Friday, May 28, 2010

Easy Bread Pockets

You have unexpected visitors at home and you are hard pressed for time. You still want to impress them with some homemade snack..Hmm..does this describe you? At least I am like that to a certain extent..if not more..

Now this dish is very easy and quick to make and is for the circumstance mentioned above :) It is also a good accompaniment with tea or coffee. This recipe was passed onto me by a dear friend of mine who got it from her mom. Thanks R!


  • 4 slices of bread

  • Boiled Potatoes - 2

  • Salt to taste

  • Garam Masala (1/2 tsp)

  • Kashmiri Chilli Powder (1/2 tsp)

  • Little Water

  • Oil for Frying

  • Method:

  • Heat oil in a wok.

  • Make a mixture of boiled potatoes, salt, Garam Masala and Chilli Powder.

  • Cut the sides off the bread and then sprinkle both the sides with water.

  • After the water is saoked squeeze the bread in between your palm till the water is drained.

  • Keep about a tbsp of the potato mixture on the bread and join the edges of the bread to make it look like a pocket. You can press it down a bit once fully closed.

  • Deep fry the bread pockets in hot oil till they turn golden brown.

  • Serve hot with Tomato Ketchup. Enjoy!!!
  • Wednesday, May 26, 2010

    Little Lamb - DIY craft for children

    While my son was going through one of his magazines he happened to come across this do-it-yourself craft. Since he is at that age when he can niether say he is truly indepedent nor dependant he wanted me to "help" him make it.

    I wanted to use this blog to showcase this craft. So here goes this simple marvel that we came up with just the following things:

    Some cotton, two pepper corns, some fevicol and four match sticks. Lots of Imagination and Voila!!

    Khatti Bhaji Ki Chutney

    Its been a long time since I posted. I am not getting any time from my routine work and weekends have just flown by without me posting anything. But that does not mean I have not been baking and cooking.

    I had baked an apple cake recently that we took along for a family friends birthday. Everyone out there gave it a thumbs up. So yes, I will be blogging about that soon. I have some other recipes too lined up!

    Okay to start with I want to blog about this nice and tangy chutney that made today. It is so easy to make and amazingly delicious. Goes well with both Rice and Rotis.

    Actually this bhaji called Khatti bhaji in North. In hindi "khatti" means sour and this leafy veggie is naturally very sour and tangy. This veggie was a favorite of my grand mother-in-law so I was told.

    Also called "gongura" down south and they use it in chutneys, dals and even pickles made out of these leaves are quite famous. This recipe was passed onto me by a generous colleague of mine who had the patience of answering all my questions.

    Here goes:


    • Gongura leaves (a small bunch)

    • 2 tbsp of roasted peanuts

    • 2 Green Chillies

    • 4 cloved of garlic

    • salt to taste


  • Grind the roast peanuts into a fine powder.

  • Boil the leaves along with Green Chillies in little water till the leaves are light green and are cooked.

  • Grind the leaves along with any little water left and the chillies into a fine paste along with garlic and salt.

  • Add the peanut powder and give one final stir.

  • Temper the chutney with chopped onions.

  • Your chutney is ready. Enjoy!!!

  • P.S: If you do not want to temper then you may add some hot ghee (optional) on top of this chutney and then top it with freshly chopped onions (mandatory :)).