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Pithla

19 Oct

Maharashtra is an agrarian state and prides on it’s cuisine while using the most simplest of ingredients and creating one of the most yummy dishes is Pithla. Pithla is incomplete without mentioning Bhakri, but honestly I struggle making bhakris, if not eaten hot mine become chewy and sometimes break. So I make rotis or chapati with it and I love to eat rice with it and serve pickle on the side. Pithla is made mostly by hardworking people who have physical work mostly farmers, because it satisfies their hunger and gives them energy to get back to work, because it has chickpea flower which is a source of protein. This recipe needs more oil because it aids in digestion. Well, let’s go for it.

Tip: Mix in some ghee before serving. Since chickpeas are a little tough on the tummy, ghee softens the process.

All you need:

  1. 1 cup chickpea flour
  2. 1 large onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 tbsp of crushed ginger, garlic and green chilies(I use 3 cloves, an inch of ginger and 2 green chilies and just pound them together)
  4. 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  5. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  6. 1/2 tbsp red chili powder
  7. 1 tsp cumin powder
  8. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  9. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  10. pinch of asafoetida
  11. 2 cups of water
  12. 3 tbsp oil
  13. Salt as needed

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Heat oil really well.
  2. Temper it with mustard seeds, once they pop, add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
  3. Add half the cilantro add the crushed garlic and ginger and green chili. Saute the mixture for about 30 seconds.
  4. Add the chopped onion. Saute them until they turn light brown in color.
  5. Add the spice powders, turmeric, cumin and red chili powder. Saute till oil starts leaving the sides.
  6. Add the gram flour slowly making sure you mix it well.
  7. Add the water slowly, stirring the mixture continuously and make sure there are no lumps.
  8. If the mixture thickens immediately, add ore water to thin it out.
  9. Cover the mixture, let it cook for about 10-12 minutes. It will thicken once cooked.
  10. Stir well and check for no more raw chickpea flour.
  11. Season with salt.
  12. Garnish with the remaining cilantro leaves. Serve with a dollop of ghee alongside bhakri/roti.
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Stuffed eggplants (Bharli Vangi)

20 Aug

Cooking was not fun for me when I got married, I struggled, I have failed and cried. I felt I am letting down my parents because my dad was an amazing cook, my mother learned late in life but now she is a wonderful cook and I was in no way close to getting there. I felt frustrated so I made a decision to write some recipes down that were dictated by my mother, this is one of them and I always end up making this vegetarian curry better than the last time. So here goes.

Tip : I always cut my eggplants and dunk them in cold water until I get other ingredients ready, this helps in prepping but also helps prevent oxidizing and removes bitter juices if any.

All you need:

  1. 8 small sized eggplants/brinjal – slit lengthwise I prefer to chop off the tops (refer pic)
  2. 1 small onion finely chopped
  3. 1/2 cup roasted peanut powder
  4. 1/3 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  5. 2 tbsp grated jaggery
  6. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  7. 1 tsp sesame seeds powdered
  8. pinch of asafoetida/hing
  9. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  10. 1 tbsp red chili powder(or as required) I use mix of degghi and kashmiri chili powders
  11. 1 tsp goda masala (availale in Indian stores)
  12. salt as required
  13. 4 tbsp oil
  14. 1/2 cup water
  15. cilantro (garnish)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. In a bowl mix together the onion, peanut powder, shredded coconut, sesame seeds powder, jaggery, 1 tbsp oil, salt, red chili powder, goda masala.
  2. Drain the eggplants and stuff the slit eggplants with this mixture carefully making sure it does not break the eggplants open. Fill only until the slits are filled completely. Hold on to the excess mixture.
  3. Heat remaining oil in a kadhai/wok/pan.
  4. Temper the oil with mustard seeds, as soon as they pop add asafoetida let it sizzle, add turmeric powder and add stuffed eggplants.
  5. Fry them in oil gently for about a minute, turn, fry them again for another minute or so, add half cup of water.
  6. Add the remaining mixture. Cover and cook for about 10-15 minutes until they turn soft. The onions and eggplants leave a little water of their own. If it is too dry add little water.
  7. Remove the cover and cook for another five minutes until almost all the water is evaporated and eggplants are completely cooked and you have a thick gravy.
  8. Season with salt. Stir gently.
  9. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with chapati or roti.

Vangi Batata (Eggplant Potato curry)

4 Apr

I have taken a long hiatus. After Dad passed away last year I couldn’t bring myself to write anything. However today I thought let me share what I have been eating. I have started to eat clean. On my way to reduce a few pounds. Reduced meat intake and piling on the veggies. So wanted to share this simple easy Indian recipe which takes less than 30 minutes to prep and make and is super tasty. Or I am rather too quick! Here goes.

Tip: To prevent oxidization of eggplant/brinjal immediately drop the pieces in cold water after cutting them until you prep other things for making the curry. Remove from the water before using the pieces.

All you need:

  1. 4 medium sized eggplants/brinjal – quartered
  2. 1 potato – quartered
  3. 4-5 garlic cloves – minced
  4. 1 inch ginger – minced
  5. 1 inch jaggery
  6. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  7. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  8. pinch of sesame seed powder (optional)
  9. pinch of asafoetida/hing
  10. 1 tsp turmeric
  11. 1 tbsp red chili powder(or as required)
  12. 1 tsp goda masala (availale in Indian stores)
  13. salt as required
  14. oil 2-3 tbsp
  15. cilantro (garnish)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Heat oil in a kadhai/wok/pan
  2. Temper the oil with mustard seeds, as soon as they pop add cumin seeds, asafoetida and turmeric.
  3. Add minced ginger garlic to the oil and fry it for about 30 second or until raw smell disappears.
  4. Add the eggplant/brinjal pieces and potato pieces. Stir well.
  5. Add the remaining ingredients that is the red chili powder, goda masala, jaggery, sesame seed powder.
  6. Season with salt. Stir well.
  7. Add about a cup of water and let the vegetable curry cook for about 7-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with chapati, naan or roti.

Guvar Batata (Indian Cluster beans vegetable with potato)

25 Nov

Guvar is not a very famous vegetable or I’d call it a neglected vegetable in the plethora of Indian vegetables. Mostly consumed in western areas of Maharashtra, it is liked by other communities and added as a part of Sambhar (lentil dal of South India) but it is definitely not popular as okra or eggplants. I personally love it and can eat it any given day. The frozen variety of cluster beans cooks quickly and saves time but if you buy it fresh, traditionally it is washed then the ends are trimmed and the beans are broken into pieces by hand as cutting does not remove the fibers that may get stuck in the teeth or throat when you chew these beans. The older the beans the more fibers that come off, the younger the beans, the fresher and less fibrous ones. Make sure the color is vibrant green and not yellowish green or a faint green. This recipe is typically cooked in parts of western India. So here goes.

Tip: You can boil the beans for 8-10 minutes with a pinch of turmeric and salt if you are in a hurry to cook.

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All you need:

  1. 1 lb Guvar or Cluster beans (washed, trimmed and chopped into long pieces)
  2. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  3. 1 tsp cumin seeds(optional)
  4. 6-8 curry leaves (optional)
  5. pinch of asafoetida or hing
  6. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  7. 1/2 tbsp goda masala (can be substituted by 1 tsp of Garam Masala + 1 tsp of red chili powder)
  8. 1-2 inch pieces of jaggery(can be substituted by 1 tsp of sugar)
  9. 1 medium sized potato(washed, peeled and chopped into bite-size pieces)
  10. 1 tbsp of peanut powder (optional)
  11. salt to taste
  12. 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Heat oil in a deep pan or wok and add mustard seeds. Let them splutter.
  2. Add cumin seeds, curry leaves(optional) and hing or asafoetida. Let it all sizzle.
  3. Add turmeric and the chopped beans along with the potato. Stir well.
  4. Cover the pan with a flat plate and pour some water over it so that the vegetable is steamed and the vegetable does not burn.
  5. Cook this until the cluster beans and potato are tender about 20-25 minutes (less time will be required if it is half-boiled), stirring regularly in between making sure the vegetable does not stick. Also, if the water evaporates add more on the dish and a few teaspoons inside until it gets cooked.
  6. Add goda masala or red chili powder + garam masala.
  7. Add jaggery, adjust salt. Mix well. Cook until the jaggery melts in the vegetable and is combined well. Turn off the heat.
  8. Finish off with sprinkling peanut powder(roasted peanuts ground into powder). Serve with roti, rice and dal, chapati or naan.

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Kappa (Yucca root) fry Kerala style

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I should be grateful for the number of followers I have on this blog and I should have titled this post as apologetic because I have been so lazy to post! I have been concentrating more on my other blog. But I honestly want to say sorry to all the ones who believe in me and have followed my blog as faithful readers! Sorry! I have backdated this post but I will be try to be more consistent.

My husband has his roots in Kerala as I have mentioned before. It took me time to learn some of the delicacies of Kerala cuisine but I have definitely caught up with a few. I may not have mastered them since the people in Kerala are generous with the use of coconut oil but it will be difficult to guess that a Maharashtrian has made the South Indian delicacies. Well if anyone wants to see the optimum use of a coconut they should definitely visit a native of Kerala.

Yucca root or cassava or tapioca is what we call Kappa in Malayalam(language spoken in Kerala). Its starchy and can replace potatoes. It is high in carbs and low in protein. It is low in fat and cholesterol-free! So I love it and my husband loves it with beef-fry. I will share the recipe soon. Let’s get down to this one.

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Tip : A clean kappa is one with close ends and has no spots or growth on it. To clean kappa, you will need a sharp knife, strong board and strength! Cut the ends, cut in half, peel, or peel first with a peeler and cut in half and then cut half in half lengthwise. You will see the thread that you see in the pic. It also resembles the core of the pineapple. Trim the core where you see the thread. Cut the remaining part into cubes or quarters.

All you need:

  1. 1 whole Kappa/Yucca root/Cassava
  2. 1 tsp turmeric
  3. 4 red whole dried chilies (I also add finely chopped green chili as I love it hot)
  4. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  5. 1/2 tsp cumin(optional as its not traditional)
  6. 4-5 cloves of garlic, remember to crush the garlic for it to release its oil and coarsely chop it.
  7. 1 small red onion or 3-4 pearl onions chopped finely
  8. 2 sprigs of curry leaves
  9. 2 tbsp oil preferably coconut
  10. Salt to taste
  11. 2 tbsp Shredded coconut to garnish
  12. Water for boiling

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Clean, peel, cube and wash Kappa.
  2. Boil Kappa cubes in water that covers the cubes for about 10 minutes or until tender. Remember to add salt and half the turmeric to the water. Drain the water.
  3. Now comes the tempering. Heat oil and add mustard seeds, once they crackle add the cumin(optional), curry leaves and red chilies.
  4. Now add garlic and onion and saute till onions turn pink(you can even brown the onions if you like).
  5. Add remaining turmeric. Adjust salt.
  6. Add the kappa cubes and mix well. Let the kappa get coated evenly with the entire mixture.
  7. Turn off the heat and garnish with shredded coconut.

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Tomato Chutni

31 Aug

Tangy, spicy with a hint of sweetness and most of the times a great accompaniment like salsa which goes with Idli, Dosa, Chapati, Rice and Dal or Puri. Most Indian recipes need tomatoes, what better way than using them all in one recipe! There are a few variations but finders keepers losers weepers, just kidding. Here’s the recipe that my mom makes and its her birthday this month so Thank you and Love you mom.

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Tip: You can keep roasted peanut powder handy, it tastes great when added as a garnish.

All you need:

  1. 4 medium sized ripe tomatoes, finely chopped
  2. 1 large onion finely chopped
  3. 2 green chilies slit and chopped
  4. 4-5 curry leaves (optional)
  5. 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  6. pinch of asafoetida(optional, can be found in Indian stores)
  7. 1 tsp turmeric powder
  8. 1 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  9. 1 tbsp coriander powder
  10. 1 tsp garam masala(optional)
  11. 1 tsp mustard seeds
  12. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  13. 1 tsp sugar(optional)
  14. Salt (as required)
  15. 2 tbsp oil
  16. 2 tbsp cilantro chopped (garnish)
  17. 1 tbsp roasted peanut powder (optional garnish)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Heat oil in a wok or sauce pan on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds, as soon as they pop add cumin and let it sizzle and change color.
  2. Add asafoetida, curry leaves, let them crackle, add green chilies and saute for half a minute.
  3. Add chopped onions and saute them until they are pink in color. Add ginger-garlic paste and saute it until raw smell disappears.
  4. Toss in spices one by one except the garam masala. Stir well. Let this mixture fry well and keep stirring in between making sure nothing sticks to the pan. If you feel the mixture is sticking add a tablespoon of water. Cook it until it starts leaving oil on the sides about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes finally, make sure they get covered with all the spices. Mix well but gently.
  6. Add salt and sugar.
  7. Cook the tomatoes for about 5-7  minutes or until they just begin to soften. You can mash a few pieces gently. I leave them this way, you might choose to cook them down entirely, you will need to cook them for a longer time.
  8. Add garam masala as a finishing spice and let it cook for a minute or two. Skip this step if you are not using garam masala.
  9. Turn off the heat and add the garnishing. Combine.
  10. Serve hot with chapati, roti or naan.

Weekend Oven Fried Chicken

30 May

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Ah! Oven fried chicken at home. Great start to the weekend 🙂

Just mixed dried ingredients (salt,pepper,garlic powder, chili powder, cumin powder, quarter cup rice flour and cornmeal) in a plastic bag and smeared about half cup of mayonnaise on 5 drumsticks, dropped them in the bag,shook it well dusting off excess flour mixture and cooked on a greased sheet in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes. Yum! Burp! Oops…sorry ha ha! Have a nice weekend y’all!

Indian Masala Omelette

1 Apr

I had to make a quick post for reference. If I can rant about how much I love an Indian Masala Omelette, I can keep going at it for a long time, but as I said this is a quick post for reference. I can eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner, I can even gulp it down at tea-time. Ooh, I am a tea-lover, not much of a coffee person, I prefer a cold coffee over a hot one which could be insulting to all the coffee addicts out there. Ha ha, too much talking everything other than the Indian Masala Omelette! This recipe will yield only one serving. Here goes.

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Tip: Sprinkling cheese will be heavenly, just when its hot, any type of cheese will make it a melty, yummy Indian Masala Cheese Omelette!

All you need:

  1. 2 Eggs
  2. 2 tbsp chopped onion, I roughly chop it to keep the crunch, you can chop it finely whatever suits your taste.
  3. 1 green chili, finely chopped (Indian chilies are pretty hot, one is enough for the right spicy hot taste)
  4. 1 tbsp finely chopped tomato(optional, I don’t add it for my husband, the one in the picture is clearly my husband’s serving)
  5. 2 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  6. 1 tbsp milk
  7. 1 tsp turmeric
  8. 1 tsp red chili powder (optional, if you think the green chili is enough spice for you skip this, I love it for the extra kick, tasty!)
  9. Salt as required
  10. Black pepper powder, a pinch
  11. 2 tbsp Oil/ Butter (I love it when the sides are oily, you can cut this down to half)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Whisk the eggs till a little frothy. Add all the ingredients except the oil and whisk a little again.
  2. On medium low flame heat a round pan preferably an 8″ or smaller so that the omelette fluffs up nicely in the pan.
  3. Pour oil and swirl it around the pan, when it starts to swirl easily, that’s the right amount of hot.
  4. Pour the egg mixture in the center and swirl it around the pan making sure the entire pan is covered.
  5. Cook until the edges look firm and the omelette is fluffy and bubbly.
  6. Flip it over and cook for 20-30 seconds or until it is firm yet moist.
  7. Serve hot with toasted slices of bread or buns.

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Potato wrapped Tilapia with Cilantro sauce

21 Mar

Probably I would have never come up with this recipe on my own, I had watched an episode of a guy who is a chef in a restaurant in Goa, India and I don’t remember what fish he used and what herb he used for the sauce but I was so inspired by it, I tried making my own version and it was pretty good! I wish I could remember the recipe or the chefs name so that I could also post a link to the original recipe. Well, I will keep searching. In the meanwhile, let’s try this one.

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Tip: You can use any sort of fish and any sort of herb and make it your own. The sauce has to be thicker than in the picture.

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All you need:

  1. 1 to 1 1/2 lb Tilapia or any other fish fillet (preferably a wider fillet)
  2. 2 Potatoes skin peeled off
  3. 1 Egg
  4. 1/2 cup All purpose Flour
  5. 1 tbsp Oil (per fillet)
  6. 1 tbsp Butter (per fillet)
  7. Salt(for seasoning)
  8. Black pepper powder (for seasoning)

For the sauce:

  1. 1 cup Cilantro or any herb of your choice for a thick green sauce.
  2. 1/2 Onion chopped
  3. 1 clove Garlic chopped
  4. 1 1/2 tbsp cup Cream
  5. 1/4 cup White wine (optional, substitute with vegetable stock)
  6. 1 tsp Oil
  7. 1 tsp Butter
  8. Salt (for seasoning)
  9. Black pepper powder (for seasoning)

Ready, Set, Go:

  1. Slice the fillet in two pieces if it is a wider fish than tilapia. I used a whole fillet of tilapia since it was a narrower fillet as one whole portion. Adjust for more servings accordingly. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat oven at 350º.
  3. If you have a slicer go ahead and slice thin roundels of the potato or with a peeler keep peeling potatoes for thin slices.
  4. Grab hold of 2 plates, place a beaten egg in one, pour some all-purpose flour in the other.
  5. Dip the fish in the all purpose flour, dip it in the beaten egg mixture.
  6. Wrap the fish in the potato slices making sure the fillet is covered entirely. Season with little salt and pepper.
  7. Heat oil in a pan, add butter. Fry the potato wrapped fish in the oil on medium high heat for about 2-3 minutes or until the potato changes color.
  8. Transfer onto a oven proof dish and bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. In the meanwhile prepare the sauce. Slice the onion. Chop the garlic.
  10. Heat oil and butter in the same pan and toss in the onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. Add a splash of white wine and stir in cream.
  12. Remove from the heat, cool it down a bit.
  13. In a blender add the chopped cilantro and the cooled mixture, blend it to a smooth texture. Strain the sauce.
  14. Heat the strained sauce for a minute or two.
  15. Plate the sauce on a serving dish and place the fish in the centre.
  16. Serve hot.

Stuffed Egg & Cheese Paratha

2 Mar

I have been lazy in posting and lagging behind with my posts, thanks to my cake decorating class for the last month I have been busy baking and baking and baking! Phew! Well, I just wanted a break from all that baking and since I fell short on time with all the yoga, baking, reading, catching re-runs of FRIENDS and Pinterest, I could manage finding eggs and cheese in the refrigerator and nothing else. So I decided to share the stuffed egg and cheese paratha recipe. Enjoy! Wish me luck, just so  😉

Tip: You can make simple ‘Anda Bhurji’(recipe will follow soon) and stuff it in the paratha.

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All you need:

1)      4 large eggs whisked, reserve two separately in a large plate.

2)      2 cups whole wheat flour, additional for dusting.

3)      1 cup water

4)      100 grams shredded cheese divided in 4 equal parts (I used a mix of Monterey jack and cheddar)

5)      1 medium sized onion chopped

6)      2 green chilies finely chopped (adjust as required)

7)      2 tbsps Cilantro chopped

8)      2 tsps turmeric

9)      2 tsps red chili powder (you can skip this if the green chilies are hot)

10)   1 tsp ajwain seeds (carom seeds help in digestion)

11)   Oil for frying

12)   Salt as required

Ready, Set, Go:

1)      Prepare the dough : In a large bowl, mix the flour, 1 tsp turmeric, carom seeds, pinch of salt, few drops of oil and slowly add water, keep kneading into a pliable smooth dough, not too hard not too soft until it easily comes off the bowl. Wrap it up with a muslin cloth or plastic wrap and keep aside for about 20 mins.

2)      Prepare the eggs : Whisk eggs, add turmeric, chili powder,cilantro, green chilies, salt, onion and set aside.

3)      Divide the dough into 4 parts. On a rolling board, roll out the dough with a rolling pin or your hand until it has equal thickness on all sides,make sure it is not too thick or thin and about 6-8 inches wide. Dust flour as needed.

 Method 1:

4)      Heat a flat pan or skillet. Pour about a tsp of oil on the pan. Dip the rolled paratha in the reserved egg in the plate on both the sides and place it on the pan. If you are scared the paratha will tear, just place it on the pan and pour a little bit of the reserved egg and spread it evenly on the rolled paratha only on one side. Flip it immediately so the other side is not cooked entirely.

5)      Pour a tbsp.or two of the whisked egg mixture with onions, etc on the paratha and spread it out evenly.

6)      Sprinkle the shredded cheese.  Flip it and cook until golden brown on both the sides.

7)      Use a tsp. of oil or as needed on the sides to make sure the parathas are well greased to cook the paratha and that it is not dry otherwise the eggs might stick to the pan and burn.

8)      Serve hot with ketchup or any sweet chutney or Indian pickle.

 Method 2:

4) Heat a shallow pan. Pour oil and add the egg mixture. Cook like scrambled eggs whisking the mixture in the pan and breaking it down into small pieces. Cook entirely. Divide mixture in 4 equal parts.

5) On the rolled paratha, place one part of the cooked egg mixture and sprinkle cheese. Pick up the edges of the paratha and pinch them together in the center and twist the peak removing extra dough and press it down gently in the centre. Roll it out smoothly again making sure you are not rolling with too much pressure or the stuffing will come out and start sticking to the rolling pin. Dust as much flour as needed. Make sure you roll it out wide and not too thick.

6) Heat a flat pan or skillet. Pour about a tsp of oil on the pan. Dip the rolled paratha in the reserved egg in the plate on both the sides and place it on the pan. If you are scared the paratha will tear, just place it on the pan and pour a little bit of the reserved egg and spread it evenly on the rolled paratha only on one side. Flip it immediately so the other side is not cooked entirely. Now pour some on the other side and spread it out evenly.

7)Cook until golden brown on both the sides. Use a tsp. of oil or as needed on the sides to make sure the parathas are well greased to cook the paratha and that it is not dry otherwise the eggs will stick to the pan and burn.

8) Serve hot with ketchup or any sweet chutney or Indian pickle.

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