bhaji ( pav bhaji)

One of the most popular street food of mumbai and indeed very delicious . Every one of us go through the disappointment of not being able to replicate the roadside taste of this dish . I tried various recipes and this was one of the recipe which was closest to the roadside taste.

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Ingredients :

Serves 4

  • 2 finely chopped capsicum
  • 5 finely chopped tomatoes
  • 3 finely chopped onions
  • 5 boiled potatoes
  • half cup boiled green peas
  • pav bhaji masala
  • salt
  • lemon juice
  • red chilly powder
  • 7 – 8 garlic cloves
  • 2 green chillies
  • butter

Procedure :

1) Add water in a pan . Add finely chopped capsicum and let it get soft . Eventually add tomatoes and let them cook. Add mashed potatoes and green peas . Season it with butter , pav bhaji masala , red chilly powder , salt , green chilly – garlic paste. Keep on mashing and let is boil. Add water as and when required.

2) Heat butter in another pan . Add finely chopped onions , salt , pav bhaji masala , red chilly powder , asafoetida and lemon juice. let is cook completely

3) Add the onions into the potato mixture and let is cook until all the flavours are properly integrated. Keep on mashing.

Garnish it with coriander and tamper with butter – garlic chutney

For butter garlic chutney :

Add butter , cumin seeds , red chilly powder and garlic chutney , water if required. You can add this on bhaji or spread it on pav.

NOTE:

normally I add around half a beet root (boiled and shredded) to get that dark colour…Its a good way to replace the artificial colour wid beetroot juice or pulp.

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Stuffed capsicum

This is a very tasty and easy recipe. Its a good recipe to be served as starter. A good substitute to the fried starters. It tastes like the kofta. If you dont like the indian taste you can replace the spices with pepper , chilly flakes and mixed herbs to give it a bland taste.

Adopted from sanjeev kapoor book

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Ingredients :

For two capsicums :

  • 1 boiled potato peel and mashed
  • chopped green chillies
  • finely chopped onion
  • fresh coriander leaves
  • cashews (coarsely chopped)
  • raisins
  • red chilly powder
  • garam masala
  • salt
  • oil
  • cheese (grated)

Procedure :

1) Wash capsicums  , slice off thinly from the top and remove seeds to make it hollow. Similarly

slice off thinly from bottom.

2) wash and chop green chillies , chop onion and coriander leaves.

3) Mix well potatoes , cashew nuts , raisins ,red chilly powder , garam masala , coriander leaves and keep aside.

4) preheat oven to 225 degree celsius.

5) Heat oil in a pan. Add onion. cook till translucent and add green chillies. Mix in potato mixture and continue to cook for 2 mins. Divide the mixture evenly and stuff them into the prepared capsicum shells. Sprinkle cheese and place it on a baking tray.

6) Bake capsicums at 225 degree celsius for 10 – 15mins. Serve immediately

  • I like the burnt taste of cheese , if you dont like add cheese at a latter stage. and bake again.

stirfried chickpea salad

A protein rich recipe and tasty too!!

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Ingredients :

  • chickpeas ( drained overnight and boiled)
  • cottage cheese ( homemade) (recipe given)
  • bell pepper ( julienne)
  • tomatoes (sliced)
  • onion (sliced)
  • black pepper
  • red chilly powder
  • olive oil
  • mixed herbs
  • salt 
  • chopped garlic
  • lemon juice

Procedure

Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped garlic and onions. Add a pinch of salt. And saute . Add bell peppers , tomato sliced and toss them well . Keep flame at medium and dont over cook the vegetables. Make sure they are crunchy. Do the seasoning with salt , pepper , chilly powder (optional ) or chilly flakes, mixed herbs . Add lemon juice. Add cottage cheese cube and toss them well.

You can serve it with indian bread or bread or it would taste good even without any accompaniments.

 

Black currant cake

Black currant is my favourite flavour.I love its tangy flavour and also the lavender – purple colour. However I never came across a black current flavoured cake locally.  I thought of trying one myself and it turned out really good.

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Serving : 8″ 

Ingredients

  • 160 gm curd
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 100 gm castor sugar ( you can reduce the quantity of sugar as tang has its own sweetness)
  • 140 gm refined flour
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 30ml fat ]
  • tang grape flavour ( 2 -3 tb)

Procedure:

1) Beat curd , sugar , baking powder and soda. Keep it aside for 5 mins. It will start bubbling.

2) After this procedure put refined flour into it. Dont put the mixture all togather into the batter.

For the black currant flavour

Add tang grape powder ( 3tb)

Mix well. And add fat in the last stage.

3) put this batter into a dusted tin and bake it at 160 degree celsius for 30 mins.

for making it in cooker :

remove the ring and the whistle of the pressure cooker. heat the empty pressure cooker for 5 mins and then place the tin. flame should be low . and let it cook for 30 mins.

Your cake is ready!

Creamy Alfredo Pasta

What would be more auspicious for your first post than posting your favourite recipe!! Pasta being my favourite dish and this being my first post I would love to share this recipe!! This recipe would be perfect when you think of indulging yourself and give up on those cravings.

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Ingredients :

serving size : 1

  • pasta (your choice) : I took durum wheat spaghetti
  • garlic
  • 1tb corn flour
  • 1cup milk
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • mixed herbs
  • cheese ( I took processed )
  • 1tb cream (malai)
  • olives
  • yellow bell pepper cut into juliennes
  • red jalapeno ( or red bhavnagiri chillies stored in vinegar)
  • capsicum
  • chilly flakes

Process

1) Heat olive oil in a pan. Add cornflour and saute until the cooked smell of cornflour fills in.Add milk to it and keep on whisking so that no lumps are formed. Add cream and let it cook until the sauce turns thick.Add the yellow bell peppers and green capsicum. Add salt , pepper, mixed herbs and chilly flakes.

2) Boil pasta as per instructions.

3) Take olive oil in a different pan. Add finely chopped garlic and let it cook to get the flavour of burnt garlic. Add pasta , red jalapenos , olives , mixed herbs , chilly flakes.Toss well. Add the white sauce. Add cheese and let it melt and absorbed completely.

Your pasta is ready!!!