Stuffed Peas Paratha

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I love stuffed parantha’s, they are a complete meal and filling too, growing up in a typical south Indian (Karnataka a bit mix of Andhra too )home I never tasted stuffed paratha’s until I was in high school or so I guess, but when it entered my amma’s south Indian kitchen , there was no looking back. There are different stuffed paratha like mixed veg, cauliflower/Gobi, and many more but my all time fav is peas and aloo paratha, with just some pickle or curd it’s a complete and filling breakfast or maybe dinner too.

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I remember when amma first started making the paratha the  stuffing used to come out while rolling it and she would manage and finish off , she  would swear not to make again , but then me or bro would ask and she had to make, mostly I would ask, and she would make and finally perfected in making paratha ,sigh. There are many versions, but this is amma’s  version, ok let me stop taking, and start making the paratha’s.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

FOR THE DOUGH

Wheat flour – 2 cups + extra dusting

Water – 3/4th cup

Salt – ½ tsp

Oil – 2 tsp

FOR THE FILLING

Frozen peas – 1cup

Green chilli – 10

Potato – 1 (medium sized) boiled peeled and mashed

Ginger & garlic paste – 2 tsp

Turmeric – 1tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Dhania powder – 1 tsp

Grammasala- 1tsp

Jeera – 1 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp + some more during making the paratha

HOW TO MAKE

In a bowl add wheat flour, salt, oil and mix well, now add water little by little mix and make a soft dough, the dough should be soft and keep aside let it sit at least for half an hour.

In a blender add peas, salt, chillies and blend it coarsely. In a pan add oil, once the oil is hot add the jeera, ginger garlic paste, turmeric and mix well, now add the mashed potato mix well and finally the coarsely ground peas ,mix well, now add Dhania ,Grammasala powder and mix well, let it cook for 5 minutes and the take off the stove and let it cool down.

Divide the dough into 8 small balls; divide the filling also into 8 balls.

Take the divided dough , roll it into 6 inches roti, in the centre keep the filling and cover it from all the sides, and flatten it down,and roll it into 8 to 10 inches paratha, add some flour for dusting if needed, then cook the paratha on a tava (griddle); by adding oil on both the sides, cook until golden brown spots appear on both sides or until done.

Repeat with the remaining; now the paratha’s are ready to serve hot, with pickle or curd.

NOTES

Add chilli according your spice level.

Instead of wheat, maida can also be used.

Cook on low flame , so that its cooks evenly on both the sides.

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VEGAN COCONUT CUSTERD COOKIES

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I have already made butter custard cookies in my pre vegan days, they were super delicious and then I totally forgot about it. Then again CH had posted custard cookies and that reminded about the cookies I baked and I wanted to make it, but now it required dairy butter and I was in a fix, but I love my vegan challenges, it makes me think and gives some work for my brain, then  I came up with this super delicious vegan coconut twist in custard cookies. Those who are not vegan also loved it,and this recipe is a keeper and will be regular in my kitchen. So let’s start making.

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Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 10 minutes.
Idle Time: 10 or 30
Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
makes: 9 big or 15 to 16 medium sizes biscuits

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Maida/All purpose flour – 3/4th cup

Custard powder – 1/4th cup

Fine desiccated coconut – 1/4th cup

Powdered sugar – 1/4th cup

Coconut oil – 1/3rd cup

Vanilla extract – 1tsp

HOW TO MAKE

In a bowl mix Maida, custard powder, desiccated coconut and keep aside the dry ingredients.

In another bowl mix oil, sugar, vanilla extract and mix well and the wet ingredients.

Now add the wet ingredients with the dry and mix well to form smooth dough.

Then keep it in the fridge for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes take the dough and make it into equal small balls and just press it and flatten it, then slightly press it with a fork dipped in the flour to get those lines on the biscuits.

Preheat the oven to 170 deg C for 10mins. Now bake the biscuits for 15-20mins. Allow them to cool completely.

Notes

If the weather is cold in your place you don’t have to keep the dough in the fridge .

or when the oven is on pre-heat keep it in the fridge for 10 minutes depending of the  weather in your place.

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 .

CAULIFLOWER DRY FRY/STIR FRY

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This is one easy recipe and you will love it, its easy healthy and tasty too. Amma saw this on TV and made it and told me it was super hit at home and I just wanted to try DH loves fried items, I like it too but nowadays I am trying to eat healthy and try to make food with less oil, so deep fry is a no no, it’s not like that I don’t deep fry at all, it’s just lesser than compared to before sigh. Ok coming back to the recipe can be used as a starter or with simple rice & sambar or rice & rasam or even with fried rice or biryani, yeah it goes well with everything and its super tasty, so let’s makes it.

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Basic Information:
Preparation Time:10 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Serves:  2 to 4

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Cauliflower – 1 head of a cauliflower medium sized

Soy sauce – 2 tsp

Dhania powder – 1 tsp

Garlic – 1 tbsp crushed

Ginger – 1 inch chopped

Green chilli – 10 slit

Curry leaves – few

Turmeric – ½ tsp + ½ tsp

Salt – ½ tsp + ½ tsp

Oil – ½ tbsp

Water

HOW TO MAKE

First clean the cauliflower and keep aside. In saucepan add water salt, turmeric and let it boil. Once the water boils add the cauliflower, let the cauliflower cook for 5 minutes and drain the water and keep aside.

In a pan add oil, one the oil is hot add the garlic , ginger, curry leaves, chillies, turmeric and sauté it for 2 to 3 minutes and then add the cooked cauliflower and roast it for 5 minutes now add the dhania powder , salt and mix well.

Let it fry for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is done, now add the soy sauce mix well cook for 5 minutes, garnish and its ready to serve. It tastes super awesome.

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NOTES

Capsicum can be added too, its gives more taste, I added capsicum when I made next time.

Instead of cauliflower  you can make the same recipe with panner , potato  or even non-veg too .

VEGAN MAYONNAISE /AQUAFABA MAYONNAISE

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Hopefully this month I will be able to post more and read my favourite blogs too. I guess it will be more of Aquafaba recipes. Last month I was caught up with too many things sigh, also I cooked allot, eat a lot uff.  Ok coming back to the recipe you all know that I am trying to be vegan and I am almost vegan 99 percent I am vegan I must say, very rarely do I eat anything dairy, maybe ice cream once in a while I am trying to make vegan ice cream too hopefully will do that soon.

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OK let to me tell you about AQUAFABA, is just chickpea water or when you buy canned chickpeas the water in the can be used as a magic ingredient, its mostly used for replacing eggs and the result is awesome, its magic I must say and I am the most happiest because we can make many things with this which a vegan would have though it was impossible but with AQUAFABA everything is possible ok let’s make the mayo.I searched a lot on the net but finally made the way I want with the what ingredients I had in my pantry.

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 5 minutes.
Idle Time: NIL
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
makes:   1/2 cup

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Aquafaba – 2 tbsp (reduced Aquafaba) see notes)

Apple cider vinegar – 2 tsp

Salt – ½ tsp

Chickpeas – 5 to 6 (optional)

Mustard sauce – ½ tsp

Coconut oil – ½ cup

Veg oil – 2 tbsp

 

HOW TO MAKE

We need to blend everything together, so put everything in a bowl and blend it for 1 or 2 minutes or until smooth and its ready to serve.

 

Once the mayo is kept in the fridge it looks like this……

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NOTES

Cook the chickpeas in cooker and once done drain the water, boil the water, reduce I cup of Aquafaba to 3/4th cup and then you can use it; you can store it in the freezer up to a month.

Also when you buy canned chickpea just drain the chickpeas and use the water by reducing 1 cup to 3/4th cup and use the magic ingredient.

If you don’t have mustard sauce, just add 1/2 tsp mustard seeds.

Instead of apple cider you can use lime juice.

JUNKA / Chickpea flour curry- dry fry

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It’s almost end of the month and I have not even  posted one recipe, I have been caught up with loads of things, only from the weekend  I am a bit free , so was thinking that I should post a recipe no matter what , so this simple yet tasty dish came to my mind and here I am posting the recipe, which is quick to make and  which come handy in the busy days , there are many variations in this recipe, as far as I know it’s made mostly in north Karnataka and Maharashtra, you can eat it with roti’s  and chapatti. My recipe is my mom’s version very simple. So let’s start making

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

For chickpea batter

Chickpea flour/besan flour – 1/4th cup

Water – 3/4th cup

Salt – ½

Turmeric – ¼

Oil – 1 tsp

Lemon juice – 1tsp

For the curry

Onion – 1 medium size chopped finely

Capsicum – 1 chopped

Green chilli – 6 to 10 chopped

Salt – ½ tsp

Turmeric – 1/4th tsp

Oil – 1tbsp

Jeera – 1tsp

Coriander –   1tbsp chopped

HOW TO MAKE

In a pan add oil; once the oil is hot add jeera, onion, green chilli, turmeric, salt and mix well cook for 5 minutes.

Now add the chopped capsicum and coriander mix well and cook for 5 minutes or until done.

In a bowl add the flour, salt, salt, lemon juice, oil and mix well, then add water little by little and make a smooth batter without lumps.

Now add the batter in the cooked onion capsicum fry and mix well, and keep steering until mixed well no lumps should be formed.

It should be cooked in low flame, mix well for 10 to 15 minutes, and fry until all the moisture from the batter and then it’s ready to serve.

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NOTES

Green chillies add accordingly, more spicy more tasty I feel.

Actually chickpea is substitutes for eggs mostly; even its brine or water is used as egg substitute.

Dill and mint leaves can be also be added, both of them or either one of them can be added it makes it very flavourful.

I like the crunch in the capsicum, so I have cooked only for few minutes, so cook according to your taste.

The more you fry the chickpea batter more better taste.

 

Aloo Sabsige/ Potato Dill

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I love anything potatoes, I am a picky eater, there are very few  veggies I like to eat, and since now I am almost vegan, there is not much choice or there are choice but I still need to know a lot I guess. This recipe I started to make from few years only. My husband told me about this simple recipe, actually he just told me about the potato and dill combo, with that idea came this simple recipe, it’s very easy and tasty it goes well with chapatti, sajje roti, mulli parantha or with just simple rice and rasam. OK let’s start making.

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

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

Potatoes -5 to 6 medium sized chopped into cubes

Dill leaves/ Sabsige – 2 bunches cleaned and chopped

Oil – 1 tbsp + 1tsp

Jeera – 1 tsp

Turmeric – ½ tsp

Hing/ asafoetida – one pinch

1 tsp – chilli powder

1 tsp – dhania powder

Curry leaves

Salt – 1 tsp

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HOW TO MAKE

Par boil the potatoes and keep aside.

In a pan add 1 tsp oil , once it’s hot add jeera , turmeric, curry leaves and  hing , once the jeera splutters add the cleaned , chopped dill leaves and cook it for 5 to 8 minutes or until done and keep aside .

 

In a pan add 1 tbsp oil , once the oil is hot add the par boiled potatoes and fry it until its light brown and crispy.

 

Once the potatoes are crispy add the cooked dill leaves, chilly powder, dhania powder, salt and mix well cook for 2 to 3 minutes and it’s done to serve.

NOTES

If you have baby potatoes you can make it with baby potatoes.

Don’t cook the dill leaves and potatoes together in the beginning itself, thinking it will be done soon, cook them separately and then mix, only then will it look good and tastes good.

Don’t cook dill leaves  too much, just until the water from the leaves evaporate.

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.

Mushroom Chilly Fry

 

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This is one recipe I was trying to get the accurate taste, you get what I am trying to say na , sigh. It’s almost like Manchurian but it’s not manchurian. This recipe includes  all types of chillies hence chilly fry is the name. G and me both love mushroom , we have tired the simplest to exotic recipes with mushroom, but every time I would make deep-fried mushroom recipe it would never taste good, the mushroom would absorb all the oil and get soggy, sigh.

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Then amma told what wrong I was doing. I always clean mushroom , then add hot water, salt, turmeric and microwave it for 5 to 6 minutes , then I would deep fry, amma told  me for making gravy and other stuff I can do that and not for deep fry so this time I just soaked he mushrooms in hot water with salt and turmeric, drained it and used it, and then it came out very crispy and dint absorb much oil and it was an instant hit at home along with Schezwan fried rice. Those who prefer spicy food will love this , I love spicy food and always in search of spicy food , any food item I like, if it’s bland I try making it spicy. If my food is not spicy I just can’t take even one morsel of the food, I am that crazy of spicy food ok let me stop bragging about my love for spicy food and let’s start making Mushroom chilly Fry

Basic Information:
Preparation Time: 20 minutes.
Idle Time: half an hour
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
makes:   Serves 2 or 3

HOW TO MAKE

Mushrooms – 1 pack or 200 gms

Maida- 3 tbsp

Corn flour – 6 tsp + ½ tsp corn flour

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp

Chilli powder –  2tsp

Salt – ¼ th tsp

Cooking soda – ¼ th tsp (optional)

Water – 1/3 cup or as needed

Oil – for deep frying + 1 tbsp

Bird eye chilly – 10 slit

Garlic chopped – 2 tsp

Onion – 1 big chopped into square slices

Capsicum – 1 big chopped into square slices

Spring onion – 1 cup chopped

Pepper powder –  1tsp

Soy sauce  – 1 tsp

Chilly tobacco Habanero sauce –  2tsp

HOW TO MAKE

In a bowl take cleaned mushroom, add hot water salt, turmeric, let it soak for half an hour and then drain it and chop the mushroom in 4 quarters or 2 halves depending on the size and keep aside.

In another bowl add maida, corn flour , cooking soda, ginger garlic paste, salt make a batter , and the batter consistence of dosa batter. In the bowl add the chopped mushroom in the batter and coat the mushroom with the batter

Now heat the oil, once the oil  is hot add the batter coated mushroom and deep fry until done and crisp.

In another pan add 1 tbsp oil, once hot add bird eye chilly and chopped garlic fry it for 2 minutes, now add then onion and capsicum and fry again for 2 minutes now add the sauces and cook for 2 minutes.

Now  take the ½ tsp corn flour and 2 tsp water mix well and add in the above mixture, mix well now add the deep fried mushroom and pepper mix well, take the of the stove and now add the chopped spring onion and its ready to serve.

NOTES

If you don’t have bird eye chilly you can add the green chillies.

Bird eye chilly is very spicy if you have it then add according to your level of spiciness , I have added 10 you can reduce  or add according to your taste.

 

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.