Chakki Ki Sabzi | Madhya Pradesh style Wholewheat flour dumplings in sauce

This Chakki Ki Sabzi, made from whole wheat dumplings in a tangy sauce is a meal by itself.  Apart from being a meal, this spicy and tangy sabzi also goes well with rice.

Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.

This month, us bloggers from  Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge traveled to the land known as the “heart of India” also known as Madhya Pradesh.

Here are some of the famous things to see in Madhya Pradesh

  1. Sculptures of Khajuraho
  2. Wildlife at Bandhavgarh
  3. Kanha National park
  4. Temples at Ujjain
  5. The historical city of Gwalior
  6. Buddhist stupas at Sanchi

Apart from the historical sites and national parks, Madhya Pradesh is also known for vegetarian food such as poha, bhutta ka khees, palak pooris, malpua and mawa bati.

This month my partner Shobaji from Shobasfoodmazaa gave me two very simple ingredients to use and make a dish representing Madhya Pradesh. She gave me whole wheat flour and cumin seeds. The obvious thing for me to make was Chakki Ki Sabzi.

A few things to know about this recipe:

  1. The chakki / whole wheat flour dough used in this recipe is first steamed, then fried and then in gravy.
  2. Make nice and small pieces of the dough ( once it is steamed it does become big).
Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Dough in an oiled utensil before steaming
Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Dough dollops after steaming
Love this Chakki Ki Sabzi from Madhya Pradesh, it is made from whole wheat flour and is very similar to gatte ki sabzi for Rajasthan.
Fried dough

3. It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

4. Don’t go overboard with the spices, subtle flavours make this sabzi delicious.

It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

This recipe is similar to Gatte ki Sabzi which is a popular recipe from Rajasthan. Here whole wheat flour is used instead of gram flour (besan). The main difference is seen in the way that the Gatte and chakki are cooked. Gatte are cooked like a pasta in boiling water whereas chakki cubes are steamed, fried and then added to gravy.

It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.

Some of the other recipes using whole wheat flour / atta ingredients are:

  1. Mattar ke parathe
  2. Instant healthy dosa
  3. Sattu ka paratha
  4. Burger Buns
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Chakki Ki Sabzi | Whole wheat dumplings in tangy sauce
It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the dough
For the gravy
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
For the dough
For the gravy
It is time time consuming to make this sabzi, but it is absolutely delicious.
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix the ingredients of the dough and knead well. (the dough should be sticky and soft).
  2. After kneading, let the dough rest for at least 15 minutes.
  3. After 15 minutes, knead for some more time till the dough does not stick to your hands and becomes soft
  4. Now form small dollops of the dough and steam them in a pressure cooker ( on an oiled plate.)
  5. Once the dough dollops are steamed, set aside and let them cool
  6. Once cooled, fry them in hot oil and drain on tissue paper.
  7. In a kadhai / wok, heat 2 tbsp of oil. Add the cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste.
  8. Saute till the paste is cooked on a low flame.
  9. Add the onion paste and cook for some time
  10. Add the masala powders and mix well
  11. Increase the flame, add curd and cook the curd on high flame (high flame ensures that the curd does not split)
  12. Once the curd is cooked, add the tomato paste and cook well.
  13. Now add the fried dough dollops and cook them for a couple of minutes at a very low flame.
  14. Garnish with coriander leaves and cook for another couple of minutes
  15. Srve hot with some jeera rice or have it as is in a bowl

Moong and cabbage Rice | A Simple one pot rice recipe

Sometimes i just want to throw all things together in a pot and get something nice to eat. This Moong and cabbage rice is exactly that, a one pot recipe filled with deliciousness. 

This moong and cabbage rice is easy and simple to make. This delicious, easy and simple to make rice can be made in one pot.

 

These days whenever we have friends over for dinner or lunch, i make this moong and cabbage rice instead of a pulao. It is easy, simple and one pot 🙂

The secret to this recipe you ask?? nothing..every time i cook this, i use whatever ingredients i have on my hand on that day or what my stomach fancies !!! Its that versatile a recipe, and makes a humble vegetable like cabbage tasty.

I have used left over rice (from previous night) in this recipe, but one can easily use freshly cooked rice for this recipe. Also this recipe can be tweaked in many ways, depending on what ingredients are available at home.

Different ways to make it more tasty and healthy:

  1. To make this version healthy, you use cooked broken wheat or brown rice.
  2. I have added peanuts, but to make it luxurious, use cashew nuts and walnuts.
  3. I have also added capsicum and carrots to it to make it colourful, you could add green onions, potatoes, peas etc
  4. Masalas : anything that you have on hand, a bit of garam masala at the end and the aroma is fabulous.
  5. Protein: I have added cooked moong , you can use kabuli channa or black channa or even cooked rajma. Another intersting idea would be to add mixed sprouts as garnish to add texture to the rice.

This moong and cabbage rice is easy and simple to make. This delicious, easy and simple to make rice can be made in one pot.

If you are in a mood for some thing simple, serve this with cucumber raita or plain curd else serve this with channa masala or rajma or even kali dal.

Here are some more rice recipes to make :

  1. Mango Rice
  2. Capsicum Rice (with mint)
  3. Sasve Kai Chitranna ( Rice with mustard and coconut)
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Moong and cabbage Rice |
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Indian
Keyword rice
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a kadhai and add mustard, jeera and curry leaves to it.
  2. Once the mustard splutters, add garlic, onions and saute well
  3. Now add the tomatoes and all the masala powder mentioned above.
  4. Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the carrots,soaked moong and sliced capsicum
  5. Stir them briefly and add the cabbage and mix well
  6. Add the required amount of salt to this mixture, stir and close the lid of the kadhai and let the mix cook for about 10 -15 minutes (stir once every couple of minutes so that the sabzi does not stick to the kadhai)
  7. Once the cabbage sabzi is completely cooked, add rice and mix well
  8. Close the rice pot with a lid and let it cook on low flame
  9. Garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot with raita or plain curd
Recipe Notes

Note:

1. While using broken wheat or red rice, try and cook them al dente or the mix would go soggy.

2. Addition of butter, cashew nuts and green chillies would make this luxurious.

3. Mint leaves also can be added to give this recipe an interesting twist.

4. Grated coconut also can be added at the end to give the recipe a slight sweet hint.

A friend and a new Kuzhi Paniyaram batter recipe

Today i will be writing about a friend and a new Kuzhi paniyaram batter recipe…this recipe is quite different from what i use at home. Every Southindian household in India has their own version of Kuzhi Paniyaram batter. Some might make it sweet and then some would make it savoury…which ever the case might be…each one of them would be tasty and crispy and yummy.

“Kuzhi Paniyaram”

A little story on the side

Some people enter your life and …some people you never get to know them and then there are others who enter your life as a neighbour and then become friends forever. Deepa is one such person….a neighbour, energetic person, talkative and loud friend of mine. We talk to each other across balconies !!! When she first shifted to India from USA, the first thing i came to know about her..apart from all that i have already mentioned is that she doesn’t cook. Her mom on the other hand is an amazing cook and it is from these two amazing ladies that i came to know about a new recipe for making Kuzhi Paniyaram. Pssttt…..This family has its roots in TamilNadu, Mangalore and Goa!!!!

Usually the paniyaram in my moms house was something which would get made when my mom is almost done with the dosai batter. Different things such as rava (sooji / semolina), onions, various vegetables  etc would be added to the dosai batter and voila a new snack would be made. But in Deepa’s home..the batter itself was different….so here goes….Kuzhi Paniyaram batter Deepa Style !!! using raw rice instead of par boiled rice..the result is Paniyarams crispy on the outside and uber soft on the inside

 

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A friend and a new Kuzhi Paniyaram batter recipe
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak rice and udal dal with enough water for 4-5 hours
  2. Grind the rice and udad dal in a mixie or grinder into a smooth batter
  3. While grinding add a tsp of salt and mix well
  4. Pour the batter in a large vessel and leave it aside closed with a lid for 6-8 hours to ferment.
  5. Once the batter is fermented, check the salt levels and add as required
  6. Wash the paniyaram vessel well with water and dry it with a cloth
  7. Place the vessel on medium flame on the stove and brush oil into each mold.
  8. Once the mold is hot add the batter and cover it with a lid ( one can use the plain batter or could add all the veggies to the batter and use that).
  9. Once one side of the batter is cooked and has a golden colour, turn the white (wet) side facing down and cook without the lid. ( one can use a spoon to turn the paniyaram over to cook on both sides)
  10. Once both sides are cooked and have a golden colour, remove them from the mold and serve them hot with coconut or tomato chutney.
  11. Repeat the process till you run out of batter 🙂
Recipe Notes

In my blog you can find the following chutney recipes to serve as an accompaniment with these Kuzhi Paniyarams -

  1. Spicy and Sour Green Tomatoes Chutney
  2. Spicy Tangy Sweet Cabbage Chutney 

Do try out the recipes and let me know how you liked them...njoy!!!

Spicy and Sour Green Tomatoes Chutney

This Spicy and Sour green tomatoes chutney is made from using firm and unripe green tomatoes. These sour green tomatoes are loaded with nutrients such as Vitamin C and anti oxidants.

Every day we hear that the vegetables that we consume are either loaded with harmful pesticides or toxic colours. The look of the vegetables and the rich colours seem to have a better sale value than the health of the population. I guess that’s why slowly lots of people from the cities are looking at growing their own vegetables organically. One such person that i know is my neighbour Karthik. Karthik is very passionate about organic farming and because of his efforts i got to buy really good quality green tomaotes, raddish (mooli), Palak ( greens), amarnath greens etc.

While growing up, green tomatoes was easily available in the market and amma always used to make a kootu variety with it. This time around my help at home Nanjamma, told me about a chutney recipe that they make in their hometown near Kadur. A chutney which is spicy and sour and a little sweet too because of the sauteed onions.

And in the middle of this blog…my daughter also wanted her kitty to be featured in the blog…so here she is 🙂

Kitty and tomatoes

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Spicy and Sour - Green Tomatoes chutney
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a pan, take a tsp of oil, add the chillies and tomoatoes and cook them with some salt.
  2. In a mixie, add the coconut, jeera and garlic and grind to a smooth consistency with some water.
  3. Add the cooked (cooled) tomatoes to the coconut mix and grind it all together.
  4. Once ground, remove the mixture in a serving bowl.
  5. For tempering: Take the rest of the oil, add mustard seeds to the oil. Once it splutters, add the sliced onions and saute them till they are soft and pink in colour.
  6. Add this tempering to the chutney and mix well. (Check if salt is required and adjust according to taste)

Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A Savoury cake with Bottle Gourd

For this round of cooking as part of   Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge, i was paired with Avin S Kohli. Avin gave me Dudhi / bottle gourd and ginger as my secret ingredients. The only thing that came to my mind was my favourite savoury recipe from the land of Gujarat: Traditional Gujarati Dudhi Handvo – A savoury cake with bottle gourd. The handvo can either be made in a traditional handvo vessel or can be made in a pan…one can also bake it. For this recipe i am using a traditional handvo vessel.

The handvo vessel is made up of two parts, the bigger vessel in which the batter is poured and the smaller portion in which the sand is added. The hole through middle of the vessel lets the heat from the gas to the batter and lets the batter cook and the sand indirectly heats the batter.

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Gujarati Doodhi Handvo - A savoury cake with bottle gourd
traditional dudhi handvo
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Indian
Servings
Ingredients
traditional dudhi handvo
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients (include 50 gms til and 1 tbsp of oil) and soak for 4 -5 hours.
  2. Grease the handva vessel with oil from the inside and pour the batter into it. Add the remaining til and oil on top of the batter...
  3. Pour dry sand in the smaller/lower part of the vessel and keep aside...
  4. Keep the the vessel with sand on low flame and then put the bigger vessel on top of the smaller vessel and close the lid and let it cook for a couple of hours or till the batter is cooked.
  5. To check whether the handwa is cooked or not, take a clean knife and dip into the handwa...if the batter does not stick to the knife then it means that the handwa is cooked and ready...
  6. To remove the handwa, slowly slice it into big pieces (after it cools a little bit) and lay it on a plate and serve with chutney...
  7. Serve with green chutney or have it as it is...
Recipe Notes

It might sound a bit complicated but the end product is really delicious to eat...

Happy Deepawali to everbody...Hope everybody has a a happy and safe diwali..