appetizers

Ragada Patties(Mumbai style)

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Ragda Patties or Mumbaiya Ragada Pattice is a favorite chaat all over the globe , be it India or USA or canada or any corner of the world ,mumbai chat is famous worldwide.This mumbai street food is prepared with potato patties topped with white peas gravy(ragda) and two chutneys (green corinder and tamarind date chutney),onions and sev. It has combination of sweet ,spicy and tangy flavors.

Preparation time : 45 mins +(8 hours of white peas soaking)
Cooking time : 45 mins
Serves : 5-6

 

Ingredients

For The Ragada

1 cup vatana (dried white peas)
2 medium size onions finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chat masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

For The Patties

4 big size potatoes boiled
2 tbsp bread crumbs
salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chat masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder

 

Other Ingredients

oil for deep-frying

To Serve

1/2 cup green chutney
1/2 khajur imli ki chutney
1 cup sev
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped coriander
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions || How to prepare ragada patties

For the ragada

Soak the dried peas overnight.
In a pressure cooker , add oil and then add finely chopped onions.
Once the onions turn golden brown, add chopped tomatoes.
Once the tomatoes turns mushy or soft , add red chilli powder,garam masala powder,cumin powder,chat powder and mix them well.
Add approximately 2 to 3 cups of fresh water and pressure cook for 7-8 whistles or until the peas are soft.
Keep the cooked ragada aside.

For the patties

Boil, peel and grate the potatoes.
Add the red chilli powder , garam masala ,chat masala and cumin powder , bread crumbs and salt and knead to a soft dough.
Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.
Roll out each portion into a 75 mm. (3″) diameter circle. Place a portion of the ground filling mixture on each circle.
Bring together the edges in the centre to seal the filling inside the potato.
Press lightly on top to make a patty.
Repeat to make the remaining patties.
Shallow fry on a non-stick pan till the patties are golden brown and crisp.

How to proceed for serving

For serving, place 2 patties on a plate and pour the ragda over.
Top with all the chutneys. Sprinkle the onions,green chutney,tamarind and dates chutney,chopped coriander,sev and sprinkle some lime juice on top.
Serve immediately.

Tips

You might need to add some more cornflour to the potatoes if they are not dry enough.

Mix dal Pakora/Bhajji

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Pakora (Fritter)or Bhajji’s is a famous recipe for Iftar and Ramadan. Pakoras are made in 90% homes at the time of iftar.Pakoray is a very tasty, light weight, and light saltish snack which taste good with tomato ketchup, raita or chutney.

I try to make different pakoras every time , sometimes aloo (potato)pakora, sometimes pyaz(onions) pakora and sometimes palak pakora.This is the first time, i tried this mix dal pakoras. I’m sharing with all this delicious and yummy mix dal pakora.

This is one of the most favorite pakora or you can say bhajji and there are so many sweet childhood memories attached to it. My mom use to prepare these Bhajji’s every tuesday to break her fast 🙂 and I used to wait for tuesday desperately :)Mix dal pakora can also be served at tea time and snacks or even as starters.

Preparation time:15 mins + 4 hours soaking of dals
Cooking time:10 mins
Serves : 4 to 5 people

Ingredients

For The Dal Mixture

2 cup chana dal (split bengal gram)
1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1/2 cup urad dal (split black lentils)

1 tsp jeera (cumin seeds)
a pinch turmeric powder (haldi)
2-3 green chillies
1/2 tsp asafoetida (hing)
2 to 3 cloves garlic
1 medium size onion finely chopped
1 cup chopped coriander (dhania)

salt to taste
oil for deep frying

Direction || How to make mix dal pakora

Wash and soak all dals for 4 hours.

Strain water and keep it aside.

In a grinder add cumin seeds,garlic,green chillies,turmeric powder,asafoetida and dal.

Coarsely grind them together.

In a bowl, mix coarsley ground dals,chopped onions ,chopped coriander,salt and mix well.

Heat oil on medium flame and deep fry all pakodas till they turn golden brown and crisp from al the sides.

Serve hot with coconut chutney or any chutney of your choice.

Minced Chicken-Spring onions samosa

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Homemade chicken samosa – Ramadan special samosa is one of the favorite dish made in Muslim homes for Iftar.
This crisy and cruncy samosa’s can be prepared even with any veggie stuffing like potatoes ,carrots and peas.
Since its a month of ramadan , I prefer using minced chicken(you can even use minced meat instead).It also makes
the best party dishes as its universally loved by everyone 🙂 The un-fried prepared samosas can be refrigerated for a couple of days, this makes it quite easier during Ramadan. An hour before breaking the fast it can be deep fried and can be served warm.And remember one thing at start your samosa might get distorted , but “Practice makes perfect samosa” so never give up 🙂  am sharing the recipe for making chicken samosas with you all, a perfect treat for everyone during Ramadan and on any day.
Have a blessed Ramadan everyone!

Preparation time : 30-45 mins

Cooking time : 10 mins

Serves : 4

Ingredients:

For preparing chicken stuffing

250 gm minced chicken(keema)
1 medium size onion, chopped
1 green chilly finely chopped
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1/2 cup finely chopped spring onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander leaves
Salt to taste

For preparing samosa

12- 16 rectangular shape pastry sheet/samosa pattis
wheat or maida ­ 1 tbsp mixed with 1½ tbsp water
Oil­ to deep fry samosas

Directions || How to make crisy chicken Samosa

For stuffing

1. Heat a non­stick pan, add oil, let it turn hot.
2. Add, onions chopped small, a few pinches of salt, saute till translucent.
3. Add minced chicken to the onions,stir fry for a few minutes.
4. Add ginger­garlic paste and green chili,red chilli powder,garam masala powder,cumin powder and saute them well.
5. Stir and cook till water has almost dried.
6. Now add chopped spring onions and coriander leaves.
7. Add lemon juice cook for a minute, remove the pan from the heat, keep aside.

For filling samosa

1.I use the ready made samosa patti sheets, Peel off one by one carefully. Keep covered with clean wet kitchen cloth to keep it damp and avoid drying.

2.Fold as shown in the picture into triangle samosas. Refer video to learn in detail how to fold it. Once the triangle shape pocket is ready , fil in 1 to 2 tbsp of
prepared chicken stuffing into it.

3.Towards the end spread little wheat paste and end sticking the samosa.

4.Keep the prepared samosas covered as well, preferable with wet kitchen cloth for this too.

5.Once all the samosa’s, heat oil and deep fry both sides in medium flame.

6. Fry till the samosas turn golden brown in color.

7. Transfer to a kitchen paper towel.

8. Seve warm along with tomato ketchup or chili sauce or any green chutney.

Notes
Instead of adding all the spices, you could even cook the chicken using store bought meat masala.
The stuffed unfried dough can be refrigerated for a few days, thaw well before frying.

Avocado Pinwheel Sandwich

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Easy-to-make pinwheels also called as roll ups is a very healthy and quick appetizer for get togethers or parties.
They are great alternative to the sandwich and kids seem to love them due to their cute shape and size.
Threading them on skewers or toothpicks to help them hold their shapes, makes a fun presentation for school-aged kids.You can even pack these pinwheels for lunch for kids, so no more lunch box boredom!
Pinwheels be prepared using meat and veggies with some spreads or even the plain vegetarian roll ups are very tasty.
Today I am going to share you healthy Avocado pinwheel sandwich.I used bread to prepare these pinwheels with avocado and cheese.You can even use any tortilla or whole wheat roti instead of breads.
So let’s start with it.

Preparation time : 10 mins
Cook time : None
Serves : 1 or 2
Ingredients

1 avocado
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp salt
4 slices bread
1 slice of cheese
1 or 2 bamboo skewers

Directions || How to make Avocado Cheese Pinwheels

In a small bowl, mash avocado with lime juice and season with salt.
First cut the edges of all the breads

Flatten the breads with the roller.

Apply mash avocado to the first slice of the bread.

Place one cheese slice on the second slice of the bread.

Flatten and apply ketchup on the third slice.

Finally apply mash avocado to the last slice of the bread.

Place all the slices one above the other and roll them
together

Now cut the roll into ½ inch wide pinwheels gently.

Thread the pieces horizontally onto bamboo skewers(snip off the pointy tips for safety)..
Serve your kids with this real quick ,simple and yummy dish.

Notes
One large bread will make about 4 pinwheels.

Kothimbir vadi-Coriander Patties ( micro-oven)

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Kothimbir vadi One more favorite Maharashtrian snack made from coriander leaves and chickpea flour.
Kothimbir vadi can be served as snacks or an appetizier for lunch/dinner.
It can be served with any chutney or ketchup.

 

Prep time:20 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients

For Dough

1 or 1½ cups of chopped coriander/cilantro leaves(2 bunches)
2 cups of besan – chickpea flour (add more if required)
½ tablespoon turmeric powder
2-3 green chillies paste(add more if prefer having spicy)
4 cloves of garlic paste
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
¼ or ½ cups water
a pinch of hing
salt as required

For cooking

¼- ½ Cup oil to fry

Method

Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and knead to make a firm, smooth dough.

Shape it into a cylindrical roll .

Apply oil at the base and sides of a microwave safe cooker or bowl.
Cover it with its lid or a microwave safe lid.

Microwave on high for 3 to 5 minutes or till done.

The mixture should be cooked and firm.

Insert a knife or toothpick and if it comes out clean, the vadi is cooked well.

Let it cool.

Then remove the steamed cylindrical roll on a tray and cut it into oval shaped.

Shallow fry or pan fry in hot oil till crisp and browned.

Serve Kothimbir Vadi hot with green chutney or tomato sauce or you can it have it just with tea/coffee.

Tip

If you don’t have microwave or microwave bowl you can even steam it in gas steamer.
Healthy tips to avoid frying you can just have the steamed vadi instead ,even the steamed vadi’s tastes good the only thing will be missing its the crunchy taste