How to Make Indian Vegetable Fritters

Indian food is among the best food in the world, but so often people either don't know how to make it or do it incorrectly. Indian Vegetable Fritters are a staple in Indian culture, and are a popular street food snack throughout the country. The wonderful thing about these fritters are that they are quick and enjoyable snack for anyone who wants to enjoy. Cheap, easy and relatively nutritious, these fritters will surely be enjoyed by the whole family.

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Ingredients

  • Canola Oil
  • 1 ½ cups chickpea flour (besan)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
  • ½ Small red onion, minced

Cooking Instructions

In a medium saucepan, heat a couple inches of canola oil until a thermometer reads roughly 300 degrees. Next, stir the chickpea flour, cumin seeds, salt and 1 cup of water in a bowl until it's formed the consistency of a smooth batter. Stir the chopped potatoes and minced onions into the batter. Separate your fritters by the spoonful, making each one roughly 2 tablespoons, and in batches, fry each fritter. You'll turn each fritter as needed until they are golden and crisp, about 8-10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon so that not hot oil falls though, transfer your fritters to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Season as you wish with excess cumin and salt. If you'd like, pair your fritters with a tamarind chutney or coconut chutney for dipping.

The next time you'd like a snack that's tasty, filling,versatile and a little different, head to your local Whole Foods or other ethnic grocery store and purchase ingredients to make Indian Vegetable Fritters. You might have just found a snack that you come back to time and time again!

 

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Arugula, Bacon & Gruyere Bread Pudding Recipe

Other than being everyone's favorite, arugula, bacon & gruyere bread pudding is highly nutritional and not mentioning, the easiest meal to make and digest. To enable you prepare the most scrumptious pudding that everyone will love, here's a recipe that you should adopt:

Arugula, bacon & gruyere bread pudding recipe - the ingredients:

In making the pudding, the first requirement is to have all the necessary ingredients in place. When preparing pudding for six, you will need:

Six slices of cooked and rough chop bacon, four tablespoons of olive oil, three large eggs, three sprigs of chopped fresh thyme - whose leaves have been removed, two cups of cubed French baguettes (each should be one inch in size), two tablespoons of finely chopped shallots, two cups of cream, one ounce package of dressing and seasoning mix, one cup of either fresh or frozen corn, half a cup of shredded cheddar cheese, half a teaspoon of hot sauce, salt and lemon zest, a third a cup of panko breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese and, a quarter teaspoon of pepper.

Arugula, Bacon & Gruyere Bread Pudding Recipe

Preparation - Step One:

Start by first pre-heating the oven to 350 degrees. Then, over medium high heat, heat the skillet and add two tablespoons of oil. Next, add the bread cubes and stir so that they coat evenly before sprinkling them with the seasoning. Let them cook until the bread cubes start turning light brown. All the while, you should keep on stirring them. When done, remove from the heat and transfer them into a small bowl and setting them aside.

Using the very same skillet, heat the remaining oil (over medium high heat) and add the shallots. Let them cook until they are crisp tender or for three to four minutes. Then, add the bacon and the corn. Let them cook for another three minutes. When done, remove from the heat and transfer to a small bowl.

Step Two:

Whisk the eggs, the cream and the seasoning in a large bowl. Stir in the cheese, salt, pepper and the hot sauce. Fold in the bread crumbs and the corn mixture and let them stand for three minutes before transferring into a greased baking dish.

Once again, combine the remaining ingredients - the toppings; Parmesan cheese, dressing and seasoning, panko breadcrumbs, thyme and lemon zest and, set the mixture aside.

Step Three:

During the third step, which is also the last step, all you have to do is put the greased baking dish into the oven while still uncovered and let the pudding bake for 20 minutes. Then, remove from the oven and sprinkle the toppings from step two. Bake for yet another 25 minutes or, till golden and puffed. To test if the pudding is ready, insert a knife at the center and if it comes out clean, then, your pudding is ready for serving.

 

The arugula, bacon & gruyere bread pudding is best served warm.

 

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How to Deep Fry

How to Deep Fry

Many people want to learn how to deep fry. Who doesn’t? Just about anything deep fried is amazing: chicken, French fries, fish, calamari, even Oreos and cheesecake! Deep fried food has been a favorite for centuries, dating back to the Egyptians and later by the Greeks. By the thirteenth century, recipes show that fried fish was a common meal in Spain and Portugal and funnel cakes were already common in northern Europe. From then, we have begun deep frying more and more food—and that’s a great thing! Here are some tips to learning to deep fry foods:

Get the Proper Tools.

You can deep fry using a variety of tools. From a deep fryer, a wok, or a fry basket. The easiest is by far using a deep fryer so I would recommend this for anyone deep frying for the first time.

Temperature is Key.

The right temperature can make or break the food you are cooking. If your heat is too high, you will have to leave the food in longer to cook and it can become extremely greasy and even burned. Heat too low will cause your food to lack that crisp and crunch everyone loves. While the temperature of the oil depends on the food, specifically the thickness of the food, you can plan for the temperature being somewhere between 350 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Clean Your Fryer.

Whether you are using a deep fryer, wok, or fry basket, it is important that you are cleaning this tool regularly. I have heard many people tell me “It adds more flavor” by not cleaning it, and, while that may or may not be true, it also adds contaminants to your food. This may end up adding a flavor that you like, however it is not healthy and could lead to health problems later. Use dish detergent and/or baking soda to clean your tools, regularly, to prevent contamination and keep your food tasting yummy.

Don’t Add too Much Oil.

Regardless of whether you are using a deep fryer, wok, or fry basket, you need to make sure that you are not using too much oil. I recommend only filling the pan half-way. The oil can and will splatter and you do not want to be burned by the excess oil. Also, you will need to dispose of the oil later and having less will make your life a lot easier.

Pat Food Dry.

Before placing the chicken, poultry, or whatever food item into the deep fryer, wok, or fry basket, you want to make sure that the food is dry. To do this, use a paper towel to remove any excess water or fluid that may be on your soon-to-be-fryed food. If the food is wet, it will add water to the oil and if you are going to be cooking more than a few things, this could affect how they cook.

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Simple Fava Bean Recipe

Fava beans have a rich, buttery taste, and chefs love to incorporate them into their first spring dishes. Fava beans are a staple of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking. Young favas can be cooked and used unpeeled, but as they mature, their tough outer skins need to be removed.  But it’s well worth the effort because their rich flavor is delicious in everything from salads to stews. They might take some time to shell and peel, but putting the tender green beans into any dish makes it sodelicious! Since they are so fresh, and have a naturally good taste, it is best to create dishes with them that use simple ingredients and highlight the taste of the beans themselves. Here is a simple recipe that does just that and also comes together in under half an hour.

Fava Beans with Olive Oil and Lemon

Ingredients

4 lb. fresh fava beans

Salt and freshly ground pepper

3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest

3/4 cup shaved aged hard cheese, such as Pecorino

 

Method

  • First, shell the fava beans from the fava pods. If you're new to fava beans, an easy method is to open the pods as you run the edge of a knife along the seam, cutting away the tough edge so that the pod halves come apart. Discard the pods.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the beans and cook until tender, 2 to 3 minutes (the amount of time required will depend on the freshness of the beans).
  • Using a slotted spoon, drain the beans and then immediately plunge them into a bowl of ice water. This “shocks” the beans and stops the cooking process. This step ensures that the beans do not get overcooked and mushy.
  • When cool enough to handle, slip off the outer skins of the beans and discard. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • In another small bowl, combine the extra-virgin olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley, and lemon zest. Whisk until blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle the mixture on top of the beans and toss. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and toss gently again. Serve right away.

This is an easy recipe that takes hardly any time to put together. Not only is it packed with nutrients, it looks very appetizing with a bright green color. It can be served as an appetizer, a healthy snack, or as a side dish with a main entrée. The initial prep time aside, these make for a quick dish anytime. The light vinaigrette and a bit of shaved cheese is all it takes to create this tasty dish. You can eat these on their own, or you can even add pasta to turn it into a nice pasta salad. Add a protein like grilled chicken or pork, and you have a complete meal.

Try this simple fava bean recipe and let the buttery taste of these beans shine through. Just dress these beans with a light vinaigrette and shaved cheese to create a simple yet delicious dish.

 

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5 Great Vegetarian Meals to Cut Down on Meat

5 Great Vegetarian Meals to Cut Down on Meat

 

Vegetarian meals can be both flavorful and fulling. The trick is to include hearty vegetables and legumes then layer flavor profiles. With these five vegetarian meal ideas, you won’t even miss the meat.

 

BEAN CHILI

An easy route for introducing meatless meals is chili. Make your favorite chili and switch out the meat for kidney beans. The beans are hearty and filling enough to satisfy even the most diehard meat-eater.

 

SWEET POTATO LASAGNA

For a great vegetarian meal that’s also gluten free, take your favorite lasagna recipe and replace the noodles with thinly sliced sweet potatoes. You’ll need a mandolin to achieve the perfect slices and remember that slicing through every bit of potato isn’t worth shaving a finger so stop when you have about 1/4 inch of potato remaining.

For the sauce, replace any meat with spinach or kale. Then layer ricotta cheese mixed with a bit of mozzarella for extra creaminess, and top the whole thing with a final layer of mozzarella.

 

SOUP AND SANDWICH

Vegetarian versions of the comforting combination of warm soup with a savory sandwich are delicious. For soups try tomato, broccoli and cheese, butternut squash, or simmer some kale, navy beans and garlic in vegetable broth.

A grilled cheese sandwich is an easy accompaniment to the soup of your choosing, but step up the classic sandwich. Try mozzarella, fresh tomato, basil and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar glaze for a Caprese style sandwich. Slice up a Bosc pear or apple, top with Brie, or gorgonzola cheese for savory-sweet combinations. If you’re a fan of French onion soup, sauté some onions until they’re nice and caramelized then sandwich between swiss cheese and some hearty bread. The combinations for vegetarian soup and sandwiches are endless.

 

CAULIFLOWER TACOS

Replace the meat in your tacos with cauliflower. Just cut up the vegetable into bite sized florets, coat with oil and taco seasoning, either store bought or a mix of your own: cumin, cayenne pepper, chili pepper, crushed coriander seed, onion and garlic powers, salt and pepper. Get the florets nice and coated then sauté until tender. Top as desired.

 

SUBSTITUTE CHICKEN WITH TOFU

Tofu is a blank canvas, and an excellent swap for chicken in many dishes. Purchase an extra firm block (found in the refrigerated section near the produce). You’ll need to get all the water out; to do this place the block of tofu in between paper towels or a clean kitchen towel, then place a bowl or plate on top with a weight such as a can of beans. Let it sit for about an hour, replacing the towels once or twice. To speed the process along, you can slice the block length wise.

When the excess liquid is out of the tofu, you can infuse it with your favorite marinate then bake in at 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes, flipping halfway. Try an Asian marinade then add the tofu over stir fried vegetables and serve over rice.

 

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