Masala Papads (with a twist)

You know what Masala Papads are? Crispy papads topped with spicy tomato onion salad that makes a refreshing starter/appetizer? The one’s you find on the top of a restaurant menu, right? 

Well, I tweaked it a bit and crushed the papads and mixed it with the salad. The reason for this is that I misplaced the wire mesh which I use to roast papads. Now this wire mesh has a handle, which is used as a barrier from touching the gas flame directly. 

Like I said, I misplaced the mesh and when I roasted them directly on the flame, they began to curl at the edges and formed an un-even cup. A big no-no if you want to make masala papads, which calls for flat roasted papads. 

Now, I am not too fond of roasting the pappads in the microwave or on the Tava. I like to do it the old fashioned way, which is roasting it on the gas flame and seeing it lightly charred. My mom roasts them directly on flames without using a wire mesh or the tongs, but I get intimidated and have to use a wire mesh. 

Anyway, all this lead me to make an unintended tweak to the original recipe. But we enjoyed it anyway as a side dish with our meal. 

I would love to hear, how you generally roast the papads? 

Hope you enjoy this quick fix, tasty snack or a side dish for lunches.

 Have a great weekend, yall! 

Ingredients 

  • 5-6 pappads
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
  • 1 green chillis (finely chopped)
  • ½ tsp pepper powder
  • Juice of a lemon
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania) for garnishing 

Method 

  • Roast the papads on a medium flame and keep aside. Crush them into medium pieces.
  • In a bowl, combine the onions, tomatoes, lemon juice, pepper powder and salt and mix well. Check for taste.
  • Add the crushed pappads to this, gently stir one or twice.
  • Serve immediately garnished with coriander. 

Instant Oats Idli

Over the past 5 years that I have been blogging, I have learnt and tried many recipes from various bloggers. Be it a new dish, different cuisine, adaption of an existing recipe, healthy tweak to traditional favorites the list is endless. It is amazing how many ideas are out there just waiting to be grabbed. And it also inspires me to come up with new ideas and to try something on my own. 

I love the ‘healthy tweak to the traditional favorites’ the best. You take a proven traditional dish, like Idlis and Dosas enhance it with health quotient and still see no difference in taste. How cool is that? 

When I first saw the recipe of Oats Idli, I was intrigued and had bookmarked it to try. I tried it few days ago and really loved the results. If you are curious about the taste, then let me assure you that it tastes pretty much the same as Rava Idli. In fact, adding oats does not make any difference, but we get the added health benefits of oats. 

 I have tried Urad Oats Dosa and Soya Bean Dosa on similar lines with good results. It is a good way to sneak in all the good stuff, especially for the picky eaters. 

 Recipe Adapted: Veg Inspirations and Sharmi’s Passions

 Yields: 9-10 medium Idlis

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup instant oats
  • ¾ cup rava/sooji/semolina
  • ¾ cup Yogurt/ Curd
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 4-5 curry leaves
  • 2 tsp urad daal
  • 2 green chillies (finely chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil  for seasoning and to grease idli plates

 Method: 

  • In a pan dry roast the oats for 2-3 minutes on medium heat and then set aside to cool. After it is cooled grind it to a fine powder.
  • In the same pan, heat a tsp of oil add mustard seeds, let it splutter then add the curry leaves, urad daal and green chillies and sauté until the urad daal turns light brown.
  • Add the rava and mix it until it turns very light brown and the aroma waffles. Switch off the gas and set it aside to cool.
  • Take a mixing bowl and add the oats, seasoned rava/sooji, salt, baking soda and chopped coriander. Mix well and whisk in the yogurt/curd and stir. Add water and make this to idli/pancake batter consistency. Keep aside for 15-20 minutes.
  • Heat water in a pressure cooker or whatever you use to make the idlis.
  • Proceed to make idlis the regular way. Grease the idli plates. Add ladleful of the batter to each of the idli plates.
  • Place the idli stand in a pressure cooker and cook covered without the whistle for 10-12 minutes.
  • Serve hot with coconut chutney or potato saagu along with a dollop of ghee. 

Kele Podi/ Pan Fried banana Konkani style


Have some extra bananas that are ripe and waiting to be used? Then this is a good way to make use of the ripe bananas. This is a typical GSB (Gowd Saraswath Brahmin) dish, commonly made in the Konkani households. I do have to mention that many people refer to the deep fried version as Podi, however we refer to the pan fried version as Podi and the deep fried version as Bhajji. 

Crispy on the outside and soft in the inside it is a total delight. The recipe could not be simpler. You cut the bananas, coat them in spicy rava/sooji mix and shallow fry them on a pan. In fact, you can substitute bananas with any other vegetable like potato, brinjal, raw banana, bitter gourd etc. 

This is eaten as side dish along with rice, daal and any upkari/stir fried sabji.

Ingredients 

  • 2-3 ripe bananas (not very ripe, it should be able to hold its shape)
  • 2 Tbsp fine sooji/rava/semolina
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil (for shallow frying) 

Method 

  • Peel the banana and chop into little less than ½ inch discs. I chopped them in the shape of rectangle. Keep aside.
  • In a small dry plate mix the sooji/rava, red chilli powder, turmeric and salt.
  • Now heat a tava or pan, when it is warm enough drizzle about 1 Tbsp of oil all around.
  • Take each piece, coat them in the spicy sooji mix on both sides thoroughly (making sure no part is left open) and place them on the pan.
  • Continue this process with some discs. Make sure not to over crowd the pan.
  • Add about ¼ tsp of oil around each of the discs. This cooks very fast and the edges brown.
  • Using a good spatula, turn each of the pieces around and cook on the other side. Transfer to a plate.
  • Serve this as a side dish along with rice, daal or as a snack or appetizer along with tea.