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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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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Appetizers/Snacks

Goli Bajji

 

Goli bajji also called as mangalore bajji or baje,  a delightful evening snack which is very famous in Dakshina kannada. It is very simple to prepare and requires less ingredients. Goli bajji reminds me of Malleshwaram CTR hotel. They make the tastiest goli bajji’s I have ever eaten, next comes my mother-in-law with whom, I learnt this recipe.  The only main technique to get crunchy, fluffy bajjis is mixing all purpose flour or maida with sour curd/yogurt.

Ingredients:

All purpose flour/maida- 1 cup

Sour yogurt/curds- 1/2 cup

Green chillies- 2-3 chopped

Thinly sliced, small cut coconut pieces- 2 tsp (optional)

Curry leaves– few

Cumin seeds– 1/2 tsp

Sugar- A pinch

Salt- To taste

Oil- For frying

Preparation:

Mix all the above listed ingredients in a bowl until the batter is really smooth. Mix well for at least 5 minutes. Allow the batter to ferment for 2-3 hours. If you do not wish to wait for 2-3 hours, you can use cooking soda too.  If using so, mix the batter with 1/2 tsp soda and rest the batter for half an hour. The consistency of the batter should not be very thick, it should be of dropping consistency.

Heat Oil in a frying pan. Wet your hand in water, so that the batter do not stick to your palm. Make small dumplings and drop them in oil and fry it in medium low flame.  Bajjis will be ready when they turn golden brown. Serve the bajji’s with coconut chutney which is the ultimate combination according to me :).

Note:  Keep yogurt/curds in room temperature for 1-2 days to make it really sour.

We can also make bajjis, just by mixing maida, curds and salt.

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