Saturday, 19 May 2018

Misal Pav - tasty home cooked misal

Misal Pav is one of very famous snack in various regions of  Maharashtra. It is also had for breakfast or as a meal at lunch or dinner. Be it any time misal pav is one of tastiest dish. Today let's see how to make it at home


Ingredients:
1. 1 cup sprouted matki/moth
(Read below how to make sprouts at home)
2. 1 onion, finely chopped
3. 1 tomato, finely chopped
4. 3-4 garlic cloves
5. 1/2 inch piece of ginger
6. 7-8 curry leaves
7. 2 tbsp peanuts
8. 1 tbsp red chilli powder
9. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
10. 1-1/2 tbsp Maharashtrian goda masala (you can use Garam masala if you don't have this handy)
11. Pinch of hing
12. 1/2 tsp rai
13. 1/2 tsp jeera
14. 5 tbsp oil
15. Chopped onion, coriander and sev or farsan, and lemon pieces for serving
16. Ladi pav 4-6 pieces

Preparation:
1. Grind ginger and garlic together to fine paste. Keep aside
2. For this recipe use a steel pan/pot that can fit in your cooker. Or you can also directly make misal in small pressure cooker. Heat oil in the pan or cooker and add rai, jeera, hing and curry leaves
3. Next add chopped onion and fry it till golden brown.
4. Add chopped tomato and cook till it is soft
5. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till the raw smell is gone
6. Now add all masala, like turmeric, chilli powder and goda masala(or garam masala) and fry till oil starts separating
7. Add peanuts ans give it a stir.
8. Next add the matki sprouts and mix well. Cook on high flame for 2-3 mins
9. Reduce the flame and add around 1-1/2 cups water. Add salt and mix well.
If you used pan for this then transfer the pan in pressure cooker(don't forget to add water at bottom of the cooker). And if you used cooker directly then close the lid. In both ways cook the misal for 2 whistles. Do no take out the pressure, but let it cool and release.

Once the steam evaporates, your misal is ready. 
For serving:
Serve misal topped with chopped onion, coriander and sev/farsan. I prefer sweeter farsan like Khatta-Meetha on misal, but if you are spicy food lover, spicy sev or lahasun sev is better choice. Enjoy misal with lemon and pav!

Kitchen Gyan
To make Matki/Moth sprouts:
Wash 3/4 (three fourth) cup dry Matki beans and soak it in water overnight. Make sure you have around 1 inch water level above the dry matki. Next day morning drain the water. Now to sprout matki you can use below two ways:

1. Transfer soaked matki in a soft clear cotton cloth and tie a knot. Keep this potali in a airy vessel like strainer/chalni, cover it and keep in comparatively darker place in your kitchen. On same night, sprinkle little water on the cloth if it has become too dry. You can use these sprouts the next day.

2. Another way is just leave the drained matki in a covered airy vessel for that day and night. I use the steel chalni or vegetable strainer that has small holes. Place this vessel next to you gas stove in a warm area on kitchen platform. 



Misal pav also makes it easy to carry picnic food. You just have to pack misal, chopped onion, coriander, lemon, some pav and farsan and can assemble at the time of serving like we have done above!



Sunday, 6 May 2018

Sweet potato fries

 This is an easy way to get your kids eat sweet potatoes. This fries make great after school snack and are quick to make. For this I have used purple skin sweet potatoes that we commonly get in India. 


Ingredients:
1. 2 long sweet potatoes
2. 1/2 tbsp chilli flakes
3. 1/2 tbsp all purpose seasoning
4. 1/4 tbsp fresh ground black papper 
5. Salt to taste
6. Oil for frying

Preparation:
1. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into long strips 
2. Sprinkle salt and keep it aside 
3. Heat a pan and drizzle it with oil and spread the fries. Make sure you have single layer. If the pan area is small, repeat in batches.
After 2-3 few mins turn the fries and fry on other side as well till golden in colour.
 I preferred shallow frying but you can deep fry as well 
Remove from pan and sprinkle papper, chilli flakes and seasoning.
Serve hot! 

As such I did not find need of any ketchup as fries tasted great and slightly sweet on it's own. If desired you can serve with spicy tomato ketchup


    

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Butter Tomato uttapa - Lunch box series recipe 12

Today's post is extra special!! My passion for kitchenkatta blog has reached another heights ..literally!!
I am posting today from above 35000ft!! Yes you read that right ..all thanks to Delta airlines in flight connectivity! And no this is not review or paid post. It's just my true love for kitchenkatta and my belief that if you want to follow your passion you will find opportunity in anything :)
Well so after this long start today's recipe on another dear to heart topic on Lunch box !!
Here it comes Butter Tomato Uttapa with details of making the batter.


How to prepare dosa batter:
To make batter soak 3 cups dosa rice, 1 cup urad daal and 1 tbsp methi seeds for 8-9 hours and grind them together to fine batter. Ferment the batter overnight and use it next day.
Store the leftover batter in fridge.
Same way you can make idly batter as well but use idli rice or any regular rice for it.

Ingredients:
1. 2 cups dosa batter

2. 2 medium sized red tomatoes
3. 1/2 tbsp  turmeric powder
4. salt to taste
5. Butter as needed for making uttapa

Preparation:
1. Cut tomatoes and make smooth puree for it. No need to cook tomatoes for this step
2. Add the tomatoes puree to dosa batter and mix evenly
3. Add salt and turmeric powder. The batter will turn sligt Orange in color
4. On a non-stick dosa tava/pan apply butter and make uttapa. These will be thicker than regular dosa. Apply more buetter and cook both sides
These tomato uttapa taste great on its own tough you can serve it with coconut chutney also.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Panchmel Daal

Health and wealth both are built only slowly with small focused efforts at time. Isn't it? Eating healthy food has to be a routine, conscious effort and not a one day thing. Thorough out this blog you will find me resonating with this thought of consuming healthy with our everyday ingredients and today I bring one such humble, simple protein rich recipe. The idea is to include this panchmel daal which combines various varieties of daal, at least once in a week in your meals.



Ingredients:
1. 1/2 cup tuwar daal
2. 1/4 cup yellow moong daal
3  3 tbsp chana daal
4. 3 tbsp masoor daal
5. 2 tbsp urad daal
6. One onion, finely chopped
7. 3-4 cloves of garlic finely chopped
8. 2 whole red chillies
9. 1 tbsp garam Masala
10. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
11. 2 tbsp red chilli powder
12. 1/2 tsp rai
13. 1/2 tsp jeera
14. 1/2 tsp hing
15. 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped
16. 3 tbsp oil
17. Salt to taste

Preparation:
1. Wash all 5 daal together and keep aside for 10 mins
2. Pressure cook washed daals for 3 whistles
3. In a pan, heat oil, add rai, jeera, hing and whole red chillies and try it well. Add chopped onion and garlic and fry till it turns slightly brown
4. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, garam masala and fry well 
5. Add cooked daal and salt. Mix well, add water to adjust consistency. Keep thick daal and not runny. 
Garnish with fresh coriander and serve hot with parartha, phulka or rice. You can also add tadaka before serving.



Friday, 16 March 2018

Brinjal- green peas side dish (Vange vatanyachi bhaji)

Brinjal and green peas curry with sweetish taste of green peas makes this curry very satisfying. As always this is easy and quick recipe. Though I discovered it accidentally when running short of veggies, it turned out to be a a great combination and now one of our favorite side dish.

  

Ingredients:
1. Round 6-7 medium sized brinjal
2. 1/2 cup Fresh green peas
3. 1 tbsp red chilli powder
4. 1 and half tbsp Garam Masala
5. 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
6. Salt to taste
7. 1/2 tablespoon sugar
8. 3-4 tbsp oil
9. 1/4 tsp rai
10. pinch of hing
11. 2 tbsp fresh coriander chopped

Preparation:
1. Wash the brinjal and remove the stem part and give 2 cut such as to  make 4 petals in brinjal. Do not separate the pieces
2. Mix turmeric powder, chilli powder, garam masala, salt and sugar and keep aside
3. Heat oil and add Rai. As it crackles add hing.
4. Add brinjal to hot oil and let them fry. As the brinjal turn slightly brown on all sides, add green peas. Try for another two three minutes and add the mix masala.
5. Add water such that brinjals are covered, cover and cook still brinjal are soft and water reduces to almost half
6. Garnish with coriander.
Serve with paratha, phulka or daal-rice. 


Saturday, 3 March 2018

Instant Tomato Pickle

Simple and tasty this Tomato pickle is quick to make and adds a tang to the meal. I loved making this as it need a very few ingredients and yet helps satisfy my pickle love!



Ingredients:

1. 7-8 medium tomatoes (around 1/2 kg)
2. 1/2 cup oil
3. 1/2 tbsp rai
4. 1/2 tbsp methi seeds
5. 6-7 cloves of garlic
6. 3-4 dry red chillies
7. 1 inch ball size tamarind
8. 4 tbsp Achar Masala of any brand( one used for mango pickle)
9. Salt to taste

Preparation:

1. Wash, dry and cut tomatoes in pieces. Clean and cut garlic cloves in small pieces
2. Heat 2 tbsp oil, add tomatoes and tamarind to it and keep cooking till tomatoes are cooked and soft. Add salt to tomatoes while cooking. Keep stirring occasionally while cooking. Do not cover
3. Cool the cooked tomatoes to room temperature and run though blender to smooth paste
4. Heat another 2-3 tbsp oil in a pan and add rai as it crackles, add methi seeds and chopped garlic. Cook it for 1-2 mins still it starts giving aroma
5. Add the cooked tomatoes, tamarind paste to it and mix well. Add the Achar Masala and mix well. Cook till oil starts separating. Turn off the heat and let it cool
6. Heat remaining oil and add dry red chillies and it tampers turn off heat. Cool this oil to room temperature. Mix the oil and red chillies with the cooled tomato pickle
Store the ready pickle in clean dry glass jar. As this is not fermented pickle, prefer to store it in the fridge and small portion outside for daily use.

Enjoy tangy tomato pickle with hot parathas of daal-rice.





Friday, 16 February 2018

Singhada - Bhagar Flour poori

In some ways traditional fasting food or "vrat ka khana" has ingredients are that are packed with nutrients. One such ingredient is Singhada or water caltrop. Singhada has cooling properties and also improves appetite along with being source of various useful minerals like iodine and manganese. But then food need not be always complected so much, isn't it?

In simple words it tastes great. And be on fasting or not, it is always good to add variety to your daily food consumption which in a way also helps you get valuables nutrients which you miss on otherwise. So even if you are not fasting, you can try replacing your regular poori breakfast with these Singhada-Bhagar flour poories. Here I share very simple yet very tasty recipe for making these.



Ingredients:

1. 1/2 cup Singhada flour
2. 1/2 cup Bhagar(Vari che tandul) flour (samak ka atta) 
3. 2 medium sized boiled and peeled potato
4. 1 tbsp ginger-green chilli paste
5. 1/2 tbsp jeera
6. Salt to taste
7. Oil for deep frying

Preparation:

1. In a bowl, mash the boiled potato with hands. Make smooth paste without any lumps
2. Now add Singhada and Bhagar flour, salt, ginger-chilli paste , jeera to it and mix well
3. The dough should form with moisture of the boiled potato. If the fix is too dry add spoonful water at a time and mix. Make stiff dough, apply little oil and keep aside
4. Now make small balls of the dough. To make poories, place a plastic sheet on flat surface, place the dough ball on it, cover with another plastic sheet and gentlu press the dough ball between two plastic sheets with your hands to make the poori
5. Heat oil and deep fry poori till brown on both sides. Repeat for remaining poories

Serve hot with cucumber raita or curds.




Here is boiled Singhada that we get in my hometowan from. The inner white seed is what is consumes. In this form it is also high on water and fiber.


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