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Gorgeous Herb flavored Naan

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Gorgeous Herb flavored Naan

How one video can change your naan!

The layered flavors of stuffed naan

The layered flavors of stuffed naan

I saw, I made and I conquered my naan bread recipe. Jokes apart, this is a great recipe. I just tweaked a bit and used our mildly spiced Indian palate-pleasing paneer stuffing inside.

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Quick Onion Rava Dosa

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Quick Onion Rava Dosa

If you have a penchant for a crispy breakfast delight…read on.

Roughly, translated it would be a savory semolina pancake, a quick version of dosa, as compared to the traditional fermented version. An alternative dosa recipe, perfect for those weekend mornings when a lot of us would rather laze in front of our television than spend time in our kitchen.

Thin and crispy dosa is a breakfaster's delight

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Khandvi Simplified

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Khandvi Simplified

Khandvi is India’s answer to the savory version of Swiss rolls!

 Made with chick pea flour, Khandvi is a popular tea time snack


Made with chickpea flour, Khandvi is a popular tea time snack

This recipe tells you how to cook perfect Khandvi.

Khandvi

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Shrikhand: Flavored Yogurt Dessert

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Shrikhand: Flavored Yogurt Dessert

Add a delicious finish to any meal with this light, refreshing, delightful and aromatic summer dessert from India that is intriguingly simple to whip up.

Shrikhand is sure to leave you refreshed on a summer day!

Shrikhand is sure to leave you refreshed on a summer day!

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Oven Baked Samosas

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Oven Baked Samosas

Who said samosas should be only triangular in shape?

I love samosas, but try to avoid eating them, because of the fat content! These are mostly deep-fried!

 Then I got this brilliant idea of baking them  after watching a program on an Indian food channel. The recipe is quite easy and yields 8 wonderful , crispy  samosas in a new look!

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Ingredients

For the covering/shell

Flour 3/4 cup
Salt 1/4 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Ajwain /carom seeds 1/2 tsp
Water to knead

For the filling

Boiled and mashed potatoes, about 3 medium size
Boiled peas, 1/2 cup
Chopped green chilly 1
Chopped green coriander 2 tbsp
Ginger grated , 1 tsp
Salt, red chilly powder, amchoor powder, garam masala and turmeric

Directions

Knead the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes.
In the meantime, take a pan , heat about 1 tbsp oil, add ginger, spices, and boiled potatoes and peas.
Adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle chopped chilly and coriander.
Let it cool.

Divide the dough into 8 balls.

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Roll into oval shape, like a poori.
Place the filling in the centre.
Seal the opposite edges.

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Arrange on a greased tray and bake in a pre heated oven at 200 degrees C.
Turn tray, after 10 minutes, lower the temp to 180 degree C and bake further 10 minutes.

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Serve hot with ketchup or chutney of your choice.

Enjoy with a steaming cup of cardamom tea!

Variation:

You can use spinach and feta cheese instead of peas and potatoes or cottage cheese and mint.

Source: www.foodfood.com

Samosa

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The globalization of the desi taste buds has however, done little to dampen the eternal love for this triangular, crispy snack known as Samosa.

Samosa remains one of the most popular Indian snacks, and is generally served with tamarind chutney and steaming chai (tea). Whether a college canteen or the chai stall on the nook, samosa is an eternal favorite, especially as the monsoon approaches. The drizzle, and the hot samosa make for a great monsoon moments.

Samosa

Samosa

To me it brings in a lot of memories of days spent in my college canteen.

It was Sharma ji’s samosas and the hot cardamom tea served in the tiniest of Yera glasses that made us bunk many of our Entomology practical’s and gave us a respite from those hours spent glued to the microscopes! Whether it was the college elections or the fear of the future, we bonded over chai and samosas.

In all honesty, I think the best samosas I ever had were made in my cousin’s kitchen. She would make them in a huge batch and freeze them and then fry/bake them as needed. I do not know if it was the taste, the camaraderie, the ambience or her dainty laced napkins and fine china or a combination of all the above, that worked into a heady magic, as we would chat and compare notes on a number of diverse issues.

So you see, samosas did play a huge role in bringing us closer. Now she is based in Russia with her diplomat husband, but this post reminds me that I must get her perfect  recipe and share with you all.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp ajwain/nigella seeds

3 tbsp oil

Salt to taste

Stuffing:

2 boiled potatoes, mashed

½ cup boiled peas

½ tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp amchur/mango powder

2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Salt, red chilli/paprika powder, garam masala according to taste

2 tbsp oil

Heat some oil in a pan; add cumin, spices, potatoes and peas mixture and stir fry. Add some salt, chopped cilantro and mango powder. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste.

Method:

Knead the dough and let it rest for 30 minutes.

Roll out dough into small circles (like puris).

Cut with a knife into two semi-circles.

Now take one semi-circle and fold it into a cone. Apply some water on the edges to seal properly.

Place filling in the cone and seal properly using water. Repeat the same process with the rest of the dough.

Heat oil in a wok and deep fry on a medium flame.

Serve samosas hot with tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup.

Enchanting Anardana Kulcha

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This is an Indian flatbread made of all purpose flour and stuffed with boiled and mashed potatoes and pomegranate seeds. The recipe is fairly easy to follow and yields perfect results.

There are endless possibilities for the stuffing, ranging from onion to cheese, cilantro, mint and spices. In a restaurant, these are generally made in an oven/tandoor, but I have made this in a frying pan, and it was equally good. Kulchas are generally served with gravy/curry and raita (yogurt dish).

Anardana Kulcha

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

¼ tsp baking soda

1 tbsp yeast

½ cup butter at room temp

2 tbsp milk and 2 tbsp yogurt for kneading

Stuffing:

2 boiled potatoes, grated /mashed

1 onion chopped

4 green chillies chopped

1 cup cilantro/mint leaves chopped

1 tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp chilli flakes

½ tsp salt

½ tsp kalonji seeds/onion seeds

2 tbsp dried pomegranate seeds powder (seeds are roasted and ground)

I chose to use fresh pomegranate seeds instead, just to add a dash of color and texture.

Method:

In a bowl, mix together flour, salt, yeast, butter and baking soda.

Knead into smooth dough with milk/yogurt.

Keep aside for 2 hours.

Mix together potatoes, pomegranate seeds, onion, cilantro, mint, cumin seeds, chilli flakes and salt.

Divide the dough and stuffing into 8 equal parts.

Roll out the dough and fill in the mixture. Seal the edges (exactly how you make a stuffed paratha) . Keep aside for 30 minutes.

Using some dry flour/ oil, roll out the kulchas to a round, not very thin though. Sprinkle some onion seeds on top, and cook on stove top in a pan/ griddle for about 3 to 4 minutes over medium flame. Should you have any difficulty while rolling, place the dough to be rolled in between 2 sandwich bags, lightly oiled. You will be able to roll easily, without anything sticking to your rolling-pin.

Spread with butter and serve warm.

(Inspired by Chef Harpal Singh)