Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spicy Poha

Spicy Poha 

Poha is made from flattened rice , often eaten for breakfast or as a snack to go with tea. It's light and nutritious snack. It is easy to prepare, and tastes delicious...

 2 Cups poha • 4 Green chillies chopped fine• small Onion chopped fine• 1 medium Tomato chopped finely• 1 tspn Mustard seeds • 1 tspn Cumin seeds 1/4 cup raw peanuts• 1/2 tspn Turmeric 
• Salt to taste • Few curry leaves, and 1/4 cup freshly grated coconut.• 5 tbsp oil, 3 to 4 finely chopped green chillies. 1/4 cup green peas and carrots frozen.


Coriander chutney

1. Soak the poha in water for about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain out the water and keep the strained poha aside.
2. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds,allow to splutter,adding in cumin seeds,chilli and curry leaves.
3. Add in onions, green chillies and stir to to turn onions slightly brown.Add tomatoes and turmeric. Add in the peas and carrots, continue to cook another 3 to 4 minutes.
4.Add in 2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice and now add in the drained poha. Carefully stir for a minute or two and serve hot poha ,garnished with shredded coconut and coriander leaves. You can  serve  with coriander chutney. enjoy with tea or as a snack.


Monday, February 11, 2013

Chole Puri

Chole Puri

Chole Puri has been on my List to make for quite some time and on popular demand from my family members, I decided its high time that I make it. This recipe is simple and the result a mouth watering dish,prepared at home and  loved by all. Chole puri is a  popular dish  in the Northern part of India.
Chole is  garbanzo beans,cooked with spices and tomato's to give it that mouth watering taste.It is enjoyed with hot puri's (Indian puffed bread)

2 cups garbanzo beans (chana's) washed and soaked in 2 cups of water overnight.
1.5 medium onion chopped finely
2 medium tomatoes pureed
1 tspn ginger green chillies chopped
3 to 4 cloves of garlic minced fine
2  tspn salt
1 tspn red chili powder
1/4 tspn Turmeric powder
1 tspn chole masala powder (available at Indian grocery store) Badshah and MDH have good quality chole masala.
1/2 small lemon freshly squeezed juice
1/4 tspn cumin seeds,1 bay leaf,2 to 3 cloves,1 small 1 inch cinnamon stick,1 tspn coriander seeds . Heat all on low heat and grind to powder, for freshly made garam masala powder.
1/4 cup freshly chopped coriander leaves for garnish.
4 tbsp cooking oil

1.Pressure cook the soaked chanas (garbanzo beans) with 1 tspn salt, for about for 25 to 30 minutes,till they appear soft and well done. keep aside.
2.In a medium pan, heat oil,add onions , sauté till they appear golden brown.Add in freshly ground garam masala powder.Add crushed garlic,ginger green chillies and then add in  pureed tomatoes.Stir for 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Add in  salt,red chilli powder,turmeric and lemon juice.Add in chole masala powder and the strained chana's .Allow to cook on low heat,adding 1 cup water. Cover and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes,till the chana's appear well cooked with the spices. Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with puri's.

Chole Puri

2 cups wheat flour
1/4 cup oil
1/2  cup water, mixed with 1/2 cup milk to knead dough
16 oz vegetable oil for frying
1.Using a medium bowl, sieve  wheat flour,add in 1/4 cup oil and slowly keep adding milk and water to knead a medium ,yet slight hard puri dough.
2. Divide the dough to make 25 to 30 golf sized balls.
3.Using a flat surface and medium rolling pin,roll out round 2 inch discs.
4.Heat 16 oz vegetable oil in a deep frying pan. As the oil gets hot,very carefully dip 3 to 4 rolled out puri's into the oil and using a spatula lightly press on each puri,so they rise and deep fry on both sides ,for about 2 to 3 minutes till they appear crisp and golden coloured.

5.Strain and remove onto a paper towel.

Enjoy hot puri's with chole with friends and family~

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