Chaat

Masala Puri

Masala Puri

Another yummy, appetizing chaat from Indian streets… One of the vivid memory I have of eating chaats in India is this one! I have a very good friend who is living in Chennai, India.  She loves street chaats and knew every street vendor in our neighborhood. Besides her boyfriend, I was her best companion for eating these, as I enjoyed having them too! Rain or shine, we had these chaats every week and  relished it to the fullest.

This is one among the few that I miss here. Though, I find many chat corners… none of them taste like the one we get in India. So I thought I would make it myself.. After researching and trying different masala puri recipe versions, I fell in love with this particular recipe. I felt this recipe is the best of all that I have tried and have been making at home every single time I think of eating “one plate of masala puri” :).

Ingredients:

3/4 cup dry green peas, soaked overnight and pressure cooked with little salt (do not use frozen peas, the taste will vary)

1/4 cup toro dal (yellow pegion peas) cooked till soft with a pinch of turmeric

carrot-1, grated

onion-1, finely chopped

Puris – used store-bought (pani puris)

Sev- 1 cup (o size, store bought)

Coriander (Cilantro) leaves- 1/2 cup, finely chopped

Shredded coconut-1 tbsp

Sugar-1 tsp

Red chilli powder- 1 1/2 tsp

Salt
Dry Spices :

cloves-3

cinnamon- 1 inch

coriander seeds- 1 tsp

cumin seeds- 1 tsp

peppercorns- 1 tsp

Nutmeg- a small piece

Method:
Dry roast all the spices until light golden brown, then add coconut and fry for a minute and keep it aside.

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Grind the spices with coconut, red chill powder and 1/4 cup of water to a smooth paste. Add the toor dal and grind again for a minute.

Take the ground paste in a heatproof pan and add half cup of water to liquefy it. Add salt, sugar and cook for a 5-6 minutes. Add the cooked peas and allow the mixture to blend well. Add more salt if needed. The gravy should not be too thick or too thin.

Crush 4-5 puris on the serving plate.

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Spread  about 1-2 ladle full of gravy.

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Top it up with some grated carrot.

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Then add chopped onions

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and a layer of sev.

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and finally with some cilantro!  Serve immediately. (Add the topping according to your taste)Masala Puri

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Chaat

Pani puri (Bangalore style)

Pani Puri

Wondering if I am on a pani puri fever? Yes, I am 🙂 Its usually weekends that I get to make all these wonderful chaats so I can completely  enjoy it with my family. The addition of onions sev( fried chickpea noodles) and cilantro with hot and sweet pani tantalizes your taste buds.

Ingredients:

Puris- store bought (50 pieces)

Potatoes– 3 large

Dry green peas– 1 1/2cup

Onions– 1 finely chopped

Sev (0 size)- 1/2 cup

Cilantro- 1/4 cup chopped

For making pani:

Cilantro- 25 gms

Mint leaves– 25 gms

Green chilli- 1

Ginger- 1 inch

black salt– 1 tbsp

Amchur powder (dry mango powder)-1tsp

cloves- 1

cardamom- 1

lime juice– 1 tbsp

Grind all the above ingredients except salt, amchur powder and lime juice until smooth. Sieve the mixture with 1 cup of water, making sure to squeeze everything from the ground mixture. Add four more cups of water to the liquid extract and mix black salt, amchur powder and lime juice to it. Adjust the flavor according to your taste buds. Refrigerate at least for 2 hours before serving for best results.

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Sweet chutney:

Tamarind extract-1/2 cup (remove extract from tamarind by adding 1/2 cup of luke warm water to a orange size tamarind or use 2 to 3 tbsp tamarind paste and dilute with water)

Jaggery– 3/4 cup

Roasted cumin seeds and fennel seeds- 1tsp each (powdered)

Heat the tamarind mixture and jaggery in a heat proof bowl and boil it for 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick (pouring consistency). Mix the powdered mixture to the chutney. Cool it before serving.

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Preparation:

Soak the dry green peas in water for 8 hours. Cook potatoes and soaked green peas in a pressure cooker or microwave until they are soft adding a teaspoon of black salt.

Keep all the ingredients handy. Mash the potatoes well.

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Make a hole in the center of the puri making sure not to break the sides or the bottom. Add 1 or 2 tsp of cooked green peas, 1 tsp of mashed potato.

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Then fill it pani and add a tsp of sweet chutney leaving just a little space for garnishing. More the pani, better the taste of pani puri

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Add 1/2 tsp of chopped onions.

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Garnish with sev and cilantro. Best way to have this is to make it individually and have it immediately. ( I made these together just for the pictures!)

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Soup

Bok choy mushroom soup

Bok choy mushroom soup

By default, I know my husband will shop for bok choy if he goes to the Asian market. Recently he went shopping to the chinese market and I for sure knew I would find bok choy in the shopping bag, and I was right. Thankfully he had not missed on tofu or mushrooms which made my life easier :). Quickly I took out all the ingredients and made the soup in no time. It’s such a simple and healthy soup that anyone would fall in love with the flavor, aroma and its taste.

Ingredients:

Bok choy- 3 cups, coarsely chopped

Canned white mushrooms or shiitake mushrooms (8 oz)-1 can

Tofu-1 cup cubed

Vegetable broth- 3 cups

Water- 1 cup

Soy sauce– 1 tbsp

Ginger- 2 tsp finely minced

Lime juice -2 tsp

Cilantro– 1/4 cup

Salt- to taste

Pepper- 1 tsp

Preparation:

Heat vegetable broth mixed with water in a pot, add in tofu, bok choy and mushrooms, salt, pepper, ginger and soy sauce.

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Cover the pot and boil for 10 minutes. Add cilantro and lime juice just before serving! Enjoy

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Chaat

Bhel Puri

Bhel Puri

Bhel puri” can be described best as Indian street chaat which wakens your taste buds with an explosion of colors, textures and flavors. Its mainly made with puffed rice, fried chickpea noodles (sev), vegetables, hot and sweet chutneys and not to miss cilantro and raw mango.

Serves- 4

Ingredients:

Puffed rice- 3 cups

Bhel mix- 2 cups (available in any indian grocery store)

Tomato- 1big size chopped

Onion -1big size chopped

Cilantro– 1/2 cup

Raw mango- 1/2 cup chopped (optional)

Roasted spicy peanuts- 1/4 cup

Green chillies- 1, minced

Mint chutney- 4-5 tbsp (adjust it according to your taste buds)

Sweet chutney- 4-5 tbsp (adjust it according to your taste buds)

Sev (0 size)- 1/4 cup

Lime juice- 1 tsp

salt to taste

Mint chutney:

Mint leaves- 25 gms

Cilantro- 25gms

Green chilli- 1

Roasted cumin seeds and saunf (fennel seeds)- 1 tsp each (powdered)

Blend all the ingredients together with 1 or 2 tbsp of water. The mixture should be thick.

Sweet chutney:

Tamarind juice- 1/2 cup

Jaggery – 3/4 cup

Bring this mixture to boil with 1/4 cup of water. Boil it for 5-10 minutes until the mixture becomes thick (consistency like tomato ketchup).

(You can store these chutney’s in refrigerator for a week)

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Preparation:

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Mix puffed rice, bhel mix, peanuts well. Add rest of the ingredients quickly, Sprinkle sev at the end and serve immediately.

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Main Course

Tehri

Tehri

I met my MIL’s cousin a few months ago, she is so friendly and an enthusiastic cook. She cooks a variety of dishes from different parts of the world, She had an opportunity to travel around the world with her husband during his career and thats how she learnt  so many cuisines amazing well. Tehri is a dish which I learnt from her and is a favorite rice dish in our family gatherings.

Ingredients:

Ghee/clarified butter- 2 tsp

Cardamom – 1

Cloves– 2

Tej patta (Malabathrum) – 1

Garlic– 6 ( crushed)

Ginger– 1″ piece (crushed)

Coriander powder- 1 tsp

Red chilli powder– 1tsp

Basmati rice- 1 cup

Beans- 1/4 cup (chopped lengthwise)

Carrot- 1/4 cup(chopped lengthwise)

Cauliflower – 1/4 cup (chopped lengthwise)

Peas- 100 gms

Potatoes- 1/4 cup(chopped lengthwise)

Onion -1 (sliced lengthwise)

Green chillies- 1 (slit lengthwise)

Mint leaves– 4 to 5 optional

Salt- to taste

Preparation:

Soak washed rice in water for half an hour. In a pan add ghee, when hot add cloves, cinnamon, tej patta. Add onions and roast until golden brown. Now add green chillies, crushed ginger and garlic, fry for a minute. Add all the vegetables, coriander powder and chilli powder(adjust the level of chilli powder according to your spice level). Add salt and mix well.

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Drain the water in rice, add the vegetable mixture, mix well with rice. Add 1 and half cup of water and cook until done. ( I cooked the rice in rice cooker). Serve hot with any type of  raita.

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Main Course

Paneer paratha

Few years back, I had visited my aunt and uncle who were living in Jalandhar, Punjab.  My aunt had a cook who used to make amazing rotis and parathas. I had a really good time eating variety of parathas with full fat yogurt and the best mixed vegetable pickle that he made. Ofcourse with the delicious food that I enjoyed, I also gained some weight :). I really dont regret eating so much though. So, this paneer paratha was thought by the cook and never forget him nor his recipes.

Ingredients:

Grated paneer- 1 cup

Cumin powder- ¾ tsp

Coriander powder- ¾ tsp

Red chilli powder– 1 ½ tsp or according to your spice level

Garam masala powder- ¾ tsp

Chopped cilantro leaves- ¼ cup

Wheat flour-1 cup

Hot water- ½ cup

Salt- to taste

Oil

Preparation:

To make the dough: Mix the wheat flour with half cup of hot water, 1 teaspoon oil and ¼ teaspoon salt. Mix it well and make it into dough, cover and keep aside.

For the filling: Mix grated paneer with rest of the spices mentioned above, chopped coriander and salt.

Take a little bigger than lemon sized dough. Roll it to ½  inch thickness and smear ½ tsp oil. Add 2 tbsp paneer mixture in the center. Lift the sides of the dough and bring it to the center. Flatten it a little and roll the dough to ¼ inch thickness by adding gentle pressure to the rolling pin and making sure the filling doesn’t come out. You can sprinkle little wheat flour and roll the rotis making sure the dough do not stick to the bottom.

Roast it on a hot griddle adding little ghee or oil on both sides.  Serve it with yogurt and pickle or any other side dish of your choice.

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Main Course

Majjige HuLi

Majjige HuLi is most favorite to people of Bengaluru/ Mysoru. It is very tasty, simple, easy to prepare dish made of single vegetable with yogurt and gravy. It goes really well with rice, muddhe or nuchinunde. We can prepare this dish with a variety of vegetables, like bendekai/ okra, seemebadhnekai/Chayote, boodhkumbaLakai /Ash gourd,  dantina soppu/Amaranthus , thondekai/Tindora. Today I prepared it with dantina soppu/Amaranthus.

Ingredients:

Yogurt/majjige- 1 1/2 to 2 cups

Channa dal– 2 Tbsp( soaked in water for an hour)

Shredded coconut- 1 cup

Green chilliesJalapenos -5 to 6 depending on your spice level

Coriander/ Cilantro– 4 to 5 strands

Ginger- 1″ peice

Mustard seeds– 1/4 tsp +1/2 tsp for seasoning

Cumin seeds– 3/4  tsp

Curry leaves– 2 strands

Turmeric- 1/4 tsp

Dantina soppu/ Amarathus- 1 bunch (chopped)

Oil- for seasoning

Salt- to taste

Preparation:

In a vessel,  heat  a glass of water and add the chopped leaves, let it cook for few minutes until tender (add little salt while the leaves are cooking). Meanwhile grind coconut, green chillies, coriander, ginger, turmeric, cumin seeds , 1/4 tsp of mustard seeds and channa dal with little water. Grind to a fine paste. Add the ground mixture to the cooked leaves. Cook till the raw smell goes away (approximately for 8- 10 minutes). Add the yogurt/majjige at the end and mix well.  Add more salt if needed.

For seasoning- Heat 2 tbsp of oil, add 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds and curry leaves. Allow the mustard seeds to splutter.  Add the seasoning on top the majjige huLi and its ready to serve.

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