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Besan Chila (Garbanzo Flour Pancake)

Need a quick fix. Pancakes will do the trick, especially ones that are filled with good proteins and carbs. Vegetarians welcome to the Garbanzo Flour Pancake also known as Besan Chila in India. With this batter you have one recipe that will make 3 dishes! Besan chila (Garbanzo Flour Pancake)…Besan fritters (Pakora/Patties)…Besan Uttapa. Feast your eyes below.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups besan (garbanzo flour)

       These ingredients below– chopped and coarsely blended in food processor:

  • 4 bell peppers (orange, red, yellow, green–use half  of each)
  • 1/2 big red onion
  • 1 cup edamame green soybeans cooked 2 minutes in microwave
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes

       These ingredients chopped and finely blended:

  • 2 to 4 green chile, 1 (2inch) ginger piece, 1 small fresh turmeric piece, 1 bunch fresh basil and 2 to 3 cloves garlic

Preparation: 

Mix all of the ingredients above in the flour. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red chile powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp cumin seeds and 1/4  tsp onion seeds (kalaunji), 1/4 of one block crumbled firm tofu ( squeeze to remove excess liqiud),  2 tbsp wheat germ (0ptional).

I–add 1/2 tsp baking powder and fry to make pakoras (fritter balls) by using a spoon or melon baller to put in the hot oil on medium heat. Eat with your favorite sauce, dip or chutney. Savor– crispy, crunchy on the outside and soft inside.

Shallow fry to make patties for sandwiches

OR

II–add 2 tbsp yogurt, 1 tsp oil and little water to make soft pancakes (chila).

OR

III–add 1/2 cup rice powder, 2 tbsp of  yogurt and water to make dosa like pancake called uttapa. Adjust salt to taste.

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Pizza paratha

Pizza! This recipe is the taste of two worlds–India and Italy!

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1  block paneer grated
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan and 1/4 finely grated cheddar
  • 1 medium red onion finely chopped
  • 1 seeded jalapeno finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomato (not immersed in oil) finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chile flakes
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Few fresh basil leaves finely chopped
  • 1/2  tsp salt or salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup tomato soup powder
  • Mix all ingredients and make balls

Dough:

  • 4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2  tsp garlic salt

Make soft dough and follow instructions of the potato paratha. Your choice to make thin or thick and or crispy or soft.

Garnish with grated fresh mozzarella and basil on the pan or microwave for 3o sec.

Chatpata Aloo Paratha (Potato)

Aloo Paratha is one of the most popular dishes made in North and central India. It is a paratha stuffed with potatoes which is cooked on a hot skillet and smothered with ghee (butter) if you feel like you could use the extra calories (an excellent choice for all the ravenous pregnant women). Ready for a quick hot meal that goes excellent with yogurt and Indian pickles?

Ingredients:

4 large Idaho, Russet or Yukon yellow potatoes – pierce and microwave for ~ 20 min or boil in water. Don’t overcook. Grate the potatoes so no lumps are there.

Fresh blend–1 big piece ginger ~ 2″ to 3″, 1 small piece turmeric ~ 1/2″  to 1″, 4 to 5 red and green Thai chile, 1 medium size red onion, 1 bunch cilantro –  coarse chop and place in the food processor except onion until last and use pulse button.

Masala:

  • 1/2  tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/3 tsp asafoetida
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp MTR garam masala
  • 1 1/2 tsp pomegranate powder or mango powder (aamchur) or both
  • 1 tsp fennel powder
  • 1/2 tsp sambar powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt–salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper powder optional

Preparation for filling:

Add all the masala and fresh blend in the grated potatoes. Mix and make large size balls.

Preparation for dough:

4 cups of whole wheat flour, 1/4 tsp salt,  pinch of asafoetida and 1/8 tsp red pepper powder–make soft dough by adding water little at a time so it is easy to spread. It’s okay to over work the dough. Cover with a towel for 10 minutes before making the parathas.

Oil hands and make a small ball – flatten and roll. Oil it, put potato ball on top, cover and close dough. Use all purpose flour to spread the paratha thin or thick and remove extra flour before shallow frying on both sides. Your choice to make it soft or crispy. My family gives their request a day before.  Enjoy with pickles, mint yogurt, and chutneys or even melted grated Mexican cheese blend.

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