Category: Maharashtrian Recipes

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is one of my favorite snacks or quick fix meals. It is super spicy, has a ton of texture and every bite is full of flavor. I am sharing an easy recipe to make this at home using sprouted legumes. 

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is a staple breakfast or snack in all of Maharashtra, specially in Pune, Mumbai  and Kolhapur. It is everyone’s favorite go to snack after vada pav!! Misal is basically a curry, slightly thinner in consistency and is made with sprouted legumes. The Kolhapuri version (Kolhapur is a city in Maharashtra) curry has a lot of spice, it is basically red in color because of all the red chili powder, often known as tambda ( which means red in Marathi). The Puneri version is a bit milder, I have tasted it just once and honestly, I didn’t like it! So I have not got much information on that to go on about.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is served in a very typical way. I simply love how a basic stainless steel platter with sections is used to serve this fiery curry along with pav bread (again a staple in Maharashtra), topped with finely chopped onions and a generous handful of chivda or mixture (spicy Indian Trail mixes). I mean this combo is definitely not for the faint hearted. Kolhapuri Misal is fire! It’s often nicknamed zhanzhanit (meaning extremely spicy and hot in Marathi). True to that, this dish is very spicy and hot! I mean look at the fiery color of the kat (the teekhat or spicy gravy of the curry) that is served on the side to be added while enjoying with Pav.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is made using a very typical Maharashtrian spice mix called Misal Masala. I have used a store bought mix which I purchased here in Mumbai itself. Try to buy this mix from a typical Maharashtrian area or brand. That will ensure authentic flavor. Also, this recipe does call for a little more oil and spices and there no alternate to that, so I will follow the authentic way of making it!

Recipe link to home made Pav. However have used store bought for these pictures;)

Let us make some Misal!!

Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.

Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.

Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 3-4

A spicy, flavorful Maharashtrian snack, Misal Pav is absolutely mouthwatering. It is vegan and gluten free and comes together in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 300 gms mixed sprouts (I have used store bought)
  • 3 cups water + extra to correct the consistency of the gravy
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida/ hing
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 nos. large onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 3 nos. large ripe tomatoes. finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp. cumin powder
  • 3 tsp. Misal masala
  • mixed mixture/ chivda + few lemon wedges + chopped onions + chopped coriander for garnish
  • Pav bread to serve as sides

Instructions

  1. Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.
  2. Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.
  3. Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.
  4. Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.
  6. Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.
  7. Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Notes

Tastes best when served hot and fresh.

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How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with everyday ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home! These chutneys are mouthwatering and are a must for making any chaat 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

I’m a big fan of all kinds of delicious chaats. Just the thought of having Chaat makes my mouth water! Being from Mumbai, I’m constantly having street food and the spicier the better. Sev Puri, Bhelpuri, Ragda Pattice, etc. are my favorites. I guess everyone loves having these and won’t say no to a bite or two..hehe!!

Part of the reason why these Chaats taste so good are the Chutneys. Yes, tangy, spicy and sweet are the basic flavors that are a must for any Chaat. Beside these, Chaat masala is another important condiment that is generously sprinkled on the dishes right before serving them. I’ll definitely share the recipe for that too in the future 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Basically, Tamarind chutney, Green chutney and Red Garlic chutney are the 3 types of chutneys used for making Chaat. Apart from these chutneys and the masala, a bit of chopped coriander along with a squirt of lemon juice completes a yummy Chaat. I’m sharing these quick and easy recipes today 🙂

We will begin now,

Tamarind Chutney –
Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. Turn off the flame. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.

Green Chutney –
Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Red Garlic Chutney –
Deseed and destem the dried red chilies. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with easy ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home!

Ingredients

    For Tamarind Chutney -
  • 1 cup tamarind
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 8-9 tbsp. sugar (adjust as per your preference)
  • Green Chutney -
  • 2 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Dalia (roasted split chick peas)
  • 1' piece of ginger
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 nos. green chilly
  • Red Garlic Chutney -
  • 12-15 nos. dried red chili
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2' piece of ginger
  • salt to taste

Instructions

    Tamarind Chutney -
  1. Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours.
  2. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
  3. Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan.
  4. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while.
  5. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder.
  6. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
  7. Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts.
  8. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  9. Turn off the flame.
  10. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle.
  11. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.
  12. Green Chutney -
  13. Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well.
  14. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia.
  15. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  16. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  17. Red Garlic Chutney -
  18. Deseed and destem the dried red chilies.
  19. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  20. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar.
  21. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. 
  22. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  23. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Notes

Store these chutneys in clean and dry glass bottles or porcelain jars. Adjust the spiciness and the sweetness as per your preference. Do not keep a metal spoon in the jar with chutney as that will discolor the chutneys.

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Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

I am a proper Mumbai (Bombay) girl…born, raised, educated, worked and then married in Mumbai….when I say home, I always mean Mumbai❤….and saying that obviously means I love…just lurrvvvveeee my Mumbaiya (meaning typical) street food and snacks! The hubby and I visit every happening joint, cafe …etc, etc around our city but having some of the most delicious street food is something we can never give up!

Mumbai isn’t only about Wada Pav and Bombay Pav Bhaji in terms of authentic Maharashtrian snacks. If you have ever been to Maharashtra (any part of the state), you’d be familiar with Kothambir Wadi or Kothmir Wadi (spiced, coriander and chickpea flour nuggets). Kothmir or Kothambir literally means fresh coriander leaves in Marathi and Wadi translates to nuggets. Such an easy language… I am almost too proud that I can speak it rather well…(well, I do make grammatical errors here and there but I never quit speaking the language!) 😃

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The flavours are fresh and very earthy, green chillies and ginger along with other spices and ingredients make these Wadis lip smacking. Although, these are available in most local shops that sell Wada Pav or bhajias (batter fried onion or potato fritters), I always wanted to make them at home too. I probably wouldn’t have if my hubby wasn’t so crazy about them…

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So I looked up a few recipes and found one which was easy and sounded a whole lot like what we usually got from outside…and they turn out quite good and crisp! I have been making there for over 2 years now…and a glass of hot lemon tea is all that I need to polish these off!

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Besides, making them is no big task either….it takes less than 15 mins of prepping and just another 30 minutes of cooking! Glutenfree (uses chick pea flour along with rice flour) and vegan (has no clarified butter or yogurt), one can easily include them in their special diets without any fuss. Serve them with a dip if choice or have them on it’s own…delish! I love serving these with this spicy red chutney. 

Let’s begin….

In a mixing bowl, add the sifted flours. Season with salt. Add hing at this point. Whisk well and add little water to make a thick batter. Add the ginger paste, lemon juice, chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, oil, toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander leaves, whisk again. Add the baking soda and mix gently (don’t whisk). Grease the baking tin with some oil. Pour the batter into the greased tin and set it aside.

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Heat about 2 cups of water in a large pot or pressure cooker. Keep a metal plate at the bottom of the pot/ cooker to use as a  seperator.

Once the water starts boiling a bit, place the tin with the batter inside the pot/ cooker on the separator plate. Cover with a lid if you are using a pot. In case you are using a pressure cooker, remove the weight (whistle) off the lid and then secure the lid on the pressure cooker.

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Cook on low flame for about 15-18 mins. Then turn off the flame  and open the lid carefully. Remove the tin from the pot/ pressure cooker and using a sharp knife check if the batter has cooked, to do that, simply insert the knife in the centre of the tin, if it comes out clean, the batter has cooked (just aswe do for any cake).

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Let this cool down completely. Once it has cooled, run the knife on all four sides of the tin and gently unmould it on a chopping board. Using the same sharp knife, cut it into squares. Keep them aside.

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This is what it looks like post steaming. Have them just as it is or pan fry.

To pan fry:

Heat 4 tbsp. oil in a frying pan, place the squares in the pan once the oil is hot, keep turning them around and let them crisp up on all sides. Once done, remove on absorbent kitchen paper. Serve them hot with a dip if your choice!

Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 small Wadis (nuggets) using a square baking tin of 5"X 5"

Maharashtrian snack - Kothmir Wadi or Kothambir Wadi is spicy, healthy and very flavorful! Perfect to go with your tea/ coffee!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sifted chick-pea flour (besan)
  • 2 tbsp. sifted rice flour (chawal ka atta)
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. flavor less oil (like canola or sunflower)
  • To pan fry: (optional, have it steamed if you wish to avoid pan frying. Also, deep frying is yet another option but I tend to avoid deep frying) - 4 tbsp. oil

Instructions

    Batter
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the sifted flours. Season with salt.
  2. Add hing at this point. Whisk well and add little water to make a thick batter.
  3. Add the ginger paste, lemon juice, chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, oil, toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander leaves, whisk again.
  4. Add the baking soda and mix gently (don't whisk).
  5. Grease the baking tin with some oil. Pour the batter into the greased tin and set it aside.
  6. Steam
  7. Heat about 2 cups of water in a large pot or pressure cooker.
  8. Keep a metal plate at the bottom of the pot/ cooker to use as a  separator.
  9. Once the water starts boiling a bit, place the tin with the batter inside the pot/ cooker on the separator plate.
  10. Cover with a lid if you are using a pot. In case you are using a pressure cooker, remove the weight (whistle) off the lid and then secure the lid on the pressure cooker.
  11. Cook on low flame for about 15-18 minutes.
  12. Then turn off the flame  and open the lid carefully.
  13. Remove the tin from the pot/ pressure cooker and using a sharp knife check if the batter has cooked, to do that, simply insert the knife in the center of the tin, if it comes out clean, the batter has cooked (just as we do for any cake).
  14. Let this cool down completely.
  15. Once it has cooled, run the knife on all four sides of the tin and gently unmould it on a chopping board.
  16. Using the same sharp knife, cut it into squares. Keep them aside.
  17. Pan fry
  18. Heat 4 tbsp. oil in a frying pan, place the squares in the pan once the oil is hot, keep turning them around and let them crisp up on all sides.
  19. Once done, remove on absorbent kitchen paper.
  20. Serve them hot with a dip if your choice!

Notes

The steamed nuggets keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The pan fried nuggets keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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They keep fresh for a few hours although I have never tried to store them for very long. These make for a great party snack or even as a side dish to go with your meals!

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika

Shakarpara | Khurma

I can’t imagine a Diwali without any Khurma (as we call it up North) or Shakarpara (little chunks of pastry dough flash fried and turned crisp, then cooled and dunked into a thick sugar syrup…to make these melt in the mouth sweet bites!)….I am sure your are salivating as you read the description 😜😁 each of these little bite sized yummies are super crisp and taste out of the world….pop one into your mouth and your in food heaven! 

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Don’t they look so pretty…every single one of them looks like a gold nugget to me 😍!! Lol! The flavour is amazing too….it’s very hard to resist them. I remember eating them by the bowls as a kid when my Mom used to make these during Diwali or even during summer vacations as a quick snack. They’d disappear within days…hardly leaving any to be gifted to friends and family.

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As these beauties are dry in texture and stay fresh for almost a week in an airtight container, they make for an ideal gifting idea. Pack them in pretty jars…add a personalised message or not…cover with a delicate doily or an overturned cupcake liner….tie a little festive raksha around them and they are ready! I suggest you add them to your Diwali Goodie Bag list for your loved ones😊

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This was also a part of my Karwa Chauth Sargi….although made by me! I guess my hubby had more of them than I 😂

Anyways…I will share some tips and tricks here with you how to make perfect, crispy and delicious Shakarpara/ Khurma.

Yield: approximately 3 cups

Equipment: a rolling board, rolling pin, a knife, measuring cups/ spoons, 2 heavy bottomed wok, a slotted spatula, kitchen tissues, mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

2 cups Maida (APF)

2 tsp Bombay Rawa  (semolina)

a pinch of salt

a pinch of baking soda

5 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)

Water as needed

oil to fry

For the syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup water

Method:

In a mixing bowl, seive maida (APF). Add salt, rawa, baking soda and ghee. Rub these together until the texture of the flour resembles to that of bread crumbs. This step is crucial as it ensures the crispness of the shakarpara. I rub these ingredients together for almost 20-25 mins.

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Next, take very little water to knead a stiff dough. Cover the dough with a napkin and let it rest for 15 mins.

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Divide the dough into 4 equal parts and roll them on a board to a thickeness of 6mm or so. Using a knife cut into small diamond shape pieces. Set them on a plate.

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Heat oil in a wok, once it’s hot, lower  the flame to minimum and fry the pieces until golden. Keep moving the pieces around in the oil so that they get a golden colour and cook evenly. Cooking on low flame ensures that they are crisp.

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Fry the entire batch and keep it on kitchen tissues to absorb any extra oil. Let them cool down completely. They will crisp up as they cool down.

Syrup:

In a wok, take water and sugar. Heat these on medium flame while stirring continuously. The sugar will start melting and also will become very thick. Keep stirring and once the sugar starts settling like a white powder around the wok, add the fried pieces of Maida (APF).

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Mix everything together quickly to coat the fried pieces with the sugar. Be quick as the sugar will dry and set within 5 mins.

Let them cool completely before storing in airtight boxes.

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Hope you try them soon. Also, check out Khasti Mathri recipe here. 

Love

Shreya💖

 

Instant Kesar Peda

Yes, everyone knows I love Pedas 😉 I like them all…well almost! What’s not to like, they are sweet, slightly fudgy and so delicious! Much like these golden beauties…my Instant Kesar Pedas (saffron fudge). A 15 min wonder..more like. 

My blog has many recipes for Pedas, some very quick and some slightly lengthy…but each hold their own…..they are yummy and so tempting.

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I made these Pedas on the first day of Navratri last weekend…I could think of my Kaju Katli…but I will make that for Diwali 😁along with some Karachi Halwa! I am salivating just thinking about the feast in store for the days to come 😍

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Anyways, coming to these Pedas….you may or may not have them during Navratri fasts depending on what rituals you follow…

Yield: 8-10 Pedas

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a heavy bottom non-stick pan, a wired whisk, a plate.

Ingredients:

200 gms condensed milk

1 cup milk powder

2 tsp warm milk

9-10 strands of saffron and some extra to use for the garnish

2 tsp ghee + extra to grease your palms while shaping them

Method:

Mix warm milk with the saffron strands and let it stand for 5-8 mins until the milk is coloured beautifully.

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Next, add milk powder and condensed milk to the pan. Add the saffron infused milk too. Whisk it well until it’s lump free. Place the pan with the mixture on medium flame and cook while you stir it constantly. Add 2 tsp ghee and keep stirring, I cooked it for about 10 mins to achieve a dough like consistency which leaves the sides of the pans once cooked.

Take the mixture from the pan onto a greased plate. Knead the mixture like a dough for 2 mins. Let it now cool for the next 8-10 mins. Then, grease your palms with some ghee and take a small portion of the dough and shape it into a Peda. Do the same for the rest of the dough. You can use any stamps to make some pretty designs or simply decorate them with a few strands of saffron.

Cool them in the refrigerator before you serve. They stay fresh in the refrigerator for about 3-4 days.

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You can also try my instant Dhoodh Peda, Mathura ke Pede, Khoya Peda, Mawa Burfi among many others this Diwali 😊

Love,

Shreya💝

Navratri Recipes 1

Happy Navratri everyone! May Maa Durga bless each of you and your loved ones. Many of us are fasting for the next 9 days and I bring to you a collection of easy and delicious recipes to enjoy! 

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Chikki – With the goodness of sesame, peanuts & jaggery. Best source of instant energy and keeps you full for a longer time. 😊 

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Phalhari Kadhai Paneer – contains no onion, no garlic and gets ready in a jiffy to go with some Sama ke Chawal or Kuttu Pooris!

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Ashtami Bhog ki Thali – Mata ka Prashad for Kanya Pooja. Puffed Pooris, delicious Sookhe Kale chane aur Sooji Ka Halwa.

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Rasgulla – soft, spongy & absolutely perfect!

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Anjeer ki Burfi – very easy to put together and full of nutrients that are much needed during fasting.

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Rajgira ka Halwa – almost like our Sooji Halwa but the taste is very different! This too is a quick recipe.

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Rajgira ki Nankhatai – make your tea times fun!

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Sabudane ka Wada – it’s tastes just fantastic and happens to be my absolute favourite accompanied by Phalhari Vrat Ki Chutney.

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Sabudane ki Khichadi – a must for every fast!

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Kaju Katli – everyone’s favorite sweet, just takes 20-25 mins to put together.

To get the recipes, please  click on the blue hyperlink under every picture.

Do try out these yummy and easy recipes, you will enjoy them☺️

Love,

Shreya💗

Pooranpoli/ Puranpoli

I have been wanting to do Pooranpoli for the longest time for the blog…but I wanted to get the exact recipe from my Mom! Yes….she makes the best Pooranpolis..😘

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Since my hubby too is a big fan of these Polis…I decided to let my mom teach the entire process to me once again…as I had made these almost over two years ago and forgotten her recipe😂😂

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Actually, it pretty easy to make these but a involves a lengthy process for making ‘puran‘ or the sweetened split pea filling. The ‘poli‘ or the ‘flatbread‘ which holds the stuffing inside it, usually made of all-purpose flour or wholewheat flour. 

Let’s get started with my Mom’s recipe…

Yield: 15-16 Pooranpolis

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a wok, a mixing bowl, a potato masher, rolling pin, rolling board, measuring cups/ spoons, a non-stick pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

For the Pooran:

1 cup chana dal (split gram)

2-3 cup water

a pinch of turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp salt

3/4 cup sugar (add more or less as per your preference)

1 + 1/2 tsp cardamom pwd

For the Poli:

1 1/2 cup Maida (APF)

a pinch of salt

1/4 cup refined oil

water as needed

Method:

For the Pooran:

Soak the dal for about 1 hour in 2-3 cups of water. Then pressure cook the dal with the same water that it was soaking in, turmeric & salt for 3-4 whistles. The water in the pressure cooker will evaporate considerably. Cool the cooker completely and the open the lid once the steam settles down on it’s own. Then mash the cooked dal using the masher.

Next, heat a wok. Add the mashed dal to the wok. Add the sugar now. Keep stirring it continuously, the sugar will start melting. Keep stirring to avoid the sugar from burning with the mashed dal. The consistency of the mixture will start to thicken and become very dense. Once it looks almost dry, turn off the flame. Add the cardamom pwd at this stage. Mix it well with the mixture. Taste the mixture and adjust the sugar if necessary (in case you add more sugar after tasting, then you will need to cook it again on medium heat and stir the mixture continuously until it dries up again).

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The texture of the filling should look like the picture on the right.

For the Poli:

Take the maida in a mixing bowl, add salt. Add a little water at a time, start kneading a dough. It must be a soft dough. I used about 1/2 cup water approximately. Next, make indentations in the dough at drizzle the oil. Cover and set aside for 30 mins. After 30 mins, knead the dough again until it absorbs all the oil. The dough will be very soft and extremely pliable at this stage. Let it rest for another 15 mins before making the Pooranpoli.

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For assembling the Pooranpoli:

Please follow the pictures for next few steps.

Divide the dough into equal parts, stuff them with the filling and  cover them properly so that the filling doesn’t spill out while rolling them.

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Next, roll them out evenly. Heat a pan, cook them on both sides and smear some ghee or butter while cooking them. Ideally, they should puff up. But it’s ok if they don’t puff up.

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Serve them piping hot with some more ghee or butter.

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Do try these…they are totally worth the effort and taste heavenly!

Love,

Shreya💓

Vada Pav

A typical Mumbaiiya staple….if you’ve ever been in Mumbai or lived here for as long as I have…Vada Pav will be your go-to meal on the move! It’s famous as an Indian Burger…but I don’t like calling it that…for me, it’s Aamchi Mumbai’s Vada Pav with Spicy Dry Chutney! 😊👌😋😋

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It brings a smile on my face each time I have had one! Ever since schooling days…till date, it’s happens to be one of my absolute favourites! And the best part is…my hubby loves it too! 😀 So, that way I can even make some at home whenever I like…and he enjoys it just as much😎..almost every Mumbaikar knows how to make these at home! It’s too easy😜

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This spicy..dry garlic chutney is a must with Vada Pav along with fried green chillies! And making this chutney at home barely takes 5 mins! The Pav that you see here is store bought…..what do you expect from me?!! 😬😬

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Doesn’t that look deliciously inviting! Spicy potato mash coated with a light batter…deep fried until crispy, served between soft Pav with some chutney….I could live on this stuff👌👌

Let’s get cooking…

Yield: 7-8 vadas

Equipment: a wok, a coulpe of mixing bowl, a slotted spoon, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender.

Ingredients:

For the Vada:

5 nos. large, boiled & mashed potatoes

2 tbsp oil

3 tbsp on ginger-garlic-green chilli paste

7-8 nos curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

salt to taste

For the batter:

1 cup Besan (gram flour)

water as needed

1/4 tsp baking soda

salt to taste

oil to deep fry

Method:

To start with the vada, heat oil in a wok, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves. Once they crackle, add ginger-garlic-green chilli paste. Sauté for 2 mins, then add the lemon juice, turmeric pwd & salt to taste. Stir and add the mashed potatoes. Mix everything well. That’s it. Set it aside to cool. Once it’s cool enough, make equal sized balls and set them aside.

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Now, to get the batter ready, mix salt & besan with some water and make smooth, thick batter. Add the soda too and mix again. The consistency should be thick so that it coats the potato balls.

To fry them, heat enough oil in a wok, once it’s hot enough, reduce the flame to medium. Now, dip each potato ball in the batter and coat it well all over and drop it in the oil. You can drop 2-3 balls at one go, fry them until golden and crispy on all sides. Drain on kitchen paper. The vadas are done.

For the chutney:

2 tbsp red chilli pwd

9-10 cloves of garlic

4 tbsp dedicated coconut pwd

2 tbsp raita boondi

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

Method:

Grind all the ingredients except the oil in a blender to a coarse texture. Now, heat oil and sauté the ground mixture for 3-4 mins. That’s it. The chutney is ready too.

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To assemble:

Take a Pav, slit it in half and sprinkle some dry chutney and place a Vada in between & press it down…enjoy with some fried green chillies! 😊👌

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Grab one…you’ll be hooked😉

Love,

Shreya💓

Recipe of the chutney is Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor. 

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