Monday, April 23, 2012

Rice Krispie Chivda



Ingredients

5 cups rice Krispie Cereals

1/2 cup raw peanuts

10-12 curry leaves

2 tsp mustard seeds

1/4 tsp asafoetida

2 tbsp broken cashews (optional)

1/2 tsp turmeric

1/8 tsp amchur powder

1/2 tsp freshly ground coriander-cumin powder

1 1/2 tsp chilli powder (or adjust to taste)

2 tsp sugar

2 tbsp oil

salt to taste

What you need to do:

  • In a heavy bottom pan heat 1 tbsp oil till hot.Turn the heat to low,add the peanuts and cashews and fry till light golden.Drain and remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add the remaining oil.When hot add asafoetida and mustard seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds crackle, add curry leaves and fry for 30 secs.
  • Add turmeric,chilli powder,amchur powder,coriander-cumin powder and fry for a min.
  • Add the sal.Mix and switch off the heat.
  • Drop in the rice krispies,peanuts,cashews and sugar and mix well till all the spices coat each grain of rice krispie.
  • When cooled store in an airtight container.
Variation
  • Add 2 tbsp of golden raisins for a nice sweet bite.Just toss the raisins in oil before you fry the peanuts and cashews for 10 secs,remove with a slotted spoon.
  • Add 1 tsp of chopped garlic to the oil along with the curry leaves.







Thursday, April 12, 2012

Pillow Soft Indian Pav



Ingredients

3 Cups Bread Flour +about  1/2 cup for dusting (I used King Arthur)

1 pack dry yeast,about 2 1/4 tsp (I used Red star Quick rise instant dry yeast)

2 tsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp salt

.3 tbsp oil

1 1/2 cup warm water

1/4 cup water at room temperature

Cooking oil spray

2 tbsp sesame seeds(optional)


What you need to do

  • Place 1/4 cup room temperature water in a microwave safe bowl and warm it for 10 secs.
  • Stir in 1 pack yeast and sugar.Mix well and set aside for 15 mins.
  • At this stage,the yeast mixture should be really frothy,if not the temperature of water is not right for yeast.Start over again.
  • In a large bowl, mix 3 cups bread flour and salt.
  • Make a small well at the center of this dry mix.
  • Add 2 tbsp oil to the yeast mixture and mix
  • Drop the yeast mixture in the well of dry mix.
  • Use warm water little at a time to form a sticky dough.Do not use too much water.You will need about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups water depending on the flour quality.
  • Spread some flour on a clean surface and transfer the dough on it.
  • Start kneading it.Use the flour reserved for dusting ,as needed, if the dough sticks to the surface.
  • The more you knead the dough the better the texture of the bread.
  • At the point the dough turns into a non sticky soft ball,smear the remaining tbsp of oil all over it and knead for another 5 mins.
  • Grease a large bowl with cooking spray.Place the dough bowl , cover with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for 2 hour in a warm place.

  • Grease a baking tray,divide the dough into 15 small balls and place them on the baking tray 1' apart.If there is too much space between two balls the pav will turn flat.

  • Cover this tray with a damp kitchen towel and set aside for an hour.
  • By now all the pav must have swelled and formed a pattern like ladi.Lightly spray the balls with cooking spray and sprinkle their tops with sesame seeds(optional).
  • Preheat the oven for 10 mins at 375 deg F.Place the tray on the center rack of oven and bake the balls  for 20-25 mins until their tops have browned.I have a electric oven and mine took exactly 20 mins.
  • Remove from the oven,spray them again with cooking spray,lightly cover the tray with aluminium foil or a clean kitchen towel and set aside for 5 mins.


  • Yummy soft pav are ready to be served with pav bhaji,misal or bhurji.

Variation
  • Divide the dough into 12 balls for bigger sized pav for sandwiches.





Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Sweet Cinnamon Couscous




A great way to serve couscous to your kids.Quick and easy one pot dish.Ready to be served under 15 mins.


Ingredients

2/3 C Couscous

2 tbsp white/brown sugar (or adjust to taste)

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp silvered almonds

1 tsp unsalted butter/clarified butter

1/8 C  mixture of nuts and dry fruits of your choice.(optional)

1 1/8 C Water




What you need to do

  • Place the water,sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan and bring it to boil.If you would like to add nuts and dry fruits,add them to the water before it come to a boil.
  • Drop in the couscous and butter.
  • Mix well and remove the saucepan off the heat.
  • Cover and let it rest for 5-10 minutes so that all the water get absorbed by the couscous.
  • Lightly fluff it with a fork.Garnish with almonds and serve.

Variation:

  • Replace water with orange juice and cinnamon with orange zest for a yummy orange flavored couscous.

Makes 2 servings.