Mini homemade veg Crepes – Easy snack ideas

This is an easy recipe which shows how to prepare Instant Idli batter at home using Sooji/Rava ( Semolina/Cream of Wheat) and yogurt. You can then prepare these crepes instead of vegetable idlis to enjoy as a snack, for breakfast or for the road.

Ingredients/ Method
1 cup Sooji/ Cream of wheat
1 cup yogurt
1/2 to 1 cup water
Spices as per your taste. 1 tsp Salt/ 1 tsp red chilli pwd ( or for milder version- Paprika)/ 1 tsp dry mint powder (Pudina powder)
1 -2 cup of veggies of your choice. I add: Peppers, onions, carrots and spinach. Mushroom is a good one to add. My mom adds tomatoes which I am not too found of them in this batter.

Prepare the batter with Yogurt, sooji and water. Add veggies. Add spices and then cook for 5 mins on a skillet with a little bit of oil. Enjoy with tomato chutney.

Quick Lunch Ideas – 5 min Ricotta and Peas Sabji

Do you like Ricotta? How about trying this delicious, flavourful Ricotta- Peas dish which goes well with any kind of flatbread or simply enjoy it on its own 🙂 This recipe is for 1- 2 people.

Ingredients/ Method

1/2 cup Peas
1/2 cup Ricotta
small piece of onion chopped
1/2 cup of tomatoes chopped
3-4 garlic cloves chopped
1-2 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp red chilli pwd/Paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric (Haldi)
Optional- 1/4 tsp garam masala or seasoning pepper
Garnish with chopped cilantro leaves

– Heat oil in a pan. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Saute some onions/garlic/ Peas. Add spices. Add tomatoes. give few more mins for all flavours to mingle. Add ricotta. Mix well. Add pepper. Garnish with coriander/cilantro leaves and serve with roti or your fav flatbread.

Easy Tofu and Broccoli Curry Recipe ( Quick Lunch Ideas)

I like eating Tofu and here is a flavourful curry dish with tofu, Broccoli and Bell Peppers. If you enjoy eating tofu then definitely check out our tasty Tofu recipes.

Ingredients/ Method:

650 gms Extra Firm Tofu
1-2 cups of bell peppers chopped
1-2 cups of broccolli
1/2 cup sliced onions
3-4 garlic cloves
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp corn starch
1/2 cup of water

Marinade for Tofu

3 tbsp plain yogurt
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp garlic salt, regular salt, paprika and ginger powder
2-3 tbsp oil for frying.

Method:
1. Cut extra firm Tofu in bite size pieces and marinade overnight ( or atleast an hr)
2. Pan fry in hot il until all sides are lovely golden.
3. While tofu is frying, in a wok heat oil and fry onions and garlci for 2-3 mins. Add bell peppers and broccolli. Mix thoroughly and then add spices ( except curry powder).
4. Cover and cook for 4-5 mins. While veggies are cooking mix corn starch in water and set aside.
5. Add curry powder, Tofu , and water ( with corn starch). Bring it to a boil. Simmer for 2 mins and serve with rice, noodles or enjoy on its own.

Five most simple East Indian dishes

The most common food in the world is Potato and it is found in abundance in India too.

Five very simple and quick East Indian entree’s involving potatoes are:

1. Aloo Gobi (Cauliflower & potato dish)

2. Aloo- Shimla mirch (Potato & Capsicum/Green Pepper dish)

3. Aloo- Gajar (Potato & carrot dish)

4. Aloo- Matar (Potatoes & Peas)

5. Aloo- Baingan (Potato & Egg Plant)

Aloo- Gobi Ingredients :
1 large cauliflower
2 potatoes, peeled & diced
1 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
1 green chillies
1 onion, finely chopped (optional)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp red pepper flakes or paprika or red chilli powder
1 tsp Garam masala
½ tsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp oil or ghee
/clarified butter
2 tsp ginger-garlic finely chopped or paste

Directions :

Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, allow to splutter.
Add onion and green chilli, saute till pink.
Add ginger -garlic and all spices.
Add potatoes and cauliflower chunks.
Cover the pan and let it cook until vegetables are soft. Usually takes about 10 minutes.
Stir occasionally to avoid burning.
Garnish with coriander/cilantro and enjoy with Roti or naan.

(Note: If you want to have some gravy in the dish then make a paste out of onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes cilantro/coriander, little bit of water and 2 spoons of yogurt and add in the ghee before adding potatoes and cauliflower)

Cauliflower can be substituted with Peas, Carrots, Green Pepper or Egg Plant to make an alternate dish.

– It is Turmeric and East Indian spices in Garam Masala (blend of various spices, easily available at big superstores or East Indian Grocery shops) that give color, taste and nice flavor to these East Indian Entrees.

Until next time, Happy Cooking!