DONUT STYLE BEETROOT MATHRI

Mathri is one of the most popular desi snacks of north India. I have given a twist to the Mathri By adding the Beetroot. It makes Mathri more attractive and healthy. Enjoy the Mathri Recipe and share your views.

I have never had a beetroot mathri anywhere. But my exploring self, pampered me to do so. And the outcome was these bright pink beauties.
So I added beet juice to the flour, which makes it even more healthier. They not only look gorgeous but taste awesome too. For me, mathris are always darn delicious.
These also make a great snack for picnics. Basically, mathris are the perfect snack anywhere or anytime.

Prep Time 20 Min
Cook Time 20 Min

INGREDIENTS :

2 Cup Maida
1/2 cup Beetroot puree
1/2 cup suji
1tsp ajwain (carom seeds)
Salt, 1tsp sesame seeds
1tsp chili flex
3 tbsp oil
oil for frying

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Cut the beetroot and boil it. Grind the Beetroot and make a paste.
  2. Take a large mixing bowl. Add all-purpose flour, suji, carom seeds, chilliflex, salt and 3 tbsp oil.
  3. Mix everything well while rubbing the oil evenly into the flour with your fingertips.
  4. The whole mixture should resemble breadcrumbs.
  5. Add ¼ cup of beet juice at a time and knead the dough.
  6. Knead into a stiff dough. Add more juice and water if needed.
  7. Cover the mathri dough with the damp cloth and set aside for 10 minutes.
  8. Roll them out, not too thin, and use a cookie cutter or lid to remove a circle from the middle.
  9. please see pictures.1509866333186
  10. Use a knife or fork to make gashes on the circular disc that remains, the purpose is to not let it puff up so it will become crisp.1509866393372
  11. Heat the oil and deep fry the mathri in low flame. Cook for 7 minutes.

 

NOTES:

  • The mathris should never be fried in a very hot oil. they become browned quickly from the outside but do not get cooked from inside.
  • The oil should be kept on a low to medium flame. hence, the mathris take a longer time to fry than other fried Indian snacks or pooris.
  • you could also warm the ghee or oil and add to dough for more flakiness.the mathri dough should be firm and not soft.

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DAHI MOONG PAKODI

Moong dal pakoris fried and dunked in yogurt and topped with yogurt,chatnis and sev makes a delicious chaat or an excellent side dish.It is an easy to make a recipe and an absolute must-have for any occasion/party.

Prep Time:15 min
Cook Time:30 min 

INGREDIENTS :

1 1/2 cups Yellow Moong Dal
2-3 Green Chilies(optional)
1-inch piece of Ginger(optional)
48 oz of Yogurt/Dahi/Curd
3 tsp sugar
salt as needed
Oil for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Wash and soak the dal for minimum 5-6 hours, Rinse, drain and grind to a smooth batter with as little water as possible.PicsArt_10-05-09.08.01.jpg
  2. Heat oil in a wok/pan/kadhai.
  3. Whisk the batter well with hands to incorporate some air into the batter.PicsArt_10-05-09.09.43.jpg
  4. Put small pakoris in hot oil using your hands or a spoon. Be careful as the oil is hot and it requires practice when using your hands.
  5. In a bowl take some water and add salt to it.PicsArt_10-05-09.11.03.jpg
  6. Put the fried pakoris in the salt water immediately and let it soak for some time.
  7. Whisk the yogurt with sugar and salt.PicsArt_10-05-09.12.49.jpg
  8. Squeeze the pakoris gently between your palms and squeeze out all the water and place the pakoris in whipped yogurt.PicsArt_10-05-09.14.06.jpg
  9. Top with chatnis and sevPicsArt_10-05-09.15.42.jpg

NOTES:

  • Please be careful when using your hands to make pakoris as the oil is very hot. There is no salt in the batter, so its important to add salt in the water.
  • The pakoris may look small while frying, but after soaking in water and then in yogurt, they do increase in size.

 

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WHEAT FLOUR CHAKLI

chakli or Chakri are made as a part of the Diwali faraal (Diwali snacks & sweets) in Maharashtra and Gujarat. there are many versions of making chakli. sharing today a  recipe of whole wheat flour chakli.PicsArt_10-09-06.45.52.jpg

This recipe calls for whole wheat flour. It makes the fried snack little dense. so to make it less dense or light in texture, I have steamed the flour in a pressure cooker before making chakli. By this steaming technique, chakli will be crispy, light yet melts in your mouth texture.

wishing happy Diwali to all. have a prosperous, fun-filled and safe Diwali.

Preparation Time: 40 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS :

1 cup Whole Wheat Flour (chapati atta)
1 tablespoon Ginger-Green Chilli Paste
1 tablespoon Sesame Seeds (til)
1 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
3/4 cup (or as needed) Curd or Yogurt
1½ tablespoons Oil + for deep frying
Salt to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Transfer whole wheat flour into a small container with a lid which can easily fit into the pressure cooker and close the lid. Take a 3-liter capacity steel/aluminum pressure cooker. Pour 2 cups water in it and place a metal stand. Place the container filled with flour over the metal stand.
  2. Close the pressure cooker and steam it for about 15 to 18 minutes over medium flame (or 4,5 whistle ).Turn off the flame and let it cool for 5-7 minutes.PicsArt_10-09-06.48.42.jpg
  3. Open the pressure cooker lid and remove the container carefully (use the cotton napkin or oven gloves).Open the lid of a container.
  4. Transfer steamed wheat flour to a large wide-mouthed bowl. Sieve it and discard all small and large lumps.
  5. add ginger-chili paste,seasme seeds, red chili powder, turmeric powder,1/2 cup curd ,oil, and salt.Mix well.PicsArt_10-09-07.09.47.jpg
  6. bind the hard dough.the quantity of curd (as needed) to bind the dough .the quantity of curd required to bind the dough depends on the quality of flour.
  7. Take a chakli/ sev maker machine and chakli mold .greese the inside wall of chakli machine and chakli mold with oil.
  8. place chakli mold in the machine .fill it with the dough and close the lid .the machine is now ready to make chaklis.Grease plate/aluminum foil or use butter paper to make spirals.PicsArt_10-09-07.12.31.jpg
  9. Prepare raw chaklis by moving the machine in spiral motion with one hand while twisting the handle of a machine and another hand.Make as small or as large spirals as you like.
  10. heat oil over medium flame .check whether oil is hot enough or not by dropping a small portion of dough into the hot oil .if it immediately comes to the surface without changing the color oil is ready.
  11. when oil is ready to add 4-5 chaklis and deep fry them until crispy and golden brown.
  12. wheat flour chakli is ready.PicsArt_10-09-06.46.47.jpg

NOTES:

  • Don’t skip steam cooking the wheat flour.this process makes chakli crispy yet melt in the mouth .

 

 

 

 

 

 

MONACO CHEESY BITES

These Monaco Cheesy Bites are basically salty biscuits, loaded with the goodness of veggies and with cheese kids would gobble these up in no time. A best after school snack too.

Cheesy Monaco Bites is a simple, easy and quick to make starter recipe that will surely impress your family and friends. Involve your kids in this fun activity; I am sure they will enjoy it too.

Kids will love this recipe, as they can bite while playing, and no need to find place to sit while eating.

My kids loved it …ये दिल मांगे मोर

Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time:15 mins Serve: 5

INGREDIENTS :

2 tbsp Butter
1 cup, mixed veggies (carrot, peas and corn)
3 tbsp Maida/APF
1/3 cup Milk
1 tsp Dried Oregano powder
2 tbsp Pizza sauce
1/2 tsp Paprika powder
2 tbsp Chopped almonds (roasted)
1/4 cup Grated Cheese
Chilli flakes to taste
Milk to adjust consistency
Mint /coriendee leaves to garnish
25-30 nos Monaco Biscuits
5 nos Cheese Slices quartered

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat up the butter in a pan and the mixed veggies. Cook it until soft around 2-3 mins.PicsArt_10-05-02.38.50.jpg
  2. Add the maida, stirring continuously cook until the floury taste goes around 2 mins.
    Stirring continuously add in the milk.PicsArt_10-05-02.40.36.jpg
  3. You will see that the mixture thickens quickly.
  4. Switch off the gas and add in the oregano, pizza sauce, paprika powder and almonds.
  5. Stir to mix everything.
  6. Add in the grated cheese and mix everything well.PicsArt_10-05-02.42.05.jpg
  7. Top it off with some chilli flakes to suit your family needs and also if you find that it is too thick just add in some milk to adjust the consistency such that it is eay to spoon later.
  8. Let it cool a bit and transfer to a bowl.

TO ASSEMBLE  

  1. Take a monaco biscuit. Place on quartered cheese slice on top.
  2. Spoon some prepared veggie topping on top.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves or farsan.
  4. Serve it with tomato ketchup if need be.PicsArt_10-05-03.06.03.jpg
  5. And thats it for your Monaco Cheesy Bites.

 

NOTES :

  • You can just add any flavours to the veggies. And even can change the veggies to your family’s preference.
  • The topping can be made ahead of time and everything can be put together right before guests arive.
  • Some other veggie combination like Boiled Potato and Paneer with Mint chutney or Onion and Capsicum with some dip and chutney can also be used.
  • Assemble the biscuits just before serving or else it would turn soggy. In fact ask your guests to help themselves so that they can decide what they like.

 

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PANEER POTATO STICKS / KABABS

 

What can be better than Yummy paneer potato sticks/ kababs after hours of fasting. Just substitute the gram flour or corn flour with fasting flours like kuttu atta or singhara atta.

This is the second recipe that I prepared for IBC 24’s show ‘Swad ki rasoi’. They wanted a unique recipe for Navratri vrats, a recipe that would stand out from the others.So, I came up with the idea of paneer potato sticks garnished with sabudanas dangling like beads over it.

A wonderful and tasty dish which is easy to make and perfect for a vrat or upvas.

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INGREDIENTS:

4-5 large sized potatoes (aloo)
125 grams cottage cheese (paneer)
½ teaspoon pepper powder or freshly crushed pepper (Kali Mirch powder)
2 tbsp rajgira aata (Amarnath flour)
salt
1/2 tsp chili flex
oil for frying
1 green chili chopped
coriander chopped
1/2 cup sabudana soaked
sendha namak

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Boil the potatoes with some salt and water in a pressure cooker or microwave oven.
  2. Mash the potatoes. crumble paneer and add it to the mashed aloo. add pepper powder, or crushed pepper, Rajgura aata, sendha namak (fast salt)
  3. mix the mixture really well. there should be no lumps. The mixture should be smooth and pliable.
  4. if the mixture is slightly loose, then add some more rajgira aata . Rajgira aata binds the aloo mixture. so when you fry the tikkis in oil, they do not crumble.
  5. check the taste. add more seasoning of pepper and salt, if required.
  6. now take some portion of the mixture in your hands. shape them into sticks /kababs and then roll on soaked sabudana them.make even sized paneer sticks/kababs of the entire mixture.
  7. on a pan smear oil for frying. place the sticks/ kababs on the pan and on a High flame fry the tikkis till they turn golden brown.
  8. When browned and crisp from both sides, you can remove paneer sticks /kababs from the pan. serve aloo paneer Tikki with Hung curd dip and coriander chutney with almond and walnut.

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NOTES:

  • you can even shallow fry or deep fry. if deep or shallow frying then uses oil and not ghee. if you are using a non-stick tava, then you can use ghee or butter.

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 SPICY RAJMA TOMATO KATORI

Good for your health yet delicious, Something special and a great decorative and lovely looking dish.I created a simple recipe, keeping the fiber and protein content high as compared to the carbs. PicsArt_09-18-08.38.30

Add color and health to your plate with this Spicy Rajma Tomato Katori.
The halved tomatoes are deseeded by scooping out the pulp and stuffed with a spicy mix of Rajma with select seasonings.

I love spices in my salads and food.This dish is my ultimate favorite.
Eye-catching with an excellent taste.
must try.

Recipe source…simply vegetarian

 

INGREDIENTS:

Tomatoes, medium – 4, firm

Rajma / Red Kidney beans – 1 cup, boiled soft

Ginger – 1 tsp, finely chopped

Green chili – 1, chopped fine

Coriander leaves – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Onions – 2 tbsp, chopped fine

Pomegranate pearls – 2 tbsp to garnish

Lemon Juice of 1/2 small lemon

Oil – 1/2 Tsp

Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp

Red chili powder – 1/4 tsp

Turmeric – a pinch

Cumin powder, roasted – 1 Tsp

Green coriander chutney – 2 tbsp

Salt to taste

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preparing the Tomato Shells

  1. Halve the tomatoes horizontally. Put them on the chopping board. Take a knife and cut the side adjoining membranes of the tomato to loosen the pulp.
  2. Take a spoon and gently scoop the pulp out without making any holes on the walls of the tomatoes.
  3. Now take the pointy half of the tomato. Slice the bottom of the tomato, without disturbing its inners, so that it can sit on its bottom without rolling. Refer the picture towards the end.

Preparing the Rajma / Kidney Beans Spicy Chaat

  1. Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in the pan. Add cumin seeds, red chili powder, and turmeric powder.PicsArt_09-18-08.23.16
  2. Once cumin crackles, add rajma and salt to taste. Mash roughly with the back of the spoon.PicsArt_09-18-08.26.28
  3. Cook for 2 minutes and switch off the flame. Add chopped onions, cilantro leaves, ginger and green chili along with lemon juice and Green Coriander chutney. Toss well.PicsArt_09-18-08.32.28

Serving 

  1. When ready to serve, make your tomatoes sit on their bottoms on a serving tray.
  2. Fill them up with 2 tbsp of Rajma filling. Sprinkle with few pomegranate pearls. Serve immediately.PicsArt_09-18-08.36.50

NOTES:

  • Always use very firm tomatoes.
  • Always fill the rajma chaat in the tomato bowls, before serving. If you fill it in advance, it might make the tomato soggy.
  • Reserve the pulp of the tomatoes and use in curry or sauces later. Don’t waste it.
  • If you don’t like the raw tomato taste then you may bake it also in a baking dish for 8-10 minutes till tomatoes are slightly tender, at 180℃.
  • You may use crunchy small bell peppers/capsicums instead of tomatoes.