Thursday, September 29, 2011

Sev Khamani/ સેવ ખમણી

Here I am with another savory delicacy from Gujarat. Originated from 'The City of Food Lovers' - Surat, it is quite popular almost everywhere in Gujarat. Though Khaman is quite famous among Non-Gujarati as well, not many are aware about this variation. 

In this tasty recipe, Chana Dal is cooked into spicy, fluffy mixture and topped with sev - it is simply irresistible. Usually I would crush leftover Khaman into Khamani, but this time I tried to make it from scratch. The best part about this dish is, it hardly consumes any oil. Be it served in breakfast or snacks or even as a side dish, it is always a hit. 

Serves 4-6 
Preparation Time: 15 Minute + soaking time 
Cooking Time: 20-30 Minute

2 cup chana dal 
2 tsp oil 
1 tsp mustard seeds 
1 tsp turmeric powder 
1 tsp coriander powder 
Pinch of asafetida 
10-15 curry leaves 
4-5 cloves of garlic, minced 
2 tsp green chili paste 
1 tsp ginger paste 
1/2 tsp sugar 
1 tsp lemon juice (or as per taste) 
1 cup milk 

To serve, 
Sev (Approx 1 cup) 
Coriander leaves 
Pomegranate seeds (optional)

1. Soak chana dal for 5-6 hours and grind into coarse mixture 
2. Heat oil in a deep pan, add mustard seeds and asafetida 
3. Add curry leaves and chili-ginger-garlic paste and saute for about a minute 
4. Add chana dal mixture, turmeric powder, coriander powder and mix well 
5. Cook it uncovered on low flame until oil starts separating on the edge, stirring in between 
6. Add salt, lemon juice and sugar, mix well 
7. Gradually add milk and stir continuously until it becomes soft and fluffy (Use more milk if mixture is still dry) 
8. Turn off the heat, garnish with sev and coriander leaves a
nd serve hot

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tortilla Rolls

A while ago a friend of mine shared this amazing recipe. These simple and delicious rolls are perfect appetizers for any occasion. And the best part is that they can be prepared in advance. After I had them for the first time, I thought several times to make them myself. But somehow it never became front burner priority. Then recently, I wanted to prepare appetizer and I did not want to put much efforts. Luckily, I had all ingredients available so could not wait to give it a shot!

Original recipe had green onions and jalapeno but I added green pepper and black olives and sprinkled taco seasoning as well. Instead of serving them immediately I wrapped the entire roll in plastic wrap and refrigerated for couple of hours.

Makes 35-40 rolls
Preparation Time: 10 Minute
Cooking Time: NIL + Refrigeration time

4 pc tortillas
3 tbsp sour cream (at room temperature)
5 tbsp cream cheese (at room temperature)
4 tbsp green onions, finely chopped
4 tbsp green pepper, finely chopped
4 tbsp jalapeno, finely chopped
4 tbsp black olives, finely chopped
4 tbsp coriander leaves
1 tsp taco seasoning

1. Mix sour cream and cream cheese thoroughly
2. Spread this on tortilla and add all veggies
3. Sprinkle taco seasoning
4. Make a tight roll, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for couple of hours
5. Cut into 1/2" thick rolls

These rolls can be served with salsa. Although they taste equally good just like that!