Green Chilly Fritters Recipe

These Bhavnagari chillies are the mildly spiced ones, making them ideal for making fritters or what is known as Mirchi Bhajia. An Andhra delicacy, they are now found in every region in India, as they go well with Dal Rice or even as an evening snack with a cup of hot tea.

Ingredients :

  • 9 medium sized Bhavnagari chillies
  • 150 gms Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 50 gms rice flour
  • A large pinch of hing/Asafoetida
  • Salt
  • A large pinch of ajwain / Carom seeds
  • A pinch of haldi/ turmeric powder
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Wash and slit the green chillies in the centre, keeping the ends intact. Remove seeds if any gently. Mix together the Besan, rice flour, salt, haldi, hing and ajwain. Add enough water to make a thick batter. Fill some of the batter in the chillies. Heat oil in a pan. Check the temperature of the oil by dropping a spoon of batter in it. It should immediately rise to the surface. Lower the flame. Gently dip the chillies in the batter and drop them into the oil. Fry on a medium flame to a nice golden yellow. Serve hot.

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Idli Pakora Recipe

Idli Pakora is a simple and delicious option to put leftover Idlis to good use. The Pakora is nice and fluffy inside and crisp on the outside. It can be served with a mint chutney or with tomato ketchup. I love mine as is, as the batter has all the spices added to it.

Ingredients :

  • 6 Idlis
  • 100 gms Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 50 gms Rice flour
  • 2 green chillies
  • Hing/asafoetida as per taste
  • A large pinch of ajwain /caraway seeds
  • 1/2 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/2 onion
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • Oil for frying the Pakora

Method :

Cut the Idli into bite sized pieces. Keep aside. Crush the green chillies coarsely. Chop the coriander leaves and onions fine and tip them into a bowl. Add the ajwain, chilly powder, salt and hing. Add the Besan and rice flour. Add a little water at a time to make a semi thick batter. Mix well and keep aside. Heat oil in a pan. When the oil has reached the right temperature dip around five pieces of Idli into the batter. Drop them into the oil. Deep fry to a rich golden brown. Drain on tissue paper and serve hot with mint chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Colocassia Root/ Arbi stir fry

Colocassia roots or Arbi as they are called all over North India and Chembu in South India can be turned into a simple but delicious stir fry or steamed and used in coconut based or onion based gravies as per individual taste. The leaves of the Colocassia tubers are used to make a tasty dish called Patra, Pathrado or Alu Vadi. Posting a stir fry today which is simply amazing! You can even serve it as an appetizer.

Ingredients :

  • 1 kg Arbi
  • 3tbsps chilly powder or as per taste
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp Hing/asafoetida
  • 5tbsps Coconut oil
  • 2tsps mustard

Method :

Wash the Arbi thoroughly. Boil it in a large pot of water till three fourth done. Allow to cool. Deskin. Chop into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle the chilly powder, salt and hing and mix well. Marinate for half an hour. Heat the oil. Add the mustard and, after it splutters, switch off the stove. Drop in the marinated Arbi. Mix thoroughly so that the oil coats the Arbi evenly. Tip it into a microwave safe dish and microwave for five minutes. Remove. Toss and microwave for another five minutes. It can also be made the traditional way by roasting on a gentle flame.

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Methi Muthiya /Fenugreek leaves fritter, Recipe

Methi Muthiya can be had as a snack or added to Undiyu or any subzi as fenugreek imparts fragrance to the dish. It can also be served as an appetizer at get togethers.

Ingredients :

  • 1 bunch methi/Fenugreek leaves chopped.
  • A small bunch coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsps dhaniya/coriander powder
  • 1 tsp jeera/cumin powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • A pinch of haldi/turmeric
  • Sugar and salt as per taste
  • 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1tbsp of sesame seeds/til
  • A pinch of ajwain
  • A small bowl of besan/Chickpea flour
  • Wheat flour as required to bind a dough as for chapati.

Method :
Add all the above together and knead a dough as for chapati. Make oblong balls. Heat oil and deep fry till crisp.

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Eggplant Pakora Recipe

The fritters or Pakora made of this variety of Eggplant called Matti Gool in Karnataka is simply delicious. I had posted a coconut based dish of the same Eggplant a few days ago. This particular variety of Eggplant is grown in the village called Matti near Udipi in South Karnataka. It is seasonal, hence it is much sought after for the couple of months that it is available.

Ingredients :

  • One large Eggplant
  • 1 heaped cup Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1tsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ajwain / Carom seeds
  • 1/4 tsp hing/asafoetida
  • Salt
  • Oil to fry the Pakora

Method :

Wash and pat dry the Eggplant. Slice it neither too thick nor thin in the shape desired. Make a thick batter of pouring consistency of the Besan, rice flour, ajwain, hing and salt with just enough water. Heat the oil in a pan. Dip the slices of the, Eggplant in the batter and deep fry till crisp and golden. Drain and serve hot.

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Onion Pakora Recipe

Onion Pakora is a delicious tea time snack where in slices of onion are dipped into Chickpea batter and fried to a crisp. The method of slicing the onion varies all over India though the basic batter remains the same. It is this variation in slicing that gives it it’s distinct taste and texture.

Ingredients :

  • 4 onions
  • 1 cup Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 1/2 cup Rice flour
  • 1 tsp Ajwain/Carom seeds
  • Hing/Asafoetida
  • Salt
  • 1 tbsp chilly powder
  • 2 green chillies
  • Coarsely crushed Coriander seeds
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Slice the onions thinly. Place them in a bowl along with minced green chillies, hing, chilly powder, ajwain, crushed coriander seeds and salt. Mix well, pressing the onions gently. Keep aside for ten minutes. The onions release water. Drop in the Besan and rice flour. Sprinkle a little water if required. The texture should be such that the flours should stick to the sliced onions. Heat oil in a pan. Drop in the onions a little at a time and fry to a rich golden brown. Drain on a tissue and serve hot.

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Potatoes and Peas Grilled Sandwich Recipe

A favourite with the family, this potato and peas sandwich doubles up not only as a snack but as a meal as well. You can add cheese too if you like it, but it tastes good as it is!!!

Ingredients :

  • 6 large potatoes
  • 3 large onions
  • 100 gms shelled peas
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 10 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt
  • 1tsp mustard
  • 3 tbsps oil
  • Butter
  • A loaf of Bread

Method :

Pressure cook the potatoes. Deskin and mash them well. Boil the peas in salted water till done. Chop the onions and green chillies fine. Grate the ginger. Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard. After it splutters add the ginger, green chillies and the onions. Tip in salt and roast till the onions turn translucent. Add the Garam masala and toss for a couple of minutes. Add the mashed potato and mix well. Drop in the cooked peas and heat thoroughly. Add the chopped coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly and keep aside. Butter the slices of bread on one side each. Place the buttered side towards the toaster. Pile a tbsp of the potato and peas stuffing and spread it evenly over the slice. Cover it with another slice of bread, with the unbuttered side facing the stuffing. Clamp the toaster shut and roast over a medium flame till golden brown and crisp. Serve with chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Bruschetta Al Pomodoro Recipe

The very name of Bruschetta gets the taste buds tingling and when it is Al Pomodoro it can only leave one asking for more. The one thing that I love about making this is that it can be made without a grill or an oven. So go ahead and enjoy making it on a skillet. Here I have added green peppers and sweet corn too to make it more interesting.

Ingredients :

  • 1 loaf of French Bread or multi grain bread
  • Amul Butter
  • Tomatoes
  • Capsicum
  • Onions
  • Sweet corn
  • Cheese
  • Pepper
  • Mixed Herbs
  • Garlic cloves
  • Green chillies
  • Salt
  • Tomato ketchup or Peri peri sauce

Method:

Chop the onions, tomatoes and Capsicum fine. Grate the garlic. Mince the chillies. Butter the slices of bread on both the sides. Grate the cheese. Heat a tsp of butter. Drop in the garlic and green chillies and saute for a minute. Add the onions and a pinch of salt. Saute for a minute and then add the boiled sweet corn. Add the tomatoes and Capsicum, the pepper powder and the mixed herbs. Saute, switch off and keep aside. Heat a skillet. Arrange the buttered slices and toast on one side till crisp. Remove and apply the ketchup or sauce on the roasted side. Pile some of the sautéed mixture on it. Top it with grated cheese and place it back on the skillet. Roast it on an extremely gentle flame till the side is roasted and the cheese has melted. Serve Bruschetta with added ketchup or with a soup.

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Coriander leaves fritters/Kothimbir Vadi Recipe

The highly fragrant Kothimbir Vadi is a Maharashtrian delicacy. A batter of Gram flour is flavoured with coriander leaves and spices, steamed, cut and then either deep fried or shallow fried as per preference. It can be enjoyed either with a green chutney or with tomato ketchup. My personal preference is Peri peri ketchup or a Tandoori flavoured one which has a distinct smoky flavour to it.

Ingredients :

  • 200 gms Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • 50 gms rice flour
  • 1 cup coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies
  • 5 flakes garlic
  • 1 inch piece ginger
  • 1/4 tsp chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp sesame
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 tsp Soda bi carb
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Heat a pan. Drop in the sesame and dry roast it till it splutters. Keep aside. Mix the Besan and rice flour with a little water at a time to make a batter of pouring consistency. It should be as thick as Pakora batter. Grind the garlic, ginger and green chillies and add them to the batter. Drop in the finely chopped coriander leaves, roasted sesame, lemon juice, chilly powder, turmeric powder, salt, Garam masala and the oil. Mix thoroughly. Keep aside.

Grease a plate or vessel with oil. Place it in a pan in which the water is kept boiling. Add the soda bicarbonate to the batter. Whisk well and pour it into the plate. Lower the heat and cover and cook for 15 minutes. Insert a knife to check if it is done. The knife should come out clean. Switch off the gas, remove the plate and place it aside to cool thoroughly. Cut into desired shape. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the Kothimbir Vadi four to five at a time till golden and crisp. Enjoy with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

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Mix Veggies and fruits Salad Recipe

A healthy salad that one can make a meal of!!! The fruits in it add to the sweetness and tang. One can even sprinkle it over Puffed rice and enjoy it as a Bhel.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms Moong/ Green Gram sprouts
  • 1 small carrot
  • 100 gms Sweet corn
  • A big fistful of pomegranate seeds
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 10 grapes
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 green chilly
  • Salt
  • A pinch of sugar

Method :

Boil the sprouted Moong in salted water till three fourth done. Drain. Allow to cool thoroughly. Boil the sweet corn and cool it too. Grate the Carrot. Halve the grapes. Chop the coriander leaves fine. Mix the Moong sprouts, boiled corn, pomegranate seeds, grapes and grated carrot together. Mince the green chilly and crush it with salt. Drop it into the salad. Drizzle with lemon juice and a pinch of sugar. Serve chilled.

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