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Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method) – Kulcha is a type of leavened bread from North India, from the state of Punjab. It is made using All Purpose Flour (maida) and usually eaten with Chole or Dal Makhani . The dough is rolled into thick, flat and slightly thick shape and baked in a tandoor (large earthen oven). Once, they are baked to perfection, some butter or ghee is smeared on the top to enhance it’s taste 🙂 The best part about these Kulchas are that we don’t use yeast as a leavening agent. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is very famous as it has a delicious, spicy filling of boiled, mashed potatoes along with some chopped green chilies and a few other ingredients to add flavor! 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

I usually make these Amritsari Aloo Kulchas on weekends or on Friday nights. It would seem like a heavy meal but if eaten in moderation, it isn’t half bad 😉 Besides, I always look forward to making something special on Fridays, I mean, the week’s almost over and I’m absolutely relaxed and enjoy spending an hour or so extra in the kitchen. This combination also seems like a pretty hectic menu but trust me, it’s not!

As I mentioned above at the beginning of the post, I usually pair these Kulchas with some Dal Makhani. They taste absolutely delicious together and a side of some onion salad is a must have. Have you guys tried my recipe for the dal makhani yet?

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Once these kulchas are baked/ cooked, it’s customary to smear them with a generous lob of butter or ghee. I mean you must add some just to make sure you get to enjoy the authentic flavors of this rustic flatbread. Besides, when in Punjab, do as the Punjabi’s do! Personally, I prefer butter over ghee. I feel butter adds a little depth to smokiness of these kulchas/ flatbreads.

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Since we are speaking about butter and Punjabi’s, the butter has to be added generously to the Dal Makhani too! I squirt a bit of lemon onto the dal for good measure as the acidity of the lemon cuts through the otherwise buttery dal 🙂

Anyways, coming to these Kulchas, these are not baked in the tandoor. A tandoor is usually large and difficult to fit into one’s kitchen easily. Hence, some folks bakes them in the oven but I prefer to do it over an open flame. I manage to get all the smoky flavors that one gets in tandoor baked Kulchas right on my stove top 😉

Let’s learn how..

For the dough :

  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.

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3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.

               Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

For the stuffing:

  1. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  2. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.

For the assembling:

  1. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  2. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  3. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
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  4. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly enlongated shape.
  5. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  6. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  7. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  8. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
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  9. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  10. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly.
    Amritsari Aloo Kulcha
  11. Brush with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!!
  12. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani. 

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha

Amritsari Aloo Kulcha (no yeast, stove top method)

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 5-6 kulchas

Easy to make Aloo Kulchas (Potato Stuffed Indian Flatbread) with some rustic Dhaba Style Dal Makhani.

Ingredients

    For the dough:
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour/ Maida ( APF)
  • lukewarm water as needed to knead the dough
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sugar
  • For the stuffing:
  • 3 nos. mashed potatoes
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp chopped green chilies
  • 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves + some more to garnish the kulcha
  • 1/2 amchur powder (raw mango powder)
  • butter for smearing on top of the kulchas
  • nigella seeds (mangrela) to sprinkle on top of the kulchas

Instructions

    Dough
  1. Add maida (APF) in a large bowl, followed by salt to taste, baking powder, baking soda, cured, oil and sugar.
  2. Next, use sufficient amount of lukewarm water to make soft and smooth dough. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
  3. Use a damp kitchen towel to cover the dough. Set it aside for one to two hours for the for the dough to rise.
  4. Stuffing
  5. Mash the potatoes, add the other ingredients to the mashed potatoes and mix well.
  6. Set it aside for a few minutes for the flavors to incorporate well.
  7. Assembling
  8. Pinch a orange sized ball of the dough.
  9. Roll in in some loose flour and flatten it out a bit.
  10. Place the stuffing on the flattened dough. Pinch the dough together and ensure that the stuffing remains within the dough.
  11. Sprinkle some flour over it and roll the stuffed kulcha using a rolling pin. Flatten it out and give it a slightly elongated shape.
  12. Sprinkle some nigella seeds and chopped coriander over the flattened kulcha.
  13. Cooking
  14. Turn it over and apply some water on the plain side.
  15. Alongside, heat a iron tawa on medium flame.
  16. Place the kulcha, wet side down on the tawa.
  17. Press the kulcha a bit and flip it over on the flame.
  18. Keep the flame on high and keep moving the tawa over it to ensure the kulcha gets cooked and golden brown all over.
  19. Once the top is done, place the tawa back on the stove to let the underside cook out evenly on medium flame.
  20. Brush the top with butter or ghee before serving it piping hot!! 
  21. Amritsari Aloo Kulcha is ready. Serve it with Dal Makhani.

Notes

Do not use a non-stick tawa for cooking the kulchas as the kulchas will not stick on the tawa when over turned on the flame. I have used an iron tawa. Allow 2 to 3 minutes for the underside of the kulcha to cook as well once the top is cooked. Do not knead a very wet dough. The dough must smooth and soft.

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Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Hello everyone! It’s been sometime I wrote something new here….about time, isn’t it?! 😀 So let’s make something quick for your breakfast today! I bring to you Chai Spice Homemade Granola – which is Vegan and Glutenfree 👌🏼👌🏼 sound good? ….yes, it tastes good as well! Besides, the whole point is that eating fresh and healthy is so easy and quick.

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Looks good?! Lol! I’m always looking at options for healthy and easy to do breakfast fixes for my hubby. He loves his muesli or granola with some warm milk along with his beloved ‘chai’ that has been brewed with ‘chai‘ spice (an aromatic blend of various whole spices like cardamom, nutmeg, cinnamon to name a few…I promise I’ll do a post on that soon). You guys already know he’s a tea-addict and his mornings must start with huge mug of steaming ‘chai‘ :)….I happily indulge him!

Obviously, he won’t have granola everyday…on other days he enjoys some hot and spicy Aloo ke Parathe (Indian flatbread stuffed with spicy mashed potatoes). Well, i must say that they happen to my absolute favorite breakfast in the whole wide world!!! I usually pair them with some Restaurant Style Tandoori Chutney (also goes well with kebabs). This combo keeps us going till lunch.

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Have you tried my Makka Methi ka Paratha (Indian flatbread flavored with fenugreek greens and green chilies). Yes, our North Indian genes crave for parathas every other day….heheh!!

So, lets talk about what I wish to feed him on the other days…specially when he has a long day ahead of at work….when I know, his lunch is going to be late even though his lunch box will be sitting right on his desk (sigh)!!

I have been buying granola for the longest time now….but it had been on my to-do list since last year. So, finally sometime around February earlier this year, I gave it a shot for the first time. I had been eyeing the Build Your Own Granola ideas on Pinterest and they really give an amazing insight into how we can go about it and make them right in the comfort of your own home and ensure they are healthy and preservative-free!

Flavors…don’t even get me started on the flavors you can incorporate into your granola! I have tried some of the most amazing flavors and they all worked…my hubby, for one loved them! Since I am not a granola and milk kind of a girl, I have them with seasonal fruits…these days I am feasting on these gorgeous rainier cherries 🙂

But, since these are primarily made for my man…I wanted to try using ‘chai‘ spice for the longest time, was a bit worried if it’d be too spicy for our taste buds or would they be a bit of an experiment that could go wrong….Lol!! You know what…it works, and beautifully at that! I did add some pistachios and also threw in some dried cranberries for good measure, didn’t want the spice to overpower and the tang of the cranberries are just right.

All you need to do is add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in large bowl, make sure everything is mixed real good. Spread the mixture onto a baking tray and bake it for about 30 minutes!

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Sounds easy…doable?? Of course it is…let us learn to ‘Build our Granola’!

Chai Spiced Homemade Granola Vegan and GF

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: serves 2

Build your own healthy, delicious, vegan, gluten free, preservative free granola at home from scratch!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rolled oats (I used Quaker Oats)
  • 1 tsp chai spice
  • 1/4 cup pistachio
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp refined or canola oil
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven @180 C.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the oats, cranberries, pistachios, chai spice,desiccated coconut, salt and sugar.
  3. Mix these well.
  4. Next, add the oil and vanilla extract.
  5. Mix these well.
  6. Next, spread this mixture evenly on a baking tray and bake it for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the oats turn golden in color. If you feel they aren't cooked to perfection, continue to bake for a another 10 minutes or so.
  7. Once it's baked, remove the tray from the oven and set it on a cooling rack to let the granola cool down completely. They will continue crisp up as they cool down. This granola can be stored in airtight containers in the refrigerator or freezer for about 2 weeks.
  8. Enjoy these for your breakfast with some warm milk or some fresh fruits.

Notes

Every oven works differently, please adjust the baking time and temperature accordingly. After the first 15 minutes of baking, I usually take out the tray while the oven is running and stir everything around to ensure everything cooks uniformly. Be careful while you do this, ensure you are wearing oven mitts. Cool the baked granola completely before storing. You can use any nuts and dry fruits as per your preference. If you are not fond of 'chai' spice, replace it with cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder. You can use almond extract instead of vanilla extract, it tastes really nice too. I have used demrara sugar in my recipe, feel free to use brown sugar or coconut sugar in your version.

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Love,

Shreya 🙂

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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💝

 

Adai with Tomato Onion Chutney | Indian Lentil Crepes with Tomato Onion Dip

Sharing the recipe for healthy and nutritious Adai with Tomato Onion Chutney today. Breakfasts are an important meal in our home, something fresh, filling and delicious is a must. But for me it’s more important to serve a healthy breakfast for my hubby and myself. We particularly do not enjoy a bread and butter kind of breakfast on a regular basis. We have similar preferences when it comes to food…and like to have something warm for breakfast and definitely not out of a box! 

Today, I am sharing the recipe of Adai (mixed lentil dosa), a popular breakfast variety in South Indian Cuisine which is gluten free and vegan too. 

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These crepes or Adai are very crisp and flavoursome as opposed to a plain dosa (South Indian crepe). They are very healthy as they are made using various lentils along with rice and some more spices.

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The best part about making Adai is that, one need not have to spend hours prepping it. It can made in about under 4 hours from start to finish. However, as I make it for breakfast, I keep the batter ready the previous night itself and that does make the batter more workable and the end results are always very good. But that is not important, you can soak everything together for about 2 hours, grind and start making the Adai immediately without giving the batter any time to ferment.

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See the texture, it is so crisp as the ratio that have kept has more rice as compared to the lentils! I have always enjoyed them even as a kid when my Mom would make these on weekends….a welcome change from our typical North Indian fare I’d say! That still holds true in my home, making these on weekends is very convenient and makes for a yummy brunch….along with the spicy tomato onion chutney (my take on this popular dip from the South Indian Cuisine).

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These are packed with protein and that keeps you full for a long time..it’s a complete meal in itself as it has rice and lentils. Pack these for your kids lunch boxes too!

Let’s make these then…

Wash the rice and the lentils together. Soak them together in 3-4 cups of water for two or three hours at room temperature. In the same bowl, along with the lentils and rice, also soak the red chillies, curry leaves and peppercorns too.

Once these have soaked well for two-three hours, grind them to a smooth paste with salt, jeera and ginger using about 1/2 cup of water. Adjust the consistency of the batter with more water if required. (The consistency of the batter needs to a little thinner in comparison to that of a a regular dosa batter). Also, adjust the seasoning now. Remove the batter in a bowl, cover it and set it aside for 5 mins before making the Adai.

Now heat a dosa pan, once hot enough, spread some oil and wipe it off with a kitchen tissue paper. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the hot pan. Drizzle some oil around the Adai and let it cook on low flame for 4-5 mins. This takes a longer to cook and crisp up and colour too.

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Flip it over and cook for another minute or two. That’s it, done and ready to serve!

To make the chutney…

Heat oil in a pan, once it’s hit, turn the flame at it’s lowest setting, then add hing, sliced onions, red chillies and curry leaves. Let the onions turn translucent, then season with salt and add the tomatoes and dalia. Stir well and let the tomatoes turn mushy and the oil seperate from the mixture. Turn off the flame, let the cooked mixture cool down.

Then grind the mixture using very little water to make a coarse Chutney. It’s ready. You can temper it if you like. I always do…. this is how – heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, add 1/4 tsp split urad dal, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rai) and 5-6 nos. curry leaves into the oil and let them splatter for a minute. Turn off the flame and add it to the Chutney. Mix it well and enjoy with the Adai 😊

The batter for Adai stays good in the refrigerator for 2 days. The Chutney stays good in the refrigerator in a glass or porcelain jar for 3-4 days if tempered. It lasts for 2 days if not tempered.

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Adai with Tomato Onion Chutney | Indian Lentil Crepes with Tomato Onion Dip

Prep Time: 3 hours, 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6 Adai and for a small bowlful of Chutney

A delicious breakfast recipe from South of India that is healthy and easy to make as well.

Ingredients

    For Adai
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 tbsp chana dal (split chick pea lentils)
  • 1 tbsp dhuli moong dal (split small yellow lentils)
  • 1 tbsp dhuli urad dal (split white lentils)
  • 1 tbsp toor dal (split pigeon peas)
  • 2-3 nos. dried red chillies
  • 10-12 nos. curry leaves
  • 1 tsp jeera seeds (cumin seeds)
  • 5-6 nos. peppercorns (akkhi kali mirch)
  • 2" piece ginger
  • salt to taste
  • oil as needed
  • water as needed
  • For Chutney
  • 2 nos. medium sized onion, sliced
  • 2 nos. medium sized tomato, cubed
  • 3 nos. dry red chilies
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 10-12 nos. curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • a pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2 tsp dalia (split roasted lentils)
  • water as needed

Instructions

    Making Adai
  1. Wash the rice and the lentils together. Soak them together in 3-4 cups of water for two or three hours at room temperature.
  2. In the same bowl, along with the lentils and rice, also soak the red chilies, curry leaves and peppercorns too.
  3. Once these have soaked well for two-three hours, grind them to a smooth paste with salt, cumin and ginger using about 1/2 cup of water.
  4. Adjust the consistency of the batter with more water if required. (The consistency of the batter needs to a little thinner in comparison to that of a a regular dosa batter).
  5. Also, adjust the seasoning now. Remove the batter in a bowl, cover it and set it aside for 5 mins before making the Adai.
  6. Now heat a dosa pan, once hot enough, spread some oil and wipe it off with a kitchen tissue paper.
  7. Pour a ladleful of the batter onto the hot pan.
  8. Drizzle some oil around the Adai and let it cook on low flame for 4-5 mins.
  9. This takes a longer to cook and crisp up and color too.
  10. Flip it over and cook for another minute or two.
  11. That's it, done and ready to serve!
  12. Making Chutney
  13. Heat oil in a pan, once it's hit, turn the flame at it's lowest setting, then add hing, sliced onions, red chilies and curry leaves.
  14. Let the onions turn translucent, then season with salt and add the tomatoes and dalia.
  15. Stir well and let the tomatoes turn mushy and the oil separate from the mixture. Turn off the flame, let the cooked mixture cool down.
  16. Then grind the mixture using very little water to make a coarse Chutney. It's ready.
  17. You can temper it if you like. I always do - this is how - heat 1 tbsp of oil in a pan, add 1/4 tsp split urad dal, 1/4 tsp mustard seeds (rai) and 5-6 nos. curry leaves into the oil and let them splatter for a minute.
  18. Turn off the flame and add it to the Chutney. Mix it well.
  19. Enjoy with the Adai

Notes

The batter for Adai stays good in the refrigerator for 2 days. The Chutney stays good in the refrigerator in a glass or porcelain jar for 3-4 days if tempered. It lasts for 2 days if not tempered.

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A plate looking that healthy and fulfilling is definitely a welcome sight!

You can also try Rawa Dosa recipe (includes the recipe for green coconut Chutney).

Try my recipe for Sambhar here.

Love,

Shreya💕

Idli Sambhar / Udupi Style Idli Sambhar

The evergreen breakfast in most homes is a novelty at mine! That’s because my hubby isn’t too fond of it and rarely agrees to have this combo for breakfast/ brunch. So on the day when he finally agrees to have some for the weekend, I go all out in making this combo extra special☺️ 

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There are no tricks to making a perfect Idli (lentil cake) if you ask me….it’s the climate that plays the most important role. Warmer the climate, obviously, better the fermentation resulting in soft, moist & super spongy Idlis 😋 Besides, softer the Idlis, the more Sambhar (South Indian style spiced lentil curry) they soak up!!! Sluuurrppp!

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I have used my Mom’s recipe for both, Idli & Sambhar…along with her lip-smacking, easy-peasy green Coconut Chutney🤓 I must confess…this Sambhar is the closest to a traditional tiffin/ Udupi style Sambhar that I have ever had at home. Robust flavours accompanied by the tang from tamarind makes it super yum!

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Let’s get going with the recipe…..I have shared a few tips in the method given below.

IDLI:

Yield: makes 15-18 small Idli
Equipment: 2 bowls, 2 lids, blender, measuring cups/ spoons, butter knife.

Ingredients:
1 cup split White urad dal (white lentils)
1 cup rice (I used Basmati)
2 cup boiled rice
1/2 tsp methi seeds (fenugreek seeds)
Salt to taste
Water as needed
Oil for greasing as needed

Method:
Wash the urad dal first. Rinse it at least twice under running water. Soak it with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours.

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Follow the same step for the two kinds of rice. Soak them together with enough water for a minimum of 6-7 hours. Also, add the methi when soaking the rice.

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Once the dal and the rice have soaked well, grind them seperately. The dal, when ground must be smooth. Do not add too much water while grinding it.
Follow the same step for grinding the soaked rice with methi. However, the texture of rice when ground will be slightly grainy. Do not add too much water while grinding them.

Next, mix the ground dal and rice together in a large bowl. You can add a bit of water (I added approximately 1/2 cup) if they seem too thick after mixing. Do not add salt yet. Once these two are mixed well, cover the bowl with a lid and set it aside in a warm place to ferment overnight. Since the climate here is very hot & humid, the mixture fermented very well…almost overflowed from the bowl by next morning.

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You can place the bowl in the oven with its light on to ferment overnight if the climate in your part of the world isn’t very hot. Do not touch the mixture or disturb the process of fermentation.

What I usually do is, soak the rice & dal in the morning around 11am, it’s soaked really well by 6pm. That’s when I grind & mix them. That way the mixture ferments for almost 12-13 hours for breakfast the next morning! It always works for me, I don’t add ENO or any other fruit salt to make the Idlis soft and spongy. The fermentation is the only key here.

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Now that the batter is ready…what remains is making the Idlis! Keep about 1 cup water in the idli steamer/ pressure cooker to boil. In the meantime prepare the idli plates…grease each depression with some oil. Season the batter with salt and mix well. Pour about 2-3 tbsp of the batter in each greased depression. Steam these in the pressure cooker/ idli steamer for 10-12 mins. Once done, gently remove the idli plate stand from the cooker/ steamer. Let it cool for a few mins.

Now, a big pressure point for me is usually to unmould each Idli intact. A little tip here which I picked up from my Mom…
Take a bowl of water. Use your butter knife. Dip the butter knife in the bowl of water. Then gently run it around the idli and the idli will come off the plate intact! Dip the butter knife in water for each idli. Foolproof way to get those perfectly intact Idlis!! Those are your Idlis done😁 you can serve them with Coconut Chutney.

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 ber mirchi
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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I simply love these….and the combo is to die for!! Do try once.

Love,

Shreya💖

Banana Muffins|Banana Bread

Those bananas sitting in my fruit basket were turning darker every passing minute in this heat….and yes, I had wrapped the bunch head with cling wrap…but it won’t work with the soaring temperatures! Sigh!! 😔

Where do these overripe bananas end up usually..in the BIN. Yes…they do, don’t pretend otherwise. We’ve all done that….though we promise ever to do it again out of the guilt over wasted food, we still do! Else, banana milkshake happens…well that’s very common and usually better for kids…too many calories for my hubby & me😝

In the past too, I’ve shared a couple of recipes to finish off these overripe bananas. Being summers almost everywhere, you can try my 2 Ingredient Banana Ice Cream. It’s so yummy and gets done in a breeze…😛slllluurrppp! Or if you are willing to bake something vegan, try these awesome Butterscotch flavoured Banana Breakfast Bars which uses wholewheat flour.

So thought of making an Old Fashioned Banana Bread or Banana Muffin. The beast thing is one recipe takes care of both options!

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Look at that texture….perfectly moist, crumbly and absolutely melt in the mouth. That’s why I love a Banana Bread so much, it’s easy to make and easier to eat 😛 This too happens to be great for a grab-and-go breakfast.

Before we go on to the recipe, here are a few pointers to keep in mind when baking a Banana Bread/ Muffins- make sure that the bananas are really overripe. They must be literally falling apart if handled roughly. If they are even slightly firm, they won’t blend well with the batter and the resulting bread/ muffins will lack the actual flavour of bananas and could turn out very dry too. Make sure you don’t over mix the batter and do not let it sit for too long once it’s ready.

Most importantly, know your oven well. As every oven works slightly differently, you need to understand the temperature best suited to bake the bread/ muffin well. They may turn dry if over baked. They could easily remain uncooked from the centre and turn brown on the top and bottom if baked at a very high temperature. The recipe below will say the temperature that works best for my oven.

If you don’t have cupcake liners ready…it’s not an issue. As you see here, in the pictures, I didn’t have any liners too…ran out of the ones I usually use so I improvised…something I had seen on Pinterest. Just use parchment/ butter paper and cut out large squares, they need not be absolutely perfect. Line your muffin tray with these squares and spoon in the batter as usual. They look really rustic…and get the job done!

Oh, by the way… I made a ring cake along with a few muffins…why?! Don’t ask me that…I simply felt like it..🤗

Yield: one small ring cake and 8-9 medium sized muffins.

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, potato masher, a wired whisk, a cooling rack, cake mould (ring or round/ square), muffin tray, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

3 nos. overripe bananas

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup Demerara sugar (brown sugar)

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence/ extract

1 pinch nutmeg pwd (optional)

1 nos egg

1/4 cup milk

1 tsp baking powder

2 cups APF (Maida)

if you like, you can add Choco chips/ blueberries/ raisins/ pecans/ walnuts, etc as per your preference.

Method:

Line your muffin tray with the liners. Grease and dust your cake mould if making a bread. Set them aside. Preheat the oven @180’c for 10 mins.

Mash bananas using the potato masher in a large bowl. Add the softened butter & milk to it. Whisk it well, add the egg, nutmeg pwd,  both the sugars & vanilla extract and whisk once again until the sugar is dissolved. Took me about 5-6 mins.

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Next, add the baking powder & APF (you can sieve these once seperately before mixing with the batter). Fold them with the wet ingredients. But do not over mix.

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Fill the muffin tray with the batter and or the cake mould as shown below.

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Bake the muffins at 170’c for approximately 20-22 mins. If baking a bread, then bake it at 170’c for approximately 30-35 mins or a skewer entered in the center of the bread comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. If not, then bake for a further 5-7 mins @160’c. (Refer the pointers given above).

Once done, cool them on the cooling rack for 15-20 mins before you unmould the bread. This bread / these muffins keep well for 2-3 days in an airtight container.

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Happy Baking folks!!

Love,

Shreya💕

Adapted from All She Cooks.

Baked Donuts | Baked Doughnuts

Who can resist these yummy doughnuts a.k.a donuts??! They are soft, spongy and just the right kind of sweet! They are BAKED not FRIED! ☺️😉

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Look at these plump, golden beauties😍 Absolutely melt in the mouth! And so much healthier than the fried ones. Not that the fried ones don’t taste good, it’s just that they are too full of calories and they restrict you from enjoying more than one at a time! So basically, bake your donuts and be as greedy as you wish! 😬

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I chose to go for bright coloured sugar glaze…one can go easy with the colours. Just roll them in a bit of powdered sugar and they will be just as yummy. I’ve tried fried ones earlier, but had been wanting to bake some for many days….and my first try has definitely been very satisfying 😊

Let’s get on with the recipe…

Yield: 8-9 medium sized donuts

Equipment: baking tray, cooling rack, measuring cups/ spoons, baking paper, donut cutter (or any round object with a sharp edge), rolling pin, a few small bowl, spoons, a large bowl.

Ingredients:

For the donuts:

1+3/4 cup Maida (APF, also extra for dusting)

1 tbsp cornflour (optional)

4 tbsp castor sugar

2 tsp active dry yeast

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup warm milk

1 tsp vanilla essence

50 gms unsalted butter

For the sugar glaze:

1 cup icing sugar

3 tbsp milk

few drops of colour of your choice

Method for the donuts:

In a glass, take lukewarm milk (milk must be lukewarm, neither too hot nor too cool else the yeast won’t bloom), sugar, vanilla essence & yeast. Give these a light stir and cover it. Let it sit aside for 15 mins until the yeast becomes frothy.

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Next, in a large bowl, stir together 1 cup of APF, cornflour & salt. Add the frothy milk & yeast mixture to the flour, mix well together to make a sticky dough. Then add the butter and knead a soft, elastic and smooth dough. Make sure all the butter gets absorbed properly. Add the rest of the 3/4 cup of APF slowly as the the dough may be sticky. Knead for atleast 5-7 mins.

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Smooth the dough with some more butter and place it in the bowl. Cover it with a cloth and place the dough for the first rise in a warm place for a minimum of 1-1.5 hours.

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After the first rise, punch the dough down and knead for another 2 mins. Now, dust the kitchen platform with APF & roll the dough using the rolling pin. The thickness should be 1.5 -2 inches so that the doughnuts are plump post baking. Using any cutter, cut the donuts out and place them on a baking paper lined baking tray.

(I don’t have a donut cutter, so improvised using a stainless steel glass with a sharp edge to cut the donuts and a small cap of a soft drink bottle to cut out the holes)

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I made 9 donuts.

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Let these rest for another 30 mins for second  rise. Preheat the oven @200’c. After the second rise, bake them for 15-20 mins using both upper lower & upper rods for the first 10 mins. Post that turn off the lower rod, keep the upper rod on so that the donuts turn golden.

Once done, remove them from the oven and place on the cooling rack for about 15 mins to cool them completely.

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That’s what the texture is like from within! So fluffy…these are baked perfectly👌🏼

For the Glaze: 

I used raspberry red colour & blue colour. Just a drop of each. Take 1/2 cup of icing sugar for the first colour, add 1 tbsp milk and 1 drop of colour, mix well so that there are no lumps. Do not let the glaze sit for too long, else it will set. Dip each donut in the glaze, and set it aside to set. You can decorate them with some coloured sprinkles. ☺️

Follow the same process for the blue glaze..using the other 1/2 cup of icing sugar and the remaining milk along with blue colour. Dip the donuts in this too…let them set.

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That’s it…done! 😁

Love,

Shreya💗

Adapted from here.

Onion Uttappa/ Uttappam

So..what’s for breakfast?!….Asks my hubby every morning. Okay…so I am one, tiny person battling sleep and I have to think of breakfast/ food the first thing once I am up 🙄🙄🙄!!! Hellloooo…yes I love food! But I don’t think about it 24*7..Lol!! 

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But we have to eat…..and I like to serve something healthy for my hubby too…breakfast being the most meal of the day. I truly believe it’s important to kick start your day with healthy & wholesome food😊

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As a rule…I usually have some Dosa/ Idli batter sitting handy in my refrigerator..it could either be store bought or homemade…& I either make dosas or some spongy idlis in minutes when I am pressed for time! That’s when these Udupi Style Onion Uttappams come to my rescue. They are quick, delicious and something that my hubby & I, both enjoy😁 One can add any variation of toppings…but I keep it simple with the onions.

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It’s my Mom’s Peanut & Curd Chutney that we enjoy with these Uttappams. This chutney is simply too yummy…..bursting with flavours & gets ready in minutes. The perfect dip even for my Sabudana Wadas or Rava Dosa 😍

Common, let’s get started..

Yield: 4 Uttappams & 1 bowl of chutney

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

Ingredients:

Uttappam:

2 cups thick dosa batter (seasoned with salt, I used store bought)

1/2 cup chopped onions

chopped chilli as needed

1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves

1 tsp Idli Podi (I used store bought)

oil as needed to cook the Uttappam

Chutney:

1/2 cup roasted, husked and coarsely ground peanuts

1/2 cup thick curd (not hung)

salt to taste

red chilli pwd to taste

1/2 tsp roasted jeera pwd (cumin)

To temper:

2 tsp oil

few curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

a pinch of hung (asafoetida)

Method for Uttappam:

Heat the pan, once it’s hot enough, spread a ladleful of the batter. Keep it thick and perfectly round. Drizzle oil around the batter. Top the Uttappam with the chopped chillies, onions, coriander leaves, Podi pwd. Let the bottom crisp up before flipping it over. Cook for another 2-3 mins to get a rich golden color on the topping. Once done, serve hot with the Chutney.

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Method for chutney:

Take the coarsely powdered peanuts & curd. Season with the spices mentioned above. Give them a mix. Next, heat the oil in a pan, add the ingredients mentioned in “to temper” above, let everything crackle for a minute or two, then add them to the peanut-curd mixture. Mix well and serve. This chutney keeps well in the refrigerator for a day.

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This is a finger-licking good combo…do try!

Love,

Shreya💗

 

Rawa Dosa

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

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

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

For the Dosa

Yield: 4-5 Dosas

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

Ingredients:

1 cup Rawa/ sooji (semolina)

3 tbsp rice flour

1/2 tbsp maida (APF)

salt to taste

1 tsp whole peppercorns

1-2 tbsp chopped cashews

1 tsp chopped curry leaves

1 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

1/2 tbsp chopped green chilli

1/2 tsp grated ginger

1/2 tsp sugar

1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing)

1 tsp Jeera (cumin seeds)

water as needed

oil to cook the Dosa

Method:

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

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

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

For the chutney:

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

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

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

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

Love,

Shreya💓

Makka Methi Paratha / Maize Flour & Fenugreek Greens Flavoured Flatbread / Indian Flatbread

We Indians have an undying love for our wholesome Parathas (flatbreads)! It can be stuffed…plain salted with some chilli powder or flavoured with various greens along with the flour….there are too many to name 😀 And I love them all 😬😋….greedy, right!?
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A perfect Paratha is crisp on the outside…and moist and flaky within….piping hot…slathered with some (in my case, a lot of) butter or ghee (clarified butter)…on my plate straight from the smoking griddle!! Wow! I am actually drooling just thinking about them😛 The earthy aroma is just too appetising to stop at a couple!

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Today, I am sharing a very easy yet healthy & delicious recipe with you. I had made these for our Sunday brunch. My hubby loves having Parathas with some curd! As simple as that 💓 These have some roughly chopped methi ke patte (fenugreek greens) along with some other spices. I have mixed a couple of more flours with maize flour (makke ka atta) to add fibre and make it a bit more healthy while following my mom’s recipe. Let’s get going with it…

Yield: 8-9 medium sized Parathas

Equipment: a large mixing bowl, measuring spoons/ cups, a rolling board, a rolling board, a griddle/ non-stick pan, a spatula.

Ingredients:

1 cup makke ka atta (maize flour)

1/2 cup wheat flour (gehu ka atta)

1/2 cup roasted Besan (gram flour)

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh methi leaves (fenugreek greens)

1 tbsp chopped green chilli

1 tsp freshly grated garlic

1 tsp freshly grated ginger

1/2 tbsp chopped green coriander

salt to taste

a pinch of hing (asafoetida, optional)

1/2 tsp each of turmeric pwd & red chilli pwd

1 tsp roasted Jeera pwd (cumin)

a couple of pinches of amchur pwd (dry mango)

1 tbsp curd

2 tsp ghee for the dough

2-3 tsp ghee for roasting the parathas

1/4 cup or less water to knead the dough

some dry wholewheat flour for dusting to roll the parathas ..approx 1/4 cup

Method:

Add all the above ingredients except the water and the ghee meant for roasting in a large mixing bowl. Mix everything well. The moisture from the curd, methi leaves & ghee will bind the dough to a certain extend. Now, slowly add some water and make a tight dough. Try using very little water (I used less than 1/4 cup). Now cover & set the dough aside for about 15-20 mins to rest and absorb the flavours.

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Heat the pan on low flame. Alongside, make small balls of the dough, roll them in the dry wholewheat flour and using the rolling pin, roll it out to a diameter of 9″-10″, keeping the thickness of about 4-5mm. Now, pour some ghee on the pan, set the rolled paratha on the pan…cook on the first side for about 2-3 mins…then turn over and cook for another 2-3 mins. Apply some more ghee on both sides of the parathas. That’s cooked..set it aside. Repeat the same process for the rest of the dough.

Serve the parathas piping hot with butter (optional), curd and/ or pickles, etc. 👌👌😊

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These are yummy…and addictive…slightly charred and smoky!! 😛 so try these out soon…winters are approaching…and Parathas are the way to go👏

Love,

Shreya 💖

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