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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Mango Cobbler Cookies

Mango cobbler cookies.
I have shared many mango recipes but no cookies.
So here is a delicious soft chewy mango flavoured cookie recipe for you.

You can get some more mango recipes here.

Mango steamed sandesh

Mango pomegranate overnight oats parfait

Mango litchi fudge or burfi

Mango cheesecake

Mango kalakand

Mango sandesh

Eggless mango mug cake

Mango smoothies and salad

This week’s 147th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Mango. And my contribution is this healthy and delicious mango cobbler cookies.
Mangoes are well known as the king of all fruits. They fight cancer, alkalize the body, aid in weight loss, regulate diabetes, help digestion, clean your skin, and make the perfect snack.
Most of us love the flavour of this fruit.

A post from “Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen” attract me. Pictures of this post tempted me to try it. Cookies made of very little butter and looks awesome.
I have made some changes. Used whole wheat flour and oats instead of all purpose flour. Used homemade mango yogurt and made the quantity half. Taste is too good. Full of mango flavour and you will love the taste of small pieces of mango in it.
Recipe credit
Can’t Stay Out Of The Kitchen

I liked its soft texture. But next time I will make crisp one too. So stay tuned for one more cobbler cookies recipe 😊
I have made large sized cookies because I loved the pictures of original recipe. But if you want to make it crispy make thin cookies. And make smaller size for quick baking.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Mango – 1/2 cup, finely chopped

Unsalted butter – 3 tablespoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

For mango yogurt

Curd – 1 cup

Mango puree – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Pour the curd on a sieve or fine cloth and keep in refrigerator over a bowl for 3 – 4 hours or overnight to get hung curd or thick yogurt.

2. Now blend this hung curd, sugar and mango puree in a blender.
You will get delicious mango yoghurt.

3. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

4. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

5. Melt the butter and mix with mango yoghurt, soda, vanilla essence and powdered sugar. Whisk well until combined.

6. Add whole wheat flour, oats powder and chopped mango. Stir with a spatula. And mix to combine everything well.

7. Scoop out of the mixture and place on the greased or lined baking tray.
Place the cookies one inch apart.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 20 – 25 minutes or until the edges become brown.

9. Let it cool down completely before serving.
Enjoy the delicious mango flavoured, soft chewy cookies.

Notes

1. If you want crisp cookies then make the cookies thin and press lightly with a fork. And add mango yoghurt as much require to make a dough like consistency. By reducing moisture you will get crispy cookies.

2. If you want to make baking time short make small sized cookies.

3. You can make it with only all purpose flour if you want.

4. If you want to serve mango yoghurt as a dessert, after blending taste the sweetness. It depends on the sweetness of mango. Add more if require. You can add a pinch of saffron if you like. Blend again and keep in refrigerator to serve cool.

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Soya Egg Shami Kabab

Soya egg shami kabab.
A delicious kabab without meat.
You can serve it as a party starter. Prepare all the patties shaped kabab in advance and shallow fry just before serving.

This kabab is made of soya granules, paneer or cottage cheese, potatoes, Bengal gram or chana dal, egg, bread slices and spices.
But you can make it without eggs too. It will be delicious with or without eggs both. I have made this in both ways. I am sure you will love the taste of this crisp outside and soft inside delicious kabab.

I have already shared a delicious soya loaf recipe. And my readers liked it. Some of you called meatless meatloaf 😀
Now here is a recipe of meatless shami kabab for you.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #bread. We have to make anything using bread.
My contribution is this delicious and healthy soya egg shami kabab.

Protein rich soya has numerous health benefits. Not only protein but you can get vitamins, fibers, minerals and all the essential amino acids. It reduces cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cancer. And it is heart healthy too. It may reduce the risk of heart disease.
And we all know that paneer or cottage cheese is also rich in protein and calcium. Its good for heart health, good for bones and teeth, improve digestion and maintain blood sugar levels.

Egg is also a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Now here is a detailed recipe of egg soya kabab. You can serve it with any chutney or sauce.

Recipe

Soya granules – 1 cup

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1/2 cup

Crumbled paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Boiled potatoes – 2, medium

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Mace or jawitri – 2 strands

Black peppercorns – 4 – 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece, roughly chopped

Garlic cloves – 4-5

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Bread – 3 pieces

Roasted chickpea powder or sattu – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste, finely chopped

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, optional

Eggs – 2

Method

1. Soak the soya granules in 2 cup hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Boil Bengal gram or chana dal in a pressure cooker with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic and 1 & 1/2 cup water.

3. Open the pressure cooker. Dal should be dry. If it watery, cook without lid till the moisture evaporate and dal become dry. Let it cool down.

4. Dip the bread pieces in water and squeeze well.

5. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes.

6. Drain the water of soya granules. Squeeze it well.

7. In a mixer grinder grind dal along with whole spices, paneer or cottage cheese and squeezed soya granules. Don’t add water. Stir the mixture with a spoon in between to grind evenly.

8. Take out the mixture in a large bowl. Add mashed potato salt, cumin powder, garam masala powder, chopped onions, green chilli, roasted chickpea powder or sattu, soaked, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, squeezed bread pieces and eggs. Mix well.

9. Keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 – 30 minutes.

10. Make round ball and flatten them with your palm. Make all the round patties.

11. Heat little oil in a pan. Shallow fry the patties from both sides.

 

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Serve hot with sliced onion and any chutney or sauce.

For without egg version

Mix boiled and mashed potato in the ground mixture. Add roasted chickpea powder or sattu. You don’t need to add bread pieces. Mix well and keep in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Then make round patties and shallow fry.

Notes

1. Instead of roasted chickpea you can use dry roasted gram flour, oats powder or breadcrumbs.

2. If you like you can use minced mutton or chicken instead of soya granules. Boil the minced mutton or chicken with Bengal gram with more water and follow the same process .

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Batata Bhaji Or Maharashtrian Dry Potato

Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potato.
Whenever we think about Maharashtrian cuisine first thing comes in our mind is modak. Favourite sweet of Ganapati Bappa.
Then pav bhaji, bhelpuri, vada pav, misal pav, thalipeeth, puranpoli, sol kadhi, amrakhand, shrikhand and the list is endless.

I often make pav bhaji and vada pav at home. But when this week our Foodiemonday group decided the theme Maharashtrian cuisine I was little confused what to make for this week’s bloghop.
Mahesh comes to rescue. Thanks Mahesh.
Remember Mahesh? You all liked his ‘Bombay duck fry‘ guest post.
I have requested him for a quick recipe. And he gave me this easy to make but lip-smacking dry potato recipe. According to Mahesh usually people make this dry potato during fasting or to offer Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi. So this recipe is without onion garlic.
You can get some more potato recipes here.

Sending this post to 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Maharashtrian cuisine.
Maharashtrian batata bhaji or potato bhaji is a very easy to make no onion garlic and delicious dry curry. You don’t need to use much spices. Only turmeric powder, ginger and green chilli and some tempering or tadka used to make it.

I have added little kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. But its optional. You can skip it.
If you want to use onions add 1 finely chopped onion along with curry leaves after tempering. But I loved it’s taste without onion. Ginger and green chilli will make the potatoes spicy and lip-smacking.

You can sprinkle one teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like.
This batata bhaji goes well with puri, roti, naan, paratha or any bread. And you can also enjoy it a bowlful as a snack.

Recipe

Potatoes – 7 – 8 medium

Curry leaves – 15 – 16

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Chana dal or Bengal gram – a pinch

Udad dal or split and husked black lentil – a pinch

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil and peel the potatoes. Make small pieces.

2. Grate the ginger.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds or rai, cumin seeds, bengal gram or chana dal and split black lentil.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and finely chopped green chilli. Fry for a minute.

5. Now add curry leaves and asafetida or hing. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Also add Kashmiri red chilli powder if using.
Mix everything well.

7. Cook on low flame for 4 – 5 minutes or until the potatoes slightly change it’s colour. Stir in between.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.

Serve hot with puri, paratha, roti or naan.

Or you can serve it with toasted bread or mash and make filling for sandwiches. I love it bowlful as evening snack. Just sprinkle lemon juice and enjoy. Or add chopped onion, cilantro, cucumber or tomato etc just before serving. Choice is your.
Happy cooking 😊

Notes

1. If you want to use onion, add one finely chopped onion before adding ginger and chilli. And fry till the onion becomes translucent.

2. You can can add 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like tangy taste.

2. If you are making it for fasting people use rock salt. You can also add roasted or fried peanut.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Eggless Gluten Free Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Eggless gluten free chocolate chiffon cake.
A cake made with sorghum flour or jowar atta. Soft, moist, light, airy and chocolaty cake. You don’t need to separate egg yolks and whisk. Its very easy to make.

I have used sorghum or jowar flour in it. And very happy with the taste.
Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain that’s a staple crop in India and throughout Africa, has long been considered a safe grain alternative for people with celiac disease and gluten insensitivity. New molecular evidence confirms that sorghum is completely gluten-free, and reports that the grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet.
Sorghum has high nutritional value, with high levels of unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, and minerals like phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron. It also has more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates.
Source

Our this week’s 143 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is millet. And my contribution is this eggless gluten free sorghum flour chocolate chiffon cake.

Recipe

Sorghum or jowar flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 3/4 cup at room temperature

Warm milk – 1/4 cup

Instant coffee – 2 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar to sprinkle, optional

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan and dust with sorghum flour. Or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 3/4 cup milk. Milk should be at room temperature.

4. Whisk 2 teaspoon coffee in 1/4 cup warm milk and keep aside.

5. In a bowl sieve sorghum flour, oats powder, cornflour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

6. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, oil and vinegar mixed milk.

7. Add coffee mixed milk and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

8. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

9. Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted baking pan. Tap the pan gently.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven take different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean its done. If not bake for few minutes more.

11. Let the cake cool down.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over it. This step is optional. Cake will be delicious without it too.

12.Slice and serve. Or enjoy the soft delicious chocolate chiffon cake with ice cream.

Notes

1. You can frost the cake if you like.

2. You can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour instead of sorghum flour.

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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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Gluten Free Mocha Coffee Cake With Coffee Glaze / Soyabean Flour Cake

Gluten free mocha coffee cake with coffee glaze.

Eggless and butter less super soft and moist cake made with soyabean flour.
If you like coffee and chocolate flavour then this cake is perfect for you. I am sure you will love the coffee chocolate mixed flavour.

I love the soft texture of the cake made of soyabean flour. So I was planning to make a chocolate cake with this protein rich flour.
And when our this week’s bloghop members decided the theme coffee. I have mixed coffee flavour with my chocolate cake. And I am very happy with the taste. Its really super yumm.

Sending this post to the 140 #Foodiemonday bloghop #Coffee theme.
And here is a soft delicious gluten free high protein coffee and chocolate flavoured cake.

You can also enjoy it without glaze. It will be a perfect cake to accompany your tea or coffee.
I have used walnut in the cake and glaze. If you don’t like walnut you can omit it. Or you can use any other nuts of your choice. Or make it without nuts. Cake will be yummy without any nuts. I love it’s strong coffee flavour.
If you don’t have soyabean flour you can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour or mix of both flour.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1 /2 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Instant coffee powder – 2 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Chopped walnut – 1/2 cup

For coffee glaze

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Instant coffee powder – 2 teaspoon

Warm water – 2 tablespoon

For garnishing

Chopped walnut – 1/4 cup

Cherry – 1, optional

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 175° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a cake pan and dust with flour. Or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 3/4 cup milk and keep aside. Milk should be at room temperature.

4. Mix 2 tablespoon coffee powder in 1/4 cup warm milk.

5. In a bowl sieve soyabean flour, oats powder, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

6. In a large bowl mix powdered sugar, oil and vinegar mixed milk. Whisk well. Add coffee mixed milk and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

7. Now add dry ingredients gradually. Mix well. Don’t over beat. Make a lump free batter.

8. Fold in chopped walnut in the batter.

9. Pour the batter in greased cake tin. Tap the baking pan gently.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 175° for 30 – 35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. To check insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake after 30 minutes.

11. Let the cake cool down.
When completely cooled invert the cake on a plate.

12. Dry roast 1/4 cup finely chopped walnut. Stir continuously. Roast till walnut starts to change colour and smell nice toasted aroma. Walnut shouldn’t be burnt. After roasting immediately transfer the roasted walnut on a plate.

13. Mix 2 teaspoon coffee powder with 2 tablespoon warm milk. Stir till coffee dissolve completely.

14. Mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar with it whisk well to make it smooth. You can add 1 – 2 teaspoon water if require to make it spreadable.

15. Spread it evenly over the cake.
Sprinkle roasted walnut pieces over it. Place a cherry in the middle.
Slice and serve. Or keep in refrigerator for 30 minutes to set.
Happy baking!!

Notes –

1. If you want you can make it with all purpose flour or whole wheat flour. Or mix of both flour.

2. If you don’t like walnut you can omit it. Cake will be delicious without walnut too.

3. You can use any nuts of your choice.

4. You can also make this cake without glaze.

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