Mitho lolo ( sweet flat bread ) and mirchaan ji bhaaji( chilli sabji)

MITHO LOLO
Those familiar with sindhi cuisine would know about koki or loli as we call it, the top comfort level breakfast for any sindhi😊, paired with yogurt and papad. In my home its a sunday breakfast.

Mitho lolo, is the sweet version of loli.
Mostly made on certain festivals like Satai or Thadri as its known. Food is generally cooked a day prior to Thadri, and eaten cold the next day, items which keep well are pakoras, puris, seeras, and rice which is mixed with yogurt, and mustard powder. No fire is lit to cook on Thadri.
Ladies go thier parents homes and just enjoy for the day. This year it falls on 29th August.
My late mother in law would make make mitho lolo’s every Thadri, she would make the dough patiently, rolling out the lolas and send them to the kitchen, where I had to roast them on the tawa at a very low heat..
patience 😊is the key to make good lolas.
I rarely make lolas nowadays, bcoz there are some home chefs who sell them in jakarta. I tried making them this year and they were quite good. We pair mitho lolo with a chillie sabji. Sharing both recipes today. Do try the recipe. Thank you.

Mitho lolo
250 gms whole wheat atta
6 tbsps of oil
125gms grated jaggery
2 tbsps powdered sugar
1 tsp cardamom powder.
Extra 1 cup oil for dipping.

In a bowl add grated jaggery, sugar and about 4 tbsps of hot water. Mix well till jaggery disolves.

Prepare a deep plate with about one cup of oil in it to dip the lolas.keep aside

In a big bowl or plate, put the flour( atta)
And add the oil, add 5 tbsps first and mix with finger tips. If you can gather the flour in your hands like a ball, that means oil is enough otherwise add 1 tbsp more. Add the cardamon powder and liquid jaggery, and knead gently. Try your best not to add any water. I needed to add 1 tbsp. The dough shd be tight. We need to use the dough Immediately, to avoid gluten formation, which will make the lola soft. The lola should have a crisp bite to it, and be just a little soft inside.Now divide the dough into about 5 balls, cover with a wet napkin, take one ball and smoothen it on the rolling board. Roll out to about 1 cm thick, plus minus. Prick all over with a fork. Roast on a preheated tawa on a very low heat, gently press with a wooden chapati press or napkin. Brush with very little oil, When both sides are golden brown remove onto the oil filled plate, soak for just a minute and drain.
Stack in a plate. Lolas have a long shelf life, if you store them well. In airtight boxes.

you can add cut nuts while rolling out the lolas. We like them plain.

Mirchaan ji bhaji
( chillie sabji)

250 gms green chillies( I used the thick variety)
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp hing
1.5 tbsps besan
2 tbsps grated jaggery
2 tbsps tamarind pulp
Salt to taste.
Wash and cut the green chillies into 3 to 4 pcs..

Heat about 4 to 5 tbsps oil in a pan, add cut chillies, and saute till the chillies turn white. Drain and reserve the oil.
Take the chillie oil in a cooker and add
Mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing.
Next add the besan and saute till fragrant, add turmeric powder.
Next add chillies and half cup of water.
Close the lid and cook for 4 to 5 whistles.
Open the lid and cook till water almost dries up, at the same time mashing the chillies with a wooden whisk.
Finally add jaggery, tamarind and salt.
You shd be able to balance all the flavours here. Done.

NO BAKE MANGO CHEESE CAKE.

No bake mango cheese cake

No-Bake Mango Cheese Cake.

India finishes off with mango season, and our mango season starts. Here in Indonesia we get many types of mangoes, MANGGA HARUM MANIS,  which reads sweet fragrant, is a yellow mango with a dark green skin, this variety is as poplular as the alphonso mango in India, each mango can weigh upto 500 gms.
We also have a variety called MANGGA GEDONG, which is almost like our alphonso mango, taste and look wise.
In the making of this cheese cake , we have used MANGGA GEDONG. Do try it. Its super easy. And really delicious. You can watch the video here.

No-Bake Mango Cheesecake
Ingredients (15cm ring mold):

BISCUIT BASE:
– Biscuit 100gms
– Melted Butter 50 gms

Recipe:
BISCUIT BASE:
– Crush the Biscuits until fine
– Mix Melted Butter
– Flatten Tightly on a prepared dish + ring mold
– Freeze While you make the cheesecake filling

CHEESECAKE FILLING:
– Cream Cheese 250 gms
– Sugar 60gms
– Lemon Zest (half  Lemon)
– Lemon Juice (Half  Lemon)
– Mango Puree 200g
– Whipping Cream 150gms
– Gelatin 7gms + Water 40ml

CHEESECAKE FILLING:
– Mix Water + Gelatin to bloom in a small container
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– Mix Cream Cheese and Sugar until Smooth in a large bowl ( I used a spatula)
– Add lemon’ zest
– Add half a lemon’s worth of juice
– Add 200g of Mango Puree
– Mix Well
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– Whisk Whipping Cream until soft peaks
– Melt the gelatin over warm water
– Add the gelatin to the filling, mix well
– Fold in the whipped cream onto the filling
– Pour onto dish and ring mold
– Freeze ~30 Min

JELLY LAYER:
– Gelatin 5g + Water 30ml
– Water 100ml
– Mango Puree 200g
– Sugar 50g

JELLY LAYER:
– Mix Water + Gelatin to bloom in a small container

– Heat up: Water, 200g Mango Puree, Sugar
– Add bloomed gelatin, Mix well
– Pour onto dish and ring mold
– Chill Overnight

I decorated with dragon fruit, mango pieces and mint.

** recipe credits go to my son
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Use hot towel for easy separation of Ring mold and cheesecake!

KLAPERTART

KLAPERTART

Klapertart is a popular baked custard pudding, which uses young coconut flesh  to give it a trademark  taste. The origins of this pudding are  in Manado,  Sulawesi regions of Indonesia, again the Dutch influence is Dominant here. Its a pretty simple and delicious dessert.

Having had a sweet tooth since childhood I loved this pudding when I first had it in Jakarta, a very familiar taste of the custard which my mom made when we were kids, of course my mother made custard the Indian or sindhi way, adding banana and chickoo.

This baked custard has a lot of other ingredients like coconut, raisins, almond flakes and not forgetting the main flavours of rum and cinnamon. These flavours come together and form a unique tongue tickling tasty pudding.

Ingredients for klapertart

• 300 ml milk

• 150 ml whipping cream

• 150 gms sugar

• 30 g all purpose  flour

• 15 g cornstarch

• 25 gms butter

• 1/4  tsp salt

• 3 eggs yolks

• 150 g young coconut meat, ( from drinking coconut)

• 25 g raisins ( optional to soak in Rum for few hours, I soaked for 2 hours)

• 25 g almond, chopped, or flakes( i used flakes)

• 3 tbsp rum or 1 tbsp rum essence

• 1 tbsp vanilla essence

Top layer

• 3 eggs whites
• 50g sugar
• 1 tbsp flour

Topping

• 25 g raisin

• 25 g almonds flakes

• 2 tsp ground cinnamon

Preparation of klapertart

Step 1

• In a small container, mix a portion of the milk (around 100 ml) with flour and cornstarch. Set aside.

• Heat the rest of the milk with sugar. Keep stirring.

• Slowly pour the mixture of milk and flour, stirring continuously. Bring to boil and then turn the heat off. Add butter and mix well. The custard will be very thick at this point.

• Whisk the cream untill soft peaks are formed, add in the milk flour sugar mixture, and the egg yolks. Mix well and finally add raisins, almond flakes , coconut and essence.

• Pour the mixture into a greased  pyrex dish

• Bake at 160° C for about 25 minutes in a preheated oven.

Step 2
Whisk egg whites till soft peaks are formed, add sugar and flour, whisk again till stiff peaks form.

Remove the custard from the oven and pour the  egg white mixture over the custard, neatly.

Step 3
Finally, sprinkle almond flakes, raisins and cinnamon powder over the egg whites.  Bake once more for 20 to 25 minutes in the oven at 160°C until golden brown.

Cool, and refrigerate until serving time.

** I divided the pudding into 2..

Golden Pineapple tarts/ NASTAR NANAS

GOLDEN PINEAPPLE TARTS/NASTAR NANAS.

Nastar or Pineapple tart is a small, bite-size pastry filled with pineapple jam, commonly made during festivals such as christmas or Ramzan Idd. These delicate, literally melt in the mouth tarts and are so delicious that you cannot stop at one. Here margarine works better than butter, imparting a lovely fragrance. During festivals its very common for Indonesian ladies in villages and small towns to come together, making 1000’s of these tarts , boxing them and marketing them, like a cottage industry. As they are popular gifts

The first time I had these, I was blown off by the taste of these.
Do try these delicious easy to make tarts.

https://youtu.be/uRqe3VazQzU

Ingredients for Pinapple filling

300 gms fresh pineapple coarsely blended.
60 gms Sugar.
1 star anise
Small pc of cinnamon
2 or 3 cloves
Method.
Put the pinapple pulp in a sauce pan along with spices and sugar, cook untill you see a jam like consistency, ( discard spices) Pls do not overcook, remember it becomes harder on cooling down. Remove on a plate, and make 4 gms(1/2 tsp) size balls and chill in the refrigerator while you make the tart covering.

Ingredients for tart
All Purpose Flour 100 gms
Cornstarch 40 gms
Unsalted butter or margarine 100gms
Milk powder 44gms
Fine sugar 44gms
Egg yolk 1
1/2 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar in a bowl using a whisk or spatula.
Add the egg yolk and mix again
Add APF, cornstarch, salt and milk powder.
Mix well and bring the dough together still using spatula.
Now pinch off 9 to 10 gms of the dough
( roughly about 30 balls)
Flatten each ball on your palm , place the pineapple ball on it, and bring the edges together, roll to form balls.
Place all the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment and bake in a preheated oven @140 degrees celcius for 30 mins.

Remove, wait for 10 mins till the tarts are slightly cool, and brush eggwash over the tarts twice over.
Bake again for 15 to 20 mins.

Cool and enjoy

Egg wash
Mix together 2 eggyolks, 1 tbsp of oil and 2 drops of yellow colour( colour is optional).

You can watch how to make these on this link

Grilled Sindhi Dal Sandwich

The dal sandwich

Grilled Sindhi Dal Sandwich

This Sindhi Speciality, usually sold in carts in Ulhasnagar area, is a grilled vegetable sandwich using raw vegetables and boiled potatoes…Boiled moong dal is usually poured over it and garnished with chutneys, and some sev. A complete meal on its own, and very low on oil usage.  There are many variations for the filling, but I prefer incorporating raw vegs along with boiled potatoes.Do try it out.

A sandwich, when we were children, meant either chutney with sliced tomatoes or a boiled potato toaster, which I loved. My mother would put lots of chillie, onion, kotmir and some dry masalas in boiled mashed potato, make a sandwich and toast it using a stove top hand held toaster, not forgetting the liberal use oil used to make it crisp. We happily ate those along with tomato sauce. Never once asking… where is the protein in this meal?😁😁

Ingredients and method for dal
1 cup of yellow moong dal
( soaked for 4 hours, and boiled with 1 tbsp of crushed garlic and salt)
Boil till soft and mushy, don’t mash it up too much, leave a little bite to it.
Adjust consistency. We want it easily pourable. Not too thin nor thick
Keep aside.
Ingredients  for Sandwich
6 slices of bread
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup shredded raw beetroot
1/2 cup finely sliced green paprika( capsicum)
Tomato slices
2 boiled  potatoes.. peeled and sliced.
Some chaat masala.

Mix cabbage, carrot, beetroot and paprika.
Onto a bread slice place tomato slices and top with the raw shredded vegetables, lastly place boiled potato slices , sprinkle chaat masala and cover with another slice of bread.
Grill the sandwich with oil or butter applied.
I grilled on a stove top with a heavy cover, brushing oil to get it crisp.

Other ingredients
Green chutney
Khatti meethi tamarind chutney
Chaat masala, red chilli powder
And some sev and corriander leaves.

Assembling
Cut a grilled sandwich into half
Place on a plate
Pour HOT dal on it.
Top with green chutney, tamarind chutney, dry masala and sev.
Enyoy your wholesome meal

* make it at serving time. Eat immediately.

Indonesian steamed cake aka Kue Pepe

Kue Pepe or Indonesian steamed cake

This 9 layered cake is very popular in south eastern countries, every country has its own take on this. Mostly its pandan flavour based. The proof of a good made KUE is the ability to peel off the layers, . This traditional  cake is easy, but a little time consuming. 7 mins between each layer, and a final 25 mins to finish off. The texture will be glutininous and a bit sticky. This kue uses no oil. Its available at most markets and bakeries. Cut into slices and wrapped neatly in plastic.
The satifaction in making  it at home is awesome.  Pls do try it.
Because I made it with mocha flavours, it resembles the goan cake Bebenica.
But I understand that Bebenica is baked. This is steamed.

Recipe credits go to my son Karan who made it for his youtube channel

.https://youtu.be/0Y1lxTavKRg

I will share the step by step photos in comments.
Ingredients.
The recipe is –

– 200 ml thick coconut milk
– 400 ml water
– 150 gms tapioca flour

– 75 gms all purpose flour
– 200 gms sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla powder (can substitute vanilla essence if you prefer)
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 heaped teaspoon instant coffee ( dilute with 1 tbsp hot water)
– 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder( dilute with 2 tbsps hot water)

Method
Mix together tapioca flour, all purpose flour and sugar and salt, and vanila powder.
Now mix coconut milk and water, and add to the dry ingredients slowly, mix well till it forms a smooth batter.  ( can strain to make sure there are no lumps).
Divide the batter into 3 bowls. Following the ratio 2:1:1.

Now keep the bigger bowl aside.
Into remaining 2 bowls add diluted coffee and diluted cocoa powder.
Grease a rectangular container properly.

Heat a steamer, when its hot, place the container in it, and put 2 ladles of chocolate batter. Cover and steam for 7 mins. Next add 2 ladles of white batter. Steam for 7 mins. Now add 2 ladles of coffee batter. Steam for 7 mins. Keep alternating flavours till the last layer. Steam for 25 mins.
Remove the container and let it cool completely for few hrs, gently loosen it with a spatula and overturn on a chopping board which is covered with a plastic sheet.( important).
Next wrap the knife in a plastic and then cut the slices.( we find this easier)  Can try greasing the knife too.
Enjoy 

Srikaya Jam( Coconut and Egg jam)

Srikaya selai
( Coconut Egg Jam)

This awesome spread is very addicting in its mellow and smooth taste. My favourite jam to have when in the mood .

I got introduced to this kaya, on one of my trips to singapore, way back in the 1980’s. Had it at Yakun kaya toast outlet, and since then I am a big fan…of both, the jam as well as the coffee shop😊

Slather it on a slice of toast and relish it , or even add  thin slices of cold butter on top of the jam , fold over and munch into it. Of course accompanied by a hot cup of coffee or tea. This kaya  stays fresh upto  a week in the fridge. Srikaya   jam is popular in traditional coffee shops across south east Asia, served with toasted bread and cups of strong filter coffee made with condensed milk, and accompanied by half boiled eggs served with a drizzle of soy sauce.

Adding a mix of  palm sugar and white sugar, gives the kaya a subtle caramalised taste.

The traditional method takes hours of slow cooking,  whereas this recipe barely takes 10 to 12 mins.

Remember to cook on a low flame.

Ingredients

200 ml thick coconut milk( I used tetrapack)

2 pandan leaves tied in a knot.( or 1/2  tsp vanilla essence)

50 gms grated palm sugar

50 gms white sugar

4  egg yolks( beat lightly with a fork)
A pinch of salt.

Method.
Take a  saucepan.
Add the coconut milk ,palm sugar, white sugar and pandan leaves.
Add a pinch of salt.
Stir gently on low heat for 5 mins.
Once the mixture is thicker remove half cup of the hot coconut milk mixture  and add to the yolks( to temper)  and mix quickly .
Now add the eggyolk mixture back to the pan and continuously stir till thick.
Another 5 to 8 mins.
Cool completely and put into a jar.
Refrigerate.

Javanese Soto Ayam ( Indonesian chicken Noodle soup)

Javanese Soto Ayam
(Indonesian chicken noodle  soup)
Soto is a traditional Indonesian soup mainly composed of broth, meat, and vegetables. Many traditional soups are called soto, and the ingredients vary from region to region.
Its a light flavoursome soup on the lines of a Burnese khowsuey, but minus the coconut milk. A DIY style of having soup. A flavoursome soup is made out of herbs, and chicken is normally boiled in it and shredded afterwards. Accompanied by some steamed vegetables. It does require some preparation but the end result is amazing.
Do try this soup as cooked in my home.
Its a one bowl meal.😊

Soups bring comfort during winters and make for a light meal during summers. Sadly, soups were not something made very often at home when we were kids.

Mummy made soup only if we were sick.😊.

But living in Indonesia, its been very easy to make friends with a number of soup varieties. And Soto is a favourite of mine.😊
On to the recipe…


Ingredients to be ground to a fine paste for the soup..
15 small shallots
1 inch pc of ginger
1 inch pc of galangal( can omit)
5 to 6 garlic pods
1 inch piece of fresh turmeric
1 tbsp corriander seeds
5 candle nuts( pan roasted) or 5 cashew nuts

To be added to the soup
300 gms chicken with bone( I prefer the thigh).

Ingredients for flavouring the soup
1 lemongrass root( bashed)
Few fresh bay leaves
Few kaffir lime leaves

Heat 2 tbsps of oil in a sauce pan
Add lemongrass root, bay and kaffir lime leaves. Saute till the herbs release thier fragrance.
Add ground paste and chicken,
saute till oil seperates.
Add 1 litre of hot water.
Add salt and sugar.
Let it simmer for 10 to 15 mins.
Remove chicken, shred and keep aside
Strain  the remaining soup and keep hot.
Prepare the remaining ingredients
1 cup finely sliced cabbage( blanched)
1 cup of bean sprouts( blanched)
1/2 cup of finely chopped spring onions and celery
1/2 cup of fried onions
2 potatoes( cut into thin slices and fried, or use ready potato chips)
Rice noodles, boiled and strained( about 1 big bowl)
1 bowl of shredded chicken
2 boiled eggs( quartered)
Slices of lime
Sambal( boil 6 red chillies, and blend with a little water, 2 pods garlic, salt.

Assembling
Take a bowl and add rice noodles, cabbage, beansprouts ,  boiled eggs, shredded chicken, potato chips, spring onions, fried onions.
Top with very hot soup. And enjoy with a squirt of lime juice and sambal.

Kumaoni Raita/ Pahari Raita

Raita, the unique ways in which yogurt is used in India. Most often than not, fresh raw  vegetables such as tomato, onion, cucumber, cilantro are chopped and added to whisked yogurt, which is then gently spiced up with salt , pepper etc. Raitas are served as an accompaniment with main meals to cool and refresh the palatte. The varieties of Raitas in Indian cuisine are endless, some like it sweet with fruits like pineapples added to yougurt , or some like it with Boondi( fried gramflour droplets ) in it.
Todays recipe THE KUMAONI RAITA comes from the hilly region of north India, UTTARKHAND. And uses cucumber and mustard seeds as the main ingredient.


When you talk about Uttarkhand, immediately you think of beautiful scenic mountains , high up in the clouds, where the  ice caped mountain  kiss the fluffy clouds which seem like Gossamer., and beautiful valleys and Rivers.
Also Known for  the famous pilgramage places such as Rishikesh, Mukteshwar, Haridwar and pretty hill stations like Nainital and Mussorie.
Uttarkhand has an awesome variety of food, which is simple and easy to put together.
One day I would love to visit this beautiful province, whose panaromic views have attracted me so much. Sigh!

Growing up in Pune, Yogurt in our home was served plain ,or sometimes it was made into a  potato or Boondi raita with a tadka of Rai and jeera,or if mummy was in a good mood,soft sweet dahiwaras were made , mostly on leisurely sunday afternoons . Those were the days when sunday was an important part of the week . That day was a movie date day for mummy and daddy, after which they took us to the local parks in Pune. Either Sambhaji park, or Peshwa park and sometimes to Bund garden . Childhood pleasures were simple but the memories left behind were priceless.
Koi lauta de mere  beete hue din..nostalgia.

On to the recipe, try to use cucumbers with less seeds.. My suggestion is to make the Raita in the night, to let the awesome flavours  of fresh mustard seeds merge into the yogurt. Or at least make it 6 hours before serving. This is a very simple no fuss recipe which comes together in no time. The tartness of mustard seeds, reminds one of wasabi flavours. Do try it.

Ingredients
300 gms fresh yogurt
300 gms cucumbers/ kheera
1.5 tsps mustard seeds
2 tsps cumin seeds
1 green chillies
1/2  tsp turmeric powder
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp asofoedita /hing
1 tbsp mustard oil
2 dry red chillies..broken into smaller pieces
Red chillie powder and chopped cilantro for garnish

Method.
1. Whisk the yogurt in a bowl
2. Grate the cucumbers,DO NOT squeeze the water from cucumbers.
3. Grind together green chillies, cumin seeds, mustard seeds , turmeric powder.( I have used the mortar and pestle, to grind manually) you could use a mixer grinder.
4. Add the mustard paste to the whisked yogurt and mix well. Season with salt.
5. Add grated cucumbers. Mix well, cover bowl and refrigerate for minimum 6 hours.
6. Heat mustard oil in a small pan and add hing , dry red chillies.
7. Pour this tadka over the yogurt, garnish with red chillie powder and chopped corriander. Serve chilled.
Kheere ka raita is ready to be served.

I love having this kumaoni raita with Aloo pitika and luchis and sooji ka seera.

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