Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stuffed Bread Dahi Vada - Instant and No Cook

Instant and healthy version of dahi vada made with bread - Easy, fat free and No cook Recipe

Dahi vada is a popular snack or street food of Northern India. It is a deep fried snack made with white lentil or urad daal .You need to plan it ahead as its made with soaked and ground urad daal paste.then deep fried and soaked again. I have already posted the recipe - How to make Dahi bhalla

But this bread dahi vada is an instant don't need to plane ahead to make this as no soaking ,grinding and deep frying is needed. Just add some beaten chilled yougurt over fresh bread roundels and garnish with green and date chutney and your fat free and easy dahi vadas are ready in minutes.

instant bread dahi vada recipe

Instant bread dahi vada

instant dahi vada

how to make bread dahi vada

Prep time-10 min
Difficulty level-easy
Spice level - medium
Type - snack
Yield - 5

  • Bread slice -10
  • Yogurt /dahi  - 1 cup
  • Sugar /chini - 1tsp
  • Green chutney - 3 tbsp
  • Sweet chutney - 3 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts / kaju- 5
  • Raisins / kishmish- 1 tbsp
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • fresh coriander - 2 tbsp
  • Chili powder /lal mirch - 3/4 tsp
  • Roasted cumin powder /bhuna jeera - 3/4 tsp
  • Black salt /kala namak - 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh coriander/dhaniya ,chopped- 1.5 tbsp
  1. Wash and soak cashew and rasins in 1/2 cup water and keep aside.
  2. Now with a sharp bowl, lid or any mould cut bread into roundels.
  3. Take chilled yogurt in a bowl and add 1/4 cup water, salt and sugar and whisk well.
  4. Now chop cashews and ginger into small pieces.
  5. Spread some yogurt in the serving bowl and then put one bread slice over the curd.
  6. Press it slightly then pour curd all over the bread(or dip the bread slice in the curd)
  7. Now sprinkle some chopped cashews,raisins,ginger and chopped coriander over it.
  8. Now cover it with other plain bread slice.
  9. Drizzle yogurt over it to cover from all sides.
  10. Now drizzle sweet chutney, green chutney, chili powder,black salt and cumin powder.
  11. Serve immediately.
  1. Add water according to the quality and thickness of the curd ,it should neither be very thin nor very thick,should be of pouring consistency so bread can soak it properly.
  2. If you don't have sweet chutney or green chutney even then you can make these dahi vadas ,they taste great both way
  3. Just make them when you are about to serve as they may become very soft to handle if kept for some time.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Mango Salsa

Mango and bell pepper salsa

A tangy, cool and refreshing mango salsa to enjoy in this summer season.You can serve this as a salad, side dish or can serve this salsa with any crisp snack, nachos or chips. Its very easy to make and need just few ingredients and every one will surely love the tangy sweet and sour taste of this colourful salsa.

I have made few more  mango recipes this season ,Easy home made  Mango kulfi was loved and enjoyed by every one at home.The cool and refeshing Mint and  mango Lemonade is a tangy and delicious drink which is easy to make and taste very delicious and refreshing.

Prep time - 10 min
Cuisine - International
Difficulty level - easy
Spice level - mild
Type - side ,salad
Serve - 3

  • Ripe mango, chopped-1
  • Green bell pepper, chopped - 1/2 cup
  • Red bell pepper -1/2 cup
  • Mint leaves, chopped-10
  • Green chili, chopped- 1
  • Lemon juice- 1 tsp
  • Cooking Oil - 1 tsp
  • Crushed black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt -to taste
  1. In a bowl mix oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper and mint.
  2. Add all the chopped fruit and vegetables pieces in the bowl and mix.
  3. Serve chilled with any snack ,chips or as a salad

NOTE- Don't use over ripe mango,choose ripe but firm mango.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Pudina Aloo

Stir fried potatoes in tangy mint sauce

As Potatoes are everyone's favorite so there are end numbers of recipes to make potato dishes. Sweets, side dishes, stir fries, pudding, snacks we can make everything with potatoes.Children just love potato dishes.

Often people hesitate to eat potatoes as it have good amount of starch in it but if the potatoes are fried, only then they become high in calories so deep frying should be avoided but steaming, boiling, baking, mashed, roasting are good options to consume potatoes.They are fat free, cholesterol and sodium free.A good source of potassium, Vit B, C, Fibre and Iron. Potatoes are good for healthy nervous system and to reduce blood pressure.

I use potatoes to make different types of dishes, one of my favorite dessert is  Potato halwa which can also be used during fasting ,the crispy Potato mint  kachori and the spicy and popular  Mathura ke dubki waley aloo ki subzi which can be served with poori and kachoris.

I love the flavour of mint and often use it to make chutney and raita .This pudina aloo is my favourite recipe which you can serve as a starter, as a snack or can serve as a side dish with any Indian bread. The mint flavour combine very beautifully with potatoes and gives a wonderful flavour to this pudina aloo stirfry.

pudina waley aloo ki subzi

Prep time -10 min
Cooking time -10 min
Cuisine - North Indian
Difficulty level - Medium
Type - Side,snack
Spice level - Medium
Serve - 4

  • Potatoes,boiled - 5 (medium)
  • Mint leaves - 1/4 cup
  • Coriander leaves - 1/2 cup
  • Green chilies, chopped - 2
  • Mango powder - 1.5 tsp
  • Chili powder - 1tsp
  • Turmeric /haldi - 1/3 tsp
  • Salt /namak - to taste
  • Cumin /jeera - 1tsp
  • Cooking Oil - 5 tbsp
  1. Peel and chop boiled potatoes in medium size pieces.
  2. Wash and grind mint,corinader and green chilies into a paste.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan.
  4. Add cumin and when it start crackling add the mint paste.
  5. Stir fry till it start giving a nice aroma.
  6. Now add all the spices in it and stir.
  7. Add chopped potatoes and gently mix.
  8. Add 1/2 cup of water and simmer till potato absorb all the water.
  9. Serve hot as a appetizers, snack or side dish.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mango Mint Lemonade

Cool and refreshing drink of mint and mangoes

As the Summers are still here so mangoes are still in season. We all have our own favorite ways to enjoy this king of fruits,some just slice the fruit and enjoy it, some make desserts, pudding, pickles and so many different and creative recipes with mangoes are tried every season.My family favorite dessert  is - Home made Mango kulfi

Today I am sharing the quick and so refreshing mango mint lemonade drink, which have sweet and tangy flavours of mint , lemon and mangoes. Lemon and mint not only give flavour and taste to the drink but also balance the heat and sweetness of mangoes.I have added aerated water but you can also make it with chilled water.

how to make mango lime and mint lemonade

home made mango lime lemonade

Prep time - 8 min
Cuisine - Indian
Difficulty level -easy
Type - beverage,cooler
Serve -2

  • Ripe mango -1
  • Mint leaves / pudina - 10
  • Black salt / kala namak- 1/2 tsp
  • Roasted cumin / bhuna jeera -1/3 tsp
  • Aerated lemon drink or soda -1 can
  • Sugar - 3 tbsp
  1. Wash and peel mango skin and chop it into small pieces.
  2. Add chopped mango pieces, mint, sugar, salt, cumin powder and 1/4 cup water in a blender
  3. Blend it to make a smooth puree.
  4. Add the puree in the serving glass to fill it about 1/3 and add some ice cubes.
  5. Add aerated lemon drink over it and serve with a stirrer 
  6. OR mix puree and aerated drink in a pitcher,mix well and serve in glasses
Rub the glass rim with a slice of lemon and then in a plate mix some sugar,chili powder and salt .
Dip the glass rim in the sugar solution and then gently fill it with the lemonade

Note-If you are using water instead of aerated lemon drink then add 1.5 tsp of lemon juice at step-2