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Puri Chaat – Easy Indian Snack Recipes | Diwali 2015 Recipes

Hey Foodies,

Deepawali or Diwali, the brightest festival of the year is here and this time around, we’ve curated two recipes for you to stir up, serve & impress your guests!

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The best part? Both of these recipes are damn easy to make and are as scrumptious to the palate.. Why delay? Let’s get started.

Puri Chaat, a distance cousin of Raj Kachori. Easier to make, easier to impress your guests. I mean literally who can say no to a chaat. I can’t. Ofcourse, I’m a chatora. 😛

A crisp puri with bubbling hot vatana, ice cold sweet yogurt, tangy tamarind chutney, zingy coriander chutney, spices, sev, onions is this.

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That’s easy ain’t it? Make it & Enjoy 🙂

This recipe was inspired by my relative Manisha Bhabhi, her mom makes a slight different version of this. She calls it Bhar ke Puri and she recently started blogging at www.foodnspoons.com. She shared her mom’s recipe for Bhar ke Puri with me years back, and since then I’ve been making it every now and then with different variations and it comes out great all the time 🙂 Check out her version here.

That’s all for today, one more diwali special recipe to come very soon! 🙂

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Navratri 2015 Spread 5 – Satvik Thali | Sweet Rice Recipe

Hey Foodies,

Today is not the 5th day of Navratri, but it’s the 5th & last spread for this year 🙂

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Menu:

  • Sweet Rice – (Focus Recipe – Recipe Below)
  • Rotis
  • Mix Veg Sabzi
  • Aloo Matar Sabzi
  • Veg Raita
  • Moofli Chaat / Peanut Salad
  • Nariyal Laddoo
  • Nimbu Pani

Sweet Rice is our recipe of the day.. Sweet isn’t it? So let’s see it –

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Cardamom Flavored Sweet & Nutty Sweet rice.. Perfect to relish anytime, make it & share your feedback with us. That’s all for today 🙂

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Navratri 2015 Spread 4 – Satvik Thali | Corn & Groundnut Sundal Recipe

Hey Foodies,

Today is the Day 4 of Navratri, and the second last spread I’ve built for you guys.. Let’s have a look at what all is on the menu today?

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  • Corn & Groundnut Sundal – (Focus Recipe – Recipe Below)
  • Aloo Sabzi
  • Paneer Bhurji
  • Besan Filled Parathas
  • Pepper Rice
  • Dahi
  • Gulab Jamun
  • Sugarcane Juice

Sounds delicious isn’t it? Corn & Groundnut Sundal is our recipe of the day, so let’s see it –

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Crunchy Groundnuts & Soft & Sweet Corn with the tadka! Perfect match, make it & share your feedback with us. That’s all for today, hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

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Navratri 2015 Day 3 Satvik Thali | Crispy Bhindi Salad Recipe

Hey Foodies,

Navratri 2015 Day 3 it is today, and in the menu we have got you:

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  • Crispy Bhindi Salad – (Focus Recipe – Recipe Below)
  • Rajma
  • Aloo Gobi Sabzi
  • Rotis
  • Plain Rice
  • Suji Halwa
  • Sweet Lassi

Tempting isn’t it? Crispy Bhindi Salad is our recipe of the day, so let’s see it –

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Hope you try this recipe & share how you liked it with me. That’s all for today, hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

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Navratri 2015 Day 2 Satvik Thali | Chole aur Oats ki Tikki Recipe

Hey Hey Foodies!

Today is the Second Day of the Nine Day Festival, Navaratri & for today’s thali I’ve made –

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  • Chole aur Oats ki Tikki – (Focus Recipe – Recipe Below)
  • Panchmel Dal
  • Lauki Kofta Sabzi
  • Rotis
  • Coconut Rice
  • Rasmalai
  • Achari Mirchi Fry
  • Pudina Chaas

Exciting isn’t it? Chole aur Oats ki Tikki / Chickpeas & Oats Tikkis is our recipe of the day, so let’s see it –

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Hope you try this recipe & share how you liked it with me. That’s all for today, hope to see you tomorrow 🙂

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Navratri 2015 – Day 1 Satvik Thali | Mirch Makhani Sabzi Recipe

Hey Foodies,

Navratri, a festival filled with joy, happiness, positivity is all here! It’s the time when we fast for 9 days, pray to god, play garba-dandia.. Talking about the fast, people follow different rituals for it, Some eat food once a day, some eat only falhari food once a day, some eat food with no salt, some with only sendha/rock salt, some eat only fruits, some only drink water or milk, some eat only satvik food.. Many other rituals are there, all families follow different things but what brings them together is the God & the energy & positivity  God gives us while fasting!

My family follows to eat Satvik Food Once a day in the festival. So, today is the Day 1 of the Nine Day Festival, and here’s the Satvik thali I made for today 🙂

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Simply Delectable.

What’s on the Menu?

  • Mirch Makhani – (Focus Recipe – Recipe Below)
  • Simple Daily Dal
  • Dry Chole Aloo Sabzi
  • Lauki ka Raita
  • Rotis
  • Jeera Rice
  • Sabudana Wada
  • Coconut-Coriander Chutney
  • Chocolate Pistachio Barfi
  • Coconut Water

 

Mirch Makhani Recipe –

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Make Whipped Cream from Chickpeas / Cholle | Aquafaba – Eggless Recipes Series

Hey Foodies,

Whipping cream is a thing we face a lot of problems finding it.. Specially the availability in India is bad, easily only available in big cities and that too mostly only for Industrial purposes.. The second issue we vegetarians face is making recipes without eggs..

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Worry not, there’s a new revolutionary(Sounds like a marketing gig but not at all, it’s true keep reading) egg replacer in market your own kitchen that not only replaces eggs very well in normal recipes but whips very well to make meringues, macaroons, and many more recipes..

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What is it and more about it :
It is aquafaba. Aquafaba means – Bean Water. The liquid which we get after cooking beans/chickpeas or the brine/water from the can of chickpeas/beans. No complexions, Extremely simple.

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It can be made at home very well using almost beans, better to use chickpeas/cholle as they are very neutral in flavor.
More about Aquafaba :
When we cook/boil chickpeas/beans, the water that is left behind is the aquafaba. It has a very similar protein structure to egg whites and also has a few properties similar to yolk..
It works as an emulsifier, leavening agent, foaming agent.. So great stuff many of us used to throw away earlier.. History – In December 2014, Mr Joël Roessel discovered about it through a investigation and blogged about it – revolutionvegetale.com
In Feb 2015 – Mr Goose Wohlt who is a software engineer in the states discovered and started working on it.. Soon in March he shared about it in a Facebook group and then created a new group for the same : Vegan Meringue Hits & Misses. (Join the group for more stuff about this)
That’s how it all started and since then it has been a storm in the social media.. You can read more about aquafaba here : www.aquafaba.com.. Also donate if you can to help fund a phytochemical analysis take place about it.. If you can’t, please share the word 🙂

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Aquafaba had started popping in my news feeds & more places in early May 2015 but I had not taken interest in it.. June is when I got interested & started finding more about it and started working on it.. Everything dint start well..

My First Attempt : I made the aquafaba, started whipping it.. No, It just wont. It dint whip it all.. Even after whipping for over 30 minutes..

Second : Same story, Dint gave up.. Tried again, strained the aquafaba twice to make sure nothing is there.. Choice of bowl was also not good, it was way too wide.

Third : Thickened the aquafaba, Slight Ray of hope but not so well.. It whipped a bit.. Pic from my third attempt.. Please excuse the image quality of my experiment images, they were a quick snap with bad settings, bad lighting and all..

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Fourth : Finally, it whipped. And I made more, and was just admiring it and it all finished. Remember, it was just from 2 tbsp aquafaba 😛

Fifth : Tried making meringues, total disaster. They all melted. Found Reason after making 4 more times : Was not whipped enough, and oven temperature too high.

Ninth Attempt : Yuhoo, On cloud nine when I successfully made these. Not perfect, but yes I did it.

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Tenth onwards : Started Flavoring and making more versions, playing around with oven temperatures, aquafaba thickness, how much to whip and more.. Also started working on other recipes..

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For now, let’s get to making whipped cream substitute.. There are other ways of working with aquafaba which I’ll share soon.. And If I’ve missed anything in the post to put up which I should, I will update it very soon.. Wrote this late night in half sleep, will update this post as often as I can with more stuff 🙂

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Recipe Makes 2 Cups of Aqua Faba.

I use 1/4 cup of aquafaba with 1/4 cup sugar and whip it, and it is a little over 1 1/4 cups of whipped cream substitute. Feel Free to adjust as you need to.

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Well, that was easy wasn’t it? Why not try it out and let us know how it goes.. Tastes great, is light like clouds.. That’s all for today, Thanks 🙂

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Tandoori Paneer Tikka in Tawa Recipe | Vegetarian Indian Starter Recipe

Hey Foodies..

We’ve made a few tandoori recipes earlier, but in our very own tandoor/charcoal bbq/grill at home.. It’s time to make some tandoori flavor paneer tikka in tawa or over stove top..

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Paneer, peppers & onions marinated in a charred tomato & spices marinate then cooked in a skillet..

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,A dish to impress anyone with, and extremely easy to make.. what else from a recipe we desire for? Let’s get cooking 🙂

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Now time for the text recipe 🙂

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Video Recipe:

Soft & Juicy Cubes of Paneer, coated in a rich smoky marinate and cooked in a tawa.. I & my family simply loved the dish, and din’t miss anything in this Paneer Tikka.. So make it, & share how you liked it. That’s all for today, Thanks 🙂

 

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Besan ke Ladoo Recipe | Traditional Indian Sweet Recipe for Festivals

Hey Foodies,

How’re you doing? Hope you have seen our Announcement / Surprise Video..

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So there was a sweet comment by Achal Abhishek, saying make something sweet in your new kitchen like besan ke ladoo.. Now, how can I not do that?

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Let’s sweeten our tastebuds with some beautiful besan ladoos.. That earthy-nutty flavor from slowly roasted besan, ghee & cardamom is just impeccable! Why not see the video recipe?

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Now time for the text recipe 🙂

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Wasn’t that easy? It is and as much delicious as easy it looks.. Perfect for any occasion, so make & share the love! 🙂

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Grilled Fruit Chaat Recipe | Vegetarian Tandoori Recipes at Home

Hey Foodies,

Grilled Fruits, with a drizzle of chatpata spices..

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Just think, some warm fruits with a dressing of spices which is sweet, sour, spicy, tangy all at once!

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Even people who don’t like to eat fruits will like this, so let’s get to the easy fruit recipe :)

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Hope you like it, I simply loved it.. Have made it thrice so far, and everytime it just tastes epic.. The dressing is great, so are the grilled fruits :)

That’s all for today, thanks :)

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