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Pizza Al Tegame August 6, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Cherishing Dinners, Flat and Fried Breads.
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“Mommy! shall we go to Pizza hunt?”, asked my little kid. It is his way of calling “Pizza hut”.

“No honey! not today”, replied me.

Eating out is a luxury and not a necessity is my point and I want him to learn that. Unless its a special occasion, he will get “no” as an answer always. I don’t know whether he understands my views or not.

“Shall we make pizza?”, asked him next.

Thinking, “Oh! For the goodness sake, I don’t keep any ready made dinner helpers at home”, I replied to him, “Honey, it takes so much time to make pizza. Can we make it this weekend?”.

Though he agrees and we make pizza on weekends, I was on a recipe hunt to make these “Pizza hunt” moments more fun. I almost screamed when I came across the recipe for “Pizza Al Tegame” in the book “Vegetarian Dishes from around the world” by Rose Elliot. This is a non yeast pizza recipe that can be made in half hour.

Ingredients:

2 Cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp oil
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6-8 Tbsp Cold Water
Your favorite sauce and toppings

Method:

1. Mix the flour, baking powder,oil and salt. Knead to a soft but not sticky dough using the water. Add more water if needed. Allow to rest until you prepare the toppings.
2. Divide the dough and shape into 8 inch circle.
3. Heat a cast iron griddle or pan and coat with oil for shallow frying.
4. Place one circle of dough and allow it to brown on one side.

Shaped pizza dough

Shaped pizza dough


5. When browned, flip carefully and allow the other side to brown.

Pizza Browned

Pizza Browned


6. When both sides are browned enough, spread the sauce and add the toppings.

Pizza topped with toppings

Pizza topped with toppings


7. If topping with cheese, the recipe asked to finish the pizza by melting the cheese in oven or a broiler. But I tried a different approach which succeeded without the need for an oven.
8. Heat a griddle or cast iron lid that will cover the griddle or the pan that has the pizza.

Covered with griddle for melting cheese

Covered with griddle for melting cheese


9. Cover the pan with the heated griddle and keep on heat. Reduce the heat and allow 2-3 minutes. The cheese will melt perfectly.

Finished Pizza

Finished Pizza


10. Slice and serve.

Pizza Served

Pizza Served

We enjoyed the pizza making a lot. My son helped me with such an involvement that for once he forgot his Thomas trains 🙂

When we finished shaping the pizza , he expected that I was going to put it in the oven . But I didn’t. He asked me pointing at the oven,” Mommy ! are we not putting it in there?”.

“No, Honey!”, I replied.

“But, Why?”, He asked.

“Well! hmmmm…..”, I stopped to find a reason.

“Its for the computer, Right Mommy?”, asked him. 🙂

Well! he understands me and my actions. Doesn’t he? 😀

This is my entry for the “A.W.E.D – Italian” Event hosted by DK.


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Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Sandwich July 16, 2008

Posted by live2cook in Cherishing Dinners, Flat and Fried Breads, Sandwiches, Sauces and Gravies.
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I have a colleague who is a foodie and a critic. One day I made a sandwich with potato patties and was boasting that I made veggie burger sandwich. She said that the taste was good but she would call it Aaloo Tikki. The other day I made spicy stir fried noodles, she called it Curried noodles and pointed out that I couldn’t keep away from curry powder.

To be honest, I felt the same that the burgers with potato tasted like aaloo tikki even after adding oats flakes for chewiness. Though I replace the browned beef with Kidney beans in recipes, I had to hide the feeling that it tasted like “Paruppu Usili” ( a dhal preparation). Though I don’t know how the meat version tastes, I do agree that the substitutions reminded me of other tastes that I know.

After knowing that Textured Vegetable Protein and Seitan make good meat substitutes, I wanted to give it a try. Since I was introducing a new taste and texture to my family, I thought of making the seitan instead of investing in Wheat Gluten powder. The seitan (wheat gluten) turned out well and inspired me to use it in a recipe that looked less meaty. If I prepare “Mock schezhuwan duck” all of a sudden, I am sure that the family critics won’t even look at it.

With some search, I managed to find “Sloppy Joe on Corn Tortilla” recipe. I replaced the turkey with seitan and kidney bean mixture. The recipe called for sloppy joe sauce. But, normally they use tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce (Source : a Friend). Yet again, I had to find Worcestershire sauce that doesn’t contain Anchovies, which was a hard find. So I took a recipe for that sauce and added the ingredients that were on hand, to my Vegetarian version of Sloppy Joe.

Ingredients:

1 Cup seitan (Steam for 10 minutes, Cool and pinch into small pieces)
1 Cup kidney beans ( Soak, Pressure cook and mash coarsely)
1/2 Cup chopped onions
1/8 Cup Olive oil
1/8 Cup thick tamarind extract
1/8 Cup vinegar
1/8 Cup orange juice
1/8 Cup Maple syrup
2 Tbsp Tomato paste
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 Tbsp minced ginger
1/2 tsp minced Jalapeno peppers
1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Ground Black pepper
1/4 tsp Red chilli powder (optional)
Salt to taste

To serve:

4 Corn tortillas
Cheese as per taste (optional)

Method:

1. Mix Tamarind, Orange juice, Vinegar, Maple syrup, Tomato paste, Cloves, Black pepper, Chilli powder in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
2. Heat a heavy bottomed pan and add the olive oil. When the oil is hot add the chopped onion.

Boiled Kidney Beans and Wheat Gluten

Boiled Kidney Beans and Wheat Gluten


3. When the onion is browned, add the ginger and garlic. Fry for a minute.
4. Add the jalapeno peppers and add the tamarind-vinegar mixture.
5. Reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid is reduced into half.
6. Add the seitan and mashed kidney beans. Stir fry until the mixture scrambles but retains moisture.

Vegan Sloppy Joe

Vegan Sloppy Joe


7. Fill the seitan mixture to the corn tortilla and sprinkle with cheese while warm. Serve with a salad on the side. I served it with Mango Salsa.

I have to say that we surely had a different textured and awesome tasting dinner.

Sloppy Joe Served

Sloppy Joe Served

This is my entry for the event “Eat healthy – Protein rich”, hosted by Sangeeth. This also goes to the “Healthy cooking” event hosted my Mansi.

Sloppy Joe - A Closer look

Sloppy Joe - A Closer look