Phulka Recipe (Roti/Chapati) – Puffed Indian Bread

Phulkas also known as Roti or Chapati in some regions are a whole wheat soft and thin puffed flat bread. The phulka is a daily bread for many regional Indian cuisines. It is not only rich in the nutrients and fibers, that whole wheat brings along with it, but also low in fat and very light on the stomach.

Traditionally Roti’s are cooked on an iron skillet and later put on direct flame for it to rise and puff. If you have never tried making these flat breads before, it can get a little overwhelming. But with experience you can make you an expert in no time.

Serve the Phulka (Roti/ Chapati) with any Indian Dry Vegetable Sabzi or Indian Gravies for a lunch or dinner.

If you like Indian Parathas and Breads, you must try some of your favorites like

  1. Bihari Chana Dal Puri
  2. Muli Paratha
  3. Ujju Rotti Recipe
  4. Masala Roti Recipe
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Bhel Puri Recipe – An Indian Street Food And Tea Time Snack

Mumbai Style Bhel Puri Recipe is a simple and easy snack that is made from puffed rice combined with a variety of raw salad ingredients. Bhel Puri is most often made with just basic ingredients like tomatoes, potatoes, cucumber, onions, green and tamarind chutneys, sev and papdi.

Puffed Rice is also called as Mumra or Moodi or pori in different parts of india and can be combined with a variety of ingredients making it tangy and spicy.

Bhel Puri was originally a Gujarati fast food now synonymous as Indian street food. Bhel Puri is best consumed as soon as it is made. If left for a while, the juices from the tomatoes, chutneys, etc. combine to render the sev and puffed rice soggy. Much of the fun of eating Bhel Puri is in the crunchiness. It can even make a quick and light weeknight dinner.

Serve the Bhel Puri Recipe along with Masala Chai as a tea time evening snack. 

If you like Indian Street Food, then you must try some other Snacks that can be made on a Rainy Day:

  1. Potato Chutney Sandwich Recipe
  2. Delhi Style Fruit Chaat Recipe
  3. Corn & Paneer Baked Samosa Recipe 
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Beetroot Poriyal Recipe – Stir Fried Beetroot

The Beetroot Poriyal Recipe also known as Beetroot Curry is a delicious and healthy preparation of the beetroot vegetable. In this recipe, the beetroot is steamed and seasoned with mustard leaves, curry leaves, asafoetida and coconut.

Sometimes we add finely chopped onions as well to give it an added flavor. A very nutritious dish which can be served to children from 6 months of age.

Did you know: Beetroot is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C. Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium. The greens should not be overlooked; they can be cooked up and enjoyed in the same way as spinach.

Serve Beetroot Poriyal Recipe along with Mixed Vegetable SambarSteamed Rice and Elai Vadam for a delicious weekday lunch.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Poriyal Recipes, that you can serve with your South Indian Meals.

  1. Carrot and Beans Poriyal Recipe
  2. Karamani Poriyal Recipe
  3. Vendakkai Poriyal Recipe
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Date and Tamarind Chutney Recipe – Khajur Imli Chutney

Khajur Imli Ki Chutney or the Date Tamarind Chutney is a sweet and sour tangy chutney made from dates tamarind and jaggery.It is an essential component in Chaats like Pani Puri, Bhel Puri, Samosa and more. Topping this chutney for chaats is an absolute must to have the best chaat experience.

To make the Date Tamarind Chutney we pressure cooked the dates, tamarind and jaggery together along with some water and then blended it to make a coarse chutney with the help of a hand blender. We then added all the spices which are used to elevate the flavours of the tamarind chutney like the chili powder, cumin powder, black salt and ginger powder into the pressure cooker and simmered the chutney till it reached the right consistency. The pressure cooker method reduces the cooking time to a great extent and also helps you make the Date Tamarind Chutney in one pot.  

I personally like to not puree my Date and Tamarind Chutney. I like my chutney to be chunky. To savor it the way I like, once all the ingredients are simmered well and cooled, refrigerate the Date and Tamarind Chutney and serve as desired.

Serve Date and Tamarind Chutney Recipe – Khajur Imli Chutney along with Samosa or Bread Pakora Recipe or add it to Dahi Batata Puri Chaat and enjoy.

If you like this recipe, you can also try other Chutney Recipes such as

  1. Dhaniya Pudina Chutney
  2. Tomato Chutney
  3. Mysore Chutney
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Vegetarian Hakka Noodles -Chinese Chow Mein Recipe

Vegetarian Hakka Noodles also called a Chowmein in many parts of India is a very Indian Chinese adaptation of the recipe. The first time I had these was in the Chinese town of Kolkata. I was blown into a fantasy land and after that I have continued to make it just like how they do. The only difference is I have loaded it with lots of vegetables to make it more nutritious.

Vegetarian Hakka Noodles can be easily be made at home and satisfy your craving for the street style food. 

Serve the Vegetarian Hakka Noodles as a meal of its own or along with Gobi Manchurian or  Indo Chinese Mixed Vegetable Recipe In Szechuan sauce

If you are looking for more Noodle recipes here are some:

  1. Cold Sesame Noodles Recipe
  2. Sichuan Dan-Dan Noodles Recipe (Sesame Noodles With Crispy Tofu Recipe)
  3. Spicy Schezuan Vegetarian Noodles Recipe
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