Category: Street Food

Homemade Schezwan Sauce

We Indians love our Indo-Chinese cuisines to the hilt! 😜 I am no different….I am crazy for the all of them…😊

And Schezwan Sauce happens to be my favourite…ever since I first tasted it as a dip along with some Spring Rolls long back! I just fell in love with the fiery, tangy and the mild sweetness all at once!

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I even started buying this sauce by a popular brand…however it was obviously full of synthetic preservatives & added colours. So not exactly the healthiest option. So I looked up a few recipes & found one which was perfect. It tastes fiery and absolutely lip-smacking! 😬😬😉

*Please note that I have used fresh red chillies as they are in season now. However, you can use dried chillies, just soak them in warm water for 1 hour & de-seed if you wish to reduce the heat. Then, continue with this recipe.

*We don’t like a very chunky texture hence, I grind the ginger & garlic with the chillies. You can cook them with the onions.

Let’s start the recipe..

Yield: approx 400 gms

Equipment: a wok, a ladle, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

200 gms chopped fresh red chillies (de-seed if needed)

1/4 cup chopped garlic

1/4 cup chopped ginger

5 tbsp oil

6 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 tsp cornstarch/ cornflour

salt to taste

Method:

Grind together chopped chillies, ginger & garlic using 2 tbsp of vinegar to a smooth paste. Set it aside.

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Then, heat oil in the wok and sauté the onions until translucent. Next add the paste you have kept aside. Cook for 5-8 mins on low flame. Season with salt, add the remaining vinegar & the sauces too. Mix well. Then dilute cornstarch/ cornflour with 2 tbsp water & add it to the simmering sauce, keep stirring continuously for a few mins. Let the sauce again simmer for about 5 mins. That’s it…turn off the heat and cool completely before storing in glass/ porcelain bottles.

It stays well in the refrigerator for at least 2 weeks although I have stored it for almost 45 days with no change in flavour & colour.

Serve it with any & every snacks 😜

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Try this today…I promise, you won’t be buying this anymore! 😉

Love,

Shreya❤️

Adapted from Sharmis Passions & Khana Khazana

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💗

Vegetable Croquettes

Some evenings my hubby craves for snacks with his tea….I say ‘some evenings’ because he usually doesn’t take anything with his evening tea. He loves his tea…so wouldn’t miss that for anything..but munchies aren’t a compulsion 😁 That sure does make life easier for yours truly!! 😜 

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So last evening he texted me saying that he was craving something spicy like Bhajia /Pakodas! I said no way..I am not frying anything…you will get spicy but definitely not fried. We have consumed too many calories in the past couple of weeks… He was okay with that…told me to go ahead and keep it ready. I looked into my fridge & pantry to check what could be made in precisely 50 mins! Lol!

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I am used to keeping some boiled potatoes & beetroot in my fridge…so assemble a quick sandwich usually. But then again, my hubby isn’t fond of sandwiches too….yeah too many restrictions 😫😫 So I decided to add some peas & spices…to make croquettes! Easy-peasy, crunchy Vegetable Croquettes 😉 Non fried…cos they are made in my trusty Aebelskiver / Appe pan!! They taste great…maybe something like a Kolkata Cutlet or even the famous Indian Railway Canteen Cutlets. 

Yield: 7-8 large croquettes.

Equipments: An Aebelskiver /Appe pan, mixing bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a couple of spoons/ forks, a plate.

Ingredients:

For the croquettes:

1 nos each of potato, beetroot & carrot (boiled & mashed)

1/4 cup boiled green peas (you can add more veggies of your choice like sweet corn, French beans, etc)

1 slice of brown bread (remove the sides)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1/2 tsp green chilly paste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/4 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

Method:

Mix all the above ingredients well in a mixing bowl. Avoid lumps & don’t add any water. Set it in the refrigerator for 10-15 mins. The mixture will be easier to handle & shape when slightly cold.

For the outer coating:

1/2 cup rice flour (options given at the end of the post**)

some water

salt to taste

1 cup fine rawa / semolina

1-2 tsp oil to cook

Method:

Make a thick paste using rice flour and little water. Season it with some salt. Not too much though, as the croquettes will have seasonings. Place the semolina in a plate to roll the croquettes.

Heat the Appe pan alongside and add a few drops of oil in each indentation. The pan should nicely heated, if not the croquettes won’t be crunchy.

For assembling:

Take the mixture out of the refrigerator and immediately make 7-8 equal sized balls and set it aside. Coat each ball with the rice flour paste and then roll it in semolina. Place it in an indentation of the Appe pan. Repeat the same steps for the other balls too. Cook on each side for about 3-4 mins to get an even colour & crunch. You can add a few more drops of oil if required. Once done, serve them piping hot with some ketchup or green chutney ☺️

**They are super crunchy as they are coated with rice flour. Although, if you don’t have rice flour, you can use cornflour or APF (Maida) in the same quantity and follow the same steps.

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They turned out perfect…almost oil-free…ideal for kids too! My hubby loved them ….because this is the first time made a non fried version of these Croquettes…😀😀 No one can really know the difference. A must try for all 👌

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 👌👌😀

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

Love,

Shreya 💞

Bombay Pav Bhaji

I love my street food! Being born and bought up in Mumbai / Bombay…there is no doubt I’d love them ☺️ I gorge on absolutely every possible street food that exists around me…& keep loving them. And obviously Pav Bhaji is one of them….how could I possibly have a blog and not post Pav Bhaji 😁😛 it’s just one thing on a really long list of my favourite street food 👌👌 

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What’s not to love?! A buttery, crisp Pav drenched in a spicy and equally, if not more buttery Bhaji (Pav is store bought…may make some at home eventually) 😋..God! I am drooling…and I just had them last night! How much more greedy am I going to be?! 😜 LoL! I guess more…much, much more!

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Why more you may ask…? That’s coz, Pav Bhaji is a regular fare at my place…me and the mister, we both enjoy it immensely….(he without the extra butter 😇😇)

Though it’s a street food..I prefer making it at home and trust me, the taste is just like the ones you have feasted on (read gluttony 😉 ) at Juhu Beach or Khauu Galii 😀… And needless to say that I have learnt the tricks of the trade from my mom! She makes the best Pav Bhaji ever! 💞💞 Slurp..slurp..some chopped onions & a dollop of butter over the Bhaji… Wow! I live for this kinda stuff!

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Also, Pav Bhaji is a great way to sneak in a whole lot of veggies into your diet…coz, the street-vendors don’t really add much veggies except for potatoes, capsicum, onions & obviously tomatoes..😁 So when making it at home..one can ensure a bit of health with the authentic flavours.. & that’s precisely what my recipe is all about…

Yield: serves 3-4

Equipment: a large wok, a hand blender / masher, a pressure cooker / steamer, a ladle, measuring cups / spoons.

Ingredients:

400-500 gms mixed veggies to be steamed / pressure cooked & mashed/ puréed (I used potato, cabbage,cauliflower, beetroot, capsicum & carrots, but you can also add Ghiya/ bottle gourd/ lauki, peas, French beans, zucchini, broccoli..as you like)

2 nos large onions finely chopped + extra for serving

4 nos large ripe tomatoes finely chopped

3 tbsp fresh ginger-garlic- green chilly paste (pls use fresh)

3 tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala (I use Everest/ MDH)

2 tsp Amul butter + extra for serving

1 tsp red chilli pwd

1 tsp Deggi mirch pwd ( for the rich colour)

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

4 tbsp fresh coriander chopped roughly to garnish

2 tbsp oil

salt to taste

a pinch of asafoetida (hing)

2 tsp lemon juice to be added while serving

Method:

Heat oil in the wok, add hing once the oil is hot. Next add the chopped onion along with the fresh ginger-garlic-green chilly paste (I insist on fresh, it makes all the difference). Sauté on medium flame until the onions turn translucent. Now, add the red chilly powders, both of them & turmeric pwd. Sauté for a min. Next, add the chopped tomatoes and the Pav Bhaji masala, mix them well and roast this masala base for 8-10 mins.

The tomatoes should disintegrate completely and make a semi solid base (hence, I have asked you to use ripe tomatoes). Now add the boiled & mashed/ puréed veggies and the butter. Stir well and let it cook for 5 mins on medium flame. You can correct the consistency if the Bhaji looks dry by adding some lukewarm water and further cooking for 4-5 mins. That’s it! Garnish with some coriander leaves, a dollop of butter, a squeeze of lime & some chopped onion,…serve immediately  with piping hot buttered crispy Pav! 😉

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These flavours are bang on! Enjoy!

Love,

Shreya💓

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