Monsoon’s back and so is the appetite for delicious bites. Whether you are tucked away in the warm cozy corner of the couch watching TV or reading a book by the window, make sure you have a cup of hot tea and a yummy monsoon dish to complement it.
Here are some super quick and easy monsoon recipes that will whet your palate and leave you asking for more!
Stuffed Spinach Pakoda
What you need: Paneer (200gms), hung curd (1tbsp), ginger-garlic+ chilli paste (2 tbsp), refined flour (maida)(100gms), cornflour (2 tbsp), rice flour (2 tbsp), carom seeds (ajwain)(half tsp), 10 large spinach leaves, water, oil, salt to taste.
How to cook: Make a mixture of curds, ginger-garlic-chilli paste, and salt. Cut the paneer in small cubes, add it to the above mixture and marinate it for 5-10 minutes. Make a batter of cornflour, rice flour, carom seeds, and salt. Take a spinach leaf. Place the paneer cube on it, roll it and dip it in the cornflour batter. Now fry it in hot oil till light brown and serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.
Mushroom Potato Rolls
What you need: Boiled potatoes (6), chopped onions & tomatoes (1 bowl), boiled mushrooms (6), tomato sauce, refined flour (maida)(6 tbsp), bread crumbs, butter, mustard powder (rai), chilli flakes, vinegar, oil, salt to taste.
How to cook: Heat oil in pan. Add onions and tomatoes and fry it brown. Chop the mushrooms and add them to the pan along with mustard powder, chilli flakes and vinegar. Mash the potatoes and add salt, butter and 1tbsp of refined flour, and knead into dough. Take small portions of the dough and flatten them in round shapes. Add a small portion of the mushroom filling on top and seal into rolls. Add water to the remaining refined flour and make a fluid batter. Dip the potato rolls in the batter and roll them over the bread crumbs. Deep fry till crisp and serve hot with ketchup.
What you need: Refined flour (maida) (2 cups), boiled green peas (2 cups), besan (2 tbsp), grated ginger and green chillies, 1 tsp each of coriander powder, chaat masala, cumin seeds (jeera), amchur (dried mango) powder, a pinch of asafoetida (hing) and baking powder, ghee, salt to taste.
How to cook: Mix flour, ghee, baking powder and water and knead it into dough. In a pan, heat ghee and add asafoetida, cumin seeds, grated ginger and chillies, coriander and turmeric powder to it. Fry it brown and add the besan, chaat and amchur powder and fry for 2 mins on low flame. Take it off the burner and let it cool. Take a small ball of the dough. Flatten it to a puri and place a small portion of the peas mixture and cover it to form a ball. Using the rolling pin gently flatten the ball and fry in oil in a pre-heated kadai. When brown, take them out and serve hot with pickles, ketchup or chutney.
What you need: Noodles (250gm), chopped cabbage and coriander, besan (2 tbsp), cornflour (2 cups), refined flour (maida) (1 cup), 1 onion and 5 chillies (chopped), ginger and garlic finely chopped, milk (1 cup), bread crumbs (4 slices), black pepper powder, oil, salt to taste.
How to cook: Boil noodles in water with a pinch of salt to avoid them from sticking. Strain them and move to a bowl. Add besan, onions, garlic, ginger, salt, black pepper, cabbage and coriander to the noodles and mix well. Make small pakoras and keep aside. Now in a pan, add 1 tbsp oil and refined flour. Now add milk and make a smooth paste. Cover the pakoras with flour paste and give a roll over in bread crumbs. Fry on medium flame till light brown and serve hot with tea or chutney.
Apple Raisin Cakes
What you need: Beaten eggs (2), apple sauce (250gm), refined flour (maida) (2 cups), wheat flour (1 cup), raisins (75gms), 2 tsp each of cinnamon powder (daalchini), caster sugar, baking powder, and vanilla essence.
How to cook: In a bowl, mix the eggs, apple sauce, cinnamon powder, sugar, baking powder, vanilla, raisins and knead into dough. Shape the dough into small cakes. In a frying pan, coat the pan with oil and fry the cakes till brown on both sides. Serve hot with coffee.
Requiring absolutely less time, these recipes will satiate your craving for monsoon chai-time grub. Do try them out and let us know which did you like best.