Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chana Masala - Black Chickpeas Stir Fry

One of the healthy & easiest recipe without compromising on the taste. Healthy can be delicious when you have right blend of spices that accompany the main ingredient. 

Protein rich black chickpeas ( Desi Chana) are high in fiber content & low on glycemic index, which makes them suitable for people with Diabetes.  

  • 1 Cup Desi Chana / Black Cheakpeas
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/4th tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1/4th tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Chilly Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi Powder
  • 1/2 Lemon (Optional)
  •  Coriander Leaves to garnish 
  • Pinch of  Sugar (Optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • 2tbsp Oil 
  • Soak Chana / chickpeas overnight or for 8 hours in water.
  • After 8 hours of soaking, drain out the water and wash the chana / chickpeas with fresh water.
  • Pressure cook till 7-8 whistle.
  • In a pan heat oil and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begins to crackle add hing (Asafoetida), turmeric powder and finely chopped onions. Saute the onions till they are translucent and cooked properly.
  • Now add all the dry masala's and mix well. Add the cooked chana / chickpeas and 1/4th cup of  water. Add salt and sugar and mix all the ingredients.
  • Cover the pan with a lid and let the chana / chickpeas cook on steam for 3-4minutes. Stir occasionally.
  • Chana Masala - Black Chickpeas Stir Fry is ready.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze lemon over it. Serve hot as it is or with any of your favourite flat breads.
Note: 1) These sprouts can be prepared in dry version or with gravy. So adjust the water as per your preference. Dry version of this chana tastes best than the gravy one. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Idli Chilli

When it comes to Indo-Chinese dishes, we have such unique recipes that we Indian's prepare using this fusion which are not only healthy but lip-smackingly delicious!! Ofcourse nothing beats a roadside chinese stall taste but when it comes to health its better to make these easy fusion recipes at home without using MSG and still they taste scrumptious. 

Idli Chilli is one such dish which you will find only in our India :) 

Tasty, crunchy with beautiful colours and delicious taste will make you wanna prepare this dish again and again. 

Ingredients: (serves 2) 
  • 4-5 nos. Leftover Idlis
  • 2 tbsp Garlic finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 nos. Green Chillies cut lenght wise
  • 1 Onion cut in sqares and layers seperated
  • 1/2 Capsicum cut in squares   
  • 2 tbsp Green OR Red Chilli Sauce
  • 2 tbsp Tomato ketchup 
  • 1 tbsp Soya Sauce 
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar 
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper Powder
  • Salt if needed
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1/4th cup Spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • Cut idlis into quarters and deep fry till they turn nice brown & crisp. 
  • In a bowl add green or red chilli sauce, tomato ketchup, vinegar, soya sauce and mix well. Keep this mixture aside.
  • In a non-stick pan or wok, heat oil and add finely chopped garlic, ginger & green chillies.
  • Saute till raw smell of garlic fades away. Do not brown the garlic.
  • Add onions and capsicum and saute on high flame for 2 minutes.
  •  Now add the sauces that we mixed in the bowl, sugar, black pepper powder and salt if needed. 
  • Add fried idlis and mix well. If the mixture is too dry sprinkle little water and cook for a minute on high flame.
  • Now add finely chopped spring onions and toss so that everything mix well.
  • Idli Chilli is ready. 
  • Garnish with some spring onions and serve hot as a starter or as an accompaniment to noodles or fried rice.
Note: 1) For Me, I did not have to use extra salt as already all the sauces contained it. So be sure to taste first before adding salt.

2) I already put all the sauces in a bowl first, so that while preparing the dish it saves times as compared to adding every spoonful individually.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Moong Dal Dhokla - Split Yellow Gram Savoury Cake

Soft, spongy & nutritious dhokla's enjoyed during breakfast or evening snack. 

Ingredients: (Serves approx. 4)

For Dhokla Batter: 

  • 1 Cup Yellow Moong Dal (Split Yellow Gram)
  • 3 Green Chillies
  • 1" Ginger Piece
  • 1/2 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar 
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Besan (Gram Flour)
  • 2 tbsp Dahi (Yogurt)
  • 1tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Fruit Salt
  • Water approximately 1/2 cup
For Tempering:
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp Mustard Seeds
  • 1 tsp Hing ( Asafoetida)
  • 1 Slit Green Chilli
To Garnish:
  • 1/4th Cup Coriander Leaves finely chopped
  • 1/4th Cup Freshly Greated Coconut
  • Wash and soak moong dal in water for 4 hours. After soaking, remove the water and keep the moong dal aside.
  • In a blender, add a piece of ginger, chillies and soaked moong dal. Using 1/4th cup of water grind the dal to a fine paste
  • Transfer the moong dal paste into a mixing bowl, add salt, sugar, turmeric powder, oil, besan (gram flour), Lemon juice, yogurt, 1/2 cup water and mix well.
  • Grease the dhokla tin with oil. Keep your steamer ready to place the dhokla tin.
  • Now add fruit salt to the moong dal batter and mix gently. 
  • Transfer the batter into the greased dhokla tin and place it in the steamer immediately. 
  • Steam dhokla for 15-20 minutes or till dhokla is cooked through.
  • Once dhokla is cooked, keep it aside to cool. By that time prepare the tempering.
  • In a small kadhai / pan, heat oil and add mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begins to crackle add hing (asafoetida) and turn of the flame. Now add one slit green chilli. Be careful as the green chilli splatters.
  • Pour this tempering over the dhokla and spread evenly
  • Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves & freshly grated coconut
  • Cut the dhokla into square or dimond pieces.
  • Moond Dal Dhokla - Split Yellow Gram Savoury Cake is ready.    
  • Serve as it is or with green chutney.