Firstly, thank you so much for liking my teatime snack post on Lentil stuffed crispy barfi & the Easiest Cake in the world. Its always so humbling to be appreciated for a creative culinary idea.It does help so much in being inspired & motivated for more such new creations in terms of food & menu!
As a token of a big thank you,I am doing another tea time snack today which goes perfectly well as a starter or a quick bite anytime along with something sweet.
This one is a clutch. If you are a lady, oh you know what I mean. Dont you crave those box clutches that fits in perfectly in your hand & compliments the colour of your dress?
If you are a gentleman and the kind who is clueless right now. Its a Hand purse that comes ib different sizes, shapes, colour and finish! Yes, its pretty & handy!
Today’s recipe is of bite size clutches filled with goodness of capsicum & a subtle hint of herbs and heat. (Of course you can balance that to your taste)
Its easy, quicker than many other recipes you try pretty often and I promise you will like them just as much as my family did. 🙂
The second batch of these I had made were served with Homemade frothy Coffee & Homemade Crispy Jalebi.
Bite size Capsicum Clutches served with homemade tomato ketchup & hot hot green tea or homemade frothy coffee! You can also serve them as meatless starters 🙂
Let’s get the tea party started. Shall we??
Capsicum clutches -Teatime snack/Starter
The dough can be freezed for a good 2-3 days without any effect in taste or making
For the dough of outer clutch/covering
-All purpose flour/Refined wheat flour, 1/2 cup
– Rice flour/Corn flour, 1/2 cup ** scroll down for a note
– Salt, 1-2 teaspoon or to taste
– oil, 1/2 tablespoon
-baking powder, 1 teaspoon
– sugar, a pinch/ 1/2 teaspoon
-Chilled water, for kneading
-Capsicum, 1 medium size, chopped small
– onion, 1 small size, finely chopped
– garlic, 5-6 cloves, grated or finely chopped
– oil, 1/2 tablespoon
– butter, 1 tablespoon
– salt, to taste
-sugar, 1/2 teaspoon
-Thyme(dried) or your favourite herb, 1 teaspoon
-Fresh red chillies, 1-2 or to taste (you could use green chillies too but the red create a good contrast)
-red chilli powder/black pepper, to taste
-Parmesan Cheese (or cheddar), while filling each clutch use a small spoonful for each. Grate accordingly!
-You will need oil of your choice for deep frying the clutches. I used the olive oil for Indian cooking (not virgin!)
For the dough
Mix the flours,salt, baking powder and sugar with the oil.
Knead well with chilled water. Add the water gradually to make sure you dont have to keep addinh flour you make it of right consistency. Keep aside covered with a cloth or plate.
For the filling
Take a flat bottom kadai/wok or a non-stick pan, add oil & half the butter and heat it. Add the garlic and let it become golden. Add the onion and the fresh chopped red chillies. Sauté & cook for a good 3-4 minutes. Add salt to fasten the process.
Add chilli powder or black pepper, sugar and mix well. After a minute or so, add the thyme & lemon drops. To finish, add the butter and give a stir! Keep aside and cool it a little.
Now, take a rolling pin and flatten the dough. You may cut them into small rectangles, fill the cooked stuffing and grate cheese on top. Now, with a little water join the edges & keep aside.
Make a full batch.Deep fry the stuffed clutches.
Serve hot with tea or frothy coffee & homemade tomato ketchup! Do add a touch of chillies to up the heat 😉
Tip & notes :
☆Rice flour/corn flour gives it a crispy texture. You may grind rice & use it.
If you dont have any. Just All purpose flour/maida will work okay too.
☆If you use or like thyme, you mat use rosemary or any flavour/herb of your choice.
☆Its petfectly fine to twist the recipe a little to your taste. You may even Indianise it by adding cumin seeds in the oil etc.
Love & Luck,
Roy ❤ ❤
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