Monday, February 28, 2011
On the last lazy Sunday, wanted to prepare something quick & still different from the regular preparations. Was really bored eating regular roti/chapati/phulka & thought of frying some Puris which are very rare in my house since Y does no prefer anything which is deep fried!! (I always wonder if he actually does not like them or he avoids it for me...he's my weight watcher ;)) But that was the day when I had made up my mind to just go for it!!
In my hostel days, I used to enjoy batata-puri in the mess. They were mostly prepared on Sunday & we used to have a real heavy breakfast that day & used to sleep and directly wake up for 'feasty' lunch served specially on Sundays!! Lovely days!! These one's which I have prepared are still the same with slight variation of 'methi' but taste the same.
Serves: 3-4 Preparation Time: 10-15 mins Cooking Time: 10 mins
2 cups whole wheat flour + more for rolling puris
2 large potatoes, boiled, peeled & mashed
3 tbspn crushed kasoori methi
2 tbspn sesame seeds
1/2 tsp ajwain
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tbspn red chilly pwd (adjust as per taste)
1/2 tsp haldi
1 tsp chaat masala (optional)
salt as per taste
oil for deep frying
water for kneading
Step 1: Mix all the above ingredients & knead into soft dough using very little water at a time.
Step 2: Set the dough aside for 10-15 mins. Till then heat oil in a kadhai.
Step 3: Prepare puris & deep fry in oil on medium heat. Place on a tissue paper to drain excess oil.
Step 4: Serve 'garma-garam' with sauce or pickle.
Note: For rolling the puris, I rolled a big chapati & then cut the puris with the help of one katori. This reduces the rolling time & all puris are of the same size then :). You can also roll each puri separately.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
I was never ever so much health conscious or diet conscious in my past life. But ever since I have become a Mom, I have always been keeping any eye on how do I provide the correct nutrition to my toddler, which is the most basic question all mothers face since they are all fussy eaters & above all its important to keep their interest in food sustained!! Along with him, we also get to enjoy all the nutritional & health benefits from the food ;)
Last Sunday, I prepared these Idlis for the breakfast which my little one enjoyed with tomato sauce (his favorite these days). They were so easy to prepare without much preparation in advance & will surely become a routine breakfast for us now!!
Serves: 3-4 Prep Time: 10 mns (excluding soaking time) Cooking Time: 15-20 mns
1 1/2 cup rice
1/2 cup urad dal (black gram dal)
1 cup mix vegetables of your choice
(I used sweet corns, green peas, french beans, carrot, capsicum)
few chopped coriander leaves
3-4 green chillies, finely chopped (adjust as per spice level)
2 tsp Eno fruit salt
salt as per taste
Oil for greasing the pan
Step 1: Soak the rice & urad dal separately, overnight or approx 5-6 hrs.
Step 2: Drain the water completely & grind the dal & rice together.
Step 3: Transfer to a bowl. Add salt, chopped coriander & vegetables. Mix well.
Step 4: Grease the Idli moulds with oil.
Step 5: Add Eno fruit salt. Mix well & you will find the bubbles appearing in the batter.
Step 6: Pour the batter in the moulds & steam the Idlis for 15-20 mins.
Its been long since I have posted something. A few things are keeping me busy these days...but its just limited to finding out the time to write & post something. It has not stopped me from trying different things in the kitchen :). Many things getting up the hold of my brain & many pictures lying in my mobile, today I finally thought of letting the things out!!
A month before, we had been to our village & its pretty normal always that I take a single bag while going & come back in multiples ;) There were plenty of fresh vegetables directly from the farm to our house & my bag was loaded with them. My mouth was saying 'No' but my heart was saying 'Yes' to all those freshly picked vegetables. I ended up quarreling with 'Y' for carrying all that with us...but finally 'woman rules'! I was so happy when my refrigerator was full of vegetables.
This is a lovely recipe for the raw tomatoes, which I think, are not much used on a routine basis. I have just tried some rice preparation & this particular sabji with them. In case anybody knows some other way to use raw tomatoes, please let me know for sure. Till then, just check this simple, sweet & tangy recipe.
Raw Tomato Sabji
Serves: 2-3 Preparation Time: 5 mins Cooking Time: 10-15 mins
3-4 raw tomatoes, washed & finely chopped
3 tbspn roasted sesame seeds
3-4 tbspn grated jaggery (adjust as per taste) (I like it sweet!)
2 tsp red chilly pwd
a pinch of haldi
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
3 tbspn oil
salt as per taste
chopped coriander leaves for garnish
Step 1: Heat oil in a kadhai. Add mustard seeds. As they crackle, add cumin seeds.
Step 2: Reduce the heat. Add haldi, red chilly pwd, immediately followed with the tomatoes.
Step 3: Mix well. Add salt & cook for 5 mins. (No need to cover)
Step 4: Add jaggery, sesame seeds. Mix well & cook for another 10 mins or till the water evaporates. Saute well on high flame for last 2 mins.
Step 5: Turn off heat & garnish with coriander.
Note: This sabji does not look green in spite of using green raw tomatoes. The red chilly, jaggery & last 2 mins sauteing process is something that will make the difference.