Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pasta with Anchovies and Arugula


olive oil
chili flakes
garlic, thinly sliced
loads of arugula



1. Cook pasta.
2. While pasta is cooking, heat olive oil in a pan until just starting to become less viscous. Add garlic and stir until golden brown.
3. Add anchovies and chili flakes. Cook at mildest heat for about 5 minutes, until garlic slices are floppy and done.
4. Drain pasta and add to pan, tossing to coat.
5. Add pasta to a bowl full of arugula and toss to integrate.


Sunday, July 3, 2011

Papri Chaat [North Indian Fried Cookies with two chutneys]

[borrowed from the website I've linked to ...]

Papri Chaat is a mouth watering North Indian fast food, relished by most of the people. It can be found easily on the roadside food carts all over India, apart from fast food outlets. Comprising of a snack, it is made from crispy wafers, to which is added a delicious combination of potatoes, seasoned yogurt, chilies and chutneys. Papri chaat is crispy, tasty and can be prepared in both spicy and sweet flavors. It is very delicious to eat and is considered as a great alternative to a meal by many. Given below is the list of ingredients required as well as the method of preparing it. Read on and know how to make papri chat.

Papri Chaat Recipe


For Puris

* 1 1/2 cup Wheat Flour
* 3 cups Maida
* 1/4 cup Oil
* 1 tsp Red Chili Powder
* 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
* 1/4 tsp Heeng
* 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
* 1 tsp Ajwain Seeds
* 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
* Salt (according to taste)

For Green Chutney

* 1/2 bunch Coriander Leaves
* 1/2 cup Grated Coconut
* 2-3 drops Lemon Juice
* 1 Green Chili
* Salt (according to taste)

For Red Chutney

* 4-5 Dates
* 1 tbsp Tamarind
* 1/4 tsp Red Chili Powder
* Salt (according to taste)

For Yoghurt Mix

* 4 cups Yoghurt
* 4 tbsp Sugar
* 2-3 Curry Leaves
* 1/4 tsp Mustard Seeds
* 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
* 2 tsp Oil
* Salt (according to taste)

Other Ingredients
2 Potatoes


Making Puri

* Crush the cumin seeds and the Ajwain seeds coarsely in a mixer. Mix Maida, wheat flour, red chili powder, turmeric, salt, Heeng, oil, crushed cumin and Ajwain seeds together.
* Knead a little hard dough adding water. Roll out very small even size round puris of the dough. Deep fry them in oil and keep aside.

Making Green Chutney
Mix grated coconut, washed and chopped coriander leaves, salt, lemon juice, green chilies in a mixer to make a fine paste. Keep aside.

Making Red Chutney

* Make the red chutney by boiling the dates and tamarind together in water till they are cooked.
* Then crush it in a mixer to make a fine paste. Add salt and red chili powder to it. Keep aside.

Making the Yoghurt Mix
Beat the yoghurt nicely and add to it sugar and salt. Then heat the oil and season it with mustard seeds, cumin seeds and curry leaves and then pour it hot in the yoghurt. Mix it thoroughly and keep aside.

Final Steps

* Boil the potatoes and mash them coarsely. Add salt and little chat powder to it.
* While serving, lightly crush the puris little. Put one tbsp of mashed potatoes.
* Then put 3 tbsp yoghurt mix over it. Add 1 tsp of green and red chutney over it.
* Sprinkle little red chili powder and Chaat powder and serve.