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Foods of India

Recipes by Binu Goel

The following recipes have been around for years and prepared in Indian households for years. I have made a few variations to suit my son and some more variations to suit a kitchen that doesn't have the kind of pots Indian kitchens have to prepare the following. The ingredients are readily available in Indian grocery stores or on the Internet.

Snacks/Breakfasts

Dhokla

1 cup gram flour
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp citric acid
1 tsp soda bicarbonate
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients and beat them.
Get 2 microwaveable pans in 2 sizes which fit in one another.
Pour batter in smaller one, about 1 to 2 inch thick.
In bigger one put 1 cup water (depends on size) and put the smaller pan in it.
Microwave the two pans for 5 to 6 minutes or till done like cake (needle comes out clean).
Boil 1/2 cup water, 1 spoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon citric acid, pour it over the pan to make it more moist.
Cool and cut into squares.

Idli/Uttapam (Rice Lentil Pancakes)

1 1/2 cups rice (washed and soaked overnight)
1/2 cup split black gram (washed and soaked overnight)
Salt to taste
2 spoon oil
1 carrot grated
1/2 cup peas
1 tomato
Having soaked both rice and split black gram separately, wash well with plenty of water.
Grind split black gram to a very fine paste.
Grind rice till fine grains are left (like very fine semolina).
Mix both rice and split black gram together after grinding.
Add salt and beat well.
Add a little water if necessary.
The batter should be fairly thick.
Cover and keep aside for 7-8 hours, undisturbed.
Add oil, veggies, salt, black pepper to the batter.
Get 2 microwaveable pans in 2 sizes which fit in one another.
Pour batter in smaller one, about 1 to 2 inch thick.
In bigger one put 1 cup water (depends on size) and put the smaller pan in it.
Microwave the two pans for 5 to 6 minutes or till done like cake (needle comes out clean)
Cool and cut into squares.
Note: The same batter can be used for making pancakes, which are called Uttapam.

Desserts

Besan Burfi (Chick Pea Flour Cookies)

1 cup gram flour
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
Heat oil in a pan.
Turn down heat and add chick pea flour.
Fry, stirring constantly to prevent burning until it has changed to a brown color and smells done. (Test: a few drops of water sprinkled on it sputters instantly).
Turn off the heat and stir in the sugar.
Spread 1/2" thick onto a platter.
Cut into diamond shapes after it has cooled down.
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