July 12, 2017

Instant Bread Dosa | Instant Dosa Varieties

That's right - No fermentation, no waiting. Instant Dosa for those 4pm hunger pangs or a quick breakfast / supper idea. This was a recipe I wanted to make the moment I saw it. Predictably, both my kids love most dosas, and this was welcomed for it was instant and super yummy !

They didn't even realise it had bread in it, and even after I told them, they didn't (couldn't) believe it. The only grouse was why did I make only 6 for 4 members in the family ! well, all in all - a winner and i love the fact that bread can be re-used in such an inviting form.

Trust you liked the series this week with secret ingredients : Pasta Pakora, Cream of cauliflower soup and today's bread dosa. I have adapted this recipe from a TV show, with some modifications to suit our palate. Do try it out and let me how you liked it :-)




Prep time : 10 mins, standing time : 20 mins ; makes : 6 dosas (Indian Crepes)
Served with : Any chutney / Tiffin Sambhar. We add a bit of jaggery & tangy Coriander Chutney  on the side and loved it :-)

Ingredients:
Bread - 8 slices ( I used brown bread, but white also works fine)
Chiroti Rava - 4 TBSP (or fine sooji / semolina)
Fine Rice flour - 2 TBSP + 1 tsp
Curd / yoghurt - 1/4 cup ( for a vegan recipe, you can replace with cashew curd)
Water - 1/3 cup approx (adjust based on consistency)
Salt - as reqd (remember bread also has salt)
Oil - to make the dosas

Optional add-ons:
Onions - 1 minced
chopped Coriander leaves - 2 tsp



How to make:
Trim the edges of the bread. Blend into bread crumbs, add the sooji, rice flour, salt and mix well. Now add the curd and water and soak well for 20-25 mins. 
Blend it to a pouring consistency, add salt. Add a little more water to get a flowing consistency if needed.
Heat the tava, drizzle some oil and brush with a soft cloth.
Add minced onions and coriander if using. 
Take a ladle of batter and spread on the tava into a dosa. Drizzle little oil around the edges and cook till crispy on one side. 
Serve hot with any chutney or sambhar.

Notes:
You can also stuff Potato fry into the dosa to make Masala dosa with the same batter. 
Dont let the batter become too thin or thick.
If needed, add few tsp of powdered oats to make a healthier version of this dosa.


Sending this to BM 77 under "Secret Ingredient Theme"


July 11, 2017

Braided Garlic Bread for #Breadbakers | Easy Braided recipes

Sometimes, its a lack of motivation that keeps me from doing thing I have wanted to do. Before baking breads at home, it was easy to buy loaves from outside and make sandwiches (hey ! we still do that :-)) . But taming the yeast took me long enough - from brick hard breads to under baked to over burnt, it has been a long journey. (and am still learning with each bake !)


Being part of #Breadbakers group has been a blessing to look at yeasted breads in a totally new light way - although breads (other than flatbreads/ stuffed breads with wholewheat) isnt our staple diet, the challenges so far has been a wonderful journey to learn new methods with unfamiliar ingredients ,  ogling at a few masterpiece creations, and learning a little more about sourdough breads, crumb and crust textures.

I still struggle with the basic loaf bread (perhaps I haven't challenged myself enough), but our host Gayatri (a baker and a close friend is someone I have admired for over 4 years now - we have met twice as part of another group !) has asked us to make braided breads for June. Trust me, I just hopped into the challenge, and even typed my yet-to-be-baked bread as my entry. And then the jitters started.



And then I HAD to do it - there was no way I couldn't back out from a challenge I had entered into :) Thanks to the push, here's my basic bread dough transformed into a beautiful garlic braided bread - yes the finish could be better, but am glad I could make it. Garlic is one of our most preferred flavours in bakes - as is evident in roasted garlic focaccia , Cheese garlic bombs (both incidentally baked for Breadbakers) & Coriander Garlic Pull apart rolls.

It was easier than shaping the perfect loaf, so I shall definitely be making more braided breads - it makes for such an elegant centrepiece at the table. The girls devoured it one early Sunday morning, and the next time I shall serve it with some soup.

For now, this is a beautiful bread and thanks to #breadbakers, I have one more to-do bake ticked off my list :)

Prep time : 20 min, Rise time : 1 hour + 45 mins ; Bake time : 22 mins.

Ingredients:

  • Basic pizza dough or a basic bread dough  - 1 portion (about 350 gms)
  • Garlic pods - 8 to 10 - crushed
  • Olive oil - 1 TBSP
  • Salt and chilli flakes - 1 tsp

How to make:
  1. I used a frozen portion of my bread dough, Thaw the frozen dough to room temperature.
  2. But if you want to make a fresh batch, please do so. If using fresh dough, let it proof once till doubled. Once done, punch down a bit & proceed to the next step.
  3. Heat the oil a bit and immediately add the crushed garlic. Switch off. Add a dash of chilli flakes and salt and let the flavours seep into the oil.
  4. Knead once on a lightly floured surface.
  5. Cut out three equal portions of the dough.
  6. Pre heat oven to 375 F / 190 C.  Prepare a baking tray with parchment paper.
  7. Roll the portions of the dough into thick ropes.
  8. Place the ropes held together at the top on the baking pan directly.
  9. Braid the bread as shown in the pictures.
  10. lightly brush the bread with the flavoured oil.
  11. Cover and let it rise again for about 45 mins till slightly plump
  12. Towards the end of the second rise, preheat oven.
  13. Once again, brush the braided bread with the entire oil and the garlic flakes. Sprinkle any seasoning if you wish {P.S - I was away from home during the 2nd rise, but my garlic-loving elder girl helped me dribble more than a generous portion of garlic and helped it rise in the oven, next time around, I am going to train her how to pre-heat and even bake this !! :p }
  14. Bake for 20-22 mins (I baked for 22 mins + broiled for 3 mins)
  15. Let it cool a bit and slowly cut into pieces and serve.
This month's Bread Baker's theme is Braided Breads and is hosted by Gayathri Kumar of Gayathri's Cook Spot Here is the collection of all the beautiful braided breads from our team.

#BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.


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Cream of Cauliflower Soup | Easy Soup recipes

Soup is one dish that's always welcomed. Though for me, its welcome if someone else makes it :p . There was once a phase early this year when Cauliflower was resented at home. Perhaps we had too much of it in the winter - Gobhi Matar, Baked Gobhi Manchurian (how can ANYONE have too much of that ?!!) , Gobhi Paratha. Anyways, you get the drift.

I had to devise ways of using up the cauliflower florets, and knowing my kids would love soups for their afternoon snack, made this one cold chilly day. The elder one lapped it up, although the younger one stuck to soup supposed to being either made of Tomato or Beetroot.

 Either way, I had one more variation of soup added to the monthly menu, and couldn't be happier. If you are fond of soups, do check out more than 15+ varieties of soups here, including a curried cauliflower-lentil soup

By the way, styling and photography credits : elder girl :-) I can't believe she's grown to be so aesthetic. Hugs and love to my little girl, who's all grown up - too fast :) 


Intake of cauliflower has been analyzed in relationship to a variety of different disease risks. When consumed at least once per week, cauliflower has been associated with decreased risk of colorectal cancer and has been shown to be associated with a greater decrease of risk than broccoli (when consumed in a comparable amount). In terms of prostate cancer risk, cauliflower and broccoli have shown a similar ability to decrease risk. (Source - here)


P.S:
1) This can be made vegan too - check recipe and notes below.


Prep time :  10 mins | Cook time : 10 mins | Serves : 2 generously 

What do you need:
  • Cauliflower - 125 gms (Approx)
  • Onions - 1 large - minced fine
  • Garlic - 1/2 tsp
  • Milk - 1 cup (can sub with any vegan milk like rice milk or cashew milk, but slightly dilute before using)
  • Salt and pepper - to taste
  • Olive oil - 1 TBSP
  • Hot water - 3/4 cup
  • Aswan / carrom seeds - a generous pinch (optional, but highly recommended)
  • Bay leaf - 1 no
  • Topping - 1/4 tsp dried chilli flakes and crushed pepper 



How to make:
  1. Wash and chop cauliflower into small florets. 
  2. In a pan, add oil. Saute the bay leaf, onion and garlic till pink and translucent. Add the ajwain,cauliflower and salt. Add half of the hot water and cook covered. 
  3. after 8-10 mins, cauliflower would have cooked. Remove the bay leaf and puree the rest into a thick, lump-free puree (you can strain if serving to very small kids, but not recommended for older kids or even 3 year olds. If serving to <2 ajwain="" garlic="" kids.="" old="" skip="" span="" the="" too="" year="">
  4. Return the puree to the pan, on medium heat add the milk and the remaining water and whisk thoroughly. Let it simmer for 4-5 mins. 
  5. Check for salt and spices - top with chilli flakes & crushed black pepper. 
  6. Serve hot with croutons / breadsticks or any bread.





July 10, 2017

Pasta Pakora | Monsoon Treats | Quick Snacks

We had a very interesting theme to choose for July - Secret ingredient. And am glad I chose it for this week. We have our pet peeves in the family about foods we don’t like in their naturally presented form (for me, its bitter gourd / Karela). For some time, both my kids refused potato (yes!!! just imagine :D). 

well, as mothers (and more importantly bloggers!) ,we need to find ways to present the not-so liked ingredients in different forms. This is such a fun theme that could be blogged for a mega Blogging Marathon too ! {Valli - hope you are listening :)}

The first in the series is Pasta Pakoda - yup, a LOT of pasta was cooked and we used a large portion for the Main course (we made 3 - pepper pasta in White Sauce). I am not too fond of pasta and mom would never eat it. 

The whole family (read the husband and kids) however, was stunned when I presented it in a form of pasta pakoda. With the rains giving a perfect opportunity to indulge in an occasional deep fry, this is one dish I would love to make and eat (and even make extra pasta if required just to make that scrumptious pakoda :p)

Similar recipes with "secret ingredients" :



So, go on, surprise your family / guests with this delicious treat ! 

Detailed tips in the notes section below

Prep time : 15 mins . Fry time : 10-12 mins  Serves : 4
Course : Snack / appetiser ; cuisine : Fusion 

you would need:
  • Cooked pasta (Fusilli/Elbow/Farfalle /Penne ) - 1 cup (240 ml) - I used Fusilli
  • Besan / gram flour - 1 cup
  • Rice flour - 2 heaped TBSP
  • Salt - to taste
  • turmeric-  1/4 tsp
  • Minced onion - 1 medium (optional)
  • Minced bell pepper - 1/2 (optional)
  • roasted & crushed cumin, coriander seeds, ajwain - 1/2 TBSP each
  • Red chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Grated ginger / minced chilli - 1 tsp
  • Chopped coriander & mint leaves - 1 tsp (opt.)
  • Water - as required (very little)
  • Oil - to deep fry (it can also be pan seared in an appam pan / paniyaram pan / aebelskiver) ; next time, I am going to bake these 

Method:
  1. Drain all the water from the pasta and refrigerate covered for 1-2 hours (overnight cooked pasta works best) - chop it fine into fine bits.
  2. In a large bowl, sieve both the flours with turmeric. Add the red chilly powder, ginger / chilly , coriander and mint leaves and mix well. mix everything well. Add onions, crushed dry spices, and half the salt and mix well with your fingers. 
  3. Heat 3 TBSP of oil and slowly mix into the mixture (use a spoon not your fingers as the oil is hot !!)
  4. Now mix well and sprinkle very little water (remember pasta is cooked and contains water as well) to make a stiff and slightly sticky dough. Meanwhile heat adequate oil for frying.
  5. Check for salt and spices once more. 
  6. Pinch out small portions and fry in oil  on medium flame so its cooked to golden brown evenly.
  7. Drain on absorbent paper / kitchen towels and munch them with a cup of tea / coffee as an afternoon snack.

My Notes:

  1. Pasta has a lot of water, so drain thoroughly before use.
  2. Chop the pasta into tiny bits before adding to the dough.
  3. upon cooling / refrigeration, if the cooked pasta has any crust / skin formed, remove out the hard crusts and then use the softer portion, else you would have stone hard pakodas.
  4. Fry on medium heat only, as the pakoras contain carbs from the pasta, they burn and blacken very fast on high heat, but may remain uncooked inside.
  5. Use up any remaining pakoras in a kadhi for a yummy twist :)

June 29, 2017

Paneer Chilly bites | Easy appetiser | Kids Snacks

Was paired with shree rao for this month's edition of Sshhh cooking challenge & the theme was Ramzan Iftar snacks. 

As always, the first preference for the kids happens to be paneer and I was delighted when my partner gave me flour and paneer as the two secret ingredients for this month

So without much Ado, we have spicy chilli paneer bites - apt for Ramzan as well as this windy monsoon weather we have here. It's sure to be a hit at any party. I scrambled to get photos before half of it was devoured by the paneer - loving kids.


So here's the recipe

Paneer cubes (frozen or fresh) - 1 cup
Cornflour - 3 tbsp
All purpose flour - 1 tsp
Rice flour - 1 tbsp
Oil - to pan fry
Turmeric - a pinch 
Salt and pepper to taste 

Seasoning - 
Oil - 1 tsp 
Bell Pepper or chillies - 1 medium
Onion - 1 medium (opt.)
Soya sauce - 1/2 tsp
Chilly sauce - 1/4 tsp

Method:
Marinate the paneer with the salt, flours and a tsp of oil. Keep aside for 10/15 mins 
Pan fry them with little oil till they are slightly crispy on the outside (of course, you can deep fry them too!) 
In a skillet, add the oil. Fry the onions a bit and add the bell pepper. Sauté till onions turn slightly translucent and bell peppers remain crunchy. Add the salt , sauces and the pan fried paneer. Give it a quick toss to coat the paneer with the masala and spices 

Serve immediately. 

June 26, 2017

Wholewheat Eggless Brazilian Carrot Cake with Chocolate Glaze | Easy Cake varieties

In the last of the series on Latin American cuisine, we have this decadent and deliciously addictive Brazilian Carrot Cake. Of all the cakes I have made till now this was voted the second best (the 1st place of course goes to the Multigrain Almond Quick Bread) . The soft carrot core giving an absolute contrast to the delicious chocolate ganache . My kids kept asking for more servings and even mom & the husband loved it.

If you are a fan of chocolate (or not), make this and am sure you would love it  ! 

Adapted from here, I made some changes to make it healthy, eggless & wholegrain.  A slice of this can be enjoyed by #diabetics too


Hope you enjoyed the series of this cuisine under Latin American Cuisine


Prep time : 15 mins, Baking time : 30-35 mins (varies from oven to oven) ; 
Makes : approx 350-400 gms of Cake.
Dry ingredients: 

  • Wholewheat flour - 225 grams
  • Organic Powdered jaggery - 200 grams
  • Baking powder - 1 tsp
  • Cinnamon powder - a large pinch
  • Salt - 1/4 tsp

Wet ingredients:

  • Oil - 125 ml
  • Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
  • Carrot - 125 grams (peeled and grated) 
  • Thick yoghurt / hung curd - 1/4 cup

Frosting:

  • Milk - 2 TBSP
  • Semi Sweet Choco chips - 4 TBSP
  • Sugar / jaggery - 2 tsp (I didnt add any)

Method:

  1. In a bowl, Sieve dry ingredients 3- 4 times. Pre heat oven to 170 C / 375 F. Grease and line a 8 *4 baking dish  (you may also use a 6 inch cake dish)
  2. Puree Carrot with oil and yoghurt without adding any water.
  3. Add this puree to the sieved dry ingredients. Now add the rest of the wet ingredients and slowly fold to get a smooth cake batter (do not beat)
  4. Add 1-2 TBSP hot water if required to rub off any stubborn dry streaks of flour left.
  5. Pour batter to lined baking dish, bake for 30-35 mins or till a toothpick in the centre of the cake comes out clean .
  6. Once out of the oven, cool on wire rack, remove after 15 mins and cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, warm the milk slightly. Add this to a bowl of choco chips, wait for 2 mins and lightly mix to a smooth, shiny ganache. 
  8. Once the cake is cooled completely, spoon in the ganache all over. Let it set for 30-45 mins in the fridge. Cut and serve chilled or at room temperature. 
  9. This makes for a delectable , healthy , wholegrain and egg-free dessert. 

June 25, 2017

Bolivian Purple Cabbage Salad with Broccoli | Vegan & GF salads | Easy Salad recipes

Another salad from Latin American Cuisine, this had overtones of sesame - and a nuttiness that we liked. Unlike yesterday's Pineapple Strawberry salad, today's dish is served warm, and somehow both me and the husband prefer warm salads to cold ones. 

So, if you are a fan of salads too, make this one for a potluck or weekend dinner. We had this with some Carrot Almond Soup and roasted garlic focaccia that made for a lovely meal. 

Prep time : 15 mins, cook time : 5 mins ; serves : 2 ~ 3

Shredded purple cabbage - 1 cup (1 cup = 250 ml)
Broccoli florets - 1/2 cup
Roasted bell peppers - 1/3 cup
Minced garlic - 1/2 tsp
Onions - cut lengthwise - 1/4 cup

Dressing:
Sesame seeds / sesame oil - 1 TBSP
Salt & pepper  - to taste
Balsamic vinegar - 1/2 tsp
Brown sugar - a dash 


How to make:

Warm the sesame oil a bit (not till smoking), switch off & add this to a bowl along with the rest of the dressing. Whisk well and keep refrigerated. 
In the same pan, add the minced garlic, broccoli florets and toss with a little salt on a low flame till the florets are coated with a garlicky glaze but are still warm and crunchy (max 2-3 mins).
In a large bowl, add the purple cabbage, roasted bell peppers , broccoli, onion and toss well.
Just before serving, add the refrigerated dressing and serve warm on the side.

June 24, 2017

Cuban Pineapple - Strawberry Salad | Vegan and GF Salad recipes | Summer recipes

Summer meals are salads mostly for us. While its not exactly summer in my country, it is so for most of the northern hemisphere. So, here is a quick salad thats apt for those potlucks / parties . With no slaving at the stove, this is a great make-ahead dish too. 

I adapted this from here, and substituted the protein (chicken)  with moong sprouts (yes, I promise - next time it shall be a larger portion :)) We loved it a lot and sure to make it the next time we have ripe sweet pineapples which are a must for this salad.

Funnily enough, my elder one who doesn't like pineapples dug into this salad. Its quite catchy on the eye with its vibrant colours and I particularly liked this salad for the addition of scallions and some other flavouring.

Prep time : 15 mins , serves : 2

What you need
Pineapple cubes - 3/4 cup
Cubed strawberry  - 1/4 cup
Cucumbers (seedless) - cubed (1/4 cup)
Red peppers - 1/4 cup - I subbed with onions
Sprouts - 2 TBSP
chopped scallions - 1 TBSP
Chopped cilantro  - 1 tsp
dressing : Lemon juice 3 tsp +2 TBSP warm olive oil + 1/2 tsp ground cumin+ 1/2 tsp salt

In a large bowl, stir together lime juice, oil, salt and cumin until blended.

Add pineapple chunks, cucumber, cilantro, onions, sprouts and scallions; toss to mix and coat.
Chill and serve.

This week we have Latin American Cuisine so sending to BM #77

June 13, 2017

Quick Multigrain Almond bread for #Breadbakers | Eggless Quick Bread

We have Cindy hosting this edition of #Breadbakers with the theme "baking with Nuts and Nut flours" and I was almost undecided till the last week of signing up as to what to make, but when I came back from my short visit to my sister's place n New york, I had this pack of almond flakes picked up at Trader Joe's - well, there it was : problem solved. But we were off yeast for some weeks now, so a quick question to the host, and quick bread it was 


This is undoubtedly (if I may say so, myself), the best ever quick bread I have baked in so many years. I experimented a bit with one recipe, tweaking a couple of the ingredients, and what I got was a wonderful loaf (actually one mini loaf too) which was sheer indulgence, and ... healthy too !

Thank you Cindy for hosting and Nandita (source of the recipe). If you like, you could make this with eggs and All purpose flour, but we preferred to be multigrain, so read on to see what substitutions worked for this bread which works well as a breakfast, snack box or  a delicious tea time treat :)  

Prep time : 15 mins, Bake time : 35 + 12 mins (may vary from oven to oven) ; Makes : 12-15 medium slices.

Dry Ingredients:

  • Wholewheat flour - 1/2 cup (1 cup = 200 ml)
  • Ragi / Finger miller flour - 1/2 cup
  • All purpose flour - 1/4 cup
  • Almond flour - 1/4 cup (roasted and ground)
  • Baking soda - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

Wet ingredients:

  • Rice bran or any neutral oil - 1/2 cup
  • granulated sugar - 1/2 cup ( i used palm sugar - original recipe asked for 3/4 cup, but 1/2 cup worked for us)
  • Vanilla extract - 1 tsp
  • 1/2 cup thick yoghurt (if you dont have greek yoghurt, drain normal yoghurt in a muslin cloth or fine sieve overnight in the refrigerator) - you can use 2 large eggs in place of the yoghurt.
  • 3 very ripe bananas (medium size - Elaichi variety or 2 normal sized golden bananas)

Topping:

  • Roasted almond flakes
  • Bittersweet chocochips (optional)


Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 deg C for 10-12 mins, and line a loaf pan {Pavani - thanks for your gift :), the green coloured pan you gifted me worked wonderfully well}
  2. Sieve the dry ingredients 3-4 times over and keep aside .
  3. In a food processor (I used a blender), mix all the wet ingredients and blend it till real smooth. transfer to a large bowl,
  4. Slowly add the dry flour mix to the wet ingredient mix in batches and slowly fold in to avoid any dry streaks. Add a tsp or two of milk or warm water if needed to smoothen the batter.
  5. Gently pour into the lined pans, and top with almond flakes. I topped the kids' bread with chocochips too :)
  6. Bake for 45 - 50 mins (or till a skewer comes out clean) - for me it took 35 mins + 12 mins (I turned down the oven to 160 for the last 12 mins to prevent burning).
  7. Cool on a wire rack, and slowly un mould once it comes to room temperature. Wait for a few more hours (I know, its torture!!) , and it slices neatly for a quick afternoon tea treat or for breakfast

My notes:
1) Although this bread uses banana, theres no smell of bananas at all. 
2) use of finger millet flour and almond flour are totally optional. But we loved the nuttiness from that. The original recipe uses  WWF, APF and Oat flour. The next time I make this, I am aiming to make this completely GF using only finger millet flour and almond flour :)
3) I used 2 tsp of warm water to loosen the batter a bit, but that depends on the mix of flours you use. 

    

This month's BreadBakers' theme is Breads with Nut Meals and Nut Flours inspired bread, hosted by Cindy at Cindy’s Recipes and Writings.  

Enjoy all these creative breads using nut meals and nut flours from The Bread Bakers Group!

 #BreadBakers is a group of bread loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bread with a common ingredient or theme. You can see all our of lovely bread by following our Pinterest board right here. Links are also updated after each event on the #BreadBakers home page.
 
We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to foodlustpeoplelove@gmail.com.
 
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June 12, 2017

How to make Sour Cream at home | Easy condiments

This is the final in the condiment series this week. Although not much of a recipe, I would like to record this for posterity and also to encourage to make most store-bought condiments at home. Similar ones I have made is Pulikaachal , Tomato Thokku, Arrabiata Sauce, Schezwan Sauce, Papaya Ginger Jam,  Muhammara & Baba Ghanoush (yes thats also available commercially these days!). 

During my short visit to the US, I saw that people really dont have the time to cook and prefer to pick up ready made stuff and assemble them at home for a quick meal. 


This is one condiment that can be made with readily available ingredients at home - Sour Cream is used as a dip with crudites, fries or most finger food. I find the store bought ones synthetic in taste, so prefer to make this at home. My girls love this with some fries (of course!) and even with tandoor kebabs. 

Do give it a try and let me know how you liked it. Greek yoghurt is preferred for this, but I strained homemade yoghurt in the fridge over 24 hours and got a thick bowl of creamy curd which I used. 



Prep time : 5 mins, Zero Cook., Makes: approx 100 ml 

Ingredients:
Greek yoghurt - 1 cup
Lemon juice  - 1/2 tsp
Vinegar - 1/4 tsp (more if you like)
Salt and pepper - to taste

How to:
Mix the yoghurt into a thick and creamy consistency with lemon juice and vinegar, If you like it a little more runny, add few more drops of either lemon juice or vinegar. 
Add salt and pepper to taste and mix well. 
Keeps for upto 5 days under refrigeration. 

Add ons : You may add pickled olives, gherkins or even red chilli flakes. 

June 11, 2017

Chow Chow Chutney | Chayote Squash dip ] Vegan & GF

No it's not the Chinese Chow, it's a veggie !! Chayote Squash as its called in English (& I am watched over my spellings today by the elder one , so no mistakes :-)), is a bland veggie which lends itself to so many dishes in South Indian cooking -  Sambhar, Kootu (spiced lentil-veggie gravy), Masiyal (veggies cooked in dal) , Poriyal (dry saute), and today's Chutney. Its super easy, and delicious. As its not available frequently, we hoard it like gold during the season, making every concievable dish till the season lasts.

So, after yesterday's Amla pickle, we have another condiment today - Chow-chow Chutney or a vegan +GF dip & is onion-garlic free too that goes well with anythign from Idli / Dosa/ Pongal/ Rice/ Chapati etc.  What's more, its plant based, and healthy too ! So, if you are a fan like me, or keen to explore a new veggie, get on and make this chutney.


Check out 20+ varities of chutney here to pep up your dinner / breakfast :)


Prep time : 10 mins | Cook time : 10 mins | Serves : 3

Course : Accompaniment, Cuisine : South Indian
Serve with : Hot rice + Rasam or Sambhar



Ingredients:


  • Chayote Squash / Chow-Chow / பெங்களூர் கத்திரிக்காய் / ಸೀಮೆ ಬದನೇಕಾಯಿ - 1 medium (choose tender ones without any thorns on the skin)
  • Urad Dal - 2 TBSP
  • Channa Dal - 1 TBSP
  • Dry Red Chillies - 4-5 (adjust spice)
  • Grated coconut - 6 TBSP
  • Tamarind - 1 small roundel
  • Jaggery grated - 1 tbsp
  • Oil - 1 TBSP + 1 tsp (for tempering)
  • Salt - to taste

Tempering:

  • Urad dal - 1/4 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafoetida - a pinch (skip for GF version)


Method:


  1. Wash and peel the Chayote squash. Wash and cut the peel into thin strips and keep aside. 
  2. De-seed and cube the squash into bit size pieces. 
  3. In a pan, heat oil, add the Urad dal, let it brown a bit, add channa dal, let it brown too. Now add the red chillies, chopped squash and the peel too. Saute on low heat for 8-10 mins till the veggie wrinkles a bit and the peel wilts. Add the tamarind towards the end of the sautéing.  Switch off the heat and let it cool.
  4. Grind the above with the coconut , salt & jaggery. Add little water (1 tsp at a time, and a max of 4 TBSP) to bring to a slightly consistency.
  5. Heat 1 tsp oil, crackle the mustard seeds, urad dal and asafoetida. Pour this tempering over the chutney and serve immediately. Keeps for 2-3 days under refrigeration. 




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