Aalu Samosa

This aalu samosa used to be really popular in Pakistani home cooking. People used to make it for Ramadan, Eid, guest visits, rainy weather, etc. My very special recipe, crispy spring roll sheets filled with super hot and flavorful loaded with green masala filling, ideal for hi tea parties, birthday parties, small gatherings or just a casual friend visit. Everyone love these samosas. Give it a try and fall in love with these babies ❤

Ayesha's Kitchen

Ayesha’s Kitchen

Ingredients:

FOR SAMOSA

  • 20 to 24 samosa sheets
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Slurry of flour and water to seal the samosa

FOR FILLING

  • 4 medium sized potatoes, boiled
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tspn chaat masala
  • ½ tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn fenugreek leaves, dried
  • 2 tbspns cracked coriander seeds
  • 3 to 4 green chillies chopped fine
  • 1 cup coriander and mint leaves chopped fine
  • 1 small onion chopped (if you are not freezing the samosas)

Method

  • Boil potatoes and peel the skin while they are hot. Put them in a mixing bowl and add all the ingredients for filling. Now mash the potatoes by mixing all the ingredients.
  • The filling is ready for samosas. If you are freezing the samosas for some other time use, please don’t add onion as it will leave moisture when defrosted plus the strong odour of the onion will spoil the flavour. But if you ae frying within 2 hours of preparing the samosa that’s fine, you can add onion.
  • Now make the cone shape of the samosa sheet and fill it with 1 to 1.5 tbspn of the filling and seal all the edges with the slurry.
  • Make all the samosas until the filling is finished.
  • Refrigerate for 1 hr.
  • Heat oil to 190 degrees Celsius and fry them in batches, depending on the size of your fryer.
  • Serve hot with ketchup, imli chutney or mint chutney.

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Mixed Sabzi

When you are sick of eating meat everyday, have a green day…. Its super easy, super fast and high of flavour ❤

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower (heads)
  • 1 cup peas
  • 2 carrots (peeled, sliced or diced)
  • 2 capsicums (cut into cubes)
  • 3 potatoes (cut into cubes)
  • 1 tbspn heapful of crushed ginger
  • 2 green chillies chopped + 2 green chillies whole
  • ½ cup chopped coriander
  • 2 medium onions (sliced)
  • 3 tomatoes (sliced)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 tbspn ghee or butter
  • 1 tspn kasuri methi/ dried feugreek leaves
  • 1 tspn garam masala
  • 1 tbspn coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tspn red chilli powder
  • 1 tspn turmeric
  • 1 tspn cumin seeds

Procedure:

  • Wash, peel and cut all the vegetables according to the instructions given.
  • Put peas in 1 cup of boiling water and keep aside until needed.
  • Mix all the spices except garam masala, black pepper and feugreek leaves in a bowl
  • Heat oil in a pan and fry onion. Add ginger when the onion is translucent. Fry until everything is golden brown. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes lose the stiffness. Add a splash of boiling water and stir.
  • Add potatoes and mix. Simmer on medium flame for 5 minutes, adding splash of boiling water whenever needed. Add rest of the water and cover the pot. Cook for 5 minutes on medium low heat.
  • Now add carrots, cauliflower and peas along with the spice mix and stir. Cook for 5 minutes and then cover and cook for 10 minutes on low heat.
  • Add capsicum and let it cook on low heat. Meanwhile melt some butter or ghee in a frying pan and fry fenugreek leaves, garam masala and black pepper for 30 seconds. Add this mixture to the vegetables, add some coriander leaves and green chillies, give it a final stir and take it out in the serving dish.
  • Garnish with the left over coriander and green chillies and serve hot with home made rotis.

Paneer Pakora

Paneer Pakora is a famous vegetarian Punjabi street food in India. Cubes of Indian Cheese (Paneer) coated in crispy, spicy gram flour batter makes everyone drooling. Its yum!!!!

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Ingredients:

  • Paneer 1 kilo (cut into cubes)
  • Oil for deep frying

FOR BATTER

  • 2 cups besan/ gram flour
  • 3 tbspns chopped fresh mint
  • 2 large green chillies chopped
  • 3 tbspns green coriander chopped
  • 2 tbspns coriander seeds
  • 1 tsp zeera/ cumin seeds
  • Water to make medium consistency batter
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tbspn anardana/ pomegranate seeds roughly ground

Procedure:

  • In a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for batter and add water to make a medium consistency batter.
  • Add paneer cubes and coat each cube with the batter. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oil in the fryer.
  • Now drop each battered cube separately in hot oil and fry until it is golden brown and crispy.
  • Take our the pakoras and serve hot with mint chutney or tamarind sauce or both.

Aalu Papri Chaat

Aalu Papri Chaat is a famous chaat in South Asia Sub Continent. It is a street snack often consumed during shopping or after school or college. The preparation time for this recipe is more than assembling time, but its really easy and each and every second is worth it.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 large potato (cut into small cubes and boiled to perfection, chilled)
  • 1 cup boiled chickpeas
  • 2 cups papri/ Namak Paare
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 1 tomato (deseeded and chopped)
  • 2 small green chillies chopped fine
  • 2 tbspns date and tamarid sauce or meethi imli chutney
  • 4 tbspns nimko/ sev (I used Haldiram Navratan)

FOR MINT SAUCE

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves
  • 2 green chillies (small size)/ 1 green chilli (if you don’t want too hot)
  • 1 cup yogurt whipped with ¼ cup water

FOR YOGURT SAUCE

  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbspn sugar
  • ¼ cup cold water

FOR SPICY SAUCE

  •  1 cup yogurt
  • 2 tbspns chaat masala
  • ¼ cup water

Procedure:

  • Cut and boil the potatoes and chop all the veggies.
  • Let’s make all the three sauces:
  1. Mint sauce: in a mortar and pestle, crush mint, coriander and green chillies and add salt. Mix with whipped yogurt.
  2. Yogurt Sauce: Whip all the ingredients together.
  3. Spicy Sauce: Whip all the ingredients together.
  • Now it’s time to assemble the chaat. Due to Papri and yogurt we can’t assemble and keep this chaat for long as the papri will get soggy so please assemble it 5 minutes before serving to get the best taste.
  • In two plates divide papri, chickpeas, onion, tomato, potato ad green chillies for each serving. This recipe will make two servings.
  • Now in the serving plate, first lay a layer of papri, some onion, tomato, chick peas and potato. Drizzle some of each sauce. Add remaining onion, potato and tomato and then another drizzle of each sauce. Drizzle some tamarind sauce and sprinkle some sev or nimko and serve.*Please make sure the sauces and the potatoes are chilled.

Dahi Phulki

Dahi Phulki….. a side dish for Biryani or an appetizer in Iftar or a street snack…… tastes the best in any form. Very simple to make but your guests will be amazed by the effort you have put in….. If you are anything like me who likes to listen compliments…. go ahead. This is your dish!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups boiled phulki
  • 1 cup boiled cubed potato
  • 1 large red onion chopped
  • 3 cups yogurt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 tbspn sugar
  • 2 tbspns chaat masala
  • 2 small hot green chillies chopped fine
  • 3 tbspns tamarind sauce
  • 1 cup thinly sliced cabbage

Procedure:

  • In a deep mixing bowl, combine yogurt, water, sugar and 1 tbspn chaat masala and whisk until its smooth. Add boiled pakorian/ phulki, cabbage, onion, 1 green chilli and potato and mix with gentle hands.
  • Take it out in the serving dish, drizzle some tamarind sauce, garnish with some green chillies and sprinkle rest of the chaat masala. Chill for 2 hours and serve.

Aalu Kabab/ Potato Cutlets/ Aloo Tikki

Aalu tikki or aalu kabab one of the famous side dish or tea snack in sub continent cooking. Mashed potatoes seasoned with spices and fried in portions in a delight to have.

You can adjust the spices and chilies according to your taste, my recipe is a bit spicy. Its a tea party crowd pleaser and actually tingles your tongue with aroma and spice. Give it a try and let me know how you go…..

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Ingredients:

  • 6 large potatoes (boiling potatoes) (peeled and boiled to perfection)
  • 3 green chillies (large size, chopped fine)
  • 1 cup fresh coriander leaves (chopped fine)

SPICES

  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tspn chicken salt (available in Vegetarian option as well)
  • 1 tspn red chilli flakes
  • 1 tspn cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbspn chaat masala
  • 2 tbspns cracked dry coriander seeds
  • 1 tspn coarsely ground pan roasted cumin seeds
  • ½ tspn ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tspn dry fenugreek leaves

FOR FRYING

  • 2 eggs (whisked)
  • 2 cups oil for shallow pan frying

Procedure:

-In a large mixing bowl, mash the boiled potatoes until the mixture is lump free. Now add all the spices, green chillies and coriander. Add the fenugreek leaves by crushing between your palms; it will really bring out the flavour and fragrance.

-Mix well until it looks like a dough. Now make a small ball from this dough and flat it with your fingers and give it a round shape. Do the same with the rest of the mixture. It will make 12 tikkis.

-Place the tikkis in a wide plate without over lapping and refrigerate for 1 hour.

-Heat some frying oil on griddle or frying pan.

-Whisk two eggs in a bowl for coating the tikkis. If you are vegetarian, you can skip this step and fry tikkis directly. Or dip each tikki separately in this egg wash and fry until its golden brown and crisp from both the sides. Approximately 1 minute per side in hot oil.

-Serve hot with mint chutney or as a side dish with Pulao or Biryani.

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