Wednesday, October 14, 2020

BLACK EYE BEANS CURRY SINDHI STYLE / CHAUNRAN JI BHAJI DAAGA MEI


This is the Sindhi style Black Eyed Bean Curry made in caramelized onion gravy. In Sindhi we call it Chaunran ji Bhaji. It is usually served with phulkas/ rotis.

Ingredients:
Black eye beans - 1 cup or as needed
Onions .............. 1 cup (sliced)
Tomatoes ........... 1 large or 2 small
Green chillies ... 1 or 2
Ginger paste ..... 1 tsp
Garlic paste ....... 1 tbsp
Cumin powder ... 1 tsp
Coriander powder .. 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder ... 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder ... 1/2 tsp (or as you like it)
Coriander leaves .... handful
Salt .................. to taste
Oil .................... 2 + 2  tbsps


Method:
1. Soak the beans for few hours.
2. Boil them adding little salt. Drain and set the water aside for gravy.
3. Heat 2 tbsps oil and fry the onions until brown in colour.
4. Add chopped tomato, green chillies, ginger and garlic paste. Saute a bit and add 1 cup water.
5. Simmer to cook. Allow it to cool. Mash it to a paste.
6. Now in a different pan add 2 tbsps oil . On low heat add the spice powders taking care not to burn them.
7. Stir in the onion paste and the boiled beans.
8. Add salt and the water left over from boiling the beans. Check the quantity as per your preference of the gravy. (thick or thin)
9. Simmer for couple of minutes and add the coriander leaves.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020

QUINOA AND EGG MUFFINS / SAVOURY BREAKFAST MUFFINS

 


Eggs are a preferred and versatile breakfast food. We can have them boiled, poached, fried, scrambled eggs, French toast or an omelette with various add-ons. Here is one more delicious protein packed  breakfast recipe that the egg lovers are surely going to fall in love with, Quinoa and Egg Muffins. I have added onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cheese and coriander leaves. There are many more add-on options like ham, bacon, pasta, boiled or minced chicken, spinach, basil .. etc etc. 

Eggs :  

Eggs are a good source of protein and several minerals that can be hard to get in other foods, such as iodine and selenium. “Eggs are also one of the few foods that are naturally a good source of vitamin D., which helps build strong bones with the help of calcium,

Quinoa :

Quinoa has many properties that make it a weight-loss-friendly-food. It’s higher in protein than similar foods, such as rice, corn, and whole wheat. It is good to include it in your daily diet. These days it is easily available in various forms like grains, flakes and flour. You can add the boiled quinoa in your soups and salads too.

 Check out how to boil quinoa perfectly to a grainy texture - HERE 


Now let's proceed with the recipe.

Ingredients:
Cooked quinoa...... 1/2 cup 
Eggs .................... 4 
Onion ................ 2-3 tbsps (finely chopped)
Tomatoes ............ 2 tbsps (diced after removing the juice and seeds)
Green chillies ...... 2-3 (finely chopped)
Sauteed mushrooms ... 1 tbsp
Red, yellow & green bell peppers / capsicums  ..... 1 tbsp of each (diced)
Coriander leaves ...................... handful (chopped)
Cheese (grated) ........................ 2-3 tbsps
Salt ....................................... to taste
Black pepper ........................ 2-3 pinches 
Oil .................................. little for greasing the moulds.

Method:
1. Break the eggs into a large bowl. 
2. Add salt and whisk them until fluffy.
3. Now add all the ingredients and seasoning. (except oil).
4. Stir them well.
5. Grease the muffin moulds with a brush. 
6. Pour the egg mixture into them. 
7. Garnish with some bell pepper pieces and sprinkle black pepper or chilli flakes.
8. Pour some water in a baking tray and place the prepared moulds.
9. Bake at 200 C for about 20 minutes or until done. After 15 minutes you can open the oven and put some cheese on top if you like.
10. Insert a knife around the edges to  un-mould them easily.
11. Serve with ketchup or any sauce of your choice.


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This recipe is part of the "A-Z Recipe Challenge" in a facebook group wherein we bloggers come together and choose  key ingredients alphabetically to make and post a dish every month. The alphabet of the month is Q and I am presenting these delicious Quinoa and Egg Muffins 


       

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

INSTANT WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR SWEET APPE / SWEET PANIYARAM WITH WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR


Sweet appe are cute little dumplings made in a special mould called appe pan. They're called sweet appe in Maharashtra, godu appo in Konkani, famously known as sweet kuzhi paniyaram in South India, paddu or guliappa in Kannada. 
These can be made with many variations like wheat flour, rice flour, semolina and with the addition of fruits like banana or mango or dessicated coconut.etc etc  Traditionally they are flavoured with cardamom powder, crushed aniseed (saunf)
Today I am making them with wheat flour and semolina combo and flavouring with organic jaggery, cardamom powder and fennel seeds.



Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour... 1 cup
Semolina ............... 2 tbsps
Organic jaggery powder 
Cardamom powder .. 1/4 tsp
Crushed fennel seeds... 1 tsp 
Salt .......................... 1 pinch 
Baking powder ........ 1 pinch
Water or milk .......... for mixing
Ghee ...................... for brushing.

Method:

1. Mix all the ingredients except ghee to make a smooth and thick batter.









2. Brush ghee liberally on the appe pan.






3. Pour the prepared batter into the mould. Keep the pan on the gas on medium flame and cover it with a lid.






4. After few minutes flip them with the pointed spatula provided with the pan or a small spoon. 






5. Brush little ghee and cook on the other side and cook until done 








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Thursday, September 3, 2020

POTATO AND PASTA CUTLETS


Cutlet is a simple snack, quick and easy to prepare and makes a great tea time or evening snack. It can be made with many variations depending on the ingredients you have at home.
Last night we had pasta with red sauce for dinner and I had a bowlful of left overs. Combining them with boiled and mashed potato along with some spices and bread crumbs for binding I made these delicious and crispy cutlets. They turned out really delicious.


Ingredients:
Left over pasta ...... about 1 cup
Potatoes ................ 2 large
Bread crumbs ......  2 tbsps
Cumin seeds or shahi jeera ........ 1/2 tsp
Green chillies ...... 1 (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves .. handful
Salt ..................... to taste
Garam masala powder .. 1/2 tsp
Red chilli powder ...... 1/4 tsp
Oil .................. for frying

Method:



1. Boil the potatoes and peel them.








2. Mash the potatoes and set aside.







3. In a mixing bowl take all the ingredients except oil.








4. Mash them using a masher.







5. Make cutlets of the desired shape and set aside.








6. Heat oil in a pan and fry them until crisp and golden brown.







7. Serve hot with any sauce or chutney of your choice.







 

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This recipe is part of the "A-Z Recipe Challenge" in a facebook group wherein we bloggers come together and choose  key ingredients alphabetically to make and post a dish every month. The alphabet of the month is P and I am presenting these crispy Potato and Pasta Cutlets 



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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

OATS KHICHDI


Khichdi is one of the healthiest one pot meal as it has all the healthy ingredients.This version is even more healthier as I have used oats instead of rice. It tasted as good as the khichdi made with rice. It is an easy meal option made with any vegetables you have at home. It can just be relished with some curd, pickle and papad.

Ingredients:
Oats .............. 1 & 1/2 cups
Moong dal .... 3/4 cup
Carrot ............ 1/4 cup (diced)
Green peas ..... 1/4 cup
Red, yellow and green bell peppers .. 1/4 cup (mixed)
Tomato .............. 1
Green chiilies ... 1 or 2
Coriander leaves ... handful
Turmeric powder .... 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder ....... 1/2 tp
Red chilli powder ... 1/4 tsp (optional)
Asafoetida ............. 1/8 tsp (add as per your liking)
Cumin seeds .......... 1/2 tsp
Oil ........................ 3 tbsps
Ghee ................... 1 tbsp

Method:
1. Soak the moong dal.
2. Cut all the vegetables and set aside.
3. In a pan heat half of the oil and roast the oats for a minute stirring continuously. Remove them in a bowl.
4. Heat the remaining oil and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
5. When they crackle, tip in the tomato and the diced vegetables.
6. Add salt, turmeric, cumin powder, green chillies and stir fry a little.
7. Now add 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. If you like a softer consistency add half cup more.
8. Stir in the roasted oats and moong dal.
9. Let it cook on medium flame until it is is done.
10. Finally add the coriander leaves and a tbsp of ghee and stir.
11. Serve hot.

Note: you can also use a pressure cooker for this. In that case reduce the quantity of water . 3 and 1/2 cups should do.

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This recipe is part of the A-Z Recipe Challenge in a facebook group wherein we bloggers come together and choose  key ingredients alphabetically to make and post a dish every month. Alphabet of this month is- "O"  and I chose oats and made this dish


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

BAFAURI / DAL BAFAURI / STEAMED BAFAURI


Bafauri is a very healthy snack from the North Indian states of Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. There might be a slight variation from state to state. Basically it is made with chana dal which is soaked and ground coarsely. Finely chopped onion, coriander leaves and some spices are added for flavouring. Dumplings are made with this mixture and steamed to perfection. This is an oil free snack and the taste is also incredible. You can relish it with mint chutney or any  other chutney you prefer.You have to try it out once and I am sure you will agree with me.


Now this recipe is is part of our monthly challenge in a facebook group where we are paired every month with a different partner. Both select the secret ingredients for each other.This month the theme is "Steamed Food " which was suggested by Anu Kollon who blogs at Ente Thattukada. She made a traditional Kerala dish Vattayappam 
I am paired with Pavani Gunikuntla. Do visit her blog Pavani's Kitchen for the authentic Andhra recipes. For this event I gave her Sugar and Green chillies and her recipe was Khaman Dhokla which is a popular Gujarati snack loved by one and all.
I was given Carom Seeds (Ajwain) and Asafoetida (Hing) by Pavani  and using these two ingredients I chose to make this healthy Bafauri, which I am sure you are going to fall in love with when you make it. 
Now let's proceed with the recipe.

Ingredients:
Chana dal ............. 1 cup
Green chilli paste .. 1 tsp
Garlic paste........... 1 tsp
Onion .................. 1 (finely chopped)
Coriander leaves... 1/2 cup
Ajwain / carom seeds .. 1/3 tsp
Asafoetida .................. 1 or 2 pinches
Baking soda ............... 2 pinches
Turmeric powder ....... 1/2 tsp
Salt .......................... to taste
Oil ............................ for brushing the steamer plate.


Method:


Soak the chana dal for few hours.







Drain the water and grind it coarsely without adding water.







Add all the mentioned ingredients.







Mix them well.







Shape them in any form you desire. Line them on a greased steamer plate. You can also use the idli cooker any pan like I have done here.







Cover the lid and steam for 20 minutes turning the side once carefully. The time may vary a bit depending on the size of the dumplings

Touch them with a finger to see if they are firm.








Serve with any chutney of your choice.



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