quick snacks

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.

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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

Sev Puri Burgers

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Sev Puri is another famous chaat snack from the lands of Mumbai. You can either prepare Dahi Sev batata puri those are prepared with round puri with masala stuffed in it or you can make it with flat puri.
I gave this recipe a little twist , a new form of having these puris so that the kids would just won’t resist it , yes the innovative Sev Puris Burgers
This recipe is absolutely simple to make if you have your puris, sev and chutney ready.
All these three ingredients can be brought ready made or you can prepare it at home.
Try this at home, and do share me your experiences with your kids 🙂

Preptime: 10-15 mins

Cooking time: 5-10 mins

Serves: 4 + people

Ingredients

2 medium size boiled and peeled potatoes
2 tbsp curd
½ cup tamarind chutney
½ cup mint coriander chutney
½ cup red chutney
chaat masala as required
1 tablespoon red chili powder
1 cup fine sev
15-16 puris
1 cup sev
1 to 2 tsp lemon juice (optional)
black salt
Directions || How to prepare Sev Puri Burgers
Mix chopped potato, dahi,onion ,1 tsp of green chutney ,lemon juice,salt and chat masala.

Arrange the puris on a plate , you can decide the puris to be served each plate.

Now top each puri with the prepared mixture.

Now top the puris with mint coriander chutney, and tamarind chutney one on top of the other

Now cover all the puris with puris like a burger.

Apply red chutney at the edges of all the puris one by one and sprinkle sev over it.

Ta Da.. the new style Sev Puri Burger style is ready to be served to your naughty kids 🙂

Kids Creative Recipe Ideas

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It gets very very tough and stressful to make your kids  eat healthy especially for those fussy and picky eaters. I have gone through this pain all these 8 years as my elder daughter is one of them. So to make my life little easier , I used some tricks or some creative food art to attract her to finish her meals.

I am sharing these creative recipes for kids with you all . They look so good that most children will be tempted to give them a go. It might be an extra efforts for the mom’s but trust me  I am sure you will be happy to see the end results of it.So do try these recipes with me and share me your experiences . I would really love to hear back from you all 🙂 This keeps me motivating to upload more recipes and try something new.


 Cheesy Potato Nuggets Tree

Potato Nuggets are yummy little bites which can be eaten as snack at any time of the day.

Filled with cheese makes it an amazing delicious cheesy bites which melts in the mouth.
They are great party starters especially for kids party.
You can prepared them in advance and refrigerated for a day or two and use it when required.
You can serve these lovely nuggets with ketchup or any dips.Read full recipe..


Falafel Rocks

Falafel made using chickpeas is a popular Middle Eastern chick pea patty. Falafel is stuffed in pita bread with salad and sauce. Falafel is quite popular as a replacement to meat and its high in protein.This is the based snacks across the world and my kids most favorite dish.

Trust me try this recipe at home and you never know you might get the full marks and a pat on your back as well:) Its very very simple and healthier too.
To make it more healthier option these can be baked instead of deep frying.You can also prepared all purpose flour(maida) and wheat (atta) ki roti if you fail to arrange any Pita bread.
You can serve this with tahini sauce or hummus whatever you can arrange. I prepared hummus at home. please check my recipe to prepare hummus.
So lets get set go. Read full recipe..


Pizza Hut (Bread Pizza)

If you are craving for pizza and don’t have time to prepare the dough and let’s try this bread pizza.

An easy quick and really delicious. It takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes,you can choose your favorite pizza toppings and is done, ready to be served. Not only kids but everybody loves pizza , so try this mini  bread pizza at home.I tried some innovative way of serving this pizza to my kids my creating a hut shape pizza and named it as Pizza hut .So do try this Pizza hut at home 🙂 and I am sure you and your family will love these. Full recipe


Egg Broccoli Train Roll (Egg Brocoli Bhurji Wrap)

Egg Bhurji is nothing but a Indian scrambled eggs, its one of the favorite breakfast for kids.This recipe is super easy to prepare but I added just a twist to it by including some veggie like broccoli to make it more healthier. Broccoli egg roll combination works mind blowing , the kids will not find any difference in the taste as such.(For all those veggie moms you can try out this same recipe by replacing the eggs with paneer)To encourage kids to finish their roll especially those fussy kids like my elder one , you can design the rolls in the shape of train and present it to your kids. Trust me they will want it more and more 🙂 Full recipe


Kids Sushi Rolls

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Sushi is a traditional food from Japan. It is a popular dish in other countries as well, such as America, Canada, and the UK, along with many other countries.
Sushi is made with specially prepared rice and it mostly contains raw or cooked seafood, and sometimes vegetables as well. I tried to prepared homemade Sushi roll for my kids with raw vegetables. Read more..

Pizza Hut (Bread Pizza)

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If you are craving for pizza and don’t have time to prepare the dough and let’s try this bread pizza.

An easy quick and really delicious. It takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes,you can choose your favorite pizza toppings and is done, ready to be served. Not only kids but everybody loves pizza , so try this mini  bread pizza at home.I tried some innovative way of serving this pizza to my kids my creating a hut shape pizza and named it as Pizza hut .So do try this Pizza hut at home 🙂 and I am sure you and your family will love these.
Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 5 mins
Serves:4

Ingredients

Bread slices – 6
Mozzarella cheese – grated as required

For the pizza topping

2 medium size chopped onions
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 green bell pepper(capsicum)
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp salt
Oil for cooking
Salt

Directions|| How to prepare Bread Pizza

To prepare Pizza Topping

Heat oil in a pan.

Add garlic and saute it till you get nice burnt garlic aroma.

Next add onions and saute it.

Once it turns golden brown , add tomatoes, cook till it tomatoes turns tender.

Add salt,oregano, red chilli powder, tomato ketchup and mix it well.

Close the lid and let it cook for 2 mins.

Once cooked , turn off the gas and keep it aside.

To prepare Pizza

Toast the bread and apply butter over it.

Spread 2 tsp of the prepared toppings evenly on the bread slices.

Arrange the toppings and sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese all over the toppings.

To prepare over Tava/Pan

Grease the pan with oil , place the bread over the pan

cover with a lid and let the pizza cook over low flame

Cook till the base becomes golden and crisp and the cheese has melted

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.

To prepare pizza in Oven

Grill in a preheated oven at 180 degree C until the cheese starts to melt. Serve immediately.

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.

To Serve the pizza.

Cut the breads into two parts in triangle shape and other pizza piece into square shape.
Arrange it in house shape (triangular shape pizza as roof and square shape pizza as the base) and decorate it will chilli flakes and finely chopped capsicum.

Your kids will definitely love this Bread Pizza Hut 🙂

Delicious Dahi ke kebabs

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Delicious dahi ke kabab…with pudina chatney…👌👌

◆Recipe of Dahi Kebab

Author : Shweta Shah

◆Ingredients-

Hung curd – 750 gm
Onion (paste)- 2 medium size onions
Green chilli (crushed)- As per taste
Coriander (finely chopped) -As per taste
Kasuri methi -2 tbsp
Paneer (crushed) – approx. 170 gm
Salt
Corn flour 2 tbsp
Toast (crushed) – as required

◆Directions || How to prepare Dahi ke kebabs

If you get hung curd from market well and good.

If not, take curd and pour it in mal-mal cloth piece and tie a knot such that all water comes off.

Make sure not even drop of water remains. Do this for 4-5 hours and refrigerate it overnight..

Take the hung curd in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients- green chilly paste , onion paste , corn flour, coriander, paneer , kasuri methi,salt and mix well.
Prepare small kebab from this mixture. Use toast crush to make a layer on the kebab for getting a crisp texture.


Shallow fry this and enjoy the delicacy!

Best served with pudina chutney.