Refried Beans in Roti

Refried Beans in Roti

Prep: 8 hours

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Bengali

Whenever you have leftover rotis, make this dish and serve your loved ones – they will ask for more

Ingredients

  • Red kidney beans (rajma), soaked overnight and cooked 1 cup
  • Large leftover rotis 4
  • Oil 1 tbsp + 2 tsps
  • Medium onion, finely chopped 1
  • Large garlic cloves 3
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Corn kernels, boiled 1 cup
  • Large tomato, finely chopped 1
  • Green capsicum, finely chopped ¼ cup
  • Cheddar cheese as required
  • Salsa as required
  • Sour cream as required

Methods

  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a non-stick pan and add onion. Finely chop garlic and add to the pan. Add salt and red chilli powder and saute till the mixture turns a light brown.
  • Add corn, tomato and green capsicum and mix well. Add kidney beans and mix well. Add 1¼ cups water and mix and let the mixture cook, mashing the ingredients all the while, till all the ingredients blend well and all the moisture dries up.
  • Heat 2 tsps oil in another non-stick pan.
  • Keep 2 rotis on the worktop and place a generous amount of kidney bean mixture on one half of it. Grate cheddar cheese over it and fold the other side over.
  • Press gently and keep the rotis in the pan, cover and cook on medium heat, till the cheese begins to melt taking care that the rotis do not burn. Gently flip them over and continue to cook till the other side is similarly done. Prepare the remaining 2 rotis similarly.
  • Fill a piping bag fitted with star nozzle with sour cream.
  • Halve each roti, keep them on a serving platter and serve hot with a bowl of salsa and rosettes of sour cream.
Almost Egg Benedict

Almost Egg Benedict

Prep: 15 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Snack

Type: Bengali

Key Ingredients:

  • Bread slices
  • Eggs
  • Parsley
  • Unsalted butter

Unlike the traditional egg benedict there is no bacon in this but it is really tasty all the same

Ingredients

  • Brown bread 4 slices
  • Eggs 4
  • Fresh parsley 4 sprigs
  • Hollandaise sauce
  • Egg yolks 4
  • Unsalted butter ½ cup
  • Red chilli powder 1 pinch
  • Salt to taste

Methods

  • Heat some water in a deep non-stick pan. Keep a bowl over it. When water in the pan begins to boil, put the egg yolks in the bowl and keep stirring with a spatula.
  • Add 1 tbsp butter at a time, and keep stirring till it the mixture is well blended.
  • Add salt and red chilli powder and mix well.
  • Keep a round cookie cutter on each bread slices and cut out roundels. Toast these roundels in a toaster. Arrange the toasts on a serving platter.
  • Heat some water in a tempering pan, when the water comes to a boil, break an egg and carefully lower it into the boiling water. Carefully lift the white portion of the egg with a fork and put it over the yolk till it is completely covered. Cook over medium heat till the egg is done.
  • Drain the water carefully, and gently slide the egg over a toast.
  • Cook the remaining eggs in the same way and put them over the remaining toast.
  • Drizzle some hollandaise sauce over each poached egg, garnish with a parsley sprig and serve immediately.
Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 25 minutes

Method: Moderate

Course: Snack

Type: Bengali

Key Ingredients:

  • Ripe bananas
  • Sour cream
  • Refined flour
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Castor sugar
  • Milk

Soft pancakes topped with bananas make a wonderful comfort food

Ingredients

  • Ripe bananas as required
  • Sour cream 1 cup
  • Refined flour (maida) 210 gms
  • Baking powder 1 tsp
  • Salt 1 tsp
  • Eggs, broken 2
  • Butter 100 gms
  • Castor sugar 3 tbsps
  • Vanilla essence 1 tsp
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Lemon zest, grated 1 tsp
  • Milk 190 mls
  • Butter for cooking
  • Maple syrup for drizzling
  • Raisins for sprinkling

Methods

  • Take refined flour in a sieve, add baking powder and salt and sift into a mixing bowl.
  • Take the eggs in another mixing bowl and beat them well with an electric hand blender.
  • Add sour cream, butter and castor sugar and continue to beat with the hand blender. Add vanilla essence, lemon juice and lemon zest and continue to beat with the hand blender.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix well. Add milk and mix well. Beat with the hand blender till the batter is smooth.
  • Heat a little butter in a non-stick pan, spread a ladle of batter and cook on medium heat.
  • Peel and finely dice the bananas. Once the underside is golden, spread some pieces on the pancake and flip it and cook the other side similarly.
  • Make more pancakes in the same way.
  • Keep them on serving plates, drizzle maple syrup over them, sprinkle some raisins and serve.
Fruit Porridge

Fruit Porridge

Prep: 10 minutes

Cook: 10 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Bengali

Key Ingredients:

  • Apple
  • Ripe bananas
  • Oats
  • Yogurt
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Strawberries

Porridge made tastier and healthier with fruits and seeds

Ingredients

  • Medium apple, cored, peeled and cubed 1
  • Ripe bananas, peeled and cubed 2
  • Strawberries 4 for garnishing
  • Oats 1 cup
  • Yogurt ¼ cup
  • Milk 1½ cups
  • Lemon zest, grated 1 tsp
  • Honey 8 tbsps
  • Sunflower seeds, toasted 4 tbsps

Methods

  • Put the apple cubes into the blender jar. Add half the bananas, lemon zest and a little water and blend into a smooth puree.
  • Pour this mixture into a non-stick pan, add yogurt, milk and 1 cup water and mix well. Bring the mixture to a boil and add the oats and mix well. Cook, stirring continuously, till the mixture thickens.
  • Add the remaining bananas and honey and mix everything together.
  • Transfer the porridge into a serving bowl, garnish with sunflower seeds and decorate with strawberries. Serve warm.
Goan Coconut Pancakes

Goan Coconut Pancakes

Prep: 20 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Snack

Type: Bengali

Key Ingredients:

  • Fresh coconut
  • Refined flour
  • Egg
  • Butter
  • Milk
  • Castor sugar
  • Cashewnuts

Pancakes stuffed with fresh coconut mixture

Ingredients

  • Fresh coconut, scraped 200 gms
  • Refined flour (maida) 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Egg 1
  • Butter 2 tbsps
  • Milk 300 mls
  • Castor sugar 2 tbsps
  • Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder ¼ tsp
  • Cashewnuts, finely chopped ¼ cup
  • Oil to cook
  • Icing sugar 1 tbsp to garnish
  • Cocoa powder 1 tbsp to garnish
  • Honey 4 tbsps to garnish

Methods

  • Take refined flour in a mixing bowl, add salt and mix. Make a well in the center of the flour and add egg, butter and milk and whisk till the mixture becomes a smooth batter of pouring consistency.
  • To make the filling mix together coconut, castor sugar, nutmeg powder and cashewnuts in another mixing bowl.
  • Heat a little oil in a non-stick pan, pour 1 ladle of batter and spread it around by tilting the pan on all sides gently.
  • Cook for 2 minutes or till the underside of the crepe is cooked, flip the crepe and cook it on the other side as well. Transfer on a plate. Make more crepes in the same way.
  • Keep a crepe on the worktop, keep some filling in the center. Fold the crepe from both ends over the filling and secure the ends with a toothpick. Similarly fold all the crepes and keep them in a serving plate.
  • Dust some icing sugar and cocoa powder on top, drizzle honey and serve hot.