Friday, 27 April 2012

Savory Snack....Namak Para

  • 2 cups All Purpose flour (plain flour or maida)
  • 1/2  cup sooji (semolina )
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ajwain(carom seeds)
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 3/4 cup lukewarm water (use as needed)
  • Oil to fry

Mix all the ingredients except the water.
Add the water little at a time, kneading into a firm dough.

Divide the dough into about 2 equal parts.

 Take each part of the dough and make a flat ball shape. Roll them into 28-30 inch circles.
Cut diagonally into strips.. .
the strips can be thinner or smaller in shape...

  1. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium heat.
  2. The frying pan should have atleast 1 1/2 inch of oil.To check if the oil is ready, put a small piece of dough in the oil. The dough should make the oil sizzle and come up slowly.
  3. Fry a few namak paras at a time. Make sure to place just enough to cover the frying oil.
 Fry the namak parass until both sides are a light golden-brown.
 Take it out on a kitchen towel.

cool and serve

Namak para can be stored for a couple of months in airtight containers.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Baked Deviled Chicken....

8 chicken drumsticks or other parts
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce 
1 tb  mustard (preferably dijon)
2 tbs brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 tbs water
2 tbs oil
In a bowl combine ketchup,w.sauce, brown sugar, mustard, and water ...stir well.
In a pan heat oil and brown the chicken after sprinkling salt and pepper on it for 15 minutes.
Remove the chicken from the pan and place it in a baking dish.....
 In the same pan add the sauce mixture...and loosen the particles in pan.when it boils remove and pour this sauce on the chicken .
Cover with a foil and bake for 30 minutes at 350 
Remove foil and bake furthur for 10- 15 minutes more.
Serve with Rice.....Super Delicious...!!

Quick Smoothie....

1/4 cup frozen Berries...(mixed or Strawberry/Rasberry/blueberry)
1 banana chopped 
2 cups milk
2 tbs thick yogurt(plain)
2 tbs ice cream(vanilla or strawberry)
2 tsp sugar

Blend everything together in a blender and pour into glasses....enjoy !

Collard Greens Stir Fry....

4 bunches of Collard Greens (washed and chopped roughly)
2 tsp oil
1 whole dry red chilli
3  garlic cloves ..chopped
1tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp salt
1 pinch asefotida(Hing).....optional

Heat oil and add whole chilli and chopped garlic ....
after1 minute add hing,cayenne and salt ..stir ...and immediately add the Collard Greens and cook uncovered till done ....about 10 minutes.

Fruit Chaat....recipe

Cut fruits and veg of your choice or that are in season.....
I used apples, bananas, kiwi, strawberry,grapes,carrots,cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shallow fried boiled potatoes...
Sprinkle some lemon juice and chat masala(available in Indian stores) and mix.
Fruit Chaat is ready....!