Amritsari chole

Chole Kulche is one of the main north Indian dish that is loved as a street food. How many times have we eaten them in your college canteen or on the streets. I can recall the chole’s taste that are severing and wanted to re-create the same taste at home too.

This dish is sure to bring you a flavour of Amritsar streets right into your homes. It is so rich, spicy and full of flavours . Chole has little tangy taste due to added of amchoor powder and sukhi ambi ( dried mango piece) . Spicy and flavour due to added special amritsari channa masala which I brought from Amritsar .

Ingredients

For chole

  • 2 cups Chickpeas ( kabuli channa) soaked overnight
  • 1/2 cup moong dal or masoor dal (soaked 2 hours )
  • 1 teaspoon dried amla pieces
  • 2 green Elachi
  • 2 pieces dried mango

For gravy

  • 2 large onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoon amchoor powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies
  • 2 tbsp channa masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • Salt to taste

Garnish

  • Ginger julienned
  • Thin slices onions
  • Green chillies
  • Coriander

Method

  1. First soak the channa overnight in water.
  2. Pressure cooker the channa adding the dal and spices mentioned above with wrapped tightly in muslin cloth.
  3. Pressure cook for 10 – 15 minutes or till completely cooked.

For gravy

  1. Heat oil in a pan . Add the chopped onions. Sauté till golden brown.
  2. Add slit green chillies and ginger garlic paste. Sauté for few minutes.
  3. Add channa masala powder, cook for a minute.
  4. Add masala into cooked channa.
  5. Add all other spices . Sauté 2 – 3 minutes.
  6. Add water if required. Add salt and simmer till your required thickness.
  7. When the channa is ready. Garnish with ginger julienned, chilli , onions and coriander.
  8. Serve hot with atta Kulcha.

Couscous Upma

Upma has famous meal , regularly upma made with rava , but i am looking some more healthier ingredient to make upma. I found couscous best ingredient to replace rava for upma. Couscous upma is easy and quick recipe. Couscous is its versatility. It is amazing how just a small bowl of this tiny grain can fill you up and keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Ingredients

Instant Couscous – 3/4 cup

Salt -1/4 tsp

Water -1 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 medium size

Green chilli – 2 finely chopped

Salt as needed

Beans – 1/4 cup chopped

Carrot – 1/4 cup chopped

Capsicum – 1/3 cup chopped

For the seasoning

Oil – 2 tbsp

Hing pinch of

Mustard seeds – 1 tsp

Urad dal – 1 tsp

Curry leaves

Pre- preparation

1. Take couscous in a bowl. Add 1/4 tsp salt to it.Bring water to rolling boil. Add to the couscous, mix well and keep it covered for 10 minutes.

2. After 10-15minutes – fluff couscous with a fork and our plain couscous is ready.

Method

1. Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and urad dal, when dal turns golden brown, add onion, green chillies, hing and curry leaves. Sauté on medium heat until onions turn transparent.

2. Add carrots and beans. Mix well, sprinkle water and cook covered, stirring in between until the vegetables are soft but not mushy.

3. Once the vegetables are soft, add capsicum and salt needed. Mix and cook for another 3-4 minutes. See to it that you do not overcook the capsicum.

4. Add the couscous and mix gently.

5. Garnish with curry leaves.


Khaman Dhokla

Gujarati cuisine is known to have a lot of flavourful and delightful snacks to offer, Dhokla is one of the specialities of Gujarati cuisine and is enjoyed as a breakfast or a snack . This is an easy-to-make snack recipe that can be prepared anytime and is best enjoyed with tempered or pan-fried green chillies. It’s a quick dish that can be prepared in just 30-minutes and requires ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen cabinet. It’s the most common type of dhokla that you will see anywhere. Their main ingredient is ,as the Khaman Dhokla is prepared using gram flour or besan. Khaman Dhokla is sweet and sour in taste. they are part of a culture that loves feeding people.

khaman dhokla was the very first recipe that I learned from my mom during my school days. Since then, it has been by far one of my favorite recipes, and I have been entertaining my family and friends for years.

Here is an easy way to make Khaman Dhokla, which is soft sponge and super in taste. I serve with spicy sour cherries chutney.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Gram flour(besan) sieved
  • 1cup Yogurt (beaten)
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Ginger-chilli paste
  • 1/2 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Soda bicarbonate
  • Salt to taste
  • 1tbsp Oil

Chutney

  • 1tsp Ginger paste
  • 2cups Cherries (halved)
  • 1/4 cup Honey ( or any sugar substitute)
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 3 Chilli ( green or red )
  • 1/3 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 3 tsp Cider vinegar
  • 1tsp Oil
  • 1tsp Mustard seeds

Instructions

Chutney

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mustard seeds, when the seeds begin to crackle, add ginger and chillies , Stir in ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add cherries, sugar, cider vinegar, lemon juice, and salt. Bring to a boil; lower heat to a rapid simmer and cook until sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.

  3. Transfer into a blender, make a quick blend. Then transfer into a bowl , set aside to cool. Chutney will continue to gel and thicken as it cools. Serve room temperature.

  • Khaman Dhokla
  • Take gram flour in a bowl. Add yogurt and approximately one cup of warm water and mix. Avoid lumps. Add salt and mix again

  • Leave it aside to ferment for one hour. When gram flour mixture has fermented, add turmeric powder and green chilli-ginger paste. Mix. Heat the steamer. Grease the moulds.
  • In a small bowl take lemon juice, soda bicarbonate, one teaspoon of oil and mix. Add it to the batter and whisk briskly. Pour batter into the greased moulds and place it in the steamer.
  • Cover with the lid and steam for ten minutes. When a little cool, take out from the moulds and keep in a serving plate.
  • Serve, garnished with chopped coriander leaves , scraped coconut and spicy sour cherry chutney.
  • NOTE

    Some Tips and Tricks

    • Start with a fresh batch of eno. The open pack or stale eno may result in flat dhoklas.

    • A simple trick to a fluffy khaman – beat the batter well. The more you beat the batter; more air is incorporated in the batter, resulting in soft-spongy khaman. Just remember to beat the batter before adding eno. 

    • After adding Eno, don’t let the batter sit for a long while. Steam it right away.

    • Follow these basic tricks correctly, and you are on your way to the most spongy dhokla.

    Udon Noodles

    The first time I made this recipe I used another brand of fat udon noodles. I’ve since learned that not all udon noodles are the same. These are now mine and children’s favourite. Made with wheat flour and salt, these noodles are vegan and healthy! I can only imagine that fresh udon noodles would surpass these.

    This stir fry is a great base recipe, featuring just a basic collection of ingredients. Feel free to add in a mushrooms, bell peppers, bean sprouts, bell pepper, shredded cabbage or just about anything else you have around would also be a great addition.

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    These are great deputy from regular refind noodles 🍝 . And the rose of children’s party too.

    How to Make 15-Minute Spicy Udon Noodles

    1. Gather your ingredients and mix up your sauce.

    2. Heat oil in your wok over medium-high heat and set your noodles to soak. Then add mushrooms, the carrots and onions and stir in the hot wok until softened.

    3. Add the noodles .Add the sauce and toss to coat. Finally, add the spinach and stir fry until the spinach is wilted. Spoon into bowls, garnish and serve!


    Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 14oz udon noodles packet
    • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
    • 1/2 medium onion sliced
    • 1 medium carrot thin long chopped
    • 1/2 cup snap beans
    • 1/2 cup green beans
    • 1 cup baby spinach
    • 1 cup red bell pepper long chopped
    • 1 cup mushrooms chopped

    Sauce

    • 1-2 tsp chilli garlic sauce
    • 1 tsp thai chilli sauce
    • 2 tsp soya sauce
    • 2 tsp rice vinegar
    • 1 tsp sesame oil
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 tsp fresh ginger minced

    Garnish:

    • Sesame seeds
    • Peanuts
    • Green spring or cilantro

    Instructions

      Prepare your vegetable and set aside. You can fill large bowl with hot water and add udon noodles to the bowl to soak .
      In a large wok , heat oil over medium heat . Add mushrooms, bell pepper, carrot and cook, stirring for a minute. Add snap beans, green beans and cook , stirring for a minute . Add onion and cook , stirring until onion are soft and carrot are tender.
      Drained noodles and transfer into a large bowl . Add sauces in udon noodles , stirring and combine well .
      In wok , scatter spinach and cook , stirring constantly until spinach is wilted.
      Add udon noodles in a wok and stirring to combine well . Remove wok from flame. Transfer to a plate or bowl and garnish with sesame seeds, peanuts and cilantro.

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    Pizza Cups

    It always feels great to watch when your children chosen off a healthy home-cooked meal over outside. I prepared Pizza Cups for recent children’s tea party . They not only makes your menu looks fancy, but also fun. I know most of you know Bread pizza, but making pizza cups are very cute and interesting to. Homemade party food ideas will help you to stick to your budget.This recipe are simple to make and not need much pre- preparation in the day before party. .

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    INGREDIENTS

    Bread slices – 6

    Mushrooms- 8 button ( chopped)

    Onion – 1 ( chopped)

    Tomato – 1 ( chopped)

    Capsicum – 1 ( chopped)

    Fresh Basil – 3 ( chopped)

    Mozzarella cheese – To top

    pizza sauce – 2 tbsp

    Caesar sauce- 2 tbsp

    Italian seasoning – 1 tsp

    Olive oil – 2 tsp

    Crushed red pepper – To sprinkle on top(optional)

    METHOD:

    1. Pre-heat oven to 200 deg C.

    2. To make pizza cups, trim the bread sides use square directly or cut the bread slices with a lid to a circle . Brush a muffin tray with oil and place these bread circles in it so that to make a cup shape.Spread the caesar and pizza sauce.

    3. Sprinkle the chopped veggies and cheese on top of it. Sprinkle with the italian seasoning and chopped basil . Place baking tray in OTG.

    4. Bake for 7-9 minutes or untill the bread turns golden in colour and crisp too.


    Mushroom Tacos

    The Homemade Taco Shells recipe is masterly easy . Its not fried . It’s baked which makes it healthy too. All you need is a few homemade Taco Shells .

    These vegan tacos are a great way to sneak more vegetables into your day. The vegan taco is entirely plant-based, made from mushrooms , crushed walnuts and plenty of seasoning.

    I served them in Indian taco shells along with mushrooms, walnuts, cucumber. You can also serve along with Baked Beans, Salad, Refried Beans, Chilli Paneer, Filling & more.

    Ingredients

    Shell

    •1cup Whole wheat flour

    •1/2cup chickpeas flour ( besan)

    •1/2cup leftover Dal or lentil ( yellow)

    •2teaspoon cilantro, chopped

    •1/4 cup Cooking oil

    •Salt , to taste

    Filling

    • 1 cup mushroom (sliced chopped)

    • 1 onion, fine chopped

    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced

    • 1/2 capsicum, fine chopped

    • 2 teaspoon walnut , crushed

    • Salt , to taste

    • Basil, few leaves

    • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • Salad

    • 1 cucumber, thin ribbons

    • 1/2 tomato, thin wedges

    • 1/2 capsicum, thin wedges

    • Basil, few

    • 2 tablespoons peanut, crushed

    • Salt, to taste

    • Pepper, to taste

    Dressing

    • 2 tablespoons hung curd

    • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle

    • Fresh herb any

    • 1/2 teaspoon ketchup

    Directions for The Homemade Taco Shells and Filling Recipe

    1. To start with making the Homemade Taco Shells Recipe, we will first preheat oven to 160 C.

    2. Place top rack of oven on middle level and line bottom rack with a drip tray or even foil.

    3. Assemble all the atta flour, besan , dal , cilantro and salt together in a deep bowl. Add oil and little warm water at a time and knead into a stiff dough.

    4. Divide the Taco dough into equal portions.

    6. Roll out a portion into a 4 inch diameter circle by dusting in flour while rolling.

    7. Once rolled, prick the taco dough with a fork or toothpick. This will prevent it from puffing. 

    8. Next drape the taco on the baking grill rack. They will spread over two rows of the grill rack. Once you have arranged all the tacos in the grill rack and place it in oven.

    9. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes until you see the taco are crispy and lightly browned.

    10. Keep a watch on the taco as each oven acts differently. Sometimes it turned over brown . So sniff around till you understand how the oven behaves with the taco.

    12. Once done, remove the Taco Shells from the oven and allow it to cool completely. The Taco Shells will continue to harden while it cools down.

    13.For Filling: In a sauté pan , heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion , mushrooms and seasoned with salt , pepper . Toss to coat all mushrooms .

    14. Cook for 5 minutes on medium flame without stirring .

    15. Reduce heat to low flame and add garlic and walnuts . Cook for 3 more minutes, stirring frequently, until garlic is fragrant and mushrooms are fully cooked.

    16. Remove from heat and add basil .

    17.Salad : use ribbon blade cutter or slicer , cut the cucumber into ribbons.

    18. In a bowl, mix all ingredients together(Cucumber, tomato, capsicum, salt, pepper and peanut ).

    19. Mix dressing into cucumber, stir well to combine.

    20. To assemble the tacos, spread sauté mushrooms down the centre of each taco shell. Finish the tacos with salad garnishes or your choice of Dips.

    21. Serve immediately .


    Banana oats ragi Pancake

    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day . How is it with you ? , you eat breakfast or you completely not attached to this meal? . Breakfast although definitely modest was not one of the first activity after waking up 😊😋. For me and kids this stack was prefect breakfast.

    I placed all the ingredients in my blender and process until smooth. The batter thickens as it sits so you want to bear that in mind when preparing your pancakes so don’t leave the batter sitting for too long.

    I made this Banana Oats Ragi Pancakes recipe without include the baking powder and the recipe turned out great, so it is totally up to you whether you use it or not.

    If the batter gets too thick, add a little extra liquid whether it be more non-dairy milk or water .

    I cook the pancakes on each side in a non-stick pan.  I usually put a lid on my skillet and leave it slightly open after I turn over the pancake just to make sure it cooks through.

    I made a mountain of mini banana oats ragi pancakes , spread Nutella and topped them with delicious homemade jam , fruits and maple syrup.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup oats ( rolled or flour)

    • 1/2 cup ragi flour

    • 1/2 cup almond milk

    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

    • 2 ripe banana

    • 1 teaspoon vanilla

    • 1 teaspoon baking powder (optional)

    • 1/4 teaspoon pink salt (optional)

    • Butter, for cooking

    • Maple syrup

    • Nutella

    • Jam

    • Fresh fruits

    Instructions

    1. Place all the ingredients in a blender, roll oats, ragi , almond milk, maple syrup, banana, vanilla, baking powder, salt. Process until completely smooth.

    2. Brush oil in a large non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add batter and cook until edges are golden brown, about 2-3 minutes, flip the pancake and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Repeat until batter is all gone.

    3. Spread Nutella on each pancake.

    4. Serve topped with maple syrup and fruits.


    Amaranth Waffle

    Introducing new grains is quite difficult to kids. Changing how you present food to your kid can make a big difference  to your children’s acceptance  of that food. These Amaranth Waffles are a great way to get your kids pleading for more vegetables !!

    Amaranth Waffles can be used in so many ways. I love to accompany them with a variety of toppings such as

    • Hummus
    • Mint chutney
    • Tamarind chutney
    • Salad
    • Aloo bhaji
      Sambar
  • You can also use them as a Bread for sandwiches ( like i have made it ) or pop them in a lunchbox.
  • Ingredients

    Waffle

    1/2 cup pumpkin purée

    2 cups Amaranth flour

    3/4 cups almonds milk

    1 teaspoon oil

    1 boiled Potatoes

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    A pinch of baking soda

    Filling

    2 teaspoon paneer ( grated)

    1 teaspoon Coriander, Chopped

    1 teaspoon corn

    Hummus

    1/2 cup White channa

    1 Potato, boiled

    1/2 teaspoon Cumin powder

    1/2 teaspoon Mixed spices ( or channa masala)

    Coriander chutney

    2 teaspoon curd

    1 green chilli

    Handful Coriander

    Salt

    Method

    Preheat waffle iron. Mix and beat in flour, almond milk, vegetable oil, purée, mashed potato , baking powder, salt and just until smooth.

    Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown.

    Filling

    Take bowl mix all ingredients paneer , Coriander, corn, salt and chat masala together.

    Hummus

    Blend all ingredients well together.

    Chutney

    Blend it well .

    Serve hot centre filled waffles sandwiches with hummus ,chutney and pomegranate pearls.


    Shahi Makhana Chaat

    Love eating chaat this lotus seed or Makhana chaat will blow your mind . .

    Makhana Chaat Recipe is a chaat made with makhanas, peanuts , spicy green chutney and sweet – tangy date tamarind chutney poured over a makhana yogurt mixture .

    Mostly makhanas eaten during the Navratri fasts, you could also serve this Makhana Chaat as an appetizer at your dinner party or serve it as a tea time snack. 

    Ingredients

    1 1/2 cup Makhana

    2 cup Yogurt

    1 teaspoon Sugar

    2 tablespoon Peanuts

    Green chutney For drizzling

    Date -Tamarind chutney For drizzling

    Nuts(almonds,cashews,raisins) chopped Handfuls

    Pomegranate For topping

    Mango cubes For topping

    Coriander For garnishing

    Method

    • Soak makhanas by adding  just enough water to cover them . Just 1/4 inch more than makhana level. Secondly after the makhanas becomes slightly soft , drain off excess water .

    • Take yogurt in a bowl . Add sugar and whisk well .

    • Put makhanas in jar or bowl . Add sweet yogurt. Drizzle green chutney and date tamarind chutney.

    • Add nuts and mangoes cube .

    • Sprinkle some pomegranate pearls and coriander on top .

    • Serve immediately .


    Sagoo chat in Potato cups

    Sagoo(Sabudana) chaat recipe is an Indian delicacy served for breakfast or evening snack specially in vrat (fasting) . It is filling and healthy too .It is so delicious and can be have on any regular day .Its an easy to cook and less time taking . Here is quick recipe for sabudana chat in Potato cups.

    Ingredients

    3 Potato ( boiled)

    2 tbsp sagoo (sabudana) , soaked for 4 hours

    2 green chillies

    4 tsp peanuts

    1 cucumber , chopped

    1 tomato , chopped

    1 tsp cumin powder

    Salt to taste

    Coriander leaves

    Pomegranate pearl

    Method

    1. Using a paring knife cut into the half  and scoop out the insides, leaving about a 1/4 inch for potato cups.

    2. Shallow Fry until crisp both the sides .

    3. Take a pan add water, make it boil then add sago, salt in it . When the sago boiled. Transfer into another bowl.

    4. In a mixing bowl add sago, cucumber, tomato,peanut, green chillies, cumin powder, salt , coriander leaves .

    5. Squeeze the lemon on the mixture.

    6. Pour the mixture in Potato cups.

    7. Garnish with pomegranate pearls and Serve.