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Instant Pot Beetroot (Beets) Pasta..Stovetop recipe included.

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Hello everyone. Thanks for sticking around. I know it has been a (very, very) long time since my last post. Life got a little too busy for me after my second kid was born but I have no complains. I know these days won’t come back and I am cherishing each and every moment of it. 🙂

Speaking of not coming back, there is definitely something I truly wish wouldn’t come back ever again…COVID -19. The novel Coronavirus outbreak. 2020 has been a historical year for all of us. A year that has taught us to value the little things in life, to never take anything for granted. I just hope and wish we all come out of this pandemic safer and stronger.

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And now coming on to the recipe I am sharing today. Instant Pot is my most loved and used kitchen appliance. I use it extensively to make Indian curries, daals, soups, rice, desserts, yogurt, meat and of course pasta. Once you make pasta in the instant pot, you will never make it any other way.  It practically makes itself and its ready sooner than the time it takes to boil the pasta. You can’t beat that. And the addition of Beets makes this not only healthy but also very pretty.

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Lets make this Instant Pot Beetroot Pasta…

A video recipe of the pasta can be found on my You Tube Channel here

Ingredients:

Penne or Rotini Pasta – 2 cups

Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp

Garlic Cloves – 2, minced

Onion – 1 small, chopped fine

Uncooked Beets – 1 large, chopped fine (about 1 cup)

Dried Italian seasoning/Herbs – 1 tsp

Salt and pepper – to taste

Butter – 1 Tbsp

Water or broth – 2 cups

Cream Cheese – 1/4 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Shredded Cheddar Cheese – 1/2 cup

Parsley or Basil – Chopped, for garnish

Method:

  1.  Turn your instant pot to sauté mode and wait till it displays hot. Once hot, add in the olive oil followed by the chopped garlic and onions.
  2. Sautee for about 2 minutes and add in the chopped beets. Mix well and let it cook for another few minutes.
  3. Add some water and deglaze the pan to make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot. This helps to prevent the dreaded BURN sign.
  4.  Turn off the sauté mode and add in the pasta, water, salt, pepper and the Italian seasonings. Mix everything well.
  5.  Close the lid. Make sure the sealing ring is well intact and set the valve to sealing mode. Pressure cook the pasta for 5 minutes followed by quick release.
  6.  Open the lid carefully and add in the butter, cream cheese and the milk. Give it a good stir. Set the instant pot again on sauté mode. This will help to thicken up the pasta sauce.
  7.  Finally add in the shredded cheese and give everything a good mix. Let it cook for a few minutes till you see a beautiful pink sauce coating the pasta.
  8.  Turn off the pasta and serve immediately with some chopped parsley or basil.

 

Stovetop Version:

To make this on the stovetop, Cook beets and chop them finely. Boil pasta as per instructions. In a pan, heat oil and sauté garlic and onion for a few minutes. Add in the butter, cream cheese, milk, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. Once everything comes to a boil, turn down the flame and add in the chopped cooked beets. Mix everything well to form a pretty pink sauce. Finally add in the cooked pasta and mix well. Throw in the shredded cheese and stir gently until the cheese is melted and the pasta is covered in beautiful pink sauce. Turn off the heat and serve immediately with chopped fresh herbs.

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And that is how you make this pretty in pink pasta. I would love to know if you try this recipe. Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu.

 

 

 

 

 


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Tandoori Salmon…A delicious fish recipe

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Welcome back to my page. I am so glad you have stopped by. Call me crazy but yeah this is my third tandoori recipe on my blog after Whole Tandoori Cauliflower and Tandoori Chicken. I do really like the flavors here, just marinate and bake. It doesn’t get any easier than this. Without wasting any more time, let’s make some delicious tandoori salmon. Feel free to use your choice of fish here.

Ingredients:

Salmon Fish – 1 pound

Thick yogurt – 3 tbsp

Ginger and Garlic paste – 2 tbsp.

Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp

Oil – 2 tbsp., more for basting the fish, as needed

Salt to taste

Tandoori Masala – 2 tbsp. (See notes for recipe or use store bought)

Method:

  1. Wash your fish well and soak it dry. Meanwhile, mix together the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, lemon juice, salt and the tandoori masala. Now coat the fish well in marinade. Finally drizzle 2 tbsp. oil on top and mix well. The oil helps the marinade to stick to the fish.
  2. A zip lock works best here. Just transfer the marinade and fish pieces to a zip lock, mix well and let it rest in the fridge for at least 1 – 2 hours.
  3. Once you are ready to cook, preheat your oven to 400F. Line a baking dish with foil. Carefully place the marinated fish on the baking dish and bake for 15 minutes, turning mid ways to ensure even cooking. Apply some oil, if needed.
  4. You know the fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Now, turn on the broil or grill mode and cook for a few minutes to get a beautiful color and crisp to your fish.
  5. Serve it hot with some mint chutney and onion rings.

Notes:

Tandoori Masala Recipe

Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp

Coriander Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 2 tsp

Nutmeg Powder – 1/2 tsp

Black pepper Corns – 1 tsp

Whole Cloves – 1 tsp

Cinnamon Stick – 1 inch piece

Paprika – 1 tsp

Red color – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Roast all these spices in a pan for a few minutes until fragrant and ground to a fine powder. Use as needed.

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So that is how I made this delicious fish. Do let me know if you give this a try.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Makai (Makki) 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

Sooji – 1/4 cup

Corn Kernels – 2/3 cup

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1 tbsp

Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp

Ginger paste – 1 tsp

Chopped green chili – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Eno Fruit Salt – 1.5 tsp

Warm water – 2/3 cup

For Tempering:

Oil – 1 tbsp

Mustard Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Curry leaves – a handful

Seasme Seeds – 1/2 tsp

Water – 2 tbsp

Chopped Cilantro and Shredded Coconut – for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix together the maize flour, sooji, yogurt and warm water and keep it covered for 30 minutes.
  2. Now add in the corn kernels, chopped chili, ginger paste, sugar, lemon juice, oil, turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  3. Lightly grease a 7 inch pan and bring water to boil for steaming.
  4. Once you are ready to steam, add the eno fruit salt to the dhokla mix, sprinkle some water to activate it 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 and water. 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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One Pot Skinny Alfredo Pasta

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Are you looking for a quick dinner that is ready in less than 20 minutes. True to its name, this pasta cooks all in one pot with its sauce and is ready to eat in half the time you will take to make it the traditional way.


Also, no butter or cream used here. Cheese – optional. Quick, easy and healthy.
You can’t beat that. 🙂

Ingredients: 
Whole milk – 1 1/2 cup
Water or broth – 1 1/2 cup
Uncooked pasta – 8 oz, use any pasta of your choice. I have used fettuccini here
Olive oil – 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 3, minced
Onion – 1 small, chopped
Red pepper – 1/2 chopped
Spinach leaves – 1/2 cup chopped
Salt to taste
Black pepper 1/2 tsp
Red chilly flakes – as desired, optional
Parmesan cheese – 1/3 cup, optional. I did not add.

Method:
1. Heat oil in a large skillet and add the minced garlic and onion. Cook them for a few minutes.
2. Add in the red pepper and spinach and cook for a minute.
3. Next add in the milk, water, salt and pepper and let it just come to a simmer.
4. Break the pasta and add it to the boiling milk mixture. Mix gently and let the pasta cook for about 10 minutes at medium low, stirring every few minutes.
5. Cook just until the pasta is tender and switch off the flame.
6. Finally add in the chilly flakes and Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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Enjoy this quick and healthy one pot version of your favorite pasta.

Thanks for stopping by. Do let me know if you try it.

 

Love,

Ritu 🙂


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Quinoa and Lentil Dosa/Crepes

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Hello..How is everyone doing..?? Would you believe me if I told you that this super crispy and delicious Dosa is made with Quinoa and Lentils. Yeah its like a power house of protein. I was impressed when I saw this recipe at Sonal’s blog. She always makes delicious and healthy stuff and everything I have tried from her blog has been a success. I knew I had to try this. And I am so glad I made them cause they turned out so good. You do not miss the rice at all and I love how healthy they are. Thank you so much Sonal for such a fabulous recipe. I will surely be making this again. 🙂

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I have followed her recipe to the T without any changes and they came out just perfect. Hop on to her blog right now, if you want to make these super healthy and yummy dosas. Here is the recipe link – Quinoa and Dal Dosa.

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Also, if you are looking to try some more Quinoa dishes, don’t forget to check out this warm and healthy Vegetarian Quinoa Chili and these delicious Quinoa and Kale Patties.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Do let me know if you try these.

See you again soon.

Much Love,

Ritu. 🙂

 

 

 

 


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Cauliflower Crust Pizza…The super healthy Pizza indulgence

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If you or your kids love eating pizza, but feel guilty about all the extra calories, this post is for you. Imagine eating pizza and getting a full serving of a vegetable, it doesn’t get better than this. When I came across this recipe, I was amused. How in the world can we make a pizza from a cauliflower. Surprising, but deliciously true. It satisfies your craving for a pizza, for that cheesy goodness and is super healthy. Highly recommended. 🙂

Ingredients:

Small or medium cauliflower – 1
Mozzarella cheese – ½ cup (Use your choice of cheese)
Egg -1 (See notes for substitutions)
Mixed Italian Herbs – 1 tbsp
Garlic cloves – 2, minced
Black pepper powder – ¼ tsp
Salt to taste
Red chilly flakes – to taste, optional
Pizza Sauce – ¼ cup
Cheese – ½ cup (more or less, as per your preference)
Your choice of Pizza toppings

Method:

  1. Remove the stems of the cauliflower and pulse the florets in a food processor till you get very fine cauliflower rice. You can also grate the florets if you like.
  2. Cook the florets in a microwave for about 8 minutes. You can also cook it on a stove top in boiling water for about the same time.
  3. Once done, drain all the water and let it cool down. Finally, wrap the cooked cauliflower crumbles in a kitchen towel and squeeze out as much water as you can. This step is very important to get a good pizza base.
  4. Preheat your oven to 450 F and line your baking sheet with Parchment paper. The parchment paper is very important here to ensure your pizza does not stick to the baking sheet.
  5. Now mix the cauliflower (which should be really dry by now) with cheese, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper, egg and the chili flakes. Use your hand and make a soft dough.
  6. Now form a round pizza crust using the dough making sure it is not too thick or thin and place it on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake it for about 20 – 25 minutes till the sides are nicely brown.
  8. Take it out of the oven and flip on the other side. Apply the tomato sauce, your choice of pizza toppings and the cheese.
  9. Put it back in the oven and let it cook for another 7 – 8 minutes till the cheese has nicely melted.
  10. Let it rest for about 2 minutes. Finally cut your healthy pizza into slices and enjoy this guilt free delight.

Notes:

To replace egg you can either use 1 tbsp of flax seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water or
1 tbsp of chia seeds mixed with 3 tbsp of water. Leave it aside for 10 minutes and use as in the recipe.

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Thanks so much for reading the recipe. All I can say is..It is probably one of the most delicious ways you can eat a cauliflower.

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

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Paneer Butter Masala..My go to Paneer recipe

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Paneer Butter masala is probably one of the most famous paneer dishes. It is pretty easy to make and tastes delicious. I make it often for my dinner parties and it is always appreciated. My version is inspired from Nisha Madhulika’s recipe. You can enjoy it with either Tandoori Roti, Naan or just with steamed rice. It will taste delicious either ways. I can assure you that.

I have already shared a Cilantro Paneer recipe with you guys. You can find it here, just in case you missed it.

Here is how I make this lip smacking delight 😛

Ingredients:

Butter – 2 tbsp

Fresh Paneer – 250 grams

Tomatoes – 3, medium

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilly – 2, optional, to taste

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Red Chilly Powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp

Coriander & Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Kasoori Methi Powder or Dry Fenugreek Leaves powder – 1 tsp

Sugar – 1/2 tsp, optional

Fresh Cream – 1/2 cup

Water – 1/2 cup

Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish

Method:

  1. Cut paneer into small cubes and keep it soaked in warm water until ready to use. This ensures your paneer will stay soft in the gravy. You can skip this step if you are using fresh home made paneer.
  2. In a blender, make a smooth paste of the tomatoes, ginger and green chilly. Add some water, if needed. I recommend straining this puree through a strainer to get a silky smooth gravy.
  3. Heat the butter in a pan and add this tomato puree. Allow it to cook for a few minutes till you see some butter separating from the masala.
  4. Now add in the dry spices – salt, turmeric, red chilly powder, coriander and cumin powder and the sugar. Mix well. Add  1/2 cup of water and let it come to a boil.
  5. Add fenugreek leaves powder and garam masala powder to the gravy. Finally add in the paneer cubes and mix everything well. Cover and cook for a few minutes.
  6. Finally, mix in the cream, cook for another minute and turn off the flame.
  7. Garnish with cilantro leaves and serve hot with your choice of Indian bread or rice.

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So that was the super easy and super delicious recipe of my version of Paneer Butter Masala.

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

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Baked Stuffed Tomatoes..The Indianised version.

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Hello everyone. I am so glad you have stopped by. Today I am sharing another beautiful dish for your next get-together. I like to call it Stuffed Tomatoes – Indian style. This is so versatile that it can be served as an appetizer or as a main course, dry or in a gravy. Also, the stuffing I have used here is the good old potato mix, but cottage cheese (or paneer) works great here. You can also use your choice of minced meat and make this a non-vegetarian version. Just use your creativity. I am sure you will love it and so will your guests.

Lets make some pretty looking stuffed tomatoes 🙂

Ingredients:

Firm Tomatoes – 8

Oil as needed to coat the tomatoes

Boiled and mashed potatoes – 3

Oil – 2 tbsp.

Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp

Frozen Corn – 1/2 cup (You can also use frozen peas if you like)

Onion – 1 medium, finely chopped

Green Chilies – 2 chopped, optional

Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp.

Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp

Turmeric Powder – 1/4 tsp

Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp

Salt to taste

Shredded Cheese and tomato ketchup – for garnish

Method:

  1. Cut a thick slice on top of each of the tomatoes and scoop out the seeds and pulp. If your tomatoes are not balancing, you can also cut a thin layer at the bottom to make sure they stand well.
  2. Coat the tomatoes well with oil and keep aside. We will make the stuffing now.
  3. Heat oil in a medium pan and add in the cumin seeds. Once they crackle, add the ginger garlic paste and the green chilies and cook for a minute or two. Now add the chopped onion and let them cook till they are nicely brown, about 5 minutes.
  4. Finally, add in the mashed potatoes and frozen corn and mix well. Mix in the dry spices – salt, red chilly powder, turmeric and garam masala. Make sure everything is well combined. Cook the stuffing on medium heat till its well heated through and all flavors have blended in, another 5 – 6 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow it to cool.
  5. Pre heat your oven to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place your tomato cups on that.
  6. Once the stuffing has cooled down to touch, fill it inside the tomatoes and cover the tomatoes with their tops. Bake them for about 20 minutes till the tomatoes are soft to touch. Make sure not to over bake them as the tomato skins will rupture.
  7. Take them out when done and garnish each of the tomatoes with some shredded cheese and some tomato ketchup. Serve hot.
  8. You can also make these on the stove top. Just cover and cook them till soft.

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So there was another gorgeous dish for you. I hope you will give it a try and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Stuffed Mushrooms..The vegetarian version

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Mushrooms are a favorite in my house. Its such a versatile vegetable. You can make a sandwich with it, use it as a pizza topping, make a spicy mushroom curry or even turn them into an appetizer. Stuffed Mushrooms are such a great party appetizer. They are quick and easy to make and look so delightful. I am making the vegetarian version here but you can totally add sausage to it, if you like.

How do you like your mushrooms..?? 😀

It is very important to clean the mushrooms first before cooking. Most people prefer to just wipe it well with a wet kitchen towel. I however prefer to wash them well under running water. It is important to dry them quickly with a paper towel after rinsing. They should absolutely be not kept wet for longer periods or they will turn soggy and who likes soggy mushrooms. 😦

So after that cleaning up, lets make some stuffed mushrooms.

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Ingredients:

Medium sized mushrooms – about 10

Olive oil – 1 tbsp.

Small onion – finely chopped

Parmesan cheese – 1/4 cup, grated

Garlic – 1 tbsp., minced

Spinach – 1/2 cup, chopped

Cream cheese – 1/2 cup or 4 oz

Salt to taste

Ground Black pepper – 1/2 tsp

Bread crumbs – 1/2 cup

Parsley – finely chopped for garnish

Method:

  1. Clean the mushrooms well and make sure they are dry before you start cooking. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Remove the stem from each mushroom and set aside. Scoop out some of the flesh from the mushrooms to make some space for the stuffing. Finely chop the stem sides and the scooped out flesh from the mushroom caps.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium skillet and add in the minced garlic. Let it get a little color and add in the onions. Cook them for a few minutes and mix in the chopped mushroom stems and flesh. Cook everything for about 3 minutes. Add the chopped spinach and cook for 2 minutes or until just wilted. Turn off the heat.
  4. Mix in the cream cheese, salt and pepper to the onion and mushroom mixture above and combine well. Do a taste test. Yummy.
  5. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the mushroom caps on it. Take a small spoon and fill in the mushroom with the stuffing we have prepared.
  6. Top each of the mushroom caps with some shredded cheese and bread crumbs.
  7. Bake them until the mushrooms are tender and the filling is heated through. You should be able to see a nice golden color on top. It should take about 25 minutes.
  8. Garnish with chopped parsley and serve hot.

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So that is how I make my stuffed mushrooms. Do give it a try and let me know if you like it.

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

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Avocado Kebabs or Burger Patties.

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Hello everyone. Its that time on the month again when I do my monthly column for the B’Khush Magazine – Healthy Bites. Do check out the website if you haven’t. It has lot of interesting content ranging from women health to fashion, foods etc.

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For today’s post I am cooking up some Avocado Kebabs. I cam across this recipe at Cook with Priyanka. Such an easy and delicious recipe and super healthy. Full credit to Priyanka for such a delicious take on Avocados. Do check out her blog for some interesting recipes.

I have modified the recipe to include some veggies just to make it healthier. 🙂

Here is my take on Avocado Kebabs or Burger.

Ingredients:

Ripe Avocado – 1

Onion – 1, small, finely chopped

Carrot – 1 medium, finely shredded (you can also use beetroot here)

Garlic – 2 cloves, finely chopped

Ginger – ½ inch, finely chopped

Green chilies – 1, finely chopped

Semolina or Sooji – 1 tbsp

Corn flour – 1 tbsp (this is for binding, other options you can use here is half a small boiled and mashed potato or mashed rice – 2 tbsp)

Cumin Powder – ½ tsp

Chopped Cilantro – 1 tbsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

Method:

  1. Cut the avocado and scoop out the flesh. Discard the seed. Mash the pulp well with a fork.
  2. Add in the chopped onions, garlic, ginger, green chilies, shredded carrots, sooji, cornflour, cilantro, salt and the cumin powder. Mix everything well.
  3. Heat oil in a large griddle and make small patties of the mixture.
  4. If the mixture is a little runny, wet your hands. That really helps to form the shape.
  5. Cook them on medium flame, 3 minutes on each side.
  6. Serve hot with mint chutney and onion rings or with some salad on the side.
  7. For the salad I have just mixed shredded carrots with salt, pepper and vinegar.

 

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Thanks so much for reading I hope you liked the recipe.

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Do give it a try and let me know. See you soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂