Wednesday, 29 February 2012

cheese and chips


Cheese and chips! who doesn't love this??????

Ingredients:
Medium potatoes (4) (unpeeled)
Oregano (dried) (1tbsp)
Red chilli flakes (1tbsp)
Lemon juice (1tbsp)
Tomato salsa (2 tbsp)
Cheese (1 small bowl) (grated)
Salt
oil
Method:
  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Wash the potatoes and cut wedges.
  2. Mix the oil, oregano, chilli flakes and salt together in a bowl and toss the wedges into it so that the seasoning coats them.
  3. Place the potato wedges on a baking tray and bake uncovered for 20-30 min or till the potatoes are cooked and browned.
  4. Transfer the potato wedges into another microwave safe dish and spread some tomato salsa and cheese on top of the wedges.
  5. Microwave till the cheese melts and serve hot!!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Roasted tomato salsa


Roasted tomato salsa! I actually licked up the remaining portion of in from the blender jar!

Ingredients:
Tomatoes (3 big)
Onion (1 big)
Garlic cloves ( 6-7)
Green chillies (2-3)
Coriander and pudina  (½ cup )
Oregano (dry) (2 tbsp)
Vinegar (1 tbsp)
sugar (½ tbsp)
Salt
Oil
Method:
  1. Cut the tops of the tomatoes, peel the onions and garlic cloves.
  2. Place the tomatoes, onions and garlic in a baking tray. Drizzle some oil on the vegetables, and sprinkle some Oregano on top.
  3. Cook in the oven for 10mins.
  4. In a blender blend the roasted vegetables, coriander, pudina, chilles, vinegar and salt.
  5. Add some water if you want the consistency to be a little thin. This yummy salsa can be used as a dip with a variety of things such as chips, bhajiyas and it can also be used as a pasta sauce!!!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Roasted vegetable salad with Paneer tikka.


Wanted to get rid of the traditional way of eating Paneer tikka, the vegetables and paneer in the salad form seems something very new!! try to know yourself!!

Ingredients for Paneer tikka:
Paneer cubes (150gms)
Yogurt (1 cup)
Ginger garlic paste (1tbsp)
Red chilli powder (1tbsp)
Garam masala (½tsp)
Lemon juice (½ lemon)
Cheddar cheese (grated) (1 cube)
Oil
Salt
Ingredients for roasted vegetables:
Vegetables of your choice (cut into big pieces) (1 big bowl) (use atleast three to four vegetables)
Red chilli powder (1tbsp)
Chaat masala (1tbsp)
Lemon juice (1 lemon)
salt
Method:
  1. Place the paneer in a bowl and add the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, garam masala, lemon juice, cheddar cheese and mix it well such that the mixture coats every piece properly.
  2. Keep to marinate for 1/2  hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 170 degrees.
  4. Take the vegetables in a bowl and add red chilli powder, chaat masala, lemon juice and salt. Mix well.
  5. Drizzle some oil on a baking tray.
  6. Place the paneer and vegetables on the baking tray and drizzle some more oil on the paneer and vegetables.
  7.  Place the tray in the oven and cook for 15-20 minutes (on combination mode).
  8. Turn the paneer and vegetables in between once.
  9. Mix the vegetables and paneer tikka before serving. Serve hot!! Enjoy!!

Saturday, 18 February 2012

My custard cake with fresh fruits


What do you do when you get a craving for something sweet at 11 in the night?! You would probably search the fridge out, that’s exactly what I did but instead of picking up some chocolates and gulping them down I decided to cook!! Another search in the fridge and I knew what I was making some fruits, milk, eggs and tada!! Another 20 minutes and I was enjoying my hot custard cake with fresh fruits!! And this is by far my best custard cake!! Here is the recipe hope you enjoy it as much as I did:)
Ingredients:
Vanilla slice cake (2)
Milk (1 cup)
Fresh cream (¼ cup)
Egg (1)
Fresh fruits (Orange, chikoo, strawberry and green grapes) (diced)
Sugar (3tbsp)
Powdered white sugar (¼ cup)
Vanilla essence (1-2 drops)
Method:


  1. Put the oven to preheat at 150 degrees. 
  2. Take a flat circular mould and Heat 3tbsp of sugar in a till it melts and turns golden brown and swirl to coat the sides of the mould. Keep aside to cool. 
  3. Mix the sugar in the milk and add a beaten egg and cream to it. Add the vanilla essence and mix well. 
  4. Crush the cake finely in the mould that has been coated with sugar. Put the fruits and pour the milk mix into the mould. 
  5. Cook in the preheated oven for 15 – 20 mins. Once done let it cool.
  6. To serve, place a plate over the mould, hold firmly in place and turn over gently. 
  7. The custard cake will turn over onto the plate, caramel side up! Enjoy:)

Friday, 17 February 2012

chicken tikka lollypops


This is my twist to the normal chicken tikkaz , I ve used chicken lollypops  instead of the boneless chicken pieces that are used to make chicken tikkaz. The reason I have added cheese is that it makes the tikka's creamier and softer.
Ingredients:
Chicken lollypops (9)
Yogurt (1 cup)
Ginger garlic paste (1tbsp)
Red chilli powder (1tbsp)
Garam masala (½tsp)
Lemon juice (½ lemon )
Processed cheese (grated) (1 cube)
Oil
Salt
Method:
  1. Wash the chicken and place in a bowl and add the yogurt, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, garam masala, lemon juice, cheese and mix it well such that the mixture coats every chicken properly.
  2. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and leave the chicken for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. (You may keep the chicken to marinate overnight too, that will only make your tikka yummier!!)
  3. Heat the oven to the maximum temperature to match the heat of the barbeque.
  4. Drizzle some oil on the chicken.
  5. Place the chicken on the grill rack and cook for 20-25 minutes (on combination mode).
  6. Serve hot with sliced onion and lemon wedges.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

chole


This is another North Indian dish, traditionally served with bhature. This is my take on this traditional dish. hope you'll like it!

Ingredients:
Chole (chikpeas)(boiled)(250gms)
Tomato (pureed) (2 big)
Onion (finely chopped)(2 big)
Coriander (finely chopped)
Ginger-garlic paste (1tbsp)
Garam masala (½tsp)
Red chilli powder (1 ½tbsp)
Coriander powder (1tbsp)
Chaat masala (1tsp)
Gur aur imli ka pani (2tbsp)(soak 1 tbsp tamarind(imli) and 1 tbsp jaggery(gur) in water for 15 mins and use this water)
Oil (for cooking)
Salt
Method:
  1. In a sauté pan pour some oil. Add the onions to this and cook till translucent.
  2. Add the tomato puree and cook for 5 mins. Add ginger-garlic paste, Garam masala, Red chilli powder, Coriander powder, and Gur aur imli ka pani. Mix well and cook till the oil starts separating.
  3. Add the chole at this point. Sprinkle salt, chaat masala and coriander and mix well.
  4. Cook for another 2 mins and serve hot with poori, bhature or rice! Your wish! A thin yellow kadi as a side drink goes quite well with it too! 
Check out my recipe for the yellow kadi. enjoy!!:)

yellow kadi


This is a thin kadi made with yogurt, the subtle taste of the kadi works very well with spicy dishes such as chole.

Ingredients:
Dahi (yogurt) (250gms)
Green masala (coriander, Green chilli, garlic and zeera (cumin)) (ground to a paste) (1tbsp)
Turmeric powder ( ½ tsp)
Besan(chana dal) flour (1tbsp)
Coriander (finely chopped)
Garlic pods (chopped) (3-4 cloves)
Curry patta (curry leaves)(4-5 leaves)
Water (1 ½ glass)(you may increase or decrease the water depending upon how thin you want the kadi to be)
Oil (for choke)
salt
Method:
  1. In a blender, blend the yogurt, green masala, turmeric powder and besan flour.
  2. Add the water and blend again.
  3. In a pan drizzle some oil and put the garlic and curry leaves in it. Sauté till the garlic turns slightly brown.
  4. Now add the yogurt mix to this and cook for 5 mins and serve hot in a glass!! Enjoy!!:)

Mutton kababs


This is one of  my mother's recipe, I copy her in this one to the T, because there is no scope of improvement in here!! These crispy kabab's are a family favourite! hope you guys like it too:)

Ingredients:
Mutton mince (finely minced) (250 gms)
Onion (finely chopped)(1 small)
Lemon juice (½ lemon)
Coriander and pudina (½ cup)
Ginger - garlic paste (1 tbsp)
Garam masala (½ tbsp)
Red chilli powder (1 tbsp)
Corn flour (for coating)
salt
Method:
  1. Blend all the ingredients except for the corn flour.
  2.  Make small patty and dust with corn flour and shallow fry them.
  3.  Fry till brown on both sides.
  4. Serve with onion rings and pudina chutney with a squeeze of lemon on top. Enjoy!!:)

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Tangdi kulfi kabab


This is one of my most favourite recipes. The king of  kabab’s for me!! What do you think??

Ingredients:
Chicken lollypop (6 pieces)
Fresh cream (1 cup)
Processed Cheese (grated) (3 cubes) 
Cashew nut paste (4 tbsp)
Black pepper powder (1 tbsp)
Elaichi (cardamom) powder (1 tspn)
Coriander powder (1 tbsp)
Chaat masala (2 tbsp)
Ginger - garlic paste (1 tbsp)
Green chilli (finely chopped)(4-5)
Lemon juice (½  lemon)
Salt (to taste)
Method:
  1. Marinate the chicken pieces with ginger-garlic paste, juice of half a lemon, salt, black pepper powder and 1tbsp of chaat masala.  Leave to marinate for 2 hours.
  2. Mix the grated cheese, cashew nut paste, cream, finely chopped green chillies, coriander powder, 1tbspn chaat masala, elaichi powder, salt.
  3. Apply this mixture on the marinated chicken.
  4. Wrap single chicken pieces in aluminium foils separately. Put little cheese mixture while wrapping the chicken pieces so that there is a little sauce along with the kabab when you serve it. Seal the foil properly so that the chicken pieces are wrapped tightly.
  5. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes. Enjoy it hot!!

Monday, 6 February 2012

Palak Paneer


Palak Paneer is a traditional North Indian delicacy made from spinach and paneer. This is my version of it hope you ll like it:)

Ingredients:
Paneer (200gm)
Palak (spinach) (1 medium sized bunch)
Tomato (2 big) (pureed)
Ginger garlic paste (1 ½ tbsp)
Red chilli powder (2 tbsp)
Turmeric powder (4 tsp)
Garam masala (1tsp)
Salt (to taste)
Oil (for cooking)
Method:
  1. Blanch the spinach in water for 5 mins and blend it using a blender.
  2. Heat oil in a pan add the tomato puree and cook for 5 mins.
  3. Add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt. Cook till the oil starts to separate.
  4. Add the spinach and let it cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes.
  5. Add paneer and fold it gently with spinach and let it simmer for a 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve with a paratha or butter Naan. Enjoy!!!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Bread pudding


A refined recipe for a perfect bread pudding! I have used brown bread in my recipe to make it healthier but you may use white bread too!! Hope you enjoy it just as my family does!!

Ingredients:

Brown bread (6 slices)
Butter (1 tbsp) (melted)
Milk (3 cups)
Eggs (2)
Sugar (½ cup)
Vanilla essence (2-3 drops)
Black Grapes (6-7 grapes) (optional)
Nuts (optional)
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C.
  2. Grease a baking pan with butter, break bread into small pieces into the pan. Drizzle some butter over bread. Sprinkle with grapes and nuts.
  3. In a bowl, combine milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla essence. Mix well, beat the mixture till the sugar dissolves completely.
  4. Pour the mixture over bread, and press the bread down lightly till the bread completely soaks up the milk and egg mixture.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes. Serve hot or cold your wish! Enjoy!!:)

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Sweet potato pancakes


Adding sweet potatoes to your regular pancakes just makes them melt in your mouth yummy!! 

Ingredients:


White flour (maida)( ¾ cup)
Milk (1 cup)
Egg (1)
Sweet potato (1) (boiled) (grated)
Castor sugar (2tspns)
Baking powder (1 tspn)
Vanilla extract (1-2 drops)
Unsalted butter (2 tbspn) (melted)

Method:
  1. In a bowl mix the egg, milk , vanilla extract and melted butter well.
  2. Add the grated sweet potato and mix it well in the milk and egg mixture.
  3. In another bowl mix together flour, sugar and baking powder. Make a well in the centre and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium high heat drizzle some oil on it. Pour the batter onto the pan.
  5. Brown the pancake on both sides and serve hot. Enjoy!!

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