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Pav bhaji

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Pav bhaji

Ahhh! Pav Bhaji. Its a comfort food, and the perfect mood awakener. Pav is bread, and bhaji is a mixture of vegetables, cooked with tomatoes and spices, and cooked until the vegetables are completely mashed. Its usually a snack, but can also be eaten as a meal. Its an all time favorite of mine. Whenever I have a bad day, and I’m feeling down and low, I just take a bowl of steaming hot bhaji, and soft buns crisply fried in a generous amount of butter, and I take one bite of it and I die and go to heaven…mmm…and yes, there’s butter involved! When you go to the streets of Mumbai, you can get delicious, spicy, tangy, pav bhaji that just oozes butter. But that’s OK if you’re eating it once in a while. When I make it at home, I have my own version, which is both tasty, and healthy, which means you can eat is as much as you like, without feeling too guilty about it. But this dish just cannot be made without bread and butter. Sure, you can have the bhaji with something else, but nothing tastes as good with bhaji as warm, toasted buns. You can reduce the amount of butter, unless you have a certain fondness for cellulite and arteriosclerosis. So come with me into my kitchen, and I’ll show you how to make the most delicious, comforting, hand clapping goodness that fills your belly, and your heart!

You will need the following ingredients:

Unsalted butter.

Jeera/Cumin seeds-1/2 teaspoon

Chopped onions-3/4 cup

Chopped green chillies- a tablespoon

Freshly chopped ginger-1  1/2 tablespoons

Chopped tomatoes-1 cup

Chopped capsicum/green bell peppers-3/4 cup

Red chilli powder-1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/4  teaspoon

Coriander powder-1 1/2 tablespoons

Cumin powder/ jeera powder- a pinch

Boiled mashed potatoes-1 1/2 cups

Cauliflower-1 cup and green peas-3/4 cup cooked with a pinch of turmeric powder, and salt, and mashed.

Water-1/2 cup

Salt- 3/4 teaspoon

Coriander leaves/ Cilantro-a handful

Fresh lemon juice-3 tablespoons

 

In medium flame, heat about 5-6 tablespoons of butter, and add jeera, and sauté for a minute. Do not burn the jeera. Jeera gets bitter when its burnt.

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Add the onions, cook for 3-4 minutes, or until the onions are soft, and add the green chillies…

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…and cook for a minute. Now, add the chopped ginger, and sauté. Add the juicy tomatoes…

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…cook the tomatoes in medium flame until the tomatoes are soft and mushy, and add the chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, and a pinch of cumin/jeera powder. Stir, and cook for about 2 minutes.

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…Add the mashed potatoes, and capsicum…

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…mix it all together, and add the cooked cauliflower and peas…

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…add water, and salt, stir. Cover and cook on a low flame for 10-15 mins. After 15 minutes, open the lid, and add the coriander leaves..

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…and add a big chunk of butter on top, and let the butter slowly melt on top of the bhaji…

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….Serve hot with soft buns toasted in butter…

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Spicy fried chicken bites

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Spicy fried chicken bites

This is a recipe that I created by accident. It was supposed to be chicken 65, but halfway into making it, I decided to change the recipe a bit, and added some ingredients, a dash of this, a pinch of that and voila! The spicy fried chicken bites were born! Kudos to my mom in law for coming up with the name! Anyway, I have served it to other humans, they have survived, and the consensus was that its delicious! So don’t worry about trying this out. I guarantee you, you are going to love it!

You will need the following things, so lets get them ready first, so you wont be running around in your kitchen, while you’re cooking…One thing I learned back in the early days when I just started cooking, was that running around looking for things while you’re cooking something on the stove, is a bad idea..

For marinating the chicken:

 

Boneless chicken pieces-1/2 kg

Red chilli powder-1 teaspoon (Mine is really hot. You may add more if yours is mild)

Turmeric powder-1/2 teaspoon

Fresh ginger-garlic paste-1 tablespoon

Black pepper-3/4 teaspoon

Lemon juice-3-4 tablespoons

 

For frying the chicken:

Rice flour-3-4 tablespoons

Egg-1

Salt-3/4 teaspoon

 

Other ingredients:

Yogurt-3/4 cup

Red chilli powder-1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder-1/4 teaspoon

Coriander powder-1 1/2 tablespoons

Chopped green chillies-2 teaspoons

Chopped ginger-1 tablespoon

Chopped garlic-1/2 tablespoon

Fresh curry leaves-a handful

Coriander leaves-a handful

Oil-4-5 tablespoons

 

First lets wash the chicken pieces, and put them into a mixing bowl. Now add the ingredients to marinate the chicken…

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…Now mix everything together with your hands, so that the chicken pieces are well-coated with all the ingredients that you put in there, and let it marinade for an hour.

 

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After an hour, deep fry the chicken pieces, until they are a deep brown…

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In a separate bowl, and add the yogurt, chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and salt, and mix it together, and keep it aside…

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In another pan, add the oil, chopped ginger and garlic, sauté for 2 mintutes, until you get the nice aroma of the ginger and garlic getting cooked in the oil, and then add the green chillies…

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…add the curry leaves, coriander leaves, and sauté for a minute. Now add the fried chicken pieces, and sauté for a minute. In a low heat, add the yogurt mixture into the pan, and stir until chicken pieces are coated with the yogurt. Keep stirring, until the yogurt dries up, and there is no water left in the pan. Soon you’ll see the chicken getting crispy, brown, ad getting coated with the dried up yogurt mixture. Drizzle a bit more oil if you like to make it more crispy….and its ready!

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Serve hot with rice, and curry. Have it with curd rice, eat it as an appetizer. Or, shred it and put some on a chapatti and make it into a roll, or a wrap!