Category: Vegetarian Recipes

Methi Aloo (Fenugreek Green with Potato)

Winters are here….though it’s not too chilly yet, but I can feel it in the air. Specially early mornings are so pleasant! The Sun looks kinda bleak these days…& it’s my favourite time of the year😊

It’s also when I love eating everything wintery! From a yummy platter of Litti Choka to spicy mouthfuls of Samose ki Chaat 😀👌…and along with these…I also like enjoying something as yummy and humble as the Methi Aloo…in my Mom’s style😋 which is so delicious and not at all bitter! Infact, it’s anything but bitter!!

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It’s too simple to make this..very few ingredients and it is ready in a matter of minutes😉…a typical North Indian style preparation. I packed this for my hubby’s lunch box today and saved some for my lunch! Enjoyed it with some salad & hot rotis👌

Let’s start with my Mom’s recipe….

Yield: serves 2

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

Ingredients:

500 gms washed & finely chopped methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

3 nos. potatoes peeled & cubed

1 nos. chopped tomato

2 nos. whole dry red chilli

4-5 cloves of garlic

salt to taste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/2 tsp Garam masala 

3 tbsp mustard oil ( you can use refined oil too)

Method:

Heat oil in a wok, once the oil smokes (if using mustard oil, don’t smoke it if you are using refined oil), reduce the flame and add the potatoes and stir fry on low flame for 5 mins. They will turn golden brown. Then add the whole red chillies & crushed garlic. Sauté for 2 mins. The add the chopped methi leaves & season with salt and turmeric pwd. Mix well and let the cook for a few mins. You can cover with a lid if you wish. I don’t because methi cooks very fast and a cover isn’t required.

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Once the methi leaves are cooked well, add the tomatoes and again cook for 5-8 mins or until the tomatoes turns soft and mushy. Once that’s done, add garam masala and mix everything well. Just cook for another 2 mins. That’s it! It’s ready. (What actually works in reducing the bitterness is the tomato & the garlic)

Serve it piping hot! 😄

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Hope you like this…it’s just perfect for this season. You can have it with some rice & dal too!! 😬

Love,

Shreya💞

 

Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

Christmas to me means beutifully decorated trees…snow…red..green..white…golden! The colours that dominate and spell Christmas for me! & a chubby Santa of course!! 🎄🎄🎅🎁🎉🎊❄️⛄️😊🌟

It’s the time to be..happy…joyful…and much more! Since I attended a Catholic School…I was always looking forward to Christmas…and all the fun it brought along with it! We’d sing carols and decorate the entire school premises and the tree! I miss those days…☺️

But since we don’t get to see snow where I live… I have made my peace with it! 😉 but I wanted to set the mood going for Christmas…and wanted to make something sweet…but not necessarily ‘baked’! Hence, I zeroed in on these Peanut Butter & Oats No-Bake Cookies

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Its a very straightforward cookie to put together…slightly fudgy & chewy…oats give that lovely texture…and peanut butter makes it so morish😋… but it’s not crunchy as it’s not baked! It can make a great gift for friends & family too😀 🎁 or a Christmas project for your kids!

Yield: 12 medium cookies

Equipment: a saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a plate/ tray, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup milk

1 tbsp butter (I used unsalted)

2 tbsp cocoa pwd

1 tsp vanilla extract/ essence

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (I used Saffola)

1 +1/4 cup oats (I used Quaker)

Method:

In a saucepan, add milk, sugar, cocoa pwd & butter. Cook these together on medium flame until the sugar melts and ip the mixture comes to  a boil. Let it boil for just 1 min. Turn off the flame, cool it for 2 mins. Then add the vanilla extract, peanut butter & oats. Mix everything well. Then take a steel plate/ tray, and take some mixture in your palms and give it any shape of your choice.

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Do this for the entire batch of mixture. Let the cookies sit in the refrigerator for 30 mins before serving.😉😄😄 that’s it! Your yummy cookies are ready👍

You can store it in the refrigerator for upto a week. And if it’s cold enough in your part of the world, you can just keep them at room temperature too!

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Let the festive spirit set in with these little bites of heaven!

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from Family Food Fun.

Samosa/ Banarasi Samosa Chaat

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s start the recipe..

️Yield: 12 medium samosas

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

Ingredients:

For the dough:

2 cup Maida (APF)

2 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp ajwain (carrom seeds)

salt to taste

water as needed

Method:

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

For the stuffing:

3 nos. boiled and chopped potatoes

1 cup green peas

1/2 tsp hing

1 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

2 tsp chopped coriander leaves

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

1/2 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of turmeric pwd

salt to taste

Method:

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

Assembling the samosa:

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients for the Mattra:

1 cup dry, white chickpeas

3 cup water

salt to taste

1 tsp roasted Jeera pwd

1 tsp Deggi mirch

1/2 tsp chaat masala

Method:

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

Plating for the Chaat:

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

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

Love,

Shreya💕

Do check out authentic Litti Chokha too!

 Litti Chokha Bhune Tamatar ki Chutney aur Dhaniya Lehsun ki Chutney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ingredients for Litti:

2 cup wholewheat flour

Salt to taste

2 tbsp warm ghee

1 tsp carrom seeds (ajwain)

Water as required to knead the dough

Method:

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

Ingredients for Stuffing:

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

Salt to taste

Oil from mango pickle to taste

1 tbsp chopped green chillies

1 tsp chopped coriander leaves

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp lemon juice

A pinch of hing (asafoetida)

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

1/2 tsp grated ginger

Method:

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

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Assemble the Litti:

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

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That’s the Litti done! 👌👌

Ingredients for Chokha:

3 nos. boiled, peeled & mashed potatoes

Salt to taste

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped green chilli

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

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

Method:

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

Ingredients for Bhune Tamatar ki Chutney:

4 nos. tomato (roasted)

1 tbsp grated ginger

1 tsp chopped green chilli (roasted)

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

Salt to taste

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

Method:

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

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

Ingredients for Dhaniya aur Lehsun ki Chutney:

1+1/2 cup clean and chopped coriander leaves

4-5 nos roasted and peeled garlic

1 nos chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp cumin seeds

1/4 cup sliced onion

Salt to taste

1-2 tbsp water

1 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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

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

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

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

Shreya💗

Masala Puris with U.P. Style Aloo Dum / Spicy Indian Fried Flat Bread with North Indian Style Potato Side Dish

 Happiness is making perfect puffed, round Puris! 😀💕 And mopping it up with spicy Aloo Dum…!

I love Puris! Well, who doesn’t?! 🙌 Ever since we were kids, Puris were a staple during festivals, weddings, poojas… for breakfast or lunch boxes.. Basically, what I mean is that Puris are very accommodating…LOL!

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So I made these for my Holi lunch with a spicy, rustic & flavourful Aloo Dum …in U.P. Style (potatoes cooked with onions and earthy spices in mustard oil) ….that’s because we are from U.P. Besides, for me, no festivities are quite over until I have Puris 💖 😬

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So this time I made Masala Puris ( wheat flour along with some Indian spices ) to go with my Aloo Dum, the recipes of which obviously I have learnt from my mom! Who else?! And her Aromatic Garam Masala spice mix for the Aloo Dum! ❤️ and served them with some Dahi Wadas! Super duper hit pairing and my hubby was floored! 😍 We certainly did over eat ..hehe! Anyhow…time for the recipe 😛

Here’s my Mother’s recipe…

Yield: 15-17 Puris & 2 servings of Aloo Dum

Equipment: 2-3 large bowls, blender, 2 woks, 1 large ladle, 1slotted spoon, rolling pin, knives & peelers, measuring cups / spoons, kitchen towel

Ingredients for the Puris:

2 cups wholewheat flour

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp each red chilli pwd, cumin pwd

1 tsp crushed kasuri Methi

1 tsp crushed coriander seeds

1/4 tsp amchur pwd

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd, hing (asafoetida), ajwain (carrom seeds)

salt to taste, water to knead the dough

oil for frying the Puris

Method:

In a large mixing bowl mix together all the dry ingredients first. Add 3 tbsp oil to the dry ingredients and make a semi stiff dough using water. Cover the dough with a kitchen towel and set aside for a minimum of 30 mins.

Now, make 15 – 17 equal portions of the dough and using the rolling pin, roll the dough in circular shape of about 3-4″ diameter. Do this for the entire batch. Next, heat the oil in the wok on a high flame, the oil needs to be very hot for frying t he Puris. Now check the heat of the oil by dropping a bit of the dough in the oil, if it immediately springs back up in the oil, start frying the Puris. Drop them one by one into the oil and gently nudge them to puff up and flip them over on the other side. They should each take about less than 30 secs if the temperature is correct. They need to turn light golden and puff up completely! That’s it…they are done! Best served piping hot! 😀

Ingredients for the Aloo Dum:

3 nos large potatoes peeled, washed & cubed

1 nos each bay leaf, black cardamom

1″ pc cinnamon stick

1/4 tsp hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp Aromatic Garam Masala pwd

salt to taste

8-9 tbsp mustard oil (optional, use whatever oil you prefer)

For the masala paste:

2 nos large onions peeled and sliced

1 nos tomato

5-6 nos garlic cloves peeled

2″ pc ginger peeled

2 nos green chillies

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

2-3 tbsp water for blending

Method for the Aloo Dum:

Heat the oil in a wok until smoking point and then cool it down a bit (mustard oil). Shallow fry the cubed potatoes until crisp and golden. Set them aside. Save the oil.

Make a paste of the above mentioned ingredients for the masala using little water. Reheat the oil left in the wok after frying the potatoes and add the whole spices. Sauté for a min and proceed to add the paste. Cook the paste on a low flame for 12-15 mins or until the oil separates from the spice paste. Now add salt and aromatic Garam masala. Sauté once again for a few mins & then add the fried potatoes to the wok and mix everything gently and keep sautéing for another 7-10 mins. You may add some water to correct the consistency of the gravy although I prefer keeping it on a semi dry side. Once done, turn off the stove..and garnish as you prefer. Serve with hot Puris! ☺️

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Hope you will try these recipes soon and fall in love with the flavours!!

Love,

Shreya 💞

Paneer Lababdar & Wholewheat Tava Naan

I am a big of restaurant style gravies for various dishes. They are thick, luscious and really very flavourful. Specially Paneer (Indian cottage cheese). Paneer Lababdar is one such dish, it has a decadence of its own! And when paired with some Wholewheat Tava Naan, this combination is truly something to die for!

If you too are fan of such dishes, then do try Reshmi Paneer or Dhabewala Palak Paneer 👌😉..easy peasy, mouthwatering dishes!!

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The texture of Paneer Lababdar is very creamy and soft and that is why it’s very popular in restaurant menus… Indians love their Paneer…and loving this dish comes naturally to everyone. I too have often ordered this at restaurants alongside some Butter Naan or Tandoori Rotis (Indian flat breads). But since the Naan served in restaurant is usually made of Maida (APF), I always make a Wholewheat version at home…without any yeast or baking soda. Completely healthy! It’s soft and stays fresh for a couple of hours without turning chewy!! 💃

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The recipe I have used is very easy and doesn’t require much prepping. I have made it many times…and it always turns out super delicious! You can say, it can make a perfect party meal if you’re having guests…they will fall in love with your cooking skills😁

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Lets start the recipe…

️Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a non stick pan, a blender, measuring cups/ spoons, a rolling board, rolling pin, a pair of kitchen tongs, a small saucepan, a pan for making the naan, a large bowl.

Ingredients for Paneer Lababdar:

For the sauce: 

2 nos tomato chopped

4-5 nos cashew nuts

2″ piece ginger

4-5 pods garlic

2 nos cloves

2 nos green cardamom (choti elaichi)

1/2 cup water

For the main dish: 

200 gms cubed paneer

2 tbsp grated paneer

1 nos onion finely chopped

1 nos bay leaf

1″ cinnamon stick

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander pwd

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1 tsp degi mirch

1/2 tsp Garam masala

salt to taste

1/4 tsp sugar

a pinch of asafoetida

2 tbsp butter (optional)

1 tsp oil

2 tsp fresh cream (I used Amul, you can avoid cream if you wish)

1 tsp kasuri Methi crushed

Method:

For the sauce: 

In a saucepan, add water along with chopped tomatoes, garlic, ginger, cashew nuts, cloves & green cardamom. Bring these to a boil until the tomatoes have cooked and become soft. Add 2-3 tbsp more water if needed to cook them. Once done, cool these and make a fine purée. Set it aside.

For the main dish:

Heat butter and oil in the pan (skip butter if you are calorie conscious, use a little extra oil instead), add the asafoetida, bay leaf and cinnamon stick, sauté them for a minute. Then add chopped onions and cook until it turns golden brown.

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Once it’s golden brown, add the tomato-cashew purée and mix well. Keep cooking these together until the oil separates from the purée. This will take about 7-8 mins. Next add the coriander pwd, cumin pwd, degi mirch & turmeric pwd. Sauté them for about 5 mins. Also add salt, sugar & 1/4 cup water (if required) at this stage. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins on low flame.

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Next, add the cubed paneer & the grated paneer. Stir well but carefully so that the paneer cubes remain intact. Cook for 5 mins. Now, add the crushed kasuri Methi, garam masala & fresh cream. Stir well. That’s it…serve it hot with Wholewheat Tava Naan ☺️👌

Ingredients for Wholewheat Tava Naan:

2+1/2 cup wholewheat flour (gehu ka atta)

water as required to make the dough

salt to taste

1 tsp ghee

4-5 tbsp water for sticking the Naan on the pan

1 tsp kalonji (onion seeds)

some loose wholewheat flour to dust

Method:

In a large bowl, add wholewheat flour and use a little water at a time to make a soft dough. Grease the dough with ghee well and let it rest for 30 mins.

Keep the pan to heat on low flame.

Next, make large balls using the dough (about the size of an orange, I could make 6 such balls), dust the ball with some flour. Using the rolling pin and board, roll this ball in oblong shape and about 5-6 mm thick. Sprinkle some kalonji seeds and press well with the rolling pin. Now, apply some water on the other side of the naan which isn’t covered with kalonji, and put the watered side down on the pan.

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Cook for about 2 mins on medium flame, then using the kitchen tongs, remove from the pan and cook it on open flame on both sides like we cook phulkas/ rotis. Ensure the heat isn’t too high, else the naan will turn dark in colour but remain uncooked within it. That’s it, the naan will be ready in just 3-4 mins. Do the same for the remaining dough. Apply some butter before serving these hot! 👌😬

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Perfect meal is ready! My hubby enjoys this so much😘

Love,

Shreya💞

Adapted from Veg Recipes Of India 

Vegetable Croquettes

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

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

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

Yield: 7-8 large croquettes.

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

Ingredients:

For the croquettes:

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

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

1 slice of brown bread (remove the sides)

1/2 tsp red chilly pwd

1/2 tsp ginger paste

1/2 tsp green chilly paste

1/4 tsp turmeric pwd

1/4 tsp amchur pwd (dry mango pwd)

A pinch of kala namak (Himalayan pink salt)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

salt to taste

Method:

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

For the outer coating:

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

some water

salt to taste

1 cup fine rawa / semolina

1-2 tsp oil to cook

Method:

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

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

For assembling:

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

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

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

Love,

Shreya💗

Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges

Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges are one of most loved potato dishes ever. They are super crisp on the outside and so soft on the inside. I will share my go-to recipe that comes together in minutes! 

Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges

These Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges come together in with just 5 main ingredients apart from the potatoes themselves. That is how easy it is to make the most delicious potato wedges! And trust me, they disappear even before you properly set them on the table. I agree though, they are best eaten piping hot because that is when they are crisp and melt in the mouth yum!

Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges

I have made Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges completely vegan. They are light and not at all oily or greasy. Although the fried wedges taste so good and crispy too, but I personally like the baked version for they are light, easy to do and so much less greasier.

Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges

The biggest plus about making your potato wedges is that you can customize the flavor to your liking. I make a variety of wedges but these Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges are my favorite. My hubby and me, we are total potato lovers and keep innovating ways to make them more delicious!!

You too can experiment with your favorite flavors and bake these or simply fry* them, as you like. I will share the recipe for both versions.

Let us begin.

Wash the potatoes well. Scrub off any dirt/ mud and slice them into thick wedges.

Dip them in chilled water for 30 minutes. This step is crucial for crisp wedges.

Once they have dipped for over 30 minutes, drain the water .

Boil about 4-5 cups of water in a large sauce pan. Add 1/4 tsp. salt.

Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the drained wedges.

Let them boil for approximately 7-8 minutes. We need not have to cook them. The wedges must not break.

Once these wedges have boiled, drain them again. Pat them dry using a kitchen towel.

In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @220’c for 10 minutes.

In a large baking sheet/ tray, spread the par-boiled wedges.

Drizzle oil, salt, black pepper powder and peri peri seasoning. Give everything a good toss.

Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges

Now, bake them for 35-40 minutes @220’c. I did take the tray out half through the baking time and give a light stir to ensure everything is cooking evenly.

After about 35 minutes, they will have turned golden brown and crispy all over. They will also have cooked to perfection on the inside. If not, bake them for another 5-10 minutes.

Serve these wedges piping hot with any dip of your choice. I have not bothered with plating them and all, because they will turn limp quickly so they are really best enjoyed fresh out of the oven!

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Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges

Crispy, super delicous and easy to make, these are hands down The Best Vegan Peri Peri Potato Wedges | Baked Potato Wedges you will ever try. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 people
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 04 nos. large potatoes
  • 4-5 cups water for boiling
  • salt to taste plus extra 1/4 tsp. added while boiling
  • black pepper powder to taste
  • 3 tbsp olive oil or refined oil/ vegan butter
  • 1 tsp peri peri spice mix
  • sea salt as topping optional
  • chopped parsley as garnish optional

Instructions

  1. Wash the potatoes well. Scrub off any dirt/ mud and slice them into thick wedges. 

  2. Dip them in chilled water for 30 minutes. This step is crucial for crisp wedges. 

  3.  Once they have dipped for over 30 minutes, drain the water .

  4. Boil about 4-5 cups of water in a large sauce pan. Add 1/4 tsp. salt. 

  5. Once the water comes to a rolling boil, add the drained wedges.



  6. Let them boil for approximately 7-8 minutes. We need not have to cook them. The wedges must not break. 

  7. Once these wedges have boiled, drain them again. Pat them dry using a kitchen towel. 


  8. In the meanwhile, preheat the oven @220'c for 10 minutes. 

  9. In a large baking sheet/ tray, spread the par-boiled wedges. 

  10. Drizzle oil, salt, black pepper powder and peri peri seasoning. Give everything a good toss. 

  11. Now, bake them for 35-40 minutes @220'c. I did take the tray out half through the baking time and give a light stir to ensure everything is cooking evenly. 


  12.  After about 35 minutes, they will have turned golden brown and crispy all over. They will also have cooked to perfection on the inside. If not, bake them for another 5-10 minutes. 

  13. Serve these wedges piping hot with any dip of your choice. I have not bothered with plating them and all, because they will turn limp quickly so they are really best enjoyed fresh out of the oven!

  14. Optional topping and garnish as mentioned in the ingredient list above. 

Recipe Notes

Baking time may vary as every oven is a tad bit different so please adjust factor that too. 

Do not over boil the wedges, they will fall apart.  

*To make a fried version - after par- boiling, first deep fry the wedges until golden and crisp. Then season with the spices and salt. Serve piping hot. 

Love,
Shreya

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Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I can‘t resist buying bright, grassy green spinach whenever I go veggie shopping 👌😊 I adore the earthy aroma! And more often than not, I end up making my Dhabewala Palak Paneer (cubes of cottage cheese cooked in a mildly spice spinach gravy) and I like serving it with some kind of rustic Indian flat bread (roti) 😬 hence, my Ajwaini Missi Roti ( carom flavored flat bread made with a mix of flours and some spices)…everything on this platter is served with love and lots of butter!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I don’t really need to explain what’s Palak Paneer to any Indian! It’s a staple in North India but loved by everyone all over 👍 And trust me, you will fall in love with this preparation! It’s mildly spiced, earthy and very versatile! Versatile because one can pair a Palak Paneer with roti, rice, puris or even some dinner rolls!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

I haven’t used a complicated recipe here, some everyday ingredients to make a magical Dhaba Style dish. Who doesn’t love the aromas wafting out of a Dhaba 😀 and my Ajwaini Missi Roti is rustic. Very crispy on the outside and perfectly moist and flaky on the inside….obviously with a dollop of butter on everything!! You don’t do a Dhaba style meal with no butter! Everything is “Makhan maarkey!” (meaning…slathered with butter!)  ❤️

It’s fast and really very easy to put together… Let’s have a look at the recipe..

For Palak Paneer
In a blender, add garlic, ginger, green chili and blanched spinach and make a smooth purée.
Set aside.
Heat oil and ghee (if using ghee) together in the wok. Add asafoetida (hing).
Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onions add sauté until they start turning brown from the edges. Next add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric  and chili powder. Mix well.
Cook until the oil begins to separate. Next, add the tomatoes and season with salt.
Add Garam masala at this stage and cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked and the oil floats on top of the masala, will take approx. 7-8 minutes (you can put a lid and cook at this stage).
Next, goes in the kasuri methi and grated paneer. Cook them 2-3 minutes.
Finally add the puréed spinach mixture and the fried cubes of paneer. Stir well but avoid breaking any cubes of the paneer and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
Once everything is cooked well, taste for seasoning and adjust the same if needed, then add the cream n stir well. That’s it! Serve piping hot with roti / parathas / rice.

For Ajwaini Missi Roti
In a large mixing bowl, take all the ingredients except the water. Give everything a good mix.
Using little water at a time, make a medium – firm dough. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, divide the dough into equal parts a make balls with it, use some extra flour to dust the rolling board and roll it using a rolling pin to make round parathas/ roti.
They should be slightly thick.
Heat the pan/ griddle with some ghee / butter / oil, and cook the roti on both sides until nicely crisp and the color should be golden brown (take about 2mins on the first side and 1 min on the other side).
Apply extra butter if you like before serving them hot!

Dhabewala Palak Paneer aur Ajwaini Missi Roti

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3

A delicious combination of Dhaba Style Palak Paneer paired with some crisp, earthy Ajwaini Missi Roti. A salad on the side and this meal couldn't get any better!!

Ingredients

    Palak Paneer
  • 5-6 bunches of medium sized spinach (cleaned, blanched in unsalted water and drained. Also, it shrinks post cooking so you may adjust the quantity)
  • 250 gms paneer /cottage cheese (cubed! shallow fried with no salt & set aside)
  • 2 nos. medium onion chopped finely
  • 2 nos. medium tomatoes chopped finely
  • 6-7 cloves of garlic
  • 2" piece of ginger
  • 3 nos. green chili
  • 1 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 2 tbsp. grated paneer /cottage cheese
  • 2 tbsp. fresh cream (I used Amul)
  • 1 tbsp. coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. red chili powder
  • 1/2 tbsp. Garam Masala powder
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. ghee (optional)
  • 1 tsp butter (optional, for garnish)
  • Ajwaini Missi Roti
  • 2 cups whole-wheat flour (Atta)
  • 3/4 cup gram flour (besan)
  • salt to taste
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. carom seeds (Ajwain)
  • 1 tsp chopped green chili
  • 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 tsp ghee for kneading the dough (use oil if you are avoiding ghee)
  • extra ghee or butter for cooking the roti (optional, you can use oil and avoid ghee/ butter)
  • 1/4 cup approx. water (to knead the dough)
  • Extra wheat flour for dusting

Instructions

    Palak Paneer
  1. In a blender, add garlic, ginger, green chili and blanched spinach and make a smooth purée.
  2. Set aside.
  3. Heat oil and ghee (if using ghee) together in the wok. Add asafoetida (hing).
  4. Once the oil is hot enough, add chopped onions add sauté until they start turning brown from the edges. Next add the coriander powder, cumin powder, turmeric and chili powder. Mix well.
  5. Cook until the oil begins to separate. Next, add the tomatoes and season with salt.
  6. Add Garam masala at this stage and cook until the tomatoes are completely cooked and the oil floats on top of the masala, will take approx. 7-8 minutes (you can put a lid and cook at this stage).
  7. Next, goes in the kasuri methi and grated paneer. Cook them 2-3 minutes.
  8. Finally add the puréed spinach mixture and the fried cubes of paneer. Stir well but avoid breaking any cubes of the paneer and cook on medium flame for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Once everything is cooked well, taste for seasoning and adjust the same if needed, then add the cream n stir well. That's it! Serve piping hot with roti / parathas / rice.
  10. Ajwaini Missi Roti
  11. In a large mixing bowl, take all the ingredients except the water. Give everything a good mix.
  12. Using little water at a time, make a medium - firm dough. Cover the dough and set it aside for 15 minutes.
  13. After 15 minutes, divide the dough into equal parts a make balls with it, use some extra flour to dust the rolling board and roll it using a rolling pin to make round parathas/ roti.
  14. They should be slightly thick.
  15. Heat the pan/ griddle with some ghee / butter / oil, and cook the roti on both sides until nicely crisp and the color should be golden brown (take about 2mins on the first side and 1 min on the other side).
  16. Apply extra butter if you like before serving them hot!

Notes

The dough for the Missi Roti stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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In my home, we have these with some onions with a dash of lime!

Love,

Shreya💕

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Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

Little did I know that I would fall in love with cooking after I fell for Mr.Polka Puffs! It all happened a little too fast (no complaints there😀)

 

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

But my experience with cooking was very limited when we first got married. I didn’t even know how to make a nice, round, soft Roti/ Fulkas (Indian flatbread)…let alone a proper meal (I know, I was too pampered by mom and my elder sisters) Well , that’s a shame coz every Indian girl is supposed to know that, right? But I didn’t. I had a hard time managing cooking but I was hellbent that wouldn’t hire a cook to help me out, I wanted to do it on my own.

Days turned into weeks and weeks into months!! I had pulled it off!🙌🙌 💃 I managed to make full Indian meal in less than 3months into our marriage…(desserts included 👆) Mr. PP was super happy ! And me??What more could I have asked for?!

Slowly I started to venture into unexplored territories.. Asked my mom for recipes over the phone and bought them to life. I was one happy wife!

But always wanted to bake a cake for Him… So I did. It was a basic cake and He did like it a lot… Said it was perfect for an amateur baker. I smiled , but somewhere inside me I didn’t like the sound of the word ‘amateur ‘.

I decided to perfect it, and boy I did !! 🍰

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

So life brings it to full circle and here I am, the ‘amateur ‘ cook /baker… With my first ever post on PolkaPuffs! It had to be a cake… But I didn’t want to do whole cake with frosting or layers just yet, so thought of sharing my Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes! 😋😋😋 This is the recipe which I have been using as the base for almost all my cakes /cup cakes. It’s easy n eggless. With just an addition or two of a couple of ingredients, I end up with a whole new recipe each time!

I thought with Nutella being such a rage (and a personal favourite) why not incorporate the flavours with the slightly bitter flavours of mocha and see if He likes it… Trust me when I say this, you’ll do yourself a favour when you make this! It’s yum with that rich cocoa & coffee & Nutella just melting in your mouth as you bite into it! Okay, so enough said….. Lol. Anyways, here goes the recipe…

Nutella Stuffed Mocha Cupcakes

 

 

Let’s start step by step…

Pre heat the oven @ 180’c.

Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).

In another mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.

Immediately pour 2 tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the center and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.

Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15 mins @ 160-170’c

Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25 mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.

Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.

Nutella Filled Mocha Cupcakes !

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 8-10 cupcakes

Yummy, gooey, moist egg free Nutella filled cupcakes are easy to make and easier to eat!!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup APF (Maida)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp instant coffee powder
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter (you can use Amul Butter, then skip the salt)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice / vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2  cup Nutella

Instructions

  1. Pre heat the oven @ 180'c.
  2. Line the muffin tray with cupcake / muffin liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt (if using unsalted butter, I had used Amul butter so skipped it altogether).
  4. In another mixing bowl cream together the butter n sugar until light and fluffy.
  5. Add the dry sifted ingredients to the butter and sugar mix, add lemon juice, vanilla extract, mix the coffee powder with the warm water and add that too to the batter.
  6. Mix everything well but do not over mix the ingredients as that results in a heavy cake.
  7. Immediately pour 2tbsp of the batter into the lined muffin tray in each section, add about 1 tbsp of Nutella over it carefully placing it right in the centre and then again pour 1 tbsp or so of the batter to cover the Nutella.
  8. Do the same for all the sections. And bake for 12-15mins @ 160-170'c
  9. Once ready, remove the muffin tray and let it rest for 20-25mins on the cooling rack before peeling off the liners / frosting / icing them.
  10. Decorate as you please. Keeps well in an airtight jar for 2-3 days.
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Hope you will try these and enjoy them as I did ❤️😀

Love,

Shreya ☺️

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