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I can’t stop myself from writing about Wednesday’s win and really excited to watch the finals. India really did great and played wonderfully well.I know every Indian is crazy about World Cup Final, I hope they do the same what they did on wed’s match and wins the WORLD CUP. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best!…GO INDIA GO….

Coming back to the dish of the day…

Dahi Vada is served as an appetizer usually at the time of festivals like holi, diwali and so on. Dahi is hindi word for yogurt and vada is like a dumpling or fritters made out of urad dal without skin/polished urad dal.

This appetizer has to be served chilled, chilling the dish brings more flavors and deliciousness to the dish. This is also served with tamarind-date chutney which really makes the difference in the dish. The soft, soaked vada with a spoonful of dahi mixed with chutney, ahh..sounds complete bliss to me!

 

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

Ingredients:

For Vada

  • 1 cup urad dal without skin
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 green chillies, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
  • Oil for frying the vadas
  • salt to taste

For Dahi batter

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Tamarind-date chutney
  • 1/2 cup sev for garnishing
Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Urad dal dumpling/fritters

Method:

  • Soak urad dal in about 2 cups of water for overnight.
  • Drain the water and grind the soaked urad dal with very little water just enough to keep the motor running to make smooth batter.
  • Add grated ginger, green chillies, coriander leaves, red chilli powder to the batter.
  • Beat this batter well in order to avoid any lumps and also for a fluffy vadas.
  • Heat oil in a flat frying pan, do not use more than 1/2 inch oil or else your vada will absorb most of the oil and it will be soggy.
  • Once the oil is heated enough, check by dropping a little of batter in oil and if it comes on the surface expanding, your oil is ready for frying the vadas.
  • With the help of a spoon, drop the batter in form of vada in the oil.
  • Fry the vada on both the sides until golden brown. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat to complete the rest of the batter, fry in batches.
  • Now dip this fried vadas in luke warm water for about 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, squeeze out excess water from vadas and keep them aside.
  • Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 1/2 cup water, roasted cumin powder, red chilli powder and salt to taste. Keep aside.
  • In a deep dish, layer the fried vadas and pour the above yogurt mixture over them to cover completely.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves, red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder and chill in the refrigerator for few hours before serving.
  • To serve, take 2 or 3 vadas in a plate with some yogurt, sprinkle with red chilli powder, roasted cumin powder, tamarind-date chutney and sprinkle some sev on top…Enjoy!
Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada

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Nutrela Patties

Posted: March 23, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Breakfast, Indian Food, Snack
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I always keep a packet of nutrela chunks in my pantry because you can make so much out of it. When I am not in mood of elaborate cooking this always comes to my rescue. Throw in some veggies, potatoes and rice and add some soya chunks to have a wholesome meal.

Recently I have asked my hubby to get some soya chunks from Indian grocery store on the way to home. And  instead of getting soya chunks, he got a packet of soya granules. Those of you who uses this product will know that there is no difference in packet and both looks the same. And this granules are sitting in my pantry since then. So, in order to use this I decided to make some patties and it really turned out wonderful.

I am glad that he mistakenly got something good for me to try my hands on. Or else I would never have thought of getting these granules and making patties out of them. Even my son enjoyed eating couple of bites of the patties though it was bit spicy for him.

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soya granules
  • 1 large potatoes
  • 1/3 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1/4 cup frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • 1 small carrot, cut in small cubes
  • 1 green chilli, devined and chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh methi leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon worchesterire sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Method:

  • Wash and pressure cook potato. Once cooled, peel and mash the cooked potatoes.
  • Keep soya granules in hot water for 5-10 minutes. Drain the granules and keep it aside.
  • In a hot boiling water, add carrots, peas and corn and boil for 5-7 minutes. You want veggies to be tender not overcooked, once done, drain the same and keep it aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the mashed potatoes, veggies and rest of all the above mentioned ingredients.
  • Take a handful of mixture, form it into a smooth ball by lightly pressing in between your palms. Repeat the same to complete the rest of the mixture.
  • Make an assembly of three plates, one with bread crumb mixture, beaten eggs and soya patties.
  • Dip soya patties in beaten eggs and then in bread crumb mixture and slightly press to flatten it. Repeat the same to complete the rest of the patties.
  • Heat oil in a flat pan over medium high heat, fry the patties in hot oil on both the sides until golden brown and crispy. Do not turn to other side until one side is completely done. Drain excess oil on paper towel.
  • Repeat the same for the rest of soya patties.
  • Serve hot with ketchup and enjoy.
Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Nutrela Patties/Cutlets

Onion and Potato fritters

Posted: February 25, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack, Street Food
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Every mumbaikers knows how unique, delicious and satisfying street foods are in mumbai. You can find stalls at every street corners, beaches and railways stations. And no matter what time you visit you will surely going to get hot food year around. I have never thought I will be missing these street food so much until I moved out of the city after marriage. And then I started craving each one of them. There’s something special about them that you cannot get at home. Ofcourse the one at home are healthy for you but co’mon they cannot beat the divinely tasty and unhygienic indulgence…:) correct?

Enough said let me come back to the point. So, today I am  going to share the recipes for kanda bhaji and batata bhaji which you will often get at Vada Pav stalls.  Kanda bhaji is onion fritters and batta bhaji is potato fritters.

Onion and Potato fritters

Onion and Potato fritters

Ingredients:

For Kanda bhaji:

  • 1 large purple onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup besan/Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

Preparation:

  • Mix the sliced onions with pinch of salt and keep it aside. It will leave some moisture.
  • Add besan followed by turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt to the onions. Mix well, and add some water to make batter. Batter should be thick and should coat every slice of onions.
  • Heat oil for deep frying.
  • Once the oil is heated, drop few fritters and fry them until they are golden brown and crispy. Do it in batches, do not over crowd the pan.
  • Drain on paper towel and serve hot.

For Batata/Potato Bhaji:

  • 1 Large Idaho potato, thinly sliced, unpeeled
  • 1 cup besan
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • pinch of baking soda
  • salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Preparation:

  • Mix besan with rest of the ingredients except oil. The batter should be thick such that it coats the slices of potato.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying. Once the oil is heated enough, take a slice of potato, dip in batter and carefully drop in hot oil, one at a time. Do not over crowd the pan or else you will end up with soggy, not crispy fritters.
  • Fry the potato fritters on both the sides until golden brown and crispy.
  • Drain on paper towel and serve hot with ketchup.
Onion fritters

Onion fritters

Samosa

Posted: August 24, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Indian Food, Snack
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Recipe Yields: 16 Samosa’s  

Samosa  

Samosa(Pronounce as Sa Mousa) is the popular snack in india which is a stuffed pastry in a triangular shape.  Usually the stuffing is made of potatoes, green peas, peanuts and some spices and then the pastry is deep-fried in oil. Samosa are often served with tamarind chutney and green mint chutney.  

This is the first time I have tried making this at home but needless to say the outcome was great and satisfying.  

Samosa

Samosa

Ingredients:  

For the crust:  

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ghee/Clarified butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain/carom seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup warm water to knead the dough

Take everything mentioned above for the crust in a large bowl except water. Slowly add water and knead the dough. Dough should not be sticky or it will be difficult to handle. Once done keep it aside covered.  

Meanwhile prepare the stuffing for samosa:  

Ingredients:  

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes, boiled, peeled and roughly mashed
  • 6-7 curry leaves
  • 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/3 cup slightly roasted peanuts in oil
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 green chillies, deveined and chopped
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation:  

  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds and let it get brown.
  • Add green peas followed by turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chopped curry leaves, green chillies and salt.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add peanuts and boiled potatoes to the pan and mix everything gently. Switch off the gas and transfer the filling in a bowl and let it cool down.
  • Meanwhile divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll each of them such that they are smooth and without cracks.
  • Now take one portion and roll it into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.
  • Cut into two equal parts in semi-circle using a knife or pizza cutter.
  • Now take one of the semi-circle and fold it like a cone and hold in between your index finger and thumb for the filling.
  • Spoon the filling in the cone and seal the third side by using a drop of water as glue.
  • Repeat the steps 5-8 for the rest of the portion balls.
  • Once done heat oil in a deep skillet and fry the samosa’s until golden brown and crispy from both the sides.
  • Serve warm with tomato ketchup and enjoy.
Samosa

Samosa