Yummy Homemade Pav Bhaji


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Ingredients:

  • Potatoes medium sized – 4
  • Carrots finely chopped – 1/2 cup
  • Peas shelled – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
  • Onions finely chopped – 2 medium sized
  • Tomatoes – 2 large
  • Ginger paste – 1 tsp
  • Garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Slit green chilies – 3-4
  • Turmeric  powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Pav bhaji masala – 1 tsp
  • Butter – 2 tbsp
  • Pav – 6
  • Butter for frying
  • Salt as required

For garnishing:

  • Chaat masala – As required
  • Coriander leaves finely chopped – 1/4
  • Green chilies finely chopped – 2-3

For Serving:

  • Onions finely chopped – 1 large
  • Lemon cut into pieces – 1 large

Method:

  • Boil , peel and mash the potatoes. Add 1 cup water and pressure cool all the vegetables until tender.
  • Open the pressure cooker and mash all the vegetables gently
  • Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a kadai. Fry onions, ginger garlic paste until they are brown.
  • Grind tomatoes and grind then . Add all the powders, pav bhaji masala and salt and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Then add the boiled and mashed potatoes and vegetables to this masala.
  • Cook for another 5 minutes on a low flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves, green chilies and chaat masala.

For Pav:

  • Melt butter on a griddle, divide the Pav into 2 and fry them by pressing them a little.
  • Serve hot with bhaji, finely chopped onions and some lemon
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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.

Paneer Burji Samosa


Did someone say ‘samosa’?! Mum would make the most delicious samosas during Ramzan and whenever we craved for the yummiest snack ever 🙂

Here’s Paneer Burji Samosa that you can make when you have friends or family visiting you or when you just want to enjoy your Sunday evening tea 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Paneer crumbled  – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 medium
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped green pepper/ capsicum – 1 small
  • Green peas – 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped Methi/ fenugreek leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves / cilantro – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat oil. Add onions and fry till slightly brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till soft. Add all the powders, salt and fry well until the masala is done and oil starts to separate.
  • Now add methi leaves and fry. This is totally optional. Add green pepper and peas. You can also add red and yellow peppers if you wish to.
  • Don’t forget the green chilies to spice it up a little more. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • In the end add the crumbled paneer and toss it well in the masala. Sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves.

 

Dough:

  • Add the flour and salt in a bowl
  • Mix water needed to make a stiff dough
  • Grease your hands with a little oil and knead the dough
  • The dough should not be too soft

 

How to make the samosas:

  • Make small even sized balls from the dough
  • Roll it with a rolling pin into a circle
  • Cut the circle into 2 halves
  • Make a paste with 1 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp water. Apply it on all the sides
  • Bring both the ends of the semi circle to form a cone
  • Hold the cone upside down and fill it with paneer Burji. Then seal it completely
  • Continue the same with the remaining dough
  • Refrigerate for half an hour. This makes the samosas crispy
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the samosas until they turn slightly golden brown on low heat
  • Serve the hot crispy samosas with pudina chutney

Besan ke Dahi Bhalle/Vade


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Ingredients

  • Gram flour/ Besan – 2 heap cups
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda – 2 pinches
  • Yogurt – 3-4 cups
  • Water or milk – 3/4 cup
  • Sugar- as required
  • Salt – as required

 For seasoning

  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – tsp

For Garnish

  • Cumin powder
  • Red chilli powder
  • Chaat masala
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves

Method

  • Sieve gram flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. This helps to remove any lumps in the gram flour and mixes the dry ingredients
  • Add chili powder, turmeric powder and ginger garlic paste to the gram flour and mix using water little by little until you make a paste of dropping consistency
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a kadai. Once it’s hot, take the gram flour mixture in a spoon and push using another spoon into the hot oil. Fry the bhallas till light brown
  • Immediately transfer into a bowl with luke warm water and let it remain for 10-15 minutes. Remove the bhalla from water one by one. Press them lightly and squeeze out all the water
  • Place them in the serving dish
  • Beat yogurt, add water or milk so that the yogurt is a little liquidy. Add salt and sugar as required and mix well. Pour this yogurt mixture on the bhallas
  • Heat oil in a small pan and add cumin seeds. Once it splutters, pour them on the bhallas
  • Garnish with red chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala and finely chopped coriander leaves
  • Serve it chill. You can also top it with date and tamarind chutney! 🙂

Palak (Spinach) Pakoda


Tempting Palak Paokdas to go with your evening tea!

Try it out 🙂

Palak Pakoda

Palak Pakoda
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Palak/ Spinach – 2 cups
  • Gram flour / Besan – 1 cup
  • Onion thinly sliced  –  1 small
  • Rice flour  – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/ jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Wash the spinach thoroughly and finely chop it. Thinly slice the onion
  • 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 spinach, onion and coriander leaves ( finely chopped) to the bowl and mix
  • The spinach will leave some water so add water if required
  • Make sure the batter is not watery. It should be of dropping consistency
  • If the batter becomes a little water 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 with tomato ketchup or pudina chutney.

Chatpata Aloo Chaat!


Craving for something chatpata?

Here’s Mum’s Aloo Chaat! Mum would try a variety of mouth-watering chaats for us on weekends. From Bhel, to sev, Dahi Puri and Aloo Chaat!

Do try it out!

Chatpata Aloo Chat Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Chatpata Aloo Chat
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients
  • Baby Potatoes – 12 -15
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Yogurt  – 1 cup
  • Sev – 1/2 cup
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 medium
  • Green Chutney
  • Date and Tamarind (sweet) chutney
  • Salt – as required
Method
Frying the Baby Potatoes:
  • Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker, peel and cut each of the baby potatoes into half
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai and add the potatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Then add salt as required and all the powders and fry  till the potatoes are well coated with the masala and  are slightly roasted
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool
Green Chutney
Ingredients
  • Mint leaves – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5-6
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Black salt – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt as required
Method:
  • Grind all the ingredients with minimum water
  • Adding lemon juice gives the green colour to the chutney
  • You can add a small onion too if you like, it increases the quantity of the chutney
  • You can refrigerate this for a week without adding onions
  • Best to prepare fresh and serve it with chaat or any snack
Date and Tamarind (sweet) chutney
Ingredients 
  • Dates – 20
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Jaggery –  1/2 cup
  • Red Chili powder – 2 tsp
  • Black salt – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as required
Method
  • Wash the dates , remove the seeds  and chop them
  •  Dry roast cumin seeds , cool slightly and crush with a rolling pin to make a coarse powder.
  •  Mix together dates, jaggery, tamarind pulp, cumin powder, red chilli powder, black salt, salt  and 3-4 cups of water
  • Cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil, reduce heat and continue to cook for sometime till it becomes thick
  • Remove from heat , cool and serve
  • Refrigerate it in an air tight container and use it whenever you like
  • Make sure to use a clean and dry spoon whenever you want to serve
Chatpata Aloo Chat Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Chatpata Aloo Chat
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

To Serve:
  • Place some baby potatoes on a plate
  • Add some yogurt to it
  • Then add the green chutney and Date and Tamarind chutney
  • Add some finely chopped onions and some coriander leaves if you like
  • Then sprinkle some chat masala
  • Top it with Sev and Enjoy

Walnut Banana Muffin


Mum loved baking; it gave her immense pleasure and joy.
We sisters, loved to see Mum bake. She would hum songs as she mixed in all her ingredients and set up the oven 🙂
Remembering Mum’s Walnut Banana Muffin, Didi tries her hand at it. It looks yummylicious!
Treat yourself to an utterly sweet world!
Walnut Banana Muffin

Walnut Banana Muffin
© Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:
Banana – 2 over riped
Walnut – 1/2 cup
All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups
Butter – 2 over riped
Powdered Sugar – 1 cup
Egg – 1 (room temperature)’
Milk – 1/4 cup
Vanilla Essence – 2 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Baking Soda –  1/2 tsp
Method:
  • Keep all ingredients ready with the above mentioned measurements before you start preparing the cake.
  • If you do not have powered sugar, powder it and then measure. Here you will need 1 cup.
  • Sieve maida, baking powder, baking soda and salt thrice so that all are very well mixed.
  • Use softened butter. Do not melt.
  • Eggs should be at room temperature. If refrigerated keep them out for about an hour before baking.
  • Line the muffin tray with paper cake cups. If you don’t have them, grease the  tray with butter and dust with Maida so that the Muffins  come off easily once baked.
  • Preheat at 375 F or 190 C  till it becomes hot.
  • Mash the bananas and butter together without any lumps. Mash the bananas a little before adding the butter it becomes easier to mash.
  • Beat the egg separately with vanilla essence. Do not overbeat.
  • Stir in sugar, beaten egg and milk.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into wet.
  • Stop when they are just moistened otherwise the muffin will turn out to be hard.
  • Slowly fold in the walnuts.
  • Pour this mixture into the paper cake cups and bake at 375 F or 190 C  for about 20 -25 minutes. Time may vary for each oven.
  • Check if the muffin  is baked with a tooth pick. The muffin  is done if it comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool.
  • Serve muffins for breakfast or have them with your evening tea.
  • You can substitute walnuts for any nuts of your choice or make it just plain.
  • This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Yummy Vegetable Cutlet


Mum would make yummy cutlets with spicy mint chutney and we would enjoy every bite!

Perfect for an evening snack, do  try out this heavenly vegetable cutlet. You will love it 🙂

Vegetable Cutlet  © Mujahid Khalee

Vegetable Cutlet
© Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 4 medium sized
  • Beans – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot – 1/4 cup
  • Peas- 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower -1/4 cup
  • Green chilli and ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 small
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Bread slices – 2
  • Corn flour – 1 tbsp
  • Semolina/ rava – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1tbsp + for shallow fry
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Boil, peel and mash the potatoes and keep it aside. Steam the vegetables.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai.
  • Add the green chilli and ginger paste. Sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped onions. Sauté till pink and translucent.
  • Add the steamed vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed potatoes.
  • Add all the powders and fry for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove it from heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take some water in a bowl. Dip  1 bread slice into it.
  • Remove immediately , squeeze the water and add to the vegetable mixture. Repeat the same for the second slice too.
  • Add corn flour. (Corn flour and bread slices helps in binding the mixture). Mix well. Shape them into cutlets.
  • Add the rava to a plate.
  • Coat the cutlets with rava. This again help in binding and gives a crispy texture.
  • Shallow fry on a Tava or grill them by adding some oil.
  • Serve with pudina chutney, slices of cucumber and tomato.