Bread Pakora

Bread pakora is very famous in Punjab, India. I ate it first time at Keysborough Gurudwara Sahib and the idea seemed fantastic to me. It is actually battered fried potato sandwich and tastes great with mint sauce. Try this and let me know how you go with it 🙂

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Ingredients:

FOR BATTER

  • 2 cups gram flour
  • ½ tspn baking powder
  • Some cold water for medium thick batter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn crushed red chilli dry
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 tbspns cracked coriander seeds
  • 1 tbspn green chilli paste (fresh)
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds
  • 1 tbspn pomegranate seeds (crushed)
  • 3 tbspns chopped fresh coriander

FOR PAKORA

  • 6 white bread slices
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR FILLING

  • 2 boiled potatoes
  • Salt and red chilli powder to taste
  • ½ tspn turmeric
  • 1 tbspns crushed green chillies
  • 3 tbpns chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tbspn chopped fresh mint leaves
  • ½ tspn aamchur powder
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tspn cracked coriander seeds

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients given for batter except water and mix. Now gradually add water, whisking at the same time to get the right consistency of the batter. It should not be too thick or too runny. The consistency of the batter should be good enough to coat the bread sandwich.
  • Keep aside for 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for filling and mash.
  • Take one slice of bread and spread 2 tbspns of potato mixture onto it and cover it with the other bread slice. Cut into 8 triangles. Do the same with other bread slices and make 24 mini triangles.
  • Meanwhile heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius or hot enough that you put the batter in and it floats to the surface of the oil, bubbling within 10 seconds.
  • Now dip and coat each triangle into batter and fry until its crisp and brown on the outside. Take them out onto your serving platter and sprinkle some chaat masala (optional).
  • Serve hot with mint chutney or just as it is. They taste great.

Loaded Garlic Bread

My version of Garlic bread supreme. Ideal for any party or any snack time. Easy  and fun to make. You can be versatile with your toppings and enjoy a real nice loaded sandwich. 😉

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bread rolls/ Vietnamese rolls/ hot dog rolls/ Rustic rolls

FOR BASTING

  • 100 gms salted butter
  • 1 tspn chopped chives
  • 2 garlic cloves minced

FOR TOPPING

  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (freshly grated)
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar (fresh grated)
  • A handful of baby spinach
  • Cooked chicken or boiled shredded chicken
  • Chopped capsicum
  • Slivered red onion
  • 2 tbspns scallions
  • ¼ cup sliced black olives
  • ½ cup jalapenos
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • Some mayo or garlic sauce to drizzle
  • Freshly cracked black pepper/ red chilli flakes
  • Herbs of your choice

Procedure:

  • Preheat the oven in broil mode to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Combine all the ingredients for basting in a microwave proof bowl and microwave it for 1 minute. Stir.
  • Cut the rolls of your choice into half lengthways and start applying the basting with a pastry brush on the inside of the bread.
  • Spread both the cheeses evenly on both the rolls and then put your favourite toppings (no sauces, only meat and veggies).
  • Broil for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the bread is crusty.
  • Take it out of the oven, drizzle with your favourite sauce, pepper and herbs and enjoy.

Banana Bread (LEGENDARY)

Banana bread…….. What comes in your mind when you hear “Banana Bread”?

Monkies, Bananas, Sweet, Cinnamon, Walnuts, Warmth, mmmmmmmm yummy….. that’s everything coming in my mind rite now…..

My home is filled with banana and cinnamon fragrance and my banana bread is just out of the oven resting on the bench top waiting for me to slice it and enjoy it with a cup of steaming hot cappuccino.

I don’t like keeping things waiting, meanwhile I enjoy my treat, here is what you have to do next to get the feeling I am getting rite now….

take care 😉

bubbye!

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

  • 1 ¾ cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup raw Sugar
  • 1 Stick of Unsalted Butter at room temperature
  • 4 Ripe Bananas, lightly mashed
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tbsp Whole Milk
  • ½ tsp Vanilla Extract
  • A handful of chopped walnuts

Method:

-Preheat your oven to 176 degrees Celsius.

-Grease a 9’ by 5’ loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper.

-In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the mashed bananas and vanilla and mix to combine.

-Add the flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, walnuts and salt and mix together until just combined. DO NOT OVERMIX!! Add milk wile mixing in the dry ingredients.

-Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour. At the 50 minute mark test it by inserting a toothpick in the center and if it comes out really wet than let it go until 1 hour and 10 minutes, if it comes out with a little wet batter than cook it for only 1 hour.

-When ready, let it cool for about 20 minutes.

-Slice and smear with butter so you can feel like you are in heaven!

TO STORE

To store, simply wrap tightly in aluminum foil and pop it in the fridge, whenever in the mood for a piece just slice away and stick in the microwave for 20 seconds. Smear with the maple butter and you will think that it just came out of the oven. It’s a yummy thing to have on hand for last minute breakfast, or after school snack or just simply reward yourself whenever in the mood!

Mooli Wale Parathay

One of my favorite breakfasts ………….

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR PARATHA

  • 3 cups wheat flour
  • 2 cups meda
  • Some water for kneading the dough
  • Some oil/ghee / butter for frying parathas

FOR FILLING

  • 1 large size white radish (peeled and grated)
  • Salt
  • Red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn chaat masala
  • 6 tbspns coriander chopped
  • 4 tbspns green chillies chopped
  • 1 tspn chopped mint (good for digestion)
  • ¼ tspn carom seeds (ajvain)
  • 1 tbspn cracked coriander
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds (zeera)
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn turmeric

Procedure:

-In a mixing bowl, combine plain flour & wheat flour and add knead into a soft dough by adding water gradually. Keep aside for 20 minutes.

-Now make small balls of dough, 2 per paratha.

-Roll them flat with a rolling pin into a saucer size chapatti.

-Place 1 ½ – 2 tbspns of radish filling on one chapatti and cover it with the other one. Press the edges to seal.

-Flat with your palm and fingers and then use a rolling pin to plat the edges.

-Place the parathas on a hot griddle. After 15 secs or when it looks like it is half cooked flip the side and apply some oil. I use spoon to apply oil.

-Then flip the side and apply oil to the other side. Cook from both the sides until both are brown and good.

-Do the same with remaining dough and filling.

-Serve hot with anda, yogurt and achar.

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Chicken Parathas

My favourite paratha ……..

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Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredient:

FOR PARATHAS

  • Some oil to glaze fry
  • Some lose flour

FOR DOUGH

  • 6 cups whole wheat aata
  • 2 cups flour (meda)
  • Some water to knead the dough
  • 1 tspn butter (optional)

FOR CHICKEN FILLING

  • 2 chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tomato
  • 4 tbspns olive oil
  • Some cumin seeds
  • Some salt
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn turmeric powder
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • 2 green chillies
  • Some coriander (green)

Procedure:

-Heat oil and fry garlic and tomato until tomato tend to lose its stiffness. Add spices and salt. Mix.

-Add chicken pieces and cook covered until the moisture evaporates.

-Take off the lid, add green chillies and coriander and stir fry on high speed.

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-Take it out in a plate and after cooling for 20 minutes, start mashing it.

-Knead the paratha dough and keep aside for 10 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

-Make 2 small balls of paratha dough. Roll them in lose flour and make small flat breads with a rolling pin.

-Now on one flat bread put a full tablespoon full of mashed chicken mixture. (put the filling in the middle of the flat bread). Put the other small flat bread on the top of the filling and seal the edges by pressing them with your fingers. Press the paratha with your hand. Dust with some lose flour and roll it into a big chapatti.

-Heat the flat pan and place the chapatti with filling on it.

-When it starts to change its colour, flip the side.

-Apply some oil on the cooked side and flip the side.

-Apply some oil on the other side too and fry until golden brown.

-Take it out on a plate and serve hot with tamarind chutney or mint sauce.

-Do the same with rest of the filling. With this quantity of filling you can make 8 parathas.

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is one of the well known breads and you can Find it in any pasta shop, pizza shop or Italian cuisine. It is mouth watering tasty …

Ingredients:

  • 1 French bread loaf
  • 3 scoops of soft butter
  • 1 tspn garlic paste / 1 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 chopped spring onion
  • Salt and black pepper to season

Procedure:

-Cut French bread loaf diagonally leaving 1 inch distance.

-Mix butter, salt, pepper, spring onion and garlic and make soft paste.

-Apply this paste to both of the sides of French bread slices.

-Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius 30 minutes before baking.

-Place glazed slices on baking tray and bake For 15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.

-Prepare a beautiful basket For them. Place them and immediately serve with any pasta or lasagne.

Outcome:

Tasty, hot and crispy garlic bread is ready to be served.

Garlic Bread

Tips:

-Serve them immediately after baking or they will get soggy.

Servings:

This will serve Four people.