Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dhokla Shimla Mirch

What do you all do when you run out of ideas for recipes????I turn to my mother and my very talented good friend. I am sure one of them will definetely help me out and this time it is my friend Uma who suggested this recipe to me.When she said dhokla in shimla mirch, i did not understand how that would be , till she sent me a link to the recipe from Tarla dalal. Here is the recipe for a wonderful starter!!!

The original recipe is HERE
Bell peppers              4
Instant khamam dhokla mix  1 packet(I used Gits)
Mustard seeds          1tsp
Sesame seeds           1tsp
Asafoetida                1/4 tsp
Curry leaves              few
Oil                            2tbsp
Coriander                   1 tbsp

Chop the upper part of the capsicum and emove the seeds
Mix the dhokla as per the given instructions on the packet
Pour the mix into each capsicum and steam for around 10 minutes. Cool it
Cut the capsicum into 2(optional)
Heat the pan with oil and add the mustard seeds. When it crackles add the sesame seeds, asafoetida and curry leaves
Now add the steamed capsicum to this and saute for 5 minutes
Garnish with coriander and serve hot.
Linking this starter to blogging marathon#18
Thank you Uma. This is indeed a lovely starter!!!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Karchikai / Karanji

I have spent my childhood in karnataka and this was always prepared for chaturthi by amma. I loved it so much that amma started preparing this for most of the festivals. Here is a very simple version of karchikai

All purpose flour    1/2 cup
Fried gram dhal     4 tbsp
Sugar                   1/4 cup or a little more
Dessicated coconut   3 tbsp
Cardamom               1
Salt                      a pinch
Oil                      for deep frying

Tak ethe flour in a wide mouthed vessel. Add salt and the required amount of water to knead it into a stiff dough. Apply oil to this . close it and leave it for 1 hr or so.
Meanwhile grind gram dhal, sugar, coconut and cardamom together into a coarse powder and keep aside.
Heat oil in a kadai for deep frying
Make small balls from the dough. Roll each into a small puri. Keep 1 tbsp of filling inside(on one half of the puri)
Apply milk to the edges and seal it into a half circle
Make all the karaji's like this and keep aside
Now when the oil has sufficiently heated deep fry one by one till they turn golden brown on one side, flip it and let it fry till the other side browns as well
Drain the deep fried karanji's on an absorbent paper.
Serve warm!!!
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#18

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Carrot Curry

My daughter tends to avoid eating this vegetable in the salads and i always need to find a way to sneak in this in some other way in her regular diet.One such dish which she like is this curry.
Carrot     1 cup(cut into cubes)
Onion     1 cut lengthwise
Oil          1 tsp
Mustard   1 tsp
Green chillies  1(cut very finely
Asafoetida       a pinch
Salt                to taste
Cut the carrotsinto even sized cubes. Cook in microwave for 5 minutes with a lid closed in MICRO HIGH MODE.
Cut the onions and chillies finely
Heat the pan with oil. Add  the mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the asafoetida, green chillies. Saute for a minute. Now add the cut onion and saute till it becomes transparent
Now put the cooked carrot in this, mix well. Add salt. mix well , cook for a minute and switch off the fire.
If you want the curry to be more spicy you can add 1tsp of chilli powder while adding salt.

Linking this to Blogging Marathon#18

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Vazhai Thandu curry/ Banana Stem curry

For the second day of BM#18, i have cooked another very healthy curry-Banana stem curry. The benefits of including this in our diest can be seen here. The only hitch is that is it a little time consuming to remove the fibres while cuting the stem but i guess the benefits are more to ignore this.
Banan stem(cut into small cubes)   1 cup
Salt                                            to taste
Oil                                             1 tsp
Mustard seeds                             1 tsp
Coconut scrappings                      3 tbsp
Asafoetida                                    1/4 tsp

Cut the stam and keep put it in a bowl with water mixed with 1 tbsp of curd.This will prevent the stem from blackening.
Drain out the curd water mixture. Close with a lid and microwave it for 5 mins in HIGH mode
Now heat a pan with 1 tsp oil, add the mustard seeds, When it splutters put the asafoetida in it and transfer all these to the cooked vegetable. Sprinkle salt, mix well and cook again for 1 Minute in HIGH Mode keeping it open.
Now add coconut, mix well an serve
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#18

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Kovakkai Dry curry

For the third week of Blogging Marathon #18, I decided to go with the theme"Dry Saute".Ivy Gourd as it is otherwise known can be cooked in a number of ways and we like with it with that extra dhal mixture that is added to enhance the flavour and texture,

Ivy gourd   1 cup(cut into small pieces lengthwise)
Salt          to taste
Mustard   1tsp
Oil           2 tsp
For the Dhal Mixture
Coriander seeds      3 tsp
Blackgram dhal      1 tsp
Bengal gram dhal    1 tsp
Redchillies             2-3
Cut the vegetable into very thin pieces.
Cook it in Microwave for 5 mins(closed).Keep it aside. Alternatively you can cook on stove top too.
Heat a pan with 1 tsp oil and fry the ingredients under the dhal mixture, till golden brown. Let it cool. Then grind it into a coarse powder .
In the same pan add 1 tsp oil, add the mustard seeds. When it splutters, add the cooked vegetable. Sprinkle the salt and mix well.
Let it cook for 3 minutes
Now put the ground mixture, mix well and switch off the fire.
Serve with rice and rasam...a great combo

Linking this to Blogging marathon #18

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Eggless Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

For the bloghop this week , I am paired with Ridhimma. I loved her space, but what caught my attention are her Brownie cupcakes.With a chocoholic at home, I am always on the lookout for chocolate recipes and found one.
Original recipe is HERE
All purpose flour   1 1/2 cup
Oil                         1/2 cup
Sugar(Powdered)  3/4cup
Cocoa powder         1/2 cup
Curd                       1 cup
Coffee powder         1tsp
Baking powder         1tsp
Baking Soda             1/2 tsp
Walnuts                   1/4 cup
Choco chips             2 tbsp

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Sieve all purpose flour,cocoa powder and cofee powder together.
Mix oil, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and keep aside for ten minutes.
Combine both of these mixtures in a bowl along with the curd and beat well.
Add the chopped walnuts and choco chips to the batter.
Prepare the muffin tray with paper liners or grease it.
Scoop the batter into the muffin liners upto 3/4th its volume.
Bake for 20-25  minutes and see if done by inserting a skewer.
Remove from the oven and let it cool.
Enjoy the treat:).Linking this to Blog Hop wednesday #18 By radhika
Thank you Ridhimma for this wonderful recipe
I must say that this is one of the easiest recipes and the cupcakes were so delicious. Loved it:-)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Green Peas and Paneer Kebab

 For this Month The Gourmet Seven decided to go Desi and cook Kebabs and so i decided to adapt the Hare chenne ki kebab from Tarla Dalal.It is super easy to cook and can be grilled/cook on stove top or in a barbeque too.I have cooked this on the stove top.

Driend green peas      1 cup
Paneer                      1 cup
Onion                        1
Mint leaves               3 tbsp
Chilli powder            1tsp
Daniya Powder/coriander powder    1tsp
Lime juice                 1tsp
Garam Masala           1/2 tsp
Salt                          to taste
Oil                         3-4 tbsp

soak green peas over night in water. Drain and cook in pressure cooker till soft.Mash and keep aside
Cut onions and mint leaves finely
Now mix everything together into a soft mass
Make small patties and shallow fry with minimum of oil
Serve hot with a chutney of your choice

Linking this to Gourmet seven

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Eggless Banana Chocochip Muffin

For the third Day of BM#18, I have baked Banana Chocochip Muffins. I have adapted this from a recipe from Tarla Dalal.. Since my daughter loves chocolate , I substituted chocochip instead of walnuts.
All purpose flour    4tbsp
Rolled oats            2tbsp
Baking Powder     1/4 tsp
Baking Soda         1/4 tsp
Banana                 2(small)
Butter                  1/4 cup
Sugar                   1/4 cup(powdered)
Vanilla                  1/4 tsp

Sift the flour, baking powder and Baking
Beat butter and sugar till creamy. Add vanilla and mashed banana and mix well.
Now fold in the flour mixture with the oats and chocochips
Mix everything together and spoon into four muffin moulds lined with cupcake liners
Bake at 150C for 25 minutes or till a skewer comes out clean
Cool on a wre rack and let you child enjoy the muffin
Linking this to Blogging Marathon#18 and Kid's Delight hosted by Vardhini and started Srivalli

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Baked Sandwich Rolls

For the  second day of BM#18, I decided to do this snack.Adapted from Tarla Dalal.....this is a perfect evening snack.

Whole wheat Bread Slices    16
Onion                                 1
Green Capsicum                  1 small
Paneer                                1/4 cup
Boiled potato                       1
Coriander                           3 tbsp
Chilli powder                      1 tsp
oil                                      2 tsp
Butter                                 1 tbsp
Salt                                  to taste

Cut the onion, capsicum, coriander finely. Crumble the paneer. Boil the potato, cool and mash well
Heat oil, saute the onions and capsicum. Add salt and chilli powder and finally add paneer. Cool and keep aside
Cut away the edges from the bread slices
Roll the bread to flatten a little
Keep the filling in the center and seal the edges with a little water
Brush little melted butter on the top
Arrange these on greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 200C for 20 minutes  or till the top browns

Linking this to Blogging Marathon#18 and Kid's Delight Hosted by Vardhini started by Srivalli

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mini Pizza

Time does fly...I t was just like yesterday that I signed up for Blogging Marathon#1, and now we are already into the eighteenth month !!!!For the first week of this Marathon , My theme is Kid's evening snack!!And my kiddo like these Mini Pizza's!!

Mini pizza base  2
Pizza sauce      1 tbsp
Onion           1
Green bell pepper 1
Corn kernels      1/4 cup
Mozarella          1tbsp

Cut the onion, and capsicum very finely very finely
Cook the corn and keep aside
Now take a base, apply the pizza sauce on it
Arrange the veggies and spread the cheese on it
Bake for 5 mins in a moderate oen
I microwaved it for 1 minute and a yummy pizza is ready for your kiddo
NOTE: I used home made pizza base. You can use store bought one too

Linking this to Blogging Marathon#18 and Kid's Delight-Evening snack hosted by Vardhini and started by Srivalli