Schezwan Idli Dry Recipe

Previous day’s Idlis always turned into an Upma or were roasted with Molgapudi. Today with the advent of fast food and leanings towards Chinese Cuisine, children always look for a change. So here are yesterday’s Idlis in their new Avatar of Shezwan Idli Dry.

Ingredients :

  • 4 Leftover Idlis
  • 1 tbsp Corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper powder
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps Shezwan sauce
  • 2 tbsps Tomato ketchup
  • 12 tsp Kashmiri Chilly powder
  • 9 flakes of garlic
  • 2 medium sized spring onions
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 Capsicum
  • 2 tbsps oil.
  • 1 tsp finely chopped spring onion greens for garnish.

Method :

Cut the Idli into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle Corn flour, pepper powder and salt and mix well. Heat one tbsp oil and roast them to a crisp. Slice the onion and spring onions along with the leaves. Slice the Capsicum lengthwise. Grate the ginger. Heat the remaining one tbsp oil in a pan. Tip in the grated garlic and roast for a minute. Add the sliced onions along with the leaves and sauté on a high flame continuously till the onions turn translucent. Add the Shezwan sauce, Tomato ketchup and Kashmiri chilly powder. Toss well. Drop in the roasted Idli pieces and mix thoroughly. Garnish with finely chopped spring onion leaves and serve immediately.

Note: Leftover Idlis work best for this recipe as the fresh ones are too soft and may break apart when being roasted.

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Carrot and Sesame Salad Recipe

This is a recipe shared by my dear friend Renu Kulkarni. Easy to make and absolutely delicious. Children who don’t like carrots will finish them off in a jiffy!

Ingredients :

  • 2 small carrots
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tsp coriander leaves
  • Salt

Method :

Scrape the carrots. Wash and slice them thinly into long strips. Dry roast the Sesame seeds till they splutter. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the carrots and stir fry them on a high flame for a couple of minutes. Add sugar and salt. Toss well. Tip it into a platter, drizzle with Lemon juice and garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves and toasted sesame seeds.

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Tikklet Recipe

After making the Stuffed Snake gourd and the Sweet potato fritters, the filling of the Stuffed Snake gourd and the batter of the Sweet potato fritters was left over. I was just thinking what to do with the little of each which was left, when a thought struck me. Why not combine both and make it into a tikki or cutlet? Well… It was neither a tikki nor a cutlet so called it Tikklet. 😁

Ingredients :

The ingredients are the left overs of both the recipes, links to which are given below.

Stuffed Snake Gourd Fritters Recipe

Sweet Potato Fritters Recipe – 2

Method :

Combine the ingredients of both the above mentioned recipes and mix thoroughly. Add some finely chopped Coriander leaves and onions, pat them into shape and deep fried them to a golden brown. Serve with Tomato ketchup or a mint chutney.
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Bhindi Kurkure/ Okra Fry Recipe

Bhindi Kurkure can be enjoyed as a snack or as an accompaniment. Thin slivers of Okra sprinkled with spices and deep fried to a crisp are amazingly delicious and crunchy!

Ingredients :

  • 250 gms Bhindi/Okra
  • 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp Haldi /Turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp Jeera /Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp Hing/asafoetida (Optional)
  • Juice of half a Lemon
  • 2 tbsps Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 2 tbsps Rice flour
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped Coriander leaves
  • 1 sprig of curry leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying the Okra.

Method :

Wash and thoroughly pat dry the Okra. Snip off both ends. Slice it in the centre vertically into two. Remove the seeds and slice the Okra into long strips. Tip it into a bowl. Drop in the Lemon juice and mix well. This prevents stickiness. Sprinkle the Chilly, Turmeric, Coriander and Cumin powders. Tip in the Asafoetida and the chopped coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly. Add the Besan and Rice flour and see to it that the Okra strips are coated well. Keep aside for a couple of minutes. Divide into three to four portions. Meanwhile heat oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, add salt to one portion of the Okra, mix and sprinkle it into the hot oil. Fry on a high flame till it turns golden yellow and then lower heat and fry till crisp. Finish off similarly with the remaining portions of the Okra. Deep fry the curry leaves, gently crush them with your fingers and mix them well with the fried Okra. Drain on a Paper towel and serve hot.

Note: The salt is added to the Okra and spice mixture just before frying to prevent it from releasing water.

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Chutney Sandwich Recipe

Chutney sandwiches are a favourite with children and elderly alike. They can be served as appetizers, packed in the children’s lunch box or make for a quick snack. You can also pile in some vegetables and cheese and make a meal of it! The Recipe Link to the All purpose Chutney is given below.

All purpose Chutney, Recipe

Ingredients :

  • 1 Loaf of Bread
  • Butter
  • All purpose Chutney

Method :

Trim the crust of the slices of bread. Butter them thinly with either home made or store bought butter. Apply a thin layer of All purpose Chutney. Place the slices together and cut into triangles. Serve with Tomato Ketchup.
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Beetroot and Potato Cutlets Recipe

I had some boiled beetroot and Potato left after making sandwiches the other day. Mashed them, added some spices and turned them into cutlets. Served with the All purpose Chutney and ketchup they taste amazing!

Ingredients :

  • 1 small Beetroot
  • 1 large potato
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 5 green chillies
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 tbsps coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • Salt
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 5 tbsps Bread crumbs
  • Oil for frying the cutlets

Method :

Pressure cook the beetroot and Potato. Peel them. Chop and mash them well. Grind the coriander leaves, green chillies, ginger and garlic to a smooth paste. Tip it into the mashed vegetables along with the lemon juice, Garam masala and salt. Mix well. Dip the slices of bread in water, squeeze out all the water well, crumble and add it to the vegetables. Mix everything well. Drop in the bread crumbs and shape into cutlets. Heat oil in a pan. Gently slide in two cutlets at a time. Deep fry them till crisp. Serve with Chutney and Tomato ketchup.

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Cocktail Samosa Recipe

Cocktail Samosa as the name indicates are those tiny samosas which are served as a starter with a tamarind and date chutney or a mint and coriander chutney. They stay good for three days if stored in an air tight container.

Ingredients :

  • 500 gms Maida/all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsps Rava/Semolina
  • 5 tbsps ghee/clarified butter
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Oil to fry the Samosa

For the Samosa Filling:

  • 250 gms Frozen Peas
  • 1 tbsp Coriander powder
  • 2 tsps sugar
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • 4 green chillies
  • Salt
  • Juice of one Lemon
  • A few sprigs of coriander leaves.
  • 2 tbsps oil

Method :
Take the all purpose flour in a bowl. Drop in the semolina, 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 make the filling for the Samosa. Boil the peas till three fourth done. Mash them coarsely with a masher. Grind the green chillies, Coriander leaves and sugar coarsely and tip it into the peas. Add salt, Coriander powder, Garam masala and the Lemon juice. Mix thoroughly. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the mixture and stir for about four to five minutes on a gentle flame till it is dry. Keep aside. Uncover the dough and knead it well. Pinch balls of the dough and roll them into circles of four 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 pea mixture. Apply a little water to the edges of the cone to seal it. 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 and coriander chutney chutney, tomato ketchup or with a date and tamarind chutney, recipes for which you can find under the catagory of ‘Chutneys’ of this website.

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Raw Banana Fritters Recipe

Fritters are a dish common to all the states of India. Posting Raw Banana Fritters the Kerala way today. Each state has their own way of making them. The people in the North use a batter of Chickpeas to dip the veggies in, some use all purpose flour, in Karnataka it is a mixture of Chickpea and rice. In Kerala only rice flour is used. Each has its own unique taste.

Ingredients :

  • 2 Raw Bananas
  • 100 gms Rice flour
  • 3 tsps Kashmiri Chilly powder
  • 1/2 tsp Hing/asafoetida
  • Salt
  • Oil to fry the fritters

Method :

Deskin the Raw bananas and slice them. Wash them thoroughly under running water. Tip the rice flour, salt, chilly powder and Asafoetida in a bowl. Add enough water to make a batter of pouring consistency. Heat oil in a pan. Dip the slices in the batter and gently slide them into the hot oil. Fry till crisp. Drain on tissue paper and serve hot.

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Tomato Saar – 2 Recipe

There is nothing more soothing than a bowl full of Tomato Saaru to sip on, or to pour over your rice. The earlier one I posted was with a garlic seasoning. This one is flavoured with Asafoetida and Curry leaves.

Ingredients :

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Tamarind paste
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Chilly powder
  • 3 tbsps Ghee/clarified butter
  • 1 tsp Mustard
  • 4 sprigs Curry leaves
  • A kidney bean size of Hing/asafoetida powdered
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 litre of water.

Method :

Wash and quarter the tomatoes. If they are large, cut them into eight pieces. Tip them into a pan with a litre of water. Add the salt, jaggery and tamarind paste. Cook the tomatoes well. Heat Ghee in a pan. Drop in the mustard and after it splutters add the powdered Hing. Toss. Drop in the curry leaves. Toss and pour the seasoning into the boiling Saaru. Switch off. Garnish with Coriander leaves.

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Masala Papad Recipe

Served as a starter, loved as a snack, enjoyed by young and old alike, the Masala Papad is a short eat which adds zing to any meal. Garnished with finely chopped vegetables of choice, the Papad is usually fried, though you may roast it if you want, to keep it healthy. I personally prefer mine fried!

Ingredients :

All the below mentioned ingredients are as per requirement.

  • Papad of choice
  • Tomato
  • Onions
  • Cucumber
  • Sweet corn
  • Chaat Masala
  • Green chillies
  • Paprika/Chilly powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • Oil for frying the Papad

Method :

Heat oil in a pan. Deep fry the Papad till crisp. Drain and, store in an airtight container. Boil the sweet corn. Cool thoroughly. Chop tomatoes, onions, cucumber, green chillies and coriander leaves fine. Tip the chopped onions, cucumber and tomatoes along with the sweet corn into a bowl and mix well. Place the Papad on a plate. Top it with the chopped vegetables. Sprinkle Chaat Masala, Chilly powder and the green chillies. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve immediately.

Note: There is no salt used in this preparation as the Papad contains salt and so does the Chaat masala. The Masala Papad is to be served immediately as it turns soggy if allowed to stand, even for a few minutes.

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