Friday, 1 January 2016

Mango and Avocado Salad

Mango Avocado Salad

Salads are a perfect addition to your meals or can also serve as a meal itself.  And now that it so easy to find mangoes you don’t have to wait for the summer to make this salad. Hope you enjoy making this as much as you enjoy eating it.

Mango and Avocado Salad

Ingredients

Mango -1 small
Avocado-1 ripened
Red onion- diced 1 tsp
Lemon- Juice of ½ a lemon
Olive oil – 1 tbsp.
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Coriander - a few sprigs (optional)

Serves:  2 as a salad/ side

Method:


Make the dressing by combining juice of lemon, olive oil, Red onion, finely chopped coriander and season to taste with salt and black pepper (if you find red onion too sharp leave the dressing aside for a few minutes, I however don’t mind it).
To cut the avocado, cut diagonally through twist and remove the seed, using a spoon scoop out little pieces of avocado into the dressing.
Add in diced mango toss and serve!
Delicious on its own or as a side!  If you wish you can also add some cooked prawn or lobster to it.


Tips for presentation: I placed  a ring mould in the centre of a plate added salad to it and pushed it with a fork, removed the mould and covered it with cucumber peels  and of course  a little mint never hurts.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Dum aloo / Baby potato curry

Dum aloo

Baby potatoes cooked in a tomato and onion gravy  goes well with Naan or Pilau rice.

Dum Aloo Baby potato curry

Before I write my first post for 2015, I would like to wish you all a very happy new year a little too late I know but better late than never. I remember last year this time I was making kebabs and I remember how I had to send the recipe to my sis, lazy enough to type I decided to take a few pics and send them instead. After all a picture is worth a thousand words.

 Just when I was about to email her the pictures I thought  a few notes wont hurt and thats how it all started I made a word document and realised that maybe I should start blogging. Just that thought and everything else fell in place. If you look  back at my first recipe you'll see for yourself  how things have changed from then to now.

Dum Aloo Baby potato curry

But my love for potatoes remains unchanged and so heres to a new year, new recipe and new potatoes. Dum aloo or baby potatoes cooked in a tomato and onion gravy  with my own little tweak. And just like any other foodyouwilllove recipe its simple and delicious.

Ingredients:

Baby potatoes - 10 to 12

Tomatoes - 4 small

Onions - 3 small onions

Fresh ginger paste - 1/2 tspn.

Fresh garlic paste - 1 tspn

Turmeric - 1/4 tspn.

Chilly powder/ Kolhapuri chutney - 1/2 tsp or to taste

Coriander powder- 1/2 tspn

Oil - 2 tbspn.

Salt to taste

Fresh coriander for garnishing.


Method:

1.  In a pressure cooker or in a sauce pan add 2 tbspn oil, add finely chopped onions, tomatoes, ginger,garlic and spices  pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles or saute and cook until oil separates. Add salt to taste.
Dum Aloo Baby potato curry

2. Mean while prep the baby potatoes by peeling and making several piercings with a fork.

Dum Aloo Baby potato curry

3. Check seasoning add peeled potatoes and cook further  ( 3 to 4 whistles or until potatoes are cooked).

4. Garnish with coriander and serve with naan or rice.


Notes:

I prefer a thicker gravy  and dont  like adding any water, if you would prefer a curry over gravy  or to prevent gravy sticking to the pan add some water.







Friday, 17 October 2014

Ras Malai

Ras Malai

Ras Malai
Ras Malai ( before chilling)

Cottage cheese balls with a creamy sauce (Indian cheese cake without the crust :P)
It’s that time of the year, sweets Diya’s lights gatherings...yes you got it Diwali.  One thing I miss the most being away from home is the mithais. If you have ever bought mithai here you know it’s nowhere close to it and tastes more like preservatives. So if you are sick of eating store bought Ras malai here’s an alternative.
This recipe comes from my father in law and is simply perfect if you want to wow your guests or family or even yourself with some cheats ras malai  ...oops did I say cheats no I meant homemade Rasmalai. Yes its home made and surprisingly quick and incredibly Delicious.


Ingredients:
Ras gulla – 6
Milk – 500ml
Kesar/ Saffron: few strands
Sugar – ½ cup or to taste
Cardamom Powder.
Dry fruits for garnishing.

Method:
  1. Bring milk to a boil. Take a ladle full of  warm milk in a small bowl add the saffron and leave aside.
  2.  Add sugar mix well and allow the milk to simmer until it thickens completely.
  3. Meanwhile, squeeze the rasgullas gently to remove all the chasni/sugar syrup ( if rasgullas are too dry or begin to crack soak them in water until ready to use)
  4. Then add the rasgullas and the saffron to the thickened milk.
  5. Garnish with dry fruits preferably pistachios, chill over night before serving.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim Sums

 Momos / Dumplings/ Dimsums

Steamed chicken/ vegetarian dumplings.

Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums

I have been away for way too long and I could be gone again but will still be around once in a blue moon like today I had to find time to share with you this recipe. Be it momos or dim sums I just love steamed dumplings, not that its delectable but also a bit of treat that I get carried away end up eating more than a starter portion. This is one recipe I have wanted to share with you and this is way before I discovered where I could buy readymade momo sheets. It’s a recipe from scratch and still quite easy to make I have adapted the filling to my taste but you could easily transform the recipe to your taste or add soya sauce instead of salt to make it dim sums.
Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums

If you do have access to readymade dumpling sheets this recipe is a breeze and if not believe me it’s still worth it to make your own moms from scratch.

Makes: 12 to 14 momos

 Ingredients:
For momo sheets:
Plain flour – 1 cup plus more for dusting
Salt ¼ tsp
Water to knead the dough
Or pre made wonton/ dumpling sheets
For the  Chicken filling:
Bone less chicken – 1 chicken breast minced in the food processer/ grinder. 
Onion – 1 finely chopped
A small piece of cabbage finely chopped
Small knob of ginger finely chopped
Coriander finely chopped- 1 tsp.
Melted butter/ ghee/ clarified butter or oil 1 tbsp. to 2 tbsp.
Chilly powder – to taste (optional)
Salt to taste

For Vegetarian filling:
Onion – 1 finely chopped
 Cabbage finely chopped - 1/4th cup
Small knob of ginger finely chopped
Spring onion finely chopped- 2 tbsp.
Melted butter/ ghee/ clarified butter or oil 1 tbsp. to 2 tbsp.
Shredded carrot  1 tbsp. ( optional)
Salt to taste

Utensil list:
Steamer or bamboo steamer and a wok/ Kadai

Method:

1.       Mix flour, salt and add water little by little to make dough, don’t knead yet cover with cling film or wet kitchen towel and keep aside.
2.       To make the filling, combine all filling ingredients except salt, add salt only when you are ready (squeeze out any moisture from onions). Adding oil/ ghee will prevent the filling from drying
Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums

3.       Knead the dough (at this point it will be softer) into a sausage and cut out equal and small pieces with a knife roll it out (using flour when needed) thin and evenly.
Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums

4.       Fill the bottom of the wok with water place the steamer (grease the inside of the steamer to prevent sticking) on top and allow the water to come to a boil and reduce heat.

Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums
5.       Dust of any excess flour from the sheet, add a tbsp. of the filling and cover it completely by joining both sides. Holding the momo in one hand use your other hand to create pleats pressing it as you move to the next pleat making sure it is completely sealed  you can then bend it a little to form a crescent shape.
Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums

6.       Place the momos on greased steamer   well-spaced as this will allow them to cook completely. Cook on medium to low heat for 15 minutes.
7.       To check if momos are cooked, touch the top of the momos it should not be sticky, don’t overcook them that would make the momos dry.
8.       To serve you could brush a little butter or  ghee on top but this is completely optional, serve with some chilly oil or sriracha sauce.


Momos / Steamed Dumplings / Dim sums










Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Aloo Pakoda/ Batata Bhaji/Potato fritters

Aloo Pakoda/ Batata Bhaji/Potato fritters

Aloo Pakoda/ batata Bhaji/ Potato fritters
Deep fried potato fritters coated with gram flour/besan batter. Delectable Tea time or Rainy day snack  ;)

Heres another mind blowing recipe from my mom :), Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, these pakodas are very easy to make and even easier to eat. One of our favorite tea time snacks. Rainy days and pakodas are a perfect combination however I can eat pakodas anytime with a cup of Chai and of course it’s another addition to the street food recipes.
Considering it’s so simple I haven’t added the steps in the picture, but you can look at batata vada to get an idea.   
On its own pakodas are light snacks but you can add some pav/ Bread rolls and chutney for a heavier meal. (This picture comes all the way from Kolhapur :))

Chutney and Pav/ Green chutney and bread roll
Green chutney with Bread rolls


Serves: 2 to 3 ( depending on the size of potato)

Ingredients:
2 medium sized potatoes peeled and sliced
Oil for frying
Batter:
5 heaped tbsp. Gram flour/ Besan
½ tsp. turmeric powder/haldi
½ tsp. Chilly powder
1 tsp. salt or to taste
1 tsp. oil
1 tbsp. Corn flour
A pinch of Bicarbonate of Soda

Method:
Mix all the batter ingredients, and water little by little stirring constantly to make lump free batter ( that is neither too thick nor too thin )
Heat oil for deep frying, Test the oil if it’s ready
Dip the sliced potatoes in the batter, using a fork pick the batter coated potato tip excess batter on the side of the bowl and fry it in the oil until golden yellow and place on an absorbing paper or kitchen towel.
Repeat the same with the remaining slices, enjoy hot with your choice of chutney or ketchup.

Aloo Pakoda/ batata Bhaji/ Potato fritters

Sitting by the window eating aloo pakodas and sipping on  adrak vali chai, Happy Days!




Thursday, 31 July 2014

Cholle Bhature/ Bhatura / Indian fried bread.

Bhatura / Indian fried bread.
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe
Cholle bhature

Bhatura/ Indian fried bread made of maida/ plain flour is served along with cholle or spicy chick peas an Indian delicacy from the north.
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe/ Bhatura
Bhatura/ Bhature

Cholle bhature is one of my favourite brunch recipes. Indian bread and other breads have nothing in common except the kneading step. Otherwise there’s a huge difference in the way they are made and the way they all look and of course the taste. There is one more thing about Indian breads, they taste the best when they are homemade and steaming hot, especially if it’s fried and it’s a bhatura. But what if you have no time and patience for that don’t worry here’s a recipe that will suit all the fussy eaters whether you like it hot or at room tempt soft or crispy it’s all possible in one recipe.
I am using the self-rising flour to give it that little rise and softness that would last even when the bhaturas are cold. Don’t have self- rising flour just add baking powder. Sieving is an extra step that you could skip but I do it so everything’s well incorporated and it just adds to the fluffiness of the bhaturas.
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe

Semolina is usually added to make the bhaturas crispy, so it’s entirely up to you skip it reduce it or just add the amount stated in the recipe for a balanced bhatura.
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe
Semolina/ Suji


Add in the yogurt, oil first before adding any water. Adding yogurt works in many ways, one of them is that bhatura will be white. Now, if you’d rather prefer them more colored then go ahead and reduce the amount of yogurt.
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe


Mix till all comes together as dough and knead the dough.
Cover with a damp cloth and let it rest. Resting step is very crucial a minimum of 2 hours is needed.

Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe

Finally knead the dough again, it will now be nice and soft (use a drop of oil if required) and roll it out to an even thickness (use some flour to prevent it from sticking but make sure to dust off as much as you can before frying)

 
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe
Roll it out to an even thickness

And finally fry it!
 
Cholle bhature/ Bhatura Recipe
Fried Bhatura

Serves: 4
Makes: 12 medium bhatura
Ingredients:
 Self-rising flour – 1 ½ cup + more for dusting/rolling out
Or
Plain flour - 1 ½ cup + more for dusting/rolling out
Baking powder - ¼ tsp.

Other ingredients:
Baking soda – ¼ tsp.
Yogurt – 4 tbsp.
Semolina – 1 tbsp.
Salt to taste
Water.
Oil – 1 tbsp.
Oil for deepfrying
Cheese cloth or kitchen towel.

Method:
 Sieve the flour, baking soda, salt in a mixing bowl.
Add semolina (optional) to the dough and stir it in
Add Oil, yogurt and mix until everything comes together as dough, use water if required to knead the dough (it should neither be tough nor be too sticky).
Cover with a damp cheese cloth or kitchen towel and let it rest for a minimum 2 hours.
After the resting step, Heat oil for deep frying (medium heat).
 Knead the dough, pinch medium sized balls and roll out into medium thickness bhaturas.
Test oil by throwing a dot sized dough ball, if it floats up slowly but immediately (as opposed to settling down), oil is ready for frying bhaturas.
Fry the bhaturas, until crisp and golden, serve hot with chana or cholle/ Chickpeas.







Thursday, 26 June 2014

Rajma masala/ Rajma chaval/ Red kidney bean curry

Rajma masala/ Rajma chaval/ Red kidney bean curry
Red kidney beans cooked with Indian spices.

Rajma Masala/Red kidney bean curry/ Rajma Chaval
Rajma Masala/Red kidney bean curry/ Rajma Chaval
Rajma chaval is one of those delicious comfort foods that gets cooked rather quickly and easily (by that I mean around 20 min if you have a pressure cooker). Honestly I haven’t met one person till day who doesn’t eat rajma chaval.



Rajma Masala/Red kidney bean curry
Rajma Masala/Red kidney bean curry



Using a pressure cooker to cook in India is such a common thing and possibly why home cooking is so popular.  And believe me if  using a pressure cooker was very common in this country people wouldn’t be scared to cook, it cuts down cooking and sautéing time and you can make tasty one  pot meals in a jiffy.  No, I am not justifying my use of a pressure cooker as you could still make this recipe without having one. All I am trying to say is  I love my pressure cooker and I can cook a zillion dishes under  15min in a cooker but let’s just leave that for some other post.
Like any other pulses, rajma/kidney beans would need to be soaked overnight but I just leave some canned ones for days when I run out of time and veggies.  A dish very similar to cholle, chickpea masala but this one’s way quicker and I have not used any fried onions. I have only added the grinding step to make it a more restaurant style rajma masala. Of course you could go all out and add cream and butter if you like but I totally skipped it.
If you make extra masala ( onion and tomato masala) you could freeze it/store in the fridge for a week and use it later to make any other dish to name a few paneer, chickpeas, black eyed beans or anything of your choice. So here’s your super easy and versatile dish.


Serves:  2

Ingredients:
Kidney beans/ Rajma canned - 2 cups / 240 gm (drained weight)
3 small onions diced
3 small tomatoes finely chopped
1 tbsp. minced ginger
5 cloves garlic minced
1 small green chilly minced

Spices:
1 tsp. cumin seeds
½ tsp. Hing/ Asafetida
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp. or to taste Kashmiri red chilly powder
A tiny pinch of kasoori methi/dry fenugreek leaves
1 tsp. Garam masala
½ tsp Dry mango powder/ amchoor.

Salt to taste
3 tbsp. oil


Method:
1.       Heat oil in a pressure cooker or in a sauce pan, add cumin seeds allow spluttering, add in the onions and sauté along with ginger garlic and chilly. Once browned add in tomatoes. Add spices (chilly, turmeric, asafetida) and half tsp of salt and pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles or cook until tender and mushy.
Onion and tomato masala paste

2.       Let the pressure settle down,   using a hand blender or a grinder grind the cooked onion tomato to a thin paste like consistency ( using a 2 to 3 tbsp. of water, it should be of thicker consistency)

3.       To this add canned Rajma/kidney beans pressure cook for 3 to 4 whistles or for 20 min until rajma is soft and easy to mash with a spoon.
4.       Once cooked, adjust the seasoning and add crushed dry fenugreek leaves, garam masala and dry mango powder, stir well. I opted for a thicker consistency you can dilute it by adding more water and simmering it.
Serve hot with Rice or Phulka.