Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tangy Mango Cabbage Salad, Paneer Pilaf and Coconut Milk Shake for READY STEADY COOK

Another challenge. You must be aware of Ready steady cook. Here you are given seven mystery ingredients and you have to prepare an appetizer, main course and a dessert using these seven ingredients and pantry ingredients too.
My seven ingredients were
French beans
Cavolo nero substituted with cabbage
Prawns/shrimp substituted with diary... cottage cheese
Dessicated coconut / shredded coconut
Tangy Cabbage Mango Salad
Raw Mango(shredded) 2 tbsp
Cabbage (thin fine slices) 1/4 cup
Onion (Sliced) 2 tbsp
Leek (thin sliced) 2 tbsp
Oil 2tsp
Pepper powder 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Mix all the ingredients well and this refreshing salad is ready to be served
Paneer pilaf
BasmatiRice 1 cup(pantry)
Paneer/cottage cheese 1/2 a cup
Onion 1(large,chopped)
French beans 10-12(cut into small bits)
Tomato (tinned)
Chilli powder 1 tsp(dry spices)
Garam masala 1 tsp(dry spices)
Water 2 cups
Salt to taste
Heat a pan with oil. Saute onions till they become transparent. Now add the tinned tomatoes to it and saute well
To this sauteed mixture add the chilli powder and garammasala.
Finally add the rice to this with the salt.
Add the required amount of water and pressure cook it for 2-3 whistles.
Serve hot with onion raita

Coconut 1/2 cup
Milk 1 cup
Sugar 1/4 cup
Cream 2 tbsp
Blend everything together and serve cold
Thank you Tandy for giving me an opportunity to be a part of Ready Steady Cook

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Paneer Paratha

For the final day of BM12 by Srivalli I am blogging about paneer paratha.A very soft paratha which stays softer evn after it cool down completely. So a perfect lunch box idea can be made with these parathas
Whole wheat flour 1 cup

Salt a pinch

Oil 2 tsp

water as necessary

For the filling

Onion 1

Paneer 200 gms

Ksuri methi 2 tsp

Chilli powder 2 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil to drizzle


In a bowl mix the flour and salt evenly. Add enough water to make a pliable chapathi dough. Let it rest for 1/2 hour.

Cut the onions finely and crumble the paneer

In another bowl mix oinons, paneer, chilli powder, kasuri methi and salt.

Make small balls from dough. roll it into thin chapathis and keep it aside

Take one rolled chapathi,keep 1 tbsp of filling in it. Close it again into a ball and roll it like a chapathi

Heat a tava on slow fire

Place this stuffed chapathi on it. cook till small bubbles appears on it.

Turn a and cook on the other side too. Drizzle little oil and cook on both sides till they puff up

Serve with a cup of yogurt and a tasty subji
Linking this to BM#12

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Paneer Tikki

Another paneer starter from veg junction!!!!When you have panner and bread in your refrigerator, what would you plan to do????I tried this Paneer tikki and .....it is YUMMY!!!!!
Paneer 1 cup(crumbled)
Bread 3-4 slices
Onion 1
Potato 1(boiled)
Garam masala 1 tsp
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Oil for shallow frying
Salt to taste
Boil the potato and mash well
To this add the bread pieces whose crust has been roved. Knead well.
Add the crumbled paneer, cut onions, chilli powder, corn flour, garam masala and salt.
Mix everything well.
Make small balls from these, flatten a little and shallow fry them till they brown on both sides
My sizzling Beauties:-)
Don't these make you drool??
Linking these to Blogging Maraton#12

Friday, January 27, 2012

Corn Paneer Salad

Have you noticed that in recent times , the cost of store bought paneer has gone up exponentially? well!My daughter feels tht the entire credit should be given to me:-)..Have been using so much of paneer in recent times that even my daughter has started to notice the price!!!OK, coming to today's recipe i wanted some quick refreshing dish after a series of gravies and thus this sald
Sweet Corn 1 cup
Paneer 1 cup(small and cubed)
Pepper Powder 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste
cook corn in microwave for 5 minutes(with a lid on)
Cool and keep it aside
Mix paneer, corn , pepper powder and salt
Enjoy your refreshing Salad
Linking this to Blogging Maraton#12

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Paneer Pakoda

With so much of paneer stacked at home for this Paneer Marathon ,How could I not fry some chatpata paneer pakoda!!!!!Here is a simple yet delicious recipe for a crunchy chatpata Paneer Pakoda
Paneer small even pieces 1 cup
Green chutney 2 tbsps
Chat masala 2 tsp
Gram Flour 1/2 cup
Red chilli powder 1 tsp
Baking soda a pinch
Water to make the paste
Oil for deep frying
Make the batter for the pakodas by mixing the gram flour, chilli powder, soda, salt and keep it aside for 5 minutes
Cut the paneer into small cubes. Make a slit in the center half way through the cube for stuff it with the green chutney.
Stuff a little green chutney into each pocket and close it tight.
Sprinkle a little chat masala on each stuffed piece
Now dip each piece in the batter and deep fry till they brown on both sides
Serve hot with a sauce of your choice
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#12

Paneer Pasanda

Another very delicious Paneer Gravy which goes very well with rotis is Paneer Pasanda. It was definitely my family's Pasanda:-)
Paneer 1 cup(cubed)
Chilli Powder 1 tsp
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Fresh Cream 2 tbsp
Garam Masala 2 tsp
Oil 1 tbsp
Boiled onion paste
Brown Onion Paste
Salt to taste
FOR THE Boiled onion Paste
Onion 1 cup(sliced)
Water 1 cup

For the Brown Onion Paste
Onion 1 cup
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 tsp
Cashew handful
Slice the onions, boil it in enough water till it becomes soft. Cool it and grind it into a smooth paste
Saute the onions for the brown paste till it starts to brown. Add cashew, ginger garlic paste and grind it into a smooth paste
Heat a pan, add oil and add the boiled onion paste. Saute it well in a very low flame for 3-4 minutes.
Now add the brown onion paste, Mix well and continue to saute for 3 minutes
Add chilli powder, garam masala and mix well. Now slowly add the yogurt and mix well. Let it cook for 5 minutes and the yogurt mixes well with the gravy.
Now add the salt and cubed paneer pieces. Mix well. Cook for 7 minutes till the paneer absorbs the flavours
Just before serving add the fresh cream
Serve hot with any roti......
This will be definitely your Pasanda too
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#12

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Paneer Makhani

Paneer, Paneer and more Paneer........Yes!!!This week is paneer marathon. So for today it is Paneer Makhani.I had always wanted to try this from Puja's Blogand finally did it today.
This is a very rich creamy subzi which goes well with any Indian Breads.
Paneer 1 cup
Kasuri Methi 2 tsp
Onion 1 (sliced)
Tomatoes 4-5(medium)
Cashew 1 tbsp
Milk 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Chilli powder 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tbsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Butter 1 tbsp
Ginger Garlic Paste 2 tsp
Salt to taste
Blanch the tomatoes in water. Cool it. Remove the skin and puree it.
Slice the onions thinly
Grind the cashew with the milk and keep aside
Heat a pan with butter and add the cut onions to it. Saute well. when it starts to brown add the ginger garlic paste and saute well.
Now add the pureed tomato and mix well. Let it cook in medium flame till the oil separates.
Now add the turmeric powder, chilli powder and coriander powder together with the salt. Mix well and cook for 3 minutes
To this add the ground cashew-milk paste and mix well. Wait till the oil separates and then you add in the cut paneer pieces, kasuri methi and garam masala. Mix well and cook for 7-8 minutes in a very low flame for it to come together.
Serve Hot with any roti of your choice
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#12

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hara Paneer Tikka

Just when I served this to my family I could only hear ooh's and aah's...They are all in praise of my cooking skills....FINALLY:-)Well!!!Who doesn't like paneer and when the tikka is chatpata, hot, soft, moist , juicy......no one can resist this!!!!!Try this out...You will surely love this
Paneer 200 gms
Oil few tbsps for shallow frying
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Coriander 1/4 cup
Mint leaves 1 tbsp
Kasuri methi 2 tsp
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Chat Masala 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Grind the coriander and mint leaves to a smooth paste. Mix it with the curd. Ad the chilli powder, chat masala, salt to this and mix well.
Cut paneer into the required sized cubes and put it in this marinade.
Let it marinade for 30-45 minutes for all those flavours to infuse
Shallow fry with minimum oil on both sides
Serve hot and see it disappear with a blink of an eye!!!
Look at Her....so pretty...(with feminish curves sliding down...lol)
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#12

Home Made Hot Chocolate

I wonder why I post the entries for Taste and create always at the last moment. Guess I am trying to bite more than I can chew with so many challenges in Food Blog, Embroidery and now a quilt fever. God help me please..........
This month My partner is Pavani from Cook's hideout and I am trying out her Hot chocolate which seemed to be my chocoholic daughter's favourite:-). Read more
Milk 3 cups
Cocoa 3 tbsps(I used hersheys)
Hot water 1/4 cup
Vanilla 1/2 tsp
Salt a pinch
Sugar 1/4 cup
Combine cocoa, sugar & salt in a saucepan. Whisk in hot water and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it Simmer for 2 minutes.
Now whisk in the milk and bring the mixture to a slow simmer and let it again simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Switch off the fire, Remove from heat and add the vanilla. Whisk the mixture until frothy.
Ad a dollop of fresh whipped cream and chocolate shavings. If you are wondering as to why the fresh cream is missing in my hot chocolate, that is because my daughter froze it:-(
Linking this to Taste and Create

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Tarkari Dal

for the final day of Dal Marathon, I made this tarkari dal. A protein packed dal with the goodness of the veggies used .
Tuvar dal 2 tbsp
Green gram dal 3 tbsp
Masoor dal 2 tbsp
Cut vegetables 1 cup(I used only red vegetables like carrot, red capsicum, pumpkin,)
Onion 1
Tomato 2
Cumin seeds 1/2 tsp
Coriander powder 1/2 tsp
Cumin powder 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder 1 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Kasuri methi 2 tsp
Oil 2 tsp
Slice onion thinly
Cut all the vegetables and tomato into small bits
Wash all the dals and cook in with enough water till it turns mushy
Heat a pan with oil. Add cumin seeds and when it sizzles add the cut onion and saute till it turns transparent.Now add all the other vegetables, mix well and saute till they are cooked. Takes around 3-4 minutes.
Now add the tomato and mi well and continue to cook.
Time to add the dry powders and mix well.It will turn into a soft mass after 2-3 minutes and then transfer the cooked dal together with salt and kasuri methi. Mix well
Cook in a very low flame for 5 minutes
Serve hot with rotis
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#12

Friday, January 20, 2012

Dal Maharani

For the fifth day in a row I am cooking dal!!!!Thank you Valli....if not for the Blogging Marathon, I wouldn't have done this.
The name of this dal is a little intriguing..don't you think so?..Is it that some maharani liked it????well whatever may be the cause of this nomenclature, I loved preparing this easy and tasty dal.
Split black gram with skin 1 cup
Onion 1
Tomatoes 2
Green chillies 3
Ginger 1/2" piece
Garlic 1 clove
Red chilli powder 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Oil 2 tsp
Kasuri Methi 2 tsp(optional)
Salt to taste
Clean, wash and soak the dal in water for 1/2 hour.
Cut the ginger and garlic into very into bits
Slice the onions and cut the tomatoes into small pieces
Cook the dal in a pressure cooker with ginger, garlic and turmeric powder upto 3-4 whistles. It should cook very well
Heat oil in a pan and saute onion till it turns transparent.
Next add the finely cut chillies and cook for 1 minute.
You can put the cut tomato pieces in this and mix well. Cook till it turns mushy
Add chilli powder and garam masala, mix well
Now add the cooked dal and salt to this, mix well and cook in a low flame till everything comes together. I add kasuri methi at this point and cook for 1 more minute which is optional
Serve hot with rotis/chapathi
Check out Blogging Marathon#12 for today's recipe by fellow marathoners

The Gourmet Seven -Our Foodie Adventure

I can clearly remember the days of my early food blogging when I would wonder if ever I could make friends with the other bloggers in this Virtual world, at times even I had wished that I could be a part of some group...well this was just a wish...Virtually...until a few days back when suddenly out of nowhere 7 like minded food bloggers started a conversation which lead to the birth of THE GOURMET SEVEN.Only then did it dawn to me that My wish has turned into a reality!!!!!With seven bloggers who can talk anything and food....decided to cook up dishes IN"THE GOURMET STYLE"
Each month we shall explore the possibility of cooking Exotic menu.In other words we shall push ourselves to step out of the comfort zone to cook,bake,whip,steam, grill .....all those dishes which We wouldn't otherwise,and in the process create a new approach of cooking the same dishes.
Be ready to come along our Foodie Trail to enjoy and savour all those exotic menu "The Gourmet Style"

Now to the GOURMET SEVEN....

Anusha – Tomato Blues

Kalyani – Sizzling Taste buds

Kaveri – Palakkad Chamayal

Radhika – Tickling Palates

Sangeetha – Spicy Treats

Vardhini – Zesty Palette

Veena – Veg Nation

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dal Makhani

This is the most sought after dish in my house. My daughter just loves it. She would love to have it all 7 days:-)I like it because there is no addition of garam masala...I am sort of bored using it all the time.This dal has a subtle flavour without the garam masala and is very tasty
Whole Blackgram Dal 1/2 cup
Gram Dal 1 tbsp
Rajma 1 tbsp
Tomatoes 3
Red chillies 4
Ginger 1/2 "piece
Garlic 2 cloves
Yogurt 1/4 cup
Butter 1 tbsp
Fresh Cream 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Soak the black gram dal and rajma in sufficient water overnight
Soak gram dal in water 1/2 hour before cooking
Cook the dals together in a pressure cooker with enough water upto 4-5 whistles. It should cook well. After the pressure has released, mash it little.
Grind the tomatoes into a smooth paste and keep it aside.
Grind the red chillies, ginger and Garlic into a paste
Heat the butter in a pan and add the ginger garlic paste, Saute it till a good flavour comes out
Now add the tomato paste and cook till the oil separates. When the tomato is well cooked , add the yogurt and mix well. Continue to cook till the oil separates again
Time to add the cooked dhal together with salt. Mix well and cook in a low flame till the consistency is a little thick.switch off the fire
Just before serving add the fresh cream to give that rich taste(Mine was a little watery, Realized it only after I opened the pack...Tasted the same though:-)
Serve warm with any Indian Bread
Check out the Others marathoners at Blogging Marathon#12

Round up Of HLI-PEAS

My first event and it was a huge success. I never had expected such a wonderful response from my bloggers friends who made it a point to send one entry to encourage this new comer. Thank you all for sending all those wonderful healthy dishes
Here are the entries in the order received
Radhika of Tickling Palates sent Soya Chunks Peas Pulao
Palakad Samayal sent Matar Paneer
Foodie Workz Sent Peas and Paneer Parathasand
Ragda Patties
Our Cherished World Sent Couscous Upma
Food Corner sent Sri Lankan Cashew and Green Peas Curry
Aarthi sent Methi Matar Pulav
Nivedita sent in Double Decker Parathas specially done for my event!!
Priya sent stuffed peas parathas
Quick Peas And Bell Pepper Rice
Cabbage green peas stir fry
Peas and Paneer Masala Puffs
Our cherished World sent Vegetable Kothu Paratha
Spicy Treats sent Cauliflower Peas Kurma
Nirmala sent Peas Fried Rice
Edible entertainment sent Vegetable Croquette
Radhika sent Matar Paneer
Foodies Nest sent Mushroom and mixed vegetable poriyal
Kokilas Indian Food sent in Banana flower Biryani
Cabbage and peas biryani
Spicy Treats sent Ridge gourd peas Stir fry
Cuisine Delights sent Aloo Matar Paneer
Archana sent Mixed Pulao
Spicy Treats sent Cumin Flavoured Peas Rice
Kalyani sent Ragda paatice

Peas TikkiPeas Pulav
Ambrosia sent Matar Kebab
Cook Ezee sent Matar Paneer Masala
Gayatri sent me Peas and Potato Kurma
I sent Green Peas soup and Peas Pulao
Thank you friends for supporting me by sending these yummy recipes. Please do let me know if I have missed out any entry, shall definitely add to this round up .Thank you Kalyani for giving me this wonderful opportunity!!!!!