April 23, 2017

Spinach Chakli

Chakli is a savoury snack made from rice flour, roasted gram dhal, black gram dhal and spices.  I used fresh spinach and green chillies to enhance the flavor.


Ingredients:

Rice flour - 3 cups
Roasted urad dhal flour - 1 cup
Roasted gram flour - 3/4 cup
Asafoetida - a pinch
Fresh spinach - 3 cups chopped & blend 
Green Chillies - 5 or 6 depending on spice level
Butter - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - to fry

Method:
1. Mix all the flours and add asafoetida and salt.
2. Add butter, blend spinach and green chillies and knead to a smooth dough.
3. Make spiral chaklis with the chakli maker.
4. Deep fry till done.
5. Store in airtight container.

April 6, 2017

Dates Holige


Inspired by Mane Holige of Gandhi Bazaar I tried this making dates holige.  Got some tips on this dessert from Udupi recipes

Dates Holige

Ingredients:
For the dough
Fine semolina- 1/2 cup
All purpose flour- 1 cup
Salt- 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder- A pinch
Oil- 1/4 cup
Water- to mix
For fillingPitted Dates- 8 oz
Desiccated coconut- 1/2 cup
Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp

Method:
1. Take fine semolina, all purpose flour, salt and turmeric powder in a bowl.
2.  Combine everything adding water gradually to make a soft dough.
3.  Add some oil and knead.
4.  Put some oil on top of the dough and cover it and rest it for a couple of hours.
5.  Finally knead once again soft and loose dough.
Stuffing
1 . Blend the dates with as little water as possible.
2. Add coconut powder and blend dates cardamom and cook in a non stick pan.
3. When it thickens and leaves the pan turn off the heat and let it cool.
4.  When completely cooled make lemon size balls of the stuffing.
To assemble:
1.  Make balls of lemon size with the dough.
2.  Place the stuffing in the dough and seal it.
3.  Roll or press it to a thin disc of 5 inches on a plastic sheet.
4.  Transfer the rolled holige to a heated non stick skillet and cook on both sides on medium flame.
5.  When the brown spots appear they are done.
6.  Serve with ghee.

March 4, 2017

Carrot & Beets Crust Pizza

I tried making the pizza crust healthy by adding grated carrots and beets to add more veggies in the diet.  It was surprisingly very tasty.

Carrots & Beets Crust Pizza
Ingredients:
Carrots grated - 1 cup
Beets grated - 1 cup
Bread flour - 2 cups
Salt - a tsp
Sugar - 3 tsp
Water - 1 cup
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Yeast - 3 tsp

Toppings:
Pizza Sauce -1 cup
Mozzarella cheese - 1 cup
Vegetables chopped - choice of bell pepper, onion, olives, mushrooms, jalapeno etc
Oregano & Basil leaves - to sprinkle

Method:
1.  Disintegrate yeast and sugar in luke water water.  The yeast will rise.
2.  Make a well in the flour  and add the yeast mixture.
3.  Gently add the grated veggies and salt and oil and knead to a soft pliable dough.
4,  Cover the dough with cling wrap or towel and keep in a warm place for a couple hours till the dough is double in size
5.  Punch down the down and stretch it and place on a pizza stone and let it rise.
6.  Apply pizza sauce generously.
7.  Cover with mozzarella cheese and drizzle some olive oil.
8.  Top with vegetables of your choice and bake in the over at 425F for about 15 to 18 minutes.

March 1, 2017

Methi (Fenugreek) Masala Bread

Methi (Fenugreek) is a herb and the seeds and leaves are used in Indian cooking.  This herb is highly beneficial to health and has medicinal value.  I tried to incorporate this in bread and the taste and flavor of this bread was amazing.

Methi Masala Bread

Ingredients:

Yogurt - 3/4 cup
Salt - 1 tsp
Sugar - 3 tsp
Olive oil - 2 tbsp
Mexican cheese - 1/2 cup shredded
Chilly powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric power - 1 tsp
Bread flour - 1 & half cups
Besan flour - 1/2 cup
Yeast - 2 tsp

To be added during the mixed bread cycle:

Onion medium - 1/2 chopped sauted in olive oil
Methi leaves - 1/2 cup cleaned
Cilantro leaves - 2 tsp chopped
Curry leaves - 2 strings
Green chillies - 2 chopped
Ginger - 1/2 inch grated


Method:
1.  Add all the ingredients for the bread in the bread machine in the order given above.
2.  Set the bread machine to mix bread cycle.
3.  Start the bread machine.
4.  Make sure the dough is a soft elastic ball, if necessary add a tsp of flour if the dough is sticky or a tsp of oil if the dough is tight.
5.  When the machine beeps add the chopped onion, methi leaves, cilatntro, curry leaves, chopped green chillies and grated ginger.
6,  Cool completely when done and slice.


February 23, 2017

Avalakki (Poha/Flattened rice) Upkari:

Avalakki (flattened rice) upkari is a popular breakfast item or evening snack. It is served for breakfast with upma and banana.
Avalakki Upkari

Ingredients:

Avalakki (Thin variety) - 2 cups
Powdere Jaggery or brow sugar - 2 tbspp
Red chilies - 2
Coriander seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds  1/2 tsp
Fresh grated coconut - 1/2 cup

Salt to tast

Seasoning:
Olive/Coconut oil - 2 tbsp
Asafetida - a pinch
Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Curry leaves - 2 strings
Coriander leaves - 2tbsp chopped

Method:

1.  Dry grin cumin seeds, coriander seeds and red chilies.
2.  Add the grated coconut to the poha and mix.
3.  Add the powered spices, jaggery/brown sugar, and salt.
4.  Head the oil, add mustard seeds and when it sizzles add asafetida, curry leaves, and turmeric powder.
5.  Pour the seasoning on the avalakki.
6,  Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro leaves.



February 20, 2017

Chakli

Chakli is a popular savoury snack.  It is made with rice flour, roasted gram flour and urad dhal flour mixed with butter and spices.




Rice flour - 3 cups (preferably rice soaked, dried in shade and powdered)
Roasted urad dhal flour - 1 cup
Roasted gram flour - 3/4 cup
Asafoetida - a pinch
Cumin seeds - a tsp
Sesame seeds - a tsp
Butter - 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil - to fry

Method:
1. Mix all the flours and add asafoetida, cumin seeds, sesame seeds and salt.
2. Add butter and water to mix  and knead to a smooth dough.
3. Make spiral chaklis with the chakli maker.
4. Deep fry till done.
5. Store in airtight container.

February 14, 2017

Beets Chapati & Mini puris




This year for Valentine's Day I tried making chapati with beets.  I steamed the beets and blend in the dough and later cutting into heart shaped pieces and infusing with the dough.  I also made mini puris.


Beet & Plain chapati


Beet Chapati


Beets Mini puris
Ingredients:
Plain dough:

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Yogurt - 2 tbsp
Salt - to taste
Water - to make dough

Beets dough:

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Small beet - ½ steamed
Green chillies - 1
Salt - to taste
Water - to make dough

Olive oil - for roasting chapatis

Method:
1.  Mix the ingredients for the plain chapati and make a soft pliable dough.  It should be elastic, soft and smooth dough easy to roll.
2.  Blend the steamed beets, and green chillies with very little water and add this to the other ingredients the wheat flour and salt.  Make a smooth and soft dough.
3.  Roll the beets chapati dough thin with a rolling pin and cut out the desired shape with a sharp knife.
4.  Roll the plain chapati dough to a cirle.  Place the cut out shapes of the beets chapati dough and gently roll so it fuses with the plain chapati.
5.  Place it on a hot griddle and cook.  Apply oil and cook and flip to turn to cook on the other side till there are golden brown spots.
6.  When it is cooked keep it covered in a container.

Beets Puri:

Beets dough
Oil to fry

Method for puris:
1.  Roll the beets chapati dough and cut to heart shape pieces and deep fry in olive oil