Saturday, November 30, 2013

SPICY BABY POTATOES


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1/2 Kg Baby Potatoes
2) 3 Onions
3) 3 Tomatoes
4) 1 Tablespoon Ginger Garlic paste
5) 1/4 Cup Fenugreek Leaves/Dried Methi Leaves
6) 1/2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
7) 1 Teaspoon Coriander Powder
8) 1/2 Teaspoon Garam Masala
9) 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera Powder/Cummin Powder
10) 1/2 Teaspoon Haldi/Turmeric Powder
11) Salt to taste
12) 1 Lemon juice
13) 3 Tablespoon Mustard Oil
14) 1/2 Teaspoon Jeera/Cummin seeds
15) 1/2 Teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds

PREPARATION TIME: 40 mins

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Boil the potatoes, peel and keep aside
* Make a paste of Onions and tomatoes and keep aside
* In a Wok Add oil, peeled potatoes and shallow fry till potatoes are golden brown
* Take out potatoes and keep aside
* In the same wok add jeera seeds and mustard seeds, Let it crackle
* Add in onion paste, sauté till color changes
* Add in ginger garlic paste and sauté for few minutes
* Add tomato paste and sauté till water evaporates and masala dries up
* Add all Dry masala(Salt, Red Chilli, coriander, haldi, garam masala, Jeera powder)
* Saute for few minutes and add a cup of water
* Add baby potatoes and fenugreek leaves and mix well
* Cook with lid closed till water dries up and done
* Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and lemon juice and serve hot with Nan/Chapatis


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

BREAD AND BUTTER PUDDING


INGREDIENTS:
1) 8 - 10 Slices of White milk bread
2) 1 Cup White butter or Makkhan
3) 1/2 Ltr Milk
4) 4 Eggs
5) 1 Cup Sugar
6) 1/2 cup Mixed nuts(Cashew, Almonds, walnuts, Raisins)
7) 1/2 cup Sugar for caramel
8) 1/4 Chopped Cashew nuts for caramel
9) 1/2 Cup Water for caramel

PREPARATION TIME: 30 mins

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Chop all nuts and keep aside
* Boil milk in a pan and add sugar
* When sugar melts remove from heat and let it cool
* Butter all slices of bread on both sides with white butter
* Cut all the slices in 4 pieces
* Grease a baking tray and arrange the bread slices in layers
* In between bread layers sprinkle chopped nuts
* Beat eggs and slowly add and mix it well in the cooled milk
* Add the milk mix to the arranged bread slices so that all slices are soaked
* Bake it at 200 degrees for 15 mins till the top turns golden brown
* Once done chill it in fridge
* Garnish with Cashew caramel and serve chilled

FOR CASHEW CARAMEL:
* In a pan add sugar and water
* Cook till the mix thickens and changes color
* Add Chopped cashew nuts and mix
* Remove from heat, it will darken as it cools
* Pour the mix on a greased tray and let it cool
* Once cooled and stiff, completely break into pieces as shattered glass
* Caramel is ready to use

CHICKEN CURRY - HOME STYLE


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Kg Chicken cut into pieces
2) 3 Onions
3) 3 Tomatoes
4) 1 Tablespoon Ginger garlic paste
5) 2 pieces Elaichi/ Cardamom
6) 1" Dalchini/Cinnamon stick
7) 2 Tablespoon oil
8) 1 Cup Beaten Curd/Yogurt
9) 3 Teaspoon Chicken Masala
10) Salt to taste
11) 2 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
12) 2 Teaspoon Coriander powder
13) 1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
14) 1 Teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
15) 1 Onion sliced and deep fried to garnish
16) 1/2 Cup Coriander Leaves chopped for garnish

PREPARATION TIME: 30 Minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Wash the chicken pieces and keep aside.
* Make onion paste and tomato paste and keep aside
* Deep Fry 1 onion slices till brown for garnish and keep aside
* In a pressure cooker/wok heat up oil and add cinnamon and cardamom
* Then Add in Ginger garlic paste and cook for few minutes
* Add in onion paste and cook till paste turns color
* Add in tomato paste and cook till water dries out
* Add in Curd and cook till the paste leaves oil in the utensil
* Add Turmeric, salt, Garam masala, red chilli, coriander powder and chicken masala* and mix well

** Chicken Masala is common masala found in any grocery shop

* Cook the paste well for 5 - 6 minutes till it starts to stick at the bottom
* Add 1/2 Cup water and Chicken pieces and mix well
* Cook with open lid till chicken changes color
* Finally add water according to the curry style you want**

*** Less water for a thick gravy to have it with nan, parathas or Chapatis
*** More water for a thinner gravy to have it with rice or boiled dalia

* Cook for 20 minutes till the chicken is soft and its done
* Garnish with fried onions and coriander leaves and serve hot with chapatis or rice.


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

TOMATO SOUP


INGREDIENTS:
1) 6 Red Tomatoes chopped
2) 5 - 6 Cloves of Garlic Chopped
3) 2 Teaspoon Butter
4) 1 Onion Chopped
5) Salt to taste
6) Black Pepper to taste
7) 1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
8) 3 Cups of Water
9) 2 Tablespoon Fresh Cream

PREPARATION TIME: 15 minutes

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Melt butter in a pressure cooker and add onions and garlic
* Cook for a minute and add Chopped tomatoes
* Add Salt, pepper, sugar and water and close the lid
* Pressure Cook for 1 whistle, let the steam out and open lid
* Strain and add the water to a pan to boil
* Puree the rest strained out matter and add it to the pan
* Boil for few minutes, Stir in between
* Stir into lightly beaten cream (optional)
* Garnish with freshly Chopped Coriander and serve hot

SPICY POTATO SALAD


INGREDIENTS:
1) 4 Potatoes
2) 1 Onion Chopped
3) 1/4 Teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
4) 1 Cup Green Peas
5) 2 Green Chillies
6) 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
7) Salt to taste
8) Black Pepper to taste
9) 2 Tablespoon Tomato sauce/ Saunth ki Chutney
10) 2 Tablespoon Curd
11) 1 Tablespoon green coriander
12) 1 Teaspoon Roasted Jeera powder/ Cumin seeds
13) 1/2 Teaspoon Chat Masala Powder
14) Few Peanuts
15) 1/4 Cup Pomegranate seeds

PREPARATION TIME: 15 Mins

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Boil Potatoes and Peas in a microwave safe bowl for 5 - 6 minutes
* Peel potatoes and cut into small pieces
* Microwave oil in microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds.
* Add Onion, Green Chillies and microwave for 2 minutes
* Mix all ingredients and microwave for 1 minute
* Garnish with green coriander, pomegranate and peanuts
* Serve hot/cold with Saunth/Curd


CHILLI CHEESE TOAST


INGREDIENTS:
1) 8 Bread Slices
2) 1 Onion Chopped
3) 8 Green Chillies
4) 1/2 Cup Green Coriander Chopped
5) 8 Slices of Processed Cheese
6) Juice of a lemon
7) Salt to taste

PREPARATION TIME: 15 mins

HOW TO PREPARE :
* Mix the onions, green chillies, coriander with lemon juice and salt.
* Toast the bread slices till golden brown in color
* Apply the vegetable mixture evenly on one side of bread
* Cover them with cheese slices
* Toast the bread back till color of cheese changes to light golden brown
* Cut off the edges of the bread and cut into two pieces and serve hot.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

BASIC VANILLA CAKE


INGREDIENTS:
1) 1 Cup Malai/ Clotted Cream/ Devonshire cream
2) 1 1/2 Cup Cheeni/ Granulated Sugar
3) 5 Eggs
4) 2 Cup of Flour
5) 1/2 Cup of warm Milk
6) 1 1/2 Spoon of Baking Powder
7) 1 Pinch of Salt
8) 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

PREPARATION TIME: 40 mins

HOW TO PREPARE:
* Mix Malai, eggs, and sugar till light and fluffy and till sugar is dissolved
* Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix well to form a smooth batter
* Finally add in milk n essence and mix well
* Grease a baking tray and pour in the batter
* Bake at 200 degrees in oven for around 20 mins, Keep a watch in between
* If want to microwave then put at combination(Micro + Convection) at 360 degrees for 15 mins
* When done, Let it cool then cut slices and serve.
* Kids will surely like it.


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