, I simply have some of these. They work as a great snack for kids too or you can pack some in their lunch boxes.

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Let us make some yummy no bake granola bars!!

Grease a 8″ pan with some oil. set aside.

Puree the dates until smooth. Set that aside.

Heat the pan, add the oats and the puffed rice. Stir them around together until they are warm and slightly toasty.

Remove them from the pan and put them in a large mixing bowl.

Add roughly chopped smoked almonds to the warm oats and puffed rice. (you can use regular almonds too, just heat them as well in the pan until they nice and toasty).

No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

Next, heat together the peanut butter and the maple syrup until the butter melts. We do not have to cook these.

Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats mixture. Also add the dates puree.

Add desiccated coconut and mix everything well. You will have to mix these ingredients using your hands as the dates are too sticky.

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Now spread the mixture onto the greased tray. Again, using your hands, pat the mixture into the tray and flatten the top a bit.

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You can add the seeds and nuts, some dry fruits on the top and press them down so that they stick nice and good.

Set the tray in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into desired shapes/ sizes.

Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last more than about 3 weeks.

You can freeze them too but then you need to wrap each individual piece in some greaseproof parchment paper. You just need to keep it in room temperature for about 2-3 hours to thaw them before consumption. They will last more than a month if frozen.

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No Bake Granola Bars | Vegan & Gluten free | Stove Top Granola Bars

These Granola Bars are made with just 6 basic ingredients and taste absolutely divine! They are chewy and are packed with so much flavor.

Prep Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8 large bars
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 200 gms seedless dates
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup use honey if not vegan
  • 3 tbsp puffed rice or rice krispies
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4 cup smoked almonds roughly chopped
  • 1.5 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • pumpkin seeds, cranberry, raisins, etc. as topping, optional

Instructions

  1. Grease a 8" pan with some oil. set aside.
  2. Puree the dates until smooth. Set that aside.
  3. Heat the pan, add the oats and the puffed rice. Stir them around together until they are warm and slightly toasty.
  4. Remove them from the pan and put them in a large mixing bowl.

  5. Add roughly chopped smoked almonds to the warm oats and puffed rice. (you can use regular almonds too, just heat them as well in the pan until they nice and toasty).
  6. Next, heat together the peanut butter and the maple syrup until the butter melts. We do not have to cook these.

  7. Add the melted peanut butter and maple syrup to the oats mixture. Also add the dates puree.

  8. Add desiccated coconut and mix everything well.

  9. You will have to mix these ingredients using your hands as the dates are too sticky.

  10. Now spread the mixture onto the greased tray.

  11. Again, using your hands, pat the mixture into the tray and flatten the top a bit.

  12. You can add the seeds and nuts, some dry fruits on the top and press them down so that they stick nice and good.

  13. Set the tray in the freezer for 2 hours. Remove from the freezer and cut into desired shapes/ sizes.

  14. Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They last more than about 3 weeks.
  15. You can freeze them too but then you need to wrap each individual piece in some greaseproof parchment paper. You just need to keep it in room temperature for about 2-3 hours to thaw them before consumption. They will last more than a month if frozen.

Love,
Shreya

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Recipe is adapted from the Minimalist Baker.
Styling is inspired from Everyday Easy Eats. 

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I’ll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia. 

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe is basically very easy to put together. It is in principle like any other bread, only you add olive oil to the dough and the toppings of one’s choice on the top. I’ve decided to make this bread all vegan which is the ideal way to make a classic Focaccia bread. There is never any need to add butter or milk to the dough. I have used water to hydrate the dough along with generous helpings of olive oil which adds a beautiful flavor and aroma to the bread.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe has the most soft texture. It is super fluffy and extremely moist. All that olive oil does the magic. It gives the focaccia that beautiful crumb. Although I love dense focaccia as well but somehow the fluffy ones make me the happiest! Besides, they are so much more chewy. They have so much bite in them than their dense counterparts. You’ll agree with me once you’ve tried it my way 😉 Pair this bread with my Vegan & GF Mexican Vegetable soup for that perfect Fall evening.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe bakes beautifully to give the perfect crisp top. Thus accommodating just about any topping! They can range from veggies to fresh herbs or even fruits! You can play along with the flavors as you please. I’ve kept mine very minimal today just because I wanted to first share the basics of making the perfect Focaccia! Yes, I had received some requests for the same and hence I thought I should do a vegan version keeping in mind the dietary restrictions many of my readers have told me about.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

I’ll enlist a few pointers here which are crucial and help bake a beautiful bread, be it any bread. I’ve shared the same tips with my Homemade Laadi Mumbai Pav | Egg free Dinner Rolls recipe. That recipe is for the wins and tried and tested my so many!!

Yeast – I use active dry yeast which needs proving (that’s when you dissolve the yeast with warm liquid as mentioned in the recipe for 6-8 minutes). If you use instant yeast, then that can be added directly to the flour. Either of these ingredients are easily available and they both work just fine.

Flour – Bread flour is used in most recipes from the West, however I’ve not been able to find any around me so I simply use All Purpose Flour. Bread flour has more protein and hence churns out taller and chewier rolls/ breads. All Purpose Flour will give you slightly shorter and less chewy rolls/ breads but the taste will be excellent.

Hydration – The dough for any sort of rolls/ bread needs to be hydrated just enough to be slightly tacky (sticky), just barely though. Adding way too much flour can result in stiff dough which in turn make stiff, dry rolls/ breads.

Measurements – Just scoop out the flour with the measuring cup and level it flat. Always use some extra flour to knead th dough just incase if the dough becomes too sticky.

So just keep these pointers super handy and your breads/ rolls will rock!

Let us start with the Vegan Focaccia Recipe.

Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won’t bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn’t bloom, start again).

Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Grease a 7″ square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

The dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I’m in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don’t need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

Add the toppings of your choice.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210’c for 10 minutes.

Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

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Vegan Focaccia Recipe | No Knead Focaccia Bread Recipe

Focaccia Bread is a flat, oven baked Italian bread similar in texture and flavor to a pizza dough. Focaccia Bread can be served as a side to any main, along with soups, as a table bread or as a snack. Today I'll share a delicious vegan recipe for a classic Focaccia bread. 
Course Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8 squares
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp olive oil plus extra for greasing and topping
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp mixed Italian herbs dried, for topping
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes for topping
  • black olives, sliced capsicum for topping optional
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt for topping optional

Instructions

  1. Take 1/2 cup of warm water in a glass or bowl, add the yeast & sugar. Stir it lightly. Set it aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast bloom. (Note that if the water is too hot, the yeast won't bloom. So be careful with the water. If the yeast doesn't bloom, start again).

  2. Once the yeast has bloomed, in a large mixing bowl add the flour and salt. Give them a quick mix.

  3. To the flour and salt mixture, add olive oil and begin adding the bloomed yeast.

  4. Do not add all the yeast mixture at one go as we may end up with a very gluey and wet dough. Keep adding a little bit at a time and make a dough.

  5. Add the rest of the 1/2 cup of warm water too, slowly and keep kneading.

  6. We may not need all of the water, so use it as and when you feel the dough drying up. I did use the entire 1/2 cup of water. (this makes the dough quite sticky and gluey so be careful. If you have experience of handling such a sticky dough the please add the entire 1 cup of water. The added moisture in the dough gives a chewy bread). *Overall, I added the entire 1 cup of water the recipe calls for here.*

  7. The dough needs to be tacky and not extremely sticky. This is a no-knead bread so we are not going to knead it for more than 3-4 minutes on the work surface.

  8. Then put the dough back in a large greased mixing bowl, cover it with kitchen towel and set in a warm corner for the first proving.

  9. Grease a 7" square pan with some olive oil. Set it aside.

  10. he dough will have doubled in size in about an hour. If not, let it sit for another 25-30 minutes depending on what part of the world you live in. I'm in a fairly warm city and my dough almost tripled in 50 minutes.

  11. Punch down the dough ever so slightly. We don't need to deflate it or knead it again. Simply tip the dough into the greased baking tin and gently push it around the tin.

  12. Poke the dough slightly and drizzle more olive oil, sprinkle dried Italian herbs, red chili flakes and some sea salt.

  13. Add the toppings of your choice.

  14. Place the tin in a warm corner for the next 30 minutes for second proving.

  15. Meanwhile, preheat the oven at 210'c for 10 minutes.

  16. Bake the focaccia bread for 25-30 minutes. Every oven works differently so keep that in mind as the baking time may differ. So adjust the baking time accordingly.

  17. Once the bread has been baked, bring it out of the oven and let it cool down for a few minutes on a cooling rack before demolding the same. Once it has cooled down a bit, slice and serve.

Recipe Notes

Olive oil can be replaced with any other refined oil but olive oil will give the best flavor. 

 

 

Love,
Shreya

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is a refreshing take on a delicious and classic salad. It is crunchy, crisp and packed with freshness from the choicest ingredients. The dressing is nutty and so unique. If you love all things Mediterranean then this salad has to be tried, right !??

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is just the thing one needs to beat the heat. It is high on water content and keeps one super hydrated. Every bite is so refreshing. This salad is super quick too, perfect for lunch that keeps you nice and full for hours as it is full of protein. Pair this salad with any mains of your choice if you are looking for ideas for meal-preps.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is primarily made with chickpeas which are basically garbanzo beans. They are the same thing. Chickpeas have a mild nutty flavor on their own and absorb any flavor really well. I have used canned Chickpeas, however you can cook them at home and use those too.

How to cook your own Chickpeas? It’s super easy. I’ve share a quick recipe for the same here.

Soak a cup full of raw chickpeas for 6-7 hours in 4 cups of water. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with the same water for 3-4 whistles. Let the steam release on it’s own. Then drain the boiled chickpeas. Let them cool down for a bit and use as needed.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing has a whole lot of fresh cilantro (coriander) and I love the flavor. But you can replace this with some fresh dill or parsley. Whatever you use but do try using some fresh herbs and not dried.

Any leftovers from this salad can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days in an airtight box.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing has the most gorgeous dressing. It is nutty, mildly spiced and so tangy. The dressing works well with most salads but goes absolutely spot on with a chickpea salad!

Although you can dress this salad with a basic lemon vinaigrette or any dressing that you love! But do try this Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing. It’s the bomb!!

Let us make ourselves some salad!

For the Salad –

Soak a cup full of raw chickpeas for 6-7 hours in 4 cups of water. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with the same water for 3-4 whistles. Let the steam release on it’s own. Then drain the boiled chickpeas. (you can use canned too).

Wash, dry and slice cherry tomatoes into halves.

Wash, dry and finely slice the red onion.

Wash, dry and slice English cucumber into half moons.

Wash and roughly chop the fresh cilantro (coriander).

Take these ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the olives.

Toss these together. Set aside.

For the dressing –

In a small bottle, take tahini paste, add lemon juice, salt, pepper, minced garlic, some water and a dash of maple syrup or honey instead.

Close the lid of the bottle, shake well and the dressing is ready!

Assemble –

Drizzle the dressing over the chickpeas and the veggies and toss again. The salad is ready to serve!

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Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad | Vegan & GF Tahini Dressing is a refreshing take on a delicious and classic salad. It is crunchy, crisp and packed with freshness from the choicest ingredients. The dressing is nutty and so unique. If you love all things Mediterranean then this salad has to be tried! 

Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Salad

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 nos. english cucumbers
  • 1 nos. large red onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro/ coriander leaves dill/ parsley work too
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • 1 cup chickpeas

For the Dressing

  • 1/2 cup tahini paste
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp plain water
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

For the Salad

  1. Soak a cup full of raw chickpeas for 6-7 hours in 4 cups of water. Pressure cook the soaked chickpeas with the same water for 3-4 whistles. Let the steam release on it's own. Then drain the boiled chickpeas. (you can use canned too).
  2. Wash, dry and slice cherry tomatoes into halves.

  3. Wash, dry and finely slice the red onion. 

  4. Wash, dry and slice English cucumber into half moons.

  5. Wash and roughly chop the fresh cilantro (coriander). 

  6. Take these ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the olives.

  7. Toss these together. Set aside.

For the Dressing

  1. In a small bottle, take tahini paste, add lemon juice, salt, pepper, minced garlic, some water and a dash of maple syrup or honey instead. 
  2. Close the lid of the bottle, shake well and the dressing is ready!

Assemble

  1. Drizzle the dressing over the chickpeas and the veggies and toss again.
  2. The salad is ready to serve!

Recipe Notes

You can add pecans or walnuts for some extra crunch to this salad. 

Love,
Shreya

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Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are light and delicious option for breakfast or a light meal. Pack these in lunch boxes as well as they are very filling as they are made with mixed lentils. They are a delicacy in Andhra Pradesh, often served with coconut chutney.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes 

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are very crispy owing to the different lentils added. They have a really nice taste since the lentils have very distinct flavors and when ground together, so these crepes turn too yummy! The best part here is that the batter for the Pesarattu or crepes does not need to be fermented. Just soak the lentils for 4-5 hours and grind them to a smooth paste.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes taste lovely with any kind of dip or relish. I’ve served these with Udupi Style white coconut chutney, at times with basic green coconut chutney . They taste amazing with some red tomato onion chutney as well. Try pairing these with Tiffin Sambhar (instant Veggie and lentil stew).

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

The batter made for Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. The batter stays fresh and doesn’t thicken over a period of time. So it is perfect for meal planning as well. Keep the batter ready along with some of the chutneys. It will sort your weekday worries for breakfast or lunch box.

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Let us make some Andhra Pradesh/ Telangana state special breakfast Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes!

Pesarattu-

Wash and soak the rice and lentils together for 4-5 hours.

Drain the water after 4-5 hours.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Grind these together with ginger, fresh coriander leaves green chilies, cumin seeds and very little water. The batter should be smooth without any lumps. Then season it with salt and mix well.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Keep the batter aside for just 10-15 minutes while you prep the onions, etc.

Heat the griddle/ tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and wipe it off with some damp kitchen paper. The griddle/ tawa will sizzle, that means it is ready for making Pesarattu/ crepes.

Pour a ladleful of the batter on the griddle/ tawa and spread it really well. Scrap off any extra batter on the top.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

Then open the lid and pour a few drops of oil (optional).
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Then sprinkle red chili powder, some chopped onion, chopped green chilies and a bit of lemon juice.
Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Do not flip the Pesarattu/ crepe. Just fold and serve piping hot.

I have served with Green coconut chutney and pink coconut chutney.

Pink Coconut chutney/ relish-

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, tamarind pulp, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes

Pesarattu | Vegan and Gluten free Lentil Crepes are light and delicious option for breakfast or a light meal. Pack these in lunch boxes as well as they are very filling as they are made with mixed lentils. They are a delicacy in Andhra Pradesh, often served with coconut chutney.
Course Breakfast, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Pesarattu

  • 1/4 cup split yellow lentils dhooli moong dal
  • 1/4 cup whole green lentils akhi moong dal
  • 1/4 cup rice any variety
  • salt to taste
  • 2 nos. green chilies
  • 1 inch ginger
  • handful of fresh coriander leaves
  • 2-3 tbsp lemon juice for garnishing
  • chopped green chili for garnishing
  • red chili powder for garnishing
  • chopped onion for garnishing

Pink Coconut Chutney/ relish

  • 1/2 cup fresh coconut grated
  • salt to taste
  • 2-3 nos. whole red chilies
  • 2 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • water as needed

Tempering

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a sprig of curry leaves
  • a pinch of asafoetida

Instructions

Pesarattu

  1. Wash and soak the rice and lentils together for 4-5 hours.

  2. Drain the water after 4-5 hours.

  3. Grind these together with ginger, fresh coriander leaves green chilies, cumin seeds and very little water. The batter should be smooth without any lumps. Then season it with salt and mix well.

  4. Keep the batter aside for just 10-15 minutes while you prep the onions, etc.

  5. Heat the griddle/ tawa. Pour a few drops of oil and wipe it off with some damp kitchen paper. The griddle/ tawa will sizzle, that means it is ready for making Pesarattu/ crepes.

  6. Pour a ladleful of the batter on the griddle/ tawa and spread it really well. Scrap off any extra batter on the top.

  7. Cover with a lid and cook on low flame for 4-5 minutes.

  8. Then open the lid and pour a few drops of oil (optional).

  9. Then sprinkle red chili powder, some chopped onion, chopped green chilies and a bit of lemon juice.

  10. Do not flip the Pesarattu/ crepe. Just fold and serve piping hot.

  11. I have served with Green coconut chutney and pink coconut chutney.

Pink Coconut Chutney

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, tamarind pulp, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.  


Temper

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. 

  2. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

Love,
Shreya

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Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

 

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe is vegan, very delicious and one of the most popular Indo Chinese dishes one can find in restaurants and cafes. It’s quite spicy and has a ton of flavor which makes it so appetizing. I am sharing the recipe for veg Manchurian in gravy today.  🙂

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe is nearly everyone’s favorite whether they are non vegetarians or pure vegetarians! I guess it has a lot to do with the flavor bomb that is this dish. This Indo Chinese dish is loaded with ginger, garlic, etc. which add so much aroma and pungency to the overall preparation.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe has these little deep fried balls made with mix vegetables and some aromatics. These little balls are actually super addictive on their own and I do indulge in chomping on a few before adding them to the gravy 😉 Lol!! These balls are absolutely delicious, no need for some sauce or anything. Besides, making them is really easy and straightforward.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe,Veg Fried Rice | How to make Veg Fried Rice | GF & Vegan

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe tastes the best when paired with this super easy and my go to recipe for Veg Fried Rice which is vegan and gluten free. It is a match made in heaven, well in the Indo Chinese heaven actually, but it is what it is! I can practically live on this combo forever!

Anyways, coming to that delicious, tangy gravy – it is super simple! Not the kind of gravy where you spend hours by the stove. It is the instant kind and the most addictive kind! The little fried veggie balls soak up the gravy so well and become kind of saucy. Bite into one of the bliss balls with some rice, oh it is food coma! A kind of coma most of us love. This gravy Manchurian also goes so well with my vegan + gf Veg Schezwan Noodles. Try this, you wont regret it 😉

To be honest, this combination of Manchurian and noodles has been a favorite since college days. I’d always order for this if eating out with friends and I’d never tire of it. Like never!

Anyways, let’s get cooking.

For the veg balls:
Squeeze the water from the shredded cabbage until it’s dry. To that, add the other veggies.

Add the corn flour and the APF. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the soya sauce, ginger garlic paste next and mix well until everything comes together to make a moist dough.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Make lemon sized balls and set them aside.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Once it is hot, reduce the flame to medium and fry the veg balls until golden brown and crispy.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Do not fry them on high flame as they will remain undercooked from within.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Set them aside while we make the gravy.

For the gravy:

Heat oil in a wok. Once it nice and hot, add chopped spring onion whites, ginger and garlic. Stir them for 1-2 minutes.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Next, add the chopped capsicum, red chili sauce, vinegar and soya sauce. Mix well.

Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Add the corn flour and water slurry next. Stir well and ensure there are no lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let the gravy come to a boil.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Once it has come to a boil and thickened, add the fried veggie balls and mix well.

Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Veg Manchurian recipe | How to make Veg Manchurian | Manchurian recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8 -10 lemon sized vg balls

Veg Manchurian is delicious and so easy to make. Pair it with some fried rice or noodles and make a complete meal of it!!

Ingredients

    For the veg balls:
  • 1/4 cup each of shredded cabbage, chopped capsicum and shredded carrots
  • 3 tbsp. all purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp. corn flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • oil to fry
  • For the gravy:
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. each of chopped ginger and garlic
  • 2 tbsp. chopped spring onion whites
  • 2 tbsp. chopped capsicum
  • 1 tbsp. red chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour mixed with 1/2 cup water to make a slurry
  • 1 tbsp. chopped spring onion greens to garnish

Instructions

    For the veg balls:
  1. Squeeze the water from the shredded cabbage until it's dry. To that, add the other veggies.
  2. Add the corn flour and the APF. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the soya sauce, ginger garlic paste next and mix well until everything comes together to make a moist dough.
  4. Make lemon sized balls and set them aside.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a wok. Once it is hot, reduce the flame to medium and fry the veg balls until golden brown and crispy.
  6. Do not fry them on high flame as they will remain undercooked from within.
  7. Set them aside while we make the gravy.
  8. For the gravy:
  9. Heat oil in a wok. Once it nice and hot, add chopped spring onion whites, ginger and garlic. Stir them for 1-2 minutes.
  10. Next, add the chopped capsicum, red chili sauce, vinegar and soya sauce. Mix well.
  11. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  12. Add the corn flour and water slurry next. Stir well and ensure there are no lumps. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix well and let the gravy come to a boil.
  13. Once it has come to a boil and thickened, add the fried veggie balls and mix well.
  14. Garnish with spring onion greens and serve hot.

Notes

You can add chopped green chilies in veg balls if you wish. Tastes best when hot and fresh.

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is one of the most popular snacks from Gujarat, typically made in the winters when the markets are a flood with fresh pigeon peas or Toovar dana a.k.a. Lilva dana. These kachoris or hand pies are small in size, they are filled with a sweet and spicy mix made with these fresh pigeon peas and deep fried until crisp and golden!!!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are typically made in winters as the fresh pigeon peas are available in the season for just a couple of months. So, these little, golden crispy kachoris are a must have delicacy in Gujarat. Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are quite famous across the country for their spicy, tangy and yet sweet filling and that super flaky exterior!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is super flaky and crisp to the core, as you can see here!! I can’t imagine calling it a kachori if it ain’t crispy and flaky enough. The crispy exterior makes way for this really delicious, melt in the mouth kind of filling. The filling is so, so good that I had to physically keep away from it until I was ready to fill these babies up!! 😉 I personally feel it pairs the best with some spicy green chutney, the sweet and spicy filling compliments the chutney. You can also serve these with sweet tamarind chutney or some mint and yogurt chutney.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are best consumed fresh and piping hot, with some tea. Though no tea for me but the hubby can’t live without his tea and these golden beauties make for the best tea mate 🙂

Let’s make some kachoris.

For the dough
Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

Add the lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

For the filling
Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5″ to 3″.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

A delicious, crispy, sweet and spicy flavored kachoris/ hand pies are a famous Gujarati snacks that go so well with some green chutney/ dip and tea or coffee. 

Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Gujarati
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cup maida /APF
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp refined oil
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed to knead the dough
  • enough oil to fry

Filling

  • 3/4 cup fresh pigeon peas/ lilva
  • 1/4 cup fresh green peas
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 sp green chili paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds (til)
  • 1/2 cup fresh, grated coconut
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Dough

  1. Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

  2. Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

  3. Add a lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

  4. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Filling

  1. Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

  2. Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

  3. Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

  4. Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafoetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

  5. Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

  6. Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

  7. Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

  8. Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

  9. Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

  10. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Assemble and fry

  1. Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

  2. Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5" to 3".

  3. Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

  4. Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

  5. It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

  6. Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Recipe Notes

You can store the filling for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
You can skip the lemon juice in the dough, but it makes the dough white and crisper on frying. 
Fresh Lilva/ pigeon peas can be cleaned and stored in the freezer all year around like green peas.

Love,
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Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is healthy, delicious and so easy to put together. We have used whole wheat flour and added walnuts which makes this cake/ loaf very filling too. 🙂 

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is one of my go to recipes that came across online a few months ago. I have made it quite a few times since then and it always turns out perfectly!! No- fail recipe and the results are so delicious 🙂 Whenever I’ve got some overripe bananas sitting in the fruit basket, I either make this Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf or my Rustic Banana Bread with Yogurt. If you like chocolate then you can make my Banana Breakfast bars, that is loaded with chocolate and butterscotch!

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf is vegan too, has no eggs and it takes a few ingredients to put together. Ingredients that one has in their pantry on a daily basis. Just a few minutes of preparation and in the oven this goes! That’s all, real quick. Great after school snack for kids with some milk or a glass of juice. You can even pack it for their lunch boxes along with some sandwiches. It’s healthy and really delicious.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf has the best texture. It is very soft and is very moist too, despite of it being vegan. Let’s bake ourselves one! 😉

Preheat the oven at 180’c. Grease a 7″loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.

Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it’s well incorporated.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.

Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.

Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.

Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170’c.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.

This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Egg free Whole wheat Banana and Walnut Cake | Vegan Banana Loaf

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: one 7 inch loaf

A vegan, delicious, soft and healthy whole wheat banana and walnut cake/ loaf is the perfect partner for your tea or coffee!

Ingredients

  • 2 nos. ripe bananas
  • 3/4 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1+1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven at 180'c. Grease a 7"loaf tin and dust it with some flour. Set it aside.
  2. Take the ripe bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mash them well with a fork.
  3. Add castor sugar. Mix sugar with a whisk. Add oil and whisk again until it's well incorporated.
  4. Add vanilla extract next, whisk gently.
  5. Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt next into the banana and oil mixture. (reserve 1 tbsp. whole wheat flour aside).
  6. Mix well. Add cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder. Mix well again but avoid over mixing.
  7. Mix walnuts with the reserved whole wheat flour and add to the ready batter.
  8. Fold the walnuts gently into the batter.
  9. Pour the ready batter into the prepped tin. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes @ 170'c.
  10. Once the cake baked, take a toothpick test. The toothpick should come out clean or a with just a few moist crumbs.
  11. Cool the cake in the tin for 30 minutes. Unmould the cake and cool for another 30 minutes on a cooling rack. Slice the cake and serve.
  12. This cake stays fresh in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days.

Notes

You can skip the spices if you prefer. I used 2 large bananas, use 3 if using smaller bananas. Add nuts of your choice or skip them if you prefer.

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Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is light, nutritious and makes for the perfect breakfast or brunch. This recipe is instant and very similar to instant rawa Idli with some variations.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe 

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is a good way to consume oats in a savory form if you are not too fond of sweet oats with milk and honey. Do count me that category! 😉 I can’t have oats at all. But these Instant Oats Idli is really delicious and packed with so many flavors 😊

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe always makes soft and very fluffy idlis. It is definitely looking like that, is it not?! I have made this 3-4 times in the past 6 months, usually on weekends when brunch seems like the way to go 😉 My hubby who is not fond of idlis too much, approved this one. That definitely gives me another option for meals. On that note, have you tried my homemade Idli batter recipe? It is no-fail and absolutely spot on!

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe tastes best with my instant tiffin style sambhar  and green coconut chutney.  You can also try my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney recipe. Or even my tomato onion chutney pairs fabulously with these idlis.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is very versatile. You can add veggies of your choice or temper it with your favorite spices. But make sure you add ginger and curry leaves simply because they lend an amazing flavor and aroma.

Let’s make these instant idlis.

Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don’t turn brown.

Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.

Heat oil in the same pan. Once it’s hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.

Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.

Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.

Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.

Add chopped coriander and mix well.

Add water and adjust the consistency.

Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.

Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10-12 idlis

Instant, healthy and delicious Oats Idli are the perfect option for breakfast or a quick brunch. This is a gluten free meal option which you can even pack for a lunch box. Pair it with some Sambhar and Coconut Chutney.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup bombay rawa/ fine sooji (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup water or a little more as needed
  • 1 cup curd (I used a day old home made curd)
  • 3/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. urad dal (split white lentils)
  • 3/4 tsp. chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 5-6 nos. chopped curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don't turn brown.
  2. Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in the same pan. Once it's hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.
  4. Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.
  6. Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.
  7. Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.
  8. Add chopped coriander and mix well.
  9. Add water and adjust the consistency.
  10. Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.
  12. Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.
  13. Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Notes

You can added veggies of your choice to this batter. You can added cashew nuts to the tempering too. Roast the semolina and oats well otherwise the idlis will be very sticky.

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Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient DipBest Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is a reality if you can mix together two complimentary flavors 😉 And this dip it just that. Deliciously creamy, tart and a tad bit spicy. Just the right kind of yumminess that one would want to dip their nachos into before gobbling it up!!  

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip takes about 10 minutes to make and requires literally no prepping. This is simply so delicious and goes so well with fries, chips, rolls or even as a spread for sandwiches. Even works a great dip for veggie sticks.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is something I’m literally hooked on to these days. I first tasted this dip a few months ago in a restaurant with some nachos and salsa. It was a welcome change from the usual cheesy dip. Although I love the cheese dip but this is definitely something I want to keep enjoying. I use this dip as a sandwich spread and it tastes delicious too! Simply Slather some on a slice of soft bread, lay some lettuce leaves over it and any other topping that you’d fancy and make yourself a real quick snack/ meal 🙂

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

So let’s get this baby going, it wont take more 10 minutes to put this together!! how cool is that??!

Take mayonnaise in a bowl.

Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.

Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Mix well. Serve as you wish.

Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.

It stays fresh for 3-4 days.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1/2 a cup

Super yummy 2 ingredient dip that you will love!! It's gluten free. Making this is a breeze and you need to have this in your life!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup eggless mayonnaise (take any mayonnaise, I prefer eggless)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped pickled jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Take mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.
  3. Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.
  4. Mix well. Serve as you wish.
  5. Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.
  6. It stays fresh for 3-4 days. (Check the notes below for vegan options)

Notes

You can use vegan mayonnaise to make a vegan dip.

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Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are very popular in Maharashtra. They are a traditional preparation and have a very delicious, spicy flavor 🙂 Small, soft brinjals are stuffed with a coconut based stuffing and then cooked in the semi dry gravy.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are a very popular preparation in Maharashtra specially during festivals or weddings. This preparation is usually enjoyed with Jowar Bhakri (millet flatbread), crushed onions and some thecha (Maharashtrian green chili relish). Trust me, it’s such a heavenly combo and the flavors are absolutely earthy and rustic.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are one of the few things which I can have whenever you ask me to, it’s that delicious. Although I have served these with some regular whole-wheat rotis and some onion rings and green chilies, they still make such an delicious meal. The earthy flavors of coconut, garlic, cumin, etc. make for the perfect spice blend. The texture too is really nice, pair them with rotis or rice.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Anyways, let get started. This preparation is a little involved but pretty straight forward too.

In a blender jar, grind together the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Then add chopped coriander leaves and garlic to the powder and grind everything to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding this paste.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Once it’s hot, add asafoetida and chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Add chopped tomatoes next, cook them until they are mushy and the oil separates.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Add the ground paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add goda masala, roasted peanut powder, turmeric, jaggery, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the gas. Let this mixture cool down completely.

Wash, pat dry small brinjals. Prep them, keep the stem intact. Make vertical slits and stuff it well with the ready masala.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Follow the above step for all the brinjals. set them aside.

Add about 2 cups of water in the same pan in which the masala stuffing was made, bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and set it aside.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in another pan. Once it’s hot, add the stuffed brinjals and sauté them until they turn brown on all sides.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Next, add the boiled water and salt to taste to the brinjals. Cover and simmer the brinjals in the water until they are cooked and the gravy has thickened. It took me about 15-18 minutes for the brinjals to cook and the gravy to thicken.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Serve piping hot with roti/ bhakri or some steamed rice.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3 people

Bharli Vangi or Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are a traditional dish from Maharashtra flavored with coconut, sesame and spices. They are absolutely lip smacking yummy!

Ingredients

  • 7 nos. small brinjals/ eggplants
  • 2 nos. medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 no. tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. goda masala
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp jaggery
  • 2 tbsp. roasted peanuts powdered
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • For the paste-
  • 2-3 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 14-15 nos. cloves of garlic
  • 6-7 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

    For the paste
  1. In a blender jar, grind together the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.
  2. Then add chopped coriander leaves and garlic to the powder and grind everything to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding this paste.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Once it's hot, add asafoetida and chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes next, cook them until they are mushy and the oil separates.
  5. Add the ground paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add goda masala, roasted peanut powder, turmeric, jaggery, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
  6. Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the gas. Let this mixture cool down completely.
  7. Wash, pat dry small brinjals. Prep them, keep the stem intact. Make vertical slits and stuff it well with the ready masala.
  8. Follow the above step for all the brinjals. set them aside.
  9. Add about 2 cups of water in the same pan in which the masala stuffing was made, bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
  10. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in another pan. Once it's hot, add the stuffed brinjals and sauté them until they turn brown on all sides.
  11. Next, add the boiled water and salt to taste to the brinjals. Cover and simmer the brinjals in the water until they are cooked and the gravy has thickened. It took me about 15-18 minutes for the brinjals to cook and the gravy to thicken.
  12. Serve piping hot with roti/ bhakri or some steamed rice.

Notes

1. I have used small purple brinjals. 2. You can use small green ones too. 3. Add more water if you want to adjust the consistency of the gravy when serving with rice.

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Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Adapted from Maharashtrian recipes online.

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