Monday, November 30, 2009

Tried & Tasted - Dhingri Badaami

My dear friend Raaga is hosting this month's Tried & Tasted, an event originated by Zlamushka.

This month Tried & Tasted celebrated the blog of Sunshinemom...a blog as pleasing and vibrant as Sunshine.

Her Blog is exhaustive in terms of exotic and not so exotic recipes. I love the look and feel of the blog(that's why she is on my blog roll).She also manages to change any ordinary recipe to vegan, something I wouldn't dare. Kudos to her.

There were so many of her recipes that I wanted to try, that I spent the whole month since Raaga's announcement browsing through her blog wondering what to make till I realised that today was already the last day.

So picked up this exotic preparation for the event as well as Don's Lunchbox.

I followed the recipe as it is except for two variations:

1.I used Kashmiri Red Chilli powder instead of ordinary variety of Chilli powder, which made the curry look very red

2. I added some cream at the end of cooking to give the curry a little more rich taste.

Go on, visit Sunshinemom and enjoy her blog as much as I do.

PS: The logo is designed by Ksenia

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Oh! Uncertain Life

Husband is back home after a biz trip.I have had a lot of this and that today so I dont want dinner.

Wife back home from a gruelling day at work. Great I am tired and had a late lunch so I dont want anything too

Australia has scored 351. India is sure to lose.

Husband is watching the match.I think I am getting hungry

Wife is browsing her food blog and checking out all the yummy blogs on her blogroll.Blog hopping she reachs here. I want to make this now

Sachin is blazing away.India is going to win

Husband runs to get bread from the closest open store. I got it.

Wife opens the fridge and finds more than peas and corn and thinks.I got it

McKay bowls to Sachin and Hauritz screams aloud.I got it.


Husband is having his 4th sandwich.Yummy!!

Wife is thrilled to see hubby and baby devoring her creation."Yummy!!"

India is falling like nine pins and Ponting says "Yummy!!"

Satiated Husband

Happy Wife with a new recipe

India loses but its easier to digest on a full stomach. And we really tried and the game was awesome. what say?

Wife is Blogging about it.

And here is a recipe. As mentioned earlier tweaked but based on RV's Corn & Pea Sandwich

Veg Medley Sandwich (Makes 8 Sandwiches)

1.Bread Slices - 16
2.Onion - 1 Large - Chopped Fine
3.Mushrooms - 4nos - Chopped Fine
4.Capsicum - 1/2 - Chopped Fine
5.Cabbage - 50gms - Shredded
6.Carrot - 1 Medium - Grated
7.Green Peas - 1Cup -Boiled
8.Sweet Corn Kernels - 1 Cup - Cooked
9.Amchur Powder - 1/2 Tbsp
10.Chat Masala - 1/2 Tbsp
11.Pepper - 1/2 Tbsp
12.Salt - To Taste
13.Oil - 1/2 Tbsp
14.Ghee - 2 Tbsp
15. Mint-Corriander Chutney - 4 Tbsp

To Make:

1. Heat Oil.

2. Fry onion for 2 mins.

3.Put in the rest of the uncooked vegetables. Cover and let cook on low fire for 7-10 min

4.Add the cooked Corn and Peas.

5.Add all the masalas.Mix well and cook open at high fire for 2 min.

6.Take off fire and let cool.

7.Take out bread slices. Spread the Mint-Corriander Chutney on half of the bread

8.Put in the Veg Medley Filling

9.Cover with the rest of the Bread slices.

10.Brush the Sandwich with Ghee on the outer sides and grill till done

11.Serve with cut carrot/cucumber/onion pieces or wafers or just plain tomato sauce.

Preparation Time :15 min
Grilling Time : 5 min per set of 2 sandwiches

The Veg Medley

And The Sandwich - Brown and Crisp, Just the way we like it!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

And the twain shall meet

Don was bought up in a household where rotis were an occasional treat.It was almost always served with potato masala or dal.He was bought up to believe that potato and dal were the only accompaniments to roti.

The belief was fine as long as you were having the combo once a month, but today rotis/phulkas are what we have for dinner every day.And how many days can you have potatoes or dal.

It was tough to introduce him to other vegetables as accompaniment to phulkas but 5 years is long enough to train his taste buds and change his mind. But one veg he just would refuse to have with phulka was Bhindi/Ladys Finger/Okra/Vendakka. No preparation would convince him until I served him this and well what more can I say, this lady's finger finally worked the magic. The list of ingredients looks long but the dish is really simple, try it yourself:

Bhindi Masala (Feeds 2-3)

1. Ladys Finger - 250 gms
2. Onions - 3 Large - Chopped Fine
3. Tomato - 1 Large - Chopped Fine
4. Ginger-Garlic Paste - 1/2 tsp
5. Red Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
6. Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
7. Coriander Powder - 1 tbsp
8. Kitchen King Masala Powder - 2tsp
9. Jeera Powder - 1/2 tsp
10. Oil - 1+1 Tbsp
11. Salt to taste
12. Water - 1/2 Cup
To soak for 30 min and grind to a fine paste:
13. Fresh Curd - 2 tbsp
14. Green Cardamom - 2 nos
15. Cashew Nuts - 8-10 nos
16. Khus-Khus/Poppy Seeds - 1Tbsp
17. Coriander Leaves - 1-2 tbsp Chopped

To Make:

1. Wash the Lady's Finger and cut into 2"pieces.
2. Heat a Non-Stick pan, spread 1 tbsp oil on it, put in the cut pieces and let it
cook till well done.
3. Heat the rest of oil in another kadai(pan).Add the chopped onions and saute till
golden brown.
4. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for 2-3 more mins
5. Add all the masala powders and the tomato and fry till masalas are well cooked.
6. Add the ground paste and 1/2 cup of water. Bring to boil.
7. Add the fried Ladys Finger and cook till the gravy is thick.
8. Garnish with cut coriander leaves.

Preparation Time :15 min
Cooking time : 25 min

Friday, July 10, 2009

Veg Bread Upma

I have a memory card full of snaps of my creations.I am cooking and clicking but the posting doesn't seem to be happening. Just checked out Divya's Dil and realised today is the last day for entry to her "Show me your Breakfast", so i thot, why not start right now. So I just clicked today's breakfast and am posting my first recipe and joining in the first event all at once...yipeeeeeeeee!!

Bread Upma was chanced upon on a wednesday at Room No.53, Ladies Hostel, Pondy by a bunch of hungry girls after having finished the eggs for bfast but not able to chew on the hard bread. somebody said lets tear it into pieces, somebody said lets heat it, another said let add some onions and we made something not only edible but delicious to the taste starved hostel souls and since then wednesdays were awaited eagerly.

This version is of course a long way away from our first discovery, but that's the beauty of cooking....i got an idea of a variation as i was cooking the upma this morning.

Anyways, here goes the recipe:

Veg Bread Upma(Serves 2 or 1 very hungry soul)

1.Bread - 5 slices - i usually take the first & last slices and the edges leftover
2.Onion - 1 medium - chopped
3.Green Chilli - 1 - chopped ( you may leave this out of you have young kids)
4.Ginger - 1 Small piece - chopped fine
5.Carrot/Beans/Cabbage/Corn - 1cup - grated or finely chopped - you may add any 1
or all or more as per your choice and availability
6.Seasonings - Salt/Pepper/Garam masala - to taste
7.Oil - 1 tsp
8.Ghee - 1 tsp

To make

1. Tear or shred the bread into bite sized pieces
2. Heat oil, add onion, green chillies and ginger. Saute for 1 min
3. Add vegetables(I added grated carrot/Finely chopped beans & sweet corn)and salt,
mix and cook on low fire with lid.
4. When a little tender, add the bread. Mix well
5. Adjust salt and sprinkle pepper and garam masala to taste
6. Top with the ghee for the flavour and aroma.
7. Your Veg Bread Upma is ready to serve.

Preparation time :5 mins
Cooking time :10 mins

Enjoy your breakfast and I am off to Divya's for the event.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Live to Eat

No, I am not exaggerating. This is supposedly what my horescope says. I would live to eat rather than eat to live. Of course you can have one look at me and believe it to be true. But what the .........

Nothing gives me more pleasure that food, well made, well presented and of course well documented - the recipes that it. The pleasure of finding just the right recipe can't be decribed.

The blogworld I realised is a treasure trove for great recipes thats why I decided to join in and be in touch with fellow enthusiats and food artists- thats what I would love to call them.

Am so glad to be here!!