Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a fast food dish from Maharashtra, consisting of a thick vegetable curry (bhaji) usually prepared in butter (I’ve used very less oil) and served with a soft bread roll (Pav). You can eat it in dinner, lunch or breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 large Potato
  • 1/2 Capsicum
  • 200 gm French beans
  • 100 gm Broccoli/Cauliflower
  • ½ cup Peas
  • ½ cup Pumpkin
  • 2 large chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 large chopped Onion
  • 2 chopped Green Chillies
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds (rai)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp Pav Bhaji Masala
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander Powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • Red chilli powder as per taste
  • 4-5 Whole Wheat Pav

Method

  1. Chop all the Vegetables and put them in a pressure cooker (except Onion, Tomato and Chilli aside to fry later). Add 1 cup water or whatever quantity is required to fully immerse the vegetables. Add salt, and pressure cook for about 10-12 minutes or till vegetables become soft.
  2. Mash all the cooked vegetables using a masher.
  3. In another pan heat Olive Oil in another pan, fry the Onion and then add Green Chillies and Tomatoes. Cook till soft. Add pav bhaji masala and Coriander powder, and sauté for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the mashed vegetables to the pan and cook on high flame for a minute. If you want thick bhaji then reduce the flame and simmer until it gets thick.
  5. Heat a nonstick tawa and put Pav on it without using oil or butter and dry roast for a minute.
  6. Serve with hot whole wheat pav and garnished with chopped Onions and  Lemon wedges.

Tips

  1. If you don’t have Pav Bhaji masala then add 2 Tbsp garam masala with 1 tsp dry mango powder.
  2. You can also grill Pav using butter.
  3. You can substitute potato with pumpkin to increase nutrition.
Pav Bhaji
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Rice Chickpea Salad

A potmeal which you can enjoy with you whole family together. Packed with Chickpeas and Corn a complete and wholesome meal. Make it on a calm day and enjoy with your family and loved one’s.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cooked Rice (any)
  • 1 cup boiled White Chickpeas
  • ½ cup Corn Kernels
  • 1 cup finely chopped Onions
  • 1-2 chopped Green Chill
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • Salt as per taste

For tempering

  • 1-2 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 tsp Black Mustard Seeds
  • 10-12 Curry Leaves

Method

  1. Heat Oil is a wok add chopped Green Chilli and finely chopped Onions. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Now add boiled Chickpeas and satué for 1 minute. Add Corn Kernels and satué for 30 seconds.
  3. Now lower the flame and add Rice and Salt. Mix well.
  4. Heat Oil in a tempering pan add Black Mustard Seeds and Curry Leaves and cook till they start to crackle. Pour it over prepared rice and mix well.
  5. Serve Hot.

      Tips

      • Steam the corns before using to make them soft.
      • Make sure oil for tempring is steaming hot.
      Rice Chickpeas Corn Salad

      Pani Puri

      Pani Puri or Golgappe or Puchka whatever you say it. This is one of the most favourite snack of Indians you would barely find anyone who says that they don’t like Pani Puri. This is the reason why we have 11 different names of this one recipe.

      Ingredients

      • 25-30 Puris
      • 1 cup Sweet Tamarind chutney

      For stuffing

      • boiled White Chickpeas or Potato or you can use a mixture of both(check tips for more combination of stuffing)
      • 1 medium chopped Onion
      • 1 Tbsp Chopped Coriander
      • Black salt as per taste
      • 1 Tbsp Cumin Powder
      • 1 Tbsp Chaat Masala
      • a pinch of Red Chilli Powder(optional)
      • 1-2 Tbsp tiny Gram Flour balls(Boondi)
      • 1-2 Tbsp Sev

      For Water

      • ½ cup chopped Mint leaves
      • ½ cup chopped Coriander leaves
      • ½ cup pulp of boiled Raw Mango
      • 1-2 chopped Green Chilli
      • 1 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
      • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
      • 1 tsp Chaat Masala
      • 3 cups Water(add more or less water according to consistency you want)
      • Black Salt as per taste
      • 2-3 Tbsp tiny Gram Flour balls(Boondi)

      Method

      Preparing stuffing

      1. In a bowl add all the ingredients of stuffing except boondi. Mix well and kep aside.

      Method to make Water

      1. In a blender add all the ingredients and blend into a fine paste using very little water.
      2. Take out the chutney in a large bowl add Water. Mix well. Adjust seasoning, you can add more or less water according to taste and thickness you like.
      3. Add Boondi to Water.
      4. Keep it in refrigerator for 2-3 hours to chill. Or you can add ice to it or use cold water in above step.

      Assembling

      1. Crack the top of the puri making a hole in it.
      2. Add 2-3 tsp of prepared Stuffing with Boondi and Sev.
      3. Stir the water well and fill into the puri.
      4. Serve immediately.

      Tips

      • Other stuffing combination 1. Sprouts 2.Onions 3.Black Chickpeas 4.Yellow dried peas 5. Ragda
      • To make Water more spicy add 1 more green chilli.
      • If you have some broken puris then you can also add it in stuffing.
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      Pani Puri

      Paneer Tikka Pizza

      This fusion of Italian mouth-watering cheese pizza topped with Desi paneer tikka is a treat for your taste buds.

      Check recipe of Pizza BasePizza Sauce and Paneer Tikka

      Ingredients                                     

      • 4 small Pizza Base
      • 1 cup Pizza Sauce
      • 1 cup Paneer Tikka
      • ½ Corn Kernels
      • 1 cup grated Mozzarella Cheese
      • ½ cup grated Parmesan Cheese
      • Herbs (Oregano,Basil, etc.) as per taste
      • Chilli Flakes (if you don’t have Chilli Flakes then you can use Chilli Powder)
      • 2 tsp Tandoori Masala or Tikka Masala

      Method

      1. Mix Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese Together.
      2. Place Pizza Base and spread Pizza Sauce on it.
      3. Top it with Paneer Tikka topping.
      4. Sprinkle cheese mixture over it.
      5. Sprinlke some Herbs and Tandoori or Tikka masala over it.
      6. Place on a wire rack and bake for 7-8 minutes at 210 degree celsius in a pre-heated oven.
      7. Remove form oven and serve hot.

      Tips

      1. If making for kids then avoid using chilli flakes or powder.
      2. If parmesan cheese is not available then you can use only mozzarella cheese or you can also use processed cheese.
      3. Remember to use a pre-heated oven.
      4. Baking temperature of different ovens are different so always keep a check.
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      Paneer Tikka Pizza

       

      Chocolate Coffee Shake

      I love throwing everything in blender and in a minute have a perfect shake in a glass. If you are another Coffee and Chocolate lover then this is a creamy treat for you.

      I didn’t had whipped in stock therefore in picture you can’t see garnished whipped cream. I made this drink in a fuzz therefore picture is very bad.

      Ingredients

      • 2 cups Milk(i used toned milk you can use any)
      • 2-3 scoops of Coffee or Chocolate or Vanilla Ice Cream
      • 2-3 tsp of Coffee granules or powder(avoid if using coffee flavour ice cream)
      • 1-2 tsp Chocolate syrup(if using coffee or vanilla flavour ice cream)
      • handful of Chocolate Chips
      • Whipped cream for garnish(i haven’t used)

      Method

      1. Put all the ingredients in a blender.
      2. Blend until frothy.
      3. Garnish with whipped cream and serve immediately.

      Tips

      • You can add more or less coffee granules and chocolate syrup according to your taste.
      • If you don’t have blender then pour all ingredients in a bag or bottle shake well until everything gets mixed properly and enjoy your drink.
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      Chocolate Coffee Shake

      Veggie Pizza

      Of course you can order it from any store but nothing can beat a homemade pizza. This is a full proof tried and tested recipe, just watch for ingredients and taste is guaranteed. you won’t order a pizza after making this one on your own.

      You’ll need to prepare sauce and base to see their recipe of click Pizza Sauce and Pizza Base

      Ingredients

      • Pizza Base
      • 1 cup Pizza Sauce
      • 1 medium Capsicum sliced or diced
      • 1 large Onion sliced or diced
      • ½ cup Corn Kernels
      • ½ cup diced Cottage Cheese(Paneer)
      • Fresh or dries Herbs(Oregano, Basil,etc.) as per taste
      • Salt as per taste
      • Chilli Flakes as per taste(alternatively you can also use Chilli powder or Black Pepper Powder)
      • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
      • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese

      Method

      1. Take a pizza base apply sauce on it.
      2. Top it with topping(you can add more toppings of your choice).
      3. Sprinkle cheese on it.
      4. Sprinkle Herbs and Chilli Flakes.
      5. Bake for 7-8 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 210 degree celsius.
      6. Remove from oven slice and serve hot.

      Tips

      • Always use cold cheese as it prevents overcooking.
      • I used a combination of Mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese because it gives a nice elastic texture if parmesan is not available to you then use only mozerella cheese or buy pizza cheese.
      • If slicing pizza becomes a task for you then make thin crust pizza and use sharp scissors to cut slices.

      Boun Appetito!

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      Veggie Pizza

      Pizza Sauce

      Tomato Sauce for your Pizza most easiest of DIYs.Why would you go and buy a bottle of pizza sauce containing lots of preservatives when you can make it yourself very easily at home within minutes.

      Ingredients

      • 4-5 medium fresh Tomatoes or ¾ cup Tomato puree
      • 2-3 garlic
      • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil or any other Oil
      • 2 tsp Dried or Fresh Basil
      • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
      • freshly crushed or ground Black Pepper as per taste
      • Salt a per taste

      Method

      preparing in pan

      1. Blanch the Tomatoes and the chop them. If using Tomato puree skip to step-2.
      2. In a deep pan heat Oil. Add chopped Garlic fry for few seconds.
      3. Add the Tomatoes. Let them cook for 4-5 minutes.
      4. Add the Herbs, Salt and Pepper.Mix well.
      5. Cook further for 3-4 minutes.
      6. Cool down and adjust seasoning.
      7. Use immediately or store in a air-tight container in refrigerator, up to 1 week.

      preparing in microwave

      1. Blanch the Tomatoes and the chop them. If using Tomato puree skip to step-2.
      2. Add Oil and Garlic in large bowl and keep for 10-20 seconds.
      3. Add all other ingredients and keep in microwave for 3 minutes.
      4. Take out and crush tomatoes and keep again for 3 minutes.
      5. take out stir well and crush tomatoes if any left to give sauce like texture. Cool down and adjust seasoning.
      6. Use immediately or store in a air-tight container in refrigerator, up to 1 week.

       

      Tips

      • You can change choice and quantity of herbs according to your choice.
      • This recipe makes sufficient sauce for 3 medium pizza so you can adjust quantity according to your need.
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      Pizza Sauce