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Bele Holige Recipe | Obbattu Recipe | Puran Poli Recipe [Video]


Bele Holige (Obbattu or Puran Poli) is a traditional Indian flatbread that is stuffed with a sweet lentil stuffing and pan fried in ghee. Popularly made for weddings and festivals.

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Bele holige, obbattu, puran poli, sweet lentil stuffed flatbread

I confess, I have a sweet tooth. From the first drop of honey that I tasted as a baby, I’ve had that weakness for sweets.

Time has proven, that my weakness for sweets is much stronger than my will power to ignore them. So instead of fighting a losing battle, I’ve given up and let myself enjoy them. After all, there is so much chaos and bitterness everywhere, at least my stomach can be full of sweetness.

Of all the sweets I know, Holige has always been the crown jewel. You know how cakes are synonymous with weddings in the West, to a Kannadiga (people of the state of Karnataka), a holige holds the same place. When you are unmarried, a lot of the older folks in the family will inevitably ask you when you will treat them to a feast with Holige, which is nothing, but a nice way of asking you the nosy question of when will you get married. I know this from experience *rolling eyes*.

So when we were planning our wedding menu and Raj declared he hates Holige, for a fleeting moment I wondered if he was the guy for me. Here I was in love with Holige, the quintessential wedding dessert and here was my man questioning its presence it our wedding. (May be he was jealous that I’ve loved it longer, who knows?). But my mom settled it by having 2 desserts, one that he liked and one that I liked. Wise woman. And both of us were happy.

Bele holige, obbattu, puran poli, sweet lentil stuffed flatbread

Now, the Holige is not a very difficult dessert to make if you follow your instincts, but until recently, it was something that had to be made at home. No sweet shop ever stocked it, and even if they did, it was never as good as the homemade ones. But recently, I’ve seen a lot of holige shops spring up around the city and they make some really good ones there. You will know how fond people are of Holige by just looking at the crowd at these stores.

But we still love to make our own, because it is so easy and so delicious. A Holige is made of 2 components – the dough and the stuffing (also called hurna or puran). The dough can either be of only whole wheat flour (atta) or of only all purpose flour(maida) or a mix of the two. I’ve found that only whole wheat flour makes it slightly tougher in texture and only all purpose flour makes it chewier. The mix of flours works best for me. The stuffing is what gives flavor to the holige. Holige can be stuffed with a variety of things – lentils/dal, coconut, peanuts, and for the adventurous, there are dry fruits, dates and carrots too. While I love all varieties, this recipe is all about the lentil/dal or bele one. Chana Dal works best for Bele Holige.

To make the stuffing, chana dal is boiled, drained and pureed with very little water until smooth and then cooked with jaggery until it forms a thick paste. This is flavored with cardamom for the minimalist, while you can add other spices like dry ginger powder or fennel seeds powder etc. Getting the consistency of the stuffing right is what all the fuss is about in making the holige. Like I said before, follow your instincts, and you won’t falter. You should be able to take the stuffing in your hands (once cool) and shape it into a ball that holds its shape. If it sticks to your hands or doesn’t hold its shape, it needs to thicken further. Put it back on the heat and allow it to thicken. If the stuffing powders in your hands, add a little water or milk and make it thinner.

Once you have the right stuffing, the holige is very easy to make. Holige is traditionally pan fried with a lot of ghee, but to make it vegan, use vegetable oil. I’ve made it with oil too and it doesn’t affect the texture.

Holige tastes best when served warm, with lots of ghee or milk.

Bele holige, obbattu, puran poli, sweet lentil stuffed flatbread


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Bele Holige Recipe | Obbattu Recipe | Puran Poli Recipe


Bele holige, obbattu, puran poli, sweet lentil stuffed flatbreadBele Holige (Obbattu or Puran Poli) is a traditional Indian flatbread that is stuffed with a sweet lentil stuffing and pan fried in ghee. Popularly made for weddings and festivals.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     45 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Total time:     90 minutes
Yield:                Makes 10 to 12 medium Holige

Ingredients:


For the Stuffing (Hurna / Puran)


1 cup Chana Dal
1.5 cups Jaggery Powder
1 tsp Cardamom Powder

For the Dough:


2 cups Wholewheat Flour
1 cup All Purpose Flour
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
0.25 tsp Salt
Water as required

Ghee or Oil to fry

Method:


To make the Stuffing:


1. Wash the chana dal twice in water and then soak and leave aside for 30 minutes.
2. Pressure cook the chana dal with 2-3 cups of water until it is cooked. It may take 4-5 whistles or 8-10 minutes after the pressure builds up. If not using a pressure cooker, cook the chana dal in a covered pan until completely cooked.
3. Drain the chana dal and allow it to cool.
4. Once cool, blend it into a smooth paste. Use as little water as possible.
5. Heat a non stick kadhai and add the chana dal paste to it. If you are not using a non stick kadhai, add a little ghee first and then add the chana dal paste.
6. Add in the jaggery powder and mix well. If you want a mildly sweet holige, add only 1 cup of the jaggery powder. You can taste the stuffing and add more if required.
7. Continue cooking the stuffing on low heat while stirring frequently until the stuffing thickens. It may take 15-20 minutes.
8. Add in the cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
9. If the stuffing feels thin in consistency after cooling, add it back to a kadhai and heat it again until it reaches the desired consistency.
10. While the stuffing cools, make the dough for the holige.

To make the Dough:


11. To make the dough, take the wholewheat flour and all purpose flour in a large bowl. Add in the turmeric powder and salt.
12. Knead it to a smooth dough with water. Add water as required.
13. Cover the dough and rest for 30 minutes.

To make the Holige:


14. To make the holige, take a lime sized ball of dough and roll it out into a small disc on a flour dusted surface.
15. Take a lime sized ball of stuffing and place it on the rolled out dough.
16. Seal the edges and roll out the holige as thin as possible. Dust the holige with flour as required.
17. Heat a tava and grease it with ghee or oil. Place the holige on it.
18. Spoon ghee or oil on the other side of the holige.
19. Cook the holige on medium to high heat until both the sides are cooked.
20. Remove from heat and serve with ghee or milk.






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Mumbai Masala Toast Recipe | Bombay Sandwich Recipe [Video]


Mumbai Masla Toast or Bombay Sandwich is a popular street side sandwich from Mumbai (Bombay). The sandwich is a stove top toasted sandwich that is stuffed with spiced potato mash, sliced vegetables and grated cheese. 

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Bombay sandwich, Bombay masala toast, Mumbai sandwich, Spiced potato sandwich

Bombay sandwich, Bombay masala toast, Mumbai sandwich, Spiced potato sandwich

7 Years!!! I can't believe that's how long I have been meeting you guys at this very space!!

On 9th February 2012, I posted by very first recipe Sweet Potato Chips, and started this journey. I was such an amateur in this space of blogging. I was horrible at taking photos, I owned a point and shoot and clicked all my photos under tube lights at home. I didn't know how to edit them or even the right angle to take photos. While I won't claim I am an expert today, I think I have grown leaps and bounds since then in my photography. I was an absolute zero in social media promotion. This is still something, I feel I'm poor at, but I hope to improve this year. Likewise, there is so much I believe I have overcome and improved, and it was you guys who made it all possible.

I love you guys for encouraging me to keep doing this, the comments and feedbacks, that I received have just kept me going. A very big Thank You!!

I struggled for a while on deciding which recipe should mark this momentous occasion. Gee suggested this one as this is one of her favorites and I liked the idea. It ticked all the check boxes - Easy (check), Delicious (check), Indulgent (check), Snacks (check), Kid friendly (check), Family favorite (check). What more could I ask for?

Bombay sandwich, Bombay masala toast, Mumbai sandwich, Spiced potato sandwich


So, today, apart from all the applause and thanks, I bring to you a very delicious street food dish - Mumbai Masala Toast, from the streets of, ehmmm..... Mumbai!! The coastal city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) is home to some of the best street food. Vada Pav, Masala Pav, Pani Puri, Tava Pulao and so much more. And this Masala Toast or Bombay Sandwich is one of those many more street favorites. It is actually such a simple dish, but once you eat it you totally understand why thousands of people love it.

There are several variations of the dish, I am sharing one that I have eaten.

Mumbai Masala Toast is a vegetarian sandwich that is stuffed with so many flavorful things and then toasted. To build the perfect Mumbai Masala Toast, you will need:

  • Butter. Butter is your friend, your very best friend, while making this sandwich, The street food cooks, do not shy away from it, and neither should you. So be generous, street food was never meant to be healthy. 
  • After butter, embrace those potatoes. The spiced mash can be as simple as I have shared or full of spicy masalas like some folks make. Feel free to adjust the taste to your liking. 
  • Then come in all the veggies - now that's the healthy part. Tomatoes, Onions, Beets and Capsicum. Add in cucumber if you are in the mood.
  • Green chutney is added for more flavor. 
  • Then add cheese, the more cheese, the better. 
  • Once the tall sandwich is ready, it is toasted in a unique type of toaster. If you don't have that toaster, you can either grill the sandwich in a sandwich maker or you can toast it in a pan.

Serve these sandwiches while still hot, along with some piping hot adrak wali chai or ginger tea.

Happy Weekend to all you lovelies.

Bombay sandwich, Bombay masala toast, Mumbai sandwich, Spiced potato sandwich


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Mumbai Masala Toast Recipe


Bombay sandwich, Bombay masala toast, Mumbai sandwich, Spiced potato sandwichMumbai Masala Toast or Bombay Sandwich is a popular street side sandwich from Mumbai (Bombay). The sandwich is a stove top toasted sandwich that is stuffed with spiced potato mash, sliced vegetables and grated cheese.

Recipe Type:  Snacks, Breakfast
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Total time:     25 minutes
Yield:                6

Ingredients:


12 Bread slices
1.5 cups mashed boiled Potatoes
5-6 Curry leaves, finely chopped
1 Green Chilli, finely chopped
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
1 tsp Chat Masala (optional)
Salt to taste
Sliced Tomatoes
Sliced Onions
Sliced Capsicum
Sliced Beetroot
0.5 cup Green Chutney
1 cup grated Cheese
Butter as required

Method:


1. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds.
2. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add in the chopped curry leaves and green chilli.
3. Add the turmeric powder and the mashed potatoes and mix well.
4. Add salt to taste.
5. Add chat masala now, if adding. Mix well.
6. Remove from heat and add in chopped coriander leaves and keep aside.
7. Apply butter on 2 slices of bread and then spread 1 tsp of green chutney on each of them.
8. Add the spiced potato mash on one slice of bread, over the chutney.
9. Place sliced tomato, onion, capsicum and beetroot over the potato mash.
10. Add in grated cheese and place the other bread slice with the chutney side down.
11. Grease the stove top toast maker with butter. If using a pan, grease the pan.
12. Apply butter on the outside of the sandwich and place in toaster or on pan.
13. Toast until both sides are golden brown and crisp.
14. Remove from heat and cut the sandwich into half with a sharp knife.
15. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.




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Misal Pav Recipe | How to make Misal Pav [Video]


Misal Pav Recipe. This video shows how to make popular Maharashtrian spicy vegan curry called Misal. Misal is a curry made with sprouts and coconut that is topped with Sev or Mixture and served with Pav.

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Spicy Maharashtrian Misal Pav


Bangalore has the weirdest weather of all places I've been to. It can be bright and sunny one day and pouring cats and dogs the next. We ran through October like it was Summer, barely a hint of chill in the air and the Sun was all powered on. And then we got loads of rain, just when I was ready to get those light trousers and leather footwear out !!  Finally, since mid-November, the chill has been setting in and it feels like Winter, at least in the evenings. The days are still as hot as Summer.

When it's cold outside, I want to stay cozy inside and eat warm spicy curries while lazily watching reruns of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. And this Misal Pav totally fits the bill. It is spicy, hearty and best of all, you can top it up with awesome crunchy things.

When I think of Misal Pav, it takes me back to my college days. Thursday night dinner in hostel was Misal Pav and it was actually horrible. If one were to eat that Misal Pav, one would never ever dare to eat one again. I don't know how the cooks in the hostel mess could mess up something so simple, but they managed to put up an unappetizing dish in the name of Misal Pav. It was only when I ate Misal Pav in a Maharashtrian restaurant that I came to appreciate the flavor and texture of this spicy vegan affair.

Spicy Maharashtrian Misal Pav


Spicy Maharashtrian Misal Pav


Spicy Maharashtrian Misal Pav


Misal pav is a simple yet complex dish. It is simple to cook, but the flavors are complex, the textures are complex. Misal consists of 3 main things:

  • Usal - Usal is a quick curry made from sprouts. Sprouts are boiled with turmeric, salt and a little bit of asafoetida. You can add other spices to usal when you want to have it plain, but when you are cooking usal for Misal Pav, it is best to keep it simple. Generally, moth bean sprouts or matki sprouts are used for Misal Pav, but if you don't have moth beans, just use mung beans or any other sprouts that you can.
  • Kat - The spicy coconut based curry that dominates the flavor of Misal Pav is called the Kat. Kat is made by grinding together spices, coconut, onion and tomatoes and boiling them until the flavor develops. I have used Kokum as the souring agent in the Kat, you can use tamarind pulp instead. Kokum helps in giving a darker color to the Kat, that you may miss if you use tamarind. If you have access to Misal masala powder, then you can use that instead of the whole spices I have used.
  • Sev/Mixture/Farsan - This is the fun part of Misal Pav. Misal is always topped with crunchy spicy mixture. You can use any topping of your choice - papdi, ghatia, sev, chiwda etc. The more you add, the better it tastes. Only thing to remember is to add this at the end, while serving, else your mixture will get soggy and loose its texture and flavor.
Serve Misal with toasted Pav or regular bread. And always serve it piping hot!!

Spicy Maharashtrian Misal Pav

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Misal Pav Recipe | How to make Misal Pav


Spicy Maharashtrian Misal PavMisal is a popular spicy vegan Maharashtrian curry that is served with Pav bread. Misal is made with sprouts and coconut and is topped with Sev or Mixture.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:            Maharashtrian, Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Total time:     60 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2-3

Ingredients:


For the Usal:


2 cups Sprouts
2 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
A pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
Salt to taste
Water as required

For the Kat:


1 large Onion
1 large Tomato
0.5 cup grated Coconut
2 Tbsp Oil
1 Clove
1" Cinnamon
0.5 tsp Pepper
1-2 Bay leaves
1 tsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp chopped Garlic
1 Tbsp chopped Ginger
2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
3-4 Kokum peels or 1 tsp Tamarind Pulp
1-2 cups Water
Salt to taste

To assemble the Misal:


1 Onion, finely chopped
1 Tomato, finely chopped
2 cups Sev or Mixture
0.5 cups Coriander leaves, finely chopped

Method:


To make the Usal:


1. Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds.
2. After the mustard seeds splutter, add the sprouts, turmeric powder, salt, asafoetida (hing) and 1 cup water. Cover and cook until the sprouts are cooked.
3. Grind the clove, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, garlic, coriander powder and cumin powder into a coarse masala without any water.

To make the Kat:


4. Soak the kokum peels in 0.5 cup warm water and keep aside.
5. Heat oil in a pan and add the coarsely ground masala.
6. Saute the masala until fragrant, then add chopped onion.
7. Once the onions are slightly browned, add in chopped tomato and grated coconut.
8. Fry for 2-3 minutes, then grind everything to a smooth paste with a little water.
9. Pour back the masala into the pan.
10. Add in turmeric powder, red chilli powder, salt, soaked kokum peels or tamarind pulp and 1 cup water. You can remove the kokum peels after a while if the gravy has reached the sourness you desire.
11. Allow it to come to a boil and let it boil for 8-10 minutes.
12. Adjust seasoning if required. Add more water for a looser consistency. If you want a thicker consistency, boil it longer.

To assemble the Misal Pav:


13. To serve the Misal Pav, add the usal in a bowl.
14. Pour over the spicy kat.
15. Top with finely chopped onion, tomatoes and coriander leaves.
16. Top with sev or mixture and serve with toasted pav.

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Sabudana vada | Sabakki vada | Sago Poppers


Hi folks, what's cooking this week?

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Now that Navratri is here, what are your plans? Has that gorgeous "Ghagra-Choli" come out of the wardrobe ? Did you go for Garba or Dandiya?

I'm not sure I'll ever wear a Ghagra-Choli, but dancing the Dandiya is definitely on my bucket list and I wish to cross it off soon. 

You know what I enjoy about festivals in India? The colors. I love to see people dressed up in colorful attire. Colorful flowers in markets and adorning houses. Large "Pandals" where community or sarvajanik celebrations happen. The diyas or lanterns that are lit up outside houses. Beautiful Rangolis everywhere. It sets such a festive mood, you want to celebrate. What is it about festivals that excites you?

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Festivals always bring good food with them. So does Navratri. A lot of people fast during Navratri where they avoid rice, wheat, meat etc. Sabudana Vada is very popular during such "upavaas" or fasting. I don't fast, I've never done so till date and considering the foodie I am, I doubt I'll ever be able to avoid food for too long. But that does not stop me from eating all the yummy snacks like Sabudana Vada. In fact, I make them very often for breakfast or tea time snacks. They disappear quicker than I can cook them. 

Sabudana Vada is a popular Mahastrian snack made by frying balls of sabudana (sago), mashed potato and crushed peanuts. While traditionally, the vadas are deep fried, I pan fry them or shallow fry them. 

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

To make the Sabudana Vada, first the sabudana needs to be soaked for around half hour and then drain out the water and leave the sabudana in a box or a covered bowl for 1-2 hours until they fluff up. Then add in the mashed boiled potato, crushed peanuts, curry leaves, chopped green chilli, chopped coriander leaves and salt and mix. Take lemon sized balls of this mixture and flatten them gently and place on a hot greased pan. Spoon in 1 tsp of oil on them and cook until one side browns, then flip and cook until the next side browns. If you are in a hurry, or you don't mind deep fried snacks, then go ahead and deep fry them and enjoy the traditional taste of Sabudana Vada.

Sabudana Vada tastes awesome with chutney or ketchup. I don't bother with either, as no one in my family cares what comes with it, as I said it disappears quicker than it appears. 

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

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Sabudana Vada / Sabakki Vada/ Sago Poppers

How to make vegan sabudana vada sabakki vada recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comSabudana Vadas are shallow fried vadas or poppers made with Sabudana/Sago, Peanuts and mashed potatoes.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian/ Maharashtrian
Prep Time:     2 hours
Cook time:     20 minutes
Yield:              Makes 12-15 vadas



Ingredients:


1 cup Sabudana/Sago
2 medium sized Potato
2 finely chopped Green Chilli
8-10 Curry Leaves
0.25 cup Peanuts
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
A pinch Garam Masala (Optional)
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder (Optional)
4-5 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste

Method:


Wash the sabudana and drain all the water. Let it rest covered for about 2 hours or until the sabudana have softened.
Boil the potato and peel it.
Roast the peanuts and grind into powder in the mixer.
Mash the potato, add the sabudana, curry leaves,coriander and green chilies. Mix well.
Add salt, red chili powder, garam masala, peanut powder and mix well.
Shape into balls and flatten them gently.
Heat a tava or frying pan and grease it.
Place the sabudana vada hot tava and spoon around 1-1.5 tsp of Oil per vada. You may need more or less oil depending on your liking and the tava you have used. I used a non stick tava.
Flip them when they brown on one side.
Remove from heat once both the sides are browned.
This can be served with chutney or ketchup.


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Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras

aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert


The best thing about summer??? MANGOES. My sweet dreams are made of eating a ripe juicy mango dripping juice all over my hands. I never saw any other reason for the month of May to appear on the Calendar. I mean, May is the HOTTEST month of the year. In school, it marked the end of one month of summer vacations. The only saving grace for the month of May was the mangoes it brought with it.

Every Indian household I know uses mangoes to make either their favorite milkshake, or lassi, or dessert or pickle. There are so many dishes that you can make with Mangoes - both raw and ripe. I've made a few in the past:

Mavinkayee Chitranna or Mango Rice - Flavored rice made with grated raw mangoes and leftover rice.

Hagalkai Mavinkayee Gojju or Bittergourd & Raw Mango Curry - Bitter sweet sour and spicy curry made with bitter gourd and raw mangoes

Sweet and Sour Mango Curry or Saasav or Pashingiri Mango curry made with ripe mangoes and fresh coconut famous along the Konkan coast of India.

Aam Panna or Sweet and Spicy Raw Mango Cooler - A sweet and spicy beverage made using raw mangoes

Mango Cheesecake - Cheesecake made using fresh mangoes, paneer and agar agar.

Raw Mango Gojju - South Indian raw mango curry and coconut curry

Corn and Raw Mango Salsa - A Simple Salsa made with boiled sweet corn and raw mango.


aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert

Don't you just want to grab that bowl of luscious Seekarne and eat it right now?

Maavina hannu Seekane or Aamras is probably the easiest delicacy you can make with Mangoes. All you need are ripe fresh JUICY mangoes. India is the birthplace of Mango and every state has it's own favorite. Alphonso, Kesar, Dasheri, Badami, Mankurad (Being a Goan, I had to list this one), Raspuri etc.There are so many more varieties, I don't even know all the names. 

aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert

Maavinahannu Seekarne or Aamras was my Mom's favorite Mango dish, she made it every summer, without fail. I made this today as a dedication to her. 

Maavinahannu Seekarne can be made in two ways, either by finely chopping the mangoes, like my mom made it or squeezing the mango to get a fine puree, the way my grandmother made it. The only difference in the 2 methods, is the way the mango pulp is treated - chopped or pureed. It is typically flavored with cardamom and almost always has a little milk added to it.


Traditionally, the Maharastrians eat their aamras with deep fried puris and here in Karnataka, it is eaten with chapati - the pan fried wholewheat flatbread. But you can eat it just like that as a dessert. Seekarne tastes best chilled for an hour or two in the fridge. But you can eat it at room temperature as well.


Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras


aamras alphonso mango pudding dessert
Maavina Hannu Seekarne or Aamras is a simple traditional dessert made with mango pulp and milk and flavored with cardamom.

Recipe Type:  Dessert/ Drink
Cuisine:         Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Yield:             2-3 bowls

Ingredients:


2 ripe Mangoes
1/2 cup of Milk
1 tsp Cardamom Powder
1-2 tsp Jaggery Powder or Sugar

Method:


Peel the mangoes and chop the mango cheeks finely. Alternatively, instead of chopping it, you can just puree the mango.
Add cardamom powder and milk. Mix well.
Taste and check if you want it sweeter, then add jaggery or sugar.

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10 minute Plantain Chips | Balekayee Podi | Kelyachi Kapa


Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrian

Crisp on the outside, soft on the inside. Coated with fine semolina and coloured yellow by Turmeric. A dash of heat and seasoning. Sounds fancy doesn't it? 
I'm only describing these awesomely EASY to make 10 minute quick Plantain Chips. Yup! that's all it takes to make them. 10 minutes. And did I mention, they are pan fried? YES! They are NOT deep fried. That just made them healthy, did it not? Healthy chips - that's the way we roll....

And the ingredients are even lesser in number than the time- Just 6. And that includes salt and oil. Now isn't that economical.

Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrian

This recipe comes from Goa - the tiny state on the west coast of India is extremely popular for its heavenly beaches and with the beach, comes the amazing seafood (or so I've heard). I'm a vegetarian, so I haven't sampled any of this amazing seafood, but I believe my friends when they say it. On certain days, even the most hard core non vegetarian craves Vegetarian food. On those days, comes out the fish fry substitute - Plantain chips. Sometimes it is made with Potato or Brinjals too. For us vegetarians, this is just daily food.

These chips are a very common side dish / accompaniment to a rice and dal meal. It goes amazingly well with the starchy soft white rice and the mild yellow dal. These chips just add a bit of texture to the meal. They are crisp, they are soft, they are yellow and they are just slightly hot.

Some days I don't even make the rice and dal, I just have them as a snack in the evenings. 

I ate it differently this time. I had my last week's Olive Hummus in the fridge and I baked a few whole wheat pita breads, and instead of stuffing my Pita Pockets with falafels, I stuffed it with my Plantain chips. Soooo QUICK  to make. Did I mention they hardly take 10 minutes? So what are you waiting for? Get set go...

Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrian



10 minute Plantain Chips | Balekayee Podi | Kelyachi Kapa


Quick and easy pan fried semolina coated plantain chips. A famous accompaniment to rice and dal in Goa

Balekayi balekayee podi kelyachi kapa raw banana fry vegan snacks indian goan maharashtrianRecipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian / Goan
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     10 minutes
Yield:              20-25

Ingredients:


1 Raw Banana / Plantains
1 tsp of Turmeric Powder
1 tsp of Red Chilli Powder
1/2 cup of fine Semolina / Chiroti Rava
Oil to fry
Salt to taste

Method:


Peel the raw banana and slice into discs. I usually keep them at least 3-4mm in thickness.
Toss the slices with turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
Heat up a griddle or a flat bottomed frying pan.
Dip the slices one by one in the fine semolina and place on the hot griddle.
Spoon over oil so that each one is coated in oil.
Once the first side browns a little, flip them and cook until done.
Insert a knife to check if done, if the knife goes in smoothly and there is no resistance, the chips are done.
Serve hot.
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Kothimbir Vadi | Pan Fried Coriander and Chickpea Cake


Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

A lot of my food cravings are thanks to the magazines I read. Recently, in one of them, there was this delicious looking Kothimbir Vadi or Coriander Vada photo. It had the traditional recipe following the photo where the vadas are deep fried after being steamed. I love deep fried vadas but they are a big bane to my weight loss program, so I try to modify the recipe to make it healthier.

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

Recently, I had made the Gujrati Handvo which is a pan fried thick cake, very similar to the recipe in this post. Bells went off in my head! I could try the same with this kothimbir vadi. And to my delight, it turned out very well. Everyone loved it at home and they went missing in minutes.

It tastes the best with some coriander and mint chutney, but goes equally well with tomato ketchup. It is a very good option for a packed lunch as it carries well in boxes. It is versatile, you can have it for breakfast or as a tea time snack.

Step by Step recipe:

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake veganKothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake veganKothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

1) Blend the ginger, garlic,green chillies and half the coriander leaves into a paste along with a little water.
2) Add it to the chickpea flour along with the semolina, yogurt, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, salt and baking soda.
3) Add a little water to loosen the batter, I added around 1/4 cup.
4) Mix well and keep aside for 10-15

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake veganKothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

5) Heat a small non stick pan or a kadhai.
6) Add around 2 tsp of oil to it.
7) Once the oil is hot, add the half the mustard seeds.
8) Once they splutter, add half the sesame seeds, half the carom seeds, half the asafoetida and half the curry leaves.

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake veganKothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

9) Now pour in half the batter.
10) Cover and cook on low heat for around 10-12 mins.

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

11) Now with the help of 2 spatulas, carefully flip the thick pancake.

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

12) Allow it to cook until the second side browns.

Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

13) Remove from heat and cut into pieces. Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.




Kothimbir Vadi Coriander Chickpea Cake cilantro garbanzo steamed baked savory maharastrian vada wada pancake vegan

Kothimbir Vadi


Pan Fried Coriander and Chickpea Cake.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:          Indian
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Yield:              6-8 servings

Ingredients:


2 cups Besan / Chickpea Flour
1/2 cup Fine Semolina / Chiroti Rava
1/2 cup Yogurt / Curd
1 cup chopped Coriander Leaves
3-4 cloves of Garlic
1" piece of Ginger
2-3 Green Chillies
1/2 tsp of Baking Soda
1 tsp of Carom seeds / Ajwain
2 tsp of Sesame seeds / Til
1 tsp of Mustard seeds
1/2 tsp of Asafoetida/ Hing
1 tsp of Turmeric Powder
2 sprigs of Curry Leaves
4-5 tsp of Oil
Salt to taste
Water

Method:


Blend the ginger, garlic,green chillies and half the coriander leaves into a paste along with a little water.
Add it to the chickpea flour along with the semolina, yogurt, coriander leaves, turmeric powder, salt and baking soda.
Add a little water to loosen the batter, I added around 1/4 cup.
Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 mins.
Heat a small non stick pan or a kadhai.
Add around 2 tsp of oil to it.
Once the oil is hot, add the half the mustard seeds.
Once they splutter, add half the sesame seeds, half the carom seeds, half the asafoetida and half the curry leaves.
Now pour in half the batter.
Cover and cook on low heat for around 10-12 mins.
Now with the help of 2 spatulas, carefully flip the thick pancake.
Allow it to cook until the second side browns.
Remove from heat and cut into pieces.
Serve hot with chutney or ketchup.


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