Recipe: Rajma Tikki

So lately, I was off the blogging. Reasons behind the same was my new born baby. Now since he’s 10 months old and can keep himself busy while I make tasty dishes for him, I am back to the kitchen.

I have started off the juggling between handling the kitchen and handling little P with a delicious tikki, which is actually inspired from the famous Galouti Kebabs form Lucknow, well the vegetarian ones.

Yes, if not entirely then atleast partially it is inspired from Rajma Galouti Kebab alon gwith masalas of my choice. Also, I made the tikkis using Appe Pan, which is pretty time saving, especially you are attending the kid along with the cooking. But if you have all the time in the world, you can surely go on with the traditional way of tikki making, i.e. using the Tava.

So, here’s the recipe for the Rajma Tikki:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Rajma, soaked overnight and boiled
  • 1 boiled potato
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Sriracha Sauce
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp chaat masala
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil as required

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Method:

  1. In a bowl, take boiled Rajma and boiled Potato and mashed them together until you get the texture with a binding.
  2. Add  red chilli powder, Sriracha Sauce, Lemon Juice, Chaat Masala and Salt and mix them properly.
  3. Make balls from the mixture and give them shape of tikkis, smaller ones.
  4. Now heat the Appe Pan and add a drop of oil in each of it’s cavities.
  5. When the oil is hot enough, add a tikki in each of the cavities.
  6. Cover the pan with lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Flip the tikkis with the help of a spoon or fork. Be careful as the tikkis are delicate.
  8. Cook the tikkis for another two minutes.
  9. Rajma Tikkis are ready to serve! Serve them hot with Tomato Ketchup or Chuttney of your choice.

Street Food of Ahmedabad

Pani puri, Ragda patis, Bhel puri, chutney puri, sev puri, pav bhaji, vada pav, dabeli, Chinese (or chineez), and what not!! Yes – this time we are going to talk about street food. India is a land where unity blends in diversity, and food is a perfect example of it. At least, yours truly loves eating on the streets and consists it a fundamental right (just like you have to visit Lal Quila when you go to Delhi) J. A common misconception with street food is that there are limited varieties, and it is always cheap. Nowadays, at least in Ahmedabad, I can list out several joints where the cost is equal to restaurants and food even better.

If you talk of the west, Mumbai, Pune & Ahmedabad are hubs for street food. In fact, there are multiple “khau galis” in Ahmedabad, where there are hawkers and food wagons dedicated to street food. In the last 3 years of so, a modern “khau gali” has developed near Gujarat University, on the road where A.G High School & CEPT University are located. At least 10 food wagons are present here every evening serving Mexican, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Indian-punjabi food and what not! Here, you are likely to find creamy pasta, albeit cooked a little Indian style. The prices are not low, but not very expensive either. You can have your tummy stuffed with yummy pasta, enchiladas and a taco platter served on roadside at approx. Rs. 175-200 per person. On the opposite end, you have the H.L. college road with multiple vendors, including the famous Shambhu serving coffee and sandwiches.

Just like students of H.L. College and CEPT University, students of GLS College are well versed with “Lucky sandwich”. There are at least 10 hawkers / lorry walas on the GLS college road serving sandwiches, pizzas, dabelis with name “Lucky Sandwich”. You’d also find few corn hawkers in same area, they serve you boiled corn with various flavors like cheese, Garlic, and butter as well as Corn on the Cob.

Talking about street food, pani-puri, which is famous since ages, now has a twist in the place. There are many places in Ahmedabad that serve pani-puri with not one, but 5-7 flavors of water, including garlic flavor, hajma hajam, pudina & tomato, etc. There are many Pani-puri hawkers in the city, but there are few places which are all time favorite, like Agrawal Panipuri at Law-Garden is one them for the traditional Pani-puri, for the flavored Pani-Puri Devnarayan Pani-puri has more than one stall all around the city.

And how can we forget the old anda-gali (egg lane) near Paldi, with hawkers teeming with egg items. The most famous “anda ni lariwalla” although still remains the one outside NID. Egg curry, half-fry, omelette, bhurji, boiled egg, and more varieties served with combination of butter, cheese and bread are extremely popular.

Nowadays, tradition similar to North India / Delhi is visible in Ahmedabad, as there are many vendors serving chole – kulcha and pindi chana on the streets. On C.G. road, just before Swastik cross-roads there is a lorry that serves pindi chana Amritsari style with freshly baked kulchas.

 

If you are thinking that amdavadis are not aware of north-eastern street food then well, you are wrong. These days you can find Momo kiosk all around the city, mostly by the name “Momoman”, by a famous Momo shop in Vastrapu area. Apart from this, Paldi area has a nice, cozy café-like ‘place’ for momos, owned by a Tibetan family, named “Amdos kitchen”, but this place is open when Mr. Amdo is in town, that is from September to February or March.

For non-veggies, you can try the hawkers in the old city near Jamapur or Behrampur that serve variety of kebabs, mutton, chicken in tandoori and gravy flavors. However, non-veg street food is not that popular in Ahmedabad.

A relatively unexplored street food type option for traditional Amdavadis is the dhaba joints on S.G. highway, when you near Gandhinagar. Here, you can have the best of Kathiawadi food (ringan no olo, bajra rotla with makhan, sev tameta, khichdi), plus mouth watering dal bati. Rajasthan ki bhavna (Gota cross roads) & Shivshakti dhaba (Near Nirma University) are popular places.

Apart from these places, Manekchowk and Law Garden are age old food streets that people visit ‘religiously’. There are people around the world, originally from Ahmedabad, actually visiting their hometown just to visit their favorite Dosa place or Chaat Place of Manekchowk or Law Garden!

All in all, if you are a street food lover, and visiting Ahmedabad, then we advise you to keep at least 3 days or nights for trying most of these places! 😀

Day -7 : Comfort Food – USA v/s. India

As per wikipedia,

Comfort food is traditionally eaten food (which often provides a nostalgic or sentimental feeling to the person eating it), or simply provides the consumer a familiar meal, soft in consistency, and rich in calories, nutrients, or both. The nostalgic element most comfort food has, may be specific to either the individual or a specific culture.

For me, Comfort Food is the food you like to have when you are sick or tired or not in the mood of cooking some heavy stuff. Like some soup or one dish meal type of thing.

Chicken Soup is classic comfort food of American culture, so is Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich. For Indians, traditional comfort food means Khichdi or Curd Rice, which you don’t love to have on your routine day, but works as a therapeutic food when you are sick (I can see some weird faces on hearing names of Khichdi and Curd Rice). Americans have  Ice-creams or pies to cure their blues, Indians have “Aaloo de Paranthe with lots of Makkhan” or “Garmagaram Pakode(Fritters)”. Americans have Mac-n-Cheese when every other dishes fails, Indians have Golgappa/ Panipuri/ Puchka (“Bhaiya ek extra puri dena” is something that gives us Royal Feels) and Maggie (All ready to eat noodles are called ‘Maggie’, Period.).

For any Indian, Jalebi, Gajar ka Halwa and Gulab Jamun is so much on top compare to Choco chip Cookies, but for Americans Choco Chip Cookie has the place of Gajar ka Halwa and Vice-verse, same goes for Hamburger and Bhelpuri (we love having Bhelpuri on Chawpaty, right?)

So you tell, what you like to have, Dumplings or Samosas? Lemme know your opinion, I’m having my Rajma Chawal 😀

Day-1 : South Indian Cuisine ( From My View)

For Most of people of Northern Hemisphere(????) of  India ( I meant Northern half of India), South Indian Cuisine usually means Idli, Dosa, Sambhar and Mendu Vada. For Southern states, the definition differs for all five states ( Yes, now Telangana is different state)  but for me it is a very large playground (yeah I play with food! *wink* *wink*)

For me South Indian Cuisine starts with a good Rasam, any Rasam would do if tangy and spicy at the same time! Followed by standard Vadai or any version of Idli (my new innovation is Manchurian Idli )

I used to love to have South Indian Thali whenever I visit a South Indian restaurant. It usually contains Poori, Rasam, Korma, Aviyal, Pachdi, Mor Kuzhambu, Poppadam, Rice, Pickle and of course Payassam. Payassam is dessert made of milk with a particular flavors, like Kheer.

I have checked out some of typically Keralian Cuisines thanks to my Roommate at hostel and my colleagues. I just love Pitt or Puttu, a typical Malayali breakfast item (For some reasons my colleagues think that I’m a specimen as very few people like this dish) .

My latest affair in this variety of food is Tomato Rice. I try out this dish at almost all south Indian restaurant these days. This is actually a leftover rice recipe, but people make it with fresh rice too! And I just love the combination of rice and tomato gravy mixed and cooked together. ( I’ll share my version of the recipe some of these days)

Andddd ofcourse, last but equally important, The Filter Kapi. This is an amazing thing of southern part of India. Everyone in every household of southern India has Filter Coffee, freshly brewed, like first thing in the morning. The smell itself is so amazing that even if you are not a coffee lover, I bet you’d fall in love with this one!!

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I love food, I always keep thin king about my next meal or my meals for next day, next week etc. I love to know and let people know about food.

This blog is about my new challenge to my self, I will post a recipe, a food pic or something new about food around me, everyday for a year, without break, from 1st of March 2014.

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