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Namki - Namkeen - Shankerpali

Saturday, February 21, 2009
This is one of the easiest snacks. ...and is favorite among my daughter's classmates.

When my daughter was in 3rd grade, there was a request sent home by her class teacher asking for some snack for multi-cultural week. Well with so many food allergies these kids have now-a-days and not used to spicy food, I finally choose to make Namki. Well, now for every class party I get requests from her friends for Namki ( Ha Ha here is how the order comes, " we have a party this Friday at school and my friends want your famous Diamond thingies")

Ingredients:Maida - 2 cups  (all purpose flour)
Oil – 2 tsps
Salt to taste
Kala Jeera or Ajwan or Jeera/Cumin seeds (Optional)
… or even onion seeds. Use either one but not all.

Oil for frying.

1. In a deep bowl, mix all the ingredients. Add little water and mix it into thick dough. Cover the bowl with wet paper towel or plastic wrap and let it sit for an hour.
2. Knead the dough again.
3. Divide the dough and with a rolling-pin roll it into roti/Chapathi/flat-bread.
4. With a rolling/pastry cutter, cut parallel line – 1 inch part.
5. Again cut parallel line across (1 inch apart) 45 degrees to lines cut previously to form diamond shapes.
6. Fry the diamond pieces in hot oil, turning in between until it is golden color.
I usually make big batches for evening or lunch bag snacks. Once cooled down completely, store it in air tight container to last at least for week …. I won’t know, it will be over by third day.

Optional:Slightly cook the rotis on a tawa/griddle/skillet and then cut into diamond shapes and fry. This will consume less oil while deep frying but won’t puff-up the same.

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~ Namki - Namkeen - Shankerpali ~
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Weekend Beading

Sunday, February 08, 2009

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~ Weekend Beading ~
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Pav Bhaji

Friday, February 06, 2009

Potatoes – 4 big
Mixed vegetables – Peas, Carrot, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Corn Kernels
Tomatoes – 3 big
Onions – 2
Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
Salt and sugar – to taste
Red Chilli powder – 1 ½ tsp
Butter – 2 tblsp
MDH Pav Baji Masala powder – 1 ½ tsp

Grind together:
Green chillies – 5
Ginger – ½ inch piece
Garlic – 6 flakes

· Pressure-cook the vegetables. I usually cook it in two tiers, top with mixed vegetables and the bottom with the potatoes.
· Peel the cooked potatoes and mash.
· Melt butter in a shallow pan. Add onion and fry.
· When it is golden brown add ground masala and fry.
· Mix finely chopped tomatoes and fry till it is mushy.
· Add mashed potatoes and cooked vegetables.
· Stir in salt, Chilli powder, turmeric powder, Masala powder and little sugar.
· Pour just enough water to make it into a thick gravy.
· Take two ladles and mash the vegetables with them thoroughly when it is boiling.
· When the gravy becomes thick, serve hot with lime, cut coriander/cilantro and finely cut onions.

To serve:
Cut bun/Pav horizontally into half. Apply butter and heat on tawa/griddle, put little Pav baji masala inside and serve with little more masala on the side.

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~ Pav Bhaji ~
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