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How to make oil free Pakoras? Moras Pakora

Moras Pakora:

Miraculous Moras

This recipe is an interesting variation on the dal wada/ pakora. In this particular recipe the aim is to showcase this wonderful ingredient called the Moras bhaji/ Chiu chi Bhaji. This is a special leafy plant that grows in the marshy mangrove areas. Its speciality is its incredible resistance to salt content in the soil. This salt seems to permeate into the vegetable. The leaves are not flat but slightly swollen and juicy. Resultant taste is bafflingly salty, slightly sour and the texture of the leaf is crunchy almost like biting into salty chip. This appears for a very short period in the markets and we can owe this largely to the gujarati community that consume this leaf as a snack to compensate for their salt-less fast that they have to follow for periods upto 5 days straight. This keeps the salt cravings at bay.

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Moras Pakora
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Batter
Tadka
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Passive Time 2 hours
Servings
people
Ingredients
Batter
Tadka
Instructions
  1. Wash the dals until the water turns clear. Soak the dals in water for about 2 hours atleast.
  2. Drain, then grind it to a fine paste in the mixer with very little or no water.
  3. In a large wide pan. Heat some ghee, add the jeera, hing, green chillies, then add the mixture and add 2 cups of water. Keep stirring, on a medium-low flame and add the salt and the sugar and continue to stir with a flat spoon, making sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom. Don’t be tempted to add more salt, because of the saltiness of the moras will come through after baking.
  4. Do this for at-least 1 min. if it gets too thick before that, add water ½ cup at a time. The idea is to make sure that the dals cooks and doesn’t have the raw taste like batter.
  5. Usually after about 15 minutes of stirring, the ghee will start to separate from the mixture, and the mixture will have a slight shine. At this point give it a good stir, scrape the sides down and turn off the flame.
  6. Wash and pick the leaves and discard the stems of the moras bhaji. Roughly chop it up and mix it with the cooked batter. Spread it out and let it cool down till it can be handled.
  7. Preheat the oven to 200*C, grease a tray with very little oil, make tiny balls of the mixture and arrange them on the tray. You should get about 18-20 of them. Use some water or oil while shaping the balls if the mixture is too sticky. Ideally it should not be. Bake it at 200* for 5-7min then for another 10 min. on high to get the brown colouration and the crispness. The center will be slightly gooey, but the mixture is cooked completely even before baking so. Enjoy oil free guilt free binging on these pakoras.
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How to Make Oil Free Pakoras? Don’t Waste Cauliflower Stems SuperFood

It’s that time of the year, rains ruining your travel plans and messing up your laundry duties. We all need the warmth and feel good factor of bhajiyas and pakoras with chai but with all the goodness of no oil of-course. So I’ve come up with a few recipes to do just that.

Cauliflower stem and leaf pakora:

It’s the monsoon season, vegetable prices are soaring and one can’t afford to throw away any edible portion of vegetables especially when they are so expensive. Did you know the actual raw yield of a head of cauliflower is just about 55%. If you purchase 1 kg cauliflower for 63 rupees which is the prevailing rate. You are essentially dumping 28 rupees worth of perfectly edible cauliflower in the bin which is wrong on so many levels.

Making this cauliflower stem pakoras is incredibly simple and is sure to brighten up a gloomy monsoon evening. Best enjoyed with a cup of piping hot chai.

 

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Cauliflower stem pakora
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Wash the cauliflower, destem the florets and keep aside. We will not be using the florets. You may use the florets for your regular sabji or any other purpose. Once cut you can store the florets immersed in water for upto 24 hrs in the refrigerator.
  2. Roughly chop up the stems, leaves and the stalks. In rare cases the cauliflower comes whole along with the larger leaves that completely envelope it. Make sure you don’t include these as we want to make sure that the pakoras don’t have too much leafy content which will leach out water and not allow them to crisp up adequately.
  3. Once this is done put all of these contents in a blender and blitz the mixture till it is finely chopped up but not to a paste. Add some salt to the mixture, mix and keep it aside. The salt is added for seasoning ofcourse but also to ensure that the leafy portion lets of some of the excess moisture. Moisture being the enemy of crispyness.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare the batter and keep it aside. Keep water for boiling. Squeeze the blended cauliflower and drain the excess water. Now add it to the batter, check the consistency as mentioned in the ingredient list.
  5. Once the water is boiling, add the batter in small dolops either with a spoon or your hands. The batter will be sticky so keep a bowl of water handy so that you can quickly rinse your fingers before dropping the next pakora. The boiling process is to make sure that the contents of the pakora are cooked and it gives structure for us to be able to spread out on a baking tray. Poach for about 2-3 mins, drain and cool in the refrigerator. Cooling in the refrigerator will help in the drying out of the surface of the pakoras and help in the browning process in the oven.
  6. Grease a baking tray with 1 tsp of oil and spread it. Preheat the oven to 200*C, add the pakoras to the tray and bake. After about 2 mins, increase the temperature to max, around 250*C. You might have to turn them around slightly to achieve even browning.
  7. After about 5-7 mins it should be crispy, golden brown and ready. Serve hot with ketchup or sauce of your choice.
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Veg Manchurian on Crispy Noodles | Vegetarian Snacks | Chinese Street Food

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Veg Manchurian on Crispy Noodles
Veg Manchurian is a common favorite chinese street food. We all crave for it! Care to make it healthier and guilt free? This natural foods recipe uses a steaming method. No frying makes the veg manchurian light, fluffy and deliciously moist.
Chinese Street Food
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
Manchurian balls
Ingredients
For the Veg Manchurian Balls
For the sauce
For the crispy noodles
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
Manchurian balls
Ingredients
For the Veg Manchurian Balls
For the sauce
For the crispy noodles
Chinese Street Food
Instructions
Manchurian Balls
  1. Roughly chop all the vegetables for the manchurian balls. Add them into a mixture and grind them into a course mixture.
  2. Add cornstarch and salt to the mixture. Mix well.
  3. Take a spoonful of mixture and roll it into a lemon ball shape. Repeat this until the entire mixture is shaped into manchurian.
  4. Heat water in a wok and place a bamboo steamer lined with lettuce or salad leaf in it.
  5. Place the manchurian balls in batches and steam them for 5 to 7 minutes.
  6. Allow them to cool. Then roll each of them in cornstarch, dust off the excess and set aside.
Manchurian Sauce
  1. In a wok, heat vegetable oil.
  2. Add the manchurian pieces and allow them to turn golden brown on both sides.
  3. Add chopped garlic, ginger, spring onion bulbs. Add green chilli if you would like the sauce to be hot and spicy. Saute all the ingredients together.
  4. Add chopped carrot and allow them to cook for 2 minutes.
  5. In a glass of cold water, add dark soy sauce and cornstarch and mix well until there are no lumps remaining in the solution. Add salt if required.
  6. Add the cornstarch solution to the wok with the manchurian and allow it to come to boil. Mix well.
  7. Turn off the heat and add chopped spring onion leaves to the sauce. Mix well and set aside.
Crispy Noodles
  1. Cook the instruction without the spice mix, as per the instructions given on the pack.
  2. Add salt and a few drops of soy sauce. Allow the noodles to cool to room temperature.
  3. Take two same size glass bowls that are fitted easily on top of each other. Smear some oil in one bowl and at the bottom of the other bowl. Repeat this with all the pairs of bowls to be used to make as many nests as you wish to serve.
  4. Divide the noodles into 3 parts. Add one part of the noodles in one of the greased bowls. Take the other fitted bowl with oil at the bottom and neatly fit on top of the noodles to make a nest. Repeat the same with all the remaining noodles for small nests. Or You can also use the entire pack of noodles and two big bowls to make a single crispy noodles nest.
  5. Keep the fitted bowls with noodles in the refrigerator for 20 to 30 minutes.
  6. Take the set noodles nest and pan fry them with hot vegetable oil on a non-stick pan.
  7. Place the crispy noodles on a serving plate. Place the manchurian balls with a spoonful of sauce on top. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and spring onions greens.
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Baked Multigrain Mathri Canapes | Party Food | Vegetarian Snacks


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Baked Multigrain Mathri Canapes
Enjoy the festive season and get healthy, stronger and fitter at the same time! These Mathris have amaranth seeds, flax seeds and rolled oats. They are made with whole wheat flour so they are good to taste and good for health.
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Multigrain Mathri
Mustard Topping
Chilli Cheese Topping
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
pieces
Ingredients
Multigrain Mathri
Mustard Topping
Chilli Cheese Topping
Instructions
  1. Sieve the whole wheat flour and salt together.
  2. On a flat surface, add whole wheat flour and refined flour.
  3. Make a well in the centre and add ghee.
  4. Mix with your fingers till it becomes breadcrumbs like powdery texture.
  5. Add the chilled water and bring the dough together.
  6. Add the flax seeds, amaranth seeds and oats and knead it into the dough.
  7. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts.
  8. Flatten one part of the dough and roll it out to 2mm thickness. Repeat the process with the other three parts.
  9. Trim the uneven sides and cut a rectangle.
  10. Cut the rectangle sheet into triangle crackers and poke them with a fork or knife point.
  11. Line a baking tray with aluminium foil. Place the mathris on the tray.
  12. Preheat the oven at 200 degree celsius for 15 minutes.
  13. Place the mathris in the preheated oven. Bake at 200 degree celsius for 10 to 12 minutes.
  14. Allow them to cool. Store in an air tight container.
Mustard Topping
  1. Mix both ingredients together. Whisk them into a smooth paste. Place a dollop of the topping on the mathri.
Chilli Cheese Topping
  1. Mix both ingredients together. Whisk them into a smooth paste. Place a dollop of the topping on the mathri.
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Crispy Sweet Potato Chaat || Nourishing Natural Foods


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Shakarkandi Paneer Anaar ki Chaat
Oven Baked, Crispy Sweet Potato Fries are marinated in a lip smacking masala. It is spicy, sweet and tangy at the same time. This recipe is loaded with vegetarian protein, fiber and vitamins. It is nourishing, easy to make and drool worthy..!!
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Course Snacks, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 5 minutes
Servings
People
Ingredients
Instructions
Sweet Potato Fries, Oven Baked
  1. a) Preheat the oven at 200 Degree Celcius/ 400 F. b) Scrub the sweet potato clean and cut them into quarters. c) Add ghee and coat the sweet potato. d) Add all the dried spices and mix well. e) Place them on an aluminium sheet over a baking tray. Seal the package with another sheet of aluminium foil on top. f) Oven bake it for 15 minutes at 200 degree celsius. Then flip it over and bake it for another 15 minutes. g) Pull the fried out of the oven and allow them to cool.
Giving the Smoky Flavour
  1. To give the smoky flavour. Heat coal in a metal bowl until it is red hot. Place the coal in the centre of the fries and pour a spoonful of hot ghee on it. Once the coal starts smoking seal the aluminium package again and allow the smoky flavour to absorb in the sweet potato.
Finishing the Chaat
  1. a) Drizzle honey. b) Add pomegranate. c) Crumble homemade paneer on top. d) Tear and add the herbs. e) Squeeze the lemon juice. f) Garnish with red chilli powder. Serve!
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