Rava Vegetable Upma

MY friend a very young friend just landed to USA for his further education. So this gave me an idea to help him by writing some rec.. which are easy to make and yet healthy and FAST!!!So all rec's under this label are a gift to many new and inspiring chefs....

Reva Upma;
You will need;
One cup Rava/Sooji
One small Onion..(diced means chopped into small pieces)
One tomato-diced
One green chili..cut into small pieces
3 -4 curry leaves..kadi putta..
one tbspn oil
one tsp salt and one tsp sugar

Ina pan over low heat..take one tspn oil.. now add the sooji or rava.. and roast this.. stir continuously.. the sooji will turn slightly brown.. now remove this on a dish...now take the remaining oil.. make tadka..(Optional)....now add the onions, tomatoes.. any veggies like cauliflower florets/carrots/beans/corn/peas( veggies is optional).... now add the chilies and the curry leaves...lastly add the roasted sooji.. Simultaneously..in anr pan take two cups of water add grated ginger if you like...boil this well..add the hot water to the sooji mixture nd cover with a lid...cook for abt 5-7 mins till it gets cooked well..the upma is ready.. this is enough for one person.


Batate Wade

You will need

5 medium potatoes. boiled and peeled.
one inch ginger
6 cloves garlic
4 Green chili or 2 tspn red chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 small onion
Salt and sugar as per taste

For the cover
1 and 1/2 cup Besan/Gram Flour
1/2 Rice Flour
1 tsp Cumin and Coriander powder
1 tsp Red Chili Powder
1 tsp Ajwain seeds and salt

Oil for frying

Make the ginger garlic and green chili paste. Grate the boiled potatoes and add the ginger paste, cumin and coriander powder, onions, salt and sugar....mix well

In a bowl, take the flour and add the powders and ajwain seeds. add the salt and water and make thick paste... now make small balls of the potato mix and dip in this paste and fry in very hot oil...

njoyy on a snowy day or rainy day...with some Green Chutney
Brings back old memories.. of Mumbai meri Jaan!!!!!!!!

Love Ash

Kothimbir/Cilantro Wadi

This is a Maharashtrian fav snack. can be a side dish.. appetizer or T time special....very easy to make.. takes about 15 mins...You can make it a low Cal dish or a fried one.....Depends on one's choice....

You will need;

One bunch Kothimbir/Cilantro--washed and coarsely chopped
1 cup rice flour
1 cup Gram Flour/Besan
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp cumin/coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp lime juice
salt and sugar as per choice
water as needed
dhokla stand.. grease the dhokla plates.. in a cooker keep three cups water for steaming...

Now in a Bowl add the cilantro leaves.. add the ginger garlic, chili powder, turmeric and coriander ans cumin powder.. mix well..add salt and sugar.. now add the flours...use water and mix well..till the mix is pourable consistency...In the well greased dhokla plates.. pour the batter and steam for 10-12 min or till the knife comes out clean...cut and make small pieces like dhokla...
Traditionally now you would nee dto deep fry.. but you can either shallow fry this or eat as is...

Deep fried Wadi's are amazingggggggggggg


replace cilantro with cabbage or Bottle Gourd.. For Bottle Gourd.. adjust the water proportion....enjoyyy



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