Shital's-Kitchen: August 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Sale bread

This is a wonderful and easy meal made using bread. My sister learnt this recipe from her friend Archana. Thanks a lot Archana...Deepu made this specially for me while I was in India. The video below is what sale bread looks like. We made this video while I was in India and enjoyed a lot. Deepal, my sis cooks delicious food and I miss her so much now.

'Sale bread' means bread soaked in gravy of onion and tomatoes as a result becomes soft and mushy.


Oil 1 tbsp
Onion: 1 finely chopped
tomato: 2 finely chopped
Garlic: 2 cloves, minced
Bread: 4 slices
turmeric: 1 tsp
Chilly powder: 1 tsp
freshly chopped cilantro

1. Heat oil in the frying pan.
2. Saute onions till they become translucent.
3. Add minced garlic and finely chopped tomatoed.
4. Add salt and a cup of water, Stir well.
5. Cover and cook till tomatoes get soft.
6. Cut bread sliced into smaller pieces.
7. When the tomatoes are cooked, add turmeric and chilly powder. Mix well.
8. Add pieces of bread and mix well. Bread absorbs all the moisture and wonderful onion and garlic flavor and soft.
9. Garnish with freshly chopped cilantro and enjoy Sale Bread.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Schezwan sauce

This is a spicy dipping sauce for Indo-Chinese food. Very easy and quick, this sauce can add extra flavor and spice to your food.

Dry red chillies (deseed and devein them well) 6-7 large or around a cup of small ones.
Garlic (pealed) 5-6 cloves
Oil 1/2 cup
Vinegar 1 tsp
Salt to taste

Deseed and devein dry red chillies and keep them aside. Heat oil in a frying pan till it is luck warm. oil should not be very hot or smoking. Soak the red chillies in the lukewarm oil for 3-4 hours. In a blender, coarsely grind all ingredients together.

Store extra sauce in airtight container to seal the wonderful flavor and refrigerate it. This can last for a very long time.

Try this sauce today and let me know how you liked it.

Drumstick and Potato Curry (Khatio)

खाटियो/ખાતીઓ , a gujarati style drumstick curry or kadhi prepared by using vegetable drumsticks and potato. This is my mom's recipe and I love this curry, specially the one prepared by her. Tastes great and can be eaten with rotis or rice :)

Here is a step-by-step pictorial recipe:
Peel, cube and wash 2 large potatoes.

Wash drumsticks (fresh cut into pieces or frozen). It is a veggies which has a soft flesh inside. While eating relish the inside while discard the tough outside of it.

For the tempering: Heat 2 tbsp. oil, add 1 tsp. mustard seeds, 2 green chillies, curry leaves, turmeric and hing.

Add cubed potatoes and drumsticks.

Add water, enough to cover the potatoes and drumsticks as they can cook well.

Add salt and turmeric. Cover and let them cook for 7-8 minutes. Drumstick absorbs salts and other flavors and tastes amazing.

Meanwhile prepare a yogurt paste that will be added to cooked veggies.
In 2 cups yogurt add 2 tbsp. chick pea flour, salt, pinch of turmeric, 2 tsp. chilli powder, 1 tbsp. coriander powder. Mix well and leave it aside.

When your veggies are cooked, slowly add in the yogurt mixture while stirring.

Cover and bring it to a boil. Remember chickpea flour was raw and needs to be cooked in. 

Time for taste test. :)

Serve this drumstick and potato curry over steamed rice or rotis.

Fresh phulka rotis (flat bread) to go with hot drumstick curry! :)




Updated recipe with new pictures: March 11th, 2017. Wontons are our favorite appetizers. They are quick and easy to make. In 2005, I first learned to fold wonton wrappers. It was that time when I bought my first pair of chopsticks in India and researched on how to hold them correctly and use them right. It was indeed an experience. :)

This is one of my very early recipes on my blog from 2010. There is also a video of me explaining and making Wontons. Ever since, I have made these several times... potlucks, parties, steamed wontons, or wonton soup, and it has always been very popular. Today, March 11, 2017, I am updating my recipe with new pictures. We had a lazy Saturday today watching a Bollywood movie at home, and these Wontons were a perfect snack/dinner for a lazy weekend.


1 cup spring onion sliced
2-3 mined garlic
1/2 inch minced ginger
1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
1 cup finely chopped cabbage
1/2 cup finely chopped carrots
2-3 tbsp. oil
1 tsp. sesame seeds
Wonton wrappers
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. vinegar
  • Heat oil in a pan, Fry sesame seeds. Saute onions, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes.
  • Saute bell pepper and carrots for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add cabbage and mix well.
  • Add salt and vinegar to the veggies and cook till the moisture disappears.
  • Let the mixture cool before folding wontons.
  • Check out the pictures and a video below to fold bite size wontons.
  • Fry in oil or steam in a bamboo steamer for 5-7 minutes.

Here is the video of folding Wontons.

Here is step-by-step pictorial recipe: