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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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

 

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

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka my favourite starter. This recipe uses hung curd or sour cream with some spices a quick, simple and delicious paneer tikka recipe. Make it in Tandoor or tawa or microwave(I’ll tell you how to prepare in all three of them) it tastes delicious in every version.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cubed Paneer(Cottage cheese)
  • 1 large diced Capsicum(any colour you cal also use all three of them)
  • 1 large diced Onion
  • Chat masala as required

For marinade

  • ¾ cup hung Curd or thick Curd or Sour Cream
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste or crushed Ginger Garlic
  • 1 tsp Carom seeds(Ajwain)
  • 1 to 2 tsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder(Haldi)
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder(Jeera powder)
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder(Dhaniya powder)
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tsp dry Mango Powder(Amchur powder)
  • 1 tsp Chaat Masala
  • ½ tsp Black Pepper Powder (optional)
  • juice of half Lemon
  • Rock salt or black salt as per taste
  • 1-2 Oil or Ghee(Clarified Butter) for brushing
  • 1 Tbsp Gram Flour

Method

  1. In a large bowl mix together all the ingredients of marinade.
  2. Add Paneer cubes and diced veggies in the marinade and marinate well. Keep inside refrigerator for about 1- 1½ hours.
  3. After taking it out of refrigerator let it come to Room Temperature.
  4. In oven- Place marinated veggies and paneer on a baking tray and bake for  7-8 minutes at 200 degree celsius in a pre-heated oven. Turn and bake for more 5-6 minutes.
  5. In tandoor- Put everything on skewers and grill in tandoor until golden brown.
  6. On Tawa- Place veggies and paneer on a heated non-stick tawa with little oil and grill till golden brown from all sides.
  7. Sprinkle Chat masala over it and serve hot.

Tips

  • Use light hands while marinating as paneer pieces might break.
  • If you are using skewers then soak them in water for 15-20 minutes before using.
  • If you are in a hurry you can also marinate for 15-20 minutes only.
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Paneer Tikka

Onion Fritters

Onion Fritters/Onion Pakora/Kanda Bhajiya whatever you call it if you want to enjoy Monsoon evenings or Chilly winter days or to entertain guests, Onion Fritters accompanied with a cup of hot Tea or your favourite chutney is always a thumbs up and always a reason to skip your diet. Simple and quick recipe with just few ingredients. I even tried making it healthy without frying it but nothing can beat original recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3 medium sliced Onion
  • ½ cup Gram Flour
  • ¼ cup Rice Flour
  • 1 tsp grated Ginger
  • 1 tsp Tumeric Powder
  • a pinch of Asateofedia
  • some Coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp Carom seeds
  • Oil for frying
  • Water as required

Method

  1. In a large bowl add Gram Flour, Rice Flour, Ginger, Asateofedia, Coriander Leaves, Carom seeds and Tumeric Powder. Mix well. Then add sliced Onions and water and make it into a thick batter.
  2. Heat Oil in a wok, pour batter into hot oil using a spoon and fry them for 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Take out and drain excess oil on a kitchen tissue paper.
  3. Sprinkle some Chat masala and serve hot with a cup of Tea and chutney or sauce of your choice.

Tips

  1. Adding Rice flour gives fritters a crunch so if you don’t have you can avoid using it.
  2. Be careful while dropping batter in hot oil as it might splash.
  3. Don’t add too much batter in oil as fritters might stick together.
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Onion Fritters