Sunday, July 13, 2014

QUINOA Bisibelebhaat

Have been making lotsa dishes with superfood "quinoa" --Quinoa is a seed high on protein and gluten free!
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinoa
Tried making bisibelebhaat with quinoa and it tastes yumm:)

INGREDIENTS:
  • Quinoa - 3/4 cup
  • Toor dal - 3 tbsp
  • Water -2 cups
  • Bisibelebhaat powder - 2 to 3 tsp
  • Veggies of your choice - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1 
  • Salt to taste
  • Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Asafoetida - a pinch

HOW TO MAKE :
  • Cook quinoa and dal mixture together in a pressure cooker or rice cooker by using 1:2 water. Keep it ready.
  • Now take a thick bottomed pan and add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds, jeera, hing .
  • Now add in the cut onions and fry for a minute.Now add in the remaining veggies and add 1 cup of water.
  • Let it boil well until the veggies turn soft. 
  • Add salt to taste and bisibelebhaat powder and cook again for few minutes.
  • Add in the tamarind paste too.
  • Now atlast add the cooked quinoa and dal mix to it and mix well.Adjust the water if its too thick.
  • Simmer it for few minutes and serve while hot with raita!:)

Friday, July 11, 2014

METHI SPROUTS POHA

Healthy methi or fenugreek seeds poha for breakfast!

INGREDIENTS:
  • Poha - 2  cup
  • Methi sprouts (methi seeds sprouted at home) - 1 cup
  • Onions - 2 chopped
  • Chillies - 4 or 5
  • Ginger - 1 tsp minced
  • Curry leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Jeera - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal - 1 tsp
  • Bengal gram - 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida - a pinch
  • Salt to taste

HOW TO MAKE:
  • Soak and drain the water from the poha.
  • Heat a kadai and add oil to it.
  • Once oil is heated, add in the mustard seeds, jeera, urad dal, Bengal gram, hing and ginger.
  • Fry for a minute. 
  • Add in chillies and onion and fry for a minute.
  • Add 1/2  tsp turmeric powder and m8x well.
  • Now add in the methi sprouts and fry well until they soften for about  5 mins.
  • Add in the salt and mix well.
  • Add in the drained poha and mix well.
  • Switch off the heat and add in 1 tsp of lime juice and give it a nice stir .
  • Serve while hot!

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GRILLED IDLI SANDWICH

Left over idli batter at home? Try tgus for some variety:)
INGREDIENTS:
  • Idli batter
  • Onion chopped
  • Tomatoes chopped
  • Oil for greasing sandwich maker

HOW TO MAKE:
  • Grease the sandwich maker with little oil.
  • Switch on the sandwich maker and let it heat a bit.
  • Pour the idli batter to the sandwich grill.top it with onions and tomatoes. 
  • Let it heat for 2 to 3 minutes. 
  • Then close the grill sandwich maker (after making sure top of batter is dry)and let it cook for about 4 mins..checking occassionally..
  • Now serve the grill sandwich with chutney or just like that.

Monday, June 30, 2014

PURI for CHAAT

Puris for making chaats like pani puri,masala puri!






INGREDIENTS:
  • Rawa(semolina/sooji)- 1/2 cup
  • Maida(all purpose flour ) - 1/2 tbsp
  • Urad Dhal Flour - a pinch
  • Oil - 1 tsp
  • Warm water
  • Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - to taste

HOW TO MAKE
  • Take a bowl and add rava, maida,add water little by little, knead it for 10mins to form a smooth dough.
  • Add oil and knead it for a minute inti a smooth dough. Keep aside for atleast 15mins.
  • Roll the dough very thin and cut small rounds with a lid or container rim.
  • Heat oil, carefully add the rolled puris , fluff it up(as we do for normal puris) and fry them to golden brown till crisp. 
  • Drain in tissue paper and then store in airtight container
  • You can store the puris for about a week to 10 days.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

MASALA PURI - ALTERNATIVE recipe

Masaal puri -easier and quick way to enjoy masala puri when you want!

Main ingredients:
  • Aloo peas curry (recipe here- (http://www.manethindi.com/2011/02/aloo-mutterpotato-peas-curry.html?m=1)
  • Cornflakes mixture(plain or 
  • recipe here--  http://www.manethindi.com/2013/06/cornflakes-mixture.html?m=1)
  • Onion chopped -1
  • Lemon juice
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt if needed

HOW TO MAKE:
  • Dilute the aloo peas curry and allow it to boil well for 5 minutes. 
  • Now take a plate or bowl and add 2 big ladels of aloo peas masala, then add cornflakes mixture, onion, carrot, tomato, chilli powder. 
  • Mix well and relish:)
  • This is a decent alternative to the traditional masala puri chaat:)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

RICE PAKORAS


Left over rice at home or need a quick evening snack with tea? Try this easy recipe and enjoy:)
INGREDIENTS:
  • Cooked Rice -2 cups mashed
  • Besan/gram flour- 3/4 cups
  • Onion - 2 
  • Green chillies -2
  • Pudina or mint leaves- 1 cup
  • Red chilli powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Salt-to taste
  • Curd -3 tbsp
  • Oil for frying

HOW TO MAKE:
  • Take a mixing bowl and mix all the ingredients except oil and keep aside.
  • Meanwhile heat a frying pan with oil.
  • Once the oil is hot,add the pakora mix made in to rounds one by one.
  • Fry it on medium heat for about 3 to 4 mins and remove it from the flame once they are golden brown. 
  • Serve hot with tea:)

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ASPARAGUS PALYA/ PORIYAL

I tried to make asparagus poriyal or palya Indian style and it tastes yumm! Try it!

INGREDIENTS:
  • Asparagus - 1 bund peeled and finely cut
  • Red or green chillies - 5 
  • Coriander leaves - 2 Tsp
  • Turmeric - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Jeera seeds - 1 tsp
  • Urad dal -1 tsp  
  • Coconut - fresh or desiccated - 2 tbsp
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Hing - a pinch 
  • Salt to taste 


HOW TO MAKE
  • Take a frying pan and add oil to it.
  • Once heated, add in mustard seeds, jeera, urad dal and allow it to sputter. 
  • Now add hing and also add finely cut asparagus.
  • Fry well for about 5 to 7 minutes on medium heat . sprinkle little water while frying if very dry.
  • Add salt to taste.
  • Add fresh  or desiccated coconut and mix well.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander and serve with hot rotis or rice!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes