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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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Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

Indians and Malai Paneer go hand in hand! As many Indians are pure vegetarians, they consume large quantities of milk based products and Paneer tops the list 🙂 So, I thought I must share an easy recipe to make Homemade Malai Paneer / Indian Cottage Cheese at home and it’s better than store bought ones!! 

I must confess, I’m a paneer lover! If it’s Homemade Malai Paneer, then even better! I can have every other day and sometimes, I do…LOL! It’s one of the easiest things to cook if you have some Paneer sitting ready in your refrigerator. All one needs to do is make a luscious gravy base like the one of Reshmi Paneer. It goes so well with some Masala Puris or even with my favorite Wholewheat Tawa Naan bread 🙂

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

My hubby too enjoys paneer and likes his Laccha Parathas with some Paneer Bhurji for breakfast. And I have to agree with him, it’s healthy and very filling. A typical North-Indian start to our day.

But many times, when paneer is store bought, it’s very chewy and particularly sour. It has a very sticky exterior texture, almost slimy in many cases. Such quality can put anyone off paneer. Such a texture can be because of many factors, one – the paneer isn’t fresh and has been packaged for many days, two- the paneer is adulterated and has cornflour and other such ingredients, this results in slimy exterior of the paneer. This can very disgusting and the flavour is always compromised.

But what is more important is that it can be made very easily at home. Most of us feel it’ll be a very time consuming  procedure and could be too tedious! I can assure you, it’s none of that! All I can say is that we need sometime in hand and patience….yes, please be very patient while making fresh paneer.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

You can see the pictures here, it’s a rustic homemade slab of cottage cheese which is absolutely soft, melt in the mouth and just feels very creamy as the name suggests. But, it was not always that i knew the exact method to make this beauty, i referred to many recipes to understand the secret behind that creamy texture like we buy from the stores. It’s Cream – yes, our very own Amul cream or any cream 🙂 I’m sure many may know about it but for me it was a revelation because so many websites don’t mention any cream in the recipe and their end results look very creamy and perfect! So, now even you guys are in on the secret …LOL! Plus a few very important points which I’ve learnt from my Mom.

Let’s follow this step by step method for a better understanding..

1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.

2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

3. Then add the lemon juice. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.

4. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey. Turn off the flame at this stage.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

5. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

6. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes.

home made malai paneer | Indian cottage cheese recipe

7. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.

8. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.

9.The paneer will stay fresh for up to 3-5 days if stored correctly.

That’s your paneer. This recipe is easy to follow and needs no major equipment.

Homemade Malai Paneer | Indian Cottage Cheese Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 450 grams approximately

Creamy, melt in the mouth soft paneer is everyone’s favorite and here’s an absolutely easy, no-fail recipe for your own Homemade Malai Paneer!!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 liters full fat milk (buffalo milk)
  • 200 ml fresh cream (I used Amul Cream)
  • juice of 2-3 lemons
  • 20-25 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Heat milk in a large pan, let it come to a gentle boil.
  2. Then add the cream and mix well but with a gentle hand.
  3. Then add the lemon juice.
  4. Mix well and reduce the flame to sim.
  5. In about 4-5 minutes, the milk fats will begin separating from the whey.
  6. Turn off the flame at this stage.
  7. In the meanwhile, keep a muslin cloth or a cheese cloth draped over a large bowl, pour the split milk through the muslin/ cheese cloth and immediately squeeze out as much whey as you can. 
  8. Dip the squeezed milk fats in the cloth in a bowl filled with water and ice cubes for 2 minutes. 
  9. Place a heavy utensil on top of the cheese cloth and keep it that way for about 1-2 hours.
  10. This will ensure that all the water is weighed out of the paneer.
  11. Once the paneer is set, use it as needed.
  12. To store it, keep the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and refrigerated.
  13. The paneer will stay fresh for upto 3-5 days if stored correctly.
  14. Refer to notes below.

Notes

Please follow all the steps correctly. Do not over cook the milk once it has split. Pour into the cheese cloth immediately else the paneer will turn chewy. Always store the paneer wrapped in a damp cloth and cover it from all sides. The cream is added to improve texture and taste. Since we are adding cream, it will take a little extra lemon to split the milk so add more of it if necessary.

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Do try this one out, you’ll stop buying paneer from the stores!!

Love,

Shreya

Adapted from You Tube – Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipe.

Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwich | Spicy Potato Sandwich

Sandwiches are a staple street food in Amchi Mumbai….be it vegetable toast sandwich or a plain Chutney (salsa) sandwich…the options are endless and oh so yummy! 😍

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I personally love the vegetable cheese grill sandwich! It’s like the best of both worlds…you get veggies and if you are a cheese lover like me…it’s just so good with that cheese within and on the outside😍😍😍😍….a side of some potato crisps/ chips/ wafers…and some ketchup😋

Similarly, there is another hot favourite among most Mumbaikars….the spicy, aromatic and very delicious Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwich…make it as a toast sandwich or a grilled one…it’s amazing! Aaaaannnddd…..it’s my hubby’s favorite 😘

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This is a regular breakfast or evening snack at our place…and my Mom’s recipe for the filling/ Aloo Masala is super duper yum!

I usually use brown bread to make them…you can use regular white sandwich bread or any multigrain bread if your choice. I had once even used a Homemade Herbed Focacia bread for this sandwich and it was so good!

Anyways…let’s get you started on the recipe..

Yield: can be used for upto 6-7 sandwiches with generous amount of the potato filling.

Equipment: a non-stick pan, measuring cups/ spoons, grilled or toaster or a pan to grill or toast the sandwiches, a bread knife to cut the sandwiches into portions.

Ingredients:

5 nos. large potatoes (boiled and mashed)

3 tbsp oil

1 tsp finely chopped green chilli

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

1/2 cup finely chopped onions

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper (capsicum)

2 nos. finely chopped tomatoes

salt to taste

1 tsp ginger-garlic paste

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp Pav bhaji Masala

1/4 tsp amchur powder (raw mango powder)

1-2 tsp water (if needed to correct the consistency)

2 tsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

butter as needed to grill/ toast the sandwiches

Method:

To make the filling:

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds, hing and chopped green chillie. Sauté for a minute.

Next, add the chopped onions. Sweat them for a few minutes. Then add the capsicum. Sauté again. Tip in the tomatoes followed by the salt, turmeric, red chillie powder, ginger-garlic paste. Mix well and cook these together until the tomatoes turn mushy and the raw smell of the ginger- garlic paste goes away.

Next, add the mashed potatoes along with the Pav bhaji Masala. Also add the amchur powder and mix well. Turn off the flea me. Add chopped coriander leaves and give them all a final mix. That’s your filling done! Keep well in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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To make the sandwich:

Take 2 slices of bread. Slather both the slices with butter. Sprinkle some chaat Masala (optional) and spread a thick layer of the potato filling. Heat the griller/ toaster…spread some butter on the griller plate and place the sandwich on it and let it crisp up on both sides. Serve hot with some chips/ crisps and ketchup!

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You can add some veggies to this filling recipe or even minus a few things if you wish. Do try it…it’s lip smacking 😍

Love,

Shreya💖

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Spicy Arrabbiata Sauce – Glutenfree and Vegan

It’s always better to have a go to pasta sauce recipe…this one here, happens to be mine😊 Especially during these hot summers days….when cooking up a storm isn’t exactly someone’s dream…having this ready in the refrigerator or the freezer can be a lifesaver! 😄

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There are days when I go through the entire ritual of sautéing some exotic veggies like some American sweet corn, broccoli, some snow peas and a bit of bell pepper along with some crushed garlic to go with my pasta…and then are days when all I want to do is dump the sauce with some boiled pasta and give it a quick stir and I serve it without any fancy-shmancy garnishing…just a bit of grated cheese and I am all sorted🤗

And hence, happens my quick macaroni with some spicy, vegan-Glutenfree arrabbiata sauce! Just like that….and obviously it’s one of my favourite meals👌🏼😍

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This sauce can also be used for topping up your bruschetta along with some slices of olives or just some crumbled feta cheese…..some capers, if like little bursts of salty..briny flavours….see..I have given you some ideas for your next girls’ night in…or if you’re a dude reading this here…make a bruschetta platter for your buddies as you watch the latest season of IPL ’17….or impress a lady friend with your sauve kitchen moves😉

I use this sauce for my chip-n-dip platters on movie nights with my fella…it’s healthy and definitely delicious! Follow this easy recipe for some healthy Wholewheat crackers to go with this sauce.

**Coming to how you would go about storing this sauce. I make a slightly larger batch and refrigerate it and it stays fresh for almost 10-12 days. I don’t add salt while this sauce especially when the purpose is to store it. To freeze, simply cool the sauce and pack them in small ziplock pouches and freeze them. The freezer sauce needs to be thawed at room temperature for about an hour before using it. Always remember to season it using the stored sauce. When making the sauce for immediate consumption, then do add salt as per taste.

Now, on to the recipe….

Yield: serves 2-3 persons

Equipment: a heavy bottomed saucepan, measuring cups/ spoons, a ladle, hand blender.

Ingredients:

3 cups blanched and roughly chopped tomatoes (choose ripe tomatoes)

3/4 cup finely chopped onions

salt to taste (I used sea salt)

freshly cracked black pepper to taste

4 tbsp olive oil

3-4 cloves of garlic, crushed

a few fresh basil leaves (or use dried)

2 tsp chilli flakes

1 tsp dried oregano

1/2 tsp dried rosemary

some warm water if needed to correct the consistency

Method:

Heat oil in the pan, once it is hot enough, add crushed garlic and onions. Sweat these until the onions turn translucent and the garlic turns a bit golden. Then go in the roughly chopped chopped blanched tomatoes.

Keep the flame on low, season with salt, chilli flakes, cracked black pepper, rosemary and oregano. Keep stirring these together for a few minutes to ensure the flavours blend well. Add some warm water at this stage to correct the consistency (I added about 3/4 cup), mix well and cover with a lid and let the sauce cook for about 10 mins on low flame.

Open the lid after 10 minutes, the sauce should be done by now. Turn off the flame, let the sauce cool off a bit. Then using a hand blender, blend the sauce as much as you prefer. I like my sauce a bit chunky so I don’t go overboard with the blending.

If you are making a pasta dish immediately, just add this entire sauce to about 2 cups of boiled macaroni or penne and give them a good toss. Garnish with some finely chopped fresh basil leaves and some grated cheese!

**scroll above to read about how to store this sauce.

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Do try this sauce soon…you know what? This even works as a great pizza sauce😉😉

Love,

Shreya💖

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Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

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

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

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

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

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

Let’s begin….

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

Equipment: a mixing bowl, a whisk, measuring cups/ spoons, a pressure cooker/ large pot, a small metal plate, a frying pan, baking tin or any vessel to use for steaming the Wadis (nuggets), a sharp knife, a pair of tong.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup sifted chick-pea flour (besan) 

2 tbsp sifted rice flour (chawal ka atta)

salt to taste

water as needed

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

2 tsp chopped green chillies

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp toasted white sesame seeds

1 tsp lemon juice

1/2 cup finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp flavour less oil (like canola or sunflower)

To pan fry: (optional, have it steamed if you wish to avoid pan frying. Also, deep frying is yet another option but I tend to avoid deep frying)

4 tbsp oil

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

To pan fry:

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

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

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika

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💝

 

Lemon Rice

Some things are so simple and yet never cease to amaze you!! Lemon Rice happens to be just that for me! It’s so full of flavour, refreshing in every bite…I can’t seem to get enough of this! 

Leftover rice means Lemon Rice!! I make it at least once every week if I have any leftover rice.

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Being a non rice eater couple, I make rice just once a week, a little extra to purposely save some for the next day 😁 Even as a kid, my Mother would make it for lunch sometimes, pairing it with some papad, curd, pickle, etc. I always temper it with loads of chana dal, peanuts and stuff to give a crunchy texture!

I guess this is the best one-pot meal for the summers too because it gets ready in a jiffy! 😊

Let’s get going with this easy peasy recipe…

Yield: serves 1

Equipment: measuring cups/ spoons, a wok.

Ingredients:

2 cup cooked rice

2-3 tbsp oil

1/2 tsp turmeric pwd

a handful of curry leaves

1/2 tsp mustard seeds

1 pinch asafoetida (hing)

1-2 dried red chilli (I used the round ones, called ‘ber mirchi’)

2 tbsp raw chana dal

2 tbsp raw white urad dal

1/2 cup raw peanuts

salt to taste

2-3 tsp lemon juice

Method:

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Heat oil in a wok. Once it’s hot enough, add asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds, chana dal, urad dal, turmeric pwd, dried red chillies. Let these crackle for 2-3 mins. Next, pop in the peanuts. Fry the peanuts with the other ingredients for 5 mins. Season the ingredients with salt and add the cooked rice. Squeeze lemon juice and mix well. Turn off the flame. Cover with a lid for 2 mins and serve hot.

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Tips to follow for perfectly seperate rice grains:

*Use cold, leftover rice.

*If using freshly cooked rice, then keep it the refrigerator for 30 mins before making Lemon Rice.

*Always use a fork to fluff the rice before adding it to the wok. This keeps the cooked grains of rice intact.

Hope you enjoy this!

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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