Category: Vegan Recipes

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe is one of the most popular Indo Chinese soups. It tastes delicious and the crunchy noodles on the top are the best bit!!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe can be made with boiled and shredded chicken or  steamed prawns too but I’ve always preferred this vegetarian version. It’s packed with crunchy veggies of my choice!! It has been my favorite forever, I always end up ordering it when we are visiting our favorite Chinese place! 🙂

This soup has to be my go to comfort food when I’m suffering from stuffy nose or a bad throat infection! All that ginger and garlic almost works like a magic potion 😉 And the veggies sure fill me up when I’m not in the mood to eat anything heavier. I also rely heavily on my Mexican Vegetable Soup to cure the sniffles 🙂 It’s a completely different flavor profile and again full of veggies, it’s amazing what some basic ingredients can do!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe making this soup at home is so easy and I’m always up for a bit of chopping to prep the veggies. I don’t use any chopper, it’s just sitting idle in the pantry, lol! I usually add carrots, French beans, mushrooms, cabbage, capsicum, spring onions, broccoli and anything else that is sitting in the refrigerator! That’s the beauty of this recipe. I love the flavor of ginger and garlic in this soup and I add them generously. Needless to say that the fried noodles added on top of the soup while serving it is absolutely genius! The crunch from the noodles along with the half cooked veggies is just so appetizing!

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Let’s make some piping hot soup 🙂

Wash, dry and chop all the veggies very finely. Set these aside.

Take water in a bowl and add corn starch, mix these to make smooth slurry. Set it aside too

Chop green chilies, fresh ginger and garlic finely. Set these aside too.

Heat oil in a wok, in the meanwhile, dust the boiled noodles with some APF/ corn flour or rice flour, mix well and fry the boiled noodles until crispy and golden.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Drain the fried noodles on some absorbent kitchen paper. Set them aside.

In the same hot, add chopped green chilies, garlic and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Next, add the spring onion whites and sauté for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Next, add all the chopped veggies except the greens from the spring onions. Toss all the veggies on high flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.

Add soy sauce, vinegar and green chilly sauce. mix well

Add the corn starch slurry and plain water. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Add a pinch of sugar (optional).

Let the soup come to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.

Serve the soup piping hot, topped with fried noodles and chopped spring onion greens.

This soup is best consumed fresh.

Vegetable Manchow Soup | Restaurant Style Manchow Soup Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Restaurant Style Vegetable Manchow soup is spicy, crunchy and packed with delicious veggies. This makes for ideal meal in itself. The crispy noodles on the top are my favorite!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped cabbage
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped capsicum
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped french beans
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped broccoli
  • 2 tbsp. each finely chopped spring onion, keep the greens seperately
  • 1 tsp. each finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chilli
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups plain water
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch + 1/2 cup water (to make the slurry)
  • 1 tsp. dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. vinegar
  • 1 tsp. green chilly sauce
  • a pinch of sugar (option)
  • 1 cup boiled noodles
  • 4-5 tbsp. oil

Instructions

  1. Wash, dry and chop all the veggies very finely. Set these aside.
  2. Take water in a bowl and add corn starch, mix these to make smooth slurry. Set it aside too
  3. Chop green chilies, fresh ginger and garlic finely. Set these aside too.
  4. Heat oil in a wok, add boiled noodles, fry them until crispy and golden.
  5. Drain the fried noodles on some absorbent kitchen paper. Set them aside.
  6. In the same hot, add chopped green chilies, garlic and ginger. Sauté them for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Next, add the spring onion whites and sauté for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper.
  8. Next, add all the chopped veggies except the greens from the spring onions. Toss all the veggies on high flame for 3-4 minutes stirring continuously.
  9. Add soy sauce, vinegar and green chilly sauce. mix well
  10. Add the corn starch slurry and plain water. Stir well to ensure there are no lumps. Add a pinch of sugar (optional).
  11. Let the soup come to a boil, then simmer it for 3-4 minutes on medium flame.
  12. Serve the soup piping hot, topped with fried noodles and chopped spring onion greens.
  13. This soup is best consumed fresh.

Notes

You can add boiled and shredded chicken in place of veggies or even some seafood. Add more spices if you like, but this recipe does make a pretty hot and spicy Manchow soup.

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Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is spicy, filled with so much flavor and tastes absolutely delightful with some hot tea or coffee!! 

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is a famous street food from Hyderabad and the people swear by them 🙂 Most evenings are spent relishing these Bhajjis with a cup of tea or coffee, specially during the rainy season!! The pairing of these crunchy, crispy and spicy fritters or Bhajjis and the hot beverage can make anyone hungry 😉

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada is made with large Bhavnagri Chilies and they are slit lengthwise in the center and filled with a tangy, spicy, nutty paste and then the chilies are dipped in a thick batter of chickpea flour and deep fried!!!! Bliss! I can finish an entire plateful in one go, lol!! They are very spicy, no doubt 😉

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

I serve these with a spicy raw mango chutney, and some chaat masala sprinkled in the top. A bit chopped onions on top these fritters are just another texture that goes so well with the crispy treats 🙂

Let’s make some Bhajjis….

Wash and pat dry whole Bhavnagri chilies. Slit them lengthwise and de-seed if you prefer slightly less spicy. Follow this for the entire batch.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take khopra/ dry coconut slices in a pan, sauté them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Take these out of the pan and let them cool down in a bowl.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take the sautéed khopra along with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, garlic cloves, tamarind pulp and salt in a blender jar and make a smooth paste.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Fill this paste in all the de-seeded chilies.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Take besan/ chick pea flour in a large bowl, add sufficient water, salt to taste and baking soda.

Whisk well to make a thick paste.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/ wok. Once it’s hot enough, dip each stuffed chili in the batter an deep fry one or two at a time on medium flame until golden and crispy.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Serve these piping hot.

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji Vegan & GF | How to make Hyderabadi Mirchi Wada

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 10 fritters

Hyderabadi Mirchi Bhajji/ Fritters are a famous, spicy, deep fried snack from the streets of one of the most iconic Indian city - Hyderabad. They are best paired with a cup piping hot tea or coffee and enjoyed as snacks!

Ingredients

    Filling:
  • 10 nos. Bhaavnagri Chilies
  • 2 tbsp. fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 1/4 cup sliced dry coconut/ khopra
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tbsp tamarind pulp
  • salt to taste
  • Batter:
  • 1+1/2 cup chickpea flour/ besan
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry whole Bhavnagri chilies. Slit them lengthwise and de-seed if you prefer slightly less spicy. Follow this for the entire batch.
  2. Filling:
  3. Take khopra/ dry coconut slices in a pan, sauté them over medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Take these out of the pan and let them cool down in a bowl.
  4. Take the sautéed khopra along with chopped green chilies, fresh coriander leaves, garlic cloves, tamarind pulp and salt in a blender jar and make a smooth paste.
  5. Fill this paste in all the de-seeded chilies.
  6. Batter:
  7. Take besan/ chick pea flour in a large bowl, add sufficient water, salt to taste and baking soda.
  8. Whisk well to make a thick paste.
  9. Heat sufficient oil in a kadhai/ wok. Once it's hot enough, dip each stuffed chili in the batter an deep fry one or two at a time on medium flame until golden and crispy.
  10. Serve these piping hot.
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Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles are spicy, sour and sweet leaving you refreshed in these sunny summer days. These are totally addictive and absolutely delicious. 🙂 

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles are made from scratch and I have flavored them with lots of fresh spices and lemon juice. They taste just like the ones I’ve enjoyed at Juhu beach all these years. Kala Khatta is my favorite flavor, hands down when I’m thinking of ‘gola‘ or ‘chuski‘ (Indian popsicles). I can probably have 2-3 at one go and still long for more, hahah!! Although, a mixed flavored gola is just as good with a ton of spice powder/ Chaat masala sprinkled all over!! I’m salivating just as I type this draft, lol!!

You know I love popsicles, right?! Here are a few easy ones which will tide you over these summers 😉
Mango Kiwi Pops
Detox Pops
Orange Pops
Volcano Pops

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta can be made easily at home with fresh Jamun/ Indian Java Plum fruits. They are available in plenty around this time in Indian, that is the end of May through mid June. Yes, they are available for a really short time and I make the most of this time! You must try my Jamun Panna / Java Plum cooler. 

Let’s make some pops…

Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
Boil water in a pan.
Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
Mix well.
You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
Once set, unmould and enjoy.

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Kala Khatta Popsicles | Jamun Popsicles | Indian Java Plum Popsicles

Prep Time: 8 hours, 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 25 minutes

Yield: 4-5 pops

Sweet, slightly sour and a tad bit spicy Indian Java Plum/ Jamun Popsicles are so delicious and very refreshing during the sunny days! These are the best Kala Khatta Popsicles one can make at home with just a few basic pantry essentials.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 250 gms jamun/ java plum
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6-7 tbsp. sugar
  • juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 tsp kala namak/ Himalayan pink salt
  • 3/4 tsp chaat masala
  • 3/4 tsp roasted cumin powder/ bhuna jeera powder

Instructions

  1. Wash the jamuns. Wash a handful of mint leaves.
  2. Boil water in a pan.
  3. Season the boiling water with salt. Add sugar, mint leaves and the jamuns.
  4. Let them boil together until the jamuns become mushy and soft.
  5. Turn off the flame, let this concoction come to room temperature.
  6. Sieve the concoction and collect the puree in a bowl.
  7. Discard the mint leaves along with the jamun seeds and leftover peels, etc.
  8. Add lemon juice, kala namak, roasted cumin powder, chaat masala to the pulp.
  9. Mix well.
  10. You can add more sugar if needed as per your taste.
  11. Pour this mixture into popsicle moulds and add an ice cream stick.
  12. Set them in the refrigerator for 7-8 hours to let them set.
  13. Once set, unmould and enjoy.
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Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

 Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe is refreshing, minty and perfect to beat the heat these summers. They are made in a jiffy with my favorite summer produce and I can’t get enough already!  🙂 

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe tastes so delicious, I’m completely hooked! Fresh mango juice from my favorite Alphonso mangoes is the magic ingredient here in this virgin mojito 🙂 Given that this is a virgin mojito, it’s made with fresh fruit juice and carbonated water. Remember my Pomegranate Mojito?! It is still one my most hit recipes!! Even my Kiwi Mojito Pops are such a refreshing way to cool off this summer.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe was such a fad a couple of years ago when it appeared on the menus of most cafes, bistros and restaurants. It was such a phenomenal flavor and that too with such basic ingredients. I remember us ordering it everywhere we went and we still do sometimes when we’re out. It’s very rare that a teetotaler couple manages to find a great mocktail!

Since, we loved it so much, I’ve made it a few times at home and it’s so satisfying to be able to recreate this with so much ease 🙂 Fun even, muddling the ingredients and mixing a drink is almost therapeutic.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

A closer look?! It makes one drool right?! Lol! You should definitely try it out soon.

Let’s make this a quick one! 😉

For the Syrup
Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
Let it cool completely and set it aside.
You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.

For the Base
You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.

To serve
Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Virgin Mango Mojito | Mango Mojito Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 servings/ glasses

This is a refreshing virgin Mango Mojito, bursting with the flavors of lemon and mint, a more fruity version of the classic virgin mojito! It's made with everyday ingredients and comes together in minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups mango juice (I used fresh juice)
  • 3/4 cup soda water/ carbonated water
  • simple sugar syrup as needed (see the steps below to prepare this )
  • 6 nos. lemons (cut into wedges)
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • ice cubes as needed
  • extra slices of lemon and mint leaves if needed

Instructions

    For the Syrup
  1. Boil equal quantity of sugar and water together to make a simple syrup.
  2. Let it cool completely and set it aside.
  3. You can prepare this syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator.
  4. For the Base
  5. You can use fresh juice or canned, whatever is available.
  6. I used fresh juice from Alphonso mangoes.
  7. Muddle together fresh mint leaves and lemon wedges.
  8. To serve
  9. Place 4-5 ice cubes in each serving glass, add 2 tbsp. of the muddled mixture.
  10. Add a few extra lemon wedges and mint leaves if you like.
  11. Add the ready sugar syrup according to taste.
  12. Add 1/2 cup of mango juice in each glass.
  13. Finally, add 1/4 cup of carbonated water/ soda water and serve immediately.

Notes

This sugar syrup can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks in a glass jar.

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Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe is one of the most popular dips or accompaniments served with idlis, dosas or wadas across all Udupi style restaurants in Mumbai. It tastes very delicious and is very simple to nail! 🙂 

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe even pairs deliciously with some Adai dosa which is made with mixed lentils and rice. It needs no fermentation either and is rather healthy 🙂 Coming to this white coconut chutney, it really looks very simple and almost plain Jane kinds but that’s not true. One spoonful of this stuff and you will be addicted! It has a mild punch and an tangy aftertaste, you’ll soon know how??! 😉

Before I forget, this crispy, golden brown dosa in the pictures is made using my no-fail homemade Idli-dosa batter, recipe for which is right here!

Also, try my recipes for,

Tomato Onion Chutney
Green Coconut Chutney
Instant Tiffin Style Sambhar

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe uses the most basic pantry essentials and takes under 30 minutes to prepare from scratch!  The only difficult part (for me) is to get that coconut out of its shell! My trusty help almost always is around to do the task and from there on I’m pretty comfortable 😉

Anyways, if you’ve tasted this chutney before over at a Udupi joint, you’ll know that the texture is really smooth and the consistency is slightly thin and runny. That’s how it’s supposed to be. Make it too thick and you wont like the texture. Make it too runny and it will drown your Idli/ dosa. So just eyeball the quantity of water while you are grinding this chutney!

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Looks interesting right??!!! But the most interesting part is that my Mom can break a coconut in two clean portions in one shot! I witnessed it just last week when she was visiting me! Bammm! And we have two halves! Just like that 🙂 Mummy ka magic, lol! They looked so good, I did an impromptu ingredient flat lay, styled and shot, all in under 5 minutes flat! You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

Anyways, let’s do this.

For the Chutney

Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.

Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it’s aromatic but make sure it doesn’t turn brown. It should remain pale.

Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.

Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.

For the Tempering

Heat the oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Udupi Restaurant Style Coconut Chutney | White Coconut Chutney Recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Yield: 200 grams approximately

A typical, easy to make, everyday South Indian accompaniment made with fresh coconuts and mild spices that tastes delicious with idlis (lentil cakes), dosas (lentil crepes) and wadas (lentil fritters).

Ingredients

    For Chutney
  • 1 nos. large coconut
  • 1 tbsp. refined oil
  • 2 tsp white skinned lentil (tukda urad dal)
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. dalia (split roasted chickpeas)
  • 2 tbsp. tamarind pulp
  • For Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. refined oil
  • a handful of curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp methi seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 4-5 nos. whole red chilies

Instructions

    For the Chutney
  1. Break the coconut, wash it and chop it or grate it. Set it aside.
  2. Heat oil in a small tadka pan. Sauté the white lentils (tukda urad dal) in the oil until it's aromatic but make sure it doesn't turn brown. It should remain pale.
  3. Next, take the coconut, sautéed lentils (urad dal) with its oil, salt to taste, dalia, tamarind pulp and water as needed to blend these into a smooth paste.
  4. Add some more water if needed to make it slightly runny.
  5. For the Tempering
  6. Heat oil in a small tadka pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, methi seeds and whole red chilies. Let them splatter about for a minute and the add this to the chutney. Mix well. Serve with Idli or dosa.

Notes

Use fresh coconuts. You can add green chilies to the chutney if you wish. This chutney stays fresh for 2 days when refrigerated. Do not store in stainless steel vessels, use porcelain jars.

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Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a delicious snack from the state of Gujarat. It tastes slightly sweet and tangy at the same time. Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla has a spongy and soft texture which is very appetizing.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is an instant recipe and is made by steaming gram flour or as known as ‘besan’. The Khaman or Dhokla is made with a spiced batter made with gram flour which contains ginger, green chilies and some more ingredients that add the tang and flavor to every bite 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

People love them as snacks to serve with tea, coffee, etc. Gujarat is famous for various snacks made of gram flour, Khandvi is another example of one such exotic and delicious snack! These snacks are really easy to make but proportions do matter which is why I thought of sharing this recipe of Khaman Dhokla today. 🙂

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

This Dhokla is usually served with a dip/ chutney of sesame oil and chili powder. However, we live it with a spicy green chutney/ dip and lots of green chilies. I even add a ton of sesame seeds to the tempering tadka!! I find that crunch very appealing and even my hubby enjoys the crunch with the spongy texture of the Khaman.

There are many recipes that are made in the microwave, termed as instant Dhokla which is made in the microwave. I believe in making things the authentic way and prefer the traditional steaming method. Personally, it just takes about an extra 15 minutes in the steaming method and I will happily devote them to make something delicious!

Now we start the step by step recipe.

For the Batter.

Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.

Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.

Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.

Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.

Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.

Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

To Steam. 

Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.

Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.

Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.

Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.

To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

For the Tempering.

Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Serve with your favorite dip.
Imli ki Chutney 
Sookhi Lal Chutney
Hari Chutney

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Khaman Dhokla Recipe | How to make Gujarati Khaman Dhokla

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 8-9 pieces

Gujarati Khaman Dhokla is a popular snack which is made using besan, spices and curry leaves. It has a tangy, sweet and spicy flavor which is loved by everyone.

Ingredients

    Dhokla
  • 1 cup besan/ gram flour
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 + 1/2 cup water approx.
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • a pinch of hing
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chili paste
  • Tempering
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • a pinch of hing
  • 5-6 sliced green chilies
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • a handful of curry leaves

Instructions

    For the Batter
  1. Take sieved besan/ gram flour in a large bowl. Add hing, turmeric and salt.
  2. Add ginger and green chili paste and lemon juice.
  3. Add water a little at a time and make thick, smooth yet flowing batter.
  4. Add water as needed because the quality of the flour determines how much water will be needed to make a smooth batter.
  5. Grease a steamer plate or tin with 1 tsp of oil and set it aside before moving with the batter.
  6. Boil 2 cups of water in the steamer or pressure cooker.
  7. Now add ENO to the batter and whisk the batter well to combine the fruit salt well and avoid unevenly cooked Dhokla.
  8. To Steam.
  9. Pour the batter into the prepared plate/ tin.
  10. Place the filled tin/ plate into the steamer/ pressure cooker. Remove the whistle and the rubber ring of the lid.
  11. Place the lid loosely to cover the steamer/ pressure cooker.
  12. Steam the Dhokla for 20 minutes on medium flame.
  13. To check the doneness, use a toothpick and insert it in the center of the steamed Dhokla. If the toothpick comes out with a few wet crumbs, steam the Dhokla for another 5-7 minutes.
  14. Once the Dhokla is steamed and cooled for about 10 minutes, run a knife around the Dhokla and unmould it onto a plate. Cut the Dhokla into pieces.
  15. For the Tempering.
  16. Heat oil in a pan, add sesame seeds, hing, mustard seeds, sliced green chilies, sugar and curry leaves. Let them all crackle about in the hot oil and then pour the tempering over the sliced Dhokla. Sprinkle some red chili powder for extra spiciness.

Notes

Best consumed fresh. Do not rest the batter after adding the ENO. Steam it immediately.

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Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Some recipes are so satisfying that you wish to make them again and again. Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe is one such breakfast option for us. Easy to make and needs barely 30 minutes of prepping. 

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

These Rava Idlis are soft, fluffy and very delicious 🙂 I usually pair this with Sambhar and sometimes with coconut chutney (all 3 of them are my Mom’s recipe). I can live on them! The Sambhar is also an instant recipe. All one has to do is pressure cook everything! Yes, it’s a kind of a tiffin Sambhar. The chutney, now that’s something which is so delicious, it’s a no brainer and take 10 minutes!! An entire breakfast spread in an hour, tops! Weekend goals??! Sorted!

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Yes, I like a ton of curry leaves in my South Indian cooking. And rightly so! It adds such a depth of flavor and a ton  of earthiness. I love it 🙂 Oh and yes, the little veggies that you see floating in my Sambhar are small florets of cauliflower, small carrot sticks and some French beans. You can add pumpkin, ash gourd or even some brinjals if you wish to add more veggies.

Coming to the Rava Idli recipe, it’s basically really simple. But as every simple recipe out there, this one too needs a bit of focus. The proportion is everything! Mess that and you’ll not get these beautiful white Rava idlis.

We will start with the recipe for the Idli.
First, we will dry roast the Rava/ semolina for 3-5 minutes. Ensure that the flame is on a low setting.
The color of the Rava/ semolina must not change.
Next, add curd and salt to the toasted Rava/ semolina.
Mix well. Add water and eno fruit salt.

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe
Mix well until smooth.
Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
Pour the batter into Idli plates and place in the Idli cooker which has an inch of water boiling at its base.
Steam the idlis for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe
Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Serve hot with accompaniments.

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

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10-11 medium sized idlis

Rava Idli - A light, quick and delicious take on South Indian favorite, steamed rice and lentil cakes makes for ideal breakfast or a complete meal.

Ingredients

    Idli
  • 1 cup fine Bombay Rava/ semolina
  • 1 cup thick curd
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • Sambhar
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions
  • 1/2 cup cubed lauki (bottle gourd, one can add more veggies of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup tamarind pulp
  • 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
  • 2 tsp Sambhar powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    Idli
  1. First, we will dry roast the Rava/ semolina for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Ensure that the flame is on a low setting.
  3. The color of the Rava/ semolina must not change.
  4. Next, add curd and salt to the toasted Rava/ semolina.
  5. Mix well. Add water and eno fruit salt.
  6. Mix well until smooth.
  7. Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Pour the batter into Idli plates and place in the Idli cooker which has an inch of water boiling at its base.
  9. Steam the idlis for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
  10. Once the idlis have steamed, remove the plates from the cooker.
  11. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before removing the idlis from their cavity.
  12. Serve with Sambhar and Chutney.
  13. Sambhar
  14. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  15. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves, onions & bottle gourd too. Cook them together in the pressure for 2-3 whistles. Let the pressure cooker cool down completely before opening the lid.
  16. The dal & the veggies must be soft & mushy by now. You can add some water to correct the consistency if needed and boil the dal for about 2-3 minutes.
  17. Next, add sambhar powder and grated jaggery to the tamarind pulp and mix well. Add this mixture to the cooked dal & veggies. Stir well and boil the sambhar for 3-4 minutes.
  18. Tempering
  19. Heat oil in a small pan. Add all the ingredients listed above 'for tempering' to the hot oil and let them splatter for about 2 minutes.
  20. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Notes

Proportions are key, so follow the recipe correctly. Do not store the batter in the refrigerator as it gives the best results when fresh.

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Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I love popsicles and I cannot lie. LoL!!! It’s not a secret I guess. Each summer, I share a few recipes. These Strawberry Popsicles are pretty straightforward too. This recipe is gluten free and vegan. It is also Paleo. Hence, folks who are on a diet can enjoy these too. 

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo is a new experiment which rocked! Last year I had shared the recipe for my Volcano Pops, for which I got amazing feedback too! And have you guys seen my Mango and Kiwi Popsicles, pretty and so flavorsome! There are so many kinds of fruit based popsicles I’m yet to try and share here, the possibilities are endless.:)

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I prefer using everyday, easily available ingredients for making pops. These Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo are very easy to put together. Ideal for kids too as these do not contains added colors or preservatives. Since they are full health, it’s safe to say that you can have them for breakfast when it gets way too hot! No one’s judging!
Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

So coming to what goes into it, well anything goes actually. I love strawberries and they are in abundance around me so I’ve used those. Use any fruit juice or pulp, it will work. To my surprise, strawberries are really sweet this year, hardly any tang or tartness. As always I’ve been snacking on them by the pound! So, when I wanted to male these pops, I didn’t need much sugar. In fact, I’ve used natural sweeteners in a very small quantity to balance the little tang from the lemon juice. For the final element of freshness in every lick, I added something from my kitchen garden!!

The overall flavor blew us away! So little to do and you’ll be all set for these icy cool treats for the next few days. Sounds good??!
Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
We will start with hulling the berries.
Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Give everything a whizz until smooth.
Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
Enjoy!

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 medium sized Pops

Easy to make delicious Strawberry Popsicles are Gluten free, vegan and Paleo with natural sweeteners.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
  2. We will start with hulling the berries.
  3. Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
  4. Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
  5. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
  6. Give everything a whizz until smooth.
  7. Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Adding honey or agave is optional. If the berries are too tart, add more sweetener as per taste. Mint is optional too but it does give a really fresh flavor.

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Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Extra topping on my pizza means pickled jalapenos among many other things, lol!! And these Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers are for the spice lovers like me out there! I mean making these is a breeze and ridiculously easy. I always have a jarful sitting in my refrigerator. They taste good on pizzas apart from all the pastas and some dips even. 🙂

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

That big jar is all mine!! Alright, my hubby does share them with me but it’s basically just for me. It’s so delicious and tastes much better than store bought pickled jalapeno peppers. It doesn’t have that odd chemical/ preservative kind of aftertaste or that aroma even. The aroma of any kind of preservative does turn me off. Earlier, I’d never buy the supermarket stuff just for that reason. But ever since I discovered this easy peasy recipe on Pinterest, it’s been no looking back! 3 years on and I can proudly say that I’ve nailed this! Well, I’d nailed it on the very first attempt but I just keep getting better with each batch 🙂

The best part is that this keeps for so long in the refrigerator. The longest that mine has sat in there is about 5 months! I mean wow!! I have made use of these on Pizzas, added them to pasta/ spaghetti, on my nachos, etc.. Never been disappointed!!

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

The best part is that this recipe calls for the most everyday, fuss free pantry basics. Once you have washed, dried and sliced the peppers, it basically takes 15 minutes from there!

We will start with washing and wiping the peppers dry.
Next, slice all the peppers. They must neither be too thick nor too thin.
Take a pan, heat it on high flame.
Add water and vinegar to the pan.
Once these come to a gentle boil, add sugar, salt and crushed garlic.
Stir a few times. Let these cook together for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar melts completely on medium heat.
Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down completely.
Fill a clean, sterilized glass jar with the sliced peppers. Pour the brine over the peppers.
Put on the lid and gently shake to evenly distribute the brine. Let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
Refrigerate without opening the jar for 2-3 days. You will see the color of the peppers change from dark green to slightly mossy green. They are now ready.

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1.5 cups

Homemade Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers are absolutely easy to make with just 6 basic ingredients and so big on flavors!

Ingredients

  • 15-17 nos. medium Jalapeno Peppers
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 6-7 nos. fresh garlic pods
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar

Instructions

  1. We will start with washing and wiping the peppers dry.
  2. Next, slice all the peppers. They must neither be too thick nor too thin. 
  3. Take a pan, heat it on high flame.
  4. Add water and vinegar to the pan. 
  5. Once these come to a gentle boil, add sugar, salt and crushed garlic. 
  6. Stir a few times. Let these cook together for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar melts completely on medium heat.
  7. Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down completely.
  8. Fill a clean, sterilized glass jar with the sliced peppers. Pour the brine over the peppers.
  9. Put on the lid and gently shake to evenly distribute the brine. Let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
  10. Refrigerate without opening the jar for 2-3 days. You will see the color of the peppers change from dark green to slightly mossy green. 
  11. They are ready! 

Notes

Use regular fat green chilies (Indian pakoda mirchi) if Jalapeno peppers are not available. Always cool the brine completely before pouring over the peppers. We cool the brine because we are not cooking the peppers, we are pickling them. Follow the measurements for best results. This stays fresh in the refrigerator for about 2-3 months although I've had them in mine for over 5 months without any problems.

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How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with everyday ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home! These chutneys are mouthwatering and are a must for making any chaat 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

I’m a big fan of all kinds of delicious chaats. Just the thought of having Chaat makes my mouth water! Being from Mumbai, I’m constantly having street food and the spicier the better. Sev Puri, Bhelpuri, Ragda Pattice, etc. are my favorites. I guess everyone loves having these and won’t say no to a bite or two..hehe!!

Part of the reason why these Chaats taste so good are the Chutneys. Yes, tangy, spicy and sweet are the basic flavors that are a must for any Chaat. Beside these, Chaat masala is another important condiment that is generously sprinkled on the dishes right before serving them. I’ll definitely share the recipe for that too in the future 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Basically, Tamarind chutney, Green chutney and Red Garlic chutney are the 3 types of chutneys used for making Chaat. Apart from these chutneys and the masala, a bit of chopped coriander along with a squirt of lemon juice completes a yummy Chaat. I’m sharing these quick and easy recipes today 🙂

We will begin now,

Tamarind Chutney –
Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. Turn off the flame. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.

Green Chutney –
Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Red Garlic Chutney –
Deseed and destem the dried red chilies. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with easy ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home!

Ingredients

    For Tamarind Chutney -
  • 1 cup tamarind
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 8-9 tbsp. sugar (adjust as per your preference)
  • Green Chutney -
  • 2 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Dalia (roasted split chick peas)
  • 1' piece of ginger
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 nos. green chilly
  • Red Garlic Chutney -
  • 12-15 nos. dried red chili
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2' piece of ginger
  • salt to taste

Instructions

    Tamarind Chutney -
  1. Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours.
  2. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
  3. Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan.
  4. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while.
  5. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder.
  6. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
  7. Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts.
  8. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  9. Turn off the flame.
  10. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle.
  11. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.
  12. Green Chutney -
  13. Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well.
  14. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia.
  15. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  16. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  17. Red Garlic Chutney -
  18. Deseed and destem the dried red chilies.
  19. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  20. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar.
  21. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. 
  22. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  23. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Notes

Store these chutneys in clean and dry glass bottles or porcelain jars. Adjust the spiciness and the sweetness as per your preference. Do not keep a metal spoon in the jar with chutney as that will discolor the chutneys.

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