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Button Idlis (Mini Idlis)

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These are miniature Idlis made in mini idli stand.

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This is easily available in market,I usually make these Idlis for making idli chat or idli manchurian,also theses are hit with kids.

Ingredients:

1 cup udad dal

2 & 1/2 cup Rice.

1 tbsp Methi (mustard) seeds.

2 tsp Sugar

Salt to taste.

Oil for greasing.

Method:

Wash and soak overnight rice .

Wash and soak overnight udad dal and methi.

Grind  both rice and dal seperately till smooth.

Mix both the batters together.Add salt and sugar.

Mix well,consistency of batter should be like that of cake batter.

Keep to  ferment(for around 4 to 6 hours).

Once fermented,Keep water for boiling in cooker,idli maker or steamer.

Grease idli  moulds with oil.

Mix well the fermented batter.Pour fermented batter into each mould.

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Steam on high flame for 10 minutes,if using cooker make sure the lid is used without whistle.

Remove moulds from pressure cooker and allow it to cool.

 

De mould the Idlis and serve hot with chutney and sambar.

Tip-Remaining batter can be stored in fridge for latter use.

Happy Cooking !!!

Sameera

Rava Handvo

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Handvo,is a very famous dish from state of Gujrat.It is a one pot meal which can be served  as breakfast,lunch or dinner.The recipe that I am sharing today is an instant version of Handvo, made using curd and rava,the other version is made up of rice flour and mixed lentils and requires fermentation.Any available vegetables like dudhi (bottle gourd),methi leaves (fenugreek ),Carrots,onions,tomatoes, peas or corns can be used.This is a very good dish for kids tiffin.traditionally it is cooked on a slow flame with little extra oil in a non stick pan but same can also be baked in oven to avoid the extra oil.This dish was on my mind for long,finally nailed it today !!

Ingredients : 

1 cup Rava.

1/4 cup Besan.

1/4 cup Curds.

1/2 cup grated Carrot.

1/2 cup chopped onion.

1 tbsp Green chilli,Ginger and Garlic paste.

1 tsp Dhana Jeera powder

1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder.

1 tsp Sugar.

1/2 tspn Baking Soda.

1 tbsp Lemon juice.

Salt to taste.

For tempering:

4 tspn Oil.

1 tsp Mustard seeds.

1 tspn Jeera.

2 tsp Sesame seeds.

Method : 

Take all the ingredients except baking soda in a pan.

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Add little water and make a thick batter.

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Let it stand for 15 to 20 minutes.

Now add baking soda and once again mix the batter well.

Divide batter in 2 portions.

Heat a non stick pan,add half the ingredients and make a tempering.

Now add one portion of the batter and spread well.

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Cover with the lid and cook on slow flame for 8 minutes os till the sides turn brown.

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Flip over and cook on other side for another 5 minutes.

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Once crisp from both the sides,remove and cut into peices.

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Make one more Handvo from the remaining batter.

Serve hot with green chutney.

Tip:Same can be made in oven,pour the batter in a greased plate and bake in preheated oven at 180 degreescelcius  for 20 minutes.Remove from the plate and add tempering on top.cut into pieces and serve.

Happy Cooking!!!

Sameera.

 

Masala Peanuts

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I am back to blogging after a long break, was busy with my baking orders and classes, also during this break learned many new things and the best of all was tarot reading. …

But always felt guilty for not able to take out time for blogging….so here I am back to my page.

It’s raining day and night and the climate has become awesome…so here I am sharing this yummy and crispy masala peanuts recipe….monsoon special.

Ingredients :

100 gms Peanuts.

4 tbsp Besan (Gram flour)

Salt to taste.

1/2 tsp Red Chilli Powder .

1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder.

1/2 tsp Dhana Jeera powder.

1/2 tsp Chat Masala.

Oil for frying.

Method :

Take peanuts in colander,hold them below running g tap water,drain out water completely,remove in a plate.

Sprinkle all the masalas,except chat masala and Besan on it,mix well,sprinkle little water if required.Besan should coat peanuts well.

Deep fry these peanuts in hot oil, on medium heat till golden and crisp.

Remove on absorbent paper.sprinkle chat masala and serve hot.

After cooling store in air tight container.

Happy Cooking! ! !

Sameera

Kurmura and Wheat Flakes Chiwda.

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This is ready to make healthy breakfast option,you can carry this in tiffin to work ,this can be made more healthy and filling by adding chopped onions,tomatoes, cucumber,corns to this dry mixture…..along with pudina and khajoor chutney.

ingredients  :

2 cups Kurmura.

2 cups Wheat Flakes.wheat flakes are easily available in market.

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1/4 cup roasted Peanuts.

1/4 cup Daliya.

1/4 cup Nylon Sev.

1 tbsp Oil.

1 tsp Rai.

1 tsp Jeera.

1 tsp Badishep (aniseeds)

1 tsp Sugar.

1/8 tsp Asafoetida

1/8 tsp Haldi.

8 leaves curry patta.

1 tsp Chilli Powder.

2 tsp Chat Masala.

Salt to taste.

Method:

In a big,thick bottom pan heat oil.

Add Rai, jeera,asafoetida, badishep,curry leaves and stir for a minute.

Add peanuts  and Daliya, stir fry for a min,add sugar,mix well.

Add kurmura and Wheat Flakes , add haldi, chilli powder,salt and chat masala.

Mix well.Roast till kurmura become crispy.

Spread on paper.

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Let it cool completely.

Store in air tight jar.

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Happy Cooking! ! !

Sameera

Kurmura and Khakra Chiwda.

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This is an easy to make handy dish,I usually  carry this in tiffin to work as breakfast,you can make it more healthy and filling by adding chopped onions,tomatoes, cucumber,corns to this dry mixture…..

ingredients  :

4 cup Kurmura.

1 cup Khakra pieces (any flavour)

1/4 cup roasted Peanuts.

1/4 cup Daliya.

1 tbsp Oil.

1 tsp Rai.

1 tsp Jeera.

1 tsp Badishep (aniseeds)

1 tsp Sugar.

1/8 tsp Asafoetida

1/8 tsp Haldi.

8 leaves curry patta

3 Green chillies chopped into large pieces.

2 tsp Chat Masala.

Salt to taste.

Method:

In a big,thick bottom pan heat oil.

Add Rai, jeera,asafoetida, badishep,curry leaves and chillies stir for a minute.

Add peanuts  and Daliya, stir fry for a min,add sugar,mix well.

Add kurmura and Khakra, add salt and chat masala.

Mix well.

Spread on paper.

Let it cool completely.

Store in air tight jar.

Happy Cooking! ! !

Sameera

 

 

 

Grilled /Toasted Sandwich with Chinese Stuffing

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In Goregaon ,we have a sandwich wala,who is famous for his variety  of grilled sandwiches namely Bombay to Goa, Highway,AK 47 and many more.This is my version of his sandwiches,tried on experimental  basis but turned into a hit….here goes the recipe…..

Ingredients : 

For the stuffing:

1 cup each chopped Cucumber,Tomato, Onion and Capsicum.

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1 tbsp Oil.

2 tbsp Ching Schezwan chutney.

2 tbsp Tomato Ketchup

1/4 tsp Pepper  powder.

Salt to taste.

Other ingredients :

4 Slices Bread.(White/Brown)

2 tbsp Butter.

2 tbsp Mayonnaise

2 tbsp grated Cheese.

Method:

Heat oil in pan add onion,saute it for 2 mins,add Capsicum and cucmber ,saute for a minute.

Add Tomatoes and saute for another minute.

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Mix well cover and let cook for 5 mins

Add Schezwan  chutney and tomato Ketchup, Pepper  powder,taste and add salt if required.

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Keep it aside to cool.

Apply butter on one side of all  the bread Slices.

Place around 2 tbsp of stuffing on two slices of bread.

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Top it up with Mayonnaise  and grated cheese.

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Place  another slice of bread on top and press to make a sandwich.

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Apply butter to outer sides of bread Slices and either grill in a grilled or toast on tawa till it becomes  crisp and brown from both the sides

Remove and cut to form triangles or serve as it is.

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Serve immediately

Happy Cooking ! ! !

Sameera.

Cheesy Bread

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I had seen picures of this dish on some cooking site,long time back,since then was waiting to try my hand on it…it’s a market bought loaf made cheesy using loads of cheese…I have used Garlic loaf here,you can use any loaf, wheat,multi grain…any loaf of your choice.This chess bread can be served on its own ,also goes very well with soups  and pastas.

Ingredients :

1 Loaf Bread.

2 tbsp Butter Melted.

2 tbsp Garlic powder.

1/2 cup grated Mozarella  Cheese.

1 tsp Oregano dried.

Method:

Mix garlic powder,Oregano and melted butter together.keep it aside.

Grate cheesee and keep it aside.

Take loaf,Cut the loaf into two pieces.

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Using sharp knife make criss cross insersions in each portion.

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In each insersion,apply butter infused with garlic and Oregano.

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Stuff grated cheese in each and every incersion.

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Press the loaf together.

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Place on silver foil.

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wrap it completely.

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Preheat oven and bake the loaf at 180°C for 10 mins.

Remove and let col for 5 mins.

Open the foil.

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You have bread with cheese oozing out of it.

Repeat  the same process with other half piece of loaf.

Serve immediately.

Happy Cooking! ! !

Sameera.