Pancakes for breakfast!!!

Every now and then when my husband and I have the day off and can afford sleeping in and having a late breakfast, one of the things I whip up are some pancakes. This is a recipe that I saw on one of the episodes of a Nigella cooking show, I can’t remember which one. Once I tried this recipe out, I didn’t bother looking for another, its everything I look for in a pancake.

I love that with such minimal prep work and a small amount of time over the stove, you can treat yourself to some gorgeous fluffy pancakes. If you have a home-made fruit syrup to go with it, you’re in luck (I can’t wait to try it with some berries.). If not, the humble jar of honey does wonders for these pancakes.What I also like about this recipe, is that it uses a tiny bit of sugar, so its practically healthy. Whip these up for your Valentine today and rest assured they’ll love it, and love you all the more for it.

Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody!

Pancakes

(Makes 12-15)

225g all purpose flour
2 heaped tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar
2 eggs
300 ml. milk
1 tbsp. melted butter

Whisk all the ingredients except the butter to form the batter. Make sure there are no lumps.

Add the melted butter and stir well to incorporate into the batter.

Lightly drizzle a griddle with oil and dollop ladle-fulls of the batter onto the pan. Once you see little bubbles popping all over the surface, flip it over and cook the other side as well.

Serve warm with honey, maple syrup, fruit syrup or anything else you fancy.

This recipe is linked to –

What’s Cooking Thursday 
Decidedly Healthy or Horridly Decadent
My Meatless Monday @ My Sweet and Savory
Meatless Monday @ Midnight Maniac
Mouthwatering Mondays @ A Southern Fairytale
Recipes I Can’t Wait to Try @ At Home with Haley

and

Breakfast Club  – Guest Hosted by Krithi’s Kitchen

Bombay Street Food Special #1 – Batata Vada (Deep Fried Potato Dumplings)

I’m so excited to finally start of this Street Food Series. I’ve been wanting to do this forever, and I’m glad that I’ve FINALLY started off. For my first pick, I decided to make Batata (Potato) Vada (Dumplings). This is a yummy snack that should be served hot preferably soon after it is fried. Those pressed for time, can make the mixes a little ahead of time and then simply deep fry the dumplings just before serving. There’s something warm, hearty and comforting about these little vadas that my husband and I (along with atleast a few million people, I think) absolutely love. These dumplings can be served with some tomato sauce or the traditional sweet tamarind chutney, coriander chutney and the dry garlic chutney and deep fried salted green chillies. This time around I served it with tomato sauce but when I try out the other accompaniments, I will post about them as well. I hope you try out this simple snack and I’d love to hear what you think of it.

Here’s a peek at what it looks like – 

And here’s what the inside looks like –

Batata Vada
(Makes 7-8 pieces depending on the size of the potatoes used and the size of the vadas.)

2 potatoes, boiled and mashed roughly (You don’t want the potato mash to be creamy, leave it just a little lumpy)
A pinch of turmeric powder
Salt, to taste
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
A pinch of mustard seeds
2-3 curry leaves, roughly torn into 2-3 pieces each
1 green chilly, finely chopped (optional)
1 tsp. chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/2 cup besan (chick pea / garbanzo bean flour)
A pinch of red chilly powder (optional)
Water
Oil for deep frying

Add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt to taste to the mashed potato and mix well.

In a small pan, prepare the tempering or tadka. Heat the vegetable oil and add the mustard seeds. When it sputters, on a low to medium flame add the curry leaves, green chilly and saute a little till all the flavors are released, taking care to not burn the spices.

Add the potato mix to this and stir the oil and spices have mixed with the mashed potato, for a few seconds.

Take it off the pan and into a bowl. Add the chopped coriander leaves and using your hand mix it well. Check for salt and spice and adjust accordingly. Don’t under salt the potato mix.

Shape into balls and keep aside.

For the batter

In a bowl, mix the chick pea flour, with a pinch of turmeric powder, chilly powder and salt to taste. Add a little water to form a batter. Make sure there are no lumps and the batter is nice and smooth.

The batter should have a pouring consistency but shouldn’t be too thin. It should be thick enough to form a nice layer around the vadas.

If it is too thick, add a little water to thin it out. If it is too thin and watery, simply add some more chick pea flour.

To make the vadas

Heat the oil for deep frying. The oil should be hot but not smoking. One way to tell if your oil is hot enough is to carefully insert a drop of the batter into the oil. If it bubbles and rises to the top immediately, the oil is ready.

Dip the prepared balls in the batter and make sure that the batter coats the potato mix well. I think it easiest to use your hands for this.

Carefully insert the batter dipped vadas into the oil and let them fry on a medium flame till they are a nice golden brown. Turn them while they fry to ensure it cooks evenly on all sides. Don’t use high heat as the outside will burn without warming the insides through.

Drain off the excess oil and place on some kitchen paper to get rid of any oil on it.

Serve hot with some tomato sauce.

And oh, please don’t discard any of the pieces of excess batter that have broken away while frying the vadas. They are nice and crunchy. Simply drain them too while you’re extracting the vadas from the oil. My brother fights all of us for these scraps  🙂

Enjoy!!!

This recipe is linked to –
Recipes I Can’t Wait to Try @ At Home With Haley
My Meatless Monday @ My Sweet and Savory
Just Another Meatless Monday @ Hey What’s For Dinner Mom?
Meatless Monday @ Midnight Maniac
Mouthwatering Mondays @ A Southern Fairytale
Rook No.17

Bombay Street Food Special !!!

Bombay, now known as Mumbai, is popular for the variety of street food that it offers. There is something out there for everybody. You fined a lot of streets lined with little stalls selling a wide range of yummy stuff. This street food is hard to resist and the aromas that you are treated to, while just passing by these stalls, is enough to draw you to them for a quick bite. On offer is a host of South Indian treats, idlis, dosas, wadas, uttapams to name a few. You then have some of the local treats like the batata wada and the sabudana wada. You also have a whole selection of chaat, which originates from the North – North East India, and it includes bhel puri, sev puri, pani puri etc. These are just to name a few.

For quite some time now, I’ve wanted to master these tasty little treats (that I find impossible to resist) in my very own kitchen. Just a few days ago I decided to take the plunge. I was so happy with the results of my first trial that I’ve have now decided that I am going to make this wonderful and exciting foodie journey through all the street food delights that Bombay has to offer and I’m going to document this journey right here on this blog. I will try to explain all the local terms, preparations and names in simple English so that many more of you wonderful readers can try these recipes out.

So come join me, as we stumble upon some tasty treats that I know a lot of you will enjoy.