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Mirchi Bhaji

Mirchi Bahaji is a spicy Indian snack consisting of chili (Mirchi) and potato stuffing, served hot with tomato sauce or occasionally with mint and tamarind chutney. It is very filling for its size. The mirchi bhaji/bada of Jodhpur, Rajasthan is very famous. In southern part of India and the stuffing for Mirchi Bajji vary. Everybody prepares their filling as per their taste. So here is my take.
Ingredients:

Banana peppers: 4Potatoes: 1 large BoiledOnion: 1 medium finely choppedCoriander leaves: 1/2 cup choppedRed Chilli Powder: 1 tspGreen Chilli: 2 finely Chopped(optional)Lime Juice: 1 tspChat masala : 2 tbspSalt: as per taste

For the batter:
Besan: 1 cupCornflour: 1 tspRed chilli powder: 1 tspwater as requiredsaltoil to deep fry
Procedure: Clean the peppers, make a vertical slit on one side and remove the vein with the seeds. Mash the potatoes, add chopped onions, green chillies, coriander leaves, salt, red chilli powder, char masala and lime juice and mix well. For the batter mix all the ingred…

Roasted Cauliflower

The other day I was wondering what to cook for dinner and opening and closing the refrigerator just to figure out what to pick, when on the TV the food network chef prepared a whole 3 course meal on the grill. That gave me the idea to roast up some veggies and then cook them in a gravy or spices, that would be like vegetable kadhai but the only veggies I had that could use was cauliflower.
So here is my roasted cauliflowers recipe. Ingredients:
Cauliflower:1 large head broken into floretsOil: 4 tbspGinger: 1 inch peeled and mincedCumin Powder: 1 tsp Green Chilis: 2 mincedCoriander Powder: 2 tspTurmeric Powder: 1/2 tspRed Chilli Powder: 1/4 tspSalt: as per tasteTomatoes : 1 large choppedCilantro: 1/4 cup chopped
Procedures Preheat the oven to 400°F.  Toss cauliflower florets with half of oil and some salt.  Spread on baking sheet.  Roast until caramelized and mostly tender, 15-20 minutes.  Heat remaining oil in a skillet until shimmering.  Add ginger and green chilis and cook, stirring frequentl…

Deviled Eggs

The glorious season of picnics, BBQs and sundresses has finally arrived and everybody is either busy planning activities to keep their kids busy during the summer vacation or planning pool and BBQ parties with friends and family.
Every time I plan a party the first thing I do is prepare a nice menu that would have some items that can be prepared in advanced so that I don't look like a cafeteria lady rather than looking like the glamorous host ;)
Deviled eggs is real great fit into the list. You can prepare them fresh or  prepare them ahead of time and these can be refrigerated up to 24 hours. Garnish just before serving.  So here is my first recipe for this summer.
Ingredients:
Eggs: 6Dry ranch salad dressing mix : 1 1/2 tspMayonnaise: 3 tspDijon mustard: 1/2 tspPaprika: 1 tspGarnish of your choice: chives or coriander leaves ( for a more Indian touch) or colorful peppers
Procedure: Place eggs in single layer in medium saucepan.  Add enough water to cover eggs by 1 inch and some salt ( bo…