Showing posts with label Indian breads. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indian breads. Show all posts

Friday, November 29, 2013


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
After few months I am writing about other recipe than for PPCS. Sorry people, it was tough time to manage whole lot of things at one time. I will make it a point to post at least one recipe each week. Gone are the days where I used to post 4 to 5 posts in a week.
Today I am here with a very healthy recipe. In Kannada there is a proverb "raagi tindavanu nirogi" means the person who eats raagi everyday will never get any diseases. And yes, thats very true, my own experience and have seen people who are having no health issues. I have seen people recovering from many chronic diseases. They say its good to have Raagi Ganji in the morning for breakfast. But I don't have that patience and may be I will not like it that much, bland ganji!!!

So, making it little interesting, and turning it into an item song from a normal one, I followed the Thaali peeth! (Masala Rotti) recipe and made these crispy raagi rotis. Its not new nor I invented it, its very regular in our villages. I am just adding it in my blog with few clicks. May be my grand mother will laugh if she reads this, as it is a very regular food for her. 
Coming to the recipe,
To make 4 normal size rottis :
Ingredients :
Raagi Flour - 1 cup(either you used the store one, or if you have a chance make it at home which is again time consuming, I used the store one)
Wheat flour - 1 tbsp
Rice flour - 2 tbsp(to make the roti crispy)
Salt to taste
Onion - 1 big or 2 small, finely chopped
Green chilly - 2, finely chopped
Fresh curry leaves and coriander - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Hot water - 1/2 cup or less

To roast:
oil - 1 to 2 tsp for each rotti

Take everything except hot water and oil in a big wide bowl.
Mix well. Add half of the hot water and mix well, check if you can make the soft dough with it. Or else add some more or sprinkle (exact word!) water to make the dough just soft. 
Make the tawa hot,
Take foil and cut into a two palm square size.
Keep the foil on a platform or roti making plate
apply 1/2 tsp of oil on it and spread it.
Take one small ball size of dough, keep on the foil and slowly press it to give the normal roti size. 
You can apply some water to your fingers to make the work fast.
Once the tawa is hot, sprinkle half tea spoon of oil on it, 
Take the foil and invert it on the tawa. wait for 10 seconds, Slowly remove the foil so that it leaves the rotti on tawa.
fry for half a minute and turn it on the other side. Add another tea spoon of oil so that it gets crisp.
Fry it till it gets crisp(may 2 to 3 minute)
Remove and repeat with other dough.

Serve hot with ghee, pickle, curds and papad with onion, don't want any thing!! have it just like that. 

Keep Smiling, 

Thursday, October 10, 2013


Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
How are you? Busy month it was, kids had mid term exam, I was down with fever. Still suffering from Sinus attack. 
Though kept few recipes ready to post but could not because of not having much strength to sit in front of the system. 
But as I did not wanted to break my participation here in this event I I thought of bringing Parathas for this party. Easy, healthy and tasty. Goes well with any gravy or just pickle or curds. 
Coming to the recipe,
Green moong, Matki ( Moth) and Black  Masoor dal - 1 cup, soaked for one day and drained and kept either tied in a cloth or in a colander for a dayor till they sprout
Whole black Masoor dal is a must as it gives nice texture to the dish and tastes different.
Whole wheat flour - 1 1/2 cup
Salt to taste
Red chilly powder - to taste
Green chilly - 1 small, finely chopped
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Amchur powder - 1 tsp
Haldi -1 tsp
Curry leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
Garlic - 4 cloves, finely chopped(optional)
Oil - to roast
Ghee 1 tsp for each Paratha


Boil the sprouted moong in open vessel till soft.
Drain and mash it.
Transfer it to the big plate.
Add all the ingredients except oil and ghee.
Add water little by little to make soft dough.Adjust the seasoning. 
Divide into medium ball sized equal parts.
Roll into thick parathas.
Heat tawa and roast till crisp with little oil on both the sides. Before removing spread  a tsp of ghee on it. 
Serve hot with pickle or curds and paratha. 
My both the kids loved it with sauce.  

Sending it to the event  
Potluck party, Cyber style! - Fun and the Challeng... 

 Keep Smiling,

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Besan Ki Masala Roti for ICC ~August

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
A simple but healthy challenge from   Valli for  Indian Cooking Challenge  for the month of  August. And she gave 2 recipes. As usual I did not get Bajre ka atta which I was really interested to make and taste :-(, So,I had to go only for Besan ke Masala roti. She has chosen the recipe from  from Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
I am posting only the photos here. 
Please do visit Valli's Besan Ki Masala Roti for the recipe.

(Green chilly is missing in the photo)

We all enjoyed it with plain yogurt and pickle with papad.

Keep Smiling, 

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Minty Cheese Paratha

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
I would love to prepare this everyday, because my younger daughter loves it. I am happy that she loves something good food... And ask me!! I am always ready for CHEESE and that too if it is with Mint!! 
A very tasty combo and perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I usually prepare this for an early dinner. A very common paratha, but if you stuff the same with some scrambled paneer, what a healthy way to start your day.
Mint or Pudina is always there in my fridge or many times I keep the mint chutney ready in the refrigerator. I will be waiting for the summer as I dry these fresh mint leaves, powder it and store it again in the fridge.
Mint gives you a very fresh feeling. Add it in the butter milk and have it in the Summer noon. See how fresh you feel.
Here is the recipe:

Wheat flour - 1 cup
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Water to make the dough.
Mix all the ingredients except water. Keep on adding little water to make the flour into soft dough.
Keep it aside.

For Stuffing:
Fresh Mint or Pudina - 1 small bunch, cleaned, washed and finely chopped
Mozzarella Cheese - 1 cup, grated
Salt to taste
White pepper powder - 1 tsp
Mix all the ingredients and keep it aside.(Not for  long time)

Divide the dough into big lime size balls.
Take one ball, roll it to make a big puri size.
Spread the cheese and mint mixture(About big one spoon or more if you like more cheesy paratha) evenly.

Fold it to give square shape(shown in the photo)

Slowly roll the parathas into square and bigger size.

Roast the parathas with little oil on both the sides.
Serve hot with pickle or sauce(I don't recommend) or some wet chutney. I love to roll it and have it just like that to enjoy the cheese in each bite.

Sending it to PJ's Herbs and Flowers In My Platter.

I know I am late, but got confused with the last date and forgot to check. I kept the post half ready before only,  As there was a time constraint, I could not post it before 15th. I am sorry for the same PJ. Hope to maintain the time in the future.
Keep Smiling,

Friday, August 6, 2010

Chapati Poha

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
The chapatis made for dinner always are extra. And I do not like those chapatis.(I can eat  2 days old Jowar rotti but not the chapatis) Its big question with remaining chapatis. But I try to turn these chapatis into something tasty and healthy recipe.  One of those recipes is this Poha. Its very tasty and great breakfast.

Left over chapatis (Indian wheat flat breads) - 8 to 10
(Click Soft Chapatis my way for the recipe to make chapati)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Onion - 1 medium, finely chopped
Green Chilly - 1 finely chopped
Curry leaves - few
Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Urad dal (Skinned Black  gram) - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - pinch
Sugar - 1 tsp
Tomato - 1 medium (optional)
Lime juice - 1 tbsp(I used this)
Fresh coriander to garnish

Cut the chapatis in to four pieces. Grind into batches to turn those into coarse powder, not powder. We need the chapati like Poha. Keep it aside.
Heat oil in a pan. 
Add mustard seeds. When splutter, add Urad dal
when they start changing the color, add jeera or cumin seeds, curry leaves. Fry till the urad dal changes its color to gold.
Add onion, green chilly. Fry it till the onion becomes almost brown and well cooked. Add the tomato in between (If you are adding it)
Now add salt and  turmeric powder. Add lemon juice. Mix well. 
Put the coarsed chapati. Add sugar and mix well to combine the ingredients together.
Cook for 2 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander.
Serve hot with a hot cup of tea. 
It tastes good  only with one day old chapatis.
This serves 2 persons (not very hungry :-)  )

Sending this to PJ's very useful event 

Keep Smiling,

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tri Colored Chapatis and Tomato Chutney!

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
Colorful food!!! We all get attracted towards colorful food. Here is the recipe for colorful chapati! My mom and me prepared it together. She loves to try new food and always supports me with my cooking ideas. 
She prepares it for kids parties or some get together functions. 
I will directly go to the recipe as the procedure is long. But I have taken the step by step photos. It will be easy for me to write the recipe and easy for you to follow it to make.
Step 1 :
Ingredients required :
Wheat flour - 1 bowl each for 3 vegetables.
Spinach - 2 big bunch
(I used only one, as I had only one with me)
Carrot - 2 big
Beet root - 1 big
Salt to taste for each dough
Oil for each dough
Be careful about using chilly as it is mainly served for kids. 
Green chilly - 1 for spinach
Red chilly powder - 1 tsp for beet root
Orange color chilly - 1 (optional if you have) 
or skip it.
Oil to fry chapatis.
Step 2:
1. Wash, clean, chop and boil the spinach for few minutes. Remove and put in the cold water for a minute. Strain and puree it with the hands. Do not use blender as it will be watery and needs more flour.
2. Wash, clean and boil the carrot and beetroot separately. (I cooked in the cooker for 2 whistles.)
Mash the carrot and puree it again with the hands. 
3. Grate the beetroot with small grater and keep it aside.

Step 3 :
Take 3 plates or big bowls.
1. Take one cup of wheat flour. Add pureed spinach, crushed green chilly, salt and oil. Knead it into dough.
2. Take another cup of wheat flour in one more plate. Add mashed carrot, crushed orange chilly(if using), salt and oil. Knead it into dough.
3 . Take 3rd cup of wheat flour in third plate. Add Grated beetroot, Red chilly powder, salt and oil. Knead it into dough.
Be careful about adding water  when making the dough. 
Keep aside for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 4 :
Make long rolls with each dough. Like this :
Step 5 :
Follow the photo to keep the rolls on each other :

Step 6 :
Slowly cut the roll into equal pieces :
Step 7 :
Gently press the pieces.

Step 8 :
Roll each piece into chapatis.

Step 9 :
Fry each chapati with little oil.  And chapatis are ready to eat.

Now for the Tomato chutney :
Raw or green tomato - 3 medium, cleaned, chopped
Green chilly - 2 or less if for kids
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Curry leaves -few
Garlic - 6 cloves
Jaggery - 1 tbsp or more depending on the sourness of tomato

Fry all the ingredients together for 5 minutes and keep it to cool.

Fresh coconut - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander - 1 tbsp
Add the fried ingredients with fresh coconut, salt, fresh coriander and put it into blender to make into fine paste. 
Tomato chutney is ready.

Sending this to Srivalli's monthly event "Kid's Delight,". And this month's theme is 

I am sending this to 
Providing the link back to Cilantro's page as per the rule.

Keep Smiling,

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Naan without using Yeast and Tandoor!!(Food Remake)

Tried and tasted by Nivedita 
Hi All,
Again one more dish from other blog!! I am sure that Blog world is a boon to  every food lover and the person who loves to cook. You get wonderful ideas, tips, unknown recipes around the world and beautiful people who loves to share the secrets of their kitchen without any hesitation. I have met many people who never give up their secrets of their special recipe. Its really funny!!! I would like to invite those people to our blogworld and see US!!! and our love towards the food world

Hey!! What am I writing??? Getting more and more involved with blogging!!! I always say "LETS GROW TOGETHER, THREE CHEERS TO BLOG WORLD" and I still do. Here, I have learnt more and more about many things, about kitchen, about food, about life.... list goes on.
Thanks to all the bloggers who shares their ideas about everything. 
Coming to the recipe,
Whenever we go out to restaurants for food, my daughter always orders for Naan or Tandoor roti. She just loves it with Chicken curry. All these days I tried my way to make Naan but never got them right till I got this recipe from Sailu of  Sailu's Kitchen  (click here for the recipe). 
One more blog I came through was Archana's recipe click here for the recipe. Archana has given the detailed photos about how to make Naan at home with the normal Cooker. It is really useful for newbies! I tried in cooker also, but I think one needs little practice to prepare in the cooker. Enjoy the photos in her blog!
But, I tried Sailu's version and followed her way of making Naan. 
Here is the recipe I followed from Sailu :
(I have tried to write down the same way she has written)
Maida or All purpose flour - 2 cups 
Warm milk - 1/2 cup
Fresh curd or yogurt  - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 3/4 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Baking soda - a pinch
Kalonji or Sesame seeds - 1/4 tsp on each naan to spread
Butter or ghee - 1/2 tsp on each naan to spread

  • Sieve Maida, baking powder, baking soda and salt on a wide and big plate. 
  • Make a big well in the middle. 
  • Add Sugar, milk, curd.
  • Mix slowly and gently to make it into soft dough.
  • Keep it covered with damp cloth for 2 hours. 
  • After two hours, take the dough and divide in to big lemon size balls. Dust the rolling board with maida.
  • Roll into oval shape rotis. You can press with hands also. 
  • Sprinkle Kalonji or sesame seeds and press gently.
  • Keep the tawa to heat. When it is very hot, brush one side of Naan with water and place the Naan with waterside down on tawa. Cover it with lid on high flame for 30 seconds. Open the lid and see the bubbles coming up. Take the Naan from Tawa using tong and cook the other side of the Naan directly on the flame.
  • Spread little butter and serve hot with your choice of curry. 

I prepared Egg curry with it!! The taste was just like the Naan which you get in any restaurant!!
I want to try this with Wheat flour. I will let you know, if I make and if it tastes good.
I want to thank Sailu for such a wonderful recipe. I am a regular follower of her recipes and I have tried many recipes from her blog. 
Keep Smiling,

Thursday, February 4, 2010

C.C? K.P? S.C OR C.C again!? What's there in A name?

Tried and tasted by Nivedita
Hi All,
Call it Chilli Chapati, Chilli paratha, kuttu paratha, spicy Chapati!!! What's there in a name! The taste is the same! Delicious!!! 
Last week when Nithu posted Chilli Paratha, I was tempted to make it the same time! I went in the kitchen knowing that I do not have frozen parathas in the fridge. But I knew Ajjiri is going to make chapatis. I told her to make thick chapatis and keep ready.  I promised Nithu that I will come back with the review.(Sorry for the delay, Neetu!)

I have read many blogs who posted same recipe. 
One, I remember is PJ's  CHILLI CHAPTHI, where she added soya sauce. And my sis-in-law tried this recipe and was so happy with the taste.
Now, coming to my recipe,
I tasted this first in UAE. My co-sister brought chicken Kuttu paratha  from "Deira Dubai Appa Kadai restaurant" and told me to taste it. And it was just superb. I did not share it with anyone! Selfish no! but the taste was like that. She told me that we get the vegetarian kuttu paratha in Sharavana bhavan in Abu shagarah in Sharjah. Very next evening I went there and ordered one plate of same! And I just loved it.
Thinking why writing all  the area names? I am missing Sharjah, Abu dhabi and Dubai(the whole UAE) for food!
Coming back to the story,
When I went to the kitchen .....
I got cabbage, capsicum and carrots in the fridge. I thought of using all these.
So here goes the recipe,
Ready chapatis - 10 to 12, cut into pieces.
Oil 1 tbsp
Heat oil in a kadai, Fry the chapatis till they are just crispy and keep it aside.

Oil - 2 tbsp
Jeera or cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry leaves - few
Cabbage - 1/2 cup, shredded
Carrot - 1 big, julienned,
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
Capsicum - 1 big or 2 small, cut into length
Green chilly - 2 cut into long 
Tomato puree - made of 2 tomatoes(I do not get ready paste, so I boiled the tomatoes in a microwave for 2 minutes and blend it into puree
Salt to taste
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red chilly  powder - 1 tsp
Madras curry powder - 1 tbsp(it gives unique taste to this chilli paratha, if you do not have, use the normal curry powder or skip it)

Heat oil in a thick bottomed kadai, Add jeera and curry leaves with onion. Let onion fry till it changes its color, add ginger garlic paste. Fry for a minute and add cabbage, carrot and capsicum. Fry for two minutes. Transfer this in to a bowl or plate. Add tomato puree in the same kadai. When it starts boiling add all the dry powders and green chilly. Fry for a minute. Return back the fried vegetables into kadai. Mix it properly. Now goes the chapati pieces. Again mix properly so that the masala gets mix with chapati pieces. Cook for a minute. Garnish with fresh coriander. 
My chilli chapati or call it any name! is ready to eat!! 

Keep smiling,

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