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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Chana Madra

Chana madra.
A very popular dish of Himachal Pradesh. No onion garlic rich chickpea curry cooked in yoghurt sauce. Easy to cook yet very flavourful and lip-smacking curry.

Yes after Hariyana we landed at Himachal Pradesh.
This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Himachal pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is lovely Priya Ayer. Who blog at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com
Priya gave me two interesting ingredients salt and curd And I made this lip smackingly delicious chana madra. Thanks Priya.

And I gave her cumin and tamarind.
Check out her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

Himachal Pradesh ( literally “snow-laden province”) is a state of India located in North India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. At its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’—by acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the state’s eminent Sanskrit scholars.
Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee, Madeera, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
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You can get some more chickpea recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Chickpea potato dry curry

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

This recipe is completely different. Yoghurt based curry flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf. I am sure you will love the taste. You can serve it with steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Chickpea – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 /4 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup +1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight with 4 cup water.

2. Boil the chickpeas with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water in a pressure cooker.

3. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and curd. Whisk the curd well.

4. Remove the seeds of black cardamom.
Crush Black cardamon seeds, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon rice flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir and keep aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add asafoetida or hing.

8. Now add boiled chickpeas with water.
Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Reduce the flame to simmer and add spices mixed curd and salt. Add salt carefully. One teaspoon salt already added while boiling chickpeas.

10. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.
Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Cook on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

12. Add rice flour mixed water and mix well.

13. Cook for another 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
It will become thick when cool.
Switch off the heat.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter before removing from heat if you like.

2. If you like your curry hot you can add few slit green chilli.

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Kasundi / Guest Post By Rita Ghosh

Kasundi
One more recipe from Bengal.
You can call it mustard sauce. I love it’s tangy zingy taste and lovely aroma of mustard.
You can serve it with any Bengali snack, cutlets, chop, fritters, croquettes or anything as a dip or sauce.

You can make fish or any vegetables with it. I often make eggs, ladyfingers, eggplant etc with kasundi. You have to add kasundi with salt, turmeric powder and chilli only. You don’t need much spices with it.

Kasundi is the Asian or Indian variety of mustard sauce. It is a pungent paste of fermented mustard seeds, spices and sometimes dried mangoes, dried Indian plum and olives, popular as a dipping sauce in Bengali cuisine.
Kasundi has always been a revered fixture of Bengali households, its making used to be almost a religious rite, with many restriction and rituals. With modern household appliances becoming commonplace, its making no more remains a complex ritual.
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Some of my readers requested for kasundi recipe. I never tried it. Always bought readymade bottles from Kolkata. So I have requested my friend Rita Ghosh for a guest post. Rita Ghosh is an avid cook and a very humble person. We never met physically but she is really a good friend. We met in a food group. Our interests are same. We chat every day and our topic is food. So when I requested her for kasundi post she gave me the recipe immediately. Thanks a lot dear for this awesome recipe.
Sharing her authentic method to make kasundi. Try it and please give your feedback 😊

Recipe

Black mustard seeds – 3 & 1/2 cup

Ginger paste – 2 tablespoon

Red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Turmeric powder – 2 teaspoon

Coriander seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper – 8 – 10

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 2 sticks

Raw mango – 2 medium, chopped

Hot water – 1 litre

Method

1. Wash black mustard seeds and ginger and let them dry under sunlight.

2. When dried completely blend them well.

3. Dry roast black pepper, green cardamom and cinnamon. Grind them altogether. Make fine powder.

4. Take a deep bottom pan. Mix blended mustard seeds, turmeric powder, salt and water in it.

5. Add mango pieces and mix well.
Cover the pan and keep it overnight.

6. Next day, take out the mango pieces and blend. Now add blended mango pieces and all the spices in this fermented mixture.
Add more cold ( room temperature) water as require.

7. Keep under sunlight for 7 – 8 days.
Your kasundi is ready.
Relish throughout the year.

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Masoor Dal Or Red Lentil Appe

Masoor dal or red lentil appe.
Appe or kuzhi paniyaram is a south Indian dish made of steaming batter.

Traditionally made from pulses and rice using a mould.
It can be made sweet and spicy both.

You can make it with very few ingredients and enjoy as a healthy snack.

I have shared different types of appe recipes here. Click on the name to get recipes.

Beetroot appe

Semolina and lentil appe

Roasted gram or sattu appe

Semolina and flatten rice appe

Sprouts and oats appe

Today I am sharing an easy and delicious appe recipe with masoor dal or red lentil.

Lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are a good source of potassium, calcium, zinc, niacin and vitamin K, but are particularly rich in dietary fiber, lean protein, folic acid and iron.
A single cup of cooked lentils contains 16 grams of dietary fiber. It contains some soluble fiber, but is an outstanding source of insoluble fiber. According to The Cancer Project, a diet that includes plenty of insoluble fiber can regulate bowel movements, promote digestive system health and may significantly decrease the risk of colon, breast, throat and esophageal cancer. Fiber-rich foods like lentils may also help prevent stroke, heart disease, diabetes, high blood cholesterol and hypertension.
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You can serve these in breakfast or as a snack with any sauce or chutney.
Click the names below to get some chutney recipes 👇

Onion tomato chutney or dip

Peanut chutney or dip

Water chestnut or singhara chutney or dip

Recipe

Masoor dal or red lentil – 1 cup

Suji or semolina – 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon – 1/2

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Oil as require

Method

Soak the masoor dal or red lentil in sufficient water for 2 hours.

Grind the soaked lentils with ginger and green chilli. You can add 2 – 3 garlic cloves if you like. I didn’t.
Take out the lentil paste in a large bowl. Add suji or semolina, rice flour, chopped onion chopped coriander leaves or cilantro, cumin powder, chaat masala powder, salt and curd. Mix well and add as require to make semi thick batter.

Make a lump free batter. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.
Now add lemon juice and soda. Give a good stir. You can add little more water if require.

Heat the appe pan and grease it with little oil. Pour a spoonful of batter into each mould. Cover the pan with lid and cook on low flame till it becomes golden brown.

Now turn the appe upside down. Cook uncovered till becomes light brown.
Its ready. Serve with any chutney or sauce.

Happy cooking 😊

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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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Water Chestnut Or Singhara Chutney Or Dip 

Water chestnut or singhara chutney or dip.

A delicious tangy chutney. First time tried with singhara or water chestnut and very happy with the taste. Its a hit in my family.

Water chestnut is full of vitamins and minerals. Not only that, nutrients rich water chestnut is cholesterol free.

 

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When looking for cholesterol-free and fat-free foods to add to your meal plans, water chestnuts fill the bill. You can lower your risk for heart disease and stroke by maintaining your blood cholesterol level, and adding water chestnuts to your meals can help you do this. Water chestnuts’ zero fat content may help you prevent weight gain when adding them to your diet.

Source

 

I have already shared few more chutney or dip recipe

Onion tomato chutney

 

Mango raisin chutney

 

Peanut chutney or dip

 

 

A big thank to Rohit Srivastava for the idea. We were talking about water chestnut. Maximum people love boiled water chestnut with spicy dhania or cilantro chutney.

So here is a mix match. Water chestnut with cilantro, mint, tomato, lemon juice and and some spices.

You can enjoy this spicy tangy chutney with your food or make it a sandwich spread.

Recipe


Singhara – 10 – 12

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 cup

Mint leaves – 1/2 cup

Tomato – 1, chopped

Garlic – 3 – 4 cloves

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, chopped

Salt to taste

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 tablespoon or to taste

Method


Peel and chop the water chestnut or singhara.

Clean and rinse mint leaves and cilantro.

Grind water chestnut, cilantro, mint leaves, tomato, garlic, ginger and green chilli.

Add salt, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and lemon juice. Blend the mixture again.

Taste and adjust the seasoning. Add more salt and lemon juice if require.

Enjoy with your snacks or use it as a sandwich spread.

Serve immediately or keep in refrigerator for later use. You can keep in refrigerator for 7-8 days.
Note –

Add green chilli 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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