November 13, 2019

Zoodles with Avocado Sauce


Zucchini noodles, or zoodles, are packed with nutrients and is a great way to make healthy all-vegetable pasta. With only few ingredients, the recipe is easy to prepare, and the result is also gluten-free for those with specific dietary restrictions.


Ingredients  :
  1. Avocado, ripped - 1 big sized
  2. Dried parsley - 1 tsp
  3. Garlic powder (Fresh garlic - 1 pod) - 1/2 tsp
  4. Dried Basil - 1 tsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Pepper Powder - 1/2 tsp
  7. Olive Oil - 2 tbsp
  8. Lemon juice - 1/2 no
  9. Sliced onion - 1 no
  10. Cucumber , chopped - 2 tbsp
  11. Cherry tomatoes - 10 to 12 nos (or regular tomato)
  12. Zucchini - 2 nos, medium sized
  13. Walnut, chopped 
  14. Grated parmesan cheese - 1 tbsp

Method :



1.  Slice the avocado and add them to blender.


2.  To the avocado, add dried parsley, garlic powder, dried basil, salt, pepper powder, olive oil & lemon juice.  Grind them to smooth paste.  Keep aside.


3.  Using the spiralizer, cut the zucchini into thin strips.



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4.  Add avocado paste, sliced onion, tomato, cucumber, walnuts & grated cheese to the zucchini noodles.  Toss them well.




Serve immediately.

November 10, 2019

Egg Vegetable Toast


Egg vegetable toast is one of my favorite open faced sandwiches. Easy, Quick and tasty one & takes just 10 minutes to get ready and are super fresh and delicious. Bored with your toast? Spread this delicious homemade vegetables on your bread and enjoy!



Ingredients :


  1. Bread slices - 6 nos (wheat or white bread)
  1. Egg - 3 nos
  1. Milk - 1 cup
  1. Salt to taste
  1. Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
  1. Onion, chopped - 1 small sized
  1. Tomato, chopped - 1 small sized
  1. Capsicum, chopped - 2 tbsp 
  1. Green chillies - 2 nos, finely chopped
  1. Coriander leaves
  1. Oil 
Note :
Vegetable options - Carrot, beans, capsicum, cabbage, green peas


Method :


1.  Beat the egg well.
2.  Add salt to taste & beat well.
3.  Add milk, onion, tomato, green chillies & finely chopped vegetables to the egg mixture. Mix well.
4.  Add pepper powder and finely chopped coriander leaves.
5.  Cut the bread slices into half.  Dip the bread slices in the egg mixture & top them with vegetables.   Cook them over the medium flame.
6.  Drizzle some oil around the edges while cooking.



Serve warm.


November 6, 2019

Tamarind Paste from scratch (No Cooking involved) !!


Tamarind paste is really handy ingredients in my kitchen.  I prefer making it from scratch as it brings good flavours to the dish.  I prefer to store the paste in sterilised glass jar for longer use.

Ingredients :
  1. Seedless Tamarind - 250 g
  2. Water - 1 cup
  3. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  4. Oil - 1 tbsp

Method :


1.   Soak the tamarind in water, preferably overnight.

2.   Remove the seeds, if any.  Smash the tamarind along with oil & salt to smooth paste.

3.   Transfer the paste to a clean container.

4.   Store the tamarind paste in the refrigerator.



Note :

The paste can stay for two months in fridge.


November 2, 2019

Prawn Thokku


Prawn thokku is a simple but very delicious dish cooked in mild masala.  Adding curry leaves to this recipe is optional.  This can be served with rice, roti's, chapatti, biryani & naan.  Fresh or frozen prawns can be used for this dish.  Am so happy to have finally put this recipe up as its my go to prawn recipe, not to forget my husbands favourite!!  


Ingredients :

  1. Shrimp / Prawns - 3/4 kg
  2. Oil - 2 tbsp
  3. Onions - 4 nos, chopped
  4. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tbsp
  5. Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Red chilly powder - 1 tsp, to taste
  7. Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Coriander leaves for garnishing
Method :


1.  Clean the prawns & devein them.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, add chopped onions.  Sauté till tender.

3.  Add ginger garlic paster, turmeric powder & salt to taste.  Saute.

4.  Once onion is half cooked, add red chilly powder.  Sauté.

5.  Add garam masala powder.  Cook.

6.  Once onion is fully cooked, add prawns. 

7.  Cook till all the prawns curls up.  Garnish it with coriander leaves.


Ready to serve.

October 29, 2019

Vazhaipoo Vadai (Banana Flower Fritters)



Enjoy this simple, crispy and healthy banana flower fritters with a cup of hot tea.

Ingredients :
  1. Channa dal - 1 cup
  2. Vazhaipoo (Banana flower) - small sized
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Onion, chopped - 1 no
  5. Red chilly powder, to taste
  6. Fennel seeds - 1 tsp
  7. A pinch of hing
  8. Coriander leaves
  9. Oil for frying

Method :



1.  Soak the channa dal for atleast two hours.

2.  Clean & cook the vazhapoo (Banana flower) in the salted water.  Drain the water and grind them coarsely along with the dal - without adding water. 

2.  To the mixture, add finely chopped onions, red chilly powder, fennel seeds, hing, salt to taste & finely chopped coriander leaves.

3.  Heat oil in the deep frying pan.  Take a small portion of batter and flatten them with hands.  Drop them in the oil and fry them till crispy and done.  

4.  Drain the excess oil in the kitchen towel.

Serve warm.


Note :

1.  Don't add water while grinding the mixture.  If necessary, add a tsp of water.

2.  Retain a tbsp of soaked channa dal and mix them in the grounded mixture, for crunchy texture.

3.  We can also add finely chopped mint leaves and curry leaves for additional flavour.



October 26, 2019

Nimki



Nimki is a crispy snack which has a flavour of kalonji (onion seeds) and cumin seeds. It tastes savory like namakpaare. Nimki is one of the favorite evening deep fried snack which can be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea.


Ingredients :

For the dough :
  1. All purpose flour (Maida)- 1 cup
  2. Cumin seeds - 1/4 tsp
  3. Kalonji (onion seeds) - 1/4 tsp
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Ghee - 1 tbsp
  6. Red chilly flakes - 1/2 tsp
  7. Water, for kneading - 1/4 cup
  8. Oil for deep frying
  9. Cloves (optional)
For the paste :
  1. All purpose flour - 1 tbsp
  2. Oil - 1 tbsp
Others :
  1. Lavang or Black pepper corns (optional)
  2. Oil for deep frying
Method :


1.  Mix together flour, cumin seeds, kalonji, salt to taste, ghee and red chilly flakes.  The flour should resemble like bread crumbs.

2.  Slowly add water and prepare the dough.  The dough should be little hard (not a soft dough).  Cover & rest the dough for 10 mins.

3.  Meanwhile, in a small bowl - mix together flour (1 tbsp) and oil to a smooth paste.  Set aside.

4.  Now roll the dough in a slightly thin chapathi.

5.  Spread the flour & oil paste evenly throughout the chapathi. 

6.  Roll the dough tightly from one side and roll it till the end.  This helps in getting multiple layers in nimbi which makes it flakier.

7.  Take a knife and cut the dough carefully from one end at a gap of 1 inch or less.

8.  Roll the cut pieces into a circular shapes like puri and fold it in half and again fold it to form a triangular shape.

9.  While rolling prick the triangular shaped dough all the sides with the help of a fork, it avoids puffing up in the pan while deep frying.  Seal the edge using a cloves or black pepper corns.

10.  Heat oil in the frying pan over the medium heat, deep fry the nimki until crispy and golden brown in colour.


Enjoy with tea.

October 22, 2019

Palkova using Coconut

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Pal kova is a classic Indian sweet, made during festival seasons.  I love the addition of grated coconut at the end to make it rich & unique.  Perfect dish for sweet lovers :)

Ingredients :
  1. Whole milk - 2 litres
  2. Sugar - 2 cups (to taste)
  3. Coconut grated(Without skin) - 1 tbsp 
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Method :


1.   Heat the milk in the non-stick pan over the low flame.  Stirring all the time.

2.   Once the milk reduced to half the quantity, add sugar.  Keep stirring.

3.  When the milk starts thickening, add grated coconut and  continue stirring.

4.  Keep stirring until the mixture is completely grainy like palkova & leaves the pan from sides.

Cool completely & serve at room temperature.


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Enjoy.  

October 18, 2019

Garlic Shrimp Tapas (Gambas Al Ajillo )


Easy Spanish garlic shrimp is classic tapa dish that can be on your table in minutes.  Serve it for an appetizer or a main dish, just be sure to have lots of crusty bread on hand for dipping!
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It is super easy, simple, and INCREDIBLY good. The mixtures of spices make the shrimp POP with flavor with hints of smokiness and heat. The garlic combined with the seasonings intensifies the flavor. 


Ingredients :
  1. Shrimps, peeled & deveined - 500 gms
  2. Olive oil - 3 tbsp
  3. Garlic, roughly chopped - 50 gms
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Black pepper powder - 1 tsp
  6. Fresh minced or dried parsley - 1 tbsp
Method :



1.  Heat oil in the frying pan.  Add finely sliced garlic and saute.


2.  Add shrimps & sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.  Stir to combine.


3.  Sprinkle some parsley.  Toss the shrimp.



Serve with bread. 



June 10, 2019

Basundi


Basundi is a traditional Indian sweet prepared by boiling milk on low heat until its thickened and reduced to half.  The flavour comes from saffron thread and cardamom powder.  It is served on it's own or with puri.  This dessert can be served hot, warm or chilled.   


Ingredients :
  1. Whole milk - 2 litres
  2. Saffron strands
  3. Sugar, to taste ( Around 3 tbsp)
  4. Nuts (almonds) - 1 tbsp, sliced
  5. Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Method :



1.  In a heavy bottomed pan, add milk and boil by stirring it occasionally.

2.  Reduce the flame to low and cook for 45 mins or till it begins to thicken and reduces by half.  Keep stirring and scraping the sides of the pan during this process.  Scraping is what gives basundi thick and creamy texture.  

3.  Once the milk is thickened, add nuts, saffron threads & cardamom powder and cook for another few mins.

Serve hot, warm or cold. 

May 17, 2019

Fried Bread rolls - Perfect crispy snack !!!


Fried bread rolls is a perfect evening snack for kids.  Very delicious with potato stuffing & crispy outside.  We can substitute potato with capsicum, paneer or any vegetables of our choice.  This will surely satisfy the taste buds. 


Ingredients :
  1. White /Wheat bread - 4 slices
  2. Potato - 1 large sized
  3. Oil
  4. Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  5. Onion, finely chopped - 1 large sized
  6. Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
  7. Fresh / frozen green peas - 1 tbsp
  8. Fresh / Frozen corn kernels - 1 tbsp
  9. Chilly powder - 1 tsp
  10. Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  11. Garam masala - 1 tsp
  12. Salt to taste
  13. Dry mango powder - 1/2 tsp
  14. Coriander leaves

Method :

1.  Boil and smash the potato.  Keep aside.

2.  Heat oil in the pan, add cumin seeds and finely chopped onions.  Saute till tender.

3.  Add ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder and salt to taste. 

4.  Add green peas, corn kernels, chilly powder, cumin powder and garam masala.  Cook for few mins.


5.  Add smashed potato, dry mango powder and cook for 2 more mins.

6.  Ganish it with coriander leaves.  Stuffing is ready.

7.  Remove the side brown crust and roll the bread slices.

8.  Stuff the bread slices with the potato masala and roll the bread.  Seal the edges using water.

9.  Heat oil in the deep frying pan and fry the rolled bread till crispy on all sides.



Serve warm.

March 26, 2019

Chocolate Banana Cake


Soft, fluffy & flavourful cake.  This needs very few ingredients & less preparation time.  Best way to make use of ripe bananas.  Make it more delicious by frosting the cake with chocolate ganache.  


Ingredients :

  1. All purpose flour - 1 3/4 cups (230 gms)
  2. Unsweetened cocoa powder - 3/4 cup (75 gms)
  3. Baking powder - 1 1/2 tsp
  4. Baking soda - 1 1/2 tsp
  5. Salt - 1/2 tsp
  6. Granulated sugar - 1 3/4 cups (340 gms)
  7. Eggs - 2 nos
  8. Ripe bananas - 1 cup
  9. Milk - 1/2 cup
  10. Oil (Vegetable or sunflower ) - 1/2 cup
  11. Water - 1 cup
  12. Instant coffee granules - 1 tbsp
  13. Vanilla extract - 1 1/2 tsp

  
Method :

1.  Grease & line up the baking pan with parchment paper.  Preheat the oven at 180 C.

2.  Sieve together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt & sugar.

3.  Mash the bananas & add 2 eggs.  Whisk together without any lumps.  


4.  Add milk, oil, water, vanilla extract, coffee granuales & water in the banana mixture.   Wet ingredients are ready.

5.  Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and pour the batter into prepared pan.

6.  Bake it for 35 mins or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean.


Enjoy the soft & fluffy cake.
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