April 29, 2009

Badam halwa


Badam halwa is the traditional Indian sweets served mostly for all occasions. Quite a rich dessert & easy to make at home. It involves more time in peeling the skin of the badam & I prefer to buy the peeled badam from the stores.

Ingredients :

  1. Badam - 1 cup
  2. Sugar - 1 cup
  3. Cardamom powder - 1/4 tsp
  4. Ghee - 4 tbsp
  5. Milk - 1/4 cup
  6. Saffron - a pinch
  7. Yellow food color - a pinch

Cooking method :

  • Soak the almonds in the water for atleast 2 hrs. And peel off the skin.
  • Grind the peeled almonds with 1/4 cup of milk.
  • Heat 2 tbsp of ghee in the non-stick pan, add the almond paste & stir continously.
  • Add sugar & saffron. Keep stirring, till ghee starts seperating at the sides.
  • At this stage add 2 more tbsp of ghee along with the food color. Keep stiring till u get the desired halwa consistency.
  • Finally, add cardomom powder.
  • Spread them in the greased bowl & allow them to cool.

Delicious badam halwa is ready to serve.

April 25, 2009

Penne arrabiata


Italian cuisine is famous for the spices & cheese. Pasta is the staple food & they r served with different sauces both veg & non-vegetarian. Penne arrabiata is most popular pasta with tomato & garlic as the main ingredients. This would be the best, simple & comfort dish for the weekend nights. We make this very often & it taste simply awesome !!!

Ingredients :
  1. Penne pasta - 3 cups
  2. Olive oil - 4 tbsp
  3. 1 medium sized onion - diced
  4. Minced garlic - 1/4 tsp
  5. 1 oz canned tomatoes - drained & diced
  6. Chilly sauce - 1/4 tsp (as per ur taste)
  7. Italian spices - 1/2 tsp (Oregano, basil, parsley, theme)
  8. Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
  9. Lime juice - 1/4 tsp
  10. Salt to taste
  11. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Directions to cook :

  • Cook the pasta in the salted water & according to the package instructions. Drain & set aside.
  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil in the pan, add onion & saute until it is softened.
  • Add minced garlic & cook for a min stirring continously.
  • Add tomatoes, chilly sauce, italian spices & all other ingredients. Stir & simmer the heat.
  • Now toss the penne gently in the arrabiata sauce.

Serve them warm with grated parmesan cheese.

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