Chakli Recipe
Chakli is one of the most popular Diwali snack .Chakli tastes crunchy crispy and absolutely delicious. There are different versions and recipe to make chakli .Bhajni being most popular and loved and my utmost favourite but it is a very tedious process if you want to make it from scratch.
This recipe for chakli which ill be sharing is instant, very easy fail proof and taste delicious as good as bhajni chakli.do check the notes for making prefect crispy chakli.
Easy instant chakli recipe


Ingredients
1 cup rice flour
1/2 cup maida / all purpose flour
2 tbsp besan / gram flour
2 1/2 to 3 tsp red chilli powder / as needed
1/4 tsp ajwain/carom seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder/haldi
1/4 cup curds
1 1/2 tbsp salted butter
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp sesame seeds / til
Salt to taste
Oil to deep fry.
How to make crispy chakli at home

Method

  • In a bowl mix sifted flours , maida rice and besan together
  • Add salt red chilli powder coriander ,turmeric powder ajwain sesame seeds and mix
  • To this add butter and mix well
  • Add curd and mix



  • Add water as needed to form a soft yet firm dough .
  • Grease the chakli mould with oil
  • Divide the dough into 3 to.4 parts




  • Fit in the star disc/ chakli disc
  • And place  the dough .
  • line a plate with parchment or butter paper and make chakli .
  • Add oil in a kadhai and turn the flame on.
  • The oil should not be very hot.
  • Once the oil is hot lower the flame.
  • Slide 3 to 4  chakli and fry over medium low flame.
  • Turn it on the other side and fry till done.
  • It takes roughly about 2 to 3 minutes each side.



  • Once done  remove it out on kitchen towel/ absorbent paper .
  • Repeat the same till all the chakli are fried
  • Once cool store in air tight container .

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Notes / tips

  • Make sure the oil is not very hot and also fry over medium low flame.
  • If you turn the flame high the chakli will remain uncooked from inside
  • If the oil is not hot the chakli may break and lot of froth will appear.
  • So always fry 3 to 4 at a time if kadhai is big you can fry 6 to 7 in a batch .
  • Keep the dough  covered as you make them in batches.
  • If the dough is left open it will dry a bit then knead again and proceed .
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Pole /Pola /Neer dosa /Ghavan  or panpole whatever you name it .Pole/Pola as we call it home is a lacy spongy dosa or crepe made with rice and  coconut .Panpole/Pola/Neer Dosa  green Chutney is a yummy breakfast combo and my all time favourite Sunday breakfast fare .
We enjoy pole or pola with our chicken or any non veg curries  the recipe is simple and the steps are easy to follow .Pole or pola are made on iron tava / griddle also called khapri in our dialect .But not to worry you may use a good non stick dosa tava or a normal frying pan as well .

We  East Indians make another version of pola that we call Chittaps  which is quite similar to this will share it too on the blog .For now try these yummy soft lacy pola /neer dosa .enjoy it with your Chutney or any veg or non veg curries..


Ingredients
1 cup kolam or  sona masuri
(I use 3/4 cup kolam and 1/4 cup ukda or boiled idli rice)
1/2 cup grated coconut
2 tbsp cooked rice .
1 tsp sugar (optional )
Salt as needed
Oil to smear the pan.

Method.
Wash the rice and soak it for 6 to 7 hours or overnight
Next morning grind the soaked rice along with Coconut and cooked rice to a smooth batter .
Add salt and 1 tsp sugar and mix well .

Add water and make a thin batter like buttermilk consistency.

Heat a griddle/skillet/ tava .Prick onion with fork or knife and dip it in oil and smear the pan alternatively you can just brush a little oil.
 Once hot take the batter in a ladle and pour from height spread it all over to get the hole or lacy effect.

 Cook over medium flame cover with the lid
Do not flip
Remove it in a plate or banana leaf. Let it cool then fold it.
Serve with Coconut Chutney or any veg or non veg curries.
 notes
You can use any short grain rice or idli rice .
Adding cooked rice gives softer polas/ neer dosa skip if you feel .
The batter consistency is very important it should be thin else the lacy effect won't come .
If your tava or pan is not hot the dosa won't have the holes , make sure it's hot and  you pour the batter from a little light and spread it over the pan you should hear a sizzle sound which means the temperature of the tava is perfect for the polas/neer dosa.




Shankarpali or Shakapare a popular sweet snack made during festival like Diwali all throughout Maharashtra .  Shankarpali or Shakarpare are  crispy flaky fried cookie like snack,they taste amazing and are very addictive. Shankarpali as it is popularly called in Maharashtra is a very popular festive snack and made in almost all homes.The recipe though differs from each household.
Today i m sharing an easy version of shankarpali ,if you follow the recipe to the T you too will master in making crispy flaky shankarplai/shakkarpara. .There are many version and methods to make this yummy snack .Will share the other versions which uses semolina some other day .For now try these and enjoy crispy flaky kuskhit shankarpalis.

ingredients
maida/all purpose flour 500 gm/4 cups
ghee 90 gm
powdered sugar 125 gm to 140 gm
milk 100 ml/ 1/2 cup
cardamom powder 1 tsp
a pinch of salt
oil ghee or dalda to deep fry

.method

  • heat  ghee and let it melt
  • In a pan heat milk till  luke warm and add sugar to this and stir till it dissolves do not boil the mixture just let the sugar melt ,keep it aside.

  • In a bowl take maida/all purpose flour and mix cardamom powder and pinch of salt and mix 
  • To the maida add the hot ghee and mix with a spoon 
  • Now add the warm milk and sugar mixture add in batches and mix well to a dough
  • Cover with a cloth and let it rest for 20 to 30 minutes
  • Divide the dough into 3 to 4 balls
  • Roll out each ball to a round disc/chapati using rolling pin cut the edges 
  • Using a knife or pizza cutter cut into  diamond or square
  • Do not roll it very thin ,you can see the size in the pic below 
  • Heat oil/ghee in a kadhai/deep wide pan once the oil is hot switch the flame to low medium.

  • Fry the shankarpali in batches till golden brown and crisp
  • While you fry keep on stirring with slotted spoon so that its fried evenly.
  • Fry till golden brown.and remove it on a kitchen towel/tissue paper.
  • Once cool store it in airtight containers
  • Enjoy it as snack or with cup of chai .

tips
always make sure the flame is low and fry in batches
it takes a lot of time to fry, at any point of time do not turn  the flame high
if the oil is not hot the shankarpali will absorb a lot of oil and you will see foam appearing ,so heat the oil until hot and then lower the flame and fry them over low flame ,to test you can fry 3 to 4 shanakrpalis first then proceed with another batch
The frying should be done on low flame to get perfect flaky crispy shankarpali 
Veg pulao in Coconut milk with chana masala was one of the yummy veg meal I enjoyed last week .Coconut milk adds richness and taste to the veg pulao . I have use pressure cooker method which makes it in a jiffy  perfect when you crave something yummy yet quick.This Veg pulao can be relished with raita some pickle and papad as well taste good on its own.
pressure cooker veg pulao recipe
ingredients
1 cup basmati rice
2 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup green peas
2 carrot
5 to 6 french beans
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 star anise
2 bay leaves
4 to 5 cloves
3 to 4 cardamom
6 to 7 black pepper
2 inch cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1 to 1/2 tbsp oil/ghee
salt
Coconut milk vegetable pulao recipe
Method

  • Wash the rice and soak it for 30 minutes
  • Chop the veggies and keep ready .
  • Heat a pressure cooker add oil or ghee once hot add bay leaves followed by all whole spices
  • Let them splutter 
  • Add the veggies and stir fry for 3 to 4 minutes you may add 1 - 2 green chillies it enhances flavour 
  • Add the rice and fry well for 5 minutes stirring it every time.
  • Add turmeric salt and mix ,then add the coconut milk
  • Cover the pressure cooker with lid and cook for 2 whistles
  • Switch off the flame ,allow the steam to escape ,open the lid and fluff rice with fork.
  • Serve with veg /non veg .I enjoyed with chana masala posted earlier in the blog .



notes
you can use ambemohar /kolam or jeerakasala rice too.
if you want add a stock cube too while sauteing the rice and veggies.
i have homemade coconut milk you could use store brought or make it with the maggi coconut milk powder .


 Chana Masala/Chana in coconut masala ,veg pulao in coconut milk and raita was my lunch yesterday .Chana masala/chana kurma  is a delicious gravy and a childhood favourite ,unlike punjabi chole this chana masala is made in roasted coocnut masala Chana masala is flavourful and delectable .It goes well with pualo ,dosa or chapati ,you caenjoy chana masala with parathas too.

This Chana Masala or Chana Kurma is always made at home esp with all other non veg curries for feast or parties.We all love it.Made this for lunch yesterday we enjoyed it with some yummy coconut milk veg pulao and raita .


chana xacuti

ingredients
250 gm chana soaked overnight or for 8 hours.
1/2 cup coconut ,i used dried
4 to 5 garlic and 1/2 inch ginger
1 big or 2 small onions
1 tomato
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 to 1  1/2  tsp chilli powder/bottle masala
1/2 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp khus khus/poppy seeds

1 inch cinnamon stick
1 star anise
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
2 bay leaves
oil
salt
Method

  • Pressure cook the chickpeas/chana with salt until soft ..
  • Heat a tava/griddle ,dry roast the  fennel sesame and poppy seeds and remove in a plate.
  • Add coconut and roast  until golden brown ,remove it in a plate,add the sliced onion ,sesame and poppy seeds and saute till onion turn light golden ,set aside .
  • Grind together onion ginger garlic and the roasted coconut to a smooth paste adding little water.
  • Chop the tomatoes fine or puree it.
  • Heat a nonstick/thick bottomed pan ,add oil once hot add bay leaves ,Cinnamon stick,star anise and cumin seeds ,let them crackle.
  • Add the tomato and fry till soft and mushy or until the oil separates.
  • Now add the ground paste and saute for few minutes.
  • Add the red chilli powder ,salt and mix well 
  • Add about 1 1/2 to 2 cup water ,i used the water left from boiling the chana.
  • Give it a stir,let it come to a rolling boil then lower the flame and let it simmer for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the garam masala powder and stir.
  • Check for salt add only if required.
  • Add coriander leaves and switch the flame off.
  • Serve with pulao/roti/bread of your choice.

chole or chana with coconut

chana masala coconut curry
notes
i have used khobra/dry coconut ,you ca use fresh grated coconut as well
you may use green chillies as well ,you can grind 2 to 3 with the onion and coconut.
sesame seeds and poppy seeds add thickness to the gravy ,you may skip
you can add more water if you like more gravy ,when i serve it with pulao i like it to be of this consistency ,with breads a little more gravy is best.
tomato can be skipped ,you can add few spoon of lime/lemon juice at the end if needed.



Nutella French Toast Rolls/Nutella stuffed french toast roll ups  a super sumptuous option for breakfast or snacks. Nutella stuffed french toast is simply delicious and easy to make .You can put this together in just 20 minutes ,how cool is that .
French toast have been a favourite I think most of us love it .Mom always made french toast for breakfast or for evening snack .Nutella is bae and when used to stuff french toast it definitely is a treat.Your kids will thank you for such an amazing breakie ,pack it for their lunch /tiffin box and they will be so happy .

If you love the traditional french toast and nutella just like me ,you are sure going to love this .This recipe is very simple easy and quick too. It can be put together in 20 minutes .

easy nutella french toast rolls



ingredients
6 to 7 bread slices
1/2 cup nutella
1 egg
3 to 4 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla essence/1/4 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp fine sugar 
2 tbsp butter


Method
  • Trim the edges of the bread slices and roll it flat with a rolling pin.
  • Spread 1 1/2 to 2 tsp nutella on each slice and roll it tight.
  • Beat egg  in a bowl add milk to this.
  • Also add sugar, vanilla essence and mix well .
  • Mix the sugar and cinnamon powder in another plate .
  • Heat a non stick pan add butter .
  • Dip the roll in this and fry them on medium flame till crisp and light golden brown it may take about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove the rolls  in  a plate and roll in cinnamon sugar until coated .
  • Serve warm .



easy french toast with nutella
 n
notes
you may use brown bread too i prefer white bread though.
you can use any chocolate spread but it taste best with nutella .


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