Archive | November 2013

Ragda Pattice

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This dish actually makes a complete meal and one that takes very little cooking.

You can also have just the ragda topped with the onion and chutneys with pav instead of the patties.

Ingredients:

For The Ragda 

1 cup Safed Vatana (dried white peas)

1 tbsp Oil.

1/4 tsp Asafoetida.

1/4 tsp Haldi powder

1/2 tsp Chilli powder

2 tsp Dhana-Jeera Powder.

2 tbsp Imli Chutney.

salt to taste

For The Pattice:

4 cups Potatoes(Boiled and mashed)

1 cup Green peas (Boiled and mashed)

6 tbsp cornflour

2 tbsp Green chilli,ginger,garlic paste

salt to taste

Oil for shallow frying.

Other Ingredients

1/2 cup Green Mint chutney

1/2 cup Imli chutney

1 cup Nylon Sev

1 cup Onions(chopped)

Method: 
For the ragda
Soak the dried peas overnight.

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Drain, add approximately 3 to 4 cups of fresh water,chilli powder,salt & dhania jeera powder, pressure cook for 4 whistles or until the peas are soft.

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Prepare the tempering by heating the oil, add asafoetida.Add cooked peas and mix well mashing the peas slightly so that the gravy becomes thicker.Simmer for 10 minutes.

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Switch off the gas and let it cool,now add imli chutney and mix well.Add in all the other ingredients for the ragda adding more water if required. Mix well.
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Keep aside.

For the pattice:

In a plate,mix boiled potatoes, green chilli,ginger,garlic paste,mashed green peas,salt and 2 tbsp corn flour.

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Knead to a soft dough.

Divide into 12 equal portions,press to form tikki,roll in cornflour.

Repeat to make the remaining 11 patties.

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Shallow fry on a non-stick pan till the patties are golden brown and crisp.

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Remove on absorbant paper,keep aside.

For serving, place 2 patties on a plate and pour the ragda over.

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Top with all the chutneys.

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Sprinkle the sev and onions on top.

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Serve immediately.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

 

Besan Ladoo

 

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Besan ladoo is a traditional Indian sweet dish,made out of roasted  Bengal gram flour ( besan) mixed with ghee and sugar. Besan laddu is a tasty and healthy dish,this ladoo simply melts in your mouth.

Ingredients:

1 cup  besan (Bengal gram flour) 

3/4 cup powdered sugar

3/4 cup  ghee

1/4 tsp Jaiphal (Nutmeg powder)

2 tbsp Milk (hot)

10 Badam,thinly sliesed.

Method:

Melt the ghee in a thick bottom pan, add the gram flour and cook over a low flame stirring continuously till it is golden brown in colour.

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Sprinkle hot milk on the roasted besan,mix well.

Remove from the fire and pour onto a plate (thali). Cool completely.

Once completely cooled,add sugar and nut mrg powder,mix well.

Divide into 12 equal portions and shape into laddus.Decorate with almond slice.

Place in a serving plate & serve.

Tips:At one stage the flour starts browning at the bottom of the pan, so keep stirring carefully without letting it burn.

If not roasted properly, then the raw smell of besan and taste of besan will not be pleasant.

Ghee is the only flavor that brings taste to the ladoos, so never reduce it than mentioned

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Bhakri (Gujrati Style)

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Bhakri is a typical gujrati dish made from wheat flour.Pressure is applied when cooking bhakri  so that the insides get cooked evenly and bhakri becomes crispy.I have learned this from my colleague Bhavik Mehta’s wife Rajal Mehta,her one more delicious dish is Sev Tamatar….which I am going to post soon,thanks Rajal for the yummy dishes.

Ingredients:

1 cup Aata.

2 tsp Seasme seeds.

1/2 tsp Asafoetida.

1/2 tsp Chilli powder.

1/4 tsp Turmeric powder.

1/2 tsp Dhania Jeera Powder

1 tbsp Oil.

Salt to taste.

Ghee.

Dry Aata.

Water to knead the dough.

Method:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and knead into a firm dough, using enough water. Keep aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

Divide the dough into 6 equal portions and roll out each portion into a 100 mm. (4″) diameter thick circle.
Heat a tava (griddle) and cook each circle, putting light pressure on the bhakhri with a muslin cloth till golden brown spots appear on both the sides and the bhakhri turns crisp.

Serve with pickle and curds.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

Dabeli

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Ingredients:

For The Stuffing

2 tbsp Dabeli masala , readily available in market.

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2 tbsp meethi chutney

2 tbsp oil

4 Potatoes ( boiled, peeled and mashed)

2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves

1/2 cup fresh pomegranate pearls

1/2 cup Masala peanuts

4 dabeli pavs

4 tsp finely chopped onions

1/2 cup  nylon sev

2 tbsp butter for cooking

Method:
For the stuffing

Heat oil in a pan,add dabeli masala,roast well,add 2 tbsp water,mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute, while stirring continuously.
Add the mashed potatoes, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously.

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Remove from the flame, transfer it to a plate and press well with the back of a spoon.

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Spread some meethi chutney,sprinkle sev,masala peanuts,pomogranate pearls and chopped corriander leaves evenly on it.

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How to proceed

Take a pav and slit it in to two sides at right angle (keeping them joined at the remaining 2 ends).
Apply little butter on inner side of pav and roast the pav on tava for 30 secs.Remove in a plate
Stuff with 2 tbsp of the stuffing.

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Spread meethi chutney evenly on it.

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Top up with sev,pomogranate pearls,masala peanuts and chopped corriander leaves.Press together.

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Cook each dabeli on a hot tava (griddle) for a minute using a little butter.

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Serve immediately garnished with sevand masala peanut.

Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make 3 more dabelis.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.

Khaproli

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khaproli is a thick dosa made from mixture of various dals,traditionally served with sweet milk made from jaggery and coconut milk.

Ingredients:

2 cups Rice

1 cup Chana dal

1 cup Urad dal

1 tbsp Methi seeds

1 tbsp Jeera

Salt  to taste.

Oil for smearing

Method :

Soak the rice, dals,jeera and the methi seeds separately overnight.

Grind them in to fine paste and mix together. Set aside for 6-8 hrs and allow the batter to ferment.

Usually a special griddle made up of clay is used to make khaproli.

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I dont have one,so I have used  Bhide , same can be made on a non stick pan also.

Cut one onion into half and pierce a fork in it.Use this to grease the griddle with oil.Alternately a tissue paper dipped in oil can also be used.

Heat the griddle on high heat,stir and pour the batter spreading on the griddle in a circular motion.(from center of the griddle ).

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Cover and cook on slow flame,turn it to cook on other side.

Repeat the process to make another khaproli.

Serve hot with accompaniment of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

Besan Poli (Tomato Omelete)

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Easy to make tasty dish,omelete without eggs.

Ingredients:

1/2  cup Besan.

1/4 cup  Rice aata

1/2  cup  chopped Tomato

1/2 cup  chopped Onion

1/4 tspn Ajwain

1 tspn chili powder

1/2 tspn Dhana Jeera powder

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves

A pinch turmeric

Oil for shallow frying

Salt to taste.

Method:
Mix all the ingredients (except oil) with water to get to dosa batter consistency.

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Heat griddle,(tava), spread the batter into thin omelets. Drizzle some oil on top.

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Let it cook till crisp.

Turn the omelet upside down and fry on other side.

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Remove on absorbent paper.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

Serves : 4

Zunka

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Zunca is a typical Maharashtrian dish made out of besan (gram flour) traditionally served with Bhakri.

Ingredients:

1 cups Besan (Bengal gram flour)

2 cups chopped Onions

1 tsp Rai

1 tsp Jeera)

1/4 tsp Asafoetida (hing)

2 chopped Green Chilli

1/2 tsp Chilli powder

1/2 tsp Haldi

1/2 cup chopped Coriander leaves

2 tbsp Oil

Salt to taste

Method:

Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan,add besan and roast till golden brown.Keep aside.

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In another pan heat remaining oil, add the mustard seeds and allow them to crackle.

Add the cumin seeds, asafoetida and onions and cook till the onions are tender.

Add green chilli and cook for some more time.
Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder, Bengal gram flour and salt and mix well

Add 2 cups of hot water,stir continuously, till the Bengal gram flour thickens and leaves the sides of the pan. Cook over a slow flame for 4 to 5 minutes till the water evaporates.

Add the coriander and mix well.

Serve hot with bhakri or roti of your choice.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera.