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Onion Bhaji – The queen of Indian snacks

Every time I go to an Indian restaurant with my friends, the first thing they order is a plate of bhaji’s. I have seen peoples eyes brighten up with happiness the minute they see a plate full of warm crunchy bhajis (or bhajias – thats the real Indian term) and rightly so because they are absolutely delicious. This is one of the main reasons why I always make different types of bhajis (onion, coriander, potato, bread, okra) whenever I have guests at home for tea. It is ridiculously simple to make – I mean literally you can make them in less than 10 minutes time!

Okra and Onion Bhaji
Okra and Onion Bhaji

 

Lets look at the ingredients:

  • Gram Flower (Chick Pea Flower) – You can get this at any asian super market
  • Vegetable of your choice – Onion, Coriander, Spinach, Potato, Okra (literally anything you want)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garam Masala

So there are 3 simple steps to making a Bhaji/ Bhajia –

Onion Bhaji
Onion Bhaji

Chop – Chop the vegetable you want to use, make sure you don’t chop them too much because you want it to be chunky and a good size. For example for potatoes, make thin round slices; for okra keep them about an inch long; onions could be chunky too and same with anything else.

Mix – Mix the gram flower, lemon juice, garam masala together , add some water to it to get a batter which is similar consistency like the pancake mix. Then add the vegetable to it.

Fry – Add a generous amount of oil to a pan which is wide spread (I usually shallow fry as its healthier) and then pick up a spoon full of the batter and just add it to the pan to fry it. Turn it the other way round and make sure both sides are cooked and it looks crispy and golden (slightly deep golden/ brownish).

Your hot, crispy, delicious bhaji is ready to be served with some chutney (whichever you want) and a steaming cup of tea!

Egg-Chicken Roll – Indian Street Food

The recipe is in my last post, so I thought of sharing a new video of this delicious Indian Street food with you guys!

Please try and not notice how clumsy I am (well my whole dress is drenched in food by the end of it) and also check out this awesome man – Ben Herbert who helped me make the video!

Let me know if you like the video and if you do then please share it! 🙂

Egg Roll – Indian Street Food

There is a saying that if you go to Calcutta (or the new name Kolkata) then you MUST try Egg Roll from a street stall. Yes, that is how popular this dish is in India. All bengali’s (the people of Calcutta) swear by this dish and will have it atleast once a week if not more. It is almost like the fish and chips of Bengal – greasy, eggy and very very tasty! And the best part is, you can make it in less than 10 minutes in your own kitchen, but obviously you won’t get the taste of the ones that the street vendors make because the dirt definitely adds to the flavor :p

Ingredients (Most of them you always have in your kitchen) for one Roll

1 Egg

1/4 cup (tea cup) plain flour

Vegetable Oil/ Sunflower Oil/ Olive Oil

1 chopped green chilly

1/4 chopped onion

1/4 chopped cucumber

Ketchup

Chilly Sauce

Let’s get cooking (be ready to get your hands dirty)

  • Knead the flour with one tablespoon of oil and handful of water (I mean sprinkle some water) and after about 3-4 minutes you should get a soft dough.
  • Then make a round ball and flatten it with a rolling pin, till you get a nice big round somewhat like a pancake or chapati.
  • Heat up a pan and add one table spoon of oil and then fry the flattened dough till you get a light brownish color and then keep it aside, this is called paratha. (look at the image)
  • Then beat the egg and make an omelet, while still raw place the paratha on top of it while still on the pan. Then fry it together for a few seconds till you feel the egg is cooked.
  • Finally add the chopped onions, cucumber, ketchup and chilly sauce and make a roll and enjoy!

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I promise if you make this, you won’t regret or rather thank me for it! It is delicious and so simple to make! Don’t forget to let me know your thoughts once you make it and of-course share it on sorts of social networking platform 😀

Cheers, 

Shrim 

xx

Simple Bengali Chicken Curry

Whenever I feel like eating something simple and fresh or when I miss home too much this is what I resort to. This dish is not just extremely simple to make but it is as real as it gets when we think of Indian food. And for all you health conscious folks who like eating non-bland food this could be your next favorite dish.

Ingredients you need for one person: 

One breast of Chicken chopped into chunks (you can also use chicken with bones, if you like to chew on them later like me)

One table spoon Coriander Powder

I tea spoon salt

2 tea spoon turmeric powder

1 tea spoon chilly powder

3 chopped green chillies

One small chopped red onion (you can also use white onion but red has a bit more flavor)

3 baby potatoes cut into halves

1 tablespoon fresh ginger and garlic paste (I prefer more ginger as it gives the fresh taste)

1 fresh red chopped Tomato

2 tablespoon of mustard oil/ vegetable oil/ sunflower oil (either is good but mustard gives the best taste)

Let’s start cooking : 

  • Marinade the chicken with ginger- garlic paste, turmeric, chilly powder and salt and leave it while you chop the onions and make other arrangements. Its good if you keep it for 30 minutes but not set in stone.
  • Heat Oil in a pan and fry the onions, green chilly and potatoes for about 4-5 minutes till the onions start getting brown.
  • Add the chicken (which you kept aside) and let it all cook while you stir it occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and half a cup of water and let the whole thing cook in medium heat till you get a really thick gravy. It should not take more than 7 minutes.
  • And then believe it or not your chicken curry is ready to be devoured! 😀

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Yes you don’t need any yogurt, cream or anything fancy! This recipe is as simple as that…serve it with hot boiled rice or even fresh chapati (indian bread). Btw you could add fresh coriander if you wanted to but this one tastes good even without it!

Let me know if you liked it by sharing this post or even dropping me a line, always love a good conversation about food!

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Shrim

xx

Make Your Own Bagel!

I went for a professional baking workshop and discovered the joys and simplicity of baking – what a rewarding hobby to cultivate! I always wondered how bagels are made because they have a very different texture than any other bread and finally all my doubts were cleared after attending this super awesome workshop at The Baking Lab, London.

Here are 5 simple steps to make your own bagel :

1. Kneading – First and foremost, you will need to knead the dough obviously. So if you take one full cup of flour you need 1/4th cup of water and half a tea-spoon of oil and 1 teaspoon baking powder. Then keep kneading it till its not sticky and is stretchable. If it gets too sticky then all you need to do is leave it for 15 minutes and get back to it but do not add more flour, this is the mistake most of us make.

2. Shaping – Now you have your flour ready so the next step would be to shape it into a bagel (yay). Get chunks of balls from the dough and again knead it for some time (this is the part I enjoy most) and then with a sharp circular cutter just get rid of the center. After which you just keep playing with it and make the ring as smooth as possible. All done?

3. Boiling – Yes it sounds strange but this is what gives it the texture of a bagel, boil all of them in plain water for about 10 minutes. Then slowly take them out and keep them aside.

4. Coating– Glaze each one with raw eggs, use a brush for this almost feels like painting (haha). Then dip the glazed side in your favorite topping like poppy seeds or sesame seeds, you can use anything you feel like.

5. Baking – Finally put all of them in the oven and bake them for 15-20 minutes in 250 degrees temperature. In lay man’s terms bake it in medium heat so whatever oven you have just make sure its not in high temperature or low.

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And your bagels are ready to eat! Woooohooo!

Let me know if and when you try it, don’t forget to invite me! 😀

Indian Street Food – An absolute delight

One thing that makes India such a colorful country is definitely the street food, its not just absolutely mouth watering and delicious but also extremely vibrant. I cant help myself from gorging on all those gorgeous treats while I am taking a stroll down the streets and I am lucky that I have family back there so I get to visit the land of exotic food almost once every year!

Street food in India is definitely my biggest guilty pleasure even more than chocolates (yes you heard it right) and trust me once you experience that you cant help but agree with me (of course once you get over the Delhi belly fear). This time my visit to India was restricted to Calcutta (I refuse to call Kolkata) and boy this city is known for the food and Bengalis (The native inhabitants even though its extremely cosmopolitan now) LOVE their food! No wonder I am such a foodie!

Here are some of my personal favorites:

1. Dahi Phuchka (Crispy semolina pancake cups with  yogurt, potato and tamarind sauce filling)

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Dahi Phuchka

2.  Aloo Paratha ( Indian bread with a potato filling usually to be had with yogurt or any curry)

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Aloo Paratha

3. Indian Saffron Tea

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Indian Saffron Tea

4. Nolen Gurer Rosogolla ( Most popular Bengali Sweet and my personal favorite)

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Nolen Gurer Rosogolla

5. Baked Rabdi (Baked Milk Pudding and extremely addictive nom nom)

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Baked Rabdi

6. A special Indian Breakfast ( Different Kinds of Kachuri)

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Kachuri from Gupta’s

Well after gorging on all these delicacies I definitely am having withdrawal symptoms after coming back to Manchester, but that is why I love cooking so that I can try making all these at home! 🙂

Finally a pic of me in Indian traditional clothing with my beautiful Mum (A fantastic Cook) who is the inspiration for me to make this blog and most of my recipes!  Yeah needed to show off my Indianess :p

Shrimoyee

Hope you enjoyed this post! And don’t forget to share and care like I always say 😉

xx

 

 

Palak Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese with Spinach)

Firstly Merry Christmas to everyone, I didnt quite have a merry christmas as I was coughing and popping antibiotics all through and my plan of cooking great food everyday hence was kind of ruined! I finally started feeling better yesterday so thought of making some healthy treat for myself and making those nasty greens taste good (yes I am not a massive fan of the greens) :p

Palak Paneer or Spinach with cottage cheese is definitely a superb invention by the Indians cuz it is not just healthy Indian Food but super yummy at the same time!

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Ingredients: 

500 grams Paneer/ Cottage Cheese (diced into cubes)

300 grams spinach (boiled and grinded) you can also use tinned spinach

1 tomato chopped into small pieces or grated

1 green chilly chopped

1 onion grated

1 table spoon garam masala powder

2 tablespoon oil (olive oil/sunflower oil/vegetable oil)

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoon fresh cream

1 tablespoon ginger and garlic paste

Method:

Heat oil in a pan

Fry the cottage cheese very lightly for about 2 minutes and keep them separate

Use the same oil and add the onion, ginger and garlic and saute for a few minutes

Add the tomato, salt and garam masala powder and fry till the whole thing looks like a smooth paste.

Add the spinach to the mixture and heat it till the whole mixture looks green and smooth, and then add the fresh cream and butter to make it creamy.

Finally add the cottage cheese that you kept aside and your food is ready to be served.

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Serving instruction:

Serve it hot with rice/ naan bread/ chapati/paratha

Finally here is a picture of me during Christmas while I was fragile and sick but never the less Hey Its Christmas! 😀

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Minced Lamb Curry (Lamb Keema)

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Minced Lamb Curry by Shrimoyee

I am a total sucker for red meat, be it lamb, beef or mutton I love them all! But one thing that puts me off cooking red meat is the amount of time it takes to cook the meat. Hence I came up with an alternative idea of making minced lamb/ beef when I am in a rush to satifsfy my taste buds, because it not only cooks super fast but also saves me the hassle of chopping the meat! 😀

Minced Lamb curry has always been an instant hit not just for me but also my office colleagues and friends, they all love it when I make that for lunch! But the secret is it just takes me 20 mins to make that.

Ingredients:

500 gm Minced Lamb

4 Tbs Yogurt

2 tbs garam masala powder

1 green chilly chopped

1 Egg

2 fresh tomatos (chopped)

1 tea spoon of salt

2 boiled potatoes (chopped)

3 tbs sunflower oil/ vegetable oil/ olive oil

1/2 tea spoon chilly powder

1 onion chopped/grated

1 tbs garlic and ginger paste

Handfull of chopped corriander

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Cooking Lamb

Method:

Marinate the minced lamb with Yogurt, Garam Masala and Salt

Heat oil in a pan and saute the ginger, garlic and onions

Add the marinated minced lamb mix to this now and cook it for about 5 minutes

Then add the tomatoes, potatoes and chilly powder

Fry the egg and scramble in a separate pan with a bit of oil and then add the egg into the main curry with the lamb and mix it.

Finally add the chopped corriander to garnish it and serve it hot with boiled rice/ bread/ naan.

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Minced Lamb Curry

Hope you will try it yourself and let me know your thoughts! I am a massive chatter box and always love to talk about food! 🙂 Do drop me a line and if you like the post dont forget to share it with your friends on FB/Twitter/Pinterest! 🙂

Cheers

Shrim

5 Must-Haves in your Kitchen to make authentic Indian Food

So here is a question I get asked very frequently by my friends or followers that what are the essential ingredients or must-haves to make Indian Food. Many people tend to get confused with the spices or some just opt for the easier way out and buy ready-made sauces from super markets. To be honest I absolutely despise ready-made sauces that is available in the super markets because that just ruins everything about the dish, the food does not smell or taste fresh! Playing around with spices is so much fun in the kitchen and it definitely is my favorite hobby! 😀

I have jotted down a list of 5 items you should have in your kitchen if you want to make authentic, mouth-watering Indian/ Asian Food:

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Garam Masala (5 Spice)
  • Garam Masala Powder: This is basically the blend of 5 spices (Black and white peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon, black and white cumin seeds, black and green cardamom pods). You can create an absolutely fantastic curry by using just this powder, which is readily available in any super market these days including Tesco.
  • Lime Leaves: These dried leaves not just give the most beautiful aroma to your food but also adds to the rich flavour. Just by adding a few dried lime leaves to any dish you can make it smell and taste exotic and this specially works best with Lentil soups, Thai Curries and even Chicken Curries. This is also easily available these days in leading super markets.
  • Turmeric: I am sure most people are aware that turmeric is the most commonly used spice in Indian/ Asian Food. Turmeric not just gives a beautiful color to the dish but also has a massive impact on the flavour. You can use turmeric in any form (powder or raw) tastes just as nice. And yes it is the most easily available spice so don’t be surprised if you find it at the local shop near you.

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    Ginger and Garlic
  • Ginger and Garlic: These two little angels are the two major ingredients responsible for the rich flavor of Indian curries. Every one who loves to cook must already have these in their kitchen if not go buy it!!! I would urge not to use powdered ginger and garlic because those don’t do anything to the flavor, so don’t be lazy just buy some fresh ginger and garlic and blend it, chop it, or grate it to get that fantastic taste! 🙂
  • Vegetable Oil/ Mustard Oil: Olive oil might be healthy and great for a lot of dishes but it does absolutely nothing to Indian curries or food. To get that authentic taste you definitely need to use either vegetable oil or even better if you use mustard oil. Especially when you are making fish or a lamb curry mustard oil is absolutely essential to get the authentic taste.Hopefully you will stack up your kitchen with all these ingredients, and make one of my recipe’s for your friends or just to treat yourself! This is a picture of my kitchen when the spice rack was not over-flowing! 😀

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Ginger Prawn and Lemon Noodles (The lazy meal)

Week nights for me are lazy stay at home and watch Telly and eat good food nights but no matter how lazy I am a sandwich is never going to fill me up for dinner. So I just randomly make up recipies depending on what I have in the kitchen! This is one such meal which is easy to make but will make your taste bud and tummy very happy!

Ingredients:

Prawns (500 grams)

Noodles (One pack)

Ginger ( 2 table spoon crushed )

2 Red Chilly

Handful of Corriander leaves

Lemon (2)

Chicken stock cubes (2)

Soya Sauce (4 table spoon)

Cabbage (1/2)

Pok Choi (2 stems)

2 table spoon Sesame Oil

Sesame seeds (1 tea spoon)

Sweet Chilly Sauce (1 tea spoon)

1 Table Spoon Oyster Sauce

Method:

Boil a big pan of water and add one tea spoon of ginger paste or grated ginger, chicken stock cubes, soya sauce, 1 tea spoon lemon juice, one lemon wedge, oyster sauce, one red chilly, noodles, cabbage and pok choi and boil them together for 10 minutes!

Blend half (250 gms) of the prawns with one chilly, corriander leaves, ginger and  1 table spoon lemon juice together. Bring it to a grainy paste.

 

Heat up sesame oil in a pan add the prawn paste, the raw prawns and fry them for about 5 minutes till the prawns turn pink. Then add sesame seeds and sweet chilly sauce just at the end. Add some corriander to garnish before serving.

 

Serve the noodles and the prawns together. It is one of the tastiest and easiest meals to make and I must say it is quite healthy too!

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I hope you will try this out and let me know your feedback! Dont forget to share it with your friends on FB, Twitter and everything else you use! 😀