Veg. Grilled Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8-10 slices of Brown Bread or Whole Wheat Bread
  • 1 medium Potato, boiled and sliced into rounds
  • 1 small to medium Cucumber l, sliced
  • 1 small Onion, sliced
  • 1 small to medium Tomato, sliced
  • Butter as required
  • Chaat Masala powder as required
  • Roasted Cumin powder as required
  • Black Salt or Regular Salt as required
  • freshly milled Black Pepper – optional
  • 1/2 cup Coriander chutney
  • Tomato ketchup or sauce to be served with the sandwiches

Method

  1. Rinse, peel and slice the Onion,Potatoes,Tomatoes and Cucumber in thin rounds.
  2. Butter all the Bread slices. The butter has to be spread evenly and generously so that the bread does not become soggy on spreading the chutney.
  3. Spread some Green Chutney on the slices.place a few slices of Potatoes, then place 2 to 3 Cucumber, Tomato and Onion slices. Sprinkle roasted Cumin powder, Chaat masala powder and Black salt.
  4. Cover the sandwiches with the remaining slices of Bread.
  5. Spread Butter on the top of slices.
  6. In a pre heated grill, place the sandwich carefully with the buttered side facing at the bottom. Now spread butter on the top side facing you.
  7. Close the grill and grill the sandwiches for 2-3 minutes or till crisp and golden.
  8. Remove the grilled sandwiches with a wooden spatula. Serve Hot.

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

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

Awadhi Vegetable Biryani with Burrani

Aromatic Saffron Rice layered with lots of vegetables and served with burrani(garlic flavoured yogurt).

Ingredients

For Biryani

  • 1½ cups Basmati Rice
  • 2 medium Carrots
  • 2 medium Carrots
  • 10-15 French beans
  •  10-12 florets Cauliflower
  •  1 cup Green peas
  • Salt to taste
  • 5-6 Green Cardamom (choti elaichi)
  • 2 Black Cardamom (badi elaichi)
  • 10-15 Cloves (laung)
  • ½ inch Cinnamon (dalchini) 2 sticks
  • 1 Bay Leaf (tez patta)
  • ½ tsp Caraway seeds (shahi jeera)
  •  1 ½ Tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp Coriander powder
  • ¾ cup Yogurt
  • ½ tsp Rose water
  • Saffron (kesar) a few strands
  • ½ cup Fresh tomato puree
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh coriander leaves chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh mint leaves chopped
  • ½ cup crispy fried Onions
  • ½ cup fried Cottage Cheese
  • 2 tsp Clarified Butter (Desi Ghee)
  • 2 Tbsp roasted Cashew
  • 2 Tbsp roasted Almond
  • 2 Tbsp roasted Raisin
  • For Burrani

  • 1 cup Yoghurt
  • 5-6 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp chili flakes

Method

For Biryani

  1. Cook Rice until ¾th done with 2 Green Cardamoms, 1 Black Cardamom, 5 Cloves, ½ stick of Cinnamon.
  2. Heat a Wok. Add the remaining Green Cardamoms, Cloves, Black Cardamom and Cinnamon along with Bay Leaf and Caraway Seeds and roast. Add Onions, Carrot, French Beans, Cauliflower florets and Green peas.Sprinkle salt, cover and cook on medium heat for two minutes.

  3. Add Ginger-Garlic paste mixed with a little water and stir. Cover and cook for two minutes. Add Turmeric Powder, Red chilli powder and Coriander powder and cook.
  4. Add Tomato puree and ¼ cup Yogurt to the vegetables along with half teaspoon Garam masala powder and mix well. Simmer for two minutes.
  5. Whisk remaining Yogurt with Rose water and Saffron. Add a little Water or Milk and whisk well.

  6. Take a microwave safe deep bowl.Arrange a layer of Rice at the bottom. Over that arrange half the cooked Vegetables, Cottage cheese, roasted dry fruits and Yogurt mixture followed by half of the remaining Garam masala powder, half the Coriander leaves, half the Mint leaves, Fried Onions and half the Yogurt mixture. Arrange the remaining vegetables followed by the remaining Rice.Sprinkle the remaining Garam masala powder, remaining Coriander leaves, remaining Mint leaves, remaining Cottage cheese, fried Onions,roasted dry fruits and the remaining Yogurt mixture. On top layer add little Clarified Butter.
  7. Cover with a silicon lid and cook in the microwave oven for four to five minutes on HIGH (100%). Let it stand for five minutes. Serve hot with Burrani, sliced onions and mint chutney.

For Burrani

  1. Whisk the Yogurt till smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients to Yogurt and mix well. Place in refrigerator to chill about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Serve Chilled.
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Awadhi Veg Biryani

 

Tips

  • I’ve used Tomato Puree but Awadhi biryani doesn’t contain tomato so you can avoid it and instead add little more Yogurt.
  • Instead of roasting dry fruits in oil you can dry roast them in a heated wok or place them in microwave on HIGH 100% for 34-40 seconds.
  • Adding clarified butter on top gives a more authentic flavour and a nice aroma you can avoid it if you want.
  • Make sure that silicon lid of your microwave safe bowl is closed properly.
  • Instead of chopping mint and coriander leaves tear them roughly using your hand