Thursday, November 5, 2009

Bombay Khandvi

Make this amazing snack earlier this week! It turned out just perfect.. Its from a Nita Mehta recipe book I bought last week.. After so many tries, finally managed to make perfect khandvi.. I really love this, and I've even had patra and khandvi for lunch!!

You need:
1/2 cup besan
3/4 cup curds
3/4 cup water
1 pinch of asafoetida
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 green chilli crushed (I used some red chilli powder instead)
Salt to taste
1 tbsp mustard seeds
Some til seeds

Mix the besan, curd and water to a smooth paste. Microwave at 80% power for 4 minutes. I stirred once in between.
Then add the turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, chillies and salt and microwave on full power for 3 minutes or untill thick. 3 minutes was just perfect for me.
Then, spread very quickly on a greased plastic sheet.. or easier... on a slightly greased steel dinner plate. I use a flat wooden spoon to spread it. It's got to be spread before it starts cooling, else it'll set in the cooking vessel.
You may need 2-3 plates to spread the whole mixture. Let it cool and set. Should take 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small microwavable bowl, heat oil for 2 minutes. Add musturd seeds and heat for 2 minutes. Then add the asafoetida and til seeds and heat for another minute or so until done.
Once the spread mixture is cool, make slices of 1 inch thickness, and fold and roll.. (for a novice.. its like folding normal tissue paper into a toilet roll kind of shape!!)

The tempering can be put on the mixture before rolling or after making the rolls too.. The rolls can be garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves and fresh grated coconut. (I didn't do that though..)

It was perfect.. hubby's expression said it all!


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Quick Raitha

What if you see unexpected guests?You are going to serve them Rotis Sabsi,Dal Rice?Is tahta ll?
Here is what you can do additionally.

Incase you have a packet of kurkure/twisters/namkeens etc.Here is what you can do.

Jeera Powder
Amchur powder
Red chilly Powder

Break the dahi and add all the ingredients.Mix well.
Just before Serving,add the kurkure/chips and serve as raitha.Believe me people loved it!!

Bon Appétit

Paneer Gravy

Very Simple dish and was highly appreciated by all today:))True Punjabi flavour made me say haay rabba after having this

Paneer Sliced
Chopped onion
Tomatoe Puree
Ginger garlic Paste
Red chilly paste
Garam Msala
Milk+ cream

Fry onions in oil till golden brown.Add Ginger garlic Paste,Ajawain,Jeera,chily powder and garm masala.Cook for sometime and then blend in blender.
Once blended put it in the pan again and add tomato Puree,salt,Milk Cream
Add paneer and cook for sometime

Serve hot with Parathas or chapatis.

Chef's Tip:You can also add Badishep(Saunf)Powder while frying onions for additional flavour

Bon Appétit

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Garlicy Baked Fries

Tried Purple foodie's Garlicy Baked Fries yesterday for dinner, paired it up with Khichdi and soup.. It came out nice, tasty and crispy, and disappeared very fast! Hubby loved it too :)

I preheated my microwave convection to 210 degree C. That's the max temperature it can enter!
I took 3 potatoes and cut them into wedges. Then took 6-8 garlic cloves and 1 tsp of black pepper and ground them. Cooked this ground stuff in 6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, and added the potatoes and salt to taste. Covered and cooked for 3-5 mins. Then arranged it all on the borosil glass wide vessel that I have. Baked (on convection) for 10 minutes. Then turned all the pieces and it for 10-15 mins till nicely brown and crisp!

It sure was yumm.. The 3 potatoes seemed too less...Hubby could've eaten them all..