Showing posts with label Starter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Starter. Show all posts

Friday, October 25, 2013

Raw Banana Chips

Raw Banana Chips are easiest chips you can ever make at home... It is an all time snack as sides for Variety Rice or Just like that with tea or coffee..


Raw Banana - 4 nos.
Salt to taste 
Asafoetida - 1/2 tsp
Water as required
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
Oil for frying

  1. Heat oil in kadai till it is really hot
  2. Peal raw bananas & soak in water
  3. Mix salt & asafoetida in water to make a salt solution
  4. Slice banana on the hot oil directly using a Chipser
  5. Sprinkle salt solution on the hot oil with chips frying
  6. Fry till the sound of bubbles goes & the raw banana starts changing color.
  7. Sprinkle red chilli powder after taking it out of oil.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Chana Dal Manchurian

Hi... I made Chana Dal vada during week end, however there was some batter of that Vada left over. I made small dumplings... fried them & made Manchurian out of it.. It was really tasty especially who love Chinese & South Indian food.


For Chana Dal Dumplings:
Chana Dal - 1 cup
Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
Urad Dal - 2 tsp
Dry Red Chilli - 4
Salt to taste
Onion (finely chopped) - 1 medium sized
Asafetida -  generous pinch
Curry Leaves (finely chopped) - 10 leaves 
Ginger (finely chopped) - 1.5 inch
Oil for frying

For Manchurian Sauce:
Capsicum - 1 medium sized cut into 1/2 inch squares
Onion -  1 medium sized cut into 1/2 inch squares
Spring Onion (finely chopped) -  1 small bunch
Ginger - 1 inch (Grated)
Salt to taste
Pepper - 1 tsp
Sweet Chilli sauce - 1 tbsp.
Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp.
Tomato Sauce - 1 tbsp
Chilli Vinegar - 1 tbsp.
Corn flour - 1 tsp
Oil - 2 tbsp

  1. For Chana Dal Dumplings: Soak Chana Dal, Toor Dal & Urad Dal along with dry red chilli. Coarsely Grind above with Salt, Asafetida, and add Onion, Ginger & Curry Leaves. Make small dumplings & fry them and keep aside.
  2. For Manchurian Sauce: Heat Oil in Kadai, Add Onion, Capsicum & Half of Spring Onion. Saute for 1 min, add salt, pepper, sweet chilli sauce, tomato sauce, soya sauce & chilli vinegar. Add 1 cup water and separately add corn flour mixed water to Kadai & let the sauce thicken. Add fried dumplings & cook for two minutes. Add balance Spring Onions & Serve Hot.
  • Loved by kids
  • Can be made dried or with sauce so as to eat it as starter or sides for rice
  • Very high in Protein because of Chana Dal dumplings 


Monday, June 24, 2013

Crispy Corn Kernels

It is raining outside... Usually we make bajji, bonda, pakoras for rainy season snacks... I made crispy corn kernels.. Everyone loved it.. goes very well with a cup of tea or coffee on rainy/cold days.. or with chill juice/beer ;) in summers:


American Corn (Boiled) - 1 cup
Maida - 2 tbsp
Cornflour - 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
Oil for deep frying
Pepper (Crushed) - 1.5 tsp
Ginger (Finely chopped) - 1 inch
Onion (Finely chopped) - 1 (medium)
Green Chilli (Finely chopped) - 1
Green coriander (Finely chopped)- 1 small bunch
Soya Sauce - 1 tbsp
Chilli Vinegar - 1 tbsp

  1. Make a thick batter (like bajji batter) from Maida, Corn flour, salt & 1/2 tsp of pepper (crushed)
  2. Add boiled corn to the batter & drop them in hot oil one by one. Fry till golden brown & strain them.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp of same oil in a separate Kadai. 
  4. Add Ginger, green chilli, onion till onion turns transparent.
  5. Add salt, pepper, soya sauce & chilli vinegar
  6. Add the fried corn kernels & coriander & toss it for 1 min
  7. Garnish with coriander & Serve hot
  •  Reduce chilli if it is to be served to kids
  • Ensure you make a lot coz it gets over in a jiffy

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Cheesy Corn Balls

Hi... Today I made Cheesy Corn balls... It was very tasty.. & my family loved it...


Butter - 2 tbsp
Flour (Maida) - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1/2 cup
Sweet Corn kernels - 1/2 cup (boiled)
Green Chillies - 1 (finely chopped)
Green Coriander - 1 small bunch (finely chopped)
Processed Cheese - 2 cubes (grated) (I used Amul Cheese)
Pepper Powder - 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Chaat Masala - a generous pinch
Oil for deep frying

For Coating:
Flour (Maida) - 1 tbsp
Water - 1.5 tbsp
Bread Crumbs - 1 cup

  1. Heat butter in a Kadai, add flour and roast till it changes color lightly.
  2. Add Milk and whisk it without any lumps.
  3. Let the sauce boil till it becomes very thick.
  4. Add corn kernels, green chillies, coriander, and cheese
  5. Turn off the heat and season with salt, pepper and chaat masala
  6. Let the mix cool, it will come to a ball consistency (you can shape to a ball)
  7. Mix flour & water for coating & spread the bread crumbs on a plate
  8. Coat the balls made out of the cheese & corn mix with flour-water & then dust with bread crumbs
  9. Deep fry these balls one by one. Each will not take more than 10 to 20 secs. Serve Hot.
  • It tastes best with Del Monte Chilli Garlic sauce
  • You can make your bread crumbs by grinding 2 to 3 slices in a mixer for 30 secs
  • It is loved among the kids


Paneer Tikka - Easy Method

Hi... I was in a hurry to pack my bags to chennai for a week long vacation... clearing out things from my refridgerator.. there I saw a big block of paneer in my quick chill.. So I thought of making paneer tikka for that day's lunch...


Paneer - 250 gms (cut into 1.5 inch square pieces)
Onion - 1 medium sized cut into squares like paneer
Capsicum - 1 medium sized cut into squares like paneer
Oil - 2 tbsp

To Marinate:

Hung Curd - 1 cup
Turmeric powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Kasuri Methi - 1 tsp (crushed)
Dhania powder - 1 tsp
Garam Masala - 1 tsp
Chaat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

  1. Mix all ingredients from "To Marinate" and add paneer, onion & capsicum pieces
  2. Leave it for 2 to 3 hrs
  3. Pre-heat oven for 10 mins at 200 degrees
  4. Arrange the pieces (paneer, onion & capsicum) on a aluminium foil on baking tray
  5. Drizzle oil on all pieces
  6. Roast it for 30 to 35 mins at 200 degrees
  • For those who do not have OTG, you can use tawa on gas stove to roast the paneer, onion, capsicum pieces with oil. Then, use tongs to pick each piece & roast it directly on fire of gas to give it a tandoori taste..
  • Sprinkle chaat masala for that extra zing
  • You can use baby potatoes as well


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Oven Roasted Okra - Bhendi Fry

Hi.. How many times it has been that there was no Gas to cook.. Oven is the best solution for that.. I made this Oven Roasted Okra - Bhendi Fry.. It came out as good as cooking on gas.. This was very easy to make in 3 steps


Okra(Bhendi) - 250 gms (cut into long slits)
Oil - 2 tbsp
Salt taste
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Jeera Powder - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
Dhania Powder - 1 tsp
Chaat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Fresh Lemon Juice - 1/2

  1. Pre heat Oven at 180 degrees. Mix all the ingrediets in a big bowl except Lemon Juice
  2. Spread the Mixed okra on Oven tray with an Aluminium Foil
  3. Cook it for 40 mins in Oven. Add Lemon Juice to roasted Okra & Serve
  • It can be served as Starter as well as a Main Course to go with Rice or Roti.
  • Cooking time might be long but you can do other work while Okra is getting roasted.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Baked Baby Potatoes - Desi Style: An Adventurous Sunday

Today was an adventurous day, my husband lost his cell phone.. We were not upset that the phone was lost.. We were sad coz all pics of my dear daughter from the time she was born were in that phone. However, to cheer up my husband (as he is a foodie too) I prepared Baked Baby Potatoes - Desi Style

Baby potatoes - 1/2 kg (boiled n peeled)
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Dhania powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Kasoori Methi - 2 tsp
Oil (olive or groundnut) - 2 tblsp


  1. Pre heat oven for 10 mins at 200 degrees.
  2. Mix all the above ingredients in a big bowl.
  3. Spread the potatoes in aluminum foil on a baking tray
  4. Bake the potatoes for 20 to 25 mins till the outer surface is crispy.
  5. Serve hot with mint chutney or tomato sauce


  • You can sprinkle some chaat masala at the time of serving to give a tangy taste.
  • Prick the baby potatoes with toothpick before baking so that the flavor is retained
  • Serve with toothpicks while serving as a starter. (Proves to be less messy)
My husband loved it :) And you know what.. We got a call from an unknown no. saying that they found my husband's phone... wanted to keep the phone as it was an expensive one.. but the guy saw my daughter's pics in the phone & couldn't resist calling us...
Lucky Sunday... Lucky Parents... and above all... Lucky Recipe.... :)