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Monday, April 20, 2009

Bread Pakoda

Ingredients:
4 slices of Bread
1 cup Bengal Gram flour/ Besan flour/ Kadle hudi
2 tsp Rice flour/Akki hudi
Pinch of Asafoetida powder/Hingu
Pinch of Garam Masala
10 Cumin seeds
1/4 tsp Chilly powder
Salt to taste
2-3 Green Chillies
5 - 6 strands of Coriander leaves
Oil

Recipe:
Remove thick sides of bread slices and cut them into medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below. Keep them in a microwave for about 30 seconds and keep it aside for about 2-3 mins.(optional)
Chop coriander leaves, green chillies into small pieces as shown in the picture below.

Add rice flour, bengalgram flour, asafotida powder, cumin seeds, garam masala, chilly powder, salt,  chopped green chillies, coriander leaves in a vessel.

Mix them well by adding sufficient amount of water. (Don't make the batter too thin.)

Keep oil in a thick bottomed vessel and heat it. Take each piece of bread, dip it in batter and deep fry it in oil.

Serve hot along with tomato ketchup. This recipe is from Manjula's kitchen. Thanks for the recipe.

Bread Masala

Ingredients:

8 Bread slices

1 medium sized Onion

1 medium sized Tomato

1-2 Green Chillies

1-2 tsp Frozen Green Peas or Cashew nuts

4-5 strands of Coriander leaves

2-3 drops of Lemon Juice

1/4 - 1/2 tsp Garam Masala

1/4 tsp Mustard seeds

2 tsp Oil / Ghee

Pinch of Salt

Recipe:

Remove thick sides of bread slices and cut them into small pieces as shown in the picture below.

Put 2 tsp ghee/oil in a pan and fry chopped bread pieces for about 4-5 mins in medium flame.

Chop onion, tomato into medium sized thin pieces, cut green chilly into two pieces as shown in the picture below. 

Put mustard seeds, 1 tsp oil in a thick bottomed vessel/pan. Once it starts spluttering, add green chillies, chopped onion, frozen green peas. Fry them for about 4-5 mins in medium flame until onion turns golden in color. Add chopped tomatoes, pinch of salt, garam masala and fry them for about 4-5 mins in medium flame. 

Add fried bread pieces and mix well. Keep the masala in low flame for about 1-2 mins.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.

Jeera Rice

Ingredients:

1 cup Basmathi Rice

1 tsp Cumin seeds / Jeera / Jeerige

1/4 medium sized Onion

1/2 Bey leaf

2 Green Chillies

5-6 strands of Coriander leaves

Salt to taste

2 tsp Ghee

Recipe:

Wash the rice and soak it in water for about 20-30 mins. 

Chop onion, green chillies into medium sized pieces as shown in the picture below. Chop coriander leaves into small pieces as shown in the picture below.

Put 2 tsp Ghee, cumin seeds, bay leaf in a pan. Once cumin seeds starts spluttering add chopped green chillies and onion. Fry them for about 4-5 mins in medium flame until onion turns golden in color. Add 2 1/4 cups of water, salt and bring it to boil. Add soaked rice and cook in high flame by covering a lid until almost all the water content is dried up.

Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well. Keep jeera rice in low flame for about 5-10 mins. 

Serve along with Capsicum Raitha / Any Kind of curries.

Capsicum Raitha

Ingredients:

1 large Capsicum / Bell Pepper

1/2 medium sized Onion

2 cups Curd / Yogurt

1-2 Green Chillies

Pinch of Turmeric powder

Pinch of Asafotida powder

1/4 tsp Cumin seeds

1/2 tsp Mustard seeds

1/2 tsp Black gram seeds

2-3 Curry leaves

2-3 strands of Coriander leaves

Salt to taste

1-2 tsp Oil

Recipe:

Chop capsicum, onion into small pieces as shown in the picture below. Cut green chillies into medium sized pieces.
Put oil, mustard seeds, cumin seeds. black gram seeds in a thick bottomed vessel/pan. Once it starts spluttering add pinch of asafotida powder, curry leaves, green chillies, onion, turmeric powder and fry them for about 3-4 mins in medium flame. Add chopped capsicum, salt and fry them for about 4-5 mins in medium flame. Keep it aside till it comes to room temperature.
Put fried capsicum mixture, 2 cups of curd, pinch of salt in a bowl and mix well.(You can add little amount of milk if curd is too thick or it is sour.) Garnish with chopped coriander leaves. Mix well before serving. It goes well with Rice/Pulav/Jeera Rice.

Lemon Juice

Ingredients:

1 medium sized Lemon

3-4 cups Water

1 - 1.5 cups Sugar

Recipe:

Cut lemon into two halves from the middle and remove the seeds if any. Put 3-4 cups of water, sugar and mix it properly. Squeeze the lemon piece and add the lemon juice to the sugar water and mix well.(Adjust sweet & sour according to your taste) 
Put 2 pieces of ice cubes and serve.