Hard Shell Tacos

Last Saturday, I was determined to dedicate myself to the idiot box and I did. Since I was up at 6 am as P was leaving for work, I turned the TV on and one after the other I saw 8 flicks (Most of them side by side). Oh and did I mention, this was only till 1 pm.

I was bored to death by the time I was on the 5th flick which happened to be one of my favorite ones, Zindagi Na Milegi Dubara. While fiddliing with the remote, a magazine fell on the floor. It was Good Food India, August issue. On the cover page there were gorgeous hard shell tacos with Pindi chana filling. I said “Challenge accepted” to myself and headed for the kitchen.

Thank God I had maize flour else the plan would have been shelved. Let me take you through the recipe.

You shall need: (Makes about 8)

2/3 cup… Maize flour

1/3 cup.. All purpose flour

1/2 tsp.. Salt

1 tsp… Paprika

1.5 tsp… oil

1/2 cup… warm water (Use very little at a time)

To assemble:

Sour cream

Lettuce

Re-fried beans

Method:

  • In a bowl, mix the flours, salt and paprika with a whisk.
  • Add the oil.
  • Now add few tbsp of water at a time and knead the dough.
  • We want the dry ingredients to come into a soft ball. Do not add all the water at the same time.
  • The Qty of water shall depend on the ingredients and their quality.
  • The dough should take about 2-3 min.

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  • Wrap the dough in cling film and set it aside for atleast 30 min.
  • Pre heat oven to 180C on the setting where both the rods are heating.
  • Set a pan on the gas on low-medium flame.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls of the same size.
  • Apply little oil on the rolling pin and the board.
  • Roll them one by one to the thickness of a INR 2 coin.
  • Using a round mould, you may cut the rolled dough to a perfect round.
  • Using a fork, prick the rolled dough.

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  • Put it on the pan and let it color slightly on both sides.
  • If you are using a non stick pan, you will not need any oil.
  • We only want a nice bright yellow color on both the sides.

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  • wrap the cooked tacos on the wired rack of the oven. Do not pinch the sides too much else there will be no opening in the tacos. keep the folded sides fairly apart.

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  • Bake them for 10-12 min or until they are nice and crisp and golden.

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  • Let them cool and stuff with the filling of your choice.

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Cheers,

Pallavi

 

 

 

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Chocolate and Malt Babka Bites

Yes yes I know Babka is a sweet yeast cake but who said there cant be exceptions 😉 I made these bites based on this reference from the Baking Partners. Swathi is the brilliant blogger behind the group.

baking partnersFor the dough: I made the eggless version

1/2-3/4 cup …. whole milk, warmed 110 degrees

1/4 cup… white sugar

1.5 teaspoons …Active dry yeast

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2… teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons…. unsalted butter at room temperature

For the Filling:

1/2 cup… chocolate chips {I used bournville rich cocoa)

1/4 cup… brown sugar

1/4 cup…. Complan/bourvita

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

3 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature

For the wash:

1 tbsp.. oil

1 tbsp… Sugar

1 tbsp… cream/milk

Method:

  • Add the yeast to the warm milk with a pinch of sugar.
  • Let it stand and dissolve and froth.
  • Tip the dry ingredients for the dough in a pan, mix with a fork.
  • Make a well in the eventer and tip the milk-yeast mixture.
  • I used hand mixer with dough attachment to bring it all together.
  • Add butter one tbsp at a time.
  • Once it has all come together, tip it on the work bench and work the dough by the heel of the palm by pushing it away and then bringing it back.
  • Once it has become nice and springy, add to an oiled bowl and cover with the cling film.
  • let it rise to double the volume or let it stand for 1.5 hrs or so.
  • For the filling, coarsely chop the chocolate in the mixer, add the complan and sugar.
  • Now mix in the butter. Keep aside until further use.
  • Once the dough has risen, flour the work surface and roll it out in a rectangle of about 1/2 inch thickness.
  • Pre heat oven to 180C.
  • Spread the filling uniformly on the dough.
  • Now roll the dough carefully.
  • Cut 1/5 inch pieces.
  • Put them in a lined cupcake tray individually.
  • Brush with the mix of the wash ingredients.
  • Bake for 20 min.
  • Serve with love.

babka Cheers,

Pallavi

Pearl Onion Brown Rice Burrito #BM38

Oh Burritos save the dinners for me most of the time. They are my oh-My-God-what-do-I-made-today savers. Best part about them is that its one hand meal which makes flipping channels/clicking pictures easy 😛

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You shall need:

4-5… Big chapatis

1 cup… Hung curd

2 tsp… oil

3/4 cup… cooked brown rice

1/4 cup… chopped pearl onions

2 tsp… chilly flakes

Salt to taste

1/2 cup… grated carrot

1 tsp… lemon juice

2 tsp… milk

Cheese spread (optional)

Method:

  • In a pan, heat oil.
  • Add the pearl onions and a little salt.
  • Cook until they are soft.
  • Now add the chilly flakes and rice.
  • Mix well and cook until everything is combined.
  • Bring it out of the pan and let it cool.
  • In the hung curd bowl, add the carrots, salt and lemon.
  • Add milk if needed, we need the consistency of a spread.
  • Lay the chapati on a flat surface, add cheese spread (if you like)
  • Now add a generous helping of rice and the hung curd dip.
  • Fold it and serve it with your favorite tv channel 🙂

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Cheers,

Tuver Seeng ni Kachori #BM38

I have spoken about tuver sing here and here. 🙂 It is a fabulous vegetable and is very close to gujju hearts.

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You shall need:

For the outer cover:

2 cup… Wheat flour
4 tbsp… oil
2 tsp… salt
Water

For the filling:

1.5 cup…. Shelled tuver sing
2 tbsp… oil3-4… green chillies
1 tbsp… Jeera/cumin seeds
2 tbsp… Sugar
2 tsp… Mustard seeds
Salt to taste
Oil to fry

Method:

  • Knead the dough using the wheat flour.
  • It needs to be tight enough like we make for pooris.
  • Keep it in an air tight container until further use.
  • In a mixie jar, add the green chillies and make it into a paste.
  • Now add the tuver sing, little at a time and grind it into a coarse paste.
  • In a wok, heat 2 tbsp oil and add the cumin and mustard seeds.
  • Add the tuver sing and green chilly mix.
  • Let it cook for 5 min on a low-med heat.
  • Now add sugar and let it mix well.
  • Once the mix starts to turn to a darker shade of green, turn off the gas and let it cool to room temp.
  • Put the oil in another wok for deep frying.
  • Now make about 25-30 balls out of the dough.
  • Roll them out little and add about 1-1.5 tsp of the mixture.
  • Close the ends and secure properly.
  • Fry about 5-6 at a time and let me get nice and golden from all sides.
  • Serve for breakfast, snack, lunch, supper with love. 🙂

tuver singCheers,

Awamat #BM38

These delish sweet treats from Lebanon come in handy for all occasions. These treats are fried until golden brown and immersed in simple sugar syrup.

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You shall need:

1 cup… flour
1 tsp…. sugar
3/4  cup…  water
3/4 tsp… dry yeast
1/4 tsp… salt
oil for frying

For Syrup:
3/4 cup… Water1 cup… Sugar
1 tsp… Lemon Juice

Method:

  • In a small bowl, add 2 tbsp warm water and 1 tsp sugar. Add yeast in it and let it stand for 10 min.
  • In another bowl, mix flour, salt and the yeast.
  • Add water little at a time and knead into a dough.
  • Let it stand for 1 hour or until the dough doubles.
  • Punch it down, make a long log out of it and cut small pieces.
  • Fry in hot oil on a medium-high heat until they are evenly golden.
  • In a pan, boil the sugar, water and lemon juice until all the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add lemon juice and let the syrup cool a bit.
  • Strain the syrup through a mesh.
  • Once the syrup is at room temp, tip in all the fried dough.
  • It shall soak the syrup quickly.
  • Serve as a snack or a sweet treat.

image(44)Cheers,

 

Beignet #BM38

I have been fascinated by Bignet’s ever since I laid my eyes on them on a TLC show. These pillows of fried dough with loads of sugar on top are as delicious as well. Love love love them.

For the BM#38 series for the week, I have chosen fried dough as the theme.

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You shall need:

1/4 cup …butter (melted)
1/4 cup… water
1/4 teaspoon… salt
1 cup …all-purpose flour
1/2 cup…. yogurt
1/2 tsp… Baking soda
2 tbsp… castor sugar
oil for deep frying
icing sugar

Method:

  • In a bowl, mix slat, baking soda, castor sugar and all purpose flour.
  • Now add butter and mix it in the flour.
  • Add the yogurt next.
  • We need to make a soft dough.
  • Now add water as need be.
  • The dough will be little sticky, but we need to knead it until it all comes together properly.
  • Let it rest on the table counter in a oiled pan, covered with cling film, for about 2 hours.
  • It shall be fermented till then, roll it out and cut shapes that you desire.
  • Fry them in the hot oil  (on a medium high heat) until they get an even color.
  • Take them out on a paper towel.
  • Serve with a generous amount of dusting of icing sugar on top.

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Cheers,

 

Arancine: Daring Kitchen

When life throws you risotto, make Arancini!

Oh so well said 🙂 We as Indians love anything that is thrown in a deep fryer in a way, Arancini is a crisp rice ball with a gooey center and a sauce to die for.

So, I made Saffron Risotto for this Arancini. It is super duper easy to make and more more awesome to devour.

So what all do we need for this?

A portion of risotto of your choice {chilled}

Few tiny squares of mozzarella cheese

1/4 cup… All purpose flour

1/2 cup… Bread crumbs

1 egg (This is optional as I made a batch with egg and one without egg. If you are not using the egg, you may use few tbsp milk)

Oil to deep fry

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a pan.
  • Take 3 bowls and put the flour, bread crumbs and egg/milk respectively.
  • Take a table spoon and scoop out a ball from the cold risotto.
  • Place a cheese cube in the center and roll it well.
  • Put it in the flour first, then the milk/egg and finally bread crumbs.
  • Once all the balls are ready, put them in the oil to fry on a medium heat. Make sure the oil is not very hot else the crumbs shall turn black as soon as you put them in.
  • Once they are nice and brown, take them out and serve with the sauce of your choice.

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Easy Paneer Tikka

After a long time and lots of intermissions on the blog, I whipped up this easy peezy Paneer tikka last night for a quick paneer tikka masala 🙂

You shall need: [Serves 2-3]

250 gms… Paneer [Cut in logs]

4 tbsp… Thick curd

1 tbsp… Kasoori methi

Salt

A pinch of orange color

1 tbsp… Fresh Malai/ cream

1 tbsp… Roopak Kadhai Paneer masala or a mix dhaniya powder, cumin powder, kashmiri laal mirch powder, dry ginger powder and some amchoor to get this beautiful masala.

Oil

Method:

  • Mix the masalas in the3 curd and tumble the paneer in it.
  • Marinate it for atleast 2 hours in the fridge.
  • On a shallow non stick pan, heat few drops of oil and place the paneer along with loads of marinade one by one.
  • Let it sizzle properly on one side and then flip the side with the help of tongs.
  • Make sure you cook all 4 sides properly. Char marks make it taste only better 🙂
  • Bring it off the pan and ready to be served.

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Cheers,

O: Orange Fizz Cup Cake

I hardly drink the fizzy stuff these days. However I had a bottle of an orange fizz drink in the fridge and decided to bake something with it. I make orange fizz and chocolate chip cupcakes. They are eggless and so much fun 🙂

This post is a part of Blogging Marathon. For the first week of BM#32.

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You shall need: [makes about 12]

1 cup… flour

3/4 cup… castor sugar

1 tsp… salt

3/4 cup… orange fizz drink

1/3 cup… vegetable oil

1/2 cup… Chocolate chip.

Method:

  • In a bowl, mix flour and salt with a whisk.
  • Add the sugar, oil and drink.
  • Stir in the chocolate chip.
  • Pour upto 3/4 in the cup cake liners and bake in a pre heated oven at 180C for 20 min.

photo(5)Cheers,

I: Idada

Aah straight from the heartland of sweet, sour, savory food. Gujarat. 🙂 I am falling in love with the cuisine. Idada is a snack that is very close to Idli batter from Southern India.

This post is a part of Blogging Marathon. For the first week of BM#32 [2nd – 7th Sep], I am going Regional.

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You shall need: {Serves about 4 people for snacks}

2 cup… Urad dal

1 cup… Tuvar dal

1 cup… Rice

a pinch of soda bi carb

4-5 green chillies

2 inch piece of ginger

Water

2-3 tbsp … oil plus more for greasing the trays

Steamer and trays

2 tbsp… Sesame seeds

Red chilly powder

Method:

  • Wash and soak the lentils and rice overnight or 8 hours atleast.
  • Grind them with chillies and ginger to a fine paste.
  • Add bi carb and salt.
  • Let this mixture stand for 4-5 hours and ferment.
  • Grease the thali in which you shall steam the Idada, fill it with about 1/3 with the mixture.
  • Sprinkle some sesame seeds and red chilly powder on top and let it cook for 12-15 min or until it is done.
  • Once cooked well, cut in shapes of your choice.
  • In a non stick pan, pour a tbsp of oil, sesame seeds and red chilly powder. Put a few pieces at a time and reduce the heat to low. The idada shall begin to form a nice crust, toss it again and serve with side of your choice. Traditionally, it is served with sesame oil.
Pic: Monika Manchanda
Pic: Monika Manchanda

Cheers,