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These pancakes are a huge favourite in my family. My kids can snack on them anytime, eat them plain, with a dip or with a curry! These are really easy to make and to guide you through the process i have a simple video . During these difficult Corona days, i have been cooking at odd times and sometimes on the spur of the moment and so the videos are not complete, but you can get an idea. So lets start!
500 grams of white flour
150 grams of spring onions, chopped fine
1 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of white pepper
6 tablespoons of oil ( i used sunflower oil, you can use olive oil but the change will taste)
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
Water as needed and extra oil for cooking the pancakes
Mix the flour with the salt , pepper and then add the chopped spring onions, and the rest of the ingredients and then gradually add water to make a stiff dough. Knead the dough for at least 6 minutes to make it really smooth . Keep it aside for half an hour. Make balls and roll into rounds ( or try !) as thin as possible. Heat a frying pan, crepe pan or an iron skillet and cook the pancakes like i have shown on the video.
Green Onion Pancakes
Some people feel baking a cake is very daunting, lots of ingredients, lots of careful measuring etc. Here I will share a decadent chocolate cake recipe which is very easy to make. Its a one dish chocolate cake, with simple ingredients and no compications.
1 cup all purpose white flour (maida)
1/2 cup of cocoa powderr
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup of butter milk (to make butter milk at home, just add 1 teaspoon of vinegar to half cup of milk and leave it to rest for 20 minutes)
1/4 cup of oil
1/4 cup of boiling water or hot coffee
Heat the oven to 175 degrees. Mix the flour, sugar. cocoa, salt, baking powder together. Mix in the eggs and stir. Mix in the butter milk and the oil and stir. Lastly mix in the boiling hot water or coffee and mix well. Pour into a greased cake tin and bake till a tooth pick comes out clean when inserted. Around 30–40mins.
FOR THE GANACHE:
1/2 cup of heavy cream
300 grams of milk chocolate chopped
Strawberries for decoration
2-3 Tablespoons of dark rum for flavor (optional)
Heat the cream and add the chopped chocolate and stir till well melted. Leave to cool, Add the rum if you want to It will thicken. When the cake is cool. slice it in the middle and spread some of this chocolate ganache on it. Cover the cake and spread the ganache on it, Decorate with chopped strawberries
This has to be one of the most wanted récipes by the vegetarians or those who have an allergy to eggs. In Spain this is the most popular dish all over. The pity is the vegetarians cant taste it ! Well, here is the eggless versión of the famous tortilla de patata (or spanish omlette).
5 médium sized potatoes,
2 large onions, sliced
4-5 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt to taste
1 cup or more of water
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 tablespoon of rice vinegar
1 cup of gram flour (use the gram flour which is available in the indian supermarkets)
Par boil the potatoes till 75% done. Cool and slice into rounds. Heat the olive oil in a non stick pan and saute potatoes together with the onions adding salt till soft and mushy. Cool the mixture. Mix the wáter,vinegar and gram flour together to make a thick batter. Add the baking poder and then put all the potato-onion mixture into this. Mix very well. The mixture should not be thin and runny. Heat some oil in the same non stick pan and when hot, add this mixture and shake the pan a bit. Cover the pan, and cook on low flame till one side is browned,. carefully flip over and cook on the other side as well on slow flame.
Serve immediately while still hot. This is NEXT to the best thing!
This is a real favourite with my family and an easy one pot dish. Its quick and nourishing at the same time.
350 grams of chicken breast, cut into bite size pieces
4 tablespoons of butter (you can also use oil, but butter gives it a fantastic taste)
2 tablespoons of plain flour White or whole
1 cup of skimmed milk
4 cups of cooked pasta of your choice
2 cups of mixed vegetables such as mushrooms, celery, leeks, carrots etc) I didnot use carrots
Salt and pepper to taste
1 vegetable stock cube, optional
Heat the butter in a pan and take care not to burn it. Add the chicken pieces taking care they do not overlap each other and Brown on both sides after sprinkling with salt and pepper. Keep aside and in the same pan add the vegetables and sautee till cooked and still crunchy. Keep aside. In the same pan add the flour and sautee for half a minute and then slowly add the mik in it taking care the mixture is not lumpy. You need to keep on stirring non stop, add the stock, cube and stir. Once the sauce has thickened add the chicken and vegetables to it. Bring to a boil. If too thick you can add some more milk. Serve with the pasta seperately or mix the pasta into the sauce.
NITU DIDI TIP:
For lactose intolerant please use soya milk or chicken stock.
Vegetarians can omit the chicken.
To spicen it up you can use siriracha sauce and chilli flakes.