Teasel gourd/Kantola Fritters Recipe

A delicacy available only during the monsoons, a variety of dishes from a fry, a sukka, stir fry or a mix gravy can be made from Teasel Gourd. One needs to ensure that they are Dark Green in colour as the Light Green ones have large seeds within them. I personally love the crunch of the seeds so buy the slightly Light Green ones. Posting a Teasel Gourd Fry today which can be enjoyed as a side dish with Rice or can be eaten as a snack with tea.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Teasel Gourd
  • 2 tsps chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Hing/Asafoetida
  • Salt
  • A mixture of Rice flour and Besan/Gram Flour in the ratio of 2:1.
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Wash and slice the Teasel Gourd as shown in the picture. Sprinkle Chilly powder, salt and Hing. Mix well. Take the Rice flour and Besan in a plate and mix them well. Coat the slices with this mixture. Heat oil in a pan. Drop the coated slices and fry on a medium flame till crisp. Serve hot.

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Chana/Chickpea Chat Recipe

Chana or Chickpea Chat can be served as a starter or a quick snack. Healthy, as its high in protein and absolutely delicious as it is garnished with a spicy and also a tamarind and date chutney. I have served it in cones made of Papad. You may serve it in a plate or in a bowl depending on one’s preference. Recipe Link to the Chutneys is given below.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms Chickpeas
  • 1 large tomato
  • 1 large onion
  • 100 gms sweet Corn
  • 1 tbsp Green chutney
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind and date chutney
  • 1/2 tsp Everest Chat Masala
  • Salt
  • Coriander leaves
  • Juice of half a Lemon

Method :

Wash and soak chickpeas for eight hours. Pressure cook with salt. Allow to cool completely. Pressure cook the Corn too. Chop the onion, tomato and coriander leaves fine. Tip the cooled corn and Chana into a bowl. Add the green chutney, tamarind and date chutney, Everest Chat Masala, the chopped onion tomato and coriander leaves and adjust salt. Drizzle with lemon juice and serve.

Papad Cones:

Cut the Papad into two halves. Lightly roast them on both sides on a Tava/ griddle and immediately roll them into the shape of a cone when it is still warm. It has to be done swiftly, as the Papad breaks when it cools.

Recipe for a Variety of Chutneys

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Khaman Dhokla/Steamed Gram flour appetizers

A very popular dish from Gujarat, a state that lies to the West of India, the Khaman Dhokla is a highly nutritious snack served with a Green chutney. Healthy too because it is steamed and tempered with minimum of oil. Recipe link for the Chutney is given below.

Ingredients

  • 300 gms Besan /Bengal gram flour
  • 2 tbsp Rava/ semolina
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp Eno fruit salt
  • 3 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds
  • A large pinch of Hing/ asafoetida
  • 2 sprigs curry leaves
  • 3 green chillies slit
  • Coriander leaves to garnish.

Method
Tip in the Besan, semolina, sugar, ginger-green chilli paste, lemon juice and salt into a bowl. Add around ¾ cup of water and mix well using a whisk to get a smooth batter. Keep the steamer boiling.
Just before steaming, add the fruit salt and mix lightly.
Pour the mixture immediately into a greased Thali. Steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the dhoklas are cooked. Keep aside. A knife inserted in the Dhokla should come out clean.
Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds. When the seeds splutter, add the sesame seeds, asafoetida, curry leaves and slit green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
Remove from the flame, add ½ cup of water and wait for 5 minutes or till the water is absorbed completely.
Pour the tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread it evenly.
Cut into pieces, garnish with coriander and serve immediately with All purpose chutney.

All purpose Chutney, Recipe

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Bengal Gram Fritters Recipe

These Bengal Gram Fritters are popular all over South India and are known by various names depending on the region where they come from. One can make them with or without onions, but adding finely chopped onions adds to the taste.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Chana dal/ Split Bengal Gram
  • 1 fistful rice flour
  • 10 green chillies
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 2 large onions chopped fine
  • 4 sprig curry leaves chopped
  • Coriander leaves chopped
  • Salt.

Method :

Wash and soak the chana dal for four hours. Drain the water and spread it on a piece of cloth for an hour to dry slightly. Grind in small batches in the blender to a coarse mixture. (DO NOT grind it to a smooth paste)
Crush the green chillies and ginger in the blender to a coarse paste.
Add the crushed green chilly, ginger, chopped coriander, chopped curry leaves, salt, ground chana dal n the rice flour and make balls. Flatten them slightly. Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry four to five at a time and serve hot.

Note:

It is just by accident that I found that drying the chana dal for an hour or so makes the fritters really crisp as the chana dal does not become a paste and can be ground coarsely.

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Open Sandwich with Molgapudi Recipe

I love Bread in any form, sandwiches being my favourite. I had some fresh Molgapudi, so decided to make these open sandwiches using it to spice them up. Recipe link to the Molgapudi given at the end of the recipe.

Ingredients :

  • 4 slices of bread
  • Butter
  • 1 onion
  • 1 tomato
  • 2 tbsps coriander leaves
  • 4 tbsps Molgapudi
  • Salt

Method :

Chop the Tomato, Onion and Coriander leaves fine. Retain half of the coriander leaves and the Molgapudi. . To the chopped tomatoes and onions add the remaining half of the coriander leaves and Molgapudi. Mix well and microwave for a minute. Keep aside. Butter the slices of bread on both sides and toast them well on one side. Flip. Pile the tomato, onion mixture on the toasted side and sprinkle the remaining Molgapudi and coriander leaves. Roast on a gentle flame till crisp and done. Serve with tomato ketchup.

Molgapudi/Dry Chutney powder Recipe

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Masala Peanut Chat Recipe

Masala Peanuts are loved by young and old alike in India. Popularly known as ‘Congress Kadlekai’ in Karnataka, they are simply delicious!! As they are readily available, it’s really very easy to make a chat when you have guests or when you would like a quick chat with your tea or coffee.

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Masala Peanuts
  • One large onion
  • One large tomato
  • Coriander leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Everest Chat Masala

Method :

Chop the onion, tomato and coriander leaves fine. Keep aside. Whilst serving the Peanut Chat, add them to the Masala Peanuts, sprinkle with chat masala, drizzle lemon juice, mix thoroughly and serve immediately.

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Samosa Chat Recipe

Samosa Chat is a street food popular all over North India and also in Mumbai, the business capital of India. Young and old like it because it is tangy, sweet and spicy all rolled into one. It can be served with Chole or without it. Posting the one without Chole today. The recipe below is to serve one person or to make one plate of Samosa Chat. Recipe link for the Samosa has been posted at the end of this recipe.

Ingredients :

  • 1 large Punjabi Samosa
  • 9 tbsps curds
  • 5 tbsps sweet and sour tamarind chutney
  • 4 tbsps green chutney
  • 1 tbsp red chutney
  • 1 tsp Everest Chat Masala
  • 1/4 tsp Chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp roasted Jeera /Cumin powder
  • 3 tsps sugar
  • Salt
  • 1/2 onion
  • A fistful of Sev
  • Coriander leaves

Method :

Chop the onion and coriander leaves fine. Keep aside. Churn the curds. Add the sugar and salt as per taste and whisk well. Place the Samosa on a dish. Crush it. Pour the sweet and salty curds over it. Drizzle the tamarind, green and red chutneys. Sprinkle the jeera, chilly and chat masala powders. Garnish with finely chopped onions, Sev and coriander leaves.

Potato and Peas Samosa Recipe

Recipe for a Variety of Chutneys

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Khandvi / Chickpea Rolls Recipe

Khandvi is a popular snack made in the Western region of India. Nutritious as it is made of Besan/Chickpea flour which is high in protein and absolutely delicious! This recipe calls for very little oil, as this is a steamed preparation. The only oil that is used, is for seasoning.

Ingredients :

  • 200 gms Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 500 ml Buttermilk
  • 4 green chillies
  • A pea sized piece of Hing /Asafoetida
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi/turmeric powder
  • Salt

For the seasoning

  • 3 tsps oil
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaf
  • Coriander leaves

Method:

Grind the hing and green chillies together to a smooth paste. Add it to the Besan along with the buttermilk, salt and haldi and mix thoroughly. Pressure cook this mixture to three whistles. After the pressure is released, whisk the mixture well with an egg beater or whisk and spread it thinly on the back of a flat dish. You can also use the kitchen counter top to spread the mixture. Allow to cool. Cut into thin strips with a knife and gently roll them. If the strips are too long, you can cut them to the desired length. Arrange the rolls on a dish. Heat oil. Add the mustard. After it splutters add the jeera, followed by the curry leaves. Drop the seasoning over the rolls and garnish with coriander leaves.

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Potato and Peas Samosa Recipe

Samosa is a favourite tea time snack, and enjoyed with a mint chutney and tomato ketchup. Today I have posted a potato and pea samosa though you can always use a filling of your choice.

Ingredients :

  • 750 gms Maida/all purpose flour
  • 5 tbsps ghee/clarified butter
  • 3/4 tsp Ajwain / carom seeds
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Oil to fry the Samosa

For the Samosa Filling:

  • 3 boiled potatoes
  • A handful of cooked peas
  • 1 heaped tsp Garam masala
  • 4 green chillies
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • Juice of one lemon
  • A pinch of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1tsp Jeera/cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds ground coarsely
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt

Method :
Take the all purpose flour in a bowl. Drop in the ajwain, salt and ghee and mix well till you get a crumbly dough. Add water little by little to the dough to form a hard and firm dough. Allow it to rest covered for about twenty minutes. Meanwhile mash the cooked potatoes gently. Add the cooked peas to it. Grind the ginger and green chillies coarsely. Chop the coriander leaves fine. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the cumin and coriander seeds and after they splutter add the ginger green chilly paste. Toss for half a minute. Add the garam masala, Turmeric powder and salt. Drop in the potato and peas mixture. Mix and heat thoroughly. Add juice of lime and the chopped coriander leaves. Keep aside.
Uncover the dough and knead it well. Pinch balls of the dough and roll them into circles of six inch diameter. These circles should neither be too thick nor thin. Cut the circle into half. Take one of the semi circles and shape it into a cone. Fill it with the potato and pea mixture. Apply a little water to the edges to seal the cone. Similarly finish off with the rest of the dough. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in two to three of the samosas at a time and fry to a rich golden brown. Drain them on tissue paper. Serve them hot with mint chutney and tomato ketchup.

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Potato Bhajia/ fritters Recipe

Potato Bhajia is an all time favourite short eat, served at get togethers or as a snack at tea time. It is quick, easy to make and delicious as well. The children will simply love it!

Ingredients :

  • 4 potatoes
  • 150 gms Besan /Chickpea flour
  • 50 gms Rice flour
  • 1tsp chilly powder
  • 1tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • A large pinch of ajwain /carom seeds
  • Salt
  • Oil to fry the Bhajia

Method :

Deskin the potato and wash them thoroughly. Slice them thinly. Mix the Besan, rice flour, salt, chilly powder, hing and ajwain. Add enough water to make a batter which is neither too thick nor runny, so that it coats the potato slices well. Heat oil in a pan. Dip the potato slices in the batter and drop them a few at a time in the hot oil. Deep fry to a golden brown and crisp. Serve hot.

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