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Jan 29, 2015

Sandwich dhokla recipe - Easy and quick snack recipes

          Days are getting busier as the school starts.Keeping track of the kiddo's studies and other activities takes a good amount of time, though I enjoy that too.Its good to take interest in every phase of life.But blogging becomes slower. I started writing this post yesterday and I am still doing it today morning.
          I usually make tiffin/ snacks for dinner. I cook rice only for the kids. I and my hubby prefer something light. So one of this days, I made this sandwich dhokla. I had bought a readymade packet of this kind of sandwich dhokla years back which I never managed to make. It had crossed its making period and finally I had to trash away the packet. I make rava dhokla very often and that day too, I was planning to make the same. But nowadays, I regularly make some green chutney during weekends as it realy comes in handy throughout the week. I have been meaning to make instant khaman dhokla for a very longtime. So with all the planning and ingredients in hand , I decided to go ahead making the sandwich dhokla.
sandwich dhokla recipe
          My family found it quite interesting. Kids loved it too. It was quite delicious though I decided to make it a tad more spicier next time I do it again. You can even make two layers of same variety like just rava dhokla or just khaman dhokla and then sandwich them by applying some green chutney and /or tamarind chutney. That would taste good too. You can even get more creative for the kids by applying some ketchup and some cheese in between or topping it with the same. I will also try to post some different varieties when I make them in future.
         Do try this one. Its really easy and a quick one too. You can even make them for breakfast or your evening snack.
khaman recipe
Ingredients-
For rava dhokla
Rava/semolina - 1 cup
Curd/yogurt - 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste- 1tsp
Lemon juice - 3-4tsp
Pepper powder - 1tsp
Cumin powder - 1tsp
Sugar - 1tsp
Salt to taste
Asafoetida- a pinch
Fruit salt/eno - 1/2 tsp

For Besan dhokla-
Besan/gram flour/kadalai maavu - 1 cup
Water - 3/4 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1tsp
Lemon juice - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder- 3/4tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1tsp
Eno/fruit salt - 1tsp

Filling-
Green chutney - 1/2 cup

Tempering-
Mustard seeds - 1tsp
Cumin seeds- 1tsp
Green chillies - 2 or 3 slit
Curry leaves - few
Sesame seeds- 1tsp
Sesame oil- 1tbsp

Method-
For Rava dhokla
Grease the steaming plate with oil.
Mix all the ingredients listed under rava dhokla.(except the fruit salt)
Add more curd or water to get the consistency like a idli batter.
Sprinkle the fruit salt.Give a quick mix. Pour the batter quickly in the steaming plate.Keep it for steaming immediately.
Insert a knife in the center to check if it comes out clean and is done.
Allow it to cool well for around 10 minutes.
Invert it on a plate.
 For khaman dhokla
Grease the plate you will be use for steaming.
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl(except the fruit salt).
Pour the water gradually stirring the mixture to avoid forming lumps.
Pour more water if necessary to form a consistency of dosa batter.
Add the fruit salt and mix quickly.
Quickly add it into the steaming plate and keep it for steaming.
It will usually take around 10-15 minutes.
Insert a knife or tooth pick to check if it comes out clean and is done.
Cool it well for around 10 minutes and invert it on a plate.
Spread a generous amount of green chutney on the khaman dhokla.
Place the rava dhokla on it.
Heat oil in a pan.
Add all the ingredients (under tempering) in the hot oil.
When it crackles, pour the seasoning on the dhokla.
Slice them into squares.
Serve warm along with some spicy ketchup or tamarind chutney.`
rava dhokla
Notes-
1. After adding the fruit salt you have to be really quick in mixing, pouring into the pan and keep it for steaming.
2. You can also apply some tamarind chutney or red chilly chutney between the dhoklas.
3.  Some may find it quite bland , so either serve with a spicy chutney or make the batter spicy by adding some tiny chopped green chillies or red chilly flakes or even pepper/paprika etc.

Jan 24, 2015

Cherry parfait recipe- Easy and quick breakfast recipes

           This has become one of my favourite breakfast nowadays.I have always been wanting to make this, but kept postponing it.  Recently during our Bangkok trip, we had had yogurt and fruit mix everyday during our breakfast among several other continental dishes served at our hotel where we were staying. My hubby reminded me to try it at home as he had really enjoyed this particular thing. As I had bought some really delicious and sweet cherries, I decided to make parfait with it. Usually I don't buy cherries as they are really expensive. But this time, they were damn cheap and tasted great. I did not have a heart to bake them or puree them or deform them in any way and wanted to have them as it is. Parfait seemed a perfect idea as we get to have the fresh cherries as such. We really enjoyed it.
            

Jan 21, 2015

Matar ka nimona recipe- easy side dish for chapatis

      A couple of months ago , I had accidently stumbled upon this recipe. I really liked the recipe. It was something different and had a uniqueness to it. I am always in a lookout for different side dishes for chapatis and this one sounded too good. Actually this is a traditional dish of Uttar Pradesh and is made during the winters as fresh peas is abundantly available that time. Actually, I have lived in northern India many years ago and I remember the beautiful, vibrant and the freshest vegetables available during the winter months. So actually there are lot of variations, this side dish is made with the available assorted vegetables.
matar ka nimona recipe
         

Jan 19, 2015

Chocolate orange cake with chocolate ganache- easy cake recipes

        This was the cake I made for the new year.But have taken a long time to post it here. I have always loved the chocolate and orange combo in cake. It tastes so divine. I had made a similar combination cake years ago and my friends had loved it too. So I knew it really works out well. So when I had all the ingredients, especially oranges as I usually dont buy them much, I decided to go ahead with this cake. My son had wanted a chocolate cake as always when I asked him what to bake for the new year. The cake was really delicious ,moist,spongy bursting with flavours and everyone at home loved it.
chocolate orange cake
   

Jan 17, 2015

Baked sweet potato fries - healthy snack for kids

    Though I have tried better and interesting ways to consume sweet potatoes,especially by my kids, it really has not tempted us enough to make this in a regular basis. Years back , a friend had told me that sweet potatoes are really good for kids, like all moms, I am obsessed about feeding them to my kids. I buy them quite often. It lies in the refrigerator couple of days begging to be used and finally they get a chance.
baked sweet potato fries
    

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