Ragada Patties

If you are a chaat lover, you cannot not like Ragada Patties. In Hyderabad, one cannot miss the unmistakable aroma wafting from every street corner where there would at least one vendor dishing out this wonder street food!

But there are a few well known joints where the taste has been nearly the same over the past two decades or so. Chaat lovers as we are, this appears on our menu quite often but I rarely get a chance to take a click! My older one who is slowly getting addicted to these types of street food is showing great promise :).

Here is the recipe I follow, for Day 3 Week 4 of BM #26.

Note - I didn't have sev in my pantry when I took these pictures and so looks like I used some store bought mixture which has some puffed rice as well! Also the Ragada is usually a little runny unlike what appears to be a thick ragada in the picture.

Ingredients -

Onions chopped as needed
Sev as needed
Coriander leaves as needed
Tamarind -Date Chutney as needed
Yogurt, Beaten as needed
Chaat Masala as needed
Black Salt as needed
For Ragada - 
Dried Peas 1 cup (I sometimes substitute Chana as well)
Onion, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Ginger-Garlic Paste (Optional)
Dhania-Jeera Powder 1 tsp
Chaat Masala 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder as needed
Salt as needed
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Tamarind paste 1 tsp (or as needed)
Seasoning(Oil 2 tsp, Jeera/Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp)

Potato Patties
For the Patties -
Potatoes, boiled and mashed 2 cups
Salt as needed
Jeera Powder 1/2 tsp
Bread Crumbs 1/2 cup
Oil for shallow frying 

Method Of Preparation -
To Prepare Ragada - 
Wash and soak the dried peas for about 4-5 hours. Pressure cook them so they result in tender peas.

In a wok/kadai heat oil and add cumin seeds. After they pop, saute the onions until golden brown. Add the ginger-garlic paste and fry for a few seconds.

Add in the Dhania-Jeera powder, turmeric, Red Chilli powder, Chaat masala, salt and add a cup of water.

After the mixture comes to a boil, add the boiled peas, tamarind paste and mix well.

Mix well and adjust the taste and consistency as needed.

To Prepare the Patties - 
Mix all the ingredients except the bread crumbs.

Make about 12-15 portions of the potato dough. Flatten each portion into a thick disc and set aside.

Heat the griddle and dip each of the patties in bread crumbs and arrange them on the griddle.

Add as much oil as needed to cook on both sides of the patties.

After both sides are brown enough, remove and continue the same process for the remaining patties.

Ragada Patties

To assemble Ragada Patties - 
In a serving plate, arrange couple of patties and pour the ragada on it. 

Add some tamarind date chutney and beaten yogurt. Sprinkle chaat masala and black salt. 

Sprinkle chopped onions, sev and chopped coriander leaves and serve them piping hot!

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Linking this to Kid's Delight hosted at Simply Tadka.

Preparation Time 45 min 
Serves 3-4

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Posted by Harini R on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Aratikaya Bajji ~ Plantain Fritters

All these street foods are stirring up lot of memories at home! I made these to satisfy my husband's cravings :). He has been telling me about the time when he used to eat these bajjis sold by street hawkers near one of the beaches in Chennai, India. 

From what my husband told me, I gathered that the plantain used is a different variety and so there was a definite difference in taste. Nonetheless he was happy to relive some of his memories. In fact this time my kids also formed part of the audience for his nostalgic narration :). The kids also had fun munching these. 

Sample these bajjis as part of Day 2 Week 4 of BM #26.

Ingredients - 

Plantain 2
Besan(Chickpea Flour) 2 cups
Salt as needed
Ajwain (Caraway Seeds) 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder as needed
Oil for deep frying
Black Salt (Kala Namak) as needed

Aratikaya Bajji ~ Plantain Fritters

Method Of Preparation -

Prepare the batter by mixing the chickpea flour, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder and adequate water to get a pancake batter consistency. Beat the batter and set aside.

Heat oil in a wok/kadai.

Peel the plantain and slice them vertically into thin slices.
(I first halved the plantain horizontally and then sliced due to practical considerations - my pan refused to handle such long ones :) )

When the oil is at the right temperature (a drop of batter put in the oil should rise to the top immediately), dip the plantain slices in the batter and fry until golden brown. Fry them in batches until all the slices are done.

Sprinkle black salt and serve with some chopped onions. 

Preparation Time 45 min 
Serves 3-4

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Posted by Harini R on Monday, March 25, 2013

Bread Sev

The last week of BM #26 is all about Street Food which is kid friendly. I have been dreaming of Bread Sev for quite sometime now. Once upon a time I used to patronize a street vendor who used to make this amazing Bread Sev. In the later years, it had become an addiction to my husband and mother-in-law as well.

The other day when I was discussing the different kinds of chaat we used to enjoy back home, Jaya (my dear sis) said that she had recreated and was very happy with the result. That gave me the dreams and the idea to enjoy it all over again !!

Since my older one is a chaat freak (Aren't we all??), it was a dream come true, so to say.  She was like 'How come you never made this for so long?'. I assured her that this would appear as her after-school snack often. Since it is very easy to put together, don't you agree it was an easy promise to make??
Here is Bread Sev for Day 1 Week 4 Of BM #26. 

Ingredients - 

Bread Slices 4 
Tamarind-Date Chutney as needed (shall update recipe later)
Coriander-Mint Green Chutney as needed (shall update recipe later)
Mashed Potato Curry (see recipe below)
Sev (thin Chickpea flour noodles) 4 Tbsp or as needed
Butter as needed
Beaten yogurt 4-5 Tbsp
Carrot, Grated 2 Tbsp
Onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup
Coriander leaves(Cilantro), finely chopped as needed
Optional Toppings (Boiled peas or Boiled Garbanzo Beans, finely chopped capsicum, finely chopped cucumber etc)

Bread Sev

For Mashed Potato Curry- (Alter the flavors as preferred)
Potatoes, Boiled and Coarsely Mashed 2 Nos
Onion, finely chopped 1/4 cup
Salt as needed
Turmeric a pinch
Tomato Ketchup or Sauce 1 Tbsp
Mirchi Powder as needed
Dry Mint Powder 1/4 tsp
Seasoning (Oil 2 tsp, cumin seeds 1/2 tsp)

Method Of Preparation -
To Prepare the Mashed Potato Curry - 
In a pan, heat oil and cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds crackle, saute the onions until they are golden brown.

Reduce the flame and add the tomato sauce, salt, mirchi powder and the mashed potato. Mix well and sprinkle the dried mint powder. 

Remove from fire and set aside.

Bread Sev

To assemble the Bread Sev-
Toast the bread slices and apply butter to your preference.

Spread the Coriander-Mint Green Chutney. 

Next spread the mashed potato curry, then the Tamarind-Date Chutney, beaten yogurt, grated carrot, chopped onions, coriander leaves and sev. Add any other toppings of your choice and serve immediately.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26.

Linking this to Kid's Delight hosted at Simply Tadka.

Preparation Time 10  min + Assembly 2-3 min
Makes 4 Slices

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We grew up eating this delicious salad called Kosambari or Vada Pappu. It is made traditionally for all festivals and auspicious occasions. I remember that I used to scoop out the salad from the main pot at the end of the meal along with the juice which oozes out! 

With such memories haunting me today, here is a visual treat for you all..For Day 3 of Week 3 of BM # 26.


Ingredients - 

Moong Dal 1/4 cup
Cucumber, finely chopped 1/4 cup
Carrot, grated 1/4 cup
Green Chillies 1-2 , finely chopped
Cilantro (Coriander leaves) for garnish
Salt and Lime juice as needed
Optional Seasoning (Oil 1 tsp, Urad Dal 1 tsp, Mustard Seeds 1/2 tsp, Hing a generous pinch)

Method Of Preparation -

Wash and soak the Moong dal in enough water for a couple of hours.

Drain and transfer into a mixing bowl. Add the chopped cucumber, grated carrot, green chillies, salt and lime juice.

Mix well and serve. (To prepare the optional seasoning, heat oil and add the urad dal and mustard seeds. After the mustard seeds pop, add the Hing and remove from fire. Mix the seasoning into the salad.)

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Sending this bowl of soup to Priya's event 'Healthy Me and Healthy Us'.

Preparation Time (Soaking time 2 hrs + mixing time 5 min)
Makes about a cup

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Vegan Corn Chowder

Chowder according to Wiki, is typically a sea food or vegetable stew. The richness to the chowder is primarily due to the addition of cream and/or milk. But in the case of Corn Chowder, the thickness is imparted by potatoes and corn itself.

Since I was intrigued by the recipe which I found here, I decided I should adapt the recipe to suit my taste. Here is the finished product for Day 2 Week 3 of BM #26, which was very hearty for a rainy evening!

Ingredients - 

Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
Garlic 2 cloves
Onions, finely chopped 1/2 cup
Carrots, cubed 3/4 cup
Potatoes, cubed 3/4 cup
Celery, finely chopped 2 Tbsp
Corn, fresh or frozen 1 1/2 cups
Vegetable Broth or water 3-4 cups (adjust as per consistency)
Salt as needed
Pepper as needed
Thyme, dried 1/4 tsp
Rosemary, dried 1/4 tsp
Cilantro (Or Parsley) for garnish
Lime juice as needed

Vegan Corn Chowder

Method Of Preparation -

In a deep heavy bottomed pan, heat olive oil and saute the grated/minced garlic for a few seconds and saute the onions until they are golden brown in color.

Add the remaining vegetables (carrots, potatoes, corn and celery) and a cup of water. Let the vegetables cook until tender.

Scoop out half of the vegetables and puree them. Pour the pureed vegetable into the pot adding all the spices and herbs (salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary).

Pour in the vegetable stock and let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and squeeze in the lime juice and garnish with chopped cilantro.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26.

Sending this bowl of soup to Priya's event 'Healthy Me and Healthy Us'.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Makes 3-4 servings

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Posted by Harini R on Monday, March 18, 2013

Fattoush Salad

I chose to make Soups and Salads for the 3rd week of BM #26. I have had this tempting recipe in my email from a dear friend for a while now. So when this theme was amongst the ones I planned to choose, I got a chance to try it out much to our delight!

I have seen multiple variations of this Lebanese Salad on the web and it has been referred to as a wet bread salad! I guess it can be fine tuned as per individual preferences. So check out my version for Day 1 Week 3 of BM #26.

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Posted by Harini R on Sunday, March 17, 2013

Shrikhand happens to be a very popular dessert in Western parts of India. I have tasted it at a friend's place and was surprised that the process was so simple for such an elegant dessert. 

After a prolonged thought process, I decided I would give this Shrikhand a second chance for today's post. The last time I made it with Greek Yogurt upon my friend's suggestion and none of us kind of liked it [Maybe it is just us who are biased against Greek Yogurt]. So I shelved the idea of Shrikhand for a dessert at home.

But I am so glad I made it with regular curd instead, as the results were stunning! As you see I have made a very small sample as I was not sure we would like it .:) [I did not realize that after the water in yogurt is drained out, the quantity of hung curd would reduce.]

So check this out for Day 3, Week 2 of BM #26 before I go to make another small batch of this delightful Shrikhand, this time mango flavored!!


Ingredients - 

Curd/Yogurt 3/4 cup
Sugar, Powdered 1 Tbsp (adjust to taste)
Cardamom Powder a pinch
Milk 1 tsp
Saffron Strands, a pinch

Method Of Preparation -

Pour the yogurt/curd onto a muslin cloth over a utensil and put something heavy on it. Place it in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours and let the moisture drain out. 

Soak the saffron strands in a teaspoon of milk and warm it a little.

The material thus obtained is called curd cheese. Transfer the curd cheese from the muslin cloth into a bowl.

Sprinkle powdered sugar, cardamom powder and the saffron soaked milk. 

Whip them together and chill before serving.

Serve as is or along with Puri, Crackers or Corn chips. Go with your intuition!

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Preparation Time 4 hrs + Active Cooking Time 5 min
Makes a little over 1/4 cup

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Lemony Yogurt Dressing

For the second day, week 2 of BM #26, here is a basic dressing recipe which can be used with a whole range of things.

I found this recipe in Tarla Dalal's 'Fast Foods Made Healthy'. I made this with low-fat yogurt and thought it would be a very good substitute for cream and egg based dressings commercially available. 

It made for a no-nonsense dipping sauce for our family. The kids ate their snack without any complaints. We loved the sauce with some Savory Scones too. Incidentally I figured that the kids like celery with peanut butter as well :)

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Posted by Harini R on Monday, March 11, 2013

Kubali Rice

For Week 2 of BM #26, I have chosen the theme which says I need to pick an ingredient and cook from 3 different cookbooks. An additional complication is to cook from a combo of courses. I have chosen to post a basic recipe, a rice based recipe and an Indian dessert.

The ingredient I chose is yogurt/curds. At least in our families, yogurt forms a very important component of a meal. So for Day 1, Week 2 here is a unique rice, which I recently noted from a telugu cookbook, 'Pasandaina Pulao and Fried Ricelu' by Smt. Vasundhara.

I thoroughly enjoyed this mint flavored rice but my husband didn't care too much for it. So I guess it is individual preference. 

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Eggless Pistachio And Tea Biscotti

I had been on a long break from blogging and hence could not participate in Magic Mingle. I have since come back and ready to delve into the magic, so to say! The magic ingredients for this edition of Magic mingle #15 are Tea and Pistachio. 

When I was thinking about this combo, my first thought was of a biscotti. I was wondering if tea and pistachio could work together in a biscotti when I saw some recipes online which used tea powder. I also had thoughts of using tea decoction in the batter. But I put those thoughts aside.

Eventually I used Mystic Vanilla Chai Powder which is sweetened. The result was very good. But I would suggest that the sugar be powdered and milk be reduced to make a stiff dough.

Ingredients - 

Wheat Flour 1 1/4 cups
Maida / All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Baking Powder 1 1/4 tsp
Vanilla Chai Powder 3 Tbsp
Sugar 3/4 cup (or more if preferred)
Pistachios, chopped 1/2 cup
Almonds and Cashews chopped 3 Tbsp
Flavorless Oil 1/4 cup (I used Canola Oil)
Milk a little less than 1 cup
Apple Cider Vinegar 1 tsp

Eggless Pistachio And Tea Biscotti

Method Of Preparation -

Mix the flours, baking powder, vanilla chai powder, sugar, pistachios, cashews and almonds.

Mix apple cider vinegar in milk and set aside for a minute. Blend in the oil as well.

Gradually pour in the milk-oil-Vinegar into the flour mixture and mix to form a stiff dough. (My dough turned a bit soft so I had to bake for a few extra minutes)

Preheat the oven to 350 F and line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Pat the dough on the parchment paper lined baking tray to form a 1/2 inch thick flat rectangular log.

Bake it for 40-45 min. Remove and let it cool for about 10 min.

Cut them into 1/2 inch slices and place them in the baking tray with the cut side up. Bake them again for 15-20 min until they turn golden brown.

Remove and let them cool on a cooling tray. They will get crispier as they cool. 

Serve them with milk or tea or gobble them as is :)

Sending these off to Kalyani's Magic Mingle.

Preparation Time 15 min + Baking Time 1 hr 
Makes 12 - 14 

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Mac n Cheese Muffins

Using 'Pasta' as the main ingredient, here is a delightful and kid-friendly snack which is approved by my kids and also the husband.

I made it for the first time using left over mac n cheese and my kids literally fought to pick up the last serving. Since then I have prepared different versions of these muffins varying the kind of pasta, the seasonings, vegetables and each time with fantastic results!!

So it appears here for Day 3 Week 1 of BM #26. The original recipe has been modified to suit our family.

Ingredients - 

Macaroni 1/2 cup
Shredded Cheese 1/4 - 1/2 cup
Vegetables (I used onion, corn, peas, beans and carrot) 3/4 cup
Salt as needed
Crushed Pepper as needed
Italian Seasoning 1/2 tsp
Pizza/Pasta Sauce 1 Tbsp
*Bread Crumbs 3/4 cup
Olive Oil or any oil of your choice approx 1 Tbsp
Crushed Red Pepper (Optional - I didn't add) as needed

*I powdered 2 bread slices and used for bread crumbs.

Mac n Cheese Muffins

Method Of Preparation -

Cook Macaroni or any other kind of pasta adding salt as required as per package instructions, wash in cold water, drain and set aside.

Cook the finely chopped vegetables except onions and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease the muffin plate or any oven safe cups and dust with bread crumbs and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, add the macaroni, salt, shredded cheese, pizza sauce, finely chopped onions, cooked vegetables, Italian seasoning, crushed pepper and crushed red pepper if using.

Divide the macaroni mixture into the prepared cups or muffin plate, top them with a thick layer of bread crumbs and spray some oil. Optionally top them with more shredded cheese.

Bake for about 25 min or until the tops are brown.

Cool for a few minutes and let the kids enjoy!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26. 

Preparation Time 15 min + Baking Time 25 min
Serves 2

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Pasta Manchurian in Fried Rice

I am happy to have come up with this delightful recipe though it was a last minute brain wave. For the 2nd day week 1 BM #26, after lot of mix-up and confusion, and with some inspiration from Srivalli, I tried this fusion recipe. My older one loved it and so did my husband. I am sure I am going to make different versions of this in the near future!

I had this cute Annellini pasta at home and so used it for this. I guess, any pasta would work, just that the pasta might need to be crushed a little to blend in with the mixture.

Ingredients - 

For the Pasta Manchurian - 
Annellini Pasta 1/2 cup
Cabbage, shredded 1/2 cup
Carrot, shredded 1/4 cup
Green Chillies ,Ginger and Garlic Minced 2 tsp
Chilli-Garlic Sauce (I used Sriracha) 1 tsp (or as needed)
Salt as needed
Corn Starch 2 Tbsp
Oil for Deep frying
For the Fried Rice - 
Rice, Cooked 1 1/2 cups
Oil 1 Tbsp
Vegetable Stock 1/4 cup
Soy Sauce 1 Tbsp
Vinegar  1 Tbsp (Optional - I didn't use) 
Chilli Garlic Sauce 2 tsp (I used Maggi Tomato Chilli Sauce)
Onion, sliced 1/2 cup
Ginger, grated 1 tsp
Garlic Grated 1 tsp
Salt as needed
Red pepper flakes as needed (I avoided)
Garnish with chopped spring onion.

Pasta Manchurian in Fried Rice

Method Of Preparation -
For the Pasta Manchurian - 
Cook pasta al dente as per the instructions on the package, drain and set aside.

Boil the shredded cabbage and carrots and squeeze out the extra water and set aside the water as well. This water can be used as vegetable stock subsequently.

Mix in the squeezed vegetables, pasta, chilli-ginger-garlic paste, salt and Sriracha. Sprinkle cornstarch and mix well. The mixture needs to be just about moist. If it is runny, add more cornstarch.

Heat oil in a frying pan.

Pinch bite sized mixture and roll into a ball and set aside. I got about 22 bite sized balls for the quantity. 

When the oil is hot enough, fry these in batches until they are golden brown and crispy. Drain onto paper towels. 

Set aside all the fried manchurians.

Pasta Manchurian in Fried Rice

To make the Fried Rice - 
In a pan, heat oil, fry the grated ginger and garlic for a few seconds and saute the sliced onions as well.

When the onions are golden brown, add the tomato-chilli sauce, the vegetable stock, salt, red pepper flakes if using, vinegar(if using) and soy sauce.

To this mixture add the fried manchurians and let the manchurians soak up the flavors.

Add in the cooked and cooled rice and mix so the flavors blend well with rice.

Serve warm topping it with chopped spring onion.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26. 

Preparation Time 45-50 min
Serves 2-3

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Pasta Fagioli Soup

Today we begin yet another edition (#26) of Blogging Marathon, the brain child of Srivalli. There were some tricky themes to choose from and I hope to present some interesting, lovable and hearty recipes.

For the first week, I chose 'Pasta' as the main ingredient to present a soup, a rice based dish and a savory snack. So for Day 1 week 1 BM #26, here is a hearty soup when paired with some bread or croutons can make for a delightful supper specially on a wintry evening!!

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Adapted from here
Ingredients - 

Olive Oil 1 Tbsp
Garlic minced 1 clove
Onion 1 large, finely chopped
Tomato 1/2 large , diced
Tomatoes 1 1/2 large, cooked and pureed
V8 Vegetable Soup 1 12 oz can (can be substituted with Tomato juice or tomato sauce)
Salt as needed
Pepper as needed 
Parsley as needed 
Basil as needed 
Oregano as needed 
*Garbanzo Beans(Chana), soaked, boiled 1 cup
Pasta (elbow macaroni preferably, cooked al dente) 1 1/2 cups
Cheese, grated (preferably Parmesan Cheese) as needed for garnish

* Cannelini beans, Navy beans or Red Kidney beans are conventionally used.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Method Of Preparation -

In a heavy bottomed pan, heat olive oil and saute minced garlic. Add onion and saute until translucent.

Add in the tomatoes, tomato puree and V8.

Sprinkle salt, pepper, basil, oregano and parsley to taste.

Let the mixture simmer for about 4-5 min.

Mix in the cooked pasta and beans. Mix well and let the soup simmer for about 5 minutes.

Serve in individual bowls, sprinkling as much cheese as is preferred.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#26.

Preparation Time 30 min 
Serves 5-6

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