Mirchi Vada/Fritter Curry

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Mirchi vada curry.
Bought these chilies without any prior planning. Ended up in a delicious without onion garlic curry.

I have used large green chilies which are used in stuffed chilli pickle. You can use any large size chilli which are mild in taste. Not too hot. You can us Bhavnagari chilies too.

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Recipe

Large size green chilli  – 10-12

Potatoes  – 2 -3 boiled and mashed

Tomato  – 2 chopped

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece

Cardamom  – 2

Cloves  – 2-3

Cinnamon  – a small stick

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder  – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder  – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar  – 1/2 teaspoon optional

Garam masala powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Oil  – 1-2 tablespoon

For potato filling

Salt to taste

Cumin powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Green chilli  – 1 finely chopped

Coriander leaves  – 1 tablespoon chopped

For batter

Gram flour/ chickpea flour or besan – 1 cup

Coriander leaves  – 1 teaspoon chopped

Salt to taste

Water to make thick batter

Asafetida/ hing – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil for deep fry

Method

Mix all the spices,  chopped green chilli,  coriander  leaves and salt in mashed potatoes. Mix well and keep aside.

Take two chilies. Make long thin slices an keep aside.

Cut the remaining chilies lengthwise and make half. Scoop out the chilies.
Use a spoon to scoop.

Make a thick batter or paste of besan or gram flour , salt and spices with water.

Fill the chilies with potato mixture.
Heat oil in a pan.
Dip the chilies in the batter and drop in the hot oil.

Fry on medium flame till it becomes golden  colour. Take it out and keep aside.

Grind the ginger, tomato, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves. Heat 1-2 tablespoon oil in a pan. I want to use less oil so used 1 tbsp.

Add the ground spices. Fry well then add all the spices, salt,  sugar and thin slices  of two chilies.

Saute till oil leaves the sides. Now add water as much you want the gravy. I made it little dry so added 1 cup water.

Stir well and let it boil. Now add the fried chilies and cook on simmer for 5-6 minutes or until you get desired consistency. And its ready. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

Serve with roti/Indian bread, naan or paratha.
Or enjoy with toasted bread.

Eggless Fruitcake

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Egg less and butter less fruitcake.
Christmas month so #Foodiemonday #Bloghop #theme is cake.
Presenting a delicious soft fruitcake.

Fruitcake is a cake made with chopped candied or soaked dried fruits or nuts and spices.

Egg less, butter less and APF less super soft fruit cake. Everyone love it’s mild flavor of orange and spices. The cake is healthy too because of whole wheat flour and lots of dry fruits.

You don’t need overnight soaked dry fruits. Very easy to make yet super yummy.

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Recipe

Whole wheat flour/atta – 1 and 1/4 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup ( room temperature)

Vinegar  – 1 tablespoon

Flax seed – 2 tablespoon ( dry roasted and powdered)

Orange zest – 1 teaspoon

Baking powder  – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda  – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar  – 1 cup ( powdered)

Sugar  – 3 teaspoon

Dry fruits  -1 cup ( raisins, almonds and cashew nuts  (chopped or broken into pieces), tutti fruity)

Garam masala powder- 1/2 tsp  (optional)

Cumin powder  – a pinch

Nutmeg powder  – a pinch
Or powder of 1-2 cloves

Cinnamon  – a small stick powdered

Dry ginger  – very small piece powdered

Cardamom  – 1 powdered

Vanilla essence  – 1 teaspoon

Boiling water  – 1/2 cup

Some cherry and tutti fruity for spreading over the cake.

Method

Take a pan and heat it, put 3 tsp sugar in the center, reduce flame to low. Don’t touch the pan or stir sugar.

When all the sugar has completely melted pour the boiling water into it and switch off the flame.

Mix the sugar and water well bring it back to boil and put all the dry fruits in it. Boil it for 5 – 6 minutes. Let it cool down.

Keep 3 tbsp flour aside and in the rest of the flour add baking powder, soda, spice powder and flax seed powder.

Mix vinegar to the milk and keep aside.
Beat the oil and sugar, add vanilla. Add curd, vinegar mixed milk. Fold in the flour mixture to it.

Add 3 tbsp flour to the soaked dry fruits and mix the remaining caramelized sugar water in the flour mixture.

Mix orange zest. Add the dry fruits in it and fold gently. Pour the batter into the greased baking pan and level the top.

Spread some tutti fruity and cherry ( you can add chopped cherry with the dry fruits in cake mixture too).

Bake in a preheated oven at 180° for 35-40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Slice it when completely cool.
Enjoy the taste and aroma of egg less butter less fruitcake.

Mix Veg Cutlets

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I have posted mix veg paratha few days ago. Now sharing the recipe of cutlet.

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I have made cutlets with remaining stuffing. Now sharing the recipe again. I have shallow fried the cutlets but you can deep fry too.

Recipe

Spinach  – 1 heaped cup chopped
Potatoes  – 2 medium boiled and mashed

Cauliflower  – 1 cup chopped

Green peas  – 1/2 cup

beetroot  – 2 small

Carrot  – 2 small

Ginger paste  – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves  – 2 tablespoon chopped

Green chilli  – 2-3 finely chopped

Cumin seeds  – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder  – 1 teaspoon optional

Oil  – 2 tablespoon

Method

I have chopped the vegetables finely and ground them to make it quickly. You can grate them too. If you want to grind don’t make paste. Just grind for few seconds.

Boil and mash the green peas. I microwave them for 4 minutes and mashed.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add finely chopped green chilli and ginger paste. Stir and add spinach, cauliflower, peas, beetroot and carrot.

Stir well. Add salt too and all the spices. Saute till dried up completely. Add mashed potatoes and chopped coriander leaves.

Mix well. Saute for 2-3 minutes more. Switch off the flame.
Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Let the mixture cool. You can add chopped onion too. I didn’t. Add bread, bread crumbs or ground oats for binding.

I have added 2 bread slices. You can make it in two ways.
Make small balls and give them shape with your palm as you desire.

Now you can make it in two ways.
Give shape and roll on semolina or bread  crumbs. Shallow fry on a nonstick pan with little oil. I did it.

Or make a batter of 1-2 eggs with salt and pepper. If you don’t want to use egg make the batter with 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 2 tablespoon cornflour with salt and spices of your choice. Make a smooth thick batter without any lumps.

Dip the cutlets in egg or flour batter gently . Coat the batter all over the cutlets. Roll on bread crumb or semolina/suji and deep fry in oil.

Serve hot cutlets with any sauce or chutney.

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Mix Veg Stuffed Paratha/Pan Fried Flat Bread

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Mix veg stuffed paratha/pan fried flat bread with oats and whole wheat flour.
This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday #Bloghop. This week we decided the theme Indian bread.

My contribution is mix veg paratha or pan fried flat bread.
A very healthy and yummy paratha.

If you don’t like beetroot,  spinach carrot or oats no problem. Try it, I am sure you will love it.
And you will be happy when children will demand again and again.

I have made 8 paratha from the dough. You can make it double to make more.

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I made cutlets with remaining stuffing. Its too yummy. Shared the pictures of both paratha and cutlets above . I will share the detail recipe in next post.

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Recipe

For dough

Whole wheat flour or atta  – 1 cup

Oats  – 1 cup

Salt to taste

Oil  – 1 and 1/2 teaspoon

Water as require

For stuffing

Spinach  – 1 heaped cup chopped

Potatoes  – 2 medium boiled and mashed

Cauliflower  – 1 cup chopped or grated

Green peas  – 1/2 cup

beetroot  – 2 small

Carrot  – 2 small

Ginger paste  – 1 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves  – 2 tablespoon chopped

Green chilli  – 2-3 finely chopped

Cumin seeds  – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder  – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder  – 1/4 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder  – 1 teaspoon optional

Oil  – 2 tablespoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter to shallow fry the paratha

Method

Grind the oats. Mix with whole wheat flour and little salt. Knead the dough with water. Make soft dough like roti or paratha.

Add 1 teaspoon oil and knead again. Smear with little oil. Cover and keep aside.

I have chopped the vegetables finely and ground them to make it quickly. You can grate them too.

Boil and mash the green peas. I microwave them for 4 minutes and mashed.

Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add finely chopped green chilli and ginger paste.

Stir and add spinach, cauliflower, peas, beetroot and carrot.
Stir well. Add salt and all the spices.

Saute till the mixture dried up completely. Add mashed potatoes and chopped coriander leaves. Mix well.

Saute for 2-3  minutes more. Switch off the flame.
Taste and adjust the seasoning. Yummy isn’t it?
Let the mixture cool.

Divide the dough in equal quantity and give them shape of round balls.

Take one ball, flatten it with your palm, make a bowl like shape. Fill with vegetable mixture and close it carefully. Make it round again.

Roll it with a rolling pin with the help of dry flour.
Heat a griddle or tava. Place the paratha on it.
When the bubbles starts to rise on the surface flip it.

Spread little oil or ghee/clarified butter. Lightly press with a spatula.
Shallow fry the paratha by repeating the process till golden brown spots appear on both sides.

Crispy yummy mix veg paratha/pan fried flat bread is ready to serve.
Now what to do with remaining stuffing. Make delicious cutlets with it. I will post the cutlet recipe soon.

Enjoy healthy and yummy mix veg paratha with tea or coffee.

Eggless Chocochips Cookies

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Chocochips cookies. Very easy and kids favourite cookies.
Made with home made butter. I personally don’t like store bought cookies.

When I started to make these noticed less chocochips in my pantry. Used whatever I have and its perfect. I had 1/4 cup but next time I will add 1/2 cup to make it more visible.

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Recipe

All purpose flour or maida  – 2 and 1/2 cups

Vanilla essence  – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder  – 1 teaspoon

Butter  – slightly less than 3/4 cup. I used home made white butter.

Powdered sugar  – slightly less than 1 cup

Milk  – 3-4 tablespoon or as require

Cocoa powder  – 3 tablespoon

White chocochips  – 1/2 cup

Method

Sieve flour, baking powder and cocoa powder together.
Take room temperature butter and powdered sugar in a bowl. Beat well till light and fluffy.

Add flour, cocoa powder, vanilla essence, chocochips and 3 tablespoon milk. Mix gently to make stiff dough. You can add little more milk if require.

Make small balls and flatten it with your palm as I did. Or you can roll out the dough with a rolling pin and cut them with a cookie cutter.

You can make the dough without chocochips. Spread the chocochips over the cookies and press lightly before baking.

Place on a well greased baking tray. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy with tea or coffee.

Mexican Green Rice

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Winter is knocking at the door. We want something quick easy and yummy recipe for these chilled days. So we decided to make one pot meal for the Monday bloghop.

And this post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday #Bloghop #theme one pot meal.

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Presenting Mexican green rice. It comes together so easily and quickly in single pot which makes for an easy clean up. Perfect for bone chilling weather.

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Recipe

Basmati rice  – 2 cup

Chopped onion  – 1 cup

Chopped French beans  – 1 cup

Oil or butter  – 2 tablespoon ( I used 1 tbsp oil 1 tbsp butter)

salt to taste

Green chilli  – 3-4

Green capsicum  – 2

Tomato  – 1

Ginger  – 1/2 inch piece

Coriander leaves  – 1/2 cup chopped

Chopped garlic – 1 teaspoon

Water  – 2 and 1/2 cup

Method

Soak rice for 1/2 an hour.
Roast tomato and capsicum by pierce with a fork and hold over the flame until the skin blackens.

Remove from the flame and immerse in water.
When cooled remove the burnt skin and chop them.

Grind roasted capsicum, tomato, ginger, garlic, chilli and coriander leaves.

Heat a pressure cooker with 2 tablespoon oil or butter. Add chopped onion and saute.

When the onion change it’s colour add chopped beans and fry for 2-3 minutes. Then add ground spices and saute.

When the spices dried up add rice and saute gently for 1-2 minutes.

Add salt and water.
Stir gently. Cover and pressure cook on high flame for one whistle.

When pressure settles down on its own, remove the lid and gently fluff the rice.
You can use chicken stock instead of water.

Serve hot with kachumar salad.
For salad mix grated onion, carrot, beetroot, cucumber, tomato, salt and lemon juice.

You can use any other vegetables of your choice in the salad, like radish, cabbage etc. Use everything grated.

Enjoy the green rice with red beetroot salad.

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Eggless Malai Or Milk Topping Cookies

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Egg less malai or milk topping cookies.
A very easy to make cookie. Perfect for kiddos.

You don’t need baking powder, soda, butter or ghee/clarified butter to make these delicious cookies.

Need only 3  ingredients in equal quantity with little cardamom powder or vanilla. Use the flavour of your choice.
I adopted the recipe from Nita Mehta’s cookbook.

I made one with whole wheat flour and added little red colour to make it attractive.
And white one is made with all purpose flour.

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Recipe

Milk topping or malai  – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar  – 1/2 cup

Whole wheat flour/atta or all purpose flour/maida – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder or vanilla  – 1/2 teaspoon

Almonds or cashew nuts ( split into two)  – as require

Method

Grease an oven tray and keep aside.
Preheat the oven at 200 degrees.

Mix malai and sugar lightly. Sift atta or maida.
Add the maida or atta and cardamom powder or vanilla to the malai mixture.

Add flavour of your choice. I used cardamom powder. Knead lightly to form a soft dough.

Form round balls and flatten slightly. If the dough is too soft and difficult to form balls keep it in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes and then shape them.

Place the balls on oven tray 1” apart. 
Place almonds or cashew nuts on each cookie. You can sprinkle little cardamom powder on each cookie too. I didn’t.

For red colour cookies added little red colour in the dough. Flatten the dough on a plate to cut hearts with a cookie cutter.
Bake in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes. Or until the edges of the cookies are golden and the top still whitish.

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Remove tray from the oven and quickly and carefully lift the cookies off with all knife. Keep them to cool and become crisp.
Enjoy with tea or coffee.

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