Friday, 27 May 2016

Aloo Black Chana Chat recipe |Alu kala chana chaat


when you have a yummy ,chatpata  and a healthy  homemade chaat in your hands, why to go to chaat stalls to eat it out?










yes you are right today back with another chat recipe namely ALOO BLACK CHANA CHAT.




 Aloo Black Chana Chaat is oil free and a great snack to have as a salad or as tea time snack.


This fantastic chaat surprisingly does not call for curd or yogurt like others chaat do but is blended well with sweet and tangy tamarind chutney to give a tickle to the taste buds. Sweet and green chutneys are an integral part of most chaat recipes which enhances the flavours of the chaat.


Aloo black Chana chaat is a very popular Indian street food where Aloo means Potatoes and Chana means the chickpeas or garbanzo beans and chaat means snack.
Normally you find this variety of snack prepared more often on the streets of North India.

I had tasted this one of the local restaurants in mumbai ,thats when i decided to simulate in my kitchen and result was mindblowing.
you can assemble this in minutes if you have boiled white chana(chickpeas or chole in hindi),boiled potatoes and chat chutneys ready in your kitchen.

I have added three chutneys:
◾green chutney
◾sweet tamarind chutney
◾spicy red chili garlic chutney


If you are short of time to make chaat chutneys, then just add the spice powders and still enjoy the chaat but in that case squeeze some lemon juice while serving.



the recipe can also be made into a salad. just add some grated carrots, cucumber,boiled corn, beetroots, zucchini to the chaat. skip the papdi and sev, if serving as a salad.


Ingredients

½ cup dried black chickpeas or 1.5 to 2 cups cooked black chickpeas/ kala chana/ brown chole
2 medium potatoes/aloo
1 small onion, chopped
1 small tomato chopped
1 green chill sliced
2 to 3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves/dhania patta
mint coriander green chutney as required
sweet chutney as required
red garlic chili chutney as required
chaat masala as required
roasted cumin powder as required
some chopped coriander leaves
a few crushed papdis
yellow sev as required
salt as required
lemon juice as per taste



Method:

1.Cook and boil potato, peel and cube it into bite sized pieces.

2 soak  dried brown chickpeas overnight in enough water. drain very well. pressure cook the black chickpeas in 2 cups water and ¼ tsp salt till they are completely cooked. when the pressure settles down on its own, open the lid and strain the chickpeas. let them  come to room temperature.


3.To the chickpeas, add chopped boiled potatoes.add green chutney, tamarind chutney and red chili chutney as per your taste preferences.


4.add ¼ cup finely chopped onions and ¼ cup finely chopped tomatoes.mix everything very well.


5.Place a portion of the kala chana chaat on a serving plateor bowl .sprinkle a pinch or two of chaat masala, roasted cumin powder and black salt/regular salt as required.


6.sprinkle some crushed papdi on top.sprinkle some sev on top.lastly add a touch of chopped coriander leaves. drizzle some lemon juice .serve aloo chana chaat immediately.





Tips:

Aloo black chana chaat can be served at room temperature or chilled. if serving chilled, then add the crushed papdis, sev and coriander leaves while serving.
You can alternatively use white channa (chole) too.
This can be served as salad too skipping the chutneys alone
instead of boiled aloo you can use leftover aloo sabji too

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Green Peas Mint Masala Gravy,Pudina Matar Masala,Fresh peas mint curry,


Fresh Green Peas / Matar are abundantly available in the winter season . I had prepared lots of recipes using fresh peas like dry curries,tikkis,parathas and various gravies using green peas.





This fresh peas  minty gravy was in my to do list since a long time
In Kannada this Pudina Peas gravy  is called 'Hasi Batani Kaalu Gojju' where 'Hasi Batani Kaalu' stands for 'Fresh Peas' and 'Gojju' is typically a South Indian style 'Gravy'.



This green peas mint gravy is really refreshing and a very delicious gravy.This is a typical south Indian gravy which is really delicious and is well balanced with the sweet fresh peas spiced up in the aromatic mint gravy


Recipe source :chef and her kitchen. I have followed exact recipe with few minor changes in the original recipe
I strongly recommend you to try this with fresh green peas atleast once

Ingredients:

1.5 cups fresh shelled Green Peas
1 cup loosely packed fresh Mint leaves
1/2 cup loosely packed  fresh Coriander leaves
1/4 cup grated fresh Coconut
7-8 Green chillies(adjust the quantity)
half inch ginger , 2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp Fried gram ( i didnt use it)
Lemon  juice squeezed of a half lemon
1/2" Cinnamon
2-3 Cloves
a sprig of Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
2 tbsp Oil
Salt to taste


Method:

1. Grind mint leaves with coriander leaves,grated coconut,fried gram,cinamom,cloves ,ginger ,garlic and  green chillies to a smooth paste.Open the mixer jar and keep otherwise you will loose the green color if it is closed for long.

2 Microwave the fresh green peas for 3-4 mins with a pinch of sugar.This will make sure the peas retain their green color through out the cooking process.Drain and keep them aside.
3 Heat oil in the kadai and crackle mustard seeds and add hing let them splutter.Add curry leaves and boiled and drained fresh green peas and fry for 2-3 minutes.
4 Add ground mint masala and fry the masala for 5-6 mins until the oil leaves the edges and the raw smell disappears.
5 Add 1 cup of water and salt to it and mix well and let it simmer for another 5 mins. cover it with lid slightly so that the gravy does not splutter outside.Do not cover the kadai/pan completely with the lid otherwise you will loose the lovely green color of the gravy.Switch off the flame and add lemon juice to it and mix well.

6 Serve it hot with triangular Chapati or even Jeera rice.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Kasuri Methi Paratha Recipe ,Dried fenugreek leaves parathe


sometimes simple small things give us happiness ,Like these Kasuri Methi Parathas, which are extremely simple and make for the most wonderful breakfast or dinner.







kasuri methi means dried fenugreek (methi) leaves.

you can make kasuri methi easily at home too,though it is easily avialable in market .i had made this paratha with skp chicken curry.

you can enjoy it with chole,paneer butter masala or even with plain curd and pickle.



i equally enjoy methi paratha and methi thepla ,but when you are running short of fresh methi ,the kasuri methi comes to your rescue ..try it and it will be a regular item in your lunch box....

i have kept spices minimum as i wanted a dominant flavour of methi ,but you can add any spices of your liking like garam masala,coriander cumin powder ,pinch of turmeric or red chilli powder ..

Ingredients:

Wheat flour (Atta) - 2 cups
Kasoori methi - 3/4 cup
green chilli chopped - 2-3 or Red chilly powder - 1/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/8 tsp (optional - i didnt add as i wanted my parathas to be whitish in colour)
Ginger grated - half inch
pepper powder - 1/4 tsp
amchoor powder /chat masala - 1 tsp
oil /ghee  - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste
Water - to knead into a dough

other ingredients
oil /ghee to roast - as needed
flour for dusting


Method:

1.Mix all  ingredients together in a bowl.Add just enough warm water to make into a dough which is smooth (but not sticky).
2.Keep aside for 10 minutes.Divide the dough into 8-10 balls.


3.Roll out each dough ball into a circle of about 6-7 inches diameter,use some flour for dusting while rolling paratha .Heat a griddle and place paratha on the hot griddle.

4.Cook until light brown spots appear on the first side.Flip the paratha over and cook until the second side is cooked, and light brown spots. now again flip paratha and Drizzle a bit of ghee/butter/oil if needed on both sides and serve in plate

5.if not serving immediately, put in a caserrole .serve with pickle,curd and any spicy chicken curry or paneer curry

tips
1. can replace kasuri methi with ,fresh methi leaves in that case use 1.5 cups methi leaves.

2. i have kept spices minimum as i wanted a dominant flavour of methi ,but you can add any spices of your liking like garam masala,coriander cumin powder ,pinch of turmeric or red chilli powder ..

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Batata pohe recipe,how to make aloo poha

Todays recipe is a twist to normal kanda  pohe where I have  added boiled potato cubes and skipped onion to the traditional poha recipe. also i have boiled potato and cut into cubes.



Normally while making regular poha recipe ,kanda is a must but here i have skipped it .but you can add onions if you like the taste ...also in regular poha i add slices of potato (kachrya) and cook them along with onion ,but here i have used boiled potato cubes and i cook them till they become slightly crunchy in tempering and then i proceed with regulkar poha recipe.








Aloo Poha also known as the Batata Pawa.It is spicy from green chillies,sweet from potato,crunchy from peanuts and tangy from lemon juice 




POHE!!! a common 10- minute-recipe of maharashtrians. It's a very popular Dish in Maharashtra. Maharashtrian people makes it for Breakfast or any time as a snack.

 A word 'Kande pohe' is used as a term for marriage talks. It also has a traditional symbol attached to it - in an arranged marriage when a boy goes with his family to the girl's house for the first time the dish which is generally served is "kande pohe!" .....' Actually the reason is that this dish takes less time to be prepared,tasty to eat and satisfies the hunger completely. So here's KANDE CORN POHE for u...


There is one famous song from marathi movie "Sanai Choughade"
"Aayushya he chulivarlya kadhaitale Kande Pohe………..."

……. Life is like kande pohe in kadai, that means tasty and colorful.



Ingredients

•2 cup Pohe (Flaked, beaten rice),
•2 medium size onions,1/4 cup green peas
•1 cup rolled oats (i used quaker oats)
•3-4 green chilies,
1/2  cup roasted peanuts
•1 tsp lemon juice
•2 tsp sugar,
•salt to taste,
•2 tbspoon oil,
•2 teaspoon mustard seeds,
•1/2 teaspoon asafoetida,
•2 teaspoon turmeric powder,
•coconut and coriander leaves for garnishing.

Method:

1.Rinse Pohe in water and drain. Set them aside for 10 minutes.
2.Add some salt, sugar and lemon juice to them.
3.Chop green chilies finely. Chop cilantro/coriander leaves. Chop onion and potatoes into medium pieces.
4.Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds. As they start spluttering, add asafoetida, turmeric powder, chopped onion, oats,green peas ,peanuts and green chilies.
5.Cover and cook on medium heat till potatoes turn tender. Then add pohe and stir.
6.Cover for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, stir and let them cook for another 2-3 minutes.
7.Garnish with coconut,rolled oats ,and coriander leaves. Serve hot with mango or chili pickle.

Variation:
 Try different versions of batata pohe by adding one or more of vegetables such as curry leaves, chopped tomatoes, green peas, chopped brinjal pieces and cabbage.
 Add any of these vegetables at the time of tempering and follow the rest of the method same as above.
Add 1 teaspoon black Maharashtrian masala for a different flavor.
Drizzle a little bit of ghee on top before serving.
 Choosing a thicker variety of the flattened rice is better than the very thin variety. I use a medium thick variety .
You can even add 1 chopped onion in tempering along with the boiled potato