Gole Bajje/Savory Fritters/ Southern Canara Cuisine

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Hello Folks

This is my first ever post in 2016 so what is better than blogging with culinary hoppers . Our theme for this blog hop is Southern Canara cuisine . Before I start writing more about my recipe, how I made it and a small memory I have with this particular dish, a tiny introduction to Southern Canara cuisine

“The Kanara or Canara region, which is also known as Coastal Karnataka, comprises three coastal districts of Karnataka, namely Uttara Kannada, Udupi and Dakshina Kannadaand Kasaragod of Kerala in southwestern India. Kanara forms the southern part of the Konkan coast.”
Source: Wikipedia

The southern side of this region is Southern Canara which includes manglorean and udupi style cuisines (both are places from southern state of Karnataka in India). I was totally unaware of the cuisine but I have heard about few famous recipes like Gole Bajje , Chane Ghashi , Dal toi, Mangalore buns thanks to my frequent visit to Mangalore while I was growing up also my Konkani friend here , I am dedicating this post to my dear friend Anju.

I am from northern part of Kerala , Palakkad so we always used to visit mangalore , once on our way to Udupi Krishna temple or Mookambikai . This happened when I was 8 or 9 years old , it was our first trip to Udupi temple with my family . We took a train from palakkad to mangalore , and from mangalore we were planning to take bus , I clearly remember this because neither my mom or my dad spoke Kannada and they were really nervous about the trip. Luckily we met a family on our way , I vaguely remember that uncle was a retired army person. The only thing I remember about the conversation between him and my dad is Gole bajje , he was stressing that to my dad that we shouldn’t miss eating this Udupi special . Yess!!! we didn’t miss it after our temple visit , in the evening we did go to a tiny tea stall and we ate these hot hot fritters with some delicious tea.

When our culinary hoppers team decided about Southern Canara cuisine , I wanted to make Gole Bajje to share my little childhood experience and also of course my love for fried foods 😉 . I have a tiny secret to tell you all , the original recipe calls for sour yogurt , but unfortunately I didn’t have any at home and I was too lazy to go out a get some yogurt . When I was looking in my fridge I found some sour cream which I bought for weekend baking , I had leftovers from that . I was like why not use sour cream instead of yogurt and it worked like a charm . I had soft fluffy bajje which was crisp and melt in mouth at the same time .

I have adapted this recipe from couple blogs so it is not an authentic recipe and I don’t claim it to be . 

 

 
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Gole Bajje
Serves 4
A delicious savoury fritter
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Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
2 hr
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
193 calories
31 g
4 g
6 g
5 g
1 g
121 g
10 g
1 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
121g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 193
Calories from Fat 48
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
6%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 4mg
1%
Sodium 10mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 31g
10%
Dietary Fiber 2g
7%
Sugars 1g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
46%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. All purpose flour – 1 cup
  2. Rice flour – 2 tbsp (Don’t skip it , it gives crispiness to the bajje)
  3. Chick pea flour – 1 tbsp (Optional)
  4. Green Chillies – 1 thinly sliced
  5. Ginger- 1 teaspoon minced
  6. Curry leaves – 1 sprig chopped
  7. Baking soda- 1/4 teaspoon
  8. Sour cream / Yogurt- 2 tablespoon
  9. Salt- as needed
  10. Oil – needed to deep fry
  11. Water – as needed
Instructions
  1. 1. In a bowl place flour , rice flour , chick pea flour mix it with hands . To this add sour cream / yogurt , also add water little by little to make a batter . The batter should be very thicker than a pancake batter like a scoopable consistency at the same time thinner than a bread dough. Don’t panic if you added more water , add little more flour to bring it to that consistency.
  2. 2. Keep this batter aside for 2 hours , let the flavors all blend in
  3. 3. After 2 hours add green chilly , ginger and curry leaves to this batter .
  4. 4. Add baking soda and salt to it mix it using a fork .
  5. 5. Now I have a small technique to make this batter really fluffy to get spongy bajjes, using a hand beater slightly beat it for 5 minutes and you are good to fry these .
  6. 6. Heat oil in a wok or a deep frier . Using an ice cream scoop , scoop out the batters to get a round shape as the name indicates (Gole – Round).
  7. 7. Fry this in medium heat , so that the entire bajje gets cooked evenly without burning.
  8. 8. Serve these bajjes with your choice of chutneys . I served it with a coconut chutney , tomato chutney and cilantro chutney.
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193
fat
6g
protein
5g
carbs
31g
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Crackleandtemper http://crackleandtemper.ca/
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Semi Home made Summer Brunch

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Hello Everyone 

This time I am bringing you all a delicious brunch recipe which is semi home made  . This is a very short sweet post with some home made components and some store bought items . The whole idea behind this post is how to put it all together and enjoy this delicious brunch with your family , enjoy this in your patio or deck with you loved ones and make this day extra special 

This brunch has several components , both home made and store bought . First let me list the items in it. 

  1. Shakshuka (Home Made)
  2. Sriracha Hummus (Store Bought ) 
  3. Pita (Store Bought 
  4. Yogurt Parfait (Home made) 
  5. Orange Iced Tea (Home made) 

I will explain the recipes for shakshuka , yogurt parfait and the iced tea first . Then in the end will explain how to arrange all the components for your brunch 

First let’s see how to make Shakshuka . Shakshuka is a breakfast dish very popular in countries like turkey , morocco or Israel . This dish is basically poached eggs in a spicy gravy and its very very delicious to eat it as a brunch . The spicy tomato gravy complements so well with the eggs and its heaven when you dip your warm pitas in it . Now let’s see how to make this dish 

Shakshuka
Serves 2
A delicious breakfast dish
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
25 min
87 calories
3 g
186 g
5 g
7 g
2 g
83 g
166 g
1 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
83g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87
Calories from Fat 46
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 186mg
62%
Sodium 166mg
7%
Total Carbohydrates 3g
1%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A
18%
Vitamin C
23%
Calcium
4%
Iron
7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Eggs- 2
  2. Olive Oil- 1/2 TBSP
  3. Onions - Chopped 3 TBSP
  4. Garlic - Chopped 2 cloves
  5. Red Bell pepper - Chopped 2 TBSP
  6. Tomatoes- Chopped 1 medium
  7. Tomato Puree - 1 TBSP
  8. Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  10. Salt - As needed
Instructions
  1. 1. In a skillet heat olive oil then add onions and garlic saute it till the raw smell goes and the onion is transparent
  2. 2. Now to this add cumin powder , paprika and salt saute for 30 seconds
  3. 3. Add red bell pepper saute for another 30 seconds .
  4. 4. To this add chopped tomatoes and tomato puree with little water and cook it for 30 seconds in medium heat .
  5. 5. Now make little wells in the tomato onion mixture . Break eggs and add one egg to each well .
  6. 6. Cover the skillet cook for 1 minute if you like wiggly yolk , 2 minutes for medium , I wouldn't recommend hard because it will burn the tomato base then
  7. 7. Optional garnish with some chopped parsley
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calories
87
fat
5g
protein
7g
carbs
3g
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Crackleandtemper http://crackleandtemper.ca/

 

Next we will go into the recipe for a delicious home made yogurt parfait. This recipe is inspired by a Rachel Ray recipe which I found when I was googling for an easy parfait recipe . So easy to make with few ingredients easily available in your pantry . I have made this using frozen mixed berries feel free to use any fruit of your choice like mangoes , peaches or even a mix of two different kinds of fruits and this is the simplest recipe I have made in my life LOL. So let’s see how it is made 

Mixed Berry Yogurt Parfait
Serves 1
The most simple breakfast parfait
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Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
0 calories
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
0g
Servings
1
Amount Per Serving
Calories 0
Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 0mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 0g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
0%
Iron
0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Frozen Mixed Berries- 3 Tbsp
  2. Yogurt- 3 Tbsp
  3. Granola- 2 Tbsp or more if you like
Instructions
  1. 1. If you are using frozen fruit make sure you defrost it over night in the fridge
  2. 2. Next day morning just 5 minutes before you serve your breakfast you can arrange your parfait . You can use mason jars , glasses or bowls anything of your choice .
  3. 3. First layer do fruits , then yogurt and top it off with granola just before serving , this is just to avoid the granola being soggy
Adapted from Rachel Ray
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Crackleandtemper http://crackleandtemper.ca/
The last component of the brunch which I am going to write is the delicious summery drink Orange Iced Tea.  I have made this iced tea from scratch freshly brewed and with some delicious fresh squeezed OJ some sweetener and lots of love thats my secret ingredient LOL.  Making this iced tea isn’t rocket science , its really simple & straight forward  with few ingredients put together . I am not going to talk much about this recipe , instead i will just give you the directions . 

 

 

Orange Iced Tea
Serves 2
Quench your thirst with this delicious summer drink.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
25 min
56 calories
14 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
349 g
9 g
11 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
349g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 56
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 9mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 14g
5%
Dietary Fiber 3g
11%
Sugars 11g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
5%
Vitamin C
98%
Calcium
5%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Black Tea bags- 2
  2. Water - 2 cups
  3. Freshly squeezed orange juice- 1/2 cup
  4. Sugar - 2 tsp , more if you like it sweeter , also alternatively you can use honey , agave or maple syrup
  5. Orange Slice for garnish
Instructions
  1. 1. Brew tea as usual , you can brew it in your method . I normally bring water to a rolling boil then add the tea bags to this hot water .
  2. 2. Add few ice cubes to this and add your favourite sweetener ,keep it in the fridge for like 15 minutes .
  3. 3. While the tea is cooling down we can make fresh orange juice . Squeeze 2 or 3 fresh oranges and sieve it to avoid any seeds getting into it.
  4. 4. Now the tea should be cool add this fresh orange juice to it and add sweetener if required . The tea is ready to be served , you can refrigerate it till its ready to be served
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calories
56
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
14g
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Crackleandtemper http://crackleandtemper.ca/

So these are the components of the semi home made brunch , you can make the iced tea and parfait in advance , then make the shakshuka and finally warm the pita and serve it all together .

Hope you will try my easy lovely brunch and let me know your feed back

Happy Cooking

Love

Parvathy