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Lachha Paratha

#IndianFlatBread #LayeredParatha #ParathParatha #NorthIndianCuisine

Lachha Paratha’, is a multi-layered Indian flatbread with crispy and flaky texture. One of the favourite dishes from North Indian cuisine, this delicious Whole Wheat Paratha is fondly relished at restaurants and households. Its South Indian cousin is Malabar Paratha that is usually made with maida and eggs. It is also to similar to Parath Paratha in which ‘parath’ means layers.

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Pindi Chole

#PunjabiCuisine #NoOnion #NoGarlic #NoTomato

Pindi Chole, is one of the popular Punjabi dishes, slightly different in texture and taste than the usual chole. This nutritious-rich recipe has originated from a place called Rawalpindi in Pakistan. Hence the name Pindi Chole. It is darker in colour than the usual chole and has a blend of spicy, sour taste.

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Nellai’s Poori Khizhangu | Poori Masaal

#Comfortfood #Nellaicuisine

Poori Khizhangu‘ is a magical combination that instantly satisfies our taste buds. For us, it’s one of our comfort foods. It fills our tummy and soul alike. Though, there are many versions of this delectable recipe popular across India, each one is unique in its own way. One such kind is Nellai’s Poori Khizhangu.

It is one of the most sought-after breakfast menus in eateries and households in Nellai district, Tamilnadu. Silky soft pooris are served with Urulai Khizhangu (potato) side dish called ‘Masaal’ which is super delicious and rich in flavour.

How to make Nellai’s Poori Khizhangu?

The localites say, the secret ingredient of this recipe is ‘Tamirabarani’s water’, a perennial river that is the lifeline of the Nellai district. This may be true because whenever we had a chance to relish their local food, it was absolutely appetizing, scrumptious and out-of-the-world dishes that are prepared using simple, locally grown ingredients.

For over many years, I have tried replicating Nellai’s poori khizhangu recipe that I have relished many times in my native place, Kallidai Kurichi in Nellai district. Poori came out perfect in one or two trials, but I couldn’t
get the exact taste of the Khizhangu like the original one. After many try-outs, l understood the proportion of onions to potatoes and the handling of onions in this recipe. Here’s the recipe that tastes similar to Nellai’s recipe…

Ingredients

For Poori

  • Wheat Flour / Aata – 2 cups
  • Maida – 1 tbsp
  • Sooji – 1 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1/2 tbsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying

Method

For Poori

  • Mix wheat flour, maida, sooji, ghee, oil and salt.
  • Add water little by little and knead it to a firm dough, not too hard and also not too soft like chapathi dough.
  • No resting time is required for poori dough. So, we can start making poori as soon as the dough is kneaded.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. The oil should be hot but not smoky.
  • To check the temperature of the oil, just drop a small piece of the dough in the hot oil. If the dough rises to the surface immediately and puffs up, then that is the correct temperature to fry pooris.
  • Lower the flame slightly and start rolling the pooris.
  • Take a small lemon-sized amount of dough and roll it into a round shape. Roll it from one side evenly without putting any pressure on the rolling pin to get a smooth rounds without any cracks.
  • Slide one poori at a time in the hot oil. When it raises to the surface, press the edges gently using the back side of the spatula. This step helps poori to puff up nicely. Flip it once and fry both the sides till it is golden in colour.
  • Using a slotted spatula, remove it from oil and drain it in an oil absorbent napkin.
  • Serve hot with potato masaal / khizhangu.

Notes

For Poori

  • Don’t knead the poori dough for a long time like chapathi dough. While kneading, the gluten content in the dough gets released and thus makes roti / chapathi /paratha soft and silky. For poori, the dough has to withhold the gluten content intact so that we get crisp, puffed up poori.
  • Do not fry the poori for a long time. They may become hard and dark in colour. Ensure the correct oil temperature throughout while frying. If the oil is too hot, the outer layer of the poori gets fried and the inner layer remains uncooked. If the heat is low, the poori doesn’t puff up and absorbs more oil.
  • Once fried, either serve the pooris immediately or store it in a wide bottomed vessel. Do not store it in a casserole as it makes the pooris to sweat and lose its crunchiness. Consume the hot pooris within 10-15 mins to enjoy the silky but puffed up poori!

Ingredients

For Khizhangu / Potato Masaal

  • Potato – 3 medium-sized
  • Onion – 4, large
  • Green Chillies – 3 to 4 
  • Ginger – 1/2 tbsp, grated
  • Curry Leaves – few leaves
  • Oil – 2 tbsp (preferably sesame / til oil)
  • Mustard / Rai – 1/2 tsp
  • Urad Dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Channa Dal – 1/4 tsp
  • Haldi – 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/2 tsp
  • Red Chilly Powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Besan – 2 tsp

Method

For Khizhangu / Potato Masaal

  • Boil and mash the potatoes coarsely. Cube the onions, finely chop the green chillies, grate the ginger, roughly tear the curry leaves. Mix 2 tsp of besan in 1/2 cup of water and keep it aside.
  • In a kadai, add 2 tbsp of til oil, add mustard. When it splutters add urad dal and channa dal. Fry till it turns golden.
  • Add grated ginger, green chillies, curry leaves and saute for a second.
  • Add onions and saute till it looks translucent. Add a glass of water, haldi, salt and sugar.
  • The water should be just enough to immerse the onions. Cover it with a lid and give a good boil till onions are soft.
  • Add mashed potato and chilly powder. Mix the mashed potatoes with the onion well.
  • Add the besan paste and keep on stirring till the besan gets cooked. If required, we can add little more water, say 1/4 cup.
  • When the khizhangu looks glossy, switch off the flame.
  • Serve hot with Poori.

Notes

For Khizhangu / Potato Masaal

  • The amount of onion should be more than the qty of mashed potatoes.
  • Ginger and green chillies should be used adequately. It enhances the flavour.
  • Using sesame or til oil boosts the flavour of this recipe, but I always feel that cooking oil preferences are entirely based on one’s choice. Til oil can be substituted with any suitable refined oil.    

For similar interesting recipe Laccha Paratha, Paneer Butter Masala, Pindi Chole, Dal Baati Churma, Palak Paneer Paratha, Butter Idly, Crème Anglaise with Caramalized Banana .

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Dal Baati Churma

 #Traditional #WholesomeFood #RajasthaniCuisine

Besides its splendid history, rich culture and heritage, the most striking aspect of Rajasthan is its aromatic, colourful & delectable cuisine. ‘Dal Baati Churma’, one of the popular delicacies of Rajasthan…a wholesome trio…complete meal in itself, is a quintessential menu in all festivals and feasts.

How to make Dal Baati Churma?

Prepared using simple ingredients, this unique combo consists of flaky but soft baati, tangy & spicy mixed dal and partially sweetened churma. As baati and churma have long shelf life, they can be prepared in large batches and used along with other Rajasthani food variations.

Baati

Baati, round shaped bread is made using whole wheat flour, ghee, ajwain and salt. It is usually deep fried or baked or grilled and dipped in hot melted ghee before serving. The process of baking baati can be done over charcoal chula or in tandoor or in oven.

Here, I have mentioned both the ways of grilling of baatis in barbeque as well as baking it in oven. In winters, most of our Sunday morning is spent outdoor in our garden enjoying the weather, gazing at the colourful winter flowers, barbequing fresh garden veggies & fruits and also treating ourselves with scrumptious brunch like grilled baati with dal & churma. Grilling baatis in BBQ gives a unique smoky flavour to the dish.

Baati in BBQ

Ingredients

  1. Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
  2. Semolina / sooji – 1/4 cup
  3. Besan – 2 tbsp
  4. Ghee – 1/4 cup + required amount to dip baatis before serving
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Ajwain – 1/2 tsp
  7. Baking Powder – a pinch
  8. Milk- to knead

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients namely flour, sooji, besan, baking powder, melted ghee, salt, ajwain and knead it well into a firm dough using milk. Keep it aside for 10-15 mins.
  • Take medium lemon-sized dough and make a round shaped ball. Flatten the rounds and make a small indentation in the centre of the baatis using your thumb. If it has some cracks, don’t worry as those cracks will help baatis to cook properly. Keep it covered with a muslin cloth or a kitchen towel.
Baati – Baked Version

In Oven:

  • Preheat the oven at 180 deg C. Line the baking tray with baking sheet or grease it with any cooking medium. Place the baatis in rows with equal space between them so that they get baked evenly. Bake the baatis for 20 mins or till they turn golden in colour. 
Baati – Grilled in BBQ

In BBQ:

  • Prepare the barbeque apparatus before you start grilling baatis. There are various medium with which you can create fire in BBQ. Our option is always using charcoal as it is easy to ignite the fire and maintain the required heat. Fill the bottom space of the apparatus with charcoal and ignite fire using a paper. Baatis require low to medium heat to get cooked evenly. So, wait for 2 or 3 mins to bring down the heat. Arrange the baatis on the grilling tray and keep it over the medium rack.
  • Brush the baatis with any cooking medium once or twice. When it turns golden in colour, remove the baatis from the rack and let it cool. 
  • Dip the baatis in the melted ghee. Break it into two and serve hot along with a bowl of mixed dal and churma.

Mixed Dal

Ingredients

  1. Chana Dal – ¼ cup
  2. Thuvar /Arhar Dal – ¼ cup
  3. Moong Dal – ¼ cup
  4. Urad Dal – ¼ cup
  5. Masoor Dal – 2 tbsp, splitted
  6. Turmeric Powder / Haldi – ¼ tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Ginger – 1 tsp, grated
  9. Green Chillies – 1 tsp, finely chopped
  10. Dhaniya Powder – 1 tsp
  11. Amchoor Powder – 1 tsp
  12. Red chilly powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Jeera – 1/2 tsp
  14. Hing – ¼ tsp
  15. Ghee – 2 tbsp
  16. Fresh Coriander Leaves- 2 tbsp, finely chopped

Method

  • Wash and soak the dals for 30 mins. Pressure cook the dals with haldi & salt till 4-5 whistles. Release the pressure and slightly mash the dals. Keep it aside.
  • In a kadai, heat ghee and give tadka with jeera, hing, green chillies, ginger. Add the mashed dals and all the above-mentioned spices.
  • Give a nice boil till the masala flavours gets incorporated with dal well. Switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot with baati and churma.

Churma

Ingredients

  1. Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
  2. Semolina / Sooji – 1/4 cup
  3. Ghee – 1/4 cup
  4. Milk to knead
  5. Refined Oil – to deep fry
  6. Powdered Sugar – 1/4 cup (you can increase / decrease as per your taste)
  7. Elaichi Powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Dry Fruits (Badam, Cashew, Raisins) – 1 tbsp each, finely sliced

Method

  • Mix all the ingredients namely flour, sooji, melted ghee and knead it well into a firm dough using milk. Keep it aside for 10-15 mins.
  • Take small lemon-sized dough and make a round shaped ball. Flatten the rounds and make a small indentation in the centre using your thumb. Keep it covered with a muslin cloth or a kitchen towel.
  • In a kadai, heat refined oil. Deep fry the dough balls in low heat till it turns golden in colour. Let it cool.
  • Using a mixer grinder, coarsely powder the deep-fried balls. Mix it with the powdered sugar, elaichi powder and sliced dry fruits. Churma is ready to be served with dal and baati.
  • Churma can be made in large quantity and stored in air tight box for later use. It stays fresh for 3-4 days on kitchen shelf and more than a week when refrigerated.

Notes

  • You can also steam the baatis slightly and deep fry them in low heat. Deep fried baatis has more shelf life than baked or grilled baatis.
  • In mixed dal, you can add tomatoes instead of amchur powder to get tanginess and nice colour in the dal. 

For more interesting recipes, plz checkout Laccha ParathaPindi Chole Palak Paneer Paratha.

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