Whole of September I was busy with the Food Blogging Marathon hosted by Srivalli of http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.in It was great fun. As I was cooking and photographing the recipes It gave me many ideas to improve my blogging.
So to follow through and not to keep my blog without new post for days on end I decided to document my everyday interesting recipes that I make for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I belong to a Maharashtrian Brahman community which is known as 'Chitpavan' or also known as KOBRA for Koknasth Brahman. So most of my regular food is based on their food habits.
But our family has members from all communities and states of India. Not only my generation or the new generation but also the earlier generation. So little little things from different cuisines have crept in our daily food. My parents were all for trying out new food from wherever we travelled and we did travel a lot during our school vacations.
As it is for the last 35 years, since I married, I live in a small rural, tribal town on the border of two states. So a mix of both states is but natural. I am vegetarian by birth and continue to be so. But I cook non vegetarian food as other members of my family like to eat non vegetarian food.
In this segment you will find some very tried and tested traditional recipes and some recipes that are different than their original version.
The first recipe is Instant Dhokla or Steamed Savoury Squares
I had got this recipe from my friend who made it using rawa/sooji/semolina as the main ingredient. I liked the idea and so started doing it often and substituting rawa with other available flours I had in my pantry. One big hit was using the Aamboli Flour. Aamboli is a type of Dosa. The flour is made of washed/soaked dried rice to which some urad dal is added along with methi/fenugreek seeds. The flour is mixed 10 to 12 hours before making Aamboli. You will find the recipe for Aamboli flour.
1 cup Aamboli flour *
1/2 cup rawa/sooji/semolin or idli rawa
1/2 cup sour buttermilk or 1/4 cup sour curds/yougurt/dahi mixed with 1/4 cup water
1 tsp fresh ground ginger and green chilly paste
1 sachet or 15 gms or 1 tblsp eno or any other fruit salt
Salt to taste
oil for greasing the thali/baking tray
1 tblsp oil
1 tsp till / seasame seeds
1 tsp alshi / flax seeds
1/4 thsp rai / mustard seeds
1/4 tsp jeera / cumin seeds
5 to 6 methi seeds / fenugreek seeds
a pinch of hing / asefotida
a few curry leaves cut finely
Mix Amboli flour and rawa, add salt and slowly add the buttermilk to make a lump free and smooth batter.
Add more water if necessary to make it to idli batter consistency or thick coating consistency.
Add ginger chilly paste and keep aside for 10 minutes.
In the mean time prepare the steamer or keep a big vessel with water to boil and put a greased thali (a plate with an inch high edge) or a baking tray in it.
Now sprinkle the Eno/fruitsalt over the batter and stir gently to mix well.
Do not beat the batter but use cut and fold method.
You will see the batter becoming bubbly and light.
Pour in to the prepared hot thali/baking tray.
Cover and steam for 20 to 30 minutes.
Remove and let cool for two minutes.
Prepare tempering by putting oil in the tempering pan or a small vessel, when hot add mustard seeds, cumin seeds, seaseme seeds, fenugreek seeds and flax seeds and let splutter. Switch off heat and add asefotida and curry leaves and pour over the steamed batter. Spread evenly with a spatula and cut into squares or diamonds and serve with chutney of your liking.
To make it more interesting and healthy you can add 1/4 cup sweet corn kernels/sprouts/green peas/grated carrots or any chopped greens like spinach or methi leaves to the batter before adding the fruit salt.
This is a quick and healthy snack to be had anytime of the day.
* to make Amboli flour
Wash and soak 1 kg rice and 100 gms urad dal and 50 gms methi / fenugreek seeds let dry for 8 to 10 hours or till completely dry. Ground it to a coarse rawa/semolina/sooji like texture. Use as required.