Vada Pav


My hubby spent his earlier job days at Mumbai still somewhere inside his heart,he is a Mumbaikar  and really like Mumbai street food
one day he asked me ,do you know how to make Vada Pav ??

i had never visited Mumbai but ate this dish at a friend house here at the USA.

it is a vegetarian fast food/street food dish native to the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling (vada) placed inside a bun (pav) sliced almost in half through the middle then apply a little or as much one prefer Spicy green chutney and dry garlic chutney on the inner sides of the pav and stuff with a hot vada and serve with fried green chillies.

Here I am sharing my version of Vada Pav which I prepared today the first time and he really loved it.

For today’s Vada Pav recipe, I have made everything from the scratch dry and wet chutneys and vada.Except Pav its store bought.

Ingredients

Pav or bun

For vada (potato dumplings )

Boiled potatoes 2-4

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Garlic /ginger /green chilli crushed  2 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Batter to fry dumplings

Gram flour (Besan ) 1 cup

Red chilli 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

water

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

green chilli 2-3 ( optional)

method to prepare Vada
Take oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves Then crushed garlic ,ginger & chilli  and saute well.Now add turmeric powder, a tsp of salt, and boiled potatoes Mix them well.keep aside to cool down and make a ball of round shape or any shape you prefer.

mix all ingredients for batter and make a smooth paste.Add enough water to make a thick batter. Whisk well until you get a lump-free batter.Once the batter is ready, keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.

heat oil in a pan to fry potatoes Dumplings .

Dip the potatoes balls completely in to the besan mix and deep fry in the pan over medium heat & fry till golden brown.

Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside. (You can make rest of Dumplings  using rest of the batter).

How to Fry Green chillies

In the same pan add green chilies and fry them.
note :- Be careful, as green chilies tend to splutter.so slit green chilli and deep fry .

For green chutney 

1 bunch cilantro /coriander leaves

1 garlic cloves 

1 green chilli 

Salt as per taste 

Lime juice 1tsp or as per taste 

mustard oil 1 tsp

method
In a grinder jar add all ingredients & Grind smooth with little bit water .Empty you jar &  pour your mixture in a container or a bowl. add oil ,i prefer Mustard oil or you can Skip it.

Dry garlic chutney

8-10 cloves 

1/4 cup desiccated coconut or fresh 

2 tsp sesame seeds 

Salt to taste 

Kashmiri red chilli powder or Red chilli 1 tbsp 

Oil 1 tsp

method
Heat pan add oil on med-low heat then add garlic and saute for 30-40 sec or till it starts browning .Same pan saute desiccated coconut on low heat (30-40 sec) & remove it .Same way sesame seeds .Let all ingredients cool down.

In a blender jar add all ingredients & add chilli powder & salt.

Press pulse button (otherwise ingredients will release oil ) once or twice & don’t make it fine leave it coarse .Chutney is ready .

Note :- i don’t have fresh coconut so i used desiccated one.My family Doesn’t like too much Spicy so i have used kashmiri red chilli powder.

How to assemble Vada Pav

Take buns or pao and put green chutney,  and dry garlic chutney inner side of both bun and keep fried potato dumplings  between them.

Serve with the garnishing of fried green chillies and sprinkle more dry garlic chuney ontop. Serve immediately.

Note :- You can adjust the amount of all chutneys as per preference.

 

 

Microwave Dhokla


A dhokla is a spongy savory cake made of gram flour, suji (semolina) or rice powder. Dhokla recipe is a very popular Gujarati dish prepared in almost every household in India. Many variations of dhoklas such as Besan Dhokla, Sooji Dhokla, Chawal Dhokla or Khaman Dhokla. it is prepared by steaming.Dhokla can be served as breakfast, evening snack or even as an appetizer. Garnished with split green chilies, mustard seeds, grated coconut and coriander leaves, this dish can be served with accompanied with green chutney.

Sharing Dhokla recipe prepared using a microwave in 4 minutes.

Ingredients

Gram Flour /Besan 1 cup

Semolina (Sooji) 1 tbsp

Yogurt 1  cup

Ginger Chilli paste 1 tsp(optional)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil 1 tbsp

Fruit salt 1 tsp

Water for making batter

for Tempering (Tadka)

Mustard seeds(black ) 1 tsp

Oil 1/2 tbsp

Green chilies(slit) 1-2

Water 1 cup

Curry Leaves 4-5

Method

Mix the besan, ginger chilli paste, salt, turmeric, sugar and oil and yogurt.Beat till smooth.Add the water and mix well again.Add the fruit salt, stir gently and pour immediately into the greased microwavable dish.cover and cook at HI or Power level 10 for 4 minutes.

Heat the oil for the tempering, add mustard seeds,curry leaves and green chillies. Saute till slightly colored, and add 1 cup water & give a boil.Turn off heat.Unmold & Cut the tempering into desired sized pieces and pour the tempering over.Serve with Green Coconut Chutney.

 

Beetroot stir fry


Beetroot stirfry is a preparation where the grated vegetables are sauteed in spices and .It’s a great accompaniment to full meals and is a very hit recipe in the southern part of India Beetroot is a good source of iron and folate.It’s an easy, healthy & nutritious recipe.Being a north Indian we spend few years in a southern part of India @hyderabad.My daughter ate with rice and calls the dish as pink rice. It’s one of her favourites.she ate first at my neighbour home afterwards weekly twice she prefer to eat this vegetable either in lunch or dinner.

Ingredients

Beetroots – 2 grated

Bengal Gram – 2 tsp

Black Gram – 1  1/2tsp

Cumin  Seeds – 1 tsp

Dry Red Chilies – 2

Curry Leaves – 2-3

Turmeric Powder – a pinch

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt – To Taste

Oil – 2 tsp

Onion 1 tbsp finely chopped

Method

Wash & peel beetroot then grate it & keep aside.Heat oil in a pan and add Bengal gram ,black gram,cumin and let it splutter. Add in the curry leaves, red chilli .Fry for a minute then adding chopped onions and salt and fry till soft and tender.add turmeric powder and coriander powder fry for few seconds.then adding grated beetroot sprinkle salt and stir.cover and let the veggies cook till they are done.sprinkle some water if the moisture dries in the pan.keep on checking during intervals and sprinkle water whenever required.when the veggies are cooked well.Turn off heat & serve with rice or chappati

Tips :- preparing for small kids then adjust spices.

 

 

 

Jumbo Shrimp Curry


Shrimps are an excellent source of low-fat and low-cal protein and are abundant in Vitamins.It’s a great source of Omega3 fatty acids and an excellent way include a protein. It’s also high in iron, zinc and vitamin E but low in saturated fat.Shrimps is a delicate seafood next to fish. It blends well other flavours and is fast to cook.Shrimps come in a varied range of size and colours.Shrimps can be cooked in various ways Pan  fried Stir fried & deep fried. Curry or made into fritters. They can be served for starters, side dish or as a main course.For Seafood & Fish variations check my other recipes

Mustard Flavored Shrimp Curry  PanFriedTilapia  Crispy Fried Fish   Fish-curry

I am sharing my way of Shrimp Curry South Indian Flavour with Tweaks.

Ingredients

For Marination

Jumbo Prawns 2 lb /1 kg (peel & deveined)

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tsp

Salt to taste

For gravy

Garlic & Ginger Paste 1 tbsp

Turmeric Powder 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Garam masala 1 tsp

Coriander Powder 1tbsp

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Cooking oil 2 tbsp

Green chilli 1-2

Onion Chopped 1 medium sized

Tomatoes 2 medium sized chopped

Salt to taste

Green coriander leaves chopped optional

Water as required.

Method

Marinate above mentioned ingredients keep aside for 20-30 minutes.Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a pan cook prawns for 2-3 min  on a med heat .Keep aside on a paper towel.Using a cooking pan add more oil add cumin seeds once it crackled add green chilli & Curry leaves once get nice aroma add Chopped onion & saute till it became translucent in colour.add garlic ginger paste & cook till raw aroma goes off Add tomatoes & dry powder cook till it started leaving oil ,add cooked Shrimp & salt check seasoning  give a good stir so that it coated by masala.Add water give a boil then turn heat to med-low flame cook for 5 minutes more .Turn off heat Garnish with Green coriander leaves. Serve with Rice or Indian flat bread.

 

 

 

 

Peanut Chutney


Peanut chutney is a delicious an accompaniment to many South Indian dishes such as Idli,dosa,medu vada.

ingredients

1 Cup peanuts

1 Tbsp oil

2 1/2 Tbsp ginger finely chopped

2-3 dry red chillies

2 1/2 Tbsp tamarind pulp

1 tsp mustard seeds

10-12 curry leaves

Urad dal 1 tsp

Bengal gram (channa dal) 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Water as required

Method

Soak urad dal & channa dal.Dry roast peanut in a pan & keep aside.using same pan add 2 tsp of oil adding dry red chilies ,soaked urad dal,channa dal & ginger saute on a med flame till it cook nice & brown.In a grinder jar adding roasted peanut,sauteed dry red chillies ,urad dal ,channa dal ,ginger & tamarind pulp.Adding little by little  water to make a coarse /smooth chutney as per liking. Take out Ground paste in a bowl.add salt & check seasoning .Heat remaining oil & prepare mustard seed and curry leaf tempering & pour on top of  Chutney .Mix properly !!Peanut Chutney  is ready.

Tips:-After roasting de-skin of  peanut is an individual choice.Increase or decrease  red chilli quantity as per own taste buds.

 

Mirch Ka Salan


Salan means Curry & Mirch means Chilli .It’s an authentic & traditional spicy dish of  Hyderabad,India .It’s  prepared with green chillies and relished along with Biryani recipes.Mirchi ka salan, or curried chilli peppers, is a popular dish made with a variety of long & spicy  chillies, spices  with flavours of coconut, tamarind, peanuts and sesame seeds.Serve with Biryani /rice /pulao.I am sharing my version of Mirch ka salan as my family like this curry along with biryani .Originally 15-20 Chilli are added in this Curry.

Ingredients

Green Chilli 4-5

Sesame seeds 2 tbsp

Peanuts 1/4 cup

Desiccated coconut 1/3 cup

Onion 1(sliced)

Cumin seeds 1 tsp

Dry red chillies 3

Garlic 5-6

Ginger 1″

Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder 1 tbsp

Green Coriander leaves(chopped) 1 tbsp

Tamarind pulp 1tbsp

Oil 4 tbsp

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Water 3 cups

Method

Make a cut in green chillies then  heat oil in a deep pan and  fry for 3-4 minutes. Drain on tissue paper. Dry roast cumin seeds, Peanuts, sesame seeds & desiccated coconut in a pan.Grind together red chillies, peanuts, cumin seeds, Desiccated coconut, sesame seeds, garlic and ginger with enough water into a paste. Take  1 tbsp of the leftover oil in another pan and heat. Add mustard seeds and once it crackled  add curry leaves and onion. Mix well and sauté till the onion becomes translucent  after that add a ground paste and mix well.then  Add turmeric powder & coriander powder cook mixture stir continuously till it started leaving oil then and 3-4 cups of water. Stir and cook for a 2 to 3 minutes. Add the fried green chillies, salt and tamarind pulp. Mix well and cook on medium heat for 5-10 minutes. Serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

Tips :-one can add more green chilli as per requirement.

Check this Link  for Biryani

https://aayushimanish.wordpress.com/category/rice-biryanipulao/

Medu Vada


It is made with spiced urad dal batter and fried in donut shape dumplings. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. They are served with Sambar or Coconut Chutney.

ingredients

1 cup urad dal
3 green chillies , roughly chopped
3 to 4 peppercorns 
8 to 10 curry leaves
1 tsp ginger
salt to taste
Method
Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for at least 2 hours.Drain, add the green chillies, black pepper, curry leaves ,and ginger and blend in a mixer to a smooth batter, adding a little water.
Add the salt and mix well and divide the mixture into equal portions. Keep aside.Wet your hand.Take a portion of the mixture in your hand.Make a hole in the center with your thumb.Heat oil in a kadhai(temp Med-hi) up turn your hand and drop the vada in oil.Deep fry the vada till both sides turn golden brown in color.Repeat with the remaining batter to make more medu vadas.Drain on absorbent paper. Serve hot with coconut chutney and sambar

Sambar


Split yellow pigeon pea cooked with vegetables ,tamarind & seasoned.a lentil based soup or stew which is served with idli ,vada or rice .A Famous dish from south India.

ingredients
2 Cup -Split pigeon peas(Toor Dal)
water- to cook dal
1/2 tsp- Turmeric optional
3 Red Chillies (to taste)
1-2 tbsp Sambar powder
2 tsp Mustard seeds
Tamarind paste-(as much sour taste u like )
1-2 cups Vegetables washed & chopped (choice of u r fav veg)
Green Chillies to taste
Few Curry Leaves
Salt to taste
Cooking Oil
Method
Pressure Cook Toor dal with turmeric ,salt and water and keep aside.Cook the vegetables in water enough to soften them and add Turmeric and salt.When vegetables are cooked add tamarind paste.Heat some oil in a pan, splutter mustard, add red chillies, green chillies, curry leaves, and sambhar powder and keep stir for few minutes.Add this to the boiling vegetables.Add Cooked Split pigeon peas and let it cook for a few more minutes.
Sambar is ready.Serve with rice,idli,dosa .

 

Quinoa Khichdi


light & healthy for snacks or breakfast

ingredients
Quinoa 1/4 cup
Roasted Peanuts 1 tbsp
Green Chilli 1
Oil 1 tsp
Curry Leaves 3-4
Mustard seeds 1 tsp
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice 1 tsp /to taste
water
method
heat a saucepan add oil add mustard seeds & cumin seeds once seeds crackle add Curry leaves & green chilli sauteed.
Add quinoa & salt stir properly add water give a boil.
reduce flame to low & cook till become fluffy.
cover & keep it aside for 5 min.add lime juice.
Serve & enjoy !!!

Chicken Bezule


Deep fried Mangalorean chicken.

ingredients
1/2 kg Chicken, cut into small bite/ur choice size pieces
To grind:
{ Coriander leaves- a handful
15 -curry leaves
3 green chillies
1″ piece ginger
4 cloves garlic }

1 1/2- 2 tsp Chilly powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Few drops of red food color(optional)
1 tbsp rice flour
1 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Curd
Oil to deep fry
Salt to taste
Method
Grind the ingredients listed under to grind into a coarse paste.
To the ground paste add all the ingredients. Marinate for a minimum of four hours or better overnight.Fry in hot oil.Serve hot.
Tips
Adjust chilli powder or green chillies as per taste,originally its Spicy one

Chicken65


Chicken marinated with spices & deep fry .

ingredients

Ingredients
Boneless chicken 1 lb
Marination
Salt to taste
Cumin powder 1tsp
Coriander powder 1tsp
Garam masala 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder /paste to taste
Egg 1
Cornflour 1-2 tbsp
Oil to fry
Method
Clean & cut chicken ..marinate using
above ingredients. .for. 1 hr.now take a wok a fry chicken..keep aside on paper towel.
Ingredients (for coating)
Cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Ginger (chopped)- 1/2 tsp
Garlic (chopped)-1 tsp
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp (optional)
Red food color (optional)
Curry leaves 8-10
Red chillies 2-3 dry (to taste)
Coriander powder -1 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Water
Method
Take a wok add oil now add cumin seeds let it crackle.now add red chillies..once it smoke add chopped ginger garlic let it cooked now add paste..of ginger garlic ..curry leaves ..rest of spices..salt water & at last add fried chicken..let it coated wid masala.serve .& .enjoy