Category: Vegan Recipes

Sindhi Kadhi and Karare Aloo and a lazy lunch scene

Weekends are for slow starts… we truly believe that! Nothing makes me rush through my weekends…I simply choose not to get fussed and bothered about much. I pretty much hit the snooze button on Fridays…say around noon 😜 and try to finish all my commitments before Friday..😜 Trust me, no one can even catch me on the cell! Besides, it’s just the two of us….the boons of being a couple with no kids ….no responsibilities! I mean, we love kids…but I guess this works for us better👌🏼

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So when I decide to cook on a weekend…that’s if I do plan on cooking on weekends..I look for comfort food apart from being quick and absolutely fuss-free. Yes, I am not a kitchen person when I am on the snooze-mode. More of a couch potato…..who literally loves her potatoes 😍 Hence, I will share a very delicious recipe from my Mom’s kitchen of Aloo ki Bhujia or as my hubby chooses to call it, Karare Aloo 👌 (No onion no garlic). Such basic ingredients with absolutely stunning flavours. I can practically live on this! This recipe is typically a U.P. Style of preparation…but one can find variants of the same being made across India.

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Sindhi Kadhi….again a personal favourite since childhood, I can have it by the gallon! Give me some steamed rice …a bit of my Mom’s Karare Aloo along with a few ladlefuls of her lip smacking, tangy Sindhi Kadhi…and I’ll probably love you forever! 😂…yeah…my love sounds cheap…but it’s really difficult to make a teeny space in my heart…..so it’s not a bad deal actually!

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Look how luscious this kadhi looks….a roasted chickpea flour base is given lots of flavour using tamarind pulp, some whole seeds and dried red chillies add to the punch…..the best part it again had no garlic ….onion, yes, but that is a must for the sweet aRoma that it gives to the kadhi (curry).

A side of some home style onion and tomato salad with lots of lemon juice and a dash of salt along with a glass full of chilled Masala Chaas (not in the pictures above…as I’d already chugged that down while I shot for this post 😉) completes this meal!

Let’s start with the Karare Aloo…

Yield : serves 2

Equipments: a heavy bottom wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a spatula.

Ingredients:

3 nos. large potatoes (peeled, washed and cubed)

4 tbsp mustard oil (this tastes best in mustard but feel free to use any oil of your choice)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/2 tsp paanch phoran (mixed seeds) 

salt to taste

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp each of red chilli pwd, coriander powder, cumin pwd

1/2 tsp amchoor pwd (dry mango pwd)

Method:

Heat mustard oil until it starts smoking** in a heavy bottomed wok. Turn off the flame. Let the smoke subside. Turn on the flame again. Add hing and the paanch phoran. Let these crackle a bit. Add the cubed potatoes. Stir them around in the oil. Add salt and turmeric. Sauté for 5 mins.

Add all the other dry spices except amchoor powder. Mix well and let the potatoes cook on low flame. Stir them about occasionally. Let them gently crisp up.

I try not to cover the wok when I am making dry version of any veggies. So here too, I haven’t covered the wok with the lid. The potatoes took about 20 mins to cook out completely. They took another 10-12 minutes of cook time to crisp up on low flame and look like what they do! Add the amchoor powder in the end once the potatoes have crisped up.

You can add Garam Masala too in the end along with the amchoor powder but I avoid that in the summers.

**(Use any other oil in the usual way you heat it for everyday use, only mustard oil needs to be heated really well).

These potatoes are best enjoyed piping hot…from the wok to the plate kind of thing…☺☺

On to the Sindhi Kadhi….just the way my Mom makes it.. disclaimer….it may not be authentic but this is how we have been eating it all these years..if any one out there knows a different or a more authentic version, do let us know and we’d  love to try it out too☺️ and probably even publish the same with recipe credits on PolkaPuffs!

Yield: serves 2-3

Equipments: a wok, measuring cups/ spoons, a lid, a ladle.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup chick pea flour (Besan)

water as needed

3 tbsp refined oil

1/2 cup sliced, fried onion

1/2 cup sliced, fried potatoes

1/4 cup sliced, fried okra (bhindi)

salt to taste

1/2 tsp red chilli pwd

4 tbsp fresh tamarind pulp

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

1/4 tsp each methi seeds (fenugreek seeds) and jeera seeds (cumins seeds)

a sprig of curry leaves

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

2-3 nos. whole dry chillies ( I used ber mirch, the fat, round ones)

Method:

Heat oil in the wok, once it’s hot, add the hing, cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds, whole red chillies and the curry leaves. Once these begin to crackle, add the Besan (chick pea flour) and keep stirring it continuously on low as it may stick at the bottom and burn.

This needs to be roasted with the oil and the other ingredients for a good 6-8 minutes or until the Besan changes it’s colour and gives out an earthy aroma.

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But be careful to keep this on low flame and stir it constantly. Once it has been roasted, add water as per the consistency you’d like to have for this while serving with rice. I added about 1+3/4 cup as this kadhi thickens a lot as it cooks out. Also, season with salt, red chilli pwd and turmeric powder. Mix well. Cover with a lid and let it come to a boil, that will take about 6-7 mins on medium flame.

Open the lid, add the fried veggies and also the tamarind pulp. Add more water if the kadhi has reduced a lot (I added another 1/4 cup at this stage). Cover once again with the lid and let it cook for a further 10 minutes on low flame.

This is what it looks like once ready. Rich colour and an amazing aroma…mmmm…yum!

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That’s it, turn off the flame and serve it piping hot!

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Meals like these are so so good! Go ahead…do try this out and let us know how you liked it☺

Love,

Shreya💗

Sindhi Kadhi | Gluten free Veggie and Chick pea Flour Indian Curry

 

 

Strawberry Iced Tea

I know I’ve been away for a few days….was just tied up with a few things….been on the road for a fair bit of time…phew! Yes….summers and traveling around isn’t the best combination but I did manage it after all. Needless to say, I did need an entire week to recoup and get back the usual routine with the blog and everything else…😁😁

Summers and this scorching heat takes out all the energy from your body…it’s very draining! I hate stepping out in the sun 😩…I just prefer sitting at home and wait for the sun to set 😂 and sip on some cool drinks…homemade fresh fruity drinks are the best way to hydrate yourself and are way healthier than those fizzy, sugar laden sodas.

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Yes! My favourite fruit this summer….came to my rescue once again..they are sweet and full flavour so why not use them to make some delicious summer mocktails….I mean, most of you who’ve been regular here are aware that the husband and I, we are teetotallers. So, such fruit based drinks are our best bet against the summers 😜 Speaking of which, have a look at my take on Aam ka Panna (raw mango cooler)

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Lets make some Strawberry Iced Tea….🍓🍓☺

Yield: makes 2-3 servings

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a small sauce pan, a potato masher.

Ingredients:

1 +1/2 cup chopped strawberries

4 tbsp sugar (optional, avoid if the strawberries are sweet. Mine were a bit tart hence I used sugar)

3 cup water

2 nos. tea bags (I have used regular tea, no speacial flavour)

ice cubes as needed when serving

Method:

In a saucepan, boil 3 cups of water. Turn off the heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep for about 10 mins. Remove the tea bags and pour the tea from the sauce pan into a jug. Refrigerate the tea for a minimum of 1 hour.

In the meanwhile, in the same sauce pan, add the chopped strawberries along with sugar and cook them together on low heat until  the strawberries are cooked well and look mushy. Use a masher to mash them as they cook. Take them off the heat. Allow the strawberry compote to cool down completely, then using a hand blender or any other other blender, make a purée and set that too in the refrigerator until you have to serve the Iced Tea. (I don’t strain the strawberry compote, you can strain it if you prefer).

Assembling:

Add the cooled strawberry purée to the jug of chilled tea. Add some crushed ice cubes and give it a stir.

To serve:

Fill your favourite glasses/ mason jars with ice cubes and pour the ready Strawberry Iced Tea over them. Place a small strawberry on the top and serve chilled! You can even add a couple of slices of lime as a garnish ☺️ Enjoy!

The strawberry purée and the cooled tea can be stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 days.

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Love,

Shreya❤

Strawberry Iced Tea

 

 

 

 

Volcano Popsicles | Strawberry and Orange Popsicles

Yes, I am absolutely obsessed with Popsicles of any and every kind…actually anything icy! I loved chilled things, even in the dead of cold, I could never pass a chance of enjoying a Popsicle! Not ice-cream though, although my blog has many recipes for both, I am more of a Popsicle girl😋😋😍

If you ask me why not ice-creams…I don’t really have a reason. I just love the juicy and watery flavours of fruit based Popsicles! Always have….always will! They do give me bad throat infections at times but I think they worth every course of anti-biotics I’ve had over the years 😜😜😂

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Don’t they look llike your best mate for every summer afternoon!? I can have them for breakfast, lunch ….dinner!! 😉 Besides, making them is a breeze! Just pick whatever flavours you like or if you are like me…choose your fruits….summer fruits like mango, kiwis or even oranges work very well!

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But with this recipe, I will teach you how to make perfect store bought-like texture for these Popsicles. Yes, store bought Popsicles are not full of icicles in them. They are more smooth and have a very even texture, almost like a sorbet but firmer. However, if you wish can follow simple juice and freeze method tooand make Popsicles but they will have icy bits (icicles) in them. I don’t like icicles in my Popsicles and hence this recipe is good for me…I was keen to understand what ingredients goes into the store bought Popsicles, and just on the cover of each popsicle, it is mentioned ‘glucose’….so I’ve done exactly that! Liquid glucose worked so well. Obviously, I adjusted the measurements as the cover never mentioned the proportion and alongside the store bought ones have a fair bit of preservatives too. But I have used just 4 ingredients to make them!

Yield: 4 Popsicles

Equipments: a sauce pan, a juicer (if using homemade juice), measuring cups/ spoons, Popsicle mould, ice cream sticks.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pulp of fresh strawberries (I did not add sugar, you may if the berries aren’t sweet enough)

200 ml freshly squeezed orange juice (juice of approximately 5-6 oranges)

2 tbsp sugar (I used some for the orange juice as the oranges were a bit tart)

2 tbsp glucose syrup (sweetened, it’s available in any store that stocks all the baking related ingredients) or even corn syrup.

Method:

Keep the mould ready.

In a saucepan, heat orange juice for a few mins. Once it has come to a gentle boil, add the sugar. Mix well using a whisk. Next add the glucose syrup and whisk quickly. Make sure the syrup is mixed very well. Now, turn off the flame and let the orange juice cook down for a few minutes.

Next, fill about 3/4th (approximately 50 ml) of each popsicle mould with the orange juice- glucose mixture. Place the moulds in the freezer and let them set for about 2-3 hours. Remove from the freezer and insert ice-cream sticks in the center of each mould. Freeze again for about 1 hour.

Remove the moulds again from the freezer after an hour, fill each mould to it’s brim with the strawberry pulp. (I didn’t treat the strawberry pulp with the glucose syrup as the pulp doesn’t really have any icicles after freezing).

Freeze the moulds for another 3-4 hours or until the Popsicles are frozen well. To serve, dip the mould in some lukewarm water for 2 mins, gently tug the ice cream sticks and pull out the popsicle from the moulds! Voilà!!! 😍😍 enjoy!!

(Note- adding glucose syrup is optional, we can omit that as well and make basic Popsicles)

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You can follow this recipe for any fruit juice/ pulp in any combination…they are so delicious and absolutely preservative free. They keep well in the freezer for upto a week, but I suggest try to finish them and make fresh batches every few days. It’s so easy 😄

Love,

Shreya💗

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Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

I am a proper Mumbai (Bombay) girl…born, raised, educated, worked and then married in Mumbai….when I say home, I always mean Mumbai❤….and saying that obviously means I love…just lurrvvvveeee my Mumbaiya (meaning typical) street food and snacks! The hubby and I visit every happening joint, cafe …etc, etc around our city but having some of the most delicious street food is something we can never give up!

Mumbai isn’t only about Wada Pav and Bombay Pav Bhaji in terms of authentic Maharashtrian snacks. If you have ever been to Maharashtra (any part of the state), you’d be familiar with Kothambir Wadi or Kothmir Wadi (spiced, coriander and chickpea flour nuggets). Kothmir or Kothambir literally means fresh coriander leaves in Marathi and Wadi translates to nuggets. Such an easy language… I am almost too proud that I can speak it rather well…(well, I do make grammatical errors here and there but I never quit speaking the language!) 😃

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The flavours are fresh and very earthy, green chillies and ginger along with other spices and ingredients make these Wadis lip smacking. Although, these are available in most local shops that sell Wada Pav or bhajias (batter fried onion or potato fritters), I always wanted to make them at home too. I probably wouldn’t have if my hubby wasn’t so crazy about them…

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So I looked up a few recipes and found one which was easy and sounded a whole lot like what we usually got from outside…and they turn out quite good and crisp! I have been making there for over 2 years now…and a glass of hot lemon tea is all that I need to polish these off!

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Besides, making them is no big task either….it takes less than 15 mins of prepping and just another 30 minutes of cooking! Glutenfree (uses chick pea flour along with rice flour) and vegan (has no clarified butter or yogurt), one can easily include them in their special diets without any fuss. Serve them with a dip if choice or have them on it’s own…delish! I love serving these with this spicy red chutney. 

Let’s begin….

In a mixing bowl, add the sifted flours. Season with salt. Add hing at this point. Whisk well and add little water to make a thick batter. Add the ginger paste, lemon juice, chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, oil, toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander leaves, whisk again. Add the baking soda and mix gently (don’t whisk). Grease the baking tin with some oil. Pour the batter into the greased tin and set it aside.

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Heat about 2 cups of water in a large pot or pressure cooker. Keep a metal plate at the bottom of the pot/ cooker to use as a  seperator.

Once the water starts boiling a bit, place the tin with the batter inside the pot/ cooker on the separator plate. Cover with a lid if you are using a pot. In case you are using a pressure cooker, remove the weight (whistle) off the lid and then secure the lid on the pressure cooker.

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Cook on low flame for about 15-18 mins. Then turn off the flame  and open the lid carefully. Remove the tin from the pot/ pressure cooker and using a sharp knife check if the batter has cooked, to do that, simply insert the knife in the centre of the tin, if it comes out clean, the batter has cooked (just aswe do for any cake).

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Let this cool down completely. Once it has cooled, run the knife on all four sides of the tin and gently unmould it on a chopping board. Using the same sharp knife, cut it into squares. Keep them aside.

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This is what it looks like post steaming. Have them just as it is or pan fry.

To pan fry:

Heat 4 tbsp. oil in a frying pan, place the squares in the pan once the oil is hot, keep turning them around and let them crisp up on all sides. Once done, remove on absorbent kitchen paper. Serve them hot with a dip if your choice!

Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 16 small Wadis (nuggets) using a square baking tin of 5"X 5"

Maharashtrian snack - Kothmir Wadi or Kothambir Wadi is spicy, healthy and very flavorful! Perfect to go with your tea/ coffee!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sifted chick-pea flour (besan)
  • 2 tbsp. sifted rice flour (chawal ka atta)
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp. flavor less oil (like canola or sunflower)
  • To pan fry: (optional, have it steamed if you wish to avoid pan frying. Also, deep frying is yet another option but I tend to avoid deep frying) - 4 tbsp. oil

Instructions

    Batter
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the sifted flours. Season with salt.
  2. Add hing at this point. Whisk well and add little water to make a thick batter.
  3. Add the ginger paste, lemon juice, chilies, red chili powder, turmeric powder, oil, toasted sesame seeds and chopped coriander leaves, whisk again.
  4. Add the baking soda and mix gently (don't whisk).
  5. Grease the baking tin with some oil. Pour the batter into the greased tin and set it aside.
  6. Steam
  7. Heat about 2 cups of water in a large pot or pressure cooker.
  8. Keep a metal plate at the bottom of the pot/ cooker to use as a  separator.
  9. Once the water starts boiling a bit, place the tin with the batter inside the pot/ cooker on the separator plate.
  10. Cover with a lid if you are using a pot. In case you are using a pressure cooker, remove the weight (whistle) off the lid and then secure the lid on the pressure cooker.
  11. Cook on low flame for about 15-18 minutes.
  12. Then turn off the flame  and open the lid carefully.
  13. Remove the tin from the pot/ pressure cooker and using a sharp knife check if the batter has cooked, to do that, simply insert the knife in the center of the tin, if it comes out clean, the batter has cooked (just as we do for any cake).
  14. Let this cool down completely.
  15. Once it has cooled, run the knife on all four sides of the tin and gently unmould it on a chopping board.
  16. Using the same sharp knife, cut it into squares. Keep them aside.
  17. Pan fry
  18. Heat 4 tbsp. oil in a frying pan, place the squares in the pan once the oil is hot, keep turning them around and let them crisp up on all sides.
  19. Once done, remove on absorbent kitchen paper.
  20. Serve them hot with a dip if your choice!

Notes

The steamed nuggets keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. The pan fried nuggets keep fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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They keep fresh for a few hours although I have never tried to store them for very long. These make for a great party snack or even as a side dish to go with your meals!

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika

3 Ingredients Mixed Berries Jam | No Pectin Jam Recipe | Berry Jam Recipe

It’s the ‘very berry’ season in my home!! I am literally swamped with berries of late! I am having strawberries and mulberries for breakfast, lunch…dinner and then some for desserts 😁 and I am loving them! They are so juicy and the colour…oh my.. I have an almost permanent purple stain on my lips because of the mulberries 😂😂 but I can’t seem to stop popping them each time I walk past the dining table…and I am never short of excuses to be ‘walking past’!! LoL!

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I mean, look at them beauties…can keep your hands off?! Specially the mulberries….this is just the third, maybe the fourth time in my entire 29 years of existence that I could lay my hands on them…probably I couldn’t have paid much attention to them around me…but this year has been different…I can see them everywhere..beautiful, organic and absolutely delicious! Just as yummy as the juicy red strawberries.

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I will share some health benefits of various berries here……I have read a lot about them online and because I prefer eating seasonal produce, I strongly recommend that one must have them but obviously you must consult doctors whenever necessary.

Strawberries:

Improves immune system.

Reduces the chance of contracting eye related ailments and issues.

Helps maintains a healthy heart by keeping Blood Pressure in check.

Reduces risk of of gout, cancer and arthritis.

Reduces cholesterol.

Great anti-oxidant and helps maintain great skin, hair and overall health.

Studies say that one bowl of strawberries a d is just about 50 calories!

Mulberry (Shahtoot): 

Cures certain diseases.

Cures cancer.

Prevents blood clots and heart stroke.

Cleanses blood.

Prevents seasonal cold and flu.

Strengthens kidney and helps cleanse liver.

Keeps blood sugar in check.

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So coming to what I did with these berries besides chomping on them was jamming! I made Strawberry Jam last year, it was super delicious and absolutely lip-smacking! I made another batch within a month because I almost didn’t want it to ever get over 😋

So this time around, I wanted to use both the berries in the jam and that’s exactly what I have done! Look at the jam…it’s so beautifully coloured…and has little chunks of strawberries and mulberries 😍…perfect on a slice of fresh homemade sandwich bread!…..yummmm!

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Since I am not tea/ coffee person, I prefer a light lemon tea with a ton of sugar…literally 😂😂 and a couple of slices of bread with my homemade jam slathered all over ….pure bliss!

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Let’s make some jam….

Yield: Approx 200 gms

Equipment: a big bowl, measuring cups/ spoons, a heavy bottomed pan, a potato masher, a small stainless steel/ ceramic plate, a clean & dry glass bottle to store the jam.

Ingredients:

300 gms fresh strawberry

100 gms fresh mulberries

3/4 cup sugar (I added this much as it is good enough for our taste and the mulberries we’re extremely sweet. Adjust to your taste preferences and as per how sweet the berries are!)

1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

Wash the mulberries and the strawberries, pat them dry. Then hull the strawberries using a paring knife (a regular knife will also do). Remove the small stalks on each mulberry. Chop the berries  roughly and keep them in a large bowl.

Add sugar to this and mix well. Cover and set it aside for 4-5 hours. Remember to stir it once every 30 mins or so. This will macerate the mulberries and the strawberries well (help in releasing the juices).

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After 4-5 hours, that’s how they should look.

Alongside, place a ceramic/ stainless steel plate in the freezer, it will be used later to check the consistency of the jam.

Heat a heavy bottomed pan, add the mulberries and the strawberries with all their juices to the pan, stir continuously until they come a rolling boil, this will take about 6-7 mins. Using a potato masher, mash the mulberries and the strawberries well and continue to stir. Cook for another 10 mins. Add the lemon juice at this stage (lemon juice is added to give a nice gloss to the jam). Let it cook & allow the juices to reduce for a few mins, but ensure you stir it constantly.

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Once the jam looks thick and gooey, keeping the flame on, drop some on the chilled plate and wait for 30 secs to let it set. Then draw a line in between, if the lines do not spread into each other, it means that the jam is ready & you can turn off the gas.

If not, then cook it for another 5-7 mins and repeat this step with another chilled plate.

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Cool the cooked jam thoroughly and store it a clean & dry glass bottle/ jar. Always use a dry spoon to remove the jam. Store this in the refrigerator and it should last for over 6 months ☺️

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I even add some this jam to bowl of warm custard and it tastes delicious…a dessert without effort 😍😍😍

Love,

Shreya💝

Onion Rawa Masala Dosa – Udupi Style

We rarely make South Indian food at home…my hubby ain’t too fond of it and I can’t just make it for myself even though I love it too much! But then there are days when he happily agrees to his one and only favourite from the cuisine –  Onion Rawa Masala Dosa with spicy, tangy Sambhar…he isn’t too keen on coconut chutney…so I happily skip that! 

Such meals happen over the weekends for brunch…I am not complaining as it’s so easy to put together Rawa Dosa and Sambhar! Making the Masala isn’t difficult too….trust me, I can put them together in under 45 mins start to finish 😃 

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Last year I had shared the recipe for plain  Rawa Dosa, now you’d think, what’s the difference…we simply need to add the potato masala and that’s it. No, there is a difference, at least in the way I make it. The batter is different which ensures more crisp dosas that can hold the Masala well without becoming soggy and heavy. 

The batter which I make for onion Rawa Masala Dosa is different in terms of the proportions of the ingredients used. If you follow the recipe properly, you will get crisp, lacy and crunchy Rawa Dosa.

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Let’s learn how, do follow the steps properly, it’s very simple.

For the Dosa

Yield: 4-5 Dosas

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

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Rawa/ sooji (semolina, I have used Bombay rawa)

1/4 cup rice flour

1 tbsp maida (APF)

4 tsp chopped onions

salt to taste

1 tsp crushed peppercorns

1 tsp chopped curry leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tbsp chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp grated ginger

1/4 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 (the batter must not too runny but not thick at all). Let it sit for 5-7 mins.

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Heat the pan, lower the flame to medium, sprinkle teaspoon of chopped onions. Let them heat for 30 seconds. Then, 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 Onion Rawa Dosa is ready! Serve it plain or with the Masala stuffed within the Dosa😀

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

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For the Masala 

Yield: serves 3-4 Dosas

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

Ingredients:

3 nos. boiled potatoes, cut into small cubes

2 tbsp oil

a handful curry leaves

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

2 nos. chopped green chillies

1/4 cup chopped onions

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

1/4 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

Method:

Heat oil n the wok. Once it’s hot, add mustard seeds, hing. Let these splatter. Then add ginger-garlic paste, curry leaves and chopped green chillies. Cook them for 2-3 minutes. Then add the onions. Cook these till they turn slightly pink. Add salt and turmeric at this stage. Mix well and add the potatoes.  Ash some of the potatoes as they cook. Ensure everything is mixed well. Turn off the flame. Stuff this Masala within the Dosas and serve piping hot!

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P.S. you can add green peas and tomatoes too in the Masala but I don’t prefer their flavour in the Masala for Dosa.

For the Sambhar

Yield: serves 2
Equipment: a pressure cooker, a small pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:
3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
2+1/2 cup water
Salt to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric pwd
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 pwd (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 red chilli
A few curry leaves

Method:
Wash and soak the dal for 30 mins. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric pwd. 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 mins.

Next, add sambhar pwd 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 mins.

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 mins. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few mins. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

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How many of you are drooling out there!? I know I am ….but I guess I will have wait for a few months until I revisit this platter! Until, my man says he wants some too 😘

Love,

Shreya💝

 

Khandvi | How to make Khandvi at home | No -Fail Khandvi Recipe

I make a lot of snacks at home…right from Sabudana Wada, Mathri…to Vegetable Croquettes….but never had I dared to try the most popular Gujarati farsan Khandvi at home!! 

I have heard it is very difficult to get the consistency of the batter right and so and so forth….and I love fuss free things as you guys know by now….so making Khandvi was out of the question 😜😂😂

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But last month my hubby got some Khandvi from a sweet shop near our home with a big name and all the jazz and honestly we didn’t like how it was – powdery and absolutely tasteless! As opposed to most of the other things available in the shop, this was a complete and utter let down.

So much so, that my dear hubby who knows I’d never make Khandvi at home…kept saying that if I were to make them, I’d nail it! Felt good knowing that he trusts my cooking completely…😍 What next?! Well, I had to nail it…for him. He had so much faith, how would I ever fail.

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I called my Mom asking her for the recipe, actually the proportions of the ingredients really, I mean that’s where all the crap happens…measure one ingredient incorrectly and you will never be able to roll even one Khandvi right! 😁

She hasnt made them in years, she said but had a reliable recipe written down somewhere….I couldn’t ask for more!! I diligently noted the recipe with the measures and listened to her explain me how the required consistency will take some time..I’ll need to be patient! Not my strongest virtue but I’ll try I promised😉I tried it that weekend and it was perfect…as told by the man himself! I was happy…hence, made it again a couple of days ago for breakfast…my hubby enjoyed it with a large mug of ginger tea and I with some mint and lemon green tea 👌👌 since it turned out well again…I knew I’d learnt the art of making ‘Khandvi‘ !! 😃

So be patient, go slow, and measure correctly! Let’s get cracking….

Yield: 10-12 rolls

Equipment: measuring cups/ sspoons, knife, a heavy bottomed non-stick pan, a silicon spatula or a wooden spatula, 2 stainless steel plates (optional), a mixing bowl, a small whisk,

Ingredients:

For the Khandvi: 

1/2 cup besan (gram flour)

1 cup thick yogurt (not hung, not Greek)

1 cup water

salt to taste

1 tsp ginger-green chilly paste

1/2 tsp turmeric powder

few drops of oil to grease the plates/ platform

For the tempering:

1 1/2 tsp oil

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

7-8 nos. curry leaves

2-3 nos. slit green chillies

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

For garnish:

Chopped coriander leaves

some dry garlic chutney 

Method:

In a mixing bowl, seive the besan. Add salt, turmeric, green chilli- ginger paste and yogurt. Whisk well and make sure there are no lumps. Add the water and whisk again.

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In the meanwhile, grease the backs of the steel plates with some oil. Keep them aside. (If you wish to, you can grease the work platform in the kitchen alternatively).

Heat the pan, keep the flame low and add the batter. Keep stirring it constantly to avoid any lumps. After the first 5 mins of cooking, increase the flame a little bit and cook for another 10-12 minutes. The mixture will have thickened enough. Then again reduce the flame to low. Keep stirring it all the while.

This is what the consistency should be after almost 15-17 mins of cooking. Turn off the flame at this stage.

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Tip on how to check if the consistency is correct for the Khandvi – take a little bit of the ready mixture and spread it on the greased plate. Let it cool down for 2 mins, if you are able to roll it off without it sticking to the plate, the mixture is ready. If not, cook the mixture for another 2-3 mins.

Now, that we have affirmed the consistency of the mixture, divide the mixture in two parts for the two plates and spread it evenly as shown below.

Note that the mixture will be still cooking on low flame as you do the test of the consistency.  

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Let the plates cool down with the mixture for about 10 mins. Then later, using a sharp knife make lines at equal distance and roll the Khandvi very carefully as shown above. Voilà! The Khandvi is ready…easy peasy!!

Now roll all of these similarly and place them on the serving tray/ plate.

Next, for the tempering, heat oil in a small pan, add hing, mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies and let these all splatter around for  few minutes. Then pour this tempering on the rolled Khandvi and serve with some dry garlic chutney and green chutney.

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These turned out spicy and just how we like them…😍 Do try these…they’ll make you want to make them again and again..!!

Love,

Shreya💗

 

Matar Kachori | Khasti Matar Kachori

Let’s call it as Kachori Weekends at our place….last weekend it was Aloo ki Kachori and this week, I was keen to make my favourite green peas stuffed Kachoris to devoured with some green Chutney! 👌🏼😁

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The market is flooded with fresh, bright green peas. They so sweet and perfect! I have shelled and cleaned about 4-5 kgs of green peas, frozen them in sterilised Ziplock bags to last me for the entire year….more than enough for the two of us! I do this almost every year as I detest the flavour of the store bought frozen peas, they are quite tasteless.

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Anyhow, with all the green peas around me got me craving for some Nimona (a gravy made with puréed green peas, very famous in Uttar Pradesh and enjoyed with steamed rice and some ghee) with the onset of the winters in December…..I have made it almost every week. And now, with the winter almost on it’s way out…I wanted to make Matar ki Kachori once, as it’s fried..once is more than enough for the entire season 😂

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They turned out so crisp and flaky…just the way I love my kachoris. My Mom’s recipe never fails me….be it her Plyaaz ki Kachori or this …just perfect😋

The stuffing is made with fresh, sweet green peas and some spices tasters tangy, earthy as it uses my home made Garam Masala along with loads of ginger…all the flavours of a perfect Northern winter!  There is no onion or garlic in this recipe. The outer pastry is flaky and very crisp as its fried on slow flame…always fry your kachoris low and slow! They cook well and never turn limp and soggy.

You can pair these Matar ki Kachoris with dubkimaar Aloo Tamatar and chutney or just some imli ki chutney…just so yummy👌

Let’s start…

Yield: 9 large kachoris

Equipment: a heavy bottom wok, a slotted ladle, measuring spoons/ cups, rolling board, rolling board, kitchen paper, a small pan, potato masher, mixing bowls.

Ingredients:

For the outer cover:

2+1/2 cup all purpose flour (Maida)

salt to taste

3 tbsp ghee

water as needed

Method:

Take flour in a  mixing bowl, season it with salt. Add ghee and rub it into the flour until the flour resembles bread crumbs. This ensures that the outer cover of the kachori is crisp and flaky. Next, add sufficient water to make a semi stiff dough. Cover the dough and set it aside to let it rest for a minimum of 30 mins.

For the stuffing: 

1 cup fresh green peas

1 nos. boiled potato

salt to taste

2 tsp mustard oil (use any oil as per your preference)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp finely chopped green chillies

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

1 tbsp coriander powder

3/4 tsp red chilli powder

1/4 tsp turmeric powder (optional)

1/2 tsp amchoor powder (dry mango powder)

1/2 tsp Garam Masala

chopped coriander leaves as needed

oil to fry

Method:

Mash the boiled potato and set it aside. Potato is used as a binder, if you wish you can avoid it too.

In a pan, heat oil. Once it’s hot, add hing, cumin seeds and green chillies. Let them splatter around for a minute. Then add the grated ginger. Cook it for a minute.

The washed and dried green peas go in next. Season with salt and cook the peas for a few minutes. Then add the turmeric, red chilli powder, coriander powder, Garam Masala powder. Mix well. Add the mashed potato and mix well with the spices and the peas. Cover and cook for 5-7 minutes or until the peas become mushy.

Add the amchoor powder along with chopped coriander leaves next and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover the pan with the ready stuffing for a few minutes. Then using a potato masher, mash the peas and potato mixtures well. Let some of the peas stay whole, while roughly mashing the others. That’s done.

Assembling:

Divide the dough which was kept aside into 9 equal sized balls.(I could make 9, if you choose to make smaller Kachoris, you can easily make upto 12 kachoris with this much amount of dough). Flatten each ball of dough to a thickness 2-3 mm and diameter about 3″, add 2-3 tsp of the stuffing. Close the dough ball around stuffing tightly and secure the ends so that the stuffing doesn’t spill out while frying. Flatten out the kachori a bit using a rolling board and pin.

Do the same with all the other 8 dough balls as well. Set them aside. Heat oil to fry in a heavy bottomed wok. Once it hot enough, drop 1-2 kachoris at a time and fry on low flame until golfden and crisp on all sides. Remove from oil and drain excess oil on kitchen papers. Fry them all and the serve these piping hot with sides of your choice.

The stuffing keeps well for 2-3 days in the refrigerator if stored in a glass or porcelain bowl. (I avoid plastic)

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I am drooling all over again just as I was typing out this draft 😜 But, seriously, do try this one out soon …..so easy to make and very flavoursome!!! You will be making these again and again.

Love,

Shreya💖

 

Mexican Vegetable Soup | Vegan and Glutenfree

So…here we are in 2017 and this bright, colourful soup was destined to be the first post of the year😁….why ‘was’?? Because this was made sometime during the last couple of days of the year gone by…..it was our healthy and light meal before binged in the name of making merry!!

Anyhooooo….so how have the first few days of the new year been treating you!? Honestly, I feel no different. The dates have changed no doubt, but that is where I think it ends. I am not one who makes resolutions and stuff….it’s been that way all my life. Do you? Have any of you actually seen your resolution through the year and then made notes about it later? I’d love to know! I mean, many break their resolutions the very next morning of making them….seems like such a waste..moot point, no?!

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So coming to this soup….it’s as healthy as healthy gets..no cornflour or APF or any ingredient to thicken the broth. It has a ton of veggies…like literally! Plenty of spices and the tang….that’s just perfect!!

Obviously you could add a bit of meat like sliced sausages or some boiled eggs. I was thinking maybe some seafood, like prawns or even squids! The possibilities are endless…. but I keep this one as veg…always. It’s one of our favourite go-to soups to do at home. It’s the quickest too, you’ll see!

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Everyone has a favourite soup….this is my current favourite, has been for sometime now. I usually even like Manchow soup…a personal favourite or some Thai Noodle soup, I’d probably share that recipe here too sometime….could make for a ideal summer lunch! ☺️

Anyways….let’s first learn to make us some healthy Mexican Vegetable Soup….

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed pan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

5-6 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped carrots

1/4 cup sweet corn

1/4 cup finely chopped French beans

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3 nos. large ripe tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp peri peri spice mix (store bought)

2 cups water

3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

juice of half a lemon

nacho chips to serve on the side (optional)

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, add crushed garlic and chopped onions. Sweat the onions for about 2-3 minutes. Then add the chopped bell peppers, carrots, beans, sweet corn. Stir well and season with salt & pepper. Cook the veggies for about 5-6 mins.

Then add the oregano, cumin powder, red chilli powder and the peri peri spice mix. Stir well, add tomatoes. Cook these together for another 5-6 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Add water (I add about 2 cups, you can add more or less).

Let the soup come to a boil, takes about 12-13 mins. Once the consistency is right, add chopped coriander and lemon juice. Serve the soup piping hot with some nacho chips.

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Such a filling meal….I’d say do try it once.

Love,

Shreya 💝

Adapted from cooking classy

 

Suran Ka Bharta | Oal Ka Chokha | Jimikand Ka Chokha | Spicy Mashed Yams

Winter afternoons call for comfort food, a warm, cozy spot on the couch, a good book or maybe a movie marathon … your favourite throw and a long snooze! Did I ever tell you’ll that winters are my favourite time around the year. Not because I can eat to my hearts fill or because I get to bundle up and sit in the same spot for hours…lol…no! I like it because I have the fondest memories from this season…☺️ My Dad’s birthday…followed by Mom’s birthday….and to round it all up…I got married on one super cold night! Yes, weddings in my culture happen in the dead of the night and more often than not, in winters 😂 

Anyways…..I saw elephant foot yams (suran/ oal/ jimikand) flooding the market as it happens every winter and the first thing that occurred to me that I have to make Suran Ka Chokha! 

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It’s a typical winter favourite at my Mom’s place and gladly for me, my hubby too enjoys it! Making it is not all that difficult either…just a very recipe including the most common ingredients from your pantry but the flavours pack such a punch!

I can have this by the bowlful but it is quiet fiery so I limit myself to a couple of spoonfuls during meals…and it’s almost like a pickle, so pungent and yet very flavoursome.

As always I have followed my Mom’s recipe as always… if you’re wondering what will you be pairing this one with…I’d suggest some Dal Sultani, steamed rice, bharwa hari mirch (this you must not miss, I insist!) along with this chokha…and that will be such a splendid spread 👌

Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a large saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a mixing bowl.

Ingredients:

300 gms boiled yam (suran)

salt to taste

6-7 tbsp mustard oil

2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

15-16 cloves of garlic (grated)

1″ piece of ginger (grated)

lemon juice as per taste (I add a little more as the yams tend to absorb the flavours well)

Method:

Wash the yam well, cut it into 2″ chunks.

Boil 7-8 cups of water with a pinch of salt. Add the chunks of yam in the water. Boil these until fork tender. Drain the water and let the yam cool completely.

Peel the yam. Use a fork to mash the yam. Make sure there are no lumps.

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Season the mashed yam with salt, add the ginger and garlic, mustard oil, chopped green chillies, chopped coriander and lemon juice. Mix well. Keep it aside for 15-20 mins before serving to let the flavours get absorbed.

This tastes best at room temperature and the flavours are enhanced if served the next day.

This keeps well in a glass or porcelain bowl for about a week under refrigeration.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe which is very close to my heart!

Love,

Shreya❤️

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