Sunday, August 16, 2009

Bachelor Recipe

Bachelor Recipe - Upma


1-cup semolina (not too fine)
3-4 cashews broken
1 tsp. udad (black) dal
1/2 tsp. each cumin and mustard seeds
One stalk curry leaves
1 tsp. coriander chopped
Three green chilies chopped
One onion chopped coarsely
2 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. ghee
1 tsp. lemon juice
Salt to taste
2-3 cups boiling water
Few tomato slices


Heat oil in a heavy pan.
Add the cashew, seeds, dal and fry on low till light golden.
Add the green chilies, curry leaves and onions. Stir and sauté till the onions are pink.
Add the semolina and stir continuously till the semolina gives out a nice aroma.
Takes about 7-8 minutes to roast the semolina on low.
Add the salt and stir. Carefully pour in 2 cups boiling water and stir well.
Use a long handled ladle for stirring to keep away from the spluttering.
If it feels too dry, add more water and stir. Keep on low and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Add ghee, lemon juice and coriander and mix well.
Mould into a greased cup and unmould onto serving plate.
Decorate with tomato slices.
Serve hot with steaming coffee or tea.
Can accompany with green chutney or sauce.
Making time: 20 minutes
Makes for: 2 cups

Variation: Add some grated carrot or peas along with the onions if you are a veggie buff.

Bachelor Recipe - Masala Parathas

Bachelor recipes
Masala Parathas


1-cup wheat flour
1/2 cup any other available flour (rice, bajra, maize, etc.)
One onion
One carrot
3-4 cabbage leaves
One capsicum
One potato
Four green chilies
1/2 tsp. ginger grated
5 tbsp. oil
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
Salt to taste


Finely chop all the vegetables either in a chopper or by hand in a large plate.
You may even grate them if a chopper is not available.
Add the flours, 2 tbsp. oil, salt and knead to a very stiff dough.
Do not keep the dough for long after kneading, or it will become gooey and soft.
This would make it difficult to roll the parathas.
Divide into 3 parts. Roll into 5" rounds.
Shallow fry on a hot griddle (tawa) on both until golden brown using the remaining oil.
Eat hot or carry away for later, with sauce, tamarind or onion chutney.
Making time: 20 minutes
Makes: 3 parathas

Bachelor Recipe - Veg Hotpot

Bachelor recipe
Veg hotpot


One cup boiled macaroni or noodles
One 1large onion grated
Two tomatoes grated
2 potatoes boiled and sliced thin or grated
1 capsicum deseeded and cut into thin rounds
One spring onion finely chopped
1/2 tsp. ginger grated
1 tsp. garlic grated
1 tsp. red chili crush or powder
1 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. corn flour
Salt to taste
One tbsp. grated cheese
1 tbsp. coriander chopped
2 tbsp. butter


Heat butter.
Add ginger, garlic, and onion. Stir-fry for a minute.
Add vegetables except tomato and potatoes. Fry two more minutes.
Mix corn flour in 1-cup water to a smooth paste.
Add chili, salt, sugar, and tomato.
Mix well and pour into the vegetables, stirring as you pour.
Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the milkiness of corn flour goes.
Boil until thick but of pouring consistency.
Mix the cheese in the potato (if grated).
Grease a casserole or ovenproof dish, and place the macaroni or noodles at bottom.
Pour the veg sauce on top.
Cover with slices of potato or sprinkle if grated.
Sprinkle the coriander all over.
Bake in a hot oven (300C) for 15 minutes or until potato, cheese become golden brown.
To be eaten hot with warm buns or garlic dinner rolls.
Making time: 45 minutes
Makes for: 2

Note: You can boil the macaroni or noodles hours ahead, drain well and store in the fridge until required.

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