Food Recipe

Ganesh Chaturthi Special – Puran Poli

Hello Friends,

This divine week of Lord Ganesha has been going wonderful so far. I am sure Lord will give us all the vital strength and resistance to fight through this pandemic and to overcome the situation much faster.

Lord Ganesha is known as Vighnaharta. So, when you worship Lord Ganesha with complete faith, he guides you towards the right path. He gives you the courage to conquer your fears and overcome all obstacles in your life.

So, here comes another recipe which is one of his favorite offering : Puran Poli. It is an Indian sweet flatbread. It is often consumed in the regions of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil. It is made with Whole wheat flour, Jaggery, and Pigeon peas ( pulse). Since, I made it it for the very first time there were some lessons learnt which I will duly describe in this blog.

Preparation Time : 30 minutes, Cooking Time : 45 minutes, Calories : 291/serving.

Ingredients:

  1. Whole Wheat Flour – 2 cups
  2. All Purpose Flour – 1/2 cup
  3. Jaggery powder – 1 cup
  4. Chana Dal – 1 cup
  5. Ghee – 2 tablespoons
  6. Cardamom Powder – 1 teaspoon
  7. Nutmeg Powder – 1 teaspoon
  8. Salt – As per taste
  9. Turmeric Powder – 1/2 teaspoon
  10. Coriander Powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Directions :

For the dough:

  1. In a mixing bowl, add the whole wheat flour and all purpose flour.
  2. Add in little warm water and ghee and start kneading the dough. Ensure that the dough is not sticky and soft enough to roll it into flatbreads.
  3. Once the dough the ready, cover and keep it aside.

For the Filling :

  1. In a pressure cooker, add 1 cup chana dal with 1 cup water,little salt and little turmeric powder.
  2. Wait for 3 whistles ( on a medium-high flame) and allow the pressure to release.

** Below step is very important:

3. Once the dal is cooked, open the lid of the pressure cooker and drain away all the water from the dal. Make sure it is thick enough and not runny. If you leave the water in the dal, the consistency of the filling will be damp and you would not be able to get the correct hold.

4. In a pan, add ghee and allow it to heat. Once the ghee gets heated up, add in the cardamom and the nutmeg powder.

5. Throw in the cooked Chana Dal and little salt and coriander powder. Mix it well so that the spices gets cooked.

6. Add the powdered Jaggery and mix it well with the dal. Stir and let this puran mixture cook on a low flame till the mixture becomes dry.

7. Once the puran stuffing become dry and thick, switch off the flame and allow it to cool down.

For the Puran Poli :

  1. Make medium sized balls from the dough and roll it into 2 inches circumference.
  2. Place a mixture of the filling in the centre of this dough.
  3. Bring all the edges together and seal it properly.
  4. Now, start rolling this using a rolling pin into a large sized circle. If you notice, that the dough is tearing off while rolling, thats completely alright ..hahah..
  5. Heat the griddle on a flame. Once heated, transfer the flatbread to it.
  6. Add little ghee and roast it properly from both the sides until the Puran Poli gets properly cooked.
  7. Make all Puran Polis this way and stack them in a casserole or in a kitchen napkin.

Puran Poli is ready to be eaten now 🙂

Please do try this recipe at home and let me know how it turns out to be. I am sure you are definitely going to like it 🙂

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Food Recipe

Chinese Special – Hakka Noodles, Fried Rice & Manchurian

Hello Everyone,

How are you all doing ? Did you all get a chance to try the Chocolava cake? Please do try if you haven’t done so. So, this content I am posting today is Chinese special 🙂 and let me tell you my friends, I have a very soft corner for Chinese. I just love the hakka and schezwan flavor, especially the soupy ramen as well as the dry noodles. Noodle combo with egg and chicken adds to the delight.

Indian Chinese cuisine or Indo-Chinese cuisine or Sino-Indian cuisine , is a distinct cuisine formed through the adaptation of Chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian tastes through a larger offering which also include vegetarian dishes and was developed by the ethic Chinese community of Kolkata over the course of a century. Today, Chinese food is an integral part of the Indian and Bangladeshi culinary scenes.It has for decades been enjoyed by overseas Indian communities in North America and Great Britain and in the 2010s became a mainstream cuisine in the latter.

Chinese food has also lot of health benefits. Their traditional plant-based diet has been shown to be one of the main factors in decreased rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity among rural tribes. Use of garlic makes it even more healthier ( immunity booster) and tastier.

So, without much ado, lets get started !!!!

Preparation Time : 20 minutes, Cooking Time : 90 minutes, Calories : 390/serving

Ingredients :

For the noodles :

  1. Oil – 3 tablespoon
  2. Garlic Pods – 5 to 6 finely chopped
  3. Onions – 3 thinly sliced
  4. Cabbage – 50 gms thinly sliced
  5. Carrots – 40 gms thinly sliced
  6. Bell Peppers – 2 thinly sliced
  7. Salt – As per taste
  8. Black Pepper Powder – 1 and half tablespoons
  9. Ketchup – As per taste
  10. Hot Sauce – As per taste and liking
  11. Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  12. Soya Sauce – 1 tablespoon

For the Manchurian and its Sauce :

  1. Oil – 3 tablespoons
  2. Cabbage – 100 gms finely chopped using a chopper.
  3. Carrots – 50 gms finely chopped using a chopper
  4. Green chillies – 4
  5. All Purpose Flour – 3 tablespoons
  6. Corn Flour – 2 tablespoons
  7. Garlic Pods – 4 finely chopped
  8. Onions – 2 finely chopped
  9. Bell Peppers – 1 finely chopped
  10. Salt – As per taste
  11. Black Pepper Powder – 1 and half tablespoons
  12. Ketchup – As per taste
  13. Hot Sauce – As per taste and liking
  14. Vinegar – 1 tablespoon
  15. Soya Sauce – 1 tablespoon
  16. Water – 2 cups

For the Fried Rice:

  1. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  2. Garlic Pods – 2 finely chopped
  3. Onions – 2 finely chopped
  4. Carrots – 1 finely chopped
  5. Salt – As per taste
  6. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  7. Coriander Powder – 1 and half tablespoon
  8. Coriander leaves – Finely chopped for garnishing

Directions:

Noodle Preparation :

  1. In a pan, add water, little salt and oil and bring it to boil . Add the noodles to the boiled water and cover and cook for 10-12 minutes until they get cooked.
  2. Drain out the water completely. Wash the noodles in running cold water thoroughly, drain it again and keep it aside.
  3. In another cooking pan, add oil and allow it to heat.
  4. Add chopped garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the onions, carrots and bell peppers and fry it on a medium-high heat for 5 minutes
  6. Add the salt and black pepper powder and fry it for another 2 mins.
  7. Here you can add any veggies of your choice – like mushrooms,green peas, or even eggs or chicken.
  8. Do make sure that the veggies do not get overcooked. It should have little crunch and crispiness.
  9. Now, start adding the sauces, Ketchup, hot sauce ( or any sauce of your choice) and soya sauce.
  10. Add little vinegar and saute it well.
  11. Now, add the noodles to mix it well with the veggies and sauces.
  12. At this point, we can add more sauces and alter the spiciness level as per your choice.
  13. Noodles are now ready to be eaten.

Manchurian Preparation along with Gravy :

  1. In a food chopper/processor, add the cabbage, carrots, green chillies and garlic. Chop it off nicely.
  2. Now, in the minced vegetables, add 2 tablepoons all purpose flour and corn flour. Also, add salt and black pepper powder.
  3. Mix it very well and start making Manchurian balls. If you feel, that the hold is missing from the Manchurian balls, add little more all purpose flour.
  4. Parallely, pre heat the air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 6 mins.
  5. Once the balls are rolled, transfer it to the air fryer, add little oil on top of it.
  6. Air fry the manchurian balls for 20 -25 mins at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. They would turn dark brown. Keep the balls aside.
  7. In another pan, add oil and add chopped garlic.
  8. Add finely chopped onions and bell peppers. Throw in the salt and black pepper powder.
  9. Cook the veggies until they turn golden brown. Now, add little vinegar and mix it well.
  10. Add 1 tablespoon Soya sauce. Also, add ketchup and hot sauce as per your liking. Since, we are making a red sauce the quantity of red sauces should be little more 🙂
  11. Take 1 tablespoon all purpose flour and mix it with little water to make thin paste.
  12. Now, transfer the paste to the gravy to make it thick. Cook for another 10-15 minutes, to remove the rawness flavor of the flour .
  13. Now, add 2 cups of water and bring it to boil.
  14. Once the gravy gets thicker, add the cooked manchurian balls to it and mix it well.
  15. Turn off the heat and enjoy the manchurian 🙂

Fried Rice Preparation : – This was done in an Indian style rather than a chinese style.

  1. In a pan, add little oil and allow it to heat.
  2. Once the oil gets heated, add garlic and cook for 2 mins.
  3. Add the carrots and onions and cook for 5 minutes until they get little crispy.
  4. Add salt, Red Chilli powder and coriander powder and mix it well.
  5. Now, add the cooked rice and stir it very well. It would be good if we use the cooked rice which was done in the morning ( little cold or at room temperature).
  6. Turn off the heat and garnish it with coriander leaves.
  7. Fried rice is ready to be eaten.

Please do try this recipe at home and let me know how it turns out to be. I am sure you will love it :). Also, please do like, comment and follow me on WordPress and Instagram @aanchal6867.

Food Recipe

Chef Inspired Udupi Style Sambar

Hello Everyone,

Let me start the blog by asking the whereabouts about this weather. I Know the weather has turned extremely sunny and clement and sometimes all you need is a long drive to a beach, lake or a mountain. Unfortunately, we really cannot go out because of the pandemic situation but together we can help to crib this with a positive longing and expectation for the next summers.

Now, coming back to the content, this week I will be posting a recipe which I did completely learn from one of the greatest Chef of India – Chef Ranveer Brar. Professionally, he’s had very successful stints with the Taj group, the Radisson in Noida, The Claridges, and has also launched restaurants in Boston, Delhi, Goa and Mumbai.  All the Indians reading my blog already know what I am talking about 🙂

So, this recipe is inspired by his YouTube channel where he actually taught on how to make an Authentic style Udupi Sambar. The best part of this recipe is even the Sambar masala paste is also made from scratch. You don’t have to really rely upon the powders bought from the store. This dish doesn’t have any Onions/Garlic to it and after eating it, you will realize that you actually don’t need them to add the flavor.

Sambar, also spelled sambaar, is a lentil-based vegetable stew or chowder, cooked with dal/pulses, vegetables and tamarind broth. It is popular in South Indian and Sri Lankan cuisines. It is very high in protein, full of fibres, easy to digest and an antioxidant punch.

So, without much ado, lets start the recipe !!

Preparation Time : 15 minutes, Cooking Time : 60 minutes, Calories : 139/serving.

Ingredients :

  1. Toor Daal – 1 cup
  2. Oil – 3 tablespoons.
  3. Okra – 300 gms
  4. Baby Eggplant – 6 to 7
  5. Pumpkin – 100 gms
  6. Tomatoes – 1 large
  7. Salt – As per the need
  8. Turmeric – 1 tablespoon
  9. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  10. Coriander Powder – 1 tablespoon
  11. Coriander seeds – 3 tablespoons
  12. Cumin seeds – 1 tablespoons
  13. Fenugreek seeds – 1/2 tablespoons
  14. Urad Daal/Vigna Mungp – 2 tablepoons
  15. Chana Daal/SplitChickpeas – 1 tablespoon
  16. Dried Red Chillies – 6 to 7
  17. Asafoetida – 1/2 tablespoon
  18. Grated Fresh coconut – 1/4 cup
  19. Tamarind Pulp – 1/4 cup
  20. Mustard seeds – 1 tablespoon
  21. Curry Leaves – 2 sprig

Directions :

Step 1 : Cooking the Daal.

  1. In a pressure cooker, add 1 cup Toor Daal with 2 cups water.
  2. Now, add 1 tomato to it. Also, add salt and 1/2 tablespoon turmeric.
  3. Bring it to boil until 3-4 whistles on a high flame.

Step 2 : Cooking the vegetables.

  1. In a pan, add little oil and allow it to heat for sometime.
  2. Now, add the chopped okras, eggplants and pumpkin.
  3. Now, add little salt,turmeric powder, Red Chili Powder and Coriander powder to it.
  4. Cover the lid of the pan and cook the vegetables until they are 70 – 80% done. We dont have to completely soften them as it has to be cooked again with the daal and there should be little crunch with every bite.
  5. Keep an eye on the pan, the vegetables shouldn’t stick to the bottom. If you notice that happening, add little water and continue with the cooking.

Step 3 : Making Sambar Masala

  1. In a pan, add little oil and allow it to heat for sometime.
  2. Now, this proportion is really important – Add 3 tablespoons Coriander seeds, 1 tablespoon cumin seeds, 1/2 tablespoon Fenugreek seeds, 4-5 Dried Red Chillies, 2 tablespoons Urad Daal and 1 tablespoon Chana Daal.
  3. Roast it nicely for 5 minutes to give it a nutty texture and flavour.
  4. Once roasted, add the grated coconut and give it a nice mix.
  5. Turn of the flame and add little water to this.
  6. Now, transfer this mixture to the mixer grinder/blender and grind it properly until it becomes a thick paste. If you need to add little more water while making the paste, go ahead and add it.
  7. Sambar Masala powder is now ready.

Step 4 : Cooking the Sambar

  1. By this time, you will notice that the vegetables ( mentioned in step 2) has been cooked .
  2. Transfer the cooked Daal ( mentioned in step 1) to the vegetables and add 1 cup of water to this pan.
  3. Now, add the tamarind pulp to this. Close the lid of the pan and bring it to boil.
  4. Now, after 10 minutes, add the Sambar Masala paste to this, little more water and cook it 10-12 minutes.
  5. The consistency of the Sambar should not be too thick or too runny. It should be just soupy enough.

Step 5: Making the tadka

  1. In another pan, add little ghee and allow it to heat for sometime.
  2. Add little Asafoetida, curry leaves, mustard seeds and 2-3 dried red chillies.
  3. Cook them until they start to splutter.
  4. Add this tadka to the Sambar cooked in step-4. Turn off all the flames.
  5. The Dish is now ready to be served.

Enjoy this heavenly Sambar with white boiled rice or Jeera Rice. Trust me my friends, you are going to love it just like I did.

Please do try this at home and let me know how it turns out to be. Also, please like, comment and follow me on WordPress and Instagram @aanchal6867.

Food Recipe

Domino’s Style Garlic Bread

Hello Friends,

Let me start by asking one question from you all ..Are you as well waiting for this year to get over ? Let me tell you my friends, I am desperately waiting for this year to pass by. It seems that 2020 is just testing the patience of the world but I know we are all strong enough to cope up with this.

So, I made myself happy this weekend by bringing out the best of me. Yes, the inbuilt Art which God has given to all of us – Cooking. I think cooking is a pure form of art which heals the inner self. So, as the title already suggests, I made the Domino’s style Garlic Bread. Also, I would like to specifically call out that this recipe originated and exclusively found only in Domino’s center of India. Oh, those garlicky breads are not the ordinary ones. They are filled with the correct proportion of butter,garlic,coriander, chilli flakes and mixed herbs. Those are served with chessy garlic dip/mayo sauce and can also be eaten with tomato ketchup. I personally believe that it doesn’t need any side dipping sauce as the bread itself is so flavorsome on its own.

As we all know that garlic is one of the most important ingredient used as an immunity booster. Apart from that, it has number of other health benefits like increasing the blood sugar level, digestion, weight control, cancer, heart protection and what not..It is a must to include garlic in our daily dietary routine.

So, without much ado, lets start!!

Preparation Time : 2 hrs; Cooking Time : 25-30 minutes, Calories : 348

Ingredients :

For the dough :

  1. Warm Milk – 80 ml
  2. Yeast – 1 tablespoon
  3. Sugar – 1 tablespoon
  4. Butter – 1 tablespoon ( At room temperature)
  5. Garlic – 3 pods finely chopped
  6. Oregano – 1 tablespoon
  7. Salt – 1 tablespoon
  8. Oil – 2 tablespoons

For the Bread :

  1. Salted Butter – 60 ml
  2. Garlic – 3 pods finely chopped
  3. Coriander leaves – finely chopped
  4. Oregano – 1 and 1/2 tablespoon
  5. Chili Flakes – 1 and 1/2 tablespoon
  6. Paremesan/Mozzarella – 1 cup
  7. Mixed herbs – 1 tablespoon

Directions :

Dough Making :

  1. In a small bowl, add the 60 ml warm milk along with yeast and sugar and let the yeast activate. Once the yeast gets activated the milk gets frothy and bubbly. It takes about 5-7 minutes for this process.
  2. Add this yeast mixture in a mixing bowl. To this add the 3 chopped garlic pods, butter, salt and oregano.
  3. Now, throw in the all purpose flour and start preparing the soft dough. If the dough is too crumbly, add in little warm milk to make a soft portion. Make sure it is not too dry.
  4. Now, with little oil in the hand, rub it over the dough. Tuck it in and cover it with a damp cloth or a cellophane paper.
  5. Cover and leave it on a rest position for approx 2 hrs. This is to make sure that dough doubles in size and rises to form a very soft texture.

Tip : After 1 hr, if you feel that the dough is not rising, then heat the oven for about 5 mins at 180 degree Celsius and turn it off. Turn it off after heating it. In that oven transfer in the dough and make sure it is covered. Ensure that the oven is switched off. With the heat of the oven, the dough will rise and double in its size in 30 minutes. I used the same tip . Trust me, it really works.

Bread Making :

  1. Once the dough rises, flatten it up properly using your hand or a rolling pin. Make sure to apply some dry flour so that it doesn’t stick to the surface.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix in the butter, 3 garlic pods and coriander leaves.
  3. Now, generously spread this mixture to the dough. Sprinkle the cheese to the half side of the dough. Also, sprinkle chilli flakes and oregano.
  4. Now, lift one end side of the dough and flip it over to cover the other side.
  5. Lock in the ends of this dough. Spread the butter,garlic and coriander mixture again to the top of the dough. Sprinkle little oregano, chiili flakes and mixed herbs on top.
  6. Transfer it to the greased baking tray.
  7. Bake it in a pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes at 180 or 190 degree Celsius.
  8. Garlic bread is now ready to be eaten.

I would strongly urge everyone to do try this at home and let us know how it turns out. It tasted so flavorful. The entire bread got over in 10 minutes. Everyone loved it ..haha..

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Food Recipe

Soyabean Chilli

Hello Everyone,

So, did you try the mutton curry at home. Please do try if you havent done till now. Nevertheless, Indian cooking is something makes your life colorful , there are more than 500 spices and divergent cuisines and each dish has its own peculiar style.

So, as the title already suggests, today I am going to share an Indo-chinese cuisine – Soyabean Chilli. Indo chinese is a distinct cuisine formed through the adaptation of chinese seasoning and cooking techniques to Indian taste that also includes Indian spices. It has been become really prominent for over a century now. The most famous types known are – Hakka and Schezwan style.

So, this cuisine can be used with any vegetable/meat of your choice – like Cauliflower, Cottage Cheese/Chicken/Mushroom and my favorite Soyabean. Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat. They are a rich source of various vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds, such as isoflavones. It is widely used as a vegan alternative as it is 100% plant based product.

So, without much ado, lets start the receipe!!

Preparation Time : 5 mins, Cooking Time : 25 minutes, Calories : 187/serving

Ingredients :

  1. Soyabean Chunks – 300 gms soaked in water.
  2. Oil – 3-4 tablespoons
  3. Garlic – 3-4 pods finely chopped
  4. Green Chillies – 3 to 4
  5. Onions – 2 large diced
  6. Tomatoes -2 large diced
  7. Capsicum – 2 large diced
  8. Salt – As per taste
  9. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  10. Kashmiri Mirch Powder – 1 tablespoon
  11. All Purpose Flour – 1 tablespoon
  12. Curd – 1 tablespoon
  13. Coriander Powder -2 tablespoons
  14. Soyasauce – 1 tablespoon
  15. Ketchup – As needed
  16. Coriander leaves – to garnish

Directions :

  1. Soak Soyabean chunks for about 1 hr in warm water so that they get soft and tender.
  2. Once the Soyabean gets softer, squeeze out all the water from it and transfer the squeezed chunks in a mixing ball.
  3. Add Salt, Red chilli powder, All purpose flour and yogurt and mix it properly with the chunks. Basically, it needs to get marinated with the spices.
  4. In another pan, heat 2- 3 tablespoons of oil and allow it to heat.
  5. Once the oil is heated up, throw in the marinated Soyabean chunks and fry it evenly. It takes about 10-12 minutes to turn the same into golden brown.
  6. Keep the fried Soyabean aside.
  7. In another pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Once heated add the chopped Green Chiilies and garlic and fry it for a minute.
  8. Now, add the diced Onions, Tomatoes and Capsicum and fry it for another minute. Add Salt, Kashmiri Mirch Powder and Coriander Powder at this point.
  9. Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes. The veggies should get soften.
  10. Add the Soyasauce and mix it properly.
  11. Now, add the tomato ketchup and mix it evenly with the vegetables.
  12. Now, you can add the fried soyabean to this and amalgamate it together.
  13. Garnish it with Coriander leaves and turn off the flame.

Soyabean Chilli is now ready to be eaten.

Tip :

  1. Make sure that you dice the vegetables and not finely chop it.
  2. Make sure your flame is slightly on the higher side while cooking the vegetables. Chinese cuisine requires high flame to retain the crunchiness and to give a nice smoky flavour to the dish.

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Food Recipe

How to make quick and easy bread pizza

Hello Everyone,

Times are passing by with a positive hope in the heart that things will change very soon, it will turn back to normal and everyone will be able to soak in the sunrise and the happiness all over.

So, what are you all upto these days? Are you trying out some new hobbies, or doing something to keep yourself occupied. Please do let me know in the comments section below, and share your thoughts around 🙂 Frankly speaking I am keeping myself occupied by either studying for some certifications/ reading books/playing mobile games and yes my favorite part – Cooking. I just love cooking, it heals up my inner spirit and keep me contented. These days I have also started taking lot of personal interest in baking and luckily that is turning out good as well 🙂

So, this week i wanted to have something mouthwatering and delectable and what better option than a pizza. humm, so you dont know always want to spend your penny in ordering a pizza so, here I am sharing a very quick and easy recipe of a homemade bread pizza which can shower the similar feeling as having a pizza. You can easily make it using the resources at home and top it up with the veggies of your choice. All you need is Bread, veggies, semolina and cheese.

I preferably use brown bread in this recipe. Wholemean bread is a good source of fibre – a diet higher in fibre reduces the risk of bowel cancer, helps digestion, and may help people feel fuller, avoiding weight gain.

So, without much ado, lets dig in !!

Preparation Time : 10 minutes, Cooking Time : 12 minutes, Calories : 140/slice.

Ingredients :

  1. Butter/oil
  2. Brown Bread – You can decide the slices based on the serving.
  3. Semolina – 120 gms or 1 small cup.
  4. Yogurt – 1 cup
  5. Onions – 2 Finely chopped
  6. Tomatoes – 2 finely chopped
  7. Bell Peppers – 3 small finely chopped
  8. Green chillies – 1 finely chopped
  9. Salt – As per taste
  10. Coriander Powder – 1/2 tablespoon
  11. Red Chilli Flakes – 1/2 tablespoon
  12. Oregano – 1/2 tablespoon
  13. Shredded Mozarella Cheese – 1 cup

Directions :

  1. In a Mixing Bowl, add the chopped onions, tomatoes, green chillies and bell pepper.
  2. Add in the semolina and the yougurt in the same mixing bowl and mix it well.
  3. Throw in the salt, coriander powder, red chilli flakes and oregano and mix the batter thoroughly.
  4. In a non stick pan, drizzle the butter and put the breast to toast on a medium flame.
  5. On the other side of the bread ( facing your side ), spread in the veggie, yogurt and semolina mixture. Make sure it is evenly spread. Parallely, making sure that the other side of the bread is getting toasted.
  6. Now, flip the bread and cook it for another 5-6 minutes, until the semolina is cooked and veggies gets crunchy.
  7. Flip it back again and top it up with shredded cheese.

Bread pizza is now ready to be eaten 🙂

The recipe turned out extremely flavorful and divine. You can enjoy it with more oregano or ketchup or any sauces of your choice. You can also add other veggies like jalapeno/olives/artichokes etc..

Please do try this at home and let me know how it turns out. Please also like my blog and let me know in the comments section below if you have any suggestions.

Food Recipe

15 mins Recipe – Lauki Chana Daal/Lentil Bottle Guard.

Hi Everyone,

Let me ask you this question again, how is your quarantine period going ? I would request everyone to stay inside and keep yourself safe and sanitized. Avoid going to any crowded places and keep your family secured. I just wish and pray that we should come out of this situation soon and hope our world revives back to the normal situation again.

Do let me know in the comments section below, of what unique recipes you are currently preparing at home or if you want me to try this something new. This weekend, I am going to try a dessert , so stay tuned 🙂

I always like to eat a good chicken curry on Friday, but today I thought I should utilize the vegetables first from the fridge, as it is stuffed and needs to be replenished. So, here comes the quick 15 mins recipe of one of the healthiest vegetable – Bottle Guard mixed with Split yellow peas ( Lauki with Chana Daal )

Bottle Guard is a super beneficial and healthy vegetables. It keeps the tummy cool, helps in weight loss and flushes out the dirt from your body. Excellent food to to be consumed during your weight loss journey.

Ingredients :

  1. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  2. Cumin seeds – pinch of it
  3. Mustard seeds – pinch of it
  4. Onions – 2 finely chopped
  5. Tomatoes – 1 finely chopped
  6. Garlic – 2 -3 pods finely chopped
  7. Potatoes – 1 diced
  8. Bottle Guard – 1 diced
  9. Yellow split lentil/Bengal Gram – 1 cup soaked in water.
  10. Salt – As per taste
  11. Turmeric Powder – 1 tablespoon
  12. Coriander Powder – 2 tablespoons
  13. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  14. Garam Masala Powder – 1 tablespoon
  15. Coriander leaves – to garnish

Directions :

  1. In a pressure cooker, add oil and allow it to heat.
  2. Once the oil gets heated up, add cumin and mustard seeds and allow it to splutter.
  3. Add chopped garlic and onions and fry for 2 mins.
  4. Once the garlic and onions turns golden brown, add in the tomatoes and fry for another minute.
  5. Add salt and turmeric powder to this mixture and cook for 2 mins.
  6. Now, add in the potatoes. Add rest of the spices like coriander Powder, Red Chilli Powder and Garam Masala Powder. Mix it well and cover the lid .
  7. You will see the oil getting released from the sides of the mixture.
  8. Add in the bottle guard and Yellow split lentil and cook for 2 mins.
  9. Add water to the cooker until the vegetables are covered.
  10. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and allow it to cook on a high flame for 4-5 whistles.
  11. Turn off the heat and allow the pressure to get released.
  12. Open the cooker and garnish it with coriander leaves.

Curry is now ready to be eaten 🙂 I like my curry very lightly spiced, so you can alter the spices accordingly and as per your taste.

You can enjoy this curry with Poori or with white rice. Both goes well with this dish.

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Food Recipe

Onion and Potato Fritters

HI Everyone,

Hope everyone is staying safe at home and trying to make the best use of this quarantine period. I am as well working from home from past 2 weeks, and trying to divide and utilize my time as much as possible. I am also trying to make sure that I post two recipes a week. Not very sure, how much justice I would be able to do with that, but trust me my friends, I would shortly come up with many new and unique recipes.

Now, As the heading already suggests, today I would be sharing a very quick recipe made by my friends last weekend- Onion and potato Fritters. Keeping aside the fancy name, it is very commonly known as Pakoda in India and it is highly loved by people of all age groups. It is also famous in the southern part of India where it is known as – Bonda.

The dish mainly consists of gram flour mixed with all the dry spices and it can have any vegetable /meat/cheese/paneer inside. Gram flour has fewer calories than wheat flour and is more filling as compared to wheat flour. It is packed with fiber and has more protein content as compared to wheat/all purpose flour.

Preparation Time : 15 minutes, Cooking Time : 20 minutes, Calories : 65-70 calories/piece.

Ingredients :

  1. Gram Flour – 1 cup
  2. Yogurt – 2 tablespoons.
  3. Onions – long chopped 2 large
  4. Potatoes – Round cut 2 large.
  5. Salt – As per taste
  6. Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon
  7. Green chillies – 2 finely chopped
  8. Coriander leaves – finely chopped
  9. Coriander Powder – 1 tablespoon
  10. Garam Masala Powder – 1 tablespoon
  11. Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tablepoon
  12. Oil – to fry

Directions:

Deep Fry Method :- Method 1

  1. Chop Onions and potatoes and keep it aside.
  2. In a Mixing bowl, add the gram flour and yogurt and mix it well. It should have a pan cake batter like consistency. You can add water if the mixture is too thick in nature.
  3. Throw in the vegetables in this mixture along with green chillies and coriander leaves.
  4. Add in the salt and all the dry spices – turmeric, coriander powder, garam masala powder and dry mango powder.
  5. Mix it all well and keep it aside.
  6. In a frying pan, add oil and wait for the oil to get heated up.
  7. Now, take small pieces of the gram flour and keep dipping it in oil.
  8. Deep fry all of them once both the sides gets golden brown.
  9. Fritters are now ready to be eaten.

Air Fry Method :- Method 2

  1. Repeat steps 1 -5 as above.
  2. Pre heat the aifryer at 350 degress for 3 minutes.
  3. Once pre heated, brush the airfryer with little oil.
  4. Place the small balls of the batter, into the fryer.
  5. Cook for 10-12 minutes at 350 degress.
  6. Fritters are now ready to be eaten.

Thies goes really well with tomato Ketchup / Green / Red Chutney. As I have already mentioned above, any vegetable or panner/cheese can be used of your choice.

I literally loved this recipe and would suggest everyone to do try this at home as an evening snack or during lunch 🙂

Food Recipe

Holi Special – Mumbai Pav Bhaji

Hello My friends,

First of all let me all wish you a belated happy holi. Hope you had lots of fun this week and you celebrated this day with immense frolic. I also had a great holi with my friends here and we did celebrate a dry and a simple colour festival. I was initially planning to post out a dessert recipe for Holi but since I did not make any sweetdish ( due to the busy weekday schedule), I would share the most loved recipe of western part of India – Pav Bhaji. I did make this and it turned out super flavorful.

Pav bhaji has many variations in ingredients and garnishes, but is essentially a spiced mixture of mashed vegetables in a thick gravy, usually cooked on a flat griddle and served hot with a soft white bread roll a.k.a Pav. The dish originated in the 1850s as a fast lunchtime dish for textile mill workers in Mumbai. Pav bhaji was later served at restaurants throughout the city. Pav bhaji is now offered at outlets from simple hand carts to formal restaurants in India and abroad.

Green peas in pav bhaji is very good for those who want to lose some weight. It is a good source of protein and fiber that can prevent constipation. Besides, cauliflower that is low in carbohydrate is also good for losing weight. Other ingredients in pav bhaji are also low in calories. You can make a better and healthier version of bhaji by replacing the potatoes with bottle guard and adding generous amount of chopped beetrot which gives a brilliant red color to the dish and makes it taste even better.

Without much ado, let me start sharing the recipe –

Preparation Time : 20 minutes, Cooking Time : 25-30 minutes, Calories- 232 calories/plate.

Ingredients :

  1. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  2. Cumin seeds – 1 small teaspoon
  3. Onions – 2 large finely chopped
  4. Garlic – 3 to 4 pods
  5. Tomatoes – 2 large finely chopped
  6. Bell Peppers – 2 finely chopped.
  7. Carrots – 3 chopped
  8. Cauliflower – 1 large diced
  9. Potatoes – 4 to 5 large
  10. Green beans – 100-150 gms chopped
  11. Green Peas – 1 cup
  12. Salt – As per taste
  13. Turmeric Powder – 1 tablespoon
  14. Red Chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  15. Coriander Powder – 2 tablespoons
  16. Garam Masala Powder -1 tablespoon
  17. Pav Bhaji Masala – 2 large tablespoons
  18. Coriander leaves – To Garnish
  19. Lemon wedges – To Garnish
  20. Butter

Directions :

  1. In a pressure cooker, add the potatoes with water. Add little salt and bring it to boil for 4 -5 whistles on a medium flame
  2. In another pressure cooker, parallely add all the veggies – Green beans, green peas, carrots, cauliflower. You can also add beetroots and/or bottle guard and boil it with water and salt for 4 -5 whistles on a high flame.
  3. In a cooking pan, add oil and allow it to heat for sometime. Once heated, add in the cumin seeds and allow it to splutter.
  4. Now, add in the onions and garlic and fry for 4 to 5 minutes until it is golden brown.
  5. Now, add in the tomatoes and bell peppers and fry for another 10 minutes.
  6. Add in the salt and turmeric to this mixture. Close the lid of the pan and cook until the mixture gets soft and mushy.
  7. Parallely, peel of the skin of the boiled potatoes, mash it with a potato masher and keep it aside.
  8. Also, throw out all the water from the green boiled veggies and add the veggies to the onions and tomatoes mixture.
  9. Add other spices like Red Chilli Powder, Coriander Powder and Garam Masala powder. Close the lid and cook for 8-10 minutes.
  10. Make sure the green boiled veggies are evenly mixed with the onions,tomatoes and spices. You can also use the potato masher to mash the veggies in the same pan. The more mashed the veggies are, the more flavorful it is.
  11. Now, is the time to add the mashed potatoes and mix it well along with other veggies. Add salt at this time if needed.
  12. Add in the Pav bhaji masala now and mix it along. Add little water to the bhaji and cook for 10 minutes.
  13. After 10 minutes, add butter on the top. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon juice.
  14. Bhaji is now ready to be served.

Toast the pav ( Wheat Breads) in butter and enjoy it thoroughly with bhaji !!!!

Please do try this recipe at home and do let me know in the comments section below on how did you like it. I am sure you will love the taste as I did 🙂

Food Recipe

Rawa Upma/Sooji Upma

Hello Friends,

As promised, I am back on my blog again this week to share a quick breakfast recipe – Rawa Upma or Sooji Upma. I would start with a positive hope that each one of you is keeping yourself safe from the known and current outbreak – “Coronavirus”. I would suggest you to please stay safe and keep yourself fully sanitized. Try avoid eating any raw or undercooked food and eat only well cooked food.

Talking about food, let me now start with a very interesting and one of the most famed breakfast/snack dish of India – Rawa Upma made of semolina. It’s high in B vitamins like thiamine and folate, which have many important roles in your body, including helping convert food into energy . Additionally, semolina is a good source of iron and magnesium. These minerals support red blood cell production, heart health, and blood sugar control. Various seasonings and/or vegetables are often added during the cooking, depending on individual preferences while making upma.

So, lets dig in !!!

Preparation Time : 10 minutes, Cooking Time : 15 minutes, Calories : 190/serving

Ingredients :

  1. Sooji/Rawa/Semolina – 1 cup roasted
  2. Oil – 2 tablespoons
  3. Cumin seeds – pinch of it
  4. Mustard seeds – pinch of it
  5. Green chillies – 4 to 5 slit into pieces
  6. Onions – 1 large chopped
  7. Bell Peppers – 1 large chopped
  8. Carrots – 1 large sliced
  9. Green peas – 1/2 cup
  10. Peanuts – handful
  11. Tomatoes – 1 large chopped
  12. Salt – As per taste
  13. Coriander Powder – 1 and 1/2 tablespoons
  14. Red chilli Powder – 1 tablespoon
  15. Garam Masala Powder – 1/4 tablespoon
  16. Lemon – 1/2 slice
  17. Coriander leaves – to Garnish

Directions :

  1. In a cooking pan, add oil and allow it to heat for some time.
  2. While the oil is getting heated, dry roast the sooji in another pan for about 10 minutes. **You sometimes get the roasted sooji from the mart so there is no need to roast it again**.
  3. Once the oil gets heated up, add in the cumin and mustard seeds and cook it until it starts to splutter.
  4. Add the peanuts and cook it for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the green chillies and Onions and cook it for 5-6 minutes, until the onions turn little brown.
  6. Now, add in the remaining veggies – bell peppers, carrots, green peas. You can add any vegetable of your choice.
  7. Now, add little salt and cover the lid of the pan to cook the veggies.
  8. Open the lid after 8-10 minutes, and you will notice that the veggies have softened. Do not overcook the vegetables.
  9. Add in the tomatoes and cook for another 2-4 minutes. This gives a very tangy taste to the upma and makes it even more flavorful.
  10. Now add in the coriander powder, Red chilli Powder and Garam masala powder and cook for 2-3 minutes until the spices are evenly mixed with the veggies.
  11. After some time, add in 1 cup of water to the pan and bring it to boil.
  12. As soon as the water starts boling, add in the roasted Sooji in parts and keep stirring the mixture. You will notice that the Sooji gets properly binded with the vegatables.
  13. Once it has a pudding-like consitency, turn of the heat.
  14. Garnish it with coriander leaves and lemon.

Upma is now ready to be eaten. I would request everyone to try this recipe at home and do let me know in the comments section below if you like it .