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Pan Fried Tofu Ghee Roast Masala

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Today is Indian  Independence day . An Important day for all our fellow Indians to renew our vow for  working towards the betterment of our Motherland.

On this historic day ,I have another reason to celebrate . Its a small milestone as this is my 50th post on my blog. I owe it to all my family and friends who have encouraged and supported me to reach here. I would like to thank each one of you and dedicate this post to all of you for your immense support.

As you all know I try and experiment different cuisines(Vegetarian). I was introduced to this Ghee Roast Masala by a Manglorean  friend. I made Ghee roast masala at home and started experimenting.

A very simple,Easy and yummy dish to prepare.
You can substitute with Paneer , Potato or mushroom.
I am sure you will love it.
A great Starter which your guests will love.

Recipe for Pan fried Tofu ghee roast masala.

Recipe for Ghee Roast Masala Powder:
Prepares approximately  700 Gms ghee roast powder

Ingredients:

1/2 Kg Dried red Kashmiri chillies – for a nice bright colour.
125 Gm Coriander seeds
50 Gm Jeera
50 Gm Peppercorns
2 Handfuls of fresh garlic, keep the skin on.

Method:

1. Clean & remove the stalks of the chillies.

2. Either sun dry them for a few days or Incase you cannot sun dry just roast it lightly but ensure it does not burn.
3.Roast the rest of the ingredients (except garlic ) separately at a low flame for a few minutes only, until they are a shade darker and starts to get aromatic (the aroma is hard to miss). Remove from heat and let cool.

4. Combine all ingredients and grind into a fine powder. Sift using a metal sieve.

This can be stored in a airtight container upto one year in the refrigerator.

Garlic:

Sun dry the garlic flakes for a few days and then mix to the above mixture.
Do try small quantities first.

Recipe for Pan fried Tofu ghee roast masala:

Take firm tofu cakes and slice them into thin strips. Smear some ghee and grill for 10 Mins at 180C for 10 Mins.

Make a thick paste of the above Ghee roast powder by adding a little water. Add salt to taste and 1/4/ Tsp Amchur powder(Dry Mango Powder) . Mix all the ingredients together. Dip the tofu strips in the masala and ensure the masala is smeared evenly. Heat 2 Tsp of oil in a pan. Place the masala coated Tofu strips in the pan. Roast on slow fire on both sides and ensure it does not burn. Just 5 Mins on each side. Pan fried tofu is ready. Garnish with coriander and serve with freshly chopped onions or raw salad.

I am sure you cannot stop at one.

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Multigrain Spinach Tikkis / Patties

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Pesh  hai dil se dilwale tikki.Totally guilt free and power packed as it is baked💖💖💖.
Flaxseed ,Quinoa,Finger millet,Palak,Potato,Corn…Is it not power packed??
A good way to incorporate veggies in your child’s diet.💪
With hot and spicy coriander chutney.
Zero oil. Best to eat while it is hot😊😊😊.
You can either bake it or shallow fry.

Recipe for Spinach Patties  /Palak Tikkis  :

A Bunch of fresh Palak /Spinach  chopped
1 Cup corn
2 Boiled potatoes
1Tsp garam masala
2 Tsp jeera powder
1/2 Tsp amchur powder
1 .5 Tsp chilli flakes
the sides of 3 slices of bread as the round centre portion is used as the base in the photograph.
2 Tsp bread crumbs
1 Tbsp flax seed powder(dry roasted and powdered)
1 Tbsp quinoa powder(dry roasted and powdered)
1 Tbsp finger millet/ Ragi powder(dry roasted and powdered)
1 Tbsp rice flour
Ginger garlic paste 1 tsp.
Salt to taste

Mix all the ingredients and shape it as desired.Grease the top of the tikki with a little ghee.
Pre heat oven at 200C for 10 mins.
Grease the tray and place the tikki and bake it for 20 to 25 mins.

You can present this to your kids as mini burgers too.

As i have added flax seed ,Quinoa and ragi it is better to eat when hot.
In case you want to keep it for a longer time it is better to shallow fry.
PS:Ragi ,Quinoa and flax seed powders i make it in small quantities and keep it handy.

Recipe for Green Chutney:

A bunch of corriander chopped
4 chillies or as per your requirement
Salt to taste
1″ginger
Tamrind half of the size of gooseberry
1 tsp salt
Blend all the above ingredients together and serve with tikki.

Enjoy!!

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Okra Fritters/ Bhindi Pakoda

I would like to start my post with this beautiful Quote that is apt for this beautiful Rainy weather.

It’s a relief to hear the rain. It’s the sound of billions of drops, all equal, all equally committed to falling, like a sudden outbreak of democracy. Water, when it hits the ground, instantly becomes a puddle or rivulet or flood.

Alice Oswald

As it rains, the first thing that comes to my mind is Hot Masala Tea with fried Pakodas. Sipping my tea and enjoying the beautiful weather is what I miss these days. We are so busy with our daily routine and hectic lifestyle, that we miss out some beautiful moments.

Well I cherish each and every moment, as Life is too short to complain and have regrets.

As you all know, I love to experiment and think out of the box. So made these Okra Fritters/ Bhindi Pakodas . It is so yum that you just can’t stop at one.It  was loved by my family. This can be made within 20 minutes.

Recipe for Okra Fritters/ Bhindi Pakodas:

Ingredients:

6 Medium sized Bhindi/ Okra  slit and cut into small pcs
1 Onion finely chopped
2 Green chillies finely chopped
2 Tbsp besan
1 Tbsp fine rava
1 Tbsp rice flour
Salt to taste
1 Tsp jeera
1 Tsp red chilli powder
Oil for frying

Method:

Mix all the ingredients. Add 2 Tsp sizzling hot oil. Mix water just enough for to bind the ingredients together and not soggy.

Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot with sauce or green chutney.

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Onion Stuff

Onions are widely consumed in our daily diet. It is one of the most vital ingredient in our cooking.Well there are many recipes without onions. All onion lovers will just love it. It is worth a try and I bet it will be a regular feature on your list.

Did you know that Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and with only 45 calories per serving, add abundant flavor to a wide variety of food. Onions are sodium, fat, and cholesterol free, and provide a number of other key nutrients.

Well I wanted to cook something different,yummy ,healthy and easy too. So thought of experimenting again. Yes my experiment was successful.

I have tried with a very basic masala stuff. We can stuff scrambled paneer/eggs ,bread crumbs, brown rice etc for Vegetarian and scrambled eggs, Minced meat etc for Non-vegetarians. There are plenty of options.

Recipe:

2 Medium Sized Onions peeled

1 Tsp Garam Masala

2 Tsp Peanuts roasted and powdered

¼ Tsp Mango powder/Amchur Masala

1/4/ Tsp Red Chilli Powder(optional)

Salt to taste

Fresh Corriander chopped

1Tsp Jeera for Seasoning

There are 2 ways of doing it.

Method to Stuff:

Peel the onions. Scoop the centre (see the pics).Mix all the dry masalas mentioned above. Stuff the onions with this masala.

First Method:

Heat a pan. Add a tsp of oil, Add ½ tsp jeera. Add the stuffed onions and roast all the sides well. It will take 20 to 25 mins to cook.Please ensure it is a little crunchy and not too soft. Garnish with chopped coriander.

Second Method:

Grease a microwave safe bowl. Place the stuffed onions in the greased bowl. Microwave on high (800 w) for 2 mins. Add the extra masala if any and microwave for 1 more minute. The stuffed onions are ready.

Stuffed onions goes well with  rice. I can just eat it without rice or rotis.

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Baked Flaxseed Mix Veggie Bread Vada

Today is special day as it is my Dad’s Birthday. I would like to start with a beautiful Mayan Indian Proverb.

“In the baby lies the future of the world. Mother must hold the baby close so that the baby knows it is his world but the father must take him to the highest hill so that he can see what his world is like.”

Every Daughter’s first hero is her “DAD”.

My first hero too is my  DAD ,a man of substance who has always guided me on the right path, supported me whenever I needed one and believed in me all the time. He is as strong as a Mountain , as generous as an Ocean, and  one of the most sensible men in my Life. My kids are also lucky to grow up into sensible human beings under his able guidance.

He always ensured us a decent lifestyle and got us whatever we wanted as me and my brother were sensible kids. He believes in simple pleasures of life and does not believe in showing off.

I would like to make this birthday a memorable one by spending quality time with my Parents. Do simple things that he enjoys.

So dedicating this post to my DAD. I Made Simple Baked Bread Vadas .

Recipe:

Ingredients:

Bread pieces – 6 1/2 cup of rice flour

Curd(as required to get dough consistency)

1 Tbsp Flax seed powder 1/2 tsp of jeera / cumin seeds 2 medium size onions finely chopped

2 florets of Cauliflower grated

1.5 Tsp Red chilli powder

Handfull of corn Kernels An inch of ginger grated Handfull of corriander chopped

A Pinch of Garam Masala

Salt to Taste

Method:

Now tear the bread pieces with your hands and add rice flour, Flaxseed powder, curd, onions,grated cauliflower,corns ginger, jeera, salt, red chilli powder and Chopped corriander  to it, mix everything well to form a dough.Now wet your hands and take some dough in your hands and give it a round shape and in between with finger just give a dent . Brush the vadas with oil and now it’s ready to be baked.

Pre-Heat the Oven at 180 C for 10 mins. Place the baking tray in the preheated oven and bake for 40 to 45 mins. Yummy crisp vadas are ready. Serve with chutney of your choice and enjoy.

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Basic Recipe Courtesy: Chawla’s Kitchen(I made some changes to suit my tastebuds)