Craving something crispy , spicy , tangy & easy to make : Microwave Tamarind Chilli Fritters ( Mirchi Pakoda filled with Imli )

Its raining outside and I’m craving something crispy , spicy , tangy & easy to make. And there’s nothing better than pakodas to go with the rains. So here’s a super simple recipe.

  • 8 Jalapeno peppers ( de-seeded ) or large chillies ( don’t slit all the way – they should make a pocket)
  • 1/4 cup Tamarind paste ( easily available in all Indian stores)
  • 1 cup gram flour (besan)
  • 2 Tsp Chaat Masala (easily available in all Indian stores)
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds ( jeera)
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • Salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 20 ml oil
  1.  Mix gram flour, salt, asafoetida , cumin seeds & carom seeds in a bowl. Add water & mix well to make a paste.
  2. In another bowl mix tamarind paste & chaat masala. Mix well.
  3. Stuff the jalapeno peppers with tamarind paste in step 2.
  4. Dip the stuffed peppers in the gram flour paste , ensuring they are thoroughly coated
  5. Place them on a greased microwave tray and spray some oil on all peppers. Grill them in microwave on high for 3 minutes.
  6. Turnover , spray with a little more oil and grill on high for another 2 minutes.

Your yummy hot treat is good to eat.

Simple Radish Soup in a Microwave

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 medium potato , cubed
  • 1 green chilli , chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water

Method

  • In a microwave safe bowl put oil , radishes , chillies, onion & potato. Stir well so that oil coats all the vegetable. Heat on high for 2 minutes. Add water & heat for further 5 minutes
  • Add milk , salt & black pepper . Heat on medium high for 3 minutes .
  • Bring it out & let it cool. Purée the mixture in blender until smooth.
  • Serve with roasted bread.

Easy Microwave Cottage Cheese Balls in Gravy ( paneer kofta )

For Cottage Cheese Balls

  • Paneer / Cottage Cheese – 250 gms.
  • Maida / Plain flour – 2 tbsp
  • Salt (as per the taste)
  • Coriander Powder – 1/2 tsp.
  • Green Chilli – 1 (finely chopped)
  • Green Coriander – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
  • Milk – 2 tbsp

For the Gravy

  • Tomato purée – 2 tbsp
  • Green Chilli – 2 finely chopped
  • Onion – 2 tbsp finely chopped
  • Ginger – garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Coconut milk – 1/4 cup
  • salt to taste
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup

Recipe

For the Balls ( Koftas )

  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to make a soft dough. Divide the dough to make 12  small balls.
  • Place them on a microwave-proof plate and microwave on high for 1 minute. Keep aside.

For the Gravy

  • Combine all ingredients except coconut milk  in a microwave safe bowl & heat on high in a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and balls in the gravy and heat on high for 1 minute.

Your easy cottage cheese balls gravy is ready to eat – try it with rice or boiled noodles or with bread 🙂

Microwave Mushroom Risotto – Awesome Dinner for One

2 tbsps. butter

3-4 cloves finely chopped garlic (you may reduce / add garlic based on your preference)

½ chopped onion

¼ cup uncooked Arborio rice/ sticky rice

1/2 cup water or vegetable stock

20 ml white wine

2 tbsps. grated cheese

¼ cup chopped mushrooms

Salt & pepper to taste

Method

In a microwave safe glass dish combine butter, garlic and onion. Place dish in microwave and cook on high for 3 minutes.

Add mushrooms, and season with salt and pepper. Microwave until mushrooms have become tender, about 5 minutes.

Put rice & water / broth into a different microwave safe bowl, cover tightly & heat on high for 10-12 minutes.

Stir in the wine & cook on high for about 2 minutes , add mushrooms mixture and heat for 2 more minutes.

Stir in the cheese and enjoy your yummy risotto

Have a cheesy, spicy day: Valentines Jacket Potato

1 large potato

5 tbsps. cup grated cheddar/ processed cheese / vegan cheese

2 tbsp. chopped Jalapeno pepper (if you don’t like spicy replace with green pepper/ Shimla mirch)

1 tbsp. tomato puree

1 tbsp. chopped green onion / leeks

½ tbsp. chilli flakes

Method

Wash jacket potato and pierce with fork all over.

Place in microwave on high for about 8 minutes until done (test with knife / fork)

Cut the potato in half, scoop out the fluffy middle.  Mix the scooped out potato with chopped jalapeno, leeks, chilli flakes, tomato puree & 3 tbsps. of cheese.

Stuff the potato halves with above mix & top with remaining cheese (1 tbsp. each)

Put the filled ‘jackets’ on a microwave-safe plate and heat for one minute, or until the cheese has melted.

Enjoy “Love” on a platter.

Better than love : Choco-orange Mug Cake

All-purpose flour – 2 tbsp

Orange Marmalade – 1/2 tbsp

Nutella -1/2 tbsp

Sugar -1/2 tbsp

Cooking oil – 1 tbsp

Milk – 2.5 tbsp

Cocoa powder (unsweetened)- 2tbsp

Baking powder – 1/4 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Vanilla essence- few drops

Method

Take a large microwave safe bowl & add all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, chocolate, salt, baking powder) into it, mix well.

Add oil, milk, marmalade, Nutella & vanilla essence, mix well & remove all lumps.

Place in microwave and heat on high for 90 seconds, test with tooth prick.

You cake is ready to eat

PS: watch the cake continuously (burnt cake doesn’t taste good, and microwave power differs)

Easy Microwave Pineapple Curry – tangy & spicy

  • 2 cups pineapple cut into cubes
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp red chilli powder
  • ½ tsp. roasted cumin powder
  • A pinch of asafoetida
  • salt to taste
  •  1 tbl
  • coconut milk 1 cup.

Method

In a microwave safe bowl put oil and mustard seeds cover and heat on high for 30 seconds.

Add turmeric, red chili powder, cumin powder and asafoetida to the bowl heat for 30 seconds

Add pineapple pieces and salt to the bowl & stir well.

Pour coconut milk in the bowl and heat on high for 2-3 minutes.

Eat this with plain rice.