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Thursday, August 31, 2017

TZATZIKI


Tzatziki makes a refreshing accompaniment . It's versatility to be relished as a sauce or a dip for veggies, crackers, toasted Pita, Bread Sticks makes it a healthier option as compared to  fried savoury snacks.

  1. 2 cups Greek Yogurt ( or any other thick yogurt )
  2. 1 medium Cucumber grated . Squeeze the juice out in a bowl ( you can drink the juice ! )
  3. 1 or 2 garlic cloves crushed or finely grated
  4. 10 Mint leaves finely chopped (fewer or more depending upon availability.)
  5. A small handful of Dill leaves , finely chopped ( Optional )
  6. If you don't like mint or dill, you can replace with Parsley or Coriander.
  7. 1/2 a lemon juice (Optional )
  8. Salt to taste
  9. Pepper to your taste
  10. A dash of Cayenne Pepper if you like


PREPARATION:

In a bowl, mix all the ingredients.
Chill for at least an hour.

Note:  If the yogurt is not thick, you can lay a kitchen towel on a thick layer of newspaper and spread the yogurt on the kitchen towel. Alternatively , you can tie the yogurt in a kitchen towel and let it sit in a colander and let the liquid drip  out . Make sure to keep a bowl under the colander.

In case you don't have garlic , mint, dill, parsley or coriander, I'd still suggest to go ahead and make it. It will be delicious anyways!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PICKLED JALAPENOS 
(without preservatives)














Preparation time : 5 minutes
Cooking time :      5 minutes



Ingredients:
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon oregano ( optional )
  • 2 cloves garlic, cut in slivers ( optional )
  • 2 tablespoons sugar ( optional )
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 20 - 30 medium sized jalapeno peppers, washed, dried with tea towel , sliced evenly into desired thickness

 Method :

  1. Combine the vinegar, water, garlic, sugar, and salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Add jalapeno slices, stir, and remove from heat.
  2. Let sit for at least 10 minutes then use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the jalapeños from the pot to a jar; cover with the brining liquid to fill the jar. 

  3. Make sure that the jar is clean and dry. It's a good idea to squirt some vinegar in the jar, shake it and discard before adding the Jalapeños.

  4. This can be stored  in the fridge for up to two months. 
  5. Every time you take out some of the pickle ,make sure that the brining liquid covers the remaining pickle. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

HOT SAUCE

                                                              HOT SAUCE

                                A basic Mexican Sauce

                                   Preparation time : 5 minutes
                                                     Cooking time  :    15 minutes


Ingredients
whole dry kashmiri red chillies , broken into pieces(Or chilly flakes)
1 tbsp oil
1/2 cup chopped onions
3 medium tomatoes cut into cubes
1/2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp sugar (Optional)
salt to taste


Method 
  1. Soak the red chillies in ½ cup of warm water in a deep bowl for 15 minutes. Do not drain. (Omit this step when using Chilly flakes)
  2. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and soaked red chillies (along with the water), mix well and cook on a medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes or till the tomatoes turn soft, while stirring occasionally.
  4. Allow it to cool completely and blend in a mixer (or with a hand blender ) till it forms a smooth paste without using water.
  5. Transfer the paste in a deep non-stick pan, add the oregano, sugar and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 3 to 4 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  6. Cool slightly before serving or store refrigerated.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Paneer Makhanwala


  1. Ingredients:
  • 1 cup paneer (about 10-12 pieces)
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 medium onion-chopped as finely as possible
  • 2 medium fresh tomatoes-finely chopped
  • 1/2 packet-250 gms tomato puree (if using both, u can decide the proportion)
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 " piece of ginger (opt.), peeled
  • 1/2 tsp jeera
  • 1 to 1 1/2 tsp  choley or pav bhaji masala
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt (to your taste)
  • chopped fresh coriander to garnish(opt.)
  1. Method:
  • Put oil in a pan. Add jeera and cover. When it changes colour, add onion. Mix well. Increase the heat little bit and let it cook till just changes colour....being careful that it doesn't burn! so, stir occasionally
  • While the onion is getting cooked, finely chop or grate the garlic and ginger 
  • When the onion gets slightly coloured, on a LOW HEAT , add the garlic + ginger add the grated onion garlic and stir, cook for a bit. You will smell the aromas of garlic/ginger.
  • Add the  choley masala and stir.
  • Then add the tomatoes , cover and let it cook for a few minutes.
  • At this stage you can add steamed vegetables or just capsicums , salt to taste, mix well.
  • Add some cream. Cook covered for further 4-5 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander.
NOTE:
  • If you find the curry sour(depending on the flavor of the tomatoes), u can add extra  cream.
  • If the gravy is too thick, u can add little water.
  • For that extra bit of nourishment,  you can grind some ground almonds or cashews and add at the stage before adding the masalas .
BON APPETIT !

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Eat at home or eat out?

Eating out vs. eating at home

Everytime I have been to a restaurant to eat, no matter how good the food is, I've always come home with the feeling that I can cook better than that or I definitely do cook better than that.
One reason I enjoy watching cooking programs on tele .....they never show anyone washing up!!!!!!

Sometimes we are so tired that the last thing we feel like doing is cooking and ending up with a pile of vessels to wash. So it's logically justified to order a take away pizza or any food for that matter from the comfort of your couch !!!!!!!!

Despite the convenience, in reality, eating out or ordering take aways is never going to be the healthy option.

It is very easy to prepare a meal which will need minimum ingredients and still be tasty and healthy and will require least washing up.

Just be brave and adventurous enough to start.

This blog is my effort to simplify recipes and focus on minimum ingredients, tweaking recipes so they need least time in the kitchen .

Please feel free to request recipes and I will do my best to post a version that will cater to a quick satisfying meal .

Sunday, April 24, 2016

RAVA UTTAPAM

Rava Uttapam is so easy to make with the minimum of ingredients. It's great for breakfast,as a snack,
or for lunch or dinner.
If you mix excess batter,you can leave it in the fridge for a day or two.
It is quite filling and definitely way healthier than a take away pizza !!!!
Very budget friendly with least washing up !!

INGREDIENTS :
Rava ( Wheat semolina)  1 cup
Yoghurt        1 tablespoon
salt to taste
1 medium onion finely chopped
1/2 medium tomato finely chopped (Optional )
1 green chilly finely chopped (Optional)
Coriander  1 Tbsp finely chopped (Optional )
Oil - few tablespoons

By optional I mean to indicate that you can go ahead and make it even if few of the optional ingredients are missing .
It tastes good on it's own without accompaniments.

Method:

  1. Mix all the ingredients.
  2. Heat a pan on medium heat
  3. Put few drops of oil on the pan and lightly wipe it with a scrunched up paper towel.
  4. Spread a ladle of the mixture and spread it on the pan like you would spread  pancake batter.
  5. Add few drops of oil around the edge of the Uttapam. Let it cook till the top side looks translucent and the bottom would have coloured a bit.
  6. Flip it over and cook further until the other side is a bit coloured.
You can eat it with Idly Podi, coconut chutney or ketchup.









3 INGREDIENTS ENERGY BAR 

Makes 8 large bars or 16 small square-shaped bars
Very easy recipe. 

 

Ingredients
1 cup nuts
1 cup dried fruit
1 cup (12-15 whole) pitted dried dates, preferably Medjool
Equipment
Food processor (Any basic one will do )
Plastic wrap or wax paper
Sharp knife

Instructions

  1. Roast the nuts (optional). Nuts can be used raw or roasted; roasting will add a toasty, nutty depth to the bars. If desired, roast the nuts at 180°C for 10 to 12 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool before using.
  2. Combine the nuts, dried fruit, and dates in a food processor. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.
  3. Process continuously for 30 seconds. By now, the ingredients should all have broken down into crumb-sized pieces. Scrape the edges of the bowl and beneath the blade to make sure nothing is sticking.
  4. Process continuously until a ball is formed, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue processing for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.
  5. Press into a thick square and chill. Lay a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on your work surface and dump the dough on top. Press the dough with your hands until it forms a thick square, roughly 8"x8" in size. Wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
  6. Divide into bars. Unwrap the chilled dough and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper.
  7. Storing. The bars can be stored in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The bars can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer and will be firm, but chewy. Room-temperature bars are perfectly fine to eat and can be kept in a lunch bag or backpack all day, but will be more soft and paste-like.
YOU CAN TRY ADDING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING:

 Shredded coconut
 chia seeds,
 chocolate chips, 
 cacao nibs,
 cocoa powder, 
 crystalized ginger,
 ground cinnamon, 
ground nutmeg, 
ground cardamom