Sunday, January 20, 2013

Sunday Special!

I am not posting a recipe of this!

But this is something that is a Sunday Special at my house. And i just love to make this. Basically because you can add so many variations to the dish...and each difference will compliment ! Each household will have a different recipe for this, and each unique to its taste.

I am just posting a picture and post some ideas, that you can use.

1. Did you know that you can substitute the quantity of tomatoes used in the recipe, by replacing the number of tomatoes with the same number of spoons of Tomato Sauce. And the bhaji will turn to be a bit tangy.

2.If you are planning to host a party, and need to make bhaji in large quantity, you can add Black Chana Dal. Just soak a cup of chana overnight, boil with salt till soft and add into the Bhaji. This will also give bhaji a unique color.

3. Follow the instructions of making any Bhaji. Add grated paneer at the end, there you have Paneer Pav Bhaji!

4.Like garlic? No problem. Just add a few crushed garlic after making bhaji as per pack. Do not Saute the garlic in oil, if you need that garlicky flavor to be prominent.

5.To give a Chinese twist, you can add Soya Sauce.Heat 2 tbsp of Soy sauce in the microwave, add a pinch of Red Chilli flakes, finely chopped garlic and ginger, and add this mix to the bhaji.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tomato Gojju ( with a twist !)

Wish you all a very Happy and a prosperous New Year 2013!

This is my first post in 2013.
There are no resolutions as such, but on the food front, to post some recipes on this blog.
Previously as well, i never used to make an effort to take a picture and write the recipe. Hopefully i can change this year. Only practical issue is , as soon as i prepare anything, its too tempting to taste when hot, and that leads to the second serving, and the food just gets over, before a picture is taken!

I had prepared this as a side dish to one of my house's commonest breakfast item "Akki Rotti ", but this works equally well with rice as well.
The recipe is very simple, and i made this within 10 minutes! Ingredients are very simple, but there is a twist.

Apple Tomatoes : 5 - 6  ( cut to cubes - not finely chopped)
Onions : 2  small , Chopped
Oil : 4 Tbsp
Mustard Seeds : 1/2 tsp
Jeera : 1/2 tsp
Urad Dal ; 1/4 tsp
Curry Leaves : 8 -10
Kasuri Methi : 1/2 tsp
Turmeric : 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder : 2 tbsp
Sugar : 1/2 tsp
Salt : To taste
Freshly crushed Black pepper : 1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves : for garnish, chopped

1. Heat oil in a kadai. Add the mustard seeds, once spluttered, add the jeera followed by urad dal & curry leaves.
2. Once sauteed, add the chopped onions. Fry for 2 mins. Ensure the onions does not brown. The onions must be cooked in oil, not browned or translucent.
3. Add the Kasuri Methi ( Twist! ), Turmeric powder and red chilli powder.
4. Keep this on a low flame for a minute.
5. Add Tomatoes, once the rawness of the red chilli powder is done with.
6. Put in Salt , Sugar & Pepper ( double twist!) and cook till done.
7. Just before, serving, add in the coriander leaves , and mix well.

This recipe tends to be a little watery. If you wish to have a bit more thicker consistency, you can cook for additional 5 mins.