Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Thin Potato Bhajis/ Maru Bhajia

A very good day to you Gujarati Food Lovers!

Apologies for not posting for a long, long while, but I am back! My last year involved moving to Hong Kong and also into a new work industry which I am loving! It's hard work but very enjoyable!

Today, I am going to post a recipe that is a delicious starter snack. It is basically potato bhajis but very thin ones covered in a thin batter made of spicy, chickpea flour.



3 serving spoons chickpea flour (chana no lot)
Two thirds tsp fresh, ground, green chillies
Half tsp crushed, dried, green fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi)
Quarter tsp salt
1 pinch turmeric powder
1 pinch red chilli powder
1 pinch cumin-coriander powder (thana-jeeru)
1 level tsp freshly grated ginger (take off the ginger peel before grating)
1 tbsp lemon juice
5 serving spoons water (room temperature)
1 medium sized washed, peeled potato (very thinly sliced - 2 to 3mm thick) - use a potato slicer for evenness

To season:

Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh lemon


1. Place all the ingredients in a dish in the order specified above with the exception of the potato.
2. Mix all the ingredients well to create a batter.
3. Heat some oil in a pan ready for deep frying.
4. Coat the potato slices one by one and place into the hot oil one after the other. Only put in 4 slices at a time so that you can control the rate at which the potato slices fry. Cook until the batter turns golden brown in the oil and remove quickly into a plate with kitchen roll on it to drain off the excess oil.
5. Repeat stage 4 until all the potato slices have been coated in batter and deep fried until golden brown.
6. Once the excess oil has been drained off, place the potato bhajis in another plate and season the slices with freshly ground black pepper. You may also want to squeeze fresh lemon juice on top.
7. These are now ready to serve and eat.

So there you have it; delicious Maru Bhajia or thinly sliced, potato bhajis.

Savour and enjoy!

Until next time, bon appetit! xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Spicy Roast Potatoes

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy Lovers!

I hope you are having a super start to this week as today is after all a Bank Holiday! :) Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate!

We had a roast dinner on Saturday night and for that, I made Spicy Roast Potatoes. It's a simple but delicious recipe that has been handed down from my grandmother to my mother, and from her to me. And what better accompaniment to spice up your traditional Sunday Roast?

Here is a picture of the final dish:
(serves 3 people generously!)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Aubergine and Vadies Curry (Baingan/Vengan Vadi nu Shaak/Subze)

Happy Hanuman Jayanti Gujarati Food Made Easy Lovers!

On this auspicious occasion, I would like to share the recipe for Aubergine and Vadies Curry/Subze otherwise known as Vengan/Baingan Vadi nu Shaak. It's an acquired taste but one of my favourites! Here is what it looks like; the final product:

(enough for 2 generous servings; served best with chapatis)

Vadies are usually made of lentils and spices and then dried out in the sunshine. They are best homemade but for busy people, you can purchase packets of Vadies at any good Indian grocery store. I still have to learn the recipe for Vadies myself, so when I have it, I will put it up for you all.

This is what Vadies look like in their dried form:

Ok, so the recipe is as follows:

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Khaman Dhokla (a very Gujarati dish)

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy followers!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you all a fantastic and prosperous New Year in advance! My new year's resolution is to write more often on this website with new 'food for thought' for all of my readers! (No pun intended!) ;)

Today, I am going to share the recipe for Khaman Dhokla with you, originally a very typically Gujarati dish, now available and eaten in most parts of India.

Here is what the final product looks like:

(generously serves 2 people)

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Happy Diwali!

Happy Deepawali and a prosperous New Year to all of our supporters!

Thank you for your continued support, it means a lot to us and we will continue to endeavour to bring your great material/recipes as often as we can (hopefully more frequently in the New Year!).

Best wishes and lots of love! xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

Cauliflower and Potato Curry or Gobi Aloo Subze/ Phoolevar Bataka nu Shaak

Good evening Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

I know I have been away from this blog for a while and for this I can only apologise (again!) ... This time, I don't really have such valid excuses that will enable me to justify myself except, the time-old excuse - life took over! Yikes! Every weekend has turned out the be frightfully busy ... birthdays, reunions, trips to London, etc. ... well you get the picture! Anyway, from now on, I will certainly endeavour (though no promises!) to put up one post a week at least (time permitting!); you can see how many disclaimers I am using here!

Today, I will be sharing with you the recipe for Cauliflower and Potato Curry, also known as Gobi Aloo Subze in Hindi and Phoolevar Bataka nu Shaak in Gujarati. Admittedly, it is not my favourite dish but this recipe is a great way to spice up boring old boiled cauliflower! 

Here is a picture of the final dish (Cauliflower and Potato Curry):

(serves 2 to 3 people)

Monday, 12 August 2013

Courgette/Zucchini Potato Curry

Dear Gujarati Food Made Easy lovers!

I would like to firstly apologise for my long absence from this blog as the excitement of actually having a summer, after many years, in the UK completely took me over and I have been enjoying the sunshine and getting carried away with doing Surya Darshan since! For those of you who don’t know, Surya Darshan literally means getting sight of the sun…

Anyway, there is much to report as well as a recipe to be shared so let’s crack on!

First of all, this blog has hit well over 25,000 visits and has been in existence for 1 year as of 17th July 2013. I am happy for this great achievement and I look to at least double the number of visitors in the second year of writing, so please do continue to help me in my mission of successfully promoting Gujarati food to the world as a whole and get your friends and family to share it with everyone that they know!

Thank you to everyone that has signed up to receive recipe alerts and to those who have joined our facebook and twitter pages:
twitter: @GujaratiFood

A special thank you to Saraswatichandra which is an Indian TV soap, currently being aired on Star Plus ( and DD National ( channels, for liking the Gujarati Food Made Easy Facebook page! I am truly excited and hope your viewers will join me as well in my quest to put Gujarati food on the global map!

Right, now down to business; today’s recipe is Courgette/Zucchini & Potato Curry (Turiya Bataka nu Shaak). Here is a picture of the final dish:

(serves 2)