Category: Main Course

Phalhari Kadhai Paneer / Vrat ki Kadhai Paneer / No Onion No Garlic Recipe / Cottage Cheese

The best part about Navratri is that I know I will finish cooking very quickly! That’s because we don’t eat onion and garlic during these 9 days…as most Indians, I too have ‘Mata ji ki Pooja’ and ‘Ghatt’ at my place. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡ ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒน

I love and eagerly wait for Navratri to begin each year…as I get to decorate the temple in my house!! Colourful bangles..chunni (scarf) for ‘mataji‘ and all the little ‘diyas‘ (oil lamps) lighting up the entire place looks so pretty!! ๐ŸŽŠ

But the fact remains that my hubby has to go to work every morning and I love packing his lunch box! So during Navratri…I pack food that’s without onion-garlic. along with cucumber slices and some fruits to balance the meal.

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So decided to pack Phalhari Kadhai Paneer today for his lunch box along with Rajgira ke Parathe (not in pics). They are very healthy and make a good accompaniment to the Phalhari Kadhai Paneer ๐Ÿ˜€ I was looking for a good paneer (cottage cheese) recipe and this one is perfect!

This recipe is very quick and required little efforts too! Let’s get going with it..

๏ธYield: Serves 1 (remember, this was made just for my hubby’s lunch box, pls adjust the ingredients to make a larger batch)

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

Ingredients:

1 cup cubed paneer

1 cup chopped tomatoes (de seeded)

1 nos green chilly

4-5 cloves (Laung)

1″ pc of cinnamon (dalchini)

2-3 green cardamom (Chotti elaichi)

1 tsp cumin seeds (Jeera)

1 tsp peppercorns (Kali miri)

2 tbsp chopped ginger

1/2 tsp degi mirch (optional)

A pinch of sugar (optional)

1 tbsp ghee

sendha namak to taste (rock salt, and if you are not fasting, use regular salt)

Method:

First, blend together 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes with all of the ginger and green chilly using 1 tbsp water. Make a smooth paste. Set it aside.

Dry roast the cloves, peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom and cumin seeds for 3-4 mins in the wok…careful not to burn them. Let them cool for a few a minutes. Grind them to a powder or little coarsely (if you like coarse spices) and set it aside.

Now, heat the wok and add ghee. Once it’s hot, add the paste you have made and sautรฉ on medium flame for 5 mins or until the raw smell goes away from the paste. You will see some of the ghee separating from the sides too. Now add the sugar, salt and degi mirch (optional) and approximately 3/4 tsp of the spice powder you have kept aside (the remaining spice powder can be stored in an airtight container for about a month and reused in any curry).

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Mix everything well and cook for another 3-4 mins. You can add some water to correct the consistency at this point (I added less than 1/4 cup of water). Next, add the remaining chopped tomatoes and cubed paneer. Stir carefully to avoid breaking the paneer. Now cook for another 6-7 mins. The paneer will absorb all the flavours and the tomatoes too will cook well. If you like, you can sprinkle some more of the spice powder at this stage (I did not as I was worried it will be too spicy)..turn off the flame. You can garnish with some chopped coriander leaves…I didn’t have any today..so I skipped it! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ It’s ready!

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Adapted from Pankaj Bhadouria.

Hope you will try it out soon! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’•

Makka Methi Paratha / Maize Flour & Fenugreek Greens Flavoured Flatbread / Indian Flatbread

We Indians have an undying love for our wholesome Parathas (flatbreads)! It can be stuffed…plain salted with some chilli powder or flavoured with various greens along with the flour….there are too many to name ๐Ÿ˜€ And I love them all ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜‹….greedy, right!?
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A perfect Paratha is crisp on the outside…and moist and flaky within….piping hot…slathered with some (in my case, a lot of) butter or ghee (clarified butter)…on my plate straight from the smoking griddle!! Wow! I am actually drooling just thinking about them๐Ÿ˜› The earthy aroma is just too appetising to stop at a couple!

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Today, I am sharing a very easy yet healthy & delicious recipe with you. I had made these for our Sunday brunch. My hubby loves having Parathas with some curd! As simple as that ๐Ÿ’“ These have some roughly chopped methi ke patte (fenugreek greens) along with some other spices. I have mixed a couple of more flours with maize flour (makke ka atta) to add fibre and make it a bit more healthy while following my mom’s recipe. Let’s get going with it…

Yield: 8-9 medium sized Parathas

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring spoons/ cups, a rolling board, a rolling board, a griddle/ non-stick pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup makke ka atta (maize flour)

1/2 cup wheat flour (gehu ka atta)

1/2 cup roasted Besan (gram flour)

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

1 tbsp chopped green chilli

1 tsp freshly grated garlic

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 tbsp chopped green coriander

salt to taste

a pinch of hing (asafoetida, optional)

1/2 tsp each of turmeric pwd & red chilli pwd

1 tsp roasted Jeera pwd (cumin)

a couple of pinches of amchur pwd (dry mango)

1 tbsp curd

2 tsp ghee for the dough

2-3 tsp ghee for roasting the parathas

1/4 cup or less water to knead the dough

some dry wholewheat flour for dusting to roll the parathas ..approx 1/4 cup

Method:

Add all the above ingredients except the water and the ghee meant for roasting in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well. The moisture from the curd, methi leaves & ghee will bind the dough to a certain extend. Now, slowly add some water and make a tight dough. Try using very little water (I used less than 1/4 cup). Now cover & set the dough aside for about 15-20 mins to rest and absorb the flavours.

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Heat the pan on low flame. Alongside, make small balls of the dough, roll them in the dry wholewheat flour and using the rolling pin, roll it out to a diameter of 9″-10″, keeping the thickness of about 4-5mm. Now, pour some ghee on the pan, set the rolled paratha on the pan…cook on the first side for about 2-3 mins…then turn over and cook for another 2-3 mins. Apply some more ghee on both sides of the parathas. That’s cooked..set it aside. Repeat the same process for the rest of the dough.

Serve the parathas piping hot with butter (optional), curd and/ or pickles, etc. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š

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These are yummy…and addictive…slightly charred and smoky!! ๐Ÿ˜› so try these out soon…winters are approaching…and Parathas are the way to go๐Ÿ‘

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’–

Besan Wali Shimla Mirch Aloo

What goes into my hubby’s lunch box is a question I ask him every night before bed ๐Ÿ˜ usually, he goes along with whatever I decide. But there are days…when I let him decide! And I indulge him…sometimes, when he craves Masala Puris…I pair it with spicy potato curry or my spicy Bharwa Baigan ๐Ÿ‘Œ…a combo made in heaven! He even prefers a spicy Veg Pulav with some curd raita…! Wow!ย 

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So last week…post dinner he asks me to pack some Besan wali Shimla Mirch Aloo (his favourite)ย in his lunch box the next morning with some Phulkas๐Ÿ˜€ and some salad! Pretty straight forward stuff..but I had never packed this for his lunch box till date!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ I wasn’t sure if it would keep well packed for 4-5 hours….asked my mom, she too wasn’t sure…having never packed this before for us. So I asked my blogger bestie Deepti Gupta, if it would stay fresh…and she said yes it would!! She has some amazing recipes over at Cookoholichomemaker.…you can check out her version of Besanwali Shimlamirchย too๐Ÿ˜Š Mine is a bit different though…it’s my mom’s recipe..๐Ÿ˜Š

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This is really quick recipe…prefect for rushed mornings…or even quick side dish for your rice & dal combo! If you like, you can avoid the potatoes or capsicum…anything you like! ๐Ÿ˜ lets get on with the recipe:

Serves: 1 (had made it for hubby’s lunch box)

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok with a lid, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing spoon.

Ingredients:

3 nos. green bell pepper/ capsicum/ Shimla Mirch

2 nos. potato

4 tbsp chick pea flour/ besan

salt to taste

2-3 tbsp mustard oil (use refined oil or ghee if you don’t prefer mustard oil)

A pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp paanch phoran (a mix of nigella seeds/ mangrela + saunf/ aniseeds + rai/ mustard seeds + jeera/ cumin seeds + methi/ fenugreek seeds)

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tbsp cumin/ jeera pwd

1/2 tbsp dhaniya/ coriander pwd

1/4 tsp amchur/ dry mango pwd

Chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Peel & clean the potatoes & de-seed the capsicum. Wash, dry & cut everything into equal sized cubes. Set aside.

Heat the wok, add the Besan without any oil. Keep stirring it in low-medium flame until you get an earthy aroma & the colour changes to light pink. It will take about 5 mins. It will look like this. Be careful that it should not burn or turn darker in colour. Remove it in a bowl and set it aside.

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Heat the oil in the same wok. I was using mustard oil, so I let heated it till it smoked a bit, cooled it down and then started cooking (use refined oil ghee by simply heating it as usual).

Now add the paanch phoran (used extensively in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh & Kolkata. It’s very aromatic, however u can simply use cumin or mustard seeds in case you don’t use paanch phoran in your cooking)

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Once the seeds start crackling around, add hing. Next, add the cubed veggies. Immediately season with salt & turmeric. Mix well and cover cook until the veggies are soft. It will take about 10 mins on low-medium flame. Then take off the lid, add the chilli pwd, cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Stir well & cook without lid for 5-7 mins. Next add the roasted besan & amchur pwd. Mix well so that the besan coats everything well. Cook for another 5-6 mins. Turn off the flame and garnish with chopped coriander. ๐Ÿ˜‰ that’s it! Serve with phulkas or parathas!

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Hubby was excited to get his favourite and I got a ‘happy’ text from him during lunch time ๐Ÿ˜˜

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’ž

Rustic Pizza Pinwheels

Everyone loves Pizzas! It’s true…I haven’t ever come across anyone who doesn’t ๐Ÿ˜‰ I can have it everyday! It’s the oozing cheese along with a tangy pizza sauce that really makes all the difference for me….and not to forget…a really good pizza base ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Yes…nothing tastes worst than a chewy, rubbery pizza base…no matter how good your sauce or toppings are!! The base or the crust, must have the perfect balance of flavour, airiness & should be light! That is obviously achieved by using yeast in the right proportion & proving the dough with great care. And I have finally perfected the recipe for a perfect pizza base! Learnt the trick from A Spicy Perspective! A few trials & errors have taught me something very important – proportion. It’s the key to getting perfect results! I was so driven to perfect it…that I finally bought a proper kitchen weighing scale too ๐Ÿ˜ฌ ….something that I had been putting off for almost an year!

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The results are for you to see! A perfect crust with soft, pillowy texture within… I have used this recipe almost thrice now & I am happy each time! So I thought of making something which was lying in my Pinterest folders for the longest time ever! Pizza Pinwheels! I did my take on it and made a bit Rustic..! Hence, Rustic Pizza Pinwheels!

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The recipe for the base is adapted from Nita Mehta’s cookbook with a slight change in the ingredients & proportions as well. I did watch many YouTube videos to understand the kneading bit over the last few months!! ๐Ÿ˜€ So, to make the Pinwheels happen, I followed the recipe for the base & then worked on it with some sauce & fillings of my choice! Pizzas can be so versatile…just play with the toppings…infinite options๐Ÿ‘ŒI like my pizza simple…you can easily alter them as per your preference…you can add non-veg fillings as well..or keep it simple with just the sauce & some cheese ๐Ÿ˜„ Let’s get started with the recipe….

๏ธYield: makes 8-9 large pinwheels

Equipment: 1 large mixing bowl, a small bowl, a fork, a rolling pin, a sharp knife, measuring cups/ spoons, baking tray, cooling rack.

Ingredients for the base:

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)

2 1/2 Tbsp oil + extra for greasing

1 tsp sea salt (use regular salt if you don’t have sea salt)

Ingredients for the filling:

1/2 cup pizza sauce ( I used readymade)

1/4 cup eggless mayonnaise

1/2 tbsp garlic powder (optional)

1 tbsp mixed Italian herbs

sea salt to taste (use regular salt if you don’t have sea salt)

4-5 tbsp grated mozzarella cheese

4-5 tbsp chopped veggies of your choice (I used capsicum & sweet corn)

Method for the base:

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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In the meanwhile, pre-heat the oven at 210’C.

Now, punch down the dough, and knead for a min. Then again sprinkle some flour on the work surface & using a rolling pin, roll the dough in a rectangular shape. The thickness should be about 6-7 mm. Dust it with some flour again. Now leaving an inch space on all four sides, spread some pizza sauce, top it with mayonnaise, then the garlic pwd, Italian herbs, salt, grated cheese & some veggies of your choice. Flatten them out carefully. And start rolling from one end, carefully so that the dough doesn’t tear or the filling shouldn’t spill out. Seal the edges by pinching them together. Next, using a sharp knife, cut pinwheels of about 1 1/2″ thickness. Make sure the fillings don’t spill. Grease your baking tray with some oil. Place these pinwheels carefully a little apart from one another.

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Bake these for 25 mins @ 210′ C using both upper and lower heating rods. If you see that they are turning too dark, lower the temperature as each oven is different. Once done, remove from the oven & cool for 5 mins on a cooling rack. Serve them warm with any dip/ sauce of your choice! My hubby & I dipped it in some garlic butter…it was pure heaven! ๐Ÿ˜‡

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Totally drool-worthy, aren’t they?!!! ๐Ÿ˜› These were yummy…..do try soon! They are a great option to serve at kids parties, or as starters…even alongside your favourite soup! ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’—

Mattar Paneer / Indian Curried Fresh Green Peas with Cottage Cheese

What do I do when I run out of veggies & absolutely don’t want to step out of my home?! But wish to serve a delicious and nutritious meal….๐Ÿ˜ฌ I go the easy way…!!ย 

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I always…always make it a point to have a slab of cottage cheese/ paneer and some frozen peas handy in my refrigerator! It never fails me. Week nights can often turn hectic and I, by no means wish to spend hours in the kitchen….that’s where my stashed goodies come into play๐Ÿ˜‰

As every other Indian, the hubby and I, too love are Mattar Paneer! We have it with rotis or rice! Nothing could taste better…some earthy, whole spices with a smooth, luscious gravy studded with golden nuggets of paneer and juicy green pea-pearls! Ya! Restaurant style description ๐Ÿ˜› If you are a big fan of paneer like we are, then do have a look my Dhaba style Palak Paneer & Reshmi Paneer ๐Ÿ’—

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This recipe is fast, easy & absolutely lip-smacking ๐Ÿ‘Œ I took barely 45 mins to get this on the table with soft rotis & a salad…such a basic meal with amazing flavours!!

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non pan pan / wok, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender.

Ingredients:

200 gms fresh paneer cut into cubes

150 gms green peas (thaw them if using frozen)

2 nos. medium onions sliced

2 nos. medium tomatoes cubed

7-8 nos. garlic cloves

2″ pc ginger

1 nos. green chilly

1 nos. black cardamom (Badi elaichi)

2″ pc cinnamon stick (dalchini)

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp cumin pwd (jeera)

1 tbsp coriander pwd (dhaniya)

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tbsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp Garam Masalaย 

Salt to taste

2 tsp oil for the gravy

1 tsp oil to sautรฉ the paneer cubes

some coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Heat the wok/ pan with 1 tsp of oil, once it’s hot, add the paneer cubes & sautรฉ them well on both sides until they turn golden brown. Once that’s done, remove them from the oil & set aside. Blanch the green peas in some hot water for 6-8 mins. Drain & set that aside too.

In a blender, grind together onion, garlic, ginger & green chilly. Set them aside. Also grind the tomatoes separately & set it aside.

In the same pan/ wok, add 2 tsp oil and heat it well. Add cumin seeds, black cardamom & cinnamon stick. Sautรฉ for a minute. Next add the onion, ginger, garlic & green chilly paste. Cook on medium flame until the oil separates from the masala & it turns rich golden in colour (about 5-6 mins approx). Season with salt. Add the dry spices now, turmeric pwd, red chilly pwd, cumin pwd & coriander pwd. Cook for 10 mins until the oil floats on top of the masala. Next goes in the tomato purรฉe & blanched green peas, mix and cook until the oil floats on top (approx 7-8 mins). Lastly add the Garam masala pwd & the sautรฉed paneer cubes, cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5-7 mins. Once done, garnish with some coriander leaves & serve piping hot ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Hope you will try it soon…trust me it’s a keeper โ˜บ๏ธ

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’–

Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji is a fast food or street food dish. It is basically a thick vegetable curry served with a soft dinner roll (pav). Pav Bhaji has originated from Mumbai but has now gained a lot of popularity all over India! However, there are many versions of the Pav Bhaji but the most authentic and the most delicious is the one from my Mumbai!ย 

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So, some might ask, what exactly is a Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji ?! Well, it is the most wonderful pairing of humble veggies with some everyday spices, all mashed together to make a thick gravy kind of a concoction. This is the bhaji. The pav is nothing but a basic dinner roll. The Bombay style dinner rolls are called pav. They are not sweet like the dinner rolls in the West but they do have a really good flavor. The bhaji is incomplete without the classic Bombay pav. Here is the link to make your own classic Bombay style Pav.

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These right here are the Best Homemade Laadi Pav ever! The same have been used for my made from scratch Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji.

The pav needs to be absolutely soft, melt in the mouth kinds and very fresh when serving with the bhaji. No other city in India or elsewhere has a version of this pav that even comes close to the classic Bombay style Laadi pav. If you are a Bombayite like yours truly, you’ll know exactly what I mean. When this pav is smeared with some butter and flash toasted on the hot gridle. the aroma and the later, the flavor is top notch! It is the most tempting aroma ever. The pav turns slightly crisp on the edges and soaks up all of the butter, it literally oozes that butter as your tear the pav for every bite!

Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

Coming to the bhaji for theย Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji,ย  it is made with some very basic ingredients, nothing fancy at all. Some veggies are boiled and mashed, Then a curry based of sorts is made with some spices, mashed veggies go into it and all of it comes together as the bhaji. Served with a dollop of butter, squirt of lime and some chopped onions is how we enjoy this dish! Needless to say it happens to be my favorite street food ever, I do make it at home too and it does turn exactly like the ones from my favorite street vendors! Follow my recipe to the T and you will nail the color and the flavor! ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I perfected my recipe taking a bit of it from my mom and the rest fromย  the actual vendors at Juhu Beach ๐Ÿ˜‰
PS- I hate greens peas in my bhaji so I skip it.

Let us start with Bhaji, because the recipe for Homemade Laadi Pav is here.

For the bhaji –
Soak 6-7 long destemmed and deseeded Kashmiri red chilies in hot water for 15 minutes. Grind them with some water and the cloves of garlic. Set this paste aside.

Take 1 glass of water in a pressure cooker, add salt, then large cubes of the potatoes and the florets of cauliflower. Cover and let it cook for until 2 whistles. Once done, let the pressure release on it’s own.

Mash the boiled veggies properly and set them aside.

In a large, flat pan or wok, heat butter and oil together.

Add asafoetida (hing). Let it splutter for a few seconds. Add the chopped onions along with green chili and cook them until they are translucent. It will take about 4-5 minutes on medium flame.

Next add the chopped capsicum. Season with salt and turmeric powder. mix well.

Cover and cook until the capsicum turns mushy. Add the chopped tomatoes. Add the Kashmiri chili – garlic paste. Mix well. Cook until the butter separates from this mixture and the tomatoes are completely cooked. That will take about 8-9 minutes.

Next, take a potato masher and mash this mixture thoroughly. Try to mash them as much as possible.

Add the pav bhaji masala and mix again. Let all of this cook away covered for the next 5 minutes.

Add the mashed veggies next and some chopped coriander leaves. Use a the potato masher to mix everything well. Continue to mash as the veggies cook away with the masala. Add some water if needed to correct the consistency nd continue to mash and mix it all well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes more.

Add some more butter. Mix it well and turn off the heat.

Serve it piping hot with the pav.

For the perfect Pav –
Heat butter in a pan, place the pav slit from between on the melted butter. Sprinkle some red chili powder and some chopped coriander on the pav as it flash toasts in the butter.
Serve it piping hot with the bhaji. ย 

Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji
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Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

Buttery, soft melt in mouth Mumbai style dinner rolls a.k.a Pav is served with some flavorful, mildly spiced and buttery curry of mashed veggies a.k.a bhaji. It is the most popular street food from Mumbai. I am sharing my recipe for the most authentic Bombay/ Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji ever. 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine Maharashtrian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 people
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 nos. large potatoes
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp chopped green chili
  • 7 nos. kashmiri red chili
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 4 nos larg, ripe tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped green capsicum
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric powder
  • 1 tsp pav bhaji masala
  • chopped coriander
  • pav, extra butter, lemon wedges, chopped onions, chopped coriander to serve

Instructions

For the bhaji -

  1. Soak 6-7 long destemmed and deseeded Kashmiri red chilies in hot water for 15 minutes. Grind them with some water and the cloves of garlic. Set this paste aside.

  2. Take 1 glass of water in a pressure cooker, add salt, then large cubes of the potatoes and the florets of cauliflower. Cover and let it cook for until 2 whistles.

  3. Once done, let the pressure release on it's own. Mash the boiled veggies properly and set them aside.

  4. In a large, flat pan or wok, heat butter and oil together. Add asafoetida (hing). Let it splutter for a few seconds.

  5. Add the chopped onions along with green chili and cook them until they are translucent. It will take about 4-5 minutes on medium flame.

  6. Next add the chopped capsicum. Season with salt and turmeric powder. Mix well.

  7. Cover and cook until the capsicum turns mushy. Add the chopped tomatoes. Add the Kashmiri chili - garlic paste. Mix well. 
    Cook until the butter separates from this mixture and the tomatoes are completely cooked. That will take about 8-9 minutes.

  8. Next, take a potato masher and mash this mixture thoroughly. Try to mash them as much as possible. Add the pav bhaji masala and mix again. Let all of this cook away covered for the next 5 minutes.

  9. Add the mashed veggies next and some chopped coriander leaves. Use a the potato masher to mix everything well. Continue to mash as the veggies cook away with the masala.

  10. Add some water if needed to correct the consistency nd continue to mash and mix it all well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes more.

  11. Add some more butter. Mix it well and turn off the heat.

  12. Serve it piping hot with the pav.

For the perfect Pav -

  1. Heat butter in a pan, place the pav slit from between on the melted butter. Sprinkle some red chili powder and some chopped coriander on the pav as it flash toasts in the butter. Serve it piping hot with the bhaji.

Recipe Notes

You can add any veggie of your choice.

Use a good quality salted butter as that adds the maximum flavor.

You can add more chilies if you want it spicy.ย 

Love,
Shreya

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Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I can‘t resist buying bright, grassy green spinach whenever I go veggie shopping ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Š I adore the earthy aroma! And more often than not, I end up making my Dhabewala Palak Paneer (cubes of cottage cheese cooked in a mildly spice spinach gravy) and I like serving it with some kind of rustic Indian flat bread (roti) ๐Ÿ˜ฌ hence, my Ajwaini Missi Roti ( carom flavored flat bread made with a mix of flours and some spices)…everything on this platter is served with love and lots of butter!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I don’t really need to explain what’s Palak Paneer to any Indian! It’s a staple in North India but loved by everyone all over ๐Ÿ‘ And trust me, you will fall in love with this preparation! It’s mildly spiced, earthy and very versatile! Versatile because one can pair a Palak Paneer with roti, rice, purisย or even some dinner rolls!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I haven’t used a complicated recipe here, some everyday ingredients to make a magical Dhaba Style dish. Who doesn’t love the aromas wafting out of a Dhaba ๐Ÿ˜€ andย my Ajwaini Missi Roti is rustic. Very crispy on the outside and perfectly moist and flaky on the inside….obviously with a dollop of butter on everything!! You don’t do aย Dhabaย style meal with no butter! Everything is “Makhan maarkey!” (meaning…slathered with butter!)ย  โค๏ธ

It’s fast and really very easy to put together… Let’s have a look at the recipe..

For Palak Paneer
In a blender, add garlic, ginger, green chili and blanched spinach and make a smooth purรฉe.
Set aside.
Heat oil and ghee (if using ghee) together in the wok. Add asafoetida (hing).
Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onions add sautรฉ until they start turning brown from the edges. Next add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric ย and chili powder. Mix well.
Cook until the oil begins to separate. Next, add the tomatoes and season with salt.
Add Garam masala at this stage and cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked and the oil floats on top of the masala, will take approx. 7-8 minutes (you can put a lid and cook at this stage).
Next, goes in the kasuri methi and grated paneer. Cook them 2-3 minutes.
Finally add the purรฉed spinach mixture and the fried cubes of paneer. Stir well but avoid breaking any cubes of the paneer and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
Once everything is cooked well, taste for seasoning and adjust the same if needed, then add the cream n stir well. That’s it! Serve piping hot with roti / parathas / rice.

For Ajwaini Missi Roti
In a large mixing bowl, take all the ingredients except the water. Give everything a good mix.
Using little water at a time, make a medium – firm dough. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, divide the dough into equal parts a make balls with it, use some extra flour to dust the rolling board and roll it using a rolling pin to make round parathas/ roti.
They should be slightly thick.
Heat the pan/ griddle with some ghee / butter / oil, and cook the roti on both sides until nicely crisp and the color should be golden brown (take about 2mins on the first side and 1 min on the other side).
Apply extra butter if you like before serving them hot!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3

A delicious combination of Dhaba Style Palak Paneer paired with some crisp, earthy Ajwaini Missi Roti. A salad on the side and this meal couldn't get any better!!

Ingredients

    Palak Paneer
  • 5-6 bunches of medium sized spinach (cleaned, blanched in unsalted water and drained. Also, it shrinks post cooking so you may adjust the quantity)
  • 250 gms paneer /cottage cheese (cubed! shallow fried with no salt & set aside)
  • 2 nos. medium onion chopped finely
  • 2 nos. medium tomatoes chopped finely
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic
  • 2" piece of ginger
  • 3 nos. green chili
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tbsp. grated paneer /cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cream (I used Amul)
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. Garam Masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. ghee (optional)
  • 1 tsp butter (optional, for garnish)
  • Ajwaini Missi Roti
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour (Atta)
  • 3/4 cup gram flour (besan)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. carom seeds (Ajwain)
  • 1 tsp chopped green chili
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ghee for kneading the dough (use oil if you are avoiding ghee)
  • extra ghee or butter for cooking the roti (optional, you can use oil and avoid ghee/ butter)
  • 1/4 cup approx. water (to knead the dough)
  • Extra wheat flour for dusting

Instructions

    Palak Paneer
  1. In a blender, add garlic, ginger, green chili and blanched spinach and make a smooth purรฉe.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil and ghee (if using ghee) together in the wok. Add asafoetida (hing).
  4. Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onions add sautรฉ until they start turning brown from the edges. Next add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric and chili powder. Mix well.
  5. Cook until the oil begins to separate. Next, add the tomatoes and season with salt.
  6. Add Garam masala at this stage and cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked and the oil floats on top of the masala, will take approx. 7-8 minutes (you can put a lid and cook at this stage).
  7. Next, goes in the kasuri methi and grated paneer. Cook them 2-3 minutes.
  8. Finally add the purรฉed spinach mixture and the fried cubes of paneer. Stir well but avoid breaking any cubes of the paneer and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Once everything is cooked well, taste for seasoning and adjust the same if needed, then add the cream n stir well. That's it! Serve piping hot with roti / parathas / rice.
  10. Ajwaini Missi Roti
  11. In a large mixing bowl, take all the ingredients except the water. Give everything a good mix.
  12. Using little water at a time, make a medium - firm dough. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes.
  13. After 15 minutes, divide the dough into equal parts a make balls with it, use some extra flour to dust the rolling board and roll it using a rolling pin to make round parathas/ roti.
  14. They should be slightly thick.
  15. Heat the pan/ griddle with some ghee / butter / oil, and cook the roti on both sides until nicely crisp and the color should be golden brown (take about 2mins on the first side and 1 min on the other side).
  16. Apply extra butter if you like before serving them hot!

Notes

The dough for the Missi Roti stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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In my home, we have these with some onions with a dash of lime!

Love,

Shreya๐Ÿ’•

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Bharwa Baigan – Delicious North Indian Recipe

Honestly…I don’t even like ‘Baigan’ or aubergines / brinjals…whatever you call it in ur part of the world! I avoid it to the core. And so does my hubby! Not a fan at all.. ๐Ÿ˜ต๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถ๐Ÿ˜ถย 

But then there is always an exception to the rule.. Bharwa Baigan, being ours!!! And of course the succulent Baigan Bhajjaย (batter fried aubergine fritters)ย wow! Drooling already ๐Ÿ˜› and it’s again my mom’s recipe, so it’s tried, tested and loved ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

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See, how tempting it looks…coated with a spicy dry rub and has no onion or garlic! A great side dish for your rotis / Parathas or even my pretty Masala Purisย …and a glass of Spiced Buttermilk / Chaas! Goes equally well with some steamed rice, dal tadka / dahi kadhi or even our dear humble khichadi ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ trust me, try it once and you will enjoy it thoroughly! Although I use mustard oil to cook these, you can choose to use any oil of your preference, and the taste will still be just divine! It’s rustic, it’s homey….it’s just what a home-cooked meal should be like…comforting ๐Ÿ˜€

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My mom, and now me..keep it simple and add a few slices of potato too to the same spice mix…it’s the perfect match ..and so quick! Just 30 mins ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ˜‡ now getting on with the recipe… (For a change…you will find some pics of the steps involved here…it’s easy but needs to be shown and seen!)

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a large wok, a sharp knife, a mixing bowl, measuring spoons / cups.

Ingredients:

4-5 nos thin & long purple brinjal (Baigan, refer to the pic below)

2 nos medium potato washed, peeled and sliced (refer to the pic below)

For the dry masala (dry rub):

3 tbsp roasted coriander pwd

2 tbsp roasted cumin pwd

1.5 tbsp red chilli pwd

1 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp amchur pwd (dried mango pwd)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tsp sugar

salt to taste

To cook:

5-6 tbsp mustard oil (use any variant of oil as you prefer)

Method:

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Wash, clean and dry the brinjals, keeping the peel on them, cut them into one inch thick roundels. Slit them from the centre lengthwise but not all the way through and put in some slits inside too. (See the pic above). Also prepare the potatoes as shown in the pic. Prick the potato slices with a knife so that the masala can get absorbed.

In a small plate, mix together all the dry spices and the seasonings. Using a spoon, stuff the prepared and slit brinjals. Coat the potato slices too in the masala mix. (See the pic above)

Keep the stuffed brinjals and potatoes in a mixing bowl. In the meantime, heat oil in the wok, if your using mustard oil, then heat to smoking point and then reduce the flame and let it cool a bit before moving to the next step (if you’re using any other oil, just heat it well), once the oil is ready, add the stuffed brinjals & potatoes into the wok & stir well to coat everything with the oil. Cook uncovered for 5 mins on high flame. Stir again. Slowly the potatoes will begin to crisp up. Cover and cook for 12-14 mins. Open the cover after that and check if the potatoes are cooked which they would have cooked by now. (If the potatoes are a bit undercooked, cover for a few ore mins). The brinjals, you will see that they have cooked perfectly. Give everything a good mix. Garnish with some coriander leaves and serve hot! ๐Ÿ˜

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Hope you enjoy these!

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’•

Aloo ke Bhature Khatte Chole aur Masala Chaas

My birthday was due in less than a week…I must have been 8-9 yrs old..and I was all excited like any little kid would be about their birthday! ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐Ÿฐ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ I was never really big on birthday parties and stuff… But I always waited for my mom’s special cooking. She always made such an effort to make us sisters so happy on our birthdays… ย  ๐Ÿ’•
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So, coming back to a week before my birthday…my mom asked me like she did every single year….”what do you wish to eat for your birthday dinner!? ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜š” (I had so many things in my mind …countless dishes that I absolutely love when I mom makes them! She’s a magician! I don’t mean only while cooking…but everything…she’s got a way to make everything seem so easy for all of us. I guess that’s what all moms do for their family ๐Ÿ’“….) ….

I simply said “Chole Bhature”…I didn’t really think. It just popped out of my mouth. She was like..it’s easy! Say something else. But I didn’t. I wanted her to be able to enjoy the evening with me instead of staying in the kitchen prepping for the meal! I wanted her to be there when I cut the cake ๐Ÿ˜Š …when I opened my presents which she so carefully packed for me! Simply said…I wanted her to have an easy evening and have some fun! I guess I had realised that food didn’t matter to me that evening. The time spent with family did… From that year, if I am spending my birthday with mom, I only ask for one Chole Bhature…it’s become kind of a ritual for me..

So, this last weekend..was looking at some childhood photographs..some from my birthday celebrations and I was thinking about how time flies. And then just like that…the foodie in me craved for some Chole Bhature. But, clearly it was too late to make any. However, the next day didn’t seem so bad after all so soaked some chickpeas, smiling to myself ๐Ÿ˜‰tomorrow would be a good day…

As I didn’t have my mom’s recipe for the Aloo Bhature, one of my favourite variants of Bhature,ย I called her and quickly noted everything down, deciding alongside to serve some refreshing Masala Chaas to go with my meal ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜..lets get started with the recipe!

Yield: serves a meal for 2-3

Equipment: a pressure cooker, a large wok, a large mixing bowl, a slotted spatula, a rolling pin, a rolling board, a few bowls, measuring spoons/cups.

Ingredients for the Khatte Chole: (serves 2-3)

1 cup Chole (garbanzo beans), washed & soaked for 8-9 hrs

1 nos tea bag

salt to taste

1/4 cup tamarind pulp

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tbsp red chilli pwd

2 tbsp ginger garlic paste

1 nos large onion finely chopped

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1tbsp Garam masala

1 tbsp roasted cumin pwd

1/2 tbsp roasted coriander pwd

A pinch of asafoetida (optional)

2 nos sliced green chilly

a pinch of sugar

3 tbsp oil

1/2 tbsp ghee

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

Method:

Boil the soaked the Chole in the pressure cooker with the tea bag & some salt for about 4-5 whistles. Turn off the gas and wait for the steam to settle on its own accord. Drain the Chole and save the water in which it was boiled for later use. (Tea bag is used only to get a good brown colour, skip it if you’re not comfortable using it, it’s taste won’t alter much)

Next, heat the oil & ghee together in the wok. Once it’s hot enough add the cumin seeds & asafoetida (if using). Let them splutter a bit. Then, add the chopped onions, slit green chillies & ginger garlic paste. Sautรฉ on medium flame until the onions get a light golden colour. Next, add the cumin pwd, coriander pwd, red chilli pwd & turmeric pwd. Sautรฉ until these spices & the onion are cooked well and some oil gets separated from them. Add the drained Chole into the masala base and mix well. Season with salt but carefully as u had seasoned the Chole while boiling it too.try mashing a few of the Chole with the back of the spatula. Add a pinch of sugar.

Next, add the Garam masalaย into the Chole and sautรฉ again for 5 mins on medium flame. You can adjust the consistency at this point using some of the water that we saved from the pressure cooker and mix well. Also add the tamarind pulp and mix well. Cover and cook for 7-8 mins on low flame. Open the wok after that and add chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. (I don’t use any ready made Chole masala, however feel free to use some while frying the onions, it’s up to you. Also adjust the amount of tamarind pulp as per your taste, I like the extra punch it gives) ย โ˜บ๏ธ serve it piping hot! Tastes great even with my Masala Puris.

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Ingredients for the Aloo ke Bhature: (makes 8-9)

2 cups wholewheat flour

1 cup APF (Maida)

3/4 cup sour curd (I used homemade curd which was a day old)

1/2 tsp baking soda

Salt to taste

1 nos small potato (boiled, peeled & grated)

1 tsp sugar

2 tsp oil + extra to grease the dough

water as needed ( I used about 1/2 a cup)

oil to fry

Method:

Take all the above ingredients in a large mixing bowl except the water. Mix everything well. Using little water at a time, make a medium hard dough. Use some oil to the smoothen the dough. Cover the dough with a wet napkin and let it rest for 2hours. ( even if it rests a little less than 2 hrs, it’s ok)

After resting the dough, just punch it down a bit. Make equal 8-9 balls of the dough. Using a rolling pin, make a round puri / flat bread of diameter approx 4-5″, and thickness should be a bit more than that of the puris/ flat bread. Do the same for the other balls as well. Set aside. Heat oil in a wok, once it hot enough, fry the bhaturas one by one in the oil, careful not to keep the heat too high as it will be undercooked from within. Keep for a min on the first side, when it fluffs up well, turn it over and fry for another 45 secs. That should be enough! Drain them on absorbent kitchen napkins. Serve hot! ย ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Ingredients for the Masala Chaas : (serves 2-3)

400 gm curd

salt, red chilli pwd, roasted cumin pwd, Himalayan pink salt (kala namak) to taste

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

chilled water as required.

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk the curd. Season with the above mentioned spices. Adjust the consistency with some chilled water. Serve immediately or you can keep it refrigerated as well for up to 5-6 hours. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜€

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Now that’s what I call a soul-satisfying meal! Don’t you? Try these, you will end up making them often….

Love,

Shreya ๐Ÿ’ž

Peri-Peri Spiced Cheesy Potato Skins

I love everything cheesy….does that sound cheesy?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but it’s true…I could add cheese to my ‘dal roti’ too…!!.and thinking back…I might have actually done that at some point in time! Mom would know better ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

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And my hubby happens to be my opposite when it comes to cheese…he does like it but follows a diet and cheats rarely ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ I mean really rarely! So whenever I make something loaded with cheese ..cream and butter..I end up eating most of it as he sticks to a bite or two…(no complains) …more for me! ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ’ƒ

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So coming to these beauties…I had been craving something cheesy for a couple of days..so I decided to make a cheesy dish….full of butter, cream and loads and loads of cheese…but was doubtful if hubby dearest would ‘cheat’ …so texted him..asking the same..and to my complete and utter surprise…he wrote ‘I am in the mood for something cheesy too! Avoid a pizza..something new maybe ๐Ÿ˜’ I smiled to myself! I didn’t want pizza too. I already had something in my mind that I had been eyeing on Pinterest for a few weeks! But didn’t really follow any recipe…I never need one when it comes to CHEESE!!!

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It took me all of 45 mins to get this on the table! Quick, delicious…every bite oozing with cheese, cream and melting butter! Not a dieters dream ๐Ÿ˜œ

Lets get to the recipe.

๏ธYield: serves 2

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

Ingredients:

2 nos large potatoes (par boiled, not peeled)

1/4 cup fresh cream ( I used Amul)

1 cup grated cheese (I used packaged shredded pizza cheese)

1/2 tbs garlic granules (use fresh garlic if granules are not available)

Sea Salt to taste (use regular salt, it tastes the same)

1 tbsp mixed Italian spice pwd

1 tbs peri-peri spice mix (store bought)

1/2 tbsp red chilli flakes

2 tsp bread crumbs

2 tsp butter

oil as needed

2-3 tbsp sour cream

Method:

Pre-heat the oven @ 200’C (turn on both the upper and lower rods for this). Line a baking tray with aluminium foil and grease it with some butter /oil.

Cut the 2 par-boiled potatoes in half very carefully keeping the skin intact, you will have 4 halves. Scoop out the potatoes but keep some flesh intact close to the skin for all 4 halves. Now, keep the scooped potatoes aside, and take a bowl, add the scooped potato flesh, cream, mix Italian spice pwd, peri-peri spice pwd, red chilli flakes, garlic granules, butter & salt to taste. Give it a good mix, it should be smooth and creamy. Now fill the potato skins with this mixture. Sprinkle some bread crumbs on top of each filled potato skin. Spread generous amount of grated cheese on top of the bread crumbs. Sprinkle some sea salt, red chilli flakes & mixed Italian spice pwd for extra flavour. Drizzle some oil over each filled and dressed potato skin. Keep them on the prepared baking tray a little apart from each other. Bake them for 20 mins in the top most rack of your oven so that the filled skins get a good colour! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Once baked, keep them on the cooling rack for a few mins. Plate these, add a dollop of sour cream….sprinkle some red chilli flakes & Italian spice pwd! That’s it.. Enjoy these hot and gooey..melting right onto your plates!

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Since I was serving them for dinner. I paired them with some fresh green salad and a glass of chilled orange juice! A complete meal in just 45 mins!

Love,

Shreya โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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