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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.