Baked Sev Strips – Gluten Free

22 Jan

Sharing with you the baked version of a popular Indian savory snack recipe that I enjoyed a lot in my college days specially while studying for exams. I was very surprised how close it tasted to the fried version. Sev is a popular Indian snack food consisting of small pieces of crunchy noodles made from chickpea flour paste, which is seasoned with turmeric, cayenne, and ajwain before being deep-fried in oil. These noodles vary in thickness. It is vegan and gluten-free.

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You can use this recipe to either fry the strip or use the sev maker to fry or bake the sev. There are variations to this recipe depending on each state in India. I am sharing with you the one that is popular in Goa.

On a side note I do apologize for being slack with my blog the reason being I fell very sick the day after Christmas and am still recovering and to add to it all my husband fell sick last week that ended in him being in the hospital and having various test done to see the cause of his sickness. The next 3 weeks are going to be hectic with doctor’s appointments and I want to focus on him being well. I will be there to support your blog post but will take a break from posting my self. I truly appreciate all your support. Thank you all so much :-)

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Serving Size ; 4

Ingredients:

1 cup of besan/garbanzo beans flour 

2 tbsp of oil

1/4 tsp of turmeric powder

1/8 tsp of Asafoetida

1/4 tsp of red chili powder

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1/4 tsp of ajwain/ Carom seed powder

1/4 cup water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Heat oven to 355F or 180C or heat oil for deep-frying.

Mix all the dry ingredients together well. Knead the flour to a nice dough using little water at a time. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes.

If you have the sev maker, press the dough through the sev maker  to form thin noodles strips and lay it on parchment paper to bake or deep fry the sev.

If you do not have a sev maker then place the ball of dough in-between to parchment papers, roll the dough to a very thin layer. I used a pizza cutter to cut the dough into long strips. You can cut it in cracker shapes as well.

Bake for 13-15 minutes till crisp. Let cool completely and enjoy it as a snack or mix it with roasted nut for extra flavor.

Store in an airtight container for a couple of days.

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Smoked Paprika Grilled Chicken

15 Jan

The benefit of running my blog motivates me to experiment in my kitchen and create recipes that sometimes are a hit and some a miss. This recipe is what I put together when I was trying to make the Mc Donald’s Southwestern Chicken salad and wanted to create the same smoky grilled chicken they serve with their salad.

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Since then I have used the smoked paprika grilled chicken in salads, tostada’s, quesadillas, lettuce wraps with chipotle dressing and  yesterday I made a chicken sandwich for lunch with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado and a creamy cilantro dressing for my husband. Sharing with you this recipe that is a favorite in my home. I love to marinate the meat overnight and make freezer bags of the marinated chicken for days I want a lighter meal.

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Serving Size: 4

Ingredients:

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1.5- 2 lbs of chicken breast fillet thinly

1 tbsp of smoked paprika

3/4 tsp of cumin powder

1/2 tsp of onion powder

1 tbsp of garlic powder

2-3 tsp of sriracha sauce based on your spice level

1.5 tsp of lemon/lime juice

salt to taste

Directions:

Wash the meat and dry with paper towel.

Mix the remaining ingredients together and let the meat marinate at-least for 30 minutes. I prefer overnight.

Grill or shallow fry the chicken in a pan for 3-4 minutes on each side till well browned.

Let it rest for a couple of minutes and it is ready to eat.

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Thai Curry Glazed Green Beans

18 Dec

Wishing all my dear fellow bloggers and readers in advance a Very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Years 2016. I know the blogging world is full of baked sweet goods so I wanted to share something different. Sharing one of the recipe I will be having on my dinner table for Christmas. This is a very easy and quick recipe. I made these beans for the first time about 5 weeks back as I had bought more than I needed thai curry paste and pad thai sauce.  Since then, I have made it a couple of times till I got the recipe to my liking. This year I decided to host a Christmas Lunch and as most of my friends are vegetarians my husband wanted me to included this dish. My lunch is going to be a mix of different cuisines just like a typical Goan.

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I wanted my beans to have a  subtle taste of lemon grass, some spice and the underlying flavor and sourness of fish sauce. You can replace the fish sauce with soy if you do not like it. You can use the glazed green beans to make a Pad Thai inspired rice noodles, Vietnamese fresh spring rolls – which does not need a dipping sauce, or enjoy with plain rice.

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Serving Size: 6-8

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs of tender green beans

Trio of bell-peppers julienne (1 each – red,  yellow, orange)

1 medium onion julienne

1.5-2tbsp thai red/green curry paste

1 tbsp of fish sauce/ soy sauce

4-5 tbsp of pad thai sauce

1/3 crushed unsalted roasted peanuts

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Directions:

Cut the green beans into halves and microwave in a glass bowl as per instructions to cook them tender about 6-8 minutes. Drain and keep aside.

In a hot wok add the onions till it becomes translucent.

Next add and saute the bell-peppers for couple of minutes.

Add the thai curry paste and saute for 1-2 minutes till it is fragrant.

Next add the green beans, pad thai sauce, fish/soy sauce and saute till all mixes well and the beans are coated.

Garnish with crushed roasted peanuts and serve with rice, noodles or make some Vietnamese fresh spring rolls.

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Variations:

1 cup of cubed tofu

1/3 cup small dried roasted shrimps

1 cup of cooked chicken

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Pork Empadinhas

11 Dec

Goan Pork Empadinhas is not to be mistaken with empanadas that are popular in Mexican and South American restaurant. They are made with flour, are sweet and are shaped as mini pies. I have only eaten them twice when I was really young. And now I know why…..they take a lot of egg yolks and time :-) My aunt who lived with us would make all the Portuguese specialties in our family since they were time-consuming and needed attention to details.

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The Goan Pork Empadinhas does have a Portuguese influence. Traditionally empadinhas are made with pork but if you want to make it vegetarian you can use mushroom and follow the same recipe to cook it as below. Do note, the stuffing has to be dry so drain out all the liquid. If you do visit Goa you may not find it on regular restaurant menu’s but ask a Goan born during the Portuguese regime in Goa like my mum’s generation they know about the Empadinhas, Bacalhau (cod fish), Sardinhas à PortuguesaBeef Roulade, Assado de Leitão(Roasted Piglet) and a few more.

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This recipe is a 3 step Process.

  1.  Cooking the pork meat.

2.   Making the sweet dough and shaping them in a muffin pan

3.  Baking the mini Pork Pies at 350F for 18-20 minutes.

I made 12 empadinhas and used the remaining dough and meat to make a Pot of Gold ( as I call it).

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Serving Size: 12 mini pies + 1

Ingredients:

Cooking the pork meat

1.5 lbs of pork meat diced into small cubes

3 medium onions chopped

8 cloves garlic

1.5″ ginger

8 whole cloves

8 whole peppercorns

1.5″ cinnamon stick

1 green chili

1 red chili

1 dime sized tamarind ball

1/2 tsp of turmeric

1 tsp of vinegar

1 tsp of sugar

1/4 cup water

salt to taste

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Directions:

Wash and cut the meat into tiny cubes.

Grind the garlic, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, tamarind, peppercorns, green & red chili and vinegar to a paste.

Apply salt and ground paste to the cut meat. Keep aside.

In a pot heat oil and saute the onions till soften. Next add the turmeric and saute for a minute.

Add the cut meat, sugar, water season with more salt if needed and saute well till all mixes and cover and cook on medium low heat while checking for 15 -20 minutes. Till the meat is cooked well.

Let cool completely. You can also make this the night before.

Making the sweet dough:

1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 cup cream of wheat

9 egg yolks

2 tbsp – 3 tbsp of cold milk

6 tbsp of fine sugar

2 tbsp of melted butter

1/2 tsp of baking powder

1 egg yolk + 1 tbsp of water beaten together to brush the tops (optional)

1/8 tsp of salt

Directions:

Mix the flour, cream of wheat, baking powder, sugar and salt well.

Next add the melted butter and mix it well into the dry ingredients.

Beat the yolks together and pour in and mix to form a dough if the dough id too dry add some few tablespoon of cold milk to form a nice dough.

Cover and let rest in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Spray or brush the muffin pan with oil.

Divide the dough into 12 equal part and roll out each part to have the muffin pan covered at the base and the top. For this I used a 4 1/4 inch round for the bottom and 2 3/4 inch round for the top as per my muffin pan.

Fill each with the pork filling.

Cover  each pie with the 2 3/4 inch crust and give them all a yolk wash on top.

Bake in the oven at 350F for 18-20 minutes till all have a nice golden brown crust.

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KulKuls and Carambolas -Goan Christmas Sweets

4 Dec

It was exciting to make these sweet crunchy Christmas sweets with my sons. They enjoy trying different foods and want to learn to cook.  They love watching Food Networks.  It made me happy to pass my traditions and reminded me of my childhood doing the same with my family a week before Christmas. All the excitement, fun of going caroling home to home around our parish, making home cribs, decorating the Christmas trees, participating in singing competitions and going for Christmas Dances. Christmas was a day spent in exchanging Christmas sweets with family, friends and close neighbors.

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This recipe of Kulkuls and Carambolas( Kormolas) is a 2-in-1. Kulkuls are shaped just like the Italian gnocchi, which are shaped on the back of a fork. Carambolas are made by rolling the dough thinly and then cutting them into 2″ inch squares and pinching the opposite ends together to form into a conch shell. The dough is made with just 6 basic ingredients and has no eggs. Flour, coconut milk, butter/ghee, sugar, cream of wheat( rava, for crunch), pinch of salt and then deep-fried golden brown.

kulkuls-carambolas-korbolas-christmas-sweets-with-coconut-milk-egglessVariations in this recipe.

1) Egg is added to the dough.

2) After being deep-fried sugar is sprinkled or it is dipped in sugar syrup.

3) Cardamom powder is added to the dough.

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Serving Size: 8-10

Ingredients:

3 cups all-purpose flour

1.5 cups approx of coconut milk

5 tbsp of medium cream of wheat / rava

6 tbsp of fine sugar

3 tbsp of melted butter or ghee

pinch of salt

Directions:

Mix the flour and cream of wheat  then add the melted butter and mix it well into the flour.

Next add the sugar and salt, mix well it into the dry flour mixture.

Finally knead the flour with coconut milk to form a moist dough. Cover with a moist kitchen towel and let set for about 10-15 minutes.

Divide the dough into 2 equal portions.

To make carambolas roll the dough thin and then with a pizza cutter cut to make approx 2″ squares.

Pinch the opposite ends to together as shown in the above image.

Place on parchment paper and cover with a moist kitchen towel till all the dough is used.

To make kulkuls make small dough balls the size of a dime and roll on the back of the fork.

Continue the above step till all the dough is used.

Heat oil in a deep-frying pan and deep fry the shaped dough till golden brown.

Drain on paper towel. Let cool totally and then store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.

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Enjoy for Christmas celebration’s or with a nice cup of hot tea or coffee.

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