Monday, November 15, 2021

Shahi Bread Rolls

Hello Peeps, I am back with a quick and tasty recipe........ Shahi Bread Rolls.

Recently I had to make an appetizer for a Diwali party so decided to turn the plain and ordinary bread roll into "Shahi" or Royal avatar :) It turned out to be a delicious twist to the traditional.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients: For the cover: Plain brown or white bread per your preference (I always use brown) and room temperature water. For the stuffing: Potato (boiled and mashed) - 3 large, Mixed vegetables like peas, carrots, beans, corn (frozen or fresh) - 3/4th cup,  Onion - 1 medium, green chillies - 3-4, ginger - 1 inch piece, fresh garlic - 5-6 pods, fennel seeds - 2 tsp, cashew pieces - 12-15, chopped raisins (optional). Tempering ingredients: Mustard seeds - 1 tsp, Asofoetida: 1/4th tsp, cumin seeds - 1 tsp, Turmeric powder - 1 tsp, Red chilli powder - 1 tsp, Garam masala - 2 tsp, oil - 4 tbsp, salt per taste, sugar - 1 tsp, Mango powder - 1/2 tsp, Lemon juice - few drops, chopped cilantro - 4-5 tbsp. For frying: Sufficient oil in kadhai or pan.

Method: Take out all the bread pieces from the packet and trim the sides or brown edges. Keep aside. For the stuffing, boil and mash the potatoes, microwave frozen/fresh vegetable in a microwave safe container for 10-12 minutes (till soft) and then mash or run in food processor to mash (preferably), cut onion into pieces and grind ginger, garlic, chillies and fennel seeds in food processor and coarsely grind. In same processor, coarsely grind the cashew pieces and keep aside. Then heat a pan, add oil and once hot add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add asofoetida, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and onion. Saute and cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add coarsely ground chilli-ginger-garlic and fennel paste. Saute for 2-3 minutes. Add the mashed cooked vegetables and mashed boiled potato. Stir and mix everything well. Cover and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add garam masala, dry mango powder, lemon juice, sugar, salt per taste and coarsely ground cashews and chopped raisins (optional). Mix everything well and cover and cook and medium low heat for 3-4 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and keep aside to cool.

Take some room temperature water in a bowl and keep aside. Take a cutting board. Keep the side trimmed bread on it and sprinkle sufficient water on it and press it with your hand to wet everything evenly. Once it is nicely wet and flat, add 2-3 tsp stuffing in it. Fold over and press the sides and make it into a roll with edges sealed. Repeat for all the bread pieces and set aside. Now we are ready to fry. Take a pan and heat sufficient oil in it to fry the Shahi bread rolls. Once the oil is hot enough for frying, put the rolls that we prepared earlier in batches and fry till golden brown and crisp.

Shahi Bread rolls are ready..........Enjoy with Ketchup or Sriracha. I must say that they do taste heavenly especially if enjoyed while they are crispy and hot!! This recipe is a must try and definitely a keeper. 

Happy festive and holiday season. May you all be blessed with health, wealth and prosperity.

Till my next post, take care everyone!!

TIP: You can also dip the bread in water but I found it can get overly wet, so I prefer to sprinkle water on it so you have more control. You can only dip the edges where you need to seal the bread roll. 

Friday, September 10, 2021

Healthy Modak (with Moong Dal flour, coconut and Jaggery)

Hello Friends...... it has been quite sometime I posted on the blog. Life is busy and I hardly get time these days to cook and post. 

But anyhoo.... today was Ganesh Chaturthi and I wanted to make some modaks very quickly. So I put together this healthy version of traditional modaks with all the ingredients I already had in the pantry. These are made only with ready-made moong dal flour, shredded coconut and jaggery!!

Ingredients: Moong dal flour - 1 cup, Dry shredded coconut - 1/2 cup, white cornstarch - 1/2 tsp for binding, Ghee - 1/2 cup, Jaggery - 1 cup (adjust per sweetness of jaggery), cardamon powder - 1/2 tsp, Saffron - 1/2 tsp

Method: Dry roast shredded coconut and keep aside. Then heat some ghee in the same pan and roast moong dal flour +1/2 tsp white cornstarch till it loses its raw smell (light brown color) and keep aside. Add jaggery with 1/2 cup water and boil for 4-5 mins on low heat. add saffron and cardamon powder and add roasted coconut and roasted moong dal flour that was set aside and cook on very low heat for 2-3 mins till the mixture comes together. You can add 1 tsp ghee if needed at this point. Add 1/4th cup or as needed raw shredded coconut (if mixture is too runny).

When it is a bit cool, take about 1 tbsp mixture in the palm of your hand and make it into shape of Modak.

Enjoy these delicious, healthy, jhatpat modaks!! Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!! May Lord Ganesha shower his blessings on you and your loved ones. 

Till my next post, take care everyone..........

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Hot Chocolate (with jaggery and spiked with bourbon)

Seasons Greetings to all!! With a vaccine on the horizon, we have reason to leave the gloom of 2020 behind and look to a new future in 2021. Let us hope we are able to return to normalcy sooner than later. With that being said, today I am sharing recipe for Hot chocolate - my way :) This is not your kid's average hot chocolate. This is the adult version of this universally favorite drink.The jaggery adds a unique flavor to this traditional drink. Try it :)

Here is how I make it:

Ingredients: For 1 cup spiked Hot chocolate: 3/4th cup whole milk, 1/4th cup water, 1 tsp jaggery, 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 small piece dark chocolate unsweetened, 2 large marshmallows + 2 to decorate, 1 tsp Bourbon (adjust per your taste), 1/8th tsp vanilla extract, 2 pinches instant coffee powder, 1/4 tsp - pumpkin spice, 1/8th tsp nutmeg (since I like the flavor).

Method: Take a pan and add milk and water to it. When it gets warm, add all the other ingredients and stir till jaggery, marshmallow and chocolate melts. Pour in a cup and add 1 tsp bourbon and 1/8th tsp vanilla extract, stir and add marshmallow pieces to it and sprinkle with a pinch of cocoa powder and pinch of instant coffee powder. Serve hot. Enjoy this warm. delicious and relaxing drink and look forward to a bright future!!

Till my next post, take care everyone!! #staysafe

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Mango Saffron Ladoo (with Almond flour and coconut)

Happy Diwali 2020 to all!! What a tumultuous year this has been so far. Life as we know it has changed forever. Diwali was definitely not the same without family and friends this year. Hoping and praying for a vaccine and cure to this deadly and devastating disease: Covid-19 that had descended upon our planet!

Luckily there are a few traditions that we can still carry out in these dire circumstances. One of them being Diwali faral on Narka Chaturdashi day. This year tried out something novel to add to my traditional Diwali faral platter.

Ta da.... presenting Mango Saffron ladoo with Almond flour and coconut. 

So here is the recipe:

Ingredients: Mango pulp - 1 Cup, Coconut (dry shredded) - 1 cup + some for rolling, Almond flour (it is nothing but finely crushed Almonds - available in local Ralph's baking section) - 1/2 cup, Milk powder - 14th cup, Condensed milk - one 14 oz can, Cardamon (crushed to powder) - 1.5 tsp, Saffron - 3/4th tsp (heat 2 tbsp milk in a small microwave safe bowl for 30 secs and add saffron to it) , ghee - 3 tsp

Method: Heat a pan and lightly roast coconut and almond flour till very light brown on medium low flame (take care not to burn). Keep aside in a plate. Take another pan and pour mango pulp and stir and reduce it till it thickens (the watery texture should reduce). You can complete this step in microwave too (just cover and cook for 2-3 minutes at a time till watery texture reduces. Keep aside. Take another pan and add ghee to it. Once it melts, add thickened mango pulp, browned coconut and almond flour and milk powder. Stir and mix everything for a minute. Add condensed milk and keep stirring till the mixture thickens about - 7-8 minutes. Add saffron dissolved in milk and keep stirring on medium heat. To test, take some mixture and cool it on a spoon and try to roll it in a ball. If it forms a ball, the ladoo is done. Add cardamom powder, stir and let it cool. Once it has sufficiently cooled down to handle, start rolling into balls. Roll each ball in shredded coconut so that it does not become sticky. You can also add bit of shredded coconut to adjust ladoo consistency at this point if needed. Enjoy once all ladoos are rolled into balls!! Refrigerate them after they are cool. They will stay fresh for up to a week refrigerated. 

Really healthy and tasty :) They were also not overly sweet which is the way I like them.

Hopefully your family will also enjoy this novel ladoo as much as mine!! Can't wait for you all to try it.

And last but not the least, here is our traditional Marathi faral that is typically eaten for breakfast on Narka Chaturdashi Day.

Till my next post, take care everyone!! #staysafe

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Tempered Tortilla (Phodnicha Tortilla)

It was nearly weekend and time to clean out the refrigerator. Found a bunch of Tortillas lying in there. I did not want to make quesadillas or enchiladas so decided to try out an Indian twist. Tempered it Indian style and turned it into something similar to Maharashtrian 'Phodnichi Poli'. Phodnicha Tortilla or Tempered Tortilla!! Turned out to be really good. You can eat this for breakfast, snack or as a light one dish meal too.

Sharing the recipe here:

Ingredients: Tortillas - 4, Onion - 1 medium chopped, Oil - 2 tbsp, tempering: mustard seeds-  1 tsp, cumin seeds - 1 tsp, asofoetida - 1/2 tsp, Turmeric powder - 1 tsp, red chilly powder - 1 tsp (per taste), curry leaves - 4-5, green chilly - 1-2 slit, salt to taste, sugar 1-2 tsp, lemon juice - few drops, cilantro - chopped - 3-4 tsp.

Method:  Roughly tear the tortillas and grind them to coarse in a mixer. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds to it. When they start popping add asofoetida, cumin seeds, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, curry leaves, slit green chillies and chopped onion. Saute, cover and cook for 3-4 mins till onions are soft. Then add the coarse tortilla mixture and saute and cover for 3-4 mins. Add salt, sugar and lemon juice and saute for 1 minute and cover and cook for additional 2 minutes. Add cilantro and saute and serve warm.

It tastes exactly like phodnichi poli. Was really delicious and got my family's seal of approval!! Now this has become my go to recipe for finishing extra tortillas. 

Till my next post, take care everyone!! #staysafe

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Sweet Moong Dal Halwa Poli (Roti stuffed with sweet Moong Dal Halwa)

This recipe was a result of my brainstorming to contribute to the
 #dishfromdish contest! I had made Moong Dal Halwa for Dassera as you can see in my previous post. Since I am really busy at work these days and don't get lot of time to cook, I had to come up with this creation to participate during busy work week :) No wonder they say that 'Necessity is the mother of invention'. It was definitely a smashing success at our dinner table. Especially with my husband who loves sweets!!

So here is the recipe.

Ingredients: Whole wheat flour - 1 cup, Maida - 2 tsp, salt - 1/8th tsp, oil - 2 tsp, water - as needed for making dough, Moong Dal Halwa - click to see the recipe in my previous post, ghee - as needed.

Method: Take whole wheat flour in a mixing bowl, add maida, oil, salt and water and make dough. Let it rest for 2-3 hours. After that make small balls and roll out the dough into small flats and stuff each flat with Moong Dal Halwa and then roll them to make Poli. 

Heat Tawa and roast both sides till well cooked. Smear ghee on the Poli and serve. Enjoy the healthy, protein packed, lip-smacking Moong Dal Halwa Sweet Poli!!

Till my next post, take care everyone! #staysafe

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Moong Dal Halwa (Roasted/Instant)

Happy Dassera to all celebrating! 2020 has been quite a year so far due to Covid-19. Everyone is slowly adjusting to the new reality where we can't celebrate festivals with family and friends.

It is very sad and depressing. But such are the times we live in now. Well, to cheer everyone and add some festive spirit I made some roasted moong dal halwa!! It does not involve soaking moong dal so it can be done faster and tastes so good as well.

Here is the recipe for Roasted or Instant Moong Dal Halwa:

Ingredients: Split Yellow Moong dal - 1 cup, Ghee/clarified butter - 1 cup +1-2 tsp, Sugar - 1 cup (adjust per taste), Milk and water mixed (ratio: milk - 3/4 and water 1/4) total 2-3 cups (per desired consistency), Saffron strands - 3/4th tsp, Cardamom powder - 1 tsp, Almonds and Pistachios 1/2 cup total - grind some and slice some for garnish. 

Method: Wash the moong dal and pour it on a towel and pat dry. Take a pan and dry roast the moong dal till it is very light brown (it should start getting some color - take care not to burn it). After that powder it in a mixer/grinder. In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup milk and warm it on a microwave for 30 seconds and add saffron stands to it and set aside. After that take a non-stick pan and add ghee to it. When it starts melting, add powdered moong dal to it. Now slowly ass the milk/water mixture and stir till everything is mixed with no lumps. Cover and cook for 3-4 mins. Add powdered nuts and sugar and keep stirring for 4-5 mins. Cover and cook on low heat for additional 3-4 mins. Keep stirring till the mixture is thick and starts leaving sides of the pan. Add additional 1-2 tsp ghee and add saffron and cardamom powder. Stir thoroughly and remove to serving bowl. Garnish with sliced almonds and pistachios and serve warm.

Enjoy this rich protein rich dessert this festive season with your loved ones!!

Till my next post, take care everyone.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Masala Chawli Vanga (Black Eyed peas and Eggplant in spicy Curry sauce)

Hello Friends, this Covid 19 lock down has created unique challenges for everyone. Hope you and your loved ones are doing good and everyone is safe. Shopping for groceries is a nightmare and we are mostly trying to limit our visits and shopping remotely as far as possible. Well, that also means that we have to put on creative hats, mix a bit of this and a bit of that and try to maximize our purchases to last through the week.

Masala Chawli Vanga recipe is the result of this exact situation. I had few eggplants and a packet of frozen black eyed peas left in the refrigerator. So decided to combine the 2 in a unique masala/curry sauce. Here is the recipe:

Eggplants/Vanga - 2-3 small, Black eyed peas/Chawli - 1 cup, Onion - chopped 1 medium, oil - 5-6 tbsp, dry shredded coconut - 1/4th cup, peanuts - 1/4th cup, sesame seeds - 5-6 tsp, poppy seeds - 2-3 tsp, coriander seeds - 4-5 tsp, cumin seeds - 4-5 tsp, garlic - 4-5 pods, ginger - 1 inch crushed, green chillies - 2-3 (depending on spice level), turmeric powder - 1 tsp, coriander powder - 1 tsp, red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp, garam masala - 1-2 tsp, jaggery - 4-5 tsp, kokum - 3-4 pieces crushed, salt to taste and cilantro (chopped) to garnish.

Cut the Eggplants/Vanga into quarters. Cook the Black eyed peas/Chawli in microwave for 12-15 mins with a pinch of salt. Chop onion into pieces. Take a pan and dry roast dry shredded coconut, peanuts, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds. Take oil in same pan and saute chopped onion till light brown. Grind it along with roasted ingredients. Also make paste of ginger, garlic and green chillies. Once more take oil in a pan and add this paste. Saute it for a min and add the ground paste and saute for 4-5 mins till oil separates. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder and saute. Then add cut eggplants and a bit of water and cook for 3-4 mins till eggplants are a bit soft. Then add the cooked chawli and jaggery and crushed kokum. You can add water to make the curry thinner if you prefer but I did not add much water. Cover and cook for 4-5 mins till everything is soft and cooked but not mushy. Add garam masala and salt to taste and cook for 1 min. Garnish with cilantro and chopped green chillies (optional) and serve with hot roti or as side dish with rice. Enjoy!!

Till my next post, take care everyone!! #staysafe 

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Spicy Tofu, Chickpea and Vegetable Stew

This stew is my go to meal on the days I am lazy to cook but still want to eat a health and hearty meal. It is full of proteins and vitamins and is ready in minutes. Some of my friend's had asked for this recipe and I had promised to put it on the blog this weekend.

So here is the recipe:

Frozen mixed vegetables - 1 cup, Tofu extra firm (preferable) - 1 cup cubed, onion - 1 sliced, ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp, oil - 3-4 tsp, coconut milk - 2 cans, chickpeas - 1 can, pepper powder, cinnamon sticks - 1 or 2 1 inch, cumin powder - 1 tsp, turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp, paprika - 1/2 tsp, curry powder (not garam masala) - 3 tsp, salt to taste, Serrano chillies - 1 sliced, cilantro - chopped for garnish

Boil/cook in frozen mixed vegetables. Boil/microwave chickpeas till soft with little salt. Cube the Tofu and shallow fry till light golden brown in a pan (optional but enhances taste of tofu). After this, take a pan and add oil to it. Once hot add cinnamon sticks and sliced onions and fry till soft. Add ginger garlic paste, cumin powder, turmeric powder, pepper powder, paprika powder and curry powder to it. Add half sliced Serrano peppers and saute for 2-3 mins. Add cooked frozen mixed vegetable and chickpeas and saute for 2-3 mins, then add the fried tofu and keep sauteing for 2-3 mins. Then add coconut milk and salt to taste. Let everything boil for 4-5 mins. Add the rest of the sliced Serrano peppers and cilantro to garnish and serve hot with brown or white rice.

Enjoy this hearty meal!! Believe me once you try this it is going to be your go to meal too :)

Till my next post, take care everyone!! #staysafe.

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Shahi Paneer and Vegetable Dum Biryani

Shahi Paneer and Vegetable Dum Biryani is an all time classic Mughlai dish that needs no introduction to die hard biryani lovers. Recently I had made this dish to celebrate a special occasion in the family. Many of you asked for the recipe, so here it is.........

Ingredients: Make rice and gravy separately. Ingredients for each listed below.
For rice: 4 cups rice (preferably basmati), 3 - cardamom pods, 3 cloves, 1 - small cinnamon stick, 6 cups water (or as per your preferred proportion - rice should not be mushy), salt to taste, lemon juice - few drops.

For Gravy: Mixed vegetables - 3 cups (I used frozen), Paneer - 1.5 cups, Onions - sliced 2 whole - (you can use ready made fried onion if you don't want to fry yourself - in that case just slice 1 onion), 3 - cardamom pods, 3 cloves, 1 - small cinnamon stick, 1-2 nos - Bay leaves, 5-6 nos- whole black pepper, 2-3 tsp cumin seeds, 4-5 tsp - ginger garlic and chilli paste, Mint leaves - 10-12 cut, saffron dissolved in warm milk - few strands, yogurt- 5-6 tsp whisked, biryani or pulav masala, cumin/coriander powder - 3-4 tsp, cashews - 10-12 broken to pieces, turmeric powder - 2-3 tsp, red chilli powder - 2-3 tsp, oil - 5-6 tbsp, salt to taste. Water as required.

For rice: Wash rice with water and keep aside. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan and add whole spices to it. Then add washed  and saute gently taking care not to break rice. Add water and cover and cook for 8-10 mins. Rice should not be mushy or really well done. It should be very slightly under cooked.

Garnish: For fried onion (optional): heat oil in a pan and fry 1 sliced onion till light brown and set aside. You can also fry cashews in same oil till light brown and set aside.

For Gravy:  Cook mixed vegetables in a microwave for 10-12 mins and set aside. Take a pan and heat 2-3 tbsp oil. Add cumin seeds and whole garam masala consisting of bay leaves, cardamom, cloves, whole black pepper and cinnamon and saute for a minute. Add sliced onions and fry till soft, add ginger garlic and chilli paste and fry for 2 mins, add turmeric powder and red chilli powder and saute. Add cumin/coriander powder and biryani masala, mint leaves and saute. Add yogurt to the mixture and saute for 2-3 mins till everything is bubbling. Add cooked mixed vegetables and saute and cover and cook for 4-5 mins and set aside. Add water to the mixture if it is too thick. The gravy should not be too thick or too runny.

For Assembly: Take a big pan and add 1 tbsp oil and coat the pan. Divide the gravy in to 2 portions and cooked rice into 3 portions. Add one portion of rice to the bottom of the pan and cover it with one layer of rice. Repeat for second layer. Top layer should be rice (3rd portion). Add fried onions and cashews on top of the last rice layer and drizzle saffron dissolved in warm milk all over the rice. Cover the pan with aluminium foil and cook on low-medium heat for 8-10 mins (taking care not to burn the rice at the bottom). 

The reveal: The whole mixture should cook on steam for that time. After 8-10 mins uncover the pan by removing the aluminium foil and get ready for the big reveal! I cannot describe the feeling when you first see the steaming hot biryani and the aroma that fills your whole kitchen.Very very gently mix all the layers with a spatula taking care not to break any grain of rice. Serve hot with Cucumber Boondi Raita and Mirchi ka Salan, a traditional accompaniment to biryani (recipe to follow).

Enjoy your Shahi (Royal) meal!!!

Till my next post, take car everyone!