Vegan Savoury French toast with Aquafaba (AF)

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Loads of AF recipes will be a part of  my blog from now onwards, I am happy with the good result the thing (af)gives, its is awesome and mindboggling.  I am happy to be a part of this AF revolution :).I got to know about AF from FB group VEGAN CHEEZE- Hits and misses!, do check it out.

OK coming back to the post, I know French toast is sweet, but I am a savoury person, when I wanted to make French toast I wanted to make it just savoury French toast or none at all. So I finally did what I wanted and the husband loved it, husband is not vegan he loves dairy but you know when one person is vegan at home the other has no option but to be the part of the experiments sigh, but you know I am trying to make the meringues but even after 5 attempts I am not getting success, six is my lucky number so hopefully will try next time and post my vegan meringues which is a revolution going in vegan community sigh. Ok let’s make the savoury toasts.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time:5 minutes.
Idle Time: nil
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves:  6

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Wheat bread slices – 6

Aquafaba (AF) – 3/4th cup

Chickpea / besan flour – 2 tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Onion – 1 small finely chopped

Green chillies – 3 finely chopped

Spinach – 1 tbsp finely chopped (optional)

Oil – for toasting the bread

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HOW TO MAKE

In a wide bowl add AF, onion, chilly, spinach, salt and mix well. Then add the chickpea flour and mix well .Now heat the pan or tava.

Now take the bread slices, dip the bread slices on both the sides with the AF mixture, when it’s coated well. Toast it on the hot tava both the sides for 1 or 2 minutes each side, adding ½ tsp of oil on each side , once crispy it’s done. It will be light , airy and delicious.

NOTES

Coriander can be used instead of spinach or you can totally omit and add nothing at all.

To get the bread slices crisper it might take a tad bit more time then a normal French toast.

Instead of dipping the bread slice in AF, you can also spread the AF directly on the slice when it’s on tava .

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Sajje roti/ Pearl Millet Roti

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Millets again, nowadays I try to use a lot of millets in our diet. It’s healthy and gluten free too. Common names for pearl millet in India are Bajri in Rajasthan, Gujarati and Marathi, Sajje/kambu in Kannada, Kambu in Tamil, Bajra in Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi , sajjalu in Telugue, Kambam in Malayalam and bajra in Bengali.

Millet’s are healthy I don’t have to explain, but to like millet’s you need to have an acquired taste, you won’t like in the  first try itself, but its better then the Maida, wheat , rice etc. In all the millet’s I like navane/ foxtail millet more than others. This sajje roti is very easy but you need little practice, but then you can try right and practise makes perfect. Ok let me stop here and start making sajje roti.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   Serves 6 TO 8

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 cup water

1 cup sajje flour (see notes)

½ tsp salt

1 tsp sesame seeds (optional)

HOW TO MAKE

In a pan boil the water once the water comes to boil, add the sajje flour and take it of the stove.

Now add the salt and sesame seeds and mix well, make it into smooth dough.

Knead the dough into smooth ball and divide them into 8 medium size balls. KEEP the roti tava for heating.

Now dust the place your going to roll the roti’s , flatten the  sajje dough small balls, and spread it as thinly as possible, after the roti is 3 inches radius circle, spread the roti using the rolling pin, very delicately.

Once the roti’s are done, then cook the roti’s on very hot tava, take a wet cloth (I used my cheese cloth) and dab one side and cook both the sides for 1 minutes each side or until done. Now it’s ready to serve with any side dish.

NOTES

Sajje flour – sajje millet is ground in the nearby small mill shops ( mom gets it done in the nearby mills) or you get in shops easly nowadays

While cooking the roti, always see the upside is where you will be dabbing the wet cloth.

Only once the roti must dab with water only then the texture will be good.

There are many variations; this is a very simple recipe.You can add cumin seeds, chilly , coriander, the options are endless.

Dhanya chai powder and chai-KASHAYA /Coriander tea powder and tea

 

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This chai or kashaya is very tasty and healthy. Amma used to make this for my grannies, as long as I remember when we were school going kids. We as kids hated it, Amma would make it with fresh coriander, milk, jaggery and many more ingredients, but now from few years we started making  this dhanya kashaya with dhanya seeds and without milk it tastes so tasty and yum.

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Dhanya tea/kashaya has many health benefits; we usually have it in the night after dinner. Kashaya is very good for digestion, its cleanse the kidneys, it’s good for your tummy, it reduces cholesterol and it has many more health benefits, as of now these are the ones I remember. Ok now let’s start making it.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Makes :  575 grams

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

To grind and make Dhanya kashaya /tea powder

Dhanya /coriander seeds – 250 grams

Jeera/cumin – 100 gms

Sauf/sompu/fennel seeds – 100gms

Om/ajwain/carom seeds – 50 gms

Cinnamon – 50 gms or more

Eliche/Cardamom – 25gms (cardamom is missing in the pic)

To make the kashaya /tea

Water – 1 cup

Dhanaya tea powder – 2 tsp

Jaggery – 1 tsp (optional)

 

How to make

In a pan dry roast all the ingredients under to grind, one by one. Dry roast all the ingredients for 5 minutes or until you it’s hot, not more than that. I roasted in the oven dhanya for 3 minutes and other for 1 minutes, it depend on the oven your using, soc heck and roast.

Spread it on a paper or a big plate for cooling down, once it’s cooled down grind it into coarse powder, you can store it for at least for a year, but it will be over by then.

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Now in a sauce pan add water, jaggery and dhanya tea powder let it boil for 10 minutes, strain it and the healthy drink is ready to serve.

NOTES

Milk also can be added, since we don’t drink milk I don’t add.

Without jaggery also it can be made, but it will be very bland, sugar also can be added.

Cinnamon can be added more, but I had less so added less.

Dry ginger can be added too, or fresh ginger can be added while making the tea/kashaya.

Cluster beans/Gorikai/Kothavarangai parupu usli

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Gorikai (in Kannada) parupu usli is a typical Brahmin/Iyengar recipe I think so, because I never had this before wedding. Not even until recently. Now days I try to balance the cooking between our types of cooking, husbands side cooking, sometimes fusion of both. My MIL just gave an idea of the recipe, it’s very easy and simple recipe, I have just done small changes, but it does not affect original taste of the recipe.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 10 mins
Serves :  3 to 4

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2 cups chopped Cluster beans (cut inch 1 inch piece)

2 tbsp – Tool dal

2 tbsp – channa dal

10 to 15 – badgi chilies 

4 tbsp – grated coconut

2 tsp – oil

1 pinch – Hing/asafoetida

1 tsp – mustard seeds

1 tsp – turmeric

1 tsp- salt

1 spring – curry leaves

HOW TO MAKE

In a bowl soak dals and chillies, soak at least 1 hour.

Cook the cluster beans with salt, once cooked keep aside.

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Now grind the soaked dal and chilly, grind it coarsely keep aside.

In a pan add oil, add mustard seeds once its splutters, add hing, turmeric, curry leaves and mix well. Now the grind paste mix well, add some salt. Let it cook for 5 minutes.

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Once the dal is cooked, add the cluster beans let it cook for 2 to 3 minutes so that the dal paste and cluster beans are mixed well. Once it’s cooked its ready to serve.

NOTES

This recipe can be made with beans also, maybe other veggies I am not sure.

The dal paste can be roasted until it becomes crisp too and then the cluster beans can be added.

I have added 2 types of chilies for more spiciness,the other is mankatti red chilly.

you can add or minus chilies, according to spice levels.

Navane/Foxtail millet Sweet pongal

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Happy Sankrathi to all, I try to make healthy food most of the time like everyone, even during festival. I made this millet pongal, it was tastier than the rice pongal, and so it was a hit in both ways, tasty and healthy too. Nowadays I try to add millets in my daily routine. I have also made broken wheat pongal. Ok let’s start making millet pongal.

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HAPPY SANKRANTHI

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: nil
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Serves : 4 to 6 people

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 cup moong dal

1 cup millets

3/4th cup jaggery + ½ cup water

5 to 6 cloves

1 cup grated coconut

1 tsp eliche

1 tbsp mixed dry fruits (dry grapes, cashew and Badam)

1 tbsp ghee

HOW TO MAKE

In a pan dry roast the millet and moong dal separately, keep aside.

In another pan add ghee once heated add cloves and cashew. Keep aside.

Now add the roasted moong dal and millets in a pan mix well now add the grated jaggery, mix well, keep on sim flame let it cook slowly.

In another pan add jaggery, water, eliche and let the jaggery melt fully.

Once the jaggery is fully melted, add it to moong dal, millets, coconut mixture and mix well and let it cook, let it cook for 20 minutes or until done.

Once done add the remaining dry fruits and cloves and cashew roasted in ghee and then it’s done.

NOTES

I have added finely powdered badam.

You can make pongal with rice, broken wheat and any millet.

I have added badam powder and dry grapes without roasting , you can roast and then add it to pongal.

Badam if are sliced I do roast , but never dry grapes, because I feel it changes in its texture and taste.

Ps:I have not taken the cloves and cashew roasted in ghee.

 

Sarson ka Saag

 

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Happy New Year to all. I wanted to start the first post of the year with something sweet but, the that has to wait, and I want to be consistent here, by posting at least one recipe a week so thought of posting something I made for the first time and it was super tasty and everyone like it at home. This recipe was made in November and I can still feel the taste. It was one of the best recipes that I have made and came out well in the first try itself. It’s easy, healthy and yummy. This recipe is actually made with loads of ghee and butter, since I try to make all my recipes vegan, I have not added any butter or ghee, this recipe is a bit twisted according to my needs also its almost like plain palak recipe, and the saag was super tasty. Ok let’s start making.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 6 people

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

2 bunches of sarson/mustard leaves

1 bunch of palak /spinach

1 bunch of chakothe soppu/papu kuraku/mountain spinach

1 small onion chopped + 1 tbsp chopped onion

1 tomato chopped

10 green chillies

2 tsp ginger garlic

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil + 2 tsp oil

½ tsp jeera

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HOW TO MAKE

Clean the greens , wash it throughly and keep aside.

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In a hot pan, add 2 tsp oil, small chopped onion, chillies, ginger garlic paste and roast it for 3to 5 minutes, until the onions are translucent.

Once the onion is translucent add the greens and let them wilt, it may take 10 to 15 minutes. Once the greens are soft let it cool down.

In another pan add the 1 tbsp oil, once hot add jeera and when it splutters, add the onion and tomato and fry it for 5 minutes

While the onion and tomato are cooking grind the above mixture into smooth paste.

Now add the above paste into the pan, mix well, now add the gram masala, salt and mix well, simmer it for 5 to 10 minutes and its ready to serve.

Notes

Instead oil you can use butter and ghee or either one of them.

Though mine was vegan version it tasted very good, I felt there was no compromise in taste.

Even radish greens are added, I have heard but I have not tried that version

Vegan Peanut Buttermilk, Coconut Buttermilk and Happy NEW YEAR

Hope people are still reading my blog, I have been MIA for almost two months and I keep doing this sigh. Hopefully I will not do this in 2016, will/must blog no matter what, blogging is very therapeutic for me .I have cooked so much, clicked pictures, planned to post but nothing worked.November month beginning at least I read blogs and also commented on few too but December just flew by, and now it almost end of the month and in two days we will be stepping into 2016, ha time flies. Wishing you all advance Happy New year 🙂

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Ok coming back to the post, on November 1st it is/was world’s vegan day I read some recipes in Bangalore mirror I was just very happy, it mentioned about a vegan restaurant in Bangalore, and also about many vegan recipes. Since I am trying to be vegan, I have not had buttermilk for like ages, I am ok not taking curd or  buttermilk, but you know sometimes we feel like  eating those forbidden things sigh, so I tried both peanut and coconut curd and made buttermilk from them and both were awesome,if given choice  I prefer coconut buttermilk more it too good and non dairy and I love it. So let’s start making.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 15 minutes.
Idle Time: over night or 6  hours
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 6 people

Peanut curd and buttermilk

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

¼ cup peanut

2 cups water + more water for butter milk

6 green chilly stalk

½ tsp Salt

½ inch Ginger

HOW TO MAKE

First soak the peanuts for 2 hours. Once it’s soaked grind it into smooth paste.

Take the fine paste and add the 2 cups of water mix well.

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In a wide pan add the peanut and water mixture and let it boil. Once it boils just let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Once the peanut water mixture become warm add the green chilly stalk and keep in warm place for 6 hours or overnight.

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Once the curd is done, add curd, salt and ginger to the juicer blend it and add water according to the thickness of the butter milk you want to, yummy butter milk is ready to serve.

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Coconut curd and buttermilk

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: 3 to 6  hours
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Serves : 4 to 6 people

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

1 cup grated coconut

1/2 cup water + more water for butter milk

1 small lime

½ tsp salt

1 green chilly

1 small onion chopped for garnishing

HOW TO MAKE

First grind the grated coconut with the half cup water into smooth paste, and then strain it using strainer and keep aside.

The first extract of coconut milk is need for making the curd.

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Then take the coconut milk add in a wide pan and let it boil, just let it simmer for 10 minutes, don’t boil coconut milk.

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Once the coconut milk becomes warm add the lime juice keep in warm place for 2 to 3 hours.

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Once the curd is done, add curd, salt and green chilly to the juicer blend it and add water according to the thickness of the butter milk you want to the garnish with chopped onion; yummy butter milk is ready to serve.

NOTES

Instead of adding chilly stock, you can add lemon/lime juice for making peanut curd.

I prefer lemon/lime juice to make curd than using chilly stalk.

While making coconut curd, used the first extract of coconut milk, then  the next extract of the milk can be used for other south Indian food or for even baking too.

 

 

Chutney pudi/powder

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Chutney pudi/powder is a must in most of the south Indian household, DH just loves chutney pudi. Chutney pudi added with oil or gee goes well with the idly, dosa and even roti’s, its multipurpose pudi. Chutney pudi is similar to chutney only difference between fresh chutney and chutney pudi is the chutney pudi can be stored for few weeks to months, where as fresh chutney should be consumed soon. Usually amma makes this or my aunt (mom’s bro’s wife) makes the yummiest chutney pudi. The chutney pudi I had bought from India was over, so I asked them the recipe, it was very good DH liked it, so what more can I ask, because if it’s not good he just says it, but the pudi was hit the first time I made, but according to me, my amma and aunt make it the best. It’s a very easy recipe and can make it fast too, so let’s make.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 5 minutes.
Idle Time: 30 hours
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
makes: 1 cup

What you will need

½ cup – peanuts

½ cup – dry grated coconut

1/4th cup – roasted channa

1/4th cup – red chillies (see notes)

2 tbsp – garlic

¼ Th cup – curry leaves

Small lime size – tamarind

1 tsp – jaggery/brown sugar (see notes)

1 tsp – oil

1 tsp – salt

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How to make

In a heated pan dry roast the peanuts for 3 to 5 minutes, and then keep it aside in another bowl

In the same pan add the dry grated coconut and roast for 2 to 3 minutes, add the coconut in the same bowl of peanuts.

In the same pan roast the channa for 1 minute,then add with the peanuts and coconut.

In the same pan roast the garlic until its slighty brown,add in the peanuts bowl.

In the same pan add oil, once the oil is hot add chillies, tamarind, curry leaves and roast it for 5 minutes or so, the curry leaves will be crispy.

Then mix this above with peanuts, roasted channa, garlic and coconut, in the same bowl add the jaggery/brown sugar and salt, let it rest for some half an hour or until the all the ingredients are cooled down.

The puls it in the mixer, don’t grind it fine, let it be a rough powder.

Notes

Badgi chillies will give more colour, I dint have much of them so I added little badgi and little chickballapur thats why the chutney pudi colour is not red it’s orangeish.

Chickballapur chillies dont give colour but gives spiciness and I wanted spicy.

If you don’t have jaggery you can add brown sugar or normal white sugar. I have added brown sugar.

Grind the mixture when it’s fully cooled down.

Gongura Pappu/ sorrel leaves lentil curry

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This is an Andhra recipe; there are different kinds of lentil curries. I have tried all, but this was pending from a long time, when we went to the Indian stores this weekend , we saw gongura/ sorrel leaves and I decided there itself that I am going to try this one, and it was a immediate hit, the day I prepared it, it’s very simple recipe.

Growing up, Amma always made sure we eat greens, but I just hated eating greens, but she would make mixed soppu saru pappu/mixed greens lentil curry, which is my all time favourite, I try to replicate here, but nothing like the way she makes sigh. Ok let’s start with making gongura pappu.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves : 2 to 3

2 cups tightly packed Sorrel leaves/Gongura (washed and chopped)

3/4th cup toor dal /pigeon peas (pressure cooked)

1 small onion chopped length wise

5 to 6 pods of Garlic crushed

1 tsp mustard seeds

5 to 6 curry leaves

5 to 6 Green chillies slit length wise

5 to 6 Red chillies

2 tsp dry peanuts (optional)

1 tsp grated coconut (optional)

1 tsp salt

1 tbsp oil

¼ th cup water

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How to make

First cook the dal and keep aside.

In a heated pan add oil, once the oil is hot add mustered, once e the mustered splutters, add the onion, chilly, peanuts , garlic and sauté it for 3 to 5 minutes.

Now add the gongura and sauté it for 10 minutes or more depending on when the mushiness is gone and it’s cooked well.

Then add the salt and sauté for a minute.

Now add the cooked dal, grated coconut, water and mix well and cook until the curry starts boiling once its boils it’s done ready to serve , with hot rice or even roti’s.

Notes

Gongura will be mushy in the beginning, once it’s cooked fully the mushiness will be gone.

Since the gongura is very sour, so while adding the salt, first add one tsp salt, then you can increase the salt according to your taste buds.

You can add more water or less, the way you want its consistency.

Broccoli Tandoori Vegan

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Broccoli tandoor was one of the first time tried hit recipe, before talking/writing about the recipe let me tell you why vegan.  I am vegan but I am not vegan, no don’t be confused, I am a pure vegetarian, I also don’t like milk items like milk, curd etc etc, I still like cheese that too only few types not all, I am very choosy, also I eat cheese very rarely like maybe once in two or three months, but yeah I do eat once in a while. So when I was checking vegan recipes for tandoori, everywhere there was coconut, cashew, badam curd to be added instead of curd, but I dint have the time and patience to make curd and wait until it set sigh, so I modified accordingly and then came this easy tasty recipe. So let’s start to make Broccoli tandoori.

What you will need

1head of Broccoli

1/4th cup Besan flour

¼ Th cup Cashew paste (just grind the cashew with little water)

1 tbsp Ginger garlic paste

2 tsp of crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)

2 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp chat masala

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp Lemon juice

1 tbsp oil

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How to make

First separate the Broccoli florets and boil it for 2 minutes, drain it and keep it aside.

In another bowl add remaining ingredients and mix well, the consistency should be of dosa batter. Then coat the marinade with the broccoli florets, let it coast well then let it sit for 5 to 6 hours or atleast 1 hour.

After few hours of marination, spread it on a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven at 200 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, check in between once so that it does not overcook.

Notes

If you don’t have cashews, you can make badam paste or coconut thick milk. I prefer cashew.

You use the same recipe and add capsicum, cauliflower, potato etc