Friday, February 29, 2008

Triangular Garlic Paratha and spicy suki bhaji .

When I come to know about event for "flat breads" hosted by Chili und Cibabatta , I was sure that i will participate with My triangular Paratha, here just to make it even more tasty I have added Garlic flavor to it. Just a tablespoon of Garlic and whole taste gets wonderful flavor of it. Although if you don't like garlic you can make it simple way without adding garlic to it.

Garlic Paratha( Indian Flat bread):


1 cup whole wheat flour ,
salt to taste,
2-3 tsp oil,
1 tsp garlic paste,

Mix all the ingredients and Knead smooth dough like we make for roti/chapati.
It should be soft enough to make paratha fluffy and soft . While making dough first ass oil and then add some amount of warm water sufficient to make dough soft enough.
Make lemon size balls of it, use dry flour if it is sticking while rolling out, then roll out a little circle of it, spread little oil on half of it and fold it , the n again spread a little bit (just about a single drop or two ) and then fold it again, like it is shown in the pics above.
Next to make a perfect triangle of it just give it a little straight shape from open side of folded triangle ( as shown in first pic below ).

Starting from center to each corner roll out maintaining the same thickness for the whole paratha. one hot iron skillet or tava place this rolled paratha , half cook on one side and then turn it to other side , spread little oil on half cooked side and then turn it again and spread little oil on other side too , cook on medium flam till golden brown on each side . serve hot . It tastes best when accompanied with chutney , spicy curry and Dal.
It is a Regular part of our dinner and it goes well with any of other Indian gravy (check out more of it's recipes on my regular blog here ) .
This garlic flavored Indian flat bread goes to Chili and ciabatta for flat breads this month.
Being an Indian I have many options to participate with , I choose my all time favorite this one to share because of the softness and yet crispiness it has with lovely color of it.
Also check out Cumin Flat bread , which has got a great fan of it through blogging :) .

Here is One Spicy Potato curry which goes very well with it .
Call it Spicy dry curry of Potato , aloo bhaji or Bateka ni suki bhaji . It tastes so nice all the time , in earlier days I used to make it for travel purpose mainly , which is normally a little less spicy version of it. this is my little spicier version of it which I make normally while carving for some tangy food . It is such a quick dish , that it hardly takes 3-4 minutes one potatoes are boiled .
While running out of time , I choose mashed potato option of microwave and get it done in even less time .

3-4 meduim sized potatoes bolied and roughly mashed ,
2-3 green chilies chopped finely,
a pinch of ginger paste ,
few curry leaves,
1 small tomato chopped finely,
1/4 tsp turmeric powder,
2-3 tsp oil.
1 tsp lemon juice and 1.2 tsp sugar (optional)

Heat oil in deep kadai or pan and while little hot add chopped chilies and curry leaves along with ginger paste to it. Add turmeric powder and immediately add roughly mashed boiled potato to it. sprinkle salt , sugar and lemon juice (optional) over it and mix it well ,cook for a minute turn of the heat. Garnish with fresh and chopped coriander leaves.
This makes a good dish for fasting days too . I just add 2 tsp of curd to it and ahhhhhhhhhh.... , for me its the best ever dish to enjoy :)) .

Now this, my all time favorite, "Bateka ni spicy suki bhaji" goes to Sia and Dk for their events An ode to Potato and Potato Fe(a)st.
Both the dish above also goes to EC for her Travel Food festival , this is the real combo we choose to take along while traveling with no worry to spoil anything with another curry with liquid gravies.. Thank you lovely ladies for hosting the events I enjoyed making me favorite food and participating with it :) . Read more...

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Pineapple Lemonade & Strawberry Slush

As you might be knowing ,that the owner of lovely blog and a dear blog friend Coffee is organizing JFI-Lime & lemon this month . With sure to get many tasty entries with sour taste I thought to send this along to her with sweet and sour taste .

Strawberry slush and Pineapple lemonade – two simple and refreshing drinks are my entry to JFI this month .

Pineapple Lemonade :

Ingredients :
1 cup pineapple cubes(tastes best with fresh cut pineapple ),
2 tsp lime/lemon juice ,
2 tsp Sugar(use according to the sweetness you like) ,
1 glass fresh water


In a mixture bowl , grind pineapple cubes to fine paste adding little water needed to grind it all smoothly. Strain it using juice strainer, in a separate bowl, take water add sugar to it , mix it till sugar dissolves and then add lime juice with pineapple juice mic well and serve , in hot days serve along with some ice.

Strawberry Slush :

1 cup fresh strawberry ,
1 tsp lemon juice ,
2 tsp honey,
4-5 mint leaves (optional- it will not change the color , but will add a nice flavor to drink).


Wash and cut strawberries in to halves, take all the ingredients in to a mixture bowl, and grind them all adding a glass of water to make it juice like consistency .

When crushed to fine thin paste like, strain it using a juice strainer to a glass and serve it as you like.

With both these drinks around in summer days, I bet you will have heaven on earth :) )

Both of these drinks are the result behind the thought of creating something different for coffee’s JFI this month . See this is what blog events do to us :) , a lovely side effect of blog events Isn't it ? :)

Thank you Coffee , for choosing Lime/Lemon for JFI this month . I enjoyed making and drinking this lovely drinks, you made my summer a party now : ) ).