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Gobi 65 – Baked

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Ever since I had this dish for the first time, I have been having a big question in my mind – why is it named 65?. As I mentioned in Cauliflower Peas Masala, cauliflower is my sister’s favorite veggie, and this is her default order in most restaurants.  First time when I tried baking cauliflower, it was total flopshow. Invited Hubby’s friends for dinner and  thought of baking this. That day I added yellow corn meal. I marinated cauliflower for 2 hours, it was soggy and I didn’t get proper fries, then I did some gimmick and managed. Again I wanted to try this with white corn flour, and reduce my marination time, and finally succeeded!

Gobi 65 – Baked

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Standing time – 15 minutes | Cooking Time : 20 – 25 mins

Recipe Category: Snack

Ingredients:

Cauliflower -1 medium sized flower

Cornflour – 1/4 cup

Rice flour/ All purpose flour – 2 tbsp (I used rice flour)

Ginger Garlic paste – 1/4 tsp

Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp (Adjust according to your taste)

Garam Masala – 1/8 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp + 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Salt – to taste

Oil/Cooking spray – to grease (I used Pam olive oil spray)

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Method:

  • Parboil cauliflower and strain them

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenhait and place the baking paper (I used Aluminum foil) on baking tray and grease

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  • Combine all spice powder and mix well. Add cornflour and rice flour and mix well, and if required sprinkle some water (I used around 1 tsp) and let it marinate for 15 minutes

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  •  Place the marinated cauliflower and bake them for 10 – 15 minutes and broil for 13 -18 minutes, turning in between

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My Notes :

  • Broil helps to get the fry texture so don’t skip it. Can broil for some more minutes if you need it crispier
  • After turning the oven to broil, keep monitoring frequently to avoid burnt texture
  • Avoid overlapping for even cooking
  • If there is excess moisture, they turn out to be sticky. So avoid adding much water, also grease the foil throughout to avoid sticking
  • Alternatively, you can also deep fry them in oil
  • Ajwain can be added while marinating cauliflower
  • Chat Masala or any spice powder can be added for taste

Baked Rice Cracker

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Yesterday being a weekend evening, felt like having some quick snack. I fist thought of doing Baked Besan Bonda/ Baked Onion Pakoda, but I didn’t have enough Besan flour. I also didn’t have enough patience to soak and do anything. Suddenly I noticed I had some leftover rice.  One of my friends had once told me that her mom makes Vathal (Fryums) with leftover rice. My mom prepares Vadam with rice flour and tapioca sago, dries them in sun for 2 days and it is deep fried in oil. OMG, I love it.  I wanted to try something similar to my friend’s mom version.  I won’t say it was as crispy as fried version, but soft and a bit chewy snack.

Baked Rice Cracker

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 20 – 25 mins

Recipe Category: Snack

Ingredients:

Cooked Rice – 1 cup (I used Brown rice, any rice can be used)

Lemon juice – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Garlic Powder – 1/8 esp

Salt – as needed

Oil/ Cooking spray – to grease (I used cooking spray )

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Place baking paper on baking tray and grease it
  • Add cooked rice, lemon juice, garlic powder, coriander powder and salt, and Combine well

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  • Add water if required and make a dough. Make some balls (Marble size). Gently press them to flat thin circles ( around1/8 inch approximately)
  • Bake them for 20 – 25 minutes, turning sides

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My Notes:

  • Try to make small flat crackers, else the edges will dry out while the centers remain too moist
  • Instead of garlic powder, you can add chilli powder, onion powder, cumin powder etc.
  • Can make the dough flat and cut with cookie cutter
  • Over cooking may tend to dry out the rice completely

Baked Healthy Mixture

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Mixture is my sister’s favorite snack. My sis had a peculiar habit of eating mixture when she was young, She would soak the mixture in water and eat it. Till today I couldn’t figure out the reason;-) As a teatime snack or a side for rice, Mixture is a winner. I couldn’t get the Indian Mixture here, so I started to eat Hunter mix and loved it. I tell myself its kettle roasted, so guilt free snack;-) wanted to avoid eating that and make a healthy homemade alternative. Traditional mixture recipe is bit lengthy, though it tastes yummy. A lazy cook like me wanted to make it quick and simple. I frequently do Puffed Rice Mixtute for teatime snack. Baking fever (that’s how hubby calls my addiction to baking) told me to try mixture with puffed and flattened rice, and with nuts. I have baked Honey Glazed Almonds, but had second thoughts to bake flattened rice. I saw my friend Chitra’s oats poha granola post and confidently tried mixture, and it was a big hit at home. This is a simple and easy mixture. Need to try my luck with some more ingredients next time.

Baked Healthy Mixture:

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 – 20 mins

Recipe Category: Snack

Ingredients:

Puffed Rice / Pori – 1 cup

Thin Flattened Rice/  Poha (White/ Red) – 1 cup (I used white)

Walnuts – 3 tbsp ( cut into big pieces)

Peanuts – 4 tbsp

Almonds – 3 tbsp

Sunflower seeds – 4 tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Asafoetida/Hing – a generous pinch

Oil – 1/2 tsp

Salt – as needed

Cooking Spray/ Oil – to grease (I used cooking spray)

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Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 150 degree Fahrenhait. Line the baking tray with aliminium foil (or any Baking paper) and grease with cooking spray
  • Combine puffed and flattened rice along with nuts and mix well

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  • Add the spice powder (Turmeric, Chilli etc.) and oil to the mixture. Combine everything well

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  • Spread the mixture on a foil and bake in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 mins

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  • Check for the seasoning and add if required. Store in a Airtight container to maintain the freshness

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My Notes:

  • Can add Fried gram, cashew nut, curry leaves, raisin or any other Nuts of your choice
  • Instead of baking, you can also deep fry flattened rice, and shallow fry puffed rice and nuts. Combine everything together
  • My oven took around 17 minutes but watch out after 15 minutes
  • Can also use thick poha but it takes extra cooking time
  • Can also microwave poha for 2 minutes instead deep frying

Baked Onion Pakoda

IMG_8909 Two weeks back it was raining, and both hubby and I felt like having some pakoda. But the calorie factor alarmed us. Hubby suggested trying some baked pakoda, like Baked besan Bonda.  As the consistency of batter differs for both, I googled for some tips, and saw Shruti’s baked pakoda recipe. Her pakodas attracted me a lot, and I tried them with few changes

Ingredients

Besan/Chickpea flour/Garbanzo flour/Gram flour – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1 thinly sliced

Semolina/ Rice Flour – 2 tbsp 

Red Chilli Powder – 1/4 tsp

Baking Soda -1/4 tsp heaped

Hing – genorus pinch

Carom Seeds –  1/8 tsp

Oil – 2 tsp (I used olive oil)

Cookong Spray/oil – to grease ( I used Pam Olive Oil spray)

Salt – as needed

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  • Preheat the oven to 400 degree Fahrenhait
  • In a bowl add all the listed ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle about 1 tbsp of water
  • Add aluminum foil to the baking tray and grease with cooking spray
  • Take small portion and place it in such a way they don’t overlap

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  • Bake them for about 20  minutes turning sides in between or until they are crisp and golden brown

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My Notes

  • Instead of 1/4 tsp of baking soda, 3/4 tsp of baking powder can be used
  • I let the onions turn brown, as we like crispy onions. You can take it out a little early as well

Oven roasted Cheppan Kizhangu (Colocasia)

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Ever since childhood days Cheppan kizhangu fry is one of my favorite side dishes. With a crispy outer layer and soft inner layer, Cheppan kizhangu fry is so addictive. When my mom came to visit us, I asked her to prepare this. While she was cooking i was standing behind her and told her to add less oil.  Generally I am the one who tells her to add more oil and make a crispy fry, but oven cooking has influenced me a lot. That day she casually asked if we can bake this. Then I was wondering why had I not tried baking Cheppan kizhangu. Next time when I bought this, I baked it, and was happy with the result. From that day onwards, I started baking for two reasons – less oil, and I need not spend much time in the kitchen

Baked Cheppan Kizhangu fry:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time :  30 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side Dish

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Ingredients:

Cheppan Kizhangu (Arbi/Taro Root/Colocasia)– 4 (I used big Arbi)

Chili powder/ Sambar powder – 1/4 tsp (I used sambar powder, Adjust according to your spice level)

Hing – a generous pinch

Salt – as needed

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/8 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Chickpea flour/ Gram / Besan flour – 2 tsp

Rice flour – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Cooking Spray (I used PAM olive oil spray)

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Method:

  • Wash and cook Arbi. I steamed them for 10 minutes. Cook till they are fork tender. Cool them, peel and cut into pieces (Generally it is cut into circles, but since the arbi I used was big I cut them into cubes)
  • In a bowl, add Arbi, sambar powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder. Coriander powder, rice flour, gram flour olive and salt. Combine well and refrigrate them for 10 minutes
  • Preheat the oven 400 degree fahrenhait
  • Take a baking tray and place aluminum foil. Grease with a cooking spray and spread the marinated Arbi mixture
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning the Arbi slices after about 10 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Adjust baking time according to the texture you need for the Arbi

 

Baked Plantain Chips

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After trying Microwave potato chips, I always wanted to try some baked chips. I felt like having Banana chips, and instead of deep frying, baked it 🙂  Crispy and healthy snack. I prepared it in two batches, one with just salt and one with salt and chilli powder.

Baked Plantain Chips

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time :  15 – 20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Snack

Ingredients:

Plantain – 1, peeled and thinly sliced

Chili powder – 1/8 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Salt – as needed

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Cooking Spray (I used PAM olive oil spray)

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit
  • In a bowl, combine plantain, olive oil, chilli powder and salt
  • Take a baking tray and place parchment paper. Grease with a cooking spray and spread the plantains
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, turning the plantain slices after about 8 minutes

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Honey-Glazed Almonds

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Once when we were shopping in Sam’s Club, we tried a sample of cinnamon-glazed cashews.They had a variety of nuts, both savory and sweet. I liked them and bought some of the cinnamon-glazed cashews. Its a good snack to munch on, but very high on calories 🙂 Next time when we went to Sam’s, it wasn’t available. Since then, I have been thinking of making some glazed nuts. Made some changes to the  FoodNetwork recipe, and was happy with the result! This is a Healthy snack, with nutty texture, and with the flavor of honey and cinnamon.

Honey-Glazed Almonds

Preparation Time: 5 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins

Recipe Category: Appetizers & Snacks

Ingredients

Almonds – 1 cup

Honey – 2 tbsp

Sugar – 1/4 tsp (Optional)

Cinnamon – 1/4 tsp

Orange Zest – 1/8 tsp

Cooking Spray/Butter – to grease (I used PAM cooking spray)

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Combine Almonds, Cinnamon, Honey and orange zest in a bowl, mix well. Take baking tray and cover it with parchment paper. Grease with Cooking spray and spread the almond mixture

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  • After 10 minutes sprinkle some sugar

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  • Bake for 15 to 20 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool and store in an airtight container

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My Notes:

Same preparation can be done for walnut, peanuts, cashew and pecans

 

 

Baked Besan Bonda

After preparing Besan Bonda I started thinking about a particular snack place in India. We stayed in Mambalam in Chennai, and there is one “Venkatramana Boli Stall”. Thinking about that place makes me drool.  Everyday evening they prepare fresh snacks, and it will be over in no time. Their Carrot Halwa, Puran Poli and Besan Bonda are my favorites. Being so addicted to their snacks, I still remember those days when almost every Sunday Sis and I would send my father to buy. If Appa is not going there any weekend, it means Amma has prepared something at home. This Besan Bonda can be prepared easily, and is a modification of yet another recipe from my Amma’s cookbook. Amma fries it deep in oil, but I wanted to prepare a healthy version, so baked it!

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Baked Besan Bonda

Preparation time: 5 Minutes | Cooking time:  20 – 25 Minutes | Makes : 8 pieces

Category: Snacks

Ingredients:

Besan flour/ Chickpea flour/ Garbanzo bean flour/ Gram flour- 1/2 cup

Rice flour – 2 tbsp

Red chilli powder – 1/4 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Big onion – 1 no , finely chopped

Carom Seeds/Ajwain – 1/8 tsp

Curry leaves – few

Asofoetida – generous pinch

Baking  soda – 1/8 tsp

Baking powder – 1/8 tsp

Ghee/oil – 1 tbsp (I used oil)

Cooking spray/Oil – to grease (I used Oil)

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degree Fahrenheit
  • Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl and water to make a thick paste. Grease your hand with oil and make small ball-shaped pieces

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  • Take a muffin tray and grease it  and place the small pieces. Put the tray in the preheated oven. After 10-12 minutes, turn sides and bake for another 10-12 minutes

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My Notes:

  • You can also deep fry
  • You can add any veggies of your choice

Potato Wedges

Once in a week, some form of potato recipe will be made in our home. And with a crispy outer layer and tender inner layer, potato wedges is such a comfort tea time snack. You can either deep fry them or bake it in oven. I prefer baking as it requires less oil and doesn’t require me to stay in kitchen for a long time:)

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Potato Wedges

Ingredients:

Potatoes – 4

Olive Oil –  4 tsp

Salt – as neded

Dry Basil – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Italian Seasoning/pepper powder – 1/4 tsp (I used Italian Seasoning)

Cooking spray/Oil – as required (I used cooking spray)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Wash & cut potatoes into wedges, by cutting lengthwise in half then slice each half into slices depending on the potato size
  • Place potatoes in a bowl of cold water and rest for 10  – 15 mins. Pat dry them. In a mixing bowl add potatoes, olive oil, basil, salt and Italian seasoning, and combine well

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  • Place seasoned potatoes on the baking tray and bake for 15 – 20 min (or until the potatoes are cooked through). They should be brown and crispy on the outside and tender inside. Turn in between for even cooking. Serve with Ketchup/Ranch

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My Notes:

  • Instead of adding basil before baking, you can also add after baking
  • Parsley can be used instead of basil
  • The same recipe can be done with sweet potato as well

Potato Tikka

When we were in London, one of our friends invited us for lunch, and prepared potato tikka. Till then, when I have potato, I always prepared dry curry or put it in some gravy, but never tried potato tikka. Now I started preparing potato tikka regularly, sometimes as a starter and sometimes as a side dish.

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Potato Tikka:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Marination time : 2 hours | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Appetizer

Ingredients:

Potato – 1 cup + 1/2 cup (Baby potatoes preferable. As I didn’t have them handy, I used diced

potato)

Hung Curd/Sour Cream– 3 tbsp (I used Sour cream)

Pepper Powder/Chilli powder- 1/8 tsp (I used pepper powder)

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Garam Masala powder – 1/2 tsp

Tandoori Masala  – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Chat Masala – 1/2 tsp

Lemon juice / Amchur Powder – 1/4 tsp (I used Amchur Powder)

Ginger garlic paste – 1/4 tsp

Oil – 1 tsp

How to make hung curd:

Hang 1/4 cup curd in a muslin cloth or any thin cloth for an hour to make the required hung curd.

Method:

  • Par boil potatoes (I microwaved potatoes for 5 mins) and mix the rest of ingredients and keep refrigerated for 2 hours (minimum an hour)

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  • Preheat the oven at 400 deg F and arrange the marinated potatoes in the baking tray and grill the potatoes for 15-18 mins, turning over the potatoes in between for even cooking

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My Notes:

  • If you are having as a starter, serve it with green chutney
  • Instead of oven you can even cook it in a skillet
  • If you are using wooden skewers, immerse them in cold water for 15 min to avoid browning

Checkout my other tikka recipe,

Tofu and Grape Tomato Tikka