Saturday, October 24, 2009

Papdi Chaat - Street food

Papdi Chaat

There are many version of Papdi Chaat. Papdi is crispy rectangles of flavored dough. There are no specific ingredients to it as well. Many people like sev or green chutneys etc in it. This is how I made it and you can add anything to it as in the end all that matters is to make food which satisfies our cravings right?

(NOTE: I have used chole from my previous recipes)

Ingredients for Papdi :

All purpose flour (maida or plain flour) - 1 cup
semolina flour (sooji) 1/4 cup
oil 2 tablespoons
salt 1/2 teaspoon
water to knead.

Method for papdi:

Mix all ingredients except water. Now slowly add water and knead like chapati/roti dough.Take small portions and roll them out. Now cut them into rectangles (see pictures to understand better).Heat oil for deep frying. Now add these rectangles one by one and deep fry them till golden brown.Remove on a paper napkin so that oil is absorbed and these rectangles become crisp. Keep aside


Follow the recipe here for chole (Masala chick peas). Make the chole a little bit loose in consistency.

Other ingredients:
Red Onion : 1 chopped
Coriander leaves : handful
sour cream - 3 tblsp
tomatoes - 1 finely chopped
I also used Aalu from my recent cajun style potatoes. (Optional).

Take a serving bowl. add chole. Now add all other ingredients like red onions,coriander ,sour cream,tomatoes etc.crumble the papdi a little and add on top. What else? Just dig in now!! Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Award time!!

Rahin of Lazzat has showerd me with awards. She is an awesome awesome blogger who always inspires me. Rahin, thank you for the lovely awards and You rock!!!

I would like to pass these awards on to Syeda, Muneeba and Priya

Friday, October 9, 2009

Cajun style Potatoes

Quick and Delicious Crispy Potatoes

I love Potatoes...seriously. Fries, chips ...who does not like them?. Here is another style of potatoes with a Indian twist. They are crisp and very flavourful.Can be made in 10-15 minutes. Ideal for parties or even for a quick snack.

A quick shout out to Seema (smani) who personally called me and appreciated my blog. Thank you Smani!

I am sending this entry to Four events.

1. To Srivalli For her Kids Delight! Event
2. To Nithya and Pavitra fom Garnish the Dish Event
3. To EC for her WYF:Light Food Event
4. To Priya and Sunita for there Think Spice - Think Coriander Event.

Ingredients :
Potatoes : 500 gms(1 pound) cut into cubes
Coriander Powder : 1-1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Dried red chillies - 2
Mustard seeds (Rai) - 1/2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Red Chili Powder - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - 8-10 leaves
Coriander Leaves - handful
oil - 3-4 tblspn

Heat 3 tblsp oil in a nonstick pan. Add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Saute a little. Add dried red chillies broken into half and ginger garlic paste. Add coriander powder and red chili powder. Saute well. Now add the microwaved potatoes ,salt and curry leaves. Do NOT add water. Fry the potatoes they get crisp.If its gets dry add a little more oil. Garnish with Coriander Leaves.Hmm yummy!!. I have decorated the dish using a tomato rose and capsicum , the red and the green gives a nice pop of color.

Family Rating : 8.5

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Tandoori Chicken

Tandoori Chicken : ( Amazingly tasty!)

I would think that the best tandoori chicken is made in restaurants but this recipe proved me wrong.You can have a hearty , amazingly tasty tandoori chicken at home. Try it to believe it.I made this dish for a iftaar party at my mami's(aunts) place and it raked in many compliments :-)


Chicken Quarters : 6 (I further had each quarter cut into 2 but you can use whole quarters or drumsticks)
Oil : 2 tbsp


Red chili powder : 1 table spoon
Salt : 1 tsp
Lemon : 1/2 lemon juice


Curd : 6 tbsp (one for each quarter)
Ginger Garlic Paste : 1tbsp
Kasoori Methi powder - 1tsp
Black pepper powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt : 1tsp
turmeric : 1/4 tsp
Cumin powder : 1/4 tsp
Coriander powder : 1 tsp
Garam masala powder : 1tsp
Red colour : 1/2 tsp or like desired


Prepare marinade1. Wash the chiken pieces well and pat them dry. Now add a few slits to the meatiest parts. This will let the taste to penetrate deeper.
Not rub the marinade1 on each chicken quarter making sure to apply between slits and keep aside for 15 minutes.

Prepare marinade2. Now add the above chicken to this.Add 2 tbsp oil. mix very well.I left this overnight for added flavor but you can cook right away.

You can grill these pieces if you like.I love my Broil mode in the oven for such tandoor type preparations. You can use the bake mode if you like (400F , bake for 30 minutes).
If using broil mode, turn the broil mode to Hi, Arrange chicken quarters in a baking pan and place them in the oven , not too close to the fire.
These will be done real quick like in 7-10 minutes. Turn over and cook for another 5 minutes.
Serve with grilled onions and lemon wedges. Delicious!!