July 31, 2008

Veg Spring Rolls

The name itself its so tempting :) Its again one of my favorite starters. We can eat it with Hakka Noodles and veg. Manchurian... wow what a nice combination for dinner!

French beans
Bean sprouts
Chilli sauce 1 tsp
Soy sauce 1 tsp
Sugar ½ tsp.
Salt and pepper to taste

Maida (All purpose flour)
Corn flour
Soda-bi-carbonate A pinch
Oil 2 tsps.

Water for mixing

1. Sift salt, soda-bi-carbonate, maida and corn flour.
2. Add water gradually, mixing well to make a soft batter.

1. Cut all the vegetables(except beansprouts) into thin long stripes.
2. Heat the oil in a pan. Add onions, sprouts and vegetables and stir fry for 5 minutes.
3. Add salt, pepper and sugar and fry for further 3 minutes.
4. Add soy sauce, Chili sauce and mix well.

Final preparation
1. Take about 3 cm diameter batter and roll it into a thin slice using rolling pin (latna :-) )
2. Put enough stuffing at the center of the slice.
3. Fold the left side and then the right side. Holding the sides, roll upwards. Seal it by applying thumb pressure.
4. Heat oil in a pan & shallow fry the rolls till golden brown.
5. Server hot with Sweet chili sauce.

Serves: 2

Preparation Time: 45 mins

1. To make the spring roll crispy, some people add egg into the batter used for outer covering. Never tried it personally
2. In case the folds of roll fall apart while frying, seal the edges with cornflour paste, made by dissolving cornflour in water
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July 30, 2008

Hakka Noodles

Recently I visited an authentic Chinese restaurant in UK and surprised to see that they dont have Hakka noodles on menu. Looks like Hakka noodles is made up dish. Here is the Indian flavor of Hakka noodles. You may add all sorts of vegetables to it and make more tasty & healthy.

Cooked Noodles
Finely chopped Capsicum
Finely chopped Onion
Baby Corn
Finely chopped French beans
Finely chopped cabbage
Finely chopped Carrot
Soy Sauce
Garlic paste 1 tsp
Tomato Ketchup
Chili sauce

1. Heat oil in a pan.
2. Add onions and fry till they are golden brown, then add capsicum. Fry capsicum till you start getting typical aroma out of it.
3. They add carrot, french beans, stir them. Add all remaining veggies.
4. Now add garlic paste, Soy sauce to taste, ketchup and chili sauce.
5. Once the vegetables are half cooked, add salt as per taste/
6. Now add the cooked noodles and mix well using two big spoons.
7. Serve hot with spring rolls (I will be shortly posting its recipe too).

Preparation Time: 30 mins

Tip: The order in which you add the vegetables is very important. Also, keep the vegetables half cooked to give it an original taste.
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July 25, 2008

Batata Vada / Vada Pav

Batata Vada is a favorite snacks time item especially in Maharashtra. Batata Vada along with bread (called as Pav in marathi) makes a Vada Pav. Joshi's vadewale are one of the famous & oldest sellers of Wada Pav in Pune.

Here is the recipe of one of my favorite snacks:

Potatoes 2 big
Besan (gram flour) 3/4th cup
Corn Flour 2 tea spn
Eating Soda
Asafoetida(hing) a pinch
Turmeric a pinch
Green chillies paste 2
Garlic Paste 1 tea spn
Finely chopped Coriander leaves 2-3 strands
Salt as per taste

- Cook Potatoes in pressue cooker for about 10-15 mins. After cooling down, peel them and slightly mash with hand.
- Add Green chilies paste, garlic paste, turmeric, coriander, salt to the mashes potatoes. Mix well
- Make small tikkis of about 4 cm diameter and 1 cm thickness of all the mashed mixture
- In a separate contained, mix Besan, Corn Flour,
Asafoetida, turmeric and salt together. Add water to just to make it a smooth batter.
- Heat oil in pan, till the time oil heats, mix the tikkis into the batter one by one. Cover the tikki with batter from all sides.

- After oil heats, deep fry the tikkis one by one.
- Serve with
green chutney or tomato ketchup.

Serves: 2
Preparation time: 30min

Tip: If you put the vada into Pav (Bun), you may eat it as Vada Pav also.

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