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.

 

 

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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.

 

Namakpare


Namakpare is pastry like crunchy snack prepared using flour ,salt & lightly seasoned with carom seed  then it’s deep fried.One can have it as Tea time snacks.At my native place in Bihar,it’s called Nimki.Prepare & store up to a month in an airtight container.Preparation is easy only time taking is frying process.Usually, it’s prepared during Holi & Diwali Festival.But my family like to have whenever I prepared.

Ingredients

All Purpose flour (Maida) 1 cup

Salt 1/2 tsp or to taste

Carom seeds 1/2 tsp

Warm Oil 2 tsp

Water 1/3 cup or as required for dough

Oil for deep frying

Method
In a large mixing bowl sieve the all purpose flour & add salt, carom seeds and oil in the flour.Now while adding a little water at time start kneading dough for namakpare.and form a stiff dough. It needs to be stiffer than Chapati dough. Cover Kneaded dough &keep  aside to rest for 10 min.Now divide the dough into equal size balls.Roll it on a rolling board Like a round circle or chappati.
Now using a knife cut rolled dough into strips or a diamond shape.Heat oil in a pan for deep frying Check if oil is hot enough by adding a small piece of dough.Once the oil is ready add the dough slices of namakpare  into oil and deep fry it.Fry the namakpare  or nimki until it becomes golden in color.Once fried, take it out and place it on kitchen towel or paper for soaking extra oil.Once it cooled down Keep in a jar.
tips
roll a dough neither too thick or thin cut it into  a shapes you like.deep frying on low temperature.otherwise from outside it will be brown inside uncooked.
while it’s soft when hot once cool down  then get crispy.

 

Onion & Cabbage Pakora


Pakora  is a fried snack or a fritter.Originally from India & across South Asia especially in India & its Neighbouring country.It is  a mix of finely Sliced  onions & shredded cabbage  green chillies, and Indian spices mixed in gram flour. It is rolled into small balls ,Flatten on fingers and deep-fried in hot oil. These pakoras are very crisp on the outside and medium soft to crisp inside

Pakoras are created by taking one or two ingredients, such as onion, eggplant, potato, spinach, paneer, cauliflower, or chili pepper & Served with Chutney Mint & Coriander Chutney or tomato ketchup.

Ingredients

1 cup besan

Cabbage -1/4 cup

onion -1 big size

Green chilli -1-2 (as per taste)

Salt to taste

Chilli powder-1/4 tsp

Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp

Coriander powder-1/2 tbsp

Cumin powder 1 tsp

Black pepper powder to taste

Oil for frying

Water if required

Method

Wash & cut cabbage & onion.finely chopped green chillies.In a big bowl add all ingredients mix properly using hand& check seasoning .Heat oil in a Kadai drop pakoda batter and deep fry them.Put on paper towel to remove excessive oil.Serve with Chutney .

Tips:- if needed then only add water,as onion & cabbage leaves water when we add salt.Pakora batter will become runny .

 

 

Jhaal Muri


Jhaal means Spice & Muri is a puffed Rice & seasoned with Indian spices.it’s a no-cook recipe.Very light & flavorful snacks .Jhaal muri is a popular street food of Bihar & West Bengal.one can add as many ingredients like boiled potatoes ,chopped tomatoes ,peanuts& chutneys of their individual choice but mustard oil is a key ingredient to enhance taste .i am sharing  a recipe which we ate at my home.It’s a favourite Tea time snacks for us almost every day of me & my cousin.we had a lot of memories connected with this snacks lot of spicy chit-chat & secrets.

Ingredients

Puffed Rice 2 cup

Onion finely chopped 1 tbsp

Green chillies 1-2 finely chopped

Mustard oil 2tsp

Salt to taste

Paprika to taste

Lime juice 1 tsp

Green coriander leaves/cilantro 1 tbsp for garnishing

Method

Mix all ingredients in a bowl.garnish with chopped green coriander leaves.enjoy with a cup of Ginger Tea.

My entry for Semi Home Made Collective – May 2016 @Sonal Gupta blog. http://simplyvegetarian777.com/ .plz do check her blog for awesome & delectable  Vegetarian food.

Healthy Bowl


Boiled Soya Chunks With Sauteed Veggies & Seasonings

ingredients

Soya chunks cooked 1 cup
Olive oil /any cooking oil 1 tbsp
Curry powder 1/8 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
Onion 1 small diced
Green chilli 1-2/tastebuds
Green Bell pepper 1 diced
Tomato (deseeded)1 diced
Dried Oregano to taste
Parsley flakes to taste
Garlic powder 1/2 tsp
Cilantro/Green coriander leaves for Garnish
Method
Boil soya chunks adding salt for 5-6 min.
Rinse properly before preparing.
Heat oil in a pan add green chilli ,add onion saute for a minute.add tomatoes & green pepper .add curry powder,garlic powder ,salt & pepper cook around for a minute.add soya chunks .mix properly.
Turn off heat adding oregano & parsley.
Check seasoning.

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 !!!