Onion Pakoda – Indian Onion Rings

Do you know what makes you happy? If you are always saying I don’t like this, this makes me mad etc etc then think of what you want , what you like , what makes you happy etc etc . That’s what I call positive thinking. Today tea and hot onion pakoda made me happy. 

If you are non-Indian and love onion rings , do try this Indian version . It’s yummy. Here’s my recipe. 

  • Slice onions thinly. Add chickpea flour.
  • Add red chilli powder, pinch of baking soda, salt. You can add little bit caraway (Ajmo) seeds, chopped cilantro. 
  • Mix well and add water little by little .
  • You want all onion rings coated with batter.
  • Heat oil and deep fry them at medium heat.
  • Alternatively you can make batter separate and cut thin round  onion rings. Dip each one in batter just before you fry it in oil.
  • Serve with ketchup and Indian tea. Or just enjoy your hard work. 
  • Enjoy !

Mexican Dhokla


Why is it called Mexican dhokla? I don’t know. May be because it has corn. Basically it’s mung dal dhokla with corn . Combination sounds yummy , isn’t it? Seems like new it dhokla in gujarat. I saw on tv channel too.

It has no rice, doesn’t need fermentation and mung dal is easy to digest. Taste is good. Remember it will taste different so it’s not an alternative to other dhokla. No comparison. Comparison create all kinda problems for no reason. We have tendency to compare talents, wealth , health what not. Work on bringing out your own talent , get what you need not what other people got. And see if you can be little bit more happier. 

Here’s the recipe I followed.

http://www.chefandherkitchen.com/2013/07/moong-dal-corn-dhokla-recipe-gujarati_19.html?m=1

Enjoy !

7 Layer Dip

One should never start with “I” when you are writing is what I had read long back. But today I was tempted to start with “I absolutely love 7 layer dip”. If you have read anything around spirituality, then you probably know one of the question “who am I?” We always say I did , I like , I love so who is that I?  We don’t know  but it’s always abt “I”. My teacher says : When “I” takes back seat, god comes fore front.

Here’s the recipe I used. I have yet to taste it but gotta wait. I will serve with organic blue corn chips to make it more exotic.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/23176/seven-layer-dip-ii/

Enjoy!

Black Bean Salsa

You know those days when you come back home from work hungry and you want something nice filling to eat… well today was that day for me. As I was driving back and thinking there’s really nothing nice at home to eat. Then I realized I have tomato salsa and chips.Then come home , looking into fridge I find black beans . Voila… got an idea.

  • I like to keep home boiled black beans or pinto beans for quick meal. Home cooked beans taste good and they are plain so I can season them as needed.
  • Mash some black beans. Add salt, cumin powder and mix.
  • Add store bought Salsa as per your liking. If you don’t have Salsa, you can add chopped onion, tomatoes, green pepper , chili to black beans.
  • Garnish with chopped cilantro.
  • Enjoy with some chips in moderation. Yum !
  • Enjoy!

Spicy Peanuts

Are you a peanut lover ? Me too. It’s a good snack on the go, good protein and keeps you full for a long time. Spicy peanuts are so easy to make that I guess we don’t bother to make it. Outside they are so expensive that I never buy thinking it’s rediculous to spend that money when I can add some chili powder at home. Well, Finally I made at home.

  • Used raw peanuts that I buy at Indian store. Heat just a little peanut oil, throw raw peanuts and roast for 4-5 mins.
  • Mix chili powder, garlic powder and salt on the side . 
  • Sprinkle spice mix on peanuts and roast for a min more.
  • Taste to see if it’s crunchy without burning your tongue.
  • Now share and just don’t finish all by yourself like me.
  • Enjoy!