Namkeen

One day I was feeling too lazy to cook anything and hence I ordered pizza at home. So as usual the pizza delivery boy handed me 4-5 sachets of mixed herb seasoning and chilli flakes. I then realised I have a habit of keeping these sachets and have stored a lot of them in my kitchen. Instead of throwing them I thought of using them for a recipe and that is when I thought of this namkeen. It was an instant hit in my family.

IMG_0327

Ingredients –

1 cup Maida (Refines flour)
1 cup Besan (Gram Flour)
1 cup Suji (Semolina)
2 tablespoon red chilli flakes
2 tablespoon dry basil leaves
2 tablespoon mixed herbs (you can use the herb seasoning that you get with pizza)
1/2 teaspoon crushed black paper
Salt to taste
5 Tablespoon oil. Extra for deep frying

Method –

Add maida, besan, suji, red chilli flakes, dry basil leaves, mixed herbs, black pepper and salt in a bowl. Mix all the ingredients together. Now add 5 tablespoon oil in the mixture and rub it well till you get bread crumb like consistency. Keep sprinkling water as required and make a stiff dough. Let it rest for 15 minutes. Now make lemon size balls of the dough and slightly flatten them by pressing them with your palm. Or you can give them any shape of your choice.

Heat sufficient oil in a deep pan and fry the namkeens on medium heat till golden brown. Remove from oil and keep them on kitchen towel or tissue paper. Serve with sweet chatni or tomato ketchup with a hot cup of tea.

It is a great tea time snack that you can store for 4-5 days.

Chinese Pizza

I know it sounds bizarre to have a fusion of Chinese and Italian cuisine, which is totally different from each other in preparation and in taste. But, just one bite of this Chinese Pizza and the combination of flavours will explode in your mouth. The crispy noodles with melted cheese oozing over it, combined with the crunch of some delicious toppings. It is just wow!

Just like any other Sunday evening I was in my kitchen trying to cook something nice to celebrate the weekend and I was in two minds between pizza and noodles. That is when it clicked me, why not combine both. And there it was, an exciting pizza with some great flavours in front of me.

Pizza

Here is how I cooked it.

Ingredients –
100 grams noodles (parboiled in salted water)
6 tablespoon tomato sauce
1 tablespoon red chilli sauce
2 cloves of garlic
½ cup sliced vegetables (Onion, Green, red, yellow capsicum, black olives, deseeded tomato, sweet corn or baby corn)
¼ cup paneer or sausage cut into small pieces and fried
A handful of mozzarella or any pizza cheese you like (enough to cover pizza base)
½ teaspoon mixed herbs
½ teaspoon chilli flakes
1 table spoon butter
3 teaspoon oil
Salt to taste

Method –
Parboil noodles in six cups of water, 2 tablespoon oil and two table spoon of salt. When it is done, drain the water and keep the noodles aside. For making sauce, heat a pan and add ½ teaspoon oil add garlic and sauté for a minute, add tomato sauce, chilli sauce, mixed herbs and chilli flakes. Mix for another minute and turn off the heat. In another flat bottom non-stick pan add half the butter and sauté the vegetables for a minute and remove from heat.

In the same pan add the remaining butter and a teaspoon of oil. To make the pizza base spread the noodles in the pan cover and cook on medium heat for 5-6 minutes. Turn over the pizza base and cover and cook for 3-4 minutes on high heat. Now spread sauce, cheese and toppings on the base, cover and cook on high heat until the bottom of the pizza base becomes crispy and the cheese melts.

Slice the pizza, sprinkle oregano & chilli flakes on top and serve the Chinese pizza piping hot.