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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Recipe - Rajisthani Gatte ke Sabzi



Rajasthani Gatte ke Sabzi
(Gram flour dumplings curry)



Rajasthani cuisine is known for its royalty, it is one of the most authentic ones. Talk of it and Rajasthani thali is not complete without Gatta curry. Known for its signature preparation and finger licking taste it is part of any occasional food including Dal Bati.


Gatte is basically gram flour dumplings in tomato and curd based gravy. They are delicious in both forms as starters or as curry or sabzi. Some other variations for gatte are “Govind gatte”, “Shahi gatte” or gatte made in only curd based curry. In rajisthan “Gatte pulao” is also very famous. I will upload recipe for these soon, today it is yummy gatte ki sabzi. Here is recipe for this spicy and delicious dish for your indulgence.

Ingredients

To Make Gatte

  • 1 cup Gram flour (Besan)
  • 2 tbsp. Oil
  • 2 tbsp. Curd/Yoghurt
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. Red chili powder
  • ½ tsp. Fennel (saunf) seeds
  • ½ tsp. Cumin seeds
  • Salt as per taste

For the Gravy

  • 1 medium Onion chopped
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 inch Ginger piece
  • 2-3 Garlic cloves
  • 1 medium green chili
  • 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. Fennel seeds
  • ½ tsp. Mustard seeds
  • Pinch of Asafetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Powder
  • ½ tbsp. Coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. Red chili powder
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric powder
  • Fresh coriander leaves to garnish
  • Salt as per taste
  • Oil as needed


Method

  • Take a bowl and add gram flour (besan) then add oil and curd to it

  • Now add cumin seeds, fennel seeds, salt, red chili powder and turmeric powder to it
  • Mix everything well then make a soft dough like chapati by adding 1 table spoon of water at a time
  • Take little oil on palms and apply to the dough to keep from sticking to hands and keep aside for 15-20 minutes
  • Take the dough and divide into 3 equal portions, take one and roll out in cylindrical shape rolls of around ½ inch thick then cut into pieces of around 5-6 inches long
  • Boil 4-5 cups of water in a thick bottom pan and add these pieces and let cook until they start to float then take them out carefully they might break
  • Let the water dry a little and then cut into small pieces
  • Heat 2 tbsp. of oil in a pan and shallow fry these pieces until golden brown and little crispy, you can also eat them like that as appetizers they are very tasty like that too
  • To make gravy heat 2 tbsp. of oil to a pan add mustard seeds, asafetida, cumin seeds and fennel seeds, let splutter
  • Add chopped onion, let them cook meanwhile take tomato, green chili, ginger and garlic in a grinder and grind them together
  • When onions are nice golden brown add the grinded mix to it and let cook for a few minutes
  • Add red chili, turmeric, cumin, coriander powder and salt and mix well let cook until oil starts to separate from sides
  • Then add curd to the gravy, be careful to add only enough curd / tomato not to make gravy base sour. (Taste curd tomato for sourness)
  • Adjust the consistency by adding water when gravy starts to boil add the fried gatte pieces into it let cook for a few minutes
  • Add garam masala and fresh coriander leaves
Gatta curry is ready to be enjoyed, serve with roti, poori or rice!

Note:
  • Use of onion and ginger garlic is optional, you can also make gatta curry without using these
  • Instead of boiling you can also steam the gatte, and shallow frying in oil is also completely optional
  • While making the dough be careful at the time of adding water, dough can get sticky and too soft and hence difficult to work with
  • You can also add baking soda to the flour to make gatte soft. Use of baking soda is completely optional depending on quantity of preparation. I prefer to boil them properly and then shallow fry to make soft and they turn great without adding baking soda.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Recipe - Homemade Sesame Sticks (Tea time snack)

Sesame Sticks





Sesame sticks are crunchy​, ​tasty snack and a great treat for parties. Sesame seeds has a rich, nutty flavor which makes ​it so tasty. These are just perfect for tea-time with family or as appetizers for guests coming over for dinner.

Make your own crunchy sesame sticks with this quick and easy recipe, hope you will like it!




Ingredients


1 cup All-purpose flour

½ cup Wheat flour
4 tbsp. Oil
¼ cup (1.25oz/35gm) Sesame seeds
1 tsp. Cumin seeds
½ tsp. Turmeric powder
1 tsp. Red chili powder
Salt as per taste
Oil for deep frying


Method


  • Dry roast the sesame seeds on medium flame in a non-stick pan


  • Take a deep bowl add all-purpose flour and wheat flour to it

  • Add turmeric and red chili powder, add salt, oil and roasted sesame seeds mix well


  • Now add cumin seeds, mix well with hands

  • Add little water at a time and knead dough, it should not be very soft or too stiff

  • Apply a little oil and keep aside the dough for 15-20 minutes


  • Now again knead dough a little and divide into 3 equal round balls

  • Take one and start to roll out into thin chapatti or tortilla like shape using a rolling pin

  • Using a sharp knife,cut thin strips out of the rolled dough


  • Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the strips until golden brown, allow to cool down


  • Do the same with other two dough balls as well
  • Sesame sticks are ready to be enjoyed, sprinkle some chat masala at the time of eating and enjoy with hot cup of tea!





Note:
  • Store in an ​air tight container.
  • Turmeric and red chili powder gives ​sticks taste as well as color too, adjust chili as per your taste. 
  • I have used white sesame seeds but you can use yellow or brown seeds too.



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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Recipe - Chocolate Covered/Dipped Strawberries

Chocolate Covered/Dipped Strawberries



Who does not like chocolates? And if it is a chocolate dipped strawberry – it’s hard to resist! Everybody loves chocolate dipped strawberries and are not that tough to prepare at home. Just a few points to keep in mind to make this amazing dessert.

Once you make them at home you would want to make them again and again. If it’s a party or even a small get together at your home; you can win hearts and smiles by preparing this delicious dessert.

Surprise your partner at Valentine’s Day or to celebrate a special day at your home.




Ingredients


  • 8-10 Strawberries
  • Microwave safe glass bowl
  • Chopped Roasted Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pecans)
  • 2 Oz (56gm) Semi-Sweet Chocolate
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Tooth Picks
  • Paper Liners
  • Chopping Tray
  • A Serrated Knife
  • Parchment Paper

Method


  • Wash the strawberries and allow them to dry completely
  • Now take the chocolate and chop coarsely using a serrated knife and chopping tray
  • Take 75 percent of the chocolate and transfer to the microwave safe bowl, now microwave at 50% power taking 30 seconds intervals and keep stirring the chocolate until it is melted, be careful not to burn the chocolate
  • Mix the rest of the chocolate to the melted chocolate and stir until melted entirely
  • Insert a toothpick into the stem part of the strawberry and dip into the melted chocolate, allow excess chocolate to drip off

  • Roll into the chopped nuts, sprinkles or any other topping and place on to the parchment paper over a plate or tray and let the chocolate set
  • Transfer these to refrigerator for 15-30 minutes until chocolate is firm
  • Discard the tooth picks and place the strawberries into paper liners, serve at room temperature!
 
Chocolate dipped strawberries are ready to be enjoyed, there are many more other techniques and designs to decorate the strawberries that I will share in my future posts.




Note:

  • Wash and dry fresh strawberries few hours ago, make sure there is no water on the strawberries.
  • Do not remove the leaves from the strawberries.
  • I have used chocolate bar but you can also use chocolate chips or candy melts
  • White chocolate, dark chocolate or any other chocolate can be used according to your taste.
  • A double boiler can also be used to melt chocolate
  • You can also use Styrofoam board to stick the toothpick of dipped strawberries.
  • Strawberries can be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 days, but best served on the day of preparation.



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