Category Archives: Appetizers / Snacks / Starters

Recipe – Soya Bean Chunks’ Manchurian

Recipe – Soya Bean Chunks’ Manchurian

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves: 3

Ingredients

  • Soya Bean Chunks: 1 Cup
  • Water: As required
  • Oil: 1 Tablespoon
  • Onion: 1 medium sized, chopped into thin slices
  • Green Bell Pepper: 1 medium sized, chopped into thin slices
  • Ginger: ½ Teaspoon, chopped
  • Garlic: ½ Teaspoon, chopped
  • Green chili: 2, slit into 2 pieces lengthwise
  • Sesame seeds: ½ Teaspoon
  • Salt: 1 Teaspoon or to taste
  • Red chili flakes: ½ teaspoon
  • Black Pepper Powder: ¼ Teaspoon
  • Spring Onion: 1 Tablespoon, chopped
  • Tomato ketchup: 3 Tablespoon
  • Soya sauce: 1 Teaspoon
  • Chili Sauce: 1 Teaspoon
  • Coriander leaves: 1 tablespoon

Method

  • Boil 4-5 cups of water in a pot.
  • In a pan, dry roast soya bean chunks for 5-6 minutes. Add the roasted soya chunks in the boiling water. Let it boil for 15 minutes or till soya chunks puffs up and cooked well. Drain the water and keep aside.
  • Heat another frying pan.
  • Add oil and heat it for 1 minute.
  • Add onion, ginger, garlic, green chili, bell pepper. Saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tomato sauce, soya sauce, chili sauce, salt, black pepper powder, chili flakes, sesame seeds and spring onion. Mix well. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Add the cooked soya bean pieces.
  • Gently fold the sauce all over the soya bean pieces.
  • Cover and cook for 4-5 minutes
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
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Recipe: Rava Toast / Sooji Bread Toast

Recipe: Rava Toast / Sooji Bread Toast

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Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Bread Slices: 8
  • Rava (Semolina / Sooji) ½ cup
  • Curd (Plain Yogurt): 2 Tablespoon
  • Water: ½ cup or as required
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon or as required
  • Red Chili Powder: ¼ Teaspoon
  • Chaat Masala: ½ Teaspoon
  • Butter: as required to roast
  • Onion: ½ of a medium one, finely chopped
  • Bell Pepper: 1/4th of a medium one, finely chopped
  • Tomato: 1, finely chopped
  • Green chili: 1, finely chopped
  • Coriander leaves: 1 tablespoon, finely chopped

Method

  • In a bowl whisk curd. Add rava, salt, red chili powder, chaat masala, chopped onion, bell pepper, tomato, chili and coriander leaves in the bowl. Mix well.
  • Add water to make a thick batter like toothpaste. Keep this aside for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a non-sticky tawa.
  • Once the tawa is hot, grease it with butter.
  • Place as many bread-slices on it separately as you can. I used 4 slices at a time.
  • Add 2 tablespoon of the rava batter on top of each bread-slices and gently spread it all around.
  • Wait for 1 minute, when the rava layer starts to dry up a little, apply litter butter on each slice and flip them all carefully.
  • While you are waiting for the rava layer to become dry, keep an eye on the bottom part of the bread-slices, they might over-cooked, so adjust the heat accordingly.
  • Roast for 1 minute.
  • Flip and roast until both sides are done well.
  • Take them out. Serve with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Recipe – Chill Paneer

Recipe – Chili Paneer

Prep Time: 5 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

For the paneer fries:

  • Paneer (Cottage Cheese): 300 grams (2/3 lbs)
  • Oil/ Butter: 2 tablespoon
  • Onion: 1 large, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • Green bell pepper: 1 large, chopped into 1 inch squares
  • Ginger: ½ teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Garlic: ½ teaspoon, finely chopped
  • Green chili: 4, chopped lengthwise into 2 pieces
  • Tomato sauce: 2 tablespoon
  • Soy sauce: 1 Teaspoon
  • Chili sauce: 1 tablespoon
  • Corn Flour: 1 Tablespoon
  • Water: 1/4 cup
  • Salt: 3/4 teaspoon
  • Black pepper powder: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Red chili powder: 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Sesame seed ( white til ): 1 teaspoon

Method

  • Mix 1 Tablespoon corn flour, 1/4 cup warm water, salt, red chili powder and black pepper powder in a bowl. Mix well, there should be no lumps.
  • Cut the paneer bar into 1 inch cube pieces.
  • Heat 1 Tablespoon oil/butter in a non sticky pan. Roast the paneer cubes until light brown.
  • Take out the paneer pieces. Add 1 Tablespoon oil or butter in the same pan.
  • Saute onion, ginger, garlic, green chili, bell pepper for 4-5 minutes in high heat.
  • Add tomato sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, corn flour mix. Let it cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the fried paneer pieces.
  • Gently fold the sauce all over the paneer pieces.
  • Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Garnish with sesame seeds. Serve hot.

Recipe – Cheesy Pasta in White Sauce

Recipe – Cheesy Pasta in White Sauce

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Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • Pasta: 2 cups
  • Water: As required
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic: ½ tablespoon, chopped
  • Onion: 2 medium sized, cut into lengthwise
  • Bell Pepper: 1, cut into lengthwise
  • Salt: 1 Teaspoon or as required
  • Black Pepper Powder: ½ Teaspoon
  • Dried Oregano: ¼ Teaspoon
  • Grated Mozzarella Cheese: ½ Cup

For the white sauce:

  • Butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Plain Flour (Maida): 2 tablespoons
  • Warm Milk: 1 Cup
  • Water:1 cup
  • Salt: ½ Teaspoon

Method

  • In a sauce pan, add 1 tablespoon butter. Add flour and whisk constantly for 3 minutes. Add 1 cup of warm milk, 1 cup of water and ½ teaspoon salt. Whisk constantly for 5-6 minutes or until thickened. Turn off the heat. Keep the white sauce aside.
  • Boil 7-8 cups of water in a pot. Once it starts to boil, add pasta. Boil it for 10-12 minutes or until cooked. Drain excess water and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a big pot. Sauté garlic, bell pepper and onion for 3-4 minutes or till onions are transparent, not brown,
  • Add boiled pasta, salt, black pepper powder, dried oregano, white sauce.
  • Toss well and cover it for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat
  • Garnish with grated cheese and serve hot.