Sunday, February 27, 2011

Instant Khaman (Besan) Dhokla

Ingredients :

1 cup Besan (Gram flour)
1tsp Green Chilies paste
1tsp Ginger paste
1 sachet Eno fruit salt
1 Lemon juice
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1tbsp Oil
Salt to taste
For Tampering
Few Curry leaves
1tsp Mustard Seeds
2tsp Oil
Coriander leaves chopped
2-3 green slit and deseeded
2 tsp sugar powder


1. In a bowl put 1 cup besan. Add water till the smooth consistency of pakora batter is reached.
2. Add turmeric powder, ginger green chili paste, oil and salt to the batter and mix well.
3. Keep the steamer or cooker ready on gas.
4. Grease a plate.
5. Just before pouring batter in the tray mix 1 lemon juice and eno.
6. Steam for 20 minutes or till done.
7. Cool for sometime and cut into big cubes.
8. Heat little oil in a small pan and add mustard seeds, curry leaves, slit chillies. Add ½ cup water and 2 tsp sugar powder. Remove and pour it over dhoklas.
9. Garnish the dhokla with chopped coriander leaves.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Dahi Bhalle


¾ cup moong dhuli dal
¼ cup urad dhuli dal
2 tsp roasted cumin powder
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp kala namak -
1 ½ tsp sugar powder
oil for frying
chopped green coriander leaves
mint chutney
tamarind chutney


1. Wash and soak the dal in cold water for 3-4 hours. Grind to a smooth paste with little water. Whisk the batter till it becomes lighter.

2. Heat oil in a kadai. Drop tablespoons of batter in it and fry until light brown in colour.

3. Remove on tissue paper. Put the bhalle in hot water with 1 tsp salt in it. Leave for few minutes. Squeeze out the water between the palm of your hands.

4. Whisk the yoghurt well. Add kala namak, salt and sugar powder according to taste.

5. While serving first place the squeezed bhalle on a plate and cover it with yoghurt. Sprinkle some red chilli powder and roasted cumin powder. Put some mint chutney and tamarind chutney.

6. Garnish with coriander leaves.

Tip : In the bhalle batter few soaked raisins may be added.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Paneer Tikka


200g paneer cut into cubes.

2 green capsicums cut into squares

2 onions, chopped in 1-inch long thin slices

Freshly crushed black pepper

Chaat masala

salt to taste


1. Heat oil in a non stick pan and saute paneer cubes, capsicums and onions on medium flame.

2. Saute till all the above ingredients start browning,

3. Add salt and pepper and chaat masala

4. Serve hot with green pudina chutney and sauce.

5. It is a great appetizer and a delicious snack.