Category: Main Course

Kadhi Pakodi

Typical to a North Indian family, we too love our Kadhi Pakodi or Kadhi Pakoras to no end. However, I do not make it very often and keep the novelty alive.

Kadhi Pakodi recipe by PolkaPuffs

That usually works too because whenever I do make it, my hubby is exceptionally happy and doesn’t wait long enough for me to even serve it properly before he starts attacking the meal 😘
So much so, that I couldn’t once click it in peace for the blog!! I mean, how does one set up the props..organise the shot, etc if you have someone hovering all around you and asking you every other minute if you were done already!!? LOL!

Kadhi Pakodi recipe by PolkaPuffs

Doesn’t that make for the most comforting meal?
A bowl of that warm, creamy, mildly spiced Kadhi with crisp yet spongy Pakodis is just what rainy afternoons need. It had been a damp weekend, so this became our late, extremely lazy Sunday lunch! Yet, not lazy enough for me click some pictures.
We had this with rotis instead of rice…as we were already pretty full from the Poha we gorged on for breakfast. Although it tastes best with some steamed rice and some kachumber (mixed salad).
I used my Mom’s recipe and it’s to die for! Usually I make the Pakodis in an Appepatra, click here to see how. Use my recipe for the Pakodi given below and follow the steps to make them in an Appepatra, that’s an almost oil free version, however, I have deep-fried these just the way my Mom does it. Indulgence is not such a bad thing once in a while, no?
The Pakodis are light & absolutely airy, almost melting into the Kadhi, and that’s how they should be if done right! Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2
Equipment: 2 woks, measuring cups/ spoons, a few mixing bowls and spoons.

Ingredients:
For the Kadhi
1.5 tbsps Besan/ gram flour
250 gms Yogurt/ curd
to taste Salt
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Water as needed
For the the Tempering
1 tbsp refined oil
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/2 tsp paanch phoran
1 nos slit green chilly
A handful curry leaves
1/4 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
Water to correct the consistency as needed
For the Pakodis
1/2 cup Besan/ gram flour
6-7 tbsps water
to taste Salt
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chopped green chillies
1/2 tsp chopped coriander leaves
3 tbsps finely chopped onion
1/4 tsp baking soda bicarbonate/ baking soda
to fry Oil

Method:
To begin with the Kadhi first, take the ingredients listed above for the kadhi and make a smooth mixture. This should neither be too diluted nor very thick. I do not add any water at this stage but you can always add some if the yogurt is too thick. Set this aside for 10 minutes.

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In the meanwhile, take all the ingredients listed above for the Pakodis except the oil, soda & water. Mix them well.
Add water very slowly and make a thick mixture. Set it aside for 10 minutes.
Coming back to the Kadhi, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a wok. Once it’s hot, add the hing, paanch phoran, g-g paste, curry leaves, green chilli. Let these splatter about a bit.
Then add the mixture we had set aside for the Kadhi. Keep stirring while you pour this into the tempering and let this cook on medium flame.

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Keep stirring for another couple of minutes until it has it’s first boil and stabilizes, else the yogurt may split.
Now add some water if needed to correct the consistency, mix well.
Next, add red chilli powder & adjust the salt to taste.
Let the Kadhi simmer for another 6-7 minutes.
Turn off the flame and cover with a lid.
The Pakodis need frying now, heat enough oil in a heavy bottomed wok.
Add baking soda to the Pakodi mixture & mix well.
Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame to medium and drop the mixture little bit at a time to make equal sized Pakodis.

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Fry them well until golden brown on all sides. Drain them well on kitchen paper. I could make 9 medium sized Pakodis with this quantity of the mixture.

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Add warm Pakodis to the Kadhi and serve with steamed rice/ rotis & a salad on the side.

Hope you like my version of Kadhi Pakodi and give it a go soon☺️
Love,
Shreya ❤️

Homemade Sandwich Bread | Basic White Bread

How many mornings have you had just a slice of toast with a cup of tea/ coffee…or juice and left for work or an early class?! Many, right?  Almost everyone loves their toast..some with butter…some with honey…or plain…me? I like it with my Homemade No Pectin Strawberry Jam 😬 

All these plus an warm, sweet & fresh loaf of bread makes for a beautiful weekend brunch. The aroma of a freshly baked bread can make you so, so hungry!! Yes…this loaf was baked by me for Sunday brunch…and was devoured by my hubby & me in about 15 mins! He, with some honey and me…jam!

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Perfectly moist and light loaf of bread was a dream for me when I started baking breads about more than a year ago..but I kept trying and it’s been a little over six months that I make good breads..though not wholewheat…not yet. I am yet to try those.

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The recipe that I use for this bread is the same as the one I use to make pizza base. It’s pretty easy, but do follow there simple steps to ensure a good loaf. They are all tried and tested by me.

Always fluff the flour and add spoonfuls of it into the measuring cup then level it off with a knife. As simple as that. Measurement is crucial.

Do not try to press down the flour into the cup to add more flour OR Never dip the measuring cup into the bag of flour. Doing these, will always leave you with a lot more flour than necessary and you will positively end up with a very dry and heavy loaf

I have used instant active yeast, never tried baking with fresh yeast. Check the box for the expiry date thoroughly before starting the recipe, make sure you don’t use the yeast if it’s less than two months away from the expiry date.

If your yeast doesn’t bloom or activate, discard and start again.

The water used for activating the yeast must be tepid. That is when you can comfortably hold your finger in the water but it must not be on the cooler side.

Do not try to make this “healthy” by skimping on the fat/ oil/ butter content. Follow the recipe and you will have a moist loaf.

Let’s get baking..

Yield: a small loaf/ 6-7 slices of bread

Equipment: 1 large mixing bowl, a small bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tin, cooling rack.

Ingredients:

2 cups plain flour (Maida/ APF, 1 cup is approx 130 grams)

some extra flour to dust

2+1/2 tsp dry active yeast (1 tsp is approx 3.5/ 4 grams)

2 + 1/4 tsp sugar

3/4 cup warm water (you should be able to dip your finger comfortably)

4 Tbsp oil + extra for greasing

1 tsp salt

Method:

Take warm water in a bowl, add the sugar and yeast to it. Cover it and leave to prove & froth for 10 mins in a warm place.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, add the flour, 2 1/2 tbsp oil, salt to taste. Now add the entire proved yeast mixture & using a fork mix everything together to make a sticky dough. It will be very sticky but should not be falling apart at all. Now, sprinkle some flour on a work surface, and drop the dough on it,sprinkle some more flour over the dough. Using your palms, start kneading the dough well. Add more flour if the dough feels too sticky or some water if it feels very dry.

Keep kneading well for 10 mins. You will have a neat, non-sticky ball of dough. Knead it for a couple of mins more. It should all look like this.

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Now, grease the mixing bowl which you have kept aside & place the dough in it, cover with a lid or cling film & set aside in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours to prove. It should be double or more than double in size after proving. It will look like this.

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Gently, punch the air out of the dough. Next, grease the baking tin with oil. Set that aside.

Roll out the dough in an squarish shape and flatten it out a bit. Start rolling from one side like a Swiss roll. Pinch to close the ends. Keeping the pinched side down, place this roll into the greased tin. Make deep incisions using a serrated knife if you like. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and place it in a warm place for 30 mins for second proving.

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This is how it should look after the second proving.

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Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 mins. Brush some oil over the top of the proved dough. Bake for about 20-25 mins @ 180’c using both, top & bottom heating elements. (Every oven works differently so pls set the temperature and the timing accordingly)

Once done, remove from the oven and cool on a cooling rack for about 15 mins before slicing the loaf as it needs to set well. That’s it, your bread is ready. Keeps well for a day or two wrapped in a parchment paper in a bread box or any container.

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Besides, waking up to a freshly baked bread can be therapeutic!😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

Rajasthani Panchmel Dal | Mixed Lentil Curry | Dal for Baati

Dal-Chawal-Achar-Pyaaz aur Papad (lentil curry, steamed rice, pickles, onion salad & some poppadoms)……there are days when that’s all you need! Probably every Indian’s soul food 😊 It’s mine for sure.

I make lentils (dals) in so many ways…I literally change the recipe each time I make it…and that’s like 5-6 times a week! Some days I temper the dals post cooking them…on others, I first add the tempering to the oil in a pot and then add raw lentils and slow-cook them together! Each way tastes different and yet so tempting!

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Like this Rajasthani Panchmel Dal or Panchratna Dal…I always temper this one twice! The aroma is so smoky and the flavours are subtle & yet packs a punch. This dal is very famous all over Rajasthan and the rest of India for being served with Baati…smoky, roasted wholewheat dumplings served with a generous topping of melted ghee..(clarified butter).

However, in my kitchen…it is made very regularly and served with steamed rice or soft rotis and a side of some veggies & curd. Or you can try my Dhabba Style Dal Makhani if you prefer something richer 😉 Along with Lacchaa Parathas 

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Let’s see how…

Yield: serves 2

Equipment:  pressure cooker, measuring cups/ spoons, 2 pans, ladle.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp each of tur dal, chana dal, masoor tukda, Kali urad tukda & yellow tukda moong (pigeon peas, split Bengal gram, pink lentils, black split lentils & split yellow lentils)

2 cup water

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

For 1st tempering:

2 tbsp ghee

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds

2-3 nos. cloves/ laung

2 nos. whole dry chillies

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

1/2 tsp each coriander & cumin pwd

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/4 tsp Garam masala pwd

1 cup chopped tomatoes

For 2nd tempering:

1 tsp ghee

1/4 tsp red chilly pwd

1 tsp sliced garlic

To garnish:

chopped coriander leaves

Method:

Wash all the dals together & soak them with salt & turmeric in 2 cups of water for 1 hour.

 

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Next, pressure cook them for about 2-3 whistles or until done as per your regular procedure of using the pressure cooker. Let the steam release in it’s own. Once the steam has released, open the pressure cooker and mash the cooked dals a bit using the back of the ladle. Set this aside.

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Now, heat 2 tbsp ghee in a pan, once this is hot enough, add red chillies, cloves, cumin seeds & hing. Wait until they crackle a bit, then add the cumin pwd, coriander pwd, ginger-garlic paste & red chilli pwd. Mix well and tip in the tomatoes. Cook until the tomatoes turn mushy and the ghee seperates from the the mixture. Then add the cooked dals to this mixture and mix well and cook for 3-5 mins. Add water & salt if needed to adjust the consistency & flavour. Lastly add the Garam masala pwd & cook for a minute more. Turn off the flame and place a lid over the pan to let the flavours build up.

Meanwhile, make the second tempering in another pan by heating ghee, adding red chilli pwd and the sliced garlic to it. Let them crackle until the garlic is slightly brown and crisp. Add this tempering on top of the ready dal and garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Serve this piping hot!

Add a dash of lime juice to this dal…and it tastes heavenly!

 

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This definitely makes me drool!! 😋

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor’s cookbook Khazana of Indian Vegetarian Recipes…(one of the earliest gifts given to me by my hubby)

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar – the evergreen breakfast in most homes is a novelty at mine! That’s because my hubby isn’t too fond of it and rarely agrees to have this combo for breakfast/ brunch. So on the day when he finally agrees to have some for the weekend, I go all out in making this combo extra special. 

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

There are no tricks to making a perfect Idli (lentil cake) if you ask me….it’s the climate that plays the most important role. Warmer the climate, obviously, better the fermentation resulting in soft, moist & super spongy Idlis 😋 Besides, softer the Idlis, the more Sambhar (South Indian style spiced lentil curry) they soak up!!! Sluuurrppp!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

I have used my Mom’s recipe for both, Idli & Sambhar…along with her lip-smacking, easy-peasy green Coconut Chutney🤓 I must confess…this Sambhar is the closest to a traditional tiffin/ Udupi style Sambhar that I have ever had at home. Robust flavors accompanied by the tang from tamarind makes it super yum!

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Let’s get going with the recipe…..I have shared a few tips in the method given below.

We will start with the Idli.

Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well…almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.

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You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn’t very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it’s soaked really well by 6pm. That’s when I grind & mix them.

That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don’t add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
The fermentation is the only key here.

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Now that the batter is ready…what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.

Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom…
Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!

For the Sambhar

Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
Now to temper the sambhar, heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above ‘for tempering’ to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

Prep Time: 20 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Makes 15-18 small Idlis. Sambhar serves 2

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar - the evergreen breakfast in most homes is very easy to make and absolutely healthy!

Ingredients

    IDLI:
  • 1 cup split White urad dal (white lentils)
  • 1 cup rice (I used Basmati)
  • 2 cup boiled rice
  • 1/2 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
  • Oil for greasing as needed
  • SAMBHAR:
  • Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd, one can add more veggies of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Sambhar powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    IDLI
  1. Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.
  2. Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.
  3. Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them separately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
  4. Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.
  5. Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing.
  6. Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight.
  7. Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well...almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.
  8. You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn't very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.
  9. What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it's soaked really well by 6pm. That's when I grind & mix them.
  10. That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don't add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy.
  11. The fermentation is the only key here.
  12. Now that the batter is ready...what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the Idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil.
  13. In the meantime prepare the Idli plates, grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well.
  14. Pour about 2-3 tbsp. of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ Idli steamer for 10-12 minutes.
  15. Once done, gently remove the Idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few minutes.
  16. Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom...
  17. Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water.
  18. Then gently run it around the Idli and the Idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each Idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!!
  19. SAMBHAR
  20. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  21. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
  22. The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
  23. Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
  24. TEMPERING
  25. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above 'for tempering' to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
  26. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.
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I simply love these….and the combo is to die for!! Do try once.

Love,

Shreya💖

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Kurkuri Arbi

‘Arbi’ in Hindi or Colocasia in English is something many people do not enjoy. It could be because of it’s slightly slimy texture or because it has no flavour of it’s own….or could be because many people have not tried these Kurkuri Arbi! 😊 

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I, for one love it in any form. Yes, I do!! I make in 3 different ways, meaning 3 different preparations…first being in a curry form, it has a great flavour with aromatic spices and goes so well with crisp, hot Parathas! (yeah, the North Indian in me can’t live without her Parathas😂)

The second being a very simple stir fry…almost like French Fries but so different! It has a very few spices and goes perfectly with some ‘dal khichadi‘ (mixed lentil risotto – Indian style). However, I am not too fond of this preparation and make it very rarely.

Now, it’s the third and my most favourite way of cooking ‘Arbi’ that I am partial to…and it makes an appearance in our plates very regularly…and goes remarkably well with a bowl of steaming hot dal Tadka, rice & some pickle! Wow….my mouth just filled with saliva as I am typing this…😜😜 we call it Kurkuri Arbi…literally translated to Crispy Colocasia Fritters!

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I have learnt this from my Mom and she, probably from hers…it’s a family recipe. The best part about it is that it’s needs no onions or garlic, gets ready in a jiffy and can be served as starter too….could it BE any better!?

Few things to keep in mind when you make these.… I always prepare these in mustard oil however, you can make them in regular refined oil (olive oil?! Well, I don’t know…it’s a traditional Indian recipe…so I would suggest you stick to the basics). When pressure cooking the Arbi, be careful not to go over 2 whistles as they will just turn into a mash if they are over cooked. Also, ensure your hands are completely dry as you coat them with the spices, we don’t want to ruin them by adding any water. They are supposed to be super crisp.

And lastly, don’t worry about itchy fingers while peeling/ cutting them…the way we cook this is foolproof!

Also, I make a stuffed brinjal preparation using the same spices..and it’s awesome! Do have a look… Anyways..coming to this..

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a non-stick pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula, a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:

400 grms Arbi (Colocasia, washed and cleaned well during you get rid of any mud or roots)

2 cup water

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (refer the tips mentioned above)

For the spice blend:

salt to taste

4 tbsp coriander pwd

2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

3/4 tsp amchoor pwd (dry mango pwd)

Method:

In a pressure cooker, cook the cleaned Arbi for 1-2 whistles (read the tips mentioned above).

Once the pressure is settled, remove the boiled Arbi and let them cool down a bit. Then peel them properly and set them aside. (Your fingers won’t itch as they have been boiled).

Heat oil in the pan until it smokes and turn off the flame until the oil cools down (do this only if using mustard oil, else just heat the oil like you usually do). Once again turn on the flame, and add the peeled Arbi in the oil and shallow fry them until they turn slightly golden on all sides, it takes about 4-5 mins. Remove from the oil and set aside for a few mins. Then with the help of the spatula, smash them slightly to flatten them.

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Next, mix all the spices mentioned for the spice blend above. Coat each flattened Arbi in this spice blend and set it aside (Be generous with the spice blend and make sure the Arbi is coated well).

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Now, heat the oil left in the pan once again and shallow fry these coated Arbi until nice and crisp on all sides. This takes about 8-10 mins on medium flame. Once done, serve then piping hot with as a snack or as a side dish for your meal! ☺️

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These are seriously addictive! 😋 So please do try them soon…

Love,

Shreya💓

Mushroom Butter Masala

Mushroom Butter Masala is one of the yummiest preparations of mushrooms for me! Smooth and lusciously creamy gravy with soft mushrooms goes so well with Parathas or Naan ☺️

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Restaurant style mains are everyone’s favourite and making them at home is really easy. This took me approximately 30 mins and it’s one of the best Mushroom Butter Masala I’ve had in a long time! You can also have a look at my other restaurant style recipes like Reshmi Paneer, Paneer Lababdar, Shahi Paneer, Paneer Tava Masala, Dal Makhani….. Do try these, they are awesome!

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Let’s get started..

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non-stick pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender.

Ingredients:

250 gms cleaned and sliced button mushrooms

2 nos. tomato

7-8 nos. cashewnuts

2 tbsp butter

1 each of whole spices like bay leaf, green cardamom, cloves, small piece of mace, cinnamon stick 1″

1/2 cup chopped onions

1/2 tsp jeera dana

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

3/4 tsp degi mirchi

salt to taste

1/4 tsp sugar

2 tbsp fresh cream

1 tsp kasuri methi

1/2 tsp Garam masala 

Method:

Boil the tomatoes and cashews together in 2 cups of water for 10 mins. Cool them and grind to a fine paste without using any water.

Next, heat butter in a pan, add the whole spices & jeera dana. Sauté for a min, then add the chopped onions. Cook the onions until they turn pink. Then add the sliced mushrooms. Season with salt & sugar. Cook the mushrooms for about 10 mins (at first they will leave water and then slowly the water will be evaporated).

Mushroom butter masala Polkapuffs recipe How to make restaurant style mushroom butter masala

Mushroom butter masala Polkapuffs recipe How to make restaurant style mushroom butter masala

Once the water evaporates and the mushroom is cooked well, add the tomato-cashew paste. Mix well and cook for 4-5 mins. Then add Garam masala, kasuri methi and the dry spices. Mix well and cook for another 3-4 mins. Add 1/2 cup of water if needed to correct the consistency of the gravy.

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Cook for 5 mins, then add the cream and mix well. Turn off the flame and serve piping hot with any Indian bread of your choice.

Mushroom butter masala Polkapuffs recipe How to make restaurant style mushroom butter masala

Hope you will try this soon!

Love,

Shreya💓

Adapted from Veg Recipes

Tandoori Aloo Ka Paratha

North Indians love their Aloo ka Paratha! I am no different either…I can actually have it everyday…in all three meals😛😛 yes! I love it that much…😘 

Tandoori food also happens to be a hot favorite between my hubby and I. Smoky, crisp & full of robust flavours! I try to incorporate these flavours in a lot of dishes I make at home…including my Aloo ke Parathe😊 In Delhi and other parts of North India too, tandoori style Parathas are famous as street food and taste best when slathered with loads of butter….sluuurppp!

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Although, I don’t have a gas tandoor like most homes have (it occupies too much of space and I really don’t need it😉😉)….I manage to get that smokiness just right with my Naans and Parathas 👌🏼👌🏼 One simple …no fuss, easy and quick trick and I am sorted! Also, I must say my Mom’s recipe for the aloo (potato) stuffing is just out of the world…lipsmackingly good!

Common, let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: 7-8 Parathas

Equipment: rolling board, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, a large bowl, a small bowl.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cup wholewheat flour

water as needed

1/2 tsp salt

4-5 tsp ghee

extra ghee to cook the Parathas

Method:

Mix all the dry ingredients with ghee in a large bowl. Slowly add water and make a very soft and pliable dough. Add some more ghee if needed to smoothen the dough. Cover the tough and set it aside for atleast 30 mins.

Ingredients for the surfing:

4 nos. boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes

salt to taste

2 tsp freshly grated garlic

1/4 tsp kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

3 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp chopped green chillies

1/2 tsp amchoor pwd (raw mango pwd)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

In a small bowl, mix all the above ingredients well. That’s the stuffing ready.

Let’s proceed with making the Parathas, make small balls of the dough and stuff them like we do as usual for any stuffed paratha. Roll them out evenly.

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Next, cook them on a non-stick pan on both sides, grease with some ghee or butter.

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Once, it’s cooked properly on both sides, put the Paratha on open flame directly. Flip it with the help of tongs on the flames until they turn crisp and brown on both sides. That’s it, apply more butter or ghee and serve it piping hot! 😋

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Wow….this is just irresistible!! Some green chutney or a bit of pickle..and I am sorted!

Do try these soon.

Love,

Shreya💓

Cheesy Baked Pasta

Come Summers and I hate spending hours in the kitchen! I look forward to making quick meals and getting done as soon as possible😜

My Lemon Rice is one such….even Tehri is another option if you are looking for ‘desi’ one-pot meals. Or simply go Asian with some easy Fried Rice and pair it with my spicy Schezwan Sauce!!

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But coming to today’s post…I had made our absolute favourite last weekend! Cheesy Baked Pasta….white bechamèl (white) sauce and loads of veggies…and cheese obviously!! 😉 Although my hubby is wary of indulging in cheese or too much of calorie loaded meals, this he gobbles up without any complaints!😘

I’d been wanting to share this for the longest time but never did I ever make it for lunch so couldn’t click decent pics…and besides, I usually eyeball the ingredients when I make this, (which is very often) so that make things even more difficult to pen down! That’s why, this time around I used measuring cups and spoons for every ingredient 🤓🤓 and trust me, it took me longer than it usually takes to get this ready…😜😜😂

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I simply love this pasta..it’s gooey, oozing with cheese and is huge on flavours! What’s not to like?! And pair this with my Tropical Iced Tea and you have yourself and really fancy brunch😀

Let’s get going then,

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a baking dish, measuring cups/ spoons, cooling rack, a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, a wired whisk.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked pasta (I used Penne, they should be al-dentè)

1/2 cup each of chopped green & red bell pepper

1/2 cup sweet corn kernels

2-3 pods grated garlic

salt & pepper to taste

3 tbsp butter

1 tsp Italian seasonings

1/2 tsp red chilli flakes

4 tbsp APF (Maida)

1 to 11/2 cup milk at room temperature

1 tbsp cream (optional)

1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese

2-3 tbsp bread crumbs

Method:

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Melt butter in the pan, add APF. Sauté for 2-3 mins. Then add the milk and whisk the flour with the milk constantly until they combine into a smooth paste. If it looks too thick, add some more milk (about 3-4 tbsp). Add grated garlic along with cream and mix well. Season with salt, pepper, Italian seasoning & red chilli flakes.

Next, add the veggies (you can use broccoli, mushrooms, baby spinach, zucchini, olives, fresh basil leaves, etc as well). Mix well and cook for 2-3 mins. Then, add the cooked and drained pasta. Stir carefully, cover and cook for 2 mins on low flame. Turn off the heat.

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Preheat the oven at 180’C.

Pour the cooked pasta with the sauce and veggies into a baking dish. Sprinkle the grated mozzarella on top of the pasta evenly. Top it with bread crumbs too (it gives an au gratin like texture). Bake this at 180’C for 10-15 mins or until the cheese bubbles and the top looks nice & golden brown. Take it out of the oven and cool it for a few mins on the cooling rack. Serve it piping hot 😁

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This is such a comfort meal…and takes hardly any time to get done!

Tip: If you have leftovers, let them remain in the baking dish. Cover it with a foil and keep it in the refrigerator. Just heat it in the microwave the next day for about 2-3 mins. It will be as good as fresh 👍🏼

Love,

Shreya💓

Lemon Rice

Some things are so simple and yet never cease to amaze you!! Lemon Rice happens to be just that for me! It’s so full of flavour, refreshing in every bite…I can’t seem to get enough of this! 

Leftover rice means Lemon Rice!! I make it at least once every week if I have any leftover rice.

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Being a non rice eater couple, I make rice just once a week, a little extra to purposely save some for the next day 😁 Even as a kid, my Mother would make it for lunch sometimes, pairing it with some papad, curd, pickle, etc. I always temper it with loads of chana dal, peanuts and stuff to give a crunchy texture!

I guess this is the best one-pot meal for the summers too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 😊

Let’s get going with this easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 1

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a wok.

Ingredients:

2 cup cooked rice

2-3 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

a handful of curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1-2 dried red chilli (I used the round ones, called ‘ber mirchi’)

2 tbsp raw chana dal

2 tbsp raw white urad dal

1/2 cup raw peanuts

salt to taste

2-3 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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Heat oil in a wok. Once it’s hot enough, add asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, turmeric pwd, dried red chillies. Let these crackle for 2-3 mins. Next, pop in the peanuts. Fry the peanuts with the other ingredients for 5 mins. Season the ingredients with salt and add the cooked rice. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover with a lid for 2 mins and serve hot.

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Tips to follow for perfectly seperate rice grains:

*Use cold, leftover rice.

*If using freshly cooked rice, then keep it the refrigerator for 30 mins before making Lemon Rice.

*Always use a fork to fluff the rice before adding it to the wok. This keeps the cooked grains of rice intact.

Hope you enjoy this!

Love,

Shreya💖

How to make Laccha Paratha

Being a North Indian myself and married to another, making Parathas is second to my nature! Be it for breakfast or a for meal for travelling….and as an accompaniment to most of the mains…a Paratha is quite important 😉😉 We have to have it….with a some ghee obviously! 

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A few readers had asked me how I had rolled the Laccha Paratha when I’d posted Dhabewale Chole, so this has been long pending from my side!

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Laccha Parathas are very popular these days even at restaurants. They are very flaky, with numerous layers and some ghee between each layer. It’s pretty easy to make them at home once you get the hang of things….I learnt making these from my Mother a few years ago…😀 Today, I am sharing a stepwise pictorial for you. You can pair these with Restaurant Style Shahi Paneer  although, we had it with some chicken Keema (not in pic) 😁

Yield: 7-8 Parathas

Equipment: a rolling board, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, pan, spatula

Ingredients:

2 cup wholewheat flour

water as required to knead

A pinch of salt

2-3 tbsp ghee for the dough

1/4 cup ghee for rolling & cooking the Parathas

Method:

Take the flour, salt and 2-3 tbsp ghee in a large bowl. Mix well with your hands, add water slowly and make soft and pliable dough. Let the dough sit for about 30 mins. This is the same dough that is used for making rotis.

Make a simple Roti but slightly thicker. Apply melted ghee all over it.

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Fold it as shown below like a Chinese fan, alternating the sides.

How to make Laccha paratha Polkapuff recipes Laccha paratha step by step

Roll it tightly and gently seal the end.

How to make Laccha paratha Polkapuff recipes Laccha paratha step by step

Dust it with some flour and roll it out with uniform thickness.

How to make Laccha paratha Polkapuff recipes Laccha paratha step by step

Heat the pan, a put the rolled paratha in the pan on medium heat.

How to make Laccha paratha Polkapuff recipes Laccha paratha step by step

Apply ghee on both the sides and cook well until brown and crispy.

How to make Laccha paratha Polkapuff recipes Laccha paratha step by step

That’s it, apply more ghee or butter if required and serve it piping hot! 😁😁

How to make Laccha paratha Polkapuff recipes Laccha paratha step by step

That was easy, wasn’t it!! Trust me, you’ll be hooked once you start making these at home😉

Love,

Shreya💗

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