Falafel

Falafel.
Falafel or felafel is a deep-fried ball made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt.
Usually served with hummus and pita bread.

I made it with chickpeas but you can use fava beans too. Recipe is very easy and simple yet delicious. You have to make a course paste of overnight soaked chickpeas with onions, garlic, ginger and some spices. Add flour for binding, make balls and fry, easy isn’t it 😊

Jolly invited me to this wonderful group ‘Recipe swap challenge group,’ where members paired and try a recipe from each other’s blog. And share with due credit. Thanks Jolly.

Its my first post for the group. I have paired with a very talented blogger Aruna Panangipally who blog at Aahaaramonline.com
A blog full of delicious recipes. It was very difficult to choose only one recipe. I wanted to make falafel in breakfast so decided to make falafel this time from her blog
Aahaaramonline.com Falafel

I have used 1 teaspoon roasted spice powder in it to make it little spicy. Get the recipe of roasted spice powder in method.
I have used green chilli but you can use red chilli powder instead if you want. I like the taste of green chilli.

Recipe

Chickpea /kabuli chana or Garbanzo Beans – 1 cup

Onion – 1 medium, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chopped Parsley – 2 tablespoon

Chopped cilantro – 2 tablespoon

Roasted spices powder – 1 teaspoon, optional

Salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Wheat flour – 2 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon, optional

Oil for Frying

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight.

2. Drain the water completely. And spread the chickpeas on a kitchen towel for 15 – 30 minutes.

3. Grind the chickpeas with onion, garlic, ginger, green chilli, parsley, cilantro, salt, lemon juice, black pepper powder and cumin powder. Make a course paste. Add very little water if require. I didn’t.

4. In a large bowl mix ground chickpea mixture, flour and roasted spices powder. Get the roasted spices powder recipe here.

5. Mix well. Make round balls with 1 & 1/2 tablespoon mixture. If you feel difficulty to bind then keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 minutes and then make balls.

6. Heat sufficient oil in a wok or pan.
Fry the balls evenly from all the sides.
Transfer the fried falafel on a paper towel.

7. Serve hot with hummus or tahini sauce.

Notes

1. I have used whole wheat flour for binding but you can use all purpose flour if you want.

2. I have fried the falafel in a pan with less oil but better to use a wok or kadhahi and sufficient oil to fry the falafel evenly.

3. If you don’t like tangy taste you can omit lemon juice.

4. Use chilli according to your taste. If you don’t like spicy or hot you can omit green chilli. Or you can use red chilli powder.

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Soya Loaf

Soya loaf.
A loaf made of soya granules or nuggets with some other ingredients like bread slices, milk, eggs, onions, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Sounds healthy and protein rich, isn’t it 😊
A perfect loaf for your breakfast or dinner.

You heard about meat loaf.
Meatloaf is a dish of ground meat mixed with other ingredients and formed into a loaf shape, then baked or smoked. The shape is created by either cooking it in a loaf pan, or forming it by hand on a flat pan. Source – Wikipedia

When our this week’s bloghop members decided the theme leftovers. I thought of my leftover bread pieces lying in the refrigerator. And here is a loaf for semi vegetarian people who can consume egg. Yes I didn’t try it without eggs. I don’t think it will taste much without eggs.

Sending this post to the #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Leftovers.
A delicious loaf for your breakfast or dinner. Serve it with any sauce. I have made it with the ingredients whatever available in my pantry. I have wanted to add 1 – 2 spoon Worcestershire sauce but I don’t have it right now. And didn’t find it in my neighbouring shop. If you have you can use 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce for taste. I have used brown sugar in it but if you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup.
Here is the method of making soft delicious soya loaf.

Recipe

Soya granules or nuggets – 1 cup

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Bread slices – 4

Or

Breadcrumbs – 1 cup tightly packed

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Tomato – 2, chopped

Olive oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt – 1 & 1/4 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Egg – 2

Brown sugar – 2 teaspoon

Tomato ketchup – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Soak soya granules or nuggets in 1 & 1/2 cup hot water for 15 – 30 minutes.

2. Soak the bread slices or breadcrumbs in warm milk for 10 – 15 minutes.

3. Grind the tomatoes. And keep aside.

4. Drain soya granules or nuggets and wash under tap water. Squeeze well and grind into a smooth paste. You can add little water to grind easily.

5. Heat olive oil in a pan. Add chopped onions. Fry till the onions start to change it’s colour.

6. Add ground tomatoes. Saute till the mixture dried up.

7. Add soaked, squeezed and ground soya granules or nuggets.
Saute till it dried up completely.
Remove from the heat and let it cool down.

8. In a large bowl mix soya, onions and tomato mixture, soaked bread, eggs, brown sugar, oregano, black pepper powder and garlic powder. Mix well.

9. Transfer the mixture in oil or butter greased loaf pan. Level the top with a spoon or your fingers.

10. Spread tomato ketchup over it. Spread evenly.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 40 – 50 minutes or till its done.

12. Let it cool down for 10 – 15 minutes.
Slice and serve with any sauce.
Happy baking!!

Notes

1. You can use parsley if you want.

2. You can add 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce if you have it.

3. If you don’t have brown sugar add 2 tablespoon tomato ketchup instead.

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Manipuri Tan Or Flat Bread With Finger Millet Or Ragi Flour 

Manipuri tan or flat bread with finger millet or ragi.

A very healthy  breakfast. Perfect dish to start your day.
Ragi or finger millet is a powerhouse of nutrition and act as a treatment for anaemia, diabetes, osteoporosis and brittle bones.
Ragi  is packed with iron, protein, calcium etc. Fiber rich finger millet helps to lower cholesterol level and its an ideal food for weight loss.
Ragi is gluten free and suitable for gluten or lactose intolerant people. Not only that it also helps in relieving stress and anxiety.

Monday again and time for our 121st #Foodiemonday bloghop. My fellow blogger and a dear friend Pushpita who blog at https://pushpitaschakhum.wordpress.com is not participating due to health reason. God bless her with good health and happiness. Wishing her a very speedy recovery.

So this week we are sharing recipes from her wonderful blog. Do visit her blog for many amazing recipes. We introduced each other on a discussion over black rice. Remember Pushpita? After that you are always very helpful and becomes a dear sister to me 😍 

Now look what Pushpita has written about ragi or finger millet. 

“In the Northeast, farmers or traditional millet growers weren’t aware of the commercial value of millets that were cuitivated or that grow in wild. The reason being most of the communities growing millets for cattle fodder, or for brewing local wines considering it as a minor crop. Few communities do eat millets either mixed with rice so that an entire family has enough to eat, or perhaps knowing about its nutrition value.”

Coming to the recipe. Garlic chives are used in this flat bread. But I don’t have garlic chives so I made it without it. If you have you can add. I have used green chilli and cilantro or coriander leaves in it and served with homemade ginger pickle. 

Recipe


Finger millet or ragi flour – 1 & 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Salt to taste

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Hot water – 1 & 1/2 cup or as require

Oil for shallow frying

Method


1.In a large mixing bowl add the ragi flour, rice flour and salt.

2.Pour in the hot water and mix propely with a spoon.

If you want a pliable dough to roll out with rolling pin add 1 cup water first. Add little more if require. 

 Add the chopped green chilli and cilantro and fold in gently. Set aside to let cool.

3. Grease both palms with some oil and mix the flour to a smooth dough.

4.Divide the dough into equal size portions. Roll them between both palms to round shapes and keep aside.

5.Sprinkle some ragi flour on a flat platform or rolling board and shape each dough portion to a round shape evenly with your hand or rolling pin. 

6.Heat a pan or tawa (preferably cast iron) and place the flattened dough with the floured side on top.

7.Flip the tan or flat bread after a minute. Drizzle few drops of oil by slightly lifting the tand cook the other side.

8.Drizzle little oil on the top side and flip and cook for a minute.

Serve hot with ginger pickle or any pickle or sauce. 

For ginger pickle mix ginger julienne, chopped green chilli and black salt. Soak all these in sufficient lemon juice. Store in a clean and dry jar. Keep under sun light for 6 – 7 days. Your pickle is ready.

Start your day with this healthy breakfast.
Notes 

1. You can use garlic powder or grated garlic or paste if you like garlicky taste. 

2. Add chilli according to your taste. 

3. You can add 1 teaspoon lemon juice in the dough if you like. 

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Biscuit Roti / Kachori 



Biscuit Roti is a very popular udupi snack.

Enjoy hot or cold its delicious in both ways. Crisp, fluffy, spicy and slightly sweet biskuit roti can be serve in breakfast or pack it for tiffin. It will be fluffy and crispy when cool as well.

These are deep fried snacks just like North Indian kachodi. Outer layer is made of wheat flour and stuffed with spicy semolina or suji mixture. 



This post is going to be a part of #119 Udupi cuisine.






Udupi cuisine is a cuisine of South India.

I love these crispy fluffy spicy stuffed puri. 

I have made it half refined flour and half whole wheat flour. You can use only refined flour too.

You can make it as a party snack. You don’t need to make it after guest’s arrival like puri or kachori because it will perfect fluffy and crisp when cool. You can store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days.






Recipe


For the dough


Maida or refined flour – 1/2 cup



Atta or whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup



Salt – 1/2 teaspoon



Hot oil – 2 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Water – 1/3 cup



For stuffing


Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup



Oil – 2 tablespoon



Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon



Curry leaves – 8 – 10 , chopped



Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon



Green chilli – 1 chopped



Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 heaped tablespoon, chopped 



Salt to taste



Sugar – 1 – 2  teaspoon or to taste



Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon



Sambhar masala – 1 tablespoon



Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon



Red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon



Oil for frying






Method


In a bowl mix whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida, salt, turmeric powder and hot oil. Mix well with hand. 


Add water and make a firm pliable dough. Hot oil will make your biscuit roti crispy.

Cover and keep aside.



Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds and let them splutter.



Now add chopped curry leaves. I have used dried curry leaves so I have crushed the leaves.



Add grated ginger and chopped green chilli. Saute for few seconds.



Add semolina or suji, cumin powder, coriander powder, sambhar masala, turmeric powder, salt, sugar and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder. If you like hot you can use normal red chilli powder.



 Saute for 2 – 3 minutes or until semolina and spices mix well. Remove from heat and let it cool down.



Take lemon size ball from the dough. Roll out the ball with rolling pin. Make circle of about 3 inches diameter. 



Place 1 tablespoon semolina stuffing in the middle.

Now bring the edges together with your fingers. Close the edges and make a ball again. Make sure that the stuffing completely sealed.

There should be no hole because holes will absorb oil. 



Roll it again. Make a flat circle of 3 inch diameter. Roll out gently. 



Heat enough oil for frying. Let the oil properly heat up.

Fry the biscuit roti on medium heat.



Slid the puri in hot oil. Gently press with a slotted spatula.

When the puri puffed up flip and fry other side. 

Fry till golden brown from both the sides. 



Serve fluffy, spicy and crispy puri with tea or coffee.

Or store in airtight container for 2 – 3 days to use as a snack.



Notes

1. If you want your biscuit roti sweeter, add 2 tablespoon sugar.

2. You can use grated coconut in the stuffing with semolina. If you are using coconut don’t store. 

Its too yummy so you don’t have to store 😀

3. You can also use only refined flour or maida instead of half refined flour half whole wheat flour. 
Enjoy……


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Gluten Free Multigrain Cheese Stuffed Savoury Pancake 

Gluten free multigrain pancake with cheese.

A very nutritious, gluten free and yummy breakfast. Great for kids tiffin to. These pancakes are made of oats, ragi or finger millet, joear or sorghum millet, soya and bajra or pearl millet.

Multigrain foods will be high in complex carbohydrates and protein. Complex carbs are great for energy production, and this can help with exercise and losing weight. They break down slower so they can provide energy over a longer period of time. The levels of protein will aid the body in tissue repair and production of antibodies that will help fight sickness or infection.
In addition, they will contain nutrients, fiber and essential minerals like magnesium, copper and iron. Multigrains that contain whole grains will be filled with essential fatty acids, B-vitamins, starch and fiber. Magnesium will help build strong bones and teeth. It will also help with metabolism. Fiber is great in helping the body stay regular and maintaining a healthy colon.

Source

 

Sending this post to 117th #Foodiemonday bloghop #Pancake theme.

 

 

If you are making it for kids decrease the amount of chilli. Or you can make it more spicy by adding little more spices and chilli. You can use spices or herbs according to your taste.

Recipe
Oats – 1/2 cup

Ragi flour –  1/4 cup

Joar flour – 1/4 cup

Soya flour – 1/4 cup

Bajra flour  – 1/4 cup

Egg – 2

Onion – 1 large, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1 – 2, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon

Mint – leaves of 2-3 strings, roughly torn

Salt – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Tomato – 1

Milk – 1 cup

Cheese slice as require

Oil or butter for shallow frying

Method


Grind the oats.
Chop the tomato into small pieces, remove the seeds. You can use the seeds in Curries.
Beat the eggs. Add milk and whisk well.
In a bowl mix ground oats, ragi or finger millet flour, jowar or sorghum flour, soya flour, bajra or pearl millet flour, salt, cumin powder, garlic powder, black pepper powder and baking powder. You can add more garlic powder if you like.

Add egg and milk mixture  in it. Mix well and make a smooth batter.

Add chopped tomato, chopped onion, green chilli, grated ginger, chopped cilantro and torn mint leaves. Mix well. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Brush oil or butter in a pan or griddle.

Pour a ladle full of batter. Spread little with a spoon. You can make big size pancakes by adding more batter.

I have made small sized pancakes.

When the bubble appears on the surface turn the pancake upside down. Make it brown from both sides.

Make all the pancakes.

Cut the cheese slices with a round cookie cutter or a bowl.

Place the cheese on a pancake and cover it with another pancake. Arrange all the pancakes like this.

Serve hot with any sauce in breakfast.

Notes –

1. Use spices according to your taste. You can use Italian herbs instead of cumin etc.
2. Adjust the chilli and pepper according to your taste.
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Piperade With Indian Spices 

Piperade with Indian spices.

Yes presenting a fusion recipe again.

For this week’s bloghop google searched for some French recipes.

There are lots of delicious recipes but this one is tempting and easy to make.

Piperade or Piperrada, from piper is a typical Basque dish prepared with onion, green peppers, and tomatoes sautéd and flavoured with red Espelette pepper. The colours coincidentally reflect the colours of the Basque flag. Wikipedia

Adopted the recipe from

Cured by bacon

According to the author Traditionally speaking, a Pipérade is a Basque dish colored with onions, peppers, and tomatoes to reflect the Basque flag (red, green, white). Typical additions include egg, garlic or meats such as ham.

Our this week’s 116th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Fusion fiesta.

My contribution is this delicious French dish with Indian spices.

This piperade is a specialty from the French Basque country. Bake a few eggs in the onion tomato gravy and you’re in for a treat.

Something like shakshuka. I have already shared an Indian style shakshuka recipe. Get the recipe here.

Recipe is very easy and simple. You have to make a onion tomato gravy and bake it with eggs. I don’t have bell peppers but you can use roasted and chopped bell pepper in it. I have baked the eggs in halogen oven. You can bake in microwave convection or OTG or any oven.

Recipe


Egg – 3 – 4

Onion – 3 large, sliced

Garlic – 5 – 6, crushed or grated

Tomato – 3 large, pureed

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Oil – 3 tablespoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Method 
Preheat the oven at 200°.

Heat oil in a pan. Add sliced onion, green chilli and garlic. Fry till the onions become translucent.

Add ginger, tomato puree, cumin powder, coriander powder, black pepper powder, garam masala powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chopped cilantro, salt and sugar.

Saute till the mixture becomes thick.

Switch off the flame.

Pour the mixture into an ovenproof pan.

Make holes with a spoon for the eggs. Crack the eggs one by one and drop in the holes.

Bake in preheated oven at 200° for 8 – 10 minutes or until the eggs are set.

Garnish with chopped cilantro.

Serve with crisp toast or any Indian bread.

Notes –

1. You can use bell peppers in the gravy.

2. You can double the gravy by increasing the amount of ingredients.

3. Add chilli according to your spice tolerance.
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Oats With Poppy Seeds And Mustard 

Oats with poppy seeds and mustard.

Do you like oats for your breakfast? And bored with regular overnight oats or oats porridge?

This time try this healthy oats in a delicious and different way. Make it with poppy seeds and mustard. A delicious way to enjoy healthy oats. You can get many more oats recipes here.

Oats Are Incredibly Nutritious.

Oats are among the healthiest grains on earth.

They’re a gluten-free whole grain and a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Studies show that oats and oatmeal have many health benefits.

These include weight loss, lower blood sugar levels and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Whole Oats Are Rich in Antioxidants, Including Avenanthramides. …

Oats Contain a Powerful Soluble Fiber Called Beta-Glucan. …

They Can Lower Cholesterol Levels and Protect LDL Cholesterol From Damage.

Source

Recipe is very easy. I have tried oats with some special spices of Bengal. And everyone loved the taste.

Recipe

Oats  – 1 cup
Poppy seeds  – 2 tablespoon
Green chillies – 2
Mustard powder  – 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon
Red chilli powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Dry red chilli – 1
Mustard oil – 2 tablespoons
Water – 1 and 1/4 cup

Method

Soak poppy seeds in hot water or microwave with little water for 1 minute on high power.

Let it cool and grind with green chillies. Make a smooth paste.

Soak mustard powder in 2 tablespoons water and keep aside.

Heat oil in a nonstick pan. When the oil reached smoking point fry the dry red chilli. Remove from oil and keep it aside.

Now in same oil add poppy seeds and green chilli paste.

Saute and add salt, turmeric powder and red chilli powder. Stir continuously. Saute till the mixture dried up and leaves the sides.

Add soaked mustard powder, oats and water. Mix well and cook until the mixture dried up completely. You can also add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves if you like.

Switch off the flame.

Garnish with fried red chilli, coriander leaves and green chilli.

Serve hot.

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