Land of Thunderdragons…Bhutan

On a last moment plan to Bhutan where there is chill in the air and chilly in their food.. Couldn’t capture all the beauty but whatever I did is amazing. Travelled during sep,2017. Shot on one+5 phone.

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Vegetable cutlet

Prep Time : 60 mins

Wait Time: 30 mins

Cooking Time : 20- 30 mins

Makes 35 medium sized cutlets

Ingredients:

For Cutlets : Potato medium sized – 3 (boiled and peeled), carrot – 2 ( grated), beet root – 1 (grated), cauliflower- 2 floret pieces (grated), beans – 4/5 chopped, fresh green peas(handful), peanuts(handful), ginger -1″ chopped, garlic -3 cloves chopped, onion – 1 chopped, green chilly- 1/2 chopped, coriander leaf chopped, salt to taste, chilly powder – 1Tbsp, turmeric powder-1 tsp, cumin powder- 1 tsp, coriander Powder – 1Tbsp, amchur powder -1Tbsp, Garam masala powder-1 tsp, pepper powder-1tsp, maida-2Tbsp, bread crumbs -1.5cups, oil for frying +2tsp, cumin+mustard seeds for tempering.

  1. Boil the potatoes and then peel and grate/mash it. Grate carrots, beet root,cauliflower and keep aside.
  2. Chop rest of the vegetables beans, onion, green chilly, coriander leaf.
  3. In a pan, add 2 tsp of oil, add jeera and mustard seeds, add chopped green chilly, ginger, garlic, onion and peanuts and fry till lightly brown. Add all the grated vegetables and cook them till moisture in the vegetable dries up.
  4. Then add all the masalas, cook for 2 minutes. Add salt to taste. Then add mashed potatoes. Mix till well combined. Remove from heat and leave it to cool, add coriander leafs.
  5. Make small tikki’s or round balls, keep aside.
  6. Prepare a batter of maids+water+ pinch of salt and pepper( pouring consistency). Put the bread crumbs in a plate. Dip the tikki’s in the batter and drop it in bread crumbs to coat it completely. Shake the tikkis lightly in your hands to remove extra bread crumbs. Refrigerate the tikkis for 15 mins and repeat the coating process. After this refrigerator the tikkis for 30 mins.
  7. In a frying pan, put oil for frying and heat it to medium. Fry till it turns golden brown. Serve hot With tomato ketchup.

P.S.

  1. The uncooked tikkis can be stored in refrigerator for 2-3 days covered .

  2. The masalas can be increased or decreased to ur taste.

  3. Except potato, beet, carrot, beans and peas all other vegetables are optional. You can even add capsicum and sweet corn.

Falafel

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Falafel

Prep Time : 10 mins

Wait Time: 24 hours

Cooking Time : 20- 30 mins

Serves 3( making 15-18)

Ingredients:

For Falafel: Chickpea -1 cup, Onion – 1 medium(cut in 4-5 pieces), Coriander leaves – 1/2 cup, Parsley – 1/2 cup, garlic – 5/6 pieces(with skin), roasted cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp, roasted coriander seeds -1/2 tsp, salt, lemon juice- 1 tsp, baking soda – 1/2 tsp.

  1. Soak the chickpeas for 24 hours(mandatory). Drain the water and pat dry in kitchen towel.
  2. Grind chickpea, onion, parsley and coriander leaves, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, garlic cloves, salt, lemon juice,baking soda to a coarse paste. Do not add water while grinding.
  3. In a clean bowl, put this paste. Add a tsp of flour if the paste is not thick enough for tikki’s, else avoid it.
  4. In a frying pan, put oil for frying and heat it to medium.
  5. Make small tikki’s or round balls of size of lime, and fry 3-4 pieces at a time. Fry till it turns golden brown. Serve hot with hummus.

Caramel Custard

Tempting Caramel Custard!!!!

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Prep Time : 10 mins

Baking Time : 30-50 mins

Bake Temp : 350-360 F

Serves 2.

Ingredients:

For Custard: Eggs -2 large, Milk -1 cup, Vanilla essence -1 tsp, Sugar – 2 Tbsp, Sugar for caramelizing -2 Tbsp, 2 Ramekins or any mold(9 oz).

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Take sugar in a pan for caramelizing. Add few drops of water(if trying or the 1st time). Put it in medium heat till sugar dissolves and turns reddish brown. Do not overdo. Divide the caramel in 2 ramekins and set aside to set.
  3. In a clean bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla and sugar till combined. Heat milk to lukewarm and add to the egg mixture, mixing continuously. Pour the mixture in the ramekins.
  4. Place the ramekins in a water bath of 1/2″ and place it in the oven. Depending on the oven type it can take 30-50 min. Check every 2-3 minutes till a toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean.
  5. Leave it to cool at room temperature and then refrigerate overnight or for 5-6 hrs. Run a knife to loosed the custard from ramekin. place a plate on it and turn it upside down. Delicious caramel custard is ready to serve.

Brookies

“Do mai jyada maaza hai” it means ” there is more fun in 2 rather than 1″.

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Prep Time : 30 mins

Baking Time : 40-45 mins

Bake Temp : 350 F

Makes 32 bars.

Ingredients:

For Brownie: Warm Water 2 Tbsp(115 degree),  Granulated sugar 1  1/3 cup, Vanilla extract 2 tsp, Eggs 2, Unsalted butter 1/2 cup, Salt 1/4 tsp, All purpose flour 1 cup, Bittersweet chocolate melted 10 oz, Cocoa powder 2 1/2 Tbsp, Espresso powder 1/2 tsp.

For Cookies: Granulated Sugar 1/3 cup, Brown Sugar 1/3 cup, Vanilla extract 1 tsp, Flour 1 cup, Unsalted butter 1/2 cup, Salt 1/2 tsp, Baking Soda 1/2 tsp, Egg 1, Semisweet chocolate chips 1 cup.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spay two 8″*8″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. For Brownie: Add instant espresso powder with warm water. Set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugar till fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla extract and expresso water. Mix till combined.
  4. Add melted chocolate and whisk. Add all the dry ingredients and mix till incorporated.
  5. For Cookies: Whisk butter and sugar till fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla extract, mix till combined.
  6. Add flour, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips. mix until combined.
  7. Put cookie batter in bottom and brownie batter on top (both evenly) or vice a versa.
  8. Put the batter in pan and bake for 40-45 min till toothpick inserted in middle comes out with moist crumbs.
  9. Cool in the pan for 5 min and let it cool completely over rack. Cut it into bars.

Fudgy Brownies

Delicate flaky tasty fudgy Brownies….

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Prep Time : 30 mins

Baking Time : 40-45 mins

Bake Temp : 350 F

Makes 16 bars.

Ingredients:

For Batter: Warm Water 2 Tbsp(115 degree),  Granulated sugar 1 cup, Vanilla extract 2 tsp, Eggs 2, Unsalted butter 5 oz, Salt 1/4 tsp, All purpose flour 2/3 cup, Bittersweet chocolate melted 7oz Cocoa powder 1 Tbsp, Warm water 2 Tbsp, Espresso powder 1tsp.

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spay an 8″*8″ pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add instant espresso powder with warm water. Set aside.
  3. Whisk butter and sugar till fluffy. Then add eggs, vanilla extract and expresso water. Mix till combined.
  4. Add melted chocolate and whisk. Add all the dry ingredients and mix till incorporated.
  5. Put the batter in pan and bake for 40-45 min till toothpick inserted in middle comes out with moist crumbs.
  6. Cool in the pan for 5 min and let it cool completely over rack. Cut it into bars.