INGREDIENTS: 1 Small Cauliflower Water Salt to taste 3 Tbsp Oil 1 Large Onion 2 Large Tomatoes 3 Dry Kashmiri/Bedgi Red Chillis 4-5 Large Garlic Cloves 1 Inch Ginger 10 Cashew Nuts 1 Tbsp Poppy Seeds (Khas Khas) 1/4 Cup Hot Water 1 Tsp Ghee 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds 1Tsp Turmeric Powder 1 Tsp Coriander Powder 1 Tsp Cumin Powder 1 Tsp Kitchen King/Garam Masala 1/2 Cup Green Peas (Optional) 1/2 Cup Water Salt to Taste 1 Tsp Kasoori Methi 1 Tsp Fresh Cream (Optional) 1/4 Cup Coriander Leaves
In a bowl, add the Cashew Nuts and Poppy Seeds with Hot water and keep aside for 30 minutes. Later grind this into a smooth paste and keep aside.
Separate the Cauliflower florets and wash them well. Soak them in water for a few minutes.
In the meantime, boil water in a deep vessel and add salt.
To this add the washed Cauliflower florets and blanch them for 5 minutes.
Drain the water and transfer them to a plate.
Heat oil in a pan and add the blanched Cauliflower florets and sauté for 5-7 minutes until you see brown spots appearing on the surface.
Take them out on a plate.
In the leftover oil, add items coloured in Red in the ingredients section and sauté them until they all cook well.
Once the mixture cools down, transfer this to a mixer and grind into a smooth paste.
Now in the same pan, add 1 Tsp Ghee.
Splutter Cumin Seeds.
Now add the paste you just ground and cook until you see oil separating from the masala.
Now add the spice powders mentioned in the ingredients list marked in Green. Mix well and cook for 2 minutes.
Now add the Cashew Khas Khas paste to this and mix well.
Add salt and water.
You can add frozen Green Peas if you want to. You can also use the fresh ones but boil them before adding to the masala. Green peas are optional.
Also add the bleached and sautéed cauliflower florets.
Cover and cook on low-medium flame for 5-7 minutes.
Now add Garam Masala Powder
Add Kasoori Methi after crushing them between your palms.
I had an unopened packet of Makai/Maize/Yellow Corn Flour/Aata/Meal. I found this recipe online and decided to try for breakfast. Maize Flour is gluten free too! Such a guilt-free treat this was, I ended up eating too many! The end result felt more like Baati than Dhokla. But I loved it nevertheless. I paired this with a spicy green chutney, mix lentil dal, a dollop of ghee and a dash of lemon juice!
INGREDIENTS: 500 grams Makai Aata (Yellow Maize Flour) 2 Tsp Mustard Seeds 2 Tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera) 2 Tsp Fennel Seeds (Saunf) 2 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder 2 Tsp Turmeric Powder 2 Tsp Coriander Powder 1 Tsp Baking Soda 2 Green Chillis, Finely Chopped 1 Inch Grated Ginger (Optional) 1/2 Cup Finely Chopped Coriander Leaves (Optional) Salt to taste 1 Cup Green Peas, Crushed Water
To this add all the items mentioned in the ingredients list, except water. I didn’t add Coriander leaves and ginger. So you can skip ingredients you don’t have.
Now add water little at a time, while kneading the dough. So 500 grams measured around 4 cups with my teacup. And I used around 3.5 cups of water.
The consistency of the dough should be soft and malleable just like Roti dough.
Divide the dough into equal balls. You can size them, the way you prefer. I made big enough to fit my one rack of Idli stand. The rest I cooked in boiling water. I’ll explain both ways.
So once you have the portions ready, flatten each dough ball like a super thick disc and make a hole in the center with your finger. Just like Medu Vada but just half way. You can check pictures below to help better understand.
Now I tried making this using the steamer method as well as the boiling method.
For the Steamer Method, add water in your steamer. I used my Idli cooker. I placed one empty stand first and then on the stand above it, I placed my 4 big dough balls after greasing the moulds. Close the steamer lid and a on high flame, steam for 15 minutes. Take them out and let them cool.
For the Boiling Method, add water in a deep wide pan. Depending on the width of your pan, add the dough balls carefully. Let them boil and cook on a high flame for 5-6 minutes. When they start floating on top, you’ll know they are cooked and you can switch off the flame. Transfer them onto a plate and let them cool and dry for sometime.
Both methods gave the same result. I preferred the boiling method since it takes lesser amount of time and I can fit in more without the hassle of using a lot of utensils.
Now in a wide pan, heat oil and splutter the ingredients mentioned in the Tempering section.
Add the steamed/boiled dough balls and sauté them on a low flame, flipping multiple times to evenly roast both sides.
Transfer them to a plate and serve with Chutney and Dal.
Want to include vegetables in your meal but tired of eating the same thing over and over again? Well mix in a little noodle or rice and you will look forward for meal time to enjoy this delicious bowl of goodness!
INGREDIENTS: 1 Tsp Oil 2 Tsp Sesame Seeds 4-5 Broccoli Florets 3 Button Mushrooms 2-3 Baby Corn 1 Inch Zucchini 1 Orange Carrot 1/2 Packet Top Ramen or 1 Cup Cooked Rice 1 Tsp Chings Schezwan Chutney 1 Tsp Dark Soy 1 Pinch Sugar Salt to taste 1/2 Cup Water
Heat oil in a pan. I used Olive oil.
Splutter Sesame Seeds.
Add the vegetables that take longer to cook first.
So I added the chopped Carrots first, then the Baby Corn followed by Zucchini, Mushrooms and lastly Broccoli. You can also add chopped Tomatoes, Bell Peppers or even finely chopped Cabbage. I don’t like my veggies soft and prefer al dente, so I don’t cook for a long time.
If you are making this with leftover rice or cooked rice, add this to the veggies. Add Soy Sauce & Schezwan Sauce. Add Sugar and Salt to balance the taste. You don’t need to add water to this. Just mix well. I had an extra masala packet of Yippi Noodles. So I used this as well. You can add Pepper Powder or any other Spice. Mix this well and enjoy!
If you are making this with noodles, you can use Top Ramen Curry or Fiery Chilli Noodles.
I used half of the noodles and masala since I was making just one bowl for myself. I also wanted to incorporate more veggies in my diet and very little noodles just for the taste bit. The other half of noodles and masala I used the next day.
So, add the masala from the packet to the veggies. Mix well.
Break and add the noodles to this and mix again.
Now add water depending on how soupy you want your noodles. Your veggies may cook further so don’t overcook in the previous step. Cover and cook until the noodles soften.
Add Schezwan Sauce, Soy Sauce and Salt depending on how much water you’ve added.
If you don’t have any masala, add Soy Sauce, Schezwan Sauce, Pepper Powder and Ginger Garlic Paste instead and create a nice soupy broth for your noodles.
There’s nothing else left to do, except enjoy your veggie bowl!
INGREDIENTS: 4 Cups Cooked Rice 3 Cups Yogurt 1/4 Cup Water 1 Tbsp Ghee 1 Tsp Mustard Seeds 1 Dry Red Chilli / Fresh Green Chilli 1 String Curry Leaves 1 Tsp Asafoetida Powder (Hing) 1 Tsp Urad Dal 1 Tsp Chana Dal 1 Tsp Grated Ginger Fresh Pomegranate Seeds (Optional) Salt to taste
First cook rice. You can check the pressure cooker method for Basmati Rice here!
If you are eating the Curd Rice immediately, add the Yogurt and water as per the consistency you prefer. If you are planning to eat this later, you can prepare the tempered rice first, and add the Yogurt mix later. So let’s prepare the tempering first.
In a heavy bottom pan or tempering bowl, heat Ghee.
Splutter Mustard Seeds.
Lower the flame and add the Urad Dal & Chana Dal and sauté till it changes colour. Don’t burn.
Break the Red Chilli or Slit the Green Chilli and add to this. Switch off flame if the temperature is too high.
Add chopped Curry leaves, Grated Ginger and Asafoetida Powder.
Add this mixture to the rice along with salt and mix well.
Smoothen Yogurt in a bowl by stirring with a spoon continuously in a clockwise direction.
Whenever you are ready to eat, heat the rice once again and then add the Yogurt. Add water if you prefer a thinner consistency. I don’t prefer heating post adding Yogurt. Add salt if required.
Garnish with some fresh pomegranate seeds and serve hot with Bharwan Karela, Achaar, Fried Chillis, Papadam or any spicy sabji!