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Indian Samosas..Famous Indian patties with the filling of vegetables and spices.
Samosa, the most loved Indian appetizer with a crisp crust and savory potato stuffing. When you make such fried fast food at home, you get to make some changes to make it healthy. Here are some Whole Wheat Aloo Matar(potato and peas) Samosas for you to try at home and savor them as much as we did. Ingredients: Whole Wheat Flour/Atta - 1 cup Carom Seeds/Ajwain/Owa - 1 tsp Ghee/Clarified Butter - 1/2 tbsp (optional) Olive Oil or any other Oil - 1/2 tbsp Potatoes (Russet) - 2 medium Green Peas - 1/2 cup Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder - 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder - 1/4 tsp Ginger (grated) - 1/4 tsp Garam Masala - 1/4 tsp Turmeric - 1/4 tsp Green - 1 Coriander/Cilantro Leaves - few sprigs Salt Oil for frying How to make Samosas: Making Samosa Crust: In a mixing bowl, add whole wheat flour, carom seeds and little salt. Heat ghee and olive oil in a small pan. Add this hot (not warm) ghee and oil to the wheat flour and mix with a spoon. This hot oil will make the crust crisp. When it turns cold enough to handle, add water and knead to form a soft pliable dough. You can add more oil if you like. Too soft dough will make the crust soggy. Cover and let the dough rest for 15 - 20 minutes. Generally, all purpose flour/maida is used for Samosa crust. I prefer whole wheat flour as it has more nutrients. Preparing Stuffing for Samosas: Microwave green peas in a microwave safe bowl for about 2 minutes or until peas are cooked. I used frozen green peas. Boil potatoes until soft, do not overcook them. Let the potatoes cool completely. Finely chop green chilli and coriander leaves. I prefer Russet potatoes for Samosas and Vada Pav(one more popular Indian Recipe). In a mixing bowl, add cooked peas, mashed potatoes, coriander powder, cumin powder, ginger, black pepper powder, turmeric, garam masala, green chillies, coriander leaves and little salt. Mix well and taste for salt and other spices. Assembling Samosas: Divide the dough into 6 - 8 balls. Roll each ball into an oval shape, slightly thin. Cut each one into two parts, making 12 - 16 samosas. Apply a drop of water to the edges and form a cone shape. Stuff one of them with the Aloo Matar stuffing and seal it as shown in the picture. Deep fry this stuffed samosa in medium hot oil. If the crust turns soft, roll it more thinner. Repeat the same for other dough balls. Serve hot Vegetable Samosa with Mint Coriander Chutney and/or Tamarind Chutney and/or ketchup.
Meatless Monday Recipe: Tofu & Eggplant Tikka Masala
This vegan take on paneer tikka masala doesn't actually have paneer, but when you replace it with some equally creamy cubes of extra-firm tofu, I can guarantee that you won't even be able to tell that it's missing! Pair this meal with some white or brown rice or scoop it up with some naan. You'll find this dish has just enough heat without scaring off the members of your family who might be a little afraid of spice. Tofu & Eggplant Tikka Masala (Makes 3 - 4 servings) INGREDIENTS: 1 package extra firm tofu, cubed 3 roma tomatoes, finely chopped ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped 1 medium green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 one inch piece ginger, minced 1 tablespoon oil1 cup water 1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro for garnish 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek (kasoori methi) Salt 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek 1 teaspoon red chili powder 1 1″ piece of cinnamon 2 cloves 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg 2 green Cardamom pods For the marinade - ¼ cup plain soy yogurt ½ teaspoon ground cumin 1.5 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon garam masala ½ teaspoon turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg ¼ teaspoon ground clove ½ teaspoon red chili powder 1 tablespoon oil 1 teaspoon lemon juice DIRECTIONS: Combine all the ingredients listed under marinade in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Add cubed tofu and green bell peppers and coat well with the marinade. Leave this at room temperature for about an hour. You can also make this ahead and refrigerate it for up to 8 hours. Place the marinated tofu and green bell peppers on a foil lined baking tray and broil for 5 minutes or until the edges start turning a little black. The yogurt will keep the tofu moist. Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan and when oil is hot, add all the whole spices and powdered spices and cook for 5 minutes or until a nice aroma fills the kitchen. The spices may burn easily, so keep a close watch. Add onions and cook till they turn soft. Add ginger and garlic, cook for a minute. Add red bell peppers and cook till they turn soft.
Tomato Basil Pasta!
Blow your MIND" Tomato Basil Pasta! - No Straining, just Stirring (Please click on pic then click SHARE so recipe saves to your timeline. You can refer back to it later!) Pasta, Tomatoes, Veggie Broth, Olive Oil, and Seasonings (details below) Throw it all in the pot, INCLUDING the uncooked Pasta, and cook! - Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. The starch leaches out of the pasta and makes a rich, warm sauce for the noodles. The other ingredients cook right along with the pasta Ingredients 12 ounces pasta (I used Linguine) 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes with liquid ( I used zesty red pepper flavor) 1 large sweet onion, cut in julienne strips 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves 2 large sprigs basil, chopped 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth (regular broth and NOT low sodium) 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Parmesan cheese for garnish Directions Place pasta, tomatoes, onion, garlic, basil, in a large stock pot. Pour in vegetable broth. Sprinkle on top the pepper flakes and oregano. Drizzle top with oil. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and keep covered and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes or so. Cook until almost all liquid has evaporated – I left about an inch of liquid in the bottom of the pot – but you can reduce as desired . Season to taste with salt and pepper , stirring pasta several times to distribute the liquid in the bottom of the pot. Serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.