Every year we do a mega marathon during April and I enthusiastically signed up for it. It was my most favourite theme, A-Z bakes around the world. I had my list ready before 6 months, and started baking before three months and was done with nearly 13 dishes. But everything doesn’t happen as you plan. Infact, nothing happens as planned for me, so due to some personal hurdles, I couldn’t participate in this BM which I am still sad about. I have been so disinterested in blogging this month and have been in some kind of zombie mode for the past four weeks. I hate to do anything. And somehow I got my brain working and wanted to blog today. So here is my post which was supposed to be done for the first of this month. I hope to regain all my confidence to blog again.
Posts tagged POTATO
From my childhood days, I have been a great fan of puffs. The flaky crispy pastry with a savoury filling always makes my mouth water. When I was in college, we bought a small oven. We also had a book which covered all the basic baking recipes including the Indian bakery style puffs. I noted down the recipe and tried it. As you can imagine, it was a great flop. So from that day, I stopped trying puffs at home and enjoyed them in bakeries. After four years, I stopped eating eggs and completely avoided eating puffs at bakery.
I am in love with this golden loaf. Look at the beautiful crust. This is one of my favourite bread recipes. Though I don’t repeat them often, I have some favourite breads in my list. Potatoes usually give breads super soft texture. I learnt about it when I made potato rolls for Bread Bakers event. So I chose to make this recipe as I was so confident that it will turn good. But I didn’t know that it would be this good.!
Ever since I heard of potato buns, I wanted to bake them and I got a chance when I decided to do a bread theme for September Mega Marathon. But after some days, I had a change of mind and did some other themes for it. I had these rolls baked before changing my mind, so it was in my drafts. And when Pavani, our host for Bread Bakers this month gave the theme as Fall Fruits and Vegetables, she had potatoes included in the list. I at once decided to feature the recipe for the theme.
I am so much enjoying this chat series. I loved cooking it and clicking it but posting it is so much fun than that. I see so many of my readers loving my chat recipes and I get comments on social media a lot. For the fourth day of chat, here is a relatively simple recipe. I have seen so many posts from friends on ragda patties, but haven’t tried it personally. We don’t even get it here in chat shops. So when I decided on chat for this week, I included ragda patties. As the name suggests, this dish has two main components – the ragda and the patties. This is a famous Maharashtrian and Gujrathi street food. Ragda is a mild gravy made with dried white peas and pattice is the potato cutlet. The whole dish is assembled by topping pattice with ragda and chutneys and sev.
Coming to the third day of chat recipes in Cooking Carnival, I have my most favourtie chat of all today. Pani puri will be my all time favourite. My mom used to make delicious pani puris and I so miss them nowadays. Her recipe for spicy water is so famous in our house. I remember making the puris with her. We used to set the stove down on the flour with newspapers all over the floor. She used to knead a lot of dough, I think may be in kilograms and she will roll out puris and I will fry them. This will go on for nearly half a day and we will have huge containers full of puris. And my brother used to invite his friends over that evening. Everyone sits around her and she starts serving everyone. And there will be competition who will finish first who consumes lots of pani puris. Those are golden days and I so miss them. I really hope that I have stayed young forever and enjoy Mum’s love.
Today is the second day of week two in which I am posting chat recipes. Yesterday, it was a very simple aloo chat, but today, it is a little bit elaborate. Usually chat recipes have so many individual recipes and when they are put together in a particular manner, you get a delicious chat with so many flavours merged. Dabeli Pav also known as Kutchi Dabeli / Kutchi Double roti originated in Mandvi, Kutch during 1960. Dabeli means to press and the potato masala is pressed between a toasted pav bun with other fillings. This is a filling snack and when I made this I had it for my lunch too.
After the three flat breads, I am here with a new theme for my next week. I am doing a month long blogging marathon – Cooking Carnival with my BM buddies and I have chosen to do a theme for a week. So five themes for five weeks. To know about the themes I have chosen for this BM, take a look at my introduction post. This week is going to be an awesome collection of chat recipes. Chat is nothing but street food from Northern part of India. There are so many chat shops here in Madurai and the dishes we get are most common like pani puri, masal puri, bhel puri, papdi chats, pav bhaji and samosa and cutlet chats. But there are more which are not available here. They have one gravy made with white chickpeas and they use it for all the chats like masal puri, cutlet chat and samosa chat. So when it comes to chat, we don’t have too many options. But I have managed to make so many chats at home. Do take a look at my chat page to learn more. Even though I try to make a chat whenever I learn about it, there are so many left for me try out. Recently I have started watching YouTube videos of Indian street food to learn more about them. This week I will be cooking from the new chats I learnt through YouTube.
For the second day of bread less sandwiches, I made another simple yet very tasty appetizer / chat. My daughter loves any type of chat. She loves the flavour of the chat masala so much. When I was asking her about any bread free sandwich ideas, her first thought was potatoes. Even I had potatoes in mind, so I agreed with her idea immediately. Combining both her love for potatoes and chat, I came up with this aloo chat sandwich. And I am happy to say that she just loved it.
For the third day of potato recipes, I tried an artistic recipe which is so simple but looks beautiful. I saw this idea while searching for new potato recipes. The original one was baked in small bowls. I wanted to bake these in ramekins but as I used my peeler to slice the potatoes, the slices were too small and they were at the bottom of the ramekin. That is when I decided to bake in muffin mould. Today has been so hectic and I didn’t even cook the dish until 4 PM. So to hasten the process, I made just one serving just for my daughter. As the shaping of the rose takes time, I did only one.