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Foxtail Millet and Vegetable Patties ~ Gluten free recipe

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I haven’t disappeared. Just been engulfed with things that happen in my non-blog world. I have opened this window countless times to just say hello or post a recipe, and shut it either because the words didn’t come out right (if at all), or I was too tired to even type out a recipe. 

A couple of years ago I began cooking (infrequently) with Millets. We first began buying and using them because they are nutritious and suited Amma’s diabetic diet. Later when we found our dog Sage was gluten intolerant, we switched him over to rotis made out of a combination of millets and rice flour. Millets now find themselves on the shelf with the other staples in my kitchen. Considering how long I have been cooking with them, I am quite ashamed I haven’t posted too many recipes here.

The easiest way to introduce yourself to millets, is to buy the flour and add it to dosa batter. I discovered foxtail millet and have been using it to replace rice to be eaten with dal, vegetables and curries and make pulav or upma with it. This millet looks like broken rice and is neutral in taste and flavour and hence is a good candidate to take for a test run if you are just starting off on millets. Ofcourse K won’t touch anything non mainstream with a barge-pole and one of the ways I got him to eat foxtail millet was to repeatedly sneak it into patties! He loves cutlets of all kinds, shapes and colours and sizes. 

This pattice recipe is quite simple and versatile enough to accommodate whatever vegetables you may have on hand, so feel free not to stick to the ones I used!

foxtail millet and vegetable patties

foxtail millet and vegetable patties

Foxtail Millet and Vegetable Patties

(Makes 8 medium patties)

Potato                                        2 medium, boiled, peeled and crumbled

Foxtail Millet                          1/2 cup, soaked in water for 2 hours, pressure cooked with 1 cup water for 2-3 whistles

Corn Kernels                           1/4 cup, fresh or frozen

Peas                                             1/4 cup, fresh or frozen

Carrot                                         1/2 cup, grated

Salt and pepper                      to taste

Lemon juice                            1 teaspoon

Fresh coriander leaves       a small bunch, chopped finely

Fresh Ginger                           1/2 inch piece, grated or chopped finely

Cumin Powder                       1/4 teaspoon

Garam Masala                        1/4 teaspoon (optional)

Red Chilli Powder                1/2 teaspoon (adjust according to spice tolerance)

Gram Flour (besan)             1-11/2 tablespoons (adjust according to the requirement for binding)

Oil                                                2-3 tablespoons for frying

Wash and soak the foxtail millet. After 2 hours, pressure cook with 1 cup water for 2-3 whistles. When cooled, fluff with a fork.

Add the peas, corn and grated carrot to a bowl and cook on high power in the microwave oven (or blanch in hot water on a stove top) for 3 minutes.

Crumble the potatoes, add the cooked millets and the rest of the ingredients  except the gram flour. Mix together and do a taste test. Adjust salt and spices according to your preferance. 

take a small portion of the mixture and shape into a patty, if it does not hold shape, add the gram flour with 1/2 tablespoon of water and mix together. Make 8 portions, shape into a round and flatten into a patty. 

Heat a frying pan (I use a non stick one) on medium high heat till hot. Add 2 tablespoons of oil swirl the pan so that the oil coats the whole cooking surface. Gently place the patties onto the pan and fry on medium heat for 5 minutes till golden brown. Flip over and fry on the other side too. 

Serve hot with sauce or chutney. 

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Reader’s of my blog know that I do the disappearing act now and then. It’s some wonder that you are all still here, even if you stumbled upon my blog by chance, please stay, say hello and leave me a comment. A few days ago, we hit the magic number of 10K fans on the facebook page. Those of you who are subscribed to the page will get all the updates as they happen. I have merged the pages of the blog and the classes for the sake of my sanity. So while I apologise for the bombardment of class schedules, hopefully regular programming of recipes, tips and other fun stuff will resume quickly. 

The Culinary Escapades classes have been doing very well. Thank you for your love and support. It all started right here, on this blog. I still remember being super excited when I baked my first ‘edible’ cake. I remember tagging them as ‘baking escapades’ with their own numbers! I cannot believe I am teaching baking and slaying baking demons today. I am grateful for the love and the encouragement I receive each day through this blog. I’m doing multiple classes now, teaching all sorts of recipes from salads to chocolates. I’ve done classes with just one person and groups from corporate offices too. Each class I teach, I learn much more than I give. I’ve gained beautiful friendships and experienced the encouragement of friends who will push me to announce a class or force me to undertake an order for a batch of cupcakes. 

Today in my Dessert making class, I spoke for the first time about how I spent my teens and early twenties trying to prove so hard that I wasn’t a girly girl. I tried to be tough and break every stereotype. People who knew me through school and college gag at the fact that I write a food blog and that I teach cooking. But the truth is, I have found myself in the last 8 odd years, I have made peace with the demons both inside and outside my head, I have learnt to listen to my heart and do what makes me feel good. If this translates into being every form of stereotype, then so be it, because today, it does not make me upset to have a label stuck to me. I know better than to judge my life or that of anyone else’s with a set of words. 

If you want to see the pictures of our dessert making shenanigans, click here

On that note, I wish you a beautiful weekend and wherever in the world you are, stay happy. 

 

 

Multi city Shopping Guide for Baking Supplies and Chocolate Material

I receive atleast 2 dozen mails per week asking for various bits of information about where to buy material for chocolate making, not just in Hyderabad, but in Bangalore and Chennai too. Replying individually may not always be possible. I thought it would be helpful to write a single post on this for the benefit of my readers. Most of the vendors here are wholesale / bulk supplies. At the end of the post, I’ve included information of a few supermarkets/ departmental stores which stock a few items too.

Please note that these are just pointers. The best way to find something locally is to ask around. The internet is not yet full of information about hole in the wall places in india where supplies are available.

For Chocolate Making you will essentially need cooking chocolate slabs, Chocolate moulds, essence, colour, wrapping paper, etc. If you want to attempt fancy packing you will need gift boxes, fancy bags and pouches and other chocolate making paraphenelia. the places listed below have all of these.

A word about Chocolate Slabs: There are many varieties which  differ in price and obviously quality. My advise to you is to buy the best that you can afford. In India, there is usually no indication of percentage of cocoa which is clearly marked on imported chocolate. the basic dark, white and milk variants are available.

Most supermarkets and large and medium sized departmental stores are now stocking baking material and paraphernalia. A lot of facebook groups also have resource guides with pointers and information.

Wholesale and retail sales

Hyderabad & Secunderabad

Sri Venkateshwara Agencies, General Bazar
Directions: Get into the main market lane (after the MG statue) and walk past Taruni , CheapJack and Kalpana footwear. go past hardware stores to find Venkateshwara Agencies on your right. The contact person is Prem.

Chawla Essence Mart
3-2-101, Opposite Bommana Bros General Bazaar, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh 500003 – 040 27812061
Directions: entry is easier through RP Road, Enter at the dargah and walk about 200 metres into the lane. it is opposite Bommana Brothers cloth showroom, to the right of the road.

Adilaxmi Enterprises, Road 10 Banjara Hills, Call Rakesh for directions: 9246563608

Baker’s Kraft (speciality baking supplies store, stockist for Wilton products including fondant supplies)
Opp Neerus Emporium, Griffin Breads, Madhapur Phone number – 9949894130

Lohiya Agrotech also called Bakers Super Mart
7-1-215/f4, Shop No.6 & 6, Tirumala Towers, Dharam Karan Rd, Ameerpet, Hyderabad. Phone number 092 46 297889

Arife Lamoulde

next to Grillz Chicken, Madhapur near IOC petrol pump 9642433971

Baker’s Dezire

Ahuja Complex, Abids, 9246175508

Visakhapatnam

VK’s La Chocolat
10-50-18/4/1, Ground Floor, Siripuram, Opp. HSBC Call Centre, Siripuram,  Visakhapatnam

Bangalore

General Foods and Additives

No.175/3, Opp SBI ATM, 1st Mn Rd, Seshadripuram, Bangalore – 560020

Contact person: Ramachandra Tk

(80)-23367878, 23367874, 23360517

Chennai

Viveka Essence Mart

No 285/128, Wall TAX Road, Park Town, Chennai – 600003

(44)-25350771, 25354240

Directions: This is the lane adjacent to the Chennai Central Station, several of the parallel roads lead to this area sriwhich has an abundance of wholesale chocolate making and baking supply stores. Viveka is the one i go to when in chennai, but there are several others as well.

Retail sellers of chocolate slabs, choco chips, cake decoration material, icing guns and nozzles, baking tins, muffin cups (paper and silicone), tart pans, cookie cutters, icing sugar, food colours, essence etc.

Delhi / Gurgaon

INA market

Morning Stores in GK I

Le Marche in Vasant Vihar (or one of the big markets in South Delhi)

Needs in Gurgaon

Supermarkets and Departmental Stores

Hyderabad:

Q mart – 5th Floor, Uptown Banjara, Road No. 3, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad

Ratnadeep Super Market – Hitech city, Kondapur, Madinaguda, Gachibowli, Sri Nagar Colony and Vikrampuri

Hypercity – Inorbit MAll, Opp I labs, Hitech City

Auchan – Oasis Centre Begumpet, 3rd floor, #6-3-112, Begumpet, Phone: 040-44386233

Chennai

Nilgiris – call to check since the smallers stores do not have the full range of supplies

Amma naana – Chamiers Road Nandanam

Bangalore

Nilgiris Supermarket  – Brigade Road (has practically everything needed for baking, cake decoration and chocolate making, they also have excellent cocoa powder under their own brand.  Makes good sense to stock up, the other myriad branches across the city don’t have as much stuff)

Auchan Supermarket – 3rd floor, Salarpuria Tech Point, Koramangala, Mantri Square Malleshwaram, Bannerghatta Road, Gopalan Signature Mall

Auchan has brances in Chennai, Coimbatore, Mangalore, Pune, Delhi, Gurgaon, Pune, Vijayawada and Ghaziabad. They are a well stocked supermarket and should have most of the basic pans, baking tools and ingredients needed for baking and chocolate making.

Online Resources

There are a lot of reliable websites that have good quality, often imported baking, pastry and chocolate supplies, tools and equipment. If you live in a city that does not have a store, these are good (tho usually more expensive) options. This is not an exhaustive list. Please leave a comment if you know of any other sources.

Houseproud

Magickart

Thebakestore

Zansaar

Chocolate Making Class on 24th July, Saturday @ 11.a.m

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12 kinds of handmade chocolate, all materials included and a recipe booklet and hamper as a takeaway. Email me at arundati.rao@gmail.com or leave a comment to know more.

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