April 23, 2017

Spinach Chakli

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

Spinach Chakli


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

1. Mix all the flours and add asafoetida and salt.
2. Add butter, blend spinach and green chilies 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

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 the filling:
Pitted Dates- 8 Oz
Desiccated coconut- 1/2 Cup
Cardamom powder- 1/4 Tsp

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.
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.