Past week has been crazy here as temperature dropped drastically. Temperature hitting as low as -5 deg C.So, you can imagine the kind of weather we have for the past few days here.
We witnessed first snow for this winter season and perhaps last one also.We were out in snow for a while on Sunday morning and it felt magnificent except for the cold.
What a beautiful site it becomes, when you woke up in the morning and snow clad trees and parks around your home, greet you first thing in the morning.
DD was excited to see snow out there and so were we! These are some of the pictures of snow around our locality.
Life with all it's vigour and beauty....When life with all it's vigour and beauty is there to uplift your mood and spirit.Who needs any other addiction in life.Isn't ?
Soft cotton like feelings..Thats what DD told me while trying to get hold of some snow to play.We did make a snowman.It was not picture perfect but we did enjoy making it.What matters more and important is the attempt itself, failure and success comes last.Isn't ?
You can catch some more pictures of snow in our neck of the woods about a year ago ...Here
Shall we proceed now to some cooking.........
It goes a phrase in UP -Subah- e- Banaras and Sham- e- Awadh...Well all I can say both have breath-taking views.And so is the diverse cuisine it offers..
Anyways I have always said in past our daily eating and upbringing has been greatly influenced by the land we inhabited while growing up.UP has been on my mind always and not to mention even my DH.Both of us have almost spent our entire growing up years in UP.So, our day to day affair and talks do revolve around UP and it's simple cuisine which we both like a lot.
The recipes that you see in this post are not a regular feature in our home especially the fried stuff "the dreaded kachoris".This has been on our holiday breakfast menu provided I have the enthusiasm for all this and more.
It’s not that I don’t like making them, but our daily morning affair is, well a roller-coaster ride for me. And this needs little bit of planning and time. Perhaps that’s why this has been part of our holiday breakfast menu, particularly on a lazy Sunday brunch menu. And that day it was special.
Now to the recipe
Matar ki kachori/Koraishutir Kachori
- About 2-3 cups of frozen green peas
- 1 onion
- 4 garlic pods
- ½ inch ginger
- 2 tsp of coriander powder
- 1 tsp of cumin powder
- 2-3 green chilies
- ½ tsp of red pepper powder
- 1 tsp of salt
- Pinch of sugar
- Pinch of hing/asfoetida
- 3-4 cups of whole wheat flour/atta
- Knead the flour with some water+1 tsp of cooking oil and pinch of salt.
- Now m/w at high for 1 mint to defrosts the frozen peas.
- Now pulse through in mixer/grinder- green peas, onion, garlic and ginger and green chilies.
- Now add oil in a frying pan, add the green peas paste and add in hing/asfoetida.
- Adjust seasonings with salt+sugar+red pepper powder+black pepper powder+cumin coriander powder.
- Keep on frying till the peas mixture starts to collect well. When the mixture has been properly fried and has become dry transfer to cool in a separate bowl.
- Make even round size balls from the kneaded atta dough.
- Roll in to small discs, place about 2 tsp of fried mixture, and secure from all ends and then roll into small rounds with your palms by pressing gently.
- Dust the working surface with flour, and start rolling the rounds into small discs, pressing gently.
- Meanwhile you keep on making kachori.Heat up a saucepan with enough cooking oil. Drop in some cumin seeds to check if the oil is properly heated.
- Now fry the kachoris one by one at medium flame.Raise the flame once in a while if the oil tends to go cool and kachoris are not puffing up well.Take out over a tissue paper to absorb the excess oil.
Now to the making of Chane ki sabzi
Chick Peas with Potato Curry/Kabuli Chane Ki Sabzi
- 1 can of garbanzo beans/chick peas/Kabuli Chana
- 1 medium size potato
- 1 tomato chopped finely
- 2 medium size onions
- 4 fat garlic cloves
- 1 inch of ginger
- 2-3 tsp of coriander powder
- 1 tsp of cumin powder
- 1 tsp of red pepper powder
- 1 tsp of black pepper powder
- 1 tsp of garam masala
- 1 tsp of salt or as per required
- 2-3 tbs of cooking oil
- Heat up a saucepan, add cooking oil.
- Now add in chopped onions, garlic and ginger. Keep on frying till the rawness is gone.
- Add in chopped potatoes.
- Now add the seasonings-cumin+coriander+red pepper+black pepper+turmeric powder.
- Add the chick peas with the water from the can. Check for salt, if required add salt accordingly as most of the canned products do have salt already. Alternately you may use dried chick peas. Soak them overnight in water, next day discard the water. Then pressure cooks them.
- Add about 1 cup of water.
- Add in chopped tomato or you may use jarred pasta sauce, whatever is available.
- Cover and let it simmer for 15-20 mints or till all becomes soft and mushy.
- Serve and enjoy with warm matar kachoris.
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