Tofu Mushroom Uttapam

Ingredients:

For the batter:

  • 2 ½ cup rice + 1 cup Urad dal (Or 1 kg readymade Idli uttapam batter can be used)
  • 1½ tsp soda
  • Salt

For the Masala / Topping :

  • 100 gm Tofu grated
  • 5-6 Button mushroom (Thin slices)
  • 1 bowl boiled corn
  • 1 tsp chat masala
  • 1 tbsp oil

Method:

  1. Soak the rice & urad dal over night. Next morning grind it in mixer with little water to make a soft batter. Add salt and keep it aside till evening. At the time of making uttapam add soda in it. Add the water if required for uttapam consistency. (OR you can also use the readymade batter of Idli & Uttapam. Even here, you will need to add salt and soda.)
  2. Now in the nonstick tava take the batter & spread it a little. Arrange the mushrooms on sides of the batter & also put some tofu & corn. Sprinkle some chaat masala on it.Put some oil around the Uttapam and cook it on both the sides.
  3. Serve hot with Sambhar, coconut chutney, garlic peanut chutney.

Stuffed button mushrooms

Ingredients:

  • 6-7 button mushrooms
  • Cheese (preferably mozzarella)

For marinating:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1-2 tsp vinegar
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • ½ tsp chill flakes
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt to taste

For stuffing:

  • ½ onion – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp poha (soaked for 2 min)
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • ½ tsp chaat masala
  • Salt to taste

Method:

  1. Wash the mushrooms properly and dry with napkin. Scoop out the mushroom stems from the centre properly. Retain the stems separately.
  2. Mix all the ingredients for marinating in a bowl and marinate all the mushrooms inside and outside.
  3. Chop the mushroom stems and mix them with all the stuffing ingredients. Microwave it for 2 minutes.
  4. Fill the mushrooms with the prepared stuffing, keeping it slightly heaped. Microwave it for 3-4 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle cheese on top and microwave it further for 30-40 seconds or till it melts.
  6. Serve hot with tomato ketchup and chips.

Layered Soya Veg Biryani

I had seen a similar recipe in a cookery show, in which I made some modifications. Also, I was not sure before preparing this one, as I had never used soya chunks with rice. But the final outcome was just amazing and soya chunks tasted delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup soya chunks
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 cups mixed boiled vegetables (carrot, beans, peas, cauliflower, capsicum, corn, etc)
  • 1 onion – finely chopped
  • 2 green chillies – finely chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tomato – finely chopped
  • ½ cup curd (beaten well)
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 tbsp ghee
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ¼ tsp clove powder
  • ½ cup fried onions
  • 2 tbsp saffron milk
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves

For dry masala:

  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 3 tsp coriander-cumin powder
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp biryani masala (any brand)
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp kasuri methi

Method:

  1. Cook soya chunks for 5-7 minutes in boiling water. Wash with cold water and drain the water from them.
  2. Soak the rice for 30 minutes and cook with salt, 2 tsp ghee, cumin seeds, cinnamon, cardamom and clove powder with double water. Mix all the vegetables in the rice once it is cooked.
  3. Heat ghee in a pan, add cumin seeds and onion. Fry till golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste and green chillies and sauté till one minute. Add chopped tomatoes and cook well. Then add soya chunks and mix it well. Add curd and all dry masala in it. Stir well and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Finally add coriander leaves.
  4. In a microwave safe bowl, make a layer of rice. Then make a layer of spiced soya chunks. Sprinkle some fried onions on it. Repeat these three layers again in the same order. Finally make top layer with rice. Pour some saffron milk over it and sprinkle remaining fried onions.
  5. Cover the vessel with silver foil and put it on a convection mode on 220°C for 5-7 minutes. (Remember: Not on microwave mode at all because of foil).
  6. Serve hot with raita.

(Note: If you do not have a microwave, you can treat step 5 as optional. The biryani would taste delicious even otherwise.)