Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Udupi bread masala- soft bread slices topped with rich red gravy








Some of you had requested recipes for rich gravies like paneer butter masala. Cooking them without kitchen is little challenging. I have adapted one such recipe for you all. It is an unique snack found in restaurants around the temple city Udupi. Soft milk bread slices covered with a blanket of red mild tomato gravy  and garnished with bits of raw onion and cashew pieces looks good, tastes good and is a filling snack too.
Instead of pouring this gravy over bread slices, you can add bits of paneer or boiled eggs or mixed boiled vegetables or grilled chicken to make other gravies.
If you want to make gravy, soups and milkshakes it is better to buy a hand blender. This is also known as immersion blender. Some of these come with a chopper attachment. Chopping onions and making any chunky paste for gravy becomes easier in this chopping jar.
If you do not have this chopper... no problem! there are other methods too, read the entire recipe and then proceed to make this. Do tell me if you liked this.

For the gravy-
1-2 tbsp oil
200ml - sliced onions
1 tbsp ghee/ 2 tbsp fresh cream/ 2 tbsp milk pd (mixed with water into a thick paste)
For the tomato masala-
6 red juicy tomatoes (you can use 3 tbsp tomato puree or a mix of 4 tomatoes and 1 tbsp tomato puree too)
3 tbsp cashew nuts, 3-4 cloves/ lavang & 1 tsp sugar ( replace these 3 ingredients with 2 tbsp instant Indian dessert pd)
4 garlic cloves or 1/2 tsp garlic pd /paste
1 tsp ginger paste or 1/4 tsp ginger pd
3 kashmiri chilli  or 1.5 tsp kashmiri chilli pd
1-2 green chilli (optional)
For garnish-
1 onion sliced thinly lengthwise
1 tbsp roasted or unroasted cashew pieces
1 tbsp chopped coriander or cilantro or small pinch of crushed  kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves) (OPTIONAL)

For the gravy-


Grind tomatoes, cashew, garlic, ginger, red chilli, green chilli and cloves and keep aside.Use only kashmiri red chilli as you need a mild and red gravy.
Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan.
Fry the sliced onions in this oil .
When the onions are golden brown, add the ground paste and fry for 5-8 mins over low heat till the
 raw smell of the garlic goes away.
Add garam masala, ghee or fresh cream, sugar, salt. Some people use tandoori red color too.
Cover and cook for 5 mins. Add water if the gravy is very thick.


Assembling-



Place 3 slices of bread on a plate. Cut it roughly into cubes but do not separate them.
Pour a few ladle of the above tomato gravy over this so that it covers the bread completely.
Garnish with coriander leaves and roasted  or un roasted cashew bits.

To make this in electric rice cooker-
There are 2 ways to make this tomato masala -
Either you can chop them finely or grind them into a chunky paste.
1-Chop the tomatoes, ginger, garlic and mix this with garam masala pd, kashmiri chilli pd and Indian dessert pd and keep this ready.
2-If you want to make gravy, soups and milkshakes.it is better to buy a hand blender with a chopper attachment. Chopping and making chunky pastes becomes easier in this chopping jar.
Put the tomatoes, ginger, garlic, garam masala pd, kashmiri chill ps and Instant Indian dessert pd into the chopper attachment of your hand blender.
Making the gravy-
Place the onion and oil in the rice cooker pan, cover with the lid and switch on the cooker.
When the onions become slighty translucent add tomato masala.
Cover and cook for another 5 mins.
Lastly add fresh cream or ghee or milk pd paste.
You need not add cloves or sugar as the dessert pd has cardamom, ground nuts and sugar.
Assemble the bread masala as above.
Garnish with chopped onions, green coriander or kasuri methi and cashew pieces.



Monday, 13 April 2015

Instant Potato patty with poha or red cabbage

 You can use some of the instant mixes from your cupboard to make these easy and delicious patty/ cutlets. Instant beaten rice or chopped cabbage is mixed with mashed potatoes and few other ingredients.  If you want these crispy then coat them with other instant mix like instant dal, instant kadhi etc before frying.







Potato patty with poha or red cabbage-

 Yield- about 10-12 tikkis/patties  (depends on the size you shape these). 

Ingredients-
1 cup Instant beaten rice mix (chopped red cabbage)
¾ -1 cup mashed potatoes (You can use instant mashed potato flakes to make this or use 2 potatoes)
¼ cup chopped onions
Red chili powder - 1 tsp
Chat masala - 1/2 tsp
Lemon juice/dry mango pd - 1 tsp
Black pepper powder - 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp
Salt-1/2 -1 tsp
1 Tbsp  rava idli mix/ kadhi mix/ dal mix/ chick pea pd stir-fry mix for coating the patties (Using any of these instant mix is optional. use it when you want crunchy patties)


Preparation
 
1. Soak poha mix in 3/4 cup water for 4 to 5 minutes. If you are using red cabbage, chop it finely.

 

 
2. Prepare mashed potatoes using instant potato. You can cook and mash potatoes too if needed.




Different Ways to cook potatoes-
1. If using potatoes- Wash the potatoes by scrubbing them well.
    Cut unpeeled potatoes into 4 and put this along with ¼ cup -1/2 cup water and cook till soft. 
    Drain if there is any water remaining.You can use this hot water (got from boiling or steaming)
    to soak instant poha mixture
   Cool and peel them. 
2.You can cook them in  microwave (loosely covered) for 5 minutes. 
     
3. Put some oil and onion into the rice cooker pan and cover and switch on the rice cooker to ‘cook’ mode. When it becomes translucent switch off the flame.



 4. Take the beaten rice/ chopped red cabbage in a bowl.To this add onions, mashed potatoes.Add red chili powder, chat masala, lemon juice, pepper powder and mix well to form thick dough. If you like peanuts in your patty, you can add 2 tbsp of peanut pd mix for stir-fry into this mixture .





Shape them to small, round, slightly flattened tikki’s.
Dip this tikki on both sides in the coating mixture till they are lightly coated.
Arrange these in the rice cooker or a grill plate or a non-stick griddle.

 Frying them in the rice cooker-

Add a few drops or oil and arrange 2-3 patties and cover and cook in the rice cooker. 

 








You will observe that after few mins the cooker automatically switches back to warm mode . Now flip the patties to other side and wait for some time. You will be able to switch back to ‘cook’ mode. Your tikki will be light or dark golden depending on how long you will cook it. 


Frying them on the stove top-

 

Heat oil   (2 tsp) in tava. place these tikkis on non-stick tava and fry them on medium low flame till they become golden brown in color. Now flip to the other side , sprinkle a tsp of oil and roast them till they are crispy.
Poha/Red Cabbage tikkis tastes good with with ketchup or chutney or pickle .They taste good at room temperature too.

You can cut them into halves or quarters to fit between bread slices.





  

You can pack them inside a roti or between 2 bread slices and carry them in your lunch box.



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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Masaledar sookhe alu - spice coated potatoes




If you have prepared the Chole masala then making this is a breeze.I had shared the recipe in an earlier post. Go a ahead and make this and do write to me if you have any doubts. There are many more ways of making this. Just change the masala with chutney pd, mint chutney.

Masaledar sookhe alu recipe

Ingredients


Wash the small potatoes well.
Heat water in the rice cooker vessel and add the potatoes and cover and cook for about 10-15 mins.
You need not cook them completely. Cool them by pouring cold water or just leave them to cool.
Peel these potatoes. Wipe the rice cooker vessel.
Pour 1 tbsp oil in the dried rice cooker vessel .Transfer the peeled potatoes into it and cover it with it’ s lid.
Press the ‘cook’ button. Allow the potatoes to turn golden. Keep stirring the potatoes in between for even browning.
Sprinkle chole masala and salt. Stir well till each of these potatoes are nicely coated with the masala.
You can eat these potatoes as a snack or make a meal out of it by stuffing it between slices of bread or wrapped in rotis.

Tip-
You can cook these potatoes in pressure cooker (but switch off before the first whistle or you will have mashed potatoes) or a sauce pan too.
If you are planning to make an entire meal use this quick cooking item to save time.


The above plate contains chick pea gravy, radish stuffed paratha with yoghurt on top, puranpoli (obbattu- sweet stuffed roti) along with our masaledar alu.



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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Chole masala


You can use this masala to cook many more beans other than Garbanzo beans (Kabuli chana).
I use this while preparing rajma, mung beans, green peas too.  Start with a can of cooked beans. Drain out the liquid and take out the beans into a pan. To this beans, add onion-tomato masala (its the basic indian masala in which both onions and tomatoes are stir-fried in oil with a few spoons of  ginger and garlic paste) and a tbsp of this chole masala.

Cook for some time till all the flavors seep into the beans. Lastly you can add beaten yoghurt or fresh cream, milk or coconut milk for a creamier gravy.

I will be sharing recipes for gravies like chole, rajma etc in my other blog Same veggie many ways. Good news is they are all freezer friendly.


Chole
Ingredients-

1 tsp ajwain (bishops weed)
4 tsp kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
4 tsp kashmiri red chilli pd
2 tsp turmeric pd ( haldi)
3 tsp coriander pd (dhania pd)
2 tsp cumin pd (jeera pd)
2 tsp anardana (lightly roasted and powdered-dried pomegranate seeds)
1 tsp ground pepper corns (black pepper pd)
1 tsp garam masala pd
1 tsp kala namak (black salt)
2 tsp dry ginger pd and 1 tsp garlic pd  (add this only when you are not adding ginger and garlic paste while preparing the gravy)
4 tsp salt

Crush the kasuri methi with your fingers, and stir together all the above ingredients.
Store this in a glass bottle inside a cupboard away from sunlight.
Use a dry spoon to take out a few spoons of this masala.
Do not keep a spoon inside the bottle as you will be tempted to use this with your wet fingers.
For each cup of cooked beans you will require 1.5 tsp of this masala.


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Monday, 12 January 2015

Shahi egg biryani



Appliance- 
Electric rice cooker or
Pressure cooker or
A non-stick heavy bottomed pan with a lid


Ingredients-
150 ml basmati rice (click here to see how to cook rice )
300 ml- 400 ml hot water
1 onion
5-6 strands of saffron or 1/4 tsp turmeric pd
2 eggs (hard boiled) (click here to see how to boil eggs)
2 tbsp hot milk (optional)
1tbsp fresh mint leaves or 1/2 tsp dried mint (click to see how to dry mint and green chilli)
1 tbsp oil + 1 tbsp ghee/ butter
1 tsp Salt

Whole spices- (If you do not have these, add 1 tsp pulav or biryani masala after frying onions)
1/2 tsp shahjeera
1 black cardamom
8 pepper corns
1 small piece cinnamon
2 cloves
1 bay leaf


Preparations ahead-

1. Before starting with the biryani put 2 cups of water and  2 eggs in rice cooker, when the water starts boiling and shift the eggs into another bowl along with the water. Keep it covered, the eggs will continue to cook in this hot water. When the eggs are out, the rice cooker pan is free to cook biryani.
2. You can heat 3 cups of water and keep it aside too.
(It is convenient to have a electric water kettle in your dorm... to heat water, it is quicker this way.
3. Take 2 tbsp of this hot water into a bowl and soak saffron in it. You can soak saffron in hot milk too. (or you can put saffron in cold milk and zap it in microwave for 2 mins).Keep this aside.
4. While the eggs are boiling wash the rice and drain and keep aside. Wash the rice only once (this helps in retaining its fragrance).
5. Chop onion into small pieces.

To make egg biryani-


Heat oil in a pressure cooker and put in shahjeera, black cardamom,pepper corns, cloves, bayleaf and stir for a moment. The spices will change color, peppercorns and cloves may pop.Do not keep frying for a long time as the spices will burn and taste bitter. Add onions and fry  till it is slightly golden.
In Electric rice cooker- Put oil, spices and onions into the rice cooker pan and cover it with its lid. Press the cook button and let it heat till onions change color and become soft and slightly golden.


While the onions are frying, peel the eggs and slice them. Saffron tinged milk or water is ready too.



Put in the drained rice and stir briefly (a minute or two is enough)



 Put in the sliced eggs, soaked saffron in milk and hot water into the rice. Add salt (3/4 to 1 tsp).



Cover the cooker and cook till rice is done.
If you are cooking in rice cooker or a non stick pan, check in between to see whether you need 1 more cup of water.
If you cooking it in pressure cooker,2 cups of water is sufficient, and cook till you hear 1 whistle.



Let the rice sit in the pan covered with lid for another 10 mins. Open the cooker and transfer the rice to a wide bowl and let it cool for 5 mins. Garnish with fresh mint leaves or mint pd.

Eating with-
You can eat it with curd, raita, kadhi or dal.
You can discard cloves, cinnamon and black cardamom before eating this. This are used only to flavor the biryani and are not to be eaten.

Tips-
You can buy plain boiled rice and boiled eggs and stir fry together using the above spices.
You can use left over boiled rice and eggs to make this.
If you want it hot add red chilli pd or green chilli pieces while frying the onions.




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Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Instant semia payasam and seviyan kheer






 This recipe is for anyone who wants to have a quick snack or dessert. It does not belong to any region, it is just a simple modern Indian dessert. Feel free to change the flavors by adding cloves and raisins (fried in ghee) or khoya if you are missing payasam or kheer. Instant Indian dessert mix is used to turn this simple kheer (pudding) into a thick and creamy dessert. Earlier, I had used this mix to make bread halwa and to garnish bread pudding. You can make variations by adding cocoa pd and fruits into this. Look out for the tips to prepare these versions, at the end of this recipe.

Instant Indian dessert mix
In south India ,vermicelli payasam is prepared. It is of thinner consistency and some roasted raisins and cashew  are added into it. Payasam is flavored with cloves and cardamom.
People in most parts of Northern india enjoy making thick creamy kheer out of vermicelli.
Thickened milk solid (khoya / mava/ khova) is used to make it thick and  the  kheer is flavored with rose or kewra.


 Ingredients-
You need not measure anything , if it is less sweet add sugar, if it turns out slightly thin add vermicelli, if it is thicker than desired add milk to thin it out. It is a very easy recipe.

1/2 cup super thin vermicelli (nylon)
1.5 cups milk (full fat/ toned/ low fat can be used)
2 tbsp Instant Indian dessert mix
2 tbsp Sugar (or add as required)

Directions-


Nylon vermicelli is pre-roasted, so it saves some of your time.
These vermicelli are very long and it is difficult to take it out of the packet.
Break the vermicelli into bits by bending the packet.


Cut open the packet and take out the quantity that you need, into a thick bottomed vessel or a rice cooker pan.
Put in milk and press the 'cook' button. Do not cover the pan. The milk tends to overflow when covered.
After the milk starts bubbling and vermicelli is cooked add the instant pd and sugar.
Let if boil for 2 more minutes. Check the sweetness. You might need few more spoons of sugar.
Switch of the rice cooker and leave the pan in it.
Stir from time to time to avoid cream formation.
If you are hungry eat it piping hot.
If you can wait let it cool to room temperature / chill it and you will get a creamy Indian dessert. If it thickens on cooling add 1/4 cup milk.

Note- 
You can heat the milk and then add the vermicelli. Vermicelli cooks in 3 mins.
If you are planning to make this with thicker vermicelli-



Heat 1 cup water and then add the pre-roasted vermicelli(use Bambino/MTR brand). Let it cook for 8-10 mins and then add milk, instant dessert pd and sugar and cook for 5-8 mins. Switch off the cooker and leave the pan in the hot rice cooker for another 10 mins.

Tips-
Fruit and vermicelli kheer- Try adding orange segments, banana slices, mango cubes into the cooled /chilled  kheer.
Mix in 1 tsp cocoa pd or 1 tbsp hot chocolate mix into the milk to make chocolate kheer.




It is a very easy dessert when you have to cook a complete meal.


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