Spicy Honey Dip

When I signed up for this month’s Blogging Marathon and picked this theme of ‘Condiments’, my first plan was to finally make and post the ‘Dukkah’, an Egyptian spice blend that is used as a dip along with with olive oil for bread. But then I swayed towards hung curds and have been immersed in it ever since.

I figured I would complete the hung curd in my fridge as well as a trio of hung curd dips and leave the Dukkah for another day. That also gives me a reason to bake another loaf of bread!

I adapted this recipe from the book, ‘Diva Green’ by Ritu Dalmia which has some fabulous vegetarian recipes written in a simple style. I didn’t have Tabasco sauce and red chillies and so they were substituted. Also I played around with the proportions till I got a lovely sweet and spicy flavour rolled in one dip.

WHAT WE NEED

60 gms Hung curd

12 gms Honey

1 tsp Sesame seeds

1 small green chilly

1 tsp Hot & sour sauce

Pinch of ground peppercorns

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Add all the ingredients into a blender jar
  • Blend to a smooth dip
  • Else, you can also mix the ingredients by hand to get a comparatively coarse dip
  • Enjoy!

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon under the theme, ‘Condiments’.

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Mint & Coriander Dip

Continuing with my hung curd spree, today I am posting a quick mint and coriander dip with hung curd. We celebrated my daughter’s birthday over the weekend which is the reason I was left with some mint & coriander chutney as also a whole load of chips that feature in the photos.

So I just mixed the hung curd and chutney to get a creamy dip. It is a nice way to revamp leftover chutney and get a smooth dip. I need some carrots now with this dip to balance out all the cake I have been eating.

WHAT WE NEED

3 tbsp Mint & coriander chutney

2 tbsp Hung curd

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Mix the chutney with the hung curd with a whisk or in a blender
  • Check for the saltiness and add salt accordingly
  • Serve with carrots or chips (chips actually 😉
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. To make mint & coriander chutney, take a small bunch of fresh coriander, 4 sprigs of mint, a couple of garlic cloves and 3-4 green chillies. Mix them all with salt in a blender. Add water to form a smooth mixture. You can replace the water with some extra virgin olive oil. If you are using water, drain it out before adding to hung curd.

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon for the theme, ‘Condiments’.

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Spicy Hung Curd Dip

There are times when I get very hung up on certain dishes and ingredients and keep repeating them so often that the husband and daughter finally do an intervention only for me to get obsessed over the next dish. Now it is the hung cure time. I keep straining the curd in the cheesecloth and then hunt around for a recipe to use it up.

And is it not the perfect time to be hung up on hung curd when I have a ‘Condiments’ theme for the Blogging Marathon this week. This is a quick dip that only needs few basic ingredients always available at home and a blender. This dip works with chips as well as vegetables and is a nice one to have handy for guests.

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

1/4 cup Hung curds

2 Tomatoes, medium

1/2 tsp Curry powder

Pinch of Red chilly powder

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Chop the tomatoes roughly
  • Add it along with all the ingredients to a blender jar
  • Blend it to a smooth consistency
  • Enjoy with carrots or chips!

NOTES

  1. To make hung curd, add some regular homemade or store bought curds to a cheesecloth or kitchen towel. Tie the cloth and hang it over a vessel. The end of the cloth should not touch the bottom of the vessel to ensure the whey doesn’t go back into the curds. Keep it in the fridge for 24 hours and hung curd is ready for use

This is my post for the Blogging Marathon for the theme, ‘Condiments’.

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Flaxseed Molaga Podi

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This dish has been on my to do list for the longest, just after baguette, pretzel, malai kofta, kanjeevaram Idli….ok, I clearly have a very lengthy to do list. But this was one of the first dishes I made for this marathon primarily because my regular molaga podi was almost done. At home, the one jar I cannot afford to keep empty is the molaga podi because if there is an emergency and you had to grab your important stuff and run, the husband would pick our daughter and then the molaga podi and then some documents, cash and then probably check on me. Grr
So this time I mixed some flaxseeds with the lentils and red chillies and the flavour was amazing, not to mention the other health advantages of flaxseeds.

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I reworked my regular molaga podi recipe to include flaxseeds. If you are making this the first time, you need to keep in mind that different red chillies have different spicy quotients. So I suggest that you keep 2 tbsp of the ground res chillies aside and mix the balance with the lentils. If you find that the podi is not spicy enough, you can add the balance ground chilly powder else use it for dals and curries. I jave reduced the number of chillies from that recipe since I moved to Bangalore and found that the chillies are spicier here than what I got in Malaysia.

Protein – Flaxseeds, Bengal gram, Split black gram

Makes around 1 1/2 cups

WHAT WE NEED

Dried red chillies                  25

Bengal gram / chana dal      1/3 cup

Split black gram/ urad dal   1/3 cup

Flaxseeds                                 1/3 cup

White sesame seeds              1 tbsp

Oil                                             2 tsp

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Cut the stem from the dried red chillies
  • Heat a pan and dry roast the sesame seeds till they start popping
  • Set aside to cool
  • Heat the same pan and add 1/2 tsp oil
  • Add the red chillies and fry them for 2-3 minutes on low flame till it begins to get a darker colour
  • Ensure it does not turn black
  • Set aside to cool
  • In the same pan, add 1/2 tsp of oil and fry the Bengal gram till it starts turning golden brown
  • Set aside to cool
  • Repeat the same procedure for urad dal and flaxseeds separately
  • Transfer the chillies to a mixer and blend to a very coarse powder
  • Add the sesame seeds, lentils salt and flaxseeds and blend to a coarse powder
  • Enjoy with idli, dosa, etc!

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This is my post for the Mega Marathon under the theme ‘Protein Rich Dishes’.
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Cashew Cheese

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This is the third week of our mega blogging marathon for the theme, Protein Rich Dishes. This week I will be posting recipes of protein rich nuts and seeds. It is amazing as to how protein rich seeds and nuts are and how we can meet our daily protein requirement by including these in our meals. When I picked cashew as one of the ingredients to showcase during this week, I was absolutely confused with the number of recipes available using this versatile nut. There are plethora of gravies that go with rotis, innumerable munchies and not to mention the vast range of sweet dishes. 


 But I discarded each of those ideas because either they were too commonplace or involved excessive effort and time that I did not have. Then, one day, I ran out of cheese and needed something to spread on the bread for my daughter. I quickly searched online for vegan cheese recipes and landed on this super easy one. The more amazing part is this does not need nutritional yeast or any other special ingredient. This can be easily made with all ingredients available at home. I knew I had hit two birds with one stone – making the daughter happy as well as getting a simple and tasty recipe for the marathon. Such incidents are rare and hence I need to document this for posterity. Not to mention I used this cheese for my corn and cherry tomatoes crostini too.

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Protein – Cashewnuts

Recipe from here

Makes a small bowl 

WHAT WE NEED

Raw cashew nuts                       1/2 cup (65 gms)

Lemon juice                                1 tsp (5 ml)

Salt                                                1/4 tsp

Black peppercorns                     4

Water                                            1-2 tbsp + for soaking

WHAT TO DO

  • Soak the cashewnuts in water for an hour
  • Drain the water and transfer the cashews to a blender
  • Add the lemon juice, salt and peppercorns and blend to mix
  • Add 1 tbsp of water and blend until completely smooth
  • Add 1 tsp of water at a time to bring the mixture to your desired consistency
  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator
  • Enjoy as a dip with vegetable sticks, nachos or fries!

NOTES

  1. I used 2 tbsp of water and the resulting cheese was more to a dip like consistency but I read that this can be used as a crumble over pizza, etc. So blend with 1 tbsp of water first and add 1 tsp of water at a time to bring it to your desired consistency
  2. If you soak the cashews for more than an hour then you will need lesser water to blend it to a smooth consistency

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Hummus

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I did a Lebanese cuisine theme last month where I posted about pita bread, falafel and labneh. I was so tempted to replace labneh with Hummus but then I saved it for this month’s protein rich theme. Hummus is a tasty and healthy alternative to the not-so-low calorie cheese and butter. I can have it with practically anything, be it vegetables or bread or breadsticks. The main ingredient in hummus is chickpeas / garbanzo beans / kabuli chana. The beans with some tahini / sesame seed paste and olive oil brings a beautiful explosion of flavours in your mouth when you bite into a hummus dipped pita. Now it is easily available in supermarkets but making it for yourself is so simple that I would think it almost criminal to buy. Except when it is a mid morning craving, of course  – then all rules fly through the window.

There are many variations to the hummus. Beetroot hummus and red pepper hummus are quite popular. My dish, here, is the classic hummus without any additional flavour. So here goes –

Protein – Chickpeas / Kabuli Chana

Recipe adapted from here

Makes one large cup

WHAT WE NEED

Chickpeas                       1 cup

Extra virgin olive oil    2 tbsp

Tahini                              1 1/2 tbsp

Lemon juice                   1 tbsp

Garlic                               1 clove

Salt                                    1/2 tsp or to taste
WHAT TO DO

  • Soak the chickpeas in 3 cups of water for 6 hours or overnight. If you are using canned chickpeas then you can skip the soaking and cooking of the chickpeas
  • Drain the water and pressure cook the chickpeas with 2 cups of water for 3 whistles. Let it cool
  • If you have the time and patience, pinch the outer skin of the chickpeas to make a smoother hummus. If you sit with the chickpeas in front of the TV, it takes about the time for one episode of your favourite show. ( I am binge watching Suits these days).
  • Transfer the chickpeas to a blender.
  • Add all the other ingredients to the blender – extra virgin olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, garlic clove and salt
  • Blend for around a minute. Taste to see if you need little more of any ingredient. Personally I added few drops of oil and lemon juice
  • Scrape down the sides of the blender jar and blend again for a smooth paste
  • Transfer it to a bowl 
  • Enjoy with pita or vegetables or any other snack of your choice
  • It can be used for one week if stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container

This is my post for Day 4 of the Mega Marathon under ‘Protein Rich Dishes’.
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