Posts Tagged ‘appetizer’

I think every one is familiar with samosa, one of the most loved and enjoyed snack of every Indian. Chaat is a street food very popular in India, there are different types of chaat. Basically chaat is a plate of savoury snack which has a base of some fried dough top with chutney and some other ingredients and masala. The common ingredients in the chaat is yogurt, tamarind chutney, green chutney, chaat masala, red chilli powder, kala namak, red chilli powder and some greens to garnish the plate. Chaat is something you can’t say no to, the name itself makes you crave for it.

Last week when we were dinning out in one of the indian restaurant, hubby ordered samosa chaat as an appetizer and it was not as good as it should be. Hence without any second thought I made this and the verdict was amazingly delicious. You can decide just looking at the pics how amazing it was!

Samosa (Click here for the recipe)

Chhole Masala Gravy ( Click here for the recipe)

Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat

To serve:

  • 6 samosas
  • Chhole Masala Gravy
  • Tamarind date chutney
  • Mint chutney
  • Chaat masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon black salt/kala namak
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup yogurt and salt beaten
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fine sev
  • Dried cranberries for garnishing
Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat

Method:

  • Take a serving plate, place two samosa on it, mash or poke the same lightly.
  • Pour a ladle full of chhole masala on top of samosa. Add chopped tomatoes, green chillies and onions on top.
  • Drizzle a teaspoon of mint chutney and sweet tamarind date chutney and yogurt on top of this.
  • Sprinkle black salt, red chilli powder and chaat masala.
  • Garnish with chopped mint leaves, cilantro leaves, dried cranberries and sev.
  • Serve hot!
Samosa Chaat

Samosa Chaat

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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

Zucchini Fry

Posted: September 7, 2010 by incidentalcooksuman in Italian Snack/Deep fried
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Recipe Yields: 2 Servings 

Zucchini Fry  

I had this snack as an appetizer in Olive Garden and since then I wanted to make this at home.  But some or the other way its was  not happening or should I say the deep-fried makes me delaying the execution. Finally I have decided to make this yesterday and it turn out great. Perfect snack with a cup of hot tea what more you can ask for.  

Zucchini Fry

Zucchini Fry

Ingredients:  

  • 1 medium-sized Zucchini, cut in 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 2 extra-large eggs, slightly beaten
  • Oil for deep-frying

Preparation:  

  • Marinate the zucchini slices with salt and black pepper. Keep it aside.
  • Meanwhile, mix bread crumbs, salt, black pepper and parmesan cheese together.
  • Heat oil for deep-frying. And make an assembly of three plates, one with bread crumb mixture, beaten eggs and sliced zucchini.
  • Dip zucchini in beaten eggs and then in bread crumb mixture and again do the second coating with egg and then bread crumb mixture and deep fry.
  • Fry at medium to medium heat and cook until golden brown and crispy to both the sides.
  • Serve hot with sauce of your choice and enjoy.
Zucchini Fry

Zucchini Fry

Recipe Yields: 2-3 servings

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakora is usually served as snack or appetizers. Pakora can be made in different ways using different ingredients which will be dipped in a batter of gram flour/besan and then its deep-fried in oil.  Yes deep-fried, sometimes I feel that I am not consuming healthy food but its ok once in a while and it also changes the taste of your palate. The most common veggie used to make pakoras are potatoes and onions. But my mom would use different kind of vegetable to make this fritters like egg plants, spinach leaves, cauliflower florets, lauki/bottle gourd to name a few. So, here goes the recipe:

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 cauliflower florets
  • 1 small broccoli head, around 4-5 florets attached, grated
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 small potatoes, cut in like french fries
  • 1 medium red onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kalonji/black onion seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain
  • 1 cup gram flour/besan
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon semolina
  • salt to taste
  • oil for deep-frying

Preparation:

  • Mix together the gram flour, potatoes, onions, cauliflower florets, grated broccoli, chillies, ajwain, kalonji, turmeric powder, baking soda and salt to taste make thick batter by adding little water. Keep the batter aside for sometime so that the flavour blend together.
  • Heat oil in a deep skillet over high heat, scoop batter with a tablespoon and drop it in oil.
  • Fry the pakora until golden brown and crispy from both the sides. Turn them occasionally.
  • Fry them in batches. Usually you will take 4-5 batches to finish the batter.
  • Serve hot with chutney,ketchup and of course hot tea to accompany these.
Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters

Pakoras/bhajiya/fritters