Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Vegan Refried Beans in edible bowl

Everyone loves to entertain but the biggest problem raises time to time what to cook : from appetizer, first course, side dishes and finally to dessert. Sometimes, I wonder, do we really need to cook many items to entertain? After the party or get together, you don’t even think for another one in the near future :) If planning is huge struggle, forgot about cooking and settling down with a menu. Well, if you are the one who experience all the symptoms before hosting a party. Grab this idea!
Get this easy, elegant and healthy appetizer in your next fiesta. Could be planned and made ahead the papad/papadum bowl or cup. It looks fancy but don’t be scared it takes only seconds to create one bowl! You need some Urad dhal papad, microwave and small cup to shape it.
For the filling, it could be anything, salad, beans, or even serve along with a bowl of rasam/sambar, chutney,....
I filled with easy microwave refried beans, which probably takes another 3 or 4 minutes!
How to make Papad/papadum bowl in microwave?
Papad or papadum/ appalam is an Indian product made with lentils (mostly urad dhal with different flavor, pepper, cumin, even plain etc..) usually deep fried in oil and thank God for the microwave invention which made life easier and even better with oil free.

Microwave timing for each small bowls: 13 seconds (could be less or more according ur microwave and depend on the papad size)
I have given the method for only one papad bowl.
Items needed:
Papad/papadum/appalam: medium size round one ( I used pepper papadum)
Tissue paper: one (optional)
Small bowl: to shape it

Method

I usually place a tissue paper first in the microwave and arrange the papad leaving enough space to grow.
I placed one papad (yes u have to proceed one by one to make this cute cup) .Microwave until they turn pale (it should be cooked after 13 seconds) and still pliable when u take it out. Place immediately in a small bowl and without much pressure slightly flatten the bottom (refer to the above picture). Leave it for another few seconds. Scooping papadum cups are ready!
Refried bean in microwave: Usually refried beans contains fat (lard) but this one is totatlly vegan using vegetable oil. Almost fat free! Using the pinto bean is authentic one! But I always cook with whatever I do have in my pantry!
My microwave cooking time: 4 minutes

My vegan version of Refried beans:

Ingredients:

Black bean: 1 /2 cup
Kidney bean: ½ cup
Salsa (hot): ½ cup
Onion: ¼ cup minced
Garlic clove: 1 or 2 minced
Oil: ½ tsp
Green onion: sliced (optional to garnish)

Method:
In a microwave safe bowl, add the oil, minced onion and garlic. Set the microwave for 2 minutes, in high power every 30 seconds take out and mix it.
Once they turn soft (after 2 minutes) add the beans (black & kidney) and salsa. Mix well and warm through (approximately one or 2 min). Take out and mash with potato masher! Or make life easier with hand blender but try to keep coarsely! If necessary add some water to prevent dry dip! I didn’t add any water and salt!
For non-vegan version, simply sprinkle some cheese after blending and keep in microwave until the cheese melt.
Idea of serving: You can serve with nachos or stuff the tortilla and make burrito!
Important serving suggestion for party: Make the bowl ahead and store in air tight container. Keep the filling in separate bowl. If you fill it , serve immediately otherwise they will turn soggy!
After my photo shooting, I ended up eating the soggy and soft bowls!
Enjoy the microwave snack at any time.


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Another easy cool breeze drink, to entertain in hot summer days. Pink lemonade! One of the things I got fooled when I landed US. Seeing the pink lemonade, I searched in every aisle of grocery store for pink lemon. In vain I didn’t find one hope it doesn’t exist! They just add (grenadine/pomegranate syrup or cranberry to give such a hue. Only the search engine God revealed all this answers for my curiosity!

Ok, I didn’t proceed any particular recipe for the lemonade, I just made a glass (of course for me)

Pink lemonade

Lemon
: ½
Cold Water: 1 cup
Powder sugar: 3 tsp (could be less or more)
Cranberry juice: 2 tsp
Ice cube: optional
Lemon wedges: optional

Squeeze the lemon in tall glass, add the sugar and mix well until it dissolves. Add the water and cranberry juice.
Serve chilled with ice cubes and lemon wedges.

Here goes my both recipe to Priya who is hosting two events at the same time.

MEC-Savoury Snack hosted by Priya, originated by Srivalli
FIC: pink Event , hosted by Priya , originated By Sunshinemom

Of course the vegan Refried beans with papadum is reaching to Holy Cow,Vaishu who is hosting a fiesta of Vegan world: Mexican.


Note: This page marks my 150 th post , Thanks for your generous encouragement, suggestion, support and awards. I have updated my award section!

72 comments:

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Edible bowl is too cute and tempting to have a bite! New to me:)
Pink lemonade is also looking pretty !

Pooja said...

Creative post...looking nice..

Lavi said...

Cham Edible Bowl Looks Great.. iam gonna try this!

jayasree said...

wow.. papad cups.Creativity at its best. Awesome recipe. Its very filling too.

Loved the idea of pink lemonade. Its so simple when you know about it, isn't it.

Hey, I too touched 150th with my last post. Congrats Cham.

LG said...

cute edible cups Cham. Pink lemonade looks beautiful too.

sowmya said...

thats a cute yummy cup..love the lemonade too,.,.

Andhra Flavors said...

very innovative and different one.

Uma said...

First, CONGRATS on the 150th post!

How do you get these cute ideas? The papad bowls look so pretty and wonderful. Perfect for parties.

Same pinch, today I made lemonade too, but not with only lemons! Will post the recipe soon. Pink Lemonade looks so beautiful and of course refreshingly delicious Cham!

notyet100 said...

congrts Cham for reachin the milestone,..wish u mny more,..
pink lemonade looks yum,,,
and bowls look so cute,..:-)dont ask me about the vegan refried beans,..i just wnt to pick one from the scree,..;-(

Varsha Vipins said...

First of all Congrats on making it to the big 150 Cham..you rock ..:)
I am awing jaw dropped at ur idea Cham..u r brilliant..They are so easy to make n looks n tastes so yum..Evryone will be so impressed..Great one dear..:)

Vandana Rajesh said...

This looks lovely Cham, a vegan bowl. Just saw a craft blog recently which had a similar bowl made out of the music record(put it into a bowl and into the oven you have a nice bowl that looks great on your table top). I can't wait to try this. Very innovative for serving at parties.

aquadaze said...

Such a great looking edible bowl Cham...you are really very creative!!

Priya said...

WOw CHam, am amazed to see ur both entries for FIC N MEC...needless to say vegan refried beans in papads looks too amazing, loved ur idea of using small bowls to give beautiful shape to the papads, Pink lemonade prefect for summer, am ready to have lemonade rite now even its not summer here...

Last but not least, my hearty wishes for ur 150th post, Keep on rocking...

Sharmilee! :) said...

Innovative papad cups!! Lemonade also looks cool!

Happy cook said...

I totally agree about dinner parties and when i gove one, i too try to make things which i can prepare ahead.
These papadoms looks beautiful and a real clever idea, i am gonna try this next time when i give a dinner.

homecooked said...

Wow...thats a nice way to make a papad bowl.Thanks for sharing it! Congrats on your 150th post :)

Chitra said...

papad as bowl loooks sooo cute and feel like grabbing it now;)lemonade looks awesome cham..all these recipes are new to me:)

Akal's Saappadu said...

nice idea for the apéritif, lovely presentation, i'd prefer the non-veg version;
adding the cranberry juice to the lemonade is an excellent touch!
cham, merci pour les commentaires etsurtout l' histoire de "mr crunch" :) i didn't know it actually! keep good!

Madhumathi said...

You are genius!The edible bowl is a wonderful idea..
Love to sip the pink lemonade..It looks very refreshing..Nice entries,Cham :)

Usha said...

Congrats on your milestone and all your awards ! Loved the papad cups and the vegan refried beans. Looks so cute and great for entertaining:-)

Sandeepa said...

That papad cup with refried beans is going to be next on my list. But works only with small papads right ?

Remember bee saying about her Mom twisting Papad to a cone and stuffing it (in her comment on my post)? This sounds similar. She said her mom stuffed it with green mangoes, tomatoes etc., that would work perfect with these too

Asha said...

Both look great Cham. I made Vegan Taco too. I never thought being a vegan is so easy but takes some thinking what to avoid to make it vegan though! :D

150! I got there few posts back too. Phew! ;D

Keep blogging.

AnuSriram said...

Wow.. Looks gr8! I always cook those big papads in microwave to avoid frying. Never tried these small ones.. They look so cute! Makes a wonderful treat!

Gita's Kitchen said...

Great recipes Cham :) What a wonderful idea of using papadam bowls for refried beans...love this twist...

Ann said...

Thats wonderful bowl Cham...delighted seeing the recipe..would kie to try soon

Noor said...

I made my pink thing a drink too, this looks so refreshing.

Pavani said...

Ya. .I'm always stumped on what to make when having company. Great idea with the papads and delicious recipe for refried beans. Great entry.

Laavanya said...

fabulous idea Cham and what a delightfully cute appetizer that makes.

Lemonade looks pretty too.

Deepa Hari said...

Congrats Cham on ur 150th post...keep rocking.

Just loved the papad bowl and beans...very creative...looks cute...nice pink lemonade.

Soma said...

The papad bowls are the neatest things Cham!! there are these small papads which curl up to a bowl when we put it in the MW.. without any support - everytime. I don't know why.

NEver thot of serving food in it! Love it yaar.

Ashwini said...

Wow so cute and tempting..I would like to have one bowl...Very creative ..Pink lemonde looks pretty..

Ashwini said...

Hey congrats on your 150th post..Keep blogging..

Cham said...

Sandeepa: The big one will be more pretty and will look like the tortilla bowl! But the trick is to pull the papad out at right time and mold it! Cone will be excellent idea for serving sundal!

Ushanandini said...

Congrats on your 150th post!.Papad edible bowl is very creative and nutritious snack for kids and of course for us also! :) My kids always love microwaved papad and kidney beans. I have bookmarked.
Pink lemonade is pretty! Pink is one of my fav color

Shubha said...

Cham this just looks soo yum...! so creative yaar...:) I am going to try it out....:D

Hey I had another querie with u... Taste of india is not working anymore...which other aggregator r u using now??

Sunshinemom said...

What a brilliant idea, Cham. I loved both the pinkade and the edible bowls!

Dhanya Nambirajan said...

Hey the pappad bowl with beans looks so cute and yummy.Very creative idea.Will try this one soon.

Vani said...

What a great idea to use papads, that too nuked, for edible bowls. The cups and the filling look so elegant, Cham.
Congrats on the 150th post! Looking forward to celebrating more milestones with you! Cheers! :)

Sujatha said...

very creative, Cham! They look lovely.. and your pink lemonade too..

Vicky Xavier. said...

Papad bowls are so cute. good for a party starter menu:)

Priya said...

those bowls look soo yummm Cham! Wonderful idea on using regular papads too, much more healthier than the store bought tostitos scoops I guess.

Aparna said...

Congartulations on the blog milestone, Cham. You have a lovely space here.
Those appalam bowls are cute. I regularly MW my papads but never thought of this, though I do roll pappads and fill them for appetizers.
Refired beans contain lard? Didn't know that!

Mrs.Kannan said...

Congrats on your 150th post chum...By seeing your pic first i thought you bought those papadams in store...nice way to make use of pappadams...lovely entry

Vaishali said...

How precious, Cham! Love those edible bowls, and love the refried beans recipe with salsa in it. Thanks for sending it in!

Yasmeen said...

You always come up with such cute ideas,I love these beans in papad bowls ,sure winning party appetizer:)

mitr_bayarea said...

Cham-

Microwave papadam cups- truly the height of creativity, love the idea. Congrats on the 150th post- every one of them is a treat to read and of course try out.

Jamie said...

The bean cups are too cute and I bet very very tasty! I love the St. Patrick's Day theme too! Hope all is well with you Cham :)

Suparna said...

Hi Cham,
Congratulations on ur 150th post!wishing many many more to come.
hey the papad idea is great....must say it'll make superb eye catching starters!!
pink lemonade....wow! looks cool and refreshing:)

Archy said...

wow, dats a nice idea using papad for a bowl Cham.. they look so cute !!
Lemonade perfect for spring now !! nice post yaar !!

Rathna said...

Congrats on your 150th post Cham. Hope to see many more posts here :-). All your recipes are wonderful and very innovative nad inspiring. Your Papad bowls and refried beans in one such post :-)

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A_and_N said...

Very very innovative!

karuna said...

tht is such a cool idea. loved it. reall nice

Curry Leaf said...

Love the bowl with refried beans.You are truly innovative Cham.Never ever tght of such a dish and that too in a microwave.The papad bowl looks too good to be true.Love the entire dish and wish I were right there.

vidhas said...

Wow!! Cham it is very innovative, and it s so.. cute the papad bowls. Pink lemonade is awesome.

DEESHA said...

very very innovative .. loved them soo much .. I think Iam try these quite soon .. yum yum

MR said...

now that is making the most
edible cups no waste great idea!!

Rajee said...

You've come up with very cute idea to put the pappad in a bowl to give beautiful shape like mexican tacos with salsa on it. Most of the indians living in US make it in the microwave but I never see them putting it in the cute bowl to give beautiful shape. I enjoy my stay in ur blog by coming up with cute ideas.

Vegetarian Medley said...

Yumm yumm entry, loved ur beans with cute bowls!!!!

priar's, said...

Wow edible romba cuteta irruku cham...did u get readymade salsa or u made it?

Paru ... said...

What a creative combo Cham..Luved the refried beans in papadam..

And pink lemonade looks so refreshing..I generally get plain lemonade, add saffron and cardamom, this gives a unique color too :)

Cilantro said...

I have seen tortilla shells made this way. Lovely Cham!!!. Would love to try both of your recipes.

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

hey that's a cute pappad cup... healthy and delicious entry.

Vibaas said...

Papad bowl looks so cute :) i usually stay away from refried beans because of the lard in it. this is a nice vegan version that looks so yum. Love pink lemonade too and why didn't i think of it? :D

Cham said...

Priar: I made with readymade (hot) we get in all stores and vegan too.

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

Congrats on your 150th post.. looks great! you are so creative! papad cups are cute!

Lemonade looks lovely!

Divya Vikram said...

Heights of creativity!!

Sia said...

what can i say: BRILLIENT!
my mom used to make coned papads and she would fill it with spiced murmure. :) fond memories...

Namratha said...

Wow Cham, this is such a cool idea! Love those papad 'bowls' :)

meeso said...

Awww, what a great idea... and they are cute too! I love your pink lemonade!!!

Madhuram said...

Congrats on the 150th post Cham. I too always microwave papads. It's even good when you spray oil lightly and then microwave it. Nice idea of using cranberry juice to lemonade.

Arvindh Kumar said...

those katori's look like easy work. I like it. Filling these is also a great idea. My kids have eaten Indian papads or papadums since they were 4yrs old. they cannot live without them. It's easier for them now, as they are 10 and we also bougt the Australian made Papadum Express. Much safere using that, then playing around with hot oil and and frying them and all. This ideas will also be liked by them I bet. They have always preferred food in the papadum rather than as an entree'. your pics show exactly what they do, with the Papadum Express, except they don't fold as much. will look into it further, I like this a lot.

Cheers,
Arvindh Kumar