Tuesday 28 July 2009

Bhel puri

Bhel puri


For the puris:

6 oz semolina
½ teaspoon salt
Water to make dough
1 teaspoon sunflower oil
Sunflower oil for frying

For the Bhel:

4 oz kabuli (white) chana pre boiled
4 oz diced boiled potato
2 green chillies finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh coriander finely chopped
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 oz thin sev
2 spring green onions finely chopped
2 tablespoons green coriander chutney
2 tablespoons tamarind chutney
2 tablespoons natural yoghurt beaten


To make the puris:

1. Take the semolina and add the salt
2. Add the teaspoon of oil and make firm dough using water.
3. Divide the dough into small balls
4. Roll out puris about 3 mm thick and approx 2cm in diameter
5. Prick the surface of the puris with a fork to stop them puffing up when frying.
6. Deep fry in batches on medium heat till crisp and slightly brown
7. Drain on kitchen paper and store in air tight container for future use.

For the Bhel:

1. In a bowl add the chana, potatoes, salt, chilli powder, chopped green chillies, half the fresh chopped coriander nad half the chopped green onions and lemon juice.
2. Toss the mixture till chana and potatoes are coated with spices
3. On serving dish place 10-12 puris, top the puris with the Bhel mixture
4. Spoon on top of this beaten yoghurt, followed by the green coriander chutney and tamarind chutneys.
5. Sprinkle on top of this the remaining chopped coriander and remaining chopped green onions
6. Sprinkle on top of this the thin sev.

Serve immediately.
NB-another variation is to also add finely diced tomato and finely diced green mango on the top of bhel before adding the yoghurt and chutneys.
Puris can also be shop bought if you dont want to make them at home.

Thursday 23 July 2009

Toasted Cheese and Tomato sandwich.

A light and simple cheesy snack, delicious and healthy.

4 slices white/brown medium sliced bread.
2 oz grated cheddar cheese
1 tomato thinly sliced
3 jalepeno chilies slices or 1-2 green chillies(optional)
1 teaspoon butter for spreading on bread slices


1.Butter the bread slices.Keep aside.
2.In a sandwich toaster (or can cook sandwich on griddle) place1 slice bread buttered side down .
3. Sprinkle some cheese then place on top of it the tomatoes slices and sliced jalepenos or chilies.
4.Cover with 2nd slice of bread buttered side up.Repeat for other two slices of bread.
5.Close the lid of sandwich maker and cook for approximately  4 minutes till sandwiches  are golden brown.
6. Remove from sandwich maker . Transfer to serving dish.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup.
You may like :
Toasted sandwich Rolls

Wednesday 15 July 2009

Instant Gajjar(carrot) Halwa

Gajjar(carrot) halwa-A delicious dessert made from carrots and milk,Delicately flavoured with cardamon and saffron.Quick and simple to make .Can be served hot or cold with cream or ice cream.

Gajjar (carrots)500 grams (or 1 large bowl full after grating)
½ cup milk
Sugar 200 grams or to taste
Dry fruits (cashew nuts) 1/2 cup (optional)
Milk powder 1 cup
1/2 cup ghee
1/2 teaspoon elchi powder
few strands saffron


1.Wash and grate the carrots.
2.Place in a microwave bowl ,add saffron to milk and add milk to carrots, cover it with a lid.
3.Cook it in the microwave for 8 minutes.
4.Remove from microwave , add ghee and sugar and mixcook 3 mins.
5.Add dry fruits, (reserving a few for garnish)saffron, elchi and milk powder stirring gently. Don't mix the milk powder fully. Leave a few balls (they will look as if you have added a lot of khoya).
6.Put the bowl back in the microwave oven for 4 minutes occasionally stirring gently.
7.Remove and transfer to serving dish.
8. Garnish with remaining chopped nuts.

Serve hot with cream or ice cream
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