Sunday, 29 September 2019

Chole chili | Kabuli Chana Chili (Dry Version)

an Indo-Chinese twist to our humble desi kabuli chana aka Chickpeas !

Are you an Indo-Chinese food lover ? 


For me, it is definitely yes. I love to pick the Indo-Chinese dishes from the menu easily without any guilty 😉 That list can start from Chili Chicken, varieties of Chowmein and Fried Rice, Manchurian etc. and like that the list goes on. Indo-Chinese is the Indian adaptation of Chinese cooking techniques and seasonings with an unique tadka. To please our desi palate, this variation actually has come out. That is why the Chinese food is the most popular foreign cuisine in India surpassing Italian or Thai. Well here I have come up with a that kind of dish as Chili Chole / Chili Kabuli Chana / Chili Chickpeas. Does it sound interesting ? Yes, it is actually 😊 Like we do for other chili dishes from the Indo-Chineese cuisine, this one is similar to that. 


What has to be followed exactly ? 


The chickpeas here has to be cooked separately keeping in mind not to over cook. Else while frying the chickpeas there will be a whole mess. After cooking the chickpeas, some cornflour along with red chili powder is added and everything is gently tossed so that the kabuli chana are coated well. After that one can deep fry or even shallow fry the chickpeas to make crisp. I have followed the shallow fried version here.



After that those fried chickpeas are stir fried with a varieties of sauces and some other ingredients which is similar to any Indo-Chinese cuisine chili recipe. This chili chole / chili chickpea is extremely simple to prepare. Within few minutes, this can be prepared. This is common Indo-Chinese dish at my place and loved by all my family members. For party starter this dry dish is an ideal option to choose. This is completely Vegan and Gluten free dish. As we like the dry version of chili dishes, so I have not kept any gravy consistency. But one can add little more cornflour slurry to get the desired thickness in the dish. So do try these spicy and delicious Indo-Chinese dish using Chickpea / Kabuli Chana / Chole.



MLLA event link up :



This month, September I am hosting an event featuring lentils / legumealong with The Well Seasoned Cook and Lisa of Lisa’s Kitchen. Details of that event one can get here. So for that the dish we have to make having any legume as a main ingredient. I pick Chickpea as the main ingredient for my dish and prepared Chili Chole Dry and contributed. 



Recipe Card for 'Chole chili / Chana Chili (Dry Version)' :

Dry side dish, chole, kabuli chana, vegan snack, corn flour, capsicum, onion, Indo-Chinese cuisine
VEgan, Gluten free, Snack, Chickpea,
Indo-Chinese
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Chole chili | Chana Chili (Dry Version)

an Indo-chinese twist to our humble desi kabuli chana aka Chickpeas
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 35 M

ingredients:

  • Chickpea (chole) 1 cup
  • Corn flour 3 tbsp
  • Onion (1 inch cube) 1/3 cup
  • Capsicum (1 inch cube) 1/2 cup
  • Garlic (finely chopped) 1 tsp
  • Ginger (finely chopped) 1 tsp
  • Green chili 2 no.
  • Tomato sauce 2 tbsp
  • Chili sauce 1 tbsp
  • Soy sauce 1.5 tbsp
  • Red chili powder 1/4 tsp
  • Black pepper powder 1/4 tsp
  • Sugar 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil 4 tbsp

instructions:

How to cook Chole chili | Chana Chili (Dry Version)

  1. First in a pressure cooker, put the washed chickpeas / chole along with salt and enough water.
  2. Pressure cook till soft and drain into a colander.
  3. Now take the cooked chole in a mixing bowl and add red chili powder and corn flour.
  4. Gently toss everything so that each chickpea gets well coated.
  5. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a broad pan.
  6. When oil is hot enough, add the chickpeas and fry till crisp and golden in color.
  7. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  8. Next to the same pan add 1 tbsp oil.
  9. Then add finely chopped ginger, garlic and saute for few seconds.
  10. Add stilted green chilies, onion and capsicum cubes along with salt.
  11. Stir fry for 2-3 minutes more.
  12. Add black pepper powder, tomato sauce, chili sauce, soy sauce and sugar.
  13. Mix everything well and allow to cook till the sauce starts to thicken a bit.
  14. Now add fried chickpeas and give a nice mix.
  15. Stir fry for 1 minutes more and turn off heat.
  16. Serve as it is for snack or as a side dish with fried rice, noodles or roti !

NOTES:

Spiciness is as desired. Some finely chopped spring onions can be sprinkled on top. As I was run out of that so skipped the addition.


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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Vegan Apple Ring Fritters

so sweet and delicious fritters using cute apple rings to celebrate fall season


Fall season and Apple !


Fall season is already begun. And there is no bad way to eat an apple, especially during the fall. The crisp fruit is never better than it is right now. Its sweet tartness pairs much very well with cinnamon. This tasty duo is perfect in just about anything ! These combination is fully shown in my another post which I have shared few days ago as 'Vegan Apple Cupcakemuch healthy cupcakes using wheat flour and jaggery and completely egg free, all purpose flour free, refined sugar free. Do check 😊



This fruit, apple is always available in my pantry as my boy loves to have each day. Although every season, the good quality apple is not easily found, still I bring from the market. And as the perfect season for apple, Fall Season is here so anyone can get the most delicious form of this fruit. Naturally, apples have more benefits than just of their sweet, tart flavor. Especially if one eat these with the skin on, then these are a good source of fiber. Apples are obviously great in pies, crumbles. But there are much more dishes one can make and devor. 


The event related to this post :



Well this time our fortnight foodie group named as Healthy Wellthy Cuisines is decided to select 75th theme : 'Apple Time' and that is actually suggested by me. As the season of FALL is on full swing then how are about some dishes using apples which are the season's fresh plucks, isn't it ? So we finalized that and here I have come up with a dessert or even sweet snack option as Vegan Apple Ring Fritters. If you love fried onion rings, then here is a dessert version of that kind of deep fried dish using apple. You may check similar recipes shared by our Healthy Wealthy Group members as Green Apple Mint Chutney by Poonam Bachhav, Apple Kheer by Swaty Malik, Apple Salad by Shalu Jain, Apple Donuts by Vanitha Bhat and Apple Payasam by Ruchi Shah.



How the apple rings are shaped ?


Here the rings mean ring shaped apple slices. First using an apple corer, the core from the apple is removed. Then the apple is cut into slices (not more than 1/2 inch). Apple corer is the best to use for removing the core from the apple. Still if the apple corer is not available at your place, then simply first slices the apple, then using a knife take out the core area along with seeds. The apple slices can be further cut into thin rings using any cookie cutter (round ones), but I have skipped that part and prepare fritters using the simple cored apple slices.




Preparing the fritters in details :


The fritters here are prepared simply deep frying the apple rings dipped in a batter. The batter I have kept vegan, so any kind of non-vegan milk is not used and also no vegan milk even is not added here as that type of milks somehow were finished at my pantry. Simply all purpose flour along with cinnamon powder, baking powder, powdered sugar, salt and water are mixed together to make a batter of neither thick nor thin consistency. The batter actually must be medium consistency so that the apple slices get well coated after dipping. If still the batter is too thick, do add little more water to get perfect consistency. If the batter becomes too thin then add little amount of flour to get the consistency which can be well coated by the apple slices. 




Then the coated apple slices are deep fried till lightly brown from both sides. Finally some powdered sugar and cinnamon powder are sprinkled on these fritters and preferably served warm. The whole process is super simple and easy as well. Within few minutes these can be prepared and served. Also as the festive time is going on so these fritters'll best fit for sweets option. These are surely enjoyed by any age group. As the season of fall is also on, so do try these sweet and delicious fritters.


Recipe Card for 'Vegan Apple Ring Fritters' :

Apple ring, FAll snacks, Fall season 2019, Cinnamon, ap
Vegan, Fritters, Apple, Fall season. Dessert
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Vegan Apple Ring Fritters

so sweet and delicious fritters using cute apple rings to celebrate fall season
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 20 M

ingredients:

  • Apple 3 no.
  • All purpose flour 1.5 cup
  • Baking powder 1/2 tsp
  • Powder sugar 2-3 tbsp + for sprinkling
  • Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp + for sprinkling
  • Water 2/3 cup (more / less)
  • Salt 1 pinch
  • Oil for deep frying

instructions:

How to cook Vegan Apple Ring Fritters

  1. First start heating oil in a deep pan / kadhai.
  2. In a mixing bowl take all purpose flour, baking powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, 2-3 tbsp powdered sugar, salt.
  3. Mix these dry ingredients using a hand whisk without adding water.
  4. Then start adding water little by little so that no lumps are there and neither thick nor thin consistency batter will form. Keep aside.
  5. Next wash and clean the apples.
  6. Using an apple corer take out the core from the apple.
  7. Cut the apple into slices (not more than 1/2 inch).
  8. Dip one apple slice at a time into the batter, gently take out the slice from the batter and allow excess batter to drip off.
  9. Put in the oil and deep fry by turning both sides till it becomes slightly brown from all the sides.
  10. Transfer the apple fritters into a plate lined with paper towel.
  11. Similarly prepare fritters from rest apple rings coated with batter.
  12. Sprinkle cinnamon powder and powdered sugar all over the apple ring fritters.
  13. Serve immediately !

NOTES:

The batter should not be either thin or thick. It must be medium consistency so that the apple slices get well coated. If still the batter is too thick, add little more water to get perfect consistency. If the batter becomes too thin then add little amount of flour to get the consistency which can be well coated by the apple slices. Apple corer is the best to remove the core from the apple for making these fritters. Still if the apple corer is not available then simply first slices the apple, then using a knife take out the core area along with seeds. The apple slices can be further cut into thin rings using any cookie cutter (round ones), but I have skipped that part. Don't overcrowd the pan with apple sliced while deep frying. Do in batches.



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Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Satvik Stir-fried Raw Papaya (Vegan & Gluten free)

a much tasty, without onion-garlic and healthy stir-fried dish using raw papaya.


Papaya in details :

Papaya / papaw / papita is originally from from southern Mexico and neighboring Central America, but it is now cultivated in most tropical countries. Two kinds of papayas are commonly grown : One has red or orange flesh (Red papaya) and the other has yellow flesh (Yellow papaya). And in both the varieties if the papaya is plucked in green stage then it is the unripe one or green papaya. The ripe ones (red / yellow) are sweet in taste while the green ones have a very mild, almost bland taste. The unripe papaya has a lot more active enzymes than its ripe version. 




Which type of dishes can one prepare using papaya (unripe / ripe) ?


The ripe papaya is usually eaten raw (discarding the skin and seeds), still one use in cooking (check this papaya halwa). The unripe green ones also can be eaten raw / cooked, like in salads, stews, dry dish etc. In India unripe as well as the ripe version of papaya are easily available throughout the whole year. In my house, this is a must in ingredient list those are listed to buy from the local market. These are so fresh and I just love these to use in varieties of dishes like santula (an Odia dish which I will share in another post) (using unripe papaya), papaya kofta curries (using unripe papaya), tutti frutti / candied papaya (using unripe papaya)papaya stir fried (using unripe papaya), salads (using ripe / unripe papaya), halwa (using ripe papaya) etc.



What exactly the raw papaya stir fry is ?


This stir fries of raw papaya are quite simple and easy to make. Well, here the raw papayas which are green in color are first peeled to discard the outermost deep green color skin which taste quite bitter. And also the innermost white layer where some seeds (white / black in color) present are also taken out. Then these are grated, one can prefer to use thin / slightly thick grater for that. These grated papayas are stir fried in oil along with some mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chilies, peanuts. So this dish is completely free of onion and garlic. Some grated coconut can be added here to the dish. The raw papaya stir fries goes very well along with hot phulka / roti, steamed rice-dal combo or even one can have as it is.




Why is here a no-onion-no-garlic dish ?


For current month, the Food For Feast group has come up with a theme as 'Satvik Recipes'. So we the members of that foodie group have to make the dishes which are free from onion and garlic. And as the navratra in India is going to start by this weekend so one should list up many such kind of dishes to try these days. So here I have prepared a simple and healthy recipe as 'Satvik Stir-fried Raw Papaya' for the contribution.


Recipe Card for 'Satvik Stir-fried Raw Papaya' :

No onion No garlic dish, vegan side dish, raw papaya, Stir fried papaya, peanut, Satvik side dish
Vegan, Stir frying, Gluten free, Papaya, Satvik, Side dish
Indian
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Satvik Stir-fried Raw Papaya (vegan & gluten free)

a much tasty and healthy stir-fried dish using raw papaya
prep time: 15 Mcook time: 15 Mtotal time: 30 M

ingredients:

  • Raw papaya (grated) 2 cup
  • Curry leaves 1 sprig
  • Mustard seed 1 tsp
  • Whole red chili 1 no.
  • Green chili (chopped) 1-2 no.
  • Turmeric powder 1/2 tsp
  • Peanuts 1-2 tbsp
  • Salt as needed
  • Oil 1/2 tsp

instructions:

How to cook Satvik Stir-fried Raw Papaya (vegan & gluten free)

  1. Heat oil in a pan.
  2. Add in red chili, mustard seeds and allow to splutter.
  3. Then add curry leaves, peanuts and chopped green chilies.
  4. Saute a bit.
  5. Next add grated papaya, turmeric powder and salt.
  6. Mix everything and allow to cook over medium heat till raw smell of papaya vanishes.
  7. Turn off heat and serve as it is or as a side dish with phulka / simple dal-rice combo !

NOTES:

Red chili powder can be added too.



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