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Guacamole

Posted: February 25, 2013 by incidentalcooksuman in Snack
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Guacamole

I remember having guacamole for the first time in some restaurant and to be honest I didn’t like it much. It was recent that I started making guacamole for hubby’s evening snack and fell in love with this dip. That doesn’t mean I love avocados.  I just like avocados in guacamole and that too made my way with lots of fresh grated garlic and lime juice.

There are lots of different ways to make guacamole. I make my guacamole with, ‘ The secret ingredient’ , yep you guessed it,  garlic. In my opinion, its one of the simple and delicious recipe – although you can feel free to experiment with other ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 Thai green chilli, seeded, ribbed, and finely minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

 Method:

  • Split the avocados and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Mash with a fork or back of spoon lightly. Leave some chunks of avocados here and there.
  • Stir in the onion, cilantro,  chopped chillies, lime juice, salt, and gently stir all together.  Adjust seasoning to your taste.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with finely chopped red onions.  Serve with tortilla chips.

Guacamole

My Notes:

I usually prepare guacamole and store in fridge prior to serving. Don’t toss out the avocado pits, instead toss them back into the finished guacamole and hide in center. They will help to keep your guacamole from turning brown.

Use ripen avocado for guacamole. Place the avocado in the palm of your hand. Gently squeeze without applying your fingertips as this can cause bruising. If the avocado yields to firm gentle pressure you know it’s ripe and ready-to-eat. If the avocado does not yield to gentle pressure it is considered still “firm” and will be ripe in a couple of days. If the avocado feels mushy or very soft to the touch it may be very ripe to overripe. For speeding ripening process, place the fruit in brown paper bag in a cool, dark place.

How to get fruit/pulp out of Avocado skin?

Take a sharp knife and cut all the way around the avocado (the long way).  Gently twist it and it will come apart into two pieces. On the half part (without a pit) – use a spoon to scoop out the avocado flesh. Use a sharp knife to tap into the pit lightly, twist it and it will come right out of the avocado. Then you can scoop out the flesh from the other half.

Pindi Channa/Chick peas saute in Indian spices

Pindi Channa/Chick peas saute in Indian spices

We ate this delicious dish of chhole at my sister-in-law’s place , when we were visiting home early this year. Obviously, I asked her for the recipe. It was a simple recipe, using our usual ingredients – garlic, ginger and some indian spices all cooked together with chhole. She served this pindi channa with hot pooris, all puffed up and straight out from the kadai along with fresh homemade dahi(yogurt) and punjabi mango pickle -a typical punjabi breakfast.

I always admire her cooking skills. She loves cooking and make flavorful and delicious dishes in matter of minutes. Whenever she is around, I don’t worry about food or making dishes. She takes care of everything so smoothly and deliciously.

Pindi Channa

Pindi Channa

Ingredients:

For boiling chickpeas:

  • 1 1/2 cups of dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 tea bag
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 black cardamoms
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 star anise
  • salt to taste

For tadka:

  • 2 tbsp extra light olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chill, defined and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tbsp  chhole masala
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt to taste

Method:

  • Soak dried chick peas overnight in enough water to cover the legumes.
  • Drain the soaked chickpeas and rinse it once or twice. Add enough water to cover it by an inch and add all the spices along with the tea bag. Pressure cook for 2-3 whistles or cook in a salted water until the chick peas is soft and tender.
  • Once done, drain all the water from chana and discard the whole spices and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, bay leaves and let it get brown, add the ginger garlic paste and fry along for a minute. Add rest of the spices and cook for 3-4 minutes without burning the masala.
  • Add the boiled chickpeas and stir well so that everything is evenly coated with masala. Let it cook for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and chopped onions. Serve along with poori, paratha or just as a snack, in either way it’s delicious!
Pindi Channa

Pindi Channa