Vegetable Noodle Spring Roll

Spring Roll is an indo – Chinese recipe. It is crunchy mix vegetables and noodles rolled and deep fried in in all purpose flour wrappers. It crispy, crunchy, spicy snack wich can be served with Chinese sauces or simple tomato sauce. The wrappers used in spring roll are available in leading departmental stores. However I have made wrappers at home. Instead of deep frying the rolls, I have shallow fried. You can use any veggies of your choice.

You may also like, Manchurian and Fried rice.

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The process is divided into three steps:

  1. Making of wrappers
  2. Cooking Veggies and noodles
  3. Assembly of the roll

Let’s start,

Ingredients for wrappers:

  • All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Salt – to taste

Method:

  1. In a big bowl combine the plain flour, water and salt, and whisk well until well combined and there are no lumps. The batter should be of flowing consistency.
  2. Heat and grease a nonstick pan with oil. Once the pan is hot, with heat on medium, pour a ladle of the batter into the pan spread around quickly(like we do for dosa) to make a thin circle.
  3. Cook on medium heat until you see the sides are peeling. When the sides begin to peel off, turn the wrapper and cook on the other side for a few seconds.
  4. Repeat with the remaining batter to make more wrappers.

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Ingredients for Veggies and noodles:

  • Cabbage – ½ cup shredded
  • Carrot – 1 nos (thinely sliced)
  • Capsicum – ½ nos (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1 nos (finely chopped)
  • Noodles – ½ cup (boiled)
  • Black pepper – 1tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Soya sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli sauce – 1 tsp
  • Oil

Method:

  1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok on high heat. Add in the cabbage, carrots, onions, capsicum.. Saute the vegetables on high heat. Do not overcook, the veggies should be crunchy.
  2. Stir in the salt and black pepper. Add sauces and noodles. Saute for a minute and transfer to a another bowl. Allow the mixture to cool completely.

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Assembly of the roll:

  1. Place each square spring roll wrapper on a flat surface. Apply a little flour paste along the edges of the wrapper. Place a tablespoon of the filling on one corner/edge of the wrapper.
  2. Fold in from the filled corner and begin rolling until you reach the center. When you reach the center, fold the ends arising from the sides of the wrapper. And roll till the end.Make sure the edges are sealed well. The flour paste is important as it helps to seal the spring rolls so they don’t open up when deep fried.
  3. Repeat the process and make the rest of the spring rolls.
  4. Heat the oil in a heavy bottom wok and add in a few rolls at a time and deep fry on medium heat until golden brown in color.

Serve the spring rolls with homemade tomato sauce.

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Chivda / Thin Poha Chivda / Poha Namkeen

Poha Chivda is a famous namkeen / farsaan in Gujarat. It is again of two types viz thick and thin poha. Namkeen can be made of both the types of poha. The only difference is, thick poha namkeen is deep fried mixed with variety of dry fruits. Thin poha namkeen is roasted mixed with nuts and dry fruits. This namkeen can be stored for almost a month in an air tight container.

You may like other gujarati recipes here

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Ingredients:

  • Thin Poha – ½ kg
  • Ground nuts / sing dana / mungfali dana – ½ cup
  • Dried coconut slices – ½ cup
  • Cashews – 1/3 cup (slit to half)
  • Raisins – 1/3 cup
  • Green Chillies – 8 nos. (cut into long slits)
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Mustard deeds / Raii – ½ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Chaat Masala – ½ tsp
  • Black Salt – ½ tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 2 lemons
  • Oil – ½ cup

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Method:

  1. Dry roast poha in microwave for 1 min.
  2. Heat oil in a heavy bottom wok and fry ground nuts, cashew nuts, dry coconut slices, green chillies , and raisins separately.
  3. Fry each variety separately until done and add to the roasted poha.
  4. Deep fry the raisins until they just bulge, else they will become tough.
  5. Deep fry the green chillies until they are crisp and maintain their green color.
  6. In the same oil, then add mustard seeds. Allow them to crackle. Close the flame and then add sugar, salt, black salt, chaat masala, turmeric powder and lemon juice. Mix well and add to the roasted poha.
  7. Mix thoroughly. Adjust the seasoning, if required.
  8. Allow it to cool at room temperature and then store in an air tight container.

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KFC Style Crsipy Fried Chicken

 

KFC is one of our few favorite fast food joints. Many times we have visited KFC to savor the taste of crispy & crunchy fried chicken. But you cannot indulge in such food on regular basis. So Sunday being a family day, we decided to cook crispy fried chicken at home. Just the KFC Way! It came out crisp, delicious and fabulous! It is an easy recipe which has the potential to become your kids favorite recipe.

 

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Ingredients:

Marinade:

  • Chicken with Skin – 1 Whole, cut into pieces
  • Water – 4 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Red Chili Powder -1 tsp
  • Garam Masala – 1tsp

Coating:

  • Egg – 1, beaten
  • Buttermilk – 1 cup
  • All purpose flour – 2 cup
  • Cornflakes – 1 cup, crushed
  • Garlic – 6-7 cloves, finely chopped
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Oregano – 1 tsp
  • Basil – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

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Method:

  1. In a large glass dish or bowl, combine the water, salt, red chili and garam masala and mix together. Add chicken and mix them well. Cover and refrigerate to marinate for at least 5-6 hours.
  2. In a shallow dish or bowl, mix together garlic, egg and buttermilk. Stir to form a fine paste.
  3. In another shallow dish or bowl, mix together the flour, cornflakes, salt, red chili, oregano, basil and black pepper.
  4. Remove chicken from the marinade, discarding remaining water.
  5. Preheat oil in a deep wok.
  6. One at a time, dip chicken first into the egg mixture. Then roll chicken into the flour mixture. Then again into the egg mixture and again into the flour mixture.
  7. Now leave the chicken in oil to fry. Deep fry the chicken and remove. Remove excess oil using a tissue paper.
  8. Repeat the process for remaining chicken.

Serve them hot with cheese sauce and ketchup.

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Paneer Salsa Tortilla Wrap

Paneer as we all know is good for health, however, every time same type of recipe for paneer….hhmm…boring.

So, I realized some change is needed and then I remember the Mc Paneer Salsa Wrap. It was not possible for me to make the same wrap, but yes I tried making the best of the available ingredients in my kitchen. Since it’s a Mexican recipe, I have made few modifications in spices to give it little Indian taste.

Marinated paneer pieces along with salsa and cheese make this wrap a real yum!!!!! And yes at the same time healthy. Tortilla is generally made of all purpose flour; I have made wheat flour tortillas. Some veggies are also added to make it healthier. This recipe serves two – three tortilla wraps.

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The recipe is in four steps:

  1. Paneer Marination and preparation
  2. Salsa
  3. Tortilla
  4. Wrapping

Ingredients for Paneer Marination:

  • Paneer – 250gms (Cut into big cubes)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1tsp
  • Spring onion – 1 nos. (chopped)
  • Green Chilli – 2 nos. (cut into long slits)
  • Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Curd – 3 tsp
  • Lime Juice- 1tsp
  • Olive Oil

Method:

  1. Take a bowl. Add all the above ingredients accept Paneer.
  2. Mix all together and then add paneer.
  3. Mix gently, paneer pieces should not break.
  4. Add a tablespoon of Olive oil (Optional).
  5. Allow it to rest in the freezer for an hour.
  6. Take a wok, heat oil and shallow fry the marinated paneer. Keep it aside.

Ingredients for Salsa:

  • Tomato – 1 medium (chopped)
  • English Cucumber – 1 medium (chopped)
  • Onion – 1 medium (chopped)
  • Spring Onion -1 medium (chopped)
  • Capsicum – ½ nos. (square sliced)
  • Carrot – 1 medium (chopped)
  • Salt – to taste
  • Black Pepper – ½ tsp
  • Oregano – ½ tsp
  • Chilli Flakes – ½ tsp
  • Tomato Ketchup – 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Keep it aside.

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Ingredients for Tortilla:

  • Wheat flour – 1 cup
  • Butter – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Warm Water – to knead

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients and knead soft dough.
  2. Keep it aside for half hour.
  3. Make three balls of equal size. Roll out each ball into a thin, big, circular roti.
  4. Heat a griddle (preferably non stick) and lightly roast the tortilla on both sides for about a minute. The tortillas should not become brown, just roast for a few seconds.
  5. Repeat with all the tortillas and keep it aside.

Ingredients for Wrapping:

  • Marinated Paneer
  • Salsa
  • Tortilla
  • Coriander Chutney
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mozilla Cheese (optional)

Method:

  1. Take a tortilla. Spread some green chutney.
  2. Spread some mayonnaise. Then put some paneer pieces. Top it with Salsa.
  3. If using, grated some cheese.
  4. Wrap it and support it with a toothpick.
  5. Heat the griddle and cook the tortilla wrap for few seconds.

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Serve Hot!!!!!!!

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Benefit Series – Paneer – Chilli Paneer (Dry)

Milk and milk products are very important part of our diet. Paneer is a fresh cheese, also known as chenna is made curdling heated milk with lemon juice, vinegar, or any other food acids. Moist and soft crumbly in texture, it is used to make delicacies such as Sandesh, Mutter paneer and Rasgulla. It is a rich source of milk protein. Paneer is the rich source of calcium, phosphorus, vitamins, minerals and protein which are required by the body in high proportions for healthy growth and development.

Since paneer is a high protein food having high level of calcium and phosphorus it helps in building strong bones and teeth.

Paneer is high protein diet having monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat which helps in lowering and managing the body weight.

My mom used to say paneer is essential in kid’s diet. It provides better nourishment to the growing age children. It boosts the immune system and thus prevents the risk of various diseases in children like cough, cold, bronchial asthma and etc. Its availability of good level of vitamins, minerals, calcium and phosphorus provides better and healthy nutrients for growth of bones and brain.

Its high value of B group vitamins, high protein level, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants helps hair and skin gets healthy, glowing and rejuvenate.

Here’s a simple recipe,

Chilli Paneer (Dry)

Chilli Paneer is an Indo Chinese recipe. This recipe is frequently made in my kitchen. Paneer is deep fried in a batter of maida and corn flour. Here, I have shallow fried paneer dusted with corn flour. As the name suggests it also contains capsicum as another main ingredient.

This recipe is so easy to make and it’s not time consuming. If you have sauces ready you are done.

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Let’s see how:

Ingredients:

  • Paneer – 200 gms (cubed)
  • Capsicum – 2 nos (cut into pieces)
  • Onion – 1 nos ( cubed)
  • Green chillies – 2 nos. (cut into long and thin slits)
  • Garlic – 4 flakes (roughly crushed)
  • Spring Onion green – 2 tsp (chopped)
  • Soya Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Chilli Sauce – 1 tsp
  • Tomato Sauce – 2 tsp
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Black pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Corn flour – 4 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Method:

  1. Dust the paneer cubes with corn flour. Shallow fry the paneer cubes for two minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a pan. Add garlic and green chillies. Saute for a while and add cubed onions. Saute till little brown in color.
  3. Add capsicum pieces and sauté on high flame for approx two minutes. Capsicum pieces should be tender and not soft.
  4. Reduce the flame and add all the sauces and salt. Add black pepper.
  5. Add fried paneer cubes. Saute till the mixture blends uniformly.
  6. Close the flame. Drizzle lemon juice and garnish with spring onion green.
  7. Serve hot!!

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Chilli Paneer can be served as starter or as evening snack.

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Indian Steamed Dumplings – Muthiya

Muthiya is a famous snack which comes from Gujarathi cuisine. Few years back, before my marriage, my dad was posted in Baroda, Gujarat where my mom learnt this recipe. Muthiya is a super delicious and healthy recipe and this is the reason why everyone who eats it loves it. These are multigrain flour and doodhi mixed steamed dumpings.

There are three ways of making muthiya – steamed, microwaved and fried. Steamed muthiya or microwaved muthiya is definitely more healthy and stomach filling version. The muthiya is generally made with chickpea flour (besan) and doodhi. Doodhi (bottle gourd ) as you all know is a healthy but not so liked vegetable. So, apart from Ghiya ke Kofte and Ghiya ka Halwa, muthiyas is another recipe where nobody can guess that it contains bottle gourd as main ingredient.

To make it healthier, I used wheat flour, semolina, rice flour and maize flour. In Maharashtra and Gujarat you can find muthiya on many sweet and farsan shops.

Muthiya can be stored for two or three days and can be served in morning breakfast or evening snack with tea. It can also be served as side dish in main course.

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Here we go with recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Bottle Gourd (doodhi) – 1 cup (peeled and grated)
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp
  • Green Chilli – 3 nos. (finely chopped)
  • Besan – ½ cup
  • Semolina – ½ cup
  • Rice Flour – ¼ cup
  • Wheat Flour – ½ cup
  • Maize Flour – ¼ cup
  • Curd – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Salt – to taste

For Tempering:

  • Oil
  • Ajwain – ½ tsp
  • Sesame seeds – 1tsp
  • Coriander leaves – few chopped

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Method:

  1. Peel and grate doodhi. No need to squeeze the water from doodhi.
  2. Add all the flours along with semolina.
  3. Add green chilies and ginger garlic paste.
  4. Add oil, sugar, cumin seeds and turmeric powder.
  5. Add curd and salt.
  6. Knead it into smooth and soft dough.
  7. Apply some oil in your palms. Divide the dough into three equal portions and shape them into a cylindrical roll.
  8. Steam the roll for approx fifteen to twenty minutes. You can insert knife after fifteen minutes and check. If it comes out clean it’s done, otherwise steam for another five minutes. Alternatively you can microwave the cylindrical rolls for eight to ten minutes.
  9. Allow it to cool. Cut the rolls into circular slices.
  10. Heat oil in a wok, add ajwain seeds and sesame seed. Add muthiya pieces. Saute for two minutes till you get little brown and crisp muthiya.
  11. Garnish with chopped coriander.

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Muthiya can be served with ketchup or with tamarind chutney with a cup of tea!! 🙂

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Aaloo Tikki Burger

Aaloo tikki burger is famous amongst kids. They like it a lot. Well it is famous amongst youngsters as well. Whenever I have carving for tikki or burger, I make this easy burger recipe with easily available ingredients in my kitchen.

This aaloo tikki burger is complete Indian style with tamarind chutney, coriander chutney in it. To make it healthy, I have used few veggies like capsicum and peas. Cucumber, tomato and onion are used as toppings. This tastes good with tomato ketchup. To make it more healthy, the tikkis are shallow fried on a nonstick griddle. Generally the tikkis in the burgers (available in streets) are deep fried which adds on to the calories.

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Let’s start with the recipe:

Ingredients for Tikki:

  • Potato – 4 (boiled, peeled, mashed)
  • Peas – ¼ cup (boiled and mashed)
  • Capsicum – ½ (finely chopped)
  • Onion – 1 medium (chopped)
  • Green chilli – 2 (finely chopped)
  • Bread crum – ½ cup (almost of three bread slices)
  • Coriander leaves – few (finely chopped)
  • Red chilli powder – ¼ tsp
  • Dry Mango Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Coriander powder – ¼ tsp
  • Salt – to taste

Method:

  1. Boil the potatoes, peel the skin and mash in a big bowl.
  2. Boil the peas in an open pan for five minutes, drain the water and add to the mashed potatoes.
  3. Add finely chopped capsicum and onion
  4. Add bread crums and chopped coriander leaves. Now add other spices.
  5. Mix them thoroughly to make a firm concrete mixture.
  6. Divide the mixture into six balls of equal size.
  7. Press each potato ball between the palms to make the tikki.
  8. Heat the non stick griddle, dizzle little oil (if desired), place the tikkis and cook on bothe the sides till brown.
  9. Repeat the process with other tikkis.
  10. Aaloo tikki is ready!!

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Ingredients For Burger:

  • Burger Bun – 6 nos.
  • Cucumber – 1 no. (circular sliced)
  • Tomato – 2 nos. (circular sliced)
  • Onion – 1 no. (circular sliced)
  • Coriander Chutney – 3-4 tsp
  • Tamarind Chutney – 3-4 tsp
  • Mayonnaise cheese – 2-3 tsp
  • Chat Masala – 1 tsp

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Method:

  1. Slit the bun to half. Heat the griddle, heat the bun halves on the griddle for few seconds. Remove from griddle.
  2. Spread mayonnaise on one half bun. Place a onion slice on it. Now place one aaloo tikki on it. If required press it little.
  3. Place a tomato and cucumber slice on it
  4. Spread coriander and tamarind chutney on another half and tightly close the bun.
  5. I have used a toothpick to tie it firmly.

Burger is ready!! 🙂 🙂