Category Archives: Vegetarian

Sticky fries

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Sticky fries is my daughter’s favorite. It has a punch of both French fries smothered with Indian chinese sweet and spicy sauce. Normally they are deep fried fries, but I avoid deep frying instead I air fry them. So for the end result, I get is crispy fries with sweet and spicy honey sauce.

Ingredients:

Mccain’s frozen fries 1 bowl full, or one can cut raw potatoes, half boil it, then pat dry and then deep fry. 

Sauce – garlic ginger finely chopped 2 tadap, tomato ketchup 2 tabsp, red chilli powder 1 tsp, olive oil 2 tabsp, salt to taste, honey 2/3 tabsp, sesame seeds 1 tabsp. 

Method:

Air fry or deep fry a bowl full of French Fries. Heat some oil in a wok and sauté ginger garlic for a min, add red chilli powder and ketchup. Salt to taste. Stir in the French Fries and thoroughly coat it with the sauce, just before serving drizzle honey and sesame seeds. 

Non vegetarian option – Instead of Fries use boneless chicken cut into finger size , season with salt and pepper, coat it thoroughly with corn flour and deep fry for 2 mins on high flame. Serve with plain white rice.

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Pizza Bianca

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Understanding the dynamic lifestyle and dietary changes coupled with stressful work schedules means that a family need added nourishment o combat daily challenges.  The Food Bloggers Association India and ITC group threw us a challenge with this Review Box. Aashirvaad Atta, one of India’s most trusted Atta brands in the country is committed to help the families with wholesome meal. Aashirvaad Atta with multigrain promises the goodness of six different grains – wheat, soya, channa, oats, maize and psyllium husk providing an added advantage over regular atta.

Aashirvaad the pioneer and market leader in the packaged atta segment has developed Aashirvaad Atta with Multigrains to address this aspect providing an uncompromising taste of rotis, with the wholesome goodness of grains. The extra fibre makes the food easier to digest and the extra protein in the atta helps to build strength.

I used this Atta to make the Neapolitan Pizza Bianca, in which one can taste the base with different flavours of cheese hitting the taste buds. There is no marinara sauce used in this type of pizza. I added my twist to the pizza by drizzling some spiced honey and thinly sliced apple.

So, here follows my recipe….

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Ingredients:

Makes 8 thin crust medium size Pizza.

Base – Aashirvaad Atta 500 grams, 25 grams of dry yeast, salt to taste, sugar 2 tabsp, extra virgin Olive Oil 2/3 tabsp and Milk  ¾ cups.

Toppings – 100 grams grated Parmesan cheese, 3 tabsp cream cheese, 200 grams Mozarella cheese, 200 grams Cheddar cheese, 200 grams Ricotta cheese. Fresh Basil leaves. 2 thinly sliced apples, Spiced honey (Honey induced with pepper), dehydrated garlic powder, dried oregano.

 

Method :

Base – Take half cup of lukewarm water in a small bowl, add sugar and dry yeast. Give it a stir and keep it covered for 15/ 20 mins for the yeast to activate. Take a big mixing bowl, pour in the Aashirvaad Atta, add salt, yeast mixture and start kneading the Atta with milk. The process of kneading takes atleast 25/30 mins. Make soft dough and drizzle some olive oil. Cover and keep it in an airtight cupboard for the dough to rise and double in size.

Toppings – Just grate all the above mentioned cheeses and keep it ready into bowls. Keep the rest of the ingredients ready too.

After an hour once the dough has risen, knock back the dough with your fist to take the air out. Divide the dough into 8 equal parts. Roll them into chapatti (circles) and roast each on a hot griddle for a couple of mins.

Preheat the oven to 250 deg. Centigrade for 15 mins.

Now place the rolled base on a wire rack of the oven, drizzle the cheeses except for the ricotta, the seasoning of garlic, oregano, place some thinly slice apples.  Grill the Pizza for 10 to 15 mins. Just before serving grate some ricotta, freshly torn basil leaves and drizzle a couple of spoons of spiced honey. Cut it and enjoy hot. The thin crispy base with different cheese, the oozing of honey is simply magical and takes you right back to the streets of Naples.

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Apple tarts!

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A quick and pure vegetarian tarts especially for my friends who crib on my recipes mostly being non-vegetarian.

Ingredients for 6 small tarts :

Short crust pastry – 250grams of all purpose flour, 100 grams of butter, sugar 2 tsp and salt to taste.

Filling – 3 apples, brown sugar 2/3tabsp, cinnamon powder 2tsp, salt to taste, juice of 1/4 lemon and 2tabsp honey. Icing sugar 1tabspoon.

Method:

Short crust pastry – In a mixing bowl take some flour add salt and sugar. Now add chilled cubes of butter. Rub the maida/flour to the butter till it comes to a sandy texture. Then drizzle some water and knead it into a tight dough. Refrigerate it for an hour. Divide the dough into 6 equal parts, roll it and place it in the tart dishes pressing it firmly. Poke the pastry with fork and bake it for 15 mins in 200 deg in a pre heated oven.

Filling :

While the pastrys are baking, prepare the filling… Option 1 chop the apples, add sugar,cinnamon, honey and salt. Toss it in a pan till it soften and then fill it in the tart shells. And Option 2 thinly slice the apples horizontally​, the cut into half making it into a semicircular shape. Place each slice overlapping making it a long row of around 12/18 inches. Now drizzle little cinnamon and sugar over it. Now fold the apple in circular motion making it look like a rose and carefully place it on the tart shells. Drizzle some more sugar, cinnamon, salt and honey. Bake it for 15mins. 

After cooled drizzle some icing sugar.

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Paneer Makhanwala

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Wonder how I am posting this recipe now? Simply because I thought I have already posted it. But my friend David from Tasmania asked for one, maybe pointing out indirectly to post a recipe of Paneer Makhanwala. So here’s is my take, kept it simple and easy to make.

Ingredients:

Paneer (cottage cheese) 300 grams, 2 tabspoon of oil, and 100 grams of butter. Cumin seeds 1 tsp, dry spices – turmeric 1 tsp, chilli powder 2 tsp, coriander cumin seeds powder 1 tsp. Chat masala 1/2 tsp. Tomato puree 200 ml, tomato ketchup 1 tabspoon. Milk 1 – 1/2 cups, Julienne of ginger 1 tsp. Salt to taste. Paste of cashewnuts 1 tabspoon. Cream and coriander leaves  for garnish.

Method:

Heat oil and half butter in a wok. Tamper it with cumin seeds. Add chopped onions and ginger. Saute it till it becomes translucent. Add the dry spices, tomato puree and ketchup. Stir well and add 1 /2 cup of water so that the masala does not burn. Now add the milk and cashewnuts paste. Season the curry with salt. And little coriander leaves chopped. Cover it and let the curry cook on low heat for 5/7mins. Just before serving add cubes of Paneer and dollop of butter. Garnish with cream, coriander leaves and ginger. Serve hot with malabar paratha and jeera rice.

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Pasta

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The FBAI and Olive Tree Trading had gifted me with a hamper of their Products – olive oil, Europaea milk and Quinoa. Asked us to try these products in the daily dishes we prepare. I have been using these products in salads, pastas and dessert I make for my family. I am really impressed by the quality of these products. The milk is so rich and pure that no cream was required when I made the Panna Cotta. Also the simple pasta which I made using olive oil took us to the Italian Nonna’s kitchen. I will be sharing the Panna Cottas recipe in my next post ,in this will share the pasta recipe.

Ingredients:

Spaghetti 1 pack, garlic 3/4 cloves finely chopped, 1 onion chopped. 1 capsicum chopped. Handful of basil. Olive oil 5/6 tabspoon. Parmesan cheese 1 cup grated. Whole wheat flour 1 tabspoon. Milk 3/4 cups. Salt and pepper as per the taste.


Method:

Boil water enough to soak the Spaghetti and cook it not fully. Leave it little uncooked / al dente. Drain and drizzle a few drops of olive oil. In a heavy bottom pan heat some olive oil and saute onions, capsicum and garlic for a few mins. Drizzle some wheat flour and stir fry till it becomes golden. Pour hot milk and let it boil into a beautiful white sauce. Add the Spaghetti and season with salt and pepper. Tear some basil and garnish. Just before serving drizzle some more olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese.

One can add meat, seafood or veggies of your choice to this pasta.


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Daal Baati !!!

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Rajputana food is incomplete without the mention of the famed Dal-Baati. It started as a picnic food, now has become a distinctive cuisine of the state. The baatis or flaky round breads are baked over firewood in the villages and now in ovens. They are always served dipped in ghee accompanied with panchmel dal. No Rajutana festive or wedding menu is complete without this popular recipe.


Daal :

Ingredients:

1/4th cup of Spilt Bengal gram, spilt green gram, split black gram, whole green gram each. 3 tsp chili powder, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp coriander and cumin seed powder, 4 cloves,  2 inches cinnamon, 2 green chilies slit, ½ tsp asafoetida, ½ tsp cumin seeds, handful of curry leaves, 3 tsp dried mango powder, 4 tbsp ghee (clarified butter) and salt to taste few strands of ginger Julienne.

Method:

Wash all the daals, and pressure cook it till soft. Then add the powdered masala to the daal and some water to make it in semi curry form. Let is boil for a few minutes. Then for the tampering, take ghee, heat it, crackle cumin seeds, asafoetida ginger and curry leaves and pour it all over the daal. Serve hot with the Baatis. 


Baatis :

For 20 Baatis – 1 kg whole wheat flour, 100 grams corn, 100 grams Black  chick pea. Grind them to make slightly coarse flour.

Method:

Add salt, 50 ml oil, I pinch of soda bicarbonate. Knead slightly on the firmer side. Keep it for half an hour to rest. Divide into 20 equal portions and roll them. Place them into a pre heated oven for 20 mins on 180 deg. Best way to know they are don’t is just pat them to hear the hollow sound and they become much lighter in weight once baked properly. Dip them in ghee…… and serve hot with the daal. 

(For the non- vegetarian lovers instead of daal one can serve with hot n spicy curry of lamb. Recipe to follow soon.)

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