indian easy snacks

Rose flavored Coconut (Nariyal)Ladoo

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Coconut (nariyal) ladoo are usually prepared during festivals,its one of the famous Indian sweet and quiet
easy to make at home.I tried to prepared these ladoos including little rose flavor. These coconut or nariyal ladoos
are soft and sweet with the right amount of flavor and sweetness.This is a just 5 minute recipe and its perfect for those moments when you have less time and have guests to attend 🙂
If you don’t have rose syrup then make them plain or use food coloring if you prefer it colored.

 

Ingredients

1.5 cup desiccated coconut + 1/4 cup for garnishing
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 tbsp rooh-afza
1 tsp clarified butter/ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder

 

Directions || How to prepare Coconut ladoo

In a pan add ghee. Add Grated Coconut and saute until the coconut is nicely roasted.

But be careful not to burn it or not it changes color.

Now add condensed milk and start mixing it properly.

Next add rose syrup (rooh-afza) and cardamom powder , mix all the ingredients well together.

This will become like a hard dough. Switch off flame.

Transfer to a plate. Once warm start making Ladoos.

Roll ladoos one by one in coconut powder.

Transfer to a serving plate.

Enjoy…

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Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji

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Pav Bhaji is a popular Indian street food tracing its origin to Mumbai. This specialty dish is popular in every kitchen and by-lane of Mumbai‘Pav’ means a type of soft bread and ‘Bhaji’ means a mix of vegetables and curry.
Pav bhaji is made from a mix of many vegetables which usually include Cauliflower, Tomatoes, Carrots, Peas, Beans, Capsicum etc.
These days Pav Bhaji is available in almost all Indian restaurants and many street side joints.
The cooking process is relatively quick and easy With a mix of several vegetables.
Pav Bhaji is quiet healthy. Though it tastes best with a liberal dose of butter. you can cook it at home with less oil and butter to make it healthier.

To make Pav Bhaji at home follow the detailed step by step recipe on my you tube channel with a link below.

Preparation time : 15-20 mins
Cooking time : 30-35 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients

For boiling veggies

250 gm Green Peas
200 gm cauliflower
2 medium size potato diced
100 gm french beans
1 chopped Green capsicum
2 small carrots chopped
1 small tomato chopped
1 tbsp pav bhaji masala
2 tsp salt
1-3/4 cup Water (used leftover boiled water from the veggies)

For tempering

1 medium onion chopped
3 small Tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon Ginger paste
1 crushed green chilli(optional)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
2 tsp garam masala powder
2 tablespoon Pav bhaji Masala
1/2 teaspoon Red chili powder
2 tablespoon Butter or Oil
Salt to taste
2 tablespoon Chopped cilantro leaves
2 tablespoon Lemon Juice – to sprinkle on top (optional)

Directions || To prepare Pav bhaji Veggies

1. Boil all the veggies together in a pressure cooker ,this saves lot of time.
2. add salt , pav bhai masala ,chopped tomato and water.
3. Close the lid and cook it till 3-4 whistles.
4. Do not discard the water from boiled veggies.

Directions || Tempering Pav bhaji

1. Prepare ingredients for tadka.
2. Heat butter and oil (pav bhaji means lot of butter)
3. Add chopped onions…
4. Add ginger paste and saute for a minute.
5. Saute until onions are translucent..
6. Add chopped tomatoes.
7. Cover and cook until tomatoes are tender and soft.
9. Uncover and start mashing up the tomatoes.
10. Add salt, turmeric powder , garam masala powder , red chilli powder and Pav bhaji masala.
11. Saute and mix until well blended.
12. Finally mix in mashed boiled veggies that we prepared earlier..
13. Keep mashing throughout the process..
14. Mix in salt and some butter. As you can see I have added 1 teaspoon of extra
butter to saute my tempering.
15. If you like add more butter, some lemon juice.
16. Sprinkle chopped cilantro leaves and some finely chopped onions..

Corn Kebabs

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Corn_kebabCorn Kebab is also known as Makkai Kebab is loved by most  kids because of its sweetness.It makes a healthy and delicious snack and its one of the favorite snacks of my daughter.

Check out how to make this simple and easy recipe Corn Kebab.

 

Preparation Time : 20 mins

Cooking Time : 10 mins

Serves : 2

Ingredients

½ Cup Corn Kernels
2 Big Potatoes (boiled) mashed
1/4 cup of shredded cheese
3 Green Chilies (chopped)
2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying

Directions || How to prepare Corn kebabs

Crush the corn kernels in the grinder, to get a rough paste , please do not add any water.

Mix this coarse paste with potatoes,ginger,cheese,green chilies and salt.

Divide mixture into equal parts and shape them as kebabs.

Deep-fry the kebabs in hot oil until they are golden brown in colour and drain on absorbent paper.

Fry it for about 10 minutes and serve hot with any chutney of your choice.

You can even serve it as a side dish with french fries.

Tips
You can add any veggies of your choice like shredded cabbage or fine cut capsicum.

Chicken Bruschetta

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chicken_BrushettaBruschetta (Italian pronunciation: [bruˈsketta]) is a starter dish from Italy consisting of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and topped with olive oil and salt.
I decided to use it on chicken instead of on toasted bread and give it a little Indian touch. This has become one of my family’s favorite iftari this Ramadan.
It is spicy ,tangy and salty all at once. Try this recipe as a starter when the guest arrives and i am sure they will love it.

Prep time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 15 mins
Serves : 4

Ingredients

To Marinade

4 large chicken breasts
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp oregano
1 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp red chilly powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
Olive oil for frying
salt as per taste

BRUSCHETTA TOPPING

2 medium size tomatoes
1 medium size onion
1 finely chopped green chilly
1 tsp oregano
1 cup shredded cheese
salt as per taste

Directions || How to prepare Chicken Bruschetta

Trim the excess fat from the chicken breasts and cut each piece into four small piece.

Combine chicken with all the ingredients in a bowl and add salt and pepper.

Mix everything around to make sure the chicken is coated in the marinade. Refrigerate until ready to cook.

Prepare the bruschetta topping.

Finely dice the onion and tomatoes and mix all the ingredients (chillies ,oregano and salt )together in a bowl

Heat a oil separately in a frying pan. Fry the marinated chicken well on both the sides. After frying, remove from heat
and place chicken pieces on absorbent paper or paper towel to drain out excess oil.

Top each piece of chicken with about ¼ cup of the tomato bruschetta topping and about ¼ cup of shredded cheese.

It’s okay if some falls off, you can scoop it onto your plate along with the chicken.

Serve hot and enjoy these yummy bruschetta’s!

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.

Homestyle Potato chips

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Homestyle potato chips is really loved by my kids.It’s fun and easy to cook for them.I like to use olive oil because it has less trans fats, but you can use any oil of your choice.

Preparation Time : 30 mins

Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 4

Ingredients

4 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced paper-thin
2 tsp turmeric powder
salt as required.
1 quart oil for deep frying

Direction || How to make Potato chips

Transfer the potato in the cold water as you slice.

Washed the potato well.Drain, and rinse, then refill the bowl with water, and add the salt.

Let the potatoes soak in the salty water for at least 15 to 30 minutes.

Drain, then rinse and drain again. Add turmeric powder and salt to the potatoes.

Heat oil in a pan . Fry potato slices in small batches.

Once they start turning golden, remove and drain on paper towels. Continue until all of the slices are fried.

You can even serve it as a side dish with dal rice or ketchup.

Tips

Applying salt to the sliced potatoes prevents it from turning black.

You can also use deep-fryer and set it to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C) for frying.

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