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How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is a popular snack made with deliciously spicy and sweet coconut chutney layered between two slices of soft bread. They can be served as warm sandwiches or as cold sandwiches. They look so pretty and make the cutest tea time finger sandwiches.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is something that my hubby introduced me to soon after we got married. Since he had spent many years in Goa and being in a culinary school, this North Indian boy from Mumbai had outgrown his love regular green chutney sandwiches and developed a taste for these tangy, spicy and yet sweet chutney sandwiches.

The first time he asked me to make them, I was a bit skeptical as it would be sweet and tangy at the same time and he just gave a quick recipe without measurements, nothing! Just something that remembered from his first year at school. I just couldn’t wrap my head around it as I was fairly new to cooking as well and I needed some measurements, lol! I had vague memories of having tasted this kind of sandwich in the school days in someone’s lunch box but I just didn’t remember whether I had liked them back then or not! My hubby encouraged me to make a batch, savor it and thank him later! And thank him I did! It was very delicious and totally different from the regular chutney sandwiches that I’ve grown up on.

The typical North Indian chutney is different from the Goan counterpart. The best part was the sweet flavor accompanied by the tang in every bite. This chutney is a regular feature at my home along with the North India version too. To be honest, I like the Goan version for my sandwiches now and the North Indian version with my Samosas or chaat items, etc.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is so easy to make too, just a handful of ingredients and that’s it. We prefer the chutney a tad bit spicy too, but if you make them for kids then do reduce the spice index to your preference. We prefer cold chutney sandwiches. I avoid using butter for the sandwiches as it is not really needed, but you can butter the slices if you prefer. This chutney stays fresh in the refrigerator for a good one week’s time in a glass or porcelain container. The consistency of the chutney is important, do not make it too runny. Keep it nice and thick so that it spreads like a smooth layer on the bread.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

I love that bright green color too, it is so vibrant! You can see the consistency of the chutney here, it is very thick and smooth at the same time. That is how it should be, so add very little water when you blend it. This chutney has so many uses apart from using them in sandwiches. We love this chutney with Dhokla too, or with some idlis as well. You can even pair this chutney with dosa or literally anything! But I would suggest that do not make a very large batch, keep making fresh batch every week for sandwiches, etc. That way you can enjoy them fresh. And yes, this chutney is absolutely vegan and gluten free.

Let us make a batch of Goan Green Chutney to make some Goan Chutney Sandwiches!

For the Chutney –

Wash all the ingredients well.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

Chop/ grate the coconut roughly. Chop the onions too.

I have used tamarind paste, you can vinegar if you do not have tamarind.

Just blend everything together using 2-3 tbsps. of water. Store this chutney in a glass or porcelain jar. It stays fresh for a week.

To make the sandwiches-

Take a few slices of bread (you can use gluten free too). Apply this chutney on both the slices. Put them together. Slice them and serve them fresh or wrap the sandwiches with some cling film and refrigerate them for a few hours before serving them. You can even use toasted bread.

If you wish, apply butter (vegan or regular) before applying the chutney. I have not used any butter.

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

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How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich

How to make Goan Chutney Sandwich | Goan Chutney Sandwich is a popular snack made with deliciously spicy and sweet coconut chutney layered between two slices of soft bread. They can be served as warm sandwiches or as cold sandwiches. They look so pretty and make the cutest tea time finger sandwiches.

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Christmas, Easter, Lunch Box, Snack, Tea Time
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro/ coriander leaves
  • 1 cup fresh coconut chopped/ grated
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste or vinegar
  • 1 nos. medium sized onion
  • 2-3 nos. green chilies reduce the quantity as per preference
  • 3-4 cloves fresh garlic
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds jeera dana
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • sliced bread, as needed regular/ glutenfree as per perference
  • butter, as needed regular/ vegan as per preference

Instructions

For the Chutney-

  1. Wash all the ingredients well.

  2. Chop/ grate the coconut roughly. Chop the onions too.

  3. I have used tamarind paste, you can vinegar if you do not have tamarind.

  4. Just blend everything together using 2-3 tbsps. of water. Store this chutney in a glass or porcelain jar. It stays fresh for a week.

To make the sandwiches-

  1. Take a few slices of bread (you can use gluten free too). Apply this chutney on both the slices. Put them together. Slice them and serve them fresh or wrap the sandwiches with some cling film and refrigerate them for a few hours before serving them. You can even use toasted bread.

  2. If you wish, apply butter (vegan or regular) before applying the chutney. I have not used any butter.

Love,
Shreya

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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF are a one pot dinner with deliciously seasoned veggies and beans along with herb loaded tangy rice, crunchy lettuce and salsas and a deliciously creamy guac to complete the bowl. The various textures give these bowls a distinct flavor! Basically, if you love tex-mex, then these bowls are your besties! 

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF can be customized to our preferences. Since we love tex-mex, these bowls are a common feature on our menu for busy weeknights or lazy weekends. They don’t take much effort to put together and that is really what makes them so much fun. I usually do an all vegetarian or vegan version with lots of lettuce for the last crunchy bit of topping. They add a lot roughage as well as flavor. My hubby has no complains as far as it’s spicy and tangy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Let’s decode what went into these bowls:

The Rice – this is the key, make it or break it sorts for us. I make a Signature Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice which is absolutely flavorful. You can go with kind of Mexican rice you like. This is the base of the bowl so choose the flavor wisely.

The Sides – we love our Pico de Gallo, so that is a must! Along with some sweet corn salsa which is so delicious and refreshing! Actually this is just the basic that I usually do. The staple Chipotle style Fajita Veggies is a must have too! There days when I go all out with the sides but I’ll save that for another time. Keeping it real simple for this version.

The Crunch – you can do a lot of improvisation here, from crispy salads or lettuce leaves to crushed nachos or baked tortilla chips. We stick to gluten free options as far as possible.

The Toppings – jalapeno, grilled tomatoes, fresh cilantro, pickles, guacamole, lemon wedges, anything you fancy! We are extremely partial towards a good, creamy guac so that is our go to topping usually! We skip sour cream when going for a vegan version because I’m simply unable to find a good version around here. And we do not add cheese either if making vegan version.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF have a good number of components, so start the prep accordingly. Once everything is ready, they come together in a bowl in minutes.

Let us make the easiest Vegan & GF Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowl ever!

For the Cilantro Lime Rice –

Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Fajita Veggies –

Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

For the Beans- 

I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder. Mix well. That’s done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole –

Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo – 

Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don’t find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies), red onion and cilantro really fine.

Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lime juice. Mix well!

For the Sweet Corn Salsa- 

Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl –

In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it’s ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

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Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls | Vegan & GF

Chipotle Copycat Burrito Bowls have layers of Cilantro Lime rice, crunchy salsas, creamy guacamole, spicy veggies and some beans!! A final squirt of lemon juice just adds to the freshness of it all! The perfect hearty and healthy GF and Vegan rice bowl. 

Course Lunch Box, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 2 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

For the Rice

  • 3/4 cup rice plus water to cook the rice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

For the Pico de Gallo

  • 2 nos. large, juicy tomatoes chopped
  • 1 nos. large, red onion chopped
  • 1/2 nos. fresh jalapeno chopped
  • 1 tbsp pickled jalapeno chopped
  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste
  • fresh cilantro, as needed chopped
  • juice of a large lemon

For Guacamole

  • 1 nos. large, ripe avocado
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup red onions, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

For Beans

  • 1 cup red kidney beans, boiled or canned black beans/ pinto beans
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika or red chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder

For the Fajita Veggies

  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 nos. green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 nos. red onion, sliced
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 tsp fajita spice or a blend of cumin, paprika, black pepper powders

For Sweet Corn Salsa

  • 1 cup american sweet corn, blanched
  • juice of half a lime
  • salt to taste
  • two pinches of sugar
  • 1/8 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp jalapeno, chopped
  • fresh cilantro, finely chopped

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  • prepped rice
  • prepped Pico de gallo
  • guacamole as needed
  • fresh lettuce, as needed chopped
  • lemon wedges, as needed
  • sweet corn salsa
  • fajita veggies
  • beans

Instructions

For the Cilantro Lime Rice

  1. Wash and soak any long grained variety of rice for 10 minutes. (I use Basmati rice).

  2. Cook the rice with bay leaf and salt. Drain the rice and set aside until slightly cooled.

  3. Add olive oil, minced garlic and chopped cilantro. Add the lime juice too and mix well. The rice is done. Set it aside.

For the Pico de Gallo

  1. Chop the tomatoes, jalapeno (if you don't find fresh jalapenos, use regular green chilies)**, red onion and cilantro real fine.

  2. Chop the pickled jalapenos as well.

  3. Mix all these together. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Mix well! It is ready. 

For the Fajita Veggies -

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan, add sliced green bell peppers and onions. Sauté for few minutes.

  2. Add fajita seasoning and salt to taste. Again sauté for a few minutes until the peppers and the onions char a bit.

  3. Turn off the heat, set these aside too.

For the Beans-

  1. I have used fresh red kidney beans here. You can use canned black beans or even pinto beans.

  2. Heat oil in a pan, add the drained beans. Season with salt, smoked paprika and some cumin powder.

  3. Mix well. That's done, set it aside.

For the Guacamole -

  1. Mash the avocado until smooth and creamy, add all the mentioned ingredients and mix well. Set it aside.

For the Sweet Corn Salsa-

  1. Take corn, chopped jalapenos, red onion and cilantro in a bowl, season with salt, sugar and lime juice. Mix well. Set it aside.

To Assemble the Rice Bowl

  1. In a plate bowl, add the prepped rice, some beans, Pico de Gallo, guac, sweet corn salsa, fajita veggies and lastly some freshly torn lettuce. A squirt of lime juice and it's ready, serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Add sour cream and Mexican grated cheese blend if you prefer non vegan options.

Also you can add vegan variants of the same if you prefer. 

Love,
Shreya.

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I am sharing The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF, it is very easy to make and tastes way better than the packaged stuff. You’ll never buy that stuff anymore! The flavor is spot on, it’s creamy and superdelicious. 

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF needs just a handful of ingredients and comes together in just under a minute in the blender! I have seen many recipes where they use a food processor to blend the ingredients together but I have always used a blender. It always gives me a more smoother and lump free hummus.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF is my take on a classic which we love the most. Although you can incorporate so many flavors into the hummus these days but nothing comes as close to the classic one for us. We prefer our hummus a bit garlicky and it took a few runs at perfecting my recipe, you can alter it as you wish to. My hubby and I are particularly fond of Mediterranean cuisine and hummus with some pita and veggie sticks tops the list! Even a salad on the side makes it such a filling and healthy meal. Try my Mediterranean Chickpea Salad (vegan + gf).

I have used freshly boiled chickpeas for this recipe, but I do not peel the skin off as I use a blender to make the hummus. Precisely why I use the blender and not a processor!! Blender for the win! Yes, you can use canned chickpeas and take the skin off and use the processor too. The taste won’t alter, just the texture maybe a bit different.

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I usually make hummus very often as we love to have it around in the refrigerator as a dipping option for our chips or cucumber sticks (it’s our absolute favorite combo, can’t seem to get enough of it!!). This is perfect for guests too as it comes together quickly and feeds a crowd. So just keep some boiled or canned chickpeas handy and you are good to go!

The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

I made this just a couple of days ago for a quick lunch for my hubby and myself as he was working from home so I wanted to treat him to his favorite meal 🙂 So, I thought why not get clicking because every time I make it, it disappears real quick, lol!! So making the most of an extremely busy hubby who didn’t pay close enough attention to what went on in the kitchen and the beautiful wintery sun, I captured a few shots for you guys! The pita you see here in the frames aren’t homemade. We have a swanky new bakery in our vicinity that stocks a lot of gluten free options and I’ve taken a liking to their breads. I got this GF pita just to try it once but we loved it and I will go back for more soon!

So with all that now out of the way, let’s quickly get done with the recipe which I’ve been raving about!

Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned ‘to garnish’  into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

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The Best Hummus Recipe | Homemade Hummus Vegan & GF

This is the best recipe for Homemade Hummus and tastes so smooth and absolutely delicious that you'll skip the store bought tubs of hummus!! 

Course Appetizer, Brunch, Lunch Box, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Mediterranean
Prep Time 10 minutes
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freshly boiled or canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/4 cup chickpea liquid (aquafaba), or slightly more as needed
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 large lemon
  • 5-6 cloves garlic
  • 3/4 tsp cumin powder
  • salt to taste
  • paprika, olive oil, olives, pomogranate arils, pumpkin seeds etc, to garnish

Instructions

  1. Add all the mentioned ingredients except those mentioned 'to garnish' into your blender and attach the lid nicely.

  2. Run the blender on full power for 30-40 seconds. You can add some more of the reserved chickpea liquid (aquafaba) or water to correct the consistency if the hummus looks thick or dry.

  3. Add the prepared hummus into a serving plate/ bowl and drizzle olive oil, some paprika. I like adding some pomegranate arils and some crunchy pumpkin seeds. And some sliced olives if you like them too.

Recipe Notes

This hummus keeps well in the refrigerator for 5-6 days in an airtight glass container.

 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I can live on sandwiches and Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is one of my go to variants! This sandwich is filled with crunchy vegetables, creamy mayonnaise and a ton of flavor and  texture! You will love how easy it is as it comes together in minutes!!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich is super easy to make too! It comes together in minutes. It just needs a bit of fine chopping! And I personally love chopping, no electric choppers or food processors for me! I love chopping veggies myself as I can control how small or how large I need the “fine chop”  to be! So it took me about 10 minutes to get the veggies ready. The sandwiches take about another 15 minutes from there!

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich can be made with variations to suit your taste buds. You can add boiled eggs or boiled and shredded chicken instead of the veggies. However, the veggie version is our favorite and we never make any changes to them. It is a great way to get on with a good dose of fresh veggies in your meals along with great taste! 🙂 Rainbow Veggie Rolls with Peanut Sauce | GF and Vegan

These are my favorite veggies when I am making a Sandwich or rolls. you can play around with any veggies of your choice. These sandwiches are so delicious, you don’t need any dipping sauce or ketchup, etc. However you can pair these with any dip/sauce as per your choice.

If you love your sandwiches, then try these too
Bombay Aloo Masala Sandwiches (curried potato sandwiches)
Chilli Cheese Grilled Sandwich

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

I love serving my sandwiches with some classic salted crisps or chips and chilled drink to wash it all down. Let us make some sandwiches!

Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

Add American corn, vegan mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies.
Mix well.

Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney.
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Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.
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Take them off the heat, slice and serve!

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Vegetable Mayonnaise Sandwich | Vegan Mayonnaise Sandwich

Delicious and easy to make Veggie Loaded Mayo Sandwiches make for the perfect breakfast/ brunch or even a light meal! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp vegan mayonnaise or regular
  • 3 tbsp of each, finely chopped coloured bell peppers, purple cabbage, carrots, cucumber
  • 3 tbsp boiled American corn
  • salt to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tsp finely chopped green chilies
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 cup green chutney recipe in blog archives
  • margarine as needed or use regular butter or oil

Instructions

  1. Begin with finely chopping all the vegetables and set them aside in a mixing bowl.

  2. Add American corn, mayonnaise, salt to taste, freshly cracked black pepper, garlic powder and finely chopped green chilies. 

  3. Mix well.

  4. Take a few slices of bread, apply margarine and some green chutney. 

  5. Spread the sandwich mixture on one slice. Cover it with the other slice.

  6. Heat a griddle/ pan. Smear some margarine on both sides of the sandwich. Roast it well on both sides until the sandwich turns golden and crisp.

  7. Take them off the heat, slice and serve! 

Love,
Shreya

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney is a delicious and easy to make breakfast or lunch box combo. These Idlis are light, fluffy and instant, perfect for a filling and nutritious brunch too. The flavorsome red coconut chutney/ coconut dip goes so well with these Idlis and any variant of dosa or wada. 

I’ve used some freshly chopped veggies in the batter for the Vegetable Poha Idli as it makes it more filling and that’s a great way to sneak in veggies in our meals. You can add any veggies of your choice here. Or you can simply keep them plain, sans any veggies and they will still taste really good!

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

As I was saying that these are deliciously fluffy and they melt in the mouth. I have enjoyed them with just some Udupi style tiffin sambhar too and they tasted heavenly!! You can see the texture here, it is soft and the Poha (flattened rice) gives these Idlis the most beautiful pearly white color. I will confess, I love pristine white Idlis. They always look more scrumptious to me than the paler ones. Besides, adding these veggies gives them a very pretty look too, specks of green and orange and some of the mustard seeds peeping from within each Idli makes them attractive for kids too! 🙂 I usually use recipes off YouTube for these idlis but this time around I have tried my friend Gloria’s recipe, who blogs at Pepper, Chilli and Vanilla and I can swear by her recipes! As expected these idlis turned out just as I wanted them, though her version doesn’t include veggies but it’s a killer recipe! 🙂

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney tastes equally delicious with a podi  (lentil and spice powder) mixed with a bit of oil, it is quite spicy though, so I have enjoyed my Idlis with a generous serving of Red coconut chutney. It is mildly spicy but has the most amazing flavor.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Vegetable Poha Idli is best enjoyed when it is fresh. We prefer to consume it within 3-4 hours. The batter is instant, non fermented and making these takes hardly any time. You can also serve them with my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney or Classic Green Coconut chutney.

Also try
Instant Oat and vegetable Idli
Instant Rawa Idli
Udupi Style Idli 

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Let us quickly see the recipe for Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney. 

For the Idli Batter

Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Then mash these two together until smooth.

Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed  Poha and curd.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Season with some salt.

Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering

Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle for a minute.

Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming

Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding.

Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney

Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper –

Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.

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Vegetable Poha Idli | Red Coconut Chutney

Delicious, instant and no ferment Idli is a great breakfast or brunch option. Paired it with some lipsmacking red coconut chutney, these Idlis are loved by everybody! 

Course Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch Box
Cuisine Indian, South Indian
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Vegetable Poha Idli -

  • 1/2 cup Thick Poha flattened rice
  • 3/4 cup fine semolina chiroti rawa
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • a pinch or two of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • oil to grease the Idli plates as needed
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped carrots
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped capsicum

Tempering -

  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing
  • a sprig of fresh curry leaves
  • 1 tsp split white lentils dhooli urad dal

For the Red Chutney -

  • 1 cup freshly grated coconut
  • 7-8 nos. whole red chillies
  • 4-5 cloves garlic
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed

Temper -

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • a few fresh curry leaves
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida hing

Instructions

For the Idli Batter -

  1. Rinse and soak Poha with 1/2 cup of curd for 15 minutes or till they turn soft.

  2. Then mash these two together until smooth.

  3. Next add the fine rawa, the remaining 1/2 cup of curd and water as needed to the mashed Poha and curd.

  4. Again allow the batter to rest for another 10 minutes. Add more water if necessary to adjust the consistency of the batter.

  5. Season with some salt.

  6. Add chopped carrots and capsicum. Mix well.

For the tempering -

  1. Heat oil in a small pan, add hing (asafoetida), curry leaves, mustard seeds, split white lentils. Let them crackle

    Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

  2. Add this tempering to the ready batter and mix well.

Steaming -

  1. Add baking soda just before steaming the Idlis.

  2. Brush the Idli plates with oil and pour the batter immediately and steam the Idlis for 10-12 minutes on medium flame.

  3. Once the Idlis are steamed, rest them for a few minutes before unmolding. Serve them hot with chutney and sambhar.

For the Red Chutney -

  1. Grind together grated coconut, dry red chilies, garlic cloves, salt and some water to make a smooth paste.

Temper -

  1. Heat oil in a small wok, add curry leaves, mustard seeds and some (hing) asafoetida. Once these splutter together, add the tempering to the ground chutney/ relish. Mix it well and serve. This chutney/ relish keeps well in the refrigerator for 2 days.


Recipe Notes

You can use eno (fruit salt)in place of baking soda.
Adding veggies is optional.
Use a day old home made yogurt as it has a slightly tangy taste. 
If you wont steam the idlis immediately, then add salt and baking soda to the batter just before steaming the Idlis. 

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is one of the most popular snacks from Gujarat, typically made in the winters when the markets are a flood with fresh pigeon peas or Toovar dana a.k.a. Lilva dana. These kachoris or hand pies are small in size, they are filled with a sweet and spicy mix made with these fresh pigeon peas and deep fried until crisp and golden!!!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are typically made in winters as the fresh pigeon peas are available in the season for just a couple of months. So, these little, golden crispy kachoris are a must have delicacy in Gujarat. Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are quite famous across the country for their spicy, tangy and yet sweet filling and that super flaky exterior!

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori is super flaky and crisp to the core, as you can see here!! I can’t imagine calling it a kachori if it ain’t crispy and flaky enough. The crispy exterior makes way for this really delicious, melt in the mouth kind of filling. The filling is so, so good that I had to physically keep away from it until I was ready to fill these babies up!! 😉 I personally feel it pairs the best with some spicy green chutney, the sweet and spicy filling compliments the chutney. You can also serve these with sweet tamarind chutney or some mint and yogurt chutney.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori are best consumed fresh and piping hot, with some tea. Though no tea for me but the hubby can’t live without his tea and these golden beauties make for the best tea mate 🙂

Let’s make some kachoris.

For the dough
Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

Add the lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

For the filling
Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5″ to 3″.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

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Lilva Ni Kachori | Fresh Pigeon Peas Kachori | Toovar Kachori

A delicious, crispy, sweet and spicy flavored kachoris/ hand pies are a famous Gujarati snacks that go so well with some green chutney/ dip and tea or coffee. 

Course Breakfast, Side Dish, Snack, starters
Cuisine Gujarati
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 persons
Author Shreya Ashish Tiwari

Ingredients

Dough

  • 2 cup maida /APF
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp refined oil
  • salt to taste
  • water as needed to knead the dough
  • enough oil to fry

Filling

  • 3/4 cup fresh pigeon peas/ lilva
  • 1/4 cup fresh green peas
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 sp green chili paste
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp roasted white sesame seeds (til)
  • 1/2 cup fresh, grated coconut
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste
  • 1.5 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped, fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 tsp lemon juice

Instructions

Dough

  1. Take Maida (APF), add salt to taste and the oil.

  2. Rub the flour with the oil for 3-4 minutes. The Maida/ flour must resemble breadcrumb like texture.

  3. Add a lemon juice and make semi hard dough using a little water at a time. The dough must be like a poori dough but not too hard else the kachori will crack when fried.

  4. Cover the dough with a damp kitchen towel and rest it for 15 minutes. Then divide them into 8-9 lemon sized balls. Cover again and let them rest.

Filling

  1. Peel and clean the fresh pigeon peas/ Lilva. Wash and drain them. Do the same for the green peas.

  2. Blanch these together for 10 minutes, set them aside to cool down completely.

  3. Once they are cooled, crush them together either using a mortar pestle or in a food processor. They must have some texture and not turn into a paste. Set this aside.

  4. Heat oil in a non stick pan ( the Lilva/ pigeon peas tend to stick so use a non stick pan). Once the oil is hot, add asafoetida, cumin seeds. Let them crackle.

  5. Next add ginger and green chili paste. Cook them for a few minutes. Add turmeric powder. Sauté for a minute.

  6. Add roasted white sesame seeds and the coconut. Mix well.

  7. Next, add the crushed pigeon peas/ Lilva and the green peas. Sauté these together for 5-6 minutes.

  8. Add salt. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Stir again. Again cover and cook.

  9. Add chopped cashews, sugar and chaat masala. Mix well.

  10. Add lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well. Turn off the flame. The filling is ready.

Assemble and fry

  1. Divide the filling into 8-9 lemon sized balls as well.

  2. Now, roll all the balls of dough to a diameter of 2.5" to 3".

  3. Place the ball of the filling in the center of the rolled dough. close it tightly. Do the same for all the dough balls. set them aside while you heat the oil to fry the kachoris.

  4. Now fry the kachoris on low flame as they must crisp up and the color must remain light golden brown.

  5. It took me about 15 minutes for frying a batch of 8-9 kachoris. Drain the fried kachoris on absorbent tissues.

  6. Serve them hot with chutney and tea/ coffee.

Recipe Notes

You can store the filling for up to 2 days in the refrigerator.
You can skip the lemon juice in the dough, but it makes the dough white and crisper on frying. 
Fresh Lilva/ pigeon peas can be cleaned and stored in the freezer all year around like green peas.

Love,
Shreya 🙂

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Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is light, nutritious and makes for the perfect breakfast or brunch. This recipe is instant and very similar to instant rawa Idli with some variations.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe 

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is a good way to consume oats in a savory form if you are not too fond of sweet oats with milk and honey. Do count me that category! 😉 I can’t have oats at all. But these Instant Oats Idli is really delicious and packed with so many flavors 😊

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe always makes soft and very fluffy idlis. It is definitely looking like that, is it not?! I have made this 3-4 times in the past 6 months, usually on weekends when brunch seems like the way to go 😉 My hubby who is not fond of idlis too much, approved this one. That definitely gives me another option for meals. On that note, have you tried my homemade Idli batter recipe? It is no-fail and absolutely spot on!

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe tastes best with my instant tiffin style sambhar  and green coconut chutney.  You can also try my Udupi Style White Coconut chutney recipe. Or even my tomato onion chutney pairs fabulously with these idlis.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe is very versatile. You can add veggies of your choice or temper it with your favorite spices. But make sure you add ginger and curry leaves simply because they lend an amazing flavor and aroma.

Let’s make these instant idlis.

Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don’t turn brown.

Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.

Heat oil in the same pan. Once it’s hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.

Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.

Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.

Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.

Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.

Add chopped coriander and mix well.

Add water and adjust the consistency.

Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.

Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Instant Oats Idli | Gluten free Oats Idli recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 10-12 idlis

Instant, healthy and delicious Oats Idli are the perfect option for breakfast or a quick brunch. This is a gluten free meal option which you can even pack for a lunch box. Pair it with some Sambhar and Coconut Chutney.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup bombay rawa/ fine sooji (semolina)
  • 1/2 cup water or a little more as needed
  • 1 cup curd (I used a day old home made curd)
  • 3/4 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 3/4 tsp. urad dal (split white lentils)
  • 3/4 tsp. chana dal (split chickpeas)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • a pinch of hing/ asafoetida
  • 1 inch grated ginger
  • 1 tsp. chopped green chilies
  • 5-6 nos. chopped curry leaves
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan, dry roast the oats for a couple of minutes or until they firm up a bit. Ensure they don't turn brown.
  2. Cool them completely and blend them into a slightly coarse powder. Set it aside.
  3. Heat oil in the same pan. Once it's hot, add hing/ asafoetida, mustards seeds, urad dal, chopped curry leaves and Chana dal. Let these splutter for a few seconds.
  4. Add grated ginger and chopped green chilies. Sauté for a minute.
  5. Add the semolina. Sauté for 2-3 minutes but the color must not change. Turn off the gas.
  6. Remove this mixture in a mixing bowl and let it cool down completely. Then add the curd.
  7. Mix well. Next, add the powdered oats. Again mix well and season with salt.
  8. Add chopped coriander and mix well.
  9. Add water and adjust the consistency.
  10. Let this batter sit for 10-15 minutes.
  11. Now, just before steaming the idlis, add baking soda. Mix well until the batter becomes a little frothy.
  12. Now add the batter in greased Idli plates and steam for 12-14 minutes.
  13. Let the idlis rest for 5-7 minutes before you unmould them. Serve them piping hot with sambhar and chutney of your choice.

Notes

You can added veggies of your choice to this batter. You can added cashew nuts to the tempering too. Roast the semolina and oats well otherwise the idlis will be very sticky.

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Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient DipBest Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is a reality if you can mix together two complimentary flavors 😉 And this dip it just that. Deliciously creamy, tart and a tad bit spicy. Just the right kind of yumminess that one would want to dip their nachos into before gobbling it up!!  

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip takes about 10 minutes to make and requires literally no prepping. This is simply so delicious and goes so well with fries, chips, rolls or even as a spread for sandwiches. Even works a great dip for veggie sticks.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip is something I’m literally hooked on to these days. I first tasted this dip a few months ago in a restaurant with some nachos and salsa. It was a welcome change from the usual cheesy dip. Although I love the cheese dip but this is definitely something I want to keep enjoying. I use this dip as a sandwich spread and it tastes delicious too! Simply Slather some on a slice of soft bread, lay some lettuce leaves over it and any other topping that you’d fancy and make yourself a real quick snack/ meal 🙂

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

So let’s get this baby going, it wont take more 10 minutes to put this together!! how cool is that??!

Take mayonnaise in a bowl.

Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.

Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Mix well. Serve as you wish.

Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.

It stays fresh for 3-4 days.

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Best Nacho Dip Ever | 2 Ingredient Dip

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 1/2 a cup

Super yummy 2 ingredient dip that you will love!! It's gluten free. Making this is a breeze and you need to have this in your life!!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup eggless mayonnaise (take any mayonnaise, I prefer eggless)
  • 3 tbsp. chopped pickled jalapenos

Instructions

  1. Take mayonnaise in a bowl.
  2. Whip it well until it is creamy and smooth.
  3. Chop pickled jalapeno finely. Add these to the whipped mayonnaise.
  4. Mix well. Serve as you wish.
  5. Store it in a glass or porcelain container in the refrigerator.
  6. It stays fresh for 3-4 days. (Check the notes below for vegan options)

Notes

You can use vegan mayonnaise to make a vegan dip.

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Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are very popular in Maharashtra. They are a traditional preparation and have a very delicious, spicy flavor 🙂 Small, soft brinjals are stuffed with a coconut based stuffing and then cooked in the semi dry gravy.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are a very popular preparation in Maharashtra specially during festivals or weddings. This preparation is usually enjoyed with Jowar Bhakri (millet flatbread), crushed onions and some thecha (Maharashtrian green chili relish). Trust me, it’s such a heavenly combo and the flavors are absolutely earthy and rustic.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are one of the few things which I can have whenever you ask me to, it’s that delicious. Although I have served these with some regular whole-wheat rotis and some onion rings and green chilies, they still make such an delicious meal. The earthy flavors of coconut, garlic, cumin, etc. make for the perfect spice blend. The texture too is really nice, pair them with rotis or rice.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Anyways, let get started. This preparation is a little involved but pretty straight forward too.

In a blender jar, grind together the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Then add chopped coriander leaves and garlic to the powder and grind everything to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding this paste.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Once it’s hot, add asafoetida and chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Add chopped tomatoes next, cook them until they are mushy and the oil separates.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Add the ground paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add goda masala, roasted peanut powder, turmeric, jaggery, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the gas. Let this mixture cool down completely.

Wash, pat dry small brinjals. Prep them, keep the stem intact. Make vertical slits and stuff it well with the ready masala.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Follow the above step for all the brinjals. set them aside.

Add about 2 cups of water in the same pan in which the masala stuffing was made, bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and set it aside.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Heat 1 tbsp. oil in another pan. Once it’s hot, add the stuffed brinjals and sauté them until they turn brown on all sides.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Next, add the boiled water and salt to taste to the brinjals. Cover and simmer the brinjals in the water until they are cooked and the gravy has thickened. It took me about 15-18 minutes for the brinjals to cook and the gravy to thicken.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals

Serve piping hot with roti/ bhakri or some steamed rice.

Bharli Vangi | Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjal

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: serves 2-3 people

Bharli Vangi or Maharashtrian Style Stuffed Brinjals are a traditional dish from Maharashtra flavored with coconut, sesame and spices. They are absolutely lip smacking yummy!

Ingredients

  • 7 nos. small brinjals/ eggplants
  • 2 nos. medium onions, finely chopped
  • 1 no. tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. goda masala
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • a pinch of asafoetida
  • 1/2 tsp jaggery
  • 2 tbsp. roasted peanuts powdered
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • For the paste-
  • 2-3 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
  • 14-15 nos. cloves of garlic
  • 6-7 tbsp. chopped coriander leaves

Instructions

    For the paste
  1. In a blender jar, grind together the desiccated coconut, cumin seeds and sesame seeds to a coarse powder.
  2. Then add chopped coriander leaves and garlic to the powder and grind everything to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding this paste.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in a pan. Once it's hot, add asafoetida and chopped onions. Sauté the onions until they are translucent.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes next, cook them until they are mushy and the oil separates.
  5. Add the ground paste and sauté for a few minutes. Add goda masala, roasted peanut powder, turmeric, jaggery, red chili powder and salt to taste. Mix well.
  6. Cook this mixture for 4-5 minutes. Then turn off the gas. Let this mixture cool down completely.
  7. Wash, pat dry small brinjals. Prep them, keep the stem intact. Make vertical slits and stuff it well with the ready masala.
  8. Follow the above step for all the brinjals. set them aside.
  9. Add about 2 cups of water in the same pan in which the masala stuffing was made, bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and set it aside.
  10. Heat 1 tbsp. oil in another pan. Once it's hot, add the stuffed brinjals and sauté them until they turn brown on all sides.
  11. Next, add the boiled water and salt to taste to the brinjals. Cover and simmer the brinjals in the water until they are cooked and the gravy has thickened. It took me about 15-18 minutes for the brinjals to cook and the gravy to thicken.
  12. Serve piping hot with roti/ bhakri or some steamed rice.

Notes

1. I have used small purple brinjals. 2. You can use small green ones too. 3. Add more water if you want to adjust the consistency of the gravy when serving with rice.

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Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is one of my favorite snacks or quick fix meals. It is super spicy, has a ton of texture and every bite is full of flavor. I am sharing an easy recipe to make this at home using sprouted legumes. 

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is a staple breakfast or snack in all of Maharashtra, specially in Pune, Mumbai  and Kolhapur. It is everyone’s favorite go to snack after vada pav!! Misal is basically a curry, slightly thinner in consistency and is made with sprouted legumes. The Kolhapuri version (Kolhapur is a city in Maharashtra) curry has a lot of spice, it is basically red in color because of all the red chili powder, often known as tambda ( which means red in Marathi). The Puneri version is a bit milder, I have tasted it just once and honestly, I didn’t like it! So I have not got much information on that to go on about.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is served in a very typical way. I simply love how a basic stainless steel platter with sections is used to serve this fiery curry along with pav bread (again a staple in Maharashtra), topped with finely chopped onions and a generous handful of chivda or mixture (spicy Indian Trail mixes). I mean this combo is definitely not for the faint hearted. Kolhapuri Misal is fire! It’s often nicknamed zhanzhanit (meaning extremely spicy and hot in Marathi). True to that, this dish is very spicy and hot! I mean look at the fiery color of the kat (the teekhat or spicy gravy of the curry) that is served on the side to be added while enjoying with Pav.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav is made using a very typical Maharashtrian spice mix called Misal Masala. I have used a store bought mix which I purchased here in Mumbai itself. Try to buy this mix from a typical Maharashtrian area or brand. That will ensure authentic flavor. Also, this recipe does call for a little more oil and spices and there no alternate to that, so I will follow the authentic way of making it!

Recipe link to home made Pav. However have used store bought for these pictures;)

Let us make some Misal!!

Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.

Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.

Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.

Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Kolhapuri Misal Pav | How to make Misal Pav

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: serves 3-4

A spicy, flavorful Maharashtrian snack, Misal Pav is absolutely mouthwatering. It is vegan and gluten free and comes together in minutes!

Ingredients

  • 300 gms mixed sprouts (I have used store bought)
  • 3 cups water + extra to correct the consistency of the gravy
  • 4 tbsp refined oil
  • a pinch of asafoetida/ hing
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 nos. large onion, finely chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 3 nos. large ripe tomatoes. finely chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp. red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1.5 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1.5 tsp. cumin powder
  • 3 tsp. Misal masala
  • mixed mixture/ chivda + few lemon wedges + chopped onions + chopped coriander for garnish
  • Pav bread to serve as sides

Instructions

  1. Wash and pressure cook the mixed sprouts for 2-3 whistles in 3 cups of salted water. Set this aside.
  2. Take a large wok, heat oil. Once it is hot, add asafoetida and cumin. Let them splutter for a minute.
  3. Then add finely chopped onions. ginger paste and garlic paste. Sauté until they turn golden brown.
  4. Next, add chopped tomatoes along with turmeric powder, red chili powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder. Mix them well and sauté them for 5-6 minutes.
  5. Then add the Misal masala and season with salt. Sauté for another 10-15 minutes until the oil floats on top of the spices.
  6. Once the oil floats, add the boiled sprouts and th water in which it was boiled in. Also add extra water if need to make a thin gravy.
  7. Mix everything well, let this come a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Once ready, serve in individual plates with some pav.
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, a handful of mixture, chopped onions and a lemon wedge. Serve piping hot.

Notes

Tastes best when served hot and fresh.

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