Monday, June 20, 2011

Aloo Ke Parathe (Stuffed Indian Flatbread)

1. Whole wheat flour, appx 2 cups
2. Oil
3. 2-3 Potatoes - boiled, peeled, mashed
4. Salt to taste
5. Red chili powder, 1 tsp or to taste
6. Sugar 1.5 tsp
7. Juice of a small lemon
8. Coriander powder, .5 tsp
9. Cumin powder, 1 tsp
10. Garlic, 2 pods, minced
11. Ginger, 1 inch, minced
12. Garam masala, 1 tsp

1. Make a dough of the whole wheat flour using water. Add some oil to knead into a smooth dough.
2. Mix mashed potatoes with salt, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, lemon juice, sugar, garlic, and ginger. Set aside.
3. Pinch out a small ball of wheat dough and flatten it using a rolling pin as shown in this post.
4. At the center of this flattened dough, place a small ball of the mashed potatoes.
Note: Try to keep the potato ball size to be the same size as the size of the dough you pulled out in step 3.

5. Now swirl the sides of the flattened dough around the potato ball like this and then seal the sides by joining all the sides together as shown below.
6. Pinch out the top of the excess dough.
7. Flatten this (dough ball stuffed with potato filling) with your hands. Use a rolling pin to flatten the opposite side of the ball.
8. Cook on medium heat on a pan on one side until it starts to form small black dots or lines on the side that is in contact with the pan.
9. Smear minimal oil on the upper side and then flip.
10. Repeat step 8 and 9 for this side.

Serve warm as dinner with Raita and pickles.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Potato Cutlet/ Fritters

This is adapted from my mom's recipe but turned out nowhere like her's. It was good nonetheless but I'll call it a starter on this one.

1. Bread crumbs
2. Boiled, peeled, mashed potatoes
3. Salt to taste
4. 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
5. Finely chopped red onion
6. 1 tsp Garam masala
7. 1-2 tsp Lemon juice
8. 1/2 tsp coriander powder.
9. Oil for frying

1. Mix all the salt, spices, and lemon juice into the mashed potato.
2. Add 5-9 tsp bread crumb and make small cylindrical balls.
3. In a plate, spread bread crumbs and roll the potato balls in this.
4. Heat oil in a wok and shallow fry the balls until brown on each side.

Serve with hot and sweet sauce or ketchup.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Chana Dahl (Split Yellow Gram Stew)

1. Split Yellow Gram or chana dahl, 5-8 fists
2. Fennel, 1 tsp (optional)
3. cumin seeds, 1 tsp
4. ghee, 1 -2 tsp
5. Red chili powder, to taste
6. salt, to taste
7. cinnamon sticks, 2-3
8. Lemon juice
10. Tomato paste, 1 tsp (optional)
11. Garlic, 2 pods minced
12. turmeric powder, 1 tsp

1. Heat a pressure cooker.
2. Melt ghee.
3. Add cumin, cinnamon and fennel seeds
4. When they start to sizzle, add garlic.
5. When the garlic turns golden brown, add turmeric powder and mix.
6. Add washed chana dahl and saute.
7. Add tomato paste, lemon juice, and salt and mix.
8. Add water.
9. Boil covered for 4-5 whistles in the pressure cooker.

You can mix some chopped fresh cilantro and serve warm with steamed rice, as a soup, or as a side with Indian flat-bread and some vegetables.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Tandoori Paneer Tikka (Cottage Cheese Kebob)

Perfect recipe for a summer barbecue! It was a hit this weekend :)

1. 1 bottle tandoori paste
2. red/green/orange/yellow bell peppers cut in squares
3. mushrooms
4. red onion cut in sqaures.
5. Salt
6. Oil
7. Paneer cut in cubes

1. Mix paste, oil, and salt to form a marinade. Marinade the veggie and paneer in this overnight.
2. Thread veggie and paneer on a bamboo skewer.
3. Grill evenly on each side on a barbecue.

Serve warm with coriander chutney, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and sprinkle chaat masala.
Wrap it up in a whole wheat tortilla for a satisfying lunch and call it Paneer Kathi Roll :)

Voila...a scrumptious treat is ready to devour!!

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