Tasty Thursdays – “Puri” An Indian food that can be served either as meal or breakfast

“Puri” (both u and i spelled short) is a very important item of food both in Northern India and Southern India. It is consumed either for a full meal or as a breakfast (tiffin) item as per needs and circumstances. If served as meals, some side dishes like potato, onion mixed curry or any other soft curry is served along with it. For breakfast, you can serve with soft curry or chutney.

Puri is available at all hotels, restaurants and at any eatery on the roadsides of all places. It is much popular and comparatively cheap also so as to be afforded easily by any common man.

Puri with potato curry

Puri with potato curry

It is very easy to prepare puri:

Mix wheat flour with water and knead into a solid, soft dough. You may add some salt and pepper powder for taste while mixing. After kneading for 5 minutes, make small balls of it. Then flatten the balls into round shapes using the roti maker or wooden/ steel board and rolling rod known as chakla-belan.

Heat oil in a deep frying pan or bowl. Then put the flattened / rolled items into the oil and deep fry them one at a time. The puri will swell into round ball shapes when fried both sides evenly without burning. It will take a fraction of minute to fry each puri like this.

Now, serve these puris with the curry or chutney or both.

Some people like the puris without curry and chutney. They eat them with sugar. Or, you can eat them as it is without any side dish if you add more pepper powder and sufficient salt. So, your work will be much more simple.

This post is in response to the tasty thursdays weekly event organized by Razel at this link.

Tasty Thursdays – A purely South Indian (Andhra Pradesh) Pancake known as “Dibba Rotti”

This week’s tasty thursday preparation is an entirely new thing for all of you. This item is popular in Andhra Pradesh – Hyderabad, Kakinada, Rajahmundry, Vijayawada and other places of these regions. The popular name for this item at these places is “dibba rotti recipe”.

It is a variety of (salty, not sweet) pancake prepared with the batter of rice and dehulled-split black lentils (urad dal). It is very delicious and tasty and mostly good for breakfast.

Pancake

Pancake “Dibba Roti”

Preparation tips for “Dibba Rotti” Pancake

  • Soak rice and split black lentils for 5, 6 hours in water. For one measure of lentils, you can add two-and-a-half measures of rice. Soak the ingredients at 5 pm or so, so that you can grind them before going to bed.
  • After six hours, grind the soaked ingredients in mixer / grinder into a smooth batter. The paste so prepared should be smooth and soft but not liquid. While grinding add water little by little to make it a thick liquid batter.
  • Add salt to the batter after removing into a container and leave it the whole night placing lid on it. It will get a bit fermented by doing so and the recipe will be soft and delicious to eat.
  • Now, the next morning, place the deep frying pan on flame and add a tablespoon of oil to it.
  • After the oil heats, pour the batter with a ladle into the pan. You can add 2 or 3 ladles for one pan cake according to the size required by you.
  • Now place lid on it and allow to bake for 5 minutes on low heat.
  • After 4, 5 minutes remove the lid and turn the cake to the other side. The fried side should be golden brown in colour.
  • You may add a little bit of oil or not according to your choice and fry it for another 2, 3 minutes so that it cooks from the other side also. The other side when cooked will be of very light yellow / brown colour.
  • Now you can serve the pancake hot with some sauce, jam or chutney.

We enjoy these cakes known as dibba roti very much and I am sure you will also like it a lot when you taste it.

Tasty Thursdays: A pure wheat Dessert “Halwa”

For this week’s tasty thursday post, I am going to share with you a healthy, soft and nice dessert known as “Halwa”.

It is a peculiar rare kind of dessert prepared by very few people. But, I bet you will love it and especially lovely for children. It is known as wheat milk halwa

This “Halwa” is prepared with the milk obtained from soaked wheat. So, it has all the healthy qualities and can be good for any person.

Wheat Milk Halwa

Wheat Milk Halwa Source: pixabay.com free images

Ingredients required: Wheat (1 cup for 4 serves), sugar (2 cups), cashew nuts, raisins, cardamom, a little ghee or vegetable oil.and food colour is optional (saffron or kesar).

Preparation tips for the wheat milk halwa recipe:

  • Soak the wheat in water for 24 hours or so. You can keep them in water all through the previous day and prepare next day.
  • Remove water and grind the wheat in a mixie adding water little by little to grind into a liquid paste that resembles thick milk.
  • Strain the milk from the paste into a container using a plastic or metal strainer.
  • Grind the extracted paste again by adding water. Again strain the milk from it and repeat this process 3, 4 time until you can get no more milk.
  • Now, keep all the milk to set for a hour or so without disturbing it.
  • Remove the thin water like milk by pouring it into another bowl.
  • Fry the cashew nut pieces in a small pan with some oil till they are brown.
  • Now take the sugar in a bowl and put on medium flame adding one cup water. Keep stirring to make the syrup into a golden brown colour.
  • Add the condensed wheat milk into the syrup while keeping stirring. Add the cashew nut pieces, raisins, cardamom powder and a little bit of vegetable oil to it while mixing. The colouring elements can also be added if you want colour. It is only optional for better appearance. Cashew nuts may also be optional.
  • Keep stirring on very low flame to avoid burning until it starts to become hard.
  • Now remove it from flame and pour onto a plate applied with the vegetable oil or ghee. Cool it for some time to cut into pieces. If you do not want to cut into pieces, then you can serve it as it is from the bowl itself after cooling.

Now, I hope you will enjoy this wheat milk halwa.

Literary Lion – The “Fall”

This post is in response to the literary lion blogging event which is presently a bi-weekly event sponsored by Laura Gabrielle Feasey.

The word prompt for this turn as picked by the lion is “Fall”. One can view the original post on this fortnight’s prompt and the readers’ responses and posts by clicking at this link:

I am here now to tell my felling story. I originally wanted to do it in a poetic form. But was unable to rhyme it. So presenting in a prose form.

The “Fall” 

Her eyes were wide like lotus petals.

Her lashes were sharp like piercing arrows.

Her lips were soft like roses.

Her company was blissful like abode in heaven.

Her hugs were full of warmth and depth.

I couldn’t avoid but concede to my “fall”.

And that was none other than my better half.

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I hope you will bear with me at this humble attempt of mine to participate in this challenge posed by my Literary Lion.

Tasty Thursdays : Yummy Cottage cheese Starter – “Pahadi Paneer Tikka”

For this week’s tasty thursdays dish, I am introducing you to a great starter that I enjoyed during my dinner at Taj Mahal Hotel, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.

'Pahadi Paneer Tikka'

‘Pahadi Paneer Tikka’

The above is a starter consisting of 4 to 5 square and rectangular shaped pieces which is served accompanied with a small bowl of mint and coriander paste to spice up it by topping the pieces or dipping into it.

This recipe is known as “pahadi paneer tikka” in our Indian language.

It is easy to prepare it.

The main ingredient is fresh and soft cottage cheese (known as ‘paneer’ by us). This ingredient is marinated  in yogurt for an hour or so along with other pieces of onions, tomatoes, potato, capsicum, etc. A small quantity of flour is added to thicken the mixture so as be able to prepare the shapes of squares or rectangular ones. These pieces are oven cooked for 2 or 3 minutes adding some oil. The cooked pieces will be soft to eat. The paste of mint and coriander leaves is prepared to spice up it by topping or sprinkling on the pieces at the time of serving.

It was a very great starter that I ever enjoyed.

Literary Lion – Word Prompt “Limerick”- All about ‘Limerick’ with a sample of limerick poetry

Limerick is a sarcastic and humorous form of poetry intended to entertain people.

This form of poetry dates back to 18th century and even earlier days.

A standard form of limerick contains 5 lines with a rhyme scheme of ‘aabba’ meaning that the first two lines and last line rhyme with each other, whereas the 3rd and 4th lines rhyme with each one of them.

The first, second and fifth lines of the limerick are normally made up of three feet each with 3 syllables. The fourth and fifth lines have only two feet with three syllables each. But there are many writers who do not follow all these standards. Many limericks are there with more syllables, particularly in the last sentence. Even the rhyming pattern also gets changed according to the styles of writers.

A sample of Limerick created by me is given below.

“There lived a girl named Nirmala

Some called her Pilla not Nirmala

Do you know what pilla is

Dog’s synonym in Hindi it is

Don’t know why they never called her Nirmala”

                                   ——————–000——————–

There are some fun facts about Limerick

Limerick is a city and also a county in Ireland. The old history of this county dates back to 3500 BC.

In Irish language limerick refers to “flat area”

This county has been a place for great artists, comedians, musicians and sculptors. In 2014, Limerick has been selected as Ireland’s inaugural National city of Culture.

Many believe that the poetry genre ‘limerick’ has its origin from this city of Limerick.

PS. This post is in response to Laura Feasey’s blogging event “Literary Lion” at this Link.

Handcuffs – A symbol of unbreakable bondage at times

This post is in response to Shafali’s “Creativity Carnival“. She presented a drawing of “Handcuffs” with a rose in it as the prompt for this week.

carnival

Neeru and Manu are siblings. Manu always used to spend his time playing with his friends in front of the house in the lane. But Neeru is not allowed as she is a girl and much younger. She has to satisfy herself watching them play, sitting on the door steps.

At times, she used to get nervous and excited watching their play and run to them. But, immediately, she gets scolded and driven back to her place. Even her mother could not convince the boys to allow her to play with them even for a while.

One day, the girl found some colorful handcuffs on a street vendor’s cart in front of her house. She had previously seen them when she was on a trip with her mother to one of her relative’s house. Some children were playing the police, thief play when she was there. So, on seeing this vendor, the girl got some idea to play with her brother. She requested her mother to buy those colorful cuffs for her. The mother purchased them happily as she wanted to keep the girl happy at any cost.

The next day, when Manu was getting ready, Neeru goes nearer to him to show the handcuffs around her wrist. He got curious and began looking at it admiringly. In the meantime, she held his hand and put the other end of the cuff around his wrist which got locked immediately. Both of them thus got locked up in it and he could not go anywhere without her movement. So, he had to keep with her and play with her till he could get out from the lock. The key was hidden by the girl somewhere out of his reach. But, Manu was not at all displeased at this and enjoyed playing with her and realised how happy his sister has been feeling all through the time.