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Paneer Bread Roll

22 Apr

Breakfast at my parent’s home. Bread rolls with paneer stuffing, pan-fried and served with red chili sauce. I did nothing this morning except click pictures and eat :-)

Bread rolls are generally deep-fried but my mom makes this shallow-fried version to save on the oil.

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Sooji Cheela: Savory Semolina Pancakes

6 Mar

Sooji or semolina, as Wikipedia tells us, is

the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat used in making pasta, breakfast cereals, puddings, and couscous.

That description covers wide ground, taking in its span popular Indian dishes like  halwa and upma – versions of pudding/breakfast cereal made of semolina.

Cooking sooji as a cheela (pancake) is a relatively unusual way of using the flour, but once you try it, you’ll definitely want to do frequent repeats.

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Paneer Sandwich

7 Jan

One of the nicest ways of using fresh paneer (cottage cheese) is in a toasted sandwich. I have an electric sandwich toaster which comes in handy at breakfast time. If you don’t own one, you could probably grill your paneer sandwich or cook in a non-stick pan on a stove top.

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Gur Atte Ka Halwa: Jaggery and Whole Wheat Flour Halwa

19 Mar

I got up this Sunday morning with a halwa craving, fondly remembering the sooji ka halwa my mom used to make on weekends. There was no sooji (semolina) in the pantry to recreate her recipe, so I turned internet-wards for recourse.

The recipe for gur aur atte ka halwa (jaggery and whole wheat flour halwa) on Divine Taste struck an instant chord: the pictures were mouth-watering, and the key ingredients – whole wheat and jaggery – were healthy substitutes (well, more importantly, available with me!) for semolina and sugar.

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Dahi Bhindi: Okra with Ginger Pepper Yogurt

21 Jan

Okra is one of the most versatile vegetables around, isn’t it? I cook it with onions or without, deck it with Indian spices or sometimes look westwards for inspiration. Despite the same core ingredient, each of these okra dishes tastes worlds apart from each other. Dahi bhindi – okra with yogurt – is another such unique recipe. (more…)

Dahi Chura, a Makar Sankranti Special

14 Jan

Cool homemade yogurt, flattened rice that needs no cooking, honey/jaggery and fresh fruit. A breakfast so healthy it’ll give you a palpable halo around your head. Presenting for you staple morning-time food from Bihar – dahi chura.

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Corn with Spinach and Cheese

15 Dec

Corn on the cob is so good boiled, I mostly have it without taking it through any elaborate "treatment" routine. A little salt, a little chilli powder, a dash of lime juice – rub it on and bite directly off the cob – that’s my usual mode of having boiled corn.

Then again, there is something to be said for the occasional exoticization.

Presenting for you my recipe of corn spinach and cheese. Serve it with garlic bread for a sumptuous weekend brunch.

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