Tuesday, 17 February 2015

100% Whole wheat Vegan buns

After a long break, here I am with a recipe for 100% whole wheat bread. I generally bake them on Sundays and pack for my son's breakfast, the next 3 days. With creamy onion and tomato spread and carrot toppings, these soft and fluffy buns are very filling and healthy as well.. Though they don't taste exactly like white bread, we have got used to the taste of wheat in baked goods and I no longer use all purpose flour/maida.
Here is the recipe

Recipe Adapted from: vegrecipesofindia.
Ingredients to make around 9 medium sized buns

Wheat Flour2 3/4 cupsI used aashirvad aata
Gluten2 tbspOptional but highly recommended as it gives softness to whole wheat bread.
Water1 1/4 cupsMight need extra 1 or tbsps
Instant Yeast1/2 tbspI used gloripan yeast
Oil2 tbspI used sunflower oil
Sugar1 tbsp-
Salt1 tspI used sunflower refined oil


1. Heat 1 1/4 cups of water. If its too hot, wait till it comes to lukewarm. (If the water it hot, yeast wouldn't work as expected.)
2. Dissolve sugar in water, then add yeast to it. (If using instant yeast, it can be added directly to flour, but I followed this procedure)
3. While the yeast is proofing, in a large bowl, mix flour, gluten and salt. The add oil and mix.
4. Add the yeast mixture to flour and start kneading. If the dough is too stiff, add 1 or 2 tbsp more water.
5. Knead for 5 to 7 minutes till the dough becomes smooth and soft.
6. Grease the dough with oil and transfer to a large bowl. Cover loosely with kitchen towel and allow it to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. (I generally place the bowl inside the oven, of course without switching it on)
7. With wheat flour, the dough does not doubles up, but raises to some extent.
8. After 1 1/2 hours, deflate the dough by punching it and divide into 9 equal sized balls.
9. Shape the dough to desired shape(round, rectangular etc) and arrange them in the baking tray.
10. Allow them to raise again for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Apply oil lightly on the top of the buns.
11. Preheat the oven to 200 degree C and bake the buns for 25 minutes.
12. Allow them to cool a bit before slicing.

Enjoy with jam or any savory spread.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Potato and sweet corn sandwich(no cheese/butter)

This potato-sweet corn sandwich is very easy to put together if the chutneys are made before hand. On the day of making the sandwich, prepare the potato-sweet corn filling, assemble everything and toast. You get a tangy and spicy sandwich perfect for breakfast and picnics.

The quantity of chilli added in green chutney gives us that extra heat. But if you like spicy food, you may have to add more chillies.

Recipe Source: Got the recipe for potato sweet corn filling from my cousin's space.
Ingredients to make 8 sandwiches (using 16 bread slices)

Bread slice16I used whole wheat bread
Green chutney1 tbsp-
Onion and Tomato chutney3 tbsp-
Potato3medium sized
Sweet corn1-
Oil1 tspI used sunflower refined oil
Cumin Seeds1 tsp -
SaltTo tastearound 1/2 a tsp
Aamchur/Dry mango Powder1 tspOptional, for extra tang
Red chilli powder1/2 tsp -
lemon juice1 tsp -

For the potato sweet corn filling
1. Pressure cook potato and sweet corn for 3 whistles
2. Peel the potato and mash. Remove kernels from the corn.
3. In a pan/kadai, add a tsp of oil. Add cumin seeds, chilli powder, aamchur powder and salt. Add corn kernels and mix well
4. Add mashed potato and lemon juice and mix well. Switch off the flame.
5. Transfer to a bowl.
For the sandwich
1. Spread onion chutney on a bread slice.
2. Apply green chutney on another slice. Spread the filling on the same slice.
 3. Place one slice over the other. 4. Toast in a toaster until browned.
 5. Server as it is or with tomato ketchup. As you can see, the sandwich is almost oil less and there is  no butter or cheese. The best part is you won't even miss them.

Take a slice of this sandwich and you would know the meaning of "bursting with flavour". :-)

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Sunday, 21 July 2013

Onion and tomato chutney/spread for idli/dosa/sandwich

I made this chutney to use as spread for potato and sweet corn sandwich.(recipe for the sandwich in the next post) This spread is so versatile that with few changes here and there, it can be used as a side for idli/dosa or even pasta sauce.

In this post, you can find the recipe for chutney and spread. The ingredients are the same for both, only the method at the final step varies.

Here is the recipe to make around 1/2 cup of onion-tomato chutney/spread

Recipe Source: My mother
Ingredients to make around 1/2 cup
Onion1 large-
Tomato1 large-
Red chilly1 medium sized-
Vegetable Oil1 1/2 tspI used sunflower oil
Urad dal1 tsp-
Channa dal1 tsp-
Saltto tastearound 1/4th tsp

1. Wash onion and tomato. Peel onion. Cut onion and tomato into medium sized pieces.
2. In a kadai/pan, add a tsp of oil. Add urad dal and channa dal.
3. When dal is slightly browned, add red chilly and onion.
4. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes and add the tomatoes.
5. Saute for another 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
5. Let the mixture cool. This mixture is the base for chutney and spread.
To make spread for sandwich,
7. Coarsely grind the mixture, add salt mix well and the chutney is ready.
To make spread for sandwich,
8. Grind the mixture to a smooth paste.
9. In the same kadai, add 1/2 tsp of oil, add the ground mixture and fry for 4 to minutes, till the mixture comes to a semi solid, spreadable consistency.
10. Add salt and mix well.

A nice variation to the spread would be to add some italian seasoning. In that case omit step 2 and at step 10, add italian dried herbs like basil, rosemarry and oregano along with salt and mix well. A few more modifications to the mixture, you get pasta sauce...Will post the recipe for pasta sauce soon.

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Green chutney for chaats and sandwiches

I saw this recipe for spicy green cutney in one of tarla dala's cookbook. This chutney is generally used for making chaat items like bhel puri, papdi chaat etc, but it can also be used as a spicy spread in vegetable sandwich.

Here is the recipe to make around 1/4 cup of green chutney

Recipe Source: Tarla Dalal's cook book
Ingredients to make around 1/4 cup
Pudina/Mint leaves1/2 cup-
Coriander leaves1 cup-
Green chilly1 medium sized-
Vegetable Oil1/2 tspI used sunflower oil
Roasted cumin powder1/2 tsp-
Saltto tastearound 1/8th tsp

1. Wash pudina and coriander leaves separately.
2. In a pan/kadai, heat 1/2 tsp of oil, then add pudina, coriander leaves and green chily.
3. Saute till the leaves wilt a bit
4. Switch off the flame, allow it cool.
5. Grind to a smooth paste.
5. Transfer to a small bowl, add cumin powder and salt and mix well. Store in an air tight container. If refrigerated, it keeps well for a week.

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Sunday, 14 July 2013

Dal Tadka

There are innumerable varieties of dal depending on the ingredients and methods used. It can range from simple with just few ingredients and easy cooking process to exotic with elabarorate cooking methods, like the restaurant style ones. It can be made with or without onion garlic, pressure cooked or cooked over stove top. Whatever be the ingredients and process, dal is generally considered a comfort food when made at home. This dal recipe falls in between simple and exotic as far as method is considered, but when it comes to taste and flavour it is as good as dal served in restaurants.

I generally make dal by pressure cooking moong/masoor dal with turmeric, tomato and green chilly. Once cooked, just add a tadka of mustard and jeera. There is no onion or garlic and it hardly takes 5 minutes of your time to make this dal. Best for a weeknight dinner. Though this simple dal is my favourite, husband generally loves anything with onion-garlic. So, got this recipe from my sister for a weekend dinner.

Recipe Source: My sister
Ingredients to serve 3 adults
Moong Dal1/2 cupMasoor dal can also be used
Onion1 medium or 2 smallCut into small pieces
Garlic2 clovesCut into small pieces
Tomato1 mediumCut into small pieces
Turmericless than 1/4th tsp-
Oil2 tspI used sunflower refined oil
SaltTo tastearound a tsp
Water1 1/2 cups1 cup if using masoor dal
Mustard, Cumin1/2 tsp each 
Curry leaves10-
Coriander leaves10To garnish
Green chilly1 smallRed chilly can also be used.

1. Cut garlic, onion, tomato into small pieces. Wash dal and keep aside
2. In a pan/kadai, heat a tsp of oil, add garlic.
3. Add onion once garlic turns light brown(around 10 seconds)
4. Add tomato after frying onion for a minute or two.
5. Finally add the washed dal and mix well. Switch off the flame.
5. Transfer the dal mixture to a vessel and pressure cook for 3 whistles, then simmer for 2 minutes before switching off the stove. If using masoor dal, cook for only 2 whistles.
6. When the cooker is ready to be opened, in the kadai, add the rest of the oil, mustard, cumin, green chilly and curry leaves.
7. When mustard splutter, add the cooked dal and cook for 2 minutes in medium flame and switch off.
8. Garnish with coriander leaves and server with roti/rice.

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