Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Orzo Soup

This is a very Quick and easy soup.
It tastes great with some toasted bread or just by itself.
And you need very few ingredients to make it.
So go ahead and try some!


4 cups Vegetable/chicken stock or just water will do too.
1 Onion, cut in small dices
1 cup Corn(frozen)
1/2 cup Orzo(rice shaped italian pasta)
1 tsp hot sauce
Salt to taste
Juice of 1 Lime.


Place all the ingredients, except the limejuice, in the cooker.
Pressure cook till 1 whistle and switch off the gas.
Let the pressure drop on its own.
After you open the cooker, add the limejuice.
And its ready to serve.


Sunday, April 20, 2008

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada is another tasty snack which can be served at tea-time.
Infact I just love it at any time of the day.
Dahi Vada are fried lentil balls soaked in yoghurt and topped with spices.

To make the vadas you will need-
1 cup Urad Dal (soaked overnight)
1/4th cup Yellow Moong Dal (soaked overnight)
Oil for deep frying.

2 Green Chillies
1"piece Ginger

For the Yoghurt sauce you will need-

2 cups plain Yoghurt
2 tbsps Sugar
Black Salt
Cumin pwdr
RedChilli Pwdr
Sweet Chutney

How to Proceed-

After the dals have been soaked overnight, grind them in a mixer, alongwith chillies, ginger and salt. Taking care not to add much water, the batter should be fairly thick and dry.
Keep it for around 2 hrs.
Then deep-fry spoonfuls of the batter in moderately hot oil.
The vadas should be golden brown.
After removing them from the oil, soak them in a bowl filled with cold water for 10 mins.
Then squeeze out the water from each one of them and keep aside.

Meanwhile make the Yogurt Sauce-
Take 2 cups yoghurt, add sugar and whisk it well.

To Assemble-
Take a bowl and arrange 4 vadas on it.
Pour the prepared yoghurt on them.
Garnish with the sweet chutney, cumin pwdr, redchilli pwdr and black salt.
You can serve it immediately or chilled.

The vadas and the yoghurt can be stored in the fridge separately and assembled whenever required.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lemony Egg Soup

This recipe is again from one of my favourite- Rachel Ray's Kitchen.
My daughter is very fond of soups, so I try to make different varieties of soups for her.
This soup recipe is really very simple and quick and very easy to make.
It needs just a few things which we always have at hand.
So basically it is one of those rainy day recipes.
But definately worth making on any other day too!


4 Eggs
6 cups Chicken stock/ Vegetable Stock
1 big Lemon
1 Bay Leaf
1 tsp Hot sauce
A pinch of Saffron

Take the stock in a pan and start heating it.
Add a bayleaf, rind of 1 lemon and a pinch of saffron.
Let it boil.
After it starts boiling, close the Gas and let it steep for 5 minutes.

Take the juice of 1 lemon in a bowl.
Add 2 full eggs and 2 egg yolks to it and beat well.
Add Hot Sauce to it.
Add a ladleful of the stock(from the gas) to the eggs and beat well.

Then add this to the stock on the gas.
Keep on medium heat and keep stirring for about 10 mins.
Garnish it with chopped Cilantro.
And serve hot.

To make this soup as a complete meal, you can add cooked orzo or any other kind of pasta in the end and Enjoy!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Tongue-Tickling-Stir-Fried Green Beans

We had been to a sichuanese restuarant some days ago and apart from the other items that we liked, this simple Green beans were excellent.

So I tried to recreate them in my kitchen!

You need-

1 pound Green beans
1 tbsp Sesame seeds
1 tbsp minced Garlic
1 tsp Red chilli flakes
Salt and pepper to taste.
1 tbsp Vinegar
i tsp Soya sauce
1 tbsp Oil


Remove the stems of the beans and wash them well.

Heat oil in a pan or a wok.

Put in the sesame seeds.
Toast them until they crackle.

Then add the garlic and brown it.

Put in the green beans.
Stir well.

Add vinegar, soya sauce, salt, red chilli flakes and pepper.
Mix well.

Stir fry on high flame for 5-8 mins.

And serve hot as a side dish.