Methi Thepla

Methi Thepla Recipe

Methi Thepla

Ingredients :
1 cup Wheat Flour
2 crushed Green Chillies
1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
1/2 tsp Haldi (turmeric)
1 tbsp Ginger & Garlic paste
1 tsp Ajwain
1 pinch Hing
1/2 bunch Methi Leaves
1 tsp Coriander powder
1 tsp Cumin Seeds powder
Salt to taste
Oil as needed

Preparation :
• Put wheat flour in a flat vessel bowl.
• Mix all the ingredients in it including the Methi leaves.
• Add 1 tsp oil and knead it. Let it stay for 15 minutes.
• Then make even size small balls of the dough.
• Roll them separately with a rolling pin into a round shape.
Cook on a flat tava or fry-pan, spreading a little oil/ghee on either side, until golden spots appear.
• Repeat the same with the other side.
• When evenly roasted remove it from the tava.
• Repeat this for all the balls.
• Serve them hot with butter or chutney or curd or pickle.

Handwa (Handvo) Recipe

Handwa (Handvo) Recipe

Handwa - Handvo

Ingredients :
Long Grain Rice – 1 cup (200 gms)
Channa Daal – 1/4 cup (50 gms)
Toor Daal – 1/4 cup (50 gms)
Urad Daal – 1 heaping Tbsp
Yogurt – 1/2 cup (150 gms)
Green Chilies – 2 – 3 or to taste, finely chopped or ground
Ginger Paste – 2 tsp
Garlic Paste- 2 tsp (approx 3 large cloves)
Opo/Bottlegourd/Doodhi/Lauki – 1.5 cup, shredded
Salt – 2 tsp or to taste
Ajwain – 1/2 tsp
Sugar – 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Eno Fruit Salt – 1 tsp
Sesame Seeds – 2 Tbsp
Oil – 3 Tbsp (divided)
Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp
Asafoetida (Hing) – 1/4 tsp
Red Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
Curry Leaves – few

Preparation :
Wash Rice and all Daals and soak them for at least 4-6 hours.
Drain water from Rice/Daal and coarsely grind them with Yogurt (if possible, do not add any additional water while grinding). Food processor or blender may be used.
In a medium size mixing bowl, add batter from above and mix in the following: Ginger, Garlic, Green Chilies, Salt, Sugar, Ajwain, Turmeric Powder and Doodhi/Lauki. Mix well.
In a small skillet, heat 1 Tbsp of Oil slightly. Add Curry Leaves and Red Chili Powder. Add this Oil mixture to the above batter and mix well.
Cover and let this batter rest for 6-7 hours or overnight (no need to refrigerate).
Add Eno Fruit Salt and mix well to make the batter foamy.
Heat a thick bottom non-stick shallow Pan,spread some oil. Take some mixture and spread into a thick circle.
Sprinkle Sesame Seeds over the top of the batter.
In a small skillet, heat remaining 2 Tbsp Oil.
Add Mustard Seeds and let them pop. Switch off the stove.
Add Asafoetida(Hing) to the oil.
Drizzle this oil seasoning over the top of the sesame seeds.
Cover and cook for 12min on medium flame.Flip and cook the other side for 10 min till light golden crust forms.
Serve hot with chutney.
Tip: To prepare the handwa, you can use the handwa vessel and bake in the oven.


Khandvi Recipe

Gujarati - Khandvi recipe

Ingredients :
1/2 cup gram flour (besan)
1 cup thin buttermilk
salt to taste
2-3 pinches turmeric powder
1 tbsp oil
For seasoning :
2 tsp oil
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
1 tbsp coconut scraped
1 tbsp coriander finely chopped
2 pinches asafoetida
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 stalk curry leaves

Preparation :
Mix water, flour, buttermilk, salt and turmeric to form a batter.
Heat oil in a heavy pan, add batter. Stir vigorously and evenly to avoid lump formation.
Cook till the mixture does not taste raw, stirring continuously. When done (about 7-8 minutes), pour the mixture in a large flat base plate.
Spread as thin as possible with the back of a large flat spoon. Use circular outward movements as for dosas.
When cool, cut into 2" wide strips. Carefully roll each strip.
Place in a serving dish.

Serving :
Sprinkle coconut and coriander all over khandvi rolls.
Heat oil in a small pan. Add cumin, asafoetida,mustard seeds,curry leaves and chillies.
At last add sesame seeds to the heated oil and immediately pour over rolls.
Serve it as it is or with chutney.

Paneer Makhani Recipe

Paneer Makhani Recipe

Paneer Makhani

Ingredients :
Paneer - 250 gms
Onion paste - 1 cup
Tomato Puree - 3 big ones
Ginger Garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander Powder(Dhania Powder) - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp
Cashew nut paste - 3 tbsp
Cream - 1 cup
Bay Leaf(Tej Patta) - 1
Green Cardamom(Elaichi) - 3
cloves(Laung) - 4
Salt to taste
Butter - 3 tsp
Saffron(Kesar) - 5-6 strands or orange color -a pinch
Sugar - 1/4 tsp
Milk - 50 ml.
Kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves) - 1/2 tsp

Preparation :
Cut the paneer into cubes and fry them in butter till golden color. Remove into a dish and add a cup of hot water to the fried paneer cubes and let them sit in it. This makes Paneer softer.
Warm milk and soak saffron(Kesar) in it.
Make Onion Paste and Tomato puree separately in a blender and Keep aside.
In a pan, heat butter. Add the bay leaf(Tej Patta), cloves, green cardamom and fry for a minute, then add Onion paste and fry till its turns pink and then add the ginger garlic paste. Fry both till the onion paste turns golden brown.
Then add cashew paste along with all the spice powders. Simmer and then add the tomato puree and crushed kasuri methi. Mix well.
Add about 1/2 cup water and bring to boil then add the fried paneer.Simmer and cook till it thickens. When the gravy is thick enough, add the cream and simmer for another 10 mins. Finally add the milk that has the saffron. Optionally, you can add orange food color if you want richer color.
Let the curry sit for 10-15 mins before serving.Garnish with coriander leaves.

This tastes great with Jeera Rice, Tandoori Roti, Chapati, Paratha or Naan.

Khaman Dhokla Recipe

Khaman Dhokla Recipe

Khaman Dhokla

Ingredients :
Channa dal (split bengal gram) – 1 cup
Moong dal with skin – 1 cup
Chilli-ginger paste – 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
Buttermilk – ½ cup
Sugar – 1 tsp
Soda-bi-carb – ½ tsp
Oil – 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
A pinch of asafoetida (Hing)
For Dhokla :
Oil – 30 ml
Water – 30 ml
Soda-bi-carb – ¼ tsp
A big pinch of citric acid
For Tempering :
Oil – 2 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Coriander leaves for garnishing

Preparation :
Soak both the dals separately for about five hours.
Remove the skin from the moong dal and grind both the dals to a paste.
Mix both the pastes with other ingredients.
Beat the mixture to make it light and fluffy. Cover it with a tight lid and keep aside in a warm place for about five hours to ferment.

For the dhokla :
Combine the oil, water and citric acid in a small vessel and heat it.
When it starts boiling, remove from the fire and add half a teaspoon of soda-bi-carb. Stir with a spoon and pour it in the fermented batter. Mix well.
Take a vessel big enough to hold a plate having an eight-inch diameter. Add about four cups of water in it, and place a metal ring in the center to put the plate on. Cover the vessel with a tight lid and boil the water.
Meanwhile, grease the plate with oil and pour the fermented batter. Place it on the ring inside the vessel. Cover and steam for 15 minutes. The batter will rise and make spongy dhoklas.
Take out the plate carefully and cool for about 10 minutes. Cut into square pieces and serve in a plate.

For the tempering :
Prepare the tempering by heating oil and mustard seeds. When the seeds stop spluttering, add sesame seeds and cover with a lid. Switch off the gas and wait till the spluttering stops.
Pour over the dhokhlas evenly. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot or cold with chutney.

Dal Fry Recipe

Dal Fry Recipe

Dal Fry Recipe

Ingredients :
1½ cup toor dal
4 tbsp oil
3 tbsp cumin seeds
1 large onion
2 large fresh tomatoes
2-3 thin green chilies
1 teaspoon red chili powder
1 tbsp garam masala
3 tsp sugar
2 tbsp salt

Preparation :
Wash toor daal in 4 changes of water, then set to cook. put enough water in the toor dal to be about 1 1/2 inches above the dal. If you don't have a pressure cooker, it should take somewhere around 45 minutes for the daal to become soft.
In a Saute pan add oil, cumin, finely chopped onion and green chillies. Saute until the onions are transparent.

Add diced tomatoes and saute for 2 more minutes.

Check the dal to make sure it is soft, then mash with a potato masher until you have a porridge-like consistency. If you need to retrieve water from the pan, then do it beforehand. Just remember, you can always put the water back in, if there isn't enough, but you can't take it out once the dal is mashed.
After the dal is mashed add the saute mixture.
Add red chili powder for more heat if necessary.   
Add garam masala, salt and sugar. stir over heat for 2 minute and it is ready.

Serve with Phulka, Roti, Chapati, Paratha or with Plain Rice / Jeera Rice.

Paneer Masala Recipe

Paneer Masala Recipe

Paneer Masala Recipe

Ingredients :
200 grams Paneer
2-3 tbsp Butter
1 tbsp Ginger-Garlic paste
1 medium Onion
2 medium tomatoes
1 tbsp Coriander Powder
½ tbsp garam masala powder
2 tbsp red chili powder
2 tbsp Tomato ketchup
1 cup milk
3-4 tbsp Oil
¼ cup chopped cilantro(Kothmir or Dhania)
Salt to taste

Preparation :
1) Shallow fry paneer pieces.
2) Cut onions thin and lengthwise.Heat 3-4 tbsp vegetable oil and fry onions till they become brown in color.
3) Boil 2 tomatoes, peel tomatoes and make its puree without adding water.
4) Now we will make a mixture for gravy. In a bowl, mix the following ingredients together coriander powder, garam masala powder, red chili powder, tomato ketchup, tomato puree, 1 cup milk.
5) Heat a kadai, melt 3 tbsp butter. Stir by adding ginger-garlic paste. Add fried onion. After adding onion stir for a minute and then pour the mixture we prepared for gravy and stir. On a medium low heat cook the gravy by covering the kadai with lid. Add salt to taste and fried paneer pieces. Bring it to boil for 2 minutes. Garnish with cilantro(Kothmir/Dhania).

Serve hot with naan or Tandoori Roti.


Tandoori Naan Recipe

Butter Naan

Ingredients :
Maida(flour) - 400 grams (2 cup) + 100 grams dry Maida
Fresh curd - 50 grams (1/4 cup)
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Salt - 2/3 tsp or add to taste
Oil - 1 1/2 tbsp
Ghee/butter to make Naan

Preparation :
Take Maida in any utensil. Make a little crater in the middle of the Maida with your hands. Now put curd, baking soda, salt, sugar and oil in the crater and mix these properly with Maida using your hands.
Put little amounts of water at a time in the mixture and knead Maida. You can feel yourself when the kneaded dough turns very soft and smooth. Cover the dough and keep it aside in a warm place for 2 hours allowing it to ferment.
Heat the Tandoor(furnace).
Make 10 equal sized balls of the dough. Take one ball of Maida, apply dry flour and roll into a round circle(5 to 6 inches in diameter). Spread butter/Ghee on it evenly. Fold the rolled Naan into half(forming a semi circle), then again apply butter /Ghee on this folded section. Now double this fold as it takes the shape of a triangle then apply dry flour to it. Then prepare by rolling it like a paratha on all 3 sides(thinly) and make them ready.
Place this rolled Naan in the Tandoor to cook. After one side turns brown flip the Naan over to the other side.
Naan is ready. Take out Naan on a plate and apply Ghee on it, Cut into 2 halves using a Naan cutter (Optional).
Prepare all Naans in this same manner.

Paneer Bhurji Recipe

Paneer Bhurji Recipe

Paneer Burji

Ingredients :
200 gms Paneer
1 tbsp Oil
1/4 tsp Cumin seeds
2 Green Chillies
1 Small Onion
1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 tsp Garam Masala Powder
1 tsp Ginger-Garlic Paste
1 medium Tomato
1/2 tsp Salt ( or as per taste)

Preparation :
Chop the onions, tomatoes and chillies finely.
Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan, add the cumin seeds, chopped onions and the ginger garlic paste, fry till brown.
Add the chillies and tomatoes and fry till they are soft and pulpy.
Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, salt and little water so that all the masalas are well combined.
Add grated paneer and fry for 5 minutes till the paneer blends into the masala.
Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

Tastes yummy with Roti/Naan, or even with Bread.

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji Recipe

Pav Bhaji

Ingredients :
Potato - 200 grams cleaned and chopped
Carrot - 100 grams cleaned and chopped
French beans - 100 grams cleaned and chopped
Cauliflower - 100 grams cleaned and chopped
Green peas - 100 grams cup shelled
Oil or Ghee - 2 tblspn
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tspn
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tspn
Chilli powder - 1/2 tspn
Pav Bhaji masala - 2 tspn
Tomato - 2 finely chopped
Capsicum - 2 finely chopped
Ginger - 1 piece (finely grated) or 2 tspn paste
Green chilli - 3 to 4 (finely chopped )
Coriander leaves - 100 gram (finely chopped )
Lemon - 1
Salt - (as per taste )
Butter - (as required )
Pav - 4 piece (a kind of bun)

Preparation :
For Bhaji -
Boil the vegetables (potatoes, carrots, french beans, cauliflower) with half a tea spoon of salt and a cup of water. When done, mash all the vegetables with the help of a table spoon or Potato smasher. Set aside.

Heat oil/ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds (optional). Add chopped onions and fry until they turn light brown. Add turmeric powder, tomatoes, capsicum, chilli powder and green chilli, and fry for 2 - 3 minutes. Now, add ginger and Pav Bhaji masala. Fry till the oil surfaces.

Add all the mashed vegetables, put salt as required and some water if needed. Let it Boil for few minutes.
Now your bhaji is ready.

For Pav -
Slit Pav horizontally, leaving one edge attached(like an open book). On a hot pan, melt some butter. Arrange 2 or 3 buns on the pan. Roast both the sides of the Pav. Spread some butter on the inside of the Pav and roast it till it becomes brown. Your Pav is ready!

Serving :
Garnish Bhaji with Coriander and finely chopped Onions.
Serve Bhaji with Pav and lemon wedges.

Dahi Vada Recipe

Dahi Vada Recipe

Dahi Vada

Ingredients :
1 Cup Urad daal
Salt to taste
Oil to fry
1 kg Dahi (yogurt)
1/2 tsp grated Ginger
Finely chopped coriander leaves
1-2 green chilies chopped
Salt to taste
2 tsp Roasted cumin(jeera)powder
Red chili powder to taste

Preparation :
For Vada -
Clean, wash and soak the daal overnight.
Grind it into smooth paste.
Add salt to taste.
Heat oil in a pan and drop a spoonfuls of batter and fry till golden brown.
Take the hot vadas and put them in cold water for 2-3 minutes.
Now Take them out of water, squeeze out the water and keep aside.
For Dahi(yogurt) -
Blend the curd(yogurt) and little water until it is smooth.
Keep in refrigerator for an hour to get chilled.
Add salt, red chili powder and cumin powder.

Serving :
In a deep dish arrange wada and pour dahi over them.
Now add Imli (tamarind) chutney and green chutney.
Garnish with coriander.
Serve the dahi vadas chilled.