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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Diwali Delicacy- Farsi Puri / Masala Puri

Puri or Masala puri or Farsi puri is a favourite tea time snack at home. It can be stored for longer period of time which gives it a preference over other snacks.

 This is also one of the food snack which is prepared by me and mom for this diwali (posted earlier recipe of Shakarpara and Ghughra).

Preparation time: 10 minutes (to knead the dough)
Making time: 30 minutes (to roll the puri’s)
Cooking time: 15 minutes (to fry)

What goes in it:

Wheat flour- 250 gm
Maida- 250 gm
Ghee- 3 tbl spn
Water- 1 glass
Green Chili, grinded- 2 tbl spn
Ginger, grinded- 1 tbl spn
Sesame seeds- 3 tbl spn
Pepper seeds, crushed- 2 tbl spn
Turmeric powder- 2 tbl spn
Salt- as per your taste
Oil- to fry

How did we make it:

Take a large plate, put both the flour in it. Add all other ingredients to it and mix them well. Knead the dough by adding water little by little till you get soft and pliable dough.

Make big sized balls out of it.

Roll it into a big chapatti using rolling pin keeping it little thick. With the help of a cup cut/make rounds on the sheet. Take out the puri and make cuts on the puri with the help of blunt knife so that your puri does not swell up.

Step by step process to make a puri

A puri before frying

Heat the oil in kadai to fry puri. Fry on medium flame them until both the sides turn golden brown and crispy.

Place puris on absorbent paper to remove excess oil and let it cool.

Then store it in an air tight container and eat whenever you want to.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Diwali Delicacy- Shakarpara

Next Diwali delicacy which was made at home was Shakarpara- One of the famous crispy sweet Gujarati snack which can be munched on and on.

Enjoy this sugar treats this diwali...

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Making time: 30 minutes

What goes in it:

White refined flour (Maida) - ¼ kg
Milk, lukewarm- 1 cup
Sugar, fine powdered- 1 cup
Clarified butter (Ghee) - 1 cup

Additionally you will need,

Oil- to fry
Patterned spoon- to cut into squares

How did we make it:

Start by making dough. Take maida in a large wide bowl.

Use the milk which has been boiled already. If it is not warm, heat it a little. Add powdered sugar to it. Stir it till sugar dissolves in milk.

Add this sweetened milk and ghee to maida. Knead the dough properly till you get elastic like pliable dough.

Make big balls out of the dough.

Roll the dough to a big chapatti (sheet) with the help rolling pin. Make sure you don’t make it too thin. It should be slight thick. 

Now using the patterned spoon make diagonal cuts on the sheet giving it a shape of diamond/square.

Heat oil in kadai to fry shakarpara. Put this squared dough shakarpara in kadai to fry on medium flame. Fry till both the sides turn golden brown.

Transfer it on an absorbent paper and let it cool.

Serve this crispy sweet snack. It has to be stored in air tight container and can be stocked up for two weeks.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Diwali Delicacy- Ghughra/ Karanji

Diwali time... Time to burst crackers, buy new clothes, cleaning of house and last but not the least kitchen smells of wonderful traditional sweets or snacks/farsan...

I know I am kind of late in uploading recipes. Better late than Never!!! Here I start with few of the sweets and snacks which we prepared at home for this diwali.

To start with- Ghughra or Karanji. It’s a famous Gujarati sweet. I and Mom got up early yesterday and started with preparing ghughra. It is sweet and delicious.

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Making time: 40 minutes
Makes- approx 40-50 nos

What goes in to make dough:

White refined flour (Maida)- ½ kg
Clarified butter (Melted ghee)- 2 tbl spn
Salt- a little
Water- 1 glass

What goes in to make stuffing:

Semolina (Rava) - ¼ kg
Clarified butter (Ghee) - ½ cup
Dessicated coconut (Niariyel khamman) - 100 gm (you will get this in any local kirana store)
Pistachio (Pista), powdered - 25 gm
Almond (Badam), powdered- 25 gm
Cashew (Kajju), powdered- 50 gm
Raisins (Kismis) - ½ cup
Sugar, fine powdered- 100 gm

Also we need,
Clarified Butter (Ghee) - to fry
Mould- Semi circle Ghughra mould 

How did we make it:

First of all, grind sugar in a mixture grinder into fine powder. Then in the grinder grind badam, pista and cashew into coarse powder separately.

Then in a large cooking pan, roast rawa with ghee stirring it continuously till rawa turn a little pinkish. This will take about 5 minutes. Keep it aside and let it cool so that we can prepare the stuffing.

By the time rawa cools, Mom prepared the dough. Take a wide plate and put maida in it. 

Add little salt to add taste and little ghee to get smooth pliability of dough. Keep on adding water little by little till you get soft and pliable dough. Make small balls out of the dough. Keep them aside.

It’s time now to make the stuffing. To the rawa add powdered sugar, pista, almond and cashew powder, coconut powder and kismis. Mix them all well.

Roll out small puris out of the dough with the help of rolling pin. 

Once you roll the puri, put it on mould. Fill the stuffing to it and close the mould. Press it on the sides. Open it and you will get nice semi-circled ghugra.

Incase you don’t have a mould you can do it with your hands also. As you roll the puri, stuff the mixture and close it into a semi circle shape. Then keep on twisting the edges of the ghugra so that when you fry them, stuffing does not pop out.

As I made enough ghugra’s, Mom prepared for frying. 

Take a frying pan, pour ghee to it and heat it. Fry ghugra in the pan putting 4-5 of them at a time. Cook till both the sides turn golden brown. Take it out on an absorbent paper.

Transfer it to a container. And here the yummy Gujarati Diwali delicacy is ready...

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Veg Pasta (Red Sauce)

I had learnt this simple pasta recipe during my post graduation days from my friend Rashmi. Since then I have always cooked it. This red gravy pasta is delicious plus cheese, pepper/oregano and coriander leaves will give tempting flavour to the pasta. Additionally it is quick to cook.

Preparation time: 15 minutes (to cut vegetables and grate cheese while you boil pasta)
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Serves: 3 people

What goes in it:

Pasta, boiled- ¾ of 200 gm packet (I used Blue Bird shell macroni)
Onion, finely chopped- 2 medium sized
Capsicum, finely chopped- 1 medium sized
Tomato, finely chopped- 2 meduim sized
Cheese, grated- 2 cup
Butter- 3 tbl spn
Pasta sauce- 3 tbl spn (I used Funfoods Pizza & Pasta Sauce)
Salt- as per your taste
Pepper- ½ tbl spn
Oregano- ½ tbl spn
Coriander leaves, chopped- 1 cup

How did I make it:

First of all I boiled pasta in water putting 1-2 drops of oil to it. Oil adds nice texture to pasta. This will take about 10 minutes. Drain off the water using a strainer. Keep it aside.

While the pasta is getting boiled, cut vegetables into tiny squares. Also shred cheese.

Take a frying pan and heat butter in it. As butter melts, add little shredded cheese. Next put onion and sauté it till they turn pinkish brown. 

Then add capsicum and tomato. Sauté it properly for about 5 minutes till they are partially cooked.

Put pasta sauce to it. Sprinkle salt, pepper and oregano to the gravy. Also pour ½ glass of water to make gravy little loose. Cook it by stirring it for about 3-4 minutes.

Finally add boiled pasta to it and mix it well with the gravy.

Serve pasta in a plate and top it off with grated cheese and coriander leaves while it is hot.

Enjoy yummy cheesy red gravy pasta... J

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Veg Schezwan Rice

No one is very fond of chinese cuisines at home except for my younger sister. But Schezwan fried rice and Veg chinese fried rice is fondly eaten by all at home.

I learnt Schezwan fried rice from one of my cousin and regularly cook it on Sundays. There is not much effort needed for cooking it. Colour and smell just tempts you to grab a spoonful of rice as soon as it is cooked.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 minutes
Serves: 4 people

What goes in for rice:

Rice- 3 cups
Carrots, boiled and chopped- ½ carrot
French beans, boiled and chopped- 8-10 nos
Peas, boiled- ½ cup

What goes in for schezwan sauce:

Kashmiri chillies, soaked and grinded- 6-8 nos
Green garlic pods, finely chopped- ¾ cup
Ginger, grinded- 1 ½ tbl spn
Spring onions, chopped- 1 cup
Capsicum, chopped- ½ of medium sized
Cabbage, chopped- ¼ of medium sized
Tomato ketchup- 3-4 tbl spn
Soya Sauce- 1 tbl spn
Cornflour- 1 tbl spn
Water- 1 cup (for every 1 tbl spn of cornflour use 1 cup of water)
Pepper- ½ tbl spn
Salt- as per your taste
Oil- 4-5 tbl spn

How did I make it:

I started with soaking of kashmiri chillies in water. Remove the seeds from the chillies as it is not good for health to swallow those spicy seeds. This might burn your hand a little but be careful not to touch inside of chilli and then it will be easily done.

Soak kashmiri chilli in water 1 hour before making the schezwan sauce.

Cut carrots and french beans into an inch long piece. Peel off peas. Wash them all properly.

Wash and boil rice in water adding salt and little oil/ghee to add nice shine to you rice. Also put carrot, french beans and peas along with rice. Boiling will take about 10 minutes. 

Drain off the water and let it cool.

Slice off capsicum and cabbage into thin horizontal slices. Cut the green of spring onions into rounds trimming off the rugged ends at the top.  Also finely chop green garlic.

Almost after an hour or so drain off the water from soaked kashmiri chillies and grind them in a mixture grinder. Also grind ginger if not available.

Next was making of schezwan sauce. Take a big kadai. Put oil in it and heat it. Put more amount of oil than your regular tempering.  As it heats up, put generous amount of finely chopped garlic. I used green garlic pods or lilu lasan. It will give a nice fresh taste to your schezwan sauce. Put ginger paste and sauté till garlic turns golden brown. This will take about a minute.

Now add spring onions, capsicum, cabbage and grinded kashmiri chilli. Mix them all well. Cook the covered for about 5 minutes.

Next put tomato ketchup, salt, pepper, soya sauce and corn flour water. For corn flour, in a cup put 1 tablespoon of corn flour and 1 cup of water. Stir it well so as to avoid lumps.

Mix them all well and cook for about 5 minutes till you get spicy peppery smell. Adjust salt and spice as per your taste.

Finally add bold rice and vegetables to it. Season generously so that rice gets coated with sauce properly.

Take it off the stove and serve it.