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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Cabbage Vada - Pan Fried Cabbage Fritters



Cabbage Vada is an amazing Konkani delicacy prepared with cabbage. This recipe can also be prepared with drumstick flowers instead of cabbage. As drumstick flowers are very seasonal, sometimes it’s difficult to get drumstick flowers in the place I live. But I get a chance to taste drumstick flowers vada whenever I am in my home town. To relish my taste buds, I often make these vada using cabbage.  These vada can be served along with rice, dal or with roti too.

INGREDIENTS

  • Shredded Cabbage – 1 cup
  • Fresh grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Onion, finely chopped – ½ cup
  • Rice- 1 tbsp (soaked for 30 mins)
  • Toor Dal (split pigeon peas) – 2 tbsp (soaked for 30 mins)
  • Coriander seeds – 1 tsp
  • Urad dal (white dal) – 1tsp
  • Jaggery – 2 tsp
  • Red chilies- 4 nos
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – for frying
  • Fine Variety Semolina (Rava or Sooji) - Used to coat vada before frying

 METHOD

  • Soak rice and toor dal into a water for at least 30 mins
  • Heat 1 tsp of oil into a pan.
  • Add coriander seeds and urad dal and fry them on low flame till you get a nice aroma.
  • Combine soaked rice and dal, roasted coriander seeds and urad dal, fresh grated coconut, red chilies, jaggery and salt into a mixer. Grind everything to thick paste using little amount of water.
  • Do not add more water while grinding. Remember we want a thick paste for making vada.
  • Transfer the thick grounded paste into a bowl. To that add shredded cabbage and finely chopped onion.
  • Mix everything together well.
  • Make small balls and flatten them in between your palms. Roll them in the semolina evenly on all the sides.
  • Heat a frying pan on the medium flame and evenly spread oil all over it.
  • Place the semolina coated flatten vada in the pan and smear few drops of oil over the vada.
  • Shallow fry them till you get nice crisp texture on it.
  • Here we go Cabbage Vada is ready to serve.


Saturday, October 17, 2020

Berry Tirmisu Using Lotte Chocopie

  

Finally Navratri 2020 is here .Wishing you all a Happy Navratri...
Let's make this Navratri 2020 more special and innovative by making a super delicious dessert called Berry tiramisu using Lotte Chocopie. Berry tiramisu is influenced from original tiramisu by using berry sauce instead of coffee syrup.

It is any very easy recipe with some preparation. The chocolate and berries make the best combo. In this recipe I have replaced mascarpone cheese with cream cheese. There was no much difference in the taste. Serving this dessert into individual glass can be the best idea but you can always go ahead and make it in the glass pan or tray.. So let’s start this super delicious and mouthwatering dessert

 Ingredients  

Serves - 2

  • Choco pie – 4 nos
  • Berry sauce - ½ cup (semi thin, as we will be dipping Choco pie into it)
  • Tiramisu filling – 1 cup
  • Chocolate shavings – to garnish
  • Choco pie (cut into half) – to garnish

 

To Make Berry Sauce

Ingredients

  • Mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) - 1 cup, chopped
  • Lemon juice – 2 tsp
  • Brown sugar – 2 tbsp

Method

  • Combine chopped mixed berries, lemon juice and brown sugar into a pot and place it on the flame.
  • Stir well .Let everything cook for some time.
  • When you see sugar completely dissolving and mixture getting thicker. Turn off the flame.
  • Do not overcook the sauce, as we want sauce in semi thin consistency.
  • Let the berry sauce cool down before using it in the tiramisu.

 

To Make Tiramisu Filling

  • Cream cheese – ½ cup (cream cheese is the best alternative for mascarpone cheese)
  • Whipped cream – 1 cup
  • Powdered sugar – 2 tbsp
  • Vanilla essence – ½ tsp 
Method
  • Whisk cream cheese and powdered sugar together into smooth mixture.
    Then mix in whipped cream and vanilla essence. Fold everything together using a spatula.

 

Assembling and Layering Berry Tiramisu using Lotte Choco pie

  • Slice the Choco pie into halves. Its fine to keep marshmallow filling intact with Choco pie or you can completely remove it. It is your choose.
  • I served this tiramisu into individual glasses. You can do this way or you can assemble it in the tray. Again it is your choose.
  • Dip sliced Choco pie in the berry sauce. Let them soak in the berry sauce till they become moist.
  • Take a glass, place one slice of Choco pie into the glass.
  • Spread around 2 tbsp of cream cheese filling on Choco pie.
  • Place another dipped Choco pie on the filling.
  • Spread cream cheese filling over it.
  • End the filling of the glass by placing berry dipped Choco pie
  • Seal the tiramisu glass with a foil and place it in refrigerator for at least 2 to 3 hour.
  • Once tiramisu is all set, garnish it with some chocolate shavings and extra Choco pie.
  • Here we go Berry Tiramisu Using Choco pie is ready.


 

 

 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Cauliflower Tacos with Orange- Tomato Salsa and Baja Sauce

 


Mexican food somewhere  resembles to Indian food mostly because food is prepared with beans and spices. My whole family is a big fan of Mexican food. 

Today I tried this amazing dish called as 

Cauliflower Tacos with Orange- Tomato Salsa and Baja Sauce

This dish has four components – Tortillas,  Cauliflower filling, Orange-Tomato Salsa and  Baja Sauce

Also check out my other mexican recipe here


1.Tortillas

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour -1&1/2 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Warm water – ¾ cup to 1 cup

Method

  • Combine all purpose flour, baking powder and salt  into a bowl.
  • Mix in oil and rub into the flour mixture. As this step will make tortillas super soft. Do not skip it.
  • Add required amount of warm water to the flour mixture and make a soft dough.
  • Cover the dough with damp cloth and let it rest for atleast 30 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into small balls. 
  • Take a small dough ball and roll out the dough into semi thin tortilla.
  • Dust some flour while rolling out the tortilla.
  • Heat a skillet on medium flame and place the tortilla on it. Fry it till you see golden brown spots on both the sides.
  • Wrap the fried tortillas in the clean kitchen towel until they are used. This makes the tortillas to remain soft for longer time.
  • Tortillas are ready .

2.Cauliflower filling

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower  (chopped) – about 2 cups
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 medium
  • Ginger (chopped) – ½ inch piece
  • Green chilly (chopped) – 1 no
  • Pickled Jalapeno pepper – 2 nos (one can also use fresh ones if available)
  • Hot sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder – ½ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Cilantro(chopped)- to garnish

Method

  • Heat pan on medium flame and add oil into it.
  • Add chopped ginger and chopped green chilly.  Fry for 20 seconds.
  • Then add chopped onion and fry till are slightly light brown in colour.
  • Add  turmeric powder, coriander powder cumin powder and salt. Saute for few seconds.
  • Add chopped cauliflower and mix everything well. Cover the pan with the lid and let the cauliflower  cook until they are soft.
  • Now here comes the best part. Add hot sauce in the cauliflower mixture. Mix well and saute for another 2 minutes.
  • Cauliflower Filling  is ready.

3.Orange - Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

  • Orange (chopped)–3 segments
  • Tomato (chopped) – 1 medium
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 small
  • Cucumber (chopped) – 3 tbsp
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 2 tbsp
  • Pepper – two pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp

Method

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl.
  • Add pepper powder, salt and lemon juice. Mix everything well.
  • Orange- Tomato Salsa is ready.

4. Baja Sauce

Ingredients

  • Mayonnaise – 1/4 cup
  • Thick Yogurt – 2 tbsp
  • Hot Sauce – 2 Tsp
  • Pickled Jalapeno pepper (cooked) – 1 Tbsp
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper – a pinch
  • Honey – 1 tsp

Method
Combine mayo, yogurt, chopped jalapenos, chopped cilantro, pepper powder, salt and honey into a bowl.
Whisk everything well .
Then add Hot Sauce into the whisked mixture. Give a quick stir.
Baja Sauce is ready.

To Assemble Taquitos

  • Place tortillas on the plate.
  •  Scoop out 2tbsp of cauliflower filling onto each tortilla.
  • Add Orange tomato Salsa and Baja Sauce.
  • Wrap the tortillas.
  • Here we go delicious cauliflower tacos are ready.
  • You can make these rolls ahead of time and just roast them on the skillet until warm before serving.
  • Serve these tacos warm. It tastes  too good.

Monday, September 7, 2020

Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos with Chipotle Aioli and Mango Salsa

 


Buffalo Chickpea Taquitos are delicious Mexican appetizers. To be frank, they can be a great idea for lunch or dinner. Taquitos are the smaller tacos with spicy filling that have been rolled. Traditionally, tortillas are made with corn flour. If corn flour is not available, you can always make some fresh tortillas using plain flour. They can be more flavorful than store bought ones.The filling of taquitos is made with chickpeas mixed together with homemade buffalo sauce. 

These awesome taquitos are best served with chipotle aioli and mango salsa. I also like to serve this dish with regular tomato salsa. But serving this dish with mango salsa, it’s like giving an extra goodness to your dish. Without missing out any components of the dish and with the togetherness of all the components can make this dish a royal and  best meal treat to you.

This dish has five components – 

  • Mini Tortillas
  •  Instant Homemade Buffalo sauce
  • Buffalo Chickpea filling (Spicy Chickpea filling)
  • Chipotle Aioli 
  •  Mango Salsa.  
The process of cooking might be long but everything done in steps is always easy and absolutely delicious too.


 

1. Tortillas

Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour -1&1/2 cup
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt to Taste
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Warm water – ¾ cup to 1 cup

 

Method

  • Combine all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  • Add required amount of warm water to the flour mixture and make a soft dough.
  • Cover the dough with damp cloth and let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  • For taquitos, we need smaller tortillas than regular size tortilla.
  • Divide the dough into smaller balls
  • And roll out the dough into semi thin tortilla.
  • Dust some flour while rolling out the tortilla.
  • Heat a skillet on medium flame and fry it till you see golden brown spots on both the sides.
  • Tortillas are ready.

 

2. To Make Buffalo Sauce 

Given quantity of ingredients can yield around 4tbsp of buffalo sauce. You can always make it in larger quantity based on your need. The leftover sauce can be refrigerated and can be reheated on the stove top or microwave to make the sauce smooth again.

Ingredients

Method
  • Into a saucepan, add in melted butter, hot sauce, vinegar, paprika powder and garlic powder.
  • Place the pan on medium flame and whisk it continuously until the mixture starts to simmer.
  • Turn off the flame. Add in salt and mix it nicely.
  • The sauce will thickens as it cool down.
  • Buffalo sauce is ready. This sauce can be used in any recipe or can be served as a dipping sauce

To Make Buffalo Chickpea filling

Ingredients

  • Boiled Chickpeas –3/4  cup
  • Onion (chopped) – 1 medium
  • Turmeric powder- ¼ tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Garlic powder – ½ tsp
  • Pepper powder -1/4 tsp
  • Tomato Sauce – 2 tbsp
  • Buffalo sauce – 4 tbsp
  • Vinegar – 1tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil – 2 tsp
  • Cilantro(chopped)- to garnish

 

Method

  • Heat oil and add chopped onion. Fry till they are slightly light brown in color.
  • Add all dry masala powder and salt. Saute for few seconds.
  • Add boiled chickpeas. Cook it for 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce and buffalo sauce in the chickpeas mixture.
  • Mix well and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Then add vinegar and mix everything well.
  • Lastly garnish chickpeas filling with chopped cilantro.

 


3. Chipotle Aioli

  • Mayonnaise – 1/4 cup
  • Chipotle powder -1/4 tsp (can be replaced it by paprika powder)
  • Garlic powder -1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 1&1/2 tsp
  • Lemon juice – 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste

 Method

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well

 

4. Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • Mango (chopped) -1/2 cup
  • Tomato (chopped) – ¼ cup
  • Onion (chopped) – 2 tbsp
  • Cilantro (chopped) – 1 tbsp
  • Pepper – two pinch
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon juice -1 Tsp

 Method

  • Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix well

 

To Assemble Taquitos

  • Place tortillas on the plate.
  •  Scoop out 2tbsp of spicy chickpea filling onto each tortilla and roll tightly.
  • You can make these rolls ahead of time and just roast them on the skillet until warm before serving.
  • Serve these buffalo chickpea taquitos with chipotle aioli and mango salsa.