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 🙂

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.

 

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.

Dill Leaves Pakoda


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Ingredients

  • Dill leaves finely chopped – 1 cup
  • Gram flour/Besan – 1 cup
  • Onion thinly sliced  –  1 medium
  • Rice flour  – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/jeera – 1 tsp
  • Green chillies  finely chopped – 3-4
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as required
  • Oil for frying

Method

  • Wash the dill leaves thoroughly and finely chop.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry
  • Mix the gram flour, rice flour, cumin seeds, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl.
  • Add hot oil to this mixture. (The hot oil and rice flour helps in making crispy pakodas)
  • Add the dill leaves and onion to the bowl and mix
  • Now slowly add water little by little to make the batter.
  • Make sure the batter is not watery. It should be of dropping consistency
  • If the batter becomes a little watery, add a little gram flour. Make the pakodas immediately after mixing the batter.
  • Prepare the pakodas by dropping the mixture little by little into the kadai and deep fry till golden brown.
  • Serve these crispy pakodas hot with red chili and green chili sauce.

Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat


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Ingredients:

Aloo Tikki:

  • Potatoes – 4 large
  • Onions finely chopped – 2 tbsp
  • Ginger green chili paste – 2 tsp
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 3 tbsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp + for shallow fry
  • Salt as required

For serving:

  • Chole  prepared out of 2 cups of chickpeas
  • Green chutney
  • Date and tamarind chutney
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 large
  • Chaat masala
  • Cumin powder
  • Red chili powder
  • Sev

Method:

  • Boil the potatoes. Peel them and mash.You can also grate them.
  • Heat oil in a vessel. Add 2 tbsp of finely onions. Fry till translucent and add ginger chili paste. Fry well. Add turmeric and cumin powder, coriander leaves and some salt as required. Mix well. Remove from fire and allow to cool
  • Once the potato mixture cools down, make balls, flatten them and shape them into tikkis
  • In a pan, shallow fry the tikkis on both sides till golden brown.

To serve:

  • Place 2 tikkis on a plate. Pour generous amount of  hot Chole on top. Add green chutney, date and tamarind chutney, some fine chopped onions, sprinkle some chaat masala, a pinch of cumin powder and red chili powder and lastly some sev.
  • This recipe can serve 8-10 people.

 

 

Simple and Easy Banana Bread Recipe


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Ingredients

  • All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable/ corn / canola/ olive  oil – 1/2 cup
  • Over riped bananas – 2 large
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Walnuts/ pecans chopped – 1/2 cup

Method

  • Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mom would always sieve 3 times.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree centigrade or 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Liquidize eggs and sugar along with vanilla essence with the help of a whisk in a large bowl. Eggs should be at room temperature.
  • Add bananas and oil and  mix in the same bowl.
  • Now add half of the dry ingredients and milk and fold in. Now add the other half and fold in again.
  • Add  walnut or pecans and mix slowly.
  • Grease a bread tin with butter and dust with all purpose flour so that the bread comes off easily once baked.
  • Pour the batter into the bread tin.
  • Place in the oven (middle rack) and bake for about 60 to 75 minutes depending on the oven until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • After about 30 minutes of baking, cover the top of the tin with aluminum foil so that the bread doesn’t brown too much on top.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool before cutting.