Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spinach dhokla

1/2 bunch spinach
2/3 cup semolina
2/3 cup chickpea flour/besan
1 green chilli
1 tsp grated ginger
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup yogurt
1 packet dry yeast
1 tbsp milk
1 tsp fruit salt/baking soda

1) Bring about 4-6glasses of water to boil. Remove it from heat and add spinach. Allow it to blanch for 2 minutes. Remove the spinach and cool.
2) Mix milk with 2 tbsp water and warm it up. Add yeast and wait for it to activate - will take 10-15 mins
3) Dry roast semolina until it starts to change colour and a beautiful aroma wafts out.
4) Grind the spinach with green chilli, ginger, sugar, yogurt.
5) Mix this with semolina, chickpea flour, yeast. Set aside for 30 mins.
6) Add fruit salt/baking soda. Add water if the consistency is too thick. Check for salt.
7) Line a plate with cling wrap or grease it. Pour the batter and place it in a steamer. Steam it for 15 mins.
8) Allow it to cool. Cut it into squares.
Garnish with mustard seeds, curry leaves, sesame seeds fried in oil. I had some left over chutney that I used as a topping. :)

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Rava (Semolina) guliyappa

Ingredients (Serves 2):
1 cup fine semolina - dry roasted
1/4 cup rice flour
1/2 cup thick yogurt
3/4 cup onion - finely chopped
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup coriander - finely chopped
1 sprig of curry leaves - finely chopped
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 green chili - finely chopped
1/2 tsp grated ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
Oil (Optional)
Ghee (Optional)

1) Mix all of the above (except oil, ghee and salt) with sufficient water to make a thick batter. Check for salt.
2) Heat  up a guliappa pan on medium heat. Apply a drop of oil to each of the mould. Pour in the batter and fill the moulds. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
3) Add a drop of ghee on top of each guliyappa and flip it over. Cover and cook for 2 minutes.

Serve with chutney pudi or coconut chutney. Yummmmm :)

1) I used fine semolina, I guess coarse would do as well.
2) In order to dry roast semolina, heat up a pan on medium heat, roast semolina until a delightful aroma wafts out :) Make sure to keep stirring so that the semolina does not get burnt.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Vegetarian Turkish Pide

Here's my entry to YeastSpotting! :-)

Ingredients: (makes 2)
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup wheat flour (optional - you can use plain flour as well)
1 sachet dry yeast
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp yogurt - optional
2 tbsp olive oil

For the stuffing:
200g feta cheese - crumbled
1 bunch spinach - finely chopped
5-6 brown mushroom - diced
1 tsp freshly ground pepper
Juice from 2 lemons
2 tbsp sesame seed
Olive oil spray

1) Add yeast to 2 tbsp of warm water and warm milk. Keep it aside for 10 mins to let it become frothy.
2) Mix this with flour, yogurt, tsp of salt, water to make a dough. Knead the dough for 5 mins. Dab with olive oil. Cover and keep aside in a warm place for 60-90 mins - until it doubles in size.
3) Knead the dough again. Divide it into two equal parts. Don't fret if the dough is sticky. Just dust your hands and the surface you are working on with flour.
4) Pre-heat the oven to 220 C.
4) Take one half of the dough and roll it into a rectangle. I just stretched it into a rectangle :)
5) Take one half of spinach and leaving about 1 cm on all sides, make a bed of spinach on the pide.
6) Similarly, take half of feta cheese and spread it over the spinach. Fold in the edges of the pide.
7) Season with pepper powder. Spread half of the mushrooms on top. Sprinkle 1 tbsp of sesame seeds.
8) Place this on a baking tray, lined with baking paper. Spray olive oil and place the tray in the pre-heated oven.
9) Bake for 20-30 mins or until golden brown. Midway through baking, take a peek and re-adjust the tray if its not baking evenly.
10) Remove once done. Cut into 4 equal pieces. Sprinkle lemon juice on top. enjoy!

DONE! :)

Note: Typically the pide is boat shaped but I could not do it and found this easier ;-)

Saturday, February 1, 2014


2 cups dosa batter
2/3 cup finely chopped onion
3 tbsp finely chopped coriander
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp asafoetida powder
1 green chili - finely chopped
1/4 tsp grated ginger - optional

1) Mix all of the above except oil. Check for salt.
2) Heat up a guliappa pan on medium heat. Fill the moulds with batter, just below  the brim. Cover and let it steam for 3 minutes.
3) Add a drop of ghee on each of the guliyappa and flip it. Remove after 20-30 seconds.

Serve with yummy chutney :)

Tip: I used a non stick pan, if you have the traditional one, you'll have to oil it before pouring in the batter.
Get creative, try a variety of herbs - methi, curry, curry leaves, dill and let me know how it goes :)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Methi idli (Pathrode style)

Ingredients: (Serves 4)
1 bunch methi - chopped finely
1 cup rice - soaked overnight
1/2 cup grated coconut
3 Tbsp chana dal - soaked overnight
7-10 dry red chili
1/2 tsp tamarind concentrate
1 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 tbsp jaggery powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp baking powder - optional

1) Grind all of the above. Add water if needed. Consistency should be like idli batter. Check for salt.
2) Grease idli moulds with oil. Fill it with batter.
3) Place it in a steamer. Steam for 15 mins. Pierce a fork and check if it is done (fork will come out clean if its done). If not, steam it for longer.
Serve with coconut chutney :)

Tip 1: If using pressure cooker to steam idli, add a big glass of water, bring it to boil, reduce to medium heat. Place idli moulds. Cover the pressure cooker lid. Do not place weight :)
Tip 2: You can jazz it up a bit as well by making masala idlis out of it :) Cut idli into pieces, roast it with a tadka of mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leaves and grated coconut.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Indian Vegetarian BBQ

4 Tbsp thick yogurt
2 Tbsp chick pea flour / plain flour
1 Tbsp tomato puree
1/4 tsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Salt to taste
12 1 inch square pieces of paneer (cottage cheese)
1 medium sized green capsicum - cut into
12 small button mushrooms
6 Skewers

1) Mix all of the above in a big bowl (except paneer, green capsicum, button mushrooms and skewers) to make the marinade.
2)  Cut the capsicum into 1 inch squares as well. Remove the stem of the button mushrooms.
3) Toss in the paneer, capsicum, mushrooms - mix well. Cover with a plastic cling wrap and let it marinade overnight.
4) Divide the paneer, mushrooms and capsicum into 6 equal parts which goes into the 6 skewers.
5) Place the skewers on the BBQ, keep turning until all sides are done.

Tip: If using bamboo skewers soak in water for 1 hour - so that the skewers dont catch on fire
Tip: Note the marinade needs to be on the saltier side
Tip: Get creative! Go crazy with the veggies :) Zucchini, squash, asparagus, eggplant, pineapple :)

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Shaavige baath

2 cups shaavige (vermicelli)
3 cups water
1 cup mixed vegetables - boiled to soften
(I used peas, corn, 1 carrot julliened)
1/2 onion finely chopped
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-4 green chilli - finely chopped
1/2 cup grated coconut
1tsp cumin seeds
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1-2 dry red chilli
1-2 sprigs of curry leaves
Pinch of asafoetida
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tbsp chana dal
1 tbsp black dal

1) Dry roast shaavige in a pan until it starts to change colour. Bring water to boil.
2) In a frying pan, heat 2 tbsp oil. Add chana dal, black dal, dry red chilli and wait for it to change colour. Add mustard seeds and wait for it to splutter.
3) Add cumin seeds, curry leaves, green chilli, onion and fry until onion changes colour.
4) Add coconut, turmeric powder, asafoetida. Fry for a minute. Add mixed vegetables (except julliened carrot) and salt. Fry for another minute covered on medium heat.
5) Add vermicelli and mix. Add boiling water. Mix until vermicelli absorbs all the water.
6) Check for salt. Garnish with coriander leaves and julienned carrot.

Serve with a dash of yogurt :-)

Tip: To avoid having to dry roast at the start, buy pre-roasted vermicelli.