Category: Starters

Pyaaz ki Kachori

I became a huge fan of these Pyaaz ki Kachori, when I visited Jaipur almost a decade ago and stopped by Rawat’s…. These Kachoris were crisp on the outside and perfectly moist within..and such a burst of flavour with every mouthful! Can’t remember how many I must’ve eaten back then!! 😬 

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They were always on my mind… I mean I wanted to replicate these forever… And I finally made up my mind that I’d give it a go with whatever flavour I still got in my mouth when I thought of them & obviously..my ever obliging mom asked one of friends for a general idea as to what would go into making these.. My mom’s friend spent a good couple of years in Jaipur very recently and luckily had a fair idea about the ingredients! Lucky me! πŸ˜‡

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That’s what they looked like from inside…although I didn’t make very large ones..we loved the overall flavour & they did come pretty close to original Rawat’s famous Pyaaz ki Kachori. It’s pretty easy and doesn’t need too much prepping!! Let’s get on with the recipe…Β 

️Yield: 7-8 medium Kachori

Equipment: a large heavy bottom wok, a slotted spatula, a large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a blender, some tissues/ absorbent kitchen paper, a small pan

Ingredients:

For the the outer cover:

2 cups APF (Maida)

1 tbsp warm ghee

water as needed

1/2 tsp ajwain (carom seeds)

salt to taste

Method:

Take the flour in a large mixing bowl, add warm ghee and rub the flour with your fingertips for 7-8 mins, then season with salt & carom seeds. Add adequate water to make a medium stiff dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and set aside.

For the filling:

5 nos medium onions peeled & finely chopped

1 tbsp coriander seeds (dhaniya)

1 tsp jeera seeds (cumin)

1 tsp saunf seeds (fennel)

5-6 nos peppercorns (sabut Kali mirch)

2 nos whole dry red chilly

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp green chilli paste

salt to taste

1/2 tsp Garam masalaΒ 

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

2 tsp oil

1 pinch sugar

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

For Frying:

oil as required.

Method:

Heat a pan & dry roast coriander seeds, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cumin seeds & whole dry red hollies for 5-6 mins. Turn off heat the heat and let them cool for a few mins. Next, grind these coarsely in a blender. Set aside.

Heat oil in the same pan, add chopped onions & a pinch of sugar and sautΓ© till they turn a bit brown. Next add the fresh spice pwd, turmeric pwd and give them a mix. Also add the ginger, garlic & green chilli pastes and sautΓ© for 3-4 mins. Let the oil separate from the spices…it will take about 4-5 mins. Season with salt & add the Garam masala. Cook for another 5 mins. Add amchur pwd and chopped coriander leaves. Stir and turn off the heat and set it aside.

Assembling:

Knead the dough once again and make small balls of equal size. Flatten each out with your fingers and your palm or rolling pin. The diameter can about 3″ or less & thickness should be a little more than that of a puri. Then add a tbsp or so of the filling and close the ball well so that the filling doesn’t come out while frying.

Now, heat oil in a large, heavy bottomed wok. Once it’s enough, drop 2-3 Kachoris in the oil and fry well from both side until they turn a rich golden colour. Drain well on a tissue paper/ absorbent kitchen paper. That’s it! Done πŸ˜‰ I served these hot with some fried green chillies & imli ki khatti meethi chutney πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸ˜€

Pyaaz ki Kachori

The filling, if kept in the refrigerator can last for 2-3 days. Hope you enjoy these soon!

Love,

Shreya πŸ’ž

Peri-Peri Spiced Cheesy Potato Skins

I love everything cheesy….does that sound cheesy?! πŸ˜‰ 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 πŸ˜†πŸ˜†

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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 😱😱 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! πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ’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 😁’ 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 😜

Lets get to the recipe.

️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! 😊

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 ❀️❀️

Nutty Rice Croquettes

I love fried food…and this season is the perfect excuse to indulge in it!! πŸ˜›πŸ˜›
Last week I had shared the recipe for my Lehsuni Pakode aur Teekhi Lal ChutneyΒ and Maska MathrisΒ here….they were a deep fried heaven! Made two big batches of the Pakode within half an hour on hubby’s request πŸ’“ who usually avoids fried food.

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But he loves snacking on spicy stuff…so I keep my Appe pan very handy. You can try my Sabudana Wadas ..they turned out so well even though they aren’t deep fried 😊

Anyways, coming to these Croquettes… They just happened on an impulse a couple days ago…had some boiled rice in my refrigerator begging me to use them. So decided to go ahead and make something for my hubby to have with his evening tea! Since he didn’t want an oily snack, I used my Appe pan…just a few drops of oil…and the result was awesome! Crispy and crunchy on the outside and perfectly moist inside! Some spicy dip on the side, with a cup of tea along with these croquettes…and my hubby thoroughly enjoyed them! 😁

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And if you do not have any leftover rice, that’s fine too, make some fresh rice, drain all the water once it’s cooked and spread the rice on a plate to dry out for 15-20 mins! The end results are just as fabulous πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘Œ lets get started with the recipe… ☺️

Yield: 10-12 medium croquettes

Equipment: Appe pan (optional, you can deep fry), a mixing bowl, measuring cups / spoons, absorbent kitchen paper.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup cooked rice

2 small boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes

1/4 cup roasted and crushed peanuts

2 tsp chopped green chillies

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

1 tbs ginger garlic paste

2 tbs rice flour (you can use cornflour or APF as well)

1/4 tsp chaat masala

oil as required

Method:

Mix all the ingredients mentioned above except the oil. Make sure the mixture is combined well. Keep this mixture in the refrigerator for 10-15 mins. Next, make croquettes of equal size. If your using the Appe pan, simply drop a croquettes in each indentation and a couple of drops of oil around them, cook well on the first side to get a deep brown colour. Then flip over to the other side and cook until you get an even colour. That’s it. Serve them piping hot!!

Alternatively, you can deep fry these croquettes…but I have kept things healthy. πŸ˜‰

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Love,

Shreya πŸ’“

Lehsuni Pakode aur Teekhi Lal Chutney!

Baarish ka mausam aur garama Garam pakode!! Wow! Awesome combo. And for my ‘chai‘ loving hubby, a mug of steaming ginger tea!Β 

We woke up yesterday morning to the most beautiful climate…breezy, rainy and everything looked green. I looked at my hubby and I knew why he was smiling back at me! πŸ˜‰ I quickly freshened up and rushed into the kitchen. And 20 mins later … Taddaaaa! A platter full of my special ‘Lehsuni Pakode aur Teekhi Lal Chutney’.

I mean I did have the chutney ready already since the previous dayπŸ˜πŸ˜› saves time having this fiery dip on hand.

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We enjoyed it too much…sitting in the balcony..enjoying the view and munching happily on these hot and crispy pakodis. So much so, I was asked to make a ‘round 2‘ by my ever dieting hubby!! 😘

Lehsuni‘ cos I love garlic…love them too much actually! And trust me, the flavour is to die for.. Well then let’s get on with the recipe.

Yield: serves 3-4

Equipment: a wok to fry, slotted spatula, a mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

2 nos large potatoes finely sliced

2 nos medium onions finely sliced

1 nos small white radish finely sliced

10-12 large / 15-18 small cloves of garlic freshly minced

salt to taste

oil to fry

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1/2 tsp amchur pwd

1/2 tsp haldi pwd

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

1 tbsp chopped green chillieS

2 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped

6 tbsp besan ( chickpea flour )

1 tbsp rice flour

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together except the oil to make a thick mixture so that the besan coats everything well but isn’t dripping at all. Heat enough oil in the wok, once it’s hot enough, start dropping a tbsp of the mixture into the hot oil and fry on medium heat. Once the pakodis turn a rich golden colour, take them out of the oil and drain on absorbent papers. That’s it! Serve them piping hot! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜›

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Ingredients for the Teekhi Lal Chutney:

20-25 nos whole dry red chilly

20-25 nos garlic cloves

salt to taste

little water to grind

1/4 tsp cumin pwd

1/2 tsp vinegar

Method:

Soak the red chillies in some water for 30 mins. Drain the chillies and set aside. Peel the garlic cloves and chop them roughly. Grind everything together using little water to make a smooth paste. The chutney is done 😁 keeps well for 5-6 days in the refrigerator.

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I am sure your gonna love these!!

Love,

Shreya πŸ’•

Crispy Sabudana Wadas in Appe Pan / Crispy Sago & Potato Croquettes in Aebelskiver Pan.

Its Spring time…which marks the beginning of Chaitri Navratris…when we Hindus worship Goddess Durga for 9 days while we fast. The 9th day signifies the end of the Navratris & it’s celebrated as Shri Ram Navmi.

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So I thought I should start my fasts by making an all time favourite of mine. Something so easy, healthy and yummy!! Sabudana Wadas…or Sago & Potato Croquettes but I have chosen to make these in an Appe pan /Aebelskiver pan. Although these Wadas or Croquettes can easily be deep or shallow fried, I prefer them with as little oil as possible. Trust me, the taste won’t be compromised 😊 They are crispy on the outside and creamy and soft on the inside. Just as the deep fried ones would taste.

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One can have these Wadas / Croquettes even when you aren’t fasting (yeah, I do that a lot) 😜 they can be excellent snacks for tea times too..or for a filling breakfast.

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Let’s start with the recipe, it requires a bit of prior prepping..πŸ˜€

Yield: 15-17 small Wadas / Croquettes

Equipment: Appe / Aebelskiver pan, a mixing bowl, a couple spoons & forks.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Sabudana / sago

3 nos medium potatoes boiled and mashed

2 nos green chillies finely chopped

1 tbsp coriander leaves finely chopped

1tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup roasted, husked & roughly crushed peanuts

Sendha namak / Himalayan Rock salt to taste ( you can use regular salt too if you are not fasting)

1/2 tsp roasted cumin pwd

a pinch of sugar (optional)

oil as required

Method:

Wash the Sabudana / sago under running water till water runs clear. Soak it overnight in a little water, just enough to cover the Sabudana / sago (even soaking for a minimum of 4-5 hours works well for me). Don’t keep any excess water while soaking.

Next, once the Sabudana / sago is soaked, mix all the ingredients together except the oil in the mixing bowl using a fork and make sure there are no lumps in a potatoes. Heat the Appe pan / Aebelskiver pan, add a few drops of oil in every indentation.. Make small balls with the batter and place in the pan. Cook for about 2-3 mins on the first side on low – medium flame else they will remain uncooked from within. Now turn them over and cook for a further 2 mins. They will get a rich golden – brown colour on all sides and will crisp up as well. Do the same for the entire batch. Serve them hot with any dip / sauce of your choice. Since I was fasting, I had them with some plain curd and fruits. That simple!! 😘😘

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Happy fasting everyone!

Love,

Shreya 😊

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