Radish Kofta Curry

Radish curries seem to be the rage. It is searched on google pretty often. I think most people do not know what to do with radishes, like me. Hence,google to the rescue. This is probably the best dish that I have made with radishes so far. If you have come up with something better with radishes, leave a comment below.

I was browsing the net a while back and came across many kofta recipes. Usually koftas consist mainly of potatoes or paneer (cottage cheese) in them. I changed it up to use white radish in them. I also included them in the gravy of the dish. You could always omit radishes in the gravy.  This curry is great as a spread on bread too. I tried 🙂 Continue reading

Veggie Patties – Yum!!

Sandwiches are meant for those times when you are feeling lazy to cook a full-fledged meal or if you have leftovers and you want to incorporate them into your dinner. That happens a lot to me, especially laziness!! .I usually make sandwiches with lots of spreads and veggies but today I remembered burgers from back home in Hyderabad. They made some mean veggie burgers at this place that I used to frequent with friends. I think the joint is named Bakers Inn. I tried to recreate the taste and let me tell ya , it was pretty good ! 
Makes 6 medium-sized patties 
 
Ingredients:
1/2 Bell pepper chopped
1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
1 medium Potato (boiled and mashed)
1/2 zucchini finely chopped
20 leaves of spinach chopped
Onion– 1 small-sized finely chopped
1 tsp Chopped Garlic
¼ tsp Black pepper
½  tsp Lemon Pepper
Salt to taste
10 tbsp Bread crumbs
2 tbsp Plain flour/gram flour
4 tbsp Semolina/Rava/Cream of wheat
Oil for frying/sautéing
 
Directions:
Boil and mash the potatoes. Heat the oil in a pan, and then add garlic and onion. Fry it on medium heat until the onion is transparent.  Add Zucchini pieces and sauté for a minute. Add the spinach and the mashed potatoes. Cook for a minute. Add lemon pepper, black pepper, cumin powder and salt. Mix it well until the spices coat all the veggies. Take it off from heat and let it cool down for 10 minutes.

Transfer to a bowl and add gram flour to this mixture to form a thick paste. It acts as a binding agent. Add some pieces of bread or roll the patties in the breadcrumbs (do this after you make a round patty).Mix together and form the patties. Now roll them in semolina. Cover on both sides. Rolling the patties in semolina makes them less sticky and also gives a nice crunch.
Heat oil in a pan, take the patties and fry them two to three at a time in medium heat. Shallow fry them on both sides until they turn golden in colour.
Serve as a Sandwich or eat with salad. I did take a picture of this but the photo sucks and the patties are all gone, so no picture of it this time. 😦

Quick Eats:Garlic (Pav) Bread

What do you make as an accompaniment to chapatis and curry. I don’t usually make anything. So I decided to cook something up for a change, something quick. I am gonna call this series “Quick Eats” – quick to make and to eat.

Who doesn’t like Garlic bread, right ? I was dying for some but I did not have any French bread but did have some pav. I had made pav bhaji with that but then again how many times can you make pav bhaji ?
So, I made garlic bread with the pav since it’s a soft bread and suits the texture required.
Ingredients:
Pav bread(as many as you want yumm !!)
salt, garlic powder, butter/canola spray, dry basil leaves
paprika(optional)

Directions:
Cut the pav in half. Apply the butter/canola spray on it and then sprinkle the rest of the ingredients on one side of the bread according to taste. Repeat the same on the other side.
Heat a large pan and place the bread on it. Toast it to a light brown on both sides.
Enjoy !!

Easy Fenugreek Paratha

Methi/Fenugreek paratha is a crowd pleaser at our home. Methi/Menthe/Fenugreek has immense health benefits and should be included in everyday diet. A spoonful of Fenugreek can be added to any dish but make sure you do not add too much of it. You do not want your dish to taste bitter (fenugreek is bitter).

OK, I get sidetracked easily. We shall get on with the recipe for yummy methi paratha, shall we ? This is an easy recipe and mostly everyone can make it. However, I suck at making parathas. I usually tend to spend hours slaving over the stove trying to make these before they acquire any sort of shape. Darn it !! I should not have mentioned my lack of paratha making skills this early in the post. It will probably dissuade most of you from reading further. Hang on !! This is a good one. I assure ya !!  If you are still reading this, you have “True Grit“.  By the way, anyone know if it won any Oscars ? I saw “127 hours”. It looks like an Oscar ready film but I doubt it has much of a chance when “The King’s Speech” is around.
Onto to the recipe before my thoughts run off again !! Let me mention that  you will need to use Menthe Chutney or store-brought chutney. That’s what makes it easy. As I have mentioned before, this chutney can be used in a lot of recipes. So, you could make ice cubes  of it like pasta sauce and store it in the freezer.

Serves 2 hungry people. Also, in the picture is Palak Paneer.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour/atta

5 tbsp All purpose flour/Maida

2 tsps oil

Some fresh Methi leaves for color

hot water to knead the dough

1/2 tsp  red chilli powder

1/2 tsp Ajwain seeds

salt to taste

Quick Directions:

Make a hard dough with wheat flour  and water .Add oil, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder to it. Keep aside. Wash the Methi leaves, add water, a little salt and boil it in a pan. Remove from flame, drain the water and set aside. This step is optional. You need not add the methi leaves. It does however add color and a beautiful aroma when cooked.

Now, roll out the dough and add the menthe(Fenugreek) chutney paste and the drained fenugreek leaves in the middle. Fold it and dip it in Maida. Roll it out fully. If the dough sticks to the rolling-pin, use some more Maida to remove the stickiness. Finally, place the rolled out paratha on the pan and let cook on both sides. Use a generous amount of oil/ Canola spray on it. Mission Accomplished. Husband happy.

Note: You could add some turmeric to the dough to add some color. You can use hot and sour sauce as a side for paratha.

Menthe Chutney

Thought I’d do a quick recipe upload. I made Methi/Menthe/Fenugreek chutney and have used it for everything from sandwich spread, chapati and sometimes with rice.  Here goes :
Ingredients:
1 bunch Methi Leaves
1 big onion
1 tsp salt
1 tsp jaggery
1 tsp chilli powder

1 tsp ginger garlic paste

4 tbsp olive oil

Directions:

Fenugreek leaves are very bitter, so there are 2 ways to cook it. You could either fry them or you can blanch them.

1. Use about 3 tbsp of oil to fry them till the smell vanishes. For better taste, use more oil.

2.  Blanching is faster to do but the methi does lose some of its flavour. For this, clean the leaves, put them in boiling water with salt and then transfer it to ice water later. Squeeze the water out of it and set aside.

Now, fry the onions in oil then add ginger garlic paste and stir till the raw smell is gone. Add methi/menthe/fenugreek leaves and fry for a while. Then, add jaggery, salt and chilli powder. Now, put it in the mixer and make a nice paste of it. Put it back in the pan and let cook for another 15 minutes on low. Check for taste, make sure it’s not bitter. If it is bitter, you can add more jaggery. This can last in the fridge for about 2 weeks. If you use more oil, it will last longer since it’s a preservative. It will last longer if you freeze it.

Sandwich with Fenugreek Chutney:

Spread the chutney on one side of a toasted sandwich, add some fried tofu(if you have it), fresh slices of onion tomato and carrots on the other. You can also add some butter/cheese if you like( I skipped it). It’s ready to eat !!! 🙂 Unfortunately, no pictures this time 😦 .