Vada Pav

My hubby spent his earlier job days at Mumbai still somewhere inside his heart,he is a Mumbaikar  and really like Mumbai street food
one day he asked me ,do you know how to make Vada Pav ??

i had never visited Mumbai but ate this dish at a friend house here at the USA.

it is a vegetarian fast food/street food dish native to the state of Maharashtra. The dish consists of a deep-fried potato dumpling (vada) placed inside a bun (pav) sliced almost in half through the middle then apply a little or as much one prefer Spicy green chutney and dry garlic chutney on the inner sides of the pav and stuff with a hot vada and serve with fried green chillies.

Here I am sharing my version of Vada Pav which I prepared today the first time and he really loved it.

For today’s Vada Pav recipe, I have made everything from the scratch dry and wet chutneys and vada.Except Pav its store bought.

Ingredients

Pav or bun

For vada (potato dumplings )

Boiled potatoes 2-4

Mustard seeds 1 tsp

Turmeric 1 tsp

Curry leaves 10-12

Salt to taste

Garlic /ginger /green chilli crushed  2 tsp

Oil 1 tbsp

Batter to fry dumplings

Gram flour (Besan ) 1 cup

Red chilli 1 tsp

Turmeric 1/4 tsp

water

Salt to taste

oil for deep frying

green chilli 2-3 ( optional)

method to prepare Vada
Take oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves Then crushed garlic ,ginger & chilli  and saute well.Now add turmeric powder, a tsp of salt, and boiled potatoes Mix them well.keep aside to cool down and make a ball of round shape or any shape you prefer.

mix all ingredients for batter and make a smooth paste.Add enough water to make a thick batter. Whisk well until you get a lump-free batter.Once the batter is ready, keep it aside for 15-20 minutes.

heat oil in a pan to fry potatoes Dumplings .

Dip the potatoes balls completely in to the besan mix and deep fry in the pan over medium heat & fry till golden brown.

Drain on an absorbent paper and keep aside. (You can make rest of Dumplings  using rest of the batter).

How to Fry Green chillies

In the same pan add green chilies and fry them.
note :- Be careful, as green chilies tend to splutter.so slit green chilli and deep fry .

For green chutney 

1 bunch cilantro /coriander leaves

1 garlic cloves 

1 green chilli 

Salt as per taste 

Lime juice 1tsp or as per taste 

mustard oil 1 tsp

method
In a grinder jar add all ingredients & Grind smooth with little bit water .Empty you jar &  pour your mixture in a container or a bowl. add oil ,i prefer Mustard oil or you can Skip it.

Dry garlic chutney

8-10 cloves 

1/4 cup desiccated coconut or fresh 

2 tsp sesame seeds 

Salt to taste 

Kashmiri red chilli powder or Red chilli 1 tbsp 

Oil 1 tsp

method
Heat pan add oil on med-low heat then add garlic and saute for 30-40 sec or till it starts browning .Same pan saute desiccated coconut on low heat (30-40 sec) & remove it .Same way sesame seeds .Let all ingredients cool down.

In a blender jar add all ingredients & add chilli powder & salt.

Press pulse button (otherwise ingredients will release oil ) once or twice & don’t make it fine leave it coarse .Chutney is ready .

Note :- i don’t have fresh coconut so i used desiccated one.My family Doesn’t like too much Spicy so i have used kashmiri red chilli powder.

How to assemble Vada Pav

Take buns or pao and put green chutney,  and dry garlic chutney inner side of both bun and keep fried potato dumplings  between them.

Serve with the garnishing of fried green chillies and sprinkle more dry garlic chuney ontop. Serve immediately.

Note :- You can adjust the amount of all chutneys as per preference.

 

 

Homemade Brownie Sundae

Homemade Brownie Sundaes are a classic dessert that never gets old. Thick fudgy brownies topped with hefty scoops of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce.

My Family craving for this delicious dessert for a long time .so finally baked this one and serve with  vanilla ice-cream which is Store bought.

any chocolate lover will love this delicious dessert.check my other chocolate recipe and ice cream

Eggless Chocolate Sponge Cake

Chocolate Cake with Ganache 

Cupcakes with Ganache

Chocolate Avocado Brownies

Vanilla Chocochips Ice cream

Here sharing my version of Brownies recipe

Ingredients

2 eggs

½ cup sugar

1 tsp Vanilla  extract

⅔ cup Self Raising flour

¼ cup cocoa powder

2 tbsp chocolate chips

Method

Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
beat eggs, sugar and vanilla extract.Blend until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary.

In a large bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and Combine the wet and dry mixtures and fold until a batter forms.

Pour half batter into a greased  13* 9’ inch baking pan and sprinkle chocolate chips and pour another half on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool and cut in the desired shape.

Tips:- check after 20 mins using a toothpick, as every oven is different.

Adjust sugar as per your own taste buds.

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How do you make a brownie sundae,Here is a step by Step .

Let them cool, and cut them into squares.

Pick your sundae dish whatever you like,For brownie sundaes we like a wider dish so we can eat brownie into the bottom.

Put a little dollop of hot fudge in the bottom of the dish. Place the brownie on top. Add a  scoop of vanilla ice cream. Cover the ice cream with hot fudge.

I used plain old Smucker’s Hot Fudge here.

Tips :- you can Top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and chopped nuts (optional).

Pineapple cake with whipped cream Frosting

Whipped cream smothered between soft layers of sponge cake, soaked in pineapple syrup and topped with slices of pineapples and Maraschino cherries.

do check my Tres Leches Cake And check my other Cakes

First time on my hubby birthday I prepared cake and frost it .it’s like a birthday gift from my side. he always gives gifts on every occasion. I prepared some sweets or food he likes but this time I just want to Surprise him.and he was astonished.i will add pic at the end 🥰

Ingredients

1 package yellow Cake mix

1 tin Canned pineapple chunks

Maraschino cherries 10-12 (optional)

Toppings

Whipped Cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease two 9-in. baking pan. In a large bowl, combine cake mix and read instruction behind the box and Follow it. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centre comes out clean.Cool in pan on a wire rack 20 minutes.

When it cool, cut your cake in two equal half,spread the pineapple syrup on one, layer with whipped cream and the chopped pineapple. Cover with the other cake layer, sprinkle syrup and cover with cream all over.using star nozzle you can Decorate and with pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries chill And Serve Your Cake and Enjoy.

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Zafrani Murgh Korma

Its a creamy chicken curry with a delectable nutty taste. The addition of saffron gives this dish a lovely colour and aroma.

Korma is a popular technique of braising meat with yogurt, cream, and mixture of spices, combined with yogurt kept below curdling temperature and carefully added with meat juices.

It is cooked slowly on a low flame for a longer period to attain various flavours of the spices.

It  is primarily prepared with cashew nuts,  onion paste , ghee and yogurt and saffron.

do check my  other korma recipe Safed Murg Korma

3 tbsp clarified Butter (Ghee)

3 tbsp Vegetable oil

2 Onion

1 kg Chicken Curry cut

5-6 green cardamom

1” Cinnamon stick

4-5 cloves

Red Chilli powder 1 -2 tsp

10-15 Saffron strands  (Soaked)

1/4 cup Fresh cream 

1 tsp screw pine Essence (optional )

for Korma Paste

1/4 Cashew Nut (Soaked ) 

1 inch Ginger 

5-6 cloves Garlic

1 /4 cup Yogurt + 2tbsp 

Salt to taste

1tsp Caraway Seeds (shahi jeera) 

water or milk (as required consistency)

Method

Marinate Chicken with 2 tbsp of yogurt ,Red chilli powder and salt .
Heat ghee and vegetable oil in a pan.Add onion and Fry till it becomes golden in color .Remove and keep aside .

Add chicken and fry on high heat for 3-4 minutes or till it half done.

Make a Smooth paste of cashew nuts, fried onion ginger , garlic and caraway seeds with yogurt with water (initially don’t add water add later while grinding) .

add dry spices in chicken (green cardamom ,Cloves , Cinnamon stick  & Bay leaf )

add paste it in the pan.Fry for 3-4 minutes.

Add water and cover the pan and cook the chicken until it’s done.

Add soaked saffron ,fresh cream and cook for 2 minute .turn off heat .
at last add Screw pine essence for aroma.

Serve with Naan/Roti /paratha.

Tips :Adjust quantity of salt as we added during marination.

Instead of  cashewnut one can use Almond (Soaked & peeled)

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Orange Pound cake

Pound cakes are one of the easiest things to bake. It’s one of those cakes you can just whip together and impress people with. You don’t even need a recipe to make one because the recipe lies within the name.

it calls for a pound of flour, a pound of butter a pound of sugar and a pound of eggs. That’s it.If that sounds like a lot of cake, you can cut the ingredients in half — so long as the ratio remains the same, that’s all that matters.

ingredients 

All Purpose  flour 1 1/4 cups 

Softened Butter or olive oil – 1 1/4 cups

Castor sugar 1 1/4 cups

Eggs 4

Baking powder 1 tsp

Orange juice 1/4 cup

Orange zest 1 tbsp

Orange extract 1 tsp (optional )

Method

Preheat oven to 350 f/ 180°C. Grease a loaf tin/bundt pan with some butter and dust with some flour.

Take butter in a mixing bowl and whisk with an electric beater till light. Add castor sugar gradually and whisk till fluffy.

Break in eggs, one at a time, and whisk. Add orange zest and orange extract / essence and whisk again.

Sift in the flour  stir and combine it into the batter.Add fresh squeezed Juice and incorporate.

Pour the batter into loaf tin or bundt pan and bake for 40 to 60 minutes or till toothpick or a knife inserted comes out clean. If you notice it is browning too much on the top, cover with foil.

Slice and Serve .

tips :- if using self raising flour then skip adding baking powder.

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How to Steam idli using instantpot

In my last post ,i share how to ferment idli batter using instant pot  HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?

 It is a savory rice cake, made by steaming a batter consisting of lentils and rice.  This recipe makes steamed Idli in the Instant Pot.

I have a non stock idli mold ,if you have a Stainless steel or Aluminum mold then first grease your mold with ghee or oil.  Then add small amount of batter in each mold.While you are doing this, add water to the instant pot and let it boil in Saute mode.Or you can add boiling water in inner pot and do rest same way.

Ingredients

Idli Batter

1 .5 or 2 cup Water

Oil /ghee for Greasing

Method

Add water to the instant pot and heat it in saute mode until it boils.

While the water is heating, grease the idli molds with oil or ghee. Add small amount of batter in each mold.

Place the idli stand in the instant pot and cover the lid and cook it in steam mode High in venting position.

The thing to note is that the time on the instant pot does not work in the venting position, so you have to use a separate timer.  

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In 12 minutes, the idli will be ready.
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You can make multiple batches of idli with the same batter.
Idli’s can be served with sambar  Sambar And Green Coconut chutney  Green Coconut Chutney  and peanut chutney  Peanut Chutney

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HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?

 

Fermenting batter is difficult in colder places like the US, especially during the winter months. But guess what Using InstantPot it come to the rescue.

I used to have a hard time getting the batter right. Sometimes it would not ferment and rise enough, and at other times it would be perfect, keeping me wondering what went wrong. But eventually now I can make perfect batter every time.

Today I am sharing one more method of fermenting Idli batter using the Instant pot. Yes, you read that right…you can ferment batter in instant pot. Mix the rice and urad dal batter very well. Add salt and mix thoroughly using a wooden spatula. Place the batter in the inner pot and place the Instant pot in the “yogurt” setting on Normal for 8 hours.
Ensure that the vent is left open for the Yogurt mode.

 

Using the Instant Pot YOGURT mode is a great idea. With an insulated case, the temperature is maintained for the time we need, giving great results irrespective of outside temperature.

NOTE: i removed instant pot sealing and use Instant pot lid or you can Use normal lid to cover that lets a little air through.if its doesn’t ferment then put on low settings for 1-2 hrs more.

In the 8 hours, the batter would have become lighter and doubled in volume as it ferments and you can tell that from the smell too. Now you are all set to cook the batter for some soft and Spongy Soft Idli

try this with this Accompaniment and check it 

Sambar Green Coconut Chutney Peanut Chutney

 

Eggless Chocolate Mousse

Decadent Chocolate Mousse made with only three ingredients.

It has nice light, airy and smooth texture. It is very chocolaty and perfect for chocolate lovers. My daughter favourite dessert is Anything made with chocolate.so this valentines day i prepare this Special Dessert for her.

Recipe

Ingredients

Semi Sweet or Dak Chocolate grated 3/4 cups

Whipping Cream 1 .5 cup

Powdered sugar 2 teaspoons

Cocoa powder 1/4 tsp (optional )

Method

Melt the chocolate in microwave oven on HIGH for one minute or one can melt it on a double boiler.

Whip the fresh cream along with sugar till stiff.
Remove 1/4 cup for topping and rest Fold the melted chocolate into the whipped cream.

Transfer the mixture into a glass serving bowl or into individual glasses and set in the refrigerator.

Garnish with cold whipped cream and sprinkle cocoa powder and serve chilled.

Tips:- pipe whipped cream using star nozzle or you can just put a dollop or serve without whipped cream.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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