Capsicum/ Bell pepper Fritters Recipe

One of the easiest and tastiest of fritters that are a hit during get togethers and buffets, are the Bell pepper Fritters. These fritters are generally made from the green ones which are found in abundance as compared to the yellow, red and orange ones. They may be served with a dip but are best eaten without any accompaniment.

Ingredients :

  • 3 Bell peppers
  • 200 gms Besan/Chickpea flour
  • 100 gms rice flour
  • 2 tsps chilly powder
  • 1/4 tsp ajwain/Carom seeds
  • Salt
  • Coriander leaves
  • A large pinch of Hing/asafoetida
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Wash and cut the Bell pepper vertically into half. Core it. Remove the seeds. Cut it lengthwise into 1 inch long slices. Chop the coriander leaves fine. Mix the rice flour, Besan, chilly powder, salt, ajwain, coriander leaves and hing. Add a little water at a time and make it into a thick but runny batter. Tip a few pieces into the batter. Heat the oil. Check that the pieces have been coated well by the batter. Drop them into the hot oil. Fry to a crispy golden brown. Serve with dip or chutney of your choice.

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Cabbage Pakora Recipe

Cabbage Pakora or Cabbage Ambado as the Konkani community calls it, is a tea time snack or even prepared as a side dish for lunch. I have innovated by grating a small potato and adding it to the usual Pakora batter. It adds to the texture and can be fried or even shallow fried. Here I have deep fried it as that is where the real taste lies!!!

Ingredients :

  • 3 onions finely chopped
  • Cabbage the same quantity as that of the chopped onion
  • A small potato, deskinned and chopped fine
  • 1 green chillies minced
  • 2 inch piece ginger grated
  • A few sprigs of coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Besan/ Chickpea flour
  • Rice
  • Salt
  • Chilly powder as per spice level
  • Oil for frying

Method :

Mix the chopped cabbage, onions, grated potato, finely chopped green chillies, coriander leaves and ginger. Add salt and chilly powder and keep aside for ten minutes. It will release water. Mix the Besan and rice flour in the proportion of 2:1. Sprinkle the mixture onto the chopped vegetables and mix well till you get a semi solid dough like consistency which can be shaped into balls. Pat the balls into shape, press and keep them aside. Heat oil. Gently lower the balls 3-4 at a time in the oil and deep fry to a crispy golden brown.

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Tomato Saar Recipe

Tomato Saar is an aromatic preparation which can be served as an appetizer or as a mixer for rice. The basic ingredient that is used here as the name indicates is Tomato. What makes it different is that it can be seasoned in a variety of ways. Each seasoning lends its own unique taste to the Saar. Here I have seasoned it with garlic. You may also try seasoning it with finely chopped onion or a simple one of asafoetida, mustard and curry leaves.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sized tomatoes
  • 1 litre water
  • 1 tsp tamarind paste
  • 3 tsps sugar
  • 2 tsps Sambhar powder
  • Salt
  • 20 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsps ghee/ clarified butter
  • Coriander leaves

Method :

Chop the tomatoes fine. Drop them into the boiling water along with the tamarind paste, salt, sugar and sambhar powder. Cook till soft. Heat ghee and add the lightly crushed garlic cloves to it. Roast to a rich golden brown. Tip the seasoning into the boiling Saar. Boil for a couple of minutes to allow the aroma of the garlic to infuse into the Saar. Switch off. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

Note : The recipe to the Sambhar-powder can be found under the catagory of Spice powders of this website. You may also use the store bought one too.

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Whole wheat Bread Sandwich Recipe

A healthy snack from the regular white one, you can use a filling of your choice and also grill it or roast it. I had some Vegetable Makhanwala leftover from the previous night’s dinner so used it up. Most curries taste delicious sandwiched in between toasted bread and if topped with cheese and onion rings, are simply out of this world!!! Recipe of Vegetable Makhanwala can be found under the Category of North Indian recipes of this website.

Ingredients :

  • Brown Bread slices
  • Butter
  • Onion rings
  • Cheese
  • Cucumber slices
  • Tomato ketchup

Method :

Butter the slices on both sides and roast it well on only one side. Spread the curry of your choice on the roasted side, top it with onion rings, grated cheese and Cucumber slices. Place another slice of the roasted bread with the roasted side towards the curry. Roast the sandwich on both sides till crisp and brown. Serve with tomato ketchup.

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Waldorf Salad Recipe

Waldorf Salad traditionally prepared with apples and mayonnaise is now made with a variety of fruits. Mayonnaise could be replaced by thick yoghurt and celery with cilantro. Served with toasted walnuts it is a salad lover’s delight.

Ingredients :

  • 1 apple cored and chopped
  • 3 tbsps mayonnaise or thick yoghurt
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • A few pieces of walnut toasted
  • 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • Celery or cilantro
  • A few kishmish /raisins
  • Lettuce or Cabbage leaves

Method:
Drop the cored and chopped apples in a bowl and tip in the mayonnaise, salt, pepper, lemon juice, chopped cilantro or celery and the raisins. Mix well. Place on a bed of lettuce or cabbage leaves. Garnish with toasted walnuts. Serve chilled.

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Crispy Fried Wanton Recipe

Wantons are a Chinese delight. Steamed, fried or used in a soup, they can be enjoyed without any accompaniment, though a Schezwan sauce or a hot and sweet ketchup add zing to it. Here is a mixed vegetable Wanton which is super crisp and delicious.

For the outer covering:

Ingredients

  • 250 gms Maida/ All purpose flour
  • 2 tbsps oil
  • Salt

Method :

Mix the salt and oil with the maida. Crumble it. Add enough water to bind a semi soft dough. Knead well and rest it for about 15 mnts.

For the stuffing:

  • 1 medium sized carrot
  • Cabbage
  • Purple cabbage
  • French Beans
  • Spring onion greens
  • Spring onions
  • Boiled Sweet Corn
  • The remaining vegetables to be chopped are in the same proportion as the quantity of the chopped carrot.
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pepper powder
  • 10 flakes garlic
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 tbsp Amul butter
  • Oil for frying the Wantons

Method:

Chop all the vegetables fine and keep them aside. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger. Heat the butter in a pan. Drop in the ginger and garlic and roast till they give out an aroma. Drop in the chopped vegetables and salt. Sauté on a high flame for a couple of minutes. Add the soya sauce and pepper powder. Mix well and keep aside.

Preparing the Wantons:

Knead the dough for a couple of minutes and divide it into 12 portions. Take a portion and make a ball. Roll it out into a circle of six inch diameter. Cut it into a four inch square piece. Place the filling in the centre and fold it into a triangle. Seal the edges and bring the two ends of the triangle together. Pinch them together. Finish off similarly with the rest of the dough. Heat the oil. Gently slide in a wanton and deep fry till crisp and golden brown. Serve hot with sauce of your choice.

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Mini Potato Papad

A favourite of young and old alike, these potato papads can be served as a tea time snack or as a side dish with Dal and rice. A variety of these papads can be made by changing the spice or the condiments according to one’s preference. Here I have kept it simple as the children would find the spicy ones a little too hot.

Ingredients

  • 250 gms rice
  • 500 gms potatoes
  • 5 cups (1.250 Litres) of water
  • Salt

Method :
Wash and soak the rice for four hours. Pressure cook the potatoes, deskin and mash them thoroughly. Grind the rice to a very fine paste. Pour it into a pan, add salt and five cups of water. Cook it on a slow flame till it turns transparent and forms into a lump. Remove and keep aside. When it has cooled sufficiently enough to handle, add the mashed potatoes. Mix thoroughly. Make tiny pellets of the dough. Place a pellet on the back of a dish and press it down with a bowl to get a two inch diameter Papad. Finish off with the remaining pellets. Dry them on a plastic sheet in strong sunlight for two to three days. Store in an air tight container.

To serve:
Heat oil. Drop in four of the papads and deep fry them till crisp. Drain on tissue paper and sprinkle with chilly or pepper powder.

Note: A coarse paste of green chilly and hing or of red chilly powder and hing depending upon individual spice level can be added to the rice batter when it is being cooked. You can also keep it simple by adding some cumin seeds and omitting the spice.

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Cucumber Bites Recipe

These cucumber bites are an instant hit at parties and get togethers. I have used a Cheese spread here. You may grate any cheese of your choice.

Ingredients :

  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • Herb and Garlic Cheese spread
  • Coriander leaves
  • Pepper
  • Salt

Method : Deskin the Cucumber and slice them. Top them with the Cheese spread. Sprinkle pepper powder and garnish with small wedges of tomato and a sprig of coriander leaf.

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Boiled Chana Salad Recipe

A highly nutritious and delicious salad, the Boiled Chana Salad is an Indian delight. Each region of India has it’s own version of it. Serve it as an appetizer or as a snack.

Ingredients :

  • 100 gms Chana/ Bengal Gram
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 2 green chillies
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1/4 tsp Everest Chaat Masala
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt

Method :

Wash and, soak the Chana for eight hours. Pressure cook with salt. Allow it to cool thoroughly. Chop the onion, tomato and the green chillies fine. Crush the green chillies with salt. Mix everything together and drizzle with lemon juice. Sprinkle the chaat masala, mix thoroughly and serve garnished with coriander leaves.

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Vegetable Bullets Recipe

Vegetable Bullets can be served as an appetizer or as a snack by itself. Teamed with a tomato ketchup or a green chutney, it is delicious and filling too.

Ingredients :

  • 6 potatoes
  • A small bowl each of the following vegetables :
  • Peas
  • Carrots chopped
  • French Beans chopped
  • 5 slices of bread
  • 2 inch piece of ginger
  • 9 flakes of garlic
  • 7 green chillies
  • 1/2 tsp Garam Masala
  • Coriander leaves
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt
  • Vermicelli
  • Oil for frying

Method:

Deskin the potatoes. Chop them along with the other vegetables. Boil all the vegetables together . Mash them coarsely. Grind the green chillies, ginger and garlic to a coarse paste. Tip it into the mashed vegetables. Dip the slices of bread in water, squeeze them well and drop them into the vegetable mash. Add the lemon juice, salt and finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix thoroughly. Pinch pieces of the dough and shape into bullets. Coat them with vermicelli. Heat oil. Drop the Vegetable Bullets three at a time in the hot oil and fry till they are a golden brown. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or green chutney.

This measurement yields 24 Vegetable Bullets.

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