Crispy Pakoras Recipe | Indian Snack- Finger Food Super Bowl Special

Indian Snack Finger Food Superbowl Recipe

Crispy Pakoras are a great finger food. Serve this tasty snack at your next super bowl party or game night. Easy to make these fritters are crowd pleaser. Although their are many different variety of Pakoras or Pakoda ( whatever you may choose to call it) Mixed Pakoras are my favourite as you get a bit of everything. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try in your own kitchen. Pakoras were our special treat on rainy days or whenever we had guests over.

Ingredients/ Method

Oil for deep frying
2-3 cups of chopped veggies- medley of vegetables
Spices- Salt, pepper, Amchur ( mango Powder), ajwain ( carom-caraway seeds), chilli powder, Dried fenugreek leaves. Spice level should be adjust as per the quantity you are cooking.
Optional– 2 tbsp Ketchup ( simply to add a little bit more oomph to your pakoras)
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup chickpea flour- Besan
2-3 tbsp water.

Method:

Mix spices with veggies and let stand for 10-15 mins. Veggies start to ooze out water. Add in besan a.k.a chickpea flour and make a batter. Deep fry small portions in hot oil. Serve with Chutney of your choice. The best thing about this dish is that its gluten free, dairy free, vegan  and you get to eat  your veggies. After all, eating vegetables shouldn’t be a boring task.

Healthy Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

Paneer Butter Masala is often considered decadent, rich, creamy dish. Here we’ve created a healthier version without use of any butter or cream but no compromise on the taste.
If you are a big fan of Paneer like, I am then do check out our other Paneer Recipes as well.

Ingredients/ Method

4 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp coriander seeds
400 gms Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese)
1 chopped onion
3-4 tomatoes
2 tsp minced garlic
2-4 tbsp greek yogurt
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 bay leaf
salt to taste
1 tsp red chilli powder
3-4 green cardamom pods
6-7 cashews
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
Garnish: Cilantro leaves

Method:
1. Saute paneer pieces in coconut oil and set aside once golden brown.
2. In same pan with a little bit more oil, add bay leaf.
3. Add in chopped onions and cashews. Next, add cumin, coriander, cardamom seeds, salt and chilli powder.
4. Mix well. Add minced garlic. Cook onions are golden brown and no longer raw.
5. Add in tomatoes. Once tomatoes are tender, blend all ingredients with a little bit of water. Remove the bay leaf though.
6. Pour curry in the pan. Add yogurt. Mix gently and add curry powder. Add paneer pieces. Let it all simmer for few mins.
7. Add garam masala. Finish off by adding kasoori methi ( dried fenugreek leaves) and cilantro leaves.
Serve with rice or roti.

 

How to make Lentils in a Slow Cooker | Indian Style Lentils Stew

Lentils is one of the most common food dishes made in Indian households. In this recipe video, you’ll learn how to make Brown Lentils (Whole Masar) in slow cooker and season it with flavorful Tadka. This Indian Lentils Stew is really healthy, easy to prepare and so hearty and comforting. These Lentils can be enjoyed over rice, with roti, paratha, naan or other kinds of breads.

Ingredients:
2 cups Brown Lentils
8 cups of water
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Turmeric (Haldi)
2 tsp Red chilli pwd (or for milder taste Paprika)
1 tsp Garam Masala
3 Tomatoes
1 large onion
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1 tbsp Ginger-garlic paste
1 Green chilli
2 tbsp oil

Optional: Dallops of butter/ Ghee, Cilantro leaves, Julienne Ginger etc

Method:
1. Add lentils in slow cooker along with water.
2. Add salt, turmeric, Red chilli pwd
3. Cook for 2 hours.
4. Prepare Tadka (Tempering/ Seasoning) by heating 2 tbsp oil in a wok.
5. Add cumin seeds. Fry for 30 secs. Add onions, green chilli and ginger-garlic paste
6. Cook for 3-4 mins. Add tomatoes and let them turn mushy. Add in garam masala and mix well.
7. Add tadka in the lentils and let cook further for 30 mins. Cooking further is optional.
These lentils will be thick. More water can be added during cooking process for soupy consistency.

Tasty Cauliflower Wings Recipe and Laton Group Notebooks

Tasty and Easy Cauliflower wings are great for snacking and quite healthy. I’ve started noting down all my recipes in special Laton Group notebooks and you can buy these books online from this Toronto based company.

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Cauliflower Wings Recipe:

1 head of Cauliflower
1/3 cup whipping Cream/milk or almond milk
3 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper ( or Paprika)
1 tsp Curry Powder
2-3 drops of oil
Water to make a paste

Season with Sesame Seeds and Green Onions

For Sauce: (Be creative/ feel free to mix and match here)
2 tbsp oil
1 tbsp Hot Sauce/ Sriracha
1 tbsp BBQ Sauce/Ketchup
Few drops of Mustard/Red chilli sauce

– Marinade Cauliflower florets in flour and spice paste for 10-15 mins then bake at 425 F for 20-25 mins. Then brush with sauce and give another 10 mins. Let cool down then season with sesame seeds and green onions and serve.

Easy Homemade Potato Fries – Pan fried

My kids love fries and I often make this simple version of pan-fried potatoes fries for them and they seem to devour it within minutes. I call them golden fries because turmeric lends that nice yellow touch to them.
Everyone loves Fries because they are so comforting. Here I show you how to make easy pan-fried golden fries at home in no time.

Ingredients/ Method

3-4 medium sized Golden Potatoes
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Red chilli powder and turmeric
Skillet to cook and 2-3 tbsp oil

– Peel and Cut potatoes in long thin slices. Heat oil in a pan. Toss potatoes with this oil and then add spices. Cover and cook on a medium high heat until done.

If you like Potatoes, also check out:

1. Easy Roasted Potatoes
2. Spicy Potatoes- South Indian style
3. Quick Potatoes Side Dish
4. Quick Curried Potatoes
5. Best Ever Mashed Potatoes

Easy Masala Noodles Bowl Recipe | Quick Homemade Noodles Recipe

I love Noodles and here i share with you a very easy and tasty Noodles recipe- I call it Masala Noodle bowl which i think is better than even Maggi.

Ingredients:

300 gms of Noodles of your choice. I used Chowmein ( a local brand)
2-3 cup fresh veggies ( I used cilantro, onions, cucumber, tomatoes and peppers)
2-3 tbsp veg oil
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp curry powder

Curry powder recipe:
Here’s how you can make Curry Powder at Home

Begin by boiling noodles and set them aside.
In a wok add oil and saute noodles and mix in spices and veggies. Squeeze in lemon and Serve hot or cold.

Don’t forget to check out some of our favourite Noodles Recipes which are simple enough to be recreated at home quickly.

Simple Tofu Manchurian Recipe | How to make tasty Tofu dish?

Tofu Manchurian is a healthy, quick, vegan and flavourful dish that you can easily prepare at home and enjoy on its own or with rice, noodles or even quinoa.

Ingredients/ Method

350 gm firm Tofu

For marinading Tofu:
2 tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp salt and pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tbsp Soy sauce and 1/4 cup water

2- 4 tbsp oil
1 onion
1 small green chilli
2 tbsp each Ginger and garlic chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Red chilli flakes
1 tbsp Soy sauce
2 tbsp vinegar
1 green bell pepper
1 cup water + 1 tbsp corn starch to make gravy

Garnish: green onions chopped

Method:

– Cut Tofu into bite size pieces.
– Mix all marinade spices and soak Tofu in the marinade for atleast 10 mins. Longer the better. Tofu can soak in flavour from the spices.
– Next when you are ready to cook, heat oil in a pan and fry tofu until golden brown and set aside.
– In the same wok or another, heat oil and stir in Onions, ginger garlic, green chillies and salt and chilli flakes. Let the onions become translucent. Add in bell peppers, vinegar and soy sauce. Stir fry for few more mins and then add water ( in which we have dissolved corn starch). Allow the water to evaporate. Tofu will become glossy and gravy will thicken up. Garnish with green onions and serve with rice, noodles or quinoa.

If you like Tofu, you might also enjoy these five delicious Tofu recipes from our kitchen:

1. New Delhi Tofu Peas Curry Recipe
2. Tofu Scramble Recipe
3. Tandoori Tofu Recipe
4.Saag Tofu Curry Recipe
5. Tofu Tikka Masala Recipe

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe | How to make Quinoa Pulao

One pot Quinoa Pulao for lunch with vegetables. This recipe is perfect for any day lunch meal.

Ingredients/ Method for the Recipe

1 cup cooked Quinoa
Vegetables of your choice – we used onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms and peppers
oil for cooking
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Salt per taste
1 tsp curry powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 small chopped tomato
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp paprika

Method:

Cook quinoa (just like rice and set aside)
In a wok, add oil. Let oil become hot and Fry cumin seeds for 30 secs.
Add ginger-garlic paste, onions and carrots. Mix well. Give a minute or two and add salt and paprika/red chilli powder. Mix well. Add other veggies. Add tomatoes. Mix well.
Add curry powder. Add Quinoa and then for some crunch Red peppers.
Add lemon juice. Mix well and serve.

How to make Ghiya Badiyan (Amritsari Vadi) – Squash Curry Recipe

Squash Curry (Lauki or Ghiya) with Vadiyan ( Amristari Badi) is quite tasty and healthy. Here’s a simple recipe that you can prepare and enjoy with rice or roti.

Ingredients/Method

1-2 Vadiyan (Lentil crackers)
1-2 long Squash (Ghiya)
1 small onion chopped
2 tomatoes
Salt per taste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder and turmeric
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp curry powder or Kadai masala/ Garam masala
1 tsp dried fenugreek leaves
2-3 tbsp oil for cooking
cilantro/ coriander leaves for garnish

– Crush Vadi.
– Chop Squash
– Heat oil in pressure cooker and add cumin seeds. After a min, add onions, ginger garlic paste, salt, turmeric, red chilli powder. Mix well.
– After 2-3 mins, add Vadi. Fry for 2 mins.
– Add tomatoes and let them become tender.
– Next, add Squash. Mix well. Add curry powder and 1/2 cup water.
-Cover the pressure cooker and cook for a 1-2 whistles.
-Let the pressure cooker cool down before opening it.
– Add in dried fenugreek leaves and garnish with cilantro leaves then serve.

If you like Squash/ Ghiya or Lauki as a vegetable, also try our other Squash recipes:

1. Simple Squash curry
2. Ghiya Ka Halwa – Squash Pudding
3. Ghiya ka Raita – Yogurt Preparation
4. Easy Zucchini Curry Recipe
5. Chana Dal with Ghiya recipe

Kadhai Mushroom Recipe | How to make Kadhai Mushroom Curry

Kadhai Mushroom is a flavourful curry with a blend of various spices. You can enjoy this dish with naan, roti, rice or parantha. Kadhai dishes usually also include bell peppers. Although Kadhai referes to a kind of dish ( sort of Wok) in which the dish is made, you can prepare it in any pan/skillet that you have in your kitchen.

Ingredients/ Method for the Recipe

300 gms Mushrooms
1 cup bell peppers of your choice chopped in bite size pieces
oil for cooking
1 bay leaf
1 cinnamon stick
Salt per taste ( 1 tsp worked for us)
2-3 pureed tomato
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 onion chopped
Cilantro for garnish
1 tsp dried Fenugreek Leaves
2 tbsp greek yogurt/ Whipping cream or sour cream

To prepare Kadhai Masala/Spice blend

(masala would be enough to prepare 1-2 curry dishes)

12-15 Black peppercorn
5-6 green cardamom pods
1 tbsp cumin seeds
1.5 tbsp coriander seeds
5-6 cloves
You can also grind bay leaf and cinnamon stick or use them as such in your dish
Dry roast all your whole spices and then grind them to make a powder (masala) and you it in your dishes ( towards the end of the preparation method)

In a wok, add oil. Let oil become hot and Fry bay leaf and cinnamon stick for 30 secs.
Add ginger-garlic paste and onions. Mix well. Give a minute or two and add salt, turmeric and red chilli powder. Mix well. Cook until onions are no longer raw and change color.
Add tomatoes puree. Mix well. Cover and cook until tomatoes reduce in volume and no longer raw. This will take 4-5 mins on med heat.
Add mushrooms. Let them cook for another 2 mins and then bell peppers. We dont want peppers to wilt completely. They should maintain some of their crunch.
Add kadhai masala, Yogurt and fenugreek leaves.
Garnish with cilantro leaves. Mix well and serve.

If you like Mushrooms, also try some of our other favourite mushroom recipes:

1. Punjabi Mushroom Curry
2. Mushroom Paneer Masala
3. Tofu Mushroom Fry
4. Mushroom Matar Recipe
5. Mushroom Soup Recipe