Thursday, December 6, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
They are tough from outside but soft and fleshy from the inside.
The only portion that is consumed is the inner seeds and soft flesh.
While the outer stem is discarded after properly sucking the juice out of it!
The drumsticks are normally boiled before use so that they turn softer.
This drumsticks dish is a spicy side dish which is loved by my family.
Its easy to make and tastes great too!
You will need -
6-8 Drumsticks, cut into finger-length pieces
You can peel some of the outer hard skin
(you can use the frozen precut variety too)
Oil, 1 tbsp
Salt, to taste
Red Chilli Pwdr, 1 tsp
Turmeric, 1/4 tsp
Coriander Pwdr, 2 tsps
Cumin Pwdr, 1 tsp
Monday, October 29, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Asha suggested to me that I must forward this recipe to Hima for her event of What's your Favourite with the theme of Diet Food this month. Thanks Asha.
So this is my contribution for the Diet Food event, Hima.
Corn salad has approximately-
2 gms Total Fat
0 mg Cholesterol
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Make a ball of one part and roll out a little.
Fill it with stuffing in the centre and roll out again to make a paratha.
Cook on a hot griddle putting oil or ghee on both the sides.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
1 small head of cabbage, chopped
1 cup Yellow Lentils(Toor Daal)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
I like the way she cooks and talks!
This recipe comes straight from her kitchen.
It is usually served as an appetiser.
But in our home it is not uncommon to make a meal out of appetisers.
So we had this for one of our quick night dinners!
The only changes that I made were-
Substituting Parsley with Cilantro.
And Grilled Seasoning with chicken tandoori masala.
I used Athens Phyllo dough Pastry sheets.
To make a vegetarian version of this dish I think Soya granules would be a nice choice and also grated paneer would go well.
For making these you will need-
1/2 pounds ground chicken breast
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons black pepper pwdr
2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
2 teaspoons Red chilli powder
2 teaspoons Chicken Tandoori Masala
2 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
4 sheets phyllo dough
4 tablespoons butter, melted
Place chicken in a bowl and mix with spices and Cilantro and salt.
Place a piece of phyllo on a nonstick cookie sheet, butter it and top with a second sheet.
Divide the chicken in half.
Form a 1-inch thick log the length of the long side of the phyllo dough.
Roll the log in phyllo tightly.
Cut the chicken filled phyllo into 4 "cigars" and brush with a dab more butter.
Repeat to make a total of 8 chicken and phyllo roll-ups.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes until golden.
And its ready to serve.
And now its time for the Awards-
Archana of TriedandTested Recipes was really very kind in forwarding these awards to me-
The Power of Schmooze Award is for bloggers who “effortlessly weave their way in and out of the blogosphere, leaving friendly trails and smiles, happily making new friends along the way. They don’t limit their visits to only the rich and successful, but spend some time to say hello to new blogs as well. They are the ones who engage others in meaningful conversations, refusing to let it end at a mere hello - all the while fostering a sense of closeness and friendship.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
So whenever I soak Black grams to make 'Rasewale Kale chane ', I surely make it a point to soak a little extra for making this chaat for an evening snack or morning breakfast.
For making Kaale chane ki chaat,
You will need-
2 cups boiled kaala chana(Bengal Grams)
1 small Onion, finely chopped
1 Tomato, finely chopped
1 Green chilli, finely chopped
Salt to taste
1 tsp Chaat masala
1/4 tsp Black pepper pwdr
1/4 tsp Red chilli pwdr
Cilantro to Garnish
Juice of a lime.
I usually soak the grams in the night and then the following evening I boil them in the pressure cooker with a good amount of water till they are nice and soft. Dont worry even if you cook them for longer time because they really can never get mushy!
Sprinkle lime juice and garnish with chopped cilantro.
And I bet you cant resist yourself from digging a spoon into it to get the nice tangy-spicy taste.
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Pick and rinse the rice and soak it in water for 1/2 an hour.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
- The first and the most important fact of my life is that I am extremely God Fearing and I cant stop thanking God enough for all the blessings He has showered upon me. I start and end my day with thanksgiving to God. I try to love God above all things and be obedient to Him in all that I say, hear and do.I read my Bible everyday and never leave an oppurtunity to testify infront of others.I love to pray for my family, friends and relatives.
- I am a very family person. I love to spend as much time as I can with my hubby and my daughter. I simply adore my daughter and cant imagine her getting married and going away from me one day!
- I love to cook and more so to eat! I like to watch cookery shows, read cookery books(like novels) and eat home-cooked healthy food and also eating out! I ofcourse love visiting food blogs and trying out new recipes.
- I am extremely fond of sleeping and can sleep for as long as possible! Once (ofcourse before marriage) I slept for 15 hrs at a stretch! I dont like to be waken up in the morning by anybody and I hate to get up early !
- I am a very slow eater and keep chewing on my food! When evrybody in the family has finished their dinner and also their dessert, I would be still found gnawing at my food! I believe in drinking my food and eating my milk:). I love to drink milk and coffee but dislike tea anytime, anywhere!
- I love to read all sorts of Books, Novels, Magazines and especially The Bible and anything under the sun regarding cooking!
- I love to shop. And I can go on shopping (and ofcourse window shopping) without getting tired or bored for hours on end. I love travelling too. The mere idea of packing and going out makes me excited!
- The last but not the least I want to do some social service in my life and be of help to people who are not in a position to return the favour.
I really enjoyed writing this meme and thanks Archana for giving me an oppurtunity to do so! I hope everyone would enjoy reading it too and if you feel like sharing your life facts with others then consider yourself tagged!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
You can make this Fish Curry using any fish you like.
To make Rice-
Friday, July 13, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
How to proceed-
Now for the assembly-
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
1/2 tsp jeera pwdr
How to Proceed-
For making the Pattice-
For the Green Chutney-
Sunday, June 24, 2007
It also happens to be one of the favourites in our home.
We eat chole i.e. white chick peas or Garbanzo beans or chana in various forms.
Sometimes I just boil the chickpeas and throw in some chopped raw onions, tomatoes, cilantro, salt, red chilli powder and some chaat masala and eat it for breakfast or as an evening snack.
Friday, June 15, 2007
After they were sprouted, I steamed them for just 5 minutes in the cooker.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
1 packet button mushrooms, cut in halves.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Add a little salt to the grated radish and keep aside for 10 minutes.
Friday, May 18, 2007
My recipe for Nupur's 'Q' of Indian vegetables is Quick Quesadilla.
I have given this dish the name 'Quick' Quesadilla as this recipe involves minimum preparation and can be made quickly when you are in a hurry. But I was not in a hurry though! So I made the tortillas at home.
Cheese and Baked beans really make a great filling for quesadillas
For making the tortillas,
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour(maida)
2 tsps oil
Mix the above ingredients to make a soft dough by adding enough water.
Knead the dough well.
Divide the dough into 10 portions.
Roll each portion into a thin round.
Cook lightly on a griddle and keep aside.
Now for the filling,
1 can of chili beans(you can use any baked beans of your choice)
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 tbsp chilli sauce
2 tbsps chopped cilantro
How to Proceed:-
Mix the above ingredients for the filling together.
Divide the filling into 5 portions.
Spread one portion of the filling on a tortilla.
Cover with another tortilla.
Repeat the same with the remaining tortillas and filling to make 4 more quesadillas.
Heat a griddle and using a little butter, cook the prepared quasadillas on both the sides until golden brown in colour.
Serve hot with salsa.
For making salsa,
1 Jalapeno pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 fresh tomato
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp olive oil
Blend all the ingredients together into a sauce.
For the filling you can also use minced meat or scrambled eggs instead of the baked beans.
Alongwith the baked beans you can also put some finely chopped onions and capsicum, it will add a nice crunch to the quesadillas.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
2 carrots, grated
5 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 big onion, sliced
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
Thursday, May 10, 2007
One fine day when I opened my Refrigerator(which is usually overflowing with meats and vegetables) I only found a bunch of spinach and some paneer staring at me. So I immediately decided to try my hand at Palak Paneer.
So I scurried through my recipe books to find a quick recipe for Palak Paneer.
And I was successful! The book of Nita Mehta came to my rescue and the dish was ready in less than 30 minutes!!
1 bunch spinach(palak)
200 gms paneer-cut into cubes
1 medium onion-finely chopped
1 inch piece ginger-chopped
5 flakes garlic-chopped
2 tbsp tomato puree
a pinch of asafoetida(hing)
1 tbsp ghee
Boil the spinach leaves for 5 minutes in 1/2 cup of water.
Cool. Blend in a mixer to a puree.
Heat ghee in a pan.Add Hing,Chopped ginger and garlic.
Saute for sometime and then add the finely chopped onion to it.
Reduce flame and fry onion till light brown.
Add tomato puree and mix well.
Then add the diced paneer.
Increase the flame and fry for 2 minutes.
Then add the palak paste to it.
Cover and cook for 5 minutes on low flame.
Remove from fire and serve hot with Chappati or rice.
TIP:-You can also add 1 tbsp fresh cream in the end before serving.
And this is my entry for Nupur's A-Z of Indian Vegetables.
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
So I try to make chinese food often at home.
I had started with fried rice and noodles. Then went on to make manchurian which turned out pretty well.
This week I tried my hand at Chilli Chicken. It was really delicious. And I served it with vegetable fried rice and Asparagus.
2 Chicken Breasts(boneless,skinless)-cut into bite sized pieces
1 large green bell pepper - cut in quarters
2 tbsp cornflour
2 tbsp All Purpose Flour(Maida)
1 tbsp Tomato ketchup
A dash of salt and black pepper powder
1 tsp grated ginger
1 pod of garlic finely chopped
1 bunch of scallions(green onions)
2 small green chillies-finely chopped
Cilantro to garnish
First marinate the chicken chunks with cornflour,maida,1 egg,1 tbsp soyasauce,1 tsp vinegar,salt and black pepper powder.Keep aside in the fridge for atleast half an hour.
Take a generous amount of oil in a pan and fry the marinated chicken pieces till they are golden brown in colour. Remove from the pan and keep them on a tissue paper to drain out the excess oil.
In the same pan, add chopped garlic,ginger and saute for sometime. Then put in the finely chopped scallions leaving aside the green part for putting in the end.
After 3 mins or so put in the bell pepper and green chillies.
Then add the fried chicken pieces. Mix well.
Add a tsp of soya sauce and vinegar.And 1 tbsp of tomato ketchup.
Then add salt and pepper to taste.
And garnish it with green part of the scallions and finely chopped cilantro.
This would be dry chicken chilli. If you wish to make it with a little gravy then add a tsp of cornflour in a cup of water and add it in the pan and bring it to the desired consistency.
2 cups cooked Rice(not fully cooked but almost 3/4th done)
2 carrots finely chopped
1/2 a cup of green peas(fresh or frozen)
a cup of finely chopped green beans
a pod of garlic finely chopped
1 large onion sliced
salt and black pepper powder
Take 2 tbsps of oil in a pan. Put finely chopped garlic and sliced onion.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
To make Stir fried vegetables you will need:-
10 florets of cauliflower
10 florets of brocolli
10 baby carrots or 2 medium carrots, cut lengthwise
1 big onion sliced
1 pod of garlic cut into slivers
2 green chillies cut into slivers
half a cup of sweet corn kernels
a cup of baby spinach
Slivered peppers(green,red,yellow, all or whichever is available)
1 tbsp stir fry sauce (optional)
1 tbsp soya sauce
1 tsp chilli sauce
1 tsp vinegar
a dash of salt and pepper
Olive oil or vegetable oil.
Heat oil in a wok. Add garlic and roast it well, be careful not to brown it.
Add the sliced onions and chillies and fry them.
Keep the flame of the stove on high.
Then add the cauliflower florets and carrots.
Stir fry for sometime and then put in the brocolli,spinach,corn kernels and peppers.
Now add all the sauces, vinegar, salt and pepper.
And its ready to serve!!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
And whenever I am in the mood of eating some healthy street food, so this is the first choice.
For making the Bhaji for the Pav you will need -
The following vegetables in whatever proportion you prefer,
- Green Peas
Apart fom the vegetables u will also need-
- Pav (Bread)
- Pav Bhaji masala (I use Everest or Badshah, you can use any brand)
- Red Chilly Powder
First of all boil the potatoes, cauliflower, peas and carrots till they are tender.
Then mash them coarsely and keep aside .
Heat oil or butter in a pan .
Add minced garlic then add finely chopped onions and also finely chopped capsicum and saute till they turn brown.
Then add the grated tomatoes and blend well.
Add the red chilly powder , salt and pav bhaji masala and saute well.
Then put in the boiled and mashed vegetables.
Add little water if required.
Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Preparing the Pav-
- Slit the pav across the center, apply butter (generously) and warm it on a griddle .
- Serve the Bhaji with buttered pav, chopped onions and lime slices.
Monday, April 23, 2007
This simple salad needs veggies like- Lettuce (any kind that u like), cucumbers,onions,tomatoes,red cabbage,Oranges,apple,pineapple,carrots. Basically whatever u can eat raw and have in ur fridge ! And the quantity of each ingredient can also be as per ur liking. I usually take 1 each of all the veggies and fruits. u can use any fruits or veggies that u like. For the dressing u need olive oil,honey,salt,vinegar and ground black pepper. I also use a store bought dressing for a change at times like the thousand island dressing.
Wash all the vegetables and fruits well. Cut the lettuce in bite sized pieces and put them in a big salad bowl. Cut the cucumbers,onions,tomatoes,apples,carrots,cabbage in thin strips (juliennes) and add them into the bowl.Peel the skin of the orange and cut the slices into cubes,Half a cup of pineapple cubes (either fresh or tinned ) add them all in the bowl.
Then prepare the dressing. Take a tbsp of olive oil,a tsp of vinegar,a tsp of honey,a dash of salt and pepper and whisk them all together and pour it over the salad and mix them all together and serve.
Instead of the above dressing sometime I use the thousand island dressing and it tastes really great. I also add asparagus to the salad sometimes. Cut off the hard ends of the asparagus and cut them into 2" long sticks.wash them and put them in boiling water for 2 mins , remove and cool and put them in the salad bowl along with the other veggies.
Health Tip - When eating an orange make sure not to remove the 'white thread like' fibres (pericarp) surrounding the fruit with its rind removed. According to Wikipedia the pericarp is an excellent source of dietary fibre and has equal amounts of vitamin C as the fruit.