Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stuffed Bread Pakoras

BM # Day 7

Last day of the BM # 6 and Valli has given a new twist to this marathon by pairing two bloggers and cooking from each other’s blog ...ofcourse keeping the theme in mind.My blog partner Manisha,has a Rajasthani blog and has some lovely recipes,a few were suitable for my picnic theme,but I picked up these Bread Pakoras.I am a person who believes in telepathy.....well while planning the 7 day posts this bread pakora was on the list.....and there it came on Manisha’s blog!!I have made a slight variation to this by stuffing a slice of paneer between the potato layer.
I made two types of pakoras with four slices ,the big jumbo pakora..and the other with three slices ,cut into quarters and then fried and cut.the mini ones go to Champa for the kids delight.Now the recipe...

Jumbo Bread Pakora
4 slices bread
Green chutney
A big slice of cottage cheese(as big as the bread slice)
1/2  cup potato mix

For the potato mix
1 large boiled mashed potato
1tsp oil
¼ tsp cumin seed
1/4tsp red chilly pwd
1/4tsp turmeric pwd
¼ tsp aamchoor pwd
Pinch garam masala
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves

Heat oil.
Add jeera,let it splutter.
Add potatoes and spices.
Mix well.

Besan batter
2 cups..besan
½ tsp chilly pwd
1/4tsp turmeric pwd
1/4tsp baking soda
Pinch hing
Salt to taste
Water for the dough

Mix all the ingredients and make a batter for pakoras.
Dont make it watery..n be careful..dont make it very thick .

How to go about
Spread a layer of potato mix on two slices of bread.
Place a cottage cheese slice  and make a sandwich.
Apply ketchup on the third slice and place it on one side of the sandwich..ketchup layer down.
Turn the sandwich.
Apply a generous layer of chutney on the fourth slice,place it on the sandwich...again chutney side down.
Both the top and bottom slices would be plain.
Dip into the batter and deep fry.
You have to be careful while frying this,since it is a jumbo sandwich.let it cool .
Cut diognally for best could cut it into fingers too.

The mini ones
You could use chutney ,ketchup and paneer.
You could use potato and cottage cheese.
Cut into quarters.
Deep fry.
This becomes simple to handle.
Cut the pakoras  diognally to see beautiful colors.

the mini ones

jumbo ones

This is the last day of this marathon,here are some of the recipes  I have posted in this series...
Chole Kuche Roll
Bun Samosa
Submarine Sandwich
Vegetable Corn Handvo
Choclate Cake

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Choclate Cake

BM # 6 Day 6
Since the last few days I have been posting sandwiches  or rolls..well how about carrying a delicious choclate cake for the picnic? This is a cake which gets ready in just flat 15 minutes.Really!This recipe has been shared by my daughter  who had been telling me to try this lovely cake since a long time….somehow baking in a microwave was not my idea,so kept postponig it.This time she insisted  and trust me I was so happy with the result I called her up…. rightaway…and  showed her  the cake on the web camera!!..her smile said it all .J

And now the recipe…..
11/2cups........ maida
½ cup.............. cocoa pwd
11/2 cups ........sugar
1tsp.................. baking pwd
½ tsp................ baking soda
½ tsp................ salt
4tsp.................. flax seed pwd mixed with 1cup water
¼ cup............... milk
½ cup............... oil
2tsp.................. vanilla essence

Sieve all the dry ingredients.
Mix all the wet ingredients.
Mix wet and dry ingredients.
Pour in a greased microwave safe dish.
Microwave for 8 minutes.

This is a very simple basic choclate cake with a mild nutty flavor due to flax seeds and children would love it,to make a complete dessert serve it with icecream...just get a block from the icecream wallas who are at all picnic spots!
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Monday, June 27, 2011

Vegetable Corn Handvo

BM # 6 Day 5

Today I have chosen a nutrition packed one pot meal for picnic which will be relished by all.Vegetable Corn Handvo,a savoury cake  full ofvegetables,rice and corn and a crunch of sesame seeds,sanwiched with tangy ketchup.This has a blend of all flavors…slightly sweet,spicy and tangy…of course we can alter it according to our tastebuds..lot of variations could be made  you just have to be innovative.
I picked up this dish from one of my good friends,who was my neighbor too..infact till the time we stayed next doors I never made it.Since we live away I had to try my hands on it.
What we need
2 cups............ mixed vegetables finely chopped and boiled.
2 cups............ corn kernels crushed 
1 cup.............. corn kernels(boiled)
2 cups........... cooked leftover rice
½ cup............. maize flour /bread crumbs
1tsp................ red chilly pwd
½ tsp.............. haldi
Salt to taste
2tsp................ lemon juice
1tbsp.............. green chilly ginger paste
Mix all the ingredients very well.

2tbsp oil
1tsp mustard seeds
1tbsp sesame seeds
Pinch hing
Add the tempering to the prepared mix and mix well.

Tempering 2
4tbsp oi
l2tbsp mustard seeds
4tbspSesame seeds
Curry leaves

Other ingredients...
Tomato ketchup
Green chutney(recipe)

Assembling the Handva
Spread a layer of the prepared mix in a baking dish.
Spread a thin layer of tomato ketchup .
Spread the third layer of the veggie mix.
Temper with musturd ,sesame seeds and curry leaves.
Bake at 200deg for 30 minutes.
Since everything is precooked you dont have to worry much.
This will be quite soft .
Serve with green chutney.
I have made some mini ones also for that I spread some tempering in muffin moulds ,followed the same layering procedure and baked.(these have some extra ketchup).once done cooled them a little and here you are!!
you could pack the mini ones in small round disposable containers.cover with a cling film.The best part is this Handvo is enjoyed cold too.
the mini health cakes!!

packed in a disposable container
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Sunday, June 26, 2011

Submarine Sandwich

BM # 6 Day 4

For the fourth day of marathon I have chosen Submarine Sandwiches.These are very popular in America,well with all these food chains coming up all over the world ..they have gained popularity here in India as well.These are oblong rolls ,split lengthwise or cut into a’v’ or sometimes even scooped out.A variety of fillings,cheese and sauces make this into a complete meal.These are ideal for packed lunch,travel or picnics.....can be served hot or cold.
The normal sub has layers of veggies and cheese n sauces on top..but I have chopped all veggies finely ,added all sauces and stuffed this with a layer of sliced cheese.This makes it easier to eat ..without the children dropping those cucumbers and tomatoes...besides sometimes the children open up the sub and want to remove  a particular veggy...this way they will eat it all.

What we need.....

1..................... french loaf
1 cup............. mixed veg
1 cup............ mayonnaise(I used readymade)
1/4 cup..........thousand island dressing
Salt to taste
Chilly flakes
Herbs of your choice
Cheese slices

This could include...
Cabbage finely chopped
Onion finely chopped
Cucumbers grated
Carrots grated
Capsicum finely chopped
Olives finely chopped or as it is
Jalapenoes finely chopped(for home made jalapenoes..check here)
Tomatoes.(remove pulp) finely chopped
Mix veggies and mayo,dressing ,salt,pepper and prepare the stuffing.

Thousand Island Dressing

½ cup......... thick low fat curd
1tsp.............musturd pwd
3tsp............ ketchup
1tsp........... chilly sauce
2 tsp.......... onion
2 tsp.......... capsicum
½ tsp .........chopped green chilly
¼ tsp..........vinegar 

Salt to taste
Blend in a mixer to form a smooth paste.

How to go about
Cut the loaf into two, lengthwise .
Apply butter on both sides.
Spread a layer of stuffing.
Sprinkle  some salt ,pepper and herbs.
Place cheese slices.
Cover with the second half.
Cut into three or four  pieces for serving.
For picnics wrap in a cling film.

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Bun Samosa

BM # 6 Day 3

Samosas are a hot favorite with me and I would normally eat them with a slice of bread and some spicy green chutney.Recently my son introduced me to a different version of samosa....sandwiched in a bun..with sweet imli chutney,spicy green chutney and the fiery red chilly garlic chutney!!.This Bun –Samosa is a very popular meal for college going students,who just pick it up and walk away.It sure is filling ..Two Samosas in one bun!!...and the top and bottom smeared with oil.welll I thought ideal for a picnic!!...and simple too. ..So here is a lovely snack which you can take for your picnics..or in your lunch box...if you omit the fiery garlic chutney the kids will enjoy it too.You can make the changes according to your tastebuds.

3 buns
6 samosas
green chutney
imli chutney
chilly garlic chutney

Samosa crust
2 cups maida
½ warm oil
½ tsp ajwain
Salt to taste
Sift the flour.add salt and ajwain.
Add oil.
Knead into a semi soft dough.
Leave it for about 20 mins.
(this would make 6 to 8 samosas)

2cups boiled mashed potatoes
½ cup boiled green peas
3tbsp oil
1tsp jeera
½ tsp red chilly pwd
½ tsp aamchoor pwd
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp garam masala
¼ tsp black salt
¼ tsp roasted jeera pwd
¼ tsp coriander seeds
¼ cup coriander leaves
A handful of cashews and raisins(optional)
Mint leaves
Salt to taste
Heat oil.
Add jeera .
Add all the spices and roast them for a few minutes .
Add potatoes and peas  and rest of the ingredients.
Mix well.

How to go about......
Roll out the dough in small thin round chapatis.
Cut them into half.
Make a cone.
Add the stuffing.close with the help of water.
Deep fry on medium flame till crisp and golden.

Green Chutney
1cup coriander leaves
4 green chillies
1medium sized onion
4 cloves garlic
A small piece of ginger
2tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
Grind into a fine paste.

Sweet chutney
1/2cup imli
2tbsp gur
2tsp red chilly pwd
1tsp jeera pwd
Pinch hing
Salt to taste
Boil the tamamrind pulp with gur.
Add the spices and boil once again.

Chilly Garlic Chutney
10 whole red chillies
10-12 cloves garlic
2tsp oil
Add all the ingredients and make a paste using very little water.

And now the Bun Samosa....
Cut the bun into two.
Apply butter or oil on the top and bottom.
Apply all the three chutneys on both the halves(inside ).
Crush the fried samosas a little and place two samosas in one bun.
Cover with the top lid.
Press a little.
Cut into four pieces.

layered with all three chutneys.....
crushed samosas ....
you could pack these individually in a cling film and place them in a box.Enjoy them with your favorite drink.
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Friday, June 24, 2011

Chole Kulche Roll

BM # 6 Day 2
If you are fmiliar with Delhi street food you must be aware of those mouthwatering Chole-Kulche.Kulchas are a basic white bread baked,soft to the core and makes a good substitute for a roti.These are normally served with two types of cholas.The cycle wale chole and the pateele wale chole.I am sure you guys must be wondering what is cycle wale...well the vendor ties a teen(a metal container) ka dabba behind his cycle ..and goes around selling cholas...but more on that later....coming to today’s recipe pateele wale chole.These are white peas soaked and cooked till mushy......served from a big brass pot and hence the name pateele.....  garnished with spices ,onions,made a little tangy......n  served with kulcha.
I have taken the same chole kulche and transformed them into a roll to suit our theme of Picnic Foods.

Here goes the recipe....
2cups......boiled white peas
1...............onion finely chopped
1.............. boiled potato finely chopped(optional)
1...............tomato finely chopped(optional) chillies finely chopped
Ginger  julline cut
Corriander  leaves
Black chaat masala(or any other chaat masala)
Black salt
Red chilly pwd
Tamarind juice
Lemon juice
Soak the peas for 3-4 hours.
Pressure cook with salt for two whistles or till done.(be careful! This does not require too much cooking)
Drain off the excess water if any.(use it for your daals or gravy)
Add all the ingredients according to your taste...make sure this is not too bland as the kulchas are absolutely bland.

4 kulchas / roti
These are readymade bought from any local bakery shop.
Roll the kulchas with a rolling pin ,making the bread thin.

Place some cholas in the centre.
Roll up the kulcha.
Pack in a cling film. 

original kulchas
rolled kulchas...check the thickness

This is the picture of the vendor who is selling Pateele wale chole...check out the big brass pot..
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Thursday, June 23, 2011


BM # 6  Day 1 
First day of the BM # I had been looking forward to this marathon n wonder how I missed the announcement..Valli had to squeeze me in at the last minute..thanks dear.

There is something special about having picnics and eating outdoors, traveling some distance with your packed picnic baskets and hampers to eat your lunch beside a babbling stream or in a park under a large shady tree.

Of course the beach is always a favourite spot for some, however the food that we choose to take along is dont want messy stuff.something delicious and easy to bite on.I prefer individual packings ,saves the hassel of  serving.Since I have picked up Picnic Food  as my theme for this Marathon,I  will try to give you recipes which are ideal for picnics.Oh  ofcourse  need to carry juices  or drinks and knick knacks to munch on...and some fruits which are always welcome.
 Coming to today’s recipe Falafel ,Lebanese cuisine...this is a pocket sandwich ,where 
the pocket is stuffed with some sauces ,salad and a chick pea patty.

½ cup.........chick peas
¼  cup .......chopped onions
1 tbsp........ chopped garlic
2 tbsp........ finely chopped parsley
½ tsp .........cumin seed  powder
1 tbsp........ finely chopped mint leaves
1 tbsp........ finely chopped coriander
Salt to taste
Oil for deep-frying

1/3 cup...... fresh curds,whisked
2 cloves... garlic,chopped
¼ cup....... chopped spring onions (including greens)
A pinch of sugar
Salt to taste

6............ pita breads
¼ cup... thinly sliced onion
1 cup.... shredded lettuce / cabbage
¼ cup... grated carrot  & sliced capsicum

Soak the kabuli chana in water overnight. Clean, wash and drain.
Blend in a mixer to a coarse paste.
Add all the remaining ingrediants and mix well.
Heat the oil in a kadhai and deep-fry the patty till  gloden brown. Drain on 
absorbent paper.
Blend all the ingrediants in a mixer to a smooth sauce. Keep aside.

Cut each pita bread into two .(mine was a pita bun so i scooped the bun from inside)
.Spread a layer of hummus , add in some salad, patties and a spoon full of dressing  
on top. 
(this dressing can be added at the time of serving to avoid moist patties)

1 cup.......... kabuli channa
Salt to taste
1 tbsp......... chopped garlic
2 tbsp......... lemon juice
2 tsp........... tahini paste.
¼ cup......... fresh curd
2 tbsp .........olive oil
½ tbsp........ chopped parsley, ¼ 1sp chilly powder and 2 1sp olive oil for garnish.

2 tbsp........ sesame seeds
2 tbsp......... lemon juice
2 tbsp......... olive oil
½ tbsp......... finely chopped garlic
Salt to taste
Roast the sesame seed on the tawa(griddle) for a few seconds
Cool,add all the remaning ingredients and blend in a mixer to a smooth paste.

You could wrap these individually  in a paper napkin and then slide them in a sandwich bag..pull up the ends n tie it with a band.Place these in boxes.Dont forget to carry the sauce in a squeezy bottle.

posting these to Valli's Sandwich Mela

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