Mawa Roti (Khavyachi Poli)

Khavyachi poli is a traditional Marathi recipe and is prepared on special occasions and relished by one and all. It is rich in taste and the grainy texture of mawa or khava makes it one of my favorites. I had it in one of the weddings back in India and asked my mom to make it at home. We had some leftover mawa at home so tried this recipe and it turned out better than what I had in the wedding! Try this recipe on a festive day or a party when you are in a mood for something sweet and rich in flavor.

 

Ingredients

  • Will make around 4-5 rotis
  • Khava or Mawa --1 cup
  • Sugar- 1/2 cup
  • Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
  • Water and salt.

 

Step 1

Knead  the whole wheat flour with water to make a firm dough. The dough should not be sticky, add a little oil and keep aside for about an hour

Step 2

Take a pan and add the Mawa or Khova to it mix in the sugar and roast it until the sugar is well blended and the Mawa become firm and not sticky for about 10 minutes. Cool it completely before use.

Step 3 

To make the roti roll the dough like a poori or the shape of a golf ball and place the mama in the center , gathering the sides to the center over the stuffing so as to cover it . Now place the stuffed side down and sprinkle some flour on it , roll this stuffed ball gently into a round roti. Place it on a tawa/griddle and cook on a medium flame. Flip it when one side is done and cook it until it is crisp just like you would cook a paratha. Serve with a scoop of ghee on top or just plain.

 

 

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Pumpkin puri

A visit to a friend's vegetable garden resulted in me thinking about what to do with all the fresh produce I greedily picked from her garden. Amongst  the numerous veggies , was a little pumpkin and  I had no idea what to do with it ! A phone call to mom, and I was all set to make yummy puris with the pumpkin which kids  absolutely love . So here is the recipe for the same. This puri's taste mildly sweet and come out very crisp and tasty.

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Ingredients

  • Pumpkin--1/2 slice
  • Whole Wheat flour -- 2 cups
  • Besan(gram flour)--2 tbsp
  • Ajwain seeds--1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for frying

Recipe

Peel  the skin and cut the pumpkin into  tiny pieces.Remove any seeds if present.

Take little oil in a pan and fry the pumpkin for a minute, add salt  and cover it till it gets fully cooked and soft.  This may take 5-6 minutes. Let it cool and add the pulp in the wheat flour, add besan, turmeric,salt, ajwain seeds and knead it without adding any water. Add oil if it gets too sticky and let the dough rest for an hour. Roll out puri's and deep fry them in oil. Serve with ketchup or yogurt(dahi). 

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Italian bread

Bread is perhaps the most common food consumed all over the world. It is made with a whole lot of different ingredients ranging from Whole wheat , Bran, Oat to our very own plain white flour bread. Growing up in India, bread was  thinly cut wrapped in butter paper in bakery store which never interested me, as it tasted just bland. One  more type of bread we got, included tutty-fruity and we ended up plucking the colorful dry fruits from the bread and eating them instead of the whole thing!

This Italian bread recipe is my favorite as it tastes amazing when it comes out hot from the oven. The fresh rosemary leaves and garlic add an aromatic flavor to this simple yet great tasting recipe. An Italian restaurant serves this bread to welcome diners and I go to the restaurant just for the bread ! I always wanted to make it at home  but did not know how to, until I foundthe recipe in  a book . I tried it with some variations and it came out good and very close to the original !

Italian Bread

Ingredients

  • All purpose flour--2 cups
  • Active dry yeast--1 Tablespoon
  • Sugar--1 Tablespoon
  • Salt-- 1 1/2 teaspoon
  • Rosemary leaves-- 1 Tablespoon (fresh or dried)
  • Garlic--2 Sliced thinly
  • Butter-- 2 Tablespoon

Recipe

Take a cup of warm water and add the yeast and sugar to it. Mix it without lumps and wait for 7-8 min until it forms bubbles. In another bowl take the flour and add salt and warm butter to it , sprinkle the rosemary leaves , garlic and knead well for about 10 minutes. If you are using food processor knead it for 5-6 minutes. Grease your hands with flour and sprinkle more flour if needed . Put this in a greased bowl and cover it with a cloth about 1 hr until doubled. Punch down the dough and knead it well for another 5 minutes and divide it into two equal parts and keep aside for 30 minutes. Sprinkle some more rosemary leaves on top of the bread as we get it ready for baking.

Preheat the to 375 degrees and bake the dough on greased aluminium foil of baking tray until the bread is golden brown and aromatic. Brush it with some butter and serve with olive oil.

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Phodnichi Poli

A lot of effort goes into making a Chapati. My mom always used to get angry when chapati's are leftover or wasted. She was shocked to see the food wastage which goes on here in US. I explained it by saying that everything is available in huge quantities here and there are so few people in a household to utilize it. But in Indian cuisine there is a solution to this problem..and that is making new recipes out of them! 

This recipe is so loved in my house that it is preferred over fresh chapati sometimes! You can make it with fresh chapati or leftover chapati's and it will ease great!

Ingredients

Poli

  • Chapati--4
  • Onions-2 medim sized
  • Green chillies--3-4 chopped
  • Peanuts 
  • Turmeric powder

Recipe

Take 4 chapati's  and make pieces and blend them in a mixer. Now take oil in a pan and add chopped onions,peanuts,chopped chillies and sauté for some time before adding the chapati mixture to it. Add salt and a pinch of sugar.You can add some chat masala or amchur powder to it and roast the mixture till it is lightly brown in color. Serve hot.

Phodnichi Poli

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