Friday, 8 January 2016

Pav Bhaji

Pav bhaji or Mumbai pav bhaji as it is famously known as, is a street food in Maharashtra.It is a vegetable curry known as bhaji in marathi served with pav(bread).It is full of vegetables so its pretty healthy when you have it at home specially where you can control the amount of butter you add :P So if you have never tasted this maharashtrian snack please try it once !

cauliflower -1 cup
carrot - 1/2 cup
green peas - 1/2 cup
capsicum - 1/2 cup
potatoes - 1 cup
tomatoes - 2 cups
green chillies
ginger-garlic paste
coriander leaves
lemon wedges
turmeric/haldi powder
red chilly powder
everest pav bhaji masala

Cut all the vegetables into medium cubes.
Chop the onion,chillies and tomatoes finely.
Make a paste of ginger and garlic.You can also use the ready made ginger-garlic paste.
Pressure cook all the vegetables except capsicum and onions with water.
Strain the water and keep it. We shall use it later as a vegetable stock.
Heat oil and butter in a non-stick pan.
Put in the onions, chillies and ginger-garlic paste.
After 2min add the chopped tomatoes.
Add salt and let it cook till the oil separates out.
This will take some time..around 4-5min.
In the meanwhile mash the boiled vegetables with the help of a spatula/big spoon.
Add the mashed veggies to the pan.
Add haldi powder,mirchi powder,salt and pav bhaji masala.
Add some vegetable stock and let it cook for another 2-3min.
Sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves and turn off the flame.
The bhaji is now ready.
For the pav - toast the pav in butter on both sides.
Serve hot pav-bhaji with a dollop of butter with some chopped onion,green chilly and lemon :-)

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Mourola machh bhaja/Stir fried small fish

Mourola fish as it is called in bengali is a very small and tasty fish.This is a very simple dish which consists of mainly frying the fish till its crispy.Goes well as a starter for any event provided you are a fish fan :)

mourola fish
green chilly
turmeric powder
red chilly powder
mustard oil

Chop the onion and garlic finely.
Wash and clean the fish properly.
Marinate it with salt and haldi powder for 1-2 hours.
Heat oil in a non-stick pan.
Fry the fish lightly.
Once done keep the fish on one side of the pan.
Add the chopped onion and garlic and saute.
Mix the onion garlic with the dried fish and fry.
Add chilly powder and slitted green chillies.
Adjust salt as per taste.
Serve hot mourola fish as a crispy starter :)

Friday, 11 December 2015

Cottage cheese/Paneer bhurji

This paneer bhurji is a very easy way of including paneer in your kids diet.Specially if you are a vegetarian, paneer is a very good source of protein.A tasty and yummy version for fussy kids instead of the normal paneer subzi..give it a try :)

cottage cheese/paneer
turmeric powder
red chilly powder
coriander leaves(optional)

Chop onion and tomato finely.
Heat oil or butter in a non-stick pan.
Add the chopped onion and saute.
Then add tomato, haldi, mirchi powder and salt to taste.You can add green chillies for spice, since this was for my toddler I have avoided it.
After it cooks add the paneer/cottage cheese to it. I use home made paneer but you can also use the store one.
Adjust salt and garnish with coriander leaves.
Serving hot bhurji with bread toast or just as is, will make a healthy snack or breakfast for your kids :-)

Friday, 27 November 2015

Wheat flour cookies/Thekua - Chhath Puja Special

I was supposed to post this a week back..sorry for the delay.Wheat flour cookies (or thekua as they are well known as) are one of the most famous dishes prepared during Chhath Puja in Bihar.I had them the first time at one of my Bihari neighbour's house and I just fell in love with these delicious home made cookies.They are very healthy as they are made up of wheat flour.Easy to prepare and the best part is you can store them for 2-3 weeks, so they make up a healthy and handy snack :)

whole wheat flour/atta(4cups)
fennel seeds/saunf(1tspn)
crushed/powdered cashew nuts

Take atta in a mixing bowl.
Heat water in a pan and add sugar to it.No need to melt the sugar completely.
Add saunf, crushed cashew nuts to the flour.
Now slowly add the sugar water to the flour and knead it.
The dough should be dry and not soft.
Make balls out of the dough.
Mould them with your hand or use a cookie cutter to get desired shape of cookies.
Deep fry the cookies or thekuas till golden brown.
You can store them in an air-tight container for weeks.
Enjoy home made cookies at tea time :)