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! ūüôā
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Kadai Paneer


If Paneer dry is what you are looking for, try the below recipe ūüôā

Kadai Paneer Dry Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Kadai Paneer
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Paneer cut into cubes – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onions – 2 tbsp
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 large
  • Chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Dhania powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry red chillies – 2
  • Onions cut into cubes – 1 small
  • Capsicum cut into cubes – 1 small
  • Julienned Ginger – 1 tsp
  • coriander leaves – 2tbsp
  • Oil
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add cumin seeds and allow to splutter.
  • Add coriander seeds and broken dry red chillies.
  • Add finely chopped onions and fry till slightly brown.
  • Add finely chopped tomatoes and cook till soft. Add all the powders and salt and fry well.
  • Add the cubed onions and capsicum and fry. Do not over cook.
  • Add the paneer pieces, ginger Juliennes and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Cook for a few minutes.
  • Serve hot with rotis.

Delicious Aloo Gobi Dry


Aloo Gobi – a lethal combination!
Aloo-gobi by Mum is one of our favorites. We are sure you will love this one.

Aloo Gobi Dry  Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Aloo Gobi Dry
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Potato – 1 large
  • Cauliflower florets – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 2-3
  • Garlic finely chopped – 4-5 small cloves
  • Cumin seeds – 3/4 tsp
  • Red chilli ¬†powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – a pinch
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Dry mango powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Boil and peel the potato. Cut into cubes
  • Cut the cauliflower into florets and wash them thoroughly ¬†with hot water adding a little salt and ¬†turmeric powder. Then boil ¬†them with some water. Do not over cook. It should be crisp. ( you can microwave them too)
  • Heat oil in a Kadai. Add cumin seeds and wait until it splutters
  • Add finely chopped garlic and fry for a few seconds
  • Add the cauliflower florets and roast for sometime. Then add the potatoes
  • Add the green chillies and all the powders including salt
  • Toss it well and make ¬†sure the potatoes and cauliflower are coated well with all the masalas
  • Roast for few more minutes. The cauliflower should still be nice and crisp
  • Serve hot with roti / rice and dal

Palak (Spinach) Pakoda


Tempting Palak Paokdas to go with your evening tea!

Try it out ūüôā

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

Mini Rava Idlis!


Mum’s Rava Idlis were always a treat. With yummy chutney and hot rava idlis, weekend breakfasts were just delightful ūüôā

Do try them out! Kids will enjoy every bite!

Rava Idli Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Rava Idli
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Rava ¬†– 11/2 cups
  • Curd – 3 cups
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 large
  • Green chilies finely chopped – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Carrot grated – 1/2
  • Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  • Chana dal – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves – 7-8
  • Soda – 1 pinch
  • Oil – 1 tbsp + 1 big ladle
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Roast the rava with 1 tbsp oil ¬†for less than 5 minutes and make sure there are no lumps. Do not burn.
  • Heat 1 big ladle oil in a Kadai. Add mustard seeds. Once they stop spluttering add chana dal, urad dal. After a few seconds add onion, green chilies, curry leaves and salt. Fry till this onions are translucent.
  • Now add the rava and fry for sometime. Do not burn.
  • Removed from heat and allow to cool.
  • Now add curd. If the curd is too thick, add a little water. Curd and water together should be 3 cups. The batter should be same as Idli batter ( neither thick nor thin) consistency. First add 21/2 cups, then slowly add the 1/2 cup. If you still feel the batter is thick, add a little water and adjust.
  • Add the grated carrot.
  • Add soda. Add coriander leaves after a minute or 2. If added immediately, the ¬†coriander leaves turn black.
  • Pour in Idli container and steam ¬†for 10 – 15 minutes.
Rava Idli Image Credit: Mujahid khaleel

Rava Idli
Image Credit: Mujahid khaleel

Garnish with thinly sliced cherry tomatoes and grated carrots if you like.
Looks attractive and kids would love to eat these mini rava idlis. Serve with any chutney, chutney podi or vegetable Saagu.

Everybody’s favorite Aloo Matar!


Potatoes are to die for! And when the combination is Potato and Peas, it’s simply heavenly!
Try the simple and enjoyable Aloo Matar ricpe ūüôā

Aloo Matar Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Aloo Matar
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Potato – 2 medium sized
  • Peas – 1 cup
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 medium sized
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium sized
  • Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Finely chop the onion and grind tomatoes to a fine paste.
  • Heat oil in a cooker and fry the onions for sometime. Add ginger garlic paste and fry both till golden brown. (For one to make a good masala the onions should be rightly fried. If not fried properly, you will feel the onions as it is while eating and if burnt, obviously the taste would completely differ. Just add very little water immediately if the masala is getting ¬†burnt. )
  • Add the tomatoes and fry for sometime. Slit the. green chillies and add it too.
  • Add all the powders as well as salt and fry the masala till raw smell goes and oil separates. (once the oil separates it means the masala is done.)
  • Add sugar as this will reduce the sourness of the tomatoes.
  • Add the potatoes and peas and fry for sometime.
  • Add a little water and ¬†pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve it with hot rotis .

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 ūüôā
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 Р2 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 ūüôā

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. Saut√© for a few seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped onions. Saut√© 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.

Crispy Cabbage Pakoda


Simple evening snack, these Cabbage Pakodas leave you wanting for more!

Try it out ūüôā

Cabbage Pakoda ©Mujahid Khaleel

Cabbage Pakoda
©Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Cabbage shredded – 1 cup
  • Onion thinly sliced – 1/2 cup
  • Methi leaves finely chopped – ¬†handful ( optional)
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Gram flour / Besan – 3/4 cup
  • Rice flour – 2 tbsp
  • Green chillies – 4-5
  • Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder -1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cooking soda – a pinch
  • Hot oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – as required

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  • Meanwhile heat oil in a Kadai. Once the oil is hot add it to the bowl. By then the cabbage would have released some water.
  • Add a little water now and make a thick batter. Make sure not to add too much water as the cabbage mixture would leave some water.
  • Drop small portions of the batter with your hands into the Kadai ¬†to make pakodas.
  • Fry them on medium flame until they are crisp. (The rice flour and hot oil helps in making a crispy pakoda).
  • Serve them with tomato ketchup or green chutney.