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Monday, January 11, 2016

Pav Bhaji







Pav Bhaji is a Maharashtrian fast food dish which consists of vegetable curry served with a loaf of soft bread. This dish was originated in 1850 to serve lunch for textile mill workers. The mill workers had very less time for their lunch and having full proper meals would make them sleepy. Because of this reason a fast lunch time dish got originated replacing the traditional rice and roti with pav(a small loaf of bread) and introduced curry with blend of spices and vegetables called bhaji. Thus Pav bhaji was originated.

This is one of the most liked dish of Mumbaikar’s. The recipe that I have posted here is from one of the pav bhaji stall in  Mumbai. Hope you guys enjoy this recipe.

Preparation Time : 20 min
Cooking Time       : 30 minutes
Serves                   : 4

Ingredients:

English Name For Ingredients
Hindi Names For Ingredients
Quantity
Pav
पाव
8
Butter
मक्खन
6 tsp
Potato
आलू
3 Medium
Capsicum
शिमला मिर्च
1 Medium
Tomato
टमाटर
2 Small
Green Peas
मटर
1 Cup
Carrot
गाजर
1
Onion
प्याज
1
Ginger Garlic Paste
अदरक लहसुन पेस्ट
2 tsp
Red Chilli Powder
लाल मिर्च पाउडर
2 tsp
Turmeric Powder
हल्दी पाउडर
A pinch
Pav Bhaji Masala Powder
पाव भाजी मसाला पाउडर
1 tbsp + 1.5 tsp
Lemon Juice
नींबू का रस
2 tsp
Coriander Leaves Chopped
हरा धनिया
3 tsp
Dry Kasuri Methi
कसूरी मेथी
½ tsp
Asafoetida
हींग
A pinch
Salt
नमक
To taste


Preparation :

1)Boil potatoes, green peas and carrot in cooker till they are cooked properly and keep aside.
2)Heat a kadai and add diced capsicum. Add a cup of water and allow capsicum to get partially cook for a minute. Add finely chopped tomatoes and stir for few minutes.


3)Add boiled potatoes, green peas and carrot and mix well. You can add water if the mixture becomes too dry.


4)Add  a tea spoon of red chilli powder, a tea spoon of ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and stir nicely. Add 2 tsp of butter and sauté. Now lower the flame and using the masher keep mashing the veggies until no ingredients can be seen.


5)Add a table spoon of pav bhaji masala, lemon juice, a tea spoon of finely chopped coriander leaves and salt and sauté.


6)Meanwhile Heat a small pan in another stove and add 2 tsp of butter. Add finely chopped onion and fry till crunchy.

7)Add a tea spoon of ginger garlic paste, ½ tea spoon of red chilli powder, a tea spoon of pav bhaji masala , dry kasuri methi, asafoetida and a tea spoon of finely chopped coriander leaves. Saute for few seconds and turn off the flame.


8)Mix the above roasted ingredients in to the mashed veggies and use masher again until bhaji gets thicken and oil separates. The bhaji is ready to serve.


Serving the Pav Bhaji :

1)Heat a flat tava in a low flame and add 2 tsp of butter. Add remaining ½ tea spoon of red chilli powder, a ½ tea spoon of pav bhaji masala and a tea spoon of finely chopped coriander leaves. Mix everything nicely and spread them across entire tava.


2)Take a pav and slice it into half without breaking into two. Roast both the sides of the pav on tava till they are light brown and crisp.


3)Place a big spoon full of bhaji, 2 pavs, few finely chopped onions and a lemon wedge on a plate. Top the bhaji with a tea spoon of butter and finely chopped coriander leaves and serve immediately.







Friday, January 8, 2016

Gobi Chilli






Gobi chilli also known as cauliflower chilli is the Indo-Chinese starter dish which is commonly listed in menu of every restaurants in India. This dish is also one of the famous street food in cities like Bangalore, Mumbai, Mangalore etc. The preparation method is more similar to gobi Manchurian but taste wise it differs. It gives more of spicy and pungent taste. You can serve gobi chilly as a starter to your meal but I like to have this with fried rice as a side dish.

Preparation Time : 20 min
Cooking Time      : 30 minutes
Serves                  : 4

Ingredients:

English Name For Ingredients
Hindi Names For Ingredients
Quantity
Cauliflower
फूलगोभी
1 Big Flower
Turmeric Powder
हल्दी पाउडर
½ tsp
Salt
नमक
1 tsp
For the Batter :
All purpose flour
सभी उद्देश्य आटा / मेडा
3/4 Cup
Corn Flour
मकई का आटा
¼ Cup
Rice Flour
चावल का आटा
¼ Cup
Soya Sauce
सोया सॉस
2 tsp
Chilli Powder
लाल मिर्च पाउडर
1 tsp
Water
पानी
To prepare batter
Salt
नमक
To taste
For the Sauce :
Garlic
लहसुन
1 tbsp finely chopped
Ginger
अदरक
1 tbsp finely chopped
Capsicum
शिमला मिर्च
1 Cubed
Green Chilli
हरी मिर्च
3
Chilli Powder
लाल मिर्च पाउडर
1 tsp
Red Food Color (Optional)
खाद्य रंग
A pinch
Soya Sauce
सोया सॉस
1 tsp
Red Chilli Sauce
मिर्च की चटनी
2 tsp
Tomato Sauce
टमाटर की चटनी
1 tsp
Coriander Leaves or Spring Onion greens
हरा धनिया
For Garnishing
Oil
तेल
1 tbsp & for deep frying
Salt
नमक
To taste


Preparation :

1)Cut the cauliflower into florets and wash well. Heat 3 cups of water in a sauce pan and add turmeric powder and salt to it.
2)When it gets a rolling boil add cauliflower florets and parboils it. Drain the water and keep aside.


3)Prepare for the batter to fry the gobi florets. Take a bowl and add all the ingredients mentioned under “for the batter” and prepare a medium thick batter by adding little water.



4)Heat oil in a medium flame for deep frying the gobi florets. Take each florets, coat well with the batter and leave one by one on to oil. Fry them until crisp and brown. Similarly fry all the florets and keep aside in a plate.



5)Heat oil in a pan and add finely chopped garlic and ginger. Do not brown them. Immediately add slit green chillies and cubed capsicum and sauté for a minute.
6)Add red chilli powder, red food color, soya sauce, red chilli sauce and salt. You can add ajinomoto if you like but I haven’t added here.



7)Now add the fried gobi florets and toss well. Let it be on flame for two minutes and turn off the stove.



8)Garnish the gobi chilli with finely chopped coriander leaves or spring onions and serve hot along with fried rice or plain.