Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Chole Bhature

Wishing everyone a very happy and prosperous New Year 2018 !!
Bhature chole is a famous Punjabi dish which is a combination of chana masala and bhatura, which is a fried bread made from maida or all purpose flour.I have prepared chole many times and we used to have it with roti.This was the first time that I tried making bhatures and we realized that having chole with bhature-the combination is so delicious that you shall never want to have chole with roti anymore :P My son loved them too and had bhatures as-is just like he eats puris.

all purpose flour/maida
lukewarm water
chickpeas/kabuli chana
tea bags
green chillies
turmeric/haldi powder
red chilly/mirchi powder
coriander/dhaniya powder
cumin/jeera powder
chole masala powder
coriander leaves/dhaniya patta

Method -
First prepare the dough for the bhature as per the below steps.
Take maida in a large bowl.
Make a well-like in the center of the maida.
Add curd,salt and sugar in that well.
Mix it with a spoon.
Now add some oil and mix.
Add little warm water and knead the dough.
Knead the dough really well.
It should be a soft and smooth dough.
Keep it covered with a wet muslin cloth.

In the meanwhile the bhature dough is kept covered, prepare the chana masala as below.
Wash the chana and soak it in water for 7-8hours or overnight.
Boil the chana with water and 2-3tea bags.
The tea bags give a nice brown colour to the chick peas.
Roughly chop the onion,tomatoes,green chillies and coriander leaves.
Make a paste of ginger and garlic.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan/kadhai.
Put in the onions and fry till light brown.
Add in the ginger-garlic paste.
Fry it for a while.
Add the chopped tomatoes,salt,haldi,mirchi,dhaniya,jeera powder.
Let it cook till the oil separates out.
Now add the boiled chanas.
Add sufficient water as the gravy.
Put in the chole masala powder and cook for 5min.
Garnish with freshly chopped coriander leaves.

Now to fry the bhatures -
Prepare round balls out of the dough.
With some maida roll with a rolling pin into an oval shaped puri.
Heat oil in a deep pan.
Fry the bhatures till light brown on both sides.
Chole bhature is ready to serve.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Banana Cake - Christmas Special

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and here goes my cake recipe which I prepared on Xmas.I used half wheat flour and half all purpose flour so that the cake gets a bit more healthy.I tried to include bananas so that my fussy kid can get the fruit through the cake..just a medium to feed fruits.A simple and yummy home made cake which am sure all of you will like.

wheat flour/atta(2cups)
all purpose flour/maida(2cups)
baking soda(1tspn)
baking powder(1tbspn)
melted butter(1cup)
vanilla essence(1tspn)

Beat the eggs together.Add sugar to the eggs and mix well.
You can also blend the egg-sugar mixture.
While blending chop the bananas and add to this mixture and blend.
Mix the atta, maida,baking soda and baking powder.
Start adding butter little by little and knead the dough simultaneously.
Now add this dough to the egg-sugar-banana mix.
Sprinkle some drops of vanilla and mix well so that the batter is consistent and smooth.
Preheat the oven.
Grease a baking dish and bake it in microwave(convection option) for 40min.
If you are using a cake pan,grease the pan and bake it for around 40min.
Yummy banana cake is ready :)

Monday, 18 December 2017

Dum Aloo/Alu Dum

Dum aloo is a potato based dish which is a part of Kashmiri cuisine.In Bengal it is typically known as Aloor Dum and served as a hot accompaniment with pooris or luchis as they are called in bengali .The recipe I have posted below is obviously the bengali version which has certain differences with the kashmiri one.So please do give it a try..

green chillies
red chilly powder
turmeric powder
coriander powder
cumin powder
garam masala powder
coriander leaves

Method -
Cut the potatoes into medium size cubes.
Chop the onions,ginger,garlic,green chillies,tomatoes roughly.
To prepare the garam masala, dry roast the following ingredients and then make a paste out of it - dhaniya,jeera,sukhi laal mirch,elaichi(choti and badi),dalchini,laung,kaali mirch,khuskhus.This powder remains good for many days or months when kept in an air-tight container.
To reiterate the masala names in english - coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red chilly,cardamom,cinnamon,cloves,black pepper,poppy seeds.
Now heat oil in a non-stick pan/kadhai.
Put in the potato cubes and chopped onion and fry till light brown.
Make a paste of the ginger and garlic which you chopped.
Add the paste and fry.
After 5min add the chopped tomatoes and gren chillies.
Let it cook until the raw smell of ginger-garlic goes away.
It will take about 5-7min on medium flame.
Now add the salt,red chilly powder,haldi powder,dhaniya jeera powder.
Let all the masalas cook for another 2-3min.
Now add water and let the potatoes get cooked well.
You can adjust the amount of water as per the amount of gravy you require.
Once the potatoes are cooked, add finely chopped coriander leaves and the garam masala powder which we just prepared.
Thats it..the garam masala aroma will make the magic:)
Serve delicious aloo dum with phulkas/parathas/pooris.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Uttapam/Savoury Pancake

This is a very famous breakfast/snack dish from South India.It is healthy no doubt as it contains the dals plus the fermentation process.Nowadays you get the ready made batter mix in the market but the taste of home made fermented batter has no match!So go ahead for these delicious home made uttapams..

urad dal(1cup)
chana dal(2tbspn)
fenugreek seeds/methi(1tbspn)
baking soda
water for soaking,grinding
veggies - onion,tomatoes,green chillies,coriander leaves.

Method -
Wash and soak the rice and dals for 6-7hours.
Grind the mixture to a fine paste by adding little water at a time.
Keep the batter covered outside the fridge overnight for fermentation.
Next day morning add salt and baking soda and mix well.
Chop the onions,tomatoes,chillies and coriander leaves finely.
Heat a non-stick tava.
Drizzle one tspn of oil or ghee.
Pour a laddle full of batter and let it spread(on its own).
Add some chopped veggies over it and salt as per taste.
Cover and cook.
Serve hot uttapam with sambar and chutney of your choice :)