Desi Bihari Bhel

DESI  BIHARI BHEL

Hello, and welcome to my cooking corner again. Today I am going to make Desi Bhel’, a rustic Bihari snack which is easy and funky to make in the evenings or anytime. It is not an elaborate recipe and requires not many ingredients. I usually try to showcase those recipes which are simply made from readily available ingredients. It is called a ‘poor man’s snack’ in the rural areas of Bihar and can be made in a jiffy. It is a crunchy, curried snack that is very interesting to prepare and can be made more so by adding the garnishing ingredients to it. This can be made with any lentil or a combination of them but it should be spicy to eat. To serve this bhel, we firstly make the dal fritters and then we curry them or pour the gravy over the fritters. Then we add the garnish of puffed rice, finely chopped onions, green chilies, tamarind juice, green chutney over it and serve. So let’s start with the recipe—

For the dal fritters:

  1. Chana Dal-250 gms
  2. Onion- 1
  3. Dry Red Chillies-3
  4. Cumin-1/2 tsp
  5. Salt-According to taste

For the gravy:-

  1. Onion-1
  2. Ginger Garlic Paste-1 tsp
  3. Turmeric Powder-1/2 tsp
  4. Coriander Powder-1 tsp
  5. Red Chilly Powder-1 tsp
  6. Garam Masala-1 tsp
  7. Dry Mango Powder-1 tsp
  8. Salt-According to taste
  9. Oil-2 tbsp
  10. Water-As needed

For the serving:-

  1. Puffed Rice (Murmura)-100 gms
  2. Onion-1(finely chopped)
  3. Green Chillies-2
  4. Green Chutney-1 tsp
  5. Tamarind Juice-1 tsp
  6. Chopped cilantro- For garnish(optional)
  7. Besan Sev-For garnish(optional)

STEPS

Step 1

20191031_003502.jpgWash and soak the chana dal for 6 hours. Chop the onion and green chilies finely. Now rinse the dal and grind it coarsely. Mix in chopped onion, dry red chilies, cumin, and salt. Soak tamarind in water. Mash the pulp in it to get a slightly thick juice of it. Add some black salt in it. Mix and keep aside. This will be used at the time of the final serving of our bhel as a garnish.

Step 2

Take a pan and add oil in it. Spread it around in the pan with  brush. Now make small balls from the batter and shallow fry in the pan. Take out and drain on tissue paper.

Step 3

Now to make the desi gravy of the bhel, take a pan and add oil in it. Add some finely chopped onions and green chilies. Fry for two minutes. Next add ginger garlic paste and the spices, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder,garam masala, dry mango powder, and salt. Fry till done. Lastly, add water for a thick gravy. Simmer for five minutes before switching off the gas.

Step 4

To assemble our desi bhel, take a bowl and place the fritters in it. Now pour the gravy we just made over and around the fritters. Pour tamarind juice. Garnish with finely chopped onion, green chilies, and some green chutney. You can add some besan sev or freshly chopped cilantro over it too though it is optional.

20191031_003437.jpgOur DESI BHEL is done, ready to be served. Generally, it is had as a snack with some hot tea.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

Shallow Fried Potato, Lentil, And Onion Tikkis

SHALLOW FRIED POTATO, LENTIL AND ONION TIKKIS

Hello and welcome to my cooking corner again. Today I’ll be sharing a snack recipe of Lentil Tikkis with potato and onion which is really handy to make and is ready in a jiffy. It is tasty and requires no special ingredient to make. Tikkis are eaten all over in India and are a very popular snack with the people here. People generally enjoy and relax while having tikkis along with tea in the evening. We make potato tikkis, different kinds of lentil tikkis, chicken and fish tikkis, panir tikkis and mixed vegetable tikkis.  Today, I have made this tikki with chana dal, onion, and potatoes, mixed in mild spices which is tasty to eat and quite easy to prepare. I hope you guys will like it and give it a try sometime. So let’s start with the making:-

Ingredients:-

  1. Split Bengal Gram or Chana Dal-250 gms
  2. Potato-1(big)
  3. Onion-1(big)
  4. Red Chilly flakes-1 tsp
  5. Cumin-1/2 tsp
  6. Garam Masala-1 tsp
  7. Grated Ginger-A pinch
  8. Dry Mango Powder or Amchoor Powder-1 tsp
  9. Salt-According to taste
  10. Coriander-1 tbsp(chopped)
  11. Vegetable Oil-  For frying

STEPS

Step 1

Wash, soak the dal overnight. Grind it coarsely in a grinder. Chop the onions and keep aside. Boil the potatoes and grate them with a grater.

Step 2

20190925_053031_20190925053734405.jpgTake a bowl. Add the ground dal, grated potato, chopped onion and parsley, grated ginger, red chilly flakes,garam masala, cumin,amchoor powder, salt, and coriander and mix it well. Shape the patties as you want to. Keep aside.

Step 3

Now heat a non-stick pan and add some oil. When the pan is hot enough, place the patties in the pan and fry them till golden brown.

Our Shallow Fried Potato, Lentil, And Onion Tikki is ready. Serve it as an afternoon or evening snack with tea or coffee.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then, healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

Ivy Gourd Leaf Fritters

IVY GOURD LEAF FRITTERS

Hi everyone.Welcome to my cooking corner again. I am just back from a vacation to my mom’s place. And today’s recipe that I am going to share is Ivy Gourd Leaf Fritters. It is a classic, traditional recipe that is made in my hometown in Bihar. It is called ‘tilkora’ in my native language. It is a fancy preparation generally made on special occasions, festivals, and events when a special guest is supposed to arrive. It is a very crunchy and equally tasty dish. These leaves regulate blood sugar levels and treat diabetes. It is also useful to treat asthma, high cholesterol, and constipation. The fruit of these leaves is called ivy gourd,coccinia indica or tindora in Hindi which is used as a vegetable. I have specially brought these leaves to make this special recipe for you guys. Hope you will like it and make it sometime. This recipe is a fried one, but in my next blog, I will share a shallow fried version which will be more likable to the health freaks. So let’s start with the recipe—

Ingredients:-

  1. Ivy Gourd Leaves-16
  2. Rice Flour-250 gms
  3. Wheat Flour-50 gms
  4. Salt-According to taste
  5. Turmeric Powder-1 tsp
  6. Red Chilly Powder-1/2 tsp
  7. Garam Masala-1/2 tsp(optional)
  8. Dry Mango Powder-1/2 tsp
  9. Carom Seeds-1/2 tsp
  10. Vegetable Oil-For shallow frying

STEPS

Step 1

Wash and wipe dry the leaves.

Step 2

Take a bowl. Add rice flour, wheat flour, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder,garam masala, dry mango powder, carom seeds and make a thick batter of it with water.

Step 3

Now heat oil in a thick-bottomed kadhai. Take one of the leaves and dip it in the batter. DSC03286.jpg

Now stick the second leaf on it. Repeat the same process till you have pasted 4 or 5 leaves making the fritter thick. Drop these fritters one by one in the hot oil. Fry till crisp and browned. Take out and drain on a tissue paper. Usually, I try to make oil-free dishes or ones which have very less oil. But this recipe is a specialty of our Mithila region in Bihar and it is a tastier, unique delicacy. So I wanted to share it with you all.

Our Ivy Gourd Leaf Fritters are done. Serve it.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great weekend everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Potato And Wheat Flour Crunchies

POTATO AND WHEAT FLOUR CRUNCHIES

Hello and welcome to my cozy corner again. Today I will be sharing with you a crunchy-munchy snack, the Potato And Wheat Flour Crunchy which is really easy to make and more fun than you could feel when cooking. When you don’t feel like eating elaborately, you can instantly make it and have it with salads and a dip of your choice.

Ingredients:-For the wheat flour mini chapatis

  1. Wheat Flour- 2 cup
  2. Semolina-1 cup
  3. Salt-A pinch
  4. Baking Powder-1/2 tsp
  5. Vegetable Oil-2 tbsp
  6. Water-1 cup or as needed

For the aloo tikki:-

  1. Potatoes-3
  2. Onions-1
  3. Green Chillies-2
  4. Ginger Paste-1 tsp
  5. Fresh or Dry Mint leaves-5
  6. Red Chilly Powder-1 tsp
  7. Salt-According to taste
  8. Garam Masala-1 tsp
  9. Dry Mango Powder-1/2 tsp
  10. Vegetable Oil-1 tbsp
  11. Panir-4 pieces

For the white batter:-

  1. Refined Flour-2 cups
  2. Salt-According to taste
  3. Baking Powder-1/2 tsp
  4. Oregano-A pinch
  5. Black Pepper-A pinch
  6. Paprika-A pinch

Black Sesame-For coating purpose

STEPS

Step 1

DSC02825_20180924082129944.jpgFinely chop the onions and green chilies. Boil, peel and mash the potatoes. Take the wheat flour in a bowl and add semolina to it. Now add the seasonings, salt, baking powder, vegetable oil and make a pliable dough from it adding water.

Step 2

To make the aloo tikkis, take a pan and add 1 tsp of vegetable oil in it. Now add the chopped onions and green chilies. Add the ginger paste and fry till browned. Add the salt, red chilly powder,garam masala, oregano and also add some cut panir, dry mango powder, and mint. Fry everything again for a minute and add in the mashed potatoes. Mix well. Now make out small patties from the batter.

Step 3

DSC02827_20180924081916074.jpgTo make the white batter, take the refined flour in a bowl and add all the given ingredients in it. Add water to make a batter with coating consistency.

Step 4

Now take a small lump of the wheat flour dough and make a small chapati from it using a rolling pin. To make two crunchies, make out 4 small chapatis from the dough. Now to assemble the dish, take one chapati and put the potato patty on it. Put another chapati on it and then using some water seal the edges of the two chapatis. Now with a brush coat the front side of the crunchy with the white batter and sprinkle some black sesame seeds over it. You may alternately dip whole of the crunchy into the white batter, here I have coated only the front side.

Step 5

DSC02821_20180924082526690.jpgTake a kadhai and add oil. When the oil heats up drop in the crunchies one by one into the oil and fry them till golden browned. Take out on a tissue paper.

Our Potato And Wheat Flour Crunchy is done. Serve it with mayo, mustard sauce and green chutney mixed together and salad. You can have it as an evening snack or at brunch.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

 

 

Fish Egg Fritters

FISH EGG FRITTERS

Hello everyone. I welcome you all to my corner again.Happy Friday to all of you. How are you all? Hope you are doing good. Today I will share a recipe of a fritter made from fish eggs. These are tasty, flavorful and easily made and I am sure the fish lovers amongst you will like it better along with the others too. So let’s start with the recipe—

Ingredients:-

  1. Rohu Fish Egg – 250 gms
  2. Gram Flour – 150 gms
  3. Onion -2
  4. Green Chillies -2
  5. Ginger-Garlic Paste -1 tsp
  6. Salt -According to taste
  7. Turmeric Powder -1 tsp
  8. Red Chilly Powder -1 tsp
  9. Cumin Powder -1 tsp
  10. Aniseed Powder -1/2 tsp
  11. Dried Mint – 1/2 tsp
  12. Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  13. Chat Masala -1 tsp
  14. Lemon Juice -1 tsp
  15. Baking Soda -1 tsp
  16. Freshly Chopped Cilantro -1 tsp

STEPS

Step 1

DSC02752_20180907171041708.jpgWash the fish egg. Finely chop the onions, green chilies and cilantro.

Step 2

Take a bowl. Add gram flour to it. Now add the fish egg. Also add the seasonings, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder, dried mint,ginger-garlic paste, green chilies, aniseed powder,garam masala, chat masala, baking soda, fresh cilantro, lemon juice and mix everything well.

Step 3

DSC02745.jpgTake a pan. Brush it with oil. Now take dollops of this fish egg mixture and place on the pan. Shallow-fry it till browned. Take out on tissue paper.

Our Fish Egg Fritters are done.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

Bread And Fish Pakoras

BREAD AND FISH PAKORAS

Hello everybody.Welcome to my cooking corner again. Today I am going to share with you a snack recipe with you of BreadAnd Fish Pakoras. It is a crispy, fun and full of flavors to delight you anytime, anywhere. It needs basic ingredients from your pantry and the result is sure going to appeal to you all. So let’s start with it—

Ingredients:-For the fish marination:-

  1. Fish Fillet-200 gms
  2. Salt-A pinch
  3. Turmeric Powder-1 tsp
  4. Garlic Paste-1 tsp

For the refined flour coating batter:-

  1. Refined Flour-1 cup
  2. Rice Flour-2 heaped spoonfuls
  3. Salt-A pinch
  4. Red Chilly Powder-1/2 tsp
  5. Garam Masala-1/2 tsp
  6. Black Pepper Powder-1/2 tsp
  7. Dry Mango Powder-1 tsp
  8. Carom Seeds-1/4 tsp

Other Ingredients:-

  1. Bread-4
  2. Tooth Picks-6
  3. Green Chutney-
  4. Mayonnaise-

STEPS

Step 1

Wash the fish fillet. Marinate it with salt, turmeric and garlic paste.

Step 2

For the batter, take a bowl, add refined flour, rice flour, salt, red chilly powder, carom seeds,garam masala, dry mango powder, black pepper powder and add water to make a batter of pouring consistency.

Step 3

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Take a pan and smear some oil on it. When appropriately heated shallow fry the fish pieces and take them out on a tissue paper.

Step 4

Now cut the bread slices into triangles and put one fried fish on one of the slices covering it with the other one and securing them with some toothpicks. Next, dip this sandwich into the batter and fry in hot oil till browned and crisp. Drain excess oil on tissue papers.

Our Bread And Fish Pakoras are done. Serve them with green chutney and mayonnaise or a dip of your choice.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great weekend everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

 

 

Jack fruit And Potato Kebabs

JACKFRUIT AND POTATO KEBABS

Hello friends, welcome to my site again. Happy Saturday to all of you. From yesterday I was in search of a new recipe and there was some jackfruit in my fridge so I decided to make these jackfruit and potato fritters in the evening. I think you guys will definitely like it as well. So let’s get started. Here is the recipe —

Ingredients:

  1. Jackfruit – 250 gms
  2. Potato – 2
  3. Onions – 1
  4. Green Chillies – 2
  5. Gram Flour or Besan – 3 tbsp
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  7. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp
  8. Garam Masala – 1 tbsp
  9. Asafoetida – A pinch
  10. Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Dry Mango Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Salt – According to taste
  13. Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  14. Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  15. Chopped Coriander – A small bunch
  16. Vegetable Oil – For Frying

STEPS

Step 1

Wash, cut and boil the jackfruit and the potatoes. Peel the latter. Finely chop the onions, green chilies, coriander.

IMG-4833.JPGStep 2

Take a bowl. Add to it the jackfruit and potatoes. Mash them. Keep aside.

Step 3

Take a pan and add the chopped onions and green chilies in it. Also, add the pinch of asafoetida. Saute it for a minute. Now add the gram flour, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, garam masala, dry mango powder and dry roast them on a medium flame for two minutes. Add the sugar. Take care not to burn them.

IMG-4836.JPGStep 4

Now add this roasted spice mix in the mashed batter. Also, mix in the chopped coriander and squeeze some lemon juice in. You may also add cashews and raisins but it is optional.

Step 5

Make out patties from it of any desired shape you want. And then fry it.

Our Jackfruit and Potato Kebabs are done. Serve them with mayonnaise and freshly cut salad.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great weekend everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!! 

Shallow Fried Sweet Potatoes

SHALLOW FRIED SWEET POTATOES

Hello and welcome friends again. Here I am today with a tasty side dish recipe which you will like for sure. As we all know sweet potato is a sweeter version of normal potatoes. We make many varieties of it, like, baked sweet potatoes, soups, salads, puddings, curries, stir-fries and many kinds of desserts too. It is rich in starch along with complex carbs, dietary fibres, and beta-carotene. And micronutrients like Vitamin B5, B6, and manganese. In my native place farmers after harvesting these sweet potatoes in November, roast, peel and eat it with black salt as their afternoon and evening snack. And they do the roasting in clay hearths which gives a very good taste to the potatoes. Today I decided to shallow fry them with mild masalas and wanted to share it with you all. So the recipe is as follows—-

Ingredients:

  1. Sweet Potatoes – 2
  2. Gram Flour – 1 tbsp
  3. Rice Flour – 1 tbsp
  4. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp
  5. Red Chilly Powder – 1/2 tsp
  6. Asafoetida – A pinch
  7. Garam Masala – 1/2 tsp
  8. Salt – According to taste
  9. Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  10. Chat Masala – For Sprinkling
  11. Fortune Vegetable Oil – For shallow frying

STEPS

Step 1

Wash, scrape and cut the sweet potatoes into thick roundels.

IMG-4763.JPGStep 2 

Take a bowl. Add to it the cut sweet potatoes. Also add the gram and rice flour, salt, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, asafoetida, garam masala, lemon juice and little water to coat the masala mix together.

Step 3

IMG-4767.JPGNow shallow fry the sweet potatoes in a thick bottomed pan.

Our Shallow Fried Sweet Potatoes are ready. Serve them with a sprinkling of chat masala, date chutney and other dips of your choice.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then, healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

Okra Fritters

OKRA FRITTERS

Hi and welcome all my wonderful blog buddies. I hope you all are doing good. Today I’ll share with you a simple crunchy-munchy snack recipe of Okra Fritters. These are tasty, fun and can really make your boring mood turn into a happy one. This recipe requires some rice flour and gram flour, onions, and chilies and it surely is a good treat idea for having with sweet, milky tea in brunch or as in evening snacks. So let’s start its making—

Ingredients:-

  1. Lady’s Fingers – 250 gms.
  2. Rice Flour – 1/2 cup.
  3. Gram Flour or Besan – 1/2 cup.
  4. Onions(chopped) – 1.
  5. Asafoetida or Hing – A pinch.
  6. Salt – According to taste.
  7. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Dry Mango Powder or Amchoor – 1 tsp.
  9. Garam Masala – 1 tsp.

STEPS

IMG-3640.JPGStep 1 

Wash and finely chop the lady’s fingers. Take a bowl and add the rice flour, chopped onions, gram flour, salt, red chilly powder, asafoetida, dry mango powder and Garam Masala. Add to it the chopped lady’s fingers. Using some water make a thick batter out of it of dropping consistency and heat oil in a kadhai. When the oil becomes adequately hot, drop in handfuls of the batter in the oil and fry them till crisp and browned. Drain out on tissue paper.

IMG-3638.JPGOur crispy, crunchy lady’s finger or bhindi fritters are ready. Serve them with sauces and dips of your choice as a snack or along with main course meals.

Friends do try this recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback. Have a great week everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!

 

 

Fish Fritters

FISH FRITTERS

Hello and welcome dear friends again. Today I’ll be sharing a snack recipe of fish fritters which is very crispy, crunchy, super tasty and its making too is fun. Kids and everyone else are going to like it well. And I hope it makes into your choice list too. So let’s start with making it—

Ingredients:-

  1. Boneless Fish Fillet(cut into thin strips)-150 gms.
  2. Gram Flour – 200 gms.
  3. Semolina – 50 gms.
  4. Ginger -Garlic Paste – 1 tsp.
  5. Nigella seeds -1/2 tsp.
  6. Turmeric Powder – 1 tsp.
  7. Red Chilly Powder – 1 tsp.
  8. Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
  9. Garam Masala Powder- 1 tsp.
  10. Dry Mango Powder or Amchoor Powder – 1 tsp.
  11. Salt – According to taste.

For Sprinkling:-Chaat Masala.

For Serving:-Schezuan Sauce.

STEPS

Step 1

Wash and cut the boneless fish fillets in strips. Now sprinkle a pinch of salt over them.

Step 2 

Take a bowl and add gram flour and semolina in the given amounts in it. Next add the nigella seeds, turmeric powder, red chilly powder, cumin powder,garam masala, dry mango powder, salt and ginger-garlic paste and using water make a thick batter of it.

IMG_3018.JPGStep 3

Now heat a kadhai and add oil to it. When it is hot enough take the fish strips and coat them in the above batter and drop them one by one in the oil.Fry the strips till golden brown and drain on a tissue paper.

Our Fish Fritters are ready.

Sprinkle some chaat masala over them and serve with schezuan sauce or any other dip of your choice.

Friends do try the recipe at home. Share your comments and feedback and have a great day everyone. Till then healthy cooking, happy living!!!! And happy mother’s day to all.