Chana Or Chickpea Chaat With Raw Mango

Chickpeas/garbanzo beans or chana chaat with raw mango. An easy and quick yet lipsmacking dish. Spicy tangy in one word chatpata chaat is everyone’s favourite. If you have boiled chickpeas ready then its a completely no cook recipe. So perfect for summer days. You don’t need to spend much time in kitchen.

You can also use leftover boiled chickpeas to make this chaat. Finely chopped onion,tomato, green chilli, cilantro, grated raw mango and some spices made simple boiled chickpeas lipsmackingly delicious.

Bhaja moshla or roasted and powdered spices will enhance the taste but if you don’t have it you can skip or use dry roasted and powdered cumin. Earlier I have shared Ghugni and aloo kabli chaat and Matar chaat .

Nutritious chickpeas have many health benefits. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are part of the legume family. As a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, chickpeas may offer a variety of health benefits, such as improving digestion, aiding weight management and reducing the risk of several diseases. Additionally, chickpeas are high in protein and make an excellent replacement for meat in vegetarian and vegan diets. Including chickpeas in your diet regularly will support your health and may reduce your risk of developing chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer. Source – Healthline

Here are some more chickpeas recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Peas chickpeas low calorie salad

2. Chickpea potato dry sabji

3. Tomato coconut chickpea curry

4. Chana madra

5. Falafel

6. Pumpkin stir fry with chickpeas

7. Mint carrot beetroot hummus

And some black chickpeas recipe

1. Paneer kala chana kofta curry

2. Kadala curry or black chickpea curry

3. Kala chana Kabab

Sending this post to 247 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Chaat Time suggested by Swaty Malik who blog at Food Trails. Swaty has a lovely blog with many mouthwatering recipes. I always love her healthy and delicious recipes. With many other authentic and innovative recipes you will love her baking collection with many wonderful baked dishes. To get her baking collection click here and I also love her Moradabadi dal chaat, I will try it soon.

To make this delicious and quick chana chaat you have to boil chickpeas only. Then mix all the ingredients with chickpeas and enjoy the spicy tangy and mouthwatering chana chaat. Just finely chop onion, tomato, cilantro, green chilli, grated raw mango or kachcha aam and some spices. You can also add more lemon juice and grated raw mango if you want your chaat more tangy.

Recipe

Chickpeas/garbanzo beans or kabli chana – 1 cup

Salt – 1 teaspoon

Water – 2 cup

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Tomato – chopped

Ginger julienne – 1 tablespoon, optional

Green chilli – 1 – 2 or to taste, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Grated raw mango ar kachcha aam – 1 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 3 teaspoon

Chaat masala – 1 teaspoon

Cumin or jeera powder – 1 teaspoon

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla – 1 teaspoon, optional

Black or pink salt – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon,optional

Method

1. Rinse and soak chickpeas in sufficient water overnight.

2. Boil in pressure cooker with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water. When hissing sound starts reduce the heat. Cook on simmer for 30 – 40 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own. Chickpeas should be becomes soft. Check by pressing with your finger tips.

3. Let the chickpeas cool down. Add all the remaining ingredients in chickpeas. You can also add chopped mint leaves if you want. Bhaja moshla is optional or you can use dry roasted and powdered cumin but I recommend to use it to make the chaat spicy and flavorful. And it will enhance the taste. Get the bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder recipe here .

4. Taste and add more salt and lemon juice if require. You can also add 1 tablespoon more grated mango if you like your chaat tangy. See notes for more options.

5. Garnish with lemon wedges, cilantro or coriander and ginger julienne. You can serve with green chutney or tamarind chutney. I didn’t. Enjoy the spicy and lipsmacking chhana chaat.

Notes

1. You can use grated ginger instead of ginger julienne or you can also skip ginger if you don’t like.

2. Chopped cucumber or boiled or roasted beetroot, boiled potatoes can be used in this chaat. Or you can also use grated raw beetroot.

3. Add chilli according to your taste. For garnishing you can use pomegranate arils, nylon sev etc.

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Oatmeal Whole Wheat Carom Seeds Or Ajwain Crackers With Olive Oil

Oats, whole wheat flour or atta, carom seeds or ajwain crackers with olive oil. Crispy crunchy delicious and healthy snacks for your munching time. A super easy recipe made with very few ingredients. Perfect for vegan people.

You can use any gluten free flour like cornmeal, millet flour instead of whole wheat flour to make the crackers gluten free. If you don’t like the flavour of carom or ajwain then you can use fennel seeds or sounf, cumin seeds or jeera, nigella seeds or kalonji, kasuri methi, oregano, rosemary, thyme or any seeds or herbs. Use the flavour according to your taste. Instead of adding in the dough you can sprinkle the seeds or herbs on crackers. Brush the crackers with oil or water and sprinkle seeds or herbs of your choice.

Monday again and this week’s 244 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Snack Mania suggested by Renu. Renu wants some cupboard snacks for the theme which we can store. I am sharing this super healthy, crispy, crunchy and delicious carom crackers.

Renu is a very talented blogger. Visit her space for wonderful recipes. She has a vast collection of mouthwatering recipes. I already bookmarked her Buckwheat sweet potato pancakes and Herb roasted chickpeas to try.

As I mentioned above you can use any seeds or herbs of your choice. I have added the seeds in the dough but you can also sprinkle the seeds on the top of the crackers. Brush with little oil or water and sprinkle the ajwain or any seeds or herbs. Choice is your. You can skip chilli flakes if you don’t like or use freshly crushed black pepper instead.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1/2 cup

Oatmeal – 1/2 cup

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Carom seeds or ajwain – 1/2 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/4 teaspoon, optional

Olive oil – 3 tablespoon

Water – 1/4 cup

Method

1. Grind the oats into fine powder.

2. In a bowl add whole wheat flour or atta, oats powder, salt, baking powder, carom seeds or ajwain, chilli flakes, and olive oil. See notes for more options.

3. Mix well. Taste and add 1/4 teaspoon more salt if require. I didn’t. For me 1/2 teaspoon is perfect.

4. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time and knead into a smooth and pliable dough. Dough shouldn’t be sticky. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

5. Preheat the oven at 190° for 10 minutes.

6. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

7. Knead the dough again. And roll the dough as thin as possible.

8. Cut into square or rectangular pieces with a knife or pizza cutter. Or use cookie cutter and cut into your desired shape. Prick the pieces with a fork.

9. Arrange the pieces on lined baking sheet.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 190° for 12-15 minutes or until the crackers become light brown. Don’t over bake.Take out the baking sheet when crackers starts to change it’s colour. Let the crackers cool down.

11. Serve with any dip or with tea or coffee as a snack. Or store in a airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Fennel seeds, kasuri methi, cumin seeds, nigella seeds, oregano, rosemary or any other seeds or herbs can be used instead of carom seeds or ajwain. You can also use spices of your choice and make spicy crackers.

2. You can use any vegetable oil instead of olive oil.

3. Any flour can be used instead of oatmeal. You can also make it with only whole wheat flour or all purpose flour/maida.

4. Any gluten free flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour or atta.

5. Red chilli flakes is optional, you can skip it or you can also use freshly crushed black pepper instead.

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Sabudana Or Tapioca Paratha With Sweet Corn, Green Peas And Paneer Or Cottage Cheese / Fasting Food

Sabudana or tapioca paratha or flatbread with sweet corn, green peas and paneer or cottage cheese. A delicious and easy to make fasting food. But you can also enjoy it without fasting. Serve it in breakfast or as a snack with tea or coffee. Make small sized paratha and fry on low heat till brown and crisp. Enjoy hot with any chutney or sauce, fasting or feasting. Sweet corn, green peas and paneer or cottage cheese and spices made this paratha lipsmackingly delicious. Normally sabudana or tapioca used on fasting days but I have made it without fasting and enjoyed in breakfast.

Monday again and this week’s 241 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Flatbread Fiesta suggested by Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Poonam is a very talented blogger. I always love her different types of thali recipes and beautiful pictures. Visit her space for different types of mouthwatering recipes. Poonam already shared some different paratha or flatbread recipes like Mint and paneer stuffed paratha, Leftover dal paratha, Achari aloo paratha and many more.

Recipe is very simple and easy. Just mash the soaked sabudana well with all the ingredients. Make balls and flatten with your palm. Shallow fry with little ghee or oil till golden brown and crisp. To get crispy paratha shallow fry on low heat. And be careful while flipping the paratha upside down to avoid breaking. Use green chilli and crushed black pepper according to your taste. If you want your paratha more spicy, add some more finely chopped green chilli or freshly crushed black pepper powder. You can also use black pepper powder. Vegan people can skip paneer or use tofu.

Recipe

Sabudana or tapioca – 1/4 cup

Potato – 1, boiled

Green peas – 1/3 cup, boiled or frozen

Sweet corn – 1/3 cup, boiled or frozen

Fresh coconut – 2 tablespoon, grated

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/4 cup, grated or mashed

Green chilli – 1 – 2, finely chopped

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Salt or rock salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Freshly crushed black pepper – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil or ghee/clarified butter to shallow fry

Method

1. Soak the sabudana or tapioca in water for 3 hours. After 3 hours sabudana will be soft. Check by pressing with your finger tips. If its not soft then let it soak for 30 to 60 minutes more. I have soaked for 3 hours.

2. Peel and grate or mash the boiled potato.

3. Drain the water of sabudana completely.

4. In a bowl mix soaked and drained sabudana, mashed or grated boiled potato, green peas, sweet corn, mashed or grated paneer or cottage cheese, grated coconut, ginger, green chilli, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, cumin powder, freshly crushed black pepper, salt, chaat masala powder or lemon juice.

5. Mix and mash well. Taste and adjust salt and lemon juice if using.

6. Make balls to make paratha. Small or large as you want to make your paratha. I have made 4 paratha out of this dough.

7. Take a ball and press with your palm. If your dough is sticky grease your palm with little oil. Or keep the dough in refrigerator for 30 to 60 minutes. I kept the dough in refrigerator for an hour.

8. Make a round disc by pressing gently with your palm. Heat a pan and brush little oil or ghee in the pan. Place the circle on the pan and reduce the heat. Drizzle little oil or ghee over the paratha.

9. Shallow fry on simmer till edges becomes brown. Flip carefully to avoid breaking. Fry the other side too till brown.

10. Serve hot with any chutney or yogurt.

Notes

1. Use chilli according to your taste. Add more chilli if you want your paratha spicy.

2. You can use 1 – 2 tablespoon more coconut if you want.

3. Vegan people can omit paneer or use tofu.

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Spicy Potatoes With Tamarind

Spicy potatoes with tamarind. Lip-smacking dry baby potatoes coated with spices. A no onion garlic and easy to make dry curry. You can serve it as a side dish or also as a teatime snack.
A completely gluten free and vegan dish.
I always make it with fluffy puri or fulko luchi.

Everyone loves potatoes in my home and this spicy tangy potato is a all time favorite. You can also enjoy it as a starter.
Not only delicious but potatoes are also a comfort food. Baby potatoes are very common in this season but if you don’t have baby potatoes, you can also use boiled and cubed large potatoes.

Potatoes are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, which make them very healthy.
Studies have linked potatoes and their nutrients to a variety of impressive health benefits, including improved blood sugar control, reduced heart disease risk and higher immunity. They may also improve digestive health and combat signs of aging.

Potatoes are also quite filling, which means they may help you lose weight by curbing hunger pains and cravings.

All in all, potatoes are a great addition to your diet in moderation. They are also naturally gluten-free, which means they can be enjoyed by almost everyone.
Source

You may like some more potato recipes on this blog.

1. Red potatoes with cilantro or coriander leaves

2. Potatoes with green peas

3. Rosti or Swiss potato pancakes

4. Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry

5. Grilled potatoes

6. Potato curry

7. Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potatoes

8. Peanut potatoes

9. Potato pie

10. Potato with nigella poppy seeds and tomato

11. Savoury potato cake

12. Stuffed potatoes

13. Aloo chop or potato fritters

14. Dum aloo

15. Masala aloo

16. No onion garlic potato curry

17. Panch phoran tarkari

18. Kashmiri dum aloo

19. Aloo kofta curry

20. Dum aloo

This spicy potato or chatpata masala aloo is very easy to make. You need only some boiled baby potatoes, dry spices and tamarind. You will love the spicy tangy and delicious taste. I have used slit green chilli to garnish. If you want your potatoes more spicy and slit or chopped green chilli with spices. You can also use hot variety red chilli powder.

Recipe

Baby potatoes – 500 gram, boiled

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Tamarind paste – 1 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Oil – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Peel the boiled potatoes. Prick all the potatoes with a fork.

2. Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds, hing and dry red chilli.

3. When the seeds starts to splutter add the potatoes and salt. Fry till the potatoes becomes brown.

4. Reduce the heat. Add all the powder spices and saute for 2 minutes on low heat to avoid burning. You can sprinkle little water if require. I didn’t.

5. Saute till the potatoes coated well with spices.
Now add tamarind paste and and mix well. Taste and add little more salt or tamarind if require.

6. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.

7. Serve as a side dish with roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, dal chawal or any bread. Or serve it with toothpicks as a teatime snack.

Notes
1. You can add slit or chopped green chilli with spices if you want your potatoes more spicy. Or use hot variety red chilli powder.
2. You can also use boiled and cubed large potatoes if you don’t have baby potatoes.

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Gluten Free Oats Cornmeal Lemon Crinkle Cookies

Gluten free eggless oats cornmeal lemon crinkle cookies.
Delicious lemon flavoured crispy outside and fudgy inside cookies made with cornmeal or makke ka atta, oats and lemon.

I have made it with gluten free flour but you can use whole wheat flour or refined flour or any flour of your choice. I didn’t want to use colour so used cornmeal. Cornmeal will give a beautiful light yellow colour to your cookies. But if you are using whole wheat flour or refined flour then you have to use little yellow food colour or you can keep your cookies simply white. Taste will be equally delicious.
I always try to bake with gluten free flour because some of my readers are suffering with gluten intolerance. But everyone can enjoy it. These cookies are hot favourite among my family and friends.
You may like some more gluten free cookies on this blog.

1. Oats almond cranberry cornmeal cookies

2. Fennel oats millet cookies

3. Pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

4. Rose flavoured shortbread cookies

5. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

And one more crinkle cookies.

Finger millet or ragi chocolate crinkle cookies

Monday again and this week 208 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Meethebandhan suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar who blog at The Mad Scientists Kitchen. Archana have a vast collection of healthy and delicious recipes. I have already bookmarked her honey cake. Do visit her space for amazing recipes from different cuisine. I am sure you will love her recipes.

You can use butter or ghee/clarified butter, whatever you want. I have tried both. If you like the flavour of ghee or clarified butter, then make it with ghee. I love the taste of ghee cookies. Cornmeal will give a beautiful light yellow colour to your cookies.

Recipe

Oats powder – 1 cup

Cornmeal or makke ka atta – 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1/2 cup

Butter or ghee/clarified butter – 1/4 cup

Curd – 3 tablespoon

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar for coating

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease or line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

3. In a bowl sift oats powder, cornmeal or makke ka atta, baking powder and baking soda.

4. In a large bowl cream ghee or butter, and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

5. Add lemon juice, lemon zest and curd. Mix well.

6. Now add the dry ingredients. Mix and make a smooth dough. Dough will be sticky. Keep the dough in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

7. Spread powdered sugar on a plate.

8. Take out the dough and make small balls.

9. Roll the balls in the powdered sugar. Press gently. Powdered sugar should be coated well all over the cookies.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 10 – 12 minutes. For fudgy inside cookies don’t over bake.
If you want crisp cookies bake for 1 – 2 minutes more.

11. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Enjoy the divine taste. You can store the cookies in a airtight container.

Notes
1. Whole wheat or refined flour or any flour can be used instead of cornmeal and oats.
2. Don’t skip to refrigerat the dough.

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Bedmi Puri

Bedmi puri.
A very famous breakfast dish of North India.
Crispy spicy delicious puri usually served with hing jeera aloo sabji or curry. But these hot fluffy puri can be also serve with tea or only pickle. Puri taste spicy and absolutely delicious so you don’t need anything with it. Not only breakfast but you can also enjoy it as a teatime snack.
Its very easy to make. If you have soaked dal or lentil, you can make it in a jiffy. Just mix everything and make a dough and fry. Simple isn’t it 😊

You can get some more kachori recipes on this blog.

1. Hing kachori with potato curry

2. Biscuit roti or kachori

3. Instant kachori

4. Radhaballavi with dum aloo or spicy potato

Monday again and this week’s 204 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #NashtaTime suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The world through my eyes.
Visit her space for many delicious traditional recipes. I have already tried many of her recipes.

If you don’t have udad dal or you don’t like then you can also make it with moong dal or yellow lentil. Follow the same process. Puri also remain crispy when cool so its perfect for your tiffin or lunch box. Make aloo or potato curry to serve with puri but you can also serve it with any pickle or achar or serve as a snack with tea or coffee. This Kachori can be also made with stuffing. Stuffing with udad dal can be made and stuff in whole wheat flour dough like this hinger kochuri.

Recipe

Dhuli udad dal or skinned black lentil – 1/2 cup

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste

Souf or fennel seeds – 2 teaspoon

Whole wheat flour or atta – 2 cup

Salt to taste

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Suji or semolina – 5 tablespoon

Oil – 3 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Water – 3-4 tablespoon or as require

Oil for deep fry

Method

1. Rinse and soak the udad dal or skinned black lentil in sufficient water overnight.

2. Next day drain the water and rinse again.

3. Grind ginger, green chilli and fennel seeds or sounf. Now add rinsed and drained black lentil in the grinder. Grind with the help of little water and make a coarse paste. Don’t make too smooth.

4. Add the lentil mixture to the atta.
Add salt, hing, 3 tablespoon oil, cumin powder and coriander powder.

5. Mix well. Add very little water to make a smooth but stiff dough. Dal paste has water so add water carefully.

6. Smear the dough with 1 teaspoon Oil and cover. Keep aside for 20 – 30 minutes.

7. Now Knead the dough again. Make small balls.

8. Roll with a rolling pin with the help of little oil. Don’t make too thin like puri. Roll into slightly thick puri.

9. Heat sufficient oil to deep fry the puri. When oil heated slide rolled puri in oil. Press the puri gently with a slotted spatula.

10. When it fluff up and becomes golden brown, flip and fry the other side.

11. Remove from oil and place on paper towel. Fry all the puri in this method.

12. Serve hot with aloo or potato curry. Get the recipe of potato curry here.

Notes
1. Moong dal or yellow lentil can be used instead of black lentil or udad dal.
2. If you like your puri more hot, you can add 1/2 or 1 teaspoon red chilli powder in the dough or use more green chilli.

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Koat Pitha

Koat pitha.
Koat pitha from the beautiful state Mizoram. A delicious sweet fritter made with banana, rice flour and jaggery.

After Meghalaya sharing a recipe from Mizoram, one of the state of seven sisters state of India.
The Seven Sister States is a popular term for the contiguous states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura prior to inclusion of the state of Sikkim into the North Eastern Region of India.

Mizoram is a state in northeastern India, with Aizawl as its capital city. The name is derived from “Mizo”, the name of the native inhabitants, and “Ram”, which means land, and thus Mizoram means “land of the Mizos”. Within the northeast region, it is the southernmost landlocked state, sharing borders with three of the Seven Sister States, namely Tripura, Assam and Manipur.
Rice is the staple food of Mizoram, while Mizos love to add non-vegetarian ingredients in every dish. Fish, chicken, pork and beef are popular meats among Mizos. Dishes are served on fresh banana leaves. Most of the dishes are cooked in mustard oil.
Source – Wikipedia

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group after Meghalaya cuisine we are sharing different dishes from Mizoram cuisine.
This month my partner is Renu Agrawal Dongre. Who blog at Cook With Renu. Do visit her space for some wonderful recipes.
We gave each other two secret ingredients. Renu gave me rice flour and jaggery. And I gave her Nigella seeds and mustard seeds. Check out her space for the delicious Panch phoran taratari recipe she shared with these ingredients.

This soft inside and crisp outside koat pitha is very easy to make. Just mash the banana well with jaggery powder, mix rice flour and make fitters with it. Serve when cool. I love cardamom and jaggery mixed flavour so added cardamom powder. But if you want authentic taste then you can omit cardamom powder.

Recipe source – Gayathriscookspot

Recipe
Rice flour – 1/4 cup

Jaggery – 1/4 cup

Banana – 2

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Method

1. Mash the banana with a fork.

2. Add jaggery powder or grated jaggery and mix well. Make it smooth.

3. Add rice flour and cardamom powder. Mix and make a lump free thick batter.

4. Heat sufficient oil in a pan.

5. Drop a tablespoon full batter in the oil and fry on low medium heat till it becomes golden brown.

6. Turn over and fry the other side too.

7. Remove from oil and place on a paper towel.

8. Fry all the pitha this way.

9. Let the pitha cool down completely before serving.

10. Serve as a snack with tea or coffee.

Note
If you want authentic taste skip cardamom powder. I have added it for flavour.

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Khajur Or Fried Biscuits

Khajur or khajuria from Bihar.

A quick and easy to make delicious sweet deep fried cookie type snack. You can serve it with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.

This post is going to be a part of 169 #Foodiemonday bloghop #beginnersrecipe theme.

In this theme we have to share our first recipe we cooked. Thanks Amrita for the suggestion. This theme reminds me of my childhood days. A little girl of class 5th as I remember who didn’t know anything about cooking her naughty younger brother Maa Baba. Missing badly those days. Maa baba brother all left me. Its so painful but your memories are a treasure for me.

In school I remember there was a test of cooking. Every student got some ingredients and a dish name to cook. Everyone had to make different dishes. Teacher asked me to make khajur. And I was shocked, my reaction was ‘what’s that’? That time in my knowledge khajur is a Hindi or Urdu word for date. So how could I cook it? One of my friend came to rescue. She said “don’t worry let me make my dish then I will make your too”. And she made both our dishes. Don’t know where is she now. God bless her. That day I learned my first dish and after returning home made it under my mother’s supervision. And I still remember their surprised faces after tasting it. This week our bloghop group made me really nostalgic.

Now coming to the recipe. You need very few ingredients and quick process to make this delicious crispy sweet snack. Just mix everything and Knead a dough. Shape them and fry. Isn’t easy? 😊

I have used refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tablespoon, melted

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/3 cup or as require to make a stiff dough

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour, semolina or suji, sugar, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut and melted ghee or clarified butter.

2. Mix everything well with your palm and finger tips.

3. Add milk slowly and Knead a stiff dough. Don’t add much or the dough will be sticky. But in case your dough becomes sticky, you can add little more flour and semolina.

4. Make small balls. Shape them with your hands or mould. I have used my sandesh mould. Or you can roll with a rolling pin and cut with your favourite cookie cutter.

5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. When heated lower the flame.

6. Slide 4 – 5 khajur in the hot oil. Don’t over crowded. Fry the khajur on low heat till golden brown.

7. Flip and fry the other side too. Keep the flame low.

8. Remove from oil and let them cool down completely. After cooling khajur becomes crisp.

9. Keep the khajur in airtight container. You can keep them in room temperature for 10 – 12 days.

10. Serve with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can fry the khajur in ghee or clarified butter if you want.

2. If you like less sugar add 3/4 cup powdered sugar.

4. You can add powdered almond or cashew in the dough if you like.

5. You can use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour.

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Grilled Potatoes

Grilled potatoes.
An easy and delicious potato recipe. Simple way to cook potatoes. Sharing two different ways and flavours to grill the potatoes. One is on grill pan and for other I have used my halogen oven. If you don’t have halogen oven then you can make it in your microwave or OTG.
Potatoes are available in every season. You can get this vegetable round the year. And its known as a comfort food. Weather you make simple mashed potato or make spicy curry or mix it with any other vegetables it will make your dish delicious.

And potatoes are not bad for our health at all.
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free and they’re packed with nutritional benefits needed for a healthy lifestyle. Potatoes are one of the world’s most versatile vegetables. Foundational in a wide range of international and all-American cuisine, potatoes are the perfect blank canvas for a variety of flavors. This is welcome news when your good health depends on eating a gluten-free diet.
An ideal substitution for some of your favorite bread, grain and pasta-based dishes, potatoes add a boost of nutritional benefits.
Important to a healthy diet, one medium-sized (5.3oz) skin-on potato has:
Just 110 calories.
No fat, sodium or cholesterol.
Nearly half your daily value of vitamin C.
More potassium than a banana.
A good source of vitamin B6.
Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants.
Resistant starch.

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Our this week’s 159 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GrilledRecipes.
I am not in a mood or situation to make something fancy because maintenance work is on full swing in our house. But I don’t want to skip. And humble potato comes to rescue. So here is a simple easy and delicious grilled potato recipe for you. I make it so often. Enjoy it as a snack or a side dish.
I have used two different marination for the potatoes. One is with Italian flavour and other is with tandoori masala. Made one in grill pan and one in halogen oven.

Recipe

Potato – 2 large

Olive oil – 4 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

With tandoori masala

Potatoes – 2 large

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 3 tablespoon

Tandoori masala – 1 tablespoon

Oil for greasing the pan

Method 1

1. Wash and peel the potatoes. You can also make it with skin.

2. Make thick slices.

3. Heat sufficient water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon oil.

4. When the water starts to rolling boil slide the potato slices.

5. Boil for 5 – 6 minutes.

6. Drain the water.

7. Marinate with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, oregano and chilli flakes.
Marinate for 30 minutes.

8. Now heat a grill pan and grease it with little oil.

9. Place the potato slices on it.

10. When it becomes brown flip and fry the other side too.

Serve hot.

Method 2

1. Heat water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When it starts to rolling boil slide the potato slices.

2. Drain the water and marinate with 1/4 teaspoon salt, thick yogurt and tandoori masala.
Marinate for 30 minutes.

3. Arrange the potato slices on a baking tray.

4. Grill on 200° for 6 minutes. If its not perfectly brown grill for 1 – 2 minutes more. Every oven takes different time so check after 6 minutes.

5. Flip the potato slices and grill the other side for 5 – 6 minutes again.

6. Take out your grilled potatoes on a serving plate.
Serve hot as a snack with tea or coffee or serve as a side dish.
Enjoy….

Notes

1. Tandoori masala has enough oil so don’t need to add extra oil.

2. If you don’t have halogen oven then you can grill it in microwave or OTG.

3. You can use black pepper powder instead of chili flakes or use both if you want more spicy.

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Mochar Chop Or Banana Blossom Croquettes

Mochar chop or banana blossom croquettes. A deep fried delicious snack.
Vitamin and mineral rich banana blossom or flower called mocha in Bengal. Its not only nutritious but also delicious.

Sharing my mother’s recipe today.
I have already shared a traditional Bengali recipe mochar ghono or banana blossom dry curry. Get the recipe here.

The banana tree is the ideal to look up to when it comes to a ‘no wastage’ policy! Almost all parts of the banana tree can be used. The most obvious is the fruit—bananas that we eat almost daily. But, other parts of the tree also offer many health benefits!

Both the South Asians and Southeast Asians use banana flowers as a vegetable. They use it either raw or steamed with dips. They also use those in soups, curries and fried foods. The flavor resembles that of artichoke. Like artichokes, both the fleshy part of the bracts and the heart are edible.
Banana flowers are called banana hearts for a reason! These flowers are pretty, but you should not dismiss them as merely decorative elements. They have a host of health benefits too!

Some of the health benefits of banana flowers are:

Wards Off Infections: …
Reduces Free Radical Activity: …
Reduces Menstrual Bleeding: …
Manages Diabetes And Anemia: …
Rich Source Of Vitamins And Minerals: …
Boosts Mood And Reduces Anxiety: …
Helps Nursing Mothers:
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Now here is a delicious deep fried snack banana blossom croquettes or mochar chop.
You have to oil your hands before cleaning and chopping to avoid stain on your hands due to high iron content.

Recipe

Mocha or banana blossom – 1 small

Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon

Boiled potatoes – 3 large

Green chilli – 2 – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Mustard oil – 2 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Bhaja moshla or roasted spice powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon, get the recipe of bhaja moshla here

Chaat masala powder – 1 teaspoon

Sugar – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Peanut – handful, roasted

Breadcrumb – 2 tablespoon

For batter

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Water – 1/3 cup

Breadcrumb and refined flour or maida for coating

Oil for deep fry

Water – 1 & 1/2 cup

Method

1. Get the method of cleansing and chopping banana blossom here

2. Soak the chopped florets in the water with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon turmeric powder overnight.

3. Next day boil the chopped florets in pressure cooker with 1 & 1/2 cup water for 3 – 4 whistle or cook on high flame for 1 whistle then cook on simmer for 10 – 15 minutes.

4. Let it cool down. Drain the water and wash again in running tap water.
Squeeze all the water.

5. Peel and mash or grate the potatoes.

6. Dry roast and peel the peanuts. Break the peanut into half.

7. Heat 2 teaspoon mustard oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add grated ginger and chopped green chili. Fry till the raw smell goes out.

9. Add squeezed banana blossom or mocha. Saute until dried up completely.

10. Add boiled and mashed potatoes salt, sugar, bhaja moshla or dry roasted and ground spices, chaat masala and cumin powder.

11. Mix well and saute till everything mixed nicely.

12. Add dry roasted peanut, mix and remove from heat and let it cool down.

13. In a bowl mix refined flour or maida and water. Mix water gradually and make a lump free batter.

14. In a plate spread breadcrumb and in another plate spread maida or refined flour.

15. Add 2 tablespoon breadcrumb in the banana blossom and potato mixture. Mix well with hand.

16. Make 7 – 8 balls. Make them round patties or give cylindrical shape.

17. Roll them on refined flour or maida then dip into the cornflour batter.

18. Roll on the breadcrumbs.

19. Make all the chop or croquettes like this.

20. Fry immediately or you can keep these in refrigerator and fry later.

21. Heat sufficient oil in a pan or wok.
Fry all the chop or croquettes. Stir gently with a slotted spatula. Fry evenly from all the sides.

22. Remove from oil and place on pepper towel.

Serve hot with kasundi or Bengali mustard sauce, tomato sauce or any sauce.
Enjoy…..

Notes

1. If you want you can add fried sliced onion in the croquettes. Or fry the onion slices with ginger and green chilli.

2. You can add raisins or chopped cashew nuts with peanut.

3. Add green chilli according to your taste. You can increase or decrease the amount of chillies.

4. You can add chopped and fried coconut pieces in the banana blossom potato mixture.

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