Street food – Bhel puri

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Bombay chowpathy is an Indian restaurant that has branches in three malls that I am familiar of and am not sure how many more branches they have. There food is incredible and delicious not to mention the idli quantity although its only 2 per pack which costs 7 dirhams yet the taste is good.
I always love having Indian food having lived in India for a couple I years I fancied Indian food.
Especially Indian street foods. There are a wide variety of street food in India and a few of my favorites are bajji, masala vada, dhal vada, bondha and pakora to name a few. Every morning with my tea I used to have those sweet fried flat item and I really liked it. There are many more Indian street foods I have not mentioned above and two of those are bhel puri and pani puri. I have never tried pani puri but I did try the bhel puri once, although I dint like it much then and I can’t remember the taste now, I decided to try it when I went to get some dinner at Bombay chowpathy.
It was my first try in 10 years. As I scooped a few spoons of the bhel puri thinking it would be spicy I was surprised there was a spicy, sweet and pickly flavor with some crunchiness.
Yes it was delicious.
The pickly caramelized onions, mango which was raw but had a sweet coating like a sweet pickle and a potato mixture, a few puris etc.
Yes I really enjoyed my bhel puri on my way home.
Street food is alway delicious and better consumed in smaller portions.

Street food – Bhel puri

20121122-071008.jpg

Bombay chowpathy is an Indian restaurant that has branches in three malls that I am familiar of and am not sure how many more branches they have. There food is incredible and delicious not to mention the idli quantity although its only 2 per pack which costs 7 dirhams yet the taste is good.
I always love having Indian food having lived in India for a couple I years I fancied Indian food.
Especially Indian street foods. There are a wide variety of street food in India and a few of my favorites are bajji, masala vada, dhal vada, bondha and pakora to name a few. Every morning with my tea I used to have those sweet fried flat item and I really liked it. There are many more Indian street foods I have not mentioned above and two of those are bhel puri and pani puri. I have never tried pani puri but I did try the bhel puri once, although I dint like it much then and I can’t remember the taste now, I decided to try it when I went to get some dinner at Bombay chowpathy.
It was my first try in 10 years. As I scooped a few spoons of the bhel puri thinking it would be spicy I was surprised there was a spicy, sweet and pickly flavor with some crunchiness.
Yes it was delicious.
The pickly caramelized onions, mango which was raw but had a sweet coating like a sweet pickle and a potato mixture, a few puris etc.
Yes I really enjoyed my bhel puri on my way home.
Street food is alway delicious and better consumed in smaller portions.

Special Photo Challenge: Inspiration

food inspires me to blog.
living in Dubai where I have a wide range of opportunities to discover and taste various different types of cuisines from around the world I really love blogging about food.

I really enjoy participating in contests like smoothie making and cooking. this picture was taken in one of my recent contests held on the 17 November 2012 to mark the oasis wellness week at the oasis center Dubai.

I am a good cook, recipe writer and food blogger.

Smoothie Contest by Aquarius at the Balance Cafe

I really enjoy participating in contests that gives me an opportunity to display my talents.

Whether I win or lose all that matters to me is that I participated in a contest. there are many who feel bad for loosing a contest but all I look into is what I learnt from my failure. life has taught many of us good things by our failures so did this smoothie contest teach me that kiwi smoothie is different but yet not a very good option.

oasis wellness festival at the oasis center in Dubai is being held from the 8th to 24th November.
There are many activities like the diabetic walk, free RBS check ups and blood pressure checks to create awareness amongst the public and encouraging fitness by many yoga sessions and healthy cooking shows for kids.

The smoothie making contest was one such healthy program.

I always make an avocado or papaw smoothie at home but never have tried a kiwi smoothie.

My husband always did add some fruits that was left at home for example he used to add a banana with another fruit that’s available and make a smoothie.

As a person who is obsessed of masterchef Australia and any other cookery shows I have always dreamt of participating in an invention test.

The smoothie contest was an invention test. as many of the participants selected strawberries dates and cocoa I decided to get some kiwi with banana.

I have never read there was a kiwi smoothie but I prepared it and tasted although the taste was palatable it was not very good for a person who has a sweet tooth like me.

What I learnt from the contest

  1. yogurt added to a smoothie enhances the flavor and especially with a fruit like kiwi.
  2. honey is healthier than sugar and equally sweet as sugar.

At the end of the contest I received a complimentary issue of Aquarius magazine November issue.

Kiwi Smoothie

Ingredients

3 ripe kiwis peeled

2 ripe bananas

1/8 cup milk

1/3 cup yogurt

1 dsp honey

Method

peel kiwi and banana.

add to the blender with honey, milk and yoghurt.

blend well until evenly combined.

add a few cubes of ice if you prefer with ice.

substitute kiwi with avocado or any other fruit of choice.

pour into a glass and serve.

Fried Bread

Have you got a loaf of bread that expires today or tomorrow?

Have you got loads of recipes but lazy to make yet don’t wanna waste food?

Then here is a simple, easy and delicious recipe.

Try it out you will love it.

It’s called fried bread. I read somewhere that fried rice was prepared using left over rice during the earlier days in china. although fried bread was also prepared using left over bread this recipe is different to fried rice yet tastes equally delicious.

I love this recipe and will end up eating half a loaf of bread forgetting the carbs.

Guys there is always a substitute for every ingredient except for salt. so for those of you who are very conscious of their carbs and calories intake adjust the quantity and type according to your preference eg; use flax seed bread instead of white bread.

If you have trouble finding mustard seeds or if its allergen to any one member in your family please do omit it.

health is wealth”

“waste not ,want not”

This recipe is ideal for breakfast or dinner.

Ingredients

a loaf of bread

2 onions (chopped)

a few green chillies chopped (I use around 8 I prefer very spicy)

a handful of curry leaves

1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds

salt and crushed pepper to taste

olive oil for stir frying

Cooking Instructions

heat a wok with sufficient amount of oil over a medium flame.

temper onions and curry leaves until the onions turn golden brown in color.

stir in green chillies and mustard seed. mustard’s will splatter so keep away while adding them.

turn of heat.

chop the bread into bite sized pieces about 1 inch it doesn’t have to be a good shape as they will break once you add so just tear it and stir into the onions and mix well until the bread is coated with oil and the onion mixture is evenly distributed.

sprinkle salt and crushed pepper.

turn on heat and cook for a few minutes over a medium flame stirring continuously.

serve the bread by itself if you’re not a fan of wet food.

for those who hate having dry food serve with a bowl of chicken/mutton/fish or soya curry.

 

(c) COPYRIGHTS MAFAZA HALEEM

Street Food Shawarma

Have I been away from blogging for a long week or less with no posts? Oh, my that’s kind of unbelievable for me. Yea blogging is almost my full time job. Everywhere I go or whatever I do I think of writing an interesting article from the information I gather. Yesterday was a very fine day, had a long drive from Jumeira village circle to deira. Here in Dubai the temperature is around 30-40 during the night, I am guessing based on the weather report I heard a few weeks ago. I never checked it since then will be checking after this, these days have been very busy. But believe me it’s so hot and you can never spend the night out in the streets walking for too long unless someone invents a cooler like a sweater. Walking along the streets close to al wasl or souk as they call it, everywhere you smell the exiting mouth watering aroma of grilled chicken, Which is grilled in a skewer placed along a grill vertically for almost a day or so, hot and spicy as you can call it to the Arabian level of spiciness, where as my level is way to adventurous, as we opt for a bit extra spiciness. Let’s get back to the grilled chicken, there is a grilled beef option as well. Both are delicious but chicken is my favorite when it comes to a shawarma. Shawarmas are a flat bread or Rotti filled with those grilled chicken or beef, a vegetable salad and some tomatoes with a couple of spoons of humus which goes really well with the Arabic flat bread/Rotti that is used for the shawarmas, always served with a slice of pickled green chillie, carrot, jalapeño or gherkin. I got some pictures but unfortunately I couldn’t get a picture of the shawarma as I had no patience to wait till I get home to eat it, the lovely smell of the shawarma said eat ‘ASAP’ so I ate it in the car. I really enjoy eating while driving. Oooops! I dint mean it that way, I wasn’t driving my hubby was!!!

 

 

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Seafood pizza

Ingredients

For the Dough
Wheat flour 3 cups
1 tsp baking powder
Half and half 1/2 cup
Olive oil 2 dsp
Egg 1/4 yolk and white
Salt 1 tsp
yeast 1 tsp
Sugar 2 tsp
Warm Water 1 and a half tbsp
Cold Water to knead as required

Topping
Any sort if sea food that you like I used squid and prawns 1/2 cup each
1/2 an onion
1/2 a tomato
1/4 a bell pepper
1/4 cup Olives
Tomato paste 1 cup
Tomato ketchup 1 tbsp
Chill paste 1 tsp
Chillie powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
Pepper 1 tsp
Parsley dried 1 tsp
Olive Oil 1 dsp
Mozzarella cheese 1 cup

cooking instructions

Dough
Mix the yeast,sugar and water and let it rise for about 15 minutes. Mix all the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients and knead to soft and smooth dough and leave it to rest for about 1 hour.

Topping
Cut and chop all the ingredients to about 1 cm piece. Boil the seafood and mix with salt pepper, dried parsley and olive oil. Mix the tomato paste,tomato ketchup, chillie powder, chillie flakes and salt in a separate bowl and leave aside.

Roll the dough to a 1/2 inch thick perfect 8 diameter circle and place it on a microwave tray, apply the tomato mixture above and sprinkle the onions,tomatoes,bell pepper,green chillies,olives and the seafood.Later sprinkle cheese and bake for about 20 minutes.
If your baking in a normal oven bake it for 25 mins.
If you’re using a microwave + grill oven then bake it on the tray for 15 min and shift it to the microwaves grill and bake for another 5 min more as some microwave pizzas get soggy at the bottom.

Using a microwavable silicone baking tray will evenly cook the pizza at the bottom.

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this seafood pizza is worth a try with generous amount of seafood topping which gives it an extra flavor.