Category: Street Food

Vada Pav

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

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

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

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

Let’s get cooking…

Yield: 7-8 vadas

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

Ingredients:

For the Vada:

5 nos. large, boiled & mashed potatoes

2 tbsp oil

3 tbsp on ginger-garlic-green chilli paste

7-8 nos curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

salt to taste

For the batter:

1 cup Besan (gram flour)

water as needed

1/4 tsp baking soda

salt to taste

oil to deep fry

Method:

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

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

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

For the chutney:

2 tbsp red chilli pwd

9-10 cloves of garlic

4 tbsp dedicated coconut pwd

2 tbsp raita boondi

salt to taste

2 tbsp oil

Method:

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

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To assemble:

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

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Grab one…you’ll be hooked😉

Love,

Shreya💓

Recipe of the chutney is Adapted from Sanjeev Kapoor. 

Rawa Dosa

This happens to be my hubby’s favourite variety of Dosa…specially when he’s at any Udupi restaurants around here. It’s crispy, crunchy and really flavourful! 👌 

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We usually make it at home on weekends…as a healthy and filling brunch…paired with my Mom’s spicy & simple coconut chutney. The crispy Dosa goes so well with the earthiness of the this grassy green chutney. Although you can have some potato masala or a spicy sambhar to go with it too. Or even my fiery Schezwan Chutney! 😉

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This a really common preparation in most homes…being instant & super easy to make..although, a few ingredients here and there & the proportions may vary…but the results are always mouthwatering! Here’s my take..

For the Dosa

Yield: 4-5 Dosas

Equipment: a non stick pan, a spatula, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl, a ladle.

Ingredients:

1 cup Rawa/ sooji (semolina)

3 tbsp rice flour

1/2 tbsp maida (APF)

salt to taste

1 tsp whole peppercorns

1-2 tbsp chopped cashews

1 tsp chopped curry leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tbsp chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp grated ginger

1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)

water as needed

oil to cook the Dosa

Method:

Take all the dry ingredients in the bowl, stir them well. Then add water and make a runny batter. Let it sit for 5-7 mins.

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Heat the pan, and spread a ladleful of the batter on the pan…and drizzle some oil around the pan. Cook on low heat for about 5-6 mins…you need to cook it that long as it will crisp up..and there is no need to flip over to cook the other side. Once done, it starts leaving the pan from the edges. That’s it, your Rawa Dosa is ready! Serve it piping hot😀

(P.S. Stir the batter well before pouring out the next ladleful!)

For the chutney:

It’s really simple… Gives you about a big bowlful.

1 freshly grated coconut, about 1 bunch of coriander leaves, 2-3 green chillies & some salt. Grind these with some water.

Adjust the seasoning. You can temper it if you like..although I usually don’t do it! Done! This chutney stays fresh in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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Doesn’t that look absolutely tempting😬😉 they taste so good..

Love,

Shreya💓

Poha/ Matar Poha

I have memories of countless weekends….my breakfast/ brunch would be Sunshine on a Platter…yes! That’s what Poha has always been for me…and my Mom makes the world’s best Poha! Hands down! 😘😘😘we’d fill our tummies with it..and then skip lunch. Some well deserved rest for Mom…what are weekends for then!? 

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She would even pack this for our lunch boxes sometimes..but I must confess – it tastes best when you have it piping hot! Straight out of the wok..onto your plates..no frills…just some home style cooking👌👌

She had learnt to make this almost 43 years ago..when she had come to Mumbai post her wedding….and ever since then it’s her Signature Dish! That’s because she changed the ingredients a bit to make something similar to one of her favourites from U.P./ Bihar..’chuda matar’ (‘chuda’ means beaten rice flakes and ‘matar’ is green peas)..often eaten as snacks😁 we don’t usuall add any Sev or peanuts while serving it….but you can😛

Let’s get on with my Mom’s recipe..

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipment: a wok, a spatula, a colander, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

2  cup Poha (thick variety/ Jada Poha)

3 tbsp oil

1 nos. sliced onion

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch hing (asafoetida)

2 nos. chopped green chilli

5-6 nos. Kari Patta (curry leaves)

1/2 cup green peas

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp grated ginger

salt to taste

1/2 tsp sugar

juice of 1 lemon

chopped coriander leaves to garnish

Method:

Firstly, we need to moisten the poha. For that, take sieved poha in n colander, pour 1 cup water over it. Let the water drain well. Keep it aside. Make sure you don’t drown it in any more water else, you will end up with a big lump of mushy poha.

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Now, heat oil in the wok. Once it’s hot, add mustard seeds & hing. Let them crackle a bit. Then add onions, curry leaves, ginger & chillies. Cook on medium flame until the onions turn golden colour. The season with salt, sugar & turmeric pwd. Add 1 tsp of water if needed to avoid the ingredients to stick at the bottom. Also add in the peas. Cook for about 5-6 mins. Stir in the moistened poha next. Cook for 2-3 mins. Add lemon juice. Mix & garnish with chopped coriander leaves😊 enjoy it piping hot!

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Try this…it’s just so yummy! You will be  hooked 😬

Love,

Shreya 💗

Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce

Today, I’ll share a really easy and delicious recipe for Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce. It’s a spicy, mildly sweet yet pungent chili garlic sauce which is very popular in the fusion Indo Chinese cuisine. It barely calls for any ingredients from our pantries and gets done in a jiffy. 

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Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce is a red chili and garlic based spicy yet sweet sauce which can be used as a dip or for cooking various dishes. It has a spicy yet addictive flavor which it makes it so famous. It is also popularly known as Schezwan Chutney in India. Since it needs such few ingredients to put it together, making it at home is very easy and hassle-free.

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Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce can be served as a dip/ condiment alongside many snacks or starters like Potato wedges, baked spring rolls, Beetroot patties/ cutlets, Vegan cauliflower wings, etc. It even goes perfectly well with famous Indian snacks like Pakoda (fritters), Parathas (Indian Flat breads) or Samosa.

You can even use this sauce as a spread for sandwiches, wraps, rolls, etc. It is very versatile. I usually have a batch of Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce with me at all times as it becomes easy to put together meals including Schezwan Paneer or Schezwan Lo-Mein (Noodles).

Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce is a vegan and gluten free sauce. Yes, I do not add any cornstarch to my recipe even though it is a gluten free flour. Many recipes for the same sauce call for corn starch but I’ve personally never felt the need to add any.

Now, coming to preserving this sauce. As I’ve just mentioned above that I always have a batch of this sauce ready at hand. It is so, because this sauce stays fresh in the refrigerator for a good 3-4 weeks at one go. The main trick behind that is a bit of extra oil while cooking this sauce.

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Let us make some Schezwan Sauce.

Soak the dry red chilies in some water for 30 minutes. Drain the water after 30 minutes. Grind the soaked chilies coarsely and set that aside.

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Finely chop the onions, garlic and ginger. Set it aside.

Heat oil in a large wok (use a deep and large wok as the sauce will splatter once it starts boiling).

Add the onions. Cook them for about 5 minutes or until translucent.

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Then add the ground red chilies, chopped ginger and garlic. Mix well and cook on medium flame until the oil floats on the top. That should take about 7-8 minutes.

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Then season with salt, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup. Continue to cook for another 6-7 minutes on low flame. Stir a few times in between.

Turn off the flame. Allow it to cool completely before storing in glass bottles. Refrigerate immediately and it will last almost 3-4 weeks.

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Schezwan Sauce | How to make Schezwan Sauce

This Vegan & Gluten Free sauce is a spicy, mildly sweet yet pungent chili garlic sauce which is very popular in the fusion Indo Chinese cuisine. It works well as a dip as well can be used to cook one pot meals. 

Course Condiment, Dip, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Indo Chinese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 200 ml
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 20 nos. whole, dry red chilies (I used kashmiri)
  • 1/4 cup chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped ginger
  • 10 tbsp oil
  • 5 tbsp vinegar (I used Apple Cider vinegar, you can use any variety but avoid balsamic or a darker vinegar)
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce (I used light soy)
  • 2 tbsp ketchup (add more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to taste, do not add too much as we have used soy sauce too)

Instructions

  1. Soak the dry red chilies in some water for 30 minutes. Drain the water after 30 minutes. Grind the soaked chilies coarsely and set that aside.


  2. Finely chop the onions, garlic and ginger. Set it aside. 

  3. Heat oil in a large wok (use a deep and large wok as the sauce will splatter once it starts oiling).
  4. Add the onions. Cook them for about 5 minutes or until translucent.
  5. Then add the ground red chilies, chopped ginger and garlic. Mix well and cook on medium flame until the oil floats on the top. That should take about 7-8 minutes.
  6. Then season with salt, vinegar, soy sauce and ketchup. Continue to cook for another 6-7 minutes on low flame. Stir a few times in between.
  7. Turn off the flame. Allow it to cool completely before storing in glass bottles. Refrigerate immediately and it will last almost 3-4 weeks.

Recipe Notes

Use regular sugar if you do not prefer ketchup. 

I have used Kashmiri chilies, you can use any dried red chili as per your preference. 

Do not use a wet spoon to remove the sauce from the jar. 

If you think the quantity of oil is too much, reduce it a bit but then the sauce will remain fresh in the refrigerator for just about 7-8 days. 

Love,
Shreya

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Samosa/ Banarasi Samosa Chaat

I don’t think there is anybody who doesn’t like ‘Garama-Garam Samosas’!! ❤️❤️…my personal favourite among all the ‘desi’ snacks!! 

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Crispy…golden brown….& piping hot. Stuffed it’s some spicy potatoes & green peas. Earthy flavours within a light, flaky outer coating! 😬

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These flavours are once again, typical from my family’s hometown..’Varanasi’/ ‘Banaras’ and are smaller in size as you can see. They are made in almost the same way all over U.P. and the adjoining areas. Flavours of Garam Masala & asafoetida (hing) are very dominant. Besides, we don’t add peanuts or raisins in the stuffing. But you can do so if you like😊

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And then…comes the Chaat! 😜😜😜 Benarasi Chaat is very famous…and the flavours are unbeatable😁😁’Chaat Bhandaars’ (shops) dot the map of this Holy City🙏 So when it comes to samosas…they add lots of tang and flavour to it…chickpea curry (Mattra), chutneys…chopped onions, some broken Sev top the samosa👌👌😋 it’s finger-licking good☺️☺️

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Doesn’t this make you drool!? My Mom makes the best Samosas and Banarasi Samosa Chaat..and today I am sharing her recipe here…😄

Let’s start the recipe..

️Yield: 12 medium samosas

Equipment: a wok, a pan, rolling pin, measuring cups/ spoons, a slotted ladle, extra spoons & plates as needed, a pressure cooker.

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cup Maida (APF)

2 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp ajwain (carrom seeds)

salt to taste

water as needed

Method:

Mix all the ingredients except the water in a bowl. Rub the ghee with the Maida for at least 10 mins as this gives very good, flaky samosa. The texture will resemble breadcrumbs. Then add little water at a time and make a semi-stiff dough. Let it sit let for a minimum of 30 mins.

For the stuffing:

3 nos. boiled and chopped potatoes

1 cup green peas

1/2 tsp hing

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp each of coriander pwd, cumin pwd (Jeera pwd), red chilly pwd, Garam masala.

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of turmeric pwd

salt to taste

Method:

Heat oil in a pan, add hing & cumin seeds. Once they splatter, then add the potatoes and green peas. Sauté for 5 mins. Then add the dry masalas and season with salt. Cook for 5 mins. Turn off the flame. Add coriander leaves & mix well. Let the stuffing cool completely before proceeding ahead.

Assembling the samosa:

Make a lemon sized ball of the dough…divide the dough similarly. Now roll each ball to a thickness of about 3mm. Not more. Cut the the rolled dough into two half circles. Make a cone of each half. Seal it carefully. Add the stuffing into the cone…about 1 tbsp in each cone or little more.

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Then close the third side of the cone well. Use some water to seal the dough well. Repeat for all the dough. Keep aside for 20 mins before frying them.

Next, heat enough oil in a wok to fry the samosas. Once the oil is hot enough, reduce the flame and drop 2-3 samosas into the oil. Deep fry them at low flame to get crispy & well cooked samosas.

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Once done, remove from the oil & drain on some tissues. Serve them piping hot with dips/ chutney of your choice☺️

Now…if you are want to serve it as a Chaat

Ingredients for the Mattra:

1 cup dry, white chickpeas

3 cup water

salt to taste

1 tsp roasted Jeera pwd

1 tsp Deggi mirch

1/2 tsp chaat masala

Method:

Soak the chickpeas for 5-6 hours. Then add the soaked chickpeas in a pressure cooker with some salt & 3 cups of water. Cook for 4-5 whistles. Let the steam release on its own. Then add the other masalas mentioned above and mix well. That’s it.

Plating for the Chaat:

Take 2-3 samosas, break them into pieces. Add the mattra, chopped onions, Sev, tamarind chutney, green chutney & chopped coriander leaves over the pieces of samosa. Squeeze some lime juice! That’s it…enjoy it warm😊😊

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Well…I am drooling again! So it’s time I go and gorge on some of this awesome food! 😜

Love,

Shreya💕

Do check out authentic Litti Chokha too!

 Litti Chokha Bhune Tamatar ki Chutney aur Dhaniya Lehsun ki Chutney

Litti Chokha is a very common street food in Bihar and parts of Uttar Pradesh too! And we basically hail from U.P….so it’s obvious that our love for this kind authentic food is very strong😁

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I remember visiting my Grandma’s place during winters…sitting On the terrace and enjoying the chilly weather while my Granny and my aunts would make these yummy Littis and Chokha..so warm and full of flavour!

Spicy chutneys would accompany them…Bhune Tamatar Ki Chutney and a fiery Dhaniya aur Lehsun ki Chutney! I can’t forget the flavours..the filling of the Litti would be so rustic and earthy. Every bite would taste different 👌☺️

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These recipes have been in my family for ages and are passed on to every generation! Although the recipe is pretty much the same in every family in the region.

Here’s my Mother’s recipe which she learnt from her Mother..my Granny😘 …I am sure you will love it.

Yield: serves 2-3 persons (8-9 Litti)

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, 3-4 extra mixing bowls, ladles and spatulas, a pair of tongs, a wired roasting rack, a baking tray, a cooling rack.

Ingredients for Litti:

2 cup wholewheat flour

Salt to taste

2 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp carrom seeds (ajwain)

Water as required to knead the dough

Method:

Take all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the ghee and mix everything well. Then using little water at a time, make a semi stuff dough. Cover it and set it aside while we continue with the stuffing.

Ingredients for Stuffing:

1 cup sattu (roasted chickpea flour, available in stores. But we use only homemade)

Salt to taste

Oil from mango pickle to taste

1 tbsp chopped green chillies

1 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp lemon juice

A pinch of hing (asafoetida)

3 tbsp raw mustard oil (use any other oil if you like, but mustard oil gives the authentic taste)

1/2 tsp grated ginger

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients well in a bowl. Set it aside for the sattu to absorb the flavours.

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Assemble the Litti:

Divide the dough in equal parts. Flatten each part a bit and fill a tbsp orso of the filling like we do for Parathas. Make sure the outer layer isn’t too thick else it won’t cook through. Seal the Litti well. Repeat for the entire batch of dough. Set the stuffed Litti aside. You can cook them in a Tandoor. But I do it this way…check the below pic…it’s self explanatory. Cook all the Littis this way on each side for about 4-5 mins in low flame.

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That’s the Litti done! 👌👌

Ingredients for Chokha:

3 nos. boiled, peeled & mashed potatoes

Salt to taste

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped green chilli

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

2 tbsp mustard oil (use it raw, or heat it well…cool & then add it)

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients in a mixing bowl. Set it aside. It’s always served at room temperature. Not hot.

Ingredients for Bhune Tamatar ki Chutney:

4 nos. tomato (roasted)

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tsp chopped green chilli (roasted)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

2 tbsp mustard oil (use it raw or heat it well…then cool & add it)

Method:

You can roast the tomatoes in the tandoor or open flame (my mom does it on an open flame). I do it in the oven, so preheat the oven to 200’c. Prick the tomatoes a few times, apply oil on them ..do the same with one green chilli too. Place these on a greased or foil lined baking tray. Bake for 35 mins using both upper and lower heating coils/ rods at 200’c.

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Cool them well, remove the peel from the tomatoes. Mash them roughly, chop the roasted chill too. Mix tomatoes with all the other ingredients well. Set it aside. Chutney is ready. (The roasted garlic is not used in this chutney, but do roast some. We will need it soon. Also, remove the green chilli & garlic pods within 15 of the baking time to avoid burning them. Continue to roast the tomatoes for the rest of the time)

Ingredients for Dhaniya aur Lehsun ki Chutney:

1+1/2 cup clean and chopped coriander leaves

4-5 nos roasted and peeled garlic

1 nos chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 cup sliced onion

Salt to taste

1-2 tbsp water

1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

Grind all the ingredients in a blender, except the lemon juice. Add the juice post the chutney is ready. Mix well. That’s it!

(My Granny always made the chutney on a Sil-Batta, ‘Sil’ is a traditional stone board and the ‘Batta’ is a heavy stone batten which crushes the ingredients…you get an awesome taste of the traditionally pounded chutney 😊)

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Now, serve these together as shown in the pic below along with some onions and mooli (radish) and some green chillies..👌👌😋 break open a Litti…put some Choka over it..and dip it in the Chutneys..and do not forget to bite into one of the chillies…I am drooling again😜

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Hope you liked this traditional touch from my kitchen….it’s a must try for everyone….😀
Love,

Shreya💗

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! 😇

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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… 

️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 masala 

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 sauté 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 sauté 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 😉 I served these hot with some fried green chillies & imli ki khatti meethi chutney 👌👌😀

Pyaaz ki Kachori

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

Love,

Shreya 💞

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! 

Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

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.

Homemade Laadi Pav egg free | Mumbai Style Dinner Rolls

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 the Bombay Pav Bhaji | How to Make Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji,  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! 🙂  I perfected my recipe taking a bit of it from my mom and the rest from  the actual vendors at Juhu Beach 😉
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.  

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. 

Love,
Shreya

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