Mango Salsa

_DSC0040Nothing can beat a fresh homemade Salsa as a dip with your chips! When mangoes are in season try this yummy recipe and enjoy the fresh flavors from the seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Serves – 4
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 2 mins
Ingredients:

  • Mango (peeled and cubed) – 1 big
  • Green chillies(finely chopped) – 1 or to taste
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp or to taste
  • Cilantro (finely chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Spring Onion (finely chopped) – 2 Tbsp
  • Bell Pepper (finely chopped) – 1 small

Process:

  • In a mixing bowl add chopped mango, green chillies, cilantro, onion, lemon juice, peppers, salt and slightly crush all these until they are slightly crushed.
  • Dont make them mushy.
  • Chill it in the refrigerator covered for 1 hr and serve it with tortilla chips or crisps of your choice.

Notes:

  • Can add or omit green chillies.
  • Use crushed black pepper or cayenne pepper for a different flavor.
  • One can substitute bell pepper with deseeded and chopped tomato.

Eggless Hush Puppies – Indo – Mexican Snack Recipe

Hush PuppiesHush Puppies are a popular Mexican Snack recipe. I made it eggless for my vegetarian friends. Try this version and you will never miss on the texture of the Hush Puppies. Addition of whole wheat pastry flour instead of All Purpose Flour is a healthy twist to the recipe again. If you are health conscious you can lightly spray with oil or butter and bake instead of deep fat frying. Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Serves – 2 to 3
Preparation time – 10 mins
Waiting time – 30 mins
Cooking time – 15 mins
Ingredients:

  • Whole Wheat Pastry Flour – 1/2 Cup
  • Yellow Corn Meal – 1/2 Cup
  • Onion (finely Chopped) – 1 medium
  • Greek Yogurt – 3/4 Cup
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies (finely Chopped) – 4 or to taste
  • Cilantro (finely Chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Ginger (grated) – 1 tsp
  • Oil – for deep frying

Process:

For the batter:

  • In a mixing bowl add pastry flour, cornmeal, onion, cumin seeds, baking soda, green chillies, cilantro, ginger, greek yogurt and make a thick batter.
  • Leave the batter covered in a warm place for 30 mins

For Deep Frying:

  • After 30 mins take the batter out and mix well and heat the oil for deep frying.
  • Heat the oil till it is moderately hot.
  • Shape the batter in 1/2 inch round balls and drop into oil and fry them till golden on medium heat.
  • Drain the fried Hush puppies on a paper towel.
  • Repeat the same process for the remaining batter. Enjoy as is or with Salsa or Ketchup.

Tips:

  • One can replace whole wheat pastry flour with a combination of all purpose flour and whole wheat flour in 1: 1 ratio.
  • Or simply use only all purpose flour for tastier Hush Puppies.
  • Corn kernels can be slightly crushed and added into the batter before frying. It gives a different texture and flavor.
  • If you dont have greek yogurt replace it with normal yogurt.

French Fries

French Fries This Worldwide popular snack doesn’t need any introduction I guess. Potato Fingers are deep fried to make them crispy from out and fluffy inside. This would be a perfect snack on a rainy day served with sauce of your choice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Serves – 2
Preparation time – 5 mins
Resting time – 10 mins + 1 hr freezing
Cooking time – 20 mins
Ingredients:

  • Russet Potato(Peeled, cut into 1/4 inch thick slices length wise) – 1 no
  • Salt – to taste
  • Distilled White Vinegar – 2 Tbsp
  • Oil – Deep Frying
  • Water – 2 Ltrs.

Procedure:

  • Add the cut Potato Fingers into the chilled water and rest them for 10 mins.
  • Drain the water and add the potato fingers to the boiling water with vinegar. Parboil the potatoes for 3 mins on high heat or just until tender.
  • Remove them from the water and dry them on paper towel to soak in all the excess moisture from the potato fingers.
  • Deep fry them just for a min on medium heat and freeze in a freezer safe container for 1 hr atleast. You can even freeze them for upto two months.
  • Once they are chilled deep fry again for 5 mins or until they turn nice and golden. Serve them with the sauce of your choice.

Carrot Halwa

Halwa is a dessert that can be prepared with almost any fruit, vegetable, flour, bread or anything. So here i made carrot halwa which is a popular dessert through out the country and is simple to make too. The bright color of carrots make it look gorgeous and attract children. And this dessert is popular among all age groups.

 

Serves – 2
Preparation time – 5 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins
Ingredients:

  • Carrot (shredded) (Try using pink carrots they have natural sweetness so that you can reduce the amount of sugar) – 3 medium
  • Ghee – 1 Tbsp
  • Almonds (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Cashews (chopped) – 1 Tbsp
  • Raisins – 1 tsp
  • Milk – 2 Cups
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup or to taste
  • Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp

Procedure:

In a wide nonstick pan, heat ghee, add almonds fry for 30 secs, stirring around, then add in cashews, fry till they show up nice golden color then add in raisins and fry for 40 secs.

Add in carrot and fry for a min, add milk and bring to a boil. Now reduce the flame to medium and cook for 15 mins till all the milk is evaporated and even the carrot is soft.

Keep stirring this mixture to fasten the process of evaporating the milk. Make sure that nothing sticks to the bottom of the pan. Once all the milk is evaporated, add in cardamom powder, sugar and cook for 2 mins.

Serve it warm. Enjoy!!!

Masala Sandwich – Using Tawa & Sandwich Maker

_DSC0236Masala Sandwich is one of my family’s favorite sandwich recipes. It is filled with potato masala and creamy paneer with some spicy green chutney. Serve it by itself or with ketchup or green chutney.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Makes – 4 Sandwiches
Preparation time – 10 mins
Cooking time – 30 mins
Ingredients:

For green chutney

  • Cilantro (wash, discard stems and use fresh leaves and thin stems) – 1/2 Cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp or to taste
  • Green Chillies – 2 or to taste
  • Garlic – 1 small clove
  • Ginger – 1/4 inch piece

For potato masala

  • Oil – 1 Tbsp
  • Curry Leaves – 1 Sprig
  • Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Green Chillies (finely chopped) – 4 or to taste
  • Potato (peel, finely chop and boil) – 2 medium
  • Paneer (grated) – 1/2 Cup
  • Garama Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Cilantro (finely Chopped) – 1/2 Tbsp
  • Salt – to taste
  • Onion (thin slices) – 1/2 medium
  • Butter – 2 Tbsp
  • Bread Slices – 8

Process:

For green chutney:

  • In a blender add green chillies, lemon juice, cilantro, salt, ginger, garlic. Blend till smooth. Use water if needed.

For potato masala

  • In a pan add oil.
  • When it is medium hot add in mustard seeds.
  • When they start popping, add in green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric powder, onion.
  • Cook for 1 min and add in the boiled potato.
  • Add in garam masala powder, salt, cilantro.
  • Cook for 30 secs and turn off the heat.
  • Stuffing is ready.

Assembling Sandwich:

 

  1. Apply butter on the bread slice
  2. Apply green chutney as well.
  3. Put some potato masala, add paneer on top. Cover with another bread slice.
  4. Repeat step 1 – 3 with the remaining bread slices.

Using Sandwich Maker:

  1. Preheat the grill. Put the buttered side of the sandwich facing the grill. Apply some butter on the top slice as well.
  2. Grill until golden. Fry the remaining sandwiches in similar fashion.

Using Tawa:

  1. Preheat the tawa.
  2. Place the buttered side of the sandwich facing the tawa.
  3. Put any weight and fry till golden on bottom side.
  4. Then flip it to fry on the other side too.
  5. Fry the remaining sandwiches in similar fashion

Serve the sandwich by itself or with green and/or tamarind chutney

 

 

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