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First 500 Likes!

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Its just been a little under two months when I published my first post on ‘A Homemaker’s World’ and I proudly mention the first 500 likes on my blog.

Thank you all for appreciating and encouraging me with your compliments every time I post on the blog.

This means a lot to me and will definitely take my zest for writing more interesting posts and articles one step ahead.

Hugs!!

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Refurbishing Food: Crispy Cutlets

How many times do we come across a situation when there was a party the previous night and we cooked for 10 people when there were only 7- 8 or the kids ordered their favourite pizza and the dishes for dinner went straight into the refrigerator.

Food wastage is so not acceptable to me and therefore I keep experimenting with leftover food, to convert it into something different from what it originally was.

One such refurbished snack I make is cutlets from leftover dals (cooked lentils/pulses), especially the red lentil whole (Masoor Sabut dal). These cutlets are made with dal and bread as the base, along with a whole lot of spices to not just enhance the flavour, but to make sure the leftover dal from last night does not wreak havoc on the stomach. 🙂

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pre-cooked dal (preferable red lentil whole)
  • 1 pack of white bread (whole wheat bread works well too)
  • 1-2 tsp of garlic paste
  • 1 tsp of ginger paste
  • 4-5 chopped green chillies
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp Carom seeds (Ajwain)
  • ¼ tsp Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp Dried Mango Powder (Amchoor)
  • ¼ tsp crushed pomegranate seeds (Anardana)
  • ½ tsp of Garam Masala (Mix of various Indian spices)
  • Salt to taste
  • Bread crumbs for coating the cutlets
  • Oil for deep frying (can be shallow fried as per requirement)

Method:

  • Combine the precooked dal and bread to make a dough like mixture and let the bread soak for 30 minutes. If the mixture appears soggy/watery, add a few more slices of bread
  • Add the ginger and garlic pastes, spices and salt to taste. Remember that this is a precooked dal, therefore it already has good amounts of salt in it.
  • Take small portions of the mix to form round or oval shaped cutlets
  • Roll the cutlet in bread crumbs and make sure that it is covered with crumbs on all sides
  • Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the cutlets
  • Keep the cutlets in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes to allow the cutlets to bind better and crumbs to get moistened
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Bread and Cooked Lentil Cutlets Ready for Frying

  • Heat oil in a wok and put 5-6 cutlets at a time for deep frying on a low-medium flame
  • Once the cutlets turn golden brown, remove from the wok and drain excess oil on an absorbent paper
  • Repeat the same for the rest of the cutlets
  • Serve hot with tomato ketchup and mint chutney. You can also sprinkle chaat masala (mix of black salt, chilli powder, cumin seeds and dry mango powder) for extra tangy taste
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Crispy Cutlets Served Hot with Potato Chips and Tomato Ketchup

Hope you like this. Do share your views on the same.

Creamy Cheesy Dip/Cheese Spread

Sauces and dips are so important to enhance the flavor of a dish. When making crispy snacks like nachos, wafers, fritters, garlic breads, etc., what better than a yummy creamy cheese.

It is quick and easy to make and serves the purpose of not only a condiment with snacks but a yummy spread to make those delectable grilled cheese sandwiches for breakfast.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup milk
  • 4 cheese slices/3-4 cubes of cheese
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped capsicum
  • ½ tbsp cornflour
  • Black pepper powder and salt to taste

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in a non-stick pan and cook for 4-5 minutes on low/medium flame or till the mixture thickens like a sauce
  • Let it cool. Refrigerate if requires, and serve with snacks

You can use the leftover cheese dip as a cheese spread to make a yummy grilled cheese sandwich and serve with tomato ketchup and chili garlic sauce.

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Grilled Sandwich Made from Leftover Cheese Dip

Satiating Snacks: Baby Corn Fritters with Creamy Cheese Dip

Be it evening hunger pangs or those friends coming over, quick and easy, yet light and lip smacking snacks/starters are the ones I always look for.

This time I tried a simple recipe of baby corn fritters, which came out to be marvelously crispy and juicy, and I found them to be a wholesome snack for a high tea or as a starter.

These fritters are made by dipping the blanched baby corns in a mix of plain flour, curd, garlic, salt, black pepper and chili flakes, followed by deep frying them until golden brown. These can be served with the condiments of your choice, be it tomato ketchup, mint chutney, chili garlic sauce or cheese dip. I used the easy recipe for creamy cheese dip. Click on the link for the recipe of creamy cheese dip.

Baby Corn Fritters

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baby corns (blanched and cut into halves for easy of frying and serving)
  • ½ cup plain flour
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl and add ½ cup of water and mix well to make a batter of thick consistency
  • Dip each baby corn in the batter and deep fry a few at a time, till golden brown
  • Drain on an absorbent paper
  • Serve hot with tomato ketchup, mint chutney, chili garlic sauce or cheese dip

Happy snacking!

Its Gujarati Farsaan Time at Home-Sumptuous Khandvi

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Okay, so its one of those phases when I decide to make something new and interesting in my kitchen every other day.

I chose to make a Gujarati farsaan (Read: Gujarati snack) called Khandvi for the evening.

It is one delectable snack with that sweet and salty flavour characteristic to Gujarati food, topped with the softness of mini rolls and garnished with freshly grated coconut. This is a non-fried snack and is tongue tempting to the core.

My sister, a big foodie and fan of my cooking, is sitting with all eyes on the kitchen entrance, where I carefully lay each Khandvi roll on the platter, ready for the coconut garnish finale. On the other hand, my mom, also with her eyes set on the kitchen door; but not getting the complete view of the culinary corner of the house; is petrified and curious to know the mess that I might have made of the whole experiment.

Finally, I emerge from the kitchen to present one of the most enticing snacks I have ever made. And what I receive in return is two bright faces, one ready for the Gujarati treat and the other happy for her daughter adding another dish to her culinary skills, a piece of ‘essential’ information that would eventually go on that matrimonial website.

Anyways, since Khandvi is a snack best had in evenings, I put the platter in refrigerator to be had later with tomato ketchup and/or mint chutney!!

Mmmmm….Lip smacking, isn’t it!

Okay don’t be jealous, here’s the recipe for you. Make it at home and tell me how it turned out.

Recipe for Making Khandvi

Ingredients

For Khandvi Mixture

  1. 1 cup besan (Bengal gram flour)
  2. 1 cup curd (yoghurt)
  3. 1 cup water
  4. A pinch of hing (Asafoetida)
  5. Few drops of lemon juice
  6. 1/4 tsp Haldi powder (Turmeric)
  7. 2 tsp of chilli-ginger paste
  8. Salt to Taste
  9. 1 ½ to 2 tsp Sugar
  10. Oil for Greasing

For the Tempering

  1. 2 tsp Oil
  2. 1 tsp Rai/Sarson seeds (Mustard)
  3. 1 tsp Safed Til (Sesame seeds)
  4. 1/4 tsp Hing (Asafoetida)

Method

  1. Grease 3 thalis (steel plates) of 10” diameter each with oil on both sides and keep aside
  2. Combine all ingredients of Khandvi mix and whisk well to avoid lumps and form a smooth mix
  3. Switch on the flame of the pan and cook for 10 minutes (Approx.) and keep stirring continuously
  4. Spread a spoonful of the batter on greased thali, wait for few seconds, if it starts rolling the mix is ready to spread, else cook for few more minutes
  5. While the mixture is still hot, spread the mix to form a thin layered spread on all three thalis separately using a flat spoon
  6. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, make approx. 5 slits across the thali with a knife and roll them tightly into mini rolls
  7. For the tempering, heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds and asafoetida and sauté
  8. Add sesame seeds and let them crackle
  9. Pour the tempering on the plated khandvis evenly
  10. Garnish with freshly grated coconut and coriander

The Khandvis are ready to be served with Ketchup and mint chutney.

Do try and share how you found these!

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