Baked Falafel with Multigrain Pita Bread


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Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas – 1 cup
  • Onion – 1 small
  • Garlic – 2 large cloves
  • Cumin powder  – 2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chili  (Optional) – 2
  • Coriander leaves / Cilantro- 1/2 cup
  • Parsley – 1/2 cup
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp
  • Salt – as required
  • Oil

Method:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight in large bowl with water.
  • Finely chop the onions.
  • Drain the chickpeas. Add all the ingredients from onions to salt with about 2-3 tablespoons of chickpea into the mixer and grind into smooth paste. Transfer to a bowl.
  • Grind the remaining chickpeas into a slightly coarse paste with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Transfer to the same bowl.
  • Mix well. Make small balls and flatten them. Preheat the oven at 375 degeee Fahrenheit.
  • Apply some oil on a baking tray and arrange the falafel.
  • Brush some oil on the top of the falafel. Place the tray in the middle rack. Bake for 15 minutes on each side.
  • Flip the falafels, brush some more oil and bake for another 15 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot with Pita breads.

How to serve falafel with Pita Bread:

  • Cut a pita bread into 2 halves. Apply some hummus inside.
  • Arrange 2-3 falafels, lettuce, cucumber, and tomatoes
  • Add some tahini, hummus, or mayonnaise on top and relish 🙂

Garlic Button Mushrooms


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Ingredients:
• Button Mushrooms – 500 grams
• Finely chopped Onions – ½ Cup
• Finely chopped Garlic – 9-1- large cloves
• Olive Oil – 3-4 tbsp
• Extra Virgin Chili Pepper Olive Oil – 1-2 tbsp (optional)
• Fresh Thyme – 1 tbsp
• Finely chopped Parsley – few springs
• Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
• Salt as required
Method:
• Wash the mushrooms thoroughly, strain the water and immediately pat dry. This helps the mushroom from blackening. I like to remove the stems completely. You can just trim them.
• Heat 3-4 tbsp of olive oil in a pan.
• Add finely chopped onions and saute for a minute.
• Add the finely chopped garlic and saute for another minute.
• Now add the mushrooms and fry well until they are lightly roasted.
• Once they are lightly roasted, add salt and black pepper powder.
• Continue to cook them until they are done on low flame for about 10 minutes uncovered.
• About 5 minutes into cooking, add the fresh thyme and finely chopped parsley. You can add more and any herbs you like.
• Lastly, add in extra virgin chili pepper olive oil depending on your spice level and mix.
• Serve hot with some Alfredo pasta and a piece of chicken or with some rice and fish or any other combinations you may like.

All time favorite: Curd rice


One of our favorites is curd rice 🙂 Some days, Mum would make Bisi Bele Bath and Curd rice with potato chips for lunch. That would leave us drooling!

Here’s how you can add some flavor to the humble curd rice.

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Ingredients:

  • Cooked rice – 2 bowls
  • Curd / Yogurt – 1 ½ cups
  • Whole Milk – 1/3 cup
  • Cucumber – ¼ cup
  • Grated carrot – ¼ cup
  • Finely chopped cilantro – 2 tbsp
  • Pomegranate seeds – ¼ cup
  • Ginger – ½ inch
  • Rai / Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal/Black Gram dal – 1 tsp
  • Dry Red Chili – 2
  • Curry leave – 9-10
  • Oil –  1 tbsp
  • Salt a required

Method:

  • Take 1 ½ cups of yogurt in a bowl, add salt to taste and whisk to make it smooth. I like my yogurt to be smooth J
  • Take a large bowl, add the cooked rice, yogurt, milk, cucumber, grated carrot, cilantro, pomegranate seeds (serve some for garnish) and mix everything well.
  • Finely chop the ½ piece ginger and keep it aside.

To Temper:

  • Heat oil in a small pan. Add Mustard seeds.
  • Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the black gram dal, broken red chilies, finely chopped ginger, curry leaves and fry well (make sure not to burn them).
  • Add it to the rice and mix well. Garnish with a few pomegranate seeds.
  • Serve with papad and any pickle of your choice.

Makara Sankranthi Special: Avarekai Bath / Lilva Beans Rice


It’s the season of Avarekai/ Lilva Bean in Bangalore, and Sankranti is round the corner. Make this simple and flavorful recipe and enjoy it with friends and family.

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Ingredients:

  • Avarekai/ Lilva Bean –  1 ½ cup
  • Methi/ Fenugreek leaves –  2 cups
  • Onion –  1 medium sized
  • Tomato – 1 large
  • Green chilies – 2-3
  • Ginger Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Oil – 9-10 tbsp
  • Cooked rice – made out of 1 glass of rice
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat 9-10 tbsp of oil in a large Kadai.
  • Finely chop the onion and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry until onions turn golden brown and the raw smell goes. (Make sure not to burn the onions)
  • Now add tomatoes and cook till soft.
  • Add the avarekai/ lilva bean and fry well for 1 min.
  • Wash the methi/ fenugreek leaves thoroughly and chop them roughly. Add them to the kadai and fry well.
  • Add in all the powders, salt to taste and slit green chilies. Mix everything well and keep frying them from time to time until the lilva beans are cooked for another 5-6 minutes.
  • Mix the cooked rice  (make sure the rice isn’t hot) into the avarekai/ lilva bean mixture and fry well for about a minute.

Serve with papad and some raita or curd rice 🙂

Sooji Murgh Shorba or Semolina Chicken Soup


Sharing with you a simple, easy and quick recipe of chicken soup which you can relish this winter. This warm, delicious bowl of chicken soup is perfect for your Sunday evening.

Slurp…Slurp!

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Ingredients:

  • Chicken – 9-10 bone pieces
  • Roasted Coarse Sooji/ Semolina – 1/3 Cup
  • Ginger-Garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Thinly sliced Onion – ¼  Cup
  • Thinly sliced Tomato – ¼ Cup
  • Slit Green chilies – 2
  • Coriander leaves/ Cilantro  – ½ Cup
  • Cloves – 2-3
  • Cinnamon – 1 small stick cut into 2-3 pieces
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin Powder – ½  tsp
  • Black Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Water – 4 glasses
  • Oil – 3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat 3 tbsp of oil in a pressure cooker and add cloves, cinnamon and bay leaf.
  • Add onions and saute till translucent.
  • Wash the chicken pieces thoroughly and add them to the onions. Fry for about 2 minutes.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry well until the raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook until they are soft.
  • Now add the roasted sooji/ semolina and fry for about a minute.
  • Add in all the powders, slit green chilies and salt and fry for another minute.
  • Add water and bring to a boil.
  • Finely chop some coriander leaves and add them.
  • Close the cooker and cook for about 5-6 whistles.
  • Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
  • Slowly remove the chicken pieces into a bowl and shred them.
  • Add the shredded chicken back to the soup. Heat again before you serve it.
  • Sprinkle some coriander and mint leaves and serve hot.

 

Delish Fruit Cake Recipe


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Ingredients:

  • Maida/All-Purpose Flour – 2 cups
  • Castor sugar – 1 ¼ Cup
  • Butter – 1 cup
  • Eggs – 5
  • Baking Powder –  2 tsp
  • Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp
  • Dry fruits Mix (Almonds, Cashews, Raisins, Walnuts, Pistachio)s – ½ Cup
  • Tutti Frutti – ½ Cup
  • Milk – ¼ Cup
  • Spice powder – 1 tsp

Method:

  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the cake.
  • If you do not have castor sugar, run the sugar in a food processor or mixer for a few seconds to make superfine sugar, (make sure not to powder it) then measure. Here you will need 1 ¼ cup. You can also use 1 ¼ cup of granulated sugar instead of castor sugar.
  • Sieve Maida/All-Purpose Flour, baking powder, Spice powder thrice so that all are thoroughly mixed. Mix in the dry fruits and tutti frutti.
  • Soften the butter before beating. Do not melt.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated, keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Grease the bread tin with butter and dust with Maida/All-Purpose Flour, so that the cake comes off easily once baked. You can also use cooking spray.
  • Place the bread tin on the parchment paper, trace it and cut it out, then place it on the bottom of the bread tin.
  • Preheat the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Beat butter and sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy. Make sure to beat in one direction.
  • Separate the egg whites and yolks.
  • Beat the egg whites with a hand-mixer until stiff peaks are formed.
  • Beat well the egg yolks with vanilla essence.
  • Add the beaten egg yolk to the butter-sugar and mix well. Do not allow the mixture to curdle. To this, slowly fold in the beaten egg whites with a rubber spatula.
  • Instead of separating the egg whites and yolks and then beating them, you can add the whole eggs one by one, beating them well each time.
  • Add 1/2 of the sieved flour to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and fold in. Add some milk and fold slowly. Now repeat the same with the remaining flour and milk.
  • Pour this mixture into the bread tin and bake for about 1 ½ hours. Time may vary for each oven.
  • Add cherries and tutti frutti on the top.
  • Check after 1 hour. If it is browning too much, place aluminum foil on the top and cook for the remaining minutes.
  • Check if the cake is baked with a tooth pick. The cake is done if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow it to cool.

 

Mackerel/ Bangda fry


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Yummy! Mackerel or Bangda fry is one of our favourites. This is one of Mum’s simplest and delicious fish dishes. And what’s more it’s easy peasy 🙂

You can have it with hot phulkas,dal or steamed rice. We’re sure it will stay with you forever.

Ingredients:

  • Mackerel/ Bangda – 4 pieces
  • Red chilli powder – 4  tsp
  • Salt – 2 tsp or as per taste
  • Vinegar – enough to mix the red chilli powder and salt
  • Oil to shallow fry

Method;

  • I buy Mackerel which is completely cleaned and head cut off. Wash them thoroughly.
  • Make deep slits on both sides of the fish. This helps in coating the marinade well into the fish.
  • Mix the salt and red chili powder with enough vinegar to make a paste.
  • Do not add water.
  • Apply the paste to the  Mackerel and allow to marinate for at least an hour .
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and shallow fry the mackerel on both sides until cooked and golden brown  about 10 minutes each on medium flame on both sides.
  • Serve hot with some stir fried veggies or rice.

Note: This is the simplest masala. If you want to, you can add ginger garlic paste, coriander powder , cumin powder, pepper powder as per your taste to the marinade.

 

Mouthwatering chicken tikka recipe


Indulge in some heavenly chicken tikka this Eid 🙂
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Ingredients:
  • Boneless chicken cut into cubes – 500 gms
  • Bell pepper (green, red) – 1 each small size
  • Onions – 1 small
  • Skewers – 5
  • Oil
First Marinade
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chili powder – 1 1/2tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt – as required
Second Marinade
  • Hung curd – 3 heap tbsp
  • Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Kashmiri red chili powder – 1 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil –  6 tsp
Method:
  •  First prepare the hung curd which is used in the second marinade. By using curd as it is,  water tends to ooze out while grilling. For hung curd, pour the curd into a muslin cloth and tie it around the tap for the water to drip. Since it is only 2 heaps tbsp, it would take less than half an hour for the process.
  • Wash the chicken thoroughly and cut into cubes, medium size. You can use bell peppers and onions as well that is cut into cubes. This is totally your choice.
  • Marinate the chicken  with the first marinade by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  •  Mix all the ingredients of the second marinade in a bowl and transfer the chicken, bell peppers and onions  into this smooth mixture. Refrigerate for at least  2 hours. Best to refrigerate overnight.
  • Put the chicken  on a skewer along with bell peppers and onions. Arrange them the way you like. Remember to soak the bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes to prevent the skewer from getting burnt.
  •  Brush oil on the chicken  and also to the grate or grilling plate, whatever you are using for grilling to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  •  Preheat the oven at 400 F and grill the chicken tikka for 30 minutes; 15 minutes on each side.
Serve hot with Mint chutney, raw onions and some salad. Don’t forget to squeeze some lemon on the Tikka.

Easy falafel recipe


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Ingredients:

  • Chickpeas dried – 250 gms (1 ¼ cup)
  • Onion – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Garlic – 3 (crushed)
  • Coriander – 3 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Green chillies – 3 to 4 (finely chopped)
  • Red chilli powder – 1 ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder- ½ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Ground cardamom – ¼ tsp
  • Baking powder – ½ tsp
  • Water – 3 tbsp
  • All purpose flour – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Oil – 3 cups or 750 ml for deep frying

Method:

  • Soak chickpeas overnight
  • Drain the chickpeas well
  • Combine chickpeas with finely chopped onion, coriander and crushed garlic
  • Blitz the mix little by little by pulsing each batch for a few seconds
  • Make sure the mix is coarse and not too pasty
  • Add all the spices, baking powder, salt, all purpose flour and water to the mix
  • Mix well by hand until smooth
  • Cover the mixture and keep it in the refrigerator for an hour
  •  For frying: Heat oil in a kadai on medium flame
  • Wet your hands with a little water
  • Place one tbsp of the falafel mixture in the palm of your hand and make a ball or patty
  • Deep fry them in batches for over 4 minutes until golden brown
  • Drain the excess oil with paper towels
  • Serve with mayonnaise, hummus or mint chutney 🙂

Raw banana bajji


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Ingredients:

  • Raw banana – 2
  • Besan/ chickpea flour – 1 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Soda – a pinch
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for deep fry

Method:

  • Peel raw banana and cut them into rounds ( not too thin or thick)
  • Add them to a bowl of water otherwise bananas will turn black
  • Mix all ingredients from besan with salt as required
  • Add enough water while mixing to make a batter of medium consistency ( not too thin or thick)
  • Once the oil is hot, dip each raw banana into the batter and deep fry until slightly golden brown
  • Enjoy with spicy green chutney. Kids love them with tomato ketchup.