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Baked Falafel Recipe | How to make baked falafels | Easy falafels recipe [Video]


Easy Baked Chickpea Falafel Recipe. Falafels are usually deep fried patties made of chickpeas or other beans and are a popular snack in the region around Middle East. These vegan and gluten free falafels are made from chickpeas and are baked. They are healthier than the deep fried ones. Baked falafels are a perfect addition to buddha bowls, wraps and pita pockets.

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baked chickpea falafel wraps

We love falafels and hummus. If we could swim in a tub of hummus, we would. The silky-smooth, nutty savory goodness is meant for slathering and swimming in, it really is. Hummus is something I make quite often, it is so easy to make and tastes great with so many things. My favorite meal is really just taking some roti or chapati and slathering the hummus and adding a few julienned veggies like carrots, cucumber, tomato and colored peppers and rolling it up to make a delicious wrap. Lunch, done!!
But the thing I love and don't make enough of is Falafels. These crispy balls/patties of chickpeas are so delicious, yet I've generally avoided making them because deep-frying is not something I like to do too often. But all that has changed since I started baking them.

Baked falafels are really easy to make, healthy and freeze well. These baked falafels are made from soaked dried chickpeas, giving them the perfect texture on the inside. The recipe was the batter is the same as the fried ones, just this is baked, so you are not losing out on taste or texture. 

Making these falafels requires a little planning, just enough time to soak the dried chickpeas. They need a good 8-10 hours soak to become soft and achieve the right texture. If you have this planning done, then you really don't need to do much. The soaked chickpeas are drained, and blended with coriander leaves, onion, cumin, red chilli powder or paprika, salt and oil to get a stiff batter that can be shaped. The falafels are shaped into a patty as they bake better that way instead of a ball.

These baked falafels are the perfect addition to buddha bowls, curries, pita pockets and wraps.

baked chickpea falafel wraps


How to freeze baked falafels?

Once the falafels are baked, allow them to cool completely. Once cooled, you can either place them in a ziploc bag in a layer and freeze them horizontally or place in a freezer friendly plastic box and freeze. These will easily stay good for 1-2 weeks. 

To use frozen falafels, microwave on high until they are warm on the inside. I like to leave them out on the kitchen counter for 1-2 hours before I microwave. You can also pan fry them until they are warm on the inside.

My Falafel Wrap

 The pictures I have posted is of the falafel wrap I built with the baked falafels. 

The wrap has the following:
- Homemade pita bread
- Hummus
- Pickled onions
- Shredded red cabbage
- Cherry tomatoes
- Coriander leaves
- Crumbled feta cheese

The options are limitless, you can add different sauces like tzatziki or tahini or even mayo. Pickled radish or carrots will taste great too. Roasted veggies is another way to go. Mint, parsley or your favorite herbs. Pita bread can be replaced with a regular wholewheat roti or even a leftover restaurant garlic naan. Cheese is optional, use your favorite vegan or non vegan soft cheese if you desire. 

baked chickpea falafel wraps

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Baked Falafel Recipe | How to make baked falafels | Easy falafels recipe

baked chickpea falafel wrapsBaked Falafels are baked patties made of chickpeas, coriander, spices and aromatics. Falafels are popular snack in the region around Middle East. These vegan and gluten free. They are healthier than the deep fried ones. Baked falafels are a perfect addition to buddha bowls, wraps and pita pockets.

Recipe Type:  Appetizer
Cuisine:            Middle Eastern
Prep Time:     8 hours
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     8 Hours 30 Minutes
Yield:                14-15 Falafels

Ingredients:


1.5 cups dried Chickpeas (Kabuli Chana | Chhole)
1 large Onion
5-6 Garlic cloves
1 cup Coriander leaves
1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.25 tsp Baking Soda
6 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste

Method:


1. Soak the dried chickpeas in water for 8 hours or overnight.
2. In the morning, drain the water completely and add to a blender.
3. Add chopped onions, garlic, coriander leaves, baking soda, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chilli powder, salt and 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. Blend to a coarse batter, you should be able to shape the falafels.
4. If the batter feels wet, add in 1-2 Tbsp Corn starch or corn flour to help it bind.
5. Shape the falafels and place in a single layer on a greased baking sheet.
6. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 180 degree celsius or until done.
7. Serve hot with hummus or use in buddha bowl, wrap or pita pocket.
8. Look at notes above if you are planning to freeze the falafels.





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Batata Vada Recipe | Alugadde Bonda Recipe [Video]


Batata Vada Recipe with step by step video instructions. Batata Vada or Alugadde Bonda are a popular deep fried snack from India. Spiced mashed potato is dipped in a batter of besan or chickpea flour and deep fried. Batata Vada is stuffed inside a pav bread to make the famous street food Vada Pav. Batata Vada is vegan and gluten free.

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batata vada recipe, alugadde bonda recipe, aloo chop recipe

I had batata vada almost every day for a long time until the pandemic hit. Literally every day!!

It was my usual evening snack. I had a routine - get down from my cab, buy a mix of pakodas/bondas (usually, batata vada, masala vada and may be a mirchi vada) and enjoy those with tea while watching something on YouTube. It was my "me" time. Those 15-20 minutes were what relaxed me enough to take on the evening.

Now with no access to the bonda cart and the cravings rising, I had to make them at home. And boy, am I glad to be reunited with one of my favorites. And the day I made these, it rained, it poured.

Happy Days!!

I mean everyone knows, when it rains, you are obligated to have something fried along with your hot cuppa caffeine. And this time, we enjoyed it with these delicious batata vadas.

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The details...


Batata Vada, is thought to have originated in the state of Maharashtra, but is now equally popular all over the country. The Batata Vada forms the "Vada" of Mumbai's favorite street snack - the Vada Pav. If you'd like to make amazingly pillowy soft pav, you can follow our recipe for pav here.

The good thing about batata vada is that you can prep it in advance, so much in advance. And even on the day you are making it, it is very less effort. There are essentially just 5 steps

  • Boil potatoes
  • Make the stuffing
  • Make the batter
  • Dip the stuffing in the batter
  • Deep fry
You can make the stuffing and store it in the fridge until you are ready to fry. The batter is a simple matter of mixing besan (gram flour / chickpea flour) with a handful of readily available pantry spices like turmeric powder and red chilli powder and salt. A pinch of baking soda makes the coating thick. If you are not fond of the thick coating, don't add the baking soda and make the batter a little thin. 

And don't worry if you mess up the batter, it is SO easy to fix it. If the batter is too thick - add a little water to thin it down. If you added too much water in the batter, add in more flour and adjust the spices as required. If you made too much batter, you can either dip other vegetables and fry to make mixed pakodas or you can also use it to make Vegan Omelet, or Tomato Omelet.

Deep fry in hot oil so that the vadas soak up less oil.

Always serve the vadas hot. Always!!

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Batata Vada Recipe | Alugadde Bonda Recipe


batata vada recipe, alugadde bonda recipe, aloo chop recipeBatata Vada or Alugadde Bonda are a popular deep fried snack from India. Spiced mashed potato is dipped in a batter of besan or chickpea flour and deep fried. Batata Vada is stuffed inside a pav bread to make the famous street food Vada Pav. Batata Vada is vegan and gluten free.

Recipe Type:  Snacks
Cuisine:            Indian
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     20 minutes
Total time:     35 minutes
Yield:                12 to 14


Ingredients:



For the potato stuffing:


8-10 boiled Potatoes (750 gms)
2-3 Tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard Seeds
2 Green chillies, finely chopped
1 Tbsp crushed Ginger Garlic or Ginger Garlic Paste
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
2 Tbsp chopped Coriander leaves
0.25 tsp Asafoetida or Hing (Optional)
Curry leaves
Salt to taste

For the besan batter for coating:


1 cup Besan (Chickpea flour)
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.25 tsp Baking Soda
Salt to taste
0.5 to 0.75 cups of Water

Method:


1. To make the besan batter for coating, add all the ingredients except water to a large bowl. Slowly add the water while whisking with a fork or a whisk until smooth. The amount of water you add determines the thickness of the coating, so for a thick coating, add less water. For a thinner coating add more water. 
2. To make the stuffing, peel the boiled potatoes and roughly mash them. There should still be chunks in it. Don't mash it until smooth.
3. Heat oil in a kadhai and add the mustard seeds.
4. Once they splutter, add the hing (if using) and the curry leaves.
5. Then add the crushed ginger garlic or ginger-garlic paste and green chillies. Saute until fragrant.
6. Add the turmeric powder (haldi) and mix well. 
7. Add the mashed potatoes and salt and mix well until the potatoes are coated with the turmeric powder.
9. Turn off the heat and add chopped coriander leaves. Mix well and remove to a large bowl. Set aside until it is cool enough to handle.
10. Once the stuffing is cool, make balls out of it. The size can vary from that of lime to a tomato. 
11. Heat oil for deep frying in a kadhai or deep pan.
12. To check if the oil is hot, add a small piece of potato to it, if it rises immediately, the oil is hot.
13. Dip the stuffing potato ball into the besan batter and add to the oil carefully. Do not crowd the kadhai. 
14. Once the lower side is cooked and set, gently flip the vadas in the oil.
15. Fry until the vada is completely cooked. Stir the vadas occasionally to cook them evenly.
16. Once golden brown, remove the vadas to an absorbant paper.
17. Serve the batata vadas while hot with ketchup or chutney.





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Kadhai Mushroom Recipe [Video]


Kadhai Mushroom Recipe with step by step video instructions. Kadhai Mushroom is a spicy vegan curry made with mushrooms, capsicum and onions in a tomato based gravy. Kadhai Mushroom can be made either into a dry/semi-dry curry or into a curry with gravy. Kadhai Mushroom is vegan, gluten free and fits a plant based diet.

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Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onions


I love Mushrooms. It is the meat for vegetarians with loads of umami in it. There is seriously no other veggie that provides that elusive 5th taste that our beloved MasterChef Australia judges talk about.
Btw, are you watching the 12th season? The back to win series with the new jury? I'm completely hooked on.

What is Kadhai Mushroom?


Kadhai is literal terms is an Indian wok or the little vessel you see in my photos. That is a kadhai. So Kadhai Mushroom just translates literally to mushroom cooked in a wok. But as a dish, it is so much more than just that.

Kadhai Mushroom is a spicy melee of mushrooms, capsicum and onions simmered in a freshly ground masala that is so fragrant and a bit of tomato puree for that tartness and body for the curry.

This is probably one of the only curries where I don't substitute the masala with my Garam Masala. It just doesn't taste the same. The fresh masala adds so much flavor that it is almost a sin to substitute it with any store bough mixed spice powder. So I highly recommend making your own spice blend, just for this, and maybe then using it for myriad other curries. 

Kadhai Mushroom can either be a dry or a semi dry curry or it can be a curry with gravy. Every restaurant serves it differently and so can you.

Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onions

The details...


Kadhai Mushroom is probably one of the easiest curries to make. To make Kadhai Mushroom, toast the whole spices - coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom, bay leaf, cloves and pepper. Toasting on low heat makes the spices release their oils and makes them more fragrant. Toast the dry red chillies, if using. This can be substituted with red chilli powder or with paprika without affecting the flavor and there is no need to toast it either. Once everything has cooled, make a quick powder.

Next, saute the mushrooms and keep them aside until later. If you don't have the time to do this, just toss them into the curry later and allow them to cook in the masala.

The onions and capsicum are cut into large chunks. This is meant to be a chunky curry. They are sauteed along with ginger garlic paste until they are cooked slightly. Do not overcook the capsicum, it is meant to retain the crunchiness.

Then the tomato puree, turmeric, salt and masala is added along with desired amount of water and the curry is simmered for a few minutes. The mushrooms are added at the end and given a quick stir.

The kasuri methi or dried fenugreek leaves provide an additional salty bitter fragrance that goes superbly with the curry.

Kadhai Mushroom can be served as a side with roti or naan bread or even with rice.

Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onions

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Kadhai Mushroom Recipe


Kadhai Mushroom curry with capsicum and onionsKadhai Mushroom is a spicy vegan curry made with mushrooms, capsicum and onions in a tomato-based gravy. Kadhai Mushroom can be made either into a dry or semi-dry curry or into a curry with gravy. Kadhai Mushroom is vegan, gluten free and fits a plant based diet.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:            North Indian
Prep Time:     10 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Total time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 2


Ingredients:


200gms Mushrooms
1 Capsicum
1 Onion
1 cup Tomato Puree
1 Tbsp crushed Ginger-Garlic
1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Cumin seeds
3-4 dry Red Chillies or 1-2 tsp Red Chilli Powder
0.5 tsp Black Pepper
2 Green Cardamom
2 Cloves
1 Black Cardamom
2 Bay leaves
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 Tbsp Kasuri Methi
4 Tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required

Method:


1. In a kadhai or pan, dry roast the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom, 1 bay leaf, cloves, dry red chillies and black pepper for 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Once cool, grind to a fine powder.
2. Cut the onions into petals and chop the capsicum into large chunks. Halve the mushrooms.
3. In the same kadhai heat 1-2 Tbsp oil and saute the halved mushrooms until cooked. Remove from heat and keep aside.
4. Add the remaining oil and add the onions, crushed ginger garlic and 1 bay leaf and saute until the onions are slightly soft.
5. Add the capsicum and fry until the capsicum is slightly browned.
6. Add the tomato puree, turmeric powder, ground masala, red chilli powder if using, salt and saute on low heat for 2-3 minutes.
7. Add water as desired, and simmer for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
8. Add the mushroom and mix well.
9. Top with kasuri methi and mix well.
10. Serve hot with roti and rice.





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Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju | Bittergourd (Karela) & Raw Mango Curry Recipe [Video]


Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju with step by step video instructions. Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju is a curry made from bittergourd or karela and raw mangoes. This summer curry is a melting bowl of flavors, it is bitter, sweet, sour and spicy. Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju tastes best with rice. This curry suits a vegan or plant based diet, gluten free diet and a Jain diet. 

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Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju Bittergourd Raw Mango Curry Karela Kacche Aam sabzi vegan gravy stew bittermelon indian


I first posted this recipe 5 years ago, in June 2015. I remember my mom was in Bangalore and we had gone vegetable shopping with her. She had gotten very excited looking at the Amtekai or Ambada (Hogplums), that were available in abundance at the vegetable shop. We had already picked up the bittergourd or karela or hagalkai and were thinking of the pairing up with the amtekai, when she felt raw mango would be a better accompaniment. So we picked up raw mangoes and bittergourd and came home and made this Gojju. Since then, I make this curry at least once every summer.

What is a Gojju?


Gojju is a curry from Karnataka that is usually sweet and sour. It has tamarind added for sourness and jaggery for sweetness. It may or may not have a coconut base.

Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju is made using Bittergourd or Karela, that brings a hint of bitterness to the curry, the raw mangoes bring in the sourness, jaggery is added for sweetness and red chillies for the heat.

The prep...


This Gojju can convert a Karela hater. The way in which the karela is cooked brings down the bitterness to such low levels that it is no more unpleasant. The karela is peeled, cored and then salted and left aside for the bitterness to flow out. This can be done days in advance. The salted karela can be kept in the fridge for almost a week. Remove it out when you are ready to cook. The salted karela is squeezed so that the bitter juices are extracted and then can be discarded. Soaking them in water and then squeezing makes it easier to remove the juices.

The squeezed karela is then boiled until it is cooked, the water is discarded. This step removes the more of that bitterness.

Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju Bittergourd Raw Mango Curry Karela Kacche Aam sabzi vegan gravy stew bittermelon indian

The flavors...


The remaining bitterness is balanced with the sourness of the raw mangoes. If the mangoes are not sour enough on their own, use tamarind juice. As mentioned above, the curry tastes good with any sour fruit like amtekai. So if you have any local sour fruit, you can use that.

Jaggery is added for sweetness. Use sugar if you don't have jaggery.

The Gojju has a base of coconut, rice, and lentils along with the spices. The toasted rice and urad dal help thicken the curry. Coconut further helps in mellowing down the strong flavor of the bittergourd or karela.

Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju tastes best with rice, but if you make a thicker consistency, it can be enjoyed with roti or chapati too.

Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju Bittergourd Raw Mango Curry Karela Kacche Aam sabzi vegan gravy stew bittermelon indian

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Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju | Bittergourd (Karela) & Raw Mango Curry Recipe


Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju Bittergourd Raw Mango Curry Karela Kacche Aam sabzi vegan gravy stew bittermelon indianHagalkai Mavinkai Gojju is a curry made from bittergourd or karela and raw mangoes. This summer curry is a melting bowl of flavors, it is bitter, sweet, sour and spicy. Hagalkai Mavinkai Gojju tastes best with rice. This curry suits a vegan or plant based diet, gluten free diet and a Jain diet.

Recipe Type:  Curry
Cuisine:            South Indian
Prep Time:     1 Hour 30 Minutes
Cook time:     45 minutes
Total time:     2 Hours 15 Minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


2 Bitter Gourd (Karela / Hagalkai)
1 Raw Mango
0.5 cup grated Coconut
1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
1 tsp Rice
1 tsp Urad Dal
3-4 Red Chillies
0.25 Fenugreek Seeds (Methi dana)
0.5 tsp Mustard Seeds
0.5 tsp Turmeric Powder (Haldi)
2-3 Tbsp Jaggery Powder
1 Tbsp Tamarind (Optional)
3-4 tsp Oil
Salt to taste
Water as required


Method:


1. Peel and deseed/core the bittergourd (karela /hagalkai). Cut to 0.5" to 1" pieces.
2. Add the cut bittergourd to a bowl. Add 1 tsp of salt and mix well. Keep aside for 1-2 hour. You can also keep it overnight in a box in the fridge.
3. After 1-2 hour, add 1 cup water to the bittergourd and squeeze them gently. Now take a handful out of the water and squeeze well and keep the bittergourd aside. Continue to squeeze all the bittergourd, this helps in removing the bitter juices. Once all the bittergourd is squeezed, discard the water.
4. Add the bittergourd to a kadhai or pan and water to cover it. Cover and cook until the bittergourd is cooked through. Drain the bittergourd and keep aside. Discard the water.
5. Dice the raw mango into small pieces and add to the same kadhai. Add water and cook until the mango is soft. Drain and save the water.
6. In a dry pan, add the urad dal, rice and fenugreek seeds and toast on low heat until lightly golden. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
7. Add 1 tsp oil to the pan and add the dry red chillies and roast until crisp. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
8. Add the urad dal, rice, fenugreek seeds, red chillies, grated coconut and 0.5 cup of the water in which the mango was cooked to a blender. Blend until smooth.
9. Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai for the tempering and add the mustard seeds.
10. Once the mustard seeds splutter, add the ground masala and fry on low heat for 5-6 minutes.
11. Add the turmeric powder, 1 Tbsp jaggery powder, salt and 0.5 cup water and mix well.
12. Add in the boiled bittergourd and mango.
13. Add salt and jaggery to taste if required. If the curry is not sour enough, soak the tamarind in a little warm water and squeeze out the tamarind juice and add to the curry.
14. Add more water if you want a thinner consistency.
15. Simmer on medium heat for 4-5 minutes.
16. Serve hot with rice or chapati.



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Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe | Gluten Free Coconut Shortbread Cookies [Video]


Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe with step by step video instructions. Coconut Shortbread Cookies are gluten-free biscuits made from coconut flour. Coconut Shortbread Cookies are made with just 4 ingredients and are vegetarian, eggless, and fit a Jain diet.

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Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies

I wonder where the coconut flour was hiding all this while!

I went through a phase of eating gluten free food for a few months and I must say I felt so much better. It is a lot of work though as gluten free is not a concept that is widely known in India. While a lot of South Indian food is traditionally gluten free, as it is mostly rice or millet based, restaurants tend to either add in flour as a way of improving texture or just to get instant results. So, it is very easy to mistakenly eat gluten when eating out. Hence, came the need to make everything at home from scratch. While daily food was easy to give up, I had a hard time with sweets, my sweet tooth and all. I missed my cookies and tea, especially as I watched Raj munch on them from afar.

So, I made my own cookies!! Gluten free Cookies!! I made Almond Flour Cookies and these amazing Coconut Flour Cookies. Unfortunately, they are amazing. Yes, unfortunately, coz it means that your family who doesn't care about gluten are now snacking away on your amazing fragrant cookies. I had to literally hide my cookies from them!

Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies


Are you in love with Coconuts? I sure am. Born a coconut fan. So the best part of these cookies for me was the pure taste of coconut through and through.

The details...


The cookies follow a very simple recipe with just 4 ingredients. It is a mix, knead, chill, cut and bake.

A regular shortbread cookie has the easiest measurements, 1:1:1, that is, 1 cup flour, 1 cup butter and 1 cup sugar. I almost followed the same. The only ingredient I was cautious about was the sugar. I added it on the go as per taste. And with this cookie dough, believe me, you will be tasting a lot **wink**.

So to start off, mix the coconut flour, butter, vanilla and half of the sugar. I added vanilla for added flavor, plus I love the wafting smell of vanilla while the cookie bakes. Since the coconut flour has no gluten, you will not get a kneadable dough. Just combine until everything comes together. Add more powdered sugar as you taste it and feel the need for more sweetness. You can also add milk to help the dough combine, but since there is no gluten, it will never hold like regular cookie dough.

Once the dough is completely combined, we will chill it in the fridge. If you are short for time, chill it in the freezer for 30 minutes. To chill the dough, place it in a plastic wrap and chill. You can also shape the dough like a log and later just slice the cookies and bake. That actually seemed easier, but I had already chilled it like a ball. If you chilled it like a ball, gently knead the dough and cut out cookies in the desired shape. Bake until golden on the edges.

The cookies tend to get slightly harder as they age, which is after about a week. But you can microwave them and warm them up or just dunk in hot milk/tea and enjoy. They still taste the same.


Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread Cookies


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Coconut Flour Shortbread Cookies Recipe | Gluten Free Coconut Shortbread Cookies Recipe


Gluten-free Coconut Shortbread CookiesCoconut Shortbread Cookies are gluten-free biscuits made from coconut flour. Coconut Shortbread Cookies are made with just 4 ingredients and are vegetarian, eggless, and fit a Jain diet.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            International
Prep Time:     75 minutes
Cook time:     15 minutes
Total time:     1 Hour 30 Minutes
Yield:                Makes 20-25 cookies

Ingredients:


1 cup Coconut Flour
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 cup unsalted Butter
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1-2 Tbsp Milk (Optional)

Method:


1. Mix softened butter with coconut flour, vanilla and half the powdered sugar.
2. Mix until combined. Taste and add more sugar if required.
3. Add milk as needed to help the dough come together.
4. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for 45-60 minutes. If you are in a hurry, you can chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes too.
5. You can either shape the cookie dough as a log before chilling or as a ball of dough.
6. After 60 minutes, unwrap the dough and knead it until about 6-8 mm thickness. Don't make it too thin. Cut out cookies using a cookie cutter and lay on a baking tray in a single layer.
7. If you chilled the cookie dough as a log, you can slice the cookies and lay them on a baking tray.
8. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
9. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
10. Cool on a wire rack and store in an airtight box at room temperature.



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Solkadi Recipe | Solkadhi with Coconut Milk Recipe | How to make Goan Solkadi | Kokum Solkadhi


Solkadi recipe with step by step video instructions. Goan Solkadi / Malvan Solkadhi is a refreshing savory drink made from aamsol or dried kokum peel and fresh coconut milk. Kokum kadi can be served as a curry along with rice or as a beverage. This recipe is vegan, gluten-free and suits a Jain diet.

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Solkadhi made with kokum and coconut milk, Goan solkadi, Malvan sol kadhi

Solkadi is almost SOUL-Kadhi for the folks on the Konkan Coast of India. This sour pink drink with the creaminess of coconut milk and the spicy flavor of garlic and chilli is a must-have at the lunch table.

Details about Kokum


Kokum, a member of the mangosteen family, is indigenous to the Western Ghats. The fruit is used in 2 main ways - to make Kokum juice and to make Aamsol.

To make the Kokum juice, a glass jar is filled with the fresh fruit and sugar is added. The glass jar is covered and placed in the sun until the fruit dissolves into the sugar to yield a thick syrupy reddish purple color concentrate. And this juice is delicious!!! I buy the squash every year when I go to Mangalore.

To make aamsol or solan, the outer cover of the fruit is removed and is sun dried until completely dry. This is extremely sour and is used abundantly as a souring agent in cooking along the Konkan coast. The aamsol imparts a beautiful dark reddish purple color to the food where it is used. Aamsol is packaged and sold in grocery stores or in supermarkets. I was lucky to get two home dried batches - one from my sister's friend from Karwar and another from my husband's aunt. Both these impart a very rich color.

Over time, aamsol, tends to lose its color. Old aamsol will give you a brown color as opposed to the reddish-purple color. To keep aamsol fresh for longer and to retain the color, freeze it. 

Solkadhi made with kokum and coconut milk, Goan solkadi, Malvan sol kadhi


Back to the dish at hand - Solkadi. 


The aamsol is soaked in hot water and left to release its color and flavor, while you prepare the fresh coconut milk. You can use store-bought coconut milk too, but the fresh one tastes better. The coconut milk can be flavored with garlic or ginger, I've also heard of it being flavored with onions. Goans usually use garlic and I love the taste. You can leave it plain too.

To make the coconut milk, grind the freshly grated coconut with garlic and a few green chillies for spice. Add water and pulse for about a minute. Squeeze the pulp to extract the milk. Add water to the squeezed pulp and massage it to release more milk. Squeeze again to extract the milk. You can do this one or two more times. I recommend stopping at the third press, else, the coconut milk becomes very thin and loses its creaminess. Strain the coconut milk to remove any pulp that may have accidentally gotten in.

Solkadhi made with kokum and coconut milk, Goan solkadi, Malvan sol kadhi


Take the coconut milk in a large bowl, and add the vibrant water in which the aamsol was soaked by the spoonfuls. The water is very sour, so keep tasting as you add the spoonfuls. Stop when desired. Add in salt and taste. If the sourness feels less after adding the salt, add more kokum water. It is more of a taste and go kind of recipe.

If the solkadi feels less sour, you can soak more kokum and after 10 minutes add more kokum water to the solkadi. If it feels too sour, add more coconut milk or plain water.

Serving suggestions


Solkadi is served as a curry with rice, but I love drinking it like buttermilk too. If you want it to be chilled, you can store it in the fridge until you are ready to serve. When coconut milk is refrigerated, the fat in it solidifies on the top, just whisk it well before serving.

Serve solkadi with rice and potato fry.


Solkadhi made with kokum and coconut milk, Goan solkadi, Malvan sol kadhi


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Solkadi Recipe | Kokum Kadhi Recipe | How to make Solkadhi


Solkadhi made with kokum and coconut milk, Goan solkadi, Malvan sol kadhiSolkadi or Solkadhi is a savory drink made from coconut milk and dried kokum peel. Solkadi is a popular drink from Goa and the Malvan region of Maharashtra. Solkadi is a sour drink that can either be served as a curry with rice or just as a refreshing drink.

Recipe Type:  Beverage
Cuisine:            Goan, Malvan
Prep Time:     30 minutes
Cook time:     0 minutes
Total time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Serves 3-4

Ingredients:


1 large Coconut
10-15 Kokum skins / Aamsol pieces
5-6 Garlic cloves
2-3 Green Chillies
3-4 cups Water
Salt to taste

Method:


1. Soak the aamsol in 1 cup of hot water.
2. Break the coconut and grate the flesh. Try to only get the white flesh, avoid grating the brown part that is closer to the shell.
3. Add the grated coconut to a blender or mixer along with the garlic and green chillies and add 1 cup of water.
4. Pulse the mixer for 30-45 seconds until the coconut releases its juices. Don't completely blend the coconut into a paste or chutney.
5. To squeeze out the coconut milk, you can empty the contents of the mixer onto a muslin cloth and squeeze it until all the juice is out, or you can take a little pulp in the hand and squeeze it to extract the milk. Sieve the juice to remove any pulp.
6. Do not discard the pulp.
7. After you have squeezed out all the pulp, you get the thick first press of coconut milk.
8. To make the thinner second press or more, add water to the pulp and massage it in.
9. Repeat the same process of squeezing out the milk as described above.
10. This is the thinner second press. You can continue to do it for further presses, although we recommend stopping at the third press.
11. Mix in the water the aamsol was soaked in by the spoonfuls. Aamsol is very sour, so add as per taste. Add in salt and mix well.
12. Serve chilled or at room temperature along with rice or just as a refreshing drink.





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