Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Broccoli Vada Pav

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Vada pav is the asset of the North! Yup they are the best selling snack or chat any where in North India. I have enjoyed them during my visit to Pune and longing to have them sometime from Mumbai too :)

Ever since my visit to Pune, I have been wanting to make some Vada pavs at home. Browsed loads of recipes but ended up making my own version of it with broccoli addition and guess what, it was a super duper hit too :) My cousins who visited me enjoyed it so much that they wanted the recipe too :P sometimes random cooking brings fame! :P

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Ingredients:

Pav buns - 10

For the filling:

Broccoli - 1 
Potato - 3 large
Garlic - 5 pods
Ginger - 1/4 inch piece
Pepper powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste

For the coating:

Besan flour - 1/2 cup
Rice flour - 1/4 cup
Salt - for taste
Chilly powder - for taste
Asafoetida - a pinch

For Green chutney:

Mint leaves - 1 cup
Coriander leaves - 1 cup
Green chillies - 2
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
Salt - for taste

For Red chutney:

Coconut - 1/2 cup
Red chilies - 2
Garlic pods - 4
Tamarind paste - 1 tsp
Salt - for taste

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Method:

To make the filling:

Boil potatoes, peel and mash thoroughly. Grate broccoli using a grater. 

Chop ginger and garlic into small pieces. 

Take two tsps of oil in a pan and fry the ginger garlic for few minutes. Add the grated broccoli and sprinkle few drops of water and cook in low flame for 5 minutes. Now add the cooked and smashed potato to it and saute. 

Finally add the salt, pepper powder, jeera powder and the lemon juice to it and mix well. 

Allow it to cool down and make small balls of the filling. 

To make the coating:

Mix the besan flour, rice flour, chilly powder, asafoetida and salt together by adding adequate water to it to make a dropping consistency batter. 

Now take the above made broccoli potato balls and dip it in the batter and deep fry the vadas. I used a paniyaram skillet to fry the balls to avoid deep frying. 

Once it has browned on all sides, remove from oil and strain the excess oil on a tissue. 

To make the chutneys:

Grind the coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chilly, lemon juice, garam masala and salt together by adding little water to it. Once it becomes a smooth paste collect it in a bowl. Green chutney is ready. 

Grind the coconut, red chilly, garlic, tamarind paste and salt together into a smooth paste to make red chutney. 

Now slit open the pav buns. Apply green chutney on one side and red chutney on the other side. Place one vada in the center and assemble the vada pav.

Serve hot and enjoy the delicious vada pav :)

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Written by: Nithya
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Friday, May 9, 2014

Latest Fondant Cakes from My Kitchen

I'm happy to share my latest orders of Fondant cakes with you all :)

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Radha - Krishna themed Wedding cake! 

I was pretty excited when I got this order and was worried big time too. First off I was bothered about making an edible God idol??! was puzzled if it was fine to do it but the client decided to preserve the sugar models and enjoy the cake alone, so went ahead and made this for the wedding couple 

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My first big bonanza cake. The biggest cake I have made so far  Exhausting but enjoyed to the fullest. 

8 Kgs of Eggless Vanilla & Chocolate cake alternating with Dark chocolate Ganache filling and ofcourse the intricate fondant decoration on top of the cake with the little one's favorite character Mickey mouse and bath tub ducks 


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Sometimes you dream of doing something and you get the opportunity right away. 

Princess Barbie cake it was  - Completely enjoyed molding the cake and making the dress etc  Yet to master the face features but working on it  

The client was happy and so am I 


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This creation was for the celebrity RJ for her engagement 

Keerthana was specific of having an engagement ring in the cake and left the rest to my creativity. This is what I created for her 


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Butterfly Themed First Birthday cake - This was for a little butterfly princess who celebrated her birthday.

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Oh how much I loved this character in the movie Tangled! The moment the client said Rapunzel it is for her daughter's cake, I immediately jumped in joy to make it for her  Oops the extra loooooong hair was the biggest challenge and happy that I made it somehow 

A 4 kg vanilla, strawberry cake alternation with Italian vanilla butter cream topped with hand made fondant toppers 


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A birthday special cup cakes order from a sweet brother to a cool sister who loves various things 

I was completely thrilled by the theme by itself and enjoyed making each element. 

Priti loves MAC products for her eye make over, she enjoys shooting pics with her Nikon SLR, has a special love for Louis Vuitton hand bags, she ofcourse like other woman loves stilettos and enjoys sleeping with her teddy  

Eggless classic vanilla cupcakes topped with dark chocolate ganache. Decorated with hand made fondant toppers from my kitchen 


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A special birthday cake Indeed! 

A pretty woman who fought for her life going through a tough surgery last year wanted to propose to her boy friend yet again to start her new life journey on his birthday. She ordered for this special cake  

Wish them both a long and happy life and god bless him for the immense support he has given her throughout  They stand as a good example for not FALLING in love but RAISING in love 


Contact me for your personalized cake needs. Write to fourthsensesamayal@gmail.com or like my face book page here - https://www.facebook.com/4thsensecooking and leave a message. Lets bring your dream cakes true :)

Written by: Nithya
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