Mar 11, 2011

Cauliflower masala dosa

Calling all cauliflower lovers, all dosa lovers, all fusion food lovers and all who have not had enough of cauliflower from my last post – here is another fun masala dosa. I have created this filling with critical inputs from my kids, so I guess it will work for all of you too! I hope too, that this can join the exalted ranks of  amazing dosa fillings like palak paneer dosa or pav bhaji dosa.                 
Fusion dosa
You need
For the filling
  1. Cauliflower( what else) – 1 medium head (I got 2 heaped cups of florets)
  2. Paneer – 250gm (I used 200 gms in this recipe and found it inadequate, hence suggesting 250gms)
  3. Onions – 3-4 medium, chopped fine  ingredients
  4. Capsicum – 1, chopped
  5. Green chillies – 6-7, chopped
  6. Salt – 1tbsp
  7. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  8. Garam masala powder – 2 heaped tsp
  9. Sugar – 1 tsp (optional)
  10. Vegetable oil – 4 tsp
  11. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  12. Cumin – 1 tsp
For dosa
  1. Idli rice – 4 cups
  2. Whole skinned urad – 1 cup
  3. Water for grinding – 2-3 cups
  4. Salt – 2 heaped tsp
  5. Sesame oil – 4-5 tsp, for making dosas
I soaked rice and dal separately overnight, ground each separately and then mixed the batter with salt and left to ferment for at least 6-7 hours. You can dilute if too thick for dosa batter. Making idli or dosa batter merits a separate post. I shall post that as soon as I am able to take good pictures of my dosa batter!
To assemble
  1. Heat oil in a pan. Add seasonings (11 and12).
  2. Add green chillies, chopped onions, chopped capsicum in this order.seasonings   pink onions and green chillies
  3. Add cauliflower florets, toss well.
  4. Add turmeric powder, salt, garam masala, sugar (if using).
  5. Cover and cook for a few minutes over low flame.
  6. Crumble paneer coarsely.
  7. Once the cauliflower is cooked through, add paneer, fold gently.cauliflower and paneer filling
  8. Filling for dosa is ready. (Aha, can’t wait to dig in)
  9. Heat a skillet/ non-stick griddle/ iron dosa griddle.
  10. Grease the griddle with a tsp of sesame oil.
  11. Splatter a few drops of water on the hot griddle. When it sizzles, go ahead, attack!
  12. Pour a heaped ladle of batter in the centre, spread the batter in concentric circles using the ladle. dosa on griddle-note the lovely concentric circles
  13. Drizzle some sesame oil around the dosa. When it begins to brown, loosen the edges carefully and flip over. flip dosa over
  14. Dosa should be done in just a minute. Turn over again, spread the filling over half of the dosa, fold over and serve.fold dosa with filling I served with some coconut  chutney and more filling on the side.super yum masala dosa
  • Add boiled peas instead of paneer.
  • Use cheese spread to spread on dosa. In case you use cheese spread, omit paneer. You can smear cheese spread on flipped dosa and then spread vegetable filling.
  • The same filling can be used inside a sandwich or to make frankie rolls.
Nutri notes
  • This dish is a complete meal in itself. It combines carbohydrates and proteins from the dosa, vegetable allowance from the cauliflower, dairy protein from paneer, fats from oil, paneer and coconut (if using for chutney), fibre from vegetables, coconut.
  • Since dosa is made from fermented batter, the dish has all benefits of fermentation. These will be discussed later with my post on dosa/idli batter.

Mar 6, 2011

Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry

One dish that makes even a veggie phobe love veggies again. I learnt this from my mother in law and it has never failed to impress my guests and relatives. Most people do not realise how many vegetables have gone into it and are happy slurping it off…You can use any combination of vegetables, add and subtract according to season. This is the way I made it a few weeks ago.
veggie basket
You needchopped veggies
  1. Medium onions – 2, sliced lengthwise (2/3 cup)
  2. Capsicum (peppers) – 2, sliced lengthwise (1 cup) You can use any colour, I had green ones at home, so I used them.
  3. Cauliflower – 1 big (break into florets) The cauliflower I used, gave me 3 cups of florets.
  4. Potatoes – 1 big or 2 small, cut into French fries shaped pieces (2/3 cup)
  5. Carrots – 3-4 medium, again cut into fries shaped pieces (1 heaped cup)
  6. French beans – cut into 1 inch lengths, 1/2 cupthe magic masalas !!
  7. Fresh green peas – 1/2 cup
  8. Salt -  2 tbsp, more if you feel so
  9. Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  10. MDH Tawa fry Bharwan masala – 2 tsp
  11. Everest Garam Masala – 1 tsp
  12. Sambar powder – 1 tsp, heaped (homemade)
For seasoning
  1. Vegetable oil – 2 tbsp
  2. Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
  3. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  4. Saunf – 1 tsp
To assemble
  1. Heat the oil in a large wok / deep saucepan / pressure pan.
  2. Add ingredients for seasoning in order.
  3. Once the seasonings are sizzling (in under a minute), add sliced onions let fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Tip in the potatoes, toss well to coat oil evenly.
  5. Let potatoes brown a wee bit. seasonings in oil
    sliced onions yum potatoes in
  6. Throw in the crunchy carrots, toss heartily.
  7. Paint your dish pretty by adding green capsicum now ( this is when I step back and watch my tricolour curry in progress and swell with patriotic pride!).
  8. While these strike friendship with each other, go ahead and microwave the cut beans and peas for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the beans-peas to the simmering wok of curry.
  10. Once the vegetables are tossed well, add the cauliflower florets. add cauliflower florets
  11. carrots and potatoes in a happy tango    patriotic fervour! 
  12. Go ahead and dress your curry with all the fragrant powders – add salt, turmeric powder, followed by the masala powders. This dish is very forgiving and you can use any  combination of masala powders. My mother in law uses only sambar powder. In that case add some fresh curry leaves too while frying the veggies.
  13. Sprinkle some water,(about 1/2 cup) cover and simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir every minute to let all vegetables cook evenly. This can get done quicker in the microwave but I have found that flavours and textures develop better over stovetop, what with my tending to it ever so lovingly!
  14. Mixed vegetable curry is ready to dig in with steamed rice, phulkas. I like it best over steamed rice along with tangy kadhi.
Mixed vegetable stir fry
  • Add a couple of sliced tomatoes while frying.
  • Add fresh coriander leaves to garnish.
  • Add any or all of these vegetables too - tender radish, zucchini, even bitter gourd, sweet corn kernels, cabbage, the list goes on…
  • Use only cauliflower, or in combination with peas to make cauliflower stir fry the same way.
Nutri notes
  • Cauliflower is the vegetable used most in this dish, hence I want to discuss the special nutritional benefits of this cruciferous vegetable.
  • Cruciferous vegetables are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential poly unsaturated fatty acids, making them important in a healthy diet.
  • According to a study by the American Dietetic Association, eating more than 4-5 servings of cruciferous vegetables per week, has shown to protect against cancer.
  • The American Institute for Cancer Research has published results which show compounds in  cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables help in stopping growth of cancer cells in all these cancers – of breast, endometrium, colon, liver, lung, cervix.
  • Good amounts of Vitamin C (56mg/100gm)  and manganese (0.10mg/100gm)  in cauliflower makes it an important source of antioxidants. Besides these, it also contains other important antioxidants such as beta carotene, beta cryptoxanthin, quercetin, ferulic acid. All these wonder compounds work to lower the oxidative stress in the body.
  • With presence of Vitamin K and omega 3 fatty acids, in addition to a compound called Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C), cauliflower has great anti inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation - of tissues or arteries in our body is a significant cause of cardiovascular diseases. I3C helps to prevent or even reverse blood vessel damage. This compound also helps stomach lining from being invaded by harmful bacteria such as H.pylori.
  • Cauliflower is a good source of purines also. Hence, people with gout or other kidney ailments may consider restricting cauliflower in their diet.
  • The vegetable also is known as a goitrogen. While it does not create any abnormal thyroid profiles in healthy people, it does help for hypothyroid people to avoid cauliflower.
  • Steaming or light stir fry would be the best method of cooking this wonder veggie in order to realise it’s health benefits.
Sending this dish to 'Only Original Recipes', ongoing event started by  Pari's  Foodeliclious and hosted now by   Nivedita's kitchen.
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