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Friday, 26 August 2016

Pav Bhaji Recipe ( Mumbai Style )

Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji - A spicy and aromatic mixed vegetable curry served hot with soft Pav ( buns )

Mumbai style Pav Bhaji recipe

This is one of my top most favorite chats. I have been to Mumbai once and the chaats there are sooo good. Like I still can't get over the pani puri that I ate there. In my short visit I couldn't get a chance to try the famous Juhu beach Pav Bhaji.
Later I came across this video taken at a stall in Juhu beach. I gave it a try and was so surprised that it tasted so much better than any of the pav Bhajis I have tasted so far. And Sankar being a more crazy fan of pav bhaji than me finished 3 plates ( yes 3 plates, with homemade pav!!!) the very first time I made this.
Pav Bhaji recipe

Here I have used potatoes, carrot, peas and capsicum. You can also try adding cauliflower and beans. But try not to skip the capsicum. It is one of the main ingredient that boosts the flavour, apart from the homemade Pav Bhaji Masala ( recipe coming soon! )
 

Pav Bhaji Recipe

 Mumbai style Pav Bhaji!
 Prep time:  Cook time: 
 Total time: Yield: 7 or 8 plates

INGREDIENTS:
Potatoes: 4 
Carrots: 2 
Peas: 1/2 cup 
Oil: 1 tbsp 
Capsicum: 1 ( small ) 
Tomato: 1 ( medium size )
GingerGarlic Paste: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/8 tsp 
Chilli Powder: 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
Pav Bhaji Masala: 1 and 1/2 tsp + 1 tsp
Salt: to taste
Butter: 1 tbsp
Onion: 1/2 ( finely chopped )
Kasoori Methi: 1 tbsp
Hing: 1/8 tsp
Water: as required
Coriander Leaves: 2 tbsp
Lemon: 1/2

METHOD:
1) Peel and chop the  potatoes and carrots and place them in a pressure cooker along with peas. Add 1/4 cup water and salt to taste. Give it a mix and cook until soft ( 1 whistle and 5 minutes sim )

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2) After the pressure releases, mash the veggies with a mathu ( or a Potato masher). No need to make a fine paste, some chunks are good ( just like in the picture below )
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3) Heat oil in a kadai, add the capsicum fry for about 30 seconds then add the tomato and fry for a minute. Next add ginger garlic paste and fry until raw smell leaves ( about  a minute ). Add 1/4 cup water and cook until little soft.
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4) Add the mashed veggies. Now add turmeric powder, salt, 1 tsp chilli powder and 1 and 1/2 tsp Pav Bhaji masala Powder. Give it a mix.
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5) Add 1 and 1/2 cups water. Bring it to a boil and then simmer it and cook unitl the oil separates on top and the raw smell leaves. In a separate pan heat butter.
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6) Add the chopped onion and fry for a minute. Now add hing, kasoori methi, 1/2 tsp chilli powder and 1 tsp Pav Bhaji masala powder. Mix and fry for a minute in low flame ( don't let it burn! )
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7) Add this tempered mix to the vegetable mix. Mix well and cook for 1 to 2 minutes before turning off. Lastly squeeze in lemon juice and add the chopped coriander leaves.
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TO SERVE:
1) Slice the pav buns across the middle, but not all the way through ( as shown in picture )
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2) Heat some butter in a tawa and toast the pav buns, cut side down until golden brown and crisp!
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Serve the buttery hot Pav buns with the perfectly spicy Bhaji along with finely chopped onions and a lemon slice...

Mumbai style Pav Bhaji recipe

Pav Bhaji recipe

NOTES:
1) When mashing the vegetables, don't make it into a puree. You need some chunks .
2) You can also serve the pav bhaji with a dollop of butter on top, for extra richness.
3) Adjust the water amount, according to the consistency.



Happy Cooking,
Sindhiya.S
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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies - Crispy and melt in your mouth cookies, made even more addictive with chocolate and toasted nuts!!!
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Unlike the thick and soft Chocolate Chip Cookies that I made earlier, these cookies are crispy, almost like the Shortbread cookie but with full of peanut butter flavour!!! They just melt in your mouth.
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

The Chocolate coating and the toasted chopped nuts just complete this cookie goodness. The nuts gives us an extra crunch and the chocolate - it just makes anything better right?
There is just enough chocolate to take things up a notch without overpowering the peanut butter flavour. But don't skip it, its just one additional step but it makes the cookie totally irresistible!!!
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

My daughters totally enjoyed eating these cookies. And what more? Even SS ( who is not a fan of baked goods! quite my opposite.. ) took it with his lunch!!  So guys, give these cookies a try and let me know how it turned out.
And one more important thing - cookies with nuts tend to burn faster at the bottom. So, while baking cookies with nuts in them, make sure you use a heavy cookie sheet like this one . Or stack 2 cookie sheets while baking ( but do keep an eye on them ).
 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

 Crispy Peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate and chopped peanuts!!!
 Prep time: 4 Cook time: 
 Total time: 5Yield: 35 to 38 cookies

Ingredients:
Flour: 1 and 2/3 cups
Baking soda: 1 tsp 
Salt: 1/4 tsp
Softened Butter : 1/2 cup ( 113 g )
Caster Sugar: 1/2 cup  
Brown Sugar ( packed ): 1/3 cup 
Egg: 1 
Vanilla Essence: 3/4 tsp 
Smooth Peanut Butter: 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp ( homemade or store brought ) 
For Decorating:
Dark Chocolate: 150 g ( I used Morde Dark Compound )
Roasted and chopped peanuts: 1 and 1/4 cup 

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Recipe Source: leitesculinaria

METHOD:
1) Mix together flour, baking soda and salt.
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2) In a separate bowl, beat together butter, caster sugar and brown sugar for about a minute. Add the egg and vanilla essence and beat until combined.
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3) Add the peanut butter and mix until incorporated.
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4) Add the dry ingredients prepared in step 1 and beat until just combined. Finish mixing with a spatula ( don't over work the dough as it will yield harder cookies ). The dough will be very sticky.
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5) Divide the dough into two parts ( this just makes them easier to handle ). Wrap them in a cling film and refrigerate for about an hour or until it is firm enough to roll ( you can also place it in the freezer to speed up the process ).
Take the dough out from the refrigerator and place it on a parchment paper. Place a cling film over it and roll with a rolling pin to a thickness of about 1/4 inch.
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6) If your dough becomes soft, put it in the freezer for 5 minutes before cutting with cookie cutter. Remove the cling film and cut the cookies with your favorite cookie cutter ( here I used a 2 inch round cookie cutter ). Re roll the scraps and repeat the same procedure ( just take care not to over work with the scraps ).
 Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
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7) Transfer the cookies to the cookie sheet. Leave enough space between cookies as they will spread a little when baking. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes before baking.

Meanwhile preheat the oven at 180 C for 10 minutes. Bake the cookies at 180 C for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges start to brown ( the cookies will be soft when taken out from the oven but will crisp up as they cool down ). Let the cookies cool in the cookie sheet for 2 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Take some chopped dark chocolate in a bowl.
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8) Heat the chocolate in a double boiler until it is fully melted ( just place it over a pan of simmering water. You can also refer here for stepwise photos ). Take some roasted and chopped peanuts in a separate bowl.
Ok, now time to decorate!  ( the cookies should be cooled completely to room temperature before coating them with chocolate ) First dip the edge of the cookie in the melted chocolate.
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9) Then dip the cookie in toasted and chopped peanuts. Place it on a parchment paper until it is set. Repeat with all the cookies ( my daughter helping me in decorating cookies :) )
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There you have it, totally irresistible Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies!!

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

Look at the perfect texture...
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cookies

NOTES:
1) Overworking the cookie dough will yield hard and tough cookies. So, never overwork your cookie dough. Just mix until combined. That's it.
2) Make sure your butter is softened to room temperature, before staring the cookies.
3) Baking time varies from oven to oven, so just keep an eye on them. When the edges start to brown, you can take them out. If you bake them too long they can turn hard. Also, size and thickness of the cookie matters. Thinner cookies bake faster.
4) Here I used dark compound as it sets easier at room temperature.
5) Chilling the cookies before baking ensures that they do not spread much in the oven.
6) Store the cookies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

If you like Peanut butter and chocolate combo,then you will definitely like my Peanut Butter Chocolate and Banana Sandwich!!



Happy Cooking,
Sindhiya.S

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