Aloo Gobi paratha

BM #114 : Week 2, Day 3
Theme : Brighten Your Breakfast

Parathas for breakfast is a favorite of mine. Most of the times , we end up eating dinner leftovers than prepare fresh in the morning. By leftovers, I mean cooking extra so that you have some for the next morning. Aloo paratha is the most favored at home, but gobi (cauliflower) paratha comes a close second. For a variety, a combination of aloo and gobi works well too. A simple pickle and yogurt would do as a side dish instead of making a curry to serve this.

Parathas taste really good when you add a good amount of ghee while making it. I remember my brother’s cook going through almost a whole big bottle of ghee while making a big batch of parathas. You can definitely reduce the amount to your preference, but there is no question that it tastes way better with lots of ghee :D.

Read on for the recipe.

Makes 6-8 parathas, depending on the size

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour / atta
  • Salt as needed
  • Water to make a dough
  • 1 tablespoon oil/ ghee, optional

For the Filling :

  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon aamchur / dry mango powder
  • 2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
  • 2 medium potatoes, boiled and mashed
  • Salt as needed
  • 1-2 teaspoon Ghee/ butter per paratha for brushing the pan

Method:

  1. Add salt as need to the flour. Make a dough by adding water in steps (1/4 cup full at a time) to the wheat flour. Knead until you get a soft and smooth dough. Set aside to rest.
  2. To prepare the filling, heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and sauté until it turns pink. Add ginger- garlic paste, followed by the spice powders. Mix everything well.
  3. Now add the finely chopped cauliflower florets. Add salt and mix everything well and let it cook.
  4. Once the cauliflower is cooked completely, add the boiled and mashed potatoes. Mix well and let it cook for a couple of minutes. Taste test and adjust seasonings. Remove from heat and let it cool a little.
  5. Make parathas using a small lime sized ball of the filling. Please watch this video or this post for stepwise pictures.
  6. Cook the rolled parathas in a heated tawa. Add some ghee to the pan and on top the parathas too while cooking it. Remove from the pan and serve hot with pickle and plain yogurt.

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Ebelskivers – Danish pancakes

BM #114 : Week 2, Day 2
Theme : Brighten Your Breakfast

I had completely forgotten about ebelskivers I used to make for my son’s lunchbox until I saw this picture in my photo archives. There was a point of time when I used to make these regularly, especially the ones filled with jam inside. The biggest plus is that it doesn’t need a side dish since it has jam inside, thus making it perfect for the lunch box.

I usually use pancake batter to make ebelskivers and in this particular instance, I remember that I was half way through making pancakes and suddenly decided to make some ebelskivers too.

The internet tells me that this Danish delicacy is served as a dessert or a snack or a breakfast snack or even a holiday treat, but at my place, this is mostly a breakfast treat. Usually a weekend brunch.

Instead of filling it with jam, you can add some Nutella or even some chocolate chips. That would ensure a chocolate treat for you :-).

Read on for the recipe. The batter is a pancake batter recipe from All Recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups milk, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • Jam of your choice
  • Butter/ghee for brushing the pan

Method:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients in a pan. Whisk well.
  2. Beat the egg well in another bowl, add the melted butter and the milk. Mix well. It’s important that the milk is at room temperature, else the butter will solidify.
  3. Combine the dry and wet ingredients, mix until smooth. The batter is ready.
  4. Heat an aebelskiver pan or paniyaram pan. Once the pan is hot, add a little butter/ghee into each of the “wells” in the pan.
  5. Using a tablespoon, carefully add the batter into each mold, filling it half way through. Add a spoon of jam on top of the batter and fill it rest of the way with the batter.
  6. Wait for the bottom to cook completely, slowly using two spoons or forks or skewers, flip it so that the top can cook as well.
  7. Remove from pan and repeat with the rest of the batter.

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Shakshuka

BM #114 : Week 2, Day 1
Theme : Brighten Your Breakfast

Shakshuka is a breakfast dish from Middle East and North Africa. It’s eggs served with a tomato based sauce cooked with peppers and onions. This is an easy dish to prepare. You can add veggies of your choice and serve this dish for a quick lunch or dinner too. The regular spices that goes with this dish is paprika, chili powder and cumin.

There are many variations to this dish. You can add cooked polenta or tofu for a vegan/egg free version. I didn’t have enough fresh tomatoes to make a puree for this, so I used some readymade marinara sauce that I already had. I added some dried herbs to it and now it’s an Italian version Shakshuka :-). We had this as our brunch, so I served this with toasted bread and some avocados. This is a stovetop recipe, but it can be made in Instant pot as well. I would be trying that next.

Read on for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder, or per taste
  • 2 teaspoons dried herbs (Italian seasoning)
  • 2 cups marinara sauce or puréed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water, optional
  • 6 eggs
  • salt as needed

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a wide pan. Sauté onions, pepper and garlic. Once onion turns pink, add the spinach in and couple for a couple of minutes until it wilts.
  2. Add paprika, chili powder, cumin, salt and dried herbs. Add marinara sauce or puréed tomatoes and water. Let it come to a slow boil and cook for about 7-8 minutes until it’s not runny anymore.
  3. Crack one egg into a small bowl. With the ladle, make a small hole in the curry and carefully add the egg. Repeat with the rest of the eggs.
  4. Let the eggs cook until they are done. Covering the pan would help it cook faster. Remove from heat once the eggs are cooked to your preference. Serve with bread slices and some avocado.

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Greek frappe

BM 103: Week 4, Day 2
Theme: Balkan States

While looking for recipes under this theme, I came across the frappe recipe and the interesting story behind its invention. Apparently a Necafe employee wanted to have coffee but didn’t have any hot water to make it. So he mixed Instant coffee, with ice water and ice cubes in a shaker and thus frappe was born!

It’s a very popular drink in Greece and it’s so easy to make. I wish I had come across this recipe at the start of summer than at the end of it. Take instant coffee, sugar and a little water in a bottle with a tight lid and shake it for a minute or two. I actually keep a kitchen timer, else I might shake for ten seconds and say it’s done :D. Pour this frothy mix into a tall glass filled with ice. Add water or if you prefer coffee with milk, add cold milk. That’s it! Frothy delicious frappe is ready to serve.

Recipe source : Classic Greek Frappe

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee powder
  • 2-4 teaspoons sugar, or per taste
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Ice cubes
  • Milk or Water as needed

Method:

  1. In a clean glass jar with a tight lid, add the coffee, sugar and water. Screw the lid on and shake vigorously for about 2 minutes.
  2. Fill a tall coffee cup half way with ice cubes. Add the frothy coffee into it. Slowly add water and/or milk to the cups. Serve. I like to add water first and then a little milk to it.

And here it is with a little milk. Frothy still!

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