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Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Some recipes are so satisfying that you wish to make them again and again. Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe is one such breakfast option for us. Easy to make and needs barely 30 minutes of prepping. 

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

These Rava Idlis are soft, fluffy and very delicious 🙂 I usually pair this with Sambhar and sometimes with coconut chutney (all 3 of them are my Mom’s recipe). I can live on them! The Sambhar is also an instant recipe. All one has to do is pressure cook everything! Yes, it’s a kind of a tiffin Sambhar. The chutney, now that’s something which is so delicious, it’s a no brainer and take 10 minutes!! An entire breakfast spread in an hour, tops! Weekend goals??! Sorted!

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Yes, I like a ton of curry leaves in my South Indian cooking. And rightly so! It adds such a depth of flavor and a ton  of earthiness. I love it 🙂 Oh and yes, the little veggies that you see floating in my Sambhar are small florets of cauliflower, small carrot sticks and some French beans. You can add pumpkin, ash gourd or even some brinjals if you wish to add more veggies.

Coming to the Rava Idli recipe, it’s basically really simple. But as every simple recipe out there, this one too needs a bit of focus. The proportion is everything! Mess that and you’ll not get these beautiful white Rava idlis.

We will start with the recipe for the Idli.
First, we will dry roast the Rava/ semolina for 3-5 minutes. Ensure that the flame is on a low setting.
The color of the Rava/ semolina must not change.
Next, add curd and salt to the toasted Rava/ semolina.
Mix well. Add water and eno fruit salt.

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe
Mix well until smooth.
Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
Pour the batter into Idli plates and place in the Idli cooker which has an inch of water boiling at its base.
Steam the idlis for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe
Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Serve hot with accompaniments.

For the Sambhar
Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
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 minutes.
Next, add sambhar powder 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 minutes.
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 minutes.
Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Rava Idli Recipe | Instant Rava Idli Recipe

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: 10-11 medium sized idlis

Rava Idli - A light, quick and delicious take on South Indian favorite, steamed rice and lentil cakes makes for ideal breakfast or a complete meal.

Ingredients

    Idli
  • 1 cup fine Bombay Rava/ semolina
  • 1 cup thick curd
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp. water
  • 1/4 tsp eno fruit salt
  • Sambhar
  • 3/4 cup tuar/ arhar dal (skinned & split pigeon peas)
  • 2+1/2 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 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 powder (I use MTR)
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • For tempering:
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai)
  • A pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • 2-3 whole ber mirchi
  • A few curry leaves

Instructions

    Idli
  1. First, we will dry roast the Rava/ semolina for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Ensure that the flame is on a low setting.
  3. The color of the Rava/ semolina must not change.
  4. Next, add curd and salt to the toasted Rava/ semolina.
  5. Mix well. Add water and eno fruit salt.
  6. Mix well until smooth.
  7. Cover the bowl and let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
  8. Pour the batter into Idli plates and place in the Idli cooker which has an inch of water boiling at its base.
  9. Steam the idlis for 12-15 minutes on medium flame.
  10. Once the idlis have steamed, remove the plates from the cooker.
  11. Let them cool for a couple of minutes before removing the idlis from their cavity.
  12. Serve with Sambhar and Chutney.
  13. Sambhar
  14. Wash and soak the dal for 30 minutes. Add the soaked dal in the pressure cooker with water, salt, turmeric powder.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 minutes.
  17. Next, add sambhar powder 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 minutes.
  18. Tempering
  19. 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 minutes.
  20. Add this tempering to the boiled sambhar and mix well. Cover with a lid for a few minutes. Serve piping hot with Idli/ Dosa/ boiled rice.

Notes

Proportions are key, so follow the recipe correctly. Do not store the batter in the refrigerator as it gives the best results when fresh.

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Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I love popsicles and I cannot lie. LoL!!! It’s not a secret I guess. Each summer, I share a few recipes. These Strawberry Popsicles are pretty straightforward too. This recipe is gluten free and vegan. It is also Paleo. Hence, folks who are on a diet can enjoy these too. 

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo is a new experiment which rocked! Last year I had shared the recipe for my Volcano Pops, for which I got amazing feedback too! And have you guys seen my Mango and Kiwi Popsicles, pretty and so flavorsome! There are so many kinds of fruit based popsicles I’m yet to try and share here, the possibilities are endless.:)

Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

I prefer using everyday, easily available ingredients for making pops. These Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo are very easy to put together. Ideal for kids too as these do not contains added colors or preservatives. Since they are full health, it’s safe to say that you can have them for breakfast when it gets way too hot! No one’s judging!
Strawberry Popsicles - Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

So coming to what goes into it, well anything goes actually. I love strawberries and they are in abundance around me so I’ve used those. Use any fruit juice or pulp, it will work. To my surprise, strawberries are really sweet this year, hardly any tang or tartness. As always I’ve been snacking on them by the pound! So, when I wanted to male these pops, I didn’t need much sugar. In fact, I’ve used natural sweeteners in a very small quantity to balance the little tang from the lemon juice. For the final element of freshness in every lick, I added something from my kitchen garden!!

The overall flavor blew us away! So little to do and you’ll be all set for these icy cool treats for the next few days. Sounds good??!
Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
We will start with hulling the berries.
Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
Give everything a whizz until smooth.
Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
Enjoy!

Strawberry Popsicles – Gluten free, Vegan, Paleo

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 3-4 medium sized Pops

Easy to make delicious Strawberry Popsicles are Gluten free, vegan and Paleo with natural sweeteners.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp. honey or agave
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • a few sprigs of fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries.
  2. We will start with hulling the berries.
  3. Add them in a blender, pour honey or agave.
  4. Top these with a splash of fresh lemon juice.
  5. Add a few sprigs of fresh mint.
  6. Give everything a whizz until smooth.
  7. Pour this into moulds of your choice and freeze until solid or for 8 hours.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Adding honey or agave is optional. If the berries are too tart, add more sweetener as per taste. Mint is optional too but it does give a really fresh flavor.

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Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Extra topping on my pizza means pickled jalapenos among many other things, lol!! And these Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers are for the spice lovers like me out there! I mean making these is a breeze and ridiculously easy. I always have a jarful sitting in my refrigerator. They taste good on pizzas apart from all the pastas and some dips even. 🙂

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

That big jar is all mine!! Alright, my hubby does share them with me but it’s basically just for me. It’s so delicious and tastes much better than store bought pickled jalapeno peppers. It doesn’t have that odd chemical/ preservative kind of aftertaste or that aroma even. The aroma of any kind of preservative does turn me off. Earlier, I’d never buy the supermarket stuff just for that reason. But ever since I discovered this easy peasy recipe on Pinterest, it’s been no looking back! 3 years on and I can proudly say that I’ve nailed this! Well, I’d nailed it on the very first attempt but I just keep getting better with each batch 🙂

The best part is that this keeps for so long in the refrigerator. The longest that mine has sat in there is about 5 months! I mean wow!! I have made use of these on Pizzas, added them to pasta/ spaghetti, on my nachos, etc.. Never been disappointed!!

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

The best part is that this recipe calls for the most everyday, fuss free pantry basics. Once you have washed, dried and sliced the peppers, it basically takes 15 minutes from there!

We will start with washing and wiping the peppers dry.
Next, slice all the peppers. They must neither be too thick nor too thin.
Take a pan, heat it on high flame.
Add water and vinegar to the pan.
Once these come to a gentle boil, add sugar, salt and crushed garlic.
Stir a few times. Let these cook together for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar melts completely on medium heat.
Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down completely.
Fill a clean, sterilized glass jar with the sliced peppers. Pour the brine over the peppers.
Put on the lid and gently shake to evenly distribute the brine. Let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
Refrigerate without opening the jar for 2-3 days. You will see the color of the peppers change from dark green to slightly mossy green. They are now ready.

Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1.5 cups

Homemade Fridge Pickled Jalapeno Peppers are absolutely easy to make with just 6 basic ingredients and so big on flavors!

Ingredients

  • 15-17 nos. medium Jalapeno Peppers
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. salt
  • 6-7 nos. fresh garlic pods
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup white vinegar

Instructions

  1. We will start with washing and wiping the peppers dry.
  2. Next, slice all the peppers. They must neither be too thick nor too thin. 
  3. Take a pan, heat it on high flame.
  4. Add water and vinegar to the pan. 
  5. Once these come to a gentle boil, add sugar, salt and crushed garlic. 
  6. Stir a few times. Let these cook together for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar melts completely on medium heat.
  7. Turn off the heat and let the brine cool down completely.
  8. Fill a clean, sterilized glass jar with the sliced peppers. Pour the brine over the peppers.
  9. Put on the lid and gently shake to evenly distribute the brine. Let this sit at room temperature for an hour.
  10. Refrigerate without opening the jar for 2-3 days. You will see the color of the peppers change from dark green to slightly mossy green. 
  11. They are ready! 

Notes

Use regular fat green chilies (Indian pakoda mirchi) if Jalapeno peppers are not available. Always cool the brine completely before pouring over the peppers. We cool the brine because we are not cooking the peppers, we are pickling them. Follow the measurements for best results. This stays fresh in the refrigerator for about 2-3 months although I've had them in mine for over 5 months without any problems.

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How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with everyday ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home! These chutneys are mouthwatering and are a must for making any chaat 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

I’m a big fan of all kinds of delicious chaats. Just the thought of having Chaat makes my mouth water! Being from Mumbai, I’m constantly having street food and the spicier the better. Sev Puri, Bhelpuri, Ragda Pattice, etc. are my favorites. I guess everyone loves having these and won’t say no to a bite or two..hehe!!

Part of the reason why these Chaats taste so good are the Chutneys. Yes, tangy, spicy and sweet are the basic flavors that are a must for any Chaat. Beside these, Chaat masala is another important condiment that is generously sprinkled on the dishes right before serving them. I’ll definitely share the recipe for that too in the future 🙂

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Basically, Tamarind chutney, Green chutney and Red Garlic chutney are the 3 types of chutneys used for making Chaat. Apart from these chutneys and the masala, a bit of chopped coriander along with a squirt of lemon juice completes a yummy Chaat. I’m sharing these quick and easy recipes today 🙂

We will begin now,

Tamarind Chutney –
Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes. Turn off the flame. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.

Green Chutney –
Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Red Garlic Chutney –
Deseed and destem the dried red chilies. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri

Prep Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Learn How to make Chutney for Chaat and Sev Puri at home with easy ingredients and enjoy a variety of lip-smacking street food at home!

Ingredients

    For Tamarind Chutney -
  • 1 cup tamarind
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 3/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 8-9 tbsp. sugar (adjust as per your preference)
  • Green Chutney -
  • 2 cups fresh coriander leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. Dalia (roasted split chick peas)
  • 1' piece of ginger
  • 5-6 cloves of garlic
  • 2-3 nos. green chilly
  • Red Garlic Chutney -
  • 12-15 nos. dried red chili
  • 10 cloves of garlic
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/2' piece of ginger
  • salt to taste

Instructions

    Tamarind Chutney -
  1. Clean and soak the tamarind in some water for 2 hours.
  2. Then, drain the water and mash the tamarind through a sieve to collect the pulp in a bowl.
  3. Heat a non stick pan. Add the tamarind pulp to the pan.
  4. Cook the pulp for 5 minutes, stirring all the while.
  5. Once it comes to a gentle boil, add sugar, roasted cumin powder and red chili powder.
  6. Also, add a pinch of hing (asafoetida).
  7. Keep stirring while the pulp comes to a boil and thickens as the sugar melts.
  8. Add salt to taste at this point and mix well. Cook for another 5-8 minutes.
  9. Turn off the flame.
  10. Cool the chutney completely before storing in clean glass or porcelain bottle.
  11. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to a month.
  12. Green Chutney -
  13. Clean and wash coriander and mint leaves. Drain all the water well.
  14. Add them to the blender jar. Along with the greens, in goes the salt, garlic cloves, lemon juice, ginger, green chilly and the Dalia.
  15. Add a tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  16. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
  17. Red Garlic Chutney -
  18. Deseed and destem the dried red chilies.
  19. Soak them in warm water for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  20. Drain the chilies and add them in blender jar.
  21. Also add garlic pods, lemon juice, salt and ginger to the blender jar. 
  22. Add 5-6 tbsp. or so of water and blend until smooth.
  23. Store the chutney clean glass or porcelain bottle. This chutney can stored in refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Notes

Store these chutneys in clean and dry glass bottles or porcelain jars. Adjust the spiciness and the sweetness as per your preference. Do not keep a metal spoon in the jar with chutney as that will discolor the chutneys.

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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! I love serving these with this spicy red chutney. 

Let’s begin….

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

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

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

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

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

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

To pan fry:

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

Kothmir Wadi | Kothambir Wadi – Maharashtrian Delicacy

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

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

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

Ingredients

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

Instructions

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

Notes

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

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

Love,

Shreya💖

Adapted from Nisha Madhulika

Mexican Vegetable Soup | Vegan and Glutenfree

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yield: serves 2

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

Ingredients:

2 tbsp oil

5-6 cloves of garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped yellow bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped green bell pepper

1/4 cup finely chopped carrots

1/4 cup sweet corn

1/4 cup finely chopped French beans

1/2 cup finely chopped red onion

3 nos. large ripe tomatoes

salt & pepper to taste

3/4 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp peri peri spice mix (store bought)

2 cups water

3 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

juice of half a lemon

nacho chips to serve on the side (optional)

Method:

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

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

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

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

Love,

Shreya 💝

Adapted from cooking classy

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yield: serves 2

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

Ingredients:

300 gms boiled yam (suran)

salt to taste

6-7 tbsp mustard oil

2 tbsp finely chopped green chillies

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves

15-16 cloves of garlic (grated)

1″ piece of ginger (grated)

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

Method:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love,

Shreya❤️

Dal ka Phara | Dal Fara | Glutenfree and Vegan Lentil Stuffed Steamed Rice Cakes

Dal ka Phara or Fara is a very popular snack if your visiting eastern Uttar Pradesh or Bihar. The ‘pithii’ or the filling is made of ‘chana dal’ a.k.a split chick peas. Alternatively, this filling can also be made with ‘urad dal’ a.k.a skinless white lentils. However, it’s  always made using the former in our house. The outer covering that holds the filling in place is made with rice flour a.k.a ‘Chawal ka atta’. These along with some spices and condiments makes for an delicious and tempting dish which is vegan and also gluten free. 🤗

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The Phara is then either steamed or boiled in some salted water. Some people even choose to shallow or deep fry these dumplings once they are steamed or boiled. However, I do not do that. I feel the actual taste lies in keeping it as it is and thus making it much more healthier than the fried ones! That’s how my Mom makes them…and they taste divine 😘 Yes…most of these traditional recipes that I make come from her kitchen…stuff that I have grown up eating and savour the most!

What I like with these personally is my Mom’s spicy, tangy Pudine aur Dhaniye ki Imli Wali Chutney!  Doesn’t the sound of it make you drool….it’s one of my favourite dips/ chutneys to go with anything savory and I always have a little porcelain potful sitting in my refrigerator 😉

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So this time when my Mom was visiting us, I told her to teach me how to make these Pharas the traditional way and She did! She made the first couple of them as I watched her closely and then she guided me to make the rest….which obviously don’t look too perfect but I managed!! It’s a little lengthy procedure no doubt, but not very difficult if you follow the little tips.

The filling which is made with chana dal needs to be organised first by soaking the dal for at least 5-6 hours and then so on and so forth…..every bit worth the effort!

I will also share the recipe of the delicious Chutney that you see in the pictures! But that’s not even the best part, the best part is that my Mom modelled for me again…..this is her experienced hand which you had also seen in Vanilla Sponge Cake made in a Pressure Cooker, again her recipe!

So let’s get started….read carefully. It’s simply but a little technical….

Yield: 7-8 pharas

Equipment: a large open mouthed pot, measuring cups/ spoons, a large mixing bowl, a small mixing bowl, a slotted spoon, a basic blender.

Ingredients:

For the outer covering:

1+1/2 cup rice flour (I use store bought)

salt to taste (season carefully, as we will season the filling too)

2 tsp refined oil

warm water as needed to knead a dough

Method:

In a large mixing bowl, take rice flour and season with some salt. Then add oil. Slowly, add the warm water a little at a time and make a dough. This is a Glutenfree flour, hence the dough will break if much pressure is applied. Once the dough comes together, cover it with damp kitchen napkin for 15-20 mins so that the dough absorbs enough moisture.

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For the filling:

3/4 cup chana Dal (split chick pea)

2″ piece fresh ginger

1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves

salt to taste

2-3 nos. green chillies

1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera dana)

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

Method:

Wash the dal well and soak in about 2 cups of water for 5-6 hours.

Next, drain all the water from the soaked dal.

Place the dal in a blender jar. Add very little water, season with salt, ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, cumin seeds and hing. Grind them together until you have a smooth paste.

Remove the paste in a small bowl.

Assembling the Phara: 

Keep a small bowl of water handy and weyor fingers and palms well. Take a lemon sized ball of the dough. Using your fingers and palms flatten the dough to a circle of 3″ diameter. The thickness should be approximately 1/2 a cm but not more as they won’t cook well otherwise.

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Then place about 1-2 tbsp of the filling in the centre of the flattened dough and gently fold over the dough to cover the filling and pinch the edges to secure the filling within.

Do the same for the entire dough and keep the uncooked pharas ready on a plate.

Now, heat about 2 litres of water in a large pot, season it with some salt. Once it comes to a rolling boil, drop 3-4 pharas at a time. Let them boil on medium flame for about 5-8 mins. They will float on the top once they are cooked.

Using a slotted spoon, carefully remove the boiled Pharas from the water and place them on a plate. Cut one of them to see if they are cooked, if the dal is set and looks dry, it means the dal and the rice dough are both cooked well.

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Do the same with the remaining uncooked pharas too, serve them hot with Chutney.

If you wish to steam them, do steam them as you steam Idlis in a idli cooker. Cook time will be 12-15 mins and cut them to check if they are cooked.

For Chutney:

1 cup fresh coriander leaves

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

4-5 cloves garlic

2 nos. green chillies chopped

1 nos. small onion sliced

4-5 tbsp fresh tamarind pulp

salt to taste

water as needed

Method:

Take all the ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smooth. Adjust the consistency by adding more or less water. This Chutney keeps well for 10-12 days in a porcelain or steel or glass jar under refrigeration.

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This is one of my favorite versions of Dal-Chawal if you ask me! Healthy, filling and delicious 😘

Love,

Shreya💕

 

Achaari Aloo Gobhi | Vegan and Glutenfree Cauliflower and Potato Stir Fry

“Can we have cauliflower for dinner”….I hear this at least three times a week! And no I don’t cook cauliflower that often….lol! I mean if my hubby had his way, I’d probably be cooking it almost every other day but it’s more of ‘my kitchen, my rules’ kind of a thing with me. Besides, I usually plan the entire weeks menu over the weekend…so, I exactly know when he’ll be having his beloved cauliflower next 🤗

It’s not that I am not fond of this vegetable, it’s just that I can only have it sometimes and it has to be spicy, full of flavour and not in a curry….I feel it looses all it’s flavour when added to a curry…that’s how I feel!

That’s why I am sharing today’s recipe…this has to a be a hands down winner for me when I am eating cauliflower cooked in the Indian way….North Indian to be more specific. This again comes from my Mom’s kitchen…and it’s finger licking good. This is made at least once in a week at my place as my hubby likes this semi-dry version better than a gravy too!

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Achaari Aloo Gobhi…. this is a no onion no garlic recipe which needs very little preparation, except that we make a fresh spice mix (masala) to add to this recipe made from whole spices like cloves (laung), cardamom (elaichi), etc. These spices along with other powdered spices adds flavour to the cauliflower and potatoes.

If you like, you can add some green peas and other seasonal veggies to the cauliflower and potatoes as well. Else, add some water and make a gravy of it…enjoy with Tahri (veg rice). We usually enjoy the semi dry version with Laccha Paratha (see step wise pictorial recipe here)….and some Bharwa Hari Mirch (click here for recipe)

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Yield: serves 2

Equipment: a heavy bottomed wok, a slotted spoon, a mortar-pestle or a small blender, measuring cups/ spoons.

Ingredients:

300 gms fresh cauliflower florets

2 nos. small potatoes

2 tbsp mustard oil (we use mustard oil, feel free to use regular refined oil. However, the real zing of the achaari flavour comes from mustard oil)

1/2 tsp paanch phoran (click here to see the picture) contains a mix of cumin seeds, Nigella seeds, whole black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds and fennel seeds

1/4 tsp turmeric powder

a pinch of hing (asafoetida)

1 tsp red chilli powder

1/2 tsp degi mirch powder

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

1 tsp fresh ginger paste

1/4 tsp amchur powder (dry mango powder)

salt to taste

For the spice mix:

4-5 nos. cloves (laung)

1 nos. black cardamom

1 inch cinnamon stick

7-8 nos. black peppercorns

To garnish:

fresh coriander leaves

Method:

Cut, peel and wash the cauliflower florets. Drain all the water completely. Keep the size of each of the florets on the medium side as they must cook well but not turn mushy and disintegrate completely.

Peel, wash and cut the potatoes into medium sized cubes. Again, don’t keep them too small else they’ll just become a mash!

For the spice mix:

Dry roast cloves, cardamom, peppercorns and cinnamon for 4-5 mins. Once they release their aroma, turn off the flame and let them cool down completely. Grind them to a fine powder in the blender or keep them slightly coarse if using a mortar-pestle. The entire quantity of this spice mix won’t be used in this recipe, store the excess in a dry, airtight jar. It stays fresh for upto 20 days. You can use that in any vegetarian or non-vegetarian preparation or even for Biryanis and Pilafs.

Next, heat oil in the wok, once it hot, add the paanch phoran and hing. Let them splatter.

Next, add the cubed potatoes and the cauliflower florets. Add salt to taste and turmeric. Mix these well. Cook for about 5-6 mins on low flame.

Next goes in the ginger paste along with cumin powder, coriander powder, degi mirch, red chilli powder. Mix well so that the spices coat everything. Cook for 5 mins without a lid, then cover the wok with a lid and cook for another 10 mins.

After 10 mins, the potatoes are done and the cauliflower needs about another 5 mins of cooking. At this point add 3/4 tsp of the fresh spice mix and give everything a good toss.

Once again, cover the wok with a lid and let the cauliflower cook out for the next 4-5 mins. If the cauliflower is still undercooked, you can let them cook for another 5 mins but ensure that they do not turn too mushy.

Lastly, add the amchur powder and mix well. Turn off the flame.

Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve with piping hot Phulkas and some Dhaba Style Dal Makhani (click  here for the recipe). I usually serve all this with an onion salad that has a lot lemon juice, some salt and a bit of freshly cracked black pepper! And we are in bliss….😀

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This is something which has to be a part of our ‘soul food’ spreads …. if you are in the mood for rice…then this goes so well with some Dal and Chawal too!

Love,

Shreya💖

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