Bread upma

I get bored of bread very easily and often look for ways to spice it up and make it interesting. As a kid, my mom used to make this delicious form of bread upma which I used to pack and take to school. It is an easy breakfast item, or a quick snack for tea time. I made some this morning and it was so delish.

20140420-210822.jpg Ingredients Serves 2

Bread- 6 pieces, cubed Onion- 1 cup Tomato- 2 Chillies- 1 Turmeric powder- a pinch Oil- 2 tsp Salt- to taste

Method

1. Slice the bread and cut into cubes. I like the crusts but some people don't. If you like it, keep them, or else remove the crusts.

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2. Cut the onion, tomato, and chilli.

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3. Heat oil, add the onion and fry. Add the chillies and the tomatoes. Next, add the turmeric and fry for a minute. Now, add the bread. Coat the mixture on bread and serve hot with a cuppa tea or coffee.

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Spring Smoothie

Inspired by my mango lassi, I decided to make a banana smoothie this morning. We had got some bananas for Vishu last week, and I'm really not a fan of munching on a banana. So the bananas sat on my kitchen sill and they were beginning to ripen a bit too much. Moreover, I had some strawberries in my fridge which needed to be consumed immediately. The result: my spring smoothie! photo1

Ingredients Serves 2

Bananas- 4 Strawberries- 6 nos Milk- 1 cup

Method

Blend the bananas, strawberry and the milk together. Check taste. If sweet is a little less, then add sugar.

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Homemade dosas (Rice Pancake)

I am a dosa lover. I have grown up eating huge dosas, called as paper dosas back in South India. They are huge. Like this: photo (2)

 

Dosas are made from a rice batter. At home, my dad makes this batter on a Sunday and it lasts for a week. We have a mixer which helps make this batter. Everyday morning for breakfast, he used to make me these gorgeous looking dosas. So delicious.

In LA, you do get dosas at some Indian restaurants- such as Mayura Amrit, Culver City and India Sweets and Spices (ISS), Glendale. The ISS also has frozen dosa batter as well as fresh dosa batter. Their fresh batter is pretty decent, but I don't live near Glendale and you can't really make that commute often to get the batter. So, I decided to start making my own batter at home. This is pretty simple enough if you have a food processor.

Ingredients

Rice flour- 1 cup Urad dal- 1 cup Water- 4 cups Salt

Method

1. Soak the urad dal in 2 cups water overnight.

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2. Soak the rice flour in 2 cups water overnight. 3. Once the urad dal has been soaked overnight, put it in the food processor and make a smooth paste.

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4. Mix the smooth paste with the soaked rice flour. Add salt.

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There you go- dosa batter is ready!

To make dosas

1. Make sure the batter is at room temperature. 2. Heat a flat iron skillet, sprinkle some cooking oil and smoothen it out on the flat surface. 3. Take the batter in a round bottom spoon, and pour it in the middle of the skillet. With rolling motion, spread it out concentrically. 4. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes till the bottom becomes brown and crisp. 5. Flip it over using a flat spoon and let it cook for 2-3 minutes. 6. Serve hot with pickle, and cilantro chutney.

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