Monday, June 25, 2012

Kulith Pithla(कुळीथ पिठलं )

पिठलं/pithla is a comfort food for most of the Maharashtrian  people. Pithla made from chickpea flour is more common than Kulith Pithla. Many Maharashtrian people are unaware of kulith pithla. English name for kulith is horse gram. In Kokan region kulith is more popular, it is used to make pithla as well as उसळ . Kulith powder is easily available in market in India. I have looked for it here in US but still no luck, have to get it from India every time I visit. For some people it takes time to adjust to its nutty and strong flavor. When you need a quick bite of comfort food, Kulith pithla will certainly satisfy your taste buds and plus it will come together in minutes. Serve it hot with white rice or पोळी/roti.

Ingredients(Serves 3-4)
1/2 Cup Kulith Powder
1 Small onion chopped
2-3 Garlic cloves(diced if big)
1 Tbs oil
1/4 Tsp mustard seeds
1/8 Tsp turmeric powder
Pinch or two of asafoetida
2 Amsul(dried Kokum)
1/2 Tsp chili powder
3 Cups water
Fresh cilantro chopped for garnishing

Heat a medium pot and add oil. Put in mustard seeds, after they splutter add asafoetida and turmeric. Add garlic and chopped onions. Fry for some time until onions turn translucent. Pour in water and add salt, chili powder, amsul and let it boil.

Once boiled reduce heat to medium-low and tablespoon by tablespoon add kulith powder and keep stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Once you are done adding kulith pith let the pithla boil for 7-10 minutes and then shut off the gas. Garnish it with freshly chopped cilantro and serve piping hot with rice or roti. It tastes especially comforting in winter :-).

Monday, June 4, 2012

Paneer with Peppers and Onions

In Indian Chinese Cuisine all the Chinese seasoning and techniques are adapted and used to suite the Indian Palate. All the Chinese flavors in this recipe blends perfectly with Paneer and peppers. Good to eat with plain white rice or fried rice. Spiciness can be adjusted by adding more green chili's and chili sauce. The  colors in this dish are so tempting that you should definitely try this out.

1 cup diced Paneer
1/2 cup diced green peppers
1/3 cup diced red peppers
1/2 cup red onion diced
3 green chili's slit lengthwise
1/2 tbs oil
Salt and pepper as per taste
1/2 tbs green chili sauce
1 1/2 tsp soy sauce
1 1/2 tbs ketchup
1 tbs sugar
3/4 cup water
2 tbs cornflour mixed with 1/4 cup water

Heat oil and saute peppers and onions until nicely charred but crisp to eat. Add green chili's and saute for couple more minutes. Lightly season with salt and pepper. Mix together green chili sauce, soy sauce, ketchup and sugar. Add this mixture to the above pan and stir for a couple of minutes. Add 3/4 cup water, bring it to boil. Later add cornflour and water paste and continue boiling. Keep stirring so that no lumps are formed. Sauce will start to thicken up. If you think sauce is too thick add some water and if sauce is too thin add more cornflour dissolved in water to thicken up the sauce.