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

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Honey glazed carrots

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For my third and final dish in the ‘One vegetable three ways’ theme, I chose to do the ever simple and ever popular dish -honey glazed carrots. Usually baby carrots are used for this recipe but since those aren’t available in my part of the world, I picked the bigger carrots and sliced them to make this dish. I make it for the daughter for her snack box or an evening snack and she likes it most of the time. Kids!

Serves 2

WHAT WE NEED

300 gms Carrots (3-4)

1-2 tbsp Butter (Salted / unsalted)

1-2 tbsp Honey

A pinch of red chilly powder

A pinch of salt, if using unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups Water to cook the carrots

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat the water in a vessel
  • Wash, peel and cut the carrots into finger long pieces
  • Add the carrots to the water once it starts getting hot
  • The carrots should be tender in 5-7 minutes
  • Drain the water and set the carrots aside
  • In a pan, heat the butter
  • Once the butter melts, add the carrots and salt (if using) and mix well
  • After 2-3 minutes, add honey and mix well
  • If this is not for kids, then use red chilly powder to balance the sweetness of carrots and honey
  • Simmer for 3-4 minutes
  • Once the carrots are glazed well, take off from the heat
  • Enjoy!

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Cheese & Garlic Scones

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When I made a Hi-Tea combo couple of months ago, my favourite of the lot of dishes was the Cheese and garlic scones. These are super easy to make and taste so good. It is one of the few baked dishes that even my husband liked and asked for seconds. I have made it several times since and it has been appreciated by kids and adults alike. This makes for a quick and easy snack with all ingredients easily available at home. I do think of adding some vegetables to it but then I feel maybe some dishes should be left just for taste instead of trying to healthy-fy everything all the time.

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Recipe from here

Makes 8 scones

WHAT WE NEED

1 cup All purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp Baking powder

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup shredded cheese

1-2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or grated

1/2 cup Milk

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven to 220C
  • Mix the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl
  • Add the shredded cheese and garlic to the bowl and mix well
  • Make a well in the middle of the flour and pour in the milk except for 2 tsp of milk
  • Bring together all the ingredients and form a dough
  • Do not overmix
  • Grease a baking tray and transfer the dough to the tray
  • Pat it into a 1″ thick circle and cut into 8 wedges
  • Brush the balance 2 tsp milk on the dough
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or till the top gets brown spots
  • Cool for 10 minutes
  • Serve warm with butter

NOTES

  1. I have tried this dish with cheddar cheese, pizza cheese (mix of cheddar and mozzarella) and matured goat cheese and it works beautifully with each one
  2. I found the goat cheese (matured) slightly bland in comparison to the other two and so I sprinkled some dried rosemary to enliven it

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Cheese & Oats Paniyaram

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So I am back after a month though it seems like ages. In March, I had a very different perception of how April and May would turn out considering it is the daughter’s vacation time, but it wS hectic and chaotic in wholly different ways. Right from having a oil splash accident to help organise the brother & sis-in-law’s baby shower to help playing nurse to the father-in-law, this summer has me running in circles. Now it’s hardly any time left for school time and to begin the routine again.

In between all this activity the husband managed to travel for work and wearily asked me if I would need some rye flour or gluten again. Seems like he has finally resigned to fate, which is nice! I was kind and asked him to only pick up some cheese since he was in Amsterdam. He did and has been asking me to add cheese to everything I make. So when I picked this theme of ‘One protein three dishes’, I knew it simply had to be cheese. So here is the first of my three ‘cheesy’ dishes which is a quick and comparatively healthy snack for adults and kids alike.

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Recipe adapted from here

Serves 3-4

WHAT WE NEED

1 cup Quick cooking oats

1 small sized carrot, grated

2 tbsp Rice flour

1 tbsp Semolina

2-3 tbsp shredded cheese

1-2 green chillies, finely chopped

1″ ginger, grated

1/2 tsp Baking soda

Few coriander leaves

Salt

Oil

Water

WHAT TO DO

  • Heat an appe pan with 2-3 drops of oil in each cavity
  • Mix all the ingredients except baking soda and oil
  • Add enough water for the batter to be thicker in consistency as compared to idli batter
  • Add baking soda and give it a quick mix
  • Pour the batter into the appe pan till it is almost full
  • Cover and cook in simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • Once the top part seems cooked, turn it over with a spoon and cook uncovered for 1-2 minutes
  • Take it off from the pan and repeat for the remaining batter
  • Serve with chutney or ketchup or mayonnaise of your choice
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. I used matured goat cheese but cheddar should also work just as well
  2. Green chillies and ginger can be reduced or omitted if making for kids

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Potato Skins

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My third recipe for this theme of USA cuisine was supposed to be this awesome s’mores mug cake. The only mistake I did was to wait to make it till the last minute because, mug cake. How difficult can it be? Mix ingredients and microwave for a minute, duh! But then I tried to be smart and made some changes to the ingredients and then it crashed badly, like really badly. Then I figured I would stick to the recipe but found I was out of some ingredients. Yeah, mug cake can actually cause so much grief. Anyway I fell back on potatoes which is the ultimate saviour as also very American. The added benefit is that the daughter loves it and I figured a cool way to sneak in veggies inside all that cheese. So not everything ended badly!

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The original dish is potatoes, bacon and cheese. But I needed a vegetarian version of it and so I replaced the bacon with some vegetables and also some cheese with butter and landed with a super easy evening snack.

Recipe adapted from here

WHAT WE NEED

Potatoes 4

Garlic butter 2 tbsp

Onion, small 1/2

Tomato, small 1/2

Mozzarella, grated 4-5 tbsp

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven to 220C
  • Cut the potatoes vertically in half and scoop out the flesh as much as you can leaving just the skin and little flesh
  • Melt the garlic butter and apply it on both sides of the halves and scooped potatoes
  • Place it on a baking tray skin side down and bake for 10 minutes
  • Turn the potatoes over and bake for another 10 minutes
  • Finely chop the onion. Deseed and finely chop the tomato
  • Mix the two with salt and pepper or any other seasoning
  • Take out the potatoes and turn them over
  • Fill each half potato with the onion tomato mixture
  • Top it with grated mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for 2-3 minutes or till the cheese melts
  • Serve warm
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. You can use plain butter or any other flavoured butter instead of the garlic butter
  2. The filling can be any vegetable of your choice like carrots, peas, corn, mushroom, etc. In that case you have either sauté it before adding it to the potatoes or bake it for 10 minutes with the potatoes but add the cheese in the final 2 minutes.

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Banana Flittas

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One advice I would like to give people who are yet to be married is that to look for someone with similar taste in food. A surprisingly lot of time and effort in your life is with regard to food – buying, making, eating. If you don’t agree on that, it is not going to be easy. Trust me. You’ll thank me later. It has taken us nearly a decade to find a middle path and now we have the daughter’s taste to consider which is very likely to disrupt the equation we have painstakingly worked on to cause equal grief to both of us. 

Usually I am of the opinion that fruits should not be cooked but should be had raw and with its skin whenever possible. I do enjoy my orange cake and banana bread (but the bananas are overripe and so shouldn’t count. Right?) but little else. So I was kind of skeptical to make these banana fritters or flitaas as they are called in Jamaica. But once I did, the husband and daughter loved it so much that they are trying to make me promise to repeat this as often as I can. I am so torn between my principles and the demands of the family. Sigh! Well, I did like it too!

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Recipe adapted from here

Makes around 10

WHAT WE NEED

Bananas, ripe, medium                    2

All purpose flour                                1/2 cup

Sugar                                                     2-3 tbsp

Baking soda                                          A pinch

Ground cinnamon                              1/4 tsp

Salt                                                         A pinch

Oil                                                           2 tsp

Milk                                                        1 tbsp

Oil for deep frying
WHAT TO DO           

  • Heat oil in a pan for deep frying
  • Mash the bananas well in a bowl and set aside
  • Mix the flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda and salt
  • Add 2 tsp oil and the milk to the mashed bananas
  • Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and combine to form a smooth, wet dough
  • Drop spoonfuls of the dough in the hot oil and fry till golden brown
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. The amount of sugar depends on the sweetness of the bananas. You need to taste and adjust to your preference
  2. An option is to roll the deep fried flittas in some cinnamon sugar to give it an additional level of flavour and sweetness 

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Honey Roasted Almonds 

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Today, we have a quick almond snack. This is the second day of the week in which I will be posting recipes of protein rich nuts and seeds. The daughter loves almonds and this made her eat them all the more. What more to ask for!

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Protein – Almonds

Recipe from here

WHAT WE NEED

Honey                             2 tbsp

Cinnamon powder       1/4 tsp

Almonds                         1  cup

Salt                                   1/4 tsp heaped
WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven at 175C
  • Heat the honey in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute on low power
  • Add the cinnamon and almonds to the honey and mix well
  • Line a baking tray with parchement paper
  • Spread the almonds on parchment paper
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes
  • Take the tray out once after 6 minutes and give it a shake
  • Let it cool completely
  • Transfer it to a bowl and mix with salt
  • Enjoy!

NOTES

  1. Let the almonds cool completely before transferring to the bowl. I did not wait long enough and the skin on the almonds came off. While it did not make an impact on the taste, it did not look very pretty.

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Roasted Chana Dal

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Today is the final day of lentil and bean based protein dishes for this mega marathon. I have recipes for 8 different lentils and beans and varied dishes like a soup, breakfast and main course. Today’s recipe is a simple and quick snack – roasted chana dal / bengal gram. You can have it as is or mix it with some puffed rice and chutneys and eat it like a bhel puri. I have a super quick bhel puri recipe that you can check out. If you do not have the chutneys you can still fix yourself a ‘sookha bhel’ (dry bhel).

I don’t use chana dal very often. Its use is mostly restricted to being part of all mixed rice varieties I make or in the ‘dosa chilly podi’. So in my effort to use it more, I picked this crunchy recipe for this marathon.

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The seasoning for this roasted chana dal can be anything of your choice depending on your palate. I had some ‘desi tadka’ spice mix that I needed to use up and so I used that. You can use red chilly powder, chaat masala, etc.

Protein – Bengal gram / chana dal

Recipe adapted from here

Makes 1 cup

WHAT WE NEED

Bengal gram                                  1 cup

Oil                                                    2 tsp

Spice powder mix                        1 tsp

Salt

Water

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Soak the chana dal in water for an hour
  • Drain it and place it in a vessel with enough water to fully cover the chana dal
  • Heat the vessel and bring to boil
  • Simmer for a minute and turn off the gas
  • The chana dal should be cooked but retain its bite and not become mushy
  • Spread it on an absorbent towel for around 15 minutes to dry
  • Preheat the oven to 200C
  • Line a baking tray with 2 layers of aluminium foil
  • Toss the chana dal with the oil, spice mix and salt in a bowl
  • Place the chana dal on the baking tray in a single layer
  • Bake for 30-40 minutes
  • Remove the tray every 10-12 minutes and give it a shake
  • The chana dal will be crisp and will become crisper on cooling
  • Allow it to cool and store in an airtight container
  • Enjoy!

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Bread Au Gratin

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Shakespeare asked ‘what’s in a name?’ I am sure he would change his mind if he saw today’s world. The name makes so much of a difference. Even regular simple things are enhanced by a fancy name. Our curiosity is piqued, our temptations increase and we get that impulse to buy the fancy stuff just to see what the fuss is all about. Similarly when I heard the name of this dish on Venkatesh Baht’s show, I conjured up very droolworthy images in my head and wanted to try it immediately. Fortunately for me, the recipe is simple and I could rustle it up quickly.

On the show, he went on to make white sauce and sauté veggies and mix them and stuff them in the bread. I was lucky that I had some leftover pasta that I made for my daughter the previous day. I used that as the stuffing and finished the entire dish in a flash. So here goes –

Serves 2-3

WHAT WE NEED

Bread slices                                      6

Leftover pasta                                 1/2- 3/4 cup

Cheddar cheese, grated               5 tbsp

 

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven to 250C
  • Cut off the edges of all the bread slices
  • Use a cookie cutter or small cup and cut a round shape at the centre of 3 of the bread slices such that it has a hole in the middle
  • Place one such slice on top of a regular bread slice and make 3 such pairs of bread slices
  • Fill each pair with the pasta till the hole in the top slice of the bread is full
  • Top generously with grated cheese
  • Bake for 6-7 minutes and broil for 3-4 minutes till the cheese starts to turn golden brown
  • Slice them into two and serve warm with ketchup
  • Enjoy!

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Bread Pockets

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I have been terribly late in posting for this year’s Bake-a-thon as you can see multiple posts on the same day as against the schedule of thrice a week. I have been baking 3-4 dishes on the days I have time which has resulted in a flurry of activity, piling of dishes on the sink and me running helter skelter around the house with my bemused daughter in tow. As is always the case, when under pressure you fall back to your comfort zone, which in my case are the recipes from Venkatesh Bhat’s show – Samayal Samayal.

I had a loaf of bread and no ideas when Mr.Bhat came to my rescue with two simple dishes which fit the bill perfectly. One is this delightful and flavoursome bread pockets which involves packing every slice of bread with your choice of filling and baking it to golden brown. Yumm. I have used a paneer filling but you can replace that with any other filling like potatoes, leftover vegetables, noodles, pasta, etc.

WHAT WE NEED

Bread slices                                5

Paneer                                          50 gms

Spring onion                               6-8

Olives, pitted and chopped    6

Coriander leaves                         from 10-12 stalks

Red chilly  powder                     1 tsp

Ginger, grated                             1″

Butter, at room temp                1-2 tbsp

Water

Salt

WHAT TO DO

  • Preheat the oven to 250C
  • Place each bread slice in a plate of water and then press it between your hands gently to squeeze out the water
  • Use a rolling pin to gently roll the bread slice and take out any excess water
  • Be careful to ensure the bread slices do not tear
  • Mix all the other ingredients, except butter, thoroughly in a bowl
  • Divide the paneer mixture into 5 portions and fill each portion in one slice of bread
  • Roll the bread slice to cover the mixture and seal on all sides by gently pressing the two ends of the bread slice together
  • Brush the bread slices with butter on both sides
  • Bake for 7-8 minutes and broil for 3-4 minutes till both sides are golden brown
  • Serve warm with ketchup
  • Enjoy!

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