Street Food From Maharashtra: Pav Bhaji

Hello There..!

How are you doing?? It’s been over four months since I have stopped eating any kind of street food or take outs. And last week I was craving for some Pav-Bhaji. So I asked my mom to cook some for me. Also my best friend, Sneh has recently shifted to another country with her husband and was asking for the recipe. So I had the perfect excuse. It’s a Maharashtrian dish, delicious thick Vegetable Curry (Bhaji) with some soft bread (Pav). I hope you enjoy.

Ingredients :

  • 2 green finely cut chilies
  • 1 carrot (Julian cut)
  • 4 medium sized potato (half boiled and roughly mashed)
  • 4 small sized eggplants (half boiled and peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 200 gm peas (half boiled)
  • 1 capsicum (Julian cut)
  • 100 gm cauliflower or cabbage (Julian cut)
  • 3 medium sized onion (Julian cut)
  • 3 medium sized tomato (Julian cut)
  • 1 Tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 Finely chopped green chili
  • 1 Tsp Kasuri methi
  • 3 Tsp pav bhaji masala
  • ½ Tsp turmeric
  • 2 Tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • ½ Tsp cumin powder
  • ½ Tsp coriander powder
  • fresh coriander for garnishing
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Salt to taste

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Now Let’s get to cooking, shall we!??

How To :

Now there are two main parts in making the Bhaji. First is veggie mash and second is the curry base.

Veggie Mash

  • Half boil Potatoes and Eggplants and Peas separately.
  • Make Paste of Garlic and Ginger
  • Saute Capsicum on high heat for a couple of minutes.
  • Add finely chopped green chili. Keep stirring it.
  • Add cauliflower/ Cabbage.
  • Keep stirring it on medium flame.
  • Add half of the ginger garlic paste and crush Kasuri methi with your hands and sprinkle it and again, Stir.
  • Now you can add 1 tbsp Butter.
  • Mix everything well.
  • Add 1 tsp pav-bhaji masala.
  • Mix it all up and keep stirring it for a couple of minutes.
  • Almost done with the mash. Now add potato & eggplant (Don’t forget to get rid of the skin of both of them).
  • Mash it all up in the pan and keep stirring and mashing for 6-7 more Mins.
  • Add little more butter if needed (DO NOT ADD WATER).
  • Take it out in another bowl and put it aside.

Curry Base

  • You can use thick bottom tawa. We used the same Kadhai cause it had all the flavors of vegetables in it.
  • Now add 2 tsp oil with some butter.
  • Add rest of the ginger garlic paste (Stir it for 10 seconds).
  • Add onion and saute it till soft and transparent.
  • Add rest of pav-bhaji masala with all the dry spices and stir well.
  • After 2-3 minutes add crushed tomato and mash it up in the pan.
  • Keep stirring it till you see oil on the edges.
  • Add the vegetable mash and mix it all up.
  • Mash it for 5 more mins.
  • Add red chili powder (Kashmiri Mirch is recommended) & salt to taste and mix well.
  • Now you can go ahead and add water (1 ½ cup). Don’t add too much cause it will get too runny and won’t taste that good.
  • Let it simmer on low heat for 6-8 minutes.
  • Add a dollop of butter and finely chopped coriander.
  • Shallow fry the bread on tawa with (or without, totally depends on you) some butter. You may sprinkle some chili powder on butter to make it spicier if you want.

I know I have used ‘stirring’ word way too many time. Sorry.! But the taste is worth all the hard work. Usually, street vendors have the Curry base and Veggie Mash ready and they mix curry base and veggie mash on big frying pan on a stove with crazy high flame and serve with some raw onion and lemon slice and of course the spicy Pav. I hope you enjoyed the post. Let me know if you make this dish. I would love to see the end results.

Take care. Loads of Love. ❤

P.S. I was editing this post last night and had it again. 😀

(All the Photos are taken from my phone and without any effects)

 

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Motichur na Ladu

Hello there.!! How are you? BTW did the title made you go What.!! “What does that even mean” cause you don’t understand Gujarati.? It’s the name of an North Indian sweet dish. Yes, It’s a recipe post.! YAY..!

First let me tell you, this one is so unhealthy dish. It’s pure Indian sweet so if you have diabetes or cholesterol or on diet or just not allowed to eat unhealthy food, sorry!!. Wondering what’s Motichur na ladu?! They’re round balls rolled out of tiny little fried drops (bundi) of batter and then soaked in sugar syrup garnished with sliced almond or any dry fruit.

My perforated spoon was busy scooping out the bundis when they're done. So I used lid which has the larger size of holes in it.(Sorry for the blurry photo) :P

Let’s get to it, Shall we!?.

What Do You Need:

For Batter

  • 500g besan(Gram flour)
  • 50g semolina
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • water
  • 500ml Ghee(or butter) to deep fry the bundi

Sugar syrup:

  • 750g sugar
  • 300 ml water
  • cardimum
  • a pinch of saffron
  • chopped Dry fruits(some almonds or pistachio or cashew nuts.)

You can add orange food color to make exactly how they serve in shops.

How To:

  1. Let’s make the batter first. Mix besan(gram flour), semolina, baking powder in a bowl add water and mix till you get nice smooth medium consistency batter. Now put that aside.
  2. Let’s get to sugar syrup. add sugar in a pan fill it up with water till it covers the sugar(approx 300ml water). Now put that on heat and let it get to boil. Once it gets to boil turn the flame to low and let it simmer.
  3. Get some cardimum seeds with pinch of saffron(I didn’t have any saffron at the time, If you don’t have it either, It’s ok) and crush them in mortar and pestle.
  4. Add that to the sugar syrup. Let the sugar syrup simmer till It’s ektara(one string consistency). It means when you pinch and rub the drop of syrup between your index finger and thumb and try to pull it you can see one strong long string of the syrup.(Sorry forgot to take photo of it). When you see the string, It’s done. Take it off of the flame.
  5. Now back to the batter, heat some ghee or unsalted butter in the pan till It’s quite hot. Now take a perforated spoon and drop the batter through it in the butter.

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    My perforated spoon was busy scooping out the bundis when they’re done. So I used lid which has the larger size of holes in it.(Sorry for the blurry photo) 😛
  6. Fry them till they’re light golden brown. Once You’re done making all the bundi mix them all with the syrup. It will soak all the syrup.
  7. Now, It’s the fun part. Squeeze them up a little (You don’t have to, It’s just to make them of smaller shape). Add all the chopped dry fruits and roll all the laddu.
  8. Put almond chips or chopped dry fruit on top for presentation.
  9. You’re done!!..

I think I should try and add more photos of process next time. It’s kind of hard, cooking something with mom in the kitchen and you trying to take photos. And get back to doing whatever task I was doing. Still I intend to improve my food posts.

I hope you enjoyed it anyway and If you try it, let me know. Share with me on twitter,fb or instagram. I’d love to see. Take Care of yourselves all you sweetest lovelies. Loads of love.

Toodles.! <3xo

Apple Crumble Recipe

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Things you need:

  • 4-5 Brambly Cooking Apples
  • 170g Caster Sugar
  • 130g Flour
  • 170g Butter
  • 130g Oats
  • Cinnamon to taste

How To:

  • Grate 2 apples(with skin). Chop rest of the apples in cube.
  • Take a pan, add 60g sugar and water to make caramel with it
  • Now add the grated apples with a dash of cinnamon powder and let it cook till it’s soft and bit mushy.
  • Now add the chopped apples and let it simmer on low flame for 2-4 min. Take it down the flame and layer it in your baking dish.
  • Now Let’s get to crumble
  • Take a big bowl add flour, oats, cinnamon and rest of the sugar mix them well and add cold butter(chop it off in cube for easy mix)
  • Now pinch the butter in with the mixture to make a lovely crumble. Do not stir or mix them cause it’ll give a dough instead of crumble. Use the tip of your fingers and not your palm.
  • Once you have good crumble mix ready layer it on top of your caramelized apples and pop it in the oven at 180° c for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Serve it with custard or vanilla ice cream.
  • Enjoy.!!

Quick Evening Snack Story (Lunch+Dinner = Linner!.? IDK.!)

Hello There.! How are you doing? Had a good day I hope.!  I have a story for you I hope you enjoy it.

One Day I was really hungry and it was past the tea time and an hour or two before dinner time so I decided to cook up something quick and easy and yummy for me to gobble down and calm my dinosaur-noise-making-tummy.

So I decided to make some yumm yumm Egg Bhurji for which I got

  • oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 medium size Onion and I chopped it finely.
  • and 1 tomato I chopped it nice and small as well
  • also salt to taste
  • then got my spice box which had red chilly powder, Turmeric powder which I needed to add.
  • of course garam masala powder
  • plus some mint, coriander, spring onion(only if you have it at hand)

Then,

  • I got my pan and added some oil
  • Then I added the onion and Saute it till it was lovely golden brown
  • then added the red chilly powder(depending on how hot can you eat) and pinch of turmeric powder and garam masala powder
  • When it was cooked perfectly I added the tomato and let it cook
  • As the masala was done I cracked egg in and mixed it and let it cook for like 2 mins more.

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And Voila. Done.! I then garnished it with spring onion and ate it all up with some lovely bread.

The End!

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Masala Chai After Enjoying The First Rain

imageHello there.!! How are you doing? Hope you had a lovely day.

Today When I was about to leave from my class to get back home it started raining crazy. And I was stuck there and when the rain almost stopped I rushed home but still got wet which was actually fun. Driving my activa in foggy atmosphere and enjoying the lovely smell of rain and imagefeeling rain drops fall on my face was just what I needed after long crazy hot dry summer.

But as soon as I reached home I started sneezing so I made myself some masala chai which is Indian tea. And enjoyed it in Kuladi (the cup in the picture)

So if you don’t know how to make masala chai you just have to add in the a pinch of powdered chai masala which you can find in India everywhere and in Indian stores if you live in some other country. But today I didn’t had the masala so insteadimage I used tiny ginger piece and two cardamom and smashed it and added them in the water before boiling it with tea. It’s easy and best thing when you have cold.

What is your go to drink when it’s cold and rainy out? Lemme know. I’d love to try some new beverage this monsoon.

Have a lovely time all you out there. Enjoy whatever weather you have in your city. Take care.

TUDles..!! ❤ ❤ <3…!!!

Lemon Iced Tea

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tea bag
  • 1 cup of simmering water
  • Honey
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon curl or slice

How To:

  • Take a mug. Put the tea bag in and add the simmering water in it and let it cool. (though take out the tea bag as soon as the tea is strong enough for you)
  • In a tall glass (unlike me) pour some honey and add in the ice and squeeze half a lemon.
  • Pour the tea in and enjoy.

Have a fun healthy hydrated day. Enjoy! Take care of yourselves.

TUDles..! ❤ ❤ <3..!

Mango drinks(at least one of them is!)

Hello there! How are you doing?? Having a good day? So in today’s post I’ll share two versions of mango that I love and enjoy the most in summer.

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Aam Panna

Aam Panna:

Ingredients:

  • Raw mango 250 grm
  • Jaggery (add double of the raw mango pulp we’ll get after boiling it) 100 gr,
  • Roasted cumin powder 1/2 tspn
  • salt to taste
  • Rock salt tiny pinch
  • water

How To:

  • wash the mangoes and cut the top part and boil them till it softens
  • separate the pulp in a bowl
  • now add jaggery, roasted cumin powder, salt. rock salt and mix everything well
  • take a spoonful for a glass cold add water in that and stir well
  • you can add some roasted cumin powder and tiny mint leaves and enjoy!
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Aamras

Aamras:-

Ingridients:

  • Mango 2 big size
  • Sugar 3 tablespoon(still depends on the taste you prefer)
  • Water/Milk (it’s optional)

How to:

  • Peel and dice the mango in medium size cubs.
  • add all the ingridients in food processor and blend
  • put in refrigerator for at least half an hour.
  • Serve it wit puri (Not my photo) or chapati.

Hope you enjoy. Wish you all lovelies a great day. Loads of love. Take care of yourselves.

TUDles..! ❤ ❤ <3..!!