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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pudachi Vadi or Sambhar Vadi

Pudachi Vadi or Sambhar Vadi
·         ½ bowl coarsely ground cashew-nut
·         2 cup chopped coriander leaves
·         1 tbsp poppy seeds
·         1/2 cup grated dry coconut
·         1 tsp red chili powder
·         1/2 tsp turmeric powder
·         1 tsp lemon juice or amchur powder and chaat masala
·         1 tsp sugar
·         salt  to taste
·         1 tsp cumin & mustard seeds
·         1 tsp coriander powder (Dhana powder)
·         2 tsp maida or wheat flour
·         1 bowl besan
·         pinch of asafetida
·         pinch of baking powder
·         1 tsp ginger, garlic and chili paste
·         oil to fry
·         1 tsp Garam Msala
·         ¼ bowl raisins
·         4 tsp oil

1.      Heat a pan with oil, let the cumin & mustard seeds splutter. Add ginger, garlic and green chili paste & asafetida.
2.      Add salt, turmeric, chili powder & coriander powder in it. Mix well.
3.      Now add dry grated coconut. Fry till it’s crunchy.
4.       Add poppy seeds. Mix well.
5.      Add amchur powder, chaat masala and sugar. Mix well.
6.      Remove from the fire and add cashew nut powder. Mix well and keep it aside.
7.      Take chopped coriander in 1 bow. Add chili, garlic and ginger paste. Add salt. Mix well
8.      Take another bowl and mix beasn, maida or wheat flour, 2 tsp hot oil (Mohan), turmeric powder, chili powder, pinch of salt & baking powder.  Make dough of it by adding water.
9.      Make 10-12 pieces of the dough, roll each piece in oval shape, spread spoonful mixture on it, & make a roll of it. Repeat the same procedure for remaining balls.
10.  Dip fry all vadi until become golden brown.
11.  Serve it with tamarind sauce or schezwan chutney & fried, salted green chilies. J

Bread Pockets (Western-Indian flat bread)

Bread Pockets 
(Western-Indian flat bread usually made with Jowar (sorghum), Bajra (Pearl millet), Rice or Ragi.)

For making Jowar Bhakri (Indian flat Bread)
  • 4 tablespoons jowar flour
  • 1 tablespoon rice flour
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • salt
  • rice flour for dusting
  • a bowl of cold water
For preparing stuffing mixture:
  • Grated Cabbage - 1 bowl
  • Grated Carrot- 1 bowl
  • chopped onion - 1/2 bowl
  • chopped coriander
  • chopped capsicum- 1/2 bowl
  • chopped paneer- 1 bowl
  • grated cheese- 1 bowl
  • chili powder- 1 &1/2 tsp
  • salt to taste
  • turmeric powder- 1/2 tsp
  • ginger, garlic and green chili paste- 1 tsp
  • oil- 1 tbsp
  • cumin seeds - 1/2  tsp

For preparing Indian flat bread (Bhakri):
  1. Mix the flour and salt in a glass bowl.
  2. Bring the water to a rolling boil (very important, if not hot enough, bhakri will crack).
  3. Add the boiling water to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon.
  4. Mix well, once a little warm, knead a little with hand.
  5. Divide into four portions and make round balls.
  6. Heat pan/ tawa.
  7. Dust the rolling board heavily with rice flour.
  8. Place one ball of dough and gently start patting it to make it flat.
  9. Move the flattened bhakri in a clock-wise motion as you pat it.
  10. Start from the ends and work towards the center
  11. Once the bhakri is uniformly as thin as you can make it, lift it gently and place it in both your palms.
  12. Flip it and place it gently on the hot pan (now the side dusted with the rice flour is facing up)
  13. Immediately coat the side facing up with cold water. This will also seal all the cracks. Make sure the entire surface is covered including the edges.
  14. When this layer of water starts steaming, flip the bhakri with the help of a spatula
  15. Keep checking the bhakri, brown spots will appear on the wet side which is now touching the hot surface.
  16. Once this side looks cooked and has golden-brown spots, remove the bhakri and flip it and place it on direct flame (the dry side is on the flame)
  17. Move the bhakri over the flame with tongs till it puffs up completely.
  18. Remove from flame.

19. Cut it in to half. To make a pocket.
For preparing the mixture:

  1. Take a pan. Add oil to it. Add cumin seeds and wait till it pops.
  2. Add garlic, ginger and green chili paste. Add turmeric powder.
  3. Add onion to it and cook till its light brown.
  4. Now add all vegetables (cabbage, carrot, capsicum, coriander). Cook well.
  5. Add cheese and paneer. Also add red chili powder and salt. Saute for 2 mins. Mix well.

For preparing the Bread Pockets):

  1. Open the pockets and fill the mixture as shown in the photo.
  2. Serve hot.

Tip you could also try 2 tbsp jowar +2 tbsp ragi flour in summer and 2 tbsp jowar +2 tbsp bajra flour in winter

Vegetable Sandwich!

Quick Vegetable Sandwich
  • Bread slices (I have used multi grained bread)
  • Green Capsicum (chopped) - 1 bowl
  • Tomato (Chopped) - 1 bowl
  • Onion (chopped) - 1/2 bowl
  • Rava (Semolina) - 1/2 bowl
  • Curd- 1 bowl
  • Chili flakes- 1 tsp
  • Oregano to taste
  • Grated Cheese - 1 bowl
  • Butter
  • salt to taste

1. Take 1 bowl. Add curd, chili flakes, salt, oregano and cheese.  Mix well.
2. Add chopped capsicum, onion and tomato to it. Mix well.
3. Add Rava (Semolina) to it. Mix well and make a paste.
4. Take a bread slice. Apply butter on both sides. 
5. Apply the above mixed paste on 1 side of the bread.
6. Take a pan. Heat it. Add butter to the pan. Put the bread in the pan with paste side downwards.

7. Toast both the sides.

Tip: You can use vegetables of your choice like paneer, carrot, corn, cabbage etc..