Well my boss have been on a leave of 3 weeks and he travelled to India where he is from and that is where his wife and child stays and he came on monday,as usual he brought us some indian goodies.He brought the BHAKARWADI..it is an Indian snack..its very nice,i love it,it has a great taste…i dont know how to explain it.I got its recipe below if you are interested on trying to treat your family and if it fails just go to the Indian supermaket and buy it lol…
60 gms poppy seeds (khuskhus)
60 gms Sesame seeds (Til)
curry powder to taste
a small sized ball of tamarind (imli), soaked in a little water
100 gms coriander leaves (dhania patta), cut fine
240 gms gram flour (besan / chane ka atta)
oil (tel) for deep frying
120 gms wheat (gehun) up flour
100 gms grated coconut (narial)
chilli powder to taste
salt (namak) to taste
a pinch of sugar (cheeni) salt (namak)
a pinch of asafoetida
How to make bhakar wadi:
MIX together gram flour and wheat flour.
Add salt, asafoetida, 60 ml.
Hot oil and enough water.
Knead to a stiff dough.
Keep it aside.
Roast the grated coconut, sesame seeds and poppy seeds and grind to a powder.
Add sugar, salt, chilli powder and coriander leaves to the masala powder to prepare the filling for bhakar wadi.
Add tamarind pulp and black masala powder and mix well.
Divide the dough into small portions and roll each portion into a thin rectangular shaped chappati.
Spread the filling all over the chappati and roll up the dough with the filling into a tight cylindrical shape.
Seal the edges with a little water.
Cut into three centimetre long pieces and deep fry in hot oil till brown and crisp.
Remove the bhakar wadi from oil and store in an airtight container.
#tadaaaa…there you go..and then you got your own bhakarwadi…
Another thing my boss brought us is the PUNJABI..its the female Indian clothing,mine is in a green and black theme as he knows i love green..i was so stunned..i will take its pictures soon and post..now let me show you just what a punjabi looks like…beautiful stuff…
Now imagine mine in green and black and splashes of cream white the same pattern..its beautiful..:)
I said am learning how to cook and practising for my future husband and am compiling a family recipe book now,i came across this interesting dish in www.theravenouscouple.com and first thing in the morning tomorow am going to buy the ingredients to try it out…wish me luck…
Bo Kho Vietnamese Beef Stew
2 lbs beef shank, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
1/2 knob of ginger, thinly sliced
2 beef tendon strips or about 1/2 lb
1 stalk of lemongrass (white end bruised and slice into 4-5 inch stalk and tie together)
2 bay leaves
3-4 star anise seeds, (toasted optional)
32 oz of beef broth
4 medium sized carrots
2 tbs annato seed oil (see cooks note)
Toasted French baguettes
Diced cilantro and green onions
In large mixing bowl, combine the beef shank with the spice marinade for at least 2 hours.
Saute the beef with 1 tbs of annato seed oil until browned and seared under medium high heat. Transfer this into the slow cooker. Add the beef tendons, stalk of lemonsgrass, star anise seeds, bay leaves, and beef broth. You may need to add more broth or water to just cover and submerge the beef.
Set slow cooker to lowest possible setting and allow to cook covered for overnight or about 8 hours. About 1 hour before it’s done, add the carrots. Just before serving add another 1 tbs of annato seed oil to the broth for a great red color. Make final adjustment and season to taste.
You can also boil the tendon separately ahead of time on constant high boil for about 2 hours or until tender, then cut and add to the bo kho just before it’s done.
If you don’t have a slow cooker, simmer in big covered pot until beef is tender about 4 hrs.
To make annatto seed oil, heat 2 tbs of olive with 1/2 of annato seeds. The oil will be steeped with a red color. Do not allow oil to boil, when the color is steeped red, turn of heat and drain the seeds.
…shoooo…sounds like a mission and i think il need to be wished luck….but am not giving up..