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Makai ka Dhokla or Corn Savory Steamed Cake

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Hello everyone. I am sure by now you know how much I love Gujarati food. I probably have more Guajarati dishes on my blog then any other cuisine. Just in case you have missed them, here they are – Kutchi Dabeli, Aam ka Chunda, Cabbage Muthia, Microwave Khandvi and Oats Dhokla. Do check them out if you like Guajarati food as much as I do. 🙂

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For today’s post I am sharing another dhokla recipe. This one is made with maize flour or Makai ka atta and also has some corn kernels to bite into. A pure healthy delight I must say. If you are like me and have lots of Makai ka atta left from those Maki ki roti you thought but never made, here is something you can use it for. And trust me, the dhokla is so good, you won’t regret buying some maize flour especially to make this.

Without wasting anymore time, let’s make some delicious dhokla 😛

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Recipe inspired from here

Ingredients:

Maize Flour or Makai ka atta – 1 cup

Corn Kernels – 1/2 cup

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Eno Fruit Salt – 1 tsp

Warm water – 3/4 cup

For Tempering:

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a handful

Seasme Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Chopped Cilantro and Shredded Coconut – for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix together the maize flour, yogurt and warm water and keep it covered for 30 minutes.
  2. Now add in the corn kernels, ginger paste, sugar, lemon juice, oil, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  3. Lightly grease a 7 inch pan or thali and bring water to boil for steaming.
  4. Once you are ready to steam, add the eno fruit salt to the dhokla mix and mix gently.
  5. Steam the dhokla on medium flame for at least 20 minutes, till a toothpick inserted in the center of the dhokla comes out clean.
  6. While the dhokla is steaming, we can make the tempering. Heat oil in a small pan and add in the mustard seeds. Once they crackle add the curry leaves, followed by sesame seeds. Cook everything for a few minutes and turn off the gas.
  7. Once the dhokla has cooled down to room temperature, pour this tempering over dhokla and garnish with cilantro leaves and coconut.
  8.  Cut the dhokla into desired pieces and serve with your favorite chutney.

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So that is how I made this delightful dhokla. Do let me know if you try it out.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Oats Dhokla..A healthy delight

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A big hello to all of you. I am so excited the spring will be here soon. With the New England weather, you can’t really predict much but at least with all the Easter stuff floating around, it makes both me and my daughter very happy. She is looking forward to all the egg hunting and I can’t wait for some warmer days and outdoor activities. We have been lucky enough to have a reasonably warm winter this year and are really looking forward to a  gorgeous summer ahead. How is the weather like at your end..?

Healthy is my favorite kind of food. I do enjoy eating all the junk and the not so good for you desserts but they make me so guilty afterwards. Dang. So not worth it. 😦 I am therefore always on the lookout for healthy recipes – oats, quinoa, kale, chia seeds are some of the most frequent ingredients used in my kitchen. I have been cooking with oats a lot off lately and this dhokla or steamed cake recipe was as healthy as it was delicious. 🙂

Without wasting any more time, lets make this yummy treat..

Ingredients:

Oats – 3/4 cup, dry roast and make a powder – will yield 1/2 cup oats flour

Sooji or Semolina – 1/2 cup

Yogurt – 1/2 cup

Ginger and  green chilly paste – 1/2 tsp

Chopped Spinach or grated carrots – 1/2 cup (Use your choice of veggies)

Salt to taste

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.

Sugar – 1 tbsp.

Eno Fruit Salt – 1 tsp

Water – 1/4 cup, use as needed

Oil – 1 tbsp.

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a few

Chopped Cilantro for garnish

Method:

  1. In a bowl mix together the oats flour, sooji, yogurt, salt, lemon juice, sugar, ginger and green chilly paste. Add water as needed to make a smooth batter of pouring consistency. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Now mix in the spinach and give it a good stir. Add some more water if needed. The batter should be of pouring consistency but not too thick or thin.
  3. Get your steamer ready or boil some water in a large pot or cooker. If steaming in the cooker, do not use the whistle.
  4. Grease a 7 inch dish and keep it ready.
  5. Once the water comes to boil, add in the eno fruit salt to the dhokla mix and give it a gentle mix, making sure not to over mix.
  6. Pour the dhokla mix in the greased dish and let it steam on medium flame for at least 15 – 20 minutes till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. While the dhokla is steaming, we can prepare our tempering.
  8. Heat oil in a pan and add in the mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter. Throw in the curry leaves and once they crackle, switch off the flame.
  9. Once the dhokla is ready, pour this tempering over it and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves.
  10. Finally, cut your dhokla pieces and serve with your favorite chutney. Enjoy this healthy snack.

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So here is how I made this healthy and delicious dhokla. Do let me know if you try this out.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 


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Khandvi Recipe..Made in microwave

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Most of my friends call me a Fraud Punjabi 😛 and rightly so. For starters I don’t really know the language, can’t really eat and talk as much as they do and have a genuine preference for non Punjabi cuisine. Not taking away the fact that Punjabi food and people both are pretty great, I was just probably born in the wrong house. 😉

I absolutely love Guajarati food as you can judge from my previous posts. Just in case you missed it, here are some of my favorites – Cabbage Muthia, Kutchi Dabeli and Aam Ka Chunda.

For today’s post I am making some delicious Khandvi. Its a famous Guajarati appetizer made with chickpea flour and yogurt. It has very mild flavor and is really light and healthy. A little tricky to make but once you get it right, you cant stop making it. Thanks to Shital’s Kitchen for a fabulous recipe. This one is made in a microwave and is so much easier than the traditional stove top method. I am so glad I finally got it right and would surely be making it again soon for my next get together.

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Here is my adaption of her recipe

Ingredients:

Besan or Chickpea flour – 1 cup

Yogurt – 1 cup

Water – 1.5 cups

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Asafoetida or Hing – a pinch

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp.

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Sesame Seeds – 1 tsp

Green chilies – 2, slit

Curry Leaves – 5 or 6

Grated Coconut – 1 tbsp

Chopped Cilantro – for garnish

Procedure:

  1. In a microwave safe bowl, mix together the besan, yogurt, water, salt, turmeric powder and hing and make a smooth paste.
  2. Microwave this uncovered at 100% power for 2 minutes. My microwave power is 1100 watts.
  3. Take out the bowl and give it a good stir and microwave it again uncovered for 2 more minutes.
  4. Stir it again and repeat it for another 2 minutes. We have microwaved for a total of 6 minutes now. You can either use a hand whisk to smooth it out or use a hand blender.
  5. While that is happening, wipe clean a kitchen counter and lightly grease it with oil. You can also use the back of a plate or aluminum foils for the same.
  6. After microwaving the mixture, mix everything well to get a smooth paste. Now take a little bit of the mixture and spread it out on your greased surface or plate and let it cool for a few minutes. Check to see if you can roll it like a cylinder. If yes, the mixture is ready. If not, microwave it for another minute and repeat the test.
  7. Once your mixture is ready, spread it quickly on the greased surface making sure its not very thick and is smooth and even. This step needs to be done quickly to avoid getting the besan mixture cold.
  8. If you would like to make stuffed Khandvi, you can sprinkle some coconut or chopped cilantro while its cooling down.
  9. After 5 minutes, cut one inch strips and roll it like a cylinder. Keep aside on a platter.
  10. To make tempering, heat the oil and add mustard seeds. Once they crackle, add in the green chilies and curry leaves. Mix in the sesame seeds and let it all cook for a minute.
  11. Turn off the gas and pour this tempering over the rolled Khandvi.
  12. Finally, garnish with some chopped cilantro and grated coconut. Serve with your favorite chutney or enjoy as it is.

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The best thing is that Khandvi can also be pre-made and served at room temperature which makes this a perfect make ahead appetizer.

Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to see you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Kutchi Dabeli Recipe..Indian style burger..Another favorite street food.

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In continuation with my love for Indian street food and Gujarati cuisine, I am making some Dabeli today. It is a delicious Indian street food that originated in Kutch, Gujarat. Spicy potato mixture is placed between Buns and topped with chutney, pomegranate seeds, peanuts and sev.

Dabeli is one of my favorite street food. I have such fond memories of my father treating me with this delicacy. When I moved out of India, I dearly missed eating all the street food, especially Dabeli. So I finally decided to try it at home, and I am so glad I did as its super easy if you have everything handy. Do give it a try and I am sure you will like it.

Lets make some delicious Dabeli…:P

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Ingredients:

For Dabeli masala – you can also use store bought – use 1.5 tbsp. or make your own as below

Whole Red chilly – 1

Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Corainder Seeds – 1 tsp

Cloves – 2

Black pepper – 4

Cinnamon Stick – 1/2 inch

For Potato stuffing:

Boiled and mashed potato – 1.5 cups

Oil – 1.5 tbsp.

Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Tamarind Chutney – 2 tbsp.

Salt to taste

Water – 1/2 cup

To Serve:

Buns or Pav – 4

Butter to toast the Pav – 2 tbsp

Roasted Peanuts – 1/4 cup

Sev – 1/4 cup

Pomegranate seeds – 1/4 cup

Chopped onions – 1 small

Sweet tamarind Chutney – 3 tbsp.

Red Chilly Garlic Chutney – 3 tbsp. (Can substitute this with mint & cilantro chutney)

Method:

  1. Lets start with making the Dabeli masala. Skip this step if you have the store bought masala readily available. Roast all the ingredients listed under Dabeli masala until fragrant and then grind to a fine powder. Use as in the recipe.
  2. To make the potato filling, heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds. Once the seeds crackle, add the potatoes, Dabeli masala, salt and tamarind chutney. Mix everything well.
  3. Now add 1/2 cup of water and let it come to a boil. Mix everything well and let it cook for a few minutes until the filling is like a thick paste.
  4. Slice the buns in half and toast them with butter till they are nice and crispy. I make my own buns using this amazing recipe at Shital’s Kitchen. Check it out here.
  5. To assemble, apply some tamarind chutney on one side of the bun and the garlic or mint chutney on the other bun.
  6. Take some potato filling and place it on one of the bun slices. Top it with some chopped onions, chopped cilantro leaves, peanuts, pomegranate seeds and sev. Close with the other Bun slice.
  7. Garnish with some more sev and chopped cilantro leaves. Enjoy

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So that is how I made one of my favorite street food and relished some good old days. See how I have served it on a newspaper, just like they do in India 😉

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Do give it a try and let me know if you like it.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Cabbage Muthiya.A healthy, Gujarati snack.

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I really enjoy eating Gujarati cuisine. It is so different from our usual Punjabi food, simple, sweet, flavorful and so delicious. Most of their dishes are steamed vegetables or flour that are then tempered to enhance taste. Some of my favorite dishes include Thepla, Daal Dhokli, Handvo, Dhokla, Khandavi and of course Muthiya. Today I am making some healthy and delicious Muthiya but with a twist. 😉

Muthiya gets its name from the action of “gripping the flour” in your hand (or Muthi, as called in hindi). It is traditionally made with chick pea flour (Besan) and fenugreek leaves (methi) flavored with spices and finally steamed. This is then either tempered or fried, as preferred. The steamed version really appeals to me as its a pretty healthy snack and so flavorful. You can also make this ahead of time and temper it right before serving. Such an easy and healthy snack item.

I have always had Muthiya with Methi but when I came across this recipe of Cabbage Muthia at Spusht, I was impressed. It looked delicious, healthy and was using cabbage. I can hardly find any uses for cabbage other than the boring sabji we make (Or koftas, salad, cole slaw etc.) And when I finally tried it, it was delicious. I could hardly tell, it had cabbage and the taste was so good. Thank you Nisha Sarda for this amazing recipe. I loved it and will surely make it again. Do check out her blog guys, she is an amazing cook and a great photographer too – Spusht.

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Here is the recipe for Cabbage Muthiya 

Ingredients:

To make Muthiya:

Grated Cabbage – 2 cups

Chick pea flour – 1/4 cup

Whole wheat flour – 1/4 cup

Semolina or sooji – 1/4 cup

Yogurt – 1 tbsp.

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp.

Oil – 1/2 tbsp.

Cilantro – 1 tbsp, chopped

Mint – 1 tbsp., chopped

Ginger – 1 tsp, grated

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Sugar – 1/2 tsp

Red chilly podwer or chopped green chilies – to taste

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Water – as needed

For Tempering:

Oil – 1 Tsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Sesame seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – about 5, crushed

Green chilies – slit, optional

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

For garnish – Chopped Cilantro, grated coconut

Procedure:

  1. Mix all the ingredients listed under Muthiya except the soda and leave it aside for about 10 minutes. The cabbage releases some water which should be good enough to bind it all together. You can add more water if needed. Add the baking soda. Conversely, If the mixture becomes too watery you can add more flour till it all comes together as a soft dough. You should be able to give it a log shape when you grip the mixture between your hands. That’s when you know its done.
  2. If you have a steamer, heat water in it. I do not have a steamer, so I used Nisha’s suggestion and used my idli stand in the pressure cooker to steam these. You will have to shape them smaller to be able to fit in the idli stand.
  3. Remove the whistle from the pressure cooker and let it steam for about 25 minutes on medium heat. Check with a toothpick to make sure its cooked from inside.
  4. Let them cool for a few minutes before tempering. You can also let them cool completely and keep it in the fridge in a zip lock bag or air tight container and temper them when you are ready to eat.
  5. For the tempering, heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and let them splutter. Add the sesame seeds and the curry leaves and also the green chilies, if using. Let them cook for a few seconds and add in the sliced Muthiya. The size and shape of the muthia is totally as per your preference.
  6. Cook the Muthiya for a minute or two till all the tempering is well coated and you see a pretty golden color. Drizzle some lemon juice on top, mix well and switch off the gas.
  7. Finely garnish with chopped cilantro and/or grated coconut and enjoy your delicious and healthy snack.

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So thanks again Nisha for this recipe. I will surely be making it again, May be with Kale this time. 🙂

Some other options would be raddish, bottle gourd, or spinach Muthiya.

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Thanks so much for reading. I hope you will try this and let me know if you liked it.

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu 🙂